Parker Watts

Octane Orange Team

My name is Parker Watts, I am 22 years old and I'm excited to be a contestant of FWSW!  I have a passion for fishing and golf so if the weather is nice that's where you'll find me. I'm here to change my health and developed a new life style. 

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To be honest, as I sit here reflecting on my week, I am not sure what to write about without being redundant  I try and keep  blog full of new things, but as week 7 is coming to a close, I guess my habits are just starting to take place for good. I still get up every morning excited to see everyone and to start my day off with the most wonderful people. Running is still my favorite times of the week. Wednesday was interesting, as a competitor I always want to push myself, and I was told that I needed to bring it down a notch. This  was a little frustrating because I felt great and I was excited to see what my accomplishment was going to be, but after some thought I have complete faith in all of our running coaches and trainers. They are the professionals and they know and want what is best for us to complete the half marathon. I know I would be devistated if I could not run in it due to an injury that came from overworking my body. On a more exciting note, getting dressed is starting to be fun. I continue to fit in clothes that I saved because I told myself I would fit into it someday. It feels great to feel how my body has changed in just seven weeks. Also, all of the other contestants are so kind and keep telling me they can see how much I have changed. People are so supportive and that is what makes this journey easier and easier. I just can't say enough for how much I love this program.




I'm going to do a little segment today that have to do with "little big things".  I'm sort of stealing this idea from my big bro Shawn, but I thought it would be a cool idea none the less. These 
little big things are all certain stuff that may be small to others, but are huge accomplishments or changes that make a big difference in my life.  The first one that amazes me is the fact that I have not had a headache since I started this program.  I used to take tylenol nearly 5 times a week due to headaches. I have yet to have ONE!!  Next, I always had blackheads on my nose that bothered me. Thanks to water and being hydrated, poof, those are gone to.  I ought to be on a loreal commercial or something because my nose is silky smoothe :).  Antoher one that I noticed this week is sort of a two parter.  First, I fit into a button up shirt from Banana Republic for the first time in 3 years! Also, when I sat down, the button areas did not spread apart showing that pack of bud light i'd been hiding.  Next, for the first time in over 3 years, I am in the 220's.  Forever it seemed that I could not break the 230 mark, and now that I have the sky is the limit for where I want to go!  Something else that I have noticed is the fact that I haven't eaten for the pleasure of it in over 6 weeks! Also, I am not out of breath as I climb 3 flights of stairs to my girlfriends appartment.  Sidetracking for a second, I took a 35lb sack of kitten litter up to the appartment last week, and I was like, can you believe that I was almost carrying this much weight everywhere I went 6 weeks ago?  It felt so good to be able to visualize and see just how far i've come in 6 weeks!  Getting back on track again, I look forward to the healthy food I eat now.  Obviously heatlhy pizza is a must, but the chicken, bison, and turkey that calls my name when I get home tastes great without salt, and pack plenty of flavor.   Finally, i'm starting to gain my confidence back.  Although weight does not define who someone is, it still feels good to walk around knowing that I am working towards a healthier me every day, and that someday in the near future I am going to hit the biggest goal that I have ever set for myself.  All of these accomplishements I have touched on are the little things that keep my driving every day.  They make me hold my head up high and be proud of the person I am becoming, and they make the next day easier and easier.  

To close this blog, I want to thank everyone who is supporting me one more time for the love, time, encouragement, and support that you have given me.  I am truly blessed to be on this journey, and I cannot say enought just how much I love FWSW and everyone that surrounds this program.  We are truly blessed.




Today I am feeling proud of the new me that is taking shape.  First, during last nights run, I felt invincible. Although we were only runnin 3 minutes at a time, I felt comfortable with a 9 minute mile pace, graciously provided by our wonderful photographer Lennart.  I must say, I'm really enjoying this running stuff. This guy is actually looking forward to Saturday's run!  Huge shout out to Tina for working with me on my form and teaching me how to stay loose! Having such wonderful support and coaches that we do is invaluable!  I can't wait for the half marathon in July!!  

Now that I'm done backtracking, today was a huge accomplishment for this guy!  I woke up at 4:40 because I had to pack up my boat to take to my brother near Effingham Illinois. I had planned to take it to him right after workout, and fish with him for a few hours as well. I rarely get to see him, because he lives in St. Louis, so I was excited to say the least.  Then I get a text that morning workout has been cancelled. Now I'm like shit, when am I going to get this workout in...  So I called Tina and told her I was going to go to a different gym, and hop on an elliptical machine for a while to get my workout in not knowing if I would be home I'm time to get to Spiece. Tina really wanted me to get to spiece to get on a stairmaster, so the new Parker was going to make sure he did just that.  After driving for more than 8 hours round trip, and fishing for 5 hrs, I made it home at 7:50 and found myself done with 100 flights of stairs by 8:45.  I completed my 100 flights in 21:38! i proved to myself that no matter how long, tiring, or emotional of a day I've had, there is always time for my health.  And now, I feel better than ever! I love that new habits keep taking place, and my tenacity for my well being and fitness grows stronger every day! 




