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1/6/10 5:21 P

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Even though the last two weeks of 2009 I didn't follow through on most of my exercise plans, this challenge really helped me a lot. Work and just holiday stuff was crazy the last two weeks and made it harder for me to do all planned. I did get some exercise in but not as much as normal.

I am back on track exercise wise and feel great about that. I am continuing following Tom's advice in the Body Fat Solution but will look to add more and switch things up a bit. I am continuing to follow the Weight Watchers program for my eating. I expect to get rid of the last ten pounds I want to lose and continue to lower my body fat percentage. I love using my Omron body fat scale. Even if it is not 100% accurate it is consistent and it can be very motivating watching the fat % decrease even if the weight didn't move.

Wishing all a wonderful 2010! May we all reach our goals set for this year!


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"Failure is only postponed success...The habit of persistence is the habit of victory." -Herbert Kaufman

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12/20/09 9:46 P

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How is everyone doing? I have been tracking my food and workouts but haven't been updating my points (sorry). Work is terrible crazy for another 2 days, then a week or two of respite before my 2 months of mind-numbing busy-ness (my regular job plus taking on teaching an exercise phys class which I am super excited about...but with 42 students in the class it will take lots of time).

My workouts have been good. I try to keep my intensity high because I'm only having like 30 minutes a day to workouts (occassionally more). Today there was none:( And I ate HORRIBLE. usually it's a day I wouldn't track, but I did...3000 calories (although according to most calculations at my weight, my "maintenance" is 2800, but that just feels high and the calories I did get were total crap for the most part.). So back on track tomorrow with eating (I took home the leftover veggies and left the Christmas cookies) and getting up early for exercise. I had a funny neck thing last week so didn't do much hard strength training as I didn't want to aggrivate it.

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12/14/09 6:19 A

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Hi everyone I did okay last week. I was not able to get in all my workouts due to lots of craziness at my job Friday and Saturday (no I don't normally work on Saturdays) but we have so many projects going on and what was supposed to be a 1 hour thing from home turned out to be an 8 hour thing until 11 o'clock at night! Saturday ended up being not such a great food day either.

I am going to do a strength routine right now, before work, Just wanted to put this down on paper (sort of) and say hi!

So, I am back on track and ready for a great week of workouts and food planning! Thanks for just being there so I can be accountable to you!!!

GG sounds awesome - I have to try that. I never did such short bursts of intensity.

Jazmin-A hope you are feeling better today. I don't belong to a gym but would love to try hot yoga!

"There's a difference between knowing the path and walking the path." Morpheus in The Matrix

"Failure is only postponed success...The habit of persistence is the habit of victory." -Herbert Kaufman

Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do."
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12/13/09 11:37 P

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Great work Greene!

I'm sure your hard work will pay off, high intensity really gets the heart pumping:) As for food, yes not keeping less healthy foods around is the easiest way not to eat them. I find they sneek in sometimes then I have to remind myself that that's not what makes me happy. Anyhow best of luck on this next week!

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12/13/09 10:00 P

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Here we go everyone...Week 5. Just 3 weeks left in 2009. Keep burning that fat!!! Last week I tried SIT (short interval training) on the bike...basically changing my intervals from 30 seconds hard, one minute moderate to 10 seconds hard, 20 seconds moderate. Same ratio of 1:2 but it was sooooo much harder and a total calorie torcher. I could not physically do more than 10 minutes and my HR never got below 170. It was stinkin' awesome. Did that as part of 2 different workouts last week. Hoping my hard work pays off. Trying to be serious about my eating...but I realize how old habits die hard:( Pre planning and just not keeping junk around is my biggest help...

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12/13/09 9:06 P

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Thought I'd share:

Just did some research and found out that an average person burns between 650-900 calories with 1 hour of hot yoga.

