Thursday, 31 December 2009

My Plan

I'll be doing much the same as everyone else so far. I'll be watching what I eat and making sure I use up more calories than I take in. Sounds simple doesn't it. If it is that simple, why haven't I got down to my ideal weight yet? I'll be keeping a food diary. I found it helped me the last time. This time though I'll be using Sparkpeople. Using this site is a little more than using a notebook to keep track of what's going into my stomach. It will calculate the calories and offset them with the activities I log up. I'll try it out anyway and see how it goes.

Food for thought going into the final day of 2009

Hunger is Ugly Leaving Your Body. - Ancient Super Model Quote (Via @zentriathlon)

I was bad over Christmas....

I was bad over Christmas - real bad. But I'm going to start being better tomorrow (Thursday) which even though won't count toward the challenge will help me fit back into my jeans :)!!

Happy New Year everyone!!

Wednesday, 30 December 2009

HELP! I'm peeing out too much weight in 2009!

How much weight should I add back on during weigh in to compensate for the diuretic effects of the cold medicine I'm taking?


Jump on the scales today and all I heard was "ONE AT A TIME PLEASE" followed by "NO COACH PARTIES ALLOWED!!!"

Not looking good for the 10-in-10.......


Scale Hunting

I have begun the search for a something that I believe may possibly be extinct in my house - my scales. I cant seem to track them down!.. my theory is right now that they may well be in hiding - shaking in the back of a cupboard somewhere!

[cue David Attenborough voice] ".. here, in the depths of Steve's laundry cupboard the scales lie in hiding, a shy and retiring creature who doesnt see the light of day for long periods at a time"

Xmas has been "too good" - so like a boxer I have bulked up and am ready for the "getting cut" stage .. in my dreams..! Im predicting a 90kg / 200lbs initial weigh in ..somewhere between Roseanne and Mr Ed

Tuesday, 29 December 2009


I have just dug out and dusted off the scales, now these scales are the cocky ones that do just about everything, they not only tell you how much you weigh they also tell you how much of it is muscle/water/and fat.!!!! Now they are not clever enough to speak! which is good as they would have screamed "GET OFF"

OMG... i wish i'd not looked. I think the fat was the weight of a small toddler!
Some serious action is needed!!

New Year's Resolutions

New Years is always a time to reflect ones past with grand ideas for the coming year. Often these grandiose ideas last only a short period of time only to fall back on ones old ways. I have never set out a New Years resolution to reduce weight despite past efforts of focused nutritional awareness. I would rather focus on what I need to do to make a healthy lifestyle change that is sustainable for longer than 10 weeks, but we all know that it starts by putting one foot in front of the other.

I signed up for this challenge and am coming to this new community thinking that this virtual world of runners might encourage and inspire me. Though I don't know any of you fellow runners, I always pick up some nuggets from reading fellow runner's blog. I stumbled onto this challenge quite by chance. I had exclusively listened to Steverunner's Phedippidations for several years. I took Steve's suggestion to listen to other members of the run net community, and now am a regular subscriber to Nigel's podcast as well as many others from the run net community, even creating a Twitter acct and contemplating a blog myself in the future (who knows??)

I am not sure where this will take me but it will be an adventure - with ups and downs. I ran my fifth marathon this past fall and reduced my marathon PR from 3:53 to 3:26. I plan to run a spring marathon in May 2010 and know that running with less weight is always a good thing so the timing couldn't be better.

Success Criteria

1. I plan to use the "Loseit" application - daily diary (I'm driving my wife crazy since I started this application three days ago) but writing one's food intake creates little voices in my head, saying "Are you sure you want those three Hershey Kisses?"

2. Drink more water - this is my downfall - I drink too much Diet soda and would like to replace soda with water - this will be hard for me.

3. Continue to run - previous marathons running 30-40 MPW, this past marathon with a PR I was running 50-60 MPH and saw dramatic improvement. Run with a purpose; not just jog.

4. Continue meeting my virtual friends through this and other mediums who I have already found to have (1) new insights, (2) similar experiences. and (3) incredible motivating.

Good luck on your journey.

Savor the journey to the finish line!



My Plan

I'm keeping it simple and doing 4 things

  1. Limiting my portion size when I eat.
  2. Eating healthy foods (fruits, lean meats, whole grains) and cutting refined sugars (soft drinks).
  3. Running at least 3 times a week with at least one workout being an LSD and another being a short, but hard run.
  4. Cross training at least 2 days a week with stretching, yoga, or cycling.

