Starting 11/1- Anyone else??

  • Remembering what you guys said about cardio really helped me today.  Pushed through and finished.  Looking at another post looks like im doing better at my cardio than i thought...  Makes me happy!

    Cold also seems to be getting better.  Maybe taht helped this morning too?

  • quick check in--I'm so exhausted!

    got up this morning already dressed in my workout clothes since I slept in them.  Did my cardio, planning ahead that maybe I should it keep easier with being sick and all.  Opposite!!  I felt better, increased my levels of 6-9, and finished all 20 minutes!!  High point was a tad slower though, but that's ok since 6-9 was harder.  all this talk of quitting early, I really thought I was going to have to do it, but mind over matter!!  yes!!

    My meal at the restaurant tonight was 'almost' authorized, a little too much mayo and cheese on my wrap sandwich.  Ate 1/2 with a cup of soup, drank the whole thing.  And unsweetened ice tea.  We all shared an appetizer and I had 2 bites, perfect! (well 'perfect' would be 0 bites, but life's gotta be fun right?) After getting home, I had the other 1/2 of the wrap, but ate only the good parts, threw out the rest. and then a bag of carrots.

    Tomorrow, free day, no planning, less running around.  Meeting some older coworkers for breakfast.  I've heard of people getting so hungry at this point in the challenge.  But since my challenge went a little askew with that potluck week, I think my hunger pangs will come at a different time/week.

  • Ah!  Food porn!!!  Im so jealous!

    Im hungry all the freaken time!!!!!!

  • sorry!  Well, but you can't have eat too many carrots!

    Excited to try more recipes tomorrow and stock up my freezer again.

    We just got invited to a holiday party for Sunday...  But my free day is scheduled later for the week :(  Wil power here I come!  and lots of water and bringing a veggie tray and eating b4 I get there.

  • I felt like wonder woman earlier this week, pushing through being sick and long busy days and still boundless energy.  Today--I think it has caught up with me.  I have 100 things on my todo list, and just don't feel right. I decided to lay low, drink hot tea and watched TV with my cats, their extra warmth always makes me feel good. I DID get my LBWO in!  I felt a little better afterwards.  Eating has also been great today, but I'm due for another meal, and just can't seem to muster the energy to gather it!  

  • Soon after that last post I made myself a nutrition shake, and stomach started hurting soon after and continued to get worse.  I was nauseas and sick for hours, felt miserable!  

    Now it's the next morning and I feel fine again, but I haven't eaten or drank anything in 14 hours.  I think I should probably skip today's workout and not try to do too much around the house.  Maybe just eat light, like WW toast or something.

    I feel this has derailed me with only 3 weeks to go.  Afraid to exercise AND eat balanced portions.  I don't know if it was some kind of stomach flu or bad yogurt in the smoothie.  I was holding my stomach while I felt like crap, and it felt so big and floppy and bloated--blech!

    I hope to hear updates from more of you soon, so I don't have too many in a row.

  • Hi Opti, I'll chime in here!  I hope you feel better today.  Sometimes, a day off from it all is the best medicine.  

    I had a great lbwo yesterday.  My body feels so beat up!  LOL!  I ate a lot of my hubby's homeade meatballs and sauce that I counted it for 2 meals.  In reality, it probably was.  Today is my day off and I had a coffee roll.  On my days off, I tend to not eat often and eat larger portions of what I do eat, which happens to be my "old ways."  

    One thing that hasn't changed for me is I drink two cups of coffee a day.  When I lost all that weight before, I gave up alcohol and drank my coffee with fat free cream and splenda.  Now, I just can't do it.  When I read up on those "fake diet fixes," it makes me think of poison.  So my downfall may just be my coffee.  I drink it with half and half and sugar in the raw.  I wish I could drink it black.  Maybe in round 2.   I haven't gotten on the scale in a while but I'm okay with it.

    Time is flying by.  Who is doing round 2?  When do you plan on starting it?  Hope all is well with everyone.  FIGHTING!


  • moxie - how about slowly weening your half and half to a spoonful of skim milk, and use stevia for sweetener?  stevia is supposed to be all natural sweetener, like a leaf extract or something.  I like using the skim milk 'cuz it still turns my coffee light brown, so it 'looks' like you added cream.  And the stevia I use for lots of things.  I'm currently weening my brown sugar in oatmeal for stevia instead.

    Funny you mention diet fixes as poison.  I was just thinking that.  Before this challenge, I would always opt for organic/natural.  However that's not always low in calories or fat.  So I was kinda using the 'diet fixes' only while on the Challenge, 'cuz they're cheaper and easy for me to find at Walmart, even Walmart brands.  I was trying to save money too.

    Now after being sick, I went through my fridge and cupboards and threw out a bunch of stuff that just looked like poison to me.  It makes me mad that by trying to save money, here I'm  throwing it out!  I drove to my Health Hut grocery store which I haven't been to in awhile.  Purchased some REAL food with shorter shelf life.  I almost died at the grand $$ total, thinking 'this better be worth it!'  I'm still going to continue to use my protein powders, and stopped the Betagen 'cuz I read stopping it now creates better 'after' pictures, due to bloat.  

