Monday, May 07, 2007

The weight is over

On Stephanie's blog I came across a challenge that seemed to call me: the 10:4 challenge, started by Carl V. Here it is:

"The rules: lose 10 pounds between May 1st and September 1st. That is 4 months, 2.5 pounds per month. That may not seem like alot. Quite frankly, that is the point, because the other rule to this challenge is that weight loss must be done in a healthy manner. The point isn’t so much to lose the weight but to improve health. That means no skipping meals or fad diets or impossible-to-keep decisions like “I’ll never eat dessert again”. This is about taking the next 4 months to make some lifestyle changes that should result in steady, consistent weight loss and increased health. The 10:4 Challenge is about baby steps. It is about no longer accepting the excuses we all make for ourselves and going forth as a group to accomplish small, but important, changes in our lives. I have tried this sort of thing before, alone, and it doesn’t work. My hope is that if we do this as a community and encourage one another on a fairly regular basis that we will all see steady results and will feel much the better for it. "

It appealed to me, because it doesn't encourage a crash diet. It's all about doing it the right way. That's the only way that works for me. I have to watch myself not to start eating less and less and/or binging. I want to lose weight, but not at all costs. I also have to take my underactive thyroid into account. And I want to exercise; I can't do a lot, but I can do more than I did the last months.
The amount in the challenge is not what's the most important. Convert-me told me that 10 pounds is 4.536 kilogram. That's attainable, but I need to lose more. I already started watching my weight and eating habits in the beginning of april. I was 110.2 kg (242.9 lbs) and that's BMI 36.8! Time to get a grip... I got a new pair of scales, that measures weight, fat, water and muscle percentage. I don't do a particular diet, because that's no good. I eat everything I want, but in moderation. It doesn't work to ban things. I try to make healthy choices, but if I really crave chocolate I better take some. Nothing wrong with that.

It's only fair to start the challenge now. In the first month I always lose a lot, but mostly water. I won't post too many numbers, but here are some:
  • my start: 110.2 kg - 46% fat - BMI 36.8
  • 10:4 start: 104.9 kg - 45% fat - BMI 35


  1. go for it girl! - I should also do something again, but I'm in my bad period - every now and then I have a fall back, but due to my eating habits (change of eating patterns instead of diets) I don't gain any weight in those periods, thank goodness.
    You've already started well, keep up the good work!

  2. Tink, Just dropped by to say I hope you're feeling better!

  3. Wow, what a great idea, I may join you. I really give you kudos for being able to be totally out there and say what you weigh. I have a real problem with that. Nobody...and I mean nobody except maybe a nurse or doctor, know what I weigh. I look forward to seeing your progress. BTW, you've already lost about 13 lbs? Wow!

  4. That is very interesting. I need to read more up on it. I think I could do it. I got back to walking to my MOM and Dad's house. I feel better each day. Thanks for telling me about this.

    Good Luck!

  5. You are right, what was I thinking.


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