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Shake off the winter blahs and get ready to feel terrific. This spring, start a new (or better) health and fitness routine. Commit to being good to yourself and get ready for a great summer.

The challenge begins Monday, April 9, 2012 and ends Friday, June 29, 2012. Mondays and Fridays are check-in days (or whatever works for you). The following format has worked well in the past - feel free to use it:

Week 1 -   Apr 09: ----      Apr 13: ----    Change: ----
Week 2 -   Apr 16: ----    Apr 20: ----    Change: ----
Week 3 -   Apr 23: ----    Apr 27: ----    Change: ----
Week 4 -   Apr 30: ----    May 4: ----     Change: ----
Week 5 -   May 07: ----   May 11: ----    Change: ----
Week 6 -   May 14: ----   May 18: ----    Change: ----
Week 7 -   May 21: ----   May 25: ----    Change: ----
Week 8 -   May 28: ----   Jun 01: ----    Change: ----
Week 9 -   Jun 04: ----    Jun 08: ----    Change: ----
Week 10 - Jun 11: ----    Jun 15: ----    Change: ----
Week 11 - Jun 18: ----    Jun 22: ----    Change: ----
Week 12 - Jun 25: ----    Jun 29: ----    Change: ----

Start Weight for challenge:     ----

Today's Weight for challenge: ----

Overall change for challenge:  ----

When you sign up you can include a brief introduction of yourself and state your goals for the challenge. On check-in days, it’s nice to write an encouraging note to the poster before you – no negativity please. Feel free to ask questions, offer advice and share success secrets at any time. We had a great group in the last challenge (hopefully, many of them will be back) and we look forward to having some new, eager people join this challenge.

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Wow karijos that's 5lbs down overall, good job!

Well I was looking forward to this weigh in.  Ran 3 times, a 2 hour Rock climbing session, 3 lots of stretching and pretty good diet.

And the result was...dadadaaaaaaa

A HALF A POUND WEIGHT GAIN   AAARRRRGGGHHHHHH!

I know, I know muscle weighs more than fat but hey there is something mentally pleasing about seeing the scales go down.  On the plus side, I feel great and my belt has pulled in another notch (thats from starting at notch 3[sometimes 2 on a fat day] to notch 5) 

Week 1 -   Apr 09: 152.5      Apr 16: 153.5   Change: +1
Week 2 -   Apr 16: 153.5  Apr 20:154    Change: +0.5

Week 3 -   Apr 23: 154   Apr 27: ----    Change: ----
Week 4 -   Apr 30: ----    May 4: ----     Change: ----
Week 5 -   May 07: ----   May 11: ----    Change: ----
Week 6 -   May 14: ----   May 18: ----    Change: ----
Week 7 -   May 21: ----   May 25: ----    Change: ----
Week 8 -   May 28: ----   Jun 01: ----    Change: ----
Week 9 -   Jun 04: ----    Jun 08: ----    Change: ----
Week 10 - Jun 11: ----    Jun 15: ----    Change: ----
Week 11 - Jun 18: ----    Jun 22: ----    Change: ----
Week 12 - Jun 25: ----    Jun 29: ----    Change: ----

Start Weight for challenge:     152.5

Today's Weight for challenge: 154

Overall change for challenge:  +1.5

I know what you mean tantan - we love to see the numbers going down, but the way your clothes are fitting is a pretty good indication that your body is changing and you're headed in the right direction!  Keep up all the hard work!  Great job on the rock climbing - I've only tried a climbing wall a couple of times, and it was hard - never did get up the wall! 

I'll weigh in on Friday, but really want to work hard this week.  As I said before my goal this week is NO Junk food.  Also want to be sure to exercise every day this week, and drink all of my water each day, and stay within 1200-1300 calories each day.  There's been way too much indulgence and sloppy eating lately, so I need a clean week.  

Good luck everyone - have a great week!

