Chicks up for a Challenge - Blue Team 12 Week Challenge Thread




Lambiechop
11-01-2011, 09:58 PM
I thought our team could check in and chat here!

I'm in the two teens today for the first time in over 5 years. Very excited to be here. Hoping for 20 more lbs before the new year.

So tell me a little about yourselves.


suttercm
11-01-2011, 10:59 PM
Hi! Connie Here. I've struggled with my weight nearly all my life and have gotten truly serious about losing weight since being diagnosed with diabetes in May of this year. I have lost 49 lbs so far, have 25 to go. I'm thrilled to be a part of this challenge and this team

GO BLUE!!!

Connie S

Lambiechop
11-01-2011, 11:29 PM
I grew up chubby but it never got out of control because I was a 3 sport athlete. Despite that I weighed 220 when I graduated high school (9 years ago). When I moved in with my boyfriend (now DH) after high school I went off the rails. No more sports, eating whatever, whenever I wanted, fast food, nights out, etc. In 2006, almost a year after having my son I reached my high weight of 320 lbs. I lost 100 lb in about 6 months and got down to 220 before I got pregnant with my daughter. I actually lost 30 more lbs when I was pregnant and got down to 190. Then I hit a horrible wall and became very depressed. Went on meds and the weight packed back on. Last year at this time I weighed 264. Started in May at 259. Lost about 13 lbs. Started again on September 4 at 246.5 and I've been making pretty decent progress since
then.

Oh and my husband is deployed and has no idea how much weight I've lost. I'm determined to be in Onederland by the next time I see him in January.

Sorry. That was long. I think it's the first time I've told my whole story on 3FC.


paris in 6
11-01-2011, 11:44 PM
Congrats on all the weight lost, you three! Wow!

I'm at the very beginning of this journey. Unfortunately I have been meaning to lose weight ever since I hit the 200's (about four years ago) but I've never really been succesful. Instead I've gained. I've been out of college for two years now, there are no more excuses! I have a huge trip coming up in March of next year and I want to be able to enjoy it fully. I am determined to lose a significant amount of weight by then.

In the last three weeks I've lost six pounds. Here's to continuing that trend with the Blue team!

suttercm
11-02-2011, 01:25 PM
I grew up chubby but it never got out of control because I was a 3 sport athlete. Despite that I weighed 220 when I graduated high school (9 years ago). When I moved in with my boyfriend (now DH) after high school I went off the rails. No more sports, eating whatever, whenever I wanted, fast food, nights out, etc. In 2006, almost a year after having my son I reached my high weight of 320 lbs. I lost 100 lb in about 6 months and got down to 220 before I got pregnant with my daughter. I actually lost 30 more lbs when I was pregnant and got down to 190. Then I hit a horrible wall and became very depressed. Went on meds and the weight packed back on. Last year at this time I weighed 264. Started in May at 259. Lost about 13 lbs. Started again on September 4 at 246.5 and I've been making pretty decent progress since
then.

Oh and my husband is deployed and has no idea how much weight I've lost. I'm determined to be in Onederland by the next time I see him in January.

Sorry. That was long. I think it's the first time I've told my whole story on 3FC.

Wow! You have a lot on your "plate"! Hope we can all help you to make that Surprise a big one in January.

Connie S

suttercm
11-02-2011, 01:26 PM
In the last three weeks I've lost six pounds. Here's to continuing that trend with the Blue team!

6 lbs is a great start! We'll be here to help you get that number up.

Connie S

suttercm
11-02-2011, 01:30 PM
I have been struggling with night time (after dinner) eating. Last night was another bad night. I need to break this cycle now!

Got in a half hour walk at lunch today. Have a training class with my dog tonight, so dinner will be on the road.

Am trying to get into an AquaZumba class that's on Tuesday & Thursday mornings before work. Hopefully will hear tonight so I can start tomorrow morning. I think the change in exercise will help boost my weight loss efforts.

Hope everyone is having a great day!

Connie S

Dani84
11-02-2011, 04:35 PM
Hello!

Let's see, about me. I'm 27. I was a dancer in high school and college, and though I pretty much always hovered around the normal/overweight bmi boarder (for me that's low-mid 140s), the whole being a dancer "thing" made me always feel fat. So even though it wasn't really true, I've pretty much always felt like I have a weight problem.

After college I got a desk job and gained about 5 pounds, which put me just barely into an overweight bmi (high 140s-low 150s). I still danced occasionally, but my main form of exercise was walking. But this weight gain wasn't enough of a change for me to feel compelled to do anything about it. I moved to a non-walking city for grad school last year and gained at least 10 pounds in the span of a few months (during which time I essentially do zero exercise). I spent most the summer wearing skirts/dresses, and when the weather started changing this fall I knew I was in trouble when I could no longer button my jeans. Finally, after weighing myself for the first time in about a year and seeing my highest number ever (162.5), I decided to do something about it.

