That's true. But I have to remind you that this IS a challenge, and figuring out those amounts and making it work for you is what the goal is. This could be THE challenge that changes my whole eating habits around, and since it's only for a week, I don't want to miss this opportunity. It only hurts me if I don't at least TRY it. Do you think you're at least going to TRY, T-Rex?
Welcome to Episode 5 of MotivationMatters--100% Disaster!
Well, I'm back, and it's just in time too, because Tonya went off the deep end last week, and before she can help anyone else get motivated, she's got to get herself straightened out, so she's on a little sabbatical this week (ahem, therapy) and it's just going to be me. And because this is a day late--no, I did NOT eat the laptop, despite spurious allegations to that effect--this is going to be short and sweet. Okay, probably not either of those, but whatever. Let's do this weigh-in.
Fantastic job, ladies. You're all getting so scrawny, it's hardly worth chasing you down for a snack. Heard about the zombie acopolypse did ya? Year 2012 and think it's all going to come true? If I exist, they can exist too. Just sayin'.
Reenie20, you're looking mighty tasty this week. The rest of you do too, but I'm on a diet. Nicely done overall, MOM. Ha! MOM! Mom? Get it? MOM? Bwahahaha, I crack myself up.
Emmazacklover, that better be a typo, because otherwise, I know what I'm NOT giving up for Lent--you! Unfortunately, you ladies had an overall team gain for this week. Do I smell something rancid? Could it be the smell of burpees?! Since your team placed 2nd last week, your half pound advantage changes your team loss to -0.14%, still on the gain side of things.
You girls are also looking kinda scrawny, or is it just me? You think my tastes are beginning to change after all this dieting? Nah. Could I be pregnant? Oh wait, that's only the females. And I think they lay eggs. Sure wish I could have had a free education like you all.
Really? The entire team barely lost over a pound? I think I feel the return of my appetite. Since you were the top team last week, you recieved a one pound advantage, changing your team percentage of weight loss to 0.18%.
Heatherconcoff, nooooooo! Not the 200s! Honestly, even I occassionally have a heart (did Tonya show you all the Valentine I sent last week?), and seeing that number had to be heart-breaking. But I know it will be back down next week. Or I will have a heart. Yum!
Tiny, but mighty? Not bad ladies. Your team is doing well. No one will be eaten this week.
Oh ladies, those overall numbers don't look good at all! There's an explanation footnoted about the 2 pound weight gain, but it has been scratched out so I can't read it. Very mysterious. The good news is that the team still managed to pull off a small overall loss for the week. Well, let's see how you teams stack up against one another.
Looks like there was quite the challenge last week, and I find it interesting to point out that the top two teams from last week had truly rough weigh-ins this week. That's how it goes in this business. One day you're in. The next day you're out. Oh, wait. That's Project Runway. Wrong show. Btw, check out this week's episode when the contestants create haute couture outfits for yours truly. It's going to be epic! Moving on.
Let's see how you stacked up against each other in the challenge. I see there are three advantages up for grabs with this one.
Congratulations to MindOverMatter, ThreeLossketeers, and SoleSisters--you're 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in team averages respectively. Please note, those are team averages and not actual totals. The LateComers did not turn in their information, though they probably did participate. That means that you three teams will receive a 2, 1, and 1/2 pound advantage. Let's see how the numbers stack up against each other now!
Look at that--even though the numbers changed, the places on the board did not! ThreeLossketeers, you've won this week's weigh-in, and MindOverMatter, you came in 2nd place this week. Congratulations! Next week you'll each receive an advantage. And, because we're now halfway through the challenge, next week, the advantages will increase.
Some of you have slacked off on meeting your nutrition goals, and though I'm not handing out penalties this week, you should be prepared that they just might be back next week.
So, let's get to this week's challenges. You already know what they are, but here is a re-cap and some clarifications.
Nutrition: Meet or beat your daily requirements of Vitamins A, C, and Calcium. (We omitted Vitamin B, because there were so many different types. B6, B12, etc.)
Fitness: Do the 100 Challenge
100 Jumping Jacks
70 Leg Lifts (35 per leg)
60 Wood Chops (if you alternate arms, do 30 per side; if you don't alternate, this doesn't apply to you)
50 Jumping Jacks
20 Leg Lifts (10 per leg)
10 Wood Chops
So, are you wondering why this episode is called 100% disaster? Well, the computer messed up; big disaster. Tonya's MIA this week; huge disaster. The 100 Challenge is a killer--MONSTER disaster! Okay, maybe the last one is a stretch, and maybe none of those are truly disasters.The real disaster is when we don't put 100% effort into our workouts, our eating habits, and our lives. Let's give 100% this week!
(p.s. Is the 100 Challenge going to knock you on your butt like it did Tonya? Give yourself a break and halve it on alternate days if you need to; keep doing it daily, though, or those sore muscles will hate you extra otherwise.)
Please note: This competition is entirely voluntary. There are no cash prizes, and despite threats by T-Rex, probably no contestants will be/have been eaten during the length of this competition. There are sure to be a gazillion mistakes, and if that's the case, it's probably because T-Rex has terrified the writer and she's shaking too badly to type well. Just explain the error to MM and quietly move on so no one gets eaten.
Welcome to Episode 4 of MotivationMatters--
My Funny Valentine
I remember in one of my college classes, my professor (my FAVORITE professor) had us listen to two difference versions of that song. Ah, such gorgeousness! I wish I could remember the two artists that we compared, but there are so many artists who've taken this song and made it just... okay, wait. The song has taken many artists and made THEM just... something. I bet I could take a poll and there would be tons of different favorites. I know the first version he played for us was by a female, and was beautiful, but not particularly life changing. After listening to numerous others, I just don't know if he shared Miles Davis' version or someone else's version. Due to recording clarity, I absolutely adore Sting's version . It is due to the trumpet player, however. This is a song speaks very well without any words.
