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Autumn Winter 2018 to Spring 2019 Challenge

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  • tiabirdie56tiabirdie56 Posts: 2,458Member Member Posts: 2,458Member Member
    Today is the last day for the water challenge. I hope that all of you have begun to recognize your thirst cues and will continue to work on improving your consumption. I will post challenge #3 in a few hours.
  • tiabirdie56tiabirdie56 Posts: 2,458Member Member Posts: 2,458Member Member
    *****CHALLENGES*****

    **Each challenge will be for 7 days**
    **Each challenge will help us establish and reinforce good healthy habits**
    **Take your measurements on day 1 of the first challenge. No need to post them. They are for body measurement comparisons throughout and at the end of the challenge. January 20, 2019 and March 17, 2019 - We should notice some significant changes.


    CHALLENGE #3 / Breathe

    ~ Is your breathing shallow? Every day practice deep breathing. Inhale and exhale through your nose. To breathe correctly is essential to deliver oxygen to your bloodstream. Your diaphragm should rise with each breath not your chest.


    Nose Breathing or Mouth Breathing, Which Is Correct?
    How to Breathe Properly
    8 Things That Happen When You Breathe Wrong
    Is It Bad To Hold My Breathe While Exercising

    **PLEASE! Do not practice deep breathing while operating a vehicle. You will become dizzy and lightheaded.

    **Please DO step out in the fresh air and practice your deep breathing.


    edited December 2018
  • CloverdollCloverdoll Posts: 27Member Member Posts: 27Member Member
    You know how some people are skilled at falling up stairs or tripping over air? Yeah, my skill has always been an amazing ability to hyperventilate/slip into a panic attack whenever I concentrate on breathing. I'm gonna have to skip Challenge #3... but to keep with adding something each week I'll add in at least 15 minutes of movement each day. So far I've only been focusing on food, it's time for me to add this as my next babystep. :smile: I hope it's alright that I track that here with the sleep & water. :heart:
  • tiabirdie56tiabirdie56 Posts: 2,458Member Member Posts: 2,458Member Member
    @Cloverdoll, perfectly fine. No challenge is mandatory and you know yourself better than anyone! Cardio is the next challenge so you'll be a step ahead! And the falling up stairs, tripping over air thing, that's foot drop, it's real! That is me. My mother had it. I've read that it is ir can be genetic.
    edited December 2018
  • malika1976malika1976 Posts: 180Member, Premium Member Posts: 180Member, Premium Member
    Cloverdoll wrote: »
    You know how some people are skilled at falling up stairs or tripping over air? Yeah, my skill has always been an amazing ability to hyperventilate/slip into a panic attack whenever I concentrate on breathing. I'm gonna have to skip Challenge #3... but to keep with adding something each week I'll add in at least 15 minutes of movement each day. So far I've only been focusing on food, it's time for me to add this as my next babystep. :smile: I hope it's alright that I track that here with the sleep & water. :heart:

    @Cloverdoll I'm exactly the same. People tell me to do deep breathing when stressed and all it does is make me panic more. I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one.
  • MadisonMolly2017MadisonMolly2017 Posts: 4,584Member Member Posts: 4,584Member Member
    Water Challenge

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  • CloverdollCloverdoll Posts: 27Member Member Posts: 27Member Member
    Highest Weight ~ 344.4
    MFP Starting Weight ~ 322.8
    Challenge Starting Weight ~ 311.8 (Nov. 29)
    Challenge Goal Weight ~ 281 (30 lb loss- 2lb/week)

    November~ goal 311.4
    11/30 F: 311.2
    November loss ~ 0.2 (only 1 day)

    December~ goal: 303 (-8 lbs)
    12/03 M: 307.4
    12/07 F: 306.0
    12/10 M:
    12/14 F:
    12/17 M:
    12/21 F:
    12/24 M:
    12/28 F:
    12/31 M:

    January~ goal: 295 (-8 lbs)
    February~ goal: 287 (-8 lbs)
    March~ goal: 281 (-6 lbs)
    March 20, 2019 (last update)~

    * 1.4 lb drop for the week days. Not bad considering a full week (Fri-Fri) is a 5.2 drop. :smile:
    Saturday:
    H2O: 24 oz
    Zzz: 15 hrs!!!

