Late last week in the office we had a discussion about weight loss. From this conversation we developed the PBwiki Biggest Loser challenge. For a $100 ante, PBwiki employees can enter into this 60 day challenge to be the biggest loser.

We wouldn’t be PBwiki if we didn’t somehow incorporate a wiki into this challenge. We use a wiki to track our progress, trash talk each other, and log our exercise goals and food intake.

- The
**page template** tool allowed us to easily create an exercise log for each participating employee.

- Because the wiki is
**private** I don’t need to worry that every Tom, Dick and Harry on the Internet knows my current weight and how many chocolate chip cookies I just had to have for breakfast this morning.
**Email notifications** of wiki changes are a great motivating factor – when I’m feeling like staying home and watching TV, I get an update saying that a colleague has done the treadmill and it gets me over to the gym.

The PBwiki Biggest Loser challenge runs until Monday August 25th. Watch out PBwiki, I’m going to win!

**UPDATE:** Wow! The responses to my blog post about the PBwiki Biggest Loser challenge have been awesome! For everyone who is looking for the spreadsheet we used, it’s actually just a simple formula:

Total weight loss divided by the starting weight times 100.

You can see the table we used here: http://pbwikibiggestloser.pbworks.com/Spreadsheet

(By the way, this is a private wiki. I made this one page public using the new **Page Security** tools from PBwiki 2.0). Good luck on your own challenges!

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Great idea, kudos for corporate health initiative.. may want to throw in the hundredpushups.com challenge in there as well.

some of us PHP folks setup a group on facebook and are doing something similar..

HI

I have no idea how I happened on this wiki but I read that you are involved with the Biggest Loser Challenge. I was involved in my school’s BL Challenge and won $75 as the winner of my building. I know that’s not the reason to join the Challenge but I wanted to wish all involved, where ever you are, good luck. It’s so much “easier” to participate in this type of challenge with others who have the same goal: To get healthy!

PS Where are you anyway or is this Livonia Central School???

Good Luck

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I have an Excel Spreadsheet that will calculate the percentage of your weight loss for your Biggest Loser contest. I would love to email it to you for your contest. Contact me if you would like for me to send it as an attachment.

email me the spreadsheet at hamiltonkelli@yahoo.com

Lori, could you e-mail that spreadsheet to me? Our office would like to start a Biggest Loser Challenge…do you have any specific rules your office uses?

We have started a Biggest Loser contest where I work but I am HORRIBLE with formulas. Would you be so kind as to send me your copy? It would be MOST appreciated!

Thanks!

Patty

I would love to participate in this. Please contact me on what I can do to join!

A few friends and I had already started something like this a while back. Wouldn’t mind a copy of that Excel spreadsheet, though. Thanks.

To calculate your weight-loss percentage:

– Subtract your starting weight from your new weight, and

– Divide that number by your starting weight.

Example:

– Say you weighed 200 pounds when you started dieting.

– Now say your new weight, after dieting for a while, is 180 pounds.

– Your weight-loss percentage = (180-200)/200 = -0.10 = -10%.

I hope this helps!

We are trying to start one at work too.. but I’m female and short and the rest are guys..how can we calculate fairly?

You might consider checking out Thintopia.com it’s free and you can run a competition there.

Do you guys know this formual? I think it goes

weight divide by 2.2 X .9 X 24. Ten you can – 500 calories to lose weight.

Does anyone know if this is right?

Can someone send me a excel sheet to for the Biggest loser comp. I need it for work

Lori, I would love that spreadsheet as well. bmoegling@usres.com

Hi Lori,

We are just preparing for a biggest loser contest, and the spreadsheet would be a great help.

Thanks

iwftruestar@bellnet.ca

Can you guys please send me the spreadsheet?

For everyone who is looking for the spreadsheet we used, it’s actually just a simple formula:

Total weight loss divided by the starting weight times 100.

You can see the table we used here: http://pbwikibiggestloser.pbwiki.com/Spreadsheet

(By the way, this is a private wiki. I made this page public using the new Page Security tools from PBwiki 2.0). Good luck on your own challenges!

Thank you very interesting.

I would also LOVE a copy of the spreadsheet….please!

tweety___99@hotmail.com

Thanks:)

Looking for the Excel spreadsheet.

