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Irrevocably in love with...getting healthy!

Postby LCneiny » Sun Feb 24, 2013 2:59 pm

Welcome to the second challenge of 2013! Here are the daily and weekly goals this time around....read up, think about your personal goals, share them with us, and GET PUMPED! Spring is right around the corner, let's do this!
You'll earn points for the following activities:
1) Sleep at least 7 hrs/per night
2) Drink 64 oz. water - ideally shoot for 1/2 your body weight in ounces of water every day, and add a squeeze of lemon for an extra detox boost if you like
3) Exercise (at least 20 minutes or change to whatever value you want, just move)
4) At least 3 veg/2 fruit servings - or you can change to at least one balanced meal based on 1/2 plate veg/fruit, 1/4 plate lean protein, 1/4 complex or starchy carb
5) No eating 2-3 hours before bed - or you can change to no eating after 10 PM
6) Free / personal goal
7) Free / personal goal
8) Free / personal goal
9) Take at least one measurable step each week towards the "healthy goal" you set for yourself during the last week of the first challenge. You didn't think we'd forget about that did you? :)
10) Wild Card - this will change every week

Notes:
1. Because we need a day of rest, every week, you get 2 free points. You can use these to substitute anything you need a break from on any one day.
2. You will receive 3 sick days. On the sick days, you get your exercise point and one of your personal points for free
3. You will receive 3 vacation days. Use them for real vacations, staycations, your birthday or just because you feel like it. On these days you receive the full 10 points

Please remember that you're doing this for you. Cheating doesn't hurt anybody, but yourself. These are only minimum guidelines, if you can do better, do better!

Wild Cards
Week 1:(Feb 25 - Mar 3) Let's make a commitment every day to either clean the kitchen before bed or pick another area/room of the house to clean up. It doesn't have to be a full out scrub session, just clear out some clutter and make room for pure, positive thoughts and actions. You get a point each day you do this.
Week 2: (Mar 4 - Mar 10) Cook a new food this week! This doesn't have to be a food you've never eaten before, just something you've never MADE before in your own kitchen. Love that hummus at your local medeterranean restaurant? Search the web, buy the ingredients, and give it a shot at home! See an interesting-looking fruit or veggie in the grocery store or farmer's market? Buy it, google it, and get cooking! You get all 7 points if you do this one time.
Week 3: (Mar 11 - Mar 17) Free WC week! This is your chance to come up with a WC that you need to get you through. Whatever you want, please share it with us and what you need to do in order to gain your points. Don't go TOO easy on yourself ;)
Week 4: (Mar 18 - Mar 24) Perform a Random Act of Kindness (RAOK) at least once this week. It doesn't have be Earth-shattering, just go out of your way at least once this week to bring a smile to someone's face. Send a card to a loved one, give an extra tip to your server, help bag at the grocery store, pay a compliment to a stranger, just do something :) You get one point if you do this one time.
Week 5: (Mar 25 - Mar 31) Venture out of our little corner of the flat this week! Check out the trivia, FF, and music sections! You get all 7 points for doing the following things: post at least 3 times in the daily thread and at least 2 times elsewhere on the forum.
Week 6: (Apr 1 - Apr 7) Another challenge done and we're starting the fourth month of 2013. Have you done something nice and/or nourishing for yourself lately? Here's your week to do it! Treat yourself to a massage (get your SO to do it), mani/pedi (at home or a salon), buy the frilly panties you've had your eye on, get a new bathing suit to get excited/motivated for the summer - whatever makes YOU happy, DO IT! Tell us about your special treat to yourself and make sure you really enjoy whatever you choose.
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Re: Irrevocably in love with...getting healthy!

