BG2: Week 1 by the Numbers


Of 40 people who asked to sign up, 32 have.   And about half of them have reported back with some weight loss already.

At the request of a few, we are now also tracking the BMI, and soon, using the start date, we’ll calculate the average weekly loss/gain.

Wallace joined us (thankfully for me), as one of the heaviest, but he’s also made a spectacular start.  He’s already got the benefit from dropping into the 120s!   There’s a bit of motivation for Paul.

Personally, I’m looking forward to returning to the one-tens… with some very good luck I came back from four days under my  Mum’s care with a modest loss of 0.2.  Much better than I’d expected.


You don’t have to update your Blubbergeddon stats every day, but it would be nice if you come in and do it at least weekly.  It is my intent to remove any entries that get stale – say no update for 4 weeks.  You can always add it back in if you found a second wind.

Collectively we’ve lost 36.2 kg, between 16 people, about the average weight of an 11 year old.


Now that we’ve got underway, the frequency of BG2 articles will no longer be daily.  However, feel free to share your own story and send it to me via email.  Happy to post those with personal information missing, so we can follow the journey without people needing to know who you are.






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  • Alexander K

    Be cautious about using the BMI – it was NOT designed for measuring individuals but for large groups. If used to asess an individual, silly conclusions can be reached.
    For example, one of my kids is an fitness trainer with some years of experience; he is shorter than average and very well muscled. His English GP used the BMI and deduced that he is morbidly obese, which is patently silly.

    • Wendy

      Quite right. BMI is useful if you are and averagely built caucasians (which many are), but not for very fit muscular people or Pacific Islanders, African Americans, Afro-Caribbeans etc, whose body composition has a very different proportions of fat to muscle.

      • Wallace Westland

        Well I’ve always thought the whole BMI this was a crock. As I said recently a doctor told me I needed to be 87kg and I informed him that’s what I weighed at 15 and playing rugby. I kept growing for a few years after that.
        I’m Caucasian I’m also solidly built even when lean. I’d be anorexic if I weighed 87kg.
        These idiots need to factor in muscle bulk and given I spent most of the first 25 years of my working life in highly physical jobs I still have a fair bit of muscle hidden under the flab and it comes back quick when I’m on a mission.

      • Mags

        Or Allblacks

    • There is no target BMI. Just a target weight.

    • David Moore

      Agree. I think the really good measure is a simple tape measure around the belly at the bellybutton. It tells you all you need to know about your progress.

    • la la land

      Yes I did it for myself and for my husband this afternoon (he is super skinny I am 8kgs overweight) and we had the same BMI. The calc said we both had a very high risk of heart problems and weight related ill health. That is patently ridiculous in both of our cases.

  • Huia

    well done to all of you.
    I will start in a couple of weeks when the last visitors go home.
    A loss is a loss so you are the winners.

  • KGB

    Well done all of you. Special mention to Grizz.

  • timemagazine

    I am not in this program, as I don’t need to lose weight, but I find it fascinating how this blog has become a ….community, I dare to say. Don’t you just love the WO?

    • Nige.

      It is what it becomes. It used to be a community completely different to the net-scape we see today. It seems to have a life of its own which evolves and grows. People, just like topics come and go.

  • Pete

    I must have missed this …wish I had signed up ;(

  • metalnwood

    good luck to you all, I am embarking on something myself.. currently around 105 and would be good at 95-98.

    When I want to lose five or more kilo’s I usually turn to counting my calories and doing some running on a treadmill I hire. I dont like road running much but usually do pretty well watching action flicks on the tv while running.

    I have gone through the process a couple of times over the last six years but at least now my weight is stable so once off I dont expect it to creep unless I am silly.. I look forward to my bowling getting a bit faster with the weight off too :)

  • Wallace Westland

    Aww thanks Pete. I’ve been going hard out on the exercycle and eating like a sparrow.
    The hunger sensations haven’t been practically pleasant.
    I know there is a school of thought about starving yourself and I’m not (technically lol) but I am training myself to exercise, eat less, eat healthier AND cut back on the booze especially beer.
    I intend sticking to my current regime for some time. I won’t get into it as others will say it’s not healthy to lose weight too fast but there is a new school of thought that says different.
    At 133kg I’m in serious trouble and to be honest if the weight doesn’t come off quick it won’t matter as I probably wouldn’t have survived it. (Recently I’d been having dizzy spells just standing up and serious breathing difficulties which is why I’d started)
    As I get closer to a healthier weight I’ll dial it back a bit and take it easier. For now I’m manic committed or I’m dead.
    And a dead Wallace is no good to his kids.
    Today I’m entering a morning weigh in and will be from now on. So my new weight will read 128.5 and brother…….I am rapt about that! :-)

    • la la land

      Well done! I am so pleased for you that you have heeded the warning signs your body is giving you and doing something about this… Just remember when you are feeling super hungry… we are too! My answer at the mo is to have a cup of tea … I will be seriously addicted to caffeine by the end of this!

      • Wallace Westland

        I’m a heavy coffee drinker. I’ve dialled back that number of coffees by nearly half and taken one sugar out (which leaves one in and it will go in time too)
        I keep a water bottle on my desk and another in my car and when the hunger pangs hit I take a slurp. So far it seems to be working but last night was really hard (I desperately wanted steak eggs and chips but settled for a small chicken salad…real small). Today much better.

    • Fat Sally

      Good start buddy, sometimes starving yourself can be counter productive to weight loss. You need energy so you can exercise, you burn fuel when working out.

      So long as you are burning more calories than you are eating you will be fine.

      Beer is my killer. A pie in every pint, and drinking has been the one thing I am truly good at lol

      Keep it up.

    • mommadog

      I’ve been reading about “toxic”” hunger where you think you are hungry but its your body detoxing away from all the sweets and crap and then trying to trick you to eat some more of it versus real hunger and how to tell the difference. I’ve been tuning in since reading about it and am learning to eat when hungry and to ignore the “give me chocolate” type of hunger that isn’t. Apparently toxic hunger can last anywhere from a few days to a month depending on how much rubbish you ate and what state your body is in to begin with. You may have a bit of that going on along with times of real hunger. If you keep having dizzy spells make sure to get your BP checked if you haven’t already. As you obviously know though losing weight will help your blood pressure.

      • Wallace Westland

        I’ve been over eating for a long time now, big helpings etc, not so much junk just too much. Although I do love my chippies and KFC sigh.
        Had BP done recently by a health nurse at work 130/80 bit high but not bad for age and weight. That was before the dizzy spells mind. I’ll be fine if I shed the pounds and I’m working hard.
        I know my body well and I trust what it tells me. Most people don’t. They should.

  • Fat Sally

    I joined last Friday so planned to make that my weigh in day, but can weigh in on a given day if you are going to have a weekly average etc.

    I won’t be paying any notice of my BMI as I feel they are unrealistic numbers, I want to be fit not a walking skeleton.

  • armotur

    What a great idea! I made a NY reso to walk more and loose 6KG. If you have a smartphone,time to walk, a competitive spirit and like achieving try The INGRESS game it’s hooked me and I walk every day.

    It’s worth a look and has something around 600,000,000 members worldwide.

    You can find it here:-
    edit :not enough zeros!

  • mommadog

    Similar comment to Sally below. I weighted in this morning as I started on a Monday but my new stats aren’t in the screen shot above. Happy to change that if there is a weekly average day. I am suspecting I need to bring it back a day to Sunday. Hoping to get more exercise in as soon as I get rid of my chest infection. off tot he doctor again tomorrow as sick of coughing all night and no sleep.