Wednesday, June 28, 2017

One thing I notice about myself is, if I tell myself I can't have something, I then crave it and think about it all the time. So this week I made some protein balls and they have been so good to snack on.
Last week I didn't do so well with the group challenge, this week been better but I'm going camping this weekend. Here's to trying everyday to make good healthy decisions.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Week 3 Results and Prize Winner

I didn't hear from everyone this week...hopefully you forgot to report your points because you are on a fun trip or something.  Just let me know when you can so I can add it to the running totals.

Also I forgot in the last email to mention that the prize up for grabs this week is a $10 Target gift card for anyone that completes the healthy snacks challenge.

Here are the standings after 3 Weeks:

1.  Amber F.                  270
2.  Sarah C.                   264
3.  Sarah V.                   261
4.  Cameron                  258
5.  Susie                        256
6.  Stephanie               250
7.  Linsey                      249
8.  Danica                     246
9.  Brian                        238
10.  Erica                      235
11.  Melanie                 229


Week 3 Prize Winner!  Who won the movie pass?:
Watch
HERE to see who won

One day at a time...

So I'm motivated in this challenge to lose my baby weight and after going to my 6 week postpartum visit yesterday, I'm even MORE motivated! Stepping on the scale is still so unsatisfying...but I know that one day at a time, I can make a difference in my goal. So here's to full commitment!!

NOOOO HEALTHY SNACKS!!! My nemesis!

Welp...this week I already blew one cheat day! Oh crap! I am terrible at healthy snacking. But it helps me to not snack at all because I don't have a healthy option. But lets get real...I'm doomed this week. I have a family reunion and am traveling. But even though I'm not going to be able to do the group challenge...I'll do as good as I can until this weekend!

If your feeling discouraged and you feel like you're just going to give up...take the opportunity to rededicate yourself. Even if it's just on the little things. You got this!


Monday, June 26, 2017

Red Robin....YUM!!!

  Last week we did the no eating after dinner challenge and I was able to complete the challenge....and then completely binge on steak fries at Red Robin. It was pretty freaking awesome and I don't care if i disqualify myself from this week if I was supposed to go the whole week cause you cannot not eat 3-6 basket of their steak fries. Basically communism if you don't :) 
  One of my personal goals is to stick to a carb and protein limit and it has been helping a ton. I do feel that I have more energy and that i'm not weighed down by all of the extra stuff that I was eating. I still have energy and even though on paper i've been eating less calories than I normally do I still feel that I can get done most everything that I plan on between work, family and school. the healthy snack challenge will be good so I can plan my extra calories out and have something good rather than...Hi-chews. Which are gods gift to man and the universe. Good luck everyone!

Exercise

The hardest part of the challenge for me is trying to fit in 30 minutes a day for exercising. I make sure I drink water, eat healthier, sleep, etc but I just can't get motivated to exercise ! We have been outside a lot working on our chicken coop and been very busy running around this summer but I need to be better about going for walks or doing something this summer!!!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Loved the weekly winner drawing video.   Why did Carsen get to be Batman?😒😒  I wanna be Batman!!!!!
Anyway,  found the Group challenge to be my undoing this week.  Didn't get the points but as I am finding out, there is still a benefit to failing....I better understand my weaknesses.  ( Is that a word?  Is the plural of weakness; weaknesses, weaknesss, weaknezzes or weaknessessess?) Anyway I got more then one.
I was pleased that I accomplished my personal goal... taking my daily vitamins and supplements, medical professionals are never very compliant so this was a good one for me.
Still finding it a challenge to pee 8 cups of water in a day.  Anyone got any tips?
 This week we were on vacation. Not eating after dinner was hard. I kept on forgetting. My points this week are going to be low. Going to try not to let that get to me and finish this challenge strong.
The most challenging thing for me this week was sleep.  I only got 4/7 nights.  I'm going to try to wind down earlier this next week.  I did great on exercise this week.  I biked to work, jumped rope, went for extra walks, went kayaking for 3 hours, etc.
I am going to try to complete my personal goal every day this week.  I feel like I weigh more every week!  Too much water!  ha! ha!    Hopefully it is muscle!
This will be a difficult week because I am traveling to Southern California for a wedding1  Too much tempting food probably.  Wish me luck!
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Goals

I'm finding summer time a hard time to stay motivated, it's just so busy.  I'm hoping the healthy snack challenge will force me to plan ahead better and make better food choices this upcoming week.  I think it's important to keep goals that don't involve the scale...goals about better health, or fitness goals.  One of my goals this summer is to build some muscles so I can slalom water ski by the end of this summer.  What goals are keeping you motivated?

Friday, June 23, 2017

Yay!!

So I went to my yearly drs appt yesterday. My blood pressure was 110/70. Last year it was 138/90. And I had lost 20 pounds since last year. Sometimes I get frustrated because as far as weight loss goes I still have a long way to go but it really made me feel good!!!! Yay!!!!!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Week 2 Results and Prize Winner

Hope that your week is going well.  Now that I've collected everyone's money I want to give everyone a run down on the prizes.  17 people paid the entrance fee, so I'm working with $340.

$75 will go toward 7 weekly prize drawings.

Final Prizes will be rewarded based on final points:
1st Place - $100
2nd Place - $75
3rd Place - $50
4th Place - $25
5th Place - $15


Here are the standings after 2 Weeks:

1.  Sarah C.                   186
2.  Sarah V.                   182
3.  Amber F.                  180
4.  Linsey                      177
5.  Cameron                  174
6.  Brenda                     173
7.  Susie                        171
8.  Danica                     169
9.  Brian                        167
10.  Stephanie               163
11.  Briana                    160
12.  Carsen                   155
13.  Erica                      152
14.  Melanie                  140
15.  Trishia                    96

See who won the Week 2 Prize!
CLICK HERE

This week is the hardest!

Last time I did this challenge I was in Mexico and we didn't have as much access to food after dinner so it wasn't so bad. But this time...I'm home. My husband is snacking after dinner. And I WANT TO EAT EVERYTHING! But even though I feel like I haven't eaten in DAYS it's only been like an hour by the time I want to start snacking on everything. But good news. I didn't waste away last night...I made it through the night and felt fine. OBVIOUSLY a bad habit that I have to work on! Ha ha!

Keep at it everybody!


Wish this was me!

Feeling frustrated

My weight loss is always such a Yo Yo. I lose four pouns, I gain two, I lose one....up and down until my net weight loss is about zero!!! I did good with the no sugary drinks. That is about the only thing I do good on. I've never been a soda drinker. On the flip side my snacking habits are horrible!! Here's to a more positive week!!!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

This week is a little harder for me,  oh how I love to piece and snack after dinner.  My kids always want a dessert after dinner so this week is a challenge for me.  Has anyone ever tried water walking? I did last night and if was so much fun, Ana it helped with wanting to eat a snack because I was exercising and then when I got home I was to tired and went to bed.   I hope everyone keeps up the good work.  I know I didn't do very good Sunday with my eating , time to be motivated again.  

