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3/12/12 9:05 A

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Since there is usually only Nate & I participating in the weekend challenges, I'm going to put them on the back burner for a little while, until participation in our team increases.

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3/10/12 3:52 P

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I'm in however I cant use last weekend. Where I didn't participate, didn't get in much activity due to be sick.

I will tray and keep track of the situation over this weekend..so far I am on the right track though. Today is Saturday. Yesterday I did great and today I have already got in more than enough cardio. Dinner is already planned so doing great there.. planning on a very successful weekend.

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3/8/12 10:44 A

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Hey Sparkers!

Now that March Break is almost done in NB, it's time for us to get back on track. If you're just starting March Break, this is a GREAT time to stay on track for the weekend!!

Let's jump right into it!

Level One: Track all you eat and drink. I know this sounds like a no-brainer, but it's a habit to develop, just like any other. I know that when I start to slide down the slippery slope of bad eating habits, I just don't want to face the music -- or the nutritional tracker, for that matter. So even if you're still eating foods you don't normally eat during the weekdays (I'm trying hard to avoid the word "cheat"), write it down. At this point, you should know I just dug out another tub of Icy Squares for My Guy from the freezer. I'm going to have to hide them so I don't eat them all. :-D

Level Two: Stay within Calorie Range. So another no-brainer, but I'll tell you from experience, this one is REALLY tough for me... especially when I don't get Level One nailed down. If staying within calorie range is pretty much not going to happen, modify the numbers for your goal. After a couple weekends of tracking both days, I know that one of the days I'll exceed my calorie range by a lot, so my goal for BOTH weekend days would be to increase the calories by 500 each day and not exceed that number. That way, it's more consistent, there are no spikes, and your belly probably won't have reason to be angry and upset with you. The amount you choose to up your calories for those 2 days should be 10% lower than what you ate last weekend.... so if my Saturday had 1850 calories (it was a GOOD Saturday) and my Sunday had 3250 calories (really, it doesn't take long to get up that high), I can either keep the goal for Saturday and create a goal of 2950 for Sunday, OR add both days worth of calories (5100 calories), subtract 10% (500) and divide by two, to give me a limit of 2450 calories each day. The choice is yours, it's more important to reduce overall calorie intake, regardless of how you split it up.

Level Three: Identify, Research and Defend. This is a new challenge, something that came to me last weekend while working on the WWMD challenge. I'm sure that there were moments where you didn't manage to stick to the WWMD concept, so this weekend, the challenge is to look at those problem times/moments/situations in a detached way, and develop tricks, methods, and resolutions to get past them so you can stay within calorie range or get in the cardio. It's similar to the Don't Wannas challenge, but this is more specific -- focus on last weekend only. For me, snacks are way out of control on the weekends, so this weekend, I plan to identify when, where and how the situation happens, be honest in looking into why it's happening, and then come up with a real way to change the outcome the next time it happens. The goal is to do this for a minimum of ONE occasion last weekend. If you take on too many of them, you'll feel overwhelmed in a couple weekends, so start with one or two situations.

If you have questions about Level Three especially, let me know and I'll try to explain it differently.

So, who's in?

Jo

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3/5/12 8:45 P

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All I can say is that I tracked all weekend but pretty much no exercise was sick as a dog. Had a 15 min walk yesterday but that was about it. My MeMe always told me....Rest is Best. So that's what I did.

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3/5/12 5:41 P

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Well, one more weekend in the books. I tracked all days, so I'm glad to get that far, and for me, that's one of the bigger issues I have with weekends.

I stayed within Calorie Range AND even got some exercise on Saturday. On Sunday, I didn't stay within range but got 30 minutes worth of Walk Away The Pounds. I wasn't expecting the bonus of Sunday morning workout.

WWMD.... I worked hard at it on Saturday, and it was good to know I could. I started by working hard on it on Sunday, but somehow, somewhere, by the end of the day, I was over 1300 calories. So, Meme would go back over Sunday's food tracker and check to see what happened. The day is late, but I will do the review, so I can figure out what's going on.

Did anyone else participate?

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3/2/12 2:14 P

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I may have to pass on this one seeing as I am down and out with avery nasty cold. haven't been eating too much and virtually no exercise. So unless I make a miraculous recovery by the end of the weekend.

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3/2/12 10:10 A

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Hey Sparkers!

Sorry I didn't get the Weekend Challenges posted yesterday, but I took the day off work at the last moment, and there were no computers in sight. :-D So with that in mind, here are the weekend challenges!!

Level One: Track all you EAT and DRINK! Remember to get your 8+ glasses of H2O each day, and track all that passes between your lips. And get your mind out of the gutter! That's MY line! *evil giggle*

Level Two: Stay within Calorie Range. For those of us who are seriously struggling with this one, modify it to be "stay within 300-500 over Calorie Range." You choose the number. Just don't shoot to be over more than 1000 calories over your top range, even if you do exercise your chunky butt right off. :-D

Level Three: WWMD? I refer to this acronym as "What Would Mémé Do?" This is an exercise in moderation in all things this weekend. My grandmother has suffered from heart disease, heart attacks, back surgery, type 2 diabetes for over 40 years, and a host of other age-related medical conditions. Through it all, she has outlived my other 3 grandparents, even though she was thought to be the first one to pass on. Her secret? Moderation, good choices, and when the time is right, ONE SMALL piece of whatever that really good dessert is, and only ONCE a day. So before you dive into that bag of cheese curls or bag of chocolate, consider how your life would be when you reach the Healthy Lifestyle, and how you would approach that situation. Would it be to not have any at all, or find a small bowl and pour a measured amount of chocolate in there and savour every bite? Each situation is a little different, but if you're adopting a new way of living, it has to include situations like these. When you share your goals and achievements on this one, write up the situation, then what you normally would have done, and then what you ended up doing in the end. Even if you didn't quite meet your planned action towards the situation, any action different than what you've done in the past is going to be an improvement.

I might not get to send out an email to everyone before the end of the day to announce the challenges, so if you can, please spread the word on the other threads on this team.

Who's in?

Jo

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2/27/12 7:04 P

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I did not end up going to the BBQ spot. We ended going for Chinese. Ordered the steamed rice and sizzling beef plated half of both and boxed the rest for Sunday lunch. Counted my 2 glasses of wine and I stayed within my range. Just barely, but made it. Thanks to my plan of an extremely light breakfast and veggie and hummus lunch...I even counted the donair eggroll and sauce that I had. Like I said I just made it. Also helped that I got in 2 great workouts on Friday and Sunday night.

