MARCH CHALLENGE...So we are now in month 3. Is this going to be your year? How are you doing?? How about a challenge to help us kick it off! It's somewhere to check in...some friendly competition. Join us for our monthly challenge!!
Since this is a monthly challenge, it will start on the 1st and the day of the month is the day of the challenge. You need to post your points on a daily basis (or whenever you can). Simply reply to this post and then edit that post as you add points. That way you always know where you are and so do I!
For those of you who have NO IDEA what I am talking about - here are the details. Sometimes we work our hardest when we are held accountable. So I challenge you to do your very best for the month and we'll see who wins!!
Here is how it's going to go. Starting March 1st 2009. We will try to do the 3 things that work. Food, water & exercise. You decide what your food plan is, how much water you want to drink and how much exercise you want to get every day. Every day you have the opportunity to earn 4 points.
2 point for sticking with your food plan (no splitting points here, you either stuck to your plan or you didn't)
1 point for drinking the amount of water you decided on
1 point for getting some exercise. (If you don't exercise on a given day - you DO NOT get a point for exercise - even if you planned it that way) Sorry, no 1/2 points.
Post here with how many points you've earned for a given day, and I will keep track. We'll see who's did the best for the month.
This is a very cool way to keep on track, because even if you don't do so great on food, you might still get in your water and exercise to earn the points!
Who's ready for a challenge???? It starts Tomorrow!
Note: When I do the final totals at the end of the month, I only include people who have participated 15 days or more.
02-28-2009, 10:40 PM
I said I wouldn't, but I cannot resist the meanness/abuse of Jam and Barb! Points Challenge, love ya!
Food: Eat clean and lean, experiment with new range, 1900-2200 cals, log it and remember to take supplements.
Exercise: Strength train 5-6x per week, with low pressure stuff the other 1-2x. At least 60 minutes a day 5x per week, 30 minutes on the 1-2 low pressure days - doing something! Shake dat :censored:! As it gets nicer out, avoid the cute car. Walk and bike when reasonable.
Wawa: A gallon or more, depending on activity levels.
Let's rock this!
01: 4 :halffull:
02: 4 :halffull:
03: 4 :halffull:
04: 4 :halffull:
05: 4 :halffull:
06: 4 :halffull:
07: 4 :halffull:
08: 4 :halffull:
09: 4 :halffull:
10: 4 :halffull:
11: 4 :halffull:
12: 4 :halffull:
13: 4 :halffull:
14: 4 :halffull:
15: 3 :halffull: REST! Like 14 hours of it. :lol:
16: 4 :halffull:
17: 4 :halffull:
18: 4 :halffull:
19: 4 :halffull:
20: 4 :halffull:
21: 4 :halffull:
22: 3 :halffull: Rest week starts! Can ya believe it??? It's going to be hard, I do like exercising.
23: 3 :halffull: Rest!
March Exercise Minutes - 2116
02-28-2009, 10:44 PM
Food Plan: No junk food. Fast food limited to once per week, and must choose something healthy! Portion control!! 5 servings of fruits/veggies daily. No eating at least 3 hours before bed. (2pts) 1 :chef: on each day I do well
Exercise: 30DS everyday, 40 minute walking on the night shifts I work (3-4x/week), (1pt) 1 :barbell: on each day I do well
Water: 96oz a day. (1pt) 1 :drool: on each day I do well
Goals for this month:
St. Patricks Day Goal of reaching 235 :goldpot:
First Day of Spring Goal of reaching 233 :flow2:
Month Goal of reaching 229 :genie:
Exercise for at least 30 minutes each day :wl:
Earn at least 100 points here :yes:
Log everything with the dailyplate & my 3fc journal :comp:
Stay away from candy!!! :m:
Running total of points earned: 20 out of a possible 124
3.1: Weigh in 240 :drool: :chef: 3 points
3.2 :drool: :chef: darn this exercise thing! lol 3 points
3.3 :barbell: :drool: ate taco johns. 2 points
3.4 :drool: Curse the darn tacos!!!!! 1 point
3.5 Ugh. Dont ask. :( 0 points
3.6 Hmmmmmm...... 0 points (again)
3.7 ah hah! finally! :chef: :barbell: :drool: 4 points
OP 45% of the week, - lb weight loss, 13 points earned
3.8 Weigh in Will weigh in tomorrow. Forgot today. :drool: :chef: 3 points
3.9 Weighed in at 245... :chef: :barbell: :drool: 4 points
OP --% of the week, - lb weight loss, -- points earned
3.15 Weigh in
3.17 St. Patty's day :patrick:
3.20 First day of Spring :flow1:
OP --% of the week, - lb weight loss, -- points earned
3.22 Weigh in
OP --% of the week, - lb weight loss, -- points earned
3.29 weigh in
3.31 final weigh in
02-28-2009, 10:51 PM
Healthy Eating: Log everything. 1600-1800 calories per day. Focus on smart choices! I may try a little more calorie cycling this month just to mix things up a bit.
