Support Groups - "Every-Day" 21-Day Challenge -- Countdown to change!!

09-29-2007, 08:22 AM
Okay, everyone, as is the tradition, I start a new thread when I personally start a new challenge.

Below is a short explanation of how this challenge works so all you newcomers can take a look and decide if you're game or not! I hope you are! Hop aboard and enjoy the ride. We've got a great bunch of supportive people, so I hope you'll give us a try. A lot of people try for a while and then disappear.. I hope some of you will keep trying. There is NO shame in starting over. Remember, it's not over till you give up. And our motto around here is:

NEVER GIVE UP!!...Just start OVER!!


It works like this: you decide you'll do something for 21 days straight, every single day, so keep it doable. Then you count through 21.....and if you flub it, you MUST go back to zero and start over again. Everyone will be on different days. You can start anytime. At the beginning of the challenge you declare what level it is -- Level 1, 2, or 3. Level 1 means you feel it's a relatively easy challenge for you and means you only give yourself ONE pause day (see explanation of pause days below). Level 2 would give you two pause days and so on...
And taking NO pause days is what I'm going to call "aceing a challenge," as in "I'm aiming on aceing this one!" Yowzah!! :cb:

With a pause day you pause in your counting and continue the next day with the number you left off with. Pause days are NOT substitutes for days, i.e. Day 12 -- Day 13 -- Pause Day -- Day 14..... I suggest taking a pause day late in the game (better to go back to Day 1 early on) if you need a break or screw up when you're well into the challenge, meaning, when you're on Day 15 or something like that.

In any case, the trick is to keep going. The momentum builds and it's great incentive to stick to your guns, cause if you don't.........back to START you go. :( And the really great thing about this challenge is that you are forming new habits that will wipe out the old! AND, you get to do it with a great bunch of really supportive people to whom you are accountable! :grouphug:


In the interest of maintaining structure, a sense of solidarity and facilitating support I ask anyone who wishes to join this thread to please strive to follow the following guidelines while participating in this challenge and in posting.

1. Although this is a fabulous support group, the focus is to be on your CHALLENGE/S and/or other people's challenge/s AND weight loss, whether your challenge is about it or not. Please keep the challenge a priority, although we welcome chattiness! :lol: This means tell us what day you're on when you post and it's a good idea to make regular mention of just what your challenge is. This an action-based thread. Our members are ON a challenge, RESTARTING a challenge, or just in between and looking to start up again REAL SOON. ;) We also welcome posts from admirers, encouragers, and old friends!

2. Please refrain from posting food logs or recipes, except where you are really looking for help and advice on your eating. If journaling is your challenge, please keep the journaling off the thread and in a notebook or blog and just tell us if you've done what you set out to do. We have ALL types of dieters here, low-carb, high-carb, low-fat, high-fat, vegetarians, meat-lovers...please use simple mentions if you have something you want to share and then links and/or private messages to do so.

3. Please do NOT go into glowing accounts of any slipups, food indulgences or binges, what we here call "food porn." Simple mentions are fine, but use of smilies :censored: :tape: etc. as substitutes where possible is encouraged.

4. Please keep this a secular thread. Of course, passing references to your beliefs, a bit of introduction about your beliefs, brief faith-related words of encouragement are fine. :angel:

5. Please show support, support, support! This is key. :grouphug: You can waffle on about yourself but please, at least occasionally,come up and look around at others and what they are doing and MENTION it with words of encouragement and/or praise or sympathy. We understand "busy," poor computer connections, and bouts of self-pity and life problems where the focus turns to "me" and dealing with those problems, but these should be temporary, not a habit! ('cept in the computer case.)

In conclusion, let me say, the above are just that, GUIDELINES. Please realize that these guidelines have been added in an attempt to keep this a supportive and beneficial thread, at the LEAST, to those who need it MOST, those for whom weight loss is the hardest and, more often than not, the most crucial as well as for those who still, perhaps despite great success, know all too well that the road they walk will always be a slippery one. :^:

The guidelines are also meant to cultivate an atmosphere of consideration and concern for ALL, not individually, but AS A GROUP.

Well, all's said. Please join us!! :wave:

09-29-2007, 08:35 AM
Hi everyone. Hope you found the new thread! :wave: I am starting my new life tomorrow! :dance: You bet! Will be in with the declaration. Stay tuned!! :sunny:

09-29-2007, 12:36 PM
Day 3 - Count calories!!!! - good - level 3
Day 3 - follow exercise plan - good - level 3

I am going to try really hard to keep count of my calories tomorrow, but it will be hard. I've got to make a run up to Yellowstone again to bring my husband some supplies and of course get his dirty laundry. ugh! I'm probably going to just stay overnight and come back on Monday morning so we can visit and he can see our littlest one who doesn't understand why daddy isn't here.

Red - I know what you're saying and I sure wish I had the answers. I feel the same way quite often and don't understand the self-sabotage. I remember how great I felt about myself and life in general last year when I reached my low weight and what do I do? I gain back 15 lb. The best I can do, is work on finding my motivation again and refuse to give up. I don't care if I'm ever "skinny". I just want to feel comfortable in my own skin. I want to keep up with my kids and be able to do all the active things in life that I would shy away from when I was so big. Stay with us! Don't give up! We're all struggling along with you.

Shy - Day 13 Yay!! Good job. Sounds like you're doing such a nice thing by baking all that bread. That's so great!


09-29-2007, 10:30 PM
OK, this is it, the start of getting serious again. I don't know what to really declare. I want to make all the tough things challenges, but fear I'll sabotage myself. Yeah, dj, I really don't understand it. I don't know if I just start feeling cocky or what, if I just go into some sort of la-la land where there are no consequences to my actions, kind of like so many areas in my life, or what. I think that may be it. So, I'm going to start forcing myself to be really conscious about my goals and reminding myself about what I am aiming for and that, yes, the plane is going to leave, with or without me on it!! That's an analogy that may work and a dream I often have, that I have a plane to catch but am not at all prepared, am miles away and can't find my passport etc. Maybe this is the connection!
OK, so on top of all the other things I will be doing to get the weight off and KEEP IT OFF I will be

1) carrying around a notebook that has my goals written down in it and I will be required to make an entry in it every day telling myself of why I am doing this, what exactly I am doing etc.

2) I will keep a food log and estimate calories. The idea is to steer away from refined sugar and processed foods and to not drink except occasionally. These parts are not challenges or too strict, just guidelines.

3) I will do my crunches in some form or another, usually 10 sets of 20, front, diagonal, sides.

4) I will do a bit of stretching every day

The last two are just to keep feeling physical when I start creeping away from it, especially in busy times where I can't get to the gym. Of course, I am going to be doing more but it won't be challenges.


dj -- Thanks for the words. Yeah, you're the same as me. Yeah, I don't want to be skinny. I see enough of that around me. I just want to be healthy, leanish, strong and vibrant and optimistic and full of energy! I will stay with you and likewise to you, "Stay with us!!" It's because of you and some of the old (as in familiar) faces that I stay I think. Good luck to you too! :goodluck:

Shy -- Just who are you making all that bread for?!?! Do you work in an old folks' home? You're an angel. I'm sure you make so many people happy. Too, I guess with bread you aren't tempted to eat the raw dough either, like when baking sweets, so you're not likely to sabotage yourself. Great going on your challenge. You're nearly over the hump!

Crime girl
09-30-2007, 12:12 AM
Thought I would pop on and say Hi!
I also wanted to lend my support to red since she is an old friend from long ago. You can do it red! :carrot:
I have always been impressed by your ability to dust yourself and get back on that horse. Hang in there! :D

09-30-2007, 06:20 AM
Of course she can do it. She's bounced back so many times. Sometimes just to get up there and try your darnedest is the key. Lets face it, if you succeed for 5 days or 7 days or 21 days just look at how much better you were than last time or think of what you might have done if you hadn't tried at all.
Go Red. :woohoo:

09-30-2007, 08:06 AM
Well, I just did the stretching so I'm calling it a clear on all challenges:

GOAL REMINDER Challenge -- Day 1 completed, 3 pauses left
FOOD LOG Challenge -- Day 1 completed, 3 pauses left
CRUNCHES Challenge -- Day 1 completed, 3 pauses left
STRETCHING Challenge -- Day 1 completed, 3 pauses left

Wow, all these old faces turning up! Great!! :love:


Crime girl -- I hope you'll give a challenge a whirl. Thanks for the kind words. You've got to wonder why I have such a hard time staying on that horse though, eh? :dunno:

Shad -- How goes it? Wonderful to see you too!! Yeah, I'm a goes with the padding I suppose. But, no, you're right, I'd be humongous, absolutely if I just let things go naturally. I'd be sloshed on the brew every night, I'd never move a limb except to raise the beer mug to mine, I'd eat enough for three every day...oh, wait, I do that already. :lol3: Nah, I hear ya. I'm going to give it a knock again! You bet. But I only do it because I can't let you all down. ;)


Apple Blossom
10-01-2007, 04:52 AM
Hi everyone!
Shy, I have trouble getting enough protien too. I try to shoot for 30% of calories. Eat more beans! Great job reaching day 14! Entering the home stretch!
Well I have thought of 2 challenges to start with, that I should be able to do while I'm away. One is reduce coffee to 1 mug a day. I had herbal tea the other day and had a nasty headache by the end of the day.:headache: I don't like to be that chemically dependent! The other is crunches. And I'm going to throw in the no beer. We'll only be gone 6 days, I think I can get back home with 2 pauses allowed.
You guys are so right about being serious this time. I've already screwed up my pound a week goal BIG TIME. Oct has to be 2 pounds a week! Which is with in reach. I can do it! And the great feeling that comes with success! I need to feel it!

10-01-2007, 11:42 AM
Day 4 - Count calories!!!! - good - level 3
Day 5 - Count calories!!!! - pause - 2 pauses left
Day 4 - follow exercise plan - good - level 3
Day 5 - follow exercise plan - pause - 2 pauses left

My weekend was busy. Instead of having to drive back to Yellowstone though, my husband was actually given 1 1/2 days off and drove home. It was so nice to NOT to have to drive back to the park. As much fun as Yellowstone can be, it's been getting a little old going back and forth. Anyway, having him come home was nice, but kept me busy with all his laundry, getting food ready to go back, etc..... I'll be back on track today!

Hi Apple! - Guess we all need to get serious together huh? I'm impressed that you're doing the coffee thing. I keep thinking about, but have not gotten up the nerve to do more than think about it. I love my coffee! Since I quit smoking, it's my last big vice, (other than a glass of wine in the evenings).

Hi Shy, Red & Shad! :wave:

Have a great day everyone!

Apple Blossom
10-01-2007, 04:49 PM
Sorry Shy, I think I miss understood your chart! If you have to go over any of your numbers, better it's protien and not fat or carbs!!

Apple Blossom
10-02-2007, 05:49 PM
Hope you feel better Shy!
DJ- I can't say enough how I am SO proud of you for quitting the smoking! From what I hear, that's pretty tough to do. So yeah, keep up with the coffee!:coffee:
I think I'm going to waffle a little on the coffee challenge anyway. Instead of 1 cup, it's just going to be less than the usual 3 cups. I need space for a social cup if it comes up. Which it has. Well, one social cup yesterday, and one "I have half an hour to myself so I'm sitting down with a latte and a book". So there!:p
So challenges:
Less coffee: Day 1, 2 pauses left
Crunches :Day 1, 2 pauses left
No Beer: Restart :(

I did get to the gym today for the first ime in forever. It felt good.

10-02-2007, 05:58 PM
GOAL REMINDER Challenge -- Day 3 completed, 3 pauses left
FOOD LOG Challenge -- Day 3 completed, 3 pauses left
CRUNCHES Challenge -- Day 3 completed, 3 pauses left
STRETCHING Challenge -- Day 3 completed, 3 pauses left

Talk later....just too busy... :^:

10-02-2007, 09:47 PM
Day 6 - Count calories!!!! - pause - 2 pauses left
Day 6 - follow exercise plan - pause - 2 pauses left

Made it through yesterday and today is looking good so far.

Shy - Glad to hear you're getting better!

Apple - Thanks. Yes, the quitting smoking was difficult, but I did it and am NOT going back. (Besides it helps me justify that coffee.) Actually they keep coming up with studies that show that coffee has some good qualities too! Enjoy that 1 or 2 cups a day!

Red - Good job on keeping up those challenges while busy! Hope to hear from you soon.

10-03-2007, 12:17 AM
Hi there!

I definitely want to join in on this challenge! I feel like being accountable to someone other than myself will help keep me on track & God knows I can use all the support and advice I can get! So, here are my goals - please let me know if I'm doing/posting this wrong.

Day 1 (I guess technically tomorrow is day 1)

Challenge 1 -> Level 3 - Stick to my exercise plan (which means cardio at least 30 minutes 6 days a week) & Sculpting/Yoga or Pilates 6 days a week, so I'm basically doing about an hour workout 6 days a week.

Challenge 2 -> Level 2 - Maintain my food & exercise journal (meaning tracking everything I eat & do).

I'd like to add sticking to my meal plan as a challenge, but I think I'll wait until the next go 'round for that - since I just started it, I'm not sure of it yet - I'm not ready to set myself up for failure. My goal for that is just to simply learn the plan and be comfortable with it at this point. OH, by the way...I'm doing the Body for Life program :)

Have a great night guys, I look forward to getting to know you!

10-03-2007, 10:54 PM
Thanks for the welcome Shy! :)

So, today is officially Day 1!

I followed my exercise program
I wrote everything down in my journal.

I also went grocery shopping. I'm working hard at learning and sticking to the diet part of this program.

Yaay, day one down!!


Crime girl
10-03-2007, 11:50 PM
Okay..I am going to make an attempt at this- hope I have the rules right.
3 challenges:
1. Eat at home or bring food with me from home- level 3
2. Exercise everyday- level 3
3. Crunches either at the gym or at home at night- starting with 10 and moving up 5 every 5 days. Level 3

Tomorrow is my start date- I am going to ace these challenges so watch out! :carrot:

10-04-2007, 03:22 PM
Day 7 - Count calories!!!! - pause - 2 pauses left
Day 8 - Count calories!!!! - pause - 1 pauses left
Day 7 - follow exercise plan - pause - 2 pauses left
Day 8 - follow exercise plan - pause - 2 pauses left

Well, I was doing really well counting my calories and then got invited out to dinner last night with my kids and cannot find the calorie count for what I ate. Looked it up on the restaurants website and a couple of others and it's not there. Just one of those unexpected things I guess.

Hope you are all doing well. Gotta run, been a busy day here! :wave:

Quiet Ballerina
10-04-2007, 04:05 PM
Hey! I'm new to this thread (been lurking for a little bit to see if I understood the challenge). I had been on a similar thread, so I'm a couple of days into my challenges...I think I understand them.

Water Challenge: drink 6 glasses of water daily

Exercise Challenge: Exercise for 30 minutes each day (walking my dog, using hip hop abs, or dancing)

Pushups Challenge: Do 30 pushups daily

I'm on day 3 right now (Because I started October 2nd) but I haven't completed any of my challenges for today yet. Will update this post later tonight with the challenges I have completed.

Day 3 of challenge
Water: completed, 3 pauses left
Exercise: completed, 3 pauses left
Pushups: completed, 3 pauses left

10-04-2007, 04:32 PM
Day 2
Cardio & Sculpting done - 3 pauses left!
Recorded everything in my diary (planned out the rest of the day, so I'm assuming, I'll stick to it) - 2 pauses left!

Wow, Ballerina - 30 pushups, I'm going to add that on my next go around - I'm not sure if I can do 5 at this point! You go girl!

Crime Girl - Good luck with your challenges, it looks like you've set good goals. I like the crunches & adding to them, maybe I should add that too!

Shy - thanks for the encouragement!

I'm proud of myself today, Tues/Thurs I go straight to class after work, so it's hard to fit in my exercise. I managed to get up and do my sculpting routine and took half my lunch for a brisk walk around the park. I guess when you want it, you just figure out how to do it!

Quiet Ballerina
10-04-2007, 07:56 PM
Nikki- I count the pushups in rounds of 10. For some reason, it makes it easier to do them. :) Plus, I found this link that shows pushups to do that are really good for you. Maybe a bit down the line I'll add some of them into the mix. (they even have beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels). I'd like to add on 5 more like Crime Girl...just not sure if I'll stick with that as much as I'd like to. So I'll just consider any extra I do a bonus. :)

Shy: I think walking around the town could count instead of your video. Maybe just try to make sure you're walking at a good pace instead of wandering?

10-04-2007, 08:35 PM
Nikki, Quiet, welcome!! :welcome:

Shy, if your video is a walking video, fine, you can surely substitute outside walking for it. If not, take a pause. That's what they're there for. :)

dj, Apple, CG, how are you all? I'm hoping to find some time somewhere, somehow.... :^:

10-04-2007, 09:01 PM
Sounds good, Shy! Great going on your challenge. :cp: Just a little bit more!! Hang in there! :strong:


Crime girl
10-05-2007, 12:01 AM
DAY 1:

Ate at home or food from home - Yep ! 3 pauses left.
Went to the gym- did cardio for an hour- Yep! 3 pauses left.
Did 3 sets of 10 crunches at the gym. More than my goal! WOOHOO! 3 pauses left.

WOOHOO!! :carrot::carrot::carrot::carrot:

10-05-2007, 09:48 AM
I've seen these challenges in action, and it looks like it's time for me to jump on the wagon. I've taken my eye off the ball recently, and it's showing :o

So, we'll start easy:

Level One Challenge: 2 litres of water EVERY DAY
Level One Challenge: No chocolate/sweets/junk/lollies/chips etc etc etc
Level Three Challenge: Breakfast every day

So, maybe not so easy to start with :p I really hope I can stick to this.


