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The only male challenger, Bill, says the Best Life Weight Loss Challenge isn't his first battle of the bulge—it's been a lifelong war. Bill says he put himself on his first diet at age 8. "I've lost the weight before. I've gone up and down and up and down and up and down and up and down," he says. "I've done the weight loss. I like the exercise. But I haven't found that key to keep it off."

At the boot camp, Bob asked each challenger to rate key areas of their lives—such as career, family, health and relationships—and Bill was the only one who scored every single section as negative. "I've never seen anyone rate every area of their life in a negative fashion," Bob says. "It just tells me nothing will ever be good enough."

Bill says that simple task was a wake-up call. "It's not that everything's bad. I have a great life," he says. "But I always feel like I'm falling short as a husband. I'm falling short as a father, as a businessman to my partners—every area. And my weight gain has just really been a big part of that, that I just kind of gave up on myself to focus on everything else, because I felt like I wasn't reaching anything."

Since beginning the challenge, Bill says he has begun to accept the slower progress of his weight loss—instead of the faster results of a yo-yo diet. "I've really tried to make the choice every time, whether it's eating or whether it's exercise, that I'm not going to do anything that I can't commit to for the rest of my life," he says. "Because otherwise my personality is going to do it all at once, and I'll burn out and crash."
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FROM: The Big Weigh In: Best Life Weight Loss Challenge Update
Published on January 01, 2006

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