Chicks up for a Challenge - G2010: Fighting for the Right to be Who I am.




sprklemajik
06-01-2010, 10:47 AM
Hi ladies! Here's the next challenge. It runs from today June 1st to July 4th. This will take us to the halfway point for the year, so lets make this month count!


Weigh ins:
June 6th
June 13th
June 20th
June 27th
July 4th


sprklemajik
06-01-2010, 11:08 AM
So- I weighed in this morning as my restart on healthy eating and exercise.

215.5 - somehow I've managed to loose weight this past challenge (amazingly) with all the chaos going on, It was only 3.5 lbs in 2 months, but I'll count any as a victory.

I never got around to answering my own questions, so here goes:

I started the beginning of the year at 218, so I've not lost hardly any weight these 5 months. In some ways, being on the road every other weekend, in some ways I'm glad I wasn't gaining. In the past 5 months, I've been good at changing my stress eating habits. I've created a snack cabinet with healthy snacks, so I'm not digging through my husband's higher calorie foods when I feel the need to stuff my face so that if I eat when I'm not hungry it's less than 100 calories. The thing I've done terrible about is counting calories. I'll count for 2 days, then stop for a day, then a day on, 3 days off, etc. It's impossible to be a calorie counter when no one is counting calories. :( There's an easy way to solve this - just start counting again and committ to doing it every day. So I'm back on plan today. 1500 calories or less daily.


Goals for this challenge:
CW: 215.5
GW: 208
*1500 calories or under daily.
* 30 minutes of exercise 4 days/week
*log my calories every day

knobhdy
06-01-2010, 12:16 PM
I'm in. I didn't make my goal for the last challenge, but it was a long shot anyway. I did do very well, however.

I am keeping the weight goal at 199.4 (to make it an even 5 pounds to lose), but adding goals to log my food everyday, (I have fallen off lately) and also exercise at least 5 days a week, injuries permitting.


sprklemajik
06-01-2010, 02:43 PM
knohbody- sorry to be a PITA but it's 5 lbs to get from 204 to 199 (but it's still very doable!)

I've been running around like a loon and unpacking all the crazy stuff left in my house. I've got to be like 90% done now. Thank goodness. I'm going to hit 30 mins or an hour (if I'm feeling froggy) on the stationary bike this afternoon. I've got a bit of errands to run (plus I've got to pick up a copy of Alice in Wonderland-I'm dying to watch it). Catch you all later!

knobhdy
06-01-2010, 03:54 PM
yeah Sprklemajik, I noticed that. What can I say? "Math's hard; lets go shopping."

mrsaugie
06-01-2010, 05:51 PM
alright I am ready and rarin to go. What my goal will be depends on where I level out at. Any way I am looking forward to get back into the swing of things. I know I need it now more then ever.

Hopeful8
06-01-2010, 06:17 PM
Hey ladies, I would love to join this challenge w/all of you. I really really believe that I am addicted to these challenges. They're such a wonderful source of motivation. Good luck everyone :hug:

SW- 161.4
GW- 149.0

Weigh ins:


June 6th- 159.8
June 13th-
June 20th-
June 27th-
July 4th-

dandimae
06-02-2010, 06:54 PM
Alright! I'm ready for the new challenge. I didn't answer the last questions either, so here goes:

Loss so far: Let me start by saying that I was doing really well and then I went out of town for a month, so I've only lost 6.8 pounds total, when if I had kept up, I would have lost over 20. But I can't be sad, I can just start over.

Success: I have fallen off the wagon, so I don't consider what I've done or what I've been doing to be success. Ask me again in a few months and I might have a different answer! :)

Failed at: Well, I've failed at sticking to a program! I've been on and off again this whole time. I don't know what it's going to take for me to realize that I need to do this for my health!

I'll correct for my struggle by finally committing to getting this weight off and keeping it off. No more yoyo dieting here!!!! I'm also going to start working out on a regular basis and that will help a lot too.

My goals for this challenge are: Drinking my water! I was doing really well and then just stopped. I need to get back to at least a gallon a day.
I got the Mayo Clinic Diet book and journal and I'm starting that plan on June 6. It basically tells you how to adopt habits that can change your lifestyle. No more fad diets!!!!
I'm going to start my day with a walk. Every day!!!! It seems to rev me up for the entire day and helps me stay on track. Plus, it's not so hot early in the morning!
Use my food journal every day.
Start ChaLean Extreme and actually do it!!! I spent all that money for it and it's just sitting on my mantle. I've got to start it!

I know I have the tools to do this, I just have to buck up and get it done. I'm so glad I have all you ladies for support. Sorry about the LOOOONG post.

sprklemajik
06-02-2010, 11:09 PM
Good evening everyone.