TORTILLA PIZZA, I s my new found food love from week 4. I had 4 of these little bundles of joy this week! In all seriousness, it is kind of fun building your own mini, healthy pizza. Last night Shanna and I make a chicken, onion, pepper, and cottage cheese pizza with organic pizza sauce and a whole wheat tortilla!  We had fun making them and we really enjoy this meal.  I am so fortunate to be surrounded by a mother and father who support me through and through, but I am also so blessed by the love and support from my girlfriend Shanna. The love and support you have given me the last month has helped me far greater than you know. Even as your life is so stressed, you still manage to eat healthily with me, and find time to go to the gym. Thank you for  all you do for me 😘. On a final note, people keep asking are you tired of everything yet? Are you exhausted? Hell no! We're just getting started baby, and I love every minute. Yes, the morning are early, and second workouts are tiring, but victory never comes without sacrifice.  Every day I look forward to FWSW and the chance at bettering my life, and that is a habit I'm starting to enjoy! 




Unfortunately I lost the blog that I wrote on my birthday.  I'm not going to try and recreate it, because I like to write in the moment, but it basically thanked both of my families for all of their support.  I also mentioned how no cake, candles, or party could give me the feelings that I am feeling now.  I am truly blessed to have my family, along side my FWSW family to be there to celebrate that day with me.  Today, thanks to Rick, I felt the best I ever have after morning workout.  This was because I had my OATMEAL!!  But for real, I'm starting to finally see how my body is changing physically and mentally.  I feel like I finally comprehend what this "lifestyle change" is all about.  I was up every morning tired, but excited to see what this journey will bring that day.  I am honestly the happiest that I have ever felt in my life.  All I can say is that I am so blessed to have been chosen for this amazing program, and it was the greatest gift that has ever been given to me.  


P.S.  Dan, I'm proud that you are in first, but I'm coming for you 😝



Well as I sat at home reflecting on my week, I realized that I hadn't blogged all week.  Well, here goes.  I must say that the start of my week was somewhat disappointing.  I only ended up losing 1.4 lbs. when I stepped on the scale. To be honest, I was very embarrassed. I worked my tail off, ate well, and came out with little results. Fortunately, I have a great team and support system to pick me up and I just kept pushing.  I didn't lower my head and give up, rather I strapped on my boots, went to the gym, and hit it hard every day.  On a bright note, one thing that I'm starting to enjoy more is running. It's fun to push myself to better times and distances, and every week I can see the progression I am making. Also, I can see my physical body start to change. I fit into a sport coat the best I ever have this morning at Easter Mass.  Hopefully tomorrow night brings a better weigh in. I know I did everything the right way, so let's see what happens!



So our second week of workouts is over, and my body is finally starting to get used to the exercise and fatigue that it encounters on a daily basis.  Although i'm sore, it "hurts so good".  It is exciting to see changes that are already starting to take place in just two weeks.  One of the biggest differences I feel is being better hydrated and not drinking pop.  Right now I cringe at the thought of a coke, instead, I'm trying to drink between 150-200 oz. of water a day. Workouts this week were about the same, that is until Friday came along.  We put on the boxing gloves and went to town.  I finally started to feel nauseous, which actually got me pumped.  Those kinds of workouts are what i've been waiting for.  Those workouts make you feel empowered when you complete them. They make finishing the day out with good eating habits easy. Every week there seems to be another person that pushes me to do my best.  But its not like the other people go away, the only way I can describe it is like everyone starting to hop on the bandwagon.  This week Anthony Berg and Rose Murphy seemed to push me to walk hard.  It is because of people and teammates like this that I truly believe makes this program so successful.  The last characteristic I want to share is the faith in the Lord that surrounds FWSW.  We conclude every day with a prayer, and it is beautiful to hear different contestants lead us in prayer.  We truly are so fortunate to be with one another on this journey to a new life, and there are people out there that are fighting battles far greater than we can imagine. So we end by asking for strength, courage, and health. Once again, we are one big family on a journey to a new life. 



Huge shoutout to my teammates Latoya Williams and Jessica Creekmore for pushing me to get out of bed at 4:30 this A.M. and take my first ever spin class.  I definitely did not do as well as I thought I would, but as our trainer CC would say, "if it were easy, everybody would be doing it".  One thing is for certain, that I'm one step closer to achieving my goal.  For anyone who might be reading this, thinking "I Can't", I challenge you to take the first step and do something that makes you uncomfortable.  If you need some encouragement, find a individual who cares about you and ask for help.  If all else fails, give me a call, 260-414-9288. No one is ever alone in this program, even the people following our journey. 



