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 http://facebook.com/10in10Challenge
To record and track our actual weight loss progress, I have decided to use the fabulous free resource over at BuckeyeOutdoors.com. 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 : http://buckeyeoutdoors.com/training/challenges?cid=437
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!
Wednesday, 29 December 2010
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.
Friday, 19 March 2010
Monday, 15 March 2010
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.
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!
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...
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
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
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
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!
Monday, 8 March 2010
Ran yesterday for the first time (3.5 miles) since having pneumonia. Just about to go run today. Even though this is the next to last weigh in, I want to keep this going for another 10 in 10. right now I weigh just about what I did when I got married nearly 18 years ago. I want to break the 200 lb mark by May 20 (my 40th birthday). It would really feel good to be able to say that I weigh at 40 what I weighed as a kid in the Marines. Good luck to everyone!
After a week of no weight loss, I managed to lose three pounds (that's the most I've lost in a single week, EVER!) and am now down to my goal weight! Actually, I've reached what I think is my ideal weight. . . and the best part is that now I weigh what my driver's license says I weigh. I've lost a total of nine pounds in this challenge, so still could lose one more, but am thrilled that I've made it down to my goal weight so would be fine just staying here! That'll be the hardest part, of course--just staying right here! I'm trying not to get too excited and will continue to avoid the foods that I've been avoiding to be sure that I don't add the pounds back on.
Congratulations to everyone else who's met their goal, and to those who've lost weight and are still working toward their goals. Keep up the good work!
I broke out of my rut this week. The 4.1 lb loss is from the beginning of March because I forgot to enter my weight last week. To be honest, I was just disgusted with myself, but I'm pretty sure I'm back on the downhill slide and if you want to know why - you'll have to listen to Fifty Counting Down this week!
Sunday, 7 March 2010
Still the same this week, so a loss of 10 in 9 weeks.
But i have done a lot of situps and pushups this week so i had expected to gain a bit with the additional muscle. Hopefully the additional muscle will mean more lost weight next week. Still have at least 8 more to lose before the summer before i'm happy.
Keep it going guys, nearly there :)
Wednesday, 3 March 2010
Tuesday, 2 March 2010
Sorry this is late again, trying to work my way back to the land of the living. Haven't ran since just before Valentine's since my present was pneumonia. I started back to work Monday also back to playing and coaching soccer. Thought I was getting sick again with a sore throat but realized that I am very vocal during soccer and I haven't been vocal for nearly three weeks. Have been doing yoga. Love the On Demand feature on cable, I get Exercise TV On Demand, go to the Yoga section and pick a video. Found one the seems like a good fit for running called Yoga Fitness Fusion and Sportskool offers Yoga for Runners (another good one) every once in awhile. Hopefully I'll be running again by last weigh-in. My ultimate weight loss goal will be to get under 200 lbs.
Still on same weight for past two weeks. I've just finished my two week course and did manage to get some runs in on week one but only one in on week two and missed my long run. Ran 6.2 with the club last night and cycled in to work today. Will cycle in for next two days because I have physical safety training (fighting) and could do with not being too tired to defend myself. Friday I'm doing a fifteen mile mountain run in mid Wales with a couple of pals and will hopefully get some blog material. All that said. If I don't at least lose another pound minimum then I will have to revert to using a meat slicer or amputation.
Monday, 1 March 2010
Weighed myself and now down another 2 pounds, so thats 10 in 8 weeks. Provided i gain no more in the next fortnight i will have completed the challenge.
Now my next goal is the next 8 pounds. I do that and i'm in the 13 stone mark and the lightest i have been in 12 years :)
So I flatlined for last week and I am pleasantly surprised by that. Had a REALLY stressful week with very little running and whole lot of comfort eating, so to have not gained is a very pleasant surprise.
Tuesday, 23 February 2010
Monday, 22 February 2010
Well, it is encouraging to see others struggle but there's no comfort in sharing bad news. I just have not been able to get down to business and this past week a few vaca days in NYC didn't help! I was eating a lot of salads, grilled chicken and other good things but I did indulge in a couple of meals with friends that offset my good intentions. My running has been getting back into groove and that's good! I'll run off a pound or two before this contest ends but I need to continue and get 10 + off before summer hits. Thank you to all for sharing your stories, success and struggles - it all helps us all! Very best friends,
John from the Poi
Dire, very dire. A week visiting family and I've shot back up to my starting weight - ARG!
I know I could have said no to my sister's famous strawberry cheesecake or the Margaritas as the Mexican place, or oooh that lovely cinnamon bun we shared at breakfast.....it was glorious...
But I'm paying now with only 6 weeks until I have to get into a swimsuit! Back on track.
Well, despite having surgery 10 days ago on Friday and not having exercised since the Wednesday before that, I managed to lose 1 pound. What I really should say is that I managed to avoid gaining any weight. The doctor gave me the go ahead today to do anything I want except lifting. Tonight I plan on getting out for a walk and trying a few steps running to see what it feels like. Probably the same tomorrow, then perhaps hit the gym Wednesday and spin & possibly swim. So i have a bit of a plan. Getting back into regular exercise should help me power through the end of this challenge. I plan to keep going and try to lose another 10-15 lbs after the challenge, but this is a good motivator and I have enjoyed it.
Well, Like Nigel said, lets all have a big push for the final 3 weeks and collectively make planet earth weigh a little less.
This week I'm sorry to report a slight weight gain, which is very disappointing. But, I think I'm victim of the 'more mileage, more food' train of thought.
I've been building up my miles over the past couple of weeks. Last week a couple of pounds just seemed to melt off of me.
This past week I have been constantly hungry, and have been trying to eat sensibly, knowing that I am burning more calories. But, I have obviously over-done it a little and gained some weight.
I doubt I'll hit 10 pounds now over the 10 weeks, but I am encouraged by how good I am feeling when I am running, after quite a punctuated Winter of running. I have little doubt I will certainly lose more weight by the end of the challenge, but maybe not quite as much as I'd hoped.
Onwards and upwards! It's nearly Spring, and life is good :)
Well, my fellow 10 in 10'ers, we have just 3 more weeks of weigh-ins to complete in our 10 in 10 challenge.
Looking through the results sheet, there are some very impressive achievements, as well as a few folks (like me) who perhaps haven't quite achieved the progress they would have liked.
There are also one or two folks who look like perhaps have hit a bit of a 'funk' and are maybe lacking a bit of motivation to update with their weigh-ins and blog entries.
Well, I'd like to ask YOU (yes you) to dig deep and make that sprint for the finish line in three weeks time.
OK, maybe some of us aren't going to achieve the results we'd like, but hey, we're runners - we may be mid-packers who don't finish at the front, but we are proud of our achievements, no matter how small.
Thanks to all of the folks who have taken part in the 10 in 10. I'm sorry I haven't been able to give as much attention as I'd like to the event, but I've had a few family issues that have gotten in the way a little.
So, for the last 3 weeks, lets dig deep and see if we can't put on a finish to be proud of! Good luck for the final few weeks...see you at the finish line!
