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September Weight Loss Challenge!
« on: September 02, 2018, 06:32:42 AM »
Hoarding your wealth in the form of calories around your midsection? Cash that stash for the wealth of health! Join me in an exercise of stoicism, as we support one another's weight loss endeavors!

This month, I'm starting at 155 and am striving to lose 5.1lbs, to get me into the 140s, which I haven't seen in at least a decade. I'll up the ante by also trying to gain some muscle at the same time. The last time I was at my 145 lb goal weight, I looked like an Amazon, and I swear by my pretty bonnet that I'll get there again! To date, I've lost 43lbs, and I'm getting fiercer by the day!

What are you in for?

Sun Hat...........4 lbs
lexde...............3 lbs
SansSkill..........2 kg
CrustyBadger...7.4 lbs
alleykat...........5 lbs
Res Ipsa..........8 lbs
Serendip..........4 lbs
Megs193.........5 lbs
Goinganon.......9 lbs
neophyte.........7 lbs
ItsaLongStory..10 lbs
Cookie 78........4 lbs
2Birds1Stone...3 lbs
middo..............1.4kg
KellyM..............6 lbs
Anette.............4 kg
Westtoeast.....3 lbs
Minimos...........6 lbs
PoutineLover...4 lbs
sallyanne........4 lbs
thriftycanadian.10 lbs
corpraider.........5 lbs
patchyfacialhair.5 lbs
snogirl..............4 lbs
ethereality........5 lbs

Sailor Sam is charting their own course!
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Re: September Weight Loss Challenge!
« Reply #1 on: September 02, 2018, 06:59:51 AM »
I weighed in at 135.0 yesterday and would like to hit and maintain 132.0 for this month. Let’s do it!

Using Haply Scale + MFP to track progress.
Low-ish carb + HIIT workouts

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Re: September Weight Loss Challenge!
« Reply #2 on: September 02, 2018, 07:01:00 AM »
I'm up!
Checked in at 94.5kg today, I aim for at least 0.5kg per week on average, so I'm in for 2kg to get me down to 92.5kg

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Re: September Weight Loss Challenge!
« Reply #3 on: September 02, 2018, 07:45:39 AM »
I'm down to 189.4 pounds this morning ( from 199 last month!!)

I'm eating moderate low carb (probably between 50-80 g. of carbs per day) and using MFP to track calories, trying for under 1600 daily.   I work out daily in the evenings but am not doing anything too strenuous.   Weight loss for a woman in her 50s is hard so I"m expecting a stall.

My goal for this month is therefore to end at 182 pounds. 

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Re: September Weight Loss Challenge!
« Reply #4 on: September 02, 2018, 08:53:45 AM »
I'm in. I'm fat at 188. This is the most I've weighed since retiring from the Army in 2007. I'm 4 weeks into Couch to 5k and have cut out bread focusing on MyFitnessPal, reducing sugar & carbs, lots of fresh veggies, grilling only chicken & fish. Will update as my progress continues. Doing it for me!

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Re: September Weight Loss Challenge!
« Reply #5 on: September 02, 2018, 09:28:00 AM »
Well, I have basically gained back some of what I lost so I am in again. August was a dud.  I am only aiming for 5 lbs this month.  Starting at 159.   But, I have lost 6 to date .

It is time to make a withdrawal around the middle and reallocate to more profitable accounts. 

Loved the intro OP.

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Re: September Weight Loss Challenge!
« Reply #6 on: September 02, 2018, 09:34:16 AM »

It is time to make a withdrawal around the middle and reallocate to more profitable accounts. 


I wish there were a way to direct my deposits!

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Re: September Weight Loss Challenge!
« Reply #7 on: September 02, 2018, 10:22:27 AM »
I'm in.  I'm around 190. Hope to get down to around 182 in Sept. (then hit my ideal weight, 172, later this year). 
Plan:
Cut out most processed sugar;
Low(er) carb diet.

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Re: September Weight Loss Challenge!
« Reply #8 on: September 02, 2018, 10:44:47 AM »
Will aim for 4 lbs
currently at 149 from 158 earlier this year--that's mostly been through increased activity, so would be really pleased to get to 145 while also increasing strength


Next step: healthier choices and reduce mindless snacking (my partner has dubbed me a 'snackoholic' this will be my autumn mindfulness focus, querying 'am I actually hungry?' and 'what am i hungry for')

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Re: September Weight Loss Challenge!
« Reply #9 on: September 02, 2018, 11:28:16 AM »
I am in.  Last year in September I was at my goal weight and Iíve managed to gain back 15 pounds.  I am 158 today so my goal for September is 5 pounds. I donít follow any special diet. I try to eat a balanced diet and exercise and most importantly avoid alcohol. Iím pretty sure the majority of my 15 pounds came from alcohol and the bad food I eat once I start drinking.

