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April ~ Weight Loss Challenge
« on: April 01, 2018, 09:57:47 AM »
Who's up for the new challenge? 

Please note I've added inches as an option for anyone interested in setting a goal in that category.  And don't forget to report your results in the March thread if you participated in that! 

Let the shedding begin!  :)

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APRIL Roster

Name            Goal/lbs     Actual/lbs...... Goal/in.....Actual/in
Cali.......................5   
neophyte...............5   .............1
jooniFLORisploo......2..............2   
Sailor Sam.............4..............7   
koshtra.......................................................0.6
westtoeast.............5   
Better Late.............2.............2.5   
comicguy................3   
ToughMother............3   
brooklynmoney........2   
A&R.......................4   
MaybeBabyMustache...4............ .05   
blinx7.....................4   
hoping2retire35.......4.................8   
alleykat..................4.................6   
RetiredAt63.............4................7.7   
Anette....................6.................3.5   
BlueSky45..............5   
skibum...................5...................................3
cripes7...................5.................3   
ender.....................8   
MrsWolfeRN............2   
garion....................5   
haypug16...............4   
jane x....................2.................4
Hirondelle...............3
kapiira...................3.................3
couponvan.............2.5
ohsnap..................5...............6.5
westtoeast.............7      
      
Total goal:       108.5 lbs             3.6 in.

Total Lost:           61.7  lbs



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Re: April ~ Weight Loss Challenge
« Reply #1 on: April 01, 2018, 10:10:48 AM »
Cali -5 (I'd rather under promise and over deliver. LOL)

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Re: April ~ Weight Loss Challenge
« Reply #2 on: April 01, 2018, 10:43:16 AM »
I'm in for 5 again! Almost hit that for March. Hopefully I can keep it up!

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Re: April ~ Weight Loss Challenge
« Reply #3 on: April 01, 2018, 10:51:36 AM »
Goal: minus 2 lbs

I like two, because it keeps me committed enough to not gain -my primary goal- and focused enough for slow, sustainable lifestyle changes, yet is easy to achieve thus celebrate :)

*I again won't be travelling this month, so that makes it easier.
*I have new energy for movement, so am actively looking for ways to add that in.
*Feb 15-March 30 I had a specific eating plan. It was wonderful, but I'm convinced the volume of fruit I relied on left me itchy.

So my plan for April:
**Limit sugars regardless of form (starches, fruit, junk food, whatever)
**Experiment with community gym with kid
**Walk to my school 1x week

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Re: April ~ Weight Loss Challenge
« Reply #4 on: April 01, 2018, 02:18:14 PM »
Sir Samuel has decided to join his fine fellows, and has set a goal of -4 lbs.

I'm underway, and I have zero pop tarts available for consumption. The loss is almost guaranteed, right?

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Re: April ~ Weight Loss Challenge
« Reply #5 on: April 01, 2018, 05:08:15 PM »
I'm in! -0.6" for me.

"Whoso forsaketh poptarts shall gain eternal loss." Something like that.

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Re: April ~ Weight Loss Challenge
« Reply #6 on: April 01, 2018, 06:00:59 PM »
I’d like to join!

Goal: -5 lbs

Plan:
-Kickboxing class 2X/week
-Weights 2X/week
-Tracking calories on My Fitness Pal
-Almost exclude refined carbs and sugars
-No eating after 6:00 pm

Challenge: I’ll be traveling to Budapest for a week and will be in a hostel with no privacy and limited kitchen!



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Re: April ~ Weight Loss Challenge
« Reply #7 on: April 01, 2018, 06:27:08 PM »
I would like to participate again with the goal of 2 lbs for April. That would take me under a milestone number. Lots of travel this month so will need to be extra mindful. I am trying to be more active this month as well--some body parts are feeling a bit wobbly!!! :)

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Re: April ~ Weight Loss Challenge
« Reply #8 on: April 01, 2018, 06:46:32 PM »
I am going to go for 3 lbs as I have a couple of out of town conferences and several in school full day meetings as well.