If someone could e-mail it I’d apperciate it!

HAPPY 2009!

I want to send you an award for most helpful inreentt writer.

I would love to have the spreadsheet also, my family all wants to start.

I too woud love a copy of that spreadsheet… Happy New Year!

juli_coennen@yahoo.com

Great spreadsheet. If it is not too much both please send me the file. Thanks a gazillion…. Cheers!

We are starting new competition at work would appreciate it if you would email your spreadsheet! Thanks so much!

margevans99@aol.com

May I too please have a copy of the spreadsheet?

Hello.

I am setting up the biggest loser at the school I teach at and would love to have a copy of the excel spreadsheet. THANKS A MILLION!

bpowers@srsdeaf.org

me and my family are having a biggest loser competiion and i have an excel worksheet. how do i do that on there? email if u have the answer, thanks!

I have created a great spreadsheet for excel for the biggest loser at my place of work.

Each week iafter you enter your weight, it calculates: BMI, pounds lost and percent lost.

email me if you want a copy.

Tina

Oh and I forgot to say, you can edit it for your weeks. Our contest starts on Jan 14. We each paid 10 dollars. Winner gets 60%, 1st place runner up gets 30% and the 2nd place gets 10%.

Just a little incentive.

Tina

TIna Can I get a copy of the excel spreadsheet too for our contest. THank you! And good luck to all.

Could please send a spread sheet on calculating % of body fat. I am starting up the program at my club and don’t know where to begin.

Thanks,

Linda

Tina,

when you get a chance, I would love a copy. We are doing this at work with about 8 people and even though it shows the formula to use, I still can’t set it up. Thanks, Liz

Tina,

I would love a copy of the spreadsheet too if its not too much trouble. Also, I have family in several states. I suggested we do a “biggest loser” contest. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to make the contest work since everyone is scattered all over the place?

Thanks for any help!

What a great idea for work, this would be brilliant run a competition to motivate people into lossing weight.

Wonder what they would say at work.

James

My excel formulaic skills are lacking. I would love a copy of a functional spreadsheet.

Hi Tina, I would love to have a copy of that spreadsheet. It sounds exactly what I am looking for . . . Can you please email that to me when you get a second.

Thanks Christy

What a great idea for work, this would be brilliant run a competition to motivate people into lossing weight.

Wonder what they would say at work.!!!!!!11

I would love a copy of this it sounds like FUN! My co-workers would LOVE this!

Tina….can you please email me the spreadsheet for the biggest loser?

Hi. Can somebody send me the spreedsheet? I created on for only me, but I don’t know how to do it so I can keep track of my entire team. Thanks.

my school is just starting, could you please email me the spreadsheet?

Hi Guys,

We are looking at doing this competition to raise money for charity.

Could someone send us the spreadsheet.

Thanks so much,

Michelle

Hello,

Can someone please send me the spreadsheet as well? I would greatly appreciate it!! Thanks!

Please 4ward the spreadsheet to me. pls pls pls. thx

I need this spread sheet as well. Can somebody send it to me please. My family dose a biggest looser each year and I have to write it all in by hand. This would be so helpful. Thank you

Hello,

Just like everyone else here I am looking for a simple spread sheet to calculate this stuff for a competition at work to raise money for Relay for Life. Please send me one… thanks a bunch!

Lori

Could I also get a copy?? Someone please…

And, another who would love to get the excel spreadsheet.

I would really appreciate the excel spreadsheet for The Biggest Loser Challenge.

Thank you very much.

Peg

Can someone email me a spread sheet that they have used , I am trying to start the program at my work place….. Thanks in Advance!!!

chyme37@yahoo.com

Can someone please email me a copy of the spreadsheet. We are starting a weight loss competition. Thanks

nicolewalden00@yahoo.com

I would really appreciate a copy…we are starting this week. Thank you

I would love a copy of your spreadsheet. The one that our company has used in the past in on the fritz and we are starting tomorrow.

crissa17@hotmail.com

Hi, anyone that can send a copy of the spreadsheet this way it would be greatly appreciated!

I too would like a copy of the spreadsheet if someonecould emailme one. kadnag77 @ yahoo.

Thank you