Postby LCneiny » Sun Feb 24, 2013 3:11 pm

I'll start it off. My 3 personal goals are the same as last time because they are still things that I feel are important to my health.
1. Journal all food intake
2. Eat at least one shake/smoothie
3. Drink at least a mug of tea (green or otherwise), Kombucha, and/or kefir

My goal that relates to what I said at the end of the last challenge? I went to see a functional MD who ordered all kinds of labs and bloodwork which showed me that my thyroid and testosterone levels are out of whack. I also got the results of a food sensitivity panel, which revealed all kinds of things about the foods I've been eating in the attempt to heal myself. My doc will be giving me a customized eating plan and supplements, so my weekly goal is to follow his guidelines and avoid all the high and medium sensitivity foods on my list. I'm changing this goal to be a point-per-day type rather than a "do it once and get 7 points" since for me, this goal is ongoing and daily.

Anyone else want to share their goals?
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Re: Irrevocably in love with...getting healthy!

Postby absolutelyvlc » Sun Feb 24, 2013 6:15 pm

I need to get my thoughts/goals down on paper before sharing them, but for now I'll share this: this challenge has me so excited!
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Postby amynkansas » Mon Feb 25, 2013 8:51 am

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Re: Irrevocably in love with...getting healthy!

Postby absolutelyvlc » Mon Feb 25, 2013 9:08 am

I'm taking my bathroom, flossing and core engagement to the next level for this challenge.

Anyone watch The Oscars last night?
KStew seemed high to me. I'm not being bitchy, I'm just presenting an observation. She seemed a little twitchier and out-to-spacier than usual. Or was it just me? I mean, she looked lovely - just seemed ... well, high or extra specially nervous or something


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Postby amynkansas » Mon Feb 25, 2013 12:29 pm

absolutelyvlc wrote:I'm taking my bathroom, flossing and core engagement to the next level for this challenge.

Anyone watch The Oscars last night?
KStew seemed high to me. I'm not being bitchy, I'm just presenting an observation. She seemed a little twitchier and out-to-spacier than usual. Or was it just me? I mean, she looked lovely - just seemed ... well, high or extra specially nervous or something


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agreed.
i wish she could haveat least read the tele-prompter with just a *touch* of feeling and maybe just a touch of voice inflection. I am not a RObsten or Nonsten but I don't want her to look like a joke ALL of the time.
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Re: Irrevocably in love with...getting healthy!

Postby Muffinmom » Mon Feb 25, 2013 3:36 pm

Hi! I'm gonna try real hard to track points this time around, promise!! And I’m all pumped up for this challenge!
I went shopping this weekend and bought new walking shoes, they got me all inspired to start planning on training to run a local race sometime this summer.

Personal goals for this time around?
1. Track all my food on MyFitnessPal - even if I'm being 'not good'
2. Plan my food for the week
3. No more than 2 cups of coffee (decaf) per day (to try and wean myself off the coffee and its calcium leeching properties).

For this week's WC, I'll be working on cleaning my dining room bit by bit, cuz it’s a disaster zone right now!
Next week's WC has me worried - can't think of anything I'd like to make that I have never tried before

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Re: Irrevocably in love with...getting healthy!

Postby kelbel75 » Mon Feb 25, 2013 8:48 pm

my three personal goals:
*stick to the daily "housekeeping" schedule that I made for myself
*keeping up better on the "personal hygiene" front...b/c I smell :lol: j/k! more like the tweezing and the moisturizing, and the hair conditioning, etc. you know, all that "girl" stuff I tend to neglect :?
*pop only ONE day a week (this is proving to be very difficult :shock: )
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Re: Irrevocably in love with...getting healthy!

