Biggest Loser "Sizzlin' Hot" Summer Challenge


DIS Veteran
Jul 6, 2000
Welcome to the Biggest Loser “Sizzlin’ Hot” Summer Challenge for Losers and Maintainers!Dates: June 1, 2012 ~ August 31, 2012. (ending date subject to change based on participant consensus).

Thanks to Rose&Mike and Lisah0711 for running several previous challenges and for helping me to get this one off the ground! Without their patience and guidance I would never had been able to do this. I’d like to welcome everyone who is new to the BL challenge and to say thank you to the folks who are helping to organize this challenge!

Weight Keeper—dvccruiser76
Healthy Habits--cclovesdis
Whittle Inches Now—buzz5985

We are so happy to have you join us on the BL Sizzlin’ Hot Summer Challenge! The weather is getting warm and sunny-- the perfect time to jump start a new, healthy routine! You have picked a wonderful place to get started on your healthy living journey! This is a very supportive and active group. You will laugh, you will cry and hopefully through it all you will lose—all on the way to a healthier you!

We will be running the challenge as one team this summer. Please keep reading for more details.

A participant list will be posted on this thread and updated periodically. The coaching schedule as well as links to Healthy Habits, “Whittle Inches Now” (WIN), QOTDs, and weigh-in and goal results will also be posted on the first page of this thread.

Now the details:

1. Join the challenge— send me, buzz5985, a PM. It is NEVER too late to join the WISH Biggest Loser Sizzlin’ Hot Summer Challenge. We welcome new participants at any time. We will be running the challenge as one team this summer.

2. Jump in and introduce yourself on the thread. The thread will have a coach for the week. The coach will keep things going with comments and a Question of the Day (QOTD).

3. On June 1, PM your initial weight to dvccruiser76 (Sue). While you are welcome to post your weight in the thread, you still need to send Sue a PM or your weight will NOT be recorded.

4. If you would like to have a goal tracked for the season, please send that to Sue as well. You can change goals as needed. Goals are tracked as pounds lost and reported as a percentage. Sue will use your weekly weigh in to calculate how close you are to goal. Example: Sue—my goal for this challenge is to lose xx pounds.

5. Maintainers—A maintainer is someone whose weight is within +/- 4 pounds of their original weight. Maintainers should also PM Sue each week. Maintainers are welcome to adjust their maintain weight as needed and are always welcome to move to the Loser team on their team challenge.

6. Please Note: Weigh-ins are on Fridays. Send your initial weigh in on June 1. The cut off for sending in weights is the following Monday by 5 PM EST. The first results week weigh-in will be June 8, 2012. Each week our Biggest Losers and our Maintainers are recognized. Results are usually posted on Monday or Tuesday. Final results are tentatively scheduled for the week of August 31, 2012.

As usual, you do not have to watch the TV show to be a part of our challenge. No one is ever voted off our challenge

As usual, you do not have to watch the TV show to be a part of our challenge. No one is ever voted off our challenge.

After three weeks of not reporting your weight to the weight keeper you are removed from the challenge but if you decide to rejoin you are welcomed with open arms.

The purpose of the WISH Biggest Loser Sizzlin’ Hot Summer Challenge is to help you on your weight loss journey and keep us all on track this Summer. The challenge forces you to be accountable. Each week you will report your weight to the weight keeper (dvccruiser76). She is the only person that will know your weight. Your weight will never be published for anyone to see, unless you choose to post it on your team thread.

You will get out of this challenge what you put into it. If you get serious and use this program it CAN and WILL help you lose weight. As you make choices during the day consider what your fellow losers would do. They would say no to the doughnut at the office but they would find time to get some exercise even if they are tired after a long day. Losing weight is not a 'quick fix'. It takes time, commitment, and lots of hard work. We are all here to help you!

Clippies: Here is a link to the summer clippie.

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Let's review the components of our WISH Biggest Loser “Sizzlin’ Hot” Summer Challenge.

The weight report
* Your weight report is due each Friday.
* You PM your report to dvccruiser76.
* Report your weight in pounds, i.e. xxx or xxx.x.
* Carefully review your weight before you send your message to Sue PLEASE make sure the weight is typed correctly. Is that 166 or 156? Are you at 174 or 177? Misspelling is forgivable, typos happen, let's just make sure they don't happen with those numbers in your weight.
* Weight reports are required to remain in the challenge. After three weeks of no reports you are dropped from the challenge. After being dropped from the challenge you may return by reporting your current weight. We will welcome you back any time you want to rejoin if your drop out for a few weeks.
* You can chatter on our thread even if you don't do the weigh ins.

Again this challenge we will have Healthy Habits and Whittle Inches Now.

