Support Groups - "Every-Day" 21-Day Challenge -- Over and over till it's a habit!




redballoon
11-25-2009, 04:11 AM
Okay, everyone, as is the tradition, I start a new thread when I personally start a new challenge.

Below is a short explanation of how this challenge works so all you newcomers can take a look and decide if you're game or not! I hope you are! Hop aboard and enjoy the ride. We've got a great bunch of supportive people, so I hope you'll give us a try. A lot of people try for a while and then disappear.. I hope some of you will keep trying. There is NO shame in starting over. Remember, it's not over till you give up. And our motto around here is:

NEVER GIVE UP!!...Just start OVER!!

EXPLANATION AND RULES:

It works like this: you decide you'll do something for 21 days straight, every single day, so keep it doable. Then you count ....one through 21.....and if you flub it, you MUST go back to zero and start over again. Everyone will be on different days. You can start anytime. At the beginning of the challenge you declare what level it is -- Level 1, 2, or 3. Level 1 means you feel it's a relatively easy challenge for you and means you only give yourself ONE pause day (see explanation of pause days below). Level 2 would give you two pause days and so on...
And taking NO pause days is what I'm going to call "aceing a challenge," as in "I'm aiming on aceing this one!" Yowzah!! :cb:

With a pause day you pause in your counting and continue the next day with the number you left off with. Pause days are NOT substitutes for days, i.e. Day 12 -- Day 13 -- Pause Day -- Day 14..... I suggest taking a pause day late in the game (better to go back to Day 1 early on) if you need a break or screw up when you're well into the challenge, meaning, when you're on Day 15 or something like that.

In any case, the trick is to keep going. The momentum builds and it's great incentive to stick to your guns, cause if you don't.........back to START you go. :( And the really great thing about this challenge is that you are forming new habits that will wipe out the old! AND, you get to do it with a great bunch of really supportive people to whom you are accountable! :grouphug:

THREAD GUIDELINES:

In the interest of maintaining structure, a sense of solidarity and facilitating support I ask anyone who wishes to join this thread to please strive to follow the following guidelines while participating in this challenge and in posting.

1. Although this is a fabulous support group, the focus is to be on your CHALLENGE/S and/or other people's challenge/s AND weight loss, whether your challenge is about it or not. Please keep the challenge a priority, although we welcome chattiness! :lol: This means tell us what day you're on when you post and it's a good idea to make regular mention of just what your challenge is. This an action-based thread. Our members are ON a challenge, RESTARTING a challenge, or just in between and looking to start up again REAL SOON. ;) We also welcome posts from admirers, encouragers, and old friends!

2. Please refrain from posting food logs or recipes, except where you are really looking for help and advice on your eating. If journaling is your challenge, please keep the journaling off the thread and in a notebook or blog and just tell us if you've done what you set out to do. We have ALL types of dieters here, low-carb, high-carb, low-fat, high-fat, vegetarians, meat-lovers...please use simple mentions if you have something you want to share and then links and/or private messages to do so.

3. Please do NOT go into glowing accounts of any slipups, food indulgences or binges, what we here call "food porn." Simple mentions are fine, but use of smilies :censored: :tape: etc. as substitutes where possible is encouraged.

4. Please keep this a secular thread. Of course, passing references to your beliefs, a bit of introduction about your beliefs, brief faith-related words of encouragement are fine. :angel:

5. Please show support, support, support! This is key. :grouphug: You can waffle on about yourself but please, at least occasionally,come up and look around at others and what they are doing and MENTION it with words of encouragement and/or praise or sympathy. We understand "busy," poor computer connections, and bouts of self-pity and life problems where the focus turns to "me" and dealing with those problems, but these should be temporary, not a habit! ('cept in the computer case.)

In conclusion, let me say, the above are just that, GUIDELINES. Please realize that these guidelines have been added in an attempt to keep this a supportive and beneficial thread, at the LEAST, to those who need it MOST, those for whom weight loss is the hardest and, more often than not, the most crucial as well as for those who still, perhaps despite great success, know all too well that the road they walk will always be a slippery one. :^:

The guidelines are also meant to cultivate an atmosphere of consideration and concern for ALL, not individually, but AS A GROUP.

Well, all's said. Please join us!! :wave:


redballoon
11-25-2009, 04:13 AM
Hi there! I'll be starting new challenges. Thought it was about time I started a new thread. This is a continuing thread but all newcomers are welcome to jump in at any time, over and over if need be! Talk to you soon! :wave:

Primm
11-25-2009, 04:32 AM
Hi redballoon, can I join in?

My challenge is to not eat any of the foods on my "banned" list. A dietician at work has given me a list of foods I'm not to eat for 2 weeks, just to see if I can. I've decided to make that 21 days, because I'm up for the challenge!

So what's on my list? Lots and lots of my formerly favourite things, but things that I tend to over-indulge in.

X Ice cream
X Fried foods
X Doughnuts and pastries
X Candy, chocolate & sweets
X Soda
X Fruit “drinks” and other sugar-sweetened beverages
X Potato chips
X Bacon, sausage
X White Bread
X Hot dogs, fast food burgers
X Cookies
X Sugary breakfast cereals

A lot of the stuff I've cut out already, but there are some things (chips and chocolate, anyone?) that will be more challenging. But that's the point, isn't it? Oh, and I'm starting tomorrow, because there may have been a very small chocolate frog on my menu today. :o


redballoon
11-25-2009, 05:10 AM
Hi Primm!! Welcome to our humble thread! :welcome: Recently there have only been a few of us but we get people starting up a lot. Unfortunately, they often don't continue. We diehards know that it's about trying and trying again. That's part of the battle. I whine a lot but I keep at it and I think I've really made some good habits over the years.

Funny, but your challenge may be similar to what I'm planning this time around (and when I say "this time," I just mean because I kind of bombed and want to start afresh....like I said, this thread is ongoing"

Primm, I'd be careful about assigning dates to things. Do allow for pauses and startovers so we keep you here. I hate it when people don't continue. I don't call them back but I wish they would keep at it no matter if they can't get or keep going.

In any case, best of luck to you, your list sounds like a HUGE step to healthful eating. Power to you!! :strong:

Primm
11-25-2009, 06:24 AM
Good call. There you go - no more dates!

redballoon
11-25-2009, 06:48 AM
Atta girl! You are in this for the LONG RUN!!!! :dancer:

Nada
11-25-2009, 09:46 AM
OK, nibbling after dinner is a habit I NEED to break. I'll give it a 2. Today is day 1.

Shad
11-25-2009, 04:54 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 2 done
Journal and count food intake - no pauses Day 2 done
Water - 1500ml per day - 3 pauses. Day 2 done

Sorry - gotta run. Things to do, people to annoy, pooh to dig into the garden

redballoon
11-26-2009, 06:51 AM
Heh people. Busy here and not decided on my challenges. I'm playing with some things though so should be able to declare soon.
Hope you all (guess that means diyana :listen: find us over here on the new thread.

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Shad -- Glad you found us! How'd that poo go in?

Nada -- Welcome! :welcome3: Do we have liftoff?

Primm -- Where are you hanging out? Come talk to us!

Shad
11-27-2009, 12:01 AM
1300 Calories per day - 3 pauses Day 2 done
30 minutes vigorous exercise - 3 pauses Day 3 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 3 done

Finally got back here after the dreaded server is busy message all day yesterday. I haven't finished digging the pooh yet - boy that stuff stinks. I hope it does some good for the garden and doesn't give me another load of different weeds

I've been painting at the other house today, until it got too hot and I needed stuff I didn't have to continue.

I hope those new people find us again. It would be good to get some new ideas in here again. Not that we don't have some ideas - just once in a while we might like some new ones.

Okay - it's dropped from 37c to 35c so in a few minutes I'll go and do some more grouting. Needs to be a couple degrees cooler tho.

Shad
11-27-2009, 08:17 PM
1300 Calories per day - 3 pauses Day 3 done
30 minutes vigorous exercise - 3 pauses Day 4 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 4 done

All present and correct for yesterday. Gotta go start the regime again today. Feeling a bit lazy since it is hot and steamy here.

redballoon
11-28-2009, 06:25 AM
Still haven't decided what to do. I'll be in Hong Kong for a bit so I don't want anything too restrictive. Will be back...
I keep eating and am undoing all my hard work...:cry:

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gasouza -- Welcome! :welcome: Great challenges! I especially like the yoga/pilates one. I really need to get flexible. I never stretch.

Shad -- You're on a roll. Just what kind of new ideas do you want? :shrug: Ways to stop red whining?

Primm, Nada, diyana? Where did you go? :dunno: Come back!!

diyana
11-28-2009, 12:32 PM
I'm back!! Sorry I was away for a few days due to the Thanksgiving Holiday. The Internet was ghastly slow for me (and I even have a high speed connection) the past couple days. I think online shoppers were taking advantage of the busiest shopping days of the year.

Red - You're going to Hong Kong? For work or fun? I've been to Hong Kong once for about 10 days when I was 18 and my dad was transferred there for work. He and my step mom moved there for several years, but I chose to stay in the States so I could graduate high school with my friends. I really enjoyed my visit there.

Shad - we're having a "warm" weekend here, it's nearly up to 50 degrees. Yesterday we only got up to the mid 30s, but the sun was SO bright and it actually felt warm...perfect for Black Friday shopping!

Okay....enough chit chat....here are my goals.

Journal and stay within WW points - 3 pauses - Day 0 completed
Drink 64 ounces of water - 3 pauses - Day 0 completed
5 servings of fruits and veg - 3 pauses - Day 0 completed
1/2 hour of cardio - 3 pauses - Day 0 completed
50 crunches - 3 pauses - Day 0 completed

redballoon
11-28-2009, 08:37 PM
diyana -- Good to see you again. I was wondering what had happened...kind of forget about Thanksgiving. You've got a bundle of challenges there, but what better time to do them. You can be through another round by Christmas and feeling GOOD about yourself.
Yes, Hong Kong has been an annual thing for me (though I don't think I've been there for a couple years or so...). I can take advantage of a great press package for the International Races, so that's why I go. It's work-related but, unless I can dredge up some work, I won't be working. It's not a good time to go, with my old cat so frail and my own health iffy. I always get sick in Hong Kong. One year I spent race day sick as it gets all day in my hotel room with friends at the track calling regularly to give me the news since I couldn't gather much from the TV. Luckily a Japanese friend living there came over to help bring me a bit of food when I could finally hold it down....anyhow. The first couple years were OK. Let's hope things hold up this year. I will leave on the 9th and be gone 5 days, but can check in here if I want from the press center. I like Hong Kong except for the air pollution. I always stay at a hotel in Wanchai right on the harbor and love hopping on the Star Ferry.

http://i56.photobucket.com/albums/g195/darksecret59/starferry.jpg http://i56.photobucket.com/albums/g195/darksecret59/starferry2.jpg

It's so cheap and the ride is beautiful. I had been studying a bit of Cantonese because I think it's a cool and bizarre language but didn't get too far before I stopped because I wasn't going that year. This time, it was a spontaneous decision to get off my arse and go so no time either. Still, because I can read Japanese, I can get around easily in Hong Kong because the gist of the characters are the same.
Ok, later and back with a challenge decision of my own! :wave:

Shad
11-28-2009, 10:06 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 5 done
Journal and count food intake - no pauses Day 5 done
Water - 1500ml per day - 3 pauses. Day 5 done

inthemidst
11-29-2009, 12:47 PM
Hi All,

I want to play but haven't figured out what to do yet. Thinking about a "banned foods" list as well.
I'll work on it and be back.
Ash

Shad
11-29-2009, 03:14 PM
1300 Calories per day - 3 pauses Day 5 done
30 minutes vigorous exercise - 3 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 - 3 pauses. Day 6 done

Morning all. Yesterday, I completely forgot about the crunches. I guess I was busy with shifting boxes and washing down walls. Anyway, had to take a pause on that. I hate taking pauses this early in the challenge.


Welcome Inthemidst. Please come back and declare some challenges. Banned foods stuff sounds good.

Back to Monday here. Time to get on with the day. I have plans for some painting, cleaning, and sanding round at the DS2's house, move some more of my stuff (and his) to his shed, and some cleaning up round here after a fairly vicious storm last night. Hope everyone else is on track.

Primm
11-29-2009, 03:18 PM
I'm here! I work 12 hour shifts, and when I'm doing 3-4 days in a row the computer comes a very distant last on the things I want to look at when I get home.

And the one time I did feel like logging on, I kept getting "server busy" messages, so I couldn't! I was actually coming in to confess a chocolate - just one tiny one, but still ...

Looks like I'm starting my 21 days again. From Saturday. So today is day 2.

Shad, I had a friend who put I can't remember how many bags of Dynamic Lifter on her garden. In the middle of summer. Then her mum died, and they had the wake at her house.

We couldn't close the windows because it was too hot, and the smell was horrendous! Her mum loved her garden though, so we were all joking that she'd appreciate the "scent" as the background to her memorial.

redballoon
11-29-2009, 10:13 PM
Recovering from a great day at the racetrack. My favorite horse Vodka won the Japan Cup in a photo finish. She's No. 5. Watch the end and how the horse roars up on her outside.
This video is long but it gives you an idea of what I'm seeing at the track. Look at the stable staff crying from 5'13". The trainer is the little guy the crying guy tries to hug after hugging the jockey. That trainer was the one whose horses took one-two in the Melbourne Cup a few years ago. Vodka had two bad rides her last two races and lost two races that she deserved. They switched jockeys and this was the result. It was a super emotional day.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qQbYS0lyvA

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Primm -- Glad to see you back. Too bad about the challenges falling but great attitude in jumping right back on the wagon!! :bravo:

inthemidst -- Welcome! :welcome2: Hope to see you in here soon! :yes:

Shad -- Don't worry about the pause. You will get through those crunches, I'm sure! You sure seem to do a lot of work around the house! Wow!

inthemidst
11-30-2009, 07:40 AM
Hi All,
Decided to not ban foods but here is my plan:

Average of 1400 Calories/day - 3 pauses
Average 60 grams protein/day - 3 pauses
Average 30 grams fiber per day - 3 pauses
Journal food using Lose it! - 2 pauses
Water - 48 oz - 2 pauses
5 servings fruits and veggies per day - 3 pauses

And away we go!
Ash

Shad
11-30-2009, 05:06 PM
1300 Calories per day - 3 pauses Day 6 done
30 minutes vigorous exercise - 3 pauses Day 7 done
Plus 100 crunches - 2 pauses Day 6 done
Journal and count food intake - no pauses Day 7 done
Water - 1500ml per day - 3 pauses. Day 7 done

Good to see some of the new people back. Primm, I am in SE Qld too. I'm in Logan. Loved the Dynamic Lifter story, I've been known to overdo things as well in the garden. Things go fast in this location and the fertiliser doesn't last all that long. I think the smell lingers longer.

Inthemidst - good challenges there. Good luck.

Gotta go. Things to do, people to hack off.

redballoon
11-30-2009, 06:31 PM
Guess it doesn't make much sense to keep coming in here and saying I haven't decided on a challenge yet, but that's the way it is. I need to chill for a while. I'm going to have to go off sugar again. I feel it's just too much of a nutrition drain and surely aggravating my skin problem. I think I'll do a stealth and let you know how that's going in a bit.

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inthemidst -- What are you in the midst of, by the way? Those challenges sound extremely difficult, largely because they are so specific. Best of luck. :goodluck:

inthemidst
11-30-2009, 09:07 PM
red: I am in the midst of life - among other things. Thanks for asking!

I went back over what I was doing July through September when I was feeling great and losing. That's where the numbers come from. The hard one is the fiber and the fruits and veggies. But I am up for this challenge.

BTW what is a stealth?

Ash

redballoon
12-01-2009, 07:29 AM
inthemidst -- I see. "In the midst of life." Ok, I was wondering if it may not be something more specific. Glad you're with us!
A "stealth" is the name we have given a challenge that a person starts on her own without declaring it for 2-3 days until she feels confident she can do it. It's a gentle way to start without having to not make it, restart, fall again, restart, stumble, restart...you get the picture. It's good when you want to test things out too and see if a challenge you're considering needs some adjustment.
Actually, it's just something I did because I feel pressured when I declare something and often have a hard time starting. So, I would do it on my own without the "pressure" and then when I had a bit of momentum going, "come out!" Basically, I'm kind of a shy, nervous ham. :lol3:

inthemidst
12-01-2009, 08:01 AM
redballoon: thanks for the explanation. May have to try that in the future.

Yesterday was successful. 1st day in months!

Average of 1400 Calories/day - 3 pauses-Day 1 done!
Average 60 grams protein/day - 3 pauses-Day 1 done!
Average 30 grams fiber per day - 3 pauses-Day 1 done!
Journal food using Lose it! - 2 pauses-Day 1 done!
Water - 48 oz - 2 pauses-Day 1 done!
5 servings fruits and veggies per day - 3 pauses-Day 1 done!

Today is a class day so it will be more difficult.

Wishing you all a healthy day :carrot:

Primm
12-01-2009, 08:09 AM
Day 3 today - hubby offered me a bite of his Kit Kat and I said no! I think he was as surprised as me.

Inthemidst - well done! And good luck for the rest of the day.

diyana
12-01-2009, 08:16 AM
Hi everyone -

Work was CRAZY busy yesterday. I work for a retail corporation, and as such, the weekend (and subsequent week) following Thanksgiving is the busiest time of year for us. In fact, it may very well be insanely busy right through Christmas. (At least that's what I'm hoping. Busy is very good at this time of year, when retailers make the bulk of their money.).

So I didn't get to the gym on Sunday due to a migraine and didn't get there yesterday due to exhaustion. In fact, food was pretty lousy yesterday too.

But, Red, thanks for the reminder...It's December 1, and if I jump back on the wagon and stick to my challenges, I can get an entire round of challenges complete before Christmas, and a second round complete by mid-January...which should see me through the holidays with a loss. BTW, speaking of weight, I am not expecting a good weigh in on Thursday. I'll probably be up by at least a pound or two, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed :crossed: for less.

Because of all the ups and downs, migraines, etc. I'm starting my challenges anew today!

Journal and stay within WW points - 3 pauses - Day 0 completed
Drink 64 ounces of water - 3 pauses - Day 0 completed
5 servings of fruits and veg - 3 pauses - Day 0 completed
1/2 hour of cardio - 3 pauses - Day 0 completed
50 crunches - 3 pauses - Day 0 completed


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Welcome Inthemidst!! It's great to have you here! The more the merrier! Great challenges!!! And big Congrats on the success! Good luck for today!! You can do this!

Primm - 12 hour shifts??! I can understand how you don't want to go on the computer when you get home. Great story about your friend's mum's memorial. A true gardener can appreciate (albeit not necessarily enjoy) the scent.

Red - I'm not familiar with Wanchai...but if that's near the Sydney Harbor, I've been there. When I visited, we took the Star Ferry to some outlying islands and saw some temples. I do remember the pollution...but other than that, I really thought it was beautiful and interesting there! Being blonde and blue/green eyed, I remember getting stared at a lot! :lol: I'll have to check the YouTube video from home.

Shad - You are doing SO well on your challenges!! Please share some of your drive and determination with me, okay?

Well, gotta sign off for now!

Nada
12-01-2009, 05:01 PM
For some reason I keep forgetting where to find this thread. OK, I said no eating after dinner. After a holiday week end slip I am on day 2, 19 to go!

diyana
12-02-2009, 07:24 AM
Journal and stay within WW points - 3 pauses - Day 1 completed
Drink 64 ounces of water - 3 pauses - Day 1 completed
5 servings of fruits and veg - 3 pauses - Day 1 completed
1/2 hour of cardio - 3 pauses - Day 1 completed
50 crunches - 3 pauses - Day 1 completed

I'm still having trouble getting myself to the gym....but I did go for a nice walk after work. It was sunny and in the mid 40s, which is really nice for December in Wisconsin. I've got weigh in tomorrow and while I haven't weighed myself at home since the weekend, I "feel" heavier which is not surprising, but still a bummer.

Shad
12-02-2009, 05:11 PM
I was sure I posted yesterday. Must be getting old!!!!

1300 Calories per day - 2 pauses Day 7 done
30 minutes vigorous exercise - 3 pauses Day 9 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

Had a terrible dose of the munchies yesterday and nothing I had in the house seemed to satisfy me. And I didn't drink enough water. So a couple of pauses for me. I'm not getting anywhere near the scale today.

redballoon
12-02-2009, 08:11 PM
Well, I was stealthing it but am not sure whether what I did is good enough for me. I was going no sugar but then had a bit. It wasn't much but I tend to snowball, so allowing myself even a bit is harder than none at all.
With the Hong Kong trip coming up, I don't really see what kind of challenge I can do..well, I CAN see it, but don't know if I want to do one.
So, for now, people, suffice to allow me to hang in the sidelines and continue to mull challenges. I AM doing good things for my health and any number of former challenges have become my normal lifestyle (no alcohol, no smoking, regular exercise, eating vegetables, reduced caffeine, little sugar), it's just that challenges for me work better when they are something black and white.....let's see if I can change that and stick with it.

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Shad -- Rolling along, you are. So, did the munchies put you over your calorie limit? When you write your pauses, are those how many you have left or how many you've taken?

diyana -- We have liftoff!! :cp: Good for you! :dancer: Good luck on the weigh-in, but don't fret if you're up. It may be good to think of December as a maintenance month. Coming off Thanksgiving and heading toward New Year's, the temptations abound. If you can manage to NOT undo hard work from earlier in the year, then I would still consider it a success!
Wanchai is right on the harbor (but not Sydney Harbor :lol3: I assume that was a Freudian slip of the fingers) It's on Hong Kong Harbor, naturally, and looking across to Tsim Sha Tsui on Kowloon where the ferries go (near the Peninsula), down by the Convention Center (though that may not have been there when you were..) Wan Chai is a business center, but has lots of nightlife too. It's within relative walking distance of Lan Kwai Fong, which is an expat hangout on the hillside (near that huge escalator going up the middle of the street) you may have been to. I know you can walk from there to Wanchai, because I did, one night (morning) around 3 a.m., pretty drunk but ticked off and needing to cool my head....ok, we won't go there.

Nada -- Have you found us? Try to subscribe and get email notifications when someone posts. Then you can just click the link and come directly to us.