Mrsaugie- Hey there, welcome back in. Hope the little one is doing well.

Dandiemae-I understand. I've committed to staying on plan again as well. I have really struggled with consistency.

Hopeful8-Welcome! We love to have new folks around.

So for my committments- I've counted my calories on the last two days, but haven't been on with my calories. I've been really hungry. Yesterday I ate 1800 cal and 2200 cal today. Today was a fail because of the anniversary dinner DH planned at our favorite Italian restaurant. It's so cute, and it's in the town where we we're first dating (swoon). He was such a sweetie today. It's been tough so far, but I'm working on my menus to bring it lower. Try again tomorrow.

dandimae
06-03-2010, 10:20 AM
:welcome: Hopeful8! Even though this board is a lot quieter now than it was at the beginning of the year, those of us left are here for ya!

Today has been great! I had my first workout session with my personal trainer, and it went ok. She did all my measurements (DEPRESSING!) and a strength test and then just a couple of moves. It was nice and it made me realize just how out of shape i am. Boo. But I'm starting a real workout program and I'm excited to do so.

Took the hubs to work today cause we're down to one car for a week or so and he's a Chick-fil-a addict. Every morning he stops for breakfast and I usually get a burrito with him. They're SO good. This morning though, I said no. I just got a coffee and he got his burrito. It was hard, but I did it. I ate McGanns Steel Cut Oats and fruit salad for breakfast. My body might go into shock because I'm putting good food into it. Hope everyone else is doing great!

Sprkle, congrats on 90% moved in! That's so amazing. It seems like it takes me forever to unpack.

zoochick777
06-03-2010, 12:47 PM
Hi everyone, I'd like to join if it's not too late!

SW: 175.4
CW: 174.6
GW: 167.4

I participated in these challenges a year ago, and we had to pm our weigh-ins to someone, do we still have to do that?

A little about me:
I am a zookeeper and absolutely LOVE animals. My work is basically all physical labor, therefore work is my exercise. I have a GoWear Fit, and I burn anywhere from 2800-3200 calories a day on work days. However, I've been losing very slowly lately because I have a problem of over eating at dinner. I've been improving lately though and the scale has started moving again.

Have a great day everyone!

dandimae
06-03-2010, 02:09 PM
Hey Zoochick777, we're not pming our weigh ins anymore. It's easier to just put them in our signature. And we're happy to have you join us! The more the merrier. We had another lady here that worked in a zoo too, but she hasn't been on in a while.

I've been contemplating buying a GoWearFit, but haven't done it yet...what do you think about it? Is it worth the money?

mrsaugie
06-05-2010, 11:27 AM
Alright I think I am leveling out at 215 that is where I have been the last couple of times I have WI. For the rest of the challenge I am going have a goal of getting back into a routine for exercise the eating and water intake are still good I just have to get back into the exercise thing again. I am hoping to try in the morning before the house gets going since Virginia wakes up around 5 anyway to eat.

zoochick777
06-05-2010, 11:30 PM
Dandimae: I love my GoWear Fit. It really helped me to know exactly how many calories I was burning per day, especially when I started my new job. I haven't been wearing it lately though because I'm trying to prevent getting a tan line since I'm planning on wearing a dress to my reunion.

McKenziesmomma
06-06-2010, 12:52 PM
Hey everyone :wave:

Of course I'm in! :carrot:

My goals:
SW: 269
GW: 258

*Eating out only once per week and making better choices for that once per week meal.
*1300 calories per day but no more than 1500
*30 minutes of walking or continuous activity per day every day.

dandimae
06-06-2010, 04:34 PM
Ok, today I weighed in and wow! I'm at 211 for the first weigh in for this challenge. I started the Mayo Clinic Diet. I'm really focusing on what I put in my body, which I haven't really been doing lately, and it's hard. I never realized how much extra food I eat, like when I'm fixing the kids the kids lunch and just take a bite or two of what they're having....I forget that the extra bites here and there add up.

I went on my walk this morning! It was beautiful here, and not too terribly hot so it wasn't bad. I'm also gonna do 30 (probably in two 15 minute sessions) of the eliptical this evening, so I'll get a full hour of moving today.

I have a goal while on the first 16 weeks of this program to lose 38 pounds. That's 10 pounds the first two weeks, and then 2 pounds every week thereafter. I think that's completely doable if I really watch what I'm eating and actually exercise every day!

Hope everyone has had a great weekend! Nice to see you back Melissa!
MrsAugie, you go girl! I was no where near able to work out for about 5 months after my last one was born. Awesome!!!!

knobhdy
06-07-2010, 08:28 AM
Hi Ladies. As of weighed in this morning I am 1.7 Pounds from ONEderland. Seriously. I have lost almost 50 pounds. And I did measurements over the weekend, and I am down 2 inches on my ribcage, waist and hips. No wonder the shorts I had set aside for summer wear were falling off me.

