Lisa's Winter Weight Loss Challenge Diary
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For 8 weeks, I'm taking part in the BGG Weight Loss Challenge - Winter Edition, organised by:

Ryan James
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During the Spring challenge, the Summer challenge, and the Autumn challenge I decided to keep a diary (Spring diary, Summer diary, and Autumn diary), as I wanted to log my progress and goals. This seemed to help me along, as I lost over 35lbs altogether, so it's now a tried and trusted method so I'll be doing it again

If anyone wants to friend me on MyFitnessPal, Doyouyoga.com, or Headspace my username is lisaabbott78.

My story...

I've been overweight most of my adult life, apart from a short stint when I lost ~80lbs and immediately put half of it back on (and then it crept almost all the way back...). I moved to Berlin, Germany, from Manchester, UK last year, and since moving, I've lost around 39lbs. Part of this is due to not being able to get the snacks I'm used to eating over here, but I've also been vegan since October 2014, as I was previously a vegetarian but going vegan in Berlin is so easy.

During the Spring weight loss challenge, my weight dropped from 173lbs to 156.6lbs, and although the losses slowed down during the Summer challenge from 156lbs to 146.6lbs, and the Autumn challenge from 147lbs to 137.8lbs, I'm hoping for a decent weight loss again. I've gained a little during the 5 week break, weighing in at 5lbs heavier than the end of the last challenge - but I'm not too worried as I had a huge meal last night! Mum's over for the holidays, so we had to get our eating out done before the Christmas closures and the start of this challenge

I managed to establish a good exercise routine during the Spring challenge, which I kept up during the Summer challenge and now do yoga daily (www.doyouyoga.com) at home, and attend a class or two each week. During the Summer challenge I also added in some strength exercises. I do pretty much all my exercise at home, as I'm stuck in writing my PhD thesis... I slipped off the exercise track a bit due to illness during the Autumn challenge, so I'd like to get back on track in the new year, during this challenge.

I'm vegan and already eat fairly healthy, and I've been restricting calories since around February, and see no need to change there. I track my calories and exercise using MyFitnessPal, and other stats (BMI, fat %, muscle %) using Tactio Health app. I'm going to track my change in weight, body fat, muscle mass, waist size, and BMI.

Stats as of challenge start (21/12/15):

Weight: 143bs
BMI: 26.2
Body Fat: 32.0%
Muscle: 32.7%
Waist size: TBC"

Finishing stats (12/05/16):

Weight:
BMI:
Body Fat:
Muscle:
Waist size:

Aims:

d10-1 Reboot my exercise routine.
d10-2 Get to a normal BMI and maintain it.
d10-3 Aiming to get to 9st (126lbs) - not sure it's possible in this challenge, but we'll see.
d10-4 Lose 6% of my weight (lose 8.58lbs). This is the challenge aim (134.42lbs).
d10-5 Stick to 1200 calories.
d10-6 Waist size TBC.
d10-7 Daily Headspace meditation. A healthy mind is a healthy body!

Summer challenge before and after.
From gallery of lisaabbott78

Spring and Summer challenges combined before and after.
From gallery of lisaabbott78


Links:

BGG Weight Loss Challenge - Winter - Discussion
BGG Weight Loss Challenge - Winter - Updates
BGG Weight Loss Challenge - Winter Edition
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/14xQBx9gFD3xvWubkr1nBuMl-4Tx...
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1. Board Game: Cockroach Salad [Average Rating:6.15 Overall Rank:2948] [Average Rating:6.15 Unranked]
Board Game: Cockroach Salad
Week 1 Starting stats:

Weight: 143lbs
BMI: 26.2
Body Fat: 32.0%
Muscle: 32.7%
Waist size: "

Game choice: Cockroach salad - having fun playing this with James and my Mum while she's visiting

Goals for this week

Simple seasonal goals this week

d10-1 Get back under 140lbs (10st).
d10-2 Failing that, don't gain!
d10-3 Try not to overeat over the festive period.
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2. Board Game: Animal Upon Animal [Average Rating:6.82 Overall Rank:891] [Average Rating:6.82 Unranked]
Board Game: Animal Upon Animal
Week 2 stats:

Weight: 139.8lbs
BMI: 26.2
Body Fat: 31.2%
Muscle: 32.9%
Waist size: "

Game choice: Got this as a silly game for Christmas from my husband, and we've been having lots of fun with it

Goals for this week

Simple seasonal goals this week

d10-1 Get back under 138lbs (was 137.8lbs at the end of the Autumn challenge).
d10-2 Failing that, don't gain!
d10-3 Try not to overeat over the festive period.

Goals from last week

Simple seasonal goals this week

d10-1 Get back under 140lbs (10st).
d10-2 Failing that, don't gain!
d10-3 Try not to overeat over the festive period. Hmmm. Well lost weight so didn't overeat too much, but still overate a little.
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3. Board Game: Spit It Out! [Average Rating:6.13 Overall Rank:7427]
Board Game: Spit It Out!
Week 3 stats:

Weight: 141.4lbs
Body Fat: 31.5%

Got a bit lax keeping this updated due to winter blues and travelling weight gains, so just catching up!
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4. Board Game: Ticket to Ride Map Collection: Volume 5 – United Kingdom & Pennsylvania [Average Rating:8.01 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.01 Unranked]
Board Game: Ticket to Ride Map Collection: Volume 5 – United Kingdom & Pennsylvania
Week 4 stats:

No weigh in as was in England for work.
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5. Board Game: Crappy Birthday [Average Rating:5.61 Overall Rank:12948]
Board Game: Crappy Birthday
Week 5 stats:

Weight: 144.8lbs

Birthday and huge weight gain as a present
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6. Board Game: Lose It All [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Week 6 stats:

Weight: 138.8lbs
BMI: 25.4
Body Fat: 31.2%

Lowest weight of the challenge so far, and lost the gains of the past few weeks. Still heavier (by 1lb) than at the end of the last challenge (and that wasn't my lowest weight of that challenge either!). 4.4lbs to 6% target.
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7. Board Game: Dead of Winter: A Crossroads Game [Average Rating:7.59 Overall Rank:116] [Average Rating:7.59 Unranked]
Board Game: Dead of Winter: A Crossroads Game
Week 7 stats:

Weight: 142lbs

Seriously, I'm like a rollercoaster this challenge! Hopefully this is a blip and I can make the 6%...
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I wasn't originally going to do a Spring 2016 diary, but I decided it may motivate me after a not so great Winter challenge - so here it is

Lisa's Spring 2016 Weight Loss Challenge Diary
 
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