Monday, June 19, 2017

Week 2

I made the challenge of not drinking any sugary drinks besides milk or water. It wasn't too bad since this is what I mostly drink anyway. We did however buy some capri-sun and had them nice and cold so...the 6th day I definitely drank a few to make sure I remembered what it tasted like. I do feel good as I've been maintaining my weight and even keeping down to around 207. This helped with my cravings since drinking a cup of powerade at lunch would just make me want even more sugar throughout the day. this has been extremely helpful in keeping my carb intake down since that has been my overall goal of this challenge. I even celebrated by getting a fruit punch at Jersey Mike's today. if you haven't been there they make some amazing philly cheese steak sandwiches.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

My biggest accomplishment for the week was figuring out how to post to the blog.   Yep, I missed those 10 easy points the first week.  Been pretty happy with my calorie intact and  exercise the past two weeks.  I think my biggest challenge is the 8 cups of water.  It isn't the in-tacking of the water its the elimination of the water that is my challenge.  Seems I got to go all the time.   Very inconvenient when your in sterile gloves doing surgery.  Also hate getting up 2-3 times during the night... Any suggestions
This week I really made it a point to exercise each day.  A couple of days I was really proud of myself....since I exercised twice in a day!  Every day I tried to take my 10,000 steps, but a couple of days I went the extra mile by biking to work and running.  This week I hope to continue this practice but start to see some weight shift.  Too many parties, celebrations and company.  I need to focus more on portion sizes and not turning to snacks.  


Just Keep Moving

Summer is a tough time to do a challenge!  So many trips, celebrations and just being out of the normal routine.  Summer is also a great time to be on the challenge because it's seems so much easier to be really active.  On Friday I went hiking (TWICE)!  Since recovering from 2 major surgeries the past 8 months I've been really hesitant to push my body very far in my workouts, but it felt great to push a little this week.  I love being out in nature and doing fun active things with my family.  It gave me a little extra motivation to keep trying.  
Hope you all will keep trying too!

50/50

This week I felt like I did awesome in my exercise but not great about my food choices. I logged my food but was always disappointed with the choices I made, either lack of time to make something healthy or simply craved something unhealthy and indulged...I plan to do a lot better this week! I was happy with my 5 days of exercise, water intake, and participating in the challenge, which felt pretty easy to accomplish for me. This next week I'm definitely going to find my motivation to make healthier choices! I know I won't regret it.
This week... was not good. I still logged all my food and water and joined in the challenge but a lot of my motivation had faded. I have alway been bad at working out... essentially I am completely sedentary, which is something I would love to change about myself. I worked out one day this week...  and the rest of the week I sat in front of the TV too tiered from the day to move or just having no motivation. But next week is a new week... and I am really going to try to get 25 points for working out. Even if that means doing sit ups while I watch Jane the Virgin.

Bree

It is amazing that when you are so busy it is so easy to forget to log food... it does take energy to remember. I found that when I skip one day it is very easy to skip the next day too. This next week my goal is to make a to-do list so I have to check off things, not just with this challenge but with my busy day as well. I am hoping to refocus this week.

Carsen
This week was a little better. I had a family reunion this weekend I brought healthy snacks, my family didn't I blame them for tempting me. This next challenge will be good for me eating after dinner is a horrible habit for me. I'm also hoping for ideas this week for healthy low calorie snacks any recommendations ??

Saturday, June 17, 2017

I went to girls camp this week and had no teats!!! That's huge for me. I love sugar. I don't drink soda already but I could wolf down chocolate so I'm thrilled I was able to stay away from the sweets. Hope everyone is staying motivated. It's hard to change habits...at least it is for me.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Hello all, this week has been so crazy busy for me but so much fun also.  I started cutting out soda a few months ago so this weeks challenge has been super challenging for me:) yay! I do like to do infused water with fresh fruits though. Yummy.

my favorite challenge

YESSS! It's the one week when I hardly have to think about the challenge. I don't like carbonation, don't really care for most juices, and drinking only water, it's not really different for me. HOWEVER...I am doing this challenge again partially because my whole family is doing it...but the other reason is because I noticed how little water I was drinking when i started the last challenge. I get kidney stones...and I should be drinking tons of water...but when i started making myself drink 8 cups a day I realized...I definitely wasn't getting my water. And I need this habit to stick. Kidney stones ARE THE WORST. So I'm enjoying my week of not worrying about which drink I need...but reminding myself of how important it is to drink enough!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Week 1 Results and Prize Winner

Good job everyone on a great first week!  I didn't get points from everyone, so if you don't see your name on this list, please let me know your points total from Week 1 as soon as possible.

Week 1 Results:

1.  Sarah C.                   94
2.  Stephanie                 92
3.  Sarah V.                   91
4.  Amber F.                  90
5.  Linsey                      89
6.  Briana                      88
7.  Brenda                     86
8.  Cameron                  85
9.  Carsen                     82
10.  Danica                   81
11.  Erica                      76
12.  Susie                      74
13.  Trishia                   52

Week 1 Prize Winner!
Click  HERE see who won!

Week 1

Well, this week I lost 4 pounds...seriously !!! Haha I'm not surprised tho. Since school got out the kids and I have run constantly going somewhere to swimming, soccer camp, splash park, city park rides....yikes! So consiquently I've only eaten like one meal a day....that's not really healthy tho....I am grateful for this challenge to help me stay focused over the summer weeks of temptations.

Week 1 done!

I don't know if you all know but teachers eat a lot.  Our team room is constantly filled with food that someone brought in or gifts (aka chocolate and candy) from students.  I did the spring challenge a few months back during the school year and it was much harder to stick to those calorie goals.  Now that I am on summer it is much easier to say "no" because it isn't in my line of sight constantly and I don't have friends around to social eat with!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Week 1

Week 1 went much better than I originally thought. I did the Spring into shape challenge a few months ago and fizzled out by the end. I was still doing what i could to earn the points, but for the most part i wasn't really tracking and just going in the motions. This challenge my first week was to hit my RMR calories and I have felt a lot better. I haven't really been doing much differently besides trying to stick as close as I can to my carb, protein, and fat goal. I don't feel as sluggish as i used to and have been more motivated to plan out my meals (driving my wife nuts of course :) )I hope that everyone else's week went just as well and if not that this week is better! Good luck all! No sugary drinks...

last week not so good

Ok....last week not so good.  Too many parties and not enough time to do everything.  Also I think I was trying to get the hang of things.....I think I didn't record enough points for exercise either.  So maybe I'll have to adjust that next time.



I'm determined to do better this week!


