Weight Loss Competition Winners – William Gannon

 William Gannon $5,000 weight loss competition winners

Congratulations!!! to our HealthyLoser.com January-April weight loss competition winners 2011!!! William Gannon is from Calgary AB. My name is William Gannon. I lost 86 Lbs in 13 weeks. In mid-January 2011, I was searching online and found a local weight-loss challenge hosted by David Chatwin. I was a bit skeptical at first, as I generally am with offers I find online, so I did some more research on the program and on the Isagenix weight-loss and cleansing products. After reading many testimonials and reviews, I was hopeful that this program could provide the right combination of incentive and assistance to help me lose weight. So, on January 24, 2011, I registered to take part in the Healthy Loser: Lose to Win challenge. For as long as I can remember, I have been overweight. I remember going on my first “diet” when I was around 11-years-old, and my weight has been up and down ever since. Now 39-years-old, I have tried many diets and can honestly say that the Isagenix 30-day program has been the easiest and most effective routine I have ever followed to lose weight. Keep in mind, when I say easy I do not mean effortless. Changing your habits, routines and diet requires a lot of motivation and conviction. The great news is that after you get through the first week, you will already feel healthier and more energetic than you have in a long time.

When I began, I did not know if I had what it takes to actually realize my weight-loss goals.

 Turns out, I do! I bet you do too.

My Journey

Initial Weigh-In: 296.6 lbs

I ordered my first 30-day Isagenix system and completed my initial weigh-in, at 296.6lbs. The first week was the most difficult, for sure. I had to change my routine and harness a lot of self-control. But, I took it one day at a time, sometimes even one hour at a time.

The hardest part of the first week is that you have to make the choice to transition from eating and drinking whatever you want, to following a strategic plan. It is a choice that you have to make over and over again until you form the new habits.

The strategic plan that I followed was to drink my shakes and eat one 600-calorie meal once a day, plus stick to only Isagenix products for one cleanse day each week.

On my first day, I chose to have a shake for breakfast, eat my 600-calorie meal for lunch, and then enjoy a shake for supper. It took one day to realize that regiment does not work for me. Coming home after a hard day of work to only a shake for dinner was too difficult to handle.

On my second day, I switched my program to better meet my needs: a shake for breakfast, a shake for lunch and then my meal for dinner. The knowledge that I was coming home to a meal worked a lot better to help me stay motivated throughout the days.

It is important to adjust the diet and routine to suit your own body and needs.

I am a full-time, single father to my beautiful 5-year-old daughter, as well as a full-time truck driver. Starting this new routine meant that I had to juggle my responsibilities and needs, while still caring for all of my daughter’s needs. It took a great degree of organization to find this balance.

I actually felt a bit selfish sometimes, for taking the time to prepare my shakes and healthy meals, count calories and weigh-out food. Whenever those feelings crept up, I just tried to remind myself that my daughter would benefit dramatically from having a healthier and happier father. Demonstrating discipline, fitness and a healthy lifestyle would make me a better role model for her.

The goal for my first week was to make it through to the Week 1 Weigh-In. My earnest hope was that the scale’s number would provide sufficient motivation for me to carry on.

 

Week 1 Weigh-In: 279.8 lbs

16.8 lbs lost!

After only 1 week, I lost 16.8 lbs! I was so happy and surprised with the results. I already knew that I had an enormous amount of energy compared to just the week before, but it is difficult to describe exactly how healthy I had already started to feel. Despite eating far less each day, my energy was amplified and I genuinely felt happier.

At first, it was hard to imagine making it through each day on only one 600-calorie meal and two shakes. Don’t underestimate the power of the shakes though, as they are packed with filling nutrients that boost your energy. It is also very important to drink more water than perhaps you ever have before. Water helps to curb any hunger pangs and keep your body properly hydrated. 

During the initial weeks, I often looked at the calendar to count how many days I had been following my program. Counting one day at a time helped me stick to the 30-day system.

