Support Groups - "Every-Day" 21-Day Challenge -- We've got your number!!

11-23-2007, 07:25 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:

11-23-2007, 07:31 AM
Hi everyone. Hope you find us here! :yes: I'm starting new challenges tomorrow! Hurrah!! Fill you in later. Gotta run..... :running:

11-23-2007, 11:10 PM
Glad to have you come back Red! Guess I better get back in here myself and join you. :wave:

11-23-2007, 11:23 PM
Hurray for new challenges :cheer:

OK. I took a pause today on the workout - had a bad night's sleep, then to be honest just didn't feel like it after work. I hadn't packed a bag as I thought I had to work a second shift, so just didn't go. :( My bad.

So, I am on day 9 on daily posting and daily 3 sets of abs, and day 8 on following menu and daily workouts.

Have a good weekend everyone. I am having a bunch of folks over tomorrow for a chili dinner. Should be fun! :wave:

Shy Moment
11-24-2007, 01:00 AM
Nothing wrong with a little break every now and then. I had to go in and see the doc about my knee today. She said doing these exercises 7 days a week is not good. I need to take a couple of days off a week. Wish I knew that before I made my challenge lol. This is day 5 and I don't want to have to do 5 days over again lol.

Day 5
Met all challenges. It is cold in my den and I am done typing for the night lol.

11-24-2007, 08:01 PM
Hi there. Glad to see some of you found your way over to the new thread. As it happened, I was not able to start any new challenges yesterday. Just as I was setting up the new thread and going to think on things, an unexpected visitor turned up, so there went the evening. Yesterday, at the races, it's impossible to do much of anything but grab whatever food is around at odd times. Ugh. It'll be a repeat of yesteday today. At least I steered clear of all alcohol yesterday. Sure, I could start some challenge that wouldn't mean too much but what's the point? I'm doing those kind of things already. The REAL challenge will be one that actually gets down and hits the nitty gritty, the core of my problem, still eating too much to lose weight, and perhaps more crucial, being inconsistent because of my crazy lifestyle/hours. Let me think some more....


dj -- good to see you here. But you had been posting, right? At least I remember seeing you, though not as much as before perhaps. Yes, definitely come in here and help out. I need you!

Shy -- Too bad about the knee. Why don't you just try changing the exercises a bit or rotating the ones that hit your knee. You can do upper body only one day, then lower body, or just lay off the knee ones for a while until your knee is better.

jolly -- Yeah, don't fret the pause day. That's what they're there for. The dinner sounds fun. Hope you can keep it to moderation. ;)

11-25-2007, 01:12 AM
Hey all. Quick post. Did my abs after everyone left. All challenges met for the day.


Shy Moment
11-25-2007, 08:18 PM
Day 6 and 7
Met all challenges. If the knee bothers me I just ease up on that part of the videos. Seems to not be hurting again. One day it is great; another day it is bothering me. Driveing me nuts. lol

11-25-2007, 08:54 PM
Hey all. Shy, what I did to keep my challenge and allow for no exercise days was to do a workout plan, and my challenge was to follow the plan. That way, if your doctor says to only workout 3 days a week, then that is the plan. Just an idea.

I did take a pause on my menu today. Just bad eating choices all around. But I did make it to the gym, AND did the two mile walk with the pup. Not too bad.

Day 11 - daily posting and daily abs (3 sets)
Day 10 - daily workout
Day 9 - follow menu :(

Have a good day all. :wave:

Shy Moment
11-25-2007, 09:44 PM
That is a great idea. To bad I didn't think of it 7 days ago lol. I did stick to my challenges just modified them a bit for the knee. Didn't push the knee hard like i normally would when it hurts.

11-25-2007, 10:18 PM
Hi people. The weekend of racing is over, but I have a story to write now. Ugh. :( Just want to get it all past me so I can spend sometime with ME alone! I really, really need it.
I am still horribly bloated feeling and around my eyes is puffy. I've never had this for so long and it is really making me look awful. Don't know what's wrong as I don't think I've been taking in any more sodium than usual. Very strange. And it's REALLY bugging me. I have thrown all efforts to lose weight to the wind, I am so disgusted. This I KNOW is NOT a good thing to do and I am trying to stop it, but it is hard with the stress of these rashes and horribly dry, itching skin. I lather on cream all the time and it helps a little, but come on, what goes? The humidity is very low, in the 30 percent range for days now. It's always like this in the winter here, but other years didn't bother me. Oh well, just got to keep plugging away. I SURE hope I can stop retaining water real soon.

So, just what am I going to do for challenges???? I don't really know. I tend to go to either extreme, too little or too much. The former leaves me unsatisfied. The latter is a boost for a while and then it becomes too much and I break out and go hog wild. However, I cannot handle moderation well with certain things, namely alcohol and sugar, sugar better than the pints though. The drinking is a social thing with me and I think that's what I seek more than the buzz. It's the only way I really hunker down with people is over the brew. Anyhow, it's not good and it's a heck of a lot of calories. Better to go for some abstinence from both. The empty calories of both alcohol and sugar are not doing my health any good either, so I'm thinking I should do a HEALTH NUT CHALLENGE, a total kind of thing involving what I put in my mouth, including cigarettes and coffee and tea. Yes, unbelievably, after some 15 years of nonsmoking I've been lighting up a tad when I'm drinking. Now THAT is going to stop!!! :mad:

OK, truth and consequence session goes my declaration.
My challenge, starting today, Monday, Nov. 26, will be to answer the following questions, all of them together, not separately, EVERY SINGLE DAY!!!! I will allow for three pauses.

1) Did I record everything I put in my mouth?
2) Did I steer clear of processed foods, sugar and alcohol and cigarettes (allowing a bit of honey on morning oatmeal)?
3) Did I allow myself only morning coffee and one tea in the afternoon?
4) Did I eat healthy foods, whole grains, fruit, vegetables, brown rice and get adequate protein?
5) Did I get in exercise of some kind, either riding, the gym or "intentional walking?"
6) Did I weigh myself in the morning?
7) Did I give myself numerous pats on the back and words of praise at my efforts?
8) Did I keep largely to a 6-meal pattern of about 400-100-400-100-400-100 calories spaced out evenly over the day?

That's it!!! :dancer: I'm going to list these questions every day and answer them! Now this is the ultimate challenge for me. Wish me luck!!! :spin:


jolly -- Good going! :bravo: Yeah, I hear you on the challenge suggestion and I know people have been doing that, but it kind of defeats the purpose. It's not a 21-day every day challenge then. I think we should call these kind of challenges, and I DO understand the need for them, something like extracurricular challenges so that we can still follow them here ALONG with our every-day things, enjoying the support of familiar faces and all. So, how about I make a note of that in the guidelines?

Shy -- Hope those knees get better. Good work on the challenges! :yes: Btw, please note what I'm suggesting about non everyday challenges. If you can only do something three days a week then it doesn't work as a 21-day everyday challenge, which is the idea of this thread. One day off a week is why we started pause days in part. So, let's say we have our every-day challenges and then add in supplementary ones or such. Sound good?

11-26-2007, 09:17 AM
Day 1 was Monday, Nov. 26
Today was Monday, Nov. 26

1) Did I record everything I put in my mouth? Yes!

2) Did I steer clear of processed foods, sugar and alcohol? Yes!

3) Did I allow myself only morning coffee and one tea in the afternoon? Yes!

4) Did I eat healthy foods, whole grains, fruit, vegetables, brown rice and get adequate protein? Yes!

5) Did I get in exercise of some kind, either riding, the gym or "intentional walking?" Yes! Went to the gym. It's a 50-min. walk there and back. Did weights there.

6) Did I weigh myself in the morning? Yes! I was 71.2 kgs. :(

7) Did I give myself numerous pats on the back and words of praise at my efforts? Yes! It was hard but I kept reminding myself to do it,'re doing fine, you're putting in the effort, you're doing fine.... :love: It felt verrry weird.

8) Did I keep largely to a 6-meal pattern of about 400-100-400-100-400-100 calories spaced out evenly over the day? Yes! I'm allowing myself some leeway here, but the idea is there and I generally stick to it. I think I need a lot more than 1500 calories when I'm exercising a lot. I did it earlier this month and think I was losing too fast....she's NEVER fast enough!

8 out of 8??? YES!!
Day No. 1 is completed. Yowzah!!! :dance:

Shy Moment
11-26-2007, 09:20 AM
Sounds like an allergy. Maybe see a doc to find out what is causing it. Oh don't throw everything to the wind. You will hate yourself for that. Just step back a bit and get thing into perspective again. Your challenges are way to extrema for me lol NO sugar I would just die, I could never do them. I have to do things everyday, or I don't stick with them. Have found, for me, just taking it a bit easier on the knee and shoulder is working. I don't do the knee lifts or the lunges as low or as high or as hard as I was when the knee is bothering me. I don't lift the little weights I am using over my head as high when the shoulder is bothering me. Knee is doing pretty good again. I have a routine that would drive most crazy. Scrub floors on Monday, sweep and dust on Tuesday, water plants and clean out drawers and closets on Wednesdays lol. I am very task oriented because I am such a slobola. I have to keep on things. Exercise and how I eat is the same way. Everyday is pretty much the same, nice routine that I can live with. Keeps the panic attacks away and keeps me in a nice steady pace. Today is Monday which means poultry. Nice I have left over turkey won't have to cook. Tomorrow is Tuesday which means beef. Already thinking on what I am going to make for dinner. lol I think your idea of losts of praise to yourself is a good one. We have to love ourself in what ever stage we are in of taking these extra lbs off and we have to understand it isn't always easy. We do without sometimes and we have to let our selfs know we are proud when we do that. Ok I don't do without much lol but I am proud every time I find I have taken off a lb. The people at the docs office have to think I am a nut. I do the " I LOST ANOTHER 2LBS DANCE" every two weeks when I do my weigh in lol.

Once at the docs office and I was doing my dance and someone said. You are sure proud of 2 little lbs, in a snotty voice. I said 2 little lbs every two weeks. I know have ( at that time ) 26lbs less to lose than I did a few short months ago and it did it 1lb at a time.

11-26-2007, 10:43 AM
I'm still here and reading everyones posts, just not sure exactly what I want to do yet for challenges. I promise to really think about that today and get going again.

Had lots of fun exercise yesterday. Went hiking with 2 friends and had a really good time. As much as I exercise everyday, I can still feel the after-effects of that hike! After the hike, we went geo-caching, which I'd never done before and that was fun too. We found 3 caches that were nearby before calling it a day. Since the weather is changing, we're talking about going cross country skiing soon. I've never tried it, but I used to downhill ski and loved it until it got too hard on the knees. We'll see how the x-country skiing does for me.

Red - So glad to see you back at it! You sure do pick some tough challenges. I will admit though, you tend to do really well with those tough ones! Maybe you should go to the doctor and find out what's wrong. Shy might be right and you have some kind of allergy. They say you can develop them at any time in your life.

Shy - You just keep doing that little celebration dance of yours! 2 pounds at a time is nothing to sneeze at.

Jolly - Hope all is well with you!

Have a great day everyone! :wave:

11-26-2007, 12:27 PM
Ahhh - you guys switched up on me!! ;)

I FINALLY made it back home. Thank you all for the condolences. Honestly, I’ve never been to a more amazing funeral in my life. I know that sounds strange, but my cousin was apparently the hometown hero. He was a volunteer firefighter and EMT. He worked at the local service station/garage and restored cars. During the funeral service, there wasn’t enough room for everyone in the church, people kept rotating in and out. At the processional to the cemetery we were in line behind huge (& small) tow trucks from his company, All kinds of fire trucks, ambulances, state troopers and local sheriffs – then the family. As we drove the few miles through town – the highway was completely shut down. People came out of the business – I mean everyone, the customers and the employees to pay respect. It was almost like being in a very sad parade. As we were caravanning, a helicopter flew in to escort us. This was TN’s version of med-star, who had been friends with Jeff & were actually the ones who transported him when he’d been shot. The entire ceremony was touching and full of symbolism. It was strange though – I guess part of me still doesn’t believe he’s gone. Even as he lay there before me in the coffin, I kept expecting him to come bouncing around the corner. He was the most amazing, happy-go-lucky and full of life person I’ve ever known. You couldn’t possibly be unhappy around him. He’s going to be dearly missed.
As for sticking with my plan. It was challenging! I did well until I got there, then it was a struggle! As I looked around at my family, I realized that every single relative I have, with the exception of my parents is overweight, if not obese. It was tough to turn down the piles of food that do-gooders were bringing around as comfort food. I did pretty well, without actually offending anyone! I could’ve done better, but I also could’ve done a whole lot worse. Yesterday was spent with friends and went pretty well. I gained a pound while I was away, I’m not happy about – but considering I didn’t get much exercise in – I’ll accept that and get rid of it this week! I didn’t have much time or access to anything, so I took advantage of being in the mountains and walked/ran a bit while I was there.
Good news – when I walked into the church most of my family didn’t recognize me (because of my weight loss), I had to speak to my sister before she even realized it was me standing in front of her! I bought a dress today in a size 14 (I was in size 20’s, 6 weeks ago). Yaay!
I’m glad to be home! I’m very glad to be getting back on track. I have a lot of posts to catch up on!! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

I'll be back later to catch up and list my new challenge :)

11-26-2007, 04:47 PM
Hi all. It's the begin of Day 2. I am tired already of the Don't worry. I'm committed if I can. If only this itching would get better. It is driving me nuts! i had gone to a doctor but they just treat the symptoms, don't find the cause. It started with my horrible stressful job. I had it once before, during an unusually stressful relationship. With all the things I do, I don't see how I can NOT be affected in some way. Thus I am trying to eat clean and deal with things better emotionally as well. Sigh. It's times like this, when all the effort just seems to make things worse, that I do wonder what's going on. In any case, yesterday was not difficult because I was home. Going to work is the problem.

Sigh. My weight is way up again. I don't know why. I don't care. I am going to focus on my efforts.

Wish me luck. :^:


Shy -- Thanks for the encouragement. :) Again, I will try your advice of stepping back and getting things in perspective. That is why I included pats on the back in my challenge. I am very hard on myself always anyhow but now I am in an environment where the criticism from the outside is VERY harsh as well. Even though I understand the harm in that, I don't have the ability to fight it off constantly and it is wearing me down. The office, riding, both are VERY harsh environments. In both we have had people go into severe depression and have to leave. I wish I had something that could help me balance a nice relationship...but, alas!, none. :^: Well, Shy, Ms. Slobola :lol3:, we have much in common there. I very much understand your need to keep task-oriented. Your challenges sound pretty tough to me too. Oh, and I can't believe anyone would poo-poo your weight loss. Incredible! You have the right attitude. How do they think weight comes off? Sounds like you could take a good 8 lbs off (as in their head) and it wouldn't matter, eh? Congrats! :bravo:

dj -- It's good to see you in here. Well, I know how not deciding on a challenge feels. And, yes, you know me! I am always better at the hard things than the easy. I am a masochist at heart. Hope you find something to your liking soon. All the time I was challengeless I was actually working on things, just didn't want to/couldn't do them every day. So, the ground work has been laid. Now it's time to hit those nails on the head!

Nikki -- Good to see you back! Welcome back! It's been a tough time for you. I hope you can come back and keep us company real soon. And that is wonderful that people didn't recognize you because of your weight loss. Wow!! :dance:

Shy Moment
11-26-2007, 08:19 PM
You just keep going on, you are in the right direction. Stress is a cause of lots of physical problems. I no longer have much stress. Made me depressed and I itched all the time. I hate to itch lol. My stress is that I am sick of sitting at home with nothing to do. A person can only clean house so many times. No work around here worth having. Heck it is cheaper for me to stay home than to work for min wage and that is just about all that is around here unless you can drive a truck or you are a nurse. In some professions people have to have thick skin, it is the only way they can cope with the job. You might want to pick one thing for your challenge like, only one snack a day. Just stick with that until you can get the stress under control. Sounds like you need a different kind of job. You just can't live with a job making you sick.

Situations like that can be very stressful and at the same time very nice to see family and friends and to see all the love out pouring. You did great with your weight. Now, I know things will be hard for awhile but you are home and can get back in you routine. Sometimes routines are good, they help us cope.

Sounds like you had so much fun :). Lets see, going down a hill at high speed on two sticks. Naaaaa not for me lol. 1lb a week is better than 1lb a month I guess lol.

Day 8
All challenges met

11-26-2007, 11:10 PM
Hey all. Red, good luck with the challenges. And with feeling better. I understand how stress can mess with all of the rest of your health. I hope you get your article done and get that YOU time you deserve. DJ, Shy, hello :wave: Nikki - glad to see you back. We were thinking of you. Congrats on the dress, even under the circumstances.

Well, I met all of my challenges, even did my 2nd workout of the day, except for the food challenge. I used my last pause :( I have to kick it in gear here.

Have a good night all.

11-27-2007, 09:15 AM
Day 1 was Monday, Nov. 26
Today was Tuesday, Nov. 27

1) Did I record everything I put in my mouth? Yes!

2) Did I steer clear of processed foods, sugar and alcohol? Yes!

3) Did I allow myself only morning coffee and one tea in the afternoon? Yes!

4) Did I eat healthy foods, whole grains, fruit, vegetables, brown rice and get adequate protein? Yes!

5) Did I get in exercise of some kind, either riding, the gym or "intentional walking?" Yes! Rode today. And going there entails a lot of walking.

6) Did I weigh myself in the morning? Yes! I was 72.0 kgs!! :mad: What's going on?!?!? :shrug:

7) Did I give myself numerous pats on the back and words of praise at my efforts? Yes! I did it for riding too today, always a downer with my strict teacher. And I did it with the day in general, whenever I found myself beating on myself. I am surprised at how often that has become. I don't really understand why.

8) Did I keep largely to a 6-meal pattern of about 400-100-400-100-400-100 calories spaced out evenly over the day? Yes! Again, it's not exact, but the whole idea of this is new and very hard, so I'm allowing myself leeway.

8 out of 8??? YES!!

Day No. 2 is complete. Yo! :goodvibes

Well, peops. It wasn't easy, but I got through another day, a work day at that. Later all! :wave:


Shy Moment
11-27-2007, 12:44 PM
That is WONDERFUL you just keep with it. One day at a time. Tomorrow will get here soon enough don't worry about it. Yesterday is over, don't worry about it either.

Glad you are doing well. I am always around just chat so much I forgot to post my day that one day lol.

Day 9
All challenges met.

11-28-2007, 03:52 PM
Ok, I'm back. I've been trying to figure out just what to do for challenges. I keep trying to use what worked for me before, but it's just not happening right now. Maybe that means I need to try something new? For now, I'm going to keep it simple and keep searching for something that "clicks" with me. So, starting tomorrow.....

Drink glass of water before all meals - Level 3
Incorporate an extra 10 minutes per day of exercise - Level 3

I already workout pretty much daily (6 days a week) for about an hour, but I want this to be an extra mini workout. Something like a 10 minute walk or bike ride, lifting weights, even scrubbing a wall! Anything that gets me doing something extra each day. I'd start today, but I just thought of the water challenge so tomorrow it will be.

Red - I'm so glad to see you back at it and doing well!

Nikki - Welcome back! Hope to hear more from you soon.

Hi Shy & Jolly!

I'll try to talk more tomorrow. Time to get my little one down for his nap. :wave:

11-28-2007, 03:58 PM
Day 1 was Monday, Nov. 26
Today was Wednesday, Nov. 28

1) Did I record everything I put in my mouth? Yes!

2) Did I steer clear of processed foods, sugar and alcohol? Yes! And this wasn't easy. So many times I almost threw out the invitation to others to go "for just one." But, I thought, nah, it's so early in my challenge, I don't want to sound like I can't do it! Also, after the gym in the morning, I passed a shop and then went in to buy know...glazed round things...for some of the crew at work. They were happy. I had NOTHING!! :sunny:

3) Did I allow myself only morning coffee and one tea in the afternoon? Yes! Actually, I didn't even have any caffeine in the afternoon. I had some coffee replacement (grain beverage stuff) and didn't even remember I hadn't had tea till late and it was too late then or I wouldn't have been able to sleep. :spin:

4) Did I eat healthy foods, whole grains, fruit, vegetables, brown rice and get adequate protein? Yes!

5) Did I get in exercise of some kind, either riding, the gym or "intentional walking?" Yes! Dragged myself to the gym. Did weights and a bit on the bicycle. In the late afternoon did a loop of "intentional walking," which means I left the office and went for a brisk walk as a break, not at all tied to anything, JUST for the exercise.

6) Did I weigh myself in the morning? Yes! I was 71.2 kgs. A bit of the bloat seems to be it bloat? Still, I am 2 kgs over my Hong Kong goal....sigh, forget the goal...just focus on the efforts. :^:

7) Did I give myself numerous pats on the back and words of praise at my efforts? Yes! Actually, not as many as the other days. It's easy to forget. But, I was not beating myself up. My body seems to be holding onto the weight something fierce, but it's gotta budge!

8) Did I keep largely to a 6-meal pattern of about 400-100-400-100-400-100 calories spaced out evenly over the day? Yes!

8 out of 8??? YES!!

Day No. 3 is complete. Yes!!!! :)

Sorry, people, no time to talk. Just wanted to get this in. Later!

Shy Moment
11-28-2007, 05:11 PM
You are doing great. Don't worry about yesterday. Hey I don't look 20 anymore and no matter how much I worry about it I still won't look 20 lol. Yesterday is yesterday that is where it should stay. I switched to decaf tea. I really had to get rid of the caffeine because it was messing with my tummy terribly. Won't keep you awake either, you should try it.

Everyone seems to be doing great.

11-28-2007, 06:50 PM
Howdy Gals! Sorry I have been MIA since last week. NOt having a computer at home (that is functional) is killing me! :(

Well, I blew it! I totally was awful over the holiday weekend although I don't know how much of it counted against me as I was pre-dot...usually that gives me some lee-way for damage. It isn't the sweets that are my vice at all. I am a salty crunchy carb fiend and... This will resonate well with what Red said...I have a lot of love for beer/wine and cocktails. In fact, I would say that I am angelic during the week and bat-out-of hellish most weekends.

In keeping with the rules of the game, I am therefore resetting myself back to day 2 because yesterday I ate angelically and today ( I am very proud of myself for this) I woke up at 6:00 a.m., cleaned my house for a warmup, did a total body workout on the total gym for an hour and I have eaten cleanly all day.

OH and I was at Old Navy the other day and I tried on a pair of pants in a size 10 regular, but they were kind of loose in the gut and butt and they are touted as being " stretch" so I naturally put them back on the rack and got a size 8 and figured it was good. Not so... I got home and put on the pants to find they wouldn't even button :o so I had to take them back and exchange them for the 10's ... BUMMER :(

So essentially I need to live off of beets and carrots until my Christmas formal on December 15 if I am to do any justice to that green satin gown my mom made me. Wish me luck!!!

I need to go back and read all of the posts to catch up on everyone. I will write more later- promise!

Shy Moment
11-28-2007, 08:12 PM
You still stayed with it a bit nice going. Oh a dress your mother made. Girl, you better be able to wear that thing lol. You just get back on track and I am sure everything will be fine. I don't drink anymore but darn if fried foods isn't something that calls my name. I just scream I HAVE CHANGED MY NAME lol.

