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Mini Challenge: 10lbs down by Valentines Day? <3

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  • BMcC9BMcC9 Posts: 2,633Member Member Posts: 2,633Member Member
    merekins wrote: »
    SW: 195
    1/9: 191
    Challenge Goal: 185

    Keep doing whatever is working!
  • MsBaz2018MsBaz2018 Posts: 345Member Member Posts: 345Member Member
    BMcC9 wrote: »
    I can never keep the "meaning of Woo" straight. Is it supposed to be negative as in another way of saying "thumbs down / disagree strongly about something in the post", or positive as in an encouraging "Woo-HOO!" ?.

    I am not very emoji-savvy and don't want to use it in the wrong sense anywhere in MFP. So I tend to either use the other, clearly-supportive choices or none at all.

    Means "thumbs down"/disagree" or even "B. S." if someone is trying to mislead other people.
  • BMcC9BMcC9 Posts: 2,633Member Member Posts: 2,633Member Member
    Thanks.

    In my earlier post about "what macros are and how MFP displays them in the food diary" I may have gotten carried away with providing practical examples to illustrate how to interpret the numbers. No "read as Woo-factors" intended. Sorry if it came across being read as "Thou Shalt / Shoulds't Not" pronouncements.

    One's choices are one's own and there are many variables for what can fit within your calorie options at any particular time in your journey, and if you happen to be taller with an active job you will always have more calorie room to play with than I currently do (a short female close to starting maintenance who has a very low-activity desk job). I started with a higher daily calorie allotment more that 18 months ago, so have had time to adjust downward slowly as my current weight dropped.

    There are "must read" links at the top of each main message board, that explain how to set your goals and make best use of your Food diary, and lots more besides. If you haven't read them, I would encourage you to do so.

    If, after reading those, anyone who is new to MFP would still like to ask any specific questions about the mechanics of setting MFP targets, that's all I was offering. And you can still ask me if you wish.

    Just trying to "Pay It Forward".
  • LadySatonLadySaton Posts: 457Member Member Posts: 457Member Member
    BMcC9 wrote: »
    I can never keep the "meaning of Woo" straight. Is it supposed to be negative as in another way of saying "thumbs down / disagree strongly about something in the post", or positive as in an encouraging "Woo-HOO!" ?.

    I am not very emoji-savvy and don't want to use it in the wrong sense anywhere in MFP. So I tend to either use the other, clearly-supportive choices or none at all.

    I think some people get them confused and use it as “woohoo”. Also if you’re on the phone app it’s really easy to slip up and press something when you meant to scroll. I have done it before myself. 😱
  • BMcC9BMcC9 Posts: 2,633Member Member Posts: 2,633Member Member
    Good to know. I am strictly a web-site type (don't own a smartphone and not about to put apps on the work-supplied cell)
  • tcunbelievertcunbeliever Posts: 6,611Member Member Posts: 6,611Member Member
    Going to adjust goals:
    Start: 160
    1/10: 159
    1/17:
    1/24:
    1/31:
    2/7:
    2/14:
    Goal: 154
    12/27: 160
    12/28: 161.4
    12/29: 159
    12/30: 153
    12/31: 155
    1/2: 161.2
    1/5 160.2
    1/6 160.2
    1/7 161.2
    1/8 161.4
    1/9 159.8
    1/10 159

    I'm going to keep trying to track every day, but really only count Thursdays, and aim for a pound a week!
  • atheistred89atheistred89 Posts: 28Member Member Posts: 28Member Member
    I've been averaging a deficit of 300-500 calories not including any light exercise I may have done to burn off more and it's been 10 days with no real change in my weight. A bit frustrated at this point. I was hoping I wouldn't hit a plateau.
  • LadySatonLadySaton Posts: 457Member Member Posts: 457Member Member
    I've been averaging a deficit of 300-500 calories not including any light exercise I may have done to burn off more and it's been 10 days with no real change in my weight. A bit frustrated at this point. I was hoping I wouldn't hit a plateau.
    Have you been readjusting your calorie goal as you go along? I reset my goal at the beginning of every month so it lowers my calorie range (as we lose weight, we have to eat fewer calories to continue losing and my MFP doesn’t update that until i go reset my goal - I don’t know if it should and mine just isn’t for some reason). Also, lots of things can cause water weight so 10 days isn’t really enough time to show a definite trend. Salty food, starting a new workout routine or hormonal/other health issues can all cause water weight and confuse us about what’s going on. Errors in logging can be another issue too so I always try to err on the side of recording more calories on my food if I’m not 100% sure about it. If you’ve become more sedentary that can be an issue too. Walking around during the day, climbing stairs, running errands, etc - it really adds up so if we stop doing that sort of thing less weight will be lost. Plus, a lot of exercise calorie burn calculators overestimate what we actually burn and we may burn less than what MFP credits us for.

