Sundays In My City: Walking with The Biggest Losers

If you watched the most recent season of The Biggest Loser, you will most definitely remember Arthur and his dad, Jesse. Arthur was the largest man on the show and Jesse was the most charismatic fatherly figure. Here are their before and after pics:



This is one of two teams who live in Portland. After Jesse (the dad) was voted off the ranch, he started "Walks with Jesse" - every Saturday he does a 5K walk wherever he might be (he has had to travel for promotional things for the show). I was able to join him yesterday, which was a great day for a walk, and Arthur made it out with his two young kids, as well as about 10 other people inspired to get out and move.

It was just a little over 3 miles and I was walking with a friend, and then with a new friend, and their pace was a bit slower than I would have normally gone, but it felt good just to be MOVING. I have been so lazy lately, not working out or exercising at all-other than gardening each week (which actually is a good workout, but I don't do it often enough). Jesse and Arthur gathered the group together at the start and gave a nice motivational pep talk and then we headed out, walking at different paces, but meeting up at the halfway mark, and then again at the end. The talk at the end of the walk was really great - they shared some of what they learned on The Biggest Loser ranch and gave us some encouraging words to set us off, and then invited us to join them every Saturday. Arthur is interested in setting up a "field day-boot camp" type event for those interested. Really cool guys and it was interesting to hear some behind-the-scenes info about the show.
The path we were on was directly next to the airport.
And on the other side was the river. Beautiful scenery.

Jesse and Arthur Womack - inspiring guys!
My walking buddy was someone I haven't seen for exactly two years-shocking that it's been that long. We've known each other for eleven years and have seen each other gain and lose weight (but mostly gain), so this was hopefully a start of a successful summer for us both!

For more views from other cities, check out Unknown Mami's blog:

Unknown Mami

8 comments:

  1. Brian Miller said...:

    so cool to know and meet them...and yes indeed an inspiration...i hope it isreat summer fo you... a g

  1. Unknown Mami said...:

    That's wonderful. I'm glad you went. I didn't get to watch this season.

  1. Raven said...:

    Good for you for getting out there and moving around. :D

  1. Keetha Broyles said...:

    Really cool that you got to do this.

  1. What a neat thing for them to pass it forward and inspire others!

  1. Brandy@YDK said...:

    that sounds really neat!!

  1. Very cool. No matter what someone's age is, I think it takes a lot of courage to face the hard work it takes to lose so much weight.

  1. carma said...:

    the dad's weight transformation is amazing. Sweet that you got to spend some time with them and I hope you and your friend have a very successful summer :-)

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