My gosh what day is this let me check

Day 10
All challenges met barely. I just wanted to eat and eat today. I made up a batch of suger free jello ( not sure how that is possible i thought the stuff was sugar and food coloring lol ) and fat free cool whip. My gosh is it good and doesn't count as much of anything lol.

11-29-2007, 02:22 PM
Thanks Shy! I needed that encouragement. It is UBER frustrating because I am on the "dot" right now and I weighed this morning and it shows that I am up four freaking pounds :mad:...It could be water weight from the dot and salty eating so I am going to leave my ticker until next Thursday. If it isn't gone by then, I will raise my ticker....Ugggh... It had better be gone then or I will be one bummy chummy...

Well, today I got up at 6:00 a.m. and let Shaun T ( Hip Hop Abs) kick me around on his 40 minute total body burn. Is it a bad sign when you are sore IMMEDIATELY following a workout? LOL!!! How out of shape am I? Geez...

It is kind of dead today at the office so maybe I will burn some calories cleaning out all of the boxes, boards and general stuff my coworkers like to stick in here! LOL!!! On stilettos that should be a workout in and of itself, right? I hope everyone else is having an awesome day!

11-29-2007, 08:23 PM
Day 1 was Monday, Nov. 26
Today was Thursday, Nov. 29

1) Did I record everything I put in my mouth? Yup.

2) Did I steer clear of processed foods, sugar and alcohol? Did it. I have been doing this for over a month now but not as a challenge. It used to be very difficult but I've gotten used to it. Hurrah! :cp:

3) Did I allow myself only morning coffee and one tea in the afternoon? Yes. Had tea in the afternoon. I used to go out for coffee at Tully's nearly every day. What an expense! This has really saved there as well.

4) Did I eat healthy foods, whole grains, fruit, vegetables, brown rice and get adequate protein? Yes. I've found a good way, though it's pretty expensive, to get around the problem of not being able to bring all my food from home and that is using the supermarket for prepackaged boiled veggie mixes and eating that over brown rice. Easy to make at work, heat in the microwave and eat at my desk. Sigh. Had cottage cheese with salsa mixed in yesterday. It's good!

5) Did I get in exercise of some kind, either riding, the gym or "intentional walking?" Yes. Rode before work. Had a good lesson! And then I got off the train early on the way home from work and walked a good 50 mins. home...AND I did not stop for any food in the convenience store (of which there are MANY.) :bravo:

6) Did I weigh myself in the morning? Yeah. I was 71.4 kg. I am not going to worry. I am just going to keep going, bit by bit, focusing on what I do, not on the results, at least not for now. Later, if I'm not losing I will assess and regroup. Yeah!

7) Did I give myself numerous pats on the back and words of praise at my efforts? I think I did. I did NOT beat myself up. Hurrah!

8) Did I keep largely to a 6-meal pattern of about 400-100-400-100-400-100 calories spaced out evenly over the day? Yes. This is bizarre, but I am getting used to it. I may be hungry but not falling into the craving mode either.I like it. It's just a bit bothersome to be "feeding" myself so often.

8 out of 8??? YES!!

Day No. 4 is complete. Yes!!!! :)

aimin -- Hey there! :wave: Good to have you back. Heh, I was groaning about my weight for the same reasons last week and while I will say that I haven't lost as much as I was hoping for after the pms bloat, I will say it is better and makes more sense. But I also think I was so bummed out that I did eat more than I should have. If I had just had faith in my efforts I would have been singing a happier tune right now. Stick it out and don't be a "bummy chummy!" :nono: Um, on the challenge rules, I don't know if I understood correctly, but I think you just have to plum start over. You don't reset. Nothing is carried over. But I may have read you wrong....cough...cough. In any case, good to have you back! Just stick with us this time! Oh, and Ms. Bat Out of ****, yes, hear you loud and clear on the angelic/demon change. I am allowing myself this at some point. I can not eat when I drink but the drinking always goes to excess. But, it's great, the socializing/craziness. But, I am cutting out the "just ones which lead to three" and the times that aren't very fun or crazy. I do love my all-or-nothing attitude and that's what makes tough challenges doable, BUT I am not allowing all the other little slipups that creep into my days, the ones that don't even feel that much fun but really play havoc with the calories.

Shy -- Glad to hear you made your challenges yesterday. Close call or not, you made it! I know the sugar free stuff can be a godsend. I stay away from it now just because I hate all that artificial stuff but also I am at a point where I can just kiss the sugar good-bye. It's like the love affair is over, get over it and move on. But that took a LONG time to do. Whatever gets you through the day, right? Shy, why do you keep telling me not to worry about yesterday? Did I say something that made you think I was regretting things. I can't figure it. Actually, I should worry about yesterday a little bit more and make sure by TODAYS aren't becoming the yesterdays that then become my fat tomorrows! But, maybe you're seeing something else or maybe you just want to remind me about not worrying about age...hmmm...did you see my photo somewhere???? ;)

dj -- Good to see you have some new challenges. You're already doing a lot of exercise, so adding just a bit will maybe be tough. Good luck and hope to see lots of you! :yes:

Nikki, where are you?

Apple, where are you!!!! :listen:

jolly??!??? ditto! Get in here!! :spin:


Shy Moment
11-29-2007, 08:41 PM
You are doing so great. I just worry you will get down on yourself if something doesn't go just as you want it to. You let things get to you lol. I am so proud of you. I knew you could do it.

No not really. Depending on the workout and how out of shape we are. You can be pretty darn sore right afterwords as long as you don't hurt that is ok. I never weigh a few days before my dot and at least not a few days until I am into it. My gosh I can be up quite a few lbs in those days. I went in one time and in two weeks had lost about 1/2 a lb. I couldn't believe it. As I recall was 1 or 2 days into my dot. I went the next week and had lost 4lbs. That shows the dot really can effect stuff.

That sounds like a really good idea. Keep it simple, do what works, kick things up a notch. I like the idea of adding little mini things. I did that with the firm ups and upper body. The walking videos are my main thing. Everything else is just little mini add ons. Man did my two mile walk/aerobics video tonight and my knees are so stiff. They don't really hurt just stiff. Thought I would do that one instead of the 2 one miles ones and an upper body tonight.

Day 11
All challenges met

11-30-2007, 09:20 AM
Day 1 was Monday, Nov. 26
Today was Friday, Nov. 30

1) Did I record everything I put in my mouth? Yes.

2) Did I steer clear of processed foods, sugar and alcohol? Yes. I almost felt like having some sugar today because it was all around the office, but I didn't. Being really busy helped. When I did go out for a tea, I did NOT, I repeat, did NOT put any sugar in it. Hurrah. :dance: Hurrah! :cp:

3) Did I allow myself only morning coffee and one tea in the afternoon? Yes. Had tea out in the afternoon. Expensive, but I did work sitting in the coffee shop, so I allowed myself it.

4) Did I eat healthy foods, whole grains, fruit, vegetables, brown rice and get adequate protein? Yes. I even made my own brown rice this morning before going in to work. OK, I slept in, did not get to the gym and was late to work, but I made the rice. Heh heh. ;) Oh, and I brought it to work, had it sitting on the floor in a Ziploc and then finally ate it over vegetables in the evening. Trumpets, please!

5) Did I get in exercise of some kind, either riding, the gym or "intentional walking?" Yes, I missed the gym and was too busy to walk at lunch..lunch?...what is that, something people do regularly? :shrug: BUT, but, but, I got off the train early coming home from work and walked...I don't know...must have been an hour. Yeah! :dancer:
6) Did I weigh myself in the morning? Yes. It was 70.2 kg!!!!!!! :bravo: :cp: :encore: :cp: This is a low for this month!!! :spin: :spin: :spin:

7) Did I give myself numerous pats on the back and words of praise at my efforts? I think I did.

8) Did I keep largely to a 6-meal pattern of about 400-100-400-100-400-100 calories spaced out evenly over the day? Yes. Actually, I was so busy, I think I ate less, but not in a bad way. I mean, I wasn't getting too hungry or weak or anything.

8 out of 8??? YES!!

Day No. 5 is complete. Yes!!!! :)


Shy -- Thank you! :love: And yes, you're very right, I will surely get down on myself when things don't go the way I want them. I mean, heck, they rarely go the way I want them to, but when I really am making the effort to lose weight and those efforts seem not to be working the way I expect them to, then I DO get down, very much so. I just wish I could understand my body a bit better...even...yes, even...if it means waking up to/accepting the fact that I have such a super efficient metabolism that I barely need to eat. Ugh. Shy, good for you on your challenges! :cp:

11-30-2007, 10:49 AM
Ok, Day 1 is good. I was worried I would keep forgetting about the glass of water before eating but managed to pull it off.

Shy - Yep, I think, right now, I need simple. I really want to work my way towards "healthy" rather than counting calories all the time. Part of my problem is that after losing all that weight, I got burned out on counting calories and have never really recovered! As long as I feel that way, it's just not working for me.

Watch out for those knees! I've had to learn to be so very careful with mine. The good news is that as I've gotten stronger, my knees have gotten better. They can still get sore and stiff, but not as badly. Hopefully they'll hold up for many more years!

Red - You're doing good! Yes, I know it's so hard when you feel like you're doing everything right and that darn scale won't budge! So frustrating! I keep telling myself to concentrate on the health end of things and hopefully the weight will take care of itself at some point. You seem to do very well with the healthy eating part. I'm slowly trying to cut down on the sugar, but don't do too well with it yet.

Aimin - Hip hop abs at 6am? I'm impressed. I'm just sitting around drinking my coffee at that time of day! Ignore that scale during dot! I always did. I could gain up to 5-6 pounds just before I got it. I'm so glad I don't have to worry about that for the next 4 years with my iud.

Have a great day everyone! :wave:

11-30-2007, 01:08 PM
Whew Red! You wear me out on your posts! LOL!!! Girl you have got some mighty strict guidelines! That is great though. When I first made my new year's resolution last year, I use to have a spreadsheet and I put everything into to calculate my calories taken in, and calories expended. Then I balanced it all out to self-calculate the deficit and had everything divided by 3500 ( the amount of calories in a pound of body fat) so the spreadsheet would actually track scientifically how much I was losing despite what muscle gain, water weight or scale weirdness was going on.... Hey, you know what? I think I am going to dust off my spreadsheet and get off this last 15 pounds that way! Thanks for the inspiration, Red! :)

Shy- the dot totally bites the big one...for whatever reason, I can pick up 6-10 pounds of water weight!!! YUCKOLA... During that time I feel like my bra should be endorsed by "Goodyear" and my skin actually hurts! Thank you for the encouragement. I am not even stepping on the scale again until next Thursday. I will just keep plugging on until my little plan and judge myself by my favorite blue jeans :) Keep going with your goals. You are so close to the 150's and you will be shocked and amazed at how many people seem to notice the change once you hit 150. I went from 176 to 150 and no one said a thing until the day my scale registered 155..then poof! It was like I had mysteriously shrunk overnight in the eyes of my friends...weirdos! LOL!!!

DJ- I used to DREAD getting up at 6:00 and it is a daily struggle but with my crazy job, evening meetings and social obligations, it is the only time I can guarantee that I will work on my self. Of course I have a weird added side benefit. As a result of the fact that it is just too big of a system shock to jump up and exercise at the crack of dawn, I ease into it by making my bed, running a load of laundry, cleaning my kitchen, brewing coffee and tidying up...THEN I go work out and so now, I am looking better and thankfully, so is my house!!!! :) Also, my dh leaves the house at 5:45 to catch the train to Dallas in the morning so his rumbling around wakes me up just enough to be able to bound up at 6:00!

So, I am proud of myself today for making the best of a dangerous diet land mine situation last night. A new sports bar opened in our neighborhood and my DH really wanted to go catch the Cowboy game there last night, so we did. I picked up the menu to see what I could modify and let's just say that it was like the menu selection at the State Fair... FRIED EVERYTHING. I swear, I was honestly afraid to order a salad for fear that the lettuce would be battered and fried! LOL!!! I dug through the sludge and found a grilled chick sandwich...I know, I was astonished too. It came with fries but I skooched them off onto my husband's plate...although I did allow myself to have 4 if I promised myself I would only eat half the sandwich..which I did. So -I may not have been perfectly halo-deservingly angelic, but I practiced an intense amount of willpower there and for that, I am patting myself on the back.

I didn't work out today because honestly, I am just too sore, BUT I will make up for it with an hour of turbo jam tomorrow ( I know, I am a sucker for Beachbody products).. also, I looked in the mirror today and ... I think I see the formation of a 2-pack in my abs. Hopefully with regular diet and exercise I can eventually work up to the full 6.

Best of luck to everyone today and remember NOTHING tastes as good as being healthy, energetic, fit, muscular and downright sexy feels!!!! :)

11-30-2007, 04:21 PM
Morning all. Another 4:30 a.m. rise to go to see the horse. Someone asked me what time I got up and when I said 4:30 there was a look of disbelief and someone else said, "4:30 doesn't exist." :lol3: No, really, I would love to sleep in, but I've found that just doing it, getting out to the stable,'s just something to push through. I'm learning to do that with other bad habits, overeating, bingeing, overdrinking, all in response to stress and overwork, lack of sleep. I mean, doing that will NOT make it better. I am slowly, slowly getting a handle on it. It has taken me decades, literally.

Well, I've got five days under my belt. Let's hope I can continue. I must. I must. I must. No, I WANT TO! My biggest enemies are pms and the scale and a feeling that everything is happening far too slowly AND (perhaps the worse) that it doesn't really matter if I'm thin and lean, that I'll still look ugly and be weird.....where do these thoughts come from?!?!?!? Wow, you should have heard me 2-3 weeks ago. I was beating myself up something serious, in tears every day. It didn't feel like your normal pms and I don't think it was. I think it was the catalyst to actually doing something about the fat I've been denying is hanging on me. Maybe it was the pain of waking up after years of denial. :dunno:

BUT, I'm still in my comfort range, that area I've been yo-yoing within for years, a few kilograms here, a few kilograms there. I'm afraid that when I hit virgin ground, i.e. a weight I haven't been in since I was a teenager or before I did weight training, that I will freak and run for the familiar cover of my fat again. You know what they say, what you know is always less scary than what you don't know. Sigh. Well, let's just keep trying, kiddo. You can do it!!!!


dj -- Congrats on a successful liftoff! You're up and away...oh, beautiful, oh beautiful....up, up and away!! Oh, boy, morning caffeine...sorry guys. You're right, dj, I go through periods of extreme healthful eating. And over the years, the healthful has become more a part of me than the nonhealthful. I mean, I don't even consider a lot of things food that other people stuff in their mouths on a regular basis. That doesn't mean I won't stuff it in on occasion, but I just would consider it like booze, thus the calorie overload. I always try to get the good stuff in as well. But, no, without health there is nothing, really. I think as you get older you start to realize that more and more. The reserves you had as a youth just aren't there. You have to take better care of yourself. You sound like you do very well on exercise. The healthy eating part is your last battle and you'll make it. You're already most of the way there, from the sounds of it. :yes:

aimini -- "Masterpiece in progress!" I love it! Great attitude! :flow1: Wow, you sound as obsessed as I am! ;) And looking at your stats, I can see why. You are already lean! Cut abs?!?! If I could see my abs I'd be on Cloud 9. But, it's all relative. Your battles. The battles of those who have over 200 lbs. to lose. It's all day by day and comes off bit by bit. It's all about consistency, isn't it? Perhaps the hardest concept to get down, because it's not only about eating and exercise, it's about everything in life. Sigh.
Well, my posts can be long, but you wrote a duzy. Love it. Specially love the fear of deep-fried lettuce! :lol: Oh, yeah, I know what you mean. You go into a place and it's like, what are they trying to do?!?!?! Speaking of people not noticing your weight loss...I think this is something that bothers me. On one hand, I don't want people to notice. I want to be great looking and never have them say anything to remind me how fat I was. But, on the other hand, I want them to say something about me looking better or something! When they don't, and they don't, I start thinking it's no use, that whether I'm fat or skinny, no one cares or even notices. That nothing can help me!!! I've found that the best place for comments is the gym with my bodybuilding buddies. They are so tuned in to weight that they notice it immediately and don't hesitate to comment, either way, up or down. The other guys are the racehorse trainers. They notice right away too. However, I haven't gotten any comments from either yet. The other day, though, at a little hangout by the track, one guy did say something and it was so nice. I never take it seriously though because I think my face is always thin, but there again, perhaps that's just more denial. Mirror, mirror, on the wall, don't I always just look fantastic???!! Oh, yes!! Cough. Cough. Aimin, hang in there. You're doing great. Wow, up to 10 lbs during pms. Awful! By the way, what are Beachbody products?

Shy Moment
11-30-2007, 08:31 PM
You are doing great. One day at a time is all any of us can do. Glad you are in your comfort range. Mine won't hit for another 20lbs lol.

Fried salad lolol. It can be hard. Oh my gosh I love fried foods. Sounds like you had a good time and did great. Congrats

I had a Mc Donald's egg nog shake today. Oh it was so yummmy. I just worked around it for everything else I ate for the rest of the day. Worked out good and I still have 150 calories and 4 grams of fat and 76 carbs left for the day. Am sure I will get them in tonight sometimes lol.

Day 12
1. Wrote everything in my journal
2. Had a snack today
3. All required amounts of the four basic food groups
4. Did my exercises today
5. Sodium is good

12-01-2007, 06:08 AM
Day 1 was Monday, Nov. 26
Today was Saturday, Dec. 1

1) Did I record everything I put in my mouth? Yes.

2) Did I steer clear of processed foods, sugar and alcohol? Yes.

3) Did I allow myself only morning coffee and one tea in the afternoon? Yes. Had tea out in the afternoon.

4) Did I eat healthy foods, whole grains, fruit, vegetables, brown rice and get adequate protein? Yes. Brown rice and curry today.

5) Did I get in exercise of some kind, either riding, the gym or "intentional walking?" Yes. Rode.

6) Did I weigh myself in the morning? Yes. It was 70.8 kg.

7) Did I give myself numerous pats on the back and words of praise at my efforts?It's hard remembering to do this, but I did, when I started getting down on myself... :(

8) Did I keep largely to a 6-meal pattern of about 400-100-400-100-400-100 calories spaced out evenly over the day? Yes. It was actually less, again, because I was busy, but I have been bringing stuff to eat when I go riding. Before, I'd either not eat at all or I'd eat too much high-calorie stuff walking to and from the station. Now, because I bring things, it's more in line with my 400-100-400-100 plan. Atta girl!
8 out of 8??? YES!!

Day 6 is complete. Yes!!!! :)

Well, happy December everyone!


Shy -- Thanks! Actually, what I meant by my "comfort zone" was not that it was a good place to be, it's just that I've been there so long that my body and my psyche, my idea of ME, are all used to this weight and thus "comfortable." I have a real concern that I will fight a new slimmer me, that I have become so stuck in the old ways and the old image that that has become my idea of me and I may rebel at accepting a new image. Hmmmm....well, good going on your challenges! Yup, one day at a time! :dancer:

12-01-2007, 10:42 AM
Day 2 is done of an "extra" workout and drinking water before all meals. Rode my bike for 15 minutes after dinner last night for my "extra" exercise. The water is probably the tougher one right now. A couple of times I started to eat a meal and had to run back to my kitchen for a glass of water at the last minute. :dizzy:

Gotta run. Weekend chores are calling already! :wave:

Shy Moment
12-01-2007, 11:17 AM
Way to go on the water. As I have said before and will say again lolol water is to shower with lol.

I do understand that comfort zone ( since I now know what you mean lol ). I gained this darn weight in two stages. First major illness about 40lbs, second major illness just a month or so later another 40lbs lol ) The illness just never stopped after that. I am now just about at the after the first illness weight again. Little scary for me. I can remember when I got here thinking, well if there is nothing I can do about it there is nothing I can do about it. I can be happy at this weight.

I don't feel this way now of course but part of me I think is afraid to get thinner and then gain the weight back. Have no idea where this has come from. I have never thought this way before. Might be all these darn people saying " Well you know you will gain it all back, everyone does." I am going to slap myself and get this out of my mind. A. I am not everyone else. I am not dieting, I have changed how I eat so I am not going to gain it back and all the meds are a thing of the past I hope. B. There are lots of people on this site that show you do not have to gain it back. I am going to be in their ranks one day. See, lol, I have down times too. I should be called down moment instead of shy moment right at this moment lol.

Day 13

All challenges met. Has turned out a great day.

12-01-2007, 04:23 PM
Morning all. It's 5 a.m. Repeat of yesterday. I had so much to do yesterday to prepare for my trip, but I left most of it to today.... :^: ... because I was just too tired. I went to bed two hours' early...sweet sleep!.....and feel a whole lot better this morning than I have in weeks. I'm hoping in Hong Kong I can gets lots of rest and walking in. I plan to take it easy on myself. :)
Well, I haven't weighed in yet this morning, but I'm not going to let the numbers throw me around, one way or the other...oh, yeah, right, if you're down, you'll be ecstatic, you know it.... ;) My skin looks better and I can't believe it but my face is thinner. I thought the beginnings of jowls was age, you know, sagging skin around the laugh lines (?) outside my mouth. It wasn't! It was FAT! They're gone! Yippee!!!! :sunny:


dj -- Excellent work on the exercise AND good for you for remembering the water. The extra discipline you are acquiring with challenges like these is going to serve you over and over again in all sorts of ways. Power to you! :strong:

Shy -- I'm sorry to hear that you have been ill and that you still are. I do wish you health and, if nothing more, that whatever it is you suffer from does not worsen. AND!! NO Ms. Down Moment, OK? I simply will not allow this. If you are aware of the yo-yo syndrome and determined not to subject yourself to it, AND vigilant then there is no way you have to gain the weight back. The vast majority of people take the weight off too quickly, think once they've reached goal that they're home-free, throw all cares and vigilance to the four winds and go back to old ways. It's inevitable that they gain the weight back. They are doing everything the same way as they used to. You, however, as you say, are changing your habits and apparently realize they have to STAY changed. You are taking the weight off slowly and understanding just WHY that is crucial, even though idiots such as the one in your doctor's office belittle your joy over losing 2 lbs. WTF?!?!?!? You are taking as example all the people who ARE keeping the weight off. The Maintainers forum is great for that. There's a woman called Meg (whom I've actually met because we both are from Pittsburgh, by the way) and if you read her story and how she lives now in order to maintain you will feel you are not alone AND, more importantly, you will be very much aware that this is a life decision.

I don't know, but from the sounds of it, you are in a rather hostile environment and seem to have people laying a lot of sh#t on you, negativity and doomsayers. I have the opposite situation here. No on says anything, so it's usually like I'm working in the dark. That's why coming in here to talk to you all is so helpful. Shy, you seem to be a very positive, optimistic (at least most of the time) and warm, helpful, caring person and my hunch is that people take advantage of that because you let them. When they say something totally out of line you let it by without a peep. That has something to say for it, but in cases like this, the doctor's office, the people saying, "You WILL gain it back," I would give them a snarl (and my snarls are legendary!), tell them to take flying leap or just let them know they had BETTER back off, and end this kind of stuff once and for all. You got that! I don't want to see Shy down. It's simply not right. :hug:

Shy Moment
12-01-2007, 05:10 PM
Thank you. I am better now. I just let it get to me and that is something I don't generally do. I have basically two kinds of people around me. Except for the hubby and the kids. One group say and notice nothing lol the other group just want to tell me how to lose weight and how it will never stay off lol. Since the weight came on with the meds, the bad eating habits didn't come until way later. I don't see why there would be a problem. Hubby of course was roaring mad about it all. Made me feel good lol.

