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I seem to recall promising you 17 smooches for completing your 17 days, JOL. And you are right. They do not have to be in a row. Congrats!

I'm proud of your dictator's change of attitude.

Boo, Barb, BSue, Queen Legarathien of Nargothrond

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12/23/10 11:07 A

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Hello everyone,

Completed 17 days in December! I had to throw out one day because of a slip, but then I just added a day to the end to get 17 days! (You never said they had to be in a row emoticon , and I've gotten so easy on myself that I wouldn't have followed the rule anyway! My dictator has really turned a new leaf with respect to that. emoticon )

I am proud of this bouquet of roses I have reaped:

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My commitments starting today and for seventeen days.
* Start a new gratitude list and add 1 thing everyday to it.
* Stay binge free and no vomiting. This is not necessarily simple, but a big thing for me to work on. If I eat too many calories in a day, I will not purge it. Better to not overeat, but better to not let overeating make me binge or purge. If I really want to binge, I just need to wait 17 days. I can always do it December 22!
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12/22/10 11:58 P

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That's great, GECKO. I'll be continuing mine, too.
We can come in here and report for extra credit.
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It's wonderful that you also made your 10% weight loss goal.
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Congratulations everyone on your progress with your goals. I am working on just continuing mine through the new year. They are changes I want to make, and I am enjoying them.

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Behavioral goals help me, too, MARUN. I can control THEM. Our behavior changes take much of the stress out of permanent weight loss and maintenance.

Weight loss, on the other hand, is fairly unpredictable, so I'm not fond of weight loss challenges. They work, only if we promise ourselves ahead of time that we won't be upset if we fall a little short. We also would do well to have a plan for the day AFTER the end of such a challenge, so that we don't overeat to celebrate (that would be reinforcing that old "on" or "off" dieter's mentality).



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My goals were: no beef, low calories, play music, walk cool/ 1 line dancing song daily.
Well, my best success was that I did practice my music consistently and for extended periods. I ate beef twice during the challenge. On average I did eat in my low calorie range except two days and same for low fat. I didn't reach my goal of 1 line dancing song per day. And I only walked 4 days.
I was mindful of my goal of No beef, so each time I ate beef, I thought this is not what I want to be eating! I'm very happy that I added protein from a salad of crisp veggies with beans and bulgar wheat that was excellent and low fat.
Thanks for setting up this challenge, Barbara!
Setting behavioral goals is helpful to spur me onward.

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Winter is here, and the days will be getting longer, in preparation for Spring. Congrats to those who have completed their 17-day goals...CASSIE, BLUEGECKO, NEVERMIND, SUSAN, ME, and later today, JOL.

If you started later or are doing your 17 days in a non-consecutive plan, I will add your accomplishments to the list when you make your final reports. If you got off track, there are still days left to improve the consistency ratio of number of days out of 17 that were completed. 14 out of 17 is still over 80%, which is good.

Here is the report of our goals for the challenge and what we have done, so far.


CASSIES—Started 12/5—Get back to daily meditation—10 minutes daily
UPDATE
~Peaceful winter solstice!
~I have been getting back in touch with my meditation, which really means that I am taking time to become aware of the thoughts that are passing through my mind and then come back to a neutral position. It is very calming and grounding.
~Also, I committed myself to taking care of medical appointments for myself and daughter this week. I did not let the lure of shopping or even a workout come first.
~I had initially figured that I would not work out after an appointment, but I was like that is the old Cassie's way of thinking. I popped over to the gym did a brief elliptical to warm up and then weights. In and out in 30 minutes, picked up my daughter by 5 and then got her to her doctor.
~In the interest of feeling freedom from nagging chores hanging over my head I tackled the insurance claims.
~I have also been managing holiday prep ala Flylady. Small doses of decorating, shopping and wrapping as I go along. I have learned managing the holiday season on my terms to a certain respect. I am also incorporating Spark tips, mainly get the cardio in and bring a healthy dish that is fun and festive to gatherings.
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THEONEBLUEGECKO—Started 12/4—walk (walk cool) 2 miles daily (hoping to get below 195 in 2010)
UPDATE
~I have done pretty good with my walking. I actually finished off at 3.5 miles, which is quite good for me.
~My calories have been where I want them, I have been strength training more, and I've been walking, despite the pouring rain. It has been raining for days, a really odd thing in Southern California, and I needed something other than the treadmill. The more I walk, the less it becomes a chore and the more it becomes something I really want to do.
~My newer goals of hitting better calorie levels and strength training more are going well, also.
~Ticker is below 195, and it's not 2011 yet.
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NEVERMIND2010—Started 12/5—Be positive about self daily, keep within calorie range, lose 4 lbs recently gained This is my first challenge and I need something because I've been feeling down
UPDATE
~I am glad I did this. I've had people to be accountable to, and I don't usually.
~I've lost 6.6 pounds in this time.
~I have taken a bunch of classes at the gym, including a new one. It's difficult for me to do these classes because I'm kind of a loner, and I am always the biggest one in the room (or feel like I am, but my perspective is skewed). So the classes are a big deal.
~My food has been okay overall, stellar for a few days, quite dreadful for a few, but in general, normal. That's cool.
~Being positive? The biggest struggle for me. I think I am a born pessimist and cynic; many things in my life exacerbate this natural tendency. But I'm trying. Maybe I'll be trying for the rest of my life. That's okay, because I think it's a worthwhile struggle.
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BARBARA_BOO—Started 12/5—Read goal cards daily, 10-15 minute “walk break” daily (walk cool), keep within calorie range, burn more than consumed daily, ADDED sleep goal (7-8 hrs daily) on 12/9
UPDATE
~The cards are always a help to me.
~I've added short walks to my day and it's becoming habitual. Walking "cool" makes me smile.
~With more "food" events, my calorie deficits have been small (but even 100 calories saved is better than it could have been without having a daily goal).
SLEEP GOAL--My sleep goal is now completed, too.I was procrastinating about working on sleep and finally bit the bullet. Feeling much more energetic and relaxed, not cranky.
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SALEE100(Susan)—Started 12/5—17 days of not eating during the night
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~I'm happy to say that this challenge has saved me from "night-eating" several times. In turn, I have seen my weight go down a little.
~On a night when I was having trouble sleeping, I wanted to get up and eat but I thought of this challenge, and once again, I stayed in bed. Eventually, I went to sleep. Yay!
~It feels like a habit now. I'm finding I have more deficits, and my overall caloric average has gone down. A good thing! This challenge has been my answer to get rid of a bad habit!
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JOL1KEY2BOL3—Started 12/5—Add 1 thing to “gratitude list” daily, continue binge/purge cessation goals (a big thing for me ---If I eat too many calories in a day, I will not purge it. Better to not overeat, but better to not let overeating make me binge or purge--If I really want to binge, tell myself I just need to wait 17 days)
UPDATE
~Completed 17 days in December! I had to throw out one day because of a slip, but then I just added a day to the end to get 17 days! (You never said they had to be in a row , and I've gotten so easy on myself that I wouldn't have followed the rule anyway! My dictator has really turned a new leaf with respect to that. ) I am proud of the bouquet of roses I have reaped.

