Support Groups - "Every-Day" 21-Day Challenge -- Counting can be habit forming!

05-11-2009, 07:43 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:

05-11-2009, 07:48 AM
Howdy, all!! :wave: I'll be declaring my new challenges shortly! Stay tuned! :lol:

05-12-2009, 01:36 PM
I found ya!

WTG Red on the ciggie challenge!!!! WOOHOOO!!!!!! Waiting to see what new challenges you'll come up with :)

Haven't been at the computer much, but sure have been at my challenge.. Although I have taken all 3 pauses and contemplated starting over, but heck no! I DESERVE these 8 days!!! :)

So my stats are: Exercise challenge - 8 days complete, no more pauses left.

If I get it together today, no - WHEN I get it together today to exercise, then I'll have 9!

05-12-2009, 08:41 PM
Well, I'm going through another rough period here, with lots of problems in the world. Just getting through the day is a challenge and I am very down...well, no, I am trying very hard not to let myself be down, too down that is, the kind of down that becomes a vicious cycle.

I will come up with some challenges. Right now, let's just say I'll do another round of no-smoking, which, in light of things, is not as easy as it sounds. The addiction is broken, which makes not smoking easy, but the mental desire is there again. I'll call this a stealth because I need every little push I can get. So, no smoking now for two days.

Day 2 on No Smoking Challenge completed

I will come up with some others but right now, I can't think of the pressure, even though I'm doing pretty well as far as eating and whatever goes.


miriam -- Thanks for the congrats! Good attitude on your challenges. Hmmm, not good to have 13 days left with no pauses, but that was the old challenge style, no pauses were allowed. I suppose a bit of planning for you is in store to make this work. And YES, you DO deserve, not only these 8 days, but 21 of them! Good luck and power to you! :strong:

So, where the heck is everyone? Who was that who was asking for a new thread? Oh, yeah, unwanted, here you go! Everyone else, come on over!! Your old challenges continue. It's not a new challenge, just a new page!

05-13-2009, 04:50 PM
Day 3 on No Smoking done!! :cp:

Hello?!?!? :listen:

05-13-2009, 05:07 PM
Okay so even though I made it to within 3 days of reaching 21 in the last challenge thread... I've found that I just can't focus on being that good with it being a month and a half to my wedding! boo-urns.

What can I say, my dress fits so as long as I don't gain any weight I'm fairly okay. I'm going to spend the next 6 weeks being as good as possible with eating and keep up my weight training.

It's not much of a challenge if I'm only saying that I'll be "as good as I can depending on the circumstance". LoL

I'll pop my head in every once in a while because I love seeing all of your successes... but as for my own challenge, it's going to have to wait until after the honeymoon. :)

Wishing you all the best!!! :D

05-14-2009, 03:47 AM
prepping -- Good to see you! I don't know where everyone went. I guess they just got tired of challenges and instead of a new thread inspiring them it scared them off. Oh well, ain't the first time. :shrug:
I'll be sorry to see you go and do hope you'll still pop in to say heh and how you're doing. Three days short of 21 still deserves a big hand! :cp: That's 18 days MORE than perhaps without the challenge, no? ;)
And super about the dress! :spin: Way to go!
Take care and I hope to see you soon! :wave:

05-14-2009, 05:00 PM
Day 4 on No Smoking Challenge complete!!


05-14-2009, 06:58 PM
Crikey Red, you are up early this morning

05-14-2009, 09:04 PM
Hi, Shad! :wave: Just trying to get a story done here. It's due and I'm far from done..... :stress:

05-15-2009, 03:17 AM
Hope you managed to get it done in time. I have a boat load of work to get through before I finish up here on Friday next week. After that I'll be home in Brisbane with no work for the time being. I might even start a challenge. Now there is a novel idea.

05-15-2009, 05:32 PM
Day 5 on No Smoking done!!! :cp: Hurrah for me!!! No one else around..... :cry:

05-16-2009, 08:03 AM
Well, looks like everyone bailed... :(
Anyhow, I'll struggle on alone...

