Support Groups - WEEK AT A TIME CHALLENGE #24 - 4 Weeks Left Till Christmas!

12-05-2005, 12:43 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!

12-05-2005, 12:49 PM
Well ladies - I am starting out this week on track - I am happy to report a 4lb loss :cb: :dance: :woo: I was pretty much OP the last two days (only 1 white flour or sugar transgression each day :( ) and I really pushed the water gettting 72 oz in each day!

Let's get our weights reported so I can award kudos for last week. :goodluck: to all of you and hope you all are big "losers" :D

12-05-2005, 01:38 PM
I'm a loser too! I weighed in this morning at 195.6, which I don't really believe, but I'll sure take it! I'm even going to change my ticker, so I'd better stay down there. Barring big slips, I'll be at mini-goal before Christmas!

No decisions yet on this week's challenge, although it may be to get a ceretain amount of outdoor activity per day.

12-05-2005, 02:34 PM
Hello Everyone! :) I'd like to join the challenge, if that's okay!

I want to go for 30 minute walk outside every day for this week, starting today!!

And we're supposed to get snow today!!! Yay!! :snow4:

Oh! It looks like I'm with you Carla - I need to get outside more!! That's why I picked this goal :) Congrats on your losses Carla and MsCat!


12-05-2005, 03:21 PM
It's snowing!:snow4: In the last 45 seconds (literally) it has gone from wispy flakes to definitely snowing.

Okay, I am going to try (again) this week to eat at least 5 servings of fruits and veggies each day.

I hope everyone has a great day.

12-05-2005, 04:50 PM
Hey ladies ...

:balloons: :woo: to you, Mscat and Carla on your weight-loss! So proud of you. :grouphug:

I was not part of the Challenge last week (so no kudos for me anyway), and the comfort eating for over a week caused my weight to shoot up, as of last Friday, from 197 to 203. BUT since then, I have dropped back to 199 lbs. I have been good with the food since Friday, although I need to get that calorie range down from 1600/1700 to more like 1400! My friend and I are going to the pool tonight, so I will get some exercise!!!

My Challenge this coming week? Exercise in some form at least five days, and keep the food at a reasonable level, definitely not over 1600!!!:dizzy:

A big welcome to you, Eesabella .... so happy to have you! Have a good evening, all! :smug:

12-05-2005, 05:40 PM
Thank you for the welcome Bonnie!! Good luck with your challenge for this week!!

Heya Fish from another Marylander!! Hope you are enjoying the snow as much as I am... from my window for now, on my walk in 20 minutes after I sign off work!! Yay! :snowball1 heh, heh!


12-05-2005, 11:21 PM
:welcome2: eesabella -great goal! We are behind you every step of the way :grouphug:

cvjolly and Fish too! - :goodluck: I know you are going to make the scoreboard this week!

carla :woo: :woo: :woo: for all your pounds down in onderland (How many?)

Bonnie :welcome: bacK! and :cp: :cp: :cp: for last weeks goals met!

Me (mscat) :cp: :cp: :cp: and :woo: :woo: :woo: :woo: for 4 lbs down!

Sandy :cp: :cp: :cp::cp: for 4 days of goals met.

Sushi :cp: :cp: :cp: :cp: :cp: :cp: for 6 whole days of goals met.

Sushi Penguin
12-06-2005, 07:10 AM
Just checking in - Monday and Tuesday were a success, but my hatred for the stationary bike is increasing with each day that passes!
I'm going to step on the scale tomorrow morning.

Good luck everyone! :)

12-06-2005, 09:06 AM
I didn't make it from the wait list to the active list for spinning last night :( , but did at least an hour fast walking to and from (and to and from) work. So my goal met for Mon. This morning's weigh-in slightly higher, but still close to the new normal. Mscat, I think my loss last week was about 2 pounds, I hadn't changed my ticker for a while. But the diet doctor does seem to be working - not that there's anything there other than sensible eating and reducing carbs. It's just one of those silly "well, I'm paying for it, and they'll weigh me on Friday, so I might as well follow the program...". Sort of like WW, it's still all up to me, but somehow easier with accountability. Just like Week-at-a-time-challenges.

