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"IDOL AUDITIONS" Makeover Challenge is posted. If you liked "Fight For Freedom" and want to continue doing the same thing, choose Option #1 of the IDOL challenge.
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If you are sick of weighing yourself and just want to concentrate on exercise, nutrition, motivation, or any of the behaviors that go into changing to a healthier lifestyle, choose Option #3. No weight check required. Instead, you just report once a week on the number of days you exercised, ate in calorie range, or whatever it is that you decide to accomplish.
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If you usually gain weight in the summer (or for any other reason, you want to maintain your current weight for a while), choose Option #2.
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The weekly weight check or progress report are the only requirements. Active participation on the thread is encouraged. Making friends, giving and getting support is far easier than doing things alone.

Give your choice some thought, and decide what you're in the mood to do. I'm on a mission to get to goal as soon as I can. I'm sick of waiting, so I'm going for Option #1 to lose another 13.8 lbs, to get to 155 by Sept. 4 (25 lbs above my SP goal).

If you have questions about the challenge, ASK AWAY...
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Edited by: BARBARA_BOO at: 7/5/2009 (18:17)
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7/4/09 9:44 P

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We definitely ROCK, JULIE! We EARNED our celebrations this weekend.
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I'll be heading out to watch fireworks shortly. It's been a nice day, except for all of the mosquito bites from following my husband down the wrong wooded path this afternoon. I'm covered in Bactine to stop the welts from itching.

I just stopped in to leave this link to a one-page article on Crock Pots. I got to thinking about what PENGUIN said about not liking to cook. I found out that it's much easier for me to avoid emotional eating, if I prepare foods in advance and have them ready to warm up or eat cold.

And not being Betty Crocker, I have learned to LOVE my crock pot. I just dump stuff in there, turn it on and go about my business. When I come home, it's like my own chef has been at work all day. I love leftovers warmed up, too.

Time management (preparing in advance) and finding ways to simplify meal prep do WONDERS as stress relievers and cut down on emotional eating temptations. I don't miss having to look at my watch and think "Oh, crap. What are we going to eat for dinner?"

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutriti
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Gotta go now. I'll be sending out a letter this weekend about another challenge, as soon as I figure out which approach to take. I want to provide an opportunity to keep the momentum going, for those of us who are interested.
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Link to another one-page article--this one about healthy meals in minutes. Now you're talking!

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This one's about saving money and easy cooking at home.

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This one's about saving money by planning ahead.

Edited by: BARBARA_BOO at: 7/5/2009 (00:53)
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Wow! 111 lbs. We all rock. This was the best. Sure I only lost 3 lbs, but it got me out of the doldrums. I was so stuck and discouraged.
Thank you everyone for a great challenge.
Hope you have/had a great Independence Day!
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FINAL REPORT For Separation of Church & Weight “2009 July 4th Fight For Freedom” Weight Loss Challenge

Weights for week #10 received AFTER MIDNIGHT Friday, July 3rd will be too late to count, since winners will be announced on the 4th. I will enter late weigh-ins for individual stats, but those weights will not be used to determine the winning team

AFTER A HARD FOUGHT BATTLE, THE WINNERS ARE THE BLOOMING BROADS and the singles team, THE SINGULAR SENSATION. Here are the stats.
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A-TEAM (add 4% to final percentage)
LOSS= 26.1 lbs TOTAL
CHALLENGE GOAL=78.6 lbs
% OF GOAL COMPLETED (26.1 divided by 78.6) = 33.2% , Plus 4%(Goal Change Bonus) = 37.2%

BLOOMING BROADS (add 4% to final percentage)
LOSS= 36.1 lbs TOTAL
CHALLENGE GOAL= 75 lbs
% OF GOAL COMPLETED (36.1 divided by 75) = 48.2% , Plus 4% (Goal Change Bonus) = 52.2%

THE CHOSEN (add 4% to final percentage)
LOSS= 17.5 lbs TOTAL
CHALLENGE GOAL=60 lbs
% OF GOAL COMPLETED(17.5 divided by 60) = 29.2% , Plus 4% (Goal Change Bonus) = 33.2%

DARINGLY DELICIOUS DEVIANTS (2% added to final percentage)
LOSS=16.3 lbs TOTAL
CHALLENGE GOAL=48 lbs
% OF GOAL COMPLETED (16.3 divided by 48) =34%, Plus 2% (Goal Change Bonus) = 36%


THE SINGULAR SENSATION
LOSS: 15 lbs TOTAL
TOTAL CHALLENGE GOAL = 10 lbs
% OF GOAL COMPLETED(15 divided by 10) = GOAL MET, PLUS 5 LBS EXTRA


THIS IS HOW CLOSE EVERYONE CAME TO MEETING THEIR ESTIMATED GOALS
MET GOAL, PLUS 5 EXTRA LBS--CASSIE--Singular Sensation
MET GOAL—GROOVYFLOR---The Chosen
MET GOAL--LINDAHUTCH23—Blooming Broads
#2.5 lbs away--DIZZYK—Daringly Delicious Deviants
#2.5 lbs away--JULCAT51—A-Team
#3.5 lbs away--SWIFTURTLE—Blooming Broads
#3.5 lbs away--VYRIEN—A-Team
#5.7 lbs away--SHELBEY74—Blooming Broads
#6 lbs away(3 actual lbs, since below goal counts double)--VIOLETTE1—A-Team
#6.2 lbs away--BARBARA_BOO—Blooming Broads
#7.9 lbs away--ADOPTMOM1—A-Team (foot surgery)
#8 lbs away --ROYALETBONE—Daringly Delicious Deviants
#10 lbs away--DANCINGPENGUIN-Daringly Delicious Deviants
#10 lbs away--YSKINNY—A-Team
#11 lbs away--PEPPER2956—The Chosen
#11 lbs away--PITTIELOVER23—Blooming Broads
#11.2 lbs away--SPINNERGIRL—Daringly Delicious Deviants
#12.5 lbs away--INNSMOUTHJEN—Blooming Broads
#12.5 lbs away--MYDAYSCOUNT—The Chosen
#16 lbs away--MEISTERCAL—The Chosen
#22.6 lbs away--ROCKHEADEDMAMA—A-Team

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THESE ARE THE LBS THAT ARE GONE!!! Together, all teams lost 111 lbs.
#15 lbs off--CASSIE--Singular Sensation ---GOAL MET
#13.8 lbs off--BARBARA_BOO—Blooming Broads
#10.5 lbs off--DIZZYK—Daringly Delicious Deviants
#10.4 lbs off--ROCKHEADEDMAMA—A-Team
#10 lbs off—GROOVYFLOR---The Chosen---GOAL MET
#10 lbs off--LINDAHUTCH23—Blooming Broads---GOAL MET
#7 lbs off--PITTIELOVER23—Blooming Broads
#4.6 lbs off (2.6 actual lbs, since below goal counts double)--VIOLETTE1—A-Team
#4.3 lbs off--SHELBEY74—Blooming Broads
#4 lbs off--MEISTERCAL—The Chosen
#4 lbs off--PEPPER2956—The Chosen
#4 lbs off--VYRIEN—A-Team
#3.8 lbs off--SPINNERGIRL—Daringly Delicious Deviants
#3 lbs off--JULCAT51—A-Team
#2.5 lbs off--MYDAYSCOUNT—The Chosen
#2.1 lbs off--ADOPTMOM1—A-Team (foot surgery Monday, 6/8)
#2 lbs off--ROYALETBONE—Daringly Delicious Deviants
#2 lbs off--YSKINNY—A-Team
#1.5 lbs off--SWIFTURTLE—Blooming Broads
#0 lbs off--DANCINGPENGUIN-Daringly Delicious Deviants
#0.5 lb up--INNSMOUTHJEN—Blooming Broads .
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TEAM ROSTER---INDIVIDUALS REPORT
GW=Goal Weigh for end of challenge
SW=Starting Weight VAC= On vacation
CW=Current Weight

A-TEAM
ADOPTMOM1...10 lbs...GW202...SW212...CW--SURGERY...(wk#10
)??... Overall = -2.1
JULCAT51...5.5 lbs...GW139...SW144.5...CW141.5...(wk#10)+
1…Overall = -3
ROCKHEADEDMAMA..33 lbs...GW257.6...SW290.6...CW???...(wk#10)?
?...Overall = -10.4
VIOLETTE1...*10.6 lbs...GW143...SW148.6...CW146...(wk#10)+1.
..Overall = -2.6 (equivalent of 4.6,"below goal losses" count double for this challenge)
VYRIEN...7.5 lbs...GW120...SW127.5...CW???...(wk#10)??.
.Overall = -4
YSKINNY..12lbs...GW139...SW151...CW???..
.wk#10)???...Overall = -2

BLOOMING BROADS
BARBARA_BOO...GW162.6...SW182.6.CW168.8…
.(wk#10)-1.2 ...Overall = -13.8
INNSMOUTHJEN...12 lbs...GW160...SW172...CW???...(wk#10)??..O
verall = +0.5
LINDAHUTCH53..10 lbs...GW124.5...SW134.5...CW124.5...(wk#10
)-1..Overall = -10, GOAL MET
PITTIELOVER23...18 lbs...GW186...SW204...CW???...(wk#10)??...
Overall = -7
SHELBEY74...10 lbs...GW197...SW207...CW202.7…..(wk#10)-0.
8…Overall = -4.3
SWIFTURTLE...5 lbs...GW178.5...SW183.5...CW182...(wk#10) 0...Overall = -1.5

THE CHOSEN
GROOVYFLOR...10 lbs...GW154...SW164...CW154...(wk#10)-2.8.
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Overall = -10, GOAL MET
MEISTERCAL...20 lbs...GW320...SW340..CW336..(wk#10)-3..Ove
rall = -4
MYDAYSCOUNT…15 lbs...GW135.5...SW150.5...CW???..(wk#10)??
.Overall = -2.5
PEPPER2956…15lbs...GW183...SW198...CW???
…(wk#10)??...Overall = -4

DARINGLY DELICIOUS DEVIANTS
DANCING PENGUIN...10 lbs...GW217...SW227...CW227..(wk#10)+2.8..
Overall = -0
DIZZYK...l3lbs...GW174...SW187...CW176.5
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(wk#10)-1.5...Overall = -10.5
ROYALETBONE...10 lbs...GW199...SW209...CW207...(wk#10)+3..O
verall = -2
SPINNERGIRL …15 lbs...GW160.8..SW175.8...CW???...(wk#10)??
..Overall = -3.8

THE SINGULAR SENSATION
15 lbs LOST by the 4th of July--GOAL MET, Plus 5 Lbs Extra
CASSIE...10 lbs...GW254...SW264...CW249...(wk#10)-5...
Overall = -15
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BOO
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Edited by: BARBARA_BOO at: 7/4/2009 (23:02)
Boo, Barb, BSue, Queen Legarathien of Nargothrond

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Final weight 141.5.
I did not make my goal, but I have gone forward and not back.
Thanks for the challenge and have a great Independence Day!!!
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Hi Everyone! Hope you're all doing well.