Postby absolutelyvlc » Tue Feb 26, 2013 8:48 am

kelbel75 wrote:my three personal goals:
*stick to the daily "housekeeping" schedule that I made for myself
*keeping up better on the "personal hygiene" front...b/c I smell :lol: j/k! more like the tweezing and the moisturizing, and the hair conditioning, etc. you know, all that "girl" stuff I tend to neglect :?
*pop only ONE day a week (this is proving to be very difficult :shock: )


pop what?
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Postby kelbel75 » Tue Feb 26, 2013 8:55 am

absolutelyvlc wrote:
kelbel75 wrote:my three personal goals:
*stick to the daily "housekeeping" schedule that I made for myself
*keeping up better on the "personal hygiene" front...b/c I smell :lol: j/k! more like the tweezing and the moisturizing, and the hair conditioning, etc. you know, all that "girl" stuff I tend to neglect :?
*pop only ONE day a week (this is proving to be very difficult :shock: )


pop what?

anyone who questions me; like I said, it's very difficult... :lol: (soda-pop)
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Postby Muffinmom » Tue Feb 26, 2013 10:12 am

How'd everyone do yesterday?
I did fab on food until the evening -sigh - wish I knew why I get snack attacks after dinner! Image
Tonight I'm going to make myself a bitter tea to have on hand as soon as dinner is over, plan is to sip on it when I feel the munchies hitting. We'll see how that goes...

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Postby amynkansas » Tue Feb 26, 2013 11:14 am

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Postby Muffinmom » Tue Feb 26, 2013 11:29 am

Oh Amy!!! Brrr!! So sorry to hear! Hope you have a nice warm cuppa and a good book to keep you toasty comfy.
Wish I could send you this guy to help shovel you out ;)
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Postby Muffinmom » Tue Feb 26, 2013 2:04 pm

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Postby absolutelyvlc » Wed Feb 27, 2013 8:48 am

Blarg!
As pretty as snow can be, I'm so ready for spring
This is going to be my commute today
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Postby guitargirl » Wed Feb 27, 2013 9:00 am

*Knock Knock* :)

Hi, I've just noticed you started a new challenge this week and I wondered if I could join, as I also started on Monday. I eat pretty healthily and always cook from scratch, but In the last 3 years I have developed a new and nasty habit of emotional comfort eating (snacks) during the day. As a result, I have gained 20lbs in those three years, and I'd really like some support in losing it. :?

Back story, please feel free to skip.
My Mum has been ill for a long while and is not expected to make it past this year and I was her carer and her only child. To be honest nibbling on something sweet has become a comfort, as it feels like a lovely hug if 'm having a bad day. I realised I needed to find the will to stop snacking, as my clothes are tight and I'm starting to feel really rotten about my appearance. I'm also avoiding socialising as finding something to wear that I feel halfway decent in is just another trauma in my life that I don't need. :(

I do follow most of your guidelines anyway, as my DH is a complete fitness freak. :roll:

Here are my goals:
1) To keep a food journal. I'm on my 3rd day now.
2) To try and drink more water. This is so, so hard as I detest the stuff. There's no way I'll make your recommended amount but I will try. Can we put a drop of cordial in it?
3) To cut out ALL snacks. I don't physically need them. Emotionally is a different matter though.

Is anyone else an emotional eater? If so, how do you combat it?

Thanks for listening to my boring ramble. :lol:
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Postby guitargirl » Wed Feb 27, 2013 9:01 am

absolutelyvlc wrote:Blarg!
As pretty as snow can be, I'm so ready for spring
This is going to be my commute today
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Seriously, snow like this brings the UK to a standstill. We can't cope with any extreme weather, its ridiculous. :lol: Keep safe.
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Postby Muffinmom » Wed Feb 27, 2013 10:21 am

GG, welcome aboard! Image

Sorry to hear about your mum, that's a tough situation! Image What have you tried so far to address your snacking issues - anything that worked for you?
I have issues with snacks too, by my issues are mainly physical cravings. For example last night after dinner, I felt full but was craving something sweet. I tried sipping some 'after dinner' tea, but it marginally helped with the cravings - its a matter of stabilizing my digestive system. I need to remember to take my aloe vera juice and should steer away from wheat.

For the water - I see no problems with flavoring it with a few drops of something, its still water, right? I know I count my herbal teas for my water intake.

ABS, be safe with your commute! And hopefully you'll have something on your radio that will keep your mind off the drive.

