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08-15-2005, 06:28 PM
The object of this thread is to take on at least one challenge related to your weight loss goals for 7 days straight. Choose whatever inspires you - a certain amount of water intake, no sugar, 30 minute walks, etc.

I will award accolades for each day you maintain your goal(s) and 7 day winner awards and pounds down at the end of the week. We will begin each challenge on Monday - you can choose a new challenge or repeat any challenge for extra mileage. If you would like to stretch yourself, take on more than one challenge.

We will support each other keeping in mind to stay focussed on our successes and/or challenges of the day and week related to our weight loss. There are plenty of threads where a lot of time is spent on personal stories, so let's try to keep that to a minimum.

All that we have is right now.
Yesterday is gone, Tomorrow is not promised, and Someday is not a day of the week!

08-15-2005, 08:28 PM
Well, it took me long enough to figure ou how to get to the point where I could actually post a message but I'm here! :lol: :wave: I tried to get an avacar under my name, but I don't think that it worked! :mad: I've been trying to get it together - weight, housecleaning, weight, everything, weight, :lol: I guess you get the picture. I have been trying to get up and workout with the girl on Lifestyle at 7AM. After two days I could hardly move! Like some of the others, if I don't get my housecleaning under control, it's all going to fall down on all of us and bury us! :lol: I just finished a bowl of salad, but it's after 7 PM, so I'll probably be eating when my husband and son :sunny: come in from football practice. :( I'm new to this so I wish I could comment/support/get feedback from the rest of you. I'm sure that I'll get the hang of it soon! :cheer: Any suggestions on notification type? By the way, my scale needs bateries! :mad: Any knowledge of where to get the right kind of circle baterries?

08-15-2005, 09:29 PM
My challenge for the week, since I have the 1200 cal thing down is to do at least 4 days of working out this week.

I worked out for an hour today and did strength training, so I've finished day 1 of 4 of my challenge.

Good luck to everyone this week!

Sushi Penguin
08-15-2005, 09:57 PM
Glad that it's a new week. :)
As I said in the old thread, my goals are going to be pretty much the same this week, but I'm going to modify them a bit - and especially make them more precise, especially the exercise goal!

And also as I said in last week's thread...
I'm not going to admit what time I got up today... but you should be able to guess if I say that at 4:30 am I was far from being asleep... Yesterday at 10 pm I got anxious and panicky about the upcoming move ...and started packing books into boxes, while also watching The Fellowship of the Ring on DVD and doing the laundry. By 2 am I was falling on my face, but the downstairs neighbour knocked on our door just when we were about to collapse into the bed... ummm... so I guess I have a new motivation to fix my sleep routine: not have the neigbour come up again and/or not have him complain to the management...

I'm very relieved - I don't seem to have gained more than half a pound despite being so off plan last week (no exercise, next to no water, but pizza and lots of cookies instead...)

Hopefully tonight I'll fall asleep early. I'm working early tomorrow, so I better do! If not, then we'll quietly continue watching LOTR. No packing or bouncing around for sure! ;)
Because the scale hasn't really gone up despite the off plan week, I realized that I still might make it somewhere close to my Labour Day goal (which I've almost given up). I'll be extatic if I can reach 120s by then - and it's doable, just need to work hard. And I intend to. :)

Here are my goals for this week:
1. continued challenges:
- take the iron supplement
- not eat after 7 pm
- work on sleep schedule and keep posting what time I got up and went to bed)
- stay on track with the 21 Day Challenge
- work on August goals (and have a critical look at them and do a mid-month check and adjustment if needed)
- water: drink at least 2.25 litres, try to work up to 2.5 litres (minimum 3 days)
- walk the stairs (no escalators/movators/elevators unless absolutely necessary)
2. modified exercise challenge:
- exercise daily, but keep the daily goals realistic!
- work towards going to the gym in the morning before work (Wednesday: aerobic class, other days: 60 mins cardio - at least 10 mins. treadmill; bike and/or elliptical, try rowing machine, skip rope (500 skips)
- exercise routine
Monday: Aquafit; Tuesday: skating; Wednesday: swimming, Aquafit and skating; Thursday: abs & thighs workout (and if not meeting with friend, then also step class and rope skipping), maybe badminton; Friday: swimming, Aquafit, skating (preferably) or badminton; Saturday: gym before work and rope skipping, maybe badminton; Sunday TBD
(might have to adjust this... skating depends on my coach and badminton depends on the weather and my boyfriend...)
- draft up a new gym schedule for the following 2 weeks once the fitness class schedule comes out

