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The BGG Weight Loss Challenges have been a rousing success thus far. We've lost over 4,000lbs between the first ten challenges and made a bunch of new friends along the way. Well, those challenges are over, and so a new one will be born from their ashes. Welcome to the BGG Weight Loss Challenge - Winter Edition - 2017!! As we get into the winter months, let this challenge be a beacon of light to get you through to the Spring!!

This challenge will start Monday, December 18th and run 8 weeks, ending on Monday, February 12th.

If you're not familiar at all with how the challenge works, fear not! All will be explained.

Here is how it works:
1 First thing's first. Tip this geeklist header 20gg as your entry fee. ANYONE can join anytime up until Monday, December 18th. Tipping this geeklist is all you need to do to enter.
2 Submit your weight to me, in pounds, using the following google form each and every Monday and ONLY on Monday throughout the entire challenge.



3 At the end of the challenge, if you lost at least 6% of your starting weight, you will split the entire pot evenly with everyone else who met the 6% goal. In the first challenge there was about 4000gg entered, and 45 people out of 150 met the 6% goal. So each of us who met the goal got around 90gg!
4 The only weights that ACTUALLY matter here are the starting weight and the ending weight, but in an effort to both keep us honest as well as motivated, I ask that you submit your weight every week. I'll be putting out stats every week based on % lost and things like that. I WILL NEVER SHARE THE WEIGHT YOU SUBMIT TO ME WITH ANYONE, NOR WILL I POST THE WEIGHT ANYWHERE. This is all done by % of weight lost. So you will submit your actual weight - in pounds - to me each Monday, and I will run it through my handy dandy spreadsheet which is setup to deal with percentages lost, and I'll compile stats and post them as geeklist entries each week. It's fun to see how we are progressing.
5 It is important that you remember the starting day and the ending day, as your weight will NOT be accepted if you submit it after the ending day. So if you had lost more than 6% throughout the competition, but fail to weigh in by the ending day, you're out.
6 In the past, some very generous users donated prizes to the top three finishers. It was incredibly amazing and fantastic.

Also, user Dallanc made the following microbadges:

Microbadge: BGG Weight Loss Challenge Participant - Spring 2015Microbadge: It feels good to be a loser! - BGG Weight Loss Challenge - Spring 2015Microbadge: BGG Weight Loss Challenge Participant - Fall 2015Microbadge: It feels good to be a loser! - BGG Weight Loss Challenge - Fall 2015Microbadge: 1st place - BGG Weight Loss ChallengeMicrobadge: 2nd place - BGG Weight Loss ChallengeMicrobadge: 3rd place - BGG Weight Loss ChallengeMicrobadge: BGG Weight Loss Challenge Participant - Summer 2015Microbadge: It feels good to be a loser! - BGG Weight Loss Challenge - Summer 2015Microbadge: BGG Weight Loss Challenge Participant - Winter 2015Microbadge: It feels good to be a loser! - BGG Weight Loss Challenge - Winter 2015Microbadge: BGG Weight Loss Challenge participant - Spring 2016Microbadge: It feels good to be a loser! - BGG Weight Loss Challenge - Spring 2016Microbadge: BGG Weight Loss Challenge participant - Summer 2016Microbadge: It feels good to be a loser! - BGG Weight Loss Challenge - Summer 2016Microbadge: BGG Weight Loss Challenge participant - Fall 2016Microbadge: It feels good to be a loser! - BGG Weight Loss Challenge - Fall 2016Microbadge: BGG Weight Loss Challenge participant - Winter 2016Microbadge: It feels good to be a loser! - BGG Weight Loss Challenge - Winter 2016Microbadge: BGG Weight Loss Challenge participant - Spring 2017Microbadge: It feels good to be a loser! - BGG Weight Loss Challenge - Spring 2017Microbadge: BGG Weight Loss Challenge participant - Fall 2017Microbadge: It feels good to be a loser! - BGG Weight Loss Challenge - Fall 2017


So those will be available again this challenge (with slight modifications to the season and color, of course). Your 20gg buys you the participation badge, and if you meet the 6% at the end, you will get the badge with the medal. Very cool stuff.

The goal of these challenges is to lose weight the healthy way, and not to quickly drop a ton of poundage. Please be healthy! I will ask that in the discussion thread, everybody please feel free to share any tips they have on healthy ways to lose weight, what's worked for you in the past, etc...

Our last discussion thread was a beacon of motivation and encouragement, I'd love to keep that rolling into this competition. It really helped me, personally.

