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Old 12-18-2013, 11:15 AM   #241
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Hello my lovelies!

How have you all be doing?

I've been doing well recently! I've been taking time to reflect on my weight loss and why I just haven't been able to lose weight for the last year since moving to Japan. I articulated it rather well in my blog post, which you can read if you click here! If you can't be bothered reading all of it, I've essentially come up with a new system of weight loss that I think caters to my way of living. I will introduce new goals into my life 1 at a time for a certain amount of weeks before moving on and adding a new one. I find I get overwhelmed if I try and put too much on myself at once, so I'm looking forward to starting this new system.

I'm even considering making my new "pyramid" idea my next challenge here on the forum. What do you all think, do you want to try something more than just weigh in or just stick to the numbers? I think it's something I'll give a go regardless, because losing weight is so much more than numbers!

I have 4 days left at work before I finish for Christmas and I get to go HOME to ENGLAND for Christmas! It doesn't even feel real anymore, like I'll get to the airport and they'll just say "uhh..what?! You're not REALLY going home!" I guess I'm weird like that.

So I took a chance and weighed myself this morning. I had a good feeling, and I was stoked to see that I'm at 155.6 lbs, a full 4 lbs down from the last time I weighed in! This isn't the start of me weighing in all the time, but I am happy enough with the number to put myself back on the spreadsheet. I might not weigh in next week but I will weigh myself after my 10K.
ditto, Congrats on the scale drop, and I'm so happy that it's working for you! I like your pyramid idea. Visuals for me was huge when I started (I had like a chart and graphs on my desk area and color coded exercise days on my planner). Your pyramid looks pretty neat.

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First - congrats on the drop on the scale! I bet you must be super excited to get home for the holidays. How much travel time is it for you?

I like the pyramid idea. When I was reading, I was first picturing the easy goals at the bottom (ie. foundational things that lead up to a pinnacle) but thats just personal. I like the idea of incorporating non-scale goals into a structured game-plan like that. And its reminds you that the little things are noteworthy too. The WW app has similar mini-routines etc you can check off (like go to sleep on time, know what you're having for lunch etc) that I found really helped stay on track. Point is - I like it, I could be interested in incorporating in some future challenge.

Me - I got laid out with a crap-tastic cold last week and just started feeling like a human again yesterday. Weight loss has definitely been put on the back burner while I try and feel normal again. Though its really nice to get back to work and have higher thinking power that "ughh sniff pass that Nyquil over here" haha. I think I'm going to not weigh this week again so I don't get discouraged. I'm back on plan and using the residual complete lack of taste/smell to eat notsoyummy healthy things and pump those vitamins back in. No point in eating unhealthy foods if I can't even appreciate the flavour right? haha
so sorry you've been feeling sick. I also had the cold last week and it had me in bed for a few days. I like nyquil, but if I'm really sick I use the severe warming theraflu.

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It's been so quiet on this thread! I bet we are going to get a lot of people when the new year starts up. what are everyone's plans for the end of the year? I am super excited because my boyfriend and I will be going to Big Bear and snowboarding for a little mini vacation. I usually don't really do anything on NYE, although the past couple of years I've gone out dancing with my girls. Which is fun, but I'm excited to have a more intimate nYe this year.
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Old 12-19-2013, 05:51 AM   #242
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Anyone a fan of Beyonce? I quite like her new (surprise) album! In particular the song "Partition" it's so sexy! Sometimes I like to imagine myself at my goal weight looking all sexy and how awesome I'd feel when I hear songs like that! Do you feel that way or is it just a crazy fantasy of mine?! I can't deny the vanity element to losing weight, I want to feel sexy by the time I reach my goal!

kisskiss - Thanks! The pyramid is still a work in progress, but I'm feeling confident it'll work. Yeah, these challenges get real quiet towards the end! It's a shame, so THANK YOU for coming by and keeping us updated! I am spending New Years with my family. Last year I made plans with friends but it was so stressful trying to arrange and it all fell apart at the last minute! So staying safe and just relaxing with the fam. Wow, your plans sound awesome! Hope you have a great time.

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Old 12-19-2013, 09:06 AM   #243
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Hey! I'm just hanging in here. A bit discouraged the challenge is about over, and I've been slacking, and not losing as much as I was anticipating. Darn holiday baking season!!

Riestrella - Will you be starting another challenge after the New Years? It is a popular time to re-start a new WLC! wink, wink... hahahahaha... no pressure, seriously. But if you do, put me down!!
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Old 12-20-2013, 10:26 AM   #244
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Thanks for the well wishes kisskiss & Riestrella. I feel much better now, and finally got my sense of smell/taste back yesterday. Just pumped to smell my Christmas tree.

kisskiss - A snowboarding getaway sounds so lovely. I've boycotted NYE the past few years (I just can't be arsed to be surrounded with the crazy hype) but haven't decided for this year. I'll go out if something fun comes up but don't know what that something is yet.

