Friday, 2 May 2008

Wino Weight Be Gone

As predicted my wino weight has since left and I’m back to where I was last week. I must say this week I have been especially “good” with my eating and my marathon training is finally out of a funk. I’m a little disappointed that I haven’t lost more than 1 lb since last weekend. I know it’s only Friday but I definitely feel like I’ve lost more. Hopefully I can make it through the weekend strong. I have my longest run ever planned for Sunday, 20 miles! Eeek! Like I said, this week my runs have been great in fact, on Wednesday, I did a 6-miler in PR time (58 min and change…for me this is fast!). I felt like I could have kept going and going, like the energizer bunny. Anyway, good luck through the weekend everyone! I’ll be reporting on Tuesday.

Week 3 - One (half) Step Back (Chris)

Well, to see me eating these days you wouldn't think I was on a diet. But I know that I am "working" on it because I find myself skipping the trip to Starbuck's and having green tea at the office instead. And I pass on the candy snack and have an apple instead. And tonight, after going out for pizza (yes I did eat some) I skipped the ice cream for dessert.

But it does get tough when hubby cooks and puts a plate full of pasta in front of you right when you get home from work.

Or if you go to the beach for the weekend and eat....whatever.

So my weigh in on Wed read 133 (+0.5 lb). No surprise to me - I was just glad that it wasn't worse.

I suppose the good news is that this morning, just for kicks, I got on the scale and it read 132. At least I am headed back in the right direction.

Another good thing is that I have changed up my running a bit. I am focusing on keeping my heart rate in the aerobic zone (under 162 bpm for me) while I run. I will burn more calories that way and it makes the run much more enjoyable. I will eventually get back to hard training - but for now I am just taking it slow and easy!

Thursday, 1 May 2008

It's not a diet - it's a lifestyle change


So one thing I'm not doing as part of this challenge is dieting (You might say "No duh! Look at your results, you're at +0.3lb, of course you aren't dieting, and that's what you are doing wrong!" Hear me out though).

Go back to this point and time last year for me. Frequently I would be found having Burger King, Wendy's, Taco Bell, ect. I would be known to have 3+ Dr. Peppers in a day. I was getting no exercise other than walking around some. Not the most healthy lifestyle in the world (and that over the past few years is what led to my weight gain).

Fastforward to this past month (actually few months). I can't remember the last time I ate at any of those fast food restaurant mentioned above. I'm now getting on the trainer for 6+ miles at least once every 2 days. Now, instead of cracking open a pack of Oreos for a snack when I get hungry, I'm having a banana (and trying to add in other fruit, this week I've been successful with strawberries). I'm still having an infrequent Dr. Pepper, however, it's now mostly been replaced with water and I'm definitely not having 3 a day!

All these things have been attributing to my weight loss (I clocked in a 195 today, and back in February I was at 208, so it's slowly going down). The thing that keeps getting me off track was when I went somewhere for a weekend, I just have a hard time having my 'regular' food (It's hard when out because I'm a rather picky eater). Although I am aiming to cut down on portions because I realize they are usually too large, I don't feel what I am doing is dieting. I look at it more as shifting my lifestyle in general to have better eating habits. And this will eventually lead to weight loss, even if not within the 10 week window of our challenge.

If I took the path of 'dieting', I don't feel that I would be able to sustain it and would rebound back quickly. I've slowly been shifting my diet over the past few months and have thus far been fairly successful with it. Sure, every now and then I'll give in to a craving and have something that isn't the best, but that doesn't happen multiple meals / days in a row - and I know that this is a vast improvement over what I used to eat, so I still view it as a win for me!

These all might seem like small steps, however, adding up the results of all them will lead towards big progress to achieving the goal!

Week 3 - progress! (Andy)

Once again, I've been off on business Tuesday and Wednesday, so haven't had a chance to post an update. However, I did manage to weigh myself on Tuesday before I left this time, and scribble the number on my office whiteboard before hitting the road. And it was a good number. 164lb.

This was in spite of a long meeting in Monday in one of our data centres, fuelled by many visits to a table full of the most exquisitely made canopes. And delicious Blue Cheese. Not your normal orange juice and curly sandwiches - the salesman was trying to impress the customer. Yum.

