How to Lose an Extra 0.2 Pounds, Instantly

11.30.2010 | 12:17 pm

Yesterday, I launched a little contest, aiming to do two things:

  1. Give me the motivation to reverse my serious trend toward winter weight gain, by going public with my own effort while simultaneously getting some additional motivation through blog solidarity.
  2. Clean out my office.

As I photographed all the stuff I’m giving away, I thought to myself, There is no way enough people are going to sign up for this contest for me to give all these prizes away.”

And then around 750  of you signed up. So far.

Which means that if we all actually succeed in our “10 Pounds by Christmas” goal, we’ll have collectively lost close to four tons.

Not bad at all.

When I Say Ten, I Mean Ten

There are quite a few comments in yesterday’s post saying things like, “I don’t have ten pounds to lose, so count me in for losing the eight extra ounces I’d like to get rid of.”

Which is awesome. I’m incredibly happy (and by “happy” I of course mean “envious”) that I have some readers that don’t have a lot of weight to lose, and that you’re jumping on this bandwagon to lose that final three pounds or whatever.

But this is a ten-pound challenge, and I created it for those of us who have more than ten pounds to lose, and want to get rid of at least ten pounds by Christmas. In other words, this is a “let’s jumpstart our weight loss” contest. And the people who get prizes will all have lost a minimum of ten pounds.

As we get into Spring or maybe Summer, I like the idea of a “last X pounds” challenge, where — hopefully — a bunch of us will compete to get rid of those final stubborn pounds together. And since those pounds are the hardest to get rid of, I think the incentives might be a little more awesome.

Call For Sponsors

Right now, the “Fatty’s Ten Pounds By Christmas” challenge is not really sponsored. Prizes are just the cool things I happen to already have laying around my office but haven’t given away.

But that doesn’t mean this challenge couldn’t be sponsored. If I were a company with a product that appeals to motivated, engaged cyclists, I think I’d take a look at a contest that obviously has captured a lot of interest in a short time and consider hitching myself to that star, as it were.

As in, if you’d like to make this the “[Your Company Name] / Fat Cyclist Ten Pounds by Christmas Challenge,email me.

I’m not really looking for money as part of this sponsorship (though I suppose it’d be nice for me to get enough money out of this to cover the shipping costs I’m going to incur by mailing out so much schwag); I’m interested in cool giveaways — either small things that you’re willing to send to a lot of winners, or some grand prizes you’d be willing to send to one or more lucky winners.

Or both. Both would be good.

How to Lose an Extra 0.2 Pounds

This morning, I woke up excited. Yesterday I had accomplished a rare thing: a no-mistakes diet day. So I knew I’d have lost a lot of weight.

I stepped on the scale: 170.8 pounds. A loss of 2.4 pounds in one day. Not bad at all.

But I wanted more.

So I punched the reset button on the scale and climbed on. This time, I got 170.6. What had changed? I wasn’t sure. So I reset the scale again and climbed back on. 170.6 again.

Yes, I know. I should be satisfied with a day’s loss of 2.6 pounds. But that extra 0.2 pounds I seem to have lost over the course of seven seconds left me wanting more.

I got greedy.

Surely, I thought, it must be possible for me to lose yet another 0.2 pounds (my scale increments in 0.2 pounds, or I’d probably have been satisfied with 0.1 pounds). Right now.

Attempt One: Leg Shaving

With ten inches of snow sitting on my lawn, I’m not getting outside in shorts often. My tan is gone; my legs hadn’t been shaved in two weeks.

And you know, I’m a hairy guy. It’s totally possible I’ve got 3.2 ounces (i.e., 0.2 pounds).

So I shaved.

My weight remained — stubbornly — at 170.6.

It occurs to me — now that it’s too late — that my legs are not the only things I can shave. Perhaps if I had shaved my head, arms, armpits, face and chest, I might have been able to bridge that gap to 0.2 pounds through de-hair-ization alone.

Which is something I’ll keep in mind tomorrow.

Attempt Two: Total-Concentration Peeing

Naturally, I peed before weighing myself this morning. But by the time I finished showering, (very, very thoroughly) toweling off, and weighing myself, that I might possibly be able to pee just a little bit more.