MARUNS67—Started 12/4--No beef, low calories, play music, walk cool/ 1 line dancing song daily. (Thanks for the "walk cool" idea, MARUN)
UPDATE
~My best success was that I did practice my music consistently and for extended periods.
~On average I did eat in my low calorie range except two days and same for low fat.
~I'm very happy that I added protein from a salad of crisp veggies with beans and bulgar wheat that was excellent and low fat.
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~I didn't reach my goal of 1 line dancing song per day. And I only walked 4 days.
~I ate beef twice during the challenge. I was mindful of my goal of No beef, so each time I ate beef, I thought this is not what I want to be eating!

TALLEYWOMAN—Started 12/12—Plan meals and exercise; will not beat myself up, purge or any other unhealthy practice; no eating in front of the television or computer
UPDATE
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BETSYANN6—Started 12/4—30 min walk & light exercise daily & read “The Spark”
UPDATE
~report needed

KIRSTEN—Started 12/5—64 oz water daily, 17 days without binges, (also working on a 5% challenge & a New Year’s eve Onederland goal)
UPDATE
~report needed

Whether YOU LIKED this challenge or WOULD PREFER SOMETHING DIFFERENT, be thinking about what we can do for an encore.
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Whatever you think will help you succeed is exactly what we will do.

Hugs and smooches to ALL.
~BOO
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12/22/10 12:30 P

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Day 17 of 17 done!

Congratulations to everyone who has made it or is about to finish the challenge. I am glad I did this. I've had people to be accountable to, and I don't usually. Thanks to all of you for that!

I've lost 6.6 pounds in this time (yeah, it was more, but I'm happy with this).

I have taken a bunch of classes at the gym, including a new one. It's difficult for me to do these classes because I'm kind of a loner, and I am always the biggest one in the room (or feel like I am, but my perspective is skewed). So the classes are a big deal.

My food has been okay overall. It was stellar for a few days, quite dreadful for a few, but in general, normal. That's cool.

Being positive? The biggest struggle for me. I think I am a born pessimist and cynic; many things in my life exacerbate this natural tendency. But I'm trying. Maybe I'll be trying for the rest of my life. That's okay, because I think it's a worthwhile struggle.

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season!

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12/22/10 10:33 A

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Hello everyone,

Working on Day #17 of 17 days in December!

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My commitments starting today and for seventeen days.
* Start a new gratitude list and add 1 thing everyday to it.
* Stay binge free and no vomiting. This is not necessarily simple, but a big thing for me to work on. If I eat too many calories in a day, I will not purge it. Better to not overeat, but better to not let overeating make me binge or purge. If I really want to binge, I just need to wait 17 days. I can always do it December 22!
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12/21/10 9:40 P

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Happy winter solstice, everyone! Today marks my last day of this challenge and I'm happy to say that it saved me from "night-eating" several times. In turn, I have seen my weight go down a little. emoticon

~ Susan

Even if our efforts of attention seem for years to be producing no results, one day a light in the exact proportion to them will flood the soul.
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Despite the challenges the rain poses to my walking, it is the way the winter solstice should be. It is like everything is being cleaned off.

I really enjoyed that song, Barbara. This storm has been crazy, I am sure not to a lot of peoples' standards, but if it rains tomorrow that will make 6 straight days of rain, that is unheard of here. But fun as well, and my plants like it...for the most part.

Today is my last day, I have done pretty good with my walking. I actually finished off at 3.5 miles, which is quite good for me. A power outage made me decide to take a late night walk in the rain, it is amazing how much more time I have without the internet.

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Peaceful Winter Solstice

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



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Here's a song for you Southern California chicks~
www.youtube.com/watch?v=XqMEEvmfyQU
After today is done, I will have completed my 17 days. I still have some calories to burn for today, though. Can't count today until it's hatched.

Sorry you had trouble with nuts, NEVERMIND.
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It only takes a few salty nuts to cause an undeserved weight gain.

"People" nuts can cause weight gain, too, unless we find a way to release our anger. I'm glad you didn't let someone drag you down. Stuff happens.

Misunderstandings can get all concerned upset. I've had my attempts at humor misinterpreted a few times. The most upsetting thing to me was the time a person I didn't know attacked me for "wanting to take religion out of SparkPeople" because of the name of our team.

Such is life...



Edited by: BARBARA_BOO at: 12/21/2010 (19:38)
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TheOneBlueGecko -- I'm in Southern California too and this rain is crazy! I love the rain if I can be at home, but I got called in from my vacation due to a big issue at work and I have to drive in it. When it rains it pours! emoticon

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Hello everyone,

Working on Day #16 of 17 days in December!

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My commitments starting today and for seventeen days.
* Start a new gratitude list and add 1 thing everyday to it.
* Stay binge free and no vomiting. This is not necessarily simple, but a big thing for me to work on. If I eat too many calories in a day, I will not purge it. Better to not overeat, but better to not let overeating make me binge or purge. If I really want to binge, I just need to wait 17 days. I can always do it December 22!
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Day 16 is going great! Keeping positive, keeping very low on calories, going to the gym and then track very shortly.

And it's hump day for me, yay!

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Day 16 went well. My calories have been where I want them, I have been strength training more, and I've been walking. I even got out to walk 2.5 miles today, despite the pouring rain. It has been raining for days, a really odd thing in Southern California, and I needed something other than the treadmill.

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Hello everyone,

Working on Day #15 of 17 days in December!

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My commitments starting today and for seventeen days.
* Start a new gratitude list and add 1 thing everyday to it.
* Stay binge free and no vomiting. This is not necessarily simple, but a big thing for me to work on. If I eat too many calories in a day, I will not purge it. Better to not overeat, but better to not let overeating make me binge or purge. If I really want to binge, I just need to wait 17 days. I can always do it December 22!
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NeverMind -- I like the way you parlayed your negative feeling at the beginning of your message into a really positive outlook at the end. Hang in there!

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Day 15 is half over.

I'm FIGHTING to stay positive (maybe fighting - in all caps, no less - isn't the most positive of words?) in the face of some unpleasantness here on SparkPeople. I made a comment (admittedly it was provocative) that someone took as directed towards them (it was not), and got nasty with me. It takes a lot of restraint for me to not get into a flame war, and the thing is, I can not stand conflict. But...I also can not stand NOT defending myself. And I have a really hard time ignoring or letting things go. A really hard time. It's taking all I have not to go over there and engage with the person, or to leave a comment on their nasty, passive-aggressive (more aggressive than passive, imho) blog entry. I may need to meditate. Or drink. Or both. LOL

What I will NOT do is eat crazily. I had another gain this morning (sob), and I know exactly what caused it. Nuts. Nuts are bad. Salted nuts are evil. I will not buy salted nuts again. I will only eat my daily ration of 24 raw almonds. I mean it.

I will keep my calories low today and tomorrow. My office mate is calorie cycling, and I will go low with her tomorrow, and then we will have a sensible lunch out on Wednesday.

I ran this morning (after getting on the scale, haha). I think I have too much work to do at home tonight to get any more exercise in, but that's okay. Tomorrow I will do BodyBalance class with a friend, and then I'm going to run on the new Formula 1 racetrack near my house! I just found out that they are open on Tuesday evenings for running and biking; I guess this is because they are hosting a triathlon there soon. Anyway, it will be fun, and my family are going to go with me.

That's my story, and I'm sticking with it.



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2 more days until winter solstice! I almost slipped after my last post here. I was having trouble sleeping and I wanted to get up and eat but I thought of this challenge, and once again, I stayed in bed. Eventually, I went to sleep. Yay!

