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Old 04-01-2007, 05:51 AM   #1
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Smile Every-Day 21-Day Challenge -- Spring into action!!

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!!

EXPLANATION AND RULES:

It works like this: you decide you'll do something for 21 days straight, every single day, so keep it doable. Then you count ....one 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!!

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!

THREAD GUIDELINES:

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! 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 etc. as substitutes where possible is encouraged.

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

5. Please show support, support, support! This is key. 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!!


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Old 04-01-2007, 05:59 AM   #2
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Thumbs up new start, old challenges!

Hi all. I'm starting up two challenges again.
Wish me luck. I'll try to get in and write!!

Crunches -- Day 1 completed/3 pauses left
Veg juice -- Day 1 completed/3 pauses left

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Old 04-01-2007, 10:01 AM   #3
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Day 5 - Only 1 serving of my "favorite" snack per day - good - 2 pauses left
Day 6 - intentional exercise every day - good - level 3

Another one notched!

Hey Red, good luck with your new challenges!

Hi all!
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Day 3 30 minutes exercise, level 3, 3 pauses left

well done DJ!!!
hi red and everyone else
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Old 04-01-2007, 08:09 PM   #5
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Hey all. Good luck with the new challenges Red.

Today was not a good day for me. Even though I only ended up having to do one 3rd shift, I was out of sorts all day. I had to take my second pause on exercise, as I did none, and my last pause on the breakfast foods for breakfast.

Bad choices all around. Here's to a better tomorrow. Have a great night all
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Old 04-01-2007, 09:38 PM   #6
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Still before noon but I have notched Day 2! Yeah for me!

Crunches -- Day 2 completed/3 pauses left
Veg juice -- Day 2 completed/3 pauses left

dj, sweet pea, jolly!! Good going first two...jolly, go for it tomorrow! You can do it!

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Old 04-01-2007, 11:25 PM   #7
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Hello everyone. I've been MIA. Went on a business trip and then just totally fell off the wagon for a few days. However, I'm back on track today and started over. I've decided the zig-zag is not for me. I'm doing a real nice job with the zig but not so much zag going on, so I'm going back to restricting calories. Going to step up the exercise to hopefully get the weight loss started again.

I'll write more tomorrow. Too tired tonight.

Calories < 1600, level 3, no pauses taken, day 1 done
Food log daily - level 3, no pauses taken, day 1 done
Exercise - 1 hour or 10,000 steps per day, level 3, no pauses taken, day 1 done
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Day 6 - Only 1 serving of my "favorite" snack per day - good - 2 pauses left
Day 7 - intentional exercise every day - good - level 3

So far, so good. I'm hoping though that the stress does not do me in this week though. Tomorrow is my husbands last day of work and Friday is the day we put the down payment on the dump truck. I'm not a gambler, so starting a business is extremely stressful. So far, I've kinda ignored things to not get too stressed, but this week, there will be no ignoring!

Ashley - I understand about that zig zag. I had a hard time with that zag myself! I think at this point, I need to work on "healthy" and quit stressing on calories too much. Good luck with your challenges!

Red - Good going on those challenges! Especially getting them done so early!

Jolly - Sorry you had a rough day yesterday! Hope today is better!

Hi SweetPea - You're doing good! Keep it up.

Have a great day all!
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Old 04-02-2007, 12:09 PM   #9
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Hey everyone. Kind of disappeared over the weekend. I tend to do that. But I'm still here. I need to start over with the Slim-fast and pop challenges....went to a dance competition Saturday, so I didn't have any slim-fast, and we went out to eat and i got some pop. Then it went downhill from there into Sunday with the pop. So I'm starting those over. But the Gardettos challenge is still going good.

No Gardettos...3 days completed...2 pauses left
No pop...0 days completed...3 pauses left
Slim Fast...0 days completed...1 pause left

And thank you for all the welcomes in the other thread! It's great to be back.
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Old 04-02-2007, 05:02 PM   #10
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Hi Red/Everyone!

It's been about a year since I have written. I hope this isn't too discouraging :-P but I gained back every pound I lost last year plus 5. I'm back to hopefully take it all off and keep it off this time.

I attempted many 21 day challenges, but I don't think I ever made it to 21. I'm going to start off with two this time around.

Day 1 completed, ab work, 3 pauses left.
Day 1 (still working this one) eat under 1600 calories, 3 pauses left.

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Crunches -- Day 3 coming my way..../3 pauses left
Veg juice -- Day 3 completed/3 pauses left

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eesabella -- Welcome back!!

Bonita -- You can do it!!

dj -- Thanks. Today, too, the juice is down and that was before 6 a.m. I'm on the way to the gym again...rainy morning You're doing well. Keep up the good work!

Ashley -- Back on the wagon is where you gonna be!! Hang in there!
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Calories < 1600, level 3, no pauses taken, day 2
Food log daily - level 3, no pauses taken, day 2
Exercise - 1 hour or 10,000 steps per day, level 3, no pauses taken, day 2

I forgot to mention that I'm still candy-free for lent (except for one day). Didn't include that as a 21-day goal since lent will be over on Sunday.

DJ - I can understand how stressful this time must be. Taking charge of your eating and exercise will help you keep that one stress under control at least. I wish you the best with your new business.

Jolly - sorry for your bad day yesterday. Hopefully today was much better.

Red - you're an early bird. Done with your challenges by noon yesterday!

Eesabella - I'm guessing we've all been in that situation where we gained back a bunch of weight. Glad to have you here with us now.

LaBonita - hello. Looks like you're back on the wagon too. Good luck with your challenges.

Sweet pea - keep it up!

I went out walking tonight after work and it was so beautiful. I just love this time of year. All the flowers are in bloom, it's not too hot yet, the spirit of renewal is present everywhere. I put a little over 11,000 steps on the pedometer without really even noticing it. The only down side was the nasty bug bites!
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Old 04-02-2007, 09:20 PM   #13
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Crunches in the bag as well! Day 3 behind me...for the challenges...
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OK So I got off track a little bit so here are my current stats:


Day 4 - No Cake or Candy - Level 3 - 3 pauses left
Day 1 - Drink 2 Liters of Water - Level 1 - 1 pause left
Day 4 - Exercise 30 minutes every day - Level 3 - 2 pauses left

I went on a roadtrip this weekend so I was not able to drink 2 liters of water, I think I got about 1 liter but I am starting over, I don't want to use that pause up so soon.

I am also going to add situps (taking the idea from redballon, I think its a great challenge)

So starting tomorrow - 50 situps a day - level 3 - 3 pauses.

Good Luck to Everyone!!
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Old 04-03-2007, 08:55 AM   #15
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Day 1 completed, ab work, 3 pauses left.
Day 1 completed, eat under 1600 calories, 3 pauses left.

Love your avater helpmelose. I want to look like that!
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