Doesn’t need to be a lot. I mean, how much is three ounces (I’m sure that getting rid of the hair must have gotten rid of at least 0.6 ounces, right?) of water? A couple teaspoons? Maybe a quarter cup at most.

And — if you think about it — you’ve almost always got a little bit of pee ready to go.

Except I didn’t. I just stood there for about two minutes, feeling a little bit silly.

No, wait. There it is. And, there, I’m done.

Well, if I didn’t pee out three ounces, I did at least post a new record for “most effort for least pee.”

My weight: still 170.6.

Attempt Three: Brushing Teeth

Have you ever considered that the plaque and other miscellaneous gunk that builds up on your teeth has mass? Well of course it does!

And this morning, I decided that a good teeth brushing might just remove enough of that stuff to tip the scale to 170.4.

So I brushed. Very extensively.

And then I spat. And spat again. And then I gleeked a couple of times (one of my not-very-famous super powers).

And weighed myself. 170.6.


Then, in a burst of inspiration, I reset the scale and climbed back on — but this time inched my toes forward ever so slightly. Because…well…I kind of have this idea that the scale is just a hair friendlier toward the front.

170.2. I have lost an even three pounds my first day of the Challenge.

Fair and square.


  1. Comment by AllisonH | 11.30.2010 | 12:38 pm

    Dammit – I was on a conference call when I started reading this and had not muted my line. The laughing snort that sprang from my lips before I could stop it sounded suspiciously like it could have also been a fart.

    My only saving grace was that there was one other person who was not muted. I of course did not say anything on the premise that “s/he who smelt it, dealt it.” And if I had gone for the truth – that I had chortled aloud for god sake when someone was talking about deprioritizing flash on the network – NO ONE would have believed me and I would have been outed to boot.

    So thanks. Thanks a lot man. And by the way – my barrista about fell over this morning when I asked for non-fat milk in my quad latte instead of full-fat. Blech.

  2. Comment by Steve Campbell | 11.30.2010 | 12:43 pm

    Add me to the 750+ people who have already signed up. My starting weight is 230.

  3. Comment by NYCCarlos | 11.30.2010 | 12:45 pm

    3 pounds in one day? me thinks the initial weigh-in was pre-poop…

  4. Comment by davidh-marin,ca | 11.30.2010 | 12:59 pm

    My wife (above) said I had to read this when she was not on another conference call. Good call! I like the reaching out for sponsors, how ’bout if the 750 of us also send $10 bucks to LIVESTRONG. A nice end of the year present from Team Fatty (us). Those needing to lose less should of course send more. Morning weight 228. Go Fatty’s

  5. Comment by Steph | 11.30.2010 | 1:04 pm

    Aha, Davidh totally beat me to the idea about each donating to Livestrong! Good on you Davidh.

  6. Comment by nathan | 11.30.2010 | 1:11 pm

    down 4.4 from yesterday and 7 from 2 days ago, I think i was retaining a lot of water from all the salt of 2 brined turkey’s.

  7. Comment by Zeeeter | 11.30.2010 | 1:12 pm

    You shaving off the Mo tomorrow? That’s gotta be worth a bit!?

  8. Comment by TRT | 11.30.2010 | 1:12 pm

    I’m in, lumbering out of the gates at 233 — couldn’t get yesterday’s page to load so I hope this counts.

    How about those of us who want to donate as part of this up the ante and say $10 a pound for each pound short of 10?

  9. Comment by Bykjunkie | 11.30.2010 | 1:14 pm

    Dude, my wife thinks I’m neurodic when it comes to weighing myself. And I’m in for the extra 10 to livestrong if that is agreed to.

  10. Comment by Dr. Lammler | 11.30.2010 | 1:15 pm

    Fat man, my luxury body doesn’t need to lose 10 pounds.

    But, if it did, I would not use your weight loss “tricks”.

    I would just weigh myself standing on one foot.

    Clearly, I am smarter than you and I am never wrong.

  11. Comment by Denise Brooks | 11.30.2010 | 1:22 pm

    I’m in and my morning weight today was 145.4. I hope to hell this works just so I can be 10 pounds lighter on Christmas day and my sisters will just be that much fatter.

