Support Groups - 21-Day Challenge!! -- the fun continues!!!

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07-25-2005, 11:05 PM
Okay, everyone, I'm starting up a new thread because I got through my first round of 21. At last!! :lol: Considering that I started this challenge up on May 25...that was a very long three weeks! :^: But, you see, going back to Day 1 was kind of a thing I did a lot! :lol3:

So, just for the heck of it and because some people may have trouble downloading a long thread, I'm starting this new one. Below is a short explanation of how this challenge works so all you newcomers can take a look and decide if you're game or not! I hope you are! Hop aboard and enjoy the ride. We've got a great bunch of supportive people, so I hope you'll give us a try. I see, looking back on the beginning of the old thread, that we had a lot of people who tried for a while and then disappeared. I hope some of you will give it another try. Remember, it's not over till you give up. And our motto around here is:

NEVER GIVE UP!!...Just start OVER!!


It works like this: you decide you'll do something for 21 days straight, every single day, so keep it doable. Then you count through 21.....and if you flub it, you MUST go back to zero and start over again. Everyone will be on different days. You can start anytime. You get ONE free day for each perfect round of 21 days you complete. I suggest taking it late in the game (better to go back to Day 1 early on) if you need a break or screw up when you're well into the challenge, meaning, when you're on Day 15 or something like that.

In any case, the trick is to keep going. The momentum builds and it's great incentive to stick to your guns, cause if you don't.........back to START you go. :( And the really great thing about this challenge is that you are forming new habits that will wipe out the old! AND, you get to do it with a great bunch of really supportive people to whom you are accountable! :grouphug: And, YES, we are watching YOU!! :yes:

Ready to join us!!?!?! :wave: You BET! :dancer:

07-25-2005, 11:28 PM
Bumping up the new thread so you all don't get confused. Be sure to go back and check out the latest posts on the old thread because we had a lot of action and newcomers and I wouldn't want anyone to get left out. Curly made us a great flashing "21" as well (she'd made one before but lost it!!) So, fresh starts and second winds for those of you still rolling along. Good luck, everyone!!

Caro -- Thanks for the reminder about starting up a new thread. That's why we're here now! :thanks: And congrats, congrats!! :encore: :cp: :encore: :cp: on making it through your first round of 21 days!! :sunny: I hear you on the boredom. Anyone's plan can get tedious for coworkers and family and friends I suppose. How many times can you tell someone, "I drank my water today!" and expect cheers and pats on the back from them. BUT!!! Here you can! That's the beauty, the beauty of US! We know the hard part's not in the doing, it's in the KEEPING DOING. :spin: And we're keeping doing! Caro, I hadn't realized you'd made not getting on the scale part of your challenge till I re-read your post. Good for you, but it may be tough. I suggest stashing that scale somewhere, in a box with a rope around it or something, anything to make getting out of it easier. There was one woman on here who had her husband hide it for her except for her weigh-in day. But, also, remember not to get your expectations too high for weigh-in day. It's just another day. Chances will always be there that you showed a couple pounds' loss the day before but not exactly on weight-in day. So be careful! And, good luck!!

Curly -- thanks for the cool flashing "21" I'm glad you made another one. Store this one away somewhere so you don't lose it and you can whip it out and be our official award presenter when someone clears the finish line!

Java -- Heh, I'm with curly on counting your walking as exercise. In any case, you MUST get back in here with us toute suite!!!

1nceagain -- Love your new and improved version of "piece of cake!" Yes, our days will be bowls of sugarfree jello! Oh, and by the way, for the record, our star challenger is curly. She's on her SECOND round of 21! I like how you're planning ahead. That is key to success. Good luck!!

Legally -- Glad to see you over here from Basics. As you can see, I'm kept very busy with this thread and just haven't had time to be posting elsewhere. Your challenge is a triple whammy! Wow!! :eek: You sure you want to start out so tough?! Well, it's up to you. Good luck and hope to hear from you often! :wave:

07-26-2005, 12:15 AM
Hi Ladies - glad you started a new thread Red. Since you started the new thread, I have to repeat my new challenge again - I am participating in the week at a time challenge so I need to remind myself which challenge is for which thread :dizzy: For the next 21 days I am going to track and maintain my weight watchers points. My "bonus" goals (not counting for this challenge) are to drink my water (96oz - 24 over WW requirement) and exercise in some shape or form everyday.

This is Monday and I had a 35 minute walk this afternoon and I am gulping down my last 24 oz before bed. :goodluck: to you all this week!

07-26-2005, 12:48 AM
Today was day one down with no prob. For now I'm using the same goals as for the week-at-a-time challenge: no wine or chocolate bars. 20 days to go!

Do I get a free day DURING the first 21-day period, or only after it's done?


07-26-2005, 12:52 AM
mscat -- good to see you over here. Yes, good idea to restate your goals, actually as often as possible.

carla -- you start out with one free day. It was a new rule I made this past time. (A long time ago, I used to do these challenges that a 3fc person called Amarantha had started.) It helps people make decisions, the strategy is knowing when to take your free day and that choice is empowering. That's why I added the new rule. Doesn't that just make you feel better!? :)

07-26-2005, 01:12 AM
Ok, After reading the rules I'm restating my Goal! :lol:

My Goal is to exercise every day for 21 days for at least 30 minutes!!

I do have one question though, if I have a free day from the first 21 days that I don't use, can I pull it over to the next 21 days? (then I'd have 2 free days?)

gray eyed girl
07-26-2005, 01:17 AM
Day one down for me. Honestly, what I ate today wasn't as healthy as it should have been, but I kept my calories down. 1300 right now and I am not going to eat anything else tonight. I need to make it a priority to eat fat-free dairy products and fruits/veggies BEFORE reaching for stuff like 100 calorie packs. They're lifesavers for me and my sweet tooth, but I've started to get into the bad habit of choosing those instead of healthier foods, so I'm going to try to get back into choosing fruits and veggies or low fat/fat free dairy first. Limiting calories is good, but making sure they come from the best foods is better, right?

20 more days to go!

07-26-2005, 01:23 AM
Legally -- Okay, glad you nudged your challenge down a notch. It would have been really hard doing what you were doing. Not saying you couldn't do it, just think it's good you eased off and went a bit gentler on yourself. Like mscat has her "bonus goals" I am going to do similar, what I will call my "training wheels," which are things I would like to do and will try to keep a tab on but I'm not quite ready to commit to yet.

And, good question with the free day carry-overs. But, as official rule maker around here! :smug: I gave it good thought and am going to say no, you can't carry it over. I want people to get away from the perfectionist kind of thinking that is and can be the ruin of so many of us and our good intentions. You have to ease off some times. And if you don't, well, you don't get any brownie points for it! :lol: However, with each completed round of 21, you get another free day anyhow, so you will have two free days when you start Round 2! :yes: Okay?

07-26-2005, 01:27 AM
gray eyed girl -- :bravo: for you on getting through Day 1! You're so right on the good food over bad, and I'm glad to see you're thinking of that. A calorie is NOT just a calorie. I used to give up sugar on these challenges and never lost weight because I would eat tons of brown rice and wholewheat pasta. But, it was okay because the goal was getting rid of the sugar (I did lose the fat around my belly though) and I was healthy! That's why this time I've been trying to make it a more rounded challenge, which was really hard. But, you start with what's hard for you. Good going and good luck!

07-26-2005, 01:31 AM
Day 1 down for me as well :)

Congrats Grey Eyed Girl! Doesn't it feel great?!?

Thank you for clarifying Red!

Ok, since my post is already choppy, I'm off to bed!

07-26-2005, 01:40 AM
Congrats to Mscat, Caro and Red for hitting the big 21! You go girls...
:cb: :cp: :cheer: :cb: :cp: :cheer: :cb: :cp:

And I love the new 21 Curly, thanks for making it for us.

Sorry I haven't posted. My DH's computer went out and he always seems to be on mine just when I want to get on it :rolleyes: and I'm trying very hard not to get to bed way too late.

Good thing we are starting a new thread as I have to reset back to Day 1. I had hot dogs on Saturday (which I planned for) but then wound up having pizza on Sunday (which I knew I didn't need, shouldn't have and I ate it anyway). It tasted good but 1/2 hour later made me feel really junky the rest of the night. I need to get past this once and for all. It's sort of funny Red how you said you started this in May and it was a very long "3 weeks" to get to this point for you. It puts it in perspective as to how easy it is to lose sight of the goal or give in to temptations, circumstances, feelings, whatever comes along.

The turning point for me was realizing just how badly the wrong foods made me feel. So today dawned new and I was ready. I drank my water, ate well and got in a good swim after work. Though I have to admit at one point the temptation of chocolate was much more interesting than the apricots in my snack bag. But I resisted.

My challenge is to make good choices about what I'm doing for myself over the next 21 days. I may not be perfect everyday but I need checks and balances and 2 days of sliding down resets the ticker because that is my biggest challenge of them all - doing well for a while, and backsliding and undoing all the good of the past.

Good to see fresh new faces along with the reliable old guard.

07-26-2005, 01:42 AM
ok chiickas,
Just re-stating my goal and progress for the new thread.

21 days on SBD-no cheating!
in day 2 right now.

:ebike: :ebike:

07-26-2005, 07:56 AM
Hi, all. I'm still deciding on my challenge. So far today, I have done all but one of the things I am seriously considering, so I can still call it Day 1 when I decide. Or, I'll just start tomorrow. Bear with me...

Legally -- Congratulations on getting through Day 1! :cp: I'm glad you feel good about it. You should! :)

1nceagain -- You too! Good going on getting through to Day 2! :cb:

happy -- Hello! :wave: Glad to see you. I was getting worried there. And, thanks for the congratulations. Hope your husband gets his computer fixed soon. ;)

Yes, it took me a long while to complete my first 21, but I did have a lot of "good" day. I would get up to 5 and then go back, and 5 again. Once, I got up to 14 and then went back, so I really did like two rounds already! :lol: But, like you said, it is oh so easy to lose sigh to goals. Even after a few hours! I'm really glad you've reached a turning point and so happy to have you with us! Good luck. Even if you do give in to temptation at some point, just start over. You are still way ahead of the game! :yes:

07-26-2005, 09:44 AM
Day 12 done...

07-26-2005, 12:29 PM
Day one for me again. My goal is going to be

CURVES at least four times a week
WATP at least twice a week
NO drinking

Wish me luck girls. Hope everyone is doing good. Back to work for now. Bye

07-26-2005, 02:23 PM
Day 1 is done.. kept calories at under 1400 per fit day
1/2 hour elliptical broke up with 10 minutes resistance bands

Day 2.. Meal plan in place
1/2 hour elliptical with about 15 minutes resistance bands..

07-26-2005, 05:14 PM
Good morning, all...but then, where is everyone?! I thought for sure I'd be seeing some more posts this morning, but no...Hmmm. Lonely times again. Have you fallen off the wagon? :dunno: Hope not.

Trixi -- Well, there you are! I was wondering what had happened to you. Glad to see you found us on the new thread. But, problem is, what is the thing you are going to do EVERY DAY or not do EVERY DAY for the next 21. From you list of goals I gather it's water every day and no drinking every day, right? Or is your exercise to be every day too, just in a different form? I'm a little confused, know you know the game though. So, how are you feeling these days? I hope you're doing better. :goodvibes: You've been through such rough times and I wish you all the best! :grouphug: Take care and check in here often, ok? I want to hear from you! :yes:

dona -- Good for you for getting through Day 1. Or have you gotten through Day 2 as well? Confusion reigns for me this morning, it seems. Aaaaaah... must be all the rain we had yesterday. Typhoon has passed though. Today, it'll be heat and humidity..... :faint: Well, dona, keep it up. You sound like you're doing fine!

jkg -- :bravo: Excellent work! You are going into the final turn! :smug:

Others!! Please write to me! :comp:

07-26-2005, 06:07 PM
Redballoon, I tend to confuse people so no worries :)

Everyday I will drink eight glasses of water
Some form of exercise for at least 30 minutes

This should be fairly easy since I usually am pretty good with it, but lately it's been hard. I am doing much better now thanks...things are looking up and I am ready to focus. Thanks for asking :)

07-26-2005, 07:01 PM
I'm still here. I'm done wallowing in my self pity, pouting and whining. At least for now. One never knows when the urge may return, but I'm hoping it's a good while. Thank you all for your support.

I gained a pound and a quarter on Day #1's weigh in, but it's already gone (along with a few more). Hain't datt just loverly? That's the way it goes with me. Day #2 is under way and looking good. I hope to have the same week I had last week, that IS until it fell apart on Friday and Saturday. :(

Squeak's biopsy results came back today and she's fine. There's a little bulging at her incision that's got me concerned. But it's not red, swollen other wise or sore and she's eating and potty-ing fine. So I'll keep an eye on it.

I hope everyone is doing great. Welcome to new comers. I'm going to restate my goals (mostly to remind myself).

At least 64 ounces of water daily
At least twenty minutes of intentional exercise daily
Log all food/water & exercise in my "paper" journal.

Ideally, these goals are to be exceeded for maximum results. :dizzy:

07-26-2005, 07:15 PM
Heh, all. I'm feeling a little good because I measured my butt and it is smaller by about 2 cm and the scale has me at a recent low as well! Hurrah, hurrah! I do feel better as well. The flab still hangs around my gut in such a gross way, but I know too that it takes a while before the skin tightens up. It's so weird. My shape changes from morning to night to morning again. I'm like a saggy elephant. Oh well, the skin will take time. If I'm tightening up the muscles underneath and losing fat, I'll feel better. Not good to focus too much, right?

Trixi -- Ok, got you now. I'm glad things are looking up. Good luck! :sunny:

Java -- So glad to see you back. I'm just like you, go through regular bouts of self-pity and whining and wallowing. Recently, I'm trying to just get through them without eating junk, without lying around. You're NOT going to have the same kind of week as last, because this time, you're going to get past the falling-apart days! Okay! :yes: Hang in there! :strong:

Oh, and Java, that bit of bulging around the incision on Squeak is normal! Don't worry!


07-26-2005, 07:32 PM
Yeah, just wanted to report that I was able to struggle into my non-stretchy "slim" jeans! I got them buttoned and zipped, though I wouldn't want to walk too far in them for fear of hearing a ripping sound. It was hard getting them on (talk about a workout!) but on they went nonetheless. Ah, so glad! I was thinking...why can't I imagine pulling them on with ease as I used to be able to do. And thinking, wouldn't that just feel wonderful? Gotta buckle down.....:strong:

Sushi Penguin
07-26-2005, 08:17 PM
I'm signing up! :cheer:

My goals:
- bed time: 10:30-45 pm AT THE LATEST Tuesday to Sunday, 11:00-11:15 pm on Mondays (because I work till 10 pm)
- veggies: eat a salad or a bowl of greens or an average-sized vegetable everyday (carrots don't count, as I eat them everyday)

Already had a greens mix, so now I just need to get myself to bed in time for this day to be a success. :)

07-26-2005, 10:12 PM
Mornin Glories! :flow1:

I am into my third day and still sticking to the SBD!!!! I have not stepped on the scale yet. I still feel all puffed out from my "." Since I started the challenge on Monday, I will wait a week. Very hard for me as I am obsessed with the scale. I have already been to the gym and have my meals planned out for the day. So it looks like clear sailing.

Hey Sushi-great goal. You will feel so much better for it.

Dona, Java, Trixi & Red-looks like all are off to a good start!
Red-a smaller butt & skinny jeans! That is so inspiring, man. . .I can't wait. I did a bit of positive imagry while on the elliptical this morning. I was seeing myself in a white tank top & hip hugger boot cut jeans. Man I looked good! LOL-I want to be that person.
day 1, 2, 3
:dancer: :dancer: :dancer:

07-26-2005, 10:23 PM
day 16 i think? im havin my own pity party.. LJ wanted a pic to see how tan i am and well im sure i dont have to tell ya ... out of 10 shots there were none that i could stand....... sigh

gray eyed girl
07-26-2005, 10:41 PM
redballoon, thanks for the encouragement! A calorie is definitely NOT just a calorie. The sad part is that I have no excuse for eating less healthy foods instead of fruits and veggies. I love fruits and veggies. I eat brussels sprouts by choice, for crying out loud. I'm doing better today though. Brussels sprouts for lunch (by choice. See?), chicken and vegetable stew for dinner, snacked on a carrot this afternoon. I just need to make the conscious effort to do it. Congratulations on your new lows as far as weight and measurements. That's something to be proud of.

LB, it really does feel great. Glad you got through day 1 also!

happy2beme, glad to "meet" you. I've noticed the same thing as far as eating junk and feeling gross. I had a binge on chocolate a few weeks ago and I just felt so gross the day after. It really does make a big difference what you use to fuel your body.

Hotcupojava, I am new and not sure what's going on with Squeak. Is she a cat? I hope she's okay.

Day 2 has gone very well so far. I am not calling it a success yet, since I'm contemplating a snack tonight, but I'm at 1300 right now and have already had dinner. Did well with fruits and veggies, and did 75 minutes of exercise today.

07-26-2005, 11:14 PM
Hi everyone.

I had a long day, some shopping, took the kids swimming in a friends pool for a few hours, mom was here for a while, still doing laundry and really just wanting to go to bed now!

No exercise today... so I`ll be starting Day 1 tomorrow it seems. Thats okay. This is only the second day of not working out in a month so I`m not beating myself up. If I sat on my butt all day that would be different! After 21 days I can take a day off. Just can`t turn it into 2! :)

Water was good, I`m not too sure about the scale part of my challenge though, :D I`m going to sleep on it and see what exactly I`ll include... but it`s definetly going to include the 40 minutes of exercise and 75 ounces of water.
I need something else though to challenge myself, so I`m going to think long and hard about what it`ll be. And I`ll let you all know tomorrow!

Anyway, I just wanted to check in... I read everyones posts but too tired to add anything else... but real quick, Glad to see you back, Turtle! And congrats on the skinny jeans, Red!!

I`ll probably have a double long post tomorrow, hehe

Goodnight, good morning, and lots of luck to you all!

07-26-2005, 11:31 PM
Well day 2 is done - I tracked and barely stayed under, got my 96 oz of water in and my bonus goal is done - 30 min. treadmill workout! Got to go - will chat more in the a.m.

Sushi - Good to see you here too!

07-26-2005, 11:33 PM
Day 2 accomplished, no wine or choc bars. I did stock up on overpriced DQ Fudge bars, fat-free and only 50 cal. Also delicious and creamy (I think they must whip the mix before freezing it.) No exercise today: very busy with my new "kids" (2 adopted strays) and getting a fridge delivered and tiny thises and thats. But I'm definitely not eating too much or too badly, and maybe on day 3 I'll meet a bonus goal.

07-27-2005, 12:20 AM
Wow, so many posts I'm taking the time to get back to you now while I can make the time. It's sooo hot out there I'm kind of staying out of the noonday sun as well too. Nose has been running continuously and I just got so sick of it I took some cold medicine. Don't know if it's a summer cold from the air conditioners all over (I don't have one) or the dust being kicked up by the post-typhoon wind but it's a pain! Still, sharp, bright blue skies out there. Gorgeous day for the beach...if you want to fry! :beach:

Sushi Penguin -- Welcome aboard! Ah, the veggie challenge, and a bedtime curfew! All right! What's with the sushi, by the way? I'm in the land of it! :lol: Good luck on your challenge! And, is that true, I actually have 5 cm on you! (and a few years... :lol3: )

1nceagain -- There you are! I get worried about people when I don't hear from 'em a lot! Good for you for sticking to SBD. That's a very, very sensible eating lifestyle. Are you starting with the beginning or the general plan? The first part is **** if you exercise. I like your image training. So, you looked good, did you! All right! :cb: You go!

curly -- Pity party, huh? Oh come on, we never look good in pictures. But you know, they're not real. :lol: Don't worry. Think of it as being glad you don't like the way you look now. That's why you're trying to get lean, right? I know, it's tough. I used to hate to have my photo taken. Now, for every two I don't like, there's one I do like. Which is the real me? Smile and have fun! It's the smile and the energy that makes you photogenic or not. Keep your eyes on that number, the one that says Day 16 of Round 2!! You're doing great! Don't lose sight of that!

gray -- Habit, isn't it? And planning, sometimes just a little, sometimes a lot, specially if we're juggling a long day with no pit stops at home. I'm like you, love fruits and veggies, good thing, as I'm a vegetarian. But, it does take a conscious effort to get them in me, especially when the convenience stores and bakeries and restaurants are loaded with everything but! Thanks for the congrats on my new lows. Yes, it's been a while. I am proud. I'm hoping I can keep this going. Recently, I've been learning to just accept the anxiety, the fears, the disappointments, the whatever emotion had me reaching for food, food, food or beer. Now, I'm learning to sit through it, cry my eyes out if I have to, be *****y, whatever it takes, but NOT eat junk or overeat. I'm getting better. My weight is dropping (a bit) without going absolutely nuts with the exercise like I used to do too. Well, looks like you'll have Day 2 down soon. You can do it, I know you can! Oh, yeah, Squeak is Java's cat.

Caro -- I'm there with you. Haven't really decided on my challenge yet, but am doing a lot of good things so I can just pick one and run with it. But yeah, a day or two off is a given. I can tell you're really serious about this, which indicates commitment. Cool! Looking forward to the long post! Hope you have/had a good sleep! :cloud9:

mscat -- :bravo: Good for you! It's on to Three!!

carla -- :cp: Congratulations to you, as well. No wine, no candy bars! Excellent! And, oh, an animal lover. We need more people like you! Cats, I'm assuming, right? I have three. Keep up the good work!


07-27-2005, 12:31 AM
I did it! I exercised today for 35 minutes... I was supposed to have the day off from work and planned on going to the gym as well as a walk with hubby...but nope :( I ended up working 10 hours... so when I got home I didn't want to walk at all! But Hubby was so great :)

He said "Let's just go around the block" so I reluctantly agreed, and then pushed me a little farther than a block and before you knew it we went 2.5 miles!!

So day 2 of my 21-day challange is done :D

07-27-2005, 12:37 AM
That's great! Brunette! What great support you have. I'm so happy for you and Day 3 will be a breeze I'm sure! Good luck! :sunny:

07-27-2005, 12:39 AM
Evening ladies, excuse me for being selfish tonight but I had the most rotten day of the year today. It started as soon as I opened my eyes today and it carried on all throughout the day. One of those days when you wonder "why do we bother?" :dunno:

In spite of things, I did not take it out on food and more importantly, I was so ticked off at one point that I went and bought a pack of cigarettes. (I quit smoking over a year ago in April). I am happy to report that not only did I not smoke a cigarette, I didn't even open the pack. So even tho I didn't get in my exercise - well actually I took off and walked off my anger in a store - I'm considering avoiding the cigs a major victory so I'm keeping my counter at 2 today. The good thing about days like today is that tomorrow is (hopefully) a new day.

Congrats Red on fitting into those skinny jeans and the loss on the measuring tape. I think you really needed that kind of a victory and you certainly EARNED it. Yay for you!

Sorry, I do have to run, will try and be back tomorrow in a better mood.

07-27-2005, 12:53 AM
Ouch, happy! Sounds like a devil of a day! But, what resolve! You were outstanding. Very inspiring stuff, you! Not taking it out on food or cigs! Way to go! Well, hope you feel better tomorrow and thanks so much for the words of congratulations on my body change! You bet I needed it. It's been so long since I've had any positive reinforcement and I have been in tears lately for the lack of it. But now I feel like I can carry on, second wind and all that! Hurrah!

Oh, and your snapdragon quote really gave me a chuckle! Thanks! :thanks:

07-27-2005, 08:01 AM
It is 7:30pm on the end of day 3. I have eaten everything I was supposed to eat and I am still hungry. :( I am tempted to go to bed just to keep from slipping. I wanted so bad to get on the scale today, but I didnt. I look back through the posts and they give me strength. :strong: Some of you have had some amazing progress and are still going strong. I am a wuss. :bb: It's only day 3. I am not a head-achey person, but I think I am getting those low carb headaches I hear about. I have had one the last two nights. :dizzy:

Curly-day 16. That is awesome. You are so-so close to your mini goal. I know you can do it! I hear ya about the pictures though. I hate my picture taken. I look much better in my head! Close your eyes-try it. Visualize it. We will get there. :yes:

Gray-wow. How do you stick with it? Any helpful hints? You did awesome on your exerxise today! :ebike:

Caro-ready for another round? Have you picked your next challenge yet? :idea:

Mscat-On to day 3 today! Great work on the bonus goal. :cp:

Carla-amazing willpower. Man, what I would give for a glass of wine right now. My husband bought this cool fold-out bar recently and its fully stocked now. I need a padlock-that would be good. I think I get wine on phase 2 of SBD-still 11 days away. :hat:

LB-so wonderful to have a partner to spur you on. 0-2.5miles!!!!!! :cheers:

Happy-I'm sorry your not right now. Tomorrow is almost here with a fresh start for you. You handled it so well. :cheer:

Red-Thanks for all of the wonderful support. did you pick a challenge yet? :D

I will close for now. I will push throuh for another couple of hours. Drink some water and maybe watch a DVD. I'll catch up later.

07-27-2005, 10:00 AM
I am through day 13....still chuuging along eating tons of fruits! I'de forgotten how much I liked them, now I can't seem to get enough! Especially banana! YUM!

