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Old 08-23-2006, 12:25 PM   #1
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Hi all:

just was looking at my scale and my goals--I would really like to be below 230 by the end of the year--actually my birthday on Dec 16. Looking at how many weeks it is highly do-able. Starting nest monday the 28th there are 18 weeks until the end of the year.

If I lose 2 lbs on average until the end of the year that is 36 lbs. So that would make 216. I know I know--things can slow down. so even if I lose 1.5 lbs that would be 27 lbs and get me down to 225. Anyway--I will try for 216 and any loss will be welcome!

My goal is to work on eating slowly and only eating when I am hungry, stopping when I am full. I also will keep track of all food on Fitday and keep myself around 1800 cals. I want to walk three days a week and swim 2. I want to add pilates and/or weight lifting.

I am weighing in on Mondays--so shall we make next monday the official starting date for this challenge?

Lets support one another to a nice goal for the holidays!

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Old 08-23-2006, 01:33 PM   #2
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I would love to join you on this journey. We can keep each other accountable. What do you think?
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Old 08-23-2006, 04:20 PM   #3
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Hi CH--

Yay! I my first buddy!

Good to have you join me--tell me a little about you and your weight loss journey and what you want to do for the next 18 weeks?

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I have been thinking about this challenge and my goals and am really excited about the idea of losing 2 lbs per week for the next 18--I think it is really do-able!

The main thing for me will be making sure I exercise regularly and a lot. I am usually good at reducing my food but I dont like to exercise that much--I think this will be key to keeping me going and getting the weight off--and feeling better.

I have plenty of exercise videos at home if I dont feel like going out to exercise--I even have some walking videos. so I really want to get motivated and exercise. I have a knee injury so I have to be careful but there is lots of stuff I can do that wont hurt my knee--I think the walking videos will be okay, the pilates definitely, most of the yoga videos I have will work and if I can get in there, swimming will definitely be okay.

Hope you will join me!
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Hi Snow! Alittle about me. I am a mom and a wife. I have a little girl and she just started 1st grade. I also work full-time at an ice cream company which has in the past made it very difficult to stick with healthy eating. I LOVE ice cream and if it was calorie free would live on it. LOL!

I was at 150 - 155 when I got pregnant with my DD, and didn't gain too much from having her. I think I was like 160 or something after she was born. When threw me off was eating fast food everyday and not getting any exercise. I gained about 20 lbs over the first year of her life. I was pretty depresssed because her father and I split and I was basically a single mom.

I eventually lost the weight (got back down to about 155 - 160) and met my current husband (married this year), but once the newness of our relationship wore off I went back to my old habits and put the weight back on. So I've been yo-yoing for the last 4 years, but never losing much. Right now I'm up to 183.

My husband is very supportive and is also trying to lose weight.

My #1 concern is eating healthier and getting exercise to have more energy for my DD and husband. I have been a true coach potato over the last year or more. My DD called me on it recently, and that really got my attention. I want to be able to play with her and be in a good mood - eating unhealthy puts me in such a fool mood plus it makes me just want to sit.

I'm reading "You The Owners Manual", and I'm taking baby steps when it comes to exercise because I have a tendancy to over do it.

My goals right now are

1. Finish "You the Owners Manual" by 8/30

2. Revamp my meals completely by 9/1

3. Begin a weekly mother/daughter walk-run starting 8/26

4. Only weigh myself monthly and do measurements monthly

5. Create easy, no-cook meal options for difficult days

6. Lose 30 lbs by New Years!

Are you following any particular diet right now?
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Old 08-24-2006, 12:38 PM   #6
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We posted at the same time.

My exercise now consists of walking at work (when I can get away from my desk) and walk/jogging on my treadmill at home. I also will start doing a Pilates DVD that I have 1 - 2 times a week. My goal is to walk/jog 3 times a week for the next 2 weeks building up to running. I used to run a lot, so it shouldn't take me too long to get back to it again. Also, after 2 weeks I will begin 1 - 2 days a week of strength training - mostly circuit training with body weight only. I'm pretty lucky to have a fitness fanatic husband, so we have a gym in our garage.