  12. Comment by Keith Baker | 11.30.2010 | 1:26 pm

    Lost 3.1 lbs on first day. I know when I wake up I can lose another .5- 1.0 lbs just by peeing. So instead of 10 lbs, I’m shooting for 15. 195 by Christmas is my goal. Thanks for the motivation.

  13. Comment by Colin McNamara | 11.30.2010 | 1:27 pm

    Have you pinged any one from Withings? They make an internet connected scale that uploads your weight and body fat to a website each day.

    Their target market is the people who are participating in this challenge. (maybe add one to the give away).

    My weight loss report is here – (one plus is anyone can verify the weight loss in this challenge)

    I am not associated with withings, just a happy customer.


  14. Comment by Hilary | 11.30.2010 | 1:31 pm

    Also, if you raise your arms above your head, you can lose several more ounces (or lbs) depending on how funky your scale is. Weight loss! It’s easy!

  15. Comment by Todd S. | 11.30.2010 | 1:31 pm

    This contest is only 24 days but whenever we have a weight loss contest at work, for every week that you don’t lose weight you have to put in $5. I will be donating $5 for any week I don’t lose to Fatty’s Live Strong page.

  16. Comment by Jeff | 11.30.2010 | 1:44 pm

    I am suddenly not feeling so bad for wearing a t-shirt, socks and underwear for my initial weigh-in. I should have gotten out my winter coat and put on three pairs of jeans. Then I’d win handily!

    -2.5 to 167 this morning, by the way.

  17. Comment by roadrash | 11.30.2010 | 1:52 pm

    The FedEx Fat Cyclist Ten Pounds by Christmas Challenge has a nice ring to it.

    Free shipping on all schwag.

    187 and holding.

  18. Comment by Doug Porter | 11.30.2010 | 2:00 pm

    Okay, I’m in. Now for the big weigh-in…

    Egads, 243.5 pounds, even though I’m tall (6′6″), this is way tooooooo many lbs.

    Every year, we make a charity donation as part of our Christmas fun. This year I’ll be donating $5 per pound lost to Livestrong.

    Shooting for 20 pounds.

  19. Comment by Genaro | 11.30.2010 | 2:02 pm

    Your post yesterday inspired me to due away with the excuse that it is getting cold out and finally break open the new trainer that my wife got me and get to work. Biked for one hour today and I plan on keeping going everyday until this challenge is done. I am really interested in seeing where this takes me with this challenge and with my own personal health. Thank you. Weight just a couple of minutes ago was 297.4. Down 3 lbs from yesterday.

  20. Comment by wishiwasmerckx | 11.30.2010 | 2:03 pm

    Hey Eldon, my only comment is that BikesnobNYC has much nicer carpeting than you do.

  21. Comment by Collin | 11.30.2010 | 2:17 pm

    I’m in for ten.

  22. Comment by Gumby | 11.30.2010 | 2:19 pm

    I’m in. Got to get back to my green stretchy awesomeness. Starting at 235.

  23. Comment by Gary from Nipomo | 11.30.2010 | 2:25 pm

    Down by 1.0 to 240.0 today. I’ll gladly kick in $10 to LiveStrong.

  24. Comment by Luke | 11.30.2010 | 2:31 pm

    Tough workouts yesterday and I am down three pounds this morning. Haircut day tommorow and that usually gives me another pound or so.

  25. Comment by Paul B in Tennessee | 11.30.2010 | 2:37 pm

    Never shower before a weigh-in, You could absorb several ounces during the shower that you can’t get rid of right away.

    Night Sleep, wake up, Poop, Pee, Weight check, shower.

    (Not good to mix up the order too much)

  26. Comment by JB | 11.30.2010 | 2:37 pm

    Missed yesterday’s post so, game on starting today. My weight post-lunchtime workout, 207.
    I am also in for 10 bucks to Livestrong if I make it and 10 bucks for every pound over 197.

    I had to go click on Gleeked to know what this was.

  27. Comment by AllisonH | 11.30.2010 | 2:39 pm


    How (where) should be make the Livestrong donation once we have lost our weight so that we can make sure that 1) Team Fatty (and this challenge) gets credit for the donation and 2) it be tracked how much this specific event raised? Or is how much it lost? :-)

  28. Comment by Mike Roadie | 11.30.2010 | 3:09 pm

    I would really love to lose 10 pounds by Christmas…and I will be trying, dammit!