Healthy Habits (formerly known as challenge of the week)
* CClovesdis will be our Healthy Habits coach. Weekly challenges will encourage us to develop healthy habits for our bodies and souls. Thank you, CC for being our Healthy Habits coach!
* CC will post the challenge of the week on our BL thread.
* Not every week will involve a challenge.
* Participation in the weekly challenge is optional. You can pick and choose what part of the challenge that you want to do.
* Each challenge will clearly state a beginning date, ending date
* Each challenge will include tasks to perform and point values awarded for accomplishing the tasks.
* It is helpful to print the challenge tasks to refer to throughout the week or use the handy link on the first page of the thread

Whittle Inches Now! (WIN!)
* buzz5985 will be our Whittle Inches Now coach (WIN). This is our newest component of the WISH Biggest Loser Challenge and another way to measure your success -- by tracking inches lost! Thank you, Connie96, for developing the WIN Challenge!!!
* There will be several measurements used in this challenge—more details to follow.
* The First of each month you will take your measurements and PM them to buzz5985.
* Your measurements are never posted for anyone to see

In Summary:

WISH Biggest Loser “Sizzlin’ Hot” Summer Team Challenge
* Participation on the thread is optional.
* Each week a new 'coach' will serve as hostess on our Challenge. Their duties include posting questions of the day, acknowledging posters, posting mini-challenges and offering encouragement. Some coaches may serve for a second week later in the challenge. If you are interested in serving as a coach please PM buzz5985. We strive to have a different coach each week so that means lots of volunteers!
So that's the scoop losers and maintainers. We’d love to have you join our challenge! If you have any questions PM me.

Good luck and have a healthy day!


DIS Veteran
Jul 6, 2000
Introducing our Losers & Maintainers

disappearing otter
jillbur Maintainer
myweegirls Maintainer
Sissy ib
Snow White
Sue and Co


DIS Veteran
Jul 6, 2000
Coaching Schedule

6/1/2012 — 6/7/2012 — lisah0711
6/8/2012 — 6/14/2012 — Donac
6/15/2012 — 6/21/2012 — D73
6/22/2012 — 6/28/2012 — SnowWhite
6/29/2012 — 7/5/2012 — Mary Poppins
7/6/2012 — 7/12/2012 — BernardandMissBianca
7/13/2012 — 7/19/2012 — JacksLilWench
7/20/2012 — 7/26/2012 —
7/27/2012 — 8/2/2012 — leeandstacismom
8/3/2012 — 8/9/2012 — donac
8/10/2012 — 8/16/2012 — ougrad86
8/17/2012 — 8/23/2012 — VirataMama4
8/24/2012 8/30/2012 — trinaweena
  • buzz5985

    DIS Veteran
    Jul 6, 2000
    Question Of The Day and Quote of the Day Archive:beach:

    June 1, 2012: So do you have a plan for how you are going to make your goals for the challenge? Share your plan and your goals big and small for this challenge.

    the only place you'll find success before work is in the dictionary

    June 2, 2012: Are you prepared to reach your goals? If you don't want to take the quiz, you can just answer the question or share your thoughts on what it takes to be prepared to reach your goals.

    if you change nothing, nothing will change

    June 3, 2012: Do you think tracking food is an important part of weight loss?

    Eat for the body you want, not the body you have

    June 4, 2012: Which of these motivational ideas can you use on Motivational Monday? Or do you have one of your own? Just make sure it comes from your laughing place!

    you're off to great places
    today is your day,
    your mountain is waiting
    so get on your way.
    ~Dr. Seuss

    June 5, 2012: It doesn't matter how great your plan is sooner or later something unexpected is going to come up. Do you have an alternative course charted (aka a plan B) just for such occasions

    When nothing goes right, go left

    6/6/12: It's Woo Hoo Wednesday! Give yourself a big "woo hoo" for helping yourself to be healthy and share something that you did this week to help you with your goals. Hopefully you don't feel like you've been on the wildest ride in the wilderness!
    do not go where the path may lead.

    go instead where there is no path and leave a trail

    6/7/12 - Is there something that you dream of doing just for you? If you feel comfortable, please share or just share how you feel at the end of the first week of the challenge.

    If you can dream it, you can do it.
    ~Walt Disney

    6/8/12 - What is your favorite ride? YOu can answer for more than one park.

    If you're always racing to the next moment, what happens to the one you are in? Enjoy the ride

    6/9/12 - Giraffe's love to eat leaves. Doctors say we should be eating 9 servings of fruits and vegetables a day. How many are you eating? What are your favorite fruits? What are your favorite vegetable? Do you cook any in a special way that you can tell us about?

    6/10/12 - All these guys say MINE MINE MINE. We as women and mothers here this all the time from other people and we are always pleasing other people. What do you do for your MINE time?

    6/11/12 – NOw that summer is here every talks about water. What do like "Ocean, RIver, Lake or Pool" Or do you have a fear of the water?

    Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming. What do we do? We swim, swim.
    ~ Dory

    6/12/12 - In 6 months we will be going into to winter. Which season is your favorite? Is it easier for you to lose weight during a certain season? If so which one?

    If nothing ever changed, there'd be no butterflies

    6/13/12 - What do you like to do outside? Is is biking hiking or even water parks?

    Climb the mountain not to plant your flag, but to embrace the challenge, enjoy the air and behold the view. Climb it so you can see the world, not so the world can see you.” - David McCullough

    6/14/12 - Who is your favorite character?

    It's so important to make someone happy. Start with yourself

    6/15/12 - What is the hidden gem that makes you unique?

    Life isn't about finding yourself, life is about creating yourself.

    6/16/12 - How in tune are you with your body and making adaptations to your plan to ensure success? If you are not seeing the results you want, what can you tweak to try and get your body better in tune?

    where the mind goes, the body follows

    6/17/12 - We know we can not really stay young for ever, but how do you strive to stay young at heart?

    When you discard arrogance, complexity, and a few other things that get in the way, sooner or later you will discover that simple, childlike, and mysterious secret known to some: Life is Fun!

    6/18/12 - Have you developed a support system in your small world away from the DIS? Is someone nearby on the journey as well?

    Remember, we all stumble, every one of us. That’s why it’s a comfort to go hand in hand.

    6/19/12 - Do you have a physical object that you keep in a prominent place to serve as your inspiration to keep on your journey? If so, what is it? If not, can you think of anything that you could use as your inspirational reminder?

    6/20/12 - All of these hold fond memories for guests who visited the parks when they were open. What memory from your past drives you to be a healthier you?

    If you carry your childhood with you, you never become older.* ~Tom Stoppard

    6/21/12 - As we finish the 3rd week of the challenge, share how you have changed since the beginning of the it your eating habits, is it your exercise patterns, is it your size, what is it? What are you looking forward to when the new you is fully up and running?

    change your thoughts, and you can change your world

    6/22/12 - What in your health journey have you experimented with in order to help you reach your goal and create yourself a better tomorrow? Is there a certain diet you followed? Exercise plan? Did it work, or did you find that you needed to tweak it or start completely over because it just wasn't right for you?

    you don't have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great

    6/23/12 - What health challenges do you face daily that you must come up with creative solutions to? Do you walk during your lunch break? Do you try and stand up most of the day, or perhaps use household items as weights if you are staying at a friends house?

    Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.

    6/24/12 -A Disney question today! Epcot is mostly known for the world showcase. A beautiful display of 11 different countries. Which one is your favorite and why? Which country would you put in world showcase if you could?

    6/25/12 - How do you define exercise/workouts? What is the least amount of work you have to do before you consider it a real workout?

    Think a 20 minute workout won't do anything? Well it's a hell of a lot better than a 0 minute workout

    6/26/12 –
    "It's impossible" said pride.
    "It's risky" said experience.
    "It's pointless" said reason.
    "Give it a try" whispered the heart

    6/27/12 - What do we all love? Food, of course! If shopping isn't fun for you, Epcot is probably one of the best places to try new and interesting food. What is your favorite restaurant in Epcot and what do you like to order?

    the food you eat can either be the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison
    ~ Ann Wigmore

    6/28/12 In your journey to health are you more of a team player, or do you do better alone? Do you belong to a sports team, have a workout group, or attend WW meetings? Since we are all here on the BL thread, I assume we are at least a bit of a team player and do better with encouragement from others!

    Motivation is what gets you started, habit is what keeps you going

    6/29/12 - Have you ever noticed how Disney uses water in some way or form in its movies and parks? Describe one movie scene and/or place in Disney that provides a “water” memory for you.

    A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor

    6/30/12 - What kind of fruit do you buy/eat? Are there some fruits you love and some you hate? And here is a challenge for the day …. Eat at least two different fruits today and try to do something different with one of them

    7/1/12 - So ... July is a HOT, HOT month. Since exercise is so important to a healthy life style (not just for losing weight), how do you adjust for the heat when you exercise? Do you do other activities that you typically don’t do in the winter months?

    The most effective way to do it, is to do it.*- Amelia Earhart

    7/2/12 - Well … ½ of 2012 is here. Since this day marks the midpoint of the year, did you reach the goal you set on January 1st (if you set one ... or are you half way there) and where do you envision yourself this January 1, 2013?

    7/3/12 - What are you planning to eat on the 4th of July? How do you intend to resist and/or alter your eating for the day, in order to help with your intentional weight loss goal?

    don't exchange what you want most for what you want at the moment

    7/4/12 - Just as July 4th marks our independence as a country, imagine a day where you are independent from weight. You have finally obtained your goal weight. How will this change your life? For those of you who are maintainers, write about your independence.

