Had a few minutes and decided to post for bit. Awesome job on the challenges ladies! I wish I had more time this week to comment to everyone and stay more involved. DH is on leave until the 4th of July, so I have been spending all my free time with him. I am kind of wavering between being OP and just over calories so the weight hasn’t changed in the last week for me, but I hope that I can get things under control soon and back to the basics. I also injured my leg playing basketball, I think it was my crappy walking shoes… So that sucks too because I haven’t been able to work out as planned. I think I might have the begginings of a shin splint, if it doesn’t feel better in the next couple of days I’m heading to the doctor about it. It hurts right along the outside of my shin when I pronate my foot/ankle, even when walking- uhg.

Also have discovered a dangerous addiction recently… nuts, I’m just nuts about them. I’m over calories today because I ate 2 servings of those little bastards. Why do they taste so good? I know there are a lot worse foods I could pig out on, but all the same an overage is an overage. I hope the fact that they are healty keeps me from gaining… Anyways, just wanted to let you know that I’m around and rooting for everyone this coming week!

*SEE SUMMER SLAM PAGE UP TOP FOR RESULTS AS THEY BECOME AVAILABLE

I hope that you have all beenb having a ball with the challenges these past 2 weeks, below are your week 3 challenges! Remember that you have until Monday at 2:00pm EST to post your week 2 results. Which includes current weight, current BMI, and if you stayed on plan diet wise. Good luck with this week!

Challenge #1: Six Pack Abs in 60- Today you will be challenging you mid section to do things never though possible. You have one hour to complete 100 sit ups, 100 forward (traditional) crunches, 100×2 bicycle crunches (each side), 10 one hundred count planks, 10 one hundred count sessions of belly dancing moves, 10 ten count double leg extends, and 10 ten count captains chair lifts. You can probably find an explaination of how to complete each of these online. The captains chair does require equipment so for those of you without access to a gym, may substitute this move for any other ab move listed to be repeated. When doing the belly dancing moves remember to use only your abs for movement, no hips and no chest movement. To explain the double leg extend- you lie on your back with your bottom on the ground and lift both legs off the floor at about a 30-45 degree angle and hold. When done properly you will feell the burn in your abs. *Modifications: If you are unable to compelte any of these exercises for medical reasons (as situps are hard on the back, etc) then you may substitute any exercise for ones that you can complete.  If you need more than 1 hour you may break the challenge up as needed.

Challenge #2: Legs that go for Days- Today will be about challenging our legs to carry around our bodies, strong legs are very important for providing better posture and overall fitness. You will again have one hour to complete the following;  100 lunges on each side, 100 pli`es, 100 lateral raises on each leg, 100 calf raises, 100 squats, 100 count wall sit, and 100 thigh & butt press raises. (click link for explaination of T&B press) Modifications: You may as always substitute any move that is unsuitbale for you for any other move that you can complete twice. You may also break the challenge into whatever intrevals suit your needs. Also do not participate in any challenge that is medically unsafe for you to complete.

Challenge #3: Up in Arms for Weight loss- Today will be about challenging our arms to tone up and look fabulous! Do you see a pattern this week? You have 1 hour to complete the following; 100 pushup (wall, female, or traditional), 100 bicep curls each arm, 100 overhead tricep extensions, 100 tricep kickbacks, 100 french presses, 100 forearm curls, 100 chest flys,  and 100 shoulder presses. See this website for an explaination of most. *Modifications: Split challenge into any intreval necessary to complete. You may use what ever weight that you see fit to complete. Remember that you can make homemade weights with old water bottles filled with water or sand.  As always do not participate in any challenge that is unsafe for you and substitute when necessary.

Challenge #4: Relax those Muscle- The last 3 challenge were bound to make you sore in places you forgot you had, so today I want you to relax. Find some nice soft music and do yoga or pilates. You can throw in any poses or moves that you like and just relax. Spend at least an hour today doing these moves. Throw in some great stretches and be kind to your body. You can do moves by memory, dvd, internet, or even make up your own. Today is all about feeling good. *Modifications: None, this challnenge can be a hard or easy as you make it. Suggestion: take a nice long bath afterward or lay out in the sun for a few afterward- just breathe and relax.