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Re: April ~ Weight Loss Challenge
« Reply #9 on: April 01, 2018, 08:09:26 PM »
Oh wow do I need this. 

Let's say -3lbs this month and be psyched if it is more.

A bit more movement but mostly healthier eating will be the approach.

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Re: April ~ Weight Loss Challenge
« Reply #10 on: April 01, 2018, 08:34:49 PM »
I would like to lose weight. I will take any amount. Iím up 2 pounds from last December. Itís not that big a deal but it annoys me. If I lost 3 or 4 pounds I would be stoked and at my goal weight ( I am short so a few pounds is a material difference for me).I will have to get ok with being hungry to do that. But once I do the weight should come off and then it seems like I donít have to stay hungry to maintain it.


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Re: April ~ Weight Loss Challenge
« Reply #12 on: April 02, 2018, 07:48:17 AM »
I'm in! Shooting for -4 lbs this month. :)

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Re: April ~ Weight Loss Challenge
« Reply #13 on: April 02, 2018, 08:02:27 AM »
I'm going with a 4lb loss this month.

Plan:
-Another round of 21 Day Fix
-Run 8 times
-Keep calories at or below 1400/day
-5+ servings/day of fruit & veggies

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Re: April ~ Weight Loss Challenge
« Reply #14 on: April 02, 2018, 08:14:25 AM »

BOOM, ok count me in!

I did Frugal February and only ate out once the whole month.
I did decluttering March, organized our attic, gave away a ton on Craigslist and went to goodwill twice.

I love these challenges.  :)   Let's do this people! 

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Re: April ~ Weight Loss Challenge
« Reply #15 on: April 02, 2018, 08:39:23 AM »
ugh, March didn't go well...

20 lbs still

Maybe I can actually wear my 34" pants instead of 'squeezing' into them.

My plan;

delayed, small breakfast

late lunch (early afternoon) a little bigger but still just a normal meal

snack/small meal for supper

No beer, ugh

Basically my Lenten fast everyday of the week. Here we go!

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Re: April ~ Weight Loss Challenge
« Reply #16 on: April 02, 2018, 10:47:43 AM »
I will join in again with 4 lbs for the month.  That gives me a 1lb a week.  Doable. 

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Re: April ~ Weight Loss Challenge
« Reply #17 on: April 02, 2018, 04:00:45 PM »
I'm in for 4 pounds this month.  I lost 7 last month so 4 is a minimum.  I made it past Easter with no chocolate, so the rest of the month should be easy (right, eh?).

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Re: April ~ Weight Loss Challenge
« Reply #18 on: April 02, 2018, 04:56:55 PM »
Not only did I eat a lot of chocolate ( among other things) but we still have lots of tasty, unhealthy foods in the house!
Making a commitment to loose 3kg (a good 6 pounds) minimum.
I will start the metabolic balance diet again ( has previously worked well for me, lost ~30 pounds seven years ago, but slowly gained back 20) and go for 40 min walks at least 3x a week.
Thanks for the challenge, that helps a lot.
Wishing everyone good luck with your leftovers from Easter and a great start!

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Re: April ~ Weight Loss Challenge
« Reply #19 on: April 02, 2018, 06:06:34 PM »
I'm in and am aiming for -5 pounds.  Planning to get more exercise and cut out most sugars :)

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Re: April ~ Weight Loss Challenge
« Reply #20 on: April 02, 2018, 07:26:24 PM »
I'm in for 5 lbs and 3 inches! After a month of various stresses, the scale was at (gulp) 210 this AM.

I have suffered from really disordered eating in the past. Tracking calories is not for me - I get seriously obsessed and crazy about it, including weighing myself daily (or multiple times throughout the day).

This time I'm going to focus on:
a) Self-care, including hot yoga 3x per week
b) Minimal packaged or restaurant foods (which will help with the budget as well)
c) Weighing myself once per week on the same day, and no more.

Anything else would be optional!