    I weighed in yesterday at 198.4 (with 25.5% body fat–is that possible?? That’s like 50 lbs of fat!!!), so breaking 190 (188.4) would be ohh-so-sweet for me.

    I’m in!

  29. Comment by Clydesteve | 11.30.2010 | 3:25 pm

    if Mike Roadie is in, I am. 214 lbs.

    I predict I will do well until I leave for Italy on December 11th. Then, regression.

  30. Comment by Paul O'D | 11.30.2010 | 3:29 pm

    I’m at 178.5. Losing 10 pounds will get me to my July Marmotte weight, which is a strange place to be in December, but let’s give it a shot.

  31. Comment by Skippy | 11.30.2010 | 3:33 pm

    Need you to get Visa debit on the site as asked several times before !
    Visa is a Major Sponsor for Para Sport so they should see an advantage in having the Debit card available as well as the credit card facility.
    Because of my cycling being a major component of my life style i have been aware that weighing after a long ride before a shower results in a variation on completion of the shower !
    856 comments is a lot of reading and it would not surprise me that the 28 on this item is past the 100 by the time i post.
    Going below 78 kg causes me dizzy and nervous reactions so anyone able to advise a cure feel free to advise and eating power bars on the galibier and toumalet at this point demonstrates the need for caution.
    Great prizes and i reckon that there are about 10 people to each comment that would like to join in but know that you would not have the time to read all .

    Once again good luck to all that are able to compete on the guidelines laid down !

  32. Comment by Jo | 11.30.2010 | 3:46 pm

    Body hair AND peeing – too much information for one blog post…

  33. Comment by Roses | 11.30.2010 | 3:49 pm

    …is just a hair friendlier…

    Was that intended?

  34. Comment by GJ | 11.30.2010 | 4:10 pm

    I found the training method that will help you lose the weight, and it’s on a bike, indoors! The video makes it look german. Think hipsters meet synchronized swimming.

    Enjoy, wonderful way to waste some time

  35. Comment by Bryan | 11.30.2010 | 4:14 pm


  36. Comment by zach | 11.30.2010 | 4:21 pm

    Thank you for leaving out the option of an enema.

  37. Comment by Chris C | 11.30.2010 | 4:38 pm

    I could lose 10. Starting weight = 200.

  38. Comment by Nick | 11.30.2010 | 4:44 pm

    I’m in. 166lbs

  39. Comment by Mike M | 11.30.2010 | 5:22 pm

    I’m in. Starting weight 230.

  40. Comment by briebecca | 11.30.2010 | 5:31 pm

    This made me laugh and sad because I clearly see how neurotic I am. I can attest to the weigh-in before/after shower.. you do soak up water. I thought I was the only one who was playing games with the scale. Reset button? Check (although if you like the number, don’t reset.. chances are it’s going to go up). Brush teeth? Check. Pee for all you’re worth? Check. Exhale as much as you can? Check. Blow all the snot out of your nose? Check. I have a .5 lb differential and would love to have a .1 or .2 one but I’m too cheap to buy one.. My challenge started today becuase I didn’t weigh yesterday am.. so far so good. Snuck in an hour ride on the stationary bike at the gym.

  41. Comment by Scott in MN | 11.30.2010 | 5:48 pm

    Alright, I’m in. Current weight 229.

  42. Comment by Triflefat | 11.30.2010 | 7:09 pm


    Despite the fact that this contest is BLATANTLY anti-antipodean (we are all already svelte as we start our summer season and so have bugger all to lose) I take the challenge on behalf of all Aussies, except maybe Skippy as I can’t tell from his rambling comment whether he’s in or not.

    Today’s scales showed 74.1 kg. I think that’s about 2614 ounces – you Yanks sure use funny units!

  43. Comment by Steve | 11.30.2010 | 7:22 pm

    Okay, I’m in. Making it a competition (even competing against my fat-ish self), is motivating. Thanks!

    Starting weight is 208#.

    BTW, reading FC since 2005, first time posting. Keep up the great blogging.