07-27-2005, 12:40 PM
I did five miles on the outdoor track last night. I "Jo-wuffled" FIVE MILES! It took me a sad two hours. I still can't believe I did that for two hours, but I did. I also did a half hearted two mile WATP before work yesterday, and stayed on program with food and water. When I got home, I put the garbage out (doing litter boxes and all) and didn't get to sleep until 0300! And unfortunately, I was awake and up between 0800 and 0900 because it was just too hot to stay in bed. I went right outside and cut the hedge before I had time to whine about or decide I was too tired or sore. Today is day three (I think) and I see no reason it'll go sour. I had to give my coworker all my money to hold all day to keep me from the pretzels, but it worked. Tonight is weight lifting.

I'll address you all from work. I'm sorry I've neglected you all. I'm forever thankful for you AND this site. :)

Oops! Checked the calendar (something I should do BEFORE posting) and today is only Day #2, but I'm not worried. It's looking good for today.

07-27-2005, 01:17 PM
Day 2 down.. excersize in.. calories perfect..
Day 3
Half hour walk this morning + 15 minutes resistance bands..
Scale showed a 4 lb. loss this morning after stalling last week!! Boy that gives me incentive.. 1 more lb and I'll hit 30!!
So I'm planning on walking again tonight.. want to get that one more pound off before the end of July!!

07-27-2005, 01:43 PM
JavaTurtle - YOU ARE AWESOME!!!!

5 MILES! 2 HOURS! That's incredible, amazing, stupendous! Whoo hoo...

:cb: :cb: :cb: :cb: :cb: :cb: :cb: :cb: :cb: :cb: :cb:

07-27-2005, 02:44 PM
Java, 5 miles?!!? YAY!! CONGRATS!! I wish we had a track near-by, I'd probably walk there a lot more!

Day 3 was so easy! I did an hour of cardio at the gym!! Followed by a nice long sit in my hottub here at home! Now I'm debating a nice long nap :lol:

07-27-2005, 04:35 PM
Seeing all your exercise posts makes me feel a little guilty about my easy goals. For some reason I'm not really missing wine and candy bars right now, so maybe after week 1 I'll add an exercise goal. By then all the cat adoption excitement will have died down, and I'll have no more excuses. (I do admit that I've decided not to go to a cottage where I always drink "a whole flock of wine" - quote from The Philadelphia Story.) So I'm not all THAT sure of my will power...

07-27-2005, 05:02 PM
Carla, you're goal sounds just fine!! I almost died when I gave up wine and chocolate!! (I am a HUGE fan of both, and used to enjoy them almost daily!) So don't worry about "easy sounding" goals! We all have our own hills to climb!

07-27-2005, 05:31 PM
Good morning, everyone! :wave: I am up. It is early. I have to get out but there were so many posts I thought I'd catch up now while I'm ingesting coffee and trying to wake up. I have kind of decided on my goal for this challenge and I will tell you later. I have done all the things I could think of doing for a challenge for the past two days just so I could keep going without really having declared it. Is that funny or what? I think I do better without commitment! Always have been the contrary sort, they tell me! :lol3:

1nceagain -- Good for you! :cp: I know the feeling, wanting to get to bed so you won't screw up the challenge! :lol: Headaches are no fun! Yes, stay off the scale! Do NOT measure your effort by the scale. It is so, so dangerous! You say it's "only" Day 3 but the first week is the hardest in many ways. Not to say the other weeks are easy, but the early days have no momentum and after about three days, with me at least, the initial gung-ho initial enthusiasm fades. Hang in there! You can and are doing this!! :spin: And, thanks for the thanks. Thank you as well for your great supportive post to everyone! :yes:

jkg -- Excellent going! Fruity tooty! Oh, isn't summer just the best time for fruit too. I love it, just finished off a bunch of watermelon last night. Yum! Good luck!!

Java -- !!! You rock!! Now we know why the turtle won the race! There's no keeping you down. Pull the rug out from under you and you're back up!! :cp: :cp: I am SO proud of you! :yes: And I bet you're winning tons of respect from your officers. Planning with the money and the pretzels! :bravo: Keep it up. You are awesome!! :woo:

dona -- :bravo: to you too! And congratulations on the weight loss! :encore: It's so nice when we see results from our efforts. Remember these times and use them to get through the times when things look bleak. Have a good walk! :wave:

happy -- Hope you're feeling better! :grouphug:

Brunettte -- An HOUR of cardio! WOW!! :cp: Oo, and the hot tub sounds wonderful. Excellent work!

carla -- You are doing fine! What do you mean, you're not really missing wine and candy. Just a few posts before and you were saying how much you wanted them! Don't compare to others' goals and don't belittle your own! :nono: I'm with Brunette when I say, your goals are very challenging! Besides, you can't change your challenge partway through, I, the official rule maker, say!! :lol: You hang in there, wine and chocolate bars are tough! You're doing great, so keep it up and give yourself a big pat on the back!

07-27-2005, 05:58 PM
dang turtle!!!!!!!!!!!!!! that makes me tired just readin it... 5 miles!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sushi Penguin
07-27-2005, 08:36 PM
Day 1 was a success. :)
Day 2 is a 50% success already, now I just need to get to bed in time :lol: (any tips for falling asleep?)

Red, you asked what's with the sushi.... well, me loves my sushi :lol: ...and penguins as well :) :D

It's so cool to read what everyone else's challenges are - very inspiring and motivating. :) Keep up the good work!

07-27-2005, 09:03 PM
Still on track! Not one deviation from the SBD. :smug: I couldn't get to the gym yet. I had to get up early to call a realtor. The later in the day, the harder it will be to drag my butt there. :( I think I will wait until 2pm now so I can catch Opra. English tv is a good incentive! ;)

Sushi-if you can make yourself get to bed, try this. . .
Starting with your feet and working your way up to your face, tense and hold each muscle group for 5 seconds, then go through again and stretch each area, It doesn't always work, but sometimes it helps me find those little areas of tension that are keeping me awake. :sp:

I will check back in after my workout! :dance:

07-27-2005, 09:29 PM
Well gals, I waited too long to address you all individually. All topics would be outdated now.... that's what I get for spending so much time reading about the South Beach Diet. I bought the book, but found more info here at our very own 3FC. I'm going to give it the benefit of the doubt and not decide until I've read the whole book, but it's looking way too hard and complicated for me. I don't cook and so many of those foods are way too fancy for me. But like I said, I'll give it an honest shake.

Soooo since I missed my opportunity to say hello to you all and address your posts... I'l just say hello to

Redballoon :wave:
gray eyed girl:wave:
Sushi Penguin:wave:

07-27-2005, 10:03 PM
day 17 all done :cheer:

07-27-2005, 11:00 PM
Red and Legal, I am thoroughly chastised and will stop putting myself down. (A bad habit I really should break.) Repeat after me: My goals are good. My goals are good. Chocolate and wine are temporarily bad, but my goals are good.

Okay, I feel stronger now. And this is day 3 of challenge success!

Good night from Carla (and beautiful Lily-kitty who tried to help with the typing)

My edit in red. Chocs and wine are NOT bad. Just off my list for now. No foods are all bad.

07-27-2005, 11:57 PM
It's Wednesday - Day 3 for me! Tracked, water done, and points over by one but balanced off with activity points! Thank goodness for my bonus goal - 25 minutes on treadmill!

curly :cp: for day 17!

Java - have you tried weight watches flex points on-line?

carla - remember the inspirational message I posted on the weekly challenge this week about progress - doing something is always 10 times better than doing nothing!

Night all!

gray eyed girl
07-28-2005, 12:32 AM
1ceagain, I break up my long workouts. Yesterday I did a 25 minute pilates video while my kids were napping, and then I did another 50 minutes at the gym - weights and elliptical. If I'm at the gym for, say, 90 minutes, I'll typically do 2 30-minute sessions on the elliptical with a 5 minute break in between, and then 30 minutes of weights. I do weights every other gym session and I'm noticing a big difference in my muscle tone. I also made a goal on the 1st of July to work out 1500 minutes this month. I'm at 1300 after my workout tonight.

I have good news today, and I have bad news.

The good news is that I weighed in this morning and am at 212 - my July goal! I'm really excited that I lost it all this month. It feels like ONEderland is really within reach for me within the next month or two, which is a really big thrill. I haven't been under 199 in 5 years.

The other good news is that I did another 75 minutes at the gym tonight and I think I'm going to meet my exercise goal for July, too :).

The BAD news is that I fell off the challenge wagon big time today. I started off fine, but found myself exposed to donuts this morning at the office where I do a little office work. Donuts. I've rid my house of them because if there is one thing I can never resist, it's donuts. We do not buy donuts, we do not go near the donuts in the bakery at the store. Donuts are strictly forbidden. But nope, there they were today because not everyone I encounter knows that I am on a diet that necessitates NEVER being exposed to donuts. First, I ignored them. When that didn't work, I tried to guilt myself out of having one. When that didn't work, I decided I could have JUST ONE if I was extremely careful for the rest of the day. So I had one delicious donut. And then another. And then, just to make sure that I was completely off the wagon and in the ditch on the side of the road today, I had one more. Three donuts. Horrors.

So, tomorrow is day one again for me. Less than 1600 calories a day. AND NO DONUTS!

Sushi Penguin
07-28-2005, 02:43 AM
It is 1:41 am and I'm still awake... I was good and did go to bed at 10:30 pm, hoping that maybe maybe maybe I would manage to fall asleep... but nope... :( Couldn't take it any longer and got up 10 minutes ago, will try to tire myself out somehow...

Alas, that means I'm back to Day 1 tomorrow... :(

07-28-2005, 03:12 AM
Is it too late for me to join in? I started exercising on July 18th and have been ever since my only day off was Sunday.
OK, for 6 days out of the week I have been walking 45 minutes in the morning (3 miles) along with Tae Bo (46 minutes). So if we were to cout from there Today (wednesday) would be day 10 (I think). But we can start tomarrow at #1 if you would like. I would just like the accountability and team work.

07-28-2005, 08:36 AM
Guess you are all just starting your day (except for Red) :cool:
Evening here and another perfect SBD dah day! It's 8:15pm and I still get to have a sugar free popcicle for dessert! :cp: It's the little things in life-right! I also got in another 65min. of elliptical done. :tread: Who knows-maybe that will turn into a 21 day commitment-but I doubt it ;) Maybe I can add water to my challenge. I haven't gone a day w/o drinking 2liters. Ok-I'm getting cocky now. It's just that I had a great day. It was my birthday today! Happy birthday to me! :hat:

Rakkoon-I would love to see you join us! :wave: Looks like you have done a fantastic job so far-any helpful hints?

Sushi-I am so sorry you are having a hard time sleeping. That is the worst. Is there anything you can change? Are you exercizing too late at night? Too much caffiene? Stress? I hope you get back to normal soon. I don't think you should go back to day 1. Sleep is not totally under your control. If you didn't "try" to go to bed, then I can see it. But you did try! :)

Gray-man, I know how that is-but it's over! Time for another round-lets go!! :sumo: I like the way you break up your work out. The 65min gets old some days. Next time I'm draggin-I will give that a try!

Have a great day everybody! :flow2:

07-28-2005, 08:44 AM
:hb: :hb: Happy Birthday 1nceagain - May you have a delightful day! :woo: :woo:

Day 3 down pat for me. It was a better day than day 2 but still had some residual aggrivation. Yep, it's always something, isn't it? :yes: We just have to learn to deal with it.

I even went for a late night swim as I didn't get home until late and everything else got pushed back. A cool front is coming in and the water was way warmer than the air. Quite unusual. But with the pool lights on and the night skies ahead it was quite nice. Started for 30 minutes, did an hour.

Gotta run and shower now, the morning has gotten ahead of me already. Have a good day everyone.

07-28-2005, 08:44 AM
1nceagain -- Happy Birthday!!! :hb: :gift: :hat: :cheers:

07-28-2005, 08:58 AM
Well, I'm ready to fall into bed. I am still not declaring my challenge. I have about five goals I'm playing with and I'm trying to decide whether I go with one of them, or all of them. Decisions, decisions. I'm kind of enjoying not deciding because it means I'm doing more than I would be doing by choosing. I don't do well with decision.....:?: Again, please bear with me.....

I got good exercise in today, ate very well too. Hurrah for me!!

Sushi -- I really don't think you can say you didn't make your challenge just because you couldn't sleep! :dunno: Your challenge was to get to bed at a certain time and that is what you did. You certainly can't force yourself to fall asleep!!

1nceagain -- Great going with the SBD. Was Oprah an incentive? I hope so. Hope you had a great birthday! You should feel cocky! You're doing fantastic! :cp:

happy -- I'm glad to hear your day was better today. Yes, there is always something, isn't there. I, too, am trying to deal with things without eating junk or overeating. The late night swim sounds wonderful. Been watching the championships in Montreal. I am a lousy swimmer and don't like it (probably for that reason) but watching those athletes always makes me wish I was better. Keep up the good work! :spin:

Java -- what a cute hello to each of us! And my, all those colors would have taken a lot of work! Thank you! :thanks:

curly -- Excellent work! :bravo:

carla -- Good! Glad to hear you're going to give your efforts a little more well-deserved recognition. Congrats on making it through Day 3. :woo: Is Lily-kitty one of the strays you took in? One of mine is always sitting next to me (lying next to me actually) while I type here at the computer. :comp: So cute.

mscat -- So, did you get through Day 3 or are you still working on it? Sounds like it's in the bag! :cp: Hurrah for you! :flow1:

gray -- Wow! So glad to hear you made your July goal! :cb: Oh, yes, ONEderland is definitely near! And all that exercise! :cp: Well, about the donuts....hmm....guess we can't have that...maybe one, but three would probably have thrown you over your calorie limit, right? Too bad.. :( Oh well, back to start you go! Everyone was doing so well, it was starting to look easy! We know it's not! :nono: Good luck!! :sunny:

Rakkoon -- Welcome! :wave: Of course, you can join. It's never too late as you can see. People start in and start over all the time. You can make it Day 10 if you like, but you'll have to take your free day for that day you didn't exercise. The 21-challenge has to be done EVERY day! Good luck! And hope to hear lots from you! :dancer:

07-28-2005, 08:59 AM
Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday to you
Happy birthda dear 1nceagain
Happy birthday to you!
:gift: :woo: :balloons:

07-28-2005, 09:00 AM
I don't know how you all keep up with so many posts and all of our names! i must say I am impressed! :)

Everyone is doing grrrrrrrreat!

I am through day 14....2 weeks down! 1 to go and still one day to indulge left!

07-28-2005, 09:04 AM
You guys are great!
Thanks for all the wonderful birthday wishes!
I had my popsicle and am headed to bed.
Have a wonderful-succesful day!

07-28-2005, 02:03 PM
Ok Hello there everyone.
I just did my 3 ml walk and my Tae Bo. I didn't know it had to be 7 days a week but I'm down for that.

07-28-2005, 02:08 PM
woohoo Day 4 done with no problem!!! I did an hour of cardio at the gym :) I'd really like to add weights, but I just don't feel ready to yet... so I suppose I'll wait! I don't want to push my body to hard too fast!

07-28-2005, 04:53 PM
Day 4 1/2 hour Treadmill (ON MY LUNCHBREAK!!) I'm so proud~ Calories still in range!

07-28-2005, 05:51 PM
At work and not feeling well. This may be another "oops I lost it" day. But I'm not giving up yet. I nearly called off, but sucked it up and came in. Won't feel much better at home and I have AC HERE. LOL

Looking back over the last few posts, you guys are doing GREAT :grouphug: :woo: :balloons: :encore: :cheer: :cheer: :cheer:

Sushi Penguin
07-28-2005, 06:56 PM
Hmmm... I don't know... either I'm on Day 3 or back to Day 1...

As I posted last night, did go to bed by 10:30 pm, but couldn't fall asleep and ended up getting up around 1 am. In the end I went back to bed around 3 am and it still took me a bit to fall asleep.

It's my own fault - I took a nap in the afternoon!!! :devil: And I knew I'll end up having problems getting to sleep in the evening if I sleep during the day. But I was really tired (the previous day I only got 4 hrs of sleep, just woke up for no reason...). My boyfriend promised to wake me up after 45 mins, and he did, and apparently I said something to him, but I have no recollection of us having a conversation... so I ended up sleeping a few hours. I hoped I'd be ok in the evening because I was still tired... but no. :(

So that's why I don't know what to do - while not being able to sleep isn't my fault, it's my fault for making myself unable to sleep by napping... :?:

07-28-2005, 07:09 PM
Okay, people. It's Friday morning here. Getting ready to get to the gym (50-min walk), then jog or do some weights, not much time but it's better than nothing. Stayed up too late watching a flick on TV and then decided not to see it through to the end anyhow..

Okay, I'm declaring my challenge. It'll be a double. One is no sugar, no processed or added sugar. And the other is a behavioral thing that is a part of the procrastination that affects my weight, eating habits, exercise habits etc. That is cleaning my room, taking one bit of it, however small and working on it, whether it's getting rid of junk, cleaning or rearranging or reorganizing. My room has never been a priority, in fact, it's never even been on the list. So, here we go, I've been doing it for the past three days, as well as the sugar. Also, a bonus goal is to try to stick to the 6 small meals a day, each of which include protein and complex carbs and are about 300 calories each. I've been doing this and it feels great and I think I'm seeing positive results!! Onward march!

jkg -- Congrats on getting through Day 15. You're in the final turn!! Hang in there!

1nceagain -- Excellent! Glad you liked the birthday wishes! :)

Rakkoon -- You're really hitting the exercise, aren't you? Awesome! Yes, this challenge is for forming new habits and to keep it simple and easy for others to see just where you are and how well you're doing. Good luck! :spin:

Brunette -- Another hour of cardio! Wow! :woo: You're doing fantastic!! :yes:

dona -- There you are. Was starting to wonder! Excellent, excellent!! Thinking of ways to get the exercise in...I'm proud too!! :smug:

Java -- What's this. Turtle still feeling blue? Oh, no! :eek: Come on, kid, all that exercise is bound to cause a little havoc with your system. It's not all endorphins, you know. When I used to knock myself out with a day of strenuous exercise, I'd be in a black fog the next day. Realize that sometimes the downs are part of the ups! Hang in there and just ease back on your down days. When you feel you can't do any more, reach down deep and find that place that says you CAN!! :sunny:

Sushi -- That's a hard call. You have to decide on the parameters of your challenge. I understand your not liking having slept early on in the day, but I still think you're being too picky about things. Come on, make it simple! And what was the other part of your challenge? I think, if I remember right, that that was more weight-loss oriented, no? In any case, make it simple and come back in here and tell us what you've decided! :dancer:


07-28-2005, 07:54 PM
day 18! i might just make it thru my 2nd 21 days!! :wave: :woo:

07-28-2005, 08:52 PM
Day 4 is looking good. I almost tricked myself into a glass of wine this afternoon on the grounds it would be rude to say no... But I had a moment to think, and thank goodness there was no cold white, so I was able to backtrack and say I'd really prefer some cold water anyway. I guess my goals aren't as easy as I thought. (I had a headache while shopping, and didn't succumb to the very good choc bars by the cash. I'm eating cherries instead, and will treat myself to a DQ FF Fudge bar later.)

With all the money I'm not spending on wine, I may be able to pay for my cats and their vet and all their toys. They are going to be VERY spoiled cats. :)

07-28-2005, 10:41 PM
curly -- you "might" make it through your second 21?! I'd say it's looking VERY likely! Great going!! :woo:

carla -- sounds good. There's no "tricking" on this challenge. It's a clearcut "yes" or "no." That's what's so good about it. For you now, for the next 20 days or so (16) wine is simply NOT AN OPTION. And neither are chocolate bars. Look for what IS an option! I'm doing the no sugar thing again and that's how I deal with it. I simply tell people, I'm OFF sugar right now. They know me know and that I do this periodically, sometimes for a year or so, sometimes only for a few weeks, but OFF means OFF and there's no question of if, maybe, well, kind of -- it's just a rule. :drill: I'm good at rules. It's the sports lover in me! Course, that doesn't make it easy.... ;)

Well, good luck. You're doing fantastic! :sunny:


07-28-2005, 11:47 PM
Thanks Red! You're so right.

07-28-2005, 11:59 PM
It's Thursday evening and Day 4 for me!

curlylocks - concrats on day 18 :cheer: 21 is just around the corner!
carla - :cheer: Day 4 for you too! :woo:

Red - Day 3 was a success for me - I flexed out my overage with extra activity. So I am still on the wagon. It's a good thing that I am maintaining my bonus goal of exercise because without it - I would be over my points more than once already - I love WW flex system!

Inceagain - Happy Birthday to a sister Leo!

I hope everyone has a great Friday!

07-29-2005, 12:05 AM
i have to agree with Red there... thats the way it is 4 me also... all or nothing... and people are always telling me well 1 ( cookie, candy cake etc) wont hurt... ummmm yes it will...

when ya start bending your rules it can become much to easy to keep making excuses to bend them again and thats how i lost 120 lbs... and said o ive done so well 1 treat wont hurt me

well it did... cuz i kept treatin myself and put back all but 40 of those 120 lbs....... well the X had a little to do with it .. but he didnt force feed me lmao...

"got my eye on a sweet southern prize" wooooooooo hoooo!

07-29-2005, 12:26 AM
Thanks, guys, for the solidarity! :lol: Like curly said, the little bit starts snowballing. This is why I do these periodic NO sugar stints. Heh, curly, tell us more about that "southern prize!" ;) Mscat -- I'm a Leo too! We've got a pride here. :smug:


07-29-2005, 06:37 AM
Hello ladies,

So far so good. Still on track with SBD. My only problem tonight is I don't want dinner. I had this ricotta cheese chocolate shake thingy for my snack around 2:30-man, tasty-but that thing really sticks with you! I just can't bring myself to make dinner. Maybe I will make some edamame in a bit. That will kill 2 birds . . . protein and veggie. I am trying to decide if I will get on the scale Monday. That will make a week. It is calling me. I may try to wait the whole 21 days because if I don't see that 6lb loss like I am trying for, someone is gonna have to talk me down off the ledge! :fr:

07-29-2005, 08:38 AM
Day 15 done! :)

gray eyed girl
07-29-2005, 10:28 AM
1ceagain and redballoon, thanks for the support. I was pretty disappointed in myself. But, gotta move on.

Yesterday was Day 1 for me, again, and I did great! Even indulged in a 3 musketeers :o and stayed at 1450 calories for the day anyway. I am going to go to the gym this afternoon and get in about 90 minutes, and as soon as I post here I'm going to try to get through my pilates video before my kids wake up. I'm so close to meeting my exercise goal, I can practically taste it. I weighed in this morning even though I try to wait and only do it Wednesdays and Saturdays, and I am down another pound. I can't wait to see the 100s again!

gray eyed girl
07-29-2005, 10:33 AM
Oh, and happy belated birthday, 1ceagain! :woo:

07-29-2005, 11:10 AM
I'm having some health and "mood" issues, but I'm still hanging in there. Day four turned out to be quite difficult and I could NOT force myself to the track last night :censored:
. So when I got home, I actually set my Flylady timer and FORCED myself to do twenty minutes of WATP moves while standing at my computer (actually, I moved around the house a bit). I forget who's motto DIA & DIN are, but bless you. I've made it to day #5 using that motto. :thanks: Now this activity was the bare minimum I'll allow on my goals, but it was all I could do and keep my challenge rolling.
I wish the best of luck to all chicks who roost here. Have a great day (or evening). :)

07-29-2005, 11:49 AM
Hotcup - you are an inspiration! I wish I had that much go to excersize on bad days! I admit, if that were MY challnge, I'de prob never make it past day 1...BUT YOU CAN DO IT! :)

07-29-2005, 03:58 PM
Hey Ladies, I promise one of these days I'll get a chance to read everyones posts and comment! (Hopefully tomorrow!) But I'm so darn busy at work lately!

Today was day 6 of my challange and I did fabulous!! I did an hour an eight minute of cardio! :lol:

07-29-2005, 07:02 PM
:wave: Hey Chiickas!

Saturday Morning here and I made it through my 1 week (M-F) challenge on another thread. Worked out eveyday for 65 minutes! Feels goooooooooooood.

Also amazingly still on track with SBD. You are right Red, the combo is a killer. But thanks to the support here, I'm doing it! :grouphug:

Curly-Wrapping up day 19-yes? You will make it to 21. Only two more to go. You are an inspiration. :angel:

Carla- You are doing great! You may have stumbled on a tool that works. You said you had a moment to back track and you decided to not drink the wine. Maybe you can incorporate that, at least at home. Maybe don't routinely keep your wine chilled. That way you will have to wait a bit and that may be just enough buffer to help with some of the impulse drinking. I think I will try it myself! I do enjoy my evening wine. Problem is I enjoy a couple glasses every night. Since on SBD Phase I, I can't have it. But come Phase II I can so maybe from now on, it will be a treat, not the norm. I will use it to celebrate, not to unwind. Maybe it will be on my next 21day challenge! :hat:

Mscat-Goin strong! I was curios about the "flex" system. So it is a balance of calories and exercise? Sounds interesting. How long have you been doing it? :chin:

Gray, Curly & Red-I hear ya. I can not have just one. Portion control is a definate problem for me. I am really working on it though. One thing I am doing is using different dishes. I have these pretty little bowls that I bought at the 100yen/dollar store. They are a perfect 1/2 cup size. I hate to stop and measure anything so I use these a lot! Makes me feel like I have plenty because I can fill them to the top. :eating2:

Red-OK! NO sugar and clean. A good combo. Do you like sweets? If so, what is going to be your strategy, your treat? :chockiss:

Jacky-In to week 3!!! Awesome. ahhhh to be a newlywed again. So wonderful to get healthy before the big day. :cheers:

Java-Way to push through it ! As flylady can do anything for 15 (or 20) minutes! :strong:

LB-Day 6! I am right behind you-keep going! If you can do it, I can do it!:bike:

Again-Thanks for the birthday wishes girls. It made it a happier day. :thanks:

07-29-2005, 10:29 PM
Good morning, all. No time to catch up right now because I had a very big (read lots of beer) night last night and am late for work. Will try to get back to you all later. Hang in there! I am back to Day 1 because I didn't clean anything yesterday. Was OK on the sugar, even dreamt I was eating some ice cream! but it's a double challenge, so I'm back to Day 1. Oh well.....

