Support Groups - "Every-Day" 21-Day Challenge -- Time to crack down!




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redballoon
06-08-2009, 07:01 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!!

EXPLANATION AND RULES:

It works like this: you decide you'll do something for 21 days straight, every single day, so keep it doable. Then you count ....one 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:

THREAD GUIDELINES:

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:


redballoon
06-08-2009, 07:07 AM
Well, people, Shad, diyana, miriam, Sara, others! I hope you find your way over to this thread.
As you can see from the mad face I am back in that angry mood, the mood that helps me shake off depression, despair and all this "D" words.
I've got to get in control again. It's been bad and getting worse.
I will declare my challenges tomorrow. Promise!!

diyana
06-08-2009, 08:52 AM
Hi everyone -

I'm not sure if the new thread means I need to start at Day 1 again, but that's what I'll do. Below are my challenges and I'll post my results for today (which will be Day 1) tomorrow morning:

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


redballoon
06-08-2009, 03:44 PM
diyana -- No, the new thread is just a continuation of the old. I start them up when I'm starting a new challenge usually. That's all. Just a new page. So, no, don't start over. Why would you do that?

diyana
06-08-2009, 03:57 PM
Okay, Red, I'll continue from before. So my results for yesterday are:

Day 5
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

Shad
06-08-2009, 06:08 PM
Day 7 - Water challenge not done - two pauses taken
Day 7- Crunches done - two pauses taken
Day 5 - No snacking done - no pauses taken (but only just)

Not a good day challenge wise yesterday.

redballoon
06-09-2009, 05:14 AM
I'm having a good day so far.....want to do a bit of stealth to give myself some confidence and not feel deprived....I'll just glide along here under the water like an Olympic swimmer out of the blocks, then pop up out of the water in the lead!!! :cheer2: :cheer: :cheer2:

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Shad -- What do you mean, "not a good challenge day?" It looks like you have only not done the water. Is it too late to do that? The crunches are done and there's been no snacking. Sounds pretty good to me. :shrug:

diyana -- Yeah! You don't want five perfectly good days to be wasted, do you? **** no! And good for you for sticking to your challenges despite the other challenges you're going through! :bravo:

Others, where are you?!?! :listen:

diyana
06-09-2009, 07:27 AM
Thanks, Red! Glad to hear you're having a good day too! I like your analogy of the Olympic swimmer gliding under the water!

Shad - You're having a great challenge! I know you can do this. Anyone who can handle SAP, docu and management as effectively as you can....can be successful at this challenge stuff.

As for me, I had a really, really good physical therapy session yesterday, then did 40 minutes of cardio at the gym (am just a bit sore today...but that's okay) and I'm going to a baseball game tonight! Life is very good!

Here are my results:

Day 6
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

Saramommy
06-09-2009, 03:46 PM
I'm HERE!!!

Challenge:

NO Eating after 7pm - Day 14 - NO PAUSES LEFT :devil:

:goodluck: Everyone!!!

redballoon
06-09-2009, 05:08 PM
Wow, I woke up this morning and felt wonderful! :yes: I didn't feel hungover from beer or sugar or cigarettes. Though the fat on my belly was still there I knew that I had done NOTHING to increase it and had actually done something to decrease it. What a great feeling! :dance:

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diyana -- I'm still gliding!! :sunny: Wow, so glad to hear you had a good physical therapy session and 40 minutes of cardio! Blow me away!! :spin: How was the game. Who did you see?

Sara -- There you are indeed, with 2 weeks behind you! :cp: What a great challenge too. I almost took it on myself, but then thought....hmmm....I would just stuff myself before 7 p.m. First, I have to get the overall eating in order. :^:

Shad
06-09-2009, 06:00 PM
Day 8 - Water challenge done - two pauses taken
Day 8- Crunches done - two pauses taken
Day 6 - No snacking done - no pauses taken (but only just)

It wasn't a good challenge day because of all the cr*p going on here. I may or may not have a job by the end of the week. And it is nothing to do with the work believe it or not.
I'm getting too old and too tired for this. Time to sort out a new and different job I think.

Like Red I am coming to a crossroad in my life.

redballoon
06-09-2009, 06:05 PM
Yikes, Shad, sorry to hear about the troubles. Hope things work out. :yes:

Shad
06-09-2009, 07:21 PM
With a bit of luck, I can ignore them until it is no longer necessary to participate. That's the funny side. By the time they get the information from me, file the necessary request for the check, my contract will be at an end.
There is a funny side - you just have to look hard enough.

I'd better go by my old mantra. Smile - it makes the basta*ds wonder what you have been up to.

Shad
06-10-2009, 07:34 PM
Day 9 - Water challenge done - two pauses taken
Day 8- Crunches done - three pauses taken
Day 7 - No snacking done - no pauses taken (but only just)

redballoon
06-10-2009, 09:17 PM
Well, I'm getting close to coming up for air (as opposed to drowning). Still gliding and doing well but it sure wasn't easy.
The times are definitely calling for change, much needed change, but I'm resisting the call. At the same time, I am not giving in. I am going through with the changes, but I am amazed at how hard it is.
Hanging around after work, hoping someone will say, "let's go for a pint," while at the same time knowing it will throw a wrench in my plans. Feeling how pathetic it is, that 1) there is no one and 2) that I am looking for an alcoholic winddown to the day. I don't want that even, I want something totally different, but because it's not to be had, I yearn for the very sorry substitute. Yup. It's the same with so much of my life.
I am starting to be very glad I have finally forced the hand and left the company. Now, it's a matter of winding down and leaving gracefully...seven more weeks.

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Shad -- Well, looks like we're having a bit of quiet time on the thread again. Thanks for being there! :yes:

I don't know what's going on with you at work from your rather cryptic message, but I hope it's for the best for you. It does sound like you're about to leave and seek greener pastures, or at least more relaxing ones.

But, look at that resolve in doing your challenges, though. You amaze me. Well, I see that a pause did sneak in there, ;) but only one. :cp:

Shad
06-10-2009, 10:41 PM
Yep, went out to dinner with a friend from Melbourne who was in town. Didn't get in until late so forgot the crunches and went to bed.

Not work that causes the problem, its the recruiting company and the 'consulting' company. I'm just digging in my toes and telling it the way it is and what ever happens happens.

diyana
06-11-2009, 07:38 AM
I realized late last night that I forgot to post yesterday (for Tuesday's results).

Day 7
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

and here's Wednesday's results:

Day 8
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

Sounds like all of us had a rough day at work yesterday. Mine wasn't really at work, but at a meeting with a client that I do freelance website work for. Oh well. It'll all work out, one way or another.

Shad - I hope your situation between the recruiting company and the consulting company improves.

Red - I hope you find the path that leads you to the changes you desire.

Hugs,

redballoon
06-11-2009, 05:50 PM
Still going strong here....will declare challenges as soon as I feel I can handle the limelight. ;)

Shad, diyana, hello! :wave: Others, where are you hiding? :listen:

miriam101
06-11-2009, 06:08 PM
having a hard time

Shad
06-11-2009, 06:23 PM
Day 10 - Water challenge done - two pauses taken
Day 8- Crunches done - three pauses taken - Gonna have to start this one again.
Day 7 - No snacking done - 1 pauses taken

Well struggling along here. No time to do too much. Feel asleep on the couch before doing the crunches so that's the end of that. Will start that again today.

diyana
06-11-2009, 07:56 PM
Shad - I hope you have some time to relax soon. Do you have any plans for the weekend?

Red - Glad to hear you are doing well. Come out in the limelight.

Here are today's results:

Day 9
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

akacutie
06-11-2009, 08:58 PM
Hello Ladies!! :)

I have tried this thread a long, long time ago and didn't last too long, but I am back and better then ever. LOL :)

I am have done well so far with my current weight loss ventures that started in Sept 09- I am at 45 lbs down now. :carrot: I am getting a bit lazy in my plan and I need to switch things up a bit.

I am a WW member and changed the food plan I follow this week in an effort to jolt myself back into excitement... This challenge I hope will the other component that helps me keep going! :)

My challenge is:

Level 3 -Stick to simply filling plan and count extra items from weekly points.

Level 1 -Ride my bike for at least 60 minutes daily. (I already ride 5 days)

That is enough for me for now! :)

I look forward to getting to know all of you!

Chat with you soon-

redballoon
06-12-2009, 08:17 AM
Had another good day! But my skin is horrible. Every time I exercise a lot and push myself it gets really bad. Oh well, just need to try to get some sleep. Overeating is NOT going to help.

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miriam -- Whats's up? Tell us what's going on!

Shad -- Why start over? You can make it through less than 2 weeks without a pause on crunches. :yes:

diyana -- Limelight real soon! :yes: Good for you! :bravo:

akacutie -- Welcome to our humble thread! :welcome: Best of luck on your challenges! Atta girl! Heh, what's with your goal weight. It looks like you're already under it! :?: Was that an initial goal perhaps?

redballoon
06-12-2009, 05:10 PM
I'm so discouraged. All week I have weighed myself and all week the scale has refused to budge. This is NOT possible!! I can't understand it. Come on, I couldn't literally have worked out more. I was pushing myself hard. And NOT eating much, including salty things, so what goes? It's SO discouraging. :tantrum:
I'm about to just plain give up. This is infuriating.

Shad
06-12-2009, 09:03 PM
Oh no you are not

Shad
06-12-2009, 10:58 PM
Day 11 - Water challenge done - two pauses taken

Day 8 - No snacking done - 1 pauses taken

Starting over the crunches tonight. Meant to do them this morning but slept in. Silly me.

redballoon
06-13-2009, 01:32 AM
Heh, Shad, I had to laugh at your one-liner. It was just the thing. I don't think I could have stood anything else, either way, harsh or soft (well, soft is always OK). I read it on my phone from outside and had to laugh. So Shad. Thanks. It made me smile and that is rare and much needed these days. :love:
Well, I'm home now in the afternoon before heading out again. Riding was so tough. I was exhausted and near tears to start with. But it was a needed lesson.
Sigh.
Why can't my body be a bit more cooperative, huh? :shrug: :dunno: :?: I want to lose weight. It should know that and go along with it. I'm not going to starve.

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Well, Shad, I thought you could make it through those challenges, but, up and at 'em again, eh? Good attitude....a lot better than mine. ;)

redballoon
06-13-2009, 05:17 PM
Well, there's no help there for me yet. My weight is up to an all-time (recent) high and I take it as a sign that losing weight for me is not in the stars. I know, I know, I'm not really thinking that, but when I really need a boost and some recognition for the work I've done this week, all I get is this crap. Though I haven't declared them, I am doing the usual challenge thing, no alcohol, smoking or eating sugar. I'm always trying to stay aware of my mindset when I feel like lunging for the food and stop the feeling of "entitlement" because I'm being so "good." But, heh, what goes with this shishkabob, eh?

Shad
06-14-2009, 07:10 PM
Bodies are never co-operative. Always something that hurts, or just plain gets bigger, or doesn't want to move.
I'm also at an all-time high. I just have to take each day as it comes, work on portion control, activity, and pigheadedness and believe me, nothing feels like it is working.
I think I am allergic to Sydney, to work, and to working out. I'm unhappy at all three.

Still I carry on with what I can.

Day 12 & 13 - Water challenge done - two pauses taken

Day 9 - No snacking done - 1 pause taken

Starting over the crunches tonight, was going to start Saturday, but...... Actually Saturday was a very busy day and I must have walked 10 or more kilometres. That has to count for something. However something I ate or maybe just sheer exhaustion caused a bad reaction on Saturday night and I spent yesterday resting up, snoozing, doing laundry, reading and watching tv.
I must be getting old. It now takes me all night to do what I used to do all night.

miriam101
06-15-2009, 01:03 AM
Hi, very overwhelmed with having to work and take care of the kids and house as my husband is in the states. i odn't have the option of taking any time off and i'm just going bananas.

my eating has been very good, and like you , RED, i'm frustrated at the lack of results and the constant states of headaches. ugh.

i don't seem to be able to commit to any challenges, as you see even just checking in I have bombed. sheesh.

i'm so tired of everything. and so tired, period!

so that's what's going on with me, Red, sorry you asked? LOL

diyana
06-15-2009, 08:46 AM
Hi ladies -

I kinda fell apart over the weekend....was having too much fun and didn't plan ahead for getting veggies/water in....so here's where I'm at.

Day 10 (Friday)
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

Day 11 (Saturday)
3 servings of veggies daily - nope 1 pause left
60 ounces of water daily - nope 1 pause left
Physical Therapy exercises daily - done 2 pauses left

Day 12 (Sunday)
3 servings of veggies daily - nope 0 pauses left
60 ounces of water daily - done 1 pause left
Physical Therapy exercises daily - done 2 pauses left

I'm going to do better today and for the next 9 days!

redballoon
06-15-2009, 04:19 PM
(Sigh) I kind of messed up from Sunday night. I guess I was just too disgusted with the seeming lack of progress so I actually stopped all chance of progress. Yes, I know it's stupid. Being tired and not able to get sleep is my biggest enemy. I'm burning the candle at both ends, really. Now, of course, my weight jumped yet another 2 plus pounds from the water bloat. I pigged on sugar yesterday as well. I really, really didn't even want to eat it but because I had it and wanted to get rid of it, I ate it. Heh, that's what garbage cans or for. Or giving it away. I think it was also an act of self-hate. Jeez. Why do I do this? I feel like a total nutter.

Here's to more sense today. :^:

Shad
06-15-2009, 05:54 PM
Day 13- Water challenge not completed - 3 pauses taken

Day 10 - No snacking done - 1 pause taken

Day 1 - 50 Crunches done - no pauses taken.

diyana
06-16-2009, 07:58 AM
Hang in there, Red. We've all been there....we've all felt the frustration. I'm at my highest weight ever...and I just keep telling myself that I lost 40 pounds last year (only to put it back on when I was laid up sick for 3+ months with pneumonia/bronchitis, followed by back pain), but since I lost that much weight once and found ONE-derland, I can do it again.

These accountability challenges are REALLY helping me.

Here are Monday's results:
Day 12 - 3 servings of veggies daily - Done 3 pauses taken
Day 12 - 60 ounces of water daily - done 2 pauses taken
Day 12 - Physical Therapy exercises daily - done 1 pause taken

diyana
06-17-2009, 07:49 AM
Here are Tuesday's results:
Day 13 - 3 servings of veggies daily - Done 3 pauses taken
Day 13 - 60 ounces of water daily - done 2 pauses taken
Day 13 - Physical Therapy exercises daily - done 1 pause taken

redballoon
06-17-2009, 08:25 AM
Thanks, diyana. You're doing really well. :bravo: I'm not, but I'll try to get my mojo back soon.... :^:

Shad
06-17-2009, 09:07 PM
Day 14- Water challenge not completed - 3 pauses taken

Day 10 - No snacking done - 2 pause taken

Day 2 - 50 Crunches done - no pauses taken.

redballoon
06-17-2009, 10:02 PM
So, Shad, what is happening with the water challenge? Does that mean you just took your last pauses, or have you crashed? I hope it's the former. You are doing so well on the no snacking!

I am extremely depressed, probably the worst in a long time and am having a very hard time finding the right amount of pressure (self-applied) that will force me to make the changes that will break the vicious cycle of feeling terribly blue. The stealth challenge was working (that is why I was stealthing, because I wasn't strong enough to feel so "forced" to do something) but then it too fell to the anxieties and utter grayness of my life. Today I blew off riding (a very bad sign) and now I'm going to blow off work as well. I try too hard and then cave in, but can't seem to find that fine line between sloth and Sparta I can walk to find my way out of this darkness. Time to myself with no place I "should" be helps a lot. I just haven't had enough of this. And a lot of the things I think are for myself actually work against me, such as drinking and smoking and staying out, eating poorly and not exercising. Depression seems to be all around me, at the stable, at work. It's one of the reasons I felt I had to leave the company. Well, here's hoping a day stolen for myself will help. It usually does. ;)




:kickcan:

Shad
06-18-2009, 01:04 AM
Haven't given it away, just don't have any pauses left. It will probably crash.
No snacking is having a few problems as well.

I just don't like winter and Sydney and together they make me feel a bit depressed.

diyana
06-18-2009, 07:24 AM
I wish I had some sage words of wisdom, advice or consolation I could offer you both. I think I need coffee before "sage"-dom kicks in. :hug: to you both. Hang in there. The situations you both are in will improve soon.

Here are Wednesday's results:

Day 14 - 3 servings of veggies daily - Done 3 pauses taken
Day 14 - 60 ounces of water daily - done 2 pauses taken
Day 14 - Physical Therapy exercises daily - done 1 pause taken

And I'm starting a new challenge today, and it's a VERY difficult one for me:
Daily journaling AND staying within allowed calorie/point range, 3 pauses allowed.


Red - I hope the "stolen" day for yourself helps.

Shad - I hope things in Sydney improve a lot.

Hugs,

redballoon
06-18-2009, 08:01 AM
Well, it's about time to declare a challenge. I still don't really know what to do and am leery of the usual black and white challenges I usually do.

Today, I spent some time looking at the reasons I give for being unable to lose weight and/or get the body I want. The reasons I gave I then analyzed for self-limiting beliefs, which is what I read were the main reason for failure, that the subconscious is listening to those often unspoken beliefs, but they are nonetheless in the psyche and constantly affecting the mind. It's because of them that the conscious efforts and goals don't work.

Well, I came up with some pretty sad ones, ones that basically said all is hopeless and that I will never succeed. Damn, if I'm actually saying that then I am surely setting myself up for failure almost intentionally. Wow.

Ok, so I'm going to make a challenge that looks at my beliefs and every day many times a day I will look at the arguments to those falsehoods. So, I'll call today a start because I was doing it all day. I even sent a list to my cell phone and looked at that whenever i could outside.

I'll call it..The Truth Challenge -- Day 1 completed no pauses allowed...this is for YOU!! (me)

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diyana -- Thanks for your support. I think the day helped somewhat, though I didn't accomplish all that much, I did do something. And the start of a new challenge is significant.
That IS a hard challenge you've picked. All the best of luck to you!! :goodluck:

Shad -- Come on, you can do it! :yes:


:bubbles:

Shad
06-18-2009, 06:02 PM
Everything has now crashed. Will begin again after the weekend.

miriam101
06-19-2009, 06:32 AM
Hi guys,

Red and Shad - wowzers. We all need to get it together. Good luck on the truth challenge, Red. Certainly I maintain that weight loss is tenfold more emotional than physical...

i turned down teaching summer school this year.. It's great money 9certainly needed here) but I'm feeling very very overwhelmed and juggling yet another responsibility seems too much fr me at present.

The headaches I'm suffering from are terrible and I feel awful all of the time. I need to do some more blood work and hopefully that will give me some more answers. I wouldn't have thought that eliminating gluten would have me feeling great by now, but it's been 2 and a half months and I'm actually feeling worse!!

I can't even think of a good challenge for me. Maybe to go to sleep earlier.

Diyana - I'm glad someone is doing great!!!

diyana
06-19-2009, 08:03 AM
Red - :woohoo: Good for you for being so introspective and recognizing your self-limiting beliefs. I have so many of them too. I'm listening the audiobook version of Dr. Phil's Ultimate Weight Loss Challenge and self-limiting beliefs are just one of the many things he talks about. He says we need to recognize the self-limiting beliefs for the lies that they are and begin being real and truthful with ourselves. I'm not a big Dr. Phil fan, but so far, I'm liking what he has to say, and I like the audiobook version so I can listen on my way to and from work. I'm SOOOO proud of you for having the guts to take the Truth Challenge! You rock! As for not accomplishing much on your day...you accomplished a helluva lot! Sheesh....you've done in a day what it's taking me years (and counting) to do!

Shad - Sorry to hear that everything has crashed...but you've been under a helluva lot of stress. Are you back home for the weekend so you can find time to relax and decompress in your garden? Or if you're in Sydney, can you find other ways to "get away" from the crap you've been dealing with?

Miriam - So sorry to hear about the headaches. They are truly awful! I went through a several year period in my life where I was getting migraines 4 or 5 days a week, so I kinda know what you might be going through. I was on beta blockers and other meds for prevention purposes. I haven't had hardly any migraines for the past 3 or so years. I don't even take prevention meds anymore, haven't for years. Occasionally, I'll still get one around that TOM. I made a couple life changes, including changing jobs and not demanding perfection from myself in other areas of my life. I used to berate myself because I was overweight, had a messy house, had credit card debt, etc., which put a ton of pressure on me. Now I just do what I can do and take pride in the small, baby steps I can accomplish. Also, when I'm hit with a stressful situation, I try and remember the Serenity Prayer, and determine if this is something in my control or out of my control, and if it's in my control...what can I do (again baby steps) to alleviate the stress. Also, getting enough sleep and staying hydrated were big keys to fending off migraines. As I said, I haven't had hardly any migraines in the last few years. Good luck! I hope you find out the cause. :hug:

Here are my results for yesterday:

Day 15 - 3 servings of veggies daily - Done 3 pauses taken
Day 15 - 60 ounces of water daily - done 2 pauses taken
Day 15 - Physical Therapy exercises daily - done 1 pause taken

Day 1 - Journal AND stay within calorie/point range - done No pauses taken

I apologize for being so long winded today. I hope everyone has a great day/weekend!

redballoon
06-19-2009, 04:57 PM
OK, well, I was too busy at work yesterday to further write and analyze the points of my subconscious that I know are sabotaging my efforts, but all day long I gave myself pep talks, not rah-rah kind of things which I know my subconscious (to be referred to as "sub" from here on) will shoot down immediately, but little arguments to what I know to be the sub talk. For example, even without the words being voiced I know from the reasons I listed bang bang bang scarily fast the other day as to why I can't lose weight, that the sub is saying, "forget it, you're a failure, you'll never lose weight, you haven't lost it before blah, blah, blah" ....so I would say things to myself like "Of course I can lose weight and I HAVE before. It's just a matter of being consistent and a bit more aware of what I'm eating. I don't have to overly deprive myself. I can enjoy anything I want. It won't be painful like I think it has to be. Heck, I CAN do this." It felt weird, really weird. All day long I felt a bit more proud of myself, a bit less anxious.

And yet, I can feel the resistance. As soon as I'm tired or something unpleasant happens, the sub voices become nearly audible. And, the other thing is, that I know I feel comfortable with them, even though I know they are working against me, that they are NOT on my side. Wow, I feel like a total nutter.