I think this is pretty awesome:)

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12/10/09 12:08 P

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Hello Everyone

It looks like you are all staying on track and doing awesome! Way to go were almost there:)

Sorry that I've been missing in action lately my saga continues... Pulled my muscle on friday over doing it and so have been taking it easy for the last week. Today I'm going for a hot yoga class so I think that's a good way to get back to it.

Started taking my hypo pills and it's been a week with no real change, I heard it can take a while to kick in but I am ready for some energy. Any day now! lol.

Have a great rest of the week everyone!

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12/5/09 9:54 P

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Way to go!!! That sounds like killer workouts.

I met my goals this week...just need to update my points. WHEW! So busy with work for the next 17 days...which will give me about 2 or 3 days before Christmas to catch up:( The nice thing is no extra time for baking so not much goodies to tempt me. And I have about one party/event per week so should be able to plan my free meals accordingly. And I've been successfully (mostly) avoiding the Christmas cookies, etc. our patients bring in on a daily basis this time of year.

Got in a great workout this morning...I took my 3 year old with me (the gym isnt open on Sat so I get free reign so I let her play with balls, trampolines, etc while I work hard, when I did run intervals on the treadmill she ran laps around the equipment). It was so much fun but also got a great workout...bear crawls and fancy footwork with soccer balls. I want her to have a healthy relationship with exercise...having fun and making it a regular part of our life (sometimes in the middle of the store she'll want to "exercise" by running backwards or side shuffling).

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12/5/09 9:06 P

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Finally, back on target! I was 76 calories over today, but my macros were 38/37/25...BINGO!! I also rocked the workouts today...60 min. of kick butt spinning class, then 60 min. of ChaLean Extreme...just about maxed out on the weights. Gotta love it!!! Like she says, go heavy or go home. I feel so much better!

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12/3/09 11:24 A

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Hey all
Haven't update my points for this week, but I did write down my goals on Sunday...hard to believe it is Thurs already. It has been so busy. No wonder I jsut want to sit on my butt today. I did workout already, but my motivation for house work or anything is pretty nil.

My goals this week (back to basics)
1) Track all of my food and stay within my calorie range (lower end preferably)
2) 6 cardio workouts of 30 minutes minimum, 3 strength workouts

I am pretty sore from hard workouts this week...and 2 workouts a day on Monday and Wednesday...no wonder I'm draggin butt. wanted to check in. I will update my points. I am keeping track.

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11/29/09 9:19 A

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Great job GGREENE!

It is funny how I thought exercising was going to be my issue. It turns out I have been doing great with the exercise portion of my plan! I need to really focus more on my eating. That is a big part of my plan this coming week! Hope everyone else had a good week.

"There's a difference between knowing the path and walking the path." Morpheus in The Matrix

"Failure is only postponed success...The habit of persistence is the habit of victory." -Herbert Kaufman

Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do."
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11/28/09 8:14 A

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I made it through the 2 hardest days...I didn't track my calories (I couldn't get it to work on my husband's phone and I don't want to be sitting at my parent's computer the whole time since I see them so little. This morning I am up way before anyone else so doing a bit of catching up). But I felt pretty balanced like if I had a big meal at lunch, supper was generally lighter. Thanksgiving day as I kept wanting to graze on goodies I finally grabbed my husband for a walk which got my mind off food. The past 2 days I've done Jillian Michael's DVDs with my sister...great workouts. I let her wear my heart rate monitor so not sure how many calories I burned. But overall I feel like I have been able to indulge in some food, but have done so in a balanced way.

Today we're celebrating "Christmas" so it will be a lot of appetizer type things. We tried to plan for mostly healthy options. I had reported my dad had lost 70...it's more like 90. He is looking great. He still has more to go, but I am so proud of him. Inspirational.

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11/25/09 1:06 P

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Well, my eating has been so-so too. I've been staying close on my macros, but outside my calorie range. I guess it's ok though when I consider how much I've been burning in workouts. I'm about 1200 calories under so far this week, so I should be ok. Tomorrow starts our vacation...start out at Aunties for Thaksgiving and then hit the road. We should hit D.C. about 11:30 p.m. Nothing like a 7 hour drive after too much turkey. I'll have to be careful or the tryptophan will kick in and it will wind up being nappy time instead of drive time. And goodness knows the girls will be very unhappy if we don't make it to daddy's tomorrow night.

Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. Hope everyone who is under the weather gets feeling better ASAP and can enjoy a bit of turkey and dressing.

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11/25/09 7:19 A

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GG wishing you great success on your holiday weekend! I was overweight most of my life to . Wish I knew then the things I know now. As long as we are making a difference in our lives now. We are good role models for our families and friends.

Jazmin-A my sister has thyroid issues and taking her meds helps make a difference for her. It will get under control and you will be okay.

Exercise is going great for me - the eating has been so so the last few days. I didn't follow the plan I had laid out for myself. Today is a new day though! My son came home sick from school yesterday and he still feels warm this morning. My husband is working tomorrow so I think I will be home with my son and have my sister bring my older one to Thanksgiving dinner.

Happy Thanksgiving to
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JAZZID
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MINDYOGI
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ZMONEY

Have a great day!

"There's a difference between knowing the path and walking the path." Morpheus in The Matrix

"Failure is only postponed success...The habit of persistence is the habit of victory." -Herbert Kaufman

Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do."
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11/24/09 11:23 P

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The fact that we are all logging on and talking to each other is a great start! We are the only ones that can change our lives.

My start has been rough but it's all coming together. Went to the Doc today and I do have hypothyroidism. It's at an early stage so with some medication he says I will start to feel better in 6-8 weeks. I am hoping that with the exercise and eating well I will finally start to really notice some weight loss:) It's been so hard and I am ready to wake up this body and see some changes.

Have a great rest of your week everyone!

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11/24/09 10:00 P

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Well, I was not in good shape at 13. I started being overweight in 4th grade (I have my height/weight records from school and one day looked it up...that was the year my dad was hospitalized with depression for 2 weeks and we lost our house and cars to bankruptcy...can you say emotional eating?). I remember having to do 5 real pushups in junior high and couldn't even do one...now I can do 10 or more! If only I could run. I've come to accept that I'm never going to run a 5K again, but it's frustrating that I know my cardio would be much more effective if I could do plyos or run).

Tomorrow evening starts the vacation. But I'm definitely going to do my best to eat right 80% of the time. And use my sister's Jillian Michaels DVD's. I've had 2 killer workouts plus one steady state workout already this week. I did a combo of HIIT with some complex balance/full body strength stuff both Sunday and today.

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11/23/09 7:57 P

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Hi everyone!
I know that many of us had rough starts but thats fine- think of it as defining where you're at- now we get to build our habits to get where we want to be! Rome wasn't built in a day!
I think each of us- well all of america really- know that this week is the HARDEST week of the year to stay in line with eating right. in case you haven't read it- read Tom's blog: http://www.burnthefatblog.com/archives/200
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Enjoy your thanksgiving meals, just remember moderation! try to fit in an extra workout this week-or if you're traveling, plan for healthy snacks, and avoid getting to that point where you're starving and will eat anything.
one "rule" that i think always helps me not go overboard when I know that I'll be somewhere with unhealthy but tempting food is this- whatever not so healthy thing I want to eat must be eaten AFTER eating something healthy thats the same portion size. Then I fill up onhealthy things and am paying attention to portions. Eat a salad first, then potatoes or stuffing, a piece of fruit before dessert... etc- you know the drill...

Jazmin- we should talk about thyroid issues. I'd love to hear your story. I have Hashimotos and have been reading alot of research on everything about hypothyroidism. I'm really glad you went to a naturopath. make sure they are measureing your free T3 and free T4 not just your T3 and T4 it makes a huge difference in your care...
and GG- how cool is it to be able to say you're in better shape now than 13! thats awesome!!!

