August Weight Loss Challenge

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  • Back-to-school is a great time to recommit to our goals.

    Join the August Weight Loss Challenge to set your goal, track it, and meet it -- with the help of a supportive and encouraging group. All the goals will be compiled into a list. As each goal is met during the month, it gets turned RED in celebration.

    For your exercise goals, don't miss the August Exercise Challenge.
  • Thanks for starting the new thread gardenerjoy.

    So I decided to start strength training in July, which threw the scale into a tizzy, but I still lost a few pounds. In August, I'm going to shoot for a moderate goal of 4 pounds, and continue lifting weights. My goal isn't to build muscle, but really just to keep the muscle I already have while continuing to lose fat, and get more functionally strong.

    SW: 180.4
    August GW: 176.4

    Upcoming minigoals:
    179.2 - 40 kg down *Met 8/15
    178.8 - BMI 28 *Met 8/29
    178.2 - 33.3% lost (1/3 of starting weight - wow) *Met 8/29
    177.4 - 90 pounds lost *Met 8/30
    176.2 - under 80 kg
    (yes, I have a lot of minigoals)

    Week One
    01: 181.2
    02: 181.2
    03: 181.0
    04: NWI - out of town
    05: 180.4
    06: 182.4
    07: NWI, too busy, forgot
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    Total Loss for Week One: +2.0 on the 6th

    Week Two
    08: 184.2
    09: 182.6
    10: 182.6
    11: 182.4
    12: 182.0
    13: 180.4
    14: 180.4
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    Total Loss for Week Two: -2.0

    Week Three
    15: 179.0
    16: 179.6
    17: 179.6
    18: 180.6
    19: 179.6
    20: 179.8
    21: 180.2
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    Total Loss for Week Three: -0.2

    Week Four
    22: 181.0
    23: 180.0
    24: 179.6
    25: 179.8
    26: 180.2
    27: 179.0
    28: 179.2
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    Total Loss for Week Four: -1.0

    Bonus Days
    29: 178.0
    30: 177.4
    31: 176.6
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    Total Loss for Bonus Days: -2.6
    Total loss for Entire Month: -3.8

    My current measurements (to the nearest .25 inch) are:
    Neck: 13.25
    Bicep: 12.5 -> 12.25
    Forearm: 10.5 -> 10.25
    Chest: 41
    Waist: 34.5
    Belly/Hips: 42.5 -> 42
    Thigh: 24
    Calf: 16.5 -> 16.25

    Good luck this month, everyone
  • I am excited to see what August holds!

    SW: 201.8
    August GW:191.8

    Week One
    01: 203
    02: 203.8
    03: 202.2
    04: 200.2
    05: 198.6
    06: 199.2
    07: 198.2
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    Total Loss for Week One: 3.6 lbs

    Week Two
    08: 198
    09: 197
    10: 195.4
    11: 198.8
    12: 199.2
    13: 198.6
    14: 198.6
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    Total Loss for Week Two: 0.2 gain

    Week Three
    15: 196.4
    16: 195.4
    17: 194.8
    18: 196.4
    19: 195
    20: 194.8
    21: 197
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    Total Loss for Week Three: 1.6 lbs

    Week Four
    22: 195.2
    23: 194.8
    24: DNW
    25: 195.4
    26: 195
    27: 194.2
    28: 193
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    Total Loss for Week Four: 4 lbs!

    Bonus Days
    29: DNW
    30: 192.8
    31: 193.8
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    Total Loss for Bonus Days: +0.8
    Total loss for Entire Month: 8 lbs!!
  • Hey everyone! I'm gonna do my best to keep up to date with everyone here. I'll probably be checking in a couple of times a week since life got crazy busy. I'm back in the 190's now, pretty much heading towards my all time highest weight so I'm in definite need of a change. I know I've been stopping by these threads and saying I'd stay accountable then dropping off the face of the planet, but this time I have a pretty awesome motivation to stick with it - I'm having a wedding next year! My boyfriend and I decided that instead of waiting to be able to afford a big event with friends/family we're just going to rent a cabin by a lake, exchange words and rings and be done with it. Originally we were going to do it this year, but I wanted to give myself a year to get into shape since I'd like to be in a better stage of my life when I'm in a wedding dress. I'm not expecting to be at my goal weight, but getting closer to it would be nice. We're aiming for an Autumn wedding, so sometime in October/November 2020 would be ideal for the colours.

    My goals are:
    1. Exercise 3 times a week.
    2. Keep eating salads for lunch (just started, going ok so far!)
    3. Weigh and stay accountable

    Good luck y'all!

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  • I'll drop by this month for more maintenance stuff.

    My big holiday (3.5 weeks in Europe including 2 weeks trekking) starts on September 1, and it will make things much easier for jumping around the mountains (plenty of fixed ropes and scrambling sort of stuff on the trek) if I don't gain before then. Roadblocks include a weeks skiing holiday 2nd week August, probably 10 days working in South Africa 3rd week August, and two consequent periods of just generally winding-down-cos-i'm-nearly-on-holiday kind of nonsense, so August could be a challenging one weight-wise, but really looking forward to all my trips!
    Start weight 113.7 lb
    Target weight <114 lb
  • Cross posting from another accountability thread. Hoping this will help keep me on track.
    I can't weigh daily but I'll commit to at least weekly weigh ins. I track all my food in an app, honestly. I have a 2 week international trip from mid to end of August, so my goal for the month is to lose 6 lbs and maintain while I'm away.

