I am with ya! I have been on and off this whole challenge so far...good day, bad day...good week, bad week...UUGH! You and I are going to FINISH THIS TOGETHER AND SUCCEED DAMMIT!!!! I however am now dealing with a back injury/strain. Hurt myself Friday doing abs. I had such a great LBWO, upped my weight, changed up my abs...felt awesome! Didn't feel anything until Saturday night, then spent all of Sunday on the couch and heating pad! GRRR Yesterday I felt a little better, did not do my UBWO, and by the evening felt really good! So I got up early before the kids(5:30...wide awake) and did my run. Back hurts all over again...ouch! Looks like I'm back to the heating pad! Atleast I feel like I can get some things done. I will be going to the grocery store as we will be having a blizzard later today....SNOW DAY...WHOO HOO!!! We've got a great sledding hill in our backyard...the kids have a great time! Anyways, sorry for the sidetrack...lol...I think I might need to rest the remainder of the week? We'll see how it goes!
Kree...praying for your country and you! Be safe!!
Lisa...be good! haha
gottadoit...I haven't time to read your post...I will get back to you later! Hang in there!
Have a great day everyone...and be strong!!
Sassy I was wondering where you were, so good to hear from you.
Lisa, Kree, Leggs ~ Awesome to see you all still posting and sticking with it, great job Gals!! you too Seth ;). Well I changed up my workout this week, going into week 5 and my arms kill, they feel as awful/ good as they did the first week. I am feeling really good about the next 4 weeks, I feel like these 4 weeks I will start to see a real change. My measurements are moving in the downwards numbers, maybe just a half inch here and there, but hey, to me that's progress. I feel like I finally have a good grasp on where I've been and where I'm going, and it feels terrific! Galof and Gottadoit, you guys can do this if you really want it. Gym or no gym, you can find ways of working out. Meal plans can be really simple and little cooking if that's what you need. Taking 1 day a week to plan is really all you need to make it fast and easy, but you have to make sure you want it and will do the workouts :) Good Luck, you can do anything you put your mind to!! I believe in you!
"Success is figuring out a way NOT to quit"
Gottadoit - I feel your pain. I live with a food addict and that rubbed off on me when I was pregnant 5 years ago. I got to a stage where I was feeling tired, fat, sick and miserable. There IS hope.
How old is your daughter? Could you talk to her about how you are feeling and ask her to encourage you and to not eat that stuff in front of you?
You can do callisthetics (using your own body weight). Just google it - I'm sure there are some great exercises on the net. Or send me a PM and I'll e-mail you some pages from a book with some good exercises on it.
I think also perhaps you are over-stressed which will always add to your problems. I know my weight hasn't moved the past couple of weeks despite exercise and good nutrition because of a change in our family that is very stressful and my little one starting school for the first time.
If you can possibly find the dollars to go to a gym, I want you to remember that EVERY ONE there is doing something healthy and if they want to talk to you, ASK for advice. For example: (random lady): "hi, how's it going?" (you): "I'm ok, but I'm not sure if I'm doing this exercise properly. You look really fit, can you help me?". It takes guts and being a very shy person myself, I KNOW it's difficult. But if you want to achieve something drastic, you have to DO something drastic to get there.
I also took a physical job (I did 6 months of walking around the neighbourhood all day delivering catalogues and then swapped it for cleaning other people's houses) and DIDN'T LOSE ANYTHING. Being active all day is great, but I really needed the exercise and to sharpen up my diet.
You don't need to be able to cook anything complex. There are recipes on this site that are quite good and fairly simple. I know money is tight so a cooking course is out of the option basket, but why not just look on the internet for simple dishes (such as the famous 4-ingredient recipes). Egg white omelettes are really easy and basically it's chopping a few veges, separating the whites (don't worry if you get a bit of the yolk in) and maybe some herbs. Try putting a mix of green and red capsicum (bell peppers), a little garlic, parsley and chives and maybe a little grated carrot with 3 egg whites. Put in a yolk if you want. A tiny spoon of parmesan cheese will be ok for flavour.
Feel free to ask any questions and try to think positive. You CAN get healthy. You CAN resist temptation. You CAN succeed :-)
Body for LIFE, not body for 12 weeks!
Kree, Peeps, Leggs, & Lisa - You ladies ROCK!! You make me smile every day!!! Thank you for being so great!! I appreciate you so much! Thank you, thank you, thank you for helping me!!!!
Love the quotes Kree! "Body for LIFE, not body for 12 weeks!"
" ...to achieve something drastic, you have to DO something drastic to get there." So true!
I am such a food addict. Truly. It is hard for me to get focused after a free day. It was easy the first 4 weeks, then something happened last week. I didn't care as much. It was really a struggle.