    Sunday:
    H2O: 24 oz
    Zzz: 7 hrs

    Monday:
    H2O: 40 oz
    Zzz: 4.5 hrs

    Tuesday:
    H2O: 56 oz
    Zzz: 5.5 hrs

    Wednesday:
    H2O: 40 oz
    Zzz: 5.5 hrs

    Thursday:
    H2O: 40 oz
    Zzz: 6 hrs
  • tiabirdie56tiabirdie56 Posts: 2,458Member Member Posts: 2,458Member Member
    Tish
    Challenge #1 ~ Sleep

    10h! - Tuesday (8:30pm) Don't know why I was so sleepy, but obviously needed the rest.
    7h - Wednesday (1am)
    9h - Thursday (10:30pm)
    6h30m ~ Friday 11/23 (11:40pm)
    6h30m ~ Saturday 11/24 (12:30am)
    7h20m ~ Sunday 11/25 (11:40pm)
    7h30m ~ Monday 11/26 (11:45pm)
    4h19m ~ Tuesday 11/27 (11:55pm) Woke up at 7:14am - active mind, restless night
    8h30m ~ Wednesday 11/28 (10:30pm) Magnesium oil!

    7h30m ~ Thursday 11/29 (11:30pm)
    Challenge #2 ~ Water

    11/30 - 96.9ozs, +39ozs other fluids
    12/1 - 68 ozs, +18ozs other fluids
    12/2 - 112ozs, +36ozs other fluids
    12/3 - 112 ozs, +36ozs other fluids
    12/4 - 128.9 ozs, +41ozs other fluids.
    12/5 - 144 ozs, +62ozs other fluids
    12/6 - 112oz, +60ozs other fluids

    ●Totals:
    ▪773.8 ounces of water
    ▪292 ounces other fluids
    ■1,065.8 ounces of fluids


    Averaged 152 ounces of fluid a day! I DO drink a lot of water, but I think my normal average per day is probably around 80- 90 ounces. Cold weather and slight cold and sore throat was the driving force behind that number.

    I keep my daily water totals here




    edited December 2018
  • GrandmaJackieGrandmaJackie Posts: 25,916Member Member Posts: 25,916Member Member
    <3 Weigh Ins <3

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    My name is Jackie
    Challenge Starting Weight ~ 145.2
    Challenge Goal Weight ~ 139

    November 20, 2018 ~ 145.2
    11/30 - 145.4 (I’m okay with this since Thanksgiving I couldn’t resist the pumpkin pie)
    12/4 - 143.3 (Thanksgiving weight is gone, stay focus, :))
    December
    12/07 - 144.4 (I was a couple pounds lower but unfortunately LNS got to me a couple nights ago 👿😢)
    12/14
    12/21
    12/28
    January 2019
    1/04
    1/11
    1/18
    1/25
    February
    2/01
    2/08
    2/15
    2/22
    March
    3/01
    3/08
    3/15
    3/22
    Week #1 Sleep
    11/20 - I got 6 hrs and 45 mins sleep last night, woot hoot, that’s about normal for me. I’ll call that a win for me, sometimes I’ll only get around barely over 5, :(
    11/21 - I got 7 hrs and 58 mins, I got to bed early and was able to sleep past 6 am, 👍🏼👍🏼
    11/22 - I got 8 hrs and 3 mins, woot hoot! Happy Turkey Day, :)<3:)
    11/23 - 8 hrs and 35 mins, I’m back in my own bed, :)
    11/24 - 8 hrs and 41 mins, hopefully this will help me stay focus to lose my Thanksgiving weight. 😈😢😂
    11/25 - 9 hrs and 15 mins, we’ll see if I can keep this up. My husband had a 4 day weekend, he’s back at work tomorrow.
    11/26 - 5 hrs and 31 mins, last night was a tough night staying 😴
    11/27 - 6 hrs and 25 mins
    11/28 - 7 hrs and 12 mins
    11/29 - 6 hrs and 15 mins

    12/3 - 7 hrs and 45 mins
    Challenge #2 - Water
    11/30 - ✅
    12/1 - ✅
    12/2 - ✅
    12/3 - ✅
    12/4 - ✅
    12/5 - ✅
    12/6 - no
    Challenge #3 - Breathing
    12/7

  • GrandmaJackieGrandmaJackie Posts: 25,916Member Member Posts: 25,916Member Member
    @tiabirdie56, thanks I love challenge # 3 I definitely need to work this, :)
    edited December 2018
  • tiabirdie56tiabirdie56 Posts: 2,458Member Member Posts: 2,458Member Member
    @GrandmaJackie, You're welcome. I am a very shallow breather and have to always retrain myself to breathe deeply. You know when you aren't taking in enough oxygen, when your brain makes you take a very deep breath. It's as if it's telling you, hey, hey, hey, we want to stay alive here don't we?!
  • deepwoodsladydeepwoodslady Posts: 1,986Member Member Posts: 1,986Member Member


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    WATER CHALLENGE

    Friday 11/30/2018
    32 ounces of plain water
    10 ounces Tish’s Super Charged Parsley Lemon Water
    24 ounces Black Coffee
    10 ounces Bulletproof coffee with coconut oil, butter and salted caramel skinny syrup
    11 ounces of chocolate protein smoothie made with Slimfast protein powder, Six Stars protein mix, 1 tsp of benefiber and 10 ounces of unsweetened Almond Milk.

