Peter Hurley's picture
The Man

2020 Headshot Crew Fitness Challenge!

Well, 2020 is here and I know many of you make resolutions to better yourselves in every way, shape, and form. For me, the New Year is usually a good time to revisit my current goals and make fitness goals as well.

Whether you want to lose weight, gain weight or just get yourself healthier than no better time than now to do it. We've done this challenge HSC style in the past and have seen people make great strides.

I'm a bit of a yoyo with my weight and have kept it in pretty decent shape since weighing in at 230 lbs on 1/1/15. I haven't gone back up into that realm in the past 5 years but did weigh in at 209.9 this morning after midnight. I need to weigh around 185 lbs to remain competitive in my Laser and the Master World Championships that are taking place in Australia in March. There is a pre-regatta starting March 13th, so that's my date to weigh in at 185 lbs. I essentially need to lose 25lbs by then. I did weigh in after gorging myself with a New Year's feast though! So I'm optimistic I'm going to get off to a good start.

If you'd like to partake in the challenge then feel free to add a comment below. If you want to add a shot of your current weight on your scale or if you have no fear then feel free to post a current body shot!

We'll check in every now and then to see how everyone is doing and of course I'll be posting on social. So watch out for #abalerts once I get the abs to come out and play.

Here's my current situation while pushing the gut out and sucking that sucker in! Let's see where I can get it in the coming months. Who's in?

223 Comments

Ian Johns's picture
Associate

Over the course of last year, I managed to lose 40 pounds. My playing weight is 210, which I maintained (give or take 1-2 pounds) for several months. Up to 216 right now thanks to the holidays, but planning to strip those 6 away before HSM2!

I was a real fat ass, but it's amazing what daily visualization, an Apple Watch, simple and regular meal tracking (LoseIt app), and regular walks/runs/weights can do for you. No fad diets or anything of the sort; just moderation with all of the grub I've always enjoyed, staying honest with tracking, being active when I could, and closing my eyes and visualizing myself at my goal weight every day for 10-15 minutes.

Good luck everyone.

Peter Hurley's picture
The Man

I was blown away when I saw you at PPE this year. Nice job getting it together!!!

Steven Gotz's picture
Protégé

OK, I'm in.

Last year I got up to 260 and got tired just trying to pull on my socks. I got down to 237 over the first few months of the year and maintained it and was comfortable, although I should probably weigh in at around 220. Then in September I started to eat sweets and breads again.

Weighed myself this morning at 254.5

So, my goal is to get down to 237 again before I go on vacation in April. I expect to gain a few pounds that week in Mexico, so the next goal is to lose those pounds and get down to 220 by the end of the year.

I figure that I should realistically weigh what I weighed when I got out of the Army, plus maybe one pound per year. That would be 185 plus 35, or 220.

If I reach my goal, then I will worry about getting back down to somewhere around 200, but that is too radical a change to think about. No need to stress out over losing weight. I know how, I just have to remember not to pig out on carbs again just because my wife starts bringing them back in the house.

Will power has never been one of my finer traits.

Peter Hurley's picture
The Man

You weren't that big when you were with me, were you? I'd never think you were anywhere near 250. Ok, let's do this!

Art M Altman's picture
Protégé

I'm in. A little tricky to measure what I want to accomplish. I'm only 5 pounds over my ideal morning weight (157 vs 152) but what I really need to do is get in shape. Cardio plus weights. The longest that I can run flat out right now is 90 seconds. Curl 20 pounds. Am not deadlifting at all. Suppose by March 15 I can run 5 minutes flat out, curl 35 and deadlift 180. And weigh 152. What do you think? Am open to suggestions.

Peter Hurley's picture
The Man

Just depends on your goals. They sound good to me.

Peter Szpakowski's picture
Protégé

I’m in

Mathieu Deslandes's picture
Associate

What is this app you and Peter are using?

