This Challenge ended 9 years ago

About this Challenge:

To help you learn the ins and outs of exercising and eating healthy to lose weight successfully and keep it off.

Final Challenge Progress Results

darkangel95 Total Progress: 7.60%  (Down 15.1 lb)
courcam Total Progress: 7.32%  (Down 18.0 lb)
RedVixx3n Total Progress: 5.33%  (Down 7.0 lb)
bfarrell Total Progress: 5.20%  (Down 11.6 lb)
SanSan Total Progress: 5.13%  (Down 6.6 lb)
ekaterini Total Progress: 4.31%  (Down 9.5 lb)
jennyjarz Total Progress: 4.28%  (Down 7.0 lb)
dskado Total Progress: 4.25%  (Down 8.0 lb)
sarah121haras Total Progress: 4.17%  (Down 8.6 lb)
dnoelle Total Progress: 4.16%  (Down 8.4 lb)
trinablotter Total Progress: 4.05%  (Down 7.0 lb)
brads_wife Total Progress: 3.66%  (Down 6.8 lb)
tglenna Total Progress: 3.60%  (Down 8.0 lb)
Lisette831 Total Progress: 3.59%  (Down 8.5 lb)
Drew2327 Total Progress: 3.49%  (Down 6.5 lb)
meganvictoria1 Total Progress: 3.33%  (Down 7.0 lb)
sharita ray Total Progress: 3.13%  (Down 6.6 lb)
tragiv Total Progress: 2.87%  (Down 4.4 lb)
devoted Total Progress: 2.75%  (Down 5.0 lb)
confusedangel Total Progress: 2.68%  (Down 6.2 lb)
Teavana Total Progress: 2.35%  (Down 6.0 lb)
Susanoo Total Progress: 2.30%  (Down 5.4 lb)
summer_rain529 Total Progress: 2.24%  (Down 4.4 lb)
AmyCoulon Total Progress: 2.20%  (Down 3.6 lb)
chagatai Total Progress: 2.11%  (Down 8.0 lb)
rubabycan Total Progress: 1.86%  (Down 4.0 lb)
VanSeaEats Total Progress: 1.77%  (Down 2.0 lb)
jessbond Total Progress: 1.73%  (Down 3.7 lb)
findtheatheleteinside Total Progress: 1.73%  (Down 5.0 lb)
Lesi Total Progress: 1.69%  (Down 5.0 lb)
dfergi Total Progress: 1.63%  (Down 4.0 lb)
pjkrehbiel Total Progress: 1.52%  (Down 3.4 lb)
KaitlinR Total Progress: 1.47%  (Down 2.1 lb)
ygarza1967 Total Progress: 1.41%  (Down 3.5 lb)
ktodd037 Total Progress: 1.33%  (Down 2.0 lb)
salli sue Total Progress: 1.11%  (Down 2.6 lb)
westlico Total Progress: 1.05%  (Down 1.5 lb)
traderdak Total Progress: 0.98%  (Down 2.5 lb)
vlemus Total Progress: 0.79%  (Down 1.8 lb)
KenLey2219 Total Progress: 0.79%  (Down 2.0 lb)
teaches2nd Total Progress: 0.71%  (Down 1.6 lb)
Jennie411 Total Progress: 0.52%  (Down 1.0 lb)
kahrissie Total Progress: 0.51%  (Down 1.0 lb)
dmarrs91 Total Progress: 0.48%  (Down 1.0 lb)
Lori Beth Total Progress: 0.42%  (Down 1.0 lb)
ambianceforce Total Progress: 0.39%  (Down 0.8 lb)
dragonfligh Total Progress: 0.37%  (Down 1.0 lb)
Kratos Total Progress: 0.36%  (Down 1.0 lb)
MissAngelicangel79 Total Progress: 0.32%  (Down 1.0 lb)
bela lugosi Total Progress: 0.25%  (Down 0.6 lb)
Robick Total Progress: 0.11%  (Down 0.2 lb)
Brick Total Progress: 0.00%  (Steady 0 lb)
kaz_12 Total Progress: 0.40%  (Up 0.5 lb)
demomof2 Total Progress: 0.62%  (Up 1.1 lb)
KarinaC Total Progress: 0.71%  (Up 1.5 lb)
starri09 Total Progress: 0.74%  (Up 1.9 lb)
LKaps Total Progress: 0.78%  (Up 1.0 lb)
jamuka Total Progress: 1.32%  (Up 3.4 lb)
Reenie13 Total Progress: 1.38%  (Up 2.2 lb)
eloquencia Total Progress: 1.75%  (Up 5.0 lb)
kmaxwell08 Total Progress: 3.45%  (Up 4.2 lb)
satwood Total Progress: 3.73%  (Up 6.4 lb)
toni219 Total Progress: 17.50%  (Up 35.0 lb)