Day 6 done on No Smoking Challenge. Has it already been six days? Yeah!

Shad -- It'd be great if you could join me. I'm getting pretty depressed...about a lot of things.....

miriam, where are you? :listen:

05-16-2009, 12:22 PM
This is great!
I want to stay w/in ww points
This is Level 3 for me.
:goodluck: to all of us

05-16-2009, 03:48 PM
Hey y'all!

I DID do day 9, and then lost out on day 10, that was after taking the 3 pauses, Red! Well - I'll start the exercise challenge again tomorrow..with 3 pauses again.

Good for you on the no smoking! Keep it up!!

Hi Tracy! Good luck on your challenges!

PB - wow - final countdown!!

05-16-2009, 10:52 PM
Ok, the morning after....a sugar binge of pathetic dimensions....

Today I am starting a No Sugar Challenge and I'm making it EASY with three pause days allowed. Wish me ... whatever I need. :^:

No Smoking Day 6 completed no pauses allowed
No Sugar Day 0 completed 3 pauses left


Tracy -- Welcome! :welcome:

miriam -- Hurrah! You're still here. Thanks for the congrats. Yeah, I'm hanging in there. Too bad about your challenge, but that's still nine more days than you may have had had you not done it. Best of luck on this round!! :goodluck:

05-17-2009, 08:44 PM
Day 7 on No Smoking done
Day 1 on No Sugar done

:cp: :encore: :cp:

05-18-2009, 04:48 PM
Day 8 on No Smoking done
Day 2 on No Sugar done

Not much fun around here....where is everyone? :dunno: :shrug: :?:

Gracie Gats
05-19-2009, 11:27 AM
Hi All!!! This definately looks like fun to me and a great way to stay "accountable" lol
My Challenges will be
1. Start and stay on track with the 3 day a week(for a total of 8 weeks) running program Couch to 5K
2. Start the Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred for 30 days straight
3. Create daily meals plans and stick to them, no skipping any meals

So I will say tomorrow will be the first day of my challenges, as I am home from work sick today with a low grade fever... lol but tomorrow.. here we go!
I know it is a 21 day habit forming challenge.. but I know if I can get through the first 21 days of these goals.. I will be laughing lol

... and Red... way to go you have an incredible determination and drive .. Good for you!

05-19-2009, 12:45 PM
Hey guys- sorry I fell off, but I really want to do this - this time I will make it:)
I started yesterday, but I know I will need accountablity to keep going. Hope it's alright if I join again...

Day 2 of 21

No Soda
30 mins activity
Stay under 1500 calories

05-19-2009, 04:20 PM
Well - bombed the exercise challenge. I don't think I'm actually physicaly capable of much right now. I'm feeling really awful. Went to a private doctor today who ordered a bunch of comprehensive tests to see what <else> is wring with me, so I guess it's wait and see for now....

But I DO want to do a challenge, so it's 21 days of writing down everything I eat, 3 pauses. This used to be more difficult in the past to write the things down, but now I have a phone that can store this information and it's always on me sooooo.... here's hoping.

Red - for some reason I have this thread subscribed to instant email notification, but I don't get any! So I think no ones writing :) good for you on your challenges...if you do no sugar today - hopefully you will have broken the initial craving!!

angela...angeline... must be something with that name and a penchant for choosing the difficult stuff ;) Good luck,gals!

