Never-Ending Challenge: Week 3

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

I am late in posting this.

I am still doing the challenges from Week 2. I am keeping them up through Week 3.

We have had a couple of very busy weeks!!

I wanted to post a link to this article about how our emotional state effects weight loss.

This is my BIGGEST hurdle.

I hope you are having a great week!

Never-Ending Challenge: Week Two

Friday, June 19, 2009

If you're just joining us on this journey - read this to see how the challenge started.

Last week was difficult. I did very well with drinking my water every day, but the going to bed early WITHOUT watching TV was extremely difficult for me! I was only "bad" one evening - but I went to bed WAY early, so I think it was okay. ;-)

This week, we are going to step things up a little bit:
  • Drink SIXTY-FOUR ounces of water every day. (That would be 8 - 8 oz. glasses of water. Or 2 handy-dandy 32 oz. water bottles. Or 1 handy-dandy 64 oz. water bottle!)

YOU CAN DO IT!! I am already starting to feel better. Hydration makes a huge difference.

For a personal challenge, I am going to continue going to bed earlier and try to stay away from watching TV in bed. I am still having issues with this and I think it needs to continue for another week.

I am also going to ATTEMPT to stay away from restaurant food this week. It is a little difficult because of working lunches, but I will do my very best.

How about you? How did you do in Week One? What is your personal challenge for this week?

Never-Ending Challenge - Update Week One

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

This challenge has been pretty interesting so far . . .

So, I've been doing really well with drinking my water (and visiting the little girls' room.)

I have been going to bed earlier every night - but I am having a really hard time NOT turning the TV on. It is crazy, but the first night it took me a very long time to go to sleep because I didn't have that extra noise.

I think part of my problem is that when it is quiet, I think about things I don't want to deal with. Yes . . . DEEP. This experiment is causing me to think about things I've been trying to avoid.

I haven't turned the TV on in our room, though. I wanted to. But I didn't.

Is anyone out there doing this with me?

The Never-Ending Challenge Begins!!

Friday, June 12, 2009

Okay, first of all, I just want to say that I KNOW that neverending is one word. I just think it looks cooler with a dash in it. Sue me. :-)

Some of what I have been doing over the past several weeks is looking inside myself to see why I always get in my own way when it comes to losing weight and getting healthy. When I look back over the past 5 years, I get so frustrated at the times that I lost 30-60 pounds only to gain it all back with reinforcements. WHY DO I DO THIS TO MYSELF? I can almost always blame a stressful situation on the cause of me getting off track. But is that an excuse? Not anymore.

I know that I do better when I am challenged by someone or something. My problem is - after a few weeks, the challenge loses its newness to me and I start to slide. Why? Maybe I'm a little ADD and I gravitate toward shiny things. Or maybe that is just another excuse.

The point is - I want to be challenged continually so I can finally make a lifestyle CHANGE not a lifestyle pitstop on the road to 'pleasingly plump' (as my Grandma always called it).

SO - I came up with the idea for the Never-Ending (or neverending) Challenge.

Here is what it will entail. Each week - I will add one 'general' thing to the challenge and one 'personal' thing. The goal is to continue to do the things from the week before along with the new additions - but it will depend on the nature of the challenge each week. That way, we won't get bored and we may even look forward to Friday each week!

If you are interested in doing this challenge with me, here are the "rules":
  • Check this blog on Fridays to see the new challenge from me.

  • Come up with a personal challenge for the week.

  • If you have a blog, BLOG ABOUT IT so you have others to hold you accountable.

  • Leave me a note in the comments about your personal challenge (and a link to your blog if you have one.)

  • HAVE FUN! Once we stop having fun is when we start falling off the wagon. And this time, I plan on wearing my seatbelt!!


For the first week of the challenge:

  • Drink at least 48 oz. of water EVERY DAY.

For some people, this one may be easy, and you may already be doing this - but for me, I always have an issue with drinking a lot of liquid. I am not really a pop/soda/coke (whatever you call it) drinker - I just don't drink a lot of anything. I know that when I AM drinking a lot of water, I feel better and it kick starts weight loss. So that is the challenge for week one.

Easy right?

BUT - don't forget the personal part of the challenge. This is where each of us will come up with our OWN THING that we know we need to work on.

So my personal challenge for the week is going to be rough. I have a horrible time falling asleep at night and an even harder time getting up the next morning. I am usually in bed by 10:30, but don't get to sleep until after midnight. I KNOW that I do better when I get up earlier.

SO - this week, I am challenging myself to go to bed a half hour earlier without distractions (no TV, no books, just relaxation.) This is going to be hard as I have a sound machine beside my bed and I always read and watch TV before I sleep. I am thinking it will help me to learn to sleep WITHOUT all the noise. We will see.

To recap:

This week I will:

  • Drink at least 48 oz. of water every day.

  • Visit the little girls' room a whole lot more (hey it comes with the first point!)

  • Go to bed a half an hour earlier without distractions.

What about you? Are you going to join me on this new challenge? Let me know in the comments below.


The Never-Ending Challenge - Coming Soon

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

I am still finishing the details for the Never-Ending Challenge. I think this will be a way to continue to be challenged every week and not get in a RUT and give up.
I think I have most of my health issues figured out and I'm ready to get back on my journey to a healthier me.

I hope to post the details of the Never-Ending Challenge by Friday so that we can start on Saturday. (Makes it harder to "CHEAT" on the weekend if you START on the weekend.)

Have a great Wednesday!!

Day 41-44: 44-Day Challenge

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

The challenge is over and I've learned something about myself. I need a challenge that builds up to things and doesn't last as long. :-) I have also learned that I love challenges . . . for the first 2 weeks. LOL It really motivates me in the beginning - it is the staying power that I seem to lack.

I still haven't found out any information regarding my procedure last week, but I see the doctor tomorrow. The good news is - I am FINALLY starting to feel a little better. :-)

So - I am working on a 'never-ending' challenge that will start next week. It will be a pretty personal thing for me, but I'm hoping some of you will feel led to do it with me.

Happy Wednesday!!

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