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  1. pinkboy

    pinkboy Well-Known Member Premium Member

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    As promised, I am starting the first PropertyChat "Biggest Loser" Challenge. Most people know, by a simple Google search, that many Australians (and people around the world) are overweight, obese or in some circumstances - morbidly obese.

    The challenge is a lighthearted introduction to weight loss among members of the PropertyChat community to share ideas, methods and strategies, just like we do for property, finance and tax

    The rules are simple:
    1. In this thread, post the following 3 things: Your starting weight (This will be your base weight for the challenge). Your current height (as I will include a 'BMI' cell in the spreadsheet among weight loss percentages and weekly loss/(gain) tables). Why you are competing in the challenge (This bit can be as simple or complex as you like).
    2. Each Monday, I will create a weekly 'Loser' thread where each member updates their current weight and most importantly, what they did right or wrong during the week that contributed to their loss/(gain).

    The challenge will start tomorrow, Monday 06/06/16, and continue for 12 weeks to Monday 29/08/16 where the PC member who has the greatest weight loss percentage will be crowned the "Biggest Loser". No other metrics will be considered for the winner, however you may like to include them in your initial and weekly bio to record your success.

    There are no weight penalties or eliminations like the show. However, participants who miss 2 weigh ins in a row will be ineligible for the final prize.

    Prizes:
    1. At the end of week 4 and 8, I will provide spot prizes of a $50 gift card to Woolworths/Coles for things like exceptional weight loss, participants who are actively driving others to reach their weight loss goals, or for providing excellent advice and pointing out great fitness apps or recipe attributing to their or others success. Slightly discretionary on my part, but I'm sure there will be a standout somewhere in 4 weeks.
    2. Grand Prize. The PropertyChat "Biggest Loser", the person with the greatest weight loss percentage, I will stump up a 'Premium Membership' to the PropertyChat community. If the winner is already a 'Premium Member', when that current membership is up, Sim will further the membership for 12 months. If the winner is a Business member, I will subsidize their membership fee the $100 upon their. renewal.
    3. GRAND GRAND PRIZE. Each and every PropertyChat "Biggest Loser" will have lost weight, feel great, look great and will have improved their quality of life.

    I feel the entry bio of why you are accepting the weight loss challenge is especially important. In 12 weeks, there will be some times where meeting weight loss amounts of exercise and food intake will be especially tough. During these times, participating members may like to remind you why you have started the challenge in the first place, so that you can try to stay on track.

    Over to you guys now. Who will say 'Challenge accepted' for a new you!

    pinkboy
     
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  2. pinkboy

    pinkboy Well-Known Member Premium Member

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    Ill kick off.

    Starting weight: 90.7kg
    Height: 180cm
    Why I'm accepting the Biggest Loser Challenge: I aim to improve my power to weight ratio as I will be attempting a rather extreme world record attempt in September on my bike. I would also like to improve my eating habits, and cut down on a lot of junk food that makes up a lot of my diet.

    pinkboy
     
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  3. wylie

    wylie Moderator Staff Member

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    I'll join in so I can keep myself accountable to someone other than myself.
    Starting weight: 57.9kg
    Height: 156cm
    I'm 56 and no matter how hard I try, hormonal changes mean I put on weight so easily.

    I was about 48kg in my twenties and I don't want to be that weight now but I'd like to get to about 56kg for my health.

    So, I'm aiming for 2kg (maybe 3kg to give myself some leeway) and I cannot believe how difficult that 2kg has been. I've been trying for a while now.

    This challenge means I have to fess up each Monday.
     
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  4. Truly Exotic

    Truly Exotic Well-Known Member

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    I thought this was going to be a "who can shed the most properties in the shortest period of time" thread!
     
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  5. Azazel

    Azazel Well-Known Member

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    What if you aim for 4kg, then if you make it halfway you will achieve your goal!
     
