This Challenge ended 5 years ago

About this Challenge:

Challenging but realistic goals for those with lots to lose.
Mini-challenges to help change your attitude to food.

Final Challenge Progress Results

qapl Total Progress: 14.68 %  (Down 30.4 lb)
waynem37 Total Progress: 13.93 %  (Down 29.2 lb)
Kathy441 Total Progress: 11.49 %  (Down 27.0 lb)
Eckho Total Progress: 10.60 %  (Down 16.0 lb)
Shane1788 Total Progress: 8.70 %  (Down 18.5 lb)
Teire Total Progress: 8.47 %  (Down 15.9 lb)
MeWestlake Total Progress: 8.07 %  (Down 15.4 lb)
Kathresa Total Progress: 8.04 %  (Down 12.9 lb)
ib007 Total Progress: 7.11 %  (Down 15.2 lb)
TanteMonika Total Progress: 6.55 %  (Down 18.8 lb)
garnethart Total Progress: 6.39 %  (Down 8.4 lb)
Thymaridas Total Progress: 6.25 %  (Down 15.0 lb)
PamelaJeanette Total Progress: 6.15 %  (Down 19.0 lb)
lovergirl654 Total Progress: 6.05 %  (Down 21.4 lb)
threeglasgows Total Progress: 5.59 %  (Down 10.0 lb)
Pepper97 Total Progress: 5.42 %  (Down 9.4 lb)
paulacolette Total Progress: 5.40 %  (Down 19.0 lb)
Lgl20002009 Total Progress: 5.32 %  (Down 10.1 lb)
AMAYAJESSICA Total Progress: 5.32 %  (Down 11.6 lb)
Srivastra Total Progress: 5.00 %  (Down 8.0 lb)
denaraye Total Progress: 4.99 %  (Down 9.8 lb)
Jen_005 Total Progress: 4.90 %  (Down 8.4 lb)
Gabija Total Progress: 4.88 %  (Down 9.0 lb)
ny40rock Total Progress: 4.85 %  (Down 11.1 lb)
Jane Robbin Total Progress: 4.74 %  (Down 9.0 lb)
Mclark1269 Total Progress: 4.74 %  (Down 9.2 lb)
Sapolica Total Progress: 4.73 %  (Down 6.9 lb)
lojobe61 Total Progress: 4.69 %  (Down 10.0 lb)
allieree Total Progress: 4.62 %  (Down 8.5 lb)
owlfeathers Total Progress: 4.62 %  (Down 8.8 lb)
pootler Total Progress: 4.55 %  (Down 10.0 lb)
rbyrd927 Total Progress: 4.53 %  (Down 8.9 lb)
Woman Alive Total Progress: 4.45 %  (Down 7.8 lb)
virtual Total Progress: 4.39 %  (Down 5.5 lb)
Needs-to-lose Total Progress: 4.29 %  (Down 11.8 lb)
suemc57 Total Progress: 4.15 %  (Down 9.0 lb)
chevrolet_000 Total Progress: 4.11 %  (Down 9.0 lb)
Sherri38 Total Progress: 3.90 %  (Down 8.0 lb)
missemma_ox Total Progress: 3.85 %  (Down 6.6 lb)
cas923 Total Progress: 3.63 %  (Down 4.8 lb)
Majestic01 Total Progress: 3.53 %  (Down 7.0 lb)
Rayder350 Total Progress: 3.48 %  (Down 5.5 lb)
klsm Total Progress: 3.46 %  (Down 5.6 lb)
Walk1964 Total Progress: 3.33 %  (Down 8.6 lb)
Seantae34 Total Progress: 3.15 %  (Down 5.4 lb)
sisterdisco Total Progress: 3.03 %  (Down 10.0 lb)
dede08 Total Progress: 2.73 %  (Down 5.0 lb)
luv917 Total Progress: 2.73 %  (Down 6.6 lb)
Getz Total Progress: 2.56 %  (Down 4.0 lb)
tiffa5ny Total Progress: 2.56 %  (Down 4.6 lb)
CaptainSeadragun Total Progress: 2.50 %  (Down 3.5 lb)
PrettyRyanne Total Progress: 2.47 %  (Down 4.0 lb)
Glamisgirl21 Total Progress: 2.15 %  (Down 7.0 lb)
MiaB44 Total Progress: 2.14 %  (Down 4.4 lb)
Mikis Kalogeris Total Progress: 2.05 %  (Down 4.0 lb)
Scully16 Total Progress: 2.04 %  (Down 5.0 lb)
SophieSophisticate Total Progress: 1.99 %  (Down 3.0 lb)
elspeth69 Total Progress: 1.98 %  (Down 5.0 lb)
meonadiet Total Progress: 1.96 %  (Down 3.0 lb)
Richman Total Progress: 1.92 %  (Down 4.0 lb)
Nanz8819 Total Progress: 1.90 %  (Down 3.5 lb)
