manutd03's Journal for the BGG Weight Loss Challenge
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Starting 30th March, I'm taking part in the 8-week BGG Weight Loss Challenge.

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Background:
Winter. Snow, ice, tough to get outdoors, and too much food indoors. Now that spring has sprung, seems like a good time to get rid of the 'winter weight' and get back outside.

I just recently (last June) started running. It's been great and I'm enjoying running in races. I've had a hard time keeping up with my running these past three months, due to a combination of things like illness, bad weather, early morning appointments, sick kids, you name it. Now that I'm able to run again, I'm slower than I want to be, and most of that is probably my weight. I've gotten a bit off track with eating over the winter, and even though it might not seem like a huge deal, I need to lose at least 10 lbs to feel good again. Also to make it easier on my body when I'm running.

Eating, though. I eat fairly well (I buy organic, cook food myself, yada yada yada), but am totally addicted to sugar. A couple nights ago I found myself shotgunning marshmallow Peeps. Blecch. If I cut most of the sugar I eat, that would probably be all I had to do.

I plan to add a Geeklist item every week to track how things are going. Hope it's interesting (or inspiring, or something).




Stats:
Starting stats (30 March 2015)
Weight: 152 lbs
BMI: 22.53


Ending stats (25 May 2015)
Weight: 150.3
BMI: 22.__



Plans:
d10-1 NEW: Weight Watchers.
d10-2 Cut out soda (completely) and alcohol (mostly).
d10-3 No eating at night after dinner.
d10-4 No afternoon snacks, except fruits or vegetables.
d10-5 Run 4-5 mornings a week.
d10-6 Bodyweight workouts 1-2 mornings a week (can overlap with running mornings).



Goals:
d10-1 Drop a pants size. Nothing more rewarding than that!
d10-2 Beat my 8k PR in an upcoming race on May 3d.
d10-3 Stop constantly craving sugar (I'm hoping that if I stop eating so much of it, the craving will also recede).


Ending update: I accomplished none of my goals (although I was sick for my 8k, so I'm not kicking myself for that). Better luck next time, I suppose. However, I did stick to my plan of no soda, running 4-5 days a week, and doing bodyweight workouts. If only I could keep to Weight Watchers, I'd be doing well.




Motivations:
The Oatmeal's comic on running, The Terrible & Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances, is still one of my favorites. I read it just when I was really getting in to running. http://theoatmeal.com/comics/running Incidentally, I don't run long distances. I think marathon runners are crazy. My upper limit for races is 10k, but I'm much more comfortable running a 5k or 8k.

The Darebee website has some fun workouts--Hunger Games, Starbuck, Jurassic Park--and sensible info on nutrition. Really good stuff. The best part is that it's completely free and there are no ads. http://darebee.com/


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Week One Stats

Weight: 152 lbs
BMI: 22.53


Exercise during the prior week: Ran 5 times. Finally getting my running muscles back. Bodyweight workouts 2 times (would like to do more reps with each workout).

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I've been trying to lose weight for the past two weeks but it keeps going up. Snap. I don't think it's because I'm building muscle, either. ninja I might need to go on just signed up for Weight Watchers (counting 'points' certainly works; you have to give them that). My "6% weight loss goal" is just a shade over 9 lbs. That would be pretty good. I'd like to do that in 5 weeks, so I'm ready for my race.

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Week Two Stats

Weight: 148.7 lbs
BMI: 22.01


Change: Down 3.3 lbs.

Exercise during the prior week: Ran 5 times. Couple good workouts, too, increasing speed overall. Bodyweight workout 1 time (still need to do more with these).

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This update is, pretty obviously, late! I traveled with my family to SLC last week for a ski trip and to visit family. I left early Saturday, so didn't have the ability to update easily while I was gone. (How did it work out exercising and dieting while on vacation, you ask? Poorly, but I'll save details for my Monday update.)

The first week went pretty well, but the second week didn't so I'm hoping to get back on track starting Monday morning. I haven't weighed in yet, so we'll see whether I've gone back up to my starting weight at this point. robot
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Week Three Stats

Weight: 151 lbs
BMI: 22.27


Change: Up 2.3 lbs. D'oh!

Exercise during the prior week: Ran 4 times, at elevation. Elevation is a killer! Did less distance than usual, but...elevation! No bodyweight workouts this week.

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So, this was not a good week for weight loss! We were out of town for an entire week, and I ate everything and more. *sigh* We're back now, so I'm going to get back on track this week. I have another trip next week (shorter, at least), but I hope I can do a little better next time.

Time to refocus and lose that weight. Race is 3 weeks away. My run time is improving, but dropping pounds would make it improve much faster.
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Week Four Stats

Weight: 149.5lbs
BMI: 22.14


Change: Down 1.5 lbs. Ok!

Exercise during the prior week: Ran 5 times. Had some good workouts and the 8k time keeps getting a little faster. Did one bodyweight workout, which left me sore for a day (I need to do more, obviously).

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Overall this seemed like a good week. I dropped 3 lbs pretty fast and then gained a little back. Still, down and not up is good! Got in a lot of running and the weather around here keeps getting nicer, so that helps out with everything.