    Total Liquids. 87 oz.
    Clearly I need more straight water. They say that caffeine is dehydrating. I drink a lot of it in the form of mainly coffees. That is okay as long as I get my water drinks in. Clearly I need to work on this!



    Saturday 12/01/2018
    50 ounces of plain water
    30 ounces of black coffee

    Total Liquids 80 oz.

    I managed to up the plain water during all of my household chaos (new wall-to-wall carpet going in every room]. However, my overall liquids were down because I didn’t drink any of the special drinks I usually try to incorporate.
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    Sunday 12/02/18
    24 ounces of plain water
    50 ounces of black coffee

    Total Liquids 74 oz.

    Away from home for my DGS’s 1st birthday. I do not drink our well water in our area and forgot to take any bottled. I stuck to coffee most of the day and evening (since it’s boiled/heated I trust it more). I will be home today working and will be more able to meet the challenge of drinking more water.
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    Monday 12/03/18
    20 ounces of plain water
    30 NET ounces of black coffee
    17 ounces of zero calorie/zero carb Sparkling ICE flavored water (limited edition flavor: Cranberry Frost)
    7 NET ounces of bulletproof coffee using my recipe & hazelnut skinny syrup


    Total Liquids 74 oz.
    I am going to work harder at getting in more plain water today by carrying around a cup & straw.

    Tuesday 12/04/18
    40 ounces of plain water
    30 NET ounces of black coffee


    Total Liquids 70 oz.

    I still need to work on this. So busy with the upcoming whole house carpet install that I am not taking very good care of myself. Feeling dehydrated. My skin feels tight and dry. I even had to take two AZO pills because it felt like bladder issues were coming on. This challenge is a nice reminder that we need to hydrate ALL YEAR LONG. Not just when we sweat or more active in the summer. I will try to make an improvement today in hydration.
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    Wednesday 12/05/18
    40 ounces of plain water
    35 NET ounces of black coffee
    12 ounces of 2% milk

    Total Liquids 87 oz.

    I think I am holding on to fluids, but that’s okay because I needed them.

    Thursday 12/06/18

    40 ounces of plain water
    49 NET ounces of black coffee
    7 NET ounces of bulletproof coffee using my recipe.
    10 Ounces of green tea


    Total Liquids 106 oz.

    This was a great improvement overall in liquids that I consciously work hard on even though it was an extra busy day. I would still like to see more plain water in my daily intake. I don’t know why this is so low each day because I love water. However, I love my other fluids too and I think I just simply run out of time and can’t fit everything in the way I would like.
  • jenn990205jenn990205 Posts: 1,082Member Member Posts: 1,082Member Member
    My name is Jenn I have 5 kids (1st one just left for college this year and another one that will be leaving next year). I am 39 and married to an amazing man. I work full time and have very little time to work out. Hopefully once the younger kids 10 and 13 get a little older, I will have more time. Right now I focus on eating right and maybe two to three times a week getting 45 minutes or so of cardio.

    Beginning Weight ~ 175-178
    Challenge Starting Weight ~ 155.3
    Challenge Goal Weight ~ 135
    My weigh in days will be Friday (these are usually my lowest weights, lol)


    November 20, 2018 ~ 155.3
    11/23 ~ 157.8 day after Thanksgiving uugggh
    11/30 ~ 153.8 that looks better
    December 7 ~ 152.3 I thought this week I would have been lower. Did really well. Not a drop of alcohol, clean eating, lots of water, and everything. I just don't think my body can lose 2 pounds a week no matter what. I am getting closer to my goal weight, so maybe that's why to. I am proud that I stuck to my plan this week and am down 1.5 pounds, so I'll take it!
    12/14
    12/21
    12/28
    January 4, 2019
    1/11
    1/18
    1/25
    February 1
    2/8
    2/15
    2/22
    March 1
    3/8
    3/15
    March 20, 2019 (last update)~
  • eatingfoodleseatingfoodles Posts: 172Member Member Posts: 172Member Member
    Is anyone else here on the struggle bus? I swear I'm being dragged behind the bandwagon by my pinky toes. Starting to think my goal is unrealistic :s
  • MadisonMolly2017MadisonMolly2017 Posts: 4,584Member Member Posts: 4,584Member Member
    Is anyone else here on the struggle bus? I swear I'm being dragged behind the bandwagon by my pinky toes. Starting to think my goal is unrealistic :s

    @eatingfoodles I highly recommend making super easy goals, so you’re always “winning” & if you lose more, then all the better!

    I used to shoot for 4lbs a month. Then 2. Now 1 lb a month. Lost 73 lbs over 3 years. 3-5 to go! Gives us more time to solidly outer new habits & Learn our pitfalls & how to work with them.