@rrhernshe: I'm with you this week - I sat down and planned out my exercise for the week and put it on my calendar. Today I'm going to try a spin class. Wish me luck! ;)

Week 1 -   Apr 09: 162.6     Apr 13: 162.8    Change: +.2
Week 2 -   Apr 16: 162.0    Apr 20: 162.4    Change: +.4
Week 3 -   Apr 23: 163    Apr 27: ----    Change: ----
Week 4 -   Apr 30: ----    May 4: ----     Change: ----
Week 5 -   May 07: ----   May 11: ----    Change: ----
Week 6 -   May 14: ----   May 18: ----    Change: ----
Week 7 -   May 21: ----   May 25: ----    Change: ----
Week 8 -   May 28: ----   Jun 01: ----    Change: ----
Week 9 -   Jun 04: ----    Jun 08: ----    Change: ----
Week 10 - Jun 11: ----    Jun 15: ----    Change: ----
Week 11 - Jun 18: ----    Jun 22: ----    Change: ----
Week 12 - Jun 25: ----    Jun 29: ----    Change: ----

Start Weight for challenge:     162.8

Today's Weight for challenge: 163

Overall change for challenge:  +.2

I've decided not to worry about the weight gain today and just move forward. Last week was vacation week with the kids and I spent most of it home and obviously eating too much. Going to get my exercise in this week though! I'll report back on my efforts on Friday. :)

Is it too late to join?

Yeah claire - good luck on your spin class:  I started spinning a few months ago and I love it!  Just work into it slowly, but your instructor will probably tell you that.  (We have the tendency to overdo it the first time, and then get too sore!)  Let me know what you think.

Never too late to start @bexxeb; welcome!  The group is great motivation!

Week 1 -   Apr 09: 140.4      Apr 13:137.4    Change: 3lbs
Week 2 -   Apr 16: 138.4  Apr 20: ----    Change: ----
Week 3 -   Apr 23: 141.2   Apr 27: ----    Change: ----
Week 4 -   Apr 30: ----    May 4: ----     Change: ----
Week 5 -   May 07: ----   May 11: ----    Change: ----
Week 6 -   May 14: ----   May 18: ----    Change: ----
Week 7 -   May 21: ----   May 25: ----    Change: ----
Week 8 -   May 28: ----   Jun 01: ----    Change: ----
Week 9 -   Jun 04: ----    Jun 08: ----    Change: ----
Week 10 - Jun 11: ----    Jun 15: ----    Change: ----
Week 11 - Jun 18: ----    Jun 22: ----    Change: ----
Week 12 - Jun 25: ----    Jun 29: ----    Change: ----

Start Weight for challenge:     ----140.4

Today's Weight for challenge: ----141.2

Overall change for challenge:----- 

 

PMS- 23/4/12

Week 1 -   Apr 09: 184        Apr 13: ----    Change: -1
Week 2 -   Apr 16: 183        Apr 20: ----    Change: -.6
Week 3 -   Apr 23: 182.4     Apr 27: ----     Change: ----

Start Weight for challenge:    184

Today's Weight for challenge: 182.4

Overall change for challenge:  -1.6

Hi Everyone! Glad to be here :o) I’m 26 years old and have battled my weight for most of my life. At my peak, I was pushing 240 lbs (2006-2007)… In 2008, I started to lose the weight and by 2010, I was 190ish. Since then, I have gone up and down... Three months ago I weighed 203 lbs, but have lost over 20lbs by working out and counting calories.

I have been stuck in the low 180s since the end of March and would really love to move into the 170s!! I recently hurt my foot (pinched nerve) and it’s been super painful to work out (it’s even painful to walk).

By the end of this challenge, I WILL weigh 170.

@bexx - You should be proud of how far you've come - very inspirational! Keep up the good work and you'll get to 170 soon. Take it easy and let your foot heal fully *applies bandage to bexx's foot* there, that should help ; )

@suz - were you able to get out? how'd your run go?