The excitement is tempered by the fact that I should never have allowed myself to get this big, but still. I am feeling remarkable svelte these days.

dandimae
06-08-2010, 05:37 PM
knobhdy: CONGRATS!!!! That's so awesome! Even if you think you shouldn't have gotten that big in the first place (UGH! me either) it really is inspiring to see someone that's doing it and knowing that it CAN be done. You look great and you're so close to ONEderland! I love it.

:carrot: to you!

zoochick777
06-10-2010, 07:52 PM
Hey everyone. I was back up to 175.4 for this week, but I'm pretty sure that's because I ate a bad dinner and I ate late the night before. My mom has agreed to start buying healthy foods and cooking healthier so hopefully it'll get a bit easier not having the bad foods in the house.

sprklemajik
06-12-2010, 05:52 PM
Hey everyone! I've been busy but also alert on my eating and exercise. My 215 apparently was a freak of nature weigh in. I had been weighing in in the low 220's and then that weigh in (which was a total shock), but then the next morning my weight was at 228 (?!?!?!) and stayed there for several days. So... This morning I weighed in (after a good week of being on plan) at 223. I must have been completely dehydrated or had my scale off kilter or something in order to have gotten the 215. I think where I'm currently at is the truth, and the 228 probably was the truth as well (sadly).

My DH bought me my own bicycle today!! It's awesome. We live in a neighborhood where it will be safe for me to ride it around, and also there's a big greenway here that allows bikes. I'm a little wobbly, but I've built up my endurance from riding the stationary bike so I'm actually able to ride a bit. The seat hurts my bum, but I think I can build up an endurance for that as well. It's a mountain bike and eventually he wants us to ride trails together, but that's going to take me a while.

I've also got another interesting thing going on. I'm making a bet with my DH. We're putting back $500 and he and I are making a health bet. His is to quit smoking and mine is to get to 199 lbs. Goal end is Labor Day. So I've got 2.5 months. If only one of us meets our goal we get the whole amount, if both make goal we split it. The money can be spent on whatever we want. So... hoping a big incentive will make a difference in my staying on plan. It has so far. :)

sprklemajik
06-13-2010, 05:08 PM
I rode the bike today! :) It was a lot of fun. We got up this morning and hit the greenway- about 45 mins of biking total today. That's a pretty good start. It was fun. I'm not super awesome yet, but I'm working it out. I definitely wasn't terrible - and I think I can improve pretty quickly. Mostly I got sore in my wrists.

I'm on plan with my food for the day, actually a little under. I'm going to make a big salad in a few minutes and then start cooking dinner. Hope you all are having a lovely Sunday!

TERAPET
06-13-2010, 05:54 PM
sprklemajik-Just popping in to say congrats on the new bike and the bike ride. I love riding bikes although I go to slow for my husband so we don't get out often. Having a trail nearby would be so awesome. We have an incredible trail in the county where I reside but it takes 30 minutes by car to get there. Last time I went I gripped the handles too tight and ended up with a numb finger for like three weeks! It is almost recovered now. Be sure to change your grip now and then.

knobhdy
06-14-2010, 09:25 AM
Hi ladies!
I made it. I am in ONEderland, and I made my July 4th goal... a little early.

I would feel better about it except for the whole not eating thing; I have not had any desire to eat at all in about a month. So it is more like being really sick for a really long time, rather than doing this through careful planning and perseverance. I kinda feel cheap.

But on the other hand, I am now officially a 36c, and to be honest, I rather like it. :D

TERAPET
06-14-2010, 09:42 AM
Congrats Knobhdy-:celebrate: Onederland!!! WooHoo! Isn't that weird when you don't feel like eating. I was like that last week when I was sick. Granted I lost some weight but I can't say I would like living that way. So as hard as it is to control my appetite, I do enjoy anticipating and savoring a good meal! I also had to get new bras this week. I am now a 34B. I never have been much on top. I looked best when my kids were nursing. I was so sad when the last one stopped. Ha-Ha. Of course I am all used to it now and just glad to be losing weight.

knobhdy
06-17-2010, 09:26 AM
I am not doing well. Once I was able to face food again.. well I have not been making the best choices. After a month of having to eat anything I could stomach, I was caught off guard by being able to eat what was available.

I am back to tracking now, and I am sure I will be going down again soon.

dandimae
06-20-2010, 08:06 PM
Hope everyone is doing ok today! I forgot to weigh myself, so I will do so tomorrow. I start a REALLY early exercise class tomorrow morning at 510am, so wish me luck. I was really bad today...I fixed some delicious food for my hubs without caring about fat or calories. I'm probably in trouble, but I'll try and make up for it tomorrow.