Truth Challenge Day 2 completed.

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Well, I got so carried away there that I have no time to reply others. diyana, thanks for the great post. Apologize? Why would you do that??!?!? I wish people would write long ALL the time. :yes:
miriam, I wish I knew how to help you. I know how health problems can totally ruin goal efforts. I can't sleep at night from the itching and during the day too it's awful. I hope we can both find relief soon. Shad, I hope you can find something better to make you feel better. I don't know what is really going on with you that you have to be in Sydney where you seem to hate it so much, but I hope you too can find something that makes you happier. I look forward to your new challenges!
Well, that's all I can say for now. Later, people! :wave:

redballoon
06-20-2009, 10:39 PM
Hmm....looks like another lonesome weekend. Where does everybody go?

I was good yesterday with eating and I've also decided to declare another challenge, one I've done before and now want to do to eventually facilitate a break from caffeine. I drink too much coffee and use it as a pick-me-up. It's messing me up though and I'm thinking my skin problems may be due to this too. Ever since I went back to fulltime work I've had the skin problem and I read that increased cortisol levels in the body can be a big factor in all sorts of problems. Well, my cortisol levels must be skyhigh. Even working out can make them rocket. Anything that the body perceives as stress and hitting your adrenal glands many times during the day can't be good.

I once went largely off caffeine for a year and I felt great. When I started drinking it again, the hit it would give me was incredible. I felt I could lift cars single-handedly. But also, it made me angry. I was really hyped on adrenalin.

Cutting back is really hard, because I hate feeling like I'm sleep-walking, but that's how it feels. It's so hard to move. But, I find too that if I allow myself to push through that feeling, I suddenly get a second wind and wake up. It's hard, but I can do it. I've done it before. :yes:

Anyhow, I'm going to start by cutting way back. I'll allow myself my usual pot (yes, you read it right...and oh, that's "pot of coffee" :lol3: ) in the morning and then only allow one serving of tea in the afternoon. Next challenge I will cut that out as well. I've already been doing it for two days now, so this is the start of Day 3.

The other challenge is OK too, though I must say I didn't think much about dieting etc. yesterday at all. Perhaps that's why my eating was OK.

So, here's where I stand.

Truth Challenge Day 3 completed
Reduce Caffeine Challenge Day 2 completed.

diyana, and you thought you were long-winded..... ;)

:rain:

Shad
06-21-2009, 05:20 AM
Don't get lonesome Red, we'll be back tomorrow, bigger and brighter than ever. New challenge starts tomorrow. I'll be publishing it then.

Have a good night.

Shad
06-21-2009, 06:13 PM
Okay - so we're back, tired and meaner than ever.

Here's my challenges for the next 21 days.

No snacking - 3 pauses
Portion control - 3 pauses
1300 calorie limit - 3 pauses (I'm off to buy a calorie book at lunch time)
Water - 1 litre per day - 3 pauses
Exercise - Apart from walking to work every day - ummmm, don't think I can do this on here. I need to have rest days. Have to think about this one again.

redballoon
06-21-2009, 07:34 PM
Well, it's Monday and I intended to go to the gym but was so tired I couldn't move. I can't sleep well at all and toss and turn all night, then can finally sleep in the morning. I figure that it's better to get rest than further disrupt whatever is disrupted in my body. I've been reading about adrenal fatigue and guess I have it. I did before and know the signs but this time it's bad. No wonder, with all the stress I had at work. They say severe damage to the adrenal glands takes two years to heal! Damn.
Well, challengewise, I can't say I was good on the Truth Challenge, but I see that unless I'm trying to do other challenges, like not eat sugar, drink alcohol etc, then there seems to be no real reason to talk to myself and try to counter the subconscious drivel. Still, I did a bit and wasn't down on myself, just pigging. Sigh.
So, I'll call it clear. I was good with the caffeine too, though I know this is part of my depression and fatigue. It's amazing how a burst of adrenalin raises your mood as well. It's all so connected, mental and physical health. I'm so tired of it all.

Truth Challenge Day 4 completed
Reduce Caffeine Challenge Day 3 completed

I'm starting another challenge again, incorporating the usual. I'm sick of drinking and smoking and pigging on sugar (I just can't stop at a little sugar. I have tried over and over). I was out late on Saturday at a gig. I had to go but I didn't have to drink so much or smoke. And I'm tired of losing days. Also, the alcohol has residual effects other than weight loss and I really am sick of it. So, I am going to roll these three elements (alcohol, sugar, nicotine) into one mega-challenge. These three are nothing but drains on my energy. They sap my energy, my drive and my sense of well-being. Sure, they give temporary boosts but in the long run, they just sap me. Here goes.

Sap Busters Day 0 completed

Oh, yeah, and I've changed my SCG to pounds to make it easier for people to understand where I'm coming from. :(

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Hi there, Shad. "Tired and mean," eh? Ouch. Glad to see you back. Tough challenges. How can you survive on 1,300 calories?! Isn't that way too low? Well, you would know I guess. Best of luck! :goodluck:



:kickcan:

diyana
06-22-2009, 08:04 AM
Hi everyone -

Sorry I went away for the weekend. We had the most gorgeous summer weather, and I did not want to be on the 'puter. By the time the sun went down, I was tired after fun, busy days...so again, I had to resist the call of the 'puter.

Here are my results:

Friday:

Here are my results for yesterday:

Day 16 - 3 servings of veggies daily - Done 3 pauses taken
Day 16 - 60 ounces of water daily - done 2 pauses taken
Day 16 - Physical Therapy exercises daily - done 1 pause taken

Day 2 - Journal AND stay within calorie/point range - done No pauses taken


Saturday:
Here are my results for yesterday:

Day 17 - 3 servings of veggies daily - Done 3 pauses taken
Day 17 - 60 ounces of water daily - done 2 pauses taken
Day 17 - Physical Therapy exercises daily - done 1 pause taken

Day 3 - Journal AND stay within calorie/point range - done No pauses taken

Sunday:
Here are my results for yesterday:

Day 18 - 3 servings of veggies daily - Done 3 pauses taken
Day 18 - 60 ounces of water daily - done 2 pauses taken
Day 18 - Physical Therapy exercises daily - done 1 pause taken

Day 4 - Journal AND stay within calorie/point range - done No pauses taken

On the weekends, it is ESPECIALLY difficult for me to get all my water and veggies in. Sheesh. I really struggle with staying OP on the weekends.

I'll check back in to reply to others.

diyana
06-22-2009, 09:03 AM
Red - So proud of you for having a good talking to with "Sub". Sounds like you really gave it a piece of your mind (pardon the pun). Seriously, when we can counteract negative self-talk with logical truths that reflect a positive, confident attitude, we can succeed. You're doing great on your truth challenge! :woohoo: Good luck with cutting back on the caffeine - you're doing great so far. I had to kick it for awhile because I thought it was contributing to migraines. Now that I don't have migraines hardly ever, I'm back on the caffeine, but not too much. I have a cup of coffee in the morning and drink water the rest of the day...but without that morning cup o' java, I'm sleepwalking. On the weekends, I do indulge in a couple diet sodas, which also have caffeine. And you're adding a sap challenge?! Sheesh! You rock, my friend! All of those three are difficult to kick in and of themselves...and you're doing all three! :woohoo: :bravo: You can do this! You know you can and we know you can!

Shad - I hope this week in Sydney goes much better than ones past. Those are some impressive challenges! Will 1300 calories be enough for you? I went on FitDay.com (which is where I journal food and activity for now), and learned that my calorie needs were much higher than I thought. FitDay (as do some other websites) have calculators where they take into account your height, weight, age and activity level to calculate the calories necessary to maintain. Then on FitDay, you enter in a weight loss goal and how long you want it to take, and it calculates the calorie reduction/burning necessary. Just make sure you eat enough calories, so your body doesn't go into starvation/hoarding mode. You know your body best. :)

Well, I'd really better get to work. Here's to a great day for all of us!

miriam101
06-22-2009, 03:49 PM
Hi All,

Red - like that you changed to pounds. We are exactly the same height and more or less the same weight :) I actually GREW half an inch this year - whaddya think of that?? LOL Like the name of your new challenge "Sap Busters" ;)

michelle - You are REALLY close to completing your 21!! WOWZERS! Good for you, Gal! I was actually at the dr. today to get a referral for a blood test - which results came in already. back up on the diabetes pole, it looks. And my thyroid is high too, ugh, but my cholestorol is actually withing normal range so i guess that counts for something. As for the headaches, the dr. wants me to go see a neurologist - something I don't really want to do. i've been to a neuro in the past for problems with my leg, and while in the MRI machine I asked it they could look at me head, but they wouldn;t..oh well.

Shad - good luck on your challenges! They seem compatible with your "mean' attitude, hehehe

I'm still challenge-less. No, that's not true. waking up in the morning and facing life yet again is a challenge for me. <this is not meant to be humorous>

Shad
06-22-2009, 05:57 PM
No snacking - 3 pauses - Day 1 done
Portion control - 3 pauses - Day 1 done
1300 calorie limit - 3 pauses (I'm off to buy a calorie book at lunch time) Will start this today since it took all day to get a calorie book.
Water - 1 litre per day - 3 pauses - Day 1 done.

Umm and yes 1300 - 1500 is plenty for my age group apparently. We don't need to eat so much and I'm not exactly overactive right now. Hence the need to cut back.

redballoon
06-22-2009, 11:13 PM
I'm going to restart the Truth Challenge because I can't say if I really did it or not. I'm going to have to write something down and carry that paper around with me and reread it many times throughout the day. Unless I do that, I can't really say if I've given myself a good talking to or not.
So, I'll get that written today and start today.
Also, the Sap Busters did not get off the ground yesterday. :^: Don't say anything. I tried and then blew it. I was SO tired I couldn't move and I finally reached for the sugar. I really just want to lie down but can't at work. There is no where to go. Anyhow, just a month left there....

Caffeine was good. That's why I was so tired. I didn't reach for the boost. It's become such a habit. I did allow myself the tea, which doesn't seem to help much. For this round, I'm allowing tea in the afternoon. Not that much, maybe a small pot tops.

Caffeine Cut Day 4 completed
Truth Talk Day 0 completed
Sap Busters Day 0 completed

Sorry, people, no time to talk now. Will try to get back in later! :wave:

diyana
06-23-2009, 07:44 AM
Here are my results for yesterday:

Day 19 - 3 servings of veggies daily - Done 3 pauses taken
Day 19 - 60 ounces of water daily - done 2 pauses taken
Day 19 - Physical Therapy exercises daily - done 1 pause taken

Day 5 - Journal AND stay within calorie/point range - done No pauses taken


Miriam - I was diagnosed with borderline diabetes last year. The dr. didn't want to put me on meds...just diet and exercise, so I spent last year losing 40 lbs, which got my blood sugar back in the normal range, then due to 4 months of bronchitis/pneumonia in the fall, and a flare up of a back injury, I put the 40 lbs back on. Blood sugar is still doing okay though. I used to see a neurologist for my migraines. It helped me a lot, but it took some time to get the prevention meds at the right dose. Then a couple years ago, I stopped taking the migraine prevention meds (under dr guidance) and still didn't get migraines, except maybe 1 a month at the most (around TOM).

Shad - Good for you for sticking to your challenges!

Red - It's difficult to get through the day without caffeine and sugar, but you can do this, Red!

miriam101
06-23-2009, 01:17 PM
Hi All,

Actually left work early because of the migraine (I don't EVER leave work early...) I did okay so far with the eating today, I'm going to add a challenge - eat al least 1 piece of fruit every day. This is VERY challenging to me as I am a real veggie girl, and don't particularly care for fruit, but I think my body needs the fiber. how much fiber can you get already being celiac? haha

Red - sorry 2 of your challenges haven't had liftoff yet, but you're always one for getting back on the horse! <hehe that was actually funny> So pull up those socks and you can do it! IMHO, planning ahead is TOTALLY essential for beating the sugar cravings. For me, at least. and WTG for the reduction of caffiene! You're getting "cleaned up" from some many "drugs"!!!

Shad - WTG for day 1! Did you buy your calorie book? If so, any brilliant ideas for breakfast? LOL

Michelle - lucky for you that your migraines and sugar are under control. I can't wait to say the same about me!!

Shad
06-23-2009, 06:00 PM
No snacking - 3 pauses - Day 2 done
Portion control - 3 pauses - Day 2 done
1300 calorie limit - 3 pauses Day 1 done 1322 cals
Water - 1 litre per day - 3 pauses - Day 2 done.

redballoon
06-23-2009, 09:31 PM
Caffeine Cut Day 5 completed
Truth Talk Day 0 completed
Sap Busters Day 1 completed


No time! Late again. :^:

diyana
06-24-2009, 07:53 AM
Hi everyone -

Miriam - I hope your get some relief from your headaches soon. I know how awful they can be.

Shad - Congrats on doing so well on the challenges. I hope this week is going better for you in general.

Red - Congrats on the caffeine reduction and the SAP busting! YGG!

Here are my results for yesterday:

Day 20 - 3 servings of veggies daily - Done 3 pauses taken
Day 20 - 60 ounces of water daily - done 2 pauses taken
Day 20 - Physical Therapy exercises daily - done 1 pause taken

I would say that I'm almost making the above a habit. The veggies and the PT exercises aren't quite automatic yet. But the water sure is. :)

Day 6 - Journal AND stay within calorie/point range - done No pauses taken

Shad
06-24-2009, 05:58 PM
No snacking - 3 pauses - Day 3 done
Portion control - 3 pauses - Day 3 done
1300 calorie limit - 3 pauses Day 2 done 1392 cals (only just)
Water - 1 litre per day - 3 pauses - Day 3 done.

diyana
06-25-2009, 07:10 AM
Here are my results for yesterday:

Day 21 - 3 servings of veggies daily - Done 3 pauses taken
Day 21 - 60 ounces of water daily - done 2 pauses taken
Day 21 - Physical Therapy exercises daily - done 1 pause taken

:woohoo: Successfully completed the 21 day challenge for the above! Yay!

Day 7 - Journal AND stay within calorie/point range - done No pauses taken

diyana
06-25-2009, 07:10 AM
Good for you Shad for doing so well on your challenges! :bravo:

miriam101
06-25-2009, 01:36 PM
WTG MICHELLE!!!!!

What are your new challenges going to be?

I am on Day 3 - piece of fruit. Let me tell you, it ain't no piece of cake....!

I'm pretty disgusted with myself, reading success stories on 3FC and eating chocolate.Ugh. How pathetic is that?!?!

redballoon
06-25-2009, 08:42 PM
Well, I've made it through the bone-dead fatigue of the past few days without giving in to extra coffee. Pms aggravated it horribly. I literally felt like I could not move. It was the worst ever. I guess I picked a bad time to start cutting back on caffeine, but it should be better from here on. The other challenges I am giving up on. Sap Busters is too difficult and going off one element gives my twisted mind license to go off all of them. The most important one at this time, with my weight at a disgusting recent high, is cutting out the booze. Cigarettes will be easy if I'm not drinking. I am going to (for a recent first) try once again to keep sugar to a minimum. I will not define "minimum" and I will try to have days with NO sugar. I know it's pathetic but I feel happy looking forward to a bit of sugar and in my gross physical state now, I can't enjoy the happy, looking-forward feeling of non-food incentives yet. I am hoping I will be able to in the future, when looking at the body I have made will give me a lift. Now, well....you all know how it feels.... :(

No booze Day 1 completed
No cigs Day 1 completed
Minimal Sugar Day 3 completed
Caffeine Cut Day 7 completed

Hello to all of you! :wave:

redballoon
06-26-2009, 12:24 AM
God, I am just livid at work. I may have to drink tonight.... :mad: What better way is there to alleviate the anger than going out with coworkers and griping over drinks? There isn't....so I'm just going to have to be strong and go beyond this, think of drinking as they further driving in the knife, yet with my own hand. No, wonder I have skin problems.

diyana
06-26-2009, 07:37 AM
Red - Sorry you had such an awful day at work. I know there are many times when I want to have a "liquid" lunch or go for happy hour after work. Did you end up going out with your co-workers? The challenges you set for yourself are very difficult ones to tackle one at a time, and you're doing all of them. I hope things get better for you at work...at least there is a light at the end of that tunnel. Maybe now is a good time pamper yourself/treat yourself well...instead of treating yourself to things that are toxic. :hug:

As for me....
Day 8 - Journal AND stay within calorie/point range - done No pauses taken

Shad
06-26-2009, 08:34 PM
No snacking - 3 pauses - Day 4 done
Portion control - 3 pauses - Day 4 done
1300 calorie limit - 3 pauses Day 3 done 1302 cals
Water - 1 litre per day - 3 pauses - Day 4 done.
__________________
I'm late, I'm late for a very important date.

redballoon
06-26-2009, 11:33 PM
No time to talk now, but here's where I stand. Yeah, one day blip on two challenges. Back on the horse today and this time I'm determined!!!! :strong:

No booze Day 1 completed 1 pause taken
No cigs Day 1 completed 1 pause taken
Minimal Sugar Day 5 completed
Caffeine Cut Day 8 completed

Shad
06-28-2009, 02:31 AM
No snacking - 2 pauses - Day 4 done
Portion control - 2 pauses - Day 4 done
1300 calorie limit - 2 pauses Day 3 done 1302 cals
Water - 1 litre per day - 3 pauses - Day 5 done.

Got a dose of the munchies yesterday. Didn't help that I was working from home either. Guess I need to get a padlock on the fridge.
I don't see my crunches challenge here. Just realised. I have been doing them just not putting them down. Well that better stop.

50 Crunches - 3 pauses - Day 5 done.

Gotta go. Must be nearly out of time now.

Platinum
06-28-2009, 04:39 AM
Well, I've made it through the bone-dead fatigue of the past few days without giving in to extra coffee. Pms aggravated it horribly. I literally felt like I could not move. It was the worst ever. I guess I picked a bad time to start cutting back on caffeine, but it should be better from here on. The other challenges I am giving up on. Sap Busters is too difficult and going off one element gives my twisted mind license to go off all of them. The most important one at this time, with my weight at a disgusting recent high, is cutting out the booze. Cigarettes will be easy if I'm not drinking. I am going to (for a recent first) try once again to keep sugar to a minimum. I will not define "minimum" and I will try to have days with NO sugar. I know it's pathetic but I feel happy looking forward to a bit of sugar and in my gross physical state now, I can't enjoy the happy, looking-forward feeling of non-food incentives yet. I am hoping I will be able to in the future, when looking at the body I have made will give me a lift. Now, well....you all know how it feels.... :(

No booze Day 1 completed
No cigs Day 1 completed
Minimal Sugar Day 3 completed
Caffeine Cut Day 7 completed

Hello to all of you! :wave:



redballon... you sound like a kindred spirit. I am always trying to give myself 14 or 30 day challenges....which some I get through and some I don't. But I know the first 2 weeks is the hardest when cutting out the booze or caffeine or any bad habit! I shall follow along with you and hopefully we can kick these habits to the curb. I usually only log in once a week so I will try to post my updates and stick with it.

I was reading your other posts too and I believe I also have adrenal fatigue... Two years is a long time but I want to start healing my adrenal glands now so in two years I'll feel completely opposite of what I do now! I always feel tired and run down... but then I get bursts of energy at night, I can't get to sleep and then when I do I want to sleep all day and no matter how much I do sleep I feel sluggish every day. I have chronic depression, intense fatigue, I gain weight quickly, I'm stressed out, I've been trying to find a remedies to help my energy levels and have finally come to the adrenal fatigue. It is dead on. But I don't know much about it and will try to start researching. I know I need to manage my stress, cut out caffeine/stimulants, eat well & drink water. But what else are you doing to help it? Right now I'm at a spot where I know that I need to eat better & exercise, but I feel like I can't ever get started. I'm so tired all the time.

Shad
06-28-2009, 07:32 PM
No snacking - 2 pauses - Day 5 done
Portion control - 2 pauses - Day 5 done
1300 calorie limit - 2 pauses Day 4 done 1384 cals
Water - 1 litre per day - 3 pauses - Day 6 done.
50 Crunches - 3 pauses - Day 6 done.

Getting there. Yesterday wasn't so much of a struggle with the munchies, however I didn't have much exciting in the cupboard or fridge to munch on. Now if that isn't a hint and tip, I don't know what is. KEEP A BORING REFRIDGERATOR :rofl: :lol3:

Best go and get back into it. Just because the weekend work all went up in smoke, that's no excuse not to do any more today.

miriam101
06-29-2009, 12:51 AM
Day 6 on the fruit completed - today will make 7.

Also - I've kept to the Vitamins (that was my previous successful challenge - B12 & D) so I'm happy about that.

Welcome Platinum!

Shad - like your comment on the boring fridge, LOL

Michelle - ain't you doing great! how's the weight loss working while staying in you calorie range?

Red - do you have the option of going riding whenever you want? Good to see your determination - you can do it!!

diyana
06-29-2009, 08:08 AM
Miriam - Good for you on the fruit! As for your question, I've lost 6 lbs so far by doing my challenges - I'm continuing to eat veggies and do PT exercises and drink water...even though the "challenge" part is over.

Platinum - WELCOME!

Red - so Great to hear the determination in your posts!! YGG!

Shad - keep a boring fridge?! That does sound like the best advice EVER! Or if it can't be boring...at least be healthy.

Here are my weekend results:
Day 8 (Saturday) - Journal AND stay within calorie/point range - done No pauses taken

Day 9 (Sunday) - Journal AND stay within calorie/point range - done (BARELY....I used A LOT of weekly flex points!!) No pauses taken

redballoon
06-29-2009, 11:50 PM
Well, I'm letting the booze and cigs challenge fall a bit. I just don't feel like restricting myself with a challenge. I want the freedom of choice now, for better for worse. It doesn't mean I'm smoking or drink but I may be.
I just need my freedom now. The sugar cut and caffeine cut are going well and that's about all the restrictions I want to place on myself right now. I'm pretty tired of restrictions, self-imposed or otherwise.
I may start some other challenges, that center around adding things to my days, things that will help me stay on a path of health and yet enjoyment. :yes:
I will say I'm doing well on the sugar and caffeine challenges. Knowing I have the choice is working for now. I know that at times I have to take the choice away but knowing I will take it away if I abuse it when I have it is making me stick to the challenges. Sound like a kid, don't I? Whatever works, eh?

