Support Groups - "Every-Day" 21-Day Challenge -- New habits comin' your way!!

08-27-2006, 06:13 PM
Okay, everyone, as is the tradition, I start a new thread when I personally start a new challenge.

Below is a short explanation of how this challenge works so all you newcomers can take a look and decide if you're game or not! I hope you are! Hop aboard and enjoy the ride. We've got a great bunch of supportive people, so I hope you'll give us a try. A lot of people try for a while and then disappear.. I hope some of you will keep trying. There is NO shame in starting over. Remember, it's not over till you give up. And our motto around here is:

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


It works like this: you decide you'll do something for 21 days straight, every single day, so keep it doable. Then you count through 21.....and if you flub it, you MUST go back to zero and start over again. Everyone will be on different days. You can start anytime. At the beginning of the challenge you declare what level it is -- Level 1, 2, or 3. Level 1 means you feel it's a relatively easy challenge for you and means you only give yourself ONE pause day (see explanation of pause days below). Level 2 would give you two pause days and so on...
And taking NO pause days is what I'm going to call "aceing a challenge," as in "I'm aiming on aceing this one!" Yowzah!! :cb:

With a pause day you pause in your counting and continue the next day with the number you left off with. Pause days are NOT substitutes for days, i.e. Day 12 -- Day 13 -- Pause Day -- Day 14..... I suggest taking a pause day late in the game (better to go back to Day 1 early on) if you need a break or screw up when you're well into the challenge, meaning, when you're on Day 15 or something like that.

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


In the interest of maintaining structure, a sense of solidarity and facilitating support I ask anyone who wishes to join this thread to please strive to follow the following guidelines while participating in this challenge and in posting.

1. Although this is a fabulous support group, the focus is to be on your CHALLENGE/S and/or other people's challenge/s AND weight loss, whether your challenge is about it or not. Please keep the challenge a priority, although we welcome chattiness! :lol: This means tell us what day you're on when you post and it's a good idea to make regular mention of just what your challenge is. This an action-based thread. Our members are ON a challenge, RESTARTING a challenge, or just in between and looking to start up again REAL SOON. ;) We also welcome posts from admirers, encouragers, and old friends!

2. Please refrain from posting food logs or recipes, except where you are really looking for help and advice on your eating. If journaling is your challenge, please keep the journaling off the thread and in a notebook or blog and just tell us if you've done what you set out to do. We have ALL types of dieters here, low-carb, high-carb, low-fat, high-fat, vegetarians, meat-lovers...please use simple mentions if you have something you want to share and then links and/or private messages to do so.

3. Please do NOT go into glowing accounts of any slipups, food indulgences or binges, what we here call "food porn." Simple mentions are fine, but use of smilies :censored: :tape: etc. as substitutes where possible is encouraged.

4. Please keep this a nonsecular thread. Of course, passing references to your beliefs, a bit of introduction about your beliefs, brief faith-related words of encouragement are fine. :angel:

5. Please show support, support, support! This is key. :grouphug: You can waffle on about yourself but please, at least occasionally,come up and look around at others and what they are doing and MENTION it with words of encouragement and/or praise or sympathy. We understand "busy," poor computer connections, and bouts of self-pity and life problems where the focus turns to "me" and dealing with those problems, but these should be temporary, not a habit! ('cept in the computer case.)

In conclusion, let me say, the above are just that, GUIDELINES. Please realize that these guidelines have been added in an attempt to keep this a supportive and beneficial thread, at the LEAST, to those who need it MOST, those for whom weight loss is the hardest and, more often than not, the most crucial as well as for those who still, perhaps despite great success, know all too well that the road they walk will always be a slippery one. :^:

The guidelines are also meant to cultivate an atmosphere of consideration and concern for ALL, not individually, but AS A GROUP.

Well, all's said. Please join us!! :wave:

08-27-2006, 06:16 PM
Morning all. Monday here. Attempting to get to the gym before work... :^: As I said yesterday, the fun and games are OVER! :mad: I am getting back on the straight and narrow, disciplined and determined...this is my image, no more of the endless pints after work buddying up to the coworkers. That is over as well. So, here is my declaration.

Alcohol Challenge -- NO alcohol!! -- Level 3
Sugar Challenge -- NO sugar, including in foods -- Level 3
No Processed Foods Challenge -- This includes no white flour (I am allowing white rice) -- Level 3
Crunch Challenge -- 10 sets of 20 reps of crunches -- Level 3 (just to keep it easy)
Walking/Running Challenge -- Pedometer of over 10,000 steps or 3-5 K on the treadmill (gotta dig out the pedometer!)

OK, you see, people, when I get cracking, I REALLY get crackin!!! No more waffling! :nono:

08-27-2006, 06:29 PM
sweet -- Glad to see you're doing a challenge. Please come and post here and give us support if you can. :yes:

trob -- Your challenges don't sound all that easy! Good luck! The walking one doesn't fit the 21-day parameter, so I guess you can make that an extracurricular one. ;)

Nixxie -- Hope to see you here with us bright and early tomorrow morning! Where are you, by the way? Land of Oz? I see you're doing the kilogram thing....

08-27-2006, 11:09 PM
Hi redballoon!
I'm in! Those are some lofty goals! Good luck to you!
As for my challenges:
Exercise challenge: At least 30 minutes of exercise everyday....level 3
Whole food Vegetarian challenge: If it isn't all natural (fruit etc.) I'm not having it, with the exception of veggie burgers....level 1
Journaling challenge: Writing down all food and exercise.... I'm Aceing This One!
Water challenge: 64 oz. or more everyday! ..... I'm Aceing This One!

Whew... I'm serious about this as well! Let's get down to business!

08-28-2006, 01:13 AM
Count me IN!!!!:D
Gym Challenge: 3 times a week to gym for classes Level 2
Daily Challenge: Move (walk, dance, bike etc...) 30 minutes daily Level 3
Food Challenge: Stay within 1500 calories a day Level 3 (My bithday is this Friday!!!!)

08-28-2006, 01:15 AM
Hiya everyone - just dropping in to see how you people are going on some very exciting and challenging challenges. There are some very lofty challenges in this thread recently.

Not much point in me joining you while I am up here in Weipa. I am doing some exercise everyday. I do pilates class at the gym 2 or 3 times a week, I do a few weights a couple of times a week, I did an aquarobics class on Sunday and will do so again tonight, I run in the cool of the morning. However my schedule is such that though I have a fair amount of free time, it is not always when the gym or pool are open and at 27-29 C during the day, one has to be troppo to run in daylight hours.
I have little control over the food that I eat - I do try, however if I don't eat in the mess hall, then I don't get to eat. Weipa has little in the way of restaurants and cafes. There is little choice. We did have a wonderful Samoan chef who is a dab hand at veges and that made for some interesting meals I can tell you. His satay is to die for. He also understands quality meals. However he has gone home on furlough for a week (only two days left of that Nick!!!!! - get back here) and we presently have a chef who only understands the deep fryer. Every single thing is fried. Yesterdays lunch consisted of fried, crumbed chicken snitzel, fried crumbed fish fillets, deep fried dim sum, deep fried Kalamari and chips. Actually, I lie somewhat because he also understands frozen veg, and vege which have been cooked to the death. Come back Nick - all is forgiven. Last night I got a lamb chop and some broccoli, carrot and cauliflower as the best of the bunch. As a result I was starving today. The lunch menu was pretty ordinary - salads looked tired and oily, cold cuts were a bit wrinkled. I know it is difficult to get fresh food up here. Most stuff comes in on the barge on a Thursday - even the supermarket has empty shelves from Monday to Thursday.

Anyway, this wasn't meant to be a litany of the woes of Shad in the Tropical North of Queensland, I really dropped in to encourage and support any of you who are flagging or attempting to do challenges which are really challenging.


08-28-2006, 01:46 AM
I am in Sweden...Land of Vikings. hehehehe

Okay, I was going to get up at 5am buuut bad nights sleep (I never sleep well sunday to monday) so #1 begins when I get home from school:

1. Walk 1 hour a day (level's the actual going and doing it that makes it a level 2)
2. Drinking 3 bottles of water a day minimum (level 2..I loooooooove me some diet coke)
3. and with that last statement in mind, only one small glass of soda a day (level 3)

It's small but it's a start!!!

Good luck to everyone!
See ya all on the flip side!

08-28-2006, 04:17 AM
New thread!:carrot: Wow~ that means you're up and running again Red, so I might as well jump in if you don't mind.:hyper:

My level 3 challenges are: (will try not to use pause days:crossed: )
1. Exercise daily for at least 30 mins. (shopping which entails walking and standing for at least 4 hours will be considered as exercise)
2. 1200-1500 net calories daily
3. daily journals

Good Luck everyone.:goodluck:

08-28-2006, 08:49 AM
Heh all. Just home. It's late and I have to be up at 4:30 a.m. I DID get to the gym this morning! Hurrah! I was good on all the challenges except the no white flour part. I forgot about it and had a little pack of rice crackers. Well...that was rice, not flour, but....oh, my God! I just realized there was a touch of sugar in those as well... :eek: Oh well, I'll start those two over tomorrow. Day 2 is done on crunches and Day on the others. I am flying!

Its SOOO great to have new people and I welcome you all aboard!!! :welcome: Liz, Lady, Nixxie! :welcome2: shad, girlie! Hello!! :wave:

I can't write anymore now. Will get back to you all later! Good luck!! :cb:

08-28-2006, 09:37 AM
Hey Red! So glad to see your back to it! I'm coming back myself. I don't want to let myself get too far off track.

Back to basics for me on my challenges:

Exercise 30 minutes per day Level 3
Journal all food in fitday Level 3

:welcome: to all you new people! Glad to see you here. Good luck with your challenges.

Gotta run, so tired today. My 2 1/2 year old kept me up until 11:00 last night and my alarm goes off at 2:30! I'm going back to bed.


08-28-2006, 09:16 PM
Day 1 has been a success on all accounts!
Thanks to everyone for the welcome!

08-28-2006, 09:29 PM
This sounds like a fantastic idea!!

My 21 day challenge will be

No Bingeing for 21 days (level 3)

08-28-2006, 09:43 PM
hey red, didn't think the 10,000 steps would work in the 21 day challenge so it will be just a bonus challenge for me. wow, yours look pretty hard. good luck with them.

hello to all the new folks!! i wish you luck with all of your challenges.

day one-
100 curnches done
water done
food journal done

my non 21 day challenge extra curricular challenge- done
(over 14,000 steps in today!)

08-29-2006, 01:05 AM
lots of zigs and zags today, but still headed in the right direction. 2 miles in,
points decent, gotta go journal now.


08-29-2006, 09:30 AM
Good morning all!

Day 1 logging food and exercise good!

It's only been 1 day but I feel like I'm already getting back into the mindset, which is great. I'll probably add to my challenges soon.

Hope everyone is doing great! Have a good day.

08-29-2006, 11:48 PM
Hi everyone!
Day 2 on all accounts was good!
djstorey- I feel like I'm back in the mindset as well! Isn't it amazing what a day or two of eating well and exercising will do?

Hope everyone is doing well in their respective challenges. One day at a time is all it takes!


08-29-2006, 11:51 PM
Hello everyone! Quick update here. Will have to go back and figure out the days but I'm moving along on everything and also decided not to restart the sugar challenge, since it was such a tiny amount and included in something else. I will start the no processed food over though, so that is one day behind the others, while crunches is one day out in front. Yeah! :cb: For today (Wednesday) the crunches and jogging are done! :cp:
Glad to see the action. Keep up the good work, fling the bad to the four winds and carry on!!! :dancer:

08-30-2006, 12:02 AM
My food intake today was not so diet like. so I confess. But I'm still keeping the count as I walked again for the sixteenth! time in a row and am journaling whats going on with me, food and otherwise.


08-30-2006, 10:34 AM
Well, day 2 logging food and exercise was good.

Still busy as ever here but I'm once again making logging and exercise a big priority which feels good.

Sweet yellow - We all have those days where we don't make the best choices for one reason or another and that's ok as long as we recognize it and don't give up. Besides, you should feel really good about the positive things you are doing. Keep up the good work! :carrot:

Hi Red - I'm so glad to see you back and chugging along! You've picked some hard challenges, so I really wouldn't worry about having to restart one. Once you get back into the routine of it, it should become easier for you.

Liz - Yes, it does feel really good to get back into my healthier routine. It's funny, when I'm doing bad, it feels like it's going to be really hard to change, but once I have a good day or two under my belt, I feel really good about myself again and that makes me want to keep it up! You probably feel the same. Let's keep that feeling!

Have a good day everyone. :wave:

08-30-2006, 01:24 PM
I just had dinner and I'm planning not to eat anymore today, so I'd say that I've completed day 3 on all my challenges.

08-30-2006, 07:00 PM
hey all...two days down since i last posted!
keep up the good work everyone.
trob (

08-30-2006, 09:21 PM
I'm a newbie here and would like to join the 21-day challenge a couple days late. I could really use a group challenge to keep me on my game.

My level 3 challenges are:
1. 1200-1500 net calories daily
2. daily food journal
3. 7,000 + steps per day

08-30-2006, 11:41 PM
Hi everyone!
Day 3 is a success for me on all accounts again!
Hi Ashley - Welcome to the challenge!
Glad to hear that everyone is doing well on their challenges! Woohoo, I feel a change coming our way! Fit and fabulous here we come!

08-31-2006, 07:45 AM
Hello everyone....just catching up here in between work. Here is where I stand. I had some pints with someone from the office last night....much needed, but have to be careful this doesn't nudge me back into overindulgent habits of recent...even tonight I feel the urge for a bit of the brew.... :^:

Wrapping up Thursday (will confirm tomorrow) with my ban on...

