My name is Craig Mansfield and I have been overweight for about 10 years. I gained quite a bit of weight after playing sports in high school and college and didn't change my eating habits. I was also in a rough patch in my life and I turned to food for comfort.
In college I weighed around 220 pounds and at my heaviest I was up to 330 pounds. I tried a lot of different diets always telling myself I can start losing weight on "Monday".
After seeing some pictures and videos of myself at Christmas and New Years last year I decided to make a change. I saw Chris' post about the Lazy Man's Challenge and I thought I would give it a shot. I needed to lose weight for myself, my wife and for my 1 year old son.
I started off the challenge at 305 pounds and dove in and learned as much as I could about the LCHF lifestyle. It has been 100 days and I am happy to report that I have lost 56.7 pounds and 18.6% of my total weight. I feel like a totally new person. I have way more energy, I am in a better mood and I can keep up with my son. I am super excited to start the next 100 days and hope I can get down around 210-220.
If you follow the WOE plan you will be amazed as I was at the end of your 100 days.
When I found out about this challenge, I thought to myself it's the beginning of the new year so why not try and start another diet.
It seems like every January for the past 20 years that is what I would do, I tried them all (Weight Watchers at least 10 times, physician weight loss, Jenny Craig, South Beach, Low Fat, Grapefruit, Military, and several other ones.
Within 6 to 8 weeks I would get tired and give up. I started on January 7 weighing in at 266 and after the 100 days I weighed in on April 15 at 217.7, I was down 48.3 lbs!
I will tell you that the first 5 to 7 days don't come easy. I was tired and had a headache for a couple of days but after that it was smooth sailing! Once that sugar is out of your system you really don't crave anything.
I had my blood work done at the end of December and my numbers were not good. My doctor told me that I was borderline diabetic. I just had my blood work done again around day 90 and my doctor couldn't believe how my numbers had changed for the better. She told me to keep doing whatever I'm doing, I'm no longer borderline diabetic.
I'm looking forward to the next 100 days, I don't look at it as a diet any longer, it really is a way of eating! (WOE)
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A note from my wife
Motherhood is singlehandedly the best thing that has ever happened to me. It was a beautiful experience throughout the pregnancy, labor, and arrival of our sweet baby girl. I am left in awe at what a woman’s body is capable of.
Following Audrey’s arrival, I knew it would take time to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight, and I was okay with that. My body had just created a human after all! My baby was my number one priority. Providing nourishment for her and maintaining my milk supply were more important to me than fitting in my old jeans.
I joined the challenge when Audrey was 6.5 months old. I did adjust the plan slightly. My modified plan included a higher allowance of daily carbs (50g instead of 20g). I also never let myself feel hungry. As a breastfeeding mama, you definitely burn through more calories and get hungry easier. I also drank milk tea (with healthy fats added).
I am SO PROUD to say, that by the end of the 100 day challenge, I am back in my pre-pregnancy jeans!!! This is a major milestone! I am a few pounds away from my pre-baby days. It is coming off slowly, steadily, and most importantly in a healthy way.
A note from my mother-in-law
I am 65 years old and I started at 144.0 pounds, my heaviest in years (besides when I was pregnant). My initial goal was to lose 10 pounds & get back into those Harley jeans that were in the back of the closet (which I couldn't even come close to getting zipped).
100 days later I have lost 18.4 pounds! This has been with no exercise on my part & I can now fit in those jeans!
I cannot stress enough how much I LOVE this WoE. The pain in my left hip is gone. My clothes have gone from "too tight" to fitting or too big. I'm feeling good about myself & I'm FEELING great!
I LOVE being in this group, everyone shares recipes, their accomplishments & their struggles.
So If you are "OLDER" (or your mom, dad, friends) & think you "can't lose weight" because you are older - this plan WORKS, you just need to STAY with it.
I cannot express how AWESOME my son-in-law Christopher Becker has been throughout this challenge. The daily encouragement & motivational videos he provides certainly keep the group going. Any questions or concerns he responds to. It doesn't matter where you live; we have members all over the world. The $1.00 per day is certainly worth every penny to get you & your health and life back.
Meet Simon from the UK:
"Since starting the "Way of Eating" on Jan 7th, 2016 I've not been hungry once and never felt like I was missing out. How many 'diets' would let you eat bacon cheeseburgers and see you lose weight, feel amazing and look much better than before?
I won't lie, when I heard about this group I thought about not paying $100 and doing it on my own. I knew I could buy a book and follow my own rules. But then I realized the difference it would make being in a group with other people going through the same experiences as me. And being in this group has kept me on the right path to fantastic weight loss in the first three months of 2016.
For me, the key to this success has been staying disciplined. And I know that I would never have stayed disciplined trying to do it on my own. I've also made some good friends with others in this group, a real demonstration to how effective it is. Becker's Lazy Man's Challenge was the single largest reason behind my 30+ lbs lost in 3 months. I wouldn't have done it without the group; it was worth every cent."