However, I'm obsessing again. The big news is that this morning I went out for a run for the first time in 6 months. I stopped in December following an ankle injury and although there has been improvement, my tendons have never got back to normal - my Achilles has some weird lumpiness going on. However, with a particular 10K race only 6 weeks away, I needed to restart running probably 4 weeks ago. I have a lot to do between now and then. So I managed an easy 2.5 miles with a few 1 minute rest stops to ensure I didn't break anything already.

Other than been locked into a data centre with highly calorific food, I've done pretty well on the will-power front and stuck to my reduced portions, 3 meals, no snacking etc ... "plan". Interim weighing-ins over the week showed some significant variation in weight both up and down, but it's the weekly one that counts, right?

So, progress so far is [with calculations for Nigel]:

Start of...
Week 1: 168lb (0, 0) - [weekly progress, total progress]
Week 2: 165.8lb (-2.2, -2.2)
Week 3: 164lb (-1.8, -4)
...
Week 10: 158lb (goal)

All the best.

Andy

Wednesday, 30 April 2008

Week 2 - Barb (kelownagirl)

Well I was scared to weigh in this morning but it was ok. I was at 119.9 Not very much less than last Tuesday but at least it was less, especially after the junk I keep eating! I seem to do so well for so much of the time but then almost every day, I mess it up in some way. I eat a great breakfast, an apple for morning snack, a healthy lunch, another light snack after school, and on most days, a reasonable supper. And then in the evenings, I eat a handful of my son's easter candy, or two pieces of chocolate, or some bread and butter, or my mom brings over cookies - just one excuse after another. And it's always those extra 300 calories that puts me over. Why can't I be more self-disciplined? Argh.

I have been getting exercise - every day I run or swim or bike and some days I do two workouts. I guess it's the training that is keeping my weight from going up.

I want to buy one of those Tanita Body Composition scales so I can keep track of my body fat. Even if they aren't totally accurate, I'd like to see if there is a trend to lower body fat which is actually more my goal, than straight weight loss...

God luck everyone - hope you all have a great week! We can do this!!!!

I live by Yoda's wisdom (Jodi)

"Size matters not ... Look at me. Judge me by size, do you?"- Yoda from Star Wars
Heck yeah! Don't judge whether someone is fat or thin, we all struggle with stuff.

Anyways, I ran 3 mi. tonight and then weighed myself on the scale in the gym (again with all my running gear on, ipods can't weigh that much). I weigh 132! Yes! Why am I so happy about this you ask? One thing: I'm losing the pinch!

Let me explain. I ate salad 4x this week for dinner. I ate chips only once since last week. I had tons of fruits and veggies as snacks, and NO CANDY! We made hamburgers on the george forman grill last night (I need to eat a lot of red meat cause I need more iron than most) with wheat buns, not white.

I realize I weigh 1 lb. heavier, but my tummy is shrinking! Who woulda thought? And I feel great while running. I ran 3 in 28:38, which I don't normally do on work nights when I'm so tired.

Now I gotta tell yall one more interesting thing that happened this week. Last Wed. I was in the gym locker room, and a girl came in, and jumped right on the scale. She looked like she was done with her workout. She looked at the numbers and let out a huge sigh.

I asked her what was wrong, and she said she can't believe she gained a pound after her workout (she weighed one lb. lighter before her workout, b/c she weighed herself then as well). I told her it was probably from liquids consumed while working out, and someone else in there mentioned blood flow throughout the body can make you heavier.

She said she wants to lose weight so bad, and that she's tired of being fat. She sounded VERY flustered and worried. This girl was definitely not fat, and I told her how pretty she was. I told her that as long as she's exercising and eating healthy, the numbers on the scale don't matter. What matters is how she feels and that she's healthy, and we are all meant to be different sizes.

Now I know this sounds corny, but I really did say this to her, and this happened Wed. night (after our fun little debate on the comments, I'm not being sarc., I really do have fun debating about stuff). I told her she was pretty about 5 or 6x, because she really was! I hope she believes me, so she doesn't worry too much.

