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35 in 40 Plan/ Challenges

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Week 1
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Track all food in MFP journal.

Week 2
Wednesday, April 04, 2012
Add more fiber to my menu! 25 grams of fiber DAILY for one week. Take starting measurements on Wednesday. Complete the 3 minute step test, the 1 mile walk test, the pushup test and the crunch test- record your results!

Week 3
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Do 210 squats this week. That's about 30/day

Week 4
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Eat less sodium! Daily allowance of 1500mg should be less than 1250mg DAILY for one week.

Week 5
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Do 35 pushups this week! That's an average of 5/day!

Week 6
Wednesday, May 02, 2012
Limit sugar to 8% of daily caloric intake.

Week 7
Wednesday, May 09, 2012
Do 210 crunches this week. That's about 30/day!

Week 8
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Eat 3 vegetarian meals this week.

Week 9
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Walk 7 miles this week!
Get 8 hours of sleep every night.

Week 10
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
No fruit juices or soda all week. Only water/ tea/ milk.

Week 11
Wednesday, June 06, 2012
Do 210 squats this week. That's about 30/day!
At 10 pounds, reward yourself with a pedicure!

Week 12
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
No chocolate /chips for a week!
Find a picture that motivates you and put it somewhere you can see it!

Week 13
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Do 35 pushups this week. That's about 5/day!

Week 14
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
No eating after 8 all week.
Measure ALL your food this week.

Week 15
Wednesday, July 04, 2012
Do 210 crunches this week. That's about 30/day!

Week 16
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Eat legumes 4 times this week.

Week 17
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Walk 10.5 miles this week.

Week 18
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
No bread products for 1 week..

Week 19
Wednesday, August 01, 2012
Do 3, 30 minute fat burning cardio workouts this week.

Week 20
Wednesday, August 08, 2012
Eat a min of 4 servings of vegetables every day for the whole week
Write a blog of how your 35 in 40 is coming along, successes, improvements, feelings, etc.
You have made it half way to your goal! Reward yourself for achieving your goal! Can't be a food reward!

Week 21
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Walk 10.5 miles this week
Take starting measurements on Wednesday.
Complete the 3 minute step test, the 1 mile walk test, the pushup test and the crunch test- record your results!

Week 22
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
No Fast food restaurants this week.

Week 23
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Bike for 30 min, 3 times this week.

Week 24
Wednesday, September 05, 2012
Eat a min of 4 servings of fruit per day this week.

Week 25
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Go on a 1 hour outdoor activity with kids.(ie hiking)

Week 26
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Go through your kitchen food cupboards and throw out expired/ stale/ unhealthy/ crappy foods
Don't eat in front of the TV or computer- at home only!

Week 27
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Do 2 30 minute core workouts this week.
Run / Walk or a combo of both at the Run for the Cure (5K) on September 30

Week 28
Wednesday, October 03, 2012
Plan healthy snacks for kids lunches as well as your own. Bring a lunch to work each day. No ordering out for lunch.

Week 29
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Take a daily 15 minute walk at lunch during the work week.

Week 30
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Drink a cup of water 10 minutes before eating any meal all week.
Reward yourself for 30 lbs of weight loss- can't be a food reward!

Week 31
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Take the family to a local farm and pick pumpkins for Halloween.

Week 32
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Give out something 'healthy' at Halloween as well as walk with the kids for trick or treating. Have someone else give out the goodies.

Week 33
Wednesday, November 07, 2012
Do 210 squats this week. That's about 30/day!

Week 34
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Eat a min of 5 servings of vegetables every day for the whole week

Week 35
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Do 70 pushups this week. That's about 10/day!

Week 36
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Donate HEALTHY foods to a local food bank, do it as a family.
Stretch for 5 minutes each day.

Week 37
Wednesday, December 05, 2012
Play on the Wii Fit Plus with kids 3 times for at least 30 minutes each time.

Week 38
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Make a written plan on how you will make it through the holidays, food wise. Make a healthy holiday dessert with kids.

Week 39
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Do 280 crunches this week. That's about 40/day!