Primm -- Not eating the offered sweet is what we call an NSV, a non-scale victory! Way to go!!! :bravo:

inthemidst -- How are you doing? Congratulations on a successful liftoff! :cp: Keep it going! And if you haven't, just start over and try again. With all your challenges, you can surely keep one or two going, which should help motivate you for the others! :goodluck:

inthemidst
12-02-2009, 09:20 PM
Hey all,

Yesterday was a success. Today I am struggling to get the fruits and veggies in so I am restarting that. Even though the day is not over here are my results

Average of 1400 Calories/day - 3 pauses-Day 3 done!
Average 60 grams protein/day - 3 pauses-Day 3 done!
Average 30 grams fiber per day - 3 pauses-Day 3 done!
Journal food using Lose it! - 2 pauses-Day 3 done!
Water - 48 oz - 2 pauses-Day 3 done!
5 servings fruits and veggies per day - 3 pauses-Day 0 done!

I'll be back tomorrow with more to say. have a great night!

redballoon
12-02-2009, 10:28 PM
Good for you, inthemidst!! Love the attitude!! :sunny:

diyana
12-03-2009, 07:30 AM
I got to the gym last night!! Yippee!! I did 1/2 hour of cardio and the crunches. I'll be going again tonight for strength training class followed by Zumba. I did a preliminary weigh in yesterday, and my weight is up by a few pounds. We'll see what happens on WW's scale.

Journal and stay within WW points - 3 pauses - Day 2 completed
Drink 64 ounces of water - 3 pauses - Day 2 completed
5 servings of fruits and veg - 3 pauses - Day 2 completed
1/2 hour of cardio - 3 pauses - Day 2 completed
50 crunches - 3 pauses - Day 2 completed

diyana
12-03-2009, 07:51 AM
Okay...I didn't see we had gone to Page 3. So now I'm catching up with y'all.

Shad - I hate those munchie days. I wish I didn't have to go near a scale today. Actually, I do have a meeting that might run long and I wouldn't be able to go to WW.

Red - I totally understand how life can get in the way of realistic challenges. Keep up the good work. When do you leave for HK and when do you get back? As for December being maintenance....I'll be thrilled if I maintain where I was. Right now, I'm up a few pounds, which is a bummer. And we're going to Chicago this Saturday, the home of delicious, calorie-laden, deep dish pizza. Hopefully, I'll do enough walking to walk it off. Or, I could ask my friend to find us a more WW friendly restaurant. :( I swear my folks said they lived in a town called Sydney (or Sidney) in Hong Kong. But it was a LONG time ago when HK was under British rule, so I may not be remembering it right.) I remember Hong Kong harbor and also all the crowds of downtown, and all the hustle and bustle. I DO NOT like big cities and all the crowds, traffic and noise. I don't like that about Chicago, and although I really like San Francisco, I don't like the crowds and hustle and bustle there (and San Fran isn't nearly as crowded as many other cities). I don't remember a huge escalator going up the middle of the street, but again, it was a LONG time ago.

Inthemidst - Congrats on your success! You're doing great!!

Gotta go, lots of work to be done.

redballoon
12-03-2009, 08:09 AM
I'm still on page 1. Set your page options to maximum posts and there won't be so many pages, diyana.

You have to go in to your User CP (top left of page), then hit edit options and find the place for posts. You should change it to 40 posts per page, that's the max. Be sure to save your changes at the bottom of the page....And maybe I'm wrong on the Sydney. I just immediately thought it was a typo because Wanchai is on the main harbor (Victoria Harbor, originally Hong Kong Harbor.) It IS possible there are other harbors and one could be called Sydney. Let me research...

diyana
12-03-2009, 09:18 AM
Don't bother researching it, Red. I'm probably wrong. It was a long time ago, and I have CRS (can't remember sh*t). :rofl: Thanks for the tip about max posts.

Shad
12-03-2009, 03:00 PM
1300 Calories per day - 2 pauses Day 8 done
30 minutes vigorous exercise - 3 pauses Day 10 done
Plus 100 crunches - 2 pauses Day 9 done
Journal and count food intake - no pauses Day 0 done
Water - 1500ml per day - 1 pauses. Day 8 done

Yesterday was another bad eating day but I managed to stay under the limit. I've decided to start the journalling one again since I had no pauses and I didn't catalogue everything yesterday - just used my head. Also I didn't drink enough water yesterday - had coke instead which is naughty.

Michelle - YGG getting back to the gym. That post I lost yesterday mentioned that the worst part of the gym is actually getting there. Once there you gotta wonder why you didn't go before. Most days you feel good about the effort.

Red - I thought you were already in Hong Kong - but maybe not. There's a Victoria Harbour on the Island but I don't remember a Sydney Harbour either. But then I don't know Hong Kong that well. Just the usual touristy bits and a bit of side tracking down strange and weird roads and tracks.

So I am rushing to get the house cleaned up ready to go away. I want to hire a cleaner for the period, given that DS2 is not the most domesticated person I know. He doesn't want it but it may be just too bad for him. He will have 2 weeks to prove he can keep the dust at bay, the weeds out of the garden, mow the lawns and keep the house reasonably tidy. Doesn't happen? The cleaning lady comes.

Okay - I'm off for my exercise for the day. See ya

redballoon
12-03-2009, 05:14 PM
Ok, I am going to declare the challenge and accept the stealth days. I am trying not to eat sugar or processed foods, white bread, that kind of thing, also no cheese or peanuts. It's a rough anti-candida diet. I am also trying to cook and eat vegetables, which is very difficult for me. I just can't stand the thought of healthful food anymore until I actually eat it. Odd, because I used to eat much better. In any case, for the last three days I have been VERY good. I did have some sugar but it was minimal, nothing like what I was eating. When I was counting calories, I tended to only count calories and a large percentage of my daily calories were coming from nutritionally devoid foods.

So, because I am doing this to try to improve my health (and my skin...though I don't know if it will help) II will call this a:

Return to Health Challenge -- Day 3 completed

And, I am reinstating the no-smoking and no-drinking challenges. This time they won't be separate. I am pulling a fast one here because I need the help (I am not in a good way emotionally :cry: ) and calling the days since I last indulged part of my challenge.

No Smoking/Drinking Challenge -- Day 4 completed

AND, I am restarting a Journaling Challenge though I won't add a calorie limit. I will try to add up a rough estimate of what I consumed.

Write It Down Challenge -- Day 0 completed

There you have it!! :flow1:

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diyana -- OK, I did look for Sydney Harbor and the only one I could find was in Australia. Too bad about the CRS, what a bummer. :lol: Stay away from that pizza, diyana! Or only allow yourself 2 slices or so. It's laden with calories and no amount of walking is going to wear it off. Well, sure, you can figure it in but it's costly, 300-350 cals. a slice and those are the figures for a chain store variety.
Well, if you think Chicago or Frisco is crowded, never come to Tokyo! :rofl:
Good for you for getting to the gym. Hope the scale isn't too disappointing.

Shad -- No, HK is next week, from Wednesday. I need a cleaning lady because this one typing just doesn't do it. You're amazing. How can you have a "bad eating day" and yet still stay under your ultra-low limit? Ok, don't tell me... ;)

Primm, inthemidst, Nada, how are things? :listen:

Shad
12-03-2009, 06:14 PM
I looked up a map of HK and could only find Victoria Harbour.
My bad eating day consisted of eating the skin of a barbequed chicken and drinking both wine and coke. I really didn't eat much at all. Yesterday was mostly fluids. Today will be better. But I'm not sure how much I can keep up some of those challenges when I go to Lilydale next week. I will be eating out a lot because of living in a motel for a couple of weeks. We will just keep plodding away and looking for stuff which is countable even if it is bought ready made. Read the labels!!!! My limit isn't low, it's what I should be eating for my age and lifestyle and you should see the amount of food I can put away. I should post a picture of my dinner plate sometime.

inthemidst
12-04-2009, 07:37 AM
Class christmas party - not good for me. Back on track today.

Average of 1400 Calories/day - 3 pauses-Day 4 done!
Average 60 grams protein/day - 3 pauses-Day 4 done!
Average 30 grams fiber per day - 3 pauses-Day 4 done!
Journal food using Lose it! - 2 pauses-Day 4 done!
Water - 48 oz - 2 pauses-Day 4 done!
5 servings fruits and veggies per day - 3 pauses-Day 0 done!

School is over. Now have to navigate eating out and parties. Today is a birthday lunch with cake. But have already looked at the menu and decided what I am going to have. And will limit myself to a few bites of cake.

Sorry I have not been doing personals...now that school is finished I will have more time to read and compose.

Wishing you all a day filled with success! :carrot:

redballoon
12-04-2009, 08:01 PM
Yesterday was really a bit too much of food I shouldn't be eating. But I think it was balanced out well with good stuff. Even so, I don't want to be doing that, so am going to try to go for NO sugar when possible, but not as a condition of the challenge just yet. Maybe I can work up to that, or maybe I can learn to stop before it snowballs.
In any case, my skin is SO much better. Can it be this simple (well, that's relative). Can cutting out certain things and being sure to get some vegetables in me be the trick? :?: Wow if it is, it's a miracle. I almost slept straight through last night for the first time in weeks. And my skin is sloughing off like snowflakes. I am taking probiotics as well and eating plain yogurt with active whatever it is in it. Make a simple vegetable curry with brown rice and force myself to eat that. Breakfast is the usual steelcut oats and lunch is usually fruit, nuts, miso soup and extra wakame sea vegetable. FYI ;)

Return to Health Challenge (minimal sugar, fresh vegetables, no cheese/peanuts/chocolate, no processed grains) -- Day 4 completed
No Smoking/Drinking Challenge -- Day 5 completed
Write It Down Challenge -- Day 1 completed

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Shad -- Keep on plodding! You're getting there! :spin:

inthemidst -- Good for you for getting back on track. Have you already taken 3 pauses! No, right? So, your party didn't affect your challenges? :?: In any case, you're here with us and that's what counts. Excellent planning ahead like you are. Look forward to hearing more from you. Take care! :wave:

Shad
12-04-2009, 09:41 PM
1300 Calories per day - 2 pauses Day 9 done
30 minutes vigorous exercise - 3 pauses Day 11 done
Plus 100 crunches - 2 pauses Day 10 done
Journal and count food intake - no pauses Day 1 done
Water - 1500ml per day - 1 pauses. Day 9 done

I've been up since early this morning (5.00am) painting round at the DS2's house. It gets so hot so quickly these days that you have to do what you can in the coolest parts of the day which is early morning and early evening. The rest of the time is far to hot to paint and the darn stuff dries on the roller and crackles onto the wall. Still I will break the back of it by tomorrow when three rooms and the hall will be more or less finished. The trims will still be left to do, but that will mean lots more sanding before I can paint since the brave soul who last painted them decided that an oil based gloss would cover a multitude of sins (like 5 coats of previous paint!)

Anyway - the rest of the day will be spent playing with water - as in cleaning the bathroom, loo and laundry. Then my house at least will be fairly clean and tidy.

Red - so pleased to read that the skin is repairing itself. Must be those wonderful vegetables!

Inthemidst - its never fair when you just start making progress only to find that someone has organised a party somewhere. Hang in there. You can do this.

inthemidst
12-05-2009, 01:37 PM
Well the birthday party was a bust. Did I say that one of my friends is a professional baker and I asked her to bring a cake for our friend's birthday lunch. I need some :dust:



Average of 1400 Calories/day - 2 pauses-Day 4 done!
Average 60 grams protein/day - 2 pauses-Day 4 done!
Average 30 grams fiber per day - 2 pauses-Day 4 done!
Journal food using Lose it! - 2 pauses-Day 4 done!
Water - 48 oz - 1 pauses-Day 4 done!
5 servings fruits and veggies per day - 3 pauses-Day 0 done!

I think I adjusted everything correctly.

A

Shad
12-05-2009, 05:44 PM
1300 Calories per day - 2 pauses Day 10 done
30 minutes vigorous exercise - 3 pauses Day 12 done
Plus 100 crunches - 1 pauses Day 10 done
Journal and count food intake - no pauses Day 2 done
Water - 1500ml per day - 1 pauses. Day 10 done

Off to breakfast with some of the family. Will have to do better with the crunches today. Forgot them yesterday with all the painting and sanding I did.

Inthemidst - told you it was difficult at Christmas didn't I. If you can get through this period without a gain, then you have definited achieved a win.

Red - how's the skin today?

redballoon
12-05-2009, 06:08 PM
Ok, Yesterday was a flop with sugar. I don't know why I can't stay away from it. My skin was better and yet I started eating sugar. The minute I see an improvement I'm back on the stuff. Ok, maybe it's not the sugar, but then, why does my skin seem worse today? No, I have to stay away from it. So, here it is, a hardcore, NO sugar challenge with NO pauses allowed. If I trip up, the challenge falls!

NO SUGAR Challenge -- Day 0 completed, NO pauses allowed
Return to Health Challenge (fresh vegetables, no cheese/peanuts/processed grains) -- Day 5 completed
No Smoking/Drinking Challenge -- Day 6 completed
Write It Down Challenge -- Day 2 completed

**************

Shad -- Yeah, it's still good but worse than yesterday. Nothing like it was though, but yesterday I had sugar and I think that is affecting it. Of course, one day isn't going to make a huge difference but I have to get things in check again. Until I am totally healed and strong again, I just have to stay off it. Every time I go off it, my skin gets better and then I'm right back on it again. Same with eveything. Well, it does suck, not being able to eat so many things I am constantly tempted by. Anyhow, I WILL do this... for ME! :mad: :yes:
Don't forget the crunches today!

inthemidst -- Ah, too bad about the party blowout. But, you had your fun and can now get serious again! Up and at 'em!! :strong:

redballoon
12-06-2009, 06:42 AM
Calling it early..
Did it today. Steered clear of sugar. It wasn't easy....and I'm not expecting it to get any easier tomorrow. :^:

NO SUGAR Challenge -- Day 1 completed, NO pauses allowed
Return to Health Challenge (fresh vegetables, no cheese/peanuts/processed grains) -- Day 6 completed
No Smoking/Drinking Challenge -- Day 7 completed
Write It Down Challenge -- Day 3 completed

diyana
12-06-2009, 05:18 PM
busy but fun weekend. No time for personals as I have to get a couple things ready to go with the pot roast.

Here's where I'm at:

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

Shad
12-06-2009, 07:35 PM
1300 Calories per day - 2 pauses Day 11 done
30 minutes vigorous exercise - 3 pauses Day 13 done
Plus 100 crunches - 1 pauses Day 11 done
Journal and count food intake - no pauses Day 3 done
Water - 1500ml per day - 1 pauses. Day 11 done

Usual story. Boring. They are calling my flight. Catch you all later.

redballoon
12-06-2009, 07:56 PM
Have a safe one, Shad!

diyana
12-07-2009, 07:30 AM
I'm hoping the day will get better. Food is okay...and I'll get my exercise in after work.

Here are yesterday's results

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

Shad
12-07-2009, 05:03 PM
1300 Calories per day - 2 pauses Day 12 done
30 minutes vigorous exercise - 3 pauses Day 14 done
Plus 100 crunches - 0 pauses Day 11 done
Journal and count food intake - no pauses Day 4 done
Water - 1500ml per day - 0 pauses. Day 11 done

Had to take a couple of pauses because of flights etc yesterday. I may have to drop a couple of the challenges or start again maybe since everything has changed with new job and travelling etc. We will see.
Today in Melbourne is cool and wet. Yesterday it was quite warm. It is certainly living up to the four seasons in one day reputation. I just hope it warms up a bit as I have to go out shortly to shop for (yet another) phone charger. If there is one thing I always forget - its that. And I did it again.

Back later or maybe tomorrow - although I start work tomorrow so if you don't hear from me then maybe I am busy or can't get to the internet.

diyana
12-08-2009, 07:10 AM
Shad - Glad you made it to Melbourne okay. 4 seasons in 1 day. Sounds like early Spring or Late Fall in Wisconsin. I hope your first day on the new job goes well.

Red - Are you in Hong Kong yet? Hope you're doing well.

:wave: to Inthemidst and everyone else!

******************
We're supposed to have a big snow storm moving in this afternoon. Hopefully DH and I will be home before it gets really bad. If it's as bad as they say it's gonna be, then DH and I will likely be working from home tomorrow after we tend to snowblowing and shoveling the driveway.

Journal and stay within WW points - 1 pause taken - 2 pauses left - Day 6 completed
Drink 64 ounces of water - 3 pauses - Day 7 completed
5 servings of fruits and veg - 1 pause taken - 2 pauses left - Day 6 completed
1/2 hour of cardio - 3 pauses - Day 7 completed
50 crunches - 1 pause taken - 2 pauses left - Day 6 completed

redballoon
12-08-2009, 07:21 AM
Here I am. Didn't do too well yesterday. Was out late.... :(
But, some challenges still hold. I am postponing the journal challenge.
Off to Hong Kong tomorrow morning early. Will try to write from there.
Thanks for asking, diyana. :yes:
Later all. :wave:

NO SUGAR Challenge -- Day 3 completed, NO pauses allowed
Return to Health Challenge (fresh vegetables, no cheese/peanuts/processed grains) -- Day 8 completed
No Smoking/Drinking Challenge -- Day 8 completed 1 pause taken

Nada
12-08-2009, 03:44 PM
Cut out the after dinner snacking--day 6. I had to take a pause because I mindlessly snacked on some crackers as I was helping clean up after a church dinner. I just forgot I wasn't supposed to. That is what this challenge is all about right? 1 pause left--will have to pay attention.

One thing at a time seems to work best for me.

redballoon
12-08-2009, 03:47 PM
Hi Nada. Good to see you. :wave: Yup, forgetting happens. I've done it many a time. Awareness is key. You keep up the good work! :yes:

inthemidst
12-09-2009, 07:57 AM
Hi,

Well I bombed. SO I have decided to start over in a more realistic way - so I can be successful and make it through christmas.

30 grams fiber - 3 pauses, day 0
48 oz water - 3 pauses, day 0
3 servings of fruits and veggies - 2 pauses, day 0

You all are doing so well. Have great day!! :carrot:

diyana
12-09-2009, 02:43 PM
hi all -

I'm sore from my head to my toes, especially my hands, wrists, arms, back, chest, legs,you get the picture. We got about 16" of snow last night, and it was the very wet, very heavy snow. I helped DH clear the snow - I did a bit of shoveling and raking the snow off the eaves of the roof. It took us about 4 hours to get it all clear off the driveway, roof and walkway. We're both exhausted.

Journal and stay within WW points - 1 pause taken - 2 pauses left - Day 7 completed
Drink 64 ounces of water - 3 pauses - Day 8 completed
5 servings of fruits and veg - 1 pause taken - 2 pauses left - Day 7 completed
1/2 hour of cardio - 3 pauses - Day 8 completed
50 crunches - 2 pauses taken - 1 pauses left - Day 6 completed

inthemidst
12-10-2009, 07:09 AM
Hi all,

30 grams fiber - 3 pauses, day 1 done
48 oz water - 3 pauses, day 1 done
3 servings of fruits and veggies - 2 pauses, day 1 done

diyana - you are doing so well!! Did you get snow?

A

diyana
12-10-2009, 07:38 AM
Yes, Inthemidst, we got snow. Lots of it. And it was heavy. I ate more than usual yesterday, but given all the calories I burned clearing the snow (exercise points), I stayed within my points. My back and arms and legs are still a bit sore/stiff.

This morning it was COLD . 5 degrees (F) when I left for work with a -18 wind chill. Supposed to warm up to 9. But by Saturday they say we may "warm up" to the freezing mark.

Journal and stay within WW points - 1 pause taken - 2 pauses left - Day 8 completed
Drink 64 ounces of water - 3 pauses - Day 9 completed
5 servings of fruits and veg - 1 pause taken - 2 pauses left - Day 8 completed
1/2 hour of cardio - 3 pauses - Day 9 completed
50 crunches - 2 pauses taken - 1 pauses left - Day 7 completed

Shad
12-11-2009, 01:41 AM
Afternoon all,
1300 Calories per day - 2 pauses Day 12 done
30 minutes vigorous exercise - 3 pauses Day 14 done
Plus 100 crunches - 1 pauses Day 12 done
Journal and count food intake - no pauses Day 4 done
Water - 1500ml per day - 1 pauses. Day 12 done

9th:
1300 Calories per day - 2 pauses Day 13 done
30 minutes vigorous exercise - 3 pauses Day 15 done
Plus 100 crunches - 1 pauses Day 11 done
Journal and count food intake - no pauses Day 5 done
Water - 1500ml per day - 1 pauses. Day 13 done

10 & 11 I have't journalled or drunk the water so those two will have to start again.
1300 Calories per day - 3 pauses Day 0 done
30 minutes vigorous exercise - 3 pauses Day 0 done
Plus 100 crunches - 1 pauses Day 11 done
Journal and count food intake - no pauses Day 0 done
Water - 1500ml per day - 3 pauses. Day 0 done

It's been a bit hectic around here getting settled in and whatever. I did manage a run one morning, but yesterday I had to get the train across town and then had dinner out and by the time I got back it was nearly midnight. Naturally enough I slept in this morning. So anyway I have started a couple of the challenges off again. The calorie one won't start until tomorrow. I will get some exercise in tonight so I can report on that tomorrow.
Better go catch up with the family - they might think I am dead.

diyana
12-11-2009, 07:24 AM
Okay....weigh in was not good - up 3 lbs. I know I haven't been exercising to the intensity I used to....and my portions may be out of whack (portion distortion).

Didn't get to the gym last night because my eyes have been red and itchy - my boss told me to go to the doctor since it looked like pink eye...sure enough...it's conjunctivitis. He gave me some drops but told me to avoid the gym for a few days to a week so I'm not spreading it to everything I touch. But luckily, DH and I bought ourselves a Wii, including Wii Fit, for Christmas - we opened it early. Anyway, I did 45 minutes of Step and Boxing last night and got a good workout, plus it was fun!

I'm starting over on my challenges starting tomorrow because of my portions being out of whack and my lower intensity exercise. I have to go to the store tonight and re-stock up on foods that help my weight loss.
This half-hearted, half-arsed approach is clearly hurting, not helping, me.

