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March ~ Weight Loss Challenge
« on: February 22, 2018, 10:35:40 AM »
Would anyone be interested in a monthly weight loss challenge? 

I find that I do best when I have a clear goal or challenge, go at it strong, and then enjoy finishing it off and moving on to something else.  I think having a monthly thread would help with that.  The daily tracking can feel kind of discouraging with the slow progress and starts and stops.  And the year-long one feels overwhelming because it will take so long to reach that goal.

I also like the idea of moving on from a month in which there might not be much loss at all.  Finito.  Done.  A new month is a new start.  No need to dwell on failure anymore.  Instead, there is new hope and promise right around the corner.

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March Roster

Name........................Goal/lbs...  ..lbs lost.....Goal/inches.....inches lost

NinetyFour....................10
MaybeBabyMustache......4...............1
comicguy......................5
neophyte......................5...............4.5
haypug16.....................4................2.4
Slow&Steady................15.............24.6......... and gained a BABY!!!
michieda.......................5
jane x...........................4...............1
AmandaPanda............... 6
Loren Ver...................... 5
mrbasepauly.................10
tightwaddy.................... 6
frugalkristen...................3
couponvan.....................5
Aerial............................4
asauer...........................5
MrsWolfeRN...................5.................2   
lexde............................4
cats..............................3
TX2RVA........................4
frizzywhiskers................4
brooklynmoney..............3
Better Late....................4
jooniFLORispoo..............2
Jenny1974....................5
hoping2reitre...............20
PKate...........................5
WebbieOT....................10
nlsquared.................... 5
cripes7.........................5
Dee18..........................5
A&R.............................6................1.8
alleycat........................5
FamilyGuy....................5
koshtra............................................................-.8............. 1 in.
Greyweld.....................2
mnelson189.................3
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Goal   =                    201 lbs                                 .8 in.           

Actual =                                    37.3 lbs                                1 in.

% of goal achieved in lbs:      18.56%

% of goal achieved in inches:      125%   

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Re: March ~ Weight Loss Challenge
« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2018, 10:37:51 AM »
I'm in!!

My goal is to lose 10 pounds.

Thanks for starting this!

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Re: March ~ Weight Loss Challenge
« Reply #2 on: February 22, 2018, 10:43:08 AM »
Fantastic!!!

You've set a mighty goal NinetyFour.  My goal is 6.5 lbs and I've been seriously debating bringing it down to 5, but now you've got me jazzed up.

So glad to have you on board!

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Re: March ~ Weight Loss Challenge
« Reply #3 on: February 22, 2018, 10:53:41 AM »
My March goal is 4 pounds (1/week). I'm also going to do another round of 21 Day Fix workouts (it's strength training, HIIT, + yoga, Pilates, etc). And, I'd like to run 8 times in March.

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Re: March ~ Weight Loss Challenge
« Reply #4 on: February 22, 2018, 10:59:32 AM »
I'm trying to lose weight, but I tend to go in three-week spurts when I have a bet with DH. (If I lose the bet I have to play board games, which I don't like.) I'll at least follow along here, and cheer.

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Re: March ~ Weight Loss Challenge
« Reply #5 on: February 22, 2018, 11:25:12 AM »
I'm in!! I am going to go for 5lbs

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Re: March ~ Weight Loss Challenge
« Reply #6 on: February 22, 2018, 11:37:00 AM »
Me too!  5 lb goal

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Re: March ~ Weight Loss Challenge
« Reply #7 on: February 22, 2018, 12:53:12 PM »
I'm in! My goal is 4 lbs. :)

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Re: March ~ Weight Loss Challenge
« Reply #8 on: February 22, 2018, 03:51:21 PM »
I tried to join a weight loss challenge at work and they wouldn't let me!

I plan to lose 15-30 lbs in March or very early April!

I am also pregnant and due in late March, that is probably why they wouldn't let me join.  Something about being unfair.

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Re: March ~ Weight Loss Challenge
« Reply #9 on: February 22, 2018, 05:38:59 PM »
 I am in. Need to refocus after a rough February were I was sick pretty much the whole month.

Goal for March is 5 pounds. Now to just finish February strong...

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Re: March ~ Weight Loss Challenge
« Reply #10 on: February 23, 2018, 10:48:21 AM »
This is excellent!

I've created a roster at the beginning of the thread for everyone who is participating and the goals listed.  If I missed anyone, or made any mistakes, please let me know. 