Gotta go - still not ready to head to work and it's getting late,

12-06-2005, 10:19 AM
Sushi, I know how you feel about that bike! I force myself to warm up on the recumbent bike at the YMCA, before I do weights. I simply seethe with hatred for the thing .... I think it couldn't possibly be good for me with all the negative emotion it inspires!:D

I was good with the food yesterday, right at 1600, but no exercise except for all the walking while shopping. Must get out there today to get one of my "official" five exercise days in by doing a long walk when it gets a little warmer!

Fishwoman & Eesabella, I envy you your snow there in Maryland! Where do you guys live? I've lived (when MUCH younger) in Upper Marlboro, Greenbelt, Beltsville, Pikesville ... love that seafood there, especially the crabs! When we visit our family in New England, we overnight in Aberdeen and eat at that wonderful "The Olive Tree" restaurant .... drool.... :^:

Carla, good luck with your diet doctor. You're right .... whatever you call the program/plan, whatever distinguishes it, it all comes back to us, doesn't it, and our ability to eat less, exercise more??? So many people making so much money off that simple fact, but if it helps, then it's worth every penny!:smug:

Have a great Tuesday, all! Thanks for the kudos, Miss Mscat!:hug:

12-06-2005, 02:18 PM
Hey Everyone!! I did my 30 minute walk last night while it was snowing - a bit cold and my nose was running but it was sooo nice! I got to see some Christmas lights in the neighborhood!

I did my 30 minute walk for today this morning! Much warmer, the snow is already melting :( .

Bonnie! I live just south of Baltimore, practically on the line between Baltimore and Anne Arrundel County. I think that my boyfriend has driven me passed The Olive Tree... I'm kind of new to the area and don't drive much, is that in Glen Burnie? I know how you feel about the crabs!! They don't do them the same anywhere else!! My sister recently moved up to NY and ordered some blue claws at a restaurant who claimed they serve them up "Maryland style". They were on a plate, with a cracker and with no spice on the side!!

Good Going to everyone who met their goals!!! :cp:

:dancer: Good Luck getting a workout in today Bonnie!! I know you can do it!!!


12-06-2005, 05:57 PM
Unbelievable! I have had 2 servings of fruit and 4 of veggies so far today:carrot: :carrot: The big can of V-8 definitely helps - two servings of veggies for only 70 calories.:D

Bonnie, I am in North Potomac, which is Montgomery County just outside of Rockville. Probably an hour (?) away from Eesabella. I know the Olive Tree is supposed to be good, but every time I see it I think of the Olive Garden:D

12-07-2005, 12:37 AM
FishWoman, believe me, The Olive Garden cannot even "touch the hem" of The Olive Tree. The Olive Tree has some of the best seafood and best Italian you will ever taste. Their breadsticks and bottomless salad are a meal in themselves, and everything else just sensational. Their Sangria is the best I've ever consumed! :p You should make a point of eating there .... I'm drooling here almost, I swear!

Well, my friends, I have finished eating for the day and am under 1500 calories! YAY!!!!!!!!!!!! :dance: Five days of eating sensibly. I didn't take an official walk today, but I was on my feet for five hours at the Mall, mostly moving, so I'm counting that as REAL exercise! I hope you have all had a good day, on Challenge, too!

I've made a major dent in the Christmas shopping; how about you guys? I've about finished shopping for the major gifts .... Bought my 8 year old granddaughter the prettiest dark navy velvet dress today with silver butterflies tastefully embroidered around the waist, with a matching blue butterfly necklace. I sent her pictures of it tonight on the computer, and she approved. She wants everything to be some shade of blue!:D We visited the Butterfly Museum over in Durham the last two summers, so butterflies are special to us. :cloud9:

Later, 'gators! Have a really good day tomorrow! :flow2:

12-07-2005, 11:42 AM
:snow4: It's a great day here ... I have dropped another pound, back to 198 now. WHEW!!!!! :flow2: Actually, after posting last night, I couldn't sleep, got back up in the wee hours, and while I was on the computer, ate a couple of pretzel sticks but still didn't surpass 1600 calories. I am starting to get back on track again ... praise the Weight-Loss Gods!!! :D

Sushi, I'm imagining you peddling away on your exercise bike, teeth clenched, face red, with steam shooting out your ears! :lol:

Have a good one, all! :dance:

12-07-2005, 07:48 PM
Did my 30 minute walk tonight!! 3/7 days of meeting my challenge so far!! :carrot:

Sushi Penguin
12-07-2005, 07:56 PM
I LOST 4 POUNDS!!!! I couldn't believe it, hurray! :) :D :D :carrot:

It's Thursday morning here. I'm not too sure whether to call Wednesday a success or not... I did the 10 mins on stationary bike. But I also had a small piece tart at work (co-workers birthday), which ended up being a lot sweeter than I had anticipated, so no idea if that's sweets or not... And then I didn't have dinner until 7:15 pm, and I had sushi and a small bowl of cereal as well. It's not a problem that it was after 7 pm - some days I'm not home until 7:30 pm, and I do need to eat something... so what counts more is that I eat my dinner and stop at that. Not sure if I should have had that cereal though... I was quite hungry, but at the same time I gave in to cravings... since my boyfriend was having a bowl of cereal right next to me, and it smelled so good!
So I think I'll leave it to our leader Mscat to decide for me. :)

12-07-2005, 08:21 PM
:woo: :woo: :woo: Sushi, if you've lost four pounds, I think you're doing great! Sushi and a bowl of cereal is not too much dinner, assuming those are average servings of each ... A sweet tart is "sweets," of course. Are you trying not to have sweets as part of your Challenge? I couldn't find exactly what your Challenge is this week ....:?: Whatever, a four pound loss is wonderful! Keep up the good work (and bicycling! :D )

I've had a good day.... about 1500 calories, and once again, walking all over two adjoining Mall areas so I'm counting that as real walking!

Have a good evening, ladies! :flow2:

12-08-2005, 12:09 AM
This week doing quite well on the outdoor challenge: Mon and Tues 60 minutes walking, and 30 today. It's gotten much colder, but mostly still crisp and sunny. The wind was a little bitter today. And there's been a little snow from time to time. It's adorable watching little Lily on the window sill trying to catch snowflakes: she's quite smart as cats go, but not smart enough to realize the flakes are on the other side of the window...

Everyone seems to be doing really, really well this week. Who knew we needed the imminent arrival of Christmas goodies to knock us into gear at last? :woo: :bravo: Personally, I'll probably do better now that I've eaten ALL the almonds I was keeping for snacks. :o Sometimes it worked, but in the last three days I've again eaten 3 weeks worth of 10 at a a time snacks. So we won't do that again... Friday is weigh-in at the diet doc's. :crossed: that I can hold it together and stay on target. (I waver between gobbling almonds and daydreaming about getting under 190 by New year's. How to set myself up for disappointment, right?)

On another thread about spinning, one poster talked about losing a ton of weight spinning 3 times a week. :ebike: I'm tempted to see if my tush can take it! (Meanwhile little Zellie the Gazelle stands lonely and forlorn, abandoned by all...)

Sushi, if Mscat declares that a sweet tart isn't a sweet, she's a lot more lenient than me. :nono: Of course, the four pounds down speak for themselves, so you must have deserved it. At this rate you'll melt away and leave us! Now as you know, I would never offer unsolicited advice, ;) but are you sure you're getting enough protein? I can't remember if you're a vegetarian or not, but you can always add in some protein powder, maybe in lo-cal smoothies (fruit, protein powder - I use whey powder - some water or ice cubes, and some lo-fat yogurt blended up nice and frothy in a blender)?

I'd better try to trap the kitten and do eye drop duty. Only 7 more days of this. (My condo is pretty small, but she's getting better and better at finding hiding spots, and harder and harder to fool by rattling the food container...)

Time to Zzzzzzz....

12-08-2005, 12:49 AM
i found you guys
im back in.
drinking lots of water
rowing my boat

Sushi Penguin
12-08-2005, 01:08 AM
The problem is, I don't think what that thing actually was... I just named it tart... it had puddingy stuff inside... I'm so confused about it!

Carla, we've talked about protein before, I honestly don't really care... No to meat!!! :)
I love milk, but the one here doesn't taste too well, so I don't drink as much as I normally would. The only fruit smoothies I can get here are loaded with calories, like 1200 cal for a medium smoothie. And I don't have the equipment to make my own - they're no good unless blended.

12-08-2005, 10:57 AM
I'm still struggling with my goal. I ate 6 servings of fruit/vegetable Tuesday :) but only 3 yesterday:( I will try again today for 5 servings!