Week 40
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Stay within your calorie allowance for the whole week. Drink at least 6 cups of water a day
Volunteer at a local shelter or food bank. (Optional)

Wednesday, January 02, 2013
Do 2 30 minute core workouts this week. Take starting measurements on Wednesday.
Complete the 3 minute step test, the 1 mile walk test, the pushup test and the crunch test- record your results!

Celebrate your 35 pound victory shed!!!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

VAMANOS 4/4/2012 9:16PM

    I'm going to share this plan on my blog, mostly so I can track my results. I'm ok for week 1, as I always track all my food. Oh, wait, maybe not on Sunday! But that's an aberration, so I'm going to say check for that week.

Always get an average of 25+ grams of fiber, so I'm going looking for those tests to do this week for a check on that one. Thanks for sharing! I'll give you credit...


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    Great plan / challenges! You are a ROCK STAR!!

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35 in 40!

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Well Sparkers,

I have been thinking long and hard about what it will take to get me to my 150lb goal.

I know that slow and steady wins the race so I have put together a 40 week plan (give or take a day or so) to lose 35 lbs. That will bring me to just under 150lbs, which will bring me to a healthy, normal BMI

Today I am 181.6 lbs and an unhealthy 29.3 BMI This is the top end of overweight. Thank goodness I am out of the obese end of things.
At the end of week 40 I will be 146.6 lbs with a BMI of 24.2. The upper end of healthy.

For 40 weeks, I will have 40 different challenges to meet. I would really like to just keep piling up the challenges week by week, however I know that reality-wise, may not be possible. I don't want to overdo it. My challenges will be sustainable, and will only be mandatory for the week in play. Should I carry it over from week to week, then WOOHOO...otherwise, they are only meant to motivate me to lose my pound a week, and learning a few new things along the way.

Some will be easy, some will be more challenging. They are meant to just change things up so I don't get bored and remind me what my end result is. 35 pounds lost...or rather shed. Lost implies I want it back, and well....screw that...I want it to run away and never come back!

There will be a few non negotiables that must be maintained for the whole 40 weeks. Like drinking my water and keeping a food journal, and weekly weigh-ins as well as weekly Spark updates.

I have created a spreadsheet with all the challenges and am ready to sister will be joining me. I originally was going for 35 in 35 weeks, but someone wanted a bit more time! LOL
Anyway, we started it last week because we already had given ourselves a challenge, so this will simply be an extension of it.

Stay tuned for updates...I am quite excited that I am doing this! I can't wait to be at a healthy weight! I am in this to win it...for me!

Later Sparkers!

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  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

ZURDTA- 4/4/2012 1:48PM

    Fabulous! Great idea!

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VAMANOS 4/3/2012 9:29AM

    I love this plan! See why you motivate me? I set out at first to shed (good word!) one pound a week with no plan except to move and eat so that I had a 500-calorie per day deficit. Of course that was sustainable only if there were no hick-ups along the way, which of course there were. The upshot is that I've been plateaued forever, but at least I'm not re-gaining. Are you going to share your weekly challenges in advance, so that others who would like to play can participate also?

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GLC2009 4/3/2012 4:34AM

    my suggestion, quit eating wheat!
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    Great plan! See you at 150Ville when you reach your goal!! emoticon

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So close I can almost taste it....

Monday, April 02, 2012

Well it's roughly 4:30am and I haven't been able to sleep for a couple of hours now, so I decided to be productive instead of lay here wondering why I can't seem to sleep.

I have had a nasty migraine now for well over 24 hours and I suspect it has something to do with it.

While I lay here, I have been going over my weight loss ups and down for the past 2 years. A year ago I was at 176 lbs, but then gained 20 pounds back over the last year. I was at 181.8 this morning at weigh-in and it has just occurred to me that I am nearly back on track.

Two pounds to go before I get out of the 180s and I am SO looking forward to it!

I am so embarrassed to be at the weight I am at and can't wait to be able to say I am in the 150's but for now, I will settle with 170's. I am hoping by end of this coming week, I can say that the scale has hit 170 or less. Keep your fingers crossed!

I am grateful to all of you who comment on my blogs or activity feeds, because just when I think no one is watching me or paying attention to my ups and downs, along comes a perfectly timed note of encouragement.