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Re: April ~ Weight Loss Challenge
« Reply #21 on: April 02, 2018, 08:10:21 PM »
I'm in for 5 again

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Re: April ~ Weight Loss Challenge
« Reply #22 on: April 02, 2018, 09:11:09 PM »
I'm in. This will be hard but meh.

Starting ~218ish. Aiming for 210. Adventurous I guess. But hey whatever better to aim for that and fail than not aim and not come close?

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Re: April ~ Weight Loss Challenge
« Reply #23 on: April 03, 2018, 07:15:29 AM »
I think I will just try for two this month. This seems realistic to me.
Mini goals: one or less alcohol drink per day
Five fruits or vegetables
Core exercises daily

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Re: April ~ Weight Loss Challenge
« Reply #24 on: April 03, 2018, 10:56:16 AM »
Well, I'm not off to a good start. PMS and 50% off Easter candy teamed up on me yesterday with predictable results. Good progress last month had me saying "it's fine, go ahead."

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Re: April ~ Weight Loss Challenge
« Reply #25 on: April 04, 2018, 07:21:21 AM »
I aim to lose 5 pounds in April, despite a number of challenges.

Starting weight: 191
Goal by end of April: 186
Challenges: Currently have a sprained ankle, limiting exercise. Also have a week of work travel to Africa mid-month, then leaving for another work trip to Asia at the end of the month. Stress and travel tend to lead to weight gain, which is partially how I gained some of this weight in the first place.

Strategies: Focus on portion size. Avoid eating out when not traveling. Avoid stress eating. Get enough sleep and water.

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Re: April ~ Weight Loss Challenge
« Reply #26 on: April 04, 2018, 08:44:51 AM »
Wednesday weekly averages:

March 28:     166.2 lbs, 36.9"
April 4:         165.2 lbs, 36.8"

... and we're off! Looking for 36.3", this month, so not very far to go. But I'm guessing these last few inches are going to be more stubborn than the first few were :-)

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Re: April ~ Weight Loss Challenge
« Reply #27 on: April 04, 2018, 08:54:24 AM »
Well, I'm not off to a good start. PMS and 50% off Easter candy teamed up on me yesterday with predictable results. Good progress last month had me saying "it's fine, go ahead."


Sorry, but LMAO.  Exactly.  That 50% off got me good. I should have stayed away from all stores.

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Re: April ~ Weight Loss Challenge
« Reply #28 on: April 04, 2018, 09:01:29 AM »
Yesterday was a little bit off the rails, thanks to chaotic logistics. I kept a running estimate of calories in my head, instead of logging progressively. I figured I had room for those lunchtime chips. I did not have room for those lunchtime chips. Happily, I ended up at maintenance, instead of completely blowing past what my body actually needed. C'est la vie.

Skipped breakfast this morning, because I wasn't hungry. So now I've got extra calories to play with tonight. Lunchtime chips, anyone?

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Re: April ~ Weight Loss Challenge
« Reply #29 on: April 04, 2018, 09:48:10 AM »
I'm in for April! I'm keeping my same goal of 4 lbs from last month plus I'd like to add a goal of losing 1 inch around my waist. I've never been big into measuring but I think it's a good idea. I'll have to bust out the measuring tape tonight and see where I'm at. I don't even know how realistic 1 inch is but I figure I'll use it as a starting point.

April 3rd Weight - 127.0 Lbs - ??.?inches
Goal weight - 123.0 Lbs - ??.?inches
0/4 lbs lost 0/1 inch lost

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Re: April ~ Weight Loss Challenge
« Reply #30 on: April 04, 2018, 10:04:44 AM »
I'm in for April! I'm keeping my same goal of 4 lbs from last month plus I'd like to add a goal of losing 1 inch around my waist. I've never been big into measuring but I think it's a good idea. I'll have to bust out the measuring tape tonight and see where I'm at. I don't even know how realistic 1 inch is but I figure I'll use it as a starting point.

