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July ~ Weight Loss Challenge
« on: July 01, 2018, 08:48:23 AM »
I'm starting the July Challenge thread because it's July 1st and I'm keen to start.  Good luck everyone! 

Name ............................................Goal (lbs unless otherwise noted)

Sun Hat......................................... 4
Gilly............................................... 5
Serendip....................................... 3
Kelly M ..........................................10
SansSkill...................................... 5.5 (2.5 kg)
Cookie78...................................... 4
Haypug16..................................... 3
Hirondelle..................................... 3
lizh............................................... 4.3
Phryne......................................... 2
Sallyanne..................................... 8
westtoeast.................................. 4
CrustyBadger............................... 3
Comicguy..................................... 6
Hopingtoretire35........................ 10
alleykat....................................... 10
sisto............................................. 5
FrugalYCP..................................... 4
Sailor Sam.................................... 4
ToughMother................................ 2.8
neophyte..................................... 8
FireHiker....................................... 6.8
jlcnuke......................................... 4
Kapiira......................................... 3
Mississippi Mudstache................. 3
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Re: July ~ Weight Loss Challenge
« Reply #1 on: July 01, 2018, 09:32:46 AM »
I'm in. Starting at 189.8 goal of 5 lbs again for 184.8

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Re: July ~ Weight Loss Challenge
« Reply #2 on: July 01, 2018, 12:03:07 PM »
I don't have a scale but recently weighed myself while visiting my parents..so now I have a baseline :)

Currently at 70.3 kg or 155lbs--will aim for 3 lbs this month

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Re: July ~ Weight Loss Challenge
« Reply #3 on: July 01, 2018, 12:42:43 PM »
Cool. This is just the catalyst I needed. Goal for the month: -6 lbs.

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Re: July ~ Weight Loss Challenge
« Reply #4 on: July 01, 2018, 01:09:04 PM »
Recently starting to pick up the pace again.
Currently about 96kg, I'm up for 2.5kg.
That's about 212lbs with a goal of 5.5lbs in freedom units.

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Re: July ~ Weight Loss Challenge
« Reply #5 on: July 01, 2018, 01:29:09 PM »
4 more pounds lost for me plz, as usual!

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Re: July ~ Weight Loss Challenge
« Reply #6 on: July 01, 2018, 01:34:45 PM »
In again!

Starting weight - 126.2
Goal weight - 123.2

0/3 lbs lost

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Re: July ~ Weight Loss Challenge
« Reply #7 on: July 01, 2018, 02:59:09 PM »
Going for 3 lbs/1.5 kg again. Starting point 64.5 kg.

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Re: July ~ Weight Loss Challenge
« Reply #8 on: July 01, 2018, 03:56:39 PM »
Starting 141.8
Ending 137.5

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Re: July ~ Weight Loss Challenge
« Reply #9 on: July 01, 2018, 08:02:38 PM »
Aiming for 2lbs (173 to 171)

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Re: July ~ Weight Loss Challenge
« Reply #10 on: July 01, 2018, 10:59:40 PM »
Weighed myself this morning, 95.3kg, so that will be my reference, and therefore the goal will be 92.8kg

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Re: July ~ Weight Loss Challenge
« Reply #11 on: July 01, 2018, 11:04:22 PM »
Starting 148.2, goal is -8 lb, 140.2

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Re: July ~ Weight Loss Challenge
« Reply #12 on: July 02, 2018, 05:00:09 AM »
Skipped the June thread, but would love to jump back in.

Aiming for -4 lbs. Thanks!

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Re: July ~ Weight Loss Challenge
« Reply #13 on: July 02, 2018, 05:36:13 AM »
I am in, hoping to lose 3 pounds!

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Re: July ~ Weight Loss Challenge
« Reply #14 on: July 02, 2018, 06:40:56 AM »
Now that my torn meniscus has healed I need to get back on the weight loss. unfortunately I actually gained weight during the healing :(

Anyway starting at 305 and want to drop 6 pounds

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Re: July ~ Weight Loss Challenge
« Reply #15 on: July 02, 2018, 07:20:00 AM »
Going ambitious this time.

10lbs

Did this last month and 8lbs for the two months each before, so I am ready to be done. The cutting plan I am following terminates (unless I keep going with it) so this is my hope.

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Re: July ~ Weight Loss Challenge
« Reply #16 on: July 02, 2018, 11:18:03 AM »
Me too, going ambitious as well.  It will be 10 for me this month.  This is really a stretch goal but I have to make it challenging for myself.

I have started exercising as well so I am off to a good start.  I have bought a kayak and am excited to get it. I hope to get out on the water more. It is a good workout for the upper body and I need that as I have sadly become flabby. 

