On April Fool’s Day, I began a month-long weight-loss fundraiser called “Jody’s Changing For Good Challenge.” I’d already decided to start a new weight-loss/health program, so I figured it would be fun to try to earn some money to help my wife and two oldest kids for their upcoming humanitarian trip to Kenya, Africa.
I love the multifaceted changing-for-good concept.
If I can do some good and assist a worthy cause while improving my health and shedding pounds, how awesome is that?
Another bonus: I love that others have been sparked to make positive changes in their eating and exercising habits because I’ve been living my life out loud.
This has been a special month for me.
To everybody who participated along with me — by trying to lose weight/gain health, by donating and/or pledging to donate to my family’s service trip or simply by cheering me on — I’m tremendously touched.
Although this challenge has wrapped up, I’m more motivated than ever to continue to keep changing for good. I have so much more energy, self-control and hope than I did a month ago. My mindset has improved. My mobility is much greater.
I can’t wait to see what kind of changes lay in store for me in a month, in six months, in a year. I can’t remember the last time I was so proud and at peace with where I’m at and optimistic about where I’m going.
I only wish I would’ve done this weight-loss program — the most simple and effective diet (OK, OK … lifestyle change!) I’ve been on — and worked on my mindset like this a long time ago.
Now on to the part you’ve been waiting for — the results.
One month later, I weigh 333.2 pounds.
Since this is my challenge, I’m going to round up and claim that I lost 25 pounds in April. (By the way, I’ve now dropped 40.5 pounds since early March.)
For the record, I didn’t starve myself. In fact, I ate 6-7 times a day. As I wrote about the other day, I also became an aguaholic, aiming to drink around 100 ounces a day (some days were wetter than others).
I didn’t do anything drastic. I simply followed the healthy guidelines of a program that I was very skeptical about for various reasons but am now completely sold on.
If you generously agreed to donate a certain amount of money per pound I lose, I guess I should apologize for losing so much weight while expressing my deep gratitude for the donation.
I thank you all from the bottom of my healthier heart for participating and supporting me.
I’m still working out the details for my walk-a-thon and raffle (probably Saturday, May 8), but each of you who participated and/or donated will be entered for some of the fun prizes. We’ll also be selling raffle tickets for a small donation, so stay tuned for more details shortly!
For those of you who don’t follow me on Twitter — I’d say “shame on you,” but it might be wise considering the volume of tweets I make — here are the daily updates I made last month:
Diet update (Day 1): I just licked the wrapper of my @Medifast Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Chewy Bar.
— Jody Genessy (@DJJazzyJody) April 2, 2016
Diet update (Day 2): Took short hike with my kids at my wife’s grandparents’ cabin. Didn’t eat marshmallows. Focused on eating s-l-o-w-l-y.
— Jody Genessy (@DJJazzyJody) April 3, 2016
Diet update (Day 3): My resolve was fortified after this happened at 4:30 am at the cabin of my wife’s grandparents. pic.twitter.com/hIAe53rhm5
— Jody Genessy (@DJJazzyJody) April 4, 2016
Diet update (Day 4): I sat in a Walmart parking lot between meals and ate two kosher dill pickles like they were greatest food on earth.
— Jody Genessy (@DJJazzyJody) April 5, 2016
Diet update (Day 5): I’m eating far fewer calories than I normally do, but I haven’t even felt tempted to binge at Chuck-A-Rama’s buffet.
— Jody Genessy (@DJJazzyJody) April 6, 2016
Diet update (Day 6): Took family to Mcdonald’s after a project but wasn’t tempted to go off plan. Only had water. Didn’t steal kids’ fries.
— Jody Genessy (@DJJazzyJody) April 7, 2016
Diet update (Day 7): Packed food to take to work so I wouldn’t be hungry or tempted to make bad choices. Licked another wrapper.
— Jody Genessy (@DJJazzyJody) April 8, 2016
Diet update (Day 8): Got my exercise in with a weigh-in bathroom dance after learning I lost 10.5 pounds my first week. Total loss: 27.2 lbs
— Jody Genessy (@DJJazzyJody) April 9, 2016
Diet update (Day 9): Made a good but healthy breakfast for my wife and kids.