Keep the faith for me all! You guys keep me going! :grouphug:

07-29-2005, 10:53 PM
day 19 all wrapped up!

07-29-2005, 11:00 PM
Wow... how intimidating. Really, you guys are inspiring... I don't know if I can do it. But I can try, right?

Can I try small small small to start? I want to replace 2 sodas per day w/ water. I think it's doable. Can I join you guys and start with that? Or do I need something bigger?

07-29-2005, 11:19 PM
Thanks for the kudos! :wave:
I would imagine giving up soda for you is like giving up coffe for me. If it's a challenge for you, then it's not small. I "must" have my 3 cups in the morning. I may go half decaf on a future challenge. Go on - do it - inspire me!!!!! :coffee2:

07-30-2005, 12:26 AM
Day 5 under my belt. But no bonuses at all. I've just been hanging around the house with the new kitties. Little Lily has a very bad cold - might need the vet again tomorrow. And Bigboy bats her around whenever she tries to get close to him. So I spent a lot of time supervising my tiny patient and her delinquent brother.

The weather was lovely, so that excuse for not exercising is gone. But I'm doing quite well on the food front; went out for lunch and removed the top slices of panini and asked toreplace half the fries with salad. My main indulgence is fresh fruit which is oh-so-good for me anyway.

On to Day 6 tomorrow. The wine on day 22 will taste SO good!

gray eyed girl
07-30-2005, 12:29 AM
Day 2 down! I did 90 minutes of cardio tonight and 15 minutes of my pilates video this morning, and I'm at 1420 calories. I'm really proud of myself because today we went to Sam's Club and I only had ONE sample, a single Shrimp Scampi.

07-30-2005, 01:11 AM
Wow, only one sample at a Sam's Club? I'm totally impressed!!! That's a woohoo on it's own!

Thanks, 1nceagain. I'm not giving up coffee yet, I don't think I could if i tried, but I'll try and replace the two sodas. I can do that. Yes, I think I can so I'll be the train that could. :)

High C
07-30-2005, 01:13 AM
Hello All,

You are all very inspiring :) May I join in, too? I'll assume the answer's yes. Here are my goals:

1. Only weigh myself once a week - this will be hard, but somebody had good advice about their hubby hiding the scales.
2. Only have 3 cups of coffee a day - will try and have herbal teas instead
3. Have 3 glasses of water a day - much better than the none I'm having now
4. Have 3 meals a day and no snacks inbetween - the snacking is what brought me to this state in the first place.

If you don't mind I will write in on a regular basis to begin with, just so that I accountable to someone :dizzy:

Thanks everyone for sharing all your stories,


07-30-2005, 07:24 AM
hi guys..

i found this link in a ladies magazine for these mints that are supposed to cut your appetite.. no ephdedra or sugar in them... u can buy them at walmart

but also they will send u a free sample if u go here>>>>>

07-30-2005, 08:45 AM
I tried these a year ago. Either they didn't work for me, or I just wasn't mentally ready-tasty though!

07-30-2005, 09:06 AM
Hi, all. Just trying to do a quick catchup here before getting to bed. I still haven't done any sort of cleaning but will try before turning in tonight. Though it may be small, that's okay. I haven't had any sugar either.

High C -- Hello there and welcome! :wave: Of course you can hop aboard. So, you have three things you are doing EVERY day. Wow, a triple challenge! And, yes, of course you can write in on a regular basis. In fact, we are expecting you to!! :lol: Good luck!

gray -- :bravo: on getting through Day 2 That's a lot of exercise! :yes: What, by the way, is Sam's Club? and what's a sample? :?:

carla -- Excellent going! And great moves with the fries too! Hope your cat gets better quick. You got to be careful with those colds. One of my cats died earlier this year and I still feel horrible that I hadn't gotten him to the vet sooner. Was planning to that night, came home and found him dead in a mess. :( Please take care of your little one.

Shalia -- Welcome to you, too! :wave: And though your "small" may not be "small" for someone else, you know what's big and what's small for you and that's all that matters. Replacing soda with water is a great place to start! Good luck! :spin:

curly -- :cp: Good for you! Almost there! :woo:

1nceagain -- So glad to hear you're enjoying your exercise and good work on SBD. What day are you on? So, you are starting with the first phase of the diet. That is super hard if you're exercising. Hang in there! :dancer:

Brunette -- That's okay. We can't read everyone's posts and comment all the time. We appreciate the thought! :) Congrats on getting through Day 6! You're holding steady! Keep it going! :cb:

jkg -- :bravo: on Day 15 in the bag! Final stretch, no stopping you now!! :strong:

java -- You make me laugh! I am just so tickled by your determination and the picture of you standing at your computer doing WATP moves! :love: You are great! Tell me, what does DIA and DIN stand for again? But, heh, you got the right idea and a great attitude. Ease off when you have to, go at it hard when you can. Onward march to Day 6. Best of luck!! And I hope you feel better real soon! How's Squeak? :sunny:

Ok, others, where are you? Some of our regulars are MIA?! :dunno: Trixi, Caro, happy, dkkrf, mscat?? And Sushi, dona, Rakkoon, mommapossum, where are you? :listen: Come on in and tell us how you're doing. We miss you!!

Oh, one thing everyone, I'm wondering if you all could make it clear sometimes in your posts just what your challenge is so we can keep track with you. Unless people talk specifically about their challenge I can't keep track! Help me out, ok?! :thanks:


07-30-2005, 10:59 AM
I'm on day 6 and although I'm still dealing with some health and mood problems, I'm chugging along. I went to the track last night and did two miles. There's a couple there most night and I think my presence annoys them, they act odd. Not suspicious or anything, just odd. They're probably in their 40's like me. They mill around at the concession stand building like it takes the man a long time to psych himself up for the run (he stands there pacing for like two or three of my laps). Then he's off to run a little, walk a little (like me) and she does one lap walking and sits down. She's taller than me (who isn't?) but probably not as fat. They sort of glare at me when I pass them. But I could be imagining that (it's awful dark there). Maybe they stare because of my police radio and the fact that cruisers park on the hill and my officers watch me.

Welcome Suzanne. I'm sort of new here myself. These chicks are wonderfully supportive and close to my heart. Hey, that makes them like a really good sports bra, eh? :lol:

Good luck to all. I'll peek in from work and maybe address you individually. I watch two good movies at work last night, so my shift went mercifully quick. No problems that I know of with the bike ralley (yet)

07-30-2005, 11:32 AM
Miss turtle u just keep on a walking and let them glare... maybe they are in awe of your determination and willpower to get out there and walk that late in the evening! lol they are probably thinking u are there to run THEM off for trespassing lmao ;) :lol:

07-30-2005, 12:56 PM
'Morning everyone.

5 days into the challenge for me. My challenge is to make good choices about what I'm doing for myself over the next 21 days - choosing water over sugary drinks, eating clean, making sure I move and stretch and get in some exercise. It's a lite weight getting back into good habits again.

My biggest problem is always heading into the weekend. We go to dinner on Friday nights and that usually sets into motion a complete breakdown. Yesterday we did Chinese and I made sure I got lots of protein and veggies so I'm in the mood to continue on today.

It was a really busy week at work and I'm sorry I haven't posted but I chose going to bed at a decent time over sitting up way too late on the computer - one of the bad habits I'm trying hard to break. Busy weekend too, I'm tired of looking at stuff laying around and in the mood to clean so I sure want to capitalize on that.

Sorry I don't have the time to individually post. Ha ha on the sports bra joke Java - you're very clever. As for the "runners" they probably don't want to share the track with you, kinda when you get in the pool by yourself to do laps and someone else comes in. Tough too bad tho, if it was me and it was late and dark, I'd appreciate having a bit more company. Besides you were there first - squatters rights!

Ok, I have to go swap loads in the washer and get back before I get too distracted.

Enjoy your weekend peoples.

07-30-2005, 02:47 PM
I made day 7!! One full week! Woo hoo!!

I'm nervous about tomorrow, my gym isn't open during the hours I'm NOT at work... so we'll see if I can get 30 minutes in! I may have to break down and do a workout video...ICK!! Maybe I can find a new one on sale somewhere...

07-30-2005, 04:34 PM
Well, Java, I think I'd stare too at someone working out with a radio and a police escort. Maybe they think you're on some kind of exercise-release program from jail. :lol: I guess if the people on this site are like a bra, then your cruisers are like a jock strap (athletic supporters). :rofl: :rofl:

Red, we don't have Sam's club here in Canada, but I think it's like Costco, a big members-only warehouse store that always has lots of sample ladies (and men) handing out samples of all kinds of yummy food. Some people (of course no one I know) go there for lunch on a regular basis. I was shocked when I went to a Costco in San Francisco not long ago: compared to Canada, the samples were huge, and there were so many! Here they make you feel like a freeloader if you want a second half-teaspoon of ice cream.

1nceagain, every time I see your name I first think it's "ince-again" and it takes me a moment to get it.

It's too soon for me to declare victory over day 6. But I am glad to say that my little Lily is now on antibiotics and sleeping off her nasty cold. I think she'll be okay. And Bigboy actually sat on the same chair as her without trying to push her off or rolling over to squish her. Progress! Maybe they'll end up liking each other!

07-30-2005, 04:45 PM
Good morning, all. Very early here. Gotta get moving if I'm to get out on time. Ah, how would I love to just stay sleeping. I did make it to Day 2, did a bit of cleaning last night before going to bed so I'd make the challenge. It's amazing how the challenge makes me DO it! And making it a double challenge means I feel like it's such a shame if I blow it, because usually by the end of the day I'll still be good on sugar, so to blow it because I haven't cleaned a bit, or vice versa is like really shooting myself in the foot. Oh yes, and to keep my own suggestion, my goals are to not eat any sugar AND to clean something in my room (reorganize, throw out junk etc.) My room is a huge part of the whole procrastination thing that I think is either a part of the not getting the body I want, or a block to it. In any case, I feel, that getting that body and getting a nicer, more livable and presentable living space will go hand in hand. :sunny:

Java -- So glad to hear you're sticking it out and doing all your work. And doing that despite the fact that you're still not feeling great. I mean, it is a constant thing, isn't it, life, the ups, the downs. For you to be out there "kicking at the darkness," Turtle, is a wondrous thing!!! I hope you're damn proud of yourself!

Those other two sound strange. I'd say it was any of the things you or the others mentioned. The cops and everything probably make it look very strange and they may be a bit scared, thinking some kook is in the area and the police are looking for them, or that you are the kook and the police are keeping an eye on you, you know, on parole, suspected of something but no proof on you yet. Or, it could be that they themselves have done something and are scared of being taken in by the cops. They could also be having marital problems and this exercise thing is real sore point between them. In any case, just ignore 'em. They could also have bad eyesight, so the "glare" may be more of a squint to bring you into focus.

There's nothing like a good sports bra. I live in them. If we are to be likened to one, I'll take that! :lol:

Good luck, kid and keep up the great work! :yes:

curly -- You got that flashing 21 out and ready?!

happy -- Glad to see you're still with us too. Don't worry about always posting. I just worry about you. And thanks for restating your goal. It helps me to hear the goals again and again, keeps me committed to mine as well, and I know it will help you too. Oh, and the "exercise-release program" that is too funny!! :rofl: Gotta get some of that weight off so she can't do too much damage!!

That was an excellent bit of foresight and planning at the Chinese restaurant the other day! Good for you! :strong: May the rest of your weekend go as well!

Brunette -- :bravo: Hurrah for you!!! A full week!! All right!! Oh, don't you hate it when you want to get to the gym and it's not open. Hope you can find something to do. Think of Java and her working out in front of the computer. Remember, a little is always better than nothing! Tough it out! :dancer:

carla -- Just caught your post as I was open to post this. Hang in there. You'll make it through Day 6. I'm rooting for you. Thanks for the Sam's info. And so glad to hear your kitten's got some medicine and is looking better! Take care!

Looking forward to hearing from lots more of you!! Ciao for now! :wave:

07-30-2005, 05:59 PM
i dont see where they do anything for your appitite but ..a member of my pic's thread told us that the L-carintine willl help u to lose faster, and its expensive to buy as a supplement...

day 20 done!

High C
07-30-2005, 06:53 PM
Yay, we all did it! :D Congratulations on making days 20, 7, 2 and any other days.
I completed day 1, although I just got in by finishing up a glass and a half of water just before bed :lol:
I'm really pleased because I usually don't finish the first day of any eating plan :o so having this board here and all you people is so helpful.
Thank you. :)

07-30-2005, 08:50 PM
Hi there Red! I`m still here, and doing pretty well, besides a hectic week and turning my hair green (yep you heard me) and some minor PMS, things are good! I have my challenge figured out, and I just have to do it now. I`ve known for a couple days what it has to be but I`m having a tough time DOING it. So, maybe declaring it to you all and stop putting it off is what I have to do! So here it is.....

My challenge should include a change in my sleeping...been sleeping too much and I tend to put off the exercise til I don`t do it at all lately. I got up at 6:45 yesterday (no sorry Thursday I`m on 2 days already with no exercise!) and had 30 minutes on the elliptical done by 7:30. Thats what I want my challenge to be, having 30 minutes of exercise in the morning. I`ll have to start getting up early soon enough when the kids start school, so I should get on a good schedule now. I`ve REALLY been slacking on my workouts so I have to start this tomorrow. HAVE TO :D You all must hold me accountable! I`ve been great with my diet but not my exercise and I keep telling myself I`m going to do a DVD tonight, just like I did lastnight and never did/ But I have been coloring my hair every night for 3 nights straight to try to fix the mess I created. So, I`m up tomorrow to have the elliptical in the bag by 8am and thats what I hope to do for at least the next 21 days. ;)

I got myself a full size mirror after only having a bathroom (headshot) mirror for years. I need to keep up what I`m doing to tone this body! Losing weight is only part of this battle (thanks to my new mirror I really see the work ahead of me!) Dieting alone will not do it all, and I was doing SOOO great with my exercise :( So thats it, gotta get myself out of the slump before 2 days turns into a week and then before you know it I havent worked out in a month! Just talking about, I`m going to get off my butt and do something before it`s gets any later...

*hair is better now, I first tried to darken my blonde hair and it turned greenish-grayish like. Yesterday got it to a carmel color but I still didn`t like it, but I had to use a color like that to fix the finally just got a reddish blonde that is close to what I`m aiming for. Big mess... but my hair made it through like a champ (THANK GOD I was crying Thursday night!!!) One more color in a few weeks I should have the color I want... hopefully. lol I`m only trying to go from beige blonde to a reddish blonde but I didn`t realize the initial color I used was ash and that does ugly things to my hair :( blah... I`m much better now though!

Okay I`ll catch up with all the posts after I burn off some calories or I`ll just keep putting it off! Hope you are all enjoying your weekend and doing great with your challenges!

07-30-2005, 10:29 PM
Caro, I have just as much trouble exercising as you. I can always find a million excuses. When I work I at least walk there and back, but while I'm on holidays (most of this summer) I don't even do that! Drive everywhere, lie in bed late reading the paper, watch TV because it's too hot out to do anything...

My goals are to consume no wine or chocolate (candy) bars. They're good goals for me, but for some reason I seem to have interpreted it as meaning I don't have to do anything else. So starting tomorrow, I'll try to do at least 20 minutes of deliberate exercise every day as a bonus goal.

Today is day 6 under my belt. :)

Sushi Penguin
07-30-2005, 11:14 PM
Red, I'm still here, following the thread as best as I can. :)

I decided to re-start my challenge. Decided that not being able to sleep because of a 3-hour afternoon nap is not an excuse. :lol: This helped me realize that I needed to "fix up" my sleep schedule before starting - hard to make yourself go to bed by 10:30 pm when you've been staying up till 2 am for weeks. :p I've been eating my veggies dutifully, though. :lol:
The plan was to re-start today, but I won't be able to get to bed until late tonigh (external circumstances).

07-30-2005, 11:25 PM
I did it! One of the biggest golden rules I made for myself...not to let one day turn into 2... I wouldn`t have done it if I hadn`t posted and realized I have to Do It Now! I`ve been far too lazy this week, but I feel so much better knowing I still have it in me to keep going. I was getting a little scared that I might not want to ever exercise again... just had to stop thinking about it and do it!

Dad`s B-day tomorrow and he`s getting some fabulous pizza from Providence RI that I havent had in YEARS I know I can have some but I can already see everyone wondering what I`m doing eating pizza! People are noticing, and my sister and and everyone else keep telling more people, so I feel some pressure here! It`s like theres no room for failure because the whole world knows I`m losing weight. Maybe it`ll help motivate me somehow but I`m kinda freaked out about having everyones "eyes on me". I keep it in my head most are expecting me to fail so I have to prove them wrong! :D Tommorow will be tough, but my step mom has lost some weight and maintained over a year now, she has healthy foods on hand at all times.

Okay enough about me.... How are ya all doing?! I`m afraid it`s kind of tough for my little mind to keep up with so many people we have in here! That is so great though. This challenge is fantastic, especially when you work on things that you know you have to stick to and are very important to your healthy lifestyle.

Red- This post should be a nice long one for ya... :) You`re giving me great ideas for my 3rd challenge! like maybe cleaning the house each day BEFORE I get on the computer and before it turns into a bigger disaster. I`ve been lazy with cleaning, and a messy house makes me feel aggrevated and disorganized. Actually having nothing to lose I could go a step further and add something like that into my challenge starting tomorrow. Thats the point right, to challenge ourselves at making positive changes?! Okay,
So the elliptical first thing in the morning... and then my daily cleaning. I will have the whole rest of the day without having to worry about the house and have my minimum of exercise out of the way, and that sounds really good to me!
By cleaning the house I mean the basics need to be out of the way before I sit at the computer or TV, like the night before dishes, vacuum, pick up the toys strung all about, get some laundry going, maybe an hour or so. Enough to make a huge difference in how my day goes. Thanks for the idea, Red!

Turtle- LMAO at the support bra! That was great!!

Gray- Hope things are well with you!

Jacque- Great work! You are doing so well!! Keep it up, girl! Find some workout tapes you enjoy, I always thought I hated them I just never tried any others besides the one I hated, lol.

Shalia- One of my biggest problems was the soda. I drank reg coke all day, water NEVER... over a 6 pack a day to sometimes a 12 pack, like 1600 calories just in soda!!! I still believe it`s one of the reasons I`m losing steady, replacing all that with water is a major change to my body. I had my last regular Coke on June 22nd (the day I started my changes) and treat myself to one can of Diet pepsi a day, 2 on a bad day. That stuff was slowly killing me. When the toothaches became frequent after ten years of heavy coke drinking, all my life of drinking it really, I started to see what I was doing to myself, not to mention all this weight I`ve put on. It`s the best thing I could`ve done to get me started in changing my ways. I really hope you do great on your challenge! It`s tough, but it can be done. Keep in mind there is absolutely nothing good for you in that can of soda! If I can give it up, anyone can!! I`d freak if I didn`t have Coke in the house. You can do it, and it is so worth it! :D

1nceagain- I still have to have my coffee in the morning! One iced coffee with sugar and cream (cant drink hot coffee so I got addicted to iced) I decided thats the one thing I will not give up so I add it in my calories and deal with it! I no longer have a large, and I never have more than one... so it`s all good. 22 pounds in 5 weeks just proves to me I can have my coffee and lose weight too! Yay! :)

Suzanne- welcome! I almost did the scale challenge but I just cant right now! But it would be a GREAT feeling to see a few pounds gone all at once, think of that when you feel like getting on the scale. I`m really in no position to give scale advice, lol I`m on it every morning lately. Great challenge and good luck!

Carla- I was doing so great, in the first month I only missed one day and was doing between an hour to an hour and a half! I met my challenge and slacked this week. This week I missed 2 (today was almost the third) and I totally notice a difference in myself the days I don`t work out, I`m not in a good mood. So I hope the mornings will keep me on track, kids will still be sleeping, no phone calls or knocks on the door, no excuses for me to make! I would let the day go by and tell myself it`s okay I`ve done so much already. NO it`s not okay, I have to do it!
Oh walking I just hate it, and I`m not an outdoorsy girl, so I prefer to stay in watching TV or reading or going on line. Thats why the exercise is so important for me, I don`t do much in a typical day! :D Sounds like a good challenge you got there! Lots of luck to you too.

Okay if I ever want to make Day 1 of challenge 2 happen I should be in bed soon.... alarm will be set for 6:30. I have SO much to do before going to my fathers so I really have to do this starting tomorrow, and I won`t want to work out when I get back... so this is a priority for me. ;) Everyone have a great Sunday and I`ll check in tomorrow.

gray eyed girl
07-31-2005, 12:54 AM
Thanks, Shalia. I almost dread our shopping trips there, but with my son still in diapers there's just nowhere else that compares for the prices on diapers and wipes. We eat a lot of fish, which is really cheap there, too. But maybe I can get through these shopping trips without overeating, after all!

Welcome, High C. I'm glad you decided to join in! I snack a lot too, but I have managed to fit that into my diet by planning ahead and eating smaller "meals" to make up for my snacking. It can be done! Well done getting through day 1 ;)

red, a Sam's Club is a big warehouse store here in the states. They sell everything in bulk. One of the little perks (or downfalls, if you're dieting) of shopping there is that they have all kinds of free samples of the foods that they sell. I usually overdo it on samples there because they have things like brownies, cookies, shrimp, pasta, sausage, etc, every time we go. But yesterday I did very well and stuck to one shrimp. Way to go for making it to day 2! Cutting out sugar would be so tough for me, I'm impressed that you're doing it.

Java, you are really doing well. So your officers go and watch over you while you exercise? That's really wonderful. A great way to keep safe if you're exercising at night. But of course, you knew that already!

Happy2beme, I'm glad you're doing well. I think I've mentioned this before but when you go out to eat, you can ask the waiter to put half your meal in a to-go box before serving it. Every time I've done this they've been happy to oblige, and it really helps keep things under control.

Way to go, LB! You're a third of the way there now. I hope you can get your workout in tomorrow. If you have a library you go to, check out their video selection. The one near us has tons of exercise videos - mostly yoga, but there are some other ones too. It's worth a try.

Carla, you're exactly right. Sam's Club is the Walmart-owned version of Costco. The samples really are huge at Sam's, and they actually encourage people to take seconds if they like the food! It's a scary place for a dieter. I hope you finished out day 6 victoriously.

Caro, good to see you again. Sorry you're having a rough time with exercise. Do you lift weights at all? I do some weights for every other workout and I'm seeing some really nice definition in my arms and especially in my calves now. I am really glad that you got some exercise in today! That's good, you need to keep it a regular part of your day. At least, I do.

Day 3 down for me! I barely stayed under 1600 though. I just HAD to have a snack this afternoon between lunch and dinner, and since I hadn't planned for it that put me awfully close. I'm at 1585. But, I'm having nothing but water until bedtime so all is well. I'm very proud, though, that this afternoon I met my exercise goal for July. 1510 minutes of exercise in the past month! Phew. I'm going to set my goal a little lower for August, because with school starting up and my kids starting preschool, I'm going to be really busy and I KNOW I won't get 1500 minutes in next month. I'm thinking that I'll go for 1200. Still a lot of exercise, that means getting at least an hour for 20 out of 31 days. That's a lot of workouts, really. And maybe I'll go over. I was still at 211 this morning, which is fine. I'm going to weigh myself tomorrow to get an official total for the month, and then try to go back to my weigh-in "schedule" of Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Hope all is well with everyone!

07-31-2005, 02:42 AM
Wow, lots of posts! All right! Am getting ready to go to the gym. Sitting around here and haven't cleaned anything yet. See how I hate it. It NEVER gets done! But you can bet I'm going to get it done before the day is out, no going back to Start for something I hate. :mad:

gray eyed girl -- Congratulations on getting through Day 3!! :cp: Sounds good with the exercise too. Was exercise part of your challenge or calories or both? Thanks for the Sam's info. Wow, sounds like quite an obstacle course they have waiting for you there. Now I realize what a great job you did the other day with just that one shrimp sample. Yes, sweet things are my downfall. I used to do these challenges and did 3 or 4 with no sugar, and before that had been off it for a whole year. The benefits are just so great, I don't know why I go back to the stuff. I think I was trying to just see if I could just have a little bit and I was but it's in danger of getting out of hand again so i'm back off for this challenge. Good luck! The early days are the hardest!