    Either way, don’t give up! If you keep doing everything right and double check your numbers to be sure you’re in the right range, eventually a loss should show unless there is an error in the numbers. Our bodies have to burn those calories for us to live so keep at it and “trouble-shoot”!
  • sassysmom35sassysmom35 Posts: 87Member Member Posts: 87Member Member
    Starting weight 225
    Challenge start weight. 210.4
    Challenge goal. 199.8
    Final goal 126ish

    12/28 - 210.4
    01/04 - 208.8
    01/11 - 207.4
    01/18 -
    01/25 -
    02/01 -
    02/08 -
    02/15 -
    02/22 -
    03/01 -
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    03/29 -
  • BMcC9BMcC9 Posts: 2,633Member Member Posts: 2,633Member Member
    S I G H .... Fridays are gonna be a challenge to get the pre-work 7 minute HIIT in .... it is the day I report my weekly weigh-in on two challenges ... and check on progress by others ... and what's new here .... and I leave in less than 30 minutes and haven't started cooking breakfast eggs or coffee yet .... work-morning MFP is just as bad for my morning routine >:) as a brand new book! So hard to walk away from!

    But I have been doing the 7 minutes HIIT session on my exercise bike twice MOST days this week, and at least once every day! (in addition to continuing my habitual after-work cardio routine)
  • BMcC9BMcC9 Posts: 2,633Member Member Posts: 2,633Member Member
    I've been averaging a deficit of 300-500 calories not including any light exercise I may have done to burn off more and it's been 10 days with no real change in my weight. A bit frustrated at this point. I was hoping I wouldn't hit a plateau.

    Take a look at the spreadsheet here (from the MPF Must-Read approved links)

    https://community.myfitnesspal.com/en/discussion/comment/38265371#Comment_38265371

    Also, right at the top of the General Health, Fitness and Diet message board is a thread of links that are highly recommended "Most Useful Posts General Health, Fitness and Diet (Must Reads)" for common questions and issues that keep coming up for members. The one called "Why eating too little calories is a bad idea" has clear explanations of how MFP arrives at its recommended target values and what it ASSUMES you are doing.

    I suggest you read though these, and see if it helps clarify.

    For those who didn't notice, there are corresponding Most Useful Posts [Message Board Name] (Must Reads)" containing moderator approved links on relevant topics at the top of each board .....
  • MarisaMSimonMarisaMSimon Posts: 137Member Member Posts: 137Member Member
    mmm4861 wrote: »
    mmm4861 wrote: »
    mmm4861 wrote: »
    I would love to do this! I weighed in on Friday at 208.4. I ultimately want to get down to 140 but for this challenge I would like to get to 199 by Valentine’s Day to be in the 100 club! 😊

    I had my weekly weigh in today and I’m down to 207.2!! Keep pushing everyone! The real test is this upcoming week!

    So I did pretty bad 😂

    I went on vacation for a week with family and unfortunately I had such a hard time staying on goal with trying to accurately calculate calories (we went out to eat a lot) and I had no scale so I didn’t weigh myself until I got back.

    December 31st I weighed in at 213!! 🙁

    However, this Friday (my usual weigh in day) I weighed in at 207.8 so I feel like I’m back on track! Drinking lots of fluids and going back to my workout regiment definitely helped this week. 8.8 pounds to go!

    Another week down and I did so good! Kept my weekly calories in check and did all my workouts for the week. I’ve had tons of energy...which is a shock since I wake up at 4am for work everyday and I do my workouts after work.

    SW for this challenge: 208.4
    CW: 205.8
    GW for this challenge: 199

    6.8 pounds to go! We can do this! 🙂
  • LMK20018LMK20018 Posts: 38Member Member Posts: 38Member Member
    @LadySaton and @BMcC9 from Jan 9th post: thank you for all the info regarding macros etc and about calorie consumption, for reference I’m 5’4’’ enjoy the weekend
  • BMcC9BMcC9 Posts: 2,633Member Member Posts: 2,633Member Member
    LMK20018 wrote: »
    @LadySaton and @BMcC9 from Jan 9th post: thank you for all the info regarding macros etc and about calorie consumption, for reference I’m 5’4’’ enjoy the weekend

    Happy to help. I am a "reference librarian" type, always wanting to point people to the resources they need and then letting them run with them.
  • jenr130jenr130 Posts: 1Member Member Posts: 1Member Member
    I’m in!
    Starting weight 160
    Valentine’s Day goal 150
  • Soul_mateSoul_mate Posts: 65Member Member Posts: 65Member Member
    lizziequek wrote: »
    i would love to attain a10 pound weight loss by 14 feb but will be happy with an 8 pound loss too.
    currently 136 lbs . would like to go down to 120s by valentine's day.

    planning to disappear or what
  • reevess113reevess113 Posts: 27Member Member Posts: 27Member Member
    A week of vacation led to no weight lost or gained, which I consider a win! Back on the elliptical! Still have 6 pounds to go...
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