TEAM: Flab-U-Less (September)

AB0215 Posts: 7,141 Member
Welcome to the Challenge new and returning teammates!! This is the conversation/weigh in thread for your Team :) Keep on losing because our first weigh ins begin THIS Sunday! I am here for you should you need anything - simply message me or tag me by putting an '@' just before my username (NO SPACES) and I will get to you asap! ~ Ashley @AB0215.


  • MellOnTheMove
    MellOnTheMove Posts: 63 Member
    Hi all! Mell here and I'm really excited to start this challenge. I struggle with portion control and binge eating, but I'm working on that.
  • planj
    planj Posts: 118 Member
    Hi Team! I'm happy to be here. Looking forward to taking part and losing a few lbs in Sept. Just back from a short vk .. and working on losing the lbs I gained. Hopefully easy on/ easy off?? We will see?

  • planj
    planj Posts: 118 Member
    Hi all! Mell here and I'm really excited to start this challenge. I struggle with portion control and binge eating, but I'm working on that.

    HI Mel :)
  • mrsjar5311
    mrsjar5311 Posts: 514 Member
    I'm here! Joy reporting for duty
  • mrsjar5311
    mrsjar5311 Posts: 514 Member
    Checking in for today! I have managed to fast till 1pm which makes it a 17 hour fast for me today. One of my goals is to increase to 18 hours fasting with a 6 hour eating window. I'm famished!
  • Ver9nika
    Ver9nika Posts: 183 Member
    Hi team!

    My cw is 242lbs. I don't have goal weight, every lbs gone makes me happy.

    I try to follow food plan (calory restrictions)
    DJMKT Posts: 39 Member
    Hi all, am targeting a weigh-loss of 10 lbs by mid October. Aligning my target to a dragon boat race I am participating in. Just recommitted this week to counting calories, along with moving more. I struggle with stress eating, craving sweets and carbs, and sitting too much! Do really like veg and salads, but despite liking them my go to when I am stressed is carbs and sweets. So trying to break that habit and be more balanced.

    For exercise currently walk my dogs for 30 min x 1-2 times a day; paddle with my dragon boat team 1-2 times a week for an 1hr long practice, and am swimming laps a couple times a week for at least 20-30 minutes. Deal with hip flexor and Achilles’ tendon issues, so know I need to make stretching a daily thing I do. Also want to work on strengthening my core.

    Am 55, 63 lbs to lose to reach my goal weight.
  • planj
    planj Posts: 118 Member
    Sorry.. recent time restrains I have to leave the Sept Challenge. Good Luck to everyone though.
  • mram3582
    mram3582 Posts: 2,482 Member
    Sorry I am late! I totally missed that Ashley had put up this thread already! Hi again everyone! Welcome to all of our newcomers. My name is Melinda and I am acting team captain right now. I have been active on mfp since mid-Jan of 2018 and this is my 13th round on the Biggest Loser Challenge. I started at a whopping 315lbs. after quitting an active job, having surgery, starting my own business, and being on very high doses of steroids. I am now down to 245lbs. which is almost where I spent the majority of my adult life. My diary is open for anyone's viewing pleasure and I am willing to help out in any way that I am able. As far as personal life/hobbies: I am married to my high school sweetie for 20 years, no kids, 2 cats. I own a carpet, tile, grout cleaning business which keeps me pretty active and I am nightshift 911. My husband and I build arcade cabinets and program emulators (think old-school Pac-Man), we like Cons, and pretty much anything fantasy or sci-fi. GO TEAM FLAB-U-LESS!!
  • mram3582
    mram3582 Posts: 2,482 Member
    Hi again everyone! So....Sunday, Sept. 1st., officially kicks off our Sept. Challenge! This challenge runs from Sept 1st to Sept 28th. So the 1st weigh ins will be those people that chose Sunday as their weigh day. Sorry for the confusion, it keeps things equal.
    We are also going to be running (Optional) Mini-challenges again this month: Question of the Week and Daily Posts

    First and foremost is that participation in these challenges is optional. It's up to you as to whether you want to try this. If you don't want to participate in these challenges, you don't have to, the choice is yours, but I would like to encourage you to participate as it seems to help keep us on track and thinking about our goals on a daily basis and it's encouraging to see other's successes and struggles so that we realize that we are not alone!!

    The Daily Posts Challenge is based on another challenge on MFP called UAC (Ultimate Accountability Challenge). The way UAC works is that the aim is to follow 5 basic rules.

    #1. Track EVERYTHING you eat that has calories.
    #2. Stay inside your allocated daily budget.
    #3. Try to do at least 20 minutes of activity a day (anything: walk, run, cycle, swim, gardening, housework, yoga, gym, etc.. As long as it gets you active and off the couch)
    #4. 1 pass day permitted per week (went over calories, could not track, not enough exercise, intentional pass)
    #5. Check in daily (tracking yes/no, calories yes/no, exercise yes/no).