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Re: September Weight Loss Challenge!
« Reply #10 on: September 02, 2018, 11:47:59 AM »
Iím in. Iíd like to drop 9 lbs this month. I have a lot to drop so this shouldnít be impossible, but will still be a challenge.

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Re: September Weight Loss Challenge!
« Reply #11 on: September 02, 2018, 01:12:39 PM »
Woot! 7 lbs for me please!

I started Sept at 164 but there was probably a little water weight. I was 163 this morning. Highest adult weight was 220 lbs 7 years ago. Lowest was 155 about 5 years ago after I got serious. I hovered around 160-165 for several years and the I balloned up to 180 over Christmas last year. I gained 15 lbs in 6 weeks. Now I'm trying to get serious again and get down to my goal of about 140, a number I haven't seen since I was 10 or so.  It's not easy. 

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Re: September Weight Loss Challenge!
« Reply #12 on: September 02, 2018, 01:28:54 PM »
I will go for 10lbs, target weight of 215.

I've lost about 20lbs from my highest which was back in Feb/Mar. Haven't been sub 100kg in probably 10 years.

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Re: September Weight Loss Challenge!
« Reply #13 on: September 02, 2018, 01:44:09 PM »
I'm in for 4 again. Down 14 in the last 5 months since I started doing the monthly challenges. Would like to lose 31 more

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Re: September Weight Loss Challenge!
« Reply #14 on: September 02, 2018, 02:55:20 PM »
This sounds like fun.

I am looking to get my 7 day rolling average weight down to 195lbs. I'm only a few lbs off, after having lost 25lbs since 6/14.

Anything less than 195 and I start to look emaciated. Bleh

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Re: September Weight Loss Challenge!
« Reply #15 on: September 02, 2018, 03:39:20 PM »
I need a break from strict tracking, so I won't but any numbers down. But I would like to check in, and keep myself on track.

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Re: September Weight Loss Challenge!
« Reply #16 on: September 02, 2018, 05:00:02 PM »
1st of September I was 96.3 kg.  My aim is a loss of 1.4 kg, to 94.9 kg.  Not a huge target, but one I really want to hit and keep.

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Re: September Weight Loss Challenge!
« Reply #17 on: September 02, 2018, 11:23:30 PM »
In for 6 lbs again. It's interesting how just posting here helps keep me somewhat on the straight & narrow. I'm down 10.4 lbs since the beginning of July. Thanks Sun Hat for keeping these challenges going & good luck everyone!

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Re: September Weight Loss Challenge!
« Reply #18 on: September 03, 2018, 12:13:13 AM »
I  am in for 4 kg this month, at 75,2 kg now, future goal is to get down to 67,5kg again. Thanks for the support!

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Re: September Weight Loss Challenge!
« Reply #19 on: September 03, 2018, 08:04:55 AM »
I'm in for 4 again. Down 14 in the last 5 months since I started doing the monthly challenges. Would like to lose 31 more

Awesome job, keep.us motivated.

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Re: September Weight Loss Challenge!
« Reply #20 on: September 03, 2018, 10:04:12 AM »
Iím in too. I weighed 188.8 September 1st and my goal is to lose 10.8 lbs (178lbs). Preparing healthier meals at home and resist takeout when Iím tired. Iím batch cooking for the week today 😊

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Re: September Weight Loss Challenge!
« Reply #21 on: September 03, 2018, 11:10:02 AM »
You can update my "a few" to "3lbs" =P

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Re: September Weight Loss Challenge!
« Reply #22 on: September 04, 2018, 04:29:32 AM »
I'm in for a conservative 3 lbs. August was a bust-- all I could manage was maintaining, but I was visiting family which always leads to more eating and less exercise, so maintaining wasn't the worst case scenario!

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Re: September Weight Loss Challenge!
« Reply #23 on: September 04, 2018, 08:19:52 AM »
I'm in!  I need motivation....maybe y'all can help kick my butt into gear.  Im aiming for 1.5 lbs/ week.. so 6 lbs total. 

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Re: September Weight Loss Challenge!
« Reply #24 on: September 04, 2018, 10:51:59 AM »
I've scaled my goal back to 4 lbs after realizing that I'm swiftly driving myself nuts by fixating on wanting to reach a certain weight by a certain date. Instead, I'm going to stick with losing at a pace that I can do with relative sanity (always touch-and-go for me at the best of times) and just try to be happy that I'm healthy.

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Re: September Weight Loss Challenge!
« Reply #25 on: September 04, 2018, 11:24:06 AM »
I ended August at 131.2 which was higher than I hoped. I'll set a conservative goal of 4 lb this month.

