Support Groups - "Every-Day" 21-Day Challenge -- Small things to feel good about!




redballoon
09-03-2009, 11:25 PM
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
09-03-2009, 11:33 PM
Well, I figured it was about time to start a new thread up. Yeah, long, long about time! Everything stays the same. Don't restart your challenges. They just continue on from the last thread, which is here....if you need a reference...

http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/support-groups/173687-every-day-21-day-challenge-time-crack-down-10.html

Oh, and I'm on that garble at the end of the thread name. Sorry. Should be fixed shortly....
Ok, going to head out to the gym soon...first time in a bit. wish me luck.

:trampo:

redballoon
09-03-2009, 11:42 PM
Here was my last post on the old thread....I knowy ou're all just dying to read it and would hate to have missed it and.. I weigh 125 lbs and, and, oh yes, back to reality....just had another tremor and I feel a tad shaken up... :^:

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Well, it's Friday and I had completely forgotten about it being my Clothes Check day. Here is the reading and last week's. I don't think there is much difference. I hadn't expected one, in light of the fact that this week has been...well, not the best. However, I have had a few days off sugar, which means some bloat will be down and I have been good about not eating late. In any case, it doesn't seem WORSE, which is GOOD. :yes:

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CLOTHES CHECK Friday reading

THIS WEEK
Sept. 4
I don't think there is much difference from last week but I do think I can get them buttoned and zipped without having to necessarily pull the fat and skin above the waistline. I can't be sure there is a difference but I think there is a slight one. I still think they are in grave danger of breaking. Weight was 72.8, which is 400 gms higher than last week.
This was on a very empty stomach.

(LAST WEEK --Aug. 28)
I can get them buttoned but only by pulling all the fat above the top and even then they are in extreme danger of breaking (I would think). This was done in the morning on an empty stomach. Weight was 72.4.

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diyana -- I am thrilled that you are thrilled. It certainly sounds like a much-needed vacation for you. Wow, Labor Day already. Brings back memories, mostly of having to head back to school. I didn't hate it as there was still nothing to do. Here the school year starts in April, by the way, so there is none of that to remind me. There is a summer vacation, but the kids aren't changing school years.

Well, that was an irrelevant tangent....yes, diyana it sounds like you're doing well, thinking ahead of how you can make your vacation NOT sabotage your weight loss. Good for you.

Being able to wear the shirt was nice. I really wish people would comment on my weight. Most older Japanese men will, and I am glad for it, even if it is painful and annoying at times. I NEED to be reminded to stop porking up. But, these were youngish Brits and yeah, I guess they wouldn't say much. The one guy was proud of losing his beer gut and I was very complimentary about it, but the others weren't. They may not have noticed or, more likely, didn't care. The other guy, who certainly had noticed, was probably quiet because he is concerned about his own burgeoning gut. I've noticed that guys say less because they are actually really self-conscious about themselves, whereas women are more used to diets and such and can talk about it. I find that guys only talk when they are really losing quickly (usually leading up to a massive rebound). :lol:

And my sugar bingeing was inexcusable, but the night out was a conscious decision on my part. For my last post prior to that I wasn't sure, but sometime during the day I just decided to have some fun. Sitting in a bar (four of them actually) is NO fun when you have to drink tea or juice. I had had enough of the straight and narrow. I never intended (seriously) to give up alcohol totally. I think the smoking will peter out on its own. The drinking is too much of a social thing and I enjoy it. That said, it is no longer a habit and that is a HUGE difference. The days and months I have abstained from drinking over the past year have given me new habits, new insights and, in general, a freedom to choose, no matter where I go or whom I hang out with. That is major change for me. :yes:

diyana, have a great time out on the peninsula. I hope the weather is perfect! :sunny: And goodbye, chins, eh?!! :bravo:

Shad -- Was it a drop of kilos? If so, wow! You ARE losing weight. You're so understated, I can never tell what you're doing. In any case, CONGRATULATIONS!!!! :cp:
And yes, my night out was just a blip. I'm back doing what I had been for the past month. Here's to another spurt of good stuff.


diyana
09-04-2009, 09:23 AM
Crazy insane busy day today. I am hoping to get out of here when the office closes at noon...but I may end up working the whole :censored: day. Fires to put out and deadlines to meet. I'll try and post later.

redballoon
09-04-2009, 04:06 PM
I'm proud to say I made it through another day on my challenges AND I may have turned a tiny corner in my mindset in general. I actually started doing something to make a difference in my living abode, the mess of it, that is. I think I have been quite depressed and it has shown! Yesterday I took steps to actually change something. It was SMALL, very small, but huge to me. I've got to pull out of whatever has me in its clutches...this general malaise.
These challenges are helping!! :yes:

No sugar -- Day 4 completed 0 pauses taken

No eating after (around) 6 p.m. -- Day 15 completed, 3 pauses taken

No alcohol (round 3, 1 pause on round 1, no pauses on round 2) --
Day 3 completed 1 pause taken

No smoking (round 3, 3 pauses on round 1, no pauses on round 2) -- Day 3 completed 1 pause taken

Caffeine Cut (Round 4, 2 pauses on round 3) --
Day 10 completed 1 pause taken


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diyana -- Busy, eh? Well, thanks for thinking of us (me). I'm going to miss your posts while you're gone. How was weigh-in? :listen:

Shad
09-04-2009, 07:35 PM
Day 2 and 3 are done. Didn't get here yesterday to post. I'm just waiting for the builder to arrive so don't have too much time today. I'll be back later to comment, enthuse and annoy

diyana
09-04-2009, 07:45 PM
Red - I'm proud of you for starting to pull yourself out of malaise. I need to get my home decluttered too. That's this winter's project when we're stuck indoors.

Shad - The builder? What work are you having done? Good on ya' for sticking with the challenges!

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Today, I got some stuff done to prepare for the trip. Tomorrow I'm going to try and get to the gym in the morning, and then we're running errands and packing up. We'll probably leave before dawn on Sunday. I'll try and check in tomorrow, but no guarantees, and I won't be able to check in while away...so you may not hear from me 'till Thursday. But I'll stick with my challenges and do LOTS of walking!

Here's where I'm at so far (after today):
Journal and Stay Within Points, 2 pauses left - Day 13 completed
Drink 55 ounces of water a day, 2 pauses left - Day 13 completed

redballoon
09-05-2009, 04:00 PM
Calling it clear on all fronts. :^:
I have such trouble sleeping at night I always feel lousy in the morning, and just when I have to get up, I at last can sleep. What a life. Sigh.
I did force myself to go to the gym yesterday, but did very little, just a bit of weights. Still, it was better than not going.

No sugar -- Day 5 completed 0 pauses taken

No eating after (around) 6 p.m. -- Day 16 completed, 3 pauses taken

No alcohol (round 3, 1 pause on round 1, no pauses on round 2) --
Day 4 completed 1 pause taken

No smoking (round 3, 3 pauses on round 1, no pauses on round 2) -- Day 4 completed 1 pause taken

Caffeine Cut (Round 4, 2 pauses on round 3) --
Day 11 completed 1 pause taken


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Shad -- Good for you. Please enthuse. You are such a rock. I wish I had your stoicism.

diyana -- I hope you can get to the gym, although it sounds tight with your schedule. Leaving on a trip always has me in a whirlwind of things that need to be done (half an hour ago!). I hate that. Don't know why it always happens. If I don't hear from you, then again I wish you a fun-filled and relaxing trip! :yes:

Shad
09-05-2009, 05:31 PM
Day 4 is done - no pauses.

I haven't weighed in yet, but yesterday was up somewhat. Probably something to do with the Spanish Tortilla I made for dinner the night before. I'm eating garden fresh salads - as in take a knife, go out there and cut some leaves and herbs - so it's not that causing it. Still ups and downs are part of the puzzle. The garden shorts are not getting easier to get into. But that's my way of taking off weight. It starts in the face and chin and then moves slowly down. Its got a long way to go yet.

Doing well Red and Michelle. Keep it up. What happened to all the others? Guess we have frightened them off.

Back later

1300 (about) daily calorie limit
Exercise daily
Portion control
Water - 1 litre at least.
3 pause days for each.

Just bringing my goals over. Lest I forget what they were!

Shad
09-06-2009, 05:54 PM
Okay - well I am officially calling a pause day on all challenges. Yesterday's good intentions went to **** in a hand cart early on when DS2 took me out to lunch and we got busy in the attic changing wires and cables about.

So we are still on Day 5 and pauses all around.

1300 (about) daily calorie limit
Exercise daily
Portion control
Water - 1 litre at least.
2 pause days for each.

redballoon
09-06-2009, 07:15 PM
I took an intentional pause on sugar yesterday. That means I thought about it and decided to go for it. I didn't overdo it either, which is great for me!

It was a very exercise-full day. After riding (which involves a lot of walking) I came home, grabbed a bite and then cycled off to my new trampoline class. There, among a group of five other beginners we learned the basics for TWO hours! I was really tired, but then cycled home (about 30 mins each way). The trampoline was scary, yet fun and this morning I am only a bit stiff, nothing major. I think the weight training and riding are big helps. The instructor said I was "really good!" :dance: Perhaps, but I was scared too and we did nothing really scary like flips. Just going a little high was scary. I hope I get my nerve up and can really go high. But I was laughing constantly, more than I have in perhaps the past total year. That's the best thing about it!

So, this morning my weight was nice and low because I was on empty. I hadn't had any food since 4 p.m. the day before. I almost took a pause on the evening eating, but then, thought, no why. I can stand the hunger. I should just go to sleep and then I won't notice it. And that's what I did! :cp:
:trampo:

I'm going to start another journaling challenge. I WANT to see what I'm doing each day and be able to review it. Good change of mind! :yes:

FOOD/EXERCISE JOURNAL -- Day 0 completed

NO SUGAR-- Day 5 completed 1 pause taken

NO EATING AFTER 6 P.M. -- Day 17 completed, 3 pauses taken

NO ALCOHOL (round 3, 1 pause on round 1, no pauses on round 2) --
Day 5 completed 1 pause taken

NO SMOKING (round 3, 3 pauses on round 1, no pauses on round 2) -- Day 5 completed 1 pause taken

CAFFEINE CUT (Round 4, 2 pauses on round 3) --
Day 12 completed 1 pause taken

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Shad -- Good to see you still hanging tough with us (er...me) here. I don't worry about the others. People come and go, appear and disappear for days/weeks/months on end. If we were capable of "frightening" then off, well, then, maybe they just weren't up for the downs, so to speak.
It sounds like your pause was well used. Me too, that's the best kind, when you can enjoy them or make them special in a way. Christmas only comes once a year, but pauses can be relished regularly! :lol:

redballoon
09-07-2009, 03:36 PM
The journaling had to be postponed. I did start writing things down, but was feeling too bad later in the day. I have to prepare for it, get the notebook all ready and stuff. My cold (only slight yet) was worse yesterday. Nose wouldn't stop running and that never happens as I'm always on antihistamines for my skin. Bummer. So far this morning, it feels better.
I scraped by on sugar and evening eating. With no pauses left on the latter, I am determined to make it through the remaining four days. I don't know if this is having any effect on my weight, but it has to be better than not doing it. I may be eating more right before "deadline," but still, that's OK for now. It's a first rounder and all... :^:

FOOD/EXERCISE JOURNAL -- Day 0 completed

NO SUGAR-- Day 6 completed 1 pause taken

NO EATING AFTER 6 P.M. -- Day 18 completed, 3 pauses taken

NO ALCOHOL (round 3, 1 pause on round 1, no pauses on round 2) --
Day 6 completed 1 pause taken

NO SMOKING (round 3, 3 pauses on round 1, no pauses on round 2) -- Day 6 completed 1 pause taken

CAFFEINE CUT (Round 4, 2 pauses on round 3) --
Day 13 completed 1 pause taken

Shad
09-07-2009, 06:27 PM
1300 (about) daily calorie limit
Exercise daily
Portion control
Water - 1 litre at least.
2 pause days for each.

Day 5 is done, but unfortunately I have eaten something that disagreed with me, so today will be a very light day for both food and exercise. I will attempt to do them however.

Red - you have a couple of challenges over the halfway mark. Keep on going. You will get there. Getting closer all the time.

So now I am going back to my chair and drinking some more tea and then I will consider getting on with the day. See you

Shad
09-08-2009, 05:33 PM
Day 6 is done.

A really bad day for this body, but I think I am over it now. Yesterdays total food was 2 bananas, half a mango and 2 poached eggs with toast. Water and tea completed the day. Everytime I ate, I felt sick.

But it's all over now and another day dawns. What's new in your neck of the woods

redballoon
09-08-2009, 07:34 PM
I cleared all challenges yesterday, though the journaling I only entered on the computer and it has to go into my notebook. I must be more vigilant about writing things down! I felt pretty bad from afternoon, but today things seem better. I am still coming out with different aches and such so I guess the repercussions from my bouncing around on the trampoline are showing up.

My weight is such an annoyance. It just seems permanently stuck around 73 kg. But, I realize that I am rarely really digging into the AMPLE :faint: stores of fat. At least I do not seem to be gaining and I can probably thank the not drinking for that. And, I must admit, although the actual changes are hard, I am not suffering due to lack of food nor do I feel terribly deprived. I would like to have a sugar fling, but am trying to hold off and think of a pause as a reward for doing so.

Well, it's only 8:30 a.m. but I reserved a seat for a film that I'm off to see, a German movie (with subtitles in Japanese!) on the Baader Meinhof group, Germany's Red Army terrorist group in its early stages back in the late '70s. Heavy way to start the day.

FOOD/EXERCISE JOURNAL -- Day 1 completed

NO SUGAR-- Day 7 completed 1 pause taken

NO EATING AFTER 6 P.M. -- Day 19 completed, 3 pauses taken

NO ALCOHOL (round 3, 1 pause on round 1, no pauses on round 2) --
Day 7 completed 1 pause taken

NO SMOKING (round 3, 3 pauses on round 1, no pauses on round 2) -- Day 7 completed 1 pause taken

CAFFEINE CUT (Round 4, 2 pauses on round 3) --
Day 14 completed 1 pause taken


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Shad -- Wow, sounds like you mustn't have felt very good at all yesterday. Are you OK now? Sounds like it, eh? Here's to a productive, fulfilling kind of day!

Apple Blossom
09-08-2009, 10:35 PM
It's me, crawling back yet again. I have been feeling like total doo-doo the last 3 or 4 days. I don't know if I'm fighting off something or if I am suffering from the shameful way I am caring for myself. So I'm starting a few challenges, my usual NO BEER and a Wii Fit challenge (just to keep myself aware) Tomorrow I am starting a 3 day "Get it going" diet, which will consist of mainly fruit & Fruit juice, and salad. With a little bit of protein thrown in. If I feel better by the week-end I will be SO happy. I don't even have to loose weight. I want a clear head and a spring in my step again. I need to start walking and running again too, I'll get that challenge going after my 3 days.
Hello Red & Shad, sounds like you guys are on a roll!

redballoon
09-09-2009, 04:01 PM
I made it through the day. Made a very feeble attempt at a workout. I just could NOT get into it. I did a bit of weight training for back and shoulders, a bit of abs and...yeah!!....stretching....and then bailed out. This is NOT like me, but then again, neither is actually doing a little something instead of NOTHING. I'll see it as a good thing.

That movie was amazing, by the way. I think I was so exhausted in the afternoon because watching it had me on two and a half hours of an adrenalin rush.

Well, today is my last day on the evening eating. Thank God! But, I am going to have to continue this one. I really don't think it's making a difference, since I think I just eat things earlier, but we'll see.... :yes:

FOOD/EXERCISE JOURNAL -- Day 2 completed

NO SUGAR-- Day 8 completed 1 pause taken

NO EATING AFTER 6 P.M. -- Day 20 completed, 3 pauses taken

NO ALCOHOL (round 3, 1 pause on round 1, no pauses on round 2) --
Day 8 completed 1 pause taken

NO SMOKING (round 3, 3 pauses on round 1, no pauses on round 2) -- Day 8 completed 1 pause taken

CAFFEINE CUT (Round 4, 2 pauses on round 3) --
Day 15 completed 1 pause taken

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Apple -- I knew we'd see you again sometime. Welcome back!! :welcome3: Hurrah!! You'll be feeling better in no time. Just your resolve to come back in here and get a hold on things shows you are not the "total doo-doo!" you feel you are. :nono: Best of luck and best of determination and hard work too!! I don't think Shad is, and I am definitely not, on a roll, but we're sticking to the principle of things, namely, not giving up!!

Shad
09-09-2009, 10:34 PM
Day 7 is done
Weigh in today was 81.1 exactly the same as last week, but then I was a high as 81.9 earlier in the week and then was sick, so I'll take the 81.1 with glee and happiness.

There you go. Have a good day

Apple Blossom
09-10-2009, 12:29 AM
No Beer, Day 1, 2 pauses allowed
Wii Fit, Day 1, 2 pauses allowed
Well, I made it through day one. My body has become so bogged down that a day of only liquids has made no dent in my hope for health. Ugghh. Well, I am feeling a bit hungry, but I think I'll just go to bed. I am suffering from lack of sleep a bit too. Ahh, tomorrow I will feel so much better! I know it!
So Red, I call day 20 of a challenge being on a roll.....And I am not giving up either!!
Shad, glad your weigh in went well.

diyana
09-10-2009, 07:59 AM
I'm back from vacation and had a wonderful, relaxing time. The weather was perfect. We did lots of walking and lots of looking for and finding beautiful rocks! I'm back to work/back to reality, but at least it's only a two-day work week and then the weekend. My lungs are still bothering me....so I'm thinking about going to the doc today getting some dreaded prednisone. I don't want to get on prednisone...but this lung tightness/difficulty breathing and talking without coughing has been going on for too long. Even though I got lots of exercise over the weekend...my eating and water drinking fell by the wayside. So I'm starting over today.

Journal and stay within WW points - 3 pauses allowed
Drink 64 ounces of water - 3 pauses allowed
20 minutes (at least) of cardio - 3 pauses allowed
25 crunches - 3 pauses allowed

Shad, Red, Apple - I'll catch up with your posts later (after I catch up at work). :)

Apple Blossom
09-10-2009, 02:45 PM
Welcome back from your trip, Diyana. Sounds nice.
No Beer, Day 2, 2 pauses allowed
Wii Fit, Day 2, 2 pauses allowed
Well, I don't really feel much different today. I actually have this weird feeling in my lower abdomen. It feels like it's much more solid than usual. Not comfortable. :mad:
This doo-doo feeling is not going away. It's part physical and part mental. Things just don't seem to be going well and I am less and less able to deal with it. I hate when this happens. I am usually an upbeat and happy person. It's like I'm usually skipping through a meadow, but I occasionally fall into a hole. And it's usually a hole I have dug myself. Alright, enough whining. I will climb out of this hole eventually.

diyana
09-10-2009, 03:08 PM
Sorry to hear you're feeling so poorly, Apple. As for the solid feeling....when I feel that way, it's usually because I'm not eating enough fiber or because I've stuffed myself too full in general. As for the physical/mental doo doo, can you find a few things that are going right in your life? Just one or two things that you really appreciate about your life? First think of one, then another, then keep building on it. When I do that, it usually makes the things that aren't going well seem like a very small percentage of my life, and that helps me deal. And if all else fails....quit digging. Put down your shovel and walk away or give it to one of us and we'll hide it, and together we can give you a ladder and a hand up to get out of the hole. :hug:

redballoon
09-10-2009, 05:32 PM
Well, I finished the no late eating challenge. It has truly become easier, though I admit to having been more worried about getting food into me at "deadline" than I should have been. Still, that was a first round, so I'd stay I did a GOOD job! Yes, ME! :bravo:

I fell off my horse yesterday. Everything was going really well. I felt I was doing the best lesson in a long time and then suddenly my mare just did her little "I hate dressage. I want to be a barrel racer" thing, took a sharp right and sped off. I was thrown and landed much harder than usual. It hurt to walk yesterday. I hit my left hip. I've just gotten up, but seeing as I could do that, I think I'm getting better. It still hurts to put weight on my left hip though, I can see now.... :(

FOOD/EXERCISE JOURNAL -- Day 3 completed

NO SUGAR-- Day 9 completed 1 pause taken

NO EATING AFTER 6 P.M. -- Day 21 completed, CHALLENGE COMPLETED!!!!!!!!!!!! :cp: :celebrate: :encore: :cp: :celebrate: 3 pauses taken

NO ALCOHOL (round 3, 1 pause on round 1, no pauses on round 2) --
Day 9 completed 1 pause taken

NO SMOKING (round 3, 3 pauses on round 1, no pauses on round 2) -- Day 9 completed 1 pause taken

CAFFEINE CUT (Round 4, 2 pauses on round 3) --
Day 16 completed 1 pause taken


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diyana -- Good to have you back. Sorry to hear you're still not over whatever is up with your lungs. Get that checked out and on the mend! Here's wishing you all the best.

Apple -- Your description of yourself and how you feel is not very revealing. I would advise you to look at just what it is that you've been doing wrong and address that directly, not with a radical measure such as juice fasting but with slow and steady work. No, I don't feel "on a roll" at all. Every day has been hard, more or less, depending on the challenge. I scraped and clawed my way through the days. That to me doesn't feel like a roll, but perhaps when you look at the results, it looks like one. It sounds like you're looking for a quick fix that will turn you around. I don't think you'll find it. You've got to fight for a while and then see a LITTLE improvement. Your one day apparently NOT doing the things that are making you feel bad surely HAS helped but you are only going by your feelings and your perceptions are likely skewed. Give me an analysis of just what you are doing that likely makes you feel bad and then whittle away at those things with challenges, why don't you? Poor little Apple Blossom. :hug:

Shad -- Great going on the weight. That sounds like a nice low. Aim for the 70s and you'll be there soon! You're sounding very consistent.

Shad
09-10-2009, 06:32 PM
Day 8 is done.

In a bit of a rush today. I'll be back later to explain and do personals.

redballoon
09-10-2009, 06:47 PM
I totally forgot this was clothes check day but remembered at the last minute (meaning before I ate breakfast). I don't see a difference. Here's this and last week's entry. Oh, well, this was not a good week as far as exercise went. Maybe one week is too little to see a difference....I think it would be OK if I had really made an effort to work out, which I hadn't. Oh well... :(

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THIS WEEK
Sept. 11
I don't think there is any change from last week. Weight is the same too -- 72.8 kg. I may feel a little bit tighter all over and there may be a little less fat at the top, but when I go to button them I have to pull as usual. Today, because I hurt from my fall yesterday, it made the pulling to close more noticeable. And they may feel a little bit more comfortable in the legs in general, but it's too little to really tell at this point.

LAST WEEK
I don't think there is much difference from last week but I do think I can get them buttoned and zipped without having to necessarily pull the fat and skin above the waistline. I can't be sure there is a difference but I think there is a slight one. I still think there are in grave danger of breaking. Weight was 72.8, which is 400 gms higher than last week.
This was on a very empty stomach.

diyana
09-11-2009, 07:29 AM
I didn't get to exercise yesterday, so I'll start anew today. I did journal, stay within points and drink water though. I went to the doctor after work to see what can be done to clear up the tightness in my chest. He told me to continue to take the codeine cough syrup at night, and he gave me a prescription for the dreaded Prednisone...which I expected. With this course of Prednisone, I start by taking 6 pills spread throughout the day and reduce the number of pills each day by one. Anyway, after the 6 pills, I'm starting to feel a little less tight in my chest. The doctor suggested I rest last night because my blood pressure was a bit low (for me anyway: 98/74). He also told me to cut my BP meds in 1/2 as my BP seems to be gradually improving as a result of weight loss. So that was good news.

Red - Congrats on completing the No Late Night Eating and for doing so well on your other challenges! :bravo: It does appear that you're on a roll, but I understand that it may not feel like one to you. I hope you're feeling better after your fall. Did you apply ice? That usually can help with pain. As for the clothes challenge....My size 16 Misses and Size 14 Misses slacks just arrived yesterday. I'll try them on tonight and let you know. It does sound like you're losing inches if there is less fat at the top of your challenge pants and they're more comfortable in the legs!

Shad - I know you're juggling a lot right now. Sounds like you're doing well in your challenges! Good for you!

Apple - I'm not sure a fast is a wise choice...fasting (even a juice/liquid fast) tends to greatly lower the metabolism...which needs to be kicked into a higher gear to burn calories. Can you try just eating sensibly and limiting refined sugars, but making sure you get enough veggies, fruit, protein and whole grains?

redballoon
09-11-2009, 03:57 PM
Well, I continued right on with another round of no evening eating. I almost didn't last night because I knew my challenge was over, but then I think, ah, heck, why do that? It's not just about the challenge. It's about losing weight! Ah, duh? So, I think this habit is one that IS totally new to me and surely must be better than not doing it.

Ok, Ok, diyana, Apple, I AM on a roll! ;) It's not peculiar actually for me to not see it as one. I suppose with my skewed perceptions you couldn't expect more. I mean, did I ever perceive my days and weeks of over-indulgence as a roll? Did I acknowledge the fact that each night out with pint after pint was adding to my gut and butt? Nah. Roll? Oh, sure, another two please, with extra butter! :lol3:

FOOD/EXERCISE JOURNAL -- Day 4 completed

NO SUGAR-- Day 10 completed 1 pause taken

NO EATING AFTER 6 P.M. -- (Round 2, 3 pauses on Rd. 1) Day 1 completed

NO ALCOHOL (round 3, 1 pause on round 1, no pauses on round 2) --
Day 10 completed 1 pause taken

NO SMOKING (round 3, 3 pauses on round 1, no pauses on round 2) -- Day 10 completed 1 pause taken

CAFFEINE CUT (Round 4, 2 pauses on round 3) --
Day 17 completed 1 pause taken

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diyana -- I really like the way you look at what you HAVE done in your day despite the fact that you didn't exercise. Excellent attitude! And doing that on top of being ill. I am learning from you. :yes: I'm sorry to hear that you had to take the medicine. I looked it up on the Net and see that it's strong stuff and that it can cause a quick dependency. I hope your doctor knows what he's doing.

That is also excellent news on the blood pressure. I didn't realize that blood pressure was affected by weight, but I guess it would have to be. Mine is very low, quite often the upper number is below 100. I think all the exercise I do is a big help there, although low blood pressure runs in my family. I also can suffer from asthma so I feel your pain. Here's wishing you a speedy recovery!

:dancer:

Apple Blossom
09-11-2009, 05:14 PM
No Beer, Day 3, 2 pauses allowed
Wii Fit, Day 3, 2 pauses allowed
Hey Thanks everyone, for all of your support. I know this fasting is a bad thing, but I was in a bad place physically and really needed to do it. I had a salad last night and I've had bites of protein here and there, so it's not TOO extreme. I feel better. Tomorrow I will return to sensible eating. Diyana, I love how you went with the hole metaphor.:dizzy: I think I've let go of the shovel and I'm climbing out....Took the dogs for a walk today. They were really happy. And I made a cleaning schedule for myself that I would like to stick to. It involves cleaning up each of my clutter zones, like the dining room table and the desk by the front door. If I do one a day it will make a big difference, and it shouldn't take much time.
Red, congrats on the 21 days!!:cheer3::cheer2::cheer3::cheer2::cheer3::che er2:
And good for you, just ROLLING into the new one! (Har Har)
Hope your hip is feeling better.
Diyana, I hope the meds can get you back where you need to be and then you can stop them. I'm glad your weight loss is making a difference in your health, keep it up!!

Shad
09-11-2009, 08:02 PM
Day 9 is done and dusted.

Sorry to rush off yesterday, but I had a job interview. No I do not know the outcome yet. It's as per normal, hurry up and wait - when are you available? Now? oh good. We will let you know. Now wait some more.

Apple - the thought of lots of fruit juice is a bit worrying. There is a pile of sugar in that - natural or otherwise and it is acidic and will affect the enamel on your teeth if you drink yards of the stuff. Neve the less, the content - apart from the fruit juice sounds good.

Michelle - Hope you don't have to stay on that stuff too long, but if it is helping then why not use it. Get rid of the crud and concentrate on getting well enough to not have to go through it again in a hurry.

Red - up to day 17 without caffeine. Are the headaches gone yet? I guess I am fortunate, caffeine doesn't seem to bother me. I live with it and from time to time I live without it. No change and it doesn't seem to liven me up and I can certainly sleep well after a pot of coffee before bed.

So today, it is out in the garden while it is still not too hot and then try to sort out a fencer to come and look at putting in a new fence - you think they would be jumping out of their trees to get work right now, but the ones I have rung - either haven't rung back with a time to quote or haven't bothered to turn up and quote.
Then I might just finish the tiling in the loo and get on with the last of the painting. Then it will be a case of clean, dress it up and get on with life.

redballoon
09-12-2009, 07:34 AM
Took some pauses. Heading to bed. Talk tomorrow! :wave:

FOOD/EXERCISE JOURNAL -- Day 5 completed

NO SUGAR-- Day 10 completed 2 pauses taken

NO EATING AFTER 6 P.M. -- (Round 2, 3 pauses on Rd. 1) Day 1 completed 1 pause taken

NO ALCOHOL (round 3, 1 pause on round 1, no pauses on round 2) --
Day 11 completed 1 pause taken

NO SMOKING (round 3, 3 pauses on round 1, no pauses on round 2) -- Day 11 completed 1 pause taken

CAFFEINE CUT (Round 4, 2 pauses on round 3) --
Day 18 completed 1 pause taken

Shad
09-12-2009, 05:35 PM
Day 10
1300 (about) daily calorie limit - 1 pause day left
Exercise daily - 2 pause days
Portion control - 1 pause days
Water - 1 litre at least - 2 pause days

Took a pause on the food yesterday. Not that I ate that much but it wasn't good stuff so I am not accepting it. Consequently the weight was up from yesterday - just not good enough. Get with it Shad.
It amazes me how I can eat well during the week and lose and eat so badly during the weekend and undo it. I guess it is that social thing.

So today I am off to breakfast with the brother and the niece and I don't know who else. He (the brother) is going to Mackay for week to train some new recruits to the business. I think (at last) he is thinking ahead to when he can no longer do the delivery rounds and hump crates etc.

Have a fun Sat/Sunday all

redballoon
09-12-2009, 08:31 PM
I am NOT feeling good and I am getting angrier at being rather incapacitated because of my fall. My back is really hurting, worse than yesterday, and I had to stay home from riding today. Yesterday I did a little bit and afterward it felt worse. It's just not fair. I have been trying so hard at riding and then, just when it seemed I'd made a breakthrough, I fall off and am out of action. I really want to cry.
So, yesterday, in pain, and feeling like everything is against me, I had a little sugar binge and ate late.
Yeah, so that's the way it is. I really think somebody hates me.

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Shad -- I didn't give up caffeine. My, God! That is unthinkable. I only cut back, reduced the huge amount I was drinking. Work had put me in the habit of a huge hit (after my morning hit) in the afternoon, even two. And continuing that for a couple years....well, it escalated. Even so, I was still very sensitive to caffeine. Now I have cut the afternoon dosage way down and, in addition, only allow tea. I am very sensitive to caffeine in all forms.
Hope you have a good report on the job search. I have an interview later this week. I am NOT looking forward to it, as I don't even know what kind of job is available. That's often the way things are done in Japan. You are looking more at working for a company, rather than filling a specific slot as far as job description goes.
I think the days of sabotage, like with you, are what prevent me from losing weight over the long run. I've got to get with it too.
...just what is your brother doing with those crates, by the way? :?:

Apple -- You're doing well on your challenges. Atta girl!! :cheer2:
Thanks for the well wishes. I sure hope this does get better. It seems to be getting worse. It's more my back and side than my hip now. I think I may have worsened it yesterday because, though it didn't hurt WHILE I was riding, it hurt afterward and that was when the aspirin should have still been in effect. :^:
How are YOU feeling? Just take those little steps/ They do add up, IF you're consistent and even if you're not, you should congratulate yourself on taking them at all. I don't know what's going on in your life, but there are times when you've just got to weather the storm, when you can't expect days of sunshine and progress, but just need to go into a type of protective fetal position and protect what you already have.

No bouncing, I'm afraid, this week..... :)
:trampo:

Apple Blossom
09-13-2009, 12:14 AM
No Beer, Day 4, 2 pauses allowed
Wii Fit, Day 4, 2 pauses allowed
Well, the good news is that my appetite is low, and I have no desire for a beer. Yay! The bad news is that I still don't feel all that well. My kids were all sick this week and I might have a touch of what they had. I am back to normal eating, although I don't think I did a great job of it either. I didn't eat too much, but I had intended on eating more fruit. I'll eat more fruit tomorrow!
Red, I really hope you are feeling better soon! Hang in there!
Shad, I'm the same way, week-ends are tough. But if you are good for the other 5 days, the math should still be on your side.