10-05-2007, 10:06 AM
I am new to this thread as well. I started one similar elsewhere, but didn't realize there was already one in place. Quiet and another woman (who only came twice) were part of it so Quiet showed me this place and I'd love to be part of a larger group.

Is there room for more?

Quiet Ballerina
10-05-2007, 11:25 AM
Elerine You're brave! I don't think I could ever cut out sweets.
Red Thanks for the welcome!
Crime Girl Great job with your goals!

I'll post later on tonight with what I've completed (I've only been awake for an hour) :)

10-06-2007, 06:56 AM
Hi everyone

So far, so good!

2L water? check!
No junk? check!
breakkie? check!

I'm really not that brave - if it isn't in the house, I wont eat it. I still have to train bf on that one!

One down, 20 to go! - and thanks for the warm welcomes, girls :D

10-06-2007, 10:46 AM
Good Morning! I'm actually going to report for yesterday now since I couldn't get online last night.
So, here goes for day 3:
*Cardio/Sculpting - Friday is my day off (I work out 6 days a week) so nothing really to report there. (3 pauses left)
*Recording in my food diary - it was a struggle because I kept getting kicked offline, but I managed to get it in. (2 pauses left)

Quiet - thanks for the link, I found all kinds of cool stuff on that site!
Shy - Good job! I hope you have fun on your trip, it's great that you can get your workout/walking in while you're at it! Look at you - you're almost done with this challenge, yaaay!!!
Hi Elerine - Looks like you're off to a great start! I have to agree with Quiet, you're brave to cut out all the sweets. I've been managing to do it - but, I think you're right, keeping them out of the house is the key, 'out of sight, out of mind'! If it's there I know I'd be tempted!
Hi CrawlWalkRun - I was part of another thread as well, they report in weekly. I've only been doing this one for a few days, but it seems to work better for me. I need to feel accountable (to someone other than myself), so it helps keep me on track. I hope it works for you too!
Crime girl - Yaay! Good for you on exceeding your goals for the day!
Hi Redballoon - Thank you for the welcome!!

Have a great weekend everyone!! :dancer:

10-06-2007, 05:51 PM
Hi all. I'm afraid to say I'm starting all my challenges over. I am just too depressed these days to do anything. It's not good. :( I did it yesterday and so will call today Day 2. Everything I put in my mouth will be written down and I'll record my weight every day as well. Sorry for all the restarts. I'm trying hard. I really am. :^:

10-06-2007, 06:43 PM
Ok, need to catch up here. Yesterday was day 10 on exercise with 2 pauses left but the calorie count, I'm going to have to start over on. It's been kinda crazy around here. I seem to have a 14 who is having complete melt downs and it's been absolutely horrible dealing with him. That of course has had me not caring about counting my calories or watching what I'm putting in my mouth. It hasn't helped that my husband is still working up in Yellowstone, so I have no other adult support with this kid. I think it has started to calm down for the time being though and my husband is actually making a trip home for 1 1/2 days to "talk" things out with my son. Maybe he can get through to him.

Red - Sorry to hear you're having it rough too! :hug: I hope you get to feeling better soon! Please stay with us though! It helps to get in here and post and we'd all love to hear from you.

:welcome3: to all of the new people! Wow! I disappear for a couple of days and look what happens!

Hope you all have a good weekend! :wave:

Quiet Ballerina
10-07-2007, 12:25 AM
Just a quick post, because I'm tired so as soon as I can put my laundry in the dryer I'm heading to bed. :)

Yesterday (day 4)
water: yes, 3 pauses left
exercise: yes, 3 pauses left
pushups: yes, 3 pauses left

Today (day 5)
water: yes, 3 pauses left
exercise: yes, 3 pauses left
pushups: yes, 3 pauses left

Don't get discouraged Red! All you can do is try.

10-07-2007, 04:00 AM
Hi all

Day 2:

2L water? check!
no junk? check!
Breakfast? NO

Back to the start I go with that one. Sunday sleep-in, plus straight to the gym = first food at 4pm!

Keep at it girls!

10-07-2007, 09:09 AM
Day 2 is done!! :spin:

Crime girl
10-07-2007, 04:05 PM
Okay I blew it and am going to start over on the challenge. I ate out a bunch more after I pledged not to. SIGH! :o

OKay new challenge - not as difficult..
1. 64 fl ounces of water a day
2. Eating out no more than 2 times in the week (Mon- Sun)
3. Gym at least 4 times this week ( Mon- Sun)
4. 30 crunches at least 4 times a week.

Wish me luck! :carrot:

10-07-2007, 04:23 PM
Happy Sunday! I've gotta post quick today because I'm writing 2 papers & studying for exams...I've dropped 2.5 more pounds this week - not thrilling, but I'll take it none the less!

Day 4 (yesterday)
Workout done &
Everything tracked in my diary

Day 5 (today)
Workout done &
Everything tracked in my diary (assuming I stick to my plan!)

10-07-2007, 06:58 PM
Just wanting to cheer everyone on. Kids are going back to school on Tuesday so this is officially when I'm "starting."

10-07-2007, 07:01 PM
Nikkii, I hear you on being accountable to someone. It sucks when you feel like you're battling this all alone. You're doing great.

thanks for the welcomes, EVERYONE

10-07-2007, 07:52 PM

:cp: :cp: :cp: :woo: :woo: :woo: :cp: :cp: :cp:
Bravo SHY MOMENT!!!!
:cp: :cp: :cp: :woo: :woo: :woo: :cp: :cp: :cp:

10-08-2007, 10:31 AM
Well Done Shy!!!!! Good Job! It's so great to see someone make the 21 days! It makes me think this is possible!

Day Three

2L water? check!
no junk? check! (god this one is hard... "what do you want for dessert honey...oh, nothing thanks :( )
Eaten breakky? check!

WooHoo! I even did an RPM class at the gym today...ouch!


10-08-2007, 10:55 AM
Ok, it's Monday and I've got to get back on track!

Day 11 - Exercise - good - 1 pause left

Today is day 1 for counting calories. I've really got to get serious here once again. The stress here really has not stopped, but I've got to deal with things and not let my emotions make me eat.

Good job Shy! :congrat:

10-08-2007, 12:34 PM
Elerine, the dessert part can be fruit, sweet, sweet grapes or watermelon or cheese, not "nothing." I stayed off refined sugar for a year at a time, several times. You CAN do it! :yes:

Shy, sounds like you've got a great husband!! Has he ever been to Tokyo? ;)

The gramma
10-08-2007, 10:35 PM
Well it sure is good to be back! I would like to join the 21 day challenge. I have already committed to losing 5lbs by the end of the month. I will think it over and decide my challenge by thursday. That will give me 21 days til the end of the month.
My son thats out by you, will be home mid Nov. You are right, you should meet up. He still has another year there. I don't think he has enjoyed it as much as I did. Maybe his memories will grow fonder as he gets older.
My oldest son is in Everette, WA. I am going out to see him and his wife and my perfect grandbaby in January. I can't wait!:smug:

Quiet Ballerina
10-08-2007, 10:49 PM
Hey hey! Just an update:

Today I took a pass on the pushups and the exercise.
Water, 3 passes left
pushups, 2 passes left
exercise, 2 passes left

the weather's been all rainy lately. :(
(but the Bachelor's back on so I want to go watch it. ttyl!)

10-09-2007, 07:23 AM
Heh granny! Welcome back! :welcome: Love that moving avatar, by the way. Look forward to seeing you on the thread regularly again. It's been a long time! And definitely let me hook up with that young sailor of yours! :spin:

10-09-2007, 09:57 AM
OK, I am ready to begin and just had to re-read the whole pause concept. I think I have it down. Some of my things are not daily, so the pauses will be necessary for a few.

I'm doing Bob Greene's phases in the Best Life Diet and will need to make my goal 4 weeks (28 days) instead of 21, as he suggests for his plan. I hope it's all right to do that because I want to follow his phases exactly and I can only weigh in every month at first (after 4 weeks) so it all coincides.

So, here's the first phase and the first things I'm committing to:

1.) 6 servings of water EVERY day (no pauses)
2.) 3 exercise sessions weekly with a total of 90-150 minutes (this means 4 pauses during a typical week)
3.) 3 meals & 1-2 snacks daily (no pauses)
4.) No eating two hours before bedtime (no pauses)
5.) No alcohol within the first phase (no pauses)
6.) Omega-3 supplement daily (no pauses)
7.) Multivitamin daily (no pauses)
8.) 500 mg. extra of calcium daily (no pauses)

I'll be back tomorrow morning with a full check-in.


10-09-2007, 10:49 AM
Crawl - that is a pretty big challenge from where I'm standing! Good luck to you!

Day Four

2L water? Finishing as I type!
No junk? check!
Breakky? check! Avocado on toast, my favourite!

10-09-2007, 08:28 PM
Day 4 is done! Sorry, people, gotta run. Will try to catch up soon. :wave:

The gramma
10-09-2007, 10:08 PM
Hey all!
Looking back on the posts, trying to get to know a bit about everyone and thier challenges. Is this everyone??
crime girl
apple blossom
quiet ballerina

Still thinking about my challenge. 21 days sounds so long right now. I really want to start with something I can stick with. I am gonna go back and see what everyone is doing to try to get some good ideas.:D

10-10-2007, 12:28 AM
Day 11 - Exercise - good - 1 pause left
Day 1 - count calories - good - 3 pauses left

Ok, just a quick catch up. Had one of those busy days with Dr. appts, errands and the promise to my son that I would bake 7 dozen :censored: for the football team for after his game tomorrow. I did get it done, but of course it didn't help the amount of calories I had today. Luckily, most of them are to be given away to a bunch of hungry teenagers!

:welcome: gramma! Glad to have you join us!
Your list looks pretty complete. I'm sure you'll find some good ideas for challenges. I go back sometimes myself to see what I might want to add in for something different.

Good night all! Gotta get myself to bed. :wave:

10-10-2007, 09:17 AM
Ok, one more day done! Hurrah! :cp: Day 5 in the bag! :dancer:
gramma, looks good. Just start slowly, with something easy but that needs accountability to keep you doing it. dj, good one! :bravo: Shy, Elerine, Crawl, Quiet....hmmm...sounds like a very quiet, kind of slow-moving bunch... :lol3: Just kidding! Best of luck! :goodluck: Nikki, you still out there? :listen:

10-10-2007, 09:19 AM
Day Five

2L water? need to have a bit more, but check!
no junk? check!
breakkie? check!

It's funny, but the 'no junk' rule is the easiest to follow so far!

The gramma
10-10-2007, 10:22 AM
It does look like a great bunch here! :grouphug:

I know I can't get the exercise in every day, but I do think I can get in some serious stretching. I feel that is really important for me. It is something I get very lazy about, even on days I do exercise. I know it will make me feel better which will hopefully make exercising easier. Maybe I will combine that with water and really get myself all squishy and bendy!

I think this may be it. Stretching and water. Just trying to decide if it's a serious enough challenge.

:mad: (TOM)

10-10-2007, 10:46 AM
Day 12 - Exercise - good - 1 pause left
Day 2 - count calories - good - 3 pauses left

gramma - I know what you mean about the stretching. I had the hardest time with that one too! It took a long time for me to learn to enjoy it and even though I do now enjoy it, I sometimes find myself slacking off on it.
As far as whether or not your challenges are hard enough, if they're something you need to work on, then, they're probably a good challenge.

Good job Elerine and Red!

Have a great day everyone! :wave:

The gramma
10-10-2007, 08:55 PM
Thanks girls!

You are all doing so great I decided not to wait. I did 15 min of yoga/stretching and got all my water in already.


Have a wonderful evening ( DAY for you Red!)

The gramma
10-11-2007, 06:05 AM
:tired: I hate when my body thinks it's a work day on a day off. Internal alarm doesn't have a snooze button.

Shy-is that a "Walk away the pounds" video?

It's so great when you find something you enjoy!

Keep up the great work!

10-11-2007, 10:20 AM
Hey Guys!

Yeah, Red - I'm still here!! Sorry - I'm a slacker poster lately! I've been bogged down this week with exams & papers - 1 exam & 1 paper down, 1 exam & 1 paper to go! Wish me luck! My wireless connection has been down at home, so I haven't been able to get online much, and I'm having to do this from work (shhh, don't tell!). ;)

Monday (Day 6)
Workout - complete Tracking in my diary - complete

Tuesday (Day 7)
Workout - complete Tracking in my diary - complete

Wednesday (Day 8)
Workout - MISSED IT! Uggh - that's 1 pause used up, 2 left!
Tracking in my diary - complete

I hope everyone is having a great week, I'm sorry I don't have more time right now, hopefully - I'll be back 'up' at home soon!

10-12-2007, 10:05 AM
Day 13 & 14 - Exercise - good - 1 pause left
Day 3 & 4 - count calories - good - 3 pauses left

Another quick catch up for me. Off to Yellowstone once again to bring my husband supplies. Hopefully, this is the last time. He was told the job would be finished next week and he can actually come home once again!

Have a great day all! :wave:

Quiet Ballerina
10-12-2007, 03:40 PM
Eeep.....I know I haven't been posting on here. Fell off the bandwagon over these past few days. I'm going to have to start over with my challenges.

~still want to drink at least 6 glasses of water a day
~Alternating 30 pushups/30 crunches daily
(so Monday I'd do pushups, Tuesday crunches, etc)
~Exercising 30 minutes daily

I want to stick with the same goals because they shouldn't be so hard to stick to! *sigh*
Allowing 3 pauses for the crunches/pushups
Allowing 3 pauses for the exercise

Quiet Ballerina
10-12-2007, 06:51 PM
Thanks for the welcome back Shy. :)

I was so excited because for a couple of days the weather seemed to be getting cooler here...but that's only in the morning. It gets up to the low 80's during the day. Ugh.

It's October!!....why can't I have pretty Fall weather to go walking in?

The gramma
10-12-2007, 07:43 PM
Will catch up when i get home . . .
From yesterday-

10-12-2007, 09:34 PM
Seven days done! It's been hard, really hard, even writing things down, but now after a week I start to see all the effort I put into staying overweight. And it ain't pretty. :^:

The gramma
10-12-2007, 10:16 PM
Yellowstone?? Supplies??
dj, what does your husband do??

QB, glad you are back on track:D


Apple Blossom
10-13-2007, 12:19 AM
Wow, I'm gone a week and look how much I've missed.:eek:
Hello to everyone!
Shy-I am glad you are feeling good! Its wonderful when we get results from all this hard work!!!
Quiet- I like your crunch/push up idea. I need to do push ups more often. I think I can only do 2 or 3>:^:
Hello Gramma, Nikki, DJ (2 weeks! Way to go! What are you doing for exercise anyway?) Hey Red!:wave:
We were in Utah last week and we had GREAT fall weather. It was cool, it even snowed one day. The trees are beautiful! Back home it is fall too, RAIN RAIN RAIN. I didn't get to take a walk today because it just wouldn't stop. If I didn't have to take my son along, I would have gone anyway.
As for challenges, I am on:
Less coffee: Day 10, 1 pause left
No beer, Day 3, 2 pauses left
Crunches....Well I haven't been doing those at all. Restart!
I also want to add 30 min of daily exercise.
Well, have a great week-end everyone!

10-13-2007, 09:54 AM
Day 15 - Exercise - good - 0 pause left
Day 15 - count calories - good - 2 pauses left

Spent most of yesterday in my car so I took a pause on both challenges. Not sure today will be much better I'm afraid. My son and I are going on a horseback ride through Harriman Park up near Yellowstone this morning. I'll keep track of my food, but the exercise part we'll have to see about.

Gramma - My husband owns and operates a dump truck and they're doing a bunch of road work in Yellowstone. He's been up there about a month now and is supposedly coming home next week.

Apple - Glad to see you back! My exercise usually consists of a rotation of step aerobics, weights and yoga. I also try to walk as much as I can. I love to go hiking and this winter my friend and I are going to try cross country skiing which will be fun. I've gone down hill skiing before, but not cross country.

Sorry I can't talk more, gotta get ready to go on our horseback ride! :wave:

10-13-2007, 10:02 AM
dj, wouldn't the riding be your exercise? How are you figuring exercise? By they way, what is that in your avatar? A waterfall?
Welcome back, Apple! :love: gramma, Shy, good for you!! :bravo:

10-13-2007, 10:42 AM
Yaaay - classes are done, exams & papers DONE! Well, at least until I start the next set in a couple of weeks! My internet at home is still down, so I can't stay & chat because I'm at school still & have to go back to class to review the exam. Uggh. Anyway - I hope you're all doing well!!

Day 9 (Thursday)
workout - done diary tracking - done

day 10 (Friday)
workout - done diary tracking - done

day 11 (today)
I'm planning to do everything, but I'll probably have to report on that when I can get back to a computer Monday morning.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Apple Blossom
10-13-2007, 01:50 PM
DJ-it's Yellowstone, isn't it? The Yellowstone River. I love cross country skiing, I just don't have anyone to do it with.
Horseback riding IS exercise, it's just not very aerobic. Maybe as much as walking though. Your call.

The gramma
10-13-2007, 07:07 PM
Shy-So glad the video is getting easier for you. I feel the same about my weights. I am going to stay at the current poundage right now, but maybe by next month I can either increase the weights or the reps. Hopefully! It's a good feeling to see progress somewhere!:goodvibes

Apple-you are an energetic lady! So many challenges! Keep it up girl!:carrot:

Dj-More than 2 weeks already! Wonderful!:hyper:

Red-I am glad you are writing things down. Its great to have confirmation. I think that will be my next goal. (do you remember what my screen name was when I was over there? For the life of me I can't remember):dizzy:

Nikki-ahhh, the life of a student. I am weary for you. Keep up the good work!:faint:

Day 3 for me.
Stretching and water done.
I guess I forgot to decide on my pauses. Well, I think maybe 2 for both.
2 pauses left.