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11/22/09 9:58 P

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I have thought about tracking ahead. If I get a chance I may. With my husband's fancy phone I may be able to utilize some of the time in the car to do that. With my family I know exactly where mom "hides" the candy (although everyone knows where it is) and what goodies we all expect when we are together. But since my dad has lost around 70 pounds and is really trying hard I think we are all trying to keep it healthy.

Mindy had asked some questions about exercising...and I wanted to say what I look forward to is the awesome feeling I have all day if I had a great workout and keep eating healthy. Today was one of those days. Although it ended with sugar cereal (our Sunday evening meal, one of my "free meals"), I was way under calories and ate great early on...and had a killer HIIT then strength circuit workout this morning. My 3 year old worked out with me and at the end I got the crazy idea to try bear crawling and crab walking that I hadn't done since J.H. and hated it...but today I was able to do it and it was such a great feeling. I almost wanted to call up my classmates and tell them I'm in better shape at 31 than I was at 13!

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11/22/09 9:51 P

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GG instead of just tracking how about you plan your meals for each of those days after you see what is available / restaurants you are going to. Or do a quick shopping trip once you get settled there?

Traveling always takes extra planning, but I am sure it will be great to be with your family. I do understand about that feeling of being with your family, especially mom! Everything is safe with them.


"There's a difference between knowing the path and walking the path." Morpheus in The Matrix

"Failure is only postponed success...The habit of persistence is the habit of victory." -Herbert Kaufman

Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do."
- Pope John XXIII


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11/22/09 9:41 P

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Wow everyone...love to see that much interaction and hear how everyone is doing...even if it wasn't a good week. Thanks for the accumeasure link. My mom is giving money for Christmas for us to buy whatever we want...I think that will be one of my purchases (along with some other fitness equipment/videos yet to be determined).

This upcoming week is going to be my most difficult of the holiday season. We go back to visit my family...a 9 1/2 hour trip each way. So the traveling itself I don't get much exercise and it takes being intentional to not mindlessly eat. Also, when I'm at my parents/sister's it's hard not to fall back into the habits I've had my whole life that have kept me overweight my whole life...finding the treats that are always there. I did buy a box of Kashi to take with me so that for sure my breakfast will be healthy. Thanksgiving day won't be hard...my dad is in the process of losing weight and so we'll have healthy options...it's the other days with eating out at my favorite restaurants, etc. I already have my "free" meal planned (this fabulous mexican restaurant) and am planning on trying some of my sister's cardio DVD's to get good workouts and ideas for ones I may like to buy. If I can make it through this week without gaining, I'll be set for the rest of the challenge:)

My week 2 goals:
1) Get a 30 minute workout each day. Minimum of 2 strength and 2 HIIT.
2) Drink 64+ oz water
3) Track my food. Even if it is over, be honest about what I ate.
4) Enjoy the time with my family.

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11/22/09 3:19 P

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Hey everyone. Its nice to catch up and see how everyone is doing. It's also somewhat comforting to see that I am not the only one who didn't quite make all of their goals this week. I made my exercise goals, and am on track to finish my P90X round by Thursday, but the eating was way off track. I have a problem with carbs during certain times of the month, and unfortunately I lost control on Friday and blew my range by about 1100 calories. I felt better on Saturday (more energy), so apparently my body needed a re-feed, but I think that went way overboard. I think I'm going to start incorporating the re-feed day and go to a 3 low, 1 high carb/calorie cycle and see what happens. That might jumpstart the fat loss too.

This week will be interesting because of the holiday, and because I am taking the kids to see their dad, as he is deployed with the U.S. Army in Washington D.C. I'm going to keep the goals really simple: make smart choices with food and try to keep as close to 2000 cals as possible; exercise each day--even if it is just push-ups or crunches; finish P90X by Thursday; and have fun on vacation...no bad mood days.

Hope everyone else has a great holiday. Happy Thanksgiving all!!!

