APRIL CHALLENGE!!! We are well into 2013 now. The excitement of a "Brand New Year" has worn off and now we need to dig our heels in and continue to do the work. We all could use a little help, so why not join this challenge?! It's somewhere to check in...some friendly competition.
Since this is a monthly challenge, it will start on the 1st and the day of the month is the day of the challenge. You need to post your points on a daily basis (or whenever you can). Simply reply to this post and then edit that post as you add points. That way you always know where you are and so do I!
For those of you who have NO IDEA what I am talking about - here are the details. Sometimes we work our hardest when we are held accountable. So I challenge you to do your very best for the month and we'll see who wins!!
Here is how it's going to go. Starting April 1, 2013. We will try to do the 3 things that work. Food, water & exercise. You decide what your food plan is, how much water you want to drink and how much exercise you want to get every day. Every day you have the opportunity to earn 4 points.
2 point for sticking with your food plan (no splitting points here, you either stuck to your plan or you didn't)
1 point for drinking the amount of water you decided on
1 point for getting some exercise. (If you don't exercise on a given day - you DO NOT get a point for exercise - even if you planned it that way) Sorry, no 1/2 points.
Post here with how many points you've earned for a given day, and I will keep track. We'll see who did the best for the month.
This is a very cool way to keep on track, because even if you don't do so great on food, you might still get in your water and exercise to earn the points!
Who's ready for a challenge????
Note: When I do the final totals at the end of the month, I only include people who have participated 15 days or more.
04-01-2013, 09:39 AM
Food: 38 points max daily (2pts)
Water: 36 oz daily (1pt)
Exercise: 15 min daily (Usually 5X week.)(1 pt)
30.2 31 total
Jan 36 Feb 44 Mar 33
04-01-2013, 11:03 AM
Exercise: Add miles to my 750 miles in 2013 challenge and/or weight lifting (20 days).
Food: No overeating, or binging. Keep a minimum of junk food/fast food.
Water: At least 1 litre a day.
04/01 4. Great start to my new start! :)
04/03 2. Had a bit of a bringe today. :(
04/05 3. Not enough water.
04/06 3. Not enough water.
04/10 3. Not enough water.
04/12 3. Not enough water.
04/13 3. Not enough water.
04/14 3. Not enough water.
04/17 3. Not enough water.
04/19 3. Not enough water. Seems to be an issue for me. :?:
04/23 3. Not enough water.
04/24 3. Not enough water.
04/25 3. Not enough water.
04/29 3. Not enough water.
Total Points: 106/120
04-01-2013, 11:44 AM
Ooooooo I like this! I wanna play for sure! I need extra accountability right now.
Do you guys just update your original post to add points daily or copy and paste into a brand new post every day?
Food: 1500 net calories or less
Exercise: Weights 3-4/wk, Yoga 2-3/wk, Running 1-2/wk
Water: 4 cups + (my cup is 16 ounces)
04/01: 4 points (1203 net calories, weights & running, 4+++ water)
04/02: 4 points (1014 net calories, yoga, 4++ water)
04/03: 3 points (1466 net calories, rest day, 4++++ water)
04/04: 4 points (1389 net calories, weights, 4++ water)
04/05: 3 points (1200 net calories, rest day, 4++ water)
04/06: 4 points (1417 net calories, weights, 4+++ water)
04/07: 4 points (1379 net calories, yoga & bonus weights/cardio, 4++ water)
Week 1 points total: 26 -- all goals met!
04/08: 3 points (1459 net calories, rest day, 4+++ water)
04/09: 4 points (1489 net calories, weights, 4+++ water)
04/10: 4 points (1455 net calories, weights, 4++ water)
04/11: 3 points (1434 net calories, no workout, 4++ water)
04/12: 1 point (4079 net calories, no workout, 4 water)
04/13: 2 points (2730 net calories, Warrior Dash Run, 4+++++ water)
04/14: 3 points (1447 net calories, rest day, 4+++ water)
Week 2 points total: 20 -- slacked on workouts this week, calorie overages were semi-planned but still overdone.
