Support Groups - Week At A Time Challenge #22 - 6 Weeks Left Till Christmas!

11-21-2005, 04:11 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.

December 25 is our newest short-term challenge date - Even if you are not celebrating Christmas feel free to take on that date with us or December 31 (New Year) as the end of the challenge. The object is to strive for consistent weeks of goal achievement resulting in big losses!

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

11-21-2005, 04:25 PM
Looks like it's a slow start for all, unless you all posted on last week's thread.

I had a horribly lazy weekend and am paying the price for it today. I walked at first break, but didn't even break a sweat and felt like I could have just sat down half way through and stayed there until my legs stopped hurting. :nono: But I kept going and have a total of 2,535 steps so far. I didn't walk at lunch and I may not walk at second break. My motivation is just not there.

I'm hoping something gets me started! I won't get anything accomplished with this attitude!!!

Hope you all are having a better day! It's a short week for most of us; we can do it!!!! :cheers:

11-21-2005, 11:51 PM
Hi Ladies - it's been a busy day - I am working this week to get that darn water in everyday! Last weeks leaders were . . .

Sushi :cheer: it was great to have you back with us. Hope to see you again this week.

Elanajel :cheer: :cheer: Great goals for the week - 4 days of exercise and no eating after dinner.

1of3 :cheer: :cheer: :cheer: and :bravo: for being in onederland!

carla :cheer: :cheer: :cheer: and :bravo: for being in onderland!

sandy :cheer: :cheer: :cheer: and :bravo: for sticking to your goals in the face of sadness. What an inspiration you are to all of us. We are with you in prayer :grouphug:

Bonnie :cheer: :cheer: :cheer: :cheer: and :cb: :cb: for 2lbs down.
Appleblossom :wave: we look forward to you joining us next week!

Fishwoman :wave: looking forward to hearing great things from you this week as you attack 5 veggies/fruits a day.

Betty :welcome2: we are so happy to have you - you will find this group very warm and supportive. I support your 64 oz of water - that is my goal for this week too! In case no one told you how to edit your signature - go to user cp (control panel), click on edit signature, and add what ever you would like for your sign off in front of your tracker url.

I hope everyone has a great evening!

11-22-2005, 11:45 AM
Hi! :wave:Everybody Thank you so much for the support and care and warmth everybody have extended to me it means a lot to me......... regarding the weighin I couldnt wait till tomorrow so my weighin today is 153 lb that is a pound less than earlier so I did this one......I hope I will be able to keep loosing with such motivation although grief has taken over my heart but Bonnie has motivated us all Thanks for your support.
so long girls............:grouphug:

11-22-2005, 11:54 PM
going out for rest of the week will log in on monday..........
so long girls........ by the way I have lost 10% of my weight loss goal

11-23-2005, 01:11 AM
Big Carla here dreading tomorrow's weigh-in - the scale this morning was not my friend, :( and I don't seem to be in that nice earlier century any more. One step forward, two steps back. :shrug: But I have done my 5000 steps today, and yesterday was my one-hour spin class which is the equivalent of about a million steps. Also no white flour yet. My downfall: raw almonds on special. Lots of raw almonds. Which are perfect munchie food, unfortunately. The only plus: they have a LOT of fiber in them, with the results one would expect... And there are none left. I threw the last few out. Keeping :crossed: that tomorrow will be a good scale day.

Sushi Penguin
11-23-2005, 02:37 AM
Hi all :)
I'm doing great with "no coffee this week" and fine with water. Somewhat less fine with "no sweets" and thus not fine with "no food after 7 pm" yesterday. And today I had 4 sushi rolls for lunch instead of 2...

Not doing anything re: exercise other than my 21-day running challenge (on hold yesterday because of a migraine). On Monday there was laundry hanging on the stationary bike, yesterday I had a headache, today I got up too late... excuses excuses excuses! But tomorrow is my second tennis lesson, hurray.

11-23-2005, 02:38 AM
:flow2: Hi girls :flow2:

Weigh-in time: It is officially Wednesday now, although it's 1:30 a.m. but I won't be on the computer in the morning as we are leaving here before 8 o'clock, so I'm going to clock in with my official weight as of this morning which is around 197. I'm sure that I didn't drop anymore today as I've done some careless eating, as I get ready to go away for Thanksgiving. I will get very serious again when I arrive back home on Friday. We will be in the North Carolina mountains for a couple of nights, including Thanksgiving.

