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.

The #bglsr winners

Earlier this month we announced that we would be giving away three Flipkart vouchers worth Rs500 each to 3 people for using the #bglsr tag. For the month of January, these are the winners – Congrats guys! Well done and we hope you continue to use the #bglsr tag and encourage it among your team, your participants and for yourself! Keep winning, keep losing!

1. For consistent use of the #bglsr tag – @Tonytongbram: his enthusiasm is infectious and his workout is really tough. Almost everyday Tony’s smiling DP pops up on our timeline with his rigorous workouts – an inspiration to all of us to keep fit and be regular in our workouts. We hope Tony inspires his team to new heights of fitness in these last two months of #bglsr

2. For pushing his team via regular tweets and stepping up to sponsor people when we ask for it – @HemantKanugo – Via regular tweets, Hemant kept pushing his team. Some of his participants like @Juniorhanda even vanished for a while but came back soon egged on by Hemant! We wish Hemant and his team the best of luck for raising good money in #bglsr

3. For team coolness – the #TheFantasticFour which consists of @Itemmom @Chhavi @MissShwe and @JarnaGandhi. Even before we wrote about the power of teams, these 4 had formed a nice group that reported their daily activities to each other. What a cool team indeed! Hope you share the voucher among yourselves!

How to claim your prize? Send us a DM and we will send you the gift voucher code.

Thanks for your support to #bglsr, we are now in the last two months of #bglsr and wish you all the very best in your fitness routine and hope all of us make a meaningful contribution to charity on 31st March 2013.

The power of teams

We have 3 wonderful teams on #bglsr now. These are groups of people sponsoring and participating together as part of Bigloser. It’s a wonderful way to keep each other motivated, help each other when someone’s feeling low and keep your pushing yourself to your fitness goal. Here are the 3 teams:

1. The Fantastic Four – the original group that started it all and are very consistent with their activity and updates: @chhavi @missshwe @jarnagandhi and @itemmom Hashtag: #thefantasticfour

2. Hum Paanch – consists of @unitechy @baxishweta @blahssome @sunainak and @b50. Hashtag: #HumPaanch

3. Fab 5 – just formed today, it consists of @poojalapasia, @mayankd11 @nobodysdamsel, @chhavi and @ghumakkadchoree. Hashtag: #Fab5

Go ahead, form your own team, encourage each other and stay motivated!

How to make Bigloser work for you

Bigloser works on the buddy system. The best way to make it work for you is to interact, reach out, help, support, encourage. Here are 3 tips.

1. Form a team. Get 2-3 more people to join you. Work out together

2. Tweet using the #bglsr tag so you can see what other people are doing, what their fitness regime is, etc. Reach out to people looking for help

3. Be responsible. If you are a sponsor, keep pushing your participant everyday, talk to them, encourage them

It’s your fitness and your money. Surely they are both important to you!

How to take part in Bigloser

1. Ping us @bglsr saying that a) you want to take part b) you need a sponsor/you will sponsor yourself

2. Set a fitness target from now till 31st March 2014 (for example: I will run/cycle/swim total 100kms by 31Mar, I will lose/gain 10kgs by 31Mar)

3. Find a sponsor (ping us @bglsr and we can help) or sponsor yourself

4. Set a pledge for each unit of fitness target (for example: Rs100 per kilo)

5. Start (or continue) your fitness routine

6. Measure yourself on 31March2014 and check what you achieved

7. Pledge x result = Donation amount (if you lost 10kgs and pledged Rs100/kg you will donate Rs1,000) by you or your sponsor

List of Sponsors and Participants so far in Season 2

Presenting the Bigloser Season 2 list of sponsors and the people they are betting on:

