BL Summer Challenge 2009

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  1. pjlla

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    Tuesday QOTD: When do you eat the bulk of your calories? Breakfast? Lunch? Dinner? Snacks? Or are they evenly distributed throughout the day?

    Mine are fairly evenly distributed throughout the day, unless I am saving points for a special dinner. I usually have 3-4 points for bkfst, 5-6 for lunch, 2-3 for snack, 5- 6 for dinner, and 3-4 for evening snack. I would like to be able to give up the evening snack, but I just can't, so I am trying to be sure I always eat it before 8pm.


    Sorry I haven't been on much lately.... I even forgot to post my weight loss for last week, which makes me sad because it was a good one! Oh well. I am ending the summer a bit slimmer than I began it (assuming I have a good weigh-in this week), so I am happy. And I am SURE that having this BL challenge has helped me tremendously to stay on program, so thanks to ALL of you for coming here and sharing your thoughts and ideas and your personal ups and downs. THanks so much to those of you who took the time to coach and post QOTD. I really enjoy them... they really help me learn about my "friends" here. I am really looking forward to the next challenge.................P
     
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  3. lisah0711

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    Congratulations to all our superstars this week and a great BIG congratulations to corinnak for being the biggest loser and losing every week of the challenge!!!! You are my hero! :cheer2:

    donac, I'm sorry that you had so much trouble walking on your vacation. The road to recovery is a lot longer and winds more than we would like -- kind of like the road to good health . . . :hug:

    princessbride6205, when I have a craving that lasts for days like that I go ahead and try something little to take care of it. Otherwise, I'll eat ten different things that don't work and still succumb to the craving. Could you just buy one cookie so you don't have to have a whole batch to deal with? Or bake them, eat one and give the rest away?

    Angie, it's taken me quite awhile to figure out what will work for me. I think it is a life long process and you have to be prepared to adjust all the time as circumstances change.

    I will post the BL8 thread on Friday. Don't forget to check back here periodically for the final results. I know Shannon will have some interesting numbers for us. :goodvibes

    Tuesday QOTD: When do you eat the bulk of your calories? Breakfast? Lunch? Dinner? Snacks? Or are they evenly distributed throughout the day?

    My calories are pretty much spread throughout the day. I think that I need to eat less at meals and add a couple of snacks. Eating after dinner isn't too bad for me but between the time I come home and dinner is a big, big danger time. I also need to stop eating breakfast and lunch at my desk.

    Argh! pirate: You are so right, matey!
     
  4. princessbride6205

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    Corinnak - CONGRATULATIONS! You are an inspiration! It is an amazing achievement that you've lost weight every week. Yeah! :yay: Didn't you say you would never be a weekly biggest loser? Your slow and steady method has definitely been working. You did it!

    Lisa - You're totally right about finding something to satisfy the craving. As much as I'd love to have homemade cookies and just freeze or give away most of them...I just don't have the time or energy right now (work is crazy). After some thinking on what else would satisfy my craving, I decided on some light cookies-n-cream ice cream. It hit the spot pretty well. ;)

    I need to find some outlet for my stress. Work has gotten crazy and the rest of this month will be that way. I'm not near breakdown or anything, but I'm at a constant low to moderate level of stress. I've started constant nervous ticks like playing with my hands. I've mostly resisted unhealthy snacking at work, but I've had lots of cravings for off-plan foods and dining out. I'm exercising about 4 times a week, but maybe I could up that a little more. So I'll be working on de-stressing.
     
  5. Worfiedoodles

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    Wednesday QOTD: Bippity Boppity Boo! pixiedust: Your fairy godmother has magically transported you to the future, where you are your goal weight. How will you celebrate? Remember this feeling and your plans when the going gets tough!

    Maria :upsidedow
     
  6. lisah0711

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    Wednesday QOTD: Bippity Boppity Boo! Your fairy godmother has magically transported you to the future, where you are your goal weight. How will you celebrate? Remember this feeling and your plans when the going gets tough!

    Oooh! Thank you fairy godmother! :wizard: I feel so happy and strong! I think I will go to DL to celebrate, and of course, get some new clothes! I do reward myself along the way and try to really reflect and realize how being healthier really does affect all the other things in your life -- good and bad. Great question!