 

Week 2 Weigh-In: 274.4 lbs

5.4 lbs lost!

Total Lost: 22.2 lbs!

The second weigh-in showed that I had lost a lot less weight than Week 1’s 16.8 lbs. I can admit that while I was proud to have lost 5.4 lbs, I still felt a bit disappointed. I had read that your first week with strict adherence is almost always the most dramatic, as you are losing a lot of retained water and cleaning out your body. Yet still, I had lost less weight than I had hoped.

Perhaps that was why I had more difficult days during this week. On those days, when I felt deflated or wanted to break my new routine, my goal was to make it to my next weigh-in day.

I firmly suggest that you only weigh yourself once a week.

It helps to have a close goal in mind as you go through the tough times, so pick one day of the week as your weigh-in day. Maintain a consistent weigh-in time; the best is as soon as you wake up and after you use the washroom.

I knew that losing 5.4 lbs was still a great success, but throughout this week I kept telling myself that I had already lost 22.2 lbs. I focused on the larger number. Each day I aimed for great results for this week’s weigh-in and kept wondering how many more pounds I could add to the 22.2 lbs that I had already lost.

When your weigh-in day arrives, you get to see the actual results of your weight-loss efforts. You honestly will not need much more motivation than the numbers on the scale. It is an incredibly powerful moment when you see that your hard work and discipline has paid off. In fact, the days immediately following weigh-in days are always a little bit easier with your results fresh in your mind.

Week 3 Weigh-In: 267.4 lbs

7 lbs lost!

Total Lost: 29.2 lbs!

I haven’t mentioned this yet, but before my Week 3 weigh-in, I had to have minor surgery. I was able to follow through with my diet, but I had to cut out the treadmill and rest for one full day. For the entire next week, I could not run on the treadmill, but had to walk instead.

Even with this slow-down, I remained committed and focused on getting through 1 day at a time. It was a bit more difficult, because I felt as though the exercise component of my routine was suffering and I did not want that to have too much of an effect on my weight loss for the week.

Due to this forced decrease in the intensity of my workouts, I choose to have two cleanse days per week instead of only one. Two cleanse days is the maximum recommended by Isagenix each week, and you have to pay extra for the Isagenix products to accommodate the alteration to the 30-day system. Adding the extra cleanse day actually helped me to get used to those challenging days and, by the end of the week, I decided to continue on with two per week until the end of the competition.

 

Week 4 Weigh-In: 260.8 lbs

6.6 lbs lost!

Total Lost: 35.8 lbs!

Before I knew it, I had finished my first 30-day program and had lost almost 36 lbs! I had also managed to work my way to running non-stop on my treadmill for 40 minutes at a time, covering 4 miles.

I am still amazed by just how easy this weight-loss program is to incorporate into my busy daily routine.

I care for my daughter full-time, work full-time as a truck driver and even had minor surgery, yet I still lost between 5 and 7 lbs each week after the first. After only 4 weeks of my new diet and exercise program, I had lost 35.8 lbs! That is over 12% of my total body weight! The results really do speak for themselves.


 

Week 5 Weigh-In: 254.6 lbs

6.2 lbs lost!

Total Lost: 42 lbs!

Eventually, the habits take hold. You get to know what food combinations you can have within the 600-calorie range without always having to count calories or weighing food. Reading nutrition labels at the grocery store, eating healthier foods and making time to exercise all becomes part of your daily routine.

In fact, over time the routine almost starts to feel effortless.

Once I started to notice the difference of losing weight and feeling healthier, time started to shed away from my thoughts. Focusing on one day at a time became a bit less important, as I began to think about other activities that I could now do without hesitation due to my extra weight. The system became a regular part of my life: a part of my life that I am very proud of.

 

Week 6 Weigh-In: 248.0 lbs

6.6 lbs lost!

Total Lost: 48.6 lbs!