H2O: Lots of it. 64oz minimum daily.
Move it: Continue strength training 3x per week. Cardio 7x per week.
We can all do this! :high:
March starting weight: 245
March ending weight: 238
1: 4 :goodvibes
2: 4 :goodvibes
3: 4 :goodvibes
4: 4 :goodvibes
5: 4 :goodvibes
6: 4 :goodvibes
7: 4 :goodvibes
8: 4 :goodvibes
9: 4 :goodvibes
10: 4 :goodvibes
11: 4 :goodvibes (hit 101 pounds lost today! Woot!)
12: 4 :goodvibes
13: 4 :goodvibes
14: 4 :goodvibes
15: 4 :goodvibes
16: 4 :goodvibes
17: 4 :goodvibes
18: 4 :goodvibes
19: 4 :goodvibes
20: 4 :goodvibes
21: 4 :goodvibes
22: 3 :dizzy: (busy day...decided to give my bod a little rest)
23: 4 :goodvibes
24: 4 :goodvibes
25: 4 :goodvibes
26: 4 :goodvibes
27: 4 :goodvibes
28: 4 :goodvibes
29: 4 :goodvibes
30: 2 :dizzy:
31: 2 :dizzy: (Crazy, but fun end of the month. Two days in NYC. Splurged a bit on food/drink, but loads of walking)
Monthly Wrap up: 119/124
03-01-2009, 01:59 AM
If FB is here, you know it's on! :carrot:
Food: :eating2: severely limited sweets and fast food. NO soda. daily SP log.
So far I'm not doing so well. I didn't realize quite how many off plans days I had. I guess its no surprise this is so hard, right?
03-01-2009, 10:45 AM
I've done this in the past and it was a great way to keep track. In fact, it worked so well, I quit doing it. Oh... and I gained back all the weight I lost. So, moving on... I am recommitted (yes, again) and have just signed up for a membership to Gold's Gym. I can't imagine spending that money and not using it, so I've got a new plan and I'm ready to use the challenge to help me keep track! Move, ticker, move!!
3.1 - 0 (planned slacker day)
3.2 - 4
3.3 - 4
3.4 - 4
3.5 - 4
3.6 - 3 so close on water, but...
3.7 - 3 didn't quite make the water again
3.8 - 3 no exercise
3.9 - 4
3.10 - 4
3.11 - 2 not on plan with meals....
3.12 - 4
3.13 - 4
3.14 - 3 not enough water
3.15 - 2 rest day, not enough water
3.16 - 4
3.17 - 4
3.18 - 4
3.19 - 2 went out to dinner and was not disciplined!!
3.20 - 4
3.21 - 3 not enough water
3.22 - 2 rest day and not enough water
3.23 - 0 bad day... sick and not committed at all
3.24 - 4
3.25 - 4
3.26 - 2 bad food day
3.27 - 3 no exercise
3.28 - 3 not enough water... weekends are like that all the time
3.29 - 3 rest day
3.30 - 4
3.31 - 4
03-01-2009, 10:50 AM
I would love to join this month. Something to give me that added accountability.
Food: 1600 calories or less, no sugar, stick to my diet plan 100%
Exercise: at least 30 minutes a day
Water: 100oz or more
01-3 Didn't quite make it on exercise
07-3 a lazy day
08-3 unfortunately, another lazy day
20-3 exercise gets me every time
27-2 (not enough water or exercise)
THE HOME STRETCH!!!