Caro -- You rock!! :woo: Great to get that exercise in the a.m. I am the same. Try to get moving or I know the day can be a total washup. Don't worry about people watching you. It is annoying though, isn't it? It's just something new. They'll get used to it. I used to dread people seeing me change or doing something new when I was a kid. Now, maybe still to a little degree but you'd be surprised how little people really care. That can be sad to think of perhaps but it's YOU that counts. You got to do it for you alone. So, what I'm saying is the people will talk and watch, but they'll get over it. Try to act nonchalant. Knowing you don't like it probably just makes 'em want to tease you. Well, glad I inspired you to do a cleaning challenge too. I know this is huge for me and very much linked with my weight and feelings of "so what, I lose a few pounds, what difference does it make!" That kind of thinking is my downfall. With me, it's always been the keeping going that has been the hardest. Maybe most people are like that. I'm just trying to get the WHOLE picture cleaned up, my room, me, my life! So, let me get this straight, you're actually starting your challenge tomorrow but did exercise too anyhow, right? Wow! Yes, that WAS a megapost. Thanks! :thanks: Oh, and, hope you got that hair color worked out to your liking! :lol: By the way, I like your attitude about seeing yourself in the mirror and not despairing, but thinking "I can see the work cut out for me." I like that, sounds good and optimistic. Remember what they say, optimists don't stop thinking of what or how they can do something.

Sushi -- Ok, there you are! :wave: Glad you're keeping with us. I understand your not wanting to allow that 3-hour nap. That was kind of long! Good luck on liftoff tomorrow! Don't think too much about sleeping though, that may keep you up! :lol:

carla -- :bravo: on Day 6!! Thanks for stating the goals again. It just makes it easier for me and everyone I think to keep being supportive. OK, so you're making the exercise a bonus goal. I know just how you feel about it being too hot to do anything. I can get out if I got an appointment or someone waiting for me, but it is hard to move from my place because it's so hot out. But, I am going to soon. You too. Try planning it like an appointment and then, don't think much, just go out and do it! Good luck!

High C -- So happy to see you've gotten started -- often the hardest part. We're glad you're here too with us. Write often and keep us posted on how you're doing! :yes:

Curly -- One more day!! :cb:

07-31-2005, 02:56 AM
Lot's of posts since I was on last! That is awesome! :D

Red-Yep, I am on Phase 1-7th day of SBD. It has been a bit challenging. The things I miss most are my evening wine/cocktails and our weekly trip to sushi-go-round. The things I am getting tired of are eggs, and salad. I have had a two day break from the exercise, but it's back to the gym on Monday-tomorrow. I am looking forward to getting on the scale tomorrow. I am hopeful. :^:

Java-I am curious-what is it that you do? Are you a police officer? You are doing great on the exercise. Love the underwear humor. :lol3:

Hi-C-I hear you, I felt a great victory even after day1! :twirly:

Caro-22lbs in 5 weeks?! That is such an encoragement. What "all" have you been doing to get you there? :idea:

I will see you all tommorow after I get off the scale! :goodscale

07-31-2005, 04:30 AM
1nceagain -- Hello. I'm still sitting at home. Don't want to go to the gym but know I'll be glad I went once I got there. If it weren't such a long walk, 50 minutes one way. I can and will take my bike but I just can't seem to go slow. I always take to the streets and then go flying. Too many people on the walks but out in the street I can't go slow. Oh well....I'll just go slow and get there! They had a contest at the gym to see who lost the most bodyfat and today is the last day to weigh out. Well, I didn't do much so it's not like I'm expecting to win or anything, but I thought I may as well see if I lost any. Thing is, those bodyfat checkers are so variable. I don't know. Probably shouldn't go...but will....ughhh. I'm just draggin' now.

The SBD is tough. But, look, don't think of what you're missing. You only have to do it for 21 days and you're already well along. You can have little breaks from it later, so look forward to that. Just say, I can wait...I can wait....I am waiting....

Well, hope the scale is good to you tomorrow. Don't throw a fit if it's not! :nono:

BTW, Java mans the radio for the police (her officers). Just thought I'd tell you. She'll give you the details I'm sure.

Good luck! :wave:


07-31-2005, 08:25 AM
Red-I hope you went! Man, I know it is so hard sometimes. Especially if you have to walk to get there. Well, I wouldn't mind the walk there-It's the dang walk home that would suck. The very last thing you want to do. When my husband is home I go with him at 4:15am just to avoid having to walk home cause he has the car the rest of the day. Actually-somedays I don't know which is worse. Summer is here-so I guess it would be the sweaty walk home.

I hope one day I will get to the point with exercise where I don't have to talk myself into it. I do it because it's what I do-one day maybe.

Thanks for the encouragement. I needed it. It is hard to give up things that I have enjoyed for so long. How long have you been doing this weight loss thing?

Me-all my life I think.

Have a great night-talk to you tomorrow.

07-31-2005, 09:06 AM
Hi guys. Well, it is so bizarre. Me, here, right before bed cleaning! :eek: Oh, my God. This just doesn't normally happen! :lol3: Actually, I had sat down here and was going to write..."I haven't done it yet, but will..." and then I thought, **** no! I'm going to do it NOW and then write. So, I did and here I am! Hurrah for me!! :cp: Day 2 in the bag!! I did get to the gym, took the bike there, but I could only manage a bit of arms and shoulders weight training. I was too dejected and hating my reflection because the new exercise pants I bought are too tight and they show everything! :( Also, the weight challenge at the gym had me losing next to nothing, neither weight nor bodyfat and I really couldn't believe it. :cry: I know I have lost but it was probably some other factor that caused it not to show up and today I think I did feel very bloated kind of, a backlash of the beer consumption on Friday no doubt. Oh well, at least I stuck to my challenge... :^:

1nceagain -- Thanks for the encouragement. You ask how long I've been doing this and I'd have to say off and on, with successful times and then rebounds etc. etc. since I was a teen. Someday, I hope to get it right. You know, I hate to say it, but I don't know if you'll ever really love exercise. There were times when it was such a habit and I would really get into it, but, even then, I don't know if you could say I Ioved it BEFORE I did it, only once I got going and then only if I had the energy. Maybe you're the same. It's more like, well, it's something you gotta do. It's natural to move, not sit around. It's hard when our work involves sitting. It just gets easier to sit as you get older. Oh any case, good luck and hang in there! Focus on your challenge and get that accomplished. Your confidence will build and you can tackle other things later! :dancer:


07-31-2005, 11:22 AM
If today goes as planned, I'll be one-third through the challenge. I'm lying in bed posting while I drink my smoothie and coffee. Normally on a Sunday I'd sleep late, but the cats have decided that's not the way things are going to be run around here,so I've been awake for quite a long time already. I almost went out for a quick bike ride or run first thing (my feet are bad, but I can get away with a little run/walk once in a while). Of course I was able to control that silly urge... But it is a glorious day out, so once I've finished with the site, I think I'll get up and do SOMETHING.

Red, if you walk 50 min each way to the gym that has to be worth something. You've given me an idea for a goal add-on (unofficial). I too could try to clean or tidy one thing every day. i always used to blame the general mess and dustiness on my lazy husband. :p It turns out it's no better now he's gone! :o And while we were still speaking, I saw his appartment which was impeccable. Who knew? He sure didn't dust or vacuum around here. Or wash and fold the sheets. But I digress... I intend to start the tidying today, just a little at a time, but every day. Thanks for the idea.

07-31-2005, 11:59 AM
It was tough, I was woken up at 3am with a phone call, then at 6 by the cat... I saw the alarm coming close to 6:45 so I SHUT IT OFF! Then I realized I`m awake, I can do this, just get up already! Got up and did my 30 minutes and followed that with cleaning up a little! Feels wonderful!

Red, yeah I just did that 30 minutes lastnight NOT to let one day turn into 2 for me...nothing to do with my challenge but I would`ve felt like crap if I didn`t do it. It was a little tiring to exercise last night and then again this morning but I made it. DAY 1!! Exercised and got the minor cleaning out of the way all before 9 am! And I had some breakfast, I cant even tell you when the last time I ate before 11 was.

1nceagain- Thanks! I do lose fast, but I also gain fast if I don`t pay attention!
I`m down another pound this morning and TOM is due tomorrow (I`m amazed!)
I think it`s basically the water in place of soda, and of course the exercise. I was keeping calories low, below 1400 the first few weeks, this week I have days between 1400-1800, even a 2000 day last weekend, each day is a little different but I average around 1500. I`m still a little confused, I really lightened the exercise this week, and I`ve lost more this week than any other besides the first, but I guess it makes sense.... I probably wasn`t eating enough and burning too much. I`ve learned to control the binges, a 12 cookie binge is now a 4 cookie binge or less, just a lot of changes that seem to make my body happy! I don`t really cut out the things I love, I had a grilled cheese Wednesday, beef stroganoff Thurs...chicken parmigan lastnight. Just moderation. I seem to eat every few hours instead of just 3 meals... small snacks and light lunch, then allow myself to eat whatever`s for dinner that night. Looking at my journal this last week, I have maybe 2-3 snacks around 200 calories, a couple 100 calories or less snacks, 200-300 for lunch and dinner has been between 500-600, plus my coffee. I have only a small snack at night sometimes if I exercise or didn`t get in enough during the day, but I try not to leave too much for nighttime cause thats when I`d eat non-stop. Thats pretty much what I`ve been doing. This is the bad week, the week I should stay off the scale for at least 4-5 days, lol. I was able to drop 2 pounds last month during TOM so I`d be happy to see that for the next week. I expect I`ll slow down soon, my body gets comfortable between 180-190 so we`ll see! I`ll proabbly have to tweak my plan again when I get there. ;)

Gray- Hi chic! Yep I use some light weights, resistance bands, try to do at least a couple toning/shaping DVD`s a week. I do already see small some muscles I never knew were there! My legs and butt are really toning up, my biggest problem area is arms so I work hard on that and can see some progress. Measurements are looking great, I peak here and there but the real monthly measuring is on the 5th. Soon!
Yes, I HAVE to keep up with my exercise , everyday. Maybe not always a lot but at least something!! Great job with your exercise for the month! Wow! I`m setting my minimum for 30 minutes in the morning, but I also plan to keep 30 at least 5 times a week at night. An hour and a half every day was just a little too much for me to keep up with. I`ll have 2 in school and the little one will be on me like glue without them, so I have to think realistically of the time I can spare. Makes my challenge that much more important to ensure I get at least some cardio each day.

Well I`m off to start getting kids ready (and myself) I`m really looking forward to the pizza :D I can have 2 slices and I`m going to enjoy every single bite... been 2 weeks since I had some pizza and pizza is my favorite! Hopefully I`ll get in some more exercise tonight, but if not at least I got some already. I`m happy I made this challenge, I think it`ll be great for me!

Have a wonderful day, everyone! I have to get going, will check in tonight!

07-31-2005, 01:02 PM
Yep, it's day number seven for me! I made HORRIBLE food choices yesterday. Chocolate and pretzels. Thank goodness for Flex Points. I won't even say how many I had to use. That's pathetic. But I met my goals for the day and I'm still alive on my challenge!

I think we're going to detail our vehicles today. That'll be good for some major sweating. You think I ought to wear my tight white "wife beater" and Daisy Dukes? :lol: I'm thinking bathing suit with shorts over it, that's a bit more Turtle Appropriate.

I hope everyone is doing great. Hard to check in with everyone on my week end. But I'll do what I can. Hip hip and carry on. :)

07-31-2005, 06:11 PM
Morning, all. Starting Day 3 here. Thinking what I can clean today with not much time and even less desire to do so when I will be, which is tonight after coming home from work. Want to (that's a matter of speaking) get to the gym this morning and try to get a little more done than yesterday. I am really trying hard to not despair but money and work problems are weighing sooo heavy on me now. The exercise and weight seem so trivial. I am getting more and more jealous of people losing weight...I must have really ruined my metabolism with all the years of dieting because it (the fat!!!) just doesn't budge off me, or it comes right back on! Oh well...just have to keep trying different things. That's the key, isn't it? I do the same thing over and over and think the effort, not the strategy, is going to mean something....Well, pity party here today. Just wanted you all to know it's not all fun and games and I'm your worst for it. At least I can be proud of staying on this challenge. It's all I have..... :^:

Java -- You sound like you're having the same slump as me, well, not the same, but similar. You are staying to the challenge too and that is a BIG thing. Don't despair. Yes, focus on what positive things you DID do! Hang in there. I miss your long, rambling posts. :( And, by the way, I just wanted to tell you that I take a lot of solace in the barenaked song, "lovers in a dangerous time," from which your quote there in your signature is from. Got it on my itunes now. It's really quite comforting, isn't it? I try to think of the "lovers" part as being about loving life and that way can use the song as a whole for inspiration. Thanks for introducing me to them.

carla -- Controlled that silly urge did you? :lol: Enjoy your Sunday and I hope you got that exercise in. Already Monday here. So, what day are you on?

Caro -- Congratulations on liftoff! God, I could never just get up and exercise. You are amazing! And cleaning too. Wow! Reading your post is inspiring, or rather, it is so upbeat that it gives me hope. I get so down about everything because I almost never see progress and when I do it soon disappears and I'm back where I started. I sure wish I could make some significant changes in my life. Maybe this cleaning thing will help, bit by bit is the only way it's going to happen. Well, good luck there and enjoy your pizza. :)

07-31-2005, 07:25 PM
Hi chickies - had a fall - Thursday I thought I was good but realized I forgot some food and ended up over points and Friday too! So it's back to Day 1 for me - I blew it Saturday - didn't get my water in - doing okay today so far but I won't know until tomorrow (Monday) if this is Day 1 for me.

Red - I didn't lose any pounds either - still! I also killed my metabolism -but we will just have to kept vigilant, be consistent, and keep raising the bar. I am still happy with my new healthy routines and the inches I lost. In the meantime, I am going to make an adjustment to what I have been doing so I can challenge my metabolism a little more - I am going to maintain points without taking into account my Activity Points. I also am going to increase my water based on the amount I should drink with exercise. Is there something else you can do to raise the bar?

Hope everyone is doing well today. Will chat more tomorrow.

07-31-2005, 08:19 PM
:rain: It's soft and gray with a lite dizzle in the air. . .my favorite kind of day. It's the kind of day that wraps around me like a cacoon and keeps me cozy, calms me and slows me down.

I didn't get to the gym bright and early like I planned. I could not get to sleep last night. I did that stretchy exercise and everything. My body is tired but my mind won't quit. :dizzy: I am going through a bout of empty nest syndrome. :( It comes and goes. I guess I will go exercise after work tonight which means it will push my dinner til 8 which I hate. Oh well. I did stick to SBD yesterday. Moving into day 8 here!

Carla-Your morning sounded so relaxing. :beach: I really miss my dogs. I would love to just cuddle with my little chloe. So, what was the "something" you ended up doing for the day?

Caro-wow! I love it-just do it! And you did it! I am a morning girl and love to get "stuff" checked off my list early. Do you write down your food every day? I was always terrible at that. I know it must help though. Maybe a future challenge idea for me. :yes:

Turtle-Woohoo! Day 7! Finishing day 7 feels like when you get to move the big chunky balast on the scale down another notch. It's a milestone in my mind. Great job! :encore:

Red-life is creeping in huh? It does get heavy sometimes. Your challenge is not trivial. It is a part of what you need to do to be healthy. So don't dismiss it. Just do 15 minutes of cleaning tonight-befor you get on the computer. I know you can do this. Think about the things you have done. Where you are, what you do-amazing to me. You are strong and we are stronger for it. :grouphug:

Mscat-Thats it girl-jump back up there! I love your determination and your idea to "raise the bar." I'm already tring to decide how I can do that this week. :idea:

Have a great evening/day all! :goodvibes

07-31-2005, 08:47 PM
Hmmmm. It seems this thread has been infected by a nasty virus:

Red feeling down, even tho she is our favourite cheerleader and an inspiration to us all.
My good buddy Mscat so blue she disappeared for a while to lick her wounds.
!nceagain suffering from empty-nest syndrome.

So I'm sending you all a big :grouphug: and some :goodvibes:.

I still haven't found the SOMETHING I'm going to do today, and am running out of time if I want to be an achiever today. But I have followed my rules, and today makes day 7. At the very least I plan to go for a nice little walk before bed with my friend. And I've done a tiny bit of straightening up - too little to describe without blushing, but better than my usual performance.


07-31-2005, 09:10 PM
:woo: Day 21 done!!! Time to start over only this time my goal will be 30 min exercise and to get more water drank! :dizzy: :dizzy:

07-31-2005, 09:20 PM
:flow1: :flow1: :flow1: :flow1: :flow1: :flow1: :flow1: :flow1: :flow1: :flow1: :flow1: :flow1: :flow1: :flow1: :flow1: :flow1: :flow1: :flow1: :flow1: :flow1: :flow1: Day 21!
You are awesome!

07-31-2005, 11:28 PM
Curly! You go girl! 37 pounds gone, and 21 days success with your goals. I worship at your feet! :)

:cb: :bravo: :hat: :dancer: :cheer: :cb: :hat:

08-01-2005, 12:36 AM
Curly, Congrats on day 21!!I bet you feel VERY accomplished!

08-01-2005, 12:37 AM
oh my! I forgot!! Day 8, done :D Adn today was the day Iw as worried about! I almost skipped thinking "Who'd know it?" But then I thought some more... I'd know I skipped...

08-01-2005, 12:40 AM
Congratulations Curlylocks! You Rock! :cb: :cb: :cb: :bravo: :encore:


08-01-2005, 12:53 AM
did I say hat out loud? :cb:

gray eyed girl
08-01-2005, 01:48 AM
Day 4, done! It's late here, so I'll do individual replies and a more interesting post tomorrow.

Apple Blossom
08-01-2005, 03:35 AM
Hello! Because I miss you so much, RED and because LEGAL you are inspiring!! (Over on the basics thread) I am going to jump in on this 21 day challenge. Now my usual problem is a daily beer I seem to need, but I KNOW I will fail that one because I'm going to be hanging out with my brothers in a little more than a week and that involves beer, no way around it. So my challenge will be to resist temptation at least once a day. And I'lll post the temptaion daily. This actually sounds like it might be fun. I'd like to include an exercise challenge too, but that would be tough while I'm away. Next one, 3 weeks from now!
I'm looking forward to hanging out with everyone!

08-01-2005, 09:04 AM
Hello all you challengers! Ok, I did it. The cleaning, like 1nceagin said, just a bit. Tonight I didn't worry about finishing one specific thing or area, because that would take too long. I just did one area for about 15 mins and see that, yes, it does make a difference. I wrote the rest of this post before I did that and now am going to send it off since I have wrapped up my day, I think it was Day 3. Yes, it was. I made a mistake this morning, called it Day 4, but it was only 3 since I had to start over on Saturday. I went back and fixed the earlier post. .... And I didn't have sugar. And though, exercise is not part of this challenge, I got to the gym and only did cardio, 5 K of jogging. I've just been hitting the weights and leaving the cardio. Though I walk and cycle and ride, I think, as mscat says, am just going to have to raise that bar and raise that metabolism by getting the heart up and keeping it up. I also ate well, a huge salad and also two meals of whey protein. I'm trying to get more protein in and am seeing that it really does stop the hunger. I also had fresh fruit. So, it was a tough day, but a good one. Thank you all for being here. I couldn't have done it without you! :grouphug:

mscat -- Hope you got started again. Too bad about the foods you forgot. I can do that easily! ;) Thanks for the encouragement. My life is very irregular and this was the reason for the weight gain, much of it. If I had a routine, both exercise and food things would be easier. Still, I have to get this weight off and that is going to take increased effort. I know. Also, inconsistency takes its toll with me. But I will definitely keep your words in mind because I know I'm going to have to raise the bar. There's just no way around it!

1nceagain -- Glad you were enjoying your day. But, I hope you were able to get to the gym. Your husband is away now, isn't he? Is that the empty nest you speak of, or your son? Try to make new friends. I know it's tough where you are, but just maybe... :) And congrats on sticking to the plan! You will soon be into Phase 2, no? And, thank you too, for the encouragement. I had another cold day at work, surrounded by schoolboyish men...sigh...but reading your words makes me feel better.

carla -- You're a sweetie! :love: I'm glad to be your favorite cheerleader. But, sometimes I need cheering too. Glad to see mscat back too. Java's down too. But, we'll bounce back, I'm sure! :spin: Tell me, what was this something you were looking to do today? Was that the cleaning bit? No need to blush when you're talking to me, the biggest non-cleaner of all time! :bravo: for getting to Day 7. How did it go today?

curly -- And curly!! There you did it again, you are really showing us up! That's two whole rounds! Fantastic, awesome and yes, we'll have to start worshipping at your feet! Like this, right???..... :rofl:

No, really, great going, kid! :cp: :encore: :woo: :cp: :encore: :woo:

Brunette -- Excellent going on Day 8!! :bravo: But, I'm confused, what did you almost skip? Maybe this is an expression I don't know, do you mean cheated? I think so, right. Yes, I know, I've been there, but decided against it. Of course, it's all an honor system!! :lol3: But you are the one it'll hurt and you'll remember it the whole challenge. Good going for you! Remember, too, you have a free day to take.

gray -- Excellent! :cp: Day 4 in the bag!! :dancer:

Apple -- Hello!! :wave: So great to see you over here. I was gong to say to come over, since I saw Legal posting about the challenge on Basics, but I didn't want to pull people away from there. You're a sweetie, too, saying you missed me. I do feel a bit bad about not being there for you all these days, but as you can see and I have said, I'm over here and the place is hopping and I'm kept busy with my own challenge so it has been tough to post over there and even if I do it's often a rehash. Still, I haven't given up on Basics, just been too busy here over the weekend, which is like midweek for normal people! :lol: Okay, so you're in with an interesting challenge. I like it. Resisting temptation! Good luck!

Everyone else, where are you all! We got some regulars still MIA! Come on, people, come check in with us. You can see there's always someone back on Start or at least in the early days. Newcomers, welcome! :wave:
Everyone else, write soon! :comp:


08-01-2005, 09:50 AM
Red-I am so proud of you! I am glad you got your 15 minutes in. I knew you could do it if you just broke it down a bit-made it less menacing! I am a bit lost about you "cold at work" comment. I assume you aren't talking about the AC. Whats up?

As for the empty nest thing, it is mostly about my boys. I miss them very much and worry about them even more. I think worry is a waste of time really-but I can't seem to help it. It will pass. They are good boys. I am also missing my travel buddy. A girlfriend I made here early on. She has moved back to the states. You see my husband left for the middle east 4 weeks after I moved here and was gone for 8 months. I met my friend and we had a blast. Went on tons of day trips and mini vacations to Okinawa and Korea, etc.. Lots of fun. Now, besides work, gym and mandatory errands, I am a borderline recluse. Pitiful. Part of it is because we don't live on base so am not "in" the military social circle. I have a couple of Japanese friends but one just got married and is moving to the states and the other lives with her elderly mom and doesn't get out much-ok, thats enough. I'm done. I feel better. Thank you. . . I do need to get out more-and will soon.

As for the gym-YES. I went after work. Unfortunately when I got there all the elliptical machines were taken. I decided to try the stair climber thing Oh- my -goodness. That thing is torture! Fortunately someone got off the elliptical after about 10 minutes, so I switched. So I did 10 on the stepper, 65 on the ellpitical, then I was just getting into a movie-Secrets of the Ya-Ya sisterhood-so I had to keep going! I did switch to the bike machine-You just peddle-no arms. I did another 63 minutes on that so I could finish the movie. Not having english TV at home does have an upside! I will probably regret it tomorrow, but it felt good while I was doing it. The down side is, I missed dinner so I am grazing on some canadian bacon and I am going to have a V8-both on the SBD plan.

Anyhoo, I am a bit wiped, so I will stop in tomorrow to catch up. Have a great day all!

08-01-2005, 10:19 AM
Day 18....Sorry for the delay in posting, Red! I don't get on too much over the weekends! :)

08-01-2005, 10:32 AM
Hi all!

I have successfully completed day 13, and on to day 14 - I'm very impressed considering I was on a little vacation last week. I did have to use my free day though. I forgot to weigh in before we left on Thursday, but just did now, and I'm somehow down a pound - have no idea how that could have happened - I really ate crappy all weekend.

Sorry I can't go back and read, I'm exhausted from my trip, and need to get ready for work, and the kids ready to go to their dad's house for the night.

Hope to be back soon!


08-01-2005, 11:02 AM
Hi everyone! I'd like to join. I usually post one 100 club. I lost 40lbs then gained 16 back.
I believe this challenge will get me back on track. Thanks for offering such a wonderful thread!!

Mez 21 day Challenge - Don't go over my WW Points. Daily 24 not including activity points. I'm going to allow my activity points. One of the big reason is it motivates me to workout. I get a extra points and that might mean a treat. Sometime I use them sometimes I don't. I'll post if I used them.

08-01-2005, 11:36 AM
Yep, on day 8 and it's been a real struggle. Last night at twenty until midnight, while watching a Bruce Willis movie, I had to set my timer and do twenty minutes of WATP moves, just to fulfill my goal. But I did it. I don't like barely squeaking by with the bare minimum, but I'm still OP and moving on.

I called two doctors today to see about getting my health issues looked at. Big Sigh.

Great job to everyone and continued good luck. I'll be back to deeper posts come Tuesday evening (at work).

Also wanted to add that I found an awesome new magazine at Kroger. It's called "Looking Good Now." It's all about exercise and weight loss and I found something for ME on every page. No super models here. I loved it so much, I think I'll subscribe. Maybe it's on line too.

