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Old 06-30-2020, 03:00 PM   #1  
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Default Baby You're A Firework!: July 2020 Daily Check-In & Accountability Thread

to the July 2020 daily weigh-in/check-in. ALL our welcome to this thread. Here you will find support, encouragement, and endless kindness.

Here you can:
~track your weight daily, weekly or however you'd like ... but do check in
~keep track of what you eat or didn't eat
~keep track of your water intake or lack of
~keep track of your exercise/other goals
~vent, rant ... express yourself or just chit-chat

Some of you will recognize this as an encore title of last year's thread but it's just so perfect for July, and my message is no less true today than it was 365 days ago

For those of you who might not be familiar, the title of our July thread is courtesy of singer Katie Perry's hit song "Firework." Struggling with weight issues often leads to insecurity and self-doubt about other areas in our life. We sell ourselves short in how amazing and dynamic we are every damn day. Raise your hand if this has ever been you. Yep, I thought so. It is clear from reading various threads on the 3FC site that there is direct connection between dropped pounds and increased confidence. July is a long, hot month. This year has turned our lives upside down and so many of us are working through added stressors like working from home and/or care giving of some type. We're isolated but still trying to connect in different ways. Maybe this very challenging time in the world has pushed you to be more introspective about your life and goals. Instead of viewing it as a month to slog through let's recommit ourselves to power through tough workouts, re-evaluate what's working and isn't working for our health or even in our lives, and embrace that we all are every bit as shiny, mesmerizing and powerful as any sparkler or bottle rocket.

Wishing you all a healthy and productive July!

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Nicely done Curv!

Lets do this Team!

6/30 224.4 Wicked bounce...arg!
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​​​​​​curvynotlumpy thank you once again so much for this monthly thread. I for one love that Katy Perry song and it is such an appropriate title for this thread.

I ended June at 228, which means it took me a year to lose 33 pounds. I really am losing slowly but my weight loss was a lot better these past few weeks. I’m just happy to have gotten past the 230s, where I always got stuck in the past before regaining. My goals this month remain the same, but I will have to make a stronger commitment to myself, as I will be changing jobs on Monday (extra stress) and will be on vacation the last two weeks of this month. Started off July on the right foot with a morning walk (pun intended ). I should also continue my two-week challenge later today.

Wishing everyone great success this month and a lot of self care!

1: 5.2km walk + 37 minutes upper body strength training

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Curvy: Thank you for continuing the thread for another month! And what an important and timely message to remember while we池e on this journey. It is so easy to get down on ourselves as we progress and hit plateaus or setbacks. Thank you for the reminder to be kind to ourselves as we navigate this challenging new world.

Hi everyone! Best of luck this month!!!

I ended last month with a small gain, but I also started exercising every day and have noticed my clothes fitting better, so I知 not very concerned. I知 keeping my goal the same

SW: 220.4
6/30: 220.4
GW: 214.0


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7/1: 218.5 (-1.9)
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Hello my new and wonderful friends.

We only get one life and im so happy all of you are part of my story now!

My July journey starts at 323.4. most of June was spent on plateau but we finished strong! June saw my lowest weight since i started and i saw a 321. Therefore, I want to try to be a little aggressive with exercise and try for an 8lb loss! Im gonna try Yoga, meditation and I am rededicating myself to a healthy lifestyle and an even better me. So we will try to reach 313, oh man, i cant believe that number. Im really proud!

Here's to making our outsides as beautiful as our insides!

Wait for it...... Bang, carrot time!
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and happy Wednesday!

I'm glad you all like the title of our July thread. I may have to retire it after this year but I do love it so As Katy would sing..."Boom, boom, boom. Even brighter than the moon, moon, moon." Yep, that's us!

Congratulations to all of you on your June success ! One of the most exciting things about starting the new thread is getting to read everyone's update. As a gift to myself, I decided to create a new ticker and update all my stats. It feels like a fresh start.


Tomorrow begins a long weekend for me so if I'm not posting, I'll be reading. Everyone be safe and take good care!

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Martine: Way to go on your 33 lb. loss! It may have taken a year, but slow and steady and whatnot, right? glad to hear you started July off with a walk and you池e continuing your two-week challenge. Are you excited about starting your new job next week?

