Doing the Math

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Being a member of the Biggest Loser Challenge (BLC) #12 means to put down the initial weights today.

First step:
Initial starting weight.
This part was the easiest. Steeped on the scale and wrote down the number.

Second step:
Goal weight at the end of the challenge. Mmmhh, no concrete idea yet. Skipped to the next.

Third step:
Number of posts. Okay, I log on every day and read all of the others posts but didn't wrote my own. 0 for this one.

Fourth step:
OZ of water consumed. Back to the nutrition page, add up the water intake of the last week, multiply by 8 oz, got 544. Done.

Now again back to number two, what is my goal weight????

Actual Weight: 252 lbs

The Challenge runs for 8 weeks.

By Christmas I want to be in Onederland (under 100kg/220 lbs).

To achieve this I would have to lose 32 lbs in 10 weeks - 3,2 lbs a week. 25,6 lbs in 8 weeks. Too much!

But what to do?

Juggling around with the numbers.

Decided on a weight loss of 3 lbs a week. Would add up to 24 lbs in 8 weeks.

252 lbs
- 24 lbs
228 lbs = 103,4 kg -> Odd number

Round up to 105 kg = 231 lbs.

21 lbs in 8 weeks sound reasonable to me and is a good goal for me to achieve. I'm very competitive and to low goals may throw me off very easily.

"Just this one piece of cake won't hurt, since you still got 3 days to lose a pound."
"You already lost 2 lbs this week, so I don't have to exercise today."

So I always try to aim for higher goals. And even if they are to high I'm always happy to put up some numbers.

A long time ago, I found on the web a weight-thermostat (I don't know exactly where). Since then I always prepare one for my actual challenge. For me it's a fun way to track my process. Normally I only track my whole process. But this time I decided to prepare one for the BLC#12 and to track the upcoming 8 weeks.

And since this is a adapted small one from my original (which I haven't set up for the new weight-loss process) I did it digital.

Maybe I will set it up as background image on my desktop. So that every time I am tempted I will be reminded what I did accomplished so far!
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    I think setting high goals is great long as you can still be proud if you don't achieve them fully. But, with your plan, I wouldn't be surprised at all if you blow them out of the water! I love the thermostat idea - it will be a great picture as you watch the pounds come off!
    3426 days ago
    I agree with purple_rose, you've got a great plan!!! Id like to throw in though that i do remember you posted in the daily chat at least once!! You mentioned something about Zumba!! emoticon
    3430 days ago
    Sounds like you have a great plan, we can do this!!
    3431 days ago
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