South Beach Diet - Weekly Challenges for April 3-9

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04-03-2011, 01:44 AM
Disclaimer: I've never organized anything like this so, please, bear with me, and feel free to share any tips you have!

Welcome to the first South Beach weekly challenge thread!

Weekly challenges are a great way to stay accountable on your goals over shorter terms. You choose your goal for the week. It may or may not be sustainable over the long term. If a challenge/goal is not working after one week, re-evaluate and modify or move on. If you're thriving and you like it, feel free to reuse goals week to week as you integrate the healthy habits you develop with your routine!

Let us know your goal for this week and be sure to check in along the way and at the end to let us know how you're doing!


04-03-2011, 01:46 AM
This weekend is a rough one eating-wise and a lazy one exercise-wise.

This week I'm going to workout every day for at least one hour. No leaving the gym after 20 minutes!

3: ✓ (45 minutes treadmill + 20 minutes arc trainer = 65min)
4: ✓ (15 minutes arc trainer + 60 minute BodyCombat class = 75min)
5: ✓ (45 minutes treadmill + 60 minute BodyFlow class = 105min)
6: ✓ (35 minutes arms s/t + 25 minutes calisthenics = 60min)
7: ✓ (35 minutes jog + 26 minutes walking = 61min)
8: ✗ (40 cumulative minutes of chest compressions = 40min)
9: ✓ (45 minutes jogging + 15 minutes walking = 60min)

Challenge complete! :broc:

Reflections: Achieved my goal 6/7 days! It wasn't that hard to do (except on the 8th) when I had the mindset that it just wasn't an option, and I planned for it. I can't and won't sustain exercising 7 days a week, but I've discovered 60 minutes isn't hard get (especially when I'm already at the gym). Pushing my endurance even became fun!

04-03-2011, 08:04 AM
Drink 100 oz water per day and one form of exercise each day:
4/3: water yes, exercise no
4/4: water yes, exercise yes - 45 minute hill walk
4/5: water yes, exercise yes!! pilates and free weights
4/6: water yes, exercise yes!! 45 minute walk with one big hill
4/7: water yes, exercise no
4/8: water yes, exercise yes!! 5 mins. rebounder, free weights, pilates
4/9: water??, exercise yes - 45 min. hill walk

04-03-2011, 08:20 AM
I'm so copying you !!!

Drink 100 oz of water per day and get one form of exercise each day!!

4/3= Exercise yes, water close...about 80 oz. I wasn't home so it's harder!
4/4=m Exercise yes, water yes!!!!!!!
April goal

04-03-2011, 11:53 AM
no dark chocolate, back on training plan .

4/4: no chocolate, cadio plus yoga

04-03-2011, 12:08 PM
Since I'm already in the Spring Challenge for daily postings and eating three meals a day and I have an April goal of exercise so I think I'll work on my water intake here this week. I'm going to check with my doc, but think I was wrong about the max amount I can have. So for now am going to shoot for 64 oz of water daily. I haven't been anywhere near this so it's a far reach!

4/3 - Done but it wasn't easy! My gosh 64 ounces is a lot of water!
4/4 - Did it again and it didn't seem quite as hard
4/5 - Made it today too!
4/6 - Was out and about and didn't start drinking until mid afternoon when I got back home but I got them all in!
4/7 - Got er done as Larry the cable guy would say
4/8 - Darn, didn't get the last bottle of water in. First time I haven't made it this week.

04-03-2011, 03:46 PM
Love the water & exercise idea! The two go together so naturally, but neither come so easily to a lot of us for some reason.

What are your strategies for getting enough water and/or keeping track? I'm thinking I'll focus on water next week as I'm planning to try going without diet soda!

04-03-2011, 04:23 PM
I'd like to join the challenge ... I need to make sure I stick to this. Week after week I start off good and mess up horribly. Yesterday was the first day that I stayed totally on plan in a long time.

but for accountability purposes I'd say ...

~ get in 80ozs of water
~ I am a Curves member ... but need to make sure I go at least 3 times a week or do some form of exercise
~ leave the house if I feel the urge to cheat when no one is here (I know me)

03~ water done, Curves is closed today, but I got my treadmill so no excuses :yay:
04~ water done, Curves/Zumba ... a little time on the treadmill
05~ water :(, lots of walking
06~ water done, no exercise hung out with my DH a bit of walking though

04-03-2011, 05:20 PM
I love this idea! For this week, I'm going to try to replace my coffee with water after 9 am.

4/3 Yep (if you prorate for post 9 am wake up time, that is)
4/4 Yep
4/5 Yep

04-03-2011, 07:48 PM
Ok, I'm in....really had to think about this. I just got my annual bloodwork back. While I lowered my total cholesterol by 10 pts (199), my HDL and LDL could still use work.
Everyday: 1 Tbsp olive oil, 1 Teas Chia seeds, 1 aspirin

4-8-done I've been doing great with my goal...but not so good with posting!

This was great for me! I will continue this as a new and healthy habit.

