Lisa's Spring 2016 Weight Loss Challenge Diary
For 8 weeks, I'm taking part in the BGG Weight Loss Challenge - Spring Edition - 2016, organised by:RecommendRyan JamesUnited States
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.
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):
Body Fat: 31.2%
Waist size: TBC"
Finishing stats (16/05/16):
To maintain my weight, and possibly lose a little.
Stick to 1200 calories.
Restart my yoga and exercise, once the thesis is handed in.
Restart my Daily Headspace meditation. A healthy mind is a healthy body!
Summer challenge before and after.
Spring and Summer challenges combined before and after.
BGG Weight Loss Challenge - Spring 2016 - Discussion
BGG Weight Loss Challenge - Spring 2016 - Updates
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