I remember reading Nigel's introductory post about this challenge and how difficult this can be during the middle and late stages of this challenge. Well we are in the thick of this. I see that some of the original challengers have not updated their weekly log and hope that it is related to their busy schedules and not for a desire to give up and defer to their 'old' ways. The last few weeks have been challenging for me - I posted an increase last week. I negated that increase this week. There are a limited number of weeks left in this challenge. I am determined to bring it home. Hopefully I can take from this challenge some lessons learned to make the rest of 2010 a healthy and happy new year. Good luck all!
Hi, Everyone...I'm now showing a gain of .2 after a week without losing. The culprit? Me. Well, stress and me. My profession is in prime evaluation time and I didn't continue what I have proven to myself to be most effective: preparing food for the work day, moving my body enough, and finding alternative behaviors to sitting in front of the t.v. with snacks. I'm most upset with myself about losing 11 days of training toward my next half on March 7 with a 15K next weekend as a warm-up distance. Thankfully, if I handle the next few days well, I'll be back and ready for the races. I'm thankful that we have this forum for accountability. Have a great week everyone!
Saturday, 20 February 2010
I'm on a two week course. Week one over with and I think I'm lucky to get away with not gaining. I've been fed and well watered for the past week and I found a couple of guys to go running with. Problem is there's no footpaths to run, we're in the middle of knowhere and the roads are fast. Another problem is that there are no scales to weigh myself on so I'll have to weigh myself on Sunday. Still feel good about what I've lost so far and proud of the fact that I've not gained.
Gary Wall - kinverkid
Wednesday, 17 February 2010
Finally getting around to posting an update. my plan is all a train wreck. I have been taking on special projects at work and my schedule changes week to week. This has affected my running my time with the Wii and the fit/exercise programs and my diet. Today is the first day of Lent and I will be making some changes to my eating and as I usually do I will have water only on Ash Wednesday and All the Fridays of lent. My family all being below recommended weight will be eating like nothing else.
My running has been maybe 10 miles a week and I'm on the eat less not healthy diet at this time. I have seen some results but over all I can usually drop a bit fast and struggle for the rest. Every fractional loss has been tough. I hope to read more of your stories and get more inspiration as we head into the second half.
Sorry I'm late, I'm sick and my computer is sick. I think my kids infected my desktop and I have pneumonia. I'm out of action until at least next week. It is so frustrating that I can run marathons and hoping to do my first ultra this year and right now I can't walk up the stairs without hacking, short of breath and pulse racing. Although if I was going to get this sick this is a good time since I do have enough sick time, the Olympics are on and the snow is piled high outside. God Luck to everyone and see you next week.
Tuesday, 16 February 2010
Who knew that not running could lead to weight loss? I was really worried that my knee injury was going to wreak havoc on the 10in10 due to lack of running, but my body has seemed to respond to the lack of exercise by upping my metabolism... I guess. Portion control has been good and I have minimised nighttime snacking. The only other thing I have done lately is lay off the daytime espressos (which didn't have sugar to begin with). Regardless, I'll take these results!
I have not done well and that's starting to really bug me! I can and should do this and although (like everyone else) I can give you my excuses, but that's all they are - excuses. Going to NYC this week where we will visit good restaurants and be tempted to eat "good nyc stuff" but I will persevere :) Good luck to all this week!
John from the Poi
Monday, 15 February 2010
Well, I didn't lose any weight this week, but I'm considering that fortunate. Last week I had hernia surgery and basically can't do anything requiring me to flex my abdominal muscles. Its not as easy as it sounds. When I walk, I find that my lower back muscles are doing all the compensating and getting very sore as a result. Perhaps using those muscles which don't normally get that type of use is what's substituting for my normal regimen of exercise. You're right, I don't believe it either. At any rate, I'm holding steady and counting the seconds until I can do some sort of exercise. 8.5 down, 1.5 to go.
I've always considered myself the slightly bigger than average person, but that is all starting to change. In the last six weeks, I've lost a total of four pounds, and I am the lightest I have been since before my high school days. Every time I look in a mirror, I notice how much weight I've lost, which is now 31 pounds, since I started running in October of 07. I have a sense of pride in this accomplishment and in my weight. I'm actually proud to say I weigh 161 pounds - An all time low.
If this contest was all I was doing I would throw the towel in and give up. I have not yet hit the groove I need to lose this weight and I am quite irritated at myself.
Last Monday my hamstring complained, think i was doing too much, so i rested for a couple of days. As a result i expected to have gained weight this week.
Instead i lost three pounds to take me down to 205, 8 in 6. When i saw that come back i was bouncing around the living room.
My body is weird. Workout really hard and put 2 pounds on. Workout a little bit and lose 3 pounds. Can only think its muscle that put the weight on last week and helped take it off this week.
I'm down one pound this week--quite a nice surprise, really, since it was not only Valentine's weekend, but my daughter's birthday. So, with all of the chocolates in the house, and a cheesecake for a birthday cake, and going out to dinner, I was not expecting to record any weight loss at all. Next weekend will be even more challenging as we'll be away at a bed and breakfast for three days. (I'll have to weigh in a day late.) Mostly, I'll have to be very careful about what I eat while away--there are always fresh baked cookies at the inn and after a full day of skiing it'll be tough to resist!
Hope everyone else is enjoying some success this week, too!
Thursday, 11 February 2010
So I did a weight check last night and I am down 3 pounds from Monday. Kinda scratching my head at that one since I am not running since the knee injury. I have been careful about portion control and limiting snacking, but i am surprised.
I am pretty much ready to start running again but need to get another Nike+ footpod as mine went missing, plus I need to carve out running time from this hectic week.
The danger zone is here - I am down quite a bit and here's where i think I can justify an extra snack here and there, and voila, I shoot back up again.
Patience, grasshopper. Discipline...
Tuesday, 9 February 2010
Well, a bit of disappointment here this week to be honest, as I asm virtually unchanged with a miniscule gain of 0.2 pounds.
Not sure what went wrong really, as mid-week I was on course for dropping a couple of pounds.
But, I'll stay on track. Exercise (running) is going well, mileage is increasing so I remain ever-optimistic.
This is always the toughest point I think: mid way through a challenge.
So, hope you are all staying on the straight & narrow, no matter how its going for you. :)
Back up 1.2 lbs.... what a bummer! OK it wasn't a brilliant week for dieting, as I worked from home 4 days. I'd find myself in the kitchen between tasks, almost without thinking, and when my eyes land on something edible... it's too late to run away. Just a nibble here, and a few nuts there (don't need to enter all that online...) And my diet is toast! ARG! This week WILL be better, then I'm off to the states to visit my family. That's going to be tough. ;-(
The week before was tough and this past week was even tougher. Travel for work then I lost my grandpa which meant lots of stress and comfort food. I managed to log 0 miles last week but only gaining 2 pounds was probably a win. This week is going to be better!
A big congrats to all of you who are making real progress!!! Keep up the amazing work!
Monday, 8 February 2010
No loss, no gain. Running has been effected by the snow. We just got over a foot and are expecting up to two more feet starting tomorrow. Oh and I just checked the ten day and it has more snow for Monday. I guess I'll be working out with the snow shovel. Two soccer wins this week. The games are indoor too. See you next week, spring will be here soon.