Shad
09-13-2009, 05:35 PM
Day 11

1300 (about) daily calorie limit - Day 10 1 pause day left
Exercise daily - 2 pause days
Portion control - Day 10 1 pause days
Water - 1 litre at least - 2 pause days

Managed to hang it all together yesterday. So we move along. Busy day again today - getting close to finished in the loo. Only one row of tiles and the capping row to go, finish the paint, grout and decorate - thats it. Will get most of the painting done today and the tiling.
But first I have to organise the shopping and plan the menu and tidy up around the house. DS2 has been putting in more power points and shifting light switches and he is not a tidy workman I can tell you.

Red - hanging in there? Hope the hip and back as now starting to come right for you.

Apple - how's it going. Your description of diet reminded me of one I did years ago which started with fasting - just water and weak coffee or tea and then added fruit juice, fruit, soup, veges, meat. By the end of the week you were back on full rations. It did drop a few pounds if you managed to stick with the first 3 days, but it was only fluid basically that you lost.

Anyway, I'd better go and get on with this glorious day. You into the Cherry Blossom up there Red???

redballoon
09-13-2009, 06:47 PM
It's hard to say if I'm feeling better. I would like to say I am. It's very hard to find a place to sleep on that doesn't hurt, but I did somehow. Yesterday, I stayed in until late afternoon. Then a long walk and it was painful. I had to stop along the way. I was exhausted from holding myself somehow tense in order not to be surprised by sudden pain. I really hate this. I want to be going to the gym, working out, making progress on this FAT, but can't......this really makes me think I should give up riding. :(
As for the challenges, I went to some raw vegan "buffet." It was pricey as heck and though the food was good, it was too strong-flavored or something. You couldn't eat a lot of it and yet it wasn't filling. I allowed that post-six eating because those were the initial rules of my challenge. Dinner dates don't count (they're rare) and I stopped any other eating after that (even walked the 45 min. home instead of taking a train in closer.
I wanted to smoke yesterday, really, passing my old haunts, the alcohol didn't call, but the cigarettes did. I almost decided to smoke when I got home, then thought that this would start up an old habit. With me it truly is all or nothing. And "all" means I have to make a big thing of it, such as a night out, something that doesn't get triggered by everyday things.
Anyhow, I am feeling like everything is futile again.....not a good mindset.
I'm canning the journaling. I never do it properly. Really can't get into it. Maybe I need to do it stealth for a while. I have an extreme aversion to authority....even my own. :dunno:
Nonetheless, I have been practicing the piano.... :yes:

FOOD/EXERCISE JOURNAL -- temporarily on hold

NO SUGAR-- Day 11 completed 2 pauses taken

NO EATING AFTER 6 P.M. -- (Round 2, 3 pauses on Rd. 1) Day 2 completed 1 pause taken

NO ALCOHOL (round 3, 1 pause on round 1, no pauses on round 2) --
Day 12 completed 1 pause taken

NO SMOKING (round 3, 3 pauses on round 1, no pauses on round 2) -- Day 12 completed 1 pause taken

CAFFEINE CUT (Round 4, 2 pauses on round 3) --
Day 19 completed 1 pause taken

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Shad -- Good for "hanging it all together!" You certainly sound busy.
Things with me continue to hurt and I notice different pains more and more. Taking the train home last night, I was afraid people would bump me, that's how much it hurts. My friends even carried my backpack for me. I feel decrepit.
"The Cherry Blossom?" Do you mean the actual blossoms and such or something else? We're heading into winter here. The blossoms come out in April or May... :?:

Apple -- Another day notched on your challenges is another day moving you out of that HOLE. Good for you and thanks for the well wishes. I think I may be feeling better, though it's hard to tell when you haven't moved much. :^:

Apple Blossom
09-13-2009, 06:53 PM
No Beer, Day 5, 2 pauses allowed
Wii Fit, Day 5, 2 pauses allowed
Nothing exciting to report today. So far I'm eating OK today, and I did a lot of gardening. I'm about to take a stroll with the dog and the kids on bikes. Just have to make a good choice for dinner. Tomorrow I hope to go to the gym, and get started on a routine. I keep thinking a routine would develop once school started and we have been back for over 3 weeks now. Last week all 3 were sick so that didn't help.
Sorry, I have to go, the kids are excited about the bike ride. Hello to all!

Shad
09-13-2009, 07:03 PM
Red - sorry, I forgot, the spring is sprung down here. I saw a program on the Cherry blossom this weekend and thought about you. Hence Stupid comment number 1023

redballoon
09-13-2009, 07:09 PM
No, probs, Shad. I figured it was equator amnesia striking. Either that or it was some movie I hadn't heard of.... :lol3:

diyana
09-14-2009, 07:35 AM
Red - Good for you for sticking to all your challenges! You rock, sista! Sorry to hear that you have asthma too. Mine is mostly "exercise induced", so I use an inhaler before I work out. But when I get a cold, it typically goes straight to my lungs. I'm so sorry to hear you're still in so much pain. I know how frustrating back and hip pain can be. Are you using ice packs (or bags of frozen veggies) to help with the pain/swelling? Ice therapy can really ease pain and speed healing. I can TOTALLY understand what you're going through with the pain while walking. I know your frustration. Before I got my most recent cortisone shot in my back (specifically the SI joint), I was only able to walk 7 or 8 minutes without pain and was also afraid to be in crowds for fear of being bumped. Hang in there. Do y'all have Aleve over there (Naproxen Sodium)? That can really help with back pain, but make sure you take it with food or milk as it can cause stomach upset.

Apple - Good for you for climbing out of the hole and taking the dogs for a walk. I'm sure they enjoyed it a lot! I've got a ton of clutter in my home. I wish I could tackle one area a day and be done with it. Are you eating lots of veggies? Veggies contain a lot of similar vitamins as fruit...but for a lot less calories. I try and eat 4 to 5 servings of veggies per day and 2 servings of fruit (usually strawberries and grapes) per day during the week.

Shad - I too have trouble sticking with my program on the weekend. I'm just not as regimented about sticking to my eating plan, water drinking and exercising on the weekend. I think I need to challenge myself to stay on plan for the next 4 weekends, and if I do, I'll come up with some kind of fun reward for myself. I hope you had a great breakfast with your brother and niece. I hope you hear about the job interview soon. Glad to hear the loo project is nearly complete! Yay!

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Red, I've been on prednisone several times...in fact, I was on it most of last autumn for chronic bronchitis/pneumonia. I've never noticed a dependency...it's the other side effects that I hate: feeling jittery, irritable (like PMS times 1000), CONSTANT desire to eat and resulting weight gain. Well, at least it is helping and I'm down to just two pills today, 1 tomorrow and then I'm done.

As for me, it was a tough weekend. I mentioned above that Prednisone makes me want to continuously eat. And with this course of Prednisone, they started me on a high dose of 7 pills five days ago, dropping down by one pill per day until after tomorrow when I'll be all done. With the higher doses, I kept wanting to eat and snack and nosh throughout the day. So Friday and Saturday were difficult. Saturday afternoon, I went to the store and got lots of carrots and other veggies...so that if I had to keep eating, at least I could be crunching on zero point veggies which helped. I'm starting all my challenges over today.

Journal and stay within WW points - 3 pauses allowed
Drink 64 ounces of water - 3 pauses allowed
20 minutes (at least) of cardio - 3 pauses allowed
25 crunches - 3 pauses allowed

Apple Blossom
09-14-2009, 05:15 PM
No Beer, Day 6, 2 pauses allowed
Wii Fit, Day 6, 2 pauses allowed
HI all. Not a great eating day yesterday, but I made it to the gym this morning and today is going OK.
Diyana, my dog was on prednisone and the same thing happened to him. He wanted to eat all of the time and was practically climbing up on counters and tables to steal food. Not that I'm comparing you to a dog....;) I'm glad you are almost done with it. Do you feel better? Good luck on the restart of your challenges.
Equator amnesia...ha ha:lol:

redballoon
09-14-2009, 09:31 PM
Well, I am NOT happy with myself but I'm also NOT going to beat myself up about it. I am realizing that I am FAR too critical of myself and it's just NO fun.
I'm often negatively critical at the wrong times and far too lax at others.
This must be worked on! :strong:
Ok, yesterday, the whole lack of exercise, the pain, the aimlessness of my current situation just got to me and, surprise, I turned to sweet stuff to....to what?!?!...to help things??.....to turn things around?!??! All right, you get the point. Pigging on sugar didn't help a thing. It just gave me a distraction, an escape, one that took me nowhere REAL.
So, it's got to stop. If I can't do the journaling, then I'm just going to have to keep coming in here and declaring the challenge without going anywhere...a big O! I don't think that will last.
I totally forgot about the no-evening eating yesterday, until I was way into my pig out. Enough! The idea has got to get back to basics, which is, LOSE the fat!
Here's to a better day. The pains feel better. I went from yesterday afternoon to this morning with no painkillers and I could sleep more easily (meaning I could roll around and lie on different parts without it hurting too much). So, I do think I'm on the mend.
Oh, yes, it's largely not thanks to me that I was able to notch another no-alcohol day. I broke down and called a friend, inviting her out for drinks. Luckily, she couldn't join me. I just felt hopeless and discouraged about so much. I'm glad now that she couldn't make it. I have a goal for myself of not allowing myself any alcohol until I weigh under 70 kg for five readings (not necessarily in a row). At first I was going to allow a drink on the first of the month, but I realize that that is no incentive to losing weight.
Also, I MUST start watching the calories. If I don't, these days of forced inactivity mean weight gain, because I am not even maintaining (due to overeating without exercise).
Ok, sorry for the ramble.... :^:

So, I'm starting TWO new challenges (well, restarting the journal). The really hard one is going to be a calorie challenge...sticking to 1,500 calories plus my exercise calories (I have a little system ;) ) Here goes, ready or not! :mad:

1,500 CALORIE CHALLENGE Day 0 completed

FOOD/EXERCISE JOURNAL -- Day 0 completed

NO SUGAR-- Day 11 completed 3 pauses taken

NO EATING AFTER 6 P.M. -- (Round 2, 3 pauses on Rd. 1) Day 2 completed 2 pauses taken

NO ALCOHOL (round 3, 1 pause on round 1, no pauses on round 2) --
Day 13 completed 1 pause taken

NO SMOKING (round 3, 3 pauses on round 1, no pauses on round 2) -- Day 13 completed 1 pause taken

CAFFEINE CUT (Round 4, 2 pauses on round 3) --
Day 20 completed 1 pause taken

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diiyana -- Yes, the asthma is nowhere near as bad as years ago when I was smoking a lot. But I still get it a bit, especially on cold dry mornings when I'm riding and can't ease into the exercise (when the teacher is forcing me to work hard). Yes, the pain was bad and is still there. But it is definitely better this morning. It now feels more like sore, tired muscles and not inflamed ones. I only had put something on my back in the beginning. I guess I should have done more.
So, that is how you felt without the cortisone. Yikes. It's awful and, you know, like in the train, you really start getting this tense, nervousness about you because of the fear of sudden pain or being bumped etc. I don't know if there is Aleve here. The thing is, it's not really back pain. It's a pain in my back, but not related to the spinal cord. I guess it was pulled, twisted inner muscles. I had done a bit of back weight training on Friday (yes..it was stupid) but didn't feel pain. So, I think it was the inner muscles more and just the blow to skin and whatever, maybe a bruised rib. Yesterday it hurt to cough.
That is weird that prednisone makes you want to eat. Why would a medicine do that, I wonder? That is so awesome of you to have made yourself eat carrots instead of junk. Very admirable!

Apple -- Now, YOU are on a roll!! :cp:

Shad -- How goes it Down Under? Seen any snow flurries yet? ;)

Shad
09-15-2009, 05:14 AM
Nope, snow flurries are about as visible as the Easter Bunny round here.

1300 (about) daily calorie limit - Day 11 1 pause day left
Exercise daily - Day 11 - 1 pause days
Portion control - Day 11 - 1 pause days
Water - 1 litre at least - Day 12 - 2 pause days

Fairly busy day here. Up early and into the garden before it got too hot. Then working inside the house until I had to go out for an appointment. Then back to working in the house. The days are certainly geting longer and it is harder to come inside at night but the mosquitos are beginning to bug me and the DS so unfortunately we have to come in and shut up the house long before I am ready. Aaaah well.
Missed out on the job I went for. According to the recruitment officer I am not a good team fit was the excuse. Huh?? Oh poop. Try again for something else another time. :faint:

Good to hear you are not beating yourself up Red. These things will happen. Just not very regularly we hope.

redballoon
09-15-2009, 06:22 AM
Calling it an early night. I'm going to bed super early so I don't eat or feel sorry for myself (which somehow tends to lead to sugar binges..)
I finished the caffeine reduction challenge!! That's 4 rounds or 12 weeks, three months, not bad. It seems like MUCH longer. I didn't even have tea today in the afternoon, not black tea that is. Only had green roasted tea (hoji cha). The caffeine content of that is far, far less than coffee and far less than black tea. I did feel the lack of my usual black tea boost but by then it was too late in the day to give myself a shot of black tea (allowed once) and it would have kept me up...not the object. I probably should be notching this challenge up a notch anyhow....let me think about that one.
I am happy to say that I got through a relatively food-sparse day with NO sugar either. Hurrah! :bravo:
I am truly trying to stop being so horribly self-critical of myself or at least start giving myself praise. I can't help it if others around me don't or if their praise sounds more like envy (I get so much of that.) I can give the praise to myself and avoid having to be modest, self-effacing or otherwise try constantly to not arouse the usually wholly unjustified jealousy of others. I am sick of it! :yes:
...not talking about you lovely folks! I'm talking about the people around me here, in lovely, never boast, never pretend you're happy Japan.

1,500 CALORIE (approx.) CHALLENGE Day 1 completed

FOOD/EXERCISE JOURNAL -- Day 1 completed

NO SUGAR-- Day 12 completed 3 pauses taken

NO EATING AFTER 6 P.M. -- (Round 2, 3 pauses on Rd. 1) Day 3 completed 2 pauses taken

NO ALCOHOL (round 3, 1 pause on round 1, no pauses on round 2) --
Day 14 completed 1 pause taken

NO SMOKING (round 3, 3 pauses on round 1, no pauses on round 2) -- Day 14 completed 1 pause taken

CAFFEINE CUT (Round 4, 2 pauses on round 3) --
Day 21 completed 1 pause taken CHALLENGE COMPLETED!!! :cp: :celebrate: :cp: :encore:

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Shad -- Excellent work on the challenges!! Too bad about that job, but then again....who wants to be pegged for some "team fit." Give me a break. You should have told him if the others didn't fit you, you could have beat them into shape in no time. :rofl: No? Don't think they would have liked that?

diyana
09-15-2009, 09:21 AM
Red - Congrats on completing the caffeine cut back challenge! :cp: :cp: :woohoo: I'm glad to hear you're working on being less self-critical. I think there's nothing wrong with self-praise. You can't rely on others for praise (other than here), because they may not notice your successes. So why not pat yourself on the back. You're doing great! You're taking wonderful strides toward better health and you should be quite proud of yourself. I know it's frustrating when you're working hard at doing all the right things but the results aren't showing up. And I understand the frustration of pain and not being able to exercise. And how forced inactivity due to pain puts more pressure on us to watch calories. Can you recumbent bike or swim at the gym? Or another non-weight bearing exercise. If you can't exercise without pain, then just hold off until your back/hip heals. I'm glad to hear that you think the pain in your back/hip are muscle related and not spinal. That's very good news. If the muscles are sore, a good treatment (in addition to ice) is massage. I know this is difficult if it's in an area you can't reach yourself. My PT suggested that I use a good hard lacrosse ball or even a tennis ball and sit or lay on it (depending on the muscles that need to be massaged) and roll around. I know it sounds weird, but it is a good self-massage technique. In fact, when DH's low back was bothering him the other day, I had him lay on his back on the floor and I put a tennis ball under his back. He rolled around on it and was able to massage exactly where he needed it.

Shad - Such a stupid company to pass up on the chance to have you come in and make improvements. Their loss. How nice that your days are getting longer...sorry that the mossies are such a bother already.

Apple - You're doing great on your challenges! Good for you! Yup, I used to have a dog that was on Prednisone, and it did the same thing to him. At least I'm handling it better than I did last autumn when I was on it for 3 or 4 months and gained A LOT of weight. Hopefully, I'll stay the same or show a loss on Thursday.

At my work, we are having a walking challenge where we are all encouraged to walk at least 10,000 steps per day (which works out to roughly 5 miles). Even though I have a sedentary job, the building I work in is quite large so it takes nearly 250 steps round trip to go to the loo, about 700 or 800 to go to the cafeteria to get more water or coffee, and if you walk around the all the office buildings (not all my company) in the office complex, that's roughly 2 miles. We've had lovely weather...which has made it nice to go out for a walk at lunch and then take another walk after I get home from work, which brought me to a total of nearly 12,000 steps for the day, about an hour of which was in the cardio zone. :)

Yesterday was a stressful day. The details are too long and sordid, but my 25 year old nephew is being a closed-minded idiot, and there's no opening his mind - believe me, I've tried. I've just gotta accept it, move on and not stress about it. It does no good.

I'm not going to focus on what frustrates me though...I'm going to focus on all that I enjoy and all the positive people/relationships/aspects in my life and how fortunate I am. :)

Right now, time to get to work at the job I really appreciate and enjoy!

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Journal and stay within WW points - 3 pauses left - Day 1 completed
Drink 64 ounces of water - 3 pauses left - Day 1 completed
20 minutes (at least) of cardio - 3 pauses left - Day 1 completed
25 crunches - 3 pauses left - Day 1 completed

Shad
09-16-2009, 12:47 AM
Time to check in again.

1300 (about) daily calorie limit - Day 12 1 pause day left
Exercise daily - Day 12 - 1 pause days
Portion control - Day 12 - 1 pause days
Water - 1 litre at least - Day 13 - 2 pause days

Feeling totally antsy today. Forgot to weigh in before breakfast - that annoyed me. Then of course I had to check in AFTER the fact and that annoyed me even more. Stupid, stupid, stupid. Of course you are a pound heavier after you have eaten cereal, yoghurt and rhubarb you idiot. Bah humbug.

Forgive me, no personals today. I'm going out to kick something around the back yard. Haven't exercised yet either. My friend who walks with me has been cancelling out a bit lately so I have had to do my own thing late in the afternoon. Another thing to annoy me. It's not her fault either. I'm just antsy.

diyana
09-16-2009, 07:26 AM
Shad - I understand the antsy and annoyed feeling. I hope you got out and exercised...that always helps me to work those feelings out.

Red and Apple - I hope you both are doing okay.

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I've been getting on the scale in the mornings for the last few days and have been pretty consistently seeing 218s and 217s...and then today...BAM...220! WTF!! I do NOT need this the day before my official WW weigh in day! At least no more prednisone...hopefully my appetite will calm down. I've got to bring more zero point food to work to snack on.

Journal and stay within WW points - 3 pauses left - Day 2 completed
Drink 64 ounces of water - 3 pauses left - Day 2 completed
20 minutes (at least) of cardio - 3 pauses left - Day 2 completed
25 crunches - 3 pauses left - Day 2 completed

Shad
09-16-2009, 05:48 PM
1300 (about) daily calorie limit - Day 13 1 pause day left
Exercise daily - Day 13 - 1 pause days
Portion control - Day 13 - 1 pause days
Water - 1 litre at least - Day 14 - 2 pause days

Good day yesterday. My weight is now 80.6 down .5kg from last week which I am happy about. Now just have to keep on keeping on and shut my mouth during the weekends.

Michelle I can so sympathise with you and the weight. It is just so easy to put on and so hard to take off.

Catch up with the rest of you soon

redballoon
09-17-2009, 06:59 AM
Restarting a couple challenges... :^: Horror details later...

1,500 CALORIE (approx.) CHALLENGE Day 0 completed

FOOD/EXERCISE JOURNAL -- Day 0 completed

NO SUGAR-- Day 14 completed 3 pauses taken

NO EATING AFTER 6 P.M. -- Day 0 completed

NO ALCOHOL (round 3) --
Day 15 completed 2 pauses taken

NO SMOKING (round 3) -- Day 15 completed 2 pauses taken

CAFFEINE CUT (Round 5) --
Day 2 completed 1 pause taken

diyana
09-17-2009, 07:33 AM
Had a good food and exercise day yesterday. I was feeling pretty frustrated that the scale isn't being kind...we'll see what the WW scale shows later today. I was reading posts from the 100-lb club about how much they exercise and I decided to step it up a notch last night so that I can get out of the 220s. I did an hour of cardio, followed by about 10 minutes of abs. Tonight I'll be going to the gym for at least 1/2 hour of cardio followed by my favorite 1/2 hour strength training class. I got the audio book of You On a Diet from the library and though I just started listening to it this morning, those docs have a sense of humor and really use some funny analogies.

Journal and stay within WW points - 3 pauses left - Day 3 completed
Drink 64 ounces of water - 3 pauses left - Day 3 completed
20 minutes (at least) of cardio - 3 pauses left - Day 3 completed
25 crunches - 3 pauses left - Day 3 completed


Shad - Congrats on the weight loss! You're doing great! I, too, have a big problem on the weekends....the weekdays are so much more structured for me and much easier to stay on plan.

Red - Sorry to hear that you had some early Halloween challenge horrors and had to restart. But good on ya' for getting back here and restarting! You're still doing great with many of your challenges! :bravo:

diyana
09-17-2009, 02:24 PM
I had a very pleasant surprise at weigh in today. My home scale this morning said 220...but when I weighed in at lunch time, I was 219.2, so I was down 1.6 pounds, despite the prednisone! :woohoo: I'm in the Two Teens!!! :woohoo: And I have begun to step up (pardon the pun) my exercising...so hopefully this downward trend will continue!

redballoon
09-17-2009, 11:10 PM
I am seriously thinking of taking an extended break from the challenges.
I am not in a good way and wonder if the pressure of the challenges is making things worse.
The past week has been a very bad one for me as the pain from my fall has totally disrupted my exercise and routine. I don't think my eating has been any worse at all but I seem to have gained and that is very depressing. My pants are tighter than ever and my clothes check today was worse than last week....I would have to say noticeably, if not significantly.
I truly no longer believe I can lose weight or that even if I lose a bit, I will immediately gain it right back. And that very belief is probably the biggest block to losing weight. But is constant vigilance needed? Is it because my eating patterns are so ingrained that I gain the weight right back? I am not drinking any where the amount I used to and even with that, my weight stays basically the same.
Any advice. Be gentle please. I know I'm in a terrible low because of my fall and the continuing pain and feelings that all is working against me and/or is futile.

diyana, I am happy for you that you have seen a loss this week. How do you deal with the, dare I say, slow progress. And excuse me if you don't see it that way. I certainly don't mean to rain on your parade. Not that 1.6 lbs is slow, but in general? You seem happy about what you get (and Shad too) and that's something that I can't muster because every time I lose I seem to gain it right back. Oh, I wish I would have something that looks truly good happen to me, something that is truly good. I am so in need of it.

redballoon
09-17-2009, 11:58 PM
Ok, I'm just going to try to suck up and accept the reality. It is damn easy to put on weight and damn hard to take it off. That's the sum of it. Why bemoan it? That's an unneeded expense of energy. :drill: Deal with it! ....still, any kind words are most welcome. I'm really feeling like a loser...in the usual sense of the word. :^:

Shad
09-18-2009, 02:35 AM
Morning all,

1300 (about) daily calorie limit - Day 14 1 pause day left
Exercise daily - Day 14 - 1 pause days
Portion control - Day 14 - 1 pause days
Water - 1 litre at least - Day 14 - 1 pause days

Took a pause on water. Not enough went past the teeth and over the tongue. Only one pause left on all the challenges. I've been doing these challenges for what seems like for ever and still they are not ingrained. :mad:
Weight is up slightly this morning, but I think that maybe because I had Tandoori chicken with rice last night - yes I made it myself but I also had smoked salmon in my lunch yesterday and that has plenty of salt in it. So I won't get excited here. It's only a small amount.

This journey is about discovery and realisation, not about condemnation and self berating. I ought to remember that and work to overcome my hurdles and hiccups. To become a better me. Ummmmm that really needs working on.

redballoon
09-18-2009, 07:31 AM
I don't want to talk about it...at least I got a lot of walking in today. I definitely feel like I am on the mend. There is still pain, especially now after all that walking but it is far, far better than it was.

FOOD/EXERCISE JOURNAL -- Day 1 completed

NO SUGAR-- sugar has fallen :faint:

NO EATING AFTER 6 P.M. -- Day 0 completed

NO ALCOHOL (round 3) --
Day 16 completed 2 pauses taken

NO SMOKING (round 3) -- Day 16 completed 2 pauses taken

CAFFEINE CUT (Round 5) --
Day 3 completed 1 pause taken

diyana
09-18-2009, 08:00 AM
I had a great workout at the gym last night and got a total of roughly 14000 steps in. Today, I'm going to walk at lunch and after work. I've got to take advantage of this gorgeous weather while we still have it. It's cooled off some from the mid 80s we had earlier in the week, but it's still very nice.

Red - Sorry to hear that you're in a funk. Personally, I think that you're giving up the booze and the cigs is a HUGE reason to celebrate! Think of the wonderful gift you have given to your body with just those two changes. Even if it doesn't show on the scale, your lungs and liver (and other organs) thank you profusely every day for not poisoning them anymore! And you've cut back on caffeine and sugar - which are TREMENDOUS accomplishments!! I am SOOOO proud of you!! You are definitely a WINNER in my book!! And I TOTALLY understand the frustration you're feeling in terms of the pain. While my back was giving me fits (for months), I couldn't walk more than 5 minutes. I tried to do what I could, but often got frustrated and felt like "what's the point", which led me to very unhealthy eating. The illness and pain (not being able to work out) I was experiencing late last year and earlier 2009, coupled with a "why bother since I can't workout" mindset led to me gaining back all 40 of the pounds I lost in the first 9 months of 2008. Very, very frustrating. It is WAY easier to put the weight on than to take it off. For me, all it takes is a WTF attitude. For me....I HAVE to try and stay positive, stay extremely vigilant and accept every little bit of weight loss as a blessing (even though I did work my arse off to earn it - sometimes it doesn't show). And in my work-sponsored weight management group, the nurse who leads it asked me if I can keep up with this vigilence and keep doing what I'm doing for life. I said that yes, I understand that I will NEVER be able to go back to the slug-like sedentary lifestyle and high-fat, high-sugar eating habits. That being said, I do think, for me, some flexibility is necessary. If I have a cookie, I have a cookie. Am I going to give up cookies (and other food porn items) PERMANENTLY? No. Heck, I might even occasionally (a couple times a year) treat myself to some authentic Chicago deep dish pizza (which is nearly 2 days of WW points for a extra small personal size pizza). I'm just learning to view these as very occasional treats, rather than a staple of my diet. As for me, I am viewing the 1.6 lb loss as a great accomplishment after bouncing between 220 and 221 for weeks, and I was on prednisone and eating CONSTANTLY! I work with someone who is doing WW at Work now but is planning on quitting because she's not losing as fast as she'd like. She was hoping to get to goal by October. She is noticing that for her, it's very difficult and rare to achieve a loss. She did well in the beginning and even though she's doing everything right...she's at a plateau. But she only has a few pounds left to get to goal. I think it is very true that when you have A LOT to lose, the weight does come off a little easier - not easy by any means. And I tell her that while I may have lost over a pound this week, I still have 70 pounds to go. I'm going to be at this for a year or two just to get to goal (and then still not be able to go back to my old habits).

Shad - You are SO right...the journey is about discovery and self-realization. And about persistence, not perfection. I KNOW I will get to goal this time because I'm NOT going to quit. And as long as I don't quit, I cannot fail. Good on ya' for your challenges....only 1 week to go 'till completion! And I hear ya', it's hard for me to consider these good behaviors ingrained when I would often love to go back to my couch-potato, high-fat/low-veg lifestyle, but I know that doing what I did would just get me back to where I was (or something like that).


Journal and stay within WW points - 3 pauses left - Day 4 completed
Drink 64 ounces of water - 3 pauses left - Day 4 completed
20 minutes (at least) of cardio - 3 pauses left - Day 4 completed
25 crunches - 3 pauses left - Day 4 completed
At least 10000 steps per day - 2 pauses left - Day 1 completed

diyana
09-18-2009, 08:03 AM
Red - I'm so very glad you're feeling like you're on the mend. I would suggest that after you walk, you ice your hips, back and anywhere that you feel might be especially sore. That, along with a couple over the counter anti-inflammatory pain meds like Advil or Aleve, really helps me.

redballoon
09-18-2009, 09:03 PM
diyana -- Thank you for that long post. I wish I had someone like you right here with me so I wouldn't get so down on myself, always thinking nothing of my accomplishments. I don't know why that is. I guess I just never had anyone like that and it's not something I think people tend to do naturally. Well, I mean, even if you do think you've accomplished something, the glow wears off very quickly and you can't keep patting yourself on the back. I think maintaining is the hardest for this very reason. How long can you say, "oh, guess what, I did this, or I did that....it's been xx days since xx." It wears off and others get tired of it. I don't know. Maybe accomplishments are something you have to cultivate and gloat on in private, but I think you DO need to do that, otherwise, like me, I feel I have done nothing much at all.

You're right, I guess. Giving up regular drinking and smoking and a lot of the sugar must be doing my body some good, my body and my mind. The fall off the horse is a setback, nothing more, but naturally, it's affecting my mind and body as well. I always realized this morning that, yes, I CAN go to the gym. I just may not be able to do anything near my usual routine. But, I could stretch or lightly pedal a bike, which would probably be better than staying away from the gym and feeling my entire life routine has been disrupted. Gosh, I am so inflexible that when life forces me to change, I don't bend with those changes and incorporate them into my routine, but wander lost and aimless. What a fool!

I think I have to just stop pressuring myself. Flexibility is a problem with me because I tend to snowball, say, with sugar or anything really. Anyhow, I've got to start looking at the big picture more, I think and take care of things along the way, instead of this I'll-wait-till-I'm-thin-and-I-feel-like-a-million-bucks kind of thinking.

diyana, you're doing great on the walking. 14,000 steps is a LOT. I know, because I used to use a pedometer a lot. A workout too? Wow, your body, either your weight or your measurements is going to be getting quite a shakeup.

Shad -- I think a journey does contain discovery and realization AS WELL AS condemnation and self berating, the "bad" with the "good." It's awareness that is important and how we deal with all the elements of a journey. Though I don't like the times of self-criticism, I do believe those times are necessary to move me along and on to new ways of dealing with these feelings. They are ALWAYS going to come along. There is nothing wrong with self-criticism in itself, positive as well as negative. The reason I don't believe in all this "let's only be positive" stuff is that it is unrealistic and actually gives me more fuel when negativity and rough times come along to berate myself for feeling poorly.

I don't think being thin will entail a "better me." It may lead to another me. And I certainly will be perceived differently from the outside, which may lead to a different me. Better or worse, even. I know lots of people who have become snobs and little rats once they became thin. I think they were better people when they were fat. It's like noveau rich. A poor person may only be "good" until they have the choioce. Maybe I will become "better" in the sense that I will be able to use my abilities more in this world. When I think back on the worst times of my life, maybe back when I was 20 and very overweight, I am the same person in many ways, my thinking, my feelings, but I can deal with things so much better now, people, what life throws me. There were also other times when I was much thinner than now but dealing with other aspects of life in a very foolish way, one that caused me a lot of pain. Learning to deal with things better. I guess that's what this process is about, eh? If I think of that, I don't feel so bad about being a certain weight, or whatever things I would like to change. Hmm....now to remember this.

It's funny about the challenges not become "ingrained" as you say. I am the same. I know that if I don't do a sugar challenge, I will soon snowball back to constant overindulgence. If I don't do an alcohol challenge, I'll be out drinking beer several times a week. Whatever, maybe the "challenges" are more just that, not a habit-forming tool.

I'm glad you're carrying on bravely with your challenges, Shad. You are much more stalwart than I!