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11/22/09 12:34 P

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Hey Everyone

Well week one was difficult not the best week for starting a challenge, I got to the gym twice and yoga twice so not horrible but far from my goals. Pretty sure I lost muscle this week as my weight is down 1.2 pounds but my bf is up .7%. So that means this week I stick to my goals and move move move!

On a side note I have been going to a natropath and got basically a whole bunch of blood work done to see how i'm doing for vitamins, iron, and thyroid. Well everything was great other than my thyroid it was in the high normal range and so I went in for more testing and now they want to see me... There is a history of thyroid issues in my family so that may be part of my issue in this whole weight loss journey. I'll find out this week. Just thought I would share.

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Hey, sorry I missed a few days...i've been super busy. I'm kinda disappointed because I cr@pped out the first week. I didn't make it to the gym once, my eating wasnt consistent or as tight s it should have been, and I didn't track very day as I should have (although I do remember so i filled it out.) I maintained on the scale this week, which isnt suprising. I guess thats better than gaining. But this next week I am going hardcore, especially since I want to enjoy a *few* (not tons) of things on thanksgiving. I got to read through this thread and catch up on how everyone else has been

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It is Hashimotos- not a fun disease but at least it has a cool name! It's amazing how many women have it!

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I had a really good week also. My training was excellent this week. I am really proud of that.
I did three strength training sessions, I did four cardio sessions, I trained at my TaeKwonDo class three times this week. I did everything exercise wise I planned on accomplishing.

As for eating I did really well except last Saturday. I ate more than I wanted to but it was unplanned. But to me that is water under the bridge. I lost 1.2 pounds which exceeded my weight loss goal. I follow Weight Watchers so even though one day was a free day for me I stayed within my Points Range for the entire week. So, then I actually stayed within my plans ranges.

My muscle mass increased by .1% this week (at least it is in the right direction!). I bought an Omron Body Fat Scale. It has two points of measure with electrodes, one you hold in your hand while you stand on the scale. I like it. Even if it is not 100% accurate - it does give me consistent readings. At least, I know the scale part is accurate.

MINDYOGI I love to do Tae Kwon Do for cardio - although it has some of both strength and cardio. I love the kicking and the punching especially when we use the Wavemaster (free standing bags). This week though I started a walk to run program to see how I like it. I always shied away from running but do a lot of walking. So, I will see how it goes. I do love step aerobics also. But I have to say I love strength the most. It makes me feel strong!

Is it hashimoto's? My sister has that and stays away from wheat amongst other things . The wheat bothers her rosacea also. Wheat is an inflammatory food, so I don't really think it is the greatest for all of us. Omega 6 fats are also inflammatory in our bodies and in the U.S. the ratio of Omega 6's to Omega 3's is off balance. I've read lots of articles that believe this is another reason our health is not always the greatest. I do a lot of reading on nutrition and I do make sure I eat healthy foods 90% of the time. One of my goals each day is to have 9 servings of fruits and vegetables a day. Your body needs a steady stream of antioxidants to get rid of the free radicals in your body.
Congratulations on meeting your goals everyone who posted and will post!

Edited by: INCTRL at: 11/22/2009 (08:07)
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I'm curious how everyones doing too!
I made my goals except for missing one stregnth session, and a yoga session, so I'm not getting my 50 points at the end of this week... But I exceeded my goals with cardio and nutrition, and learned alot this week about nutrition so this was still a grat week for me.

emoticon I've been reading alot of research lately on how a autoimmune thyroid disease I have is strongly correlated to celiac disease and gluten sensitivities and am considering going glluten free (I am getting tested for food allergies to know for sure). I didn't realize much wheat I was eating untill the last few days! It's everywhere! I've been thinking alot about nutrition this week- It's not just calories and fat content but nutrients- vital nutrients that build our bodies. I've been learning about antioxidents and phytonutrients and I wondered if any of you track those sorts of things too? How do you make sure that you're eating the healthiest foods for you- not just the low cal/low fat ones?

emoticon My running has been great- I'm running a 4M on Dec 12th and I think that I'll make a decent time, however, I am pushing for a better than expected time :) How many of you run races regularly? What is your preferred cardio? Are you the type of person that prefers cardio or strength training??