Peter Hurley's picture
The Man

Garmin app and it works with the Garmin scale

Barry Braunstein's picture
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When I first started dating the woman who is now my wife, I had gained about 30lbs, was 2 waist and jacket sizes larger than I had been. I was working for a startup, and lived not far from a home made ice cream stand - my evening dinners consisted of fried frozen foods, a bit of that ice cream, washed down with a fruity juice, and I was not exercising. One day while walking around the house my soon to be wife called me “jelly belly” (she has never been shy to share her opinions), and pointed out to me all the things I was doing wrong around eating and lack of exercise. So, I changed everything- ate more salads, ditched the flavored drinks, started eating yogurt, and committed to exercising every weekday morning for 1/2 hour, first on a bike and then a Nordic track. I lost 30 lbs and have been and now am at a bit less than my high school weight. I work out at 5:30am each workday and make conscious decisions on what my food intake is - their is ice cream night once per week, but it’s balanced with a lighter food intake that day. What I’ve learned is it’s all about routine and making conscious decisions about what you’re eating - along with paying attention to what is going on with you emotionally. Food is often used as a comforting thing when dealing with the stresses of life. Recognizing this you can not give in to cravings and substitute healthy alternatives. Diets should be thought of as an ongoing thing vs a temporary solution to lose weight. Find something that works for you and stick to it - and drink plenty of water. 27 years of this and counting...

Peter Hurley's picture
The Man

5:30am, wow! Good for you. Yeah, I could see how the ice crew could be a tough habit to kick. Gotta do it every once in a while for sure.

Patricia Davy's picture
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I'll join in. I won't post my weight, but I'd like to lose 10-15 lbs before the end of February. After that, another 15 before school ends at the end of May. At one point a few years ago, I got down far enough that my A1C dropped low enough that I was able to get off of my diabetes medicine, which is where I'd like to end up again. I've gotten it down by 1 point to 7.5 in the past 3 months, so only 1.5 points to go to get to 6, then maintain it. I'll never get off of the BP meds, as that's genetic, but it would be good to control the diabetes.

At the end of the day, I need to not let school stress me out so much. When I'm stressed, chocolate is my version of wine. Obviously, being Type 2, that doesn't help! I need to find a healthy way to fight the stress.

Peter Hurley's picture
The Man

I have trouble with anything chocolate too. Been rough getting around it.

Jane Haas's picture
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Rick Bern's picture
Associate

I'm also 210 and haven't seen 185 is far too long. Time to get this done. I'm in.

Peter Hurley's picture
The Man

Let's do it!

Mathieu Deslandes's picture
Associate

I’m in. This is just the type of operation that could help go for the bigger goals this time around, some accountability. I’m at my cozy 215 right now, need to get that down to 190 by april this time. 200 i can do somewhat easily, but 190 has been elusive for many many years...let’s do this!

Peter Hurley's picture
The Man

215! You don't show it in the face at all. Let's see what you can do.

Chris Noakes's picture
Associate

I'm in!

Last year I was making great progress after diving back into BJJ, but I ended up injuring myself, falling off the horse, putting the weight back on, and have been plateaued since. I really want to get myself back to where I was, or at least close to.

Peter Hurley's picture
The Man

Way to stay accountable. Let's do it!

Kasia Gilbert's picture
Protégé

I’m in but I am not posting a pic lol. I’ll weigh and measure myself tomorrow. I need to lose about 20-30 pounds this year.

Kasia Gilbert's picture
Protégé

Okay. Weighed in at 157. But measurements matter to me so here they are so I can look back in a month a see where Ive come.
Neck: 13.5", Upper Arm: 11"L/11.5"R, Chest: 33", Waist: 37", Hip: 40", Thigh: 23"L/23.5"R, Calf: 14"L/14"R

Just got a body mass measurer thingy for Christmas so will add those numbers later today.

Peter Hurley's picture
The Man

Nice! That's motivation. Keep track and measure once a month I'd say.