Shad
09-18-2009, 11:17 PM
1300 (about) daily calorie limit - Day 15 1 pause day left
Exercise daily - Day 15 - 1 pause days
Portion control - Day 15 - 1 pause days
Water - 1 litre at least - Day 15 - 1 pause days


Weight is every which way but down, and I will be struggling for another loss this week I think. Aaah well. How long have I got - to halloween or somewhere?

Gotta go. Things are moving along and I am not catching up. I will be back for personals later tonight.

redballoon
09-19-2009, 04:13 PM
Had a day of energy, just forced myself to be positive. Now, however, the pain in my back is back in force....maybe I will have to see a doctor to see what I should NOT be doing. :(
Challenge-wise, I stuck to most of them, but decided to hold off on sugar and evening eating. I need a break on those. I was good with food though and took the journal seriously. Two good days of getting everything down.

FOOD/EXERCISE JOURNAL -- Day 2 completed
NO SUGAR-- Day 0 completed
NO EATING AFTER 6 P.M. -- Day 0 completed
NO ALCOHOL (round 3) --
Day 17 completed 2 pauses taken
NO SMOKING (round 3) -- Day 17 completed 2 pauses taken
CAFFEINE CUT (Round 5) --
Day 4 completed 1 pause taken

Apple Blossom
09-19-2009, 07:10 PM
No Beer, Day 10, 1 pause left of 2 allowed
Hi, I just wanted to jump before it got to hard to keep up with everyone. I am still on the no beer with one pause, but I've been unable to stick with the wii. I'll get back at it soon, but I'm not so sure its all that important. I need to get on an exercise schedule, that would produce some results, I hope!
Sorry I wasn't around when you hit a rough patch Red, it looks like you are doing OK though.
I have to run, I am expecting company any minute. I'll check in again soon!

redballoon
09-19-2009, 10:58 PM
Well, after finally getting around to reading about bruised ribs on the Net, I figure that's what I have because the descriptions and people's experiences are exactly like mine. So, now I don't feel so bad. I am just going to take it easy (which means NOT taking painkiller so I work through the pain instead of against it) and doing what I CAN do instead of thinking about what I can't do.

I am using some NLP (neurolinguistic programming) techniques concerning eating and I am hoping they will help.
Ever heard of that?

Have to go pick up my new mobile phone. You know they cost about $600 for a new one but you can find deals or go for a cruddy model. I got a half price deal on a slightly older model if I pay up front, so only $300. Not bad, considering.

I'm going to concentrate on awareness of what I'm putting in my mouth, which should help me stop being surprised when I don't lose weight. I think I've said it before, but when you look at the math, it's so easy to wipe out a week or even two weeks' of efforts in a day or two (at least when I do it ;) )
Heck, it's just like money. It flies out of my hands at the speed of light! :o

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Apple -- I hadn't wanted to ask how you were doing because I feared the worst, but I'm so glad to hear you are doing well on the no beer challenge.
Take these challenges one at a time if that will get you through one. The beer has always been hard for you, so don't think little of this accomplishment. I have done no alcohol and such for long stretches (for me long) and the fact that I'm not working now means temptations are rare. When I am on my own, I tend to do healthy things.
Anyhow, don't worry about me. A mere mention makes me feel better. Bad patches are part of my life. I moan and throw tantrums but I AM getting better. I have had a lot of contact with Brits in recent years and I think the wingeing has worn off on me. :^:

Shad -- "How long have you got?" What is your goal? Do you have a certain date by which you want to lose a certain amount?

diyana -- How are you doing?

Shad
09-20-2009, 05:30 PM
Morning all,

Oh no - do not be a whinging Pom Red. I might have to move along if this is to be!!! :yikes:

Red - on my other thread, we have a challenge going to lose a nominated amount by Halloween. I have signed up for 3kg. from 81 - 78kg. My doctor told me to lose 4-5kg and go back for another cholesterol test. It was apparently a bit high last time and since I haven't changed what I eat, it has to do with a lack of exercise since that is the one thing that has changed in my life - apart from not working that is. But not exercising has been longer than not working. I've never heard of NLP. Is it some kind of sleep programming??? Listening to sublime messages?? Sometimes I wonder if we dwell too much on this sort of stuff - like not achieving - and our own inadequacies keep us on the back pedal. Not sure if I am making sense here, so I am off to work out the menu for the week and go shopping for the necessities. All my green veges are now coming out of my own garden although I might need to plant some more very shortly. It's cut my budget a bit although soon it will be too hot for the garden and the lettuces and tomatoes will shrivel up and the bugs will be back to eat the lot. Bah humbug.

1300 (about) daily calorie limit - Day 17 1 pause day left
Exercise daily - Day 17 - 1 pause days
Portion control - Day 17 - 1 pause days
Water - 1 litre at least - Day 17 - 1 pause days

Weight is down again this morning after going up on Sat/Sun. I really should add journalling to my challenges to see what it is that is causing these silly swings. I have a fair idea, but it is not proof yet. Maybe do that next time around.

diyana
09-21-2009, 07:31 AM
I had a busy (but fun) weekend and was away from here for a couple days. So I have to catch up with what y'all have been doing. DH and I went fishing on Saturday which was fun and a gorgeous day to be out on the boat. Had a good day yesterday, but was busy from before sun up to well after sunset. I wanted to work on my website...but with the weather being SOOOO nice, and knowing that I'd better enjoy the nice weather while it's here...I chose not to spend too much time on the 'puter (just enough to track my WW points online). My eating went to **** at dinner time (had 2 grilled hot dogs with sauerkraut- yummmm!) - but I haven't used all my weekly extra points yet...so I guess I'm still okay. I'm continuing to step up the exercise, so hopefully my weigh in this week will be good.

Journal and stay within WW points - 3 pauses left - Day 6 completed
Drink 64 ounces of water - 3 pauses left - Day 6 completed
20 minutes (at least) of cardio - 3 pauses left - Day 6 completed
25 crunches - 3 pauses left - Day 6 completed
At least 10000 steps per day - 2 pauses left - Day 3 completed

diyana
09-21-2009, 08:03 AM
APPLE - Good for you on the no beer challenge. Were you able to keep it up even with company around?

SHAD - Good for you for doing well on your challenges and on your weight loss! Enjoy your fresh veg while you have them. I still have garden tomatoes, but everything else is done for the season and has to be purchased.

RED - Here's a long post for you, girlfriend. Why can't we keep patting ourselves on the back? Okay...maybe you can't continually boast about your accomplishments to others....but there's no time limit for how long you can be proud of yourself internally for all you've accomplished. I learned years ago that I can't count on others for recurring approval or recognition. They've got other things at the forefront of their mind. I'm proud of all I have accomplished over the years. I'm proud of who I am, and I think you should be proud of who you are and what you've accomplished. You've done things that many people can't or won't (quitting booze and cigs at the same time), putting yourself first to get yourself out of a VERY toxic job environment, etc., and I'm sure there are countless others. Good for you for realizing you can go to the gym...just do a modified workout. Talk to the instructors/trainers there...they are paid to know what you can and cannot do with a certain injury. After a LONG time thinking I couldn't work out with my injured back because I couldn't even walk, I realized that while I couldn't do classes, or the treadmill or elliptical, I could do the recumbent stepper. And I could use the gym's equipment to help me with my PT stretches/exercises.

As for condemnation and self-berating, I think these have NO place in life. When I have the self-berating tapes start playing in my head....I stop them right away. The past is the past....anything we have done cannot be undone. All we can do is life in the moment, making the best possible choices and forgiving ourselves when we make a choice that doesn't turn out well, as we did the best we could based on where we were. I spent most of my life being self-critical...and not feeling like I was "enough". I would think things about myself that I would NEVER think about a good friend. I learned to have more compassion for myself. And I have tried to think positively as much as possible because I believe that like attracts like. When I think negatively, I tend to attract more negativity in my life, as well as get myself sick with worry or guilt or whatever. Whereas when I think positively, even if positive things don't magically appear instantaneously in my life, at least I FEEL better. I can't think of any reason not to think/feel as positively as possible.

As for who we were when we were in the past versus who we are now...heck, I've had SO many really bad experiences and made SO many mistakes. So many things I'd like to take back or change. But I can't. All of the experiences of my past...good and bad....have made me who I am. And I really, really like who I am. Sure I'm 70 or so lbs overweight. Big deal. That doesn't define me one bit, it can be changed, and I'm working hard on changing it.

I'm glad your forcing yourself to be positive and doing NLP. I have a couple friends who are NLP practitioners. I don't know all about it, but what I do know sounds really good! And it sounds like a good tool/technique not just for weight loss but for life in general.

Interesting that you recognize the accomplishment of Apple's no beer challenge, but you can't recognize your own terrific no booze, no cigs accomplishment!

Good for you for concentrating awareness of your food intake. I'm doing that too for the most part. As well as looking for more 0 and 1 point filling food options.


Now, I really have to get to work.

Hugs to all,

Shad
09-21-2009, 06:29 PM
Taking a pause on all challenges for yesterday. Not a good food day and by the time it came to pick up the pieces I just went for broke. Not good

1300 (about) daily calorie limit - Day 17 0 pause day left
Exercise daily - Day 17 - 0 pause days
Portion control - Day 17 - 0 pause days
Water - 1 litre at least - Day 17 - 0 pause days

That means I have to be good for the next 4 days or I will fail. Not an option. One of my challenges should be to finish all challenges with 3 pause days left.

Well said Michelle. It's absolutely amazing how we can sympathise, empathise, commiserate and cheer on others in this journey but we come down on ourselves like a ton of bricks. Share the love with ourselves I say.

Anyway, final push on the loo today. I forgot to take before photos, but I guess I will get some afters in. Actually it looks a bit clinical at the moment I think so I will have to brighten it up somewhat, somehow. Thinking, thinking. Aaaah well it will come to me. Maybe add some pink..... That should stop any lingering in there by the boys you'd think!

Have a good day

redballoon
09-22-2009, 12:50 AM
Can't get a hold on the food log. I just hate writing things down so much! :mad:

FOOD/EXERCISE JOURNAL -- Day 0 completed

NO ALCOHOL (round 3) --
Day 18 completed 3 pauses taken

NO SMOKING (round 3) -- Day 18 completed 3 pauses taken

CAFFEINE CUT (Round 5) --
Day 6 completed 1 pause taken


NOTE: This tally does NOT include Tuesday, the 22nd....

redballoon
09-22-2009, 04:14 AM
Hi, people. Sorry I'm not writing much. I just don't feel like it at the moment (but thanks all for your lengthy posts, especially diyana).

I am in the midst of drinking some pretty vile-tasting mud green vegetable juice I just zapped up. (cucumber, carrots, red pepper, green pepper, spinach, lemon, celery)

And that reminds me that I have been stealthing and am now going to announce the challenge. It's to drink vegetable juice everyday, as a rule fresh, but I will take premade in an emergency. I did this challenge before and it can be quite hard, but I am resigned to doing it again, even if it means holding my nose and swallowing when I haven't bothered to think of making something tasty.

I don't really know if it helps to drink this stuff, but it can't hurt, can it? I've been doing it for four days straight now so...

I am totally wasting the day today....even feel like smoking..but I have no pauses left and only three days left. I can do it! :strong:

Vegetable Juice Challenge Day 4 completed
:dancer:

diyana
09-22-2009, 07:37 AM
Shad - Glad to hear you're on the final stage of the loo. Yes, I should think that a bit of pink might urge the boys to be neat and to not linger. Sorry you had to take a pause on your challenges...but just a few more days, girlfriend. You can do it!

Red - Hang in there with the challenges. You're doing great...don't give up now. I've never made veggie juice, but I do enjoy V-8 (of course it has a lot of sodium). And I love the veggie soup I made over the weekend. It's hard to stop at just one bowl (which would be zero points),so I count it as 1.5 points and have two bowls. As for writing down food intake...I know it's a pain in the arse. But I've found that if I don't do it, my portions get bigger, I go over my points and I end up with a gain. So, that's why I have a daily challenge to journal AND stay within points. It's not fun...but it's what works for me.

Yesterday, I got a ton of exercise! I walked 3 miles or so on my lunch and had my 10K steps in before I left work. Then did 1/2 hour on the treadmill, 1/2 hour of Zumba dance class, and 1/2 hour of weights. Today, I'm going to a workshop after work, so there'll be no gym for me, and I'll be lucky to get my 10,000 steps in.

Journal and stay within WW points - 3 pauses left - Day 7 completed
Drink 64 ounces of water - 3 pauses left - Day 7 completed
20 minutes (at least) of cardio - 3 pauses left - Day 7 completed
25 crunches - 3 pauses left - Day 7 completed
At least 10000 steps per day - 2 pauses left - Day 4 completed

Apple Blossom
09-22-2009, 12:40 PM
After all your positive reinforcement I am sorry to say that I failed the beer challenge and need to start again.:^:
I am waiting for the hot weather to pass (this has GOT to be the last bit of it!!) and then I will start running again and get the exercise schedule going. I have been going to the gym a bit more. I am thinking about counting calories (GASP!), that usually helps a lot. I just can't ever seem to stick with all the work involved. I'll try it the next few days and see how it goes.
Red, I am totally curious about NLP. I'm going to look into it. Sounds like you are in a good place these days....I can't believe phones are so expensive over there. $100 gets you a lot in the US. That doesn't include any service plans though...
Hi Shad, good luck on your Halloween Challenge! Sounds like a reasonable goal. And I don't know about pink.....
Diyana, great work with the exercise! And I'm sure you can get in the 10,000!

redballoon
09-22-2009, 08:27 PM
Just a quickie for now because I have to get out.
Here's my tally. I'm adding a supplement challenge. Usually I take spirulina and chlorella but I need to take hemp or flaxseed oil as well. I bought a lot of hemp oil and I have to use it up before it goes bad. Can't cook with it so I add it to my juice or smoothies but unless I make them I don't take it. So, I'm going to force myself to. Yesterday I forgot to put it in the juice so I just took a spoonful. It's not that bad....
So, adding that (another stealth)
I really wanted to smoke yesterday but thank to this challenge I didn't. No pauses but only a few more days left so I couldn't see not seeing the challenge through to the end. Hurrah! :cp:

SUPPLEMENT Challenge Day 4 completed
VEGETABLE JUICE Challenge Day 4 completed
FOOD/EXERCISE JOURNAL -- Day 1 completed
NO ALCOHOL (round 3) --
Day 19 completed 3 pauses taken
NO SMOKING (round 3) -- Day 19 completed 3 pauses taken
CAFFEINE CUT (Round 5) --
Day 7 completed 1 pause taken

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Apple -- Too bad about the beer challenge. Try to come up with alternatives, even non-alcoholic beer may help, no? And read Allen Carr's book on drinking. Although it sounds like you don't really want to stop. As for NLP, it's basically image work. There's a book out on weight loss called I think "I Can Make You Lose Weight" or something like that. I don't have it but the techniques are NLP.

diyana -- Some years ago I bought a super juicer from the States and have that hooked up. Had to get a step-up transformer and plug converters for it but it is SO worth it. It is super fast and huge and I often whip up 2 pints of juice in a matter of seconds. I just wish I knew if it was really helping to drink this stuff. I must say I don't notice a difference. Then again, almost everyone can't believe my age and put me at a good 15 years younger....lol. I think it's just in my family, that and the fact that I don't think much.

Shad, you really had me there for a while. The "final push on the loo" and I thought you were telling us that you were constipated. I didn't remember talk about working on the bathroom. Glad you weren't going into too much detail. :lol3: Don't worry. I'll never be a Pom.

diyana
09-23-2009, 08:14 AM
It was raining most of the day yesterday, and I had a class/workshop after work, so I couldn't get to the gym....so I have to take pauses on my exercise challenges. :( Oh well, I will walk more at work today and am going to the gym tonight.

Journal and stay within WW points - 3 pauses left - Day 8 completed
Drink 64 ounces of water - 3 pauses left - Day 8 completed
20 minutes (at least) of cardio - 2 pauses left - Day 7 completed
25 crunches - 2 pauses left - Day 7 completed
At least 10000 steps per day - 1 pauses left - Day 4 completed

Apple - Bummer that you have to start again with the beer challenge. Is it the heat that's making you crave beer? Or social situations? Could you have a diet soda instead? I know, I know....diet soda is not nearly the same as a good beer. I just wondering if you might be able to avoid situations or foods where you tend to drink beer or find a substitute. Even an N/A beer like Sharps or Odouls? Counting calories is a great way to have a reality check. As for the heat and exercise...I understand. Can you run early in the morning when it's cooler (if it's cooler)? I'm starting to think about contingency exercise plans for when we have inclement weather and exercising outdoors is not an option and the roads are too bad to get to the gym. I've got some DVDs and weights that I can use at home (even though I prefer the gym).

Red - Good for you for adding supplements to help regulate your body and enhance your health. Is the book you're talking about called "I Can Make You Thin" by Paul McKenna? He had a 5 or 6 part TV show on about a year ago that I DVRed but it accidentally got deleted.

Shad - I hope you're having a good day!

redballoon
09-23-2009, 08:18 AM
Hi, there diyana, just see your light on. I just finished a late carrot juice. Forced myself to make it and added the hemp oil so I could notch days on both. Hurrah!! :dance:

Oh, and yes, that is the book! You have the title right! As I said, I haven't read it, but I know a lot of people like it and it uses NLP techniques.

redballoon
09-23-2009, 05:28 PM
Another day notched on all fronts! :flow1:

SUPPLEMENT Challenge Day 5 completed
VEGETABLE JUICE Challenge Day 5 completed
FOOD/EXERCISE JOURNAL -- Day 2 completed
NO ALCOHOL (round 3) --
Day 20 completed 3 pauses taken
NO SMOKING (round 3) -- Day 20 completed 3 pauses taken
CAFFEINE CUT (Round 5) --
Day 8 completed 1 pause taken

Shad
09-23-2009, 06:13 PM
1300 (about) daily calorie limit - Day 17 0 pause day left
Exercise daily - Day 17 - 0 pause days
Portion control - Day 17 - 0 pause days
Water - 1 litre at least - Day 17 - 0 pause days

Okay - well I have failed all challenges. Yesterday was such a bad day that it was just all too hard and I have eaten too many carbs and therefore my weight is up. Bad all round.

So we start again. I'm going to add journalling food into the equation. It seems that even though I know what works and what doesn't, the brain doesn't want to equate bad with don't!!

So again. New challenge.

1300 Calories or there about per day
30 minutes solid exercise per day - 3 pauses
1.5 litres of water per day
Journal food and water.

Got to be better all around today.

redballoon
09-23-2009, 11:57 PM
Just drinking another rather unpalatable vegetable concoction of mine... :barf: (carrots, tomato, cucumber, celery, lemon, hemp oil, red pepper, asparagus)
But it means I'll have notched another day on two of the challenges! Today is the last day of no booze and no cigs...gotta make it through. :yes:

Shad, lousy that, having to crash the challenges on the 18th day. But, you're 17 days ahead of The Game! :cb: Good for you for climbing right back on the horse! :dancer:

Shad
09-24-2009, 12:08 AM
Yeah well, after that dust storm yesterday, there was little else to do but eat and sleep and I did both in great quantities. We're advised not to exercise outdoors until the weekend when the dust should finally settle, so will have to do indoor exercise stuff today. Mind you I did go out and wash down the car and part of the house to get rid of the rotten stuff - mixture of iron ore and ferrous dust plus fertilised dry soil - because it will rust and embed in paint if left.

So back to the drawing board. I do so hate counting, but if I don't look at it and count it, I will eat too many carbs. I know this because I am a carboholic.

redballoon
09-24-2009, 12:12 AM
"great quantities!!" :rofl:

diyana
09-24-2009, 07:48 AM
Today is not a good day for me emotionally...I'm worried about dog. He's having problems with his gums. They are bleeding and sore and he's having trouble eating. Since he is diabetic and on insulin, we need to make sure he eats...so I'm giving him softer foods. I'm going to call the vet today and see if I can get him in tomorrow. They'll have to put him under anesthesia to examine and clean his teeth and fix his gums. He's such a sweetie. I hate to see him in pain.

I got about 17,500 steps in yesterday, which included an hour on the treadmill. And I did well eating within my points. Hopefully, weigh in today will be good. After work, I plan to go to the gym for 1/2 hour of cardio, 1/2 hour of weights and maybe 1/2 hour of Tai Chi.

Journal and stay within WW points - 3 pauses left - Day 9 completed
Drink 64 ounces of water - 3 pauses left - Day 9 completed
20 minutes (at least) of cardio - 2 pauses left - Day 8 completed
25 crunches - 2 pauses left - Day 8 completed
At least 10000 steps per day - 1 pauses left - Day 5 completed

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Red - I'll have to check into the Paul McKenna book. Or see if the TV special is going to be re-broadcast anytime soon. I looked at V8 juice and it doesn't have cucumber....maybe your drink would be more palatable without it. :dunno:

Shad - Sorry to hear that you've failed all your challenges...but with having to stay inside due to the dust storm, I can understand. Good on ya' for starting right back up and for adding journaling. We don't get dust storms here, but there are "Ozone Action" days when we have a little smog and the air can be unhealthy for sensitive groups (e.g., asthmatics like me). Of course, a bad smog day here is WAY BETTER than a GOOD DAY in Silicon Valley (where I used to live). Listen to the warnings, and stay indoors. Maybe it's time to rearrange the furniture or chase Sunday around the house? As for journaling...I don't much like it either...but if I don't, things get out of control quickly.

diyana
09-24-2009, 02:20 PM
Weigh in went good...not as good as I hoped....but I lost 0.4 lb, so I'll take it. I'm leaving work in 45 minutes to take my doggie to the vet.

redballoon
09-24-2009, 04:47 PM
Gotta run. Two down!!

SUPPLEMENT Challenge Day 6 completed
VEGETABLE JUICE Challenge Day 6 completed
FOOD/EXERCISE LOG -- Day 3 completed
NO ALCOHOL (round 3) --
Day 21 completed CHALLENGE COMPLETED!!! :cp: :encore: :cp: 3 pauses taken
NO SMOKING (round 3) -- Day 21 completed 3 pauses taken CHALLENGE COMPLETED!! :cp: :celebrate: :cp:
CAFFEINE CUT (Round 5) --
Day 9 completed 1 pause taken

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diyana, best wishes with the dog. And congrats on the weight loss!! :bravo:

Shad
09-24-2009, 10:54 PM
Yesterday, stuck to the menu and journalled. Didn't do the scale any good but hey.

1300 Calories or there about per day - Day 1 done
30 minutes solid exercise per day - 3 pauses - Not started yet
1.5 litres of water per day - Day one done
Journal food and water - Day 1 done.

Thereason the exercise isn't done is because my friend who goes walking with me keeps on cancelling because of work so we have struck a compromise. Since it is really getting too hot to walk in the afternoon, we will be doing it at 6.00am instead. She will come here, we'll walk and she can shower here, have a cuppa tea and get off to work by 7.15am. It actually suits me better because I prefer morning exercise to afternoon or evening.

Michelle - 0.4 down is better than o.4 up which is more or less where I am at the moment. Hope the doggy gets better.

Red - another round of alcohol and smoking down. Well done you :bravo: :woohoo: Great going.

I think it might be siesta time. I am waiting for the plaster to dry in the loo so I can sand and paint and then put the paint pots away. Now won't that be nice. Tiles too. Thats finished at last.

diyana
09-25-2009, 07:54 AM
Happy Friday ladies -

I took my dog Doppler to the vet yesterday. She examined him and ran blood tests. She was planning on doing a full dental cleaning today, but the blood test showed he was anemic (from his gums bleeding so much) and that his platelets were very low (which is why his gums were bleeding so much). She said that the low platelet count can be caused by his immune system seeing his platelets as something that shouldn't be there and destroying them, which can sometimes be caused by something a tick excretes into the blood when they bite (and we were just in tick country up north, but we checked the dogs for ticks and didn't see any). All our dogs are on Flea and Tick prevention...but that means that the flea or tick dies when they bite, so they could bite and get their anti-clotting agent into the bloodstream. She said normally they would treat this with antibiotics and steroids, but a side effect of the steroids would be that Doppler's nicely stabilized blood sugar would be thrown all out of whack. So instead she prescribed an immunosuppressant drug so that his platelet count would get back to normal. She said essentially, he has an auto-immune disease right now. But she believes it will clear up in a couple weeks. So antibiotics and immunosuppresants it is for a couple weeks. And she said that we can use Anbesol on his gums to help him be more comfortable. And for awhile, we're supposed to wet his food to make it softer for him to eat (and not as rough against his gums). I'm using low sodium, fat free chicken broth...and he's wolfing it down. He already seems more comfortable and hopefully by the time I get home today, he'll be feeling better.

I didn't get any exercise in yesterday (other than walking 8000 steps over the course of the day) - I'm running low/out of exercise pauses. :yikes: After the vet appointment, which took awhile, I went to the pharmacy to get the prescriptions. But my eating was good and healthy. I'm planning to go to the gym tonight and this weekend. Other than that, no big plans for the weekend. We're kind of playing it by ear based on the weather. I will get to the gym and make some veggie soup though.

Journal and stay within WW points - 3 pauses left - Day 10 completed
Drink 64 ounces of water - 3 pauses left - Day 10 completed
20 minutes (at least) of cardio - 1 pauses left - Day 8 completed
25 crunches - 1 pauses left - Day 8 completed
At least 10000 steps per day - 0 pauses left - Day 5 completed

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Red - Congrats on completing the no booze, no cigs challenge! :woohoo:

Shad - Glad you have switched your exercise time. They say that those who exercise in the morning lose the most weight because they get their exercise in before life and the hectic day have a chance to throw a monkey wrench into the best laid plans. Congrats on finishing the tiling and painting in the loo!

KanDewIt
09-25-2009, 02:21 PM
This looks awesome! I'm new to 3FC and I think this may be a great way to get started. Today will be my day 1.

Here are my challenges:

Level 1 - take supplements daily
Level 1 - drink 40 ounces of water (not tea or mixes)
Level 2 - exercise 30 minutes daily

Shad
09-25-2009, 04:35 PM
Morning all,

1300 Calories or there about per day - Day 2 done
30 minutes solid exercise per day - 3 pauses - Not started yet
1.5 litres of water per day - Day 2 done
Journal food and water - Day 2 done.

A good day food wise and (so far) sticking to the boring journalling and planning. Oh for the days when I ate what I wanted and did what I wanted and didn't gain weight by just looking at food.

Welcome CanDewIt. Hope you settle in and achieve. I'm not sure how much 40 oz of water actually is but I can tell you that from my time here and watching what I eat, when the 'experts' tell you that you must have 2 litres of water per day, they are advising on the 'norm'. You and only you know how much your body can hold. We had one woman over here die because she managed to swallow 5 litres of water in a short period and basically overloaded the body organs which could not handle the volume. I'm 5.1" and I can not handle 2 litres per day. Besides which, a lot of fluid comes from food - an apple for example is 80% water - so if you are new to this, just watch what is happening to your body and its basic functions to gauge whether there is enough or not.

Michelle - hope Doppler gets better soon. I know Shad had teeth troubles but we just put him under every so often and the vet cleaned them. No way I was getting in that mouth or Gunbo's either. Big dogs have big teeth!!! :yikes:

Red - keep on keeping on. Are the pants showing any signs of fitting properly yet. My shorts do up and I can get the zip done up without lying on the bed, but it is not a pretty sight I can tell you.

Out of here. We have another dust storm headed our way. I can see it on the horizon now. The western sky is starting to turn orange and it is only 6.31am. DS2 is headed out west for the weekend soon - hope they will be able to breathe out there. Where he is going (Goondiwindi) is a dustbowl at the best of times. Red might have heard of Goondiwindi - famous for a race horse called Gunsynd,otherwise known as the Goondiwindi Grey. And not famous for much else. Have a great day

KanDewIt
09-25-2009, 11:47 PM
Day one complete.

40 ounces of water - done
supplements - done
30 minutes of exercise - done (40 of brisk walking)

Thanks Shad! 40 ounces of water isn't much. 1.5 - 2 liters of fluids per day is recommended for me. I'm just trying to focus on getting some plain water in right now. The rest of the fluids tend to come through tea, milk, and so forth.

The postings here really are helpful...both inspiring and supportive.

:goodvibes:

redballoon
09-26-2009, 01:04 AM
Starting up a new round on booze and cigs..... :^:

SUPPLEMENT Challenge Day 7 completed
VEGETABLE JUICE Challenge Day 7 completed
FOOD/EXERCISE LOG -- Day 4 completed
NO ALCOHOL (round 4) --
Day 0 completed 0 pauses taken
NO SMOKING (round 4) -- Day 0 completed 0 pauses taken
CAFFEINE CUT (Round 5) --
Day 10 completed 1 pause taken

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KanDewIt -- Welcome. :welcome: Your challenges sound like a great starting point. Best of luck!! :goodluck:

Will try to talk later... :wave:

Shad
09-26-2009, 04:35 PM
1300 Calories or there about per day - Day 3 done
30 minutes solid exercise per day - 3 pauses - Not started yet
1.5 litres of water per day - Day 3 done
Journal food and water - Day 3 done.

At least the weight is now going the right way. All due to the fact I have gone back to eating to plan rather than adding snacks which are not necessary and just add to the overall disappointment with the scale.

The last dust storm has settled - it was nowhere near as bad as the last one but has deposited a fine coating of dust everywhere. Another day of cleaning up coming up. The dust is very dry and gets into everything. Pain.

Hope everyone has a great Saturday/Sunday

redballoon
09-26-2009, 04:36 PM
Took a pause on the juice yesterday and didn't drink the oil, even though I took the other supplements, so have to take a pause on that as well...

SUPPLEMENT Challenge Day 7 completed 1 pause taken
VEGETABLE JUICE Challenge Day 7 completed 1 pause taken
FOOD/EXERCISE LOG -- Day 5 completed
NO ALCOHOL (round 4) --
Day 1 completed 0 pauses taken
NO SMOKING (round 4) -- Day 1 completed 0 pauses taken
CAFFEINE CUT (Round 5) --
Day 11 completed 1 pause taken

The caffeine reduction has nearly eliminated my coffee intake. Now, I only drink it in the morning. It's not fun, seeing as there are so many great coffee shops in Tokyo, but I just feel the caffeine jolt is too extreme. I do not get this with tea, which I still allow a strong cup of in the afternoon around 2 or 3. I would go to green tea and cut the caffeine further, but I am reluctant to because the ability to sit in a cafe over something (I don't like drinking juice) is just too nice. Also, I think I still do need a pick-me-up in the afternoon....wonder if this is just an excuse and if I further cut caffeine if this need wouldn't be reduced....hmmm....

redballoon
09-26-2009, 04:50 PM
Shad -- Up and writing early today, aren't you? We were posting at the same time, so I missed you. It sounds like you've turned a corner, come to that moment of decision and ensuing action that is going to take the weight off for you. I need to do this too. I am not being serious about the weight loss at all. Since I don't have that much to lose, I am going to HAVE to get serious or always been stuck in the same place.
There's a woman over on a blog I read (http://escapefromobesity.blogspot.com/) who seems to be at the same point.
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I saw a video from what I think was the last dust storm down there. Incredible. Glad you're OK.

Shad
09-26-2009, 05:01 PM
Morning Red - If I am early, then you are even earlier. I was about to go have my shower when you post notification came in.

This last dust storm was little but haze and really NSW copped it much worse than up here in Queensland. Sydney got it real bad. Too bad, how sad.

I think that at the moment I am in the right zone. However I'd better make the most of it since it never lasts. You have to go flat out while the inspiration inspires so to speak. You will no doubt get there yourself. Thanks for the link. I'll go shower and get dressed and come back to read it over breakfast. Computer time is done for the time being.

Shad
09-27-2009, 06:32 PM
1300 Calories or there about per day - Day 4 done
30 minutes solid exercise per day - 3 pauses - Not started yet
1.5 litres of water per day - Day 4 done
Journal food and water - Day 4 done.

I did walk this morning. It was good too. But can't count that until I post tomorrow. No time to talk right now. Hope everyone is doing okay this weekend.

redballoon
09-27-2009, 08:38 PM
Yesterday felt like a bit of a lost day though I made all but one of my challenges. I am changing the supplement challenge and putting the hemp oil onto the vegetable juice one, because I realize I am NOT going to drink it plain (the oil) and every time I don't drink the juice I am automatically having to take a pause on the supplement challenge even though I've taken the other things. Ok, whatever...yeah, I couldn't stand the thought of the juice yesterday..yikes, only a week in and two pauses already? This bodes ill....

I have been good with the food log and though I am eating whatever I feel like these days....I don't think I'm eating all that much. There is no way I can do a calorie count though since most of the food I haven't prepared myself. Still, I think it will make me be more aware of what I'm eating....

