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2018 WEIGHT LOSS CHALLENGE

Trying to lose weight and become more healthy is easier when friends do it together. It can be additional motivation to help stay on track. Our main focus is to lose weight and become more healthy in 2018, and the challenge is simple... to lose the weight together from January 1, 2018 to June 1, 2018. Our team target goal is 10%

Each contestant will log their current weight at least once every 10 days via the form below. Also, users can provide helpful tips or good links to assist and help encourage others in this quest. Check out the section below to find some good links and helpful tips to keep that New Years Resolution on losing weight.

ED NOTE: Joining and check-ins are anonymous, as are any comments or tips you make. Please use the same ' screen name' you created to report your weight, rather than using your real name.

LOG YOUR PROGRESS

Once signed up, come back to this page to log your weight. Also, come back not only to update your progress, but to also share your successes and/or tips with other contestants to help them on their journey. Please post at least every 10 days to update your progress. A reminder email will come to our contestestants on the 10th, 20th, and 30th of the month, along with a helpful weight loss tip.

WE WELCOME NEWCOMERS...  

Interested in losing weight, and have not yet signed up to compete? Use this form as well to be added to our list. The more contestants, the more inspiration. I look forward to adding more people.

Screen Name: 
*Email Address: 
Current Weight: 

Share any tips or successes to share with the others...
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* Please note that your email address will not be shared on this site or any site. It is only used for notification purposes by the McCarty Metro.

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RECENT RESULTS

Screen Name Start Date Current Date Lbs Lost % Lost
Losin It 190 1/1/2018 187 4/23/2018 3 1.58%
Eli 195 1/1/2018 194 3/21/2018 1 0.51%
Chubby-Bubbles 178 1/1/2018 170 5/18/2018 8 4.49%
Doughboy 256 1/1/2018 249 4/24/2018 7 2.73%
Saturn Ring 281 1/1/2018 252 5/15/2018 29 10.32%
Gene 258 1/1/2018 241 5/16/2018 17 6.59%
Cookie Monster 153 1/1/2018 151 5/15/2018 2 1.31%
Red 235 1/1/2018 233 4/10/2018 2 0.85%
Time To Lose 220 1/1/2018 219 5/17/2018 1 0.45%
Potato Chip 305 1/1/2018 292.2 5/21/2018 12.8 4.20%
Hopefully Skinny 170 1/1/2018 174 5/1/2018 -4 -2.35%
No Caffeine 178 1/1/2018 178 1/23/2018 0 0.00%
I'm Gonna Do This! 161 1/1/2018 168 5/16/2018 -7 -4.35%
TEAM METRO ACTUAL 2780 1/1/2018 2708.2 5/22/2018 71.8 2.58%
TEAM METRO GOAL 2780 1/1/2018 2502 6/1/2018 278 10.00%

OUR CONTESTANTS TIPS AND SUCCESS STORIES

DATE FROM TIPS OR SUCCESS STORIES
1/1/18 Gene Keep mouth full of cotton balls 24/7. Don't swallow no matter how tempting!
1/2/18 Hopefully Skinny Try to drink 1/2 your body weight ( in ounces ) of water a day.
1/2/18 Saturn Looking forward to any dietary hints. I will be getting a knee replacement soon, so any walking exercises will be limited.
1/3/18 Hopefully Skinny

Saturn- sitting exercises with weights. Get your upper body into shape while you heal. If you have an indoor pool you can use that is great exercise too. Best of luck.

1/9/18 Saturn Starting out 2018 sick, but also keeping to the new diet
1/10/18 Doughboy I've found being sick and in bed, unable to eat, helps drop a few pounds
1/10/18 I'm Gonna Do This! Don't eat😂🤣😤😟😖😭😢
1/22/18 Hopefully Skinny Need to get back on track. 
1/22/18 Admin

Each one of your meals should include a protein source, a fat source and low-carb vegetables. Constructing your meals in this way will automatically bring your carb intake into the recommended range of 20-50 grams per day. The importance of eating plenty of protein can not be overstated. This has been shown to boost metabolism by 80 to 100 calories per day. High protein diets can also reduce obsessive thoughts about food by 60%, reduce desire for late-night snacking by half, and make you so full that you automatically eat 441 fewer calories per day... just by adding protein to your diet. When it comes to losing weight, protein is the king of nutrients. Period.

Protein Sources: Meat (Beef, chicken, pork, lamb, bacon, etc.) Fish and Seafood (Salmon, trout, shrimps, lobsters, etc.) Eggs (Omega-3 enriched or pastured eggs are best). Donít be afraid to load your plate with low-carb vegetables. You can eat massive amounts of them without going over 20-50 net carbs per day. A diet based on meat and vegetables contains all the fiber, vitamins and minerals you need to be healthy. There is no physiological need for grains in the diet.  

Low-Carb Vegetables: Bell Peppers, Broccoli, Asparagus, Mushrooms, Zucchini, Spinach, Avocados, Cauliflower, Green Beans, Lettuce, Garlic, Kale, Cucumbers, Brussel Sprouts, Celery, Tomatos, Radishes, Onions, Egg Plant, Cabbage, Artichokes. Donít be afraid of eating fat, trying to do both low-carb AND low-fat at the same time is a recipe for failure. It will make you feel miserable and abandon the plan. The best cooking fat to use is coconut oil. It is rich in fats called medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs). These fats are more fulfilling than others and can boost metabolism slightly.

