Biggest Loser Challenges - Red Team Spring Into Action Chat Thread Week 1 (05/20/13 - 05/26/13)

05-20-2013, 02:21 AM
Hello Red Team-
Welcome to the Spring into Action Biggest Loser Challenge!

It is always good to see new & familiar faces in these challenges.

My name is Mel, and I've been on the 3FatChicks site for a number of years- but didn't start regularly participating until I started my LIFESTYLE CHANGE in 2009. Since then I've lost 70 pounds (give or take a few here & there) and have maintained the loss. I'm using running and walking as my active forms of exercise.

Share as little or as much as you like. Please respect this chat board & challenge. Losing weight is very personal, but if you open your ears there is much to learn from one another as we embark on our own personal journeys.

Here's to a great Challenge!

Go Red Team!

05-20-2013, 03:17 AM
Hi Team Red! I've been here on 3FC for almost 2 months and the thing I like best, other than the awesome supportive people, are the challenges that help keep me on track.

I just started my 8th week on Medifast and it's going great. I've lost nearly 30 pounds! I still have a long way to go to meet my goal weight of 155.

Exercise is a challenge for me. I have severe arthritis and no cartilage remaining n my right knee ( very little in the left). This month I've been focusing on strengthening the muscles in my legs to better support my knees as well as some arm and core work. My legs are getting stronger, but my knees are as painful as ever.

This weekend I tried swimming. I was able to do quite a few laps of backstroke, side stroke, and some arms only freestyle. Unfortunately every other kick stroke I tried killed my knees -even breaststroke which is my favorite :(

I tried the elliptical yesterday and didn't even last a minute - the bone grinding on bone was excruciating.

Anyway, I'm excited for this challenge and look forward to supporting everyone!

05-20-2013, 08:18 AM
Hi red team! I'm Nicole. I joined 3FC years ago, and I've tried unsuccessfully to lose weight several times. This time it's finally working, but weight loss isn't my main goal. Fitness is. I started running last summer specifically to run the Princess Half Marathon at Disney World and have a girls weekend with a friend. I hadn't planned on continuing to run, but I've done 2 more half marathons since the Princess, which was the end of Feb. In Aug, I'll start training for my full marathon in Dec, which is why I want more weight off. Less weight = faster running. ;) I've also started swimming. It was supposed to just be cross training, but now I'm 98% sure I'll do at least one triathlon next year. I'd love to make it to Onederland by the end of this challenge, but that might be a bit ambitious for me.

05-20-2013, 08:51 AM
Hey everybodee! :wave:

I'm very excited to be participating in my first BL challenge. Go Team Red! :cheer2:

I've done the diet/exercise routine twice before in my life, but this is the first time it's really working. I'm now at the lowest weight I've ever been as an adult. Wheeee! :D

I'm not following any diet program. I do low carb, wheat/gluten free, calorie counting (sort of), and I try to eat as few processed foods as possible.

Exercise is primarily running. I'm currently training for a Color Run 5K in June. I do some workout DVDs also - kickboxing, yoga, etc. - and just some general exercise routines.

I look forward to meeting everyone on the team. Let's rock this first week of the challenge! :dancer:

05-20-2013, 11:06 AM
Hi Everyone!

I was on 3FC a few years ago, and lost 65 pounds. Then had a rather serious family upheavel, and stress ate my way all the way back. So here I am again, ready to lose the weight, and KEEP IT OFF this time!

My diet is pretty simple right now. I'm kind of doing IF, I don't eat after 8pm until lunch the next day. And I make sure that I get 5 fruits and veggies a day, one from each color group. Which tends to make my calorie intake very low, which is working really well for me right now, but when I kick my exercise into a higher gear next week I will be making sure I up my calories to 1200-1400.

05-20-2013, 11:19 AM
Oh, I didn't day anything about my food strategies. I only have one kidney, so going low carb/high protein is a big no-no for me. (Gotta protect Lefty! ;) ) I'm a good old fashioned calorie counter. I don't have any off limits foods. That isn't sustainable for me. I don't have a big sweet tooth though, so grabbing 2-3 Hershey Kisses will satisfy the chocolate craving. My big problem was cheesy, greeasy, fried foods. Becoming a runner, and now swimmer, really helped me with that. My tummy gets angry at me now. ;)

I skipped my swim this morning. :no: I'm all crampy and just wanted to crawl back in bed with the heating pad. If the rain holds off, I need to mow this afternoon, so that will still get my calories burned.

