Support Groups - Week At A Time Challenge #13 - Come and Take it On!

09-19-2005, 08:28 AM
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!

09-19-2005, 08:32 AM
Ladies - I am back! Just a quick post to say I apologize for being absent - our internet connection did not work in our hotel as we had planned :mad: . I missed you all so much! Thank you for keeping each other up and keeping the thread going.

I see we have a new member - :wave: and :grouphug: to rubenesquexox. We are so happy to have you join us. Please feel free to pm me if you have any questions or post here and any one of us can respond.

I will update you on my Chicago trip and give accolades for the past week a little later today. In the meantime. let's start out the week with a bang!


09-19-2005, 09:23 AM
:mad: :o :( :devil: :dizzy: :mad: :o :devil: :( CRISIS!!! CRISIS!!! CRISIS!!!

I had planned NOT to post on the Thread this week, but here I am! I am so upset with myself because of the emotional eating that I've been doing, and you see where I am weight-wise! I weighed 195 on Friday; today, I weigh 199!!!

I can't believe I'm doing this (gaining my weight back!) .... I swore I wouldn't! So my Challenge for this week must be to keep my calories at 1400 or below! When you're talking about weight-loss, eighty percent of it is food intake! If I can't get this under control, I'm stumbling in the dark! :( I'll report back at the end of the day ....

Welcome back, Mscat! So good to see you here again ... :) Welcome, rubenesque, so happy to have you! :flow2:

A good week of Challenges to all! :flow1:

09-19-2005, 05:07 PM
Hey everyone! I'm back this week, hope that's alright!

My goals for this week are to get five days of exercise in sometime between Monday and Sunday. I also need to make sure to drink the 8 glasses of water I need to be drinking, I've been slacking on that lately.

I want to be at 199 or lower by this Friday the 23rd. I'm still excited and nervous at the same time to see a 1 on the scale and in my weight, but the excitement is greater, which is good.

Good luck this week to everyone!!

09-19-2005, 05:55 PM
((Bonnie)) - How's today going with your eating? I hope so much that you're having a good day.

I am so sorry that you've re-gained some of your weight. I know how you feel though 'cuz this past week, I've gained back 2 of the pounds that I had lost last week. :cry: :rollpin:

But ... the important thing is that we are not going to give up and we WILL make it as long as we keep getting up, dusting ourselves off and keep going. :)

mscat, WELCOME HOME! :grouphug: How was your trip? I hope that you had a good time!

Can't wait to hear all about it [when you get the time to post, etc.]

rubenesquexox, welcome - it's nice to meet you, so glad that you're here! :woo: :grouphug:

Haley, wow - how exciting that you are so close to being in the 100's again! You're doing great [I see that you've already lost 22 pounds. Way to go. :cb: :cb:

Well, as I said above to Bonnie ... I gained 2 of the 3 pounds back that I lost this past week and needless to say, I am so disappointed about that. :tantrum:

This week my goals will be the same:

1. Walk down 25 flights of stairs
2. Drink 5 cups of water per day

PLUS ...

I will allow myself only ONE snack for the entire week.

So, from today on I will be updating my goals [and if I accomplished them], a day late since that way I can post if I made my goal of going the entire day [till midnight] that I did not have a snack. :)

Well, gotta go but will talk to you more soon!



09-19-2005, 09:56 PM
Hi Ladies - well I finally have time to post! Our Chicago trip was wonderful. My DD completed the Landmark Teen Forum along with about 100 other teens and produced amazing breakthrough results for herself and her life. We saw "Wicked" and it was the best musical I have ever seen. DH and I spent a lot of time together during the day while DD was in her seminar - we ate too much but did a lot walking - Friday approx 2 miles and from Millenium Park (WOW), Saturday approx 3 miles to and from Landmark and Sunday around Navy Pier.

Kudos for last week's trailblazers . . .

carla :woo: :woo: :woo: for being in wonderland! Keep us posted about your surgery in October - we will be thinking of you!
Bonnie :cb: :cb: :cb: for 3 days on the charts! Enjoy your break - keep in touch when you can!
Selina :cb: :cb: :cb: :cb: for 4 days of walking!
Sushi :cb: :cb: :cb: :cb: :cb: for 5 days of various goals met!

and drumroll please . . .

Debi :cb: :cb: :cb: :cb: :cb: :cb: :cb: for another 7 days of meeting daily goals! :woo: :woo: :encore: :encore: :bravo: what an inspiration you are to all of us!