By some miracle, I managed to stay the same this week. I fell so far off the wagon on Friday and Saturday that I didn't think I was going to be able to get back up. What started as a small 'cheat' continued on for 2 full days of bingeing. I'm disgusted with myself. This is a new week - and my motto is 'never give up.'
Down 2lbs. I'm happy with that after last weeks zero loss. I've got a two week course coming up. I know from past experience that they will be trying to feed me several times a day. The food is good and generally wholesome. It will be difficult to resist eating too much.
Sunday, 7 February 2010
Today was my first rest day this week
Gained 2 pounds this week, think its likely that its due to how much i ramped up my exercise this week. Focused a lot on resistance training to compliment my cardio work so maybe the muscles weight caused this gain.
Still lost 5 in 5, so on target so i should be happy enough. Maybe the muscle will aid weight loss next week, guess I will see.
Thursday, 4 February 2010
Monday, 1 February 2010
Well I erased last weeks loss with a gain of 2.4 lbs. Disappointed? Yes. Surprised? Not so much.
I've cut back on my portions and I'm tracking what I eat, trying to stay within a 15/60/25 fat/carb/protein diet. Typically this is all I need to do to shed a few pounds. It's worked for me in the past. However, I feel without my regular training regimen of 30 to 40+ miles per week, my weight just wants to go UP!
I'll keep plugging away, try to be more consistent and start looking for a spring marathon.
Good luck everyone!
No excuses, but I hate business meetings that last all week! They feed you 3 time a day and starve you in between. They only snack was crackers with orange cheese - ORANGE!! Why would cheese be orange?!
With my wife getting better and my routine getting back to "normal" I'm hoping the remaining weeks will be good - or shall I say I will be good!!
I can not believe I have lost 21 lbs in January. This is the weight I was at when I got married nearly 18 years ago at age 22. Now I am on to a goal of getting out of the 200's for February. Had a great week of soccer. Another team in my league needed a goalie since their's was away. They called me and I blocked shots for back to back games. Running went well and I look forward to JFK 50 this year, an ultramarathon (my first) in the Maryland and Virginia area. Just have to keep an eye out for when the registration opens. I wake up to go to work at 4 AM and on my TV (especially since the new year) are infomercials on how to lose weight on just about every channel. The biggest one right now seems to be the belt you wear that works your abs while you watch TV. They drive me crazy. You want a result you have to put the work in. Now I have always been active with running and soccer but eating has always been my downfall in the weight dept. I didn't start some crazy diet, didn't starve myself but looked at meals and snacks proactively and not reactively. In other words I didn't open the fridge and looked for what to eat I thought about what I was going to eat before I opened the fridge. Told myself I will eat something healthy then got it, instead of open fridge and say "that looks good!". Hope every is doing well with their personal challenge. Look forward to seeing everyone's posts. see you next week.
I crept up just under a pound today, which is a little bit of a disappointment.
The good news is that I have done well with my running this week, and I'm not too far off course with my weight loss for the end of week 4.
I have eaten more this week, but mainly due to the extra training - I obviously don't need as much extra food as I think I do!
I'me still very optimistic of shifting my goal weight and am determined to stay on course with my healthier eating and training plans.
The days are lengthening, and there will be soon more opportunities to slot in those morning and evening runs.
A zero in the box today. I half expected to put a bit on this week even though my training has been going well. I got a hard ten mile hilly run in yesterday and I'm going out for a short run in the snow in a few minutes. But, we had family in over the weekend and I let things slip. I have a couple of brother-in-laws who like beer as much as I do so it was too difficult to not join them. I've not gained though so I'm keeping positive.
My wife isn't in the challenge and she's lost half a pound more than me - what's that all about?
I injured my knee after last Sunday's long run... well, more like aggravated an old, dormant injury, so no running for me this past week. Despite that I showed a -.4 loss this morning when I weighed in. I have been trying to be good and watcvh portions, not snack, etc., so I guess that saved me from a positive number for the week.
Knee is feeling better so I plan to gradually work in some short runs this week. Honestly I am more worried about half marathon training than I am about the 10 in 10 right now!
Sunday, 31 January 2010
Had my weekly weigh in this morning (do it today as i know my house is bedlam on Monday mornings) and I am another two pounds down. To be honest wasnt sure what result i was going to get.
This week i changed tact entirely, instead of keeping my intake really low and feeling hungry all the time i ate closer to my BMR (1900 calories) in small meals (breakfast, mid morning snack, lunch, mid afternoon snack, dinner) and exercised more.
Feel a lot better and glad the weight came off.
Wednesday, 27 January 2010
Tuesday, 26 January 2010
Going the right way at last. Got a little worried last week after my zero weight loss. I've been weighing myself daily though trying to do it around the same time and it still fluctuates by quite a bit. I won't worry too much next week if my weight hasn't gone down as much as I would like. I know that the trend is that 'it's going down'. Now that the thick icy paths and roads have gone too I can get my miles in. When not on call, I've been either running or cycling to and from work (12 mile round trip) as well as getting my long runs in on days off. Hopefully if I get home in time I will get my speed training in at the running club I've joined. Got a nice hilly ten miler in on Sunday followed by an eight mile walk with the missus. Feet ached more than if I had run the eighteen. Keep it up everyone and look forward to reading all the updates.
So on weigh in this Monday morning I saw that I was back to my starting weight of 210. I was not worried, I knew my sodium intake the previous day probably caused it ( I used a salad dressing marinade.) I also knew that I had worked pretty hard on the treadmill, I had watched most things I ate and I am looking at a long term goal. Twenty-four hours after weighing myself in my weight shows as 208.2 so I know the sodium in the food was the main culprit. I am eating right, and the hour on the treadmill (SWEAT FEST 2010) I know is working, so I plan on seeing a 207.5 next Monday when I step on there. If it says 208, that cool, 209 right on! Its about looking at the whole forest instead of that giant Sequoia in front of me.
Remember to drink your water and have a great week.
Tony (aka tonygravato)
One of the tactics I have taken with this challenge is to look at it as if were a race.
When most undertake a challenge such as this one, everyone goes Gung-Ho and the first week usually finds a huge loss. The second week will usually find another slight loss and by the third week, it will start to get a little harder. Since most will take a hard core attitude toward the weight loss challenge, at this point the severely cut caloric intake will trigger your body into starvation mode. Now you are not only fighting the bulge, but your own body has become a double agent and turned against you. The results will not be so dramatic or great (.5 pound here or maybe no loss at all) and some form of discouragement will settle in. This is the "Usain Bolt" method of weight loss, fast out of the blocks but not good for anything long. And LONG term is what we are looking for.
The "Meb" method is all about a long term plan, its about using the 10 weeks to learn how to eat, and by eating I mean eating in a way it fits into your actual real world life. It means learning new habits to how you go about your day. It means learning to balance food in with exercise out. It means realizing that it may be slow. It means that you should look at it as two five week challenges. The object should be to work to the point where the second half (through the light behavior modification of the first half) will result in more loss being loss then the first (as is often the case.)
Keep some sort of food journal and look at it at the end of the week, study it, do you see a pattern in there to explain your loss or gain? Use this information to plot how you will "run" the second half of the challenge. This is important as the general rule is that it takes about 21 days to learn a new habit, so this gives you an additional two weeks to strengthen the good habits that can lead to life altering food behaviors.