The reason the day ended poorly is because I couldn't get my bike and figure it must have been stolen. It was gone when I came to get it near the station I'd left it at and I thought the authorities had carted it off as they do here and were holding it ransom for the 56 bucks they charge you to get it out of the bike pound. I walked there and looked over all the bikes and couldn't find it, then walked all the way back to the station thinking maybe some kind soul had moved it to escape the bike police but it wasn't there so I had to walk all the way home from there. A lot of exercise at least but I felt lousy.

SUPPLEMENT Challenge Day 9 completed 0 pauses taken
VEGETABLE JUICE Challenge Day 7 completed 2 pauses taken
FOOD/EXERCISE LOG -- Day 6 completed
NO ALCOHOL (round 4) --
Day 2 completed 0 pauses taken
NO SMOKING (round 4) -- Day 2 completed 0 pauses taken
CAFFEINE CUT (Round 5) --
Day 12 completed 1 pause taken

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Shad -- good to hear you got your walking in. Has your friend been able to keep the a.m. date or did you go on your own?

redballoon
09-28-2009, 06:47 AM
Notched a day all around....and am calling it for today since all is done and I'm an hour from bedtime.

SUPPLEMENT Challenge Day 10 completed 0 pauses taken
VEGETABLE JUICE Challenge Day 8 completed 2 pauses taken
FOOD/EXERCISE LOG -- Day 7 completed
NO ALCOHOL (round 4) --
Day 3 completed 0 pauses taken
NO SMOKING (round 4) -- Day 3 completed 0 pauses taken
CAFFEINE CUT (Round 5) --
Day 13 completed 1 pause taken

diyana
09-28-2009, 09:47 AM
I fell out of the zone over the weekend. Don't know what was wrong with me. Just didn't feel like doing anything. I was in a blue funk and I have no idea why. Doppler is doing better but will remain on meds for the next couple weeks. I didn't journal or exercise on Friday or Saturday. On Sunday, I got my 10,000 steps in just moving about the house and running errands - not really exercise. I did get A LOT of cooking done. Some stuff that DH likes, as well as a big pot of zero point veggie soup for me.

I dragged DH to a craft fair yesterday. There was lots of cool stuff, and it made me want to get back into crafting. I've got to practice better time management skills for my personal life, so that I can work in exercise, website work, crafts and watching my fave TV programs. We had a big rain/wind storm last night, with more wind and rain today. Winds could get up to 40-50 mph! I'm glad I didn't decorate my lawn for Halloween yet. And Autumn is DEFINITELY here..."high" temps this week are supposed to be in the mid to upper 50s/low 60s.

Journal and stay within WW points - 1 pauses left - Day 10 completed
Drink 64 ounces of water - 1 pauses left - Day 10 completed

Starting Over:
20 minutes (at least) of cardio - 3 pauses left - Day 0 completed
25 crunches - 3 pauses left - Day 0 completed
At least 10000 steps per day - 3 pauses left - Day 0 completed

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Shad - Sounds like you're doing well. Good for you!

Red - Sorry to hear about the bike. Good for you for sticking with your challenges!

Shad
09-28-2009, 08:21 PM
1300 Calories or there about per day - Day 5 done
30 minutes solid exercise per day - 3 pauses - Day 1 done
1.5 litres of water per day - Day 5 done
Journal food and water - Day 5 done.

Walking in the morning is really good, and yes my friend is coming with me. We do about 40 minutes around the walking paths and tracks in the area.

Red - sorry to hear about your bike. What a pain. Didn't think that theft was all that common in Japan. Maybe things are changing up there, or maybe it was just because I wasn't in the big cities while I was there.

Michelle - the mojo will come back when as the weigh in gets closer. I think we need at least one down day a week. Not that I am advocating breaking the challenges, but it doesn't hurt to have time off now and then to refresh and recoup

henrycat
09-28-2009, 11:49 PM
I hope its not too late to join?

My 21 day challenge will be to not eat anything after 9 PM.

Today will be my Day 1, since I didn't eat anything after 9 PM today!

Kris

Shad
09-29-2009, 05:47 PM
1300 Calories or there about per day - Day 6 done
30 minutes solid exercise per day - 3 pauses - Day 2 done
1.5 litres of water per day - Day 6 done
Journal food and water - Day 6 done.

Welcome Henrycat. It's never too late to join around here. Red just starts a new thread when she starts a new challenge or the thread gets too long.

It's a good challenge that, but 9 is quite late (well for me anyway) do you go to bed very late?

redballoon
09-29-2009, 07:48 PM
Got through another day on all fronts. :cb: The juice is the hardest. It's gotten cooler and I don't feel like making it or drinking it at all. But, I've made it a challenge and I've done this one before. I will try to see it through.

SUPPLEMENT Challenge Day 11 completed 0 pauses taken
VEGETABLE JUICE Challenge Day 9 completed 2 pauses taken
FOOD/EXERCISE LOG -- Day 8 completed
NO ALCOHOL (round 4) --
Day 4 completed 0 pauses taken
NO SMOKING (round 4) -- Day 4 completed 0 pauses taken
CAFFEINE CUT (Round 5) --
Day 14 completed 1 pause taken

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henrycat -- Yes, Shad has it right. There is never a "too late to join" here. Just jump in and start your own challenges whenever you feel like it. Welcome aboard! :welcome3: Whether 9 p.m. is late or early for you doesn't really matter if it's a big problem for you. Nine p.m. is a starting point and if you even start to stop eating a little bit earlier than usual, it will put you in the practice of going earlier if need be.

Shad -- Glad to hear the walking is going well. Yes, bike theft here has always been huge. I think it's any populated area. There are just so many to choose from that you may not become a victim for a while. I kept my battered basket on my bike specifically hoping that would deter thieves. Vandalism is also huge. There are also huge rings that cart the bikes off en masse and sell them to North Korea for the metal. They load them onto ships up on the Japan Sea coast and off they go. The other "thieves" are the bike police, who regularly cart them away from the stations even if the bikes are only there for a few hours. It really angers me because they are making HUGE money from it. Anyhow, enough of that. It is affecting me a lot. I like my bike and I had just gotten new brakes on it.

diyana -- That "blue funk" was too long for just a pause, as Shad suggests. What happened? It's not like you. It must be the worries and heartache over Doppler that are getting to you. Well, just pick up and move on. It happens to all of us. Maybe the crafting will give you a boost. I think American crafts are amazing. Much of them take huge talent and they are really well-done. I am glad I am not into them here because there is NO place to put things and they wouldn't fit Japan anyhow. I find that crafts and music especially reflect and fit a certain area. The only place I could ever listen to country music, for example, was in the middle of cowboy country in Wyoming. :lol:

Apple, have you deserted us again? KanDewIt? What happened to your short-lived challenge? Get up and start again. We do it over and over again. :yes:

redballoon
09-30-2009, 07:34 AM
Going to call it a day and post my tally now, even though it's still Wednesday evening.

I was very tempted to have a smoke today but decided not to. Smoking at home (out on the doorstep) is just too habit-forming. Everything triggers it. At least if I only smoke when I drink I have little temptation, since I rarely drink these days.

The bike I am giving up on. I looked for it at the pound again today. Nothing...sad. I miss it.

I am trying to develop a new habit but am hesitant to make it a challenge yet. I could ease into it though.
It's because I'm reading that McKenna book and though the verdict is still out on the book (it seems very basic and common-sense...like, duh, no kidding, if I could do that I wouldn't NEED the damn book) I am trying to follow its basic principles, eat when you're hungry, eat whatever you want, stop as SOON as you're no longer hungry.

This is really, really hard. Since when has hunger had anything to do with it?!?!? :shrug: I am realizing that the answer to that is "nearly never!" My God, I am sitting here all through the day wondering why I don't feel hunger, going..."is this hunger I'm feeling?"..."is this?" I am shocked at how out of touch I am with my body and yet I knew food had nothing to do with hunger with me. I mean, do five or six pints of beer mean I was really, really thirsty? No, I know hunger has been irrelevant but I am nonetheless trying to force myself to stop stuffing food down no matter how full I am. Yeah, I suppose therapy would help.... :rofl:
Good night!

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diyana
09-30-2009, 07:44 AM
Hi everyone -

I did meet my challenges on Monday...just did not have time to post yesterday. This has been a crazy busy week for me. But here's where I'm at in terms of challenges:

Journal and stay within WW points - 1 pauses left - Day 12 completed
Drink 64 ounces of water - 1 pauses left - Day 12 completed
20 minutes (at least) of cardio - 3 pauses left - Day 2 completed
25 crunches - 3 pauses left - Day 2 completed
At least 10000 steps per day - 3 pauses left - Day 2 completed

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Shad - You're right...the mojo is coming back. Good on ya' for doing so well with your challenges!

Henrycat - Welcome! Never too late to join! Good luck on your challenge!

Red - I am so impressed! You are doing so well on your challenges!! You're really making your health a priority! :cp: :cp: I had no idea that theft was so rampant there, but I guess it is in any big city. As for the blue funk...I'm doing much better. Nothing like a crazy busy work week to take your mind off stuff. I think I was getting overwhelmed with lots on my mind, lots to do before winter and not much time or money to do it. And just the onset of another Wisconsin is kind of a bummer. When it comes to crafts, I'm not very talented....but I make cute Christmas ornaments and decorations. I can also sew...but I'd really love to learn to knit or crochet.

diyana
09-30-2009, 07:49 AM
Red - I'm right there with ya. Very rarely does my overeating or snacking on high fat, high cal foods have to do with hunger. I am finding more foods I can't have in the house because I will snack on them even if I'm not hungry. If I stick to carrots and a few pretzels...I should be okay. Good for you for not giving into the temptation to smoke! :woohoo:

redballoon
09-30-2009, 04:05 PM
Morning. Going to go riding, first lesson since I fell off. I still have pain and I'm quite afraid now. My horse tends to spook when the teacher is around, whom she doesn't like. I have to be brave. Wish me luck. :^:

diyana -- Good to hear from you! I'm so glad you're out of the blue and into the pink, at least somewhat. You're so good about sticking to your diet plan that I am in awe and jealous.

This is the most obvious part of losing weight and yet it seems that with me it will be the last to be mastered. I think of all the time I am losing spent in a body that raises eyebrows here (at least in the horse world) and certainly doesn't get me any appreciative looks from the men and I wonder why I can't just knock the fat off and then work on the health part.

But, I guess my priorities have always been health. I just haven't even realized it myself until I think about it. Yeah, of course it is. Althought, it's hard to feel healthy with my skin problems.

It is embarrassing to change in the dressing room at the gym. While everyone else is prancing around buck naked, I pull on T-shirts to hide my arms and shoulders, where the rash is the worse. The doctors don't know what it is, seem convinced it's hormones. My aunt developed skin problems at around my age. She's 80 now, but I am never in touch...anyhow.

diyana, the thing I'm trying to do is truly act like a naturally thin person, allowing myself anything without overeating. This is the ultimate and something I have yet to attempt, let alone master. It's all about trust, trusting myself to make the right decisions while at times allowing indulgences without having them set off a binge or the mindless emotional eating that got me overweight in the first place.

I know what's eating me but have felt powerless to do something about it, my situation here, my life in general. I know this is what sets me off on this "I deserve to have whatever and as much of anything" bender. It's only of late that I'm finally realizing that that's NOT what I what and certainly not what I deserve. Anyhow, enough of the introspective.

Best of luck staying out of the grip of the oncoming Wisconsin winter. :sunny:

Shad
09-30-2009, 06:30 PM
1300 Calories or there about per day - Day 7 done
30 minutes solid exercise per day - 3 pauses - Day 3 done
1.5 litres of water per day - Day 7 done
Journal food and water - Day 7 done.

Moving along again. Weigh in this morning for the challenge and I find I am down 1.4kg on last week. Which is good because otherwise I won't stand a chance of achieving the goal.

No time for personals now. Time to go out and tie up the tomatoes and then down to the mall to see if I can get some photos printed. I'll try a different store this time.

Bakc later.

redballoon
10-01-2009, 04:38 AM
I made it through my riding lesson alive. My nutcase mare spooked a bit at the very end and I thought I was going to bite dust again, but didn't.... :^: Heh, who's the nutcase here anyhow? ...... ok, don't answer that. :nono:

Shad
10-01-2009, 04:46 AM
Glad to hear that you and the nutcase got through the day unscathed. I don't know who the nutcase is. I really wouldn't like to say.

redballoon
10-01-2009, 07:27 PM
It's another day. I am better with the McKenna thing. I am starting to like the feeling of allowing myself anything at all I want to eat, even junk food or bars of unmentionables ON CONDITION that I am hungry. And since I am naturally paying attention for the first time perhaps to just when that hungry feeling comes along, I can see that it rarely does. And when it does, I am happy because then it's Christmas and I can eat what I want, but not much...because the hungry feeling goes away very quickly. Even an apple and bit of cheese will take it away. Hmm...no wonder at just over 5 feet tall I have tons of fat on me. I have been way, way overeating. Ah, duh...she says, waking up after years of being switched off... :^:
Now, to keep this going and to NOT give in to the emotional wanting to eat and there is LOTS of that. I think it's a part of my depression. I used to just eat or go out and dull my senses with beer. Now, I am realizing what a waste this is. It's like being a Stepford wife or having someone keep me in a mental hospital with forced feedings of mind-dulling drugs. Ah...yeah...same thing, but you're doing it to yourself... :idea: Yuck.
Wish me luck, please.

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Oct. 2 Clothes check
Didn't do the check last week. Weight is up. 73.2 and there is a gain in the pants check to be sure. I can still get them closed but barely and the legs are not as loose as before (which means they are damn tight...they were never "loose"). This is not good but my mojo has disappeared when it comes to working out. I walk and have the occasional ride but that's nothing to what I had been doing. Ok, I had the fall and really couldn't do anything but now I can be doing a lot more and I just don't feel like it. I am going to attribute some of that to the fact that I am not drinking a huge coffee before hitting the gym. Without the adrenalin kick, I am a limp balloon. I don't even want to listen to music and that always got me going. Oh well, today perhaps I can force myself to get to the gym and run or something. Don't think. Do.

Shad
10-01-2009, 07:44 PM
1300 Calories or there about per day - Day 8 done
30 minutes solid exercise per day - 3 pauses - Day 4 done
1.5 litres of water per day - Day 8 done
Journal food and water - Day 8 done.

Too much to do today to chat. Will be back later when it gets too hot to work.

diyana
10-02-2009, 07:22 AM
Just a quick post for me today....I guess that's better than none at all yesterday. I've been so crazy busy...and I'm going to try and get my reports done by the end of the day so that I don't have to work tomorrow. Good Times. Good Times.

Luckily, most evenings, I've been getting to the gym and working out for between 45 and 90 minutes to relieve/release the stress, and it's worked marvelously! On Wednesday, I did an hour of cardio followed by 25 minutes of strength training and 15 minutes of abs. It felt great! I didn't get to the gym yesterday, as I had to take my dog to the vet for a follow-up visit. The vet ran blood tests (I'll get the results today), and she was VERY, VERY pleased at how well he's doing.

Anyway, here are Wednesday's results:
Journal and stay within WW points - 1 pauses left - Day 13 completed
Drink 64 ounces of water - 1 pauses left - Day 13 completed
20 minutes (at least) of cardio - 3 pauses left - Day 3 completed
25 crunches - 3 pauses left - Day 3 completed
At least 10000 steps per day - 3 pauses left - Day 3 completed

And Thursday's results:
Journal and stay within WW points - 1 pauses left - Day 14 completed
Drink 64 ounces of water - 1 pauses left - Day 14 completed
20 minutes (at least) of cardio - 1 pause taken - 2 pauses left - Day 3 completed
25 crunches - 1 pause taken - 2 pauses left - Day 3 completed
At least 10000 steps per day - 1 pause taken - 2 pauses left - Day 3 completed

Oh and my weigh in was lousy. I was up 2.2 lbs. :( But I'm hoping it was either water or muscle weight (with the additional exercise on Wednesday). We'll see. I'll keep plugging along as I know that I can't quit this time or I'll just gain all the weight I have lost right back. A friend of mine on another thread said it's just a "small setback" - which is exactly right. Not a big deal. Nothing to get upset about...so I'm not. :)

Hugs to all,

redballoon
10-02-2009, 09:08 AM
I even swallowed a spoonful of oil just to make all my challenges...got to the gym and did a bit too. Hurrah! :sunny:

Longer tomorrow...for now, just the facts, ma'am, just the factts...good night!

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Shad
10-02-2009, 07:52 PM
1300 Calories or there about per day - Day 8 done - 1 pause taken
30 minutes solid exercise per day - 3 pauses - Day 5 done
1.5 litres of water per day - Day 9 done
Journal food and water - Day 9 done.

Had to take a pause on food because following a full afternoon of grouting in the kitchen and getting everything covered in grout and dust and dirty water, I could not be bothered cooking. We had pizza. Consequently the weight is up. There is so much salt in that stuff. I really need to make my own. That way I can control the end product.

Red - hope you are doing okay. You have a couple of challenges with less than a week to go. YGG. It's happening!

Michelle - you've also got a couple coming up to 2 weeks into the challenge. WTG. Hard about the weight, but that is life. It happens while we are planning other things. Keep going.

redballoon
10-03-2009, 06:12 AM
Uninspired....where is my sunshine? Fags (cigs...for my American friends...oh, wait, what am I? :?: ) are extremely tempting right now... :(
But I'm calling the day. :strong:

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redballoon
10-03-2009, 07:01 PM
I did it. I made it through SERIOUS temptation last night. I really, really wanted to smoke. BUT, since I had already declared the day clear I did not want to have to go back in and delete or edit the post. Why is it so difficult? Only eight days without a smoke.

Yeah, I know why it's so difficult. I am not acting on my fears, anxieties, worries, all those emotions that normally would send me straight to the convenience store for junk food, to the bar for pints or out on the doorstep for cigs in my usual forms of escapism.

NOT doing any of the above does NOT feel good, don't get me wrong. But, doing them does not help anything in the long run, so there is no escaping them...I am FINALLY realizing (no, I did realize it), rather I am finally coming to accept. Do I continue or do I not? If the latter, then I am forced to try to do something to change the situation or just decide that I will accept my emotions.

Revelation time, baby! God, is this what people with no vices, hangups or neuroses do?!??! How bizarre!

Shad
10-03-2009, 07:47 PM
1300 Calories or there about per day - Day 8 done - 2 pause taken
30 minutes solid exercise per day - 2 pauses - Day 5 done
1.5 litres of water per day - Day 9 done
Journal food and water - Day 9 done. 1 pause taken.

Since I have been having a salt laden weekend, my weight is up AGAIN and I haven't journalled. I have no idea where I am with food. But it stops right here and right now. Have a difficult time coming up tonight when I am going out to dinner with friends celebrating a 21st. So today will be a bad eating day as well. I will however try my best to avoid the dip, chips, and other temptations put in my way.

Now off to shop for the week. Clean fresh veges etc etc etc. Get it Shad??? Got it - Good.

Shad
10-04-2009, 06:37 PM
1300 Calories or there about per day - Day 9 done - 2 pause taken
30 minutes solid exercise per day - 2 pauses - Day 6 done
1.5 litres of water per day - Day 10 done
Journal food and water - Day 10 done. 1 pause taken.

Back on track. Weight is down again today. It has to have been the salt in the pizza on Friday.

diyana
10-05-2009, 07:27 AM
Shad - Congrats on the weight loss. Good for you!

Red - I am SO proud of you for calling the day, resisting your temptation to smoke AND having that wonderful revelation! You go, girlfriend.

It was a rough weekend for me...between having to work on Saturday and then getting a migraine that lasted all weekend (and is still around today). I didn't journal all weekend. And thanks to my migraine, I didn't get any exercise to speak of, other than doing a bit of yard work.

It's a brand new week, and I'm starting over....and I'm going to get back to thinking and acting more positively.

Here's where I'm at:

Journal and stay within WW points - 3 pauses left - Day 0 completed
Drink 64 ounces of water - 3 pauses left - Day 0 completed
20 minutes (at least) of cardio - 3 pauses left - Day 0 completed
25 crunches - 1 pause taken - 3 pauses left - Day 0 completed
At least 10000 steps per day - 3 pauses left - Day 0 completed

redballoon
10-06-2009, 01:47 AM
Just a quick check-in to get caught up.... :^: this doesn't include today (Tuesday).

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NO SMOKING (round 4) -- Day 9 completed 1 pause taken
CAFFEINE CUT (Round 5) -- Day 20 completed 1 pause taken

Shad
10-06-2009, 02:58 AM
1300 Calories or there about per day - Day 10 done - 2 pause taken
30 minutes solid exercise per day - 2 pauses - Day 7 done
1.5 litres of water per day - Day 11 done
Journal food and water - Day 11 done. 1 pause taken.

Have toothache. Back when I get it seen to.

diyana
10-06-2009, 09:53 AM
I'm officially re-starting all my challenges today. Life got out of control yesterday. Today, I'm reigning things in.

Here's where I'm at:

Journal and stay within WW points - 3 pauses left - Day 0 completed
Drink 64 ounces of water - 3 pauses left - Day 0 completed
20 minutes (at least) of cardio - 3 pauses left - Day 0 completed
25 crunches - 1 pause taken - 3 pauses left - Day 0 completed
At least 10000 steps per day - 3 pauses left - Day 0 completed

redballoon
10-06-2009, 10:38 PM
Ah, a bit of excess again last night.... :^: and invited out tonight and Friday. Going to have to crack down.
I did get to the gym yesterday but only had enough time to do some weights.
Typhoon on the way and it's rain, rain, rain. :rain:
Got through yet another round of caffeine reduction. I haven't had coffee in the afternoon for weeks now. Starbucks is for tea now. Kind of weird, but....

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NO SMOKING (round 4) -- Day 9 completed 2 pauses taken
CAFFEINE CUT (Round 5) -- Day 21 completed 1 pause taken CHALLENGE COMPLETED!!!! :cp: :encore: :cp:

Shad -- How's the tooth? Glad to hear the weight came down after the salt wore off. How are things looking overall?

diyana -- Are you OK. Things have been rough for you, haven't they. Migraines must be awful. I don't think I ever had one, but if they're anything like a bad hangover, then I can definitely relate. Good for you for staying in the game. We get so many people who come in and disappear after their first post. Even though they should just keep starting over till it clicks, they give up. I wonder why that is. Well, best of luck. You've had a lot of good days behind you, and that counts for a LOT. Hang in there! :hug:

Shad
10-06-2009, 11:08 PM
1300 Calories or there about per day - Day 11 done - 2 pause taken
30 minutes solid exercise per day - 2 pauses - Day 8 done
1.5 litres of water per day - Day 12 done
Journal food and water - Day 12 done. 1 pause taken.

The tooth is gone. Yesterday, I didn't eat much. I tried to be good and didn't even get to the 1300 calories. This morning started off well, and now I have to have soft and mushy stuff so today will also be light. Maybe it will show on the scales tomorrow although I don't think I will be down to last weeks low. Up one week, down the next. The Halloween challenge is looking a bit grim.

Red, congrats on the caffeine cut challenge completion. Well done you :bravo:.

Michelle - good on ya for starting over. Sometimes you just have to stop, take stock and just get over whatever the problem is.

diyana
10-07-2009, 12:05 PM
Red - Quite frankly, I can't give up...or disappear for good...otherwise, I'll never succeed. The only way I can fail is to give up...and I'm not about to do that. I'm doing good. Work has been insane, as have my evenings. It'll get better...I'm looking forward to having Friday off. Yay!

Shad - Yup...taking stock and getting over it. That's exactly what I'm doing.

I'm prepared for a gain this week...so my Halloween challenge isn't doing too great either. But I'm starting anew, and I will succeed.

Journal and stay within WW points - 3 pauses left - Day 1 completed
Drink 64 ounces of water - 3 pauses left - Day 1 completed
20 minutes (at least) of cardio - 3 pauses left - Day 1 completed
25 crunches - 1 pause taken - 3 pauses left - Day 1 completed
At least 10000 steps per day - 3 pauses left - Day 1 completed

I'm looking forward to getting to the gym tonight. Yay! :)

Caro30
10-07-2009, 11:42 PM
Hi Red!!!
It`s been years and I`m not sure if you remember me, I was so happy to see you are still here and running the thread! I hope it`s okay for me to jump back in and be part of the challenge. I`m not quite sure what it`ll be or when it`ll start, but I need some support or I`ll never get off my butt and lose this weight again. I did it once I know I can do it again, I just can`t motivate myself.
Well, I had a baby about 10 months ago... after keeping the weight off for about 4 years I`m almost back where I was at my heaviest. I dont want to be there again, and it`s really starting to get to me lately.

I`m going to have a challenge for myself by tomorrow and will share it, also going to try to read some of the thread to get to know everyone again.

:)

Shad
10-08-2009, 12:52 AM
1300 Calories or there about per day - Day 12 done - 2 pause taken
30 minutes solid exercise per day - 2 pauses - Day 9 done
1.5 litres of water per day - Day 13 done
Journal food and water - Day 13 done. 1 pause taken.

Weight is up from last week, but I'll just have to get back into it and try again.

Hello Caro. :welcome:

redballoon
10-08-2009, 03:39 AM
Not feeling good due to excesses again. Unavoidable but it means my booze and cigs challenges are on the ropes...and I have more invites etc. I will have to decide which is more important, meeting some people and doing unhealthy things or not meeting them or meeting them and just avoiding the garbage. Should be an easy choice, but then, of course, it's not.

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Shad -- What's up with the weight...besides, yeah, the weight? What a bummer. Any idea what the cause is or do you just need to give things time?

diyana -- Glad to hear you're determined to stay in the fight! :yes:

Caro -- A shot from the past. :wave: Amazing that you are still out there kicking...well, no, actually it's amazing that you were out there and have decided to come back HERE! Great to hear from you and welcome back!! :welcome3: And congratulations on your baby!!! :bb: Wonderful. I'm looking forward to hearing your challenges. We have a very small group of diehards here now. You can see them on one page. It'll be good to have you back.

diyana
10-08-2009, 08:49 AM
Hi everyone -

I'm in a good mood today. Less stress (hopefully) at work today. I will be spending part of the day moving belongings from the 3rd floor to my new desk on the ground floor. Our whole team is moving. While I won't have a window view, I'll be very close to the window so I'll get some natural light! Yay!

I went to the gym last night and did an hour of cardio! It was wonderful!! I always feel so much better and am in such a better mood after a good workout.

Today's WW weigh in probably won't bring good news, but that's okay...I will not get discouraged. I must keep plugging along. It's all about progress and not perfection.

Caro - :WELCOME: When I was growing up, I lived for a few years in MA - in Andover and then in Gloucester (in the Rocky Neck area). Cape Cod is so lovely! Especially this time of year! I'll bet the fall foliage is just gorgeous!! Do you work on the Cape too?

Shad - I sure hope your tooth feels better today. I will be getting back into it this week as well.

Red - It's never an easy choice when it comes down to seeing friends and indulging in unhealthy behaviors; or avoiding friends and staying OP. If you believe you can get together with your friends AND stay OP, then the choice is easier. Otherwise, can you allow yourself one AND ONLY ONE pause on your challenges? Or would you feel lousy physically and bad about yourself as well? Good luck! :hug:

diyana
10-08-2009, 09:26 AM
I get emails from SparkPeople, and today's had an especially timely article (for me anyway).

1 Step Back, 2 Steps Forward -- By Mike Kramer, Staff Writer

"Fall seven times, get up eight." - Japanese Proverb
"Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish." - John Quincy Adams
"The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials." - Chinese Proverb
"Never give in. Never. Never. Never. Never." - Winston Churchill
"Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance." - Samuel Johnson

These quotes all say the same thing. No matter how many obstacles you run into, what matters is that youíre able to overcome each of them, one at a time.

"Two steps forward, one step back" is usually a negative term to describe someone who is having trouble making progress. But switched around, "1 Step Back, 2 Steps Forward" means that instead of grousing or feeling guilty about a misstep, you can still come out ahead if you put your head down and push forward.

Steps back can take many forms: a family vacation, breaks in your routine, personal tragedies, injuries, or that lost weekend in front of the tube. A big mistake people make when trying to get healthier is that when they fall off a bit or something happens, they think they "have to start over". Wrong! When missteps do happen, a better strategy is to simply take two steps forward. Youíre still ahead of where you were before, far beyond the starting line.

In tennis, losing one point isnít the end of the world. It happens to the best of them. In fact, if you can consistently win a few more points that you lose, you may end up in the hall of fame. With healthy eating and exercising, as long as youíre consistently out-stepping your steps back, youíre ahead of the game. If you expect perfection (and many of us do), youíre setting yourself up for disappointment and guilt.

Guilt can be debilitating to your healthy habits. When you mess up (or even when things are messed up for you), itís natural to feel guilty. At that point, you have a choice: to let that guilt plummet you into a cycle that could spit you out worse off than before, or to accept the step back and say "where do I go from here?"

Of course, consistent success is still something to strive for. You donít want to roller-coaster up and down. Thatís an "old" habit, remember? And the 1Step/2 Step strategy doesnít lessen the need to do your best. You should still work hard to keep those steps back from happening. But it helps to be prepared with a plan and a positive attitude for when they do happen.

Many times, this means a rededication, a refocusing, and a recommitment. You might want to look at your program and see why itís allowing those landmines to stick around. Use it as a learning process. Ask how you can keep that misstep from happening again.


Take a walk in the woods to clear your head and regroup.
Have a personal "bounce back" motto that will re-energize you. Put it everywhere.
Take a break if you think youíre trying too hard.
Return to the basics. Are you making it too complicated and tough on yourself?
Plan ahead for irregularities in your schedule, call ahead to healthy restaurants, pack healthy snacks.
Stay aware of what youíre doing. One meal mess up can turn into a one day mess up, a one week mess up if youíre not careful.
Remind yourself of your success so far when you need a boost.

Unlike people who run 10 miles today because they should have run two yesterday, "2 Steps Forward" doesnít necessarily mean doing a lot more to make up for a blunder. Just make a commitment to do things as right as possible as much as you can.

Shad
10-08-2009, 06:12 PM
1300 Calories or there about per day - Day 13 done - 2 pause taken
30 minutes solid exercise per day - 2 pauses - Day 10 done
1.5 litres of water per day - Day 14 done
Journal food and water - Day 14 done. 1 pause taken.

redballoon
10-08-2009, 08:53 PM
Clear on all fronts for once again. I admit I had to buy my vegetable juice twice, but that I was allowing. Kind of pigged out on junk food yesterday. Just in a defeatist mood lately.
Just sick of the skin problems and the lack of work around here. Really ridiculous. Our industry is shot. I wish I could get the skin back in shape. It boggles my mind. Going off booze for months at a time, no sugar, getting lots of greens, rest, everything, nothing seems to help and the doctors are baffled. Really pisses me off. Thus I fall into the "nothing helps" mindset, because that is what is happening. And then that carries over into other areas....

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diyana -- Yeah, well, if I could only stick to one pause there wouldn't be a problem, would there? :lol: No, I don't mind the pauses. That's what they're there for. I am only ticked that I used them up so soon and still have two weeks left in the challenge. The smoking I can force myself to still make if I really commit to it. But the drinking is likely to fall. You see, I don't consider it such a bad thing and if I keep it down to a lot less than it was then I'm still way ahead. It's just that it is not helping the weight loss. That's my main concern. I only drink beer and when I say "excess" it's only relative to zero, not more. I'm just bummed about so much. Don't mind me.

Shad -- Very quiet, aren't you?

Caro -- Don't come back and then leave us hanging! :(

Shad
10-09-2009, 07:13 PM
1300 Calories or there about per day - Day 14 done - 2 pause taken
30 minutes solid exercise per day - 2 pauses - Day 11 done
1.5 litres of water per day - Day 15 done
Journal food and water - Day 15 done. 1 pause taken.

Sorry if I am not chatty. Wasn't feeling so hot with the mouth being sore and what a revolting taste in the mouth. Still it is pretty good now and I can open the mouth fully so should begin talking to excess sooner rather than later. Add to that the skin Dr froze a freckle on my face and now that has turned to blisters and is itchy and I dare not scratch. Isn't it interesting how much worse you can feel AFTER a medical appointment than before it. The cure is worse than the disease so to speak.

Weight this morning is down again. The slow rise was probably something to do with not eating enough. Couldn't shove enough in to get excited by food and therefore didn't get enough calories and the body goes into survival mode. At least that is what I am putting it down to.