This is going to be fun!


@Slow&Steady - you can join our challenge!  We'll get to celebrate with you when you reach your goal.  :)
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Re: March ~ Weight Loss Challenge
« Reply #11 on: February 23, 2018, 11:10:18 AM »
This is excellent!

I've created a roster at the beginning of the thread for everyone who is participating and the goals listed.  If I missed anyone, or made any mistakes, please let me know. 

This is going to be fun!


@Slow&Steady - you can join our challenge!  We'll get to celebrate with you when you reach your goal.  :)

Awww, thanks!  I was really just joking but since they told me no at work I have been dying to use that "joke" somewhere.  Maybe updating on my joke will help motivate me after baby gets here!

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Re: March ~ Weight Loss Challenge
« Reply #12 on: February 23, 2018, 12:33:18 PM »
I'm interested in this.  I'd like to lose 6 pounds.  Well, I'd like to lose 40, but let's be realistic...

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Re: March ~ Weight Loss Challenge
« Reply #13 on: February 23, 2018, 04:06:34 PM »
Ohh, fun!  I like challenges that are short enough to really feel.

My goal is 5 pounds.  I am traveling with business the first few days of March, so this will be interesting!  I weighin tomorrow since Saturday is my scale day.

LV

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Re: March ~ Weight Loss Challenge
« Reply #14 on: February 23, 2018, 04:50:19 PM »
I'm an infrequent visitor to the mmm forum, but count me in, I like this idea a lot. Helps me stay motivated and successful if I tell other people I'm gonna do something like this.

Goal: to lose 10 pounds (from 211 or so to 201).

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Re: March ~ Weight Loss Challenge
« Reply #15 on: February 24, 2018, 10:07:42 AM »
I would love to join. Tried the annual challenge for a while but I got lost. Last weigh-in was 175 so I'll pick 6 pounds for my March goal. Getting back into the 160s will feel pretty inspirational!

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Re: March ~ Weight Loss Challenge
« Reply #16 on: February 24, 2018, 10:17:14 AM »
I'm in - I am 3 pounds to my goal weight.  That seems doable in March.

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Re: March ~ Weight Loss Challenge
« Reply #17 on: February 24, 2018, 10:25:49 AM »
Welcome to the new folks - I've added you to the roster.  This is shaping up to be a very fun challenge!

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Re: March ~ Weight Loss Challenge
« Reply #18 on: February 24, 2018, 11:01:49 AM »
I am in! My goal for March is 4 lbs. I have vacation the last week so I better not blow it...

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Re: March ~ Weight Loss Challenge
« Reply #19 on: February 24, 2018, 10:58:16 PM »
A monthly challenge is a great idea! I had been eyeing the 2018 year long thread but couldn't quite make myself join. I'll see if I can stick with a month.

A goal of four pounds for March.

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Re: March ~ Weight Loss Challenge
« Reply #20 on: February 25, 2018, 05:37:37 AM »
Iím in!  5lbs!

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Re: March ~ Weight Loss Challenge
« Reply #21 on: February 25, 2018, 09:29:51 AM »
I'm in for 5 lbs, which from today's weight will get me to my final goal. I've been posting in the year-long thread but my progress has leveled off after going back to work at the beginning of February. My baby is almost 4 months old.

@Slow&Steady I think you will win this challenge:), but my suggestion would be not to weigh yourself for at least 2 weeks post baby. It takes time to get rid of the water weight. I wish you nice warm weather for your maternity leave.

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Re: March ~ Weight Loss Challenge
« Reply #22 on: February 25, 2018, 10:38:10 AM »
Welcome new peeps - you've been added to the roster!  :)

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Re: March ~ Weight Loss Challenge
« Reply #23 on: February 25, 2018, 01:08:36 PM »
I'm in for 4 pounds. :-)

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Re: March ~ Weight Loss Challenge
« Reply #24 on: February 25, 2018, 05:37:41 PM »
I'm in. I'd like to lose at least 3 lbs, ideally 5.

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Re: March ~ Weight Loss Challenge
« Reply #25 on: February 25, 2018, 06:31:36 PM »
I'm in for 4.  Thank you!

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Re: March ~ Weight Loss Challenge
« Reply #26 on: February 25, 2018, 06:34:22 PM »
I'm in as well!  4 pound goal!