Have a great weekend all!

10-13-2007, 07:48 PM
Well, we just got back from our trail ride and we had lots of fun! I sure miss riding. I think next year we're going to do the trail ride they have up in Grand Teton Park. The guide this morning was telling us about it and it sounds great too! Maybe for my birthday next year that's what I'll ask for.

Shy - Yea, guess I'll count todays riding as exercise. I'm just so used to counting exercise that makes me sweat, but I'll admit, I can feel some muscles complaining from the ride.

Apple & Red - You guessed it Apple. It's yellowstone falls. When I resized the pic so I could use it as an avatar, it made it blurry and I have not had time to fix it.

Hi gramma & Nikki - Keep up the good work!

10-13-2007, 08:44 PM
Hi all. Hope you don't mind me popping back in. I need to start some challenges again, and get my head back in the game.

Things have been crazy as usual. I sold my horse - actually, with the price I got for him, I gave him away. But he has a nice new home, with people who will actually do something with him and spend time with him. I still feel sad, like I abandoned a child, but I know it is better for him too.

I took the LSAT two weeks ago. In one week I should get the results. Then I will know if I did well enough to even apply for law school. Law school. At my age??? :fr: I am even trying to switch to the legal department at work. It is kind of career suicide if I don't get accepted into law school, but I am getting very fried with supervising people, and need a change.

I went on a cruise a month ago. It was a blast. Unbelievable. I can't wait until next year when I do it again.

My exercise has been sporadic, and my eating has been awful. I have to go shopping for a few larger clothes tomorrow, as nothing warmer fits. This sucks. But I am going to get back in here, get the support I need, and pick challenges to start so that I make healthy choices again.

I am glad to see Shad, Apple, DJ, and of course RED, and can't wait to meet all of the rest of you. :wave:

Quiet Ballerina
10-13-2007, 11:55 PM
(All sorts of new posters I see. I'll have more time tomorrow to say proper hello's and congrats)

Day 1:
pushups~complete, 3 pauses left
exercise~complete, 3 pauses left

10-14-2007, 09:42 PM
Hi Girls -

I fell off the wagon :o

I'll reasess as come back.

You girls are doing so well! Keep it up.

I'll be back soon.

10-14-2007, 09:50 PM

Here's a thread that had you back in 2005.

Your name was 1nceagain

Bring back memories?!

Quiet Ballerina
10-14-2007, 11:55 PM
Hey everyone! Hope things are going well. It's exciting to see so many new people on the thread. :)

Did everyone have a nice weekend? Super excited cause The Bachelor comes on tomorrow! And Dancing with the stars! :) :)

Day 2 complete!
water: completed
exercise: completed, 3 pauses left
crunches: completed, 3 pauses left

10-15-2007, 09:39 AM
Day 10 is complete!!! :dancer:

jolly!!!! Welcome back!! :welcome2:

Shy, Quiet, good going, dj! :cp:

Elerine, Good to have you back with us too. Starting over is what it's about most of the time. :^:

10-15-2007, 11:39 AM
Good Morning Ladies!!

I hope you all had a great weekend! First things first...
Day 11 (Saturday)
Workout - done Diary tracking - done
Day 12 (Sunday)
Workout - done Diary tracking - done
Day 13 (today/Monday)
Workout - done Diary tracking - done (assuming I stick with the plan!)

My 'official' weigh in was this morning & I'd lost another pound in a half since last weeks weigh in - so, I'm up to 8 pounds. I'm a little frustrated because I'm really doing well in sticking with my plan and working out, I expected to see more of a weight change, but that dang scale is fighting me for every ounce! However, I have lost inches and am seeing a change in my clothes - my brand new jeans that were tight two weeks ago are already getting lose, so I guess stuff is just moving around? I'm not sure how to make the scale work for me, I'll just keep charging on - eventually it'll give in, I'm sure of it! I have a week's break in between classes (yaay!) & I'm not on call, so this week shouldn't be quite as stressful for me. Next week classes start up again & I'll be starting a bellydancing class (woohoo!).

Quiet Ballerina - I think I missed something, did you start over or add a new challenge? I love Dancing With the Stars! I'm not usually home to watch it though - I saw something on it over the weekend, Marie Osmond & Jane Seymore are in it this go around, right? They looked great! I would love to do something like that...maybe I should take up dancing classes (in all that spare time I have!)
Shy - yeah...I'm busy! LOL
Hi Gramma! - Thanks for the encouragement!
Djstorey - I was in Yellowstone a few summers ago on a 4H trip, I was chaperoning a bunch of teenagers (ahh, what an experience that was). Most of the kids from here in Florida had never seen snow, when we got to Yellowstone - it was actually snowing (flurries) and there was still snow on the ground in June! I hope you get to see your hubbie soon. Hey, you know they have workouts now that simulate horseback riding to strengthen the core, so I guess horseback riding can be considered a workout! I've only been on a horse once as a child - it's actually one of my rewards! There's a local place here where you can ride on the beach - but there's a weight limit, which I've finally reached!
Hi Jollygirl - I'll keep my fingers crossed & send out good vibes on your LSAT's! Have you decided on your challenges yet?
Red - As always, thanks for the encouragement!!

Happy Monday!

Apple Blossom
10-15-2007, 01:58 PM
Wow, I don't know if I can keep up with everybody here.
First of all....Welcome back Jolly!! I missed you! I was a little worried about you too. I'm glad you are back! I hear you on the larger clothes. I finally HAD to buy another pair of pants.:(
Hi Nikki, good job on the pound gone! It's hard to be patient, but slow and steady is the best way to lose weight! Then it won't come back so easily.
Hi to everyone else, I really don't have the time to personalize a message for everyone!
Exercise 30 min....starts today...2 pauses
Crunches....starts today.....2 pauses
No beer....Day 4....No pauses (week-ends:shrug:)
Less coffee....Day 14?.....1 pause left

10-15-2007, 03:54 PM
Day 16 & 17 - Exercise - good - 0 pause left
Day 6 - count calories - pause - 1 pause left
Day 6 - count calories - good - 1 pause left

Ok, had a pause on the day we went horseback riding.

Nikki - Never heard of a workout video for horseback riding! It is kind of a workout though I guess. I did feel a little bit of muscle soreness, but it wasn't much. It was fun though and I did count it as my exercise that day.
Yes, we do get snow in Yellowstone and where we live too in June sometimes. Even had snow in July before! We just had our first snow storm in fact just 1 1/2 weeks ago, which is awful darn early! I think I live in the wrong state, I love summer and all this cold here is tough.
Good job on that weight loss! I'm using you as inspiration to get myself losing again.

Apple - I agree, I have a hard time keeping up with everyone now. But, that's ok! I'm just glad to see so many here.

Jolly - So glad to have you back! I hear you on those pants, I've gotten myself close to that point too, but hoping to reverse the trend now.

Hi to everyone else out there! Gotta run, my little one needs his nap and I need the break! :wave:

Quiet Ballerina
10-15-2007, 05:16 PM
Nikki~ I don't know how you manage all the things you have to do in your busy schedule! You may have missed it, but I had to start over on my challenge.

I thought I'd have time to write more, but I have to go pick up my brother from school.

So far on Day 3:
water: completed
pushups: completed, 3 pauses left
exercise: completed, 3 pauses left

10-15-2007, 06:02 PM
You guys are the best! I love coming here & reading everyone's news! & to think, now I'm an inspiration to someone else, ya gotta love that! Well, today I managed to make it through the huge bowl of Halloween candy right outside of my office and a Birthday Party (I took my own protein bar in lieu of cake). I found out that my ex is falling apart without me! Ok - yes, I may be evil, but I can't help derive a little bit of satisfaction from that! :devil: In celebration, I bought myself a new pair of red high heels!! :yay: Now, I'm going home and doing some more cardio! I won't have access again to the internet until tomorrow, so have a good night everyone!

10-15-2007, 10:46 PM
Hey all. Thanks for all the welcomes back :D I missed you all too. Nikki, congrats on your saves. way to go.

I am starting out small, and I hope attainable. All are level 3
1) Daily posting
2) Daily exercise
3) Daily abs at home.

I am not anywhere near mentally ready to take on a food challenge, though I know I need to. I will start all three tomorrow. Wish me luck.

have a good night all :wave:

The gramma
10-16-2007, 07:26 AM
It is what it is.
A triple whammy.
(1) Sunday-stretching-yes. Water-no.
(2) Monday-stretching-no. Water-no.
(3) I am up a pound:(

Will try to catch up tonight. If my job doesn't kill me first :dizzy:

10-16-2007, 08:31 AM
Day 11 is done! :cp:



gramma! It is not pretty....heh, did you see the post where I found your old alias?

Shy -- You're moving right along, aren't you? Good for you! :bravo:

jolly -- Best of luck! :goodluck: I'm not on a food challenge yet, not really, just writing things down. Anything is OK for now. It gets you in the right frame of mind.

Nikki -- :lol3: Yes, you ARE evil! I love it!

Quiet -- Lookin' good! :cp:

dj -- Sounds like your days are hectic, but still sounding better than before. Great going on the exercise! :strong:

Apple -- No probs on the lack of personalization. I can rarely do it these days. Thanks to the others for keeping things going. You're doing well on the coffee. I'm starting that too myself, though not making it a challenge. No beer! Wow! Good for you.

Elerine -- How you doing? :listen:

10-16-2007, 10:48 AM
Day 18 - Exercise - good - 0 pause left
Day 1 - calories @ 2000 or less - 3 pauses left

I'm replacing the count calorie challenge and replacing it with an actual calorie limit. It's time! I'm actually going to cycle the calories which is hard to state for a challenge, so I'm going to say that my calories can be no higher than 2000 a day since that will be my high calorie limit. My goal is to average 1800 for now. I know that sounds kinda high, but considering the fact that I've been eating a lot more than that lately, I think it will work for a starting point.

Red - :cp: You're more than halfway now!

Gramma - Sorry to hear it's been rough! Now, just get back on track. :coach:

Jolly - I don't consider what you're doing small! Anything that gets you going again is a big step in the right direction.

Keep up the good work everyone! :wave:

10-16-2007, 11:24 AM
Good Morning Ladies!

Day?? hmm...what day is it? :dizzy: Oh Day 14!!

Workout - done (1 pause used; 2 pauses left)
Diary Tracking - done (0 pauses used; 2 pauses left)

Well, I found out the bellydance class I want to take doesn't start next week, but the following week - I'm just a tad bummed, but at least I'm still able to get in! I also found all kinds of other classes offered through the community education program at this local high school. So, I think I'm going to take Salsa lessons too! (Quiet Ballerina - you got me thinking that with Dances with the stars). They even have golf & tennis for beginners - so, I'm considering one or the other - since they are on the weekend I think I can manage at least one of them.
Ok, so the evil with my ex died down. I went to see him in the hospital. He'd broken his foot, it became infected & he has been in there for a few days (he's ok now). I ALMOST feel guilty for being evil..but, not quite! If he hadn't been so mean to me when we broke up 6 weeks ago, it'd be different. Oh goes on!
I'm busy planning a Halloween party too! This will be our (me & my roommate's) 2nd annual party...if anyone's close to St. Augustine, FL. - you're welcome to come! It's a costume party, I'm going to be Little Bo Peep! Last year, I was the Devil, I had a mishap with my outfit & a little too much to drink & ended up flashing half the people at the party (it was an accident, I swear!), this year -part of my costume is ruffled panties, just in case any flashing goes on - I'll be prepared!
Wow - I'm rambling...sorry about that!

Quiet Ballerina - I meant to say this yesterday & somehow left it out, Good for you for starting over & not quitting...and for being honest enough with yourself (& us) to do it! :hug:

Apple Blossom - Thanks for the encouragement, I know you're right. I'm actually going into my 4th week now, so I should be happy with 8 pounds, I'm just used to dropping a lot up front. But that's ok, I'm showing progress despite the skinkin' scale, so I'm ok with it! I can totally relate to buying bigger clothes too - my closet has a few different sizes in there right now.

Djstorey - You know, I saw the horseback riding simulation workout 'thing' in the SkyMall magazine when I was flying home from D.C. a few weeks ago. There are actually a couple of different brands! There is a seat sort of thing with what looks like a saddle and apparently it moves around, the goal is to stay upright (I guess) & this works your core. I have no clue if it works, but it makes sense at least...hmmm, I guess it's kind of like a restrained mechanical bull! Hey - now there's an idea for a workout! LOL

Gramma - I'm up a pound too! I'm not stressing over it, actually that's what I get for looking before I'm due to actually weigh in! Just keep going, don't let it mess with your head! :hug:

Jollygirl - Good Luck with your challenge! I'm looking forward to hearing how your first day is going!

Shy Moment - Who me, gloat?? Oh, I would never!! LOL ;)

Red - hehe...:devil: Really, part of my problem is that I'm WAY too nice, when that little devil comes out in me, it's actually kind of amusing!

Ok, I really need to get some work done! Have a wonderful day ladies!

Apple Blossom
10-16-2007, 04:59 PM
Nikki- those dance classes sound like so much fun! I wish I had the time to do some myself. That horse thing sounds funny. I bet it costs $$$. And great job resisting candy AND cake. (we call that food porn around here to protect ourselves from develping cravings) I have a birthday party coming up on Sat and I'm not even going to TRY to resist, I'll just make it small.
DJ- I'm going to try calorie cycling too, but for the first week I'm keeping it low, just to get started.
Exercise 30 min....Day 1...2 pauses left
Crunches....starts today.....2 pauses left
No beer....Day 5....No pauses left
Less coffee....Day 15?.....1 pause left
Red, notice I've already used up my no beer pauses....:p
Hi to everyone else!

10-16-2007, 09:46 PM
Hey all. Red, after reading your post, I am adding a food related challenge to get me thinking in the right direction - daily food journal.

So, Day 1:
Worked out
Journaled food
Did abs at home
Posted here.

OK. You all have to laugh with me. I didn't do a lot of abs, because, well, my dog decided to help me. Please get a mental picture of a very overweight woman, balancing on a ball to do crunches. First, her trusty Springer tries pushing the ball with her front paws. That didn't get her the result she wanted, so she jumped up and landed right on my stomach - balancing on top of me balancing on the ball. Ringling Brothers has got nothing on us. :rofl:

Nikki, I am jealous of the dance classes. I watch Dancing with the Stars too. I love it, even though there really isn't anyone I am rooting for this year. Not like last year. I wish I could dance. I have two left feet. Unless I have been drinking, then I have three but it no longer matters :D

Have a great night all :wave:

Quiet Ballerina
10-16-2007, 10:56 PM
Day 4:
Water, completed
Crunches, completed, 3 pauses left
Exercise, pause, 2 pauses left

Nikki: I agree with jollygirl! I'm so jealous that you have an opportunity to join in on the dance classes.
Sorry I don't live closer, your party sounds like fun.

Jollygirl: my dog tries to interrupt my workouts too (although not as much as yours)! and sometimes when I exercise he just stares at me as if to say "what in the world are you doing?"

10-17-2007, 08:58 AM
I've got 12 days behind me writing my mouth intake (what goes in my mouth...hereafter referred to as MI) down.... :lol: It hasn't been pretty, not at all, and just writing it down and reviewing it makes me gasp and feel faint. :faint: Still, I'm not gasping enough to do something about it but I feel a tingle of movement in that direction. Maybe. I'm still in the dock just writing things down. Next comes taxiing phase, where I start calculating just what kind of numbers are involved in that MI... :eek: and then it'll be time for takeoff, when I actually put a limit on that number. Yikes. But, heh, how'm I supposed to get enough altitude to start cruising if I'm forever dawdling around the airport. Get this baby in the air! ...... but, for now, I'm in, shall we say, anticipation stage. Sigh.


jolly -- Wow! You mean somebody actually did something intelligent after reading something I wrote?!?!?! You made my day!! :love: Go for it, kiddo! Love the dog. :lol3:

Quiet B -- Way to go on 4! :cp:

Shy -- Nine is some kind of fine!! :bravo: I'm glad the thread is helping you! :yes:

Apple -- Good to see you again. Um, yes, I did notice the pauses on the brew, but figured you were just a come-from-behind type. You're easing off a bit, building your reserves and then going to sprint for the finish line, aren't you?

Nikki -- You're two-thirds of the way there! Wow! :cp: :spin: :cp: I'm glad you didn't get too nice after the breakup. Show 'em you're in control. And if that's you in the avatar, you are quite a stunner! Where is all this weight you're saying is to come off going to come from?!?! :dunno:

dj -- You've brave, doing the calorie count. I'm not there yet, not even calculating. I have to though. I'm getting bigger again!! :^:


The gramma
10-17-2007, 10:38 AM
So much to catch up on!

Day 7 for me? No. Day 5. I had to pause twice-is that right :?:
Me brain is as weary as me bones. :halfempty

Elerine! Where are you? :listen: Come back!:hug:

Red-You are investing some time writing all that down! I do think that maybe I am not really being honest with myself as to what is going into my mouth. You have inspired my to start today. :goodvibes It's not my challenge, but hopefully it will give me insight. :mag: I did look back at my old post. Funny, I think I have been on one big, fat pause for the past two years. :o

Quiet B-you are moving steady-keep up the good work. Every day is an accomplisment. :cheer2:

Shy-Yes~Starting over is not failing! Did ya hear that Elerine? :coach:

Nikki-LOVED St. Augustine. Went there on a girl-trip when I lived on the east coast. So pretty-spanish moss and all that stuff. How are the heels workin out for ya? ;)

Apple-What is calorie cycling?? I hope it's working for ya! :broc:

DJ-I remeber that mechanical bull thing! I saw it in Jusco dept. store when I lived in Japan. My husband and I came up with all kinds of intersing ideas of what it could possibly be used for. We saw it on display, but couldn't read any of the advrtisement, so we just speculated. LOL We eventually asked a japanese friend about it. I thought the ideas that we came up with sounded much more fun. :devil:

Jolly-3 feet-LOL-too funny! :lol::rofl::lol3:

Have a wonderful day!:grouphug:

10-17-2007, 12:40 PM
Day 15 - Today! (woohoo!) I'm going to have to add another challenge soon, I just have to decide what because this one's getting easy for me (never thought I'd be saying that!) :carrot:
Workout - Done!
Diary Tracking - Done!

