"Every-Day" 21-Day Challenge -- Counting the Days!!
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!
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 is 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!!
Last edited by redballoon : 05-17-2008 at 12:08 AM.
My diet system challenge -- fell after 16 days and 3 pauses!
No booze -- fell after 17 days and 3 pauses!
No cigs -- Day 21 completed/3 pauses left FINISHED!!!
NO sugar -- fell after 11 days and 3 pauses!
Veg juice -- fell after 12 days and 3 pauses!
Day 6 completed/1 pause left
Journal -- fell after 18 days and 3 pauses...
Fruit challenge -- fell after 19 days and 3 pauses
Crunches challenge -- fell after 10 days and 3 pauses
Last edited by redballoon : 05-18-2008 at 09:32 PM.
Ok, everyone. As you can see if you've found your way here from the old thread, I've started the new one. And as you can see, my challenges didn't make it 'cept for smoking. It's OK and yet not. I still have the veg juice one going though I should probably start over or risk missing this one too, but I think I'm going to carry on...15 days, one pause, it's doable.
Going to be announcing some new challenges...well, more of the old, but going to try to be a bit more serious about them. I mean, come on, you're telling me (I'm telling me) you can't do something for three measly weeks without goofing off MORE than once a week?!?! That's pretty pathetic redballoon. Just how low do you want to fly? Sigh. I am going to get my act together!!!! I am. I am. I am.........
olguitha -- Welcome!! So you're a vet. Cool! I have four cats and a horse. Just got back from the vet with one of the cats...
jolly -- I totally understand your dismay/disgust at ruining a workout. Yeah, it sucks. But, I and the others I think were just worried that this would send you into a downward spiral of self-hate. You sounded awful down on yourself. Good if it hasn't and just kick on. Don't do an all-or-nothing, perfectionist bit of silliness and pseudo righteousness like I would.
Apple -- Laughing at the "can't get it over my fat arms." I know how that feels. I live in the land of little people and armholes here often won't get past my wrists! Upper body weight by the way, comes off fast! Best of luck. I like the challenge with your husband. Good luck!
lupin -- How are you? Thanks for the congrats. You WILL be hot next year if you stick to your guns. You can do this! Yeah, exercise makes you feel great. Do it and get through to the other side!
Fish -- Thanks! And good going for you too! How are you feeling these days with the pregnancy? I hope things quiet down. It must be such an ordeal until your body adjusts. As for the juice thing, yeah, I think the juice may be having an affect on calories but it's mainly because I haven't been making much effort to reduce overall calories that my weight is stalled. All my fault. The reason for juice in the first place is because it's like a tranfusion of nutrients, ultra high power stuff that your body can never assimilate in non-juice form. I was being driven crazy by eczema for nearly a year. I was looking 80 years old and it was making me near suicidal. The juice has it nearly healed now. It's truly miraculous.
Shy -- How are you doing out there? Very quiet these days. Hope all is well.
Last edited by redballoon : 05-17-2008 at 12:05 AM.
Good morning. Welcome Olguitha and Libbymarie. Good luck with your challenges
Red, thanks for the concern, but I am not spiraling into self hate. I was wanting the butt kicks because I was more worried about slipping into the "I blew it so screw it" mode. I don't want to do that. I am just frustrated. The scale wasn't moving this week even before the I just need to stick to the game plan. Even if the scale never moves again, I sure feel better when I don't eat that way.
But the scale better move!
Day 7 daily core and daily stretching - both challenges met, with both pauses left.
Will try to check in later, but I have to go in to work for two trainings, do my tri training,then help baby sister move some more stuff. Have a great day all
If the mind can perceive it then the body can achieve it.
Helloooo I'm back
Well this time I WILL make 21 days, I didn't really put the most effort in before as I quite liked day 1's because its the most empowering day, at least till you get to 20 (I'm also a VERY fickle person)
So here they are:
exercise 45 min each day - 3 pause
eat 5 fruit a day - 2 pause
Write everything I eat/exercise down - 0 pauses
no JUNK (I know what I mean)- 3 pauses
I decided to add the no junk because I don't think I'm taking myself/loosing weight seriously enough and not been putting the most effort into changing bad habits and replace them with good. So here it goes I WILL MAKE 21
red- you make me laugh so much the way you talk about yourself
grrr I unsubscribed from the old thread when I saw this one so I can't find what everyone else had written so I'll be proper original and say Well done and Keep going
Hello libbymarie and olguitha
well I've decided I was being unrealistic by banning junk, if I know the calories etc an it doesn't lead to binging whats the harm ( I did say I was fickle)
I just realised it's about 7.00 and I hadn't had ANY fruit yet, so I've got a big bowl of my 5 all cut up and its delish, except for the kiwi, that tastes grose
Other than that an excellent day 1 so far just need to include fruit into the day from now on
ooo and I have 20 mins of exercise left to do fun fun fun
Jolly- I nearly started enjoying running before, now I'm back to where I started grrrr .... keep at it
Good luck Miriam Ann
Shy- Thankyou, I'm thinking/hoping that weekends are the hardest for me so if I just last the week I at least get to day 6 yay but then its the weekend again and that means pig city lol
Just a quickie 'cause my son needs to finish a report on the computer and the we are going to the BEACH where it is totally fogged in and 57 degrees right now. That sounds SOOO nice. I am already sick of hot weather and its not even June.
1 hour of exercise, Day 2 completed, 2 pauses left
Great to see we picked up a few new chicks!
good luck to all of you!