Alcohol -- Day 3 done/1 pause taken
Sugar -- Day 4 done/no pauses taken
Processed Foods -- Day 3 done/1 pause taken
AND...I just got down on the floor and did those crunches!! :strong: so....
Crunch Challenge -- Day 5 done/no pauses taken
Walking/Running/Riding Challenge (I am adding riding to this as riding days involve quite a bit of aerobic exercise -- Day 4 done/no pauses taken


Liz -- Excellent work getting through Day 3! Keep it up! :flow1:

Ashley -- Welcome aboard! :welcome3: You've picked some tough challenges. Best of luck to you and I hope to hear lots from you! :goodluck:

trob -- You are rockin' :dancer:

girlie -- Looking good! :yes:

dj -- It's great to see you working on your challenges despite the other challenges in your life right now...are we ever without them??! :shrug: I am doing the same and really trying to make eating right and exercising a priority...along with all the others. I virutally drag myself out of bed early in the morning and force myself NOT to think about what I'm doing, or if I feel like going riding or to the gym or to work....NO!!!!!....but I do it and am always glad I did. I jog to music on my nano and like to wrap it up with "What I Like About You" by the Kinks...great old song...makes me feel I'm singing it to myself! :hug: You keep up the good work, dj! Heh, is that beautiful avatar photo one you took on your trip?

sweet -- Glad to hear you're moving right can work on the food intake later! Bit by bit, that's what wins the game! :dance:

pgray -- Where are you?!! :listen: Come back. You can always restart if you've had a rough time of it. Remember, there is absolutely NO shame in trying again and again! Power to you! :sunny:

Nixxie -- What about you? :dunno: Haven't heard from you. Are you still with us? I hope so! :yes:

Shad -- Thanks for that long post and sorry I didn't get back to you sooner. I really appreciate your popping in and giving us a cheer. :cheer: Speaking of people popping in....where's carla?!

Lady -- Are you with us still? :?: Come back in and post!

08-31-2006, 10:04 AM
Good morning all.

Day 3 was a success logging my food and exercising.

This weekend will be hard for me but I WILL keep the challenges up. We are going camping once again. It will probably be our last time before winter sets in, so we just have to do this. I am going to take a notepad with me to keep track of all that I eat. Exercise should be no problem. I'll get in some hiking and swimming so 30 minutes of exercise should be easy.

Red - I understand when you say you drag yourself out of bed and force yourself NOT to think about what you're doing! Sounds like me. I seem to do best when I put myself on autopilot and just do what I need to. After all is said and done, I feel good about myself, which is the feeling that I'm after!

Yes, the avatar is one from our trip. I absolutely love it up there. It is a picture of Little Redfish Lake in the Sawtooth Mountains here in Idaho. It's one of my favorite places to go. Unfortunately though, it's quite a drive for us, so we don't get to go too often.

"What I like about you" would be great song to move to! I haven't heard that one for a while. I'll have to download it myself. I'm always looking to find fast paced songs to walk to. It seems to make me walk even faster.

Good job Liz, Trob and Girlie! Keep up the good work!

:welcome3: Ashley! We'll be cheering you on!


08-31-2006, 09:01 PM
I like this idea! The support and encouragement you all share with other are wonderful. I had a successful day with calories, journeling and walking. It was a stressful workday with all the hype around tropical storm Ernesto, but I managed to control the urge to snack all day.

The gym I go to plays "What I like about you" sometimes. That is a great song to work out with.

08-31-2006, 10:03 PM
had to use a pause yesterday with the crunches...just plain forgot... on track with everything else and with my non 21 day challenge extra curricular challenge i walked over 21,000 steps today which equals over 10 miles (just in my classroom and the halls). i am TIRED!
hope everyone has a great friday!!!TGIF

goal for new years... (

08-31-2006, 11:24 PM
Day 4 is complete! Still good on all accounts... water, journaling, exercise, whole-food vegetarian. Even if the scale isn't showing it I'm feeling awesome! I'm full of energy even with some long, crazy hours at work these last couple of days!

09-01-2006, 01:02 AM
did okay today too, except for dratted lunch! But I realized I was making a conscious decision to eat out and be social. It is probably my last chance because when school starts next week, I've sold my prep and will have to work through lunches. I did leave half on the plate, though drat it, I never seem to pick the right thing. All other meals and snacks good.

2 miles again tonite, journaling in a sec, so mark me--


yah, I gained a rotten pound :-(

Apple Blossom
09-01-2006, 02:40 PM
Hello everyone. Sorry I haven't been posting. I've gotten into the (bad) habit of falling asleep with my little one at bed time, so my evenings haven't been very productive. Good news though! I'm actually completed day 13 !!!
of my no beer challenge. Whoa! I did take a pause day in there, but thats pretty amazing, eh? I have to admit that I've had some wine. Red, you have taken on a REALLY big challenge with the no alcohol. But if you can do it (YOU CAN! YOU CAN!) so can I and when I get through this one, and back from my trip, maybe I'll try too.
Hello to newbies and everyone else too! I hope to start doing a better job in the support department soon. But keep up the good work!!!

09-01-2006, 03:19 PM
Ok, day 4 down. Got my exercise and logged everything. We are getting ready to take off for our last camp trip of the year so today and the next 3 will be tough, but I'm determined to do well.

Good job Ashley and Liz! You are both doing great!

Trob - Sounds like you have every reason to be tired. I wouldn't worry about the crunches, heck, I'd probably be taking a pause myself!

Sweet Yellow - Sounds like you were just taking a nice lunch break, which as you say, won't be happening too often in the future. Besides, it seems that you got right back to the healthy eating, which is great. Good job!

Apple - Good job on the no beer! :carrot: Hope to hear more from you.

Hope everyone has a great weekend! I'll be back on by tuesday :wave:

09-01-2006, 09:17 PM
djstorey- Hope you have a great time camping! I love camping

Day 5 and all is well! I weighed in this morning and I am showing a loss but my weigh in day is Sundays (and Wednesdays for the Thanksgiving challenge) so hopefully the loss is still there on Sunday. I've super hungry lately even though I've been eating a good amount of calories. I have a job in which I am on my feet all day, moving about and lifting heavy objects. I think that along with my extra exercising and cutting down on calories has my tummy grumbling. I'm sure it will go away with time. The first week back on plan is always the hardest. :)
Weekends are tough for me too so lets all hope that we do well this holiday weekend.

09-02-2006, 08:22 PM
okay, i am now going to be known and the start-over queen. i don't know what is wrong with me but i don't seem to be able to remember ANYTHING. i am still on track with my water but everything else is going to have to be restarted. oh well, i have lost 3 lbs this week so i am not too upset with myself.

goal for 1-1-07 (

09-02-2006, 10:36 PM
Checking in Day 6 good on all accounts... now lets see if I can wake up at 6am tomorrow to get my workout in before work.

09-03-2006, 06:03 AM
Ok, let's see where I stand....It's Sunday here...Friday I had to take a pause on Processed Foods (had some white flour nan) and the crunches and running done...oh, yes, had sugar at night too...

Saturday was clear on all but the pause there..I really wanted to eat junk food but did NOT!! :strong: Sunday I am looking good. Just got the crunches done...and kept my back to the floor! Ouch! Was booze, no sugar, no white about to eat brown rice...looking good, looking good. I do NOT expect to blow it today! :nono:

Sooo....that makes it now...wrapping up Sunday...

Alcohol -- Day 5 done/2 pauses taken
Sugar -- Day 6 done/1 pause taken
Processed Foods -- Day 5 done/2 pauses taken
Crunch Challenge -- Day 8 done/no pauses taken
Walking/Running/Riding Challenge -- Day 6 done/1 pause taken

Not bad, not bad... :cp:

Looking a bit scary on a couple of them...booze and processed foods with 2 pauses down, but I think I can do it!! :flow1:


Liz -- You're looking great! I'm sure you can get up bright and early! If I can get up tomorrow at 4:30 to get to the gym, you can get up at 6!! So there! ;) ...oh my, now I have to get up at 4:30.... :lol3: I hope that loss you're seeing hangs around till weigh-in...good going! :cp: And glad to hear you're feeling so full of energy. Good food will do that! :yes:

trob -- ! I mean "Start-over Queen"! :lol: Strings on the fingers, that's what you need! Oh well, no problem in starting over. And wow, what's this!??! :eek: Three Pounds Gone!!! :woo: Congratulations! :bravo: Great on those 21,000 steps too! :cp:

dj -- Hope you have a good time camping. You can do it! Congrats on Day 4! :encore:

Apple -- There you are! :wave: That is fantastic that you've stayed away from the beer! Thanks for the encouragement. Last week I just needed someone other than a coworker to talk to and when the opportunity arose I went for it, but kept it moderate. Then Friday I HAD to drink as a coworker is leaving the company and heading back to the States. Still, I kept to the small mugs, not the huge ones! A save! It's going to be hard now with two pauses taken and over two weeks left, but I will try! You keep up the good work. Only a week now! :dancer:

sweet -- How's it going? :listen: You sounded good last post, 'cept for a little extra at the lunch. Good luck! :goodluck:

Ashley -- You still with us?! :shrug: Hope to hear from you! :yes:

09-03-2006, 07:34 PM
red- big pat on the back for saying no to junk food yesterday. looks like you are doing great on all the rest and boy did you have some tough ones. there is no way that i could do the no sugar or flour thing. i know that if i cannot remember to do my crunches everyday with my exercise ball right there in the room with me i would never be able to remember to be on the look out for flour and sugar.

09-04-2006, 07:54 AM
Hello there! Not much action here, is there? I guess you're all having a great Labor Day weekend (I hope so!) and revving up for back to school. I'm going strong. Notched another day on ALL fronts! :cp:
Alcohol -- Day 6 done/2 pauses taken
Sugar -- Day 7 done/1 pause taken
Processed Foods -- Day 6 done/2 pauses taken
Crunch Challenge -- Day 9 done/no pauses taken
Walking/Running/Riding Challenge -- Day 7 done/1 pause taken


trob -- Hi there! :wave: Thanks for the kind words. Yes, it is tough, but it's not the first time I've done this. I am rather seasoned at it, just hadn't been doing it consistently lately. It is hard though, knowing you can walk into a convenience store and find next to nothing to eat. Now, that's not such a bad thing if you think about what you CAN eat instead and there is lots, just not much in your typical convenience store. Besides, it all pales next to all that other stuff. I had to laugh at myself tonight as I was riding the train home. I was actually looking forward to heating up some brown rice (I had it cooked already and frozen) and eating a curry with that. The convenience store beckoned. The picture of me eating a bag of unmentionables did cross my mind, but I quickly banished it, looked for some nuts, rethought the massive calories and left the store empty-handed! :eek: Awesome, eh?! Now, I'm home, the brown rice et al is eaten. Hope to hear good reports from you, trob. I miss our regulars!


09-04-2006, 10:56 AM
redballoon, your comment on what you can eat got me thinking. I remember one day I was out with a group of friends and it was late. Everyone was hungry and looking for something to snack on. One of my friends suggested a local fast food place. One of my very healthy friends that was with us, he is a great runner (always placing in the top 3 in local races), always preaching healthy foods, balked and was like "what are you crazy! let's stop at the supermarket" So we stopped at a 24 hour supermarket, went to the produce section and all had healthy fruit. At that point that was one of my ah ha moments... so that is what skinny fit people eat. My point, anyway, is that once you start thinking outside of the box eating healthy is easy. But why is it so easy to forget this?

I had a bad eating day yesterday... I was in a pissy mood, mad at my boyfriend and mad at the scale. I weighed yesterday and was actually up .2 from wednesday and only down .2 from the previous Sunday. And I've exercised and eat well every day!!! Now I know all about the fact that I am most likely gaining muscle, I did do 3 strength training sessions etc. etc. but I was still pissed off. Well that pissed off mood caused m totally blow eat food wise yesterday. One of my reps at work brought coffee (cream and sugar) and donuts and I had both. :( And it didn't stop there. So now I'm double pissed off at myself cause I am sabotaging myself from the certain weight loss that was sure to come but is now going to be hindered by a day of uncontrolled eating.
Ok, ok I just slapped myself lol and told myself to get control of myself. Ok back on the wagon it is.
My updates through yesterday:
Exercise 6 days/1 pause
Whole-food vegetarian 6 days/ 1 pause
Journaling... starting over tomorrow... did not log my food porn
Water 7 days/no pauses

Ok well thanks for letting me rant, I promise I'll be good the rest of the day...(I already had participated in some food porn before this post)

09-04-2006, 04:51 PM
Back from a long weekend in Savannah, which included one pause day. Before, I would have eaten huge amounts of the wrong food the entire weekend, so I'm pretty pleased to have just one bad day.

Food porn - I've never heard that term before, but it is so true!

I hope everyone is ready for a great week now that the holiday is over. Stay strong!

09-04-2006, 05:32 PM
Good morning, all! :wave: Going on 5:30 a.m. here Tuesday. Things are tough here and will get worse as my days will be spent more and more in the office. Also, one of my cats seems to be in his last days. Every morning I wake up thinking he might be gone. Every day I leave the house thinking I may not see him again and come home at night dreading what I will find. He is old but tough but the end is inevitable and I do not want it (the final journey) to drag on. I hope he will go gently.

As for work and the coming onslaught, I am determined to keep up healthful eating and exercise. I feel this is the only way to prevail. It's going to be tough, but it'll only mean notching up the discipline. Thanks to this thread and the months and months of challenges, I am already far and above what I was. Nonetheless, I do have my slips (sometimes for weeks... ;) ) but coming in here and getting back on the wagon always helps. Hope you all are feeling the same! :yes:


Ashley -- Good to see you! Your weekend in Savannah sounds like it was a huge success! :cp: Congratulations on staying within limits. That is truly the way of the straight and narrow. Yes, food porn is a term I started using to describe things we all know are the things that knock us off track and we really don't need to go on about at all. Though some people may have the control to just have a little bit, most of us battle the fall into the abyss triggered more often than not by a mere mention of some unmentionable! I also can't understand how some magazines can preach healthy eating and then cover their pages in full-color, detailed, closeup photos of foods that really have no place in the body of an athlete, which is what I think we all need to be to deal well with today's world. Well, Ashley, good luck and keep up the great work!