Moi - last night I had yet another after-dinner snackattack. I was also surprised that I was so hungry after eating my lunchtime soup, that I had a slice of pizza leftover from some meeting. Image. At least I got my workout in yesterday. Today I'm hoping traffic allows me to get home early enough to do some yoga.

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Postby kelbel75 » Wed Feb 27, 2013 10:24 am

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I love this! :P 8-)
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Postby Muffinmom » Wed Feb 27, 2013 10:33 am

kelbel75 wrote:I love this! :P 8-)


I know! I wish we could all borrow him when it snows... but I suspect Amy doesn't share... :lol:
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Postby JodieO » Wed Feb 27, 2013 10:42 am

guitargirl wrote:*Knock Knock* :)

Hi, I've just noticed you started a new challenge this week and I wondered if I could join, as I also started on Monday. I eat pretty healthily and always cook from scratch, but In the last 3 years I have developed a new and nasty habit of emotional comfort eating (snacks) during the day. As a result, I have gained 20lbs in those three years, and I'd really like some support in losing it. :?

Back story, please feel free to skip.
My Mum has been ill for a long while and is not expected to make it past this year and I was her carer and her only child. To be honest nibbling on something sweet has become a comfort, as it feels like a lovely hug if 'm having a bad day. I realised I needed to find the will to stop snacking, as my clothes are tight and I'm starting to feel really rotten about my appearance. I'm also avoiding socialising as finding something to wear that I feel halfway decent in is just another trauma in my life that I don't need. :(

I do follow most of your guidelines anyway, as my DH is a complete fitness freak. :roll:

Here are my goals:
1) To keep a food journal. I'm on my 3rd day now.
2) To try and drink more water. This is so, so hard as I detest the stuff. There's no way I'll make your recommended amount but I will try. Can we put a drop of cordial in it?
3) To cut out ALL snacks. I don't physically need them. Emotionally is a different matter though.

Is anyone else an emotional eater? If so, how do you combat it?

Thanks for listening to my boring ramble. :lol:


I am going to disagree with you on this one, GG. Studies prove that snacking IS beneficial so long as you are doing it properly. Instead of forcing some info down your throat I'm just going to post some helpful links which you are welcome to ignore. =)

http://eatthis.menshealth.com/content/7 ... guidelines
http://eatthis.menshealth.com/slideshow ... -scorecard
http://eatthis.menshealth.com/slideshow ... ds-america
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Re: Irrevocably in love with...getting healthy!

Postby guitargirl » Wed Feb 27, 2013 1:43 pm

Muffinmom wrote:GG, welcome aboard! Image

Sorry to hear about your mum, that's a tough situation! Image What have you tried so far to address your snacking issues - anything that worked for you?
I have issues with snacks too, by my issues are mainly physical cravings. For example last night after dinner, I felt full but was craving something sweet. I tried sipping some 'after dinner' tea, but it marginally helped with the cravings - its a matter of stabilizing my digestive system. I need to remember to take my aloe vera juice and should steer away from wheat.

For the water - I see no problems with flavoring it with a few drops of something, its still water, right? I know I count my herbal teas for my water intake.

ABS, be safe with your commute! And hopefully you'll have something on your radio that will keep your mind off the drive.

Moi - last night I had yet another after-dinner snackattack. I was also surprised that I was so hungry after eating my lunchtime soup, that I had a slice of pizza leftover from some meeting. Image. At least I got my workout in yesterday. Today I'm hoping traffic allows me to get home early enough to do some yoga.

Off to enjoy my cuppa! Image

BTW, thx to those of you that voted for my little story in the emergency beta service contest! Luv u! Image


Thanks Muffinmom. :D I've addressed my snacking by just going cold turkey and have to stop snacking altogether. I do allow myself a bit of dessert though, but it's a healthy option. Lunchtime I had a low cal health bar after my chicken salad wrap, and after a dinner of fish and veg I just had sugar free jelly and berries. It does help. :D

What fic are you writing?
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Re: Irrevocably in love with...getting healthy!