How was everyone's weekend?

sprklemajik
06-22-2010, 09:50 PM
Man I'm exhausted. Who would have thought moving back around all my family I'd be back into all the family drama?!? So I'm learning. I'm still working on my diet. We'll see how the WI works, I was up a pinch this week, but it's TOM *doom*. I'm pushing through.

Hopefully everyone else is doing alright too?

sprklemajik
06-29-2010, 05:41 PM
Just checking in again. I'm still hanging around at the same wt. I started this week being strict with myself again and cutting out the fast food, I've been prepping my own meals and hopefully will see some decent numbers this week (as long as I take it easy with the 4th of July meals).

Also-someone tell me- do we want to keep this challenge set going? None of us (myself included) have been posting very much...

dandimae
06-29-2010, 06:03 PM
Oh please, please! I do want to keep it going!

I know I haven't been posting much, but I promise I'll be better! Even if it's just me, I don't care. But I'd like you to start the thread if you don't mind.

I, too have been hanging out at the same weight. I'm having some pretty serious jaw surgery on July 19th, so I'm going to be forced into a liquid diet for a couple of weeks so that should help me out! Ha ha.

sprklemajik
07-01-2010, 02:08 PM
Hi ladies- just checking in. It's almost the end of the challenge. I'm going to show a loss, just not the 214 I had unreasonably hoped for. I don't know what kind of goal I will set for the next challenge, it should take us all the way to labor day.

Please don't forget that this takes us all the way to halfway done with 2010. And truthfully I'm a little dissappointed in myself... but no time to meddle with that. I'm on day 4 of eating on plan and getting in a bit of exercise. I start next week @ a gym!! OMG I've not been to a real gym in-- well actually forever. I've used a mini gym at an apt complex, but not a full gym.

I'm contemplating fitness plans. I'm thinking two days a week doing strength training (approx 30-40 mins) and then two days a week on either the treadmill or elliptical or some other cardio machine for 45 mins. Then on the bike saturday and sunday mornings for a 30 minute ride. I know that looks like a lot, but that shouldn't be too hard to commit to.

Even if I don't hit 6 days a week of exercise, if I aim for it, maybe I'll at least get 4 days in.

dandimae
07-02-2010, 05:35 PM
Hey girl! I'm going to show a loss too, although I don't really know how it's happened. I'm at 207 right now and that's what I'm counting as my final, b/c we're going to be gone for a couple days and my internet access will be limited. I might be able to post, but I won't have a scale to weigh. I could just guestimate, but I don't think it's possible to really lose 50 pounds between today and the 4th. Ha ha!!!!

I'm disappointed in myself too. I really thought that I was ready to do this and lose weight, but it just seems that for some reason I keep sabotaging myself. I've lost 10 pounds, but that's not nearly enough. I had an aha! moment the other day though: my daughter's birthday party was last Saturday and there were pictures being taken. I truly think I was in denial about how big I am, but there's no denying how I actually look in the pictures! I have been good since then...I feel like sometimes I want instantaneous gratification but I have to realize that I didn't put this weight on over night and I'm not going to lose it over night either!

Hopefully we'll pick up some more contestants (or people will get more active) during the next challenge. We started out so great!

I hear you about the exercise! It seems sometimes that I want to work out 7 days a week and then I get 3 or 4 in actually. That's ok with me now that I understand it. So I like your theory. Good luck. I'm trying to do 6 days too, so hopefully I'll hit the 4 day mark too. :) My kiddos love to take walks with me, and I've carved out a 1.5 mile track in our neighborhood, so if I do that 2x a day I'll have 3 miles in! Woo hoo. Ok, better get finished packing. See you all soon!

Koshinogi
07-02-2010, 08:22 PM
Hi Guys,

think its about a year since i logged in last, and today is the day i decided to get my a** back on the wagon.

So when its not 1am, and ive slept ill read this thread and get my butt into gear, weigh myself and see how inaccurate my old stats are :D

See you all tomorrow and hope u dnt mind me jumping in

Koshi

oh dear thats how long look at my tag haha its exctly a year ;D

dandimae
07-06-2010, 01:39 AM
Hey Koshinogi! I welcome you aboard! We haven't had much activity here lately, but hopefully some of the people that started this challenge will jump back in!

Another thread should be starting up again, it's the G2010 challenge.

sprklemajik
07-06-2010, 10:44 PM
Okay so the new thread:

Labor Day Challenge (http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/chicks-up-challenge/206496-g2010-we-gotta-work-labor-day-challenge.html#post3374142)