My final weigh in weight is 146. Goal not met. But I am proud of myself anyway. I have almost completed the C25K training - will by this weekend. And while I saw a lower weight on the scale early in the challenge I was not able to maintain it. I do feel more toned - My thighs and calves are getting that muscular look - and my biceps are more fit than flabby.

Summer is a hard time for weight loss for me - even with drinking water all day, my body retains more water weight when it's humid. I can tell by my scale - it tells you the percent of water weight. So even with only a 2 pound loss - the fat percent is lower and the water percent is higher.

Hope everyone is having a great weekend!
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*If desire to eat outside your plan was due to anxiety, emotional discomfort, resentment or boredom---Were you identifying triggers so that you could learn to manage them without turning to food?*



My lack of attention to eating less has been partly the cause of failure, here, but this section did strike a chord. I absolutely detest meal planning and cooking. One consequence is a predisposition toward What's Available. Whatever takes the least amount of prep time is likely to win. Reheat pizza from the fridge, slap some peanut butter on bread. At times I resist the 5-minute package of frozen edamame b/c I don't want to wait that long.

So even though there might be emotional reasons, I tend to think basic prep reasons are bigger. That's what keeps coming up for me.


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Thanks, KATHY SWIFTY SUE! You are so right. While the odds are against Allan (and those of us who have made drastic changes in how we ate) maintaining the loss, you know him and us, and you help him and us. He can do it, and we all can do it.

SparkPeople isn't a cookie-cutter, one size fits all approach. It's not a temporary "on or off" program, designed to get the weight off, with no help to keep it off. No one tells us what to do or what to eat. We are given guidelines so that we have the FREEDOM, power and responsibility to choose our own way. By trial and error, we learn new healthier ways to live. A healthy weight will be the eventual side effect (thanks for that concept, MARE).

Not a quick fix, with decisions made FOR us. Persistence and patience are needed to drown out years of learned pessimism.

What a terrific INDEPENDENCE DAY celebration! Where are my firecrackers"?
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That statistic doesn't apply to the Spark People way of making healthy choices. It applies to all the old diets in the days gone by.

Since Allan, DH, lost his weight so fast, with drastic changes in how he ate, odds are against him maintaining the loss. Knowing him(and because I help him so much), he can do it.

The enlightened SP way is harder in the beginning, because it's a lifestyle change and not a prescribed regimen to follow to the letter--poor wording but you all know what I'm talking about. There's no 5% rule here. We can all do it!



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Good one, MARE!
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Statistically speaking, our time to be in the 5% has come. We must drink a big ice water toast to those 95 times we regained weight.
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Let's leave a note of congrats on CASSIE'S door, the one with the "do not disturb" sign on it.

She's having fun celebrating NOW, though I think she was telling us she has a pre-nup agreement, in case marriage doesn't agree with her. Ahhhh! Freedom!
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Edited by: BARBARA_BOO at: 7/3/2009 (15:09)
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BAck from the doctor's office...drum roll..

I am teatering between 248.5 and 249. I am definitely not 250!

This is a huge step....It means that when I use the balance scale I set it at 200 instead at 250.

So, I will take the higher number and say that at the close of the challenge I am 249.

I exceeded my goal of 254 by 5 lbs. You can do the rest of the math for me Ms. Boo. I really appreciate that work you do for us.

I am in the early stages of weight loss and I know that it will get more challenging. But, I really have a hard time even accepting that this is happening.


To add to the discussion about weight loss, I have avoided doing it for years becaseu I just always figured what the heck, I'll just gain it back and more. Right now it feels happy and joyful to be loosing weight and eating mindfully. I am so on board with the negative self talk that you are referring to Barbara. I think in the past weight loss has been full of should and based on what other people wanted for me.

This is for me and feels very empowering. emoticon

Of course I am thinking this is just some kind of honeymoon and it will all come to a shrieking halt at some point.

But, for now I will just be a newlywed and enjoy the honeymoon. The nitty gritty work will come and go when it will.

Love and congrats to us all for taking on a challenge.

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Hey, Boo- we can be statistically right anyway- I figure I've lost weight about 95 times, so this time I'm due for the 5% sticking rule.
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Tee hee. I mean, really, think about it- lies, damnn lies and statistics, as they say in all the statistics classes. It's all about YOU (and me), anyway!

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I always hated it when I weighed more than my husband and couldn't get into his pants (I mean, his pants were too tight and I couldn't get them on and zipped).
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That "something inside me that wouldn't let me lose weight" is STUBBORN. It has heard all about that 95% "gain it back" statistic and it is saying "There ain't no way that I am going to let BARBARA SUE (me) gain that weight back again. She's going to be one of that elite 5% who can permanently maintain a healthy weight, no matter how hard she has to work."

One of my accomplishments during this 10-week experiment (challenge) is "making peace" with much of the negativity and self-hatred that I heaped upon myself over the years. When I'm not a "bully" to myself, there's no need to rebel and self-sabotage.

When the challenge began, I wanted to prove that I can WALK THE WALK, as well as talk the talk. I wanted to be a better example to myself and to everyone that I love.

The 29-yr-old girl (with 3 daughters, aged 9, 7 and 5) in my PROFILE PICTURE had just lost 71 lbs and was teaching eight Weight Watchers classes per week. I've weighed over 200 many times, each time getting a little bigger. The LAST TIME was in 2002 when I had some serious health problems and felt much older than my current 67 years. I haven't even been above 190 lbs since 2002, even during my worst relapse.

If anyone wants to bet against my being among the 5% who can and will maintain a healthy weight, they can lay their money on the table. I'd like my friends to join me in that 5%. We still have things to work out. It's much easier to do that, if we're not ALONE. Sometimes our friends see things that we don't see and can help us succeed.
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TODAY'S WEIGHT = 168.8 lbs
SW = 182.6 lbs
GW (for challenge) = 162.6 lbs
LOSS DURING CHALLENGE = 13.8 lbs (69% of my 20-lb goal)
I like to AIM HIGH. I used to joke that, "I do that so that I can fail at a HIGH level." Now, I'm not so sure I want to use that word "fail", even in jest.
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I'm very pleased with the results of my 10-weeks of Fighting for Freedom.

SOME THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN EVALUATING THE VALUE OF YOUR PARTICIPATION IN "FIGHT FOR FREEDOM"
*If you spent a lot of time feeling physical hunger--Were you getting enough of the right nutrients?
*If desire to eat outside your plan was due to anxiety, emotional discomfort, resentment or boredom---Were you identifying triggers so that you could learn to manage them without turning to food?
*BY MAKING IT THROUGH THE 10 WEEKS, YOU'RE ALREADY ON YOUR WAY, learning food management skills and using temptations as opportunities to observe yourself in action, and using it all to move towards achieving your goals.
*EVEN IF YOU WEREN'T PERFECT, observing yourself in action, in the present, strengthens your ability to MAKE CHOICES, instead of being a passive victim of your own feelings, impulses and appetite. Each time you succeed in maintaining perspective, you make it easier to do it the next time.
*IF YOU HAD MAJOR DIFFICULTY STICKING TO THE CHALLENGE, you may want to make it a long-term project, to continue gradually sorting out whatever is causing you problems. Moving towards mindful eating at your own pace, as part of a challenge group, may be your best bet, to HONE your problem-solving skills. It takes time to get past the "constant battles with weight", cravings, guilt, and shame. It's harder to do it alone.

Edited by: BARBARA_BOO at: 7/3/2010 (16:25)
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So, it seems that getting a concussion and bruises all over my body, and taking some time to admit that I was sore all over, and finally taking a real break, and hurting all over it not so good for weight loss.
Whoda thunk that? And I was about to sell it as the next weight loss book!
devilish grin, here....
I'm at 207 this am. Probably a temporary blip on my horizon, as I'm finally feeling better.
Have a great 4th, folks.

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So sorry for this book--

About the time I joined this challenge, I saw the Oprah show with Kirstie Alley, and the man who used to be the fattest in the world, about how they had both lost so much, and gained it back. It really was heartbreaking, seeing the man especially. He is losing weight again, by saner methods, and teaching the water aerobics class. I'm sure some of you saw it.

It totally scared me off of starting any real weight-loss regimen. Knowing myself, I'd be first to put the weight back on. I had also heard the 95% statistic, about those who gain back what they lose.

I told about my husband, and how he decided to lose, and then did it. Odds are against him keeping it off, but I will tell how he did it. We are opposite in temperament, as you might guess. But what got him started on losing was the book Stop Prediabetes Now by Jack Challem. He had never done any reading on the subject before, and it really lit a fire under him.

He also started reading all he could find on up-to-date research about what to eat, and decided to change to the *Syndrome X* diet after learning that its author, Gerald Reaven, is the one who named the syndrome. I'm not endorsing this diet or saying it's the way to go, and certainly not the alarmist *Stop Prediabetes Now*. It's just what I picked on Amazon. When he got so "into it" I backpeddled and said maybe he should check out some other books.

He has always been an exercise nut, just didn't know much about nutrition. Challem's diet was lots of veg's, some lean protein, and lower (controlled) carbs. Reaven's diet is higher in carbs (not much), and higher in good fat. I'm not buying grass-fed beef, but that would be ideal. We use LOTS and lots of olive oil--I like it too.


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CW:154!

Goal MET!

But the way I did it was not fun. I've been sick all week. No food, no exercise, lots of sleep. That's been my week. I'm actually up and about today which is good because now my Spud has it. :(

But, I did make goal, so I'll focus on that, and then figure out how to maintain and keep losing now that I am able to keep food down again.

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A delicate balance indeed!


“The more we witness our emotional reactions and understand how they work, the easier it is to refrain.” ― Pema Chödrön



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Facing the music, this a.m.'s weigh-in showed me at 227. That was my challenge start weight. Ten weeks later I broke even.

Cassies, the obsession issue is huge for me. I have to find that delicate balance between being too obsessed vs being not at all focused.

As for this week, apparently I ate too much.

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I am agonizing over my final weigh in becasue I have been weighing myself on the scale in the nurse's at work for all these weeks. I used a balance scale earlier in the week at a friends wellness center.

My scale at home shows me ten pounds lighter than my actual weight. I need to get a new one and let that be my scale. But, I am actually thing of running to the doctor's office or health club to weigh in and then post the final.

I will than look to consumer reports for a good home scale.

I am also telling myself, "it is what it is" and the actual numbers don't matter. But, this is me getting compulsive about dieting, etc. And I am aware and I am letting myself obssess today over my weight.