I am doing well now. Crossing my fingers not to get real sick this winter. I am tired of being sick lol.

12-02-2007, 07:47 AM
Day 1 was Monday, Nov. 26
Today was Sunday, Dec. 2

1) Did I record everything I put in my mouth? Yes.

2) Did I steer clear of processed foods, sugar and alcohol? Yes. I was going to take a pause and drink but the guy I wanted to meet had a cold. :(

3) Did I allow myself only morning coffee and one tea in the afternoon? Yes. Had tea in the afternoon.

4) Did I eat healthy foods, whole grains, fruit, vegetables, brown rice and get adequate protein? Yes. Could have been better but it was OK.

5) Did I get in exercise of some kind, either riding, the gym or "intentional walking?" Yes. Rode and then went to the gym and did weights. AND, as I thought, one of my bodybuilding friends noticed right off that I'd lost weight! Hurrah! :woohoo:

6) Did I weigh myself in the morning? Yes. It was 70.0 even, a new low!!!! :yay:

7) Did I give myself numerous pats on the back and words of praise at my efforts?Yeah. It was hard today because I wasn't able to meet up with a friend and I was starting to get all annoyed and down, but I fought it, went to the gym instead and kept saying, "You can do it!!" :cheer2:

8) Did I keep largely to a 6-meal pattern of about 400-100-400-100-400-100 calories spaced out evenly over the day? I did. It is getting to be a habit, small meals, can eat when I'm hungry, but not that much. I like it. Hope I can keep it up when I'm in Hong Kong.

8 out of 8??? YES!!

Day 7 is complete. :dance:

Shy, dj, aimin, jolly, Apple, a big hello!!! :wave:


Shy Moment
12-02-2007, 12:59 PM
You are doing so great. I have found if I eat all day long instead of a lot at one time a few things happen. I am never really hungry and I don't have as many tummy problems as I use to have.

12-02-2007, 05:26 PM
Good morning, everyone. Where is everyone, by the way? :shrug: Well, Shy and dj are still making regular appearances. Hope the others join in soon. I certainly know how it is, I was AWOL for weeks. :^:

Well, it's the start of Day 8 and my Hong Kong trip is imminent. I don't think I'll make my goal but I'm a good 3 kg (6.6 lbs) closer to it than I was when I started, so I'm going to give myself a pat on the back. :yes:

I've set myself a new goal and that is 67 kg by the end of the year. The lowest weight I recorded in 2007 up to now was 68.6 in Jan. and Feb., just twice. The low in 2006 was 67.6 kg. So, hitting 67 would be a least a 2-year first. It'll be tough and I may not get quite there, but like the HK goal, I can be close. Going for it!

Shy Moment
12-02-2007, 11:20 PM
Seems like there isn't many of us around today.

Day 15
All challenges met.

Busy here getting lights on this darn tree lol. Only have 45 more stands to go.

12-03-2007, 07:58 AM
Day 1 was Monday, Nov. 26
Today was Monday, Dec. 3

1) Did I record everything I put in my mouth? Yes.

2) Did I steer clear of processed foods, sugar and alcohol? Yes.

3) Did I allow myself only morning coffee and one tea in the afternoon? Yes. Had tea in the afternoon.

4) Did I eat healthy foods, whole grains, fruit, vegetables, brown rice and get adequate protein? Yes. Again, could have been better but I'm allowing it.

5) Did I get in exercise of some kind, either riding, the gym or "intentional walking?" Yes. Went to the gym and walked extra.

6) Did I weigh myself in the morning? Yes. It was still 70.0.

7) Did I give myself numerous pats on the back and words of praise at my efforts? Yeah. Almost didn't.

8) Did I keep largely to a 6-meal pattern of about 400-100-400-100-400-100 calories spaced out evenly over the day? Yes

8 out of 8??? Yeah.

Day 8 is complete.

Shy -- Hi there. Just you and me, eh? Congrats on another day down!! :bravo:

12-03-2007, 10:06 AM
Ok, I'm on Day 4 of both water before meals and extra exercise. Had one of "those days" on Saturday and blew it on both! I knew I'd forget to drink before eating one day and it happened. New habit to get into. So, 2 pauses left on each.

Red - You're doing awesome! 6.6 lbs is a great accomplishment. :yes: At the rate you're going, you'll hit that goal easily! When are you leaving on your trip? I'm sure I read it somewhere, but can't remember.

Shy - Seems your avatar changes everytime I come in here. I'm starting to look forward to what you have next. Where do you find all those?

Don't you just love putting on those lights? Ugh! That's one part I could do without! I'll be doing that myself next week. We're going to go out and cut a tree next Sunday. Couldn't do it this last weekend because my son was gone the whole time. I told everyone they must be available next Sunday, no excuses!

Have a great day all! :wave:

Shy Moment
12-03-2007, 01:44 PM
Go to your search and type in avatar Christmas lol. Is a shame, many of them I have found are to big to use. I hope to have a new one for everyday until Christmas. We used the fake tree this year. I want to be able to breath for the holidays.

Nice going again

Day 16

All Challanges met.

Once christmas is over, I will go back to my fat cat lol.

Apple Blossom
12-03-2007, 01:57 PM
Greetings all! I sure have missed you guys. I just haven't had the nerve to get back into a challenge. But I figure there is enough time to get one done before the holidays, so here I am. I actually have started one already and I have completed day 4. This is a 30 minute exercise challenge. 2 pauses allowed.
My weight is continuing to go up instead of down. I am doomed to be a beached whale in Hawaii, but I'm at least hoping to fit into my clothes by then. The thought of a bathing suit...:fr: I don't think I even have one. I tossed my old one in disgust at the end of the summer. It IS possible to be 10 pounds down by then. Maybe not healthy, but possible. Did someone say beets and carrots?
Have a great day everyone!

12-03-2007, 04:12 PM
OK Ladies! Imagine the drill sargeant's whistle here..I just went back through the posts since my last visit here and WOW... There are so many of you who are afraid that you will re-gain the weight you lost and it is breaking my heart to read it. I am going to tell you what you already know, but need to hear again.

In order to lose the weight properly the first time, you have to learn how to eat, right? By being on this forum you already know more than your average "dieter" - although I hate to use that phrase because we are not dieters- we are lifestyle changers... and we are doing it for US! :carrot:

Regardless of your financial status, think of weight loss like a really expensive gift you want that is out of your immediate price range (like a new house or car or Bulgari watch)- it doesn't mean that you can't have just means that you will have to practice discipline to have it. What do you do when you WANT to buy something badly? You cut back on eating out, you cut back on buying little things you want, you deprive yourself of some things you don't truly need so you can have the one thing you want more than anything else...
This is almost just like weight loss... you have to modify your behavior to have that precious gift and in this case, the gift is more precious than any Bulgari watch or Lexus or Prada handbag... the gift is a new you! A new redemption in your health, self-esteem, courage, beauty... this is the most precious gift on earth folks!!! :encore:

Now let's imagine that you finally have saved up enough to buy that beautiful new Jaguar you wanted... What do you do? You are thrilled, you celebrate, but everyday you are going to clean that car out, get it washed and waxed often, get those oil changes... Basically you are going to do anything you can to protect your investment because you worked so hard for it that it is valuable and precious to you. You can't imagine your life without it! --- THAT is how you will be with your weight loss. You will protect and beautify and pamper the NEW YOU because you worked so hard for it and you value it so much. The second you see that you have gained a pound or two, you will modify your actions to take it right back off again!

And you are not AFRAID because you trust yourself. You know that you took the weight off once. You took a large amount of weight off once and you know that you have the power and the knowledge to do anything you need to in order to protect your investment.

So there, I am done with my pep-talk ladies. Don't be afraid to get out there and take control of your life and give yourself this precious gift. Don't even think about the size of the challenge or what happens later. Just think about it in terms of today and say to yourself " I am going to make the right choices TODAY". Remember that the journey of a 1,000 miles begins with a single step. Enough "todays" done well, will ensure that you are much closer to who you want to be "tomorrow".


12-03-2007, 04:48 PM
Ok, starting Day 9 here. Wish me luck. My weight is WAY up and I feel bummed, even though I know it must be water retention. Still. Sigh. I hate this. BUT, I'm just going to keep at it. :dancer:


dj -- Good to see you! Oh, don't worry about one day. New challenges are always problematic. That's why they're challenging and that's how new habits are formed. You're doing great. Thanks for the encouragement. The weight loss doesn't seem like much. I belittle it, or find myself wanting to, but then I catch myself, because it's part of my challenge and give myself encouragement and a pat on the back for the effort and the results. Wow, that is really not easy. It's bizarre. I mean, it's obviously not an easy thing to lose the weight. Why do I want to belittle it when I do? I have a lot of weight to take off, but it's not that much. 6 or 7 pounds DOES make a noticeable difference on me, whereas it may not if I were 350 lbs. I was just thinking yesterday, if I can actually see 7 lbs gone, then what will 50 lbs gone look like? It would be a lot! My trip is tomorrow morning, when I leave I mean. I have done so little and I am NOT going to make my goal, but like I said, I'm this much closer. I had a lot of slipups this month before I got into my new challenges.

Shy -- There you go again, just tallying off those days! :cp: Yes, I was going to mention it too, your avatar is constantly changing. It's a bit unnerving, but with the holiday season upon us, it is pretty!

Apple -- Great to see you back!! :welcome: Don't worry about the beach and the whale. Just work toward looking even a tiny bit better and feeling a WHOLE lot better!

aimin -- Great post! Thank you!!

12-04-2007, 09:06 AM
Day 1 was Monday, Nov. 26
Today was Tuesday, Dec. 4

1) Did I record everything I put in my mouth? Yes.

2) Did I steer clear of processed foods, sugar and alcohol? Yes.

3) Did I allow myself only morning coffee and one tea in the afternoon? Yes.

4) Did I eat healthy foods, whole grains, fruit, vegetables, brown rice and get adequate protein? Yes.
5) Did I get in exercise of some kind, either riding, the gym or "intentional walking?" Yes. Rode. That's all, but that entails a lot of walking too.

6) Did I weigh myself in the morning? Yes. It was way up at 71.4 kg. Like, huh?!?! :dunno:

7) Did I give myself numerous pats on the back and words of praise at my efforts? Ah, well, I didn't beat myself up. Must work on this a bit more. :^:

8) Did I keep largely to a 6-meal pattern of about 400-100-400-100-400-100 calories spaced out evenly over the day? Yes

8 out of 8??? You bet!

Day 9 is complete. Hurrah for me!

What's this, I'm talking to myself??? So quiet. Come in and help me, people!! I need it!!! :(

12-04-2007, 11:26 AM
Day 5 - good - drink water before meals and do "extra" exercise daily.

I am really going to try to get my challenges done today, but I'm afraid I'm sick. grrrr

Hi Red. You're right, very quiet in here, but I'm glad to see you're here and doing well! Keep it up! Have a great trip! My grandma always loved going to Hong Kong. Maybe someday I'll get to see it too.

Apple - Hi! Glad to see you back! You will have a great time in Hawaii no matter what. It's so much fun there. Concetrate on your health and having a great time. Just think, there is so much to do there that you'll get lots of exercise while you're having fun. I don't think we ever stopped moving when we were there.

Aimin - Great pep talk! Guess we all need that once in a while.

Hi Shy - Hope all is well with you.

12-04-2007, 01:36 PM
What day is this...hmm I think it is day 6 for me? LOL!!!

Well I am very proud of myself because I ate like a saint yesterday and I exercised last night. I did a really fun workout called the Goddess workout- it is a bellydance workout and I am actually sore today. It sculpts beautiful thighs and buns and has quite an isometric burn from the arm movements as well. I actually worked up a sweat during the hip shimmy sequence!!! She said that the "shimmy" was believed to have the power to create floods and earthquakes and I couldn't resist the chance to joke to myself " hey, wait a minute...just how big does she think I am?" LOL!!! I know...I have a twisted sense of humor, right? :)

Well, going back through the posts, I saw where Red asked me what products are... First of all, let me say that I am ADDICTED to workout dvds. I LOVE them. I collect them like some people collect china or spoons... I adore being able to walk into my home gym and look across the shelf there saying "what do I feel like doing today?" and having a workout to suit every need. I buy fun ones like hip hop abs, turbo jam, yoga booty ballet (a favorite) the Goddess workouts, Fat Chance Bellydance and Carmen Electra's Striptease workout. So is a vendor that sells EXCELLENT workout dvds and other stuff. Check it out if you want to but WARNING... these workouts are addictive!!! The good news is - if you want a review on a particular dvd series of theirs, you can always come to me!

DJ- I am soooo sorry to hear you are sick. I hope you get to feeling better soon.

Apple- if you want a healthy eating plan for quick results (for the short term, not for the long term), I will be happy to pass along the Dancer's ten day diet plan. It is supposed to take off up to 10 pounds in 10 days. Also Minna Lessig has an emergency workout that blasts fat fast for when you have a special occassion. It's fun... a lot of salsa style dance combined with full body toning. Best of luck. I too share the fear of swimsuits!

Shy Moment
12-04-2007, 08:26 PM
Day 17
All Challenges met

Been a nice day. Not much to do just odds and ends. Got all the lights on the tree, sure glad to have that job done.

Glad you had another great day. I love home workout videos too.

I am great as usual lol. Get done what you can, sorry you aren't feeling well. Typhoid Mary ( my daughter ) has a cold and I told her she was going to sleep outside if she gave that darn cold to me lol.

I am glad you are doing well. Stop looking at that darn scale lol. Once a week or every two weeks is more than enough. Weight fluctuates all the time.

Darn where have you been? Do not try to lose that much weight that fast. That just isn't healthy. Oh yuck I guess I will be 300lbs all my life if I have to live on beets and carrots lol.

12-05-2007, 01:58 PM
Day 7 here and I am doing well although I do NOT have any energy today! Sleeping on my desk sounds like a good idea...graphic illustration and desktop publishing however, not so much! LOL..

Last night I made a very healthy dinner and will be happy to share the recipe. It was Shrimp Creole with whole grain rice and if you use the new "high heat professional " cooking spray from PAM you hardly add a microscopic dot of fat. What do you get however is the great whole grain rice, lycopene from the tomatoes, vitamin c from the bell peppers and ..whatever nutrients are in garlic, onions and celery!

So how is everyone today? Shy, day 17... WOW! You are totally amazing!

12-05-2007, 06:20 PM
Day 6 - good - drink water before meals and do "extra" exercise daily.

Well, I made it through the day yesterday. Luckily I started to feel better as the day went on and today I'm pretty much back to normal.

aimin - I would love to have your recipe. I'm always looking for more low fat/low calorie recipes around here. By the way, I'm another one addicted to my workout videos. My library just keeps growing and growing. I love going downstairs to workout everyday and having many choices although my favorites are my step aerobic videos. It's funny, I used to think I hated exercise. Guess I just needed to find something I liked! Now, I get really grouchy when anyone disturbs my workout!

Shy - Wow, you're almost done with your challenges! Good job! Congrats on getting those lights on that tree too. We're going out sunday to cut ours. We make it a yearly tradition and I almost always pick one that is hard to get to. Last year we had to climb a really steep hill in lots of snow to get the tree I just had to have! The kids always complain, but we're always laughing about it later.

Have a great day! :wave:

Shy Moment
12-05-2007, 08:25 PM
Snow is to look at not walk thru lol.

Day 18
All challenges met.

Am already thinking of what I want for the next challenge. Even if I don't change anything. These challenges really keep me on task.

12-05-2007, 08:49 PM
Shy - Unfortunately for me (born and raised in California), just looking at snow is not an option. I live in Eastern Idaho near the Wyoming border. Need I say more?

I actually chose my particular avatar because it reminded me where I live.

Shy Moment
12-05-2007, 08:51 PM
You walk from the house to the car. Walk way shoveled. You get into the car and don't get out until you get to the store, parking lot shoveled. You go home lol. Never have to walk in snow. Doesn't matter where you live lol.

12-06-2007, 12:50 PM
Hi! I'm new but this is exactly what I'm looking for! I like Red's approach... so here are my challenges:

Exercise plan - Weights – 2 times a week, Cardio – 3 times a week

Give up sweets (ALL SWEETS – NO SUGAR!) - level 3 - 3 pauses

Only ONE snack after dinner

Stop eating by 8

Follow WW points every day (incl. flex points)

Today is day 1 and I'm home sick with the flu... means I'll have to catch up on exercise when I'm feeling better!

Shy Moment
12-06-2007, 03:26 PM
Nice to have you join us lol. Can't catch up on stuff here, no sir no way lol. We have to meet our challenges each day or use a pause or start all over. It can be tough but we love it. Keeps us on task.

Day 19

All challenges met. It has been a great day :)

Apple Blossom
12-06-2007, 05:34 PM
Ugghh, I'm already unsure as to what day I am on... I'll say I've completed day 6. I haven't missed a day yet. Hurray. Dealing with TOM so no scale movement. Yesterday was a bad eating day too. Gotta go so I don't run out of time today!

12-07-2007, 04:30 PM
Day 7 & 8 - good - drink water before meals and do "extra" exercise daily 2 pauses left

Wow, I really did post yesterday, but my post is not here!

:welcome: rdye! Glad to have you join us!

Hi Apple & Shy!

Wish I had more time but I need to workout while my little one is sleeping. :wave:

12-07-2007, 09:59 PM
Heh all. I'm here in Hong Kong, sick again with what seems like food poisoning. Lost yesterday completely. Just stayed in the hotel room getting sick. Ughh. Today is better, but I still feel awful. Looks like I'm going to have to restart my challenges when I get back home to Tokyo.
Hope you're all doing better than I am.

Shy Moment
12-08-2007, 12:20 AM
So sorry you aren't well. Things will get back to normal when you get home.

Well the daughter was in an accident while I was posting today. She is ok except for a cast on her foot and a splint on her thumb. Darn man tryed to pull from a drive on one side of the road to a drive on the other side of the road and there was my daughter where she should be on her side of the road right in his way lol. Lets say I wasn't laughing about it earlier lol. By the time we got home from the hospital I was wiped out but I got all the chores done, dinner made for tomorrow and my exercises done. I no longer want to pummel the man lol.

Glad things are going well. I do remember those days. My gosh I got so much done during their two hour nap lol.

The dot time is a real bother. Don't you worry, you just stick with it. That scale will move in the direction you want it to.

Day 20
All challenges met

Shy Moment
12-09-2007, 07:55 PM
Gosh where is everyone.

Everything finaly back to normal here. What a weekend glad it is over.

Day 20 and 21

Met Challenges

Will post a new challenge tomorrow. Still have to get laundry done tonight.

12-10-2007, 05:00 AM

:cp: :cp: :cp: :woo: :woo: :woo: :cp: :cp: :cp:
:bravo: We have a winner!!! :bravo:
:encore: :encore: CONGRATULATIONS!!!! :encore: :encore:
:cb: :cb: :cb: :dancer: :dancer: SHY MOMENT!!!! :dancer: :dancer: :cb: :cb: :cb:

12-10-2007, 06:56 AM
Ok, everyone. Back in Tokyo. Had some rough days there, including today, but I made it back without incident. I am starting my challenges over. The same as before. Tuesday will be Day 1...again. Wish me luck! Hope to see more of you in here. What's all the quiet about??!?! :dunno:

Shy Moment
12-10-2007, 01:37 PM
Day 1
All Challenges met

Thank you so much :). My challenges don't change much from month to month but they are so important for me to stay on task.

Here are my new challenges for my next 21 day challenge. Today is day one

1. Eat the required amounts of the four basic food groups. ( I still have to track this each day. )

2. One snack a day ( usually one every other day but it is the holiday time so who knows, wanted to give myself a little room )

3. Keep track of everything using fit day as journal ( I love fit day. Really helps me keep track to make sure I have all the food eaten I should eat. Eating is important. Eating promotes weight loss, not eating promotes the tummy thinking the throat was slit and turning everything into fat so the body doesn't starve lol )

4. Drink at least one glass of water a day. ( I never drink water )

5. Exercise everyday ( Routine as follows depending on knees )

Sunday - Saturday
Got the Shapely Secrets In 7 today. Going to do this every day.

Sunday And Wednesday
1 Mile WATP ( 21 min ) and Upper Body Workout ( 18 Min )

Monday And Thursday
2 Mile WATP ( 30 Min )

Walk-Off Weight 1 Mile ( 20 Min ), Upper Body Workout ( 18 Min )

Saturday And Tuesday
1 Mile Miracle Mile ( 16 Min ) And Firm Up ( 7 Min )

Nothing to tough just have to do it. Seems to be making the body stronger if nothing else. These are things I just do everyday. I do find if I don't have you all to keep me accountable I don't want to eat half the time and I sure don't want to get off my bum and exercise. Thanks to all of you for being here for me.

YES I can be lazy lol. Just having to come in here and tell you I did what I should have for the day makes me do it even when I don't want to lol.

You make me feel so lazy lol.

It is your fault I have added the water thing. Do you have any idea how much I dislike drinking water if it doesn't have mountain dew in it lol

Aimin and the rest of you. You really keep me going. More important to me to be able to tell you I did what I should have done than to tell my husband lol.

12-10-2007, 04:47 PM
OK, this is the new START!!! :dancer: Wish me luck!!! ...and persistence, determination, resolve and all those other goodies! :dance: AND.....ticker has moved...mostly dehydration and loss of muscle probably but I'll take it! :sunny:

12-11-2007, 07:47 AM
NEW Day 1 was Tuesday, Dec. 11
Today was Tuesday, Dec. 11

1) Did I record everything I put in my mouth? Yes.

2) Did I steer clear of processed foods, sugar and alcohol? Yes.

3) Did I allow myself only morning coffee and one tea in the afternoon? Yes.

4) Did I eat healthy foods, whole grains, fruit, vegetables, brown rice and get adequate protein? Yes.

5) Did I get in exercise of some kind, either riding, the gym or "intentional walking?" Yes. Rode.

6) Did I weigh myself in the morning? Yes. It was 68.6, a new recent low. I expect this to rise quite a bit but I am determined to keep going!

7) Did I give myself numerous pats on the back and words of praise at my efforts? I kind of forgot about this till late in the day but I wasn't bad.

8) Did I keep largely to a 6-meal pattern of about 400-100-400-100-400-100 calories spaced out evenly over the day? Yes and no, but I'm calling it OK. I'm still sick and not too worried about this. I'm not eating a lot so it's probably pretty close anyhow.

8 out of 8??? Yes!

Day 1 is complete.

Shy -- Good luck on your new challenges! :goodluck: I'm glad the thread is helping you! :spin: I am the same way. Many times a day I stop and think...well, I better do it because if I don't I'm going to have to tell the people on the thread and I'd hate to do that. I'll just stick to my challenge.....