Completed Mini-Challenges

Week 1

Take a before photo and measurements

Guidelines:
These don't need to be posted anywhere, but will be great motivation for you! Some weeks when I don't see much loss on the scale, I see inches gone. That's what we are ultimately after anyway.
84% Successful

Latest Results Feedback

Successful: 19 Apr 10 by VanSeaEats
"still need to take the new photos for the full body actually but i just ..."
Successful: 18 Apr 10 by demomof2
"Took picture and measurements. Posted under the challenge forum I thought?"
Successful: 17 Apr 10 by starri09
"I took the photos now I really want to loose the weight lol. "
Successful: 16 Apr 10 by ktodd037
"Yes I did! I'm not happy with it, but that WILL change. I carry the ..."


Weeks 1 to 4

Record Everything you Eat and Drink

Guidelines:
Keep a record of all the food you consumed. This week is just to learn where your calories are coming from. Next week we will use it to your advantage. But for this week just enter everything that goes into your mouth!
83% Successful

Latest Results Feedback

Successful: 10 May 10 by AmyCoulon
"Sometimes it's painful to admit to the things I've allowed myself to put ..."
Successful: 08 May 10 by demomof2
"way too many calories!"
Failed: 29 Apr 10 by Reenie13
"There are a few things that I didn't write down but I know more or less ..."
Successful: 21 Apr 10 by dragonfligh
"It hasn't been on the website, but I wrote everything down the last two ..."


Weeks 1 to 4

Exercise at least 5 days a week-minimum of 20 minutes

Guidelines:
Cardio-Do at least 20 minutes of exercise 5 days a week (any exercise that gets your heart pumping). I would love to see you exercise everday, but realize this wouldn't be realistic. I want to see success, not fails! also if your routine is to work out on cardio 4 days a week but you work out 40 minutes or long this counts too. As long as you aren't trying to get 150 minutes in in one day to say you exercised all week! The point here is to get that heart rate up as many days as possible.
65% Successful

Latest Results Feedback

Failed: 10 May 10 by AmyCoulon
"Doing better, I got 4 days of cardio in this week, not quite 5 days, but ..."
Successful: 08 May 10 by demomof2
"no problem with this"
Failed: 23 Apr 10 by westlico
"on business travel this week"
Failed: 20 Apr 10 by starri09
"only twice"


Weeks 1 to 4

Try one new healthy recipe each week

Guidelines:
If you need a new recipe, post on the "Recipes" Post in the forum of this challenge. If you try a new recipe and especially like it, post it for others to enjoy. Feel free to have a look at my cookbook for my personal recipes. I do not submit them until I know they are healthy and I have tried them myself. None have been accepted yet, but it doesn't matter. I just want others to be able to make them. I didn't realize they have to be submitted to fatsecret in order for others to be able to see them. I have a ton, but only a few available to view. I will post my favorites to get us all started. Make sure they are healthy!
59% Successful

Latest Results Feedback

Successful: 10 May 10 by AmyCoulon
"Spicy Chicken and Shrimp Gumbo, not bad, but nowhere near what real New ..."
Failed: 08 May 10 by demomof2
"didn't look for new recipes"
Successful: 07 May 10 by tglenna
"Ate the wheat tortilla pizza - recipe from FS. It was good! I had it t ..."
Successful: 17 Apr 10 by starri09
"Made healthy wraps for lunch the other day, even included salad which I ..."


