Thursday, 8 May 2008

Week 4 update (Andy)

This week, I haven't really strayed far from the previous weeks regime, but have found at weigh-in time on Tuesday that I actually gained some weight. However, I too have seen my weight yoyo over the past week. On Sunday, I was down half a pound, but on Tuesday I was up 0.8lb. I weighed myself again this morning (Thursday) and I'm down a full pound on last week.

My guess is that there are some foods that stay with me for longer. The ice cream I had last week has nothing to do with it :). I also think that I may need to continually adjust my diet to become more and more restrictive as the 10 week period advances, so as my body becomes used to a lower calorie intake, I try to keep just below what it really needs to keep the momentum going.

Anyway, seeing a rise in weight now is a good reminder to me that I need to be more rigorous, and not allow temptation to creep in. Better this happen now than right at the end!

So, I'm posting a gain, but I'm hopeful that I can make up for that by the end of this week. I'm hoping for 162lb next Tuesday.

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 4: 164.8lb (+0.8, -3.2)
Week 10: 158lb (goal)

On the exercise front, I got a 3 mile run in on Monday morning and then 4 miles with a colleague on Tuesday evening - the first time I've run with someone else aside from racing. It was fun and being able to chat on the run made it pass quite quickly.

All the best.


The good fat is in your butt!

Yall, I'm assuming one of the rules to the blog is a post a week, so I'm sorry I'm posting for a second time. I promise I'm not trying to steal the show! I just wanted to show yall this interesting article my co-worker sent me today. It was too good not to share. Check this out:

Scientists find something good about a big bottom

A few excerpts:

A type of fat that accumulates around the hips and bottom may actually offer some protection against diabetes, U.S. researchers said on Tuesday.

They said subcutaneous fat, or fat that collects under the skin, helped to improve sensitivity to the hormone insulin, which regulates blood sugar.

"It was a surprising result," said Dr. Ronald Kahn of Harvard Medical School in Boston.

Researchers have known for some time that fat that collects in the abdomen -- known as visceral fat -- can raise a person's risk of diabetes and heart disease, while people with pear-shaped bodies, with fat deposits in the buttocks and hips, are less prone to these disorders.
Now it turns out that subcutaneous fat -- fat found just under the skin -- may be actively protecting people from metabolic disease.

"What we found was that when we put it in either place, there was some improvement in metabolism," Kahn said.

"I think it's an important result because not only does it say that not all fat is bad, but I think it points to a special aspect of fat where we need to do more research," he said.

Week 4 Update (Chris) - Yoyo'ing

Well, the good news is that at least the number is down.

Back to 132.5, down .5 lbs from last week, a total of 2 lbs to date.

Better get cracking if I am going to get to 10 far I am 2 lbs behind.

My running has picked up and I was over 20 miles for the week last week. That should help. But I need to get to the weight training. I have been procrastinating a bit. Like Kevin I would rather be running (sigh).

Dietwise I have tried to be conscious about what I eat - and I have made many deliberate choices (to NOT have dessert). I have probably reaped all the benefits from doing that. Now I need to do something more drastic. I am going to try to cut back on the portions and eat more fruit and veggies like Maddy!

It is also "that time of the month" so I am hoping I can blame that for some extra bloatedness (sounds good anyway).

Here is hoping for a better week next week.

Wednesday, 7 May 2008

Moving SLOWLY in the right direction (alisa)

Where has my motivation gone? One would think that with a first marathon looming in just 4 weeks and a two week Hawaiian vacation scheduled for July, I would have plenty of motivation to eat healthy and keep up my workouts. Sadly, the frosted animal crackers and Starbucks lattes are winning out over the celery with PB, apples and yogurt. I did however, have a really great running week last week culminating in a slow (but steady) long run of 14 miles on Sunday. (Note: In my last post, I mentioned a 20-miler, that is this weekend…I had my dates wrong.) Despite a good running week, I didn't do any weight training or Yoga (which is rare, I love my yoga days). Also, as I mentioned, my eating habits haven't been the greatest. I feel as though I have been getting into the habit of not eating much during the day, since my work schedule has been pretty crazy lately, and then pigging out at night. This is a horrible habit to get into (especially when trying to pursue a weight loss plan) and a very hard one to break! So far this week, things have been going well exercise-wise and eating-wise, better! I’m trying to pack larger lunches so I eat smaller dinners. This week my work schedule has been non-typical so I’ve been able to do my workouts in the morning without having to get up at 5am, always nice, though really 6:30am isn’t exactly sleeping in. Regardless, I’m down -.4 lbs this week. Not great but decent considering my night binging sessions =). This week I plan to be extra good and am hoping for at least 1.5 loss.