Portion Control, Journal and stay within WW points - 3 pauses - Day 0 completed
Drink 64 ounces of water - 3 pauses - Day 0 completed
5 servings of fruits and veg - 3 pauses - Day 0 completed
1/2 hour of cardio - 3 pauses - Day 0 completed
50 crunches - 2 pauses taken - 3 pauses - Day 0 completed

inthemidst
12-11-2009, 10:24 AM
Hi all,

30 grams fiber - 3 pauses, day 2 done
48 oz water - 3 pauses, day 2 done
3 servings of fruits and veggies - 2 pauses, day 2 done

A

inthemidst
12-12-2009, 05:42 PM
Hi all,

30 grams fiber - 3 pauses, day 3 done
48 oz water - 3 pauses, day 3 done
3 servings of fruits and veggies - 2 pauses, day 3 done

It is so quiet.

Ash

Shad
12-13-2009, 04:34 AM
Hi all,
10 & 11 I have't journalled or drunk the water so those two will have to start again.
1300 Calories per day - 3 pauses Day 0 done
30 minutes vigorous exercise - 3 pauses Day 2 done
Plus 100 crunches - 1 pauses Day 13 done
Journal and count food intake - no pauses Day 0 done
Water - 1500ml per day - 3 pauses. Day 0 done

Not doing so well here with the eating and drinking, however the exercise is going well, so that at least is something.

Always quiet in here on weekends inthemidst. It'll pick up by Monday

inthemidst
12-13-2009, 03:24 PM
Hi All,

Doing ok. Didn't get the fiber in yesterday though.

30 grams fiber - 2 pauses, day 3 done
48 oz water - 3 pauses, day 4 done
3 servings of fruits and veggies - 2 pauses, day 4 done

:carrot:

Shad
12-14-2009, 04:22 AM
1300 Calories per day - 3 pauses Day 1 done
30 minutes vigorous exercise - 3 pauses Day 3 done
Plus 100 crunches - 1 pauses Day 14 done
Journal and count food intake - no pauses Day 1 done
Water - 1500ml per day - 3 pauses. Day 0 done

diyana
12-14-2009, 07:28 AM
I'm having trouble getting my eating under control. I'm not eating horribly bad...just bad enough that I don't want to journal. Christmas is coming way too quickly and I haven't had time to finish my shopping or start wrapping and I've got to get packages mailed by Wednesday. Planning and journaling food will just have to wait.

Portion Control, Journal and stay within WW points - Day 0 completed
Drink 64 ounces of water - 3 pauses - Day 3 completed
5 servings of fruits and veg - 3 pauses - Day 3 completed
1/2 hour of cardio - 1 pause taken, 2 pauses left - Day 2 completed
50 crunches - 1 pause taken, 2 pauses left - Day 2 completed

redballoon
12-14-2009, 09:22 AM
I'm back in Tokyo. Will check in tomorrow! :wave:

diyana
12-14-2009, 09:26 AM
Welcome back, Red!!!

inthemidst
12-14-2009, 05:13 PM
Hi all,

30 grams fiber - 2 pauses, day 4 done
48 oz water - 3 pauses, day 5 done
3 servings of fruits and veggies - 2 pauses, day 5 done

:carrot:

diyana
12-15-2009, 07:28 AM
Portion Control, Journal and stay within WW points - Day 0 completed
Drink 64 ounces of water - 3 pauses - Day 4 completed
5 servings of fruits and veg - 3 pauses - Day 4 completed
1/2 hour of cardio - 1 pause taken, 2 pauses left - Day 3 completed
50 crunches - 2 pauses taken, 1 pause left - Day 2 completed

redballoon
12-15-2009, 07:41 AM
Thanks for the welcome back, diyana! :hug: I wasn't able to make an appearance of any length today...will try again tomorrow. How much damage can a person do in six days? Answer: a LOT! :^:

Shad
12-15-2009, 09:31 PM
1300 Calories per day - 2 pauses Day 2 done
30 minutes vigorous exercise - 3 pauses Day 4 done
Plus 100 crunches - 0 pauses Day 14 done
Journal and count food intake - no pauses Day 1 done RESTART
Water - 1500ml per day - 3 pauses. Day 0 done

Welcome back Red. Did you have a good time in HK? Apart from the eating of course.

Hiya inthemidst. Keep going, you'll beat the rest of us to the finish if you carry on like this.

Michelle - doing okay I see. It's difficult at Christmas.

diyana
12-16-2009, 07:16 AM
Yes, Shad, for most challenges, I'm doing okay. Portion and points control hasn't gotten off the ground yet though. :(

Portion Control, Journal and stay within WW points - Day 0 completed
Drink 64 ounces of water - 3 pauses - Day 5 completed
5 servings of fruits and veg - 3 pauses - Day 5 completed
1/2 hour of cardio - 1 pause taken, 2 pauses left - Day 4 completed
50 crunches - 2 pauses taken, 1 pause left - Day 3 completed

Nada
12-16-2009, 08:59 AM
Checking back in. I cut out the after dinner nibbling and I have day 13 completed, having used both my pauses. I have to finish this by Dec 23rd because of a family tradition. (hot chocolate on Christmas eve while watching a Xmas movie).

I really feel I have gotten it under control, though. And I think I can keep it up after I start a new challenge. I do best with one thing at a time and then keep that up. I admire those of you who have several challenges going at different points. You must have it on your calendars--I'd get so mixed up.

redballoon
12-16-2009, 07:29 PM
Still am challengeless. I am not doing well but must fight and get through this very bad period in my life. I will not go into the details.
Yesterday, after going to the unemployment office, I felt ugly and awful, called the hair salon and was taken on the spur of the moment. Got a nice haircut and came home eventually, deciding to forego the gym, even though I had my gear.
However, when I got home and had a cup of strong tea, I felt a lot better and forced myself to go to the gym. So, that was a major save.
In Hong Kong (in the beginning at least) I for once felt pretty good about my body. I could see how tight my body was even if there was a lot of fat still. Of course, after five days that was not the case so I see the importance of regular hard exercise.
The food I ate there was nothing to speak of. It was more I didn't know what to eat or where to get it since it is very hard for a vegetarian in Hong Kong and when I can get something it usually wasn't to my liking.
Anyhow, I will try to get back on track and feeling better. I don't think it will be easy. In fact, maybe I have to just figure I'm NOT going to feel good except for the little things I force myself to do. Good feelings are only going to be the result of hard work.
Ok, sorry for the ramble.

**************

Shad -- It was decent in HK. I did NOT get sick and that was a first in recent years. I was used to the chaos and actually starting to feel at home in it. It was a much-needed time away.

diyana -- You certainly have a lot of challenges. Amazing at this time of year. You are an inspiration. May I take my cue.

nada -- That's amazing that the after-dinner nibbling is being conquered. Good for you! :strong: It sounds like a nice tradition with the hot chocolate and film. I guess you could take a pause, no? The multiple challenges (when I'm doing them ;) ) are not that hard if you post every day. I just copy and paste the previous day's challenge status and change the numbers. Must get back into it....I'm just really tired and depressed now.... :(

diyana
12-17-2009, 07:53 AM
Nada - Good for you with your success on cutting out the after dinner nibbling! :cp: :cp:

Red - A nice haircut always improves the mood. Good for you for getting to the gym!! I'm finding it difficult to get there when it's soooo cold and all I want to do is stay indoors. I think forcing ourselves to get and stay on track is not a bad thing....in fact, I need to do more of that. Then if we can keep it up for 3 weeks, maybe our bodies will miss it if we slack off ?? I don't know....I'm just trying to force myself to get back on track. Maybe I need more realistic goals/expectations for the next week or so.

****************
Today is another WW weigh in...and I'm not looking forward to it. I haven't done well in my portion control, and my exercise has mostly consisted of the Wii Fit and a little snow shoveling here and there. But all the Christmas gifts are bought, and the ones that needed to be shipped to California are all wrapped and sent. And I got the Christmas cards out. Now I can focus on other things...portion control, regular exercise, relaxing and enjoying the holidays.


Portion Control, Journal and stay within WW points - Day 0 completed
Drink 64 ounces of water - 3 pauses left- Day 6 completed
5 servings of fruits and veg - 3 pauses left - Day 6 completed
1/2 hour of cardio - 2 pauses taken, 1 pause left - Day 4 completed
50 crunches - 3 pauses taken, 0 pauses left - Day 3 completed

Shad
12-18-2009, 04:09 AM
30 minutes vigorous exercise - 2 pauses Day 5 done

I've cut out all challenges except this one. I just can't seem to focus on all of them, get my head around work and try to eat well at the same time.

I'll get back to it

redballoon
12-18-2009, 04:50 AM
Shad -- I'm having similar issues. :^: Good for you for sticking with it. I am in the midst of boiling up a vegetable curry. Figured the vegetable strategy is an all-round winner.

diyana -- I didn't get to the gym today but was happy about yesterday. I did ride today though and am feeling sore from exercise in general because of my days off in Hong Kong. Yes, I agree. It's got to be tough sometimes. Indulgence can always happen, but it's just an excuse in the end. Sure, we're all no doubt juggling tons of things, not just eating related but if we're here to see weight loss, then it's one thing that's going to have to be taken into hand. But, my God, look at you, you've got everything done. Hurrah! :bravo:

diyana
12-18-2009, 07:45 AM
Shad - I'm feeling like you....like I need to drop some of these challenges until after Christmas. Good for you for keeping up with the exercise! :cp:

Red - I'll bet your horse missed you a lot while you were in HK. Good for you for going riding. I'm getting just about everything done, but my perfectionist attitude toward weight loss has definitely slided. I'm just trying to do the best I can...that's my goal for the next week.

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By some weird fluke that I have no idea how to explain....I lost 4.2 lbs this week! I have no idea why. I did a little snow shoveling, but not much other exercise - certainly not intense exercise. And my eating has been far less than stellar. I'm not gonna look a gift horse in the mouth though! I'm thrilled about the weight loss!

Anyway, here's where I'm at...

Portion Control, Journal and stay within WW points - Day 0 completed
Drink 64 ounces of water - 3 pauses left- Day 7 completed
5 servings of fruits and veg - 3 pauses left - Day 7 completed
1/2 hour of cardio - 3 pauses taken, 0 pauses left - Day 4 completed
50 crunches - starting over - Day 0 completed

inthemidst
12-18-2009, 07:56 AM
Hi Chickies,
Struggling with the challenge. Managed 5 and 6 days. Then failed one day then gave up. familiar pattern.

So I am back again. down to two manageable goals.

Water - 48 oz - 3 pauses
3 servings fruits and veggies per day - 3 pauses

:carrot:

Shad
12-19-2009, 03:02 PM
Day 6 done - exercise

Exercise yesterday was shopping. Believe me I walked miles, got a workout trying to move around, past, over or under people. I hated every minute of it.
Got lunch at the Japanese place and had okonomiyaki (SP??). I'd had them in Japan and they were delicious. Here you pressed on the pancake and the oil oozed out. Bit of a disappointment. I had to stop them from covering it with bbq sauce and mayo. I mean what!!!!!! A bit of soy might have been nice but heck - I don't like the manufactured sauces much anyway. I want sauce - I make it myself.

Enough of the rant. Out for todays exercise. See you

MoveMoveMove
12-19-2009, 05:14 PM
Hello ladies.

I've been reading bits and pieces of this thread off and on for a bit and would like to join.

My first challenge may have come from here - I don't remember but I know I saw it on this site somewhere.

For 21 days, I will look in a mirror at some point during the day and say " I Love You."

Not loving myself is one of the reasons I got up to my highest weight of 334 pounds. We'll see if this helps.

I'll start today but won't be able to post every day between now and 1-4-10. I don't have the internet at home and I work for a school. Officially we are closed until the 4th but I'm working on the yearly audit and will have to come in some over the Christmas holiday.

Thanks for the idea.

redballoon
12-19-2009, 08:10 PM
Ok, the B.S. has got to stop. I've had 10 days now of anything goes. I have 10 days to undo the damage and be at least back where I was for the new year.
Starting some challenges today. Will post in a while.

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MoveMoveMove -- Welcome to our humble thread! :welcome: Yes, there was once many threads ago when I suggested such a challenge. I'm glad you saw it and are taking it up. It's so easy to get bummed out and dragged down in self-hate and all sorts of ugly, negative, good-for-nothing feelings. And I am feeling very self-loathing myself recently. Wondering so many things, why I have to be such an idiot and not just do things the easy way, why I have to always be looking for a challenge (not here though...), why I can't just be "normal," etc. etc. I hope you can look in the mirror and say "I love you!" many times a day. AND, what's perhaps more important is that when little voices pop up saying otherwise, you SHOUT them down with force! Best of luck! :goodluck:

Shad -- You got the spelling right. Okonomiyaki means literally, grilled to your liking. "Yaki" is "grilled" and "okonomi" is "to your liking" with an honorific "o." It's because you get to choose the contents of the "pancakes." It sounds like it wasn't to your liking though. That's a shame. Sauce (though more like worcester, not bbq, and mayonnaise is the usual way of eating okonomiyaki, not soy sauce, so that was authentic. Also, bonito fish flakes and/or dried seaweed flakes. Don't know why there was any oil in it though. That's not usual. Anyhow, good work on your challenge! :yes: Oh, and speaking of rants, am I the only one who hates that moving ad I keep seeing EVERYWHERE, the one with the drawing of a woman in the bikini who keeps getting thinner and fatter?!?!?!? It REALLY annoys the bejeezus out of me. :mad:

inthemidst -- I am struggling too but feel a slight hint of resolve and energy coming my way. Let's hang in there! :sunny:

diyana -- Don't know if my horse missed me but she surely missed the goodies I bring her. ;) This past week was incredibly hard for me. I think it was pms.
That's amazing news with your weight loss. Wow! :eek: Congratulations!! :cp: :cheer: :cp: That should give you a boost for the rest of the year!!

Shad
12-20-2009, 04:37 AM
I don't actually remember getting a sauce with the one we had at Mizunami, although there may have been one but it wasn't spiralled all over the pancake, that much I do know for sure. I watched the lady make the pancake. Not much point in asking me what I wanted in it, I don't know all the vege names. I do remember shaking my head at something. Chris would probably remember as the lady was one of her friends there. I think she was in one of her English classes. It was yummy. This one wasn't so I won't bother with another one for a while. Actually I might just learn how to make them properly. I like vegetarian a couple of times a week and it's nice to find something new to add to the recipe base.
Actually come to think of it, this one wasn't made to order. They were made in advance for the lunch trade.

Anyway, I am calling todays challenge done - although with what I ate today, I should have done twice as much. Tomorrow is another day

Day 7 - exercise is done.

MoveMoveMove
12-20-2009, 04:10 PM
Ok, the B.S. has got to stop. I've had 10 days now of anything goes. I have 10 days to undo the damage and be at least back where I was for the new year.
Starting some challenges today. Will post in a while.

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MoveMoveMove -- Welcome to our humble thread! :welcome: Yes, there was once many threads ago when I suggested such a challenge. I'm glad you saw it and are taking it up. It's so easy to get bummed out and dragged down in self-hate and all sorts of ugly, negative, good-for-nothing feelings. And I am feeling very self-loathing myself recently. Wondering so many things, why I have to be such an idiot and not just do things the easy way, why I have to always be looking for a challenge (not here though...), why I can't just be "normal," etc. etc. I hope you can look in the mirror and say "I love you!" many times a day. AND, what's perhaps more important is that when little voices pop up saying otherwise, you SHOUT them down with force! Best of luck! :goodluck:

Thanks RedBalloon.

I think I know what you mean on the challenges thing. I am a major procrastinator and this creates all kinds of challenges for me. It's why I'm at work today when our two week holiday began on Friday. But I have to get the audit data to the auditor tomorrow. Every year I promise myself I won't be back in the same perdicament next year - maybe I'll keep that promise for 2010.


Stop the B.S. and get your 10 days knocked out.

Have a great day everybody.

Day one and two - done

diyana
12-21-2009, 07:35 AM
Happy Monday ladies -

The weekends always go so fast. I got a lot of stuff done, but not as much website work done as I wanted. I'm looking forward to being able to go to the gym again at the end of this week. The infection in my eye is too contagious and my doc wants me to avoid the gym for a bit longer. So I've been using the Wii Fit, which is fun but not as intense a workout as I get at the gym. Of course, I'm still learning the Wii Fit...so hopefully I can find some more intense cardio workouts on it. I gotta say though that the balance exercises/games are TOUGH!

Portion Control, Journal and stay within WW points - Day 0 completed
Drink 64 ounces of water - 3 pauses left- Day 10 completed
5 servings of fruits and veg - 3 pauses left - Day 10 completed
1/2 hour of cardio - 3 pauses taken, 0 pauses left - Day 7 completed
50 crunches - starting over - Day 0 completed

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Inthemidst - This is a difficult time of year for challenges. Hang in there and keep perservering (sp?).

Shad - I absolutely hate shopping in crowds. Good on ya' for keeping up with the exercise.

MoveMoveMove - Welcome!! That's a great challenge! I think self-love is a key component to successful weight loss. So say "I Love You" to yourself and mean it! :)

Red - I'm being gentle on myself until after Christmas. I will do the best I can at eating and moving....but being super critical and hard on myself only leads me to eat more. I know I need to do better and I will. My initial goal is to be under 220 by 12/31, so I can say I Lost Weight over the holidays! I'm not familiar with a moving add of a drawing of a woman in a bikini who keeps getting thinner and fatter, but that would annoy me too.


I gotta say I like the sentiment of stopping the B.S. and knocking the next ten days out! I can do this! We all can!

redballoon
12-21-2009, 07:35 PM
Well, I did it. I made it through TWO days without sugar so I'm going to declare a No Sugar Challenge. It is SO hard. The first day was extremely hard and I didn't think I would manage it but I got mad at myself and said, I just have to and I certainly can if I set my mind to it. So, I did. Hurrah! :cp:
No time now. Gotta run. :wave:

No Sugar Challenge Day 2 completed 0 pauses taken

Shad
12-21-2009, 08:28 PM
Well done Red. Yeahhhhhhh

Day 8 - exercise is done.

Eating is by inclination at the moment. I have no food at the motel apart from breakfast so I have to go out to eat. I hope I am doing okay.

diyana
12-22-2009, 08:04 AM
Red - :bravo: A NO SUGAR challenge would be way too tough for me ANY time of year...but especially during the holidays!! Do you allow yourself artificial sweeteners?

Shad - Well done on the dedication to exercise!! Are you going to be staying in a motel for the entire assignment? Are you taking time off for the holidays?

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Thanks to the WiiFit, I'm doing daily cardio. And thanks to my new addiction to small oranges (Mandarins? Or Clementines? Whatever, they are yummy) I'm doing well in the fruits and veg department. And doing okay in other areas...not perfect...but okay.

Drink 64 ounces of water - 3 pauses left- Day 11 completed
5 servings of fruits and veg - 3 pauses left - Day 11 completed
1/2 hour of cardio - 3 pauses taken, 0 pauses left - Day 8 completed

MoveMoveMove
12-22-2009, 02:02 PM
Red, Shad and Diyana:

Great work on your challenges! Especially during this Christmas season.

I need to do a no sugar challenge but will have to build up to that one.

I love you (me) - day 4 completed

diyana
12-22-2009, 02:57 PM
Marcia - I think telling yourself that you love yourself each and every day (and meaning it) is the best Christmas gift you can give to yourself....and to others....because if you don't love yourself, you don't have much to give to others. :hug:

diyana
12-23-2009, 09:24 AM
Hi everyone -

Today's cardio is going to involve shoveling the 2" of snow we got last night, because tonight we're supposed to get freezing rain, sleet, ice and tomorrow a little snow and then rain. So we want to get the driveway and patio clear so it doesn't all freeze up. Tomorrow afternoon, it's supposed to change to rain, and then we're going to get 1" - 3" of snow on Christmas. Just enough to make things really, really pretty and Christmasey without being too difficult for driving (as long as they salt the roads really well to melt the ice).

Drink 64 ounces of water - 3 pauses left- Day 12 completed
5 servings of fruits and veg - 3 pauses left - Day 12 completed
1/2 hour of cardio - 3 pauses taken, 0 pauses left - Day 9 completed

ladysylvester1
12-23-2009, 11:28 AM
Hi Michelle - I'm also a Michelle and live in Wisconsin!

I am really interested in this 21 day challenge - don't wanna sound like a dummie - but is the pause day just like a free day? Doesn't mean you eat bad, does it?

We're supposed to get rain now - Milwaukee.:D

diyana
12-23-2009, 11:37 AM
Hi Michelle - I live in Washington County. I'm hoping that we don't see much freezing rain/sleet/ice up here. The pause days are not really "free" days that give you permission to go all out...but more in case you slip up...like for me...if I don't get drink all the water, or eat 5 servings of fruits/veg...or if I don't get my exercise in due to busy schedule or not feeling well. You don't HAVE to allow yourself pauses. Some people say they will journal DAILY no pauses allowed. It's up to you. I definitely do not view pauses as permission to go WAY OFF PLAN...but more permission to NOT beat myself up for slightly less than perfect performance. Does that make sense? Happy Holidays, Michelle. Stay safe, warm and dry!

ladysylvester1
12-23-2009, 11:41 AM
OK - silly me again - I'm really not dense - ;) - but kind of a regroup day - per se? So if you don't get in all the water, do you pause and then continue - or start over? I am assuming a startover is if you really screw up?

diyana
12-23-2009, 11:55 AM
Hi Michelle - If you go to page 1 of the thread, Redballoon gives a much better explanation of pauses and counting than I could. But basically, if you use a pause, you don't count that day and continue counting the next day from the day you left off. If you use ALL the pauses you allow yourself, which shouldn't be more than 3 based on the difficulty of the challenge, and if you flub up when you don't have any pauses left....then you start over. For example, I'm out of pauses on my daily cardio (because I've already used all 3 pauses). So if I miss one more day...I go back to the beginning. There's no shame in using pauses or starting over. You can always succeed as long as you DON'T GIVE UP. :)

ladysylvester1
12-23-2009, 12:06 PM
Okay - I think I got it!:carrot:

Now I have to decide whether it's calorie count or WW.

Either way, it's counting! I need that. It will probably be WW cuz that's really a way of life, rather than a lot of these other fandangled things that are out there.

I truly do like to exercise too! I have this Turbo Jam and I just love it and it's fun! And a treadmill sitting in the dining room. I like using that too.

Okay - got myself this far - I think I'll be starting myself on a challenge within the week! I love self-challenges.

