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Half way though! And weigh and measure day!

Friday, March 15, 2013

Today is day 15 of the Challenge and I can't wait to hear all about how the participants have done so far, I look forward to assessing so that we can adjust the challenge to the next 15 days!

here is the latest blog link:


My weigh in was 1 pound lost, and 3 inches lost over all!
The results could have been better had I not made those evil brownies, but I take full responsibility for it, and I have learned my lesson!

I am going to make the next 15 days count! One conclusion I have come to is that BREAD and grains do not agree with me at all! Even the non wheat ones! sigh! so adjust as I go ......
This is about being intentional and learning along the way and I am learning some good lessons, how about you?

Thanks for the feedback on the everything in moderation thing.
If you have not yet done so , please give me your ten cents worth on the subject below.

To read THAT blog ( click link below) would be helpful if you missed it yesterday.

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  • SHEILA1505
    OK, so why did I have gluten-free pasta? Well, I haven't eaten pasta for several years and it did look good - the sauce was great but what a let-down - it certainly wasn't worth destroying my carbs numbers and it upset my tum, too. I do know that substitute grains are not a good idea for me. I think my resolve was weakened by feeling off-colour most of the week and I've reduced gym time by half in recognition of my body's needs.

    However, there was no weight change at all, so I've maintained in spite of this week's challenge healthwise, the pasta and less gym. Meanwhile, some measurements have surprised me - my waist has stayed the same but at my navel it's down a centimetre. There's other reductions and some stayed the same.

    Right - intuitive eating seems to be working for me and, like Mel, I simply have to accept that grains are off the menu without exception. Watching sodium has been a good idea and. when I was aware of possible high numbers - feta and smoked fish, I made sure I flushed it with plenty of Spring water.

    All in all, I'm pretty happy - now it's time to watch Rugby on TV - having done an intense Boxing session this morning.
    1829 days ago
    I am so happy with myself too. I have lost 1.5 kg and have
    lost 2cm around my waist and thighs and also my arms.
    I am over the moon. Yesterday I succumbed and had a
    muesli bar and felt like throwing up. My body told me it
    didn't like it. Yuk. Moderation is fine but when you are alone
    in the house it really is very tempting and I don't want to
    have that temptation there just yet. I am amazed that
    giving up the white carbs has been easy and yesterday I
    felt like something sweet and found my son's muesli bar.

    Lesson learned - I cant' stomach it anymore so that is a
    good thing. Mel thank you so much for this challenge.
    You have put in such a lot of work and I really appreciate it.
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    1830 days ago
    I had small gains, losses and same for my measures, I don't think it was any net change outside fo normal daily fluctuations

    I am happy about getting a routine for one of my fitness goals, regular ST. I have done 6 so far this month and my goal is to do 3 a week.

    Now that I have laid some changes, I am hoping to be tougher with myself for the last 15 days and see a difference next time I measure

    In answer to What Is Your Moderation. Often I need to abstain completely. I do hold the ideal that moderation is better than all or none, but don't have what it takes to do that yet. The trouble with all or none is that it sometimes builds up a huge craving followed by a crash or binge.
    I am not giving up learning to be moderate, that is my ultimate "when I finally grow up" goal.. However when I need results and to set a direction, all or none works for me right now.

    1830 days ago
    Well, the results are in!
    I'm down 1.5 lbs and I shrank 5.25 inches overall emoticon
    Do I wish I was down 3 or 4 lbs? Sure, but I'm really happy just to see some progress in the right direction. And as for the inches I've shrunk - it's so interesting to see where I lose girth first. I always thought of myself as an apple, but maybe I have pear tendencies...we shall see.

    Today has been a successful one in terms of replacing the carbs and sugar, and I'm getting my exercise in spurts by dancing to excellent mixes my friends post on FB. I have a lot of friends who are DJs, so I'm not letting the great booty-shaking music go to waste.

