Grace says dedication key to losing big
Published: Thursday, August 1st, 2013
Aâï¿½ï¿½couple years ago, when Michael Grace entered the Custer County Chronicle’s “Biggest Loser”âï¿½ï¿½Contest, he started out well, but was quickly sidelined by knee and back problems. He said the injuries forced him to become more sedentary and it was “all down hill from there.”
This year, Grace joined the contest again, partly to support his wife. Thirty-eight pounds and 12.9 percent less of his body weight later, he was this year’s contest winner.
“It was kind of a shock, but it feels good,”âï¿½ï¿½he said of his win. “I knew I was going to be in the top three.”
Since the time his back healed, Grace said he has been trying to lose weight, “semi-committing” to an exercise routine. Once the contest started, however, he took things more seriously, committing to an exercise regiment despite having a job as an equipment operator at a coal mine in Wyoming that sees him work odd hours. He also began the Paleo Diet, which focuses on meats and vegetables while cutting carbs. He says the Paleo Diet has been a diet that gets results while being more easy to sustain.
“My attitude going toward it is I need to do something I know I can sustain, not just for the six months to lose weight,”âï¿½ï¿½he said.
When Grace would come home from work he did his best to work out for 20 or 30 minutes, usually working out to DVD programs. He said he had no expectations of actually winning the contest, but after placing first one month and second a couple of other months, he started to believe he may be able to win the whole thing.
“Iâï¿½ï¿½saw more loss in the first months than I did in the later months,”âï¿½ï¿½he said.âï¿½ï¿½“It was always a challenge.”
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