Anyone else have fun with this challenge?

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2/27/12 5:45 P

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Well, one more weekend in the books.

I wasn't able to get unde 2200 cals each day, but I did track, which is still a struggle. That said, I did keep Normal Bedtime Hours, which is something I almost never can do, so I'll take that one.

How did YOU do?

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2/23/12 10:12 P

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I am going to Compare & Improve on everything from last weekend seeing as it was a bad weekend over all. Especially my cardio.

Wish me luck even on Saturday. I am taking the honey out for his birthday to a bbq spot... I know, I know, but I have decided to eat fruit veggies and drink my milk early. Not a good thing I know but I so want it and I want to enjoy it. My high end is 1840 calories so I am bound and determined not to go over.

Anyone else in?

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So my Compare & Improve is going to be to shoot for no more than 2200 calories each weekend day. I know it sounds like a lot, and it's nearly 500 calories over my recommended top end calories, but with weekends typically seeing me chow down some 3500 calories daily, I need to start somewhere after tracking it all. To be under 2200 calories each day is a major improvement for me.

What's yours?

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2/23/12 12:10 P

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Hey Sparkers!

Do you know what this weekend is? It's the LAST WEEKEND IN FEBRUARY!! WOO-HOO!!! Winter's on its way out, Spring will be here in no time, and the weekend weather will be wonderful and warm once again soon enough.

So as I plan out the Weekend Challenges, I'm reminded of Roger, who's headed to Ottawa to see the Senators & Bruins play, and even though he'll have center ice seats, he might just join in for this challenge!

Level One: Track all you eat and drink. I'm not shy in telling you that this one still has me on pins & needles. But after doing it for 2 weekends in a row, I'm encouraged to do the same again. One baby-step at a time. And remember to use the weekday habits to get your 8+ glasses of water in each weekend day.

Level Two: Stay within Calorie Range. Ok, so as long as I stay out of the chocolate on the weekend, I can do this one. What would be the one thing that keeps *you* from your Calorie Range on the weekends?

Level Three: Compare last weekend and improve on ONE thing. This could be either increasing the fitness minutes over the weekend, making 8+ water your top priority to achieve, increasing your fibre intake, trying a new Spark Recipe, keeping weekday bedtime hours, or any other area where you want to improve. There's only one condition: Choose ONLY ONE challenging part to improve.

Ok, who's in?

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2/20/12 9:06 A

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Hey Sparkers!

Holy Smokes, I can't believe I tracked TWO FULL WEEKENDS worth of nutrition! I didn't want to keep going on Sunday, especially after I opened up the Ferrero Rocher's, but I did it anyway. I wrote them down, and all the other things I probably shouldn't have had. Saturday's food was bang-on, and the cardio was all on Saturday too. Sunday was no cardio, thought I found myself walking in place/marching when I was filling up my bottle of water or stirring food over the stove.

So I'm quite pleased. :-D

Did anyone else jump on this past weekend?

Jo

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2/20/12 7:49 A

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Did my best with the challenge this weekend based on my circumstances. I started off with great intentions. Friday passed with flying colours. Saturday and sunday were pretty much a bust. Dont get me wrong I did keep moving but not the way I like or for an extended amount of time. Racked my cardio minutes up pacing the IWK.

All is good now baby boy is on the mend and Daddy is home tonight so back in the swing of things later.

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I'm jumping all over this one. Loves my cardio.

Anyone else?

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2/16/12 2:07 P

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Hey Sparkers!

Just one more day.... just one more day till the weekend starts. *giggle* Do you get giddy at the thought of 2 whole glorious days off from work? Me too. :-D And before I get some grandiose ideas on what to do this weekend, here are the Weekend Challenges!

Level One: Track all the food you eat AND get at least 8 glasses of water each day. I know, this one's hard, but it wouldn't be a challenge if it were easy. :-P Use plain ol' paper & pencil if you can't get to the computer right away to log your food and liquids, but if you don't even have that excuse because your computer is sitting right in the middle of the room and you have no plans to go anywhere, then it's time to develop that discipline. My computer is in the middle of the kitchen, so I have absolutely no excuse to not reach this Challenge Level. And any excuses I come up with have to be handled with the list of ways to banish the Don't Wannas (see last weekend). So if you feel like you Don't Wanna track, revisit last weekend's work you did to thwart the blahs.

Level Two: Stay within Calorie Range both days. Now, if you thought Level One was bad enough, this one can really seem out of reach. After browsing through last winter's weekend nutritional trackers, I can tell you it IS possible. It's not a myth! Really! But the only way to reach this Challenge is to make sure Level One is done, too. And if you tend to be WAY over calories on the weekend, like I am, then instead of eating the world or feel like you'll starve, then aim to be over your calories by a specific amount. If history suggests you'll eat 3000 calories on Saturday (trust me, that's not a lot some days), then aim for 2500 calories that day, or a little less if you believe you can make the challenge. The numbers I just gave is what I'll aim for this weekend... and less would be better.

Level Three: Ooh, the FUN level! Everyone should be trying this one! Get an extra 10 minutes of cardio each weekend day (or evening, if you're planning on "waggly eyebrow activities"). And yes, sex IS considered cardio, as long as you break out into a sweat, and the sweat factor lasts at least 5 minutes. I researched it a bit, and it sounds like a "vigorous session" would burn 5 calories/minute. So now that you know how I plan to get that extra 10 minutes in this weekend, there are a TON of ways to squeeze in that cardio. Kids have a hockey/badminton/gymnastics/basket weaving competition this weekend? Walk around the grounds when your offspring isn't performing just then. Groceries to do? Park as far from the door as possible (without risking your safety), and enjoy the stroll through the parking lot. It's raining on Saturday (a possibility in FreddyVille) and you can't go for that walk? Pop in a workout DVD, or check out SparkPeople's list of exercise demos and do some of those instead. At worst, march in place for 10 minutes to the beat of a reasonably-paced tune. If the kids look at you funny, tell 'em to go clean their room or join you, or go outside. Hopefully they'll choose a fun activity with you!

So, who's in?

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2/13/12 11:18 A

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Oops,

Was busy all weekend and forgot completely about the challenge.

I stayed under calories all weekend, even with my steak dinner I cooked for me and the DR (darling roommate). He had salmon since he's a vegetarian. The steak dinner meal put me under by like 40 calories. That planned little cheat really helped me stay on track all week.

