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15 pounds to lose challenge November 1 - January 31, 2023

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  • jyoti_0
    jyoti_0 Posts: 87 Member
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    @taxgirl1 - This week, I have been counting how much water I drink in a day and tried to drink (sip) 8 cups a day (but can't go beyond 5-6 cups) and I have observed many benefits including-
    1) water retention has gone down (I suffer from food allergies and water retention is a big problem for me).
    2) I feel fuller through the day so my calorie intake has also gone down (no need for expensive appetite suppressing supplements)
    3) my stiff and soar knee became alright without any medication (I didn't even realize when it happened)
    4) I have lost one pound in 2 days
    5) I overall feel energetic.

    Here is my earlier post about water benefits. I hope, it will help people realize that water IS a very good weight loss aid
  • BartBVanBockstaele
    BartBVanBockstaele Posts: 623 Member
    edited January 2023
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    Water is a (mainly mental) problem for many people. For that reason, I started tracking my weight fluctuations at the end of October, so I could show how unpredictable and how important these can be and that they are nothing to worry about. While I don't have the illusion that this type of tracking will remove all anxiety, I think it should at least thelp a bit. This is a graph that only shows the fluctuation, not the weight itself. The highest fluctuation I have had in a single day was 3.5 kg. Interesting to know is that this fluctuation was not the result of excessive salt intake. It really was a random fluctuation. The lowest was actually 0 which is to be ignored as an outlier, although some points are 0 because I was unable to weigh myself on those days (or only once). I weigh myself just before eating a meal (if I don't forget it). The end of the graph is to be ignored, we are only 07 January right now, I just put in the others to minimise adjusting the axis all the time.
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  • jyoti_0
    jyoti_0 Posts: 87 Member
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  • BartBVanBockstaele
    BartBVanBockstaele Posts: 623 Member
    edited January 2023
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    jyoti_0 wrote: »
    Please note that this author is a questionable source of information. The word "integrative" is a warning sign for that. Second, the article largely ignores (a.k.a. oversimplifies) what the Academy actually wrote.

    If interested, one should read the original document. It is available for free.
    Institute of Medicine. 2005. Dietary Reference Intakes for Water, Potassium,
    Sodium, Chloride, and Sulfate
    . Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.
    https://doi.org/10.17226/10925.
    The table on page 610 this article seems to refer to is called:
    Dietary Reference Intakes (DRIs): Recommended Intakes for Individuals, Total
    Water and Macronutrients
    There is a significant difference between how much water you should get and how much water you should drink. Unless you eat dry oats, flour, rice... from the box, all your food contains water and even these foods still contain some water. This is why the table, and most of this document, refer to total water intake.
    What truly amazes and puzzles me in this, is that I learned that this is about "total water intake" and not about "drinking water" when I was in primary school, i.e. around 1967, well over 50 years ago. This is not new information by any standard.
  • SunnyDays930
    SunnyDays930 Posts: 1,507 Member
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    @RubyRed427 Loose clothing is a much better indicator of progress than the numbers on the scale!
  • RubyRed427
    RubyRed427 Posts: 4,198 Member
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    @RubyRed427 Loose clothing is a much better indicator of progress than the numbers on the scale!

    Thanks Sunny!
  • deepwoodslady
    deepwoodslady Posts: 11,386 Member
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    My name is Donna. I am 62 years old and I live in the Midwest of the US. I am 5’ 5” tall.


    CHALLENGE TOTAL WEIGHT LOSS GOAL: Total Loss of 15 pounds to land at 182.8
    CHALLENGE STARTING WEIGHT (FROM Oct 31): 197.8
    CHALLENGE ENDING WEIGHT:



    Every healthy habit brings me closer to scratching each of these off to NEVER see them again!
    250’s; 240’s; 230’s; 220's; 210's; 200's; 190's; 180’s; 170's; 160's; 150’s


    Weight in blue makes me blue because it’s a gain. Weight in fuchsia pink makes me feel cheery because it’s a loss. Weight in black means no change.



    11/01-199.8-(Trend Weight: 200.2)-

    11/07-198.8-(Trend Weight: 199.9)-

    11/14-197.6-(Trend Weight: 199.1)-

    11/21-198.6-(Trend Weight: 198.7)-

    11/28-196.6-(Trend Weight: 197.9)-

    11/30-196.2-(Trend Weight: 197.8)-


    Nov Start: 197.8
    Nov Actual: 196.2
    Nov Goal: (5 pound loss) 192.8

    Cumulative Weight Loss so Far: 1.6 lbs. LOST



    12/01-198.4-(Trend Weight: 197.8)-

    12/05-197.8-(Trend Weight: 197.7)-

    12/12-198.2-(Trend Weight: 197.9)-

    12/19-197.0-(Trend Weight: 198.1)-

    12/26-200.6-(Trend Weight: 198.7)-


    12/31-199.8-(Trend Weight: 199.2)-


    Dec Start: 196.2
    Dec Actual: 199.8
    Dec Goal: (5 pound loss) 191.2

    Cumulative Weight Loss so Far: 2.0 lb GAIN


    01/01-199.2-(Trend Weight: 199.2)-

    01/02-DNW-(Trend Weight: DNW)- Forgot to weigh while getting ready to leave. Sucked down too much coffee prior.

    01/09-200.0-(Trend Weight: 199.4)- Day 1 of 5 days of travel. Hopefully I can keep my head on my shoulders and my brain intact in all aspects.

    01/16-xxxxx-(Trend Weight: xxxxx)-

    01/23-xxxxx-(Trend Weight: xxxxx)-

    01/30-xxxxx-(Trend Weight: xxxxx)-

    01/31-xxxxx-(Trend Weight: xxxxx)-



    Jan Start: 199.8
    Jan Actual: xxxxx
    Jan Goal: (5 pound loss) 194.8

    Cumulative Weight Loss so Far:
  • RubyRed427
    RubyRed427 Posts: 4,198 Member
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    GinLee61 wrote: »
    RubyRed427 wrote: »
    Came home from work and did a 20 min. yoga on youtube. During it, I was sweating and my wrists hurt, but I finished it. Now, I realize how out of shape I really am. But I know that this is reversible.

    @RubyRed427 - I have trouble being on my hands and knees due to pain so I do standing yoga or chair yoga. There are a bunch of them on YouTube.

    Thanks for the tip!
  • Toronto6fan
    Toronto6fan Posts: 435 Member
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    RubyRed427 wrote: »
    Came home from work and did a 20 min. yoga on youtube. During it, I was sweating and my wrists hurt, but I finished it. Now, I realize how out of shape I really am. But I know that this is reversible.

    I'm doing a 30 day challenge yoga with Adrienne and am on day 20. It gets easier.