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Re: March ~ Weight Loss Challenge
« Reply #27 on: February 25, 2018, 09:27:32 PM »
Iím in goal for a March is -3

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Re: March ~ Weight Loss Challenge
« Reply #28 on: February 25, 2018, 09:36:06 PM »
Can I still join? 4 lbs is my goal for March!

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Re: March ~ Weight Loss Challenge
« Reply #29 on: February 26, 2018, 10:47:02 AM »
Wow!  I'm really blown away by the response to this thread.  And here I was afraid to post because I didn't think anyone would be interested.

I've added the new peeps to the roster - welcome new peeps!

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Re: March ~ Weight Loss Challenge
« Reply #30 on: February 26, 2018, 10:54:22 AM »
...daily tracking can feel kind of discouraging with the slow progress and starts and stops.  And the year-long one feels overwhelming because it will take so long to reach that goal.

I also like the idea of moving on from a month in which there might not be much loss at all.  Finito.  Done.  A new month is a new start.  No need to dwell on failure anymore.  Instead, there is new hope and promise right around the corner.

Brilliant!!

Put me down for 2 lbs, please :)

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Re: March ~ Weight Loss Challenge
« Reply #31 on: February 26, 2018, 11:01:12 AM »
I'm in for 5 pounds.

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Re: March ~ Weight Loss Challenge
« Reply #32 on: February 26, 2018, 11:11:55 AM »
20 FATTIES!

I have recently gained so it should shed quicker than normal making this a little more realistic.

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Re: March ~ Weight Loss Challenge
« Reply #33 on: February 26, 2018, 12:26:22 PM »
Welcome new peeps!  You've been added.  :)

@hoping2retire35 - is your goal 20 lbs?  Or are you calling us participants FATTIES?  :)

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Maybe someone would be willing to add up all the goal pounds to see how much excess weight we are planning to use up in March?   
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Re: March ~ Weight Loss Challenge
« Reply #34 on: February 26, 2018, 01:45:12 PM »
Maybe someone would be willing to add up all the goal pounds to see how much excess weight we are planning to use up in March?

150-165 lbs so far

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« Reply #35 on: February 26, 2018, 02:42:31 PM »
Maybe someone would be willing to add up all the goal pounds to see how much excess weight we are planning to use up in March?

150-165 lbs so far

Hey, that's one whole person!

Well, technically, it's two people since Slow & Steady will be releasing one whole person by herself.  Showoff.  :)  The rest of us will each release a small portion of a second one. 

@haypug16 - thanks for adding it up!

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Re: March ~ Weight Loss Challenge
« Reply #36 on: February 26, 2018, 03:19:02 PM »
Maybe someone would be willing to add up all the goal pounds to see how much excess weight we are planning to use up in March?

150-165 lbs so far

Hey, that's one whole person!

Well, technically, it's two people since Slow & Steady will be releasing one whole person by herself.  Showoff.  :)  The rest of us will each release a small portion of a second one. 

@haypug16 - thanks for adding it up!

:) :)  :)

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Re: March ~ Weight Loss Challenge
« Reply #37 on: February 26, 2018, 03:28:43 PM »
Put on the list for 5 pounds.

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« Reply #38 on: February 26, 2018, 05:08:55 PM »
List me for 10 pounds in march

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« Reply #39 on: February 26, 2018, 05:17:11 PM »
The primary purpose of my goal is that if I visit my mom in March, I don't actively increase my size, lol!

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Re: March ~ Weight Loss Challenge
« Reply #40 on: February 27, 2018, 05:26:20 AM »
I'm in for 5 pounds.  I tried to do the Annual Challenge without publicly committing and failed miserably!

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« Reply #41 on: February 27, 2018, 07:15:23 AM »
Include me please, 5 pounds for this month.

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« Reply #42 on: February 27, 2018, 07:59:19 AM »
Welcome new peeps!  You've been added.  :)

@hoping2retire35 - is your goal 20 lbs?  Or are you calling us participants FATTIES?  :)

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Maybe someone would be willing to add up all the goal pounds to see how much excess weight we are planning to use up in March?

Ha! No, just called them fatties instead of pounds! Not really do so great this morning. At least I avoided beer last night.

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« Reply #43 on: February 27, 2018, 09:42:49 AM »
Welcome to the newest batch of peeps - you have been added!
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Re: March ~ Weight Loss Challenge
« Reply #44 on: February 28, 2018, 12:14:47 PM »
So I am getting ready for this challenge today.