I even had a couple handfuls of chips last night. I was still at 1200 calories at 8pm (my lower limit is 1450) so I said why not. Miss Vickie's sea salt and malt vinegar. First time having chips in forever. Me and the roommate cook almost completely separately now. If I am under calories at the end of the day, I will have a couple bites of his awesome curries or nacho dips. Can't wait until I am in maintenance mode for fat loss and i can enjoy a larger portion of these meals once or twice a week.

As far as the I don't wannas go: I definitely didn't want to go to the gym yesterday. I was sore and tired, plus it was raining cats and dogs outside and felt like my house was going to blow down.

I went anyways and tried Zumba! It was fun, although I think I need a couple cocktails in me before I reach my true booty shaking potential.

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2/13/12 9:34 A

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Think I did pretty good on the challenges this weekend . . . think I managed to track most of what I ate this weekend . . . didn't stay within calorie range BUT was more active and beat the crap out of the "don't wannas" by trying snow shoeing Friday afternoon and again Sunday afternoon (the couch usually has me in a bear hug when I am not working).


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2/13/12 9:21 A

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Hey Sparkers!

So how did your weekend go? I did ok, better than most weekends, but not as good as I wanted.

I tracked food BOTH days!! WOO-HOO!! I've been trying to do that one for some time, so I'm happy that I did it. On the downside, I ate half the world on Saturday (over 3000 cals) and 2500 cals on Sunday.

I worked on the Don't Wannas, and it helped. Not all the time, but it did make a difference. I was able to get things like my coupons all sorted out, made a roast for later this week, and even managed to quiet that whiney inside voice about having nothing to do.

Now it's your turn.... how did YOU do?

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I am at level 2 so staying within my calorie range is my challage for the weekend. I am in however I am haveing ribs tonight at a friend so I will have to have a low lunch and breakfast and drink lots of water!!!!

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So, as promised, here's my list to combat my Don't Wanna's:

(Don't Wanna): I don't wanna work out today. It's Saturday/Sunday! I just want to take it easy!
(Response:) Suck it up, Buttercup. Working out is a part of the process. Remember all those diets I followed and it didn't do squat? Do the squats so it will matter! Oh... and later tonight, dim the lights, slip on the lingerie, and waggle the eyebrows. Vigorous sexual activity can burn up to 5 calories/minute for at least 10 minutes! Sweetheart, where's the KY? emoticon

(DW): I don't wanna have fruit for breakfast. How come I can't just have what he's having, like three fried egg sandwiches?
(R): Buttercup, now really, think this through. Every weekend that I have toast (carbs) with high-fat protein (sausage or other cold cuts), and I feel like a slug for 3 hours afterwards. On the weekdays, I have milk with Benefibre to wash down the morning vitamins, and 2 hours later I enjoy the first piece of fruit. DW, why would I eat fruit first? I always have milk first.

(DW): But I don't wanna have just fruit for breakfast! Man, those eggs frying in butter sure smell good, and the yolk isn't broken yet.
(R): Fine. Let's not have just fruit. Let's take 2 pieces of fruit, split each in half, make one egg sandwich for me with whole wheat bread and not as much margarine, half a glass of milk, and 2 halves of fruit. Oh, and that's not butter, it's Becel. Give the other 2 halves of fruit to My Guy... he could use the vitamins too.

(DW): It's late morning/early afternoon, and I feel like I haven't eaten today at all. I want some of that chocolate that My Guy keeps for his snacks at work.
(R): Whoa Buttercup!!! Whoa. Right. There. It's barely been 2 hours since I ate, and it was more than just a glass of milk or a single piece of fruit! It was a 300-500 calorie meal! I'm not hungry. It's something else, but it's not hunger. Go do something else, something that will get me out of the kitchen. Now. Yes, NOW.

(DW): But.... but I want the sugar rush!
(R): That's what fruit is for. I know it, I've proven it to myself several times over the YEARS, eat an orange - there's a lot of sugar in that.

(DW:) *really loud sigh* I don't wanna follow the plan today.
(R): Really-vraiment? (French kicks in too.) Now, I know that is just not true. Need a reminder? Dig out those size 26 pants that were too tight when I started this journey 10 years ago, at top weight. Now dig out those pants that just barely fit 2 years ago, at size 20. Big, aren't they? Uh-huh. Now, what was that about the plan?

(DW:) I don't wanna care. *sigh*
(R:) Ok, that's boredom. Flat-out, positively, absolutely boredom. Well, there are coupons to be clipped, meal plans to be made for the coming week, and the pantry is a complete disaster after the last coupon-redemption frenzy last week. The wood still needs to be moved from the door to the spot next to the wood stove -- oooh! and this will be CARDIO! C'mon, Jojo, I want to care, I don't want to forget how long it took to get to this point, I want to live life to its fullest this weekend, and NOT have food be at the center of it all. Now, making My Guy's butt the center of my attention for a couple hours is a lot more fun. Go, get out of the kitchen and go do something else. ANYTHING else. Just don't stay in the kitchen.

(DW:) *whiny sounds*
(R:) Because I'm worth it, that's why. And I'll be ok if I don't overeat this weekend.

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2/9/12 10:40 A

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Hey Sparkers!

So the weekends are still a problem for some of us, myself included. Motivation waxes and wanes, success sometimes is fleeting. Or so it seems. Keeping our motivation, remembering the reasons we're doing what we're doing, can sometimes be hard to do, especially when we don't see the results we hope or expect.

Yes, sometimes even my motivation hits the rocks. I'm not immune either.

So the focus of the Weekend Challenges is to move from motivation to everydayness (yes, I'm making words up today :-D ) of healthy living, and to extend it to the weekends.

Ready? Then let's get with it!

Level One: Track all you eat and drink. I still struggle with this one, but it is the ONLY way I have to know how badly I ate, and often explains why I don't have a loss on Weigh-In Wednesdays (for me). If I'm not tracking, then I'm avoiding something. It's time to stop avoiding and actually record what gets consumed, and how much of it. If you're still struggling with getting 8+ water every day, try turning one of your cups of coffee or tea to a cup of hot Crystal Light. I can hear you laughing, but I like the flavour of the drink warmed up, and the red flavours remind me of drinking NeoCitran cherry flavoured. And when it's Crystal Light, you can count those drinks as water. And some of them even have added fibre!