Thanks and I really wish we would get snow instead of rain. Spose to be ice/rain/sleet and then maybe snow. Snow is less dangerous.

:D

MoveMoveMove
12-23-2009, 02:10 PM
Michelle and Michelle,

Enjoy your snowy Christmas but be careful if you have to go out.

Red - how's that no sugar challenge going today?

I love you - day 5 completed

Today is my last day with access to the internet so....


Merry Christmas to everyone!

diyana
12-23-2009, 02:25 PM
Michelle - Do you best over the holiday. I hope to see you back here with some challenges soon.

MoveMoveMove - Merry Christmas! Say I Love You to yourself often while you're away. :hug:

Merry Christmas everyone!!

Shad
12-23-2009, 08:41 PM
Day 9 - Exercise is done.
Yesterdays exercise consisted of a physical stocktake in the warehouse. Up and down ladders, moving ladders, standing for hours, bending to look under the shelves. I was filthy, greasy, smelly and stuffed by 3.00pm. Today is a quiet day - I've done a bit of shopping for fruit and breakfasts and picked up some flowers etc. Now I am home for a nanna nap.

redballoon
12-23-2009, 09:42 PM
Well, I've gotten past four days on the no-sugar challenge. This is the point it actually gets hard because the resolve and "I bet you can't do it" feelings are gone.
I suppose I just have to keep revisiting my reasons for getting rid of sugar and remind myself that it is only for three weeks and I can indulge three days during that time. Not bad when you really think about it.

No Sugar Challenge Day 4 completed 0 pauses taken

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ladysylvester -- Hello there. Welcome. :welcome3: I hope you have the challenge figured out. Read the very first post. diyana seems to have set you straight on things. As far as I'm concerned you can do what you want on a pause day. The challenges are about accountability. The rules are there to give structure to the thread and keep things clear. Naturally, a lot depends on what your challenge is. If it's do to 100 crunches every day, then taking a pause day is only going to mean you didn't do them. You can't really UNdo the crunches you supposed to do. :lol3: When I do a no-sugar challenge, I may use a pause day to gorge myself unconscious on sugar (I don't though...usually.) or I may just have a bit. It matters and yet it doesn't matter. These are not really about weight loss. The idea is to make new habits. Sticking to a diet plan is really a lot more complicated than what this thread is calling for. But, heh, go ahead if you like. Habits are best made with simpler things though and then expanded later by adding other elements. So, for example, if you are having trouble sticking to WW because you eat the same old thing all the time and get bored, then a good challenge may be to try one new recipe every day or if you never eat many vegetables, to do a 5 servings of veggies challenge similar to what diyana is doing. Calorie counting is more about a habit in that it's simpler. I would do that.... Yikes, that reminds me, it was the only thing I did where I actually lost weight because it is directly linked, but I tell you, going all out on sugar and then not made the calorie counting easier when I finally did it. Anyhow, I think you get the idea. Good luck!

diyana -- Thanks for the explanation to lady. I know you like us to be more sensible so don't mind my telling her she can pig out if she wants. I just want people to get away from this policing mindset and have them realize they can do what they want. The pause days have no rules other than what applies to counting. If I'm doing a no-smoking challenge and smoke three packs on a pause day, it's still a pause day. Sure, I'm an idiot, but, the way I see it, being an idiot once or twice in three weeks is far, far better than being one nearly every day! ;) The challenges are not ideal and not meant to be. In fact, the fact that you can majorily blow it and still carry on is, like life, what keeps us going I think.
Enjoy that snow. Just don't send any here. :nono: Tokyo is paralyzed with a tiny amount as they do absolutely nothing.
Oh, and yeah, I may allow myself artificial sweetener (rather I've been using a natural sweetener with no calories though...some gourd) but I try to stay away from them so it may be only a bit of hard candy or in gum if I have to eat artificial sweetener. I want to steer clear of them all except for stevia and this Chinese gourd thing...forget the name.

Move -- Hurrah for Day 5! :cp: Yup, holding out on sugar. Tough though....Merry Christmas to you too!!

Shad -- Heh there! Keep up the good work, challenge and otherwise! :sunny:

redballoon
12-24-2009, 06:39 PM
Well, I made it through another day. It is incredibly hard. I am really looking for the mental boost that the sugar gives me, the emotional boost...I am so depressed. Got to the gym yesterday but it didn't help much. A little though, so I'll take that.

No Sugar Challenge Day 5 completed 0 pauses taken

redballoon
12-25-2009, 06:26 AM
I notched another. Three days (actually just three posts...) in a row with only me here. Guess this is what to expect when in Japan, where Christmas is just another working day.... what a laugh :hohoho:

No Sugar Challenge Day 6 completed 0 pauses taken

diyana
12-25-2009, 10:17 AM
Hey Red - Congrats on doing SO well with your challenges!! Christmas isn't celebrated in Japan? Well, I'm here on Christmas morning, but not for long. I have to do a couple things on the computer and then, go downstairs and workout with my Wii Fit, then shower and go celebrate Christmas with my DH's aunt, uncle and cousins! Should be a really fun day!

Merry Christmas everyone!!

Shad
12-25-2009, 02:34 PM
Hope everyone has had a good Christmas Day and will be back in the New Year.

I've dropped the ball on everything now. I'll be back on the exercise today and back to normal in the next 5 days or so.

Meantime have a safe and happy holiday season.

redballoon
12-26-2009, 07:53 AM
One week done!!

No Sugar Challenge Day 7 completed 0 pauses taken

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diyana -- It's celebrated or at least recognized a tiny bit, eating cake on Xmas Eve, maybe some people in international marriages celebrating or Christians, but that's about all. There are lots of decorations though. The big holiday here is New Year's and the days around it. Hope you had a good day!

Shad -- I hear you on the dropped challenges. I am keeping at mine though. It's easier since it's not a holiday here and New Year's is not a eating holiday either....actually, there are none in Japan. Sure, there is special New Year's food but it's fish and beans and stuff...and I don't eat it anyhow. See you around! :wave:

redballoon
12-26-2009, 06:32 PM
Well, it's the start of Day 8. I am also going to start a calorie awareness challenge because my weight has steadily climbed since I stopped counting. I know I was eating way too much but hated the counting and the fact that I tend to sacrifice nutrition. The last time I did a counting challenge I was allowing myself sugar though so this next step is to aim for a limit while not eating sugar. It will be hard as I overeat to compensate for the feelings of deprivation. Allowing myself sugar ALWAYS leads to an escalation for me. I cannot control myself with the stuff.

Yesterday and today I forced myself out of bed instead of allowing myself to lie there for hours and hours. I think it may have helped or maybe I have taken a turn for the better and can pull myself up by the bootstraps. I rode and went to the gym and jogged 5 whole minutes (!!) for the first time in months after doing some leg weight training.

Today's a big race and an emotionally trying day for me as there are problems with the press club...but I won't go into that. I am not depressed without reason. It's always been so tough here but I keep fighting...don't really know why though....anyhow, wish me luck on a sugar-free day!

Shad
12-26-2009, 07:42 PM
Wishing you luck and a better time coming up Red

Back with challenges soon

diyana
12-27-2009, 10:49 AM
Sorry for being away for a couple days. I spent all day yesterday working on websites...and here I am back at it again. DH is snowblowing the little bit of snow we got yesterday.

Red - Good for you for attempting a calorie limit challenge at the same time as a no sugar challenge! Are you allowing yourself artificial sweeteners? Does no sugar include no alcohol? Do people in Japan celebrate New Years the same was as Americans typically do - by gathering with friends at parties or bars and drinking a lot? DH and I don't like to go out on New Years because it's amateur night....all the people that aren't used to drinking feel obligated to get hammered and then try and drive. And if there's snow or ice on the roads...well, that just makes the situation more trecherous. Good for you for getting to the gym! Hope you're having a good day today!

As for me, I'm doing my cardio on the Wii Fit - using Step, Rhythm Kung Fu and Running. Now that I know more or less what I'm doing, I can get a good workout....and the Yoga and the Balance exercises are really challenging too. I haven't done the strength training yet, but they look like a challenge as well. The weather is supposed to be halfway decent this week so I'm going to try and get to the gym a few times.

Drink 64 ounces of water - 3 pauses left- Day 15 completed
5 servings of fruits and veg - 3 pauses left - Day 15 completed
1/2 hour of cardio - 3 pauses taken, 0 pauses left - Day 12 completed

diyana
12-28-2009, 08:06 AM
Hi all,

Another day down. I'm sure my food has not been as good as it could be as I'm feeling bloated today and I think I discovered a bigger muffin top when I put on a pair of work slacks which I haven't worn in 4 days. But it is nearing the eve of the New Year.

Here's my results from yesterday:

Drink 64 ounces of water - 3 pauses left- Day 16 completed
5 servings of fruits and veg - 3 pauses left - Day 16 completed
1/2 hour of cardio - 3 pauses taken, 0 pauses left - Day 13 completed - I love Wii Fit!!

MoveMoveMove
12-28-2009, 02:16 PM
Hello Ladies,

Glad to see everyone made it thru Christmas with challenges (mostly) intact.

Let's keep at it - only a few more days to go for the year.

I love me - day 8 completed 1 pause used

redballoon
12-28-2009, 05:52 PM
No Sugar Challenge Day 9 completed 0 pauses taken


:wave:

diyana
12-29-2009, 07:43 AM
Drink 64 ounces of water - 3 pauses left- Day 17 completed
5 servings of fruits and veg - 3 pauses left - Day 17 completed
1/2 hour of cardio - 3 pauses taken, 0 pauses left - Day 14 completed - 45 minutes yesterday actually - I love Wii Fit!!

redballoon
12-29-2009, 08:01 AM
No Sugar Challenge Day 10 completed 0 pauses taken
Will try to write tomorrow.
Good going, diyana! :cheer:

diyana
12-29-2009, 09:13 AM
Good going to you too, Red! Wow! 10 days no sugar! I'm extremely impressed!! YGG!! :cp:

diyana
12-30-2009, 07:19 AM
Drink 64 ounces of water - 3 pauses left- Day 18 completed
5 servings of fruits and veg - 3 pauses left - Day 18 completed
1/2 hour of cardio - 3 pauses taken, 0 pauses left - Day 15 completed

MoveMoveMove
12-30-2009, 01:23 PM
redballoon and diyana - great work on the challenges - KEEP IT UP :cp:


I love me - day 10 completed 1 pause

redballoon
12-30-2009, 10:30 PM
New Year's Eve here. I'm going to head out to the gym in a bit. They have special hours (and an additional fee) over the next three days, but I'm happy to pay and get a workout in.
I notched another day. I did allow myself a little bit but this round I am allowing for a slightly loose interpretation. I think my skin is better because of it. Don't really know though. But plan to keep it up. And slowly, I believe it is becoming a habit, a lifestyle...this of course after rounds and rounds of no sugar. :^:

No Sugar Challenge Day 11 completed 0 pauses taken

Wishing you all an enjoyable New Year's Eve. Be aware that it is a BLUE MOON, the first in over two and a half years. On New Year's Eve, it's especially romantic. Look up and realize it's a truly rare night.
Here's some links for you to listen to... :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4218R-gBmts&feature=player_embedded

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uCL5x63OvUY

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Move -- Good for you for keeping up with your challenge. I see you had a pause in there. Did you just forget? I hope you weren't feeling especially unloving to yourself or anything. ;)

Shad -- Things may be looking up. I went to a new riding club yesterday, one that I hadn't known about that an acquaintance of mine runs with her husband. It could be the answer to my dilemma with my horse. Keeping my fingers crossed.

diyana -- Good work there! :yes: No, I'm not doing no alcohol, just no sugar. Yes, I know that the body reacts to both the same, but I have to take them separately. I'm not drinking much though, but this time of year there are parties and, heck, a bit of the brew is called for. Also, sugar seems to affect my skin far more than alcohol. I went off alcohol totally and didn't see any improvement in my skin. But when I stopped sugar it always improved. Something, however, didn't click with me. Maybe I didn't want to see it.
As for New Year's here, it's the exact opposite of the States. It's a solemn occasion, with people going back to their hometowns to spend time with family. At all the temples, big or small, at midnight, the large temple bell is rung. It's a solemn, eery slow gonging. I love it. Then for the first few days of the new year, people go to the temple to make wishes for the year. Of course, here in Tokyo, you can find loud parties going on at the foreign hangouts. I always made it a combination night, standing for hours in line at the big temples to await midnight, but also getting pretty drunk. Tonight I have no plans but I don't really care either way. Except I love the fact that it is a blue moon...I am a diehard romantic!

Here's a good video that shows the bell ringing. It's slow because the bell is not hit until the sound dies away. You can also see people drinking sweet rice wine (non-alcoholic). It's truly cool!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0wq0_TJPwQ

hollywoodkatt
12-30-2009, 10:42 PM
I hope I can still join this!!!
does this sound like an okay habit to try to do..
eat three meals a day.. ON TIME.
drink 90 oz of water a day.
aanndd...
noooo un-healthy snacks.. (chips and salsa, ect. )

or are these totally wrong?!

redballoon
12-30-2009, 10:46 PM
Sound good to me, katt! I'd make them three separate challenges. Welcome and good luck!! :welcome: :goodluck:

hollywoodkatt
12-30-2009, 10:47 PM
okay. :) thank you! I can post updates on here? I'm REALLY going to do this, im excited! thanks for the support!

Shad
12-31-2009, 12:56 AM
Happy New Year to you all. New Years Eve here too. Fireworks all over the place tonight. I plan an early night because I will be leaving to drive to Melbourne early tomorrow morning.

So if you don't hear from me for a few days, you know why. 1722kms just got in the way.

redballoon
12-31-2009, 05:46 AM
Happy New Year, Shad!!! Heading out on the town for a bit soon! All the best to you!! Fireworks. Weird. Here it's so quiet. That's strange too because just yesterday I was talking to a guy who is a fireworks engineer. Here it's a summer thing, big, big fireworks festivals. I just came back from the gym and all the people I asked said they were just going to spend a quiet evening at home. The foreigners I spoke to are going out for parties. Thanks for the nice 2010 picture. It's a nice-looking number, isn't it?

katt, of course you can and SHOULD post updates. Come in at least every day or whenever you feel like talking and tell us where you are. You can see how other people with multiple challenges post their progress. Look back on the posts and see. OF COURSE you can do this!! :spin: And we'll help you out...through thick and thin...pun applicable!! ;) Remember, if you slip, just pick yourself up and take a pause or start again. The worst thing is to disappear. There's NO failure in keeping trying!! :sunny:

redballoon
12-31-2009, 07:25 PM
Happy New Year everyone!! A.M. on the first here. I didn't go out last night after all. Came back from the gym and planned to go out but then felt tired and like my body needed the rest.
Here's hoping for a good year. Best to everyone!

I have to take control again. I had tried really hard, counting calories and working out hard. I lost weight and then went off to Hong Kong and that's where the efforts ended. I have gained 6 whole pounds since then and on my small frame it makes a huge difference. I am so disgusted with myself. It was if I was set on eating. What a waste of all that hard work.... :( Well, maybe this time I'll get it right and be able to KEEP at it.

No Sugar Challenge Day 12 completed 0 pauses taken

redballoon
01-01-2010, 07:26 PM
I was good all day and then did some baking and too much tasting so I'm calling a pause. Have to do more today but will try not to taste.
I got to the gym again yesterday on New Year's Day and even though that branch is closed today I may go to another branch. It's not easy. I kind of drag myself there and don't do great workouts but it's better than nothing for sure.

No Sugar Challenge Day 12 completed 1 pause taken


:sunny:

diyana
01-02-2010, 04:49 PM
Red - I'm so proud of your for your dedication to your No Sugar Challenge AND to working out. I've been doing pretty good with cardio...eating hasn't been too great though.

A big wave to everyone!

Drink 64 ounces of water - 1 pause taken, 2 pauses left - Day 21 completed - :woohoo:
5 servings of fruits and veg - 1 pause taken, 2 pauses left - Day 21 completed - :woohoo:
1/2 hour of cardio - 3 pauses taken, 0 pauses left - Day 19 completed

Shad
01-03-2010, 02:19 AM
Right - we are back at it. I'm in Melbourne and raring to go.
From tomorrow the following will apply:

1300 Calories per day - 3 pauses
30 minutes vigorous exercise - 3 pauses
Journal and count food calories - no pauses
1.5ltrs of water per day - 3 pauses.

That's it. I'm tired of the fat. I'll do the ticker this week too.

Apple Blossom
01-03-2010, 03:18 AM
HAPPY NEW YEAR!:celebrate:
Surely you are not surprised that I come creeping back with all the New Years Resolutions people??
How are you guys!!!??!! I've missed you.
Same old same old for me, maybe even a bit heavier from all the holiday eating.
I'd like to get serious about losing weight again. Like Shad just wrote, I am tired of the fat. But I have another week before the kids go back to school, and I'll be in and out of town. Let me think of a challenge I can still do....
I guess I'll just start with 3 sets of crunches everyday. I haven't done crunches for ever. Yikes. I'll add an exercise program next week, as well as some kind of eating challenge. I have been running 3 times a week for the last 2 weeks, I want to stick with a strong running schedule, regular gym trips and maybe some swimming....:swim:
I'd love to lose 8 pounds this month.....
Good to be back! See you tomorrow!

diyana
01-03-2010, 11:55 AM
Shad - I'm SO glad you made it to Melbourne okay. Such a long drive! Do you start back at work today or tomorrow or do you have a day or two to settle back in?

Apple - Welcome back! Great to hear from you! Nice that you are setting realistic challenges that you can achieve and add to!

I completed two of my three challenges, and will complete the cardio challenge today! :woohoo:

Since tomorrow is my first day back at work of the new year, I am starting tomorrow with the following challenges:

Journal everything AND count WW points - 0 pauses
64 ounces of water - 0 pauses
Stay within WW points - 3 pauses
1/2 hour cardio - 3 pauses
5 servings of fruits and veg - 3 pauses
50 crunches - 3 pauses

Shad
01-03-2010, 04:28 PM
I'm back at work today. (4th January) It is also my baby sons 34th birthday.

Challenges started today. I've done a Yoga buns tape this morning and I can already feel the thighs stiffening. Now for the food and fluid.

redballoon
01-04-2010, 12:17 AM
Just a quick post to get my numbers up...talk later. As you can see, another pause fell.....but I'm back up and planning on getting through this challenge!!

No Sugar Challenge Day 13 completed 2 pauses taken

Apple Blossom
01-04-2010, 02:05 AM
Diyana! Congrats on completing your challenges!:high::cheer3::cheer2::cheer3::cheer2:: cheer3::cheer2:
Your next set of challenges, gulp! So many. If you can stick to them you will be looking awesome in 21 days! You can do it!!!:cheer3::cheer2:
Way to get right on it Shad! Happy Birthday to your "baby"!!
Hi Red!:wave:
Today, nothing special. Day 1, 3 sets of crunches, 2 pauses allowed.

diyana
01-04-2010, 08:15 AM
Shad - Happy Belated b'Day for your DS! Good on ya' for doing so well with exercise! That Yoga Buns tape sounds intense.

Red - You're doing great on the No Sugar challenge!! :cheer2:

Apple - Some of my challenges aren't that tough for me....like the water and the fruits/veg. But I need to list them to keep myself on track. The journaling and the crunches are the hardest for me...but I can do this for 21 days. Good for you for doing 3 sets of crunches!!

I'm starting today on my challenges. I planned ahead and made breakfast and lunch and brought it to work, and I journaled it on WW Online as soon as I got here. That way I know how many points I'm eating with the food I brought, along with purchasing a salad for lunch, and how many I have left for dinner.

Journal everything AND count WW points - 0 pauses - Day 0 completed
64 ounces of water - 0 pauses - Day 0 completed
Stay within WW points - 3 pauses - Day 0 completed
1/2 hour cardio - 3 pauses - Day 0 completed
5 servings of fruits and veg - 3 pauses - Day 0 completed
50 crunches - 3 pauses - Day 0 completed

MoveMoveMove
01-04-2010, 03:42 PM
Happy New Year everyone!!!

Diyana - Congrats on completing your challenges

Shad - glad you had a safe journey

Red - great work on the sugar challenge

Apple - didn't know you before but Welcome Back

Hollywoodkatt - Welcome

You know, it should be easy to meet my challenge. How many times a day do i look in the mirror? It's just ridiculus to have to start over but I must. This challenge is so easy I'll only give myself one pause. So here I am starting again and adding another challenge:

I love me - 0 days completed
Minimum 10 Toe Tap Jacks (no jumping)- 0 days completed

redballoon
01-04-2010, 06:24 PM
I made it through two weeks and do not feel the cravings so badly. I am totally depressed and unable to move though because I am in despair over my work situation, the lack of work. Naturally, this is not the time of year to find work, but still. I have had months and nothing comes up. The employment agency is a total scam. They have done absolutely nothing for me. The company I left wasted a lot of money paying them. I guess these places can do this because they don't have to show any results. Actually, maybe they don't cost much. But really, I counted on them too much. Live and learn.
Anyhow, my days are full of anxiety and worry and all I want to do is forget it all, which naturally just makes it worse.
Weight loss and challenges seem trivial but I figure that if I let go there too I will really sink. :(

No Sugar Challenge Day 14 completed 2 pauses taken

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Move -- Happy New Year! Too bad about your challenge. Sometimes the hardest part about a challenge is just remembering it, especially when it's something you're not used to doing. Having forgotten just shows that this is truly a challenge for you, so keep at it and it'll become a habit. Good luck! And, what are toe tap jacks?

diyana -- Congratulations on completing your challenges! :bravo: What an accomplishment over the holidays!! :cp: :encore: :cp: That's an awful lot of challenges you have set up for yourself. Best of luck! :goodluck:

Apple -- Good to see you again. :yes: I am used to your disappearing and then coming back after a while. You just can't stay away, can you? ;) If you've been running three times a week, then it sounds to me like you're doing well. Good to hear! Best of luck on your challenges and hope to see you in here for a while! :flow1:

Shad -- Good luck! Yoga buns, eh? Never heard of it but it sounds painful! "Thighs stiffening?" Yikes!

katt - Where are you?! :listen:

Shad
01-04-2010, 07:12 PM
Results Day 1:

1300 Calories per day - 3 pauses - Day 1 completed
30 minutes vigorous exercise - 3 pauses - Day 1 completed
Journal and count food calories - no pauses - Day 1 completed
1.5ltrs of water per day - 3 pauses. Not yet started.