April 3rd Weight - 127.0 Lbs - ??.?inches
Goal weight - 123.0 Lbs - ??.?inches
0/4 lbs lost 0/1 inch lost

Vague rule-of-thumb: 1" ~ 4 or 5 lbs

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Re: April ~ Weight Loss Challenge
« Reply #31 on: April 04, 2018, 10:57:06 AM »
I'm in for April! I'm keeping my same goal of 4 lbs from last month plus I'd like to add a goal of losing 1 inch around my waist. I've never been big into measuring but I think it's a good idea. I'll have to bust out the measuring tape tonight and see where I'm at. I don't even know how realistic 1 inch is but I figure I'll use it as a starting point.

April 3rd Weight - 127.0 Lbs - ??.?inches
Goal weight - 123.0 Lbs - ??.?inches
0/4 lbs lost 0/1 inch lost

Vague rule-of-thumb: 1" ~ 4 or 5 lbs

Perfect!

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Re: April ~ Weight Loss Challenge
« Reply #32 on: April 04, 2018, 11:58:58 AM »
Ok guys, the April roster has been added at the top of the thread.  Welcome everyone! 

A couple of you didn't post your lbs goal so I put in 4, as that seems to be the most common.  If you want me to change it, just let me know.


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Re: April ~ Weight Loss Challenge
« Reply #33 on: April 04, 2018, 01:32:33 PM »
The regular weight loss thread doesn't seem to help me, so I'll give this one a try. 3 lbs goal for me please! :)

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Re: April ~ Weight Loss Challenge
« Reply #34 on: April 04, 2018, 01:53:46 PM »
I'm in.  My goal is to lose 3 lbs.

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« Reply #35 on: April 05, 2018, 07:16:20 AM »
I'm in for April with a more realistic 2.5 pound weight loss goal thanks to Sailor Sam's better math of how many calories you have to eat per day to lose a pound. I'm also going to start actually counting my calories.

142.2 as of 4/5/18

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Re: April ~ Weight Loss Challenge
« Reply #36 on: April 05, 2018, 07:23:15 AM »
I'm getting a bit frustrated. I'm at a healthy weight for my height (21.9 BMI, so basically smack dab in the middle of the targeted range), but I would like to be about 5-10 lbs lighter, mostly for vanity reasons. I used to be about 20-25 lbs heavier than I am now, but I have been at my current weight for the past 2 plus years. It was relatively easy for me to lose those 20-25 lbs, but it has been difficult to get any lower. Earlier in the week I got annoyed because I had an extremely healthy day of eating with plenty of activity thrown into the mix, but when I got on the scale the next morning, I was up a pound. As a result, I decided to consume copious amount of chocolate for lunch the next day. I'm going to try to make good food choices for the rest of the month and remain active, even if the scale does weird things. If I still don't get any results, I'll have to reevaluate my goals.

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Re: April ~ Weight Loss Challenge
« Reply #37 on: April 05, 2018, 07:41:42 AM »
@a&R Those last few "Vanity pounds" are the hardest. Your body is like cool were at a nice healthy weight I think I'll chill right here.

I measured my waist and also hopped on the scale since I was feeling pretty good (went for a run yesterday ate a salad for lunch etc.

April 3rd - 127.0 lbs
April 5th - 126.2 lbs - 32 1/2 "
Goal weight - 123.0 Lbs - 31 1/2 "
.8/4 lbs lost 0/1 inch lost


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Re: April ~ Weight Loss Challenge
« Reply #38 on: April 09, 2018, 09:04:14 AM »
I found regular check-ins helpful last month. I was up 2 lbs to 171.4 yesterday, but I was expecting a bounce up this week.  Next week I should hopefully log a loss again.

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Re: April ~ Weight Loss Challenge
« Reply #39 on: April 09, 2018, 10:38:57 AM »
Interesting reading everyone's strategies. @a&R maybe focusing on the inches would help you? Sometimes there are body changes that aren't represented on the scale.

I'm starting with exercise. I got really out of shape the last  year or so.
Further to my hot yoga goal (3x per week), decided get back into running. At some point in my life, not recently, I was a runner who completed a marathon. Used to really love it.

So Saturday I took my first "run" (e.g. walking, some running) in about 3 years.
It....went. Not particularly well. I'm following the Couch to 5 K program, and I managed to complete all the 'running' intervals, although they were painfully slow.