Weeks 1 to 4

Check the forum every week (or everyday preferably)

Guidelines:
The forum on the challenge is where we can all communicate together. I have a forum topic about recipes that help with my eating healhty. Please try to read up on the forums at least once a week. If you find an easy way to add protein, get your exercise in, make your exercise fun, find an exercise you really enjoy, any success at all-share it in the forum of this challenge. We need to help each other stay motivated!
68% Successful

Latest Results Feedback

Successful: 10 May 10 by AmyCoulon
"Staying in touch."
Successful: 08 May 10 by demomof2
"checked in daily at least to read"
Failed: 05 May 10 by brads_wife
"forgot about that one this week lol"


Weeks 1 to 4

No More Processed or Enriched Grains

Guidelines:
Switch to whole wheat bread, whole wheat pasta, brown rice, whole grain cereals, and whole wheat tortillas. Look at the labels. If the first ingredient listed is anything enriched (bleached flour, etc) put it back.
60% Successful

Latest Results Feedback

Successful: 10 May 10 by AmyCoulon
"Hubby volunteered to eat brown rice w/ our gumbo tonight, I was so proud ..."
Failed: 08 May 10 by demomof2
"ate some white bread and cakes with regular flour this week :("
Failed: 05 May 10 by VanSeaEats
"trying but i keep slipping up with small things... like a pretzel... or ..."
Failed: 03 May 10 by summer_rain529
"some, but ate white rice and used white flour in recipe. need to switch ..."


Weeks 2 to 4

Take measurements every Monday (photo optional)

Guidelines:
I do this with a tape measure and I record it in my journal. You should do it this way, but if you are satisfied with "my clothes are feeling looser" or "my belt tells me that" then that's fine too.
58% Successful

Latest Results Feedback

Successful: 10 May 10 by AmyCoulon
"My favorite sweatpants no longer give me a "muffin top"! Yea!"
Failed: 08 May 10 by demomof2
"only took them twice"
Failed: 23 Apr 10 by chagatai
"I haven't wanted to take a measurement did not want to ruin my enthusiasm"
Failed: 21 Apr 10 by dragonfligh
"Monday ran away from me! I'll do it tonight."


Weeks 2 to 4

Do not go over your RDI

Guidelines:
Make sure your RDI is accurate for what you are trying to accomplish and stay under it by at least 50 calories.
62% Successful

Latest Results Feedback

Failed: 10 May 10 by AmyCoulon
"Mother's Day was bound to be a losing battle. And of course, the Penn ..."
Successful: 08 May 10 by demomof2
"ate way too much this week, WI shows it :("
Successful: 05 May 10 by brads_wife
"as always, this excludes going into my extra point days (though I think ..."
Failed: 25 Apr 10 by kaz_12
"It's hard to stay under 1150..."


Weeks 2 to 4

Take measurements every Monday (photo optional)

Guidelines:
Just like the first week, take measurements so you can track your progress. I post mine in my journal, but you can keep it private if you want. I don't take photos, but I do show up in them now and then, so if you want to take photos to see the progress, by all means do so. Keep in mind the challenge ends on a Sunday, so you will want to measure that last day which would technically be twice in the 4th week!
59% Successful

Latest Results Feedback



Weeks 2 to 4

Eat enough protein

Guidelines:
Look at your food diary. How much protein are you eating a day? Aim for 75g minimum a day. It should be at least 30% of your RDI. Each gram of protein is worth 4 calories. So if you are on a 1200 calorie diet, 1200 x 30%=360/4=83. So 83 g would be the minimum grams of protein you would want to eat a day. Ask me to help you if you don't understand this one.
59% Successful

Latest Results Feedback

Successful: 10 May 10 by AmyCoulon
"Doing well w/ this I think."
Failed: 08 May 10 by demomof2
"still to work on it still "
Failed: 03 May 10 by summer_rain529
"Need to possibly take some suppplements?"