Week 1 -   Apr 09:140.4 Apr 13: 137.6    Change: -2.8
Week 2 -   Apr 16: 137.4    Apr 20: 138.4    Change: +1.0
Week 3 -   Apr 23: 138.4    Apr 27: ----    Change: ----
Week 4 -   Apr 30: ----    May 4: ----     Change: ----
Week 5 -   May 07: ----   May 11: ----    Change: ----
Week 6 -   May 14: ----   May 18: ----    Change: ----
Week 7 -   May 21: ----   May 25: ----    Change: ----
Week 8 -   May 28: ----   Jun 01: ----    Change: ----
Week 9 -   Jun 04: ----    Jun 08: ----    Change: ----
Week 10 - Jun 11: ----    Jun 15: ----    Change: ----
Week 11 - Jun 18: ----    Jun 22: ----    Change: ----
Week 12 - Jun 25: ----    Jun 29: ----    Change: ----

Start Weight for challenge:     140.4

Today's Weight for challenge: 138.4

Overall change for challenge: -2.0

Week 1 -   Apr 09: 130.0     Apr 13: 129.6    Change: +0.6
Week 2 -   Apr 16: 130.6     Apr 20: 129.0    Change: -1.6
Week 3 -   Apr 23: 129.0     Apr 27: ----    Change: ----
Week 4 -   Apr 30: ----    May 4: ----     Change: ----
Week 5 -   May 07: ----   May 11: ----    Change: ----
Week 6 -   May 14: ----   May 18: ----    Change: ----
Week 7 -   May 21: ----   May 25: ----    Change: ---- (Goal: 125)
Week 8 -   May 28: ----   Jun 01: ----    Change: ----
Week 9 -   Jun 04: ----    Jun 08: ----    Change: ----
Week 10 - Jun 11: ----    Jun 15: ----    Change: ----
Week 11 - Jun 18: ----    Jun 22: ----    Change: ----
Week 12 - Jun 25: ----    Jun 29: ----    Change: ----

Start Weight for challenge:     130.0

Today's Weight for challenge: 129.0

Overall change for challenge:  -1.0lbs

Not that impressive! 

Getting back on the horse today and getting down that pound by friday!

128 here I come!

EDIT: I want to lower my goal loss rate a bit-- give myself a better chance at getting it off and maintaining it. I'll be aiming for 6-8 pound loss. That's between 0.5-0.75 pounds a week roughly. That means I'll have to burn 400 calories per day roughly, so -100 exercise, and -300 food. So I'll keep cals at 1200 roughly and be sure to do my walks a few times a week. That should Take me to 124-122. Then I'll do another few month challenge, where I'll aim to lose really slow, half a pound per week to go from 124-122 to 116-118. That will require about 12-16 weeks or so. or, from July to the end of September.

It's strange to lose weight for the winter, it's counter intuitive. but It will be fun to get to shop for cute winter clothes instead of summer clothes. I've always be chubbier in the winter, and always had a wardrobe that covers up. I feel like it will be really fun to wear nice new jeans and sweaters that don't HAVE to cover my entire butt. 

Anyways. I'm shooting for the long-term. Thanks for reading my new manifesto! lol. Here here!

 Week 2 -   Apr 16: 170.2    Apr 20: 172.3    Change: +2.1 Cry

 Week 3 -   Apr 23: 169.8    Apr 27: ----    Change: -2.5
Week 4 -   Apr 30: ----    May 4: ----     Change: ----
Week 5 -   May 07: ----   May 11: ----    Change: ----
Week 6 -   May 14: ----   May 18: ----    Change: ----
Week 7 -   May 21: ----   May 25: ----    Change: ----
Week 8 -   May 28: ----   Jun 01: ----    Change: ----
Week 9 -   Jun 04: ----    Jun 08: ----    Change: ----
Week 10 - Jun 11: ----    Jun 15: ----    Change: ----
Week 11 - Jun 18: ----    Jun 22: ----    Change: ----
Week 12 - Jun 25: ----    Jun 29: ----    Change: ----

Start Weight for challenge:  170.2

Today's Weight for challenge: 169.8

Overall change for challenge:  -2.5Laughing

Goals for upcoming week :

work out 4 days out of the week

no bread !!!!

Drink more water

no fast food 

the2012goal - awesome loss! great goals too, keep up with them!