Minimal Sugar 8 completed 0 pauses taken
Caffeine Cut Day 11 completed 0 pauses taken

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diyana -- You're doing so well and on such important challenges too. I wish I had the resolve to keep the food and drink down to a point where I can actually lose weight. I am stuck in a rut, it seems.

miriam -- Good going with the fruit. I have gotten so bad with my eating that I am not even eating healthy stuff really. I may have to start up a fruit or veggie challenge myself. Riding? No, I can't go whenever I want. I have to work it around work. The stable is a good two hours' away. Last time I said "back on the horse" I meant it figuratively, meaning I was getting back on the challenges. Actually, though, yesterday I did get thrown and DID get back on, literally! :lol3:

Shad -- You're doing marvelously as well! Wow! How do you people do it? :shrug:

Platinum -- I don't know much about helping adrenal fatigue other than just cutting back on caffeine and trying to lessen the stress in my life. Two years is what they give as a healing time for severe fatigue. Of course, you're feeling better progressively. The first few months though (I got off caffeine before) you are really tired because the body can't regulate your energy and of course you aren't hitting it with caffeine anymore. But, slowly it starts to work again and you will feel progressively better. Sugar has an extreme draining effect on the body. Cutting that out or down drastically is VERY important. When I went nearly off caffeine I also cut out every bit of sugar for a year. I had no ups and downs of energy, no pms and my skin was amazing. People would remark on it constantly. Good luck. Wish you could come in here more than once a week. Where are you, out in the boonies somewhere with no electricity or do you not have access to a computer? :?: In any case, welcome! :welcome:

JazzyPeggy
06-30-2009, 12:31 AM
I hope I'm understanding this challenge cause I sure do need it. I cannot seem to get on track.

Challenge
Log Food into Sparkpeople-2 pauses allowed
(not limiting calories yet, just building the habit.)

Drink 24 oz water-1 pause allowed

No eating after 10:30 p.m.-3 pauses allowed

1 fruit/1 vege minimum daily-3 pauses allowed

redballoon
06-30-2009, 12:49 AM
Peggy- It sounds like you understand the challenge just fine. I hope this can work for you. Welcome :welcome: and best of luck!! :goodluck:

diyana
06-30-2009, 07:49 AM
Red - It's only natural that with all the changes/stress in your life, that you need a bit of freedom. You were taking on a lot of very difficult challenges at once. Good for you for recognizing what you need right now and making it happen. I'm proud of you for the sugar/caffeine challenges! I'm glad to hear you're challenging yourself to find ways to add more enjoyment to your life...cuz girlfriend, you deserve it! :hug:

Peggy - :welcome: Those are great challenges. And good for you for taking the steps to get on track!

As for me....
Day 10 - Journal AND stay within calorie/point range - done No pauses taken

redballoon
06-30-2009, 08:13 AM
Well, notched another day on the following two. It was tough, it is tough not getting a hit from afternoon coffee. I made it to the gym for the first time in a long time and it was hard to work out. Then, I start thinking too much, but really, it's basically because I'm not drinking coffee that I feel down and blue and not very energetic. I've got to stop thinking so much and just push through.

Minimal Sugar 9 completed 0 pauses taken
Caffeine Cut Day 12 completed 0 pauses taken

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diyana -- Look at you go!! :dancer: Another day notched! Three cheers! :bravo: :bravo: :bravo: Thanks for the support. It makes me feel I'm not alone. :hug:

diyana
06-30-2009, 08:22 AM
:bravo: Red on getting to the gym! You go girl!! Just push through this, you will get through. You're doing SO great! Nearly halfway there on sugar challenge and almost 2/3 of the way there for the caffeine reduction! :cheer2:

Shad
06-30-2009, 08:59 PM
No snacking - 2 pauses - Day 7 done
Portion control - 2 pauses - Day 7 done
1300 calorie limit - 2 pauses Day 6 done 1288 cals
Water - 1 litre per day - 3 pauses - Day 8 done.
50 Crunches - 3 pauses - Day 8 done.

Had to fill in two days there. Slow but I am getting there. Yesterday was possibly the worst day of my professional life and I didn't succumb to snack or junk - vast achievement.

Sorry no time to stop and encourage although I should because we all could do with a :hug: and a pat on the back.

redballoon
06-30-2009, 09:38 PM
Shad, I was just about to turn off the computer, but I saw your message and just wanted to come in and say "Good for you!!" :spin: It sounds like you and I are both on similar paths, time for a change in the work department. I'm out though still in the office till the end of this month (Happy July!) and every day I go in to the office I'm glad I quit. It was hard for about the first week after I quit, but not now. I have no idea what's coming...but then do we ever? Something will come along and I'll make it. I had to do this. It sounds like you have to make a move as well. Anyhow, excellent going on the sticking to your guns! :cp: Hang in there!

Shad
06-30-2009, 10:45 PM
Yep well, my contract is almost done. Whether I renew or not depends on how things go between now and 17th July. Any more bull and I am out of here so fast they won't see me for dust.

diyana
07-01-2009, 06:54 AM
Shad - I'm so sorry to hear things are still going so badly at work. Thank goodness your contract is nearly done. You need a break (and a better assignment). Good for you for not comforting yourself with snacks or junk food! :bravo:

Red - So glad you made the decision you did about your job. You seem a lot happier now that the end is in sight. There is something much better for you...probably just around the proverbial corner.

As for me...I had a healthy dinner all planned in my head for when I got home...but DMIL was nice enough to fix dinner for me, breaded chicken and stuffing. Not unhealthy, but a few more points than I had planned. It was very sweet of her to do this so I didn't have to worry about cooking when I got home. :) And I managed to stay within points anyway (again, thank goodness for the weekly flex points).

Day 11 - Journal AND stay within calorie/point range - done No pauses taken

JazzyPeggy
07-01-2009, 07:54 AM
Wow, look at you all go, you are doing great. Some of you on day 9 already. I can't wait to get more tucked under my belt, because I'm sure it will help my weight loss.

1. Log Food into Sparkpeople-2 pauses allowed-day 1
2. Drink 24 oz water-1 pause allowed- day 1 (actually drank 31 oz)
3. No eating after 10:30 p.m.-3 pauses allowed-didn't do it:?:
4. 1 fruit/1 vege minimum daily-3 pauses allowed-day 1

diyana
07-01-2009, 01:21 PM
I gotta :dancer: and :woohoo: I just weighed in and I've lost 3.2 lbs this week! :woohoo: I'm so happy! Journaling has been the trick for me this week, even though I used all my WW weekly flex points, I still lost weight because I wouldn't bite it if I didn't write it! :)

Yay Peggy! You're doing great too! What time do you normally go to sleep? The reason I ask is because I go to sleep by 10 at the latest, so I'm trying to not eat after 7:30 or 8 pm...but if you stay up late, your 10:30 might be like my 7:30 or 8.

Shad
07-01-2009, 10:55 PM
No snacking - 2 pauses - Day 8 done
Portion control - 2 pauses - Day 8 done
1300 calorie limit - 2 pauses Day 7 done 1248 cals
Water - 1 litre per day - 3 pauses - Day 9 done.
50 Crunches - 2 pauses - Day 8 done. I don't believe I forgot to do them last night. How stupid of me. Just goes to show my state of mind right now.

Red we need to set up a cyber writing school together or something!! :rofl: We could take in all sorts of interesting ideas and turn them into amazing prose.

Michelle - well done on the 3.2lb lost. You are doing so well.

For the others - Sorry, can't make the individuals today but you all deserve a pat on the back and a hug for just getting in here and posting it. Honesty above all!!!! No why don't they practice that in business any more?

redballoon
07-01-2009, 11:49 PM
Well, I made it through another day. It wasn't easy and I admit I almost had what anyone would consider too much sugar. But I didn't and, in the end, that's all that matters. Weight-wise, nothing is happening, nothing earth-shattering. And of course, that's getting me down. Damn. Why can't I ever seem to keep my mood up enough to make visible progress? Why, on the other hand, do I need visible progress? Why can't I have faith in myself?
God, I saw a picture of myself taken yesterday and my face is so fat. And it was always thin, even if my body wasn't. Oh, heck. I am just so depressed. My hopes of some cool work were crushed yesterday and all my optimism seems to have flown out the window. I really need something good to happen to me. :cry:

Minimal Sugar 10 completed 0 pauses taken
Caffeine Cut Day 13 completed 0 pauses taken

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Shad -- I don't think I'm capable of any "amazing prose," so I don't think I'd be much of a cyber writing school partner. What ever made you think that? And these days, who wants or needs writing any more? Papers are going down everywhere. I don't even know what kind of work will be wanted of me. Everywhere, people seem to have lost interest in reading it seems. Sorry, I'm just really, really down. What I was hoping would be some interesting work yesterday has not panned out and really has my hopes crushed. I've already eaten some sweet today and feel I have nothing to look forward to. Is that pathetic or what? Where is my guardian angel when I need her?

diyana -- How, I would love to have your success. You rock, woman! :strong: That's your hard work paying off. I'm so happy for you! :sunny:

Jaz -- Have you achieved liftoff yet? You can do it! Just keep at it! :yes: Good to see you in here.

redballoon
07-02-2009, 08:36 AM
I pushed through another day! :cp:
Minimal Sugar 11 completed 0 pauses taken
Caffeine Cut Day 14 completed 0 pauses taken

diyana
07-02-2009, 09:23 AM
Yay for all of us! We're all doing so well!! Sorry no time to do personals today...I'm off to get my hair done and run errands with DMIL. Should be a great day!

Day 12 - Journal AND stay within calorie/point range - done No pauses taken

JazzyPeggy
07-03-2009, 12:50 AM
Thanks, Diyana. I don't go to bed until 1 or 2 a.m. lol

1. Log Food into Sparkpeople-2 pauses allowed-day 3
2. Drink 24 oz water-1 pause allowed- day 1 (I forgot to finish yesterday, so I had to start over)
3. No eating after 10:30 p.m.-3 pauses allowed-didn't do it
4. 1 fruit/1 vege minimum daily-3 pauses allowed-day 3


I thought about eliminating goal #3, but I really need to fix that.

Shad
07-03-2009, 01:01 AM
No snacking - 2 pauses - Day 9 done
Portion control - 2 pauses - Day 9 done
1300 calorie limit - 1 pauses Day 7 done Didn't count yesterday as I went to dinner with a friend and decided that was a pause day.
Water - 1 litre per day - 3 pauses - Day 10 done.
50 Crunches - 1 pauses - Day 8 done. See above, didn't get in early enough to do them. Wasn't in a fit state probably either.

Can't stop, I'm off to catch a plane. Going home for the weekend. Yeeeeeee Haaaaaa.

diyana
07-03-2009, 12:09 PM
Just a quick check in today as I've got lots to do.

Day 13 - Journal AND stay within calorie/point range - done No pauses taken

Shad
07-03-2009, 05:42 PM
No snacking - 2 pauses - Day 10 done
Portion control - 2 pauses - Day 10 done
1300 calorie limit - 1 pauses Day 8 done
Water - 1 litre per day - 2 pauses - Day 10 done.
50 Crunches - 0 pauses - Day 8 done. Travelling does take it out of you. I got into bed last night and remembered. Damn. 13 days straight of crunches left now. Or I blow it.

Chin up ladies, it's tough but it is worth it. Come on RED!!!

JazzyPeggy
07-04-2009, 08:26 AM
I totally blew it on all of mine yesterday. I was busy and forgot to do some of them. The one fruit and one vege is burned in my brain, but I forgot to eat the fruit last night for a snack. So I'm starting them all over and changing one of them. I want to do sparkpeople, but it's so time consuming. WW's really works, If I will do like I'm supposed to do and really work it.

1. Journal my food daily, every bite.-2 pauses allowed-
2. Drink 24 oz water-1 pause allowed-
3. No eating after 10:30 p.m.-3 pauses allowed-
4. 1 fruit/1 vege minimum daily-3 pauses allowed-

Shad
07-04-2009, 06:07 PM
Morning all

No snacking - 2 pauses - Day 11 done
Portion control - 2 pauses - Day 11 done
1300 calorie limit - 1 pauses Day 9 done
Water - 1 litre per day - 2 pauses - Day 11 done.
50 Crunches - 0 pauses - Day 9 done.

Happy 4th July to all my American friends. Have a good one.
Now for another day of getting things done around here. Finishing the laundry, cleaning the kitchen, getting stuck into the tiling. That's on the list for today.
Peggy - not sure I understand all the goals in your life, but they inspire you and that is all that matters. Have a good day.

redballoon
07-04-2009, 11:28 PM
Will write later.....

Minimal Sugar 13 completed 0 pauses taken
Caffeine Cut Day 16 completed 0 pauses taken

redballoon
07-05-2009, 01:55 AM
Recovering from too much beer at a party yesterday, but determined to get to the gym for a bit of weight training before the entire day is wasted. Despite the partying, I still stuck to my two challenges, so all is not lost. It's hard to believe that I am actually sticking to the minimal sugar challenge. It's been hugely helped by the fact that I was off work this past week. It was so nice to be away from the office. I have three more weeks of it and then I'm fearful of what I will do to make a living. Well, that's not the hard part. Keeping the horse is. I do want to keep her, but wonder if I can. She costs so much. Anyhow, wish me luck for another week. :^:

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Shad -- Thanks for the 4th of July wishes. I did my celebrating all right, though there were no fireworks. It was a party at the riding club, not really much fun at all, thus the overdrinking. So, you're back home, no? I hope it can give you a bit of respite from the stresses of your work. You're doing so well on your challenges and they are HARD! 1,300 calories. Wow. How do you do it?

Jaz -- I've done that before, just forgotten about the challenges. That's a bummer, isn't it? But, it's still better than intentionally blowing them off. Just get back on the horse. You can do this.

diyana -- Bravo for you and sticking to your challenge, another hard one for sure! :bravo: How did your hair appointment go? Happy with the results?

Shad
07-05-2009, 05:47 PM
No snacking - 2 pauses - Day 12 done
Portion control - 2 pauses - Day 12 done
1300 calorie limit - 1 pause Day 10 done
Water - 1 litre per day - 2 pauses - Day 12 done.
50 Crunches - 0 pauses - Day 10 done.

Hey, I am into double figures. That's an achievement

Back in Sydney for the next 2 weeks. Can feel it already. Ears hurt, nose hurts, coughing, eyes running. Yep, Sydney sure is a clean air city - NOT!!
This morning I took a friends advice and walked to work along less crowded paths. It was better on the temper anyway.

redballoon
07-05-2009, 05:49 PM
Oh, God, it's back to the dreaded office today. This bears ill for my sugar challenge.... :( Had to take a pause yesterday, the thought of today was getting to me....

Minimal Sugar 13 completed 1 pause taken
Caffeine Cut Day 17 completed 0 pauses taken

Shad -- Hi there! :wave: Never would have thought Sydney was polluted. Well, take care and great going on the double digits! :yes:

diyana
07-06-2009, 09:48 AM
Red - Good for you for sticking with your challenges and getting your weight training in. I'm sure you'll find a good job soon so that you can make a good living AND keep your beloved horse.

Shad - Sorry to hear Sydney does such a number on your health and your temper...but only 2 more weeks! Yay!!!

Jazzy - We strive for progress not perfection....that's why pauses are allowed. I certainly wasn't perfect this weekend. I don't know why it is but I've been using A TON of points on Sundays! :dunno:

Weekend Results
Day 14 (Friday) - Journal AND stay within calorie/point range - done No pauses taken

Day 15 (Saturday) - Journal AND stay within calorie/point range - done No pauses taken

Day 16 (Sunday) - Journal AND stay within calorie/point range - done No pauses taken -- I used a lot of my weekly points allowance to make up for going so far over my daily points. I do so much better and have much more control during the week.

Also, I don't think I ate even 5 servings of veg the entire weekend....much less each day. Time to get back on track and eat right....I want this week's weigh in to be good. I am planning on getting to the gym tonight, but I have a few important errands to run first.

Hugs to all,

redballoon
07-06-2009, 04:02 PM
Well, I made it through the day back at the office. It was rough. Being away from it, I realized how much the place really, really bothers me. I realized too how bitter the decision is, but that I had no choice. To stay there was killing me.
I got to the gym and did some leg work. They are hurting big time today. Here's to success today as well. :^:

Minimal Sugar 14 completed 1 pause taken
Caffeine Cut Day 18 completed 0 pauses taken

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diyana -- Thank you so much for your kind words of support. Saying I will find work and a way to keep my horse means a lot to me. It is my biggest worry, my biggest wish.
Eating vegetables is hard. I had some corn in the fridge that I knew was getting old. So, when I came home last night I salvaged it, boiled it up and ate it. It was nice. I was thinking how I need to learn to make some nice, yet simple vegetable recipes so that I can eat more myself.
Good luck on your challenges. You are doing a great job and I am very impressed! :yes:
Hope you were able to make it to the gym.

diyana
07-07-2009, 08:44 AM
I had a major accomplishment yesterday! I was not able to make it to the gym so I went for a walk. I was able to walk about the block (a little over a mile) in about 20 minutes, with essentially no pain. :woohoo: This may not seem like much to most people, but it's been nearly a year since I've been able to walk more than 8 or 10 minutes before the back pain would require me to sit a bit. I can now confidentially tell my regular doctor, neurosurgeon and pain doctor that the cortisone shot I received last Wednesday seems to be helping a lot! Yay!

Tonight is going to be a challenge as we are going to a baseball game, where beer is plentiful and healthy food choices are scarce. I'll make the best choices available and limit the beers to 1 (okay...maybe 2). And I may just have to use my remaining weekly points tonight and eat less tomorrow.

Day 17 - Journal AND stay within calorie/point range - done No pauses taken

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Red - Congrats on doing so well on your challenges, despite the negative work atmosphere. It sucks when you are so unhappy at work as that's where we spend most of our waking hours. I've had jobs like that...and I'm so grateful to be in a better environment and job I enjoy now! You are a talented and motivated individual, just stay positive and you'll get a great well paying job where you can be happy.

Shad - I hope your work week is going well...just a couple weeks left, right? Hang in there.

Jazzy - How are you doing?


Hugs,

Shad
07-07-2009, 05:47 PM
No snacking - 2 pauses - Day 13 done
Portion control - 2 pauses - Day 13 done
1300 calorie limit - 1 pause Day 11 done
Water - 1 litre per day - 2 pauses - Day 13 done.
50 Crunches - 0 pauses - Day 11 done.

That's it - out of computer time. Got to get on with life.
Hope we are all feeling somewhat positive and Michelle it is great to hear about that back.

redballoon
07-07-2009, 07:00 PM
Well, I was going to maybe allow yesterday's sugar, but it wasn't "minimal" and so I just have to be honest. Who am I trying to kid? So, another pause, but still going strong. At least there was no bingeing and even when I realized I wasn't going to allow the day I didn't go out and have a pigfest. Good one, eh?
Caffeine on the other hand, is good. I was tempted to down a bit more tea but didn't. The idea now of coffee, coffee, coffee is turning me off. I really am getting by on very little caffeine these days. I have learned to accept the tiredness and just push through it instead of going for that "kick." It was like hunger used to be for me. The moment it appeared I would panic almost. Now, I have gotten used to actually looking for it. With the tiredness, I in no way look forward to it, but I can accept it much more. Otherwise, how can I ever expect to get past this and improve? I guess it's like that with a lot of things.

Minimal Sugar 14 completed 2 pauses taken
Caffeine Cut Day 19 completed 0 pauses taken

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diyana -- Oh, way to go on the walking! :bravo: That IS a major stepping stone (no pun intended, but applicable!). You must be so happy. Do you know what the source of your back pain is? Does the cortisone just cover it up? Even if so, it may help you exercise or do whatever you need to strengthen your back and free yourself of the pain over the long run. I hope you were able to resist the temptations at the ball game! :yes:

Shad -- You are really doing well. Almost two weeks through your challenges. Have you seen any weight loss or aren't you looking yet? Eleven days on 1,300 calories?!?!? :eek: I'd be acting like a starving wolf!

JazzyPeggy
07-07-2009, 09:46 PM
1. Journal my food daily, every bite.-2 pauses allowed-
2. Drink 24 oz water-1 pause allowed- 4 days completed
3. No eating after 10:30 p.m.-3 pauses allowed-
4. 1 fruit/1 vege minimum daily-3 pauses allowed-

I know I didn't journal my food on Sunday. I also know I didn't have my fruit/vege. So I'm just going to put those back to day 1, day 1 being today hopefully. (I need to eat a fruit.)

Remembering my water though.

Shad
07-07-2009, 11:40 PM
1300 cals is not a small amount - believe it or not. Particularly if you fill up on vegetables and have only small amounts of the other stuff. Somedays I find that I have 200 cals left over so I give myself permission to eat something else. I'm rarely hungry. A typical day would be muesli, yoghurt and fruit for breakfast (around 250) cals. Lunch is a fairly big meal as they have cheap stuff in the cafe downstairs so I will have a big plate of steamed veges and a bit of whatever the meat is (mostly chicken) thats going and also plonk on some salad if the plate doesn't actually overflow. (around 500-600 cals) Then I might have some soup and toast and some diet dairy dessert again around 300 cals so that gives me somewhere in the region of 1100 cals and the rest goes on a banana, apple or mandarin or grapes. Sometimes I swap out the fruit for cheese and rice crackers.
I certainly don't miss out. I can even eat the occasional ice cream (NZ natural of course) and stay within budget.

Just goes to prove, you don't have to starve while you have vegetables in the house. A big plateful of broccoli, carrots, pumpkin, cauliflower, zucchini, tomatoes etc steamed only gives you around 100 calories if that. Add a cheese sauce (97%fat free) and you have another 50-100. It's not that difficult. Just think about it and work it out carefully. You can even stick a glass of wine in some days.

Hi ho - it's back to work I go. 8 full working days and counting.

diyana
07-08-2009, 07:36 AM
Red - Good for you for "being real" about your sugar. I had to take a pause yesterday too. You're doing awesome on your caffeine! :woohoo: The latest MRI of my back shows arthritis degeneration in my left sacroilliac (SI) joint, and a couple slightly bulging disks. The cortisone shot in the SI joint reduces the inflammation and lubricates the joint, so it should help. And at the very least, it buys me 6 months or more (hopefully) to exercise and get some weight off. Still not ready for high impact stuff or aerobics classes...but it's nice to know that I should be able to walk around all the fun festivals and fairs Milwaukee has during the summer months.