    You’ve got this❣️
  • tiabirdie56tiabirdie56 Posts: 2,458Member Member Posts: 2,458Member Member
    Tish
    Challenge #1 ~ Sleep

    10h! - Tuesday (8:30pm) Don't know why I was so sleepy, but obviously needed the rest.
    7h - Wednesday (1am)
    9h - Thursday (10:30pm)
    6h30m ~ Friday 11/23 (11:40pm)
    6h30m ~ Saturday 11/24 (12:30am)
    7h20m ~ Sunday 11/25 (11:40pm)
    7h30m ~ Monday 11/26 (11:45pm)
    4h19m ~ Tuesday 11/27 (11:55pm) Woke up at 7:14am - active mind, restless night
    8h30m ~ Wednesday 11/28 (10:30pm) Magnesium oil!

    7h30m ~ Thursday 11/29 (11:30pm)
    Challenge #2 ~ Water

    11/30 - 96.9ozs, +39ozs other fluids
    12/1 - 68 ozs, +18ozs other fluids
    12/2 - 112ozs, +36ozs other fluids
    12/3 - 112 ozs, +36ozs other fluids
    12/4 - 128.9 ozs, +41ozs other fluids.
    12/5 - 144 ozs, +62ozs other fluids
    12/6 - 112oz, +60ozs other fluids

    ●Totals:
    ▪773.8 ounces of water
    ▪292 ounces other fluids
    ■1,065.8 ounces of fluids
    Averaged 152 ounces of fluid a day! I DO drink a lot of water, but I think my normal average per day is probably around 80- 90 ounces. Cold weather and slight cold and sore throat was the driving force behind that number.

    I keep my daily water totals here

    Challenge #3 ~ Breathe /deep breathing

    12/7 - Probably not even 1 minute, but I did it.
    12/8 - 3 minutes, holding breathe for a count of 10. Every time I retrain for deep breathing, I notice that I yawn a LOT. I'll add on to tomorrow's post if I do another session tonight.

    12/9
    12/10
    12/11
    12/12
    12/13

    edited December 2018
  • tiabirdie56tiabirdie56 Posts: 2,458Member Member Posts: 2,458Member Member
    @eatingfoodles, You are getting good advice from our champion of setting small goals to achieve weight loss advancements. @MadisonMolly2017

    Personally, I only set a goal of 10lbs and I do what I need to do to reach it, no matter how long it takes. If I had set a goal of losing 118 lbs, I know I would have failed. 76 lbs lost in a little over one year for me, so I guess I've done well. I never had expectations of that happening. I've absolutely been blessed and I know it.
  • eatingfoodleseatingfoodles Posts: 172Member Member Posts: 172Member Member
    @eatingfoodles, You are getting good advice from our champion of setting small goals to achieve weight loss advancements. @MadisonMolly2017

    Personally, I only set a goal of 10lbs and I do what I need to do to reach it, no matter how long it takes. If I had set a goal of losing 118 lbs, I know I would have failed. 76 lbs lost in a little over one year for me, so I guess I've done well. I never had expectations of that happening. I've absolutely been blessed and I know it.

    @tiabirdie56 @MadisonMolly2017
    I had a pretty steady pattern going for a couple months, so I based goals off that with some wiggle room. This past week I've somehow gained despite having a deficit and exercise, so I'm trying to figure it out. Add the end of the semester on top of it all and here we are on the stress train!
  • MadisonMolly2017MadisonMolly2017 Posts: 4,584Member Member Posts: 4,584Member Member
    @eatingfoodles, You are getting good advice from our champion of setting small goals to achieve weight loss advancements. @MadisonMolly2017

    Personally, I only set a goal of 10lbs and I do what I need to do to reach it, no matter how long it takes. If I had set a goal of losing 118 lbs, I know I would have failed. 76 lbs lost in a little over one year for me, so I guess I've done well. I never had expectations of that happening. I've absolutely been blessed and I know it.

    @tiabirdie56 @MadisonMolly2017
    I had a pretty steady pattern going for a couple months, so I based goals off that with some wiggle room. This past week I've somehow gained despite having a deficit and exercise, so I'm trying to figure it out. Add the end of the semester on top of it all and here we are on the stress train!

    @MadisonMolly2017 It could be you’re building muscle, which is a great thing. I once had about 3 weeks of no loss & some ups and downs. Later on I realized I’d been exercising much more. Scale is one measure - not even a great one. Are you taking your measurements? They help A LOT at times like this.
  • deepwoodsladydeepwoodslady Posts: 1,986Member Member Posts: 1,986Member Member
    I am obviously a mouth breather and have been trying to concentrate on breathing through my nose, especially during relaxed times, like in bed watching TV. Today I will purposely nose breathe whenever I am on the computer which will be off & on all day.
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