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Hello everyone,

I'm ignoring some bad behavior yesterday and skipping it.

Working on Day #14 of 17 days in December!

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My commitments starting today and for seventeen days.
* Start a new gratitude list and add 1 thing everyday to it.
* Stay binge free and no vomiting. This is not necessarily simple, but a big thing for me to work on. If I eat too many calories in a day, I will not purge it. Better to not overeat, but better to not let overeating make me binge or purge. If I really want to binge, I just need to wait 17 days. I can always do it December 22!
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That's great, NEVERMIND.
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My weight is up 0.8 lb this week for some of the same reasons you listed. I've been careful with the calories, not so much with the sodium. No worries. It will be gone soon.

Tonight I'll be dancing at the Bucks game to Mariah Carey's "All I Want For Christmas Is You". Our big finish is the same song with different lyrics, "All I Want For Christmas Is To Get Drunk". That pretty much covers the "wishes" spectrum.
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Day 13 is almost done - I need to get to bed!

I've been pretty positive (except for road rage, but if you lived where I live, you would have a bad case of it, too).

2 parties in 2 days resulted in 2 kgs re-gained (of my 4 lost). I know a LOT of that is sodium causing me to retain water. Can you say "potato chips"? Ugh. Also, time was tight all week, and I didn't work it so I got exercise in.

However, today, I did almost 2 hours at the gym, and FINALLY got myself over 5000 fitness minutes on SparkPeople. I don't know why I didn't get myself in gear for this earlier, but whatever, it's done. I feel GREAT! I ran faster than ever tonight, and added 8 minutes of extra intervals to my program - at even higher speeds! I'm actually getting close to running (as opposed to jogging).

So, tomorrow, back to work. Students are off, but we poor teachers are not. It'll be a day of grading mid-term projects, a day of marking student teachers' practicum portfolios, 2 days of planning, and 6 days of watching YouTube and various DVDs! My office mate and I may do some exercise videos to kill time, too.

Enjoy your weekend, everybody!

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I've finished 13 challenge days. FOUR more to go. I can do that!
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If there's a slip-up, no big deal. We don't have to eat less to make up for yesterday's or today's mistakes. Let's just get back up and keep going. Let's be unstoppable.
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Hello everyone,

Working on Day #14 of 17 days in December! Yesterday was higher calorie foods and I had some bingey feelings, but I didn't make it worse by binging. My nutritionist wants me to concentrate on the positive things I did, so I'm continuing on here.

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* Start a new gratitude list and add 1 thing everyday to it.
* Stay binge free and no vomiting. This is not necessarily simple, but a big thing for me to work on. If I eat too many calories in a day, I will not purge it. Better to not overeat, but better to not let overeating make me binge or purge. If I really want to binge, I just need to wait 17 days. I can always do it December 22!
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Sorry about the rain.
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Treadmills can be boring. I like to read or watch tv or listen to music, anything to pass the time when I'm on a treadmill or elliptical or stationary bike.
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I just figured out that I don't have to distract myself when I walk outside. I just walk. It's not boring at all. It's my thinking time. Interesting.

Oh, well, when the weather doesn't co-operate, we gotta do what we gotta do.

Keep those miles going!
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Because we've been working at this little project, I feel like I'm going into the holidays more relaxed and confident. A good feeling.
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Nighty-nite!

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I am doing well, although we have had rain as of late which is putting a damper on the walking. I am lucky to have a treadmill, but it is hard to be that motivated to do it. But, I will be stepping off my computer and onto my treadmill and just doing it.

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I'm working on day 13 of 17, so far I've been successful... no binging at night! Like you said, Boo, it feels like a habit now. I'm finding I have more deficits, and my overall caloric average has gone down. A good thing! This challenge has been my answer to get rid of a bad habit!

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How we all doin?

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Hello everyone,

Working on Day #13 of 17 days in December! Yesterday was higher calorie foods, but I didn't binge just because I overate and I'm happy enough with this progress.

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My commitments starting today and for seventeen days.
* Start a new gratitude list and add 1 thing everyday to it.
* Stay binge free and no vomiting. This is not necessarily simple, but a big thing for me to work on. If I eat too many calories in a day, I will not purge it. Better to not overeat, but better to not let overeating make me binge or purge. If I really want to binge, I just need to wait 17 days. I can always do it December 22!
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I'm heading for bed so that I can sleep enough before I have to wake up and go to pilates class.
Just reporting in. I've completed 12 days. Yay!
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The more days I do, the more it just feels like what I do. I think that's a great sign for the future.
Food's not nearly the problem it was for me a year ago. I can feel it. I'm starting to really get a handle on how to live a life I like that is also healthy. Amazing.

Have a good one.
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Hello everyone,

Working on Day #12 of 17 days in December! Yesterday was a little slippery but I regained my footing before two rolls almost pushed me over into the valley of binging!

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My commitments starting today and for seventeen days.
* Start a new gratitude list and add 1 thing everyday to it.
* Stay binge free and no vomiting. This is not necessarily simple, but a big thing for me to work on. If I eat too many calories in a day, I will not purge it. Better to not overeat, but better to not let overeating make me binge or purge. If I really want to binge, I just need to wait 17 days. I can always do it December 22!
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Day 10 is almost done, and it was a good one!

Kept positive.

Kept within calorie range.

Didn't exercise because I just haven't been feeling well. Will get back on that wagon tomorrow.

Enjoy the rest of your Wednesday, everybody!

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Hello everyone,

Working on Day #11 of 17 days in December!
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My commitments starting today and for seventeen days.
* Start a new gratitude list and add 1 thing everyday to it.
* Stay binge free and no vomiting. This is not necessarily simple, but a big thing for me to work on. If I eat too many calories in a day, I will not purge it. Better to not overeat, but better to not let overeating make me binge or purge. If I really want to binge, I just need to wait 17 days. I can always do it December 22!
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Day 10 of upping and being more consistent with my walking is going well. The more I walk the less it becomes a chore and the more it becomes something I really want to do.

My newer goals of hitting better calorie levels and strength training more are going well, also. Monday was not the best, it was holiday cookie day at work, and they were irresistible. But I could have done worse and if nothing else at least enjoyed them.

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I managed to eke out a 200-calorie deficit yesterday. In spite of burning a lot of exercise calories, I ate more than I had planned to eat at a team party. It was right after we had finished practice and we were all in a pretty goofy mood. I think I told myself, "relax and enjoy but don't go nuts; keep track".
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Congrats on the decisions you made, SUSAN. From my own experience, any choice I make feels better than binges did. It's also good to know that your plan for Dad's doctor visit days is helpful.
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Hi everyone,

Yesterday, I had a challenging day... I had to drive for about 5 hours total, taking my dad to his dr appt and bringing him back home. I live over 2 hours from my dad. Last week when I did this I came home and binged but I had a plan this week. The good news is I stuck to my plan, wasn't hungry when I came home, and felt in control. The bad news is that I did have a calorie surplus of 256. Not bad, though, considering the alternative of binging... I had a late snack of over 500 calories last night because I was starved and I couldn't go to sleep yet because my DH wasn't home from work yet. The good news is that snack did the trick and I didn't have a middle of the night binge! So, I'm still on course with this challenge! emoticon

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Hello everyone,

Working on Day #10 of 17 days in December!
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My commitments starting today and for seventeen days.
* Start a new gratitude list and add 1 thing everyday to it.
* Stay binge free and no vomiting. This is not necessarily simple, but a big thing for me to work on. If I eat too many calories in a day, I will not purge it. Better to not overeat, but better to not let overeating make me binge or purge. If I really want to binge, I just need to wait 17 days. I can always do it December 22!
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Day 9, and I'm going strong!