Liz -- Yes, your story of your friend and the supermarket eating was great! That is what it is all about. Making the right choices and not seeing the other as something attractive, but really for what it is, a very poor option. This is what I strive for and do pretty well with it. I try not to be preachy at all, never make faces or turn my nose up at what people are eating. (This allows me to do it sometimes without being a total hypocrite! ;) ) When someone offers me something rich and sugar-laden, I don't say, "Oh, my God, no! How can you put that in your body?!?!!?" :dunno: I say, "No thank you, it looks lovely though." and leave it at that. I amaze myself these days that I am able to do this. I can bring things to the office for others and not touch them myself. I guess it is because I now totally see it as my choice and that makes me feel empowered, as I am. Of course, even eating healthful foods doesn't guarantee leanness. I battle ample stores of fat because I still just eat way too much! Ok, ok, it's easy when you're only barely over 5 feet tall but that's my lot in life and I'll have to deal with it. It still feels fantastic to be chubby but full of energy rather than (I suppose) skinny and wasted. As for making good choices, the old ways are not distant memories. I oh so know how it easy it is to just throw all care to the winds and I do want everyone who still struggles to know that they too can make new habits their own. If I could do it, you all certainly can!! :yes: :yes: :yes: I could tell your tales of horror about what I used to dump down my mouth! :eek: :barf:

09-04-2006, 11:00 PM
just about time to call it a day here in arkansas. i went this morning and had breakfast with some dear friends and then spent the rest of the day with my family doing very little. i was able to get in my 10,000 steps so i think that i will make that one of my official challenges beginning tomorrow. i know that i am the start over queen, but the way i look at it, every good day is one step closer to life long changes. i am so proud that i found this thread because it has made me take a good hard look at myself and the way i take care of me. all my life i have been the care giver for everyone around me. i have never even thought about taking care of myself. even when i decided that it was time to start trying to take control of my weight, i wasn't doing it for me but for everyone around me. being able to come here and challenge myself to make changes and set goals has made a world of difference. i still have so far to go but all i can do is my very best everyday and that has to be good enough.
red, you are such an inspiration to me and i am so thankful to be able to share things with you and all the others here. thanks to you all.
goodnight, trob

09-05-2006, 02:47 AM
Hello. Nothing really to report except that I am working on Tuesday far, exercise is done, not yet the crunches and I am still clear on all the bans..looking good. I did have a moment when I stopped in to the convenience store (if you're wondering why I always talk about them, it's because they are everywhere in Tokyo!) and there I saw something, you know, some "stuff" lying in the freezer compartment and I had this thought....maybe I could eat that...and then...NO!!! :nono: I banished it from my mind....bought a book instead and some apple juice...hurrah!! :cp:


trob -- All right on the stepping! Glad to hear you're feeling up to making it official! :yes: If you were going steady, you can declare a "stealth" and just continue counting from where you are, you know? I was similar to you in that I needed to do something for someone else, never me. But that never worked, only temporarily. Soon I'd be back to old ways because I could never get over someone not liking me for as I was. I finally realized that I was simply attracting the wrong people. I didn't "dislike" myself for being overweight but I didn't like being overweight. I would get ticked at someone who insisted I be thin. On the other hand, I get ticked at someone who didn't seem to care one way or the other.'m doing it for myself only...that's all there is, actually. :^: and it feels fantastic! I suppose I have become too independent if there is such a thing....oh well, tough break, guys! :lol3: trob, I'm so happy to hear that you're doing this for yourself now! :sunny: You're so right. Don't worry yourself at all about how far, how far or anything like that! :nono: Make each day a work of art, but make it yours. Wow, don't know how I can be an inspiration to anyone... ;) but thank you! :thanks:

Liz -- You know, I had forgotten about the rest of your last post....but just wanted to say, "get off the scale!!" Don't let your efforts be shouted down by any scale. It doesn't know too much, is pretty near blind and wouldn't be able to tell the difference between a clump of dirt and a nugget of gold. Just get back on track with those magnificent efforts you were making and no more of that self-sabotaging, you hear!!? :mad: Work temptations are the toughest, because it's so hard if not impossible to get away from them. When I'm having weaker moments, I actually get up and move the food out of reach or even out of my immediate line of sight. Good luck! Love the whole-food veggie stuff. I'm a veggie too. :yes:


09-05-2006, 09:37 AM
Thanks for the pep talk redballoon! I needed it. But I am back on track. After my last post I literallly got up out of my chair.. grabbed the evil evil chips and dip I had bought dumped them in the trash and took my sorry butt to the gym. I got in a good workout and when I got home, showered and got ready for work I had a small NSV. I was looking for something to wear and grabbed a pair of capris that I couldn't wear and breathe in before. :) Well they buttoned and zipped with ease!!! Which just proves the damn scale is evil! So I'm in a better mood even with the evil scale not moving. Maybe I'll throw it out the window!
Again thanks for the pep talk, having people to talk to that are going through the same things as I am really helps!
Well off to work, I'll post my days later.

09-05-2006, 10:22 AM
Good morning all. The proverbial "bad penny" turns up again. Here I am! It's me:D

OK. Enough wallowing. It is done. No more. I was still dealing with the loss of the dog when some work issues came up. So, I, in my infinite wisdom, decided that gaining weight would solve all of these problems, so I must eat whatever, whenever, even when it made me feel sick. I am so smart.

Done though. My stepsister brought me some magazine back issues, and I have found the motivation to take control of my life and my eating again. I am doing a 5k race on 9/16 with her (she runs marathons), and even signed up for one on 9/24 by myself! That took some courage, but I did it.

So now, for what I want. I want to be healthy. I want to take control of my choices, and not fall back on old coping mechanisms. I want to think of food as fuel, not medication.

Here are my goals. All will be starting tomorrow, 9/6/06 (not as a cop out, but I am decaffeinating again, so today I am allowing myself one last diet decaf soda to try and stave off the headaches.)

1. Daily exercise, including some kind of abs/core. Level 3. This should be a no brainer, but I have really slipped on the abs/core stuff. Red, I can just see you shaking your head now.

2. Healthy eating. Follow my menus, log my eating, no soda, and no unapproved :censored:. Level 3.

That's it for now. I will try to stay with you all this time. I am relieved I only lapsed for 2 months and 10 pounds, but pray for the day (and the strength) to not have to lapse at all. That I can deal with life's little ups and downs on my own, without hiding from people, eating junk food, forgetting to work out regularly, all of that stuff.

Good luck all, and talk to you later. :wave:

09-05-2006, 10:46 AM
Well, I'm back. We had fun on our trip. Kinda sad though that it was our last trip of the year, but I'm looking forward to next summer already!

Ok, day 5, 6, 7 - exercise - did good. 3 pauses left.

Day 5, 6 logging food - good. Day 7 was a pause. I was so tired and with all the packing and trying to get home and then unpack, I just didn't keep up with logging. So, 2 pauses left.

I'll catch up with all of you over the next day or two. Gotta run!


09-05-2006, 06:21 PM
okay, as of 4:15 this afternoon i am up to 24,626 steps (i think that i may just skip my walk tonight) and my day is not over yet.
this is day on of my 10,000 steps a day challenge and i am going to make it a level 3 just in case.
i am not going to add anything else right now so maybe i can get through all 21 days of this one. gotta run, i have open house at one of the schools that i teach at tonight.
later, trob

09-05-2006, 08:04 PM
Good morning everyone! :wave: Wow, glad to see so many posts and some old friends! Jolly! You are NOT a "bad penny!!!" :nono:

Well, I just up and forgot my crunches yesterday. I went to bed super early because I was tired and also because I thought, well, just go to bed instead of staying up and eating dinner and thus I forgot to do the crunches. No problem though as I hadn't even taken a pause yet on them and riding yesterday had me working my abs a lot more as I improved my position at sitting trot.

Ok, so here's where I stand on my challenges. It doesn't really look too good, not with barely a week down and only one pause left on two of them, the hardest ones. The processed foods I could see but the alcohol is one that is not really a question of not drinking. Certain situations call for it and I am not going to not drink if they come up. However, I can and am totally cutting out the situations where I didn't really need to drink, such as sitting at home and having a beer to relax or joining in after work when I didn't really want to. Unlike in the States, discussing work over drinks is a very big part of the culture here and really important. You can't not drink and are not really trusted if you don't. If you insist on not drinking you will be kept out of the loop on many things and lose valuable insights into things. Besides, I really enjoy it so the thing I have to do is 1) cut out the unnecessary get-togethers and 2) maintain some sort of moderation when I do go out. Moderation, however, is not part of my challenge right now because I still found it hard to define! For me, it's still better to be too strict, because, if I'm not, I will inevitably be too lenient and those calories sure do add up, as well as the fact that I'm not going to be able to do much strenuous exercise if I'm hungover.... :^: So, I may have to start over, but I am going to do my best until then and if I have to start over it will be because I really needed to drink AND I will immediately start over, not allow a week or so to roll by before I do.

Alcohol -- Day 7 done/2 pauses taken
Sugar -- Day 8 done/1 pause taken
Processed Foods -- Day 7 done/2 pauses taken
Crunch Challenge -- Day 9 done/1 pause taken
Walking/Running/Riding Challenge -- Day 8 done/1 pause taken

09-05-2006, 08:49 PM
Heh there people, look at my weight under my avatar! :woo: 70.6 kgs!!! That's just over 155 lbs and the lowest I've been this year and last. My non-stretchy petite Size 10s are wearable, though not as loose as I'd like them, but still wearable. The problem with them is that they are too high-waisted, since without the excess fat I should probably be a Size 6, not a 10!! :eek: Oh, well, I'll take it. I remember when they had a hand's width at the top even preventing me from closing them! So, I am stoked.

"Dreams do come true if you
keep believing in yourself.
Anything is possible."
(Jennifer Capriati, pro tennis player)

09-05-2006, 09:28 PM
Congratulations, redballoon, on 70.6 kgs. That is excellent. And you deserve applause for constantly encouraging everyone else!

Trob - wow - 24,626 steps by 5:00 is quite an accomplishment. My workplace is working towards accreditation as a certified "wellness workplace", so a big group of us are wearing pedometers. I'm never in the top 10 of the weekly list of walkers. 24,626 in one day is huge!

Today was a great day for me. A friend brought in a bag of home-made cookies and I only had a small one and gave the rest away. Even with the cookie, I stayed within my calorie range, went to the gym and did my journaling.

09-05-2006, 10:23 PM
i am beginning to distrust my pedometer. i know that i am walking A LOT but i am afraid to trust it. my job as an art teacher keeps me on my feet all day. i walk the room while the kids are working and only sit down to eat lunch and do any planning that might be needed. do you guys think that i should buy a new one or trust the one that i have. i tested it tonight and it was within two steps of my count.

red- WAY TO GO with your weight. i know that it feels good to be smaller than you have been in years. you have got the right attitude with you alcohol challenge...just do what you have to do.

09-05-2006, 11:29 PM
Here I am again. Home today so I keep sitting down at the computer. I uncovered my piano for the first time in months. It felt good though I can't play a thing. I so wish I could sit down and play my favorite piece, "Clair de Lune." But I only ever get it in pieces and never all of them, only my favorites. I wish I could afford good lessons. It would help me over the sticking points and give me something to aim for along the way.... does anyone play piano here?

trob -- I was going to say, the pedometer seems a bit off. But then again, you did say you are on your feet all day long. It'll record even tiny steps or movements, which don't really help at all toward cardio or aerobic training like an allout pulse-raising stroll. Still, so what? It does show you've been doing a lot more than sitting on your duff or lying in bed! :lol: And, more importantly, it'll indicate the amount you were up and about in a relative manner. Sure, you know if you've gotten the heart pounding or not, but that's secondary. I ride trains a lot and I could see that the bumping in the train was being recorded as steps. Still, I figured it was still a good gauge of what I was doing, so I wouldn't worry. You are doing A-OK!! Thanks for the congrats on my weight loss. Now, to just keep going. This is the closest I've come to breaking through the 70-kg mark. I really want to get through that and stay through it consistently. I think that will be a huge psychological boost.

Ashley -- Thank you too! That was a great save with the "sweet things!" You certainly did sound like you had an excellent day! Keep on truckin'!! :flow2:

dj -- Welcome back! Wow, you did so well on your trip and, what's this?!!?, another beautiful photo for your avatar. I am longing for such scenes. Only one pause on food. That was awesome! Look forward to your catching up with us!