    Oh, and fairy godmother, do you take requests? :rolleyes1

    princessbride6205, :hug:, sorry for your stressful time. Some times I think the lower level constant stress is worse that a big stress. Here is calendar from sparkpeople.com called 31 days to less stress http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/motivation_articles.asp?id=889 maybe there are some tips that will help you. I started really paying attention to my breathing when I am stressed. As I learned to take deeper breaths, my diaphram started hurting and I realized I wasn't taking in as much air as I could. Last, but not least, you have one of the very best stress relievers right there at home -- your daughter. (She might cause you stress sometimes too, after all she is 2! ;)) I always find spending time with DS reading, walking or playing is a good stress tactic -- kids are great at reminding us to live in the moment. Good luck!

    Have a great OP day all!
     
  7. jenjolt

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    I will celebrate by rewarding myself with a new wardrobe and start preparing for the beginning of our family!! The real motivation right now behind my weight loss to become a healthier me for becoming pregnant! I know how hard losing weight is...and I'm sure its even harder after you have children...so I want to start off on a good foot by being a healthy weight!!

    This morning was tough for me, I woke up and felt so tired and gave in and played on the computer instead of working out! I am going to work out this afternoon by walking the track at my school. I really hope tomorrow morning I can get past the tiredness and workout!!
     
  8. Worfiedoodles

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    That sounds like a great distribution! And eating all your food before 8pm allows plenty of time for digestion. :thumbsup2

     
  9. princessbride6205

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    Thanks for the advice and support, Lisa! I will check out the sparkpeople article. You're so right about the breathing. Remembering that will be my task & challenge today.

    Wednesday QOTD: Bippity Boppity Boo! Your fairy godmother has magically transported you to the future, where you are your goal weight. How will you celebrate? Remember this feeling and your plans when the going gets tough!
    A fashion show of my "skinny" clothes that I now fit in from the back of my closet. :laughing: Let's see, what else...? New workout clothes, I think. I love looking at everything in stores like REI, but pass them by because I can always just work out in sweats and t-shirts.
     
  10. donac

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    Wednesday QOTD: Bippity Boppity Boo! Your fairy godmother has magically transported you to the future, where you are your goal weight. How will you celebrate? Remember this feeling and your plans when the going gets tough!

    I agree that a new wardrobe and a trip would be a great way to celebrate. With lots of pictures taken of me on the trip.
     
  11. sahbushka

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    I agree with everyone else! New clothes and a trip...though mine is going to be to Australia! I already started the account for it...granted nothing is in the account yet, but it is ready to start recieving! I don't want to fly that far at the weight I am now and I want to do lots of fun outdoor activities when I get there!

    Sarah
     
  12. maznorm

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    I know I shouldn't reward myself with food but when I get to goal weight I plan on going to WDW and getting the deluxe dining plan!! I can't wait for 2 whole weeks of deliciously indulgent meals. I always walk a lot when on vacation so there will be some some damage limitation there!!
     
  13. Worfiedoodles

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    Thursday QOTD:Do you eat organic food? All? Some? None? Is this a change you want to make, or not something you think about?

    I've started reading Jillian Michael's book, Master Your Metabolism, so now I'm thinking about eating more organically -- if I could do it, and if so to what degree. Just curious what other people do!

    Maria :upsidedow
     
  14. Worfiedoodles

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    Yes! How many times have I thought something was really cute, but passed it by because of my size? Way too many! And I completely agree about shopping my own closet! I have some items I am about 10 lbs from, and I plan to wear them this Autumn -- ok, maybe not the sundress, but the long-sleeved shirts are coming back out! :thumbsup2

    I never let anyone take photos of me now. How great would it be to have pictures of me where I don't cringe?! Fantastic idea! :idea:

    Ah, going to the Land Down Under! That would be the trip of a lifeteim! Definitely an incredible reward :banana:

    Wouldn't it be great if you got the deluxe dining plan, and then discovered you got to try all those great foods, but you didn't want to eat all of the gigantic portions? Just enough to feel comfortably full, but not stuffed. Wow, what an accomplishment! ::yes::

    You are all helping me tremendously with your answers. I have created a weight loss notebook, and I'm filling in 5 sections -- Motivation, Make It Work! (things that have helped before I want to do again), Moods, My Check-In (every two weeks), and Milestones (goals and rewards). One of the questions that was stumping me a little was how I would feel and look at my goal weight, and trying to imagine what I would do. Your answers have helped solidify this for me -- I can visualize what I will do so much better now!

