PF Bloggers Weight Loss Challenge – Teams Announced!

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Body Fat!First, I want to personally thank everyone who not only signed-up, but also helped promote the challenge! I had no idea 30 people would want to commit.  I was looking for accountability and, boy, did I find it!

By tomorrow morning, all entrants in the challenge should be getting an e-mail, as well.  If you don’t receive this please let me know, so I can check your e-mail addresses.

A new post will be updated every Sunday morning, with each person progress through the week and will be reorganized based on total team points earned.  Whether you are a participant or a spectator, please feel free to leave successes, failures, or cheers in the comment section below.

Teams were divided up, so that each team has a goal of 100 points.  Each team can has 75 pounds of goals and then each of the five members can earn an additional 5 points if they individually hit their mark regardless of how big or small the mark may be.

Name Blog Goal

Alpha Team

Brad http://enemyofdebt.com -30
Dave http://doyoudaveramsey.com -16
Laura http://greenpandatreehouse.com/ -12
Abigail http://ipickuppennies.blogspot.com -10
Linsey http://wisebread.com/linsey-knerl -7

Beta Team

Jessica http://pennywisefamily.blogspot.com -30
Josh Smith http://walletpop.com -18
Miranda http://yieldingwealth.com -15
Matt Jabs http://debtfreeadventure.com -7
SNS http://pennypence.blogspot.com/ -5

Gamma Team

Baker http://manvsdebt.com -28
Neal Frankle http://wealthpilgrim.com -20
Kelly http://thecenstiblelife.com -10
Mrs. Micah http://mrsmicah.com -9
Kim http://blog.moneymanagement.org -8

Delta Team

Spendthrift http://convertingaspendthrift.blogspot.com -25
Shane http://beatingbroke.com -20
Pretty Penny http://myprettypennies.wordpress.com -10
John http://mightybargainhunter.com -10
Bob http://christianpf.com -10

Epsilon Team

Lynne http://thewisermiser.net -25
MFD http://myfindependenceday.com -22
Clare http://getmoneyenergy.com  -10
Viviana http://theleantimes.com -12
Rachel http://portercoaching.blogspot.com -6

Zeta Team

Krista http://change-jar.blogspot.com -20
Dusty http://chasingthebull.info -20
Bettsonly http://financialsuccessismine.blogspot.com -16
Jorge http://independentminded.org -11
SavingDiva http://savingforhome.blogspot.com -8

** Bob will be actually attempting to gain 10 pounds.  The points will work the same, but in reverse.  Mrs. Micah will be attempting to maintain weight through an extensive weekly exercising commitment.  She will earn a potential of 1 point per week if she stays on track, plus the bonus 5 if she hits 7/9 weeks.

LET THE TRASH TALK (a.k.a. overwhelming support) BEGIN!

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MoneyEnergy May 31, 2009 at 7:28 PM

Yay epsilon! Now I gotta get in touch with my Epsilon peeps:) Time to gather on Twitter.

MoneyEnergy’s last blog post..More Evidence Showing That Losing Weight Is Correlated With Becoming Wealthier


Baker May 31, 2009 at 8:35 PM

You guys gathering to talk about your goals? You should probably shoot for 2nd place… Don’t want you to be disappointed ;-)!


mbhunter June 1, 2009 at 1:08 AM

Ha! If I lose just one pound in this whole deal I’ll be happy. Reaching my goal would make me ecstatic.

mbhunter’s last blog post..I hope Brian Govern got some swag from The Mountain


Laura May 31, 2009 at 9:17 PM

Alpha time! I’m hoping this challenge will be great for everybody.

Laura’s last blog post..Subscriber Swap Saturday: No Debt Plan


Abigail June 1, 2009 at 2:44 PM

Whoo hoo! Go ALPHA!

I’ll be curious to hear more about the folks who are planning on losing 20+ lbs in 8 weeks but I’m sure OUR guys will do it because we *are* the alpha dogs!

I’m not actually on Twitter a ton (least, not as @ipickuppennies, cuz I have to be on Twitter on another account for work) but I’m always on email. Maybe we can converse that way?

seattlegirl (at) yahoo

I’m happy to say it’s a gorgeous day out so I’ll be looking forward to taking a walk, which is how I’m planning on losing weight (plus counting calories, obviously).