Level Two: Stay within Calorie Range. Of all the challenges, this one bothers me the most, because it's so hard to achieve. So I'm putting a spin on it for this weekend: If you can't stay within Calorie Range each day, then don't go over by more than 300 calories AND get 15 minutes worth of cardio each day. I went through last year's Nutritional Tracker to see what magic I was pulling off that made me lose weight, and there wasn't a single one that was within calorie range -- but most were within 250 calories of the max. There might be something to that theory. :-D

Level Three: List and use the ways to banish the "Don't Wanna's". I think we're all Queens & Kings of the Lazy Weekends, but it shouldn't be a time when we forget about our goals, and why we do these things we do. Listing ways to stay motivated, and then using those ways, often helps to get us back on track. You can list them here (which I would LOVE to see, since I'm looking for more ideas to move this chunky butt on the weekends), or you can keep them to yourself, but they have to be for YOU. Not sure how to make this list? Then ask yourself this one question:

If you heard one of the kids or a friend whine (and you know what that whine sounds like) that they "don't wannaaaaaaaaaaa....", what would be YOUR response? If it seems like a negative response, look deeper into the message you're sending and make it into a positive spin. And then see if that idea works.

Even if the idea doesn't work, it will have been worth it. If it doesn't work, it means you still need to find a way to make it work, finding a way to stay motivated, to not only find that MoJo, but to use it, breathe it, eat it, tease it, and live it.

I'll be posting here my list of Don't Wanna Counter-Attacks a little after lunch.

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I had a pretty good weekend. I traced drank all my water and stayed up just a little later tan usual. I did get up at my regular time and I also used my maximum points but still consider it a good weekend

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My sleep did not go wel at all just like I had predicted, didnt get to bed til after midnigt on all nights except last night. Although last night was at least close to midnight, once Tom Brady f'd up that last through and the Hail Mary was missed I packed my butt to bed. and left my hubby and his buddies to cry in their beers. All food intake and tracking went well, stayed within all ranges even with the home made carrot muffins that I made yesterday sans icing.

Really have to work on the sleep.. I think at this point that I may just have to get over it, there is no way that I can make it to bed early even on the weekends no matter how hard I try. Perhaps when the kids are all grown and out of the house.

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Hey Sparkers!

So how did your weekend go?

Mine didn't go well at all, mostly because of a major unplanned event. I'm still not tracking foods on the weekends, and that's now gone beyond annoying. Didn't get to bed until past midnight on Friday night, but I made up for it on Saturday & Sunday nights, where I did get to bed at a reasonable hour, and even woke up Sunday morning around 6. I lazed in bed till 6:30, but I was awake.

I did get all my water in, since I count it based on the number of times I fill my water bottle.

I need a different plan for weekend eating, and I'm not very good lately at creating one. I need to work on that.

How about you?

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This weekend challenge is going to be hard. I have a Birthday Party to go to and it is so hard to count those little sandwiches and squares. And I know even before I go I will eat some. My goal for this party is to take only 2 sweets and one sandwich. I plan to eat some low calorie veggie soup before I leave and take some water. Wish me luck

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Nope not going to happen. Napping on the weekend will just not happen. Especially with 3 kids running around. Especially this weekend. Hubby is working back shift tonight and tomorrow which means he will be sleeping during the day. Getting rid of the boys on Sunday so I can take my Daughter to a birthday party (3hr party with 1 hr drive) so that day is shot as well. Then get home and prepare for Superbowl party. That's a late night right there. Alas a Mommies work is never done. Where I am going to find time for my workout.. I can probably squeeze that time in tonight when I get home. I will see what happens.

Thanks Jo.

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@Nate - My suggestion would be to learn the fine art of napping. I know what you mean, I just can't seem to haul a$$ at 5:30am on Saturday or Sunday, either. :-D Is that something you could try?

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Well this is an interesting one for me. Will have no problems with Level 1 and 2 ( at least I hope I wont)

Level 3 is a bit tricky. You say keep weekday hours.. well what if my weekday hours are lousy
I find it hard now to get the proper sleep during the week as it is. Can usually only get about 6hrs. I know I need more but I just cant seem to find more.. The weekend is the only time I can find to play catch up and of course that all depends on the hubbys schedule. What do you think. Open to suggestions

Anyone else going to participate with this one

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Hey Sparkers!

Are you ready for this Weekend Challenge? I am! And I need it, too! Here we go!

Level One: Track all you eat and drink. If you're still having trouble tracking on the weekends due to the Don't Wannas and other excuses we're good at telling ourselves, make a meal plan for the weekend. This is one of the things that I'm going to do this weekend, because tracking on the fly isn't working very well on Saturdays & Sundays. By making a meal plan, I'll already know what I decided I would eat, and it should help to keep me on track and accountable.

Level Two: Stay within Calorie Range AND drink at least 8 cups of water each day. Oh, you noticed that last bit, eh? Sneaky-sneak, I am. :-D I suddenly realized this morning that not everyone automatically gets their 8+ a day in, so I'm adding it to this Level.

Level Three: Keep Weekday Bedtime Hours. Oh, this one is SO hard sometimes! But going to bed and rising in the morning at the same times as on the weekdays does help. I don't know about you, but I could always use a few hours extra sleep on Saturday mornings, and it's usually because I stayed up too late Friday nights. Hit the sheets no more than an hour before or after you would on the weekdays, and the same goes for feet hitting the floor the next morning. Jump into a routine when you rise, and remember to enjoy your days!

So, now that I need to create a meal plan for myself, I'm in.

Who else?

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I did fairly well this weekend. Friday was a bang on day. Got home at a decent hour despite the icy roads and travelling by bus. I was on my own that night so I was able to plan carefully what I was going to eat. Managed to consume a fabulous 2.5 oz steak with rice and veggies was very tasty. Also broke open my new Jillian Michaels DVD (Ripped in 30) love that one too by the way. Not to mention the 30 min walk at lunch.

Saturday was sort of good. I went over my goals by 30 cals. doubled my Sodium which tends to happen with Restaurant food. Thanks to the meal I ate at Applebees. I told myself I was just going to eat off of the lighter options menu, which I did with my Entrée but then the hubby wanted to share an app and dessert and I caved. Also throw in the 2 glasses of wine...but I enjoyed it all and I dont regret it either. Also got in a 30 min walk.

Sunday was another bang on day with regards to food. Also completed another 30min walk. Even on the days that I tell myself I am taking a day off I tsill get in the walk.

So all in all I am proud of my results this weekend.

How did the rest of you do?

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Damage control on the weekends is so hard. I went out for a celebratory night on Saturday, so I didn't even join the challenge this weekend, knowing my fate.

I actually tracked all the alcohol and late night poutine I ate and at over DOUBLE what I should for the day despite having a healthy breakfast and going to the gym after my exam.

