2 week challenge



  • Beeps2011
    Beeps2011 Posts: 11,954 Member
    Mmmmmmmm, chocolate!!

    Happy Easter!
  • KellyBgetsfit
    KellyBgetsfit Posts: 1,713 Member
    I have to go back to work today :cry: I like my job, but with less than 5 weeks til summer, I got spring fever. I am starting the day with a meeting so I want to post now. 182 over - not bad. The scale is still up. I drank my water. I don't know. Sat was bad. I failed at eating cleaning this weekend. :laugh: but I'm not done with it yet. Sat showed me that one bad choice leads to another - for me.

    2 week challenge
    1. Workout 6 days with two doubles - I usually do 30ish minutes
    2. Eat cleanish- 2 small cheats
    3. PROTEIN - I was low this week

    I don't know what else. I did some research on losing fat without muscle. One article said IF with minimal cardio. Another article said 5 mini meals and intense cardio. No wonder there are so many over weight people!
  • RisOnTheRun
    RisOnTheRun Posts: 624 Member
    Hi ladies,

    Silver star for me this week--664 calories over. I'm just glad I logged (though I did estimate here and there) and my weight held steady. My baby is still sick (he wakes up coughing a bunch at night) so sleep is still taking priority over exercise, but I'm going to try to work in a few short workouts during the week this week. I've definitely notice that I'm getting a little softer even though my weight has stayed the same.

    I'm way too far behind to comment on everything, but here's what I can see:

    Kelly--ha ha I know what you mean about all the conflicting info out there! I don't really know what the right answer is as far as nutrition and cardio, but the most impressive before/after pics I've seen from out there on MFP from those trying to change their body composition have definitly been from the heavy lifters.

    Beeps--happy Easter to you! Thankfully I was able to avoid the Easter chocolate this year....

    zgolub--food at work is tough. It's so much easier to be good when you don't have the temptation right in front of you (or above your head). Can you move it someplace else?
  • Better_Balance_2011
    Better_Balance_2011 Posts: 3,711 Member
    Hey ladies. I was on track for a really good week. Got a lot of workouts in (2 days of running, 1 day of circuits, 6 week 6 pack, and 45 minutes of biking with Daphne), ate reasonably on days I drank, but Sunday was a big fail. In addition to no workout (I chose sun and book over running), I ate a lot, and drank quite a bit too. I CAN NOT do all weekend free for all. Two days max. So I know what to do. I'm over Easter. I have 2 more "cheat" events - Derby and Memorial Day. But I can still make my goals. Despite all the junk, I feel surprisingly good today! Well mostly good. I'm still motivated.

    1. Stay within my drink limit
    2. 5 workouts
    3. Log throughout the weekend so I know where I stand in regards to my weekly goal

    I have been bad about logging weekends. I back log, but that does little to deter me from overeating day of in order to meet my 10,000 weekly goal. I was about 700 over last week. Let's have a great week!
  • shanaber
    shanaber Posts: 6,394 Member
    Hi Ladies -
    I had two days being really over and thought I was going to be over for the week but I also had a couple of days where I was really low so it evened out for the week to being under by about 20. I took an extra day off from running because I was tired (probably because I didn't eat enough!) but I did get in a good, long (10 mile) run in on Saturday. I won't be able to run next weekend so it is my last long run before the race. I also lost about a pound, not a huge amount but I am hoping it stays lost and isn't just water or a general fluctuation :happy:

    I have a very busy week at work and weekend coming up so I am a little concerned about fitting everything in and eating ok. I know I won't be able to run this coming weekend and the next week I taper. Hopefully my weight won't go up with the reduced running...

    So my goals for the next 2 weeks are to:
    1. Run every day this week - even if it is a short run
    2. Eat the right amount of macros, especially more protein (KC - isn't this so hard!)
    3. Enjoy the weekend and try to eat well - not going to give myself a pass to eat whatever but not going to beat myself up if I don't
    4. Run M-W-F the next week and focus on eating 'good food' and more carbs
    5. Strength train at least twice a week
  • ChLoE1130
    ChLoE1130 Posts: 1,696 Member
    I was 1243 over last week so bronze star. Not great. But, my workouts were very good last week. I got in my 3 days of Chalean and 3 runs. And a good 2 mile walk. But, my carbs were 43% and my goal is 30% so I need to work on that.
  • abigail1977
    abigail1977 Posts: 544 Member
    kc - hopefully you can find something that will work for you, it's so hard sometimes with all of the conflicting info & advice out there

    chloe - 30% is pretty low with carbs, good luck with that - great job getting in your workouts though

    shanaber - wow on the 10 mile run, I've yet to go further than 4 myself, hopefully the eating was okay last weekend, I totally overindulged on Sunday which I knew would happen