Good luck :goodluck: to everyone :grouphug: this week! :crossed: :goodvibes: :goodvibes: :goodvibes:

08-15-2005, 10:46 PM
Good Monday Evening Ladies!

Welcome to our newest member Casper :wave:. Hope it's ok if we abbreviate your log name. Let us know asap what weight loss goal you are working on so we can support you!

To our Shining Stars from last week . . .

Bonnie :cp: :cp: and :cb: for pounds down!

Sushi :cp: :cp: Your labor day goal is within in reach - we are :cheer: ing for you!

carla :cp: :cp: :cp: Congrats for hanging in with the 21-day challenge!

Bev :cp: :cp: :cp: :cp: :cp: :cp: :cp: :bravo: for 7 days!

haleys :cp: :cp: :cp: :cp: :cp: :cp: :cp: :bravo: for 7 days! and :cb: for pounds down!

OK ladies -let's jump on the coat tails of Bev and haleys and stretch for 7 consistent days of something for our weight loss goals!

My goals this week are to drink a minimum of 72 oz of water a day and track my weight watchers points everyday! I know I can count on you to cheer me on :grouphug:

Have a great evening!

All that we have is right now.
Yesterday is gone, Tomorrow is not promised, and Someday is not a day of the week!

08-15-2005, 11:31 PM
Hiya ladies.

As of tomorrow I'm travelling for work again for a week, so my goals will be less ambitious than they could be. I want to maintain my weight - stay in onederland. I also plan to have my 8 glasses of water, and at least 20 min exercise per day. I'll start tomorrow, I think. So far I've been losing without too much effort, and that won't last so I had better get more active soon. Anyway, I'll certainly be with you all for some time to come - 49 lbs worth, in fact. :lol:

I won't be posting after tomorrow afternoon as I probably won't have access to a computer this week. I'll be looking forward to hearing how you all do once I get back!

Mscat, Sushi, Bonnie, Bev, Haleys, Casper - Good luck with those new goals. I'll be thinking of you and sending lots of :goodvibes:.

08-15-2005, 11:58 PM
Hi msccat! :wave: Since you wanted to know asap what weight loss goal I am wiorking on, I give you an approximationm since as I said, in my first posting, the batteries in my scale are dead. I bounce between the 150s - the 160s. I'd ultimately like to lose about 40 pounds. :o

How do I put a picture under my name and my location?

Hi haleys! :wave: I'm the new kid on the block. Congratulations for having the 1200 cal thing down and for working out for an hour today. I hope to be up in the morning at 7 AM for an hour workout myself. I also have a neighbor who has a lot of excercise eqipment in her basement - and I hope to workout with her on Wed. and Fri.

Hi Sushi! :wave: I am one who wakes up a lot during the night also. And when it comes to moving, moving is #1 on my list of stressful things, so we have that in common. I hope that you successfully fall asleep early tonight. Since it's 10:51, I doubt if I will.....

Nite nite everbody!

08-16-2005, 12:13 AM
Hi carla! :wave: You posted while I was replying. :) I just wanted to tell you that I love your picture of the fat cat. I love cats! We have a black and white shorthair, rigiht now, whose name is Jingles. We rescued her a year ago, January, and she's not fat, but she could stand to lose a few pounds herself! :lol: Thank you for the :goodvibes that you'll be sending while you're traveling!

nite, nite!

Sushi Penguin
08-16-2005, 01:27 AM
Monday check :)
Goals accomplished. :) I'm still not admitting what time I woke up today... :o and now it's 12:20 pm. Water was a tiny bit low (but won't be if I finish the half glass I have here), and I had to take the elevator at work once.