Apple -- Are you still with us? I hope so. :yes: Still going? Restart?

rdye -- Are you still there? :listen:

dj -- Where are you?!?!!? :?: Hope that snow didn't get to you!

aimin -- What happened to you? :dunno:

12-11-2007, 10:50 AM
I'm still here, just had things get crazy and stressful. I have no idea where I'm at with my challenges and I'm not going to try to figure it out right now. Give me a few more days and I'll see how I feel.

Red - Sorry to hear you got sick on your trip! But, glad you're back and getting back into your challenges! I will try to do the same, just need a breather right now.

Shy - :cheer2: Good job on your challenges! I'm proud of you for doing the water thing! It's good for you! Lucky for me though, I actually like it.

Have a good day all. :wave:

12-11-2007, 01:54 PM
Uggghh... I blew it! I am hopping back on the launch pad for Day 2 cause I totally bit the big one over the weekend. These holiday parties are kicking my butt! I was invited to one last Friday that I opted not to go to so I could avoid the temptation. I also turned down cocktails with a friend for the same reason. I still blew it Saturday and Sunday, but I hopped back on the wagon yesterday, did some healthy grocery shopping and ate well yesterday.

My challenges are:

1). Stay between 1200-1300 calories daily
2). Exercise at least 5 times a week for at least 30 minutes :carrot:
3). Drink at least 32 ounces of plain water a day ( believe me, this is a challenge)
4). Post here daily :comp:
5). Keep moving in the evenings after dinner- no couch time :running:
6). In bed by 9:00 p.m. during the week
7). No sugary cocktails at parties- just sip wine socially
8). Go through a bag of assorted fruit a week!

So toward that- I got up at 6:00 a.m. and did my Yoga Booty Ballet " Goddess Abs" video, have eaten well, am sluggin the water now as we speak, just finished my mid morning apple :D and I marinated my salmon that I will serve for dinner tonight!

12-11-2007, 06:34 PM
Starting out on Day 2 here. Still feeling lousy but am getting this butt into the office today and, before that, the gym for a quick workout. I am determined to reach 67 kg by yearend. If I stick to my guns I can do it, no problem. You know, it's weird to actually realize I CAN do this, that these unfamiliar numbers are not an impossibility.


dj -- So sorry to hear things have been stressful. I'm just glad you're still stopping in here and haven't given up. So many people start and never show up again, or only continue for a very short time. You are one of the troopers! Here's wishing you blue skies, gentle sailing and better times real soon! :sunny:

aimin -- There you are! Ee gads, you DO sound like me with the partying life...not that mine is fabulous or's more like just soothe away the woes with coworkers and brew...but, great to have you back! :yes: Your saves, planning ahead, avoiding sure traps etc. etc. were beautiful! A big hand to you! :bravo: "Goddess Abs!" :eek: "sluggin' water!" Juicin' that fish! Sounds like you are walkin' the talk! Keep it going! :dancer:

Shy Moment
12-11-2007, 09:38 PM
Day 2
All challenges met

Didn't like you much when I was drinking that darn glass of water Dj lol.

Seems everyone is doing pretty good that is great. Aimin you will get back on the wagon, I am sure you will. You just slipped off the side a bit. Be glad it didn't run you over lol.

12-12-2007, 08:06 AM
NEW Day 1 was Tuesday, Dec. 11
Today was Wednesday, Dec. 12

1) Did I record everything I put in my mouth? Yes.

2) Did I steer clear of processed foods, sugar and alcohol? Yes.

3) Did I allow myself only morning coffee and one tea in the afternoon? Yes.

4) Did I eat healthy foods, whole grains, fruit, vegetables, brown rice and get adequate protein? Iffy on this one, but again, considering I'm still sick, I will allow it along with an iffy No. 8. :^:

5) Did I get in exercise of some kind, either riding, the gym or "intentional walking?" Yes. Went to the gym. Did weights.

6) Did I weigh myself in the morning? Yes. It was 68.4.

7) Did I give myself numerous pats on the back and words of praise at my efforts?Good enough.

8) Did I keep largely to a 6-meal pattern of about 400-100-400-100-400-100 calories spaced out evenly over the day? Good enough.

8 out of 8??? Sliding!

Day 2 is complete.

Heh, there. I almost (many times) reached for the sweets today, mainly because I had brought them into work from my trip. BUT, I resisted! Hurrah! Still being sick makes it easier perhaps. Buying a smaller size of pants last night AND fitting into them makes it easier as well. :spin:

Shy -- Looks like youz and me's the only ones around. :shrug: But, that's OK. A hand on your challenges. :cp: We're neck and neck. Shy, I think you need to go find some snow, lots of it, maybe dj's got some for you. Then you gotta tramp around it in, get covered in it, make angels and have a snowball fight, work up a real sweat and then chug water!! Like dj says, it's GOOD for you!! :lol3:

12-12-2007, 07:51 PM
Hi all. Found a great place to chart your weight on a graph. Here's the link:

Shy Moment
12-12-2007, 08:08 PM
Thanks for the site. Was interesting to put in the weights I could find written down. Lay off me drinking more water or I am going to pop your balloon lol.

Have no idea where everyone went. We are all alone. Just each other to bug lol..

Day 3

All Challenges met.

12-13-2007, 05:07 PM
Sorry y'all. I had a big holiday party for work to plan and my coworkers have been driving me BATTY!!! :dizzy:

So I had a big holiday party to go to last night and I only had two glasses of wine throughout the 4 hour party which I thought was fairly modest. I did not have any desserts, but I did have two lil nibbles of cheese, one piece of shrimp (fried) and 2 meatballs... of course that was my dinner and it was all that was there except for the baked brie pastry thingmabob that looked far more dangerous than my meager meatball. Not to mention, being that it was my event, it involved running around, lifting heavy boxes and mingling on my feet for four hours taking photos of board members and what not and all of that was done on 3 inch heels! So... I am giving myself a gold star for restraint and calling yesterday a wash.

Red--- FOOD poisoning??? YUCKOLA... I am so sorry! Glad you are feeling better now

Shy- please tell me more about these 7 shapely secrets... I am very very very curious.

Dj- I know what you mean...It is hard to always keep up with where you are on the challenges! Good luck to ya...we are all pullin for ya!

Shy Moment
12-13-2007, 09:00 PM
Hope you had a nice time at the party. Sounds like it was a lot of work for you and you made some good choices.

Day 4
All challenges met.

12-13-2007, 09:17 PM
Thanks for the support everyone. I have been keeping up with reading your posts, just not talking much yet. I am still exercising (my sanity saver) but the food and drinking lots of water has temporarily gone out the window. I might try to get going again on challenges, I'm just not sure I'm ready. We'll see. Hopefully I'll have a little good news here in the next few days, a week max. That will make me a little happier if we get the news we want.

Keep up the good work everyone! :wave:

12-14-2007, 04:07 PM
Hey all. I hit a bad stretch here and can't get any traction. The day before yesterday I went off the road and yesterday, though I tried to get back on, just couldn't. It's not pretty. I feel defeated....BUT I am NOT! Here goes another try. It's 5 a.m. Saturday and I'm restarting. Sigh.

dj -- Sorry to hear you're having a tough time of it too, but glad to hear you're hanging on with the exercise. And I do hope you get that news you're wishing for and hope to see you in here soon working away on your challenges. Take care. :hug:

aimin -- The party saves were absolutely amazing! Wow. :eek: What resolve, what strength! You put me to shame! Keep it going! :strong:

Shy -- You drinking your water? ;) A hand on notching more days! :cp:

Shy Moment
12-14-2007, 10:02 PM
Day 5

Drank that nasty water yuckkkkkkkk. You will get back on track. It just takes some people longer to get in the groove is all.

All challenges completed.

Do NOT make me drink this glass of water alone.

My snack tonight was 4 pieces of candy out of my Whitman's sampler. It was very good but not as good as I remember. Gave the rest of it to the kids and their friends.

12-15-2007, 12:59 AM
Shy - Tell you what, I'll try to do the water thing with you. Not going to promise anything, but I'll give it a shot starting with tomorrow. Instead of drinking before eating though, I'll go back to 64 oz per day. Maybe I can remember that?!?!

Hi Red! I'm here (trying) You gotta join me!

Shy Moment
12-15-2007, 02:22 AM
64oz. I would be sicker than a dog all the time. 8 oz is more than enough for me.

12-15-2007, 03:11 AM
Shy, you crack me up! :lol3: Even my cats like water more than you! One of 'em couldn't care less about walking in the rain. He'll come in soaked, no problem. dj, I don't need a water challenge. I guzzle the stuff ALL the time, drink around 100 ozs a day, easy, and that's in the winter when I'm not sweating that much. I LOVE water. On the airplanes they do look at me funny when I never want a drink...."just water, please" But, dj, I'm REAL glad to see you in here again. Hurrah! :spin: :trampo:

12-15-2007, 11:10 AM
Red - I love water too. My problem is that I love coffee and tea more. :coffee: Those are the only 3 things that I ever drink! By making myself drink more water, I cut back a little on the coffee and tea (key word "little"). I do notice that when I drink more water, my skin feels less dry and that's a big thing here where I live because the air is so dry.

Shy - You probably drink 64 oz a day in something. For me, like I said above, it's just replacing one drink with another to be a little more healthy. I really do drink too many cups of coffee and tea everyday and need to get that cut down a little. I'm just not ready to call it a coffee or tea challenge! I just can't handle that thought right now.

12-15-2007, 04:35 PM
Heh there. I still can't get a handle on things. I don't know. Being sick in Hong Kong must have messed things up pretty good. I guess it caused me to lose weight too quickly and now my body is fighting to put that weight back on...and it has...sigh...oh well, I haven't been able to get into my groove again, just the rut. Here's trying again today. :^:

Shy Moment
12-15-2007, 08:04 PM
To be honest. The doc told me I don't ever need to drink plain water if I don't want to. I take enough liquids in with what I already eat and drink and not to worry about it. She just thought 8oz of clear water a day was a nice idea if I wanted to do it lol.

You will get it back together. Just take a deep breath and make yourself do it. I guess that is one of the reasons I am like I am. I am so disorganized I keep myself very organized. I am like that with everything I do. This is just one more thing for me to organize. I love to organize lol.

Day 6
All challenges completed.

12-16-2007, 12:52 AM
Thanks for the encouragement, Shy. I think I may be able to do it today. It is just a matter of commitment and I haven't felt that...well, I've been shirking it. But I can do it, I do it with enough other things! I am NOT going to gain back the weight I went through so much pains to take off! :nono: Good going on your challenges, Shy! :cp: Keep it up. dj, I used to drink SO much coffee and tea, unbelievable! Read the book Caffeine Blues. That'll get you off the stuff! :eek:

Shy Moment
12-16-2007, 02:53 AM
I don't hardly drink any caffeine at all. Its all decaf.

12-16-2007, 06:54 PM
I was talking to dj about the caffeine, Shy. Good for you for staying away from the stuff. You sure Mountain Dew doesn't have caffeine, though?

Hmmm....just checked it out, yeah, it has a lot. But, you just drink a little of that, don't you?

According to the National Soft Drink Association, the following is the caffeine content in mgs per 12 oz can of soda:
Afri-Cola 100.0 (?)
Jolt 71.2
Sugar-Free Mr. Pibb 58.8
Mountain Dew 55.0 (no caffeine in Canada)
Diet Mountain Dew 55.0
Kick citrus 54 (36mg per 8oz can, caffeine from guarana)
Mello Yellow 52.8
Surge 51.0
Tab 46.8
Battery energy drink -- 140mg/l = 46.7mg/can
Coca-Cola 45.6
Diet Cola 45.6
Shasta Cola 44.4
Shasta Cherry Cola 44.4
Shasta Diet Cola 44.4
Mr. Pibb 40.8
OK Soda 40.5
Dr. Pepper 39.6
Pepsi Cola 37.2
Aspen 36.0
Diet Pepsi 35.4
RC Cola 36.0
Diet RC 36.0
Diet Rite 36.0
Canada Dry Cola 30.0
Canada Dry Diet Cola 1.2
7 Up 0

12-16-2007, 07:07 PM
Day 1 - 64 oz water, good

Red - I'll keep the book in mind. I'm just not ready to face the caffeine problem yet. I quit smoking, I quit eating junk food for the most part and I don't drink much alcohol (usually). My coffee and tea are my last real vices and the thought of giving them up scares the you know what out of me :yikes:

Shy - I agree with your doctor for the most part. As long as you're drinking enough fluids. I just adjust the amount of coffee and tea I drink, so I add in water to replace it.

12-16-2007, 07:58 PM
NEW Day 1 was Sunday, Dec. 16
Today was Sunday, Dec. 16

1) Did I record everything I put in my mouth? Yes.

2) Did I steer clear of processed foods, sugar and alcohol? I did for most of the day, then got railroaded into the gym Christmas party. I DID steer clear of sweets, but had two tiny cups of wine and other snacks etc. Then, figuring I'd blown it, had sweets after coming home. Also, to be honest, I did have some small sweets in the morning at the riding club.

3) Did I allow myself only morning coffee and one tea in the afternoon? No, here too, I decided I wanted the caffeine boost to keep me going so I could make a slight dent in my room. I DID that.

4) Did I eat healthy foods, whole grains, fruit, vegetables, brown rice and get adequate protein? Well, yes and no, I wasn't bad, did make brown rice and eat that, did eat fruit.

5) Did I get in exercise of some kind, either riding, the gym or "intentional walking?" Yes. Rode in the morning and then went to the gym. Did weights.

6) Did I weigh myself in the morning? Yes. It was 72.2 The water retention (pms) is awful, so the weight reading is meaningless.

7) Did I give myself numerous pats on the back and words of praise at my efforts?You know, despite the failure today, I did NOT get down on myself. I said..."OK, OK, you're getting there. You have your slipups and such, but you are getting there. Good for you."...Nice. I mean, heck, this is a mega challenge!

8) Did I keep largely to a 6-meal pattern of about 400-100-400-100-400-100 calories spaced out evenly over the day? Started out decently, but failed later. I see now how this is REALLY important. Keeping the fuel chamber stoked means I do NOT go overboard or get weird cravings. I noticed this before I went to Hong Kong when I was moving along very nicely. It was a pain to keep eating, but it really worked. I was consistently losing the weight and not getting cravings. Must make the effort. 8 out of 8??? Not at all.

Going back to the launch pad....

dj -- No pressure on you! You are doing great and good for you for knowing your limits. The caffeine revolution can begin later! Congrats on your challenge. You have liftoff! :cp:

* * * * * *

"Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain't all sunshine and rainbows.
It's a very mean and nasty place and I don't care how tough you are, it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it.
You, me or nobody is going to hit as hard as life.

But it ain't about how hard you hit.
It's about how hard you can GET hit and keep moving forward,
How much you can take and keep moving forward.
That's how winning is done!

Now if you know what you're worth, then go out and get what you're worth
But you got to be willing to take the hits and not pointing fingers saying you ain't where you want to be because of him or her or anybody.
Cowards do that and that ain't you!
You're better than that!"
(Rocky from the movie Rocky Balboa)

Shy Moment
12-16-2007, 11:05 PM
I drink caffeine free mountain dew lol. We have to go 4 county away to buy the stuff because they don't sell it around here anymore lol.

A little of everything can't hurt us. It is when that little become 2 and 3 servings lol.

Day 7
Challenges completed

Everything has been high today. Calories, fat and carbs, still within % ranges just high compared to what I generally take in. Not worried about. I bet I shoveled snow for 4 to 6 hours today. Think that took care of everything lol.

12-16-2007, 11:43 PM
Shy, good for you for making that effort to go get that caffeine-free soda! Impressive! :cp: I bet that's the Canadian stuff. So, you DO shovel snow. I thought you were never around the stuff. Ah ha! So, now I know why you can't stand it. :lol:

Shy Moment
12-17-2007, 10:06 PM
Nope it is made here. Caffeine free is a real big thing these days. They said they didn't sell enough of it in our area and yet a few county's away you can buy it everywhere lol. What I said was lol, we don't get as much as everyone else since I live in a little valley. I live on the top hill of the valley lol. We had a few inches I shoveled, we had a few inches I shoveled, we had a few inches lol. Stuff came down faster than I could shovel. There are a couple of inches on the drive but between pulling a thigh muscle during a walking video and then shoveling for a few house. It hurts even to walk around the house on it. Going to do the easier exercise routine I have for a few days to let the leg and knee rest for a bit. I have been eating at the top end of what I allow myself for a few days. Bet I don't see the usually 2lb loss at my weight in Wednesday. Will be the first time since I started, maybe make sure the next few days I stay way down on that bottom end of what I allow myself lol.

Day 8
Challenges met

12-18-2007, 05:52 PM
Hi all...all????...not too many of you in here these days... :(
Anyhow, I managed to notch two days on my mega challenge. It wasn't easy and it wasn't perfect, but I'm allowing them considering....considering how tough it is and if I don't get a bit of momentum going here I'm going to just be too down. So, here's setting out on Day 3. I can do this! :^:

Shy Moment
12-19-2007, 12:36 AM
You are doing great. You just keep it up. Remember one day turns into two and so forth.

Day 9
All challenges met

12-19-2007, 02:06 PM
Ok- I know... Back on the launch pad again??? BUT... Check out this tale of woe and misery... UGGGH I was doing so well until I got de-railed by the holiday indulgences that have arisen lately. UP 4 POUNDS on Monday and I was soooo depressed. COME ON!!! 4 pounds seemed a little harsh. Thankfully I kicked it in hard core Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and now I only show that I am one pound up so I am leaving my ticked at 146 until I can get that one pound down...hopefully it is water. I am slamming down green tea right now in a liter jug just in case.

Also, and Red- you will agree with this challenge. I am starting a new challenge for myself and it involves a LOT of givin up stuff I love...

30 minutes of some form of exercise every day! :carrot:
Calories between 1200 and 1300 every day :dizzy:
Only one glass of wine every evening (instead of half the bottle---LOL) :^:
In party situations, I can have two glasses of wine providing that I eat mostly raw fruits and vegetables and work my calories out accordingly...oh yeah and DANCE MY BEHIND OFF!!! :carrot:

Shy- thanks for the info about the seven shapely secrets!!!

12-19-2007, 02:46 PM
I'm returning to 3FC after a several year hiatus, during which I managed to get to my highest weight ever. I've got a very bad back, which has limited my ability to exercise (even walking is sometimes painful). But I'm getting another shot in the injured area after Christmas, which should help.

I need to, and want to, get fit because it will be less strain on my back, improve my asthma and I'll be able to do more fun stuff.

My initial 21-Day Challenge is:

Do Physical Therapy/Stretching/Strengthening Exercises for my back at least once a day.

Drink at least 64 ounces of water.

12-19-2007, 04:24 PM
Calling Day 3 on my challenges OK. No time to write it all out. I am finding it very hard to stay away from sugar. But I am doing it. What I really need are more vegetables. I am reaching for fruit though to satisfy the sugar yearnings, but it is really hard. Sigh. Oh well, who said it was going to be easy, right? Hang in there, me! :strong:


diyana -- Welcome! :welcome: Best of luck on your challenge. It's good to have you here with us! :yes:

aimin -- Good to have you back as well. That's an awesome challenge. Staying away from processed foods really makes eating less so much easier. The energy levels stay much more constant. Careful of all the green tea. It's high in caffeine. I've been trying to substitute green tea for other tea in the afternoon as my allowed caffeine. I can save money too as the machines in the office make it for free. Perk of being in Japan.


dj, Shy, hello! :wave: Apple, jolly, others, where are you!??!?! :listen:

12-19-2007, 05:51 PM
I am turbocharged today! Maybe it is all the green tea caffeine!!! :) I read the free PDF newsletter from that guy that wrote " the truth about 6-pack abs" and he said that (ugggh) squats and lunges with handweights and multi-muscle group exercises are the key to getting a lean, toned and powerful physique so I decided to go for it and popped in my QuickFix total mix dvd today for the Arms and Legs sequence. It has an intense 10 minute arms workout, a 10 minute legs workout and then a 10 minute combined weighted arm/leg workout. I did the full 30 minutes and then drove home on my lunch break for healthy homemade chicken noodle soup and got in an extra 10 minute ab workout! Whooooo I feel like I am beaming with health today... also might be the green tea... although I do have so soreness already :blush:

Keep going Red! If you DO need some healthy sugar in your life and straight fruit isn't cutting it for you, you can always shave a little dark chocolate over an orange for a gourmet treat (must be bittersweet and over 40% cocoa with no hydrogenated oils...). Or, you can just have a tiny square of the chocolate and relish it!

Also, clementines with freshly cracked black pepper is a great way to take out some of your fruit boredom and Martha Stewart has a BEAUTIFUL recipe in her low fat healthy quick cookbook called " fruit Sushi" where she takes various melon slices and rolls them around fruits to create a delicate and gorgeous healthy dessert.

I will scour my "spa cuisine" cookbooks tonight when I get home and see if they have any interesting sugar free fruit desserts that might be fun!

Diyana- Welcome and Best of luck! Watch out about issuing a water challenge..... the girls on this forum will get you drinking!!!! LOL!

Shy Moment
12-19-2007, 07:36 PM
I am looking to do more toning exercises. I am losing weight just fine. I need to be toning more, don't want to have extra skin hanging around, don't have any yet knock on wood. I have no desire to great abs or muscles. I just want to look fit. Lunges and squats are very hard on the knees and that is one of my problems. I have to take it easy. I don't want to be the one that says don't do that but darn don't do that. I think challenges are so hard for some people and it is the reason so many people gain weight back is the all or nothing attitude. NONE of this or NONE of that. This is not about giving things up. This is about eating healthy and limiting how much we eat and drink of things that are worthless ( not really worthless if we enjoy them ) calories. If I tryed to say NEVER HAVE mountain dew again. I might as well just crawl in a corner and die. Isn't going to happen.

I don't know where you got that you have to stay away from sugar but it just isn't true. Weight watchers has great snacks that are low in fat and fairly low in carbs. They taste great and get the sugar monkey off your back.

Hi, just welcomed you somewhere else to. Nice challenges. I have asthma too. Tell you the light exercising I do walking/aerobic videos really helps with the breathing. Does take time, but the lungs getting use to moving more and more makes them feel better and work better.

Day 9
Challenges met

12-20-2007, 07:33 PM
Took a pause yesterday on my challenge though I got most of it done. Starting Day 4 over again today. Wish me luck! ;)

12-20-2007, 11:23 PM
Well, I only have a few minutes here before my little one needs his bath. I've just been really busy and have had no time to sit down and post. I have also been doing a lot of thinking lately about my problem with food and ways I can try dealing with it. One thing lately that I've found that helps is making myself slow down and think more about why I'm eating. I keep catching myself grabbing food in a hurry like it's some kind of emergency and I'm not sure why I do that. It seems that I do it without hardly any thought at all. I think a lot of it is based on stress, but can't blame it all on the stress. There is probably more to this than what I'm aware of, but I need to start somewhere! After I started noticing what I was doing, I tried making myself slow down and telling myself that there is no hurry, no emergency and I ate a lot less. The problem is remembering to "talk" to myself about it first.