12-08-2005, 08:54 PM
Did my 30 minute walk tonight!:carrot:

12-08-2005, 11:00 PM
Did my 30 min walk today - wimped out on the rush home at lunch to dose the munchkin. Tomorrow is weigh-in at the diet doc. There's been no new change on my home scale, but I may be under last week's visit. It felt nice today - I fit much more comfortably into a pair of pants I'd been just squeezing into. Still a long, long way to go, but every ounce counts.

No more work booked until mid-January! Hooray! Back to a life of sloth and sleep-ins!

Sushi, I swear I'm not trying to make you eat meat! Vegetable protein is great too - legumes and tofu, for example. And that'll be all on that topic from me. :D

12-09-2005, 01:26 AM
I was doing fine, until I got too cold and tired from shopping, came home ..... then drank wine, ate chips with sour cream & salsa, and 3 chocolate covered cherries !!! :( Oh, well, I guess three days out of the last four Challenge days wasn't bad. (Actually, starting Friday, 12/2, I was good for six *regular* days! :-) ) But I HATE slipping up, and am so mad at myself for succumbing to stress!!!:mad:

Okay, Sushi, like Carla, I will say little .... except fish, tofu, beans, cheese, milk, yoghurt, please!!! :D (And I'd make a rule ... if it tastes sweet, then that's what it is! :lol:) You're doing great ......... so you must be doing a LOT right! :cheer:

Carla, isn't it disturbing when our pets threaten to get smarter than we are???? :o :D I can just imagine the battle of wits between you and the kitties .... it runs through my mind like a cartoon strip! :D

Where's our Miss Mscat??? Hurry back, lady!:hug:

Have a good Friday, everybody! :flow2:

12-09-2005, 02:19 AM
Hi Ladies - been missing you - I have had the week from heck! My student workers have been workikng me overtime, one quit suddenly, I have been out and up late every night, I have a work party and DH's office party Friday - neither of which I am ready for . . . :eek: I can't wait for Saturday. No exercise, eating OP everyday, and struggling with water again. Running too much to get it down. I was sooo proud of myself tonight - went to church women's pot luck - had a little bit of everyone's dish but had no desserts execept 3 candy covered dates :carrot: Did you hear me? No petite fours, pumpkin or sweet potatoe pie, no cake, brownies . . . and beleive me there was plenty.

Fish - :cb: for Tuesday's goal - hang in there - I know you can get all those veggies and fruits in - you are "weigh" ahead of me on that one!

Bonnie :cb: :cb: :cb: :cb: 4 whole days! And congrats :woo: on your pound down! You are awesome - There is another "5th" day out there this week. Dust yourself off and get busy!

eesabella :cb: :cb: :cb: 3 days and 1 more day to go on your challenge - you are doing great.

carla :cb: :cb: :cb: :cb: You go Carla - what a week! I am glad the diet doctor is giving you the exta boost you need.

Sushi :woo: :woo: :woo: :woo: on your 4 lbs! Wow! I am afraid I have to agree with everyone else - a tart is a sweet even though the name suggests something different :) But with a 4lb loss - who's counting a small transgression?

cyjolly - :cb: glad you found us again. We change every Monday - so bookmark the Support Groups main page and you should be able to locate the most recent Week at a Time Challenge Thread! How many days of goals have you met so far this week?

On the spinning issue, I struggled with the treadmill until I started reading on it - it makes the time pass and I don't get so bored. What are you ladies doing or watching while spinning? If it continues to be boring you will lose your motivation to exercise :fr:

Have a great Friday everyone. I may not get to post until Saturday. Until then, thank you to everyone for keeping the thread alive.

12-10-2005, 12:53 AM
I'm shocked and amazed to say that I ended up getting my walk in today! Not sure about total duration, but a short walk in the woods with an out-of-town friend, then walked to dinner and back. At least 40 snowy minutes. We were out near the groomed xcountry trails, and there were a lot of skinny people out there enjoying the sport. If there's still snow after the weekend, i think i'll be out there too, or maybe a nice snowshoe walk on the weekend.

Today there was a lot of wine and chocolate, which was a bit of a let-down (nowhere near as good as it should have been), but there you are. I'm seriously thinking of starting a fairly strict one-week challenge on this thread two days early: from tommorow to next Saturday, no evening munching after dinner, strict adherence to my diet doc's rules, and exercise every day. Sort of a prep for the Xmas calorie-fest. We'll see.