    ****End of the week. those who have managed to keep to plan for 6 out of 7 days are recognized in the thread as being part of the weekly "Winners Circle".

    A side note as there has been a bit of confusion for new members in the past, this is not the same as the official results, which are weight based, this is just another tool to help you reach your weight loss goals.

    You set your own daily budget.
    You choose you own exercise and intensity (no step limit, no exercises you cannot or should not do, 20 mins of gardening counts as much as a 10 mile run, activity is activity, anything that gets you up and moving!).
    Is not weight based (as weight fluctuates day by day).
    Can continue beyond weight loss.

    Daily check in keeps you in touch with those doing similar. Longer term weight management is hard to do on your own.

    It also has frequent resets (as in a circle each week).

    It works on an honor system. Being honest with yourself and others is a key to making things work. Remember, this is a judgement free zone, everyone has good days and bad days, but the way to get to the finish line is by being honest and when we have a bad day, picking ourselves up and carrying on the next day!

    Consistency and new habits have been shown the only long term successful way to change weight. We all want the progress made here to last a lifetime.

    Your posts should look like this:
    Daily Post (Sunday/Date)

    Track: Yes/no
    Calories: Yes/no (were you under)
    Exercise: Yes/no (what type and how long)
    Goals/Day/Comments: (Tell us a brief description about your how your day went or your goals for the day)

    The Question of the Week Challenge is a fun participation booster and we will be using it sometimes just as fun and sometimes it can help to foster new ideas for others as we all are different and have different experiences so sharing ideas can help someone else with motivation of freshening up their routine even!! Keep on the lookout for these questions.[/color]

    Please post your weight on your scheduled weigh in day, as if you miss weigh-ins, you may be eliminated from the challenge and we don't want to see that happen!!

    Your posts should look like this:
    Week: November Week 1
    PW =(previous weight)
    CW=(current weight)
    Just type PW & CW if you'd like (or if it's easier, you could keep a note on your PC desktop to make it easier to copy and paste from week to week.)

    Please, please setup your posts in that format as it really makes it much easier for me to track your progress for the challenges and the weight loss!!

    I'd like to help us be as successful as possible and if I can help in any way, please let me know. Also, if you have any suggestions for the team or fun ideas to spice things up a bit, please feel free to share them, I look for new ways to help engagement and keep people motivated!!

    I am committed to this group and to help where I can, and please let me know if I can help in any way!!

    Your team Captain,
    Melinda @mram3582
  • shanteel612
    shanteel612 Posts: 434 Member
    @mrsjar5311 I do intermittent fasting most days. My eating window is usually 8 hours. I would like to decrease it also. I am following to see if I learn any tips.
  • happy7811
    happy7811 Posts: 154 Member
    Welcome to all. New members.

    Sorry this is late.i just wanted to say good luck to each an everyone of you.this is my 3rd month here an enjoying it.
  • TypingToaster
    TypingToaster Posts: 4,110 Member
    For this month, my goal is to get under 300 pounds by my birthday. Which is on the 24th. That means I would have to lose 9.5 pounds in 24 days. :D Or 0.4 pounds per day.
    DJMKT Posts: 39 Member
    You can do it! I just restarted calorie counting this week and am already down 3 lbs. Though they say 1.5-2lbs a week is a good steady, realistic and healthy goal so you aren’t far off. It is just a matter of staying focused on calories and staying active. I am trying to lose 10lbs by Oct 12th bringing me down under 190 to 188. Just in time for a dragon boat race I am participating in.
  • mram3582
    mram3582 Posts: 2,482 Member
    Alrighty folks! We're live in September!! First gladiators in the arena are:

    It is a bright and shiny new month! Lets make it happen! GO TEAM FLAB-U-LESS!!
  • TypingToaster
    TypingToaster Posts: 4,110 Member
    @mram3582 I noticed that on the September spreadsheet it does not have my current weight for September's starting weight. It has the weight from last week.
  • WA_Teacher
    WA_Teacher Posts: 1,042 Member
    Hello teammates!
    I'm a 5th grade ELA teacher in Washington State. Currently things are a little busy as I prepare for the new school year. My goal for September is to get out of the 220s and drink at least 64 ounces of water daily.
  • mrsjar5311
    mrsjar5311 Posts: 514 Member
    It's 1st Sept here! Well almost finished as I'm 3 hours away from my bedtime!

    Track: Yes
    Calories: 387 calories under - yay!
    Exercise: Yes. 6.2 mile walk. Total time was 1 hr 48 mins
    Goals/Day/Comments: Had guests round. So had to carefully manage my calories so I could eat with them. Total balancing act!
  • Katchoi
    Katchoi Posts: 65 Member
    Hello Katchoi here.
    This us my second month. I did pretty well I think last month. Fell off the tracking wagon at the end but am ready to get back up and keep this weight loss going.
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