    First weigh in August 1 189.8 (new decade!)
    Second weigh in August 8
    Third weigh in August 15
    Out of country August 16-30
    Fourth weigh in August 31

    Good luck everyone!
  • Great to see some familiar faces around here, ange your trip is going to be amazing!!

    My first day of accountability and a new chapter aaand I'm sick ��. Great timing! I didn't weigh this morning but I wanted to say I'm here! I'm cheering you guys on!!

    In other news my boyfriend and I have decided to adopt a kitten! We already have a cat who has surprisingly gotten more playful, so we were considering growing our family anyway, then a friend told us she's fostering kittens out of the blue! We're not sure when we'll get the little guy, but we're excited!
  • Thanks for starting this thread, GardenerJoy! Good Luck, Everyone!


    SW: 194.2
    CW: 194.2
    GW: 184.2









  • Hey friends!

    Riestrella, I know what you mean about saying you are going to do better and then you don't. I've been doing the same thing all summer...I just can't seem to get motivated again. You have some good goals! Hope you feel better soon, and yay for a new kitten! They can be so much fun...my girls want another cat so bad, but I'm just not sure I want to deal with more stink in the litter box. Ha!
    ange, your trip to Europe sounds like so much fun, and your month of August sounds so busy, but fun! South Africa?! What kind of work do you do?

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    01: 203
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    I have been eating crap all week long and my body is messed up because of it. Why do I do this to myself?! DH's birthday was this week and we ate horrible stuff to celebrate and I over-indulged on everything. I was acting like it was MY birthday...then, I had a few drinks with him two separate days...ugh...so bad. Anyway, I officially started back to work today (I'm a teacher, so I've had June and July off). I'm hoping that work will help me get myself back in the groove of eating what's best for me...mainly just keeping my mind off of the bad stuff is what I need. The one thing I've done differently this time after eating horribly is weigh. I usually skip the scale when I know it's going to be up...didn't do that this time and I'm glad. I need to see what all that stuff does to my body.
  • scregg - you sound like my internal voice when I've done exactly the same thing - eaten too much crap for no good reason. The good news is you get to feel good about yourself just as quickly if you get back in to it and make some good decisions. I'm sure now you're back to work you can get back in the groove. Good luck!! This is why we're here on this website, because it's hard and we're all still learning!

    I'm a technical sales/segment lead for a chemical company, in the Mining Division. I used to be in mining 'proper' but I've moved to steelmaking recently which can use similar sorts of chemistry to optimise bits of the process, and have just developed a new product, so now I have to go to our lab in South Africa (cos it's the only one that we've got that's fitted out for this sort of testing) to do more testwork to strengthen the patent application. Fun. I like doing testwork and getting mucky in the lab much more than too much sales or management issues (and my history is in research/technical and only recently sales, so I resort back to the lab whenever I can as it's familiar and my comfort zone!)

    Anyway that trip got delayed til end September now, which is good because we're about to start bathroom renno's at home and we need to make decisions on tiles/fittings/etc etc before I go on the Trek trip, so at least i'll be around to look at stuff. My normal technique here is to have a low appetite for browsing around, and I therefore generally make myself choose the best option from whichever shop I go in first! Luckily hubby and I have similar tastes (usually) so although he has big opinions and will also be making decisions, he has similar approach to me so hopefully it won't be an endless painful process... lets see.

  • Good Luck, Everyone!


    SW: 194.2
    CW: 193.8 (- .4)
    GW: 184.2


  • So the first 10 days of the month are always busy for me. This month is apparently going to be worse than usual. My stress level right now is about a 12 and I expect it will stay that way for the next week or so. So I'm not expecting any loss, and may have some gain. But I'm going on an overnight road trip this weekend for a wedding, and have all healthy snacks packed, so we don't have to stop for fast food.

    Week One
    01: 181.2
    02: 181.2
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  • Hey folks!

    Ange, what an interesting career! Good luck on your renovation. I have heard that it can be very stressful for couples.
    Lacerta, great job on planning ahead of time for your meals/snacks! Hopefully your stress level will be back down soon.

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    Week 1:
    01: 203
    02: 203.8
    03: 202.2
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    So, I recommitted to my WOE today. I have written out a meal plan, and bought the groceries I needed to be successful. I told DH that I must get back on track because I can't be gaining all the weight I lost back...I won't gain it back...I decided a while ago that I could not let myself get back up there. I have an end-of-year goal of 175 pounds. I would LOVE to see that. I don't remember ever being below 190 lbs. I remember when I was 16, I told my aunt that when I reached 200 I would go on a diet. What craziness...I've always been around or above 200 lbs. Okay, rambling...going to bed soon...tomorrow's meal plan:
    Breakfast: Bulletproof coffee
    Lunch/Dinner: meatloaf w/pan-fried squash
  • Week 1:
    01: 203
    02: 203.8
    03: 202.2
    04: 200.2
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    Losing all the water weight I put on because of eating crap. I'm thankful that it's moving on...I have 5 more lbs to go to get back to where I was a few weeks ago. Drinking my BPC this morning for breakfast. I plan on making a meatloaf recipe that's in my keto cookbook for lunch. The kids want to take them to see the new Lion King movie, so I was thinking of trying to go to that around 2pm. We are going to AVOID the movie theater snacks...haha!
  • Good Luck, Everyone!


    SW: 194.2
    CW: 192.8 (-1.2)
    GW: 184.2