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FINAL CHALLENGE WEIGH-IN: 182.0

But, I have learned some things. Thanks, Boo, for the info. about Coach Dean. I, too, have felt it's something inside me that won't let me eat right. I went for some "Toughlove" at his Motivation Boot Camp a couple of weeks ago.

While I've lost one pound, my DH has lost almost 30, and gives me a lot of the credit! He says the secret he's learned is to only eat what I give him on his plate, and the lunch I make him. I was secretly glad I wasn't on the regimen that he was--now he is celebrating, and I'm waiting to put into practice the wisdom I have learned here.

Only time will tell if we both win this battle.

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ok, I didn't make goal, but I got closer than I expected, so I'm happy with it :)
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Nothing to be embarrassed about, PENGUIN. Is anxiety over it being the final weigh-in for the challenge causing you to eat more? Or, do you just feel physically like the weight isn't coming off?

If it's anxiety, I'm sure you're not alone.

About half way through last week, I decided that whatever will be will be. I'm exercising hard and tracking what I eat and that's all that's within my control. Try to relax, if anxiety is bugging you. I know you're probably used to being an overachiever and deadlines are tough.

Anxiety has been a real pain in MY butt over the years. If I had to attend a social event I would worry that I would go there and be unable to stick to whatever starvation diet I was on. I would stew about it so much that I would just cave in and start binging before I ever left my house, just to get some emotional relief.

Everyone, don't worry. Weigh-in NOW, if getting it over with will make you feel better.



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This is really rather embarrassing, but I'm posting so I will keep myself honest for Friday. I think I'm gaining weight. I haven't actually stepped on the scale yet, but I think I've gained this week.

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Hear the part you need, toss the rest.
That's one of the lessons they teach repeatedly to us Quakers- our whole lives. If someone speaks up in meeting for worship, it 'may not be for you'.
Yup. Just center and spread the love.
Silence as the medium for worship- works for me so very well!

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There was so much of the useful stuff that I wanted you all to read it and think about it. The conclusion was weak, and the scriptural stuff was a turn-off(there wasn't a huge amount of it). If you can wade through that, the rest is exceptional.

The part about what the scale doesn't show was, I thought, important for us to read at a time in the weight loss challenge where we are, of necessity, paying a little too much attention to what the scale says.

I also like that she stressed being kinder and more respectful to ourselves. I've been making some progress with that in the last few months, and I feel good. I had bullied myself so much over mistakes, that something within me resisted all efforts to manage my food intake. I felt like I was sabotaging myself. Now, I don't.

Ever feel like that? Like something inside you is refusing to let you eat right? (If so, try to stop hurting your own feelings with what you tell yourself.) Coach Dean has many GREAT articles on the subject of self-talk.

How did the rest of you react to the daily blog that you read? There are no right answers. What spoke to you, if anything?

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Mostly useful stuff, Boo. What got to me is the part where I stand around wishing I were 20 and thin. Not like I was all that thin at 20 to begin with, though it was a rather light period in my weight history.

I admit to tuning out a bit once she started quoting scripture. But then she hooked me back in with the two boys.

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MANDATORY READING (Only if you're curious)

www.dailyspark.com/blog.asp?post=fro
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Discuss. What do you think? (Sorry about the one Bible reference. I didn't want to throw out the baby with the bath water.)

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Coach JEN's DAILY BLOG is dealing with the economy and our waistlines TODAY. Here's a link to it.

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The article includes lots of SP reaction. You can go there and add YOUR 2-cents, plus learn from the others. There's also a link in her story to information about the latest research on the subject.

Check it out.

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It's over with, PENGUIN. It was a choice, that's all. The triscuits and cheese were handy. If you had seen a healthy snack in the fridge, you might have chosen that. Cold cut-up fruit replaces glycogen lost in the workout, and it tastes good, too. I don't really see signs of your being obsessed with dieting, do you?

You learned some things today that will help you keep moving forward. As you said, yourself, a binge is highly unusual for you. You've made a lot of progress. An old habit just peeked its head out of a hole.

Binge eating is a habit. Eating something healthy before you work out and having healthy snacks ready to rescue you if you come home worried about a blood sugar crash, will help you keep from repeating today's lapse. If a habit isn't repeated, it goes away.

We live and learn. We keep taking positive steps forward, correcting mistakes as we go, and we get where we want to go. Drink some water. Get your mind on something else, maybe a little bedtime escape literature, and get some sleep. It was an isolated incident that served as a learning opportunity. You know I'm right.

Water, book, sleep, no worries!
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I had a lapse late afternoon today. Ate what amounted to a whole box of Triscuits. I am not usually a binge eater, so this is highly unusual. I then skipped dinner so I'm hungry now. I'm sure that part of it was brought on by having worked out on an empty stomach, so I was a bit weak on the treadmill and then came home worried about a low blood sugar crash. So I started eating cheese and crackers, and WHAM, next thing I know .....

Anyway, that kind of thing worries me because it sometimes signals an obsession with dieting, which I absolutely cannot allow myself to have. If I get obsessed I'll pull krap like that more often.

Need to refocus.


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It's VERY GOOD that the subject of BEING ABLE TO AFFORD HEALTHY FOOD came up. Many times we THINK eating HEALTHY has to be EXPENSIVE. We have received many specific examples showing that to be UNTRUE.

We can economize and still eat healthy foods. Empty calories and eating out are the things that are expensive. Feeding our "appetites" instead of our "hunger" is expensive. Spending more than we have is expensive.

If our goal is to provide healthy food, we can do it. We can't necessarily be choosy. We may have to learn some new cooking techniques. And we may have to face some uncomfortable realities. (Often we are unable to buy everything we want to for the people we love, and we feel sad about that.)

Sometimes life requires that we make difficult choices, however. Times are tough for a lot of people these days, and they may get tougher. The more we learn about ways to cope, the better. And I think it was VIOLETTE who mentioned one time that her family is eating healthier now and liking what they're eating, AFTER they were forced to economize.
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Thanks to everyone, for your contributions and for putting this issue on the table. We are truly a team of wonderful human beings. I'm proud of us.
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Be sure to scroll down and check out the links to SP articles that deal with spending less on food. The many, many comments made by other Sparkies in response to the articles contain a wealth of useful information.

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Violette- Aww. Well, I'm always here for you guys! I just didn't want my lack of improvement to overshadow everyone else's successes in our "team" totals!

Heehee. I was vegan for over 5 years, but stopped nearly as long ago. ;) My "nutritional" viewpoint has changed drastically with self-reflection/education.
I get milk, beef, and eggs fresh from the farm, where the cows are grass-fed and the hens are also pastured. That's really all we even have budgeted for, since those are delivered every other week. I would love to have more fruits, and some veggies, back in my diet, but the grocery store makes me cringe and I can never seem to make it to the other side of town for a farmers market that is held at (to me) unspeakable hours (during unimaginable heat, now.). ;)
On the whole, I can only stomach grains a couple of times a week. And while I love my lentils (mmm), I have yet to figure out how to properly prepare them (long enough soaking in proper temperatures to neutralize most of the phytates present) without increasing my electricity bill (which I'm going to die seeing next month anyway). Occasionally, I don't see the problem in eating them less-than-ideally prepared. However, as a staple... I already have enough digestive issues that I need to help make the nutrients more readily digestible.
And, while fiber may be filling, it is also (duh) primarily indigestible. Protein is actually the macronutrient promoting satiety, and fat slows digestion making you feel fuller for longer.
Cholesterol is primarily an issue when oxidation of it occurs (I've been listening to a lot of seminars lately. haha). Your body needs cholesterol, but when your free-radicals are high (which isn't difficult to do with our polluted foods, homes, water, etc) and your antioxidant intake is insufficient (I love you, blueberries. LMAO) that serum cholesterol becomes a danger. Now, I've mentioned the seminar I listened to in which this was discussed, and I know it sounds insane compared to conventional "wisdom," but it made a lot of sense when I pondered it the first time I was exposed to that kind of thinking. No, the seminar wasn't the first time I'd heard of it, but I was elated to hear a speaker address it.
(I have dreams of continuing on for my bachelor's after I get my associate's, so that I might be able to do something like holistic consulting, but I'm aiming for trying not to feel overwhelmed at 2 more years of school as it is. ;) )

Well, criminy. I wrote for so long I started to get ready to just not reply since I was wearing myself out. ;) However, if I walk away right now, I'll never reply! :O So, I'll end that by saying there is no "perfect diet" there is only a "perfect match", since our bodies are very similar, yet very individual (most of that was taken from that seminar recording I reviewed this weekend, given by Jonny Bowden, PhD, CNS). And that if you want to know more about my nutrition perspective, you can figure some of it out by reviewing Weston A Price's work.

That said, when I'm able to buy my groceries, I have a weird aversion to buying produce that isn't organic and local. Why I can completely disregard that attitude when it comes to getting fast food, I don't know. I have an odd tendency to be a balance by extremes.

I know I'm not really getting a "deal" when getting fast food. I'm saying I can much more readily afford a $7 trip that will feed me for 2 days and my BF for 1, than I can $20 for produce that will most likely spoil before it's all been gotten to -and still hadn't been able to satisfy my hunger.
It isn't even much of a "treat" for me anymore. If I were eating as I want to 90% of the time, sure it'd be fun. I end up just arguing with myself about the food as it is now. What is a treat about it is giving my BF a moment to feel like he's able to do something for us. It really bothers him that we're in this predicament and he can't do for us as he wants to right now.
I have the Wii Fit, as well as EA Sports Active for my Wii. The Wii Fit is how I found out that I will get pre-syncope during some Yoga poses. ;) I am looking forward to the upcoming release of the next one, as I hope it gets remedies my dislikes of this one. The Active is what I totally loved sweating my butt off to, until it seemed to have more and more issues registering my movements. At which point it became more of a stressor than a tool to help alleviate stress.
I love my Pilates, and need to get on it with incorporating it back into my day. I type this as I'm ready for my nap, now. ;) (today would be one of those days where I was woken up before I got my full amount of rest in)

And, I'd better stop here. I'm afraid to see how long this post will be, and if it'll be so overwhelming for you to read that you'll just glance over it. :D

*yawns* EEP!


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Mare- Well, you'd been otherwise supporting, so what I was "hearing" in context to my weight might be my normal paranoia. ;) Which is why I said I don't like to post my weight. I've also run into where people suggested my goals might be unrealistic, and while I know I'm dealing with body and food issues, I also work hard to keep it all in check, too and developed my "goals" around a "whole picture" approach. As if it weren't me, but a friend. We could all use time treating ourselves like we'd treat our loved ones. ;)

Anyone working on that as a goal, by the way? LOL

So, Mare, it's just me being "funny." I didn't think you were criticizing me, exactly, but it's still touchy for me. ;)


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VYRIEN - I'm just getting caught up on the posts and stuff and see your note. Please don't leave the A-Team! It really doesn't matter if we win or lose, it just matters that we stuck through it together.