I've been at this for about 2 months now, and I am hoping to get to 125. Through calorie counting and, recently, Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred I'm, as of today, down 11 pounds! I'm a total workout dvd convert. I used to be skeptical, but they say the best workout is the one you do, and it's absolutely amazing how much less motivation it takes to just get me off the couch as opposed to going to the gym!

konfyoozed
11-02-2011, 04:38 PM
hey blue team!

brief bio on me: i'm 28 (as of last month), recently married (as of may), a tastefully simple consultant (as of september - feel free to inquire!) and new to south carolina (as of august). lots of changes going on with me have resulted in a stall at around 250 (50 pounds lost!) and i think a team challenge is just the kick in the pants i need to get the weight loss in gear again. i weigh in on mondays and this past monday had me at 251.8 which is up (five pounds plus of up) from my last weigh in... but i'm almost 100% certain the majority of that is water from my weekend out of town and HOURS in the van traveling from SC to PA and back again.

the silver lining to that is a water whoosh will give us a boost for next weigh in! heh.

paris in 6
11-03-2011, 06:57 AM
Connie S - Thank you for your support! So appreciated. As for the evening snacking, have you tried setting a cut off hour for yourself? I've found it helps to know in advance that I'm not eating anything after 8PM. I allow myself water and tea, but that's it. More recently I've cut out all eating after dinner, and I've actually found it to be quite a relief that it's no longer an option, healthy or not. I know that sounds unimaginable, but after about a week or so of little voices begigng me to compromise, I gave myself a break. Just a thought, I know everyone's different.

So nice to meet everyone! So far so good for me. I'm aiming to do some kind of exercise every day in November and I'm 3 for 3 so far (yay!) I've also stuck to my "diet" to the letter. hoping to see a good loss this week.

suttercm
11-03-2011, 01:15 PM
Had a great night last night, only evening eating was an apple with 1 tbsp of peanut butter. Wasn't going to have anything, but my Blood Sugar was down to 60 so needed something. Had first AquaZumba class this morning - lots of fun! Also did a 30 minute (1.5 mile) walk at lunch.

Weighed in at 161.5 this morning.

Hope everyone is having a great day.

Go BLUE

Connie S

konfyoozed
11-03-2011, 03:29 PM
making a shrimp stir fry for dinner tonight... serving it over spaghetti squash :) lots and lots of veggies!

Lambiechop
11-03-2011, 04:01 PM
Mmmm, I love shrimp! My week is going pretty well. Yesterday I signed up my daughter and I for ice skating lessons. We start next Tuesday and I really hope I don't fall!

I also found out yesterday that my kids and I are going to China for Christmas. I'm very excited to see the Great Wall. I just hope I'll be able to keep up my weight loss while we're there. I have no idea what the food situation will be like.

lesserme
11-03-2011, 06:25 PM
Hi Blue Team, Here goes my story, I'm 33 and have a one year old, thought i was overweight before marriage and pregancy, i was physically fit.. could do any task and never felt tired. But after delivery all those things which seemed easy to do seemed 10 times harder, even a mile walk would seem difficult... this is when i've realized that its time to take control and get active and slim down, other strong reason is to be able to play with my kid and enjoy every moment with him. Though my husband has asked me to reduce weight a lot many times i've simply ignored him but the thought of my son too following on my steps and becoming obese is so frightning that i have taken a strong decision this time to loose.

Lambiechop
11-03-2011, 07:58 PM
Welcome lesserme! My kids are a really big motivator too. Kudos to you for wanting to set a good example for your little boy.

shanhat81
11-04-2011, 01:18 PM
IDK why it took me so long to find this thread!!! *spacey mcspaceballs over here*

My story: I'm 30, married, no kids. Got a pending dx of Stage I Hypertension at 188.8 lbs on June 6. Have a year to lose weight to see how much that helps. (It's unlikely to be fixed completely -- I have it on both sides of my family.) So I'm hoping to lose 50 before June and to not need meds.

I'm having more success this time than ever before, probably because this is no longer just about vanity. It's critical to my health.

(That said, I still hate exercising.)

lesserme
11-04-2011, 05:59 PM
Thanks Lambiechop, I can't agree less.

shanhat81
11-04-2011, 06:04 PM
Today was my WI day ... good loss. 2.6. I was happy!

Lambiechop
11-04-2011, 09:58 PM
Hey shanhat81, great job on the loss! I was just wondering how you came up with your percentage lost? The equation I found was total loss divided by starting weight times 100. So for you 2.6/167x100= 1.56%.

