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A new record!

#bglsr Season 3 has ended on a fantastic note! We have crossed the record set in Season 1!

46 sponsors paid Rs171,787 to charities as diverse as Akshaya Patra (the charity officially supported by #bglsr), Wikimedia, CRY, GiveIndia and more!

All the details can be seen on the #bglsr Google Spreadsheet that has been maintained right from the start of Season 3. You can see the spreadsheet here.

We now go on a long break, but your fitness journey continues! You can continue to use the #bglsr tag for your fitness activities but daily tweets from the @bglsr Twitter account will stop.

Once again, a BIG THANK YOU for all your love and support for #bglsr! Take a bow all of you! You made this happen!

YAY!

 

It's time to donate!

Hey Team #bglsr you can now pay up for your participant’s (or yourself) weight loss in Season 3! From today till 31st March 2014, we will acknowledge all donations to charity. Season 3 of #bglsr ends on 31st March 2014 after which we go on a break.

Here’s how to donate:

You have 3 options to donate your money online as part of your participation in Bigloser

1. Donate to Akshaya Patra. You can read about them on their website. Their online donation page is here:

2. For a wider range of charities to choose from you can go through Samhita and GiveIndia 

3. You can choose to donate to a charity of your choice

Once you have donated, please mark us a tweet or, better still, a screenshot of your completed transaction. We need this only for our records so we know how much money was actually paid to charity as part of Season 2.

Announcing the #15DayGym Challenge with FSY

Bigloser is thrilled to announce a contest in association with Fun Sexy You an online store for lingerie, sleepwear and gym wear.
The rules for the contest are as follows:

1. Only #bglsr sponsors/participants can take part (ie: your name MUST be on our spreadsheet from now till 10th Nov, a day before the contest starts)

2. The contest starts on 11th November (Monday) and ends on 30th November (Saturday), unless we have all 3 winners earlier

3. You have to go the gym and use 4sq (or any other location tracking app) to validate your presence. If you forget, and if it comes to a tie, tweets with higher checkins will get preference

4. You have to tag your tweets with both tags #bglsr and #FSYGymFit. If you forget, and if it comes to a tie, tweets with regular usage of tags will get preference

5. The first 3 contestants to complete 15 days will be adjudged winners

6. Each winner will receive a gift voucher of Rs500 from FSY redeemable on their website

7. In case of a tie, higher check-ins and hash tag usage will decide the winner

8. To re-iterate: Only the first 3 winners will get the voucher. The earlier tweet will count over the later one

9. Prize distribution will be co-ordinated between the winner and FSY directly. Bigloser plays no role on this front

10. There will be a tracker Google Spreadsheet in place to monitor participants

The 21Day Challenge

Bigloser is holding a contest for the month of June 2013 on Twitter. The first 3 winners will each get a Rs500 voucher from Flipkart:

Background here.

Rules:

1. Only #bglsr sponsors/participants can take part (ie: your name MUST be on our spreadsheet as of 31st May 2013)

2. The contest starts on 1st June and ends on 30th June, unless we have all 3 winners earlier

3. You have to go the gym and use 4sq (or any other app) to validate your presence. If you forget, and if it comes to a tie, tweets with higher checkins will get preference

4. You have to tag your tweets with both tags #bglsr or #21DayGym. If you forget, and if it comes to a tie, whoever has used the tags more often will get preference

5. You have to complete 21 days at the gym, starting from 1st June 2013 to 30th June 2013. Only four rest days are allowed.

6. Only the first 3 winners will get the voucher. The earlier tweet will count over the later one.

Season 3 of Bigloser is GO!

The end of one journey marks the beginning of another. Just as we conclude Season 2 on a high note (33 sponsors donated Rs47,575 to various charities), we start a brand new season of bigloser! In two years, bigloser sponsors have donated just under Rs2Lakhs to a wide range of charities. On this feel-good note, we begin another season of bigloser!

Bigloser Season 3 begins today and will last for one year till 31st March 2014. The rules remain the same. Please read “How to participate” and “How to make bigloser work for you“.

Points to remember:
1. Find a sponsor or sponsor yourself. Pledges can be in any amount. Fitness targets can be in any form, not just weight lost.

2. Bigloser works on Twitter. If you quit Twitter, you quit bigloser

3. Always use the #bglsr tag so we can track your tweets on Twitter

4. Tweet out to @bglsr or @b50 for any queries or doubts

The current list of sponsors and participants are listed on this Google Spreadsheet. Being by reaching out and sponsoring someone or getting sponsored.

All the best for a great season ahead! Achieve ALL your fitness targets and then some!

Season 2 Final Tally

We are thrilled to announce that in Season 2 of Bigloser, 35 sponsors contributed a total amount of Rs52,076. These donations were mainly to Akshaya Patra, Bigloser’s chosen charity for Season 2, but also included organisations as diverse as Wikipedia and RangDe as well as on aggregating websites like GiveIndia and Samhita.

We thank all the sponsors who lived up to their word and paid up their pledges! Final details are available on a Google Spreadsheet here. Please let us know in case of any corrections or in case we’ve missed your name.

We wish all the participants the very best of luck for Season 3 and hope we will make it a resounding success!

The donations have started!