Challege #5: Cardio Kick- So I let you relax, now I want you to kick it back up. Today I want you to do cardio until you drop! Choose your poison today running, jogging, biking, elliptical, swimming- you name it! Just get your heart rate up and pump it out! Today you are challenged to do TWO one hour sessions of cardio! This challenge might not have all the frills of some of our previous challenges but, all the same it should kick your ass today. Don’t hold back and give it your all! There will be sweat, there may be blood! *Modifications: If need be split your 2 one hour sessions into what ever intrevals suit your needs. Do not participate if it is medicall unsafe for you to do so.

Remember that you may subsitutes moves and challenges when necessary. You may go back to previous weeks if there is not a challenge that is suitable for you this week. Good luck girls!

PS: During this week I want you to submit any challenge ideas you may have and they may be included in nexts weeks set!

I feel like there has been so much going on that I haven’t had the time to write about it all lately. Where to begin… DH is home safely and has been granted 2 weeks of leave. I am thrilled to have him home, but at the same time I am worried about my waist line! I can already tell you that I am off plan for the week and it’s only Monday. Yesterday when DH got back the first thing he wanted was some chinese food, so we went out and ate together. I didn’t stuff myself too bad, but I know I over did it. The poor scale the next morning reinforced just how much sodium goes into that stuff with a nice 3lb gain overnight. I know it’s mostly water and should come off, but you know how fickle the scale can become when you cheat on your diet after having a nice run. Today we went to the movies and our little trip put me about 1000 calories over my “normal” daily maximum. I have to stay strong for the next two weeks, I know it’s going to be incredibly hard but I am determined to see the 140’s by the 4th of July! I already have plans to go to the gym and work out while DH runs errands tomorrow.

On the homefront, so far things are going ok with his early return.  He is going to be changing duties at his command once leave is over and hopefully will be in a better work environment and be able to heal. He needs physical therapy for his shoulder for a few weeks, but other than that things are ok so far. It breaks my heart that he has to go through this though… I don’t know if many of you will truly understand but when a military guy isn’t able to complete a tour it’s hard on their self esteem and they get flack from other guys too about it- even if it’s for legitimate reasons. It’s like a failure in their minds and I know that as much as he is happy to be home, he will always feel like he didn’t do his job. I’m praying that all will be well and hopefully the change in scenery will benefit him in the long run.

I also need to write a post about the “lady & her baby”, that will be a story for another time and also the “amphibian freak out”, please remind me in a week if I haven’t written a post about this stuff. It might not have anything to do with weight loss, but these stories should be pretty interesting reads for you guys. I also am so excited to see how well everyone is doing with the challenge. We only had one member not make the posting deadline, and unfortunately will not be about to officially compete in the challenge, but if you read this feel free to still participate for fun.

My person goal for the next weigh in is to be down to 152.something. that will be anywhere from 2.2 to 3.0 lbs lower than this past Sunday. I have to get moving, DH may be home, but it’s no excuse to let my goals go and give up. I have to do this and I will. Good luck to all my chickies this week and lets kick ass!

*Update: Made it to the gym and managed to bust out 500 calories in an hour! So that makes up for half the overage I had yesterday, gotta keep pushing!

I wish I had to time go around and individually congratulate everyone on their awesome efforts this week! So far I have everyones results except 2, so I wanted to post to let you all know most of the stats are up now. (See challenge page at top of screen) The highlights so far are that NO ONE, NOT ONE PERSON has gained weight this week! Two contestants are already more than half way to their 10lbs, amazing! And so far as a group we came in at about 90% on plan. I think this calls for a celebration! I want to include some honorable mention awards everyweek to increase morale… so here are this weeks offical honorable mentions.

Award for the most creative tracking program goes to… Gertiev! Her lay out page about the challenge is awesome and I know she is flying full steam into the challenge!

Award for best effort goes to…. Elliehastings! Even though she had a set back this week, she used the information to change her habits and I know that she is going to do awesome. Isn’t this what it’s all about? Finding those little things that are hindering our efforts?