Set up a my Fitness Pal account and discovered a MMM low cost food problem.....
How do you count calories when you are so cheap your food doesn't have labels? 
 
I decided to start tracking my calories to try and lose some weight.   I cook from scratch all the time and source much of my food from local farms.  I also have a huge garden and I do a lot of preserving including canning, freezing and dehydrating. 

So now I need to weigh my eggs to figure out what size they are.  Egg sizes are based on weight and I have never weighed mine. I have not idea if they are large eggs or extra large eggs. 
 
Also what do I do about all the large batch cooking I have in my freezer.  I know what is the containers but I have no clue how much of each ingredient went into it. 
 
What is the calorie content of my tomato sauce, salsa, and other home canned goods. I didn't weigh the ingredients when I  made 40 quarts of tomato sauce last summer so I will have to guess. 

Weighing all my ingredients when I cook is going to be much harder than pulling a box out of freezer but it needs to happen.

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« Reply #45 on: February 28, 2018, 12:26:27 PM »
A lot of weight loss programs don't rely on calorie counting -I just go with those :)   In my case, I eat unlimited amounts of a wide range of foods, no counting, no weighing.

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Re: March ~ Weight Loss Challenge
« Reply #46 on: February 28, 2018, 12:31:28 PM »
I'm in ....for 5 pounds. Thanks for the nudge!

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« Reply #47 on: February 28, 2018, 12:46:05 PM »
A lot of weight loss programs don't rely on calorie counting -I just go with those :)   In my case, I eat unlimited amounts of a wide range of foods, no counting, no weighing.

I do that already.  Due to allergies and medical dietary restrictions have already cut out all grains except rice.
I also cut out artificial sweeteners, alcohol, refined sugars and about 2 dozen high FODMAP fruits and vegetables. I can't eat wheat, corn, soy, beans, bulb onions, bulb garlic, tapioca, or alcohol so I have already eliminated the worst of the Standard American Diet foods.  Sugar consumption is basically is just some fruit since I don't like sweet beverages. I have been doing this for a year and a half and haven't lost any weight in over a year.

Since I already eat a lots of veggies, some fruit, pastured/grass fed meat and dairy and our own backyard eggs I must be eating more calories than I burn so I need to get my portion control dialed in.   
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Re: March ~ Weight Loss Challenge
« Reply #48 on: February 28, 2018, 01:04:11 PM »
I am just an honorary member of this challenge but I might be able to help with some of your questions.  When I was actively loosing weight I did it by counting calories (on MFP).

So I am getting ready for this challenge today.

Set up a my Fitness Pal account and discovered a MMM low cost food problem.....
How do you count calories when you are so cheap your food doesn't have labels? 
Search in MFP and use a good guess. A good guess is better than not counting it at all
 
I decided to start tracking my calories to try and lose some weight.   I cook from scratch all the time and source much of my food from local farms.  I also have a huge garden and I do a lot of preserving including canning, freezing and dehydrating. 

So now I need to weigh my eggs to figure out what size they are.  Egg sizes are based on weight and I have never weighed mine. I have not idea if they are large eggs or extra large eggs. 
 
Also what do I do about all the large batch cooking I have in my freezer.  I know what is the containers but I have no clue how much of each ingredient went into it. 

What is the calorie content of my tomato sauce, salsa, and other home canned goods. I didn't weigh the ingredients when I  made 40 quarts of tomato sauce last summer so I will have to guess. 

MFP has a recipe section, you can put your entire recipe in there and then tell it how many servings that recipe makes.  When you eat it go in there and add the number of servings you had that day.  A decent food scale (at the thrift store, if you don't have one) is worth it.

Weighing all my ingredients when I cook is going to be much harder than pulling a box out of freezer but it needs to happen.
It is a little bit of a pain, but only in the beginning, then it is just a habit.  What I did was keep a small notepad in the kitchen and we just wrote everything that went in and weights on the paper, once I got a minute I would add it all into the app as a recipe and it was already there the next time I needed it.


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Re: March ~ Weight Loss Challenge
« Reply #49 on: February 28, 2018, 05:22:25 PM »
I have been doing this for a year and a half and haven't lost any weight in over a year.

Oh!!!

I've seen programs give estimated calories for natural foods, based on size or weight of the portion. With you eating so specifically, I guess you could make yourself a quick, personalized chart from those.