08-01-2005, 04:36 PM
Good morning, all. It's 4:30 a.m. and I have to be out soon. Bad dreams all last night. Wow. Strange. Oh well, maybe it means something in my body is changing, like the fat melting.... So, ready to slug through another day. Will try to hit something a bit more substantial on the cleaning. I really, really hate this cleaning part of the challenge. I hate it so much it just shows how much I need to do this. God, when it makes giving up sugar look easy, it must be hard! :eek: Glad to see you mez! Will talk to you all later. :wave:


08-01-2005, 06:43 PM
Back to start for me! Couldn`t sleep, horrible cramps all night...pounding headache. I feel so yucky and bloated. :( I could care less about exercise right now. I`m trying to push the water and stay away from salt. Maybe I can try for day 1 again tomorrow, or maybe rethink my challenge. I thought I could do it but I don`t know... I dont feel like exercising at all. I know I have to snap out of this and keep going. 30 minutes every other day is not going to cut it. It`s only been a week of slacking so I can recover if I just do it, and I am going to do it tomorrow. Eating is still going well, at least I have that going for me.

I really want to get on with challenging myself!! I just don`t know if I should rethink my challenge. My husband has been gone 3 weeks, when he gets home Wed. I`ll have an even harder time doing anything in the morning. Oh I dont know, but I promise you all I`m working on it. Just have to give me til tomorrow to think clearly!

I hope everyone is doing well.

08-01-2005, 07:48 PM
Hi guys!

ty ty ty for all the cheers!!!! :)

Back to Day one.... got my 30 min of exercise.. I have 60 oz's of water and will have 80 by bedtime.... lol i'll probably be running to the bathroom all nite!!!

but i really need to challenge myself to drink the water..

08-01-2005, 11:00 PM
I really REALLY mean to read and reply to everyone's posts!! i've been so crazy busy lately though... Wednesday I have a full day to myself and I promise to get caught up!

Day 9 went smooth! My hubby and I went on a rather hilly walk (We live in the foothills of the rockies) and my calf muscles ached so bad! And I wanted to stop several times, but I kept my butt a walkin!! It was wonderful! I'm starting to think that I REALLY can do this!! Except for that the last week of this challange I will be on vacation :eek: Although I'm sure I can find a way to get at LEAST 30 minutes of cardio in!!

08-01-2005, 11:28 PM
Day 9 of SBD here. I will not do 2 hours of exercise again anytime soon. I felt like I had weights tied to my limbs this morning. :barbell: After a cup of coffee and some ispiration form the posts, I did get back to the gym this morning. Glad to have it done for the day. :flow2: Still doing good on SBD. I need to start planning better though cause when my husband gets back, he needs a real meal. I can grab a cheese stick and a salad and be happy, but that would not go over too well with him. :tantrum:

Jacky-Good to see you still going strong. Twice as far as me and it gives me hope. :halffull:

Kelly-Almost a full 2 weeks under your belt. I can't wait! Then I can have fruit! :cb:

Mez, What a beautiful baby! Gettin healthy to take care of that precious one? You have done amazing. Don't let a step back stop you-now take two forward! :tread:

Java-sorry you are having health issues. I hope that all gets taken care of soon. The magazine sounds interesting. I will look for it online. :comp:

Red-wow. 4:30. I am enjoying staying in bed until 6. But I will be on the same sched as you when my husband returns. Crazy. :dizzy: Sorry you didn't have sweet dreams-maybe lack of sugar? I hope it passes soon.

Caro- I hear ya. The older I get (42) the worse my cramps are. I used to breeze through them Now it's an 800mg motrine and call me in the morning! :faint: I am a bit anxious about my huband coming home as well. I hope I can stick with it. At least I will be on phase 2 by then. Should be a bit easier to plan meals around that.

Curly-Again, great job. So you are sticking with the same challenge? :woo:

Well, I need to get breakfast in me before I really hose up my schedule again today.

Have a great day! :flow1:

Sushi Penguin
08-01-2005, 11:46 PM
I am ready to start over, tomorrow (August 2nd) will be Day 1.
I am going to make a slight change to my challenge though. Initially it was to eat my veggies and get to bed by 10:30 pm at the latest.

My re-designed 21 Day Challenge will be:

1) veggies: eat a salad or a bowl of greens or an average-sized vegetable each day (carrots don't count, as it's a lunch staple)
2) herbal tea: brew and drink the (unbelievably disgusting) cleansing/weight-loss-aiding tea
3) improve my sleep schedule on an ongoing basis and aim to achieve a set, routine schedule

Thinking about the herbal tea makes me cringe and shudder, so wish me luck! Eeek!

08-02-2005, 12:07 AM
Day 8 done. Strange dreams last night that I had "forgotten" about the challenge and was enjoying a nice chilled glass of white wine... Maybe I'm missing it more than I consciously realized! Just 13 days to go.

08-02-2005, 12:45 AM
Day 1 - Went well (Stay didn't go over my allowed points) joining this thread sure made me think about how and what I wanted to use my points on. I did give myself a treat and used an activity point.

gray eyed girl
08-02-2005, 01:32 AM
Curlylocks, congratulations on hitting day 21 yesterday!!

Welcome, Apple Blossom. Nice to "meet" you.

red, I'm glad you're feeling better. I'm glad you got some cleaning done, and some exercise. Protein really does help with feeling full.

1ceagain, the stairclimber is really a tough one isn't it? I think the elliptical is actually a harder workout than a stairclimber, but it's a lot easier on the knees. I have really weak knees (thanks Mom!) and I can't do the stairclimber for very long at all.

Welcome, mezmerize. I hope this thread is helpful for you :).

Caro, sorry you had to start over :(. Your challenge was to exercise daily, right? That really is hard, especially if it's cardio every day. Back on the horse, though, right? How did today go for you?

Good luck, SushiPenguin!

Day 5, down! I haven't gone to the gym in a couple of days though. My husband's work schedule just changed and it's going to be a lot harder to fit my exercise in now. :( I'm going to go tomorrow morning first thing before he heads in, because I don't know when else I'll get a chance otherwise. I'm going to need to figure out how to get some cardio in at home until my kids start preschool. This is going to be challenging for a little while.

I do have something to celebrate, though. I went through my closet today to try on all my previously too-small pants, and they ALL fit. I am in a very loose 18 now and I actually put on and zipped up a pair of 16s! They're too tight to be comfortable enough to wear right now, but I'm so close. I'm predicting that within 10-15 pounds I can wear my 16s again. I had one pair of pants that I recieved as a christmas gift. At the time, they were 2 sizes too small and I never even took the tags off. I put them on today and they are LOOSE. Almost too loose, they won't fit for long. All in all, I gained 6 new pairs of pants and jeans today after going through the clothes I've stubbornly refused to throw away these past 4 years. I KNEW I'd fit into them again.

08-02-2005, 07:22 AM
Okay, Day 4 looks like it'll be a wrap. Not going to blow it now by eating sugar. I did the cleaning. What a difference having that kick in the butt makes! :thanks:

gray eyed girl -- WOW! Not only a big hand for Day 5 down and done, but mega congratulations on on fitting into all those "new" clothes. :woo: must feel so great! Oh, that is such a fantastic feeling when the "thin" things fit. I'm so happy for you! I like the way you're thinking of when you get the exercise in. Good for you! :yes: And keep up the great work!

mezmerize -- :bravo: on achieving liftoff on your new challenge! Keep it up! :dancer: And yes, who is the pretty baby? :bb:

carla -- Another day in the bag!! Hurrah! :spin: So, you had strange dreams too, huh? I'd say you're very innovative! Can't have your wine waking, so you'll take it sleeping! Good one! :lol:

sushi -- Okay, clear on the new and improved challenge. No. 1 and 2 are clearcut but you may have trouble defining "improve" in No. 3. But, I'm sure you know what's better and what's not. Good luck!

1nceagain -- I bet you feel tired! :lol: But, I also hope you feel dang proud of yourself! :yes: Hope you had a great SBD day today!

Legal -- Don't worry! We don't expect you to read everything and comment and reply to everyone. It's nice when people can but the most important thing is you sticking to your challenge. Ok?! You don't have to get "caught up." And YES, you CAN do this. You surely can! Just be the little engine that could if you have to...and repeat over and over again....I think I can, I think I can...I KNOW I can, I KNOW I can.... :cp: beautiful on the walking, awesome that you're through Day 9! :twirly:

curly -- Ok, going around for Round THREE! Wow! :eek: You're just zooming along, aren't you?! :moped: Good luck!

Caro -- Oh, Caro! So sorry to hear you're having a rough time of it. I certainly know how you feel. When life weighs heavy, I go into hibernation...regardless of the season. If you're going to rethink your challenge, why don't you just ease off. Cut the minutes of exercise down or somehow make it easier to do, yet still be something that takes a conscious effort to do something or a conscious effort NOT to do something. Hope to see you back up and running real soon! I'd miss your horribly if you weren't! :)

Java -- Well, there you go again, doing cool and innovative things to make sure you DO IT! Hurrah for you! :encore: I sure hope your health problems are nothing serious. Please take care of yourself. I looked up that magazine on the Net but apparently it's only available in a few stores, not online or by subscription. That could change though so let me know if you hear anything. I hear it's about success stories and I absolutely love reading them. Makes me feel like I can do it too!

dkkrf -- So glad to see you're still with us! :wave: I was getting worried you had AWOLed! Only a week to go. You are coming in to the homestretch! Good luck and don't worry about reading back. Eyes forward. Keep those days counting down (up)! :sunny:

jkg -- Hello to you too! Another one I was worried about. And look at you! Only a few more days left! Beautiful!! :love: No stopping you now! :flow1:

08-02-2005, 09:28 AM
Awww...don't worry about me Red! I'm not giving up! :)

Day 19 down and working on day 20...WOW! Where did the time go! 2 rounds down and already time to start working on a 3rd! Summers are way too fast!

Speaking of round 3, I don't know what I want to do. I will think about it and post it soon! :)

08-02-2005, 11:02 AM
14 down, and only 7 left! I'm thinking maybe I should have challenged myself a little more than with just water, but over 1/2 way done now, so I will save that for the next challenge. I was very impressed with myself last night, I went shopping, completely bi-passed the chips and soda! Actually come out with a case of water instead of soda! That's a big step for me!

Caro - don't doubt yourself! You can do this!! Keep up the good work!!

Grey_eyed_girl - Congrats on getting into a smaller size jeans!!! It's so exciting isn't it! When I started I was in size 20W, and now I'm just in regular 18 - I was able to drop the W in most cases! I will admit that the 18 is a bit snug, but I can move and I can breath and that's all that matters! lol!

Red - as always thanks for the encouragement! My eyes are definitely focused forward! I'm getting excited for the next challenge!

Apple Blossom
08-02-2005, 02:02 PM
Hey caro! Hang in there!
Gray-isn't it great when pants fit again. That is the best feeling!
I have a whole closet full of "skinny" clothes because I can't throw anything away. They are probably out of style by now. I have a shirt that I can't wait to fit into. My arms are too fat right now. :mad:
Well, the bad news is that I didn't resist ANY temptations yesterday and it was just a bad eating day all around. Back to day one. I was visiting a friend and I kind of thought it would be impossible anyway. :^:
OK, see you tomorrow!

08-02-2005, 04:23 PM
grrrrrr this water challenge is tuff... i feel waterlogged all ready and I WANT MY DIET PEPSI!!!!!!!!

08-02-2005, 08:07 PM
Good morning, all. Wednesday here and the start of my Day 5. I'll be glad to get out of these low numbers. I don't like them. And I must remember I have two whole days free this round, my second. I was wanting sugar badly yesterday but had a lot of watermelon. That, grapes and pineapple are usually more than enough to satisfy that craving. And then I try to get some complex carbs and/or protein in there too. The cleaning part of my challenge is the hard part, but I know this is going to have a great effect on my weight. It gives me hope to see the cumulative effect of the cleaning, which is exactly what I need for the weight to come off. I mean, it takes quite a while to see the difference in your body. Even a good rate of a pound or two a week is not going to be visible for a while, especially if it was not all fat. I have often wished I could just blink and go back for a bit to where I was and then do a fast forward to the present. That way I wouldn't get discouraged that nothing was changing in my body. Of course, this could be a heart-stopping shock if things were going the other way! :eek:

jkg -- Well, sure glad to see you weren't giving up on us. I had forgotten you already did a round. Way to go! What is your challenge by the way, I mean, what was your challenge. You only have a day to go! You're inspiring! :yes:

curly -- So, are you through Day 1 yet? I thought you were doing exercise too this time, right? I can't believe you still find the water part challenging after two whole rounds. So I can see what a hard challenge it was for you. I consume massive quantities of water, especially in the summer. I am literally dripping sweat constantly, which people says shows what a good metabolism I have. I am like the horses I ride, they are drenched. But, damn, that metabolism just knows how to hold onto the fat. Oh well, I should be proud I have such a super machine for a body. It is a survivor's body. Well, curly, good luck on this round. If you have added exercise, it'll be tougher. But I know you can do it! :spin:

Apple Blossom -- Oh well, back to Day 1, is it? Well, you should have seen me on my first round. I took about two weeks to get moving. I was totally embarrassed because I'd started this thread and then couldn't get past Day 1 for a good week alone. I really like your challenge. There are always temptations out there and it'll be a great habit to get into to turn your back to them! Good luck. You can do this! :sunny:

dkkrf -- Don't worry about your challenge being too easy. You're probably just getting cocky 'cause you got this far! ;) You see, you being impressed with yourself about the soda/chips/water save just proves it! :cp: You're doing great! Challenge rules say you can't change your challenge partway though without going back to Start... :judge: .... but you could always add a "training wheels" addition, just to get a feel for something new that you could do in a later challenge. And, I'm so glad to hear you're looking ahead and getting excited about the next challenge! It's kind of like Star Trek or something, going where you've never gone before! :lol3: Cool!!

Okay, where is everyone?!?!? I have time here to respond to you all and you're playing shy with me? :dunno: Come out and tell me what you've been up too and where you are, whether it's chugging right along or back to Start, I want to hear from YOU!!!


08-02-2005, 08:28 PM
hi guys

Day #2 yes.. i am continuing my exercise, but it had been my same challege for 2 rounds... so now thats just habit... To challege myself i am doing the water thing also...

so far today I have had NO DIET PEPSI... and 100 oz water .. slosh slosh run to ladies run.... lmao and went to the gym and did 45 min..

08-02-2005, 08:32 PM
Hi Red! I wouldn't want you to feel lonely...

The stinky heat is back here, but my cats got me up early so I went to a gym to do a little cardio, and then went for a walk down to the market and bought wonderful strawbs, raspberries, green and yellow beans, tomatoes... I can't believe this is my first time down there this year. I went with a friend who also likes veg and fruit, and we split the rather large containers to get more variety. Yumm.

My good friend, who is diabetic, has been infected by my gabbing on about challenges, and he's decided to do a 21-day no sweets challenge! So 3fc has a good influence well beyond the actual members.

And you, Red, have had a good influence on me. I spent about 40 minutes today reducing/consolidating 4 baskets of Stuff into one. One tiny step at a time. Maybe the bathrooms will win the cleaning lottery tomorrow.

So far today I'm on target for day 8 (9?). Still no booze or chocolate.

Keep on trucking!

08-02-2005, 08:52 PM
curly -- Hi there! Oh, I was confused, I thought your challenge had been water all along! Wow, so you've been out there moving that bod all along! Impressive! You should have said something.. Well, ok, now I understand why the water is feeling like you're drowning in it! :lol:

carla -- :wave: Hi, and thanks for stopping here to keep me company. Yes, heat is on here too. All those wonderful colors sound luscious, aren't fruits and veggies wonderful! I am so glad to hear about the challenge's influence beyond the circle of posters. Wow, that's quite impressive. Thanks for telling me. I think, too, that people are comfortable and inspired when you tell them you're challenging yourself to something. It gets them thinking, heh, I could maybe do that too. Whereas, when you just say, oh, I've given this or that up, I think people get jealous and try to sabotage you because you're making them feel inadequate. Just my take on things. Well, stay away from that booze and chocolate. Remember, it's just something you're "not doing" for the moment. Doesn't it make you feel powerful? :yes:

08-02-2005, 09:13 PM
Red, it does make me feel good, both to succeed myself and to be a positive influence to someone I care about. I was sure my friend, being a guy, would just tune out the whole challenge/diet babble. (He is gay, but not at all the feminine type.) But it has been 3 years since his partner died of a heart attack, and he's finally starting to care about his health and his future again. We spend a lot of time shoring each other up and just being good pals.

It's 8:10 pm here, and I just realized I have rather a lot of water to consume before I sleep. I'm also hoping to introduce my Bigboy to the dog upstairs - if they get along I may have someone to take the kitties when I'm away. (My next trip is two weeks from now, so I have to get a move on...)


08-02-2005, 10:02 PM
1st round= i did walk 2 miles each day
2nd round= i did my ladies express workout (curves clone) & walk 2 miles

so this time i am doing: 1 hr of exercise per day & drink water

p.s. maybe we need to choose a smiley thingy to add to our signiture for each time we have completed the 21 days?? got one in mind Red?

08-02-2005, 10:18 PM
Ok, curly, all straight on that now. It's coming back to me. That's why I like people to restate their challenge periodically. Somehow I had put you in with the water people.

Yeah, we can do something in our signatures. How about just saying something like:

Challenge rounds completed: :smug: :smug:

colon/smug/colon for the face. I like it simple, no moving, frenetic stuff. And not too obtrusive for when you're using your signature on other threads. And something that may make people say, heh, what's a challenge round?

Hmm. The purple smug faces are not coming up. They're doing simple smiley faces. Well, either is fine. Probably just a temporary glitch....

08-02-2005, 11:37 PM
Hi Red! I`m feeling much better today, thanks to everyone for your support :)
Guess it`s part of being a woman, right? I`m actually feeling very good, my water and eating have been great and I`m working on the exercise, did some upper body work tonight. I think it`s best for me right now just to stick to what I was doing, keep my challenge a simple 30 minutes a day. I`ll try to get the morning thing worked out when the kids start school next month, so I have plenty of time to get in one more challenge til then! So thats it, starting today I`m on my challenge. I got in 30 minutes so I guess that makes Day1! I feel so much better now.

I`ve had a long day and tomorrow looks longer, I`ll check in when I can and I owe you a really long post, Red! ;) I hope everyone is kickin' butt out there!

08-02-2005, 11:57 PM
Day 10 down!! Woo Hoo!! I feel AMAZING!

08-03-2005, 01:03 AM
Hello everyone! Thanks for the warm welcome. :)

That baby is my grandson. (Phoenix) He just turned 6 months. I need to update his picture. (just had them taken) He's one of the main reasons I want to get healthy. I babysit him and I tell you somedays he just wears me out. LOL
He's ALOT of FUN!!!

I'm finding this tread very helpful! I know I just got started but I'd hate to go back to day one. LOL Sounds pretty silly for only being on day 2. It does make a person think.... I guess this is what it's about. Training to make better choices.

Thanks again for the warm welcome

08-03-2005, 01:04 AM
Whoops forgot to write
Day 2 - Did well only used 23 of 24 WW Points

08-03-2005, 03:55 AM
Well into day 10 now of SBD. For some reason, today I was hungrier than any other day so far. And felt like going to the gym the least. But I went and am still on track. :faint:

08-03-2005, 08:33 AM
I like it Red! it accessorizes my blinking 5 lb flowers very well lol

08-03-2005, 08:39 AM
Well, Day 5 is done and gone and as soon as I type this I'm going to bed. Another 3:45 a.m. rising tomorrow! I really kicked butt today, did a lot of walking and a leg workout at the gym. I was going to jog but it's always tough after leg workouts and today I was walking the 50 min. home so I thought it was good enough for fat-burning. No sugar, got the cleaning done. Just a bit, but... ;)

carla -- Hope you got your water drunk. Did you introduce your kitten to the pup? If you haven't already, I would put one of them (guess it'd have to be the cat) in a cage and let them get to know each other. Hope it works out. And, I'm so glad to hear that you're there for your friend through what must have been a very difficult time. It sounds like he's coming out of the grieving and back to life. I wish him well. And you too! :sunny:

Caro -- Glad to hear you're feeling better. It looks like maybe there could be a kind of slump going around the thread, not many posters and that may spell trouble. :eek: I hope not though. Yes, you may have taken aboard too much right now and I think your daily exercise alone is a great challenge. Certainly not an easy one! I'm looking forward to the long post! :wave:

Legally -- Wow! Great to hear you're feeling so great. Look at that! A full 10 down! Congratulations! :cp:

mesmerize -- Great going on making it through Day 2!! :encore: Good for you! I can bet that little tyke does wear you out. And what a great reason to get/stay healthy. I'm so glad you're finding the challenge helpful. I certainly have. It and the people here make you accountable to something/something and that's the great part of it. It's really about setting and achieving goals, forming new habits. Good luck and write us often! :comp: We're so glad to have you here!

1nceagain -- So, I'm sorry you had a hard day, but I take it you're still ok, right? I hope so! Good for you for getting to the gym. That's what it takes and you have it!! :spin:

curly -- Just caught you. Glad you like the simple faces. I really want the smug purple faces but something seems to be wrong with them. Maybe the problem will right itself soon. I really want those smug faces, gosh darn it! :mad: Oh, and, of course, I took your blinkies into consideration when choosing the simple faces! ;) Is that what they are, 5 lb flowers? Cool!

Others, where are you?!! :listen: I think we've lost a few of you. :cry: Trixi? And happy, mscat, java, are you still hanging in there? :?: I expect you others will pop in soon again! Look forward to hearing from you! :yes:


08-03-2005, 08:59 AM
I am working on my last day Woot! Woot! I think for my next round, I will drink more water. I will figure out what is recommended for me and post it later.

08-03-2005, 11:33 AM
Hi all - another good day! On to day 16! Only 5 days left. Tomorrow is the offical WI day so we shall see how what that looks like. I put on a pair of capris that I bought about a month or so ago, and I can actually pull them off without unbuttoning them. I took my measurements about a month ago too, so I want to take them again tonight and see the real progress. Crazy! But I love it!

red - I think at this point I will finish up the challenge with just the water, and then add to it for next time. But it's good to know that I can always add to it if I want to.

curlylocks - I'm with you on the slosh, slosh, slosh - I think I spent the majority of my work day in the begining in the bathroom. Didn't get a lot of work done that way - lol. But it gets better, I don't have to run nearly as often as I use to now.

I like the idea of smileys to show the number of challenges completed. I can't wait to add one to mine!

jkg - congrats on finishing the challenge!!! On to the next one!!

08-03-2005, 07:13 PM
wooo hoo JKG!! when i decided to do a water challenge i looked it up and it says multiply .66 by your lean weight.. umm but i dont know what my lean weight is lmao umm maybe they mean your recommended weight... then i read 8 glasses so i guess thats 8 oz glasses ... so then i decided id just do 100 ozs and leave it at that lol

scientific huh?

ok day 3: did well on my water... however had to run all over the place after work and i am just bone tired... so I am taking a freebie for day 3 (i feel so guilty not working out)

08-03-2005, 09:13 PM
Today makes day 10, assuming no fall from grace between now and bedtime. I admit I'm looking forward to that crisp white wine on day 22...

I am managing my very modest water goal, and even bought some more bottled water since it helps me fool myself into thinking it's "special".

It's so hot and humid here I can barely think, let alone clean. And I'm trying not to use the A/C too much. But it really is too hot to chat, so bye for now. Red, I hope you're doing okay on your challenge!

08-04-2005, 12:23 AM
It's Wednesday evening and I am finally back on track! So Day #1 is done - I am under my points and working on last 48 oz of water. Completed bonus goal - 40 min. on the treadmill :cb: Best of all the scale moved today but I am going to wait till the a.m. to confirm before moving my tracker - wish me luck!

Have a great night everyone!

08-04-2005, 12:36 AM
Good luck, Mscat! I hope the scale really did move for you.

gray eyed girl
08-04-2005, 01:25 AM
Red, thank you! It feels amazing to wear smaller clothes and have them fit. I still don't really see all that much of a difference in my body - I see more definition at my collarbones and my neck and arms are noticeably thinner and more toned, but other than that I feel like I look exactly the same. It helps to know that's NOT the case. Well done with day 4 and 5! You are doing so well.

jkg, Congratulations on getting through your last day!

dkkrf, you're doing great. This summer has been SO hot, getting the water in is so important. I live in the desert anyway so I drink water like it's going out of style, but it's been hot everywhere this year and it is just so crucial. You should be proud of yourself, it's so important to your health to get enough water.

Apple Blossom, I have a couple of old favorite shirts that I can't wait to wear again, too. I'm sorry you had to start over on day 1. Onward and downward ;).

Curlylocks, hang in there. The water is SO important, and it's so good for you! Your body will get used to the extra water really soon, and you'll stop living in the lady's room. Just think of all the retained water you're getting rid of!

carla, I'm glad you're still on track and that you inspired your friend to do a challenge of his own, too. I hope you can keep each other committed. Hasn't the heat been awful this summer? At least I'm in an area with a very dry heat, but it's still just intense this year.

Caro, I'm glad day 1 went well! Keep it up.

Way to go. LB!

Mezmerize, he is adorable. Congrats on getting through day 2!

1ceagain, I'm glad you got through day 10. SBD sounds so hard to me, really. I think I'd have a meltdown doing phase 1, without my carbs. I'm glad you're sticking with it.

mscat, well done on getting through day 1. I hope that your weight really is down for you.

Sorry I didn't check in yesterday. Day 6 (yesterday the 2nd) and Day 7 (today!) DONE! I came so close yesterday though. My hubby worked late, and so we had dinner late, and I didn't plan well so I was STARVING and almost had a snack which would have put me over 1600. But I resisted, and stayed at 1560. I was still at 210 this morning but that's okay. I gave myself more than a month this time to lose my 11 pounds and get to 199. I know my weight loss has slowed down now, so I have got to make sure my goals are more realistic. I have worn my "new" clothes for the past two days and I'm getting so many compliments on my weight loss. It feels wonderful. I still have a long way to go, but it's great motivation to know that my hard work is paying off.