Most runners will tell you that the best way to run a race is even pacing every mile with a negative split in the second half. Plus as we all train for races we usually use some sort of training plan. But in weight loss we usually try to make decisions (good or bad) with our food as we go along. Try to look at your food intake as you would your planned run for the day. try to keep these factors in mind:
- What do I plan on having for breakfast?
- What will be my mid-morning snack (should be some small protein w/a small amount of fat in it)?
- What will I be having for lunch that will carry me over into dinner without me being famished?
- My mid-afternoon snack, what will I have (maybe an egg, and nuts or some cheese?)
- Dinner, what can I eat that will leave me full but not that full?
- How will I distribute the amount of water I need to drink over the course of the day?
- What will be my back up snacking item, for those moments when temptation is high ( think baby carrots, or snow peas or sugar free gum)?
- How will I integrate my food intake to best be utilized by my exercise training plan for the day?
By doing little things you will become more conscious and you should see that weight loss in week 8 might actually be more then what you did on week 2. But more importantly you have learned what it takes to keep this going for a life time.
Have a great week everyone!
Tony aka tonygravato
Monday, 25 January 2010
OK, so its only half a pound, but at least its in the right direction now. I have been positively saintly on the running front and clocked 28 miles this week but not so saintly on the food front. Still, have a plan to complete 30 miles this coming week, so hopefully will go down again.
I am pleased with this week's progress, as I'm now a full 4.4 pounds down, which is great!
The only caveat to this is that I haven't been able to run apart from once this week. When I've had this issue in the past, I've noticed a slight dip in weight which I've often attributed to loss of muscle mass due to lack of running.
But, we'll see how things go, and fingers crossed for a bit more running this week and continued progress for next week.
Another good week. Down 3 for a total of 14 lbs. A good week of running and soccer. It has been Girl Scout Cookie season in my house for the past 2 weeks and have managed to only sell the cookies not eat them. I want to thank Adam Tinkoff for (and I don't know why I never thought of this before) giving me the idea to microwave an egg to eat. My wife hates eggs, hates the smell of them cooking, cooked and can't stand the sight of them. I love them. So Thank You Adam for giving me back eggs!
I must have overdone it on Sunday. This morning (Monday) I got out of bed and could hardly walk. My feet are just very tender. So I missed my trip to the gym today. I will be there tomorrow and will record my weight then :)
Although i need to rethink my eating habits a wee bit (im hungry all the time atm) it is having the desired effects. I lost two pounds this week to break the 15 stone barrier to go down to 208 pounds.
A nice side effect is that the core strenghtening that i have been doing for the last three months is paying off. Managed 20 minutes at 7 and a half minute mile speed on the treadmill on Saturday. Its huge for me, I previously didnt think i could run faster than eight minute miles.
10lb in 3 weeks!!
Now the challenge gets even tougher and I think I'm going to go for "20in20" and see how close I can get to it.
This week was definitely the hardest week as my work hours were all over the place, eating times were somewhat disrupted and a stressful weekend didn't help too much.
Good luck everyone!!
Great job to all of you on the challenge. I am having a rough start. My super efficient body has gotten used to my current mileage and since I don't have plans to increase it anytime soon, I need to cut back on calories. I don't like to do that. It's not fun, but it has to happen for any weight loss to happen. I'll start writing things down this week and see how it goes.
Friday, 22 January 2010
Tuesday, 19 January 2010
Down 2 pounds this week which is encouraging after my gain of 1.2 pounds last week. Let's face it- there are no surprises where weight loss is concerned. You do the work - you reap the benefits. I haven't exactly been doing the work (for the last year or so) so I'm not surprised my loss isn't bigger. I'll take it.
If only the weigh in was today instead of yesterday, I would be down 3 pounds total instead of being back at 0. I realize that there's going to be some fluctuation in my weight due to many variables like hydration and food I've eaten recently, but I prefer it when those fluctuations work in my favor. Yesterday's official weigh in was 165.5. Today's weight was 162.5, which is the lowest I've been since probably Jr. High. I was dicouraged by the little bit of weight gain I experienced yesterday, but now I am greatly encouraged that I really can loose the weight.
Down 4.75 pounds this week, down 1.75 cumulative. Full report at www.tinyurl.com/coachadam
Monday, 18 January 2010
Another 2lb off this week - 6 in all! Chuffed to bits. Managed to get out last week and do 3 runs, a cycle and a long walk despite the snow. Not sure if it's the having to report here but something is deffo motivating me! No bread or alcohol is certainly paying off. Well done to everyone who's losing. Take inspiration from me the original couch potato if you're not and good luck all for the forthcoming week.
What happened. I wasn't expecting to lose a lot of weight because I couldn't get the miles in due to the snow and ice over the past week. But, I thought I might have lost something. I'll try and look on the bright side. At least I didn't weight put on. Nah! That didn't work. Still feel like a lump. Ran to work and back today. Cyling tomorrow and Wednesday. Club run Wednesday night. That should get me back on track.
OK, was tempted just to lie this week and said I had lost the weight put on last week. The truth is though that its not the truth! I've had a terrible week, been struck down by a cold that made me feel dire. Absolutely no exercising and just sitting around feeling sorry for myself and snacking. Net weight gain this week 1.5lb. Still, am pleased to report that I now have the glow of health back, have given myself a good talking to, have just returned from my second run of the day and vow to lose all the weight gained in the last 2 weeks this week. Just watch and learn . . . .
I am in the same boat as Tim W. (Thanks Tim, for posting...it gave me the courage to do the same!) While I've managed to consistently run 3 days/week, my biggest struggles are with food choices. Much of it is due to lack of time to cook (I hate cooking, too!), work and family stress, and not getting enough sleep. I hope to do better with that this week... Somehow I need to find a balance and maintain it. I always seem to do well for 2-3 days, but then I fall off the bandwagon by the end of the week. It's a vicious cycle! Great job to the rest of you! -- TNG
So it's been two weeks, and according to the scale, I am down 6 pounds. I'm chalking it up to a couple of things.
1. Holiday baked goods bloat. I ate entirely too much over xmas/new years, and the return to healthy eating and exercising has purged that evilness.
2. Water weight. I've been paying much closer attention to my sodium intake this year.
My approach continues to be:
- Eat sensibly, tracking my food on Sparkpeople
- Workout consistently. I'm now following a half-marathon training plan in anticipation of the Half at the Hamptons on Feb 21
Best of luck to everyone this week!
Yes - I said it....... I didn't want to post!
My wife is keen to say that it takes 100 compliments to make up for one negative remark (she actually uses the corny term that Dr. Phil uses.) I always laugh at it, but recently while going back on forth on a thread with some grammar school friends I was reminded of it (Just stay with me and you will see where I am going.)
Growing up and through my grammar school and high school years, I constantly believed that I was overweight, because everyone kept calling me fat. Truth be told after looking at some pictures that could be farther from the truth. I was probably the right weight for my height. But I let those remarks dictate my self image. My bad self image tainted everything I did, I learned to accept being second best. My high school cross country coach never understood that as hard as I trained why I was not challenging to be the number 1 or 2 runner, he always knew that I would give him the points that we needed as #3 or 4. I was his most consistent finisher. He just thought that I had some much potential but something was holding me back. It was the same with my road running.
