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09-05-2011, 07:41 PM
:cloud9: I love Autumn. I love the Fall. :love:
I know some of you can relate!

This year's Autumnal Equinox is on September 23rd. :twirly:

I'm making a mini-challenge with a little goal of staying on plan from September 6th through the 22rd in order to be happy and prepared for the fun of Fall!

That's a mere 17 days left of summer, and I plan to use it wisely. :cool:

I aim to: Exercise every day for 17 days. Stay within my WW points. Continue implementing healthy habits and taking steps towards my goals. :yes:

Anyone is welcome to join in! I plan on checking in here daily.


For anyone who was interested in the 90 Day Challenge. I've started it Here! (

Side note: I'm preparing to do a 90 Day Challenge throughout the whole of Autumnal Equinox until the Winter Solstice in case anyone is interested in that afterwards.

09-07-2011, 01:02 AM
Day 1 has come to a close.

Food: Check!
Exercise: Check!
Beck Steps: Check!
Sleep... er... still royally off.

09-07-2011, 06:31 AM
Count me in! Fall is my absolute fovorite and I need to get back on track. My eating has been way off and I haven't been able to exersice for about a week now.

My goal is to eat on plan (counting carbs) and exercise daily, even if its only for a few minutes that I can squeeze in.

Will the winter challenge be similar to this one?

09-08-2011, 03:28 AM
Hey Shalyn! Welcome! :D Please do join in with me ^^ Check in when you can!

The Winter Solstice Challenge will be similar, yes. Just longer. I believe there are about 90 days between the 23rd of September and December 21st (the day before the Winter Solstice this year). No rigid rules for it other than the length of time. :) At least for now.


Day 2:

Food: Yep!
Exercise: Yes'm!
Beck Steps: Woot!
Sleep... is... still meh. >_>

09-08-2011, 04:52 AM
I'm going to the library tomorrow to get the Beck Diet Solution book. You've had success with it?

09-08-2011, 05:10 AM
So far, yes! Keep in mind I'm only on Week 2 of a 6 week program, though.

Since I've already been losing weight for some time, a few of the steps are things I've been aware of for a while, but there have been some eye-opening moments and interesting points made that I'm glad I've read.

There's actually a section under Diet Central where others are following Beck. If you wanted to look into it more there's a bit of information there! :)

09-09-2011, 10:42 AM
Day 3 was alright. Not my greatest day ever, but a far cry from the days of yore.

Food: Stayed within Points, even if my choices weren't the greatest.
Exercise: Got in a few minutes over my absolute minimum.
Beck Steps: Yep!
Sleep: Mostly back to a good pattern.

09-10-2011, 01:59 AM
Day 4:

Food: All set!
Exercise: Very nicely done. :yes:
Beck Steps: Mhm!
Sleep: Meh.

09-10-2011, 08:34 AM
I had an awful, off plan week. There have been a few good moments but I seem to have abandoned any eating plan...or common sense for that matter. The breakfast buffet, salad/pasta bar and lemon pie are strong forces that I, unfortunately, did not ignore. Nevermind tho, what's done is done and I will begin anew today and attempt to get back on plan. I have yet to get the Beck book but still plan to. Glad to hear you're doing well!

09-10-2011, 08:35 AM
What type of excersice do you do?

09-10-2011, 08:53 AM
Hi Can I join? I've been not living up to my wonderful potential.

My plan is to eat small, clean meals with one cheat meal a week. I will exercise every day. This will include 3x a week push ups/push up attempts, and ab things. And I'm going to continue to stick to plan no matter what the scale says.:wave:

09-10-2011, 05:49 PM
Welcome, Sanity! I think allowing at least one cheat meal (not a full day) (http://www.stupidgym****.com/2011/05/cheat-meals-good-or-bad/) a week is a good idea. Not only does it give you something to look forward to, it jogs your metabolism. Good attitude about sticking to the plan no matter what. If you're just starting to exercise, you may see a gain from building muscle. I wish you luck!

As for me, I am trying to regain focus and have had an okay day today. I did start with cinnamon rolls and vanilla pudding (naughty!) but it was followed by at least an hour of exercise/stretching/yoga outside with my daughter. I had a high protein, fairly low carb lunch and plan to do the same for supper. I'm trying to start IF (intermittent fasting) again today and plan to close my eating window at about 7 even though I started eating at about 9 this morning.

Lovely- I didn't get the book yet but I started researching the Beck Diet Solution and so far I like what I see! I'm definitely going to give it a go.

09-11-2011, 03:46 AM
Shalyn - Some weeks are just all out of whack. The best we can do is push the bad stuff behind us, and look forward. :hug: Happy to see you're looking into the book. It's not a miracle or anything (what is, really?), but it's a good book so far with some good points made.

In as far as exercise goes, I take a daily walk on my treadmill, and I try to incorporate some chair squats, wall push ups, and planks during the week.