Award for being awesome goes to… Goodnuff! She is at her lowest weight in years right now and I know she is going to kick ass and feel amazing! Even when life is rough, she is open and honest about her choices. I think this is her year!

Award for breezing past the half way mark goes to…. Jitterfish & Brseay! Combined this week they have lost 11.5lbs! Can you say wow? Amazing job girls!

Award for getting back on plan & getting in the groove goes to… Jelbelle & Mismichelle! Both of them have been having a little struggle recently to get on plan and keep losing, but this week they rocked and both lost .4 off their BMI!

You have all done amazing and I know that each and every one of you will be a winner by the time this challenge is through. Keep kicking butt this week and Slamming Down those pounds!

*UPDATE: See Summer Slam Challenge Page up top for results as they come in.

 POSTING EARLY FOR YOU GUYS, DH IS ENROUTE HERE NOW SO I WANTED TO MAKE SURE YOU ALL GOT THE NEW CHALLENGES BY SUNDAY MORNING. I WILL UPDATE RESULTS AS SOON AS THEY ARE ALL IN.

*I have decided to extend the deadline for getting me your results, the old deadline was each Sunday by 11:59EST. Now I will allow results to be entered no later than 2:00pm Monday afternoon(s) after the challenge week has ended. I realize it might be hard for everyone to post with only a 24hr window, so I hope this helps. Remember to include the weight that you weigh in on that Sunday though, as well as your current BMI, and if you stayed on plan diet wise for that previous week. A yes or no answer is fine. No waist measurements are required until the very last weigh in on July 10th. Participants that do not get results in by this time will be eliminated from the challenge. (Although if this happens you can still play along, you just won’t be able to officially win.)

I hope that everyone has made it a great week! I am excited to post our first weeks results once everyone has gotten them in. Are you pumped for your next round of challenges? I won’t lie, they will become more difficult as the weeks go by!

Challenge #1: Run for your life!- The great Zombie apocalypse has arrived, will you survive? This one is going to be kinda cheesy and I’m sure you are all gonna feel like idiots doing it, but I’m making you anyway *Mwaha ha ha ha! Zombies are chasing you so you need to run as fast as you can to get away from them and the farther the better! But, oh no, they have caught you! Now you have to fight them off with your best boxing, karate, or ufc fighting moves! To complete this challenge and survive the zombies you need to run (with everthing you’ve got!) for a half hour. Then you will need to kill your zombies by fighting them for an additional half hour! You can do this at home or in the gym, I suggest that you kill your zombies indoors to avoid puzzling stares from your neighbors though… Modifications: If you can not complete a sustained run for a half hour you may jog or do combination of running and walking in whatever interavals suit your needs. If you do not have access to a punching bag or “fighting equipment” then just do air kicks and punches and practice your moves. Remember though to fight fiercely, these are zombies here!

Challenge #2: 100 Baskets- This challenge might seem easy to some and will best be accomplished if you can have a friend play with you. You need to go to a basketball court and shoot 100 baskets before being able ,to stop. You may play with a friend against eachother or if you have to play alone, you must dribble the ball around the court in between each basket attempt. If you cannot complete 100 baskets in less than 1 and a half hours (1.5hrs), then you may end the challenge. Modifications: If you have no access to basketball equipment then you are authorized to substitute this challenge with any other challenge from this week to complete twice.

Challenge #3: Just Dance!- I hope you guys can have a lot of fun with this one! I want you to pick an upbeat song that you really like and create a dance for it! You can spend as much time as you want on this challenge, but the total amount of activity must equal at least 1 hour. I suggest hip hop or pop music to do this to, to ensure that you have a good cardio workout. If you can and are willing to video of your dance and post it online that would be great to show off, huh? Not required though, lol. Remember to include floor moves, kicks, and any fast movement to get your heart pumping. Modifications: None. As this challenge can be as easy or hard as you make it.