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

09-20-2005, 12:31 AM
Deb, sorry to hear that you've gained some of your pounds back also. :( Thank you for your kind words to me ... they do help! :) I have finished eating for the day (it's 11:30 pm so I'm ready to get in bed.) I've had a few calories over 1400 and that's fine!!! We will get this weight off again, and get back on track ... I'm pulling for you! :grouphug:

Welcome back, haleys! So good to see you again. :flow2: Best of luck with getting to Onederland this week ...

Mscat, glad your trip was so terrific. A change of scenery is always good!

Besides sticking with my calorie goal, I did a water aerobics class tonight so it's been a good one!

Night all .... have a good day tomorrow! :cheer: for us all!

09-20-2005, 12:42 AM
Hi everyone! :wave: My goal this week is to walk at least 7,000 steps each day (I have hit 10,000 steps each day for about 10 days, but some days I had to walk in place at night to meet it.) Also, to drink more water than I have been.. no specifics on that tho. Just more! I'm only down to 214.5.. but TTOM just hit.. and I read somewhere that the very best day to weigh for the month is seven days after we start. So next Monday is my official September weight. I write down this one day each month. We'll see how I've done. :D

I am trying to go two weeks trusting myself to eat right and lose. Not counting fat or calories (on paper). Just in my head, mentally keeping general track of it. I think I can stop writing it all down. What makes me mad is that I can't give up chocolate but I allow for it. I just think if I could give it up completely I'd lose so much more. :(

Glad to see you all staying motivated. :cb: I am motivated more each time I look in my closet. Those new clothes ranging from 18, to 16, to 14 are so cute! (I'm in about a 20 now, some 18s.)

Wishing you all good determination this week! You cannnnnnn do it!!!! Hugsssss!!

09-20-2005, 01:00 AM
Ty to Debi and Bonnie and Mscat for all the great support! Welcome back Haley! I love this thread! Week at a time is the best! I want to be 189 by my birthday so bad I am freaking out! I really want it, but I am in a rut.. or something.. losing slowly. Gotta stop my chocolate.. but then I want it more. :( Whaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!! LOL! :D I am thinking of going walking at 6am til 7am. Might be a good idea. Just needa wake up to see if it's light out enough.. LOL! I'll figure something out. Gotta get a move on! :cb: We can do this!! :D :D :D

09-20-2005, 01:05 AM
Ok, here is the article in case anyone wanted to read it. It's still on the AOM site under the archived stories. I just wish I could lose some more! LOL. I'm greedy!

Keeping Up With the Kids — Selina’s Success Story

It’s amazing how small children can be such big motivators. For Selina Sills, the desire to keep up with her young children was a major catalyst for losing weight. “My goal is to become lean, healthy, and strong,” affirms Selina. “I want to play with my children at the park… climb, jump, and act like I’m their age. To enjoy them, roller skate with them, and go horseback riding.”

Healthy Lifestyle, Healthy Body

Having been heavy for years, Selina had tried numerous weight loss plans with varying results. After putting her mind to losing the excess weight once and for all, Selina took a moderate and consistent approach: exercising and eating healthfully.
So far, Selina has lost more than 60 pounds and she’s still counting. “It’s a long road to success,” admits Selina. “And that’s okay. I can handle it.”
As Selina has grown stronger she’s gradually increased her activity. Currently she walks at least 10,000 steps each day and has added toning and flexibility exercises. “I never thought walking would become so easy,” says Selina. “I can walk 8 miles with no problem now. I couldn’t do that before.”

Smart food choices and portion control have also been a cornerstone of Selina’s success. “At restaurants, I ask for the take-out tray when I receive my food,” says Selina. “Then I can put half directly in it to take home.”
Her healthy lifestyle is paying off — not only in weight loss but in increased energy and self-image. “So far my new way of life is working well for me,” Selina confirms. “But I give myself permission to be flexible when I need to. Never believe that anything is set in stone. Things change; sometimes we need to change with them.”