Postby guitargirl » Wed Feb 27, 2013 1:45 pm

JodieO wrote:
guitargirl wrote:*Knock Knock* :)

Hi, I've just noticed you started a new challenge this week and I wondered if I could join, as I also started on Monday. I eat pretty healthily and always cook from scratch, but In the last 3 years I have developed a new and nasty habit of emotional comfort eating (snacks) during the day. As a result, I have gained 20lbs in those three years, and I'd really like some support in losing it. :?

Back story, please feel free to skip.
My Mum has been ill for a long while and is not expected to make it past this year and I was her carer and her only child. To be honest nibbling on something sweet has become a comfort, as it feels like a lovely hug if 'm having a bad day. I realised I needed to find the will to stop snacking, as my clothes are tight and I'm starting to feel really rotten about my appearance. I'm also avoiding socialising as finding something to wear that I feel halfway decent in is just another trauma in my life that I don't need. :(

I do follow most of your guidelines anyway, as my DH is a complete fitness freak. :roll:

Here are my goals:
1) To keep a food journal. I'm on my 3rd day now.
2) To try and drink more water. This is so, so hard as I detest the stuff. There's no way I'll make your recommended amount but I will try. Can we put a drop of cordial in it?
3) To cut out ALL snacks. I don't physically need them. Emotionally is a different matter though.

Is anyone else an emotional eater? If so, how do you combat it?

Thanks for listening to my boring ramble. :lol:


I am going to disagree with you on this one, GG. Studies prove that snacking IS beneficial so long as you are doing it properly. Instead of forcing some info down your throat I'm just going to post some helpful links which you are welcome to ignore. =)

http://eatthis.menshealth.com/content/7 ... guidelines
http://eatthis.menshealth.com/slideshow ... -scorecard
http://eatthis.menshealth.com/slideshow ... ds-america


Thanks Jodes. The problem is a sugar thing. Once I start, I find it really hard to stop. If I was genuinely hungry I would have fruit or a couple of nuts or veg and dip though. I've just followed these on twitter, as it looks good. I think I've just gone for instant gratification, as I've lacked drive and willpower. :oops:
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Re: Irrevocably in love with...getting healthy!

Postby absolutelyvlc » Wed Feb 27, 2013 8:14 pm

YAY WE HAVE A NEWBIE!!

Welcome Guitar Girl!!!

Ps - I agree with JodieOs - snacking is good, and also, quitting cold turkey typically sets you up for a downfall later on. UNLESS you're the kind of person that has to do the cold turkey thing. Mr.Abs is like that when he wants to quit something - it has to be cold turkey or nothing at all. And when he does cold turkey, he really DOES quit it.

Hmm, I want a turkey sandwich suddenly :D

Anyway, I'd say to set smaller goals and gradually cut down on snacking or adjust to healthier snacks.
The Challenge is set up this time around that you have three "openings" for setting personal goals. And it goes for six weeks. So you could always change them as the weeks progress. Maybe you want to start with something like, for example, "this week I will eat only X number of snacks/day instead of your normal. Something that will be a challenge, but not unreasonable and unattainable. For me at least I feel like when I set an achievable goal, and then reach it, I just feel so amazing I want to take it to the next level and then blast through the next level/goal too so I can feel that "I'm so proud of myself" feeling again. Plus you'll get lots of support and encouragement here. Everyone here is pretty much ah-mah-zing! :D


MUFFIN AND GUITAR - do you like the taste of licorice? There's a tea I like to sip on after dinner when I'm craving something sweet that always curbs my cravings. It's called Eater's Digest and it's an herbal concoction that's sweet and helps you digest. I find it's great both when I've eaten too much (like at the holidays) or when I'm controlling my portions and feeling like I still need something after dinner it fills me up.
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