05-19-2009, 08:19 PM
Yesterday, I really, really wanted to eat sugar but I resisted. It's amazing how my mind turns to food and it's all sugar, not good sugar like fruit either. Why can't I crave fruit? That's sweet. I guess it's the white stuff, which they say is chemically akin to crack. No wonder I crave it. It's NOT the same as fruit. But, heck, I can't go on being a druggie all my life! :nono:

Day 9 on No Smoking done, no pauses allowed
Day 3 on No Sugar done, 0 of 3 pauses taken

Gracie (or is it Angela?) -- Welcome to our humble thread! :welcome3: Me? "Incredible determination and drive?" Ah, well, I don't know. Some people would more likely call it pigheadedness or something similar. I guess at times I do exhibit something that resembles those two noble traits, but only at times....and they are few. The other times, the times I am ****-bent on stuffing junk in my mouth or downing pint after pint of brew, seem to crop up a bit too often. :^: Anyhow, thanks, and best of luck on your challenges! :goodluck:

angeline -- You're not the only who looks like she fell off. No probs! Main thing is you get back in here. Good for you! Are those three separate challenges or one mega-challenge?

miriam -- Gosh, you don't sound like you're doing too well these days. I wonder what's wrong. I hope the doctors can put a name to the cause and it's nothing you can't handle with ease. What a great attitude though to still be determined to look at what you're eating. It sounds like you have what it takes to succeed, both in tools and mindset. Best of luck! :flow1:

05-20-2009, 03:12 PM
Hey Red - looks like you've let the cat out of the bag, haha aren't i funny <not :)> And yes - i think that celiac and prediabetes and a rotten case of mono that won't shift would be enough, but i guess i underestimate myself.

Thanks for the compliments. I don't feel determined, i feel worn out and tired and miserable with a stupid pulled muscle in my shoulder <rantrantrantrantrantrant>

I'm almost done with day 1, I actually ate quite well today but have been SOOO hungry! don't know why. with this celiac for some reason nothing seems to be filling enough for me. hmph.

Good for you for holding strong. i know i have some stuff in my house begging me to eat it right now and I don't know why I feel so weak in the food dept. how on earth do you keep from eating the sugar?!

05-20-2009, 05:40 PM
Gosh, I can't sleep at night because of the itching. And it's not just at home so I don't think it's some allergen in my bed. But gosh do I need rest and now that swine flu has hit Tokyo, I really need to take care.
Another reason to stay away from sugar.
Yesterday, however, I took a pause. I didn't need to but I'd allowed myself some crackers and they did have sugar in them (although they weren't sweet) and I could have allowed them, but I thought no, a little here, a little there and then it snowballs. So, instead of just taking the pause with that I decided to have real sugar, meaning sweet stuff I won't mention here. :nono: But it was only a bit of stuff, nothing bingelike.
Anyhow, the smoking was the more tempting one yesterday, seeing as I went out for a drink with a coworker and he's one that rolls his own and makes smoking look delicious. I was watching him thinking...oh, I would like to smoke. And I almost then threw all resolve to the four winds and mulled going to my former haunts, where smoking always happens...BUT, I didn't, I came home. Hurrah!

Day 10 on No Smoking done, no pauses allowed
Day 3 on No Sugar done, 1 of 3 pauses taken]

On the other hand, I am pretty disgusted with my weight. I don't dare weigh myself. I am really tired of that, but I am paying attention to the way my clothes fit. And though I feel tighter than I was, there is more fat on me than I would like, especially around my middle. It's strange because I don't think I'm eating that much and I'm definitely drinking less. Then again, my brain has a very short-term memory when it comes to such things, so if I have even two or three days of decent eating, it translates that to two or three weeks. Memories of nights on the town dissipate with the buzz. The bingeing, too, works similarly, with 3 weeks of pigging out being translated as 3 days (or less!). Sigh.


miriam -- I sure hope you get better soon. All that and then a pulled muscle as well.... :( But you ARE determined. Look at you! I would be pigging for sure. Staying away from the sugar is hard but not as hard as one would think. It's the all-or-nothing mindset I excel at. And, I've learned you MUST absolutely eat good food, no processed stuff or the cravings become impossible to resist. What my mother always said about not spoiling your dinner by eating sweets beforehand is so true. I can bring a good meal to work but if I get going on some junk, I can't even bring myself to eat it. Like yesterday, I hadn't eaten junk, but I didn't want the good stuff. Then, I forced myself to eat it and know I was better off for it. That's why the apple challenge was good. I now try to incorporate it into my routine without a challenge.
Well, sorry for the ME tangent. Please get well soon!