Selina’s Tips for Success

Selina offers these tips for other America On the Move® members:

Be consistent — do something every single day and you’ll see a difference in your fitness level over time

Carry a bag of cereal or plain popcorn with you at all times to ward off midday hunger and help you resist the urge to stop for fries

Exercise in the morning because things will come up during the day that demand your attention, and your workout may never get done if you don’t find a slot for it

Find an activity you enjoy; you’ll be more likely to succeed in the long term

Make exercise and eating right a habit — if you want to be fit, you must behave as fit people do, which means staying active and eating healthfully

Beware of sabotage by non-supporters; some people aren’t too excited when a person they know loses lots of weight — you may never understand the real reason behind this… just remember that your weight loss is something you deserve

Compete only with yourself — remember every person’s body is different, and aim to outdo yourself (such as last week’s number of repetitions at the gym, last month’s total miles walked)

Take photos so you’ll have documentation of your weight loss journey — it’s motivating to see how far you’ve come in changing your habits

Realize that losing weight takes time and that maintaining it takes a lifetime.

Tracking Progress

Selina also recommends tracking your physical activity and healthy eating. In just 3 short months she logged over 1 million steps on AOM. In addition to online logging, Selina keeps a calendar on her bedroom wall. “Each month I write at the top that I vow to continue my journey to wellness,” says Selina. “Then I sign my name. That is my commitment to myself that I won’t give up on this.” Daily, Selina tracks her steps, toning exercises, food, water, and breathing. She checks each item if she met her daily goal or crosses them out if she had an off day.
The visual reminder, along with tracking her progress on the AOM website, inspires Selina to keep going.
Now she’s able to keep up with her children — and getting more positive as well as energetic every week.

09-20-2005, 04:10 AM
I know I should be in bed - one of my challenges I am taking on. Had to fix my fantasy football picks - my team sucked this week and last! Just read Selina's article - Thank you for sharing it Selina - it is great. BTW my family lives in Houston - I was there for a couple of years before I moved up here with my DH. I miss it sooooo much!

I have been contemplating how, as of late, I cheer everyone on about their goals and challenges and have not stepped up to minding my own. Hmmmm - that has to stop. My weight is out of control - especially with this trip. I am afraid to get on the scale :fr: and therefore, I am totally avoiding having to change my slider. But I can tell from my pants that there are pounds there.

I also skipped my BP meds 2 days in a row while away and the swelling in my legs was something I have not seen in a long, long time. I am getting busy. So I am taking a tip from Selina and returning to my exercise routine in the a.m. I am sure we all agree with her that it is easier for most of us to allow stuff to get in the way when we don't get that exercise in first thing in the a.m. So back to my a.m. :tread: workouts and I am going to add stairs at work when I arrive in the event I miss the workout! That will be a motivator because I prefer the treadmill over stairs!

Well I am off to put together a Toastmaster's speech for this evening which I neglected to work on all weekend. Hmmmm - perhaps I will take on procrastination for a personal challenge.

Have a great Tuesday!

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

09-20-2005, 10:04 AM
:flow2: It's not 9:00 a.m. yet, and I have walked for 50 minutes, came back dripping wet, had to strip ..... so here I sit at my computer drying off! :flow2: Good that we do not have computer-cam viewing! :D You couldn't take it!

OKAY ..... (drum roll!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!).... I managed to get to bed last night, having stayed at my 1400 calories. :dance: Now I CAN do it again today .... After walking this morning, I will be back in the weight room biking and doing weights tonight, so that will be two exercise sessions for today. YES!!! :p

Now, to the weight, you will note by my Tracker that I did drop one pound, back to 198. (I had hoped it would be more ... :^: ) Oh, well, when you stuff yourself as I have lately, it doesn't magically :wizard: come right off! A pound is a pound!

Mscat, I sympathize about the extra pounds and the pants. I bought the cutest capris, a pair in white and a pair in black, in early summer. I was so proud of how I looked in them, but now I can feel those extra pounds I've put on, right around the waist in them! :cry: But you will prevail, and they WILL come off again! :mad:

Selina, I really enjoyed your article. I had tried to find it on AOM, but couldn't locate it so glad you copied it here for us. Good luck with your program, and we'll be pulling for you next Monday when your weigh-in day arrives! :grouphug:

Okay, up to get groomed and dressed and off to the Mall to return some stuff! You ladies have a wonderful day ... let's all be GOOD! :D

09-20-2005, 04:13 PM
Hi Friends! :)

Well - here I am [not real motivated today but here nonetheless. :lol:]

Yesterday I completed both of my goals [water and walking the stairs].