Can't stop, sorry. Hope you are all doing very well in your challenges. I forgot the water yesterday and was consequently not a happy bunny when I got back to the apartment. So today will be better

diyana
01-05-2010, 09:29 AM
Results:

Journal everything AND count WW points - 0 pauses allowed - Day 1 completed
64 ounces of water - 0 pauses allowed - Day 1 completed
Stay within WW points - 3 pauses allowed - Day 1 completed
1/2 hour cardio - 3 pauses allowed - Day 1 completed
5 servings of fruits and veg - 3 pauses allowed - Day 1 completed
50 crunches - 3 pauses allowed - Day 1 completed


MoveMoveMove - Good for you for getting right back on the loving yourself challenge. The Toe Tap Jacks is great too!

Red - Glad the cravings have diminished. Sorry you're feeling so stressed and depressed about the lack of work. When my DH and I were between jobs, we signed up with SEVERAL contract/consultant agencies and accepted many contract and/or contract to hire positions. Do you have agencies like that over there? There are some great job boards over here, and I had my resume on all of them. I've also heard that many people find work by using LinkedIn, Facebook and other social networking sites. For me, the best cure for anxiety and worry is to take positive action every day - whether it's online job searches, sending out resumes, following up on the resumes I sent out, connecting with former colleagues/employers to see if they know of any opportunities, heck, at one point, I even went through the Yellow Pages cold calling businesses to see if they might need my services. I know it's so stressful but try not to get too down. You'll get through this. Something will come along. I'm sending you lots of :goodvibes: and :hug:.

Shad - You are so busy right now, it's no wonder you forgot to take time for a drink of water! :lol:

A big :wave: to everyone else!

MoveMoveMove
01-05-2010, 10:57 AM
Morning all.

I love me - day 1 completed
10 toe tap jacks - day 1 completed

Red - toe tap jacks are jumping jacks without the jump. Instead of jumping, I alternate pointing and tapping each foot out to the side. I've been so sedentary that I can't do jumping jacks YET.

Good luck with the challenges today ladies.

redballoon
01-05-2010, 06:20 PM
Am calling another day on the no sugar challenge.....
Things are no better but have a German lesson to teach today...spent a long time preparing last night since it's not my first language and I wanted to know my stuff.
And I have an English one too but I may postpone that one because I'm not prepared. Things are really NOT working out. Damn.
My luck has GOT to change.

No Sugar Challenge Day 15 completed 2 pauses taken

I may start another challenge. I had started a "Good things that happened to me" Journal on my own but just don't write in it because the good things that happen seem so pathetic. But I have to start looking for the nice things, however small, in order to not become too screwed up.
So, here I go.

Good Things Log Day 0 completed no pauses taken

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Shad -- Good going on the challenges. Funny you forgot the water. Maybe you drank enough anyhow, no?

diyana -- Bravo on liftoff with all those challenges! :cp: I just have to keep trying. Hard to do when you've exhausted everything you know of and can't even find freelance piecemeal junk AND get NO replies to all the emails I send out. It is really pissing me off! :mad: But, in any case, thank you VERY much for the good vibes and hugs. I sure can use them. :cry:

Move -- Thanks for the toe tap jacks description. Anything to get you moving is good now. And something that gets you in the feeling of working out is even better I think mentally. Think of yourself as an athlete in rehab and you will get there. You can do this and GOOD for you for making the effort. I'm proud of you!! :hug:

Shad
01-05-2010, 06:54 PM
1300 Calories per day - 3 pauses - Day 2 completed
30 minutes vigorous exercise - 3 pauses - Day 2 completed
Journal and count food calories - no pauses - Day 2 completed
1.5ltrs of water per day - 3 pauses. Day 1 completed.

Hiyall,
Not sure how much time I will have to comment over the next few weeks. I'll try but work may just get in the way.

Red - water is the bane of my life. If the weather is not hot, I don't feel like drinking it. I did however notice yesterday morning that the skin on my hands is not in good shape. I was definitely dehydrated. So I've brought in my thermos flask full of cool water and am sipping my way through it.

Michelle - well done on the gym. You have already noticed a difference in the back. So goodonya

Marcia - good for you too to start back. My mantra says that you only fail if you fail to try again. It's just a matter of hanging in there and getting on with it.

Okay - gotta get back into the doco stuff which needs to be done before go-live on Monday. See ya

diyana
01-06-2010, 07:42 AM
Marcia - You're off to a great start! You go, girl!! Red's suggestion of thinking of yourself as an athlete in rehab is a good one. Take it slow, do what you can, and you will get there! You can do this!!

Red - I think a Good Things log is a great idea! I always try to look for the good...or to have an attitude of appreciation...sometimes it's really difficult...but I try. That's good you're doing some teaching! And I'll bet you're more prepared for the English lesson than you give yourself credit for. I totally understand your frustration. I've been there. When I used to live in CA, both DH and I were laid off from dot coms that went under. I sent out at least 50 resumes a day and never heard a word, which is why we expanded our job search to Wisconsin. Of course it didn't help that when all the dot coms crashed hundreds of thousands of people that had similar skills were unemployed. I have confidence and faith in you. You'll get through this. And remember, even though we don't always say it, we are all 110% behind you. :hug:

Shad - Good for you for keeping up with your challenges despite how busy you are. Good luck getting the doco done.

Here's where I'm at:

Journal everything AND count WW points - 0 pauses allowed - Day 2 completed
64 ounces of water - 0 pauses allowed - Day 2 completed
Stay within WW points - 3 pauses allowed - Day 2 completed
1/2 hour cardio - 3 pauses allowed - Day 2 completed
5 servings of fruits and veg - 3 pauses allowed - Day 2 completed
50 crunches - 3 pauses allowed - Day 2 completed

MoveMoveMove
01-06-2010, 11:28 AM
I love me - (pause 0/1)- day 2 completed
10 toe tap jacks - (pause 0/1)- day 2 completed

Thanks ladies for the encouragement. I like the athlete in rehab image. My goal is to be ready to do long bike rides and play "at" tennis this summer. In the Houston heat, that will definitely take some conditioning.


Red - Great work on the sugar challenge. The good things log is a good ;) idea too. I have a problem appreciating all the good things in my life; when something's not going right it just overshadows everything else. It may take some practice but before you know it, recognizing the good in your life will be as natural as breathing. Also, some say that acknowledging the good helps to bring more of it your way. Sending you more :goodvibes and :hug::hug::hug:.


Diyana - great work on your challenges. I am in awe of you.

Shad - I'm with you on the water. In your honor, I just opened and downed half of my first bottle for the day. I try for three but rarely reach it. May be a future challenge for me. Good luck on the doco stuff.


Have a great day ladies.

redballoon
01-06-2010, 07:09 PM
Ok, got through another day. And here it is, already well into another without me having done too much yet.....all I want to do is sleep. I have NO get-up-and-go though I do wind up forcing myself to do things.
I am having to retire (hopefully temporarily) my horse and am in talks with a friend who I discovered has her own riding club. It's miles out of Tokyo but I'm thinking of moving my horse there. I have NO more money and this is a last-ditch measure. I feel absolutely sick about it, even though I do recognize that it may work out for the better in the end. It's the NOW that bothers me. :cry:

Oh well, I shouldn't be talking about these things here but if I don't, you all have no idea of my life and, after all, that's what's affecting the challenges etc. etc.

I did the Good Things Log before the day was over yesterday and probably could add a bit. I never had trouble finding the good in things. In fact, I overdo it and that is no good either. The reason I wanted to do this challenge was that I, as Move says, hope it will bring more good things my way. Or rather, like watering a seed, that that seed of recognition will sprout, grow and flourish. I also am becoming a bit bitter and cynical, both of which I know are deadly and only lead to more of the same. ....trying to smile.

No Sugar Challenge Day 16 completed 2 pauses taken
Good Things Log Day 1 completed no pauses taken

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Move -- Glad you like the athlete in rehab image. If you had been injured and out of action for months, you surely would have to start slowly. You could say that you have never been there before (in athletic form...maybe you were) but you could also look at it as, were you to have been badly injured, an athlete would have huge doubts about ever coming back. You, however, can be thankful that the only thing that would keep you back would be not sticking to your guns, because this is most surely something you CAN (and I know WILL) accomplish! Power to you! :sunny:

diyana -- Yeah, the teaching went OK, but I dread the preparation. I take the students' progress personally and that's why I don't like teaching. I have always been self-taught, self-motivated, so I can't identify with the students at all. I suppose I should be happy there are people who want teachers! Thanks for your thoughts that I can do it with work. It looks very bleak and I am dreading the next months when the money is truly at zero. I start to get into a pretty ugly mindset because I can't understand why this is happening. And then I see people at my old work who spend most of their shifts out in the bar drinking while collecting pay, only going back in to make the deadlines. Of course, they know it is a dream job...still find ways to complain. I didn't want that happening to me either. At least now, I feel I am at last using my head. I guess that's why things are so hard. I am severely out of practice! :lol3:

Shad -- I was always good about drinking tons of water but find myself not drinking it at all in the cold winter, even though the very dry air means I should be. Congrats on another day notched! You remembered your water this time! :yes:


:bubbles:

Shad
01-06-2010, 10:45 PM
1300 Calories per day - 3 pauses - Day 3 completed
30 minutes vigorous exercise - 3 pauses - Day 3 completed
Journal and count food calories - no pauses - Day 3 completed
1.5ltrs of water per day - 3 pauses. Day 2 completed.

Yesterday was a bit light on food and water, but I am calling it because I really tried so hard to get there. The food I don't worry about so long as it doesn't go above a certain point over 1300. The water I do, because I know what happens when I don't drink it, and that ain't pretty.

Red - I wish there was something I could do to help you but from this distance it is rather hard. Just know that you have my support and :hug: from me. The horse problem is not pretty. Horses are expensive - hey who am I telling here, but it must be a decision made with the horses welfare in mind as well as your bank account. I hope some more teaching stuff comes through for you as well since it is giving you some income, even if you don't like it much. We must all do what we must do to get through the ups and downs of life.

Marcia - you might be able to make the water thingy a stealth challenge. I would not suggest that you start with huge amounts since the system sometimes has trouble adjust. Try for one bottle a day for a week and see how it goes. I'm in summer time here and one would think that it would be easy to drink the stuff, however......... it's not that warm in Victoria and the bloke I share my office with has the remote to the aircon on his desk and he likes it cooooooooooooool - I just turn it up when he is out of the office and wait for him to notice the difference.

Michelle - There wasn't a huge amount of doco to do. I've done most of it today, but I guess I will find some more when next week rolls around. There's bound to be a few transactions missed.

So that's my day. Forgot my phone this morning so it is sitting comfortably in the apartment and I'm having a peaceful day.

Catch you later.

diyana
01-07-2010, 08:58 AM
It's a snowy morning here, and will be snowing all day and night. I REALLY wanted to stay home and under the covers today...but I had to go to work, and DH was kind enough to drive me. Today is weigh in and I'm not expecting much, because I haven't weighed in since before Christmas. It's my starting point for the new year.

Journal everything AND count WW points - 0 pauses allowed - Day 3 completed
64 ounces of water - 0 pauses allowed - Day 3 completed
Stay within WW points - 3 pauses allowed - Day 3 completed
5 servings of fruits and veg - 3 pauses allowed - Day 3 completed
1/2 hour cardio - 1 pause taken, 2 pauses left - Day 2 completed
50 crunches - 1 pause taken, 2 pauses left - Day 2 completed

Marcia - Great job on your challenges!!! Shad is right. You can overdo the water if you're body's not used to it. Start off gradually. I drink a lot of water, but I have been doing it for years.

Red - I'm so sorry to hear that you have to retire your horse. I understand your sadness. Hopefully you'll be able to work something out with your friend. That sounds like a nice option. As for talking about stuff like that here, I think it's important. We all have lives and struggles that sometimes get in the way of our efforts, or at the very least affect our moods. I'm glad you're doing the Good things log and able to smile a little sometimes. :) :hug: You can't take students' progress personally. Some are simply not motivated or willing to put in the time/effort to learn. Do your best with what is in your control and think positive. :)

Shad - I hear ya' about the water. I'd much rather drink just about anything than water. And I'm wondering if 64 oz is not enough because my skin is SOOOO dry from the dry heated buildings and the cold weather outside. Every night, I put on tons of lotion and sleep with moisturizing gloves and socks on, but by the time I get to work, my skin is dry and cracked. I'll try and increase my intake and see if that helps. Congrats on getting the doco done! It's probably Friday there now. Are you working 1/2 day or do you have to work longer in prep for Go Live on Monday? Hang in there, girlfriend.

:hug: and :grouphug: to all,

redballoon
01-07-2010, 07:45 PM
Things go from bad to worse, naturally, as there is no change on the in-coming side.
I am trying my best to stop from more or less screaming as I am hit with blow after blow of indifference, apathy and worse when it comes to pleas for work and/or pleas for a bit of understanding and flexible situations where it comes to certain situations. I can't let people's coldness get to me, though it is hard. All I should say is, I should be glad that when things get rough and questions are pointed you see the true colors. They are not pretty. Talking about the riding club here. Unbelievable how hard-nosed they can be and that is after years of payment and never missing a payment or being late with one. Jeez, a lot of thanks. Ok, ok, stop. I've got to get out of there.
I took my last pause on no sugar and am proud to say that I did not go off in a binge because it was a pause. Hurrah!
The Good Things Log was sparse yesterday and felt particularly pathetic, especially after I met a nutter in the train, who literally started throwing punches at me because he refused to make room on the seat where there was no one sitting next to him and I shouldn't have forced the issue, but **** I wouldn't. I probably could have held him off because...haha...I am quite strong, but some young guy came to my help...which is amazing considering in Japan, NO ONE helps usually.
I can only say, I hope things get better very quickly as I can't take this much longer.

No Sugar Challenge Day 16 completed 3 pauses taken
Good Things Log Day 2 completed no pauses taken

Shad, diyana, thanks for your kind words. They mean a lot to me, really!

Shad
01-07-2010, 09:12 PM
1300 Calories per day - 3 pauses - Day 4 completed
30 minutes vigorous exercise - 3 pauses - Day 4 completed
Journal and count food calories - no pauses - Day 4 completed
1.5ltrs of water per day - 3 pauses. Day 3 completed.

Gotta run. Later chicks

diyana
01-08-2010, 07:57 AM
Red - So sorry to hear things are getting even worse for you. It does amaze me how unkind, uncompassionate and unreasonable people can be. Such a**holes! And the lunatic on the train - Sheesh! I'm glad to hear you're ok and someone came to your aide even though you probably didn't need it. Good job on not binging. Sending you lots and lots of :hug: and :goodvibes:

Shad - I hope you have a somewhat relaxing weekend. Hang in there. You're doing so great on your challenges! YGG!

MoveMoveMove - How are your challenges going?

As for me.....After DH picked me up from work, we made it home through the 8+ inches of snow, and although I had hoped to do some Wii Fit while DH was clearing the driveway, my back was hurting and I had an awful headache...so another cardio/crunches pause for me. I'm taking the afternoon off to pick up my niece at the airport (she's coming in from Southern California for the weekend), and I'm planning on doing some Wii Fit today and tomorrow and Sunday morning.

Journal everything AND count WW points - 0 pauses allowed - Day 4 completed
64 ounces of water - 0 pauses allowed - Day 4 completed
Stay within WW points - 3 pauses allowed - Day 4 completed
5 servings of fruits and veg - 3 pauses allowed - Day 4 completed
1/2 hour cardio - 2 pauses taken, 1 pause left - Day 2 completed
50 crunches - 2 pauses taken, 1 pause left - Day 2 completed

Shad
01-08-2010, 09:34 PM
1300 Calories per day - 2 pauses - Day 4 completed
30 minutes vigorous exercise - 2 pauses - Day 4 completed
Journal and count food calories - no pauses - Day 5 completed
1.5ltrs of water per day - 3 pauses. Day 4 completed.

Went out to lunch and dinner yesterday and the chips, dessert plus wine put me over the edge. I'd have been fine without any two of those, although I have to say I would not have missed the dessert for the world.

Red, Is there anyway you can move out of Japan? It seems that there is nothing there for you and apart from teaching English or German, is there anything else you can do without taking a job away from a Japanese, which I doubt they would allow you to do?

Michelle - enjoy the niece.

And I am off. Can't dally on this computer, it costs me too much per session.

See you tomorrow.

Shad
01-09-2010, 05:27 PM
1300 Calories per day - 2 pauses - Day 5 completed
30 minutes vigorous exercise - 2 pauses - Day 5 completed
Journal and count food calories - no pauses - Day 6 completed
1.5ltrs of water per day - 3 pauses. Day 5 completed.

About to take off for the bush today to see what I can see. Have a good day

redballoon
01-10-2010, 01:08 AM
Things go from bad to worse. Last night I whisked my one cat, Nozomi, off to the vet thinking I was going to get some medicine for her sneezing and what looked to be a sinus infection. Instead, I was told she has a nasal tumor and probably only a couple months before she's in so much pain that I will have to put her down. I have never put an animal down. How do you do it? How do you take them to the vet knowing you are going to kill them? How do you say goodbye?
I am devastated. I came home and cried my eyes out, am crying now again just thinking of it.
Something really has it out for me this year...is all I can say.
Sorry, people, to be such a downer. :cry:

Shad
01-10-2010, 04:59 AM
Red, I am so sorry.
Taking the animal to the vet to have it put down is never easy. I've done it several times and haven't managed to hold back the water works yet.
Yes, you take the wee angel to the vet. He will shave an area of the leg and insert a needle which will administer a large dose of a sedative or painkiller. Basically it is an overdose and it will stop the heart. It is painless for the animal and generally - well here at least - you can stay with them until it is over. You can hold them and talk to them until they have passed. It is very peaceful if emotional. I had the two dogs cremated and the crem brought back the ashes for me to spread in the garden in their favourite places, however that does cost and you can leave them there for the vets disposal. I am presuming they do the same thing in Japan of course.

It is very humane, and the far better than leaving the cat to suffer. These things are happening more and more - Ruthxxx's beloved Lucy had a nasal tumour a couple of years ago. It was quick and vicious. She would tell you exactly the same as I have. I'm so sorry to hear of Nozumi's news.

girlieyorkie
01-10-2010, 01:17 PM
Hi there Red,
So sorry about your cat:cry::cry:
It is never easy, but remember the good times you've had with her, she will be in a better place with NO PAIN.
My thoughts are with you.

redballoon
01-10-2010, 10:03 PM
Thanks, people for helping me out with this shocker of news. Those of you who love animals understand the pain of losing them. I know many think it pales in comparison to other woes. But, everything needs its grief, I think. Sorry to be going on about this on this thread, but, yeah, heck....that's the way it is.
I am still keeping up my Good Things Log despite it all and I am starting to find some solace in taking my notebook out and looking back over things. The sugar challenge has fallen but I am trying to still be good with things and I am doing quite well. Yesterday, I got to the gym as well and even had fun when I was reminded that there was a party there afterhours. I went and it was fun, with three of the bodybuilders posing for the crowd. Sadly, with the free beer sending me off in the direction of more, I can't say the night ended early, but it wasn't a total mess and I spent very little money. I also bumped into the one bodybuilder on the train and talked to him. Of course, he had never even heard of the area I haunt and it makes me realize that if I ever want to really get in shape, I'm going to simply HAVE to clean up my act, no more excuses, no tears, no tantrums, no licking my wounds with a spoon in hand! :^:

Good Things Log Day 5 completed no pauses taken

Shad -- Thanks so much for your kind words and advice. I don't know if the procedure is the same in Japan. Here, in fact, it is hard to find a vet that will put animals down. The Japanese have a thing about it and have some idea that they say is Buddhist and doesn't allow them to take life. Of course, it's a total hypocrisy and the reason you will find animals in plastic bags on rubbish piles or taped in boxes and abandoned by the riverside. Someone has to tell them that killing is not always direct. In actuality, I think the people who do this wouldn't care one way or the other. They just couldn't care less and don't want any cost on top of things. In any case, the vets are the problem. However, things are changing and my neighborhood vet will do it.
You say the tumor was "vicious." That is scary. I can only hope that whatever happens the end is peaceful. The only way I will get through this is if I shut off my emotions. If I start crying in the vet's office I will not be able to show my face for hours, it will be so hideous-looking. Ok, it's not here yet, this moment I dread. But, I am slowly coming to grips with it all. The other night the news was such a total shock. Thank you again for your help.

girlieyorkie -- Nice to see you again and so kind of you to come in to say hi because of my cat. Thank you so much. :hug:

Shad
01-10-2010, 10:14 PM
Red - I meant the tumour was vicious and spread far quicker than even the vet predicted.
Euthanasia from the vet is quick, quiet and painless. My vet put the catheter in and left me with the dog and we had our last conversation until he slowly closed his eyes and left me. You do not have to stay if you do not want to, however it does give that final closure. If you can face it, do so because you will come out of it better I think

Shad
01-10-2010, 10:20 PM
1300 Calories per day - 2 pauses - Day 6 completed
30 minutes vigorous exercise - 2 pauses - Day 6 completed
Journal and count food calories - no pauses - Day 7 completed
1.5ltrs of water per day - 3 pauses. Day 6 completed.