Liz -- Good for you for getting back on track. The chips, trash and gym tale was impressive! And will you look at that, the scale WAS lying to ya! I knew it! :yes: Capris "buttoned and zipped with ease!!!" Wow!! :eek: Rock on! :dancer:

jolly -- Like I said, no "bad penny" here. Glad to see you again! Your wisdom is unfathomable! ;) But it looks like in exploring it you nonetheless hit on a gem! :yes: And that race, wonderful! Good luck! :goodluck:

09-06-2006, 04:53 AM
Hi everyone~
Red- I play piano and guitar but I think I have arthritis in my fingers, (it's like on and off:( ) so I haven't been playing for some time. The strength on my fingers are not equal,:( so I can't do justice to the great masters' works- I imagine them turning in their graves when I play:lol: :lol: Chopin is a favorite:love: By the way, you can burn some calories from playing piano- so there you go.;)
So now we have three things in common, we're both vegheads:carrot: play piano, and seem to be restarting our challenges over and over.:rofl: :rofl:
By the way, a vegan who used to post in our thread for a short time went on the Atkins diet and lost the weight she couldn't lose on a vegan diet. (read her posts on the Atkins section) I've been toying with the idea, but I'm not so sure I want to be a carnivore again:barf: :barf: Any ideas?
My laptop which is only 15 mos. old is at the repair shop, it is still on warranty since there is 2 years warranty on every goods bought within EU, plus I have purchased an additional 2 years warranty so I don't know if they will repair it or if I get a replacement. I have an older laptop but I can't get the wireless pcmcia LAN card to work either so I'm using our stationary computer which is in one of our upstairs room (office/library room) and my dog (baby) and I hate this room so I can't be online for a long time-that's why I haven't been posting. Anyway, I'm only on day 7 on all my challenges
because I've taken 2 pause days:o , so I'm thinking about a restart because I don't like to continue once I've taken a pause day.
I need to get out of this room- making me feel clausthrophobic, and my baby is getting restless.
Have a great day everyone and good luck on your challenges.:goodluck:

09-06-2006, 08:07 AM
Good evening all. Wrapping up Wednesday here. Didn't get out to the gym till late today and just before I got there I read a very annoying email message..trouble at work that I couldn't iron out quickly so I was really ticked and was about to blow off the gym. Then I thought, no, this is going to be happening often and if every time it does I blow off the gym or my good eating, then what?! Who will have lost? ME! So, I went to the took a lot of hesitating, hanging around downstairs, do I go, don't I go? but I went! Didn't run but did weights and my anger was perfect. Had the adrenalin going, the music was focusing. I will probably be hurting tomorrow! :yes:

So, challenge wise, I am looking good for another day on all fronts! Will confirm that tomorrow! :sunny:


girlie -- Heh there! :wave: Good to see some old faces. Ah, a fellow veggie/piano player. Heh, I'm not starting this challenge over yet! :nono: :lol3: No, of course, I start them over all the time...but at least I keep at it! I would never, ever in my life go on Atkins. Ugh! I'm basically a veg for ethical reasons but I don't think I could stomach meat anyhow. You can definitely lose weight on a vegan diet but you have to be very vigilant. There's a well-known vegan bodybuilder. I'll find you his site....if he can do it, we can! And, oh, since I'm a writer/editor and stickler for words at times, I am forced to point out the constant misuse of the word "carnivore." You and I, being human, can never be carnivores, no matter how little meat we eat. We are omnivores, always will be. Cats are carnivore, you know, things with lots of sharp, pointy teeth, good for killing, no grinders, short intestines. Other are meat-eaters, we is veghead! :lol3: I get kind of tired of it. Over here you tell people you're a vegetarian and they ask, "but do you eat fish?" and instead of getting too upset because it's just the thousandth time I've heard it, I say, "No, I'm a vegetarian." Basta! Well, girlie, don't worry about me. I think the adrenalin is still going. I was so teed at this job applicant who I bent over backwards to be nice to even though she was a total loss and then I hear she's called the office to complain about "the bad treatment!" Damn! I'll show her bad treatment! :mad: By the way, what were your challenges again? You're like me with only a week down and two pauses taken. I don't mind pauses at all but I can understand your wanting to ace a challenge. When I think, I used to do that because I hadn't started the idea of pause days. Now, I have a hard time doing one even with them. Just goes to show you adapt to what you're allowed, the full refrigerator thing.....

09-06-2006, 10:02 AM
Good morning all. REal quick check in here. Unfortunately, for some reason, I can't seem to get on the site from home :( I will try and figure out the reason though.

So, day one of my challenges. I just got my rear kicked at the gym doing my circuit class. Luckily she also seemed to work most of the rest of the kinks out of my hip, so yeah! Hopefully tomorrow's run will go well. Now, I just need to remember: I will not eat when I am stressed. I will not eat when I am stressed. I will not . . .

Red, congrats on the weight. You are awesome. Everyone else, keep up the great work, and talk to you later :wave:

09-06-2006, 11:53 AM
Day 8 exercise went well. 3 Pauses left.
Day 7 logging food - good. 2 Pauses left.

I'm adding a new challenge. WATER! Must get more in! I seem to do well when it's hot out but not when it cools off. So, at least 64 ounces per day, level 3.

Next week, I'll also go back to an official calorie count. My calories have been running too high lately and with all that's been going on lately, I just have not been wanting to deal with it.

Wow Trob! Good job on the steps! Even if your pedometer isn't perfect, you know that you're getting some movement in and it's probably reasonably close. Congrats!

Red - Congrats on the weight loss AND the gym! Good going! It's funny how you just really don't feel like working out, but you make yourself anyways, and feel so great afterwards. That feeling is one of the biggest reasons I get my workout in everyday.

Glad you like my new avatar. It's a place called Mesa Falls here in Idaho. We didn't camp right there, but a few miles up the road. We spent part of one day there at the falls and took lots of pics!

Ashley - Great job on the cookies!

Hi to everyone else here! Gotta go re-create my shopping list (my 2 year old threw it away and then the 13 year old took out the garbage) and I must get to the store.

Have a great day! :wave:

09-06-2006, 07:16 PM
i feeling better about my pedometer today. i have half the class load on wed. and my step count was just over 11,000. i think that it is probably a little off but i am still happy. my weight was up on monday but it is back down today. i actually weighed less this afternoon than i did this morning.

red- thanks for the pep talk...i made me feel a lot better.
you too dj. thanks!

looks like everyone is trucking right along...keep up the good work. i am off to have dinner at my sister's house...could mean trouble but since i have only had around 200 cals today i think i will be alright.

09-07-2006, 07:27 AM
I am still on a roll! :flow2: And I am determined to NOT get on the scale and NOT keep looking at myself in the mirror to see if I look thinner and NOT keep checking my clothes to see if they feel any looser. I WILL just keep eating right and I WILL work out hard and I WILL remain strong in the faith that my efforts will get me to a place I want to go!! :sunny:

Here's where I stand. One more day notched all around! :cp:

Alcohol -- Day 9 done/2 pauses taken
Sugar -- Day 10 done/1 pause taken
Processed Foods -- Day 9 done/2 pauses taken
Crunch Challenge -- Day 11 done/1 pause taken
Walking/Running/Riding Challenge -- Day 10 done/1 pause taken


trob -- I am glad you feel better about your pedometer! :lol: You are really walking! Glad the pep talk helped too. You can do this! :yes: Hope you had a nice time at your sister's!

dj -- Congratulations on another day down! :bravo: Good luck on the water challenge too. And wow, the dreaded calorie count! :eek: This is what I need to do I think, but I just can't bring myself to do it. I just know if I can't have something I'll want it more and more. I have to trick myself somehow into thinking I'm eating a lot when I'm not. ;) Yes, the workouts are often like that. I almost blew off the gym today. I had already gone riding and was tired, but I had a rare cup of coffee (it's not a challenge right now) and it revved me up to bike to the gym. All the old familiar faces were there and I went heavy just to show off! :lol3: then ran 3K and pedaled back home! Hurrah! Yeah, the avatar photo is pretty. I will learn all about Idaho from you!

jolly -- Oh, you are too sweet! :love: I am not awesome, but, well....if you say so! :D Thanks! I hope your computer problems work out so you can get onsite from home. Sounds like the circuit class was good! :drill: You will remain in control when stressed!!

09-07-2006, 10:49 AM
day 9 - exercise - good, 3 pauses left
day 8 - logging food - good 2 pauses left
day 1 - 64 oz water - good, 3 pauses left

Well, 1st day of water challenge and I barely made it! Within an hour of bedtime, I realized I was a good 16 ounces short. I did manage to get those 16 ounces in before bed. I must get that challenge done earlier though or I won't get much sleep with all the bathroom trips.

Red - good job on the challenges and the gym again! Yes, the calorie count is hard but I seem to do better with it. I wish I could be like you and not watch the scale and just concentrate on health, but I just can't get myself away from all that. Oh well, maybe someday it'll be less of a compulsion if I start to feel better about myself!

Keep up the good work everyone! Have a great day. :wave:

09-07-2006, 04:10 PM
Yikes. I just have time for a quick flyby. I still can't figure out why my home computer is keeping my out!

OK. Day one, both challenges met. Though, I must admit, while I met the challenges, I still did a bit of self medicating. Sorry. Day 2 looking good, though I need to make sure I do some abs tonight. Ran out of time after running this morning.

Have a great day all, and will try again to check in tonight :wave:

09-07-2006, 05:31 PM
Morning all! Well, I did drag myself out of bed and am just having my morning caffeine shot. I think I may be overdoing it to get to the gym this morning. I just went last night. Still, if I can go I feel I should. Maybe I'll just cut down for this morning... :^:


jolly -- Too bad about that computer. :mad: Have you perhaps inadvertently changed the bookmark or upped the levels of your filters. It would seem very odd for you to be able to access other sites but not 3fc...hmmm.....Good going on the challenges! :bravo: You know, I was wondering if you shouldn't change your expression "self-medicating" to something that sounds a little less beneficial. I understand how you're using it, but I would never do that because I know my brain would see it as a good thing and obviously, from the sounds of it, you don't consider it a good thing. Well, good luck. :coach: Get those abs done!

dj -- :bravo: Another day in the bag! Gotta laugh about the water. I admire your dedication! :lol3: It's funny, how you can not mind the calorie count and I can stay off the scale. I never thought of it as feeling better about myself, but you may be right. I think it actually is the reason I don't get these same old 25 lbs off that I've wanted to for years. I like having weight to throw more than the literal sense..:rofl: I think that with the years of riding and especially heavy weight-training I canceled out a lot of the effects of attacks on my feelings of self-worth. The non-weight-related things I did gave me a sense of my own power. These challenges I hope will do that for some people. For me, I think they are mostly about holding myself accountable as I have a bad tendency to procrastinate and let things slide. Maybe, dj, there is something you can do that you really bring home to you just what an awesome woman you are and you won't allow things like weight to harm that knowledge. I can't say it really well...but I hope you can get what I'm saying. :strong:

Others!! Where are you?! :listen: Come in and post!!


09-07-2006, 06:29 PM
dj- i made the mistake once of drinking about 24+ oz right before bedtime and i paid dearly for it. i think i was up every hour running to the bathroom.

okay, i am out the door and will check back in season.

09-07-2006, 08:37 PM
I've had two really good days.
Calories - 1350 yesterday and 1100 so far today
Journeled - check
7,000 steps - check

djstorey - I had to laugh about your drinking water before bed. Been there, done that. Where in Idaho is Mesa Falls? My family is discussing a family trip in Idaho next summer, although it needs to be very reasonably priced in order for everyone to afford the trip.

red - I really admire your ability to stay motivated without weighing. I'm a scale addict.

09-07-2006, 10:46 PM
back from the ballgame. started ww today and hope that it keeps me motivated. after the meeting today i think that i may be doing the wrong thing with my food. i only eat around 300 calories during the day and then eat dinner. according to ww, i may be putting my body in starvation mode duing the day and slowing down my metoblism. not what i wanted. i am going to try to up my calories during the day and lower them at night and see if that makes a difference.
challenge- 10,000+ steps done (4 days in a row...i am on a roll now girls!!)

good job everyone!!

09-08-2006, 09:44 AM
Day 10 - exercise - pause! Ended up taking a nap instead, oh well, guess I needed it after being in the bathroom too much the night before. 2 pauses left

Day 9 - logging food - good - 2 pauses left

Day 2 - 64 ounces water - good - 3 pauses left.

Finished my water much earlier in the day this time so I got to sleep! Felt really good. Besides, long day today so I needed it. First we're going to the state fair, then my son is playing in the band for the big rival football game tonight. No time to rest today!

Ashley - Congrats on your 2 great days! Mesa Falls is in Eastern Idaho just a few miles (as the crow flies) from Yellowstone and the Wyoming border. It's a really pretty area and if anyone is into fishing, you have the famous Henry's Fork of the Snake river just up the hill a few miles. My other avatar I had on here was near a town called Stanley just below the Sawtooth mountains which is also really pretty and a fun area to visit. I'll change avatars again later and you can see one of the pics we took from there.

Red - I do get what you're saying, and the logical part of my mind knows that I shouldn't get hung up on my weight, but the emotional part of my mind just doesn't listen well! :listen: I just want my weight to be at a point where I'm more comfortable with myself and I'm actually almost there I think. I don't have to be skinny, I just want to feel more comfortable in my own skin.

Jolly - Sure hope you get that computer problem figured out! Good job on your challenges.

Trob - Hope ww helps you out! I've thought about it but just don't have much time to go to meetings with my schedule. Good going on your 10,000 + steps! :carrot:

My house is awakening! Gotta run. Have a great day all! :wave:

09-08-2006, 05:35 PM
another 10,000+ steps taken!!

09-08-2006, 06:10 PM
Hi Red, Apple, Jolly, Shad, and everyone else I don't know yet but are participating in Red's wonderful, inspiring, motivational challenges! (Yes, I'm sucking up :devil: - I've been a mess and ignored my online friends for too long).

I'm stealthing in at day 2 of an exercise challenge - 30 minutes daily. Yesterday I did 30 minutes on the stairmaster, and today I took a brisk 35 minute walk, plus did 10 push-ups.

Where have I been, you ask? As some of you know, I was up in NYC for work off and on from Jan - April. The entire time I'm up there I'm doing great (apart from some major homesickness near the end), maintaining my weight, the client repeatedly tells me how happy she is to have me there, what a great job I am doing, etc. So I get back to DC when it's all done, and have no work. I'm billing maybe 15 hours a week. A couple weeks go by, and I'm called up for a semi-annual review, at which I am told that I'm not fitting into the firm, and I'm being placed on "termination status" (i.e., fired).

I sunk into a MAJOR depression - sleeping all day, not talking to anyone, coming way too close to suicide, not working out, eating nothing but :censored: - and, gained back all but one of the pounds I had worked so diligently to take off.

I started a new job just over a month ago, and have pulled myself out of the depression and negative mind-set, but have been struggling with getting back into a healthy eating exercise regime again. I know that y'all were so supportive before, and really helped me.