    If you want to fly, you've got to give up the stuff that weighs you down

    7/5/12 - In the above definition, physical exercise is referred to as a “wonder drug”. What type of exercise have you tried? What is your favorite type of exercise and what is your least favorite?

    you aren't going to get the butt you want by sitting on the one you have

    7/6/12 - Pretend the universe is aligned so you, as a teen, would accept one piece of advice from the adult you. What piece of wisdom would you offer up to the teen you? What advice would you offer to any teen that you know?

    I don't want to get to the end of my life and find that I just lived the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well

    7/7/12 - List the things that you couldn't do before you started your journey, that you can do now.
    Now make a list of short term and long term goals for when you reach the next stage of your wellness

    The reason people give up so fast is because they tend to look at how far they have to go instead of how far they have gotten.

    7/8/12 - Do you have a lazy day at your house? If so what do you do or not do? If you don't, why not? Do you want one? Do you work out on your lazy day? Or do you take a rest day?

    the trick is to enjoy life, don't wish away your days waiting for better ones ahead

    7/9/12 - What are your plans to keep or get back on track this week?

    make today a day you are proud of
  • Mary•Poppins

    DIS Veteran
    Mar 10, 2010
    Thank you Janis for doing this! :flower3: Looking forward to this challenge!

    Another thank you to Sue and CC for all their hard work! All three of you ladies rock! :)



    DIS Veteran
    Jul 6, 2000
    Welcome to The WIN! Challenge (Whittle Inches Now!)
    Introducing a way to challenge ourselves to achieve fit and healthy bodies!! In addition to reporting your official weigh-in each week, you can now measure your success in terms of inches. Many of you may be doing this anyway, but as an incentive to those of us who need incentive (like ME!!) we can now challenge each other by reporting percent-of-inch-loss just as Sue (Dvccruiser76) reports our Top Ten(-ish) weight-losers every week.

    Since the WIN! is optional, no one will be dropped for not reporting and there is no need to be “excused” from measuring. All stats will simply be based on who does report in. Weekly Biggest WINners will be determined by percent of change between the current and previous WIN! numbers reported by each participant. When measurements are reported after having skipped the previous time(s), the percent loss will be divided over the missed weeks. Overall Biggest WINners will be determined by percent of difference between the final and originally reported measurements. If you miss the first scheduled reporting day, just jump in anytime and that will be your “original” measurement for the remaining weeks.

    Tentatively for the “Sizzlin' Hot" Summer Challenge, we will be recording measurements and posting WIN results on a 4 week interval, with the first day being June 1, 2012.

    There will be a reminder post, so as long as you hang around here you shouldn’t have to worry too much about forgetting. Since taking measurements requires more time that just stepping on the scale, I’m sure many of us will do this part over the designated weekend. Measurements can be reported up thru the following Monday, and results should be posted on Tuesday.

    Here’s how we’re gonna do it:
    1) Take a measurement at each of these locations:
    . . . a. Left or Right Upper Arm (stick with the same one for subsequent measurements!!)
    . . . b. Bust or Chest
    . . . c. Waist
    . . . d. Hips
    . . . e. Left or Right Thigh (remember which one for next time!)
    2) Add all of these measurements together
    3) Send only the sum of the measurements to me (buzz5985) via Private Message.

    If you need more information or tips about how to measure, please refer to

    If you still have questions, please feel free to PM me (buzz5985) or post in the thread and we’ll try to get you the info you need to participate.

    I also have a handy dandy Excel spreadsheet for tracking weight and measurements. If you'd like for me to email you a copy, just PM your email address to me and I'll forward it to you. I would like to thank Connie96 who originally started the WIN challenge and for the spreadsheet.

    Whether or not you choose to participate in this optional challenge, I’d like to encourage EVERYONE – especially anyone new to this thread – to take your measurements at the very beginning. This is something so many of us never did when we first started losing weight and I think we’re fairly unanimous in wishing we had that information to encourage us in our continued loss and maintenance. I would also suggest that you take a couple of pictures – a front and side view.

    For specific questions regarding WIN and to get the sheet for tracking measurements, please pm buzz5985.

    We will measure once per month - here is the schedule:

    June 1
    July 1
    August 1
    August 31 (or when the final weigh in is due)
  • cclovesdis

    <font color=red>Warning: Boring!<br><font color=pu
    Mar 21, 2009
    Healthy Habits will have Disney themes again this challenge!

    HH will be more low-key than in previous challenges, with the same goal to help you stay on plan.

    I'm in as a Loser.


    Let's Go Mets!
    Sep 16, 2003
    I'm in. :wave2:

    I crashed and burned horribly during the last challenge - but I'm picking myself up and trying again.

    - Laura


    Wife, mother, math teacher, quilter
    Aug 22, 2002
    I am in again.

    I can coach any week in JUne or July or even the beginning of AUg. I leave for Fl Aug 16th so any time before that.

    Have a happy and healthy day.


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