Total: 111 with a total of 10lbs lost! Hopefully next month I can turn a few more of those 3s into 4s
Month Total Points: 95/124 (76.6%)
Month Total Weight Loss/Gain: -5.26
03-01-2009, 11:45 AM
Food: calorie counting...tweaking right now to try and find the magic range :chin:
Water: 64 oz minimum.
Exercise: Crossfit Tu/Thu/Sat, SK8 W/F, SCTR w/dogs 2-3x/week, anything else is a bonus.
01-3 :rolleyes: no workout (stupid adware adventures w/the computer ate my workout time)
02-4 :cool: R30
03-4 :cool: ORC WOD: R200M, 21-15-9 bw squat/ring row/push-up, R200M 15:42
04-4 :cool: (First day caffeine/sugar free) Pruning 4 hrs; SK8 3.5 hrs
05-4 :cool: ORC WOD (R, PP, MB DL)
Thurs a.m. Weight: 180.0
7 day Avg Weight: 180.4
06-4 :cool: SCTR 5 mi.; SK8 2 hrs
07-4 :cool: ORC WOD (3x of): Row 200M, 45 lb BB Thrusters 9:44
08-3 :beach: REST DAY!
09-4 :cool: @ Home/3x of: 15 wall ball, 15 box jump, 15 abs
10-4 :cool: ORC WOD (3x of): Run 200M, 10 walking lunges, 10 jumping PUs 11:31
11-3 :rolleyes: no skating tonight
12-4 :cool: ORC WOD (3x of): Row 200M, 10 DB push jerk (2x20), 10 KTE 13:49
Thurs a.m. Weight: 178.0
7 day Avg Weight: 177.9
13-4 :cool: SCTR 8 mi; SK8 2 hrs
14-2 :D (J's retirement party); ORC WOD (8 min of) 5 wall ball, 10 abmat sit-ups 5R+8SUs
15-4 :cool: CF Skills Practice: OHS, Pull-ups, Push-ups
16-3 :beach: REST DAY!
17-4 :cool: ORC: R400M, 15 ea ring row/slam ball 20#/DB thruster 2x12#/KTE, R400M 11:49
18-4 :cool: (3x of) 25 squats, 7 Shoulder Press 35#, 10 HP Clean 35# - 6:30
19-4 :cool: ORC: (AMRAP/10 mins) 10 MB Clean 8#, 10 AMSU - 5r+7su (60 MBC/57 AMSU)
Thurs a.m. Weight: 178.6*
7 day Avg Weight: 178.7
20-4 :cool: SK8 3 hrs (and my first successful "shoot the duck" in about 30 yrs: 2 secs :lol3:)
21-4 :cool: ORC: R400/10HPC, R300/10HPC, R200/10HPC 9:47; SK8 2.5 hrs
22-3 :beach: REST DAY!
23-3 :rolleyes: shoulder tweaking, pull-up practice only, no real workout
24-3 :rolleyes: ORC cancelled, pull-up practice only, shoulder still tweaking, so trying to rest it
25-3 :rolleyes: a total rest day, again with the shoulder
26-4 :cool: ORC: Rowing, KB swings, DB snatches, Beg. Rope Climbs 13:45
Thurs a.m. Weight: 179.0
7 day Avg Weight: 179.4
27-4 :cool: SK8 3 hrs, I am the boss of shoot the duck!
28-3 :beach: REST DAY! (that last CF class was KILLA!)
29-4 :cool: Run 60 min.
30-4 :cool: "Rowing Nicole" 20 min/AMRAP Row 400m/max PUs(-106#)16/14/12/13/+329m
31-4 :cool: cfwu x2; CF skills practice (berg wu, hp cln, hp snatch, ohs)
Total Pts for March: 113
Summary: Learned a lot at crossfit, loving the workouts, just needed more rest days this month. Diet was wacky in the middle of the month there, but I think I've got it fixed now.
03-01-2009, 02:04 PM
I have never done this before, but I'll try!
Food: Portion Control, limit sweets A LOT
Water: >50 oz
Exercise: Do SOMETHING!!
Starting Weight: 241.4
1- 4 :yay: Wow, that was a great day! 3 hour swim!!!
2- 4 :yay: Watched portions, good water, wall push ups, crunches, and jumping jacks.
3- 4 :yay: ate well, fruit for snack instead of junk, 64oz of water and counting, 1.5 hour swim.