Shy Moment - Good advice, that's exactly what I'm doing! ;)

Apple Blossom & Jollygirl - You guys'll have to come visit Florida sometime & we'll go dancing...after all these classes, I should be a pro! Jollygirl - my dog can't stand it when I'm working out, especially anything on the floor - she thinks I'm there to play with her, so any kind of crunches or floor work also involve big wet doggie kisses! :p

Red - Aww, shucks, thanks! LOL After the breakup - there wasn't an option to be nice...we just refused to speak to one another. It's been one of the hardest things I've ever done! Seeing him at the hospital the other night was the first time I'd seen him since our breakup. Had he not been in the hospital - with what I thought at the time was a much more serious situation, I wouldn't have gone to see him. This is the second time we have split, so I wasn't quite as devastated - but when the man you think you're going to marry breaks up with you out of the's tough! oh & trust me, the weight is there - it's just well hidden in the avatar picture!

Gramma - I LOVE St. Augustine too! I've lived here for a few years, lived in Jacksonville prior to that & Virginia before that. I don't want to go back north. I love the Florida weather (well, the hurricanes are an exception)! The red high heels? LOL I wore them to the hospital when I went to visit my ex...he even commented on them!

OHHH - did I tell you guys I won a 3 day cruise? Well, as it turns out...way back when my ex (Mark) & I were talking marriage, we were online looking at all this wedding 'stuff' - I somehow ended up entered into a contest and won a cruise! It was kind of fun (and yes, again a little evil) to tell him I won the cruise and was taking someone else! Of course...I have to lose 37 more pounds before I'll allow myself to go!

Ok - my posts are getting REALLY long lately! I must have too much free time on my hands, I don't know how that happened!! Happy Humpday everyone!!

10-17-2007, 02:01 PM
Day 19 - Exercise - good - 0 pause left
Day 2 - calories @ 2000 or less - 3 pauses left

Ok, a quick one this morning. My husband is finally home after being in Yellowstone for over a month and I've got a lot of work to do! The camp trailer is a mess and the laundry is amazing! Tomorrow we have to make a run back up there to pick up the dump truck too. He just brought home the pickup and trailer this morning. Hopefully the snow will be cleared from the roads by the time we head up the hill. We're supposed to have storms all week long and need to get the truck out of the park before they close the gates here on the west side.

Have a great day all! :wave:

10-17-2007, 04:23 PM
Djstorey - Yaay! I'm glad he's home!! :D It blows me away that I'm debating on whether or not to go to the beach and hang out tonight while you're dealing with snow! LOL Keep warm!!

Shy Moment - Yeah, telling Mark about the cruise was a great moment...he just looked at me and said, 'well, I guess I screwed that one up'...LOL - well (that among many other things)...DUH! :dizzy:

Apple Blossom
10-17-2007, 05:13 PM
Exercise 30 min....Day 2...2 pauses left
Crunches....Day 1.....2 pauses left
No beer....Day 6....No pauses left
Less coffee....Day 16?.....1 pause left

Hi everyone. I have a head ache again today, I only had 1 cup of coffee. So I'm still not there on the coffee withdrawal yet. I also think I'm not drinking enough water, but I don't want to keep track of anymore challenges. I'll just try to remember to drink more. Water.:devil:
Red: loving all of your metaphores....
Jolly: My dogs are the same. Can't get on the floor when they are around.
Gramma:Calorie cycling is when you alternate low calorie days with high ones. Well, not high, but normal. This way your body doesn't mess with your metabolism and the weight is easier to lose. In theory. I'm no expert, I've never tried it.
Hi Shy, Quiet & Nikki! Glad your husband is home again DJ!

10-17-2007, 08:37 PM
Hey all. Real quick post. I gotta grab dinner and get some stuff organized before my pup goes in to get spayed tomorrow. Fun.

Day 2
Posted (:wave: everybody)
Went to the gym (see NSV below)
Did my abs (while the pup was eating, so I was undisturbed)
Logged my food.

I had a crummy day at work, and was driving home debating between going to the gym as planned, or stopping of for some shoe shopping. After much debate (trying to find my inner Jillian, and imagining my dismay if I had to take a pause on DAY 2!!!!), I made it to the gym. Hurray!

Red, you always motivate. You rock. Nikki, evil is good. Plus, I like the goals and rewards you have listed. I need to spend time doing that again. Though, the big reward is the friend I went on my cruise with and I are seeing who can get closest to goal before next year's cruise. The winner gets snorkeling paid for by the loser.

Everyone else, Sorry for the fly by, but good to see you and keep up the fight!

Quiet Ballerina
10-17-2007, 10:34 PM
Day 5:
Water, completed
Pushups, completed, 3 pauses left
Exercise, completed, 2 pauses left

Red: Don't give up! We all have to start somewhere, and writing down what you're eating is a great starting point.

Nikki: OMG you won a cruise?! I'm so jealous. I love your idea for prizes once you reach certain goals. I should do that too.

djstorey: snow? I'm a little jealous. :( It doesn't snow here though. Too humid and not cold enough (here is Louisiana).

Apple: sometimes it helps to have a water bottle with you during the can encourage you to drink water instead of going for soda. I'm sure you've heard of those crystal light packets that you add to water? I don't like the flavor to be really strong, so I'll add one packet to three or four servings of water.

Shy: What a fun day planned! :( Not very close to me though (ha, understatement). That's my sister's birthday too... so I'll probably be eating

So...I recently got hardwood floor put down in my bedroom (I used to have carpet) and it's harder on my knees/back when I do my crunches and pushups. Can anyone recommend a good yoga mat? Preferably one that isn't too expensive.

10-17-2007, 10:56 PM
Thanks guys, I'm glad my husband is home too. Although it might be temporary. We're looking at a possible job in Boise in the winter which is even further away! If he does take it, we'll be looking at a 6 hour drive one way so we won't see each other much. The good news is that if he does do the job, the business will be set for money until next spring when local work starts up again.

Quiet - I'm jealous of you! I hate hate hate the cold! Winter and snow is ok in small doses up until Christmas, then I've had enough! By the way, I have a Hugger Mugger xtra thick yoga mat that I like. I got it from amazon.

Shy - Would love to join you, but Idaho is far away from everything! Have fun though.

Jolly - :cheer: :encore: Good job making it to the gym!

Apple - Wow! 1 cup of coffee :eek:?!?! Good job! I don't know if I could handle that one.

Nikki - If you're near a beach, enjoy the heck out of it! That's where I would like to be! I have not been to a beach since we went to Hawaii in 2005 and I miss it terribly.

Red - I feel for you! You seem to be exactly where I have been with food lately. I feel like I am just recently climbing out of that hole. Sounds to me like you're getting there yourself though. You can and will do this!

Gramma - Wow, you got me thinking about the ideas for the mechanical bull :lol: Might be fun and even burn lots of calories!

Have a great night all! :wave:

The gramma
10-18-2007, 08:48 AM
Just a quick hey-for yesterday . . .
Water done-1 pause left
Stretching done.

Have a wonderful day all!

10-18-2007, 10:39 AM
Good Morning!! I don't have much time this morning, I know you all must hate not having a 'novel' to read from me! LOL ;) Good news is, my roommate is FINALLY moving to help me get my internet fixed (long story short - I can't fix it without her, which has been holding me back), so hopefully I'll be back 'up' at home soon!

Day 16!!
Workout - Done (2 pauses left, 1 used)
Diary Tracking - Done (2 pauses left)

Ok, so I did sneak in & weigh...I need to add that to my challenge, I keep trying to make myself do it only once a week. Hmm, maybe I'll add that for tomorrow! Anyway - I lost 3 pounds! 4 more to get my spa day! :cheer:

Gotta run, have a great day everyone!!

10-18-2007, 11:06 AM
Day 20 - Exercise - good - 0 pause left
Day 3 - calories @ 2000 or less - 3 pauses left

Well, not sure how this will play out, it's my last day of exercise and I might not make it! We are getting ready to head up the hill to Yellowstone to pick up his dump truck and depending on the roads, might not be back until late this afternoon. I'm going to try to fit in something that I can call exercise, but we'll have to see I guess how it goes.

Gotta run! Have a great day all! :wave:

10-18-2007, 06:53 PM
Hey all. Ballerina, I had to laugh when I read what you wrote about the Crystal LIght packets. I had a large cup, so added two today. I thought I mixed well, but I guess not. It all sank to the bottom, and I took a sip through my straw, and it was like a Pixie Stick!!!!

Day 3: worked out, did abs, posted here (:wave:), and logged my food.

Real quick mini save. I was craving a particular ethnic food porn for lunch. Bad. But, I knew I was having much for dinner, and had already made bad food choices for the day, so made one less, and stuck with what I brought with me.

Have a great night all!

10-18-2007, 07:53 PM
Day 13 is done. I forgot my regular notebook, but got out a piece of paper and got it all down! Yeah! :)


dj -- Don't blow it now! There is so much you can count as exercise. I DON'T want to hear you didn't do something! :nono: Yeah, I'm kind of with you on the cold weather. But I just try not to think about it at all. Just pretend I can't feel. Hope the business works out for you. And, thanks for the encouragement. I think the tracking is working subtle good things into my eating habits. I've been more careful about eating some healthful food lately and I have not been pigging.

jolly -- You always have such amazing saves! :cp: Looking ahead to what you are planning is a great habit to get into. I have to do this, so I can cut down or not eat something at all. Keep up the good work!

Nikki -- Yes, it's lonely without your novels. I love long posts, as long as they're not totally self-centered and yours aren't. They're great. Thanks so much for taking the time to talk to everybody. We are entertained! :dancer: You're obviously a character! :lol: AND, besides all that, look at you on your challenge. Yowzah! :spin: Beautiful! :sunny:

gramma -- Quiet gramma. Good work! :bravo:

Quiet -- Good for you! :bravo: I will NOT give up. Thanks! :thanks:

Apple -- How are you doing? Headaches still with you? I'll bet they're from the reduced caffeine. I'm also doing less caffeine but so far so good...hmm...does that mean I'm not reducing it enough, I wonder. Don't worry about making things a challenge. I'm doing others too but don't want to be accountable for them just yet, so that's why just the food diary. Hang in there! Hope to hear from you soon.


Quiet Ballerina
10-19-2007, 12:52 AM
Just a quick post tonight, sorry.

Day 6:
water completed
crunches: completed, 3 pauses left
exercise: completed, 2 pauses left

Apple Blossom
10-19-2007, 03:39 AM
Exercise 30 min....Day 3...2 pauses left
Crunches....Day 2.....2 pauses left
No beer....Day 7....No pauses left
Less coffee....Day 17?.....1 pause left

No time, just wanted to log in...Hello everyone! Hope you got that last day of exercise in DJ!

10-19-2007, 11:30 AM
Well I seems to have fallen off the wagon for a while and so I am hoping this will get me going again.

So No D:censored:'s, no pause days. (i just can't be trusted)
No eating out for lunch at work 3 pause days.
No vending machine at work no pause days.
Under 2000 Calories 2 pause days.

10-19-2007, 11:31 AM
Day 4 - calories @ 2000 or less - 2 pauses left

Yep, gotta admit it, didn't make yesterday work. The whole Yellowstone trip took longer than expected and we ended up eating out for 2 meals! I made decent choices each time, but it was still more calories than expected. Not by much, but enough to blow today's challenge. As far as the exercise? Well, by the time we got home, unloaded, took care of kids, just didn't happen. So, today is day 1 of my new exercise challenge.

Have a great day all! :wave:

10-19-2007, 12:29 PM
Good Morning - TGIF!!

Day 17 (WOW - I can't believe it's already Day 17!)
Workout - Today's my day off, so nothing really to report - other than I sorta feel guilty for not working out this morning, so I'll probably do it when I go home anyway! (2 pauses left)
Diary Tracking - Done! (2 pauses left)

Day 1 - My new challenge: Weigh in ONLY on my designated day (Monday)!
I'm allowing myself 3 pauses because I know it'll be hard for me to do!

I got my Halloween costume last night (little bo peep)! It's SO cute and doesn't actually look bad on me. I'll have to take a picture for you guys!
So, last night I was looking through some old journals and came across one from 2 years ago. I forgot that I even had this...anyway, 2 years ago - I was 40 pounds heavier than I am now! I guess I've slowly been doing something right along the way. I suppose since it's been over a period of time and I hadn't been trying very hard, I never thought much about it.

Wow - you guys are hard to keep up with sometimes, but I'm trying!

Quiet Ballerina - You know what, I got the idea for prizes from the Body for Life book, the guy who wrote it bought himself a Lamborghini when he met his goals. I figure it's going to take me a while to get rid of 80+ pounds, so I give myself awards along the way. I also have a problem (unless it's shoes) spending much money on myself, so this is a good excuse for me to do something for me (besides getting healthy). AND - it's a lot of fun, exciting things that I keep putting off because of my weight. I guess I'm to the point now where I don't want my weight to be an excuse for anything anymore. Now...if I can just find someone to pay for all this stuff! LOL

Jollygirl - I've never been snorkeling, I LOVE the's just something I haven't done yet, but I will. One of my rewards is SCUBA lessons, so I hope when I go on the cruise I'll be able to work that in. OMG - I know how tempting shoe shopping is, I'm addicted myself! Good for you for getting past to the gym!

Djstorey - Did you find out about the job in Boise yet? I don't know how you guys manage that, I think it would make me crazy! Are you stuck in the snow? I didn't make it to the beach - but, I have a good reason! My ex (not Mark, the ex before him) & I have been seeing each other. We're better friends now than we were when we were actually dating before. Funny how that works. Anyway (sorry for rambling), he came over to do some 'handyman' stuff for me. We had dinner, watched a's nice to have good male friends, especially when you know exactly where you stand and there's no expectations :) Did you figure out a way to exercise yesterday?

Shy Moment - A can of Mountain Dew is your snack! I'm so jealous of you! LOL I can't drink it, I'd be bouncing off the walls & trust me I don't need any help! You're on day 12? Good for you! It looks like you're doing well - yaaay!!

Apple Blossom - I forgot to tell you I love it that you have no beer in your challenge! It cracks me up! How are you doing with the coffee, are you still getting headaches? Look at all the challenges you have! I just added a third, I hope I can keep up with them all!

Redballoon - LOL - I love your posts! Good job improvising with your journal - I've had to do that too since my internet access is down at home. Never fear, I'm back in full force with a new novel! You guys really have to tell me if I'm getting too wordy, otherwise - I'll ramble on forever!! At least I'm entertaining! :dizzy:

Ok - I've run out of time, I hope I haven't missed anyone! Have a great day!

:sumo: <-this little guy cracks me up!

10-20-2007, 12:40 AM
Hey all. Real quick post. I couldn't get on before, but wanted to try one more time before bed. Didn't sleep that well last night with the puppy invalid, so i really need some tonight.

I got my LSAT scores. Didn't tank, but I don't think I did well enough. I am friends with an attorney at work, and she still thinks I will, but I need to think about it :(

Day 4 - posted, logged, worked out, and did abs. I almost paused on the working out, due to time constraints, but i made it.

everyone, have a good night :wave:

10-20-2007, 07:59 AM
Ok, one more day is done! Day 14 is complete. I'm gaining weight and feeling horrible. I've been pigging again. Don't know why...pms maybe...still...I feel disgusted with myself for doing so. Next challenge is on the horizon, but for now this'll have to do. Good luck everyone. No time to write tonight. :wave:

10-20-2007, 08:40 AM
Hey all. Just need to write a bit. Those who have seen me in before know I have talked about how I struggle with never feeling quite good enough. Goes back to a childhood incident, but that I always feel like I have to be perfect, as the only way to make sure I am "good enough" and therefore ok. I am struggling right now. I want to get into law school. I knew my undergrad grads from 12 years ago were not great, and quite a bit below the average the schools accept. I was hoping my LSAT score would rock to balance it out. Now I am sitting here with both scores below the average. My friend says due to my age and work experiences that I am what law schools are looking for, despite the scores. I am looking at it by the numbers, and not only am I far from "perfect" I am below average. Who would possibly want me? That is the overriding voice I am hearing right now. "Not good enough, not wanted." Though there is a small voice saying "If you want it, go for it, and convince them you ARE what they are looking for." I just don't know what to do.

Sorry to ramble so long on stuff that isn't relevant. I just needed to put down what i was feeling (before I stuffed it down with food), and maybe get some words of wisdom.

Have a good day all :wave:

10-20-2007, 03:02 PM
Day 5 - calories @ 2000 or less - 2 pauses left
Day 1 - exercise - 3 pauses left

Jolly - I agree with Shy! Besides, you're currently in some form of management right? What kind of person would you rather have work for you? Someone who has pulled high grades or someone who, like you, has the right exerperiences and right attitude for the job? I know who I would want working for me! Go for it!!!

Gotta run! Busy weekend. :wave:

10-20-2007, 05:03 PM
Thanks guys. I needed that. You are right. I need to decide if I am going to listen to the voice of the low self esteem baggage I have been carrying around for 28 years, or pick up my power and go for it.