Cumulative points total: 46
04/15: 3 points (1260 net calories, rest day, 4+++ water)
04/16: 4 points (307 net calories**, LONG run, 4+++ water)
04/17: 3 points (1489 net calories, no workout, 4+++ water)
04/18: 3 points (1474 net calories, no workout, 4+++ water) Sucking at the workouts this week!
04/19: 3 points (1354 net calories, no workout, 4+++ water)
04/20: 1 point (2995 net calories, no workout, 4++ water)
04/21: 4 points (1495 net calories, workout, 4+++++ water)
Week 3 points total: 21 -- workouts need to get back on track!
Cumulative points total: 67
04/22: 4 points (1250 net calories, 10 mile run, 4+++++ water)
04/23: 1 point (3256 net calories, no workout, 4+ water)
04/24: 1 point (too many cals, no workout, 4+ water)
04/25: 1 point (too many cals, no workout, 4+ water)
04/26: 1 point (too many cals, no workout, 4+ water)
**I had 1384 calories, but had a very long run at the end of the day, was too late for me to eat back 1000+ calories. Not typical!!!
I may not be back the rest of this month. I'm getting back on track, just need to refocus and spend a little less time on boards. I'm driving myself too crazy. Good luck everyone!
04-01-2013, 11:49 AM
Food: 1200-1500 calories per day
Water: at least 3 liters per day
Exercise: 40 minutes per day/6 days per week ~ Sunday is a planned rest day
04: 2 (over on calories)
06: 2 (over on calories)
07: 3 (planned rest day)
11: 2 (over on calories)
14: 3 (planned rest day)
20: 2 (over on calories)
21: 3 (planned rest day)
22: 2 (over on calories)
23: 2 (over on calories)
25: 2 (seriously over on calories)
28: 1 (planned rest day; over on calories)
30: 2 (over on calories)
04-01-2013, 12:59 PM
EAT: 1800 calories, paleo foods as much as possible
WATER: 48 oz/day minimum
EXERCISE: crossfit, skating or running/walking
So far so good over here! Since I'm just coming out of 2 months of maintenance it's been hard adjusting back into a calorie deficit. I've found my workouts to be much more taxing that's for sure.
04-04-2013, 07:01 PM
t0rn, sounds wise to me. This challenge really helps keep me OP, too. I worked late yesterday, and didn't get home until after 9pm..I SO did not want to do a workout on top of mowing all day, but I thought about the points challenge and was, "I need those points!" lol...no idea why it makes a difference, but it does help!
04-04-2013, 07:07 PM
@Stephanie, you're missing 04/03 there, just FYI. I was like, "waitaminute...it's still April 4th in Arizona..."
04-04-2013, 09:02 PM
Food: 1200-1600 calories (2pts)
Water: 64 oz daily (1pt)
Exercise: 30 min daily (Usually 5X week.)(1 pt)
Michelle, welcome to the challenge! that's a LOT of water. I did 90 oz/day for 2 weeks, and by the end of it, I was so sick of water and spending half my life in the bathroom, lol.
Stephanie, didn't see your post earlier. Going good here. Food prep is vital for me, for sure. Had one day this week where I dropped the ball, forgot to thaw out my snacks and cook when I was supposed to, woke up with nothing ready. Made a run to Costco for the rescue rotisserie chicken, steamed up some broccoli, but ate up the last of that tonight, so have to cook again tomorrow for the weekend. I usually cook up 4 days worth of meals at a time, put them all in portable containers, voila. I get so busy some days that it's the only way I can be sure of eating clean: it has to either be good cold (like shrimp or fruit), or cooked and ready to reheat in the microwave.
04-05-2013, 10:39 AM
@Stephanie, you're missing 04/03 there, just FYI. I was like, "waitaminute...it's still April 4th in Arizona..."