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  6. WattleIdo

    WattleIdo renovating Premium Member

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    OK I'm in.
    Weight: 92.3k (edit: looks like the renos actually did help out with a few kilos :eek:)
    Height: 169.5cm
    Age: not hard to work out but can't a gal have some mystery?
    Why - as Spludgey said, to be accountable and to have the companionship and encouragement of a group with similar goals.
    PC is an appropriate forum for this. I started putting on weight when I bought my first property. Mostly due to the fact that I physically moved away from my support network in the Eastern suburbs and inner west of Sydney.
    Recent renovations have surprisingly not helped (edit: they helped a little but clearly not enough - must've been all the quick and easy 'meals' I ate when famished).
    Exercise plan started 2 days ago: 1+ hr walk per day plus 3 x yoga classes per week (ideally)
    Food plan to start tomorrow: 3 meals per day, no sugar, no flour (until ideal weight), mostly home-cooked meals consisting of protein and fruit for brekkie, protein and veg for lunch and dinner - and fat.
    It is pointless attempting to completely eliminate chocolate and chips. However, I will keep the consumption to a minimum, esp choc.
    My goal is primarily to stick to both plans.
    Would love to go from size 18 to size 14 in the 3 months and then beyond to size 12 and possibly back to the 8/10 that I was 10 years ago.
    In other words, from 93kg to 70kg with a view to 60k.
    Main thing is to stick to the plans and let nature do its thang. Will try to post super fit photo from yesteryear.
     
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  7. Scott No Mates

    Scott No Mates Well-Known Member

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    Veranda over the toolshed?
     
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  8. wylie

    wylie Moderator Staff Member

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    What a disturbing mental image that brings :eek::D.
     
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  9. wombat777

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    I'm in. 89.2kg recorded this morning. 175cm. This is 40kg down from my heaviest weight of 129.5 kg at the end of 2007.

    After yo-yo-ing my weight since 2011 I'm down 10.9kg from August last year so have been doing well the last little while. Extended walks in Victoria, Nepal and South America helped with that!

    I leave for another trek in the Indian Himalaya in 7 weeks and would like to drop some more weight before then and whilst I am away.
     
  10. Azazel

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    I don't know what that means, but I still don't like it.
     
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  11. MTR

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    omg, amazing good for you
     
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  12. MarkB

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    Starting weight: 90.9kg
    Height: 189cm

    There is a history of heart attacks in my family (both parents / at least one grandparent) - so genetically I am predisposed to those sorts of problems. I'm also conscious of Type 2 Diabetes given my fondness for chocolate and ice cream.

    Be nice to get to 85 kg.

    Edit - About a year ago I was tipping the scales at 99kg. I got down to 90.5, then back up to 95, now down to 90.9. Without this thread I would probably cycle back up again. For me even breaking into the 80's would be a milestone (that's victory for me) since I haven't managed it in over 10 years, and mid 80's would get me back to the weight I was in my early 20's (I am 40).
     
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  13. Ace in the Hole

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    In for the ride.

    Starting weight: 79-80kg, but will edit first thing tomorrow morning.
    Height: 183cm
    Why I'm accepting the Biggest Loser Challenge: Well there's no way I'm going to be the biggest loser based on starting weight, but just want to participate to continually improve. I'm 40 years old now and want to be in the most athletic condition I've ever been in my whole live as I've never been athletic in my younger years. Will be doing 6 training sessions a week for strength and flexibility, might add some cardio in but not much time or energy available for that.
    Like PB, I aim to improve my power to weight ratio as much as possible, getting as ripped and vascular as possible for good looks too.
    I want to compete in Masters Athletics for sprinting in the coming years if I can hold off injuries.
    Will add a few pics for reference.
     
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  14. wombat777

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    An activity tracker is great for motivation. Recently upgraded to one with a wrist-based heart-rate monitor. It helps with pacing when out doing steep training-walks.

    I've also recently taken up running. Until now I have only used hiking, cycling and treadmill-walking for fitness. Will be getting back on the bike after my India trip.
     
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  15. Dylan33

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    What about us skinny people? I propose a "biggest gainer " comp to run alongside. first one to gain 10 kilos. What do we get as a prize?
     