If I'm wrong I apologize I'd just hate for the team to get shortchanged. :)

Lambiechop
11-04-2011, 10:03 PM
Oooo, found a calculator that does it for you!

http://www.fitwatch.com/qkcalc/calculate-weight-loss-percentage.html

sarcruze
11-05-2011, 12:04 AM
Hello Everyone!
My name is Sarah, I'm 29 and I've been struggling with my weight since Junior High. I've let my weight hold me back from living a life that could've been great. My highest known weight was 304. I've lost weight many times and I always gain it back. I get to a certain point close to 200 and I regain. I am tired of being fat and I'm tired of being tired. I had a baby in May and had bad depression all thru my pregnancy and up until a month ago is when I started to finally feel normal. I really want to lose weight again but for some reason I feel like my goal is too far and its a lot of hard work. I want to love myself again and live life. Now my number one goal is to be healthy for my son and give him the best life that I can

shanhat81
11-05-2011, 12:23 AM
Oooo, found a calculator that does it for you!

http://www.fitwatch.com/qkcalc/calculate-weight-loss-percentage.html

And this is why I shouldn't go off and do math on my own ... LOL. I fixed it.

Merci!

Lambiechop
11-05-2011, 04:26 PM
No problem!

One more day until weigh in!! Push, push, push!!! Go BLUE!

kneed2lose
11-05-2011, 05:01 PM
Hello Blue TEAM!!!!

I had no idea this thread existed until right now! But Im glad it does!

Everyone here has such inspirational stories and I am so excited to share the next 12 weeks with you all!! Everyone seems so motivated!

Here is my story:

I have been the "bigger one" for as long as I can remember. My friends were always shorter and skinnier and my younger sister is tall and skinny. My mom is hypercritical and its played a roll on my self esteem. Im an emotional eater as well as a " I eat when im bored" eater. I feel like I've been like that for so long, that it has become so hard to control. Ill have good months and then I will slow down and gain my weight back. I recently got engaged and am getting married in June of 2012! I am super excited and i dont want to regret not looking the way I wanted. My family and I are traveling to India in Feb. to purchase my wedding clothes so I am aiming to be a comfortable weight by then!

Hope everyone had a great week! Weigh in tomorrow!!!

konfyoozed
11-05-2011, 06:52 PM
kneed - first of all, congrats on your engagement! i can totally understand not wanting to regret the way you look on your wedding day. i was 270 the day i got married (may 21 of this year). 30 pounds less than i was when i started, but still 270 pounds. i look like a marshmallow in most of my pictures. that's why my reward for goal is to get a set of professional photos done with my husband to sort of 'make up' for the fat wedding pics.

Lambiechop
11-06-2011, 02:21 PM
It's weigh in day, Blue Team!! Get those weights recorded on the spreadsheet. We're doing great so far! Let's get off to a great start by winning the first week!!

suttercm
11-07-2011, 01:25 PM
Just got mine recorded. Down 2.5 lbs so far. Looks like we are all doing great!

Have a great week.

GO BLUE!

Connie S

shanhat81
11-08-2011, 10:09 AM
We're rocking it!!

I might have eaten everything in sight on Sunday night, but I did a huge hike beforehand ... hopefully that will mitigate. :\

kneed2lose
11-08-2011, 11:38 AM
k0nfyo0zed : Thank you so much! And that is going to be such a nice reward for you and your husband!! Im excited for u!

Question: I will be staying at home this week and wont have access to a car. What are something you guys do at home to burn those calories?

AND

How or what motivates you to work out?

Lambiechop
11-08-2011, 11:59 AM
Today my daughter and I have our first ice skating lesson. I'm nervous! I've never been ice skating before.

suttercm
11-08-2011, 01:30 PM
Today my daughter and I have our first ice skating lesson. I'm nervous! I've never been ice skating before.

Have fun! I haven't skated in years, but loved doing it as a child. Great exercise too!

Connie S

lesserme
11-08-2011, 03:36 PM
Lambiechop I'm sure you would surely love it, doing activities with children is such a great bonding experience :) Do tell us how it went

kneed2lose
11-08-2011, 06:26 PM
Lambiechop: Have fun!! Great exercise! and remember its ok to fall!

shanhat81
11-08-2011, 08:52 PM
Oooh, Lambiechop, skating is so fun!!! Just wait til you learn to SPIN

suttercm
11-09-2011, 01:45 PM
Hi Blue Team!

Had a great night last night. Got in a two mile walk even with the drizzly weather. Got in 2.5 this morning before the rain started again. No walk at lunch as it was pouring. On the road this evening so no walking. AquaZumba tomorrow morning, then hopefully weather will cooperate and some walking at lunch.