Not hard to drink the water with the temps we are having. Supposed to be 41 out there today. Complete fire ban all over Victoria and a catastrophic warning for the folks out west to evacuate in case of fire. Might be an over reaction, but think what happened last year when 233 people burnt to death because warnings were vague or missing and they couldn't see the problem for themselves.

redballoon
01-10-2010, 10:23 PM
Shad -- Thanks. Yes, that's what I thought you meant. Scary for sure. With my days a mess now and vets having days off I don't even know if I could put her down because I don't know which vets will do it.
I only hope that the methods are the same here. I kind of doubt it but will inquire.
Everything now is such a mess. I never thought Nozomi could go before Shachi. He is the other one on medication and needing diapers at night because of possible accidents. He is aiming for his 18th birthday in a few months but I don't think he'll make it. I thought he was older but the landlady knew the year they were born. Nozomi (which means "hope") I found starving in a parklet nearby. She was traumatized for having been abandoned and it took a while before she would let me out of her sight. She has probably spent every night of some 15 or so years sleeping in the crook of my arm at night. God, I'll miss her. :cry:

diyana
01-11-2010, 10:49 AM
Red - You NEVER need to apologize for expressing your feelings....not to me or to any of us. I am so sorry to hear about your cat. It's so hard to have a beloved animal friend put down, and I haven't been able to hold back the tears either. Plus, the home feels so EMPTY without them there. There just comes a point where you know it's better for the animal, so they won't be in pain. Shad pretty much described the procedure...here, you can either hold and be with the animal until they pass...or you can ask them to take the animal in the back room if you'd rather not be there when it happens. I've had my animals cremated at the vet or humane society and had the ashes returned to me so I could bury them or spread them in their favorite place. It does cost to have an animal put down and a bit more for the cremation, but most vets/humane societies here are willing to work out payment plans since they know this is a difficult time for you and don't need financial burden as well. If Nozumi is not in pain, you may be able to wait...and keep on loving her and spoiling her until she starts to seem uncomfortable. As for crying at the vet's office or anywhere...sometimes you just have to let it out and to h*ll with what anyone thinks of how you look. When my parents were terminal...I cried at work of all places. It just happens. And if people had a problem with it, f*** 'em. I so understand your pain and wish there was something I could do to ease it for you. It is so difficult. Hang in there my friend. :hug:

diyana
01-11-2010, 10:51 AM
Soooo many challenges took a nose dive over the weekend while my niece was visiting:

Journal everything AND count WW points - 0 pauses allowed - STARTING OVER
64 ounces of water - 0 pauses allowed - STARTING OVER
Stay within WW points - 3 pauses allowed - STARTING OVER
5 servings of fruits and veg - 3 pauses allowed - STARTING OVER
1/2 hour cardio - 3 pauses allowed - STARTING OVER
50 crunches - 3 pauses allowed - STARTING OVER

MoveMoveMove
01-11-2010, 02:38 PM
Hello ladies.

Can't stay on long today.

Red - We are here to share in each other's ups and downs. That's what support is all about. Sorry to hear about our four legged family members (that's what pets are to me). Sending you lots of hugs.

Diyana - Yay - a fresh start - at least that's how I would look at it.

I love me - (pause 0/1)- day 6 completed
10 toe tap jacks - (pause 0/1)- day 6 completed

Shad
01-12-2010, 02:23 AM
1300 Calories per day - 2 pauses - Day 7 completed
30 minutes vigorous exercise - 2 pauses - Day 7 completed
Journal and count food calories - no pauses - Day 8 completed
1.5ltrs of water per day - 3 pauses. Day 7 completed.

Today is done - thats the good news. The heat has given way to muggy rain

diyana
01-12-2010, 07:51 AM
I did some of my challenges yesterday, but not all...so I'm officially starting today with tracking, counting points, drinking water, exercising, all of it.

MoveMoveMove
01-12-2010, 04:15 PM
Happy Tuesday ladies. It's finally warming up a little in Houston and I'm so glad.

I love me - (pause 0/1)- day 8 completed
10 toe tap jacks - (pause 0/1)- day 8 completed


May something in your day make you SMILE. I'm a lottery nut and just read that TX will be bringing Powerball here. Yay - no more lotto runs to Louisiana!!

Shad
01-12-2010, 08:57 PM
1300 Calories per day - 1 pauses - Day 7 completed
30 minutes vigorous exercise - 1 pauses - Day 7 completed
Journal and count food calories - no pauses - Day 8 completed - Crashed and burned. Start again today
1.5ltrs of water per day - 3 pauses. Day 8 completed.

diyana
01-13-2010, 07:52 AM
I went to the gym last night and did strength training, abs and Zumba. I really, really enjoy Zumba. It's so much fun!!

Journal everything AND count WW points - 0 pauses allowed - Day 1 completed
64 ounces of water - 0 pauses allowed - Day 1 completed
Stay within WW points - 3 pauses allowed - Day 1 completed
5 servings of fruits and veg - 3 pauses allowed - Day 1 completed
1/2 hour cardio - 3 pauses allowed - Day 1 completed
50 crunches - 3 pauses allowed - Day 1 completed

Nada
01-13-2010, 08:31 AM
I did pretty good on my last one--no foraging after dinner, but it was such a problem wiht me that I think I need to be mindful about it again,

So: no grazing after dinner 2 pauses, 2 days completed
hands out of co-workers' candy dishes 2 pauses 2 days completed.

My problem is mindless eating, can't you tell?

Zumba is a lot of fun, isn't it? As long as I am in the middle and can't see myself in the mirror, that is.

diyana
01-13-2010, 08:35 AM
Nada - Those are really good challenges! Zumba is fun...but I like being in the front row so I can see the instructor clearly. I rarely if ever look at myself in the mirror....mostly I watch the instructor.

djo822
01-13-2010, 02:28 PM
Recently joined member. Told all the girls at my gym about it though and they are as excited to join as I was.

I'm going to try this new 21 day challenge I designed for myself:

5 days a week of exercise no matter what
None of the following foods:
Chocolate
Desserts
White Bread
Sugar
Soda


I'm going to do my best!!! I will try so hard to complete this 21 days.

diyana
01-14-2010, 07:58 AM
Welcome Djo!

I hope everyone is doing well on their challenges.

Red - I know you're going through a rough time...just want you to know I'm thinking of you and sending you :hug: and :goodvibes:

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I had a great day on my challenges yesterday. I notched another day on all of them. After work, I went grocery shopping and was pretty tired by the time I got home and put it all away...but I told myself I still needed to do 30 minutes of cardio on the Wii Fit (along with my crunches). I started by choosing the fairly low intensity cardio...and then decided that if I did the Free Run option, I could run in place while watching another TV show. So that's what I did. The time passed quickly. Tonight is Zumba and strength training at the gym.

Journal everything AND count WW points - 0 pauses allowed - Day 2 completed
64 ounces of water - 0 pauses allowed - Day 2 completed
Stay within WW points - 3 pauses allowed - Day 2 completed
5 servings of fruits and veg - 3 pauses allowed - Day 2 completed
1/2 hour cardio - 3 pauses allowed - Day 2 completed
50 crunches - 3 pauses allowed - Day 2 completed

MoveMoveMove
01-14-2010, 12:23 PM
DJO822 :welcome: to 3FC and the 21 day challenge. We know you will be successful on your challenges.


I love me - (pause 0/1)- day 10 completed
10 toe tap jacks - (pause 0/1)- day 10 completed

woo hoo - halfway there!!

I'm usually off on Friday's but may have to come in for a while tomorrow. But just in case i don't, have a GREAT WEEKEND everybody!!!

redballoon
01-14-2010, 06:47 PM
Hi people, I'm still here...but not. I am keeping up with the Good Things Log even though it's hard to think what is actually good. I think I am going to try to not judge things but just write down what made me feel good, though my perceptions may be twisted. :lol3: I am trying to keep smiling despite a lot of anxiety, uncertainty and that usual fun lot. :^:
I'll be writing more soon, I hope.

Shad
01-15-2010, 01:53 AM
Haven't kept up with most of my challenges, so I think I might just take the weekend off and start again.
It's hard because I am tired and my brain is fried. I just go to the canteen and do the best I can with the food. They do have some good stuff there.

So I'll catch you all on Monday.

diyana
01-15-2010, 08:10 AM
Marcia - Congrats on being halfway through your challenges! You can totally do this...because, well, you ARE doing it! :bravo:

Red - I know you're going through an extremely rough time. I wish there was something I could say or do other than offer up friendship, support and :hug:

Shad - As busy as you are, it's no wonder some of the challenges have fallen by the wayside. Do the best you can for now and then start anew. :hug: I hope you have a fun and relaxing weekend ahead.

DJO - How is your challenge going so far?

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Last night, I did strength training, along with abs, and Zumba. Tonight, I'll do my Wii Fit. I'm doing really good at tracking and staying within points. The weekends are hardest for me...but I'm promising myself that I will stay OP during the weekend.

Journal everything AND count WW points - 0 pauses allowed - Day 3 completed
64 ounces of water - 0 pauses allowed - Day 3 completed
Stay within WW points - 3 pauses allowed - Day 3 completed
5 servings of fruits and veg - 3 pauses allowed - Day 3 completed
1/2 hour cardio - 3 pauses allowed - Day 3 completed
50 crunches - 3 pauses allowed - Day 3 completed

diyana
01-16-2010, 01:58 PM
I did a new Wii fitness game last night (Jenny McCarthy's Your Shape). It's really good! And today, I went to a Step class that incorporated weight training. I'm definitely feeling the workout. I still have to do my crunches for the day, but I'll do that while watching all the wonderful football games!!

Here's where I'm at as of the end of day Friday's ...
Journal everything AND count WW points - 0 pauses allowed - Day 4 completed
64 ounces of water - 0 pauses allowed - Day 4 completed
Stay within WW points - 3 pauses allowed - Day 4 completed
5 servings of fruits and veg - 3 pauses allowed - Day 4 completed
1/2 hour cardio - 3 pauses allowed - Day 4 completed
50 crunches - 3 pauses allowed - Day 4 completed

redballoon
01-17-2010, 07:08 PM
Hi, people. Thanks for the kind words. I am in a very bad way and things look NO better. I have kept doing the Good Things Log and will have to figure out the day I'm on with that, but it's not doing much for me. Well, maybe it is, but the good things I wrote down are so small and don't seem to have any relevance whatsoever to the big picture. Maybe that's OK. I don't know. I really need something bigger and better to happen to get me out of this mess. :cry:
My eating has been horrible the past few days and I am feeling the effects in many ways, all negative. I need to pull myself together and draw on whatever reserves I have but with the outlook so bad I haven't been able to manage it. Please wish me strength.

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OK, I figured it out.

Good Things Log Day 11 completed 0 pauses taken

diyana
01-18-2010, 08:19 AM
Red - I have been where you are...it can be so frustrating and debilitating. You will get through this! You are a strong, intelligent woman. Things will turn around for you. And we are here for you. :hug:

Wishing you all a happy, stress free, OP and productive day!

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I realize I didn't get in here yesterday to post. So here's where I'm at:

Journal everything AND count WW points - 0 pauses allowed - Day 6 completed
64 ounces of water - 0 pauses allowed - Day 6 completed
Stay within WW points - 3 pauses allowed - Day 6 completed
5 servings of fruits and veg - 3 pauses allowed - Day 6 completed
1/2 hour cardio - 3 pauses allowed - Day 6 completed
50 crunches - 3 pauses allowed - Day 6 completed

Shad
01-19-2010, 02:21 AM
Can't stop. Flat out again.

:hug: for Red

diyana
01-19-2010, 08:11 AM
Shad - I hope things quiet down for you a bit, at least long enough for you to catch your breath.

Red - Sending you lots of :hug: and :goodvibes:

******************

My left calf is SO sore today, and I don't know why. I hope it calms down before Zumba class tonight. I sit near the stairwell, so I'll probably take some breaks throughout the day and do some calf stretches on the stairs. I'm really finding that, as much as I dislike journaling and counting my points, it really is helping me make better decisions and stay within my points. Of course, it also helps to not be entertaining out of town guests. :)

Journal everything AND count WW points - 0 pauses allowed - Day 7 completed
64 ounces of water - 0 pauses allowed - Day 7 completed
Stay within WW points - 3 pauses allowed - Day 7 completed
5 servings of fruits and veg - 3 pauses allowed - Day 7 completed
1/2 hour cardio - 3 pauses allowed - Day 7 completed
50 crunches - 3 pauses allowed - Day 7 completed

redballoon
01-19-2010, 05:56 PM
Thanks, people! ...... :^: I am lamely doing the Good Things Log challenge. Don't really know what "good" is anymore....I have even started writing things down such as "got to gym," "made it on time." It's so lame, but that's how bad things are. I'm starting to get really angry, especially when I see people with next-to-no or no talent sucking up salaries as they sit around doing f**kall....heh, wait!...the log was supposed to help me from becoming cynical and twisted?!?!?!?!? Oh, heck.

Shad
01-20-2010, 12:34 AM
Life just continues to get busier and busier. I am keeping up with the exercise and marking time with the food. But I think, rather than trying to keep up with the challenges and failing I might just report in that I am tracking along every so often. Internet access is scarce and flaky and expensive so I need to try to do something about that.

So I will be in fairly frequently, not challenging, and probably not daily, but I'll be encouraging where I can.

redballoon
01-20-2010, 07:07 AM
Hi people. I got through the day, taught three lessons and was exhausted but enjoyed it. Keeping my fingers crossed. Gotta go write down my "good things."
Shad, you too hang in there. diyana, thanks for always thinking of me. :yes:

diyana
01-20-2010, 07:40 AM
Red - I think all of us have been as low as you are. Where things just seem to go from bad to worse, to worse yet. Yes, there are a lot of people doing next to nothing to pull in a paycheck, and that sucks big time, and is unfair. All you can do is do the best you can. I've got several friends out of work now and they're feeling your same frustration. I tend to be an optimist, so as annoying as it is, I say keep on applying, keep on looking, keep your skills up, network, and stay as positive as you possibly can. As for your good things log...."got to the gym" should DEFINITELY be on there as should anything else you're doing (or not doing - in the case of cigs and booze) that is good for your health! Big :hug:, my friend. Just read your next post...Good for you for teaching 3 lessons!!! You enjoyed it and earned some cash. That's a great thing for your log! :)

Shad - I hope you find an inexpensive internet solution. Good to hear you're keeping up with exercising and logging food!

My calf is sore again today, but it did let up a bit yesterday so I could do Zumba class. Yay!! I'm going to have to do more stretches during the day so I can Wii Fit tonight.

Journal everything AND count WW points - 0 pauses allowed - Day 8 completed
64 ounces of water - 0 pauses allowed - Day 8 completed
Stay within WW points - 3 pauses allowed - Day 8 completed
5 servings of fruits and veg - 3 pauses allowed - Day 8 completed
1/2 hour cardio - 3 pauses allowed - Day 8 completed
50 crunches - 3 pauses allowed - Day 8 completed

miriam101
01-20-2010, 02:01 PM
Hi Everyone...! Remember me?

It's sure been a while.

Interesting what the trigger is to come back and regroup!

2 things got me back - an episode of the biggest loser - where patty is talking about her type 2 diabetes (and I am a kindred spirit in that dept, unfortunately) and the fact the she can't feel below her ankles... and a friend of mine who was diagnosed with type 2 about half a year ago and is doing great - lost 20 kg, and eating well and exercising.. was told yesterday that he has TYPE 1 and is now on insulin for life. UGH to both.

Anyway - I guess the most important this is that I'm here again and time to make challenges.

Drink at least 1.5 lt a day (1 pause allowed)
Walk or jump rope (headache allowing) (3 pauses allowed)
Don't skip meals (3 pauses allowed)

I didn't want to post until I real ALL the backlog and caught up with everyone, so now that I've filled myself in, I want to say hi and thank y'all for being a part of this supportive community.

diyana
01-21-2010, 07:36 AM
Welcome Back, Miriam!! I'm so sorry to hear about your friend...sometimes the pancreas just gives out even if you're doing all the right things. Diabetes can definitely scare people to adopt a healthier lifestyle. I was diagnosed with borderline diabetes or maybe pre-diabetes almost two years. I mentioned this to my boss, and he told me I should take it very seriously as his dad just had his leg amputated because of complications from diabetes. That scared me BIG TIME! So I started eating much healthier - whole grains, lots of veggies, lean proteins, and started exercising....and my HA1C has been normal for over a year. You're right. The most important thing is that you're here and you're ready to challenge yourself to make changes!! :cp: :cp: Great challenges, BTW!!

Shad and Red - Hope you both are doing well!

As for me, last night I did the Wii Fit step for 30 minutes, plus some fun balance games, and then my crunches of course. Today is Weight Watchers weigh in day...so we'll see how I did this week. I've been tracking and staying within my points every day...plus getting exercise every day. So I'm keeping my :crossed:


Journal everything AND count WW points - 0 pauses allowed - Day 9 completed
64 ounces of water - 0 pauses allowed - Day 9 completed
Stay within WW points - 3 pauses allowed - Day 9 completed
5 servings of fruits and veg - 3 pauses allowed - Day 9 completed
1/2 hour cardio - 3 pauses allowed - Day 9 completed
50 crunches - 3 pauses allowed - Day 9 completed

disheveledhousewife
01-21-2010, 08:42 AM
Hi! I'm new but would love to join if possible.

I'm going to give some good thought to my 21 day challenge and come back to list them this afternoon.

redballoon
01-21-2010, 08:47 AM
Hi there, disheveled! Of course you can join. I've been out of it a lot lately, licking my wounds and stuff, but still here. Hope to see you in here with a challenge or two soon! :yes:
diyana, howdy and thanks. miriam welcome back.

MoveMoveMove
01-21-2010, 04:27 PM
Hello ladies. I've been MIA for a few days but I'm back.

Shad - Hope things slow down for you some. Remember to take a breather every now and then.

Diyana - Good work on the new start for your challenges

Red - :hug::hug::hug:and prayers for you. Have you ever tried primal scream therapy? When things really start to pile up on you, find a private place and scream as loud as you can a time or two. It actually works even if the effects are short lived. I usually do it in my truck.

Miriam - I wasn't here before when you were but welcome back.

Disheveled - Welcome to 3FC and the 21-day challenge.


I love me - (pause 0/1)- day 17 completed
10 toe tap jacks - (pause 1/1)- day 16 completed

nikkic718
01-21-2010, 04:46 PM
Im new here and def am up for the challenge!!!

1400 calories/day - Day3
64oz of water- Day 3
NO POP!!! - Day 3

Im super excited to do this!!!! Good Luck to all of you. Hope im not butting in to late to this thread!!!

redballoon
01-21-2010, 06:59 PM
Move -- Well, don't think screaming will help because the stuff doesn't go away. I'm not a screamer, ever. The last time I screamed was in grade school and that was just to see who could scream loudest on the playground. Didn't do anything for me, just made me very hoarse. Who knows, I could try it, maybe it would give me some energy, or make me mad and move me on to whatever needs to be done. It so sucks. Yesterday was an absolute wash. On the phone over and over to the Philippines for a story and couldn't get a hold of anyone. Then messed up an interview when my tape recorder died. So embarrassing and it was a very official-like interview. Damn again. Oh well.....keep plugging

nikkic -- Welcome. Good challenges, toughies too. There is no "too late" on this thread. It's a perpetual thread, ongoing, never ends, loop to loop....with me the loopiest.... :^:

disheveledhousewife
01-21-2010, 07:26 PM
Mmkay here we go...:carrot: I've decided on my challenge...

No white bread of any sort
workout at least 30 minutes (more is my goal) M-Sat.
no wine during the week except on Tuesday (that's my date night and I can't give up my glass of wine while out...but I will only keep it to one glass;)).
water, water, water...64 oz's to start.

redballoon
01-21-2010, 07:29 PM
disheveled -- toughies! Two of your challenges incorporate pauses in them since they're not EVERY day and that's what this is but you can do it, just count Sunday on your workout and Tuesday on your wine as pauses. Good luck!

miriam101
01-22-2010, 03:35 AM
Adding another challenge to the list - take multivitamin every day ( 1 pause for dumb memory allowed...)

So - as of today:
Vitamins - (1 pause allowed) day 1 completed
Drink at least 1.5 lt a day (1 pause allowed)- day 1 completed
Walk or jump rope (headache allowing) (3 pauses allowed) - day 1 completed
Don't skip meals (3 pauses allowed) - day 1 completed

Funny as I'm writing this I look at the clock and realize I almost skipped a meal - grrr! I am so much more on schedule on work days (I don't work Fri or Sat) .

So many new people! Hard to see everyone on my screen for personals! LOL (all 12" of it..)

Red - sorry you're going through rough patch. If you look at things like a loop (haha) then soon enough you'll be back around again on the good side of things :) Someone once likened life to a spiral - although you feel like you're just going around and around - each time you're really a level higher!

Diyana - How are ya honey? Looks like you're doing well and OP!

Disheveled - welcome and good luck! Love your screen name

Move - Nice to meet ya - I wish primal screaming would work for me. I tend to be quietly irritated, and would rather hit something than scream. hmmm. that doesn't sound too good, does it? :)

Nikki - Welcome! Those look like some good challenges!

diyana
01-22-2010, 07:16 AM
Wow! I've got a few posts to read! That's awesome!! It's so great having a lot of newcomers and friends we've missed back on here!

Welcome Disheveled! Those are tough challenges, but you can do it as long as you believe you can!

Move - You're doing great on your challenges! YGG!!

Welcome Nikkic - I have to laugh, when I first saw your challenges, I thought the last one was No Poop, and I was wondering how yoiu were going to do THAT!! :rofl: :rofl: Those are OUTSTANDING challenges!

Red - I only scream at sporting events (and while watching them on TV)! :lol: Sorry to hear about yesterday's mishaps, but today is another day and you're right...just keep plugging!

Miriam - I, too, have an easier time on work days. There's so much more structure! I LOVE your spiral analogy! That's AWESOME! I'm gonna have to remember that! I'm doing good. I was slacking for a long time, but now I'm back to taking control. :) I also sometimes feel like punching something (usually my computer monitor) when I get frustrated. I never do...but I sure do feel like it. :)

Shad - I hope you enjoy your weekend at home!

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I had a blast last night at strength training class followed by Zumba! Love it, love it, love it! Plus, I weighed in at Weight Watchers and I was down 2.6!! :woohoo: Now I just gotta keep those numbers going downward!

Here's where I'm at:
Journal everything AND count WW points - 0 pauses allowed - Day 10 completed
64 ounces of water - 0 pauses allowed - Day 10 completed
Stay within WW points - 3 pauses allowed - Day 10 completed
5 servings of fruits and veg - 3 pauses allowed - Day 10 completed
1/2 hour cardio - 3 pauses allowed - Day 10 completed
50 crunches - 3 pauses allowed - Day 10 completed

nikkic718
01-22-2010, 11:49 AM
Diyana~ LOL how funny!!! ya if that was the case i dont think i would get very far bc its a whole different world when your eating tons of veggies and all that good stuff......as you all know i imagine lol

Redballoon~ Thanks for having me!!!

Miriam~ Thanks for the welcome im def glad to be a part of this!!!