I have to take it easy, and go slow, or else I'll burn myself out.
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Hi there:

I was just thinking yesterday that I want to be a certain weight by end of this year. My goal is mighty aggressive, but I am going to shoot for it. I would like to be under 200 lbs by the new year. Yes, that is 41.5 lbs, so I am definitely pushing it, but I really want to achieve it. The scale can say 199.9 for all I care, I just would like to be under 200. So, I am with you on the challenge and I will see it through to the end.

I'll be seeing you guys around!

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Hi CH:

I love your little bio--ice cream what a challenge--but think if you can lose weight while working with ice cream, you can learn to resist anything!

I tend to overdo with exercise too then not do anything.

I have been struggling with my weight most of my life--was actually not really overweight in my teens--was around 160 at 5'9 but it was the 70's so if you were not emaciated you were fat. so I think that is what started my vicious cycle--either I was dieting or overeating to make up for dieting as a teen. I cycled between 140 and 160 from age 12-32. Then I just gave up and gained about 8 pounds a year for the next ten years and here I am at 252. I was on Atkins for 11 months last year and lost almost 40 lbs. I then had an extreme stress situation and fizzled on the atkins. The best part is I have not gained back all the Atkins loss--and now want to get back on track for sure.

I love your goals CH--so healthy and motivated!

My plan is basically to eat when I am hungry and stop when I am full--with a back-up of keeping track of all that I eat and trying to keep calories under 1800. I really want to change habits, not just go on a diet that I plan to go off when I am at goal weight. I recently stopped eating in front of the TV and now my hubby and I eat at the table every night.

so here are my goals.

1. Eat mindfully and slowly--put down my food after every bite, eat smaller bites and portions--try to take half of what I normally would with the option of going back for more if I am really hungry.

2. Exercise 5x per week--walk 3x, swim 2x (gardening counts). Stretch and ice everyday. Start adding yoga and pilates as possilbe--dont hurt self--lots of gentle exericise is okay!

3. Weigh once a week and measure once a month.

4. Journal as much as possible at least once a day! Keep track of all food on fitday.

5. Lose at a rate of 2 lbs per week!
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Hi Elycia:

that is such a cool goal--I calculated it for you and that is 2.3 lbs per week--a little challenging but do-able! Just stay healthy!

When you get a chance let us know you bio and your goals--welcome!

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Hi U2girl!! Your twins are adorable!!! I bet they're a handful.

That is an ambitious goal, but if you set your mind to it you will accomplish it. It looks like you're setting mini goals - that's awesome! I bet meeting those will keep you very motivated.
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I was wondering, should we have an accountability check-in like once a week on a certain day to say we've done? What do you think?
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I had in mind monday since that is my weigh in day and the official start of the 18 weeks? what do you think?

Also, I think we should check in as much as possible because it really helps!
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I think Mondays are great. Yeah, we should also check-in other than that -but I think once a week for progress. I was only planning on weighing in once a month, but I could weigh in weekly and measure monthly.
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Of course, CH, you have to choose what works for you in terms of weighing--if once a month works then do it--you could check in on the first monday with your start up weight and then check in on the rest with how you are doing on goals etc.

Whatever works!
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Hi Sno and CH. Thanx so much for the warm welcome. I appreciate it! Thanx for the compliment on my little ones CH.

Okay, a little about me. I am 30 years old and I live in St. Louis, MO. I am mother to beautiful twin girls Mya and Mia. They are 9 months old and the joy of my life. During my pregnancy, I gained 80 lbs. Three weeks post partum, I lost 46 lbs and I was so excited. However within 3 months, I had gained much of that back and I feel horrible. I don't like the way I look or feel and I know something has to be done.

I just really got started last Monday. My resolve is very strong to stick to it and lose this weight. My main motivation is my daughters. I don't want them to eat all of the junk food that I eat and I want to be able to keep up with them. With all of this weight I cannot do that. Plus I just want to look and feel better. So that is me. Oh yeah, I am married to the love of my life for the past 7 years and he needs to get off some weight too. I have been trying to prepare healthier meals for all us. My main problems are fast food and soda pop. I have not had either since last Monday and it feels great!

Regarding checking in, I think we should check in as much as possible. Keep the thread active and keep each other motivated. I will try to check in daily to keep the thread going. We need as much support as we can get. My weigh in day is every Wednesday. I hope to have a loss next weigh in. Well, I better get going. I look so foward to getting to know everyone better and being of support to each other.

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