    Better - I hear you on the back logging, not helpful after the damage is done

    Ris - hope the baby is better soon

    Now that I have enjoyed my sweets, just ate my last Cadbury egg this morning, it is back to healthy eating and getting in my workouts. I did squeeze in a run yesterday between church & family gatherings which was nice. The weather was beautiful, Spring is finally here! Hopefully it will stay that way.
  • Beeps2011
    Beeps2011 Posts: 11,954 Member
    No star for me!! Although my eating was fine, I don't usually drink and, whatever happened this weekend (too much company in the house; my parents insisting on "happy hours" throughout, giggling until wee hours....) I DRANK TONS OF ALCOHOL.

    Somehow, i avoided hangovers, although I have no idea how!!

    Anyway, I am totally low-carbing it this week because I feel so bloated and awful. Easter was totally fun and I really had a great time, but I feel like road sludge now and it is less than 3 weeks to Europe!!

    So, MY 2.5-week-challenge will be:

    1. LOW carbs. At least for week 1 and hopefully for the last 1/2 of the 3rd week, too.
    3. At least 3 x lifting and 1 x cardio

    I am back to only jumping on the scale 1 x per week....I can't seem to manage the 1 x per month without feeling lost and koo-koo when I finally do jump on it!

    Keep those *star* challenge reports coming in!

  • amysj303
    amysj303 Posts: 5,086 Member
    no star for me either. I was 1600 over after Saturday and then I couldn't log the easter buffet very well, I think I did pretty good making choices there, but still...

    I will see what the scale says but my program calls for a week off after 4 weeks and I am going to NY, upstate to see my fam on Friday. So I will work out today and tomorrow, and jog Tues and Thursday, then resting:yawn:

    Haha, that little sleepy emoji made me yawn!

    Beeps, I missed your post about Europe-where are you going?
  • Beeps2011
    Beeps2011 Posts: 11,954 Member
    I am off to London from May 10 - 15 and Paris from May 15 - 18!! My best childhood girlfriend is backpacking through Europe for the month of May, with her 2 oldest daughters (aged 21 and 20).

    I cannot take a month of work (....remain shocked that my gf can....), nor do I want to do the 'backpacking' thing....but, I did insert myself into the URBAN part of their trip!

    They will meet me in London on May 11th - I arrive one day before them because they will have already been in Europe for a week, touring Scotland, and I want to recoup from jet lag! And then, when I leave Paris, I leave the day before they train off to Spain!

    I am VERY looking forward to this trip!! I haven't been to Europe in 14 years, and I haven't seen London or Paris in 15 years, so it is W-A-Y overdue!!

    I remember my husband and I saying to each other, when we were honeymooning in Italy 14 years ago...."we will, for sure, return to Europe every 2 years. FOR SURE"....so, here we are, 14 years later, lookin' at each other going, "wth?!?!? WHERE did the time go (having kids....) and WHAT HAPPENED to our VACATION PLANS?!?!?!"

    Anyway, while I am away with ladies, my husband is taking a buddy and heading down to Bonaire (about 90 km north of Venezuela, so I am told...) to go scuba-diving!

    These trips were all planned, and (mostly) paid for BEFORE the "great BRACES project" descended on us....so, while excited, we are also feeling VERY BROKE and I am trying NOT to let THAT spoil the fun trip I am supposed to be having!!
  • ramalem
    ramalem Posts: 1,066 Member
    Hi Ladies!

    No star for me last week. I thought I had only gone over by 1,200 ish but realized I hadn't logged any of the ice cream I ate throughout the week... oopsies. Had a really high carb week last week, couldn't stomach much more than mac n cheese there for a few days. Forgot to weigh in this AM, so I'll need to remember to do that tomorrow. Along with bad eating, I didn't workout or even walk as much as I had planned to. I'm feeling better this week and seem to have more energy, so hoping to get back into the gym at least twice this week and walk as much as I can.

    I'm way too far behind to catch up with everyone, but here's what I can see:

    Chloe - I think I was at like 55% carbs last week lol. Good work getting those workouts in!

    Abi - I just ate my last package of chocolate too! So jealous of your nice spring weather.

    Amy - Have fun with the fam.

    Beeps - SO jealous of your Europe trip. That sounds simply amazing. Can't wait to hear stories and see pics when you're back!