Also I had my one and only snack of the week last night so I guess it's going to be a challenge to go the rest of the week and behave myself. *lol*

mscat, I was so glad to hear about your trip ... it sounds like you had a wonderful time! :)

Congratulations to your DD for completing the teen forum. :cheer: It sounds like the trip was very beneficial to her! :) :)

Wow - you did ALOT of walking when you were gone, huh?! I'm so glad that you were able to get away and have a good time.

How's your exercising going today? I hope good! :)

I don't know how you all can do your exercising in the mornings [If I tried that I'd probably hurt myself really bad 'cuz though I may be up and out of bed - it still takes me forever to WAKE UP. :lol: :lol:]

Bonnie, I'm glad that I'm able to help even in some small way [it makes me feel good to know that I can. :)]

Way to go for keeping to your calories for the day yesterday! :cp: [Oh and for doing the water aerobics class too.] It'll all help, I know! :)

Also, thank you for the support you're giving me ... it means a lot and I know it'll help me to keep myself on track as well. (HUGS)

Good for you for losing the 1# ... and you're right, a pound IS a pound and every one of them count! :) :cp: :bravo:

Hi Selina, :wave: it's good to see you and wow - you've done great with walking as much as you have. Keep up the good work!! :bravo: :cp:

I know what you mean about chocolate [ugh, it's a big weakness of mine too. :lol:]

I totally agree with you - a week at a time IS the best [at least is sure is for me!] :)

Thanks so much for posting the article [lots of great tips and also it is so motivating!] We're all really proud of you for your success you've already achieved. :cb: :cp:

Well - gotta get for now ... I have to get moving here ... I've drank my water today but haven't yet done the stairs yet and need to take a bath 'n get myself moving.

See you all tomorrow! :)



09-21-2005, 08:43 AM
:coffee2: Good morning, ladies. Hope you've all had a good night, and are ready for a good and sunshiney day! :sunny:

How did I do yesterday? I managed to keep my calories in the 1400 range, and did both the walk yesterday morning and a biking and weight session last night. So I'm happy! :D Unfortunately, I hadn't lost any more as of this morning but I know I've been eating a ton of salty stuff so that doesn't help with the water weight! We'll see how I do tomorrow. :?: :?: :?:

I still need to get the calorie count down a little more and keep it there. Let's face it ... that's the bottom line! No matter what else we do, exercise, drink water, whatever .... if we eat too much, we'll never get/keep the weight off! :cry: I really must get back in the right frame of mind to stay out of the refrigerator! :mad:

Okay, Deb, Mscat, Selina, Haleys ... let's do it today! :cheer: for us all!

09-21-2005, 09:00 AM
Ladies, back again! :flow2: Forgot to say, I have added another Challenge for this week ... To spend at least one hour per day doing some meaningful housework. Yesterday I actually did 1 - 1/2 hours working in the guest room. Today, I should get it finished. I spend too much time on the computer, and my house goes to H***! :devil: This will help the appearance of my house, and burn more calories than if I'm sitting on my caboose! :p

Have a good one, ladies! :flow1:

09-21-2005, 01:16 PM
Okay, didn't get my work out in Monday or Tuesday, I did get all my water in both days, though. Today I have two classes I'm going to at the gym, so I'll get my hour of working out in today.

09-21-2005, 04:54 PM
Hi Ladies - well if you look at my slider I suffered a major set back :eek: I gained over 10 pounds on my trip to Chicago. Some of it is water from skipping my BP meds. It was a wake up call so I am back on the challenge. This week I am working on exercise everyday. So far I have been on the treadmill Tuesday and Wednesday :cheer: :cheer:
haleys - welcome back! and :cheer: :cheer: for Monday and Tuesday's water! Good luck getting your workout in today.
Bonnie :cheer: for Tuesday's workout and :cb: for a pound down! Great additional challenge. Housework counts as a form of exercise with WW so you keep it up. Moving is always better than sitting on our cabooses!
Debi :cheer: for Tuesday's workout and water!

Selina, Carla, and rubenesquexox - how are you doing? Chat with you all soon.

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

09-21-2005, 06:51 PM
I like doing a weekly challenge. Hope you don't mind if I join.

09-21-2005, 08:07 PM
Ceejay - On behalf of the Week at a Timers :wave: Welcome to our group! We are happy to have you jump right in. Don't worry about it being the beginning of the week - the best time to start any challenge is right now!