Shad - Good for you for managing your calories wisely. Your plate of steamed veg with a reduced fat cheese sauce has me salivating! Mmmmm. The weight loss program I'm on at work had us calculate our base daily calorie needs based on our height, age, weight, etc. And then subtract 500 calories from that per day. Which is pretty much what FitDay.com suggested.

Jazzy - Did you need to start from scratch? Or just take one of the pauses you allowed yourself. Good for you for remembering your water and staying hydrated.

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Yesterday - Journal AND stay within calorie/point range - Journaled but did not stay within points range. 1 pause taken, Still on Day 17

Went to a baseball game last night....had a hamburger, fries and 3 beers. Probably not the smartest thing to do before weigh in. Hopefully the scale will be kind today, despite last night's indiscretions. ;) :lol:

diyana
07-08-2009, 02:28 PM
Well, the universe is smiling on me. Even after my indulgences last night...I managed to lose 0.8 lb this week. down to an even 230. :woohoo:

Shad
07-08-2009, 08:17 PM
No snacking - 2 pauses - Day 14 done
Portion control - 2 pauses - Day 14 done
1300 calorie limit - 1 pause Day 12 done
Water - 1 litre per day - 1 pause - Day 13 done.
50 Crunches - 0 pauses - Day 12 done.

Difficult to drink the water when it is so darned cold out there. So a pause day taken yesterday. Move on to today and try again.

redballoon
07-08-2009, 11:46 PM
Stuck to it yesterday...the challenges at least... :^:
Almost done on caffeine but I think I'll keep that one going by doing another round.

Minimal Sugar 15 completed 2 pauses taken
Caffeine Cut Day 20 completed 0 pauses taken

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diyana -- Thank you for your compliment. Your back sounds truly painful. I hope that losing weight will help it. I know that strengthening the surrounding muscles can help a lot. You're doing well. Good for YOU for getting down to 230. You'll be in the '20s in no time and then onward! Hurrah for you! :cp: :cp: :cp:

Shad -- Cold? Oh right, you're in the winter down there. Here, it's hot and muggy. Temperatures over 30 C today. and it's cloudy. I guess you can do 1300 calories because as you said, you're not working out much. I just figured my calorie needs using the harris-Benedict formula and, if I'm working out heavy and building muscle mass (and I am very muscular) I would be using at least 2,450 calories a day. That is what I am used to eating to maintain this weight. If I cut down to 1,300 I literally drop weight too fast and can't keep it up. Going to 2,000 a day and being consistent will allow me a pound of fat loss a week. Now, that shouldn't be too hard.

Peggy -- Good to see you again! :wave: Sorry you had to start your challenges over, but no loss. You're still ahead of the game! :yes:

http://i56.photobucket.com/albums/g195/darksecret59/catnbutterfly.gif

diyana
07-09-2009, 09:02 AM
I fully intended to stay within points yesterday. I had my dinner all planned out, but when I got home, my DMIL had spaghetti sauce simmering on the stove. It was so nice of her to cook for us! So then I looked in my WW book to check out the points value for spaghetti...well over what I had planned for dinner. But I ate it because (1) she spent several hours making the sauce and I did not want her to feel bad by choosing to eat something else, and (2) she's leaving in 3 weeks so I will enjoy having someone cook for us while it lasts and balance out my points on other days.

It worked out anyway because I used exercise points to make up the difference....but since I don't like using exercise points I'm still going to call it a pause.

So here I am....another pause taken.

Yesterday - Journal AND stay within calorie/point range - Journaled but did not stay within points range. 1 pause taken, Still on Day 17

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Shad - Good for you for staying on your challenges. It is difficult to drink water when it's cold...take it from someone who lives in the frozen tundra 6 months of the year! :lol: You could count caffeine free tea as a water, can't you?

Red - I love that kitty playing image. So adorable. And you're doing awesome on your challenges! YGG! And good for you for going another round on the caffeine challenge. My back isn't very painful right now thanks to the wonders of medicine. I'm with you in terms of calories...I need to be right around 1900 to 2000 to lose. That's been confirmed by a personal trainer and a nutritionist. If I cut my calories too low (for me) than I won't lose 'cuz my body will think it's in starvation mode. From what I've read, the more you weigh the more base calories you need...bigger cars need bigger fuel. Red, you're not "big" but you said you are muscular...so probably the reason you do better with more calories. But I am "big", very big for my height (or just too short for my weight :lol: ) and I exercise fairly regularly which is why I do better with more calories. And as I lose weight, I'll need to take in fewer calories...smaller car, less fuel. That's gonna be tough to cut back on the WW points as I can barely stay within range now. Not gonna think about that now...just doing the best I can and making the healthiest choices. :)

Shad
07-09-2009, 06:18 PM
No snacking - 2 pauses - Day 15 done
Portion control - 2 pauses - Day 15 done
1300 calorie limit - 1 pause Day 13 done
Water - 1 litre per day - 1 pause - Day 14 done.
50 Crunches - 0 pauses - Day 13 done.

redballoon
07-09-2009, 07:50 PM
Well, made it through the caffeine cut challenge. Hurrah! I'm going to do another round of that. It's too easy to get back into old habits.
I almost took my final pause on sugar yesterday. It was late and when I got home I thought I'd stop off at the convenience store and get junk. I did go in but kept it to nonsugar stuff. I got thinking, why blow a perfectly good day now? It's not worth it. So I didn't. Hurrah!

Minimal Sugar 16 completed 2 pauses taken

Caffeine Cut Day 21 completed 0 pauses taken CHALLENGE DONE !!!!! :cp: :encore: :cp:

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diyana -- I'm glad you liked the cat graphic. Thanks for mentioning it! :) I understand your dilemma with the home cooking but you handled it well. If you mother in law is there another three weeks, I'd try to let her in on what you're trying to do and ask for her help. Otherwise, you're going to likely be going over your points too often and perhaps for no good reason. Don't use it as an excuse! :nono:
Yes, the problem with calories is that it's so easy to go over and wipe out a whole week of cutting back in one night out on the town. I guess that's why cutting WAY back helps but then I lose too fast and fall off the wagon after 4-5 days big time. If I can just learn to be consistent I can be successful.

Shad -- You're moving right along, aren't you. Wonderful! :flow1:

diyana
07-10-2009, 07:35 AM
Shad - You're doing so great, despite all the stress you've been under at work! Good for you!

Red - Congrats on completing the Caffeine Challenge! :cp: :woohoo: And with no pauses - you rock, sista! Good for you for the big victory at the convenience store!! As for my DMIL, she knows and supports what I'm trying to do, but doesn't always understand what foods are higher in calories. I will talk with her though. She doesn't cook fattening stuff too often, so that's good.

redballoon
07-10-2009, 07:56 AM
I was a little bit over what I would normally eat in sweet stuff today, but I'm allowing it because it wasn't much and I didn't binge when I thought it may be too much.

The day ended on two infuriating bits of news, one from the company and that is by far the worst. When I heard that they were intentionally going out and cutting my ties to other organizations with which I have worked as a representative of the company and doing this without a word to me, I initially wanted to make a fuss and go drinking. Instead, I ended up coming home and though I'm angry, I'm deciding it is time for me to truly break from this company, no matter what the consequences. I was thinking of still maintaining a relationship with them but I realize the resentment and undercurrent of anger is sheer poison. So be it.

Minimal Sugar 16 completed 2 pauses taken

Caffeine Cut (Round 2!) Day 1 completed 0 pauses taken
(completed first round July 10 with no pauses taken!!

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diyana -- Glad to hear you can handle the inlaw's cooking and work it into your program. Thanks for the congrats!

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JazzyPeggy
07-10-2009, 12:01 PM
Diyanan, I started back at scratch cause I was still only at day one, lol. It was best. I probably won't take any pauses on any of them until I'm at day 7 or so.

Thanks Redballoon. I will still be here even if I miss a day of posting.

Shad, I enjoyed reading about your plan. I went to your 3fc blog and didn't see anything.

1. Journal my food daily, every bite.-2 pauses allowed- 2 days completed
2. Drink 24 oz water-1 pause allowed- 5 days completed
3. No eating after 10:30 p.m.-3 pauses allowed-0
4. 1 fruit/1 vege minimum daily-3 pauses allowed-Day 1 completed


I debated taking #3 off but I really want to do it. It's just extremely hard but it's crazy for me to still be eating so late at night. I haven't gotten my calories under control yet, but I'm still working on it.

I have been starting a Just For Today challenge on the Challenge board, and even though I haven't been on mark yet, it's really making me think, since I am the one that started it, I should do better. I will get there.

Oh yeah, I was eating some peaches late last night, just to get day one on #4. I have learned on this challenge it's best to get it over earlier in the day because if I don't, I plumb forget. This challenge has been very motivating for me too.

Shad
07-10-2009, 10:27 PM
No snacking - 2 pauses - Day 16 done
Portion control - 2 pauses - Day 16 done
1300 calorie limit - 1 pause Day 14 done
Water - 1 litre per day - 1 pause - Day 15 done.
50 Crunches - 0 pauses - Day 14 done.

No Peggy, you probably didn't see anything. It is so long since I wrote anything in it, I probably have to start over. I find the blogs somewhat time consuming and haven't really come to grips with them at all.

Red - sounds like a good idea to just cut the ties and get rid of the poison that they have been spreading within you. Something new is around the corner I can feel it.

Down to the last full week of week although I have brought the computer home to work for some hours today and tomorrow. However while it is fine, i am enjoying sightseeing and walking the Botanical gardens. Some lovely things up there. Pity the camera ran out of battery. Now I need to go get coffee and recharge it, then go back later if it doesn't rain beforehand.

Get on with it Shad - almost out of time and money here

JazzyPeggy
07-11-2009, 07:44 AM
1. Journal my food daily, every bite.-2 pauses allowed- 3 days completed
2. Drink 24 oz water-1 pause allowed- 6 days completed
3. No eating after 10:30 p.m.-3 pauses allowed-0
4. 1 fruit/1 vege minimum daily-3 pauses allowed-Day 2 completed


Yay, I'm starting to get in the swing of things. I may do this same challenge for personal goals I have around my house. lol

Shad
07-12-2009, 12:31 AM
No snacking - 1 pause - Day 16 done
Portion control - 2 pauses - Day 17 done
1300 calorie limit - 1 pause Day 15 done
Water - 1 litre per day - 1 pause - Day 16 done.
50 Crunches - 0 pauses - Day 15 done.

Naughty naughty - who got caught with a hand in the cookie jar last night? One is quite enough.

Shad
07-12-2009, 05:36 PM
No snacking - 1 pause - Day 17 done
Portion control - 2 pauses - Day 18 done
1300 calorie limit - 1 pause Day 16 done
Water - 1 litre per day - 1 pause - Day 17 done.
50 Crunches - 0 pauses - Day 16 done.

Everyone is out having a fun weekend. Good onya

redballoon
07-12-2009, 06:21 PM
Well, took my last pause on the sugar challenge on Saturday, but held strong on Sunday. I was very tempted but knew I had no pauses left and just didn't want to blow it. So, the unmentionables I bought, I simply (oh, right) took home and did NOT eat. Knowing I CAN eat them if I just wait (I like to picture a hand over my head and a voice commanding, "Wait, girl, wait!" like a person to a dog before it dives into the food bowl :lol3: ).
The caffeine was good too. In fact, I think I had even less than usual. The fatigue is there but not as bad as before. I think too I have just become used to it.
Anyhow, I am dreading going in to the office today as I wrote a very pissed-off email to my immediate boss about the proceedings there and he will probably be reading that today. I don't regret writing it. I had to. I could not just sit there and let what they did go unmentioned. I absolutely hate the place but they have me between a rock and a hard place and if I protest too much they can screw me over. It's one of the reasons I took their redundancy plan. I knew I really had no choice. If I stayed, they would be after me soon and I would have had to take what they dished out mostly or tried to fight with a lawyer. I don't think I could have stood the stress. God, I hate it. Twenty-three years at the company and they will cut me off like I had never existed. Makes me feel real good.

Minimal Sugar 17 completed 3 pauses taken

Caffeine Cut (Round 2!) Day 3 completed 0 pauses taken
(completed first round July 10 with no pauses taken!!

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Shad -- Yeah, I had a fun weekend I guess. It was a productive one. Rode both days and worked half a day on Saturday after I rode. Really counting the days here now. The 31st is my last day there. I sure hope something good is around the corner. I'm putting out feelers for something I can create on my own and I have an employment agency looking for me for something that would just pay the bills. My problem all along (if you can call it that) is that what I like to do and what I'm talented in and what pays well do not come together. I have suffered because I refuse to cut one of those elements out completely. I feel I have no choice. I cannot risk my mental and physical health any more than I do. Hope your situation is improving or that you're prepared to improve it as well. How is the work scene?

Jazzy -- Starting out again is tough but you must remember that no matter how many times you fall down, you MUST get up again. Eventually, you'll truly be able to STAY up. Go, girl! :strong:

diyana -- Where are you? Hope things are OK! :sunny:

Shad
07-12-2009, 07:10 PM
Red - I'm outa here on Friday and outa Sydney on Saturday and will have some downtime at home until I pick myself up and find something to do or something finds me. My cv is out there. I have a couple of spots to look at but quite frankly I don't really care at the moment.

So chin up. We will survive.

diyana
07-13-2009, 08:31 AM
Sorry ladies, I have the hardest time checking in on the weekends. The weather this weekend was absolutely PERFECT. Warm and sunny, but not hot or humid! It was fabulous! DH and I went fishing both days. We didn't catch anything, but I just love being out on the boat, sitting back in the sunshine listening to and watching the birds and other critters.

So here's my results for the weekend:

Day 18 (Friday) - Journal AND stay within calorie/point range - DONE. 1 pause taken.
Day 19 (Saturday) - Journal AND stay within calorie/point range - DONE. 1 pause taken.
Day 20 (Sunday) - Journal AND stay within calorie/point range - DONE (barely). 1 pause taken.

Yay! Today will be day 21 for me, but I'm going to go another round with this one - I don't feel like it's a solid habit yet.

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Jazzy - Good for you for doign so great on your challenges! Great idea to use this method for non-weight related goals! YGG!

Shad - Good for you for limiting your cookie intake to just one. Not sure I have that kind of self-restraint yet. I can hear the relief and enthusiasm in your posts as you talk about finishing up in Sydney.

Red - I had no idea you've been with the same company for so long. And they're treating you this badly? Sheesh! Over here, we always here about how Japanese companies are run so much better, are more loyal to their employees, etc. I consider myself lucky to work for a really good company. Good for you for avoiding the sugar. How wonderful that you were able to get out and ride both days!! Good for you for not being willing to sacrifice your health for work. I used to work long, long hours which took it's toll on my health, my weight and my relationships...it's so not worth it.

redballoon
07-13-2009, 04:44 PM
Made it through another day. Even had bought more stuff on the way home but just put it aside and went to bed. That is major for me. I don't know if it's progress or just depression though.... :^:

Minimal Sugar 18 completed 3 pauses taken
Caffeine Cut (Round 2!) Day 4 completed 0 pauses taken
(completed first round July 10 with no pauses taken!!

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diyana -- Look at you. You're almost done on everything and you have only taken 1 pause each. Amazing!! You must be so proud of yourself! :yes:
Yeah, it sucks with the company but the days of Japanese companies being run well are over. And mine never was.
The bad economy has changed everything. Japanese temporary workers are being slashed. That said, non-Japanese were always treated....er....differently. There is a very bad atmosphere now. So much so, that I hope Tokyo doesn't get the Olympics...though I would love to see them.

Shad -- You too. Keep your chin up. Although you don't write much on this thread and I haven't even been lurking on your main one, I get the feeling that you are feeling pretty down. I hope you're not or that if you are things will be looking up for you soon. :hug:

Synesthetes
07-13-2009, 05:10 PM
I hope it's okay if I hop on board. :D

Level 1
5 cups of water
Blog

Today is Day 1
I'm excited for this!! :yes:

JazzyPeggy
07-13-2009, 05:27 PM
1. Journal my food daily, every bite.-2 pauses allowed- 5 days completed
2. Drink 24 oz water-1 pause allowed- 8 days completed
3. No eating after 10:30 p.m.-3 pauses allowed-0
4. 1 fruit/1 vege minimum daily-3 pauses allowed-Day 4 completed


Thanks Red and everyone for your support! Everyone is doing great. This is a constant process and I can see it's working for all of us.

Shad
07-13-2009, 05:36 PM
No snacking - 0 pause - Day 17 done
Portion control - 1 pauses - Day 18 done
1300 calorie limit - 0 pause Day 16 done
Water - 1 litre per day - 1 pause - Day 18 done.
50 Crunches - 0 pauses - Day 17 done.

Okay - so took a couple of pauses yesterday. I snacked and blew the portion control out of the window - which meant the calories went higher.

So pick myself up, start over from yesterday and behave today.

Fingers crossed for me for today. I'll tell you why later. Now I had better go find out whether my lovely Business person read up the next 47 pages of my manual on the train to work and whether he made any changes. At this rate we should be signed off on Thursday. Yehaa.

Synesthetes
07-13-2009, 10:07 PM
Blog - Day 1 completed - 1 pause left
5 cups of water - Day 1 completed - 1 pause left

Saramommy
07-14-2009, 02:01 AM
Hello Everyone!!! :D I'm back and ready to GO!!! I've maintained my weight for the last month, but I want to lose more...LOTS more!!!

My Challenge: (All seperate with 3 pauses)

-Only eat 1200 calories
-NO Fast Food
-Exercise Daily
-NO eating past 7pm
-Drink 5 or more glasses of water

WOW...this is going to be tough! But I need to get re-motivated. Summer months are busy for me, but no more excuses!!! :drill:

How's everyone doing???? :listen:

diyana
07-14-2009, 07:39 AM
Welcome Back Saramommy and Welcome to Synesthetes.

You're doing great, Jazzy!

Shad - my fingers are definitely crossed for you :crossed:

Red - I have a strong feeling that your next job, which you will get quickly, will be so much better and you'll feel appreciated.

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I completed Day 21 of journaling and staying within points. :woohoo: Going to do another round of that...so today is day 1. Here are my goals for this time around:

Journal and Stay within points (3 pauses allowed)
Go to gym or walk at least 25 minutes per day (3 pauses allowed)
50 crunches per day (combination of regular crunches and reverse crunches) (3 pauses allowed)

JazzyPeggy
07-14-2009, 07:52 AM
Thanks Diyana and Red. You too are doing great.

Welcome Synesthetis.

Sarasmommy, you sound so motivated. Welcome.

. Journal my food daily, every bite.-2 pauses allowed-6 days completed
2. Drink 24 oz water-1 pause allowed- 9 days completed
3. No eating after 10:30 p.m.-3 pauses allowed-0
4. 1 fruit/1 vege minimum daily-3 pauses allowed-Day 4 completed-1 pause
didn't eat my fruit

So when I pick up on #4 again, do I continue with Day 5 or Day 4 again?

miriam101
07-14-2009, 04:19 PM
Hi Y'all,

It took me a full 20 minutes to catch up on all the posts I've missed. Didn't feel like I could just jump in without knowing what's been going on in everyone's lives.

Although I haven''t been posting, today was actually day 21 on my fruit challenge. I have aced it with no pauses and now think I've actually made a good habit stick :) Thanks, Red, for the thread! I'm going to try a no sugar modified challenge, with 3 pauses, although it's scary for me to contemplate. I do usually want something with sugar after a meal, so I will allow myself under 100 cals of sugar (! unmentionable is 90 cals). So here's hoping!

Red - sounds like the decision you made to leave your company really really was a good one, seeing how they are behaving now! It must really hurt badly. I hope that you won't have any regrets about the choice you made, because to me it certainly seems like the right one!! Cheer up, honey! You are one strong woman and all you need to do is sweep the dust off your guns and blast that depression to kingdom come!

Shad - you're getting close to wrapping up all your challenges - no time for failure now! Heck, I'm jealous of your cold weather! I hate the $#$^& summer, and we are certainly deep in the throes of it now... do you do you 50 crunches in one sitting? <laying>

Michelle - don't you rock!! Can you send me some energy??? :)

hi Peggy, Synesthetes and Saramommy!

Shad
07-14-2009, 05:18 PM
No snacking - 0 pause - Day 18 done
Portion control - 1 pauses - Day 19 done
1300 calorie limit - 0 pause Day 17 done
Water - 1 litre per day - 1 pause - Day 19 done.
50 Crunches - 0 pauses - Day 18 done.

So a pretty good day yesterday - apart from the fact I seem to have caught a cold. No doubt a bit of something I picked up over the weekend. Anyway, it seems to have broken and I am sneezing, blowing and all the other yukky stuff that comes with a cold. It will get better - only 3 days of work and 1 of travel to go before I get home.

Thanks for the words of encouragement. Haven't got time to acknowledge personals right now. I have to get this proof reading finished and signed off. Another day of harrassing the consultants.

redballoon
07-14-2009, 10:20 PM
No time to write....just came in to tally another day.
:) Welcome, Synesthetes! :welcome:

Minimal Sugar 19 completed 3 pauses taken
Caffeine Cut (Round 2!) Day 5 completed 0 pauses taken
(completed first round July 10 with no pauses taken!!

Synesthetes
07-14-2009, 10:24 PM
Thanks for the welcome, everyone! :D

Blog - Day 2 completed! - 0 pauses taken, 1 left
5 Cups of Water - Day 2 completed - 0 pauses taken, 1 left

Looks like you're all doing very well!
:carrot:

Saramommy
07-15-2009, 12:13 AM
Day 1 was a success!!! :D All challenges completed!!

Diyana- Great job on making it through the 21-Day Challenge!!! :goodluck: on your new round of challenges!!! :cheer:

JazzyPeggy
07-15-2009, 08:29 AM
Diyana, Joy, and Miriam, You girls rock! Sarasmommy, good start. Hi everyone, I'm bad about remembering to list everyone's name, but I did read all the posts. Thank you Red for this challenge.