As a teenager I was very good on the road (especially in the 10k) but my times would just hang and stay the same. To everyone I was just that one kid on the team who no one never gave any thought to, because I wasn't the star, and I wasn't bringing up the rear. I was just there...Mr Consistent. No one gave much thought, I didn't get the extra resources, I had to depend on my self to make me better. But given how hard I can be on myself it was a vicious cycle that led me to eventually drift away from the sport during my prime years.
As a cyclist, I thought that being 145-150 pounds at a height of 5' 9" was too big. I worked extra hard on climbing. I was a marvelous climber and time trialist. But there were times during rides with other riders or during club time trials, when I was just plain kicking butt where I would subconsciously sabotage myself. I would always just finish just outside the top. Everyone would always be shocked but after a while it became a joke.
It took me until about last month to realize that all those comments that I heard as 9-10 year old had been affecting how I lived my life for the last 30 years! All those comments about being the "fat kid" had caused me to deviate off the highway and on to a exit that became nothing more then a road where at times ran side by side with me always questioning what if?
What if I never got off the high way? What was that road not taken? These questions have always led me to not doing my best, to learning to accept second best. These questions have led me to once I have reached my ideal weight, I find a way of reverting back. Those questions have led to yo yo dieting and diabetes. Those questions all grew out of an insecure little 10 year old boy who always tried hard, but was always told that it wasn't hard enough. We all have episodes like that. We all have heard those negative remarks, which at the time probably didn't mean much, but in truth no matter how small they were are now huge thanks to years of unfettered feeding. Without dealing with these feelings, we continually just tip toe around them without ever giving it any thought.
So what does this all have to do with weight loss and this 10 in 10 challenge? Very simply that way too many times we challenge ourselves, and too many times we hit the self destruct button on that path. With out any thought we just do it, we reach for that candy bar, or we decide its too cold or dark or rainy or hot to go out and get my workout in. That button has been hard wired into our brain. Like a demolition expert we have to learn to cut those wires that power that button. The button that was placed there probably many years ago without you even knowing it.
So in a few weeks time, when you find it hard to lose even half a pound after 2-3 weeks and the temptation of a piece of cake for a coworkers birthday rears its head; just stop and walk away from that button. You are better then that, you have worked way too hard to let that happen. You will lose 10 pounds and more. You will lose the "negative monster".
Ironically, you have nothing to lose but years of "I am not good enough."
Stay Strong Everyone! Thanks for your inspiration.
Rather relieved to see I dropped another 2 pounds this week, seeing as how several factors conspired against me. I didn't run as much as I'd wanted, I wasn't religious about counting my calories, and I worked a lot of late days, which meant I was too distracted to eat more frequent, smaller meals the way I should. I also had a cold taco for breakfast one morning. But I tried my best to stay away from foods I didn't need and eyeballed some smaller portions. It worked this week but it won't in the long term, so I'll get back on the track of exercising regularly and keeping count of my calories.
Well this week was a surprise. I'm sticking to lots of water, as much raw food as possible. I'm down to 199 Lbs (total loss 8.9 lbs)... but then I'm I Summer, while most of you are in Winter....its easier in Summer to lose weight.
I lost two pounds this week, but let's face facts, I have A LOT of weight to lose. So many of you are 10 pounds away from goal and YOU ARE MY INSPIRATION! Even with my 78 pound loss so far, I've got 48 pounds ahead of me and right now, I'm LOVING every minute of discovering what I can accomplish.
The five pounds lost last week was made possible due to the final prep runs & completion of a half marathon and incredibly wise food choices. This week meant rebuilding my body, resting a bit, using the Wii step to move, and beginning the prep for the next 13.1 in March with a six-mile run on Saturday. I wasn't perfect with food this week and really worried that the salmon, biscuit, and two stuffed mushrooms for dinner last night would cause my sodium level to explode. However, I found some balance this week...the elusive balance I constantly crave. I still moved. I didn't beat myself up for dipping into extra carbs. I am making this happen without excuses!
May we all find peace and needed balance this week. Nigel, you're in our thoughts! OK...off to run during this GORGEOUS Florida day!
Okay, so not the loss of 5 pounds I was hoping for, but at least I was on the negative side this week--down 2.5 pounds! It took a lot of willpower (those french fries at the ski lodge sure looked yummy) and making up special dinners for myself (a large salad for me while the kids were eating my baked macaroni and cheese), but it wasn't as hard as I thought it would be. Now I'm determined to keep this up for another week and see more negative numbers on my chart! Good luck to everyone else, too!
Woohoo, I get to join the Loser Club at last, ha. It could have been more loss, but my running got sidetracked for the last half of last week for all sorts of reasons. I was pretty good on the eating front, with a few indulgences here and there. I can do better and plan to this week! Main goal for this week is avoiding nighttime snacking which is a big culprit for me. I started using Dailyburn for tracking food intake and so far I am liking it. I had been using Lose It! for the iPod Touch but have found that Dailyburn has more of the food I usually eat already configured.
We went away this weekend. I worked hard to make better choices, but when you're out sometimes you have to eat what's there. I have been weighing myself daily (when I have access to a scale) so I can keep an eye on things. I know that on Friday I weighed two pounds less than I do right now.
I did not consume an extra 6,000+ calories over the weekend. I have a feeling I consumed more sodium than any one person should in a 48 hour period. I can generally tell when I've had too much salt by the way my face feels. My lips feel like they have been injected with something. much the way Hollywood celebrities do. For me, it's just the salt and after a few bottles of water, will regulate on it's own.
Overall, I'm still down 4 lbs since the challenge began (3 lbs + 1lb). I really can't complain.
I can’t quite figure it out: yes, I’ve been watching what I eat: but my weakness is WINE, that is…after a couple of glasses it seems logical to have a piece of cheese, maybe some crackers, how about an entire POT ROAST (that’s what I cooked for my family on Sunday, along with mashed potatoes).
It doesn’t help that we had a new Super Market open up in town (which is a big deal for this small New England town), and they have a fresh sushi bar (I have a weakness for raw fish)…but STILL, I managed to lose 2 pounds this week, with a 4.5 pounds loss since I started this challenge (starting weight: 204 lbs, current weight 199.5).
I think my “secret” must be portion control. I find myself holding off on having a second plate of food; and my between meal snacking has been reduced. The thing is, I’m not suffering…when I first tried to lose weight (10 years ago), I was always starving; but today I get a little hungry; but for the most part (so far) this has been easy.
It may be that my running has helped. I’m getting in +30 miles per week as I’m 13 weeks away from the 114th Boston Marathon: so the burning continues.
I expect that my weight will level off soon, and that it’s going to take more effort to drop those last few pounds: but who knows?
Now if you’ll excuse me, there’s a piece of Makizushi in the fridge with my name on it.
Well, I didn't lose anything this week based on this mornings weigh in. I actually was down 4lbs at one point this week after my long run Saturday. I was bad last night, had some potato chips :( On to week 3! Going for it this week!
John from the Poi
Karma is in effect, i was pretty bad last week and lost 3 pounds. This week i've been really good yet havent lost anything at all.