That being said, I did do a 10min powerwalk (warmup) 30 minutes of legs and a 30 minute powerwalk on an incline on saturday. Yesterday I did a body attack class (goodlife's run around like a 5 year old who ate 25000 pixie sticks) is a more accurate description. But at least I exercised???

I thinking planning ahead may also have to engulf my weekend. I tend not to pack all my meals the night before during the week so I know exactly what I am eating all day. I love spontaneous cooking on saturday and sundays... maybe I should pre make those meals too.



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Hey Sparkers,

Well, this past weekend was a colossal epic fail (one of my kids' favourite sayings) on the healthy lifestyle eating part, but not for enjoying life.

After Friday night, I didn't track. I started to on Saturday, but early in the morning, My Guy decided we were going on a date mid-afternoon, and the rest of the day's food is a blur, other than sharing half a large popcorn at the movies. And yesterday, I couldn't find the motivation to track.

So, I need a new game plan. This is too many weekends in a row where I don't or won't track, so I need to do something different. I'll come up with something hopefully by Thursday. :-D

I sure hope you did better than I did!

So, how did you do?

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I had a terrible day yesterday. I broke my streak of 27 days staying within my calorie limits. I am ready to start over. Count me in

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Of course I am in.

I have been doing well with my fiber, VitC and calcium so now I still have to tackle my cholesterol and sodium. I have been doing pretty good but would like to do even better.

Anyone else in. Good Luck.

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I'm in Jo!

I need to up my fibre and protein and reduce my carbs - especially the Italian bread kind of carbs.

I have also decided to quit smoking! I currently smoke about a half a pack a day. So I am going to start reducing the amount I smoke so I am at zero by Lent (Feb 22). I figure I'll start this way, ensure I quit for Lent and that will give me 40 days headstart to a permanent quit.

To keep myself positive, for every cigarette I don't have I will put aside fifty cents - I estimate that to be the cost per cigarette. So I will see the savings even while I'm reducing, and then by then end of Lent I will have a tidy little sum to reward myself with - and keep me motivated!

And because I don't want to gain any more weight - I will work even harder to keep it off and hopefully still lose. I have about 20 various exercise DVDs so I am going to try to get through every one at least once a month. That will keep things stirred up!

Good tracking everyone!

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Hey Sparkers!

Are you ready to tackle this weekend head-on and make the healthy habits stick? RIGHT ON!! :-D

Here are this Weekend's Challenges!

Level One: Track all you eat and drink. If it passed your lips, it must be tracked. It's the only way to really know how you're doing. It doesn't matter how unhealthy some foods are, it matters more that you track it.

Level Two: Stay within Calorie Range. This one always gets me, so this is where my focus will be. The best way to find out how well you're doing in the Calorie Range is to complete Level One -- track all you eat & drink. A common problem on the weekends is a lack of fruit & veggies for a lot of us, and I tend to forget to fill up on those rather than the sugar & fat sweets I have in the house. Remember to also use high-quality meat like lean or extra lean ground beef, chicken breast, lean pork and fresh cold-water fish - this helps a lot for meal satisfaction and to keep you from feeling hungry too quickly.

Level Three: Track and/or improve specific nutrients. For the newcomers just starting with the Challenges, in the Nutritional Tracker, you can track all kinds of nutrients. If you need help in adding those nutrients to your Tracker, let me know and I'll find an article on how this is done. I've discovered if I don't go over numbers in sodium and cholesterol, my weekends are better, and if I keep up the fibre intake, there's a lot less struggling on Monday morning. If you've done this challenge with me last year, this is the weekend to improve your numbers. The common Top Three other nutrients that seem to matter the most for a lot of people are sodium, cholesterol and fibre. I've also added Vitamin C, since I'm working on moving away from pill-form supplements, but I need to make sure that I'm consistently getting enough VitC before I move away from the morning vitamins. Nearly every vitamin you can think of can be tracked. Pick the ones that matter the most to you and work on improving those numbers from last weekend.

So, who's in?

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I did OK on the challenge I did track and stay within my calories but I went higher than I really wanted to. I also didn't lose this week which caused a bit of a setback .

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Hey Ladies,

I actually had a pretty good weekend, stayed on track and tracked everything!
My exam was monday, so the weekend was an extended work week. Monday night was my weekend, even though I avoided the beer, pizza and chicken wings prevailed :(.

Back on track today though!

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Hey Sparkers!

Well, JosMom, you & me both! I had an unexpected pizza arrive for supper Friday night, and it went downhill from there. Don't get me wrong, I really enjoyed my niece's birthday, but that was pizza round 2, plus cake, plus going to Jungle Jim's for supper. I completely forgot they have a Slim Jim's menu, so I was way over just by looking at the food on my plate.

I don't even recall half the food from Sunday.

I might try to put some of the foods in later today, but I'm not going to stress about it.

Yes, weekends ARE unpredictable, which is why it's so hard to stay on track on the weekends.

Now that the pressure is off to do well, let us know how YOU did!

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Busted! - I did not do well. I measured well at the start - but unplanned trip to the Chinese restaurant for dinner on Saturday, buffet brunch after church, had supper at home (which we usually don't have on Sunday)- then to a friend's for our Sunday evening visit. Of course ended up over my daily goals again. The weekends are so unpredicatable!



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Thanks Linda,

I am making a healthy eating wish list:

Food scale
Me scale
Magic bullet

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Count me in!

LENEWF - I have a Starfrit electronic Digital Scale. It measures in ounces or grams - push a button to convert. I got mine at Canadian Tire on sale for 10.00. I see it on Amazon for 19.99

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Definitely in on this one jo, the measuring challenge is one of my favorite, only because I still measure about 90% of the time.. I truly enjoy it. I love seeing the ins and out of something I eat. I look at the label and portion sizes and laugh because its funny to see what my opinion of a portion is based on actual measuring.

Anyone else joining in.

have fun with those cups and scales.

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I am in. Tracking all!!!!!!!

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I'm in!

My goodietwoshoes upbringing makes me not track when i eat deep fried fish and caesar salad after a night of sangria..... oops.
I'll be studying all weekend and not going out so I will continue with my measuring. I measure everything I eat that can fit into a measuring cup. I'm thinking of investing in a countertop scale. Can anyone recommend a good cheapie?

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I'm in. The church pot luck is always a pitfall for me. Should be better this week though. emoticon

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Hey Sparkers!

Welcome aboard to the East Coasters who are new to the Weekend Challenges! It's great to see new faces and share new experiences!

And now, it's time to make plans to stay on track this weekend!!

