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From May 24th to August 24th, Matthew, Dave, and Mike are going to lose 30 pounds each. Join in on the "fun" here and get healthy!
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Challenge accepted

Post by FluffyPanda » Wed May 25, 2011 4:02 pm

I've been gradually putting on weight over the last few years since I started consulting. Too many meals on expenses, odd hours, airline food and long days sat in front of a computer.

I'm 5'11'' and currently weighing in at 88.9 kg (196lbs). Dropping 30 lbs would see me at about 75 kg - not far off my ideal weight.

I've been meaning to do this for ages... strange that this should be where my inspiration eventually came from!

Good luck guys, I'll be right there alongside you.

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Re: Challenge accepted

Post by Amael » Wed May 25, 2011 4:14 pm

Good luck Fluffy :)

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Re: Challenge accepted

Post by FluffyPanda » Wed May 25, 2011 4:27 pm

Cheers, and good luck to you too.

Just reading through your post and I realised that I didn't mention my plan for achieving this...

The plan:
1) Steal underpants
2) ???
3) Profit!

Alternative plan:
1) Stop snacking between meals
2) Keep my meals sensible.
3) Exercise. Initially just making sure I walk 30 - 60 mins a day and do a few sit-ups. Nothing drastic.
4) ???
5) Profit!

All pretty basic, but I figure that decreasing calorie intake and increasing exercise can't fail. I just need to see if the rate of loss will be enough or if I need to ramp it up a bit. To this end I'm going to measure and plot my weight as I go.

The reward:
A slimmer, happier, fitter me. I might also buy myself an iPad or something if I manage to get down to 70kg. I don't think I really need the added incentive though so I'm not going to promise myself anything :-)

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Post by todo13 » Wed May 25, 2011 4:30 pm

Don't stop snacking but eat healthier snacks and slightly smaller meals
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Re: Challenge accepted

Post by FluffyPanda » Wed May 25, 2011 5:02 pm

Actually, I'm subscribed to graze.com which is quite a nice way to get interesting, healthy snacks delivered to your door (UK only I think). If anyone wants to give it a shot pm me and I can give you a code for a free box.

So I won't be giving up snacking per se, but I will be keeping my hands off anything made of chocolate or with a significant butter content!

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Re: Challenge accepted

Post by FluffyPanda » Fri Jun 03, 2011 3:11 am

Time for a day 10 weigh-in.

Start weight: 88.9kg

Now: 85.5kg

Hurrah! I've already lost 3.4kg (7.5 lbs)

Actually, I know it's a bad idea to weigh yourself every day when dieting, but I did it anyway and I've pretty consistently been losing half a kilo a day, except for when my mates came round and insisted on ordering pizza.

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If I can keep this up I'll hit my target weight before the end of this month... though I doubt it will go as smoothly as that! Still, that does mean that I've got plenty of time before the end of the challenge to hit my goal.

As for keeping it off, I'm hoping that will be much easier. I normally don't find it too hard to keep a constant weight, I've just been piling it on recently due to a hectic consulting schedule and poor meal choices. Returning to normal, healthy eating with an occasional treat should hopefully keep me steady.

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Re: Challenge accepted

Post by Amael » Fri Jun 03, 2011 4:05 am

Hey Fluffy! Awesome graph.

Yeah, it's usually a bad idea to weigh every day, but it works for some, and the graph idea is pretty sweet. Like you, I have also fallen victim to the evils of Pizza (last night, actually) but I found that limiting the damage is fairly simple. Instead of getting five or six slices of pizza, I ate a side-order of spiced chicken and only 2 slices of pizza, along with drinking lots of water. This helped pad out the food, and thus I wasn't eating as much pizza as I usually do. Combine that with not having anything else afterwards, just drinking more water, and I think it's worked pretty well... Of course, we have yet to see! I went to buy some digital scales for myself the other day, but they're fairly expensive and I couldn't afford them at the time (I think... Not sure when my money went into the bank, but I did just pay for two IG Tanks for my flatmate through PayPal, so maybe I can shell-out and get some now?)

Anyhow, well done in your first week, and don't be too disheartened about the Evil Evil Pizza (EEP), but think of it as a small reward for doing well, and try to limit any more EEPing to at most once per fortnight. This ought to help, and your body will not expect it so will process it more effectively if you eat right the rest of the time.

Keep up the good work!!!

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Re: Challenge accepted

Post by FluffyPanda » Thu Jun 23, 2011 8:56 pm

One month update time!

So far I'm really pleased with how this is going... and so is my wife :-)

The updated graph (now with a line of best fit):

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(gaps due to business trips leaving me away from my scales)

So my weight loss has continued at a really healthy rate. So far I've dropped from 88.9kg to 82.5 (196lbs to 182) for a loss of 6.4kg/14lbs. That's taken me 31 days and puts me well on track to meet my goal. Even more encouragingly I've just worked out that when my weight drops to 81.2kg I'll have dropped below a BMI of 25, making me officially only 1 and a bit kilos away from no longer being overweight. Hurrah! Happy Panda!

Best of all, I've not felt like it's been a strain to keep to my new regime at all. I've been keeping it simple and it's working.

What I've been doing:

1) No alcohol at all since I started the diet. For an Englishman that's saying something! During my busy consulting period I was frequently having 2-3 pints a night with colleagues. That's a ton of calories. I was only really drinking for the socialising though and I can do that just as well with a diet coke. Haven't missed it.

2) Lots of water. Been going through a 2 litre bottle of sparkling water a day. I find fizzy water really easy to drink. In fact that and unsweetened black coffee (how I always took it) is pretty much all I've been drinking.