Skin problems I have had all my life. Thats what you get with a very greasy skin. I swear I have the oldest teenage skin in the world. Have you considered that it may be the product/s you are using to clean the skin that cause the problem. No doubt you have, but my skin sure cleared up a lot when I discovered that lotions helped far more than creams which clogged it up and caused more problems and here was I thinking I was doing it some good. The sun, plus a good sunscreen and moisturiser is all I wear on it these days. Still it's not great but a helluva lot better than it was.

Okay - time to go make a noise. The motor racing from Bathurst is on today and the DS2 wants to watch, which means that I need to be quiet (even though the telly makes a heck of a noise) while these silly people drive themselves around the mountain track and crash their expensive cars and then blame everyone except themselves for the trouble they caused and the damage they did. Enough - off the :soap:

Catch you later.

redballoon
10-10-2009, 09:47 PM
The supplement challenge is over! Hurrah. With such things, I have no idea if it helped. So many things that are good for us don't show up for a long time and then we have no idea of what the actual causes were. What a bummer. But, I don't think it's hurting, so I'll carry on.
I am determined to get through this challenges, even though three of them are on the ropes.
I can do it if I set my mind to it.... :yes:

SUPPLEMENT Challenge Day 21 completed 0 pauses taken CHALLENGE COMPLETED :bravo:
VEGETABLE JUICE Challenge Day 18 completed 3 pauses taken
FOOD/EXERCISE LOG -- Day 15 completed 3 pauses taken
NO ALCOHOL (round 4) -- Day 11 completed 3 pauses taken
NO SMOKING (round 4) -- Day 11 completed 3 pauses taken
CAFFEINE CUT (Round 6) -- Day 2 completed 1 pause taken

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Shad -- Glad to hear you're feeling better. Yes, I think that getting better often involves a setback. It's often what stops people from getting better. It's like getting punished for making the effort to get better. In other areas, it acts as a huge deterrent to improvement. But we have to push there, right?
Weight is down? Hurrah!
My skin problems are the opposite of yours. I have always have clear skin that tends to dryness. Now, as I become gnarled and ancient, the dryness is a big problem. It wouldn't be so bad if it were only dryness but, like you say, a lot of moisturizers make things worse when you have some sort of irritation, as I do with the eczema. I think I will just try to continue improving my diet and habits.
Your challenges are moving along. Just a bit more on journaling. I find it tough to write things down, don't you?

Shad
10-10-2009, 10:46 PM
1300 Calories or there about per day - Day 15 done - 2 pause taken
30 minutes solid exercise per day - 1 pauses - Day 11 done
1.5 litres of water per day - Day 16 done
Journal food and water - Day 16 done. 1 pause taken.

Dull grey rainy day here. I will not complain because we badly need this rain. The garden will just love it, and I spread some fertiliser yesterday so that will sink in nicely I hope.

Red - I think that in all aspects of life we have to push - well at least I do. I am not one of those people where things just drop into place for me. I have to work for what I have and what I want.
I'm sorry to hear of the dry skin syndrome. I think if we have to have skin, one that is on the oily side is better even if it does tend to encourage acne. At least it doesn't wrinkle easily. Well that's my theory and I am sticking to it.
Weight is down again this morning, not by much but I'll take it. Shouldn't have had that ice cream last night. It pushed me into the high 1300s but not over. I just think that we should not have to deny ourselves all of our treats because then life does not become worth living any more. I lurrrrrve icecream.
Journalling and planning arethe pits, however I use an excel spreadsheet and get it to add up the calories I enter. I have also put in a list of common foods - like bread and chicken, fish, meat etc and entered the calorie count so I don't have to keep looking them up in the book - painful job that. And of course I check the labels to see what gives as far as salt, fat, calories etc go. Luckily I like salads, raw onions, tomato and other veges and fruit. I don't have to deprive myself of much.

Ah well, back to cleaning the bathroom. Tomorrow is another day.

Shad
10-11-2009, 10:03 PM
1300 Calories or there about per day - Day 16 done - 2 pause taken
30 minutes solid exercise per day - 1 pauses - Day 12 done
1.5 litres of water per day - Day 17 done
Journal food and water - Day 17 done. 1 pause taken.

Not a completely good day yesterday. I did stay within plan, but the choices weren't the best. Bangers and mash for dinner - even if they were fat free and gluten free - what was I thinking. :faint:

redballoon
10-12-2009, 07:22 AM
Well, I am afraid I must confess that two challenges fell by the wayside yesterday. Amazingly, I was able to keep a very important one going and because of that I am feeling quite good about myself today.
A good friend's siblings were in from London and we met up. Then other people joined us and I carried on till the wee hours. It is very rare to find feisty foreign women in Japan and I did, so I was enjoying the talk immensely, out late and naturally....don't say anything....consuming beer.
So, I'm doing another round of supplements and starting veg juice and no alcohol over. I DO want to stop smoking entirely and am determined to keep this challenge going. Afterward I will aim for less pauses. You see, diyana, I am NOT oblivious to the things I do that are NOT good for me. I just have to take things slowly. This is for me still a huge step to have come this far. :celebrate:

SUPPLEMENT Challenge Day 1 completed 0 pauses taken
VEGETABLE JUICE Challenge Day 0 completed
FOOD/EXERCISE LOG -- Day 17 completed 3 pauses taken
NO ALCOHOL (round 5 minus 10 days and pauses) -- Day 0 completed 0 pauses taken
NO SMOKING (round 4) -- Day 13 completed 3 pauses taken
CAFFEINE CUT (Round 6) -- Day 4 completed 1 pause taken


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Shad -- Thanks for keeping things going. Without you I'd be all alone most of the days and you keep me coming in here as well. What are bangers and mash?

diyana
10-12-2009, 09:33 AM
So sorry that I haven't been around. Had a busy weekend...got the AT&T Uverse package installed on Friday, and we really like it. Friday, my exercise was going up and down the basement stairs what seemed like 100 times (slight exageration maybe), but I did get my cardio and easily 10k steps in. On Saturday, we ran errands, did yard work, and I went to the gym for 45 minutes of cardio and 45 minutes of strength training. Yesterday, I went to the gym first thing in the a.m. for an hour of cardio. Then ran more errands and went grocery shopping. It was too dang cold to fish this past weekend. We're yearning for a 50 or 55 degree day (preferably on the weekend). We even got snow on Saturday. Yes, that's right, it was October 10 and snowing! None stuck on the ground, but still....that is just SO WRONG! :tantrum: The hard frosts and snow killed my tomato plants for good, and I still had several green ones on the vine. Oh well, it's all compost now.

Journal and stay within WW points - 3 pauses left - Day 4 completed
Drink 64 ounces of water - 3 pauses left - Day 4 completed
20 minutes (at least) of cardio - 3 pauses left - Day 4 completed
25 crunches - 1 pause taken - 3 pauses left - Day 4 completed
At least 10000 steps per day - 3 pauses left - Day 4 completed

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Red - You've used ALL your pauses for no smoking?! :yikes: You've got 8 more days to go...and you owe it to yourself to keep on keeping on. Did you not log your food because you forgot or didn't have time...or was it for the same reason that I tend to not log sometimes....because I went WAY over in food consumption. You're really making phenomenally positive changes in your life...please keep it up!!! I'm glad you had a good time with the feisty women! Feisty women like us are SO much fun!

Shad - You're doing great on your challenges! I know bangers are a kind of sausage...but mash? Are those mashed potatoes? Hope the home reno projects are going well.

Shad
10-12-2009, 05:59 PM
1300 Calories or there about per day - Day 17 done - 2 pause taken
30 minutes solid exercise per day - 1 pauses - Day 13 done
1.5 litres of water per day - Day 18 done
Journal food and water - Day 18 done. 1 pause taken.

Bangers and Mash are sausages and mashed potato. I bought the low fat sausages and they were quite nice however, I think they were full of salt - it's usually one or the other to preserve and flavour. And the mash had milk and butter plus pepper and salt. Ohmy.

Can't stop. Builder is banging away out there. Silly man. I mentioned that it might be a good idea to do more out the back while the sun wasn't there and that we are supposed to get rain later today. Wouldn't it be more sensible to work in the cool and then come in out of the rain?? Or am I being too logical.

Red - a binge is not always a bad thing. I bet your stress levels are down today and that you are happy because you had such a good night last night. You can't do it often, but life would not be worth living if your friends were living it up and you had to drink water and vege juice.

Michelle - good exercise that - going up and down stairs.

See you all lighter.

diyana
10-13-2009, 07:56 AM
Journal and stay within WW points - 3 pauses left - Day 5 completed
Drink 64 ounces of water - 3 pauses left - Day 5 completed
20 minutes (at least) of cardio - 3 pauses left - Day 5 completed
25 crunches - 1 pause taken - 3 pauses left - Day 5 completed
At least 10000 steps per day - 3 pauses left - Day 5 completed

My eating was good yesterday, and I went to the gym after work to do 1/2 hour of Zumba and 1/2 hour of strength training. After a stressful day at work, it feels great to get good and sweaty and get the endorphins going. I came home and made spaghetti for DH and I and then relaxed.

I'm planning on going to the gym after work today for 45 minutes or an hour of cardio.

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Shad - Bangers and mash sounds yummy! I hope you have a better day with the builder.

Red - Shad is correct. We need to forego constant perfection and enjoy our lives too. Nothing wrong with an occasional slip...just get up, dust yourself off and get back on track.

diyana
10-14-2009, 07:13 AM
Journal and stay within WW points - 3 pauses left - Day 6 completed
Drink 64 ounces of water - 3 pauses left - Day 6 completed
20 minutes (at least) of cardio - 3 pauses left - Day 6 completed
25 crunches - 1 pause taken - 3 pauses left - Day 6 completed
At least 10000 steps per day - 3 pauses left - Day 6 completed

I had a stressful day at work...during which I'm very happy to say I didn't go off plan in terms of eating. I went to the gym and worked up plenty of sweat to release the stress and cares of the day. I did 45 minutes of cardio on the recumbent stepper, 50 crunches and then a very fast paced Zumba class. I don't think I'll make it to the gym tonight...I've got a bunch of website work to do. But I'm definitely going tomorrow for strength training and Zumba (and maybe a Tai Chi class if I can get there in time).

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Red? Shad? I hope you both are doing well.

redballoon
10-14-2009, 08:26 AM
Sorry, just too busy to post and distracted. Will try to get in here tomorrow. Hang in there, ye all! :wave:

diyana
10-14-2009, 10:02 AM
Okay, Red, come back when you can. I'm not used to being the only one here! :)

Shad
10-14-2009, 07:38 PM
I swear I posted yesterday. Whatever, the post is not there. No wonder Michelle is wondering what is happening.

1300 Calories or there about per day - Day 19 done - 2 pause taken
30 minutes solid exercise per day - 1 pauses - Day 15 done
1.5 litres of water per day - Day 20 done
Journal food and water - Day 20 done. 1 pause taken.

No time for anything today. Too much to do.

redballoon
10-14-2009, 08:30 PM
I don't know what I want to do with my challenges so I'm stopping them all except the three below. These are definites.
I am rather bummed and then not because yesterday I had a job interview and, though I was dreading what I would do if they offered it to me, I felt I had to go for it.
Well, this morning I heard they are NOT offering it to me so that worry is gone, poof, like that. It kept me awake more than usual last night wondering what I would do if I got the job, how it would once again lock me into work I wasn't really interested in and lock me away from most of the things I enjoy doing, such as living. Still, I am in dire need of dinero.
I did get to the gym last night and it felt good. Something seems to have woken up in me and is trying to put me back on the straight and narrow. I WANT to be strong and lean again. I am sick of this lazing around, getting softer and softer. Let's see what I can come up with .

NO ALCOHOL (round 5 minus 10 days and pauses) -- Day 2 completed 0 pauses taken
NO SMOKING (round 4) -- Day 15 completed 3 pauses taken
CAFFEINE CUT (Round 6) -- Day 5 completed 2 pauses taken

diyana
10-15-2009, 07:43 AM
Journal and stay within WW points - 3 pauses left - Day 7 completed
Drink 64 ounces of water - 3 pauses left - Day 7 completed
20 minutes (at least) of cardio - 3 pauses left - Day 7 completed
25 crunches - 1 pause taken - 2 pauses left - Day 7 completed
At least 10000 steps per day - 3 pauses left - Day 7 completed

I ended up going to the gym last night, even though I had planned to take a night off. It was a really stressful day at work...and I needed some endorphins. So I did an hour of cardio and 65 crunches.

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Shad - I hope you're getting a day of peace and quiet.

Red - So sorry to hear that they selected someone else for the job. :hug: Have you thought about pursuing a different way to earn money? I don't know all of your specific likes or talents, but off the top of my head...could you be a riding instructor? Could you be a party planner? How about a writer - you are very, very articulate! What lines of work do interest you that you think might be more fulfilling? I know that for me...if money were no object, I would work with animals, either doing dog boarding or grooming or day care or pet sitting. But unfortunately, in the real world, we need money...so I do what I do and make sure I have enough time outside of work to enjoy my life. Good for you for getting to the gym! That is really helping me deal with various frustrations in my life, and it seems to be helping my weight too. I'll find out about my weight today at my WW weigh in.

Hugs to all,

redballoon
10-15-2009, 08:52 AM
Good day. After riding, forced myself to the gym, then the long walk home. I feel good.

NO ALCOHOL (round 5 minus 10 days and pauses) -- Day 3 completed 0 pauses taken
NO SMOKING (round 4) -- Day 16 completed 3 pauses taken
CAFFEINE CUT (Round 6) -- Day 6 completed 2 pauses taken

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diyana -- Thank you for your concern and advice. Yes, I have to start thinking outside the box, which up until now has been all writing, editing, translation work. I have very high expenses because of my horse and am coming to terms with having to retire her if I can't find work. I would still have to work hard just to cover everything else and a retirement farm, but it would be a lot easier than now.
I am still hoping for some saving job to come along. Haha...dream on...?
Don't be sorry about the job. I really didn't want it but was feeling I had to take it if they offered it. I thought they would, but then again, I think I talked too much and made it kind of clear that I thought it was far too much work for the pay. And it would be constant worrying and a LOT of responsibility. I don't want that anymore, not unless it's all going into my pocket, not a salary that can't change. La-dee-dah, Red is in dream land still.... ;) Ah well, hitting the hay here. diyana, good for you for getting to the gym too. Three cheers to you! :bravo: :bravo: :bravo: I'm learning to force myself to move and break through into those endorphins too. I'll think more about some of your suggestions. Thanks again. :hug:

diyana
10-15-2009, 02:19 PM
I think all the work stress, which led to hours and hours of exercise this week really paid off! I am down 3.8 lbs!! :woohoo:

Red - I'm so glad you had a good day AND went riding AND went to the gym! YGG!! I understand your expenses are high. I sincerely hope you don't have to retire your horse. BTW, there is nothing wrong with dream land.

Shad
10-15-2009, 09:11 PM
1300 Calories or there about per day - Day 20 done - 2 pause taken
30 minutes solid exercise per day - 1 pauses - Day 16 done
1.5 litres of water per day - Day 21 done
Journal food and water - Day 21 done. 1 pause taken.

All finished on two of the challenges. Another one bites the dust tomorrow. Start on some more on Monday.

saintxio
10-15-2009, 09:46 PM
Journaling my diet- 3 days done
Kept daily calories under 1300- 3 days ^-^

I got to have a fitness assessment today and really want to start working on doing a full push up and a full chin up :D

diyana
10-16-2009, 07:18 AM
Journal and stay within WW points - 3 pauses left - Day 8 completed
Drink 64 ounces of water - 3 pauses left - Day 8 completed
20 minutes (at least) of cardio - 3 pauses left - Day 8 completed
25 crunches - 1 pause taken - 2 pauses left - Day 8 completed
At least 10000 steps per day - 3 pauses left - Day 8 completed

I went to the gym last night and did a Tai Chi class, 20 minutes of cardio and a strength training class, but my back was feeling kinda tweaky/twingy sore...so I decided to skip the Zumba class.

I'm doing well on my eating. Yay! I feel pretty confident that I'll be able to stay OP during the weekend (even though weekends are my most challenging time).

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Shad - :woohoo: and :bravo: on completing two of your challenges with another one finishing today! You're doing SO WELL!! :cp: :cp:

Saintxio - :welcome: Those are great challenges! And what a nice way to challenge yourself with the full push up and full chin up. I can do a full push up, but I can't remember ever being able to do a chin up. YGG!!

Red - I hope you have a wonderful day! :hug:

redballoon
10-16-2009, 08:37 PM
Got to the gym again yesterday. Am quite sore now and surely holding water from the muscle damage so I won't mind the scale. I'm not paying it much attention these days though I am weighing myself. Really wish I could work off the pounds. I stay riveted at the same weight.
A bad night last night with the itching and then asthma. When I get asthma I can't stop thinking about unpleasant things and since I'd just seen the DVD of "The Changeling" you can imagine if you've seen it too.
Hard to believe it's been only four days since I was out for the night drinking. I don't want to drink but it just seems kind of pathetic that at times the days pass so slowly. In regards to other things, they are flying. :^:

NO ALCOHOL (round 5 minus 10 days and pauses) -- Day 4 completed 0 pauses taken
NO SMOKING (round 4) -- Day 17 completed 3 pauses taken
CAFFEINE CUT (Round 6) -- Day 7 completed 2 pauses taken

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diyana -- You're really moving that bod, aren't you?!! :dancer: What's behind the sudden spurt of resolve that you're not telling us about? ;) Actually, though, I'm feeling it too. From earlier this week I just wanted to start moving again. Sure hope it lasts.

Shad -- Two down! Wow!! :cp: :cp: :cp: :cp: :cp: Good for you!!

saint -- Good luck on your challenges. Come in and talk to us some times. :goodluck:

Shad
10-16-2009, 09:02 PM
1300 Calories or there about per day - Day 21 done - 2 pause taken
30 minutes solid exercise per day - 1 pauses - Day 17 done
1.5 litres of water per day - Day 21 done
Journal food and water - Day 21 done. 1 pause taken.

I'm probably going to carry on with the existing challenges since if I don't have to be accountable my portions get bigger and I forget to drink the water. Journalling is still a pain, but I am doing it. But I will probably add to them to get a fresh approach. It gets fairly boring doing the same ol' same old.

Welcome to Saint and :wave: to Red and Diyana. I'm covered in oil based primer at the moment. Hope no one asks for a face to face interview over the next week or so. Smears and spots of paint is most places. My old garden shorts - which if you all remember, was the basis for the challenge - are stiff with paint, but at least I don't have to lie on the bed to get the zip done up now. I will still get some new ones at the end of the challenge. I'm throwing the shorts and tee out when the painting is finished which should be around a week or so. I do have plenty of old gear to wear.

See ya all later

Shad
10-17-2009, 04:36 PM
1300 Calories or there about per day - Day 21 done - 2 pause taken
30 minutes solid exercise per day - 0 pauses left - Day 17 done
1.5 litres of water per day - Day 21 done
Journal food and water - Day 21 done. 1 pause taken.

Out of here for the daily dash around the block and then back to painting, cleaning and rubbish removal. It's all go here.
I might add, my shoulders, arms and back are stiff and sore from all the bending, stretching and painting yesterday. Today will be a quiet painting day. I also have to decide on paint colours.

redballoon
10-17-2009, 08:47 PM
No problem with yesterday. Should be meeting a friend tonight for some drinks. I am determined not to smoke!
I realized I was behind on the no alcohol days. Thought it seemed like too few, so it's a full six down. Whoopee. :^: I'm not trying to stop drinking or anything, just want to keep things moderate (a word I have never quite understood ;) )
The caffeine reduction is becoming second-nature. I was thinking how I only had a small cup of green tea yesterday afternoon instead of the strong black tea I allow myself. I use that for a pick-me-up when I need it, such as before a workout. Yesterday I took off from the gym though so the green tea was probably appropriate.
The work search continues to turn up nothing. Damn, things are bad over here. Gotta remain positive though. If I don't, I slide into inertia, which will bring up nothing but more of the same.

Totally off the subject, but I gave my old cat a bath the other day. He's so old he doesn't groom himself at all. Never thought I'd be bathing a cat. He has always loved getting wet so he put up no fuss whatsoever.
He has been insisting on special tidbits that are very costly so the other day I asked the local fish shop 20 steps away if they had any scraps they could give me. They always feed one of my other cats and a stray, who appear promptly at 6 p.m. before the shop. They give them all sorts of delicacies and have them quite spoiled. The old guy, however, is too frail to walk there. They have been giving me a bagful of good-looking fish for nothing. Last night I got home and there was a bag hanging on my doorknob. I thought it was the landlady with some apples from her hometown apple country Nagano, but it was a bag of fish! How sweet.

NO ALCOHOL (round 5 minus 10 days and pauses) -- Day 6 completed 0 pauses taken
NO SMOKING (round 4) -- Day 18 completed 3 pauses taken
CAFFEINE CUT (Round 6) -- Day 8 completed 2 pauses taken

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Shad -- Congratulations on your finished challenges. Any downward movement of the numbers? With all that work you seem to be doing painting, you must be getting in some exercise! I admire and bewonder your attitude.

Shad
10-19-2009, 12:09 AM
All challenges are off for a couple of days while I deal with my own stupidity. I gashed my leg at the dump yesterday. So there will be no racing around for me for a couple of days while I let it start to heal. It's long and deep and fortunately has stopped bleeding. It'll be okay I guess eventually.

Red - enjoy the time out with friends. One can not just work out and weigh and fuss about eating every day of the year. It just doesn't work that way.

redballoon
10-19-2009, 09:29 AM
Just a quick note to post my tally. I managed to stay away from smoking last night so my challenge still stands! Hurrah!!! :dance:

NO ALCOHOL (round 5 minus 10 days and pauses) -- Day 7 completed 1 pause taken
NO SMOKING (round 4) -- Day 20 completed 3 pauses taken
CAFFEINE CUT (Round 6) -- Day 10 completed 2 pauses taken

diyana
10-19-2009, 09:58 AM
Good morning ladies (or evening for Red and Shad) -

Had a good weekend. Stayed OP and went to the gym on both Saturday and Sunday morning. On Saturday, DH worked on the cars - changing oil, checking brakes, etc., and I worked in the yard. Yesterday, we were planning on going fishing, but DH wasn't feeling well, so we stayed home. He worked on the computers and I made homemade veggie soup, and we watched football. Since it was nice out, I played with the doggies in the yard too. They really enjoyed that, and so did I! DH was even too sick to go to work today. This evening I have a meeting with a website client, and tomorrow evening I have an online marketing seminar. But I'm hoping to get to the gym tonight or tomorrow. At least it will be nice enough outside (mid 50s) to get a walk in at lunch time!

Here's where I'm at after the weekend:

Journal and stay within WW points - 3 pauses left - Day 11 completed
Drink 64 ounces of water - 3 pauses left - Day 11 completed
20 minutes (at least) of cardio - 3 pauses left - Day 11 completed
25 crunches - 1 pause taken - 2 pauses left - Day 11 completed
At least 10000 steps per day - 3 pauses left - Day 11 completed

BTW, I'm keeping my fingers crossed and sending lots of positive vibes for Red's and Shad's job searches. :crossed: :goodvibes:

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Red - So nice that your kitty doesn't mind baths. My cats used to hate baths. And even my dogs aren't very fond of them. How sweet that the fish store delivered goodies for your kitty! I've not seen the Changeling, and since I have asthma, perhaps I should avoid that movie. Good for you for all the trips to the gym! :woohoo: Hope you had a great time off with your friends. Congrats on not smoking! :bravo: :bravo: :cp: :cp:

Shad - Good on ya' for doing so well on your challenges!! Congrats on fitting into the garden shorts! :cp: :cp: With all the painting and home renovations, not to mention your daily walks/dashes, you are getting lots of exercise! :bravo: But with your leg injury, you take it easy until it heals. Do you need to get a tetanus shot? Over here, anytime you cut yourself on anything old, especially old metal, the docs recommend you get a tetanus shot - which last for 7 years.

Shad
10-19-2009, 06:41 PM
Haven't sat and figured out the new challenges yet. However I did go for a walk today and everything was okay. I don't think we need to worry about the wound too much. Here they recommend evry 15 years. My doctor says I have had enough to make me immune for the rest of my days. I did have the last one before I went to Jakarta 2 years back.
Michelle, sounds like you had a busy and active weekend. Good for you.

Red - The no smoking is going well. I'm proud of you.

Back later with the new challenges.

diyana
10-20-2009, 09:29 AM
Red - Big Congrats on not smoking! I am so proud of you!! You rock, my sista!

Shad - I'm so glad the leg is feeling better and you're able to do some walking/exercise. Glad also that you didn't need to get any shots...those hurt.

I didn't get to the gym last night due to a meeting with a client. And tonight I have a seminar...but I'm going to try and get to the gym after that. I walked yesterday at lunch and plan to do the same today, so I get my 20 min. of cardio in.

Journal and stay within WW points - 3 pauses left - Day 12 completed
Drink 64 ounces of water - 3 pauses left - Day 12 completed
20 minutes (at least) of cardio - 3 pauses left - Day 12 completed
25 crunches - 1 pause taken - 2 pauses left - Day 12 completed
At least 10000 steps per day - 3 pauses left - Day 12 completed


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

redballoon
10-20-2009, 06:39 PM
No time again to write. Hello diyana and Shad! :wave:

NO ALCOHOL (round 5 minus 10 days and pauses) -- Day 8 completed 1 pause taken
NO SMOKING (round 4) -- Day 21 completed 3 pauses taken CHALLENGE IS COMPLETED!!! :cp: :celebrate: :cp:
CAFFEINE CUT (Round 6) -- Day 11 completed 2 pauses taken

diyana
10-21-2009, 03:25 PM
Red - Congrats on completing the no smoking challenge!!! :congratulations:

Shad - I hope you're doing well and your leg is getting better.

I took a pause from cardio and WW points yesterday evening, so here's where I'm at:

Journal and stay within WW points - 2 pauses left - Day 12 completed
Drink 64 ounces of water - 3 pauses left - Day 13 completed
20 minutes (at least) of cardio - 2 pauses left - Day 12 completed
25 crunches - 1 pause taken - 2 pauses left - Day 13 completed
At least 10000 steps per day - 3 pauses left - Day 13 completed

redballoon
10-21-2009, 07:36 PM
Quick post again. Long day yesterday and have to run out again now. I feel like I've been working out and exercising a lot but not seeing any change on the scale or even in my body (though I feel stronger). I guess often the perception of effort and the actual effort may be quite different. I'm not going to allow this to throw me off track. I have to get used to doing MORE once again. Gotta keep at it! How's that for positive talk! :spin:

NO ALCOHOL (round 5 minus 10 days and pauses) -- Day 9 completed 1 pause taken
NO SMOKING (round 5) -- Day 1 completed 0 pauses taken
CAFFEINE CUT (Round 6) -- Day 12 completed 2 pauses taken

Shad
10-21-2009, 08:11 PM
Gotta keep at it! Good Mantra that.

Sorry- haven't had the time to sort out any new challenges yet. Been busy with things in the rest of the world.

Weight down today (weigh in day) to 79.5Kg It's all good if somewhat unexpected.

diyana
10-22-2009, 07:33 AM
Yesterday, I took another break from the gym...due to exhaustion after work. But tonight is my favorite strength training class, so I will be doing an hour of cardio followed by the 1/2 hour strength training (including abs) class. Good. stuff.

Journal and stay within WW points - 2 pauses left - Day 13 completed
Drink 64 ounces of water - 3 pauses left - Day 14 completed
20 minutes (at least) of cardio - 1 pauses left - Day 12 completed
25 crunches - 1 pause taken - 2 pauses left - Day 14 completed
At least 10000 steps per day - 3 pauses left - Day 14 completed

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Red - I love the Gotta Keep At It mantra! Words to live by, my sista! The results of your hard work will show. Sometimes it takes a week or two or three or more. That's what I have to tell myself on weeks that I do everything perfectly and get no positive reinforcement from either the scale or my clothes.

Shad - Congrats on the weight loss! :woohoo: You're well on your way to the Halloween goal! Good for you!!

Hugs and :high: to all for our perserverance and effort,

Michelle

redballoon
10-22-2009, 08:07 AM
Um, "gotta keep at it" is not a mantra. It was just something I said and today I caved in in utter depression and binged on sugar. I suppose I have no faith and don't really know that just keeping at it will help. I could be way off the mark.
Yeah, the challenges hold, but the rest was too much. It was because what I thought may be some work didn't pan out and also the itching is making me suicidal. Really. I can't take it anymore. I am right now waiting for the doctor to call and tell me my number is soon so I can go wait in his office. There he passes out drugs to all these needy people like myself with skin problems. I am going to ask for strong steroids. I don't care. I really can't take this anymore. My eyes are swollen and I scratch myself raw. It is truly driving me crazy. I get no respite, day or night. Oh, that this would go away....
Still, I will carry on, but it's days like these where I ruin everything and indo days of hard work. It's the same old story over and over and over again.
I cannot break through and be consistent long enough. I truly don't know how I maintained a weight 5 kg less than now. I think I was much more consistently active and I had no skin problems. The toll it takes on me physically (no sleep) and mentally is very bad. My aunt had similar so it seems to be hereditary. Talked to someone I know today who has had the same thing since she was a child. She said, "There is no one thing that will help. You have to accept that this is just the way you are and you have to learn to not let it bother you." Well, it's hard, really hard.

NO ALCOHOL (round 5 minus 10 days and pauses) -- Day 10 completed 1 pause taken
NO SMOKING (round 5) -- Day 2 completed 0 pauses taken
CAFFEINE CUT (Round 6) -- Day 13 completed 2 pauses taken

diyana
10-22-2009, 09:28 AM
Red - So sorry to hear that the work didn't pan out, and that the itching is getting worse. That's interesting that you get a "number" from your doctor, and when it's getting close you go wait in his office. I'm sure you've already tried hydrocortisone cream and oatmeal baths, right? Go easy on yourself...you're not ruining everything or undoing days of work. Think how it would be if you hadn't put in those days of work...and increased your metabolism. With all you're going through, life is beating you up...you don't need to help by picking up a baseball bat or :rollpin: Be kind to yourself. Talk to yourself and treat yourself as if you were your best friend. You CAN break through, you CAN be consistent. You CAN get through this. Hang in there, girlfriend. :hug:

redballoon
10-22-2009, 09:54 AM
diyana, thank you so much for your kind words. It's 11 p.m. and I just got back from the doctor. (It's only about 50 steps away). Yes, it's an interesting setup. He has so many patients they have installed an automatic reservation system. You can make a reservation from your computer or mobile phone or at his office. Then you wait until there are about five people before you and your phone automatically rings with a recorded message or you get an email, whichever you choose. You can check how many people are still before you too from your phone or computer. It's pretty cool. Well, of course, it's Tokyo!

I am now armed with drugs and creams and he promised I would sleep well. I feel relieved, determined to beat this and, yes, carry on with exercise and get back to eating better. Thank you again. Your support and kindness mean a LOT to me! :hug:

diyana
10-22-2009, 02:50 PM
Red - That is cool about an automated waiting system. It reduces long waits in a waiting area full of sick/contagious people! Good stuff! It it a common system for most docs in Tokyo? Glad to hear you got meds and creams, so you can enjoy your days and have restful nights. :hug: I've never had trouble with steroid creams, but steroid pills (as wonderful and effective as they are) result in increased appetite, weight gain and beotchiness! Good luck I hope you get maximum effectiveness with minimum side effects! :hug:

As for me.....
Weigh in was not great. Not horrible...but not great. I gained a pound. This is going to be a long, long road and I'm in it for the duration. I'm in it to win it. The only way I cannot succeed is if I quit - if I completely stop trying. And there's no way in h*ll that I'm ever gonna give up.

redballoon
10-22-2009, 08:45 PM
Ready to notch a good day. The medicine didn't work as well as I thought it would last night, but I still got sleep. I had a very bad day eating yesterday, way too much junk, way too much sugar. Among other things, seeing myself full-length in an eatery mirror AS I was eating :eek: was so depressing. I am so good at NOT seeing how huge I look. Yes, I had on very unflattering clothes, but still. It was utterly depressing. I wanted to cry right there.
This is one of the disadvantages of weight training. I am very solid and so feel fine. The weight is very evenly dispersed and thus I feel very "together." YET, because of my solidness I look like a hulk even though I don't feel like one. And I am a very sensitive person, nervous and imaginative and yet no one thinks I am because of my body. It is so NOT your typical nervous, sensitive type. I look like a wrestler. (Sigh) And, yet, this is me. I am this unusual mix, always have been. In fact, I think the weight training is the only thing that prevents me from becoming a sorry victim of my own sensitivities. But it also means I have to get lean in order to look at all attractive. Will I ever be able to put it all together?