I haven't been there for my Spark Buddies as much as I have wanted to be or have been in the past. I think for the most part due to my embarrassment of the ups and downs of my journey.

But I have to own that, and move forward, and get over it. It is what it is and I suspect all of us 'addicts' have the same issues at one point or another in our journey.

I was reading BOOKWORM27S's Spark Page and it reminded me of taking ownership and being accountable for every pound gained as well as every pound lost. She made an analogy that I am really LOVING right now. Thanks for sharing it!

I hope you don't mind but I am going to re-post it as you said it, I think it's a great one.

.....Once I started looking at food as nothing more than fuel for my body, my emotional eating got under control. I would ask myself when I wanted to eat mindlessly "Why are you wanting to put 'fuel' in a 'gas tank' that is already full? You would not go to the gas station and pump gas into your car's tank when you had just filled it up minutes a ago?" Once I got that visual in my mind, it seemed silly to keep eating when I felt no physical hunger. I also ask myself the question "Are you eating out of true hunger or just opportunity?" .....

So I am really going to tell myself the same thing when I go to eat something when those crazy emotions start to kick in. I suspect I will be referring to this statement a whole heck of a lot over the next little while!

I have to break the cycle. I mean how hard can it be, right?

Thanks for 'Sparking' me when I need it most Friends, and always being there at the right times!

Later Sparkers,

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VAMANOS 4/2/2012 5:59PM

    I'll never forget that when I first started this journey, it was your commitment and energy that challenged me to a more honest effort. I couldn't make excuses, because I didn't want you to call me on them, and I knew you would. You were dealt a serious health blow, and no one can fault you for stumbling over that. But I'm overjoyed that you are back and still rockin' it! Just remember to not get carried away--please! It will happen with consistent effort, but this migraine you have worries me.

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CHATTIEGIRL 4/2/2012 4:35PM

    Keep doing what you can to keep yourself accountable. It is hard and we have to keep fighting to maintain and work toward our goals. It is a lifes work and if we want to see the finish line we have to work at it. Good luck too you and think twice before you eat. God bless you always.

Smile Joyce

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PINKBEANBOO 4/2/2012 11:12AM

    Congrats on getting that scale going in the right direction!
I like that analogy. I need to think like that, too.

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    We all ride the roller coaster of 'ups and downs' in this journey... and that's what is so great about coming here because no matter what - you know you're never alone in the journey.

I was back into the 160's this morning after mindlessly eating all weekend long but it's back on track today as I strive to spend most of my time in the 150s this year - something I fought hard to get to and not giving up on!

You will SO get to the 170's again... and keep on trucking past there too!

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AROCHFORD 4/2/2012 7:19AM

    Great stuff keep moving!

Keep SParking!!!!!!!!!!!

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Wednesday's shopping experience!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

I was hoping to go for a walk at lunch yesterday, but figured with my back in the rough shape that it is...and the freezing rain coming down, that I would instead hit the local grocery store, via automobile.

I figured I would pick up some goodies for the office. And by goodies, I mean "healthies". emoticon

As I walk in to the store I am hit with:

I slow down, then give myself a mental slap in the face and keep moving forward. I come to the following :

And I buy a bog of them instead!


Not gonna was hard passing the Cinnabon bread up!

As I go through and pick up my fruits and veggies, I remember I want some water for my office; as I whip down an isle to find the water I instead come across this: guessed it MORE of the bread. So I stop, thinking, I can have some treats in moderation, right?
I whip out my handy dandy Weight Watcher's Calculator to see how many points I would be sacrificing only to find out EACH SLICE is SIX POINTS!!!! I immediately put the bread down and speed away from the distraction!!! Weight Watchers has a comparable bread at a fraction of the points...MOVE ALONG SISTA!!!


I decide I want some new tea in my office, to mix things up a bit, and I come across this:

It made me giggle, because I certainly can't see Wayne siting back and sipping a cup o tea. No doubt he does, just found this an odd product for him to be endorsing...this must be a sign I am getting old, as I still see Wayne as a Rookie, endorsing beer or fast cars...when really, he isn't.

