LifeMakers Weight Loss Challenge 2013 Q1

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LifeMakers Weight Loss Challenge 2013 Q1 (DMS Weight Loss Competition)


This Contest will run for 12 weeks.
The contest Begins: January 7th, 2013
The contest Ends: April 1st, 2013

There is NO Entry Fee for the DMS Weight Loss Competition

Ultimately we will ALL be winners ~ with better health overall!
Top Losers will be determined by the greatest percentage of body weight lost.
Percentage formula: (initial weight - final weight) / initial weight = % weight lost
Percentage will be carried out to two (2) decimals or as many necessary to break a tie.
A weekly update will be provided (every Tuesday) to encourage fun & healthy competition amogst participants! :)

The initial and final weigh-ins will be done at the DMS on a scale selected for the contest.
The initial weigh-in must be done at the DMS - no sooner than the first day of the contest (January 7th) and no later than the following Monday at 11:45PM.
The final weigh-in must be done at the DMS - no sooner than the Monday prior to the final day of the contest (March 25th); and, no later than the final day of the contest (April 1st) at 11:45PM.
Other than the initial and final Weigh-ins, the rest of the weigh-ins will be done on the honorary system with each participant using the scale of their choice; and, will be reported no later than 11:45PM each Monday night.
We suggest that you use the same scale, weigh-in time, etc in order to be more accurate

Current total body weight will be reported every Monday (no later than 11:45PM)
Please always include your name with your weight so there is no confusion.

A weigh-in reminder will be posted in the group; but, it is your responsibility to get your weight reported each week. You will not get personal reminders.

If a participant has not reported a weigh-in by 11:45PM and has not notified the group that they will be late due to circumstances beyond their control (maximum of "one day late"), they will be marked as a missed weigh-in for that week.
You are allowed two (2) missed weigh-ins during the course of the competition during weeks 2 – 11. The first and last weigh-ins are mandatory.

Always report your weight as total body weight and not pounds lost.

Weight Tracking and Reporting:
Weekly weights will be posted to the group each Tuesday
The weights will be stored and tracked on a spreadsheet - which will be maintained publicly within the group (with exception of any participants who express a desire to keep their actual weight private)

A weekly leaders board document will be posted in the group.
The leaders board will display ALL the participant names and percentage lost.

  • Even if some participants decide to keep their weights private, each participant can choose to share their weight on the group page at any time.
  • There is no requirement to provide a before or after picture.

Missing the initial or final weigh-in.
Missing more than two (2) weigh-ins during weeks 2 - 11
If disqualified, you will be removed from the competition, this wiki page and from the group.

Guidelines / Suggestions:

  • A natural weight loss is 1–3 lbs per week
  • It is unhealthy and unnatural to lose large amounts of weight in a week during any weight loss journey.
  • Understandably, it is possible to have occassional times during this contest where someone may have a good week (around 5-7 lbs). However it is not healthy or natural to lose that large amount of weight several weeks in a row.
  • Using methods that result in extreme weight loss to the point that your health is in question, will be frowned upon.
  • It is common to have plateaus during your weight loss journey. When on a plateau, it is best to adjust your diet and change up your exercise routine to get the weight loss started again.
  • If you have any medical conditions, you are strongly encouraged to seek the advice of your doctor prior to participating in this weight loss competition.
  • Each participant is responsible for any and all of their own actions, including any injuries as a result of those actions.


  • Lisa Y Selk
  • Romeo España
  • Oğuz Yetkin
  • Mark Havens
  • Nicole LeCody
  • John Fields
  • Lilith Calbridge
  • Steve Reeves
  • Robert Davidson
  • Heather Wiliamee
  • Doug Emes
  • john a. gorman
  • Ken Purcell
  • Rebecca Lass
  • Michael Lass
  • Shaun Richardson
  • Chris Seifert
  • Dick Swan
  • Shy Ruparel

Wish List

  1. Food Scale (Example:
  2. Blender / Food Processor that can easily handle ice to make smoothies, etc... (Example:
  3. Body Fat Scale and/or Hand-held Body Fat Reader (Example: & a Guide to Body Fat Scales:
  4. Body Tape Measure (Example: (available from a member; see here)

Suggested Food & Snacks @ DMS

  • Frozen fruit for smoothies
  • Healthy Nuts for protein and to curb appetites (Almonds, Walnuts, etc...)
  • Greek or regular yogurt for smoothies and snacks
  • Lipton Green Tea Citrus (not diet) to quench thirst
  • Protein Powder (such as: Body Fortress Super Advanced Whey Protein Powder - Chocolate Peanut Butter, Vanilla or Chocolate) for protein / meal replacement / curb hunger.
  • Crystal Light on the Go Energy (various flavors) to quench thirst and possible energy boost
  • Protein / Energy Bars (such as: Clif Bars, EAS Lean 15, Zone Perfect, Luna Bars, Kind Plus, etc...)
  • Small Apples (Gala, Fuji, etc... Good for smoothies, quick snacks, etc... and last relatively well)
  • Veggies (carrots, celery, radishes, snap peas, etc... Good for quick snacks and last very well)

Fun Fitness Activities

  • Walking
  • Swimming
  • Biking
  • Hiking
  • Martial Arts
  • Dancing
  • Rowing

Places to Walk

  • The Trail at Brookhaven College
  • Eastfield Track (Mesquite)
  • Bachman Lake (Also have a Rowing Club)
  • Local Malls

Fitness Equipment @ DMS (Continued 'Wish List' Items & Suggestions)

  • Resistance Bands (various resistance / various lengths). Stretching helps on so many levels!
  • Balance Balls (one or two could easily fit in the lounge and be used for core strength, etc...)

Fitness Buddies

  • Lisa would like a fitness buddy to work out at 24 Hour Fitness (swimming, aqua classes, weights) and/or at the fitness center located where she works (CompuCom - off I-75 & Forest Ln). Best times would be evenings (after 9:30 PM) or mornings (around 7:00 AM - 10:00 AM). Preferably evenings due to work & sleep schedule, etc...

Resources Available at DMS

  • A Shipping Scale on loan by John Fields. He describes it as being "a shipping scale with a single floor platform large enough to stand on but with a large digital readout on a cable that can be mounted at eye height. The top end is around 400lbs so it should suit any and everyone, plus it is a high quality scale that has been accurate for me. It is available for the duration of the event."
  • A Body Fat Scale on loan by Lisa Selk for the duration of the contest and likely longer.

Online Tools & Resources

Member (health/fitness related) Blogs/Pages

Hack a BodyBugg

Who wants to try to Hack a BodyBugg device to:

  1. Allow multiple users to use it
  2. Obtain data from it from a local computer (vs their paid subscription site)
  3. Format the data into easy to read information


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