Feeling good, keeping a positive outlook, and I finally got my Christmas tree decorated. House cleaning tonight to get ready for the new-to-us tv that is coming tomorrow!

I'm working on my eating plan, and I will STICK TO IT!

No time for the gym today, but I'll get back on the stationary bike and/or do a DVD tonight after kid's dance recital (and house cleaning).

Happy Tuesday, everybody!

ETA: Oh, and I've lost 6.6 pounds in these 9 days. Yeah!

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Welcome, TALLEYWOMAN! You still have time to rock this challenge.

Congrats, JOL and NEVERMIND. It looks like you are feeling good after putting in all those days. I am, too. Yesterday was my 8th day.

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Hello everyone,

Working on Day #9 of 17 days in December!
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My commitments starting today and for seventeen days.
* Start a new gratitude list and add 1 thing everyday to it.
* Stay binge free and no vomiting. This is not necessarily simple, but a big thing for me to work on. If I eat too many calories in a day, I will not purge it. Better to not overeat, but better to not let overeating make me binge or purge. If I really want to binge, I just need to wait 17 days. I can always do it December 22!
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Hey, I'm still around. This is day 7 or 8 (can't remember right now). (ETA: Day 8.) Things have been better, but they have been worse. That's about as positive as I can get right now. :/

Eating has been not good, but not too out of control.

I wanted to go to the gym today, but didn't make it. Now I need to psych myself up to get on the stationary bike and/or get an exercise DVD out. And go to bed early so I can get up for a run.

Also, my kid has been begging to have the tree decorated for almost 2 weeks. Last year my mother and father were visiting around Thanksgiving, and I came home to find my mother had decorated my tree. Woo-hoo! I just can't bring myself to care much. But I promised I'd do it today.

It's almost 7 pm and I'm sitting on the couch. Time to get it in gear.

Have a great day, everybody!

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I haven't checked in with Spark this month, so just saw the challenge today. I will start my 17 days tomorrow. I need to plan my meals and exercise. If I slip I promise not to beat myself up, purge or any other unhealthy practice. Also, no eating in front of the television nor computer.

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Hello everyone,

Working on Day #8 of 17 days in December!
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My commitments starting today and for seventeen days.
* Start a new gratitude list and add 1 thing everyday to it.
* Stay binge free and no vomiting. This is not necessarily simple, but a big thing for me to work on. If I eat too many calories in a day, I will not purge it. Better to not overeat, but better to not let overeating make me binge or purge. If I really want to binge, I just need to wait 17 days. I can always do it December 22!
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By tomorrow morning I'll have completed 7 days of my challenge goals, which feels good.

I slept in this morning and spent most of the afternoon taking things out of my kitchen that I no longer need. (I got rid of a lot last year, but I still have too many gadgets.) My daughter took some things home with her, and I will donate the rest.

I gained enough space to be able to put away a lot of things that were on the counters. Now, I can quickly clean the counters without having to move a bunch of junk.

Just looking at it makes me feel organized and productive, which is a GOOD thing because one of the triggers that has often cued me to overeat is feeling disorganized and non-productive. A messy kitchen can stress me out and tempt me to overeat to escape from bad thoughts about myself.

Most of us suffer from perfectionism in one form or another, BLUEGECKO. I think you'll be happy with the results of upping your minimum calorie range.

When I eat between 1500 and 1900 calories a day (depending upon the day's exercise--exercise makes me hungry) and get enough of the recommended nutrients into my body, I find there are fewer cravings.

I'll see if I can find a link to an SP article I read that says our metabolism slows down and does unpredictable things to our weight loss, if we eat too few calories.

Good for you for adding strength training. That was hard for me. and I procrastinated. I now alternate days of upper body and lower body exercise (20 to 30 minutes 4 days a week). I do some of it while watching TV. Once a week I do a pilates equipment class.

Strength training is the thing that builds muscle, tightens and tones and makes us look better in our clothes.
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That's not hard to take.

Since I've lost over 90 lbs (my SP 3rd anniversary is coming up in January) and my skin doesn't have the elasticity it had when I was younger, I work really hard to build muscle in my arms. It's working. Since I've been losing the weight slowly, while gaining muscle, the skin fits, at least so far.

My ultimate goal is a weight I can maintain permanently. That weight can be anywhere from where I am now, to one that is 15 to 20 lbs lower, which falls into the upper part of a healthy range for my height and age. Strength training is something I'll need to continue doing, to keep from becoming one of the "elderly frail".
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I found the link. It's SP experts discussing metabolism mistakes.
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I have been doing good with my walking, I am down a little bit from two miles the past couple days, but I am still really happy with me getting myself up and moving.

I am adding two more activities to these days. The first is to add strength training every other day, I had been doing well with this, but have recently fallen behind. The second is to up my calories per day. I have been having trouble hitting the 1200 calorie lower limit (I can be a bit of a perfectionist at times and really worry about eating too much now) so I am upping my minimum to 1350 for the remainder of the challenge.

Congratulations everyone on all that you have done.

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Meditation and exercise have turned out to be really effective for you, CASSIE. You get such a great sense of direction when you're into your "sitting with it" habit. I'm so glad you chose that one to work on for the time leading up to the solstice. emoticon

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YAY, Cassie! Doing what you gotta do is a great way to feel in control of your life and that will translate to your eating also. The habits that you are reinforcing are invaluable now and in the future, insuring that you don't end up back where you started! And, YAY on being at peace with your daughter, if even for a moment! emoticon

Keep up the good work, Jol!

Nice job on getting a workout in, Nevermind!

I had another good night last night... and as a bonus, stayed in my calorie range with a 240 calorie deficit. I thought about walking on the treadmill while reading my book but decided I'd just stick with the smaller deficit, I'd be more relaxed and I'd still meet my goal!

Edited by: SALEE100 at: 12/11/2010 (11:20)
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Yesterday (day 5) was good, and today (day 6) has been too!

My eating was sub-par because of being away from home. We ate at Fridays, and it was awful. Never again. None of us enjoyed our food. For that many calories (and sodium), I better love every bite! Breakfast buffet at the hotel - I splurged and had some bread for the first time all week.

However, I did get up this morning before the family and hit the hotel gym for 40 minutes on the treadmill. Yay me!

Tomorrow it's back to work for me (boo), with another long drive for son's actual performance (we thought was today, but today was just rehearsal). I will leave the house around 6:30 am and probably won't get home until after 10 pm. I'll do my best to eat properly.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend, everybody! I'm so impressed by everyone's accomplishments so far. Keep up the great work!

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Hello everyone,

Working on Day #7 of 17 days in December!
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My commitments starting today and for seventeen days.
* Start a new gratitude list and add 1 thing everyday to it.
* Stay binge free and no vomiting. This is not necessarily simple, but a big thing for me to work on. If I eat too many calories in a day, I will not purge it. Better to not overeat, but better to not let overeating make me binge or purge. If I really want to binge, I just need to wait 17 days. I can always do it December 22!
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I have been getting back in touch with my meditation, which really means that I am taking time to become aware of the thoughts that are passing through my mind and then come back to a neutral position. It is very calming and grounding.