Mscat, thank you for your encouragement :) :D

Casper, hi and welcome to the group! :wave:

Haley, I'm with you on the workout as well! :D

Carla, good luck with your week and check in when you can!


08-16-2005, 02:36 AM
Hi Sushi! :wave: I was just shutting down all of my windows on both internet explorer and msn, when I decided to check back to the website. I'm still not sure that I know how to find it, once I've logged out of my computer! :?: I see that you posted again at 12:20 AM......

Thanks for the welcome! :thanks:

It's 1:31 AM and I'm getting ready to sign off. :yawn: :tired:

Night nite!


Bev in WI
08-16-2005, 07:16 AM
Monday goals accomplished! Walked 35 minutes (that's all I have time for in the morning when I'm going to work) and kept well within my points. Wednesday is my weigh-in day and think I'm going to stay the same -- just can't seem to get off 164 lbs but one of these days it will be GONE!!

Sushi - when is your moving date? Moving is such a stressful time - exciting but "scary" at the same time.

Casper - welcome to the group. I had a battery operated scale and the dumb thing never did work out so threw it out and went back to my old faithful.

MsCat - I know you're going to meet your goals every day this week. I think tracking is the most important thing for me. Just knowing I have to write everything down keeps me well in check.

Haleys - glad to see you're feeling better and back on track.

And Carla - travel safely and check in when you get home.

Bonnie - if you're out there ... "Hi from Wisconsin"!

Everyone have a wonderful Tuesday.

08-16-2005, 04:01 PM
Hi Bev! Glad to hear that you accomplished your Monday goals.! :cheer: I missed my morning goal, today. :cry: My goal was to get up in time to work out with the girl on Lifetime channel at 7 AM. I woke up at about 7:50! :( BUT I did do her cool down exercises (even through the commercial) and did her tip for the day exercise after the show went off! :D I thought that I was going to pass out! :lol: I did get a cup of water to take my morning meds, instead of juice or pop, and I've been sipping off of it all day, while I've been dealing with this crazy computer of mine! :comp: I finally just rebooted it so that I could get something done! Thanks for the welcome! :thanks: My scale is not that old, but the kids and the cat, not to mention my husband, always seem to leave something on it. So, I think that the batteries wore out early. I'm either going to find some batteries online today, or make plans to find out where I can go to by some replacements.

Sushi - guess what? I SLEPT ALL NIGHT! :cheer: After I signed off, I was so relaxed that even though I had things on my mind, I STILL SLEPT ALL NIGHT! So, like I said to Bev, I didn't get all of my morning exercies in, at least I slapt all night, and I didn't recognize myself when I woke up this mornign! :lol: I felt strange. :fr: Hope that you have a good dealing with your stress from the moving situation! I'm an expert on stress! :stress: Like I said to you earlier, moving is my #1 most strssful things I don't deal well with. But you hang in there! Everything will work out!

Hope I have a wonderful rest of the day today.


08-16-2005, 04:09 PM
Hi Haleys! :wave: Just thought that I'd give a quick shout out, since you are online! Hope that you have a good workout today! :wl: :barbell: :tread: :workout: :ebike: :strong:


Sushi Penguin
08-16-2005, 11:00 PM
Just saying hi quickly... I had trouble falling asleep last night again, got up and in the end went to bed around 3 am... got up at 7:15 am, so I'm really tired an off to bed. Goals met. :)

Hope everyone is doing good too! :grouphug:

Bev in WI
08-17-2005, 10:01 AM
Walked 35 minutes on Tuesday and 50 minutes this morning - I'm trying for the 21 days but don't post on that thread and this morning was day #12. Now I'll really kick myself if I miss a day!!!

Was unhappy with my week's weigh in this morning as I was down to 164 yesterday but bounced right back up to 165 this morning - just seem to really hang on to that 165. This is my first plateau and they are so frustrating - but know that I'll get past it. Just need to keep on keepin' on!