— Jody Genessy (@DJJazzyJody) April 10, 2016
Diet update (Day 10): Went on a family walk at a park. Also made a new dish: Cheesy cauliflower bread sticks. Tasty! pic.twitter.com/qyALCz5kDK
— Jody Genessy (@DJJazzyJody) April 11, 2016
Diet update (Day 11): Stressful day (many reasons) but stayed on plan. Made healthy choices at dinner (thanks Jazz). pic.twitter.com/iDo5Cc5sbw
— Jody Genessy (@DJJazzyJody) April 12, 2016
Diet update (Day 12): Packed healthy food for road trip. Asked waiter to have chef make meal as light as possible. pic.twitter.com/pEcWcpZepO
— Jody Genessy (@DJJazzyJody) April 13, 2016
Diet update (Day 13): Turned down dinner buffet and opted for a turkey salad. Resisted getting drunk after dealing with crazies on Twitter.
— Jody Genessy (@DJJazzyJody) April 14, 2016
Diet update (Day 14): Didn’t let very long day of travel and work (with lots of yummy free food) derail me from my program. Walking easier.
— Jody Genessy (@DJJazzyJody) April 15, 2016
Diet update (Day 15): Keeping a positive attitude despite not having as good of a weigh-in as I hoped for. My blog: https://t.co/Z9PZ4vJQBu
— Jody Genessy (@DJJazzyJody) April 16, 2016
Diet update (Day 16): Bad news? I binged. Good? It was on pickles. No, I’m not pregnant. Made a healthy taco bake. pic.twitter.com/is777nNsG3
— Jody Genessy (@DJJazzyJody) April 17, 2016
Diet update (Day 17): Made homemade low-carb buns and sugar-free ketchup for healthy BBQ turkey burgers. Bonus: The wife and kids loved ’em.
— Jody Genessy (@DJJazzyJody) April 18, 2016
Diet update (Day 18): Noticing by the day how much easier it is to simply move around. My energy level is also up. Huge non-scale victories!
— Jody Genessy (@DJJazzyJody) April 19, 2016
Diet update (Day 19): More healthy cooking experimenting. Made spaghetti squash with an incredible homemade sauce. pic.twitter.com/k72HbHK9dG
— Jody Genessy (@DJJazzyJody) April 20, 2016
Diet update (Day 20): Good feeling to put on clothes that are getting looser by the day instead of stuff that’s ready to burst at the seams.
— Jody Genessy (@DJJazzyJody) April 21, 2016
Diet update (Day 21): Day 21!? Don’t they say something becomes a habit after three weeks? Being healthy seems easy now. *crosses fingers*
— Jody Genessy (@DJJazzyJody) April 22, 2016
— Jody Genessy (@DJJazzyJody) April 23, 2016
Diet update (Day 23): Fun to see and feel how much weight I’ve dropped since April 1. Down two 10-pound sugar bags! pic.twitter.com/Nt2hjtt8ba
— Jody Genessy (@DJJazzyJody) April 24, 2016
Diet update (Day 24): Who said I can’t have pizza!? Made this bad boy with a cauliflower crust and turkey pepperoni. pic.twitter.com/rFXat5rtsz
— Jody Genessy (@DJJazzyJody) April 25, 2016
Diet update (Day 25): When I make poor eating choices, I gain 2.33 pounds/week. If I hadn’t changed in March, I’d weigh 390 instead of 338.
— Jody Genessy (@DJJazzyJody) April 26, 2016
Diet update (Day 26): Delighted to hear from guys who are getting healthier in part because I’m trying out loud. pic.twitter.com/hbJWJ7caTD
— Jody Genessy (@DJJazzyJody) April 27, 2016
Diet update (Day 27): Celery was among the items I purposely purchased today at Costco. Also bought a new water cooler. Daily goal: 100 oz.
— Jody Genessy (@DJJazzyJody) April 28, 2016
Diet update (Day 28): Had a couple of upsetting moments today, but feel empowered that I didn’t seek comfort through food as I used to do.
— Jody Genessy (@DJJazzyJody) April 29, 2016
Diet update (Day 29): https://t.co/KDKU4UH1Qp
— Jody Genessy (@DJJazzyJody) April 30, 2016
Diet update (Day 30): The final day of my Changing For Good Health Challenge. I’m proud of myself. I’ve made some awesome, healthy progress.
— Jody Genessy (@DJJazzyJody) May 1, 2016