CLOTHES CHECK
It's Friday and though I have made no progress I will post today's clothes check. The green stretchy jeans are worse than the beginning. Now, I do not dare try to button and zip them. I could, but only at severe risk of a true wardrobe malfunction.

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diyana -- I'm sorry to hear about the rise in the scale numbers, but it's surely just a matter of time before they drop again. I love your attitude. Yes, you are right. I suppose we should take what look at first glance to be total failures (binges, days of sloth) and see that as part of the journey, meaning we are still on the road, not off in the gutter somewhere. It's a part of it and not to get down about.

I don't think the automated waiting system for the skin doctor I went to is common. I never go to doctors so I don't really know, but from what I have seen, I would have to say no. I think the reasons he has it are because 1) he has a constant and very heavy flow of patients and 2) he has a very small office, one that can only seat 8-9 people. Also, he stays open past midnight to accommodate the patients who have made reservations. Skin problems are quite chronic, so a lot of it is maintenance, in other words, the people are in and out quickly. I feel better already. Speaking with that friend of mine yesterday and then the doctor in the evening, I am ready to accept this as just part of my makeup. It's the price I pay for never having had bad skin as a teenager. Always on the dry side, the older I get the dryer things become. That's the apparent way of things, so I just have to learn to deal with this. What's this with the "increased appetite, weight gain and b!tchiness?!?!??" Oh, no, I do NOT need that. Couple that with the current pms. Still, I think I can control myself better when I'm not ripping myself apart, the smell of blood in the air as I rake my arms and legs. Jeez! Ok, TMI!

Shad
10-23-2009, 01:07 AM
Haven't posted here because I have been too busy with life in general. Life is busy and full.

My friend Chris who was in Japan, had a system similar to that doctor of yours Red. I remember we went to the hospital once while I was there and she got a number. Didn't take very long to get to see the doctor, then another number for the drugs. That took for ever so I went and sat on the river bank and watched the men fishing with those incredibly long fishing rods. Interesting conversation too, but I did make appreciative noises and rubbing tummy gestures etc and we all had a laugh.

I promise I will get back with some more of the same challenges tomorrow. Meantime it is back to business again. See ya

redballoon
10-23-2009, 08:51 AM
Will write tomorrow......I forgot that yesterday would actually have had to have been considered a pause on caffeine. Yikes, already three pauses used up?!?

NO ALCOHOL (round 5 minus 10 days and pauses) -- Day 11 completed 1 pause taken
NO SMOKING (round 5) -- Day 3 completed 0 pauses taken
CAFFEINE CUT (Round 6) -- Day 13 completed 3 pauses taken

redballoon
10-24-2009, 06:29 PM
Another good day yesterday. Have been getting to the gym and, what's more, I've been watching my calories. Admittedly, I've just been watching them and there is a LOT to watch, BUT, it is also helping me not go hog wild. I realize now how super easy it is for me to easily consume thousands more than I should be in order to lose. It's a great discovery, albeit one I have made before, that should help me either do it or not. "Doing it" meaning LOSE the fat.
Staying the fight......

Got an interview to do today for a story and I'm not prepared. Yuck and it's raining and this is an outdoor horse trainer thing. Oh well, will have to get photos another time perhaps.

NO ALCOHOL (round 5 minus 10 days and pauses) -- Day 12 completed 1 pause taken
NO SMOKING (round 5) -- Day 4 completed 0 pauses taken
CAFFEINE CUT (Round 6) -- Day 14 completed 3 pauses taken

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Shad -- Busy, eh? Well, we'll be here for you. Yes, taking numbers in Japan is an everyday happening. You get them in the bank, the ward office, the post office, immigration, hospitals, pharmacies, but the system I was talking about was the first I have ever seen. It was the first that actually wanted you NOT to be there and allowed you not to be there but sending you a message or a phone call. Every other time, you have to chance it and if you miss your number you're likely not allowed to come back in afterward. Also, this system allowed you to cancel your number. Normally, if you give up waiting, no one knows and they have to call the number and see that no one answers.

Shad
10-24-2009, 06:38 PM
Not feeling too crash hot this morning. Had lamb chops and a new dish called Mediterranean vegetables for dinner last night. It was nice but something along the line upset the stomach. I have made at least three trips to the loo this morning and have the feeling there are more on the way. time will tell. DS2 tells me it is my own fault for eating so healthy.

Anyway, I am about to attempt some toast and vegemite. The ultimate comfort food. And I will return when I feel better. Meantime my time in the loo can be put to good use - I can grout while I am there.

Back later.

redballoon
10-25-2009, 11:41 PM
Had a late night again last night....but I've been very good with exercising and eating. Let's hope I can keep this up. I also tried on my green jeans even though it's not a check day and they aren't so tight as before. Gosh, I would love to be able to actually have them fit nicely. May I have the strength (or whatever is needed) to get me to that point. :yes:

NO ALCOHOL (round 5 minus 10 days and pauses) -- Day 12 completed 2 pauses taken
NO SMOKING (round 5) -- Day 4 completed 1 pause taken
CAFFEINE CUT (Round 6) -- Day 15 completed 3 pauses taken

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Shad -- How are you feeling? I hope you're better. :hug:

redballoon
10-26-2009, 07:58 AM
Calling the day early. :dancer:
Good one. Got to the gym for a bit despite the relatively hungover state.... :^:

NO ALCOHOL (round 5 minus 10 days and pauses) -- Day 13 completed 2 pauses taken
NO SMOKING (round 5) -- Day 5 completed 1 pause taken
CAFFEINE CUT (Round 6) -- Day 16 completed 3 pauses taken

JazzyPeggy
10-26-2009, 08:02 AM
24 oz water, 1 pause, day 0
No eating after 10:30 p.m., 3 pauses, day 0
33 points or less, 3 pauses, day 0

redballoon
10-26-2009, 08:14 AM
Hello, Peggy! Good to see you and hope to hear more soon! I am intrigued by your list of goals. It seems rather extreme. Twenty-five lbs in the month from Thanksgiving to Christmas sounds like you will need to forgo ALL goodies and be hitting the gym regularly...hmmm. And then I see you're expecting to GAIN 20 lbs within the six days between Christmas and Near Year's, then drop 30 lbs. in a month and a half. Ummm.....are there some mistakes there somewhere? I kind of hope so. :?: Take it easy, Peggy!

JazzyPeggy
10-26-2009, 09:55 AM
I knew someone would question it. The key is the word "realistic" on the New Year's Goal. The other goals are if I can get myself in gear and really push myself.

diyana
10-26-2009, 10:00 AM
THUD!!! bump...bump...bump...

That was me falling off the wagon and into the gutter. I had a sore throat and was tired most of the weekend...and since DH was fighting a bad cold, I didn't want to overdo it and risk getting really sick too. So I haven't been to the gym in days.

And then my eating fell off the wagon. Kraft Mac & Cheese along with not much in the way of veggies. Now my tummy is telling me it needs fiber.

I'm giving myself the :kickbutt: I need to get back on the wagon! I'm going to get my eating back on track, and although I can't get to the gym tonight because of a meeting with a client, I WILL get there tomorrow...no matter what.

Journal and stay within WW points - 0 pauses left - Day 14 completed
Drink 64 ounces of water - 1 pauses left - Day 15 completed
25 crunches - 0 pauses left - Day 15 completed
At least 10000 steps per day - 1 pauses left - Day 15 completed

As for cardio...I'll be starting over tomorrow due to my meeting with a client.

I'll be back for personals in a bit.

diyana
10-26-2009, 10:11 AM
JazzyPeggy - Thanks for clarifying your goals. I was a bit confused too. I'm going to ease up on weight number goals...and focus more on action goals.

Shad - I hope your tummy is feeling better.

Red - Good for you for doing well on your challenges and getting close on your green jeans!! :woohoo: I'm sorry to hear that you sometimes feel like a hulk. :hug: Sometimes the body size we want to be may not be realistic based on our body type. For example, I will never ever look like many of the women who work here...who are perfect size 1's and 3's, with petite little bone structure, A or B cup breasts, and skinny little thighs/legs (or worse long, skinny legs). Even at my smallest adult size (a size 7 at age 18), I had an hourglass figure, big chest, a very small pouch on the tummy, and a bubble butt. Right now, I've got one or two extra chins, my stomach is nearly as big as my boobs :( and I've got a huge lower tummy pouch. Fairly disgusting if I focus on it, so I try not to. When my attention turns toward disapproval of various parts of me...I try and refocus on what I can do to improve my health and the appearance of those not so flattering areas. Though it is not always easy. Frankly, when I look at celebrities, I would not want to have the body of a Paris Hilton or Mariah Carey. I think it's more attractive to have more "meat" and muscle. Look at Angelina Jolie in Tomb Raider. There was a woman who could kick arse. Gabrielle Reece has a great body as well. I understand that being in Tokyo, you are surrounded by women who are small boned, small bodied waifs, and that has to be difficult. Can you start by saying how much you appreciate some parts of you? For me, I like my "girls", even if they have drooped a bit due to age. I also like my arms - not the flabby under part that flops around when I wave my arms), but the strong bicep part. Are you familiar with Maya Angelou's poem Phenomenal Woman? It's great reminder that we are all phenomenal women, regardless of whether or not we are "built to suit a fashion model's size".

PHENOMENAL WOMAN
by Maya Angelou

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies
I'm not cute or built to suit a fashion model's size
But when I start to tell them
They think I'm telling lies.
I say,
It's in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I'm a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
I say,
It's the fire in my eyes
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing of my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I'm a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can't touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them,
They say they still can't see.
I say
It's in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I'm a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

Now you understand
Just why my head's not bowed.
I don't shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It's in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
The palm of my hand,
The need of my care,
'Cause I'm a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.


from And Still I Rise by Maya Angelou
copyright © 1978 by Maya Angelou.

redballoon
10-26-2009, 07:20 PM
Well, my weight stays high, and according to my calorie counts, it should be high..... (sigh). If I could just push through to another level, one where I just don't put the food in my mouth, I could get this fat off.
I suppose I should be happy that I am a hulk, because it means I have half the work already done. But putting it all together is so hard, or so it seems. When I go to the gym and work out I feel so deserving of eating or some sort of indulgence. And nothing at this point works as a substitute.
I will look at the things that I am doing well and realize it's just another push.... I've got the drinking in hand. I'm not bingeing on sugar (though I do eat it). I'm getting to the gym. Ah well.....stay the fight.

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diyana -- sorry to hear about the fall from the wagon. But you're back up and that's the most important thing.
I have come to grips with my body type. It's my own doing that has me feeling like a hulk. I love working out with weights. Ever since I discovered them, I have failed to feel good when I lose muscle. The real problem is that I don't work on getting the fat off, so I inevitably bulk up. It's not that I have tons of muscle (though it is more than most) it's that I don't get enough fat off to compensate. Thus, I am always in the same size, just the body composition changes. Naturally, if I'm the same size but more fat, less muscle, it feels gross. But, when I'm the same size, less fat, more muscle, it feels better but looks the same or worse because I am stronger and it shows in my movement.
I think the key is to continue working at the same level of weights, just cut the calories. I think I'm at that point now. I realize I HAVE to cut the calories, because there's a limit to what I can do exercise-wise with work (when I get it ) and time and energy considerations.
It's not, diyana, that I don't like myself, it's just that I'm sick and tired of myself being in the same old rut.
I'm afraid the poem kind of lost me at the line "....the fellows stand or fall down on their knees..." I mean, like, this has never happened, probably never will. If it did, everything would be fine. Yeah, it'd be phenomenal ;)


:trampo:

Shad
10-26-2009, 09:04 PM
Back in the land of the living.

I keep saying it, but I will be back with new challenges shortly. Life is just a bit hectic at the moment and I have so much to do that everytime I turn around, I add another job to the list. It's painful.

Red - I know that I felt like the incredible hulk in Japan and yet I am not that big. Big enough, yes I know and I could be thinner but Japan could have really done my head in if I had stayed for any length of time. Just keep on plugging along. Try for 'great' thre times a week. 'Good' for three times a week and 'bad' only once. Once you give yourself permission for badness it seems (well in my twisted mind anyway) to give yourself permission to not be bad if you don't want to either. Not that that statement was correct or grammatical, but you know what I mean.

Gotta go and finish up clearing and cleaning the bedroom for the DS1 who arrives late tomorrow night. I have to go buy new blinds and some bits and pieces. Might even get some fresh flowers!

redballoon
10-27-2009, 05:53 AM
Still got work to do at home tonight but so far the day hasn't been that bad. I'm buckling down and counting the dreaded calories. May make it a challenge.

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Shad -- We look forward to having you again soon. Or just keep popping in like this and chatting. That's nice too. Yes, "done my head in"...hmmm....I've certainly been here long enough but I am kind of a renegade loner (well, maybe just a nutter), never did care too much about fitting in, so I'm probably OK. It's partly the reason I think I don't stick to anything long enough, because I despise when people make comments about my bulk or my obvious muscle or solidness, as if it's a bad thing. My God, hasn't anyone heard of diversity!?!?!? No? Oh, well, yes, Japanese pride themselves on their homogenous society, a society that is only "homogenous" if you ignore large numbers of people. Oh、sorry, tangent there...
Well, to the petty types any difference is BAD, but it ticks me off sufficiently that I don't want to look like I'm acquiescing or conforming to the cultural fashion. Ok, maybe this is just an excuse. I could still do the lean machine thing and not conform (which is what I actually want to do). I will never want to be some stick-thin weakling that, oh god, needs to ask men for assistance or be totally at the mercy of some creep in the train you tries to crush you against the wall (yes, this happens in the crowds).
You and I, Shad, are the same height, so yeah, you would know how it is for sure. I think being short makes me feel like I do fit in somehow and probably makes Japanese think I should be skinny because I'm short, but come on, the bones have got to be different. I can't even buy shoes here and my glove and hat size are not available in women's sizes. Anyhow, I don't care. At least with the Net now I don't have a major problem. Shoes are though because I won't buy them untried.
I like your idea of the great/good/bad. Yes, twisted minds apparently think alike...if "think" is the correct verb. :lol3: I especially, naturally, like the "great" and "bad" days. "Good" is again something that smacks of conformity. But, if I have six great days and only one bad I'll blow it and three great and four bad just won't work either. How about I call the in-between days my "undercover days," on which I will pretend to act like your typical Japanese, kind of like a smokescreen. Yes, that may just work. You see, Shad....the mind is .much more twisted here I think. :rofl:

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JazzyPeggy
10-27-2009, 09:58 AM
24 oz water, 1 pause, day 0
No eating after 10:30 p.m., 3 pauses, day 0
33 points or less, 3 pauses, day 0

Still at day 0 on all of these. I was gone most of the day yesterday, but I'm home today and can work on these things.

diyana
10-27-2009, 03:16 PM
Gotta love the gym! Last night's meeting got switched to tonight, so I went to the gym and did 1/2 hour of Zumba and 1/2 hour of strength training. My eating was OP too. I think I'm gonna officially restart my cardio challenge on Thursday as I have a meeting tonight and DH and I are hoping to go fishing tomorrow after work.

So here's where I'm at:

Journal and stay within WW points - 0 pauses left - Day 15 completed
Drink 64 ounces of water - 1 pauses left - Day 16 completed
25 crunches - 0 pauses left - Day 16 completed
At least 10000 steps per day - 1 pauses left - Day 16 completed

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Peggy - You're racking up your pauses faster than your days completed. Are these challenges too strict for you right now? You've got some lofty goals, which reminds me of a cool quote: "A goal without a plan is just a wish." ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery So set yourself up for success by making plans and sticking to them.

Red - I love working out with weights too...though I'm sure I'm not as strong, muscular as you. I'm noticing some definition in my biceps, but that's about it. Everything else is mostly flab. When you cut calories...make sure you allow yourself some good lean protein to help repair the muscles worked when weight training. And you ARE a Phenomenal Woman, Red! And if I had my choice...and I guess I do...it'll just take a lot of work...I'd prefer to have a lean, muscular (not body builder, but some sculpting and tone) physique, rather than be skinny.

Shad - So glad to hear you're feeling better. And DS1 has perfect timing...he can help with the rest of the fence work...whether he wants to or not. I like your Great/Good/Bad days.

Hugs to all,

redballoon
10-27-2009, 06:00 PM
I am in a very vile mood, exasperated by having my old cat have an accident in my futon this morning. So, that pulled me out of bed very quickly. He's so old he has lost control I guess. All he does is spend the day crying incessantly constantly looking for special tidbits. Then when he has them he still cries. I guess it's senility. I am afraid to say I am really sick of him.
That, and I have a story hanging over my head I have to do today and now have to go out to meet some guy who wants to talk about work. Pulls me out for a breakfast meeting so I have to hit the rush hour and all he wants to do is, I don't know, talk about maybe getting some work where he works. Pisses me off, that too. Damn! Really, this is a horrible day so far and pms is aggravating it I guess, as if it needed any more aggravation.

NO ALCOHOL (round 5 minus 10 days and pauses) -- Day 14 completed 2 pauses taken
NO SMOKING (round 5) -- Day 6 completed 1 pause taken
CAFFEINE CUT (Round 6) -- Day 17 completed 3 pauses taken

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Jazz -- I think the pauses you've marked are what you're allowing yourself, right? Best to mark them somehow so we know. So, I take it, you just haven't been able to start yet, is that right? What's the problem? I agree with diyana, if these challenges are too hard for you, knock them down in level. There is absolutely no sense in setting yourself up for failure.

diyana -- Good to hear you hit the gym and got in what sounds like a nice workout. With eating on plan too you're definitely fully in the game. Nice to see. Even though you don't have a cardio challenge, you're still getting a lot in, so it sounds good.
I am so disgusted with my weight. It just doesn't budge and I guess it's simply because I eat too much, but I am hungry and my appetite just gets the best of me. Maybe it's those steroids though I only took them three days. Pms? Maybe that too, but my weight has climbed all monthlong. I guess it's the weight training, but come on, why is it so hard? I need some relaxation in my life, some respite from the worries, but that's not going to come I guess, not in my current situation.
Anyhow, you keep up the good work and don't bother with me.....certainly not a phenomenal anything except maybe in the biggest rut you can imagine. :^:

JazzyPeggy
10-28-2009, 02:04 AM
24 oz water, 1 pause, day 1
No eating after 10:30 p.m., 3 pauses, day 0
33 points or less, 3 pauses, day 0

I stopped @ 10:30 then got hungry and ate some cereal.

diyana
10-28-2009, 08:25 AM
Hey ladies -

No gym for me yesterday, as I had a meeting with a website client that went until nearly 8 pm. Tonight after work, I'm either going fishing with DH or going to the gym. I'd rather go to the gym...but we're running out of nice weather days...so if he wants to go fishing, I'll go with him. Tomorrow, it's the gym for sure as I have a strength training class, a Zumba class and then an appt with my trainer/coach.

Journal and stay within WW points - 0 pauses left - Day 16 completed
Drink 64 ounces of water - 1 pauses left - Day 17 completed
25 crunches - 0 pauses left - Day 17 completed
At least 10000 steps per day - 1 pauses left - Day 17 completed

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Peggy - Sorry if I misunderstood your pauses. Good for you for drinking the water. That should help with hunger, as sometimes the body perceives thirst as hunger.

Red - Sorry to hear about your cat's accident. It's so difficult when they get older. :hug: Hang in there. Sounds like you're keeping busy between the breakfast meeting and the story. I hope your day got better. :hug: Steroids will DEFINITELY increase the appetite and make PMS MUCH MUCH WORSE! In fact, even if I'm not PMS-ing...when I'm on Steroids, I have the mood swings from H*LL!! :yikes: The drop of a hat could send me into a tirade. So hang in there. I've been there and it sucks, but this too shall pass. :hug:

Shad - I hope you're enjoying a good visit with DS1. How long is he visiting for?

redballoon
10-28-2009, 07:56 PM
I'm afraid the caffeine challenge fell four days before completion. There was no way around it....well, there was, but at this meeting in a cafe discussing work there was nothing to drink on the menu and the coffee was cheap and...well...I had 2 small cups, which is more caffeine than I've been allowing myself. It doesn't bother me. It's the first coffee I've had outside my normal morning dose in months. I have no idea if this is helping anything but like with so much there is really no way of knowing.
Anyhow, good news! The scale numbers edged downwards for the first time in a long time, hitting the same weight as Oct. 16. I am recording and tallying calories, which I think helps me limit myself a bit. I am not requiring myself to actually limit them but if I see that my calories are way high then I can blame no one but myself for the fact that my weight stays high, so I do make efforts just to keep the total at least at a point where I shouldn't gain. And, I think, what is the point of letting this day go by when I have been to the gym and exercised and am really quite fit, but don't look it, or at least don't look nearly as good as I could?
It's like so much in my life. I am really selling myself short.
I guess it's because my priorities have never been looks, it's always been about health and at 160 lbs I don't think I'm endangering my health with the extra pounds, just compromising my appearance. I suppose I have to think of a new reason to achieve the appearance I say I want. What could that be?

NO ALCOHOL (round 5 minus 10 days and pauses) -- Day 15 completed 2 pauses taken
NO SMOKING (round 5) -- Day 7 completed 1 pause taken
CAFFEINE CUT (Round 7 minus 4 days and pauses) -- Day 0 completed 0 pauses taken

Another thing, my backpack felt very heavy yesterday, so when I got home I weighed it. I was thinking it must be like 15 kgs or something and here it was ONLY 7 kg. :eek: My God, and I want to lose at least 10 kgs. Just think how much lighter I would feel on my feet.

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diyana -- Too bad about not being able to get to the gym but you tried and certainly had a good reason for not going. I like the way you look ahead and plan or anticipate what you'll be doing.
I still haven't started the story and today is the deadline. I did do a lot of behind-the-scenes work on it though, such as transcribing the tape and establishing an outline for the story structure. This is important. The actual writing I can usually pull off with a few hours. It's only 1,200 words. Still, that said, it's never as easy as I think it will be and it would be nice to get out from under the deadline threat.
I kicked the old cat out of the futon last night and he didn't venture back. I did go out and buy a pad in the case that there was another accident. Not that it would help because it would still soak through but maybe I could whip it off fast enough to save myself some major work. I also looked in a shop yesterday for senior citizens who are bed-ridden and though it was closed I found a place that sells waterproof sheets. I may just get that. It's getting cold and the old guy needs and wants to snuggle at night. It sure is a pain but he won't be with me much longer anyhow. I hate pushing him away. Ok, sorry about all the info there.
I was happy the weight finally dropped a little. My body seems to be changing but the jeans are no looser really. So, it's very, very discouraging because my goal is SO far away and there is a LOT of fat on me still. I guess I have to be content with very slow progress as that seems to be the way things are going these days. I must say I am surprised at the number of calories I am consuming. I didn't use to eat this much. It seems I have gotten in the habit of much more calorie-dense food for some reason. I guess it's just a habit and habits (like my afternoon lattes) can be broken.

Jazzy -- Congrats for achieving liftoff on one of your challenges. :cp: Now use that momentum and work on the others. Intention does count though so don't be discouraged. Just keep trying.

diyana
10-29-2009, 08:38 AM
Red - Congrats on the weight loss! That's wonderful! :cp: :cp: :woohoo: I understand how discouraging it can be sometimes when we don't see the weight or inches melt away as fast as we'd like...heck, I'm probably going to see a gain on the WW scale today, which is frustrating even though I do know why and I have no one to blame except myself, Kraft and Betty Crocker! We had to get waterproof "puppy training" pads when our senior dog who would sleep with us starting losing control of his bodily functions. Hang in there. :hug: Good luck on the article.

Jazzy - I hope you're having a great OP day today!!

Shad - Are you busy fencing? I hope you're feeling all better now.

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I went to the gym last night and did only about 1/2 hour of cardio. I tried to go longer, but had some ankle pain...and since I've got two classes and a meeting with the trainer tonight, I didn't want to push through the pain. So I went home and iced the ankle. I'm really tired today. Lots to do, both at work and even more at home. I'm looking at a very busy weekend. I've got to do a thorough cleaning of our bedroom, as we have rather large dust bunnies that are affecting DH's allergies. Plus, DH and I want to go fishing at least once before we store the boat for winter. I've got some website work to do, and some yard work to do. I think I'm going to need about 30 hours in the day for the next week or so to get caught up! :lol:

Journal and stay within WW points - 0 pauses left - Day 17 completed
Drink 64 ounces of water - 1 pauses left - Day 18 completed
25 crunches - 0 pauses left - Day 18 completed
At least 10000 steps per day - 1 pauses left - Day 18 completed
1/2 hour of cardio - 3 pauses left - Day 1 completed

redballoon
10-29-2009, 08:46 AM
diyana, just saw your egg light on. I finished my story. Hurrah! It was tough but that's when I do some of my best work. I need the deadline pressure. Makes things gel. And then I sent it off to the person I had interviewed and she was very happy. Said it was the first time she hadn't been disappointed by a story and she has recently been in the news a lot because she was the trainer for one of Japan's Olympic dressage riders. She thanked me for writing it so nicely and for writing about her and dressage. So, yippee. I was hoping she'd like it, had imagined that kind of reply and then got it!
I got it as I arrived at the gym and checked my computer email on my phone. Getting to the gym was another plus. I forced myself to go even though it was late. It was a slog walking the 50 min. there but I said, well, you've been sitting at the computer all day, so you NEED the exercise and it did feel good!
Now back and heading to bed. Will write more tomorrow. Good to see you on here! I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one who allows animals that may not be able to control themselves into the bed with me. Wintertime usually sees three or four cats huddled around me...I guess it brings back memories for them of huddling around their mama. :lol: Thanks for the congrats!

:trampo:

redballoon
10-29-2009, 07:16 PM
Well, that's where things stand. I feel bad about the caffeine challenge actually because I was so close. Then again, I was pretty strict with calling pauses. It doesn't really matter. I have totally changed my caffeine consumption ways, for what it's worth. "There's something happening here, what it is ain't exactly clear..." Who of you get that?

In the background these days is my as-yet-undeclared challenge, recording calories. It is opening my eyes to my recent habits and I don't really understand how it is that I have gotten in the habit of consuming so many calories. Or maybe I'm just being more accurate. But years ago, and not that long ago at that, I was able to stay under 2,000 pretty easily. Not anymore, I have close to 3,000 on many days. I think I started allowing myself all sorts of fatty things and they became a habit. Before, I never ate them. Anyhow, it's not fun counting calories. I really hate it actually. I feel so restricted, so controlled and I am, but I should look at it and say, it's better to know because then I can control the weight.

Ah, well, whatever, it's all so hard and the biggest stress hanging over me is work and the lack of it.

NO ALCOHOL (round 5 minus 10 days and pauses) -- Day 16 completed 2 pauses taken
NO SMOKING (round 5) -- Day 8 completed 1 pause taken
CAFFEINE CUT (Round 7 minus 4 days and pauses) -- Day 1 completed 0 pauses taken

redballoon
10-29-2009, 07:54 PM
Ah yes, I forgot the clothes check. Here it is and I'm not happy. Then again, looking back I see that nothing has really changed, so what was I expecting? It's just that I feel tighter and probably am but it apparently isn't doing much in the way of size. So discouraging. I don't know how I can eat less. I am really, truly hungry most of the time and feel, despite the calories that nothing fills me up. Maybe my body just wants the fat more these days for some reason. Maybe I just need to give it more time. I don't understand my body anymore.

Oct. 30
Still not much changed. Can get them closed but barely. Weight was 72.6. I am very pissed off because I have really been working out a lot recently and though I feel changes elsewhere, the jeans don't change. It's very discouraging. I am ready to give up. That said, if I look back to the end of last year, I see that I could almost wear them and my weight was 69.8. That would indicate to me that I have more muscle again and less fat, or perhaps the 2.8 kg is what I need to get to that point. It would seem like a lot though. That's just over 6 lbs.

diyana
10-30-2009, 08:10 AM
Had a great evening last night at the gym...a strength training class that kicked my butt, followed by a Zumba class that wore me out, and then a "baseline" measurements taking and goal setting meeting with my trainer. He helped me set up realistic goals to get me through the holidays. I did eat a fairly late dinner last night as I didn't get home from the gym until after 8 pm.

My weigh in yesterday was less than stellar as I was up 1.2 lbs. But I know why (indulgences a la Kraft and Betty Crocker), and I'm sticking with plan and moving more this week.

Journal and stay within WW points - 0 pauses left - Day 18 completed
Drink 64 ounces of water - 1 pauses left - Day 19 completed
25 crunches - 0 pauses left - Day 19 completed
At least 10000 steps per day - 1 pauses left - Day 19 completed
1/2 hour of cardio - 3 pauses left - Day 2 completed

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Red - Congrats on finishing the story and having it happily approved by the interviewee!! :woohoo: It's always nice to receive compliments! So proud of you for getting to the gym! It is so often hard to drag ourselves there, but we almost always feel much better afterward, don't we? I know how you feel about having to restart a challenge, as I had to restart cardio. And I did get the quoted reference..."You better stop...hey what's that sound...everybody look what's going down." Yes, I was alive in the 1960s. I was young but have two older sisters...so I'm familiar with all the music of the day. As for counting calories...that's great! It helps me "keep it real" when otherwise I could so easily slip into denial. And as they say..."Denial ain't a river in Egypt." Rather than feeling restricted and controlled by the counting...look at it as YOU being honest and IN CONTROL. I haven't been keeping up my clothes challenge...but I did notice yesterday that my Womens Size 16 pants were looser. Maybe I'll be brave and try the Misses Size 16s this weekend. As for calories...if you're typically eating close to 3,000 calories, can you cut it back to 2,500 or even 2,750 for a few weeks? Don't cut too much or your body will hold on to fat. As for hunger...can you choose lower calorie options. For me, I like to munch on crunchy stuff when I watch football. So I allow myself a few pretzels, but then switch to carrots. For sweets, I either eat a yummy apple, grapes, yogurt or Fat Free Sugar Free pudding. I try and get the most filling for my points. Also, I love making homemade veggie soup. I take a few cans of diced tomatoes, a can of veggie broth (or FF chicken broth), add carrots, cabbage, zucchini, mushrooms, celery and whatever else...bring it to a boil and then let it simmer for an hour or two. Yummy. And I allow myself a bowl or two when I'm hungry. Unfortunately, it's not portable to eat on the run. For eating on the run, I grab a Fiber One bar. They're only 2 WW points per bar and very filling. As for the weight gain, it may be your muscles retaining water to help them repair after working out. I didn't believe that at first when my WW leader told me about it, but I've since seen many articles on it. It's just a temporary gain....don't worry. Hang in there, my sista! :hug:


Shad and Jazzy - I hope you both are having a great OP day!

Hugs,

Shad
10-31-2009, 08:38 PM
So, starting on Monday - that is tomorrow anyway, my new (and old) challenges will be:

1300 Calories per day - 3 pauses
30 minutes vigorous exercise - 3 pauses
Plus 100 crunches - 3 pauses
Journal and count food intake - no pauses
Water - 1500ml per day - 3 pauses.

I might think of something more inspirational during the day, but I'll start with those tomorrow.

redballoon
10-31-2009, 09:06 PM
Hi all...well, just diyana it seems these days...I got through yesterday with no problem, but the day before was a wash. Ok, I'm still within my pauses. Gotta be careful though, no more drinking for four more days. Today would be a temptation but I don't feel like it anyhow. Still, unless I avoid walking home a certain way from the racetrack today there will be pressure to "have one" which always leads to more than one.
Oh, I just saw Shad posted...hurrah! Welcome back and good luck from tomorrow on your new mega round of challenges! :goodluck:

My old cat is driving me crazy. He cries incessantly, no matter how much he eats. I don't know what he wants. Probably he doesn't either. I just may kill him before the old guy dies anyhow. :mad: If I yell at him he goes outside and cries like a loon. Last night I had a dream the neighbors had put up a notice complaining. I think he can't hear himself too well either. The other day I went out to get him in and he couldn't tell I was calling him. Was looking in the wrong direction. Today though he seemed to hear me right away. He'll be crying and then just stop suddenly. I really don't understand him. But then, I guess that's senility. Here's what they say....The most commonly seen changes include spatial (space) or temporal (time) disorientation, altered interaction with the family, changes in sleep-wake cycles, house-soiling with inappropriate urination/defecation, changes in activity, and/or inappropriate vocalisation (often displayed as loud crying at night).....He's got a lot of those.