I also wanted to say that I LOVE the idea of a smilie in the signature for each challenge completed. I am looking forward to earning my first one.

08-04-2005, 03:38 AM
Hi there. Halfway through Day 6. Contemplating going to the gym. .... Oh, just get your butt in gear! .... My challenge is cleaning and sugar but I am trying so hard to burn off the fat. I should enjoy the journey, but am finding it so frustrating. Don't ever try to chill watermelon by putting it in the freezer. I just ruined a bowl of it...Ugh!!

gray eyed girl -- You're getting there! Don't fall victim to what you feel like, unless you're feeling absolutely wonderful about your new you. I mean, listen to you, you're getting compliments, wearing new clothes. Obviously you look different, you feel different. Enjoy it! Take pleasure in these things. So often we get a little kick out of feeling better, seeing some effort pay off and then before you know it we're looking at the negative and moaning about the work ahead of yes. Yes, you have a lot of work ahead of you but think of how many more times you'll be able to feel proud of yourself. Think of how many more times you'll get compliments. Think of all the new and wonderful clothes you'll be able to see yourself in. You're doing great! And I find you simply inspiring! If you can do it so can I? I can. I can! :spin: I'm gonna get me some of those good feelings too, you bet! :yes:

mscat -- Good to see you again! What a great day you had. You're getting it ALL together, aren't you? And that IS what it's all about, getting it together. I mean, ****, anyone can starve themselves, smoke themselves thin, but you, you're eating heathily, drinking water, moving that bod! Great stuff! :angel:

carla -- :bravo: A full ten down! Hurrah for you! Well, you should be looking forward to that crisp white wine. But just make sure it keeps looking forward to you! ;) I know what you mean about the bottled water. I'll buy some Italian sparkling and just love it. Makes me feel so decadent, so wildly wealthy, so nuts!! Too hot to chat?! Well, I can relate...she says, the sweat running in rivulets over the hills and dales of her body, pooling at her feet....oops, better save the descriptive writing for elsewhere.... Thanks for asking, I'm doing A-OK on the challenge, it's the rest of life I'm not doing so great on. God, I want to have this super body NOW!! Doesn't help that there have been Marilyn Monroe movies on TV yesterday and today. Carla, keep up the good work! :sunny:

curly -- Okay, freebie, awful early in the game, no?! Oh, but wait a minute!!! this curly here, she's got herself THREE whole free days. "I think I'll take a free day," she says lounging on the side of her swimming pool, barely having started her third round, but already sitting back to chill with a cold one in one hand, a novel in the other. ...uh, ok, life is tough... :rofl: Just kidding, curl. You rock!!

jkg -- is nosing over the wire!! See you in the winner's circle, kid! :cb:

dkkrf -- Well, you're about to get a smiley for your signature! Way to go!! Day 15 done and gone! :flow1: I can't believe you, can't even keep your pants on without unbuttoning them....Yowzah! I mean, that's like the complete opposite of me, trying on my "thin" jeans, dancing and jiggling, shooting my heartrate up to the training zone, wondering if it'll count as my gym workout.....oh, you are making me jealous!! I love it!! You are mega awesome! :high:

08-04-2005, 07:03 AM
Just got ome from the gym and only have rivulets and hills. :( The dales will return if I keep it up. Day 11 on SBD is winding down and I have my dinner planned already. Only 3 more days till carbs! I get 1 fruit and one other startch each day. Oh the possibilities are endless!

:encore: :cheer: :balloons: JKG-Way to go!!!!!!! You are amazing!!!!!!!!!! :balloons: :cheer: :encore:

08-04-2005, 08:59 AM
Ok, through Day 6 here...well, as soon as I do a bit of cleaning. But I will do it and if I don't I'll take a freebie. Let you know in the morning. I want to get this out.

Well, I had an excellent day as far as diet and exercise went. Really kicked butt, even the gym trainer (super bodybuilder here) was proud of me. :sunny: I ate superbly. Have been trying to do this six small meals of protein at each with complex carbs, and spacing it so I still have energy from the carbs so I can do the heavy weight training :strong: and by the end of that enough of the carbs should be depleted that I can start doing the cardio and fat burning!! :ebike: Actually, I jogged, 5 K, so that coupled with riding this morning, and a lot of bike riding getting to and from places really adds up to a great day! Wow! If I could just do this consistently, I could burn this fat off in no time!! :cb:

1nceagain -- :bravo: on getting through Day 11. I am sure you will! And kudos for the gym workout! I am amazed you are working out while doing SBD Phase 1! Wow. I sure couldn't. I tried but had no energy, would have dropped the weights on my head! You have more sticktoitness than I do! :yes: Oh, the wonderful carbs are on the way. Think of all the luscious fruits you can pick from. Yum!

08-04-2005, 09:04 AM
Okay, rule amendment here! :judge: Because curly has me thinking.... We can't have too many free days or it'd be like...."Day 1 done here...that was a good challenge!" So, I'm setting the maximum free days at FIVE. So after five challenge rounds you get five free days total, NO MORE!! Okay, just wanted to set that in writing.

OK, guys, pass it on!!

:gossip: :gossip: :gossip:

Do you think anyone is going to stick around here long enough to do more than five rounds?! Well, I hope so. I'm enjoying this! :flow1:

08-04-2005, 09:11 AM
::GASP:: I didn't get ANY fruits in yesterday and only a few peas at dinner time! Can you believe making it to day 21 and THIS! Well, I had a second indulgance day, so I will use it and make today my day 21. Today I WILL eat some more fruits & veggies and get this round completed!

08-04-2005, 09:52 AM
Day 11 was good :) although I'd planned on going to the gym for an hour of exercise, but I only ended up with 30 mnutes of walking with hubby... it was a long, emotional day with some family issues... so hopefully I can finish out the challange, only 10 days to go, more than half way done!

08-04-2005, 10:53 AM
Hump day (day 11) today. Woke up with an excruciating headache - must be chocolate withdrawal. It's going to be another stinker today. The weather channel was talking about 43C humidex!!! (That's a whole bunch of Fahreheit...) And I'm feeling really mad at myself. There are nice cold lakes with public beaches about 20 min drive from here, and I've managed to be too busy finding excuses to stay in town to realize that really just I'm afraid to be seen in my gigantic black swimsuit. :( I'm such a schmuck. Maybe later today I'll be brave and head out for a long early evening swim.

Red, I love your description of rivulets etc. Suffice to say that I feel your pain... I'm impressed with all the biking and jogging and working out you do. You must be SO fit! I mainly exercise the part of my brain that manufactures plausible excuses.

How does someone get 5 free days? Are they carried over, or do you get 2 on round 2, 3 on round 3 etc? (I'm hoarding my measly one free day, just like I used to first eat all the bits I liked least so I could save the best for last.

Mscat, how was your encounter with the scale this am? Mine was inconclusive - different weight depending on scale location, but none higher than 204. Some spots said 202...

Sushi, where are you, sleeping beauty? Will post later when my day's results are in.

Sushi Penguin
08-04-2005, 11:10 AM
I am ready to start over, tomorrow (August 2nd) will be Day 1.
I am going to make a slight change to my challenge though. Initially it was to eat my veggies and get to bed by 10:30 pm at the latest.

My re-designed 21 Day Challenge will be:

1) veggies: eat a salad or a bowl of greens or an average-sized vegetable each day (carrots don't count, as it's a lunch staple)
2) herbal tea: brew and drink the (unbelievably disgusting) cleansing/weight-loss-aiding tea
3) improve my sleep schedule on an ongoing basis and aim to achieve a set, routine schedule

Thinking about the herbal tea makes me cringe and shudder, so wish me luck! Eeek!

I started on Tuesday and Day 1 was a success, but yesterday I got screwed up by a power outage - it went out while I was waiting for the water to boil, so I didn't manage to have the herbal tea... :(

Starting over today.

08-04-2005, 01:13 PM
Still going strong! Working on day 17, and so far so good. I WI today, and down another 2 pounds! :cheer: For a total of 21 so far :cheer: - imagine where I would be if I would have been this serious about it 5 months ago when I actually started this process! Oh well, no looking back - it's all about looking forward.

I'm trying to remember whose signature says I can't lose 100 pounds, but I can lose 10 pounds 10 times - that has been such a motivator for me - I like that way of thinking - and I have already lost 10 pounds 2 times!

gray-eyed-girl - that is awesome that you are getting comments already on the weight you have lost! It's always great when someone else notices your progress .

Ok, have more I want to post, but apparently have a crisis in the shelter upstairs so need to. bbl

08-04-2005, 01:30 PM
Day 3 - Used Activity Pts. Stayed in my allowed points

08-04-2005, 05:28 PM
the reason i took my free day was cuz my heel spur is acting up and my dang deductible on my medical insurance is $600 so i cant go get another shot in the foot unless i pay myself... so i decided that since my heel was hurting and i was so tired to cash in the freebie and be ready to roll to today ...

p.s. I will make 5 or more rounds .......

08-04-2005, 06:51 PM
Good morning. Sooo hot here, can't sleep at night. Lie there, my bed soaking up the sweat. But, the feeling that I got something accomplished yesterday, that I really did well with eating and exercise makes me feel so much better. You know, I wonder if a large part of not wanting to get up in the morning when you're older is due to simply not being happy with what you've been doing, not so much what you have to look forward to or not look forward to. Oh, I want to keep this up. There's a new moon tonight and the waxing phase starts. This always puts stability and resolve into things... a time for bringing in those things you want into your life! :strong:

Oh, and I didn't take a free day yesterday. Cleaned out the freezer and went to bed. Good for me! :twirly:

jkg -- Only a few peas at dinner! What are you doing, girl?! :lol: Well, I'm sure glad you could use your free day! You know, your post has got me thinking of further revising the challenge rules. Until now, I have been considering a free day something to REPLACE a day and then you just keep counting, including that day. Of course, this makes the actual length of the challenge shorter, thus my last post about limiting the free days. Now, I am thinking I may change the way it's set up, to say that a free day just causes a pause in the challenge and you RESUME counting from the following day. This way, we could allow as many free days as you complete rounds. Maybe this is how some people had interpreted them anyhow. What do you think?

Brunette -- I'm so sorry to hear about the troubles you're having. Certainly hope things work themselves out. Please try to stick to your challenge in some way. It may make you feel better. Take care and congratulations for getting through Day 11! :cp:

carla -- Sorry to hear about the headache. Chocolate withdrawal...hmmm, after 11 days...could be, but I'd say it's something else. Do take care. Are you drinking enough water? I never heard of the humidex but I'd say we are also well into the 40s here. I am tired of sopping up sweat! I hear you on the swimsuit but you really should try not to care. Realize that you are but a tiny blip on the radar screen of others when it comes to them checking you out in your suit. However, I know how things like that can really get you down. The other day in the gym I couldn't get pysched for my workout because my new exercise pants looked awful. Well, I thought they did. It has motivated me to get back one of my better butts! carla, read jkg's part of my post where I talk about free days. And look at you, kiddo, you're almost in onederland! :bravo: Get excited about it. I am more and more convinced that people take this weight loss thing all too seriously and just need to lighten up. I hope you are and hope you are enjoying the thrill of anticipation of getting slimmer. You are going to be like a butterfly coming out of her cocoon! :sunny:

Sushi -- Wow, talk about excuses! That was a good one! So sorry...still, you had only just started so it's better to start over than take your free day. I love your determination! Keep it up! :spin:

dkkrf -- Congrats on all your work. You are sooo close. And wow, another two pounds off!! :encore: Hurrah, hurrah!!! It's mezmerize's signature with the 10 x 10. Yes, good, isn't it? You're doing great. Keep it up! I'm rooting for you.

mez -- :bravo: on Day 3!! And how can that be?!?! :eek: Little Phoenix is getting EVEN cuter!!!! Adorable!

curly -- Ouch! Hope your foot feels better. You know I was just joking about your lounging around! Okay, you're going to be our challenge pioneer, going for five or more rounds, going where no one has gone before! Good luck!!

08-04-2005, 07:00 PM
Ahhh...Red! I had no idea this thread was still movin'! How have you been?

I would really like to join this little challenge (again) but it is more about health rather than weight.

My challenge is to NOT smoke. I made a vow to myself to quit. I have come to realize that I've had enough. Today is my first day of no cigarettes and so far, no craving for it. So if I can get through all 21days, well heck, I think I've got it licked!

Mind if I join?

08-04-2005, 07:24 PM
Marti!!! -- So glad to see you!! :cb: Well, the old challenge thread ended long ago and there was nothing for a long while, but then I started it up again, with some revisions and some more in the making. We've got a great crowd here now. Soooo glad you're going to come aboard. I missed you. I even went over to Jaded Ladies to see if you were still there and you were, but I didn't post because I'm just too busy here. Well, giving up smoking is no easy thing and for me having one or two just started the ball rolling again. Then, one day, about 15 years ago, I went cold turkey and never had another! So, I did it. You can too!! Good luck. The physical cravings will go fully away in three weeks, so yes, you'll be clear by then. It's the psychological ones that can sneak up on you. But you can ignore them! You're strong and being healthy is THE most important thing! Good luck!!! :sunny:

08-04-2005, 07:36 PM
I'm glad to be back! I need a challenge! :D You should've PM'd me and I would have come running! You know I like a challenge! :dizzy:

I'll have to go back and read the revisions, make sure I'm on track and all. Also need to read all the others post so I can get to know all the members! Looking forward to getting to know you.

Ok, I need to get ready for work.

I'll post my day one tomorrow, since today is still running for me! Take Care!

08-04-2005, 08:10 PM
day # 4: got in over 100 oz water and 45 min at the gym!!

u guys were right it does get easier gettin the water in... but geez do ya ever run to the ladies room. i also have stayed away from the diet sodas for 4 days!!

Sushi Penguin
08-04-2005, 08:43 PM
I am going to whack myself as soon as I finish this post...

Sushi, on the way home from the gym: "Hungry a bit... finish the 5 baby carrots from lunch, take my iron, and have a tomato/parsley/onion salad."

Sushi, arriving home: "Hey hi sweet, apologies for being late, I remembered about the 10 mins. on the treadmill I promised myself to do. Didn't think it would take me so long to get back, that's why I didn't call."
Sushi, washing her hands and responding to whatever bf said about some way of doing the chicken: "Sure, I'll try it. Hold on, it's 6:45, gotta have my food fast... would you like some orange?"
Sushi cuts up the orange into 4 pieces, eats one standing, pours the iron stuff onto a spoon, closes her eyes and swallows the yucky stuff. "Oh, I didn't have the apple at lunch, I'll eat it now with the carrots..."

Like I said, carrots don't count... my tomato salad got lost...

I guess I'm restarting :cry: tomorrow... :bomb: :rollpin: :rollpin: :rollpin: :tantrum: :stress: :stress: :stress: :rolleyes: :cry: :devil:

08-04-2005, 10:06 PM
Marti, quitting smoking was the hardest thing I ever did, and also the thing I'm most proud of. It is SO worth it. Don't give up!

Red, just wait a few years and you'll be lying in a pool of sweat at night even in winter. :lol: I decided tonight it was just too hot, so I squeezed on a swimsuit and drove off to the lake for a quick swim. The water was lovely - I'd probably still be there (slight exaggeration) except there was a thunderstorm brewing. Tomorrow I'm going to a friend who has access to a private lake, so I'll get lots of swimming in. I just hope I don't burst the seams of the suit... Until about a year ago I had never been over 185, and 2 years before that I'd never been over 170 (and so on, and so on), so I find this amount of excess weight hard to deal with. But I'm not obsessing, and I'm very pleased that I'm losing at last, bit by bit. The challenge really does help.

Just FYI, the Humidex is the perceived temperature, taking into account temperature and humidity. (In winter, we have the joy of the wind chill factor, which is almost as much fun.)

Sushi, is it possible the goals you're setting are just too hard? A challenge is great, but if it's impossible to achieve, it'll just bring you down. By the way, thanks for the link to Flyday. I'm going to clean my sink tonight.

Right now I'm trying to decide if two Nature Valley crunchy PB granola bars should go into the candy bar category. What do you all think? Do I need to start over or call this my free day?

08-04-2005, 10:45 PM
Just a quickie for carla. You know, I think you're okay with the granola bars. I wouldn't consider them candy bars. But, I would be careful not to eat them often. They are 190 cals. each, full of simple sugars and only a couple grams of fiber. They're not much good for a healthy eating program but I think they're a far cry from a chocolate bar. Roll on, baby!

08-04-2005, 10:47 PM
Day 4 - Used Activity Pts. Stayed in my allowed points

08-04-2005, 11:06 PM
Just a quickie - nursing a sore back - finishing the day under points and drinking last 24 oz of water. Day #2! :cb:

Sushi Penguin
08-04-2005, 11:10 PM
No, they're not too hard. :) Just keep on running into trouble! :mad:
First I couldn't meet my bedtime goal because of taking a nap, that was my fault. The power outage yesterday I couldn't do anything about. But forgetting about the tomato 5 minutes after having decided to eat it is my fault as well. I'll be ok though. :)

08-04-2005, 11:42 PM
Thanks Red, I agree, not to be eaten too often. They were on special, I forgot to take real food with when I headed for the lake, and then I enjoyed the first one so much... :devil: My total intake for the day is still pretty good, even tho I probably shouldn't have bought the Kashi GoLean Crunch at Costco. Yum. :o

Mscat, sorry to hear about the sore back, but glad to hear the challenge is on track.

It is SO hot here, and so humid. The humidex was 110 degrees Fahreheit, and we are so not used to that, especially for such a long period. Some posters, maybe from Texas, have talked about the heat index. Is that the same as Humidex? :?: No trouble getting all the water down in this heat!

08-05-2005, 08:13 AM
Marti-Very nice to meet you! Yip-Cold Turkey-the only way. :yes:
Curly-day 4-so glad it is getting easier for you! :flow1:
Sushi-awe man, do-over. great mini drama though! :corn:
Carla-swimsuit-big step-you go girl! :dancer:
Mez-keep on movin on! :moped:
Mscat-so sorry about your back-can empathize. Take it slow. :snail:
Red-Still hanging onto that free day-awesome! :dance:

08-05-2005, 09:32 AM
OK....done round 2! :) Onto round 3...

During this round I will be in Old Orchard beach, Maine for a week (the 13th-20th) so don't worry that I don't post that week. I will not be near a computer! :) However, because I will be on vacation on a beach daily, it's going to be importnat to up my water intake, so that will be my challenge this go-around.

I did some research and found I should be taking in at least 110oz of water (is that seems like a lot)! Aw well, I will shoot for 80 oz a day to meet goal. If I go over, great, but I will be happy getting at least 80oz in! :)

08-05-2005, 10:30 AM
jkg, congrats on completing round 2!!!! And enjoy your vacation - don't forget the sun screen.

08-05-2005, 04:37 PM
!!!TA DA!!!!

Day one done and completed w/no cravings or stressful times. Not even a "witchy" attitude! Can't get any better than that now can it??

Oh, but it can.....instead of sitting on my breaks stuffing my face at work, I went to the gym and worked out! :)

So, I'm tackling two tough things as I'm doing this.

Curly--Getting in more water is SUCH a great thing. You're going to notice little changes in your body such as your skin and hair looking more hydrated. And of coarse there is the side effects of having to pee every 15mins. But that WILL subside! So keep up the great work!

Sushi--Don't worry so much about restarting. It's ok and we all probably have. I had to restart many time before while doing this challenge in the past. Just remember, that if you see yourself restarting more than you want, then it's time to fine tune the challenge and make it work for ya. Good luck on day one! BTW....what is your challenge?

Carla--I'm w/Red, I wouldn't consider them a candy bar,.....but do be careful as they can be addicting!

JKG--Congrats on getting through a round!! Enjoy your time on the beach and good luck w/getting the water down. 110oz is a lot of water, but I hear it can be done. 80oz. is a better aim to go for....but if you actually hit that 110, well then hurray for you!

Mscat--Hi again! Just realized you were posting here! How have you been? I'm sorry to hear that your back is bothering you. Hope you heal quickly!

1nce--I think Cold Turkey is how it's going to happen! So what is your challenge and how are you doing?

Red--Are you doing a no sugar challenge? Or is it something different?

I'm sure there are probably more of you out there and I'm sorry if I didn't get your all. I only scrolled down to my last post. But I will eventually meet you all.

Good Luck on today! I'm off to read more of your post.

08-05-2005, 06:04 PM
Hi all - just a quick post to say that I have made it through day 17, and doing great on day 18.

I'm super tired, and feeling kind of yucky - I will be back to post more later.

08-05-2005, 09:33 PM
Morning, all. I had to take a free day (one of my two) yesterday because I didn't do any cleaning. Was out early to the gym and home too late. It's a shame, because I have a double challenge, which means I should have eaten sugar too if I was going to blow it with the cleaning.....nah!...that's stupid thinking. The sugar is more important anyhow and I should be glad to be off the stuff! :spin:


Now, I am implementing a challenge rule change. This is it!! Free days are to be PAUSES in the counting, not replacements for days. This way, you will still be doing 21 days of challenge, no matter what. It also means there is a bonus for NOT taking your free days. Since they don't carry over, it seems a shame not to use them, but this way, if you don't use them it means you get your challenge over faster. This adds up if you have like three or more free days. OK!! Everyone?! Got that?!! :sunny:

So, since yesterday was my Day 7, but I had to take a free day or go back to Start (and I'm taking the free day) I am STILL on Day 7 today. It's a Groundhog Day kind of thing! :lol:

Oh, yes, and one more thing, I am psyched. The fat on my thighs :eek: feels looser and grosser, which is actually a good thing because it means it's moving around and probably thinking about disappearing or has disappeared and the skin is still hanging there going, yeah, what's all the room about here?!!? Still, it's hard to gauge things because it is so hard wriggling in to pants when you're soaked in sweat. Ugh!! Yesterday at the office, though, where there is a/c I think I did definitely notice things to be looser. And yesterday morning I did a major thing. Instead of eating my big oatmeal breakfast and then going to the gym, I packed it into a lunch box and took it with me and ate it AFTER the gym. So, instead of just wearing off my breakfast, I was wearing off some fat! I really felt tired after that but I know this is what I have to do more of? Wish me luck!!

dkkrf -- Good for you! You're almost there! Hope you feel better. :goodvibes:

marti -- Wow, a smooth Day 1. If you can do that, it will only become easier, at least physically. However, that said, you may get a cold or something as the body works out the gunk that has built up inside you. I did and it pissed me off because it was like, I'm trying to get healthy and I'm getting sick for trying, but again, that is stupid thinking. I was getting healthy and the body was having to deal with the withdrawal and all. Good luck! And yes, I am doing a sugar challenge but also a behavioral, counter-procrastination thing involving cleaning some part of my living abode, cleaning, organizing, whatever. My place is a disaster. I despise cleaning. But this place also depresses me and is a block to doing things, can't have people in, have no room to exercise, it's a weight around me, like the fat around my belly. I feel working on this will also free me up emotionally and help me get my eating and exercise habits in order.

jkg -- Heh, I think I missed your completing your challenge! Congratulations!! :encore: :cp: :encore: :cp: :woo: Great balls of fire!!!! You have done it!! A wallop on the back to you!! Have fun at the beach and, yes, you should be drinking extra water. It is very important when you're out in the sun. 110 oz. is about 3 liters. It is a lot but I easily go through that in a day, especially now when I'm sweating all the time. I probably drink 5 liters. I also drink ice water all the time to cool me down. Good luck!

1nceagain -- How did Day 12 go? Did you get through it okay? I hope so! :twirly:

carla -- You too. How did the day pan out? I hope you got through okay. What is your challenge again? Calorie limit? Hope to hear from you soon! :yes:

Sushi -- What a bummer having to start over, but yeah, it's no big thing. What happened to your salad? It seemed like it was right there within reach, then...oops!! No salad. Very strange. Yes, I'm very leery about fine tuning challenges. When you decide on it you should be very realistic and then stick with it. This is why it's a challenge. They are supposed to be hard. But the thing itself is not necessarily hard. Just hard for you to do consistently. And that's what habits are all about. Once you get into it, make it one, it comes easy. It doesn't mean it is actually an easy thing in itself, it's the doing it that becomes easy. For you, obviously, eating vegetables is not an easy thing, but it's certainly not a hard thing in itself. You can do this! Sushi, come on, plan a little bit and execute the plan! Good luck and I am behind you! As a vegetarian, I say, more power to the veggies!!! :sunny:

mscat -- Ouch. Hope your back gets better soon. Good going on Day 2. :cp:

mez -- :bravo: for you. You're doing fantastic!

curly -- Double challenger, you! Look at you go! Excellent stuff! :strong: And staying away from those sodas. That is awesome! :spin: Keep it up!

Caro, Java, Trixi, gray, Legal, happy, Apple, where are you?!?!?! :shrug: Come back!!

08-05-2005, 11:04 PM
Marti, congrats on going to the gym instead of lazing around! I know my inclination is always to lie around and laze...

Red, my challenge is no wine or chocolate bars. And I seem to be doing pretty well! Today was Day 11 (I think), and I turned down wine with dinner without so much as a pang.