Sometimes I think it helps to hear the stories of day-to-day experiences of someone who – perhaps like you – is trying to improve their health and fitness. So, I am going to share a few of mine from the following weeks. I think that it is through stories like these – and I would love to hear yours too – that we find common ground and can truly support each other in achieving our healthy-lifestyle and weight loss goals.

When you are on your weight-loss journey, take time to appreciate the small stories each day, as they are ways to witness your own success and personal growth.

As a truck driver, I work in a very male-dominated field that makes it even more challenging to maintain a healthy lifestyle. I cannot avoid situations where I may be tempted, but they certainly test my mettle.

One evening, I was delivering to an oil patch in northern Alberta with four other work colleagues. After we completed our delivery, everyone wanted to go to the bar for supper. It was my cleanse day, so I could not eat anything at all. Yet, I enjoy socializing with everyone, so I still chose to go out.

There I was, in a bar drinking green tea and ice water with a bunch of guys who were ordering wings, Chinese food and drinking a lot of beer. The smells of the pub food made my stomach ache to try some, but I knew that this was only one of many tests. So, I drank a lot of water and kept thinking of how I had lost almost 16.5% of my initial body weight. I could not give into the temptation now.

When it came time to pay the tab that night, I was reminded again of just how expensive my old lifestyle was. Sure, I pay $10 a day for my Isagenix products, but even just that one night out cost most of my colleagues over $40 each. Looking at the immediate positive rewards, such as financial savings of the program, also helps to motivate me during the tougher times.

I will be the first to admit that times like these are very trying. Maintaining your focus and keeping your “eyes on the prize” can get hazy. That said, if you are determined to make it on this journey, you will find the stop thoughts and the motivation that works for you to stay on track.

 

Week 7 Weigh-In: 241.2 lbs

6.8 lbs lost!

Total Lost: 55.4 lbs!

I have to take my 5-year-old daughter to work with me from time to time, which always requires special care and circumstances. On one particular trip, we decided to stop, get out of the truck for a stretch, and buy some supper at a truck stop.

Choosing what to eat out of the usual delights of trucker-friendly, high-calorie fast food was a time consuming chore. I had to read all of the nutrition facts and make the best possible choice. After reviewing my options, I chose to have a ham-salad sandwich and some fruit. Then I noticed the Quaker Rice Snacks, which have only 90 calories for 12 small chips, so I bought a bag of those too.

 My daughter and I went back to the truck and began to eat our healthy supper. After eating the sandwich, I broke open the bag of Rice Snacks. My daughter, hearing the sound of the “chips bag,” looked at me very seriously, reached over and grabbed the bag out of my hand. She immediately began to lecture me that I cannot have the chips because I am only allowed to eat healthy foods!

I was so proud of her. Not only did she understand that chips are not a healthy choice, but she chose to act on that knowledge. After I explained that these particular chips were made of rice and pretty low in calories, she hesitated and then slowly handed the bag back to me. I have to admit that it warmed my heart to see her looking out for her old man with such care.

As we continued on our path that evening, I kept looking over at my little girl and feeling so proud of her. She understands so much about healthy eating already, at 5-years-old; I know this knowledge will have a positive impact on her life as the years unfold.

 

Week 8 Weigh-In: 235.0 lbs

6.2 lbs lost!

Total Lost: 61.6 lbs!

After finishing the second 30-day system, I was down another 25lbs! Over the full 60 days, I had lost a total of 61lbs – that’s 20.77% of my initial body weight lost! After only two months, my body weight was 1/5th of what it was when I had started.

Being employed as a truck driver means spending a lot of time sitting, so exercise is a very important component to my success, as I believe it is for many of us with sedentary jobs. I enjoy running, so I chose to workout on the treadmill to achieve my fitness goals.

Choosing my mode of exercise was easy, but choosing the time of day to workout took a few trial runs. I found that running after work was the best time for me, but I had to contend with competing interests: do I eat my meal of the day or exercise first?