Sushi - I feel so sorry for you with your sleep issues. I have never had that problem but it has to be a major pain in the butt. Just wish you could get through a few nights of sleeping well as I think that would resolve it for you. Wish I had some advice but I'm sure you've tried everything I could come up with.

Everyone have a good hump-day and meet that challenge early!!!!

Sushi Penguin
08-17-2005, 10:48 AM
I have a few minutes of quiet time at work, so here is an update. :)

First of all, remember those pains in my side I had? Well, they seem to be gone - I haven't had any since then. I'm suspecting they might have had to do with my herbal weight loss tea, and/or attempting to do too much and too fast after eating. When I was little, I used to get stitches all the time - because my mother had a habit of stuffing a huge warm dinner into me, and then making me run to catch the bus (her thinking was that why leave a bit earlier and have a pleasant walk, if you can do other things and then run and still make it...).

The sleep thing is also something I've had issues with for years. Sometimes it's not being able to fall asleep, other times it's waking up many many many times at night. I've also had periods when would fall asleep fast and have a good, restful sleep.
The 8 months or so have been rough for me sleep-wise. I had a severe boust of depression when I slept all the time - up to 16 hrs/day, and I had no problem going back to sleep shortly after waking up. There was also a period when I just couldn't sleep, no matter how tired I was - that had to do with stress and anxiety. I did seek doctor's advice at that point, but all the "help" I got was a sheet with tips for better sleep... sleep troubles are not considered a health issue at my university (where my doctor is), and I had previously been refused a referral to a sleep clinic.

In the past few months I developed somewhat of a habit of taking long naps during the day - not so much by choice, as by necessity. You do have to sleep when you can't function, right? I've been working on breaking out of this, and in fact haven't taken a nap recently. I used to never take naps, and I'm intending to go back to that. And working on it. :)

As I've mentioned before, the next 3 weeks or so might be stressful for me, so that will likely contribute to my sleep troubles. So just bear with my whining. :lol: My upcoming move is a big one - I'm moving to another country, and there is about a million things I have to deal with as a result of that. The move should be a start of a new lifestyle, as I'll be starting from scatch and everything will be different, so I'm hoping for new, good sleep patterns as well.

Have to go now, but I'll be back later. :)

Sushi Penguin
08-17-2005, 10:49 AM
hmmm... no idea why my post shows up before Mscat's? Hers was already there before! :stu:

08-17-2005, 10:57 AM
Morning Chickies!!! It's hump day for the working girls but hump day for the week is really Thursday - so stay strong :strong:

Cheers for the week go to . . .
haleys - :cheer: for Monday - stop in if you can and let us know how the rest of week is going.
Sushi - :cheer: :cheer: for Monday and Tuesday - Sushi - have you seen a doctor about your insomnia?
Bev - :cheer: :cheer: :cheer: for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday - Congrats on day 12! Hang in there.
and me - :cheer: for Monday - my birthday was Tuesday and the cakes and bd luncheon made me not even want to put in my points :eek: but I will go back and do it today!

carla - safe traveling :angel:- hope you are getting some of your goals accomplished - we know it can be challenging when you are away from home!

Bonnie and Casper - hope you are doing well - check in and let us know what is going on and how we can help!

All that we have is right now.
Yesterday is gone, Tomorrow is not promised, and Someday is not a day of the week!

Sushi Penguin
08-17-2005, 10:39 PM
It's me again... :)

I had to eat after 7 pm today - I didn't take enough food with me for the whole day, boyfriend was to bring some, but unfortunately forgot... and I was hungry and knew that I'd be starving later at night, so I had something at 8 pm. Still, it was a decision dictated by necessity, so I think I won't consider this a slip.
I'm not done with today's water yet, that's more of a slip!

Sleep & get up times this week so far:
Sunday trouble sleeping
Monday: up at 1 pm, bed around 10 pm but trouble sleeping, fell asleep around 3 am
Tuesday: up 7:15 am, bed 10:10 pm and slept ok but woke up many times in the last hour before the alarm was to go off
Wednesday: up 7:15 am, aiming to be in bed by 10:10 pm

No AM gym so far.
Monday: swam 2 laps only, Aquafit
Tuesday: skating
Wednesday: 14 laps, Aquafit, skating and a long walk :) (does shaking in the dentist's chair count :lol: )

08-18-2005, 09:37 PM
Evening Chickies - Where is everyone??? :?: Oh well - hopefullly all of you are out there kicking butt on your goals!

