Wednesday, 29 December 2010

Ten in Ten For 2011

This year's 10 in 10 challenge has switched formats. I don't have the time to administer the challenge, so have elected to use tools which you can administer yourself.

I have chosen to use Facebook as the primary tool to provide textual updates amongst the members of the challenge. You can post updates to the 10-in-10 Facebook page by just 'liking' the page at

To record and track our actual weight loss progress, I have decided to use the fabulous free resource over at I have set up a weight loss challenge beginning on the 3rd January, which runs for 10 weeks with a goal of losing 10 pounds.I have created a weight loss challenge at :

To track your weight loss progress, you just need to go in to your training log on the day that you weigh-in and then select 'edit the day details' (hover over icon in day cell). I'll be entering my initial weight on Jan 3rd, then on each subsequent Monday. As you update your weight, it will be reflected in the challenge.

Well, good look to everyone taking part - I'll see you on Facebook!


Friday, 19 March 2010

Glass is half empty?

So I got half way there - 5 lbs down...I could choose to be bummed out, or happy, so I'll take the latter. 
If anyone want to continue on with a longer view in mind, go over to buckeyeoutdoors and join the 2010 weight loss challenge.  I'm not done yet!

Many thanks Nigel for the accountablility that helped me keep away from the kitchen!

Monday, 15 March 2010

9lbs down

I'm happy. I managed to get myself weighed here in Prague and I am happy to say that I'm 9lbs down from when I started ten weeks ago. OK I didn't manage ten pounds but I'm alright with that. I still have another 10lbs to get to my target weight and I'll keep updating the blog for as long as I can with my hopeful progress.


I want to say Thank You to all participants and Nigel for this challenge. I had already planned to make my way to getting under 200 lbs by May 20th (my 40th Birthday) and this has helped tremendously. Down 24 lbs and 7 more to go.


Thank you, Nigel!

Well, I didn't make the 10 pound mark, but I did lose 9 pounds, which brings me down to my personal goal (and what I think is ideal) weight. I've been meaning to do this for over a year, and desperately wanted to get back down to my proper weight. Thanks to you, Nigel, for giving me the jump start I needed to get motivated and do it!
I feel so much better lately; I like the way my jeans fit again; and I'm feeling very motivated to continue eating well and watching my weight. Congratulations to everyone for working hard to lose some weight, no matter what those numbers are, and good luck for continued success!

Week 10 Update - Final Update (Nigelrunner)

Well, I'm sorry to say I failed miserably at this 10 in 10 challenge.

Ok, I'm nearly 3 pounds lighter than when I started, but a bout of dehydration could do that for me! :)

I was doing fairly well at the mid-point, but I lost focus in the latter stages. There's no dressing it up...I didn't do well. But, I am going to be keeping an eye on my weight and will still endeavour to shift a few more pounds over the coming months.

Congratulations to the many participants who have achieved some VERY impressive results - you should be very proud of your achievements.

Well, that's it for now...we'll probably all be doing this again at the beginning of next year, but try to be good in the meantime...

Nigel :)

Did not achieve the goal :/

There are no excuses, I didn't do what it takes to lose the 10 lbs. Sure there are reasons that got in my way but even if you (and I) thought they were great excuses (reasons) the bottom line is I didn't do what it takes to be successful in this competition. So, next weekend I have my half marathon and I will continue the quest to lose the full 10 lbs and then some! Thanks Nigel for the competition and good luck to all that have a few more to lose and congratulations to all who succeeded!
John from the Poi

Sunday, 14 March 2010

Fallen at the last hurdle...

Was looking so good, i had lost 10 in 8 weeks. i had stayed at a loss of 10 in 9 weeks.

So weighed myself this morning for the last time in this challenge and have lost a total of 9 in 10 weeks.

I've lost the challenge :(

Still have at least another 10 pounds i want to drop so it starts again from here.

Friday, 12 March 2010

Late In

Didn't update my weight this week so my weight loss isn't quite so impressive as it looks. Weighed myself today and I'm three pounds down. BUT, that is over a week and a half. Don't get me wrong though. I'm over the Moon that it's still going the right way and I will be keeping up the challenge way past the 10 weeks. If I can lose another 10lbs or there abouts, which should leave me hovering around 185lbs, I will be a happy bloke.
I've been watching Eddie Izzards trek around the UK on the BBC. I am soooo inspired. How can someone without training just get up one day and decide he's going to run 43 marathons in 51 days? Just goes to show what the human body and mind can do. Then again, he is as mad as a bucket of frogs.
Will be updating 10 in 10 from Prague next week hopefully with another weight loss. Problem is - new country - new food. But, new running sites - bonus.

Tuesday, 9 March 2010

Disney Princess Half Marathon

While clad in a tiara (it's an unwritten rule that one must accessorize when running the Disney Princess half marathon), I completed my second half of the year yesterday and knocked four minutes and 35 seconds off my time in January. A new personal record! I'm down 2.2 pounds this week so I'm struggling with how to keep this momentum moving without using the race as an excuse to eat.

In regard to the race, I had some mental struggles during miles 1-2 wondering why I was doing this AGAIN. I’ve only had this self doubt and feeling of "Why do I run?" once during a long practice session months ago. By mile three, I was in love with the movement, the entertainment, and the chance to know I'm competing only against myself so improvement is the one goal. The first half of the race simply flew.

Unfortunately, I reached what I call the "no man's land" during miles eight and nine. That's the part of a race when I realize I'm truly on my own without entertainment, visual appeal, and the surrounding runners have also hit a low so conversations aren't giddy as they were while running down Main Street USA in the Magic Kingdom. My body finally hit a wall with leg fatigue around mile 11 and I struggled to the very end. I also didn't cry when I crossed the finish line because it wasn't a shock that I completed another 13.1. I expected myself to make this second one in better time.

Fortunately, my recovery only took one day due to a new plan: low fat chocolate milk, stretching, professional massage, and allowing myself to take Tylenol after I ate a meal with protein. I feel NO pain, stiffness, or discomfort today. THIS is a HUGE accomplishment! So two halves down and two to go this year in my quest to complete four to celebrate my 40th year. Happy running, everyone! As always, thanks for this venue of support, Nigel!