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Also, I committed myself to taking care of medical appointments for myself and daughter this week. I did not let the lure of shopping or even a workout come first. Sometimes you just got to do what you got to to. The medical marathon culminated in my going for the first half of my deep cleaning at the dentist yesterday. She also found a cavity which she filled. I was so loaded up with Novocain!

I had initially figured that I would not work out after that, but I was like that is the old Cassie's way of thinking. I popped over to the gym did a brief elliptical to warm up and then weights. In and out in 30 minutes, picked up my daughter by 5 and then got her to her doctor to take a look at the TB test. The rather than eating out I even went home and foraged dinner. My mouth was killing by that time, but 3 Advil's did the trick.

So, I am focusing wrapping up loose ends. A very big challenge will be to submit insurance forms from nonparticipating providers. I hate that more than the dentist chair. But, in the interest of feeling freedom from nagging chores hanging over my head I will tackle the speech therapy submission this week.


I have also been managing holiday prep ala Flylady. Small doses of decorating, shopping and wrapping as I go along. I have learned to managing the holiday season on my terms to a certain respect. I will also incorporate Spark by using the tips from the article Boo posted. Mainly get the cardio in and bring a healthy dish that is fun and festive to gatherings.

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Finally, my daughter is much calmer this week. She got her period Wednesday night. All that acting out was just killer PMS. Her hormones lead to such an intense crescendo.....OY! I stop having my period and now I have to deal with it in my tween!!!!! We did see the psychiatrist, tweaked meds and had a nice talk.

Thanks for all your support.

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Counting down to the solstice when the days begin to grow longer.

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Yay, again, SUSAN! That's how it was when I did my food curfew at first. I was shocked at how often I thought about eating and had to get a drink of water and find something to occupy my mind. Quickly finding something else to think about was what helped me the most, I think.

That night time eating habit is one of the toughest. Good for you for sticking with it. I know how difficult it was.
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I just remembered something else that helped me with those urges to eat at night. I couldn't always distract myself and the thoughts about food would come every few minutes, or at least that's how it felt. When that happened, I kept telling myself, over and over, "If I don't feed it, it will go away."

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Thanks, Boo!

I'm here to report another YAY! Last night I had a lot of trouble sleeping. I thought about eating and then remembered this challenge! I had to get up several times and I ended up taking tums the last time. So, YAY, no eating or over eating! I had a deficit of over 300 calories yesterday.

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Hello everyone,

Working on Day #6 of 17 days in December!
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My commitments starting today and for seventeen days.
* Start a new gratitude list and add 1 thing everyday to it.
* Stay binge free and no vomiting. This is not necessarily simple, but a big thing for me to work on. If I eat too many calories in a day, I will not purge it. Better to not overeat, but better to not let overeating make me binge or purge. If I really want to binge, I just need to wait 17 days. I can always do it December 22!
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We were a hit at the tap show. Lots of fun. Going to bed now. Pilates at 8:30am. Got to get some ZZZZzzz.
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Nice bunch of days, NEVERMIND.
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Yesterday (day 4) was GREAT!

My eating was STELLAR, and I took TWO classes in a row after work: BodyBalance and B.L.T. (Bums, Legs and Tums). I was drenched in sweat. It felt great!

Today (day 5) is going to be FANTASTIC!

Eating will be somewhat challenging as we're going out of town for an overnight (my son has a theater rehearsal today and performance tomorrow in a nearby city). I'm going to take/get healthy food, but we will be eating at least two meals out. I'll do my best. I'll work out today: either run or lift, and then another BodyBalance class.

Have a WONDERFUL Friday, everybody! Enjoy your weekend, and pat yourself on the back for having a GREAT week!

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Yay, SUSAN!

You may remember that my 9pm eating curfew got me "unstuck" last February. It's amazing how much less I eat when I don't roam around at night looking for food. I've found other ways to relax and the night time urges and little voices coaxing me into overeating have stopped, finally. I thought they never would.

You're on your way to a new habit I think you will grow to love.
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Smooch.

Piano lesson went OK. Now I have to get ready for the big tap show tonight. Have a good one, everyone!

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I just wanted to check in and say, YAY! I've been successful so far with no late night eating! I believe today is my day 6 and I'm building a habit! 12/4 thru 12/21, winter solstice! emoticon

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Hello everyone,

Working on Day #5 of 17 days in December!
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My commitments starting today and for seventeen days.
* Start a new gratitude list and add 1 thing everyday to it.
* Stay binge free and no vomiting. This is not necessarily simple, but a big thing for me to work on. If I eat too many calories in a day, I will not purge it. Better to not overeat, but better to not let overeating make me binge or purge. If I really want to binge, I just need to wait 17 days. I can always do it December 22!
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Thanks for confirming my feeling that using the mileage tracker would make you feel good about all of those miles you've walked and also motivate you to walk more, BLUEGECKO. Congrats on fighting off the "lazies" today and "just doing it".
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Planning ahead helps me a lot, too. I plan smaller meals and snacks the rest of the day, like you do, when I have some big thing to attend, where I know the calories will be high, even with small portions.

I used to starve all day and work myself up into such a state of anxiety that I would overeat from the relief that the event was over, when I got back home. That was during my "all or nothing", "on or off", "if I can't do it perfectly, I've blown it" dieter's mentality days.

Planning ahead helps me on days like today, too. When I walk in the door, tired and hungry, I have something already prepared and waiting. All I have to do is warm it up. Or on cold days, smell the aroma of home-cooking because I loaded the crock pot earlier in the day and let it do its thing.

I figure I have to plan the meals SOMETIME. May as well do it at a less stressful time than just before we're supposed to eat. Our dinners especially are much more pleasant than when I would look at my watch and ask myself "What are we going to eat?"

You did a good thing, too, today, NEVERMIND. Remaining calm and keeping the trying part of your day from ruining the rest.
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Well day 5 of walking at least 2 miles is done and successful. I really did not feel like doing it today, it was just a lazy feeling day, but I have already missed one day and did not want to miss another. Plus I had absolutely no excuse for not doing it.

I have been using the millage tracker for a while now, Barbara, I find it so motivating. Knowing I have exercised is one thing, but to know that I've walked over 85 miles beyond what I normally do in a day is great. It is so motivating.

As for the Denise Austin article, I find the first suggestion to be the most helpful for me. If I plan ahead I can account for the unhealthy foods and make sure my choices the rest of the day are better to compensate. Thanks for pointing out the article.

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Yesterday (day 3) was difficult, but I got through it relatively unscathed, so yay me!

I stayed below my calorie range (barely), but didn't work out at all; however, I still had a good differential. I kept calm, except for one very trying hour or so.

Today (day 4) is going to be FANTASTIC!

I have an eating plan, and I will STICK TO IT!

I'm going to either take 2 classes after work, or take one and run. I also want to lift. We'll see if that happens. I like to lift with a partner, but I don't have anyone except my DH, and he is busy (and injured). Maybe I'll hop on some machines.

Happy Thursday, everybody! Thursday is my Friday, so there's a HUGE positive right there!