Weight-loss to-date: -1.9lbs
This week: -.4 lbs

Ice-cream strike update...still going strong...I don't even miss it anymore...wish I could say the same for tortilla chips, wine and chocolate!

Week 4 Update (Maddy)

Things have been going well. I have been paying close attention to what I eat and I have been successful (mostly) in avoiding junk food.

I ran a 15K on Sunday and beat my PR by seven minutes, six seconds, which makes me feel good. And really it just makes me happy.

I am eating a lot of fruits and vegetables. At least the recommended five servings a day - and sometimes more. I'm including chicken and lean beef as well as black beans for protein.

While I feel like it slow going, I am making progress.

Starting Weight: 152

Current Weight: 145

Lost To Date: 7 lbs.

Week 4 Update (Gordon)

I knew last week was too good to be true! This morning I weighed in at 13st 4lbs. That's 2lbs back on since last week. In the interim I have been a bad boy. Not only was it a holiday weekend but I've also been ravenous since running a 10k on Sunday. So, in a nutshell, last week I was a pound ahead of schedule. This week I am a pound behind. Must try harder!

Never trust a skinny cook (Jodi)

Hey all you weight losers and salad huggers! So we've all heard the quote "Never trust a skinny cook." Of course that is completely related to what we taste (which lasts all of about... 10 seconds!) Relating to health, let's think back...Have you seen many overweight senior citizens? Didn't think so. Me neither.

I hope yall had a great week of carrot sticks and celery! :-) I ran 4 miles this afternoon, and then I weighed myself. (I know one weighs more after the workout than before, and my running gear may weigh a little, but this is how I started weighing myself, so I should stay consistent.)

The scale said 131. (I'm even Nigel)

So that puts me back to where I started, but not really. I run faster, I have more energy when I get home, and my belly is flatter. So for me, I am making progress. I have weighed between 125-130 for around 10 years (since I hit my growth spurt, which believe it or not, made me run much slower in cross country), so I'm guessing this is my healthy weight and anything less will make me look like a limp lettuce leaf.

Now for the food: I have 2 things to say.
1) We went to my parents Sunday, because they were grilling. I ate a small chicken, a cheeseburger, a sausage, plus all the sides like coleslaw, salad, and pie with icecream. Wait! First let me explain! I was huuuuungry. I had just run 7 miles, and it was flippin hot! My legs were a little sore. I got home that night, and they were more sore. I woke up Monday morning, and they felt great! Why you ask? Because I ate so much protien, I almost put the local farm outta business and all the cows now run screamin for the hills when they see me. All that protein helped to restore my muscle tissue damage in my legs overnight. Protien is the overnight sensation!

2) Each morning I eat healthy cereal (the kind with the real food, not the poofy stuff filled with air, you will still be hungry after you eat that rip off cereal). Late morning I eat a banana, then lunch, then in the afternoon I'm now eating either veggies, fruit, or a powerbar (they make ones that are kinda good called Healthy Harvest). By the time I go run, I'm not starving, and I have lots of energy. It's the afternoon snack that does it for me. That's the kicker. If I snooze on the healthy stuff, I lose on the run. I'm so glad I figured this out. If it wasn't for Nigel making this blog, I NEVER woulda known! Thank you Nigel!

Peace out- Jodi

Week 4 - Barb (kelownagirl)

Well, it's been a pretty good week for me even if I didn't lose much weight (.5 lbs). I'm always happy as long as I don't GAIN anything. I've been eating pretty well but still have moments of weakness. Ah well - such is life. I've been doing lots of training so that's probably what is keeping the weight off.

I had a funny thought at the grocery stand the other day. As I waited in line, I couldn't help but read the headlines on the women's magazines. "LOSE FAT - START WALKING PROGRAM NOW". Yes, in just 4 weeks, I can lose 10 lbs of fat. Hmmm I thought, maybe I should quit running 3 times a week, swimming 3 times a week and riding 150km a week and just walk? Ya think?

Good luck everyone! If you didn't lose this week, then it'll probably come off next. Don't give up - we can do this!!!!