Challenge #4: Stairway to Heaven- Today I want you to climb to heaven, although by time you are done you might think you went somewhere south! You’re probably going to get bored on this one, but it will be a great workout for you lower body and should be some great cardio too. You need to find a staircase or stairmaster machine and climb stairs for one hour today. You may do this at home, the gym, a stadium, park, hospital, etc- anywhere there are stairs. Don’t over do it, but don’t lollygag up and down them either! Modifications: You may break this challenge up to any increments that suit your needs. 10 minutes at a time, 6 times, etc. If you are concerned for your knees, you may complete 1000 step ups on a step board instead, also with any increment you need.

Challenge #5: Highway to Hell- For this challenge you need a bike or exercise bike. I need you to bike 6 miles in 36 minutes today. This may be accomplished on the open road or in the gym. For those of you wondering, this is a constant speed of 10mph to complete this challenge. Modifications: You may use other equipement to complete this challenge if necessary- treadmill, walking, elliptical, etc. If the time constraints are too much then take as much time as you need to complete the 6 miles. If you are unable to complete this challenge you may substitute it for any of last weeks challenges.

Good luck ladies and please remember to modify when necessary! We don’t want anyone doing anything that my be harmful in their current level of fitness. As always if you have any questions drop me a comment.

15thJune

Personal Update

Hey guys I just want to let you know that things have gotten really busy for me this week and I probably won’t be posting again until the Sunday results. But I’m still doing the challenge and I hope you guys are keep up with it as well. I found out yesterdat that DH is being sent home early from his deployment for medical reasons and I have so much to do in so little time to prepare. He should be home either Saturday or Sunday! So with that said I know that you can understand why I won’t have time to post. Again though, I WILL still be here Sunday to moderate the challenge and set your new weekly challenges. Good luck to you all and if you pray, please pray for guidance and support for my DH. He is going through a lot right now and needs all the help he can get. Thanks everyone for all your support!

13thJune

Grumpy…

I am really grumpy today! TOM is here and it just so happened to coincide with construction right outside my front door. I was awakened after only 4hours of sleep to the lovely sound of welding in the morning. I had a great weekend though, I went to a local festival and got to hang out in the sunshine all day. The downside was the food available, but when you are outside for hours at a time you don’t have too many options available. I really felt the sodium bloat the last couple of days, but I think it will get better as TOM moves along and I stop retaining.

My rest days for the challenge will always be Saturday and Sunday since my gym is only open for limited hours. Somehow I have to muster the will to go today and complete the 1000lb lift through my sleep deprivation. It’s about 2:30pm now, so I’ve got about 2 more hours until I have to pry myself out of the house. I also have to clean out my car before then too as it is going to the shop at 8am tomorrow for a diagnostic. Uhg, 2 days in a row with little sleep. I hope the car stuff doesn’t take all day though or I might be with bestie all day. She has agred to get her brood up early in the morning to take me and I’ll probably stick with her until the car is ready. If we can go to the gym or pool together that day I can at least knock out the swimming or 1 hour mile(s) challenge then. I’m feeling a little overwhelmed today, I’m sure it’s my lack of sleep/TOM combo that I have going on though.

Another thing that bothers me is, I called our residence office at 9am this morning to find out how long construction is going on. They have yet to call me back. I find it a little rude that I call to complain about not being informed of this annoyance and my lack of sleep and yet, no word for 5 hours now… come on people get your shit together. Until next time chickies, maybe I won’t be so grumpy then! Good luck today!

*Update: I dragged myself out and went to the gym! Completed the 1000lb lift off today and then some. (To be fair I had to go above and beyond considering the squat machine alone completed this for me, he he.) I made sure to do a lot of smaller arm reps to get in that extra kick of activity. I also did an hour of cardio as usual and felt a lot better after I got it all done. I evev had time to watch Masterchef and Extreme Body Makeover tonight+ weedate my yard! Tomorrow is lawn mowing on my schedule while the car is at the shop! I should be in the bed already, but if you read my blog enough, you know I suffer from crappy sleep habits. Good luck tomorrow ladies and I gotta say bravo to you all for getting on the challenges and being committed! We are gonna rock these 10lbs!