05-21-2009, 07:31 PM
Day 11 on No Smoking done, no pauses allowed
Day 4 on No Sugar done, 1 of 3 pauses taken]

05-22-2009, 06:08 PM
Really wanted to smoke yesterday, but didn't!! Hurrah for me! :cp:
Day 12 on No Smoking done, no pauses allowed
Day 5 on No Sugar done, 1 of 3 pauses taken

05-23-2009, 02:49 AM
If I may I would like to join the 21 day challenge. Mine will be to take my blood pressure med every day. I don't know why this is so hard for me.

05-23-2009, 02:40 PM
day one completed--bp med taken

05-23-2009, 04:14 PM
Another day notched. The no-sugar is tough....

Day 13 on No Smoking done, no pauses allowed
Day 6 on No Sugar done, 1 of 3 pauses taken


ceejay -- Welcome :welcome: and good luck! :goodluck: Congratulations on a successful liftoff! You can do it!

05-24-2009, 07:56 PM
Well, I did another day. Not that anyone is watching or cares.... :(

It was hard and I really felt like smoking yesterday as I watched people enjoying it. Also, I'm discussed with what seems (yes, I hear the "seems" .. :^: ) to be ridiculous weight gain. I have a gut again! :eek: and yet I have NOT been eating or drinking excessively. I guess it is the lack of working out. I used to go and now I just don't have the energy for it, physical or mental. But I'm sick of feeling second-rate and feeling the eyes and looks of disdain at me because I am overweight. It is horrible here, really and being in racing, I am around a lot of people who place high importance on appearance. Not that I agree, oh, no, **** no. But I'm sick of them feeling they can turn their noses up at me because they perceive their sorry selves as better.

When I was younger it was this realization that made me eat. Now, at last, I'm feeling that this realization will make me get the body and the look I want so I can feel good about every aspect of myself.

Day 14 on No Smoking done, no pauses allowed
Day 7 on No Sugar done, 1 of 3 pauses taken

05-24-2009, 11:22 PM
Actually, there are one or two of us out here who care, but who just can't be here all that often. If you check out the threads stats, you get about 10 people for every post made, thats people caring enough to check out what you are up to.

The weight gain is possibly water. Have you been having a lot of salty stuff? All that miso or soy?? Check out the labels. And yes some of it will be to do with lack of exercise - that's what my gain is but unfortunately I am on the move again and a gym membership will have to wait again. :mad:

In racing as far as I can see, the appearance is more to do with appearing prosperous especially for trainers and managers, there wives and mothers etc. Some of the strappers look positively seedy. The jockeys of course wouldn't get work if overweight. I'm sorry you are having such a hard time, but there is really only one person who can fix it isn't there? If it is to be - it's up to me. Old saying but true.

05-25-2009, 02:55 AM
Ok, Shad, so it's up to you! Will you please get on it for me? :rofl:

05-25-2009, 03:31 AM
Nope - get on with it yourself. BUT I am watching your!!!!

05-25-2009, 11:50 PM
Yes, ma'am! You know I was just having some fun. The voice of reason is speaking loud and clear...and her name is Shad!
Will write more later. Gotta run now.
I do NOT have a glowing report though....but....well, it could have been worse. Thanks, Shad, for caring. :yes:

05-26-2009, 01:58 AM
Your welcome, I knew you were pulling the leg. I laughed but told you to get on with it anyway.
I'm off to Sydney for 6 weeks tomorrow. I will attempt to watch over you, but it may be sporadic

05-26-2009, 12:14 PM
I'm here and ready for a new challenge!! :D

This is a tiny challenge...but hard enough for me!!

Challenge: Not eating past 7pm. Only 1 pause. Starts TODAY!!