  44. Comment by Pat in Littleton | 11.30.2010 | 7:23 pm

    I am in too. Weighed in at 215# this morning before the ride. Which by the way was 25 degrees at the start. I think I can double my expended calories by dressing less warm.

  45. Comment by Alex M Lewis | 11.30.2010 | 7:29 pm

    This is just the incentive I needed “FREE STUFF”
    Current weight 164 lbs still old school here in Canada. 11 stone 10 lbs UK “Alex”
    Wife “Lynn” like most women will not tell publicly but wants to be part of the event. We share the same email address.
    She assures me she will be honest and post only if she makes the goal.

    Thanks for making this a fun challenge.

    Just finished off a bowl of ice cream and Baklava pieces.

    Now its fruit and water and ride the bike on the trainer.


  46. Comment by Dave in Oakland Twp, MI | 11.30.2010 | 7:29 pm

    This is actually a 15 lb weight loss. If I lose 10 lb combined with the 5 lbs that I *won’t* gain, then I’m losing 15 lbs! This post hit home as I had the same thought last week (“I’m not gaining those 10 lbs this December!”) So tonight I went out and rode in the pouring rain with 20 mph winds. Never would have done that before – count me in; I’m motivated now! 228 lb.

  47. Comment by RW | 11.30.2010 | 8:54 pm

    Already been working on losing weight anyways so count me in. Current = 224.0 lbs.

  48. Comment by Kristina | 11.30.2010 | 10:15 pm

    Whoa, Fatty… good luck keeping track of this. You’re going to need to start an open Google doc, and put everybody on the honor system to enter it and record their progress!!

  49. Comment by Mark S | 11.30.2010 | 10:16 pm

    I can stand to lose more than 10 lbs, so I’m in. This morning’s weight was 225.8 lbs.

  50. Comment by Amanda | 11.30.2010 | 10:34 pm

    I’ve got 30 more to lose to finish my 150lb weight loss. Let’s do this 10lb challenge!

  51. Comment by davidh-marin,ca | 11.30.2010 | 10:37 pm

    Glad to see there are others willing to give. Now Fatty, please make us a page. Surprised to see that no one has mentioned the ‘Full Moon’ weigh in day, no not the pants down variety, that is already a given. Check the almanac;
    Think tides, gravitational pull, and luna (cy). It can’t just be about peeing and shaving. Fast on!

  52. Comment by Eredinger | 11.30.2010 | 11:18 pm

    I’m in for the 10 lbs but I’m not shaving my legs!

    195 holding steady

  53. Comment by Aron Casaday | 11.30.2010 | 11:29 pm

    I’m in. 225lb on 11/30/2010.

  54. Comment by Meredith S | 12.1.2010 | 12:13 am

    Count me in. I’ve reached a weight of 150.6, which is not acceptable to me based on my height and age.

  55. Comment by Tara K | 12.1.2010 | 1:01 am

    I want in. Starting at 152

  56. Comment by Alan | 12.1.2010 | 1:38 am

    I thought this was a blog for “fat cyclists”, what’s up with all of your starting weights? They are all lower than my goal weight. Oh well I am in for at least ten, my starting weight is 336 lbs. 326 by Christmas will be a good jump start for me to try and fit into my new Fat Cyclist kit, I’m stretching out the seams on the XXL, but I’m going to fit into the Kit in 2011. Thanks for the challenge.

    P.S. Top Secret way to lose a few pounds, but only in an emergency – Colon Hydrotherapy – kind of like pooping but easier.

  57. Comment by Jenn | 12.1.2010 | 2:52 am

    Pretty sure I could’ve gone my whole life without the definition of ‘gleeking.’ Thanks, though??

  58. Comment by Scott | 12.1.2010 | 4:15 am

    Day 1 for me and 2lbs lighter, although a little hungrier..I also will not be shaving although I may try weighing before I shower.
    Gym looks like it will take a pounding, too much snow to go riding.

  59. Comment by Anne | 12.1.2010 | 6:08 am

    Am I too late?? 169 lbs

  60. Comment by Susan Tomlinson | 12.1.2010 | 7:11 am

    Well, I’m one of those that doesn’t need to lose ten, so I guess I’m out of the running. But I’m OK with that. :-)

    I do need to lose five, though, and have resolved that this will be the year I lose weight over the holidays instead of gaining it. So I’m with everyone in spirit on this!