    My dh promised to take me to Atlantis if I lose 50 lbs -- doable, but definitely hard work and a long-term goal. He said this 5 lbs ago, so I'm down to 45 now. We've never been, so this would be a real treat for the whole family. It was a great way to get everyone on board with my goals -- since we all want me to get there, I'm getting tons of support for working out, eating right, and even getting enough rest. I've been sort of trying to figure out how this body is going to work in a swimsuit -- but then I realized I do not need to look like a Baywatch babe, I just need to find a tankini I like (gotta cover those stretch marks!), and it's not this body I'll be putting into the suit, it's going to be a much smaller one! And, since this is my big reward, I'm only going to buy a suit that's flattering and fits really well -- not the on-sale special at Target. I think that's the harder part of the mindset -- I am going to treat myself well in every way -- I hope you are all thinking that way, too!

    We are all so worth it -- and there's no reason not to start now in little ways! :grouphug:

    Maria :upsidedow
     
  15. ohMom

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    wed QOTD -- great question!! i will reward myself by grabbing any pair of jeans and slipping them on comfortably.....no looking for the 'big' pairs

    QOTD -- i have read tidbits from various authors (Dr. Oz, Jillian..) on eating more natural foods. last night while walking with my neighbors this actually was brought up. i was surprised at their response of "I'm not paying $5 for a gallon of milk" and such, like a knee jerk reaction. Yes it can cost more, but I was pleasantly surprised to see ordinary name brands at Whole Foods, which can be bought at any grocery. the more I read and think about it, the more convinced I am that the processed ingredients are just truly "junk food" i am not 100%, nor do i think i ever will be, but I think any changes that I can make are great! and I will say the meat at Whole Foods and Trader Joes is superoir, IMO. sometimes i just stop and think "do i really need sugar in my pasta sauce?" i brought that up to which my neighbor replied "I know, but I still add more sugar to the sauce anyways" YIKES!
     
  16. corinnak

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    Maria, these are some GREAT QOTD! I also love reading about your new notebook - the different sections sound so well thought out. So much of it is staying in the game mentally and it sounds like this notebook of yours is and will continue to be a big help with that!

    Oh my gosh - I just realized I am this week's BL. I have been a little distracted the past few days and...just wow. I feel like Sally Field at the Oscars! "I'm a BIG loser! I'm a really BIG loser!" I DID say I would never be a BL of the week, because my losses tend to be so incremental. Last week was the biggest single loss of the summer for me at 2 pounds. I also dipped below 150 for the first time in at least 12 years and got my 40# clippie, so a very heady week for me, though I just celebrated quietly to myself at the time.:rolleyes1

    As for losing every week, I can scarcely believe it myself. I spent 6 weeks in the equivalent of Las Vegas for a gambler - the food and the eating in Northern Michigan is out of hand. There were buffets and ice cream at Yummies, cocktail parties, family meals with BIG eaters and the added stress of houseguests. If I can stay on track through that, I think I can do anything!

    The biggest discovery I made was that when I used the FLEX points on the WW plan, I felt like I was on vacation and my losses were even better than when did not use them. I have been one to try to "conserve" the weekly points and I must say, I was wrong - those points are best when used!

    On to the QOTD!

    Tuesday QOTD: When do you eat the bulk of your calories? Breakfast? Lunch? Dinner? Snacks? Or are they evenly distributed throughout the day?

    Over the summer, I had a formula for this - I use about half of my daily points on Breakfast and Lunch. After that, I typically have a small afternoon snack, dinner and sometimes an evening snack, too.

    Wednesday QOTD: Bippity Boppity Boo! Your fairy godmother has magically transported you to the future, where you are your goal weight. How will you celebrate? Remember this feeling and your plans when the going gets tough!

