Enjoy your weekend:)
Am I the only one that has A LOT to lose? I need to lose at least 85 just to be the maximum for my height so my goal is to lose 100 pounds. Starting tomorrow, this is my first BFL challenge.
I have a lot to lose too and am thinking this as more if a journey not just a 12 week challenge. My niece has rhett symdrome. She is now 19 years old!. I know that my sister in law has had many many challenges along the way and of course the stress was probably unbearable at times. The challenges you have everyday with your daughter are going to make this BFL challenge a piece of cake.
Yes I'm back. Missed you guys look forward to the journey ahead. Should nbe as fun as the others. Welcome to those who have just joined. Still sort of doing the vegan thing as much as I can. One problem is what do vegans eat on their free day? Lots of sugar? LOL. tOOK MY STATS WILL POST THEM LATER. Yes I know only Chantal can call you that just couldn't resist. Do any of you feed your dogs cob on the corn mine seem to love it and are quite proficiant at getting it off the cob.
Push hard and run fast here we go.
Claude the Crab
I know on garbage day you could find an old bench that someone is throwing out that is perfectly good and usually some free weights as well. To me free is free they may be old but they still work. So check around while you are driving around you may be able to find some. Can't get any cheaper than that.
OK, I'm in beginning tomorrow. I'm not a stranger to BFL, just a stranger to understanding it. With that said, I've read both the book and EFL (Love the recipes) and am ready to go. I'm most concerned with the cardio as running has always been difficult for me.
The Why?: I lost all of my pregnancy weight and more after the twins---in an unhealthy way. Thus, it all came back. For a few years now, I've been able to keep myself in decent, but not great shape. My body fat is well beyond where it needs to be and my BMI is teetering on the edge. So, it's time to go. At 42 years old, I believe that it's time to grow up. I believe that I am finally ready to do so!!
Wow, there is such enthusiastic response to this thread that it is getting tough to personally welcome all the newcomers! But glad to have you here. We all have that "Okay, I'm at the age where this is the 'fork in the road' and I gotta change!" But feel fortunate!...some ignore this alert from their body to their own doom!
Hello everyone! My name is Laura and I'm totally pumped to be starting my first BFL challenge tomorrow!!! I started preparing at the beginning of the month and have read the book 3 times (twice by myself and once with my husband). I normally don't do forums, but it looks like this is going to be a great place to get a lot of support! I'm also doing this challenge with my husband, and we have some friends who started their challenge 2 weeks ago who have been great at helping us get motivated. We've got our meals planned for the week and have our workout planned for tomorrow (just gotta figure out where to start with the weights... I haven't done weight lifting in about 10 yrs). Sorry there's nothing up on my profile yet. I'll work on it. :) Good luck tomorrow you guys!
LET'S DO THIS THING!!!
Im all in starting tomorrow for the first time!! Lets do this!!!!
I'm with you all tomorrow morning bright and early for an upper body workout (UBWO) :) !!!
I'm going to be posting my progress and most of my days food on a thread in 'Crossing The Abyss' called Pickle's Progress-One Day At A Time. I don't want to fill up our space here with all my daily food intake. I posted my humbling before pictures there as well.
I will definitely be on this train (and this 8/22 thread) with you all till November 13th!
Don't feel bad about spending your entire first week just finding the right weight lbs. to workout with. I set up my first workouts with the weight I "thought" seemed manageable, and then ended up "adjusting" up and/or down to reality during the workout. After a week or two, I was cruising along like a pro and working out quickly and effectively! Don't feel any pressure to walk into the gym and "instant veteran". Have fun with learning.
Look forward to update tomorrow,
Welcome tabithab315 !