With those four items, I believe I can achieve my goal.

10 in 10 in 10 Plan...

Hey Losers!

Rob here (or bobbyjohn as some of you may know me from out on the interwebs) with my weight loss plan for the 10 in 10 in 10 Challenge.

My plan basically consists of not eating like a you know what everyday. I've got portion control issues. There I said it. And I'm not the best at making "good food" choices. So to put all this valuable self-knowledge to work for me instead of against me, I'm going to:

  1. Try to be mindful of my real hunger level, eat when I'm hungry, stop when I'm full 
  2. Drink 64 oz. water everyday
  3. Track what I eat daily in order to make better food choices

Looking forward to losing with all of you!


Hi, 10 in 10ers!

Hi, all! I am so excited to begin this challenge. I lost 10 pounds in 2009 and would LOVE to lose 10 more in 2010. That would put me at an ideal weight. I have found that if I am running about 20 miles per week and eating a balanced diet, I lose about a pound each week. That is not much of a "Plan" but it works for me. I am looking forward to cheering all of you on.


Further Entries Closed For The 10 in 10 in 10

I'm sorry to say that I can't accept any further entries for the 10 in 10 challenge.

We've reached 51 participants, and it has already been quite a challenge to administer this number of entrants.

So, I've decided that 50 is quite enough (OK, 51...someone sneaked in at the last minute). I only expected 10 to 15 people to take part, so its been quite a shock that so many people wanted to be part of this! :)

Apologies to anyone else who wanted to take part, but I just can't handle anymore entries.

In retrospect, using an established site such as Buckeye Outdoors for a challenge would perhaps be a better option for future challenges...I really didn't expect it to be this popular, so my solution hasn't scaled well up to a large number of participants.

All the best and apologies again.


Monday, 28 December 2009

My Cunning Plan For Weight Loss (Nigelrunner)

Well, I've been giving the forthcoming challenge quite a lot of thought, trying best to decide how I can shift a few pounds over the coming weeks. I'm probably under more pressure than most, as the organiser of this event - it wouldn't look too good if I was the ony one who didn't acutally lose any weight during the challenge!

When you sit down and think about it, the physics of it is so maddeningly simple: just consume slightly less calories than your body needs to keep ticking along day-to-day. Or, alternatively, create a calorific deficit each day by exercising to use up more calories to get the same effect. But, when it comes down to it, it is so hard (for many of us) to do.

It's very much like golf (or sex). It seems such a simple task involving a bit of patience, a certain amount of skill and some self-restraint.

However, like golf (and 'other activities'), it often descends into frustration, grunting and thrashing about in an attempt to achieve results.

But, this time, I am determined to approach the task in hand with a cool head (I am no longer referring to golf, or 'other activities') and a well-crafted strategy.

I am currently at the beginning of training for a half marathon at the end of March. This means that I will gradually be increasing weekly mileage throughout the challenge. Hopefully, this will help to step-up my calorific 'burn', and help to contribute to the deficit required to burn off some weight.

I'm also combining this with a multitude of other tricks to reduce my normal day-to-day calorie consumption. My 'quick wins' include:

  • reducing sugar in my tea & coffee from half a tea-spoon to zero
  • substituting my mid-morning snack with a piece of fruit, rather than a snack bar
  • not eating between meals (other than my 'authorised' mid-morning and mid-afternoon snacks)
  • substituting a couple of cups of tea or coffee each day with water
  • drink plenty of water
The mid-morning and afternoon snacks 'thing' may seem a little counter-intuitive, but they've always worked well for me. I find that having 3 meals a day, with 2 additional (healthy) snacks helps to 'smooth the bumps' during the day, and helps to alleviate that feeling of self-denial that often accompanies trying to eat less whilst trying to lose weight.

In addition, I am going to control portion size to try to only eat what I require. I'll also try to only have a healthy sweet after meals when I am still genuinely hungry (especially in the latter stages of my race training).

I'm not going to follow any specific diet or change the food I eat particularly, just concentrate more on eating the good stuff, avoid the bad stuff, and keep portion sizes under control.

I find it's a tricky balancing act when training for a race and trying to lose weight at the same time. On one hand I want to lose weight, but, on the other I need to maintain enough calories to not adversely affect my training.

So, that's pretty much the nuts & bolts of my strategy. It's worked pretty well before...let's hope it can produce result for me again.