1. Journal my food daily, every bite.-2 pauses allowed-7 days completed
2. Drink 24 oz water-1 pause allowed- 10 days completed
3. No eating after 10:30 p.m.-3 pauses allowed-0
4. 1 fruit/1 vege minimum daily-3 pauses allowed-Day 5 completed-took 1 pause

diyana
07-15-2009, 08:48 AM
Hi everyone -

Gotta get ready for an early a.m. meeting. So only have time for my results:

Day 1 - Journal and Stay within points - DONE - 3 pauses left
Day 2 - Go to gym or walk at least 25 minutes per day - DONE - 3 pauses left
Day 3 - 50 ab exercises per day - DONE - 3 pauses left

I've got to revise my 50 crunches per day to 50 ab exercises. Yesterday my PT told me that my lower abs aren't strong enough (YET) to do reverse crunches correctly. She showed me the correct way to stabilize (and hold) my pelvis before I do ANY exercises so that I'm working my core/back correctly. So I've got a whole new set of ab exercises in addition to regular crunches and instead of reverse crunches.

miriam101
07-15-2009, 04:10 PM
Day 1 - sugar challenge, 3 pauses left

redballoon
07-15-2009, 04:21 PM
Today is the last day of my sugar challenge. Hurrah! I'll get through this OK, I know it. This is the first time I've been able to get through a sugar challenge that allowed me some, instead of cutting it out completely. It has helped me find the things that I don't really like, but would reach for and then want more and more because I wasn't really satisfied. It's like so much in life, I guess...I can't get no satisfaction. :^:

I almost went over the caffeine challenge yesterday and figured I could because I hadn't taken any pauses. But then I thought, what's the point really? If I were really going to do something with that caffeine kick then fine, but all I was going to do was feel better. Not worth it, I thought and was able to refrain.

These last days at work are harder than I thought. All I want is OUT!!!

Thanks, all, for the support on the work situation. miriam, diiyana, your kind words mean a lot. Jazz, I hope the challenge can work for you! :yes:

Minimal Sugar 20 completed 3 pauses taken
Caffeine Cut (Round 2!) Day 6 completed 0 pauses taken
(completed first round July 10 with no pauses taken!!


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Shad
07-15-2009, 05:27 PM
No snacking - 0 pause - Day 19 done
Portion control - 1 pauses - Day 20 done
1300 calorie limit - 0 pause Day 18 done
Water - 1 litre per day - 0 pause - Day 19 done.
50 Crunches - 0 pauses - Day 19 done.

So it looks like Saturday and most of my challenge is over. It'll be start again time. By the look of the pauses, I will have to do this lot over and maybe add some more into it. However I will think about it.

Some one asked about the crunches - 50 of em. I do them all at once. Really it doesn't take long and once you have got over the initial pain, it is very easy. Next time will be 100. I do either 5 groups of 10 each or some I do 20 of particularly if they are involving both ends or both sides of the body - side planks for example. 10 on each side, 20 all up.

Okay gotta go. 2 days and counting.

diyana
07-15-2009, 07:55 PM
I guess all the watching my points, journaling and exercising is paying off! I lost 2 lbs at weigh in! Bringing my total lost to 15 lbs, and my total since joining WW to 11. :woohoo:

Just got home from a great work out at the gym and had a healthy dinner. So here are today's results: (okay, I realize that I screwed up the days when I entered this this morning. Yesterday was day 1 for all my challenges) so....

Day 2 - Journal and Stay within points - DONE - 3 pauses left
Day 2 - Go to gym or walk at least 25 minutes per day - DONE - 3 pauses left
Day 2 - 50 ab exercises per day - DONE - 3 pauses left

JazzyPeggy
07-16-2009, 12:10 AM
1. Journal my food daily, every bite.-2 pauses allowed-8 days completed
2. Drink 24 oz water-1 pause allowed- 10 days completed-1 pause today
3. No eating after 10:30 p.m.-3 pauses allowed-0
4. 1 fruit/1 vege minimum daily-3 pauses allowed-Day 5 completed-took 2 pause


I didn't do very good today. I was starting to get in the habit of my fruit and vege every day, so I'm just going to take another pause instead of starting over. The water, too.

Wednesdays are always hard for me sometimes, I go to church and it just throws my whole routine off. I have to get extra rest, and I don't usually drink too much water because I'm away from home. And then I had company all day today,too. I know tomorrow will be better. I'm not giving up, this challenge will work for me. I love it!

Red, & Shad you are doing great! Diyana & Mirian, Great start! Did we lose Sarasmommy?

Synesthetes
07-16-2009, 01:57 AM
I had a greeat day! Hope everyone else did too. :D

Blog - Day 3 completed! - 0 pauses taken, 1 left
5 Cups of Water - Day 3 completed! - 0 pauses taken, 1 left

JazzyPeggy
07-16-2009, 02:08 AM
Good job Syn!!!

Saramommy
07-16-2009, 03:41 PM
Day 2 - COMPLETED!!! :D

Day 3 is going good so far... I have even lost a pound in the last 2 days...so YAY!!! :D

Looks like everyone is doing good!! :carrot::carrot:

Red-Great job on not taking a pause day with your caffeine challenge. Typically, when I start thinking and tempting myself to take a pause day I give in. Good for you to fight the temptation!!! :bravo:

Shad
07-16-2009, 05:14 PM
No snacking - 0 pause - Day 20 done
Portion control - 1 pauses - Day 21 done
1300 calorie limit - 0 pause Day 19 done
Water - 1 litre per day - 0 pause - Day 20 done.
50 Crunches - 0 pauses - Day 20 done.

No time to chat. Last day at work on this job and tomorrow it's back to Brisbane for some time off to rest, regroup, rethink. See you later.

redballoon
07-16-2009, 07:34 PM
Well, this round of the sugar challenge is complete. Although it hasn't showed up with any weight loss, I do feel good about myself for having done this. It means I have not binged on sugar for 21 of the past 24 days and I don't think I binged on the 3 pause days either.
Pms this week is a drag and my skin is bad and itching and peeling like crazy. I am so sick of this. I don't know if the cut in caffeine is helping, but in the short run (and it's now 4 weeks...still "short run") it only makes me feel worse because I have both skin problems AND extreme fatigue. Why do we have to do this to ourselves in order to survive? Life is tough. Making a living is tough. :( But, heck, gotta push on.

Minimal Sugar 21 completed 3 pauses taken
Sugar challenge DONE!!!! :cp: :encore: :cp:

Caffeine Cut (Round 2!) Day 7 completed 0 pauses taken
(completed first round July 10 with no pauses taken!!

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Shad -- You're done on portion control and you've got three more finishing up tomorrow for sure! Wow!! Congratulations!! :bravo: :bravo: :bravo:

Sara -- Well, on caffeine I guess I've finally come to the point where I know where, when and how the bad habits start. It's giving in to temptation that isn't worth it. I think there are times when it's better to give in but the other day wasn't one of them. Good luck on Day 3! :flow1:

Syn -- Looking good! :sunny: :yes:

Jazzy -- You're doing well on two of your challenges but veg/fruit is tough, isn't it? What about you try to incorporate that into your breakfast, one of the times fruit fits so nicely. I did an apple a day challenge and once I got into the habit it wasn't hard at all. Now I haven't even been thinking of apples...well, it's not the season for them...and I have been eating other fruit, but it's not a habit quite yet. Jazz, I would suggest your start thinking what you CAN do on the hard days etc. And yes, just thinking about these days is progress! You hang in there! :strong:

diyana -- Yowzah on the weight loss! Hurrah!!! :cp: :dance: And bravo on a successful liftoff. You're right up there with the Endeavour!

miriam -- You too, successful liftoff!! :bravo: I am off and on about the job. I know I had to go but I hate that I have to really. It looks like the talk of the company going under and all that was probably lies to get some of us to go. How they are behaving doesn't really hurt because I'm so used to it...that said, yeah, of course it hurts. But it's expected. And that's part of the reason I have to get out. Otherwise, it's like staying in an abusive relationship. Well, it IS one, after all. I keep wondering though why I have to be one that just can't close my eyes to what goes on. Others seem to. They don't seem to care or their priorities are different. These are the times I hate myself because I only seem to hurt myself for my convictions. What's the point then? I can understand why people become yes men and spineless, why they stop fighting and just take the easy route. I have always stomped and ranted and stubbornly stuck to my guns, but where does it get me. I don't know. There are times (months, years) where nothing seems worth it. Ok, I'm in a funk. Just ignore me.

JazzyPeggy
07-16-2009, 11:53 PM
Everyone is doing great! Thank you so much for the support everyone, and your words of encouragment today, Red! I'm changing up some of mine today. I still love this challenge. It is on my mind everyday now. And that's a good thing, I will form better habits.

1. Journal my food daily, every bite.-2 pauses allowed-9 days completed
2. Drink 24 oz water-1 pause allowed- 11 days completed-1 pause taken
3. No eating after 11 p.m.-3 pauses allowed-Day 1 today
4. 1 fruit minimum daily-3 pauses allowed-Day 0
5. 1 vege minimum daily -3 pauses allowed-Day 0


I had 54 oz water today and stopped eating @ 10:45 p.m.

diyana
07-17-2009, 07:49 AM
I've got a busy day ahead, so I gotta keep this short - like me - :lol:

Red - Congrats on completing the sugar challenge! :woohoo:

Shad - Congrats on surviving your assignment...now time to relax, work in the garden and regroup - in other words...take time for yourself, girlfriend!

Jazzy, Saramommy and Synethetis - Congrats on doing so well!

Here are my results for yesterday:

Day 3 - Journal and Stay within points - DONE (barely) - 3 pauses left
Day 3 - 50 ab exercises per day - NOT DONE - 2 pauses left
Day 3 - Go to gym or walk at least 25 minutes per day - DONE - 3 pauses left

Actually, for the walking....DH and I went for a long hike on a beautiful mountain trail. It was about an hour to the bottom and then an hour back to the top. It was the first time I actually HIKED (up and down steep hills on a narrow trail) since I hurt my back 4 years ago. I've gone for walks through the woods on service roads, but not true hiking! I guess the last cortisone shot has really helped!!! :woohoo: I was loving EVERY SINGLE MINUTE OF IT! :)

redballoon
07-17-2009, 04:05 PM
It was tough getting through the caffeine cut yesterday, but not because I was dragging. I just wanted that feeling of relaxing with a cup of latte. Odd, isn't it? "Relax" with caffeine?! WTF? Relax and then expect the jolt.
Didn't start sugar yet and I did overdo that. I really enjoyed being "allowed" the extra, I admit. Lift the limits and watch out! :^: Still, it was nothing like earlier binges. Knowing I don't have to "get my fill" before starting another challenge means I eat less.

Minimal Sugar 21 completed 3 pauses taken
Sugar challenge DONE!!!!

Caffeine Cut (Round 2!) Day 8 completed 0 pauses taken
(completed first round July 10 with no pauses taken!!

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Jazzy -- Good luck on your new tweaks. I see you've given yourself another 30 minutes in the evening and split your fruit and veggies. That makes it harder though, right? I personally would be afraid that with a time limit on my eating I would eat a lot more before the deadline. Do you tend to do that? If so, maybe you could allow yourself something small after the deadline instead of nothing. Just a thought. :sunny:

diyana -- Thanks for the congrats! I'm so glad to hear you're out there able to go hiking! That must be lovely. Good for you for another successful day! :coach: Get those crunches in!!

Aclai4067
07-17-2009, 04:27 PM
I'm on weight watcher so tracking what I eat is an important part. I was doing really well for a while, but i've fallen off the tracking wagon. So my goal is to track everything I eat. Starting today (level 2)

Saramommy
07-17-2009, 05:15 PM
Day 3 -DONE! :D

CONGRATS RED on completing your challenge!!! :bravo:

Shad
07-17-2009, 08:16 PM
No snacking - 0 pause - Day 21 done
Portion control - 1 pauses - Day 21 done
1300 calorie limit - 0 pause Day 20 done
Water - 1 litre per day - 0 pause - Day 21 done.
50 Crunches - 0 pauses - Day 21 done.

Well thats it for this challenge. One more day of 1300 cal although it is really not hard. Chucking out the snacking does it everytime. Have I lost any weight. Not really, maybe a smidgeon. Clothes still fit the same and belly still sags. I'll start another challenge on Monday. Just want a rest for the next couple of days.

Red - well done on the sugar stuff. It's not been a problem for me but I do know many people who struggle with it.

miriam101
07-18-2009, 03:20 PM
Hi Yall,

Day 3 - sugar challenge, 1 pause taken.

Well.... I really bombed today for sugar - first pause so early incthe game is annoying, but I don't want to start over becaus I really earned the other 3 days!!
I think it's hard for me to cut back on the weekends <read: Saturday> so if i can hold out well during the week, and take the saturdays as my puase days, then I should be able to eke out 21.

WTG Red for completing your sugar challenge! For the no caffeine - does decaf coffee count?
You know, about your work and equating to an abusive relationship - it really has been one for you. It's not easy finding the strength to leave one, but you'll feel heaps better when it's all over.

Yeah Shad for finishing your challenges! Bit of a bummer to still have all the weight though, eh? Looking frward to seeing your new ones.
Jazzy, Diyana, Saramommy - you all are al doing so well!
Welcome Aclai! Good luck on your challenge!

Saramommy
07-18-2009, 08:30 PM
Day 4 - DONE!!! :D Staying strong!! ...my husband brought home Taco Bell for dinner last night, and I passed the test. That was like the ultimate test for me!! Thanks heavens for will power!! :D

Good luck to everyone this weekend!! :cheer: For me (and miriam), the weekends are always the hardest...I always want to eat more, and exercise less.

redballoon
07-18-2009, 11:27 PM
Well, I made it through another day of reduced caffeine. I can definitely say I don't feel the lows as much as I did in the early stages.
That's a huge plus. I still allow myself a mug of strong tea in the afternoon and one heaping scoop of coffee (for a pot) upon arising. That's a big drop from what it used to be, the usual morning dose followed by as many as two large lattes or a big mug of strong coffee in the afternoon.
Well, actually, it doesn't really sound like I'm taking in that much less caffeine but I can certainly feel the difference so I must be.

I am going to have to get some other challenges going.
First of all, I have to stop putting poison into my body and that can start with the smoking...yes, I've been smoking again. So, new NO smoking challenge. NO pauses.

AND, I've been eating like I didn't have a care in the world about my burgeoning weight. I should be busy getting the fat off and all I do is watch the scale go up. What goes??! :shrug: So, although I've come to hate looking at what I'm stuffing in my mouth, I HAVE to look and be more aware or pay severe consequences (I already am paying them.) So, again, the tedious food journal. Ugh.

And, a new round of sugar.

Minimal sugar Day 0 completed up to 3 pauses allowed

No smoking Day 0 completed no pauses allowed

Food journal Day 0 completed no pauses allowed

Caffeine Cut (Round 2!) Day 9 completed 0 pauses taken

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Aclai -- Welcome! :welcome: Looks like you and I have the same challenge (one of mine). Good luck! :goodluck;

Sara -- Good for you on the Taco Save!!! :cp: Just what is your challenge again? The mega one? So, are you clearing all of the elements still? I guess so, eh?

Shad -- Another round of applause and a cheerleader for you! :cp: :cp: :cheer3: :cp: :cp:
Thanks for the sugar congrats. :hug:

miriam -- Too bad about the sugar but at least you're staying in the game. Good for you! Thanks on my sugar success. I allow decaf even though it does have some caffeine but I don't drink it. I mean I would drink it if I wanted but I've never really drank coffee for the taste, just the jolt. I am such a druggie. In the morning, I have reduced two scoops of regular coffee to one scoop regular and one scoop decaf. That means it won't taste bad but I still have the caffeine hit.
I sure hope leaving work won't turn me into a derelict. I am rather scared of myself and my lazy side. I am feeling very bad about having to leave the paper, not the company, but the work. It's been a part of my life for so long.
I will try to go to the next level though and keep writing. I am thinking up a manga book now. I have never liked manga though I live in the world's capital but recently I am turning to them. There are a lot of serious books being written that use manga to teach and I like them. It makes things very accessible and at the same time fun to read. Let's see what I can come up with. :dance:

Saramommy
07-19-2009, 12:03 PM
Day 5 was another success! Down another pound!! :D


My challenges are as follows (each are separate):
-Only eat 1200 calories
-NO fast food
-NO eating past 7pm
-Exercise Daily
-Drink 5 glasses of water or more

Shad
07-19-2009, 06:09 PM
So it's time to knuckle down again. My challenges for the next 21 days are the same as before but with more crunches and water and they start tomorrow morning.

No snacking - 3 pauses -
Portion control - 3 pauses -
1300 calorie limit - 3 pauses
Water - 1.5 litres per day - 3 pauses -
100 Crunches - 3 pauses - .

See you then

redballoon
07-19-2009, 07:27 PM
Um, sugar did not get off the ground. But I did all the others. I'm adding alcohol as well. I just want to get out of the habit of going out for drinks. What's the sense of getting drunk when it doesn't lead anywhere. It's a total drug thing and I'm tired of it. Finally :^:

No alcohol Day 0 completed
Minimal sugar Day 0 completed up to 3 pauses allowed
No smoking Day 1 completed no pauses allowed
Food journal Day 1 completed no pauses allowed
Caffeine Cut (Round 2!) Day 10 completed 0 pauses taken

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Shad -- Good luck on the next round! :goodluck:

Sara -- That's amazing that you are doing all those challenges! Great stuff! :bravo:

miriam101
07-20-2009, 02:13 AM
Day 4 - sugar challenge, 1 pause taken

I'm so happy to have another day under my belt! I don't know what's up with the weight though (just that: it's up...). I have been eating so well!!!! :(

I really need to consider addressing my thyroid, although I am rather hesitant to do as. I don't relish the though of having to take medication for the rest of my life. B12 and D is one thing, thyroxine-quite another...

Red - what do you do for protein, fellow vegetarian? What is manga? Look at all those challenges, when you do it, yopu really go all the way! I bet your body will feel so much better after the initial release of poisons.

Shad - Geez, you also have quite a list!! And my abdomen hurts just reading 100 crunches, hehe. Good luck on ya!!

Saramommy - at the rate you're going, you;ll hit goal in no time! Keep it up!

Saramommy
07-20-2009, 03:34 AM
Day 6 - a few pauses taken. My husband and I went out to dinner and a movie. My calories were well above 1200. But hey, you have to be able to indulge once in awhile, right?!;)

My challenges are as follows (each are separate):
-Only eat 1200 calories --Pause used today...still on Day 5
-NO fast food --Pause used today...Red Lobster counts...still on Day 5
-NO eating past 7pm--Day 6
-Exercise Daily--Day 6
-Drink 5 glasses of water or more--Day 6

Good luck to everyone this week!! Stay Strong!! :cheer:

diyana
07-20-2009, 07:59 AM
I'm so busy this morning, so just a quick check in with results for the weekend.

Friday, Day 4 - Journal and Stay within points - DONE (barely) - 3 pauses left
Friday, Day 4 - 50 ab exercises per day - DONE - 2 pauses left
Friday, Day 4 - Go to gym or walk at least 25 minutes per day - DONE - 3 pauses left

Saturday, Day 5 - Journal and Stay within points - DONE (barely) - 3 pauses left
Saturday, Day 5 - 50 ab exercises per day - DONE - 2 pauses left
Saturday, Day 5 - Go to gym or walk at least 25 minutes per day - DONE - 3 pauses left

Sunday, Day 6 - Journal and Stay within points - DONE (barely) - 3 pauses left
Sunday, Day 6 - 50 ab exercises per day - DONE - 2 pauses left
Sunday, Day 6 - Go to gym or walk at least 25 minutes per day - DONE - 3 pauses left

miriam101
07-20-2009, 04:52 PM
Day 5 sugar challenge finished....1 pause taken

Sara & Michelle - WTG!!!!!!!! You are doing great!

diyana
07-20-2009, 06:21 PM
Okay....it's time to 'fess up. I just made a horrible dinner choice, but it tasted so good. I found a new frozen pizza with a super thin crust (so not as many calories), and it tastes phenomenol! Well, I was really hungry and ate the whole thing....3 servings (and 24 points worth). Luckily, I had my weekly extra points allowance, but I'm gonna have to stick to my points big time for the next 3 days. I can't believe I ate that much....and ironically, I was watching Valerie Bertinelli, Marie Osmond and Star Jones share their weight loss struggles and successes on Oprah. Worse yet...I'm having a bad asthma day...worst one in over a year. Not bad enough to go to the ER, but bad enough that I had to leave work early and come home and rest....so I'm taking a pause on my two exercise challenges and hoping I feel MUCH better tomorrow. My inhalers are helping a little, but not enough.

Anyway here are today's results:

Day 7 - Journal and Stay within points - DONE (thank goodness for weekly extra points allowance) - 3 pauses left
Day 6 - 50 ab exercises per day - PAUSE TAKEN - bad asthma day - 1 pauses left
Day 6 - Go to gym or walk at least 25 minutes per day -PAUSE TAKEN - bad asthma day - 2 pauses left

redballoon
07-20-2009, 06:45 PM
Well, I got through a day on all five challenges! :dance: I almost postponed liftoff on sugar yet again and though, what for?
Logging the food is hard for the usual reason, I just have come to hate the idea of writing things down. It is tedious. But, when I do it, I know it keeps me in check because I have to say, oh, look at all I've eaten already.
I could feel the pulls to smoke again. So stupid of me. I don't know what changed in me to go from not even thinking about smoking for 15 years to having to go through this on again off again stuff. :mad:

No alcohol Day 1 completed
Minimal sugar Day 1 completed up to 3 pauses allowed
No smoking Day 2 completed no pauses allowed
Food journal Day 2 completed no pauses allowed
Caffeine Cut (Round 2!) Day 11 completed 0 pauses taken

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diyana -- Well, your "horrible dinner choice" doesn't sound all that bad, but then, I don't know about points. Please remember our "food porn" rule. You can fall off the wagon but don't go into detail. We may jump after you! :lol: Sorry about the asthma. I used to get it bad. Now it's rare, unless it's exercise-induced on a cold morning when I'm riding. Hope you get better soon.

Sara -- Like Shad's low calories, I don't see how you can eat so little?!? I hope you're not setting yourself up for a gorging attack. Be careful.

miriam -- Weight is always all over the place. Just be honest with what you're eating AND give things time. Then readjust if there's no progress. Simple, right? WRONG. Heh, I'm in the same boat. Let's not sink it together. :^:

What do I do for protein? Well, I'm not vegan, so there's lots of things, cheese, nonfat milk and eggs. I don't like dairy much and really don't want to eat it for ethical reasons, but, unfortunately, cheese I love. But, my mainstays are beans and lentils. I LOVE curry and a dal curry is great. Also, I am always using an assortment of beans in anything, throwing in azuki beans and such when I'm cooking brown rice and even in my oatmeal. Beans are SUPER FOODS....I hope this doesn't constitute food porn. I worry about people on low carb diets.