05-20-2013, 11:49 AM
Good morning Red Team!

Kris here. Long time member of 3FC but have popped in and out over the years. I have started a few Biggest Loser Challenges but have yet to complete one. Not anymore!

I have a high stress job that I have let consume me while I consumed everything in sight "because I deserved it". Boy did I do myself in. I am at my highest weight ever and need to stop this spiral.

I am currently signed up on WW, but have been 1/2 hearted about tracking or exercise. I think a little friendly competition and the tons of support that come from 3FC will help me refocus. I look forward to celebrating everyone's successes!


05-20-2013, 07:28 PM
Hey everyone, super excited to be here and determined to see this challenge through till the very end!

My name is Sarah, I'm 20, and I first found 3FC about four years ago. I made an account and started getting involved, but I just wasn't mentally 'there' yet. I knew what I should be doing, but I still kept repeating history and ended up dieting myself just over 300lbs. By the time I was ready to give it another go, I had been gone from 3FC for so long that I couldn't even remember my username so I started over and here we are. The past six months have been full of ups and downs but I've been seeing a dietitian and I really feel like I get, finally truly get it. I'm no longer weighing in every day and I've abandoned the 'all or nothing' attitude I've held onto for so long that completely botched every attempt I've made.

I can't wait to go on this journey with all of you over the weeks to come :goodscale

05-20-2013, 11:00 PM
Hi all,

Another Kris here. :D

This is my third challenge. I dieted myself from 150 pounds in high school all the way to over 300 pounds. THIS time I started Medifast because I didn't want to be the obese maid of honor in my friend's wedding photos. I'm starting to mentally get it now. I lost 100 pounds from April 2011-July 2012, and I've been pretty well stuck ever since. So I'm working my way off Medifast, but still avoiding starch, limiting starchy veggies and fruit.

For exercise, I run, do yoga, and recently started working with a trainer. I LOVE yoga! I would go to yoga class every day if I had the time and money.

This challenge I would love to lose 10 pounds, but will settle for any loss.

Lets go, red team!

05-20-2013, 11:57 PM
Hi Red Team!
I’m Kristyn and I have been on FatChicks for a few years and have gained and lost, gained and lost and I am now up to my highest weight ever and the yo-yo dieting has to stop! I am calorie counting, however, I am taking it slower this time staying around 1500 calories a day (rather than 1200 in the past which caused binges). I am working as a new teacher and I hope that having this summer off means I can focus on myself and my health. I will have to be careful not to become lazy since I will have so much free time.

05-20-2013, 11:58 PM
SuperHeroTeacher if swimming is bothering your knees you could always try placing a floating bouy between your legs and only focus on your arm strokes. Swimming won't be a total body workout but you may find it more comfortable

05-21-2013, 12:18 AM
Hi everyone! My name is Alyssa, and I am 24 years old. I joined 3FC a couple years ago, and it's always been a great resource. Since I joined a couple years ago, I've lost weight in small spurts (15 pounds here, hold for a few months, then another 10 pounds, etc.). Luckily I've been able to keep it off every time I've lost, and now I am finally focusing my efforts on getting to my goal weight. I have been eating paleo for the past two months, and I plan to continue with that. Now that I have the hang of it, I hope to try some new recipes in the next couple months.

My exercise level is low right now, but I plan to add in running with strength training in a couple weeks.

I'm excited to get to know everyone!

05-21-2013, 01:10 AM
Hi all,

I've only been on 3FC since last year and am happy to be in my second BL challenge!

I've always been on the bigger side, ever since I was a young teen. Well, many years, a couple kids and a divorce later, I'm finally taking control of my life.
I found myself at my all time highest weight last year in October. I knew I had to do something when I couldn't pass a fitness test at work.

My strategy to losing is calorie counting and getting to the gym at least 3 times a week. My downfall is that I love food, especially sweets. I try not to deny myself all treats as I know for me - that just leads to over-indulging later when i finally give in. So, now instead of eating 3 pieces of pie or cake, I only allow myself one small piece. That way I can still taste the sugary goodness :o I also don't keep any of 'that' food in my house any more. If it's not here, I can't eat it :)

I hope everyone enjoys this challenge! I love having the support of all of you on here! :carrot:

05-21-2013, 02:26 AM
Hi Everyone!

