So, we've all decided that this year we're going to get in shape, drop the extra weight, lose the "happy fat", whatever the case may be. I think we discussed this New Year's Eve, and came up with the Percentage Lost calculation as our measurement. I know some of us are doing Weight Watchers, some of us are doing the Biggest Loser challenges, and some of us are winging it. We can build on these, as well as incorporate what we're already doing into our individual challenges. We could do it over 12 weeks, so the week of April 11th would be end of round one (for those of us who may need to lose more, we can go onto round two for another 12 weeks, and so forth and so on). I thought we could toss around any final ideas, etc. and come up with something to start as week one next week. We'd need to decide on a weigh-in day, that we would come here and report our percentage. We can also discuss special challenges, recipes, exercises, and ideas for doing things together that involve being active, and eating healthy. Don't forget to share special milestones that you hit, or things that you're struggling with. Changing your lifestyle is easier when you have others to help motivate and share. Here's some sites that help you track things like food, activities, motivators, etc. http://www.weightlosswars.com http://www.Livestrong.com http://weight-loss.fitness.com http://www.ediets.com http://www.weightwatchers.com Percentage Lost Overall percentage is calculated pretty easily. Total starting weight - Total End Weight = Total Lost Total lost / Total Starting Weight = amount lost x 100 to get the percentage Excel spreadsheets are our friends for this one Some other ideas: Five a day challenge - where people get bonus points for eating a minimum of five fruits or veggies a day. Water challenge - where they have to drink X amount of water a day. Walking challenge - where people have to contribute x amount of miles a week. Cardio challenge - where people have to contribute x amount of cardio (can include walking) x times a week. As we figure this out, we can have individual threads for recipes, weigh-ins, etc.