*Additional update: Welcome afatgirlinflats, I have added you to the list of participants. If you have a blog please leave me a link to it so we can keep in touch. Also let me know if you want me list you under a different name for the challenge and I will edit.

*UPDATE: Challenge now closed to all new participants. Good luck to all our lovely ladies who signed up to slam down the pounds!

Starting Statistics for All Contestants:

Mismichelle– SW: 155.9, BMI: 24.5, Plan: Weight Watchers, Waist: 33.25

Didibuttonsley– SW: 200.0, BMI: 31.3, Plan: Salads everyday, Waist: 42.00

Jelbelle– SW: 174.0, BMI: 29, Plan: Fat Smashers, Waist: 30.00

Gertiev– SW: 161.0, BMI: 28, Plan: Weight Watchers, Waist: 34.00

Brseay– SW: 201.0, BMI: 32.4, Plan: Weight Watchers, Waist: 47.00

Pepagirl– SW: 158.0, BMI: 28, Plan: Calorie Counting, Waist: 34.00

Goodnuff– SW: 288.4, BMI: 48, Plan: Weight Watchers, Waist: 53.00

Jitterfish– SW: 211.2, BMI: 36.1, Plan: Calorie Counting, Waist: 51.60

Elliehastings– SW: 270.8, BMI: TBA, Plan: Low Carb, Waist: 44.00

Afatgirlinflats- SW: 208, BMI: 33.6, Plan: Weight Watchers, Waist: 38.00

Jessiemazone– SW: 239, BMI: 38, Plan: Meal Plan+ Calories, Waist: TBA

This Weeks Challenges!

*Reminder, there are five days of activity here because I would like you to choose 2 days out of the week to rest. You may participate in any challege on what ever day you like, there is no order.

#1 1000lb Lift Off!- The goal of this challenge is to lift 1000lbs today! Can you muster the strength to lift an elephant? I’ll bet you can! This challenge will be most easily accomplished by those with access to a gym, but you can do it at home too. Over the course of the day I want you to lift, by any means necessary, 1000lbs. You can do this with you arms, legs, or a combination of both. For example if you can do 10lb bicep curls on each arm then you would need to do 50 curls on each arm through out the day. If you don’t own any weights, then try filling empty bottles with water, then weigh yourself without them on the scale and then with them. Viola! You have your own personal weights! Another way to do this is to place the weights behind your knees while on on you hands and knees and do backward leg lifts. *Modifications, if you are unable to complete this challenge safely the modification is to do 1000 “body lifts”. Example, lifting your legs or arms 90degrees+ 1000 different times. Please remember to do this over the course of an entire day, not all at once!

#2 Body Bootcamp!- Today is all about a bootcamp style workout! Today we are doing 100 (not a thousand, lol) of each exercise listed. Jumping jacks, push-ups, sit-ups, mountain climbers, wall sits, and chair dips! If you are unsure how to complete any of the listed exercises all you have to do is search them and you should easily find an explanation. You may break these up into any amount of reps and sets that you need to, to complete them.  To calculate the wall-sit, I want you to count to 100 mississippi. If you have to break this up into as many mississippi’s as you need. *Modifications, if you are unable to complete any of these exercises they may be modified to suit your needs. Medically if this challenge is unsafe for you, then you may change the counts to what is appropriate for you. Crunches or sidebends may be substituted for sit-ups, female push-ups or wall push-ups are substitutes for regular push-ups. Mountain climbers can be substituted by running suicides (if you have a large enough area to accomplish this in). I cannot think of good substitutes for wall sits or chair dips, but if you need to modify go right ahead.

#3 1 Hour Showdown!- This time I want you to race! You have one hour to complete as many miles as you can! You have the option to run, walk, bike, swim, or elliptical for this challenge. Since you have 1 hour, I expect everyone to go at least a mile- even the walkers. Whatever activity you choose though, you MUST continue for the entire hour. You may do a combination of any if you like, but they must be done continuously for one hour. *Modifications, if you are medicaly unable to continue for a full hour at any of these activites, then you may break your challenge into smaller groups.