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« Reply #26 on: September 04, 2018, 01:02:16 PM »
I'm gonna go with a pound a week. My weight has been creeping up over time and I don't like it. Made myself a chart with entries for each day and a weekly average, along with a goal weight, until the end of the year. At that point, I'll be at a weight I'd be happy to maintain. Going to hang that above my scale and try to weigh myself daily. Next step, going to make myself a visual reminder of some healthy ways I can achieve my goal, including more movement and less snacking on empty calories. Good luck everyone!

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Re: September Weight Loss Challenge!
« Reply #27 on: September 04, 2018, 06:35:40 PM »
I am in for 10lbs.  Sitting at 249 right now.   

Get there by: Hardcore biking, weights and eating well.

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Re: September Weight Loss Challenge!
« Reply #28 on: September 05, 2018, 06:42:42 AM »
Just a rant...
I just found out that the UK considers 23 to be the maximum healthy BMI, meaning that I'm @#%*! STILL overweight. Maybe Canadians are supposed to be insulated, so we're allowed to 25?

Do any of you keep daily food and weight logs? It's the only way that I'm able to reign in my eating, but it can be frustrating seeing my daily weight fluctuations. To moderate that frustration, I started measuring my waistline this morning, as I hope that will provide a more stable figure that better reflects my body fat level while I attempt to gain muscle as I lose fat.  (Because I'm 100% cool with a BMI of 23 if it means that I can also squat a mid-size car)

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Re: September Weight Loss Challenge!
« Reply #29 on: September 05, 2018, 07:41:40 AM »
Where did you hear that? I thought 23 was only the guideline for some Asian countries and people of Asian decent.

I track calories and weight daily. If not, I immediately fall off the wagon. Seeing weight fluctuations still frustrates me even though I know it's totally normal. I'm not sure what to do about it though. I just try to psych myself into using both high days and low days as motivation.

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Re: September Weight Loss Challenge!
« Reply #30 on: September 05, 2018, 08:08:46 AM »
It was on the NHS Check your heart age test. https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/be-healthier/check-your-health/heart-age-test

I know that I'm not any less healthy today than I was yesterday when I thought that I was already at a healthy but still kinda squishy weight, but it's somehow still kind of a bummer.

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Re: September Weight Loss Challenge!
« Reply #31 on: September 05, 2018, 08:13:50 AM »
I'm in for 5 lbs.  That might be an overly modest target since I (for some reason) spiked up like 4 lbs on my end of August number.  It is pretty crazy how much my numbers (I use one of those bio impedance scales) can move around over a couple of days.
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Re: September Weight Loss Challenge!
« Reply #32 on: September 05, 2018, 08:42:35 AM »
I forgot to put a shed weight goal for the month. I'm going for 4 lbs. I'm at week 5 with couch to 5k and feeling great. When I was younger I worked out all the time. The program has really helped me kickstart a healthier lifestyle again!

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« Reply #33 on: September 05, 2018, 01:31:33 PM »
Put me down for 5 lbs. My journal is dedicated to my mundane weight loss journey, and I'm going for a pound a week, roughly. Eating keto will be my way to get there.

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« Reply #34 on: September 05, 2018, 07:48:09 PM »
Where did you hear that? I thought 23 was only the guideline for some Asian countries and people of Asian decent.

I track calories and weight daily. If not, I immediately fall off the wagon. Seeing weight fluctuations still frustrates me even though I know it's totally normal. I'm not sure what to do about it though. I just try to psych myself into using both high days and low days as motivation.

Have you tried keeping track of your weight using an app like Happy Scale? It keeps a running average of your weight so that the fluctuations donít frustrate you as much. I find that weighing myself every day is actually really motivating except for the days when I have very high fluctuations (damn Chinese food and monthly hormones!) so this app has really helped me stay focused on my long term goals. I also like the prediction option because I challenge myself to beat the prediction date.

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Re: September Weight Loss Challenge!
« Reply #35 on: September 05, 2018, 08:22:06 PM »
I track my weight (as does my wife) on a google sheets page we share.  We keep a 7 day moving average too, so we can see if it is going the right way.  Too much food (i.e. desserts or pre-dinner nibbles) cause the most issues for us.

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Re: September Weight Loss Challenge!
« Reply #36 on: September 06, 2018, 01:36:57 AM »
Take BMI with a grain of salt, especially if you are muscular. I just did a calculation online and apparently I'm "overweight" with a BMI of 26.6

The kicker? I have a six pack and wear 32 x 32 jeans/slacks.

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Re: September Weight Loss Challenge!
« Reply #37 on: September 06, 2018, 05:42:30 AM »
Yeah BMI is pretty much just a really rough guideline. It's known to be flat out wrong for for very muscular people. Somehow supposed to be some sort of proxy for average bodyfat for the average person of your height and weight or something. Key being average person. Me, I'm using it as a benchmark cause I'm plenty squishy enough not to have to worry about that.