I had a great day, went to a friend in the country very near here. She now has access to a small private lake, and we spent about 2 and a half hours swimming and paddling all around the perimeter of the lake. The weather was less muggy today, and there was a little breeze. Paradise.I've been ready to hit the hay ever since. I think I'll sleep very well tonight.

Marti, Red, dk, all the other challengers, have a great weekend! As for me, I'm back in the lake tomorrow. I should have been swimming for the past 2 months, but the important thing is I'm doing it now.

gray eyed girl
08-06-2005, 01:57 AM
I am so far behind after not checking in yesterday or at all today. I have read all the replies but I'm really tired, so I'm going to save personal responses until tomorrow.

Day 8 went well yesterday. I actually skipped dinner yesterday, because I had a BIG late lunch and just wasn't hungry. I typically wouldn't do that, but it worked out okay this once. Today was not as great. I'm calling today my free day for my first round on the challenge and tomorrow will be day 9. I wanted to save my free day for a little later but I just realized that I forgot to add in a snack from this afternoon when calculating my calories, and I'm over for today - I'm at 1800. :( So today was my free day because I do NOT want to go back to day 1. I really want to be done with this challenge by my little girl's birthday party, so that I can plan ahead for that to be a free day (I HAVE to have a piece of my baby's birthday cake!) and have one more for days like today, and I won't be done by then if I start over. And THAT will mean that I have to start over AGAIN. So I have to stay committed now, no exceptions at all.

I've just got a case of the "blahs" today. I'm about to get my period, so I'm bloated, overly emotional, feeling self conscious and ugly, tired, crampy, and craving junk food, which is not a fun way to feel. You all know what I mean. I did get in some exercise, which is good - 45 minutes on the elliptical and 20 minutes of weights - and that helped. I have been making AWFUL food choices the past few days and I really, really need to stop or I AM going to go back to day 1.

I'm also expecting to see a gain on the scale tomorrow morning because of the lovely bloating during this TOM. I may avoid weighing in altogether and just wait until after this week is over. It's been particularly bad this month. I'm not a happy camper today.

08-06-2005, 04:53 AM
Gray-I can so feel what you are saying. But just so you know, in all of that sad post-you still inspired someone! You are stronger than you are giving yourself credit for-and smarter! You are "planning ahead" for your next free day! Something so simple I never thought about it. In my mind I was keeping it banked for a day I screwd up. Now I feel more in control! I am going to be in charge of my free day and save it for something very special-a reward to myself. Thanks for the inspiration! :thanks:

day 12 of SBD done!
almost through 13!

08-06-2005, 05:21 AM
Ah, nice post, 1nceagain!

Hang in there, gray!!

08-06-2005, 08:10 AM
Hi, all. Wrapping up Day 7 (again) here and moving on to Day 8! Not much exercise in today because of work and the gym's not open early Saturdays. Also, late night last night so no budging me. I needed a day off from the gym anyhow. Things are slow around here. I hope we're going to see more action soon. I'm getting that lonely feeling again..... :(

gray eyed girl -- How are you doing? I hope you're feeling better. At least you know WHY you're blue. And don't worry about responding to people. We can't all the time. Sometimes even I don't say anything except what I've done. The most important thing is YOU and what you've done, how you're doing. The rest of us come LATER or not at all. :) I'm with 1nceagain in saying you're doing a great job of planning. Sometimes the slipups are unexpected, other times we can plan for them. I think planning for them actually helps prevent a lot of "unintentional" ones as well. When is your girl's birthday, by the way? I don't know if I will use another free day (my last) on Monday for my birthday. Cake I'm not a big fan of but ice cream, especially those soft vanilla cones, those I absolutely love. Then again, I don't need to have it on my birthday. The best present I could give myself would be a long day in the gym! Alas, the gym is closed Monday. Darn! I will think of something else to do. May go for the cone though, may save it for later in the challenge should my resolve waver! In any case, I'm glad you are working through the blahs with exercise. I think too you should forego the scale tomorrow. There's no need to see the numbers and I know even if I expect a gain, it gets me down to actually see the numbers go up. Well, take care and I want to hear a good report from you, okay? :yes:

1nceagain -- Excellent going on Day 12. :encore: You're almost through to the carbs... and... :cheers: Hang in there! You're doing so well! :flow1:

Quote of the moment:

"When it is dark enough, you can see the stars."
Charles Austin Beard

08-06-2005, 01:22 PM
Ok I'm not sure what to do here. I don't know if I have to start over to day 1. Or is this a Pause day? Not sure what that means. I had alot of running around yesterday and didn't keep a correct count of my points. Ate way to much.

08-06-2005, 04:33 PM
mez -- Oops, oh well, hitting a glitch in things is normal. Well, it's up to you what you do here. You can take your free/pause day or go back to Start. Since this is your first round, you have one free day. I like to go back to Start rather than take a free day early on. You're still in the single digits. I'd rather have the free day to use later when I'm on like Day 11 or so and would really hate to go back. However, if you think you'll be able to get through to the end without another need for a free day, then keep going, in which case, you consider today a pause in the counting and you resume counting from tomorrow. Up to you! Good luck! :)

08-06-2005, 04:57 PM
ok with the rule change i am on day 5 and have completed it!

RE: the birthday cake dilema... one thing i have noticed is that a tiny serving of something can be just as gratifying as a
a large one... my parents were having ice cream and i had 1 tablespoon and it was just as good to me as an entire bowl full

08-06-2005, 07:12 PM
Day TWO done.

I have noticed that I'm extremely tired now. I sleep 8hrs and get up and I'm ready for a nap after being up a couple of hours. Very frustrating. So I'm hoping that will subsized soon!!

I have much to do today so just a quick check in!

I'm still going strong!

08-07-2005, 01:19 AM
Hey, all...although "all" may not be the right word here. Where is everyone?!?!? Have you all given up? Gosh, I hope not.

Well, I'm halfway through Day 8 and feeling extremely frustrated. My weight is not budging even though I have been exercising and not overeating. It's so frustrating! How will I ever lose 50 or so pounds if this is the way it is even in the beginning. I am in tears. I hate it so much. Why do I hold onto the fat so? I really can't figure it out. And it's not because I gained muscle or anything. There is no change in the jeans I have to try to struggle into. None at all. I am on the verge of pigging out. It could be water or something but this is utterly ridiculous. How can I not be losing weight?!?! :shrug: Rant. Rant. Well, maybe it's water retention from salt. That's all I can think. Oh well, sorry to carry on. My challenge is going ok so far. That's what matters here at least. But, I really, really need to see some progress or I am going to give this whole thing up. If I can eat all the sugar I want and stay the same, then what's the sense of depriving myself and staying the same. It simply makes no sense whatsoever.

curly -- I'm glad you understand the rule change. Congrats on Day 5! I don't know about the "just a little bit" thing. For me, I just can't do it. I'd rather have none I think. I wish I could be like you, but for some reason I can't do that. Consider yourself either lucky or just very resolved!

Marti -- That's great that you have gone two whole days without cigs. I guess it's natural that you would be feeling very tired. I can't remember that happening to me but maybe it did. I probably drank tons of coffee to make up for it. The nicotine is a stimulant so you can be sure your body must be missing it quite a bit. If you can sleep then do so! You are getting over an addiction so think of yourself as ill. You are! Allow your body to heal and try to remember how to access the energy reserves that have been shut down, beaten down by the constant use of nicotine. It really is gross stuff. Have you read Allan Carr's book on stopping smoking. It is excellent. Not sure of the spelling on that, maybe one "l" or one "r." Check it out if you can. Good luck and keep up the great work!


08-07-2005, 02:09 AM
:coach: Listen up!

:soap: Red-You know as well as everyone else here, that this is not going to be easy. It took a long time to get where we are. Give your body a chance to figure out what the heck is up :spin: ! If you feel sure in your mind you are doing every thing right-then maybe you need to change something. Just give what you are doing a tweek, a spin. Maybe you have to go through the drudgery of writing EVERYTHING down until you figure out what is goin on. :write: In any case-GIVE YOURSELF SOME CREDIT! You are making difficult changes-you are! Please don't give up now. Ok-yes, I'm selfish. You are a prime inspiration. But If you give up now-what then? We are all in this together. Think of it as a relay team. You can pass the baton and have a rest on day 21-not before! :nono:

:sorry: Sorry I had to get rough with you Red-Tough Love ya know. :angel:

Marti-I agree with Red. Your body has a lot of repair work to do. Slow down. Give it the time it needs. You are doing great. I am smoke-free for 18 years now. :beach:

Curly-One thing beneficial about living in Japan is the size of thier portions and utensils. When you order a desert, you may get a tiny little portion but you also get a tiny little fork or spoon to eat it with! Takes longer to eat and I think I enjoy it just as much as a large portion. "Sometimes" just a bit is enough for me to. I am definately trying to change the way I eat. I try to enjoy my food more when it's in my mouth cause once it is in my stomach-I cant taste it anymore anyway!

Hang in there Mez! :cheer:

High C
08-07-2005, 03:29 AM
Oh Red, what a bummer! I did read of one woman who dropped a lot of weight but seemed to notice no difference until about the seventh week and then the weight just seemed to fall off her. So chin up and enjoy your clean room in the meantime :)
Had a good week and a bad week. Went screamingly well until night time of Day 6 and realised I hadn't drunk any water, and I wasn't going to drink then :dizzy: . So that feel in a heap. Will start modified goals in Day 1 tomorrow. The new and improved 21 Day Challenge goals are:
1. 3 cups of coffee a day only
2. 3 glasses of water a day
3. No snacking between meals
4. Only 1 glass wine a day
Will consider to daily or not to daily weigh myself as the time goes on - this was the hardest bit for me in my, um, 6 Day Challenge.
Good luck for the next day, everyone.

08-07-2005, 08:09 AM
Ok, guys, feeling a bit better. I'm thinking my carbs must have been super low or something because I was draggin and that must have knocked my mood into the basement as well. I have to have tons of carbs to move cause I really do a lot of exercise. Then again, I suppose my body is so used to having the ready carbs to draw on that it is basically useless as a fat-burning machine. Maybe this is what I have to do until my body learns to switch over. I don't know. I think I overdid it today.

High C -- Thanks for the support. Hmm, I don't think I could ever, ever, ever, wait for seven weeks with no sign of progress. I would throw in the towel WAY before that. Ok, so you're restarting your challenge with modified goals. Sound good. Only three glasses of water a day? Is that just your minimum for the challenge. Seems awful low. I have about 5 liters a day! Anyway, you know what's best for you! Good luck! :yes:

1nceagain -- Thanks for your support too! You're right. I'm just going to have to get a better handle on things and then stick to them c.o.n.s.i.s.t.e.n.t.l.y!!!! for a week or so and then adjust them. In any case, I was talking about giving up the challenge totally. I would have stayed here for you all....though I must say there have been so few posts these past couple days I'm wondering just who all those people may be. And, no, you weren't tough at all with me! :lol: I can take (and probably need) it. Thanks! :thanks: I hope you're still doing well with your SBD. It's going to get easier real soon! :sunny:

gray eyed girl
08-07-2005, 02:42 PM
1ceagain, thank you! I'm glad to know that I helped you, too. I try to plan ahead for "free days" and have since I started this. Originally my "free day" was the first day of my placebos on my birth control pills, because that is generally the day I feel the crummiest and don't want anything to do with dieting or exercise. I may continue that and plan for that to be a free day every month, because it is always a BAD day. I think it's a good idea to plan ahead, because then your free days are something to look forward to instead of something to feel guilty about because they mean you "failed".

red, my little girl will be 3 at the end of the month. We're having her party a little early, so I can focus entirely on that before I start school. Her party is in 2 weeks. I am going to try really hard to keep my eating in control at her party, but we're going pretty crazy with food and snacks and I know that I'll go over 1600 that day, so I want to plan for it. I didn't pass up the scale yesterday, but that's okay because I actually lost a pound after all. A nice start to the weekend. I'm sorry you're stuck at a plateau. I was stuck at 222 for 2 1/2 weeks and it was awful. I assume you've tried this already but you could adjust your calories up or down by a couple hundred, and change up your exercise a bit either by working harder or longer, or by trying a new exercise (running if you usually bicycle, elliptical if you run, etc). Either of those things might get you started again. And drink TONS of water. The scale WILL move again. It has to, if you keep doing things right. I predict that when the scale starts moving again, you'll drop several pounds really fast. I went from 222 to around 218 in less than a week when my plateau ended. Hang in there.

mez, I'd probably start over at day 1, and save the free day. I started over after screwing up day 3 :o on my first attempt at this challenge. I don't want to "waste" a free day that early.

curlylocks, you're absolutely right and I do plan to keep things in control. It's not just cake though, we're also having ice cream and sandwiches and chips and all kinds of stuff. I went a little overboard planning this thing, honestly, but we're going to have at least 20 people there (kids and adults) and I wanted to be sure there'd be enough for everyone. I did order a veggie tray for myself and the other moms who I know are dieting, so that there's something diet-friendly available. I just highly doubt that I'll stay under 1600 that day.

Marti, I hope you've got more energy again soon! Congrats on getting through day 2, I know quitting smoking is extremely hard.

High C, I'm sorry you had to start over. I think you've got a good set of goals for yourself. One suggestion with the water would be to buy a water bottle for yourself and just sip at it all day long. I have a 32 oz Nalgene bottle and I drink 4 a day most days, which gives me more than 120 oz of water. That's an easier way to get your water in, and you'll probably end up drinking more too which is a good thing. I don't know how big your glasses are but the daily recommended amount of water is at least 8 8-oz cups. Getting enough water helps you to retain less, and it helps with weight loss too.

Day 9 (yesterday) down :). Almost to "hump day" and couldn't be happier about it. I weighed in yesterday after all and as it turns out, I'm actually down a pound! I'm at 209 now. I can't WAIT to get to 199. I hope to be there within a month. Today is day 10 and so far, I'm doing great.

08-07-2005, 06:53 PM
Good morning, all! Happy Birthday to me! I'm taking off from work for MY day. Ah, decadent luxury. Well, so far (it's only around 6 a.m.) I feel much better than yesterday. I don't know what happened yesterday. If felt like PMS but it couldn't have been. I think it was the low carbs. I always have oatmeal with 7-grain cereal and raisins made with soymilk in the morning. It gives me the energy I need to go a long time without eating because I'm out and exercising (riding). Yesterday I decided to forego the breakfast and instead had a protein drink and a bit of peanut butter on Vollkorn Brot. So, I guess my body was dragging and it was affecting my mood. It's scary when you think that food affects your mood to such an extent...if that was the reason.

Well, as for the challenge (I know I'm getting away from it quite a bit but why not, as long as we have the challenge to come back to at some point. I'm on Day 9. Yes, without allowing myself any sugar, the lack of readily accessible carbs (such as would be had from the raisins) no doubt was just too much for my shocked body to take!

Heh, where is everyone. I'm getting tired of asking. This is the worst we've seen in a long time. Okay, you all are still on your weekend but...hope to see some action around here soon.

gray eyed girl -- Hi there! :wave: Glad to see someone is still around here. Great going on getting through Day 9! :cp: And congrats on the pound loss! :spin: Yes, you ARE doing great and I'm glad for you. I really like the way you are planning ahead for your special days. You're right, planning ahead makes them something to look forward to as opposed to seeing them as failures. Of course, if I plan ahead I may go a bit too overboard! As for your birthday party, though, I think you should just have as much fun as possible! You'll probably be too busy to eat all that much though! :lol:

I don't know what's going on with me and that my body is not budging. I really can't even think about it because it's too depressing. I am 160 lbs and because I'm so short that means I still have quite a bit of fat on me. So, for the scale not to be moving is pretty damn discouraging. How do people ever get really lean? I guess there are just different body types. You probably have to be moving literally ALL the time or be unhealthy. I do remember when I was smoking a ton, it seemed I could lose weight more easily. Then again, that was then, this is now and the body changes as we get older. Perhaps it's just all the other things in life that take up time and we can't be out there moving around and around and probably don't want to either. In any case, I'm going to try to just stop thinking about the whole thing. My challenge this time is not about eating right or cutting back and that does make it seem rather insignificant to me. I am belittling eating no sugar because I don't see it as doing anything to help me get to my REAL goals. Oh well....I suppose the no sugar was too much of a shock to my system and my mind! I'm going to carry on though.....

08-07-2005, 10:19 PM
day 6 all done!

Sushi Penguin
08-07-2005, 10:50 PM
Sushi Penguin's 21 Day Challenge:
1) veggies: eat a salad or a bowl of greens or an average-sized vegetable each day (carrots don't count, as it's a lunch staple)
2) herbal tea: brew and drink the (unbelievably disgusting) cleansing/weight-loss-aiding tea
3) improve my sleep schedule on an ongoing basis and aim to achieve a set, routine schedule

Well, I have re-started (yet again), and tomorrow is Day 4! :cb:

08-07-2005, 11:11 PM
Day 14 done - two thirds of the way there!

I spent Fri and Sat swimming and relaxing at a lake. I now have a humongous sunburn on my shoulders, and I'm supposed to go to a cottage tomorrow for more sun and swim. Apart from that, a fairly boring weekend. I did buy a new scale, which I'll test out tomorrow morning. It doesn't look good: on the old unreliable scale, I was at 202 or 201 this morning. On the new scale, at 209 this aft. I don't think that 7 lbs will disappear once I pee, peel, and sleep off today's intake. So I'll compare in the morn before tossing the old one, and adjust my ticker accordingly (including starting weight if the scales are different.) And I'll just accept that onederland may be further than I thought.

The kitties are fine, lots of play fighting, which they both seem to enjoy. Little Lily attacks almost as often as BB. I'm trying a new type of litter made of wheat. The vet said kittens could get blockages from clumping litter, and the regular clay stuff reeks. I'm hoping this will work, as I don't have anywhere to hide a smelly box in this place.

Red, Happy, Happy, Happy!

:hat: :hat: :gift: :gift: :woo: :balloons: :cheers: :hb:
I hope you've enjoyed your day and relaxed appropriately. Have a little glass of vino on me!

Sorry that I've been absent, and sorry that this will be only a partial post. I have to go now.

gray eyed girl
08-08-2005, 12:43 AM
Day 10 done! Happy Birthday, red!

08-08-2005, 12:46 AM
Hi all - completed my first 21 day challenge!!!

My next challenge is going to be a tad bit harder. I'm going to continue with the 100oz of water and I'm going to add an exercise reguirement 20 minutes a day.

I have a feeling I will be starting this one over a few times. Exercise & I have never been good friends. So we shall see!

08-08-2005, 12:53 AM
Just wanted to check in and say - I have been making my points goal but really struggling with the water - haven't been regular with the bonus exercise goal since Tuesday (?) but I have been working on a house project the last 2 days with DH. That has been a workout! Anyway, I am starting Day one again today and ready to go full out for the next 21 days because . . .
THE SCALE MOVED! :dance: :dance: :dance:
And HAPPY BIRTHDAY RED, :woo: :woo: :woo: MY SISTER LEO!
Have a great evening everyone!

08-08-2005, 12:53 AM
dkkrf - Congrats on your success! :bravo: :balloons: :cheers: :balloons: :bravo: I can hardly wait to be in your shoes. Are you taking a few days off, or jumping right into the next challenge?

08-08-2005, 04:18 AM
Somethings gotta crack soon! Hang in there. :gift:

Gray-day 10! and so good you are thinking so far ahead! I need to plan for Thursday-my first social occ. since I started! Dinner-out :fr:

Curly-almost 1/3 down! Woo-hoo! :goodvibes

Hi-C, what other fluids are you getting in during the day? I agree with Red-3 glasses a day doesn't seem nearly enough. Your body needs it for so many things! :flow2:

Carla-I'm right with you-into day 15 here and its looking good! :flow1:

Kelly- another inspiration! Way to go. Glad you are kicking it up a notch for the next round! :wl:

Mscat!-your hard work is paying off-way to go. Whats your next challenge? :twirly:

Sushi-glad to see you back! Is the tea you speak of by Lucy LaBeux? Just curious. :chin:

I got to add carbs back in today. I had cereal for breakfast and an apple for snack! Tonight I get strawberries on my salad!! I'm in heaven! I am a bit afraid of the scale next week, but I just have to be very careful, stay on the plan. I know it will slow down with carbs back in, as long as I keep losing. It took an eternity to get to this point!

Lets all do the dee daa dance :dancer:

08-08-2005, 09:27 AM
Happy Birthday Red!!! :woo:

I decided I'm going to start my challenge over today. I wanted to go over my orginal plan to make sure it was ok. It is pretty basic just staying in my points including activity points but as I found out. It may be basic but NOT easy if one doesn't plan for the unexpected! So here I go again.
Aug 8th my start date. (I'll not give up but dig my feet firmly into the ground!!!)
My Plan
To not go over my WW Pure Points. (I'm allowed my activity points and will post when using them.)

08-08-2005, 09:33 AM
Happy bday, Red!

I got a late start on this round og my challenge and did day 1 yesterday.

08-08-2005, 10:29 AM
1nceagain - I don't know how you do the no carbs thing. The lack of fruit would do me in, and of course it's corn season here... But good for you for getting back to the world of carbs. and good luck for the next 7 days to finish up this challenge.

My ticker moved today! :woo: :woo: And as I feared, my new scale shows me a pound heavier than the old one, and I fear the new one is right. So I've adjusted my starting weight up one pound, and accepted that I'm still 2 away from onederland. But that still means 3 down this week!!! It must be all the swimming, and of course without wine and chocolate...

08-08-2005, 03:24 PM

Starting over today. :o

Yesterday I had a cigarette w/my brother, and let me tell you----it was horrible and I asked him why he smoked! But it was a learning experience and I now know why I quit and all that jazz.

Don't even know why I had one, I didn't even have the urge to have it. Oh well.

Today is Day ONE.

08-08-2005, 03:43 PM
Day One!

:hat: Happy Birthday Red! :hat:

Carla - I'm jumping right into the next challenge - at this point I can't allow myself to have a break. However it has been an extremely stressful/emotionally draining weekend I probably could use the break, but don't feel I should allow myself to take it. I have a feeling I may be starting this one more than once. Congrats on the ticker moving today! It's such an exciting thing to be able to go in and move that.

I have discovered that my exercise might be a little harder than I had originally thought - I came into work today and found out about a horrible tragedy that happened over the weekend - my motivator/walking buddy's husband died yesterday. I feel so awful for her and her family. I wish there was something that I could do to help them through this. We did so much talking on our walks, and had had some marital problems recently and had gone through counseling, and their relationship was doing much better, and now this. I'm still in shock and I keep asking myself, if I'm having this kind of reaction to this how must she be feeling.

You know life is way too short

08-08-2005, 08:08 PM
day 7 !!!! woo hoo I actually did an hour of workout tonight and got all my water in!

08-08-2005, 09:12 PM
Good morning, all. Thanks so much for all the birthday wishes. I managed to get through the day still intact. Refused to have sugar, though considered it, especially when I went past my favorite ice cream cones. But I didn't because I wanted to plan it (the sugar free day) a bit more. Thanks again! I'm sure glad to see people back here. It has been an awful lonely past few days without you.... :(

curly -- You're moving right along, aren't you? Great going on the workout! :cp:

dkkrf -- Congratulations on getting through round 1 of your challenge!! :cp: :encore: :cp: :encore: You are awesome!!

And, thanks for the birthday wishes! :) :) :)

I am so sorry to hear about your friend's husband. If this was a sudden thing it must be an awful shock. Even if it wasn't...
It's things like this...that make our petty problems seem so petty. Still, we have to keep on. I'm thinking your friend may really need the comfort of your presence now. She may not be able or want to talk much, but just having you there, perhaps on a walk, may be a great comfort. In any case, my heart goes out to you. Holding to the challenge may help you as well. Life goes on. We are part of it.

Marti -- Those evil cigarettes, sneaking up on you like that. I think the psychological links are the worst to shake. It all seems so innocent, so natural, you probably weren't even thinking of the challenge when you lit up. But funny you asking your bro why he smoked when you were as well! :lol: Well, I went cold turkey but that was AFTER a myriad of attempts to quit. One of these will be the cold turkey one that sticks. Good luck!

carla -- Thank you! Thank you, for the enormous birthday greetings!! :lol: I was going to be bothered by the number of this birthday but I will not be. I am saying, thank the powers that be that have seen me through another year. May there be many, many more!

You, look at you, three pounds down! I am insanely jealous!! I don't want to hear you getting down at all about onederland. It IS so close. You will be there before you realize it. Perhaps you'll slip through the gates one dark night without even realizing you are inside the country confines. You'll walk around wondering just where you are but feeling something is different, there is something, something of hope and confidence in the air. When dawn breaks you will see them, the vibrant colors of as-yet-untasted pleasures all around you. And, there will be no going back...

jkg -- Thanks!! Onto to Day 2 with you! :cb:

mezmerize -- Thank you for the wishes! Okay, you're back to start. That's a brave move. It sounds like you all the wiser for doing so, realizing that there is nothing easy about any challenge. Often the seemingly easy ones are the hardest because we don't stay steeled for the fight. That's it, dig in! Use your stubbornness for YOU... and call it resolution, determination and perserverance!! :sunny:

Sushi -- Ok, there you are! Sure was wondering! :shrug: But already on Day 4! You stealth challenger, you! Good luck and keep it up!! :dancer:

gray eyed girl -- You have reached the top of the mountain. Look around and admire the view. Your efforts got you there. You should be proud!! And, thank you for the sweet birthday wishes!! :goodvibes

mscat -- Yes, sister Leo, you are a brave one! The courage to start over is not small. And, what is this?! The scale moving. I hope it was down...I'm assuming it was!! :woo: Thank you, thank you for the big red wishes! :love:

1nceagain -- Thank you for the birthday song!! :lol: I love it! I don't know how you do the low-carb thing. God, I would be crawling. But you ARE doing it. You are amazing! And I hope you enjoyed that fruit and perhaps the wine! :cheers: What are the steps to the dee daa dance?! :dance: You'll have to teach us! :yes: Good luck, you're almost through the challenge. Only six more little ones!