Manga are cartoons, comic books. It's just the Japanese word for them. I think it may even be in the English language now, like anime.

Good going on the sugar!! :cp:


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Saramommy
07-21-2009, 12:29 AM
My challenges are as follows (each are separate):
-Only eat 1200 calories --Day6 (2 pauses left)
-NO fast food --Day 6 (2 pauses left)
-NO eating past 7pm--Day 7 (3 pauses left)
-Exercise Daily--Day 7 (3 pauses left)
-Drink 5 glasses of water or more--Day 7 (3 pauses left)

Diyana-I hope your asthma gets better. That sounds scary!

Red-Great job on lifting off with the sugar challenge. It's so easy to just postpone another day. And, I know what you mean about 1200 calories being, maybe, to little. I will boost up my calories after this challenge. I just need to anchor down by eating healthy and not as much! So, I figure the 21 days of only eating 1200 calories will help me overcome my over-eating...along with not eating past 7pm, and no fast food. Those 3 combinations sure make a difference!

JazzyPeggy
07-21-2009, 07:20 AM
Hi, everyone. I have been busy, so haven't gotten back here to post. Starting over on everything except the water, since I really don't know if I did it or notl But I know I have continued my water daily.

1. Journal my food daily, every bite.-2 pauses allowed-
2. Drink 24 oz water-1 pause allowed- 15 days completed-1 pause taken
3. No eating after 10:30 p.m. unless it's fruit-3 pauses allowed-
4. 1 fruit minimum daily-3 pauses allowed-Day 0
5. 1 vege minimum daily -3 pauses allowed-Day 0


I changed up #3 with Red's suggestion. Thank you! You ladies are doing great!

diyana
07-21-2009, 07:27 AM
Red - great job on having a successful day with all 5 challenges! :cp: :cp: :woohoo: YGG! Thanks for the support and the words of caution about food porn. Essentially, because of my height, weight, age, etc., I get 27 points per day (so eating 24 at one meal is insane). But thankfully, WW allows 35 extra points per week, so if you do have a special occasion or a day that is just "off",there's no reason to give up. I still have a few of the weekly extra points left, but I'm going to try and not use them.

Saramommy - You're doing great on your challenges too!! You rock! :cp: :cp:

As for me, I will stay within my points and since I'm breathing much better, I plan to get my exercise in!! Yay! :)

Shad
07-21-2009, 07:21 PM
Didn't do so well yesterday or the day before with crunches and water. So they are just waiting for me to feel better and I will start them again.
The rest is okay.
No snacking - 3 pauses - Day 1 & 2 complete
Portion control - 3 pauses - Day 1 & 2 complete
1300 calorie limit - 3 pauses - Day 1 & 2 complete
Water - 1.5 litres per day - 3 pauses -
100 Crunches - 3 pauses - .

redballoon
07-21-2009, 08:50 PM
Well, I had to take a pause on sugar yesterday. I could start over but think I'll tough it out. It's not really such a hard challenge in a sense. It was a day different from most as I went up north with a friend to look at a farm. Sitting in the car most of the day and coming across new food temptations had me craving sugar. I didn't go overboard though and I did stick to the other challenges. I almost had too much caffeine but was falling asleep in the car and thought it was rude so I had a bit of coffee in the afternoon. My usual tea, however, was a measly weak thing, so overall I think the intake was the usual and am going to call it clear.

We're in the midst of the solar eclipse here, but can only see it on TV from the southern islands of Okinawa, where it will be total. It's still raining in Tokyo and here it's only 75 percent. I wonder how many American are down in Okinawa for the eclipse. I hope they can get a look at it.

I also stopped at a beekeeper and got some fresh, raw honey, which is nearly impossible to find here. Then again, I notice from the label that they make no mention of the fact that it is raw. I would think they would but...oh, yes, on the back it says "natural honey." I've never seen that in the stores. Raw honey is the only kind with the minerals and good things intact. Everytime someone goes to the States I ask them to get me a jar. They had types from all sorts of pollens and I tasted a bunch. I got one of the two they actually made there, which is from cherry blossoms. Yum.

I really don't want to go into the office, but have to...

No alcohol Day 2 completed
Minimal sugar Day 1 completed 1 pause taken
No smoking Day 3 completed no pauses allowed
Food journal Day 3 completed no pauses allowed
Caffeine Cut (Round 2!) Day 12 completed 0 pauses taken

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diyana -- Thanks for the explanation. Wow, you sure did go overboard, eh? But if you have the extra points you CAN still come out ahead. Good for you for figuring it out and realizing there is a plan for success. Thanks for the congrats too. :) How's your asthma doing? I hope you can breathe easy.

Sara -- Sounds like a good plan! Best of luck!!

Jazzy -- Too bad about the restart but great attitude!! :cp:

Shad -- What's up? Are you feeling ill? I hope whatever ails you clears up real soon. How's the work front?


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Shad
07-21-2009, 11:24 PM
Nope - not well. Can't seem to shake this cold fully. Sinus' are infected and bleeding. If there is no improvement tomorrow, then I guess it's time to get something tougher than over the counter stuff. Living on panadol today.

Always nice to get good honey. Manuka honey from NZ is the best stuff I know of specially the stuff with Active X. It sure isn't cheap though. My Dad used to love the real honey comb stuff with the waxy bits still in it. Can't get it often these days tho'

As for work, well nothing coming up just yet, but that's okay. I don't want to go anyway. Doesn't matter too much yet, I can afford to stay off work for some time, if I live off savings and investments probably a couple of years, provided I live simply.

diyana
07-22-2009, 07:32 AM
yes, Red. I really did go overboard. But now I'm back on track. So did it get pretty dark where you are...even though you only had a 75% eclipse? DH and I went on vacation in Hawaii in 1990 or 1991 to coincide with a complete solar eclipse that was visible from either there or Mexico. It was such a cool site. Thanks for asking about my breathing...I'm doing lots better!

Shad - I hope you get over your cold/infection very soon. All this talk of honey is making my mouth water. Wisconsin has some wonderful honey and I'm looking forward to sampiing a few and purchasing some at State Fair next month. Enjoy your time off...you've had some very stressful and rough assignments and deserve a break.

I got to the gym yesterday and did 45 minutes of intense cardio. I did some interval training and really pushed myself. But at the end I was too pooped to crunch. :(

Journal and Stay within points - 3 pauses left - Day 8 completed.
Gym or walk at least 25 minutes - 2 pauses left - Day 7 completed.
50 ab exercises - 1 pause left - Still on Day 6. :(

A big :wave: to Jazzy, Saramommy, and everyone!

Saramommy
07-22-2009, 01:35 PM
My challenges are as follows (each are separate):
-Only eat 1200 calories --Day8 (2 pauses left)
-NO fast food --Day 8 (2 pauses left)
-NO eating past 7pm--Day 9 (3 pauses left)
-Exercise Daily--Day 9 (3 pauses left)
-Drink 5 glasses of water or more--Day 9 (3 pauses left)

(these numbers include today...I'm counting on not messing up, haha!)

diyana
07-22-2009, 01:54 PM
Well, weigh in today wasn't great. I'm down 0.2 lb , but given my pizza overload the other night, I'm happy for any loss!

redballoon
07-22-2009, 04:19 PM
I was clear on all challenges yesterday, though my food choices were not very good. This means I'm adding another challenge and that is to be no fast food or deep-fried foods. I never ate fast food before and now it's becoming a habit. Gads! :eek:
I almost blew off sugar but didn't and I'm happy for that. Someone said I was looking well yesterday and it made me feel a lot more like sticking to it. I haven't been exercising other than walking and the occasional ride and I feel bad about that. Plan is to get into a good fitness habit once I've quit the job and have some time to myself. :cloud9:

No fast food or deep-fried foods Day 0 completed
No alcohol Day 3 completed
Minimal sugar Day 2 completed 1 pause taken
No smoking Day 4 completed no pauses allowed
Food journal Day 4 completed no pauses allowed
Caffeine Cut (Round 2!) Day 13 completed 0 pauses taken

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diyana -- I'm glad to hear you recorded a loss this week, even if it was a small one. Everything adds up and you're probably still holding water from the pizza. Just keep at it. Don't, as I tend to do, look at the weight loss to gauge your success. Stick to your program long enough and you'll see the progress for sure! It's so easy to undo all the good we've done with a day or two of indulgence, but that's over the long run, a week or so. I'm always surprised when people think things are going to show up so soon....um, yes, I do it too when I've been good one day and expect a loss. :lol: Laughing, but not funny. :^:

I couldn't see anything of the eclipse here in Tokyo. It was rainy and cloudy once the rain stopped. I saw it on TV though but was on the train when it was at its fullest. It's a shame but I hadn't bought any eye protection so it's probably for the better. I would have been looking at it with the naked eye for sure.

Good going on the cardio! That's a lot of work! :cp: Oh, sorry about the honey talk. I hope it doesn't cause you to lose control. I should watch my own rules, eh? :nono:

Sara -- Good for you. You're really moving ahead on those challenges. :bravo:

Shad -- I was going to say "summer colds" are a pain, but it's winter by you, isn't it? Hope you feel better soon! :yes: Gosh, I sure wish I could live for a couple years without working... guess I never learned to save.

Shad
07-22-2009, 09:38 PM
Guess I will take a pass for a couple of days on everything. I'll be back sometime over the weekend maybe

diyana
07-23-2009, 07:50 AM
Red - No worries about the honey talk. I won't indulge...just a small taste at the beekeepers booth at the fair. Great job on your challenges! Avoiding fast foods completely would be very difficult for me. I don't eat fast food often...but sometimes it's the only option when we're out and about on weekends and want something fast and cheap. I do try and make the best possible selections. We've got our County Fair this weekend....and State Fair coming up in a couple weeks.....and fair food is typically very fattening. There's a running joke that if you don't eat the nearly soccer ball sized Cream Puffs or dinner plate sized brownies, you can get any other kind of food deep fried on a stick! Deep fried Snickers bars, twinkies, you name it. Luckily, most of it sounds really gross to me. I like the cream puffs very much, but prefer the roasted corn on the cob. Add a baked potato and some kind of protein (hamburger or steak sandwich) and I'll be set. :) (sorry if this is food porn)

Shad - I sure hope you feel better very soon. You've been doing so well. You just need a bit of R&R after finishing the assignment from h*ll.

I went to the gym last night and did 1/2 hour of cardio and, yes, drum roll please, 50 ab exercises! :woohoo:

Tonight, at the gym it'll be 1/2 hour of cardio followed by 1/2 hour strength training (including the 50 ab exercises).

Journal and Stay within points - 3 pauses left - Day 9 completed.
Gym or walk at least 25 minutes - 2 pauses left - Day 8 completed.
50 ab exercises - 1 pause left - Day 7 completed.

diyana
07-23-2009, 02:15 PM
Okay ladies....gotta share this....at my WW meeting today, which I consider to be my OFFICIAL weekly weigh in...I was down 2 lbs (223.6)! :woohoo:

Saramommy
07-23-2009, 06:32 PM
Congrats Diyana!!!!:yay::yay: That must feel so good!!!

My challenges are as follows (each are separate):
-Only eat 1200 calories --Day 8 (1 pauses left)
-NO fast food --Day 8 (1 pauses left)
-NO eating past 7pm--Day 10 (3 pauses left)
-Exercise Daily--Day 9 (2 pauses left)
-Drink 5 glasses of water or more--Day 10 (3 pauses left)

Friends are coming over tonight with pizza...DANG IT!!! at least I have another pause day ;) haha!

diyana
07-24-2009, 07:22 AM
Saramommy - You're doing great with your no eating past 7 and drinking water challenges. I hope the pizza was yummy so that it was worth a pause.

I've got the County Fair coming up this weekend....Gonna have to figure out what the best food options are so I don't use a week's worth of points in one day. At least I'll be doing a lot of walking.

Journal and Stay within points - 3 pauses left - Day 10 completed.
Gym or walk at least 25 minutes - 2 pauses left - Day 9 completed.
50 ab exercises - 1 pause left - Day 8 completed.


Here's to a great day for all of us!!

redballoon
07-24-2009, 04:26 PM
I have had a past couple bad days. I am so in need of a rest. These last days at the office are horrible and I am feeling ultra bad because my weight is way up and rising and because...well, because of everything. Please, please, give me the strength to get through this. I couldn't believe it but the worse I feel, the more bad things I do. Drinking, smoking, eating junk food. :cry: And I am worried about finding work. Yesterday, I went to the employment agency but they had nothing good. I couldn't believe the low wages. It's all just too much. More shocks of disbelief at work yesterday when we find out that the company is hiring temps at a rate that is more than double what most people make and perhaps the highest paid of all. The blows just keep coming while at the same time personally I am stuck in a vicious cycle and do NOT have the time to get to the gym, which always helps me break the cycle. Soon, though, soon. :^: Please, somebody, send me some words of strength, hope and faith that I can get out of all this.

No fast food or deep-fried foods Day 1 completed 1 pause taken
No alcohol Day 4 completed 1 pause taken
Minimal sugar Day 4 completed 1 pause taken
No smoking Day 5 completed 1 pause taken
Journal Day 6 completed no pauses allowed
Caffeine Cut (Round 2!) Day 15 completed 0 pauses taken

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Shad -- Hope the time off helps. I really, really need a break too. :stress:

Sara -- How'd the friends over evening go? You could always freeze the pizza. no?

diyana -- Hope you can stick to your points at the county fair. You have to be vigilant this week because of your pizza indulgence, right? That's great going on the weight loss! Congratulations! :cp: :encore: :cp: Must feel good!

naughtylittlemonkey
07-24-2009, 05:47 PM
Red, Diyana, Shad, Sara, rock on for your perseverance despite the curveballs that life throws.

Red, especially - sounds like you're passing through the ring of fire - but if you can do this and come out on the other side, you'll be so much the better for it. Just imagine how much stronger you'll be after having conquered this week, with all its stresses and triggers. There's a great Arab proverb: write the good things that happen to you in stone and the bad things that happen to you in the sand. Empower yourself to live up to the good moments so you can remember and cherish them!

I'm keeping it simple. 21 days of not eating after 9pm. That's it.

redballoon
07-25-2009, 02:05 AM
naughtylittlemonkey -- Thanks for your words of encouragement and welcome! :welcome: Your support was/is much appreciated!! I feel better just hearing it! :dance:

redballoon
07-25-2009, 07:19 AM
Ok, made it through on all fronts. Good night...zzzzzz. :yawn:

No fast food or deep-fried foods Day 2 completed 1 pause taken
No alcohol Day 5 completed 1 pause taken
Minimal sugar Day 5 completed 1 pause taken
No smoking Day 6 completed 1 pause taken
Journal Day 7 completed no pauses allowed
Caffeine Cut (Round 2!) Day 16 completed 0 pauses taken

naughtylittlemonkey
07-25-2009, 03:25 PM
hey Red! great work. you've got a lot of challenges going on at the same time. that is impressive.

By the way, I feel a little silly jumping in like this when it's almost the end of the month. do you ladies start new threads at a certain time....? or just keep going?

Day 1: Finished eating @ 8pm. In the words of Ali G: Booyakasha!

redballoon
07-25-2009, 03:37 PM
naughty -- Thanks! I don't feel impressive. I just feel exhausted...but that's not because of the challenges. Sigh.
No reason to feel silly. The end of the month or anything else for that matter is irrelevant when it comes to these challenges. They are ongoing, never-ending. I just start a new thread usually when I finish one of my own challenges or when things get too long, basically just when I feel like it.
So dig in! (oops, no pun intended!)
Good for you for a successful liftoff! :bravo:

miriam101
07-25-2009, 05:03 PM
Day 9 completed- 2 pauses taken

I feel guilty about these pauses, guilty about how much I looked forward to it. Grr..

I bet I've gained 4 pounds this week, I feel like a hippo. I look like a hippo. I couldn't figure out what to wear this week because everything made me look so fat. Then I rethought that one - nothing makes me LOOK fat. I AM fat. Duh. and to think that I was about 15 pounds lighter last year this time. Sheesh. I';m in a bit of a funk-could you tell?

Book review: I liked Jeffrey Archer's book "Prisoner of Birth" very much. <Just thought I'd mention that>

Red - I still am poor on the protein. I don't like dairy,and legumes mess my stomach up. I love curry and dal, but my insides don't. And I don't love eating nuts all the time, although this week I made a fantastic shake - frozen bananas, strawberries, milk and almonds (read: protein). That hit the spot. The blender also leak as I turned on the thing and shpritzed milk all over te kitchen, and myself of course, and that was after settling on something semi-decent to wear... Hahahaha

funny your comment on sinking the boat... My mother once went with a friend to visit another friend who had given birth. Both these friends being very large ladies... They were both sitting together on the hospital bed when the wheel came flying off! Each one was trying to convince the other that she was at fault. But is was a rather humorous situation :) And if we sink the boat - at least I know how to swim...... ;)

diyana - your weight is coming off steadily! WTG! Send some good weight-loss wishes my way...



Welcome naughtlylittlemonkey and good luck on your challenge!

shad - hope you're feeling better. I used to get manuka honey too from my grandmother. It has great healing properties, and worked wonders with sore throats.

Saramommy
07-25-2009, 05:13 PM
My challenges are as follows (each are separate):
-Only eat 1200 calories --Day 10 (1 pauses left)
-NO fast food --Day 10 (1 pauses left)
-NO eating past 7pm--Day 12 (3 pauses left)
-Exercise Daily--Day 11 (2 pauses left)
-Drink 5 glasses of water or more--Day 12 (3 pauses left)

No time to write...catch y'all later! Good luck this weekend!!!

miriam101
07-26-2009, 02:22 AM
Wow Saramommy - you're more than halfway there...

Shad
07-26-2009, 03:15 AM
I'm starting back tomorrow morning.

No snacking - 3 pauses
1300Cal per day - 3 pauses
1 litre water per day - 3 pauses
100 abs and crunches per day - 3 pauses.

Back to my normal self now. It's been a hard road and painful for a week but I hope I have now built up enough immunity not to get another cold for another 5 or so years.

JazzyPeggy
07-26-2009, 03:41 AM
Hi, everyone. I have been really busy, so haven't gotten back here to post. Starting over on everything even the water. I haven't had my water since Thursday. I was doing so good, I have even lost my habit of posting on this thread. But I'm back, because this really challenges me which is a good thing.

1. Journal my food daily, every bite.-2 pauses allowed-Day 0
2. Drink 24 oz water-1 pause allowed- Day 0
3. No eating after 10:45 p.m. unless it's fruit-3 pauses allowed- Day 0
4. 1 fruit minimum daily-3 pauses allowed-Day 0
5. 1 vege minimum daily -3 pauses allowed-Day 0

naughtylittlemonkey
07-26-2009, 02:59 PM
Day 2: Just snuck under the 9pm deadline and rejected popcorn and diet coke as I was on the couch: a MONUMENTAL FIRST.

Sounds like every one is on track!

Miriam - I understand your frustration - as a lactose intolerant, gluten-sensitive individual, I've had to take modify my diet in ways that super suck.

But a blender saved me: I am now queen of smoothies. The best is if you get some frozen fruit packs and blend the fruit with protein powder. The fruits mask the taste and you get a cold, slushy-like treat that fills you up. There's tons of great protein out there; Syntrax makes AMAZING flavours, which you can get on www[dot]netrition[dot]com(they won't let me post the direct link, but you can search under the brand Syntrax)

You can also get Soy or Rice protein if Whey protein doesn't agree with you (although they isolate it so that there is no lactose).

Favourite smoothie combos:
Kiwi + Strawberry + Protein fruit-flavoured
Mango + Tropical fruits + Protein fruit flavoured
Strawberry or raspberry + chocolate protein

Paula
07-26-2009, 03:30 PM
...just found this thread and thought I would start with two related goals!

1. No caffeine - 2 pauses allowed - Day 0
2. Drink 32 oz water / Propel - 2 pauses allowed- Day 0

redballoon
07-26-2009, 06:05 PM
All right, I am thoroughly disgusted with myself. Really, really disgusted. I have basically not been getting to the gym because it's so damned hard too. I am exhausted in the mornings and can't get up. But I have to. My weight is the highest it's been in years and people are commenting. OK, there is a LOT going on in my life and I could have sunk into worse, but this is horrible.
I canNOT do the minimal sugar. It's already snowballing...along with my butt. Enough is enough.

I'm changing my challenges around a bit and cracking down on food and cutting out ALL sugar again. I also have decided to stop all consumption of alcohol FOREVER, but will continue with the challenge from where it was (even though I took a pause). I was at a flute concert yesterday. It was a salon concert, just a flute, bass cello and piano and there was food and drinks served partway through. I had only fruit juice. I felt good! :yes: Wish me luck on everything. Any words to help me not beat myself are needed. I am really in a state of self-loathing.

Good foods challenge -- Keep foods the closest I can to whole foods, meaning keep any sort of processed food to a bare minimum. -- Day 0 completed
No sugar in any form! Day 0 completed
No alcohol Day 7 completed 1 pause taken
No smoking Day 8 completed 1 pause taken
Journal Day 9 completed no pauses allowed
Caffeine Cut (Round 2!) Day 18 completed 0 pauses taken


No time for personals. Paula, welcome :welcome: Jazzy, good to see you back :wave: Heh there, Shad, miriam, Sara, monkey! :wave: diyana, you around? :listen:

Shad
07-26-2009, 06:09 PM
Hang in there Red. End of the month is coming and you need to just get to that point. It won't stop all of your worries, but it will be one big monkey off your back. Once you get back on your feet and start feeling better, things will start to snap back into place. How do I know this, because I've just been through it.

redballoon
07-26-2009, 06:11 PM
Thanks, Shad. :hug:

JazzyPeggy
07-27-2009, 02:16 AM
:wave: Hi, everyone!