05-26-2009, 07:14 PM
I can't believe how lethargic I've become. A lot of is mental. Harsh words, resolve, all that, don't work anymore. Nothing does. And my body is working against me because it has become a vicious cycle, the more I don't do, the harder it is to do anything. I can't believe how tired I feel all the time.
This morning I was determined to get to the gym before work but it is already late. I will go though, but there is never enough time to do anything anymore.
At least I had some sound sleep last night, which is even more bizarre, because I don't know why some days I can sleep and others it's impossible. This has been the biggest obstacle to my being consistent. My body is a mess. I guess it's my age. It really, really pisses me off. There is already so much in my life to have to fight and slog through, just trying to make a this. Ah well, keeping at it is the only way.

Day 15 on No Smoking done, 1 pause taken (I decided to allow a pause after all and just keep on with the challenge. I don't think I could take going back to zero right now, and besides, it's the same thing as far as the days off smoking are concerned.)

Day 9 on No Sugar done, 1 of 3 pauses taken


Sara -- Welcome back. I was just about to end this thread...well, meaning I was going to not come in here anymore and just let it take its natural course. I'm tired of the lack of interest and may as well just do things on my own since there is no support here.
But, if you're back and serious, I may stick around. The pressure is on you! :lol: Good luck! :goodluck:

Shad -- Have a good trip and thanks.

05-27-2009, 09:40 AM
Well, I did get to the gym. I nearly had to drag myself there. It certainly felt like my feet were dragging. It was really, really hard to walk the 50 minutes to the gym. But then, I did 10 min. each on the bike, the elliptical and jog/walking and that adds up to 30" so I was happy. Then a bit of weight training. I really did feel a TON better afterward. Hurrah!!

Then another 45 min. walk home tonight. Cool.

Now, however, my evening ended on a sour note when I went to the supermarket and had to listen to some drunk yelling at the cashier. I was pissed. Went over and threw my basket down and told him to shut up. So, this is funny, he turns on me and I shout back and had a little shouting match with me telling to shut up and not come shopping if he was drunk and his reaction was to ask if I paid taxes. I didn't bother replying to that...I was going to tell him I paid a heck of a lot more because I surely made a least double what he did....but I refrained. I don't know why, but he just really got to me. He was going on and on and on after he left the register and was packing his stuff. Looked about 58, nicely dressed, what a jerk. So, where you had one jerk yelling, after I started in, you now had two. :^: And I gave him lots of new material so he can go on and on about the shameless foreigners. Sigh. And the moon's not even full.... :crazy:

Day 16 on No Smoking done, 1 pause taken

Day 10 on No Sugar done, 1 of 3 pauses taken

05-28-2009, 06:27 PM
Day 17 on No Smoking done, 1 pause taken

Day 10 on No Sugar done, 2 of 3 pauses taken

05-29-2009, 07:32 AM
Well, if there is anyone out there....for what it's worth...I notched another day on both challenges. Hurrah for me. :cp:

Day 18 on No Smoking done, 1 pause taken

Day 11 on No Sugar done, 2 of 3 pauses taken

05-29-2009, 09:31 PM
Well done Red.

I think I might need a challenge. How about 50 crunches everday - like we used to do. I might be able to manage that.
Also 1200ml of water everyday.
3 pauses.

That should do me for a while. I don't guarantee to get in here everyday since I don't always have internet access. But I will do the challenge and I will try hard. This starts tomorrow (Sunday 31st May)

05-30-2009, 05:37 PM
Hi All,
I think my challenge should be to log in every day! Time has a way of getting away from me, and with work so stressful, I am always putting myself last, so I guess logging in here is some "me" time, which I deserve and need! I am always better behaved when accountable.

I have been doing so-so with the food. now with this Celiac cr&p I really have to plan my meals ahead and bring food to work otherwise I literally have nothing to eat. I have also been pretty successful in explaining to my husband that I need help in this. So he slices my veggies each day and makes me some tehini spread.

Blah Blah Blah - too much me talking here.

So challenge stands: check into 3FC every day and posts, making me accountabe, 1 pause allowed.

Red - WTG on the smoking - you're almost done with 21! And you cracked me up about the drunk guy, haha. Here's a question for you - you often mention that your skin is bad - have you ever been tested for Celiac?