Happygilmore89 Total Progress: 1.77 %  (Down 3.5 lb)
deetermined Total Progress: 1.68 %  (Down 3.0 lb)
adfidler Total Progress: 1.61 %  (Down 3.0 lb)
tamara81 Total Progress: 1.54 %  (Down 3.6 lb)
penadamgaa Total Progress: 1.51 %  (Down 3.1 lb)
Starree1 Total Progress: 1.51 %  (Down 2.8 lb)
Kittkatt79 Total Progress: 1.33 %  (Down 2.0 lb)
kap328 Total Progress: 1.29 %  (Down 3.0 lb)
mindbodyNsoul Total Progress: 1.24 %  (Down 2.4 lb)
ziannelyn Total Progress: 1.24 %  (Down 3.5 lb)
msr1965 Total Progress: 1.24 %  (Down 2.6 lb)
skpriya Total Progress: 1.18 %  (Down 2.4 lb)
La Morriskaia Total Progress: 1.16 %  (Down 2.2 lb)
Andrea223344 Total Progress: 1.03 %  (Down 2.0 lb)
Mayadc98 Total Progress: 1.02 %  (Down 2.0 lb)
denni13 Total Progress: 0.95 %  (Down 2.0 lb)
ChristineRDC Total Progress: 0.94 %  (Down 2.0 lb)
TexasTerra Total Progress: 0.93 %  (Down 2.0 lb)
Writeone Total Progress: 0.90 %  (Down 2.8 lb)
midge263 Total Progress: 0.82 %  (Down 1.8 lb)
madeux Total Progress: 0.80 %  (Down 1.2 lb)
jdeese Total Progress: 0.62 %  (Down 1.0 lb)
Laurajayne30 Total Progress: 0.57 %  (Down 1.0 lb)
farhill49 Total Progress: 0.55 %  (Down 1.2 lb)
Teana Total Progress: 0.49 %  (Down 0.8 lb)
mekellyuwho Total Progress: 0.48 %  (Down 1.0 lb)
Lokidixon Total Progress: 0.45 %  (Down 1.0 lb)
wade17 Total Progress: 0.45 %  (Down 1.0 lb)
mgbogan Total Progress: 0.39 %  (Down 1.4 lb)
Edith Said Total Progress: 0.37 %  (Down 0.7 lb)
jlight22 Total Progress: 0.36 %  (Down 0.6 lb)
Stellasilente Total Progress: 0.11 %  (Down 0.2 lb)
Saltena Total Progress: 0.05 %  (Down 0.1 lb)
Razorthrash Total Progress: 0.04 %  (Down 0.1 lb)
nwalady777 Total Progress: 0.00 %  (Steady 0 lb)
Dianne Warner Total Progress: 0.00 %  (Steady 0 lb)
Mimi25 Total Progress: 0.00 %  (Steady 0 lb)
pschomaker Total Progress: 0.00 %  (Steady 0 lb)
ArielleKelly Total Progress: 0.00 %  (Steady 0 lb)
LE64 Total Progress: 0.00 %  (Steady 0 lb)
dayi10 Total Progress: 0.00 %  (Steady 0 lb)
Tsblose Total Progress: 0.11 %  (Up 0.2 lb)
Lizgeewiz Total Progress: 0.22 %  (Up 0.4 lb)
Finnfan Total Progress: 0.23 %  (Up 0.6 lb)
CathyM74 Total Progress: 0.24 %  (Up 0.4 lb)
bjhessler Total Progress: 0.27 %  (Up 0.5 lb)
Sherylnkent12 Total Progress: 0.47 %  (Up 1.0 lb)
Shorty 1968 Total Progress: 0.56 %  (Up 0.8 lb)
Jade1972 Total Progress: 0.79 %  (Up 1.5 lb)
4bladams Total Progress: 0.91 %  (Up 2.6 lb)
3xmamma Total Progress: 0.98 %  (Up 3.0 lb)
jmluongo Total Progress: 0.99 %  (Up 2.6 lb)
Pazandak63 Total Progress: 1.04 %  (Up 1.8 lb)
bullmooz Total Progress: 1.12 %  (Up 3.1 lb)
Eonada Total Progress: 1.26 %  (Up 3.1 lb)
lulubellebc Total Progress: 1.36 %  (Up 2.0 lb)
Hoka Total Progress: 1.49 %  (Up 2.2 lb)
AJHR Total Progress: 1.56 %  (Up 4.0 lb)
Granny Kate Total Progress: 1.56 %  (Up 3.4 lb)
Mikoodles Total Progress: 1.56 %  (Up 3.0 lb)
TaniaMaria Total Progress: 2.50 %  (Up 5.0 lb)
sarah7792 Total Progress: 2.50 %  (Up 4.4 lb)
Jeaniebunz Total Progress: 2.73 %  (Up 3.8 lb)
mickimagnum Total Progress: 2.78 %  (Up 10.0 lb)
SnapPea Total Progress: 3.39 %  (Up 8.0 lb)
pblead Total Progress: 4.43 %  (Up 9.0 lb)
waist management Total Progress: 5.10 %  (Up 10.0 lb)
Chaplain Linda Total Progress: 7.62 %  (Up 13.8 lb)