A NSV - despite feeling down about all of this, I did make it to the gym, and did say no to some food porn.

By the way, Day 6 - worked out, did abs, posted here, and logged food. Have a great night all. :wave:

Quiet Ballerina
10-20-2007, 10:20 PM
Sorry gang. Have been busy and haven't had a chance to post. :( and I've felt really yucky yesterday and today, so I've had to spend a chunk of my free time resting.

Nikki: What a cute Halloween costume! And that's so cool that you and your ex are hanging out again. :) :flame:

Shy: It cracks me up that you have "mountain dew time" :lol:

Jollygirl: I must have missed it, what's wrong with your puppy? I'm sorry you're disappointed by your scores. I'm afraid I don't have much advice, but I think shy and djstorey gave some great words of wisdom. :goodvibes:

Day 8
water: completed
exercise: completed, 2 pauses left
crunches: pause, 2 pauses left

10-21-2007, 10:47 AM
Good morning!

Day 19 (Today) Nothing to report yet
Day 3 (Today) Nothing to report yet

Day 18 (Yesterday)
Workout - Done
Diary Tracking - Done

Day 2 (Yesterday)
Avoiding the scale - I screwed this one up! 1 pause down - 2 left! This is hard for me, it's like an automatic response when I get up in the morning!

I went to the mall & had my hair done yesterday. It's now about 3 inches shorter (rests just below my shoulders) & is dark auburn. I like it, I needed a change! Being at the mall was a challenge! I had to walk through the food court to get to my destination. :whoo: Uggh. I came close to stopping and getting food. I actually went from place to place looking for something I could eat before I finally gave up and left! Auntie Anne's pretzels (which are one of my fav's) almost got me!!
My workouts seem to be easy to me now, so I think I'm going to switch it up a bit. My roommate has Yoga Booty Ballet, so I'm considering that or Kathy Smith's: Project You. I'll be looking at both today.
I FINALLY got internet access back at home (woohoo!), which is why I'm actually able to check in today! School starts up again this week, I've got a grant writing & ethics class this go around. Hopefully neither will be too difficult!

Jollygirl - I'm sorry your LSAT scores weren't what you expected. I agree with your friend though, it's not always about scores. You have more to offer than just numbers on a paper, you just have to decide if it's really what you want and fight for it. I hope you do, this sounds like something you want & YOU ARE GOOD ENOUGH! :hug:

redballoon - Hey, what's going on? Do you feel better today? I think we all have our moments and go through this, the important thing is to remember to jump back on the horse and keep going. I hope today's a better day for you. :hug:

djstorey - How's the new exercise challenge going?

Shy Moment I know, it's so great to see that I've actually made progress over the past couple of years! Mountain Dew time, that really does crack me up!

Quiet Ballerina - Are you feeling any better? Yeah, it's kind of cool to hang out with Russ...strange that the best thing to come from my breakup with Mark, was gaining a great friendship with Russ! Oh, my costume is great! I'm a little worried because two accessories I ordered aren't with it, one is the crinolin - it's short, I don't know if it's something I can just run out and pick up locally. I hope it gets here this week!

Obsidianbbw - Hi! How're your challenges going?

Have a great Sunday everyone!! :dust:

10-21-2007, 07:52 PM
Hey all. Nikki - cool on the hair. I like changing it up now and again myself.
Ballerina, nothing major with my dog. I just got the young girl spayed.

Day 6 - posting, logging food, and abs.
Day 5 - workout. I was up most of last night with acid reflux, and was at my folks today for birthday. I am so exhausted and still breathing funny from last night, so I did not work out. Will get back to it tomorrow.

have a good one all. :wave:

10-21-2007, 08:37 PM
A quick check in for the end of the day:

Day 19
Workout - Done (2 pauses left)
Diary Tracking - Done (2 pauses left)
Day 3
Scale Avoidance - Done! (2 pauses left)

Jolly - I see you added in rewards - good for you!!

I hope everyone had a great weekend. Tomorrow is my weigh in day & beginning of a new workout plan! :exercise: I'm hoping for a good start to my week! :dust:

10-21-2007, 08:46 PM
Hey all. :wave: Just keeping up on my challenge. Day 15 is done. Things aren't much better with the overeating, although I have started to tally the calories. It's not yet part of my challenges, but will be soon. I just have to make more time for myself. I HAVE started to cut back on coffee and am hoping that will help the fatigue and rashes I have all over my body. Anyhow, hope you're all moving along and gaining some good habits, or at least the beginnings of some, from your challenges. Later!


Quiet Ballerina
10-21-2007, 10:17 PM
Jollygirl: aww! poor thing. After we got my dog neutered, he became horribly afraid of thunderstorms. Now everytime it rains here, he hides in this pile of rags we have in the laundry room (and sometimes accidentally closes the door in the process, trapping himself inside). Poor little guy.

Red: I'm not a huge coffee drinker so I might not be much help, but just try to slowly cut back. If you normally drink 4 cups a day (just making up a number here) cut it down to 3 and a half. Stick with that for a few days, then cut it down to 3 cups for a few days. keep at it until you're drinking the amount you want to be drinking.

Nikki: Hope you get the items you need for your costume in time. I'm feeling a little bit better today, but it's frustrating because I wanted to get some stuff done on my day off, and I spent most of it resting instead.

On a better note: I refused to have to take another pause so early in the game on this challenge, so I forced myself to do my workout and pushups. I'm excited cause I finally got my hip hop abs DVD yesterday, and I tried out the 'Fat burning cardio' portion of it today. I might have looked like a spaz doing it, but it was fun and I feel like it was doing something. :)

How is it going for everyone else? Shy? Apple? Obie? djstorey? Anyone else i'm missing?

Day 9:
water, completed
pushups, completed, 2 pauses left
exercise, completed, 2 pauses left

10-22-2007, 08:59 AM
Hi all. Will do a real post tonight, but just had to say I did not turn one bad choice into a run of bad choices. I did go to the gym this morning first thing and worked out. Yeah.

Have a great day all :wave:

10-22-2007, 11:05 AM
Day 6 & 7 - calories @ 2000 or less - 2 pauses left
Day 2 & 3 - exercise - 3 pauses left

Well, made it through the weekend. Calories came awful close though and I might not have kept my average calorie count for the week at what I wanted. I'll have to do the math and see.

Nikki - Let me know what you think about Project You if you get it. That's one that I have thought of myself.

Jolly - Good going on the gym!

Shy - 8 hours of walking around the zoo definitely works! Fun too!

Quiet - Glad to hear you liked your new workout! If you can find something you actually like, that's great.

Red - You're getting there. A little at a time will add up!

Gotta run. Kids are off to school and I finally get a shower! :wave:

10-22-2007, 11:23 AM
Good Morning - Happy Monday!

Day 20!
Workout - Not yet!
Diary Tracking - Done!
Day 4
Scale Avoidance - It's actually my weigh in day, so I got a freebie! I lost 3.5 pounds last week! Woohoo!

It's gloomy & humid here this morning. Yuk! I really didn't want to get out of bed, let alone workout. My body is SORE from the double workouts I did over the weekend. So, I'm just doing cardio today. I think I'm going to do Yoga Booty Ballet, but I'm starting it with my new challenge (Wednesday). I'm not sure yet though - haven't been able to watch Kathy Smith's Project You yet to see what kind of a workout that is. I like Kathy Smith a lot, so I could very well switch it over. I've been mopey the past couple of days, maybe I'm pms'ing? I was thinking a lot about my ex (Mark) & actually had a missed call from him last night. Then he sent me a friend request on myspace. Hmm...not sure what he's up to! But, now I'm thinking a lot about winning a million dollars - if it worked on Mark, maybe it'll work with money too! LOL
Work is calling me...I'll write more later & I promise it won't be all about me! I hope you're all doing well, have a great day!!

10-22-2007, 05:17 PM
So I am Day 3 of everything and I am pretty sure

I am going to have to use a pause day for under 2000 calories since I am at 1740 and still need to eat dinner, but we'll see

So I was on my way to the vending machine, had stuck the money in and was about to select my usual treat when I thought hey....something isn't right. I remembered i had joined the challenge and I was going to have to post here that I didn't do so well early on. So I pushed the change button and walked away. :carrot:

I still want something, but I think it is just a a habit and I am not going to give in. I am off to suck down some water.

10-22-2007, 05:48 PM
Yaay - almost time for me to go home!!

Obsidianbbw - I love that this challenge made you stop in your tracks, that's awesome! Good for you! :goodvibes

Shy Moment - I know! I can't believe my first challenge is almost over - yaaay!! I have to make it more difficult this time...though, I have to admit the scale avoidance will be hard! Yeah, and I'm a little nervous about the ex, it's too early for me to be friends with him...not sure what game he's playing, but I guess I opened myself up for it by visiting him in the hospital...of course I thought he was A LOT worse off. Oh well, we'll see what happens.

Djstorey - I'm gonna look at the Kathy Smith program tonight so I can make a decision on which one I want to start Wednesday. We have YBB & Kathy Smith - somewhere we have Turbo Jam too, which is what I wanted to start, but I can't seem to find it...that's ok, I have plenty of time and plenty to lose - I'll come across it eventually! I'm a believer in changing up your exercise routine so you don't get bored & your muscles don't get used to it and send you into plateau.

Quiet Ballerina - I'm glad you're feeling better. I know I'm probably preaching to the choir, but be careful not to push yourself too hard while your sick. ;)

redballoon - I'm sorry you're still having a hard time. I think tracking my food is like second nature to me now. I use & since I've been using it for a while, I really like being able to go back into my history and see the reports that show my progress. I guess I'm a visual person - anything like that helps motivate me along. If you haven't tried it, maybe you should consider it - it's free :)

Ok - time for me to go home, I'm sorry if I missed anyone. Have a great night!

10-22-2007, 09:57 PM
Hey everyone. Not much new here to report. I did send in my transcript requests, and got one letter of recommendation. I am going to complete one application this Saturday, and one next Saturday after I go to the admission seminar. Then - wait for months.

Day 8: Daily log, daily abs, daily food logging
Day 7: Daily exercise

Have a great night all :wave:

10-22-2007, 10:04 PM
Thanks, all, for your comments. Still too busy for writing... :^: Day 16 is done! :dance: Good luck all! :goodluck:

The gramma
10-22-2007, 10:47 PM
Stretchin . . . do over. :faint:
Water . . . do over. :faint:

Have been out of town. Will catch up on my next day off-Wednesday.

Keep up the good work everybody.

Apple Blossom
10-23-2007, 04:47 AM
Exercise 30 min.....Start over:(
No Beer......Day 11, no pauses left
Crunches.....Day 5, 1 pause left
Less coffee......Done!!
Sorry, it's really late and I need to go to bed! Just wanted to up date!

10-23-2007, 10:53 AM
Day 8 - calories @ 2000 or less - 2 pauses left
Day 4 - exercise - 3 pauses left

Well, had a 1 pound loss this last week. I know that those days where I blew it slowed me down, but I'll take the pound.

Apple - Hope to hear more from you soon!

Hi Gramma!

Nikki - Yeah, I believe in changing up the exercise too. My biggest problem is that I have one favorite, stepping, that I do too often. I've been looking at making some changes, just have not found exactly what I want to do!
I agree with Shy about your ex. Make sure you remember WHY you broke up before you find yourself going back.

Shy - Yeah, I'm probably my toughest critic. I think one of the reasons why I'm so tough on myself is that I already lost so much weight. My ticker doesn't tell you the whole story. I lost 90 pounds and gained back 15! It's very frustrating knowing that I can and have done this before and here I am, fighting it!

Hi Obsidian, Jolly and Red!

My little one just woke up, gotta run! :wave:

10-23-2007, 12:46 PM
Day 21
Workout - Done
Diary Tracking - Done

Day 5
Scale Avoidance - So far so good!

I'm in a rotten mood today! This morning my roommate decided she's going to start do YBB, the plan I was going to start...which would be fine if we didn't workout at the same time (there's just not enough room for both of us to do it together). So, I guess I won't be doing YBB! Which is actually ok, I was thinking to do the Kathy Smith one anyway.
Work is BUSY! Did I tell you guys I work at the Red Cross? We're recruiting a ton of folks to go to California to support the fire response going on in San Diego. SO...I've gotta get back to it!
Have a great day!

Quiet Ballerina
10-23-2007, 04:43 PM
Day 10:
water completed
crunches completed, 2 pauses left
exercise completed, 2 pauses left

Day 11:
water: not yet completed (will by tonight though)
pushups completed, 2 pauses left
exercise completed, 2 pauses left

djstorey: good job on the calories! I agree with shy, don't be too hard on yourself.

obie: great job staying away from the vending machine!

nikki: I wasn't "sick" sick. I just had really bad cramps. (i guess i'm too used to being around guys where you have to just explain it as being 'sick' haha) Let me know if you find turbo jam....i'm thinking about getting it and i'd like to hear feedback about it.

gramma: keep at it! We all have days when we have to start over.

I've got to go to work now. but I'll talk to y'all later!

10-23-2007, 05:02 PM
Hi everyone

Shy moment I started out with Leslie, hope you enjoy

Day 4-So No D's, no pause days. (i just can't be trusted)
Day 3 (used one pause day)-No eating out for lunch at work 3 pause days/2 left.
Day 4 No vending machine at work no pause days.
Day 3 (used one pause day) Under 2000 Calories 2 pause days. 1 left

I ate well yesterday but by the time I got home and ate dinner I was over the 2000 mark so using a pause day and I went out to lunch with my girlfriend today which we do once a week or so which is why built in the pause days. Everything else is on track.

After all the turmoil from yesterday I did better planning so the D :censored: and vending machine don't seem to be a temptation.

Hope everything else is going ok

10-23-2007, 06:00 PM
Quiet - If you like dancing, then you'll probably like turbo jam. It's very popular! However, if you have knee problems be careful. I can do tj, but have to be extra cautious about the moves or my knee hurts. Personally, I prefer less dancy stuff and only did my tj workouts a few times and have never gone back. I just prefer the more athletic type workouts I guess.

Good job on the challenges!

Obsidian - You're rolling right along. Keep up the good work!

10-23-2007, 09:22 PM
Hi all. Not a good report day. I can blame it on another bout of acid reflux last night and PMS cramps, but basically I was just lazy, and did not go to the gym tonight. :( Pause day for that. Rest was ok I guess. I made a bad snack choice, but passed on extra food porn for dinner. So eating was a wash.

Here's to a better day tomorrow, and better choices. I am off to watch Biggest Loser, while finishing off my food porn snack.

I don't believe I just typed that.


10-24-2007, 01:31 AM
Hi all. Not a good report day. I can blame it on another bout of acid reflux last night and PMS cramps, but basically I was just lazy, and did not go to the gym tonight. :( Pause day for that. Rest was ok I guess. I made a bad snack choice, but passed on extra food porn for dinner. So eating was a wash.

Here's to a better day tomorrow, and better choices. I am off to watch Biggest Loser, while finishing off my food porn snack.

I don't believe I just typed that.



nothing much going on here.....

The gramma
10-24-2007, 10:33 AM
My "Do-Over":^:
I am just going to do 1 challenge. I can average enough water through the week but I really need motivation for the stretching.

So today is Day 1 with 3 pauses.

Apple-you are moving right along-Thank goodness for "do-overs" eh?;)

Dj!-Hey girl. I am glad you are here. Not easy to relive the experience but there must be something for us to learn in the journey. Congrats on the loss!! :cp:

Hey shy. I need your energy. You are doing great on your exercise!:flow1:

Nikki! Day 21??? That is wonderful!! I know you are under a lot of stress. I hope your load lightens soon.:angel:

Quiet-The older I get, the "sicker" I get. :barf:Can't wait for menopause! You are 2/3 there girl! Keep going!

Obsi-Nice to meet you! You have a lot of challenges. I think I am not organized enough for even two. Maybe I will just do one starting today. Keep it up!!

Jolly-Sorry for the rough day. Be kind to yourself. I'ts ok.:hug:

Red-thinking about you far, far away.:spin:

10-24-2007, 01:40 PM
Day 9 - calories @ 2000 or less - 2 pauses left
Day 5 - exercise - 3 pauses left

Well, my knee has been bothering me a lot lately, but I love my step aerobics and kept going anyway. Probably wasn't the smartest idea, but, I really do enjoy my workouts and I always have that fear that if I take a break, that I'll lose the "habit" of working out! Finally though, I have decided I need to let my knee heal and talked my husband into letting me buy a stationary bike. Ended up coming home with a spinning bike. Now, I can keep working out, but give my knee a break since bikes cause less knee strain. Hopefully I can be back on my step in time.

Gramma - Glad to see you get going again. Sometimes 1 challenge is plenty!

Gotta run! :wave:

10-24-2007, 03:32 PM
Hi Ladies,

Day 1 - New Challenges:
Continue Working out 6 days a week (done for today) 1 pause
Continue Recording in my food diary (done for today) 1 pause
Honestly, I'm not sure what else to add to this right now. Since I'm switching up programs I'm not sure exactly what the challenges will, I'm reserving the right to modify this if necessary!

Day - Scale Avoidance
Well, I had to use one of my 2 pauses left because I'm starting a new program & part of it is weighing/measuring all over. So, I'm down to 1 pause on this.