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Here's a link to the Spark Daily Blog by Denise Austin where she gives tips on how to keep from gaining 5 to 10 lbs between now and Year's, like research shows that so many do. She explains in more detail the following tips:
1. Plan meals ahead of time.
2. Squeeze in cardio.
3. Get a head start.
4. Bring a dish.
5. Take time to relax.

www.dailyspark.com/blog.asp?post=den
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Since she asks the readers to share their number ONE tip for surviving the holidays, I thought reading those comments could be very useful to us.

We need to give ourselves a big pat on the back for the steps we're taking in this challenge. Working on our mini-goals will get us closer to our bigger goals by 2011 than we would otherwise be. We're also practicing skills that will help us get 2011 started with momentum and energy.
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I clicked on the link to make sure it works, glanced at some of the comments. I'd like to add that they're entertaining as well as useful. The first person to comment thought Denise Austin's picture was photo-shopped. Then the sparks flew!
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I forgot to mention that I've completed 4 days of my 17-day goals. I haven't even "touched" my piano today, though. So, I'd better get with it. Lesson tomorrow at 1:30.
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It's another day like Monday. Lots of dancing. Leaving now for Seniorgee practice. See YINZ lateer. Love YINZ.
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Hello everyone,

Working on Day #4 of 17 days in December!
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My commitments starting today and for seventeen days.
* Start a new gratitude list and add 1 thing everyday to it.
* Stay binge free and no vomiting. This is not necessarily simple, but a big thing for me to work on. If I eat too many calories in a day, I will not purge it. Better to not overeat, but better to not let overeating make me binge or purge. If I really want to binge, I just need to wait 17 days. I can always do it December 22!
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For those who have a goal of "walking cool", here's a link to "Cool" from West Side Story. Lots of "walking cool" to inspire us.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=xkdP02HKQGc

Of course, we each have our own personal "cool walking" style. Improvise.
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Glad you kept YOUR cool in the face of the trying day, NEVERMIND. Have another good one!

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Yesterday (day 2) was FANTASTIC!

I stayed below my calorie range and worked out for 65 minutes (30 Day Shred and stationary bike). I kept relatively calm and positive in the face of a what was a trying day in many ways.

Today (day 3) is going to be EVEN BETTER!

I have an eating plan, and I will STICK TO IT!

No class after work (have to pick up my kiddo and get him started on homework), but I will ride my stationary bike and/or do another Jillian dvd tonight! (my friend gave me No More Trouble Zones and Banish Fat Boost Metabolism, plus I have 30DS.)

Happy Wednesday, everybody! Hump day for most of you, but tomorrow's my Friday - EVEN BETTER!

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I got all of my errands and some walking done. Piano practice is next. I heard only good news during the medical check-up. The doctor is a neurologist who has done tests to rule out some scary diseases for me.

He's just doing follow-up now, to regulate the medication he's giving me to quiet "benign essentiial tremors". I love him. Today was the second time he has called me "Tiny". He has me on a low dosage because I'm "tiny". (5-ft tall)
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Keep 'er rolling, JOL!

Yesterday wasn't a typical day, BETSY. I just have a lot going on right now. Tomorrow will be another one like that.

Most of the exercise I do is fun for me. The grocery shopping and other errands today wore me out more than yesterday did. I could dance all day and not get tired. That wasn't true when I had my first tap dance lesson in the summer of 2003. An hour would almost killed me. I weighed more then and wasn't used to it.

I'm in better condition now. It feels so good to be able to take a deep breath. (I used to get out of breath just going up the stairs to bed, which was scary.)

I've been exercising consistently, and more and more, ever since that first lesson because I love dancing. I've been doing pilates every week for 6 years, to keep my core strong.

We have to increase exercise slowly or we'll burn out or injure ourselves.

I hope you didn't try to do too much today, to make up for yesterday. You could always do a "little bit" more each day for several days until you feel caught up. What do you think of "The Spark" so far?
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Hello everyone,

Working on Day #3 of 17 days in December!
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My commitments starting today and for seventeen days.
* Start a new gratitude list and add 1 thing everyday to it.
* Stay binge free and no vomiting. This is not necessarily simple, but a big thing for me to work on. If I eat too many calories in a day, I will not purge it. Better to not overeat, but better to not let overeating make me binge or purge. If I really want to binge, I just need to wait 17 days. I can always do it December 22!
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Wow, Barbara that is some exercise routine. I messed up Monday and didn't read the Spark or exercise. So I'm planning on doing twice as much today. I've already read Part 1 and chapter 2 this morning. And did wii free step for 10 minutes. So I figure I need 50 more minutes of exercise today and I'll be even. I can see how this can be a recipe for failure. I hope I don't do this too often.

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Happy Tuesday to you, too, NEVERMIND!

This stuff is pretty exciting when we think about how fantastic one day can be. Then we do another day like that and another. We knock 'em out of the park, one at a time, with no worries about any of our other goals. We can do a day.

Each one builds our confidence, like "walking cool" does.

If we could put those days in the bank, like a CD, after we get to 17 days, the bank would notify us "You have 17 of these days. Do you want to cash them in or shall we renew for another 17?" The whole time, interest accrues (getting healthier, happier, and looking better in our clothes). Such a deal!

My point is that we know it adds up, and we sometimes forget how much.

Example: By the time you do your daily 2-mile walks for 14 more days,BLUEGECKO, you will have walked 34 miles for this challenge. How great is that?!! Just the thought of walking 34 miles sounds exhausting when we think about doing it all at once.

Have you set up your SP exercise tracker to keep count of your miles? The growing total could be a fun statistic. Very motivating.
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I've completed 2 of my 17 days.

Today was much more physical than yesterday: 60 min tap class, 45 min tap rehearsal, 90 min Seniorgee dance team practice, 15 min walk, and 2 Coach Nicole 10-min videos, plus some stretching while watching TV tonight.

Tomorrow will be much more restful. Routine check-up at clinic, errands, a short walk, a couple of Coach Nicole videos, light housekeeping and some practicing at home on my own for Thursday's tap show and for the Dec 18th Bucks performance. I also need to practice piano more than I did today. My lesson is Thursday afternoon. Ack!
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Well after three days of walking 2 miles a day, I took a day off. I forgot my breakfast and lunch at home so that meant basically nothing to eat until 5pm and I felt it best not to walk a lot on an empty stomach, but tomorrow I will be back on.

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Yesterday was FANTASTIC!

Today is going to be the same!
I will work out my eating plan as soon as I get to work, and I will STICK TO IT!
No class after work, but I will ride my stationary bike and/or do a Jillian dvd tonight!

Happy Tuesday, everybody!

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Even when you're gone, JOL?!!??!
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Oh, yeah, I remember, not "gone" gone, just "holiday trip" gone.

December 22nd could be quite a day! Actually, it's a brilliant idea to set a date for the purge or binge or whatever else you want to delay. You haven't bullied yourself and laid down the law with a "NO!" (something we love to rebel against). You've simply put it on your calendar.

And the way you put it, "I can always do it December 22!" gives you the option on that day to do it or not do it, depending upon how you feel about it then.
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I love the technique. I'm stealing it.
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Hello everyone,

Working on Day #2!