I can totally relate to all of your struggles right now. DH has been out of work for almost 6 months, which puts a lot of pressure on me. My job has been very unstable with the economy and a huge merger that we are going through means that there are 2 people for each job and cut backs expected. If I'm lucky enough to keep a job it will most likely mean a double my hour commute and more than $350 a month in cost.

So saving a bit of money is a priority in our lives too. And I know it sounds like you are getting a deal and treat eating out, and we fit it into our budget and plan also occasionally. But really eating at home is much healthier and cost effective. Dried beans, lentils, rice, couscous, whole grain pasta, oatmeal and frozen veggies aren't a lot of money and can really keep costs down and nutrition high. Choosing items with high fiber will fill you up, keep you regular (really important when on certain medication) and help with other health concerns like cholesterol. If you're not vegetarian you can buy a whole chicken and use it for many meals - roast it then use the meat for dinner, shred the remaining for salads, tacos or wraps, and make broth for other recipes like soup, rice or casseroles. One chicken lasts us for a week when we add the meat to stirfries, soups, rice dishes or pasta. And frozen veggies can be steamed and added to dishes, and even thawed and used as fresh if needed. We get our fresh veggies from a food share and that has cut back on costs too. Now we only have to buy perishables like dairy weekly.

Exercise doesn't need to be expensive or hard either. I walk 3 miles a day for work to save the subway cost, then we hike on the weekends at state parks for fun. We also are in a Couch to 5K program - it helps because we have really seen results and have motivation to finish. Yoga and pilates can be done at home with little cost. We got a Wii and Wii Fit previously so we have games to share with friends when they come over and can be used for exercise too.

When you are close to goal it seems so much harder. I know for me, the BBQ we went to this weekend will probably take the week to overcome on the scale. So yes, I'm back to starting over too. And that sucks, but if I didn't care or keep track I could so see going back to where I was a year ago. So I think that over time I'm where I need to be.

Is it disapointing to see the scale bob up and down? Yes, but I'd rather see it bob up and down than just head upwards without a stop gap. I think the support and success I see in others helps me even when I'm having a rough time.

Nobody shares the same exact struggles, but being able to cheer each other on sometimes takes the burden off of you. I hope that you hear all the support that we have to share with you 'cause it's no fun doing this alone.
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"oh, how I wish I could go back and skip the ridiculous deprivation diets that started my whole swing."
--Me, too, MARE!
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"I'm delighted to see ALL of us in here, learning the healthy ways to take care of our bodies, and hopefully learning to love ourselves and each other just as we are- right now, right now, right now."
--I'll echo this one, too. Very important!
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BTW, the paint is still wet, but the doors are open to our wonderful team gym with its new name, "TO BE FIT, STRONG & SEXY". Use it anytime, 24 hours a day. It's a good place to hang out and share exercise tips. Nitey night. I'm off to bed.
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VYRIEN- please, please, I didn't mean to sound negative- hope you didn't hear that way. I'm sincere when I say I'm impressed, and that you are doing a great job.
Hmph. I do hear the bit about the differences in total amount of weight to lose deals. I know some of my Spark friends want to hang only with the groups that have the same amounts of weight to lose- the '10-20 Pounds to Lose', the '50-75 Pounds', the '100-150' etc, etc. I've seen some other people get all huffy about 'how dare you get so fat to start', or on the other side, 'how dare you find it hard to lose 5 pounds', or whatever. Urk. If I sounded at all like that, slap me silly, s'ok by me. I was 5-10 pounds overweight for most of my life- until I started the major yo yo. Learn right the first time, oh, how I wish I could go back and skip the ridiculous deprivation diets that started my whole swing. I'm delighted to see ALL of us in here, learning the healthy ways to take care of our bodies, and hopefully learning to love ourselves and each other just as we are- right now, right now, right now.... no matter what size we are at any given moment.
Onward, to health and fitness!
Have I said lately, how much I appreciate this team?
We're doing great.

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That's nice, Boo, and I recognized one of the quoted Sparkers! I just got back from grocery shopping tonight, which is a rarity. Usually DH does it. It was fun watching the ten dollars come off the total due to loyalty program card (I use a fake name and address; don't want the marketing materials). We're vegetarians, so we automatically save money there with no meat -- though it's hard to compare what we are "saving" it to since we've been veggie for so long. Nevertheless we have been spending too much due to overzealousness or something, so this month's exercise in frugality is partly to raise our conscious spending while lowering the unnecessary.

Anyway, food for thought.


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Here are some links that might help us all save money on food. You may know a lot of this, maybe not. It's worth the read, if you pick up just one or two ideas that you like.
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To the right of the page, you can click on a box to see all of the member comments about this article. When I checked there were 55 comments, which also included tips to save money on food.

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Dried beans are cheap. I soak them overnight and cook them with chopped onion, seasonings of my choice, and a little olive oil. They make a big pot that lasts for several meals. I really like them, too. Granny Rose used to feed them to me as a child, along with corn bread.

Another simple meal she served was oatmeal for supper, along with sweet potatoes baked in the fireplace. Another one, cornmeal mush in milk, for supper. Eggs, biscuit and gravy for breakfast. She supplimented with veggies from her garden (hard to do if you live in an apartment). I was a healthy weight when I lived with her.

Thanks for checking in, CASSIE. I'm glad you've off having fun with your friend. See you soon.

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Thanks for updating us on school, VYRIEN. Your plan sounds very workable, depending upon what happens with the economy. It always feels good to be working toward something to improve your life. I forgot to mention earlier that I'm glad you're making time to be more social, too. We all need to get out and see our friends, so that we don't feel so isolated. A little fun makes our work easier to do.

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Hey all,

Sorry I did not check in sooner. I have not weighed myself on a balance scale this week, but according to home it is the same as last time...254. I will give my final reading by the due date and get the final judgement. I wil catch up tomorrow night and read all that has been going on...I've been busy with my last week of work before summer vacation and now I am at a friends house for the weekend.

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Oops. Forgot to add on my school info for you, Boo. I start Medical Terminology and Medical Law & Ethics. I'm currently enrolled in a program to reach an associates in medical transcription. I hope to be able to do that from home, although I know that with coming right out of school, that may be near impossible. I can hope that by the time I am done, I'm either functional enough to be able to be reliably employed at a clinic or some such, or fortunate enough to find something that'd let me do it with no "actual" experience.

Mare,
That's one of the reasons I hate posting my weight and my concerns. ;) It seems most participants here have more to lose for their overall weight goals than I hope to ever have to do, and I feel like a major whiner when not part of a group with similar loss goals.
You do have a good point, though. I am in about the "last ten" range. I noticed when I posted earlier that my little "progress" bar below my posts reflect that when I started in August, I was at 136. I've gone above that at points in the last ten months, but even when I checked my weight again today, 127 shows I lost about ten pounds since joining SP. It isn't the 3lbs/mo average I noticed last month that I'd been having for a few months, but it does reflect overall progress. And from what I recall, you're supposed to totally revamp your "game plan" and kick it up a notch because the body, having evolved to be able to hold onto energy stores during common cycles of deprivation, tries really hard to keep them.
Time to work on a plan...

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Well, criminy! The amount to reply to! ;)

The pain I was referring to is the kind these womanly hormonal tides create. Unfortunately, I don't seem to have made all that much progress regarding the more frequent, health-issue ones. Even this morning, I woke up very thirsty, drank some water, and it caused my stomach to cramp. Water! That just boggles the mind. ;) But, yes, that I haven't yet had to pop OTC meds to be able to deal with this is a great improvement. It's getting a little worse atm, but not so much I feel the need to drug myself.

I *know* there are effective ways to eat healthfully and inexpensively. The downside is that you still have to be able to buy "all at once" instead of being able to break it down to day-by-day. We just went through a week of contemplating being evicted because we were relying on a rebate check from renewing our lease in order to be able pay it. We also know that we need to eat, so we invest in a value menu "meal" from time to time as we get sick of farm fresh eggs (or can't eat them b/c we can't buy more cooking oil -and I manage to cut myself up pretty badly peeling hard-boiled eggs. Don't ask me how I'm so talented...). Or something similar so we can get something of a meal into us about once a day, on average. And, I'm not exactly the person bringing in the money and feel guilty if I "deprive" him of something "fun" in our little time of crisis. Especially when I know it isn't going to make me break my calorie goals.

Exercise is definitely important on so many levels. So is not passing out from heat exhaustion. ;) I kid. The other night I was feeling so grossed out by myself I really wanted to get up and go run around the block a couple of times. Of course, I was laying in bed trying to sleep, too, and I knew if I did I really wouldn't be keeping up my daily schedule anymore. Plus, I refuse to go out by myself in such capacities. I've had too many creepy experiences.

I need to see if I can do my Pilates without being too weighed down by the heat. I loved getting all sweaty and revved from my other workouts, but when I'm already feeling weak (as well as some frustrations from the work out set-up) I want to avoid it. Some of my Yoga triggers my fainting spells. I finally got "into" it, and found out that I end up being unable to do as much as I'd like.
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And now, I take it back. Time for some acetaminophen to start... UGH!

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Keeping 6, six, SIX goals at 80% is awesome. Think about how you are juggling your life, the changes, the pressures, the various demands life can put on you- and hey, this getting fit, healthy thing is just one, 1, ONE of the demands- and you kept SIX goals at 80%?
Awesome job. You rock.
Believe in yourself. You are doing great.
Sorry about the rough times. Hugs, and bestest in the change ups coming.
And- dang, if I were 126, I'd be trying to gain. Tee hee.... 126, you are one of the rock star women. Those pounds closest to goal are the hardest to lose.

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VYRIEN, hormones are powerful chemicals that control many things about our minds and bodies, despite major efforts to control them, especially when meds and women's cycles are involved. If you weren't doing all that you do, you would be in for an even wilder ride. I think you have done an amazing job, building yourself back up and getting the pain to a manageable level.

If one of us were doing exactly what you do, I doubt that you'd be disgusted with us. I wish you wouldn't be so hard on yourself.

MARE will have some great advice on "cheap eats". VIOLETTE and JEN will, too. You are to be complimented on how you have managed to stay within your calorie range. And the supplements help with the nutrients. And learning to listen to your body's clues that you are full is tremendous. Those are all lifestyle changes. The sleep, too. You are getting healthier with each new skill that you make into a habit.