Week 1 -   Apr 09: 127.6 Apr 13: 127    Change: -.6
Week 2 -   Apr 16: 126.6 Apr 20: n/a   Change: ----
Week 3 -   Apr 23: 131   Apr 27: ----    Change: ----
Week 4 -   Apr 30: ----    May 4: ----     Change: ----
Week 5 -   May 07: ----   May 11: ----    Change: ----
Week 6 -   May 14: ----   May 18: ----    Change: ----
Week 7 -   May 21: ----   May 25: ----    Change: ----
Week 8 -   May 28: ----   Jun 01: ----    Change: ----
Week 9 -   Jun 04: ----    Jun 08: ----    Change: ----
Week 10 - Jun 11: ----    Jun 15: ----    Change: ----
Week 11 - Jun 18: ----    Jun 22: ----    Change: ----
Week 12 - Jun 25: ----    Jun 29: ----    Change: ----

Start Weight for Challenge: 127.6

Today's Weight for challenge: 131

Overall change for challenge: +3.4

 

I really hope this is just a fluctuation! I have really not been doing my best, but definitely not my worst. I had a big weekend of alcohol but still ate pretty well, other than chinese food. Of course, however, I let that number ruin my day starting this morning and ate WAY too much lasting until just 1 hour ago. Not okay!!

Goals for the week: write down everything I eat, no eating past 10pm, workout 5x, no binging

Week 1 -   Apr 09: 137     Apr 13: 132    Change: -5
Week 2 -   Apr 16: 134    Apr 20: 131    Change: -3
Week 3 -   Apr 23: 133    Apr 27: ----    Change: ----
Week 4 -   Apr 30: ----    May 4: ----     Change: ----
Week 5 -   May 07: ----   May 11: ----    Change: ----
Week 6 -   May 14: ----   May 18: ----    Change: ----
Week 7 -   May 21: ----   May 25: ----    Change: ----
Week 8 -   May 28: ----   Jun 01: ----    Change: ----
Week 9 -   Jun 04: ----    Jun 08: ----    Change: ----
Week 10 - Jun 11: ----    Jun 15: ----    Change: ----
Week 11 - Jun 18: ----    Jun 22: ----    Change: ----
Week 12 - Jun 25: ----    Jun 29: ----    Change: ----

Start Weight for challenge:  137

Today's Weight for challenge: 133

Overall change for challenge:  -4

 

::GOALS::

  • 3rd week
  • no snacks
  • no nail biting!!
  • one dessert a day
  • one warm meal a day, prepared from scratch
  • stretch for min 10 minutes before bed

::QUOTE:: If Fe is the symbol for iron, then Female basically means ironman!

 

@tantan321 Another rock climber? Yaaay! Regarding weight gain: always, always, ALWAYS trust mirrors, clothes and belts over the scales! I was 128 pounds at my lowest weight, hovering around 132 now, yet my pants fit better, my belly is flatter and I'm losing inches. 

@healthymadison I'd advise you to reconsider your 1200-calories-a-day plan: if you're shooting for the long-term (which, in my opinion, is the only way to really succeed ^^) you can eat more. I'm 5'6'' and ate roughly 1600 (rest days)/1800 (exercise) and was losing 0.5-1 pound a week.

@beccaanic It is just a fluctuation. ^^ Happens to me every weekend. I can gain up to 10 pounds after a party, but they're always gone in 2-3 days. Keep calm, drink water and don't stress it. :D 

Week 1 -   Apr 09: 164   Apr 13: 164    Change: 00
Week 2 -   Apr 16: 163   Apr 20: 163.5 Change: +.5
Week 3 -   Apr 23: 163    Apr 27: ----    Change: ----
Week 4 -   Apr 30: ----    May 4: ----     Change: ----
Week 5 -   May 07: ----   May 11: ----    Change: ----
Week 6 -   May 14: ----   May 18: ----    Change: ----
Week 7 -   May 21: ----   May 25: ----    Change: ----
Week 8 -   May 28: ----   Jun 01: ----    Change: ----
Week 9 -   Jun 04: ----    Jun 08: ----    Change: ----
Week 10 - Jun 11: ----    Jun 15: ----    Change: ----
Week 11 - Jun 18: ----    Jun 22: ----    Change: ----
Week 12 - Jun 25: ----    Jun 29: ----    Change: ----

Start Weight for challenge:     164

Today's Weight for challenge: 163

Overall change for challenge: -1

karijos, runyourlife, & healthymadison- Great job maintaining over the weekend.

tantan- It sounds like you really worked your butt off. I think sometimes when we confuse our muscles they retain water. It will come off soon!

rrhernshe- See you Friday!