We’re thrilled to announce that donations for #bglsr Season 2 have started! These are a few tweets, some of them with screenshots, with donations made to charities:

 

 

 

 

From @madrasmail (protected account) https://twitter.com/madrasmail/status/316507757060714497

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From @Chet6, a protected account: https://twitter.com/Chet6/status/317314851624087552

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to donate

You have 3 options to donate your money online as part of your participation in Bigloser

1. Donate to Akshaya Patra. You can read about them on their website. Their online donation page is here:

2. For a wider range of charities to choose from you can go through Samhita and GiveIndia 

3. You can choose to donate to a charity of your choice

Once you have donated, please mark us a tweet or, better still, a screenshot of your completed transaction. We need this only for our records so we know how much money was actually paid to charity as part of Season 2.

Akshaya Patra – Bigloser's Season 2 charity

We have chosen Akshaya Patra as our charity of choice for Bigloser Season 2. Given Bigloser’s central theme of health and nutrition, we thought that Akshaya Patra comes closest to our goals. You can read about Akshaya Patra here: http://www.akshayapatra.org/our-mission and donate online to them here: https://www.akshayapatra.org/onlinedonations

In order to keep track of the total amount raised, we request you to send us a screen shot of your donation once it is confirmed by Akshaya Patra.

Guest Post: TonyTongBram on #bglsr

I don’t quite remember when I stumbled across the #bglsr tag, or how.
I follow a lot of handles on twitter, so it may have been one of
those. I have been on twitter for several years now, but I have never
used it for more than a couple of weeks at a stretch. Whenever I am on
twitter for a week or so, I follow a few handles, and then forget
about twitter for months on end. Then I come back and then follow a
few more, so I have hundreds of handles that I follow. So to say, I
won’t miss a twitter drama or a hashtag if I stayed for a week, with
such a rich timeline. And that is how I came across the bglsr hashtag.

On a parallel universe, Sometime in May-June last year (2012), I
realized that I had become Fat and Slow, and wouldn’t be long before
all the excess fat that I was storing would bite me on my ass, or
worse, my heart.

And I joined a Gym on impulse. The first week was a disaster. I
couldn’t run on the treadmill. I had to walk. I couldn’t do a single
push-up. The day I did circuit training on the machines, I felt like I
went through a giant washing machine.

I weigh 95 KGs. Later, I joined a more convenient Gym in the same
month, because I knew I couldn’t quit. I chose a Gym nearer to my
office so that I never have to miss. I did an Inbody scan, and it
showed about 35 KGs of body fat.

I still couldn’t run, because I was too heavy and my legs too weak.
But somehow I got possessed by fitness. Fitness consumed me. I read
tons of literature, went through pages and pages of bullshit and bro
science. Watched thousands of Youtube videos, befriended professional
body builders on Youtube. Called up old friends who pay professional
soccer.

I learnt the basics. And started from there. I was told that I should
run faster than yesterday, lift heaver than yesterday, and my
yesterday-self was my only competition. And I took it to my heart.

I walked a bit faster everyday. I walked on incline. I cycled a fit
faster everyday. The increased the resistance every few days. I
started lifting weights. I will talk about my strength training
another day.

And I discovered the BGLSR tag. Somehow this tag had taken to me. I
had never been on twitter this long at a stretch before. It used to
bore me in 1 week, and I would never login for months on end. I didn’t
even know when the last BGLSR happened. But, it was sheer luck that I
discovered it just when I was consuming myself with health literature,
nutrition and training, and ways to motivate myself. I have not been
off twitter for long since I started working out.. And I have always
been tagging it for months now. And while I update my progress and my
workout, I was also getting fitter every day.

By September, I could run 8 KMs. I could so 25 Push-ups at a go. And I
followed my diet like a weirdo. Oats and skim milk for breakfast.
Boiled chicken for lunch, Boiled veggies for dinner. Lots of egg
whites.

By september 2012, My body weight was 85 KG, have gained 3+ kgs of
muscle and have lost 14 KGs of Fat.
Life couldn’t be better. I am now stronger, faster and healthier.
I posted my progress on #bglsr around that time.

Weight loss is not that difficult. There is only one way to it. Eat
lesser than you need. That’s it. It is called a calorie deficit and
you should be on a calorie deficit if you want to lose weight. Get
back to eating normal portions when you have reached your goals, but
never over eat unless you are looking to gain weight.

Right now, I started a calorie surplus diet again, because I started a
strength training program and am looking to gain about 5-6 KG of
muscles when I can. I am lifting as heavy as I can (5 rep range). I am
always learning.

I can’t believe that I just renewed by Gym membership for a whole
year. I had completed my 6 month membership without a single long
break, except for one week when I had to travel long. And I plan to
workout for a long time. And I want to get better everyday. Long way
to go.. But now I know that I am on the right track..

Happy Lifting.

Current Status:
Right now I stopped fat loss as I started on a calorie surplus again,
and have gained back some weight. I just eat more eggs, more chicken
and more Veggies, though. All clean. I cook all my food in Extra
Virgin Olive Oil (I cook it below smoke point).

My last push-ups were with 45 KGs on the back (20+25 KG plates) for 8
Reps. I can do 20 Reps with 25 KG plates. I am not bragging, but this
is just to show that I have come far from the time when I had to do
push-ups from the knees as I couldn’t do a single push-up..

I do weighted Planks with 25 KG plates.

I only do Barbell full squats (Thighs below the knee).
I dead lift once and twice a week (alternately)
And No I was never this fit my entire Life. Even as a Teenager.

All I did was try to beat my last workout by a little bit. One more
rep, one more lap, one more KG.