That being said, my challenge is to stop and think before I grab food! I don't care if it's a snack or a meal, I need to know why I'm eating and to make sure I've reminded myself to slow down. My other challenge will be back on the water. Since it is winter and I do tend to drink less during the winter, I'll drop my water level to 32 oz per day.

:welcome: diyana!

Hi Red, aimin and shy!

I really will try to get in here more! These next days might be rushed, but I'll at least try to post my progress! :wave:

Shy Moment
12-20-2007, 11:50 PM
Oh I haven't posted today, how did that happen lol.

Day 10
Challenges met.

I have had to take it easy on the exercise because of this hip but I am walking the videos.

You just keep going. You will get where you want to be. Please don't get discouraged, some days are diamonds and some days are stones.

Darn you just are to busy. Take a few and come in and chat everyday. Makes us slow down and think about what we are doing. There are a few things I did to help with the eating. I sit and eat. I don't watch tv, I don't grab and swallow. I make myself sit and eat. I take more time, I eat less and I am full. I got out of this habit and am doing it again now. It really does make a difference. I remember when my children were little dinner took at least an hour. We ate. I counted bites, 28 times, not 26, 28 times. One day years later, my sons girlfriend said to him. " Do you know you chew each mouthful 28 times?" He said, " Do I really, never thought much about it." I just smiled.

12-21-2007, 11:29 PM
Just another quick check in for me. I've done pretty well with my challenges but not good enough to call it a success on the think before eating challenge today. This one does seem to help me, I just have to work on remembering! Might need 3 challenges a day rather than 3 per week! Water though has been good. Gotta run. Have a good one!

Shy Moment
12-22-2007, 12:51 AM
my gosh, here I go again I haven't posted today.

Day 11
All challenges met.

You do what works for you. Our challenges are everyday and sometimes they take us all day long lol, they sure do me. 21 days just seems to fly by.

These challenges have done so much for me. They keep me on track. They make me pay attention. I exercise, I don't think I would bother to exercise every day if it wasn't for the challenge. I take care of myself better, making sure I get those 4 basic food groups in. Makes me think about what I eat instead of just putting food into my mouth.

Have to say I think these challenges have been a life saver. I really feel good about myself each night when I post.

12-23-2007, 09:06 PM
OK, all, a quick post. My challenges are derailed. I am going to do an "interim challenge" to get me past this holiday season, something that will keep me from totallly sabotaging things, but will at the same time allow me some leeway. I'll be back soon with the details.
Hang in there dj and Shy! Aimin, others, keep the posts coming! It's Christmas Eve here. Tomorrow's just another work day. But, I'll make it a little special. You all enjoy your holidays! :wave:

Shy Moment
12-23-2007, 09:57 PM
Hope you can make things work for you. Merry Christmas

Day 11 and 12
Didn't post yesterday because I wasn't near a computer. Day went well.

All Challenges met

12-23-2007, 10:20 PM
I'm hanging in there myself. I can't say I've done great with all the holiday goodies, but, I'm thinking about things a little more before I put anything in my mouth. Definitely will be a restart though on that challenge after the holidays. That's ok, at least I feel like I'm making progress with the way I'm thinking about food.

Have a wonderful holiday everyone. I'll try to come check in over the next day or so, but no guarantees. :wave:

12-24-2007, 01:08 AM
Good article on "How to Avoid the 'Holiday Blowout' "

Shy Moment
12-24-2007, 02:22 PM
How we think about, look at and eat food is a big challenge and when we finaly get it right, we have done a great thing for ourselfs.

Day 13
All Challenges met

Shy Moment
12-25-2007, 11:01 PM
Isn't it great when you get what you really want.

I already had

Leslie Sansone ( 1995 ) Miracle Mile Walk 1 Mile
Leslie Sansone ( 1998 ) Walk Off Weight 4 Mile
Leslie Sansone (2001) Walk Away The Pounds...
( 1 Mile ) Get Up And Get Started
( 2 Mile ) High Calorie Burn
( 3 Mile ) Super Fat Burning
( 4 Mile ) ( 2003 ) Express
Leslie Sansone ( 2007 ) Advanced Walk 5 Mile

I now have to add to my collection, because of my wonderful hubby

Leslie Sansone ( 2001 ) Walk Away The Pounds For The Abs 3 Mile
Leslie Sansone ( 2001 ) Walk Away The Pounds Heart Healthy Walking 2 Mile
Leslie Sansone ( 2007 ) Walk Away Your Waistline 3 Mile With Waist Belt
Leslie Sansone ( 2007 ) Getting Fit With Faith 2 Mile

I have more than enough to do a different 1 or 2 mile walk everyday.

A couple of them he bought new, some used at the video store. Not all of them came with equipment so he also got me, a set of 1.5 lb hand weights with straps, a set of 2 lb hand weights and some stretchy things. I said, " Do you know what I want for Valentines day?" He started to laugh and said what. I said I want her exercise ball video and an exercise ball. He just smiled and said no problem.

Talk about supportive.

Day 14
All Challenges met

12-26-2007, 11:10 AM
Shy - Funny how some of us just love to get exercise stuff for gifts! 2 years ago my husband got me my first step and a video. Last year I upgraded my step and got 4 new videos. This year I got some new hand weights and a spinning bike!

Hope everyone had a great Christmas! Hope to see you all back soon. :wave:

Shy Moment
12-26-2007, 12:49 PM
Spinning bike sounds fun.

He said he never has any idea what to get me. There is nothing I want. I am 46 years old. I have a nice house ( we are remodeling one room at a time )and a nice car. Over the years my house has become furnished with very nice things ( thanks to yard sales ) sad when people die, great to get their hardly used stuff for near nothing lol.

For years I got things like a new fridge, stove, dishwasher, steam cleaners, vacuums and so forth. Last year I got new wood floors for the kitchen and a couple of other rooms and halls lol ( I am very practical ). For each holiday I pick something else I want for the room we are remodeling at the time lol. By not this coming summer but the following summer I will have saved enough to put a new front porch on the house, we aren't talking small, it is 6 foot wide and 45 feet long. I am not going to spend big bucks on clothes ( I love yard sales, good wills and thrift shops ) I only buy new stuff when I can't find what I want at those places. I am not going to spend money on clothes until spring. I have plenty of clothes to get thru winter and I will have lost more weight by spring, why spend the money on stuff that isn't going to fit in a couple of months.

He said he was happy he could think of something to get me and not ask me over and over what I wanted and hear from me I don't want anything lol. I had a list of videos I wanted on my desk. He took the list and went hunting for them. Now that is a sweet man. I didn't ask, he didn't ask. He saw the list and took action. Wouldn't have been as great a present if I had asked him to do that.

Day 15
All Challenges met

12-27-2007, 11:33 AM
I haven't met my challenges the past couple days. But I'm starting over at Day 1, optimistic and determined as ever!

Red -- good for you to redefine success during the holidays! Goals sometimes need refinement in order to be realistic.

dj -- That's awesome that you've been getting fitness gear for the past few years to help you achieve your goals!! I have videos, weights, exercise bands, etc., and I use them to help with resistance, stretching and physical therapy exercises for my back. But for cardio, my favorite is NuStep machine (kind of like a recumbant step machine) at the gym. It's a great workout and sitting helps support my back.

Rennie -- That was SO sweet of your DH!!! To buy you exactly what you wanted without even asking!! My DH finds stuff I've never even seen in the stores, but always love. Your house sounds great! We've got a nice house, but it's terribly overcluttered. I'm working on that during this holiday time off. Today is the upstairs office. The weekend, New Years Eve and New Years Day are for the basement. I can only do a couple hours at a time before my back yells "NO MORE".

We had a very nice Christmas! Mine was very nice. Christmas eve was just me, DH and the dogs. And Christmas Day was spent with DH's aunt, uncle and cousins. It was a very nice time!

This afternoon, I will get my steroid shot in my back, which should make it feel much better, but I'm sure it will still let me know when I do something stupid. LOL

Now DH's back is hurting worse than his very painful knee....from moving computers and monitors at his work....and from shoveling. We're supposed to get 5" of snow tomorrow - the wet, heavy stuff. Yuck! I really hope we don't get that much. DH can hardly move. Hopefully, he'll get better soon.

Well, I'd better get back to the de-cluttering. I'll check in again later today or tomorrow.

Much luck and success to everyone (including me) when it comes to our challenges!

12-27-2007, 08:49 PM
Ok, I'm back at it again. Starting my challenges tomorrow, I've had my fun, now, I've got to make up for it! So.....

1 Drink 32 oz water daily - level 3
Read my "notes" before eating - level 3

My notes are some things that I want to remember about "why" I'm eating. It's just to make sure I'm eating for the right reasons, not just out of boredom, frustration, stress etc.... I've got a lot of work in this area and I'm sure it won't be easy, but this is something I've got to work on.

diyana - Glad you made it back to us and that you've brought your optimism with you! I've never hear of the nu step. Sounds like a good workout. Take care of that back! Back pain is no fun at all.

Shy - I know what you mean. I never really "want" anything either. For my birthday this last year I asked to go on a packtrip on horses in the mountains nearby. I decided I wanted an experience rather than a material thing. Christmas seems to always be exercise equipment. Works for me! The only thing I really want right now, I just can't justify. I really want a nice handheld GPS unit. I even have picked out the one that I want, but of course it's kinda pricey so I'll wait until we can afford it.

12-27-2007, 09:21 PM
Hi all. Hope things are well with you all. I've not been able to get back on track. The skin problems have been driving me crazy, the work, the hectic schedule even more so. Finally got to the doctor's last night, kept waiting for 3 hours even after making an appointment. It's not easy being there at 11 p.m. when all you want to do is sleep after being up and going since 4 a.m. Still, I got some dope and hope it'll help. Well, late for work now. It's the 28th. I'm mad, really mad, at myself for pigging out, for dumping utter garbage in my mouth for the past week because I was so stressed. What a lame excuse! :mad: Stressed, so stress out more, why don't you? WTF!??!?!? Really like, duh?!? kind of stuff. :?: dj, I like your notes idea. I was actually thinking I had to do something like that. It's amazing how all the reasons, very good reasons, seem to disappear when you want them to. I'm sick of it. Getting back on the straight and narrow.

Shy Moment
12-28-2007, 01:32 AM
Clean the house out of those things you are eating that aren't good for you. That might help a bit. I understand you are so very busy and you work a ton of hours. Maybe you really need to organize yourself. Make everything very regimented. Don't give yourself the opportunity to not do what you need to do because you keep yourself on such a tight schedule. Just trying to find something that might help you out a bit. Sorry you aren't feeling well. Darn wish our doc was open at 11 pm. I am lucky they are open mon - fri lol.

It is funny you said that. He asked if I wanted one of those. First off we can't afford something like that. I like money in the bank lol. Second, I said " ARE YOU CRAZY" That thing cost more than my first car. I am cheap cheap cheap lol. I am a very disorganized person. That is why I am so very organized. I have a master list for lists. I have a list of what I am going to do for the day. Detailed list for cleaning and doing laundry. A list of what I am going to eat ( it can change but I do make one each night ) and a list of the exercises I am going to do for the day. I am the Queen of lists. I like organization, it makes my world go around. I don't go to bed until everything on the list is done. Maybe that is why I, pretty much, live a stress free life lol. I never let anything get to me. I just add it to the list.

My house isn't great lol. It is over 100 years old, well parts of it and we could only afford it because it needed so much work and most people these days are pretty much useless except to call someone to fix something lol.

I grew up learning how to lay brick before I learned to wear heals. I learned to pull wire before I knew what make up was. I am a handy kind of woman when I want to be. I do not take well to breaking a nail and everyone in the house runs in terror if that happens.

It will take us 5,000 years to get this thing remodeled, ok maybe another 5 or 10 to have it just how I want it. It is happening, just so slowly. Things cost so much, takes me a year or two to save up enough to remodel one room sometimes, depending on what needs done.

I am happy the master bath ( small room ) is completely redone now, my bedroom is done, the kitchen is done except for the floor and the living room just needs a coat of paint. Thank heavens that only leaves the family room to finish 3/4 done, the den to do, the down stairs bathroom to do and the foyer and the dinning room to repaper. Leaves 3 other bedrooms and another bathroom upstairs. I am putting wood floors in my hall way and the kids hall way and the kitchen in the next couple of weeks. This will keep me busy.

I just keep thinking resale value lol. Our little town is where all the upcoming rich are wanting to move. In a few years, since we are zoned residential and commercial. Our houses will be worth a small fortune lol.

Day 16
All challenges met

12-29-2007, 06:32 PM
Ok, day 1 - read notes before eating and drink 32 oz water is good. I did catch myself a couple of times putting something in my mouth before reading, but since I caught myself quickly, I'm counting it as good.

Hope you are all doing well!

Hi Red! :wave:

Gotta run, we've had nothing but snow day after snow day and I've got to get more shoveling done. Then I'm off to rent some cross country skiis for tomorrow. I'll catch back up with you on Monday!

Shy Moment
12-29-2007, 09:40 PM
Hope things are going good for you.

Nice going you are doing well. We don't even have a flurry in the air right now and the grass is as green as it was in July lol.

Day 17
All challenges met

12-29-2007, 09:48 PM
dj, Shy, good going on your challenges! :cp:

12-31-2007, 12:03 AM
Hi there all! Very quiet around here, as it to be expected this time of year. Ah, the new year should pick things up. I'm just riding out the holidays (at work more than not) and planning to get back on track in January. Will be at the gym tomorrow (the first) if I don't get caught at a pub somewhere tonight and have alcohol forced on me. :eek:

Shy Moment
12-31-2007, 12:26 AM
Hi Red
Darn the day just flew by.

Day 18
All Challenges met

12-31-2007, 12:31 AM
Wow, look at you Shy! Just a few more days to go! :cb:

Shy Moment
12-31-2007, 08:11 PM
Day 20
All challenges met

Has been a great year for me 39lbs off. Body feeling better than it has a right too lol and sure getting stronger. Since I am in the Biggest looser challenge and the January exercise challenge. Guess I will just make those things my next 21 day challenge. This thread is the one that keeps me in check.

Hope you are doing well and this next year finds you better than ever.

01-01-2008, 05:08 PM
Happy New Year everyone! Here's wishing you all a great 2008!!
I'm still not in the challenge mood, though I've been doing well with the perennial goals, eating more healthfully, getting exercise, staying away from sugar and alcohol, trying to keep the weight down and even lose! I'm going to just take on a challenge to keep me coming in here and posting. And that will be my Keeping a Food Log challenge. Today is Jan. 2 and it's Day 1 of the challenge. This is not as easy as it sounds. I tend to really go hog wild on certain days...oddly enough, the days I DON'T write things down.... ;)


Shy -- You're almost through with this challenge. :bravo: Best of luck and thanks for the well wishes. You too, have a wonderful new year!

01-01-2008, 06:23 PM
Okay I'm gonna try this one again drink at least eight glasses of water a day, and to do 15 minutes of exercise a day. Lets start out small and move up to the big ones. I got my best friends wedding to get in shape for.

Shy Moment
01-01-2008, 09:37 PM
Day 21
All Challenges met.

Time sure does fly.

Going to sit tonight and decide on the next challenges. Of course, they stay about the same I Just tweak them a bit. Since I am already involved in the Jan challenge for exercise and the Biggest looser challenge. This 21 day challenge will be nice to help me stay on track.

Thank you everyone. We only get where we want to be if we keep going.

01-01-2008, 11:30 PM
Happy New Year everyone! Time to get serious I guess. Yep, I'm starting over once again. Been a little busy (having fun) and I have not kept up on things. Tomorrow I'm starting again! I really want to get going again. So, tomorrow, read notes before eating and drink 32 oz water daily.

:welcome: bbybear! Glad to have you join us!

Hi Red and Shy! Hope all is well. Hopefully we'll see some old and even some new faces in here with the new year.

Shy Moment
01-02-2008, 12:45 AM
New 21 Day Challenge

1. Meet exercise goals
Walking/aerobic videos, Resistance training
2. Meet food goals for the day
Four basic food groups
3. Write everything in journal
Fit day is great, this is how I make sure I eat enough
4. Do something for myself each day that is fun.
I bought a new book and a new computer game just for me
5. Have a snack everyday, does a smile good :)

01-02-2008, 08:38 AM
congratulations Shy! and good luck on your new challenge

Shy Moment
01-02-2008, 10:49 PM
Thank you very much.

Day 1
All challenges met.

01-02-2008, 10:49 PM
All challenges met today

01-03-2008, 11:53 AM
Day 1 went well. Off and running on day 2 now. I'm actually trying to get back to logging/counting my calories as well, but I'm not going to add it to my challenges quite yet. Things are still too stressful so I'm trying to not add too much to my life at moment.

Hi Shy and bbybear!

Red! Where are you?!?! :listen:

01-03-2008, 08:36 PM
Hi all. Sorry for the absence. I wasn't getting the email notifications, but have fixed that now. I'm in bad shape. Too much partying! But it's over now and like dj says, time to get serious again. (Deep sigh) Am late for work now but will be back with my challenges. Starting everything over (another sigh)


Shy -- Congratulations on completing your challenges!!!! :bravo: :bravo: :bravo: :cp: :encore: :cp: Not many of us are taking things to the end these days... :^: Good for you!!!

dj -- I'll be with you soon. I'm impressed at your perseverance!

bbybear -- Welcome!! :welcome:

Shy Moment
01-03-2008, 09:56 PM
The past is the past. Doesn't do us any good to fret over it. What we have to do is learn from it. Set up some sensible challenges for yourself and stick with them. That is all you can do. We don't fail when we don't accomplish something. We fail when we quit trying.

For many the last couple of months have been tough. Thanksgiving to Christmas then along came New Years. To much eating, to much drinking to much to much lol. Now is the time to clean that crap out of the house and get back on the trail. No one ever said the journey was going to be easy all the time. Wagon rides down a rutted trail aren't always the most comfortable. Yet, the journey is well worth taking no matter if there are hard days from time to time. Sounds like life doesn't it.

I have found fit day is a life saver for me. I don't have to do much. Just log in what I have taken in the old body. Fit day does the rest for me. Without it, I am not sure I would be able to keep track of everything.

I have eased up on myself a bit. Like today. I haven't been feeling well and didn't get all those four basic food groups in. That is ok, I got them in for all the meals I ate, only 4 instead of 6. Which comes out to 2 good well rounded meals instead of 3. I wasn't going to make myself eat when my tummy was hurting to get food in me I probably didn't need anyway. Part of our challenge is to be smart about our challenges. We can't walk if our toe is infected lol, we can't eat when we can't keep anything down. I still accomplished what I set out to do. Eat the four basic food groups. Sometimes I think everyone is way to hard on them selfs.

Where is everyone BBy? Where is everyone else. There use to be a lot of us. Now there are just a couple of us.

Day 2
All Challenges met

01-04-2008, 10:37 AM
Day 2 of reading my notes before eating and drinking 32 oz water is good. My not declared challenge of counting those darn calories went well too.

Shy - I use fitday too. It helped me to lose those first 75 pounds. I just used it for so long that I got burned out on it after a while and took a break.

Red - Like Shy said, the past is the past. Admit that you had fun and now, forgive yourself! I did the same over the holidays. I enjoyed the food, the drink and the occasional break from my workouts and now I'm back at it. I want to lose 10 pounds before I go on a ski trip next month. Then, hopefully, I can come up with another goal after that to keep me going! Maybe you can come up with some kind of goal to look forward to?

01-04-2008, 08:36 PM
Guess who’s back?! Surprise surprise I feel way off the wagon when things got busy this past fall again and have landed almost where I started…
But I’m back, it is a new year and a new chance to continue on my journey… I love 21 day challenges I know they keep me on track in the past and hopefully they will do the trick again! So here they are:
2000 Calories or less a day - Day 0, 3 pauses left
100 crunches a day - Day 0, 3 pauses left
4 glasses of water a day - Day 0, 3 pauses left

Excited to catch back up with you ladies!:carrot:

Shy Moment
01-04-2008, 09:23 PM
Hi, nice to have you. Yes, I feel the same way. These 21 day challenges keep me on track.

I love order. I love things to be very regimented most of the time. Anything that fits on a list, is the same and keeps the world going around in an orderly manner I love lol.

Day 3
All challenges met

01-05-2008, 02:43 AM
Hi ladies! I'm back... well, i actually only posted once, when I was in the mdidle of being crazy sick. I had strep throat, a throat infection, high fever and a bad rash - turns out it was Mono. Apparently it's very rare for a 28 year old to get mono, but such is life. SO, I am almost recovered, just very very tired all the time. :( I haven't been to the gym since I got sick; I am going to test a walk on the treadmill tomorrow. It will be hard for me to walk - I am a runner - but I know I need to be gentle on my body. So, since my health and energy levels are so unpredictable, my first 21 day challenges are going to be non-exercise related. I NEED to get the food under control, especially since I can't exercise like I am used to. So... they are:
Track WW Points - EVERY DAY - 0 pauses

Only ONE snack after dinner

Stop eating by 8

No more Diet Pop!

Happy New Year everyone!!

01-05-2008, 07:42 AM
Pink, rdye, welcome back!!! :welcome3:

01-05-2008, 10:33 AM
Hi guys sorry for the delay I was pulling in extra hours at my job. All challenges met for the last two days...barely. I think i'm gonna add another challenge though, one I should already be doing, writing down what I eat. And I mean everything I eat.
And to Pink, rdye, Dj, it's a new year and we all fall of the wagon sometimes, the good thing to remember though is that you can always get back on free of charge:)

01-05-2008, 11:30 AM
Day 3 done. I probably won't be able to post until Monday. We are going skiing tomorrow and will be gone all day.

Pink - So glad you're back! I was hoping that some of our old friends would come back after the new year. Sorry you fell off the wagon! It seems a few of us have done the same, including me of course. We'll just have to get back to it together. We can do this!

Rdye - Sorry to hear you've been sick but glad you're back. I somewhat remember having mono when I was a teen. I remember being very tired! Take it easy on yourself! Great time to concentrate on the food end of things though. That's what I'm trying to concentrate on myself.

bbybear - Barely making your challenge is just fine! Point is that you DID make it! Good luck with your new challenge. I know that tracking my food helps me as well.

Hi Red and Shy! :wave:

01-06-2008, 11:06 AM
All goals met, whew writing everything down I eat is hard. Now you ladies that have a food journal do you write down the food after you eat it, before you eat it, or at the end of the day?:?: Otherwise I think i'm doing really good. How bout the rest of you?

01-06-2008, 12:55 PM
OK, Day 1 (Saturday) - 2 challenges met, pauses taken on 2.

Track WW Points - EVERY DAY - AccomplishedD!! :D
Only ONE snack after dinner - Pause, 2 left
Stop eating by 8 - Pause, 2 left
No more Diet Pop! Accomplished! :D

I had my girlfriends over for a White Elephant / dinner party last night. Overall, MUCH healthier than normal. I made turkey chili that is only 4 points for a HUGE bowl, corn bread muffins that are only 1 point, and my girlfriend brought over 1 point cake. I had 2 pieces, though, so I said that was more than one snack after dinner (and I had a yogurt with berries after they left...)