My commitments starting today and for seventeen days.
* Start a new gratitude list and add 1 thing everyday to it.
* Stay binge free and no vomiting. This is not necessarily simple, but a big thing for me to work on. If I eat too many calories in a day, I will not purge it. Better to not overeat, but better to not let overeating make me binge or purge. If I really want to binge, I just need to wait 17 days. I can always do it December 22!
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Right on target, BETSY!
2 days done!
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Hi, NEVERMIND, we will say "Nevermind!" about what you did yesterday. It's nice to see you happy about finding a plan you can stick to and a fitness class. You have a great day, too!

Yay, SUSAN! If you need me to come over and duct tape you to your bed at night, just say the word.
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That's just in case you get past the water and tums. My habit has been to want to eat late at night BEFORE bed. Once I'm asleep, I'm safe. A drink of water is what I use to keep from grabbing food on the way to bed. It works.
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JOL, I will put you down for a 4-day "she-bang"(with your chosen goals), which you can renew 3 times. That would equal 16 days. After 16 days are completed, you will be eligible for a one-day stand. Four she-bangs and one one-day stand equals one kit and kaboodle! Voila!!!

Once all 17 days are completed, we will reward you with 17 smooches!
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Hello everyone,
Well, 17 days seems like a long time, and I'm afraid of commitment because I think I will fail. I have gotten quite good at 4 days of doing something. Maybe if I commit to the she-bang, and not the whole she-bang and kit-and-kaboodle (did I spell these right? emoticon ), I can be successful. I will also be gone 1 or 2 weeks of the month.

I have gotten quite successful at committing to goals for 4 days, so maybe if I think like that? Some simple things to work on?

I know that I don't want to commit to losing a set amount of lbs, because one salty day can put a damper on that big time.

Okay....deep breath

My commitments starting today and for seventeen days.
* Start a new gratitude list and add 1 thing everyday to it.
* Stay binge free and no vomiting. This is not necessarily simple, but a big thing for me to work on. If I eat too many calories in a day, I will not purge it. Better to not overeat, but better to not let overeating make me binge or purge. If I really want to binge, I just need to wait 17 days. I can always do it December 22!
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Today is my Day 1 (ignore that I posted my list yesterday, k thnx).

It's going to be a GREAT day!
I have an eating plan that I will STICK TO!
I'm going to take a fitness class tonight after work!

Happy Monday, everybody!

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Day 2 - 30 min wii free step and read chapter 1 of the spark.

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My challenge started yesterday, though I didn't post it. My goal for the purpose of this challenge is simply not to eat after going to bed. So, if I'm hungry and get back up, I'll either drink water or eat tums. That should stop my night eating...
Yesterday thru 12/21 (winter solstice)! I'm with you, Cassie!

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Feeling cooler by walking cool is so great. We won't forget to do it because it's fun. And it's an "attitude adjuster".
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Congrats, GECKO, on getting closer and closer to that 10% mark of 195. We'll celebrate with you when you get there. It feels wonderful to get below weights that are "almost overwhelming to think about".
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My big emotional weight goal is to reach 195 by news years, it is a pound away I think I can do it. But it represents 10% of my weight gone, which is almost overwhelming to think about.

MARUN, I love your walk cool goal. Sometimes I try to do that when walking an listening to music. I doubt anyone else notices, but I feel so much cooler when I walk cool.

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I may have to add MARUN'S "play music and walk cool" to my goals. My list needs some sex appeal.
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I've been playing music and walking cool all morning, and I feel so good now!

CASSIE, I am excited about your 10-minutes of "sitting with it" meditation goal. You always have breakthroughs and insights when you do that. Who knows how great you'll feel after 17 days in your imaginary mountains, where there is peace, quiet and love!?!!!
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KIRSTEN, too. After 17 days without bingeing, imagine how good you will feel!

Bingeing always took a lot out of me, made me feel crazy, and I could never eat enough to get satisfied. It took years, and I am so relieved that I no longer have that habit. We DO make progress, over time.

Who else is involved in other December challenges?
KIRSTEN'S 4.5 lbs to "onederland" by New Year's is exciting. CASSIE is working on a "Blaze of Glory" challenge (a part of the 2010 Win) and has her eye on "onederland", I know.

Who else is close to one of their "emotional weight barriers"?

If I could drop 4.5 by the end of 2010. I could be under 140, for the first time in a couple of years. I may have beaten the 150 "monkey on my back". "Onederland" was my first really thrilling accomplishment (I'm down 94 from my known high). 140 is my current "bear".
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Ok I'm in...

17 days will be until 12/22...

My goals are to drink 64 oz water EVERY day.

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No binges for 17 days.

I am part of a 5% challenge that started yesterday and I have a new year's weight goal also (4.5 lbs to go until I'm in Onederland), so I am all fired up to power through the Christmas cookie season!

Let's go!

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Boo,

thank you so much for reading and understanding. I did meditate today...it sort of evolved very non traditionally and I was able to get in touch with my feelings which were fueling my unhealthy short temperedness.

So 10 minutes of meditation is my only goal leading up to the 21ist of december. Anything else belongs in the blaze of glory.

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CASSIE, when I was entering our goals in my chart, I was struck by your comment that your goals felt like the same ole same ole and that you felt like you were going to fail. I would encourage you to re-think the goals and try for something different, something short and sweet that excites you. Maybe meditating 10 minutes a day would be enough, for starters.

Figuring out how best to take care of YOU is the important thing.

Listen to that little voice inside that went "arggh" after you talked about all that measuring and bodybugging stuff. That is a clue that you don't want to do those goals right now. You can do them another time.

Feeling trapped by life is no fun. I know the feeling. Almost 44 yrs ago, when I was 25 with a newborn, a 2-yr-old and a 4 yr-old, I felt totally trapped and resentful that my DH got to go out into the world and work. He tells me that was no picnic, either.

I let my emotional eating take me on a wild ride. I can remember pounding on the wall, crying and sliding onto the floor in a heap, whimpering that I wanted to live alone. That kind of thinking gave me nothing but more pounds to lose.

We both have more skills to help us tolerate stress than we had, even one year ago. It's in our best interest to keep working at correcting our "thinking" mistakes.

When we tell ourselves it's OK to overeat because we're stressed out, we are linking two things that are irrelevant. We know that the situation that causes stress is still going to be there, despite any overeating to numb the pain. The emotional eating habit and the situation are two different things. Working on the eating habit is something within our control. There may even be small solutions to help with the stressful situations, if we look for them. It's difficult.
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You go, GECKO!
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Sorry you've been feeling down, NEVERMIND! A few days of telling yourself the truth in a "positive" way is just what the doctor ordered. I read and re-read Coach Dean articles to help ME with that. Good news! Chances are, the weight your gained in one week will leave as quickly as it came.

Just so you know, I've never been fond of challenges that end up with people feeling pressure or embarrassment. That's why I encourage people to pick their own goals and change them on a whim. They need to work for us and not make us feel like failures.

My GOALS for the 17 days, starting today, Dec 5th

~Read my motivation cards daily (I've written the reasons I want to lose wt on the back of old business cards and I carry them around with a rubber band around them). They help me remember what's more important to me than overeating.
~Take a 10-15 minute walk, once a day, when I need a break, to get some fresh air and clear my head.
~Track food and stay within my calorie range (1620 to 1970).
~Burn more calories than I eat every day (I wear a Bodybugg that calculates my calories burned, which I could also figure out using the SP exercise tracker).

An average daily calorie deficit of 500 calories can earn a 1-lb weekly weight loss (regardless of the scale fluctuations). I'll shoot for that.

