A year ago Lindsay and Brad Pease were expecting their first child. As Lindsay put on the weight, so did Brad. “She had a reason to gain weight last year, I did not. And when she began to lose her weight, I did not,” Brad says.
A before picture of Brad, Lindsay and Grant Pease
Lindsay signed the two of them up for the Ballard Fitness Fest. “I knew it was her way of letting me know that it was time to change some priorities,” says Brad. “She is the best thing that ever happened to me and always finds unique ways of reminding me of that fact.”
Brad says the two of them went back to the basics to lose the weight. “It’s a remarkably simple equation: eat healthy and exercise regularly. No fad diet or extreme fitness program required. I did work out three times a week, which meant 6 a.m. workouts so as not to cheat time away from Grant and Lindsay in the evenings. I also followed Lindsay’s lead on what to eat and she prepared simple, healthy meals.”
The after shot of the Pease family. Brad says he’s going to celebrate the weight loss with a lot of family photos
Technology also played a part. When trying to decide where to eat out, they used an iPhone app to track calories to make informed decisions on what to eat at restaurants. “But, it’s not hard to know what you shouldn’t eat,” Brad tells us. “I was a french fry addict, and it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that they are bad for you.”
After the three-month challenge, Brad won the challenge. According to Erik Hronich of EDGE Personal Training, who puts on the event, Brad lost more than 37 pounds, 9.5 percent of his body fat and 30 pounds of body fat. These numbers mean he lost a total of 23 inches, including five in the waist. The results surprised Brad. “I didn’t know that I had it in me, and I surprised myself. It’s nice to know that I could change a ton of poor habits, but now that I know that I can do it, I have no excuses not to continue,” he says.
Lindsay didn’t do too poorly, either. She tied for third.
Congratulations to the 55 participants! Here is the list of this year’s winners:
Grand Prize winner – Brad Pease
1st place- Shauna Moss
2nd place- Josh Juster
3rd place (tie)- Rich Waddell
3rd place (tie)- Lindsay Pease
Honorable mentions- Peter VanLund, Mary Durkan, Paul Anderson, Matt Grover, Allison Meyers and MaryLynn Powers
As far as advice for next year’s participants, Brad says, “Don’t do it alone. My wife and I were each other’s rock when we began to waver, which happened more than we would like to admit. I would have caved in week two it was not for some well-timed tough love.”