I'm reading the pink book that jumped off the shelf at SWIFTURTLE and ME. It's called "Younger Next Year". It's teaching me how to "Live Strong, Fit and Sexy--until I'm 80 and beyond".
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I think I'm going to open it today. Why wait? Nothing magical about the 1st of the month. I think I'll call it "Move It YOUR way!" Or, how about"Transform Yourself" Or "Strong, Fit & Sexy"?

I doubt that I can lose 7.4 lbs by Friday. So what? I'm exercising like crazy, drinking water, sleeping and eating right, and we'll see what happens by Friday. As MARE said, that stuff's the important stuff. The weight loss is a side effect. How would it help your team for you to give up on yourself, after all the work you've put in? They need your courage and support. Phooey on the numbers!

I'm excited to hear more about your school. I'd better go get my thoughts together so that I can open the gym. Yes!
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Sigh. Hormones can really exacerbate the situation. I already feel gross in general, then amazing little chemicals are re-adjusted by the body and -wham!- emotions intensify. And this is with me working consistently to normalize them. ;) At least I'm not in excruciating pain at the moment. But, it is a little early on to be cheering that it's doing that much.

I have been keeping up on reading the board. I just feel disgusted by myself, and posting more negative things won't help you, and it'll only make me feel worse. So, I have been keeping my "mouth" shut.

It isn't surprising that my weight is at 126 this morning (on my less precise scale). As for activity, I have basically only been keeping up with basic housework. Even with my A/C on (eww), the Heat Advisory we've been in has left me feeling lazy. We no longer have our "gym" here, which I liked because I got to be motivated by seeing everyone's workouts and post mine in return. Though, even without that, I've been making workout plans that I just "let slide."

As far as eating goes, I still can't afford to buy the groceries I need. So, the food I have been getting has been full of primarily empty calories. Enough to keep me from hating life completely, but bad enough I never really feel all that good about it either.

What I have been doing at least 80% of the time:
Not eating past being full.
Not going over my calorie recommendations.
Taking my supplements. (Okay, this last week it's been at least 80% of the time...)
Preparing for school (I start classes online on Wednesday).
Being abnormally social (at least, off of SP).
Getting sufficient sleep.

I think that about sums it up. Boo and Mare, thank you so much for your encouragement. I'll see how I feel when my hormones stop trying to break me; I just know that I won't be losing 6 pounds by the end of this week and I hate letting my team down.

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Vyrien- you are cool- holding steady is ok sometimes. If you keep working it, you may get one of those amazing drops that sometimes happens.
Just keep doing it. The scale will catch up with you eventually! Honest!
Sometimes we have to back up, and go back to using cups and teaspoons and tablespoons, and get hard core on our food- sometimes, we need to change our exercise around. No worries- this 'journey of one' that we are each going through affects us each differently.
We want to see you succeed! So- tell us ONE thing that you did at least 80% of the time... did you drink your water? Eat higher fiber food? Less or no pop? What were YOUR goals? Our goals have to be trackable to know that we had success- the weight is a side affect to what our measurable goals are. We want to cheer you on, and praise what your own good was.
Yeah, us! We're Sparkies!

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I did my scale-related flipping out 3 days ago, VYRIEN. It wasn't fun. (You can scroll down to read it if you want, just to see that you're not alone.) Get off the scale. Please.

You know what "little" it takes to cause big weight fluctuations. As you say "your body wants to break your mind". (I love that statement.)

Don't let it bother you any longer. Just pick a weight and get off that lying-teasing scale as soon as possible and go do something fun. Your weight will stabilize. No worries. (Stress can cause fluctuations, too. Remember?)
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I'm just about back where I started in this Challenge. I might be, maybe, a pound or so below that, but that's pointless to count. That could be a good moment I landed on the scale. It could be that I'm going through the good oh "fertile woman" cycle where it starts like your body wants to break your mind, but I don't really care if it is. This would, at best, put me where I was last week and the week before.
I just flipping quit. Sorry, A-Team. Thanks, everyone, for letting me waste your time.

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Thanks for the good news that the kids are safe, MARE. I know you were VERY concerned about them.

HERE'S MORE GOOD NEWS!
All teams together have GOTTEN RID OF 104.6 LBS in 9 weeks for this contest. What's YOUR assessment? Without the challenge and mutual support would you have lost, coasted or gained? I'll start adding random comments from participants here.

"...having this challenge to come in and check in on has probably kept me on course better than I would have been otherwise. Doing the loosey-goosey no-obsession program that I am trying to follow, it's easy to "forget" that I'm supposed to be reducing my calories. This helps."

"May not 'make goal', but I'm having a hella good time trying."

"The time- fiddle, the time is not nearly the issue that going in the right direction is."

"any progress is progress"

"Without it, the weeks would have just drifted away. They have anyway, but I kept a goal in mind and it got me somewhere."

Edited by: BARBARA_BOO at: 6/27/2009 (19:27)
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cw 178 :)

Choose your destiny....Flawless Victory!-- Mortal Kombat
I WILL BE ONE OF THE 5%!

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THESE ARE THE WEIGHTS for WK #9

(Weights RECEIVED BY MIDNIGHT CST NEXT FRIDAY, JULY 3 will determine the winners. The winning team will be announced on Saturday, July 4th.)

MET GOAL--CASSIES--Singular Sensation
#1 lb away--LINDAHUTCH23—Blooming Broads
#1.5 lbs away--JULCAT51—A-Team
#2.8 lbs away—GROOVYFLOR---The Chosen
#3.5 lbs away--SWIFTURTLE—Blooming Broads
#3.5 lbs away--VYRIEN—A-Team
#4 lbs away--DIZZYK—Daringly Delicious Deviants
#4 lbs away(2 actual lbs, since below goal counts double)--VIOLETTE1—A-Team
#5 lbs away --ROYALETBONE—Daringly Delicious Deviants
#7 lbs away--SHELBEY74—Blooming Broads
#7.2 lbs away--DANCINGPENGUIN-Daringly Delicious Deviants
#7.4 lbs away--BARBARA_BOO—Blooming Broads
#7.9 lbs away--ADOPTMOM1—A-Team (foot surgery)
#10 lbs away--YSKINNY—A-Team
#11 lbs away--PEPPER2956—The Chosen
#11 lbs away--PITTIELOVER23—Blooming Broads
#11.2 lbs away--SPINNERGIRL—Daringly Delicious Deviants
#12.5 lbs away--INNSMOUTHJEN—Blooming Broads
#12.5 lbs away--MYDAYSCOUNT—The Chosen
#19 lbs away--MEISTERCAL—The Chosen
#22.6 lbs away--ROCKHEADEDMAMA—A-Team

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ONE MORE WEEK
(these numbers are the difference between SW & latest weigh-in)
THESE ARE THE LBS THAT ARE GONE!!!

#12.6 lbs off--BARBARA_BOO—Blooming Broads
#10.4 lbs off--ROCKHEADEDMAMA—A-Team
#10 lbs off--CASSIES--Singular Sensation ---GOAL MET
#9 lbs off--DIZZYK—Daringly Delicious Deviants
#9 lbs off--LINDAHUTCH23—Blooming Broads
#7.2 lbs off—GROOVYFLOR---The Chosen
#7 lbs off--PITTIELOVER23—Blooming Broads
#6.6 lbs off (3.6 actual lbs, since below goal counts double)--VIOLETTE1—A-Team
#5 lbs off--ROYALETBONE—Daringly Delicious Deviants
#4 lbs off--JULCAT51—A-Team,
#4 lbs off--PEPPER2956—The Chosen
#4 lbs off--VYRIEN—A-Team
#3.8 lbs off--SPINNERGIRL—Daringly Delicious Deviants
#3 lbs off--SHELBEY74—Blooming Broads
#2.8 lbs off--DANCINGPENGUIN-Daringly Delicious Deviants
#2.5 lbs off--MYDAYSCOUNT—The Chosen
#2.1 lbs off--ADOPTMOM1—A-Team (foot surgery Monday, 6/8)
#2 lbs off--YSKINNY—A-Team
#1.5 lbs off--SWIFTURTLE—Blooming Broads
#1 lb off--MEISTERCAL—The Chosen
#.5 lb up--INNSMOUTHJEN—Blooming Broads


PROGRESS REPORT...WEEK #9
ONE WEEK LEFT to reach our July 4th goals.

ATTENTION; Weights for week #10 received AFTER MIDNIGHT Friday, July 3rd will be too late to count, since winners will be announced on the 4th. PLEASE PREPARE so that you don't miss the deadline. I will enter late weigh-ins for individual stats, but those weights will not be used to determine the winning team.

A-TEAM (add 4% to final percentage)
LOSS= 28.5 lbs TOTAL
CHALLENGE GOAL=78.6 lbs
REMAINING LBS TO FREEDOM (July 4) = 50.1 lbs
% OF GOAL COMPLETED (28.5 divided by 78.6) = 36.26%
MEMBERS NOT REPORTED = 4

BLOOMING BROADS (add 4% to final percentage)
LOSS= 32.6 lbs TOTAL
CHALLENGE GOAL= 75 lbs
REMAINING LBS TO FREEDOM (July 4) = 42.4 lbs
% OF GOAL COMPLETED (32.6 divided by 75) = 43.5%
MEMBERS NOT REPORTED = 3

THE CHOSEN (add 4% to final percentage)
LOSS= 15 lbs TOTAL
CHALLENGE GOAL=60 lbs
REMAINING LBS TO FREEDOM (July 4)= 45 lbs
% OF GOAL COMPLETED(15 divided by 60) = 25%
MEMBERS NOT REPORTED = 3

DARINGLY DELICIOUS DEVIANTS (2% added to final percentage)
LOSS= 20.6 lbs TOTAL
CHALLENGE GOAL=48 lbs
REMAINING LBS TO FREEDOM (July 4)= 27.4 lbs
% OF GOAL COMPLETED (20.6 divided by 48) =42.92%
MEMBERS NOT REPORTED = 1

THE SINGULAR SENSATION
LOSS: 10 lbs TOTAL
TOTAL CHALLENGE GOAL = 10 lbs
REMAINING LBS TO FREEDOM (July 4)= 0 lbs
% OF GOAL COMPLETED(10 divided by 10) = 100% GOAL MET

___________

There will be two prizes awarded at the end, one for group teams and one for singles teams.
Team With Highest % OF GOAL COMPLETED, by Midnight CST, July 3, wins bragging rights & SparkGoodie Trophy for all members of their team.
SINGLES Team With Highest % of GOAL COMPLETED, by the above deadline, wins bragging rights & SparkGoodie Ribbon.
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TEAM ROSTER---INDIVIDUALS REPORT
GW=Goal Weigh for end of challenge
SW=Starting Weight VAC= On vacation
CW=Current Weight