  61. Comment by Jonas | 12.1.2010 | 7:35 am

    It’s clear that you can do no wrong. You should start a religion.

  62. Comment by Kelley | 12.1.2010 | 7:37 am

    I’m with Susan, although in the spirit of fairness I would like to point out that it’s pretty hard to lose 5 pounds when you’re close to your goal (and a chick!). The arguments I will have to be eligible for a tee shirt. Good luck everyone! I’m in for solidarity.

  63. Comment by Uncle Pete | 12.1.2010 | 7:53 am

    In the spirit of it (to minimize my ability to cheat…) I have an updated weight (sorry for the extra work, must be rather time consuming by hand, got to get some sort of automated system to pull all the numbers for you!)

    with a more reasonable choice of clothes, lack of things in the pockets and consistent time of day

    197.6 lbs

  64. Comment by RANTWICK | 12.1.2010 | 8:36 am

    You give a whole new meaning to weight weenie. Better that than being me. I signed up at 207.5 and promptly shot up to 209 the following morning.

    Today will be better, I know it. All that hot chocolate late last night couldn’t have helped though…

  65. Comment by Fifth Column | 12.1.2010 | 9:24 am

    Jam a washcloth under the corner of the scale before resetting to gain an added 2- to 5-pound reduction. Only if you like lying to yourself, that is.

  66. Comment by patty | 12.1.2010 | 9:46 am

    I did not weight myself this morning – I am the type that doesn’t want to know. I will weight Dec. 6 and report if all this damn suffering has resulted in a weight loss. I miss my sugar and eating between meals! But then again that may explain the size of my behind! Two and three pounds in one day? What are you people doing to lose that much weight that quick? Please share!!!!

  67. Comment by Anonymous | 12.1.2010 | 9:47 am

    Lose 5 by Christmas is a reasonable goal for a female. Ten, no way, or at least not without losing muscle mass too!

  68. Comment by DvdzDad | 12.1.2010 | 10:07 am

    Sorry, I’m a little late to the party, but add me to the list. This morning’s weight was 191.6.

  69. Comment by Jennifer | 12.1.2010 | 10:22 am

    Dear Fatty,

    I would luv to join in the hubbabaloo of loosing the weight but I think my doctors would be mad with me being 6mos pregnant and the baby needing any of the weight I’m starting to finally gain. So, I will cheer on those in the contest for good luck. Though I think I will try not to gain more than 10 pounds which should be fine since they save on average is .5 pounds per week for good podling development.


  70. Comment by Rogarr | 12.1.2010 | 10:31 am

    So I lost 3.2 on day one. If I lost 10 lbs the first week, I am done, right? I can go back to enjoying the holiday feeding frenzy in my office?

  71. Comment by Rich | 12.1.2010 | 10:38 am

    Down 2 pounds this morning… And i haven’t worked out once yet!!!

  72. Comment by Bryan | 12.1.2010 | 11:03 am

    Down 1.4 pounds in one day! Problem is we are going to NY,NY to see the Christmas show this weekend… I have a feeling this week will be a push at best!

  73. Comment by Paul | 12.1.2010 | 11:27 am

    Better than weighing yourself, pooping, and weighing yourself again, only to find you some how GAINED a half pound. Darn weight watchers scale.

  74. Comment by Bo-be-wan-kan-o-be | 12.1.2010 | 12:01 pm

    This will be a cinch….and I’m starting a day late. I start radiation and chemo this week……should be a breeze……….

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  76. Comment by Rocky | 12.1.2010 | 1:29 pm

    So you drank no water yesterday? I guess that’s how I will win a prize. I can lose seven in an hour with no water. 186 from 193 in one day. Yay me!

  77. Comment by Eric | 12.1.2010 | 1:37 pm

    Like the first comment, I read this post at work and couldnt contain the laughter which is a problem as I sit next to my humerless boss. Im in for the 10 to Livestrong – please post a link to the page. Also as one poster said, “This made me laugh and sad because I clearly see how neurotic I am”. Great stuff! Thanks for the motivation and the smile!! Day 1 down .4 pound.