Peace out--Jodi

Week 3 (Square One) - Athlete

I knew going into this weigh in that I would probably not have a good one, as this past week I attended an All You Can Eat Fish Fry (Probably not the best idea in the spirit of the challenge, but darn it, I love my fish and have had this on the calendar for months!) As a result of the weekend, I went backwards a little bit - the good news is I didn't gain nearly as much as I did on my earlier vacation. Here are my stats for the week:

Starting Weight: 198.1

Current Weight: 198.4

Net Change: +0.3 lb

I probably should be a little more disappointed than I am, however, I knew there wasn't much I could do about the weekend and my general progress has been downwards with the exception of the two 'vacation' type weekends (which these are the last of for quite some time). Looking at my weights for the entirety of the challenge, I have been trending downwards, so that is a very good thing!



On the other hand, my % body fat has been trending upwards a little. I'm hoping this is due to the fact that I have been training a lot more (bike rides on the trainer nearly every day, and starting tomorrow, runs every day instead of the trainer). It's been a slow rise, but I hope to see it level off soon, if not decrease. I'll keep watching that closely to see how it goes.



I'm confident that next week I'll be posting a drop, and am still confident of myself that I will complete this challenge successfully (some may call it stupidity, I call it confidence!) The two major obstacles that I knew about are behind me, so it should be mostly smooth sailing from here.

Tuesday, 29 April 2008

Week 3 Update - Maddy

Is it okay to be a little disappointed even though I'm making positive progress?

I didn't feel like traveling was as much as a challenge as I had originally thought it would be. I was able to find fresh fruit at the airport in Houston. As a part of my complimentery breakfast at the hotel, I took an apple and an orange back to my room for snacks later in the day.

I didn't eat any junk.

I ran 16 miles the three days I was in San Diego.

I have been feeling really good.

The result for this week:

1 lb

I guess it beats not losing anything. And it certainly beats gaining, but I feel like I worked so hard. For one stinking pound.

Starting Weight: 152

Current Weight: 147

Lost to Date: 5 lbs

On the bright side, I'm five pounds lighter than I was three weeks ago and still on track for "TEN in TEN".

I'm stuck

I am stuck at 220lbs. I am not worried, but I would like to lose some more. I think part of my problem was a little more salty foods this week. I have scout camp this weekend so that means I will either have to bring my own food or eat what is served.I am hoping to sneak away Staurday morning to get an 8-miler in.

Everyone is doing so well in this challenge. I am hoping weight loss is contagious and my immune system is weak.

Remember even if you are trying and you don't lose anything, just imagine if you weren't trying how much you would be gaining.

Marty

Week 3- Kevin, Well Crap

Not a good week for me.

I started the week at 205, down 2 pounds, but finished at the same.. 205. Down 2 pounds overall.

Not too happy about the results, but I guess it could have been worse.

I need to do a bit of traveling this week, which doesn't mean I will pig out, but DOES mean I will have to work harder to eat well. Visiting family always means far too many restaurants than I an used to or want to handle.

*fingers crossed*

Week 3, a step back (Alisa)

Well, after a week of success I have had a bit of a backslide this week…I’m up 1 lb for the week. I blame the wino in me that went a little crazy this weekend. My husband and I took a trip down to California (where I was born and raised and my heart will always be) to visit family. My grandmother passed away a couple of weeks ago and while she did not want a traditional funeral we wanted to have a family gathering in her honor. My Dad thought it would be nice to hold the remembrance at the place she last had the most fun. Her last really good day was my wedding day last June, so we decided to hold the remembrance at the winery where Justin and I were married. It was great to be there and to toast her life! After spending a bit of time at that winery of course we couldn’t pass up visiting the others in area. After 4 or 5 wineries I had certainly had my fill of wine and snacks. Despite the 1 lb gain, every drop of that wine and every morsel of the Greek dinner we had on Saturday night (this was one of my grandma’s favorite restaurants) was completely worth it.

Despite the weight gain I managed to fit in a 530 am run on Saturday morning along a bike trail near my childhood home—16.1 miles! This is the farthest I have ever run! It was a beautiful warm, sunny California morning and the run was a great way to start the day. However, I think the days I complete the long runs I give myself more freedom to pig out. While running those long distances does burn a significant amount of calories I think I consume a bit over what I should. I hope that is where this challenge will help me. Drusy made a comment on my last post about being concerned that I was dieting while marathon training. I responded to her comment but I’d like to make another comment here. I completely agree that one needs fuel while marathon training however, as I just mentioned I think I go a bit too far. I want to assure anyone out there that may have concerns about my combining marathon training and dieting that I am in no way going to extremes with dieting. I am well aware that to get in my runs I need to be fully fueled. I am using this challenge as motivation to maintain healthy eating habits and to not go overboard with food after long runs. I have gained a few pounds over the last year which I know has affected my running and my confidence. I would love to lose 10 lbs during this challenge and am challenging myself to do so BUT not in any way that would negatively affect my marathon training.