Okay - future posts will actually follow the guidelines and also be supportive of my fellow challengers! I'm glad to be back, and I hope I'm forgiven!:hug:

09-08-2006, 07:35 PM
Good morning. It was a VERY rough day yesterday! :cry: Twelve hours in the office with intense meeting after intense meeting. I had managed to get to the gym, jog 3K and do some leg weight training AND I ate well. Only thing I shouldn't have done was have a latte in the afternoon. That had me way too wired. It's amazing what caffeine does to you. Once you've cut back, stay cut back! It's a powerful drug! :eek:

Well, things are looking good. The much-anticipated drinking session did not materialize and I was thinking I REALLY wanted it. At the same time, when I realized I was more or less being stood up, I consoled myself immediately by thinking I was home-free on my challenge AND I would not be canceling out hard-spent calories with beer! I liked it and, better yet, am relatively fresh and ready to take on another work day (Saturday :( ) strengthened in the fact that I did NOT pig out or reach for any sort of junk and I was offered it THREE times!
Hurrah for me! But I do want to say thank you to you all for being here and giving me a place to come in and talk about my little accomplishments! :grouphug:

Alcohol -- Day 10 done/2 pauses taken
Sugar -- Day 11 done/1 pause taken
Processed Foods -- Day 10 done/2 pauses taken
Crunch Challenge -- Day 12 done/1 pause taken
Walking/Running/Riding Challenge -- Day 11 done/1 pause taken


Fish -- !!! :wave: YO!! Good to see you! There is NOTHING to forgive! I'm just glad to have you back. Really sorry to hear about those really bad times you were having. I don't want you EVER to even get near the thought of suicide. Nothing should take you to that point! :nono: and there is NOTHING and NO ONE who should ever be allowed to push you in that direction. If you ever find yourself slipping you send me an SOS, ya hear?! Your previous work situation was disgusting! "Termination status?!?!?" WTF!!!???? This is the kind of stuff people go postal over. "I'll show you termination status!" Listen, kiddo, you are far, far better off getting away from such gnomes. Protect yourself and absolutely refuse to let others hurt you. You must be like a mama bear protecting her young to YOURSELF! Well, good luck on your challenge and get in here and post regularly like you used to do. Apple is in and out, jolly is recently back and trying hard, Shad pops in to say hello at times. We have some great new members but things are basically the same. Welcome home!! :hug:

trob -- Yowzah! You're rockin'!!! :dancer: But, yes, be careful about eating too little. You are right about the messing with your metabolism. Your body will eat away at muscle and just make it harder to take off the fat. As one of my favorite bodybuilding sites says, "Burn the fat. Feed the muscle."

Ashley -- Heh there! Where have you been? Stealthing? Thanks for the words. I don't NOT weigh myself. I just try not to let the numbers on the scale affect me. I stay focused on the effort and have faith in the correctness of what I'm doing. If I don't see the results I think my efforts call for I look to reassess what I'm doing. The biggest thing though is learning patience when it's needed, taking action when it's needed. This has been a long, long road. I've been where everyone has been I think. I think two words to live by are CLARITY and the COURAGE to face what you see. You're doing great! Continued good luck!

dj -- :bravo: More days done and you're into the double digits on exercise, so don't let a pause stall your momentum. You'll be recharged and ready to take on the rest of your challenge! :yes: You'll be where you want to be soon with the "feeling comfortable in your own skin." Remember to acknowledge it when you are. I know I tend to get somewhere and then, with barely a nod at the fruit of my efforts, push on like a drill sergeant. Not good.

09-08-2006, 08:41 PM
Stayed within the calories and journeled today, but didn't quite hit 7,500 steps. Went to 60-minute kick-boxing class instead of walking, and only ended up with 6,900 steps on the pedometer. Now I'm too tired to even think of going out walking. I'm thinking that the kick-boxing class is at least three times the exercise of walking, so am counting this as a goal met for today. It is an excellent workout. Is that cheating?

Welcome, Fishwoman. Sounds like you've really worked hard and are back on track again. Congratulations on the new job. We'll all be cheering you on.

09-08-2006, 08:51 PM
Yo! Another bit down on the scale! It had been up and down the past few these things will be...but I waited patiently and YOWZAH! a new record low!!! :)


Ashley, I think you're fine!! Great going!! :cp:

09-09-2006, 10:35 AM
just had to post my new weight. down a pound!! we are headed out of town for the day and i am sure that my eating will not be that great....oh well, i do my best and not stress over it. hope that everyon has a great saturday or sunday....i can't keep up with what day you are on red. later
trob (

09-09-2006, 11:50 AM
Day 11 - exercise - good - 2 pauses left

Day 10 - logging food - good - 2 pauses left

Day 3 - water - good - 3 pauses left

Well, getting my water and exercise in at the fair yesterday was pretty easy. It was warm, so I was drinking a lot, and all the walking I did was great. I did manage to "log" my food when I got home, and I'm really glad I'm not doing the calorie counting thing since I have no idea what kind of calories were in the food! All I could do was to estimate. I did manage though to make a decent choice on what to eat and I stayed away from the junk, so I'm happy about that.

Red and Trob - congrats on the loss! :cp: That's awesome!

Hi Ashley and Fish!

Hope you all have a great weekend.

09-09-2006, 05:22 PM
Hello all! Revving up for another day. I am reluctant to admit that I had to take a pause on FOUR of my five challenges yesterday. The only one I got through was the crunches and that only because I forced myself to get down on the floor and do 'em before going to bed. Sigh. It wasn't as if I even HAD to take pauses but something just had me saying, "take it easy" for a day. It wasn't a big thing. I didn't pig out or even get a slight buzz from the one small bottle of the brew I had, but still, it means a pause and I am going to take them. It also means I will likely have to start over on the alcohol challenge as I have a scheduled drink-in on Friday, but I'll take that when it comes. It is only the numbers, mustn't forget that. The exercise challenge was mostly because I didn't have the pedometer on. I could have met my quota but maybe not, so I'm taking the pause. Still have one left so I think I can make it through. :^:

Alcohol -- Day 10 done/3 pauses taken
Sugar -- Day 11 done/2 pauses taken
Processed Foods -- Day 10 done/3 pauses taken
Crunch Challenge -- Day 13 done/1 pause taken
Walking/Running/Riding Challenge -- Day 11 done/2 pauses taken

09-10-2006, 05:02 PM
Another day down on all fronts! :sunny:

Alcohol -- Day 11 done/3 pauses taken
Sugar -- Day 12 done/2 pauses taken
Processed Foods -- Day 11 done/3 pauses taken
Crunch Challenge -- Day 14 done/1 pause taken
Walking/Running/Riding Challenge -- Day 12 done/2 pauses taken

Congrats on the weight loss, trob!! :cp: dj, good going! :strong:

09-10-2006, 07:42 PM
There must be something psychologically affective for me about being accountable to this group. I've had two more good days! Met all three challenges both days - calories, journeling and steps. I've even had food on my plate, ready for my mouth, and then thought - No! It would put me over my limit for the day and then I'd have to confess to not meeting the goal. Normally, I would never be on-target this many days in a row. This feeling of being accountable for my choices to meet personal goals has never happened to me before, even in weight watchers or other groups. Does 3FC affect everyone else like that?

Red - good job on the crunches before going to bed on Saturday. You could have just given up for the day, but you didn't. And then you had a really good day Sunday.

DJ - Great job keeping up with your goals while at the fair and with not eating all the junk food. It can be tough to keep up with just the water in that setting - especially if the bathrooms at your fair are like those here - yuck!

Question - is the weight posted for the starting weight supposed to be the highest weight when we joined this web site, or my highest-ever weight?

09-11-2006, 09:25 AM
Rockin'!!! :dancer:

Alcohol -- Day 12 done/3 pauses taken
Sugar -- Day 13 done/2 pauses taken
Processed Foods -- Day 12 done/3 pauses taken
Crunch Challenge -- Day 15 done/1 pause taken
Walking/Running/Riding Challenge -- Day 13 done/2 pauses taken


Ashley -- Love hearing that the challenge is working for you! I SO know how you feel. Very often I find myself saying to myself..."I can't do this...I'd have to admit to it on the thread..." :^: And then knowing when I have a save that I can come in here and boast about it!!! :yes: :yes: :yes: Yeah, it's great! Keep up the fantastic work!! :cp: As for that starting weight, that is totally up to you. Mine is my recent heavy weight, not my all-time heavy, but you do what you like. I suppose if you were much, much heavier years ago, lost some and keep it off for years but are looking to get to a lower weight, I'd start with the more recent "heavy" weight, but then, like I said, whatever you feel like is fine!!

09-11-2006, 11:28 AM
Gotta catch up here!

Day 12 and 13 - exercise - good, 2 pauses left

Day 11 & 12 - logging food - good, 2 pauses left

Day 3 & 4 - water - good, 3 pauses left

Managed to scape by this weekend and managed all challenges! Weekends are always the hardest!

Red - you're doing great! Keep going!

Ashley - I know what you mean. Just the thought of having to come here and to admit I blew it, keeps me going. Guess I'm one of those that hates to admit to failure!

Good job on your challenges!

Have a great day all! :wave:

09-11-2006, 09:34 PM
a big WAY TO GO to everyone! it looks like everyone is sticking to their challenges. i have had another 10,000+ step day...and i have NO idea what day i am on. i guess that is a good thing. i am going to add my water back and try once more for 64 oz a day. i have a student teacher working with me now so running to the bathroom is no longer an excuse. hope that everyone has a great tomorrow. trob

09-12-2006, 09:26 AM
Day 14 exercise - good - 2 pauses left
Day 13 - logging food - good - 2 pauses left
Day 5 - water - good - good - 3 pauses left

Wow, kinda quiet in here!

Sounds like you're doing good Trob! Keep it up!

Hope to see everyone back soon! Have a great day! :wave:

09-12-2006, 07:43 PM
dj- i wonder where everyone is at??? i was just sitting here looking at your 89lb weight loss...WAY TO GO!!! how long has it taken you and how are you doing it? i have been trying for 2 years and there are days when i just want to give up. i first started attending a gym with a group of friends and lost 10 lbs in about 6 weeks and dropped from a womens 18 to a regular 14/16. i stayed there for a year and then started trying again last spring. i lost 16 in 8 weeks and then gained 10 back this last summer. i have now lost 7 of the 10 but don't seem to be able to shed anymore. i just rejoined ww and hope that it will get me going again. any info. would be great!

09-12-2006, 08:20 PM
Thanks Trob. Yeah it is a lot of weight to lose and I have a hard time believing that I've done that! It has taken me about 1 1/2 years so far. I've really tried to do this smart this time and take it slow. Every time I tried to lose weight before, I jumped right in and tried to make too many big changes all at once and burned out within a couple of weeks.

This time I kinda started out slowly (which I think made a big difference!). I started learning to cook with less fats, began to add in more fruits and vegies and then started measuring foods to learn what a "portion" really is. Finally, I started counting calories.

I also exercised. At first I only walked about 1 1/4 miles 2x a week. As I got stronger I kept upping my workouts until now I try to walk at least 2 miles 3 times a week, do aerobics at home 5-6 times a week and do strength training 2 or 3 times a week. It adds up to about 45 minutes to 1 1/2 hours each day 6 days a week. On Sundays, I take a break and just walk or work in the garden or something. It sounds like a lot but I've learned over time to really enjoy it and actually get grouchy now when someone interrupts me or keeps me from my workout!

Basically, I just did what I've always known I should do, I just had to figure out how to make it work for myself and how to make my exercise time a priority in my life. Not always easy I know!!!

Don't think I'm making it sound easy, I'm not trying to. I've had many ups and downs on the scale (on an up right now! :o ). But at least I now know that I CAN DO THIS! I think sometimes I get a little burned out or stressed about life, but so far, I keep jumping back on the band wagon after a time and start losing again.

I guess the best advice I can give anyone is to find what works for you but don't forget the basics of weight loss. Read others advice and others stories and use what fits your life and be ready to tweak things as needed.

Good luck with your journey!

09-12-2006, 09:28 PM
Sorry I've been out of touch for a couple days. Yesterday was absolutely crazy at work and then I blew a blood vessel in my eye once I got home, so I just went to bed. Somehow managed to get in my steps though and also went to the gym tonight for a cardio class that did me in. So, I'm track for the last two days.

I can echo DJ for taking it slow and changing the lifestyle. I've tried every diet known to mankind, and have found that I just gain back the weight when I'm done with the "diet". My top weight was 230. I took off 30 pounds in 2005 by counting calories and getting regular exercise. Amazing to discover the true size of a serving! Then had a hysterectomy and had to stop going to the gym for a while. That got me out of the habit of exercise - for about six months - and the weight loss stopped. OK, I have to confess that the eating sensibly part stopped too. :nono:

Now I'm back at the gym and counting my calories and the weight loss has resumed. Unfortunately, I have shoulder surgery scheduled for Sept 23, which is going to put me out of commission again for awhile. I'm hoping it will just be for a few weeks. I'll miss 3FC while my typing is limited.

09-12-2006, 11:40 PM
Well, people, here's the dope. I blew two of my challenges yesterday... :( Yes, the alcohol was a wash and then the processed foods. But I'm starting over without a bump. The processed food one I'm not getting bent out of shape over...that is hard and I went off it only minimally. The alcohol gives me more pause for thought...2 weeks and on three of those days I had alcohol (ok one of them was just a smidgen). It's not bad and it CERTAINLY could have been a lot worse, but...oh well...yeah, back on the wagon! :yes:

Alcohol -- :bb: Day 1 starting over after 11 days (with 3 pauses... :( )
Sugar -- Day 12 done/2 of 3 pauses taken
Processed Foods -- :bb: Day 1 starting over after 11 days! (with 3 pauses...)
Crunch Challenge -- Day 14 done/2 of 3 pauses taken
Walking/Running/Riding Challenge -- Day 13 done/2 of 3 pauses taken

:^: New challenge (level 3): Nuts, butter and deep-fried foods -- Max. of 300 cals. or nuts or nut butter or butter, NO deep-fried foods -- Day 1
This one is going to be hard because I live on nuts, but know these are huge in calories and fat, thus the limit, not a total ban. The deep-fried is something I don't normally eat much of but at times it gets too easy to reach for such and I just want to be more vigilant. You see, these are all ways of helping myself to take in fewer calories without actually doing the dreaded calorie count. What I need to do is start focusing on getting more vegetables and fresh fruit into me.