My body doesnt seem to want to know about weight loss principles. Must be somewhere close to -5k calories this week yet no weightloss.
This fifteen stone barrier will be broken next week.
Still on the plus side i am still 1 pound ahead of schedule, so i should be thankful for that.
Well i have actually managed to get out and run this week, which is good after a long break with either injury or snow!
Well, I've had an awful week in my personal life for a number of reasons, so I wasn't expecting too much this week. I haven't really been able to do much again in the way of running, and my mental focus has been elsewhere.
My weigh-in was an increase of just under a pound, so not too much damage there. I'm still a pound down overall, so the 10 pounds still feels do-able.
A week to re-group and re-focus this week.
I really did stick to it this week - no white food, no icecream, only one glass of wine all week, lots of salads (which really doesn't sound that appealing on snowy days)... but only down 0.6lb. UUGH. Perhaps I should look at %body weight as Stuart Quadrathon is doing on his challenge 5% body weight sounds better, I guess. I'm really not willing to eat less - life would not be worth living. Think plateau... near the edge?
Wednesday, 13 January 2010
A colleague had his birthday today and there was cake... I ate some.
There - I said it.
Having flatlined for this week's weigh in it probably wasn't the best choice. But hey, it is done.
Does it matter that I weighed 2 pounds less on Tuesday (of course!)?
Anyway, according to my all-things-in-moderation theory the cake is okay as long as it wasn't the WHOLE cake, and is balanced by an equal amount of calorie burning. I'll be tacking on some extra miles over the next few days in consequence.
Tuesday, 12 January 2010
(@coachadam) I totally agree with @scstekel and her interpretation of the fluctuations. In my case, I win as the biggest loser in the wrong direction as I'm up 3 lbs from 216.5 to 219.5 when I weighed myself before my workout on Monday. Cause for concern? Not yet. Doing what I need to do to ensure success. More details at www.racewithpurpose/coachadam.
I have committed to having a negative number next Monday! For instance, today our building's lunch menu included lasagna. They rock the lasagna and it's one of my faves. I passed it over in favor of salad. Will I do that for the rest of my life? No, but for the next 9 weeks, it's all about the discipline and training to make informed choices. That and running as much as I can without getting injured. My slow and steady plan to run morning and evening commute runs is paying off and I am (knock wood) injury free.
Sneaky Nigel has these weigh-ins scheduled for Mondays so he can get in his Sunday long run the day before, burning crucial last-minute calories mere hours before he steps on the scale. Crafty! Knowing this, I went for a 5-miler on Sunday (what constitutes a "long run" these last few weeks for me). I took a hilly route, even trudging through a half mile of 3-to-6-inches-deep snow to get some extra cardio in. When I got back from the run, I weighed myself and was rewarded from the run and the calorie-counting I'd done all week: I'd lost 4 pounds.
My weight was all over the place this week but luckily for me, I was down half a pound on Monday morning and that's all that counts.
If anyone else is using Sparkpeople, you can add me as a friend there if you want. My name is Kelownagurl.
Hope everyone else had a good week. Remember, if you didn't lose any weight, it often takes a week or two before things start to change so be patient, and don't get frustrated.
And if you haven't already, be sure to take your measurements as well because often that's where the biggest changes show up!
Monday, 11 January 2010
So this week hasn't been my best as far as working out or eating right. It seems like every time I look at a food label, I'm cringing at the fat content of what I'm eating. Last week I had a few corn dogs, not any special healthy kind, just the run of the mill fat-filled ones. I just knew my weigh-in wouldn't be good.
However, I still lost weight. I feel better about losing a pound, but I know I can do better with my diet.
Last week was a weird one. Friends still staying with us and so out for dinner twice and one night in the pub. Thankfully i was using sparkspeople (thanks adamm9 :D ) to monitor what i had during the day so i knew what i could have in the evening.
Two games of football were the limits of my exercise, the snow and ice just didn't seem tempting to me.
But i managed to shave off 3 pounds from my (ample) frame :)
Well done to all for sticking with it, even if the results haven't yet shown themselves.
I neither gained nor lost a single pound this past week. I did run and I generally ate less but I did succomb to the tragedy of so-called funsized Snicker's and Cheetos. Alas, I was stained all weekend with the tale-telled sign of orange fingertipped disappointment.
But this week I will run more, actually crosstrain when scheduled, and cut out the snacks. I will even tempt the wrath of heaven and forgo the sweet necter of the Angels that is Stout (preferably Guinness but I'll take whatever is on tap). I will be lighter, faster, and in the words of the immortal Steve Runner, I will run long and taper (tapering actually begins week 14 of my 16 week plan of which I am begining week 4).
Alright, I'm up a pound this week too. It's really, REALLY frustrating, because this actually was a clean week for me, in terms of eating well (and not excessively) and exercising regularly. So let me offer some small comfort to the others that are up this week as well.
But, it raises a good point about the scale: numbers aren't as simple as they seem. I know there's no way took in an extra 3500 calories of food this week - the math's not there, even if I could have underestimated what I ate on occasion. So why does the scale go up instead of down? I'll throw the usual reasons out there so that those of us that gained don't get discouraged: 1.) water weight fluctuation can really show up on the scale. I remember a schoolmate of mine coming back from 3 days with the flu, and describing a bit proudly how she lost 8 lbs. Well ... it wasn't 8 lbs of fat, you can be sure. But several pounds worth of water was much more likely. 2.) the ol' muscle vs fat scenario. It's not that muscle weighs more than fat - after all, a pound of something weighs a pound. But yes, it's possible to build a pound of muscle, and lose a half-pound of fat, and have the scale smirk back at you when you go to weigh in.
I'm not going to spend a lot of time agonizing over which reason it might be - it's one week, and I'm more concerned about the overall trend. I'll keep tracking what I eat, exercising, and working on good health. If I'm still here at the end of ten weeks ... it's not gonna be pretty. LOL Have a good week 2, everyone.
Susan (aka scstekel)
OK, thank goodness there is someone else who has put on a pound. We two can stand in solidarity. I can find a million excuses but I guess I shouldn't bleat and just get on with it this week. My thought though is that it gets really hard making a sensible judgement call on when to run or not when you are used to running marathons. Suddenly normal sense goes out of the window and you are left feeling guilty for not being 'hard enough' if you choose not to run on sheet ice and yet also feeling guilty if you do choose to run when the rest of the family are telling you its madness. I guess you just lose your sense of perspective because everyone always tells you that you are crazy to run no matter what anyway! Still, thats my excuse. This week I definitely will get out and run, snow and ice or not and I will try not to let work get me so stressed that I don't sleep properly and eat to deal with it.
I'm with most everyone: today's weigh-in frightened me a little. I've been sick with a terrible cold that just flattened me, so my daily schedule last week consisted mostly of laying on the couch, sleeping, drinking tea and eating soup.
I'd also been nervous because I was out of town for the baseline weigh-in, so I didn't have access to the scale I'll be using through the challenge. Instead, I used the the doctor's clinic scale, which always seems to weigh more heavily and is definitely different than the home one. Stepping on our scale this morning, I either have lost all 10 lbs already (ha! my pants say otherwise), or a more modest 2 lbs (my fancy-math estimate that includes the usual difference between home and an office scale.) I'm going with the smaller number.