NO ALCOHOL (round 5 minus 10 days and pauses) -- Day 17 completed 3 pauses taken
NO SMOKING (round 5) -- Day 9 completed 2 pause taken
CAFFEINE CUT (Round 7 minus 4 days and pauses) -- Day 3 completed 0 pauses taken

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diyana -- Sounds like you had a GREAT workout at last after your days of not being able to get to the gym. Good for you for taking on a trainer. I am sure that would really help. The weight will come back off. Like you always tell me, just keep at it.

Thanks for the congrats on my story. It's over and done with and gone, just like all my stories in newspapers. It made my day for about a day, the interviewee's praise. After that, it's lost because the people around me can't read it in English. Oh well, thank God I've never really looked for any sort of validation or boost from my writing. I do it. It's done. That's about it. :^:

Glad you understand the "For What It's Worth" excerpt. You and I must be about the same age.

Yes, the calorie counting is a must, I realize. Really, I have my old notebooks and I used to be able to keep my calories far below what I consume now and on a regular basis. I am NOT eating that much food, but it tends to be all dense food and the thought of eating things like vegetables and fruit is very unappealing for some reason. Something changed in my body or mindset and whereas before I was happy to eat a vegetable curry that I made, nowadays I have no interest.. Probably, part of the reason is that is doesn't taste that good and I am sick of it. Still, I can eat fruit and that is far better than other things. I just have to try to do this!!! In fact, here it goes. I am committing to a NEW CHALLENGE! I will keep my calories under 2,000!!! Here goes!

CALORIE CHALLENGE Day 0 completed 0 pauses taken

redballoon
11-01-2009, 06:59 PM
I did it. I got through my first day of my new calorie challenge. It wasn't easy because I was at the track and there there is no decent food to eat and no time to go looking for things. I could have brought something but had rushed out in the morning. As it was, I was given (and ate) a bit of sweet stuff but figured it all in, estimating on the high end. The short of it was, I just didn't eat so I was quite hungry. On the other hand, that probably helped me from going over later in the day.
Then, and this I didn't really even like, I left the track directly and went to the gym. Now, normally, I'd stop off at a little bar on the way home and drink free beers. I also met two friends who were lifting a pint after calling the races and I would have loved to join them (kind of), but they weren't pressing me to, so I just left. It didn't feel right though to be going to the gym after a big race. I felt like I need to "mark" the day somehow and gyms to me are something you do when you don't have a life, or something in the background, not the foreground.
Still, I went. Didn't do all that much but these days I'm thinking a little but often is better than a lot but seldom.
Then I walked the 50 minutes home. All along I was tallying calories. My breakfast oatmeal had come to a whopping 800 calories, which is probably what helped me get through the day. Now, I've cut back.
Anyhow, in short, I did it and am happy about that.
Yesterday, because of my recent efforts at the gym, I felt less sloppy. I certainly didn't feel thinner, but I just felt less horrible than I usually do at the track with all those super thin, lean jockeys and whatever. The only fat person I saw was another non-Japanese. I really do feel better not having to feel bad around them and they really do make you feel bad. Japanese are constantly commenting on your weight at the track, constantly. I've written about this before and it really irritates me. I don't know what it is they think gives them license to -- the atmosphere of lean racehorses, the fact that many of them are filthy rich and overly concerned with appearance, people trying to vie for others' attention -- I don't know but it is definitely there.
Before the gym I had stopped off at Starbucks for a tea kick and usually indulge in something sweet. But yesterday I didn't. Even the clerk who knows me as a regular asked if I was going to eat something and I said, "no, today, I'm going to hold back." After the gym I had my usual vegetable curry to which I usually add cheese but I did not order the cheese, thus saving calories and keeping me under 2000. Hurrah, two saves. Oh, that I can just keep this up.....
Ok, enough out of me. Shad, I'm looking for your first successful challenge day! :yes:

CALORIE CHALLENGE (under 2,000) Day 1 completed 0 pauses taken
NO ALCOHOL (round 5 minus 10 days and pauses) -- Day 18 completed 3 pauses taken
NO SMOKING (round 5) -- Day 10 completed 2 pause taken
CAFFEINE CUT (Round 7 minus 4 days and pauses) -- Day 4 completed 0 pauses taken

diyana
11-02-2009, 07:50 AM
Shad - Welcome back. I hope the visit with DS1 went well.
Those are some mighty impressive challenges! YGG!

Red - I'm glad you're feeling less "sloppy". The gym will make you tighter and increase your metabolism, but I know you know that. Good for you on your calorie challenge! :bravo:

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All my weekend exercise came in the form of housework, yard work and carrying stuff up and down the stairs to and from the basement (laundry, putting away Halloween decorations, etc.) But believe me, I got in two days of really good workouts, only resting occasionally when the back was yelling at me to rest.

Journal and stay within WW points - 0 pauses left - Day 20 completed
Drink 64 ounces of water - 1 pauses left - Day 21 completed - :woohoo:
25 crunches - 0 pauses left - Day 21 completed - :woohoo:
At least 10000 steps per day - 1 pauses left - Day 21 completed - :woohoo:
1/2 hour of cardio - 3 pauses left - Day 5 completed

Today is going to be a crazy, crazy busy day at work, so I'd best get to it.

Shad
11-02-2009, 04:34 PM
1300 Calories per day - 3 pauses Not Started
30 minutes vigorous exercise - 3 pauses Day 1
Plus 100 crunches - 3 pauses Not Started
Journal and count food intake - no pauses Not Started
Water - 1500ml per day - 3 pauses. Day 1

Didn't do too well yesterday. Had a dose of the munchies and ate far too much bread. Will start that today now. And I completely forgot about the crunches so they will start today as well. In fact I will go and do them now.

redballoon
11-02-2009, 05:29 PM
I did it. Notched another day on my calorie challenge (as well as the other three as well)
:dance:
It wasn't easy. I had to constantly look at the total and plan what would keep me within bounds. I don't think it's the healthiest thing for me because I tend to care more about the number and not the nutrition. But that's to be expected. If I look at nutrition I will definitely go over. That said, I am not existing on junk so for now it will do.

CALORIE CHALLENGE (under 2,000) Day 2 completed 0 pauses taken
NO ALCOHOL (round 5 minus 10 days and pauses) -- Day 19 completed 3 pauses taken
NO SMOKING (round 5) -- Day 11 completed 2 pause taken
CAFFEINE CUT (Round 7 minus 4 days and pauses) -- Day 5 completed 0 pauses taken

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Shad -- Looks like you're having a bit of a hard time getting started again. No problem. Just give yourself time and you'll be up and going strong in no time.

diyana -- Congratulations on completing THREE challenges!! WOW!! Three cheers to you!! :bravo: :bravo: :bravo: And just one more day on your WW points challenge. You can do it!!! :cheer2: :cheer: :cheer2:

diyana
11-03-2009, 08:36 AM
Morning ladies -

Quick post for me today. I was really feeling under the weather yesterday...nauseous, dizzy, etc., so I took a pass on the gym. I'm feeling better today; and after I complete a phone meeting with one of my client's vendors, I plan to either go to the gym or do some seriously aerobic housecleaning. My SI joint pain is flaring up this morning...but hopefully two Aleve will take care of that.

Journal and stay within WW points - 0 pauses left - Day 21 completed :woohoo:
1/2 hour of cardio - 1 pause taken - 2 pauses left - Day 5 completed

New additional challenges starting (re-starting) today:
Journal and stay within WW points - 3 pauses
Drink 64 ounces of water - 3 pauses
50 crunches - 3 pauses
2 minutes of planks - 3 pauses
5 servings of fruits and veg - 3 pauses

I had to add the fruits and veg in there as I've been slipping on that.


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Shad - I'm SO impressed with your 100 crunch challenge! That's awesome!! You've inspired me to increase my crunches to 50.

Red - I'm SO proud of how well you're doing on the challenges! Good for you for eliminating some of the junk. That's something I appreciate about WW, they teach you how to get the most "nutritional bang" for your calories/points. For example, two slices of regular wheat toast with margarine is approximately 5 points. A bagel with cream cheese is about 7 points. But you could make a big egg beaters omelette with lots of veggies for only 4 points, and it's nutritious and would keep you full longer than a couple pieces of toast. My problem right now is a failure to prep and plan. I've got lots of veg in the frig, but need to turn them into soup, or at least wash them for quick snacks. Tonight. I promise I will prep those veggies tonight.

Shad
11-03-2009, 06:08 PM
1300 Calories per day - 3 pauses Day 1 done.
30 minutes vigorous exercise - 3 pauses Day 2 done
Plus 100 crunches - 3 pauses Day 1 done
Journal and count food intake - no pauses Day 1 done
Water - 1500ml per day - 3 pauses. Day 2 done

Finally got my act together yesterday. I've done todays exe:yikes:rcise already but need to get the journalling done.

jillianfan
11-03-2009, 06:42 PM
Okay, I guess I know how to do this...

Calories - 1,400. 1 pause. Not started.

Journaling - 1 pause. Not started.

No refined sugar - 2 pauses. Not started.

Minimum one hour per day of working out, 5X week - 1 pause. Not started.

No processed food, except Ezekiel products - 2 pauses. Not started.

Well, that should do it. I will post my progress starting tonight.

redballoon
11-03-2009, 08:16 PM
Well, for what it's worth (aren't I just a ball of sunshine?) I made it through another day on all fronts, including the biggie, the calorie challenge.
It is tough at the end of the day. Even though I ate a smaller breakfast, I was hungry earlier on and soon made up the difference.
Day end saw me adding up the calories right to the limit and really wishing I could have more food. I considered a pause but thought it too early.
So, here I am, up to three. Let's hope I can take it further, to where it really starts making a dent in these fat stores.
I also got to the gym again. I'm not doing all that much, but it's definitely something. Have to be careful I don't overdo it, always a danger in the early gung-ho stages. :^:

CALORIE CHALLENGE (under 2,000) Day 3 completed 0 pauses taken
NO ALCOHOL (round 5 minus 10 days and pauses) -- Day 20 completed 3 pauses taken
NO SMOKING (round 5) -- Day 12 completed 2 pause taken
CAFFEINE CUT (Round 7 minus 4 days and pauses) -- Day 6 completed 0 pauses taken

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diyana -- Sorry to hear you were feeling poorly but glad to hear things are looking up. Joint pain can really curb your fun, can't it? Wow, look at all those challenges you're starting up. I think planks is a challenge thread first. :rofl: Good one on the fruits and vegs. Something I need to pay more attention to.
Thanks for the support. This is a big one for me and I am hungry a lot! Yes, I'm awakening to the necessity of using my calories wisely. Before I just went for both. Now, of course it's hard just having good food and I am allowing myself to eat a bit poorly just so I can experience success on the challenge. It is early days and that is the important thing now. I also realize that eating good food means I won't be craving junk as much. But, the mind and my inner brat still have the old habits so I have to appease them a bit longer. And then!! On to the hardcore!

Shad -- Glad to hear you got your act together. :cp: "Vigorous exercise," eh? Just what was that? Sounds....well....vigorous! :lol:

jillian -- Welcome! :welcome: You've got a nice set of challenges there. Tough ones too! Wow! The workout one isn't a daily thing so just consider it an extracurricular. What are Ezekiel products, by the way? Best of luck!! :goodluck:

diyana
11-04-2009, 07:57 AM
So much going on this week and weekend...cleaning, freelance work (which I'm NOT complaining about), and if the weather cooperates DH wants to go fishing on Saturday...one last time before we put the boat in storage for the winter. Doggie is going to the vet today after work for a follow up. Tomorrow after work, I'm going to the gym for my fave classes. And Friday evening is a meeting with a website client. So I'm gonna have to employ some time management skills - an area I'm not that strong in. Can you come help me Shad? You're so good at that!! Also, I tried to prep some veggies and fruit to make for quick snacks....but they had gone bad. :( Gonna probably make some veggie soup this weekend with the stuff that's still good, and also buy more fresh veg of course. At least on the exercise front, I had so many meetings yesterday (and more today) that I was rushing from one end of my huge office building to the other, plus I took a walk at lunch so I easily got in 1/2 hour of cardio. Didn't get in the crunches or planks, but I'll start that this afternoon before I take doggie off to the vet.

Here's where I'm at:

1/2 hour of cardio - 1 pause taken - 2 pauses left - Day 6 completed
Journal and stay within WW points - 3 pauses - Day 1 completed
Drink 64 ounces of water - 3 pauses - Day 1 completed
50 crunches - 3 pauses - NOT STARTED
2 minutes of planks - 3 pauses - NOT STARTED
5 servings of fruits and veg - 3 pauses - Day 1 completed

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Shad - Goodonya for getting your act together. I feel like I haven't gotten my act quite together...but I'm making strides.

JillianFan - WELCOME!! Those are wonderful challenges! I am curious as to what Ezekiel products are.

Red - I'm SO proud of you that you're doing so well on all your challenges! Calorie budgeting is difficult, trying to get the most nutrition and satiety from fewer calories. Good for you for getting to the gym. I, too, tend to go through gung-ho gangbusters stages. In fact, my trainer says with most people he has to encourage them to do MORE exercise...with me, he has to pull in the reigns (sp?) and caution me not to do too much or push myself too far to the point of injury. As for planks, my trainer tells me that planks work the core muscles in a more complete way that crunches and leg lifts, etc. do not. And as much as I HATE planks, and can only do about 30 seconds at a time (so I have to do 4 to get my 2 minutes in), they will help strengthen my core to better support my back.


Well, gonna sign off for now. I'm hoping for a better day today...and also devising a plan to manage my time to get everything I need AND WANT to get done this week/weekend.

Hugs,

Shad
11-04-2009, 07:56 PM
1300 Calories per day - 3 pauses Day 2 done.
30 minutes vigorous exercise - 3 pauses Day 3 done
Plus 100 crunches - 3 pauses Day 2 done
Journal and count food intake - no pauses Day 2 done
Water - 1500ml per day - 3 pauses. Day 3 done

No time right now. Back later.

redballoon
11-04-2009, 08:01 PM
I made it through another day on all fronts and finished the alcohol challenge. I did take three pauses but overall it's great. I am not looking to go out and if I do I can now quite easily NOT drink but instead just go for a meal and chat. I could not do that before. I used to wonder what people found interesting about that. Now, I realize I have to hang out with the people I CAN do that with or just do something else that doesn't involve drinking. Having some fun silly times with friends is good at times, but if I HAVE to do that with them then they're probably people I should be spending less time with. Of course, this is not really a new realization. It's because I'm not in the office. Something about spending an entire day somewhere has me putting down roots from my arse to my chair and it takes pruning shears to cut me loose from the area and send me HOME!
The calorie challenge saw my fourth day under 2,000. I walked to the gym but realized partway there that I was just pushing myself too hard. I could have done the workout easily and paid for it later with illness. What's the sense of that? My body is reacting to the cut in calories (as it should be) but I should go a bit easier I thought. So, I walked to the gym and back home and then had a nice meal, which put me to my calorie limit.
In the morning, instead of my usual healthy oatmeal, I indulged myself with other things, that though not exactly filling or healthful, got me through my self-pity and through another day ON challenge! Hurrah! :cp:

CALORIE CHALLENGE (under 2,000) Day 4 completed 0 pauses taken
NO ALCOHOL (round 5 minus 10 days and pauses) -- Day 21 completed 3 pauses taken ALCOHOL CHALLENGE COMPLETED!!! :cp: :celebrate: :cp:
NO SMOKING (round 5) -- Day 13 completed 2 pause taken
CAFFEINE CUT (Round 7 minus 4 days and pauses) -- Day 7 completed 0 pauses taken

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diyana -- Wow, I get a sense of things being quite hectic for you these days. It sounds though like you DO have it under control. I suppose this is where it helps you to write things down in a datebook and refer to that rather than try to juggle them in your head. I used to pride myself on being able to remember it all, but it is an energy drain and you have to remain on edge in order to remember it all. So, why bother? Just write it down and then you can forget it as long as you remember to look in the datebook. It's easier and less tiring.
Yes, the calorie thing is kind of hard, and worse, it's a bore. But I am determined to do it. My weight went down some but now it's back up. I try to exercise patience and do the math and realize that things can only go slowly. It's such a shame that it's so hard to lose when it's so easy to put on weight, but I guess I should be thankful I am built to survive. Whatever, it's just the way it is. :shrug:
I too hate any static exercise and even slow exercise, slow as in hold and move slowly through, say, a weight-training exercise. I know I have to do some or risk injury but I find it SO incredibly boring and tedious that I risk not doing it at all. In which case, I find I have to move faster to keep my interest and in that way STILL make progress. :yes:

Shad -- I just saw you posted as I was about to send this off. Good to see you!! It looks like you've notched another day! Hurrah! :bravo:

diyana
11-05-2009, 12:12 PM
This morning, I was thrilled to learn that my iron count was high enough so I could donate blood at my company's blood drive. Since I'm O negative (the universal donor), I like to donate as often as they'll let me...but often my iron is too low. So all the spinach I've been eating regularly seems to be helping! Yay!

Weight Watchers weigh in is at noon...hopefully it will go well but as I've been too busy to do a proper workout at the gym...I'm not sure. I can't go to the gym after work today...not supposed to exercise after you donate blood, so I'll meet with a website client instead. That being said, I should be able to do some basic crunches and planks.

1/2 hour of cardio - 1 pause taken - 2 pauses left - Day 7 completed (briskly walking around my large office building)
Journal and stay within WW points - 3 pauses - Day 2 completed
Drink 64 ounces of water - 3 pauses - Day 2 completed
50 crunches - 3 pauses - Day 1 completed
2 minutes of planks - 3 pauses - Day 1 completed
5 servings of fruits and veg - 3 pauses - Day 2 completed

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Shad - You're doing so great on the challenges! :cp:

Red - Congratulations on completing the alcohol challenge! :congrat: You rock! :cp: :cp: :cp: That's awesome that you've gotten to the point where if you go out you don't necessarily need to drink! :bravo: As for fun silly times....I'm frequently sillier when I'm sober! :lol: I know I have a sharper wit sober. Good for you on listening to your body. I have a tendency to push myself too hard with either leads to illness, injury, exhaustion or burnout. I'm trying to find a good healthy balance. Good idea about the datebook. I used to use a daytimer, but haven't in years. I add things to my Lotus Notes calendar at work and set reminders to trigger right before I go home. But having something in the car and at home would help. You are just a fast-paced chick aren't ya? You like quick weight loss. Of course, wouldn't we all? :lol: And quick exercise. That's why I like strength training classes...the instructor helps you pace the reps so you get the maximum benefit. I've got to get my butt back to the gym for "proper" workouts. Ugh, I hate cleaning. It is a good workout, but I hate doing it. :( Hopefully this weekend I'll get to the gym.

Here's to a successful OP day for all of us!!

Hugs,

diyana
11-05-2009, 02:09 PM
Weigh in update....down 0.6 lb, not great but much better than a gain. I guess donating the pint of blood helped! :)

redballoon
11-05-2009, 07:02 PM
Well, I did it. I got through five days on my calorie challenge. I am afraid that worries and such though are going to scare me into overeating. I can feel it. Whenever I don't know what to do, as in now, with work and such, I want to comfort myself with food. I HAVE to remember that it helps nothing. It's how I first became overweight, anxiety-fueled eating. And it's become so familiar that it's become second nature.
Anyhow, I have to learn to try to do things that actually help me deal with the problems in a constructive way. Still, I can feel the pull. It's so strong and, what's worse, it's not a conscious thing when it takes over. I just space out and do it.
Ah, heck, what am I saying? I did it. I counted the calories, wrote things down as I went and STOPPED when I hit the limit. I did not make good choices as far as food went...well, not ALL day long. But some of them were. Others were to placate feelings of deprivation. Whatever works, that's all I'm concerned about now. When I see results, I am hoping they will motivate me to keep on track.

CALORIE CHALLENGE (under 2,000) Day 5 completed 0 pauses taken
NO ALCOHOL (round 6 minus 10 days and pauses) -- Day 1 completed 0 pauses taken
NO SMOKING (round 5) -- Day 14 completed 2 pause taken
CAFFEINE CUT (Round 7 minus 4 days and pauses) -- Day 8 completed 0 pauses taken

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diyana -- Well, a loss is a loss, so good for you!! :bravo: I don't know how you stand only weighing once a week. I mean, heck, you could have been more down yesterday and just happen to be up today. That would knock me flat if I'd waited all week for a weigh-in and got hit with the numbers up or only down a bit. You are much stronger than I am! :yes: You've been working out a lot, right? So, I'm sure your body is going through good changes. Hang in there!

I am definitely more fun drunk and silly is really never a word that could describe me. It's the others that get silly and I just can go along with it when I am happily in my cups. :lol:

Yup, I've been great with the weight training. I found that going later in the day (which I can do now since I have no work) means I meet a lot of people I know from way back in my pseudo powerlifting days. So, there's always a nice chat between exercises. The top trainer yesterday even made a point of commenting on how hard and often I'd been working out lately. That is high praise indeed! This is a guy whose entire life is bodybuilding and he's all seriousness when it comes to workouts. He doesn't pass comment lightly!

Cleaning? What is that?!!? :?:

Shad
11-06-2009, 05:12 AM
1300 Calories per day - 3 pauses Day 3 done.
30 minutes vigorous exercise - 3 pauses Day 4 done
Plus 100 crunches - 3 pauses Day 3 done
Journal and count food intake - no pauses Day 3 done
Water - 1500ml per day - 3 pauses. Day 4 done

No time right now. Back later.

diyana
11-06-2009, 01:09 PM
I'm tired today...and so glad it's Friday. Last night, had a meeting with a website client that went longer than anticipated. Now I've got even more stuff to keep me busy this weekend, which is good in a way. At least it won't be all work (website and cleaning)...DH and I are hoping to go fishing tomorrow and we will take a break to watch the Packer game on Sunday.

1/2 hour of cardio - 1 pause taken - 2 pauses left - Day 8 completed (briskly walking around my large office building)
Journal and stay within WW points - 3 pauses - Day 3 completed
Drink 64 ounces of water - 3 pauses - Day 3 completed
50 crunches - 3 pauses - Day 2 completed
2 minutes of planks - 3 pauses - Day 2 completed
5 servings of fruits and veg - 3 pauses - Day 3 completed

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Shad - I hope you have a good weekend and get a least a bit of relaxing in.

Red - You're doing great on the calorie challenge. And if you gradually transition to making better choices, you'll be able to have more food for the same calories. I sometimes fall into the anxiety eating trap...but lately it's more the boredom eating trap for me. I occasionally weigh myself at home during the week. But for me it works to weigh in once a week. I think I'd be more frustrated and p*ssed off if I was down the day before weigh in but up on weigh in day. I've been moving, but not for the duration or intensity level that I was a couple weeks ago. Haven't had much time to do proper gym workouts. But YOU, young lady, are definitely ROCKING the gym and weight lifting!! I didn't know you were a powerlifter. How cool! No wonder you're so strong. And what an awesome compliment from the top trainer!! :congrat: I'm really proud of you! Your commitment to the gym and weight lifting is really inspiring!

I'll try and check in over the weekend...but given all the I have going on, I can't guarantee.

Here's to a great, successful, OP weekend for all of us!!

redballoon
11-06-2009, 07:02 PM
I made it through another day. It was hard, as usual and because I see no progress I am starting to get down about it and that means I am likely to just quit. But I know I shouldn't. Still....I couldn't sleep last night because of the itching. I so wish I knew what the cause was or if there was anything to do to stop the itching. I am even taking the steroid medicine and putting cream on but they are NOT working. I am in a pretty bad way.
Supposed to go down to Osaka tonight for a party but cannot see myself doing that and having any fun whatsoever.
This all sucks. :cry:
I know I have to keep at it. I know that at this level of calories I can only expect slow progress. I know water retention looks just like fat, but still...it sucks.

CALORIE CHALLENGE (under 2,000) Day 6 completed 0 pauses taken
NO ALCOHOL (round 6 minus 10 days and pauses) -- Day 2 completed 0 pauses taken
NO SMOKING (round 5) -- Day 15 completed 2 pause taken
CAFFEINE CUT (Round 7 minus 4 days and pauses) -- Day 8 completed 1 pause taken

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diiyana -- Thanks for the congrats but you can see I'm in a very bad mood. I really pushed myself to go to the gym last night. It was the latest yet and yet I did it. Oh well, I just have to keep at it. I enjoy going to the gym. I couldn't sleep and got up to make a mug of camomile tea so that added to the morning weight. The steroid medicine surely has me retaining water. I haven't been drinking much water and I had salty and sugary things yesterday. Heck, I know weight loss is often preceded by a gain. I just have to stick to it, don't I? I just need an upper, something to make me smile and feel good instead of this eczema ****.
You, on the other hand, sound like you have an enjoyable weekend ahead of you, even if you do have some work to do. Fishing and football, now that sounds nice.
See you again next week, hopefully with a better report than this pity party. :^:

Did I see Shad fly through here?!?! :shrug:

Shad
11-06-2009, 07:45 PM
1300 Calories per day - 3 pauses Day 4 done.
30 minutes vigorous exercise - 3 pauses Day 5 done
Plus 100 crunches - 3 pauses Day 4 done
Journal and count food intake - no pauses Day 4 done
Water - 1500ml per day - 3 pauses. Day 5 done

Busy day again today. Weight is on it's way down again, but I haven't taken my fluid tablet today, so it won't continue tomorrow if I don't go and get that.

Red - so sorry to hear about the eczema ****. I remember having that as a kid and it drove me crazy. I grew out of it thank heaven. Just keep plodding along. Not much else you can do except give up and you won't do that! I just know it. Journalling and counting is as boring as all heck, but it works. So just get on with it same as me.

Michelle - hope you get some R & R this weekend and are not completely stuck at the keyboard. At least with my stuff I am getting plenty of exercise and there is no food round at DS2's house so I can't snack.

Better go get stuck into it again. Painting gear here I come - again.

Shad
11-07-2009, 07:18 PM
1300 Calories per day - 3 pauses Day 5 done.
30 minutes vigorous exercise - 3 pauses Day 6 done
Plus 100 crunches - 3 pauses Day 5 done
Journal and count food intake - no pauses Day 5 done
Water - 1500ml per day - 3 pauses. Day 6 done

All going well here. Weight down again. Hopefully this trend will last for a while. Aaah well back to the grind.

Shad
11-08-2009, 02:50 PM
1300 Calories per day - 3 pauses Day 6 done.
30 minutes vigorous exercise - 2 pauses Day 6 done
Plus 100 crunches - 2 pauses Day 5 done
Journal and count food intake - no pauses Day 6 done
Water - 1500ml per day - 2 pauses. Day 6 done

Wow, three days in a row. Never had that before. Hello :wave: (joking)

Had a mixed day yesterday and ended up taking a couple of pauses on the exercise and drink - mainly because I was around at the DS2's house. I was fairly active - prep for the paint job and installing a cavity door frame. It wasn't the 30 minutes of intense activity so I am calling a pause. Food was sparse and I forgot to take water around with me. The water at the house is turned off because we are replacing the tapware (faucets to the Americans) and having been working on the shower and it's attendant leakage problems. So that meant a trip to my house if you wanted to go to the loo (or a trip behind the tree in the back yard if you weren't too squeamish or in too much of a hurry)
Hope you are all doing well over the weekend. See you later.

redballoon
11-08-2009, 08:01 PM
Gotta run now but just wanted to say I've had a weekend of a few pauses I think. I don't really know where I stand so have to look things over. Will figure it out and get back on track.
Later! :wave:

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Shad -- That's great about the weight! Good for you for sticking to your challenges, especially that 1,300 calorie one, amid all the disruption at home!

diyana
11-09-2009, 07:51 AM
Busy weekend! Friday after work, I did the grocery shopping, some laundry and a little cleaning. We went fishing on Saturday...didn't catch a darn thing but it was in the upper 60s and sunny - a gorgeous day to be out in the boat! While we were fishing, I had a pot roast cooking in the crock pot so when we got home, dinner was done and the house smelled great!! Yesterday, DH got the boat ready for winter and worked on the cars, while I did about 11 hours of website work. I took a few 5 minute breaks here and there to go outside and play with the dogs, but other than that, I worked straight through...didn't even take a break to watch the Packers lose in pathetic fashion to a team they should've easily beaten.

1/2 hour of cardio - 2 pauses taken - 1 pauses left - Day 10 completed
Journal and stay within WW points - 3 pauses - Day 6 completed
Drink 64 ounces of water - 3 pauses - Day 6 completed
50 crunches - 1 pause taken - 2 pauses left - Day 4 completed
2 minutes of planks - 1 pause taken - 2 pauses left - Day 4 completed
5 servings of fruits and veg - 3 pauses - Day 6 completed

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Shad - I got a little R&R and fun this weekend....but a lot was spent at the keyboard. Still more website stuff to do...and cleaning. Are you painting at your house or at DS2's house? All your remodeling is really giving you a great workout! Congrats on all the weight loss! You go, girlfriend. I'll bet you'd also get a great workout if you flew over here to help me clean - burn calories, help out a friend....what a great combo! So faucets are called "tapware"? I learn something new every day!

Red - So sorry to hear the the medicine and cream aren't helping your itching. Have you switched laundry detergents? And if the steroid medicine you're on is anything like the Prednisone they give me to clear out my lungs, it will make you retain water and weight. And it gives me the appetite of a small army. A friend of mine with eczema had to bathe with special soap. I hope it clears up soon. Shad's right...just keep plodding along...you will make progress. And slow progress is much better than backsliding. So DON'T GIVE UP!!

Shad
11-09-2009, 05:56 PM
1300 Calories per day - 3 pauses Day 7 done.
30 minutes vigorous exercise - 2 pauses Day 6 done
Plus 100 crunches - 2 pauses Day 6 done
Journal and count food intake - no pauses Day 7 done
Water - 1500ml per day - 2 pauses. Day 6 done

No time just now. Off to the hairdresser for a cut and colour. Back later.

redballoon
11-09-2009, 07:14 PM
Well, I figured it out. All challenges are still standing! :dance:

The party and drinks Saturday night down in Osaka involved put me over my calorie limit but I still wrote everything down later and have a rough idea of the damage. Other than that, with the routine shot, I reached for caffeine a bit too much and accepted it when offered. It still wasn't that much but maybe it was slightly more than usual so I took the pauses. I can't say I didn't think about smoking but I did NOT smoke and that's all that counts as far as I'm concerned! :yes:

I'm doing well on the calorie challenge. I'm getting used to thinking about the calories and I think it's making a difference. I am working out a lot as well, but it's short intensive weight-training workouts, but I know they eat up the calories.

I am very anxious about work and could get very despondent about the whole situation with my horse. I just can't see how I can afford her and yet I am reluctant to make the decision to retire her to where it would be cheaper to pay her upkeep. But I have to do something soon. The problem is still I don't know what.

I would just like to be preoccupied with weight and training and that's all. I feel very overwhelmed to say the least. Then again, I realize that this is what life has to be about, juggling it all and not dropping any of the balls.

That said, knowing I am at least juggling one of the balls gives me hope that I can juggle two, three and whatever comes my way. :^:

CALORIE CHALLENGE (under 2,000) Day 8 completed 1 pause taken
NO ALCOHOL (round 6 minus 10 days and pauses) -- Day 4 completed 1 pause taken
NO SMOKING (round 5) -- Day 18 completed 2 pauses taken
CAFFEINE CUT (Round 7 minus 4 days and pauses) -- Day 19 completed 3 pauses taken

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diyana -- The fishing day sounds so nice and relaxing, even if you still had to do a lot of work. Probably it was a good thing it kept you away from seeing the Packers' embarrassment.
I've tried everything with the skin and am starting to just accept it and learn to keep covered or not care. But it does look horrible and I know people are looking in the gym locker room and wondering what the heck is wrong. I have found that heavy workouts seem to aggravate it but what to do? I can't NOT work out. Anyhow, let's just hope it stays within bearable bounds.


Shad -- You're doing well, aren't you! :bravo:

redballoon
11-09-2009, 07:40 PM
This morning's weigh-in has me at my lowest weight since this past January!!! 71.2 kgs or 157 lbs.

:cb: :dance: :spin: :dizzy: :woohoo: :hyper: :flow1: :cheers: :sunny:

diyana
11-10-2009, 07:46 AM
Last night after work, I played outside with the dogs and did a little cleaning. Tonight, I have to get my dog's insulin at the pharmacy and then do some website work.