04-04-2011, 12:59 AM
My goal for this week is 1 grain/1 fruit - no more, no less - every day starting tomorrow. My fruit and grain/starch consumption was a bit out of wack this week since I was out of town, so I want to get back on track.

April 3 - excused... travel day
April 4 - done :)
April 5 - done :)
April 6 - done :)
April 7 - done :)
April 8 - done :)
April 9 - done :)

04-04-2011, 08:01 AM
Drink at least 64oz of water and no more than 1 diet soda daily

4/3: only got in about 20oz...Not a good day for me!

04-05-2011, 01:06 PM
Loving my 60 minutes x 7 days challenge so far! Definitely feeling like I'm ramping it up!

04-05-2011, 01:11 PM
Shelf, what I do to track water is I fill up 2 34 oz. glass jars (left over from juice) at work to drink during the work day, and one 34 oz. jar at home to drink in the evening. My evening water is flavored with a slice of fresh lemon and my work water is flavored with tea made with a ginger and peach tea bag. I need a little taste to my water. Once all three are empty I know I've drank all my water. I can't keep track of glasses here and there.

04-05-2011, 02:09 PM
At first I thought I would find something to hold the entire 64 oz that I wanted to drink in a day but that looked like just too much water to what I do now is work with one 16 oz bottle. I make sure I have two before lunch and the other two before dinner. So far it's working.

04-05-2011, 02:16 PM
I missed this thread somehow...

My goals this week are 100 oz. of water daily, 60 minutes of exercise monday-saturday and no snacking after dinner.

4/4 - check on the water, check on the exercise
4/5 - check on the exercise, check on the exercise, check on the snacking

04-05-2011, 02:17 PM
UNT, as for replacing coffee with water after 9 am, what about warm lemon water? it is comforting, the lemon is a natural energizer and it is a great way to jumpstart your metabolism in the morning. I drink my cup 'o' coffee early, then switch to warm lemon water until I go to the gym.

04-05-2011, 05:54 PM
I missed this thread somehow...

My goals this week are 100 oz. of water daily, 60 minutes of exercise monday-saturday and no snacking after dinner.

4/4 - check on the water, check on the exercise and sort of check on the snacking after dinner.
4/5 - check on the exercise,

LOL, come on girl, what is this business about "sort of check on the snacking"? You either did or you didn't, there is no "sort of" mentioned in your goal. :D

04-05-2011, 11:34 PM
busted by T&T!, I had 1/4 c. of greek yogurt with some shredded apple that I had leftover in the fridge. mama was hungry!

anyway...sitting here, about ready to gnaw off my hand, frantically chewing gum. i'm pretty sure i'm just craving food because i told myself that i can't eat it. i'm not hungry. blah blah blah. this is tough. :/

04-06-2011, 01:25 AM
I agree, it is tough! Grandma is hungry tonight too! But I'm hanging on and hope to make it until bedtime.

Let's both just take a deep breath and dig deep.........hoping to see you in the morning with good news.

04-07-2011, 10:19 PM
Only two days left!

(after today)

Miscalculated my jog/walk route today and had to loop around the last part three times to stretch my outing out to 60 minutes! Did it just for you guys ;)

04-08-2011, 04:28 AM
Only two days left!

(after today)

Miscalculated my jog/walk route today and had to loop around the last part three times to stretch my outing out to 60 minutes! Did it just for you guys ;)

Good job! :carrot:

I almost grabbed a Lara Bar to take to the basketball game tonight...

I generally have an early dinner and save my afternoon snack to eat while we're at the game, but I forgot and ate my snack today. We talked about bringing the Lara Bars, but then I realized that would put me over my 1 fruit serving for the day. When I told DH I'd made a commitment to you guys to eat 1 fruit and 1 grain every day this week he kinda looked at me strange, but then didn't bring one for himself either.

04-08-2011, 11:04 PM

04-09-2011, 09:10 AM
Ah, zut! I didn't make my goal for yesterday. It was a pretty hellish day and I was running on 3 hours of sleep. Did get some activity doing chest compressions (about 40 minutes worth total, in two minute cycles, la CPR), but I just had nothing left in me to get out to the gym and study in the evening. I'll get there tonight to finish off this challenge!

I'll start a new thread tomorrow morning for next week... so start thinking about what your goal will be!

I think I will focus on getting enough water and no diet soda. I drink way, way too much diet A&W Rootbeer. It's ridiculous! I'm going to be out of town from Thurs-Sunday so strict exercise and food goals probably wouldn't work. I'll just do my best to stick to my regular plan on those.

04-09-2011, 06:34 PM
Shelf, will you start a new challenge thread tomorrow for the week? I'm going to ramp up my goals!!

04-09-2011, 06:49 PM
Mmc Yep! I'll start one tomorrow morning.

04-09-2011, 09:18 PM
Pulled my longest jog ever for the week's finale: 1:00:05, just meeting the day's goal.

Run graph attached below for proof :D