Shad - good luck on the crunches, nice to see you here :)

05-30-2009, 07:39 PM
Day 19 on No Smoking done, 1 pause taken

Day 12 on No Sugar done, 2 of 3 pauses taken

Don't feel much like talking. Am swamped with work through next Sunday. Later, all..... :^:


Shad -- Hi and thanks for joining. I guess you took pity on me, eh? Yeah, it was getting pretty pathetic, me coming in here to talk to myself....good luck on the crunch challenge. I was just thinking I should start one as well and think I will.

miriam -- Good to see you. No idea on the celiac. They probably haven't even heard of it around here. I guess I could try just staying away from gluten and see what happens. My skin got bad when my job changed and I'd say it's mostly due to that and my age and hitting the hormonal changes that come with it.

05-30-2009, 11:13 PM
I've done the crunches, but am still glugging on the water. I'll post results when all challenges are met for the day.

I think another challenge might be to keep my temper intact for the next 6 weeks. :yikes: this place annoys me. The city not the job (so far).

Red - Nearly done on the smoking challenge. :bravo:

05-31-2009, 04:07 AM
Day 1 complete, checking in

I really need to incorporate some regular exercise into my life. I think that cardio is more necessary for me at this point, because it keeps my blood sugar in check. I used to go to a great belly dancing class, and that was a good workout and good fun as well, but gone are the days of having a car, and the location really isn't accessible without one. :( oh well. i was doing well on jillians 30 day shred, but then I got these horrible headaches again and the last thing i want to do is jumping jacks, and further jar my addled brain..
Red - the more i read about celiac, the more baffling it is. seems like no 2 people have the same symptoms. but i know that skin issues is one of them, and also trouble with weight loss is another one, so you never know. also, celiac can manifest itself at any age.

Shad - a temper challenge?? How would that work? What are you doing in Sydney anyway? Is it winter there?

Lady KM
05-31-2009, 04:27 AM
I am finding this thread interesting. I would like to join the challenge re: cigaretts. I quit smoking 2 days ago... :carrot:

I am planning to enlist my self to quit smoking.

05-31-2009, 07:07 PM
Day 1 Crunches done
Day 1 Water done.

No on to day 2

05-31-2009, 10:36 PM
Ah well....I have to take another pause on smoking and I feel real bad about that because I initially intended to not allow pauses. But, I have allowed smoking in one area of Tokyo when I am drinking and I drink in other places and don't touch them. I feel quite ill though today....drinking after the Derby....but I think the cigs are what have me feeling ill. I think there will come a time when I remember that they make me feel sick and I will be able to totally choose to stop it all ALL the time. But for now....well, that's the report. Good on sugar though and that involved neat little unmentionables I bought yesterday for people at the track and I didn't touch them myself. Hurrah!

Day 19 on No Smoking done, 2 pauses taken

Day 13 on No Sugar done, 2 of 3 pauses taken


Shad -- Good for you! I did crunches yesterday too and may start a challenge (if I can get them in today)

miriam -- Hurrah on liftoff! :cp:

Lady -- Welcome! :welcome: Best of luck! :goodluck: I feel extra bad about allowing myself a smoking pause last night now that I see your post and your challenge to quit. When I finish this one, I'll do another round with NO pauses with you, ok? Oh, and're ALREADY a flower, don't you forget it!!

06-01-2009, 05:38 AM
Day 2 - checking in

Checked in with the scale too - WTH?? here i am eating soooo well, and gaining and gaining. GRRR

Red - wassup with the pause?! You're SOOO close to the end! But good for you on resisting the sugar.

Welcome Lady and good luck on breaking the ciggie habit!

Shad - here we go :)

06-01-2009, 07:18 PM
Day 2
Crunches done - no pauses taken
Water - glugged - no pauses taken.

