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10/5/11 4:51 P

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All you need to do Russ, is design the challenge however you want. It doesn't require my involvement at all.

If you want to be able to give team goodies as rewards or trophies, then I'll make you a co-team leader.

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10/5/11 2:50 P

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Awesomeness. I'll talk with 4A with some basic details and we'll start laying the groundwork next week.

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10/4/11 7:36 P

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I'm interested, but just not sure what I should tackle. I'll think about it.

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10/3/11 11:51 P

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Caroljean,
interesting article. Thanks for sharing. I always knew that there is a lot more to yoga than movement and breathing but never had a chance to explore it. This seems like a good summary. emoticon

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10/3/11 11:24 P

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Birgit, I just finished reading a great article in Yoga Journal on line that goes along with the challenge you mention in your post. Here is the link:
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10/3/11 11:09 P

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Very interesting idea! I think it might work really well to focus on things we really enjoy in life (hobbies etc.) and work on them. The reason I think it will work is because of the connection between body image and self-image. If self-image improves because we do things that are good for us (or someone else) our body image will improve along with it. emoticon

The most powerful challenge I was ever a part of (not on SP) was about paying it forward, taking the concept from the movie. Everyone who participated was empowered and was reaching harder for their personal goal in life at the end (not only weight loss).

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10/3/11 9:01 P

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I like the idea. I need some time to think about a five week challenge. I am going to a Yoga Festival this weekend and one of the workshops I am attending is about setting up your own Yoga Therapy practice.... that may end of being my goal... but I reserve the right to change my mind...

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RUSSLANE's Photo RUSSLANE Posts: 401
10/3/11 8:30 P

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Well, I'll gripe all day long about SP's historic approach to maintenance, but one thing I'm totally in line with them about: apply lessons learned to weight loss in other areas of your life.

I just take it a step further -- that, in itself, is a maintenance tool. The more your life "looks" differently than it did, the less likely to regain. The ever-changing structure of your life just doesn't support it anymore.

For example, I can feel "old Russ" like a switch. I'm in my head more, more reclusive, don't do much other than go to the gym (and when Old Russ really acts up, not even that). Easier to dail in a meal than cook, etc.

So my challenge idea is a five-week program. Participants list something (Draft a new budget, get laid, finally set up an artist studio to start painting, it doesn't matter) and five milestones to achieving it.

And while we're at it, each week is a progress report (it's MORE important if something stops you -- that's what support is for) as well as how easy/effective or how not easy/effective it was to deal with maintenance metrics.

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10/3/11 7:24 P

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I totally "get" this Russ. Because faced with getting my house in order (or my finances) or whatever, versus going into a melt-down regain... I see the melt-down regain as being the "easy" way out. Then I can start blaming my problems on the fat, instead of on my "other" behavior!

So... here's to challenging ourselves and keeping promises to ourselves that have nothing to do with weight and exercise! And moving ON in our maintenance life!

I'd be willing to bet the list is different for each of us, though, so not sure what challenge would be... maybe it's a "choose your own challenge"... I called mine "do one thing" to support living a dignified and orderly life, for a while, as set it as an "other goal". Now, it needs a refresher.

I'm interested in seeing what other maintainers have to say!

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10/3/11 5:55 P

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You can add "Get Laid" to the challenge list, but I'm not going to admit it if/when it happens. If only because of having to admit that it's the exception rather than the rule.

LOL

Seriously, though, it's hard for me to figure out whether I'm not doing something because it's not important rather than because I'm scared of it. Because my brain has gotten very good at insulating itself from itself.

Edited by: 4A-HEALTHY-BMI at: 10/3/2011 (17:58)
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10/3/11 5:51 P

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LOL

We can add "Get laid" to the challenge list. :-) I'm dead serious!

I so want to make t-shirts that say "I ho it up for Maintenance."

But I digress.

Different folks for different strokes, but I can also use my fat/body composition/eating-exercise routine to as excuses for not doing things that, frankly, terrify me.

A recent example: I'm horrible with finances, and I've had a key friendship in a state of chaos for a while now. My body comp (too low, too high, just right, boxing) etc. becomes an excellent excuse to not deal with it.

But I also notice the more I avoid those things that scare me, not only the worse they become but it becomes MUCH harder to keep my body goals in line.

You can play armchair shrink all day to come up with reasons why: lord knows I'm analytical but my weight turned me into a behaviorist. It doesn't matter precisely why X goal is related to my weight, I just know it is.

That make sense? Anyone feel the same way?

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10/3/11 5:31 P

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10/3/11 5:18 P

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Go for it, Russ.

Although I have to admit that I sort of use my eating/exercise as an excuse for why I haven't been attending so much to clothes, dating, life skills, etc. lately. Instead of the fat keeping it away, it's my effort at fighting the fat that's keeping it away. LOL

And besides, as you know, all I REALLY care about is bobbing down class IV rapids in a little plastic boat. Which requires continuing to FIT in my little plastic boat.
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Edited by: 4A-HEALTHY-BMI at: 10/3/2011 (17:49)
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10/3/11 5:02 P

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Hey there guys --

It's been a while, but I keep right on lurking around here. Hope you guys are behaving yourselves! Aside from some nasty shin splints, I'm fine -- can't wait to get my cardio going again as soon as my shins behave themselves (they're clearly not).

So 4a-Healthy-BMI and I were chatting, and I was curious. Yes, the metrics of keeping weight within a range are important. We all gotta do it.

But I also found the more I focused on goals that had nothing to do with my eating or exercise routine, the easier my eating/exercise became to manage. Clothes, dating, life skills, things I used my weight as an excuse for and still find new excuses, *laughs*

This is something I used to bring up a lot on these boards. But Io'm curious: whether it's a hobby, your business, personal relationships or life skills, are there folks interested in formulating a challenge about it?

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