No diet pop is killing me, but there's just no reason I need all that sodium and artificial sweetener in my body. I'm just glad to be writing down everything I eat again. I used to "cheat" all the time, drastically underestimate what I ate or just not write after 7pm if I went crazy on the night time snacks (my biggest weakness!:?: ) BUT - writing is keeping me honest. I read an article about the power of journaling what you eat and it talked about how when you "cheat" you don't win anything - you only cheat yourself. You can't "cheat" your "skinny jeans" (which is my goal - fit into a size smaller jeans) - the jeans know. So, I have renewed motivation to write down every morsel that enters my mouth immediately after I eat it. It's a great way to force the issue of portion control.

I so want to go to the gym for at least a walk or bike ride, but I am just not feeling the energy (stupid mono!) Hopefully this week!!!!

Thank you all for the kind welcome wishes - you are all such an inspiration to me!!

01-06-2008, 07:10 PM
So far so good already almost done with day three successfully!

Rdye23- Hope your feeling better!
Hi red and DJ!!
Bbybear712 – I usually log after I eat… I try to have a plan going into the day and will sometimes log that first to keep me on track but for the most part log at night, if for nothing more than that is when I have more time!

2000 Calories or less a day - Day 3, 3 pauses left
100 crunches a day - Day 3, 3 pauses left
4 glasses of water a day - Day 3, 3 pauses left

Shy Moment
01-06-2008, 10:55 PM
Day 4 and 5
All challenges met

Glad you are feeling better. I had mono at age 43. Thought I was going to die. Well knew I wouldn't and was praying I would die lol. Yes, please take it easy for awhile. Your body needs to get back to normal before you try to push it do much.

It is a great idea to keep track of what you eat. Fitday is a wonderful tool for this.

Where are you?

Hello. Nice going.

01-07-2008, 01:14 AM
Day 2 - Sunday - ALL CHALLENGES MET!:carrot: :carrot:
Track WW Points - Everything that went in my mouth was written down!
Only ONE snack after dinner - Just one yogurt
Stop eating by 8 - I almost broke this one but logged in here instead!!
No more Diet Pop! None!'

I think tracking is so helpful - what is the fitday?

Shy - how long until you felt better? Did you ever relapse?

Pink - I like your crunches goal... that's something I could do with mono, so I am going to add that one.

Red - can't thank you enough for starting this thread!!

Shy Moment
01-07-2008, 01:32 AM
Nice going. I was sick over a year.

01-07-2008, 08:33 AM
Just a quick post before I get some shut-eye!
The challenges are going to have to wait before they become official. They are in the "budding phase" though. ;)


rdye -- You're so welcome! :love: Thank you for your sweet comment! :yes: Great going on your challenges. Excellent cutting out that soda...bad, bad stuff...thank God I never got in the habit. Keep up the good work! :strong:

Shy -- Hi there! :wave:

Pink -- Good work! :cp: Hi back! :wave:

bear -- You're doing well! :cp: Oh, you just HAVE to journal as you go along. I would never, ever remember everything I put in the ole mouth, try as I may to remember. ;) There are different stages and different purposes to journaling. I don't know where you are now, but maybe you're just starting out and wanting to just be accountable and able to look back and see just why you are overweight or why you are not healthy etc. Others would say planning your meals and following that log to the letter is the way to do it and maybe you will do that someday. In any case, I think wherever you are, you need to check in a LOT to your journal and write either soon after you eat or right before. Best of luck!

dj -- How you doing there? Good to see you posting. Sure beats me!

01-07-2008, 10:55 AM
Ok, must catch up here. Day 4 was good, but day 5 I didn't read my notes before eating since I was gone most of day. Went cross country skiing and had a great time. I am a little sore today, but not bad. Think I'll do my yoga today to stretch things out though.

So, today I'm day 5 for reading my notes and day 6 for water.

Hi Red! Yes, still posting. I've been doing much better about getting myself back on track. I know you'll be back strong too!

Rdye - You can use to track what you eat and to even track your activities/calorie burn for the day. I use the home version, but the online version is free and works pretty well. The calorie burn estimator seems "off" to me, but it does give you a general idea of what you're burning.

bbybear - I track my food throughout the day, usually before I eat something to see what it will do to my calorie count. Sometimes I actually opt to NOT eat something just because I decide it's not worth having to log it! Saves me some calories that way. If I waited till the end of the day, I might take in too many calories without realizing it.

Pink - Good going on the challeges! You're making your comeback!

Hi Shy - You're doing well too!

Have a great day all! :wave:

01-07-2008, 11:06 PM
All goals met today. Wondeirng if I can count my commute time that I spend walking to work as exercise

Shy Moment
01-08-2008, 12:22 AM
Sure you can. Walking is great exercise. Doesn't really burn that many calories and unless you do it at a fast pace doesn't count for a lot BUT walking is great for the body in general no matter the pace.

Glad you had fun cross country skiing. Yes Yoga giving a good stretch might really do the trick of making you feel better.

Hi. Hope things are going well. Are you making sure you take time for yourself each day?

Day 6
All challenges met

01-08-2008, 01:48 AM
Hi everyone! I need to rethink my goals, mainly the "stop eating by 8" goal... I started classes tonight for my evening MBA program. SO, on top of my mono I have work from 8:30 - 5:30 and dash off to class from 6-9. SO - tonight I tried to wait until 9:30 to eat and I was STARVING and way overate. I'm going to have to eat before I go and have a little snack on break, and come home and go to bed. It's hard to eat before class, though, as work is usually crazy at the end of the day and I'm not all that hungry at 5. Oh well, it's better than what I did today. So I decided that I will allow myself to have a snack after class to help round out my quick eating / snacking on granola bars in class; I will only allow veggies, though. SO... here are my new goals -

Track WW Points - EVERY DAY - 0 pauses

Only ONE snack after dinner - 3 pauses

Stop eating by 8 (on non-class nights - ONLY veggies after 8 on class nights) - 3 pauses

No more Diet Pop! - 0 pauses

I'm feeling pretty deflated after such a bad night. I know I need to let go of the guilt and move on, but I am just frustrated because I can't seem to stop eating at night (class or no class!) I think so much of it is because mono has me feeling tired and when I'm tired I am so much hungrier than when I am full of energy... and also when I'm tired my willpower is down. I need a peptalk... can you ladies help me!?!? I'm also struggling with the whole "WHY DO I CARE" question... I know why I care, but right now it just seems easier to just find a way to be content with me now instead of put in all the work I'd need to lose the last 10. UGH - HELPl!!!!!!!!

01-08-2008, 08:52 AM
Rdye-you know you care because it's for your health for yourself to make you feel better in the long run. When you make bad choices your only gonna feel worse in the end. If you fall off the wagon you can always get back on it's when you just walk away without trying thats the worst part. We all know that you can do it, and we've all struggled from time to time. I think even if you do eat a little late it's better to make a good food choice then a bad one no matter what time of day it is. Just remember you got tons of support here:D

01-08-2008, 10:25 AM
Day 5 - reading my notes - good, 2 pauses left
Day 6 - water - good, 3 pauses left
Day 1 - count calories - good, 3 pauses left

Had a good day yesterday and I'm back on track. I went and added in the count calories challenge. I'm doing it anyway so hopefully this will keep me at it.

Ryde - Of course you care, you wouldn't be here otherwise! It's probably the mono talking. Don't listen to that tired voice. Pack those healthy snacks and remind yourself that you need to take good care of yourself, especially now, while your recovering!

Shy - Yep, that yoga helped me to stretch things out. Going cross country skiing has pointed out a couple of muscles that need more attention! I've got to work on them more I guess. And here I thought I was doing so good with my workouts.
Good going on your challenges!

bbybear - Definitely count that walk as exercise! Just try to get that speed up for more of a burn.

Red, Pink, where are you?!?!?

01-08-2008, 11:26 AM
Hi ladies!!
Got day 4 almost done till we lost power with the storms and its been on and off since... didn't feel like doing crunches in the dark... I know excuses excuses... but got everything else checked off! Should have time to get a good amount of exercise in today though as our city is still without power no classes and no work :-)

2000 Calories or less a day - Day 4, 3 pauses left
100 crunches a day - Day 3, 2 pauses left
4 glasses of water a day - Day 4, 3 pauses left

01-08-2008, 02:43 PM
So this is my first time ever doing this - hope I got it right!

Level 3
Stay within my calories range - no more then 1600, unless I do a lot of exercise and feel I need more.

Level 1
Drink at least 3L of water

Today will be day 1!

01-08-2008, 03:55 PM
:wave: WELCOME SOTYPICAL!!!:):) :welcome3:

I am very new to this whole site as well; I find the support found here on this post, especially, AMAZING. There are nights when I just want to give up (as noted by my post last night!) and I come here, write, read, and BREATHE. This is such a wonderful group of ladies - I can't say enough about everyone here. You will love it!! :val2:

DJ and BBY - THANK YOU - you got me back up on my feet this morning. DJ, you're right - I need to tell the mono to SHUT UP when it throws me into a fit!:tantrum:

So far so good on all challenges, and half way through the day!

Happy Tuesday all!!

01-08-2008, 09:49 PM
Hi all. Revving up here for a's just going to be keeping a good food/exercise journal, seriously, and with notes on how my skin is doing. This way I am hoping that changes to my diet can be assessed and I can gain a better understanding as to how I may get healthy again. :^:


sotypical -- Welcome to the thread. :welcome2: Looks like you understand things just fine! :yes: You and are at about the same place and looking to get to the same place, so let's cheer each other on! :cheer:

rdye -- I'm glad to hear you're feeling better. Oh, we all have those days where we just want to throw in the towel. Sometimes I play with the imagery, throw in the towel -- spend my days gorging and not moving 'cept to reach for more food and drink -- see myself gaining, oh, about 100 pounds -- and so on and so on -- AND THEN I say, "No silly, of course you don't want that!!! so just think of what you are doing and what you have done, give yourself a break, a pat on the back, a hug and carry on once again!" It allows me a laugh to think of the other extreme and lets me lighten up a bit. Try it when you're feeling disgusted with things. With the mono, it must be horrible. Just remember that your feelings are distorted by illness now, just like when they're distorted by pms or so, only worse. This is one time where it's probably not the best idea to tune in to your feelings very much. Just move forward like a robot. This is how I get up at 4:30 in the morning and face the cold, then am always glad I did, but not until hours later. ;)

Pink -- I heard about the storms. How is the power now? Wow, it must be awful not to have power in the winter. Are you able to heat your home? Still, look at you doing so well with your challenges. A big hand! :cp:

dj -- Hi there. Oh, I'm here and about and fighting to get through each day. I do want to get into yoga this year and become more flexible. I am soooo tight. You're rising to that new challenge I see. Impresssive!! :bravo:

Shy -- A bit quiet, aren't you? But looks like you're moving along on those challenges. "Taking time for myself?" Well, sure, huge chunks of it, but it's never enough! ;)

bear -- How are things? Did you get that journaling worked out?

01-08-2008, 11:15 PM
I did get my journaling sorted out I'm using and online food journal so I can see what I'm eating and how much it's "costing" me. I think I'm making myself more accountable this way. So far all my challenges are going well. I walk part of my way to and from work so I get my 15 minutes of exercise in with no problem monday through friday. I've started to carry a water bottle around with me while I'm at work so I always have water handy and there is always a sink nearby for me to refill it. And I journal in the morning for the food I'm gonna eat and then again at night in case anything has changed. I think I'm getting the hang of it.:D
Rdye- I'm glad that your back on track. I hope that the rest of your tuesday went well.

01-08-2008, 11:18 PM
rdye23 - thanks for the welcome! my first year (well 10 months) at this site was great, I lost 50 pounds! but last year I didn't visit as often and I think that is a huge reason why I didn't lose any weight last year (well I did but I gained it back, lost it, gain it, lost it gained more!). So I am trying to start this year off right by coming at least once a day!

redballoon - it looks like you are off to a great start! there is no way I am going to go back and read all the post so I am unsure of your history, but I think you should just jump right in! I used to do another challenge called 'beat the buldge' it was a point thing, where you got x amount of points for doing certain things, it REALLY helped me before.

So anyway day one was good! But week days are never that much of a challenge for me - it is the weekends that are hard! My big concerns for tomorrow and thursday is my boss is up - I don't see her often anymore as she moved and works from home and she actually quit! She is here (working with us) till the end of month and will be up often, that means... LOTS OF EATING OUT for lunch! yikes - I hope I can do okay for the next few weeks. I am really going to miss her :( She was an amazing boss over the last 2.5 years.

Anyway, today:

within calorie range: day 1, 3 pauses left
3L (or more) of water: day 1, 1 pause left

01-09-2008, 01:01 AM
Wish I had time to read through and reply but that'll have to wait till tomorrow... so just a quick check in, completed all goals today except for calories... upside I am finally honestly tracking everything I put in my mouth... downside I was over today.

2000 Calories or less a day - Day 4, 2 pauses left
100 crunches a day - Day 4, 2 pauses left
4 glasses of water a day - Day 5, 3 pauses left

I decided to make Monday mornings my weigh in day too again and this past monday I had lost a pound! Minor vicotry for me :-) but I won't let it count till next week as I just got back on track last friday... here's to a new week and hopefully good results!

01-09-2008, 01:32 AM
Hi Ladies!

Day 1 and I made it. THANKS AGAIN for all the encouragement!!:hug:

I had my last morsel of food at 7:59 on the dot and didn't eat a bite after class tonight. WHEW. We even had a post class "first week of class welcome" social with catered food, beer, pop, etc. and I was so proud of myself... walked past it all and just got a water. No excuses - it was past 8!

It's almost 1130 now, so I have to get to bed; thank you all for helping me through a slump and keeping me accountable!:):):):)

Track WW Points - EVERY DAY - 0 pauses - day 1

Only ONE snack after dinner - 3 pauses - day 1

Stop eating by 8 (on non-class nights - ONLY veggies after 8 on class nights) - 3 pauses - day 1

No more Diet Pop! - 0 pauses - day 1

I'm hoping my energy keeps coming back like it did today - and that I'm OVER mono soon! If I have the energy I am going to try walking on the treadmill. Someone please keep me accountable - check on me with that one, K?

Sotypical - wow, you're no rookie here! :) and I totally hear you on the weekend thing (and the eating out for work issue...) i am SO good M-TH but Friday night through Sunday night are TOUGH - especially with alcohol, snacks, etc. (I can't drink while I have mono, so that's helping a little!) I have so many lunch meetings for work and often they are catered in so I have very little choice. But even eating out when I do have a choice is incredibly difficult - especially if there are lots of appetizers, bread baskets, etc.

bby - so awesome that you walk part of your commute - what a fantastic way to make exercise a part of your routine!

Pink - any power yet?Craziness and GOOD FOR YOU for plugging through!!

dj - do you do yoga on your own or go to a class? Or a DVD? I used to go to a class and I loved it, but just don't have the time with school now (it is only Monday nights & I have class that night...) If you have a good DVD reco, I'd love to hear it! I miss it. I was always amazed at how sore I would be after a really tough class - even though I was running 20-30 miles a week... yoga just gets at different muscles, doesn't it? And my psyche was so much better when I was practicing more regularly... Hmm... yoga is something even this mono-girl could do!! Do you also do Pilates??

01-09-2008, 03:51 AM
Hi everyone!

I'm just joining you guys for the first time and I'm excited. I remembered this thread from a long time ago and have been thinking about joining but haven't been on 3fc for awhile. I definitely have a couple things I need to work on and think this is going to help. Look forward to chatting with you guys :)

I'm definitely going to do some little reward when I reach day 21 for each, just haven't decided what yet!

1st challenge: Get my 8 glasses of water. This will be a level 1. There's no excuse for not doing that!

2nd challenge: Don't exceed my calorie limit. Level 2.

3rd and final: Get in some exercise each day even if it's not everything I had planned-no couch potato! Level 2.

01-09-2008, 09:33 AM
stacy -- Welcome!!! :welcome3:
And, yes!, I think it's a jawline!! :yes: :cp: Congrats on your success till now! :spin:

01-09-2008, 10:07 AM
Day 6 - reading my notes - good, 2 pauses left
Day 7 - water - good, 3 pauses left
Day 2 - count calories - good, 3 pauses left

Wow, glad to see 2 new people!
:welcome3: sotypical & Stacy! Happy to have you join us.

Rdye - Great job walking past all that catered stuff! That's impressive. I do yoga at home with videos. I'm relatively new to it but do have 6 videos already. I really like the Yoga Zone videos that I have. Have you looked at You can see a clip of all the videos and read comments before buying. I pretty much never buy a video without going there first. Pilates is something I have not tried yet. That might go on my list for something new to try.

Pink - Congrats on that 1lb loss! Each pound is a victory and a step in the right direction.

bbybear - That journaling really helps you see the truth doesn't it? When I first started using fitday a couple years ago, I was shocked at the calories I was taking in. No wonder I had so much weight to lose! Keep up the good work and keep that water bottle filled! You're doing good.

Red - Glad to have you talking about a challenge! Definitely try that yoga. Loosens you up, and strengthens those muscles at the same time. I really am learning to like it. It really helps me when I'm stressed, in fact it's the workout I run to when I'm having a really bad day. I know you're under a lot of pressure with work so it might be just the thing for you!

Have a great day everyone! Gotta run, my little one is waking. :wave:

01-09-2008, 01:35 PM
rdye23 - you and I sound very much a like! Friday night - Sunday = horrible for me too! That was the whole reason I didn't lose weight last year I think. I never used to have a problem with the drinking thing because I never used to drink! But in the past few months I have gotten in the habit of drinking - margarita's anyone? It is the worst habit for me too, seeing as drinking problems run in the family.... a few months ago, two drinks and I would be drunk, now two drinks and I don't feel a thing! This weekend will be the real test I suppose - if I can make it through this weekend with eating right and no drinking.... I hope. I have a nice healthy lunch all packed, fingers crossed no one wants to go for lunch today! haha

Welcome Stacy! I just joined too for the first time - even though I have thought about joining for months and months! haha

01-09-2008, 09:10 PM
I had a bad day today for some reason:(. when I got home all I wanted was pizza:devil:. I didn't order it though but i made buffalo chicken poppers which are ussually fried but i found a way to bake them so I felt better about not eating pizza. But the extra stuff I ate was not good. Now that I've looked at it in my food journal I feel bad about it and hopefully wont do it again. I had to run for my bus this morning so I got some more exercise in though, that was nice. Just trying to stay on track of my stuff. All challenges met today though:D.

Welcome Stacy!

Shy Moment
01-09-2008, 09:49 PM
Even thou you had things you didn't want. Sounds like you made some good choices too. Don't be so hard on yourself. Eating the right things, the right portions and feeling good about how each day goes doesn't happen over night. You just keep working at it. Read your journal. I bet you will see you are doing better than you think. Maybe do a bit more planning about what you are going to eat tomorrow today. Might help you stick to things a little better. If there is something you have been wanting. Plan on having it tomorrow. Just watch portion sizes and plan the rest of the food groups around that thing you want. A good example is I want house fried rice tomorrow with chicken, beef and pork ( the kids and hubby will also have lobster and shrimp in theirs YUCK ). Now I know that is going to have a lot of fat in it, mainly because of the oil you fry the rice and meat in. I will have to plan the rest of the day around that one meal.

Courtnie :welcome2:
Hope things go the way you plan this weekend. I don't know how I could stay within the ranges I have set for myself if I drank. Guess it is a good thing the hardest thing I drink is a mountain dew once or twice a week lol.

Stacy :welcome3:
Very nice challenges to start with. Please post everyday and let us know how things are going in your little part of the world.

Glad you had a good day.

All weight loss counts lol. Take the socks off next time. My daughter swears they weigh 10lbs each lol. You just keep with it. You are going to feel better and see results more and more as you go along. You can do crunches in the dark lol not much to really see. 100 of them darn, I would have to take a nap in between a few of them. I think I do about 20 and I want a rest lol.

I had about 5,654,987,432 boxes in my basement. I swear I never Thu out a box. You never know when you might need one lol. I have gotten rid of all of them but 2 dozen, all different sizes. That took a ton of time and a ton of trips up and down those basement stairs lol. My goals are just normal. I do well because you all make me stick with it. I have had a few people, you too, that have told me. I am chipper, I am encouraging and I seem to have a bead on things. If I don't do what I should, I feel like I would be letting everyone down. Since I am one of those people I don't want to let down lol I stick with it. Most days I don't think much about it. This is just how I eat and the exercise is just something I do. You have a real good idea there. Keep track of what you are eating and how it makes you feel. You will start to notice patters if something makes you feel down or makes your sky dry, things like that. I do have to admit I don't have all the stress in my life you all have. I don't, at this time, work outside the house and, even when I did I don't let things get to me.

01-09-2008, 10:44 PM
Shy-Thank you so much for that advice. You knwo now that I look back on it I have been eating so much better knowing that I'm gonna have to write this down later. and you are right I didn't have that bad of a day. I think I'm just being super hard on myself because I want to make this work. I think I will plan my day around a treat tomorrow. Thanks

01-09-2008, 11:53 PM
Hi all, made all challenges but barely - man I had fights with myself. I beat them, but I don't like the balance of my diet today... i sacrificied nutrition for a temptation (chocolate bar) - so while I technically stayed within my WW points, I don't feel good about how I got there. toomrrow is a new day!

Track (and stick to) WW Points - EVERY DAY - 0 pauses - day 2
Only ONE snack after dinner - 3 pauses - day 2
Stop eating by 8 (on non-class nights - ONLY veggies after 8 on class nights) - 3 pauses - day 2

No more Diet Pop! - 0 pauses - day 2

Courtnie - while I absolutely hate the fact that I'm sick, since i have mono I can't drink for a while. Somehow, it's a blessing because alcohol is such a devil for me... I call it the 4-factor diet wrecker... 1. Calories in the alcohol 2. Drunk eating 3. Not working out the next day 4. Eating like CRAP the next day to nurse my hangover. It is so hard because I love to go out and be social, and at 28 that means bars, clubs, etc. I have tried pacing myself and only having a few, but when I get out, I just get swept up in it all and next thing I know....Let's help each other with this!! People have told me to alternate water with drinks... drink vodka and soda b/c the soda water (basically carbonated water) will help hydrate you, and to drink a lot of water before bed... other people have told me to work out the next morning NO MATTER WHAT - I haven't done it yet... I tried once and almost vomited on the elliptical. Maybe I should try to just walk on the treadmill... Do you have any strategies?

I have a ****-of-a weekend ahead - I have an all day seminar for school on Saturday - catered in breakfast and lunch. Then I have a wedding in the evening. While I am excited for the fun and dancing and I can't drink so don't have to worry bout my 4-factor wrecker, I am so worried about the eating. I am packing snacks (celery, string cheese, apple, etc.) And if I have to, I will eat celery in the bathroom at the reception. It just SUCKS that I have to plan so far ahead. But, food is my "disease" of sorts, my "addiction" and I have to accept that I will always have this handicap and always have to work around it.

My brain is just messing with me, I think... maybe it's just getting back on track that's messing with my head so much!?

01-10-2008, 01:35 AM
rdye23 - I don't really have any strategies. All my drinking is done at home, it used to just be volkda and diet pop but now it more fruity drinks. I don't usually drink a lot, and the next day doesn't bug me. But I tend not to exercise when I have been drinking, esp since I don't exercise on weekends! A big thing for me though is drinking lots of water everyday! Sorry to hear about the mono, hope you are feeling better soon! Good for you for planning so far ahead for the wedding, I couldn't do it!