Went out for work dinner yesterday. I'm up 3 lbs compared to yesterday. I know that can't be all real weight but it's still a struggle not to let it get me down. Last time this happened it took me 2 weeks to get back to where I was before the incident. 
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Re: September Weight Loss Challenge!
« Reply #38 on: September 06, 2018, 06:40:49 AM »
Thanks for all of the encouragement! I "know" not to take BMI or the scale too seriously, but it still gets me down at times. When I was at my fittest, my BMI was relatively high (23 ish) because of all of my muscle mass, but much of that has atrophied over years of neglect, so I'm afraid that I'm average enough for it to be accurate.

What I do find helpful is being able to look back through my food/weight log to see how my weight fluctuates wildly every month, but ends each cycle a little lower. 

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« Reply #39 on: September 06, 2018, 08:10:59 AM »
Yeah BMI is pretty much just a really rough guideline. It's known to be flat out wrong for for very muscular people. Somehow supposed to be some sort of proxy for average bodyfat for the average person of your height and weight or something. Key being average person. Me, I'm using it as a benchmark cause I'm plenty squishy enough not to have to worry about that.

Went out for work dinner yesterday. I'm up 3 lbs compared to yesterday. I know that can't be all real weight but it's still a struggle not to let it get me down. Last time this happened it took me 2 weeks to get back to where I was before the incident.

I've found that a moving 7 day average paints a much better picture for me.

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Re: September Weight Loss Challenge!
« Reply #40 on: September 08, 2018, 06:48:44 AM »
I am not weighing in until at least Monday. I went off the rails yesterday emotionally eating after dealing with a lot of personal stuff. Lesson learned, moving on, but going to hold off on torturing myself on the scale for a few days since I know my weight is up.

In other news, I killed my workout today, so I have that going for me.


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Re: September Weight Loss Challenge!
« Reply #41 on: September 08, 2018, 07:51:54 AM »
I'm out of town at a family wedding now. It's rough. I can't weigh or measure anything or see any labels and so far I haven't been able to make any food choices other than take it or leave it. Not very many fruits or vegetables to be seen. I wasn't able to work out yesterday but I needed a day off anyway.

I feel really sluggish this morning and I'm sure it's a combination of sleep deprivation and the dietary change. I'm going to try to get my workout in anyway. I've gotta make it through 4 more days before I can go home.


I've found that a moving 7 day average paints a much better picture for me.
I actually have an app that tracks this way too, but I find it doesn't make much difference to me.

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Re: September Weight Loss Challenge!
« Reply #42 on: September 08, 2018, 11:19:42 AM »
I'm down to 189.4 pounds this morning ( from 199 last month!!)

1 week in, I am 188.4 pounds today.

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Re: September Weight Loss Challenge!
« Reply #43 on: September 08, 2018, 01:31:58 PM »
Down 2lbs so far, so mostly on track but it have 2 weeks of work travel coming up which always complicates things. wife and I have decided to limit alcohol to 1day a week which should make a difference in addition to healthier/more conscious eating.

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Re: September Weight Loss Challenge!
« Reply #44 on: September 08, 2018, 06:26:51 PM »
Burned 1800 calories today with a 2.5 hour bike ride.....

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Re: September Weight Loss Challenge!
« Reply #45 on: September 08, 2018, 07:05:47 PM »
I'll join. I'd like to lose 5 pounds, but more importantly, try and work in regular exercise. I've been feeling pretty down lately with the end of my engagement and maybe it would help cheer me up.

Today, I'm ~136 and reaching for ~130. Joining a climbing gym tomorrow and starting dance classes this week.

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Re: September Weight Loss Challenge!
« Reply #46 on: September 08, 2018, 08:25:48 PM »
Iím down 2.7 lbs for 1 week check in (186.1lbs). I ate a whole food plant based diet all week except for lunch today.

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Re: September Weight Loss Challenge!
« Reply #47 on: September 09, 2018, 09:09:00 AM »
I’ll weigh in tomorrow before the gym. Workout 2/15 for September. Had to take the first week off due to a hip strain. All better now.


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Re: September Weight Loss Challenge!
« Reply #48 on: September 09, 2018, 02:34:13 PM »
It may be wishful thinking, but I suspect that my recent exhaustion/ailment/donning of the crankiest of pants was due to under-eating while ramping up my running. After a few days of rest and eating more, my 16km run this morning was a breeze. Even if it's my imagination, I'm going to increase my caloric intake so that I'm not in such a steep deficit until after my half-marathon in October.

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Re: September Weight Loss Challenge!
« Reply #49 on: September 09, 2018, 07:22:19 PM »
1st of September I was 96.3 kg.  My aim is a loss of 1.4 kg, to 94.9 kg.  Not a huge target, but one I really want to hit and keep.

96.6 kg today.  No real movement yet, but considering what I ate on the weekend, not too bad.