Level One: Track all you eat AND drink. That means tracking the foods you ate from the pot luck supper, the wine & cheese & crackers you enjoyed with friends, that cookie you sneaked out from everyone else who didn't see it (*raises hand in guilty plea*), but also the veggies you managed to get past the lips and the water you guzzled. It doesn't matter what it is if you're still struggling, just TRACK IT! :-D (Worry about the rest later.)

Level Two: Stay within Calorie Range. This can seem really hard when you're going out for supper and you're not making it, but if you plan ahead, it's doable. Really. Yes, REALLY! :-D There's going to be a lot of finger food at the buffet table? Get as many veggies & fruit in before you go, choose lower-fat foods from the table (you know which ones they are!), and if there's a treat that you really want, balance its approximate calorie value against the rest of your Calorie Bank. Sometimes, I'll jot down the name of the food I'm treating myself to, and when I get back home, I'll look up the recipe online, and then make a (higher) approximate on the nutritional tracker. I mean, chocolate fudge calorie count is going to be almost the same, regardless of who made it.

Level Three: The theme for this weekend is Measure, Measure, MEASURE! Dig out the measuring cups, spoons and scales and measure EVERYTHING you consume. I recently made homemade whole wheat bread, and I thought one slice was one ounce -- turns out one slice was TWO ounces, or 2 servings of bread. Not sure how much a teaspoon of Becel is? Now is a good time to measure. We often suffer from Portion Distortion, which makes eyeballing the quantity we're using very difficult to be accurate. Measuring the foods we eat removes that uncertainty.

Oh! And if you're interested in learning more about the concept of Portion Distortion, do a search for it on SparkPeople -- I've read a couple articles about it which helped a lot!

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I did well on the challenge . I am on level 1 and tracked . I also stayed within my calories and ate all my fruit and veggies. emoticon

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I did okay with the challenges this weekend . . . tracked everything . . . went over the calories but did get some fruits and veggies in mostly because I had it in my mind that it was part of the challenge emoticon

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Hi all,


And I do mean all.. WOW, what a bunch, great seeing some newbies...WELCOME!.

So I did track all weekend... even that horrid stew that I made on Sunday. It was god awful, but because I put so much work into it we had to eat it. There was no way I was working that hard for nothing. As well it counted for 2 veggie servings. Also got a 5km run (indoor track at the gym) on Saturday and a 3.6 km walk in on Sunday.. needed some ingredients for the stew, so on with the winter (-11 yesterday) gear and I hiked it to the grocery store with my backpack.

Saturday went to friends for dinner and was shocked and amazed that they did not serve veggies... Chicken dark meat oven baked with skin and breading, baked macaroni and cheese and potato salad with just eggs and potato, oh and a chicken fried rice. I am not being rude but....hmmmm. I love them to death but again, hmmmm. I brought a nice tirimisu cake thinking that a treat would be nice.. now I know better next time I am taking a salad or fruit tray. Even the apps was pepperoni cheese and crackers. So lets just say that menu kept me on track...was so not what I expected and I lost my appetite. I ate a small bit to be nice, don't get me wrong they were all tasty but I say again....hmmmm. Sorry I can't help it. I am done rambling.
To wrap it up I did great, how did the rest of you do.

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Hi Everyone
Not toooo bad on the weekend. I tracked everything. Only got 3 fruits and veggies in per day though. (made up for it today - so much easier during the week).

Slightly over my calories on Sunday - but worst was over the fat - everything else good. I could look at the positive and say the overs were because I ate too many almonds and brazil nuts and it wasn.t because of sweets (does that count??).

Yeah me! I finally got 8 cups of water in today! Had to do without my tea though. If I was alowed to count my tea - I'd have no problem any day.

Have a great week everyone!

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I completely bombed. Went over my cals on Saturday and on Sunday couldn't figure out how to track half of the stuff at the church pot luck and did not track. Better try next weekend.

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Hey Sparkers!

I'm thrilled to see some new folks taking on the Weekend Challenges!! WOO-HOO!!

So, here's my report for the weekend.

I tracked all weekend... including Sunday, and including the choc chip cookies and the chocolate bars. Saturday's calorie range was about 200 over, but Sunday was much worse... about 1000 cals over. *sigh* I'm still working on that one.

As for the extra F&V's, I got at least 3 in each day! I added a can of mushrooms and a sauteed onion to my Hamburger Helper (by far, my biggest treat meal of the week), left out fruit on the counter so it would warm up before I bit into it, and even shared a banana with My Guy, who insisted he won't eat a whole one himself.

So, how did YOU do? It's ok if it didn't go so well, post it anyway. It went better than you thought it would? Oh, by all means, POST THAT ONE! :-D

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Thanks for the tips Jo - I love the lettuce wrap idea!

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Hey Weekend Sparkers!

@Linda, I know what you mean. Over the years, I've found ways to sneak those little suckers in without feeling like I can't enjoy anything else.

Easy-Peasy was to add VEGGIES to your meals:

Pasta night: If you're making a tomato-based spaghetti sauce, use up some of those old frozen veggies by either tossing them right into the sauce, or if you have picky eaters, cook the veggies until really mushy, drain well, then pulverize (blender, food processor or immersion blender) veggies until all mushed up and liquid-y. Add this mix to your sauce early in the cooking stages to get 2-3 more veggies in that cup of spag sauce.

Pasta night version 2: Kraft now makes KD with cauliflower "powder"/flour. As long as the picky eaters aren't around when you're cooking the "pasta", they'll never know it isn't made with durum or semolina flour. Just make sure to have a highly flavourful sauce to serve with it, so the distinct aroma of cooked cauliflower isn't detectable.

Smoothies: Way too easy, and really yummy. Add 60g of berries of your choice to some fat-free ice cream (like Skinny Cow) or frozen yogurt (like Scotsburn), toss in a couple ice cubes, and flip that blender on high to make a really yummy and healthy smoothie.

Skip the bread: Instead of using buns to wrap up hot dogs or burgers, use the prettiest, freshest and largest lettuce leaves you have to wrap it up. As long as the lettuce is big enough to wrap around, you can still add other yummies like tomato & onion slices, mustard, cukes and any other veggie you like on sandwiches. When it's piled a mile high, wrap the lettuce around the whole thing like a cute package, park your chunky butt in the kitchen chair and enjoy that meal!

Cakes in the Pan: Add sliced strawberries, bananas or blueberries to the pancake batter after you've poured it onto the griddle. If you push the fruit into the batter so it's covered just slightly, they won't get that cooked or fried taste on them.