    Ok so my goals for this week:

    Lifting 2x
    Cardio (running or elliptical) 1x
    Walking all other days for 30+ minutes
  • Better_Balance_2011
    Better_Balance_2011 Posts: 3,711 Member
    I've never been to Europe. Eric went when he was a kid as he was the way youngest of 10, so by the time his parents were retired and ready to travel, he was still in the house. I will go to Italy. And a lot of other palces, but Italy is on my bucket list. I suspect we won't get to do much European traveling until kids are out of the house. Considering we only have one of the two or three we plan on, it'll be while.....

    Beeps too funny. Sounds like your parents and my parents (and me for that matter....) would get along!

    So we haven't done a question in a while. What's in your top 5 on your bucket list?

    1. Skydive
    2. Italy
    3. Hike part of the Appalachian Trail (like big enough to warrant backpacking and camping for around a week)
    4. Tour the country in an RV traveling to art shows and selling stuff we make (we're crafty) for about a year
    5. Live on a beach for some extended time period
  • amysj303
    amysj303 Posts: 5,086 Member
    well, when I was 21 my friend and I did 4 weeks in Europe with a Eurorail pass, and we went from Amsterdam to Paris to French Riveria, to Roma, Florence, Venice, Budapest, Austria, Germany, Barcelona and then back to Amsterdam, we had a lot of fun. I always figured I would go back but really haven't. We did go to Spain for 2nd Anniversary and saw Madrid and San Sebastian, which I hadn't in 1997. In 2001 I went to South America for 3.4 months and went to pretty much every country there. We do get to the caribean every year-Jamaica, Mexico, Dominican Republic and Costa Rica.
    Planning our trip to New Zealand next year and I am super excited, I think I have to stop in Fiji or Tahiti because, why not?

    Also on my list if I go back to Italy I would want to see the Amalfi coast.
    I would also like to go to Greece. And I haven't been to London so I would want to do that.
    But I was also realizing how little of the US I have seen and I think I should focus on it more. I get these daily emails from Department of Interior (I work for one of the bureaus of Interior) and they have these incredible pictures of different National Parks and I have never been to Yellowstone, which I really want to do.
    Also, I have never been to Chicago or Miami and I really want to see those places.
    I would also like to raft the Grand Canyon, that looks fun!
  • Beeps2011
    Beeps2011 Posts: 11,954 Member
    I don't even have a bucket list!!! I dunno, I don't seem very imaginative and I have never actually sat down and thought about it. I do know that we were given a book, for our wedding, titled "40 places to see before you die..." and we have seen ZERO of them. Now we have already used up 14 years of our precious time together, and even at 1 place per year, that means I'll be 85 the year I complete them!

    Too intimidating! I just stick the book at the bottom of the "unread" pile and leave it at that, lol!!

    Amy - a very good gf of mine moved to New Z. in fall, 2013 and LOVES it! She had the WORST 2013 EVER - her mother died, she lost her job AND her house got flooded in the Calgary floods....so, she picked up and went to New Z to visit with a sister that she reconnected with at the time of her mother's death.

    Since her arrival, she has found an AWESOME job, a GREAT room-mate, she is dating and toodling around and is HAPPY as a pig in mud!

    I totally want to see New Z - and Australia, too! And, watching Wills and Kate and Georgie do their thing down under is REALLY making me smile!
  • shanaber
    shanaber Posts: 6,394 Member
    So I may be the oldest one in this group. I have a daughter (close in age to some/many of you I suspect) and when she graduated from college she went to Europe backpacking for 2.5 months. She went initially with her college roommate and then met up with other friends in various times and locations. While she was there we had business trips to London and to Germany (Nuremberg) so we were able to meet up with her and she could sleep in a nice bed and have a nice bath! Since her birthday was near the end of her trip, she invited me to meet her and go to some of her 'favorite' places for a couple of weeks. We traveled by train mostly and slept in hostels. We started in Switzerland (Lucerne and Grindlewald) and then went to the Italian Riviera, then to Florence and Venice and then I took her to Vienna, Austria (one of my favorite places). We had the most wonderful time!

    I have been incredibly fortunate that between my work, my husband's work and professional organizations we have gotten to travel to lots of places in the US and quite a few countries. I would love to go back to Vienna (I have been there 3 times!). I spent 2 weeks in the Netherlands doing client presentations in a very small village and I would love to go back there and take my husband with me - what wonderful people and it is so beautiful!

    Other places I would like to visit - Ireland cause my family is from there, Hungary cause my husband's family is from there and China and Australia just because... I would also like to go scuba diving somewhere wonderful like Belize or Costa Rica!
    Beeps - I have decided I am going to live to 120 and screw up all the actuarial tables! So if I were you I would get started picking a place out of that book!
  • shander7
    shander7 Posts: 613 Member
    Lots to catch up on!!