4- 3 ate well, good water, no exercise
5- 1 no exercise, ice cream and popcorn
6- 1 I count moving everything as some exercise, bad water, semi-okay eating but didn't give myself points
7- 0 Baby shower day.
Week Total Pts: 17
Weigh In: 238 (-3.4 lbs) (Yesterday weighed in at 237, but I started my period and I got 238 today.)
8- 4 :yay: elliptical, good water, pretty good eating.
9- 1 good water, over my calories, tried to do some yoga- then I realized I bought the wrong type of mat. oops
10- 3 good water and food
11- 4 :yay: Great workout, good water, good calories!
12- 4 :yay: way under calories, good water, and treadmill
13- 1 good hydration. I'm sick, so everything else was out the window today.
14- 3 very sick, no way I could exercise.
Week Total Pts: 20
Weigh In: 234.2 (-3.8 lbs)
15- 3 Still very sick, no exercise.
16- 1 for water. I got my appetite back and went overboard.
17- 2 for food. I didn't quite make it on water and didn't exercise
18- 4 :yay: food good, good water, and swam
19- 1 water. Not a good day. I quit my job and was very stressed out.
20- 0 :( dining halls are getting to me again :(
21- 3 food and water
Week Total Pts: 15
Weight In: 234 (-.2 lbs)
22- 2 no exercise bad water
23- 2 no exercise bad water
24- 0 :( bad day
25- 2 decent calories no ex., bad water
26- 2 see above
27- 1 the fajitas were fantastic though lol
28- 4 :yay: Did 4 miles on the bike and 1 on the treadmill.
Week Total Pts: 13
Weigh In: 233.8 (-.2 again :()
29- 4 :yay: Fitball exercises, tons of water, good calories.
30- 3 water and food
31- 1 water
Total Points: 73
End Weight: 233.8
03-01-2009, 02:11 PM
This is a great accountability idea --- thanks for running it, Sandi!
Food: 1500 calories
Move: 60 min cardio daily, strength routine Mon-Sat, 15 min outside daily
H2O : 2 liters
TOTAL POINTS FOR THE MONTH: 98/124 (79%, I guess that would be a "C"?)
Good luck to everyone!
03-01-2009, 02:36 PM
Food: Calorie Counting - 1,500 cals a day (+/- 100cals)
water: 2 litres
exercize: Either take 10,000 steps a day, or jog for 3kms.
Starting Weight: 236 lbs
Start weight for week 1: 236 lbs
Week Total Pts:
Start weight for week 2:
Week Total Pts:
Start weight for week 3:
Week Total Pts:
Start weight for week 4:
Week Total Pts:
Week 5 (short week)
Start weight for week 5:
03-01-2009, 03:39 PM
I'ma see if I can get on page 1 with the big dawgs.
Food: Eat only bon-bons and cupcakes, 50,000 cals a day.
Water: Don't drink it, it's boring.
Exercise: Try to watch more sports on TV, click the mouse "actively", watch some exercise videos online.
Yep, I see nuthin' but 4s in my future! :devil:
FB and Barb, I was gonna be all with the rest days this month, but, then I saw the new thread, and I'm not sure I could write a 3 on there...ooh, that would hurt. So, you know, I just made a few adjustments to my plan. :lol3:
Oh my. :lol:
Water is boring. Drink beer and martini chasers. Dirty martinis, because olives are good for the heart. Make sure those bonbons are dark chocolate and you're all good! Sports suck, just look at a blank television screen and do kegels. That counts!
03-01-2009, 03:51 PM
First day to FC - sounds like a plan.
I commit to following my "low glycemic" food plan - 80 oz water - and minimum 5 days of workouts a week.
Challenge Info -
1-2 points - No Exercise - Day Off
2-4 points - Totally rocked! done working out by 6:20 am!
4-4 Points I had a great salad!!
8-3 Points No Exercise- worked
13-4 Points - oh the pain of my workout!
24-1 First "bad" day, ate some candy, no workout day off. Crappy day all around had funeral, headache and a little sick. Oh well, will do better with "comfort" another day!
31-1 Point :(
110 points out of 124 - 88.7% I will take that!
Maybe April will be in the 90%
03-01-2009, 04:01 PM
I'm in again, going to get more 4 this month!