GGREENE, it sounds like you've had a great week and met your nutrition goals. Congrats! that can be a very hard thing to do becasue you have to make the right decisions all day long!! and check out amazon for the calipers- you can get and accumeasure ( recomended) for $1.99 + $4.95 shipping on amazon. here's the link:
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So, how did everyone do the first week? I'm interested to see how I do on the scale. I know I should get a calipers and do my body fat, but it's just not in the budget right now. I do go a lot by my clothing, but that isn't quite as immediate at this point in the game. My "maintenance calories" are 2500 by the formula in the BFFM book, so I have my range set at 1700-2000. I was in the 1800-1900 range most of the week. Slightly under the 1700 one day, and up to 2100 another day (technically still a calorie deficit). I exercised all days but one (Thursday). So "technically" I should have lost a pound, but with 3 difficult weight workouts it may not show that, I know.

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I'd love to have a place to celebrate successes or voice the challenges we have so we can come up with solutions separate from the points thread...whether it be on here or a new thread.

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I like that too - Should we post successes and points once a week?

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Perhaps we should post our points on the challenge thread, and our successes and goals met here? or maybe start a new thread? what do you think?
I really like the idea- it personalizes it :)

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Okay - I am really liking this challenge. My workouts are great. My eating is good - getting better! I am feeling very focused right now. I want to feel like this the last week of the year.

Are we posting our success once every week?

Thanks
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I've been meeting my goals and am even a workout ahead this week. I'm so thrilled about this challenge!
Go Team Feed the Muscle!!!

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How is everyone doing a few days into this? I have really hit it the past 3 days hard working out...which is good but my knees are killing me so tomorrow is going to be a lighter workout with pilates. Not what I had planned but I need to listen to my body. And my nutrition which is by far my hardest has been in check so far. We have a potluck at work tomorrow (let the endless buffet begin) so I bought veggies to contribute and make sure my other meals are great.

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It's true, you can get a great workout with a body weight workout. I don't know about the specific type you are asking about, but you can get anywhere from basic ex's anyone can do, to killer stuff even the ultra fit will struggle with (check out Ross Enamait, he's amazing!!) I say it is good to mix it up. I did a home based strength workout yesterday due to time which means lighter weight than I normally have, so I just changed tempo and sets and man, my arms are killing today. LOVE IT!

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I agree with Jazz- using your own body weight can be even harder when you try to incorporate balance into the mix. try some vinyassa yoga and hold the poses for several minutes- you get your body in the right shape and holding still can be quite the challenge! but remember to do upper body excercises like tricept dips (use a kitchen chair or coffee table- something sturdy), pushups, and what I call plank work- get into plank pose- what you start pushups with- and move from your hands down to your elbows and back up to plank pose and do it over and over- remember to hold your core tight- its a great upperbody workout that you can do anywhere...

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GREEN: yes...I agree with Jazmin, that because you stayed within your caloric deficit your goals were met for that day...

I am familiar with Callenetics and used to do it years ago, very effective exercise technique... This is a difficult question, but I would look at this as an add-on to strength training, weight training is a lot different then Callentics, body weight vs. using weights... However, a beginning strength training program might start out with using just "body weight only" exercises, which would include exercises like push-ups, squats, lunges, side-lying leg raises, etc. all very effective exercises without the added weights...

If you want to use it for weight training I would just say keep it balanced... Callentics focuses mainly on the lower body, so I would incorporate some kind of upper body exercises to go along with the them; and keep track of you reps... sets/reps, etc. and just continue to keep a record of your progress and keep challenging yourself...

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Hey Green:)

I think you are ok on that one as your still in a caloric deficit. Your doing great!