William: Strong work hitting your lowest weight since starting! It sounds like you have a great plan and positive outlook for the month!

I知 still debating whether a weight-centric goal should be my focus this month or if I should just focus on fitness. I知 giving myself until after the 4th to decide before writing it here, but I知 keeping my goal for the month the same as last month. We値l see.

SW: 220.4
6/30: 220.4
GW: 214.0


Week 1:
7/1: 218.5 (-1.9)
7/2: 219.5 (+1.0)
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William47 great job on breaking through that plateau in June and achieving a new lowest weight. I think you set great goals for yourself this month, keep it up!

RunningRedHead yes I am excited about starting my new job next week. I also have a ton of things to do tomorrow to leave a clean slate for the person who will take my place, and to prepare a few things ahead of time for next week, as my replacement won't arrive until the 12th. What is making you hesitate between setting a weight-oriented goal vs a fitness goal? Is it because you have started working out regularly and want to focus more on that at this time? I think a fitness goal is a great motivator and it has worked really well for me. But I encourage you to go with what works best for you.

This morning, we let employees know of my departure/new position, but since I was training new hires all day, it was only towards the end of the day that employees started coming up to me to congratulate me and tell me how sad they are that I am leaving. I am trying to stay positive for them, to reassure them. As I keep telling them, my office will be at the store, so we will see each other every day, it will be like I never left. Still, I know they will have to adapt to the person taking over my position and that can cause some stress for some people. Tomorrow will be tough, I know it, and I'll try not to cry so much (I'm a real crybaby).

Since my work day ended so late, I briefly thought about skipping my workout, but I made a commitment to moving every day this month, so I got it done. It's now close to 8pm and I am famished. Thank goodness I had prepared tonight's meal ahead of time yesterday. I also need to give David a good shoulder and back massage, as he has been dealing with major pains today.

Hope everyone enjoys a nice evening!

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Martine: Congrats on your new journey!

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I have a confession. I had already wrote my little beginning of the month bit. I went ahead and erased it though because I've been having a change of heart. I don't know if the spirit of summer is just getting to me or what but I just woke up this morning with a new perspective. The introduction of alternate day fasting for me last month was really huge.

When I first started this diet I wanted a lifestyle change. A permanent way to live to lose and maintain weight. I didn't care about how long it took for me to reach under 110 lbs. I knew it would probably take years. Also, I honestly like the way I look as long as I'm a size 12 or less. Being a size 4 is my very favorite that I want to get back into. But the journey for the most part doesn't bother me. Although, I will admit being a size 16 right now does bug me.

Anyway, somehow on this journey I ended up getting obsessed with numbers. I made all these monthly goals and made estimates of how long the finish line would be. With IF it was a way to help motivate me because the weight loss was pretty shoddy and I assumed it was my fault somehow (maybe it was). Now that I've switched to ADF my life seems a lot more simple and I think I may have found my lifestyle change. I guess I just don't really care about monthly goals or timelines anymore. I'll get there when I get there. My current regimen is fasting 4 days out of 7 in a week for weight loss. If for some reason I can't seem to lose anything then I will worry about it.

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Hi friends!
Super Fantastic day. I was given the week off and plan to use it! KC and I took her children to an ancient indian village site where Lewis and Clark stayed the winter. It was amazing, we dressed the kids up in war paint and told stories, explored the rocks, checked out the petroglyphs and then made some of our own. we found several artifacts and ate blackberries till we were stuffed. Sometimes life is really great. I wish you all could have been there.

Bloomin: Girl, you rock! I dont have to be a weight loss expert to know u are on the right path, not only for success in dieting, but success in life! What great insight you posses. All the roads you have taken led you to here and now, the Present, right Curv? im excited for you!

Happy independence day to all my new friends!

