Weight Loss Support - WEEK-AT-A-TIME CHALLENGE #7 -- for week starting Oct. 27

10-26-2003, 04:22 PM
Hello, everyone, this is PART V of the One-week-at-a-time challenge. This is a challenge in the spirit of the 21-Day challenge, which I'm still continuing as well but. . .

I wanted something else, something short and sweet, where I can buckle down and go all out on and yet still come up for air before I burn out. So, I want to start up a ONE-WEEK CHALLENGE. :sunny: Here, we'll look at the week as a whole, which also means we have room for slipups and unexpected evenings out, or whatever.

So, unlike the 21-dayer where you commit to doing something every, single day for 21 days straight or have to go back to START and count over the One-Week-at-a-Time challenge is going to be about things like saying; I will go to the gym 3x this week, or I keep my calories to a total of 14,000 for the week, or I will not eat anything after 6 p.m. 3x this week. So, if you want to eat 14,000 calories one day and fast for the next 6 fine! :lol: Or, you can go to the gym three days straight and then flop back and do absolutely zilch for the next four.

This way of attacking things will allow you to customize your challenge to suit yourself, allow for tortoise types and hare types to do their own thing AND means that getting back after after a fall doesn't mean you've lost any ground at all. It'll inspire that crucial element of success -- the POWER TO PERSIST!! I think it'll be a great motivator and great source of empowerment!! :encore:

SO, come on!! If you're interested please jump aboard and tell us your plan for the week and then keep us posted with progress reports and tell us when your goal is accomplished, be it early in the week or at the end. I'll do this starting Monday and wrapping up Sunday night of each week.

Hope to see you! :wave: PLEASE, join me!

10-26-2003, 04:23 PM
This space is reserved for our challengers. Your name goes here with a sun for each successful challenge. A spin is for a very good effort. You tell me what you've earned! I'm going to start a new thread each week but carry this data over so you can see how many challenges you've done.

allthatjazz :sunny:

Aquareggie :sunny:



Eydie :sunny:


friendsforfitness :spin: :sunny:

happy dance dot :sunny:


jackieO :sunny:


Lavender Girl

M.N.J :sunny: :sunny:


PhotogirlTX :sunny: :sunny:

redballoon :sunny: :sunny:

Sandybrat :sunny:


Southern Butterfly :sunny: :sunny:

10-26-2003, 10:44 PM
Hi Red! Thanks for keeping the week-at-time-challenge. I want to just get by one-day-at-a time! This is the closest thing I can get to managing that goal:)

I have been under stress at home and work so I haven't been on top of things but I refuse to let all that get me down. So my challenge this week is to include a minimum of 3 ab workouts.

Congrats to all of you who met your challenges last week. Glad to be back on this forum.


10-27-2003, 02:10 AM
Howdy all!

Ok, I'm doing a weekly challenge elsewhere, so I will just post the same as I did there. (Don't want to just drop my girls here!)

Alrighty then, it's pretty simple and pretty much the same.

1. Do 100-150 crunches 4x's
2. Drink AT LEAST 50oz(no less) of water everyday. But try to get in a full 80.

Oh, and Red dahling.... I succeeded last week.... do we still get our little sunshines?!


10-27-2003, 10:49 AM
Sorry I missed last week. I am just dealing with so much stuff right now; I'm not even sure why I am adding the stress of trying to lose weight to my already stressed out life, but I'm here again.

I didn't do a darn thing that I was supposed to last week (was just the week from **** and had so much going on). Going back to my walking 3 times this week and drinking 40 ounces of water (at least) everyday.

I didn't do too bad on the ater thing last week though. I just didn't get out to walk. Hopefully I can get both in this week.

*great big hellos and good luck to everyone*


Southern Butterfly
10-27-2003, 11:04 AM
Last week was a success!!! This week I'm going to challenge myself a little more.

1. cardio 5x :dancer:
2. weights 3x :strong:
3. No candy :m:

MNJ - congratulations on completing your goal!!!:bravo:

Good luck everyone!!:cb:

10-27-2003, 03:13 PM
I'm going to take the rest of the day off with doing nothing!! It was a ROUGH morning. I posted in the 21 day thread as to why, but here it is again:

I slept bad worrying about the exam I had this morning. I was running a little late trying to get in some last minute studying. I got to school and got out and what do you think I did????? I locked my keys, along with my purse and backpack in the car!! I had to run up to the school and find a phone to call my fiance to come to the school and unlock the car. (we live 15-20mins. away) Well, I was late for my first class, but only by 15mins. But I was still frazzled about the whole ordeal and spent the rest of the class time trying to catch up!
The accounting class....exam time. I was a mess. I was literally shaking. I know I got a lot of it done alright, but I'm not so sure if it was passing material. I'll see on Wednesday.

So for today... I need to relax. I'll start the excercise tomorrow!!


10-27-2003, 09:27 PM
This week I will

do Total Gym 4x week

Drink 64oz water daily

No sweets( this is the toughest especially with all the Halloween candy everywhere!):no:

Good Luck to everyone!


10-27-2003, 11:06 PM
Hi! I'd like to join this with this goal:
Walk 30 minutes at least 4 days this week. Today I walked for over an hour! And I know I will walk for at least 30 minutes tomorrow because my mom and I scheduled a walk. this should be easy :) I have no excuses for not making this goal!

10-28-2003, 01:01 AM
OK, people, I too am just TOO busy to have thought of a challenge and stressed, BUT I'm going to even if it's a bit late. I've put your names on the record board. I can't keep up with putting your challenges up there too so it'll just be the suns for successful challenges. Please tell me if your name is not there and/or if you need an extra sun or have too many.

mscat816, I really know how you feel. I'm in the same boat. And good for you for still doing a challenge but keeping it simple. That's still better than nothing and it'll give you some structure in times where structure kind of flies out the window. Good luck!

M.N.J., please don't leave us!! Thanks for posting here too. I'm doing the 21 too so it's not like I'm not doing anything here but I do want to do something a little special just for the week. Am thinking. So sorry to hear about your bad day. :bravo: to you too for taking on the challenge!

Shelldawn, hello! If you can try to lose weight on top of the stress you're going through you're that much closer to whipping the overweight thing. This is what it's really all about, isn't it? I mean, if we had someone to cook for us and do everything for us and all we had to do was eat the right number of calories each day to not gain weight none of us would probably have a problem. So, good for you for keeping at it nonetheless. You're an inspiration to me because I'm so stressed now too.

Southern Butterfly, congrats on last week's challenge! :cp: I put a sun up there for you. Are there enough? Good luck!

allthatjazz, Good luck!! :dancer:

beachkid, Welcome! :wave: Good luck and you can do it!! :dance:

Southern Butterfly
10-28-2003, 11:07 AM
I did 35min on the elliptical and 20min upper body last night. I didn't even think about my goal of no candy until after I read allthatjazz's post. Oh well, that just means I'll have to bring out the extra extra willpower!!

Redballon - that's enough suns (I think). I haven't been keeping up.

10-28-2003, 01:34 PM
Ok.... I know I have been missing... and no, I wasn't successful in my weekly challenge last week, nor did I do well with my eating. I had company come in this week from California, and we enjoyed ourselves. Last friday was the third day since Sept. 2nd that I didn't do ANY type of exercise at all, but Sat. and Sunday, I did run five miles, and yesterday I rollerbladed around the lake (10 miles) so I did OK with my exercise... just didn't get my pilates or ab work in.

So... my company is gone.. as of this morning, and I am BACK on track!!!! I want to get down to the 120's by Thanksgiving, so I need to really get busy working. This past week gave me a gain of 2.5 pounds... (part of which is water, part of which is too much good food and alcohol), so I have to back track and get my butt in gear and back into the groove!

Here are my goals:

OP starting TODAY, Tuesday for the rest of the week
Do cardio everyday this week, and duel cardio 4 days (T, W, TH, F)
And do a video (pilates/abs) once a day til the end of the week. (Tu-Sun)

I can say... I felt great this week. I looked better, I felt better, he and I exercised together.. as well as had really great food! It was worth it... but now I am getting ready for Thanksgiving.. so I can look better and feel better and enjoy the holidays.


Southern Butterfly
10-29-2003, 11:36 AM
I did 45min on the treadmill last night. Was going to do some lower body weights, but my tummy told me it'd been too long since it'd eaten.

Cherie - welcome back!!

10-30-2003, 05:36 AM
Southern Butterfly, great going on the exercise! You're really working that bootie! :dancer: Keep it going!

Cherie, I'm so glad to hear things went well with your friend and you must have felt great. Don't worry about not exercising. This was your time off. This is what you put the hard work in for, or at least, it's one of the reasons. Those are times to ENJOY!!
Glad to have you back!

10-30-2003, 09:51 AM
Even though my weekly challeng is in the tubes. Yesterday, I still wasn't feeling 100%, and I tried to go exercise yesterday afternoon.. but couldn't even do a mile. So I took the day off.. ate bad, and went to bed early.

This morning is a different day. I have already gotten up and done my pilates, and had a good breakfast.... and feeling so much better!!! I think I just needed rest.... I am back now and ready to get back on track!

Hope everyone has a great challenge week... I will be popping in, but will start back on my real challenge next week!


Southern Butterfly
10-30-2003, 11:07 AM
Cherie - we all need some time off every now and then. I'm glad you're ready to go again!!

redballon - thanks!!

I didn't work out yesterday because I had a midterm last night. By the time I took the test and then had to listen to another lecture for 1 1/2hrs, I just didn't care about anything but a bed. Thank god that was the last midterm. Now I can concentrate on me for a few weeks before finals. We have to help my sister move a tv (okay, so I'll just be standing there while bf and sis moves the tv), and then I plan on hitting the gym!!

10-30-2003, 04:21 PM
Hi All - Sorry for not posting all week!

Photogirl - a day is rest is necessary from time to time to regroup and re-energize! Congrats on your pilates today.

Butterfly - I hope u did well on your mid-terms!:lucky:

Red - Thanks for the words of empathy and encouragement. :queen:

M.N.J. - Sorry to hear you were so frazzled for your exam - I hope the results are better than u think. Congrats on meeting your last challenge and u go girl on taking on this week's.:bravo:

Just got to my first day of my weekly challenge (3 ab workouts this week). Did 60 pushups and 100 crunches.:strong: Also completed a 23 minute mile on treadmill:D

I don't want to bring everyone down, but you all are such great sources of support I need to share something I have not been able to tell anyone. For many reasons, including my inability to lose weight, my husband and I have decided to begin the process of an amicable divorce. :cry:

Fortunately, I am more determined than ever to become healthy, regain my energy, and increase my confidence in my ability to be single again. I know it will be even harder than before, but with my 3fc sisters and prayer, I also know that I don't need anyone else to make my dreams come true.

I saw a man today being pushed in a wheelchair and his face was extremely large and deformed. It helped me to remember that no matter how bad things seem, there is always someone else who has it worse. I feel blessed. God is good - all the time.

Thank you each and everyone one of you :angel:for being there.

Ms. Cat :wave:


Southern Butterfly
10-30-2003, 06:08 PM
mscat - I'm very sorry to hear about the divorce. Remember that we are here for you!!!

Well, I've already failed part of my challenge. I ate candy (and LOTS of it) today. The to make myself feel better, I went and ate 2 doughnuts (how did I think this was going to make me feel better?). I still plan on succeding with my workout challenges (really need to after all that junk food). I think I let stress finally get to me. I know it shouldn't be an excuse, but between midterms (5 in 1 1/2 weeks) and papers being due, work (who decides to make next years business plans during midterm week?), and ending the relationship with my best friend (it's been coming for a long time), I just clicked with the first bite of sweets. Now I want to cry. That would relieve soooo much of this stress, but I can't cry at work, so I ate and ate. I should have vented through a journal entry or something. Hind-sight is 20/20!!! Maybe a good long journal entry is still needed. Might fight off a relapse!!

10-30-2003, 07:09 PM
Mscat-- I'm so sorry to hear about the divorce. That is always a hard process to go through. Just as S'fly said, we are here for you! You can come here and just let it all out or you can come here to just get your mind off it for awhile. I realize that it is easier said than being done, but we are here for you for support. Don't worry about bringing us down... that won't happen, we'll be here to bring you back up!! I applaud you for being so strong and coming here to even talk about it. And the fact that you're still thinking of yourself. The determination that I detect in your post, I just know that you'll succeed in reaching your goal weight. Sending out hugs your way!!(((( :grouphug: ))))

S'fly--I so much understand the feeling of stress when it comes to school. And the easiest way we try to make ourselves feel better is to eat. When the fact is, it just makes us feel worse. When I get stressed, I DON'T eat. And that is just as bad. Because by the time I do,,, I binge. And then I eat, and eat, and eat... Not good. Which is why I decided to eat that bowl of popcorn for breakfast the other day. Putting something in, was better than pigging out later. I think your idea of writing in a journal is a great one. It truly can be a stress reliever. Even though you're the only one who reads it....the idea that it's all out and not bottled up inside does wonders. I've written in a journal so much in the past during my first marriage. I felt better afterwards. Rereading it all also help me change the things in my life that was causing the stress. I am no longer married to the man (we remain friends) and all those journals were burned. That really did something for me. It gave me a sense of freedom. So maybe a suggestion is, if you don't want an actual journal.. write it all out on a piece of paper. Keep if for awhile and then just burn it later. Try it and see if it helps. I know it did for me.

Today has been alright for me. I drank most of my water already and I just finished my abs workout. I had an midterm exam in Word 2000 class today... I felt pretty good about how I did. After I was finished.... there were many people who were still working on theirs and I glanced at some of their work (I know, that's not very nice) and I almost thought "OMG... I think I did that wrong" but instead, I chose to just leave before the stress started building up! I felt confident before I glanced, why should I take that away from me??? Lesson learned I guess.

Ok.. I wish everyone a great day!!

Take Care

Southern Butterfly
10-31-2003, 11:17 AM
I went to the gym last night and did 30min on the elliptical and 25min lower body. Then I went to the grocery store to pick up lots of fresh fruit and veggies. Now I'll have to binge on carrot sticks and apples instead of doughnuts!!

11-01-2003, 11:16 PM
I did it! Got my last ab workout in at 9:30 p.m. this evening. The other great side effect is that I also completed 4 treadmill workouts as well - most days were 1 mile but today I did a mile and a half:) I am still focussed on my goals despite my rocky home situation. I am crying less and by the time my trial anti-depressants kick in, I am sure I will be great and on my way to the new (soon to be single again) me!

MNJ - thanks for the words of support - you are so wonderful! I am sure you did great on your word exam.

Butterfly - Good for you on stocking the veggies. I am trading in all my white foods for veggies and fruits next week! Donuts are my downfall too.

Hope everyone had a great week!



11-02-2003, 10:03 PM
:cp: :cp: Way to go Cat!!:cp: :cp: Always feels good to have completed a week being successful!!!

Way to go S'Fly with the veggies!! The determination you have to change your lifestyle is wonderful. Could you please spread some of that over here??:lol:

Halloween is over, but the candy is still here. I did soooo well the week before Halloween, didn't eat even one. But, now that it's over, for some reason I keep telling myself that one isn't going to hurt me. One turns into two, two into three... and so on....
**sigh** oh well, all that's left now are stuff I don't like so maybe tomorrow will be better for me. :tape:

Well I hope everyone succeeded on their challenge this week. And let do another great week starting tomorrow!!


11-02-2003, 10:22 PM
Here's the link to the new weekly challenge. I wasn't able to get into a challenge this week, partly because my new 21-dayer was challenge enough! But I'm going to get crackin' from this week so hope to see you all.