3) Calorie counting. I've been eating around 1500 calories a day. Porridge for breakfast with a nice slow release to mid morning where I top up with some berries and/or nuts. Lunch almost always a salad. Mid afternoon snack cereal bar / ryvita / berries / similar. Dinner is a decent meal, though lean. Most likely involving fish or chicken. All together I'm now finding that I get hungry when it's time to eat again, rather than eating because it's reached lunchtime! I'm still really enjoying my food and eating plenty, but not overeating. Not been hard to stick to at all.

4) Exercise. I've been careful to book hotels within a 40 minute walk from my customers where possible so that I can skip on taxis and pick up some easy exercise.

I've also been doing push-ups over the last 15 days. At first I could only do 5 at a time, but I can now do 20 slow push-ups (2 seconds down, 2 up) with ease. I bought a pair of push-up stands to save my wrists from strain and I can really recommend them. They were cheap, but they increase the range of your push-up in a really noticeable way. I've already noticed a real improvement in the tone of my upper arms and chest. Another thing the wife approves of :-)

And I've bought myself a mountain bike. Not had much chance to ride it yet, just done a couple of miles to test it out. Looking forward to some longer rides though.


So all told I'm delighted with my first month and looking forward to the next couple. I'm already planning to keep weighing myself weekly once the diet is over and sticking to a more lenient version of this regime to keep me from putting it back.

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Re: Challenge accepted

Post by bighara » Fri Jun 24, 2011 4:20 pm

Great progress!

Be careful as you increase your activity level. You may need to up your caloric intake somewhat. Keep the fat and simple carbs low, but don't starve yourself.

I eat 2300 calories a day. At my activity level (≈4-5 hours of moderate intensity exercise per week), that's 20% below the level needed to maintain my (old) weight. I'm over 40, 5'11", and (currently) 189 lbs. I've only lost about 9 pounds over the last 2 months, but I am also doing a lot of weight training (along with oodles of cardio). My goal isn't to lose weight so much as drop fat and build muscle.

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Re: Challenge accepted

Post by FluffyPanda » Fri Jun 24, 2011 5:09 pm

Thanks for the tips :-)

I'm monitoring my calorie intake and weight very carefully... if I seem to be losing weight too quickly then I'll up the calories. I don't want to lose muscle if I can avoid it!

Once my weight is where I want it I'll think about bulking up. One step at a time though :)

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Re: Challenge accepted

Post by FluffyPanda » Wed Jun 29, 2011 5:24 pm

Very quick post this time. Weighed in at 81.8kg this morning so inching closer to my healthy BMI.

Just got back from an 11 mile bike ride and I loved it. Average speed of 12.6 mph which I've just looked up and translates to about 600 calories burned! That was a bit of a problem actually as it's almost time for bed and I've only been able to replace about 300 with some porridge and honey. I'm not hungry enough to eat more and I don't want to stuff a ton of calories down just before I sleep.

This was just a spur of the moment thing. I'm definitely going to have to plan my rides in future so that I can eat more throughout the day to prepare me for the calories I burn.

Back when I used to have a gym membership it would take me well over an hour to get a session in, including travel, showers and all the rest. I don't think I ever burned more than 500 calories in a session and never really enjoyed it. I think a bike is a fantastic investment compared to a gym membership :-)

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Re: Challenge accepted

Post by FluffyPanda » Sun Jul 03, 2011 7:27 pm

Today I weighed in at 81.2kg. Which means....

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I'm now officially not overweight any more!

If I hadn't come down with a crippling fever today I think I would have been feeling pretty great :-)

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Re: Challenge accepted

Post by FluffyPanda » Fri Jul 08, 2011 6:28 pm

Today's weight: 79.7kg

That means I've lost 9.2 kilos, or just over 20 lbs. I'm two thirds of the way through the loss with half the days left to go :-)

I had a team meeting this week. My team is scattered throughout Europe so I don't see them very often, some I hadn't seen for a couple of years. Many of them noticed that there was a lot less of me! When we get together the drink flows very freely, but I managed to keep my discipline and mix diet coke and fizzy water into the rounds, as well as offload some of the beers I was bought on colleagues. As a result I only had 5 alcoholic drinks over the 3 days* (the only 5 I've had during this diet) and, to my surprise, had still lost over half a kilo when I weighed in upon my return.

I'm thinking about relaxing my diet slightly now to end on a gradual slope down to my target. We'll have to see how that pans out.


*To put that in context, I would normally expect to drink many more than that per night during a team meeting!

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Re: Challenge accepted

Post by FluffyPanda » Wed Aug 31, 2011 3:52 am

Weeeeeell.... I've just had a VERY busy period at work, including a week in Ottawa and a week in San Francisco where I was out every night with colleagues eating North American portions in expensive restaurants. It didn't do me any favours!

Basically my diet fell completely apart over the last 5 weeks. As well as the big two weeks in NA I also had a week of holiday where I didn't feel like staying to a diet. My graph is in tatters too... I've had only a few days near a set of scales for the last 5 weeks. Poor graph :-(

At the moment I'm weighing in at 81kg. Not great when I reached a low of 78 and managed to stay there for quite a while, but at least it represents a considerable loss from my starting weight of 88.9. Actually it's a loss of 17.4lbs and I'm still happy with how I look.

I'm planning to resume the diet and see if I can't beat my current record low weight over the coming months. I'd still like to reach 75kg if possible. I suspect I'm going to be spending a lot of time going up and down in weight by a few kilos for as long as I'm doing this job, but at least I know how to shed the excess quickly and safely now.

All told I'm really happy that I started this. Thanks for the motivation MWG :-)

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