Sunday, June 11, 2017

 Hi everyone! My name is Sarah. I've done a few of these challenges. Thanks Steph for putting these on. You're the best! I didn't have a great first week. Lots of candy and ice cream. It's good to see all the calories though. 😳 Big eye opener. I'm excited for next weeks challenge. I need to quit the sweets.
Hello my name is Brenda. I grew up with Stephanie I succeeded with her last challange motivated every day. This last week I have been less motivated than planned I keep finding myself say tomorrow I will do better. Well tomorrow is a new week. I WILL KEEP MOTIVATED.  No soda will be the hardest for me but I know I can do it.  My goal is to loss 5 lbs during this challange. Wish me luck.

Hello from Vernal

My name is Trishia Lawson.  I live in Vernal, Utah.  I know Stephanie through the Petersen side of her family.  I married one of her cousins.  I have seen her posting about doing these challenges and never wanted to quite commit, but I decided to do the challenge this time around because I have gradually lost ALL CONTROL of the amount of junk food I allow myself to consume.  I'm hopeful that joining this challenge will help me be more conscious of my daily caloric intake.  

And here we go...

Hello everyone! This is Briana and Carsen Dumas. We are blogging together because I, Carsen after many attempts kept getting an error page as I would try to join the blog page. We are both from Boise, Idaho and very excited to do this challenge together. I chose to take part in this challenge not only to be a support and get support for and from my wife, but as a way to kickstart my way back into the level of activity and nutritional discipline that I have accustomed myself to in years past. 

Carsen

I have been hearing about these challenges for awhile. My sister, Erica, participated in the last challenge and KILLED it. Carsen and I have been feeling like we needed something to get us out of our bad eating funk. I felt pretty inspired by my sister and it was really a no brainer. We excited to start and super happy that we have a lot of friends and family that are participating with us. 

First week is going good, we are already feeling better... less bloated, we feel lighter, and just happy that we are taking care of our bodies. 

Bree

Friday, June 9, 2017

Hello all,
After all my motivation and give a darn left me I gain a few extra pounds, so I've decided to join this challenge in hopes to loose them again. :) I hope we can all have a little fun and learn some good healthy habits too.

Sarah Carothers

Hello I am so happy to be doing the summer challenge! My kids go to school with Stephanie's kids and I'm so happy that I met her!!! My goal is to lose ten pounds during this challenge and then hopefully many more after that!!!! Good luck to everyone!!!!

Why Not??

Hey Everyone!

I'm Danica and I was willingly convinced to join in on this challenge because I had a baby 3 weeks ago!! While I'm still adjusting to a new baby and getting my life on track again, I was open to doing this challenge because I'm the type that totally needs structure in my diet and exercise in order to see results. I look forward to committing to this challenge and getting where I want to be --- back to my pre-baby body and mindset!

Thanks!

Danica

COMMIT! You can do it!

 Last time was the first time I ever did this healthy habits challenge. It was very difficult for me mentally. I found myself doubting that I could do it. If you're like me you might have a few internal conversations asking yourself why you did this. But  focusing on some healthy habits and paying attention to what you take into your body is so important. I'm glad I did it last time.

 Just commit now that you're going to stick to it. If you have a bad day or a bad week don't give up just get back to it and start again. It's not about the competition it's about you. 👍🏻
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Silk Touch MD
Erica K. Peterson

Monday, June 5, 2017

Hi Everyone!

Hello!
     I'm Amber. I did the spring challenge with a little success in the weight loss arena but I did learn a lot about myself.  I hope that now we are on summer break (I'm a teacher) I can devote more time to the challenge.  I also hope that a lower stress level will help increase my results.  Have fun everyone :)


Summer Challenge

Hey guys! Excited to be back. this week my calorie challenge is 1950 or less. I've been trying to hit my RMR or lower and what do you know Stephanie sent this email out to keep me motivated. I did the spring into shape challenge with my wife, Kiersten, and it helped me create some good habits like logging my food, counting calories, tracking my workouts, attempting to sleep (maybe more then 5 hours??) and prioritize my time with school and family.

Here is an RMR Calculator that I found online

https://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/calrmr.htm

seems to be pretty consistent with the other health calculators. bodybuillding.com has a lot of other things for information as well.

Good luck!
I'm excited to get started on this challenge.  I was down to 137 pounds last month....but with all the crazy parties and such...>I'm back up to a whopping 143 today.  This will be good to get me disciplined.  More importantly, than losing weight, I want to get back in shape and put on some muscle.  Let's get the party started!

Stephanie Signing In

 Hey Everyone!  Thanks for participating in the summer challenge.  This here is a picture of me with my 4 fun kids on Mother's Day.  The little cherub there in pink joined our family almost 8 months ago.  She is a delight, an exhausting little delight.  I feel the past months I've been in survival mode to keep the family up and running, so the first thing to go is always taking care of myself.
I know if I want to live up to this portrait my 9 year old son made of me, I need to lose some weight and get in shape!  I have quite a bit to lose, but I know even losing 15 would help in the way I feel right now.  So I'm going to work hard these next two months...hoping to be a better me and better able to keep up with these kids.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Week 8 Prize Winners and Final Results!!!

I know, I know!  You've been waiting all day to see these results!

It's been a fun ride!  Thanks again to everyone for participating.  I didn't add up the total pounds lost this time, but I know it's over 100!  And even more for the inches!  Congratulations!  I will be sending out all the weekly prizes from the drawings and the overall money prizes this coming week.

Watch this video to see who won the Week 8 Prize Drawings for the movie passes:
Click Here

Watch this video to see the final results:
Click Here



Friday, April 28, 2017

We made it!!

Sometimes you have to crawl over the finish line to call it complete, I might be limping, speed-walking, but definitely not in my dead sprint like I'd hoped. I have upped my water intake A TON!!! so win for that, my sugars are way down and I've been way more successful at planning/prepping my food for work so I'll count lots of wins for this competition, even if the scale doesn't reflect it.

Thanks for the weekly reminders and motivation from everyone, its been a great ride!

Final Day!!!

This challange has been amazing for me I can't take Stephanie enough for putting this all together. My hope for everyone is that we can all learn from this and continue to make healthier choices going forward. I know for myself I am so proud I stuck to this challange all they way through.
My goal was to finish and I did! I realized two things. I'm all of nothing which means I would have fantastic weeks followed by terrible weeks. I also learned that the weeks I lost weight I had very little inches cdifference and the weeks that my weight stayed I lost more in measurements. I also decided that if I ever track weight I also have to track some inches is that I can feel like I am being successful.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Started from the bottom, now we' here baby!!!!!

We made it! 8 weeks has never gone so slowly! If you want to cherish the adorable nature of your precious little children at home and say things like "i hope you stay small forever"...just start a diet challenge! It will seem like a never ending fountain of youth. For me however it just seemed like a never-ending fountain of torment. And like a fat kid in dodgeball..."I'm out!!!!!!!"


A HUUUUUGE thank you to Steph!