Fat Sources: Olive oil, Coconut oil, Avocado oil, Butter, Tallow. Eat 3 meals per day. If you find yourself hungry in the afternoon, add a 4th meal.

1/22/18 Saturn Ring Eating a lot more soup and salads. Buying Progresso stock soon :-)
1/22/18 Doughboy One step forward, two steps back. I need to watch what I eat and then exercise 
2/2/18 Admin

It is often claimed that drinking water can help with weight loss, and this is true. Drinking water can boost metabolism by 24-30% over a period of 1-1.5 hours, helping you burn off a few more calories. One study showed that drinking a half liter (17 oz) of water about a half an hour before meals helped dieters eat fewer calories and lose 44% more weight.

2/3/18 Gene New Scale! I guess my old one was trying to make me feel better!
2/20/18 Admin

Do your grocery shopping with a list and a time limit; that way, you're less likely to stray into the processed foods section, or buy unhealthy snacks that happen to be on sale.

2/12 Doughboy Weekend vacation getaways can mean added pounds
3/1 Admin Stash Fruit... Keep fruit at work. It helps during the I-need-chocolate part of the afternoon.
3/10 Admin

It can be a daunting task to try to do EVERYTHING right. Life sometimes gets in the way. Travel, trying to eat on the go, just too tired to cook some days... It can be tough. Here is a list of things you can try that might help. Pick one and try to accomplish that goal for a week, then add another when ready...

No chips or fries
No soda or juice
No ice cream
No fried food
No white bread
No cake or donuts
No cookies
No candy

... and remember to drink a lot of water. It really helps to flush the toxins from your system.

3/20 Admin

TURN OFF THE TV

Eating while concentrating on other things like watching TV, texting, or driving can make you take in 40 percent more calories than usual. This is generally because your eating too much or eating the wrong (convenient) things. Instead, make each meal something you put on a plate and sit down to, even if you're eating alone.

STEP ON THE SCALE DAILY

By using the scale daily, you can get inspired by your progression. Also, if your regular weight increases several days in a row, it's a red flag letting you know you need to cut back a little or beef up your workouts slightly, before waiting the 10 days to update the Metro.

3/31/18 Admin

Skipping meals will NOT make you lose weight faster. If a hectic day makes a sit-down meal impossible, stash an energy bar or a piece of fruit in your car or tote, keep snacks in your office desk drawer, and make a point of getting up to grab a nosh ó anything that will keep you from going hungry! Going long periods of time without food slows your metabolism, and primes you for another binge later in the day.

4/10/18 Admin

Pair your treat with something that's good for you. Want chips? Have a handful with veggies and guacamole, which is packed with good fats. In the mood for chocolate? Partner it with yogurt. That way, you'll fill up on good stuff so you won't devour tons of the less-healthy food.

4/21/18 Admin Cut Calories By Making Simple Swaps...

You donít have to stop eating all the things you like just to lose weight. Make small swaps to save calories here and there, and they'll add up. I know you've probably heard these a thousand times. But if you can make these small swaps day-to-day, you'll spare enough calories for the treat foods you really want.

Instead of a granola bar with 140+ calories and tons of added sugar, grab an apple for about 80 calories.

Pick steamed rice and grilled chicken over fried rice and fried chicken.

You can also add vegetables to classic starch dishes to increase the water and fiber and lower the calories, like swapping regular pasta for veggie noodles.

Cut out liquid calories by having primarily water, coffee, or tea instead of high-calorie coffee drinks.

Baking? Reduce the amount of butter or sugar, or make healthy baking swaps like using apple sauce or Greek yogurt instead.

4/22/18 Gene Hopping on the treadmill!  Hope that eats up of few of those calories!
5/1/18 Admin

With the warmer weather, getting outside and walking can be a great exercise. Walking burns belly fat!

Storing a lot of fat around your midsection has been linked to an increased risk of diseases like diabetes and heart disease. In fact, men with a waist circumference greater than 40 inches and women with a waist circumference greater than 35 inches have abdominal obesity, which is considered a health risk. One of the most effective ways to reduce belly fat is to regularly take part in aerobic exercise, such as walking. In one small study, obese women who walked for 50Ė70 minutes three times per week for 12 weeks, on average, reduced their waist circumference by 1.1 inches and lost 1.5% of their body fat. Another study found that people on a calorie-controlled diet who walked for one hour five times per week for 12 weeks lost an extra 1.5 inches off their waistlines and 1.3% more body fat, compared to those who followed the diet alone. Other studies on the effects of walking briskly for 30Ė60 minutes per day have observed similar results.

5/1/18 Gene Exercise does help! Additionally my new Apple Watch keeps prodding me to exercise more!
5/15/18 Admin

Get a good night's sleep, every night. Poor sleep is one of the strongest risk factors for weight gain, so taking care of your sleep is important.

A LITTLE BIT OF HUMOR TO MAKE YOU SMILE WHILE YOU LOSE WEIGHT

  
    

Fed up how her diet is going, Charlene
takes a better aim at her target weight!


DIET & WEIGHT LOSS LINKS

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