As I am headed to the cash after picking out my tea and the rest of my 'healthies' I stroll past:

Now for anyone who REALLY knows me, they know this is my all time fave treat, next to a Turtle! I am the person who buys these the day the hit the shelves, I LIVE for Easter just for these bad boys!!! I am proud to say that I only stopped to take the picture! I needed something as my new screen saver in the office!!! emoticon

I am also proud to say that this season I have not had ONE SINGLE EGG!!!!

You gotta's killing me people!!! Especially when a colleague does this:

For those of you wondering, those are two eggs dropped at my, yet dangerous!! I passed them along to some other unsuspecting colleague!

Anyway, this is a rough glimpse into my basket...

The Water and 'Smart Ones' meals are on the other cart shelf.

All and all, I think my trip was a successful one; I managed to bypass all of Satan's temptations along the way! emoticon

Later Sparkers,

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  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

VAMANOS 3/29/2012 9:28PM

    I find myself zoning out as I pass everything except the produce section. Then I race past all the other aisles, only diving down one if I need something specific. Browsing would put me in the poorhouse as well as putting all of those pounds back on! Good job resisting temptation!

PS, I used to like Cadbury creme eggs, and I have a friend who absolutely obsesses over them. But one time I put one in my purse and it got squashed. It looked so gross that I have never been able to consume another one. Try that!

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PINKBEANBOO 3/29/2012 11:06AM

    You are so smart!

When I got to the picture of the tea I was thinking "that looks like Wayne Gretzkey". LOL! That is too funny.

The only candy I have a weakness to is Reeses Peanut Butter Eggs. Any other candy, including other Reeses stuff, I can pass on. But those eggs. Darn those eggs! emoticon

Ok, now you've got me wanting a cup of tea. emoticon

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Ramblings of an addict!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Well, March is nearing an end and I am nowhere near what I had hoped to achieve by the end of this month.

I have been eating fairly decently, considering the month I have been having. It's been a very stressful one to say the least, mostly work related, and of course my nasty back.

I have definitely come to realize I look to food for comfort, and yet I am not sure why. I never thought I did, however, I am sure I DO now. In fact as a teen and young adult, hell, into my early 30s too, food was never something I turned to for emotional relief. Shopping was definitely my go to. As I type this is occurs to me that perhaps I have simply substituted one evil for another.

This makes me wonder if there is something to be said about replacing the bad habit for something good. But how to consciously make that substitution.?
I don't ever recall one day saying I won't shop now, I'll eat. Although, that being said, I do recall in grade 9 saying that I wouldn't chew my finger nails anymore because a boy I liked told me it was disgusting. For the most part I have stopped that habit. However it does come on every now and again when I am super stressed. Well, at least I am not an alcoholic like my mother and grandmother!

How do you decide what to do instead of eat? Whatever you choose has to be conducive to work, home, and play. That's a tough one. I can't just pick up at work and start madly exercising every time I feel the urge to munch. I AM trying to substitute food with water. This is difficult for me mainly because I am not a fan of water, as my regular SP friends would know. I wonder if gum would help? Feel free to leave your ideas in my comments...I need all the help I can get!

I wonder if a brain scan to find out what is the underlying factor behind this addiction would help more? I have mixed thoughts on that one, as I do firmly believe that the past is just that...the past, and sometimes it's better to just leave it there and move on. And yet, I know that sometimes you need to revisit it in order to move on. But when to know when to revisit and when to just move on? Tough call.

So as March nears it's end, I have gained 2.5lbs in nearly 3 weeks, and not been a good tracker of food.

I have been seeing a chiropractor for the past 3 weeks, who is doing wonders for my back. She is also a nutritionist and personal trainer which is great when I ask questions. She has allowed me to start walking on a 'no incline' surface this week, and next week will decide if I can move on to bigger and better things.

The month of March was a "no exercise for me" kinda month but I feel good that I am now getting some small activity back into my life. I have been walking the dogs for brief moments at a time...15 minutes here and there. Yesterday I went on a brisk 1 mile walk at lunch and will go again today and every day that work schedule permits me to. I am seeing my chiro 3 times a week for now, for corrective measures. Thanks to my sister I am tracking again, well for this week anyway!


New month /week = new start!
Spring has sprung and so must I!!!

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Later Sparkers!

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