My name is Amanda and this is my second BL challenge. I lost about 15 pounds doing the last one, including gaining during 2 weeks of vacation, and I really hope I can get to my GW during this one. My weight loss has slowed right down the past month or so but I'm consistently still losing about a pound a week. I've got about 13 pounds to go so perfect for this challenge! I'm going home (Canada) the beginning of August for vacation, I currently live in Korea, and would love to surprise my friends/family by looking amazing. I'm already the lowest I've ever been as an adult.

I currently count calories, always have (while trying to lose weight) and probably always will as I'm a numbers girl. As for exercise, I am currently doing the C25K which has been fantastic. I'm in week 7 and am running for longer than I ever thought possible. I'm also doing squat and sit up challenges. Starting June 1st I'm hoping to get a gym membership and I really want to try New Rules of Lifting for Woman. I'm hoping it won't cause a huge weight gain, as I know a lot of people see weight gain when they start lifting. I'll apologize now if I do. Right now I'm trying to focus a lot more on my overall fitness level and less so on weight loss and the scale. Though I do hope that number keeps going down!

Good luck to everyone!

05-21-2013, 02:04 PM
Good morning Team-
I'm a little off kilter as yesterday was a holiday here in Canada, so back to work today and into the swing of things with a vengence.

Welcome to the Red Team- it does take me a while to get to know everyone, so I may not do personals right away as I figure out who is who.

Be sure to ask any questions and I hope everyone who has an opinion will pipe up as we all learn from one another.

If you're just starting out on your lifestyle change- it's usually a good idea to journal what you are eating. Either online- with spark people, on your electronic device- with an app like lose it- or just in the note pad- or with a pen & paper. It helps to make you accountable as to what is going into your body. And yes- those bites here & there do count (unfortunately). That being said- once you have an idea of what you are eating & how much, you can start tweaking the amounts & the contents to be more healthy. It's all about being Aware and honest with ourselves.
While I don't journal my food anymore, it doesn't mean I'm not aware. I read labels and always have a conversation about should I have this or that. I believe moderation is key and don't deny myself anything.

Also- when starting out, don't try to change everything on the first day. You want to make life long changes. So change one thing the first week. Add something to change on the second week etc. If you feel you can handle more change than add something else in.
Once of the first things I changed, was drinking more water. It's still an issue for me in the colder months, but now that it's warming up (though I was wearing my long johns over the weekend- what's up with that?) it is easier to always have a water bottle by my side.

Okay- this is getting long winded and I know you've heard all this before, but have you listened? It sounds like a lot of us have had a light bulb moment coming into this challenge and know we have to change. This is your time. If not now- when? But you need to be committed to changing. It's not a diet, but a life style change. You will transform the way you eat, the way you feel and a byproduct of that is the way you look. Are you ready to accept the challenge?

Have a great On Plan Day Team!

If you haven't done so already, be sure to add your name & info to the Red Team Weigh in Thread (
We also have Red Team Exercise ( & Nutrition ( Threads.

05-21-2013, 05:00 PM
Chiming in again ladies! On vacation this week so taking advantage and trying to get to know the team!

CanadaMel - Thank you. Thank you for taking the time to do this, for the reminders, and to ask if we are LISTENING. I know that I tend to talk big, and my intentions are great, I need to listen. To my body. To my doctors. To my husbands who loves me dearly but worries about my health. Thanks for reminding to really listen and be aware of our choices.

Riddy and Rated - my sisters in Kris - ness! I haven't seen this many K's in one place ever!!!! :carrot:

SuperHeroTeacher - I have found the recumbent bike to be a blessing. I have a lovely set of feet with plantar fasciitis in BOTH at the moment. I find I break a good sweat and without the pressure of adding my bodyweight to the mix.

Changergirl - C25K is something I have really wanted to master. Bravo to you for getting to and through week 7. I have NEVER been a runner, but ache to know that high that people talk about when they complete a new goal, a 5k, a marathon. I hope to report my success with it someday.

To the rest to the awesome RED TEAM, I look forward to getting to know you too! I hope to get back here later tonight and catch up!

Have a great Tuesday all!

05-21-2013, 11:13 PM
Nixmom Kris - plantar fasciitis SUCKS. Hope yours backs off soon. :hug:

I started couch to 5k last June, so I'm still a pretty new runner. I took about 3 months to complete it, and I am still a slow runner. I don't get the runners high yet but I'm hoping. :p I did realize how much I like running when my old sneakers died and it hurt to run, so I didn't til I got new ones. Eventually I'd like to go faster and longer, but I'm not in any big hurry.