Gotta get on with the day. See ya all

06-01-2009, 09:24 PM
It was an unnerving day yesterday, but I resisted smoking again. I admit, I almost bummed a cigarette from a buddy out drinking. Yes, that is pretty bad as well and I am hurting for it today, but yesterday was a very decisive day for me as I turned in my notice at work. Yup. I have to the end of July but this is a definite. The company is asking for voluntary resignations and at least four other editors answered the call yesterday. It's scary but I've got to be brave.... :^:
Anyhow, the drinking from the night before screwed me up and I was dead tired but busy as ****, so then I just let go and reached for sugar, not even because I needed to but because it was there. Anyhow, it wasn't horrible and I walked 45 minutes home as well, so I don't consider it a failure. The smoking save was good.

Day 20 on No Smoking done, 2 pauses taken

Day 13 on No Sugar done, 3 of 3 pauses taken


miriam -- Yeah, well, it's not pretty, I know, but the pauses happened. No excuses though. So, is your challenge just to check in? Well, whatever it takes to keep you on board, that's fine with me.

Shad -- Good glugging and crunching. I couldn't get them in last night....well, actually I forgot, but get me past today and I may be able to start up a crunch challenge as well.

Lady -- where are you? :listen:

06-02-2009, 12:03 AM
Red, whether you like it or not, I think you have done the right thing. You haven't been happy there for a long time. It does not do your life, body, brain or anything else any good to go for a period of time in intense unhappiness.
Will you stay in Japan or move on now? I guess leaving Japan, the horse and the animals might be a bit of a downer as well. But is there work elsewhere there? I suspect it might be a bit hard, Japan being what and who she is - maybe you need to try to be an English teacher somewhere!!!!

Better get off here and get on with it. Life's not fair - I wanted to start into retirement this year.

06-02-2009, 11:46 AM
Hi -

I'd like to join the challenge. I've got recurring back and hip pain and I am trying to get my fitness back after not exercising at PT's orders for over a month. I'm doing PT twice a week and acupuncture once a week. I want/need to work out 30 min/day at least 3x a week (which I do using a recumbent stepper at the gym)...but not sure how to put that into a daily challenge without 4 pauses a week.

So here's my challenge:

Eat at least 3 servings of veggies daily - 3 pauses allowed
Drink at least 60 ounces of water daily - 3 pauses allowed
Do Physical Therapy stretches and exercises daily - 3 pauses allowed
Walk at least 10 minutes daily - 3 pauses allowed

I know the walking challenge doesn't sound like much...but I can only walk about 6 or 7 minutes without pain right now, and I'm trying to increase that amount gradually.

06-02-2009, 01:17 PM
Day 3 checkin in

Believe it or not - just checking in is hard for me, but it keeps me that much more focused Almost as powerful as looking in a full length mirror, hehehe

Red! Gave in notice??So what's next on your agenda? Now that you've mastered some Hebrew - you coming to live here? ;) Good for you for persevering through with your challenges in this challenging time! One step away from completing the 21... And with regards to the sugar? Tomorrow is another day...

Shad- what field of work are you in?

Welcome Diyana! Sheesh - good luck on all of those challenges! I find that being accountable online really helps.

06-02-2009, 03:01 PM
Hi everyone -

Just had my physical therapy appt, and she said I need to change my challenges. I'm not supposed to walk any more than absolutely necessary for at least a that means no 10 minute walks for now. But she gave me more PT exercises to make up for it. :lol:

So my revised challenges are:
Eat at least 3 servings of veggies daily - 3 pauses allowed
Drink at least 60 ounces of water daily - 3 pauses allowed
Do Physical Therapy stretches and exercises daily - 3 pauses allowed

06-02-2009, 07:10 PM
Day 3 done
Crunches done - no pauses taken
Water - glugged - no pauses taken.

06-02-2009, 09:43 PM
Hey all, no time to talk now.
I completed the smoking challenge!! Still have a week on the no sugar with no pauses left...ugh. I don't know if I want to do that...but I'll try.