Question to all:

I use some of the machines at the gym for strengthening my back and shoulders, and I have been thinking of getting a trainer to give me a routine I can do at home for my none cardio days. But what do you think about callenetics for strength training. For those that don't know about it it's somewhat like pilates and ballet mixed together so it creates lean muscle.... Just wanted to know what others thoughts were on this.

Thanks:)

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I have a question on "reaching" a goal for the day. For nutrition, if it is a day that I have a "free" meal but had it planned and still stayed in calorie range, would that be considered a goal met?

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Rock on!! Thanks for putting me on "Burn the Fat", because that is my goal...burn 2% by Christmas!

Let's go everyone!!!!

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Woo hoo! I'm ready to go.

Should we be posting our goals somewhere? Here? Another thread? I was thinking about using my blog.

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Welcome to your Tough to the End Challenge Teams!
I just put us in alphabetical order and split the teams that way. We have 16 people, 8 on each team.

Now remember- you have to keep track of your total points on your own post. Try to keep it updated.
Also remember that you earn support points for supporting anyone in this challenge- not just your team members. The reason we're on sparkpeople is that we understand the social accountability aspect is really motivating- support each other and keep tabs on each other. Lets build some supportive friendships to last!

Good luck on this challenge! Lets keep this thread open for conversation, support, questions, and comments, and just have the challenge thread for our results.


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4 hours left in my time zone for 11/14 and if it's not too late I'd like to join the challenge. I've been vaguely following BFFM for a while...but when I saw Tom's blog about his challenge, I wondered if there was a BFFM team on SP and just joined.

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That was a great blog! thank you for sharing! :)
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Thanks for the link Mindyogi! I am ready and psyched! Thanks for suggesting and organizing this!

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Hey everyone! Ready to start the Tough to the End challenge? We've got a great list of participants! We start Sunday!

I saw this post on Tom Venutos Burn the Fat blog and thought I'd post the link so you can read it too...
http://www.burnthefatblog.com/archives/2
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I'm going to do exactly as he suggests: eat healthy, work hard, and enjoy the holiday treats with reason. Besides, with simple alterations, most unhealthy holiday food can be remade to actually be good for you!

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I really need this challenge. My past record shows I stop strength training in October and then pick it up again in Aprilish.

I am determined this to be my first year to train all the way through the winter. I already am still training into November so I am psyched for this to keep me motivated and not lose my momentum!

Thanks for coming up with this challenge. emoticon

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Sounds perfect! I'm in and I want to thank Laura for inviting me to this team and a big hello to everyone else!

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I'm just starting to begin reading BFFM, but I'd like to join the challenge!

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Awesome challenge, great work!!

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Mel, you hit the nail on the head!thats exactly what you do.
After the first two weeks, we'll keep our challenge total, and update for the next two weeks- this way we won't get posts that are a page long!
So glad you're joining the challenge and getting active on sparkpeople! There are some really amazing people here!

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I'm in Idabelda. I will do my best to get to the gym WITH you in the mornings. I need your support. Be gentle, I love to sleep.

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I'm in.

I'm fairly new to SP, and I've never done a challenge before. So just to be sure I understand the mechanics...

You made a separate post called "Tough to the End of 2009 Challenge." We should...

1. Copy what you have in your post, which is basically a template for the first two weeks.
2. "Reply" and post our info in the Tough to the End of 2009 Challenge thread.
3. Each day (or as often as possible), we should edit our post in that thread to update it with our latest info.

Did I get that right? Is there somewhere we should post what our goals are?

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This sounds great... I have been off for a little while, and I am looking for a challenge to get me back into the swing again... Yes, count me in...

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Sounds great. I've got 3 weeks of P90X to go and I've been trying to figure out what I am going to do after that, so this is a good transition. Besides, I want to drop about 2% BF by the end of December (Christmas would be better) so this will keep me honest and give me another reason to stay on track!