Ha! Thank you! It's funny cuz I was like man this week is short for some reason LOL!!!! Thanks for being more observant than me!!!
04-05-2013, 12:08 PM
hah, yes 100oz is a lot of water, but I heard one should drink 1/2 their body weight in water ounces when trying to drop fat. It's a goal. It's annoying to go to the bathroom all the time, though! haha.
04-05-2013, 07:36 PM
Stephanie, I only noticed because I was trying to figure which day I missed, since yours was logged for the 5th already. You're doing great on the challenge so far!
Michelle, yes, that's why a bunch of people from my gym did the water challenge for 2 weeks. Water's always a challenge for me, I think because I drink a lot of tea, so the only time I'd normally drink straight water is when I'm at the skating rink or at the gym, or when it's hot out. I am trying to drink more, after doing the challenge, because I think it's probably a good thing. I might try upping the amount next month, after having the food dialed in for a whole month, see if it changes anything with the weight loss. Hmm..
Let's keep the eating and water OP, and make every workout count! My back feels a lot better today...I think the reverse hyper machine is helping with the bruising and knots there, so I'm hoping I'll be able to get after the workout at the gym tonight. :crossed:
04-06-2013, 04:16 AM
I'm totally in. I'm starting a bit late though.
Food: no white carbs, sugar, or diary
Exercise: 15 min everyday
Water: minimum 2 liters (this water app says I need 4but that's a bit much)
Welcome, Violet! If you know your scores for the first few days, you can enter those, too.
04-06-2013, 07:03 PM
BTW - I have seen some posts saying this thread gets lost because we update the original posts. I have a link to it posted in the sticky at the top under current challenges, so you should always be able to find it there! :)
You guys are doing great!
04-06-2013, 10:14 PM
I have been looking forward to starting this
Food: 80% of diet raw, fruits, veggies.
Exercise: 15 min a day
Water: 48 oz
04/01: 2 points (water and exercise)
04/02: 2 points (water and exercise)
04/03: 2 points (water and exercise)
04/04: 2 points (water and exercise)
04/05: 2 points (water and exercise)
04/06: 2 points (water and exercise) Need to do better on food
04-07-2013, 12:49 AM
Food: Stick to my metabolic research center plan
Water: A gallon a day
Exercise: 30 minutes
Saturday was crazy, and even though I was at the gym, I was busy judging a competition workout, then we had a potluck/party thing, then I had to stay and clean the gym, so not only did I blow my nutrition points, but I was too wiped by the end of 13 hours at the gym to do any kind of workout. Oh well, it was a totally fun day despite the long hours, so worth the lost points, I suppose!
04-10-2013, 02:51 PM
So to award myself, everytime I lose 5lbs I buy myself new nail polish. Right now I'm a pound and a half from buying OPI or Essie! How's everyone else's progress?
04-10-2013, 05:48 PM
Hey Violet, sounds like you are doing well. I've missed my workouts the last two days, just a couple of crazy busy days, but I'm heading to the gym soon for a workout, then skating tonight, and I hope I'll be able to stay on track with the workouts this weekend. Gym is closed Saturday and Sunday, but I've got some equipment at home, so I'll have no excuse to miss those days!
04-10-2013, 10:32 PM
I don't know where you are in your weightloss, but I do the home workout things I find on pinterest. When I feel like I don't get a good enough workout I do two or three of them. Maybe they can help for when you can't get access to a gym.
04-11-2013, 11:43 AM
Thanks, Violet. I've been doing crossfit for a little over 4 years, so I usually either do a workout from my gym that I missed, or will make something up, depending on what I've already done that week and/or what the weather is like, because if it's decent out, that gives me a few more options like running or lifting, pull-ups, etc. I did get my gym workout in last night, then went skating...only made it two hours skate dancing, because since our local rink closed, I haven't been going like I used to...doesn't take long to lose the stamina and there are some muscles I use for the skate dancing that (apparently) don't get used much otherwise!
