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Old 05-30-2007, 09:40 PM   #1
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Talking "Every-Day" 21-Day Challenge -- Stand up and be counted!!

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 05-30-2007, 09:41 PM   #2
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Angry blew it!

CRUNCH challenge -- Day 0 completed, 3 pauses left
NO SUGAR challenge -- Day 11 completed, no pauses left
NO ALCOHOL challenge -- Day 0 completed, 3 pauses left
CLEANING challenge -- Day 0 completed, 3 pauses left

I am starting a new thread because....

In the interest of truth, I will not tell a lie... I have to say that I messed up royally yesterday! With no pauses left, I blew all my challenges. The only one I had a pause on was sugar so that is still going. Life got in the way....I am starting over. I feel very disappointed in myself...

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jolly -- I am here. You're doing so well, despite all the hardships. Continued power to you!
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Old 05-31-2007, 09:44 AM   #3
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Red face someday I'll find me...

CRUNCH challenge -- Day 0 completed, 3 pauses left
NO SUGAR challenge -- Day 12 completed, no pauses left
NO ALCOHOL challenge -- Day 0 completed, 3 pauses left
CLEANING challenge -- Day 0 completed, 3 pauses left

Ah....not a good day...but kept off the sugar. I just didn't want to blow the only challenge I had going for me...
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Old 05-31-2007, 09:55 AM   #4
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Day 3 - Put fork/spoon down between each bite 90% of the time - good - 2 pauses left
Day 5, 6 & 7 - Half of my dinner plate is filled with vegies which I will eat first - (this is dinner only) - good - 3 pauses left
Day 5, 6 & 7 - Exercise 30 minutes everyday - good - 3 pauses left

Hi Red and Jolly!

Ok, got myself caught up. Out of the 3 days I did take 1 pause on the utensil challenge which puts me at day 4 today. The rest of my challenges were good.

Had a few busy, crazy days around here but today should be my last one for now. Today is my oldest sons birthday, he is 16 years old! Hard for me to believe. Anyway, gotta run. Lots to do!

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Old 05-31-2007, 10:52 AM   #5
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Just popping in to say congrats to you guys for not giving up!! Many many bows!
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Old 05-31-2007, 05:43 PM   #6
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Thanks for the encouragement mez! Nice of you to pop in. Hope you are well.

Day 8 walking/exercise, Day 2 no beer.
Not much else to report. Waiting on some more blood tests but I should start on meds by the week-end. Hopefully it makes a difference, but I won't be suprised if it doesn't.

Sorry about your royal mess up. Here, have my crown...
But just like Mez said, never give up!!!

I've decided to remove that extra ticker since there's no way I'm gonna lose 10 pounds in 2 weeks.

Hi Jolly & DJ!
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Old 05-31-2007, 07:54 PM   #7
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There, was I counted???

Hi y'all. Glad to see everyone. Mez, pop in more. DJ, happy B'day to your son. Now, you don't type old enough to have a 16 year old son :; Apple, hope all goes well with the tests.

Red - what can I say? Congrats on keeping up the sugar challenge. You can, and WILL do your other challenges. I know you will.

I met both of my challenges today. I almost talked myself out of getting to the gym this morning, but I went anyway. And did the dreaded weights. I run tomorrow. Hopefully the new shoes will help.

Later gaters. Take care of yourselves - you are all the best!!

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Old 06-01-2007, 06:51 AM   #8
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Good morning. I have to report a pause for today in following my workout plan. I was supposed to jog 3 miles. I only did two - telling myself it was because I was trying out the new shoes. But my head just wasn't in the game. I ended up walking the last 3 blocks again, because in my mind I had already given up. I know part of it is that I am making bad eating choices and not fueling my body right. Sigh.

Everyone else, have a great day!
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Day 4 - Put fork/spoon down between each bite 90% of the time - good - 2 pauses left
Day 9 - Half of my dinner plate is filled with vegies which I will eat first - (this is dinner only) - pause - 2 pauses left
Day 8 - Exercise 30 minutes everyday - good - 3 pauses left

Well, had to take 1 pause on the vegies at dinner. Because it was my sons birthday, he got to chose our meal and it wasn't the healthiest. I could have made a side salad to make my challenge work, but we got home so late from playing disc golf that I just didn't feel like doing it.

Jolly - Sorry about that pause, but, hey, you did get in 2 miles! That means that you accomplished something good for yourself even if you didn't do the whole 3 miles.
And yes, I am old enough to have a 16 year old, although I don't feel that old! I like to think having these 3 boys of mine helps to keep me young!

Red - Sorry to hear you had to start over on those challenges, but you're doing awesome on the sugar challenge! To me, that would be the hardest one of all! It's also the one that I really need to tackle myself, but am too scared to do it. Good job!

Apple - Good job on those challenges. Hope they get those meds figured out for you soon. If your thyroid levels are off a ways, you will definitely notice a difference! Not immediately, but within a couple of weeks at least.

Hi Mez! Hope all is well.

Have a great day all!
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CRUNCH challenge -- Day 0 completed, 3 pauses left
NO SUGAR challenge -- Day 13 completed, no pauses left
NO ALCOHOL challenge -- Day 0 completed, 3 pauses left
CLEANING challenge -- Day 0 completed, 3 pauses left

This is as of Friday...it's Saturday now but I don't want to call it yet.

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Old 06-02-2007, 07:25 AM   #11
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Cool la-dee-dah-dee-dah....

CRUNCH challenge -- Day 1 completed, 3 pauses left
NO SUGAR challenge -- Day 14 completed, no pauses left
NO ALCOHOL challenge -- Day 1 completed, 3 pauses left
CLEANING challenge -- Day 1 completed, 3 pauses left

Ok, people. I've had a horrendous week, stuck to my sugar challenge, but that's all. It wasn't easy. I am proud of myself, but still.....I drank a lot....still....I am back up and in the running...er...walking?...

Oh, heck...I just finished a long post and it crashed and I lost everything...sigh...like I said, a long week...

But, I'll just say hi to everyone -- dj! Apple! jolly! mez! Best of luck and I hope to hear from you all soon. Thank you for all the encouragement despite my appalling behavior....
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Hey all. Day 8 - daily posting challenge, 3 pauses left. Day 7 - follow workout plan, 2 pauses left.

Not much else to report. have a great night all
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Day 5 & 6 - Put fork/spoon down between each bite 90% of the time - good - 2 pauses left
Day 10 & 11 - Half of my dinner plate is filled with vegies which I will eat first - (this is dinner only) - good - 2 pauses left
Day 9 & 10 - Exercise 30 minutes everyday - good - 3 pauses left

Barely sqeezed in the exercise yesterday, but got it done.

Red - Hope it's going better now!

Jolly - Keep up the good work!

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OKay,

It's early but I think I got all the rules..

I am starting easy

Day 1 No eating after 9:00pm 3 pauses left
Day 1 No eating candy (none, at all..not a one) 1 pause left

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Old 06-03-2007, 08:19 PM   #15
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Unhappy hmm....


CRUNCH challenge -- Day 1 completed, 2 pauses left
NO SUGAR challenge -- Day 15 completed, no pauses left
NO ALCOHOL challenge -- Day 1 completed, 2 pauses left
CLEANING challenge -- Day 1 completed, 2 pauses left

Ah, well, I'm not starting over, but it will probably end that way...still, I kept the sugar challenge going. Hurrah!
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wondersha -- Welcome! You're "starting easy?!?!?" No candy is not what most people would call easy! Good luck to you!

dj -- Three goods! Three cheers!

jolly -- Excellent work!!
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