After a few variations, I knew that my motivation suffered if I ate my dinner immediately after work, as I would have to wait for a while before I could run. During that wait period, I would spend time with my daughter or watch TV and I found it very challenging to switch into exercise mode after settling into evening activities.

 In order to stay motivated to exercise each day, I created a schedule that fits my own personality and needs. After meeting my exercise goals each evening, I can take all the time I want to prepare and enjoy my 600-calorie meal, spend quality family time and relax.

Adding variations to your exercise routine helps to keep your routine fresh and improve motivation to meet and beat each challenge.

Since the first week on this program, I have exercised between 6 and 7 days per week without fail. I started off alternating between walking and running for 3 miles at a speed of 3.5 mph. At the beginning, my goal on the treadmill was to run 4 miles nonstop and progressively increase the speed. Eventually, I reached 6mph, which felt like the ideal speed for me to run. Once steady at 6mph, my next goal was to run 5 miles nonstop. By the end of week 8, I was running 5.5 miles on the treadmill at 6mph, 6 – 7 days per week.

I often switch up my treadmill routine to explore new challenges and build up my fitness level. Some days I run the whole time, other days I run faster for a shorter time and walk the rest. I’m not sure how conventional this is, but from time to time I also wear a garbage bag under my running clothes to intensify the workout. The more I sweat, the more I feel as though I am working hard.


Week 9 Weigh-In: 229.4 lbs

5.6 lbs lost!

 Total Lost: 67.2 Lbs!

By this point, when friends made comments on how different I looked and acted, I could see the genuine approval in their expressions. It was easy for them to see that I was slimmer, but they also noticed how much healthier and energetic I was. I felt like an improved version of myself and each comment helped to reinforce the fact everyone could see what I could feel.

People are always asking how I have lost so much weight, and I am always happy to share the details of my 30-day system and new lifestyle. One question often leads to many more, which slightly surprised me at first. Then the questions made me realize just how many people are not comfortable with their current body weight, shape or level of fitness.

Listening to the stories of other peoples’ struggles has really strengthened my own resolve to share the story of my weight-loss journey. I can admit to knowing what it is like to feel isolated from other people and activities by my weight and confidence barriers, but there are so many people struggling with those same circumstances.  

Regardless of your current body weight or shape, you are not alone in wanting to improve your overall health and fitness.

Even in the male-dominated field I work in, my fellow truck drivers often ask how they can use the system to lose some of their unwanted pounds. Sometimes, when I’m hanging out with a group of burly truck drivers talking about weight-loss, I pause to look around think about how no one would guess we were talking about calories and weight-loss goals.  These stereotype-breaking conversations always make me chuckle.

 

Week 10 Weigh-In: 223.3 lbs

6.1 lbs lost!

Total Lost: 73.3 Lbs!

When I think back to when I started, the time that has passed almost seems like no time at all. That doesn’t mean it was easy though! I took the good times and the bad, all one day at a time… sometimes one shake at a time. Most of us have had to work hard to reach other goals in life, and weight loss is no exception.

Don’t think too far ahead, stay motivated today!

Once you start losing weight, motivation ignites far more often. You feel your jeans getting looser, to the point when they are simply too big. Your thoughts start to drift toward what style of clothes you will buy to fit to your new shape. You find yourself wondering just how many new holes you can put in your old belt before you should buy a new one all together.

Those moments come more and more often and are very inspirational! And that is a very good thing, because there are days that are very tough to make it through.

When I am on cleanse days, I still get moments when I want to throw in the towel and do what everyone else is doing. I want to just go and eat whatever I please, especially when people around me are eating delicious smelling meals. It can feel pretty rough sometimes to be the only person not enjoying a meal at the table.

I also have to deal with some less-than-supportive colleagues who try to tempt me with their wives’ home cooking or a basket of greasy pub food. Even cooking my daughter’s meals can be challenging sometimes, as I just want to try a few bites, but I know I have to restrain my urges.