I will see my very, very sick brother tomorrow, and my heart is heavy, as it may be the last time. :( There are no words for how these times make you feel inside, is there?

We will weigh-in officially, after tomorrow, every Monday.

Welcome, Betty! We are happy to have you. :)

Everybody, enjoy your holiday very much! Afterwards, we will all buckle down and fly right until Christmas!

11-23-2005, 11:12 AM
Good morning! I got in my 5 servings of fruits/veggies yesterday. Not Monday though. I am going to keep trying today and the rest of the week.

11-23-2005, 11:59 AM
Mornin' Ladies -

This challenge has added so much spice to our weekly goals - Thank you again, Bonnie for starting it! I am going to be chicken and weigh in a little later in the day after I have had some water. Starting on my first 32 oz and it's only 10 a.m.!

Just a brief note on my "Dream House" saga - thought we were going to be done with the last of renovations yesterday - our carpets were suppose to be installed in DD's room, guest room and hall. They called a couple of weeks ago to say the carpet was in and scheduled the install . . . only DD's carpet was actually in! They installed her carpet and installed instock stuff temporarily - which means we have to move stuff into and out of the spare room two more times. Will it never end???

Bonnie - congrats on staying in onderland. I know that this is a time of sadness for you but I hope opportunity to be with your brother will be a blessing at the same time. :hug:

Sushi - hang in there! Get over the turkey day hump and start afresh with me.

Carla - you are sooo funny. I enjoy your posts - you should be in Toastmasters and go for Humorous Speech Contest! I love almonds too.

Sandy - have a blessed Thanksgiving and be filled with the love and memories you have that lives on with you :grouphug:

1of3, Betty, Apple, Fish and anyone else I may miss - Have a great Thanksgiving!

11-23-2005, 12:03 PM
Shock and amazement! The same scale that brought me down yesterday was oh-so-kind this morning. 198.5!!! Even if it doesn't last (and yet it must) it's a pretty nice start to the day.

Today is my first appt with a weight management clinic. It's not that I don't know how to lose weight, it's that I don't know how to make myself do it. Or not do it, as in eat junk and/or eat too much. The idea of counting calories or points or exchanges is something I so want to avoid, even tho I know it works. I'll report later on how it goes, and what alternative method they come up with.

I had forgotten the site would be down tomorrow for Thanksgiving. (We had ours over a month ago. How quickly we forget...) Happy Turducken or Tofurkey or Tosushi or whatever you've opted for.

Fish, I can't imagine sushi or sashimi for Thanksgiving dinner. Wouldn't it be just as healthy and "good" to opt for breast meat, lots of veg (no candied yams!), potatoes with no gravy, too full to eat dessert.... Apart from the pressure to consume excessive amounts, I find turkey dinners quite wholesome. And I know you won't agree with me, but I think 1300 cal on average for an active woman like you awfully low. I'm convinced you'd lose on 1500-1800 if you choose the calories wisely. Speaking of which, enjoy the wine, and have a glass on me!

Yesterday was another no-white-flour day, and I managed to drag myself out late in the evening for a brisk walk in the increasingly cold weather. But I dug out my warm coat and a hat (a "tuque" as we Canadians call it), and it was lovely.

Bonnie, I hope you enjoy your bittersweet Thanksgiving visit. :hug: I'll be thinking of you and your brother, and take the opportunity to remember my own brother. And thanks for the weigh-in idea. I think it'll spur us all on.

So where is Mscat? No weigh-in for our busy leader? Congrats on your success with the Toastmaster's competition! :encore:

Gotta go.

11-23-2005, 12:17 PM
Fish, I can't imagine sushi or sashimi for Thanksgiving dinner. Wouldn't it be just as healthy and "good" to opt for breast meat, lots of veg (no candied yams!), potatoes with no gravy, too full to eat dessert.... Apart from the pressure to consume excessive amounts, I find turkey dinners quite wholesome. And I know you won't agree with me, but I think 1300 cal on average for an active woman like you awfully low. I'm convinced you'd lose on 1500-1800 if you choose the calories wisely. Speaking of which, enjoy the wine, and have a glass on me!