A-TEAM
ADOPTMOM1...10 lbs...GW202...SW212...CW--SURGERY...(wk#9)
??... Overall = -2.1
JULCAT51...5.5 lbs...GW139...SW144.5...CW140.5...(wk#9)-2
…Overall = -4
ROCKHEADEDMAMA..33 lbs...GW257.6...SW290.6...CW???...(wk#9)??
...Overall = -10.4
VIOLETTE1...*10.6 lbs...GW143...SW148.6...CW145...(wk#9) -1...Overall = -3.6 (equivalent of 6.6,"below goal losses" count double for this challenge)
VYRIEN...7.5 lbs...GW120...SW127.5...CW???...(wk#9)??..
.Overall = -4
YSKINNY..12lbs...GW139...SW151...CW???..
.wk#9)???...Overall = -2

BLOOMING BROADS
BARBARA_BOO...GW162.6...SW182.6.CW170….(
wk#9)-1.6 ...Overall = -12.6
INNSMOUTHJEN...12 lbs...GW160...SW172...CW???...(wk#9)??..Ov
erall = +.5
LINDAHUTCH53..10 lbs...GW124.5...SW134.5...CW125.5...(wk#9)
-1..Overall = -9
PITTIELOVER23...18 lbs...GW186...SW204...CW???...(wk#9)??...O
verall = -7
SHELBEY74...10 lbs...GW197...SW207...CW???…..(wk#9)??…Ove
rall = -3
SWIFTURTLE...5 lbs...GW178.5...SW183.5...CW182...(wk#9) +1...Overall = -1.5

THE CHOSEN
GROOVY_FLOR...10 lbs...GW154...SW164...CW157...(wk#9)-0.2..
Overall = -7.2
MEISTERCAL...20 lbs...GW320...SW340..CW???..(wk#9)???..Ove
rall = -1
MYDAYSCOUNT…15 lbs...GW135.5...SW150.5...CW???..(wk#9)??.
.Overall = -2.5
PEPPER2956…15lbs...GW183...SW198...CW???
…(wk#9)??...Overall = -4

DARINGLY DELICIOUS DEVIANTS
DANCING PENGUIN...10 lbs...GW217...SW227...CW224.2..(wk#9)0..Ov
erall = -2.8
DIZZYK...l3lbs...GW174...SW187...CW178..
(wk#9)-2...Overall = -9
ROYALETBONE...10 lbs...GW199...SW209...CW204...(wk#9)-1..Ov
erall = -5
SPINNERGIRL …15 lbs...GW160.8..SW175.8...CW???...(wk#9)-0.
..Overall = -3.8

THE SINGULAR SENSATION
10 lbs LOST by the 4th of July--GOAL MET. Congrats!
CASSIES...10 lbs...GW254...SW264...CW???...(wk#9)??...O
verall = -10
______________________

BOO
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Edited by: BARBARA_BOO at: 6/28/2009 (00:56)
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The kids had some breakdowns on the sailing boat- and have given up, having back tracked 50 miles to do so. I'm a happy Momma, knowing they are safe and sound. (See blog... )

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emoticon Friday weigh-in: 182.0

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I weighed 204 this morning.
Humph. May not 'make goal', but I'm having a hella good time trying.
Life is so sweet.
What a banquet.
Thanks for all the comments on my blog. They gave me a better perspective.
(Oh where, oh where has my little boy gone? Still no word. I'm holding him in the blue sprinkles of sun on waves light.)

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That's great news about your dad, JEN. You did a great job in a stressful time. Good for you.

Here's my news. 170 (down 1.6 lb)

I weighed this morning first thing and was surprised and delighted. I'm going nowhere near a scale until next Friday, when (if there's any justice) I will be in the 160's.

I had to leave right away(no time to log on) to get to a pilates class. And then, on my way there, my car's engine light went on and the car slowed to a complete stop. I got towed to the dealership and am just now back home. I have a loaner, so I'm not trapped. That was an adventure. I got to climb up and ride in a giant tow truck.

I'm just glad I didn't leave the cell phone at home, which I often do. I'm also glad it didn't happen yesterday when I was on my way to Summerfest, in the midst of all of the Brewers' traffic.


Next Friday is the big final weigh-in for the Fight for Freedom Challenge. Keep on getting in some licks. (fighting licks, mainly)

Review the progress you've made during the last nine weeks, what you've lost (lbs, fat, inches, sizes) and what you've gained (muscle, self-respect, knowledge, momentum, new techniques that help you, patience, and more). Be proud of every step you've taken that will get you healthier.

Read what PENGUIN said about "loosey goosey". I think she's totally right on!!

Focus on your choices for THIS WEEK ONLY, not whether or not you've been perfect.

Almost forgot. MARE, when I get back from errands I'll read the blog. Sounds like a thriller!

Edited by: BARBARA_BOO at: 6/26/2009 (14:42)
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Hi guys! I'm sorry I've been MIA. My dad had his surgery this week for his prostate cancer, so it's been crazy to say the least. I am happy to report that they think they got everything and he is at home and resting now. w00t!

As for me, with all the craziness, exercise fell by the wayside. I tried to hard to watch what I ate, and apparently that was enough to lose a tiny bit.

CW: 156.8

2.8 pounds to go! I can totally do that!!!

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Thomas Jefferson

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I was just thinking, though, that having this challenge to come in and check in on has probably kept me on course better than I would have been otherwise. Doing the loosey-goosey no-obsession program that I am trying to follow, it's easy to "forget" that I'm supposed to be reducing my calories. This helps. I'll be doing another challenge.

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Weighed the same as two weeks ago, which I think means a victory in this case. 224.2.

One more week and I won't be anywhere near my challenge goal.

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Ok- read the blog- then tell me you want to come along. Shudder.

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I'm stowing away next time, MARE. Your 3 days on the deep blue in 14-foot swells sound absolutely wonderful. I love storms and adventure. Getting banged up and sore sound worth it. Scary, I'm sure, but you made it.
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emoticon That's sweet, Boo. Good for you for finding your focus again.
Scales are only one measurement. They have to be held in perspective.
I'm back from my sail, and sore in every part of my body. I am so happy knowing how far I've come, and how much more fit I am. 3 days on the deep blue sea, in a gale, in 14 foot swells (that's 28 feet when you are at the bottom, you know!), and I did it. I had to creep at times, I got banged up, but I did it.
I'll check the scale in the am, but I really don't care what it says. I worked out every day, hard, and I know it's because of all the working out that I've done for the past two years that I could do it at all.
What's a measly 45 pounds compared to the fitness and health that I've gained during this 100 pound loss!
It will be gone. I will continue, my journey is not over. The time- fiddle, the time is not nearly the issue that going in the right direction is.

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I have regained my SANITY. I will stay off the scale until Friday.

And I don't give a crapola what it says on Friday, either. In the long run, it will capture my progress. I think my scale is the SOFA KING model. It's SOFA KING wrong when it implies that I'm not entitled to show a weight loss. I've checked and rechecked, and I'm not over or under estimating anything.
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It was a mistake to begin obsessing over a number. As I mentioned to a good friend, I could feel myself sliding backwards by getting on that scale and giving its reading too much importance. I could feel my negativity trying to take over and cause me grief. If scale-hopping is your sport, more power to you. I'm better off doing the once a week deal.

I'm going to the gym now to work out like a hamster in a wheel because that is a more constructive thing to do and because I need to blow off some steam. I'll take the Ipod and rock out to my groovy music.
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Hi, PENGUIN. It's good to see you. Having a sick little one is always difficult, especially the sleep-deprivation part. It sounds like you also just didn't want to weigh yourself. Sometimes I feel that way, too. And, I'm pretty sure we're not alone.
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I'm trying to focus on something other than the number on the scale and I'm finding it difficult as we approach the finale of our Fight for Freedom Challenge.

I'm weighing myself every day (I know it's not a good idea for me to do that). 172.2 on Monday, 172.4 yesterday, and 172.4 today. Last Wednesday it was 171.6. It feels like I'm a puppy getting my nose rubbed in my "accident" every time I weigh.

I'm exercising (not as much as usual over the weekend). I'm tracking my food and staying in calorie range (not always nutrients). I'm pissed off, thinking SOMETHING must be wrong. And with the CHALLENGE ending, I'M IN A HURRY.

I read somewhere and am trying to retrace my steps to figure out WHERE that "According to recent studies, most weight PLATEAUS are actually caused by inaccurate estimates and assumptions about calories IN and OUT. In short, I'm making myself a little bit nuts.

While searching for the plateau thing, I ran across this Coach Dean article.
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It's called "Talk Yourself into Reaching Your Goals
How Self-Talk Can Help (or Hinder) Your Progress"

He says that a “TOUGHER THAN TOUGH LOVE” kind of self-talk is a prescription for failure. Mostly, it increases feelings of resentment, deprivation, and helplessness until they erupt in a self-defeating binge or a collapse into depression and hopelessness.

At the same time, he also says that self-talk can’t just switch to the other extreme, where it’s full of SWEETNESS AND ABSTRACT FLUFF about how wonderful you are and how you can accomplish anything you set your mind to. He goes on to explain some specific things we can do in order to work with our real strengths.

Edited by: BARBARA_BOO at: 6/24/2009 (13:23)
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Hi. It's Wednesday. Over the weekend I had a slightly sick child, and though I'm exhausted from having been awakened too many times during the night, that's not really a good excuse for not checking in. I was online a fair bit, after all.

I stepped on the scale Friday but didn't wait long enough for it to record the gain it was trying to settle on. So I don't know what the numbers were for last week.

That's all I've got right now.

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I'm back home from a 4-day holiday with the DH, so I can control my food and exercise better. I had fun and stayed within my calorie range. Too many "empty" calories though, so I felt hungry most of the time. It was also difficult to get as much exercise as I wanted. I can fix that by tracking my food to make sure I get the right balance of nutrients and by getting back into my exercise groove.

Have a good week, everyone. Stop in anytime. Keep us updated on your success. Or let us help with the things that are difficult. We're all in this together.
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Finish Line--July 3rd—2 WEEKS LEFT

MET GOAL--CASSIES--Singular Sensation
#2 lbs away--LINDAHUTCH23—Blooming Broads
#2.5 lbs away--SWIFTURTLE—Blooming Broads
#3 lbs away—GROOVY_FLOR---The Chosen
#3.5 lbs away--JULCAT51—A-Team
#3.5 lbs away--VYRIEN—A-Team
#6 lbs away--DIZZYK—Daringly Delicious Deviants
#6 lbs away --ROYALETBONE—Daringly Delicious Deviants
#6 lbs away(3 actual lbs, since below goal counts double)--VIOLETTE1—A-Team
#7 lbs away--SHELBEY74—Blooming Broads
#7.2 lbs away--DANCINGPENGUIN-Daringly Delicious Deviants
#7.9 lbs away--ADOPTMOM1—A-Team (foot surgery last week)
#9 lbs away--BARBARA_BOO—Blooming Broads
#10 lbs away--YSKINNY—A-Team
#11 lbs away--PEPPER2956—The Chosen
#11 lbs away--PITTIELOVER23—Blooming Broads
#11.2 lbs away--SPINNERGIRL—Daringly Delicious Deviants
#12.5 lbs away--INNSMOUTHJEN—Blooming Broads
#12.5 lbs away--MYDAYSCOUNT—The Chosen
#19 lbs away--MEISTERCAL—The Chosen
#22.6 lbs away--ROCKHEADEDMAMA—A-Team

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TWO MORE WEEKS
(these numbers are the difference between SW & latest weigh-in)
THESE ARE THE LBS THAT ARE GONE!!!