Sticking to 5 mini meals and a portion controlled dinner.
64oz or more of water.
30-40 mins of physical fit stuff LOL.
Hey there, Fishing Gal! What a cool way to kick off your weight loss journey! I just finished the February challenge, my first, and these things really do make you a lot more accountable about what you are eating and doing. It's harder to give into a temporary craving when you know you are going to lose a point or more doing so (at least it was for me!)
So, welcome to the March Points challenge! I look forward to seeing you on some of the other threads. (If you want a different kind of challenge, check out the Lean Mean Green Machine --- it's where people try to lose a certain number of pounds by St. Paddy's. There are still 17 days left (or is that 16 at this point?), so you could join the team to try to lose a few pounds. Just another way we try to keep focused and moving forward....)
Congratulations on taking those first steps tO a healthier you. I think you will find a lot of good advice and inspiration on this board. And its always great to see new faces, so WELCOME WELCOME!
03-01-2009, 10:46 PM
FB, you are a sick, sick woman! :rofl: Dark chocolate and beer sounds good, as long as it's black stout you can stand a fork in. :drinkup:
03-02-2009, 04:11 AM
Plan - Eat what I want when I am hungry and eat conciously until I am full.
Total Overall Points: 77
Going for 65 points this month!!! I will get up to 4 pts./day, but I'm taking baby steps for now.
03-02-2009, 10:33 AM
I have never tried this before but it sounds like a solid plan. So count me in.
Eating - whole healthy foods, vegetarian, 2000 calorie or less, water 64 oz a day, and exercise at least 30 minutes 7 days a week.
3-1 Points - 4
3-2 Points - 3 (not enough water)
3-3 Points - 3 (bad day with an annoying call from X, still not getting in all the water)
3-4 Points - 3
3-5 Points - 4
3-6 Points - 3 (whole family is sick)
3-7 Points - 2 (sick)
3-8 Points - 2 (sick)
3-9 Points - 3 (sick)
3-10 Points - 4 (starting to recover)
3-11 Points - 4
3-12 Points - 4
3-13 Points - 3
3-14 points - 3
3-15 points - 4 Down 2 lbs.
3-16 points - 4 (skipped cake & ice cream at a B party)
3-17 points - 3
3-18 points - 4
3-19 points - 3
3-20 points - 4
3-21 points - 4
3-22 points - 3
3-23 points - 4
3-24 points - 2
3-25 points - 2
3-26 points - 4
3-27 points - 4
3-28 points - 4
3-29 points - 4
3-30 points - 4
3-31 points - 4
weigh in - 284 down 3 lbs
03-02-2009, 10:53 AM
Good to have you on board, Candace! This is a great way to learn accountability and it does help enforce those better habits we are trying to build. Are you new to the whole 3FC experience or just new to the 100+ board? Either way, I hope you find this board as informative, supportive and fun as I have. Welcome!
03-02-2009, 09:03 PM
I am in. I have found that this posting really helps!
F: 1500 calories averaged over a week
E: 6000 steps
W: 64 oz
starting weight - 239
01- 3 points (food and water)
02- 3 points (food and water)
03- 3 points (food and water)
04- 4 points
05- 2 points (food)
06- 3 points (food and exercise)
07- 4 points 6809 steps and 36 minutes of aerobic exercise
points for the week: 22 points
weekly weigh in 238 (-1 pound) (monthly loss 1 pound)
08 - 4 points - 9013 steps and 38 minutes of aerobic exercise
09 - 4 points - 7631 steps and 47 minutes of aerobic exercise
10 - 4 points - 7523 steps and 25 minutes of aerobic exercise
11 - 3 points - (food and exercise) 8299 steps and 14 minutes of aerobic exercise
12 - 4 points - 6431 steps and 39 minutes of aerobic exercise
13 - 4 points - 7170 steps
14 - 4 points - 11670 steps - huge housecleaning day!
points for the week: 27 points
weekly weigh in 237 (-1 pound) (monthly loss 2 pounds)
weekly weigh in 230 (-3 pounds) I have been sick for a few days so this may not be accurate. However, I weighed 230 two mornings in a row with the third morning weighing in at 229, so by my rules, I can claim it. I will remind myself to not be upset if the weight goes back up after a couple of days of being well!
Note: It was water weight. I am back up to 232 but that is 7 pounds for the month!