Now comes a challenge: A four-day trip to visit a friend. I am definitely not going to track points or limit myself too much, but I'll try to be reasonable with eating. Then I'll have three days to re-balance. My goal for next Monday is to weigh the same as today.

Posting early this week because I leave early tomorrow morning. Should have time to get the picture & stats up tomorrow, though.
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Week Five Stats

Weight: 151.9 lbs
BMI: 22.50


Change: Up 2.4 lbs. Basically back to starting weight. *sigh*

Exercise during the prior week: Ran 4 times, which was my plan for travel. (I was supposed to run a race yesterday, but didn't get to due to some illness in the family.) Did pushups and situps and such, though no formal bodyweight workout. Exercise was actually okay last week.

Didn't have my phone with me today when I weighed in!

Another poor week. Well, at least I knew I wasn't going to lose weight, but man, still stinks to go back up.

I have no travel and no crazy eating-out plans on my plate, so I should be able to focus and stick to Weight Watchers during these last four weeks. That would be good.

Race is this Sunday. I doubt I'll hit my goal time, but that's okay. Hoping to have a good race anyway. Might run a 5k before the end of this competition, too.
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Week Six Stats

Weight: 148.8 lbs
BMI: 22.04


Change: Down 3.1 lbs! Hooray for illness, I guess. shake

Exercise during the prior week: Ran once. I was sick most of the week: First food poisoning (oh, fun times), and then a bad cold. I still have the cold. Feels like it'll be gone in a couple days, but only time will tell.

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Today (Sunday) was the big race! Sadly, I was nowhere near as fast as I would have liked. This was due to three things.

1) Not enough weight loss
2) Not enough running last week (as I was sick)
3) Being sick on race day

I didn't have much control over those latter two items.

I finished the 8k in 43:16. This was a hair slower than my 5 mile (an almost identical distance) race last September. However, for this race I had an extra 5-7 lbs and I was sick and I hadn't been training as I'd wanted to. Those facts assure me that I'm actually improving as a runner, even if today was tough. Oh, and also the course was all hills. Madness.

Here are some pictures to break it out.

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I started off well: I did a 5k in 25:16, which is a great pace! But then the hills got worse and the whole 'no training + illness' really kicked into high gear.

So!

Eating was all over the place this week. I had a couple days where I ate too much, but also days where I ate almost nothing, as I was sick. Tomorrow we'll see how it all worked out. Maybe things will get back to near normal this week, as the cold is on the downward swing.

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Week Seven Stats

Weight: 147.9 lbs
BMI: 21.91


Change: Down 0.9 lbs. Down two weeks in a row! Yes!

Exercise during the prior week: Ran 4 times, which was pretty good considering I had bronchitis all week! (I ran twice before I knew it was bronchitis.) Did pushups and situps and such, though no formal bodyweight workout: Will try to get back into that now that I'm well again.

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I stuck to Weight Watchers pretty stringently except for two meals during the weekend, where I blew it just a little. Maybe I can keep on track all week this time. I also decided I'm only "tracking" my runs, so I can eat extra, but not walking; I've been walking much more now that the weather's nice! So that's just a bonus.

Just hoping to keep pace with running and Weight Watchers this week. Those together work well.
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Week Eight Stats

Weight: 149.2 lbs
BMI: 22.11


Change: Up 1.3 lbs. Not surprised as I ate too much!

Exercise during the prior week: Ran 4 times, which was my plan as I had a race on Sunday. I was hoping to crush my 5k PR, but instead I came in 2 min slower than I wanted to. On reflection, I decided it wasn't really that bad because the course was 60-70% hills. No joke. It was misery making it through that race. I'll just pick my races more carefully next time. Anyway, I finished the race and it wasn't bad considering the crazy amount of hills.

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I stuck to Weight Watchers until Friday, when I bought a box of cookies (ostensibly for my daughter) and then all bets were off. I'll just have to keep cookies out of the house this week and I should be okay.

I haven't been doing as well I hoped during this challenge, but weight loss is tough, and keeping it off is just as tough. This is at least the beginning of the process for me. (A big kudos to everyone who's lost serious weight, though: I'm quite impressed!)
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Week Nine Stats

Weight: 150.3 lbs
BMI: 22-something


Change: Up 1.1 lbs. Overall weight loss: 1.7 lbs. Not excellent.

Exercise during the prior week: Ran 4 times.

Haven't uploaded the image yet!

Well, it was an interesting challenge! I fluctuated, but overall ended a tiny bit lower than where I started (I weighed in this morning at 149). The days and weeks where I stuck to Weight Watchers went well, but most other days did not.

My reflections on the challenge.
Positives:
- I can lose weight if I stick to Weight Watchers
- My running is going well despite weight fluctuations

Negatives:
- Food-wise, I let myself be sidetracked by pretty much anything. There's always some excuse to go off Weight Watchers



I haven't decided whether to do the Summer Weight Loss challenge, but I'll post on here again if I do (or if I hit some major weight-loss goal).
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