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Old 03-07-2014, 10:10 AM   #31
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Lyn- I'd say yes. I just updated on the spreadsheet. Down 1lb, whoo-hoo! WTG on your steps, wow!!!!
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Old 03-09-2014, 11:33 PM   #32
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Delphi being positive is the best motivator! One day at a time, One meal at a time, One workout at a time!
This is were I am, Well said and thanks for the reminder.
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Old 03-10-2014, 12:32 AM   #33
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Weigh in today
SW: 252
CW: 249 (-3)
GW: 235 (-17)
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Old 03-10-2014, 05:30 AM   #34
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I did not weigh-in this morning. I am using yesterday's weight.
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Old 03-10-2014, 06:45 AM   #35
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Looking forward to summer! I'd love to be 159.
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Old 03-10-2014, 01:41 PM   #36
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Thanks MandyLamy. I can use all the will power dust I can get. Today was not the day 2 I would have liked. I did not make it to the gym but did make it to Taco Bell. Of course at the time I didn't feel bad but now that I am here (being accountable), I feel terrible. I just am having this constant battle with myself right now. I know what I need to do (as I did make it down to 167 in 2010) but for the life of me, I can't get my act together. This struggle with food is endless with me. If I am not eating, I'm obsessing over what I'm not eating or what I shouldn't eat or what I can't eat or what I should eat. Its exasperating. But you know, I came here to confess and I feel better. I will pick my butt up and try again tomorrow. I can not let this control me for the rest of my life.

At any rate, sure hope the day went better for you guys and gals. Heres to a better tomorrow.
I'm up another pound this morning and can so relate to your comments. I talked with a girlfriend this morning afterwards decided I needed an attitude adjustment plus need to look hard at diet and exercise(the whole thing). UGH!!!!
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Old 03-11-2014, 10:43 AM   #37
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I love this spreadsheet! I'm going to jump in here as this summer is a big deal for me. I'm relocating myself and my kids to Virginia from Michigan. I want to leave the weight behind lol. This is the perfect challenge!

SW - March 03 - 221.50
GW - June 01 - 195.50
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Mini Goal #1: Onederland = 199.75 lbs - GOAL MET
Mini Goal #2: Halfway to Goal = 186.50 lbs - GOAL MET

Mini Goal #3: Back to 2013's Low = 165.00 lbs
Mini Goal #4: Back to 2005's Pre-Pregnancy Low = 154.00 lbs
Mini Goal #5: Under 150 = 149.75 lbs
Mini Goal #6: Final 20 = 130.00 lbs


MINI GOAL # 3: BACK TO 2013'S LOW!!
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Old 03-11-2014, 07:41 PM   #38
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Hi I'd like to join this group I could use A good push in the right direction. I am hoping to lose 20 pounds by June 1.

I live in the northeast and it has been a longggggggggggg cold winter. I am ready for some warmth. Plus some outside time.

I have been up and down the scale but am really trying to keep the scale in a downward motion.
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Old 03-11-2014, 10:36 PM   #39
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Hi everyone! It has been such a CRAZY week for me. Luckily, I found a lady that evened out my hair and even though I'm still getting used to the shortness, I've been getting lots of compliments. This past week was not as great as I was hoping. I found out that my fiance's company is re-structuring and he may be losing his job, as they are doing away with his department. We are hoping for the best, but preparing for the worst. Needless to say, this led to quite a few unhealthy food choices. I am definitely an emotional eater. Determined to make this a better week!

Congrats on all the losses!
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Old 03-12-2014, 02:28 PM   #40
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Hi Everyone!

I would love to join this challenge!! My name is Beth and I am aiming to lose 30lbs (hopefully more ) It may sound crazy but I have this cute black sundress hanging in my closet that I am determined to wear this summer!! I am also from Canada - and after the winter we have had (it has actually snowed here all day and doesn't appear to be to be letting up any time soon! ) I am ready for summer!!!!

I started out on March 10th at 170.8lbs and this morning I weighed in at 165.2lbs!! I am feeling pretty motivated!!

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Old 03-12-2014, 03:57 PM   #41
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Speaking of spreadsheets, here's my engineering approach.

Wanted to lose weight, 20 lbs from 170, to get my BMI to a more reasonable value, so I bought a digital scale that can show 0.2 lbs difference. I figured I could see how much I gained in a single day while I still remembered what I ate.

Keeping track of the evening weight, in the first 20 days the Excel graph showed a variation of +/- 3 lbs/day in the shape of a sine wave and a weekly upslope on Fridays (because I fell off the wagon).

Also, I lost up to 2 lbs overnight, evidently from respiration, transpiration and elimination.
No food is eaten so this weight change is due only to the factors above. The loss due to the fat burned by metabolism during sleep won't show up for up to 50 hours.

With effort, I stretched out the weekly gain to every two weeks or so but it still went +/- 3 lbs/day and I wasn't losing much so I adapted a modified "Eat to Live" diet by Dr. Fuhrman.

Using a spreadsheet to calculate the trend line slope will bring out the "signal" of -1 or -2 lbs/week from a variation of +/- 3 lbs/day (the signal plus "noise"). This is a very poor "signal to noise ratio", technically speaking.
You can also use a graph and just eyeball the trendline.

Now I'm doing two or three measurements per 24 hr day to further isolate the weight gained from what I know I've eaten, to the noise.

The present downslope is about 5 lbs in 3 days which is a bit fast. One to two lbs/week is more reasonable.

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Old 03-12-2014, 04:37 PM   #42
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Hey guys, I've been itching for a challenge, so I'm joining, too! I'm at 154.54 right now and I'm hoping to get down to 140 by summer. I don't know where I'll want to stop but I'm reasonably sure I'll want to weigh less than that. TBH, I could get at 140 by the middle of March if I really set my mind to it but I don't trust me at all, so... I'm only here because I got strep throat and it caused me to lose most of the weight I'd gained back and I've done well for a few days since... I hope I can stick with it, though.
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Old 03-12-2014, 10:16 PM   #43
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Olivia, mam, summer, wobbly and marn. Also like how this challenge goes to June 1st, that's close to the time when I start wearing skirts and shorts and if I start toning more even some of my sleeveless shirts. Wobbly, you will find the spread sheet link for this thread on page one, go ahead and fill in your starting info.

Dare, sorry to hear of your fiance's company situation, that's a tough one. I am an emotional eater too, glad you have determination for this new week.

Marn, we are the same height and starting weight basically. I'm going for a slow loss of 1 pound per week. Not sure how much under 146 I want to be, mostly because I want to maintain my loss - no more yo yoing with the weight!
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Old 03-13-2014, 06:20 AM   #44
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Diana, I'm 5'5'' 3⁄4. Am I writing it correctly? I'm going for 1 lb a week, too. I normally diet like a mad woman for about a month, then I stop for a few months and then I start again. I can't go on a normal diet... I don't mind it though because I've learned how to maintain, I've memorized the calories and portions in *everything* and I always lose weight quickly and as planned --I've never hit a plateau.

We're not the same starting weight at all, though. I started at 253. A cousin just sent me an old picture and I was horrified!
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Old 03-13-2014, 06:28 AM   #45
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Good Morning Everyone!!

Well winter seems to be never ending here.....it snowed about 25cm through yesterday and today and the temperature outside is -19 right now (but feels like -30) They are saying that it will warm up a little starting tomorrow - which is good....warmer weather is a reminder that summer really is on its' way!!

Today is going to be a good eating day - I have my food all packed for work and my grocery list is in my bag so I am sure to stop at the store on my way home tonight....

Well I hope that you are all having a great day! Happy Friday Jr!!!!

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