Tonight I did a belly dance class for only the second time. I'm not very coordinated, but it's a good workout and the girl power energy is awesome. I think I'll get better the more I do it.

05-22-2013, 07:17 PM
Just wanted to drop by and say hi. :wave: Hope everyone is having a great week! :D

05-22-2013, 08:02 PM
I've been having a rough week watching my calories and getting my exercise in. I've got to try to regroup and get back on track. I started therapy about a week ago for my anxiety, and it's really hard. I'm falling back into avoiding working out in public or with friends. It's just too much. Which makes me mad that I can't handle it. Hormones this week aren't helping either. *sigh* I know I need to do this though. I literally can't remember the last time my day wasn't filled with anxiety and struggling to keep the constant panic hidden. It's exhausting.

05-22-2013, 10:29 PM
Evening ladies. I hope you are all doing well.

Armygirl -your approach to sweets is the same issue I have with starchy stuff! Bread, potatoes, pasta... mmmmm. I have to limit my access but not deny myself. I LOVE ME SOME TATERS!

MonteCristo - My son does IF and he has been really successful. I'm afraid I would eat twice my body weight daily in the 6 or so hours I could eat. :o Good luck and I look forward to hearing how it works for you!

thinkfit - I'm with you on kicking the "all or nothing" thinking. I'm done with self-sabotaging too.

Novus - Congrats on being at your lowest! Thats sweet!!!:carrot: I can't wait to report that to the group myself!

We are going camping this weekend (ugh). I loathe camping but we have these things call kids that require fun outtings occasionally :D. So along with the standard burgers, dogs and chips list, I have instructed my husband to by chicken, veggies, fruit and granola. This should be interesting.

Have a great night team!

05-23-2013, 12:25 AM
Hi all!
Hope everyone had a great day.
I've been going what seems like non-stop, with little to show.
Took the girls to Value Village - kind of like an upscale Goodwill. While they didn't find anything, I did find some running pants.
Eating was OP for the most part, though it was overcast & rainy which signals snack time for me.
It's all about being aware of the signals our body is sending us. Is it truly hunger or am I just thirsty. Just because your head may think you want something (insert trigger food here) does not mean that is what your body wants or needs. Listen & trust your instincts and trust yourself to make the right choice.
And if we happen to make a not so good choice. The deed is done, you can't undo it. Do not dwell on the issue. Journal it, accept it and then forget about it because tomorrow is a new day.
Time to get off my soapbox and into bed.
Have a good sleep all!

05-23-2013, 11:11 AM
God morning team!
Did you remember to eat breakfast? Just like our moms used to say, "it's the most mportant meal of he day".
While I have trouble eating within the first hour of waking up ( or whatever the research now was you should do) I am sure I have something before I leave the house.
My go to meals are oatmeal or scrambled egg with cheese and salsa.
And don't forget your water.
Have a great OP day. Make positive choices at will help you achieve your goals.

05-23-2013, 02:57 PM
Hello everyone! Hope your week is going well, can't believe we're almost through week one :)

thinkfit - I'm with you on kicking the "all or nothing" thinking. I'm done with self-sabotaging too.

Definitely my biggest hurdle! I've been bouncing around in the high 290's for almost a year now, but once I realized that that was my biggest problem, the weight is finally melting off... slowly, but surely!

God morning team!
Did you remember to eat breakfast? Just like our moms used to say, "it's the most mportant meal of he day".
While I have trouble eating within the first hour of waking up ( or whatever the research now was you should do) I am sure I have something before I leave the house.
My go to meals are oatmeal or scrambled egg with cheese and salsa.
And don't forget your water.
Have a great OP day. Make positive choices at will help you achieve your goals.

As a teenager I always used to skip breakfast (who didn't?), but now I can't live without it. If I don't eat something before leaving the house I get so cranky haha. My favorite is peanut butter toast w/ apple slices. Yummm.

05-24-2013, 03:38 AM
Did you remember to eat breakfast? .

I truly hate eating breakfast, but understand it is essential on my plan - my go-to breakfast for the past several weeks has been a Medifast mocha shake. I mix it up before showering and sip it while I'm getting ready and on the drive to work.

