Ford weight-loss challenge ends in painful twist

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford - with his brother Coun. Doug Ford - hurts his ankle as he steps off the...

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford - with his brother Coun. Doug Ford - hurts his ankle as he steps off the scale at the Cut the Waist Challenge weigh-in for the last time outside the Mayor's office at Toronto City Hall on Monday June 18, 2012. (Ernest Doroszuk/QMI AGENCY)

Don Peat, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:07 PM ET

TORONTO -- Mayor Rob Ford's weight-loss campaign ended with a painful yelp Monday.

Ford wrapped up his Cut the Waist challenge, but as he stepped off the scale for his final weigh-in he twisted his ankle and let out a hefty "Ow.".

The mayor weighed in at 313 pounds, down 17 pounds from his 330-pound starting weight back in January.

Ford's goal was to lose 50 pounds, but announced last month he was off his diet and would likely miss his target.

"I just want to thank everyone for their support, it's been good," he told reporters after walking off his ankle injury.

"I could have done better; anyways we'll keep working hard and get (the weight) down."

Ford said his ankle "hurt pretty bad.

"I twisted it good," he said.

The mayor's brother, Councillor Doug Ford tipped the scale at 240 pounds -- down 35 pounds from when he started the weight-loss campaign in January. He was also trying to lose 50 pounds.

"We aren't going to stop, we're going to keep going," Doug Ford said.

"In my opinion, I lost 35 pounds and I didn't really try. I went out for a great buffet dinner last night, I had breakfast this morning but I'm working out every day and I couldn't have done it without Rob."

Doug Ford applauded his brother for having the nerve to come out publicly and admit he had a weight issue.

"Just like I'm looking around here, three-quarters of the people taking pictures right now have a weight issue," Doug Ford said.

"The truth of the matter is, it is a challenge for everyone."

Despite many being critical of the weight-loss campaign, Doug Ford said he had no regrets.

"I didn't force Rob to do it, he did it, he wants to lose weight," he said. "There is one mistake that I did on this folks, the weigh-in every week. I wouldn't recommend that ... it's just so much stress."


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