Ice-cream strike update—still going strong…though I must say Nik and Dan’s discussion of ice-cream on their last couple of podcasts was hard to listen to…thanks guys! J/K (Oh, my husband wanted me to point out that while I gave up ice-cream I didn’t give up ALL desserts…this is true, I did have a couple of cookies over the weekend, guess it wasn’t the wine’s fault after all.)

Results for Week 3: +1 lb
Net loss to-date: -.5lbs
Weight to-date: 159 lbs

Week 3 update (Bobm512z)

Well over the weekend I was excited I saw the south side of 140 on Sunday morning. This was not to last and my weigh in on Tuesday morning was 140. One more measly pound, I'll take it though. I have been increasing my activity and have really been struggling at the dinner table. We eat as a family every night and my wife has been doing more cooking (as opposed to me) and the meals have tasted great. Its hard when what you want (seconds) and what you need (to say I'm done) are not in harmony. I can now do 2 reps of 15 sit-ups and touch my toes without too much effort. These next few weeks will be the big challenge with the trip to FL. Thanks for being here I'll keep at it for no other reason than I know you'll keep at it. It like training with friends over by yourself. I feel part of a team and I'm not going to let you down.

To date -5LBs

Week 3 -1LBs
Week 2 -1LBs
Week 1 -3LBs

Today's comic

Week 3 Update (Gordon)

Again, in spite of the fact that I have been unable to train, I have lost weight since last time. I now weigh 13st 2lbs. Five pounds lost altogether so far. I've been eating a lot less bread, potatoes and junk stuff, eating more fruit and veg, preparing smaller portions and drinking a lot of water. What's given me a major boost today is that I can actually see a difference round my waist. (I can feel it too!) Seeing a positive result is very encouraging. If I can under that 13st barrier by next week I will be ecstatic.

Diet Success(Drusy)

BREAKFAST
1 Grapefruit * 1 slice whole-wheat toast * 1 cup skim milk
LUNCH * 1 small portion lean, steamed chicken with a cup of spinach * 1 cup herbal tea * 1 Cookie
AFTERNOON TEA * The rest of Cookies from the packet * 1 tub of Hagen-Daaz ice cream with chocolate topping
DINNER * 4 bottles of wine (red or white) * 2 loaves garlic bread * 1 family size Supreme pizza * 3 Snickers bars
LATE NIGHT SNACK * 1 whole cheesecake (eaten directly from the freezer)
REMEMBER: "Stressed" spelled backwards is desserts"

Dr. Neil proclaimed the way to achieve inner peace is to finish all the things you have started. So I looked around my house to see things I started and hadn't finished; and, before leaving the house this morning, I finished off a bottle of Pinot, a bottle of Chardonnay, a botle of Baileys, a butle of Kehuha, tha 'mainder of botl Prozic and Valum prscriptins, the res of the Chesescke, an a bax a cholates.

Yu haf no idr who gud I fel.

Naw, just kidding. I'm doing old boring Atkins, but I'm down 2 lbs for the week to 124. YEAH!

Week 3 update (Nigel)

This week its much better news than last week!

As I stepped on the scales I had a sneaking suspicion that things had gone better this week. And, to my relief, I found that I was back on track : 178.8 lbs. That's a loss of 3.4 lbs.

I am so pleased with my progress after last week's disappontment.

I had a tough week last week at work. I was working away from home, working late, and it was really hard to get the right things to eat and get in all of my runs. But, by and large, I managed to do it.

So, now I've just got to keep focused, keep doing the right things and hopefully keeping chipping away one pound at a time.

Its certainly not going to get any easier as I lose more weight, but I really feel that my efforts have more momentum. Healthier eating patterns are becoming the 'norm' rather than being a special effort.

Thanks to all of you guys who are taking part as well. Being part of this group effort certainly is a great motivation to keep going.

Nigel.