Today was good. I think tomorrow will be an 'out for lunch' hope it doesnt turn out too bad!

within calorie range: day 2, 3 pauses left
3L (or more) of water: day 2, 1 pause left

01-10-2008, 03:18 PM
Day 7 - reading my notes - good, 2 pauses left
Day 8 - water - good, 3 pauses left
Day 3 - count calories - good, 3 pauses left

Another day notched. So far today though, I'm feeling hungrier than normal, but I'll use all my tricks to not overdo it!

sotypical & rdye - The drinking one it tough isn't it! I enjoy having a drink at the end of the day (or 2) but the calories add up so quick and the "drunk eating" of course gets me! I've been trying to only have a glass of wine a couple times a week. So far so good, but sometimes it's so hard! Good luck to the both of you with your weekends!

bbybear - I know, it's hard not be tough on yourself, but it sounds like you've been doing really well. Just think, you didn't order the pizza, AND you found a way to make something bad for you into something better! Good job! Believe me, I've had plenty of ups and downs while losing this weight, but all in all, I'm making progess and I don't care how long it takes me. I'm learning everyday and I'll get there!

Hope you all have a great day! :wave:

01-10-2008, 10:44 PM
Hey Ladies!! Checked off everything yesterday and today, even heading to the gym tonight. Maybe I am back on track… we’ll see.

2000 Calories or less a day - Day 6, 2 pauses left
100 crunches a day - Day 6, 2 pauses left
4 glasses of water a day - Day 7, 3 pauses left

Welcome Stacy and sotypical!! Looks like you both are off to a great start!
Bbybear – nice save on the pizza and finding new ways to enjoy old foods more healthy!
Rdye – hey you still stayed within your points and was able to not overindulge! Good good, your right tomorrow is always a new day and a fresh start!
Dj – looks like your trekking along well!!

Shy Moment
01-11-2008, 12:29 AM
Nice going. You just keep it up you are going to find yourself on day 20 and so very proud of yourself.

We all have days that we are more hungry than other days. Those days we eat a bit more. Like you said, we be careful not to over do it. Is the main reason many of us have a range of calories and such we allow ourself. Someday we need more some days we need less. You just keep with it. Look at yourself. See how well you have been doing and how far you have come.

Looks like you are doing well, nice going.

There may always be some triggers for you. You will learn to deal with them. Other than that, this does get easier. You find you make better and better choices as you go along. Changing the way we think about, look at and eat food really does make a difference. Nothing wrong with giving in from time to time and having something we want as long as we plan it in. There might come a time that you don't have to plan so much. I finaly am able to do that to a point. I don't tend to want the things anymore that are bad for me. I have to watch that I don't eat to much of the things that are good for me, like string cheese.

I don't look at any of this as something hard. It isn't something I make myself do. I don't find it any different to plan what I am going to eat tomorrow using fit day, than I did when I planned what I was going to make for dinner the next day by taking the meat out of the freezer the day before. It is the same just different. Some days I have my meals planned out some days I don't. You pay attention to all the good things you are doing. We are to ready to beat ourselves up when we do things we shouldn't.

I was pretty happy with myself tonight. I had strawberry preserves tonight for my treat. I found I could have half of what the serving size said on my toast and I was just fine with that. Sometimes I think we eat more than we really want. I am not only looking at portion sizes now but do I really want a whole portion. I also was really surprised when I made the house fried rice tonight. I now get good pieces of meat. Can afford it better when we aren't taking in 3 times the amount we should have. By the time I got done. A one cup serving had very little fat and not really that many carbs. I am finding more and more I can eat more and more of the things I love and they fit right in with what I am allowed for the day.

Day 9
All challenges met

01-11-2008, 12:58 AM
What a crappy day, least I ate good and drank my water.

within calorie range: day 3, 3 pauses left
3L (or more) of water: day 3, 1 pause left

01-11-2008, 01:26 AM
All but one challege met. i gave myself 0 pauses initially, but I'm going to have to give myself 3. I didn't eat after 8, had one snack after dinner and no diet pop... I just over indulged a bit between lunch & dinner.

Shy - I totally hear ya on not eating too much of the things that are good for me - I actually very rarely eat bad stuff, I just eat too much of the good... like today I had 3 yogurts and 2 granola bars, all 2 WW points... but that's 10 points - almost half my day! Too much to have on non-meal stuff. I tend to do that - I don't have any snack food or junk food in my house, so when I really need something I'll eat 3 yogurts. Oy vey! It was another very draining day, mentally, I fought with myself on what to put in my mouth ALL DAY. I hope this stops soon - i just don't have the energy to fight my brain anymore! Anyone have a muzzle for the inner fat girl? Or a megaphone for the inner skinny girl? :)

Almost Friday, though - yay!!!

Track (and stick to) WW Points - EVERY DAY - pause - day 2
Only ONE snack after dinner - 3 pauses - day 3
Stop eating by 8 (on non-class nights - ONLY veggies after 8 on class nights) - 3 pauses - day 3

No more Diet Pop! - 0 pauses - day 3

01-11-2008, 08:48 AM
I just realized I made it to day 10 without breaking a sweat on two of my challenges. I feel great today.

01-11-2008, 12:01 PM
Day 8 - reading my notes - good, 2 pauses left
Day 9 - water - good, 3 pauses left
Day 4 - count calories - good, 3 pauses left

Ok, I hit all my challenges but definitely logged too many calories. I kind of have an unstated goal of 1800 per day, but I'm not beating myself up if I hit 2000 once in a while. Unfortunately, I hit just over 2200! I was ok until I had to come up with a quick dinner last night before my sons concert (he plays in the high school band). That quick dinner got me good. Oh well, got on the scale today and still had another 1 pound loss. That makes 3 lb since the 1st so I can't complain too much.

bbybear - :encore: :cp: 10 days is great! Good job!

rdye - I'm the same way pretty much. Too much good stuff! Open my cupboards and the worst thing you'll find is granola bars which are mainly for the kids. If I overeat, it'll be on what I make for dinner, or too many of my whole grain crackers. At least we're learning to make better choices. That's much better than eating too much of the junk!

sotypical - Sorry to hear you had a crappy day! But the fact that you ate good is great! I'm an emotional eater, crappy day = crappy food. I'm getting over it, but it overcomes me once in a while. Hope your day is better today!

Shy - Yep, definitely a hungry day yesterday! Funny how our bodies do that sometimes. I'll do fine for a week or 2 then suddenly, I'm so hungry! I did do pretty well using my tricks though. By dinner I was only 150-200 calories more than normal. It was that quick dinner I had to come up with last night that got me. That's ok though, I enjoyed it and it's done!
Isn't it great though that we can come up with ways to makeover some of our favorite foods? That was how I started this whole weight loss thing in the first place. I've found it's amazing how many calories I can cut just by replacing/removing some of the high fat/calorie ingredients! Good job making your house fried rice healthier. Sounds good!

pink - Sounds like you're back on track to me. Now, just gotta stay here with us and stay on track. You're off to a great start!

Hi Red! Hope you're doing ok. :wave:

01-11-2008, 12:17 PM
ok, i've got questions before trying this challenge. are the challenges more than one challenge? are they everyday challenges or weekly or both? how do i categorize my challenge and keep track of it? I understand how the challenge works just got ???'s. What kind of challenges can it be (foods, exercise, self-esteem, self issues)? I really want to do this because I think this will help me really get started and keep me on track. please pm me with any info. Thanks

01-11-2008, 05:03 PM
djstorey - I am an emotional eater for sure. So I had a weight watchers chocolate cake! haha I actually tried to get my mom to go out for dinner because she had a really crappy day too, but luckily she didn't feel like it. I need to try and break this though, I think there are a lot of crappy days headed my way! blah, work sucks!! :( But it is Friday! yay!

01-11-2008, 06:08 PM
tk - did you read the very first post? It explains all the rules. Basically though you pick a challenge that you can do everyday for 21 days straight. You can however, have up to 3 pause days, that give you a pause in your counting. In other words, I might not be able to count my calories in fitday on day 10, so I take a pause and continue my day 10 the next day. Hope that makes sense! My little one is waking and I'm trying to hurry here! Hope you join us!

sotypical - yea, I've heard those weight watchers cakes are pretty good! I'll have to try one sometime. Hope your day is going ok!

01-11-2008, 11:51 PM
All challenges met! Had some celery and sugar-free jello after class, no pop and stayed within points! tomorrow is the all-day seminar (catered in breakfast and lunch) and a wedding reception. Wish me luck on food! Since WW allows "flex" points a week, I can go over a little bit and still meet my challenge, as long as I don't go over the weekly allowance.

Track (and stick to) WW Points - EVERY DAY -2 pauses- day 3
Only ONE snack after dinner - 3 pauses - day 4
Stop eating by 8 (on non-class nights - ONLY veggies after 8 on class nights) - 3 pauses - day 4
No more Diet Pop! - 0 pauses - day 4


Shy Moment
01-12-2008, 01:21 AM
Nice going. You are doing it. Bet you feel great about yourself.

I have days I go over on things. Nothing is written in stone with me so it is not that big a deal BUT I do watch more carefully for a few days what I am taking in. I look more at what fit day says I am taking in for the week than I do for the day.

That is great. You will find as time goes on, you may have a day here for there that has a little bump in it but in general you do great and don't really think much about it.

Depends on what kind of yogurt you are eating. I love the kind with fruit but darn they are high in carbs.

Sorry you had a bad day. Don't let that drag on tomorrow. The day is over. Tomorrow is a brand new day. :)

Day 10
All challenges met

01-12-2008, 01:25 AM
Today is super super close to going over my calories, well I did go over but by hardly any and we even went out for dinner! So I am really proud of myself.

within calorie range: day 4, 3 pauses left
3L (or more) of water: day 4, 1 pause left

01-12-2008, 02:03 AM
tkglenn -- Hello there and welcome! I do hope you join us. :welcome: As dj pointed out, all the facts are in the very first post of the thread. But, you do say you understand the rules. I guess you're just looking for a bit more clarification. The challenges are ongoing, for 21 days, BUT those 21 days can take months if you keep having to restart. If you zoom right through with no pauses, it'll take 21 days. If you allow yourself three pauses, it'll take 24 days. I think you do understand that, right? The thread itself is ongoing. Sometimes I make a new thread when it's getting too long or when I start a new challenge. I'm currently stalled, by the way, keep trying to start up, but just don't. I will though, you'll see. ;)

Your other question on categorizing I don't really understand? ..... Keeping track of it is up to you. I often just use my last post if I'm posting every day. Otherwise marking it on the calendar or in a datebook helps. The challenge can be anything you like. Most people do something that will directly or even directly help them lose weight or have a healthier lifestyle. But others do something related to self-esteem, which indirectly no doubt also affects our weight and health. I once did a cleaning challenge to help create a better living environment, which I hoped would help me take better care of yourself. I remember one person who said nice things to herself in the mirror every day to boost her self-esteem. Really, anything you like, if you're having trouble with it or you think doing it will help in some way.

I hope that answers your questions. I didn't pm you because there may well be others like you out there with similar questions.

Hope to see a lot more of you. Later! :wave:

01-12-2008, 02:13 AM
Ugh - I just totally broke down. After I wrote that I made all challenges, I decided to treat myself to a vitamuffin for making it through a long week and like I should have known, I totally broke down and ate a vita muffin, a yogurt, and a GIANT bowl of strawberries and whipped cream. So, I have to take a pause.... DANAGIT. Revised below.... going to bed now and frustrated.

Track (and stick to) WW Points - EVERY DAY -2 pauses- day 3
Only ONE snack after dinner - 2 pauses - day 3
Stop eating by 8 (on non-class nights - ONLY veggies after 8 on class nights) - 2 pauses - day 3
No more Diet Pop! - 0 pauses - day 4

01-12-2008, 02:26 AM
rdye -- Tough one! :( But at least you ALMOST made it. Maybe you should tally up your challenges the morning AFTER completing the day.

01-12-2008, 02:44 AM
Ok, people. I'm calling myself clear on Day 1 of a new challenge. Here it is. I'm kind of combining a lot of my old challenges and adding a touch of reality, in other words, a bit of ease. Instead of the ultra-hard "absolutely NONE" that I do so love, I am going one step further (and this can actually be HARDER for me! :eek: ) and allowing myself a bit of leeway. So, it'll be the overall picture, the day seen as a whole, the whole kit and kaboodle!! So, the idea is to steer clear of coffee, other caffeines, alcohol, white sugar, artificial sweeteners, basically anything processed AND eat fresh vegetables, fruits and sea vegetables, lots of them, to the extent that it seems WEIRD to me! Because weird to me at this point I've realized is not weird at all. It's probably what I have to be doing to restore my health, which is not good. The stress of my job, doing the things I want to, the lifestyle of the decadent Tokyo aging rock 'n' roller....cough, cough....all these things add up to ABUSE, abuse of my body and it's gotta stop! :mad: Yesterday, Friday, I'm counting as GOOD. Day 1 under my belt...a recently getting tighter belt. :( Check on ya all later! :wave:

01-12-2008, 09:55 AM
Barely made it through one of my challenges yesterday but it's nice to know I pigged out a little and I still stayed under my calories for the day. I've started walking a longer distance to work so getting my minimum 15minutes of exercise a day won't be a problem at all anymore.

01-12-2008, 10:56 PM
Today I am majorly proud of myself. My boyfriend and I went out to eat and I made better food choices while still indulging a bit :cofdate:. I also stayed under my calories for the day. We walked uphill back to our apartment for 15 minutes. And when i bout that new scale I wanted i found out I lost 13 pounds since I last went to the doctors in late October :cp:. All challenges me today and then some!:cheer2:

Shy Moment
01-12-2008, 11:08 PM
Day 11
All challenges met

Great going on the weight loss. Even better pats on the back for making good choices.

Good luck on your challenges. Looks like you are missing a few of the basic food groups there.

Nice to see you met your goals. Makes you feel good doesn't it.

01-13-2008, 01:26 AM
Shy Moment - it sure does make you feel good when you meet your goals! Amazing! :)

within calorie range: day 5, 3 pauses left
3L (or more) of water: day 5, 1 pause left

01-13-2008, 02:20 AM
Well, Day 2 is good!! :) Working on 3 here.


bear -- WOW!!! Look at you! 13 pounds!!!! :spin: A big hand and three cheers to you!! :cp: :cp: :cp: :bravo: :bravo: :bravo:

Shy -- "basic food groups missing"..... :lol3:

01-13-2008, 11:20 AM
Day 9 & 10 - reading my notes - good, 2 pauses left
Day 10 & 11 - water - good, 3 pauses left
Day 5 & 6 - count calories - good, 3 pauses left

I had planned on sitting down last night and catching up with all of you, but my son surprised me and asked me to go to the movies with him and his brother. He even insisted on paying! I thought that was pretty cool that two teens would actually want me to go with them to the movies on a saturday night. Anyway, we had fun and the movie was good and I had nothing other than water and 1 small bite of my sons treat he bought himself.

bbybear - WOW, what a nice surprise huh? That's great!

Red - Sounds like your off to a great start!

Hi to everyone else! Sorry I don't have more time but gotta run. Have a great day. :wave:

01-13-2008, 05:28 PM
Day 3 is good. The skin problem doesn't seem any better, BUT it is only three days. I am always so impatient. A holistic approach takes weeks, I know. I really need patience to continue eating well amid my horribly hectic lifestyle. When I have time I do well and always did, but once things get busy, not only does cooking and proper eating go out the window, but in comes too much drinking and too much sweets. This is the ultimate challenge, to still do well despite all the obstacles. :^:


dj -- That certainly was nice of your son. You must really be happy. No, it's not too often that teens would invite their mother to go with them to a movie. Gads! What if they were seen! :lol: You should feel honored! And great going on the challenges. The American custom of eating at the theater is a killer. You resisted. Good for you! Thanks for the encouragement too. :wave:

01-13-2008, 08:24 PM
So today I had a good day. I woke up this morning and exercised before I got distracted. I ate well and even had room for little splurge. All challenges met and I can't wait for my new work out tapes to come:D.

DJ- Great job on avoiding movie temptations :cp:.I know how hard it can be to go to a movie and just not have the urge to snack. It musta also been nice to spend some quality time with your boys. I know I don't spend enough time with my mom.

Red- Great job on your cahllenge. I know it's a tough one and the first few days can feel the toughest, but you seem to be getting the hang of it now. Congrats:carrot:!And remember to be patient with your skin. Rome was not built in a day and patience will pay off.

01-13-2008, 11:13 PM
When I have time I do well and always did, but once things get busy, not only does cooking and proper eating go out the window, but in comes too much drinking and too much sweets. This is the ultimate challenge, to still do well despite all the obstacles. :^:
I know EXACTLY how you feel, couldn't describe me any better!

Hey ladies!! I’m still here plugging away just a little crazy as I am cramming two weeks worth of work and catching up within about 3 days of time in order to be ready to leave out of town for a workshop this up coming weekend. Completely blew my calorie limit yesterday as I had a very long meeting that lasted so long we were ordered in ‘conference’ food twice… that killed my staying on track, made the healthiest option choices I could but I’m sure I was still over (too depressed to even log on fitday)... was doing good for once with healthy options daily… oh well today was a new and much better day.

2000 Calories or less a day - Day 8, 1 pauses left
100 crunches a day - Day 9, 2 pauses left
4 glasses of water a day - Day 9, 2 pauses left

Quiet Ballerina
01-14-2008, 12:01 AM
Hello All,
It's been a while (about three months actually) since I visited this some of the newer members to this thread won't remember me.

Sorry for disappearing so quickly before. My heart just wasn't in it and I wasn't trying like I should have been, so I wanted to take a break from the site. I felt like all I was doing was constantly making excuses as to why I wasn't working out properly.

But now I'm back. Starting a new challenge tomorrow.
~Chew gum when I want to snack because I'm bored. (3 pauses)
~Drink 6 glasses of water daily. (3 pauses)
~Exercise 30 minutes a day (3 pauses)

the exercise is going to be tough for me....but I need to make the effort and get my butt into gear.

Shy Moment
01-14-2008, 12:36 AM
Nice to see you back. Glad you have finaly got back on the wagon seat and are ready to start the journey. We are here for you. Good luck.

Today is always a new day.

Nice going. Sounds like you had a real good day.

Nice to see you are getting a grip on things. Don't be so hard on yourself but keep yourself in check.

Isn't it great when the kids want to do things with us.

It is one day after another just like one foot after another. We all can do it.

Day 12
All challenges met
Has been rough, takes me twice as long as it use to getting my exercises done with this pulled hamstring but I do plug away. I even decided not to count them toward my January exercise goal because I am not putting my all into them. At least I am getting them done.

01-14-2008, 12:47 AM
This weekend went pretty well! I didn't eat super healthy, I had some McDonalds and an ice cream bar, but I stayed within calories and even exercised today! I don't normally exercise on weekends. And I think this challenge had a lot to do with it because I didn't want to use a pause!

within calorie range: day 6, 3 pauses left
3L (or more) of water: day 6, 1 pause left

Shy Moment
01-14-2008, 01:43 AM
Sometimes eating healthy takes a pause to enjoying food a bit. As long as we make the choice and know what we are doing that isn't a bad thing. We just have to make sure we don't let it be a habit that we do all the time. Nice going on the exercise. I know this challenge keeps me in line.

01-14-2008, 11:52 AM
Day 11 - reading my notes - pause, 1 pause left
Day 12 - water - good, 3 pauses left
Day 7 - count calories - good, 3 pauses left

Well, I did pretty good yesterday, except for reading my notes. Just got busy and didn't think about it most of the time.

Quiet - Nice to have you back with us! Good luck with your challenges. We know you can do it!

sotypical - Glad to hear the challenge is working for you. I do the same thing sometimes, I think about having to report that I blew it and then decide not to blow it! Whatever works!

Shy - Yep, having the boys WANT to spend time with me is great! Take care of that hamstring!

Pink - Those obstacles make things really tough sometimes. Just stay on track as much as you possibly can, and when you stray, bring yourself back as quickly as possible. The fact that you are here shows that you are heading in the right direction.

bbybear - Yea, I enjoy spending some fun time with my boys. Now that they're teens, they are so busy with their friends! Of course, that's how it should be. Sounds like you're doing really well. Good job!

Red - Remember, patience is a virtue! 3 days is not much time to notice a change. Of course, who am I to talk? I get on the scale and wonder why it hasn't moved only to realize it's only been a day or 2 since I last weighed. And yes, I did really feel honored that my 2 teenage boys were seen at the movie theatre, on a Saturday night of all nights, with their mother! It was actually pretty cool. :D

Have a good one all! :wave:

Quiet Ballerina
01-14-2008, 08:49 PM
Thanks for the welcome back.
Where's Nikki gone to?

sotypical: your dog is so cute!

Day 1 complete:
~chewed gum instead of going for snacks, 3 pauses left
~drank water, 3 pauses left
~exercised for at least 30 minutes, 3 pauses left

01-14-2008, 08:57 PM
Wow, lots of posts! Great to see some of the old people back. Quiet! Missed you! :wave: I'm calling Day 4 good and am drinking my banana, spinach, grapefruit, soy milk drink here as we speak. Am late for the office. Catch you all later. Hang in there and good luck! :strong:

Shy Moment
01-14-2008, 09:05 PM
Glad things are going well for you. One day at a time is the only way to go.

She is around somewhere. Glad to see you are back with us and on track again.

Nice to have the notes to go back on sometimes. The kids and I cleaned the rabbit room tonight and then played with the rabbit. Darn thing follows me around like a dog lol.

Day 14
All challenges met

01-14-2008, 09:34 PM
Seems like everyone is doing pretty good. Nice going on day 4 Red. As for me all challenges met and I walked over 8,000 steps today. I like my new pedometer:D. And Shy it's nice to see a fellow Red teamate around. GO RED!

Shy Moment
01-14-2008, 10:03 PM
We are going to do great. Another friend of mine counting is on the red team too.

01-14-2008, 10:28 PM
I think I might need to re-start one of my challenges. My stay within calories challenge :( Today is fine and is going to stay fine, but tomorrow my boyfriend wants to leave work early and drive to Victoria and go for dinner at Red Robbin with a bunch of friends. I tell myself that I will eat only a salad but I doubt it will happen and even then there is no way for me to get the calorie information. GAaaaah! I would use a pause day but then on Wednesday it is my boss' (most favourtie boss, really really sad about this) last day, we are going for lunch at this beautiful place and I decided I was going to have a nice lunch with her for her last day... so two pause days in a row would only leave me ONE left and I dunno if I could finish the challenge. SO, do I risk two pauses two days in a row? OR do I just restart the Challenge on Thursday? Thursday would be Day 10.