By the way, with dj's wonderful post about how she lost weight, going slowly and all, I just wanted to share this article. It's saying a lot of the same. Notice, we (as in 21 days, making habits) are No. 4 on the list!! :)

09-13-2006, 01:25 AM
Dreamer -- :welcome: Welcome to our humble thread. I'm glad you're stoked by the challenge! Your challenges sound great but you may have misread the rules. You'll have to tweak your exercise and journal writing challenges to make them something you can do EVERY day, or conceivably, 6x/week with one pause day and then add three days at the end. You could just add some gentler exercise on the weekends and make your challenge "exercise every day" and do the journal likewise, or just keep those "extracurricular" challenges, what we call things that don't fit the rules but you want to tell us about (perhaps in preparation for going every day at some point). Are your water and soda challenges two separate ones? Well, I look forward to having you with us. Best of luck! :goodluck:

Ashley -- Wow, so sorry to hear about the trouble you've been having. You've done so well taking that weight off and every bit counts. Don't get discouraged. It's a long, slow process with many bumps and breakdowns. Just keep plugging along and we'll get there! :hug:

dj -- :bravo: A big hand to you for all the days notched! :cp: I absolutely loved your long post! You have really put it down well, all the things that are an integral part of success. Thanks so much for sharing your story and wisdom with everyone! :yes:

trob -- Yeah, things are a bit slow. That happens. But just as long as you keep coming in here... ;) It's great that you've lost that weight and then most of the bit you regained. It's truly a balancing act and one in which you can never rest on your laurels. :^: Good luck with WW. You can do it, I know! :)

09-13-2006, 01:36 AM
I'm wondering... :?: Where are some of you? Jolly, Fish, girlie, Lizz? :dunno: Come in and post!

09-13-2006, 09:23 AM
Day 15 - exercise - good, 2 pauses left

Day 14 - logging food - good, 2 pauses left

Day 6 - water - good, 3 pauses left

Well, still meeting these challenges. I was going to add in my calorie counting again but have been really on edge waiting to hear about the job my husband applied for. I know, sounds like an excuse, but, I feel like I'm going to jump out of my skin having to wait like this! I'm still not even sure if I want him to get the job or not, I just want to know if we're putting the house up for sale and moving or not! Living in suspense is not fun. Supposedly we should find out this week or next week what the verdict is.

Ashley - just curious, you mentioned that you had a hysterectomy. I'm scheduled for a partial hysterectomy at the end of this month myself (voluntary). Is that what you had done? I'm curious what the recovery is really like. I hate the thought of being out of commission for too long!

Hope things get better for you quickly!

:welcome3: Dreamer!

Red - Sorry to hear about your 2 challenges! Like you said though, the alcohol could have been a lot worse and the processed food one is REALLY tough! All in all I think you've done great!

Have a great day everyone! :wave:

09-13-2006, 12:51 PM
hi everyone! I was home for a few days and couldn't get my internet access to stay connected:mad:

I have finished day 5 of my exercise challenge - yesterday was an unintended pause day. So I had best get to the gym today and do 30 minutes of something!

Red - sorry about blowing your challenges, but yea on starting over "without a bump":)

Ashley - oh my gosh! How is your eye doing? That sounds scary to have a blood vessel burst - are you okay?

DJ - congratulations on making it through the weekend, that is the hardest time for me with controlling my food.

I hope everyone has a good day - talk to you soon.

09-13-2006, 06:44 PM
thanks for all the good advice dj and for everyone else who chimed in. i know what works the best for me and that is exercise, but i don't seem to be able to find the time for it during the school year. i guess i am just going to MAKE the time.
red- sorry that you are having to start over but good for you for jumping right back in.

ashley- i too am on my way to a hysterctomy and like dj it is voluntary. i hope to get it done around christmas but don't have it scheduled yet. tell me about your experience. i am a little scared.

09-13-2006, 09:04 PM
Welcome Dreamer - nice to have somebody else join our little group.

Journeled and counted calories today, but haven't quite gotten in my steps yet. It has been POURING rain ever since I got off work. I'm hoping it lets up enough for me to walk before it's pitch dark. If not, I guess I'll be marching in place in the living room.

Trob and DJ - how strange that you're both in line for a hysterectomy. My partial hysterectomy was also voluntary. I was surprised to learn that very few hysterectomies are for life-threatening circumstances. I had prolapses of both uterus and bladder, plus fibroids, so had a vaginal with a TVT bladder sling and A&P repair with implanted mesh. If either of you have any bladder incontinence problems, I would strongly encourage you to have it evaluated and treated at the same time as the hysterectomy. The surgery itself was pretty uneventful. I had no need for the pain pump once I got into recovery, and only took one percocet once I got home from the prescription I had filled. My doctor was amazed at how pain-free I was. The bad news was that my bladder went on vacation so I had to go home with a catheter for a few days, which was very uncomfortable.

My recovery was nothing short of a miracle. I am an executive, so most of my work consists of meetings, phone calls, planning and e-mails. I was able to work full-time from home the first week, worked half-time at the office the second week, and was back pretty much full-time the third week. However, that is very unusual. You should plan to be out of commission a full 6-8 weeks. That way, if you recover earlier - it's a bonus.

I'd say it was approximately 5 months before I was totally back to normal, and felt my energy level was restored. The doctor said to expect it to take up to a year to be totally back to normal. I kept my ovaries, but they decided to quit in protest, so I eventually went on hormone replacement therapy, which is a blessing!! Between the memory loss and the hot flashes I couldn't function without the replacement hormones.

I found a really good on-line support system at There are separate forums for pre-op, post-op, etc. They have lists of questions to prompt women for things to ask the doctor. The women on the site have lots of advise for when the little things crop up afterwards, and somebody is always on-line, even if you have a question at 3 in the morning. It was so reassuring to have the freedom to ask about very personal (and embarrassing) things without feeling stupid. Of course, I would be happy to answer any questions also.

I've decided to look at the upcoming shoulder surgery in a positive light. Maybe I'll finally be able to kayak, which is something I've always wanted to do, but couldn't because of the bum shoulder.

09-13-2006, 10:37 PM
ashley- thanks for all the info. i am thinking that i will probably keep my ovaries also. since i am a teacher i am going to try to get my doctor to do the surgery the first of december so that i can use my 2 wk vacation at part of my sick leave. thanks again. hope that you have a wonderful day tomorrow....friday is almost here!!

09-14-2006, 09:15 AM
Not doing too good here... :( Sick with a cold, must have been the reason I was feeling so blue...

Processed Foods -- :bb: Day 1 starting over (with 3 pauses...)
Alcohol -- Day 2 done/no pauses taken
Fat challenge -- Day 2 done/no pauses taken
Sugar -- Day 13 done/3 of 3 pauses taken
Walking/Running/Riding Challenge -- Day 14 done/2 of 3 pauses taken
Crunch Challenge -- Day 15 done/2 of 3 pauses taken

09-14-2006, 09:40 AM
Day 16 - exercise - good, 2 pauses left

Day 15 - logging food - pause - 1 pause left

Day 7 - water - good 3 pauses left

Yep, took a pause on logging, ended up being gone from home most of the day. I was going to catch it up later, but, oh well.

Thanks Ashley for all the info. I'm going to check out that website as soon as I'm done here!

Red - Sorry to hear you're not feeling well! :hug: Hope you get well quickly!

Fish - Sounds like you're doing really good on your challenges! Good job! Yes, weekends are the worst. For me, that's the only time that I have to cook dinners since my husband works swing shift. The rest of the week I can get away with less big meals!

Trob - If all goes according to our plans, I will be having my hysterectomy near the end of this month and I can let you know how it was.
Good luck with the exercise plans. I know it's hard, but maybe you could fit in a couple of short workouts in your day.

Have a good day all. :wave:

09-14-2006, 10:00 PM
I was waiting for the rain to quit last night and fell asleep, so had a pause day on walking. Made up for it today by going to the gym for an intense workout. So now I'm at day 14 with:
Calories 1200-1500 - 2 pauses
Walking - 1 pause
Journeling - 1 pause

Hope you get to feeling better Red.

09-14-2006, 10:46 PM
down 1 pound today...Yeah me!!
10,000+ stpes pauses used

09-15-2006, 09:20 AM
Day 17 - exercise - good, 2 pauses left

Day 16 - logging food -good - 1 pause left

Day 8 - water - good 3 pauses left

Did well on all yesterday. Hope everyone is doing good. Busy day today, gotta run!


09-15-2006, 11:24 AM
Well, because of work, yesterday ended up being my second (and last) pause day. Wednesday was day 6, with 30 minutes on the elliptical.

DJ, Trob, Ashley, Red - I hope you all are doing well. The rain finally quit here, and it is supposed to be lovely this weekend.:carrot:

ETA: I just got back from the gym and finishing Day 7 with 30 minutes on the elliptical.

09-15-2006, 06:18 PM
fish-30 mins. on the elliptical...WOW, that is great. i worked up to 40 mins. but couldn't do it all at once. i would do 20 before my workout and then 20 after. keep up the good work!!

10,000 steps done once more
i think that i said i was starting a water challenge but never did. i will get that going one of these days.
keep up the good work guys. everyday marked off is reason to celebrate!!!

09-16-2006, 05:05 PM
Still not doing too good...and likewise on the challenges, though I am still hanging in there. Where IS everyone?!?!?! :shrug:

Processed Foods -- Day 1 starting over (with 3 pauses...)
Alcohol -- Day 3 done/1 pause taken
Fat challenge -- Day 4 done/no pauses taken
Sugar -- Day 15 done/3 of 3 pauses taken
Walking/Running/Riding Challenge -- Day 16 done/3 of 3 pauses taken
Crunch Challenge -- Day 16 done/3 of 3 pauses taken

dj, Ashley, Fish trob!! Hello and good luck!! :wave:

09-16-2006, 06:06 PM
On track yesterday, but am cutting it close today. It's only 5:00 and I've eaten all my calories. Had a great salad for lunch, but then came home and looked up the calories. Yikes!! Amazing how calorie-laden some salad ingredients can be. I think the secret is to only eat green stuff in the salad. The dried cranberries and bleu cheese are a big no-no.

Did kick-boxing this morning and then went shopping this afternoon, so got in my steps.

Hope everyone has a great weekend.

09-16-2006, 08:52 PM
hey red, wish there was something that i could do to make your days go a little better. just hang in there, i am sure things will start to turn around.

i have had a good day so far but we are headed to the county fair tonight and i have to have my yearly candied apple....surely it can't have THAT many calories. got my steps in with yard work, house cleaning and shopping. so everything is looking good. i have even gotten in my water for once so i guess this will be my day to start that challenge.

09-17-2006, 09:50 AM
Hi there. Had a great day of exercise today. After riding, I forced myself to walk to the gym (50 min), jog 3K and do some weights, then walk home again. It's a holiday Monday (tomorrow) and the gym will open too late to go before work. So, I'm glad for that. Still can't achieve liftoff with the processed food challenge restart and I'm not eating very healthfully... :(

Processed Foods -- Day 1 /no pauses taken
Alcohol -- Day 4 done/1 pause taken
Fat challenge -- Day 4 done/1 pause taken
Sugar -- Day 16 done/3 of 3 pauses taken
Walking/Running/Riding Challenge -- Day 17 done/3 of 3 pauses taken
Crunch Challenge -- Day 17 done/3 of 3 pauses taken


trob -- I do feel all better now, thank you! :thanks: I made a pretty quick recovery, considering too that I was out drinking till late on Friday. Funny how sometimes you can just go and go...I attribute it to staying pretty decently fit...though there is room for improvement. :^: I hope you enjoyed the county fair. I looked up candied apples and was surprised myself at the calories. I wouldn't have thought they had much in 'em either. Oh well... ;)

Ashley -- How are you getting on? Hope you didn't go overboard the other night after the salad. Yes, there's nothing low-cal about a lot of the things in salad bars and they tend to load up on them in the restaurants because they're cheaper than fresh veggies. Watch the dressing. That's one place you can really go overboard with regular dressing. I used to carry my own with me. You literally can save hundreds of calories like that, although I guess most places in the States offer low-cal, right?

Fish -- Cutting it a bit short with those pause day, eh? I'm the same. Took some way too early on a couple of my challenges. Still, you can make it if you put your mind to it and your foot to the floorboard on that exercise! :strong:

dj -- Looking good! :yes: You're almost through two of your challenges. Keep up the great work! :woo:

Calling all posters!!! Where ARE you!?!?!? :dunno: Jolly, Apple what happened to ya? girlie?! :listen: Dreamer, you off dreaming someplace? :cloud9: Others!?!?! :wave:

09-17-2006, 06:42 PM
Good morning all. It's Monday morning here. Where are all the posters?! :?: I guess there'll be a bombardment of them when I start getting super busy and can't reply. :^: I realize it's the weekend still for most of you.

Well, just looking over my challenges and I see I'm walking the high wire without a net on three of them! Yikes! :eek: It's going to be tough, especially with the added work, which means I'll be hard put to get up at 4:30 a.m. or whatever hour to get to the gym when I've had only 6 or so hours of sleep, if that. Not drinking is key. Eating good foods is also key. Can I do it?!?!

09-17-2006, 07:46 PM
Day 18 & 19 - exercise - good, 2 pauses left

Day 17 & 18 - logging food -good - 1 pause left

Day 9 & 10- water - good - 3 pauses left

Well, I did good on Fri & Sat, but I'll be reporting a pause tomorrow, for today. Just had NO energy today. No clue why, but just have not gotten a darn thing done! Maybe it's TOM, I know it's about here. If I'm right, I'll really have to push myself to finish my last days of my exercise challenge.

Red - We know you can do it! Glad you're feeling better. Sounds like you really jumped back in with that exercise after being sick! You're getting so close on 3 of those challenges. That's great! Almost there!

Trob - Hope you made it through the county fair! Luckily the fair only comes once a year huh? All that tempting junk food. Keep up the good work.

Ashley - Isnt' it terrible that all those salad fixings can be so high in calories! You're right though, stick to the vegies and low cal dressing. Good job on your exercise!

Fish - Sorry about those pause days, but good going on the ellipticle! Hope your sunny weekend was nice.