So Im on day 4 of No SODA lol here in Ohio we say pop but i dont wanna get people confused lol :) also day 4 of lots of water & 1400 cal days.............it is def tough but im gonna do it!!!! good luck today everyone!!!!!

diyana
01-23-2010, 12:45 PM
Nikkic - A lot of Midwesterners refer to Soda as Pop. Not being a native Wisconsinite, I still call it soda. Too funny. Good for you for doing so well in cutting out the Pop and not the poop! :lol:

Here's where I'm at:
Journal everything AND count WW points - 0 pauses allowed - Day 11 completed
64 ounces of water - 0 pauses allowed - Day 11 completed
Stay within WW points - 3 pauses allowed - Day 11 completed
5 servings of fruits and veg - 3 pauses allowed - Day 11 completed
1/2 hour cardio - 3 pauses allowed - Day 11 completed
50 crunches - 3 pauses allowed - Day 11 completed

miriam101
01-23-2010, 01:32 PM
Vitamins - (1 pause allowed) day 3 completed
Water - (1 pause allowed)- day 3 completed
Exercise - (headache allowing) (3 pauses allowed) - day 3 completed
Don't skip meals (3 pauses allowed) - day 3 completed

Hiya all! I don't like the weekends. Need my structure. That may be a horrible thing to say as I only really get to spend a decent amount of time with the family over the weekend, but it's true. Maybe I'm just a control freak or something.

I've had some weird female problems recently and that really screws my eating up, because I find myself wanting to eat all the wrong things. Hmph.

Almost gave exercise a miss today because of the migraine, but I managed the jump rope and squats, so that's something..

Nikki - WTG on your progress! BTW - a challenge of no poop would have been pointless for weight loss ;)

Diyana - I sure wish someone would start some Zumba here! I downloaded some of it but it's not the same as going to a class at all. And I also would like to hit the computer monitor! One night I had been working on a database file for about 6 hours at work, and then all of the sudden something happened and the document disappeared! Don't ask - I was soooooo frustrated, I banged the desk really hard with my fist and the monitor, computer and printer all went off..... <sheepish grin> What could I say? "Oops" somehow didn't seem good enough.. Took the techie guy a long time to fix.

redballoon
01-23-2010, 06:41 PM
I am totally overwhelmed, really bad. The tumor on my one cat is getting bigger by the day, the other cat I left the diapers off for one night and the bed is soaked. I am having serious second thoughts about moving my horse, bad dreams and there is no sight of work. I don't know if the second thoughts and bad dreams are just grown out of my fear or if they are things I should listen to.
It's all utterly confusing.
I have not had a time like this in years. What is going on? Someone out there, please HELP!!

Oh, but I DID keep my challenge going.....

Good Things Log Day 17 completed 0 pauses taken

I am starting to wonder if it's not a meaningless practice to write down the good (if you can call them that) things while ignoring a lot of really bad things? It seems like denial, misrepresentation, bias. What do you think?

redballoon
01-24-2010, 05:09 AM
A crazy day today. Really too much. My head was a mess from morning. It must be pms crazies, which usually happens to me on one day only. This had to be it. Anyhow, I'm better and I can actually imagine miriam's spiral analogy. I do somehow feel stronger now, well, not stronger in the sense that I can do more, but stronger in that I think I know better what to do when I get the crazies...talk things over like I did but DON'T make decisions -- doing and undoing them in the span of hours and looking like a true nutcase. Oh, well, it had to be. I have decided to go ahead with my original plans. I DID get a better deal moneywise thanks to my persistence and though I may have alienated one party, what's done is done.

And, a true thing for the good things log. A friend gave me an extra bike she had. I was able to take my cat to the vet on the bike instead of walking the 20 mins with the carrying case. And I bicycled to the gym. (My bike was stolen back in October and I hadn't bought one....thought I'd wait til the spring, but now I have one. :) )

Shad
01-24-2010, 03:42 PM
It is never a mistake to think of and remember the good things of life. Writing them down is another method of ensuring that they are not forgotten. Thankfully it seems you have some friends who will go out of their way to do nice things for you and the bike will give you some freedom that you have missed. And you don't have to shell out precious cash to pay for it.
I'm sorry to hear of the cats problems, you will have some more sorrow in your life soon, but you will get comfort out of the fact that they are no longer suffering.

I'm sticking to the script for food anyway but am not challenging myself. It's too difficult when I am either working long hours, or am travelling around the countryside. Yesterday, I got a young friend to commit to doing my garden while I am away. DS2 can keep up with the house and isn't doing a bad job, but the garden is suffering, hence L and his simpering girlfriend who are saving to buy a house.

And having said that, I'd better go out and water a few things before they shrivel into dust.

diyana
01-25-2010, 08:16 AM
Red - I'm so, so sorry to hear your cats' health is getting worse. Shad is right that it will be very sad to let them go, but at least there is comfort knowing they won't be suffering any longer. I'm glad you were able to sort out in your mind what you need to do and saved some money in the process. That's WONDERFUL that your friend gave you a bike so you have a healthy mode of transport! Definitely something for the Good Things log, which btw, I'm very impressed you're writing in every day!

Shad - You are so right. It's never a bad thing to focus on and remember the good things in life. Good for you for staying OP with your eating, despite all the traveling and long hours. So nice that you were able to arrive at a mutually beneficial arrangement with your friend to tend your garden.

Miriam - As much as I LOVE weekends, they are definitely a challenge when it comes to staying OP. I hope the female problems ease up, so you can get your eating back OP. Jump rope and squats with a migraine! Good for you!! I'm impressed. When I get migraines...any movement makes it worse.

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Sorry I didn't get in here yesterday. Had lots to do and a short time to do it before football watching. On Saturday, I had a great Zumba class and then did 1/2 hour of Wii Fit later in the day. Yesterday, I did 40 minutes of Wii Fit while watching one of the football playoff games. I'm feeling a little "heavy" these past couple days since pigging out at dinner for me and DH's first date anniversary. I'm hoping it's just my imagination and/or I can exercise it off between now and weigh in.

Here's where I'm at:
Journal everything AND count WW points - 0 pauses allowed - Day 13 completed
64 ounces of water - 0 pauses allowed - Day 13 completed
Stay within WW points - 3 pauses allowed - Day 13 completed
5 servings of fruits and veg - 3 pauses allowed - Day 13 completed
1/2 hour cardio - 3 pauses allowed - Day 13 completed
50 crunches - 3 pauses allowed - Day 13 completed

redballoon
01-25-2010, 08:27 AM
Thanks Shad and diyana. I just finished a short, but extremely time-consuming, story and have mailed it off to London. On the phone to the Philippines for that was a hassle!
Yes, I am continuing the Good Things Log and finding it oddly comforting...not to read, but to write. I guess it's not so much denying that unpleasant things are happening but it helps me think that they are not the ONLY things happening. So, it helps with balance. Like today....I definitely overate but I did get fresh vegetables in me....among other good things, like getting that story out! Hurrah! :yes: Challenge count tomorrow....
Thanks all!

diyana
01-25-2010, 10:37 AM
Hi Red - Great job on completing the story and getting it mailed off! Definitely another good thing for your log! It is comforting and can help with perspective that you acknowledge that good things are happening too. Good for you for eating fresh veggies! :cp: :) :hug:

MoveMoveMove
01-25-2010, 12:26 PM
Hey ladies, hope everyone is enjoying the new week. Mine is proving to be frustrating.


I love me - (pause 0/1)- day 21 completed WOO HOO 1ST CHALLENGED COMPLETED :carrot:

10 toe tap jacks - (pause 1/1)- day 20 completed

diyana
01-25-2010, 01:01 PM
Congrats, Marcia, on completing the I Love Me challenge. Are you going to continue it? How about the Toe Tap Jacks, are you ready to increase the number? You're doing great!!! I'm so proud of you!!

redballoon
01-25-2010, 06:12 PM
Just for the record....

Good Things Log Day 19 completed 0 pauses taken

By the way, what's with these horrible adds lately???!?!
"Prof. Vural acquitted..." Who is he? Who cares? And why are these kind of ads on 3fc?!?!??! :mad:
Does anyone else see them or are they regional? Maybe it was a type of virus....

diyana
01-26-2010, 07:37 AM
Hey Red - I saw that Professor whatever ad too. And I was like WTF? I can understand ads targeted to weight loss (like Jillian), but I wasn't sure of the connection between weight loss and that Professor dude...and I sure as heck didn't want to click on his ad to find out. :lol: You're definitely doing great on the Good Things log, and inspiring me to start one of my own. :)

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I did Zumba and strength training last night, and I'm sore today, but it's a good sore (except when I try and walk up the stairs). :lol: Tonight is more Zumba.

Journal everything AND count WW points - 0 pauses allowed - Day 14 completed
64 ounces of water - 0 pauses allowed - Day 14 completed
Stay within WW points - 3 pauses allowed - Day 14 completed
5 servings of fruits and veg - 3 pauses allowed - Day 14 completed
1/2 hour cardio - 3 pauses allowed - Day 14 completed
50 crunches - 3 pauses allowed - Day 14 completed

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

MoveMoveMove
01-26-2010, 11:43 AM
Congrats, Marcia, on completing the I Love Me challenge. Are you going to continue it? How about the Toe Tap Jacks, are you ready to increase the number? You're doing great!!! I'm so proud of you!!


Thanks Diyana. Yes I'm going to continue the challenges, officially starting again on 2-1-10. On the jacks, most days I did 20, so I will be making the challenge 20 jacks.

10 toe tap jacks - (pause 1/1)- day 21 completed :carrot::carrot::carrot:

Great work on your challenges ladies. KEEP IT UP.

Work is $%$##^& this week so I'll be back next week with my next set of challenges. May even add a new one?

diyana
01-27-2010, 07:30 AM
Marcia - Congrats on completing the toe tap jacks challenge. Sorry to hear you're having a bad week at work. I hope it gets better for you. Hang in there.

Red - How are you doing?

Shad - Are you back at work? I hope things are going well for you.

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I had a great time at Zumba last night. Tonight after work, I've got a few errands to run, then I'll be doing Wii Fit.

Journal everything AND count WW points - 0 pauses allowed - Day 145 completed
64 ounces of water - 0 pauses allowed - Day 15 completed
Stay within WW points - 3 pauses allowed - Day 15 completed
5 servings of fruits and veg - 3 pauses allowed - Day 15 completed
1/2 hour cardio - 3 pauses allowed - Day 15 completed
50 crunches - 3 pauses allowed - Day 15 completed

MoveMoveMove
01-27-2010, 11:45 AM
Diyana, did you get up too early today? The challenges are only supposed to be for 21 days ;).

Have a great day everybody.

Bracing for another cold front here in Houston for the weekend.

Shad
01-27-2010, 03:51 PM
Not far away Michelle. Just dealing with the eejits and d*ckwits. I'll be back as soon as I sort out the internet from home thingy

redballoon
01-27-2010, 06:29 PM
Horse moved yesterday. I rode in the van with her part of the way. She never found her legs. I think it must have been exhausting for her. She's at the new place and I'm worried sick. It's SO different from where she's been. I just have to keep hoping things will work out for the better. It's SO hard for me to get to this place. I am worried sick these days.
Gotta run. Just wanted to let you know I'm here.
Coming home on the train from way north of Tokyo, there were four suicides on three different lines, including mine, but I made it home with only a bit of delay. Three were already being reported when I got on the train and one happened along the way. It's SO depressing, but hard times have boosted suicides WAY, WAY up. It's already over 30,000 a year in Japan. Is that depressing or what? :^:

Shad
01-27-2010, 08:52 PM
Horrendous figures Red, but you can not take it personally and try to help every man and his dog. You have to look at what you can do for you and then the surrounding countryside. Hope the horse comes through the changes and you get to like the place where she now is.

diyana
01-28-2010, 08:38 AM
Red - That's just AWFUL about the suicides! 30,000 per year! Don't let that get you down. You can't take it personally. I couldn't have said it any better than Shad. Everyone goes through rough patches, but the key is to move forward and get through them. I hope you and the horse quickly become acclimated and happy with where she is. Sending you LOTS of :hug:

Shad - I hope the d*ckwits get a clue soon.

Marcia - Thanks for catching my typo. But if the truth be told, since I achieve more success and insight through tracking my food, I will likely have to keep doing it for the next 145 days and probably the next 1,450 days as well. :)

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I was really tired last night, and not feeling well. I had to run out and get a few quick groceries for dinner. Then by the time I got dinner started, I was too tired and nauseous to even do a bit of Wii Fit, so I took the night off and relaxed.

So I took a pause on my exercise challenges, but I got my eating/water challenges done.

Journal everything AND count WW points - 0 pauses allowed - Day 16 completed
64 ounces of water - 0 pauses allowed - Day 16 completed
Stay within WW points - 3 pauses allowed - Day 16 completed
5 servings of fruits and veg - 3 pauses allowed - Day 16 completed
1/2 hour cardio - 1 pause taken - 2 pauses left - Day 15 completed
50 crunches - 1 pause taken - 2 pauses left - Day 15 completed

redballoon
01-28-2010, 05:05 PM
Well, I have to go back and write in my challenge log. That still counts with me, as long as I put something in for the days.
Feeling very irritated with life and myself for not being able to get things in hand, "things" meaning money.
Know hard work is the key but because I can't find any, I've been floundering. But, I'm thinking that "hard work" can also be in the realm of discipline, exercise and eating habits. So, I'm going to attempt to crack the whip again on myself.

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Shad -- Oh, don't worry. I certainly don't take the massive numbers of suicides here personally. If someone wants to top himself, that is his choice. The "getting me down" part is more just having to be confronted CONSTANTLY, every damn morning by suicide notices and delays on the train. It's being faced with the actions of people I know nothing about and yet having to be personally affected by it all. I don't mean that in a harsh way. It's a shame that they took things into their own hands. Maybe my strict Catholic upbringing, in which we were told we have NO right to kill ourselves and that suicide is a mortal sin, is coming through. In Japan, there is no stigma against suicide. As you all know, it is in fact, as history has shown, a bit of an honor in many situations. I see suicides on the train tracks in particular, since it affects SO many people, to be an act of violence against the innocent.
Thanks for the wishes for the horse. I saw her yesterday, only briefly. I am really disgusted with the whole thing. I hope things can work out.
Message on my phone yesterday from people at the old club saying how sad they were my horse was gone. Yes, I am sad too and the whole thing just made me cry after a long day yesterday.

diyana -- Yeah, the suicide thing (see reply to Shad). Yesterday morning again. It's early. I am moving through mobs of people going to work and feeling very tired and weak (cat is keeping me awake all night) and then am yet again confronted with suicide notices. Luckily, it wasn't my train line. I understand why people take this easy way out. They simply want a release. I want a release. I'm not taking it and that's what makes me angry with them. I am not feeling sorry for them. Perhaps it sounds heartless. I don't know. But, that's the truth of it.
Thanks for the wishes too. I am afraid I got myself into a lousy place, one that has NO money and is inundated with the volunteer mind, which can seem nice at first but doesn't really help anyone in the end if they can't afford to be volunteers themselves.
On another front, I am being constantly asked to do more volunteer work for an animal welfare group I helped when I was at the paper. I have asked for some payment, some regular work with payment, even if the pay is low, but my requests are ignored, yet they continue to ask for more help with rewriting, polishing and copy writing. I finally put my foot down though it means I risk not having the support of the group should I find a homeless, helpless animal that I just must help but would be hard put to on my own. But, I feel I am truly being put upon by these people. They are too used to exploiting the goodness in people and using that to deal with the bad side of others. Such groups have to learn to operate more as a business, especially in a country such as Japan, where corporate benevolence and private donations are not common practice. Something is not right with the whole equation.

redballoon
01-29-2010, 06:37 AM
Feeling a LOT better. Saw my horse today and she had an exciting race around the new place's arena. She looked exhilarant!
Two more jumpers stopped two more train lines on my way back. Ok, I will stop with the suicide reports. :^:

diyana
01-29-2010, 08:27 AM
Happy Friday (or Happy Saturday for Red and Shad)!

Red - Good for you for keeping up with your journal. You are going through an extremely tough time in your life, and to be able to thing of good things and write them down is a credit to you! :bravo: It's all fine and good to return to the discipline of healthy eating and exercise, but don't crack the whip too hard. Be kind to yourself, okay? Good for you for letting yourself have a good cry of release. :hug: And I've TOTALLY been where you are in terms of volunteerism. I did volunteer website work for a non-profit for many years. Then, as money started getting tighter, I had to take on paying clients and more paying clients until finally something had to give. I explained the situation to the non-profit - that I had to spend my time on paying clients and would come back when I had more time available. The founder had become and still is a dear, dear friend, and she understood. Good luck with that situation. Your number one priority has to be to yourself...your physical, emotional and financial health. Volunteerism is wonderful...but sometimes other things in life have to take precedence. :hug: I am soooo, soooo happy to hear your horse is doing well at the new place! I could almost see her running happily around! :woohoo: :D Big hugs to you my friend. :hug: :hug:

Shad - I know you're crazy busy and have spotty internet availability. Just wanted to let you know I'm thinking of you and hope that you're doing well.

Marcia - How are you doing? Did you get the cold front in Houston? It was 1 degree when I left the house this morning, with a -10 windchill. :brr:

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I had a great strength training class that kicked my butt, followed by a really, really fun Zumba class. The entire class enjoys it...so much so that we make requests for certain songs/dances! It's a blast! I had a decent weigh in yesterday. I was down 0.2 lb which is not nearly as much as I would've liked, but a loss is a loss. And since I have no plans for big fattening dinners this week like I had last weekend, I should do better.

I'm scheduled to donate blood in about 1/2 hour at a work-sponsored blood drive. Hopefully my iron count will be high enough for me to donate. :) After that, I'll be counting down the hours 'till the weekend!

diyana
01-29-2010, 09:40 AM
Okay. I wasn't able to donate because my iron count was just a teeny bit too low. :( I was really bummed out and wanted to comfort myself with some of the cafeteria's delicious bread pudding that they hardly ever make but made this morning. Bread pudding is my absolute all time favorite treat, making it extremely hard to resist. Luckily, when I went to the cafeteria to get more water, coffee and, yes, bread pudding, there were two women from my WW at work group who have both been extremely successful (they've lost like 30-40 lbs each so far) and they do it by staying OP. I went up to one of them and said, "I'm sooo glad you're here at this moment." She said, "You were going to be bad weren't you." I told her I was up here for the bread pudding. She suggested other alternatives, but none sounded as good. So I got my water and coffee and went back to my desk, where I took out a Fiber One Peanut Butter bar. I'm enjoying that right now and it's very yummy. And it's 2 points as opposed to 13!!

redballoon
01-30-2010, 08:07 AM
A long day and very little accomplished. My gosh, things just seem to get worse.
Thanks, diyana, for your kind and supportive words. They are very nice to read and I am grateful. Thank you so much. :hug:

diyana
01-30-2010, 12:19 PM
Red - I consider you a friend and I care. I am hoping and praying that things get better for you. But until they do, know that you are not alone. You do have people who care about you and are here for you.

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I realize that I forgot to post my challenge tracking yesterday. And today, I am tired and sore. I did an intense, fast-paced hour long Zumba class (twice as long as the class I usually do) followed by 1/2 hour of strength training. I hope I can keep my eating good today...usually when I work out this much, I'm hungrier all day long. I've got lots of website work to do this weekend, so I'm glad I got my exercising out of the way early.

Journal everything AND count WW points - 0 pauses allowed - Day 18 completed
64 ounces of water - 0 pauses allowed - Day 18 completed
Stay within WW points - 3 pauses allowed - Day 18 completed
5 servings of fruits and veg - 3 pauses allowed - Day 18 completed
1/2 hour cardio - 1 pause taken - 2 pauses left - Day 17 completed
50 crunches - 1 pause taken - 2 pauses left - Day 17 completed

redballoon
01-30-2010, 04:34 PM
Again, for the record because I've been lax about reporting where I am on my challenge...
I completed my Good Things Log challenge :cp: :encore: :cp: and will say I immediately started another round. So, here's the tally. From today, the goal is also to at least write something ON the day, not later, which I was allowing previously.

Good Things Log Challenge Round 2 Day 3 completed 0 pauses taken

Thank you, diyana. That is very sweet of you. :)

Shad
01-30-2010, 06:27 PM
Morning all,

Well I have a new internet connection which will allow me a fair amount of freedom on the computer again. So I will need to think up some challenges which will fit with my new lifestyle down here. I'll be back with them soon. My constant companion down here seems to be constipation. Sorry if that is too much information. I'll have to make a concerted effort to fix that and soon. Not sure what it going to take as I am pretty good with food and vegetables especially these days, but something is causing it and I need to know what it is.

Red - difficult to try and sort something out for you to help you get over the hurdles in your life. It's obviously very difficult for you, and telling you that something will come up is not going to ease the misery. This is Japan we are talking about. Jobs will go to the Japanese first. And you have some responsibilities such as the cats and the horse. And at this point in time, I think you are so far down the depression track that you can't see the light at the end of the tunnel and if you did, you might think it was a train coming straight at you. Bad analogy but there you go. Is Japan still shedding staff in the workplace? Is that the reason for the multiple suicides? Times must be tough over there and unfortunately, the young people (Y Generation mostly) are not strong enough in the mind to have plan B or have a plan at all. Live for the time - or as my step nephew says ' here for a good time, not for a long time'. A truly horrible mantra. Have we failed them so much that they have no ambition or competitiveness. Get off the :soap: Shad.

Time to go eat, and then go out to see what is out there. I think I will take the car and just drive into the hills. See what's out there.

diyana
01-31-2010, 08:40 AM
Red - Good for you for completing the Good Things Log challenge, and for continuing it. Thinking/remembering the positive things is always good. :hug:

Shad - So happy for you that you have a better internet connection! As for your "constant companion", I'm sure stress has something to do with that, and there's probably no relief to that in sight. In the meantime, can you get any high fiber foods where you are, or are you already enjoying those types of foods. Hope you had a nice drive in the hills.

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I'm a little sore today, but not as bad as I thought. I'm also tired and would rather be sleeping still, but I've got website work to do for a few hours and then I'll do a bit of Wii Fit.