#11 lbs off--BARBARA_BOO—Blooming Broads
#10.4 lbs off--ROCKHEADEDMAMA—A-Team
#GOAL MET---10 lbs off--CASSIES--Singular Sensation
#8 lbs off--LINDAHUTCH23—Blooming Broads,
#7 lbs off--DIZZYK—Daringly Delicious Deviants
#7 lbs off—GROOVY_FLOR---The Chosen
#7 lbs off--PITTIELOVER23—Blooming Broads,
#4.6 lbs off (2.6 actual lbs, since below goal counts double)--VIOLETTE1—A-Team
#4 lbs off--PEPPER2956—The Chosen
#4 lbs off--ROYALETBONE—Daringly Delicious Deviants
#4 lbs off--VYRIEN—A-Team
#3.8 lbs off--SPINNERGIRL—Daringly Delicious Deviants
#3 lbs off--SHELBEY74—Blooming Broads
#2.8 lbs off--DANCINGPENGUIN-Daringly Delicious Deviants
#2.5 lbs off--MYDAYSCOUNT—The Chosen
#2.5 lbs off--SWIFTURTLE—Blooming Broads
#2.1 lbs off--ADOPTMOM1—A-Team (foot surgery Monday, 6/8)
#2 lbs off--JULCAT51—A-Team,
#2 lbs off--YSKINNY—A-Team
#1 lb off--MEISTERCAL—The Chosen
#.5 lb up--INNSMOUTHJEN—Blooming Broads


PROGRESS REPORT...WEEK #8
TWO WEEKS LEFT to reach our July 4th goals.

A-TEAM (add 4% to final percentage)
LOSS= 25.5 lbs TOTAL
CHALLENGE GOAL=78.6 lbs
REMAINING LBS TO FREEDOM (July 4) = 53.1 lbs
% OF GOAL COMPLETED (25.5 divided by 78.6) = 32.45%
MEMBERS NOT REPORTED = 2

BLOOMING BROADS (add 4% to final percentage)
LOSS= 31 lbs TOTAL
CHALLENGE GOAL= 75 lbs
REMAINING LBS TO FREEDOM (July 4) = 44 lbs
% OF GOAL COMPLETED (31 divided by 75) = 41.34%
MEMBERS NOT REPORTED = 2

THE CHOSEN (add 4% to final percentage)
LOSS= 14.8 lbs TOTAL
CHALLENGE GOAL=60 lbs
REMAINING LBS TO FREEDOM (July 4)= 45.2 lbs
% OF GOAL COMPLETED(14.8 divided by 60) = 24.67%
MEMBERS NOT REPORTED = 3

DARINGLY DELICIOUS DEVIANTS (2% added to final percentage)
LOSS= 17.6 lbs TOTAL
CHALLENGE GOAL=48 lbs
REMAINING LBS TO FREEDOM (July 4)= 30.4 lbs
% OF GOAL COMPLETED (17.6 divided by 48) =36.67%
MEMBERS NOT REPORTED = 2

THE SINGULAR SENSATION
LOSS: 5 lbs TOTAL
TOTAL CHALLENGE GOAL = 10 lbs
REMAINING LBS TO FREEDOM (July 4)= 5 lbs
% OF GOAL COMPLETED(5 divided by 10) = 50%

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There will be two prizes awarded at the end, one for group teams and one for singles teams.
Team With Highest % OF GOAL COMPLETED, by Midnight CST, July 3, wins bragging rights & SparkGoodie Trophy for all members of their team.
SINGLES Team With Highest % of GOAL COMPLETED, by the above deadline, wins bragging rights & SparkGoodie Ribbon.
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TEAM ROSTER---INDIVIDUALS REPORT
GW=Goal Weigh for end of challenge
SW=Starting Weight VAC= On vacation
CW=Current Weight
(IF THERE ARE QUESTION MARKS BY CW UNDER YOUR NAME, I NEED YOUR CURRENT WEIGHT)

A-TEAM
ADOPTMOM1...10 lbs...GW202...SW212...CW--SURGERY...(wk#8)
???...
Overall = -2.1
JULCAT51...5.5 lbs...GW139...SW144.5...CW142.5...(wk#8) +1…Overall = -3
ROCKHEADEDMAMA..33 lbs...GW257.6...SW290.6...CW???...(wk#8)??
...Overall = -10.4
VIOLETTE1...*10.6 lbs...GW143...SW148.6...CW146...(wk#8) 0…Overall = -3 (equivalent of 6,"below goal losses" count double for this challenge)
VYRIEN...7.5 lbs...GW120...SW127.5...CW123.5...(wk#8)0.
...Overall = -4
YSKINNY...12 lbs...GW139...SW151...CW???...wk#8)???...O
verall = -2

BLOOMING BROADS
BARBARA_BOO...GW162.6...SW182.6.CW171.6.
.(wk#8)-.4 ...Overall = -11
INNSMOUTHJEN...12 lbs...GW160...SW172...CW???...(wk#8)??..Ov
erall = +.5
LINDAHUTCH53..10 lbs...GW124.5...SW134.5...CW126.5...(wk#8)
-1..Overall = -8
PITTIELOVER23...18 lbs...GW186...SW204...CW???...(wk#8)??...O
verall = -7
SHELBEY74...10 lbs...GW197...SW207...CW204…..(wk#8)-1.2…O
verall = -3
SWIFTURTLE...5 lbs...GW178.5...SW183.5...CW181...(wk#8) 0...Overall = -2.5

THE CHOSEN
GROOVY_FLOR...10 lbs...GW154...SW164...CW157...(wk#8)-2.5..
.Overall = -7
MEISTERCAL...20 lbs...GW320...SW340..CW???..(wk#8)???..Ove
rall = -1
MYDAYSCOUNT…15 lbs...GW135.5...SW150.5...CW???..(wk#8)??.
..Overall = -2.5
PEPPER2956…15lbs...GW183...SW198...CW???
…(wk#8)-.75...Overall = -4

DARINGLY DELICIOUS DEVIANTS
DANCING PENGUIN...10 lbs...GW217...SW227...CW???..(wk#8)??..Ove
rall = -2.8
DIZZYK...l3lbs...GW174...SW187...CW180..
(wk#8)-2...Overall = -7
ROYALETBONE...10 lbs...GW199...SW209...CW205...(wk#8)-0..Ov
erall = -4
SPINNERGIRL …15 lbs...GW160.8..SW175.8...CW???...(wk#8)-0.
..Overall = -3.8

THE SINGULAR SENSATION
10 lbs LOST by the 4th of July--GOAL MET. Congrats!
CASSIES...10 lbs...GW254...SW264...CW254...(wk#8)
-5...Overall = -10
______________________

The following participants have not yet weighed in for this week:
A-Team-- Rockheadedmama, Yskinny
Blooming Broads---Innsmouthjen, Pittielover23
The Chosen—Meistercal, Mydayscount, Pepper2956
Daringly Delicious Deviants—Dancingpenguin, Spinnergirl

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Late again. Sorry team, I gained this week and am back to 142.5.
I will redouble my efforts.
The good news is that my house is still getting lighter and trimmer.
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I'm ALWAYS here, chickie-poo, whether your mail notifies you or not.
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Thanks for checking on us. The DEVIANTS will appreciate your contributing 2 lbs to their weekly losses. Maybe this will be the week that you get below 180. WooHoo! I hope Vegas is treating you well.

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Hi all. For some reason my mail quit notifying me of posts here... thought no one was here... lol

ok, cw- 180 as of yesterday

Edited by: DIZZYK at: 6/20/2009 (18:27)
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As odd as it sounds, SUCCESS is frightening to us because we're not used to it. I'm hoping that the practice we get, enjoying our small victories along the way, will help prepare us for that wonderful, scary UNKNOWN of spending the rest of our lives at a healthy weight, our SP goal weight.

In any event, you are right, CASSIE, we do have each other to lean on as we tippy-toe though it all. I'm glad about that, too.

The statement from the Spark Guy (the link I posted for you) offers such great perspective. He objects to "giving up all the foods we like to eat and starving ourselves", and he wants us out "walking around the neighborhood, talking to friends and family...setting goals, reading...in our quest to get healthier". He believes "getting healthy is something to ENJOY, not to DETEST."

When a visionary like him provides such an important contribution to our health as SparkPeople.com, I believe we are in good hands.
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I'm still away from home. I used my Wednesday weight 171.6 (down .4 lb) for the weigh-in. I brought my laptop (but not my scale) with me.

VIOLETTE, we know how hard you have been working, too. Sorry the scale didn't budge. I think mine wants to keep it's readings above 170. I am within my calorie range all days now. I can't say that about sodium, though, since I've been eating out more in the last couple of weeks. In fact, I will be coping with that sort of thing until after the 4th. We will both just have to do our best and be patient. We should have stowed away on ROYALETBONE's boat.
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Nice to see you, VYRIEN. I hope you get the bliss you need, so that managing the hotness can get easier. Not to worry about the name change, GROOVY-FLOR! Caution on the internet is always wise. Congrats on getting a decent scale reading for your week.
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Guess what, SWIFTURTLE! I found your PINK book on my bookshelf. It must have jumped off the shelf at me, too. I brought it with me, and I'm about 100 pages in. It's teaching me how to live strong, fit and SEXY until I'm 80 and beyond. I LIKE it.
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Edited by: BARBARA_BOO at: 6/20/2009 (15:55)
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Thanks Barbara. Success in this area is new. I have to adjust to it. It is such a loaded area.

Glad I have you guys.

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Congrats, CASSIE. I'm proud of what you have done. And I don't believe that all good things will come to an end or that your goal will revert to failure.

Here's a one-page motivational article that I like. I had a habit of feeling more pessimistic than reality indicated was appropriate. Reading this clarified some things in my mind. www.sparkpeople.com/resource/motivat
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Thanks, Kathy.

I do not trust that I really met the goal. I am excited about the changes in my body and on the scale, but somehow think that It is all only temporary and will just come back.