Let us know what challenge (actions) you want to take on this week and we will support you in every way we can :grouphug:

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

09-21-2005, 11:06 PM
Hi Friends :wave:

Well ... I hate to do this but am putting a hold on my challenges for a bit [at least for this week.]

I woke up yesterday morning and not long afterwards, I noticed that my left ankle was sore. I have no idea why because I am not aware of doing anything to it at all.

I did try to walk the stairs yesterday but only made it down 6 flights and that was with the help of holding onto the bannister [which I don't normally do.] It really hurt [and still does. :(]

So ... yesterday I only got 6 flights walked and none for today. I am not sure when I'll be able to do it again but know it won't be until it starts to feeling better again.

Darnit ... I had been so on-track too! :tantrum:

Bonnie, I'm proud of you with keeping your calories to what you were trying to. Good for you!! :cp: :cp:

I know what you mean about the housework challenge ... I noticed tonight that I need to get some of that done myself. :lol:

Ceejay, welcome ... it's nice to meet you! :)

mscat, I'm sorry that you've had the gain but at least you are now back on track. :bravo:

And way to go with 2 days on the treadmill! :bravo: :cp: The weight will be coming off again in no time, just wait 'n see. :)

I hate to drop out of my challenge for now but need to ... I am so bummed too. :(

Oh well - hopefully come Monday I'll be able to start again and if not, then I'll set another goal or two and will get busy with it again.

Until then I may not be here much [got to get things here taken care of] but I am still going to keep close watch on what I eat so hopefully I'll have a loss to report next Monday a.m. :) :)



09-21-2005, 11:19 PM
I finally decided on a challenge for this week: I'm going to resolutely refuse to take on any challenges. In other words, I'm still on holiday until next week. I've gone up a bit - no longer in Onederland :( - but haven't changed my tracker and won't until next week. But I'll keep my eye on all of you.

Mscat, sorry to hear about the gain. It will evaporate fairly quickly once you get back on track. These little setbacks are sent to remind us it's not just about drinking enuf water... And anyway, life is for living, and we can't spend all our time being on program if we want to have some fun.

Debi, do treat your ankle. The recipe is RICE: rest, ice, compression, elevation. And then you'll be all better again. But time to recover is necessary.

I may not post, but I will be lurking, and I'll be back loaded for bear next week.

09-22-2005, 08:47 AM
Good morning, ladies. A brief note to say that yesterday was not a good one for me; I found out that I have to go for a Nuclear Stress Test to check out symptoms I've been having, and that sort of blew me away! (Chest sensations sometimes when I exercise.) I had thought it was going to be a simple walk on the treadmill, but not so.

So I proceeded to eat everything in the house ... just too much stress in my life recently, one thing piled on another! YIKES!!! But I will try to get back on track today. Getting fatter won't make any of it better, right?????????

Deb, so sorry about your ankle. It's very depressing when you're humming right along, and a monkey wrench gets tossed into your plan. Hope your ankle is doing much better soon. You mention walking DOWN stairs? Do you walk back up them, on your program, or am I confused here????????? ;-)

Have a good day, everybody! I'm pulling for you ....

09-22-2005, 10:31 AM
:sunny: Can now report that I've taken a 50 minute walk this morning so my exercise is done for today. I will try to do two hours of major housework to make up for what I didn't do yesterday. And I WILL NOT :mad: eat 3000 calories again today!!!! :)

BTW, welcome to the group, Ceejay. Very happy to have you. Have you decided what Challenge you will undertake? My very best to you; you have chosen a good group to run with! :grouphug:

Happy day, all!

09-22-2005, 02:46 PM
Thanks for the welcome. I've been a bit off track with food and exercise so that will be my challenge for the next 7 day's.

My strategy is to count calories. I do limit the starch intake. Goals this week is get back to the basics.

Good luck to everyone. I'll try to talk more later.

09-23-2005, 12:03 AM
Hi Ladies - this has been a challenging day. I got up this a.m. and completed my workout this a.m. :cb:

But then I got the news from my daughter that she and my entire family were unable to evacuate Houston this a.m. as they planned and are trapped in the city. It is too late for them to leave and be safe on the road so they are boarded in and stocked up. Please keep them in your prayers.

ceejay - it's great to see you jumping right in. How about stretching yourself to take on a 10 day challenge? Our week ends on Sunday and if you do 10 days it will take you through a whole cycle! Let us know if you have any specifics with your goals - a maximum number of calories, daily or weekly exercise goal etc. We find it helpful if we provide the group with information to keep us accountable!