Completed Mini-Challenges

Week 1

Swap white for wholmeal

For every meal where you would eat a white carb portion, swap it for brown. So, wholemeal bread and pasta, or brown rice. Or, even potatoes with the skins left on!
82% Successful

Latest Results Feedback

Successful: 09 Sep 13 by CaptainSeadragun
"Today I enjoyed a Lean Cuisine Spa meal. It was the Ginger Garlic stir ..."
Failed: 09 Sep 13 by 4bladams
"Will be working on this in week two, at least from a bread perspective. ..."
Successful: 09 Sep 13 by qapl
"with the exception of one meal where we had friends coming who cannot eat ..."
Successful: 09 Sep 13 by pootler
"For every meal I was in control of this week (after Monday anyway) I ate ..."

Week 2

Eat 300g or more of veggies every day for a week.

Guidelines: Filling your plate up with vegetables is an excellent way to fill you up for few calories. And the full looking plate will trick your brain into thinking you've taken in more calories than you actually have, meaning you'll be satisfied sooner and for longer. Also, veggies just make you feel great! Take the time, just for one week, to weigh your vegetables (raw or cooked weights are both fine). For this challenge, you can count every sort of vegetable except potato towards your 300g goal. If you don't like vegetables much, take this chance to try new ones, or find new ways of preparing them. If 300g seems like a lot to you veggie haters, try this week to just eat a bit more of them than you usually would.
68% Successful

Latest Results Feedback

Failed: 16 Sep 13 by nwalady777
"well I ate veggies but don't feel like I should have is all."
Successful: 16 Sep 13 by meonadiet
"Went to market last weekend and had lots of fresh vegs to eat."
Successful: 16 Sep 13 by rbyrd927
"My diet is similar to that of Atkins, so I'm eating meat & veggies 2x a ..."
Failed: 16 Sep 13 by denaraye
"This is just too many vegies for me. I have to focus on protein first so ..."