Many users kept track of their journey with personal geeklists. You can read about those here, and decide if you want to make your own for this challenge:

Monkeyhandz diary for the BGG Weight Loss Challenge (Now Freestyle)
Lisa's diary for the BGG Weight loss Challenge
Breakaway11's Journal for the BGG Weight Loss Challenge
manutd03's Journal for the BGG Weight Loss Challenge
[geeklist=189206][/geeklist]
BPeace's March-May 2015 BGG Weight Loss Challenge Journal
PseudoPserious Weight Tracker
Nart's BGG Weightloss Challenge Diary
luv2breformed Weight Loss Challenge Journal
FCSchmidt diary for the BGG Weight Loss Challenge
Weight loss challenge March to May darkestoceans
Starting a weight loss challenge
Gardener1817 Weight Loss Challenge Fall 2015
Nichole's Weight Loss Challenge Journal - Winter Edition
[geeklist=207005][/geeklist]

Lisaabbott78's new diary:
Lisa's Autumn Weight Loss Challenge Diary

Users on Fitbit:
Amekins
amethyst246
Carrollz
Jennie RK (gardener1817)
Juju (Jazzy22)
lordb4me
paulpharmd (redheaded pharmacist)
mandolinmac (themackern)
Kendall (personwholives)


Users on MyFitnessPal:
lisaabbott78
nartie
skutsch6
amethyst246
toliveischrist77
drbobbyramsey (AnyMouse)
busdjur
deniseibase (Denise)
drifblim
IanHartwell (Helpme1986)
Joules2319 (joules2)
personwholives
paulpharmd (redheaded pharmacist)

Users on LoseIt!:
Malinda Kyrkos (mintylish)
qzhdad
Bill Philibin (philibin)
Andrew Edelstein (Strongbow)

Users on MapMyWalk:
Mindy Kyrkos (mintylish)

Users on RunKeeper
AnyMouse - drbobbyramsey@gmail.com

Here is the discussion thread to discuss all manner of things relating to this challenge:

BGG Weight Loss Challenge - Winter 2017 - Discussion

Here is the update thread where you will get all manner of updates relating to this challenge:

BGG Weight Loss Challenge - Winter Edition - 2017 Updates

Here is the BGG Weight Loss Challenge Metalist. Subscribe to this to be in the loop on all future challenges:

BGG Weight Loss Challenge Subscription Metalist

Please subscribe to all of these to stay in the loop!!!

Good luck to everybody!!
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WEEK 1: It's Never Too Late For Now!!


Welcome to the official start of the 2017 Winter edition of the BGG weight loss challenge!!! I know we're right up against Christmas, and that makes me seem very Scrooge-like, but SUCK IT UP!!! YOU CAN DO IT!!!



I will have weekly stats posted, in this item, each Wednesday (or Thursday).

So here is my starting weight:

230lbs

It's not good. I'm going to make it good.
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WEEK 2: Ho Ho Horrible time for a challenge!


Welcome to week 2!! Hope everyone had a great first week and we see some great losses!



I will have weekly stats posted, in this item, each Wednesday (or Thursday).

Here is my week 2 weight:

232lbs

Christmas proved a bit of an insurmountable obstacle. Oh well...back at it!!

Good luck!!
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Welcome to week 3!! CAN YOU BELIEVE IT'S ALREADY WEEK THREE???



I will have weekly stats posted, in this item, each Wednesday (or Thursday).

You guys - stats are on hold. I'm drowning in work right now and haven't had time to get it done. I will end up making a huge week of backfilling everything, but for now, just hold the line!!

Here is my week 3 weight:

230lbs
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WEEK 4: Cruising Right Along


Welcome to week 4!!



I will have weekly stats posted, in this item, each Wednesday (or Thursday).

Here is my week 4 weight:

233lbs
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Welcome to week 5!!



I will have weekly stats posted, in this item, each Wednesday (or Thursday).

Here is my week 5 weight:

233lbs

You guys, I fear my work has just blocked bgg. I haven't been able to access it the past couple of days. If that's the case it's really going to hamper my ability to catch up with stats. I may ask someone to help out if possible. Keep soldiering on in the meantime!!!
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WEEK 6: Long and Winding Road


Welcome to week 6!!



I will have weekly stats posted, in this item, each Wednesday (or Thursday).

Here is my week 6 weight:

235lbs

How is everyone coping with life without stats? It's making me twitch that I can't provide them yet. I'm working out a solution and should hopefully get something together before the end of the competition.

Blerg.
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Welcome to week 7!!



I will have weekly stats posted, in this item, each Wednesday (or Thursday).

Here is my week 7 weight:

235lbs

We're coming in to the finish!! Only a couple weeks remain! Have you done enough?? I know I haven't!!

Good luck this week!!!
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Welcome to week 8!!



I will have weekly stats posted, in this item, each Wednesday (or Thursday).

Here is my week 8 weight:

235lbs

This is it! The final week before the end! Have you done enough????
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FINAL WEIGH IN!!


Welcome to THE FINAL WEIGH IN!!



THIS IS IT! THE CHALLENGE ENDS TODAY! DID YOU DO ENOUGH???

I DIDN'T!!!! lol

Here is my final weight:

233

GOOD LUCK, EVERYBODY!!!!!!!

I hope everyone had a great challenge, despite my absence!!

The following people have achieved the 6% goal!!

kyanna has secured first place losing 8.26%!! Congratulations, kyanna!!
jcaruso001 has locked down second place with 8.16%! Congratulations!!
orangemoose has taken third, losing 6.28%! Nice work, Andy!
dallanc, our resident microbadge creator, has taken fourth with 6.22%

Great job to all the winners!!!! I'll get your your geekgold and have the microbadges awarded as well.

If anyone else thinks they should be on this list, please message me and we'll get it straightened around It's been a bit of a strange challenge.

Congrats to everyone!!!
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