Debi - :cheer: for your 6 flights! That is more than I did! We are so sorry about your ankle - drop the walking challenge and concentrate on water or something else you can do.

carla - good to see you! Come back soon and take on something - even if it is an easy one. That way you can build your challenge confidence up again.

Bonnie - :cb: good for you! And don't worry - have faith that whatever the tests show - you can overcome it. We are with you :grouphug:

Make certain you tell all your loved ones you love them. Have a great evening everyone!

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

09-23-2005, 12:17 AM
Mscat, I'm thinking good thoughts about your daughter and the family in Houston. I'm sending them tons of :goodvibes: and will continue to do so.

Bonnie, good luck with the medical test. I'm sure you'll ace it now you're in onederland. :lol3: I really enjoyed my brief stay there, but it only lasted a week or two. :kickcan:

I'm working on choosing a challenge, and have decided to cut alcohol and chocolate again. Let's just say I enjoyed my time off program a little too much. Gobble, gobble. I was hoping to be at 10% off by Canadian Thanksgiving, but that would mean losing 8 pounds in three weeks, so... Oh well, I can always aim for American Thanksgiving instead!

09-23-2005, 03:06 AM
mscat, my mom is in Houston boarded up into our home there. I'm keeping your family in my thoughts.

I didn't work out today either like I had planned to. But, I'm not upset about it because I'm still dropping weight, at the moment I'm at 201-202 and that's after a whole day of water. So, when I weigh in tomorrow, I'll see if I reached my goal. Anyways, hope you all are doing well!

09-23-2005, 10:03 AM
:coffee2: Good morning, ladies! As you will see from my Tracker, I did drop another pound, back to 197 now. Wish it were more, but I guess it will eventually come off. I did better with my calories yesterday, in the 1600 range. That is not the 1400 I promised but better than the 3000 I ate earlier this week (in one day.) I got my exercise in with my walk yesterday so didn't do too badly ...

Haleys and Mscat, I am sending good thoughts for your family members in Texas. I know you cannot stop worrying until this thing is over, and you know all is well. :grouphug:

Carla and Mscat, thank you for your kind words about my test. I will be glad when it's done! :^:

Have a good day, everyone. I am determined to do some housework and eat well today .... Hope you can achieve your goals, as well! :flow2:

09-23-2005, 11:43 AM
hi everyone

Didn't realize that some of you also have family in Houston. My nephew made it out of the Houston aera on Wednesday. Let's hope that hurricane Rita is not as bad as Katrina.

I'm at work now so I don't have much time to spend on the computer. This is over time for me. Yipee, I need some extra money. The first overtime I've had all year. My co-worker is a workaholic.

My plan of action is off to a good start. I've already completed a 20 minute walk. It's just me in this building so I pretty much do as I want as long as I get my work done.

More later.

09-23-2005, 11:12 PM
Hi Ladies! Thanks for all your kind words and prayers for my family. My famly is confident they will be able to hold up in a fortified building if the storm turns for the worse. Right now we are all have a slightly relieved the storm has been downgraded to a category 3.

haleys - my prayers are with you and your family too!
ceejay :cheer: for your workout! Glad your nephew made it out of Houston.

Bonniebelle :cheer: for yesterdays goals and :woo: for pounds down! Thanks for your prayers.

carla - thanks for the :goodvibes: Great goals for the week. I know you can do it!

Everyone have a great evening!


09-25-2005, 08:41 AM
Mornin' Ladies! Where is everyone? I was feeling a little guilty for not checking in yesterday, but I see we all must have been extremely busy!

Good News! My family is safe as Houston did not get the storm that was predicted. I spoke with my daughter early Saturday a.m. and she reported my dad was taking the boards off the windows and doors. After that I went to a training session at work which lasted all day. When I got home I got in the bed and did not move until it was time to make up my DD's best friend and drop her off at homecoming.

Back to business! I forgot to report that I completed my workout on Friday morning :cheer: - it was tough. Didn't do it yesterday - so I will have to start my 21 day challenge over today. I am back down to 233 :woo: but I am not changing my slider until Monday - my weigh in day.

Once I complete my workout today, I will have 5 days completed this week. That means I will be repeating the exercise daily challenge for next week as well - and this time I will complete 7 days! Who is with me???

ceejay - I hope your nephew finds his return to Houston quick and uneventful.

haleys - I'm thankful our prayers were answered for your Mom too!