Thanks for setting up the 10-in-10 Nigel !!!

Tempted to "load up" prior to the challenge starting as there is a huge box of shortbread and tonnes of cheese in the fridge...... but they can wait!

Better get cracking on a masterplan!


Sunday, 27 December 2009

What can we do during this final week of 2009?

Hey gang, as a reminder, to set yourself up for success in 2010, take advantage of this final week of 2009 to make small changes that you can build upon starting a week from now.

Ready for the Challenge

Although I am already lighter than I've been since high school, I still haven't reached my goal weight of 150 pounds. Two years ago, when I started running, I was over 190. By the time I ran my first marathon I was 165. I've been hovering in the same place for 18 months. My hope is that this challenge will kickstart the loss of the last 15 pounds so I can reach my goal.

I am ready for the challenge of being held accountable to everyone and finally reaching that goal.

2010 Will be THE year

Thanks Nigel for sorting this. I really need to lose 5 stone in 5 months but this is a more realistic challenge.

Just over 2 years ago weighing 16 and a half stone and doing no exercise for 20+ years I decided to do a Triathlon. I've completed 4 sprints, lost a stone and a half, put 2 stone back on, lost another stone and so the story goes.

My ambition for this year is to complete a half marathon (hopefully Wrexham on 21 February but weather seriously hampering training atm) and an Olympic Triathlon, 1500m swim, 40k bike and 10k run (Bala in September).

Best of luck everyone

Lynne E

The Last 10 in 2010

I'm really looking forward to this challenge. I lost 60 lbs this year, to get under 200lbs while rediscovering my love of running. I'm hoping this challenge will help me work through that last 10 or so pounds and help me get into the best shape of my adult life.

Thanks for organizing this Nigel!

Best of luck to everyone!

-Adam (@adamm9)

Can't weight for a lighter 2010

This is a great challenge.  I'm excited to get down to my lowest weight in about 10 years.  I have been running consistently for less than a year and will be running my first half marathon on Jan 1st to kick off the new year in a positive way.  

I have been slowly losing weight, but I need to make some permanent changes to do it a little faster... and permanently.  The funny thing about it thus far is that I've lost it proportionately, so its hard for me to notice just by looking.  I still have a proportionately shaped belly etc.  I tried on a pair of pants I haven't worn in a year the other day and they would have fallen right down had it not been for the belt.  That felt GREAT. Then, on Christmas day, I tried on my new base layer running pants that I got for Christmas, size large, and they were too big! I had to exchange them for a medium.  I can't remember the last time I wore anything size medium.

This coming year is gonna be awesome.  More fit, better body, faster splits, better podcast, better quality of life.  I love it.  Lets go everyone!  Here's to making our vehicle suspension last longer in 1020!

(MichaelRunner on Twitter)

10 in 10 in 10 Bring it on!!!

Hi all,

I am really looking forward to giving myself the kick up the arse that i need, to loose weight. So this has come at the right time for me.(Thanks Nigel)
I have been running for about 2 years (which started from run walking)i am not talking super speeds here but it is getting better!
I have done several 10ks and did my first half marathon this year and then went on to do 2 more finishing with The Great North run! Which i absolutely loved. Then sadly had an injury since then September, so clapped loads of weight on!!!
Anyway i have the Reading Half marathon in March so i need to start back in earnest!
I have just ordered some new trail shoes so i have no excuse with the bad weather! although since ordering them the weather has warmed up LOL.


Onward and Downwards

I think this is the kick up the back-side I needed. I dropped over 50lb two years ago and need to lose another 10lb (maybe a little more by the time the festive season is over). I've never really seriously tried lose lose it over the past couple of years but with the coming half marathons and my 50 mile ultra celebration run in May I think losing the equivalent of carrying five 1kg bags of sugar would go somewhat towards making it that bit easier.
Looking forward to seeing the new me.

Gary Wall
AKA kinverkid

10 pounds in 10 weeks...I can do it!

I've been waiting for this challenge...even going so far as asking Nigel about the it last year. Last year though, I needed to lose about 25 pounds. I've lost that in the last 3 months but have about 10 extra I'd like to get rid of.

Soooo...thanks Nigel. Though I'm sorry you need to start this again...I'm selfishly glad!

Hi from Jo (a.k.a. LIrunner9

Hey all,

Can't wait to get this started. Thanks Nigel for starting this up again. As most of you know I ran NYC in Nov. Up until then I was in pretty good shape, but NYC beat me up, and I've been sitting on the couch pretty much since. In the 8 weeks since NYC I've gained 10 lbs. Now that I have recovered, I'm ready to get myself back in shape & this 10 in 10 challenge is just what I need!