09-17-2006, 10:48 PM
Day 18
- calories <1500 - good, 1 pause left
- logging food -good - 2 pauses left
- exercise - just got back from long walk - 2 pauses left

I have my surgery scheduled for this Friday, so am planning to finish strong this week and then will be out of commission for a while. I'll have to start over with less aggressive goals until I'm healed up enough to get back in the swing of things. I'm making a commitment right now that I will not use this as an excuse to drop my plan to eat healthier and excercise more. This will just be a small pause, not a chance to abandon ship.

Red - Wow on the exercis!. That is tremendous after being sick last week. Wish it was a holiday here tomorrow.

DJ - you've been doing really well. Now you've had your pause and can get out and finish strong. Red can be a model for all of us in the energy department!

Trob - Our fair is at the end of October. For some reason, every year that is the week it finally cools down. I'm really looking forward to that since it's still been in the mid to high 80s here and lots of humidity. The mosquitoes were out in full force tonight when I went walking.

Fish - Good work on the elliptical.

09-17-2006, 11:03 PM
Good going dj, Ashley! :cp: And thanks for the encouragement! Yeah, my nose wouldn't stop running this morning and the sneezing, but I get this sometimes, don't think it's a cold. I do that, make fast recoveries. I tend to get sick fast too though. Well, holidays don't mean anything to me 'cause I work at a newspaper. Am in the office as I type. I hope your surgery goes well, Ashley. I'm sure it will. :yes:

09-18-2006, 03:49 AM
hi is it too late for me to join the challenge?

At least 30-60 minutes in some kind of exercise for the day - Level 2
Cut down on alcohol- Level 2
Journal every day - Level 1
Eating only whole nutritious foods - Level 3


09-18-2006, 08:10 AM
Hello there! What a day at work today :whoo: and a holiday to beat (with NO extra pay! :mad: ) Well, I'm home now and just got down and did the crunches. Since I couldn't go to the gym before work today I did some extra walking at lunch break so will give myself a clear on that challenge. Again, I will have to restart processed foods. I'm just not up to it yet. I also think I should not allow myself the fat challenge as I had some deep-fried rice crackers. :dizzy: ..... :cry: But, I am GOOD on alcohol, sugar, walking and crunch!! 4 out of 6 ain't bad!!! :p Unfortunately, I have a sore throat now. I guess I overdid it yesterday after all....last night I went to bed with the worst chills then woke up drenched in sweat. Didn't feel bad though, but suddenly got a sore throat today....hmmm....strange. :^:

Processed Foods -- Day 1 /no pauses taken
Alcohol -- Day 5 done/1 pause taken
Fat challenge -- Day 4 done/2 pauses taken
Sugar -- Day 17 done/3 of 3 pauses taken
Walking/Running/Riding Challenge -- Day 18 done/3 of 3 pauses taken
Crunch Challenge -- Day 18 done/3 of 3 pauses taken


loveandlaughalways -- Great name!!! :goodvibes You're welcome to start up anytime! This is a perpetual thread, with people starting and restarting, popping in and out, but always keeping it going! So welcome to ya! :welcome3: Your challenges sound great, tough, but great, or tough AND great! :lol: Good luck and please come in and post often!! :comp:


09-18-2006, 10:16 AM
Day 20 - exercise - pause, 1 pauses left

Day 19 - logging food -good - 1 pause left

Day 11- water - pause - 2 pauses left

Well, I knew exercise would be a pause, and I completely forgot about drinking water! Guess it's the cold weather we're having here. Brrrr, I am missing those summer temps right now. We've been having freeze warnings the past few days and we have more to come before we warm up a little again.

:welcome3: love and laugh! Good luck with your challenges.

09-18-2006, 03:38 PM
Just got back from the gym to wrap up day 10 (30 minutes on the elliptical). Days 8 and 9 went really well this weekend, with 40 minutes of yoga and 30 of elliptical on EACH day:carrot: (now I just need to not eat so much:( calorie limitations will definitely be my next challenge.)

DJ - I don't want to hear about freeze warnings!! I love the summer and warm weather so much, and cannot stand to be cold.

Red - sorry about your sore throat, hope you shake all that off soon. You are certainly doing well with your challenges though.

Ashley - good luck with your surgery on Friday. I will be sending good thoughts your way. Do you know how long it will take to heal? I had an ovarian cyst removed when I was younger (I know not the same thing, but the same area), and I could barely even walk for over a week.

Trob - Sounds as if you had fun at the fair! I used to love candied apples - but I haven't been to a fair in about 4 or 5 years!

Loveandlaugh - hi there! welcome, and good luck on your challenges!

09-18-2006, 05:22 PM
Morning all. Tuesday here. Sore throat is no better. I couldn't sleep last night. Kept waking up, but was glad to see it was still early. Must have been awake on each hour...oh well, gotta keep going... :stress:


Fish -- Good to hear from you. Good going on the exercise. Yeah, I hear you on the calories. It's such a shame, isn't it, when we put the time into the exercise but then fail to watch the calories (except to watch them adding up and up!) and then fail to see progress. I was thinking this yesterday. If I could just stay my hand, I could have the body I want NOW! Thanks for the get-well wishes. I really can't afford to get sick now. The season is changing and it's easy to get chilled. I am pushing on with my challenges through sheer determination. I tend to overdo it then, because it's times like these when the line between too-much and not-enough is very hard to discern. Wish me luck, please! :^:

dj -- You're almost there! :woo: I'm with you on liking the warm weather. As soon as it gets cool I start to get sick. My cats come under the covers with me and keep me warm, but too warm at times and it's hard to regulate the temperature. The winters here have VERY dry air as well and that is bad for getting sick. Sigh. Let's just bundle up think warm thoughts! Maybe you can decrease the amount of water you drink for your challenge. Your body likely doesn't need near as much once it's cooler and there's no sense trying to force it down. If you're in tune with your body it'll let you know what is too much.

09-18-2006, 09:21 PM
Day 19
- calories <1500 - good, 1 pause left
- logging food -good - 2 pauses left
- exercise - had to force myself to do this - 2 pauses left

Loveandlaugh - Welcome! I love your handle.

DJ - freeze warnings? I wish! High of 89 here today.

Fish - thank you for the good thoughts. The Doctor said he wouldn't know how messed up the shoulder is until he gets in there with the scope. He expects the should will be immobile in a sling for four weeks, then six months of physical therapy.

Red - sorry to hear the throat is not improving. What do you write for the newspaper?

09-19-2006, 09:36 AM
Day 20 - exercise - good, 1 pauses left

Day 20 - logging food -good - 1 pause left

Day 12- water - pause - 2 pauses left

Got back on it yesterday with the exercise. Actually the day off I took on Sunday felt really good, so that's ok.

Fish - Sorry to tell you about those freeze warnings we're having. I hate it too! I actually like winter weather, but only for a month or two, then I'm ready for summer again. Unfortunately though, we've had one week of cold already and another one in our forecast!

Good job on the exercise! I'm definitely with you on the calorie restrictions! I really need to get back to that myself.

Ashley - I'd love to trade you weather! We've got our highs forecast in the 40's! Almost there on your challenges. Good going!

Red - Sure hope you're doing better! Lousy being sick, trying to keep up with exercise AND working!

I'll consider reducing the water, however, I think part of my problem on Sunday was that I didn't exercise. That's when I tend to up my water amount for a couple of hours. We'll see how it goes as it gets colder.

Have a great day everyone! :wave:

Apple Blossom
09-19-2006, 02:03 PM
Greetings fellow chicks. I have returned. I was doing so well with the beer challenge, two weeks! But then my wedding anniversary came up and I had to take advantage of a night out with my husband and no kids. It happens so infrequently. It was almost like a first date.:o Then I went on a trip to the North West which just had to include indulgements:shrug: We drove through your neck of the woods, DJ...we drove from Missoula to Boise along the 12 and 95. It was really beautiful.
Anyway. I'm back and it's time to try again. Here's what I'm challenging myself with:
No beer or liquor. (Wine's OK for now....see how it goes) 2 pause days
20 min of video everyday. 2 pause days
As I usually mention at this point, I'd like to lose some weight too!!!!
And I'm going to be jogging, but not every day. I need to be careful with my knee.
Congrats to Red, it's inspirational to hear of your success!!
Great to hear from you, Fish Woman! Sorry things were rough, but it sounds like you are back on track. If you ever are feeling down (and this goes for ALL of you chicks) just post here and we'll all help out!! Nothing like a goofy dancing carrot to cheer you up, right?:carrot: :carrot: :carrot:
Well, here's to a successful 3 weeks! I'm gonna do it this time!!!

09-19-2006, 07:50 PM
Hi, Apple:wave:

I am just popping in for a second to catch up - I am TRYING to leave work in about 10 minutes - didn't get to the gym today, but MUST work out as soon as I get home or start over at day one tomorrow. Ack!

Hugs to everyone and will let you know tomorrow if I finished day 11 or not!

09-19-2006, 09:26 PM
Processed Foods -- Day 2 /no pauses taken
Alcohol -- Day 6 done/1 pause taken
Fat challenge -- Day 5 done/2 pauses taken
Sugar -- Day 18 done/3 of 3 pauses taken
Walking/Running/Riding Challenge -- Day 19 done/3 of 3 pauses taken
Crunch Challenge -- Day 19 done/3 of 3 pauses taken

No time to talk now. Ashley, dj, Fish, Apple, hello!! :wave: Hang in there and keep the challenges going! :strong:

09-19-2006, 09:45 PM
Bad, bad day today. I'm taking a pause day on all counts.
Day 20
- calories <1500 - horrid, 0 pauses left
- logging food - didn't - 1 pause left
- exercise - none - 1 pause left

The stress from working on budgets drove me to eat today. Plus, my book group met tonight and they served spaghetti and a fabulous dessert. After which I came home and collapsed on the couch. :eek:

Hope everybody else had a good day. I'll be back on track tomorrow.

09-20-2006, 09:22 AM
Day 21 - exercise - good, 1 pauses left

Day 21 - logging food -good - 1 pause left

Day 13 - water - pause - 2 pauses left

Well, got through 2 of my challenges so far.

I will add back in my exercise challenge, level 3, at least 30 minutes a day.
AND I'm going back to actually "counting" those calories that I log each day. That will be a level 3 at 1800 or less calories. Got to get that calorie level back under control!

Hi Apple! Glad to see your back. Glad to hear that you enjoyed your trip. Yes, that is a pretty area you drove through. I have not done the whole drive like you did, but I've seen parts of it and always enjoyed the area. Good luck with your challenges! You can do it!

Gotta run, my little one is awakening already. Hi Ashley, Red, & Fish and anyone else who pops up! Have a good day. :wave:

Apple Blossom
09-20-2006, 01:42 PM
So DJ, do you have to make it through today to finish your challenges, or are you DONE!!!! Well, I'll give you some rah-rah and you'll HAVE to stick to it, right?:cp: :hat: :cp: :hat: :cp: :hat: :cheer: :cheer: :cheer:
It's always great to have a celebration! A sort of comfirmation that we can all do it!!
Ashley, it looks like you're almost there too!! You go, Girl!!
I did make it through day one. Rah. I think my liver really needs a break. And I didn't actually do a video last night but I used my step for 20 mins while I watched TV. I jogged too. But I ate a little too much for someone trying to lose weight. I hope I can put the 2 together, diet & exercise. I can usually only do one at a time. :cbg: :bike2:
Ok, Have a great day everyone!

09-20-2006, 07:02 PM
sorry that i haven't been around in a while, things have been crazy around here. both kids have been sick, had to take my mom to the doc. 85 miles away and the list goes on and on. i took a pause on walking sunday because i too was sick, but i had walked 10,000 pluse every day since. i have been able to drink all of my water everyday thanks to having a student teacher working with me...makes running to the bathroom much easier. i will try to find time to get caught up with everyone real soon. have a great day tomorrow.

09-20-2006, 09:27 PM
Much better day today on all counts. OK - I have to confess that I was not counting the days correctly. I noticed that DJ's days were not all the same and went back to the first page of this thread to re-read the rules, so I'm fixing that problem today. It looked much better before. :?:

Day 18 - Calories <1500 - good
Day 19 - logging food - good
Day 19 - exercise - good

Trob - I hope your mother is OK. Driving all the way to take her to the doctor makes for a long day even if you and your kids weren't sick. You're a very supportive daughter.

Apple - Congrats on day one. :cheer:

Red - I hope you're finally feeling better. Seems to be a lot of upper respiratory stuff going around in our office and I have my fingers crossed that it does not come my way. I don't know why I didn't pick up on the problem with counting the days earlier. You've got a lot of challenges to keep up with on different day counts.

Fish - I'm thinking positive thoughts about your day 11.

DJ - you've been doing really well - almost finished. What happens once you hit 21 days? Do you start over with new challenges?

LoveandLaugh - how are you doing?

09-21-2006, 10:40 AM
Good morning all!

Well, I had to start over on Day 1 with my exercise challenge of at least 30 minutes daily (level 2), so I decided to also do a calorie limitation challenge as well (no more than 1500 daily - level 2). So yesterday I did 30 minutes on the lifecycle and finished the day with 1497 calories.:carrot:

Wow, Ashley - you are so close to finishing your challenges - keep it up!

Apple - I totally agree that diet AND exercise is the key to actually losing weight (at least for me) and it is HARD to do them both together. We definitely need to keep trying though:)

Trob, DJ, Red, I hope you all are doing well, and will chat more later!

09-21-2006, 03:23 PM
Day 14 - water - good - 2 pauses left

Day 1 - exercise - good - 3 pauses left

Day 1 - calories under 1800 - good - 3 pauses left

Well, did good on day 1 for my 2 new challenges. Hopefully, after not paying attention to how many calories I've been eating, I won't have too much problem cutting them back again. I was so used to keeping them under control before when I was doing it regularly, that yesterday, I could really feel the difference trying to eat less!

Trob - Glad to see you back. Sounds hectic for you lately! Hope it will all go more smoothly once again.

Ashley - Yep, I'm starting new challenges. Actually started yesterday. I've absolutely got to get these calories back under control. The exercise comes pretty easy for me, it's the amount of calories that's always tougher.
Sorry your days looked better before! But hey, you're almost there anyways! Good going!