My life is really chaotic right now. Work is insanely busy, as you can imagine. I've sent about 20 volunteers to San Diego, which probably doesn't sound like much, but it takes a lot of work to coordinate all this & do my regular stuff as well. I found out last night my cousin isn't doing very well. He was accidentally shot a few weeks ago. Because it hit near his spine, they were afraid it affected his nervous system and not sure if he would walk again. Yesterday he was taken back to the hospital, I don't know all the details but his kidneys were failing. They had him in surgery to remove his legs, not sure if he'd make it through the surgery. He did, now they aren't sure if he'll make it through the next few days. I'm so stunned by all this and I've been too busy to really think about it, it really doesn't make much sense to me. I know when I leave and have a few minutes to myself I'm going to fall apart. I'm sorry, I don't have time to write more right now. I hope you're all doing well. I'll write more when I get time...

10-24-2007, 08:57 PM
Hey all. Well, bad food choices again today, but did meet all of my challenges. Even did the dreaded weights this morning Red. I think of you every time I do them, and wish I could love them like you do.

Nikki, you are in my thoughts. I hope for the best for your cousin.

Everyone else, keep up the work. Take care of yourselves. Have a super evening. :wave:

10-24-2007, 09:50 PM
Hey ya'll! I'm a brand new memeber and just ran across this challenge. Next week I am starting WW's at work, but I've been dieting on my own for about a month. I have also been walking most days for the last month. I know this is late in the challenge, but I'm going to try to walk 2 miles every day for the next 21 days. Only problem is I have class on Tuesday nights - 4 hours after work, so I have absolutely no time to excercise. So does that make me a level 3? With 3 pauses? Great site and all of you guys are amazing!!

10-24-2007, 10:00 PM
:welcome3: beachlvr! Glad to have you here. I would just declare a level 3 myself. I usually workout 6 days a week and just count the 1 day off as a pause, or I'll try to do something little and quick to count as exercise to save a pause. Whatever works for you. Good luck with your challenge!

Nikki - You and your family are in our thoughts. Take care!

Good going Jolly! I must admit, I'm not a fan of weights myself.

The gramma
10-24-2007, 11:00 PM
Stretchin done :sumo:

10-25-2007, 01:54 PM
DJ and Shy, Thanks for the info and suggestions! :)

10-25-2007, 06:01 PM
Day 18 is done....I'm not doing so well though. Had to even take a day off yesterday. Work is just getting me too exhausted and too depressed.

Nikki, I'm so sorry to hear life is awful for you now. I cannot believe the horror your cousin is going through. It does put some things in perspective for me. What little I have, I'm sending you strength and hoping for the best for your cousin. Please hang in there and know that we are pulling for him and you.

10-25-2007, 10:20 PM
Hi all. Real quick post. I was up 3 hours last night with acid reflux, so I am exhausted. I did work out, and I did do my abs, so all challenges met for the day.

Keep up the good work everyone :wave:

10-25-2007, 11:56 PM
Hey Guys - just a quick check in and I'm off to bed. I'm beat! Work is still insane & one of my volunteers in CA has gone missing (I'm hoping it's just a miscommunication), had class tonight, I did manage to get signed up for the dance classes and tennis class today. I haven't heard anything back about my cousin, as of this morning things were the same. My Mom sent me an email about an Aunt that has been diagnosed with cancer. I think I'm going to hide in a cave for a while. Oh - and nothing from the ex, don't know exactly what he was doing, but he's not made any other 'moves' - which right now is probably a good thing. Thanks for your support guys. I've actually been on and off the site a few times today, but haven't had time to write - but, I appreciate all the support.
Challenge 3 - Day 3 I think
Workout - done
Diary tracking - done

Challenge 2 - I don't know what day I'm on! I'll figure it out tomorrow.
Scale avoidance - done

Keep up the great work you guys - the weekend is coming, hopefully I'll have time to catch up then.

The gramma
10-26-2007, 07:49 AM
No wonder we struggle with gaining control when so much of our lives is uncontrolable.:(

Thinking about you all and wishing for more gentle days ahead for you.

yesterday . . .
day 2 done. :sumo::sumo:
3 pauses left

10-26-2007, 10:25 PM
Hey all. Promise to spend more time typing tomorrow. All challenges met for today.

Nikki, before I forget again, :cp: :cp: to you. The job you do is amazing, and thank you. I hope you hear from your volunteer soon, though, so you don't have that worry. Good luck with your aunt, I am dealing with a similar situation. take care.

Everyone, have a wonderful weekend, and take care of yourselves. You are all worth it.

10-26-2007, 11:45 PM
Day 13 - calories @ 2000 or less - 1 pause left
Day 8 - exercise - 3 pauses left

Just a quick catch-up. Took a pause day today. Just a crazy, busy day. I could try to go back and re-create what I ate, but I am just too tired to think and will probably miss things.

I'll try to catch up with you all tomorrow. :wave:

10-27-2007, 09:08 AM
It's the end of Day 20. I will call them both good, yesterday and today, though yesterday was kind of a blur at the end because of yet another farewell party. Too many people leaving. :(
I just keep gaining weight. Too much eating. Too much drinking. It's so depressing. I am going to try to make a comeback in November, however, really turn things around again.
I'm wondering if I shouldn't stop just focusing on my weight, but focus on changing my life instead, changing my everyday routine, whether it's with eating or exercise or whatever. My life is in a total rut! :mad:
Ok, here's the plan. In addition to some food diary and possible calorie computation... :^: I am thinking perhaps what I need to do is DO SOMETHING NEW EVERY DAY. It can be small. It can be cleaning or reading a different paper or simply writing to a different person than I normally do. But I will do something different or new from my normal routine. Starting tomorrow, Sunday, Oct. 28. Here goes! :yes:


dj -- Crazy day, eh? Yeah, know how you feel. But look at you, on Day 13 already! :cp:

Shy -- You're almost done! Wow! :bravo: And I do love your Mountain Dew time! :lol: And thanks for telling beachluvr how the challenge works. You people are my angels!

jolly -- You're doing well too. You too, have a great weekend!

gramma -- Thanks for the wishes of gentle days. That IS a nice wish. :thanks: And what a wonderful colorful post! Yes, I am far away, aren't I? Thanks for the hello over all the miles.

Nikki -- How are you doing? A big hand to you for sticking with your challenges and keeping some semblance of order in your life. That must take a huge amount of effort, courage and determination! You are one strong woman! :strong:

beachluvr -- A belated welcome! :welcome2: Hope to see lots of you. Best of luck with your challenge! :running:

Apple, Obsidian, Quiet where are you? :listen:


The gramma
10-27-2007, 10:58 AM
Took a pause yesterday.
Day 3 today.
Stretching done.
Have a wnderful day all.:D

10-27-2007, 10:59 AM
Thanks Red, I appreciate the support, from all of you! I have never found a tool like 3FC before, I think it's amazing.

Jolly, I see you want to be "inked" for one of your rewards! That's awesome, what do you have in mind, if you don't mind me asking?

Oh! Day 4 of challenge met! I walked this morning, althought it was a little uncomfortable. The bottom of my feet are getting very irritated. I have good supportive shoes, and I've been doing this over a month. Can you get calluses on your feet from walking? And no, it's not athletes foot! :)

It'll be another challenging day. My Granddaddy's 90th birthday! Lots of cake and ice cream! Then the GA-FL game. Ohhh the GA-FL game!! :crossed:


10-28-2007, 12:41 AM
Hey all. Busy day here too. Got together with my two girlfriends. Found out my 11 year old honorary niece is pimping for her auntie - trying to hook me up with her friend's dad :rofl: What a hoot.

Beachlvr - I have always wanted to get a tiger on my hip or thigh. Just a me thing.

Day 13 - daily log, daily food journal, daily abs all complete
Day 11 - daily workout complete.

Have a good night all :wave:

10-28-2007, 08:19 PM
I try. That's where I came up with my name. Cuz' all fat people are jolly. Ho frigging Ho.

Seriously though, it WAS funny.

I was having a cave dwell kind of day. Curled up on the couch with the dogs and flipped between horror movies and HGTV all day. Did not get my law school app done. But I did make the right decision and went to the gym, and did my abs, so all challenges met for the day. Woo hoo.

Hope everyone had a good weekend :wave:

Quiet Ballerina
10-28-2007, 09:48 PM
This sucks. I have to start over on my challenges. Last weekend I had horrible cramps. This weekend? I caught an awful cold. I've been in bed pretty much all day yesterday and today.
I'm going to wait until I'm back to being 100% me before I start my challenge...cause I'm still sick. I've gone through a box and a half of kleenex since Saturday morning.

Nikki: I am so sorry to hear about your cousin and your aunt! Please keep us updated. You're in my thoughts and prayers.

10-29-2007, 12:31 PM
Good Morning Ladies,

Challenge #3 Day 6
Workout - Done
Diary Tracking - Done

Challenge #2 Scale Avoidance...I'm going to have to start over on this one. I'll start tomorrow, since Monday is my weigh in day.

Nothing new with my cousin. I'm almost scared to call for an update. Thanks for all your support.
The weekend was tough with the Halloween party. I spen all day Saturday decorating and getting ready (which could probably be counted as a workout alone with all the ladder and stair climbing I did). Then all the food Saturday night - actually I did pretty good with what I ate. I just ran out of time to workout and track. Yesterday, was spent cleaning and recovering. The party went pretty well. I'll post some pictures up as soon as I get a chance.

Quiet - Sorry you're feeling down, hope you're feeling better soon!
I'm sorry guys, I don't have a lot of time to write more now - I'll get back later...I'm thinking of you all!!

10-29-2007, 03:50 PM
Day 15 - calories @ 2000 or less - 1 pause left
Day 10 - exercise - 3 pauses left

Wow, I'm having a hard time keeping up with posting lately. I've got another really busy week ahead too with halloween and some school funtions for the kids. I'll try to catch up with you all soon. :wave:

10-29-2007, 09:57 PM
Quiet - hope you feel better soon. DJ, hope you are taking time for you in all of that. Everyone else, let's keep plugging away.

Day 15 - daily posting, daily food journal, daily abs
Day 13 - daily workout

Have a good one all :wave:

10-30-2007, 10:42 AM
Day 15 - calories @ 2000 or less - 0 pause left
Day 10 - exercise - 2 pauses left

Well, took my last pause yesterday on the calories. The day just never seemed to slow down! The good news was that I did get all my stuff done yesterday. Wasn't sure I'd pull it off.

Jolly - Yeah, I'm pretty good at finding time for myself. I get early and enjoy the quiet before the 3 kids get up and I'll sit and have a cup of tea at night when my little one goes down for the night. I so look forward to those moments!

Shy - It can be hard to get in all food groups sometimes, however, serving sizes are usually smaller than people realize so make sure you know the recommended sizes. I get in my grains through my whole grain breakfast cereals usually such as kashi or oatmeal. I will spinkle whole oats on yogurt and I also use whole grain/high fiber crackers for a snack. Those couple of things added to some kind of grain at lunch or dinner gives me plenty.

Nikki - Despite the stress, you're doing great keeping up with us and your challenges!

Quiet - Hope things are going better for you!

Have a great day everyone! :wave:

10-30-2007, 11:17 AM
sorry I haven't posted in a while, went away for the weekend so for the good news and the bad news

Day 7-So No D's, no pause days. (i just can't be trusted)
Day 6 (used one pause day)-No eating out for lunch at work 3 pause days/1 left.
Day 7 No vending machine at work no pause days.

I was able to stick to everything except the eating out for lunch, but I am ok with that. I'm broke this week so less of a threat and i am broke because I used my debit card to buy food and just went a lil crazy so.....

day 1 No buying food with my debit card except grocery shopping no pause days

The calorie thing was blown out of the water so have to restart that one and changing it to give me a little more wiggle room

Day 1 (used one pause day) Under 2200 Calories 2 pause days. 2 left

10-30-2007, 11:22 AM
Shy - Have you gone to ? It gives you tips on how much of each food group you need and what is equivelent to the serving size.

10-30-2007, 05:26 PM
Hello Ladies!

Challenge # 3 Day 7 (already)
Workout - done
Diary tracking - done

Busy - Busy!! I have a feeling I'm not gonna have time to post much until the weekend with all that's going on. My cousin sorta came to for a bit yesterday - but had no clue his legs were gone, they re-sedated him. I don't know how long that's going to last. I was told that if he recovers, he'll be in the hospital at least a month! No news on my Aunt. Keep praying guys! I had my first salsa lesson last night - lots of fun! Of course, I look like an Amazon compared to everyone else - that won't get better once I start wearing heels! I'm not THAT tall, everyone else is just short! I hope you guys are all doing well - I'm sorry I don't have more time to catch up with you, but I am thinking of you all!!

I promised some pics from the Halloween Party, there are 2 of me alone, 1 with me & Russ (the ex twice removed that I've been hanging with) & another of Russ alone - I couldn't resist, he looks really good! BTW - he's lost 70 lbs in the past year!! I think I've talked him into being my coach...more on that later!

10-30-2007, 07:28 PM
starting this challenge today
1.) veggies=2.5 cups, fruit= 1.5 cups: milk=3 cups: grains=3 ounces, meat and beans= 5 ounces
2.) daily food diary
3.) Exercise
cardio=30 minutes per day-4 pause days
for bone health-5000 steps per day

Rennie--have you thought about whole grain breads and pasta's

10-30-2007, 10:12 PM
Hey all. Took my last pause on the daily workouts. To be honest, my "give a darn" was busted. Almost decided to pause on everything, but did my abs quick, and here i am.

Have a good night all :wave:

Quiet Ballerina
10-30-2007, 11:50 PM
Everyone seems to be doing good on their challenges. Great job y'all!

I'm still working on getting over the cold. My nose is all stuffed up.
Hope everyone has a great Halloween tomorrow!

10-31-2007, 08:53 AM
Heh, all, I DID finish my challenge the other day, keeping the food diary. Yeah!! :cp: :cp: :cp:

Love the pics Nikki! Looks like fun!! :lol: :spid: :haphal: :spid:

Everyone, best of luck! I'll try to get in and post soon. :wave:

The gramma
10-31-2007, 08:54 AM
I have only been at this for 8 days and have already taken two pauses-How will I ever make it? :?:

Day 6-1 pause left.

Looks like most everyone else has found a good rhythm.
Keep it up!

The gramma
10-31-2007, 04:18 PM
CJ-good healthy choices-you will do it!
Jolly-way to save the day-good strong choice to do the abs!
Quiet-I am sorry you are under the weather-keep up the fluids! It wiw make da code in yo dose feew bedda.
Red-you are the MAN-way to go! Thinkin 'bout-cha.
Shy-awesome! 21 days! Also . . . Thank you. I am going to re-evaluate. It is not that what I need to do is "hard." We are talking 'stretching' here. However, I do think my work schedule is throwing a cramp into the "every-day" challenge. Maybe every day is not reasonable for me. Maybe I need to be happy with accomplishing my challenge on my days off. Then I won't be setting myself up for failure. I will think it over.
I'm glad your pressure & fluid issues are doing good-Are you ok? Did I miss a post?

10-31-2007, 04:33 PM
Day 16 - calories @ 2000 or less - 0 pause left
Day 11 - exercise - 2 pauses left

Just a another quick catch-up. Have a great day :wave:

10-31-2007, 11:11 PM
Hey all. To all of you dealing with the stuffy head aching sniffling sneezes - I am with you. My summertime allergies are getting ready to switch to my winter cold. It never ends. If only I had bought stock in Benadryl.

I went to the Y and did a cardio fusion class tonight with a co-worker. Butt kicking! Now, if only I can remember next week that this was supposed to be an EXTRA workout, not my only workout.

Day 17: daily posts, daily abs at home (I did a quick set despite the evening workout class), and daily food journal.

Day 14: daily workout

I need to get moving on my applications. My boss shared with me the letter of recommendation she is submitting for my law school applications. I was very touched. It is hard for me to come up with positive stuff about myself, and what she wrote was awesome.

Have a good night all:wave:

10-31-2007, 11:37 PM
Hi All!
7th day of walking two miles. I had to take a pause Sunday because the blisters on my feet were so bad. But Monday I sucked it up, slapped some Baind-Aid blister cushions on my puppies, and got back to it. Can't believe I'm 1/3 the way through! Oh, and I lost 3 lbs this week!! woo hoo!!
Hope everyone is doing well!

11-01-2007, 11:50 AM
Good Morning!

Day 9 - Today
Workout - Done
Diary Tracking - done

Day 8
Workout - Done
Diary Tracking - done

Just a quick drop in to let you guys know I'm still here...just swamped! I'll do my best to catch up with everyone this weekend. I'm doing well, I met my first goal of 15 pounds today! :carrot:
My cousin came to again for a bit yesterday and was told everything that was going on. He's has an amazing attitude and unfaltering faith...just taking it a day at a time. We're all still praying and hoping things get better. It seems like they are, he may even regain use of his kidneys in the future.
Ok..gotta get back to work. I hope you all had a wonderful (candyless) Halloween!! :devil: Take care my friends!

11-01-2007, 12:34 PM
Day 17 - calories @ 2000 or less - 0 pause left
Day 12 - exercise - 2 pauses left

Well, made it through Halloween within my calorie range and even have another loss of 1.5 lb! The scale is finally moving in the right direction once again.

Nikki - :woohoo: 15 pounds! Enjoy that well deserved spa day! Glad to hear you had some better news about your cousin.

beachluvr - :cheer2: Congrats are in order for you too! 3 pounds in a week is awesome.

Hi Shy, Jolly, Gramma & Red!

Once again, gotta run!

The gramma
11-01-2007, 04:04 PM
OK, I think instead of freaking myself out, I will take shy's suggestion. I will start over with something I can do every day. However, I am not sure what that is yet. It might be easier to take something away than to add something to my schedule. So I am going to take some time to think it over. I will check in and say hello once in a while until I do.
Keep up the good work all!

11-01-2007, 09:07 PM
Congrats on the losses, Beachlvr and Nikki. Shy, thanks for the kind words.
A big HELLO to everyone else.

Still in a funk today, but did meet my challenges. That's about all I got right now. Take care everyone. Until tomorrow . . .