@b50 – sponsoring @baxishweta

@hiway – sponsoring @shaaqt

@chhavi – sponsoring @itemmom @misshwe @jarnagandhi & @chhavi

@tonytongbram – sponsoring @suddentwilight @shaaqt @baxiswheta and  @bawri_se_ki

@kp1200 – sponsoring @a_appy

@poojalapasia – sponsoring @pushkaraj7

@madmanhawk – sponsoring self

@prolificd – sponsoring @missfaustus

@SamirSaxena – sponsoring self, @bawri_se_ki @iHimz @juniorhanda

@bawri_se_ki – sponsoring @maintal_buoy

@maintal_buoy – sponsoring @PBiraia

@MeghnaIyer – sponsoring @iHimz

@SashG – sponsoring @Chet6 

@Chet6  – sponsoring self and also @ritikadarira

@ritikadarira – sponsoring @Chet6

@Tonytonybram – sponsoring self and @suddentwilight

@jayaramk1983 – sponsoring self

@pushkaraj7– sponsoring @deepthiprasad & @DeePakao

@hemantkanugo – sponsoring @vbubber

@itemmom – sponsoring TheSoothsayer_

@aaR4 – sponsoring @prachigetsfit

@TheSoothsayer_ – sponsoring @MeghaGhosh

@poojalapasia – sponsoring @GhumakkadChoree & @chhavi & @Mayank211

GaganU & @hemantkanugo – sponsoring —GaganU

@jarnagandhi, @b50, @girishmallya, @shaaqT and @happyfeet_a – sponsoring @Blahssome

bawri_se_ki– sponsoring @SassyTharoor

MeghnaIyer – sponsoring @pritweety

iHimz – sponsoring MeghnaIyer

@nimue_ – sponsoring self

Have we missed your name? Drop us a comment below or ping us @bglsr!

The Bigloser Giveaway

Bigloser is in the last three months of Season 2, which ends on 31st March 2013. To give you one final push to achieve your fitness goals and encourage Bigloser participation so that we can raise a good amount for charity this time too (In Season 1 we raised Rs141,000) we will be giving away three Flipkart vouchers worth Rs500 every month.

The three vouchers will go to:

1. Most regular check-ins at Bigloser (ie: the more you exercise and tweet with the tag, the better chance you have of winning. Note: You have to be exercising, so random tweets with the tag won’t qualify!)

2. Most engagement in promoting and encouraging your team – The more people you sponsor and the more you engage with them in a month, the better chance you have of winning! (Note: We need to see regular conversations between you as a sponsor and the team of people you are sponsoring!)

3. Randomly picked person for most creative (meaning helpful, thought-provoking, inspiring) use of the #bglsr hash tag on Twitter!

We will announce the winner at the end of each month. You can win the prize voucher only once in these three months. Winners will receive their voucher code via email.

In case of any questions, drop us a comment here, or email us at contact@bigloserindia.com or just tweet us @bglsr on Twitter!

 

#Bglsr recipe: Almond* butter

almond butter by chhavi sachdev
You know peanut butter, but have you ever looked at the ingredients and nutritional values? It’s choking you with its high sodium, sugar and fat content. Here’s an alternative – and it’s SO easy, you’ll stop buying both almond and peanut butter off the shelf.
You do need access to an oven or a microwave. I prefer the oven. To me the nuts feel crisper and the smell of them roasting is so worth it 🙂
You also need a mixer-grinder. I’ve found the smallest jar is the best suited for quick results.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups almonds (*or any nuts, really)
  • 3 tablespoons honey (I use Under the Mango Tree organic honey) OR maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil optional

Step 1:

  1. preheat the oven to 350 F
  2. spread 2 cups of nuts on a baking tray, make sure they’re cheek by jowl but not overlapping.
  3. step away for 10 minutes. Check every 5 minutes thereafter.
  4. You know they’re done when you can cut one easily and the inside is golden instead of white.

Note: if you like crunchy nut butters over creamy, roughly chop up some of the almonds at this stage and reserve.

almond butter by chhavi sachdev

Step 2:

  1. Dump into mixer jar. (I did this in two batches).
  2. Pulse on medium for 1 minutes.
  3. Open, scrape down the fine dust it has become and run it again for 1 minute.
  4. Repeat a couple of times. Add the honey in one of the scrape down pauses between running the mixer.
  5. Add the optional oil if you want it creamier and run again. (I didn’t.)
  6. The nuts’ natural oils will start coming out pretty quick. It took 4 minutes for each batch to become more or less creamy.For crunchy almond butter, mix in the reserve chopped nuts at the end.
  7. Put in an air tight bottle (I reuse clean Nutella bottles) and store in the fridge up to 2 months.

You’re done. Amazing, huh? Spread on whole grain bread, eat with an apple, carry as a snack, bake into cookies, eat straight from the bottle…

The ‘butter’ is low GI, totally natural, no sugar, no sodium and no hydrogenated fats! Almonds are high in magnesium, potassium, calcium, vitamin D, B, E, protein, and the list goes on …