Well...I can't believe I made it. It was very difficult for me mentally. Committing to this was very difficult for me...but I am proud to say that I hit my goal. I have never lost weight (except being pregnant and losing every meal for a couple fun months) in such a healthy weight. And I have never been able to lose this amount of weight before. My coworkers are noticing that I look different. And I feel better. I am so grateful for the mindfulness that this challenge has brought into my life. I truly am a person who feels that everything in moderation is okay...but when you never hold back...that is not moderation :). Say no to yourself sometimes. Pay attention. And tracking what you eat is one of the most AFFECTIVE tools ever. Because sometimes you'd rather not pop something in your mouth than put it into your phone! Great job everybody. I'm so grateful for the challenge to try to live healthier and be better to myself.


Not trying to be negative I just thought this was funny

This is doable LONG TERM!

I just got home from my Spring Break vacation and I was able to get full points while I was away!  I think that being on vacation is the ultimate test for stuff like this.  I was away from my normal routine and I was still able to exercise and watch what I ate and drank and still get the required amount of sleep (that ended up being the hardest part).  So this test was very encourage for me!  
Wow in some ways can't believe this is it. It has definitely been hard at times, but I'm so glad I pushed through. I think I'm pretty close to hitting my goal. We will see in the morning. So impressed with everyone's hard work. It helped push me to keep going.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Keep POUNDING away!!!

Hope everyone is feeling better about being in the Challenge !!


I think I'm down about 18 lbs or so - I think I will continue for another month to keep the pounds at bay!


Clothes are an easier fit -


I think moving forward my rule will be no seconds at dinner - and very few treats!


Thanks everyone!  Thanks Steph!


F Jeff



I am really glad I joined this challenge......I  have not meet my goal either...but I figure every pound lost is a success for me. I hope I can remember to practice some of the things I have learned . Thanks Steph ....love ya'

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

This is the third challenge that I have done with Stephanie. The first one went well, the second one not so much, and this one has been a little bit of both. Ups and downs. I feel healthier though and have seen some results, though not as much as I wanted, but still happy.  This week I am making plans for after the challenge so that I keep a healthier lifestyle.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Can't believe this is the last week

This has been a fun challenge and it has gone by way fast. I would love to say I did the group challenge, but my two year old kept shoving popsicles (court-ticles if she says it) into my mouth and it was hard not to say no to a daddy daughter popsicle moment. I did learn that tracking my food makes me more thoughtful of what I eat instead of just "this is close enough to my calories" or "I worked out today". I did notice that when I would watch what I ate an even stopped eating so much because I was "hungry" I would actually feel better and not so sluggish. It was great to see everyone's progress and even better to do this with my wife. She is awesome and I do not apologize for all the times that I embarrass her :). She also is about 12 weeks pregnant and her hip hop group took 1st place in their dance competition this past weekend. She is doing the work of two and still winning.

What I've Learned

Thanks everyone for participating with me in this challenge!  Having surgery last week kind of threw a wrench in my plans to have a big finish.  In fact, I didn't really earn any points at all, so I'm bowing out of the final competition.  Feeling down and out after surgery has made me appreciate my health that I take for granted.  It has motivated me to continue to lose weight and make better habits.  I was able to lose about 10 lbs this go around which was half of my initial goal, so I guess I just need to keep going.  I'm hoping to find some people that will be willing to join me for another challenge for the summer.  Let me know if you are interested!  Good luck to everyone finishing these last few days strong!

Almost there!!!

Well I've lost about 8 pounds during this challenge. I am so glad that I decided to do it!! My goal was twenty pounds so hopefully I can keep going on my own after this is over . Great job everybody! You all inspired me to keep going...You are all amazing !!!!

Sunday, April 23, 2017

10 min left to check in this week 😬 Cutting it close. This week we  had spring break. A lot harder to stay healthy. Only got 4 day of workouts and ate too much junk. One more week. Wow almost done. Good luck to everyone.

Finally noticing!!

 This week I'm excited to say I am proud of myself, I am actually noticing a difference without the measuring tape. I am feeling more confident in myself, and actually fitting into some of my skinny clothes. I hope after this challange I can continue to make better choices in what I eat and hope I continue to go to the gym knowing it's not to just earn a few points. Thank you Stephanie. I❤U!!
I can't believe believe this is almost over. My number might not be as low as I want, but I'm feeling great. I feel in control of my life and that is a great feeling. I'm in a workout routine, which forces me to sleep enough, and I've aware of what I'm eating. Hooray for making positive changes!

Don't Chase Unicorns!

There are only a few days left in the challenge! I am feeling great and hit a new low number on the scale last night. Don't be tricked into buying the new Starbucks drink that is made with 100% organic blended unicorn bits! You wouldn't think so, but it is teaming with toxins. Don't do it. 


Saturday, April 22, 2017

So excited that we are in the home stretch. It has been great to see some changes. I have been impressed with all of you. Just five more days!

Sweets

i was doing really well with moderation of sweets and sugars until Easter.  I learned that once I get a chance to binge eat all that deliciousness it's hard to get back on track the following days.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Yes!!! Almost done....I really did not think I would stay with this.  I'm so glad I did.It has been eye opening to see all the things that go in the mouth without realizing it. Thanks to all for sharing their ups and downs and helping me to know I was not the only one going up and down...I have not done reallllly good.....but I have not done to bad either.  We'll see what the final results say!!
Good luck to all!!!!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Not eating after dinner...and drinking water

So I'm getting on right now because I'm having an argument in my head about how I want to get up and go get myself some more food. I finished dinner...and I'm supposed to be done for the day. And I want to leave my cheat days for the weekend. Soooo if I get on and post about my healthy habits, maybe I can peer pressure myself into staying put!

Obviously I picked a good one for myself.

Keep going everybody. Don't give into just giving up...because every amount of effort you can give, is for your benefit! You CAN do it!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

WOW is this really the last week?

Nice job everyone!

Nice Job Stephanie!!!

I know that I got a good kick start by participating with all of you!!

I think I am going to continue for 4 more weeks so that I don't give any of the lbs back.

Does anyone remember what Ice Cream tastes like????

Keep Moving!!

F Jeff


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Week 7 Results and Prize Drawing

Week 7 is in the books!  Good job everyone!  The end is in sight!

If your name isn't on here, send me your points when you can.

Week 7 Results:

Tied for 1st place with 658 points:

1.  Nicole
1.  McKenzi

2.  Jeff              657
3.  Katie W.      655
4.  Sarah V.       651
4.  Brenda         651
5.  James           648
6.  Weston         646
7.  Erica            641
8.  Stephanie     628
9.  Sarah C.       618
10.  Leigh          615
11.  Nada            583
12.  Cam             574
13.  Heather        554
14.  Elise            550
15.  Amber         541
26.  Kiersten       477

Tonight there is no prize video.  I ran out of time, so I used an online generator to pick our 2 winners of the $10 Amazon gift cards:

First I put the 13 qualifiers names in the random list maker to assign you all a number.


 Then I had the computer generate 2 numbers from 1 to 13 and came up with these numbers as the winners!