My Stats to date:

Week 1 121.6 n/a n/a
Week 2 120.3 -1.3 -1.3
Week 3 119.9 -0.4 -1.7
Week 4 119.4 -0.5 -2.2

Tuesday, 6 May 2008

Week 4 update (bobm512z)

This week id did great. I kept off all the weight from Tues day till Friday morning. Then I went camping Friday night with some Boy Scouts and Webelo's. I ran each morning for a few miles, on the hills and trails around camp. I ate just a bit, though the food was great and there was plenty of it. I really worked on eating only to satisfy my hunger and not give into the 'dessert' competition and become a judge. I drove home Sunday with my son and had some of a chocolate shake while he had the rest and some fry's. When I weighed in before washing off the dirt I was 136. WOW. After washing I was still 136 (I could have sworn I had about 2LBS of dirt on me but...) Then I started snacking, A bit of chips here, a small candy there, a 'finish the leftovers' dinner and then weigh in that night I was 140 again. All I could think of was how did I eat and drink 4LBs; was it the beer, the soda, the chips, the spaghetti, the bread, the chocolate? Then I saw it (like you just did). I ate for a weekend in 1 day. I 'justified a little break' and went over board. My weigh in today is 140LBs and a feeling of failure. I go to Florida on vacation and will spend some time at WDW. I am looking forward to running each day and really 'thinking' about my health and diet this week and a half. I should be able to stay checked in. Take care all.


Week 4 0 change from week 3

Week 4 Update (Athlete)

Well, this week sees me at 195.8, which is a -2.3 loss overall.

I seem to be having the same cycle of gain/loss every week. From Tuesday - Friday, my weight trends downwards. On Saturday - Monday it sneaks back up. This makes complete sense to me as I have a harder time of eating better on weekends, thus the weight reacts accordingly. If I can get my weekend eating in line with the rest of the week, maybe I'll get a whole week of loss rather than a down-up-down!

Week 4- Kevin

Well my plan to weigh in at the gym every week on the same scale isn't working. From time to time, I just don't get to that gym on the weigh in date, so that throws off my stats. So, this week I am officially changing my weigh in plan! From now on, I will weigh in at home on Tuesday mornings on my own scale.

So having said that, I was 204.8 on my scale this morning. Down 2.2 pounds overall. But pretty even for the week.

What I wish I could do, but just cannot, is "enjoy" lifting weights as much (or even 1/2 as much) as I do running. I KNOW it burns calories, raises metabolism, builds calorie burning muscle, etc.. but every time I make a plan, my lifting day comes and it's 75 degrees outside and sunny and I just CAN'T pass that up! So I run instead!

In addition, I feel like I'm at that age where I'm feeling aches and pains when I run 6 days a week that I would not feel if I scaled back to 4 days. So, I really think it would HELP my running if I did less. If that makes sense.

Anyway, back to my weight plan.

Still watching what I eat, for the most part. Packing my lunch everyday, which is HUGE for me.

Anyone have any idea's or advice on the weight lifting deal.. I'd love to hear it!


Week 4 Update (Nigel)

A disappointing week I have to admit.... I weighed in this morning at 179.6 lbs. That's up since last week and means I'm only 2.6 lbs down since the start of the challenge.

I guess its good news that I'm down overall still, but it puts me 1.4 lbs off-track for my pound per week target. Having said that, I've often noticed undulations in my weight when trying weight loss in the past, so maybe this is an 'up' week, rather than a 'down' week.

We had a long holiday weekend here in the UK, and I had a couple of slight over-indulgences, but they were fairly minor to be honest and in the main I've been good. It re-inforces the point that I am right on the limit of my calorific deficit, even with the 30+ miles I run each week. It always amazes me how much I need to trim back my eating to have any major impact on weight. I guess our perception of what we need to eat, compared to what our body really needs is out of sync.

On the positive side of things, I am maintaining my push-ups and sit-ups challenge, and am up to 27 of both. Only 3 more days and I'll be at my target of 30. I'm finding it a real struggle to get those last few push-ups done now ! :)

Also, I have to say that I am feeling really good when I'm running. I've had a couple of runs recently when I've just felt like I'm know the kind of run when everything just falls in to place and you feel like you could run for hours? My energy levels are generally definitely up.

So, in summary, its a bit of a disappointment, but I've made progress overall (I'm still down in weight since day 1) and I'm feeling good. I anticipate a good week next week. In the coming week I'm going to try extra hard to look for a few more opportunities to tweak my diet. I think I'm going to give up the coffee and try to get back to drinking some herbal tea instead.