Fish - Sorry you had to start over on your exercise. I think we've all been there! Good luck with your new challenge! You can do this!

Apple - Yes, I finished the other day, started new challenges yesterday.
It's tough both watching those calories AND exercising. I just try to make small changes in my diet that don't feel too hard on me. Then when I get used to it, make another small change in my diet. For a while I was doing great, then fell off the wagon for a while. I guess we'll all try together to get through this! We can do this!

Have a great day all!

Hey Red! Hope you're doing all right! Hope to see you back on soon.

09-21-2006, 03:33 PM
My challenge is to quit injuring my feet so that I can get back to losing and exercising. Goal is 200 by xmas. 15 by Thanksgiving and 15 more by xmas. I would like to start the year with 200. Wish me luck and those of you who have already started. :dust:

09-21-2006, 08:17 PM
Well, people, I had to start over two of the challenges that I was just about to complete. Being sick there was no way to get in enough exercise and with the crunches, I just plain forgot them. With my pauses already used up, I had no choice but to start over. And on the fat challenge, it was too early to have three pauses already so I'm starting that one over. With that one too, I was forgetting about things, because certain foods I didn't consider deep-fried, when they were! But, it doesn't bother me in the least. The work has still been done and I have made tremendous progress! Look at the sugar challenge. There were nights there when I (more than a bit tipsy) would have stumbled into the convenience store and bought up some unmentionables, but didn't!!! And I didn't do that, not because I was beyond walking or even stumbling into the convenience store or because I had no money, but because I thought of the challenge and, like a guardian angel, felt lovingly watched and I just couldn't disappoint! :angel: So, here's where I stand on my multiple mess.

Processed Foods -- Day 4 /no pauses taken
Alcohol -- Day 7 done/2 pauses taken
Fat challenge -- Day 1/no pauses taken
Sugar -- Day 20 done/3 of 3 pauses taken
Walking/Running/Riding Challenge -- Day 1 /no pauses taken
Crunch Challenge -- Day 1/no pauses taken


Fish -- Too bad about having to start the exercise challenge over but, yeah, well, that's the way it goes. You've taken on the dreaded calorie count! :yikes: Wow, I just couldn't do that....and am still hoping to just naturally, with all these limitations, start eating less and less. I think I am. Well, best of luck, Fish! :goodluck:

Ashley -- Glad you figured the counting method out. And, look at you, you're almost done! Wow! :cp: I am feeling a bit better, though the cold has settled in my chest. I can deal with it, I think, and am just cutting back a bit on all the exercise I normally do, thus I am here and typing instead of at the gym now before work.

trob -- I'm sorry to hear you've had to deal with a lot of illness, but kudos to you for sticking with your challenges! Wow! :bravo: Where are you on the days now? Good luck and keep it going! :flow2:

Apple -- Good to see you back! :wave: I hope you stick around this time. ;) Your liver sounds like mine. There are just way too many opportunities for drinking in this town and I fail to realize just how often they are. I never drink on my own or at home (which is also alone if you don't count the cats, television or telephone :lol: ) but, still, it's too often really. Putting the diet and exercise together is so tough, isn't it? I too tend to do one or the other and then see little progress. But, recently, I've been busy in a way that has my mind occupied more than before and seem to have found a new determination to do even more. Even now, though I'm sick, I wish I were at the gym, even just doing a little bit. But I do have to be careful. You sound like you're getting things together. It's a very slow process to really stick with you and you'll get there. Just be patient with yourself.

dj -- Yes, it looks like you're done on two of your challenges, right?! :woo: :cp: :encore: :cp: :woo: Congratulations!!!! Three cheers for you!! :bravo: :bravo: :bravo: You must be so proud!! All that exercise and I'm sure the journaling kept you much straighter and truer on your weight-loss path than you would have been without it. Continued good luck!

09-21-2006, 08:31 PM
I just wanted to say I have broken through the 70 kg mark!! That's just under 153 lbs and means I've dropped 13 lbs since my 2005 high of 75.4 kgs. This is the first time in months and months I've been under 70, perhaps two years!! Hurrah!! :cp: The challenges HAVE been working! Now, to keep it under there at all times! :dance: :dance: :dance:


dj -- I see you were posting as I was writing up my last post. So, your success is confirmed and you're hopping right back in with new challenges! WOW! :dizzy: Dizzy stuff! Good luck! :goodluck:

Lucky -- Hello there and welcome! However, I'm not clear on just what it is you're doing and if it fits our challenge. Did you read the first post of this thread where the rules and guidelines are written? Please do and I hope to see you in here with us counting the days to success!! And, my goodness, whatever you do, please stop "injuring your feet!!!"

09-22-2006, 10:59 AM
Grr! The firm brought in pastries for breakfast this morning. I am being good and ignoring them, but they had better get eaten up soon - I feel a devil on my shoulder:devil:

But, I have finished day 2 of both my challenges, with 35 minutes on the elliptical and 1473 total calories.

Ashley - good luck with your surgery today:hug: Let us know how everything went, and make sure to heal properly before jumping back into any strenuous activities.

DJ - you are doing great on your water challenge! I normally drink so much water, but every time I specifically say I will do a water challenge, I practically stop drinking it - weird! Best of luck on your calories and exercise challenges.

Red - look at you, you skinny-minnie:D CONGRATULATIONS on breaking the 70 kg mark:cheer: And only one more day on the sugar challenge? Fantastic!

Happy New Year!

09-22-2006, 11:37 AM
Your gals are doing great. Keep it up. :clap:

Apple Blossom
09-22-2006, 02:40 PM
well.......I have to restart.:kickcan: But now all the beer is gone and I can get on with it.
You guys are great, thanks for the support. :hug:
Great work, Red!!! It seems things are really clicking for you!
Fish..I hope you resisted the doughnuts! :doh:
You out there Jolly?
Ashley, you're almost there!!

09-22-2006, 02:49 PM
Yeah, beer is a big calorie hog. Try and avoid it. You can get back to losing in no time. I believe in you.

09-22-2006, 03:48 PM
Not only did I resist the donuts:tape: , but i just got back from the gym (30 minutes on the lifecycle :ebike:) and can mark another day off my exercise challenge.

Now i just need to be good this weekend and keep my calories under control. :D

09-22-2006, 08:48 PM
Well, I think I have finished my sugar challenge!!! :encore: :cb: Yup. I was thinking I still had today to do but I think on that challenge I was writing the days done, not the day I was on. It gets confusing with so many of them, but I think I can clear myself for takeoff! Up, up and away, to yet another challenge, no doubt! ;) I'm still not well so the exercise is on hold, which means I'll stick to Day 1 until I feel I can get enough in each day. The other challenges got a go ahead yesterday, except for the crunches, which I once again just plain forgot! :shrug: Too many things on my mind. I need signs posted in my room!

Processed Foods -- Day 5 done/no pauses taken
Alcohol -- Day 8 done/2 pauses taken
Fat challenge -- Day 2 done/no pauses taken
Sugar -- Day 21 done/3 of 3 pauses taken
Walking/Running/Riding Challenge -- Day 1 /no pauses taken
Crunch Challenge -- Day 1/no pauses taken


Lucky -- Nice to see you in here commenting and showing support but please tell us about your challenge as I am not clear on it. Are you clear on what we do? First post explains the whole kit and kaboodle! Good luck!

Fish -- !!! Way to go!! A resister of the highest order! :bravo: Excellent work and pedaling away to boot! :ebike: Keep that weekend under your belt, not spilling over it. ;) As for "skinny minnie" me, not quite, not when I'm this short, but yeah, it's amazing to actually be starting to fit into nonstretchy jeans I have...and they used to be big on me...gulp. Oh well, better now than never!

Apple -- Ok, the brew is gone! Now, where, I wonder, did it go? ;) On with it we shall go, right?!?! :yes: :yes: :yes: Yes, where IS jolly?!?!?! :dunno:

09-23-2006, 09:35 AM
okay, on my challenges this is where i stand...
10,000 steps started on 9-05 and i have taken one pause, so that puts me at day 23 and i used one pause. WOW, i completed i and didn't even know it!!
water- i restarted that one on the 16th so i am on day 7.
now i just have to keep up with everything better. i am gong to have to think about my new challenges a bit because the 10,000 steps a day is going to happen most of the time without me even trying. gotta run for now but will be back soon with my new challenges.
keep up the good work everyone.
hey red, i'm not the start over queen anymore...i can't believe i finished one....FINALLY!

09-23-2006, 10:30 AM
i just had to jump back on. i did decide on new challenges.

crunches- 100 per day, level 3
food log- level 3
water- 64oz per seven, level 3, one pause taken

now for the best news!! according to my scales, i am at my lowest weight in 12+ years. 199!!!

my ticker shows my beginning weight when i started ww a few weeks ago and my goal weight is for 1-1-07. (

09-23-2006, 11:59 AM
Day 15 & 16 - water - good - 2 pauses left

Day 2 & 3 - exercise - good - 3 pauses left

Day 2 & 3 - calories under 1800 - good - 3 pauses left

Had to come in and catch up after a busy day yesterday. So far so good. Calories have been hard to stick to and I've come so close to hitting that 1800 mark, but I've managed to keep it just under. I know that for me, in order to really lose, I've got to eat less, but I'm hoping for now at least, keeping to under 1800 will get me back making some better choices like I was doing before. My next challenge will have to be more like 1600 or 1700 calories.

Trob - Congrats on your challenge! To think, you didn't even know you made it! Good job! :cp:

Red - Great going on the sugar challenge! That is a really hard challenge. You did so good to complete that one. AND great going on the weight! :woo: Things are working for you so I sure wouldn't worry about what you can't do right now. As you get to feeling better I'm sure you'll jump right back on that exercise wagon. Keep up the good work! :carrot:

Fish - Good job resisting those donuts and keeping to the exercise. Makes you feel really good when you can pass up that junk food, kind of makes you feel stronger. :strong: I actually can't wait until I can quit working at a donut shop! I would never buy one on my own, but it's hard when I'm around them everyday. I do manage to keep it to a minimum, but I'd rather say I don't eat them at all!

Apple - Sorry about the restart, but hey, you've been making progress and that's what's most important. :yes:

:welcome3: Luckymom. Glad to have you join us!

Have a great weekend all! :wave:

Apple Blossom
09-23-2006, 02:39 PM
we have some celebrating to do!!
Way to go Trob!!:cp: :hat: :cp: :hat: :cp: :hat:
And Red! No sugar!!:cp: :hat: :cp: :hat: :cp: :hat:
And your tickers are moving! That's the best!!
I completed day 1, no beer. Totally forgot about the exercise video. It's been really windy here, so I was afraid to take a walk for fear of a tree branch whacking me in the head. Made it to the gym though.
I am so tired of wearing the same clothes all the time, but I don't want to buy anything. My only hope for wardrobe change is fitting into the stuff that's too small. I want to set a reasonable goal weight for Halloween. 6 pounds. OK. here we go.

09-23-2006, 09:57 PM
Hello people. I'm not feeling very good today. I tell you, between the cold and the work headaches and all the rest and a bad night out drinking with a friend, things are pretty rough for me. I don't know how I'm going to do it all...there's a big race this weekend and I have taken on extra reporting for that for the coming week. I guess I will just consider this going through some very white water and that I have to keep my wits about me in the faith that I will come out OK on the other side and that there WILL be an other side where I can rest and recuperate. Thus, I don't want to forget all my challenges, though I seem to be doing that anyhow.... :^: Yesterday, I could only say I did the fat one, which means more pauses taken early in the game on some, and no liftoff on others (well, the sugar one was over so I was intentionally giving that a break), what I'm going to do is start everything over. I think this week, well or not, I will be getting lots of walking in, so I can do the exercise one as well. So, all together now, Day 1 on the following 6 is today, Sunday!! :sunny:

Processed Foods -- Day 0 done/no pauses taken
Alcohol -- Day 0 done/no pauses taken
Fat challenge -- Day 0 done/no pauses taken
Sugar -- Day 0 done/no pauses taken
Walking/Running/Riding Challenge -- Day 0 done/no pauses taken
Crunch Challenge -- Day 0 done/no pauses taken


Apple -- Thanks for the celebration! :D A day without beer is one more day toward completing your challenge. Best of luck! And good for you for getting to the gym despite the weather. I know how you feel about the clothes. I wear the same thing all the time, and even the smaller sizes are the same thing. I've never gotten to the size where I feel I can wear the things that would show off my body instead of hiding it and so anything I buy in a smaller size is still just that, the same clothes in a smaller size. For me, I would have to be really happy with my body, not just my progress in order to change the type of clothes I wear and that is going to take some doing. It's so depressing to think of. But I will carry on. You too, ok? 6 lbs by Halloween is doable. Power to you! :strong:

dj -- Congratulations for keeping the calories under 1800. In the long run, you will still lose at that I'm sure. It's just necessary to be more consistent at the higher allotment and that is difficult. But, best of luck. You're doing fine. :) Thanks for the congrats too. It was pretty hard and yesterday, when I allowed myself sugar it wasn't even great or anything. It was just way, way too sweet. Now, processed sugar tastes so artificial. I actually prefer the sweetness of fruit, even something like pumpkin. I think the only reason I eat the sugar now when I'm off a challenge is the idea of having that certain food, not for the taste at all and I think I can soon not even want that, just as I have no desire whatsoever for meat or fish after being a vegetarian for so many years. I think I will be adding the, "no thanks, I don't eat processed sugar" to my list of "just don'ts." It's easy enough and people already think I'm weird so they don't even blink. :lol3: I sure hope this cold goes away soon. It is dragging me down physically and mentally. :(

trob -- A big congrats to you for completing your challenge!! :woo: :cp: :encore: :cp: :woo: All that stepping!! :dancer: And three cheers for the record low of 199!!! :bravo: :bravo: :bravo: The first time in 12 years!??!?! WOW!!!!! Stupendous!!! :flow1: You are flying high, jumping right back in with new challenges! So happy to see you doing that! Best of luck!! :goodluck:

09-24-2006, 06:56 AM
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