04-11-2013, 11:52 AM
Hey all, Sandi made this a sticky to make it easier to find, but in case some peeps don't already know, another option is to open this thread, then near the top of the page click on "thread tools", then in the pulldown menu, click on "subscribe to this thread". If you do that, then from anywhere on the forums you can click on the "user CP" button near the top of the page, and then "view all subscriptions" (or "...subscribed threads"?...it's something like that). Just another way of keeping track of threads you are following, rather than having to search page by page. :)
04-13-2013, 12:59 PM
How's everyone doing?
I really missed some workouts this week, dangit! Just had some scheduling snafus where I'd planned to go to the gym at a certain time, then my work schedule changed or someone I was supposed to meet up with called last minute to change our appt...grr! Also missed quite a few weigh-ins, just forgot. I'm going to do better this coming week!
04-14-2013, 05:33 PM
Haven't been posting replies, but I have been keeping up with my plan. There are a couple of days with zeros, but that's because I didn't log them on MFP, and I'm not sure how my calories were. The biggest challenge has been getting myself to exercise! I'm going to start up Walk Away the Pounds tomorrow and do some exercises with my hand weights. Down four pounds since start, but I know I won't get much further without the exercise.
Hope everyone is doing well!
04-15-2013, 01:59 PM
Hey t0rn, glad you are staying OP. I'm vowing to get my workouts in at least 5 days this week, unlike last week, lol, and my back is feeling pretty good, so I'm going to see if it will put up with me adding some running in my warm-ups. I really suck at the kind of running we do at my gym, usually under a mile and we're supposed to go "fast"...I'm more of the long slow (and I do mean SLOW, lol) running type, but I think working on the sprint distances a few days a week, then maybe one longer easy run, might help kick the weightloss into a new gear, since it's been several months since I did any regular running. Fingers crossed that I can get and stay off the injured list, so that I can also get back to lifting some real weight...I'm so burned out on having to scale all my workouts back due to injury!
I've got salmon thawed in the fridge that I need to cook up today. Will also cook up some broccoli which keeps pretty well for lunches, and have some fresh asparagus that's pretty yummy when cooked under the broiler with a little coconut oil. No cheats this week! I'm determined to do everything I can to kiss the 180s goodbye asap!
04-16-2013, 03:29 AM
I totally fell off. I normally go strong for the first part of the week and start to taper off by the end. By Saturday I'm nowhere near my diet. It's so bad. I need to work on staying focused.
04-16-2013, 01:35 PM
Violet, I can relate. The thing that helps me the most, if I do it, is cooking my meals in batches, so that I have several days of food all cooked up and ready to eat...when I get tired of being "on a diet" I tend to want something easy, so having food already cooked that I can zap in the microwave for a minute can mean the difference between staying OP or buying fast food or junk food. On the same track, I work up my whole day's calories and specific meals and all snacks ahead of time, so I know exactly what food I've got for that day, and how much I've got left at the end of the day, no need to do math when I'm exhausted or hungry to figure what I can eat next, kwim? I don't know if any of that is practical or helpful to you, but those are my current "go to" strategies for keeping it OP. My biggest struggle lately is longer work days and trying to keep going to the gym a priority in the face of a full calendar and the daily five-mile-long "to do" list.
04-21-2013, 04:39 PM
I hope it's okay that I'm jumping in on this challenge late. I have an incredibly detailed food/water journal, and I'm not exercising until next week so I've been able to accurately replicate the past week. I completely understand if you don't want to include me as a real competitor since I'm jumping in late, I just want to get into the habit of tracking these points so I'm ready for next month ;)
Food: stick to Medifast plan 100% - no extra veggies & eat all MF meals (2pts)
Water: 8 - 8 oz glasses daily (1pt)
Exercise: Physical therapy exercises beginning week 4 (1 pt)