01-15-2008, 01:44 AM
within calorie range: day 7, 3 pauses left
3L (or more) of water: day 7, 1 pause left

01-15-2008, 08:45 AM
Typical- I say at least try to see if you can finish your challenge without restarting. you might prove yourself wrong and make it through the rest of the challenge no sweat. Remmeber you jsut gotta make great choices throughout the rest of the day and maybe you can still stay under your calories. Were all here to support you.:D

Shy Moment
01-15-2008, 02:06 PM
First don't go somewhere to eat that you can't get the nutritional information. Your boyfriend and your friends should understand how important getting healthy is for you and support you in this decision. A place should be picked to eat at that you can get the information you need to make the best choices possible. If they won't, you need to think about why they aren't being supportive. Second, there are always reasons not to eat like we should. Grandma is only in town for the day, Little Susie made this or that in home etc, we are having a busy day shopping or a busy day at work and we will just grab something willie nillie. Part of the journey we are taking is making our selfs pick what is good for us, not always what is easy. You should stick with your challenges.

Day 15
All challenges complete

01-15-2008, 04:32 PM
Ok, I haven't checked in since Saturday - ugh. this has been one of the busiest 8 days of my life - work is blowing up, school was heavy, and then a wedding... and on sunday there were family "issues". Oy vey.

anyway, I totally bombed all challenges this weekend so I need to start over (other than no diet pop - still going strong on that one!) I made all of these on Monday - so here goes!

Sticking to points - 3 pauses - day 1
Writing everything down - 0 pauses - day 5
No diet pop - 0 pauses - day 5
No eating after 8pm - 3 pauses - day 1

01-15-2008, 04:47 PM
Thanks guys. I think I can make it through today just fine. I exercise extra and am eating lower through-out the day. So I should be able to order a burger and salad and have calories left to spare.

As far as going somewhere to eat without nutritional information, my boyfriend's friends were already going and just invited us to come, so it is my decision if I go or not, not their fault :)

I found some stuff on other sites, but only some menu items. None of the salads or anything, grrr

Quiet Ballerina
01-15-2008, 07:03 PM
Today, I was out running errands a lot so the temptation to snack wasn't there nearly as much as when I'm just around the house. (but i'm also so worn out from all the errands. Traffic makes me sleepy).

Day 2 complete:
~chewed gum instead of going for snacks, 3 pauses left
~drank water, 3 pauses left
~exercised for at least 30 minutes, 3 pauses left

01-15-2008, 07:18 PM
Day 12 - reading my notes - pause, 1 pause left
Day 13 - water - good, 3 pauses left
Day 8 - count calories - good, 3 pauses left

Thought I'd better come in and catch up. Nice to see so many posts again! Hi to all of you and have a great night. :wave:

01-15-2008, 07:40 PM
Hi people. I'm calling Day 5 a go. I can see how hard it is to eat well when I go into work. The problems hit me from the start and don't let up till the end of the day. Then I take them home with me. I don't feel like eating well, don't feel like much of anything, just going out for a drink. Still, I forced myself to at least get some vegetables in and put two kinds of sea vegetables in some instant miso (that's a soybean thing) soup. It felt very healthy, but I don't know. The skin is no better. Itching and so dry and flaky I think I'm not going to have any left! But, again, it's only 5 days. I've got to carry on. What else is there but to dose up on steroids, which just aren't addressing the root of the problem. Anyhow, gotta run. Glad to see you all hanging in there, getting through the tough parts, gliding through the easier days. It's all about keeping at it, not giving up, getting back on the horse when you fall. Best of luck to you all! :sunny:

01-16-2008, 01:26 AM
Made it today!

Sticking to points - 3 pauses - day 2
Writing everything down - 0 pauses - day 6
No diet pop - 0 pauses - day 6
No eating after 8pm - 3 pauses - day 2

Quiet - love your challenge of gum instead of snacking - I saw that on Biggest Loser too.

01-16-2008, 02:06 AM
woo I didn't have to use a pause day even though we went for dinner! I did it! yah! Tomorrow I will though!

within calorie range: day 8, 3 pauses left
3L (or more) of water: day 8, 1 pause left

01-16-2008, 08:56 AM
I made it through my challenges today but i totally bombed on my calorie intake for the day by over 400 calories. I worked late last night so I just got fast food for dinner and I totally blew it :(. After I worked out the calories I felt so disgusted with how much I ate. I think I need to find out how many calories are in things before I eat them, because now I feel like I have to make up for yesterday.
Typical-Good job not having to use a pause day. Now your getting closer to finishing that challenge.

01-16-2008, 01:35 PM
bbybear712 -
You can't worry about yesterday. I know the feeling of eating something and then finding out how horrible it was, but don't worry about it - it was one day, don't starve yourself today to make up for it. It will just cause you to be more hungry today and could cause you to end up over-eating again (saying this from experience). If I know I am going to eat somewhere I try and find out the information before I go and then pick something out. But sometimes things happen and we don't have time to plan! Today is a new day, forgot yesterday :D

01-16-2008, 06:42 PM
Day 13 - reading my notes - pause, 1 pause left
Day 14 - water - good, 3 pauses left
Day 9 - count calories - good, 3 pauses left

Well, I seem to be playing catch up a lot lately. Spent the whole morning doing paperwork for our business, which is one of those chores that I can't stand! I hate dealing with government paperwork and am always nervous that I'll make some stupid little mistake and get us in trouble. Oh well, it's done now and I only did a little nervous munching. Luckily we'll have an accountant do the big, year end stuff.

bbybear - I agree with sotypical. You just can't beat yourself up for yesterday. Forgive yourself and move on! This is one of those lessons that you learn as you go. You now will be more aware of it for next time.

sotypical - Great job saving that pause but I hope you enjoy the planned pause you are taking!

rdye - You're on a roll. Keep up the good work!

Red - Wow, your life sounds so hectic! Have you tried any relaxation techniques at all? If you can find something that works for you, it can help. (at least a little bit!) When I quit smoking, I used a lot of deep breathing and hot tea. Don't know why, but it helped me and still does to this day when I'm really stressed. Since changing your whole career is pretty drastic, maybe something little will help make it a little less stressful.

Hope all of you are doing well! :wave:

01-16-2008, 08:52 PM
So I surprised myself today, well I am still taking a pause day the choices I made were not anyway near as bad I thought they might end up being. In the past when taking a treat day I have been known to really blow it, eat something horrible like a huge plate of fries and a burger, or a huge plate of pasta, something like that! The day is no over but I think the worst of it is. I had a scone for breakfast and a calmari salad for lunch! Dinner is going to be home made Mac N Cheese and salad! Anyway, I figured lunch would be much worse so I am feeling good about that.

within calorie range: day 9-pause, 2 pauses left
3L (or more) of water: day 9, 1 pause left

AND I am going to add a new challenge, not totally sure what to do about this one as it not something I usually do everyday but just every week day. Anyway this Challenge is to exercise, so during the week I need to do at least 20 minutes and on the weekends just a few minutes, even if it is just some sit ups - so overall the challenge is to exercise everyday. I am going to make this level 3.

daily exercise: day 1, 3 pauses left

01-16-2008, 10:27 PM
tough day but made 3/4, pause on one.

Sticking to points - 2 pauses - day 1
Writing everything down - 0 pauses - day 6
No diet pop - 0 pauses - day 6
No eating after 8pm - 3 pauses - day 2

Shy Moment
01-17-2008, 03:59 AM
Day 16 and 17
What a day. Lost my hard drive yesterday. Have spent all today rebuilding and reinstalling. Back tomorrow to chat

All challenges met

01-17-2008, 04:18 AM
OK, I'm calling Day 6 a pause. :( Just a bit too much of the brew.... :^: Gotta stop it. How can my skin get better when I'm abusing my liver???????? Sigh.
Look in more closely later. :wave:

01-17-2008, 08:29 AM
Okay so I had a tough day at work in general yesterday and I didn't use food to comfort myselff. Whew that felt good for a change. All challenges have been met. and I stopped beating myself up for slipping up. Thanks everyone :D

Quiet Ballerina
01-17-2008, 09:46 PM
Day 3 complete: (yesterday, didn't get to post)
~chewed gum instead of going for snacks, 3 pauses left
~drank water, 3 pauses left
~exercised for at least 30 minutes, 3 pauses left

Day 4 complete:
~chewed gum instead of going for snacks, 3 pauses left
~drank water, 3 pauses left
~exercised for at least 30 minutes, 3 pauses left

rdye23: yeah, I thought about the gum thing cause I tend to snack so much when I'm on the computer, or watching TV, and it's such a horrible habit!

red: I think I missed the post...(so if you don't mind repeating)...what's going on with your skin? :( doesn't sound pleasant.

Apple Blossom
01-17-2008, 10:05 PM
Hello. It's me again. I'm back from my trip and it was awesome! There was one major problem though. Usually when I go to Hawaii I lose all cares and worries since it's so lovely and relaxing there. But this year, I was REALLY self- conscious about my body, which is at the biggest it's ever been (except for pregnancy of course) I don't ever want to feel that way again so I need to get on it!
So my challenges to start are:
Daily crunches (2 pauses allowed)
30 min exercise ( 2 pauses allowed)
I still need to think of a diet challenge. Hmm. Well, for now it will be
Sit down for lunch (2 pauses allowed)
I've noticed that when I eat a munchie lunch I continue munching all afternoon. Bad.:nono:
Well, I've missed you guys and I'll catch up with you all soon!

01-17-2008, 10:45 PM
Day 14 - reading my notes - pause, 1 pause left
Day 15 - water - good, 3 pauses left
Day 10 - count calories - good, 3 pauses left

Catching up again and all challenges are good. I'm trying to stay good because I'm taking a pause this saturday when we go skiing again. There's just no way to read my notes and count calories when I do that. At least, by the time I get home from skiing all day, I'm just to tired to care! Great calorie burn though!

Apple - You're back!!! Glad to see you and happy to hear you had a great time on your trip to Hawaii! I loved it over there when we went a couple years ago. Hopefully someday I can go back. Looking forward to hearing more from you.

Hope everyone else is doing well. :wave:

01-17-2008, 11:35 PM
Made all but one!

Sticking to points - 2 pauses - day 2
Writing everything down - 0 pauses - day 7
No diet pop - 0 pauses - day 7
No eating after 8pm - 2 pauses - day 2

01-17-2008, 11:45 PM
within calorie range: day 10, 2 pauses left
3L (or more) of water: day 10, 1 pause left
daily exercise: day 2, 3 pauses left

01-18-2008, 09:37 PM
Day 15 - reading my notes - pause, 1 pause left
Day 16 - water - good, 3 pauses left
Day 11 - count calories - good, 3 pauses left

Ok, quick check in here. Did good today and yesterday, but tomorrow will be a pause on counting calories and reading my notes. We're going skiing again so there's just no way I'll be doing those 2 challenges! Hope you all have a great weekend! :wave:

Shy Moment
01-19-2008, 02:05 AM
Day 18 and 19
All Challenges met

It hasn't been easy. I have been working on this darn computer off and on for 3 days or is it 4, heck I don't even remember now. Darn drives POOF POOF POOF. Hope it stays working until my new parts come in sometime next week. I guess I have to put everyone elses I am working on back on that back burner and get me a new one built.

01-19-2008, 02:49 AM
today was good, hope I can have a good day again tomorrow! Worried about finding time to exercise and staying within my calories!

within calorie range: day 11, 2 pauses left
3L (or more) of water: day 11, 1 pause left
daily exercise: day 3, 3 pauses left

Apple Blossom
01-19-2008, 07:40 PM
Daily crunches Day 1 done (2 pauses allowed)
30 min exercise Day 1 done( 2 pauses allowed)
Sit down for lunch Day 1 done (2 pauses allowed)
Well, I'm out of the starting gate.
Oh, I might throw in a no beer challenge, but not for another day or so.
Wow, DJ and shy, you are getting close!!
Bummer about your computer, shy. We are thinking about getting a new computer soon, before this one goes BONK and we lose important info. That happened with our last one.
Have fun skiing, DJ!:snow4:

01-19-2008, 09:51 PM
All challenges met. and I'm on day 19 so Monday will be my last day then I have completedd my challenges with no pauses. Whoo hoo. I just got my new exercise videos in so maybe my next challenge will have a little bit more exercise in it. who knows.:D

01-20-2008, 11:21 AM
Day 16 - reading my notes - pause, 0 pause left
Day 17 - water - good, 3 pauses left
Day 12 - count calories - pause, 2 pauses left

Ok, took my 2 pauses for yesterday. When we go out cross country skiing there is just no way to keep up on some things. And, of course, it's such a calorie burner that I munch here and there, which is hard to recreate when I get home.

bbybear - Good job! And no pauses! You're doing great!

Apple - Yep, we had a good time skiing. My friend and I usually like to hike during the summer and decided we needed a way to get out during the winter and took up cross country skiing. It's fun, and wow, what a workout! Now she wants to try downhill skiing, which I have not done for about 20 years! :eek:

sotypical - Did you find time to exercise? I know it can be hard, especially if you work.

Shy - Hope you're getting those computer problems fixed! I hate being without my computer.

Hope everyones weekend is going well! :wave:

Apple Blossom
01-20-2008, 03:37 PM
Daily crunches Day 2 done (2 pauses allowed)
30 min exercise Day 2 done( 2 pauses allowed)
Sit down for lunch Day 2 done (2 pauses allowed)
No Beer starting today (2 pauses allowed)
I'm starting the no beer. Ha ha.:rofl:
DJ, Cross country skiing is fun! I hope to be doing some when my kids are older. Last winter I went downhill for the first time in about 20 years, I was surprised at how easy it was to do! The only scary part was getting off the ski lift for the first time. But it was OK! It's like riding a won't forget how! I was lifting weights last year too, so I was in good shape and I wasn't sore afterwards. That will be different when we go this year. :(
bbybear! Way to go! Almost there!!:cp:
Red! I come crawling back and then you disappear! Come back!

01-20-2008, 08:01 PM
OK, let's see...where am I? It's Monday morning. I've got to rush to get in to the office. The gym is closed in the a.m. today so that wasn't an option. I did go last night for the first time in a while, so that was good. :yes: I have been GOOD on my challenge as well. Though I am going to be tough on myself and say I cannot, with ANY rationalization (and boy, can I rationalize! ;) ), say that Friday could be permitted. In fact, Thursday shouldn't be permitted either, seeing as there wasn't all that much left of it after I returned to life following the escapades of the....hmm, what do you call it..not the "night before" but let's say the...waking hours that followed Wednesday evening and preceeded my return to life the following day...BUT, then I got right back on track in repentance for my sins. Anyhow, let's say I'm giving myself Thursday, Saturday and Sunday (and the last two were EXCELLENT!) So, Day 6 OK, pause on Day 7, then Day 7 OK and Day 8 OK. So that means I'm starting Day 9 now, with one pause to go. And I'm not going to worry. I can do this. It's about putting MORE good stuff in than bad and really pouring in the good stuff. I've been drinking the most gawdawful vegetable drinks, but also the greatest veggie toppings over wholewheat pasta that I've had in ages. Lots of detoxifying garlic, wow, like five clovelets (what do you call them?) of it. The dead skin is sloughing off and I'm hoping the eczema will improve, eczema or whatever it is, my body fighting to get healthy when I keep abusing it. And that's what it is Quiet, an itching and painful skin rash over most of my torso and parts of my legs. Though I hadn't changed my diet too much and it wasn't all that bad, I thought, the rash has been getting progressively worse. I'm figuring it's because my stress levels have skyrocketed, the hours of good sleep have plummeted and the hours spent chewing the fat (literally) with copious amounts of the brew have also sharply increased. I was riding and working out heavily in the gym, not wanting to put anything down. But, something had to give and I guess it was my health...not rocket science, I'm reassessing my lifestyle and really trying to knock out the parts that are hurting me, the parts I CAN knock out and that doesn't include work, gym or riding. So, you can see what's left. OK, anyone who read all that deserves a medal!!


Apple! -- Apple, I'm sorry. I was watching the posts and saw you'd ventured back. Was thinking, I gotta get in there and welcome Apple back but just couldn't find the time. So, belated welcome back! :welcome2: and best of luck on your challenges. I'm glad to see you're doing a beer challenge. My challenge incorporates all those things, with a bit of leeway allowed. I'm basically trying to "alkalize" as they say and I see that my diet and lifestyle was making me totally acidic. I have done this more or less in the past, often unconsciously, and it really improves my health. When I cut out caffeine (coffee for me) and processed sugar for a year I looked absolutely fabulous (my skin that is, not me...that won't change...) :lol: Anyhow, good luck on your challenges! Great to have you back with us! :dancer:

dj -- Thanks for holding the fort. The skiing sounds like a lot of fun. In fact, I know it is. I much prefer cross-country to downhill, not that I can do either to speak of. But it is wonderful to be out enjoying the snow instead of having to battle it in the city. You're zooming through your challenges and being a great inspiration to me and I'm sure others. Keep it coming! :cheer:

bear -- Wow, you are a success, aren't you? And that weight will surely continue to melt off. I'm so proud of you! :yes: I LOVE what you did at work the other day, NOT comforting yourself with food. Great stuff! :bravo:

sotypical -- I can't believe you're already so far along. Excellent work, Courtnie! :cp:

Shy -- Hope that computer gets fixed soon. You too, you're doing great on your challenges. You're almost through! :spin:

rdye -- Quiet from you. :listen: Hope you're still moving right along. :goodluck:


OK, all, keep up the good work. I'm getting better at eating well and it's making me realize that I really WASN'T doing all the good things I thought I was. Food journals are important. I wish I'd kept better ones. It always is that the times I am doing awful I'm NOT keeping the journal. So easy to turn a blind eye, isn't it?

01-20-2008, 11:15 PM
djstorey- I did exercise today and yesterday! yay! but I didn't stay with calories yesterday :( only one more pause day allowed and I am pretty sure I need to use it next Saturday or Sunday for my grandma's birthday! eeks

redballoon- it is funny how fast the 21 days go! wow - you are doing great too! I agree, it is so easy to mess up if you don't keep your food journal 100%

I forgot to post yesterday, so here is yesterday's count

within calorie range: day 12-pause, 1 pauses left
3L (or more) of water: day 12, 1 pause left
daily exercise: day 4, 3 pauses left

within calorie range: day 13, 1 pauses left
3L (or more) of water: day 13, 1 pause left
daily exercise: day 5, 3 pauses left

Shy Moment
01-20-2008, 11:45 PM
Seems you are doing GREAT. We have to make choices sometimes about what we eat and the things we do. Sometimes they aren't easy. When we make the right ones we know it because we have no regrets. Won't be any time at all and you will have your 21 days done and be starting on your next 21 day challenges.

You just remember we work to live not live to work. You really sound like you need down time in your life. A few hours a day that you do nothing but sit on the front porch and watch the world go by, read a book or lay in a bubble bath. Girl the body and the soul can only go full speed ahead for so long. You take it easy. I have eczema and it can be a pain if something flairs it up. There are meds that do help a bit but still won't get rid of it. You just keep watching what you are eating and get some exercise. I bet the lbs will come off and you will feel good about that. Fit day is very important to me. I keep track of not only what I eat but how much I eat. It really is an important tool to help me stay on track.

You have some very nice challenges. Bet you start seeing real difference. I don't really have anything on here I would die if I lost lol. Just all the darn videos I converted for my divx player that won't play dvd's but will play cd's with divx video files on them. Now I have to do them all over again grrrrrr. I will have all the stuff together and start building the new system this week. Haven't done one of the duel core ones yet so it will be interesting lol.

I ordered the new parts. They will be here in a couple of days. I have it patched together until then lol.

I remember my first 21 day challenge. I always do them without pauses. You enjoy completing this one. None of the rest ever feel quite the same. You see you do have CONTROL, you have WILL POWER and also YOU are the only person that can do what is good for you. You deserve all the credit. Nice going.

Day 20

All Challenges met

01-21-2008, 09:02 PM
This is the first time I've completed :carrot: a challenge and I'm so proud of myself. Day 21 complete on water and on 15 minutes of exercise a day. I'm so happy. Thank you everyone. I still have a few more days to go on my write everything I eat down. I think my next challenge will be to stay with in my calorie rang. This might be tough but I'm motivated. Thanks everyone.

01-21-2008, 09:59 PM
WOW! Everyone is doing SO great!! I didn't even log-in to my PC once since Friday (other than work) - things were INSANE. Happy to report I made it through all of the challenges (but two on Saturday)! YAY FOR ALL OF YOU!!!

And... I'm happy to report after 2 months of feeling too tired to much of anything but get my butt to work and class... I made it to the gym - 3 times since Thursday!!! I finally feel like I'm getting control back. Had to go to the doc to get bloodwork done (I've had a few fainting/blacking out spells) - should find out results by mid-week. Doc thinks it's an inflamed liver (common with mono) which means meds :( Oh well... I'll just do what I can until this stupid virus is GONE for good.

Sticking to points - 1 pauses - day 6
Writing everything down - 0 pauses - day 11
No diet pop - 0 pauses - day 11
No eating after 8pm - 1 pauses - day 6

Apple Blossom
01-21-2008, 10:13 PM
Daily crunches Day 3 done (2 pauses allowed)
30 min exercise Day 3 done( 2 pauses allowed)
Sit down for lunch Day 3 done (2 pauses allowed)
No Beer Day 1 (2 pauses allowed)

All Right bbybear!!!:cp::cheer2::hat::cp::cheer2:
Great job! Roll it over to your next challenge! Way to go!!

rdye - good work getting to the gym! I hope to be doing that myself some time soon.:tread:

Hey Red! Shy is right, maybe you need a day off for some pampering. Day at the spa? Sneak into a hot tub somewhere?

Shy, tomorrow's the big day!!!

01-21-2008, 11:10 PM

Today was good.

within calorie range: day 14, 1 pauses left
3L (or more) of water: day 14, 1 pause left
daily exercise: day 6, 3 pauses left

Shy Moment
01-22-2008, 01:58 AM
Thank you so much

For me it just all rolls over to the next 21 days. I really stay on the journey because of the accountibility I find here. Thanks

You take care of yourself mono can become very serious.

Day 21
All challenges met

Well I guess tomorrow is the first day AGAIN of the rest of my life lol. You all really keep me accountable. I can't stand the thought of haveing to say I haven't done the simple challenges I give myself. Thank you so much for all the encouragement

1. Stay within food allowances
( average 1200 - 1400 calories per week )
( average 30 to 35 grams fat per week )
( average 180 to 210 carbs per week )

2. Stay on exercise plan
This of course always depends on the knees and pulled hamstring
( walking/arobic video am, walking arobic video pm Mon - Fri )
( About 40 Min resistance training Mon-Wed-Fri )

3. Log everything on fit day
( Very important so I get all my foods eaten and I stay within amounts )

4. Do something just for myself each day
(Read a book, play a game, watch something with Kurt Russel lol )

01-22-2008, 10:59 AM
Day 17 - reading my notes - good, 0 pause left
Day 19 - water - good, 3 pauses left
Day 13 - count calories - good, 2 pauses left

Didn't realize I never posted yesterday! Was kind of a crazy day. I had interviewed for a job with a local school here and got called yesterday and was told they chose me. I ended up having to run to town to buy clothes for myself to look decent at work! All my good work clothes in my closet no longer fit me since I lost so much weight and have not needed work clothes since before I had my last baby. Anyway, gotta run once again. Need to brave the cold today and go to town for a haircut. It's soooo cold out! We are at a -35 with the wind chill! brrrrrr

Have a good day all!