John Tiscornia's picture
Protégé

I am in, since mid-november to ride my bike one hour a every day for an hour on the rollers for 100 days straight. Today I am at 43 days straight and will finish my goal March 1st. It may sound a little crazy but everyone can to an hour a day of cardio to improve the mind and body.

As you may guess Seattle is dark and rainy this time a year and it's easy to get out of shape and moody. In past years my fitness suffers in the winter and takes a long time to get back to where I was at the end of the last season.

With this self-coaching approach, I will lose 12 pounds and be ready for the start of the bike season and have a better attitude.

I strongly believe that to be a successful photographer you have to be in shape to meet the demands of the job. Before fitness was a core value I would get tired on long and multi-day shoots.

Thanks, Peter for leading by example!!

Peter Hurley's picture
The Man

You are amazing!! That's incredible. How do you have any extra weight?

John Tiscornia's picture
Protégé

Update its the start of February and rolling strong just finished day 75 of 100 days on the trainer ..

Beth Madison's picture
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I'm in. I had a stressful 2 years as a family member caregiver, and let myself get sedentary. And use food as reward. I want to lose 20 pounds this year. (I'm also going to Italy for the first time for ten days, in a week, and I'm going to damn well enjoy the food, but that's beside the point...)

I've just started working out with a trainer again, who does great routines. The hurdle for me will be to get me out of my urge to cocoon during the winter. I need to not just work out a few times a week, but I have to be more active overall. Too much sitting in front of the computer or another screen. (When you have a dog, you're forced to go out whether you want to or not. ) I have to get myself over my inactive hump and get moving! It's easier to pick up energy when you live in a city; a little harder in an isolated suburban environment.

Specifically, I want to keep to a 2-3x wk weights and aerobic workout (both in gym/at home/outdoors) , and to lose 20 - 25 lbs. (I'm very short, and I love food. Go figure!) I have a history of working out/being fit in various ways/sports in the past, but I've cycled on and off with them over the years (little joke there), and I've been off for quite a long while now. I'm hopin' my body, though older, will remember.

Interim goal: to see real progress by my birthday in May.

Thanks for the Challenge!

Beth Madison's picture
Protégé

OK, I need to be more specific. 20 lbs by mid-May. I'll take a starting weight tomorrow.

Jon Meadows's picture
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You will be thin as a rail at 20 pounds! ;)

Beth Madison's picture
Protégé

LOL. OK: Lose 20 lbs by mid-May. Better?

Jon Meadows's picture
Mentor

OH. Cool!

Peter Hurley's picture
The Man

Ha! Seems like a good goal to hit.

Beth Madison's picture
Protégé

In a few days, I'm leaving for Italy... for my first time, for ten days. Not thinking about my diet then!! I'll pick it up again when I get back.

Peter Hurley's picture
The Man

Don’t! Can’t beat the food over there!!!

Amit Tugnait's picture
Protégé

I am in too. i will get on the scale tomorrow morning!

Peter Hurley's picture
The Man

Where are you at?

Felix Feser's picture
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Hi,
cool - here we go, I’m in!
I’m at 75kg right now and my goal is to loose about 10kg until end of march. I’ll do a mixture of HIIT, weight training and bicycling and a small calorie deficit.
I’ll add photos later.
Have fun!

Peter Hurley's picture
The Man

That's a lot and you don't look like you have that much on you to lose do you?

Felix Feser's picture
Protégé

Oh yes, because I'm only 1.65m tall (and that's already a little lie :)

Evgeny Ivanov's picture
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I am in :)

I used to run quite a lot before I moved to Sweden - have a couple of marathons and several half marathons under my belt and as I got quite sick in November, I decided that it is about time to get back on track and finish my third marathon this year so as a part of the training program I will have to get rid of the weight I added in the past 4 years. The goal is around 91kg (around 200 pounds I think) where when I have started I was 112kg.

