EDIT 24 January: I wrote up the challenge and the Guardian ran the story on their website!
The challenge is on. Can I lose four (4) kilos by February 1? I’m so eager to make sure the answer is yes I’ve made some
big consequences for myself, that you can read about in this post.
As promised here is the data to track my progress:
December 31 weigh-in. This is the calibration weight: 78.5kg
New Year’s day. Full of roast duck and toxins, I’m up to 80kg! oh dear.
January 2…. back to where we started.
January 3, progress! The hunger games are paying off.
And progress slows. I’ve done this before and learned there’s an easy kilo to lose at the start before the hard work begins.
Jan 5: After a bit of cycling yesterday
Jan 6: I was cranky from hungry yesterday afternoon.
One week in, just under 76kg. It’s all going faster than I expected. I anticipate a plateau any day…
January 8. Up a bit. I think I was dehydrated yesterday.
FYI. Here’s how I track my food. There’s no daily calorie goal, just a general attempt to limit things.
January 9. Just above 76 kg.
10 January. Up a bit despite a long walk and lots of hungry. Welcome to the plateau.
Jan 11: 76.5kg. Still.
Scales jan 12. No net progress in six days! #notworried
January 13. A new low!
January 14: 75.5 kg
January 15. Halfway through January, but over halfway to weight loss goal. :)
January 16. Steady is good, considering how much pizza I ate last night.
Scales Jan 18 – approaching target weight!
Sunday January 19. 75kg
Scales, Monday January 20. Have hit target!
Is that it? Can I go back to a diet of peanut M&Ms and Four N Twenty Pies? A close look at the way this challenge is set up says no. I need to come in at or under this weight on February 1. I’m sticking at it…
January 23: 74kg
Scales Jan 24: 74ish kg
Jan 26, pre Australia Day bbq.
Jan 27, post-Australia Day BBQ
January 28 – 73.5kg. I’m ahead of schedule!
January 30. 74-point-something
The penultimate photo… 74.something kg. Not quite the buffer I was hoping for, but perhaps 300g in the clear. One more hungry arvo and I will be okay!
February 1. Challenge Over. Money Saved. Phew!