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Re: July ~ Weight Loss Challenge
« Reply #17 on: July 02, 2018, 11:23:49 AM »
I'm going to try for 5 again. I made 4/5 for June, hoping to hit it this month.

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Re: July ~ Weight Loss Challenge
« Reply #18 on: July 02, 2018, 11:43:11 AM »
Cool. This is just the catalyst I needed. Goal for the month: -6 lbs.

Upping my goal to -10. Good luck everyone!

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Re: July ~ Weight Loss Challenge
« Reply #19 on: July 02, 2018, 11:56:45 AM »
I'm in for 4 again this month.

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Re: July ~ Weight Loss Challenge
« Reply #20 on: July 02, 2018, 01:57:05 PM »
I'm signing up!

I was 174.2 on 1-July, and my aim is to lose 4lbs.

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Re: July ~ Weight Loss Challenge
« Reply #21 on: July 03, 2018, 08:54:31 AM »
July 1 - 126.8
GOAL - 124 (breaking the 125 barrier would be huge)
loss: 2.8

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Re: July ~ Weight Loss Challenge
« Reply #22 on: July 05, 2018, 12:12:03 PM »
My 2 lb goal last month wasn't helpful. Gimme 8 this month! 

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Re: July ~ Weight Loss Challenge
« Reply #23 on: July 05, 2018, 02:44:49 PM »
Can those of you who are aiming for 8+lbs of weight loss in a month explain how? I know that the answer is math, but really, how are you consistently achieving that sort of caloric deficit without gnawing your limbs off? I'm a horror to be around with my 500 calorie/day deficit, so I'm in awe of those of you who can double that.

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« Reply #24 on: July 05, 2018, 02:57:35 PM »
Can those of you who are aiming for 8+lbs of weight loss in a month explain how? I know that the answer is math, but really, how are you consistently achieving that sort of caloric deficit without gnawing your limbs off? I'm a horror to be around with my 500 calorie/day deficit, so I'm in awe of those of you who can double that.

Delay breakfast, then only something light like yogurt (measured portion, greek, non fat of course), stick to your planned meals throughout the day. In the evening stay distracted. Play with the kids, think about your workout the next morning, watch a motivational video, plan what you will do in retirement etc. If you are bored you will eat. Sometimes you screw up and snack, just take a bite, and don't do it the next day or the day after that...

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Re: July ~ Weight Loss Challenge
« Reply #25 on: July 05, 2018, 07:15:40 PM »
I'm glad that it's not something crazy like my friend who diets by eating only egg whites and hot sauce, or another whose approach is mostly vodka-based.

On the other hand, your approach sounds a lot like the willpower and planning that goes into being frugal, and I'm at max sustainable willpower. I'd love to have your results, but I know that I'm not willing to put in that level of work, so I will salute your iron wills and accept my slower pace.


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Re: July ~ Weight Loss Challenge
« Reply #26 on: July 05, 2018, 07:37:10 PM »
Can those of you who are aiming for 8+lbs of weight loss in a month explain how? I know that the answer is math, but really, how are you consistently achieving that sort of caloric deficit without gnawing your limbs off? I'm a horror to be around with my 500 calorie/day deficit, so I'm in awe of those of you who can double that.

Delay breakfast, then only something light like yogurt (measured portion, greek, non fat of course), stick to your planned meals throughout the day. In the evening stay distracted. Play with the kids, think about your workout the next morning, watch a motivational video, plan what you will do in retirement etc. If you are bored you will eat. Sometimes you screw up and snack, just take a bite, and don't do it the next day or the day after that...

Oh, I'm mostly just delusional and gonna wind up chewing my limbs off. I did do pretty well today though. So far.

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Re: July ~ Weight Loss Challenge
« Reply #27 on: July 06, 2018, 08:27:34 AM »
Egg whites and hot sauce is usually the start of a good day of high protein low cal for me. They are just too expensive; can't wait for my chicks to start laying in a month or so.

Even so, I only eat cartoon/half carton(no more than 50g of protein) worth per day. I usually have an entire can of tomatoes and some other veggies in with it to. So yes, egg whites and hot sauce is a strong start to the day, but I usually only do that a few times a week.

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« Reply #28 on: July 06, 2018, 09:35:24 AM »
I didn't really lose anything in June (0.3 maybe?) so I'll try again for July. I'm starting at 166.8 as of July 2. I'm hiking Mt. Whitney next week and ramping up my trail running to train for pacing my brother next month, so I'm going to go with an optimistic (but maybe achievable?) 160 target for the end of July. If I end up down 4-5 though I'll be happy that momentum is finally going in the right direction again.

I was reading someone else's post here about the No S Diet so I may try to take that approach in general.