Hope everyone is having a great day,

Connie S

lesserme
11-10-2011, 02:09 AM
hi everyone hope you guys are all on plan and doing ur best to shed those pounds :)

Today I've not exercised and this is making me sick, no one to blame but my laziness alone. Just wanted to vent out. I'm just a beginner and I wanted to stick to my plan no matter what.

suttercm, :cheer2: to you

Lambiechop
11-10-2011, 10:49 AM
Ugh. So I cheated. I haven't had pizza since sometime in July and last night the craving won. I had one slice and a couple of pieces of cheesy bread. I paid for it though. I felt so sick after I ate it. My kids were really happy though. They haven't had pizza in that long either. Oh well, back on plan today. There's nothing I can do about yesterday.

suttercm
11-10-2011, 01:47 PM
AquaZumba was fun. Also got in 1.5 miles at lunch. Hoping to get in my 3 miler after work.

Hope everyone is having a great Thursday - just one more day this work week!!!

GO BLUE!

Connie S

konfyoozed
11-10-2011, 03:42 PM
sorry i've been absent kids... i've been pretty sick all week. as in, getting out of bed was a chore. i put my weight in, as it was a few days ago (finally), and it wasn't much of a loss :( not even half a pound. i fear this week i might even post a gain because being sick, i'm just not feeling like counting anything *or* exercising... but as soon as a shake the last dregs of this cold, i'll be back in business. i gotta get more of this weight off of me!

Lambiechop
11-10-2011, 04:02 PM
It's okay. We all have those weeks. I'm having a fairly crappy week. Gave in to pizza last night. First time I've had it since July. It made the kids happy though and I only had 1 slice and a few pieces of cheesy bread. It could have been a lot worse. Back on track today though. Hoping by Sunday I'll be able to drop a little more. We'll see...

kneed2lose
11-11-2011, 12:27 PM
Its ok to cheat, it happens, we just have to remember that if we do cheat...its not like you have to start all over, or restart the way you eat next week. It happens, we just have to keep on moving forward!

I have a challenge idea that maybe we can all do.....

What if every week we have a challenge. It can be the same or different one each week. For example on weight in day we can say promise to finish a certain number of miles...whether is running, walking, swimming, for the week. OR at the beginning of the week we can post a youtube workout video that everyone will do at least 5 times a week. What do you guys think?!?!?

shanhat81
11-12-2011, 12:12 PM
Bleh. I stayed the same this week. But then again, I was lucky not to gain 5 lbs a la Sunny on BL.

Lambiechop
11-13-2011, 11:33 AM
Ugh. This week sucked for me. So far this month is sucking for me. If I don't get my butt in gear I'm never going to make my New Year's goal.

suttercm
11-15-2011, 05:13 PM
I think the challenge sounds like fun!

Entered by weight, didn't lose this week, but didn't gain either. Hoping for a loss this week to finally get out of the 160's!

Hope everyone is having a great week

GO BLUE!!!

lesserme
11-15-2011, 10:27 PM
I have a challenge idea that maybe we can all do.....



I'm in for a challenge too. Lets go got it.

I've not lost anything this week, the scale shows the same weight as last time. It's my 2nd week in this weight loss journey and some of my clothes fit loose, but i can't see that on the scale :(

suttercm
11-21-2011, 02:23 PM
Hope everyone is having a great start to their week. Will do my weigh in tomorrow morning.

Let's get through this week on plan!

GO BLUE!!!

suttercm
11-30-2011, 01:24 PM
Hey Blue Team! Hope you are all doing well this month. Holidays are tough, lets give each other the support we need!

shanhat81
12-02-2011, 07:07 PM
Hi everyone!!!

I've been away for two weeks, for Thanksgiving. Gained half a pound ... which I guess isn't terrible, but it's looking unlikely that I'll make it to 30 by Christmas.

So no gypsy heart earrings for me...

suttercm
12-05-2011, 01:15 PM
Hope everyone had a great weekend. I was over budget in calories both Sat & Sun - back on track today. Staying stagnant at 159, but can't complain.

Let go BLUE TEAM and get this month going strong!

shanhat81
12-12-2011, 10:15 PM
How's everyone doing. I've had two **** weeks, but I'm finally back on track.

suttercm
12-14-2011, 01:02 PM
Not too many of the Blue Team have logged in their weight. Hope everyone is doing okay - the holidays are tough!

lesserme
01-10-2012, 11:30 PM
Hi All,

Hope everyone is doing good and going strong on their weight loss journey.
I'm sad that i have to drop myself from the challenge but i'm super excited to announce that i'm pregnant and decided to take a step back from WL journey.

Hopefully next july after i deliver i'll be back on the wagon :)

good luck everyone.

shanhat81
01-11-2012, 10:00 AM
Congrats, Lesserme!