  78. Comment by CRSonic | 12.1.2010 | 2:31 pm

    I’m on of those can’t lose 10 pounds people, but I just wanted to say that I by no means wanted to be included when I laid out my own goals! You guys are doing the hard work and deserve the prizes (and health benefits!). I just wanted to participate in spirit! And love the idea of a Livestrong donation!

  79. Comment by Barbara B | 12.1.2010 | 2:45 pm

    Fatty…if I lived near you (even a state near you) I’d probably would be at your house on the sixth ready to hit the “reset” button on your scale for my weigh in!! I’ve noticed that when my five year old granddaughter jumps on my scale it can alter the results…but not always in my favor!

  80. Comment by Barbara B | 12.1.2010 | 2:47 pm

    OK…weird…but my first posting isn’t there. Count me in at 162.5

  81. Comment by Joe | 12.1.2010 | 3:37 pm

    First day of the challenge I went to 5 Guys for lunch. This might be a long month for me.

  82. Comment by hglover | 12.1.2010 | 3:52 pm

    Yikes, Fatty! Showering before weighing can add up to 1/2 pound (water absorbed by skin) – Always weigh BEFORE showering…!!! but after peeing and spitting and brushing off dead skin cells with a vegetable brush…

  83. Comment by George m | 12.1.2010 | 4:21 pm

    You are awesome. You crack me up. I know I’m late to join the contest but I was debating wether or not to join in. You see I’m couch ridden with a big plastic boot om my foot awaitng to see if I need surgery on my Achilles tendon. So weight loss is not on my mind. But I guess it should be so if you will have me I’d like to join. I’m 270. I can use a challenge. Thank you

  84. Comment by Sandy | 12.1.2010 | 5:24 pm

    How can you men lose 2 or 3 lbs in one day? I have been dieting hard for 3 days and only lost 1lb. No Fair.

  85. Comment by Clinton | 12.1.2010 | 5:34 pm

    No need for a sponsor, I get lucky and win something and I will mail u back the postage!

  86. Comment by Denise Brooks | 12.1.2010 | 8:36 pm

    Yesterday at 1:22 I said I was in, now today, right now, I’m out. I am being honest with myself, I can’t do it. Good luck everyone else.

  87. Comment by Carolyn | 12.1.2010 | 8:47 pm

    Yes, I am in 150

  88. Comment by Marci | 12.1.2010 | 8:57 pm

    I had vowed to drop 10 lbs by New Years Eve and I’m halfway there!

  89. Comment by Marci | 12.1.2010 | 8:59 pm

    Good luck on everyone’s 10 lbs. I vowed at 20, but should clear 10 by the new year. Get out and ride!

  90. Comment by Carl | 12.1.2010 | 9:04 pm

    NYCCarlos – not only pre-poop, but maybe Fatty “ice cream loaded” before announcing the contest!?!

  91. Comment by Pam | 12.1.2010 | 10:31 pm

    I’m in.. but I just had food poisoning so I fear I am set up for failure :/

  92. Comment by Davo | 12.2.2010 | 8:51 am

    I’ve started weighing myself a few times a day. I am amazed at the fluctuations during the day. My strategy to lose weight is very simple. Just say NO to all of the decisions about food. NO on the dessert, No I WON’T have fries with that, Thanks for the offer, I’m good. The other part is saying YES to working out. Long rides (50+ miles) are always good for a pound or two.

  93. Comment by Davo | 12.2.2010 | 8:53 am

    Hey, when I click my name it is supposed to take me to my blog, but it gives a phising warning instead. Fatty, do you know how to correct that ? Thanks Davo.

  94. Comment by NYCCarlos | 12.2.2010 | 9:07 am

    @Carl – OMG… that’s totally what he did. CHEATER!!!!!!!!

    On another note… 100pushups plan is kicking my BUTT. I don’t think my arms knew they had muscle in them until now.

  95. Comment by NYCCarlos | 12.2.2010 | 9:08 am

    @Davo – you put you URL as… Shouldn’t it be I’ll bet that’s why the warning.

  96. Comment by axel in texas | 12.2.2010 | 10:17 am

    If you ‘inch forward’ far enough, your scale should show 0 lb and you meet your goal. I think I could win this challenge, too.