A lot, a little...it's all relative! Some people with a little to lose will try and fail, while some with a lot to lose will have smashing success. Don't let it get to you. Just focus on what you can accomplish in the day that you are living! The end result will come weekly whether you anguish over it or not. 7 years ago I was about 80 lbs heavier. I went from desk job to physical job and dropped like 40 lbs in just a year or so. THEN...I slowly gained back about half over the next 5 years. So counting the 50 I've lost IN 6 MONTHS I'm down about 70 lbs total from then, and still need some "trimming". So go with it, and let us support you as you excite us with your progress! We're ALL in this TOGETHER!
Keep the good reports coming!
I wrote an "Epistle" sized reply to you earlier today, hit "reply" and it went into a black hole somewhere in outer space.
The best opening advice I can give EVERYONE on this thread: After you type your replies, just before you hit "reply" or "post" copy your entire response to clipboard just in case you lose it. If that happens, you can go back to the forum, open a reply box and "paste" your original work of literary gold and hit "reply" again until successful. Take this to heart folks...when it happens to you, you'll thank me!
Anyway, to cover things Scott hasn't helped you with:
Approved food list can be found under "Library" and "food list" and/or "nutrition" and "shopping list"
Don't count calories - Just keep it "simple" and make sure each "meal" has a protein and carb that is "size" appropriate (palm / fist rule) and veggies with two of those meals minimum.
EAS products: I use Protein powder, shakes and bars. But others I know use CLA. Whatever you do, make sure you take a quality Fish Oil and a B-Complex vitamin supplement.
Favorite Breakfasts: Egg Beaters, fat free turkey sausage, Whole Wheat french toast, Protein oatmeal.
Favorite Lunch: Sardines w/Crunchmaster multigrain crackers; tuna salad sandwich made with plain greek yogurt, lettuce, walnuts and tomato on whole wheat;
Favorite Dinner: Grilled Salmon w/seasoned veggies and brown rice; or Grilled Chicken; or baked Tilapia. Lean turkey burgers on whole wheat sandwich thins w/lettuce, tomato etc.., or fat free turkey ballpark franks w/ Hormel turkey chili and chopped tomato and onion.
Favorite Snacks: Clif Builder Peanut Butter bars, Pure Protein peanut butter bars, Protein shake made with cup of almond milk, 1/2 cup frozen banana, tblspn natural peanut butter, 1-scoop protein powder blended til smooth! Raw Almonds...I buy them by the pounds! Bananas and Apples (in moderation)
What Cardio to do: Go to "Library" tab and then "Exercise" and it outlines both for you.
Hope this helps!
It is definitely hard to keep up with all the posts on this thread - Stephon, you definitely do a great job at keeping up though!
I just wanted to wish everyone good luck tomorrow. My husband is also doing this challenge with me/us - it will be his 3rd. It will make it a lot easier for me now that he is on board, that's for sure. I already made our breakfast and lunches for tomorrow... will work on dinner in the morning. It does seem a little overwhelming preparing food in advance at first, but it does make it easier in the long run and saves you time when you plan ahead.
I love all everyone's positive energy and encouragement to each other. I think it is just great and will help us all along the way!
I will post our "stats" tomorrow. We both have a good amount of weight to lose. I know that we will feel better, not just look better - which is also very important!!!
Have a great night!
Heather - "hr2011"
Hi Everyone!! I just wanted to say that I second what hr2011 said - Stephon, you do a wonderful job of keeping up with everything!!
Also I wanted to post my stats - they are not great but it is a starting point and I can only get better from here!
Starting weight: 154lbs
Bust - 34"
Waist - 36"
Hips - 38"
Arms - 12.5"
Thighs - 23"
Jaimee - I also found it is better for me to work out in the morning because I find too many "distractions" when I get home. So I am up at 4:30am breaking a sweat!! Good luck tomorrow!!
Ethelee - I tried to add you as a friend but it kept giving me a server error! I will definitely keep trying though! =o)
I also just wanted to say good luck to everyone!! I am so excited (and a little bit nervous) about this new adventure we are starting but there is so much support and motivation here that I know we will all do great!! I am so grateful to have found this program and this forum and thanks to everyone for making me feel welcome! =o)
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