Carla - It's not actually the Thanksgiving dinner I am worried about. I don't like gravy or candied yams, and I do like lots of veg. It is the whole day in general, which, in my family (and my in-laws), seems to focus around hanging out and snacking. If I am busy and active, I'm not really hungry. But when I am just sitting around, I feel ravenous. I know it is a boredom thing, and I really have tried all the tricks like drinking water, having a piece of fruit, etc., but frequently I end up nibbling all day long at nuts, candy, crab dip, etc. Until I have eaten the entire house!

I won't even start arguing today about the amount of calories ;) I tell you what - when I get down to 135, I will start eating between 1500-1800 and continuing my exercise. If I continue to lose weight I will owe you an apology and a drink :D

11-23-2005, 05:29 PM
Hey Fish, just in case you could use a good laugh: I went off to my diet doctor today and he's put me on a 1200 cal per day diet. Somehow I feel like it's retribution for being a know-it-all! If I actually follow it, I should shrivel down to nothing within a matter of weeks. :lol: And then we can both have a drink to celebrate. Meanwhile, you already have my apology.

Mscat, renovation he** - enough to drive you to junk food and drink! I haven't done much of the actual reno part yet, I just demolish bits and pieces from time to time and don't repair them. Not a pretty sight. And somehow it's always so much worse than expected. As for almonds, I had to laugh at the WL clinic: they highly recommend almonds as a snack - 10 of them. At that rate I'm already several months ahead of schedule. But I bought some anyway and if I can't control myself I'll turf the remainder or give them away.

It's already Wednesday, but I still think I'll change my challenge mid-stream. Starting tomorrow, my challenge will be to stay within the diet plan AND get 250-500 calories worth of exercise per day. (Of course if i get more than 500 I won't necessarily beat myself up over it...)

11-24-2005, 07:15 PM
Just popping in to say - Yech! I did not lose any weight on weigh-in Wednesday - got my water in but forgot my high blood pressure med which always results in water retention.

Taking it now and pushing water for the rest of the evening - our Turkey dinner comes tomorrow when MIL arrives. Going to have to do some extra treadmill work to make up for what I am going to eat tomorrow.

Short term goals during this holiday challenge is 225 by 12/9 (DH's Holiday Party at work :eek: ) and 215 by 12/31. I know that is agressive but as Mary Kay always says shoot for the moon and you will land amongst the stars!

carla - what an awesome challenge - :cheer: you can do it! Congrats on your pounds down!

Bonnie - thinking and praying for you :hug:

Sushi Penguin
11-24-2005, 11:27 PM
Talk about humiliation...
They have this "boost your diet" program in pharmacies here, so I decided to go and get some information... took me 3 weeks to get the courage.
And I got cross-examined about my weight, height, BMI, diet exercise and etc. with a queue of 8 people behind me taking in every word. And all to be told that I don't qualify becuase I'm not fat enough... :?: :mad:

11-25-2005, 12:00 AM
Today I shocked myself by staying on the new diet. But no exercise, unless I have a sudden fit of inspiration in the next half hour or so.

Mscat, the pounds down actually took a couple of weeks, I just wasn't changing the ticker - sort of superstitious since I've bounced back and forth a lot. And I think some of the upswing was actually salt and water, and it's probably the same for you. I'm counting on a few fast pounds off during the first weeks of this new diet. Really counting on the honeymoon phase... Good luck with tomorrow's dinner.

Sushi, aren't you living in Japan? I know you're not all that big, but if you don't qualify, where do they find Japanese people who do? Is the program reserved for sumo wrestlers? :rofl:

Bonnie, if you drop in, just know I'm thinking of you :hug:.

It turns out the diet doctor I'm going to is a big amateur athlete, very nice, who actually spins at the same place as me, just on a different night. It really is a very small world...

11-25-2005, 03:07 PM
Hmm, 1200 a day, Carla? Apology accepted:p

Yesterday wasn't that bad - I ended up eating about 2070 total, but i exercised earlier in the day, and I have already done 35 minutes on the elliptical today.
I am completly bombing this week's challenge. But i still have two more days to try to meet my 5-a-day goal.

I hope everyone had a wonderful thanksgiving and is enjoying the long weekend!