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Re: July ~ Weight Loss Challenge
« Reply #29 on: July 08, 2018, 11:51:29 AM »
Can those of you who are aiming for 8+lbs of weight loss in a month explain how? I know that the answer is math, but really, how are you consistently achieving that sort of caloric deficit without gnawing your limbs off? I'm a horror to be around with my 500 calorie/day deficit, so I'm in awe of those of you who can double that.

For me, I upped my goal from 6 lbs to 10 lbs once I did an initial weigh-in and realized I was carrying some extra water weight from a weekend-long Doritos binge. So I'm not really expecting to lose 10 lbs of actual fat.

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« Reply #30 on: July 08, 2018, 09:51:54 PM »
So far this month, and especially this week, is a complete fail. So hungry. Not sure why. Frustrating, but I'm determined to get past it and keep trying. :)

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Re: July ~ Weight Loss Challenge
« Reply #31 on: July 10, 2018, 11:48:52 AM »
I'm late to the party, but I'm aiming to lose ~4 lbs by the end of the month. Currently 227.

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Re: July ~ Weight Loss Challenge
« Reply #32 on: July 10, 2018, 12:21:32 PM »
Poor planning and sloth led me to order curry in last night, so my weight is up 2 lbs in mostly water today. Fortunately it was delicious and has left me feeling indulged enough to go back to beans and salads for a while (I hope). I have family visiting next week and they only eat calorie-rich foods, so I want to be on my best behavior until they arrive.

FireHiker, it's been a few years since I did any trail running, but I remember leg, glute and core strength being really essential on long runs. Building muscle may slow your weight loss at first, but will power up your metabolism long after the big race, so get those squats and planks in!

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« Reply #33 on: July 10, 2018, 03:26:11 PM »
I am not sure I am having any success yet, will either need to buy a scale (not-happening) or or a gym-pass so I can use theirs..
I suppose that will also be great motivation to use said gym pass!


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« Reply #34 on: July 12, 2018, 04:20:53 PM »
I had been using the scale at work to monitor my weight, but eventually decided to buy one.  That purchase has really helped me stay motivated.  Between the lack of precision on the scale at work combined with weight fluctuations depending on the time of day and clothes, ect, the scale just wasn't picking up my weight loss (I'm only aiming for 3 or 4 pounds for the month).  By purchasing a scale I have been able to see the slow but consistent progress.  It is a whole lot easier for me to say no to delicious treats when I am certain that it's making a difference.

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« Reply #35 on: July 13, 2018, 07:18:30 AM »
High work stress and lack of sleep got me to have a very mixed super healthy/super unhealthy diet the last weeks. Like going from veggie breakfast one day to chocolate cookie lunch the next day. It also doesn't help that my uni gym has a summer stop where only one of my general classes continues. I hadn't realized the swimming pool would be closed ALL summer. None of my other unis had this so I didn't expect it :(.

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« Reply #36 on: July 13, 2018, 07:39:45 AM »
I've been very strict with myself about eating and exercise so far this month and I'm now hovering at about 165, so about 3 down for the month. On the otherhand the is about where I started June and I'm starting to get to the point where I feel like I'm going to go crazy and fall off the wagon soon.

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Re: July ~ Weight Loss Challenge
« Reply #37 on: July 13, 2018, 08:53:01 AM »
Hirondelle, trying to lose weight when struggling with high work stress and little sleep is super-hard, so I'm impressed by your effort. If only we could join Serendip in lake swimming for the summer!

Neophyte, are you able to fall off of the wagon for one meal to regain your sanity and then resume disciplined eating afterward? My curry night earlier in the week put me over my daily goal, but allowed me to reset and feel a lot less deprived.

In a Mustachian failure, I tried on pants that I had bought a size too small last year, and they're too big now. I'm reminded that good prices on things that I don't use are a terrible deal.
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« Reply #38 on: July 13, 2018, 11:19:55 AM »
Up 2 lbs. Boo. Today starts my re-commitment to daily weigh ins so I can track if the 2 lbs is just typical fluctuation or a trend. I can have fluctuations of ~4 lbs for reasons unrelated to my diet and exercise. 

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« Reply #39 on: July 14, 2018, 08:40:24 AM »
Up 2 lbs. Boo. Today starts my re-commitment to daily weigh ins so I can track if the 2 lbs is just typical fluctuation or a trend. I can have fluctuations of ~4 lbs for reasons unrelated to my diet and exercise. 
Well weighed this morning. Yesterday was 191.8. Today was 188.4. Yay 3.4 lb swing? I know my body does this, but doggone it this reinforces daily weigh-ins are the way to go for me.

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« Reply #40 on: July 14, 2018, 10:11:45 AM »
Hirondelle, trying to lose weight when struggling with high work stress and little sleep is super-hard, so I'm impressed by your effort. If only we could join Serendip in lake swimming for the summer!

