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Daily Healthy Habits Challenge-JANUARY

JulipaxJulipax Posts: 47Member Member Posts: 47Member Member
Hi! I'm Julie. When I was most successful at weight loss, I was a part of a daily habits challenge. All you do is fill this out each day and post it in the challenge. Answer the habits questions about yesterday. Who's in?

Date: 1/6
Vitamin: Yes
Water (8+): No
Exercise calories burned: 666
Stayed under calorie goal: Yes

Goal weight for 2/1: 160
Current weight week of 1/4: 165
Gain/loss vs last week: (same)

Current struggles: I need to stop drinking Diet Coke and drink water. I need to be drinking 2 glasses of milk/day and 2 t. of healthy oils.
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  • JulipaxJulipax Posts: 47Member Member Posts: 47Member Member
    Date: 1/7
    Vitamin: Yes
    Water (8+): 4
    Exercise calories burned: 662
    Stayed under calorie goal: Yes

    Goal weight for 2/1: 160
    Current weight week of 1/4: 165
    Gain/loss vs last week: (same)

    Current struggles: I need to stop drinking Diet Coke and drink water. I need to be drinking 2 glasses of milk/day and 2 t. of healthy oils
  • newbie2143newbie2143 Posts: 220Member Member Posts: 220Member Member
    Hi Julie, I'm glad you started this board!
    Focusing on behaviour change and establishing healthy habits is what I need to do and I have been looking for something to keep me on track. I'm in :)

    Habit (goal) : day's result
    1. Exercised (yes) : Yes - 40 minute swim
    2. Completed food diary (yes) : Yes, stayed under calorie goal
    3. Avoid late afternoon snack : Yes

    Goal weight for 2/1: 144.5
    Current weight: 149
    Gain/loss vs last week: 2

    Current struggles:
    • I have developed a really strong association between coming home from work and "treating" myself to food, even though I am not hungry. I need to stop eating at this time of day to weaken the association and stop this habit that undermines my weight loss attempts.
    • I need to keep 'getting out the door' every day to exercise...
  • 47Jacqueline47Jacqueline Posts: 7,076Member Member Posts: 7,076Member Member
    Date 1/9
    Vitamin: Yes
    Water (8+):
    Exercise calories burned:
    Stayed within calorie goal:

    Goal weight for 2/1: 125
    Current weight week of 1/4: 123
    Gain/loss vs last week: (same)

    Current habit work: meditating - day 9

  • White_hibiscusWhite_hibiscus Posts: 1,595Member Member Posts: 1,595Member Member
    Is to late to join?I like this challenge.
  • JulipaxJulipax Posts: 47Member Member Posts: 47Member Member
    Not a all! Let's do this!
  • JulipaxJulipax Posts: 47Member Member Posts: 47Member Member
    Welcome everyone!
  • JulipaxJulipax Posts: 47Member Member Posts: 47Member Member
    Date: 1/8
    Vitamin: Yes
    Water (8+): 4
    Exercise calories burned: 0
    Stayed under calorie goal: no

    Goal weight for 2/1: 160
    Current weight week of 1/4: 165
    Gain/loss vs last week: (same)

    Current struggles: yesterday was a cheat day due to husband's work event. Had I not eaten dessert, I'd be at my calorie goal.
  • White_hibiscusWhite_hibiscus Posts: 1,595Member Member Posts: 1,595Member Member
    Date: 1/9
    Vitamin: Yes
    Water (8+): lots; )
    Exercise calories burned: 500
    Stayed under calorie goal: no

    Goal weight for 2/1: 170
    Current weight week of 1/4: 177
    Gain/loss vs last week: (same)

    Current struggles: staying away from cookies & chips
  • newbie2143newbie2143 Posts: 220Member Member Posts: 220Member Member
    Date: 1/9
    1. Exercised (yes) : Yes - 5k run
    2. Completed food diary (yes) : Yes, stayed under calorie goal
    3. Avoid late afternoon snack : Yes

    (I hope it's OK that I'm checking in on slightly different goals than the ones you set... These are my top 3, I don't seem to struggle with remembering my vitamin or with getting enough water) :smiley:
  • 47Jacqueline47Jacqueline Posts: 7,076Member Member Posts: 7,076Member Member
    Date 1/9
    Vitamin: Yes
    Water (8+): 8
    Exercise calories burned: 270
    Stayed within calorie goal: below

    Goal weight for 2/1: 125
    Current weight week of 1/4: 123
    Gain/loss vs last week: (same)

    Current habit work: meditating - day 9



  • White_hibiscusWhite_hibiscus Posts: 1,595Member Member Posts: 1,595Member Member
    Date 1/10
    Vitamin: Yes
    Water (8+): lots of it;)
    Exercise calories burned: 0 day off
    Stayed within calorie goal: no

    Goal weight for 2/1: 170
    Current weight week of 1/4: 177
    Gain/loss vs last week: (same)

    Current habit work: need to stop eating junk food
  • newbie2143newbie2143 Posts: 220Member Member Posts: 220Member Member
    Date: 1/10
    1. Exercised (yes) : Yes, 40 minute walk
    2. Completed food diary (yes) : Yes, stayed under calorie goal
    3. Avoid late afternoon snack : Yes

    Struggle: fitting everything in! I need to schedule in my exercise so I don't run out of time to do it. Managed to get out for a walk yesterday, but was aiming to go to the gym.
  • JulipaxJulipax Posts: 47Member Member Posts: 47Member Member
    Ugh! Sorry! If there is a way to see my message notifications when not in the community so that I remember to post, PLMK.