Week 3

Move more for 150 minutes this week

The national guideliness for exercise in the UK (and the USA) is 150 minutes of moderately intense exercise a week. So this week the mini-challenge is just to move more than you usually would, for 150 minutes: If you rarely leave your chair, go for gentle walks. If you usually take walks, try a few seconds of power walking or jogging. If you jog, go further, or a little faster now and then. Push yourself a little harder at the gym. A little more weight or resistance, more reps, more time. Use the stairs instead of the escalator. And of course, the old chestnut of getting off the bus one stop earlier. You don't want to push yourself so hard that you become over tired and defeated. Make it achievable. Make a note of the time you spend moving, either with pen and paper or gadget. It's not about accuracy this week, but just about doing a little bit more. You can do your 150 minutes all in one go, or in tiny pieces. It all adds up.
83% Successful

Latest Results Feedback

Failed: 23 Sep 13 by CaptainSeadragun
"I had a small surgery on my back, so I've been very sedentary. "
Failed: 23 Sep 13 by denaraye
"Altough I had a gain this week, I did move more - I did not track this ..."
Successful: 23 Sep 13 by pootler
"Because of other commitments this week, I ended up doing a bit less ex ..."
Successful: 18 Sep 13 by Finnfan
"I have been swimming laps everyday and intentionally walking more than ..."

Week 4

Drink 1500 mls (50 oz) of water a day

There's still no consensus of opinion on just how much water can affect your weight loss. Aside from weight loss, there are plenty of benefits to drinking enough water. You'll feel better in yourself because it helps to clean your body. It's great for your skin. It does help keep you sated for longer. Water is just really reall good for you. And a big glass before a meal can help you eat less. Some of us hate hate hate water. If you do, you can drink squash (the sugar free sort, obviously). If you don't even like squash, then aim for drinking your 1500ml in sugar-free, low calorie drinks, caffeine-free (so not fruit juices!) This week is not about being a saintly water drinker, but about keeping yourself hyrdated and drinking more than you normally would. 1500 milliletres is less than three pints. You can do it!
92% Successful

Latest Results Feedback

Successful: 30 Sep 13 by AJHR
"I drank this much and never again, I was in the bathroom all the time and ..."
Successful: 30 Sep 13 by waynem37
"I do drink hot green tea also......"
Successful: 25 Sep 13 by Needs-to-lose
"Drank a lot of water while in the hospital."
Successful: 25 Sep 13 by rbyrd927
"I hate to drink water so I put sliced lemon in my water and it's a great ..."

Week 5

Use a smaller plate

Our brains are wonderful, but they can also be pretty dumb. Put your usual portion on a smaller plate, and your brain thinks it's eating more. The size of our dinner plates has increased massively this century, and we have tended to increase our portions so that they cover the same percentage of the thing they are served on. So this week, eat at least one meal a day - prfereably your largest meal - from a smaller plate. The recommendation is a 9-incher, but whatever you have that's significantly smaller than your usual plate will do. We're not talking saucers here - you want to eat enough to keep you going. And we're not talking stacking either - using a smaller plate but stacking it so that you get your usual portion. At least one meal a day from a smaller plate. That's all!
81% Successful

Latest Results Feedback

Successful: 06 Oct 13 by ny40rock
"Glad to see the scale moving in the right direction and knowing the ch ..."
Failed: 04 Oct 13 by allieree
"been traveling and to much junk food."
Successful: 03 Oct 13 by Eonada
"Moved the high calorie portions to a smaller plate, and the salad to the ..."

Week 6

Treat every meal as though it had Michelin stars

It's a funny thing - when we diet, or are obsessed with food, we can spend so much time thinking and fantsising about food, but when we get to eating it, we can wolf it down in minutes. When you eat more slowly, you not only get more nutrients from your food, but you will need less food to feel full. And you'll enjoy your food more too. This week, slow down. Put your fork down between bites. Chew more - up to 25 times a mouthful depending on what you're eating. Treat every meal as though it was gourmet and ridiculously expensive.
72% Successful

Latest Results Feedback

Failed: 14 Oct 13 by pootler
"Argh! I kept forgetting about this! But in general I do eat slower than ..."
Successful: 14 Oct 13 by denaraye
"This is a challenge I meet most of the time. As long as I am thinking ..."
Failed: 14 Oct 13 by suemc57
"I do have 13lbs down"

Week 7

Take ten

Ok, so sometimes you really really need a cookie. That's ok! On a sensible diet plan, there is ample room for cookies. And chocolate, beer, crisps, ice cream, peanuts,or whatever else it is that you crave. For some of us, diets are actually fairly easy. It's being able to treat food normally that's the problem. When the cookies sing, it's hard to ignore them. But this week, we're going to give them a time out. You want a cookie? Fine. But wait ten minutes. Go do something else. Something fun or distracting. If you still really really want the cookie after ten minutes, go ahead. Eat one. Note the calories (or points or syns) in your food journal. Want another? Fine! But wait another ten minutes. This works because you aren't denying yourself, but trying to recognise impulses and control them just a little bit more.
66% Successful

Latest Results Feedback

Successful: 20 Oct 13 by ny40rock
"Good idea. "
Failed: 17 Oct 13 by Majestic01
"I got really sick during this challenge and my body craved carbs. I in ..."