SanityNow - Join on in! :D You have a great plan. Stick to it :yes:


Day 5:

Food: Well done! Though, I probably could've used more.
Exercise: This is the first day in a LONG time that I missed my exercise. I absolutely passed out, and slept through it. I'll consider it a well-needed rest day, and just get back to it tomorrow.
Beck Steps: Still working with Day 14 and practicing previous steps, so that's going well.
Sleep: ... Meh!

I'm still here, and making efforts to stick to my plans and keep improving my methods. :yes: For that I'm proud!

09-12-2011, 06:04 AM
Day 6:

Food: In truth, could've been better. BUT, it could've been a lot worse. :dizzy:
Exercise: Giving myself a huge pat on the back here. I felt a case of the "Idunwannas", but I got up on the treadmill and took my walk all the same. Which means I dusted myself off from missing the day before AND fought off the desire to skip another day. Super kudos to me! :yes:
Beck Steps: Still sticking with it.
Sleep: Still meh. Ahh, sleep schedules. The bane of my existence.

Onto day 7 ^_^ It's getting cooler here, which makes it feel like the fall. <3

09-12-2011, 10:47 AM
Hello ladies! Mind if I join in? I'm definitely interested in the Autumn to Winter Equinox challenge as well!

Yesterday was my first day on phase 1 for the SBD. So far so good. No cheating or falling off board as of yet. Hopefully, I can maintain that for about 12 more days! I'm hoping to drink enough water and get some exercise today! Good luck ladies!

09-12-2011, 10:54 AM
Welcome R0xyg4l :) I'm glad to see you join us!

Best of luck going through your phase 1 of SBD! Hang in there :yes:

09-12-2011, 03:23 PM
Thank you! Part of me is going "I can't do this!?!?" lol. I think it must be the carb lover in me talking. So far so good though! My girlfriend wants me to join her in WW. So I have a fall back plan if all else fails but want to do at least a week or two of P1!

09-13-2011, 06:45 AM
Day 7:

Food: Way under points. :no:
Exercise: Did get in a smashing good walk!
Beck Steps: Pushed myself and drew up food plans for the week.
Sleep: Better today :)

Onward to day 8!

09-14-2011, 09:46 AM
Day 8:

Food: Too far under Points :no: Working to fix that today.
Exercise: Yep! :yes:
Beck Steps: Still in order.
Sleep: Better. :)

And already on to Day 9. Halfway to Autumn!

09-15-2011, 09:50 AM
Day 9: Wonderful! :yay:

Food: Perfectly on Plan!
Exercise: Super great!
Beck Steps: All check.
Sleep: Pretty good!

And here we are on Day 10! One more week until AUTUMN! :D

09-16-2011, 10:24 AM
Day 10: A great day! :D

Food: Spot on!
Exercise: Very nicely done!
Beck Steps: Good!
Sleep: Fine!

And... Day 11! Less than a week until Autumn and it's already so lovely outside... <3

09-17-2011, 11:26 AM
Day 11: Another great day :goodvibes

Food: Wonderful!
Exercise: Nicely nicely!
Beck Steps: Rockin' it!
Sleep: Very good :)

Here we are at Day 12! Five more days and then AUTUMN! :D It's really great outside, so today I'm going grocery shopping and I hope to enjoy the outdoors and get out of my apartment.

09-19-2011, 10:53 AM
Day 12: Saturday!

Food: Pretty good. Used some points for a delicious cannoli treat that night.
Exercise: Very well done!
Beck Steps: Pretty good!
Sleep: Yeah!


Day 13: Sunday!

Food: :no: Rather poor choices. Felt like a bottomless pit.
Exercise: Proud to say that I forced myself to get in a walk even though I didn't want to.
Beck Steps: Could've been better.
Sleep: Pretty good.

Day 14 here! THREE MORE DAYS! Then the glorious Autumn will have arrived. Good news is that the weather is mostly here now. It's very nice out :yes: Here's to staying on track until Thursday.

09-20-2011, 03:19 AM
Day 14:

I'm tsk tsking myself. Today was worse than yesterday!

Food: :no: All kinds of wrong... but I tracked it. Every single wrong thing. :lol:
Exercise: I did manage to force myself to go on a short walk.
Beck Steps: Should've been paying better attention!
Sleep: Meh, I say! Meh!

Day 15. I might have to white knuckle the next few days.

09-22-2011, 06:10 AM
Day 15:

Food: Better....
Exercise: Better still!
Beck Steps: Should pay more attention.
Sleep: Meh!


Day 16:

Food: Probably should've had more.
Exercise: Quite good!
Beck Steps: Better.
Sleep: Still meh.

Onto Day 17! The last day before the Equinox :D

09-23-2011, 02:08 AM
Day 17: Made it!

Food: Fine
Exercise: Great!
Beck Steps: Better!
Sleep: Meh meh.

Still here. Still going forward. :D