1. Journal my food daily, every bite.-2 pauses allowed-Day 0
2. Drink 24 oz water-1 pause allowed- Day 1
3. No eating after 10:45 p.m. unless it's fruit-3 pauses allowed- Day 0
4. 1 fruit minimum daily-3 pauses allowed-Day 1
5. 1 vege minimum daily -3 pauses allowed-Day 1

redballoon
07-27-2009, 08:04 AM
Got to the gym today for the first time in a long time. Had to keep it short as I was late for work but it felt good! Clear on ALL challenges today! Yippee!! :strong:

Good foods challenge -- Day 1 completed
No sugar in any form! Day 1 completed
No alcohol Day 8 completed 1 pause taken
No smoking Day 9 completed 1 pause taken
Journal Day 10 completed no pauses allowed
Caffeine Cut (Round 2!) Day 19 completed 0 pauses taken

diyana
07-27-2009, 08:04 AM
Red - Congrats on doing so well at the flute concert! That's wonderful! You're under tremendous stress right now, and you're doing much better than I would in your situation. And remember stress leads to exhaustion. Once your stress level goes down a bit, you'll have more energy and be more in a mood/mindset to exercise. I applaud you for doing so well. Hang in there, girlfriend.

A big :wave: to everyone. Sorry I was away. It was DMIL's last weekend here...she goes back to CA on Wednesday. So we tried to cram in a bunch of fun activities and didn't leave any time for the computer. We went to Germanfest on the shores of Lake Michigan and also saw the Air Show that was going on there. And yesterday, we went to the County Fair. I thought of you, Red, when I was admiring and petting the beautiful horses. As I said, I know something will come along for you that will not only be work you enjoy, but also with a salary so you can keep your lovely horse.

Here's where I'm at with the challenges. I took a pause on my journaling on Sunday. But I'm getting back on track now.

Journal and Stay within points - 2 pauses left - Day 12 completed.
Gym or walk at least 25 minutes - 2 pauses left - Day 12 completed.
50 ab exercises - 1 pause left - Day 11 completed.

redballoon
07-27-2009, 08:29 AM
diyana, there you are! Good to have you back. I was wondering where you'd got off to.
I had forgotten your mother-in-law was with you. It sounds like you had a great time! "Petting beautiful horses!" Heh, it doesn't get any better!! :yes: :love:
A Germanfest, what is that? Sounds fun. You know I lived in Munich for four years. German was my major in college and, believe it or not, just yesterday I got an email on classmates.com from a roommate I had 30 years ago there. I don't know how she found me. So, I have to brush off my very rusty German and carry on where we left off. She was my first roommate in student housing in a double room there and she talked a lot and had a great vocabulary so I really learned a lot. Anyhow, right, where was I?
Oh, yes, the county fair. I miss those. Used to go to them and enter baked goods and vegetables I'd grown. I don't think many exist anymore back East.
Your words of support and good wishes for my horse are so kind, so sweet. Thank you SO much. You and Shad have really been there for me today. :thanks:
You're doing fine with your challenges. You're past the halfway mark! :dance:

diyana
07-27-2009, 08:57 AM
Red - I'm SOOOOO proud of you going to the gym! Don't discount it by saying you had to keep it short. Getting there at all with all you're going through is accomplishment! You rock!! Milwaukee is truly a multi-cultural city, so they celebrate the many cultures in the summer with festivals (practically every week). A week ago was Festa Italiana, this past weekend was Germanfest, and throughout the summer there is also Polish Fest, Irish Fest, Asian Moon Fest, Fiesta Mexicana, Indian Summer, African World Festival, Bastille Days. For the ethnic festivals, there are multiple bands and dance groups that come from all over the country and the world performing on several stages, traditional cuisine from that region, genealogy and cultural exhibits, etc. It's lots of fun! At Germanfest, which is like an Oktoberfest, there of course is beer, struedel, and classic German dishes prepared by Milwaukee's finest German restaurants and sausage haus.

The Air Show happened to be going on at the lakefront as well...so we got an excellent view while we enjoyed the festival!

I didn't know you lived in Munich. That's so cool. You are so well traveled. I've only been outside the U.S. a few times...twice to Canada, and once to Hong Kong back in the early 1980s when my dad was working there.

As for petting horses....it is wonderful. I pet a couple on their noses and they made it clear that where THEY wanted to be petted was by their ear. So I gave them a good scratching at their ear and jawline (probably some horse name for it, but I don't know it sorry). I love ALL animals. I always go up to people with dogs and ask to pet them. I pet horses and cows at the fair. And our County Fair has a petting zoo with goats, llamas, donkeys and sheep...so I give them all a good petting. As areas become more urbanized and city-fied, county fairs are getting more scarce. We used to live in Silicon Valley CA and it had a nice county fair. Now there aren't any animals....as there no more farms there. Luckily most of the counties in Wisconsin have at least some rural areas...so County Fairs are plentiful and jam packed with animals. And State Fair is in a couple weeks where the best of the best animals and exhibits will be on display! I love State Fair!

Okay...I've gone on long enough. Red, I'm glad I could make you smile. I'm here for ya', girlfriend. As are we all.

redballoon
07-27-2009, 03:59 PM
Early here and dragging myself up and out. I don't know how I do it but I do. At least for the few hours I had to sleep last night, I was more or less able to.
I don't know if cutting back on caffeine is helping me at all. I think at this point it is still causing more grief than not so it's very hard to feel good about it.
With so much when it comes to health, I guess you have to feel worse before you start really feeling better. Heck, if it were any other way, everyone would be doing it, no?

Getting to the gym yesterday was huge. I notice the extreme loss in muscle and overall conditioning. No wonder I feel so weak and lethargic. Thing is, I was trying and couldn't take the exercise. A lot I think is mental though. And an overall lack of rest. Oh well, for better or worse financially, I'm looking forward to the rest I hope I can get once I leave the office on Friday.

Being off alcohol is great, though I can feel the old habits arising when guys go out. Luckily, they haven't been inviting me so the temptation wasn't great. But parties this week will prove different. I hope I can remain determined. I don't even want to drink. It's just I do things that are expected of me. :^:

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diyana -- Thanks for that long and informative post. Milwaukee sounds like a great place, similar to where I'm from, Pittsburgh. You and I sound exactly the same when it comes to animals. I seek them out all the time and they me. You can see why I'm a vegatarian. Thanks again for your support, diyana! :hug:

Jazzy -- How was Day 1? Did you get off the ground successfully? I hope so! :sunny:

Shad -- Thanks again for your support yesterday. I sure hope I feel better come Saturday. :yes:

diyana
07-27-2009, 04:18 PM
Red - Hang in there with the caffeine. You likely will feel worse before you feel better. Since you do occasionally still have tea, do you drink that in the evening at all? Or do you limit caffeine intake to the a.m.? I do feel your lack of sleep and lack of energy is partly due to the stress you've been under. Just do what you can and don't beat yourself up if you don't achieve perfection every day. This journey is all about persistence, not perfection. There is a wonderful line from a one year anniversary post by a woman on the 100 lb Club group. She said that while she did have the desire to give up or quit her weight loss journey from time to time, that desire was always less than her desire to succeed. As for your parties...it's wonderful how Diet 7-Up with a little lime can look like a Vodka Tonic. Or Diet Coke can look like a Rum & Coke. Perhaps those you are with don't even have to know that you're not drinking. As for animals...it's funny because I'll go up to a dog or a kitty and the owner will say...."oh he doesn't like people" or "she's really skiddish or shy", and yet they'll come right over to me and let me pet them or pick them up and hug them. My DH says I really have a way with animals, and I guess I do. If I were given the choice and if money were no object, I'd much rather work with animals than people, because animals are always authentic...they don't B.S. and they don't back-stab you. And they just aren't a**holes. Not that all people are...but sometimes they sure do show up from time to time in the workplace. Am I right or what?

Shad
07-27-2009, 04:56 PM
Wow - we are getting philosophical on the thread today. I'd better add my 2d worth.
Stress releases adrenalin and the body goes into fight or flight mechanism in self defence. Adrenalin is what keeps us going when we should be settling into rest and recuperation. On the whole it is not a bad thing, however too much (as of anything) is not good for us and you, Red, have been fighting on all fronts for quite some time. You need at least a week if not a bit longer to regroup, recuperate, redress. Friday is only a couple of days away. It will come round when it is ready. I have to give it to you Red, I would find Japan had to take for a long period of time. I like the place but the cities are too much for me. You've withstood the pressure cooker of Tokyo for a long time. I wonder if there is anything outside of the big cities that you could do.

I could go on, but I have a job interview in town this morning at 10am. I need to get my own adrenaline running. And although I did achieve most of my challenges yesterday, I've decided to leave them until tomorrow again. I have enough on my plate today.

diyana
07-28-2009, 07:22 AM
Shad - I couldn't have said it better myself....so I'm very glad you did! I hope the interview went well. 2 months close to home would be SO good for you (and for Sunday)!

Red - I'm with Shad. I've never been to Japan, only to Hong Kong, but I do not like the hustle, bustle and stress of big cities. I worked in downtown Milwaukee when I first moved here and it was too busy for me. I don't even like to go to Chicago very often as I get stressed just visiting there. I'm glad I work in the 'burbs and live in the country. I also agree that you could use a little rest, recuperation and regroup. Take it easy on yourself, girlfriend. Let your body, mind and spirit regain its balance after the roller coaster you've been on. :hug:

Journal and Stay within points - 2 pauses left - Day 13 completed.
Gym or walk at least 25 minutes - 2 pauses left - Day 12 completed.
50 ab exercises - 0 pauses left - Day 11 completed.

Yesterday was tough...DH went to the doc about his back injury that happened at work. Then DMIL wanted to go to a place that has literally no healthy food for dinner. As we left the restaurant to go back home, there were tornado warnings to the north, so we were kind of on pins and needles waiting to see how close they were going to get. Luckily they stayed about 10 miles away. I'm hoping for a better (and calmer) night tonight. :)

I guess I'd better not take any more pauses on the ab workouts...I don't fancy the idea of starting over.

Saramommy
07-28-2009, 04:49 PM
My challenges are as follows (each are separate):
-Only eat 1200 calories --Day 13 (1 pauses left)
-NO fast food --Day 12 (NO pauses left)
-NO eating past 7pm--Day 15 (3 pauses left)
-Exercise Daily--Day 14 (2 pauses left)
-Drink 5 glasses of water or more--Day 15 (3 pauses left)

Back from my weekend! I just got the wii fit, and I am loving it!!! I especially like the hula hoop aerobic exercises! :D

redballoon
07-28-2009, 07:45 PM
Hey all. Thanks for the long posts! Great reading instead of just the challenge tallies.
I notched another day on all fronts. I thought I did pretty well but my weight stays the same and it is HIGH! :( Why can't it help me along in the beginning with a bit of downward movement? Huh? Why?!?!?! :shrug: :dunno: :?:

The parties are coming up and people at work are saying I can be "persuaded" to drink. That ticks me off though because I'd rather they applauded my determination to quit. What do I expect? Other drinkers never want you to stop drinking. But, I'm really tired of marking every event with alcohol. And with me, binge drinker, it means a LOT of alcohol. Then I don't drink for a week or weeks and then bang, back again. I'm tired of it.

It's the same with sugar. If I do say I'll just have a little, I can do it for a while and then it snowballs or I binge. The only way with me is just to say, NO MORE! and be free of my tendency to overdo it. My body is highly sensitive to alcohol and sugar, maybe anything for that matter. Oh well, enough of this. The real pain in the A is the seeming inability to change my weight these days. I guess it's because I lost so much muscle. Oh well. Kicking on.

Good foods challenge -- Day 2 completed
No sugar! -- Day 2 completed
No alcohol -- Day 9 completed 1 pause taken
No smoking -- Day 10 completed 1 pause taken
Journal -- Day 11 completed
Caffeine Cut (Round 2!) -- Day 20 completed 0 pauses taken

I'm still OK on the reduction in caffeine. Forty-one days so far. I wish I saw improvement, as in FEELING BETTER but I don't. Ok, I guess the lows are less low but that's about it. :mad:

redballoon
07-28-2009, 08:52 PM
diyana -- I've only reduced my caffeine intake, not eliminated caffeine. Perhaps I can aim for that one day, but getting up in the morning is extremely difficult (no doubt due to the caffeine dependency) and I need that kick still. I drink a small pot of coffee in the morning, usually around 5 a.m. I used to make it with two scoops of regular coffee (paper filter) but now I make it with one scoop regular and one scoop decaffeinated. Now I allow myself a strong mug of tea in the afternoon at my low point, around 2 p.m. I used to drink tall lattes or a big mug of strong coffee, often two mugs in the afternoon. So, it is quite a reduction for me. I suppose I am going to have to take it to another level soon.
The lack of sleep is due to my schedule and because of skin problems where the itching keeps me awake. The skin problems started with my job and I am hoping will end with it, or soon thereafter.
As for party drinks, there is always oolong tea here. It does have caffeine in it though so I can't be drinking that much anymore. I can get fruit juice or, better yet, tomato juice. I have never liked soda and have probably only had a total of 2 glasses (mixed with beer and cognac) in my life. That's one thing I never got hooked on. Great, eh?
Yes, animals are the best. I used to think I'd like to work with them but working with animals involves working with people as well, so it's really no different from my current work, which is done mostly on my own anyhow (writing, editing). I am the same as you when it comes to animals taking to me easily. Though, here in Japan, I find that even the animals are afraid because their usual environment, like the people, is so isolated.
Yes, Tokyo is huge. It's very similar to Hong Kong. Then again, I find Hong Kong much smaller and more contained. It may just be because I wasn't moving about during rush hour though.
Don't you hate that when a place doesn't have healthful food! It really ticks me off not even to be able to choose something good.
I'm glad the tornadoes didn't come your way. We even had one in Japan the other day. And the rainy season won't end. Strange weather all around.

Shad -- I don't think we were philosophical at all, really. Remember, I lived in Germany and now they get philosophical, at least the bunch of drinking student I hung out with. :stress: I remember when it first hit me, 20 years old, getting asked questions like why I was born and what was the purpose of my life? I'd never given it a thought. Was thrown for a loop. Nowadays, I'd just say, "**** if I know or care!" When people ask me what brought me to Japan, I have a tendency to answer "Korean Airlines!"
You're right on the adrenalin. I used to feel waves of it (or something) rushing through me when I'd get angry at work. It was really bad.
I don't think the cities bother me. My parents were New Yorkers and we'd go there a lot. I loved it. On the other hand, the trains can get to me when there are rude people on them and there very, very often are. Of course, maybe I don't even realize how much it bothers me. Then again, the alternative is not for me either. I find the country depressing unless I have something to do, something that really occupies me.
How'd the interview go do you think? Does the job sound interesting?

Sara -- I see you've taken another pause on fast food. But, you're still in the game! Come on, you can do this! Glad you're enjoying wii. :flow1:

monkey, miriam, Paula, others? Where are you? :listen:

diyana
07-29-2009, 07:48 AM
Red - It's frustrating when the scale doesn't reward you for your efforts...but keep doing what you're doing and you'll see results. Especially once you get out of the stressful work situation and get to the gym more regularly to rebuild your stamina and muscle, and when you exercise, it helps you sleep...at least it does for me. Hopefully reducing your stress will fix your skin problems too. You're right...other drinkers don't want you to stop drinking. But you need to do what is right for you no matter how much they persuade. Have a nice glass of tomato juice, with a stalk of celery in it, and people will think you're drinking a Bloody Mary. It's so ironic that the more populated and crowded the city, the more isolated the people (and animals) are. That's something I really like about the whole state of Wisconsin. I noticed this the first time we came here for vacation. People pass you on the street and smile. Everyone greets you as a friend. I work at a company with about 4000 employees, and even though I know about 2% of them, I smile and greet them and they smile/greet me when we make eye contact. That's one of my favorite things about the Midwest. Those meaning of life questions would be stumpers in your early 20s, but now that I'm in my 40s, I'm with ya'. Don't know what my purpose is, but I'm enjoying it.

A big :wave: to Shad, Sara, monkey, Miriam, Paula and anyone I may have missed!


Journal and Stay within points - 2 pauses left - Day 14 completed.
Gym or walk at least 25 minutes - 2 pauses left - Day 13 completed.
50 ab exercises - 0 pauses left - Day 12 completed.

Saramommy
07-29-2009, 02:55 PM
Red-That's how I am...it's all or nothing. As you have noticed the fast food challenge has been the hardest for me. If only I could give up fast food completely. I know I'd loose a lot of weight once it is completely out of my diet! If I can keep up that challenge for the next 10 days I'll be off to a good start! I hope your co-workers become more encouraging to you soon! You're doing great on your NO alcohol challenge!! A big high five for you!!! :high: And sometimes the weight sticks on, but all of sudden you'll have a huge loss of weight...it comes off all at once sometimes. Stick to it, and you'll see the results!!!

How's everyone else doing?! HERE'S TO A GOOD DAY!!!!!!!:cheer3::cheer3:


My challenges are as follows (each are separate):
-Only eat 1200 calories --Day 13 (NO pauses left)
-NO fast food --Day 13 (NO pauses left)
-NO eating past 7pm--Day 16 (3 pauses left)
-Exercise Daily--Day 15 (2 pauses left)
-Drink 5 glasses of water or more--Day 16 (3 pauses left)

redballoon
07-29-2009, 04:14 PM
I made it through another day. But, I'm not feeling too good about it. Well, about it, yes, but overall, no.
The reason is that I couldn't sleep last night and am now up at 4 a.m. Not good.
I had a major breakthrough yesterday and a small one too. :yes: The small one was that I got to the gym again and enjoyed it. Did more than usual and wrote everything down, key to making progress!
The major one was that I went out "drinking" with a friend but had NO alcohol. When I told her I wasn't drinking she was surprised but OK with it and suggested we go to a restaurant, not a bar. But the bar had half-off on their beer and that's why I had suggested it some days ago (before I decided to quit drinking). I insisted on going and had NO problem not drinking. Problem is that there were no nonalcoholic drinks I wanted (just sugary juice drinks and soda) other than oolong tea. I was worried about the caffeine but got that anyhow. I only had one but I couldn't sleep at all until only shortly before I had to get up. Really ugh. I don't know if it was the caffeine, the late exercise (I bicycled home), the lots of food (never bothered me before), the horrible itching I had, the heat, or the strenuous workout at the gym that did it but something did. I am going to have to call that a pause on caffeine. I can't imagine I'm that sensitive to the caffeine that one glass would upset me, but maybe I am.
Anyone, good day as far as the challenges went. I had no problem not drinking because the person I went with could hold a conversation. I've been hanging out with people I have little in common with other than the desire to down pint after pint. Good realization!! Please wish me luck on what will surely be an exhausting day. :stress:

Good foods challenge -- Day 3 completed
No sugar! -- Day 3 completed
No alcohol -- Day 10 completed 1 pause taken
No smoking -- Day 11 completed 1 pause taken
Journal -- Day 12 completed
Caffeine Cut (Round 2!) -- Day 20 completed 1 pause taken

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Sara -- Thanks for the encouragement. I sure hope I can see a weight loss soon. I soon won't have the coworkers to deal with so I'm not worried about that and these past couple triumphs have made me strong when it comes to "persuasions." The crucial thing is that I WANT to not drink and, perhaps more importantly, I know that alcohol is doing nothing for me at this point. When I was younger, yes, I used it to talk as I was very shy, but I'm not shy any more. ;)
Good going on your challenges. Just hang in there for another week. Maybe it's best if you stay OUT of the fast-food joints. No need to tempt yourself. Eat good foods and the temptation should be less. The stuff is truly garbage. Think of trans-fats and highly processed junk, NOT what your body wants.
When I first came to Japan I never saw people with bad skin or excess weight. NOT any more. And now I see Mac's all over the place as well. Connection? You bet!

diyana -- Thank you as well for your encouraging words. Wisconsin sounds like Pittsburgh too. Friendly people. It is a very nice thing. When I was in Pgh. a few years ago (the suburbs actually) I would ride my bike along a trail every morning and every single person I met would say hello. It was nice. Here, no one says hello unless you know them and that is even if you see them every morning by passing them on the street. I don't mind it but it is kind of weird.
Keep up the good work on your challenges and thanks again for your long and thoughtful posts! :yes;

redballoon
07-29-2009, 04:32 PM
I just weighed in and my weight has gone YET higher! I am so disgusted. Yes, I know, it's a lot of things, but I just can't take this garbage anymore. I am starting to really hate my body. It hangs on to every bit of fat it can, even when I'm eating right, etc. I just don't get it. :tantrum:

naughtylittlemonkey
07-29-2009, 04:50 PM
:carrot: Go ladies go! :carrot:

I took a pause day yesterday for a friend's farewell dinner but stayed strong tonight with a cutoff @ 8.30pm. :D

No crazy challenges like the ones you've got going on, but it's hard enough for me to not open that fridge and hoover whatever's inside the second the sun sets!

So Day 3, one pause: Done.

'Night ladies!

Shad
07-29-2009, 05:12 PM
Morning all

Day 1
No snacking - 3 pauses
1300Cal per day - 3 pauses
1 litre water per day - 3 pauses

Starting again with the crunches - didn't forget them. Just didn't do them.
100 abs and crunches per day - 3 pauses.

Red - good on you for going to a bar and not drinking. I understand the sweet and gooey drinks. Japanese like their sweet things very sweet. I can remember politely trying to eat the flower shaped sweets at a dinner one night. But then I've never been a sugar person - which is quite amusing when you remember that I live in the sugar state. Cane fields forever from here to Cairns.

Everyone seems to be beavering away on their challenges. Rock on girls.

diyana
07-30-2009, 07:57 AM
Red - Congrats on your breakthroughs! All three of them major in my book! Going to the gym AND enjoying it - that's wonderful! Going out for drinks and not drinking - superb! AND realizing that you don't need to drink if you're with someone with whom you can converse! That's a fantastic realization!! You go, girlfriend!! Sorry the scale isn't showing the results, but it will. Just keep with it. You're doing great! Funny how you mention that Pittsburgh is a friendly community similar to Wisconsin. The Green Bay Packers have a football coach from Pittsburgh, and he's commented several times how similar Wisconsin and it's people are to Pittsburgh.

Sara - I used to have an all or nothing mentality in many areas of my life, but it didn't work for me. Now I strive for progress and persistence, rather than perfection.

Monkey - Congrats on staying strong after sundown!

Shad - I too have a hard time getting my crunches in and am starting over with them.

I didn't get to the gym after work. Had to do some freelance website work and by the time I was done...I decided a walk with one of my doggies would be better. So we had a great brisk 25 minute walk, up and down hills. It was a beautiful evening.