Congrats to Number 6 (Erica) and Number 13 (Kiersten)!!!  

No Sweets, treats, or sugary drinks

I figured I would choose the one that would be the hardest because I love me some powerade at lunch. I am choosing no treats, sweet, or sugary drinks and think that my lack of powerade at lunch will kill me..since I get it for free...and its in my way for my breaks to go up the stairs so I can some more steps. I'm convinced that they put crack in blue powerade because it is the best tasting of all of them. I wish everyone luck and think i'm going to go settle my nerves with some powerade...I have one day so I can still make the 5/7 days, but my will power is getting weaker by the minute



I am a sheep

This weeks challenge is a good one.  I am happy to be revisiting the "no eating after dinner" challenge because I felt better in the morning during that week.  And, I evidently NEED someone to TELL me what to do.  I've noticed that when I don't need to do something...I don't do it.  That is why, when it comes to my health, I am a sheep.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Water ways..

 I started this post from my phone last night because it had on my workout pics then the phone rang and I forgot to hit post, so here is a summary of my weeks work out via pics:  Monday was a lifting/Tabata class at the rec, Tuesday racquetball, Wednesday basketball, Thursday kickboxing, Friday at home lifting, Saturday a run with a friend and her son!  On top of that I set a personal goal to drink at least 100 ounces of water every day (I drink a diet dew and then not much water) i'm surprised how much easier the rest of my food choices fell into place when I was focused on simply drinking more water… OK a LOT more water,  fortunately there's a bathroom near my desk at work that was really the only inconvenience of my experiment. It was a great week!







Finish strong

Well I started out this challenge very optimistic and lost six pounds fairly quickly. Now for the last two weeks I have not completed the group challenge and I have not lost any more weight. So this week I am taking on the no sugary drinks challenge and I am going to finish up strong ! My personal goal this week is to lose two pounds. I can do it. And great job for those of you who avoided the sweets last week. You are all much stronger people than me !!!!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Happy Easter

We are all brothers and sisters. Happy Easter.

Happy Easter!!!

Oh my I almost forgot to blog. Hope everyone had a good Easter. No sugar is extremely hard for me somedays that's all I want. I felt pretty proud of myself during the week then comes the weekend not to mention Easter. I am grateful for these dreaded challange even though I hate every minute.  Thanks Stephanie.
This weeks challenge was so hard. Stuffing candy into plastic eggs 😬 and I never ate one candy. Never thought I could do that. Seriously though! ... I'm running a comfortable 3 plus miles now. So happy about that.  I think I finally broke down that runners wall and I'm enjoying running again. Have a couple races planned too.  Good luck to everyone these last two weeks.
This week I have told myself no A LOT. I didn't realize how many times I was reaching for a quick sugary something. I wish we would of done this challenge sooner so I would have had that realization sooner. Writing down what I eat just wasn't enough to make me release this. Though this time in th scale I did let out a YES! at the number on the scale. Still plenty to lose but have to start somewhere.

Has anyone found one of my extra chins?

I noticed the last couple on weeks that I can leave the top button buttoned for more than 3 hours - this was not possible a few weeks ago!!!!  If anyone finds one of my extra chins they can keep it!!!

Also my snowmobile thinks I am lighter now than at the beginning of the season.  (view the attached photo)  The snowmobile jumped way to far because the rider was lighter???

F Jeff

Saturday, April 15, 2017

My name is James, and i am an addict...

Well apparently i am addicted to sugar. This week make that painfully obvious. It was good to walk away from it for a week. See you Monday, Sugar!

HARDEST CHALLENGE for sure!

I live for sweets apparently.  I told James that we should save our cheat days for the weekend and what happens...treats! Social treats! Free treats! Cheap treats! I gave in on Wednesday thinking that it would be no big deal to save my second cheat day till Sunday. 30 minutes later I get a text for $3 fillups at our local FroYo place. And then a text from a good friend wanting to go to said FroYo to hang out! I wanted so badly to hang out with my friend. But I had to say no...because I wasted my cheat day on a TOTALLY WORTH IT DELICIOUS MINI BUNDT CAKE! And then the next day my friend that I had been making plans with for 3 weeks decided that we'd be making chocolate eggs while we hung out! I mean...seriously! The melted chocolatey goodness was just sitting right there calling to me! But fortunately I was able to blame my not trying any of the chocolates on that they needed to set up and I didn't want the chocolate all melty. HA! PLEASE! But let me tell you those chocolates are sitting on my shelf and I'm gonna have to be careful not to blow my good standings on Easter dinner and those eggs!

Anybody else been pinning desserts and delicious looking foods like crazy to pretend like you are going to taste those one day. Yeah...sorry...this is not a helpful post.

BUUUUT..this week I finally saw some results I was hoping for..and I am really grateful for this challenge. I clearly need to watch my sweets/treats/and desserts intake in the future.

Sugar, Sugar!

I discovered this week that it's not that hard to have a day without sugar.  The time I craved a treat the most was in the afternoons, some frozen cherries kind of hit the spot.  What is hard is stuffing 212 plastic Easter eggs with candy and not accidentally sampling a piece or two.  So the moral of the story is out of sight, out of mind.  I need to clean out my pantry and a few of my drawers!  
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Friday, April 14, 2017

Surprisingly, week 7 was easier than I thought it would be. Being married to a guy who loves cookies (eats them on the go all day long) and  he also loves sugar coated fruit slices. I don't  have a problem with the fruit slices....but the cookies.......so this week he gets the nasty, dry  packaged cookies from the store. No temptation there!! I have made it.. 5 days without sweets, treats or desserts....yah!! I did not think I would last this long...but I saw a few more # drop, I feel better, both physically and mentally. I will make it through to the end.
Thanks to you all.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

This one's not about me!

I have been reading a lot of posts this week.  All of MY posts have been about me and my goals and my frustrations, but I just want to say to everyone who is posting...thank you!  I have really enjoyed hearing about your lives and goals and habits.  It has helped me to stay sane and focused.  Everyone participating in this challenge and who is posting on this blog is great!  You're all real and entertaining writers.  Thank you and thank you for posting!  Have a great Easter!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Chocolate and Laundry

I have realized that one of my laundry coping mechanisms is choclate. So this week laundry has been harder than usual to work on. Usually I measure out a serving of something chocolate (usually it's chocolate chips and almonds) and put it in a little cup to keep on the table while I'm folding. When the task starts to feel mundane I eat a bit. It's a system that works! And though I am determinedly trying to complete the challenge this week, I plan to go back to this method as soon as this week is over!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Week 6 Results and Prize Winner

Week 6 was another good one!  I'm so proud of so many of you that are hanging in there until the end!  This really has been a competitive and good group.

If your name isn't on here, send me your points when you can.