Leggs!!! I hope you feel better! I cracked up at your quote too! "You and I are going to FINISH THIS TOGETHER AND SUCCEED DAMMIT!!!!" I think I need to put that as my signiture! lol : )
Gottadoit - i hope you are still reading this! I really hope you join us & know that you are not alone! My family has had had major financial stress over the past year. I let it get to me & I gained 30 pounds!!! My husband & I are both food addicts, I more so than him. Just remember, if you keep coming here, you will find the encouragement that you need. If you don't read = no encouragement = eat, eat, eat! That is the way it is for me! I can say that THis VERY Thread on the forum is what brought me back to BFL! And just last week when things were so crazy that I was WAAAYYY off, I still heard the quote, "Body for Life, not Body for 12 weeks" ringing in my ears! So, I decided not to give up. Something is better than nothing!!! Giving up is surely not going to make my fat belly go away! lol
As I am typing this, I am thinking UMMMM, donuts! ha ha - I will not eat bad, I will not eat bad! I have to overcome that inner voice every minute of each day!
Seth, how are you?! Calling you out! Check in, even if you are off track!!! If you are on track, Way to Go!!!
Welcome Patti & Galof!
Stay Strong!!! : )
I think its interesting the way you said you're a food addict. I have been having a hard time this time dealing with my emotions without turning to food. I did some reading online and it looks like I have the symptoms of an eating disorder. Although I don't binge per se (although I can put a dent in an all you can eat buffet), I do find myself eating when I'm not hungry if I'm stressed. When my teenage student driver accidentally ran our car into our garage taking down the wall, I couldn't even talk to her until I walked into the pantry and had a cookie. Granted it was 1 cookie and not a whole box, but I definitely rely on food to help me regulate my emotions. Without it these last two weeks I have felt lonely, bored, and overwhelmed at times. I felt really deprived and cranky initially, and still think about food way too much. I had to look into alternative ways to handle stress and find balance. I like the website http://helpguide.org. I hope you don't have any of these problems, but if you do that website might help. Good luck!
I just saw the most amazing transformation on the thread...take a look at MichelleT!
Galof, The first few weeks/month are really difficult. Stick with it. Ok - you had one biscuit. It's ok. You can get through this. I was feeling like eating something not BFL so I jumped on this thread. Now I want my BFL body more than I want cake.
Keep at it. Succeed!
weekly check in, how's everyone doing?
I am ready to have a great week, superbowl is over and time to get back to it, week 6 for me - looking forward to having a great week.
HI Peeps! I'm doing good...for ONCE I did not munch or cheat last night! Night time eating is a true evil for me! I didn't quite follow my eating plan yesterday...(got my hair done and forgot to bring food...BOO!), but did well the rest of the day! Had a good LBWO yesterday and did my run this morning! Feel pretty good.
Hope the rest of you are doing well..Stay STRONG!
Well everyone, my 2nd Challenge got cut short because I needed emergency spine surgery in my neck 2 weeks ago. Be thankful for every day you CAN move and hit those 10s. I miss the workouts more than anything, but have a long road of recovery ahead of me. Just wanted to remind all of you that a strong body is a privilege and cherish each second you get to spend making it happen! Do some extra cardio for me... I'm desperate to get back to it. I'll be back! Finish strong!
Hey all! Weekend ended up being active rest (well, not so active... oops), but all is well and I'm nearly down to 59kg from being stuck at 60 for so long. I'm going to have to buy new knickers very soon as they are all getting really baggy - YAY!!!!
Made a really yummy and SIMPLE chicken salad for dinner. All I did was to make up salad plates (butter lettuce, tomato, cucumber, sundried tomatoes, olives, grated parmesan cheese and slices of carrot) with home made dressing (mustard, lemon, olive oil, vinegar and salt) and then did the chicken - sliced it into thin strips against the grain, popped it into a cold pan with the juice of half an orange and sliced chilli, mixed it up, added a little olive oil and cooked until it was tender and topped off the salad. Husband loved it, child doing usual not wanting dinner thing (doesn't seem to matter what I put in front of her - she seems to only want pizza lately and that's not going to happen - she can go hungry again as usual).
Leggs - PROUD OF YOU! I know how you feel - at night I want that strong cup of hot Milo (like a hot chocolate) with something else chocolately, but I dare not! Love that high from weights :-)
Keep up the good work all! Lets get into a shape we LIKE
Where is everyone????
Hey Kree...I just got back on a couple days ago. I'm doing a challenge restart. I've explained it in another post...'What I did wrong, and why I'm starting anew"...;check it out.
Good to 'see' you
Will do. I've just had 2 weeks of dragging my feet. I feel so lousy! I just can't get moving in the morning and I can't sleep at night so it's a nasty circle. Guess I'm in the same boat - going to have to start anew again. But having said that, I have lost another kilo despite not exercising! Hope it's not muscle atrophy though!
Hey, I'm still here. Still working towards my goals. Sarah has been doing a lot better in the gym day care. I bought a bag of lollipops and give her one whenver I pick her up and she hasn't cried. Now, whenever she wants a lollipop she'll ask me, "Can we go to the YMCA?" I got the stomach flu last Thursday and Friday and each of my kids and my husband has had it since then. Of course that makes 8 of us, so Its been rough. My stomach is still recovering so all I ate today was cranberry juice for breakfast and a plum for lunch. I figure my body will tell me when its safe to eat more. I had to drop out of my cardio, but have kept up with my weights because I do not want to lose muscle mass because of this sickness. I will make it to the gym tomorrow.
It's good to see these posts in my e-mail again. I missed you guys!
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