I have been overweight for most of my life. Sometimes a little, sometimes a lot, but always more than I should. I tried a bunch of different things over the years to lose the weight, but all of my efforts were basically half-hearted, and none of them really produced any significant results. For the past 3-4 years I have struggled with a number of health issues – IBS, Fibromyalgia, high blood pressure, high cholesterol. Mostly, I just felt like crap. Last October, after yet another failed attempt to lose weight and get in shape I was at my breaking point. I knew that there was an answer to my problem, but I couldn’t seem to figure it out on my own. Then I saw a commercial for a weight loss challenge sponsored by H-E-B, a regional grocery store chain, and I knew I had found my answer.

Now I’m not the kind of guy who buys a lottery ticket and thinks he’s going to win. That’s not how my luck runs. But this time felt different. I knew as soon as I saw the commercial that I would get picked as a contestant, and sure enough, six weeks later I was. The contest started on January 5th, and one of the requirements was that each contestant keep a blog about their experiences. So I began writing, and a funny thing happened… people actually started reading the blog and leaving me comments. They gave me support when I was struggling. They told me their own weight loss stories. They told me I was inspiring them to make some changes of their own. I really enjoyed the regular writing schedule, and by doing the diet and exercise stuff so publicly there was a level of accountability that really helped.

The contest ended on April 12th, 2014. I didn’t win the grand prize, but I did lose a total of 32 lbs. I also developed an exercise and food regiment that is completely sustainable, and which I believe will carry me to my ultimate goal of 100 lbs of weight loss by the end of the year. I decided before the contest ended that I was going to continue to write about my experiences on my own blog, and that is the purpose of this site. I have added all of ly posts from the contest to section 1 of the blog, and I will continue to post several times a week, sharing my experiences as I learn to replace food with other things that feed me spiritually and ease the discomfort that living can bring.

Thanks for coming along with me.

Recent Recovery Blog Posts

4 Apr 2014

The last post… 90 Days down, all the rest to go!

Well, here we are – the last official blog post. I have enjoyed writing these posts way more than I expected, and I plan to continue chronicling my journey on my personal website after the contest ends. You will be able to find me  at www.chris-gates.com beginning on April 14th. I am amazed at the changes I have experienced and the things which have become habits that were completely foreign a mere 90 days ago.

Next to the last blog post

Well, this is the next to the last blog post for me as a contestant in the Slimdown Showdown. In really enjoyed answering everyone's questions yesterday, and I will be happy to continue answering any new ones that you might have today, so ask away.   The last 5 days have been challenging. I hurt something in my back and it's healing VERY slowly, so I've had to take it really easy. I was FINALLY

12 Jan 2014

And Away We Go!

Well friends, here we go - week one of the Slimdown Showdown. Last week all of the contestants were at the La Cantera Resort in San Antonio for a week long Fit Camp, where we learned a ton about diet & nutrition and started working out together as a group. It was a great group of people from all over Texas with the same goal - to not only lose weight and get in shape,