Remember, urges are just thoughts and they can be counteracted with other thoughts. It is so important to find the thoughts that work for you to stay strong, focused on your goals and determined to see the great results of your next weigh-in.

 

Week 11 Weigh-In: 217.2 lbs

6.1 lbs lost

Total Lost: 79.4 Lbs!

With only one more week to go in the challenge, I had lost 79.4 lbs! That’s XX % of my starting body weight. It is outstanding to know that I have transformed my body into one that I am so proud of. I never thought that I would be able to run 6 miles nonstop at 6mph, but that’s exactly what I do at least 6 days a week!

I lost over 1/4 of my original body weight!

And you can too!

Despite the hard times, I can assure you that this has on of the most rewarding personal journeys that I have embarked upon. It is second only to raising my little girl, witnessing her to growth and helping her to learn more about this world each day.

In many ways, the past three months have reinforced the fact that we never stop learning. From nutrition to habits to characteristics, we are always learning about the world and ourselves.

One evening, I was out of town and decided to run outside because I did not have a treadmill to use. As I started jogging along the street, I immediately felt very insecure. Thoughts circles around in my mind about how people must be musing, “Oh, look at that fat guy running.”

 But when I passed people, they didn’t look twice. Some nodded and others didn’t even notice me.

 It was a priceless moment to realize that I am not size 3XL anymore. In fact, I’m a pretty normal-looking guy for my height now!

This street-running lesson was particularly valuable at this time, because I soon had to start going to the gym to tone up my body. I found it difficult to believe that I was at the stage of toning, but I did believe that I could go to a gym and exercise without feeling shy or ashamed.

The other day, I decided to treat myself to some new clothes, as my old ones were almost hanging off me. I went into the store and automatically began to look at the 3XL options. Holding a T-shirt up, I realized that it was far too big. I really didn’t know what size to buy.

 I took a few different sizes into the change room; it turns out that I now fit any XL very comfortably. The size of my jeans has also decreased from a 48 to a 38.

That slimmer man looking back at me in the mirror looked very proud of himself!

 I am so pleased with myself for the weight that I have lost, the determination that I have shown my daughter and myself, and the better life that we will both get to live now.

 

Week 12 Weigh-In: 210.6 lbs

 6.6 lbs lost

Grand Total Lost: 86 Lbs!

Total Percentage of Original Body Weight Lost: 29 %

 

When people I know see me for the first time since I began this journey, they cannot believe how different and healthier I look. It is impossible to miss how much happier I am too!

I am always happy to share my journey with people, tell them about the Isagenix 30-day system, and offer my coaching and support.

I’m originally from Scotland and have only been in Canada for 6 years now. No one back home knows that I even started this challenge. I cannot wait to have my before and after photos to show them so that they can see the dramatic change that I have gone through. The anticipation of that day, sharing my journey with friends and family back home, also helps to keep me motivated when times get tough.

Mostly though, it is my little princess, Jannah Holly, who holds all the motivation for me to carry on. I recently heard Jannah happily tell her little friend that her “daddy isn’t fat anymore.” Of course, I’m also her “big teddy bear,” so I have also been warned not to lose too much more weight, otherwise there won’t be enough of me to hug!

There will always be enough of me for her to hug! Yet, with so much extra weight lost now, I feel hopeful that I will be healthier, happier and able to care for my daughter for many many years to come. With that in perspective, the occasional missed baskets of wings seem pretty insignificant.

                                                                                    

My Weekly Routine

Summary

2 X meal supplement chocolate shakes per day

1 X 500 – 600 calorie meal per day

Drink a lot of water ever day!

Run on treadmill 5 – 7 days per week

2 X cleanse days per week (maximum recommended)

On Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, I take 4 tablets of diet supplements in the morning and have a shake for breakfast, a shake for lunch and then a 500-600 calorie meal for supper.