7/3 320.8 yep, its a great start. look out below!
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William47: Thank you! This has been a really exciting development for me. I feel peaceful about the future. I'm glad you were able to have an awesome time with your kids. Times have been bleak for everyone and it's nice to hear about someone having a really great time amidst all of this. And congrats on your great start!
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Weekly weigh in for the first week of July. I am down one pound. 176. Hooray
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Good morning everyone and Happy July! I can't believe it has been so long since I checked in. I came down really sick late Monday and by Tuesday I felt awful. I had many of the symptoms of COVID and so my family encouraged me to do telemed. They wanted me to get a COVID test so I did. Found out yesterday evening it was negative. I didn't really think that is what it was. I never ran a fever, didn't lose smell or taste, or have the deep body aches. I have a condition where my immune system doesn't function properly and likes to overreact to things (like many foods) and pools white blood cells in my esophagus. For whatever reason (not a medical person by any means) I tend to get sick more often, although I must confess I haven't been this sick in years!!! I have seen a slight improvement today, but still not feeling good at all. If not feeling like I am on the mend by Monday, a call to my specialist will be in order.

Didn't mean for that to be so long. Sorry for the rambles. Sounds like we have a great start to the month here. I started July at 296.8. Hoping to keep the downward progress moving this month.
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Happy 4th of July to everyone celebrating!

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thank goodness you tested negative for COVID-19. It was good of you to follow through with your telecall to your doctor to rule it out. Hope you feel better soon!

William47 that sounds like such a great family outing! And a great new number on the scale yesterday, congrats! I love your positivity.

bloominbutterflies I feel a sense of peace reading your latest posts. We should never be at war with our bodies and obsessions leave us unfulfilled, because we are never content with "now" and always think of "when". I'm glad that ADF is making you happy, and the number on the scale moving is just a bonus.

As it turns out, I learned yesterday that I will start training for my new position on Wednesday only, as the person training me is currently on vacation. *I* knew that, I don't know how *they* missed that when they gave me a start date of July 6th. So I'll work two more days as an assistant store manager and that means less stress for me to get things in order for my replacement who starts July 13th (I was anticipating working late on Friday to get things done, but this news allowed me to finish on time and enjoy my weekend).

I woke up too late for an early morning walk and thought I would do it in the afternoon, after all the grocery shopping and chores and such, but it was much too hot by the time I got around to it. So I completed a low impact cardio workout instead. The 2-week challenge I completed was focused on strength training, so some cardio was a nice change of pace. So far I've kept my commitment to be active each day this month. Time for a quick shower, then a nice meal and probably a movie tonight.

Hope everyone is enjoying a wonderful weekend!

1: 5.2km walk + 37 minutes upper body strength training
2: 38 minutes lower body strength training
3: 3.2km walk
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and Happy Fourth of July!

I'm headed out the door soon for church so I'll do a few responses today and circle back later.

workinprogress2020: I'm so glad you're COVID test came back negative! I can understand your family's concern and glad you followed up immediately. Yesterday, the wife of a good friend woke up feeling ill an running a slight temp and took the exact same steps you did. They were supposed to go hiking in Oregon (he works in California, she works in Olympia, WA) but of course that will wait for another time. She should be getting the results of her test tomorrow or Monday. He said she was feeling better today, just tired. Keeping my fingers

Martine: Is there anything that you are doing in preparation for your Wednesday start date. By the way, yeah, your supervisor(s) should have caught that . Enjoy your movie night!

bloominbutterflies: on your thoughtful decision. Goals are great and provide one marker success. With that stated, not all goals look alike. The insight you've gained about yourself during your ADF cycles, and what progress means to you has been invaluable. You sound like you are in a very good place .
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curvynotlumpy I hope you have been enjoying a nice weekend. To answer your question, no I don’t have anything to prepare for my start date. I’m just waiting for an updated training plan and my phone and laptop to arrive.

I started the day off right with a good walk. I have been feeling some sharp pains from time to time in my left calf, so I started doing some of my physio exercises for my Achille’s tendon again. I will start a new 4-week program today that will focus on core exercises. Looking at the workouts, there is still a good mix of upper and lower body exercises included, so it should be good.

Have a great Sunday everyone!

1: 5.2km walk + 37 minutes upper body strength training
2: 38 minutes lower body strength training
3: 3.2km walk
4: 34 minutes low-impact cardio workout
WEEK 1:
5: 3.2km walk + 33 minutes HIIT and core intervals workout + 10 minutes lower body strength training

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