Week 8

Write down every mouthful, nibble, lick, sip and swipe

How do you make 100 calories a day vanish? You eat them without even noticing. Lick the knife when you make your kid a peanut butter sandwich. Snaffle a bit of cheese as you make a salad. Just a teeny sip of your friend's Bailey's at the pub. It's never the low-calorie stuff we snaffle is it? :-) This week write down every mouthful, nibble, lick, sip and swipe that you have. Every meal and every snack, and every absent-minded handful. AND, include it all in your diet plan if you follow one. Count the calories, syns or points. If you want to really get a good idea of how many extra calories you are taking in without noticing, go ahead and have all the sips, nibbles and licks, but measure them. That's right. Weigh them, or put them in a measuring spoon first. Of course you can't do this all the time, but doing it when you can will help you get better at eyeballing quantities and estimating calories.
68% Successful

Latest Results Feedback

Failed: 28 Oct 13 by denaraye
"I have been horrible. Today I start over. Please pray for me! :)"
Successful: 28 Oct 13 by qapl
"i have done this since i started this journey and its amazing at how q ..."
Failed: 23 Oct 13 by rbyrd927
"I'm still nibbling"

Week 9

Turn can'ts into don'ts

Recent studies have shown that simple differences in the words we use can have a great effect on our behaviour. For example (and I'm paraphrasing here - this wasn't exactly how the experiment went) in one one test, a group of subjects was asked to tell themselves that they couldn't eat chocolate, while another group was asked to tell themselves that they didn't eat chocolate. Guess who ate the most chocolate? The 'cannots'. If we are told we must, or we cannot, we tend to dig our heels in and want the opposite. So give yourself permission to do the opposite, but remind yourself, that you aren't and don't want to be that kind of person. This week, try to change the way you think about what you do. Instead of thinking "I MUST NOT miss the gym this week" think, "I am the sort of person who goes to gym regularly." Instead of thinking "I can't have that pizza", tell yourself "I don't eat pizza." See if it helps you change your behaviour.
84% Successful

Latest Results Feedback

Successful: 04 Nov 13 by waynem37
"Even though the weather has been gray and yucky, have been trying to focus ..."

Week 10

Eat junk food*

*Well no, of course not really. But everyone has a favourite high fat, high sugar, calorie-laden unhealthy food that they like. This week we're going to have them. Our way. For every junk food item we are addicted to, some clever person has invented a lower calorie, healthier version. Google your diet plan, plus the name of a really terrible, delicious food and you will find a way to make it at home in a way that won't use up all of your rations for the day. Donner kebabs? Kentucky Fried? Cheesecake? Chips? Chow Mein? Curry? Ice Cream? It's all out there. This week, pick one favourite meal, and find a recipe for a low-calorie version. Make it, and surprise yourself with how great it tastes!
83% Successful

Latest Results Feedback

Successful: 11 Nov 13 by qapl
"Fat and sugar free ice cream...YUMMY"
Successful: 10 Nov 13 by Jane Robbin
"apple sauce cobbler with water and honey"
Successful: 09 Nov 13 by Razorthrash
"My Junk Food List: - frozen yogurt - fat & sugar free instant pudding ..."