    And YES i am definitely up for C2!  Just don't know if I should take a 1 or 2 week active rest.  I will restart my Betagen up again at that time until it's gone.

    So far feeling 90%.  Tempted to fit a workout in yet... but I better not.  My energy is only lasting in small amounts, then I need to sit down so it can refuel.

  • it's a new morning, and I'm about to head out for my UBWO.  I made supper last nght out of Clean EAtnig mag. and it was great.  But afterwards I started eating junk, I have no idea why, I felt weird afterwards.  Anyway, it's a new day and got my meal plan with me and I'm gonna follow it!

    Hope you're all having a great start to this new week.


  • WOW - so good to see successes still happening here. We have 2 weeks left in our challenges. 14 days - we got this!

    As you have noticed, the posters have dwindled. I just wanted to say a big congratulations to those of you that are still moving forward - good days and not so good days and making BFL a new lifestyle for yourselves. Creating a new normal, new "habits".

    The following is a quick list of enthusiastic starters.....

    Denniskempin and girlfriend




    jules1991 and Goomb















    emilyinauckland and partner

    Optigirl and Moxikidsmom (Nov 8 start date)

    I may have missed one or two names that started later than Nov 1 and joined here.

    I just wanted to print out what I could though to help you VISUALIZE YOUR SUCCESS. If you are reading this YOU BETTER BE SMILING AND DAMN PROUD OF YOURSELF!

    Rock the next 2 weeks. The checkered flag is starting to rumble.

  • I'm here, I'm here, LOL....This is my most busiest time of the year for me at work. I've been reading all the posts, Im sorry I havent been as vocal. I have done GREAT w/ the workouts even though we have been doing a different style. I'm really seeing alot of differences in my body. Still @ 17lbs lost but I'm happy with that. I however, have been lacking at the eating portion, A...I am always busy and B....I haven't been shopping, LOL. I plan on shopping this afternoon to get my eating back on track. I will try to be more vocal...sorry guys!

  • hi guys

    i had a booboo weekend.  Took photo of myself on Friday night.  Posted it on my profile.  Was so happy with what i saw that instead of motivating me to work harder it made me relax.  Missed workout on Saturday and didnt eat right all weekend.  Got on the scale this morning and it said i picked up 4kg in 2 days.  NOw i know this will go away soon with working out and eating right again this week but feel so bad.  I have 2 weeks left of the official challenge but i count it as 3 cos i had to take a week of with my back.

    My goals for the next 2 weekends are:

    1.  Talk on the forum more cos that keeps me accountable.

    2.  No free days for the next 2 weekends.

    3.  Cardio on Saturdays and Sundays to make up for the 3 cardio workouts i missed in the program.

    4.  Doing carbo loading early in the day so no carbs after 6pm.

    Hoping doing this will help everything work out again.  Hold thums!!

  • Go for it ...

    You're all doing so well

    When you finish I'll have 2 weeks left myself.

    Show me how it's done!

    Beep Beep!

  • Wow, thx Legs, for that list and run down.  

    I have 3 weeks to go and am anxious to weigh in and take measurements, almost to the point that I don't want to, afraid of being greatly disappointed.  my pants do feel looser, but I don't know if I've dropped a whole size yet. But a lot can happen in 3 weeks, right?

    Dev - I like your 'todo' list for the next couple weeks.  I'm not going to try to make up for missed workouts though.  I've been thinking of stopping with the free days... but I don't know if I can do it. I really like the mental break of not having to plan a single meal all day.  I agree with the loading more carbs during the day, to last us later in the day so we don't have too many after supper.  

    I've been thinking maybe I should post what I ate each day.  I've been sloppy with the eating ever since the holidays.  If I make a commitment to post, then I should think twice b4 'sneaking' something, 'cuz then I would have to post that which would create food porn and we don't want to go there.  Either that or I would have to lie and not post it, then I would feel like I'm cheating.  So, this is what I ate for the day:  do not read if you are hungry!

    oatmeal with flax and protein powder

    1 cup skim milk with protein powder

    2 cups spinach, 1/2 chic. br. and 1/2 portion organic shells and cheese

    advantedge shake

    WW sandwich with uncured turkey br., avocado, thin layer of natural mayo, spinach

    edamame with light drizzle of EVOO and lemon pepper

    cottage cheese with blueberries

    Some of this stuff is the stuff I just bought at my Health Hut store.  I suppose I didn't need the mayo AND avocado... but I wanted to try my new mayo, made out of olive oil and all real ingredients.

  • crap i just remembered the little things I tossed into my mouth earlier today.  I won't list each individual thing, but now i'm adding it all up at the end of the day, but I didn't write it down on my sheet.  Thinking a bite here or there wouldn't matter.  But today's nibbles equaled a portion of carbs!  I've kinda been doing this the whole time.  Which gives me almost an extra carb portion most days than I thought...  

    this gives me something to think about.