05-24-2013, 07:44 AM
I went ahead and weighed myself this morning. Having been not allowed to run for a few weeks, I wanted to get my weigh-in out of the way. I'm sure there will be a bit of muscle water retention after my first run back this weekend. ;)

I was pleasantly surprised. Between being bloated and not being very good about exercise or food this week, I was worried I'd see a gain. I'm down a lb though. :carrot:

Busy weekend ahead for me - today I'm gonna spend a couple of hours in the pool, then a couple of hours at the park for Kid 2's picnic, then a couple of hours at the school for Kid 1's picnic (why can't they be at the same place?!?!?!), and then, weather permitting, mow the grass. Tomorrow is the 10K I'm registered for, that I'm 95% sure I'm going to attempt as long as my ankle feels ok during/after my swim today, and then a classmate's birthday party. Sunday we'll be at the park all day for a family thing, and then the hubby & I might go out, since Sunday is his birthday & his mom is keeping the kiddies overnight.

05-24-2013, 10:14 AM
I actually love breakfast, but I've cut it out for now while I'm trying IF. I just couldn't cut out dinner, as that's the time of day I'm most hungry, plus any exercise I do is in the afternoon, so I end of getting woozy if I don't eat. So far it is working amazingly well. I lost 4lbs in 2 weeks.

05-24-2013, 11:50 AM
Morning all!

Packing up to take off to camp. Weighed in. Hope you all have a fabulous long weekend. I'll be back Tuesday!


05-24-2013, 02:24 PM
Hi gang-

Nixmom- have fun time camping. Hope you have great weather too.

MonteCristo- I'm drawing a blank- what does IF stand for?

Nikel-busy busy! Listen to your ankle. You don't want to do more damage. Have fun whether you race or cheer others on!

Proud of myself- stayed on running schedule & did 5k last night in the rain.
Usually I'm such a weenie and will only run if the weather cooperates. Even thought about going to the Y to get on a treadmill- but went in the rain and got it done.

Enjoy your afternoon!

For those red team members in the states, enjoy your Holiday weekend.
Everyone remember to post your weight on the weigh in thread before 6pm on Sunday!

05-24-2013, 04:13 PM
Mel - IF is intermitent fasting. Basically you limit your eating hours. People use all different kinds of time frames. I currently do 15/9 which is 15 hours of fasting (8pm-11am) and 9 hours of eating (11am-8pm) so I eat lunch, afternoon snack, dinner, and sometimes a little something in the evening. I like it because it gives me a chance to feel hungry, without feeling deprived, because even though I keeping the total calories low, the reduction of a meal lets each of the other meals increase in size. It has also changed the way I think about food...because I don't eat as often, food seems to have become more of a "need to" rather than a "want to". I'm sure that all sounds a bit hokey, but it at least is working for me. :)

05-24-2013, 10:08 PM
Wow, you guys all seem really busy this weekend. I'm going to be lazy this weekend and try to do as little as possible, if I didn't have to run my W7D3 C25K tonight I probably wouldn't leave the house!!! I've gone out of town the last 4 weekends so I just need a break. Plus the house needs some late spring cleaning.

As for breakfast, I definitely need it. I'm a teacher and I don't get a break until lunch time at 12:20 so if I don't eat before school I am going to be starving and then eat way too much. Right now I'm trying to increase my protein levels so my normal muesli and yogurt is going to have to change. I'm thinking of alternating between a couple eggs with a piece of toast or 1/2 a bagel or some oatmeal with peanut butter. If anyone has any other suggestions, I'm open to it. However I don't have a ton of time in the morning and I live in Korea so things like protein powder are expensive/hard to find.

I hope everyone has a good weekend and weigh in.

05-24-2013, 10:37 PM
Changergirl - I agree as a teacher breakfast is a must! I would not have the energy to deal with kids on am empty stomach. My go to breakfast is a poached egg on an English muffin (love it with runny yolk) with some fruit on the side.

Mel - Nice work not using rainy weather as an excuse to skip your run!

I was trying to take my weight loss slower this time by limiting my calories to 1500 but I ordered a dress online for awards night at the school I teach at and unfortunately the dress is a little too small... I think I need to lose about an 1inch around my rib cage for it to fit. The awards night is 29 days away so I plan on buckling down and decreasing my calories to 1300 per day to try to increase my weight loss. I am also going to up my exercise. I think in 29 days an inch is do-able. If not I do have a back up outfit but I really love the dress.