11-01-2007, 11:28 PM
Evening all!

Niki, congrat's on the 15 lbs! That is awesome! I'm sorry to her about your cousin. He'll be in my prayers.

Took a pause today, had school and a presentation. Next week I'll be half way done with school, which I am soo excited about!

Hope everyone is doing well!

11-02-2007, 10:46 AM

Day 10
Workout - Done
Diary Tracking - Done

Good Morning! I have a little bit of time this morning to catch up, woohoo! This week I have been doing the Kathy Smith: Project You workout, while I'm waiting for Turbo Jam to arrive. I've always liked Kathy Smith & it's pretty much what I expected. The cardio is a good workout, not super challenging - but it gets your heart rate up and keeps you moving. The pilates segment was tough & yoga was really good. I mentioned earlier that I have a coach now. Well, here's how it works - when I got TJ, Beach Body (they are the company that puts out TJ, Kathy Smith's workouts, Yoga Booty Ballet…) has a site with support (coaches), info and forums that you can join - so, I worked it out that my friend (Russ - the Spartan) is now my coach! It's not much different than what it was before, because he was already helping me - I'm just more involved in the community and take part in what they call WOWY (work out with you) - which means you log in when you're working out & so do other people that are working out at the same time. You can see who else is dragging their butts out of bed at 6am - it does kind of help motivate you when you see all these other people doing it too. Ok, moving on (aren't you glad I don't always have time to write like this!)...I've been struggling with my diet. I don't mean that I've been eating wrong - I'm sticking to the plan, but I've been waking up in the middle of the night hungry. I'm good - I don't do the midnight munchy thing...but, I've gotta figure out how to work around that. No news on my cousin or Aunt today. School is going well, I have interesting classes right now, Ethics & Grant Writing. Oh & for the inquiring mind, I never did hear back from the ex (Mark), which is probably for the best!

Beachluvr79 – Sorry I haven’t properly welcomed you! I’m glad to see you here, it looks like you’re doing well on your challenges! I can SO relate to you on school…it’s taken me way too long to get back & finish up, I have a year and a half left at the end of this semester. :book2:

Shy – You’re funny! What plan are you doing? I haven’t even begun to look at sodium yet…I started tracking it on fitday, but since I’ve never really had a problem with adding in salt or high blood pressure, I figured I’d tackle the obvious first and move my way down the list. It’s surprising when you start looking at it, isn’t it? I never realized how much sodium was in some of the stuff I love!

Quiet – Where are you? Are you feeling better? :?:

Red – Congrats on completing your challenge! :yay:

Djstorey – Congrats on the weight loss & making it through Halloween unscathed!!

Gramma – Did you come up with a new plan? It’s hard with all that we have going on to find the right balance. I think you’re right though, taking a step back to re-evaluate to figure out what will work for you. No sense setting yourself up for failure. Baby steps!! :hug:

Jollygirl – Yeah!! I guess then that you made the decision to pursue law school? Maybe I missed that post somewhere. I’m so proud of you! That’s great that your boss gave you a recommendation letter, it’s always nice to hear good things about yourself! My allergies have been kicking my butt too…uggh. Hopefully, it’ll pass soon!

Ok, I think I’m caught up. I’m sorry if I left anyone out. Have a great weekend, I’ll be thinking of you!! :dust:

11-02-2007, 06:56 PM
Day 18 - calories @ 2000 or less - 0 pause left
Day 13 - exercise - 2 pauses left

Another day done! I talked myself into doing yoga today and find myself actually feeling guilty. I told myself I was going to add yoga in 1 day each week, but I'm so used to workouts that get my heart rate up and burning lots of calories that when I do yoga, it doesn't seem like I'm doing enough. I do really need to work on my flexibility though, so I'm going to keep talking myself into doing it at least once a week.

Shy - I like that, "The Rennie Plan". Guess I kind of have my own plan too. Borrowed an idea from here and there and turned it into my plan. I do agree with you on that whole sodium thing. It's very hard to keep the levels down! I count my calories on fitday and am always surprised at my sodium intake. Luckily my blood pressure is really good so I haven't worried too much.

Nikki - Glad to hear things are going a little better for you! So you got the Kathy Smith Project You. What do you really think? I do like intense workouts though, so I'm not sure about that part. Let me know when you have time.

Hi beachluvr, jolly & gramma! Hope all is well.


11-02-2007, 06:58 PM
Hey all. Shy and Nikki - I KNOW I need to kick the sodium habit too. However, I also figured I would worry about the overeating, stress eating, junk eating first. Give myself the salt as a weakness and tackle that last.

I thought i was going to have to restart my daily workout challenge. I just wasn't feeling it this morning. I was supposed to work a second shift tonight at one of my programs, so came home to take care of the dogs. I decided to grab my gym bag, in case I got out of work early. Ended up they didn't need me, so I did go to the gym. I didn't work out very hard, I'll admit, but i went.

So, Day 19 - daily logging, daily posting, daily abs
Day 16 - daily workouts.

Have a great night all :wave:

Quiet Ballerina
11-02-2007, 11:42 PM
I've been lurking. I'm at the last stages of my cold (even when I do everything right to get better, it takes me a week to go through a cold) so I'm just coughing. I'm thinking about what I want my challenges to be, because with the upcoming holidays and relatives visiting, I know it'll be hard to get in a lot of stuff in.

I'll start up again on my challenges soon. Hoping for Monday.

11-03-2007, 02:50 PM
Hey Guys!

Day 11 (I can't believe how fast these things go by)
Workout - Done
Diary Tracking - Done

I'm going a little crazy here, I sat outside on Halloween night - not using my brain apparently & my legs got eaten up by mosquitos - looks like they had a buffett! Ughh. I did another closet sweep yesterday and was able to get into more clothes that didn't fit me 2 weeks ago! Yaaay!! Thank Goodness last year my sister and Mom lost weight and passed some of their clothes onto me, or I'd be out of luck!

Djstorey - Yeah, I like the Kathy Smith stuff. I've always liked Kathy Smith because she takes a lot of time explaining how to properly do the moves. But, once I get them down and do the video a few times, I get bored. I think TJ & Yoga Booty Ballet are a little more high energy and fun - which is what I like. So, I guess it depends on what you're looking for. Her pilates segment was tough and I'll probably work it into my rotation even when I switch over to TJ. I have to laugh at you about Yoga - I feel guilty about it too. Today I worked out for 45 minutes and then did another 30 minutes of yoga. I actually really like yoga and I'm constantly worried about injuries (bad knees) and pulled muscles that I try to work it in at least a couple times a week.

Jolly & Shy - Yeah, I think it's time that I start paying attention to sodium as well. Hopefully, now that I have a coach - he can help me with that. Actually, I'm going to need help with my whole diet. Last night was good, I didn't wake up hungry - I think it's because I made some dietary changes...I just hope he can help me figure out what I need to do!

Quiet - I hope you're feeling better today. You know I hadn't thought much about the holidays. I think getting through them while you're trying to lose weight is a challenge in and of itself!

That's all for now, have a great weekend! :dust:

11-03-2007, 05:26 PM
Hey all. Glad to see so many people posting. I've just been out of the loop, but do stop in to see how things are. I've been doing a lot of things son my own without declaring a challenge, but should get my butt back in here to be accountable on a daily basis. I continue the daily log and have added daily "intentional walking." My weight is coming down again, thank God! Well, I'll think of some challenges and check in later. Take care, all! :wave:

11-03-2007, 07:20 PM
Hey all. I oopsed yesterday. I forgot to do my abs - I wasn't feeling good after my chiropractic appointment. I made sure I did them today though.

So: Day 20 - daily logging and daily posting
Day 19 - daily abs
Day 17 - daily exercise

I went to Marquette for a law school admission seminar today. I really was excited by it. Now to figure out how to make my application stand out. Only 25% of those who apply get accepted :(

Have a good night all :wave:

11-04-2007, 09:16 PM
Hey all. Shy, thanks. I appreciate it. If it is meant to be, it will be I guess. I hope so.

Well, on a bad note, I did not make it to the gym today, so that challenge will have to start over. On a good note, it is day 21 for daily posting and daily food journaling. Yeah. And day 20 for daily abs. I will start new challenges after that one is finished.

Everyone, have a good night :wave:

11-05-2007, 11:12 AM
Once again I've got to make this quick. I finished my 21 days of exercise, but have to start over on the calories. At least I can start over with a clean slate today. I'll post later to state my new challenges.


Apple Blossom
11-05-2007, 01:27 PM
It's me, crawling back in....
Halloween craziness (I have 3 kids!) kind of threw me off track. I was doing pretty well to. Rats. But I'm back, and here we go again!
No beer, 2 pauses allowed
30 min exercise, 2 pauses allowed
I think thats all for now. I want to do South Beach phase 1, but I have lots of food that would go stale or rotten if I don't eat it. I will limit carbs, especially sugar, and kick up the protien. And eat less in general. I now have 2 months until Hawaii and that is not a lot of time to reach my goal. Especially with the holidays.. oh please, let something click....

11-05-2007, 03:39 PM
Happy Monday!!

Day 13 (Monday)
Workout - Done
Diary Tracking - Done

Day 12 (Sunday)
Workout - Day off (though I did walk my dog for a couple miles anyway, I felt guilty not doing anything!)
Diary Tracking - Done

It's the begining of another CRAZY week & I don't have much time! I weighed in this morning & have dropped a little more, so I'm down 17 pounds now! Woohoo!

Apple - Glad you're back!! I couldn't do the SB diet, apparently I'm not good with reducing my carbs that much. I have issues with low blood sugar and I passed out on day 3 of the diet. So much for that one! Don't give up though, you'll find a way to make it work!

Sorry I don't have time to talk to everyone, but I'm thinking of you all - hope you're having a great day!!

11-05-2007, 09:47 PM
HEy all. Real quick post for me too.

Day 21 - daily abs. That challenge is complete now too. Will be starting new challenges.

I didn't make it to the gym again today, but as I did the bulk of relocating an office and training area, I think that counts. My muscles say it counts anyway :D

Have a good one all :wave:

11-06-2007, 10:30 AM
Hey ladies, sorry I haven't checked-in in a while. I fell off the wagon with all my challenges completely, so rather than start over I looked at WHY I feel off, made some changes, so far so good. A BIG PART of my problem was not having food at home. I hadn't made time to go grocery shopping.....So I finally went, and I am back to packing my lunch, so the vending machine, :censored:'s and staying under the 2000 calorie limit has been ok. Since I'm packing my food again, I am also not buying as much food as before.

Good Luck with everything


11-06-2007, 04:04 PM
Hello Ladies!!

Day 14
Workout - Done
Diary tracking - Done

I hope everyone is doing well today. About this time of the day I feel a little sluggish...I'd like to take a nap every day after lunch! I went to the mall & Sports Authority looking for some aerobic/dance shoes. I want something light that I can actually move around in. I have big feet anyway and the shoes I have seem to enhance that and I keep tripping over my own feet when I'm working out. I couldn't find what I was looking for so I had to order them online. BUT, I was able to get some workout clothes that were on sale in a size smaller & they fit! Woohoo!! :)

jolly - congrats on completing your challenge!! :bravo:

Shy - Woman, just how many challenges do you have going!?! ;)

Obie - That was smart of you to re-evaluate your challenges! :mag: So, are staying under 2000 calories and away from the vending machine new challenges for you?

Ok...job is calling, gotta go. Have a great day!

11-06-2007, 08:49 PM
Hey all. Just a quickie :wave:

Here are the challenges I will be starting tomorrow. All will be level 3.

1) Follow my menu

2) Daily workouts (Maybe I can get it right this time!)

3) 3 sets of abs daily at home.

4) Daily posting

I was going to do a no soda challenge, but that just isn't happening. Wish me luck all. My law school applications are almost finished and ready to submit. Also, because I had a bad case of wantnewcaritis, I am seeing if I can roll the last bit of car payment in on a new baby SUV. If it is meant to be . . .

Have a good night!

11-07-2007, 04:14 PM
Good Afternoon! Wow, you guys are quiet today!

Day 14
Workout - Done!
Diary Tracking - Done!

I'm down another pound...woohoo! STILL waiting for Turbo Jam to arrive at my house...seems like I ordered it months ago! I've been going steady with Kathy Smith's Project You though. I've finally worked through all of the pieces to it. I have to tell you the Upper & Lower body workouts are TOUGH! I'm definitely going to keep those mixed in with my workout, even when I start Turbo Jam. I can't stand it that I'm not able to actually do everything & on some things I have to do the easy version...I just can't have that!! LOL I've gotta be able to get through the challenging version before I move on!

Shy - You go girl! I can barely keep up with what I have!! :dizzy:

jollygirl - You're tackling a lot of challenges too, how's the first day going?
OMG - a new SUV??? I want a new car too, I came close to going out and just doing it a few months ago & talked myself out of it...that's how it became my ultimate weight loss reward! you have a new car now? Good luck with the law school apps., I'm keeping you in my prayers ;)

I hope everyone else is doing well. Have a great day!

11-07-2007, 11:20 PM
Hey all. Day one, all challenges met for the day. The daily abs was a tough one, and I almost skipped it, because my workout was a cardio fusion class tonight. I hurt :( But, I did them.

And yes all, I did bring home my early Christmas present. It would have been smarter to wait, and maybe make it a reward too, Nikki, but impulse control has never been my strong point. Plus, I do put a lot of miles on my car, so it wasn't a horrible thing.

I love it!!!

Have a great night all.

11-08-2007, 10:28 AM
Ok, I'm back. Just had that urge to take a couple days off and not worry about anything. Still did pretty good on calories though and never stopped exercising!

I'm starting my new challenges today and am only going to work on 2 of my biggest issues. First one is back to counting those calories and the other one is no snacking after dinner.

Jolly - Enjoy the new ride!

Shy - You're doing great with all those challenges! Good job.

Nikki - Wow, another pound. You're just rolling right along! Did you get your TJ yet? If you like to dance, you should like TJ. I decided to order some more Firm workouts for myself. I kept debating what I wanted and then got an email about the Firm having a clearance on VHS workouts and got 9 of them! That should keep me from gettnig bored for a while.

Have a great day all! :wave:

11-08-2007, 03:19 PM
Hey Guys!

Day 15
Workout - Done!
Diary Tracking - Done!

Yep, I started TJ this morning! I love it! I'm just glad I was doing it alone because I kept messing up the combinations and must've looked like a spaz! LOL I went to Clinique today and had my colors done - $75 later...I'm walking out with all new stuff! Yikes, didn't mean to spend that - but at least it was actually on all stuff that I needed to replenish (at least that's what I'm telling myself!) I wear make-up every day, but I'm not usually THIS made up, I never wear mascara & they put it on my eyelashes keep sticking together! LOL

So, Jolly...why must you keep me in suspense? What kind of car did you get?? Good for you on getting through your ab challenge, sorry you're hurting though...I guess this is where figuring out that balance comes in.

djstorey - I'm trying to roll right along! With TJ, there's a new meal plan, which is saying I need about 400-500 calories more than I've been taking in. I'm not sure how I feel about that! I think maybe I'll increase a little more since I'm working out harder and adjust later if I need to. Good luck with your new challenges!

Shy: I know, I've said this & your Mountain Dew, it cracks me up. I think of you now when I'm in the store passing the soda section or near a vending machine! LOL

I hope everyone else is doing well! Have a great's almost Friday - woohoo!! :D :dust:

11-08-2007, 10:58 PM
Hey all. The new ride is a 2008 Ford Escape.

Met all challenges for the day. Unfortunately though, I made a bad choice of food porn tonight, which won't help my sleep problems.

Have a good one all.

11-09-2007, 03:00 PM
Hey Guys...err, gals! LOL

Day 16
Workout - Done
Diary Tracking - Done

Another round of TJ Learn & Burn, then PY Pilates this morning! This evening I'm going to take TJ over to my coach (my friend Russ) & we're going to work out together. I hope I have a slight advantage since I've done the learn and burn twice, but I'm not sure...since he's been doing p90X & has YEARS of martial arts experience! Oh well, I can only hope that he doesn't show me up too badly & that I have enough energy at the end of the day to 'bring it'! Good news of the day - my eyelashes are no longer sticking together! LOL

Jolly - I love the Ford Escape! I actually used to have a Mazda Tribute (very similar to the Escape), loved it! Congrats again on that! Food porn - love that least you recognized it, now you can just get back on track and keep going :)

Shy - Of course you're thought of! I think of all of you, you guys are great! AND it helps me keep motivated knowing that I have to come here and 'confess my sins'! LOL

Where is everyone else?? :dunno: Must be a busy week! Well, I'm off to yet another meeting. Happy Friday! :dust:

11-09-2007, 03:34 PM
Well, got too busy again yesteday and didn't start my challenges. Had teacher conferences last night on top of everything and with 2 kids in high school I was there for over 2 hours trying to talk to all the teachers. Anyway, today I'm back to normal (I think) and will count today as day 1.

Shy - :bday2you: You're doing great! 30lbs gone is terrific! Hope you have a great day!

Nikki - So glad to hear your eyelashes are no longer sticking together! ;) Funny, I have never been a mascara kind of person myself. Have fun with your workout!

Jolly - You'll have to let me know what you think about the Escape. Is it roomy? I'm in the market for an SUV, and we have 5 people in our family so I need room but don't want too high gas mileage.


11-10-2007, 01:33 AM
Shy!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! :hb:

11-10-2007, 01:53 AM
Hey all. Will try to come back and read everything tomorrow. It is 11:50pm my time. I just got home from work, took care of the dogs, and did my ab set real quick. Just wanted to come on and post, so day 3 of my challenges could be met, then off to snooze.