Sunday I was SORE. But today feel OK, and am planning yoga again tonight.

Historically, I crave better food, and eat better in general when I am more active. So fingers crossed this helps with bad food cravings and helping me make choices that are better.

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Re: April ~ Weight Loss Challenge
« Reply #40 on: April 09, 2018, 12:35:51 PM »
Bought a scale. 183.7 this morning. Only 23.7lbs to go.

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« Reply #41 on: April 09, 2018, 12:39:41 PM »
skibum - I jogged for the first time in forever on Sunday and again this morning. Just 10 minutes each time at a very easy pace. I could've probably gone longer, but I don't want to overdo it at the outset. It made me pretty sore too. I think in order to lose any more I'll have to exercise harder and cleanup my diet a bit. I'm doing pretty well with not snacking, but I don't necessarily eat low calorie or diet foods at meals either. Those things just don't leave me feeling very satisfied.

My goals for the rest of the week are:
- Minimize snacking
- 45 minutes of activity per day (at least 10 minutes of running)
- Incorporate some dumbbell exercises

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« Reply #42 on: April 09, 2018, 01:09:21 PM »
This week is going to be a challenge. Lunch is being provided 4 of the 5 days. At least I get to order lunch for 2 of the days so I can throw in some healthier options. I need to make sure I'm making time for working out too. I've been kind of bad about that this month only running a couple times and no other working out besides walking. Need to add some strength training to the mix.

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« Reply #43 on: April 09, 2018, 01:56:59 PM »
Is it too late for me to join?  2017 was an OK food & exercise year for me, but I had a really bad 1Q 2018.  I realized on April 5 that I'd gained 7.5 pounds in 2 1/2 months.  (I need to insert 100 sad face emojis here). So, I immediately got off the sweets, chips, & beer wagon, and onto the fruit & veg wagon. 

From my April 6 high (how did it go up the day after I started my diet?!) I hope to lose 5 pounds by April 30.

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« Reply #44 on: April 10, 2018, 07:31:38 AM »
ohsnap - I find that when I gain several pounds quickly, it tends to come off easier than if I had those pounds for years. I'm sure you'll be able to make good progress this month. Welcome!

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Re: April ~ Weight Loss Challenge
« Reply #45 on: April 10, 2018, 02:20:17 PM »
Hi everyone - I've been really busy so haven't had a chance to pop by and I'm glad to see all the action going on here, including some new peeps!  The roster has been updated.  Welcome everyone!

I weighed in a few days ago and was pleasantly surprised by a 1 lb. loss on the scale.  I still haven't taken my measurements though.  I think this month is going to be mainly focusing on staying the course on food choices as it looks like it will be a very busy time and that's when I too often decide that things like pizza and takeout make perfect sense. 

I've been happy that I did some batch cooking a few weeks ago.  It's hard to justify buying junk when you have perfectly good food at home.  Today I'll season a bunch of chicken for grilling. 

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Re: April ~ Weight Loss Challenge
« Reply #46 on: April 10, 2018, 09:13:22 PM »
I am down 1 pound give or take a few ounces. 1 more to go! Would like to lose 2 more to get me back to my low last year around this time.

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Re: April ~ Weight Loss Challenge
« Reply #47 on: April 11, 2018, 08:47:13 AM »
Wednesday weekly averages:

March 28:     166.2 lbs, 36.9"
April 4:         165.2 lbs, 36.8"
April 11:       164.3 lbs, 36.5"

So far so good.

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Re: April ~ Weight Loss Challenge
« Reply #48 on: April 11, 2018, 09:06:08 AM »
Ooooooooo, look at you go, koshtra! Nice and steady and mellow :)))

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Re: April ~ Weight Loss Challenge
« Reply #49 on: April 11, 2018, 09:24:53 AM »
Thanks so much, Joon! In related news, 3 pull-ups in a row this morning. 6 weeks ago was the first time I had successfully done a pull-up in... three decades? Four?