Lisa's Spring 2016 Weight Loss Challenge Diary
Recommend
10 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
For 8 weeks, I'm taking part in the BGG Weight Loss Challenge - Spring Edition - 2016, organised by:

Ryan James
United States
Commerce Township
Michigan
flag msg tools
Professor, isn't it time for your nap?
badge
YES, DAMMIT!
Avatar
Microbadge: I completed the 100 Play ChallengeMicrobadge: Futurama fanMicrobadge: I have at least 4,000 logged game plays!Microbadge: I play with green!Microbadge: Geek of the Week


Thanks Ryan

During the Spring challenge, the Summer challenge, Autumn challenge, and the Winter Challenge I decided to keep a diary (Spring diary, Summer diary, Autumn diary, and Winter Diary), as I wanted to log my progress and goals. This seemed to help me along, as I lost over 35lbs altogether in the first three challenges (although I only managed to maintain in the last challenge due to travelling so much and winter blues!), 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 - and I gained before the Winter challenge and didn't manage to lose much during that challenge, and then a further gain before this challenge - but I'm hoping for a little weight loss again, but would be happy with maintaining during this stressful time.

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, and don't expect to get back on track till May when the thesis is done. Something has to give somewhere, alas!

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 (21/03/16):

Weight: 148.6lbs
BMI: 27.2
Body Fat: 31.2%
Muscle: 32.4%
Waist size: TBC"

Finishing stats (16/05/16):

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

Aims:

d10-1 To maintain my weight, and possibly lose a little.
d10-2 Stick to 1200 calories.
d10-3 Restart my yoga and exercise, once the thesis is handed in.
d10-4 Restart my 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 - Spring 2016 - Discussion
BGG Weight Loss Challenge - Spring 2016 - Updates
Weight submission
Your Tags: Add tags
Popular Tags: [View All]
  • [+] Dice rolls
1. Board Game: Ashes: Rise of the Phoenixborn [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:567]
Board Game: Ashes: Rise of the Phoenixborn
Week 1 Starting Stats:

Weight: 148.6lbs
BMI: 27.2
Body Fat: 31.2%
Muscle: 32.4%
Waist size: TBC"

I'd originally decided not to do a diary for this challenge, but I think the stats motivate me, so here it is! If a little late
3 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
2. Board Game: Glass Road [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:258]
Board Game: Glass Road
Week 2:

Weight: 141.6lbs
BMI: 25.9
Body Fat: 31.8%
Muscle: 32.8%
Waist size: 29.875"

Loss for week 1: 7lbs!

Most of the loss for this week will be water - but I'm still noticing that my trousers are a lot looser again I've never lost this much on the first week of the challenges, as I've always been dieting beforehand, but this time I'd had a few weeks off. It's nice to lose the 7lbs - even if I had gained it (and more!) since the end of the Autumn challenge.
3 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
3. Board Game: Spit It Out! [Average Rating:6.13 Overall Rank:7337]
Board Game: Spit It Out!
Week 3:

Weight: 143lbs
BMI: 26.3
Body Fat: 32.0%
Muscle: 32.7%
Waist size: 29.875"

Gained: 1.4lbs

Up a little this week, but not too much of a worry as I'm usually high this week, and lost a lot last week. I didn't eat too well last week either. Back on track for next week I hope!
2 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
4. Board Game: Just Desserts [Average Rating:6.14 Overall Rank:5259]
Board Game: Just Desserts
Week 4:

Weight: 144.4lbs
BMI: 26.5
Body Fat: 32.3%
Muscle: 32.6%
Waist size: 29.875"

Gained: 1.4lbs

Up again... The PhD stress is just getting to me. At least it's over in 2 weeks - well till the examination and corrections anyway! And I forgot to officially weigh in till today, so I'm not sure I made the week's stats! Scatterbrain...
1 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}