So, I weighed myself today even though I was going to skip this week. I actually lost almost two pounds from the bloat yucky the day I jumped on the scale last week at the start of my cold. I wasn't going to enter those values but did anyhow - ignoring my weight for better/worse is what got me to over 200lbs. May as well face the values and move on
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Old 12-26-2013, 12:13 PM   #245
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Christmas revelation - my brother re-measured my height. Apparently I'm 5'5" ... I'd didn't believe him and made him re do it many times and checked myself. So weird, I swear I measured and was 5'4". I feel like my whole BMI-based goals have been a lie hahaha
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Old 12-26-2013, 08:37 PM   #246
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haha that happened to me! I always thought I was around 5'4 but a recent visit to the doctor has me closer to 5'5. pretty cool to be taller

Riestrella:

I saw B in concert a couple of weeks ago! While I went because the tickets were a gift, I admit she brought down the house. She was such an entertainer and heck yeah I imagine myself being all sexy when I sing along to some of her songs.

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Old 12-27-2013, 10:48 PM   #247
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Anyone dreading putting in your New Years Eve weight? I was on a roll, but this last week killed me! Too much candy and too many cookies!
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Old 12-30-2013, 09:17 AM   #248
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Well I will not be reaching my goal, but at least I am less than I started. This Holiday season was rough food wise. lol
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Old 12-30-2013, 12:05 PM   #249
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kailpea - I wouldn't say I'm dreading it per se. Don't love seeing gains but I actually don't mind seeing an increase I expect. Better than those times you step on thinking it was gonna be a lose and being super disappointed the scale decided to go the wrong direction haha. I'm just gonna get er over with.

Mara - I'm in the same boat. Well, actually my last entered weight is higher than my start, but I know that was just bloating (weighed in at 147.5 yesterday).

I right quiet round these parts lately eh.
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Old 12-31-2013, 09:30 AM   #250
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Hey guys!

I've been back home in England since the 21st December and I've been busy almost EVERY day! I haven't had much time to myself to get on a laptop, but I've been doing my best to update the spreadsheet.

Instead of being hard on myself I've not be strict at all with my diet. I went on a run in the wind, rain and HAIL and didn't give up. I felt pretty proud of that.

On Sunday I ran my 3rd 10k race! My fastest time was about 59:56, but this time I did it in 1:01:35. I may not have beaten my personal best BUT considering I barely trained for it (and trained super hard for the last 2 races) I am really proud of my time! It makes me think what would I have got if I tried really hard during training?! Definitely a good inspirational boost!

I'm down to 155 lbs for New Year, not quite my goal of being in the 140s but that's what 2014 is for! Have a lovely New Year, everyone, HUGE congrats to those who made it to the end of the challenge! I will leave the spreadsheet going until January 2nd then I will close it off and announce the winner.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!
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Old 12-31-2013, 06:29 PM   #251
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Riestrella- I know I don't post a lot in here but for the most part I read all the posts. I just want to thank you for organizing this and all the other challenges you've done throughout the year. I know it has to take a lot of time. I also want to let you know that I read your blog and I think the pyramid idea makes a lot of sense. It's all about changing habits and it's probably best to change them one at a time. It's a great idea and thanks for posting it for the world to see! Congrats on your 10K time and your recent weight loss. It's definitely a journey with it's ups and downs and no one can be perfect for the rest of their lives. Enjoy the rest of your time at home and have a happy new year.
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Old 01-04-2014, 06:54 AM   #252
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The main spreadsheet is now the final chart! HUGE CONGRATS to lanabug who is our victor! 25 lbs lost during the holidays?! You're incredible!

Well done to everyone for taking part, watch this space for a new and different challenge for 2014!

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Old 01-04-2014, 06:57 AM   #253
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Riestrella- I know I don't post a lot in here but for the most part I read all the posts. I just want to thank you for organizing this and all the other challenges you've done throughout the year. I know it has to take a lot of time. I also want to let you know that I read your blog and I think the pyramid idea makes a lot of sense. It's all about changing habits and it's probably best to change them one at a time. It's a great idea and thanks for posting it for the world to see! Congrats on your 10K time and your recent weight loss. It's definitely a journey with it's ups and downs and no one can be perfect for the rest of their lives. Enjoy the rest of your time at home and have a happy new year.
Thank you so much for your kind words! It means so much to me that you appreciate the work I put into these challenges. It's not the most strenuous of tasks, but I always love to hear that people enjoy being apart of them. I'm probably going to think of ways to incorporate my pyramid idea into the next challenge!
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Old 01-04-2014, 07:30 AM   #254
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2014 challenge would be very welcome please!
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Old 01-04-2014, 04:14 PM   #255
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I went back up to 215 but I'm certainly not complaining! Thanks so much to everyone involved in this challenge and especially Riestrella for putting it all together and giving so much of her time/effort just for a little extra motivation! Knowing I would have to log my weight for everyone to see & wanting desperately to meet my goal has really been working for me, and I'm super grateful. Happy New Year everyone! Here's to a kick *** 2014
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