Good Luck to everyone, can't wait to experience this journey with all of you.


Thursday, 24 December 2009

Hi from Rob

A bit about me - I coach in the Lil Kickers soccer program, play soccer with college kids half my age (played in a tournament today and held my own with five goals), my family is heavy into Girl Scouts and I am hoping to run the JFK 50 for the first time in 2010. Looking forward to 10 in 10 challenge. Good Luck to all.

What a great way to end 2009... setting ourselves up for an even better 2010. Let's get this party started.

Just what I need...

Another challenge. I mean that in the best possible way. 10 in 10 in '10 is a perfectly reasonable and healthy amount of weight to lose and KEEP OFF. If I can manage to do that I will be a happy camper.

If you listen to my podcast (Fifty Counting Down) you already know about the struggle I have had surrounding food and weight loss.

2010 is going to be the year of moderation for me. I'm going to learn to be happy with small changes that will all add up to changing the bigger picture.

Thanks for setting this up Nigel - here's to a healthier, fitter New Year for all of us!


Wednesday, 23 December 2009

Introducing Myself

Hi All,

Just a quick hello to introduce myself. Am just managing to type in between mouthfuls as feel that I have to get in as much food before 4th Jan as I can! Am signed up for the London Marathon in April. Haven't run a marathon for a couple of years but have previously done 10 or so. Mind knows what to do but body isn't sure any more. Will gladly advise anyone who is new to marathons although its definitely a case of do what I say not do what I do. Desperately need to lose some weight so that I can run faster - have always vowed I would pull out before the finishing line if my time looked like starting with a 5 but this is definitely going to be reality unless I get back down to marathon running weight.

Looking forward to being part of the 10 in 10 challenge. Bring it on . . . .

Tuesday, 22 December 2009

A Few Words About the 10 in 10 in 10

Wow, this is proving far more popular than I expected...we're at 30 people already!

I'll post out some more instructions individually via email, but here is a quick taster of how I see this working...

We will start on Jan 4th (or as close as you can). We will all take out first weight measurement. We can choose to share that weight if we choose, or we can keep it to's up to you. The challenge isn't about who weighs most or least, it's about having some fun trying to shift 10 pounds to make us better runners (in the main I think).

Then, on each subsequent Monday, we will all update a Google doc spreadsheet (which I'll give you access to) with our progress. We will add in '-2' for a 2 pound loss, or maybe '1' (i.e. +1) if we gained a pound. It's really easy, you just enter one number each week. Your progress (not your weight) is shown on the side panel of the main blog page, so you can see how everyone is doing.

Of course, we will welcome regular updates about how we are all doing, what is working, what isn't and, of course, lots and lots of encouragement for everyone.

I did one of these challenges back in 2008, and I have to say it was of the best online communities I was involved with - the camarardery & encouragement were great. I loved reading eveyones' posts letting us all know how they were doing.

Well, I hope that explains a few bits & pieces about the challenge. I'll be in touch soon with more info.


(Oh, by the way, you may have seen the iTunes subscription button on the side panel - if you are a podcasting type, you might like to attach the odd audio update as a blog post enclosure for a bit of fun too...)

Onwards to Firm and Trim

Hi guys

Been trying to lose weight in order to train for a marathon without injuring myself. I managed 8 pounds in 3 months with help of an NHS dietician. I think this will certainly be a challenge for me.. Bring it on :)


Lets do This!

Hi everyone and thanks Nigel for the invite. Hope everyone has a great Christmas and New Year. Looking forward to the challenge and giving/receiving support over the 10 weeks.

Regards, David. (Uzi)

Monday, 21 December 2009

10 in 10 in 10

Yes, I'm sorry to say that the 10 in 10 challenge will be back in Jan 2010 for the '10 in 10 in 10' challenge.

Just to explain, that's 10 pounds in 10 weeks in 2010. That's 10 pounds of weight loss of course.

I mean, how hard can it be??? One measly pound per week....

The first weigh-in will be on the Monday 4th Jan, so if you'd like to be in on this 'event', then drop me an email to & I'll add you to the blog so that you can report your progress.

I'll update this site a little as well over the next week or two to freshen it up a little ready for the challenge ahead.

Right, where's that plate of mince pies gone....