Swapping Sugars: If you feel the urge to go for a refined sugar sweet treat (chocolate is my downfall on weekends), opt for an orange or watermelon. Personally, I discovered these 2 fruit seem to calm the sweet tooth quite nicely, there's no fat in them, and oftentimes it's all I need to get to my next meal.

Roast without Potatoes: I know just about everyone has root vegetables in the fridge that really should be cooked up and eaten. Chef Meg posted a SparkRecipe last year about roasting root vegetables, and it's super-duper easy. The roasting method gives the veggies a better flavour, I find, and I'm more willing to eat 2 servings at a meal than if they were raw. (And if you can find it, you'll get 3 points for liking the recipe!)

So, now that we have an arsenal of defenses against the "How am I going to get that in?!", let's ROCK this Weekend Challenge!

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I'm in!

It seems harder to get he fruits & veggies in on the weekend as opposed to during the week - so I think that will be my biggest challenge.

Good luck everyone!

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I'm in. I am not consistently in calorie range so it will be a good challenge.


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I'm so in..

Anyone else?

Good Luck!

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Hey Sparkers!

How's your New Year's momentum holding up? Mine's ok, but the true test for me is the weekends. So, after you're done shovelling later today and wish you had waited until morning because the rain melted it all away, join me for the following Weekend Challenges!

Level One: Track all you eat and drink. And I do mean all. You had a good breakfast on Saturday morning that included 3 slices of toast and coffee with skim milk and a teaspoon of sugar? Get all that into your nutritional tracker. Making sweets for next week and you need to taste test to make sure they're ok? Add that too. In particular for baking or cooking, I always add one serving of the dessert I'm making to my tracker, and even if it's estimated a little high, I would rather be a little on the high end for numbers than the low end.

Level Two: Stay within Calorie Range. If you're used to indulging on the weekends, this really is a hard level. If you're new to the Challenges, or if you're still really struggling with this one, create smaller goals for it. An example might be to only be 200 calories over range, especially if you habitually go over by more than 500 per day.

I'm not opposed to modifications to the Levels. If modifications allow you to reach a goal, it will give you more confidence to try the challenge without the modification next time.

And finally....

Level Three: Consume at least 5 fruits & veggies each day. If you're already getting in at least that much, then your challenge is to get 2 more in than last weekend. I can usually manage to get 2 F&V's each day, but it takes a concentrated effort to get in more.

One last thing.... I read an article on Spark about taming the weekend beast, and it's worth the read. You'll find it at www.sparkpeople.com/resource/wellnes
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So, who's in? Post here to let us know you're up for the challenge, and then on Monday, let us know how you did.

Spark on!

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I did great on Level 1 and 2 , wasn't hard due to the fact that I stayed home because I was sick. My appetite wasn't to bad, I managed to get to the lower numbers but still with in.
completed a moderate walk on Saturday. Sunday was feeling much better, took my tree down which turned into a house cleaning and furniture moving. Definitely counting that. took a lot out of me.

Level 3 stayed away ( could not throw away) from the treats, except for the 2 oatmeal cookies I had on both days emoticon .

Anyone else want to share their weekend results?

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Happy Monday All!

I didn't do too bad - tracked everything. Still having trouble with the water tho. Way under my calories on Saturday, over a bit on Sunday.

Have a great week!

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Hey Sparkers!

Ok, it's time to let us know how you did on the Weekend Challenge. It's ok if you didn't do well -- PEIShyGirl and I are perfect examples of that. LOL

So I was doing well on Level One till company showed up on Saturday evening. And then any thought of tracking went out the door for the rest of the weekend. It didn't help that I crawled into bed at 4am Sunday and didn't wake again until nearly noon. Well, it helped for sleep, but that's about all. :-D Level Two would have been a bust on Saturday, and Sunday, well, I'm quite sure I would have been over. As for Level Three, I was well on my way to clearing the house of "dangerous" sweets and junk food, when My Guy brough home a Vachon Buche de Noel. Gee, thanks Sweetheart, I love you too. :-P I'm going to slice it up tonight and put it in containers so he can eat it up at work.

Also, I would like to know if you have any ideas for the Challenges. I have a list of about a dozen ideas, and if you would like to see something specific for a Challenge, please let me know! You can either SparkMail me, leave a note on my SparkPage, send me a Goodie with the idea in the note, or post it here or in the Daily Check-In. I'm always looking for great ideas that will help me find my healthy lifestyle groove on the weekends, too.

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Hmmm weekend challenge. . . not gonna call it a complete bust but

Level 1 - 90% . . . tracked most of what I ate and did drink 6 glasses of water
Level 2 - busted my calories . . . but my choices are getting better
Level 3 - done but wasn't hard as I didn't bake and only had a few treats left over that was easily gotten rid of as the girls were with their father this weekend



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Hi Butterfly, are you able to scroll down the web page to see my post? I tend to be a little long winded when posting, so it should be easy to spot. If you don't see it but you see Nate's, Charlene's, JosMom's and your replies, look again at the bottom of the webpage, you should see a "previous page" link. Click that and it should bring you to another page of posts. Let me know if you're still having problems, and I'll see if I can help you figure it out!

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OK, so I'm new, but I didn't think I was blind. I can only see the responses to the challenge, not the challenge itself. What am I doing wrong.

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Hi Jo
Good challenge. I can't throw anything out as hubby would kill me. Can't send it with him either as he is laid off for awhile. Everything is in the freezer and if he wants something he only takes out the amount he wants,so I'm pretty good for the challenge.

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Happy New Year All! - I have been away from Spark for too long and it shows (Sadly enough) - but I am motivated again. I'll join this one - in fact I have level 3 done - I sent everything I had left home with the kids on Boxing Day! The only junk in the house now are the dog's cookies and a blueberry loaf that hubby likes.

The hard part for me is getting the water in (unless tea counts)

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Well hello there Jo.

I would love top be in on this one. If I had my say away with the lot. However I m afraid that I may have to pass on level 3. I have 4 others in my house including 3 children that would shoot me dead if I got rid of everything. I write this as I watch my 10 year old devour his oatmeal cookies. I wouldn't dare deprive them of the treats they desire. So my part of level 3 will be to tell my hubby to at least get the stuff out of my sight. I dont care that it is there as long as i don't see it. May be hard for him as well becuse I am sure that there is a lot of it. Especially the cookies. I will try my hardest not to indulge. I did great over the holidays. I was allowing myself to gain no more than 2lbs I gained 2.6lbs but I am great with.

So here goes the New Year, New Goals. Although right now I am sick so not sure how I will do. But I will try.