Week 11

Give yourself something you can't eat

We're hardwired to love bad food. It's a leftover from when food was pretty scarce. To make it effective, our brains evolved to give us a dose of feel-good chemicals every time we ate something that hit the sweet spot. It's nearly always there, and it works really fast, so it's little wonder that we grab food to make us feel better when we're stressed or tired or sad or bored, or angry or worried. But it's surprisingly hard to catch ourselves in the act. This week try to catch yourself before you use food to make yourself feel good. Then replace it with something else. This usually means giving yourself time and space, precious comodities today. But do it. If you can't do it immediately, promise yourself that you will do it this week. Read. Watch dumb TV. Knit. Listen to loud music. Go to the cinema. Whatever it is, if it's calorie-free, give yourself the time and space to do it this week.
77% Successful

Latest Results Feedback

Week 12

Plan your blow outs

The holidays are coming, and it will be incredibly difficult to diet strictly when everyone else is letting go, without falling off the wagon. So, accept that there will be times when you cannot eat perfectly on plan and enjoy them! This week, eat out once and find out as much as you can about the food choices that will be on offer beforehand. Check the menu online: Lots of restaurants provide calorie information. Your slimming club consultant or website can help you make great choices. If you can't pre-plan, set goals and note your intake: you will go to the buffet once; you will the fruit and vegetables on offer; you'll have x number of drinks. Plan your food for the rest of the week around the event. Eat a little less on other days. Or save some of your calories (or points or syns). It's about being in control of food, rather than it controlling you.
76% Successful

Latest Results Feedback

Latest Challenge Posts

You losers are
What an incredible inspiration...thankyou...hope to join you next pop...cheers
by midge263 on 06 Oct 13 01:49 PM
move 150 minutes this week
Just want to let everyone know that I walk with a cane and have arthritis in my knees and hips so sometimes it is just an effort to get up in the morning, but I will try. I may fall short, but I still ...
by AJHR on 23 Sep 13 03:57 PM
Hi Mimi, I've had a look at the last few days of your food journal and I think you could try eating more vegetables. Load up 1/3 to 1/2 of your plate with non-starchy vegetables. Your body will have ...
by pootler on 17 Sep 13 02:02 PM
Your start weight is the weight you are THIS WEEK
Hi AJHR, Before the challenge started I could swear you could see all the challenges set out somewhere. Now I can only see the list of mini-challenge titles in the right hand side bar. I'll cut and ...
by pootler on 16 Sep 13 05:51 AM
Yummy green bean fries
yum we do our beans like this too only we put chopped or sliced red onion in with them too. if you have spare calories sprinkle them with toasted almonds its also a good way of getting those veggie haters ...
by qapl on 13 Sep 13 04:41 AM

 Challenge Ended

This challenge ended on Tuesday 26 November 2013.

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Challenge Info

status: Completed
ended: 25 Nov 13
duration: 12 Weeks
reporting: Once a Week
participants: 244
privacy: Public
administrators: pootler
created: 20 August 2013

All Mini-challenges:

1. Swap white for wholmeal ( week 1 )
2. Eat 300g or more of veggies every day for a week. ( week 2 )
3. Move more for 150 minutes this week ( week 3 )
4. Drink 1500 mls (50 oz) of water a day ( week 4 )
5. Use a smaller plate ( week 5 )
6. Treat every meal as though it had Michelin stars ( week 6 )
7. Take ten ( week 7 )
8. Write down every mouthful, nibble, lick, sip and swipe ( week 8 )
9. Turn can'ts into don'ts ( week 9 )
10. Eat junk food* ( week 10 )
11. Give yourself something you can't eat ( week 11 )
12. Plan your blow outs ( week 12 )

Rolling Challenge Performance:

The week to week running total weight lost

Week 12:

All Participants 1.18 %  (Down 574.8 lb)

Week 11:

All Participants 1.16 %  (Down 565.5 lb)

Week 10:

All Participants 1.12 %  (Down 544.9 lb)

Week 9:

All Participants 1.09 %  (Down 530.8 lb)

Week 8:

All Participants 1.02 %  (Down 498.4 lb)

Week 7:

All Participants 0.95 %  (Down 462.7 lb)

Week 6:

All Participants 0.88 %  (Down 430.3 lb)

Week 5:

All Participants 0.67 %  (Down 326.2 lb)

Week 4:

All Participants 0.57 %  (Down 278.3 lb)

Week 3:

All Participants 0.53 %  (Down 258.7 lb)

Week 2:

All Participants 0.41 %  (Down 198.4 lb)

Week 1:

All Participants 0.16 %  (Down 80.3 lb)

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A year or two old, but this is about the size I am now.
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Me in Berlin - August 2013
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Well here I go!
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