I'm feeling much better this week, and should be able to get back to some running, especially now that it's above freezing in Hotlanta.
I am so exited of my first week weight lost of eight pounds! This just proves to me that I ate way too much junk food during the holidays and not enough exercise. My diet during this first week was simple:
- Eating a balance breakfast
- Not eating Carbs after 8pm
- Up my Protein
- No ice cream or pastries (my weaknesses)
So psyched to be doing this challenge, as it is keeping me accountable. I can't tell you how many times I went to eat something that 'might' not have been a good choice, and said, nope, I'm doin the 10in10 challenge, and I want to be able to report a loss this week.
Well, it's not much, but I am down 1 pound. Woo Hoo!!!
Funny tho, by Thursday or Friday of last week, the scale showed I was down about 2lbs. My exercising is finally back and I am running and doing cardio crosstraining again. YAY!!! but Sundays are my off day, booooo, not good for a Monday morning weigh in. Haha. So, I'm thinking of retooling the workout schedule, to had a day during the week as an off day, and do my run/cardio on Sunday, to keep that metabolism burning, so maybe Monday morning I will see better results. Haha
Have no idea if the above would really make a difference, but it sure does good for the psyche. Haha
Congrats to everyone who has lost this week, and hang in there to those who didn't. This is a 10 week challenge! Think of it that way!!! and this is only the first week!!
I may be the only one who actually gained weight last week! What's up with that!? When I posted my comment last night, I was afraid that this might be what I'd see, but was truly hoping to at least have maintained my weight from the 4th and not actually added pounds! So, here are my excuses:
(1) my children were playing with my scale last week and after doing so, it was actually weighing everyone in the house 20 pounds lighter than it should. I was able to figure out the problem and fix it, but how accurate can it be now, considering it's been "refurbished"?
(2) I'm using an analog scale anyway, so it's not very accurate to begin with, right?!
(3) I had a pasta-heavy weekend (pasta for or with dinner for three nights in a row!). I was able to avoid all sweets and extra snacks between meals, but think the added carbs did me in. This week: no pasta!
Okay, I'm ready to start this week anew and see what happens. More fruits, fewer processed carbs. . . that's the plan!
It wasn't as good as I had hoped, but better than I expected.
There's nothing like a half marathon on a Saturday to help you lose five pounds in a week...well, and the fact that I have a lot of poundage to lose...55 pounds to hit my healthy weight. So now that's down to 50 pounds to lose with one half marathon accomplished in 2010 and three to go to achieve my personal goal. The half at Disney was of course MAGICAL with runs in the backstage areas of Magic Kingdom, down Main St. and through Cinderella's castle. For a Floridian, the weather was brutal with constant sleet or rain and temps in the low 30s. My race times are never impressive so I focus on improving my time through personal records. I finished in 3:24:39...more than two minutes faster than my first half marathon completed on my own with a trusty GPS.
Thanks again, Nigel. I really appreciate the accountability of this site for a weekly location to post weight changes and the chance to read all of your posts. I'm inspired! THANKS!
Wasn't sure what to expect - thanks to the app on my Ipod Touch Lose It! I have been tracking most of my caloric intake and my physical activity for the first week. Was a little nervous on Wednesday when I went out to a local restaurant with my wife but managed to lose 2+ pounds for the first week. Great start! My wife is doing her own challenge with a local gym so we have the support system to help each other out. Running the miles clearly helps out coupled with monitoring portions and snacks. I think it will be hard come week 9 and 10. Good luck to all.
First weigh in done, and I'm pleasantly surprised (can someone check my figures in case I've screwed up....I work in Kilo's not Lbs).
The holidays are over. Back to coaching soccer, regular running, regular eating and playing indoor soccer. Having an indoor soccer doubleheader helped with the weigh-in. I really thought yesterday's Girl Scout pancake breakfast would do me in. By the way if anyone needs an easy fundraiser to do contact your local Applebee's. They will provide the food and even cook it for an all you can eat pancake breakfast. All you have to do is serve.
Hi everyone. First weigh in and I lost 1 pound! Was hoping for more but wont complain too much. Its a start. I have been quite good with only a few small slip ups. I have trained every day and this included a few free weight sessions so I am thinking I may have put a bit of muscle on. My excuse anyway.
I'm up 1.2 lbs this week. I'm not surprised because I have not put any effort into moving my body at all this week. The combination of medication and just generally feeling like crap made me decide to take the entire week off to rest and get over this Christmas crud. I'm much better this morning, and am going downstairs as soon as I finish typing to get on with some crossfit stuff and squats, situps, and pushups for Quadrathon's Challenge. Running will start again tomorrow. I felt it was best to stick to my eating plan even though I wasn't exercising. I know I'll have a loss next week. My plan for the week is to stick to the food plan, drink plenty of water, run 3 days and cross train 3 days with one day completely off. On we go.
Flatlined. I weigh exactly the same. I put in over 30 miles last week, but I also fell off the eating wagon (and into the buffet) while at home this weekend. I really need some discipline around nighttime snacks - they are my undoing.
Well, there are 9 more weeks to go. Time for pushups and a core workout then a morning commute run.
Good luck to all this morning!
I was pretty confident I was going to be a pound or 2 down on my weigh-in this morning, and I wasn't disappointed!
I weighed in 2 pounds lighter, which I'm really pleased about.
I've had one or two 'slips' during the week and I've been pretty good in the main, but haven't exercised as much as I'd have liked.
I have mainly acheived this loss due to cutting sugar out of tea/coffee, reducing my portion sizes and staying away from 'the bad stuff' (well, for most of the week anyhow).
I'm going to try and concentrate on drinking more water this week (which I didn't really do too much last week), and try to get a few more runs in to keep the 'burn' going.
All in all, I have to say I'm pleased with this great start!
Ok so a little run into work this morning and feeling a bit nervous with the first weigh in scheduled.....
Onto the scales and.......... a 5lb loss!!
To be honest I'm a bit suprised it was that much but obviously pleased.
Plan for the next week is along the lines of:
- Regularly timed meals
- Maintain running schedule
- Increase fluid intake
- Increase vegetable intake
- Maintain discipline!!
Good luck everyone
Im stepping onto the scales later today (its Monday in Australia)....and Im worried too. Inspite of sticking to the raw food diet, and cutting out 90% of treats I still feel very very heavy. Then I was told that its hard to lose weight when you get past 40...thanks! I seem to be having more trouble that usual bloating...but why?? I'm off bread ( I could live off eggs on toast, and cups of tea with toast and jam), ...anyway lets see later eh?
Good luck to everyone for their weigh in today/tomorrow
I just read John's (from the Poi) recent post and have to say that I, too, am quite worried about stepping on the scale tomorrow morning. The first few days of last week felt so hard. . . like I was depriving myself of foods that I really wanted and that was all I could think about! This weekend, however, was much easier. Mostly because I let myself indulge in bites of goodies here and there (three bites of popcorn and one gummy worm at the movies today, the extra bit of pasta that no one else wanted after dinner tonight, etc.). I'm just afraid that these little splurges have cost me in pounds. I have a terrible feeling about stepping on the scale tomorrow. However, I'm quite committed to being successful in this challenge so seeing that number in the morning will be a good indicator of how much work I still need to do to shed some pounds. I'm convinced that this will indeed be WORK for the next nine weeks.