11-25-2005, 07:12 PM
I have done great with my water. You would think after drinking so much I would learn to like it but my diet coke is still number 1! I lost 2 more pounds this week for a total of 21! Yea! I am excited. :carrot: :carrot: I hope I can keep it up.


Sushi Penguin
11-26-2005, 08:51 PM
Proud to report some measure of success this week! :lol: :carrot:

I did 10-11 minutes on the stationary bike three days in a row now! It's a cool one - it works out your arms as well. I'm also doing stretches afterwards, and it's scary how stiff and inflexible my body became in the last 2 months... not that I ever was flexibile, but now is a thousand times worse than in the summer...

Is anyone else doing the 21-day challenge? (Other than Carla, I know you are! :) ) I'm on Day 11 of my running challenge, and I'm so sore! :lol: But I'm thinking of doing a second challenge at the same time (possibly 28 day one), that would be doing crunches. Did them yesterday and today after biking - OUCH! :lol:

Anyhow, today is Sunday and I've already done the biking, so I better start thinking of a challenge for next week. I'm thinking of a combination of doing something good, and not doing something bad.
I've decided I'm not going to count water intake and not eating after 7 pm as my goals - this is just something to DO, like going to bed early enough to be functional at work the next day. Besides, I feel I'm in control as far as those two goals are concerned.

11-27-2005, 04:36 PM
Turkey Weekend is killin' me! Aaaaugh! I am afraid to even get on the scale tomorrow - I can feel the extra pounds in my pants! I did manage to get on the :tread: this a.m. and get a 20 minute workout in. My "Energy Up" book came in the mail yesterday and I started reading it again. DD and I are going to start on the 6 week body makeover tomorrow and I am also adding (or subtracting) the "no white processed foods" elements. Tonight we will be packing up all the white processed foods in our cupboards for the charity box at church.

Sushi :cheer: :cheer: :cheer: for your 3 days! I might jump on the 21 day with you and carla and go for exercise again. What an awful experience at the pharmacy I don't think I have inquired into any program where I was not "fat" enough. :lol:

Betty :cheer: for your water and :woo: :woo: for 2lbs down! How many days this week did you make your goal?

Fish :cheer: for your tenacity with exercising.

carla :cheer: for keeping to your diet in the face of Turkey Day meals!

Okay Ladies - don't forget we are all going to report oiur weigh in's tomorrow. If possible - let's shoot for weight posts by noon. Have a great day.

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

11-27-2005, 05:06 PM
Hey there good buddies ... :grouphug:

I wanted to check in and say hi to all of you, and I hope all your Thanksgiving dinners were yummy!

I visited with my brother on Wednesday afternoon. The visit was a blessing, as he very briefly came out of that total depletion and exhaustion to reach up and take my hand, and say "I love ... " He was too weak to finish, but my heart got the message. It was so sad ... we knew we were saying goodbye, and I was bursting inside. He died this morning a little after nine.

I am waiting to hear of the arrangements for him, then I will leave for the Western part of the state again. I promise to be back on track with you girls as soon as I can manage, and I wish you all well on your weigh-ins tomorrow. Please don't feel bad if you've gained over this holiday weekend ... after all, it is Thanksgiving! I'm sure we will all do better at our weigh-in on December 5!!!

Hugs to you all, and thank you for thinking of me! :hug:

Sushi Penguin
11-27-2005, 07:09 PM
Just quickly - it's Monday here, so I just want to post my challenge for the week (while on break at work, must HURRY!)

The goal is:
NO SWEETS & AT LEAST 10 min on the STATIONARY BIKE with stretching afterwards.
The challenge is:
to meet both of those every day (one does not count!)
Bonus challenge: to use the stairs at work, not the elevator (I work on the ground floor, so not much need for the elevator, but still)


Sushi Penguin
11-28-2005, 06:41 AM

It's Monday night here. I did 90 minutes of Ashtanga Yoga today, and completed all my challenges! :carrot:

11-28-2005, 08:46 AM
So far I have had my water everyday but one. So that is good for me. And today for the first time in a long time I walked on my treadmill for 20 minutes!

Have a great week everyone!

11-28-2005, 09:14 AM
Weigh-in day! The good news is no gain. The bad news is no loss. But I'll take the 198.4 - it's better than the usual boomerang back up, and the weekend was pretty much off program.