Anyone else in?

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Hey Sparkers!

So, did you survive the FoodFest lovingly referred to as the Christmas Holidays? :-D I did, although I had some help with a head cold that reduced my appetite.

Let's get this Weekend Challenge under way!

For those of you who are new to the Challenges, I normally post 3 levels, to accommodate those of us still working on basics on the weekends. Try to complete as many as you can, especially Level Three, since this is the main theme of the weekend.

Here we go!

Level One: Track all you eat and drink. This includes any licks on fingers from cleaning up in the kitchen after a meal, that little shortbread cookie that looked like it needs eating, and all the water you consume. If you're still having trouble getting in 8 glasses each day, try using the strategies you use during the weekdays, and see if they'll work on the weekends, too.

Level Two: Stay within Calorie Range. Of all the levels, this is the one that stumps me the most. I'm still working on that one. Levels One and Two go hand in hand, you won't know how many calories you consumed if you don't jot it down.

Level Three: Get rid of the Holiday Treats in the house. Whether you did the baking yourself or pretty tin boxes showed up under your tree as gifts, there's probably some sweets, junk food and chocolate around that you wouldn't normally have in the house. This weekend is the time to chuck it all out. Can't bear the thought of throwing away food? Send it to the office -- like the spouse's office! There's nothing easier than putting all those cookies in a tossable container to go with Hubby's lunch -- and instructions that he has to SHARE with others! :-D And then they're out of your house, out of sight and out of mind. Be strong, be ruthless, and don't be hungry when you start this process! :-D

So there we go, the first Weekend Challenge of the year!

Who's in?

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Hey Sparkers,

Well, for a weekend challenge this close to the holidays, I did better than I expected.

Friday was a little rough on the calories, but it was close for the range. One of the gals in the office was leaving, so I didn't get any cardio that day because we had a pot luck on Friday.

Saturday was pretty good. I got to walk with Ms. Leslie for 20 minutes, which was a LOT more than I was expecting to be able to get done. And I worked on Sparkifying a recipe -- and I discovered that molasses doesn't always work with every chocolate recipe. :-D And I tracked most of my food. I don't know what it is about Saturday evenings, Likker, and food, but the moment the bottle is opened, my brain leaves until I sober up. There's a lesson in there for me, somewhere. :-D

Sunday wasn't good at all. In the New Year, I need to make some changes to Sunday's foods, because My Guy really doesn't like how the turkey bacon fries in the pan - he thinks he burns it, or at least overcooks it. So it's back to pork bacon for me, at least until mid-January. And no cardio this past Sunday. I was so tired on Sunday that I was convinced I should have a mop tied to my butt as it dragged across the floor all day.

So it was a half success. And I'll take it. :-D

Now I'm off to plan this weekend's challenge.

Spark on!

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Well lets see.

Friday did great, completes 20 min shred stayed within food goals.

Saturday I did miss out on the run I was going to do. I had way too much stuff to do to get ready for the party. I did post in the Daily Check in that I went easy on the food because I knew I was going to drink. I don't do that everyday, hardly ever for that matter.

As for Sunday again had a lot to do. Took the kids shopping for each other as well as Daddy, Not sure if I should count the cardio from the shopping but we did shop for 4 hours.

I did well on sunday as well, salmon rice and veggies for supper and soup for lunch.

So I guess it depends on how you want to count the alcohol. I did stay in all ranges, I did get cardio in on Friday and Sunday

how did the rest of you do?

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Hi Hi,

Well you can count me in... will be effort I think for me this weekend but I am certainly going to give it my best shot.

Tomorrow should be ok as it is work all day and then shopping in the evening. I'm saving my snack calories from the day for my Starbucks tomorrow evening. My treat.

Saturday I will definitely get the cardio have a running date in the a.m. with a friend. Then have my party to attend in the evening already know what I am going to make and partially eat. Not sure what the others are bringing...wish me luck.

Wish me luck for the rest of the weekend as well.

I wish you luck also... who else is in?

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Hey Sparkers!

I don't know about you, but with just over a week to go before Christmas, I expect my weekend to be crazy, insane and confusing, and that's before I get into the truck to go to town to get more shopping done. emoticon

So, sanity is going to be a problem this weekend, and I suspect it will be for many others, too. So, here are the Weekend Challenges, if only to help us get through these rough patches:

Level One: Track all you eat and drink. Before I forget to share, Mall Food Court food is usually only a replication of real food. Use the warning as needed. emoticon

Modified Level One: Track at least 2 meals per day (Snack is considered a meal), and all the water you drink. We'll work on getting to the regular Level One challenge a little later. emoticon

Level Two: Stay within Calorie Range. If you can do this one, you've got a heckuvalot more willpower than I do!

Modified Level Two: Is there any hope to stay within Calorie Range? No? Ok, then the challenge is to not eat your whole kitchen, not to park a chunky butt in front of the fridge with a spoon and knife (who needs forks anyway?!), and when that queasy feeling overtakes your belly -- stop eating! emoticon

Level Three: Get an extra 10 mins worth of cardio BOTH weekend days, regardless of how much you normally put in.

Modified Level Three: Start by looking for the "paid programming" shows on Saturday & Sunday morning, and see if there's a workout DVD they're trying to sell. If there is, try some of the moves on that sales pitch advertisement. If you really want to, buy it (I'm really cheap, so I probably won't). If you still have a glimmer of useful energy left in your body, give that 10 mins worth of cardio a shot. emoticon

So, who's in?

Oh yeah.... and I need to move that chair away from my fridge tonight. emoticon

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Nate, you did well! I did ok, even though it didn't turn out like I wanted it to.

I tracked 2 meals and 1 snack on Saturday, and got in some cardio. I had no eyebrows left when done with cardio. :-D

I tracked 3 meals on Sunday, but not snacks, and no cardio.

I tracked water both days.

I sparkified the arrowroot cookie square by swapping out half the white sugar with honey, and another quarter of the sugar with Splenda Granular. It turned out really good! I'm going to buy more cookies and try changing the oil this time.... not sure what I'll swap for real butter. And if I could find something that didn't have flavour, I might actually try swapping the egg in the mixture for applesauce, though it doesn't bake, so I'm not convinced it will turn out.

Oh, and I taste-tested my recipes. :-D I mean, I had to make sure they turned out ok!

I also made a lasagna to give away to a friend who's having money problems (and having problems buying healthy foods).

So, although it was ok, it could be a LOT better. Like not skipping supper on Saturday night, because I had passed out after losing eyebrows. :-D

Spark on!

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