Day 21 on No Smoking done, 2 pauses taken --Challenge COMPLETED!!! :cp: :encore: :cp:

Day 14 on No Sugar done, 3 of 3 pauses taken

06-03-2009, 08:38 AM
Red - :woohoo: :bravo: on completing the no smoking challenge!! Do you plan to continue the no smoking challenge for another 21 days?

Here are my results:

Day 1

3 servings of veggies daily - done No pauses taken
60 ounces of water daily - done No pauses taken
Physical Therapy exercises daily - done No pauses taken

06-03-2009, 07:07 PM
Day 4 done and dusted
Crunches done - no pauses taken
Water - glugged - no pauses taken.

Might have to add another one to this. No snacking.
I'm doing everything right - good food - adequate water - exercise. Just don't seem to be having any downwards movement yet. Aaaah well. Keep plodding along.

06-04-2009, 08:39 AM
Day 2

3 servings of veggies daily - done No pauses taken
60 ounces of water daily - done No pauses taken
Physical Therapy exercises daily - done No pauses taken

06-04-2009, 04:46 PM
No time to write. diyana, Shad, good work on your challenges! :bravo: I'll be freeing up soon. Hang in there.

06-04-2009, 05:53 PM
day 4 - 1 ppause taken

06-04-2009, 07:29 PM
Day 5 done and dusted
Crunches done - no pauses taken
Water - glugged - no pauses taken.
Day 1
No snacking - no pauses taken.

06-05-2009, 03:52 PM
Red-I am serious and doing good. Things have been busy in my day to day life that has kept me away from the computer. The two main culprits...

Anyways, Red, you're doing great with your challenge!! :cheer3:
Keep it up EVERYONE!! :cheer:


DAY 11 - No pauses taken :D

06-05-2009, 09:42 PM
Day 6 done and dusted
Crunches not done - 1 pause taken
Water - glugged - no pauses taken.
Day 2
No snacking - no pauses taken.

However I flew home to Brisbane last night. It will be an effort to comply. I guess I will just have to keep very very busy

06-06-2009, 09:12 AM
No sugar I'm in between challenges. Give me a bit of time and I'll be back. :^:

06-06-2009, 08:03 PM
Red - sorry to hear that you have crashed, after doing so well too.

Day 7 - water done - no pauses taken
Day 6 - Crunches done - 1 pause taken
Day 3 - No snacking done - no pauses taken (but only just)

No on to today.

06-06-2009, 09:34 PM
Hi, Shad, yeah, well, the usual excuses, I am being quite shaken by my decision to leave my present work with nothing at all in the works. It's going to mean big life changes all around and I really don't know where to start. But, start I will, and I'm ready for it, or at least, I know it's got to happen. So, the old habits I allow to come in as a way of turning down the stress level. But I also realize that that, in the long run, as in more than a few days, only serves to increase the stress, so I'll be back and ready for action...probably tomorrow. I was also extremely busy this week with extra work on top of the usual because of the big race today.
Anyhow, good to see you sticking to your challenges.

miriam, diyana, Sara, hi there! :wave: Cute kids, Sara, the expression on the little one's face is a lot like I feel these days.... :lol:

06-07-2009, 01:46 PM
I haven't had a chance to post in a couple days so here goes

Day 3 (Friday - I was at the drag races all day)
3 servings of veggies daily - Pause taken, 2 pauses left
60 ounces of water daily - Pause taken, 2 pauses left
Physical Therapy exercises daily - Pause taken, 2 pauses left

Day 4 (Saturday)
3 servings of veggies daily - done 2 pauses left
60 ounces of water daily - done 2 pauses left
Physical Therapy exercises daily - done 2 pauses left

06-07-2009, 06:50 PM
Day 7 - Water challenge not done - one pause taken
Day 7- Crunches done - 1 pause taken
Day 4 - No snacking done - no pauses taken (but only just)

06-08-2009, 01:55 AM
You see, Red? I can't even get it together to post every day....
Get it together, and get back on the horse!! <that actually came out funny..>

06-08-2009, 08:04 AM
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