BLOGGIES!!!! It has been entirely, entiiiiiirely too long since we last spoke.
I want to firstly apologize for my brief hiatus. Schedule wise I have never in my life been so busy. Eight To The Eights is now officially finished, and I am back in full blogging force, so prepare for my return from the grave!!!
Speaking of Eight To The Eights, can I just briefly talk about how amazing this program has been?! I was presented with the amazing opportunity to be the “Bob” of our cities “Biggest Loser” style program eight weeks ago, and the finale was last night! I can’t think of a better way to finish this amazing competition than with a HUGE 8K and parade!
Then it was time for the big race! This was the moment they had all been working so hard for. 5 miles…no stops…and the winner of the whole competition was going to be revealed LIVE in front of our entire city. No pressure, right?
I ran it myself, although this probably goes down as the WORST race I have ever been in. For starters, it came a torrential downpour and RUINED my iPod. I am one of those people who cannot function without music, so needless to say…I was depressed. Add to that the fact my shoes/socks were compleeeeeetely soaked through, and blisters started at mile 2! Still though, it was a fun race…and I did it a minute faster than last year, in 38:30! Not to bad considering all the bad luck beforehand!!!
Once I finished it was time to cheer on all my contestants as they crossed the finish line!
Then it was time for us to take the stage:
I cannot tell you guys how amazing it was to be up there on stage, and finally being able to give these amazing contestants all the recognition they deserved. After we all had delivered some brief speeches, it was time to announce the winner!
Worley, from the Orange Team, won the entire competition! He lost around 60 lbs in the eight weeks!!!!
Everyone did so amazing, and we revealed all their weight loss. It was not only a surprise for us, but the contestants as well. For the final two weeks of the competition, we had hidden their weight loss so that no one would know the winner! Everyone did amazing.
I seriously feel like the proudest poppa EVER!
The group managed to lose a combined 600+ pounds in the eight weeks!
Talk about some major determination!
The ending of this program is definitely bitter sweet for me. On the one hand, I now have WAY more time on my hands and can resume my precious blogging! On the other hand, these people have become SUCH a part of my life, that I honestly do not know what I am going to do without them! They have completely inspired me and changed my life for the better!
The race didn’t even start until 10:00pm, so needless to say…sleep wasnt even had until around 4:00am with all the announcing of the winners and awards ceremony/etc. So I took advantage of the first day of MANY and slept in. When I woke up, Cracker Barrel was considerably past due.
So with that bit of deliciousness, I am wrapping up this entry. What an amazing ride these eight weeks have been. Thanks to all of you loyal readers who have not given up on me! I promise I am back, and in full force!!!
I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend!