I have lost 3 lb. this week and am very happy about that.
I'll have to let you know if I placed in The Biggest Loser contest tomorrow. The leader will be tabulating today. It was interesting no men were allowed this year. They do tend to lose faster - the testosterone thing. The men have a separate group.
I remember my years in Weight Watchers the women were somewhat cruel to the men in the group because they would have big losses and it was like the women ganged up on them. They would smile as they made their snide comments. Even women who dared to have a big loss were "jokingly" made fun of. Our Home Economics teacher said when she went to Weight Watchers she didn't have a whole lot to lose and really didn't look as though she needed to be there and she would talk about how she was treated by the truly obese who were there. We tend to group ourselves into those with something in common. It must make us feel safe. I would notice sometimes women would come in and tell everybody of their indiscretions for the week and laugh about it. Others would join in and it could become a "can you top this" event.
It's nice to have two places to achieve a new digit. I am now in the 20's for lbs. to go. I imagine it will be at least two weeks before the new digit in weight is achieved. I will say it's not coming off as fast as newly gained weight usually comes off. I took enough time off I guess that the fat got really comfortable right where it was.
I recommend the plank challenge. I did three 20 second planks a couple of days and yesterday at aerobics after we got started my muscles felt like jello so I knew it was more challenging than I thought. It seems to be helping my sore lower back as well. I read somewhere that if the choice had to be made between aerobics and weight lifting, weight lifting is the better choice. Planks use body weight as the resistance as does pull ups, push ups, sit ups, and squats. These can also be easily done at home and don't take much time and I can really see the value of just taking bits of time here and there to do these as the payoff is great for the time invested. Weight lifting can be aerobic as well. We breath hard and the heart rate rises if we do much with weights - our own body weight or free weights. I also read that free weights were better than those machines because using free weights requires us to stabilize ourselves as we lift which uses our core and more muscles as well. It also simulates our movements for things like carrying in the groceries or lifting a child.
Hopefully I am one of The Big Losers this week. I will let you know.
Be careful out there today.