1/2 hour of cardio - 2 pauses taken - 1 pauses left - Day 11 completed
Journal and stay within WW points - 3 pauses - Day 7 completed
Drink 64 ounces of water - 3 pauses - Day 7 completed
50 crunches - 1 pause taken - 2 pauses left - Day 5 completed
2 minutes of planks - 1 pause taken - 2 pauses left - Day 5 completed
5 servings of fruits and veg - 3 pauses - Day 7 completed

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Shad - I hope your hair turns out lovely!

Red - :congrat: on the weight loss! That's wonderful!!! :woohoo: See? You ARE getting results! I'm SOOOO proud of you and SOOOO very happy for you!!! You've really challenged yourself and stuck to it and are reaping the rewards! :dancer: Also a BIG :congrat: on NOT SMOKING when you went out!! That's awesome, girlfriend! Don't you worry a bit about the people in the gym locker room. You just keep working out. Hang in there, Red! :hug:

redballoon
11-10-2009, 07:35 PM
I got through yet another day on all fronts.
I am happy I found something that works. It's a great feeling of control to know that if I do this and this, I WILL see results.

The days of counting calories with no real limits allowed me to see what my usual number was. Then I allowed for 500 calories below that number and figured I could expect a loss of 2 kgs per month. I made a graph with that rate of loss and I am actually doing it! I am pretty pleased about that.

I have gotten absolutely NO comments, nothing, from people but I think it's hard to see a couple pounds (no kidding!). I did get one kind of comment from a friend I met for drinks the other week. He just said, "you're looking good," which could be taken as meaning nothing much but I think he did notice something. I see it mostly in my face, which always looks pretty thin but now it's looking younger again. Hurrah!

It's funny, people don't say anything or when they do it doesn't sound like much. On the other hand, I am pretty afraid of comment and I know this sabotages me once I start to see significant change. I guess to get over it (haha, WHEN it happens) is to wear baggy clothes so it's hard to tell. As it is I always wear clothes that are very, very good for hiding weight. Anyhow, I'm not there yet. I feel good and yet can't really imagine making a significant body change.

I found some old numbers from five years ago. The lowest I had there was just over 67 kgs (around 147 lbs). I do remember those times. I had a ton of muscle too so I was a lot leaner than now. But I certainly didn't feel (or probably look) small. The green pants I use now for a check I bought then but only wore them a bit before I started gaining again.

Ok, excuse the rambling. I am trying to be happy about this loss and in a way I am but it is a lot of work and constant vigilance. It is SO super easy for me to eat a ton more. I am more nervous about the changes. I am a very nervous person inside. You wouldn't know it on the outside though. I get anxious about any change, good or bad or indifferent. Please wish me luck. This is all rather scary for me.

CALORIE CHALLENGE (under 2,000) Day 9 completed 1 pause taken
NO ALCOHOL (round 6 minus 10 days and pauses) -- Day 5 completed 1 pause taken
NO SMOKING (round 5) -- Day 19 completed 2 pauses taken
CAFFEINE CUT (Round 7 minus 4 days and pauses) -- Day 20 completed 3 pauses taken

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diyana -- you are really moving along on your challenges and boy you sure do have a lot of them! Thank you so much for your wonderful congratulations. I've been this way so often that I don't feel great about it. It's once I start getting into the 60s and possibly get below 67 kgs that I will probably start feeling really different. That weight for me is one I haven't seen in years. At one point, probably around 1983 I got down to about 60 kgs, but I wasn't weight training too much then so I didn't have as much muscle, well, a bit, but hardly any. I still have my jeans from that time, so I'll be able to try to get into them. That would be fun. Sigh. It would be nice I guess, but you know I have to just decide to do it, decide this is the body I want no matter how it feels or how my life is. Really rambling today. Don't mind me..... :^:

You know, yesterday when I went to Starbucks for the usual pre-gym workout tea and sweet, I had tallied my calories so far. I wanted to be able to have dinner after the gym but if I had the sweet it wouldn't be much of a dinner. I considered a sweet with less calories than the other and THEN, I just said, OK, NO sweet! That was awesome!

Here's wishing you continued success on your challenges!! :goodluck:

Shad
11-10-2009, 07:56 PM
1300 Calories per day - 3 pauses Day 8 done.
30 minutes vigorous exercise - 2 pauses Day 7 done
Plus 100 crunches - 2 pauses Day 7 done
Journal and count food intake - no pauses Day 8 done
Water - 1500ml per day - 2 pauses. Day 7 done

It's getting there. I'm having a light work day today. Maybe some real downtime this afternoon. A bit of washing, clean the laundry, bathroom and loo and I am done. I've done todays exercise and also raced around the back lawn with the mower and pulled a big pile of weeds from the vege patch and the rose garden and some nasties from the lawn. Funnily enough the DS2 gave the lawn a dose of weed and feed last week and so far the weeds seem to have survived better than the grass.

Red - congrats on the weight loss. You may not see it yet, but it is there. I note mine down each morning and find that somedays I am up and somedays down. It's a bit of a lottery. Still it all seems to depend on the water retention and the food intake and the exercise balancing out each other. I'm seeing a few more downs than ups at the moment. It probably won't last but I'll suck it up for now.

Michelle - good going on your challenges too. You should see some results this week as well.

See you both tomorrow

redballoon
11-10-2009, 08:09 PM
Shad -- There you are! Wow, you sure have gotten a lot done today. I've done nothing but drink coffee and write on here. It's pouring down rain today :rain: and it's supposed to continue all day. I hate that. This was supposed to be a cleaning day and for that I want the door open and me able to go in and out without having to pop up an umbrella. Oh well. I won't melt. I wish I had your drive when it comes to cleaning. I just can't bring myself to do it, it seems. I think I am going to have to do another cleaning challenge.

You see, you play down your weight loss as well. A few more downs than ups is GREAT!! :bravo: And, if you keep at whatever it is you're doing, why wouldn't it last?!?! :?:

Thanks for the congrats. Yeah, I don't really feel great because my body is so ugly and misshapen and my skin looks utterly diseased. Still, I can hide all that with clothes. Oh, and the scale smiled on me again this morning!! :goodscale 71 kg!!! :dance: :dance: :dance:

Later! :wave:

diyana
11-11-2009, 08:28 AM
More website work came in so no cleaning got done. I think I have stopped stressing about the cleaning though. I'm taking Friday off, and although I was hoping to have lunch with a good friend...I think I might just spend my day off cleaning, which is okay, at least it will get done. Right now, I've got a big headache and bad cramps. Auntie Flo is kicking my arse.

1/2 hour of cardio - 2 pauses taken - 1 pauses left - Day 12 completed (thank goodness for taking the stairs at work)
Journal and stay within WW points - 3 pauses - Day 8 completed
Drink 64 ounces of water - 3 pauses - Day 8 completed
50 crunches - 1 pause taken - 2 pauses left - Day 6 completed
2 minutes of planks - 1 pause taken - 2 pauses left - Day 6 completed
5 servings of fruits and veg - 3 pauses - Day 8 completed


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Shad - Light work day? Downtime? Who ARE you and what have you done with our Shad? Then I got to your funny comment about the weed and feed, and I can detect our Shaddie's wit anywhere. Thanks for the laugh. I hope I do see some results. I really feel like I haven't exercised "properly" because I haven't gotten to the gym in a long time, nor have I worked up the huge sweat I usually do at the gym. But I am moving and doing crunches and planks so that's counts for something.

Red - ANOTHER weight loss?! Fantastic! :congrat: I'm absolutely thrilled for you!! Who cares if most people don't notice...a lot of people don't want to mention perceived weight loss, at least not here in the States, unless it's obvious like 50-75 lbs! Your friend obviously did notice something. You face is thin and looking younger again! That's wonderful!! Be kind to yourself...your skin looks diseased because it is diseased. And I'll bet your body is not ugly. I'd love to be as strong as you! In fact, the other day I was in a store, and the cashier was thin and had a good figure, but she had biceps the size of my wrist (and I have SMALL wrists) - no muscle at all. And her legs were the size of my arms! Now granted, I kind of envy women whose thighs don't rub together and who can cross their legs, but this girl's legs - while proportional to her tiny body, looked like little twigs, again no muscle. Red, take pride in your strength and your muscle and your healthy bones (which are supported by your strong muscles). You are a rock star, girlfriend. And it's obvious what you're doing is working, so keep doing the boring counting, keep working out! You inspire me to keep on keeping on. BTW, I wish I was even close to weighing what I did 5 years ago. Heck, I remember when I used to weigh 145 (going through the breakup of my first marriage) and I felt soooo fat. Now 145 is LESS than my goal weight, and I'm a helluva long way from goal. But as long as I don't give up I will succeed.

Hugs to all,

redballoon
11-11-2009, 06:33 PM
I got through another day on all challenges. The calorie one was really tough. I was dragging and really hungry toward the end of the day. I forced myself to go to the gym but only did a light workout. The calories added up faster because I was out of my usual routine. I really wanted to take a pause but thinking that a pause only means a slowdown in weight loss, I soldiered on. I probably should have just stayed home and taken a nap.

As it is, I couldn't sleep last night because there was road work going on and it was noisy most of the night. On top of that there were loud bumps that rocked the whole building. I guess they were digging up the road or something, but it felt like an earthquake. So, I am really dead tired now. I think I will take it relatively easy today.

CALORIE CHALLENGE (under 2,000) Day 10 completed 1 pause taken
NO ALCOHOL (round 6 minus 10 days and pauses) -- Day 6 completed 1 pause taken
NO SMOKING (round 5) -- Day 20 completed 2 pauses taken
CAFFEINE CUT (Round 7 minus 4 days and pauses) -- Day 21 completed 3 pauses taken
CAFFEINE CHALLENGE COMPLETED!!! :cp: :celebrate: :cp: :encore: :cp:

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diyana -- Yes, it was a drop on the scale for two days straight so today I am expecting a rise. But, please, my skin is not diseased, it's inflamed, irritated, allergic to something. My gosh! If it were diseased then the people in the gym would have reason to look since they may catch something. That's what I'm saying. They may be worried that it's contagious! :eek: But then, so would I.

And, my body is kind of a mess, with the fat making it definitely not very pleasant to look at it. Then again, how many of us look great naked? :lol: I don't care and yes, I do take pride in my strength, that's why I continue to train. It's the fat I'm not happy about. I think that strong bones are something people forget about when they think of being thin. The twig girl you mention is not in very good shape, that's for sure. I see more and more such people and not only Japanese. Then again, heck, there are all sorts of bodies and some people are just naturally tiny and super skinny. I guess we shouldn't look at them with a critical eye any more than we would want them to look at us heftier types with one.

Ah yes....sigh...it's a drag, this calorie counting, but I'm going to try to carry on. Going back and overeating constantly is not going to help a thing. At least this way I have small moments of feeling successful.

I have a good 10 lbs to go before I weigh what I did 5 years ago, but even then my weight was up and down. The real kicker will be getting down to 60 kgs again. Now that would be something!

Hope you feel better real soon. Hug back! :hug:

Shad
11-11-2009, 07:03 PM
1300 Calories per day - 3 pauses Day 9 done.
30 minutes vigorous exercise - 2 pauses Day 8 done
Plus 100 crunches - 2 pauses Day 8 done
Journal and count food intake - no pauses Day 9 done
Water - 1500ml per day - 2 pauses. Day 8 done

Red, I go up and down every day, however as long as I am down on the weigh day, I don't care. Congratulations on another loss. It all helps.

redballoon
11-12-2009, 06:09 AM
Well, I'm posting the day even though it still is that day. I am waiting for the washing machine to finish and then heading to bed. I sure hope the construction doesn't start again. I really lost a lot of sleep because of that last night.

Well, the smoking challenge is done and I notched another day on all. The calories were hard again today. My gosh, why did it seem easier for the first week? Is my body resisting? Perhaps. They say that once the fat under the skin (as opposed to the fat around and in the organs) starts to be drawn on, then the body resists and sends you all kinds of craving signals and warning signs that you're STARVING !! :eek: and need food fast!

Well, I suppose my body is drawing on that fat because I notice things shifting around. My God, my gut is loose and jellylike again!! :mad: It's so gross, like I had my gut back. I'm hoping it's just loose skin because the fat under it has disappeared and it's not young enough to just jump back into shape. :club: Suck it up, skin!!!

CALORIE CHALLENGE (under 2,000) Day 11 completed 1 pause taken
NO ALCOHOL (round 6 minus 10 days and pauses) -- Day 7 completed 1 pause taken
NO SMOKING (round 5) -- Day 21 completed 2 pauses taken SMOKING CHALLENGE COMPLETED!!! :cp: :flow1: :flow1: :flow1: :cp:
CAFFEINE CUT (Round 8 minus 4 days and pauses) -- Day 1 completed 0 pauses taken

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Shad -- Bravo for another day! :bravo: Just when is your "weigh day?" I just noticed your signature and weight ticker. Have you had that long? I remember when you above 80, right, so you're moving on down! Good for you! :dancer:

diyana -- You always post around my 10:30 p.m., but hopefully I'll be snoozing in that hour and a half! See you in the morning, I hope! :yawn: Hope you had a good day! :yes:

diyana
11-12-2009, 08:10 AM
I'm trying to ignore the sore throat I'm getting as I have too much cleaning followed by fun stuff going on this weekend to be sick. I can't wait to see my niece on Saturday!! And I'm going to be taking pauses on Sunday for my journaling/staying within points challenge. Hopefully I don't go too over on Saturday because I only have one pause left. Dinner and drinks on Saturday night, lunch at a great burger/ice cream place on Sunday, followed by a brewery tour complete with samples. Today is weigh in...and it won't be good as it's Aunt Flo time. Ugh.

1/2 hour of cardio - 2 pauses taken - 1 pauses left - Day 13 completed (thank goodness for taking the stairs at work)
Journal and stay within WW points - 3 pauses - Day 9 completed
Drink 64 ounces of water - 3 pauses - Day 9 completed
50 crunches - 1 pause taken - 2 pauses left - Day 7 completed
2 minutes of planks - 1 pause taken - 2 pauses left - Day 7 completed
5 servings of fruits and veg - 3 pauses - Day 9 completed

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Red - I hope you're sleeping right now. Congrats on completing the caffeine AND smoking challenges!! I'm SOOOO proud of you!! :cp: :cp: Good for you for getting through your challenges and forcing yourself to the gym. A light workout is better than none at all. That's all I've been doing the past couple weeks. Monday it's back to the gym in full swing. That sucks about the loud road work keeping you awake. Give yourself a restful, relaxing day - take a nap if you can. You're right, I shouldn't look at the twigs with a critical eye. You shouldn't look at yourself with such a critical eye either. You're right, most of us don't look great naked. We have areas that we'd like to improve (on me it's my kangaroo pouch). But there are areas I like (for example, the teeny bit of definition I have when I flex my bicep).

Shad - I wish my weight would be down for today's weigh in. But when I checked yesterday, it appears that Aunt Flo has thwarted many of my good efforts for this week.

Shad
11-13-2009, 02:26 AM
1300 Calories per day - 3 pauses Day 10 done.
30 minutes vigorous exercise - 2 pauses Day 9 done
Plus 100 crunches - 2 pauses Day 9 done
Journal and count food intake - no pauses Day 10 done
Water - 1500ml per day - 2 pauses. Day 9 done

That's about it for yesterday. Not such a good day today. I will be having a pause to write about tomorrow.

Shad
11-15-2009, 05:27 PM
Guess everyone has been down and not just me. Had a terrible time trying to get back in.

Since I haven't had a good time over the past couple of days, I might just start the challenge over. I'm still down in weight today, but it not because I have been good with either food or exercise - sheer luck I'd call it.

So
1300 Calories per day - 3 pauses Day 0
30 minutes vigorous exercise - 3 pauses Day 0
Plus 100 crunches - 3 pauses Day 0
Journal and count food intake - no pauses Day 0
Water - 1500ml per day - 3 pauses. Day 0

Red, Michelle - how you going.

redballoon
11-15-2009, 07:29 PM
I was away for the weekend, then couldn't get onto the site. Though I don't see any explanation of the problems anywhere, it seems it was on that end.
I totally dumped my calorie, caffeine and alcohol challenge for the past two days and ate a LOT. Also drank one of those days. I think I can still keep things going, but it will be tough, especially for the calorie challenge. It will mean no going over for the next 10 days, which is not impossible but will be quite tedious, I suppose.
Anyhow, let me get back on track and check in again. My skin is so bad again and the rash is cropping up on different areas now. I just can't take this anymore.

Shad, good to see you. A clean start is a good motivator. Best of luck to you. :goodluck:

diyana, thanks for your congratulations and support. But, as you can see, I've fallen into the dirt for the past two days. And now I feel beaten down and like a failure. Of course, my weight is way back up again. I am also extremely depressed and panicking about work and my life in general, totally unsure about the path I am to take from here. I feel truly like this is all too much for me. :cry: Sorry to be a downer but that's the way it is now. I feel deserted by all that could help me.

redballoon
11-15-2009, 07:46 PM
This is where things stand at the beginning of Monday. I am one day further on the calorie challenge than I thought. Caffeine is a problem but much easier to control. I am proud to say that I did NOT smoke, though I was sorely tempted the one day when we were drinking and the woman whose place I was staying at was chain-smoking. I almost asked for a cig.

CALORIE CHALLENGE (under 2,000) Day 12 completed 3 pauses taken
NO ALCOHOL (round 6 minus 10 days and pauses) -- Day 9 completed 2 pauses taken
NO SMOKING (round 6) -- Day 3 completed 0 pauses taken
CAFFEINE CUT (Round 8 minus 4 days and pauses) -- Day 2 completed 2 pauses taken

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diyana
11-16-2009, 09:11 AM
I am EXHAUSTED today. Completely, utterly exhausted. But I had a great weekend with my niece. I picked her up at the airport on Friday and we hung out for a few hours. Then she had to lead a training session on Saturday, so we picked her up about 4 and went to get some dinner and went back home where we talked and talked. Sunday we went to the Harley Davidson museum, and then out to a late lunch before she had to get back to the airport. We had a wonderful time with her. She's a lot of fun and such a sweet young woman.

I got a great workout Friday and Saturday, doing hours of cleaning...but the house REALLY looked great by the time I was finished. :) :faint:

Here's where my challenges are at after this weekend.

1/2 hour of cardio - 3 pauses taken - 0 pauses left - Day 16 completed
Journal and stay within WW points - 3 pauses - Day 13 completed
Drink 64 ounces of water - 3 pauses - Day 13 completed
50 crunches - 3 pauses taken - 0 pauses left - Day 8 completed
2 minutes of planks - 3 pauses taken - 0 pauses left - Day 8 completed
5 servings of fruits and veg - 2 pauses taken - 1 pause left - Day 11 completed

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Shad - I heard the site was having big time issues over the weekend. I hope it's more stable by now. Glad to hear your weight is still down.

Red - I fell into the dirt as well, but I had fun. And now we can dust ourselves off and get back on track. Good for you for avoiding the cigs! That's something to be REALLY proud of!! I'm jumping back on the wagon, and I've got my hand out to pull you back up too! :hug:

Shad
11-16-2009, 06:05 PM
Had such a busy day yesterday that I forgot to journal and count. I did do exercise etc. But I think I might just leave that challenge hanging until after I come back from NZ next Monday. Restart Tuesday. The rest of the week doesn't look like getting any better and the food in NZ is much richer than over here, particularly the dairy.
So although I will read and may occasionally comment, you won't see me posting results until next week. Take care, work hard, look after yourself.

redballoon
11-16-2009, 07:26 PM
Made it through on all fronts. The calorie one was hard because I was at home most of the day and eating too much junk.
I forced myself to go to the gym late in the day, very late, the latest I've been there recently, but surprisingly felt better afterward and was even able to sleep at night. That morning and day the itching had been awful and I had rashes on my neck, which I never had before. So, I was expecting it all to get worse and then it was the best I've had in a while. I wish I knew what was up and why and when things happen so I could regulate it.

CALORIE CHALLENGE (under 2,000) Day 13 completed 3 pauses taken
NO ALCOHOL (round 6 minus 10 days and pauses) -- Day 10 completed 2 pauses taken
NO SMOKING (round 6) -- Day 4 completed 0 pauses taken
CAFFEINE CUT (Round 8 minus 4 days and pauses) -- Day 3 completed 2 pauses taken

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diyana -- Glad to hear you are happily exhausted and not otherwise exhausted. A Harley Davidson museum? Unusual. What is in that? Bikes from way back and so? Anything about the Angels? :lol:
Your challenges are looking pretty good, but I guess you'll have to be careful about the planks and crunches ones. That's like me with the calorie challenge and the caffeine reduction. Even though I just started the latter out, I only have one pause left. It's not a big thing though, because there is usually no time where I absolutely can't not have caffeine, unless I was traveling overseas and needed to kickstart me due to jet lag. And, I'm sure you can always knock off the crunches and planks if you really put your mind to it. Hang in there!
The site was totally down for me. There was NO getting into it for the weekend and then again last night as well. I hope this won't be a common occurrence with the new owners.
Thanks for the hand! :yes:

Shad -- Have a good trip and go easy on the dairy!!

diyana
11-17-2009, 07:52 AM
I left work a bit early yesterday as I was feeling really nauseous all day. I would've left much earlier, but I had afternoon meetings. Still feel pretty lousy today, but I'm hoping breakfast stays down. I got my cardio in walking around the office, which is what I'm planning on doing today. Food and water were good yesterday and so far so good today. But planks and crunches didn't happen...my tummy was upset enough....so I'll be starting those over tomorrow.

1/2 hour of cardio - 3 pauses taken - 0 pauses left - Day 17 completed
Journal and stay within WW points - 3 pauses - Day 14 completed
Drink 64 ounces of water - 3 pauses - Day 14 completed
5 servings of fruits and veg - 2 pauses taken - 1 pause left - Day 12 completed

Starting Over
50 crunches - 3 pauses - Starting on Wednesday
2 minutes of planks - 3 pauses - Starting on Wednesday


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Shad - Have a great time in NZ!! So nice that you get to spend time with your family!

Red - Good for you for forcing yourself to get to the gym! As for your itching, have you tried keeping a journal that tracks your food, activity, stress/emotions when your itching comes on or gets worse. Maybe if you could do that for a couple weeks (or 21 day challenge) that might help you. When I was getting awful allergic reactions - rashes and difficulty breathing and throat closing up, I thought I was allergic to soy products. After a couple trips to an allergist and lots of allergy tests, we determined that I was having an allergic reaction to the prescription strength high dose Niacin that my doc put me on to help lower my cholesterol (or blood pressure - can't remember). Anyway, the allergist suggested I stop taking the Niacin for a month, but continue to eat as I have been, and if I don't get any more reactions, it was likely the Niacin. Turns out, that's what it was. Did your itching get better after the gym? Milwaukee, WI (where I live) is where Harley Davidson was founded back in 1903. The museum shows bikes through the ages, how they came to be invented - by taking a regular bicycle and adding a motor, and how they evolved, and how they were utilized in both World Wars, and how the mail was even delivered in them for awhile. It also showed bikes used for racing and for jumping (a la Evel Knievel), and how they are designed and built now.

redballoon
11-17-2009, 08:04 AM
Ok, Calling the day before I got to bed, because I AM going to bed! Good all around and another gym session. Hurrah!

CALORIE CHALLENGE (under 2,000) Day 14 completed 3 pauses taken
NO ALCOHOL (round 6 minus 10 days and pauses) -- Day 11 completed 2 pauses taken
NO SMOKING (round 6) -- Day 5 completed 0 pauses taken
CAFFEINE CUT (Round 8 minus 4 days and pauses) -- Day 4 completed 2 pauses taken

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diyana -- I thought you were early. Sorry to hear you're not feeling well. Let's just hope it was something you ate and nothing coming on.
Thanks for the HD info.
Too bad about the challenge but great attitude! Good for you for just starting over.
I'll have to try to keep track of things and the itching. I have thought of doing that but thought it was too hard as the itching may not be immediate.
But perhaps I can cut out certain foods and such for a few days and see how things go.
The other night it was really horrible but it could have been something in the other house I stayed in or the bedding.
Not showering immediately after sweating seems to aggravate things but I can't always. Anyhow, let's hope things get better. I do think the weight loss has an effect. Isn't all this bad stuff like heavy metals stored in fat cells? If you lose weight the body may react to the stuff coming out of the cells, no? I don't know. I can't find anything on the Net.
Good night!

Shad, you in Kiwi land yet?

Shad
11-17-2009, 02:22 PM
Nope, Friday very early, I fly to Sydney and then Wellington. Back Monday same way

redballoon
11-17-2009, 05:18 PM
That old feeling of "why, bother?" is raising its head again. The weight loss is SO slow and it should be with the amount I am eating but the hard part is the tediousness of it all, the counting, the vigilance, the having to be constantly aware of what I'm doing so I don't go over that calorie mark.
It's such a drag. I think the only way around it is to start making some "pattern days" where I just stick to a menu that already has the calories counted. I can't always do that but some times I could.
Sigh, the itching was so bad last night I just lay there for hours unable to sleep and unable to stop myself from scratching. You see, one day on, one day off, without rhyme or reason. I am so sick of it and it colors everything I do. So, even though I should feel good about making my challenges, I don't because I feel absolutely rotten from my skin.
I don't think there's a way out of this. The doctors just think it's the way I am and my age and blah blah blah and it does run in the family. My aunt was plagued by the same thing and she tried absolutely everything. Damn and double damn.

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Shad, oh, I see, you're still here. I reread your last post and see that you are just postponing your challenges. Ok, well, don't desert us. :(

Shad
11-17-2009, 06:12 PM
Not deserting anyone. Just waiting for next week and my return from NZ. I've been busy doing other things and am still carrying out some of the challenges - walking, crunches etc. Just not logging them

diyana
11-18-2009, 08:03 AM
Had a rough day yesterday. Was running a fever and feeling really sick to my stomach. So no gym, no crunches, no planks, very few veg. I drank 7-up instead of water...so both water and points challenges went bye-bye. On the positive side...I'm feeling better today. My fever has broken, and if I can get through the day with out explosions from either end, I may try and get to the gym...or at least go for a walk...depends on how I'm feeling later.

Journal and stay within WW points - 1 pause taken - 2 pauses left - Day 14 completed
Drink 64 ounces of water - 1 pause taken - 2 pauses left - Day 14 completed
5 servings of fruits and veg - 3 pauses taken - 0 pauses left - Day 12 completed

Starting Over
1/2 hour of cardio - 3 pauses - Starting on Wednesday
50 crunches - 3 pauses - Starting on Wednesday
2 minutes of planks - 3 pauses - Starting on Wednesday

I'm getting frustrated and feeling fat. But I know that for a variety of reasons, I'm not working this 110%. And if I go back to doing what I was doing (when I was fat) I'll keep getting what I got (more fat). So I've got to kick myself in the arse and just get with it!


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Red - I'm not sure where toxins are stored - fat cells, blood, :dunno: But are you drinking enough water to help your body flush it out so your kidneys and liver aren't overworked? Don't know what to tell you about tracking stuff relating to your itching when your reactions may not be immediate. And I understand that you can't always shower right after sweating. My allergic reaction to high doses of Niacin was fairly immediate (within 1/2 hour to an hour of taking the pill). Does Calamine lotion or anything like that help with the itch? Aveeno Oatmeal products? That's so bad you have to suffer with this. I hope you get some relief soon.

Shad - Good for you for carrying on with your challenges! I hope you have a wonderful trip.

diyana
11-19-2009, 07:28 AM
Shad - Have a wonderful time in NZ!

Red - Hope you're doing well, that the itching has eased up and that you're enjoying the gym.

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I'm not feeling as frustrated or fat...hopefully, I will continue to feel optimistic even after weigh in today.

Here's where I'm at:

Journal and stay within WW points - 1 pause taken - 2 pauses left - Day 15 completed
Drink 64 ounces of water - 1 pause taken - 2 pauses left - Day 15 completed
5 servings of fruits and veg - 3 pauses taken - 0 pauses left - Day 13 completed
1/2 hour of cardio - 3 pauses - Day 1 completed
50 crunches - 3 pauses - Day 1 completed
2 minutes of planks - 3 pauses - Starting Today

diyana
11-19-2009, 02:09 PM
Weigh in results: I lost 0.8 lb. (from 221.6 to 220.8). :)

redballoon
11-20-2009, 06:00 AM
Bad news. I just kept bingeing from last night, all of today and I want to get back on track. :tantrum: It's awful. I know what set it off. It was a wild upset of my routine. It was an interesting and rather good upset but they throw me for a loop. I get so anxious inside. :(

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diyana -- Way to go on the weight loss!! Nearly a pound down!! Moving on down. :dancer: Yeah, frustrated and fat, I don't know where these feelings come from? We're doing it right. We're being successful and then, wham! we get these stupid feelings that don't really match reality. I guess they are the kind of lies we keep telling ourselves to keep ourselves down. Gotta stop it, right diyana?!?!?!?

Ok, Shad, we'll be looking for ya! :yes:

diyana
11-20-2009, 07:32 AM
Red - When you weren't "here" yesterday, I was wondering what happened. Okay...so your routine was upset and you binged. Stuff happens. You "want" to get back on track. Will you? I want to be hearing that you "will" get back on track. Take your pauses, dust yourself and figure out what you need and are willing to do to get back on track.

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My frustrated and fat feelings are gone. I've got a busy weekend ahead and will do well in terms of eating, and get a lot of exercise in the form of yard work. And next week, I'm off Wednesday through Sunday, so lots of time for exercise. And I've figured out how to do Thanksgiving dinner on program.

Journal and stay within WW points - 1 pause taken - 2 pauses left - Day 16 completed
Drink 64 ounces of water - 1 pause taken - 2 pauses left - Day 16 completed
5 servings of fruits and veg - 3 pauses taken - 0 pauses left - Day 14 completed
1/2 hour of cardio - 3 pauses - Day 2 completed
50 crunches - 3 pauses - Day 2 completed
2 minutes of planks - 3 pauses - Starting Today

redballoon
11-20-2009, 05:25 PM
Hmm...big day again today. We'll see about the getting back on track. I'm feeling very disgusted with everything (pms is a big factor I think) and the fact that though I was losing weight I had absolutely NO comment, nothing. I thought somebody would say something. I thought the difference was significant. I am so invisible it seems. It really is a drag. :(

redballoon
11-21-2009, 07:18 PM
Sunday here now. Yesterday was a wash. :( Going to try to get a handle on things today. One person did comment on that I looked thinner (just my face, but...) So that was nice. I guess with the clothes I wear that are so good at disguising just where my body extends to :^: it is very hard to discern changes. But no way until I really lose the excess am I going to make it clear! OK, here's to getting back on the ball. I do know what works now and yes it is hard but I CAN do it! :yes:

redballoon
11-22-2009, 06:39 PM
Ah...no go yet, though I did do better yesterday and got to the gym. Seem to have gotten disgusted with the regime. It's just so/too much work. Perhaps I'm not cut out to be super fit. If only my skin weren't such a mess.... :( I will try to keep the calories down today and eat good food instead of the junk I want....that said, it's not like I'm only eating junk food. Sigh. Agony, boredom, sense of futility....what a ball of sunshine.

Shad
11-23-2009, 12:02 AM
She's baaaaaaaack! Starting again tomorrow.

diyana
11-23-2009, 07:31 AM
I'm baaaaaaaack too! Had a crazy busy weekend. Lots of errands and meetings on Saturday, and working nearly all day in the yard yesterday, but the winter prep is just about all done. Still have to decorate the yard for Christmas...but I'll do that this week.

Journal and stay within WW points - 2 pauses taken - 1 pause left - Day 18 completed
Drink 64 ounces of water - 1 pause taken - 2 pauses left - Day 19 completed
5 servings of fruits and veg - 3 pauses taken - 0 pauses left - Day 17 completed
1/2 hour of cardio - 1 pause taken - 2 pauses left - Day 4 completed
50 crunches - 1 pause taken - 2 pauses left - Day 4 completed

Shad
11-24-2009, 01:44 AM
1300 Calories per day - 3 pauses Day 0
30 minutes vigorous exercise - 3 pauses Day 0
Plus 100 crunches - 3 pauses Day 0
Journal and count food intake - no pauses Day 0
Water - 1500ml per day - 3 pauses. Day 0

Results, day 1 tomorrow.
Hope every one is doing okay