This is something I have to work with. I have not even tried to lose weight for so many years because I always think what is the point, I'll just gain it all back eventually anyway. I feel tha way about a lot of things...basically that all good things will come to an end so I don't let myself get to excited. I realize that is why I was wary of taking on a challenge. Even if I achieve the goal, it will revert to failure.

I'll go sit with all this right now.

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emoticon emoticon , Cassie.

Yes, Jen, I agree - it is a public board, after all. I've noticed some give so much personal information on their pages, if not in their posts. I wondered why!

Kathy

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CW 254 Goal met.

There are still 2 weeks left so lets see where I wind up.

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Hi everyone! So I totally should have waited to change my name until after the challenge was over, but I was afraid I would forget how (I tend to be technologically challenged at times). Anyhow, this is carson8704. I am a bit paranoid and decided that having everyone know my first and last name was more than I really wanted on the net, so I changed. Hope you don't mind!

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CW- 205
Leaving today on my Blue water sail- chat at ya landlubbers when I get back!

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Oops. I've been working on getting set up with school, the this last week seems busier than usual. Posting my waking weight on my damaged scale just to get something in this week... even though it usually goes down by the evening. May update if I get the time (but, "ha ha" at the possibility).
CW:123.5 (the same as my last posting)
2 weeks and those last 3.5 pounds still to go...it's been way too hot for me to feel like moving more, and my stupid abdomen has been attacking me all week! Hopefully it'll give me a few days of peaceful bliss and I'll figure out a routine that doesn't get me that much warmer... uhhuh. ;)

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No change for me again this week - which is very sad since I know how hard I've been working.

CW: 146

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Hi everyone! Just a quick note with my good news:

CW: 157!

WHOO HOO

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Yes, the quote was from that book. If I'm not exercising, I like to read about it - this book is more extreme about the need for it - from what I can tell so far.

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Sometimes one can do everything right and still get strange readings from scales. You never know. I think I'll get close to the goal. It would be a lovely surprise, if I were to hit the whole 20. I'm just preparing myself.

I like your inspirational quote, my BLOOMING BROADS FRIEND. Did it come from the pink book that jumped off the shelf?
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It sounds like you're doing everything right. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

"Dieting is the false god of the last thirty years. . . .A handful of guys got rich and the rest of us got fat." I got another book. Another "quit eating crap" book. It's Younger Next Year for women, by Crowley and Lodge. It's bright pink -- it jumped off the shelf!

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It's looking doubtful that I'll reach my ENTIRE weight loss goal for this challenge. That is gnawing at me a little, and I'm fighting off negative feelings by constantly reminding myself that any progress IS progress, PENGUIN.

Thank you for saying it out loud. I'm sure others, besides us, are trying to deal with worries (hard to admit we're worried when we know it's unhelpful to worry) about reaching the challenge goal.

I hope we can all remember that every time we succeed at making choices, instead of letting our feelings, impulses and appetite take over and victimize us, we're learning to keep things in perspective, especially numbers on a scale.

That experience as "the choice-maker" and that gained perspective helps us get back in touch with those things we knew as a baby that you (PENGUIN) blogged about. We were in touch with hunger and satiety then. And we're training to get those inborn resources back. That is way more important than anything a scale tells us on a given week, I think. Keep it real and keep fighting the good fight. We want our weight losses to be permanent healthy ones.
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ATTENTION! THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE CLOSE TO MEETING YOUR CHALLENGE GOAL, did you know that every pound you lose by July 4th counts toward your team's goal, EVEN IF YOU LOSE MORE THAN your challenge goal? So, if you're almost at that goal now, you can EARN EXTRA CREDIT for the team by losing even more than you thought you could when you set up your goal. (I think I'll have about 3 lbs I'd like to have someone step up and cover for me.)
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Edited by: BARBARA_BOO at: 6/17/2009 (15:23)
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Feeling thinner but doubting that the scale will show the necessary 3 pound drop on Friday that would keep me in fighting contention for the challenge .... any progress is progress.

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I think you're onto an interesting possibility, PENGUIN. I've read that compulsive shopping is a problem similar to compulsive eating. Better money management habits could work as a behavior to improve as a choice under option #3, if we were to go with that format. One of SparkPeople's suggested Team Goals is a committment to save $1/per day or some variation of that. Money is definitely area to address when making lifestyle changes.

I did a quick search and ran across this excerpt from a MYDAYSCOUNT comment. "I like challenges (give up one of your trigger foods for a week/month, pledge to workout a specific number of minutes this month, etc. with reporting on progress daily or weekly)...I also enjoy the daily successes and frustrations thread on Money Savers."


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Thinking about the next challenge ... wondering if there could be something that features money management as an option. (I thought there was a discussion on here before but I'm not finding it (?) It's a vague memory so I might not be looking for the right key words.). My DH and I are about to enter a month-long period during which we pay only the regular bills, not spending any extra money on discretionary items*. We are fortunate that we have two jobs right now in this economy, but one side effect is a tendency just to spend money to address whatever impulses we have rather than delaying gratification or working with what we've got. I think there are some similarities with food.

* Obviously we'll buy groceries, but I'm talking about babysitters, entertainment, stuff for the house that would be nice but isn't essential, lunches and dinners out, etc.

Anyway, to take it to a challenge opportunity, what if we looked for new and active ways to enjoy summer that don't cost anything -- or something along those lines. I'm not sure it's a point to build into EVERYONE's plans, but maybe some way for it to be an option for some of us. I like finding more ways food and money are similar.

Take or leave the idea as you like; I won't be offended.

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MOTIVATIONAL TIPS AND SUMMER IDEAS

I'll be whomping up some tasty vittles this afternoon, too. The grill is heating up right now. And the slow cooker is doing its magic, too. I'll have lots of healthy delicious meals & snacks to stash in the refrigerator and freezer for next week. (Read the Spark Article on Batch Cooking, if you haven't already. Great ideas.)

We went on a walk this morning, too. It's so beautiful out today. I'll be doing some garden maintenance while I cook. Any excuse to be outside!
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EEK! 9.4 lbs to lose in 3 wks!! If I get lucky and have a nice drop, overdue from the last 3 weeks that were lower than I expected, I could make it. It's more likely that I could lose 2 lbs each week for a total of 6 more. That would get me within 3.4 lbs of my challenge goal, which would be 83%, a total of 16.6 lbs in 10 weeks, definitely worth the effort! (Coach Dean says in his Motivational Tips #1 blog that if we are on our plans 80%-90% we're doing fine.)

EVERYONE, PLEASE take the advice of CASSIE and PENGUIN. We are all working to CHANGE our compulsive eating habits. It would be counter-productive in so many ways for us to eat too little or to slip back into "starvation" tactics. It could turn into a major self-destructive mind-screw(invented my own word that spell check won't reject...he hee). Eat well, stay hydrated, add variety, aim for the SparkPeople recommended range for calories and nutrients (keeps the metabolism burning--eating less than this range could even slow down your weight loss).

PRODUCTIVE CHANGES TO SPEED UP WEIGHT LOSS: If your workouts are in a rut, try something different. Vary your foods and vary your exercise intensity, frequency, duration or type of exercise. Allow for rest, too. If you are doing TOO MUCH exercise, you can hit a plateau. Body builders call it "overtraining", if you want to read about it.

REMEMBER OUR OVERALL GOAL ISN'T TO LOSE WEIGHT. What??? It's to get healthy and be able to do the things we want and feel good about being in our own skin. Right?

I'll be taking my jug of Crystal Lite lemonade outside now, to cook. I just wanted to add my 2-cents to the good advice from PENGUIN and CASSIE.
Resist the temptation to get compulsive. Don't worry. Be happy! Go look at pictures in YSKINNY's photo gallery. She's flying on a trapeze in her home. That's "living the dream"!

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ONE MORE THING: Be thinking about what you want to do this summer. I'm mulling over ideas for a "Make Summer Sizzle!" Challenge. (9 wks would go to the Friday before Labor Day; 8 would go to the end of August). I think we NEED SOME FUN. So, what if each participant could choose between 3 tasks to work on?
(1)maintain your weight over the summer, with a weekly weight check and pts for staying at the same weight (for those who usually gain over the summer)
(2)lose a number of lbs to be chosen by you, with a weekly weight check, just like this challenge works
(3)change one or two troublesome habits, to be chosen by you, reporting your progress weekly, with points for each day you stick to the healthy habit (behavior type things like eating in range).

The object would be do add SIZZLE and fun as we work to live our lives to the fullest. We have earned the FREEDOM to challenge ourselves in an innovative, fun, non-pressure type of accountability world. Instead of a "kick in the butt", why not a "sh*t-kickin' hot" fun "we'll do it our way" kind of challenge.

All suggestions are welcome. I want it to be a challenge that won't be a pain in the butt for us, just a little gentle stretching of our limits that will get us where we want to go by summer's end.

Link to COACH DEAN'S Motivational Tips #1 Blog
www.dailyspark.com/blog.asp?post=10_
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ps_for_staying_motivated_all_year_loR>ng_tip_no_1


Link to "Batch Cooking" article
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Its 11:30 and I have had a stellar morning of walking, healthy food shopping and cooking an amazing egg and zucchini bake and got a skillet full of veggies cooked for tonights dinner...and its also great for indulgent snacking.


As far as the challenge lets be gentle with our selves Ms. Penqiuna. Its great we are taking on a challenge, and our outcome will be whatever we can achieve given the vast array of variables.
....many we don't even know.

I was hesitant to take on a challenge because of my compulsive nature around food. So, I am catching myself when I feel that I am going in that direction and just enjoying the fact that I am together with you all in this endeavor. I am happy for all that we are achieving and I am compassionate about our set backs and struggles.




Love from,
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all right, 7 pounds in three weeks ? Eek.

Cassies, I know what you mean about the rebound of focusing on the food.

Gonna ponder the 7 pounds in 3 weeks notion for the morning.

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Up early to write an essay, but of course I am here wrapping my brain around all this. O.K. the challenge is on...for me its 5lbs in 3 weeks...not impossible. I think my stratedgy will be to focus on exercise. The alterantive would be to get super compulsive about food....and I think that will have a serious rebound effect knowing my history.

O.K., so let me go hit the pavement for a nice walk before I do anyting else!

Good luck all. And thanks again Barbara for organizing all this. Its my first challenge and I like how it motivates me in the short term.

My next milestone is to be 240 by the end of August...that means 15 lbs over the summer! But, let me not get ahead of myself...off for that walk.

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I actually tend to go through short level periods followed by nice drops. 6 in 3 weeks... hmmm, I still think I can do this... need to up my game a tad.
I say that- but I burned over 4000 calories this last week. I guess... it would be way cool and fun to make my goal though.
Hi ho, onward!

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