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I say post when you can- keep track of everything, but if you can't post for a few days I'm not goint to throw a fit :) However, maybe your more competitive teammembers will!
I think we start tracking on sunday, and we try to have our end of week totals posted by the end of the next sunday. You don't have to update daily, but it does help keep you more involved and reminds you of your commitment and goals.
also, remember to try to reach out to a team member everytime you track your goals- you'll earn more points, AND you help build the support system that will help all of us.
I'll separate people into teams tomorrow morning and we'll start this 6 week challenge!
Whoo hooo!
I'm so glad there are so many of you excited to do this!!!
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I have not read Tom's newest book, but my guess is you should be fine!

I'm going to start logging tomorrow at www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_mes
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I would like to be in this challenge!

I have only read The Body Fat Solution and am following that - I think they are pretty similar. Not sure what the differences are. Is is worth it to get BFFM too? Thanks

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This sounds great to me too...thanks for starting this. I am just getting back into all this so it's perfect for me!

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I left the team when I got off the BFFM wagon, but now I'm back, thanks to this challenge.

I'm so totally in!

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So what day of the week would we have to post, and is there a penalty if we post late?

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This Sunday is November 8...that's what confused me.

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Yes, we're waiting untill this sunday, Nov 15th, to start. I want to give people a chance to see the challenge, and say that they wnt to join. I started the "Tough to the End of 2009" thread just to better show people what the posts would look like, and have it all set up by the 15th. People can start thier post early too if they want to, but no, tracking the points won't start until the 15th!

I will be setting up teams on the 15th so we can add in some friendly competition...
Anyone want to volunteer to be a team captain and post thier teams total points at the end of the weeks?

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double post (oops) sorry!!! Deleted!

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So are we waiting till November 15th to start? That is what the new thread looks like. Am I reading it correctly or am I a complete dunce??
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Great idea!

I'm in too!!!

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Great idea! I'm in.

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I'm game.

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I've noticed that this Team doesn't really do challenges. Why?
BFFM is the most complete program I've come across and I would love to participate in a challenge with all of you.
Who's game? emoticon
I'm thinking we set one up starting Nov. 15th that runs through the rest of the year. Something like this:
Those who reply saying they want in by Nov 14 2009 will be split into two teams. Each team would compete against each other Each day we'd update our individual post. This way we don't have pages and pages of posts.

Because we would all have specific and very different goals it would be more general reporting. We'd earn points based on meeting our targets in three areas: Working out, Eating right, and meeting our daily goals, and supporting BFFM team members. We'd also have a section where we'd earn additional points for weekly goal planning and if we met our weekly goals, so every sunday, as you plan out your next week and review the past week, you could earn 100 points for staying on top of your goals!

Points:
Weekly Points:
Planning your weekly goals: 50 (beginning of week-1 per week)
Meeting your weekly goals: 50(end of week- 1 per week)

Daily Points:
Meeting your daily Burn the fat (exercise)goals: 10 points
Meeting your daily Feed the Muscle (nutrition)goals: 10 points
Meeting your daily Other goals: 10 points (examples of other goals could be something like eating no sugar, drinking enough water, increasing your running mileage, avoiding alcohol etc)
Support points: 5 points per day you come online and email, sparkgoodie, or give your support to a fellow challenger (on your team or not).

Our post would look like something like this:

Challenge total points:xxx

Week 1 points: xxx
End of week: Weekly goals met:50
Nov21 Workout:10 Nutrition:0 Goals:10 Support:5
Nov20 Workout:0 Nutrition:10 Goals:10 Support:5
Nov19 Workout:10 Nutrition:0 Goals:0 Support:0
Nov18 Workout:0 Nutrition:10 Goals:10 Support:5
Nov17 Workout:10 Nutrition:10 Goals:10 Support:5
Nov16 Workout:10 Nutrition:0 Goals:10 Support:0
Nov15 Workout:10 Nutrition:10 Goals:10 Support:5
Weekly planning:50

What do you think? Does this sound like a fun way to end this year?
I started a challenge thread here: https://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_me
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Join the Tough to the End of 2009 challenge!

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