Yeah, I would like to think that I can, but I'm not so sure . . . I'm 51 now (10 years later) . . . weigh a little more . . . (not alot) but still everything is different. Plus I tore my ACL last November, but it's come a long way . . . I'm not gong to let it hold me back as much as possible. I really want to accomplish what I did before.
Congrats to all of you for starting this challenge, even if its the second time around. I'm on C1W2D1. I look forward to seeing all of you guys progress!!
Im also starting now - abit nervous as I'll be going it alone in South Africa
Hi All -
It's so great to see the responses and the encouragement. It's also nice to know I am not the oldest in the group. I don't think much of age really; its how you feel inside.....but when you are a long time army wife and everyone around you is 23 and having their first baby, and they say things like "Wow, you're my mom's age!" Well, you do start to notice your own age. hehe
For my journey: I have 15 pounds to lose and would like to build enough upper body muscle that opening a tight-fitting jar doesn't require me to ask for help. But most importantly, I want to start living a much more physically fit and healthy lifestyle for the long term. I was an avid runner but a stress fracture slowed me way down. I need to find the shape I know is hiding in there somewhere and to learn to keep it around for a long time.
BevR - you aren't alone. You have this entire group to support you! Just think of it as everyone exercising at a different gym, but we're all in this together. =)
Salinwench - I don't sail but I love your sign on name! Just spent the past weekend in Mystic Seaport, CT. Something tells me you would have loved it.
I love that we are old and new, young and old, newies and experienced. I am getting pretty excited about this new lifestyle (remind me I said that when I am saying no to the ice cream......).
OK, I guess I need to be brave enough to take those photos today. Sigh....
Hi all! My sister, husband and I will be starting on May 30th. We like Saturdays as our free day just like Angie posted. We were supposed to start this past Saturday, but my sister was really sick - so we decided to wait for her. I am really looking forward to sharing progress and advice with all of you. As you said - let's kill this thing!
Starting May 30th.
Im worried about being able to stick to it. How do you combat your cravings? I have a massive sweet tooth. Im not worried about working out, its the dieting that i dont know if i can stick to.
AllysonJune, my advice would be this, and let me say im a newbie too, but first dont see it as a diet, see it as a change of eating habit, a more healthy choice, also see yourself determined, and refusing those treats, see them as your enemy to achieving your goal, believe in yourself, you can do it, its just a matter of keeping your focus, on the hard work you doing, and the gains you will be achieving, i drink protein shakes, it ends any sweet cravings i may get,
good luck and blessings
AllysonJune, I am a "newbie" to Body for Life but I understand what you are saying. As a Catholic every year I give up something for Lent. It's usually something I really love so its not ever easy, but the hardest thing I ever did was about 10 years ago when I gave up sodas. I drank pretty much nothing but soda all day and decided it was the best thing to "give up" for those 40 days. Oh my gosh!! I cannot tell you how those soda's yelled at me for the first three weeks. I would be sitting there watching TV and my mind would be saying "drink some coke, you want a coke" over and over again. It was awful. I had no idea how addicted to drinking soda I had become and my brain was quite literally keeping the idea of drinking soda at the forefront of every thought. I've never smoked, but it felt sort of like what smokers describe.
I kept telling myself that all I had to do was "nothing" to succeed. No one was going to give me a soda and make me drink it. I just had to do nothing - not drink it - and I would make those 40 days and then I could have ALL the soda I wanted that 41st day. Funny thing is...after about 3 weeks the constant thinking about it started to go away and by the end of Lent I didn't even really want a soda anymore. To this day (10 years later) I hardly drink soda anymore. It never tasted as good after Lent and I just didn't really want it that much anymore.
Sweet is addicting. Just know that you will have cravings and that your brain is going to do whatever it can to get you to eat that junk food. Acknowledge that and that at first you will think about it constantly and you will probably wonder how in the world you will make it without something sweet each day. But also remind yourself that all you have to do to beat that sweet tooth is "nothing". No one is going to force sweets into your mouth; do nothing and in let your brain "get over it" and eventually it will stop putting the thought in the forefront of your every waking moment and give up. You might even be surprised to find out that in the end you don't really want sweets anymore, that they just don't taste all that good.
I did a challenge in 2003 got to week 10 and stopped because I was happy. Then I had several attempts to do this and couldn't because of cravings, life, etc. I have completed 5 challenges since January 2009. What got me through it this time was being on the forum. Reading and sharing. It was a way for me to be accountable and as I made my way through 12 weeks, I'd read and felt I needed to keep up with those who posted their successes. I got on here every single morning and said I was on the way to the gym. When I was done, I got on here again and said I was done and told how it felt. I get up at 3 am so I'm at the gym by 4 am. It's the only way I could fit it in. No I do not always like it but I love how I feel after and what it has done for me. You just have to take it one second, one minute, one hour, one day and one week at a time. It's never easy but when the cravings start to set in, it's usually not too far from the next meal time. Take note of when it happens for you. Take a walk, drink water or do something to keep yourself busy, before you know it. You've made it through the cravings. Good luck!
Love you some you...PERSEVERE!
I forgot to add that when I quit at week 10, I quickly gained all the weight back and then some. :-/
One more thing about cravings, take note of when you get them. Diet drinks bring them, stress, what you eat and of course that time of the month. If you can, stop drinking sodas. It took me about a month and now all I ever drink is water.
Hope this helps.
I'm starting 30th May too! Good luck everyone :)
Another thing about cravings is that you can add your cravings to a list and eat those sweets (in moderation of course) on your free day. And I saw some great advice from HeatherC yesterday that said to brush your teeth if you have a sweet craving. Something about the mint flavor that takes your craving away. And just like everyone else said - log in here everyday and we will all work to keep each other on track. Best of luck!
Nancy Jo (starting May 30th)
today your start day, good luck, and work hard, looking forward to hearing your progress,
You go girl, kill it,
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