Abigail’s last blog post..Frugal is SEXY!


Brad @ EOD June 1, 2009 at 12:44 AM

Looking forward to kicking some butt!! Alpha Team unite! Can’t wait to learn more about my teammates as well as my opponents.

Thanks again Baker for doing this!

Brad @ EOD’s last blog post..Keys To Effective Money Management – The Introduction


Abigail June 1, 2009 at 2:46 PM

As I put to Laura, maybe we can converse via email? I’m on Twitter all day but for work, so not on my personal account.

I’m going to do my damnedest to keep everything up for you guys!

Now let’s get the Alpha dogs chatting!

Abigail’s last blog post..Frugal is SEXY!


MoneyEnergy June 1, 2009 at 3:39 AM

Hmm, judging by initial bursts of motivation, we’ve got Alpha, Gamma, Delta and Epsilon in the lead!:) My M.O.: cutting back on cheese and soy products (I’m vegetarian, so I eat/drink alot of soy, but I think all the excess plant estrogens in it contribute to weight gain).

MoneyEnergy’s last blog post..Shariah Indices Put New Twist On SRI (Socially Responsible Investing) with New S&P/TSX 60 Shariah Index


Viviana June 1, 2009 at 6:15 AM

Woo hoo! I am so excited. I went out and bought a scale yesterday and after getting on it I was terrified at the number then excited at the challenge. I will be researching light recipes to post on my blog and thinking of new ways to get some exercise without going to the gym. Go Team Epsilon!


Jorge June 1, 2009 at 6:24 AM

Nothing like a little friendly competition to keep people motivated…Zeta team is going to kick butt!

p.s. Didn’t receive an e-mail, so please double-check my address: jorge@independentminded.org

Jorge’s last blog post..Weekly Round-Up: Edition #2


Betty's Only June 3, 2009 at 3:29 PM

Really looking forward to doing this. These last few pounds are horrible to losee. I need the support of someone. Thanks, Zeta team we are number 1. I look forward to working with you all.

Betty’s Only

Send me an email at bettysonly@netbusiness.com

Betty’s Only’s last blog post..Sometimes, I just don’t Know


Do You Dave Ramsey? June 1, 2009 at 6:42 AM

Good luck to everyone but ESPECIALLY to those on the Alpha team.

I’m starting a new job and phase 2 of p90x today so my world is about to turn upside down. Hopefully that process will enable to shake a few lbs loose.

Thanks for pulling this rodeo together Baker!

Do You Dave Ramsey?’s last blog post..Link Round-up – My New Job Edition


Mrs. Micah June 1, 2009 at 7:41 AM

GAMMMA!!!!!!! Woooooooooooooooooooooooo. :)

Let’s do this thing!

Mrs. Micah’s last blog post..Pf Bloggers Weight Loss Challenge – My Part


Josh Smith June 1, 2009 at 9:32 AM

Just like Gmail, even though we are Beta we’ll still Rock!


Brad @ EOD June 1, 2009 at 9:46 AM

Just thought this link would be helpful. I like it because it allows me to easily track calories and has multiple other helpful programs. It is very good support site!!


Brad @ EOD’s last blog post..12 Steps To Debt Free Addicts Anonymous


Neal@Wealth Pilgrim June 1, 2009 at 9:58 AM

I suggest that everyone on Gamma team pick out a victory prize….IT’S OURS!!!!!!

Neal@Wealth Pilgrim’s last blog post..From Homeless to Homeowner – How I Did it.


Jessica W June 1, 2009 at 10:20 AM

Baker, thanks so much for setting this up!! Can I make a request: Could you add participants Twitter addresses (if they have them) To this nifty matrix? I’m @jessc098 (that’s a zero, not the letter o).

I think teams could have hashtags too like BWLC (blogger weight loss challenge).

For instance #BWLCBETA could be a team hash tag

Just a thought, and thanks again. Great ideas and I can tell you’ve put a lot of time into this!

Jessica W’s last blog post..Another Great PF Blog With Another Great Contest


Beating Broke June 1, 2009 at 10:27 AM

Everybody knows that Delta is the scientific notation for Change! We’re destined to win!

