2018 Full Year Challenge - April Fools Day Challenge

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  • The 2018 Full Year Challenge runs for an entire year - Jan 1 to Dec 31. To make it easier for you, the challenge will be broken down into 8 mini challenges as follows (copied this from last year's challenge, hope that's okay):

    Challenge 1: New Years Day to Valentine’s Day (January 1st to February 14th)
    Challenge 2: Valentine’s Day to April Fools Day (February 14th to April 1st)
    Challenge 3: April Fools Day to Mother's Day (April 1st to May 13th)
    Challenge 4: Mother's Day to Independence Day (May 13th to July 4th)
    Challenge 5: Independence Day to Labor Day (July 4th to September 3rd)
    Challenge 6: Labor Day to Columbus Day (September 3rd to October 8th)
    Challenge 7: Columbus Day to Thanksgiving Day (October 8th to November 22rd)
    Challenge 8: Thanksgiving Day to New Years Eve (November 22rd to December 31st)

    Weigh-in will be once a week, any day you choose. To join the challenge, copy the form below into a new post and then edit it throughout the challenge.

    You can post as much as you need in order to keep yourself motivated and to check up on others. I'm shy so I tend not to post very often but you are welcome to post every day if you want.

    Good luck, work hard and have fun! We can do this!!
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    April Fools Day Challenge

    Challenge Begin Weight:
    Challenge Goal Weight:
    Challenge End Weight:

    2/14:
    2/:21
    2/28:
    3/7:
    3/14:
    3/21:
    3/28:
    April Fool's Day:
  • Thanks for posting the next challenge Ally! How are you doing? I hope you are surviving the MN winter!

    So, after some thought, my next goal will be to get to 180 lbs, continue going to gym class (5 days/wk), and stay on this low carb diet(<50g/day). And try to stay focused and positive. Everyone has been so helpful. Hearing from y’all helps me stay the course and makes this losing weight stuff kinda fun!! So THANK YOU ALL!!

    I look forward to seeing everyone’s next goals.

    Challenge 2: April Fools Day Challenge

    Challenge 2 Begin Weight: 191 lbs
    Challenge 2 Goal Weight: 180 lbs
    Challenge End Weight: 150 lbs

    2/14: 191
    2/:21
    2/28:
    3/7:
    3/14:
    3/21:
    3/28:
    April Fool's Day:
  • ally Thank you for keeping the challenge going!!

    wallace I love your goals!! You are doing so well, I hope that you see as much success in this challenge as the last one!!

    Challenge Begin Weight: 171.8
    Challenge Goal Weight: 161.8
    Challenge End Weight:

    2/14: 171.8
    2/21: 171 (-.8)
    2/28:
    3/7:
    3/14:
    3/21:
    3/28:
    April Fool's Day:
  • ally - thanks for keeping us going
    Wallace and Kfunk - great goals!

    Challenge Begin Weight: 133
    Challenge Goal Weight: 128
    Challenge End Weight:

    2/14: 133
    2/21:
    2/28:
    3/07:
    3/14:
    3/21:
    3/28:
    April Fool's Day:
  • flower its great to see you here!! This goal would bring you into the 120's!!!!!!!
  • Thanks for the positive vibes kfunk and flower! Your goals are inspiring!! You totally have this. What are some of your strategies? Are you going to implement anything new? I wish you all a great week.
  • Kfunk: Thanks. I'm really looking forward to getting back into the 120s You are so close to a new decade!

    wallace: I try to walk about 5 or 6 days a week and I'm going to start adding in the stationary bike maybe one day a week. I find I need to do a little bit more than walking even though some of my walks are on quite hilly terrain. I just started using MFP because I wanted to see what my carbs and calories were. It's quite a bit of work to track. Many people seem to do low carb and I was curious what my carbs were. The first 2 days I tracked my carbs averaged around 90-100 grams and my calories were around 1000 - 1200.

    I am going to try to lower my carb intake and see what happens. I noticed some people try and stay under 50 g. What do you guys do regarding carbs?

    Challenge Begin Weight: 133
    Challenge Goal Weight: 128
    Challenge End Weight:

    2/14: 133
    2/15: 132.6
  • I'm in!! Kfunk I finally got around to posting and answered your post in the Valentines thread.

    TL : DR version - gained back some of what I lost due to travelling...

    April Fools Day Challenge

    Challenge Begin Weight: 235.8
    Challenge Goal Weight: 225.8
    Challenge End Weight:

    2/14: 235.8
    2/21: 234.9
    2/28: 235.2
    3/7:
    3/14:
    3/21:
    3/28:
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  • Thank's for starting this challenge, Ally! Good Luck, Everyone!

    April Fools Day Challenge

    Challenge Begin Weight: 215.8
    Challenge Current Weight: 204 (- 11.8)
    Challenge Goal Weight: 203.8
    Challenge End Weight: 204

    2/14. 215.8
    2/17. 213.4 (- 2.4)
    2/24. 212.6 (- 3.2)
    3/3. 212.8 (- 3)
    3/10. 209.8 (- 6) Back to single digits!
    3/17. 207.2 (- 8.6)
    3/24. 206.6 (- 9.2)
    3/31. 204
    April Fool's Day: No Weigh In. Out of Town.
    TOTAL WEIGHT LOSS:- 11.8 LBS

  • laura It would be so difficult traveling so much for work, I panic when I have to leave the comfort of my house and I dread eating out a restaurant or celebrating a bday (I have 2 this weekend). It sounds like you are back on track now though and I am sure that you have more than enough time to win this diet bet! I wish that I would have signed up for these bets way sooner, they are just the motivation I need!! I hope that your knee feels better very soon.