Today, I'm going to have to take the stairs a lot at work otherwise I won't get any exercise. I've got a WW meeting at lunch. After work, I have a meeting that will probably go until 8 or 8:30, then I have to go and check in on 3 loveable dogs whose owners are on vacation, so I probably won't get home until 9 or 9:30 and hopefully be asleep by 10.

Journal and Stay within points - 2 pauses left - Day 15 completed.
Gym or walk at least 25 minutes - 2 pauses left - Day 14 completed.

I didn't do my ab exercises, so I have to start over, but I'm going to wait until Friday to start...as tonight is just way too busy.

50 ab exercises - 3 pauses left - Starting over on Friday

Here's to a great day for all of us.

diyana
07-30-2009, 02:09 PM
The scale was not my friend today. Up 2.2 lbs to 225.8. :( I can understand why - fair and festival eating...plus indulging in a couple treats during the week. All that combined with not getting to the gym very often. I'll turn it around for this week so the scale and I will once again become best buds. :)

Shad
07-30-2009, 05:24 PM
Day 2
No snacking - 3 pauses
1300Cal per day - 3 pauses
1 litre water per day - 3 pauses

I'll get back to the crunches some time soon. At the moment I am busy with shifting things, heavy things like boxes (full) and bricks, so I get the exercise fairly well.

Well done Red. Knew you had it in you.

Gotta go. Used up my computer time this morning and I am hungry. Forget to eat yesterday. Only 943 calories eventually.

redballoon
07-30-2009, 07:15 PM
Well, I'm completely infuriated. My weight remains super high and I am going to just forget this garbage. Something is wrong! I can't take it anymore.

Good foods challenge -- Day 4 completed
No sugar! -- Day 4 completed
No alcohol -- Day 11 completed 1 pause taken
No smoking -- Day 12 completed 1 pause taken
Journal -- Day 13 completed
Caffeine Cut (Round 2!) -- Day 21 completed 1 pause taken CHALLENGE FINISHED!!! :cp: :encore: :cp:

Shad
07-31-2009, 01:39 AM
Well done on the caffeine challenge Red.
As for the other stuff, well patience and perservance is the key. You will lose some of the stress today and that may help although I know you don't have a lot to come and go on and no job to go to, it will get better. Hang in there.

diyana
07-31-2009, 07:25 AM
Red- You're making so many wonderful lifestyle changes and you're doing so well with them! Rather than focus on the scale...focus on your achievements! Congratulations on your caffeine cut round 2! You rock!!! As Shad said, you'll lose some of your stress today...and that will mean your body will produce less cortisol, which causes your body to hold on to weight and fat! Just stick with all your healthy habits and you'll be fine in no time! And as I've said before, you're going to find a great job soon, I'm sure of it. :hug:

Shad - Well done on your challenges!

I didn't get to walk yesterday. WW meeting at lunch, meetings and pet sitting after work.

Journal and Stay within points - 2 pauses left - Day 16 completed.
Gym or walk at least 25 minutes - 1 pauses left - Day 14 completed.
50 ab exercises - 3 pauses left - Starting over today

redballoon
07-31-2009, 10:01 PM
Well, it's done and gone, the old office. It went out with a bang last night and I didn't have a drop of alcohol! I was out till 2:30 a.m. from a 19:30 start that evening, was at four bars and still only stuck to oolong tea and tomato juice. I admit I did smoke, but the not drinking was utterly frigging amazing. People were knocking back the beer and tequila shots and no one seemed to even notice, let alone care that I wasn't drinking. Ok, maybe that doesn't say much for what they thought of me, but.... Besides, there were six of us quitting so it wasn't like I was the focus of attention or anything. Mass exodus. Only toward the end did one guy express amazement when he asked if I'd been drinking and realized I hadn't. Well, not amazement. He didn't say anything so I don't know if he thought that was good or bad or what, but whatever... I have a lonely, sad feeling in me though because things are over but I'm trying hard to keep it at bay. Not drinking and getting in exercise will help blast it I hope!

Yeah, so it was good and today I have no hangover of course.
A smaller group may have been harder but this was still a first. It's weird looking at people as they get drunk. I don't care at all. It's all SO familiar....lol. And maybe that's why they don't care if I'm not drinking too.

Anyhow, the full impact of being gone from the company probably won't hit until Monday as my weekend routine won't really change, but this is the start of some ME time again. What a relief!

Good foods challenge -- Day 5 completed
No sugar! -- Day 5 completed
No alcohol -- Day 12 completed 1 pause taken
No smoking -- Day 12 completed 2 pauses taken
Journal -- Day 14 completed
Caffeine Cut (Round 3!) -- Day 0 completed 0 pauses taken

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Shad -- Thanks, Shad for the support. Sorry about the wingeing yesterday. Good thing I didn't go further. In fact, I felt TOO bad to go on. If I had felt any less bad, I would have ranted on ad nauseum.

diiyana -- Always the sweetie, aren't you? Thanks. :hug: Yes, I know I have to focus on my "achievements" but because I don't see the results, the scale takes center stage. You're right though, it's a matter of time before my body lets go of the stress and I am truly rocking! What's up with the ab exercises? How far did you get? Now that I have the time, I want to start up some exercise challenges to help get me out of my rut. I do the same exercise all the time, even when I'm doing well. Time to shake this bod up! :flow2:

monkey, Sara, Jazzy, miriam, OTHERS, how's it going? :wave: :listen:

Shad
07-31-2009, 11:49 PM
Scratch the lot. Starting over today. I blew it.

Red, time for some simple things in life for a week or so. It's never going to be easy, but for the next week, take it easy. Get up late, go to bed early, eat well, go to the gym, go to the horse. Have a weeks leave and then get into looking for a job in an unfriendly climate. I'm in the same boat. But at least I am getting over the last assignment now. There are good days and bad days, but I'm beginning to at least feel normal.

diyana
08-01-2009, 08:50 AM
Just a super quick post for now....

Red - I'm SOOOO happy for you and your new freedom!

Shad - Glad to hear you are getting over your last one and feeling better!

:hugs: to everyone!

Journal and Stay within points - 2 pauses left - Day 17 completed.
Gym or walk at least 25 minutes - 1 pauses left - Day 17 completed.

Hopefully I'll start the ab exercises today.

Shad
08-01-2009, 06:13 PM
Can't seem to get into the swing of starting over yet. I haven't given up, but I need another day.

redballoon
08-01-2009, 07:37 PM
Good foods challenge -- Day 5 completed 1 pause taken
No sugar! -- Day 5 completed 1 pause taken
No alcohol -- Day 13 completed 1 pause taken
No smoking -- Day 13 completed 2 pauses taken
Journal -- Day 15 completed
Caffeine Cut (Round 3!) -- Day 1 completed 0 pauses taken

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Shad -- Thanks for the good advice. Looking forward to your new challenges.

diyana -- Thank you for the sweet words! :yes: Get those abs crunching! ;)

redballoon
08-02-2009, 03:38 PM
Got another day in! :sunny:

Good foods challenge -- Day 6 completed 1 pause taken
No sugar! -- Day 6 completed 1 pause taken
No alcohol -- Day 14 completed 1 pause taken
No smoking -- Day 14 completed 2 pauses taken
Journal -- Day 16 completed
Caffeine Cut (Round 3!) -- Day 2 completed 0 pauses taken

Where is everyone? :listen: :(

diyana
08-03-2009, 08:10 AM
Sorry I was away, it was a busy weekend doing website work Friday night, all day Saturday and yesterday morning...then there was grocery shopping and the usual b.s. to do. :) Still and all it was a great weekend and we had GORGEOUS weather! :)

I did manage to stick to both of my challenges both days of the weekend! A rarity for me. :woohoo:

Journal and Stay within points - 2 pauses left - Day 19 completed.
Gym or walk at least 25 minutes - 1 pauses left - Day 19 completed.

Red - You rock, sista! Look at you go! :cp: :cp:

Apple Blossom
08-03-2009, 01:29 PM
I'm baaaack!
I've had a busy summer, but things are winding down. School starts for the kids next week!!! I think I can focus now on watching what I'm eating and just trying to be healthy. And my first challenge, NO BEER.
And I'm going to copy Reds good foods challenge. So here we go. Again.
No Beer, 2 pauses, day 0
Good foods, 2 pauses, Day 0

diyana
08-03-2009, 02:13 PM
Hi Apple - Welcome back. Oh my gosh! I don't even want to think about school starting up. School means autumn, autumn means winter is around the corner. Yuck! Good luck on your challenges!!

Shad
08-03-2009, 04:39 PM
I'm back too

Challenges are as follows:
1300 daily calorie limit - 3 pauses
Exercise - 30 per day - 3 pauses
Water - 1 litre of the pure stuff per day - 3 pauses.

I'm off to exercise in a couple of minutes. Jog along the bush track down the hill sounds okay.

Keep your chin up everyone.

redballoon
08-03-2009, 07:29 PM
I got another day in on most but had some sweets so that knocked another pause off two of the challenges by default -- good foods and no sugar.
Being able to work my body and get rest as I need it (more or less..still can't sleep for the itching) is just wonderful. Of course, getting to the gym is still a bit difficult but I did it, after riding and then took my bike there. Once I get into it I find it hard to stop. I felt STRONG. Just hope I can stick to it long enough to burn the fat off.
The scale has shown a bit of a downward move and then jumped back up again. But with the working out, I expect the soreness to translate to water retention. I feel better all over though and my gut (yes, it reappeared for some reason :eek: ) is growing smaller. I sure wish I was around more people who appreciated a strong woman. Ah well, the guys in the gym, whether they appreciate it or not, see me as a kindred spirit, and that is nice. There were a couple of Japanese female builders there too yesterday so I don't feel so alone. Not that I am anywhere near builder status but I do have muscle.
Anyhow, I also have tons of fat and just wish I could get to the point where I find it hard to grab onto anything around the midsection and where I can come to the point I actually call it a "waist." :^:

Good foods challenge -- Day 6 completed 2 pauses taken
No sugar! -- Day 6 completed 2 pauses taken
No alcohol -- Day 15 completed 1 pause taken
No smoking -- Day 15 completed 2 pauses taken
Journal -- Day 17 completed
Caffeine Cut (Round 3!) -- Day 3 completed 0 pauses taken

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diyana -- The weather sounds beautiful. You're almost finished with your challenges. Wow! :bravo:

Shad -- Welcome back, Shad! :welcome2: That "pure stuff" you mention, I take it doesn't have a proof number attached, right? :lol3:

Apple -- And Apple, welcome back you!! :welcome3: Where have you been?!? :?: I'm basically off booze. I had some major victories when it comes to NOT drinking at parties and now I'm actually looking forward to the challenge and experience of being 100 percent sober in situations I've never been such. The best part is knowing I can be somewhere the next day as planned and not just thinking I will be able to until the next morning..... :barf: Best of luck. :goodluck:

miriam101
08-04-2009, 02:06 AM
I'm under the weather, 2 kids had swine flu, another one sick with it now.

Saramommy
08-04-2009, 02:51 AM
I'm here!!! Just away from the computer for a bit. I finished 2 challenges today!!! :D :D :D

My challenges are as follows (each are separate):
-Only eat 1200 calories --Day 18 (NO pauses left)
-NO fast food --Day 18 (NO pauses left)
-NO eating past 7pm--Day 21 (3 pauses left) :dancer:
-Exercise Daily--Day 20 (2 pauses left)
-Drink 5 glasses of water or more--Day 21 (3 pauses left) :dancer:

Miriam-I'm so sorry your kids are sick...that must be hard!

Everyone else looks like they are doing good!!

diyana
08-04-2009, 07:46 AM
I am determined to lose those 2 lbs I gained last week (and hopefully more). I did really well over the weekend and have used very few of my extra weekly allowance of points. Today and tomorrow, I'm going to limit the sodium intake too. Yesterday, I went for a walk at lunch, and went to the gym after work for another 30 minutes of cardio. I plan to go tonight as well. I'm so glad my work hours are now 6:30 to 3:30. Sure, it's difficult to get up at 4:30 or so, but getting home by 4 and having time to go to the gym and get other stuff done makes it all worth it!

Journal and Stay within points - 2 pauses left - Day 20 completed.
Gym or walk at least 25 minutes - 1 pauses left - Day 20 completed.

I know I'm coming close to the end of my challenges. Not sure what I'll add for the next round, but I'm pretty sure I'll keep these two for another round as they seem to be key to me staying OP and losing weight.

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Red - That's too bad that you're still having trouble sleeping. Sorry if you've said this before, but what's your itching from? A rash? Have you tried hydrocortisone cream? Is it dry skin? Mine is very dry right now, but some lotions over here (Gold Bond, Sarna and others) are made specifically for itchy, dry skin. Good for you for getting to the gym! Isn't that strong feeling wonderful? You ARE rockin'! :woohoo: And we'll find our waists too! Don't you worry. Our muscle burns more calories, even while resting, so the more we exercise, the better! When my trainer told me that by building a little muscle, I can burn more calories sleeping, I was ALL for that! :rofl: Anyway, our waists can't hide forever! We can make this our quest....to find our waists! I'm always up for a good quest!

Miriam - So sorry to hear about your kids being sick. Take good care of yourself as you take care of them. :hug:

Sara - Congrats on successfully completing two of your challenges! That's awesome! :bravo:

Shad - Hope you had a nice jog along the bush track!

Apple Blossom
08-04-2009, 01:54 PM
No Beer, 2 pauses, day 1
Good foods, 2 pauses, Day 0
I didn't have a good lunch, we ate out. Healthy, but probably a lot of calories. So today will hopefully be a successful day one!
I need to add an exercise challenge, and I think it will simply be to walk a dog everyday. They will appreciate that. I can't really hope to get a regular exercise plan going until school starts.
Red, I'm sure you can stick to the gym! It sounds like an interesting place. My gym is mostly older people. Sometimes I'm the youngest in there, and I'm no spring chicken!:chicken:
Miriam, I hope your flu's are mild! The panic here has subsided quite a bit, but the flu is still bringing a lot of illness.
Sara, congrats on completing your challenges!!:cheer2::cheer3::cheer2::cheer3::cheer 2::cheer3:
Looks like you are doing great!!
Diyana, I'm sure your extra 2 will come off easy & quick. Looks like you are doing the right thing to get it done.
Come on Shad! I hope you enjoyed your jog.:)

redballoon
08-04-2009, 06:56 PM
Another day down except not the best of foods choice so a pause on the good foods challenge. :^:
Gotta run. Will write later.
miriam, Sara, diyana, Apple, Shad! :wave:

Good foods challenge -- Day 6 completed 3 pauses taken
No sugar! -- Day 7 completed 2 pauses taken
No alcohol -- Day 16 completed 1 pause taken
No smoking -- Day 16 completed 2 pauses taken
Journal -- Day 18 completed
Caffeine Cut (Round 3!) -- Day 4 completed 0 pauses taken

DivineFidelity
08-04-2009, 10:25 PM
This sounds like a wonderful idea! A great way to hold myself accountable..

SO, I think I'll challenge myself to exercise!

Exercise Daily - Day 0 (2 pauses left)

Saramommy
08-05-2009, 02:10 AM
:welcome: Divine!!! :goodluck:

My challenges are as follows (each are separate):
-Only eat 1200 calories --Day 19 (NO pauses left)
-NO fast food --Day 19 (NO pauses left)
-Exercise Daily--Day 20 (1 pauses left) ...Busy day, couldn't find the time :(...

My plan is to finish the remaining challenges, and then start fresh with new challenges! I can't believe I'm doing it...YAY!!

I hope everyone is having a good week!! :cheer2::cheer2:

redballoon
08-05-2009, 06:59 AM
Ah, not writing just yet....
Welcome, DivineFidelity! Wow, if that isn't ever a handle! :welcome:

Good foods challenge -- Day 7 completed 3 pauses taken
No sugar! -- Day 8 completed 2 pauses taken
No alcohol -- Day 17 completed 1 pause taken
No smoking -- Day 17 completed 2 pauses taken
Journal -- Day 19 completed
Caffeine Cut (Round 3!) -- Day 5 completed 0 pauses taken

diyana
08-05-2009, 07:23 AM
I had a crazy busy day yesterday, and had a bunch of work on the 'puter to do when I got home. Luckily I went for a good walk at lunch, and also luckily, I didn't bring any snacks to the 'puter after work...and I was so busy I didn't eat anything until I came down for dinner around 8 pm. (I know, late eating is not good...but I stayed under my points).

Journal and Stay within points - 2 pauses left - Day 21 completed. :woohoo:
Gym or walk at least 25 minutes - 1 pauses left - Day 21 completed. :dance:

I think I'll keep these same two challenges for next round, and maybe *try* and add crunches.


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Welcome, DivineFidelity! I'm really finding this daily accountability for the challenges helpful. I hope you do too!

Red - I hope you are busy enjoying life and doing good, healthy things for yourself!

Apple - Good for you on the beer challenge. And if you do have to go over your calories...at least you did it with healthy foods. Portion control is difficult when you go out to eat, even at the healthiest of restaurants.

Saramommy - You're doing great! So close to completing your challenges! YGG!

A big :wave: to everyone!

naughtylittlemonkey
08-05-2009, 09:24 AM
oh ladies :cry:

I hang my head in shame....all was going well until a night in Dubai (where I live now) got me out til 3am...in which case you always "need fuel" right? Well, I am off for vacation for the next week, in Greece, :beach: away from refined sugar and fried food (I hope), so hoping for clean eating and living! How are you all doing?

:grouphug:

DivineFidelity
08-05-2009, 09:30 PM
I just finished my workout, and it was exhausting! I'm doing the 30 Day challenge on EA Active =D

Exercise Daily - Day 1 (2 pauses left)

Apple Blossom
08-05-2009, 09:41 PM
No Beer, 2 pauses, day 2
Good foods, 2 pauses, Day 0
Oh man. If there had been a cold beer in the fridge I so would have had it...One tiny victory I guess... But I still didn't manage a good lunch, so I'm still waiting for lift off there. I'll be good at dinner...:angel:
NLM-have a fun vacation!
Devine, welcome, and great job getting that work out in!!
Diyana, you did it!!!:cheer3::cheer2::cheer3::cheer2::cheer3::chee r2::congrat:
Good luck on the next 21!
Hey Red!:wave:Hey Sara!:wave:Hey Shad!:wave:

Shad
08-06-2009, 02:05 AM
Day 1 done

1300 daily calorie limit - 3 pauses
Exercise - 30 per day - 3 pauses
Water - 1 litre of the pure stuff per day - 3 pauses.

diyana
08-06-2009, 07:04 AM
Monkey - Have a great vacation! Wow, Greece! How wonderful! Enjoy!

AppleBlossom - Good for you for the no beer challenge! You're doing great!

Divine - Congrats on doign the workout!

Shad - Good on ya for keeping up with your challenges.

Red - How's it going? :wave:

Since I completed my challenges on Tuesday, I took yesterday as a break day. I did eat well within my points in anticipation of weigh in today, but by the time I got home I wasn't up to even walking the dogs, much less going to the gym. I did play with my dogs in the backyard though. I'm definitely going to the gym tonight for my fave strength training class and an appt with my trainer.

diyana
08-06-2009, 02:26 PM
Yay! Great weigh in for me today! I've lost 2.4 lbs, which means I lost the 2.2 I gained last week, plus a little bit extra! :woohoo: I'm sooo happy!! :dance:

Apple Blossom
08-06-2009, 04:15 PM
No Beer, 2 pauses, day 3
Yesterday was hard but I made it!!
I have to re work my eating challenge, but like I mentioned before, I think I need to wait until school starts and things get normal. We'll just stick to the beer for now. I CAN add the Wii Body test, I've done that 2 days in a row, so I can stealth it too!It's not much, but it will keep me aware of my "situation."
Wii Body Test, 2 pauses, Day 2
Diyana, I knew that weight would come off quickly! Way to go! I bet you feel great!:cp:
Shad is off the starting blocks! I know you can do it!
Hi to everyone else!

Shad
08-06-2009, 04:39 PM
Day 2 done

1300 daily calorie limit - 3 pauses
Exercise - 30 per day - 3 pauses
Water - 1 litre of the pure stuff per day - 3 pauses.

Michelle - great loss that. Well done
Apple - thanks for the motivation. The first week is always the worst since it seems so long to the end.
Welcome to our new challengers.

WHERE IS RED? Are you doing stealth again?

redballoon
08-06-2009, 06:34 PM
I'm here, just haven't felt like writing. Sorry.

Good foods challenge -- Day 10 completed 1 pause taken (I've changed this around because I realized it was stupid to knock off a good foods day if I took a no sugar pause. So, the current rules will be that a no sugar pause is separate, BUT that doesn't mean I get 6 no sugar pauses. It means that I will consider eating a bit of sugar as separate and take a good foods pause when I have something like a rice cracker with no added sugar.)
No sugar! -- Day 9 completed 2 pauses taken
No alcohol -- Day 18 completed 1 pause taken
No smoking -- Day 18 completed 2 pauses taken
Journal -- Day 20 completed
Caffeine Cut (Round 3!) -- Day 6 completed 0 pauses taken

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Shad -- No, not doing stealth. Stealth is only when you don't announce a new challenge and I have enough challenges. :^: I've just been busy and doing a lot of emailing. Sometimes I just feel better NOT concentrating on challenges (though I still do them). After a certain point, out of mind makes it all easier. Glad to see you're back rolling. It's kind of hard for me to imagine eating only 1,300 calories and I simply cannot. I would be setting myself up for a rebound big time. But, you are good with it. I guess we're different....yeah, like, Shad is thin and you're not, Red.

Apple -- Does day 3, 2 pauses on beer mean you've taken two pauses? No, right? You just started. I think I may quit alcohol totally. I have lost interest in the stuff. Well, I never liked it. I only liked getting drunk and I'm too old to be doing that anymore. For me, a glass or two does nothing and just makes me want more and more, so I think it makes more sense to forego it totally. Well, just going on about ME again. You're doing your thing and good for you!

diyana -- That's great news on the weight loss. Good for you for sticking to your plan!

Divine -- Congrats on liftoff! :bravo:

monkey -- So, you're in Dubai, are you? I knew a lot of people in racing there. Never went as the press package for the races was too pricey but we used to get a lot of horses from there coming for big races. Also, someone who worked at the paper here went there and was working at an English-language daily. What, may I ask, are you up to?

Sara -- How's it going?