Week 6 Results:

Tied for 1st place with 564 points:

1.  Nicole
1.  McKenzi

2.  Katie W.      563
2.  Jeff              563
3.  Weston        562
4.  Sarah V.       559
5.  Brenda         558
6.  James           554
7.  Erica            552
8.  Stephanie     545
9.  Kate R.        545
10.  Sarah C.     539
11.  Leigh          531
12.  Leisel          528
13.  Mary           519
14.  Nada            496
15.  Elise            496
16.  Heather        495
17.  Cam             484
18.  Victoria        472
19.  Amber          463
20.  Kiersten       410

And the winner of the $10 Target gift card goes to:  


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Water

I have been wondering about water recently.  Two things...

1.  My hands swell to the point that my ring is almost uncomfortable and then within an hour or two my ring is nearly sliding off.  Is this normal to have so much swelling on and off through the day?  Anyone else experience this too?

2. When you pee like every hour because you are drinking so much water is it really helping you?  Are your cells really using the water or is it just passing through :)  ?

Monday, April 10, 2017

EASY points....

Blogging each week is the EASIEST 10 points out there! GRRR and I didn't get them last week because I plain ol' FORGOT!! Well....NOT this week!!!

I find that the more power I have over food (and not the other way around) I am experiencing the happier and more confident I feel!!! So - remember who has the thumbs!!! WE DO!!!

FOOD (INSERT SWEETS AND TREATS) DO NOT HAVE POWER OVER ME!!! I HAVE POWER OVER THE FOOD!!!

Some time when you are feeling strong and in control......Make a list of all the things you can do when you feel weak. Walk around your kitchen 10 times, grab the closest person to you and hug them, make a phone call to a friend, write in your journal, start singing a song - ANYTHING to maintain the control YOU HAVE over food!

WE CAN DO THIS!!

(ps. it's only 5 days out of 7 right?!?!?)   :)

freaking out!

The last couple weeks have sucked!  I have tried to stay positive but my son is leaving for boot camp.  (Navy)  in a couple days!! I planned on being with him Thursday at airport when he leaves but just found out we aren't allowed?!  So I guess the last time I will get to see him will be Wed when he swears in.  I just want to cry!! and eat my way through it and am considering quiting altogether.  Sorry to be such a downer but I AM FREAKING OUT!! Im not ready to be an empty nester.

No Sweets

At first I didn't think that this was going to be too bad of a challenge for me, but as I was talking to Kiersten and saying how easy it will be for me...I immediately went and ate about 5 hi-chews and realized that i'm just as bad as everyone else. Hi-Chews are the ways that I can destress from a long day of work and school without feeling guilty that i'm eating a snickers, milky way, M&M's and all of those sugary candies...then I eat about 15 Hi-Chews. I'm already craving one as i'm writing this...good luck to us all!

No sweets

Well, this will be my hardest challenge yet. I definitely have a weakness for sweets. I will try my best. I can do five days right? I need to try harder this week. I want to finish strong! I didn't meet my challenge last week of fruits and veggies sadly. I had fruit in the house but no veggies and couldn't make it to the store until payday 😰😰😰 I'll be glad for my veggie garden this summer tho!! Good luck to everyone and Happy Easter!!

Wish me luck

Well we are headed off for our spring break trip this morning. When I first read no sweets for the week I was a little bummed. But the more I thought about it I realized maybe it will help me stay on track. Fingers crossed I can do as well as a lot of you have while traveling.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

No sweets? :-(

Okay Stephanie! I am going to do it! I love Cadbury mini eggs so much, and I need some incentive to steer clear.

I have had ups and downs over these past six weeks. But I definitely think I have made improvements and done way better than I would have, had I not felt the accountability of this group.

So thanks all!  Have a great Easter week.
After weighing in each week, trying my hardest (minus one week) to get all my points... I sure haven't lost very much. By that I mean a whopping 3 pounds. What is interesting to me is that my clothes have been fitting better and my work outs have been easier. At first my goal of this challenge was to lose weight, but the reality is the scale doesn't show what really matters. Even if I weighed 100 pounds I know that those numbers play a mental game with you. I am terrified of this next challenge but I can have my Diet Coke so I am happy. It's just avoiding sweets and sugary treats right? Diet Coke does not fall into a "treat" category. It's 100% a need in my world!

Sad I forgot to blog last week...

I'm  thankful for Sunday's for so many reasons. I will regroup and work hard this week. I have my ups and downs. My granddaughters start arriving on May 10th. I want to be a strong fit and fun grandma so I'm training for the babies!

Homemade Pizza

1. Flatout Foldit Artisan Flat bread tear in half you have two pizza doughs for 45 cal each.
2.  Mezzetta napa valley homemade tomato and sweet basil.  25 cal per pizza
4. Cheese please 90ish cal per.
5. Canadian bacon-cause if your eating real bacon you aren't looking at these blogs anymore.  30 cal per pizza.

Nice cheesy pizza for 190 cal.

"A tradition unlike any other"

For those less familiar and dare i say cultured, this weekend was the annual Masters golf tournament. The greatest stage for the worlds best golfers. Also the greatest way waste 40 hours watching a sport you care very little about but somehow cant seem to walk away from. I find that nothing seems to better promote lethargy and sluggishness like the game of golf. So heres to a good week and a push to the finish line!


New week!

I will say this was probably my hardest week yet, Soring Break was good for my longer runs but hard for the ever car-snacking. It was great to read and relax and re-group!!  A friend reminded me of goalsetting and making sure we know what we want to achieve, that's where I'm headed, writing it down, posting it proud and reporting back! So my personal goals this week:

1. 100 oz of a water a day (I'm terrible with water)
2. PLAN my meals, write them down, track!!
3. Group challenge- No Sugar!!
4. No scale til next Monday morning - I check too much

Here's to reporting back next week!

Get Your Head in the Game


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Every time I've attempted to lose weight I've been surprised by how much of a mental game it really is.  It takes a lot of time and energy to make it happen.  At this point in my life with a new baby and a family to keep up with, I've had a hard time finding any extra mental energy at all.  I'm happy that this challenge has made me accountable so I push to get my workouts in and keep a food log...because I know I wouldn't be doing either right now without it.

I'm happy for the no sweets challenge coming up this week that will keep me in check with the abundance of Easter candy.  And just think of all the chocolate bunnies we'll save!  Keep up the good work everyone!

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Checking in...

Well, I forgot to blog last week which was a real killer on my point total! 
Here are a few things I've enjoyed throughout the challenge

1.  Even on days I don't feel like working out, once I get going it feels good! I've been watching "Victoria" TV series while running, which I'm enjoying.