Weeks 3 to 4

Eat more Fruits and Vegetables

Guidelines:
Try to eat 2-3 serving of fruit a day and 3-5 serving of vegetables. But pay attention to portion sizes and don't eat too many. Fruits are especially high in calories and carbs. But if you are eating carbs, these are the carbs you want. It is fuel for your body. Vegetables are important for the same reason, but you can eat more and eat less calories. Try steaming broccoli, baby carrots, or cauliflower. I used frozen veggies-especially stir fry-just add shrimp and you have a full meal! Then there is always canned for convenience. I try to eat 2 serving of vegetables when I eat them! Watch out for potatoes, corn and other starchy vegetables which are different carbwise. Limit these. Just ask me if you have any questions about a particular fruit of vegetable.
81% Successful

Latest Results Feedback

Successful: 10 May 10 by AmyCoulon
"Veggie pizza instead of ground beef or sausage."
Successful: 08 May 10 by demomof2
"good about this"
Failed: 07 May 10 by tglenna
"I've been slacking a bit on getting in all of the fruits and veggies. I've ..."


Weeks 3 to 4

Keep your carbs at or below 50% (+/-2)

Guidelines:
Try to keep your carbs below 50%. Just like protein, carbs are worth 4 calories per carb. So the 1200 calorie diet would aim for 150 carbs per day. Thats 1200/50%=600/4=150. Now that you see where your calories are coming from, concentrate on cutting back on your carbs if you need to. Look at your food diary from last week and see what you could do without. Some diets recommend 25% fat and 45% carbs. This would be acceptable also. This is just a guideline. I find that most people eat tons of carbs or fat and never enough protein. So that's what we are working for. Get your protein up to 30% and keep the others within an acceptable range and you will have success I promise.
58% Successful

Latest Results Feedback

Successful: 10 May 10 by AmyCoulon
"All except for Mother's Day."
Failed: 08 May 10 by demomof2
"doing better"
Successful: 07 May 10 by tglenna
"Darn close enough!"


Weeks 3 to 4

Keep your fat at or below 20% (+/-2)

Guidelines:
Fat should never go over 20% and fat is worth 9 calories per g of fat. So with a 1200 calorie diet you would want to stay under 26g of fat. That's 1200x20%=240/9=26. Now that you see where your calories are coming from, concentrate on cutting back on your carbs and/or fat. Look at your food diary from last week and see what you could do without or substitute. I use low fat or fat free cheese, nonfat or low fat milk, egg whites instead of always whole eggs, and low fat or fat free spreads and dressings. Try promise fat free spread if you need some butter on your toast!
37% Successful

Latest Results Feedback

Failed: 10 May 10 by AmyCoulon
"Mine creeps up to slightly under 30%"
Failed: 08 May 10 by demomof2
"need to work on that"
Failed: 07 May 10 by tglenna
"Still struggling, but it is getting much better."


Weeks 3 to 4

Do Toning Exercises at least 3 days a week for 15 minutes minimum

Guidelines:
Do Toning Exercises at least 3 days a week for 15 minutes minimum Guidelines: Toning-devote at least 15 minutes 3 days a week to extra toning exercises. It could be lifting weights, pilates, wii fit, or even ab exercises.
61% Successful

Latest Results Feedback

Successful: 10 May 10 by AmyCoulon
"I did 3 days of toning work this week and like what I see."
Successful: 07 May 10 by tglenna
"Heavy housework was my toning, but it seems to be working."
Failed: 01 May 10 by sarah121haras
"I kinda forgot about this until today. Oops."


