>> Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Ten days! I’m starting to think about the marathon nearly ever waking moment.
Ten pounds: The amount of weight I lost IN SIX DAYS in the summer of 2004. Here I am before losing the weight:
What’s my weight-loss secret? Popcorn and Kool-Aid. Seriously. In the summer of 04, I was chosen as a contestant for the “Channel 45 Ultimate Extreme Challenge” where the winner received a new SUV. Twelve strangers were locked into a 12x12 plexiglass box (with no roof) at the Minnesota State Fair for up to 10 days. We competed in 4-5 challenges each day that were a mix between gross and extreme. Then, at the end of each day, we voted one person out (if you won a challenge, you might be immune to getting voted out). It was much like “Survivor” meets “Fear Factor.”
The only thing we were fed was microwave popcorn and Kool-Aid. My normal 4-5 poops per day dropped 10 fold quickly (really - I only pooped once every-other day). We were not allowed to bring in any personal hygiene items: no chapstick, deodorant, toothbrush, Q-tips, sunscreen, etc.
I was voted out on the morning of 6th day in the first “big twist” of the competition. The twist was that the individual winner of the first challenge that day was able to vote one person out of their choosing, and Anthony (the winner) picked me. Damn it Anthony. My prize? Fuzzy teeth, stinky pits, and wax-encrusted ears.
Not to toot my own horn, but tomorrows post is going to be pretty good. Top drawer. Male genitalia might be involved. Just maybe. Only if you eat all your vegetables and clean your plate.