    Wallace some of the strategies will be the same for me... drinking LOTS of water, trying to get a good nights sleep, watching my calories, etc. I do have a couple new ones that I want to try and they are tracking my calories on days that I go off plan, keeping a closer look at my carb levels, and moving more. How have things been going for you this week?

    flower Thank you!! You are very close yourself!! Adding in the stationary bike sounds like a great plan! Your fitness routine is impressive. I love MFP but partly because I tend to eat the same things over and over so its pretty easy for me now that I have the base of foods already built in. Your carb levels seem pretty good naturally! I looked back at mine in the past week and mine are in the low 200's with a high day at 256 and a low day at 176. Almost every single day I eat 2 servings of oatmeal and that right there is a huge part! I notice on the days where my carbs are low, my sodium is very high.

    vickie Glad to see you join!!!
  • Hi, everyone! I'd like to join in Thank you, Ally, for starting this thread.

    Start date: 2/17/2018

    Challenge Begin Weight: 253.6
    Challenge Goal Weight: 238
    Challenge End Weight:

    2/17 - 253.6
    2/24 - 252.8 (- .8)
    3/3 - 253.0 (-.6)
    3/10 -
    3/17 -
    3/24 -
    3/31 -
    4/1 -
  • Hi all. My weigh-in day for this thread is going to be Friday. I have stayed in Onederland, but just barely, but I'm not complaining. I want no more bounce ups. It's just going so slow for me but slow is better than no.

    Start date: 2/16/2018

    Challenge Begin Weight: 198
    Challenge Goal Weight: 192
    Challenge End Weight:

    2/16 - 198
    2/23 - 197
    3/2 - 199
    3/9 - 199
    3/16 - DNW
    3/23 - 198
    3/30 -
    4/1 -
  • On the last thread, some were discussing "food as fuel" which it actually is. If you put bad fuel in your car, it doesn't run properly, does it? It's the same with your body. Just recently I was reading about nutrition for weight loss. It said that your body needs/wants certain nutrients and if it doesn't get them, it continues to make you eat more and more in an effort to get them. So as well as I can, I try to see the nutrition in everything I eat. Having given up sweets for Lent is helping with that. LOL

    flower, do you have a Fitbit? I used to track on Fitday, but I have switched to MFP because it syncs with Fitbit and shows up on your Fitbit Dashboard. I really like that feature, and because of that, I am tracking daily whereas I was sporatic doing it on Fitday.

    I have to eat low carb because of my Diabetes. I try to stay around 50gm per day, but I eat a lot of vegetables so I often go over. I don't worry about the carbs in veggies because they don't spike my blood sugar. Take carrots for example. They are considered a high carb veggie and are not included on a low carb diet, but I love them, so I eat them. Dr Fuhrman, on the Nutritarian Diet says that although they are high carb, the nutrients and fiber in them greatly offset the carbs. Although I know weight loss will help with my Diabetes, I more closely watch my blood sugar than the number on the scale.

    KFunk, if I were you, I would continue on with the oatmeal and not worry about the carbs it contains, especially if you are continuing to lose. It is very healthy and contains fiber and nutrients that are good for your body. You need to be more concerned about the carbs in bread or pasta for example.

    Did you mention somewhere that you wanted to start a weekend challenge thread? I would be interested in that, as I have noticed that I have a problem there since we usually eat out on weekends.

    I am also curious to see how Activeadventurer is doing with her South Beach Diet Food. I think something like that would keep me in line if I lived alone and didn't have to be concerned with DH's meals, too.
  • I decided to change my weigh-in day to Sunday.

    Wannabehealthy - I do have a fitbit but I didn't know MFP can sync with it. I will look into that - thanks. I would also be interested in a weekend challenge I think 50 g of carbs might be too low for me as I like to eat fruit (mostly berries and apples) and I usually eat a lot of veggies.

    santaclaritadiet: welcome

    kfunk: I started using MFP this week but I am not very consistent with tracking. I will see if I can do a bit better with that this week as I know tracking makes you much more aware of what you are eating.

    Challenge Begin Weight: 133
    Challenge Goal Weight: 128
    Challenge End Weight:

    2/14: 133
    2/18: 131.4
    2/25:
    3/04:
    3/11:
    3/18:
    3/25:
    April Fool's Day:
  • Great to see some folks are continuing this challenge and also awesome to see some new folks joining in!! Great goals everyone! We got this. Good luck to everyone. I'll be weighing in on Wednesdays. Kfunk still going strong although it is that TOM for me and all I want is chocolate! But I have resisted thus far... not having any in the house helps. LOL. Thanks for asking! Great strategies Flower and Kfunk- Looking forward to seeing your progress. How about the new comers SantaClaritaDiet, Vickielou and Laura: any strategies you'd like to share? Would love to hear about them! And, Wannabehealthy, I too am trying to keep my carbs below 50g/day... it seems to be working! But I do need to bring more veggies into my diet. Way to go!