Good luck to everyone for a successful weigh in tomorrow.
Sunday, 10 January 2010
So tomorrow is the first weigh in. Now I know howthe folks on the biggest loser feel (not really). I have not been as good as I should this past week. I could give you an excuse, but that's all it would be. No matter what challenges we face we still need to eat healthy and get our exercise in. That said, I'm hopeful that I will squeek out a 1 lb loss. We'll see in the AM! Also, I love Adam's picture!
John from the Poi
Saturday, 9 January 2010
Well the new year is here and the 4th of Jan came quick. I have been looking forward to this, I'm not sure why as most look forward to weight loss like looking forward to a root canal. First off I love this because it is a chance to share with friends though miles apart our best wishes and encouragement to become more of what we want. I have a new scale this year and my starting weight is 148.0 lbs. I will be posting my fat and muscle each week for comparison as well. My bonus this year is the Wii Fit plus and Wii My fitness coach. I plan to use both to round out my activity and not just drop the weight, but feel better and become stronger in the process. Some friends at work said 10 lbs you can do with a diet change and I agree but it is far more rewarding to love what you eat and be healthy as the result of a change in lifestyle. I am looking forward to the next few weeks.
bobm512z just about everywhere
Friday, 8 January 2010
A bit late, but sign up for the Buckeye Outdoors 2010 Weight Loss Challenge!
Jereme (DJGray1200) and Gordon (DisneyRunner) will be on a weightloss special Runners Round Table episode on January 27th at 7pm Eastern time. Join us!
Wednesday, 6 January 2010
Tuesday, 5 January 2010
I'm in and charged up! Our youngest is 4months and I'm ready to shed the pounds and get my body back.
So why am I here you might ask? After all, I weigh 124 lbs and at 5'3", that's within the normal BMI for my age and gender.
Well, I'll tell ya. I used to weigh about 140+ lbs and in 2006, I managed to drop the 20+ lbs and have been able to stay in and around 120 lbs most of the time. My golden rule has been, whenever my weight goes up more than 3 lbs, I go immediately back into weight-loss mode. And every Christmas, I allow myself the luxury of enjoying the bounty offered and gain 3-4 lbs.
So today, on January 4th, I currently weigh 124 lbs and my initial goal is to lose 4 lbs and get back to acceptable weight.
HOWEVER, every June for the past 3 years, I have met with a nutritionist who has done a variety of measurements and calculated, roughly, my body fat percentage. And every June, I've had pretty much the same results. Amazing really, considering how much more I workout now than I did 3 years ago. She likes to point out that as I age, it's a bonus that I'm even able to maintain my weight and fitness. I'm not quite ready to accept that though. Sounds like a cop-out to me.
So my secondary goal is to lower my body fat percentage from 24% down to 20% which is still fairly high for an athlete, although not particularly high for an average woman of my age. But I like to think I am no average women. :)
To reach this goal, I will need to lose an additional 5 lbs and get down to a fighting weight of 115 lb. For those of you who think that this might be a bit too 'skinny', keep in mind that I only weighed 105 lbs when I was 20 and I maintained 115 lbs until I was well into my 30's. So far, I've never been able to get down that low though. This is probably my last ditch effort to try.
I doubt I'll make it in 10 weeks though. I can usually only lose 1/2 lb a week in training. Can't cut my calories back too much or my body goes into starvation mode. My goal is 1650 calories a day, with a minimum of 30 minutes of exercise each day (swim, bike, run).
Good luck to all!
PS If you click on the title of my post, it'll take you to my Day One blog entry where I talk (even more) about the my first day and the challenges of maintaining a plan.
Even though I didn't "let myself go" I still managed to gain 5 lbs this season and that's with doing all but one traininig run. So I have proof positive that I can run and gain weight.
I started running in early May, just after turning 42 and welcoming our 2nd child into the world. My starting weight was about 270 and since then I have logged about 570 miles on the Nike+. To be honest I thought I would have lost more weight but I some how can't shake the mentality that I can out run a cheese burger.
I'm off to Jakarta for the next couple of weeks for work so I won't be able to update my weight until the 24th. I am hoping to have the Christmas weight off by then and get on with making my goal of 200lbs.
Thanks Nigel for setting this up.
Hi, Everyone! Nigel, THANK YOU for organizing this opportunity!
I'm facing 40 in June and decided to celebrate the passing of my youth by completing four half marathons this year (one for each decade) with three at Disney World and one at Disneyland. My trek to becoming a runner began by jogging in place using a Wii in August of 2008. Taking movement to the streets was a VERY different experience and I NEVER imagined that my body could actually handle more than walking. I use a 3:1 or 4:1 run/walk ratio and it's working for me. During '08, I lost 90 pounds. I gained twenty back in '09. So I celebrate the ability to keep 70 pounds off, the completion of two 10Ks, three 5Ks, one 13K, and my own half marathon back in June using a GPS device. I work to continue toward my goal weight and the best health status of my life.
I completed my final prep run this evening in 40 degree weather (blizzard-like conditions for Florida) and look forward to crossing the finish line on Saturday for my first "official" half marathon.
Wow, while not at my heaviest (thanks to running) my weigh in this morning what much more than I could have ever wanted it to be. My work is in front of me and my goal are achievable! I want nothing more than to use this as a kick-start to a year of smarter eating and an overall improvement in my level of fitness.
OK, so the day has come and it is time to get serious about this!
Monday, 4 January 2010
I'm the heaviest in the 10-in-10 Challenge (so far)
This is gonna hurt!
Well, like I said I basically have done nothing but eat and drink since NYC. Stepped on the scale this morning to learn it crept up on me to 129.6 Grrr... Day of NYC I weighed 114.8. So, I have about 15 lbs to lose with you all.
Here's to losing weight, staying on track and getting the miles in!!!
Good luck everybody
After getting down to 205 from 240 this past summer I have steadily climbed back up to 226. But this time I'm not going to starve myself or do the low carb hell. I did indulge and engorge myself last night with pizza and Guinness so I may be a bit heavier than even I expected.
I have officially weighed in for the challenge. My weight is 165.5 pounds. I have to admit I did spend the weekend not caring about my food intake, but now the fun starts, and I'll have to watch what I eat very carefully. I'll be incorporating the challenge into my podcast so you can listen to my weigh-ins and my thoughts throughout the challenge as well as reading them here.
So this is the 2nd time I'm doing Nigel's 10-in-10 challenge. If I remember correctly (and I don't want to), I'm down just a couple of pounds from the start of the first go-around, but up from the end of it. Did that make any sense? Point is, I still need to drop 10, and then some more, and this is a great time and a better way to start.
I love challenges. I'm all set to start.
The major thing I do that needs correcting is my nighttime snacking. I can make it through the day eating healthfully but then the nighttime comes and even though I may eat healthy snacks, I eat too many. The challenge will be to cut out the nighttime snacking.
I already keep track of what I eat and how many calories I burn during my workouts - running and strength training. I'll continue to do that.
So, I've put my weight on the spreadsheet and am determined to see it drop weekly!
Good luck to all.