    Oh man, I hadn't thought of a big celebration for this. I have a couple of dresses - one I wore to my graduation and one I wore to my rehearsal dinner, and if I could wear those dresses again, it would be so exciting. I know - 13 year old dresses, what a thrill. :laughing: We are planning sailing on the Magic in Europe in 2010 - it will be fun to to do that trip at goal weight! Additionally, maybe if I'm at goal I'll finally feel like a Full marathon - maybe the Dublin Marathon! - would be doable for me. I love to run the moderate distances - 10K, 10 mile, half marathon, but my body has its challenges - scoliosis that makes my back and neck a little tricky, and I have always been worried that the duration and distance would be a bad idea for me. It still may be, but at a healthy weight it would not be as much a stress as it would have been last January.

    Thursday QOTD:Do you eat organic food? All? Some? None? Is this a change you want to make, or not something you think about?

    I have eaten some organic for many years now - I would say in terms of packaged foods, at this point, a lot of what I buy is organic. I like that the organic packaged foods contain less sugar - beans, for example - who knew that they'd put corn syrup in a can of beans??? Not the organic ones, though. I still buy a lot of conventional stuff as well. Maria - can you tell us more about how Jillian says it impacts your metabolism?
     
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    Corinnak, that BL clippie looks good on you! :thumbsup2 Good luck with your DL run this week-end! :cheer2:
     
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    Tues. QOTD: When do you eat the bulk of your calories? Breakfast? Lunch? Dinner? Snacks? Or are they evenly distributed throughout the day?
    Mine are pretty evenly distributed throughout the day. Since I work nights I sometimes eat my meals at odd times. I try to start my WW points after I get home from work in the morning, and make them last til I get off the next morning.

    Wed. QOTD: Your Fairy Godmother has magically transported you to the future where you are your goal weight. How will you celebrate?
    Wow, I hadn't really thought about it, but that might be a good time to book our first Disney Cruise! Oooh, now I have some new inspiration!

    Thurs. QOTD: Do you eat organic food?
    Once in a while the organic strawberries will be on sale for less or the same as the regular ones, then I'll buy them. I don't go out of my way to buy organic, and I'm not willing to pay extra for it. Our utility rates have gone up like crazy in the last year, but our income is the same. The grocery budget is one of the few things I still have control over, and I shop as cheap as possible!


    Corinnak, congrats on your wt. loss! I can't wait to be below 150 again. I'm hoping it will happen by Christmas.
     
  19. jenjolt

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    Thursday QOTD: Do you eat organic food?

    Hmmm...not really! This is not something I have really done the research on to see if it really does make a difference, so this is probably something I should look into. I also don't have any real good natural food stores near by where I could find a lot of this....so I guess I need to start finding out more!!

    Congrats to corinnak!!! That is awesome losing every single week!!!!

    I'm really excited to start the new challenge with you guys!!!!
     
  20. LuvBaloo

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    I missed coming on here yesterday as I was stuck in bed sick, but I'm feeling much better today.

    DH & I had been talking about a trip this fall but it didn't look like we could find someone to take the kids, so we changed it to a trip once I'm at goal, which I'm aiming to be at next spring. We'll either go to Cabo San Lucas or Vegas.

    Not really. The truly organic food is expensive, but I do try to eat most whole grains and not overly processed food. I've really noticed with the kids, that whole grain bread fills them up a lot quicker. If I end up stuck with regular bread, all of a sudden they are eating twice as many pieces. Some foods, I prefer the unhealthy version (particularly peanut butter, I love the Kraft smooth low fat, much better than regular smooth or natural). In the last year, I've switched the family over to whole wheat/multigrain pasta. DH was skeptical at first because its more expensive, but its more filling so works out okay.
     
  21. sahbushka

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    No organic for me unless it is cheaper than regular stuff.

    I am not having a good day. It is fine food wise, but work stuff is just blowing up right and left....I am cranky. Hopefully I will be going to a movie tonight with my grandmother and mom. We are going to see Julie and Julia. I am excited. It has been a while since I have been to a movie and I had really wanted to see this one.

    Sarah
     

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