I’m @beatingbroke on Twitter if we’re compiling a list.

Beating Broke’s last blog post..Disney and T. Rowe Price Team Up


Brad @ EOD June 1, 2009 at 10:27 AM

Not sure what happened to my last submission here, so I hope this doesn’t end up being a double comment. I just wanted to let everyone know of a site I use called sparkpeople (dot) com, which allows me to track my calories for each day as well as keep up with an exercise program by tracking what I do. It has been very helpful to me and I am hoping that with this free site plus your accountability, I will be able to reach my weight loss goals. Good luck to everyone and I hope you are able to benefit from this too!

Brad @ EOD’s last blog post..12 Steps To Debt Free Addicts Anonymous


Converting A Spendthrift June 1, 2009 at 10:28 AM

Can we give three cheers for Delta Team!

Converting A Spendthrift’s last blog post..UPrinting: Father’s Day Giveaway


Jessica W June 1, 2009 at 10:40 AM

Brad! Great Point abuot Sparkpeople. I LOVE Sparkpeople. (WeightWatchers online offers a similar program, I’ve tried both but prefer Sparkpeople).

They also have a special club for the thirfty and investors. :) “Spark Guys’ Savings Jar” :)

Jessica W’s last blog post..Another Great PF Blog With Another Great Contest


Miranda June 1, 2009 at 11:15 AM

Thanks for doing this, Baker! For me, accountability goes a loooooong way. Plus, I like to win 😉 And the tip about Sparkpeople is a great one. Gooooooo Beta!

Miranda’s last blog post..Unbroke’s Money 101: “I’m Broke as Hell…”


Kim @ Blogging For Change June 1, 2009 at 11:21 AM

Baker, Thanks so much for coordinating! So proud to be part of your WINNING team! I’m off to duct tape the cookie jar…

(Jessica, I’m @moneymanagement)

Kim @ Blogging For Change’s last blog post..Healthier habits are good for weight & wallet


Matt Jabs June 1, 2009 at 11:48 AM

Beta Bloggers = #BWLCBETA

Jessica = @jessc098 – http://pennywisefamily.blogspot.com
Josh Smith = @Josh_Smith – http://www.walletpop.com/blog/bloggers/josh-smith/ & http://www.imjosh.com/
Miranda = @MMarquit – http://yieldingwealth.com
Matt Jabs = @MattJabs – http://debtfreeadventure.com
SNS = @savingsnotshoes – http://pennypence.blogspot.com/

Here’s some info to get my fellow Beta Bloggers Banded Together! I am riding my bike to & from work most every day (20 mile round trip each time). I’m also heavily considering a raw vegan diet for the month of June (many health & weight benefits)…

Matt Jabs’s last blog post..Reduce Monthly Bills – TV Edition


Dusty June 1, 2009 at 1:07 PM

Let’s do this thing ‘Z Squad’. Time to dominate!

Dusty’s last blog post..Dave Ramsey’s Baby Steps – The Decision to Become Debt Free


Neal@WealthPilgrim.com June 1, 2009 at 5:41 PM

(sung to the marching song that soldiers sing…you know the one I mean)









Neal@WealthPilgrim.com’s last blog post..From Homeless to Homeowner – How I Did it.


Brad @ EOD June 1, 2009 at 10:34 PM

I did great today with my eating. I actually had a 12″ subway chicken breast sub with NO MAYO, and NO CHEESE! That is HUGE for me! I didn’t know you could have a sub without the two. :)

No actual exercise other than cutting my grass, which is on a steep hill, and putting down a floor in my office upstairs. I plan to go for a four mile hike tomorrow with my son. (He LOVES it)

It was so easy for me to keep track of my calories today. I hate to sound like an advertisement but sparkpeople (dot) com has a really great set up for that. It’s free and the guy who started it spent 5 million dollars of his own money to start it to help people like you and I. (Impressive) It allows you to enter your food in a search box and adds up your calories. Most everything is on there, especially restaurants. I stayed within the calories suggested, and I am determined to reach my goal.