Good luck everyone and I'll see you on the other side of the scale :)

Peter Hurley's picture
The Man

That's some kilos to contend with! Dropping 21 kilos is 46 lbs. Wow! Go for it! 91 is 200 lbs, you were right.

Stéphane Audran's picture
Associate

I’m in too !

Until last year, ( I mean summer 2018 ), I let the weight of the years slowly but surely turn into fat on my body.... My « Me «  inside didn’t recognize my « me «  outside anymore !
At this time, my weight was 207 Lbs ( I thought I was 192 but my old scale seemed to be poorly calibrated as my new connected one showed +9 pound on first weighting !! ). I am 6’0,0 tall.

I decided to resume running in September 2018, after an injury that made me stop two years before.
Since, I never miss my weekly session and slowly but surely ran from a painful 6 km run to 12 km run today, sometimes up to 15. My goal at this time is not to run a marathon, just to stay healthy .

I have lost around 37 Lbs, I say « around «  because as soon as I make a gap ( alcohol, eating too fat ...) the answer of my scale is severe... ( +2,5 lbs this holidays ...).

My goal is to weigh 166 lbs, I was 173 before Christmas.

This challenge would help me to stay focus on this goal, because today, in my mind it’s more «  Ok, you’ve done the hardest part, you can have a beer this time «  !

Well, I know I may have some with some of you during Headshotmania, so I’ll do my best to lose weight before .

Good luck everyone, ans see you soon !

Peter Hurley's picture
The Man

Cool! You lost that much. 166 seems super skinny to me if you are 6 feet tall, no?

Julia Panova's picture

I'm in and this time I'm going to be easy on myself as yo-yo thing over the last 5 years is getting unhealthy. Now I am 138 and I got weight after I quit my Keto this summer (which didn't work for me at all and almost killed my kidneys because of which I can't do sports for six months already) which I used to get to 120 lb while being 128. While dieting I tend to become harsh on myself which makes me to stress out and eat more sugar and breads in the end of the day. To me the challenge would be to eat reasonable and train reasonable . So this time I go slow, starting with just walking and balanced eating with more focus on training my emotional stability. Plus, I read in the comment visualisation should be great. So, thank you, guys and good luck!

Peter Hurley's picture
The Man

Wow. I didn't know keto could do that. Be careful guys! Slow and steady wins the race anyway.

Maren Kindler's picture
Associate

I am in too. Gained 7kg last year and want to loose them again. So starting at 170 and want to go to 154 lbs.

I am eating no industrial sugar, so cooking sweets with banana or dates or without.... I have a youtube thermomix cooking channel (only german).

Fitness wise I started last year summer with running and went from 1 min run to 30min and more. I now managed 8-10km (6miles). Currently I am in the mountains snowboarding and running in the snow and mountains is much more exhausting.

Anyone who is in Strava app? Let’s connect.

Sonja Blietschau's picture
Associate

Hey Maren, how do I find your Thermomix channel? I got my parent’s old T31 and love it.
Liebe Grusse aus Schottland

Peter Hurley's picture
The Man

I'm on Strava. I'll connect. I don't use it very well though.

Lisa Marie Pane's picture
Associate

I’m in. I do have a lot of muscle (I like lifting heavy stuff) but I have too much fat as well. Weighing currently 162. Aiming for 15-20 lbs this year plus a more toned upper body and core.

Just got a Peloton bike, so no excuses if winter weather makes it tough to travel through the canyon in the morning to hit the gym!

I track my meals through the LoseIt app, track exercise on my Apple Watch, and do a combo of weights, HIIT and the bike. I like to mix it up and sometimes do sandbag workouts and rowing as well.

My Achilles heel is iced coffees with cream and glasses of wine.

Kasia Gilbert's picture
Protégé

I miss Crossfit. I told myself I can go back if I show commitment just by going to the regular (cheaper) gym consistently. I miss lifting so much and I miss the community.