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Hi all

Starting this thread in the hope of making it happen - my challenge this week is to walk to work on Wednesday. The other is to mow my backyard today!!! That is a good bit of exercise in itself. We have had weird summer weather - cooler than the norm, and the grass is growing like topsy.

Anyone else up for a small challenge this week?

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I'm in @MerryMelb!

This week I'm going to put some of the awesome advice I got last week from everyone into practice.

My challenge is to stick to the entire fasting day - so dinner will be a small nutritious snack to get me through the night (rather than a binge). I'll do this Monday(today), Wednesday and Friday.

My 6 week 3 days a week is coming to an end at the end of this week, but I think I'll be doing it for another 2 weeks if I can because I haven't quite made my goal of losing as much weight as I wanted to. Mind you I have to say that I have lost 3kg regardless of the bingeing!!! Hooray! I have lost a lot around my middle, and my skin feels loads tighter - so I figure if I stick to the challenge above - I will definitely make headway!

Good luck everyone for this week :clover: :grin:
Good goal @Wakki22

One of my go-to light dinners on a fast day is a couple of poached eggs, and a heap of almost calorie free veggies - such as mushrooms, zucchini and tomatoes stir fried with a sprinkle of herbs or whatever. I only put a small spray of olive oil in the non stick frypan and lightly cook the veggies. A splash of water if they are sticking.
That - and getting to bed a bit early - helps me keep the pangs away until morning.

You sound like you are doing really well on your 3 day program!
@MerryMelb I think I'll do the veggies on Wednesday - tonight its a boring salad, I think I'll chuck some beans into it.
Gotta say that I am chuffed that the 3 days a week is working. I've been trying to lose weight for 4 years now and getting nowhere with standard methods. :victory:
Thanks ladies for getting us started! It sounds like both of you are doing great!!

I had an off week, which I knew I was going to, since I was on vacation from work and everything. It affected the scale worse than I expected though. I'm up 3 lbs. today. I hope that's temporary. I did eat late last night.

I'm still off today and tomorrow. Today I have dinner plans, but tomorrow I do not, so I'll do my best to really get back on track tomorrow.

For this week, I'm going to continue the challenges I have (and actually stick to them!) and I'm going to add a glass of water in the evening. Before or with dinner usually or if for some reason that's not possible, then when I get home before I go to bed. It is good for me to get more water and I would like to drink less diet coke.

So, here they are:
1) Limit sweets (especially during the week)
2) Green tea every evening
3) 15 minute walk every day
4) Glass of water in AM.
5) Stick to 7 or 8 hour eating window
6) Read for 15-20 minutes per day
7) Glass of water in PM.
@cblasz Although I say I've lost 3kg (6.6pound) the scale itself has been up and down like a yo yo! There was one day I weighed in at 63kg and then the next morning I was 60.5!! Crazy!! Mind you I'd been to the bathroom multiple times over the night. So, I've learnt that its mostly water weight going up and down (you probably knew this anyway :geek: ).
@wakki22 - do you weigh yourself at the same time every day? I know weight can fluctuate a lot in a day. I always try to weigh myself first thing in the morning and I only "count" it on the same day every week. As of right now, I've lost 1/2 pound since January!! But I hope by getting back on track this week, I'll undo the damage I did over the last week or so. It's so frustrating how hard it is to lose and easy to gain!!
Well I had a rough week last week - not sure why. Monday was beautiful, but then I was completely ravenous for the rest of the week. I definitely ate too much over the weekend with too many celebrations (Dad's birthday and DH's promotion, which he was promised last April, finally came through).

So my goal this week is twofold: (1) pull myself together and get back on track food wise, and (2) get more walking in. The weather has really warmed up to the point where we might see 13c/56f today! That's unseasonably warm, but it's great for walking. Our snow is melting away so quickly that I'm glad I don't live in a flood plain. And I just got a few new pairs of very sensible walking shoes -- which was a requirement because I realized that my feet are a full size smaller now that I have lost 70 pounds and several dress sizes. Who knew feet got fat? I was told that my feet got larger because pregnancy makes the cartilage stretch out and your feet never go back. Anyhow, I now have a new pair of sneakers, a new pair of slip on sketchers and a new pair of fitflop ballerinas -- all ideal for walking and all in a smaller size.
@cblasz Guilty as charged!! :oops: Yes, I weigh myself randomly whenever..... partly because my scale has a hydration measure, so I try to be hydrated more than 50%. I sort of remember what my lowest scale reading is and that is what I go with as a measure of progress. Not sure why my tag doesn't work for you!! but does below for Tracie!!Weird.

@Tracieknits Good luck this week - I know how it can be trying to get back into it after a rough week. :clover:

I want to add to my challenge for this week - to break through the 60kg mark to get to 59kg (even if it's 59.9!!)
Same as last week: get non fast days under control
Hi @MaryAnn - that's a great challenge. How specifically do you plan to do that? Do you track your calories?
Last week I just said I'd allow a treat each non fast day, but only one. I did well one day, but blew it the other two, though both those days weren't the train wrecks I had been having. Basically, baby steps to start. Sweets are my weakness so I'm guessing my calorie counts are ok...
How is everyone doing this week? I'm doing pretty good, but that walk is still my problem. I really need to work on it.
It's funny, I'm not a huge exerciser, I don't lift weights and I usually just get "real" exercise in on the weekend (walking/jogging or swimming). So while I thought it was important, I didn't really think it was making that much of a difference in my weight loss efforts. However, since I have not been exercising regularly (or really at all) for the past few months, I have definitely noticed a difference in my body. The scale is still down a bit, but my clothes are tight. So I'm really going to work towards getting back to it, even just a few times a week! It is going to be very nice today around 60 degrees F/15.5 Celsius, so there's no reason I can't at least get my 15 minute walk in!!
BTW, I use this website to track my challenges/goals. It's very simple and free. I know there are others out there too, but I've used this one for a long time.
How is this week going: not perfect but better than last week. The scales, which I finally got brave enough to step on, are going in the right direction. I'll keep my weekly challenge the same for awhile, until I'm back in my maintenance zone.

Basically, I think my challenges are how I should be living/eating anyway. I shouldn't have frequent sweet binges, and a few wine free nights are good for me.
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