Bonnie, we all have those days (see above), but if you're being good most of the time, it won't hurt in the long run. As long as you don't let it discourage you. (I think that little lecture was actually for me...) As for my cats, for some strange reason my little kitten is suddenly becoming slightly more affectionate! Except of course when I have the meds bottle in my hand, or right after the drops go in. She's been letting me pick her up without squirming, and I turn to mush...

Mscat, I'm glad your week from **** is over, and I hope the weekend gives you a chance to recharge those batteries. Thanks for finding the time and energy to come and cheer us on anyway! As for spinning, it's not really boring so much as a lunatic endurance event. It's usually in a group, with an outrageously slim, fit, mutant leader who tells you when to stand or sit or increase resistance, with blaring music and dimmed lights. To give you an idea of the intensity level, where I go they have fans going, the back door wide open even in deepest winter, and we're still all sweating like pigs. Reading would be pretty much impossible, between the darkened room and the sweat and the fact you're hanging on to those handlebars and plugging away up imaginary hills with your head down... (Yes, you have to be slightly unhinged to do it. But it feels so good when you stop....)

And now I'll stop this post. Hello to all those I haven't addressed individually, and have a good weekend. :wave:

12-11-2005, 03:40 PM
Where is everybody? Is our thread TOO challenging? Or is it just a weekend slump? :dunno::dunno::dunno:

Sushi Penguin
12-11-2005, 09:40 PM
Here I come Carla :)

I blew the rest of the week, more by choice than anything...
It's Monday noon here already, and I'm starting anew.

This week's challenge:
10 min stationary bike (15 on days when I have no activities and on the weekend) PLUS no sweets PLUS no food after 7 pm.

Good luck to everyone! :cb:

12-12-2005, 12:34 AM
Well I got up and completed a 30 minute :tread: workout on Saturday :carrot: and did another 30 minute workout today :carrot: I did great on water yesterday (saturday) but I only have 50 oz in so far. Getting ready to get the last 24 in before bed. Primed my sunroom and living room walls yesterday and painted them today. Looks great and ready for the holidays.

carla :cheer: good for you on getting your workout in - I agree that many of us are MIA especially with the holidays upon us.

Sushi :strong: hang in there with your new goals for the week. I know you will have a strong showing this week.

:wave: don't forget everyone to post your weights in tomorrow a.m. so we can see who is going to be on the scoreboard.

Have a great start of the week!

12-12-2005, 11:04 AM
I couldn't find this week's new thread, but wanted to post anyway because the scale was good to me! :carrot: :carrot: :carrot: Down another two pounds, in spite of Friday's transgressions. Maybe being under 190 for the new year isn't such a crazy idea after all? It's amazing - all I needed to do to lose weight was to eat less and move more! Someone should write a book about the concept!

I didn't get any exercise Saturday or Sunday, apart from cleaning out much of a filing cabinet. I'm a packrat, and find it hard to ditch any papers that were once useful or "important". There's still a lot there, but down by at least half, and much neater. While I was sorting, I found a graph I had made up in 2001 after a successful stint at WW - I went from 182 in July of 2000 to around 150 in Nov 2001, then to 160 in Jan 2002. And, unfortunately, where the graph left off, the weight gain took over. :o Nonetheless, I know I can get there, especially if I lay off the wine and chocs.

Cat, good to hear from you, and good for you for the exercise and water successes. Would you like to come do some redecorating at my house? I'm not very good at painting - not patient enough to prepare properly, or to cover everything the way I should.

Sushi, you're a brave girl. I can't even pretend I'm not going to eat after 7 pm. I am trying to stick to fruit or milk or lean protein if I want a snack, and that's hard enough. But if I COULD manage to not eat after dinner, there would probably be a lot less of me a lot sooner.

This week's challenge: at least 30 min walk OR 15 min Gazelle OR equivalent exercise every day. And I'll try to do the foot stretches a doctor recommended for my PF. I see the orthotics guys on Thursday, and want to be ready to roll when my new insoles are ready, before Christmas i hope. Of course, once I have the orthotics, my excuse for not walking too much will just melt away.

12-12-2005, 12:18 PM
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