    Everyone is doing such a great job, and you are wonderful and amazing for organizing this challenge and inspiring us all. Thanks for continuing to post the pictures from everyone too - I agree with CRYSTALJEM, it would be so fun if we could all get together and share a potluck of our delicious, healthy creations.
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    1830 days ago
    Well weigh in and measurements done. I won't complain - I lost 1 lb and 1/2 inch. I'll take it - or more accurately I'll let it go without complaint!
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    P.S. all the great pictures of places and the food being enjoyed on this challenge makes me wish we could all get together in one of the lovely locales and share in all these wonderful meal combinations. My mouth is watering, and happily, it's for fruit - black berries to be exact and I have some ready to eat!
    1830 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/15/2013 2:05:31 PM
    Somehow got unsubscribed again so am catching up. Comments on moderation, which has always been a mantra of mine.

    Moderation screws us up by definition in my opinion. As Claire said - what exactly does that mean - my moderation and your moderation may be, likely will be, different. Moderation for someone might be 1 square of a chocolate bar, or only 1 oz of cheese. For someone else it might be half a chocolate bar or 2 oz of cheese. The definition comes from looking at the actual calorie count of the item, our calorie intake for the day, what our activity level is, what are triggers are, and how our body feels.

    The key is to actually define it for yourself AND to recognize the triggers that don't apply. For instance - moderation and potato chips don't go together for me. Unless someone only hands me 2 chips and there are NO MORE ANYWHERE AROUND I'll just keep snacking - regardless of my mantra, my brain or anything else. Things that aren't my triggers, like oooey gooooey sweets - I can handle moderation. If I want something sweet, I can actually usually have just a bit of someone elses or a very small taste and I'm good. I can do the moderation dance with many things, but not with all. The ones that cause me to fall off the wagon I have to make a decision - omit it totally, or accept that if I try it, I'd better be willing to likely pig out. Some days that's actually ok - but most not.

    The other side is to know what not to have in moderation - like lettuce! I treat myself by reminding myself, even if it's not my fav thing, that I can have as much as I can possibly want - or fill myself with. I remind myself that I don't have to say no to everything, I don't have to be moderate in everything. The key is to knowing myself, what will be available and to plan whether it will be NOOOOOO, just a little - or as much as I can handle.

    Everything in moderation is easy to say, but it still takes planning, commitment and mindfulness to pull off.

    1830 days ago
  • ERIN1128
    The moderation thing can be very dangerous...I can find myself saying, well, I only had three Girl Scout cookies, that's like half of what I wanted to have. But three cookies is still a lot of calories, LOL!
    1830 days ago
  • LIS193
    Way to go on the loss of weigh and inches! Yep, those evil brownies... I am with you on the grains, eventhough my slip yesterday didn't do any damage (I actually lost 0.2!) I found gluten free product are just as bad because of the other stuff they put in in (tapioca and potato starch)

    I loved the moderation blog and I now follow her on Twitter - the more information we can gather, the better.
    I always knew that I do best "all or nothing" but I have found out that I can stick my "allowed" portion of previously though trigger foods. Yes, I can have 1 square of chocolate without eating the whole bar, I can have 1 oz of low salt potato chips without eating the whole bag etc. I like structure and I like having a plan, menu or someone telling me what to do :) I can be creative within that but I need guidelines. Oh the things we learn about ourselves...

    Day 15, weight 137.3 - 0.7 lost. Not much but it's been a roller coaster couple of weeks and I have been losing and gaining the same half pound over and over again, till this morning when I was down a little more - just in time for the weigh-in day :)

    Inches: overall 1/2" lost (1/4" from my waist, 1/4" from my hips)

    Considering where I am in my journey and the stress of the last 2 weeks I am happy with the results.

    Thank you so much for coordinating this challenge and for all the hard work you put into it.
    "Thank you" doesn't begin to cover it!

    Have a great weekend,
    1830 days ago
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