As week one is coming to a close, I wanted to touch base and share with everyone how my eating habits are starting to change.  First, I am astonished at how much food one can actually eat when it is healthy and non processed.  Right now I am struggling to make my 1200 calorie mark.  For my first week I tried to keep it simple with a pre-workout banana and an egg beater omelette paired with Greek yogurt and a fruit and vegetable. Mrs. Dash seasoning has been a must because we are not using salt whatsoever.  Also, I sometimes pair healthy whole wheat toast with avocado as the spread.  Then for lunch I take my meal prepped chicken, throw in a 1/2 cup brown rice, fruit and vegetable and maybe cottage cheese and I'm loving lunch.  For dinner I try to make a healthy romaine salad with boathouse farm dressing, fresh bell pepper, green beans, and some fruit.  But the key to all of this has been no pop, no sugary drinks, and just a lot of water.  Right now I am drinking between 145-200 oz. of water a day. Lastly, I want to finish by saying how proud I am of team Octane Orange.  All of us are working hard and pushing one another.  My team continues to amaze me with their tenacity and will to work hard day in and day out. Octane Orange is going to bring it Monday night at weigh in!



Our second day of morning workouts is in the books, and man, what a program.  All I can say so far is the level of camaraderie is palpable.  Today, something really stuck with me.  As we ran our first mile, everyone was encouraging one another in our ups and downs. As I passed a couple of individuals, they each told me "great job" and "keep going".  Although there are prizes, and although we all have different personal goals, one thing is clear, that we will stop at nothing to help one anther along the way. And the true prize is helping one another achieve a new lifestyle and make it to the finish line. I wouldn't hesitate to say that many of us, if not all of us, have attempted to travel down this weight loss journey multiple times.  What will make not only myself successful, but hopefully everyone else, is the comfort and security that every other contestant, alumni, trainer, nutritionist, and staff member will be there every step of the way.  I know it is only day two, but we are already family.  


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  • Sad to not read your latest thoughts, but your doing great. Love your energy that you always bring to the workouts n runs. Youth is a great thing and others feed on your energy. Love your success and family support . Keep it up, others coming for you. Ha Ha. Thanks Rick and Tina

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  • Parker, when we sat at the table in the bistro for our meeting with Jen before week 1 and you said to me, "I'm going to win this thing." I will be honest, I was skeptical (in a mom sort of way). Then about 4 weeks ago, I was like yep, he's going to do it. I'm so dang proud of you!! You continuously amaze me every day that we are in the gym. You are agile, quick and graceful...well, except when we do sleds. LOL. Your drive to stay #1 is awesome to see. I cannot wait to see where you are at the end of the season. Thank you so much for your encouraging words and support when I need it. I am so honored to be your teammate :)

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  • Guest (Ashley)

    Congrats on another 6 miles in the books, rockstar! It's getting really fun seeing your progress the past 7 weeks...especially while running (of course, I'm partial). I enjoyed our talk after the run on Wednesday with the other boys, and I appreciate you listening and understanding that we just want to keep you all safe and injury free. Please understand it's like having 25 "babies", and all I want to see is you and everyone else healthy, happy, and injury free so you can successfully cross that finish line on July 1st. Keep kicking butt, and thank you for providing endless entertainment on a daily basis, ha!

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  • Guest (Rose Murphy)

    I am so happy for you for the Big Little Things!!!
    Headaches that often to NONE!! Hmm, crazy what eating right and drinking a ton of water can do right?!
    I LOVE that you were realizing while you carrying that 35 pound bag, that you used to always carry that 35 pounds with you everywhere! That is a great moment!
    And Joy told me she called you Eddie Haskell and you didn't get it, you'll have to YouTube it! She is right, it is a good nickname/description for you.

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  • Guest (Mark Figel)

    Parker! I'm soooo proud of you. Congratulations on your milestone. You get all of my money when I'm gone :) Love you

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  • First I want to say thanks for the shout out on my blog. It is very encouraging to hear those kinds of things. I am amazed at how far you have come as well. I look at you when you are running and I think to myself I need to work harder to I can catch up to him. Running has never been my strong suit especially distance running. So you are my motivation to keep on moving my legs at each run.

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  • Nice blog, loved it, funny, fresh and front a young guys point of view. Your doing awesome and making great habits to last you a lifetime. Keep it up, love the teamwork and competition that your team represents. Thanks Rick and Tina

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  • Parker - you and your team are rockin' it! Great job! Your hard work is evident, you are looking great! Cheers to making week 7 the best yet!

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  • Guest (Karen Figel)

    We are always proud of you Parker, but especially with the determination and enthusiasm you have shown. Keep up the good work you are doing. We love you so much! Grandma and Grandpa

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  • Guest (Rose Murphy)

    9 minute pace?!! Dude Parker! And 21:38 for 100 floors! After such a crazy busy day! Wowza! So very proud of you! And I loved how big your normal clothes were on you this morning after workout! Woohoo! Celebration time!

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