Claire-I've nevre done a spin class. I don't really know alot about them but I've heard they burn a ton of calories.

2012goal- Nice weekend loss!

bexxeb- Welcome and it's never too late to join!

born2doit- TOM can really take over the scales. :)

beccaanic- Hang in there!

Jack-lynx- Those are some really great goals.

 

 

Hi Jack Lynx. Thanks for the note. I think you are right. I just did some calculations and I beleive I'll be able to eat around 1400 a day and still lose 0.75 pounds a week.

It's definitely a long term goal I'm aiming for having lost and gained my goal weight over the last year :( I did a low carb diet and dropped about 10 lbs in a month, kept if off for about 2-3 months and then it slowly crept back up, plus 5 lbs. The restriction made me craving carbs. I see the short-term mind set now and really want to change my relationship with food to enable more effortless weight control. I don't have much to lose so its really the only way to go!

I also love you goals. I;ll make some too:

 

Goals for Week 3:

No cuticle picking

8 glasses of water a day

6 hours of walking per week

Only eating when physically hungry

Hi Everyone,

I would also love to join this challenge if its not too late... Im pretty new at this weight loss thing, so there s a lot i need to learn, a few weeks ago i didnt even know how to count calories...( im not kidding :{ ) anyway, this seems like a great place to learn, you guys seem like you know what you are talking about..

A little bit about me, my name is Floriane, i am French and I have been leaving in NYC for almost 4 years now.. Please excuse any possible mistakes i'll make, my english is not perfect yet, but im working on it :)

I started my weight loss 1 week before you guys so hopefully thats ok with you! Here are my stats: im 23 yo (turning 24 in july), im 5'2 and as of April 3rd i weighed 184.8.. SW: 184.8 CW: 175 GW: 145-150 Challenge GW: 165-160

I weigh in every Fridays! Oh and i just wanna say quickly, i realised that losing 10 lbs in less than a month is probably too much but i think it was mostly water weight and you also need to understand that i changed drastically my lifestyle ( i used to eat 1 BIG meal a day and it didnt include veggies) now i eat 3x a day, i never worked out before, now i go to the pool at least 3x a week... I dont like to think as myself in a diet so i try to eat everything but now i try to make healthier choice..

I was really unhealthy before, i also have asthma and spring is killing me right now, so i try to eat more greens...

Anyway, i think i've said enough, i would love to be part of this journey with you guys, I love CC, its like a big family, everyone is supporting each other and its giving me the strenght to keep going.. I look forward to hear about all your progress.. Thank you :)

Week 1 - Apr 09:---- Apr 13: 178.8 Change: ---- Week 2 - Apr 16: ---- Apr 20: 175 Change: ---- Week 3 - Apr 23: ---- Apr 27: ---- Change: ---- Week 4 - Apr 30: ---- May 4: ---- Change: ---- Week 5 - May 07: ---- May 11: ---- Change: ---- Week 6 - May 14: ---- May 18: ---- Change: ---- Week 7 - May 21: ---- May 25: ---- Change: ---- Week 8 - May 28: ---- Jun 01: ---- Change: ---- Week 9 - Jun 04: ---- Jun 08: ---- Change: ---- Week 10 - Jun 11: ---- Jun 15: ---- Change: ---- Week 11 - Jun 18: ---- Jun 22: ---- Change: ---- Week 12 - Jun 25: ---- Jun 29: ---- Change: ----

ack, knew there was something i forgot to do yesterday...