08-08-2005, 11:17 PM
Just popping in to say

Happy Birthday Red!

It's still your birthday where I'm sitting so keep celebrating :hat: (glass contains your choice of water or green tea).

:hb: :gift: :grouphug: :woo:

And that is so incredibly awesome that you stuck with your sugar free day. You rock girl. :encore: :encore: :encore:

Happy birthday to you lovely lady - may you have a wonderful year ahead of you!

08-08-2005, 11:33 PM
Wow, thank you, happy! So glad to hear from you. Wish you'd pop in more often. Well, if it takes a birthday, then so be it. Heh, anyone out there got a birthday coming up?!?! :listen: Just kidding, hap. Thanks. I would LOVE to take you up on the "keep celebrating" part and it would be stronger stuff than green tea! Alcohol (or the absence of) is not part of MY challenge! Problem is I gotta get out there and act sober. Let's see, I suppose if I make it home by fourish I can still claim birthday on the West Coast or so, or actually give myself through to the morning of the 9th Hawaii time. Hmmm. I DID have a couple beers last night. The birthday felt special after all. I had nothing really planned but am good at turning things around and doing something different on short notice. I KNOW my horse enjoyed my birthday because I decided not to ride her. Instead turned her out in the ring where she rolled and kicked up her heels with glee. I never see her do that. Then I had her out eating grass and then I gave her a total body shampoo. Her mane and tail were conditioned to a shine. She was beautiful (not that she isn't always!) Then I met with a dear friend for a couple drinks even though it was late and I was very tired. It was a nice day. Even got another birthday wish at 2:40 a.m. on my cell phone address from a co-worker. Don't know (can imagine) what he was doing out at that hour! :lol: Well, thanks again. And heh, my sticking to the no sugar is not as awesome as it seems. When I make it a sugar day, I am going to have me one heck of a DAY!! You can bet on it! :rofl: Take care, happy. Give us a shout anytime. You don't have to do the challenge. Just be a challenger trainee and pop in for a heh occassionally! Ciao bella! :sunny:

08-09-2005, 08:19 AM
Day 15 done, and today is day 16. Yesterday I spent swimming at a friend's cottage. It's a 2 hour drive from here, and normally I would stay over and have a whole flock of wine. But I pleaded cats, and came home sober and ready for bed. This morning, a very VERY early wakeup from Bigboy, doing a convincing operatic impression of a starving, neglected cat. Of course there was still food in his bowl, and he just wanted me to get up and pet him. And now he's fast asleep and I'm up. Hmmm.

I also did a very good job of not eating chocolate - there was a big stash at the cottage, and I just ignored it!

This challenge has turned out to be a good one for me. I thought my goals were too easy, but in fact they're doing a good job of retraining my habits. I may take a free day on Wednesday, as I'm having lunch with a friend I haven't seen lately (sort of a ladies who lunch date) and a glass of wine might be nice. Then again, maybe I just won't. I'll decide then.

No individual messages just now - I just wanted to check in before heading back to bed. :dz:

Red - I'm glad that you (and your horse) enjoyed your birthday. And thanks for the positive encouragement re onederland. I think I may have been doing what the French call "se plaindre la bouche pleine - complaining on a full belly". Or a much less full belly, in this case. :lol:

08-09-2005, 10:27 AM
Just ran out of time to get exercise in yesterday. Trying really hard to be a strong support system for my friend and that was just more of a priority.

red - it was a very sudden thing - a horrible accident, and it has been such a shock to everyone around them.

So here I go - day 1 again....

08-09-2005, 10:42 AM
only 5 more days too go!
The carbs have been nice. Probably not exciting for most but for me-high fiber cereal rules! I also had 1/2 an apple and strawberries on my salad yesterday. I'm in heaven. I also had my alloted 2 glasses of wine, but they were not as enjoyable as I'd hoped. I didn't even want any tonight. A bit nervous about that scale but I don't have to face it for a few more days. Will try to write more tomorrow. Have a great day all . . .

08-09-2005, 12:52 PM
Aug 8th
Day 1 - Went Well stay in my point.

Red I bet your horse is beautiful. Sounds like she enjoyed your birthday! Thanks for kind words. I felt bad for messing up so early on. I just checked out the South Beach Diet at my libary. This sounds very interesting.... (never knew what it was) Well I think I'm going to mix my Pure Points WW software with the South Beach foods. I'm a turtle when it comes to weight loss. I lose on average 5lbs a month and that is with workouts. (usually I try to do 1,2 and 3 mile walk away the pounds dvd 5 days a week.)

I'm really enjoying reading this thread! I like how other share what habits the challenge has made you aware of and how you overcame it. It's so wonderful to see others close to the 21 day and you can just feel how their happiness it give me hope that I can do it! Thanks everyone for sharing!!!

08-09-2005, 06:33 PM
Day two!!

Just gotta get over the first week and then I do just fine!

And Red---

My apologies for not posting sooner!

Hope you had a lovely birthday and that you spoiled yourself rotten! You deserve a "ME" day!!!

So :gift: :woo: Happy Belated Birthday!!!! :gift: :woo:

08-09-2005, 08:06 PM
Good morning. I'm on Day 11 here. Things were slightly a bit cooler last night, so I wasn't running in sweat as usual, just wet, not running. :( Well, I am not happy with my challenge at all. I should never have done a double challenge of two things I despise, well love and despise. I hate having to give up sugar, even though I know I should. I am a true addict and there are very few products with artificial sweetener here, though I really don't want to eat them, sometimes it helps. So it is very hard. If I have fruit it's ok but usually I don't because it involves planning and it's hard to carry things with me, blah, blah. Apples are expensive now. In any case, the other thing, cleaning, is something I absolutely despise. I have been doing it but it is super minimal and so neither thing is giving me a lift. Giving up sugar has never changed my weight. It is bizarre. The only difference I notice seems to be my gut gets a bit smaller. Oh well, I did it. But the challenge is making me very cranky, even though I am doing it... Oh well, I will do a better one next time, something with more results, like a calorie limit or minutes on the exercise bike! :spin: Ok, sorry for the *****ing. Just thought I'd let you know it's not all mindless rah-rah! from me and it's FAR from easy. These challenges are HARD! and the rewards are often hard to gauge. We must push on though, right? We must prevail! :strong:

Marti -- Thank you for the birthday wishes, belated or not, they are sweet and I love 'em. I am glad to hear you are on Day 2, which means you made it through a whole day cigarette-free. Smokers seem to me to be so set in their habit, so it is always a joy to see someone trying to give it up. Good luck!

mezmerize -- :bravo: Good for you for a successful liftoff. You really mustn't feel bad about having to start over early on. Think of me, the first challenge I did I couldn't get past Day 1 for about five days!! Is that ridiculous or what? And I had started the whole thing!! South Beach is really just a sensible eating plan with a catchy name, one that elicits visions of us as tanned beauties lying on the beach in bikinis. :lol: The first phase is really tough and if you are exercising hard I would pass it up and start with the second phase. It tends to show the most results for people who are significantly overweight and had not been exercising much. But the general structure and the emphasis on good, wholesome, natural foods makes it one of the most sensible diets around. It is really an eating lifestyle that should be followed your whole life. That said, because it doesn't have the structure of other diets, with points and such, it can be very, very hard to follow. I mean, with most of us, it's not that we don't know what to do, is it? It's more just, we have other reasons, habits, issues, troubles and these we have tended to channel into our eating habits, or the eating habits are reflecting something missing in other areas of our lives or psyches, a need unfulfilled or such. I still say it's better than a lot of things though, to be overeating still shows we are healthy in many ways. Of course, when the weight threatens our physical health, that's another story. Ok, off my soapbox! :soap:

I am happy to hear that the thread is helping you and inspiring you. That really makes me feel good and that being here is not just spinning my wheels. So much is about awareness, but awareness is often not a "oh, wow, I never realized that" light-bulb kind of thing. Often, becoming aware makes us want to stick our heads back in the sand and wish it would all just go away. :( For you to be looking at how others have overcome bad habits shows you are truly brave, just like with your restarting your challenge. :yes: I mean, remember, those days before the restart were not lost at all. You have fully benefited from them. The counting part is just a game, something for us to focus on to help us with the really important part. And sticking with it means you are aware of what that important part is. Good luck and keep up the good work with your WATP tapes too! :sunny:

1nceagain -- :cp: for 16 days done! You have inspired others with your efforts, you see, so I hope you are doubly proud of yourself! Keep it up and enjoy those added carbs! :dancer:

dkkrf -- Oh, too bad you missed out on exercise but you definitely have your priorities straight. Thank you for being there for your friend. The accidents are the worst, aren't they, someone just ripped away, and we have no chance to say goodbye, no chance to prepare. Hang in there and take care of yourself. :grouphug:

carla -- Excellent going on the Day 15 down! :cp: Hurrah! It sounds like you've been having quite a good time with your swimming. This is in a lake, right? Sounds nice. And wow, look at those great saves on the wine and chocolate. Awesome!

Your Bigboy sounds like my Nozomi. She was starving when I found her and she has always made it her mission to wake me up in the morning. It's uncanny. One time she even climbed up on the exercise bike and pulled the light cord to turn on the light. She must have seen me doing this as it is always the first thing I do, reach up from my prone position on the floor (futon and all that) and turn on the light and get up. With her, it's rarely about her wanting food and she has saved me a few times when I had fallen back to sleep after the alarm had gone off. She hates to be held but she always by my side.

You are seeing the difficulty of your challenge now just like I am. I was much too ambitious to do a double one and I am regretting it now. Chocolate and wine may not sound like much to you but something in you realized they were two very big things and that's why you decided on them. Now, you're seeing just how big they were. You are doing so well though. I think the best thing about the challenge is that it breaks the hold such things have on us. We start to see that we can do without them, that we are as powerful as we want to be. Truly empowering. You see, even your wondering if you will bother to have the wine or not. I take encouragement in your words. Keep it up! You rock! :encore:

08-09-2005, 08:28 PM
day 7 I did double my gym time 1 complete hour and got all my water in!!

08-09-2005, 10:06 PM
Happy B-day Red!! Sorry it`s late, and sorry for not posting much. I am still hangin in! Things have been good, I never made it past day 2 of my challenge (exercise) so not much more to say on that. I havent worked out in a week :( But I hit 200 so I`m at my half way mark! I have to get back to exercising...I know I do. I`m going to try again tomorrow for a new Day 1. I know it`s not too late and I can still get back on track, but I have to do it soon.

Eating has been good, except for a major processed food binge yesterday that showed a 2 pound gain this morning. And, once again, I drank barely any water yesterday so it stuck luck glue. This makes me positive sodium is my thing to keep an eye on...fat, carbs, sugar none of that effects me like sodium. My calories were low but my sodium was easily over 3000. I`m definetely going to be more careful and watch that very closely. ;)

So besides that things are good. My calories flucuate, and maybe that keeps my weight loss steady? Like I`m not letting it get used to one set amount? Some days it`s 1300 or 1400, others it`s 1600 or even 1800 (which I tend to lose after the day I eat more). I eat many small meals instead of just 3, so that seems to help a lot. These first 30 pounds were easy to lose but the next 30 will not be...just makes it more important that I have to get moving again. I have a bad feeling I may be near a plateau, I`ve been fluctuating almost a week. So yes, I need to move my butt. That should get it going I hope. I`m getting so excited to be closing in on a number that starts with 1 :)

Well, I have to be up very early but I`m going to get some exercise tomorrow...I`ll check in to let you all know I did it, and I WILL do it!! :D I hope everyone is well and I`ll get to catch up more tomorrow. :)

gray eyed girl
08-09-2005, 10:27 PM
Day 12 (today) done! I need to try to get caught up but I have laundry and dishes calling - okay, screaming - my name that need tending to first. Hope everyone else is doing well!

08-10-2005, 12:05 AM
Day 16 complete. I'm already starting to think about goals for the next 21-day challenge...

08-10-2005, 12:33 AM
Day 2 - Stay in my points no activity points used.

Red - Thanks for getting on that soap box. Those pep talks help! I hope to run someday but not sure if that will be possible even if I get to my goal weight. I have pretty bad knees. That is on of my main reasons for doing the WATP dvd's it's easy on my knees. I also like them because I can ajust how hard I workout. With the addition of weights or doing more arm moves and putting a little hop on moves. I seen a fitness show and they said a hop will burn more cals. So I'm a hopping fool right now. I've got to work into adding more weight. I use to add 10 lbs ( wrist/ankle weights) and I used 3lbs hand weights. I guess it show what gaining extra lbs can do to a person.

08-10-2005, 03:18 PM
I did manage to get my exercise in yesterday. And of course the water isn't a problem anymore.

I WI today and down another 2 pounds!! :cb: I also took my measurements, and went down in a few places - why is it that your breasts are always the first place that lose inches - the one place I wouldn't mind keeping is the first place I lose! :lol:

I started this post 4 hours ago - came back to my computer & it's still here. I have a client waiting so I will try to check back later.

08-10-2005, 11:44 PM
Stayed in my points - No activity points used.

Sushi Penguin
08-11-2005, 12:12 AM
Just wanted to say that I'm doing ok with my challenge - Day 7 tomorrow. And hopefully it'll be a better day on other counts as well.

(my challenge is to eat veggies and drink herbal tea)

gray eyed girl
08-11-2005, 01:16 AM
carla, I am too. I think my next challenge is going to have to be NO SODA. I truly need to kick my addiction to caffiene and diet sodas. You're doing great!

Mezmerize, good job getting through day 3 today! :)

dkkrf, congratulations on your 2 pound loss! That's great, you should be very proud of yourself.

sushi penguin, good job getting through day 7. 1/3 of the way there :)

Day 13, done! And I got that laundry and those dishes taken care of, too ;). I also weighed in this morning at 208! The little pointer was halfway between the 7 and 8, so I guess I could call it 207 1/2, but I'm just calling it 208. I really need to stop being such a cheapskate and buy a digital scale. I did have a minor disappointment today - I went to go work out and the fitness room was closed tonight. Hopefully it'll be open tomorrow, I really need to get in a good workout. I did go swimming with my baby boy for an hour on Tuesday, pushing him in his floating seat back and forth doing "laps" and also treading water with him in the deep end, and my arms and legs were sore today so I know I got a fair workout yesterday. He had a blast too, so it was time well spent even if it wasn't a hard workout. I'm starting to think about goals for my next 21 days. I think, as I said above, my goal is going to HAVE to be to cut out soda. I am so dependent on the caffiene, and I really don't want to be. I would be so much healthier and better off without soda, I just need to get serious and kick that habit to the curb.

08-11-2005, 01:16 AM
kelly, I'm glad to hear you're being a support for your friend. When my husband traded me in for a twinkie, I wouldn't have survived without my friends. It wasn't fun for them, as I spent a lot of time crying and going over the same stuff over and over again. I think at times they felt they were not helping at all, but just their patience and willingness to let me babble on was invaluable. Just know your presence is appreciated even if it doesn't always seem that way. And my excercise partner made me get out and run with her (while I talked obsessively about my situation) which was so very helpful. I know the situation is not the same, but shock is shock.

Red, you'll be so proud of me: I did buy a bottle of wine to take to dinner with my friend (lunch had morphed into dinner). But in the aft she called with a migraine to cancel, and I TOOK THE WINE OUT OF THE FRIDGE AND PUT IT AWAY!!! So day 17 (I think) has been a success! Only 4 days to go.

The cleaning thing is tough for me too. I've been having fun with Flylady though. It's given me some good ideas, and helped me realize that doing just a little is still better than nothing. And every time I do some little bit, it seems to lead to some other little bit. And my sink is shiny and my dishes done.

Sleep tight, don't let the bedbugs bite!

08-11-2005, 07:49 AM
Hi, all. I took another free day yesterday so I'm still on Day 11. And that was my last free day. My resolve is really wavering with the sugar. I don't know if I can make it through another 10 days...but, I'll try. ;)

carla -- Wow! I AM proud of you. That sounds like one heck of a save to me, with the wine last night. I am impressed! :yes: Oh, just think, only four more days to go. You are doing it. You WILL do it. I am really happy for you! Yeah, the cleaning thing. I'm glad you hate it too. I got the Flylady book and all (it's somewhere) and I do know the basic ideas. It does help to do just a little for some strange reason. I guess it breaks the ice, makes you feel you can do more, and then often do do more. I think it's the same with the challenges and good reason for making them "easy" in the beginning. They give you a boost and make you realize you can do things, more things, bigger and better and more result-brining things! :spin: I was too hard on my challenge this time. I guess I was thinking..well, I did it before...but I don't know, I think my body wants sugar! Oh well, Day 11 is going to be done and gone real soon! I'm very sorry to hear about the tough time you went through with your ex. Wow. What a blow. Was this recent? Yes, I've been in a similar state, many times actually :lol: needing to go on and on and on ad nauseum with friends, just to talk. That's funny having a running partner to talk to. :lol: I bet she thought, well, if I'm going to listen to all this, I may as well get some exercise in too! :rofl: No, seriously, friends are SO important. Well, good luck on the final countdown! :sunny:

Heh, guys, I am just SO tired! I am going to hit the hay and get back to you all tomorrow morning, okay? Keep up your good work. You're in my dreams! ;)


08-11-2005, 10:49 AM
Hello all . . .

I see you are going to try SBD. I think it will give you the umph! you need. The first 2 weeks are painful, :headache: but it really has helped my cravings.

Yeah, that first week is a killer. We are pulling for you! :grouphug:

So sorry to hear about your friend. Sad stuff. Thank God for friends like you. Way to go on the awesome losses! I am so happy for you! :cp:

Great job on the exercise! I hope it is getting easier and easier for you. :dancer:

Way to mix it up! Keep that body guessing. It will never know what hit it! :dizzy:

It's the home stretch baaaaaybeeee! Man, you are almost to 1derland! What shall our next 21 be? Hmmmmm . . . :bubbles:

1/3 in girl. Keep it up! Try holding your nose when you drink the tea! :barf:

I hear ya about the caffien. I don't drink it during the day. But I must have my 3 cups first thing in the morning. I can't even begin to think about taking that out of my diet yet. That would take huge amounts of will power and maybe a crowbar to pry it from my hand. Maybe one day. . . :coffee:

Groundhog day huh? I'm sorry this is so tough on you. I think you have it in you to finish though. Dig deep-you have done harder things-I know you have! 10 more days is the blink of an eye, a moment. Push through girl! :coach:

Day 18 here winding down. Just got back from dinner with friends where I did extremely well. Much better than I thought I would. Even brought 1/2 my dinner home! No extra carbs either. Just vegies and beef. I also got in 2 hours at the gym. 1 hour weights and 1 hour elliptical. Over all, a great day. This weekend I may decide to use my free day. I have been invited to a picnic Saturday and am going sightseeing and lunch with a friend Sunday. We will see. The thought of getting on the scale Monday may keep me in check. :goodscale Not to mention my hubby comes home next week and it will be nice to have dropped another 2 pounds by then!

Have a great day all! :sunny:

08-11-2005, 11:40 AM
Ok, back to day 1 - didn't get any exercise in, and went out drinking last night. Got a call from my friend's sister, and they think they have found her husband's body, they are waiting to identify through dental records right now. It is just so awful - I can't even imagine what my friend is feeling right now.

08-11-2005, 06:29 PM

Ok, I have to admit that what Red mentioned earlier about not smoking, the psychological links are the hardest to get past, is what I'm having issues with. And the fact that I'm just not strong willed enough to do this on my own w/out the aid of a patch or something, because I just can't get pass the 3 day mark.

So....I'm going to stop this challenge until I get it under control. I am proud that I'm not smoking the whole pack a day like before but still discouraged that I haven't given it up completely.

Anyway, I still enjoy the challenge thread so I have decided to do an exercise challenge.

Gazelle everyday for 30mins. minimum. (I love that machine!) :D

And I have done that today already so this is my:


My apologies for not doing personals, but I need to get ready for work (I work nights) and as soon as I get time I will catch up!!

Thank you all for being so supportive no matter how I'm doing!!

08-11-2005, 06:30 PM
worked out yesterday for day # 8!! And i am taking a freebie for today... dont get to see my honey often since we are in 2 states... and we went out to dinner last nite....and lets just say i am worn out today! LMAO

08-12-2005, 03:39 AM
Heh there. I wrote this this morning and then couldn't post, so I didn't get the last two posts. Marti, good for you for sticking to the challenge. You are STILL making a huge difference. Keep it up. curly, great going!!


Okay, guys, continuing the catchup here. It's a rainy
morning in Tokyo, but thank God for the cooling off it brings! :rain: I
will try to slog on today with the challenge. Actually, not doing is
not all that difficult. It's just not very heartening. Oh well, enough !!!
of this complaining mode I've gotten myself into. Count your blessings.
By the way, I got my hair cut yesterday and I really like it. Hurrah!
Expensive, but it's one of the luxuries I do not begrudge
myself...though I do put it off a looooong time! :p I kept the length
but had them put in some layers and lots of texture. It's lighter and
that is great for the summer. It was so hot and I would this tie it
back or it would be sticking to me with sweat! :eek: Going to the
hairdressers is always nice because I am sure to get compliments on my
natural red color. I need all the compliments I can get! :spin: I am an
attention-starved Leo!

dkkrf -- My gosh! What is this! "They found the
body!!" I wish you wouldn't drop these awful lines in here without
telling us the whole story. We had no idea the body was missing!! You
did say it was a horrible accident. Was it a water accident or some
sort of worksite-related accident. How awful that the body is not even
identifiable. I am amazed dkkrf that you are here with us at all and
still able to think about the challenge. Yes, I'd probably be out
drinking too. You sound like a rock or have the ability to be one. Your
friend is lucky to have you indeed! Heh, and congratulations on that
weight loss! :sunny:

1nceagain -- I like that, Groundhog Day! Even
though I had used it before I forgot about it. We could make that our
expression. !I'm going to be seeing a Groundhog Day tomorrow,! "I feel
a Groundhog Day coming on...." :lol: Yeah, well, it's tough, but only
because I am in a whiny, wingey mood these days. The heat, the constant
sweat, the lack of sleep, I am sick of it. That on top of everything
else that is NOT happening in my life. I think a part of the lack of
satisfaction out of not eating sugar is I am angry with myself for even
wanting the crap. Maybe if I focus on that. Right now, it feels like it
has this hold on me, that I'm just holding it off at arm's length. I
have to change my perspective and think of it as the fair-weather
friend it is, immediate gratification and then it has me running back
for more and more. That's the way it works with me, sugar addict that I

Well, you are doing stupendous with your challenge. I wish I had your
motivation. An hour on the elliptical! Wow! So, which, if either, of
the weekend days is going to be your Groundhog Day? I would make it the
picnic. That'll give you Sunday to walk it off! Good luck! :cb:

gray eyed girl -- :bravo: for getting through
Day 13! Cutting out soda sounds like a good thing to do, but be careful
if that had meant a lot of caffeine for you. They say (they being the
caffeine-buster authorities) that the best way to cut out caffeine is
by cutting down gradually. Otherwise you will go through withdrawal,
bad headaches and your energy in the basement. Perhaps you could first
substitute non-caffeinated soda for a percentage of what you have been
drinking or only allow yourself a fraction of what you've been drinking

Sushi -- Ok, good going! Day 6 down! Getting that
awful herbal tea down, are you?! Good luck!

mez -- Good for you, you "hopping fool" you! Day 3
done and down! :cp:

Caro -- Thanks for the birthday wishes. Late
is OK!! I'm glad you're still with us. And congrats on hitting 200!
Yes, you CAN do this! Never give up! Giving up is the only failure. And
stay OFF that scale! Water fluctuations mean nothing in the long run,
and the long run is what matters. Sodium doesn't cause fat to stick to
you. Focus on your food and exercise and the scale will catch up. Good
luck! I am having an awful time of it but I keep trying again. You can
too and I want you to see results. You will. You have so far. Just keep
it up. :goodvibes:

08-12-2005, 11:37 AM
Red - sorry - I thought I told you guys the story, must have been a different board. My friend & her husband went out sailing last weekend with some friends - they were out there for about 10 minutes, and he was very hot, and not feeling very well, and he thought he was just too hot so he jumped in for a swim, and when their friend looked out he was struggling a bit and asked him if he wanted a life jacket - he said yes and they threw him one. But he couldn't reach it they tried to tell him to float on his back, and he couldn't, and he went under, my friend jumped in after him, and he went under and she couldn't find him. She kept diving for him until her friends pulled her out of the water and made her quit. They had divers in the water with 10 minutes of it happening and searched all day until dark for him, and couldn't find him. He finally surfaced on Wed. The memorial services is tomorrow. It's absolutely horrible. My heart just goes out to her, I wish there was something I could do.

I intend to start this challenge over next week, when things calm down a bit around here. The kids and I have tickets to a Wiggles concert tonight so we are heading to the twin cities, and won't be here for the memorial service - I feel really bad about that, but know that she will need more support in the weeks that will follow, and she will be surrounded by people tomorrow. So I'm hoping to be able to provide that support for her.