Monday and Thursday are cleanse days. The 30-day system only provides one cleanse day per week, but I choose to pay for and do two per week. On cleanse days, you don’t eat anything. All you have is 4 cleanse drinks, 6 chocolate wafers and drink lots of water. It seems impossible at first, but don’t be discouraged! You will get through this day and they become easier as time goes on.                                                         


The Food

Over the weeks of my program, I developed several recipes for fresh, homemade, 500 – 600 calorie meals. I would be happy to share them with you. If you do not like to cook, you can go to the grocery store and purchase ready-made meals, but you have to be careful to read the labels and stay under 600 calories per meal. Another option is to eat Subway sandwiches for some of your meals.

I know that 600 calories does not sound like much. Once I started looking at calories in the food I was eating before this program, I thought that there would be no way that I could make it on only 600 calories per meal, only once a day! Yet, I did make it through that transition; and so will you. Remember, you have your shakes too.

 I cannot understate how important it is to drink a lot of water each day. Like everything we do with high rewards, it takes time. Your body has to adjust to this new routine, but it will.

I found the first few days to be the most difficult, but it somehow gets easy very quickly. Remember, one meal at a time and drink a lot of water.


The Motivation

Once you get started, the 30-day system and program is so easy to follow. My first piece of advice while you start to create your new habits is, don’t think too far ahead. Take it 1 day at a time, or even 1 meal at a time. Before you know it, you will find your own stride in this new routine.

I work full time as truck driver and I am a single father of a beautiful 5-year-old little girl. So, if I can fit the 30-day cleanse into my lifestyle and successfully lose weight, well, anyone can.

Do whatever you need to in order to stay focused and motivated. I kept a record of my meals and my weight loss.

Mostly though, each time I look at my daughter, I know that I have to stay on this healthy path. She needs me to be healthy and I want to be the most positive role model that I can be for her.

If you make your goal to get through the first week, you go on the scale to weigh yourself and you see how much weight you have actually lost it will all have been worth it and it will make you more determined to stay focused and keep going on through this journey of weight lose.

When I started, I did have those days when I wanted to stray off my plan, but I just drank a lot of water and the hunger pangs went away. If you do have a bad day and go on a binge, don’t dwell on it. Wake up the next day and start fresh. Tomorrow is a new day and you have made it this far!

Make your weekly weigh-in a big thing! Get excited about it and tell all your family and friends about how much weight you have lost. Everyone will notice how much healthier you are becoming and you will feel so proud of what you’re doing; you are changing for the better.

Remember, only weigh-in once a week. To stick with a consistent weigh-in, the best time is as soon as you wake up and after you use the washroom.

 

My Offer to You

I have 100% faith in the 30-day system. I promise that if you just dedicate a few short months to this program, it will help you lose unwanted weight and will make you feel so much healthier and better about yourself.

The system comes with a money-back guarantee too! If you are not happy with the system after 5 days, just send it back within 30-days of purchase and get a full refund.

Before I began, I read that the Isagenix products were expensive. True, they are not the cheapest option. The price for a 30-day system breaks down to around $10-per-day.

At first I worried that it would cost too much. I wondered how the associated costs would affect my daughter’s lifestyle, as well as my own. After some careful consideration though, I realized that I generally spent double that on breakfast, lunch and snacks while I was working. Cutting out the costs of eating on the road at work, as well as the high prices of unhealthy food, and it works out that not only am I losing pounds of weight, but I’m actually saving money!

 Be warned though, it is a double-edged sword because some of the money you save over the short term will have to go toward a new wardrobe. After a few short months, none of your old clothes will fit anymore, so you will have to purchase some new clothes to fit your newly shaped body.

If you have any questions, please email me at gannon73@hotmail.com . I am very excited to share my experiences, advice and recipes with you as you head toward your weight-loss goals.

I believe in community, as I know that I could not have met and exceeded my weight-loss goals without the support and encouragement of others.

My journey is not over though. We all know that getting it off and keeping it off are two sides of the same weight-loss coin. Together, I know that we can lose weight and improve our overall health.

William Gannon

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