Today I went for an hour hike through the woods which was great. It didn't feel like a lot of work while I was doing it but my legs are feeling it now which is great.

05-25-2013, 09:18 AM
Hi everyone. I can't remember exactly how many challenges this makes me but I think it is the 4th. Ladies, stick it out until the end even on your not so perfect weeks, it is surprising how empowering just completing the challenge can be even if you don't loose as much as you planned. After all there is no way to control how much or how fast you will lose. All you can control is what you eat and how much you exercise.

I would love to do some personals but I am rushing to get this posted before we go move my daughter into the home she just bought. So proud of her, single mom working hard to make a good life for herself and her kids, put herself through nursing school and now owns her very own house.

Anyway a couple of things that jumped out at me as I was reading was: I second the use if a recumbent bike for knee health. I was introduced to one during physical therapy after I had my knees replaced and liked it so well I bought one. Just so you know I HATE regular stationary bikes.

Also, I have always been a sweet baby too but after being diagnosed with diabetes had to cutout refined carbs. Sugar, flour, potatoes ... You get the picture. Much to my amazement not eating them completely eliminated my cravings. So much so that if I accidentally eat something with sugar or flour in it I can tell because my blood sugar jumps and I start craving sweet again so I really must abstain from refined carbs.

Last note because my daughter just arrived. I finally broke through my plateau by doing IF. I eat the same number of calories and carbs but now I eat them all in an 8 hour time frame. The window that seems to work for me is 7am until 3pm. I am so full trying to fit that much food in an 8 hour window so you don't feel deprived at all, then by the next day you are so hungry that breakfast taste Wonderful ... I love being hungry enough to really enjoy the meal.

Have a good weekend everyone.

05-25-2013, 10:35 AM
EofAZ: that's great advice- sometimes you feel like you're a let down because you don't lose one week, but you need to keep going.

I was so sick at the beginning of this week, but that amounted to a good loss to start the challenge. I'm down 4 lbs which is fantastic for me. I seen to always have a hard time getting stuck. I lose, then get stuck for like two weeks, then lose a little more. It's like my body fights me sometimes- but I am going to keep moving forward. Even if it takes me twice as long to reach my goal. Any movement is better than no movement anyway and I need to keep this in mind!

05-25-2013, 11:49 AM
Mel - IF is intermitent fasting. Basically you limit your eating hours. People use all different kinds of time frames. I currently do 15/9 which is 15 hours of fasting (8pm-11am) and 9 hours of eating (11am-8pm) so I eat lunch, afternoon snack, dinner, and sometimes a little something in the evening. I like it because it gives me a chance to feel hungry, without feeling deprived, because even though I keeping the total calories low, the reduction of a meal lets each of the other meals increase in size. It has also changed the way I think about food...because I don't eat as often, food seems to have become more of a "need to" rather than a "want to". I'm sure that all sounds a bit hokey, but it at least is working for me. :)

This is exactly what I found too. I love feeling really hungry .... Not starving just actually hungry and having enough to eat to completely satisfy that hunger. I am doing 16/8 . Have my morning coffee with cream, then breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack/supper. I pack this and it works out well because DH and I carpool, he's a trucker so I never know when he will get in so we can leave for home. Fortunately I love to sit and read and waiting for him is my window of opportunity to enjoy a good book. So having my last meal before I leave to meet him insures I stay in my 8 hour window.

When I switch to beginning my feeding at 7 and concluding at 3pm I unexpected gained some desperately need free time in the evenings with energy enough to get a few things done around the house. pLUS for the last week I've noticed my morning sugar levels are reading normal, I was Really struggling with high morning readings. That alone is a good reason for me to continue with this eating pattern. Sure hope I can keep those steady and it isn't just a fluke.

05-25-2013, 08:13 PM
I'm really interested in IF, but whenever I look around on the internet for information about it, I get a lot of mixed opinions and it's hard to know what's healthy and what's not. Is there a specific amount of time you should IF for or is it just up to you?

Last day before weigh in everyone! Let's all push just a little bit harder in our workout today :cheer2:

05-25-2013, 09:02 PM
I decided to run the 10k this morning. OMG, it was exactly what I needed.

05-25-2013, 09:47 PM
I'm really interested in IF, but whenever I look around on the internet for information about it, I get a lot of mixed opinions and it's hard to know what's healthy and what's not. Is there a specific amount of time you should IF for or is it just up to you?

Last day before weigh in everyone! Let's all push just a little bit harder in our workout today :cheer2:

Sarah, it is really what works for you. It certainly isn't for everyone. Some people have two 24 hour fasts a week or they eat only so many hours in the day. it may be 8 like i do but ive also heard some do 6 and others even less. for me It is basically just drawing a line in the sand and deciding i was not eating after such and such a time. I don't typically eat before 7 anyways because I have meds I take on an empty stomach and then have to wait for an hour before I can consume anything so the only change for me is to limit how late in the day I continue to eat. After looking at IF I realize that was basically what I was trying to do but it made me realize that not only did I not want to eat after 3pm but I also wanted to make sure I ate enough during the day to make up for it. It isn't just cutting out eating but making sure yo are getting adequate nutrition when you are eating. I actually increased my calories during the last challenge trying to break a plateau and have continued to eat more calories in less time and started loosing again so for me it is a good fit but for most they have families they need to cook for so eating early isn't an option.

05-26-2013, 02:05 AM
I love that there are several teachers on our team! I skipped breakfast the first four years of teaching (because i am never hungry in the mornng) and was always ravenous by lunch at 12:30, and then pretty much spent the rest of my day eating because the full feeling would never kick in. Now I drink my MF shake on the way to school and have a MF fruit & nut protein bar at about 10am. Frequently I'm nt even hungry when lunch time rolls around.

EofAZ - you must be so PROUD of your daughter!

I'm in a hotel this weekend and forgot to bring my scale. I'm an obsessive daily weigher, so ima bit freaked out. I know it will be fine, I just like the daily reassurance.

Have a great on-plan weekend everyone!

05-26-2013, 08:32 AM
Best of luck to everyone on today's weigh-in! Let's rock this challenge! :cheer2:

05-26-2013, 12:34 PM
Hi all,

So, I just wieghed in...and after almost a whole week of being at 193 - 193.5 (I'm a daily weigher), I'm back up to 195.5. It must have been because of all the 'crap' I ate last night at my daughter's going away party! Well, thankfully I'll be back on plan starting this morning!

I'll be flying out this afternoon (which reminds me, I should start packing soon) for the whole week (yes, I'll be taking my scale with me this time :o).

As some of you will remember from the last challenge, I am posted (I'm military) to Edmonton, AB this summer, so I'm heading down this week to go house hunting! I'm so excited!

I may not have much time to chat this week since I'll be kinda busy looking at tons of houses and of course shopping! It'll be a nice break from the everyday, but will be challenging having all that access to too many restaurants as well.

Wish me luck!

05-26-2013, 01:12 PM
Good morning team-
Hope everyone is having a great Sunday thus far.
We have tons o' sunshine which makes me very happy.

Weigh in day- remember to post your weight to the weigh in thread before 6pm central time.

Nikel- how's the ankle after the 10K?

Armygirl-good luck with the house hunting.

Armygirl & Superhero teacher- Sometimes it's good to take a break from daily weighing- makes you focus on other areas of your healthy lifestyle change!

EofAz- thanks for the IF info. I've done calorie cycling (informally) before so this seems similar in a way.

Rated- good to have a physical goal to go after. You can do it & rock the dress!

Enjoy the day everyone. Make positive choices and be happy :)

05-26-2013, 03:50 PM
The start of a new weight loss challenge is so encouraging - here's to a great fresh start!

While it's not surprising, I do find it so amazing how our mindset is everything. The other night, I was finding myself actually feeling hunger pain late in the evening/night, and instead of grabbing the first thing I saw, I looked for something that would not blow my day. I had a glass of low sodium V8 juice and was satisfied! Am also feeling good about that apple in the afternoon. Am making an effort, and having the desire, to eat fresh, whole foods, rather than processed items which are ok calorie-wise but not particularly healthy. Feeling good about a healthy lifestyle change which includes exercise most days of the week.

Have a great week everyone!

05-26-2013, 06:29 PM
My ankle felt great! :carrot: It only started to feel a little sore the last 0.5 mile or so. I feel a lot more sore today than I usually do after a shorter race, which I'm sure is just because I ran a 10K after 2 weeks off from running. My 5k split was a PR for me, and the race itself was a PR. :carrot:

05-27-2013, 01:16 AM
Week 2 Chat Thread ( is now up & running