Alpha Team Rulz, so everyone better watch out! I am a competitor at heart! Oh yeah my twitter name is @enemyofdebt

Brad @ EOD’s last blog post..Keys To Effective Money Management – The Introduction


Abigail June 2, 2009 at 2:44 AM

Ditto here. And here’s a helpful tip for anyone commonly tempted by fast food: Start looking at the nutritional info on the websites. It’s truly horrifying.

I’m on Alli, which means I have to keep an eye on fat grams. Usually 19 g per meal is no problem at all. But at fast food, you have almost NO choices. Even at seemingly “healthy” places. I ate at World Wrapps today. Small Thai chicken 507 calories, 17.18 grams of fat; 16 oz strawberry/orange smoothie: 268 calories, 1.13 grams of fat. It was my main meal for the day, so I didn’t mind too much. But it’s still mind boggling.

Start checking out your favorite restaurants and you’ll learn pretty quickly that it’s not worth the calories/fat you end up with!

Abigail’s last blog post..Frugal is SEXY!


Tim M June 2, 2009 at 8:26 AM

Hey guys
Baker, tis Tim M from Australia again (under a different guise).

May I humbly submit my advice apropos your challenge.

My credentials are:
I weighed 88kg (193 or so pounds) in July 2006. That’s on a 5’7″ frame.
As at July 2008, I was around 134 lbs.
As at June 2009, I am still around 134 lbs (I’m going to do a how-to guide on my site once I have time, I am a busy, busy boy).

I did this through exercise and eating better. No crash dieting. No surgery. No pills.

My main points would be:
Don’t get too hung up on healthy fat (think eggs, avocados, nuts, full cream milk etc)
DO get hung up on sugary carbs
Protein – it is your friend
Elevate metabolism (chili, fresh, raw)
Cardio (lots)
Weights (lots)
Be prepared for a lot of fking hard, HARD work

Man, I need to do a guide

Good luck, I’ll be watching with interest.


Tim M’s last blog post..Chinese Animal Skinning: unacceptable (you must read this)


SavingDiva June 2, 2009 at 1:34 PM

YES! Team Zeta all the way!!!!!!!!!!

SavingDiva’s last blog post..Poster Giveaway Winner


Neal@Wealth Pilgrim June 2, 2009 at 2:39 PM


Neal@Wealth Pilgrim’s last blog post..Let Uncle Sam Boost Your Retirement Savings And Fund Junior’s College Costs Too


FFB June 3, 2009 at 12:23 PM

Is it too late to join?

FFB’s last blog post..My 401(k) Investments Are Up And What I’m Doing About It


Kelly June 3, 2009 at 1:11 PM

I am officially starting today since this week has been CRAZY busy.

I plan on walking and running to start, and we’ll be joining the Y which I can walk to later this month.

I’m keeping an eye on my diet via a notebook, but I’m going to upload my info to dailyburn.com which is a GREAT way to keep track of your exercise and diet.

I don’t have a scale, so I’m goign to have to figure out a way to weigh myself. Hrm…

Kelly’s last blog post..around the web: estate planning edition


Beating Broke June 3, 2009 at 3:10 PM

Ask at your Y as well, Kelly. Most of them will have a scale available for member somewhere. If not, I picked up a nice one that does body fat and so forth on eBay for about $40. Not horribly cheap, but considering how long they usually last…

Beating Broke’s last blog post..Disney and T. Rowe Price Team Up


Jessica W June 3, 2009 at 1:13 PM

Kelly, why don’t you go by measurements? SparkPeople has a downloadable measuring tape if you don’t have one. :)

Hang in there and good luck!

Jessica W’s last blog post..Another Great PF Blog With Another Great Contest


Tim June 3, 2009 at 7:42 PM

@ Kelly

Weights. Please please do weights

No carbs except porridge
No softdrink
No bread
No pasta (I cheated and had gnocchi)

Say hello ketosis and goodbye fat

It will not be easy

I definitely need to do something about this on my site



Penny June 4, 2009 at 2:46 PM

Whoa, sorry I’m a bit late in responding! But I did start my weight-loss this week and you guys better watch out because Delta is going to kick some PF a$$! :)

Penny’s last blog post..I want to get out of debt so badly.


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