#4 Watch TV!- Ok, it’s not what you think! Anyone have some old exercise videos and a vcr still laying around? Go and get them now! I want you to pick out one of the exercise videos that have been collecting dust for years now and do it! Do it TWICE! Once in the morning, once in the evening! Don’t cha want to sweat to the oldies today? Or workout with Cindy Crawford? *Modifications, if you do not own tapes and a vcr, dvds are acceptable. If you don’t own any exercise shows then you are authorized to look up a program online to follow. Or head to a thrift shop and pick one up cheap.

#5 Just Keep Swimming!- This challenge is to get you tired and I mean tired! I don’t think most of us use swimming as an exercise as often as we should. You utilize so many muscles in the water that it is great for toning. Today I want you to go to the beach, the pool, or lake and swim for at least one hour. Laps are preferable, but if that is not possible- such as in the ocean current, then general swimming around is acceptable. *Modifications, if you cannot swim or don’t have access to water then you may repeat any of the other challenges for this week.

Good luck girls! Remember, don’t participate in any challenge that is unsafe for you and please modify if necessary! Also, as stated before, completing challenges is not required to win, but we are on an honor system here to get our bodies moving. You will not be required to list your accomplishments, but you may at any time post about what you have done and how things are going.

 After this week is over, remember that I need you new BMI and Weight, and a yes or no as to if you stayed on your diet plan for the week next Sunday the 17th. Please remind me if I have forgotton to include any information or if you have any questions. I will do my very best to check my page daily for any comments you may have. Now start SLAMMING DOWN THOSE POUNDS!

So I made a really neat chart for the challenge, but 3fc won’t upload it. I hope that it decides to work tomorrow… So anyways if all else fails I’ll keep a paper chart and write out the results each week. Right now we have a nice set of contenders ready to participate! Here are our challengers so far…

Mismichelle, Jitterfish, Didibuttonsley, Goodnuff, Jelbelle, Gertiev, Brseay, Jessie, and Pepagirl!

It is essentially Friday now and challenge starts in 2 days! I will be posting the first weeks exercise challenges on Sunday (probably Saturday night, if you are a night owl) and then you will have all week to get those numbers down for the next post date. Good luck guys and make it a great weekend to get a great start! 

So far after spending about 4 hours installing, unistalling, updating, defragmenting, and scanning, the laptop is working. I don’t know what was up with it as all my scans came up clean, but let’s hope that it was just a glitch and is all happy now!

I’m really excited about the challenge coming up, I feel like it is time to really knock some of these pounds down and get closer to my goals. As of today I weighed at 158.8, which is .3 up from Sunday and I’m hoping to see 156.- by this Sunday. I know that’s a lot to ask in only 3 nights time, but here’s hoping! My main thing right now is that I determined beyond imagination to see the 140s by the 4th of July. It was kind of an unspoken goal of mine to get to the weight that my bestie weighs by then for a few months now. I am so close and I know it’s possible I just have to push for it.

I went to the gym today and squeezed in about an hour and a half of workout time and I have been doing pretty good about going consistently, so I hope to see the fruits of my labor soon. Diet has been pretty good too, I had two slices of pizza today, but managed to come in under calories, so all in all I call that a victory. My bestie is trying to lose weight too, but she struggles with having two kids under 6 and all the temptations that come along with them. For example the pizza today was because her son wanted it and we had been out all morning without breakfast. It’s so much harder when your a mom! I know that and I’m not one, lol.

I actually had a pretty good, albeit busy, day today. I went to the gym, ran errands, went grocery shopping, and stayed under calories. I went “couponing” today and managed to get $50.00 for $10.00 at one store and $80.00 for $40.00, so I call that some nice savings. I have been a couponer for a while now and never really thought it was special, but with the recent success of the Extreme Couponing show people have commented a lot on my hobby. I called one local store to ask about their coupon policy and the lady on the phone was all excited and asked me if i was an Extreme Couponer! Lol, she really wanted me to come in with all my coupons and check out in her line. I thought it was kinda funny, but I didn’t end up shopping there because they didn’t accept internet coupons.

Well chickies, I am off to bed! Don’t forget I need all your challenge numbers by Sunday!