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Ok, I'm in. I have never joined any kind of challenge, but I really need the motivation; I've been very down the last few days. :(

So, I will:

1) (EDITED: not "try to" but just "be") be positive about myself every day for the next 17 days.

2) keep within or below my calorie range every day.

3) lose four pounds (in other words, the four I've gained in the last week).

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Second day in a row walking 2 miles! I know I would not have done that without the challenge motivating me. Now I just have to make it a habit that sticks.

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Congrats, BETSYANN! You're on your way.
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Well one day in and 16 to go. Read the Spark intro and 30 min. on the wii free step.

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Great start, everyone!

Complacency can fool us into thinking we're already at our goals, can't it? There have been times when I've thought "Yeah, I am doing fantabulous. I can relax." Then, before I would know what hit me, I'd be scrambling to get back on track.

I'm excited to see how we do with our goals. It's much more fun to work on them as a group.



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Short version: NNPG1mbx. Low fat, low calories, play music, walk cool. Just the impetus to get me moving!

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Starting today I will walk two miles everyday. I have been working towards that, but have become complacent at just walking less. So starting today and for the next 17 days I vow to walk at least two miles a day.

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oops! Today is the 4th. Well, I'm starting right now. So, I'll be completing the challenge on 12-21-10. emoticon

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My arm and neck are injured, and I'm not supposed to be on my computer so I'm going to sneak just a little. Besides, I'm almost better. Starting today, 12-5-10, I will walk and or do light exercise 30 min. a day. Also, I'll read the Spark, which I bought several months ago. I don't think I can handle being on the computer long enough to track my food. We'll see.

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I am here and I am starting today December 5th. I like this because 17 days from today is the Winter Solstice and the days will begin to grow longer (I love looking at it this way;)

I have been firmly committed to maintaining my weight and working out consistently. I haven't been having big workouts, but totally subscribe to "do what you can when you can."

When we started the "going down in a blaze" I was pumped up and really wanted to get below 200. That has not been happening. Eating for weight loss is so challenging, but damn I want it! I have been engaging in bingey behavior at night which means I will start munching on some chips, then cheese, then crackers, then a little wine and then a little more...all a bit at a time..but I don't know how much I actually consumed.

So what to do?

Measure...I am not going to allow myself to just reach into bags. I want to get bag to knowing what I eat..not going into hazey binge fog.


So first behavior is to measure and account for whatever I eat.

Next:

This morning I was laying in bed and wondering why I have given up on meditating. I am so resistant to sitting. So I will sit for 10 minutes a day.

The other thing is that I let my Body Bug subscription lapse so I don't have that tool.

I will get that going again.

ARGGGGHHHHH, But as I write this it feels like the same old stuff and I feel like I am going to fail.....I have been so irratable because of my daughter and how pumped up she is about Christmas already. I am feeling overwhelmed by my life and these god damn holidays....I just love peace and silence and hate the commercialism/consumerism of it all. I do stay out of it and am perfectly happy to do my own thing, but it is all so intrusive.

I want to stop feeling so irritated with my daughter and resentful of my husband for his ability to come and go as he pleases. I feel so trapped by my life....and I know that is what leads me to eating....its what led me to gain so much weight during my daughter's toddler years when it was all so much.

Right now she has been nagging me to get off the computer and all I want is some quiet place to write and think.

So, I need to sort this all out. Maybe there are times where weight loss is too stressful. I guess I really just need to figure out how to take care of myself right now.





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The airwaves are full of talk, promoting a “17-day diet”. As an experiment, let’s see what WE can accomplish in 17 days with all of the resources SparkPeople makes available to us.
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DECEMBER IS A DIFFICULT MONTH TO LOSE WEIGHT.
We can come up with lots of excuses for not working out or not sticking to food plans. We can trick ourselves into putting off our goals for another day, which often turns into another year.

So, HERE’S THE CHALLENGE: If you want to COMMIT TO 17 DAYS, CHOOSE YOUR GOAL OR GOALS and post them here. Start your 17 days when you are ready and update us on your progress daily or weekly.
~You can choose the number of lbs you want to lose.
~OR, if you’d rather do a “behavior” goal, you can choose to focus on one or more goals for 17 days. And, if at any time, one or more of your goals is hindering you more than helping you, change it to something more useful.

If you’re “IN”, post your intentions. You can start immediately or wait a few days while you consider your goals. Just let us know when your 17 days will begin and what you plan to do.

Stop in frequently, when time allows. Getting to know the other participants really helps.
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TO HELP CHOOSE YOUR GOALS, here are some COMMON EXCUSES and CHANGES TO COMBAT THEM.

“I DON'T HAVE TIME” can mean “I am not willing to make planning for exercise and food tracking a priority.

~Write down what we eat (doesn’t take long)
~Plan our meals and snacks, so that healthy choices are easily available (saves time)
~Eat 5 fruits and veggies daily and/or drink enough water (helps us lose wt & requires no extra time)
~Exercise during TV commercials
~Take a walk at lunch
-Get out of bed and exercise with a “Coach Nicole” 10-minute video before shower or breakfast
-Attend a fitness class (scheduling makes it part of our normal day)
~Short distance walking for exercise newbies (Shopping in malls could do it.)
~SP trainers tell us we can expect results from exercise done 3 times a week for 15 minutes. . We can even split that 15 minutes into two 7.5 minute quickies.

“I’M TOO TIRED TO WORK OUT” can mean “I am unwilling to get off my butt and do any kind of exercise”.
If we really ARE exhausted, here are some potential causes of our fatigue, all things that are “choices” we make, all things that we can control:
-Not enough sleep
-Not enough of the right kinds of food
~Too much caffeine, alcohol or TV watching
~SP experts tell us that we can feel tired from lack of exercise and that we will feel better and have more energy, once we get moving.

“I'LL START TOMORROW” can mean “I’m all talk. I have grandiose hopes and dreams and I’m not much of a DOER.” If our determination is wishy-washy, we could be looking at an endless number of “tomorrows”. If we keep putting off our action steps, we may NEVER reach our goals. We could be sitting here in December NEXT YEAR, still overweight, not getting any younger OR healthier.

TODAY is the day to do SOMETHING (ANYTHING—IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE BIG. Everything helps.). There is only ONE today.

THE GOALS WE CHOOSE FOR OUR 17-DAY CHALLENGE place us on our path to good health.

“I’M TOO OLD” can mean “I give up.” If we THINK we are old, we ARE. I highly recommend reading the book “Younger Next Year”. (could be read leisurely in 17 days)

It’s common for those of us beyond our 20’s to fear that we won’t look good when we lose weight. Even if that were true, wouldn’t it be better to spend our old age with less pain, fewer diseases and more independence? We also can’t ignore the fact that we could die sooner, due to problems caused by being overweight.

“I DON'T KNOW WHAT I SHOULD EAT” can mean “I am unwilling to give up my food indulgences and feed my body healthier foods.”

SP articles teach us how to choose foods we enjoy that do not negatively impact our weight and health. How about trying some easy SP recipes? My family and I love our sweet potato oven fries.

“I HAVE BAD GENETICS” can mean “I am unwilling to even try; I just want to play ‘yes, but’”.

Check out some SP articles on this subject. I’ve read that it's very rare to have genetics that won’t let us benefit from exercise and healthy food choices.
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How about it? Are YINZ interested?

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