Week 4

Do Something Special for Yourself

Guidelines:
Do something special (only you need to know) for yourself. Buy a new pair of correctly fitting pants, properly fitting bra, new workout clothes, go see that movie you've been wanting to see, go out to dinner with friends to share your experience (remember to choose a place that has grilled items to choose from so you don't blow it)
69% Successful

Latest Results Feedback

Failed: 08 May 10 by demomof2
"no $$"
Successful: 07 May 10 by tglenna
"Got out a new shirt yesterday. It fit good and wasn't worried about the ..."


Week 4

No Exceptions this Week

Guidelines:
Ok, last week of the challenge. Commit to strictly abiding the rules of the challenge. No pizza and soda this week. Make sure you exercise everyday! Try to add that extra 15 minutes of toning each day. Walk off fat, but you still need to tone it as you go.
53% Successful

Latest Results Feedback

Failed: 08 May 10 by demomof2
"had diet soda, quiche"
Successful: 07 May 10 by tglenna
"I did quite well! I am impressed with myself."


Latest Challenge Posts

new Challenge
Ok, the new challenge has been created. It starts next Monday night so you will have one week off before the new one starts. If you want to participate just go to the challenge and apply and I will ap ...
by kmaxwell08 on 10 May 10 08:45 PM
Final measurements!
weight 125.8 arms 11 chest 38 bra band 31.5 waist 31.5 hips 36 thighs 19
by kmaxwell08 on 10 May 10 06:58 AM
How to bring Protein up or down healthily!
Agreed, they are not meant to be consumed in mass quantities. But they do satisfy the craving for something salty and crunchy (ie a great replacement for chips/pretzels). And they've at least got ...
by AmyCoulon on 04 May 10 09:26 PM
Week Four Measurements
weight 123 arms 11 chest 38 bra band 30 waist 30 hips 36.5 thighs 19
by kmaxwell08 on 03 May 10 12:18 PM
Success!
I have found that tracking food intake is keep. Makes you think twice about what you put in your mouth, esp when you know you have to log it in. Seeing everything "on paper" really puts it ...
by AmyCoulon on 30 Apr 10 10:16 PM

 Challenge Ended

This challenge ended on Tuesday 11 May 2010.

The posting of Topics and Photos, and Participation in this challenge is available to Challenge Participants Only.

Challenge Info

status: Completed
ended: 10 May 10
duration: 4 Weeks
reporting: Once a Week
participants: 132
privacy: Public
administrators: kmaxwell08
created: 29 March 2010

All Mini-challenges:

1. Take a before photo and measurements ( week 1 )
2. Record Everything you Eat and Drink ( weeks 1 to 4 )
3. Exercise at least 5 days a week-minimum of 20 minutes ( weeks 1 to 4 )
4. Try one new healthy recipe each week ( weeks 1 to 4 )
5. Check the forum every week (or everyday preferably) ( weeks 1 to 4 )
6. No More Processed or Enriched Grains ( weeks 1 to 4 )
7. Take measurements every Monday (photo optional) ( weeks 2 to 4 )
8. Do not go over your RDI ( weeks 2 to 4 )
9. Take measurements every Monday (photo optional) ( weeks 2 to 4 )
10. Eat enough protein ( weeks 2 to 4 )
11. Eat more Fruits and Vegetables ( weeks 3 to 4 )
12. Keep your carbs at or below 50% (+/-2) ( weeks 3 to 4 )
13. Keep your fat at or below 20% (+/-2) ( weeks 3 to 4 )
14. Do Toning Exercises at least 3 days a week for 15 minutes minimum ( weeks 3 to 4 )
15. Do Something Special for Yourself ( week 4 )
16. No Exceptions this Week ( week 4 )


Rolling Challenge Performance:

The week to week running total weight lost

Week 4:

All Participants 0.68%  (Down 186.3 lb)

Week 3:

All Participants 0.57%  (Down 157.2 lb)

Week 2:

All Participants 0.49%  (Down 136.3 lb)

Week 1:

All Participants 0.29%  (Down 80.6 lb)

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