2.  Tracking my food/calories helps so much!  Even after a poor choice, I feel more in control.

3.  I actually have not had a Diet Coke since our inital "no soda" challenge.  BIG Change for me!  I found a drink I love as a reward: Bai Bubbles Waikiki Coconut Lime

Looking forward a good week!  Good luck!
Leigh




Struggle bus

I countinue with my struggle to remember to blog, but here I am thank to Brenda. It's been tough lately sticking to working out and eating healthy while in the middle of moving out, my wedding a week away and getting ready for our trip to California in a week and a half but I have stuck to it through it all. In the middle of all this stress working out has kept me going strong simply because it helps relieve so much stress and all these important events keep me motivated. It's my last week of being a Morfin and going on to being an Ortega. As the day gets closer I get more and more nervous and I'm trying real hard to not eat my emotions. Lucky for me we have a lot that needs to be moved so that also keeps me up on my feet and moving
 Wow! This challenge has gone by fast. I've seen some ups and some downs. I hoped this week would've been better...as far as weight loss goes. I'm going to work hard the last few weeks.
I can't believe we are on the downhill slope of this challenge. I did out on a pair of jeans the other day and they were not feeling quite as tight as they usually do. I try to concentrate more on how things fit than the number on the scale, really because I hate that number on the scale. But I'm working at it!

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Motivation!!

This challenge has been amazing for me and keeping up motivation to continue my gym workouts. On the other hand I am losing my motivation in the treats Department the last few nights I keep finding myself standing in the pantry looking for some sort of treat that I could count as a low-calorie treat I'm learning those don't really exist. I WANT SUGAR.  I have caved in with Jolley Ranchers but hey they last a long time and curbe my sweet tooth. Thanks again stephanie.

"You can't always get what you want"...

This needs to be my theme song.  I eat right and I exerciser often, but I don't get to my way when I weigh in.  I think at some point, maybe in three weeks, I just need to resolve that where I am is where I am meant to be and that is my healthy weight.  I think, at this point, I can live with that.  Hmm, this we a very therapeutic and eye opening post for me.  I feel ok about it.  I really get a lot out of reading other posts and knowing that I am not alone and that it is hard for everyone to be healthy.  In the case of almost everything in life; if it's not hard, it's probably not worth your time, right?

Set point

I am trying hard to get past my "set point" of 220. I am exasperated! I know starvation isn't the answer, but I am fighting to get past this madness. I am enjoying some work outs and some positive visualizations. I am also eating better and recognizing some bad habits. I will survive! Good luck everyone!

Friday, April 7, 2017

Busy

This week has been crazy busy. Baseball season is in full swing for my son.  I have done well at exercising. Not my best with food but not to bad. I needed to be better about planning meals ahead of time.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

How Much Longer Stephanie

I think if this thing goes much longer I will never feel good about eating a cheese burger again???

This week is going well - I'm trying to add some real exercise to the days that I do Yoga just to feel like I really did exercise. 

I am getting used to eating an orange or tangerine mid morning instead of chocolate - how fun is that? Brace yourself for having fruits and vegetables in your Easter Basket!

Keep the exercise going and your head down!  This can't go on forever!
Can it?

F Jeff

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Los Tacos Pastor

 Mexico was filled with fun and lots of physical activities… And lots and lots of tacos. We found out pretty quickly that we were gonna be eating more than we probably should for the challenge. Took a step backwards in my long term goals this week but it was good to be mindful of my healthy habits in Mexico! This was the first time on vacation I wasn't dehydrated though...thanks to the challenge. I'll have to work even harder these next few weeks to catch back up to my goal!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Week 5 Results and Prize Drawing

Congratulations to everyone on another great week!  We are definitely on the downhill slope, keep up the good work!

If you aren't listed here it's because I didn't hear from you...so please let me know your points!

Tied for 1st place with 470 points:

1.  Katie W.
1.  McKenzi

2.  Jeff              469
3.  Sarah V.       466
4.  Brenda         465
5.  Erica            462
6.  James           460
7.  Kate R.        456
8.  Sarah C.       455
9.  Stephanie     452
10.  Leigh          447
11.  Leisel          438
12.  Michelle      437
13.  Elise            422
14.  Amber         421
15.  Nada            411
16.  Cam             397
17.  Victoria        386
18.  Kiersten       336

2 Prize Winners this week won $10 CASH!!!  Who will it be?  Watch here to see:

For those of you feeling stuck or like to do some reading

Here are some good links for nutritional information for those that are curious or feeling stuck.

https://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/macronutrients_calculator.htm

This one helps figure out your protein, carb, and fat grams to how much you should be taking in.

https://authoritynutrition.com/20-reasons-you-are-not-losing-weight/

For a good information on weight loss slowing down.

Another calculator with links to more information

https://www.iifym.com/iifym-calculator-v2/

Fruitloops count as fruits right?

I had this debate with myself and my 2 year old Harper as we walked through Costco and I should have just picked up the xxxl king sized bag of fruit loops and called it a challenge, but instead went with strawberries and even bought some vegetables. this is a fun challenge and even when my food journal calls me out on my eating habits I am glad that I signed up for it. I did feel happy though as I eat more servings of fruits and veggies than I initially thought. A banana before the gym, a banana with my dinner time shake, Veggies with my lunch, fruit with my mid day snacks. This challenge isn't so bad so far :)

Monday, April 3, 2017

I'm stuck!!!

I'm stuck I'm stuck....The last two weeks the scale has said the exact same weight. I'm not losing ....I'm not gaining...So that's good but really I should be losing...I have a lot to lose!! Fingers crossed for a better week. I think maybe I didn't make healthy choices this week so that's why I didn't lose. I can do better!! I know I can. Such will power at the beginning of the week and by the end I've fizzled out. I can do this!! I can do this!!!

Sunday, April 2, 2017

I'm Still Here!

I missed posting last week and almost missed this week. But here I am. 9:50 on Sunday night. This week I totally tanked with my food logging. It was just one thing too many while we were having the kirchen partially remodeled to make room for new appliances and my baby went back to waking up every two hours, like a newborn again. Anyway, so not a great week on that front. But I have been consistent with my workouts and trying to get to bed early since I know the baby is going to wake me up. I have been drinking my water and not eating after dinner (most nights).

I did want to share new workouts from  last week. I have been using a foam roller before I do my circuit workouts and it helps so much. Look it up! I highly recommend.

Spring Break Temptations

Finished with another week, and my food journaling was weaker than it should've been. When you wait till the very end of the day to write it down instead of writing as you go I know you miss things so I will be better this week. Especially since it's spring break and I am going to have to do everything in my power to maintain...  short road trip on Thursday and Friday and they always kill my food plans... not this week!!! I'll survive!
I'm not going to lie, I thought this challenge was going to be almost as bad as the "no soda/sugary drink" challenge. The first day was rough to not eat after dinner. But I learned that I'm actually not hungry after dinner anyways. The things I was snacking on definitely was not helping; candy, popcorn, diet coke.. I did go see Beauty and the Beast tuesday night and you CANNOT go to a movie without eating popcorn. I was trying to justify counting that day as a win due to the fact that I didn't eat dinner that night. But soon realized that's kind of cheating. Sure I didn't eat dinner, but I had popcorn at 9:30 at night. AWESOME! So I didn't count it! I still got my 5/7 days though. I am actually really excited for this next weeks challenge. I love fruits and veggies. Hopefully I am still this optimistic towards the end of the week.