    First off, I don't think I got a star this week, i didn't log this weekend but I know I went WAY over! Oops :)

    I'm so jealous of your trip Beeps!! You'll have a blast :)

    I was fortunate enough to study abroad in Florence when I was in college, it was the most amazing time of my life! While I was there we traveled to Rome, Venice, Sienna, Perugia, Lucca, Amalfi Coast (amazing, highly highly recommend!), Milan, and then outside of Italy I went to Cork, Dublin & Galway in Ireland (beautiful!), London and Barcelona. Then a year later when my fiance (then bf) was studying abroad in Germany I went to visit him there (northern Germany) and then we went to Florence again and then to Majorca, Spain. I can't wait to go back though! I would love to go to Greece and back to Italy. I definitely want to go to Paris and Croatia as well! Maybe that will be a trip after we get married :)

    Shanaber, that trip you took sounds amazing too! That's awesome that you get to travel for work sometimes, I definitely don't get to do that!!

    I don't really have a bucket list though, mainly to travel more and have a family eventually!!
  • Beeps2011
    Beeps2011 Posts: 11,954 Member
    *STAR* challenge update:



    (Because I am gone to Europe for 10 days in May, i won't participate in any May challenge....if someone else wants to run it, have at 'er!)
  • Better_Balance_2011
    Better_Balance_2011 Posts: 3,711 Member
    You ladies are some traveling fools! Nice! I have only been out of the country twice to Jamaica, once on a Carribean cruise, and twice to Mexico. Clearly I need to get out more. However I have seen much of the US, 26 of the states. I just counted. I have not been to the northwest, but would love to go. I haven't seen much of the southwest either; just went to Phoenix for the first time a couple months ago. And I'd really like to see more of the northeast too. The midwest.....ehh......

    I had a good day yesterday. I ate under calories (I won't say well because I had tortilla chips with my Qdoba lunch and my macros were high in carbs and fat and lower in protein). I ran almost 2 miles with a stroller at a 9.5 minute pace, which is super fast for my stroller runs. And D woke up at 5:30 this morning briefly and I never went back to bed so I got out of bed and did 6 week 6 pack! It's nice to have it done.

    Another goal I want to work on is my macros. I aim for 40/30/30, but usually end up for the week more like a 45/30/25 or less protein sometimes.

    I'm still trying to decide if I want to do a weigh in this week or keep it at every other week.

    I was also thinking that it's about time to start incorporating strength training back in. I think after this week I am going to shoot for two 30 minute sessions a week of total body stuff. Not necessarily super heavy 5x5 type lifting, maybe some of that, but really whatever I am feeling, but focusing on total body. I'm a little afraid that I may have lost a teensy bit of muscle during my lifting hiatus which could have resulted in some of my recent weight loss. Maybe not....I do feel like my sides are a little less squishy. Anyways, I'll finish this week out with some running, my circuits class, maybe a kettlebell workout and I need to get back on deadlifts. I was doing good with my Sunday work on them, and I've skipped the last 2 weeks.

    Have a great day! I'm off tomorrow and hope to enjoy some sunshine!
  • amysj303
    amysj303 Posts: 5,086 Member
    I was actually under cals for the first time in a week-last week was just bad for over-eating. Dinner was pretty good, too, I took chicken breasts and baked them with a slice of ham and slice of swiss, then sprinkled bread crumbs on top and baked, it was a simple, lower-cal chicken cordon bleu. I thought it was tasty.

    I like to hear about everyone's travels and recommendations! Shanaber, what is your job? I would like to travel for work but I haven't much in the last few years.

    Shander, have you picked a honeymoon spot?

    We have friends getting married in June and they are going to Greece and Italy for 2 weeks for their honeymoon but when I got married I didn't want to plan a wedding and a trip to Europe, so we just did 5 days in Mexico with a swim-up suite, all inclusive. We did an excursion but mostly it was just lounging which is nice after all the wedding festivities. and cheaper!
  • Better_Balance_2011
    Better_Balance_2011 Posts: 3,711 Member

    We have friends getting married in June and they are going to Greece and Italy for 2 weeks for their honeymoon but when I got married I didn't want to plan a wedding and a trip to Europe, so we just did 5 days in Mexico with a swim-up suite, all inclusive. We did an excursion but mostly it was just lounging which is nice after all the wedding festivities. and cheaper!

    We went to Jamaica for both of our honeymoons (and got married there once too). Same deal....all inclusive, swim up bar, very little but lounging. Especially the second. We didn't leave the resort once. I want to go back.....