  97. Comment by Erik | 12.2.2010 | 10:54 am

    My body is apparently in a rapid state of flux. Darn you potential dehydration. 130 to 127 to 131. ARGH!

  98. Comment by Donovan Warren | 12.2.2010 | 11:05 am

    Just in case we forgot … “a pint’s a pound the world around.” Two cups of water weighs 16 oz, 1/8 of a cup is 1 oz. 3 TBSP = 1/8 of a cup. SO there you go. If you can pee out three tablespoons of water, there’s 3/16 of a pound; = 0.1875 lbs. With rounding error, 0.2 pounds.

  99. Comment by Donovan Warren | 12.2.2010 | 11:07 am

    Whoops! Heck even my math is off. 1/8 of a cup is TWO tablespoons. Math still works otherwise.

  100. Comment by Ali | 12.2.2010 | 11:27 am

    I still vote percent weight lost for next time. its not that I’m fit – its just that when you’re 5′2″ 10lbs is a lot!

    Colin, I too <3 my Withings scale – every morning I get up and pee, and then weigh in and it sends it to – which I also <3!

  101. Comment by EasyMark | 12.2.2010 | 2:38 pm

    I was watching a boxing match this past weekend and they pointed out that one boxer had gained 15 pounds in the _single_ day between the weigh-in and the fight. It made me wonder what horrible things these guys are doing to themselves to get that kind of weight off in a totally temporary manner.

    Sort of made your 3 pounds in 1 day seem minor league, however…

  102. Comment by oilcanreacer | 12.2.2010 | 5:45 pm

    see now i got the opposite problem, but its still a problem. i can’t gain weight and being a furious cyclist i lose too much weight and am too weak to be competitive.

    so i too inch around on the scale to change weight values, just i scoot back to make myself heavier. lol….funny how we are all the same, yet different.

  103. Comment by Mayr | 12.2.2010 | 7:31 pm

    Fatty…once your body has digested what you have consumed it goes to the appropriate “waste holding tanks” appropriately labeled #1 and #2. It’s at this point when you can no longer consider what’s in those holding tanks as part of you. So of course you would want to empty the tanks before you step on the scale…and this is best dine in the morning.

    All kidding aside, if you want to maximize your possibility for outstanding scale readings be aware of what you eating the day before you weigh. Higher intakes of sodium, caffeine, pasta binging can all contribute to less desirable numbers. In addition, water, water, water…drink it, drink it, drink it. Rinse out all that you don’t want to keep. I have a theory that drinking lots and lots of it also rinses the fat(of course I mean the biological kind) out. Last, don’t punish yourself…take a rest day from workouts and honest nutrition. Have a small treat…it helps to make the adventure a little more tolerable.

    I’m not going to jump on the wagon with all of you but I’ll applaud your efforts and successes. I’ll stick with my workouts and honest nutrition, and I’ll be happy with any weight loss. 5 pounds might be a better goal for me but I won’t put a deadline to achieve it by.

    I’m looking forward to reading follow ups over the next few weeks. Should be fun!

  104. Comment by Lulea | 12.2.2010 | 8:35 pm

    I have no idea how you lose over 3 pounds in a day. Water weight, starving? I am happy with losing my 1.25lb in 3 days.

  105. Comment by Lisa | 12.3.2010 | 9:29 am

    I tried the “toes forward” trick this morning, and I’ve lost three pounds this first week (that’s not even over.) Thanks for the tip, Fatty!

  106. Comment by Kathleen@ForgingAhead | 12.4.2010 | 8:53 pm

    You’re three lbs ahead of me.

  107. Comment by JoshB | 12.6.2010 | 10:45 am

    Started at 177.0. Weighed in today at 175.4, without resorting to any tricks. At this rate, I will only lose 6 pounds by Christmas. I think there are a few places where I can kick it up a notch, like no beer. It’s extreme, but so is 10# by Christmas.

  108. Comment by diesel13 | 12.6.2010 | 11:26 am

    After a long week of meetings and good meals down 1.2 lbs.

  109. Comment by Meghan | 12.6.2010 | 1:39 pm

    Starting today.. 126 lbs


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