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Post  Blossom on Thu Apr 17, 2008 12:09 pm

After watching the Biggest Loser show I decided to join their online Weight Loss Club. Well, I am impressed with the concept, a personalised menu takes the stress out of planning and you can enter your activity for the day in your 'diary' section and it calculates your calories in calories out ratio. There's quite a bit of back up info and the program monitors your performance with weekly 'weigh-ins' and adjusts your calorific needs accordingly. I'm not a very disciplined person when it comes to food, but having calculated I need to lose a max of 27 kg, I am trying this as a bit of a last resort. At least you get to eat food and it empasises you don;t have to do the dripping sweat exercises that the poor sods on the show do!
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Post  Raymondo on Fri Apr 18, 2008 2:07 am

Is it done by amount of food? Type of food? Both? Hope you lose what you want. Keep us posted Blossom.

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Post  Blossom on Fri Apr 18, 2008 4:26 am

Ray, when you do the initial questionaire, you can specify the type of diet, so if you want vegetarian you can say so, mind you I notice many of the menus are vegetarian. The program calculates the amount of calories you need to lose weight but you can actually change that. It calculated that I need 1700 but I reduced it to 1500. The menus plan is interchangeable. In this first screenshot, you see the plan for the week, then on each day, you transfer that days menu to the diary ( screenshot 2) but first have the option to remove or substitute foods. I actually removed some stuff on this day and you'll see in the second screen shot that I didn't consume all my calories. In the second shot, my actual diary for yesterday I factored in 2 hours of fairly heavy gardening ( i.e. we are building a retaining wall and I got to demolish a trellis and pull out a passionfruit vine, clean up a veggie bed and push the trailer round from the front to the back of the house, prune a number of shrubs. There are a number of visual images that are helpful, like the calories in and calories out and it allows for normal metabolic calory use according to your BMI Pics are not very clear because of photobucket limit but should give you an idea.



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Post  Stecranat on Fri Apr 18, 2008 12:43 pm

Hope it all goes well for you Blossom. Very Happy
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Post  Lucky1 on Sat Apr 19, 2008 5:38 am

I'll be watching this with interest too. We are turning our son's ex bedroom into a gym in the next couple of months.
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Post  Blossom on Sat Apr 19, 2008 6:47 am

Well, I am not up to my weekly weigh in yet ( only on day 5) and couldn't resist getting weight - lost 1.6 kg and eating real food! The demolition work helped but whereas if I did hard work in the garden before, I would compensate with a carbo fix now I'm seeing the real calory value of it. Off to mow the lawns......
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Post  Scarecrow on Sat Apr 19, 2008 6:49 am

Great start Blossom Very Happy

This sounds like an excellent way to lose weight. I've never seen the show but if it encourages people this way it has to be beneficial.

We've done the diary bit in the past...it was a bit of a pain having to look up everything but if this provides the information in a more easily 'find-able' way it would make life a lot easier.
Doc (Hubby) was actually looking for jobs to do in the garden while we were counting the 'ins' and 'outs' calories. Wink
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Post  Blossom on Sat Apr 19, 2008 12:26 pm

We decided to have a resting day as Bob dropped his new toy ( concrete mixer) and was too bolshie to ask for help lifting it up again - so strained his muscles. I thought I'd sit around and read, but when I saw my input output graph, I decided to scrub out the hothouse, clean all the plantpots and stack them, weed the paths, and do a general chuck out of rubbish. It took me 90 minutes - calorie value 399! Now normally after a good workout like that, I reward myself with food, but there has been a shift in consciousness - the energy used up is the reward. Still motivated but with 27 to lose ( probably pull up at 23) it's going to be uphill. I might get a treadmills, you can hire them. Silly thing is, I am actually very fit, but fat too. I am tall so it creeps on without noticing it until its too late.
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Post  Blossom on Wed Apr 23, 2008 5:14 am

Just reporting - first week I lost 2.8 kg. And didn't feel hungry - mind you I've done a fair bit of exercise carrying gravel in buckets and chucking it into the concrete mixer which is like weight lifting!
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Re: Biggest Loser

Post  The Estate on Wed Apr 23, 2008 10:11 am

Well done cheers
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Post  Lucky1 on Wed Apr 23, 2008 12:14 pm

Well done Blossom....... I'm waiting on the bedroom to be converted to a gym.
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Post  Mad Gnome on Wed Aug 06, 2008 5:02 am

So how are things going?

I need some inspiration as I've got an 'insulation' layer that is way beyond necessary. I have to seriously get into shape soon.

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Re: Biggest Loser

Post  Blossom on Wed Aug 06, 2008 7:38 am

I dropped the biggest loser thing, it was too product driven for me. I met an old friend the other day and she had lost 16 kg - hardly knew her. She said she had tried all the diets under the sun and only put the weight back. So she decided to 'pretend' she'd had lap band surgery, and only eat half to a quarter her usual serving, but to eat three meals plus morning and afternoon tea and a little supper. I'm going to try that - my trouble is I'm an evening nibbler - can be good all day but once I've had dinner I want to keep going. Ingrid says she was the same, but now has a 'formal' snack at 9 pm and it doesn't worry her. She feels she is eating 6 times a day, a lot of food but in fact is eating only about half her normal amount. I've been doing it for 4 days now but not game to get on the scales yet. She only weighs once a week so I'll do the same. Maybe we should put a link to those weight loss slide rules then all can see!
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Post  Mad Gnome on Wed Aug 06, 2008 9:12 am

Oh, okay. Good luck, Blossom! Sounds like a good idea. But not something that would work for me, I think.

I find winter makes it difficult for me to stick to my weight as I don't exercise as much. The weather is too nasty most of the times to go outside to either walk around or garden. And there is all this comfort food!

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Post  Blossom on Wed Aug 06, 2008 12:48 pm

I know - have the same problem. The grandies asked me how long it is since I went to the beach. I said not since Dougal died and they decided to take me down there to cheer me up and break the spell. We ended up burying two dead penguins and having a funeral ( to the tune of the wedding march which is the only formal tune they knew) - pretty ironic, but it did break the spell - unfortunately the weather has been crap ever since and Bob isn't exactly enthused either. I'm going to go back Ayurvedic soon, except that I got some beautiful bio-organic, none homogenised milk today and have some fabulous Dutch chocolate powder in the pantry................ confused
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