Week 1 -   Apr 09: 164.6      Apr 13: 171.6    Change: 0
Week 2 -   Apr 16: 171.0    Apr 20: 172.0    Change: +1
Week 3 -   Apr 23: 172.4   Apr 27: ----    Change: ----
Week 4 -   Apr 30: ----    May 4: ----     Change: ----
Week 5 -   May 07: ----   May 11: ----    Change: ----
Week 6 -   May 14: ----   May 18: ----    Change: ----
Week 7 -   May 21: ----   May 25: ----    Change: ----
Week 8 -   May 28: ----   Jun 01: ----    Change: ----
Week 9 -   Jun 04: ----    Jun 08: ----    Change: ----
Week 10 - Jun 11: ----    Jun 15: ----    Change: ----
Week 11 - Jun 18: ----    Jun 22: ----    Change: ----
Week 12 - Jun 25: ----    Jun 29: ----    Change: ----

Start Weight for challenge:     171.6

Today's Weight for challenge: 172.4

Overall change for challenge:  +0.8

@runyourlife: i did manage to do my run on saturday - just a mile, but at least i did it.   it's finally starting to feel like summer around here, and i'm reminded of how much harder it is to run in warmer temps.

so, something's not going right here...and i'm almost certain it's my diet.  too much bad stuff, not enough good stuff.   luckily i restocked my fridge on sunday, so i have a nice selection of tasty fruits and veggies to gorge on.

Welcome floriane. It sounds like you're already off to a great start!

Week 1 -   Apr 09: 159     Apr 13: 155   Change: -4

Week 2 -   Apr 16: 160    Apr 20: 154    Change: -6
Week 3 -   Apr 23: 154    Apr 27: 157    Change: +3

Week 4 -     Apr 30: ---- May 4: ---- Change: ----
Week 5 -   May 07: ----   May 11: ----    Change: ----
Week 6 -   May 14: ----   May 18: ----    Change: ----
Week 7 -   May 21: ----   May 25: ----    Change: ----
Week 8 -   May 28: ----   Jun 01: ----    Change: ----
Week 9 -   Jun 04: ----    Jun 08: ----    Change: ----
Week 10 - Jun 11: ----    Jun 15: ----    Change: ----
Week 11 - Jun 18: ----    Jun 22: ----    Change: ----
Week 12 - Jun 25: ----    Jun 29: ----    Change: ----

Start Weight for challenge:     159

Today's Weight for challenge: 157

Overall change for challenge:  -2

Once again TOM has renewed itself.  I am retainin water (so says my poor swollen legs)   

@karijos: Still down 2 lbs! I'm sure that water will shed quickly once TOM has passed. I hate TOM though. ;)

Week 1 -   Apr 09: 162.6     Apr 13: 162.8    Change: +.2
Week 2 -   Apr 16: 162.0    Apr 20: 162.4    Change: +.4
Week 3 -   Apr 23: 163    Apr 27: 162.8    Change: -.2
Week 4 -   Apr 30: ----    May 4: ----     Change: ----
Week 5 -   May 07: ----   May 11: ----    Change: ----
Week 6 -   May 14: ----   May 18: ----    Change: ----
Week 7 -   May 21: ----   May 25: ----    Change: ----
Week 8 -   May 28: ----   Jun 01: ----    Change: ----
Week 9 -   Jun 04: ----    Jun 08: ----    Change: ----
Week 10 - Jun 11: ----    Jun 15: ----    Change: ----
Week 11 - Jun 18: ----    Jun 22: ----    Change: ----
Week 12 - Jun 25: ----    Jun 29: ----    Change: ----

Start Weight for challenge:     162.8

Today's Weight for challenge: 162.8

Overall change for challenge:  0

I was at 161.8 yesterday after a very good week of logging and exercise but last night I went out and had 3 drinks and a lot of random food. Probably just water retention. Hopefully I'll be good this weekend and will be lower on Mon. Exercise plan has gone well this week. The spin class went well, hard but I made it thru, and I tried zumba yesterday too! It was fun. Gotta force myself to go to pilates this morning. Those 3 drinks are making me feel slow. ;)

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