Yo Yo

Does anyone else feel like they have been on a yoyo scale? Oh my goodness. Over the last 8 months it seems like I get on a down hill slope edging towards my goal, only to have another week high. ugg. It makes me want to give up or starve myself to my goal. If only either were options. I am going to try compounding all the past challenges and see where it leads me. Positive thoughts. Positive thoughts.....

Scales are Working Better This Week

I hit Menchies Frozen Yogart twice this week - 200 calories never tasted so good!

Constant exercise and 1500 calories seem to be working again!  YOGA twice a week has been good but I don't think you burn a lot of extra calories in YOGA.  We have been chasing a 20 month old Grandson this week - that is a good extra work-out.  I heard the challenge next week has something to do with eating with 1 foot off the floor?

F Jeff
 This week has been my toughest week. Craving sweets like crazy! I'm really hoping that next week I get myself back together. At least I'm logging my food and I'm seeing how bad I'm eating. It's a real wake up call

Saturday, April 1, 2017

HALO TOP

Halo Top Ice cream is good.  Decent on calories. Try the peanut butter cup.  

Over Half Way There

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This week I hit the 10 pounds lost mark!  I'm finally starting to notice the difference.  Mostly in the way a few of my clothes are fitting and my posture seems better

I really like how this challenge is set up where you can still get perfect points just by following everything perfectly for 5 days.  Some days it's just really hard to find time to exercise, and some days it feels like everyone is trying to sabotage your eating goals.  Like these conspiring little Girl Scouts:

But I've learned that for me that taking a day off from tracking food is great for me mentally and I feel regrouped and ready to take on the next day.  

Friday, March 31, 2017

I have really loved this week's challenge!

I love how I feel in the morning after having not eaten for so many hours.  It seemed that because I was so hungry, I made better food choices--something that I knew would fill me up.  I also read somewhere that it is healthy for our bodies to fast for a certain period of time, blah, blah, blah...I just really like how it has made me feel this week!  Out of all of the group challenges, this one is one I am planning on making a part of my lifestyle.  Thanks, again, Stephanie!

me time

I love my kids, but they drive me nuts and I sure look forward to putting them to bed and having me time. Me time usually includes a nice bowl of ice cream or something in the chocolate family. So, this week, my me time must change. I have found with each group challenge we have, it seems to stick and I continue it. I'm not perfect but they help me improve. So maybe there will be less snacks me time after my wonderful children I love dearly go to bed.
Wow!! Some of you are amazing......me...not so much. This week has not been fun.  I'm a little older than most (all) of you and I do not like to "exercise". So the best choice for me is walking.  Well, it's been raining here a lot...so that was out....losing points here.  The scales are not showing the numbers I had hoped for ( my fault). I'm seeing warm cookies right out of the oven in my sleep......on and on.
I know, we  all have our challenges....I'm not giving up, I do feel better and my clothes fit better.....we are on the down side....I can do this!!!  I will smile, walk and try to do better next week.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Cocodrilos al Pastor!!

I tried another new activity while on vacation in Mexico today...swimming with crocodiles. I know what you are saying, there aren't crocodiles in Mexico, are there? That's what I said. I have swam in the very same place 2 years ago. I heard the locals warn us of these crocs, but I assumed they would be tiny and not really an issue. Well, today we learned otherwise.

The Good News:   Hot tip from local spear fisherman.
The Bad News:  Hiked out to a remote beach near a river mouth to spear fish with My father n -in- law.  Spent 1 hour peering through murky water looking for game fish.  Couldn't even see my outstretched hand... Never saw a single fish.  Pretty spooky.
The Good News: The murky water made it just as tough for the indigenous crocodiles to see us.  Yep apparently the area is a sanctuary for 800 crocodiles.... big ones.  The ones we saw on our drive out were 10-12 ft. We saw multiple in the water later that afternoon! Yolo!?!

And yes the tacos are to die for here!



Another new exercise!!!

I love the idea of mixing it up. Last week's challange carried over this week for me.  I tried a couple new workouts this week. One of which took a lot of courage to do in public; afraid I was going to look like an idiot. I did a plank at the end of the treadmill and walked with my hands. My stomach muscles wanted to die, but I was able to increase the amount of time I did it each day (pretty sure by next week I will have a six pack). I also attached a copy of the second treadmill exercise so you all can try both!!!

I have had a pretty good flow and schedule with my exercise routine thus far. This week I have had to be flexible with sick kiddos. But we are making it happen. I'm excited to know that we have made it half way!!

Week 5

We are going out of town for a long weekend this weekend - so I can't wait until the last minute to blog!! So far this week I have felt in control and happy. I have changed up some things in my diet and so far I have felt wonderful. It is HARD but worth it! I can feel the changes from the inside out.

I signed up for a Triathlon that will take place on August 26th. I'm very excited, but recognize how far I have to go regarding preparation! I am now swimming once a week, spinning once a week and running 1-2 times a week. Once it gets warmer I will add a bike ride outside. I really enjoy having a race to look forward to! It gives my workouts purpose and I'm much more driven and successful when able to sign up for events. AND it's super fun to get together with friends for some physical activity!!

I've enjoyed the challenge this week. I have had to plan ahead with my food, so I don't have anything left to eat after dinner. I like knowing I'm done and just start preparing for a new day! THANK YOU Stephanie for doing this competition! You are a super stah!!!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

New workout!

I know that a new workout was last week's challenge but with this being my spring break I decided to mix it up again.  Following my sister's suggestion I tried day 1 of Yoga with Adriene on youtube.  I have never like Yoga but it is boring and slow and I am so not flexible or strong.  I  totally loved it though!  I definitely recommend it. I am working through her 30 day yoga challenge.  Give it a shot!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Week 4 Standings and Prize Winners

A couple of things before we get to this week's standings.  So I forgot to include in the email that was sent out for Week 5 that to qualify for the drawing this week you must complete the group challenge of not eating after dinner for 5/7 days.  There will be 2 prizes up for grabs again this week, 2 $10 bills!  
I will send out all the weekly prize winners their prizes at the end of the challenge when I send out the final money.  

On to the Week 4 Standings (if you don't see your name it's because I didn't receive your points...just get them to me when you can):

Tied for 1st place with 376 points:

1.  Katie W.
1.  McKenzi
1.  Nicole

2.  Jeff              375
2.  Weston        375
3.  Brenda         372
3.  Sarah V.       372
4.  Erica            370
5.  Stephanie     369
6.  James           366
7.  Leigh           363
8.  Sarah C.      361
8.  Leisel          361
9.  Mary           346
9.  Michelle      345
10.  Amber        344
11.  Heather      334
12.  Elise             329
13.  Nada            329
14.  Victoria        323
15.  Cam             313
16.  Kiersten       263

Week 4 Prize Winner:
Watch to see who will win a $5 Subway gift card.