Neophyte, are you able to fall off of the wagon for one meal to regain your sanity and then resume disciplined eating afterward? My curry night earlier in the week put me over my daily goal, but allowed me to reset and feel a lot less deprived.

In a Mustachian failure, I tried on pants that I had bought a size too small last year, and they're too big now. I'm reminded that good prices on things that I don't use are a terrible deal.

Ahw, thanks for the heads up! I'd love to join for some lake-swimming as long as it's not too cold ;)

Good job on the pants too. Are they that much too small that it's not doable anymore to wear them with a belt? If they were really too small and now that much too big it means that at least you must've lost a ton of weight!

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Re: July ~ Weight Loss Challenge
« Reply #41 on: July 14, 2018, 10:31:58 AM »
I've lost 25lbs since when I bought the pants last year. Since the weight has come off slowly, I hadn't really noticed the change in the mirror, but seeing the pants be baggy in the bum was a great reminder of the value of slow progress!

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« Reply #42 on: July 14, 2018, 11:58:47 AM »
Neophyte, are you able to fall off of the wagon for one meal to regain your sanity and then resume disciplined eating afterward? My curry night earlier in the week put me over my daily goal, but allowed me to reset and feel a lot less deprived.

Unfortunately I'm not good at this. I don't have particularly healthy relationships with food. I'm kind of all or nothing. I've learned the hard way too. Particularly with sweets. Just trying to have a single small serving can set me off on a week long eating binge. I just cannot have it in the house, I have to take the option off the table.

Some friends are visiting town today and want to go out for Ramen. Everything at the restaurant is at least an entire days worth of calories for me. (Yeah, just eat half, but I know me and the odds off that happening once I start eating are virtually nil.)  So far I've only had a quarter cup of milk today so I'm debating between eating lunch and then just having miso soup and tea for dinner or trying to hold out until f dinner before eating anything else.

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« Reply #43 on: July 14, 2018, 01:55:19 PM »
Good luck with your dilemma  neophyte. My sister and her family have just are for a week, so Iíll be in a similar boat. I do best when I eat a set few dishes that I make at home, but none are interesting enough to appeal to my relatives. Iím not sure what Iíll do, but I may just aim to avoid gaining weight this week. If it were just adults Iíd prepare separate meals for them and me, but I donít want to introduce the concept of body shame and dieting to my nieces.

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« Reply #44 on: July 14, 2018, 09:55:25 PM »
Aiming for 2lbs (173 to 171)

Done!

Have been jogging (couch to 5km program) for 7 weeks now, and finally I can feel my shape changing. Movement on the scales is even slower, but am now aiming for <170lbs by end of July which will see me below 77kg.

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« Reply #45 on: July 14, 2018, 11:34:21 PM »
I checked out the menu ahead of time and saw they offered two of their dishes in a small size. I had a small salad at 3 pm (200 calories total prior to dinner) and then ordered the small bowl at dinner. No idea how many calories but I still feel full 7 hours later, so I'm betting lots. We went out for ice cream afterwards and I stuck to decaf coffee. Based on how I feel, I did go over my calorie limit by 200-300 calories, but I'm giving myself mental pats on the back for sticking to the plan and not doing much worse.

Now I just have to survive the world cup tomorrow!

Good luck with the visit @Sun Hat . That's a tricky scenario, I think sticking to trying not to gain sounds very reasonable.

Edit: survived the weekend and held steady! Hopefully no one brings treats to work today!
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« Reply #46 on: July 17, 2018, 09:13:28 AM »
My pants are getting tight, I haven't changed clothes sizes since high school, and it's a helluva lot cheaper to lose a baker's dozen than to buy a new wardrobe.

So...I'm in. On Sunday (July 15) I weighed myself at 198. I need to be at 185. I'm aiming to lose 1.5 lbs/week, so I should reach my goal by the middle of September. By the end of July, I want to be at 195. Put me down for 3 lbs. of weight loss this month. I'll try to check back weekly to report my progress.

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« Reply #47 on: July 17, 2018, 10:23:50 AM »
Over half way done with the month and only half a pound down. Time to get serious.

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« Reply #48 on: July 18, 2018, 08:18:12 AM »
I was hungry all day yesterday and ended up overeating (on healthy stuff at least!) and skipping my workout. I did walk 10 miles, so hopefully that helped mitigate some of it. I'm also very sleep deprived. My willpower reserves are low.

And someone brought donuts today. From a place that I swear puts crack in the donuts. If I have even a bite, I know I'll eat at least 3. I'm hoping that posting here will help me hold out.

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Re: July ~ Weight Loss Challenge
« Reply #49 on: July 18, 2018, 08:32:05 AM »
I'm really struggling this month, just scale is just not going down. I've given up booze and been doing IF which normally works. I might have to fast longer to get things going in the right direction. I've also been exercising more and body fat seems to be dropping so that's good.