Mayor Rob Ford ended his highly-publicized Cut The Waist Challenge on Monday with five words: “I could have done better.”
A sullen-looking Ford tipped the scale at 313 pounds — 33 pounds shy of his goal of 280 pounds.
His disappointing result was punctuated when he twisted his ankle stepping off the giant scale parked outside of his office.
It also wasn’t a surprise after the mayor admitted on his weekly radio show last month that he wasn’t dieting anymore. Ford’s gusto at the start of the campaign in January, including early-morning power walks and weekly weigh-ins, died down fast.
Despite the final tally, the mayor and his brother managed to raise more than $20,000 for charity as part of the program.
The mayor’s brother, meanwhile, was much more upbeat about his results on Monday. He took off his dress shirt and stepped on the scale wearing a tight-fitting black T-shirt and gold chain. He, too, was shy of his goal but was proud of the fact he shed 35 pounds in five months with relatively little effort.
“I went out for a great buffet dinner last night,” he said, adding that he now works out daily.
“I feel like a champion,” he said.
Read our full coverage of the mayor’s Cut The Waist Challenge here.
Coun. Ford also took a few shots at the media.
“I know the media, some of you, said oh, this was a failure,” he said. “I’m looking around here — three quarters of the people taking pictures right now have weight issues. The truth of the matter is it’s a challenge for everyone.”
Doug Ford praised his brother for coming out publicly to deal with his weight issue and admitted that weekly weigh-ins provided too much pressure — but both he and his brother will continue preaching eating and living healthier.
“Rob found it tough and he’s going to continue on,” he said. “He knows he has a weight issue.”
The Ford brothers invited the public to join their weight loss challenge and pledge money to various charities for pounds lost. Coun. Ford said they’d be donating $400 per pound lost, which would total $20,800.