Journal everything AND count WW points - 0 pauses allowed - Day 19 completed
64 ounces of water - 0 pauses allowed - Day 19 completed
Stay within WW points - 3 pauses allowed - Day 19 completed
5 servings of fruits and veg - 3 pauses allowed - Day 19 completed
1/2 hour cardio - 1 pause taken - 2 pauses left - Day 18 completed
50 crunches - 1 pause taken - 2 pauses left - Day 18 completed

diyana
02-01-2010, 08:39 AM
Quiet weekend here...I hope everyone is doing well, both in general and on our challenges! :grouphug:

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I'm still feeling a bit of soreness/stiffness from Saturday's workout, and going up and downstairs yesterday for laundry. But I managed 40 minutes of step aerobics yesterday on the Wii Fit, and tonight will be 1/2 hour of Zumba. I was going to do strength training and two 1/2 hour long Zumba classes...but I think my body will likely tell me that one class is plenty for today along with my crunches, of course.

Journal everything AND count WW points - 0 pauses allowed - Day 20 completed
64 ounces of water - 0 pauses allowed - Day 20 completed
Stay within WW points - 3 pauses allowed - Day 20 completed - thank heavens for the extra weekly points - I seem to use a lot of them on the weekends!
5 servings of fruits and veg - 3 pauses allowed - Day 20 completed
1/2 hour cardio - 1 pause taken - 2 pauses left - Day 19 completed
50 crunches - 1 pause taken - 2 pauses left - Day 19 completed

diyana
02-01-2010, 03:18 PM
This is for Red and for anyone else who might need a bit of cheering up today.

WOMAN'S WEEK AT THE GYM

If you read this without laughing out loud, there is something wrong with you. This is dedicated to everyone who ever attempted
to get into a regular workout routine.

Dear Diary,
For my birthday this year, I purchased a week of personal training at the local health club.
Although I am still in great shape since being a high school football
cheerleader 43 years ago, I decided it would be a good idea to go ahead and give it a try.
I called the club and made my reservations with a personal trainer named
Christo, who identified himself as a 26-year-old aerobics instructor and model for athletic clothing and swim wear.
Friends seemed pleased with my enthusiasm to get started!
The club encouraged me to keep a diary to chart my progress.
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MONDAY:
Started my day at 6:00 a.m. Tough to get out of bed, but found it was
well worth it when I arrived at the health club to find Christo waiting
for me. He is something of a Greek god-- with blond hair, dancing eyes, and a dazzling white smile. Woo Hoo!!
Christo gave me a tour and showed me the machines.
I enjoyed watching the skillful way in which he conducted his aerobics class after my workout today. Very inspiring!
Christo was encouraging as I did my sit-ups, although my gut was already aching from holding it in the whole time he was around.
This is going to be a FANTASTIC week!!
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TUESDAY:
I drank a whole pot of coffee, but I finally made it out the door.
Christo made me lie on my back and push a heavy iron bar into the air then he put weights on it!
My legs were a little wobbly on the treadmill, but I made the full mile.
His rewarding smile made it all worthwhile.
I feel GREAT! It's a whole new life for me.
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WEDNESDAY:
The only way I can brush my teeth is by laying the toothbrush on the counter and moving my mouth back and forth over it.
I believe I have a hernia in both pectorals.
Driving was OK as long as I didn't try to steer or stop. I parked on top of a GEO in the club parking lot.
Christo was impatient with me, insisting that my screams bothered other club members.
His voice is a little too perky for that early in the morning and when he scolds, he gets this nasally whine that is VERY annoying.
My chest hurt when I got on the treadmill, so Christo put me on the stair monster.
Why the heck would anyone invent a machine to simulate an activity rendered obsolete by elevators?
Christo told me it would help me get in shape and enjoy life.
He said some other crap too.
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THURSDAY:
Butthole was waiting for me with his vampire-like teeth exposed as his thin, cruel lips were pulled back in a full snarl.
I couldn't help being a half an hour late-- it took me that long to tie my shoes.
He took me to work out with dumbbells.
When he was not looking, I ran and hid in the restroom. He sent some skinny witch to find me.
Then, as punishment, he put me on the rowing machine-- which I sank.
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FRIDAY:
I hate that demon Christo more than any human being has ever hated any other human being in the history of the world.
Stupid, skinny, anemic, anorexic, little aerobic instructor.
If there was a part of my body I could move without unbearable pain, I would beat him with it.
Christo wanted me to work on my triceps. I don't have any triceps!
And if you don't want dents in the floor, don't hand me the darn barbells or
anything that weighs more than a sandwich.
The treadmill flung me off and I landed on a health and nutrition teacher.
Why couldn't it have been someone softer, like the drama coach or the choir director?
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SATURDAY:
Satan left a message on my answering machine in his grating, shrilly voice wondering why I did not show up today.
Just hearing his voice made me want to smash the machine with my planner; however, I lacked the
strength to even use the TV remote and ended up catching eleven straight hours of the Weather Channel..
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SUNDAY:
I'm having the Church van pick me up for services today so I can go and thank GOD that this week is over.
I will also pray that next year my husband will choose a gift for me that is fun-- like a root canal or a hysterectomy.
I still say if God had wanted me to bend over, he would have sprinkled the floor with diamonds!!!

redballoon
02-02-2010, 08:04 AM
I got a story done yesterday that had been hanging over my head...hurrah! Feeling a little better...wishful thinking no doubt but at least I CAN feel better...

Good Things Log Challenge Round 2 Day 6 completed 0 pauses taken

Thanks Shad and diyana for your support always! :yes: diyana, the gym thing was cute. I especially liked it early on when her feelings toward the trainer starting changing ever so slightly. I could see it coming! :lol: It is so like us, isn't it? One day everything is rosy and then, bam! the glasses come off. Which makes me think too that a lot of what we yearn for is not really the perfect world we imagine it to be.
Thanks for the laughs!

diyana
02-02-2010, 11:21 AM
Red - So glad you got the story done! :bravo: Glad you liked the joke too.

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It's been the day from **** so far at work. But I'm trying to stay optimistic that it will get better. I succumbed to a donut...7 points. And I've pretty much used up all my extra weekly points (after the donut). I haven't added in the points I earned exercising, which is a lot, but I usually don't add those in. Oh well. We'll see what happens on Thursday.

Journal everything AND count WW points - 0 pauses allowed - Day 21 completed - :woohoo:
64 ounces of water - 0 pauses allowed - Day 21 completed - :woohoo:
Stay within WW points - 3 pauses allowed - Day 21 completed - :woohoo:
5 servings of fruits and veg - 3 pauses allowed - Day 21 completed - :woohoo:
1/2 hour cardio - 1 pause taken - 2 pauses left - Day 20 completed
50 crunches - 1 pause taken - 2 pauses left - Day 20 completed

MoveMoveMove
02-02-2010, 08:40 PM
Hello ladies. Just stopping in to say a quick hi. Haven't had time to catch up with everybody yet.

Still deciding on my challenges for this month.

Diyana - as I wipe the tears from my face, I say thank you for the gym story. HILIARIOUS.

TTFN

diyana
02-03-2010, 07:40 AM
Marcia - Glad you enjoyed the gym story! If you can't decide on your challenges for this month, you can keep the ones you had last month annd maybe make them a little tougher. That's what I'm doing.

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I shoveled snow for about 1/2 hour yesterday and then went to Zumba. So hopefully I exercised away the donut transgression.

I completed all my challenges and am going to continue with them, except increase my cardio time to 45 minutes daily and add a minute of planks (which can be broken up into three 20 second planks or two 30 second planks).

Journal everything AND count WW points - 0 pauses allowed - Round 2 - Day 0
64 ounces of water - 0 pauses allowed - Round 2 - Day 0
Stay within WW points - 2 pauses allowed - Round 2 - Day 0
5 servings of fruits and veg - 3 pauses allowed - Round 2 - Day 0
45 min. of cardio - 3 pauses allowed - Round 2 - Day 0
50 crunches - 3 pauses allowed - Round 2 - Day 0
1 minute of planks - 3 pauses allowed - Round 2 - Day 0

diyana
02-04-2010, 07:33 AM
Hope you all are doing well!!

I did 45 minutes of Wii Fit step last night, and the crunches and planks. I was exhausted by the time I got done. Tonight, I've got a meeting with a website client, and then I'm hoping to be able to get to the gym in time for Zumba.

Journal everything AND count WW points - 0 pauses allowed - Round 2 - Day 0
64 ounces of water - 0 pauses allowed - Round 2 - Day 1 completed
Stay within WW points - 2 pauses allowed - Round 2 - Day 1 completed
5 servings of fruits and veg - 3 pauses allowed - Round 2 - Day 1 completed
45 min. of cardio - 3 pauses allowed - Round 2 - Day 1 completed
50 crunches - 3 pauses allowed - Round 2 - Day 1 completed
1 minute of planks - 3 pauses allowed - Round 2 - Day 1 completed

diyana
02-04-2010, 07:35 AM
Red- You snuck in front of me! Your girl is BEAUTIFUL!!! Absolutely gorgeous!! What's her name again (apologies if you've mentioned it and I have forgotten)? Who is that with her? Thanks for sharing the photo. She made me smile too! :)

redballoon
02-04-2010, 07:36 AM
Here's the girl who eats me out of house and home...Oh!! sorry, shes the one on the LEFT! ;) Friend of mine came over to see her today and snapped this with his phone camera. It's small but you can see who makes me smile! :yes:

http://i56.photobucket.com/albums/g195/darksecret59/heidijoso.jpg

redballoon
02-04-2010, 07:40 AM
diyana, hi! I was just moving my post and then yours popped in so it comes after now! :lol3: Oh, well, no one will be too confused.
Her name is Heidi. She'll be 17 this year. She's only 15 hands. I'm just over 5 feet myself so she doesn't look so small here. I'm glad you like her. Why that's ME with her!! Excuse the filthy coat. I was brushing the caked mud off her. It snowed up there north of Tokyo, just a bit though, and was cold...by Tokyo standards that is...

And since you said she's not only beautiful but gorgeous as well, here's another photo I took the other day! :dance:

http://i56.photobucket.com/albums/g195/darksecret59/heidijoso2.jpg

diyana
02-04-2010, 07:51 AM
Red - I was wondering if it was you with her. But you used to comment how big and unattractive you perceive yourself to be - l think you once compared yourself to a wrestler....and I was thinking the woman in the photo IS attractive, not overweight, with a terrific smile and very nice eyes. It's so nice to see a photo of you!! Thank you for sharing!!!

redballoon
02-04-2010, 07:55 AM
Goodness, goodness, all compliments today! :o (((blushing))) Thank you! But, diyana, the coat hides a LOT and when you're around tiny, tiny Japanese, it's all relative. I have a small stature compared to the vast majority of Americans but compared to Asians, I am NOT small. But, again, the fat is there, under the coat... :yes: wrestlers have nice smiles sometimes too.... ;)

diyana
02-04-2010, 07:59 AM
Red - Since you posted a photo of yourself. Here's one of me (and DH). This is from a couple years ago. My hair is straighter and about halfway down my back.

diyana
02-04-2010, 08:07 AM
Red - Your girl is quite lovely. I love all animals, and seeing animal photos always makes me happy! As for comparing yourself to the teeny tiny Japanese....remember, I told you there are hundreds of women at my company who are probably size 3 or smaller. I will never, ever be a size 3. My lowest "adult" size was a size 7/8 (when I was just out of high school). I quickly got up to a 10 and just kept going up from there! I don't expect to ever be a size 8 again. If I could be a 12, I'd be happy...and a 10 would make me ecstatic! It's not fair or kind to yourself to compare yourself to the teeny women who would snap like a twig (at least that's what I tell myself). I'll take a toned athletic body any day (and I'll have one someday). :lol: Big hugs to you, my friend. And please give Heidi a big hug from me as well!

redballoon
02-04-2010, 08:08 AM
Wow, thanks diyana, for the photo. What a cute shot of the two of you. You certainly look as sweet as you sound, VERY!

....posting fast and furious here! You snuck in again! Yes, I know I shouldn't compare but it's not just me. I am asked constantly what I eat and people say I shouldn't be riding, that I am not at all feminine, that I am going to hurt my horse etc. etc. A lot of Japanese just think that everyone wants to be the same or that anyone who isn't can be subject to blatant criticism. How many times have I heard someone exclaim, "Oh, you've gotten fat!" A lot! I'm a size 8 (a very tight size 8 :^: around the hips) now but do you know that a 6 is the maximum any store of any name carries here. And I have had store clerks look at me with outright disdain when I asked if they had anything bigger. And, of course, I am not small for my stature. It is relative. I am not huge simply because I'm short. But, I can't buy shoes here and my head and hands are big too. Is that weird or what? Oh, maybe it's just because I'm not Asian.... oh well.
But, I am under a lot of criticism here for sure. Anyhow, it's only when I'm feeling especially tired of it all that I guess it gets to me but IT is constantly there. The guys in the gym, the people at the riding club, the racehorse people...sigh, sigh, sigh.
Anyhow, I'm glad you love animals. I do too.
Thanks again for sharing your photo! :sunny: ...did you see the second shot of Heidi? ;)

diyana
02-04-2010, 08:59 AM
Red - Thanks for the nice compliment! OMG!! How dare people tell you that you shouldn't be riding or that you're hurting your horse! What b**tards!! I would like to just haul off and smack those a**holes! There goes my illusion that the Japanese tend to be very respectful and polite! :tantrum: A size 6 is the BIGGEST?! That's INSANE! I guess if I remember right...the one time I went to Hong Kong and bought clothes there, I was a size 7 or size 9 and everything I bought was XL! Crazyness! You need to come to Wisconsin where you would be considered skinny!!! Yes, I did see the second photo of Heidi! She is lovely!!

diyana
02-04-2010, 02:30 PM
Yay!!!

Weigh in went well this week! I had a really :goodscale: I lost 2.2 lbs this week. Hopefully I'll be in the two teens by next week! Doing the happy dance!! :dancer:

immunized
02-04-2010, 03:02 PM
my everyday 21 day challenge:


Less than 1500 calories a day, 2 pauses
More than 5000 steps a day, 0 pause:
dizzy:
I start small to hopefully succeed and build up on it.

redballoon
02-04-2010, 06:00 PM
No time to post now and I haven't written in my good things for yesterday, but there were so many I am afraid of today because I feel yesterday was just too good to have come for nothing. Oh, warped thinking, me.
Let's hope yesterday was a promise of better things to come, inserted in there by the cosmic powers that be, to keep me alive.

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diyana -- Hurrah for your weight loss!! :cp: :cheer: :cp: You must have been doing something right!! :yes: :spin: Aim for those teens!! You can do it! :strong:
Yes, the politeness in Japanese is a matter of form. The words, the actions are all there but it is not from the heart. They are set, everything. You don't have to think, just say the words, do the actions. And then people will nod their head and be satisfied. You can talk the talk! Of course, there ARE sincerely polite, kind, compassionate Japanese, oh yes, but the thing that always hits newcomers to Japan is the FORM. That comes form a culture that places huge importance on form and it IS nice. It comes from a culture that was developed to keep people in line and to keep them from getting their heads taken off with a swing of the sword. You could (and many do) be cursing the person you're bowing to under your breath, but you will keep your head!! Naturally, Japanese are human and this politeness is but the cover on the book. Whenever us longterm residents hear people going on about how polite the Japanese, we roll our eyes and say, "You haven't been here very long, have you?"
Yes, diyana, I should come to Wisconsin. I love going to the States because of the diversity. This is what is lacking here and what makes it very boring and leads to people, including myself, starting to stare when we see someone that is, oh my GOD! not like all the others. I will endeavor (no matter how much a stretch of the imagination it may be) to imagine myself the swan amongst the ducklings. :lol3:

immunized -- Welcome! :welcome:

immunized
02-05-2010, 03:04 AM
Thanks for the welcome red balloon!
I used to love a French movie called red balloon!

Today was very good Day #1
< than 1500 calories. I had 1100
>than 5000 steps i walked 7000
Good start

diyana
02-05-2010, 07:51 AM
Immunized - Welcome!! Those are great challenges, and yes, a very great start. I want to caution you not to eat too few calories. I've been there and done that...and when you don't eat enough calories your body tends to hold on to fat/weight.

Red - I so hope that all the good things yesterday were just a promise of things to come. Be happy with each and every one! And be eager for all the good things today might/will bring. Thanks for the support/encouragement! Thanks for the mini lesson in Japanese culture. How long have you lived in Japan? What brought you there in the first place? And, girlfriend, you are MOST DEFINITELY A SWAN! :hug:

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Yesterday afternoon was crazy busy. I'm glad I walked on my lunch hour. I didn't get the crunches or planks in though. My meeting with a client ran long, so I didn't get to Zumba either, but did make it in time for my meeting with my coach/trainer to review my successes/challenges and set new goals and action plans - which are essentially my 21-day challenge goals.

Journal everything AND count WW points - 0 pauses allowed - Round 2 - Day 2 completed
64 ounces of water - 0 pauses allowed - Round 2 - Day 2 completed
Stay within WW points - 2 pauses allowed - Round 2 - Day 2 completed
5 servings of fruits and veg - 3 pauses allowed - Round 2 - Day 2 completed
45 min. of cardio - 3 pauses allowed - Round 2 - Day 2 completed
50 crunches - 1 pause taken - 2 pauses left - Round 2 - Day 1 completed
1 minute of planks - 1 pause taken - 2 pauses left - Round 2 - Day 1 completed

immunized
02-05-2010, 04:03 PM
Diyana
Thanks for your message.
You are absolutely right for the reasonable amount of calories. I have to be careful otherwise it will defeat my purpose.
I am happy to do this challenge with you guys

redballoon
02-05-2010, 11:11 PM
Yes, as feared, yesterday did not seem like a very good day. I am more confused than ever by what is expected and/or allowed me at the new riding club and I am again feeling sick to my stomach with anxiety and a feeling of being deceived...I think the guy who runs it is a bit of a kook who flip flops constantly. I was told I couldn't ride my horse now until I pay more money...ok, she is being boarded for cheap, but that was not the initial agreement. I don't want to push or get angry because 1) I don't know where else to go and 2) this may not be so bad for my horse. It's ME I'm worried about. Woke crying from a dream last night where I quit in the middle of my piano lesson and started crying to the teacher...Damn, loony tunes here. Piano lesson today.
All I can do is hope things work out after all.

Good Things Log Challenge Round 2 Day 9 completed 0 pauses taken

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diyana -- I've been in Japan far, far too long, over 25 years, and I'm starting to seriously feel I have to get out because I am not developing or being allowed to thrive. But, let's leave talk of myself for now. It only makes me feel ill. I didn't mean to give you a lesson in Japanese culture and should just keep my mouth shut. Didn't mean to soapbox, but I suppose all these years here just make it very hard for me to stand by when I hear the old stereotypes about Japan and believe me, the Japanese are the first to perpetrate them. What brought me here? Fate? A bad joke? Korean Air Lines. No, I don't know. A whim, the need to move, a search for meaning, temporary insanity? It was a very bad time for me back then. I lived in Germany, then in India and was planning on going back to India, didn't get the visa right off so threw in the towel in disgust and used my ticket as far as Tokyo. Planned to stay 2 weeks...
Thanks for saying I'm a swan...I certainly don't feel like it.
Am currently absolutely disgusted with myself again for having broken my pledge to stay off booze and cigs till July. It was two weeks last night and I was doing fine, but a last-minute invitation from a former work mate came in on my phone and I took it. Damn. It could have been worse. I could have stayed out till dawn and spent money I don't have and used taxis to rack up the bill, but I didn't. So, the damage wasn't that bad but I feel awful today. Going to try it again. One slip does not a failure make, right!?
Oh, and diyana, a quick glance back and I see I've been totally out of it and missed your having completed all your challenges. Sorry about that and a big hand to you!!! :bravo: :bravo: :bravo: I'm so glad you're here with us!! :yes: :sunny:

immunized -- Good for you and congrats on a successful liftoff! You hit it on the nose when you mentioned the French movie. That is what I took my handle from, the balloon befriending the boy, him chasing it, the elusive ballon, a symbol of the body and lifestyle I want but have trouble getting a hold of. That and the fact, that, with my red hair, if I didn't stop gaining weight, I would soon be something of a balloon myself.
Actually, I don't remember it that well...think I saw it back when I was in second grade French class. Here it is...
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=8080999735593908602#
and yes, now I watched it and I realize my memory was off. still, fine.
It made me cry, a little boy's affection for his ballon, the cruel world....I can only hope the balloons took the little boy to a better place...

immunized
02-06-2010, 04:59 PM
Still going great Day 3
Calories 1480 (< than 1500)
Steps 7500 (>5000)

Red Balloon
This is great to see the film again. Thank you so much for sending me the link.
I grew up in Paris and it is like I remember. It changed so much since!
Like you I did not remember the movie that well. It is very touching! the last scene is wonderful. I wish balloons would come and get me and take me for a little ride.

diyana
02-07-2010, 01:08 PM
Red - I really, genuinely appreciated the lesson in Japanese culture. No need to apologize...and NEVER EVER EVER feel you need to "shut up" or censor yourself on my account. And you are always welcome to soapbox. :) You are a friend and I want to hear everything. It sucks that the guy boarding your horse won't let you ride it. Did you happen to get any part of your agreement in writing? As for the slip up, it's not a big deal. I had a donut last week. Last night after working several hours at the Pet Expo, DH and I went out to a buffet and stuffed myself with yummy fattening food. And tonight, I'm trying to figure out how to work in lots of yummy, yummy snacks while watching the Super Bowl. And I feel really tired and sleepy today...so I don't know how much cardio I'll get in. But I did get a lot of exercise in yesterday.

Immunized - Glad to see you're doing so well on your calories and steps.

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Journal everything AND count WW points - 0 pauses allowed - Round 2 - Day 4 completed
64 ounces of water - 0 pauses allowed - Round 2 - Day 4 completed
Stay within WW points - 2 pauses allowed - Round 2 - Day 4 completed
5 servings of fruits and veg - 3 pauses allowed - Round 2 - Day 4 completed
45 min. of cardio - 3 pauses allowed - Round 2 - Day 4 completed
50 crunches - 1 pause taken - 2 pauses left - Round 2 - Day 3 completed
1 minute of planks - 1 pause taken - 2 pauses left - Round 2 - Day 3 completed

immunized
02-07-2010, 04:35 PM
calories 1300 unless i forgot something
steps 5500
Diyana Enjoy the Super Bowl!!