Did great on points so far - getting ready to finish tracking. Horrible on water again - I think I am just going to concentrate on water for the next couple of weeks.

Well Sushi - :cheer: for you for Wednesday - you are the only poster for the day.

Hopefully, we will be in force tomorrow. Have a great evening ladies.


Bev in WI
08-19-2005, 07:18 AM
Happy Friday everyone - I'm so glad it's Friday! For some reason, I've been very tired this week and am looking forward to the week-end.

Did walk yesterday (Thursday) but it was a struggle! Got absolutely drenched in the morning - was just about 10 minutes from the house and the skies just "opened up". My pup kept looking up at me like "what in the h**l are we doing out in this????" So then I had to walk last evening and it was so hot and humid (and my legs ached so bad!) - didn't go far but did make my daily 35 minutes. I know that the time is coming when it won't be light enough for me to walk in the morning before work - but at least it will be cool enough to enjoy an evening walk.

Everyone have a good day --

Sushi Penguin
08-19-2005, 10:11 AM
Yesterday was a flop, didn't meet my goals. That included messing up my sleep again - after such a good start to the week!
Hopefully today will be better. :df:

Bev, isn't it too bad that the days are getting shorter? Last evening it got dark very early and very fast (it rained the whole night, maybe that's why). For some reason early morning summer-time walks are best, aren't they? Wow, you've been doing the 21 Day challenge in secret! Good luck! I'm on Day 15 today myself. :)

Mscat, I've been wondering where everybody is as well! Congrats on your points, and I'm sending you good vibes for the water drinking. :) I might struggle with this a bit myself today - it's colder here, so it's harder to drink so much!

Bev in WI
08-20-2005, 10:17 PM
Saturday report - Nice 50 minute walk this morning. It was such a pretty, quiet morning. Mist was rising off the river (Mississippi) and lying in all the low areas so when we got up on the ridge it was like we were in the clouds. Yes, Sushi - I hate to see the days start to get shorter. I really love early morning and will miss taking my walk then.

I'm not really doing the 21 day challenge in secret - just don't have time to post on all the threads so haven't really joined the challenge. It just seems like a "fun" thing to do -- just to see how far you can get. I know the only reason I made myself walk on Thursday night was because I didn't want to have to start over! Kind of silly to admit that - but it's true.

Hope everyone is having a nice week-end. It was a nice day here so I did laundry and ran errands including groceries. I like having that job out of the way.

08-21-2005, 12:08 AM
Hi Ladies - I have missed you! Was running all day Friday picking up DD in OH (been gone all summer visiting her Dad), doing school shopping at the outlet store, then out to dinner with DH and DD to celebrate my birthday. I was so tired when we got home that I was out before I had a chance to post. Saturday a.m. I went to last bellydance class and had a grueling 2 hour workout. Then all day until 10:00 DH and I worked on construction project. My legs are killing me :eek: Anyway - getting ready to track my points for the day - I am sure I stayed under and water is so so.

Bev - isn't amazing how that 21 day challenge makes you not want to screw up?

Hang in there Sushi - I'm sending good vibes for you to get some sleep.

Bev in WI
08-21-2005, 05:49 PM
Walked 35 minutes this morning and mowed the lawn for 90 minutes. We've had quite a bit of rain and the grass was way too long so got plenty of exercise just re-starting the mower!

Am anxious to start next week's challenge - am going to still do 30 minutes of walking every day but am going to add 60 oz of water EVERY day as a goal. I work all five days and never drink enough water when I'm working.

08-22-2005, 01:55 AM
Wow -Bev - What an awesome goal. I am going to take on a water challenge too! I have really been struggling with it but not really owning it as a part of a challenge. I am going for a whole week too! :goodluck: to us both.

08-22-2005, 06:02 PM