Sushi, it sounds like you're on the right track. I've tried yoga many times, and like the concept, but it's just too discouraging for people like me with inflexible bodies. Keep up the good work! I just checked back in the posts, and you claim to be inflexible too! So how did you manage that yoga?

Mscat, the real question was whether it was all worth it. (I know I don't regret the delicious slice of chocolate cake I ate Saturday at that party...) And you and DD are already starting with your Energy Up program! I've looked for it here, no luck so far, but I may be able to order thru the library.
Cat, I think you'll have to take back my kudos for last week: it wasn't turkey day here, just the usual pre-Christmas temptations.

Sweet, bravo on dusting off the old treadmill. And the water, of course. My new diet plan asks for 8 cups of water per day, plus an extra cup for every extra 25 lbs. But they allow diet soft drinks or teas, non-caffeinated for part of it, so I've continued to guzzle caffeine-free diet pepsi.

Bonnie, my heart went out to you when I read your post. I'm so very glad you had the time with him, and that he was able to express his love for you. At least now his suffering is over, but it is so hard to lose a brother. :grouphug: :grouphug: :grouphug:

This week's challenge: to stay on the new diet.

11-28-2005, 10:08 AM
Hi! :wave:Everybody i am back from our little trip to visit friends and can you believe me I put back 3 pounds :owill try to get rid of them this week because next week I am going to India and I am sure I am going to gain back every pound I lost here with so much ex and efforts.
I weighed in today at 156 lb.
my challenge for this week will be: drinking 64 oz of water
exercise in the evening too
monetering my snacking that is quite a challenge......
I hope next monday I would be some lb less
have a good day all of you:grouphug:.....

11-28-2005, 11:36 AM
Oh Boy! My weigh in is 236 - which is 4lbs up :eek: Although it is a little lower than I expected after all the food I ate for Thanksgiving! I did start today with my new plan - 5 weeks of combination Body Makeover plan and Energy Up (which in includes no white processed foods :( and 64 oz min. of water a day) and exercising at least 5 times a week. I am proud to say I am working on a 50 oz bottle of water and already got my :tread: workout in.

Dear Bonnie - how my heart goes out to you - I am also filled with joy for you that you were able to be with your brother before the end. How blessed was he to have you for a sister - you are a testament of love. We are blessed to have you as a part of our group caring for us at this time of your own personal need. God bless you.

Sandy - Great goals and thanks for the weigh in.

Sushi - Good luck on your goals and great job last week.

carla - :carrot: for no gain - I am sooo jealous! I got my Energy Up! book on amazon for about $3.50 with shipping (.70 for the book!)

Betty - :bravo: for 6 days of meeting your water goal.

11-28-2005, 05:21 PM
Goal for this week:

Exercise 5 times between Sunday and Saturday (did 1 full workout on Sunday, 4 to go).

Track the water--aim for 64 oz.

Good luck to all.

11-28-2005, 06:04 PM
Goal for this week:

1. Exercise 3x this week. (struggling with this one).

2. Drink 64 ounces of water daily. (doing good on this one).

Hope everyone else is doing well. :carrot:

11-28-2005, 10:28 PM

11-28-2005, 11:03 PM
We had a great week - kudos to . . .

Fishwoman :cp:

sandy - :cp: goals for the week - 64 oz and exercise in the evenings.

carla :cp::cp: :woo: for no weight gain!

Sushi - :cp: :cp: :cp: goals NO SWEETS & AT LEAST 10 min on the STATIONARY BIKE with stretching afterwards. The challenge is to meet both of those every day (one does not count!) Bonus challenge: to use the stairs
at work, not the elevator (I work on the ground floor, so not much need for the elevator, but still) :cheer: for Monday's goals met!

Betty - :cp: :cp: :cp: :cp: :cp: :cp: for 6 days of Goals met! :bravo: SGoals for the week - exercise 3x a week and 64 oz of water a day - We are behind you :grouphug: and a :cheer: for Monday's exercise goal met.

Elanjel - Goals for the week - Exercise 5 times between Sunday and Saturday (did 1 full workout on Sunday, 4 to go). Track the water--aim for 64 oz.

and even I made the scoreboard this week! :cp: :cp:

Have a great evening ladies!