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 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 nonsecular 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.
Please tailor challenges to the everyday format...
NOTICE: Hi there everyone! I just wanted to make a note that I've noticed some challenges lately that incorporate rest days or days off. Just so newcomers don't get confused, I ask everyone to re-read or read (in case you haven't) the first post of the thread. The whole idea of the challenge is to do something EVERYDAY, thus the name.
So, please, and it's just for rules and structure sake, but please make your challenges along these lines. Remember, you can always schedule in "a pause day" if you make it Level 3, so it's really the same thing, just doesn't allow for any other pause days on top of that...Okay?
Hi there, all. Even though I haven't started a new challenge for myself, I was tired of the old thread...I hadn't started a new thread last time I wimped out and restarted my challenge (or made a new one)...so here it is..the new thread. I hope this will get some new people to join us and put some action back in this place! Everybody!
Sounds like you are all doing well with your challenges. Yesterday was a pause day for me as my day was full on from sun up to sun down. I was finally able to climb into bed after eleven and my 21mth old had me up bright and early at 5:00 after getting me up twice through the night.
Did one of you mention it being more difficult to shed pounds if you aren't getting enough sleep? I thought I remembered reading that, which would explain my difficulty as I have been suffering sleep deprivation since August 2002. I am heading on 4 years without a single uninterrupted night of sleep. My last 2 children have been such terrible sleepers. I can't remember what it is like to feel rested and find a spend most days dragging my butt hence physical exercise is such a level 3 for me.
I will get my crunches in today and make ya proud but I must run as MR. Early Riser is calling me and I need to get him breakfast. I hope everyone has a great day.
Another thing I wanted to mention about today...I actually made some decent food and ate that instead of the garbage that's been going down the hatch lately. That may have had something to do with the burst of energy I got after that. I had brown rice with lentils, onions, green pepper and tomatoes cooked up with a bit of miso in it for body and had that over the rice. It was yummy. Brown rice does always give me a lift and lentils are just so soothing... Gonna try to keep up eating well again. I used to and felt insanely better....then got away from it... ....get back on track!
Thanks for the new thread, Red, you seem to be doing good with your challenges, keep it up!
Here's an update on all my challenges...
--- "no food after 7 pm" - just finished yesterday, and was going to start a new one today, but I went skating which meant being away from home from 4:30 to 8:30 pm. There was nothing I could have taken with me to have on the go, so I was hoping not to be too hungry when I got back home. Alas, I was starving, so I had a late dinner, which means that the new challenge will start tomorrow instead of today.
--- getting up before 8 am (Day 2 complete) - yesterday was tough, today was easy, things should go good from here, and I should be able to move the time to 7:30 by Monday
And Day 3 completed on the following:
--- no chocolate (don't even miss it!)
--- no cheddars, meaning this special kind of crackers I tend to overeat (I had a few moments... "so what am I going to have for lunch instead...???" but so far it's going good)
--- keeping a food diary (going good too)
--- daily exercise - taking this one slightly easy for the first week: any exercise, any amount of time; so Monday it was my Asthanga Yoga class, yesterday it was a walk with the dog, today it was another walk with the dog and 1h15min of figure skating; by next week, I want to exclude those 3 activities, they're too fun to be challenging
Hi, Red! I`m still hangin' around, doing okay for the most part. I dropped out of my challenge around Day 8 or 9, about 2 weeks ago.
But I got my butt up at 6am and worked out this morning, so, here we go again...DAY 1. (No pause days allowed). I`m due for TOM tomorrow so this will most definetely be a challenge. I haven`t been eating so well either
Just been a busy couple of weeks...we put a pool in so I`ve been busy in the yard (wouldn`t you know it`s been cold and now MORE rain so I havent been in it but once!). I did get one **** of a sunburn on that one day. My brother was in the hospital last week. He`s fine now, scared me though. Been helping at the bar in preparation to start having live bands. Haven`t been drinking (much) and my depression is getting a lot better. All in all, I`m okay.
I treated myself to expensive concert tickets, Mariah Carey and Sean Paul, Aug.21st. So theres my new goal date, 165 by that day! My one year weight loss journey anniversary is coming up, June 22nd, so I wanted to treat myself in a big way. I hope I can get to where I want by the concert. I`ll just have to work hard.
Day 18 donuts - pause day, so back to day 17. This was my last pause so can't blow it again!
This is my last day posting until next week. I'm off to California tomorrow morning! I'll try to make good food choices while I'm gone and also watch portions but my main goal is to just not gain any weight!
Have a great week everyone! Catch up with you later.
i've lost track of the day i'm on lol so i have to go back to the thread and check. i think day 8. anyway so far all going well with no rest or pause days. will update when i've checked what day i'm at...