    Date: 1/9-10
    Vitamin: Yes
    Water (8+): so close
    Exercise calories burned: 550 on 1/9. 1/10 was rest day
    Stayed under calorie goal: Yes

    Goal weight for 2/1: 160
    Current weight week of 1/4: 164
    Gain/loss vs last week: (same)

    Current struggles: I need to stop drinking Diet Coke and drink water. I need to be drinking 2 glasses of milk/day and 2 t. of healthy oils. The good news is that 1/11 is the day it's in the plan!
  • JulipaxJulipax Posts: 47Member Member Posts: 47Member Member
    @newbie2143 Your determination to at least get a walk in is admirable!
    @White_hibiscus Any hints for replacing Diet Cokes with water? ;)
    @47Jacqueline How do you guide your meditation?

  • JulipaxJulipax Posts: 47Member Member Posts: 47Member Member
    Tomorrow I'm going to add a current strength or non-scale victory to the list. I like to balance the struggles with the strengths!
  • 47Jacqueline47Jacqueline Posts: 7,076Member Member Posts: 7,076Member Member
    Julipax wrote: »
    @newbie2143 Your determination to at least get a walk in is admirable!
    @White_hibiscus Any hints for replacing Diet Cokes with water? ;)
    @47Jacqueline How do you guide your meditation?

    At the beginning of this year I changed my meditation format. Previously I was listening to a 5 minute guided meditation on YouTube, then I switched to counting my breaths (1234), then I tried a bunch of apps, went back to counting breaths, then I tried a couple of coloring books, and last the coloring apps. I also researched walking meditation. None of those were satisfying me and I spent a lot of time arguing with the process or falling asleep.

    I decided, based on my understanding of mindfulness, that the key would be something that would let me focus my with minimal intrusion of wandering thoughts.

    I've done watercolor paintings or years. I do it for the process and it fully engages me. So, I started doing small watercolor paintings starting January 1 doing one every day. I love the end product, but that isn't my purpose. It's a period of concentration that grounds me, releases tension and stress, and removes me from everything else I'm involved with. It also replenishes my creative energy.

    I think anyone who is interested in meditation has a to find an approach that brings results. If all you're doing is feeling frustrated, it's probably not the act of meditation, but the format.

    Last one:
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  • JulipaxJulipax Posts: 47Member Member Posts: 47Member Member
    Everything you described about focus is exactly why I swim. When I have that focus for short bursts in an hour long swim practice, my whole day is better. Swimming is the only thing that has ever done that for me. Sitting in a quiet room would make me agitated and wNt to climb the walls! It has to be in short bursts when I swim otherwise I lose count of my distance or speed set. I discovered the relaxation part by accident, but it's not unlike what distance runners di
  • JulipaxJulipax Posts: 47Member Member Posts: 47Member Member
    Date: 1/11
    Vitamin: Yes
    Water (8+): Ugh
    Exercise calories burned: 671
    Stayed under calorie goal: Yes

    Goal weight for 2/1: 160
    Current weight week of 1/11: 162.4
    Gain/loss vs last week: -1.6 (woo hop!)

    Current struggles: i have a plan to cut back on those Diet Cokes. So far, so good. By next week, I'll have my water in!

    Current strengths: I'm adding in 2 t. healthy oils (olive, flax, grape seed, canola) and 2 glasses of skim milk. That really helps when so much of my calorie budget gets allocated to those. It makes everything fall into place and it has finally made the needle move on the scale.
  • newbie2143newbie2143 Posts: 220Member Member Posts: 220Member Member
    Thanks for the support Julipax, and thank you, Jacqueline for sharing about your path to meditation. It's something I have wanted to try, but never really knew how. Your point about finding something that works for you in terms of focusing the mind makes a lot of sense. The watercolour is lovely! Julipax, great idea to recognize strengths/victories!

    Date: 1/11
    1. Exercised (yes) : NO.... and so the slide begins!
    2. Completed food diary (yes) : Yes, stayed under calorie goal
    3. Avoid late afternoon snack : Yes

    Struggles-Clearly, I struggled with motivation to get out and get some physical activity in yesterday! The weather has taken a turn for the worse here and I decided to hibernate. Tonight I will be hitting the treadmill instead of the snowy streets.

    Success - I'm pleased that I am keeping up the food journaling, and finding ways to stay within my calorie budget.


  • newbie2143newbie2143 Posts: 220Member Member Posts: 220Member Member
    Date: 1/12:
    1. Exercised (yes) : Yes, 30 minutes treadmill
    2. Completed food diary (yes) : Yes, stayed under calorie goal
    3. Avoid late afternoon snack : Yes

    Goal wt. 2/1: 144.5 (1.5 lbs/wk)
    Last week's wt.: 149
    This week's wt.: tbd Friday

    Struggles: I need to keep scheduling in time to be active and sticking to it. Yesterday, I put it off until right before bed, which is not ideal for me. Early morning might make more sense on busy days.

    Success: I'm happy the food side of things is going well!
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