Have a great Sunday!

09-25-2005, 09:47 AM
:coffee2: Morning, all!

Mscat, glad your news is all good. That your family is fine in Houston, and your weight way back down ... way to go! :balloons: for your weight-loss.

I have been a semi-*wastrel* the last few days ... bad eating/no exercise Friday but I did do a long walk yesterday morning, with my fitness buddy. Then she came for dinner last night, and we were piggies! :mad: I am now back at 198, but I believe I WILL have a better day today. I will go to the Weight Room and watch my calories, I swear! :^:

My brother with the extensive cancer, and who is in the hospital for a few more days having radiation treatment, is not eating. Says he just has no appetite, no matter what is brought for him. He goes home Thursday, and I don't know how he can continue to live this way for very long. :( This happens to the human race every day, but somehow, it's still surprising and you never get used to it, do you?

I wish you girls good luck and good day (and me, too!) :cheer:

09-25-2005, 01:44 PM
mscat glad things are normal in Houston. I haven't talked to my nephew but I'm sure he'll be glad to return. He's doing 1200 college hours in a local school district to complete his masters in physcology. You are doing a 21 day challenge, that's awesome. I can barely stick to the 7 day challenge.

Haley have you heard from your family in Houston?

Bonnie--I sympathize with your brother who has cancer. A young man at church has cancer and when he takes those radiation treatments he has no appetite. I admire their strength to endure that.

I've already had a horrible morning with my nerves. The remnants of hurricane Rita left its wrath upon our city. It's mainly been flash flooding but I've had to dispatch the electric stand by crew and the street department. I work for our city in the water department but we also dispatch on week ends and after 5 p.m. This is the only part of my job that I hate. Thank goodness the water plant did not lose power. I pray that our city never has to endure what New Orleans has gone through.

I am going to start my 7 day challenge on Monday. I really need to clean up the food. I've already lost 11 pounds and I do not want to put it back on this body. It also keeps the doctor off my case. The saying that goes "you are what you eat" shows in those lab reports from the blood work done at the doctor's office. Those lab tests were good this time, however, I still need to bring down the LDL on my cholesterol and lower my blood sugar levels. He would like to see my cholesterol level down to 100 because of the heart disease that is in my family history. My problem is that I love carbs and sugar. I haven't really been on a binge but lately all I want to eat is sugary things. Healthy eating is what I really need to establish as a life time thing.

Hope every one's day is going great. Mine is getting better hour by hour.

09-25-2005, 04:13 PM
Hey ceejay - go to the library and pick up a book called "Energy Up!" by High Voltage (yes that it her name!). Great book on why and how to manage your carbs and sugar. Last year, I read that book and gave up all white processed foods for two weeks and lost 15 pounds.

Bonnie - our prayers are with you and your brother. I am praying for peace and comfort for him during this time.

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

09-26-2005, 10:54 AM
:rolleyes: What a wash-out last week was, ladies!!! :stress: I didn't keep it together too well. I WISH I could go have my Stress test RIGHT NOW and get it over with! :mad: Not good yesterday, and just total aggravation with myself when I finally went to bed last night. :cry:

This is another week, another CHALLENGE! I have to get that food to 1400 calories and below. That is my Challenge again. (I know you don't believe I'll do it ... :( ) :tantrum: That's how I feel inside today! My weight is 197# which is not as bad as I thought it would be after my weekend of eating. Maybe if I'm really good today, I will drop to the 195 range by tomorrow.

Life is whacking me over the head now ... Gotta just bend and sway! :dizzy:

Ceejay, hope your day improved hourly yesterday!

Have a good day, and a good week, ladies! :cheer:

09-26-2005, 12:04 PM
Hi all. It's time for me to try another week-at-a-time challenge. I think it will be to eat breakfast every day, and a "proper" meal at either lunch or dinner. (I'll know if it's proper or not.) I'm still doing my 21-day challenge too, no alcohol or candy. The two together should get things moving. Speaking of which, starting tomorrow I'll be working for 6 days, which means I'll get more walking in just going to and fro.

Mscat, I didn't realize you were still doing a 21-day challenge. I've missed your posts on that thread!

09-26-2005, 12:16 PM
Dont Post Here - Go To Week At A Time Challenge #14!
All that we have is right now.
Yesterday is gone, Tomorrow is not promised, and Someday is not a day of the week!