"Every-Day" 21-Day Challenge -- Time to put a number on it!!

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  • 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!!


    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 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!!

  • Here goes!!!
    Ok, people. I am back! The new thread is here and I'm declaring my challenges....gads....

    1) No alcohol! -- I'm going strong on this one. Last drink was June 12!
    2) Only 1 sugar break a day! This includes sugar in coffee or tea! And it's to be like ONE thing, not one binge!
    3) Become hungry!! Stop the grazing. Let myself get hungry at least once a day. Stop and ask myself....are you hungry? If yes, truly yes, wait a while longer...then eat...and write it down in a log.
    4) Food log!!!!!! I always stop after a day or two.... Keep it going!!!

    Ok, there you have 'em. Now let's (me) go get 'em!!!


    CBETA -- Yes, I'm here and OK, at least from the typhoon and earthquake. I didn't even feel it in Tokyo though because I was out walking. When I got to the train they were delayed it said because of a quake, but I hadn't realized it was so big in Niigata. Poor people up there. They have been hit a lot lately. CBETA, Thanks for the cheer. I'm back here in Tokyo now, but was in the States, Ohio and Penna., yes, near Pittsburgh. It was nice! Good luck on your challenges! How long before bed are you not allowing yourself to eat?

    jolly -- Thanks! Yes, I'm OK. Niigata is on the other coast, on the Japan Sea. I'm in Tokyo, on the Pacific. They felt it here though, but like I said to CB, I was out walking and didn't feel it. Still, it could happen anytime here. I keep saying that but I do nothing to prepare. I guess I keep thinking, what for? the chances of being home are small. Still, that's stupid thinking, isn't it? If there is any chance of being able to grab a pack with things to help in a quake, I should have the bag prepared. Good going on your challenges. I'm glad to see you back and working at it. You're inspiring. Please wish me luck!

    Pink -- You're doing great too! Thanks for sticking with the thread in my absence...

    kalani, helpmelose, are you still with us?

    Apple, dj, come back!!!! (...my come-back-dj-Apple dance...)

  • 68....I can't wait!!
    The PUSH for 68!!
    Also, I am declaring my push for 68 kgs. How soon can I get there...getting there being defined as weighing 68 kg five out of seven days in a row!! Can I do it by my birthday? (Aug. 8) Probably not, but I can try!! Here goes!!
    Every day I am going to repeat this mantra -- PUSH FOR 68 -- Yeah!!
  • Hey all. Thanks for starting the new thread, REd. And way to go on your challenges! I am glad you weren't hurt in the earthquake. Scary stuff.

    I took a pause today on following the menu. I realize it was stress - I was kind of overwhelmed with everything I want to get done tonight before I leave for a work conference tomorrow. Will work harder tomorrow.

    So, here are the stats:
    Daily post: day 6, 3 pauses left
    Follow workout plan: day 6, 3 pauses left
    Follow menu: day 5, 2 pauses left.

    Take care all
  • Hi all. Just posting quick since I won't be at my computer again until tomorrow night. I did make it to the gym this morning though. Almost talked myself out of it (ooooh - I have so much to do, and I can always work out tonight. . . ) but I went and did a mini workout. If I can, I will do something again tonight.

    Take care all
  • 1) No Alcohol -- OK! Break since June 12 continues, but declaring July 19 as new start for challenge. Day 1 completed!
    2) Sugar Challenge -- No go! Starting over July 20.
    3) Become hungry! -- Started July 19. Will allow this as I was hungry more than once. Must try to be more consistent though. Day 1 completed!
    4) Food log! Total waste. Must restart July 20
    5) Repeat my mantra of -- Push to 68. Totally forgot. Restarting July 20. Must say at least 5 times during day to notch day.


    jolly -- You're very welcome for the new thread. Let's hope it helps us all. That was a GREAT save on the gym. You are really something!!
  • HI guys good to hear that you are doing well, and really working at your challenges, even if it is tough sometimes.

    Yesterday was
    A. No Food min 2h before bed(level 2) - 3 days met
    B. Daily Excercise (level 3) - 2 days met, really did not want to do anything yesterday but then did the Gilad DVD for 30min and felt better about myself in general.
    Still working on water thingon my 2nd bottle for the day so far.
    Also I have another win for today. I parked further from the building (finally I planned to be at work 5 min earlier, so that I have the time to walk and not late), and I used the stairs both times: in the morning with my laptop and in the afternoon going down and up to the 3rd floor. I do this occasionally but today it was a planned effort.
  • official start date 7-19

    NO ALCOHOL challenge~day 1 completed 0 pauses left

    WALK 1 MILE EVERY DAY~day 1 completed 3 pauses

    NO EATING AFTER 7pm~day 1 completed 2 pauses
  • Jul 19th
    A. No Food min 2h before bed(level 2) - 4 days met
    B. Daily Excercise (level 3) - 3 days met, took an hour brisk walk, followed by 15min of cool down walking
    C. 4 bottles of water (level 2) - 1 day met
  • progress!

    1) No Alcohol -- OK! Day 2 completed!
    2) Sugar Challenge -- Good. Day 1 completed
    3) Become hungry! -- Day 2 completed!
    4) Food log! Total waste. Must restart July 21
    5) Repeat my mantra of -- Push to 68. OK. Day 1 completed!

    CBETA, Debbs, good work! CB, that was a great effort you made with the exercise!

  • Hey all. just got back and am getting everything sorted out after my trip. blew the food, so will be restarting Monday. Had a good save on the workout though. The fitness center where i was staying wasn't that great, but I was inspired by the lake, so went and jogged! Was an awesome way to start the morning (and especially good considering the amount of fermented grain beverages I drank the night before!)

    Take care all
  • moving along on most...
    Here's where I stand at the end (almost) of Sunday, July 22. Had good days over the weekend but just didn't get around to writing things down yesterday. Did it today though.

    1) No Alcohol -- OK! Day 4 completed!
    2) Sugar Challenge -- Good. Day 3 completed
    3) Become hungry! -- Day 4 completed!
    4) Food log! Had to start on Sunday. Day 1 completed
    5) Repeat my mantra of -- Push to 68. OK. Day 3 completed!

    jolly, good job on the exercise and a hand for getting right back with it Monday!

  • Well, it's Monday morning and I'm heading off to the gym...and dreading going into work. My weight remains high despite what I think is decent eating and lots of exercise. It's a real downer...really. Weeks without beer and now only minimal sweets, I thought I would see more progress. I can't understand why when I was in the States I was able to take off weight with such ease. There is all this fat hanging around my waist! I can't believe it! It shouldn't be there! Sigh...I really am depressed.

    I am simplifying my challenges. Out with the mantra and the getting hungry one. Gonna just stick to basics and try to revaluate my eating.
    So, here's where it stands at the start of Monday.

    1) No Alcohol -- Day 4 completed
    2) One Sugar a Day -- Day 3 completed
    3) Food Log -- Day 1 completed

  • NO ALCOHOL challenge~day 4 completed 0 pauses left

    WALK 1 MILE EVERY DAY~day 2 completed 1 pause left

    NO EATING AFTER 7pm~day 3 completed 1 pause left
  • Hey all. Sorry, but I took a pause day yesterday on posting and working out. I was so tired from the work thing, I basically passed out on the couch before going to my niece's party. Got home late from that to find my copy of HP7 was here Despite staying up late to read that, I did go to the gym this morning (almost finished the book on the bike )

    Have a good one all, and talk more tomorrow.