Hopefully the weekend will be quiet, so I can catch up on a few things. I did get my applications submitted today for school. :crossed:

11-11-2007, 09:21 PM
Happy Birthday Shy. Glad you earned yourself a great weigh in for your birthday!

I took a pause on all challenges yesterday. Still feeling out of sorts with all the drama and such at work. Trying not to be miffed at my father too. Ah well. Had a good day today.

Hope everyone had a good weekend! :wave:

11-12-2007, 10:33 AM
Well, thought I was back to normal and would start my challenges the other day, but, it didn't happen. Had a busy weekend running around and playing catch up with some chores. Went out yesterday and got my son a snowboard package at a ski swap sale they had. It seems we got a good deal, but I'm still in sticker shock over all the money spent. (I don't spend well). This is something he's wanted for a long time now I took advantage of the sale to get him started and told him that this is his main Christmas present!

TODAY will be day 1 of my new challenges.

Hi Shy, Jolly, Red & Nikki! :wave:

11-12-2007, 10:44 PM
Well, I am in a nice funk today. Blame PMS. I had another recurring dream about an ex boyfriend I haven't seen in 16 years. How pathetic is my life that I have to dream about a boyfriend from that long ago??? I have only had 4 dates since college:fr: Just sad. A friend was trying to tell me I was a strong woman, and I should be beating guys off with a stick. Riiiiiiiight. I can see the Match headline now: "Do you like opinionated, sarcastic, smart and quick witted women? Do you find yourself strangely attracted to the cosmetically challenged? Do you perhaps need medication? APPLY HERE!"

I took a pause day on my follow menu challenge, but did meet the others. I know I need to take better care of myself. I know I need to feel better about myself, like I am worth more. I have never felt confident when it comes to relationships. I know I need to work on this.

Just feels better to wallow in self pity though. Hey, I am comfortable down here.

Have a better night all.

11-13-2007, 02:30 PM
Hi all. I am restarting my challenges tomorrow. I have been home sick today. Rather restart then take a second pause 5 days in to my challenge.

Have a good day all. :wave:

11-13-2007, 05:33 PM
Hello Ladies!

Day 16 - Day 20 (WOW - it's Day 20)
All workouts completed & Diary tracking done! WOOOHOO!!

I lost 3.5 more pounds last week, so I'm down 20.5 pounds!! Or 49 pounds from 2 years ago! :)

Sorry I've been away guys - my life is as hectic as ever. I have 2 exams this week, house-fire season has started & we're crazy busy at work. Guess what? My ex (Mark) finally gave in and called me...talking about how he misses me, he's sorry - he didn't deserve me, I'm to good for him... & of course I agreed! LOL So, we're talking again...don't know what that means, but it is what it is!

Shy - I hope you had a wonderful birthday!!

I'm sorry I don't have time to catch up with all the posts and respond right now. Just know I'm thinking of you guys & hoping that you're sticking to it!!

Have a great day!

11-14-2007, 10:58 AM
Quick catch up here. Sounds like life is hectic with everyone here! Just yesterday I realized that Thanksgiving is NEXT WEEK! Yikes! I'm glad I remembered in time to buy and thaw that turkey!

Day 1 & 2 are done with counting calories and not snacking after dinner.

Have a great day!

11-14-2007, 04:32 PM
Hi everyone. Very sorry not to have been posting. LIfe is just too hectic. I've been doing a LOT, but somehow the idea of a challenge is just too much. It's like having the freedom NOT to be accountable takes the pressure off and allows me to actually do the things I wanted to. So, it's OK. I just feel bad about not posting.
Maybe I should do a light challenge on top of the other things, just so I have something to report and can take part.
It sounds like everyone is pretty busy. Jolly, hang in there. I am going through periods of extreme self-hate myself, so I know how you feel. I don't know why. I think I just woke up to how fat I am and am hating, really hating myself for having allowed myself to get there and stay there. Why now after all this time do I finally wake up and see it? I don't know. I guess I should be happy, because now I can change it. But, really seeing what I've become is too much. It disgusts me no end, most of all because I was thinking I looked fine. My God!
Anyhow, which is better, the bliss of denial and the lack of change or being disgusted enough to finally change? I guess the latter if I truly do seek change.
Anyhow, talk to you all later.

Oh, right, my weight is actually down. I've become so obsessed I am happy but not...I need a pep talk. I mean, I AM losing weight, but the self-hate is so great I can't even pat myself on the back. :mad:


11-15-2007, 09:53 AM
Shy, thank you so much. That was so incredibly sweet of you. I just got home after a 16-hour day. I had read your message on my mobile phone while on the train this morning. My eyes teared up too. You are so nice. Let me get to bed now. I'm beat. I will try to write tomorrow. I do feel so much better because of people like you. :hug:

11-15-2007, 02:41 PM
Hey Everyone!

Yesterday was day 21 & the successful completion of my second challenge. Yaaay! I wish I had more time to post, but I'm slammed. I'll be back tomorrow evening or over the weekend - I'm missing on putting in my two cents (can't have that)!! I have to think of what I want my next challenge to be too.
I hope you guys are doing well. I'm thinking of you!! :)

11-15-2007, 10:38 PM
Hey all :wave: You all are awesome, and I am glad you are here!

Day 1: daily posting, daily workout, following menu, and 3 sets abs - all met.

Off to bed myself. Met up with a friend tonight, so it is late and time for bed.


11-16-2007, 11:30 AM
Day 3 & 4 are done with counting calories and not snacking after dinner.

Another busy day yesterday. Someone gave me a router yesterday so I could have wireless internet in my house and spent the afternoon removing wires, installing everything and trying to clean up my very messy desk area. Can't say it looks a lot better, but it's something! Now my son can get internet on his laptop without running a wire across my dining room table too! We're both thrilled!

Nikki - :carrot: Great job on the challenges! You're doing so well despite being so busy!

Hi Shy, Jolly, & Red! Have a great day all. :wave:

11-16-2007, 03:52 PM
Nikki, Congratulations on meeting your challenge goal!! :bravo: :bravo: :bravo: Thank you for being such a great addition to our challenge group! I really enjoy reading your posts. Hope to see you "at length! soon!! Once again, congrats! :cp: :cp: :cp:

11-16-2007, 08:49 PM
Hey all. I am hoping to do that whole wireless thing too. I am trading this in for a laptop when I get my taxes back. It will be tidier at the desk, and essential when I get accepted into law school.

(notice the "when." I am trying very hard to improve the negative self talk)

Day 2, all challenges met for the day. Hurray.

Have a good night all :wave:

11-16-2007, 09:05 PM
Guys - I'm just dropping by to fill you in. My cousin, Jeff - the one that was shot about a month ago, died this morning. I'll fill you in on the details in a few days. I'm not sure at this point where I'll be and when. But wanted to let you guys know why I may not be around for a few days.

11-17-2007, 06:44 AM
Nikki, I am so sorry to hear the news. My thoughts are with you and yours at this sad and most tragic time. :hug:

11-17-2007, 04:45 PM
Day 5 is a pause one counting calories and good for not snacking after dinner.

Nikki - So sorry to hear the news. You and your family are in my thoughts.

Hi Shy, Red & Jolly!

Gotta run. My little one is sleeping and that's my time to workout!

Have a great weekend. :wave:

11-17-2007, 06:55 PM
Nikki, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Red, DJ, Shy :wave:

Day 3 - daily postng, daily workout, follow menu, an 3 sets abs all met.

Need to whip up some dinner, and decide if I feel up to cleaning my office tonight, or do it tomorrow with the bedroom. Hope everyone else is having a good weekend.

11-18-2007, 07:54 PM
Hi Shy, jolly, dj, just TOO busy here. I'd been wanting to write, but just finished some work now and am late for the office! :^: Hope you're all doing well. Nikki, how are you?

11-18-2007, 08:43 PM
Hey all. Red, I understand busy. Shy - 4 hours of shopping????? Being more a "Supermarket Sweep" kind of shopper, I don't know if I am impressed, or scared.

Day 5 - posted, did my workout, followed my menu, and did my abs.

Have a good night all :wave:

11-19-2007, 10:33 AM
Day 5 - counting calories - 2 pauses left
Day 6 - not snacking after dinner - 3 pauses left

I'm here too. Just busy like everyone else. I too spent too much time yesterday in a shopping mall. A little shopping, and a lot of waiting for the kids to get their yearly portraits done! I can't believe how early all the Christmas stuff has started. We actually saw santa yesterday at the mall. What happened to waiting until AFTER Thanksgiving?

Jolly - I'm with you on the shopping. I prefer to get in and out quickly. The more time I spend shopping with all those crowds, the more I want to go home and have a stiff drink or ten.

Shy - :cheer2: Good job! And yes, I'd count 4 hours of shopping as my workout! I'd be burning lots of calories just from the stress alone!

Red - Glad to see you popping in as you can! It's nice to know you're out there.

Have a great day everyone! :wave:

11-19-2007, 02:39 PM

Got room for one more 21 Day challenge girl? Here I sit, right before the holidays only 16 pounds from goal, after having dropped 36 pounds since last January for my New Year's resolution. I am 5.7 and currently weigh 146.

My daily goals are simple, to take in between 1200 and 1300 calories daily works very well for me if I incorporate at least 30 minutes of light cardio/strength training, bicycling, and movement into my day. I aim to take in 3 liters of water a day (which is easy now that I have my 1 Liter water jug at my desk) and eat dinner before 7:00 p.m. I also log everything I eat into to keep track of calories and exercise, although I am also using a workout log to track exercise/fitness goals. In 21 days, I should at least be down six pounds through healthy eating and exercise. I would love to join your challenge if you will have me!


11-19-2007, 10:50 PM
Hey all. Nikki, how are you doing? DJ, amen. In particular, despite how much I love finding the perfect presents for people, there is nothing that gets me out of the holiday spirit faster then dealing with the shopping crowds. Aimin - welcome. Shy, good luck with the new challenges. Where, oh where, has our Red leader gone? Where, oh where can she be?

Day 5 - all challenges met for the day. I made some bad food choices (PMS), but did do my double workout. I have another planned for Wednesday, to battle Thanksgiving!!

Good night all :wave:

11-20-2007, 10:59 AM
Day 6 - counting calories - 2 pauses left
Day 7 - not snacking after dinner - 3 pauses left

:welcome3: aimin! Glad to have you join us. Good luck with your challenges!

Jolly - I too love to find the "perfect" present for people. I have just found that I do better shopping during less busy times or to shop online in order to save my sanity!

Shy - I wish I could be stress free myself. I do work at that goal, but things lately just don't let me do that too easily.

Have a good day everyone! :wave:

11-20-2007, 01:48 PM
Day 2- Did 30 minute workout YAY!...need to work on drinking water more!!! and frighteningly, I am at the mercy of the country club for dinner this evening because I have to speak at a town hall meeting for my neighborhood association...Wish me luck!!!

Thank you so much Dj, Shy and Jolly for the warm welcome. It is so much easier to go through this process with the proper support, so thanks!!!

11-20-2007, 09:31 PM
Aimin, Hello and welcome! :welcome: Of course you're most welcome to join us!! :dance: And a big congratulations on your weight loss. 36 pounds, kiss 'em goodbye!! Beautiful. These last ones are the toughies for sure. I wish I could get off about the same weight. All I ever seem to do is lose the same 10 lbs over and over and never get the 40 some off I'd love to. Well, best of luck!

dj, jolly, shy, sorry for the AWOL all this time. Shy, great going on the 2 lbs gone!! :spin: I'm in the midst of Japan Cup week here and it means more busy than usual, plus it's pms week and cold season and's just on and on. BUT, the sky is the most beautiful blue today. Gotta love the Tokyo winters. I will, I will start a challenge soon. Just give me time. And I'll start a new thread then too. This one's getting long. Off to Hong Kong for the races in early December but I'll be checking in. Later al! :wave:

11-20-2007, 10:05 PM
Here you go, Shy, blue skies and fluffy clouds.

11-20-2007, 10:16 PM
Hey all. DJ, online rocks! And the late hours if stores are open. I won't step foot in a store Friday. Aimin, congrats on the loss. Red, have fun at the races.

Took a pause on following the menu today, but all others were good. Even did my two workouts I had planned.

Good night all :wave:

11-21-2007, 07:51 AM
Here's a new weight tracker for my goal for my departure for Hong Kong Dec. 5. I've been moving along. Hope I can make it! :yes: I've taken out the decimal point so I can show smaller increments. So, it's, for example, 73.2 kg, not 732!!!! :eek: Hmmm...I didn't realize I was just halfway. That's a little slower than I had hoped, but I'm optimistic! :dance: I'm going to keep making little smaller goals as I go along. I thought it didn't matter, but it does. Looking at the end goal is TOO big. Looking ahead a few kilos is something I can get my head around.

11-21-2007, 01:56 PM
Day 3

Red I am soooo jealous! Tokyo would be amazing to visit.

Jolly Girl- I like your awards system... hmmm, if I can get off these pesky 16 final pounds... GRRRR!!!! Perhaps I will consider putting that Christmas bonus towards some me time at the spa..thanks for the inspiration!!!

Shy I am sorry to hear about your knee, but I really admire you for working around it as best you can. Alot of folks might not have your diligence! Pat yourself on the back!

Well, I got up at 6:15, put in an intense music cd, locked myself into my home gym/yoga studio and dedicated over an hour on the total gym! It felt amazing. I set the machine on a moderate height level (it works on a pully system so the more height actually means I am towing more of my own body weight) but not too high as to damage myself since I am just now getting back to weightlifting.

I am using the workout journal by Suzanne Schlosberg and I learned a valuable tool. She said that many exercisers like to track their resting heartrate first thing in the morning. That an olympic athelete might have a resting hr of 30 beats per minute, whilst a couch potato might have a rate of 80 beats per minute (that is what mine was Monday, oops..) But I have tracked it and over 3 days of exercise it has already reduced! I was 80 Monday, 76 Tuesday and 65 today! This is part of my new plan to focus less on the scale (although that would be a happy side-note) and more on total health such as nutrition, water levels, muscle tone, flexibility, stress management and heart health.

Sadly, I will have to report on days 4,5,6 and 7 on Monday, because my computer at home has evidently caught the flu and is inoperable. I apologize and I wish everyone love, luck and willpower over the holiday weekend! Best wishes to you all and stay strong with your goals, but don't completely deprive yourself either!!!


11-21-2007, 04:53 PM
aimin, jolly, Shy, good work! :cp:
Sigh....hi, guys, I am disgusted with this weight loss battle. Really disgusted. My weight is way up today. It's gotta be bloat, but still, to where, 4 lbs of it?!? I even dragged myself to the gym, an hour walk there and back, and did weights etc. and didn't eat much and...sigh...I am sick of my face being all swollen up...I look 20 years older and now I've got to go out and meet people here for the big race...all while I look like I've been pigging out for weeks, when actually I've been really working hard. What goes?!?!? :mad:

11-21-2007, 05:52 PM
Hey all. All challenges met for the day. I am off to my second, prepare for the Thanksgiving stuffing, workout. Yeah.

I will try to post more on Sunday. With work, the holiday, and having people over Saturday, the next few days are nuts. I think I am nuts too :D

Happy Thanksgiving :wave:

11-21-2007, 08:23 PM
Day 7 - counting calories - 2 pauses left
Day 8 - not snacking after dinner - 3 pauses left

Well, did good yesterday, not so good today. A friend invited me to her house for lunch, then I had to come home to bake for tomorrow. Needless to say, I have not counted any calories today! I know tomorrow will be difficult too, so, I am going to start over on Friday. Yes, I will be watching my food intake tomorrow, but trying to count all those homemade items just sounds like too much at the moment! I WILL get my workout in tomorrow though!

Red - Hang in there! Yes, it's probably that dreaded bloat, but that means it'll come right back off. I did that last week. 4 lbs here too! I was glad to see it go away 2 days later.

Hi Jolly, Shy, & Aimin. :wave:

Have a great turkey day everyone! :turkey:

11-21-2007, 11:26 PM
Oh Shy, that is too much work. I have a recipe for a bag turkey - you grease her up, shove her in the bag, and let it sit until done. It is hard to get it out of the pan, it falls apart so much. mmmmm.

Anyway, just popped back on to report a save. After my cardio class my friend and I went to a food porn shop for a bite to eat and a chance to talk. I ordered a salad, with a vinagrette dressing, and no during or after dinner food porn. Hurray. Now may tomorrow go so well.

Have a good one all.

11-22-2007, 09:29 AM
Shy, thanks. I should take your advice on the "dot." :lol: Never heard it called that. No, really, it just disgusts me no end not to see the scale budging. Well, no, not budging I can take. It's the gain that kills me.
Well, I'm beat, dead tired. I made it through the day. It wasn't a nice day. I ate way too much. I did not feel good. I made it through though. It was busy. I looked awful, but....well, it's done. Catch you all tomorrow. Happy Thanksgiving!!! jolly, dj, aimin, Nikki, others! A big howdy to you all! :wave:

11-22-2007, 10:38 AM
Ah yes Shy, but when it starts out smeared inside and out with butter. . .just saves the work and worry :rofl:

:turkey: Happy thanksgiving all. I have to admit, when I first saw this smilie, it was a bit disturbing. Looked like the smilie was serving up the turkey's head on a platter. Then i realized he was riding the turkey. OK. It's still disturbing.

I just had to come on quick and give myself a pat on the back. I did make it to the gym for a pre-feast workout. And made a decent breakfast choice considering the big gig coming up soon.

Have a great day all!

11-22-2007, 10:09 PM
Hope everyone's turkey et al was good. I had a great day. And while I can't say I ate in moderation, I did not eat myself into a stupor. there has to be something said for that.

Take care all.

11-23-2007, 07:28 AM
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