29 - 4 points
30 - 4 points
31 - 4 points
points for the week: 12
Points for March: 109
Ending weight - 232 (monthly loss 7 pounds)
03-02-2009, 09:23 PM
Thanks for the welcome Numina. I am pretty much new altogether. I signed up last July but then never came back much. But the time has come to get the weight thing under control.
03-03-2009, 08:30 PM
Candace, glad to have you here. Good luck to you, and congrats on the 10 lbs already! :celebrate:
03-05-2009, 10:10 PM
Just saw your increadible weight loss!! I love that this site inspires me...
03-06-2009, 01:26 AM
FOOD: No junk food, nothing fried, don't eat anything at work, take my meds
EXERCISE: at least 3 times a week
WATER: a gallon a day
03-06-2009, 01:32 PM
I'm joining late. This might get me to be active/stay active!
Water: at least 64 onces
Food: Stay within daily and weekly points
Exercise: Do at least 8 minutes in the morning and wear pedometer
I just had to comment and say how much I LOVE this thread! I'm not even kidding- I wasn't exercising AT ALL before this thread, and now I'm forcing myself to get off my booty and do something! I feel so good about myself because of it. A HUGE thank you to whomever came up with this idea!!!
03-16-2009, 09:44 AM
I want to echo Amber's comment. I also LOVE this thread. I have started using it to log more and more data, (probably more than you want to see!). It really helps me to see patterns in my behavior.
03-17-2009, 10:30 PM
Fishinggal, if you were talking to me, I missed your post, and didn't mean to be rude. You didn't say who it was for, but I'll say thanks, just in case, since it was right after my last post! Good luck to you with your goals...you can do this thing!
I'm seeing a lot of 4s on this one, ladies, and just wanted to send out a big WOOT! to the March challengers!!! :carrot: You are all doing amazing with the workouts and everything!
FB, I've heard that cupcakes are good for building big biceps...as your doctor, I'd recommend half a dozen a day, for maximum PUMP! :lol3: Also, REST! Muscles grow when you rest, not in the gym, remember that!
Barb, what can I say...I'm calling your hubby to give him some more ideas on where to take you out for dinner! ;)
03-17-2009, 11:26 PM
Cupcakes you say? I love the frosting! I totally rocked a plate of frosting for dinner Saturday night, but made sure it fit into my calories. Delish! My biceps grew too!
Rest you say? I rested all day Sunday, in a carb induced stupor. I delve out the rest time carefully - don't want to bulk up you know!
Following Dr. Jammy's orders!
03-18-2009, 08:56 AM
I'm really starting late, but I guess late is better than never. I'm so tired of saying and not doing. Maybe this will help me get back on track. Thank you.
Water: at least 24 onces
Food: 33 points
Exercise: At least 5X week
18-4 pts. Yay :carrot: caught my exercise up for the month on pts.
Rest of Month
I was doing the exercise ok, but nothing else.
03-18-2009, 07:05 PM
Oh Jammy....my hubby certainly doesn't need any more ideas. He's mastered the sabotage act all by himself! :frypan:
03-21-2009, 03:21 AM
Yeah, FB, we wouldn't want you bulking up! :rofl: I'm pretty sure you can still take a rest day without bulking, as long as you eat only prunes that day and walk backward all day long. Sounds strange, I know, but remember, I play a doctor on TV, and if it's on TV, it's true!
Barb, you look tired. I think you need to take a week off, bedrest, bonbons... yeah, that should do it! ;)
03-29-2009, 02:49 PM
This isn't as much fun if you don't take the bait, ladies!
I think I must be hallucinating, because I thought I read that FB is taking a rest week...? :faint:
03-29-2009, 11:51 PM
Haha Jam...glad I stopped in tonight for a chuckle. :)
Bedrest and bonbons sound fun. ;) I'm wondering if FB is taking her rest week on an exotic island. She's sipping fruity drinks with umbrellas while hot cabana boys tend to her every need. Ah...paradise.
I'm running around non-stop with family. I will likely lose a few points over the next couple days.
03-30-2009, 11:15 AM
I was wondering about the rest week, too. Tell us about it FB!!
03-30-2009, 06:44 PM
To heck with the rest week...I wanna know about the cabana boys! :lol3: