Weight Loss Support - WEEK-AT-A-TIME CHALLENGE #8 -- for week starting Nov. 3




redballoon
11-02-2003, 10:18 PM
Hello, everyone, this is PART VIII 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!


redballoon
11-02-2003, 10:19 PM
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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.

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allthatjazz :sunny:
Aquareggie :sunny:
beachkid
brunissen
Eydie :sunny:
fern
friendsforfitness :spin: :sunny:
happy dance dot :sunny:
Irishcoda
jackieO :sunny:
KristasMom
Lavender Girl
M.N.J :sunny: :sunny: :sunny:
mscat816 :sunny:
PhotogirlTX :sunny: :sunny:
redballoon :sunny: :sunny:
Sandybrat :sunny: :sunny:
Shelldawn
Southern Butterfly :sunny: :sunny:

Marti
11-02-2003, 11:22 PM
Hello!!

I'm in again! I got this going on the other forum which BTW red, is fantastic! I thank you once again for letting me share this!

For this week my plan is:

Squats or lunges: 3 sets of 10 reps. 4-5's this week.

As I posted on the other forum... my thighs are merging together and I need to pry them apart!! I realize that sometimes we need someone to lean on but this is going a bit to far!!!:nono: I am definately hoping that I will be able to see daylight between those two by March!!:lol:

I succeeded last week. Which feel pretty good. So that would mean that I would have three sunshines! WooHoo!! Looking forward to getting the fourth!!

Ok... I'll check in tomorrow.

Marti


mscat816
11-03-2003, 12:59 AM
Hi All!

Congrats to everyone on their challenges and me too for completing my first one!:bravo:

This week I am going to continue with week 1 challenges (3 ab workouts) and add the following:

3 - cardio workouts
No White Processed Foods!

Scary! The cardio will be no problem - did 4 last week - becoming a habit. But the white food??? I really need to embrace this challenge because I have been doing research on metabolism and currently reading a book about increasing energy. White processed food is a major zapper of energy and instigator of cravings.

I am also frustrated that I have been battling the same plateau for over three weeks even though I am doing well with eating, water, and exercising. :shrug: I have increased my daily water, amounts of fruits and veggies, and my exercise level but the scale won't budge and I am not losing inches either!:( I am praying that eliminating the white stuff in my diet is enough to jump start my metabolism. Wish me luck!

M.N.J. - Glad, as always, to see you participate. Work those thighs girl!

Red - thanks again for keeping this forum alive. I am very happy with the weekly challenges and feeling the potential for even more success.

By the way, I am getting closer to accepting my impending divorce. I know deep in my heart that it is best for both of us and I am starting to look forward to the new possibilities that come with change. Anyone read "Who Moved my Cheese?" I am getting myself ready to go out and search for new cheese.

Good luck to everyone this week - I am looking forward to seeing your posts!

Ms. Cat :wave:

241/229.5/140 Just weighed myself and I am under 230 again - here is hoping I can keep it down!

Sandybrat
11-03-2003, 10:44 AM
Hi guys... missed you last week... i have been busy so therefor awol... but i am back this week. BTW Red... i have 2 sunshines...lol My challenge this week is to do my watp tapes 5 times this week... the 2 mile tape. Yoga 5 times as well. Hope all is well with all of u... take care of u

Sandy

Southern Butterfly
11-03-2003, 11:09 AM
My goals for this week are:
1. cardio 5x
2. weights 3x

Sandybrat
11-03-2003, 07:41 PM
Thanks Red... one day down 4 to go... LOL

Sandy

Marti
11-03-2003, 08:20 PM
Holy Cow!! :fr: Let me tell you how much different it is to do squats correctly!! Before I just did them w/o the use of my excercise ball... but I think I wasn't doing much good, because today---My thighs are screaming!!:yikes: I think they're on to my plan of seperation!!!

So first day down!! I want to do this so bad!! I will succeed!!
Ok,, now to go hobble on out to the living room!! :tired:

Take Care
Marti

redballoon
11-04-2003, 01:58 AM
Hello people, I really haven't been able to get back on track because things are so upside down in my life right now. But I've decided that this week's challenge is to stick to my plan, which is to have 5 meals a day to equal 1800 calories total. The meals will be about 3-4 hours apart and fairly equal in size except for two which are about 150 calories more. They should all contain protein as well as carbs. This week my goal is to just work with this guideline, putting in a good effort and getting closer and closer each week to really tight plans. It's all about planning, recording and evaluating. These are my big pitfalls as I can never maintain consistency and though I think I'm doing really well and often am, I have a lot of sabotaging going on I think and that's why I don't see progress over the long run. I have to think about doing this over the long run otherwise I'll just gain back any weight I lose (which I've done over and over). Ok, that's it. It may not sound like much but it's a lot for me, a crucial step to success! :cb:

M.N.J., oh, yes, I know what squats can do to you! When I used to train really heavy I often couldn't walk after a leg workout without taking aspirin. But it's great you're doing them. Your legs will start to have shape, nice shape, if you stick to it. Good luck! :spin:

mscat816, hello there. What an excellent challenge. I too am trying to steer clear of processed foods, thus the no sugar, no bread on the 21-day challenge. I've done no sugar for a year before and the results were fantastic. In addition to losing the roll around my gut I didn't have cravings or "dead" times. I usually try to eat brown rice and whole wheat pasta and so but that usually flies out the window when I eat out. But I still can make better choices no doubt. I wish you the best of luck and also, I didn't mean to ignore you about your impending divorce. I have never been married but I've been through very painful breakups of long-term relationships and I know how devastating they can be. I wish you strength and resolve and please go easy on yourself. Better things ARE in store. Believe in that! I really admire you for taking this time to take care of yourself. I have read "Who Moved My Cheese" and thought it was great, though very painful to face since it was as if it was speaking directly to me! Right now I'm not only trying to look forward to, like you, the possibilities change brings, but I'm trying to open myself up to possibilities, the idea of them even without change. Power to you mscat, you can do it! I'm trying to too! :dance:
Sandy, yes, I got your other sun up there. :sunny: Good luck on your challenge. That's a lot of tapes!

Southern, good luck to you!! That too is a full schedule! :strong:

Sandybrat
11-04-2003, 11:09 AM
Thank you Red... you know Red.. if u ever need to talk.. or vent or even just rant do so... we will all be here for you. We will listen and give advice ... feel free to talk to us here as well as chart progress... thats what these boards are all about... support... supporting each other in EVERYTHING... I just wanted u all to know that i would be here to listen if u needed it... Hope you all have a wonderful day.. take care of u...

Sandy

Southern Butterfly
11-04-2003, 11:14 AM
Completed one cardio (30min treadmill) and one weight workout (25min lower body) yesterday. I'm determined to be successful this week!!

Marti
11-04-2003, 12:30 PM
Did my squats this morning!!! My body ached this morning so I figured the only way to stretch them out was to do more. And it worked. I can walk like a normal girl and not some drunk!!:lol:

Have to get ready for school....just needed to post this before I forget.

take care
Marti

mscat816
11-04-2003, 01:50 PM
Morning!

I am so proud of myself. I have had two whole days of success - two ab workouts (100 crunches, and 60 pushups), 2 treadmill workouts, and most important of all no white processed foods! :cb: In addition to that I have had more than 98 oz of water 2 days in a row. I only need to complete 1 more day of the exercise challenges to meet my weekly goal but I am going to continue to meet the challenge for at least 5 days.

I'm reading this fabulous book "Energy Up, Whoo!" and I have to admit everything she said about eliminating sugar, salt, flour, and white processed foods from my diet is true - I feel 100% better already and my energy has increased 10 fold. The increased energy has also affected my mental state and my problems don't seem so insurmountable now.

The down side is my scale has not moved again in two days:?: It is really frustrating me but I am not going to quit doing what I am doing. So this is the last post with a current weight until the end of the week. I am a scale junkie so I am adding staying off the scale to this week's challenge. I am also going take some measurements so I can pay more attention to that.

Wish me luck :lucky:


M.J.N. - Squats hurt but they are so good for you. Keep it up! :strong:

Butterfly - I want to be like you - 30 minutes! I am lucky if I get in 22 a day. You give me hope.

Red - thanks so much for your words of encouragement - I can't tell you how much your support means to me. :angel:

Have a great week.
Cat
241/230/140

redballoon
11-04-2003, 06:37 PM
Ok, checking in here to report yesterday's progress. I did stick to a plan all day though the last meal was too late and too much but that's because of a mixup in scheduling. I haven't added the calories up yet but at least I know everything I ate. I was thinking how easily I can overeat. I mean really, it takes absolutely nothing and even if I've eaten say 500 calories less every day than I've expended then I can just ruin that work in a single night out drinking. Wow, it's really scary to think of how fine a line people must be walking to NOT overeat. Of course, I know losing is harder than maintaining as far as the calorie in calorie out balance goes but still. . .Ok, just wanted to have a semi rant there.

Sandy, thanks, there, you see, maybe it was you saying I could vent and now I have! I hate to complain but this stuff is HARD!! Maybe losing a pound here and there isn't so hard but keeping it off is and if I lose it one day and gain it back the next well no one's going to notice are they?

Southern, good going on the exercise! :cp:

M.N.J., yes, working through the pain, that is the best way, just don't overdo it. And remember, there's always aspirin! :lol:

mscat, you SHOULD be proud of yourself. You're really kicking butt. I'm jealous. You're going to get me to the gym today you are! Don't worry about the scale and taking measurements is a very good idea. Get a pair of pants or something that is too tight and use that to measure your progress. Write down exactly how it fits, or doesn't, like "can't get my leg in" or "top snap is 4 inches apart." Then you can chart your progress that way. And it takes a lot of time for fat to mobilize and regroup and leave the body. I notice how I get even more disgustingly flabby right when I'm about to lose and it can be discouraging if you don't see it as the sign of progress that it is. Just stick to your guns!

Sandybrat
11-04-2003, 08:58 PM
Yes Red... it is HARD to loose and keep the weight off... i know that, i struggle with that all the time... but keep your chin up... and come here and rant, vent or pout...lol whatever it takes to just be in control. Thats what i do... just knowing that i have to be accountable to u ladies makes a huge difference, for me at least... have a fabulous night... remember to take care of u...


Sandy

mscat816
11-05-2003, 02:12 AM
I am turning in for the night and feeling good about my accomplishments. I didn't get any exercise in but for the third day in a row I did not ingest any white processed foods!

It has become easier as each day passes and I am feeling more energetic. I know that by the end of the week my metabolism is going to be rockin' and it will show up on the scale. I am very excited.

Red - you are right on about the inches - noticed the suit I had on today was not skin tight and I believe my tummy is a tad bit less flabby! And please rant whenever you need to - you are such a great support to all of us we are hungry for opportunity to mentor to you. I am with you on the losing and gaining of a few pounds and how frustrating that can be. You hang in there.

Night all and have a great Wednesday!

Cat

241/230 on 11-4-03/140

Southern Butterfly
11-05-2003, 11:16 AM
Good morning!!!!

I did 45min on the treadmill last night followed by 25min upperboddy weights.

redballon - you are so right. It is much harder to loose than to maintain. It's also much harder to maintain than to gain!!! That's why I'm back at loosing. I've reached my goal a few times, just to turn around and gain 15-20lbs again. Not this time!! When I reach goal, I'm giving away all of my bigger size clothes so that I'll have to maintain or not have anything to wear!!!

mscat - I'm glad to hear that that it's becoming easier!!!

MNJ - great job on the squats. They definitly make a person sore!!

Sandy - thanks for being so sweet and supportive to everyone!!

redballoon
11-05-2003, 04:42 PM
Well, I really stuck to plan yesterday. Actually I didn't get all the meals in but the total was under 1800. If I can just get mini-meals in mind so I can whip them together without much thought I can do this! Actually, though knowing what a fine line we must walk in order to see consistent progress is daunting it's also at the same time empowering to really realize this because then I can say, "Ok, are you going to do what's needed or not?!" instead of always moaning about poor me and why oh why despite all the effort doesn't the fat come off. Yesterday I ran 5K and worked out heavy with weights and yet I didn't feel starved with the food I ate. If I can do it one day I can do it one more, and one more and one more.

Sandy, thanks for your support. Yes, I'm so glad to be able to come here and tell you all about my ups and downs. I wish I had something like this for other areas of my life as well. At least now the people around me aren't being subjected to the weight woes!

mscat, thank you as well and I can always use the support. I am always in need of it even if if I don't say so. I guess that's just my keep-your-chin-up, put-a-happy-face-on style but it often means I don't get the encouragement I so need. As for your loose suit, that's great! Write it down so you can look back and give yourself that pat on the back you deserve when things don't look so rosy.

Southern butterfly, 45 mins on the treadmill! Looks like we were on the same wavelength! That's how long it took me to walk/jog the 5K and I haven't done that in a long time. I hear you on the bigger clothes. I've gotten rid of them too. The thing is I still have smaller clothes and I want to fit into them so I can get rid of them too just because I don't want them. Right now I feel like they're waiting for me. But I really want to say, Ok, I'm here and now I don't want to wear you and then buy brandnew ones! I want to put all the things with old memories behind me!

mscat816
11-05-2003, 06:08 PM
Just checking in to say I did not get on the scale this morning and boy was it hard! :rolleyes: I am actually having scale dt's. All I can think about is WWTSS (What would the scale say?) Help!!!

I am so afraid to go home and face the scale :fr: But I am going to be strong and keep saying over and over " the scale is my enemy :devil: - The tape measure is my friend" :angel: I think I'm obsessing - I'm digressing because I'm stressing :stress: I think I'm silly and delirious from hunger -

Got to eat more today - I have only had mini carrots, 4 hard-boiled egg whites, an an apple[ :mad: But I did a 25 minute treadmill workout -this a.m. which is the 3rd TM workout! Now I have to do one more ab workout and I am done for the week!

Southern Butterfly - you go girl - I am trying to be as diligent as you!

Have a great evening everyone!

Cat 241/230 on 11-4-03/140

redballoon
11-05-2003, 06:23 PM
mscat! The scale wants to swing you around by the tail (or so to speak). Don't let it! It's a quick fix that doesn't nourish you. The tape measure speaks wisdom. It measures what you and other people see and that's what counts, that's where you efforts show up. The scale is like a fair-weather friend. It only comes around with a smile when you don't need it. Hang in there! If you must see those numbers remember they are nothing to rely on, nothing with which you can entrust your fragile feelings of hope and the need for encouragement. The numbers are those who would turn their back on you in times of need!

Marti
11-05-2003, 07:00 PM
Hello everyone!! :wave:

I woke up soooo sore this morning that I decided that I do not want to do my squats today. Then James told me that I should really stretch more before doing them and it might ease up my uncomfortableness. So tonight I will try that...
We did walk around the mall for about an hour, that seemed to help my legs a little. It's been so long since I've done "good" squats!! I used to have help with the Smith Machine at the gym.
I've noticed that lunges are easier. I'm not sure why.....

Mscat-- I'm going to agree with Red....the numbers on the scale are hard to count on. Last month my scale didn't budge, but the size in my jeans did. I believe the measuring tape is a much better friend to have. Why don't you try to put the scale up in the closet for a little while. Hide it from your view.
You have to realize that the muscle is toning up and it does weigh more than fat. Which is why a lot of people including myself, get upset when the scale doesn't move. And muscles are so much nicer to look at. I'm sure you'll have people noticing your change, even if you're not seeing it on the scale. Does all that make sense? Don't worry... you're doing great! And you've become an inspiration to me seeing all that you've been doing along with all that's going on in your life!! Keep it up!! I'm cheering you on!!

Red--5k!! How great is that?! And working w/weights...I used to love working out in the gym lifting weights. I'm afraid that once I get back in there, that I'm going to be so lost!! But I'm just going to have to start back from scratch.... what's the point in moaning about it? Just do it right?! My biggest problem when going to the gym was getting in the cardio. All I wanted to do was lift. That's going to change too.

S'Fly--45mins. on the treadmill! Do you jog or power walk? I used to hate jogging... but once I got my endurance up it became easier. I never believed that... but having done it, I know it's true. 20mins. is the most I've jogged though. I would like to see myself doing 45mins.

Well ladies--it looks like we're all doing great. You all keep me motivated. Just need to let you know that. Your words of encouragement make my day!! You all take care and hi to all I've missed.....
Sandy, Cherie.....who else??? Everyone!!

Marti

Southern Butterfly
11-06-2003, 12:06 PM
I got up this morning and went to the gym. It was hard, but I knew that I will not go tonight after I get my hair cut. I did another 45mins on the treadmill.

MNJ - I've started jogging again. I love to jog and can't wait to start running. I usually warm up for 7 minutes, then jog at 5.2-5.3mph, then cool down for 5-7minutes. So, technically, I'm only jogging for 31-34mins. I've also been throwing in a couple of sprints at 6mph to try and up my intensity and endurance.

mscat - redballon's right - the scales are bad, bad, bad. I still get on them everymorning. However, the tape measure is what I judge myself by.

redballon - great going with the exerise, and you're right....If I can do it one day, then I can do it one more, and one more, and one more...

mscat816
11-06-2003, 08:30 PM
Just lost a very long post to you all but it was getting sad and depressing. Obviously it needs to remain in my personal journal so I am just going to report the good stuff.

I have completed 4 of 3 treadmill workouts I committed to; 3 of 3 ab workouts; 5 days of at least 76 oz or more of water; 5 days of abstaining from white processed foods, and I have not been on the scale for 2 whole days :D
Took my measurements - what a scary and depressing activity :yikes: but now I have a baseline to compare when the scale is not making me happy.

Going to what will probably be our last marriage counseling session tonight. We are getting results of an assessment we took but our minds are pretty much made up that it is over despite what the assessment indicates or what the shrink suggests. Wish me luck on holding on continuing to hold on to my dignity - I haven't cried in over 3 days!!!

My favorite saying is "A fool will lose tomorrow looking back on what happened yesterday." So I am ready to kick butt, get healthy and in shape for the possibilities that await me in the future!:strong:

Southern Butterfly - you are awesome - I can barely jog through half of my session! :cp: :cp:

OK Red - I'm using your words of inspiration to help me stave off the scale until Sunday night :p

Success to everyone
Cat
241/230 on 11-4-03/141

redballoon
11-06-2003, 10:28 PM
Well, I've had two excellent more days here. Working out as well, another 5K jogging (with some walking) on the treadmill. I'm really starting to wake up to how much food was going down the hatch and boy, oh, boy, can I pack it in! So I've been successful on my challenge since I declared it (I think it was Tuesday here already). Yeah!

M.N.J., How are your squats going? Are you adding any weight or just bodyweight for now? I wouldn't worry about working with weights again. If you used to do it you'll get right back into it. It's such a good feeling to ''come home'' to the weights when I've been away from them. I guess I'm addicted. And I'm glad we help you out. The feeling is totally mutual!!

Southern, :bravo: to you for another 45 minutes on the treadmill. Now there's a grind I bet you're going to love! :lol: If I've calculated the kilometer/miles right it sounds like we're going about the same pace, sprints included. I make up tapes and when the fast real hard rock songs come on it feels great to sprint. There was great music going in the gym yesterday and it really got me into the weight training too. Music is so important!

mscat, sorry to hear about the lost post. If you want to write long and depressing send me a private message. I can take it and if you want to tell somebody, tell me! You are doing SO good with your workouts and food. Remember, there's nothing scary about measurements no matter how high the numbers or even if you have to use two tape measures. Scary is when the numbers stay the same (or go up). You're doing great. Keep it up! :dance: And yes, good luck on the rough times you're going through. Remember, you're in the tunnel now but you DO see the light. I know about the crying. Sometimes you get sick of it and though it's good to cry sometimes it's also good to keep yourself together sometimes too. Do you write a journal? They can be lifesavers. I absolutely LOVE that saying. I got shivers reading it, honest! Power to you! :strong:

Marti
11-06-2003, 10:40 PM
Hello ladies--

I needed to post that I did my squats! Still sore as :censored: but I'm sure my muscles will appreciate it later. Red.. I don't use any weights while I squat here at home. But I used to at the gym. How depressing... I talk about all the stuff "I used" to do at the gym. Got to get that membership back!!

Cat-- I'm with Red.. you can PM me anytime. I don't mind. I find it always helps to let things out. Just remember we are here for you and you can lean on us ANYTIME.:grouphug:

S'fly--Your determination is INCREDIBLE! The way you plan around things to get your workouts in. Fantastic!! Keep it up and you'll exceed your goal!!:cp:

Ok ladies... my sweet little sick girl is wanting me to get off here so I better get! You all take care!!

Marti

kdrules
11-07-2003, 11:19 AM
THIS IS GREAT
ALTHOUGH TODAY IS FRIDAY I WILL
WRITE DOWN MY GOALS FOR THE NXT 14 DAYS
I WILL EXERCISE 4X A WEEK AND MAKE SURE WEIGHT TRAINING
IS INCLUDED AT LEAST 2X
I WILL MEDITATE 3X A WEEK 10-15 MINUTES TO HELP RE- ENERGIZE MY THOUGHTS GOALS AND KEEP ME CALM AND IN THE MOMENT.
I WILL ONLY HAVE WINE/OR ANY OTHER ALCOHOL DRINK ON 2X A WEEK AND LIMIT IT TO 3 DRINK MAXIMUM. WEEKENDS ONLY BUT IT WILL BE INCLUDED IN MY CALORIE INTAKE.
I WILL EAT A TOTAL OF 8400 CALORIES A WEEK.
I WILL JOURNAL ALL OF MY EATING, SUPPLEMENTS,MEDITATIONS AND EXERCISE ON A DAILY BASIS.
CURRENT WEIGHT 209
NXT STAGE GOAL 199
FINAL GOAL 155
YES IT IS A LONG ROAD BUT I AM READY TO WALK THE WALK
TREAD THE TREADMILL AND EAT CORRECTLY SO I CAN GET THERE.

mscat816
11-07-2003, 03:38 PM
Checking in this afternoon to report my progress - 30 min. treadmill this a.m., ab workout completed (tried pushups the men's way - ouch!), no scale, great breakfast of warm pear slices and 3 hb egg whites! I have gone beyond my exercise challenge and still maintaining my no white processed foods challenge.:cloud9:

Getting anxious about the scale but fighting those urges thanks to the support I have here. I believe the tape measure will tell the real story even if the scale does not. My jean skirt definitely feels different today.

Counseling session was not as productive as we had hoped and we had an explosion afterward. I am having difficulty stopping the beating of dead horse and trying to salvage something when I am the only one who wants to invest the time and effort. I am going through the stages of death. I know that the final stage, acceptance, is around the corner. I am grateful that nothing that has happened between us has kept me from pursuing my personal goals.

KD Rules - Welcome - you will find so much support here for whatever your goals are!

M.N.J. - Thanks for the offer - I hope you won't regret it if I take you up on that. How would I go about PMing you?

Red - Thanks - I am writing in the journals everyday now and yes it does help. I really let it all hang out including gorey details. I actually feel better and quite often get comments from other members that are supportive and helpful.

Hope everyone has a happy and successful Friday! :wave:

Cat
241/230 on 11-4-03/140

"A fool will lose tomorrow looking back on yesterday."

redballoon
11-07-2003, 06:10 PM
I had another good day on Friday and wrote down everything and actually counted calories where I could, estimated where I couldn't. The important thing, though, was that I made good choices while I was out eating with a friend and after for drinks I limited myself to two glasses of beer (and that's a lot less than I normally down!) So, I'm meeting my goal for this week and feeling good about it.

mscat, you are doing so well! Please keep it up. You're an inspiration for me. I find that even if I'm doing well I start to lose momentum after a few days. It's strange but even if things are going well I do this. I suppose it's because I feel alone in my success and that feels just as bad, if not worse, than feeling connected with others in my failures. So, when I hear that you're doing so well too it makes me want to continue doing well. Does that make sense?

I know just where you're coming from with the "trying to salvage something" feeling, but if, as you say, you're the only one wanting to invest the time and effort, STOP IT! I just went through about 5 years of this and in the end wound up alone anyhow. I should have stopped long ago and invested all that beautiful effort, all that precious time in someone/something that would have returned it. Many people don't care that they're wasting their lives. I've come to the decision that I do! If you are able to stick to your personal goals, you can do this one too. Stop making excuses for one of the most important areas of your life. Really, these are the reasons we want to look and feel good, not just to look and feel good but because of what looking and feeling good brings to our relationships with others. Why would you invest in a 0% interest package??!?!?

kdrules, welcome! :wave: Looks like you've got some great goals going there. Good luck to you and please check in often for support and to give us all support. Your final goal is NOT that far away. It's upon you, with every day, every hour that you act on your immediate goals. Rock on! :dancer:

M.N.J., don't be depressed over having done all the things in the past. Think of it as experience that you can draw on at any time you please. Say, I USED to do that so I can do it AGAIN and will! It seems like you've just gotten yourself wrapped up in some cobwebs between then and now and now you're once again brushing them off. You're doing so well. It's kind of like a butterfly that went into a cocoon and is now coming out again!

Marti
11-07-2003, 07:52 PM
Kdrules--Welcome to our challenge!! You will find this place to be helpful in reaching your goals. The ladies here are fantastic and they all inpire me, and I know they will you too.

Cat--If you want to PM me, you can find one of my post, and underneath it all you will see a row of information and PM is one of them. Or you can go up to your User Cp,, and PM me from there. Don't hesitate if you're needing to talk!! You're doing so good right now and I'm very proud of you. I'm sorry you're going through some difficult stuff in your life... and we're definately here for you if you need us!! Just remember that!:grouphug:

Red--You put it all into words so nicely!! That is exactly how it is. Just brushing off the cobwebs right now!!

Ok ladies... I've done my squats today. Still ache, but it's eventually gotta go away....

You all take care
Marti

mscat816
11-09-2003, 09:09 AM
Sorry I did not post yesterday but I read all of yours. Thanks for all the words of encouragement regarding my challenges and my personal trauma. We have had an interesting development that I can't even put into words yet, not even in my journal. I need to do some soul searching on it. :?:

Meanwhile, I did not get to workout yesterday because we started working on the leaves at 11:00 in the a.m. and did not finish until 4:00 p.m. That made up for the workout! :yikes: I am so sore today - I mean everything hurts. I am really concerned that I am not going to be able to workout today and I don't want to get out of the habit.:rolleyes:

My biggest dilemma though is deciding if I am going to weigh-in or not. Before this week's challenge, I considered myself to be a scale addict. Now I am practically scale phobic. I took my measurements and discovered a 4.5" loss. However, since I can't really see it, or feel it significantly in my clothes, and I know muscle weighs more than fat, I am afraid the scale wont be encouraging.

I may have to go another week with out it!

Will check in later - have a great day everyone!

Cat
241/230 on 11-4-03/141

redballoon
11-09-2003, 09:52 AM
mscat, It seems we're living parallel lives! I'm feeling the same way as you and when I read your post I want to say, take that scale and throw it against the wall! You don't need it, just stay away from it. Being scale phobic is fine! You're not a boxer, you're not a bodybuilder or a jockey. You DON'T have to make weight. You don't need to know the numbers. LOOK at yourself and ask yourself, do you like the way things are going? Say YES!!! and leave it at that. You go GIRL!!

ellasmom2
11-09-2003, 10:50 AM
Hi guys,

I am sorry to interrupt as I am NOT a seasoned "poster" but I would like to ask you a question since you seem to know ALOT about losing weight and what to eat when etc..
I would like to know if it would be feasable for me to lose 15lbs by christmas by eating around 1300 to 1400/day and walking/running 12 miles/week.
I am trying to lose the pregnancy weight but really need to set goals for myself or I KNOW the weight will never shed and will only exponentially multiply with the next baby.
PLease please please..can you answer my question.Thanks in advance .

redballoon
11-09-2003, 06:07 PM
Ellasmom, Hello there. First question is, what do you weigh now?

ellasmom2
11-09-2003, 06:27 PM
Hi redballon,
To answer your question, I am currently oscillating between 127 and 129, depending on the day.I would like to get back to 115ish which I was at before without an ounce of effort besides leading a somewhat healthy lifestyle .
I am 5"3 by the way...hello to all shorties out there :p ,

What do you think?unattainable goal, doable but with a willpower of steel?
My oh my..only questions .
I really enjoy reading your posts, they have a lot of good tips and common sense .I will try to post in this thread but I never seem to find time to get on the pc these days ..well, not for fun that is .
happy sunday to you
Bea

redballoon
11-09-2003, 07:14 PM
Bea,

I'd say that would be rough going at that weight. You sound to be already quite lean unless you have very little muscle mass. Even for bodybuilders getting into competition shape you should only be losing 1 kg a week (2.2 lbs). Of course, they are trying not to lose any muscle mass, only fat. I say you could do it but it would not be healthy probably and you would lose some muscle. But yes, if you most definitely HAVE to get to this weight I think you COULD do it. Is there a reason you have to get to this particular number (like a bet or something)? If not, I would just aim for it by sticking to your plan, which sounds good but I'd up the exercise unless you're already very active. Some resistance training would tighten you up but it may add some weight. You would look smaller/better though so, again, unless the number is the goal I'd go for it!!

ellasmom2
11-09-2003, 07:35 PM
Thanks for your input redballon.My wanting to hit the 115lbs mark comes from the fact that I weighed 115lbs for the past 10 years (before the baby) and I would like nothing more than to be able to fit in my prepregnancy jeans .
Now I get the fact that it is only a # on a scale which hardly reflects the fat/muscle mass ratio but I suppose I didn't think of that in lenght until now .
Thing is , I hate strengh training ..I'd rather run 100 miles than go to the gym and lift a 2lbs weight ..haha.I guess I should change my attitude on that hu :smug: .
Anyhow, thanks again for your time.
May I ask if you are from Japan or if you were born in the US..what took you to japan etc? just curious.
And what are the eating habits there ..
Ciao for now

mscat816
11-09-2003, 08:15 PM
Just wanted to crow about my past challenge - 3 ab workouts - I did 4! 3 Cardio - did 5! And I did not eat any white processed foods all week - that is no flour or flour based products, no sugar, no salt! :cp: :cp:

I had brown rice today and some no-fat yogurt (2 of my allowed carbs/dairy). I thought I was in heaven. I am thinking about making some baked sweet potatoe fries - hmmmmm.

Challenges for this week:
4 ab workouts
4 cardio workouts
5 days of no white processed foods

Red - I may add abstaining from the scale again - I am still out to lunch on whether or not I am going to act like a jockey :) I don't want to be a slave to it. I know you really believe I can go at least another week without it. I am sooooo curious right now. But I am going to try to hold off.

M.N.J. - You have been working so hard - I hope you met your goals for the week! Thanks for your encouragement as well.

Hope everyone else had a great week - Southern Butterfly, PhotogirlTX, KD, and anyone I may have missed!

Cat
241/230 on 11-4--3/140

redballoon
11-09-2003, 10:42 PM
Come on over to the new week's challenge. You can wrap up this week's challenge over there and all you successful people can get your suns!

Here's the link:

http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/showthread.php?s=&postid=485542#post485542