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    diabetes
     
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  17. pinkboy

    pinkboy Well-Known Member Premium Member

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    I had a very similar conversation with some of my cycle buddies this week (they continually give me a fair bit of cheek regarding my weight:(). I'm in prime position to head upwards and get to 100kg. I'd only need to eat KFC for about 2 weeks I reckon!:D I also came off my bike on Tuesday last week, so I have been eating a lot while recovering as I can only managed very easy rides and split a day apart each due to my soreness in my shoulder/hip/hands (plus stitches in my chin and a bit of skin off knees and elbows)

    Unfortunately, with 15 solid weeks of training left to WR, I cant afford to give it a go. Would take me 6 weeks to lose what I put on in 2 weeks I reckon.

    Of course, I'm not eligible for the prizes anyway. I'm just in it for further improvement. Working off a pretty good training base though, so a lot of new eating habits for me in the next 12 weeks.

    pinkboy
     
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  18. Bran

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    I just spent an hour in the gym, and whilst there I was contemplating what I might change, and why.

    I got home, weighed myself and took some before pics. I still believed I was in pretty good shape. But hearing the disappointing way my wife said my name when I let my gut out (the photo didn't capture the full effect), and then seeing the photos (taken post-workout in favourable light); the difference compared to a year ago, I'm truly ashamed to share them.
     
  19. Bran

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    Maybe I should explain my disappointment.

    Here's where I've come from in brief, to age 35.

    I was a state swimmer as a teenager, training 10-11 times a week. I was fortunate to train with some pretty big names in swimming, but always came 2nd to a now olympian so gave it away to pursue high school academia.

    In high school, I took up weights almost on a whim, to help conquer the issues I had with poor self-esteem - I was a rake and had terrible acne. I was moved around a lot, I never really fit in (I still feel this, about life really).

    The consistency and dedication to training/fitness began to pay off by 3-4 years into university, whereby a friend and I realised we were at the 'sports model competition' heat level without even really trying (above our usual regime). We took this to another level when we decided to compete. Here's the outcome when I won:
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    That was a full 10 years ago, age 25.

    Shortly thereafter I took up mountain biking with a vengeance, and competed at a recreational amateur level, placing sort of top 10 level for marathon type events (4-6 hours). A move interstate had a big road riding scene (and little mountain biking), and I became the fittest I've ever been in my life.

    I qualified for the World Amateur Road Cycling Championships 3 years ago. For the next 2 years, I was riding 200-300km a week. Not huge for a keen cyclist, but a lot in my line of work. I battled through cold weather overseas, determined to hang on to fitness for when I landed in Brisbane.

    I've been back 12 months.
    I don't ride.
    I've trained in the gym maybe 2x/month for the last year.
    I've put on TWENTY KILOS in one year.
    I've gone from a 36 waist, to 40. In one year.
    A recent longevity calculator tells me I'm dead at 65.
    I don't sleep. I'm irritable. I have short patience with my kids.
    I'm their male role model.

    So. Today:

    108.2kg. 192cm.

    And here's the pics. Now I wouldn't baulk at my habitus with a male in hospital, but I've been a fitness freak nearly my whole life. And in one year, or ten... this is appalling.

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    So. Now that I'm accountable to you lot, what are my goals:

    1. To be a better role model to my kids, my wife, and even my juniors at work.
    2. To be fitter, happier, healthier. Specifically - this needs to happen for my stress levels and management, sleep, and mood. My occupation needs to stop defining me and my physical well-being.
    3. 108kg is not my healthy weight. At least 10kg of this can go, and I think that's a reasonable target.
    4. To lose abdominal, buttock and back fat - as a marker of my intra-abdominal fat, and subsequent risk of cardiac disease.
    5. To get riding again - to enjoy it, not to compete. To have something to share with my boy. (Edit: my girls too if they want, my boy loves it though).
    6. To get as close as is sustainable to my 25 year old body. It's achievable. It's also vanity, and I'm fine with that. Looking like that was great while it lasted.

    Well. There it is.
     

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  20. WattleIdo

    WattleIdo renovating Premium Member

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    OK have updated specifics above.
     
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