Same thing goes for finding the motivation for weight loss. I mean, yeah, there are words, words, words (to borrow from another favorite; thank you, Shakespeare!), but actions speak far louder. Motivation for losing weight doesn't necessarily NEED words. In fact, our actions of eating healthy, logging those calories, and being active speak far more than all the things we say. I am a classic example. This isn't about my own personal weight loss demons, though. I just wanted to share that my own struggle has been monumental this past month, and YOUR actions have been incredibly inspiring.
T-Rex decided to catch a ride on the local time travel ship, and has headed back to hang with his sweetie for a few days, in honor of Valentine's day. Don't worry, he'll be back in the Cenezoic era next week!
So, let's get to the weigh-ins.
Wow, looks like the team captain had a good week, but I'm super glad T-Rex isn't here to see achampionsheart's weigh-in! With only three people, the team percentage puts this group on the overall gain side of things, unfortunately spelling a team penalty later on; even with your half pound advantage from last week, you're still at -.26%. I sincerely hope things work out better for this tiny team next week before T-Rex returns!
Kandrews and sheepcat, you each had good losses this week, but unfortunately, there were also two gains for this team, leaving your team percentage of weight loss at only 21%. Two teams and two sets of iffy numbers? Not a good portent for the rest of the weigh-in!
Chanson104, you lost 1.5% of your weight this week--fantastic! Unfortunately this team also had a small gain, but the overall percentage is a team loss of 0.50%, putting you guys in the current lead.
Uh-oh, looks like this team had three members stay the same this week. Even with the one pound advantage, this team's overall percentage is a loss of 0.40%. Things aren't looking so great for last week's two top teams! It's a good thing T-Rex will be back next week; I think someone must have leaked news of his vacation?
Oh, ho! (As I frequently tell my students, while reading Shakespeare, of which we've been doing in my classes the past month--"ho" is NOT the way they are most familiar! Just sayin'!)
Finally a team weigh-in where everyone had at least a small loss! I think this group must have a special affinity with T-Rex over the whole mix-up with their name early on. Good job guys--you now have the lead for best weigh-in. And a big ol' congratulations to mamamc03 for moving out of the 3s and into the 2s this week! Let's see what kind of challenge the remaining three teams have to offer.
Oh, wow, look at those zeros filling the board. To be fair, this team did lose two members and decided to replace them this week. (Maybe they're vacationing with T-Rex?) At any rate, only one person lost this week, for an incredibly tiny team percentage. Ladies, no goose eggs next week, okay? Time travel makes T-Rex hungry, I've been told!
Another team with all members having lost! With your team percentage of 0.40%, you're now tied for third place with MissionSlimPossible. Let's see if you can maintain that position after the final team weighs in.
This team's numbers and names may look a little odd, compared to last week's board. Due to technical issues, alneuby was not included in last week's weigh-in, so she's been added back. They did lose a different member this week, however. Their team captain had a nice loss, but their overall team percentage wasn't enough to claim first or second place this week.
So, let's see the tally.
From first place to last place, back to first place, Beauties and Beasts are keeping things hopping around here! BUT WAIT! Last week the teams were told that you'd also get advantages for jumping jacks, and with the numbers this close, it's possible that things could get quite changed up. So let's see how many jumping jacks each team averaged!
Look at those numbers--Galloping Goofy Girls didn't pull any punches this week! Let's see how the final chart looks.
Well, looks like there's no longer a tie for third, but the two leaders didn't change. Congratulations to Beauties and Beasts for your first place finish this week, and to the Galloping Goofy Girls with your second place finish. You'll each recieve an advantage at next week's weigh-in.
And now, this week's challenges, submitted by the GGG's. It has two parts, and personally, I think someone was reading my diary, because this is exactly what I need!
"1. HALT Every time you "want" to eat you to ask yourself: am I hungry, angry, lonely, or tired/bored. Then drink 8oz of water ... and if after that you are still hungry... go ahead and eat.
2. Pick one red light food ... and completely abstain from it for the whole week."
I've decided, that even though I drink "diet" soda, I'm going to completely abstain from all soda this week. It isn't necessarily a red light food, but it IS a gateway to red light foods, so it's water only for me this week. In the comment section of the blog, post what YOUR red light foods are!
And now, for the fitness challenge... I'm totally loving this one too! It also has two parts.
"Exercise Challenge ...
it's a competition ...
Most points wins
AND .... Attend one group fitness class this week (or if you really cannot find one than pick a DVD or rent a DVD or a video that you have NEVER done before! "
So, here's an example. Monday, I run 2 miles (2 x 2 = 4); Tuesday I walk 2 miles (2 x 1 = 2), and Wednesday I do 30 minutes of aerobics (so 2 sets of 15, or 1 x 2 = 2). Add all three days together: 4 + 2 + 2 = 8 points total. The team with the highest average number of points will win!
OH! And I'm also going to try Zumba for the first time EVER! *scared*
If everyone averages at least 10 points for the week, then the team who comes in first place will receive a TWO pound advantage, the team in second place a ONE pound advantage, and for the first time in Season 2, the team in third will receive a HALF pound advantage!
And now... TnT's weigh-in...
Yes, I gained. Again. So, I've decided that I'm taking all the penalties for myself this week. Three Lossketeers, even though you had an overall gain for the week, no penalties. And, this week's penalty is going to be... AXE MURDERERS! (aka wood chops ) and... BURPEES! and... MOUNTAIN CLIMBERS! and... JUMPING JACKS!
That's right, I'm doing them all. Last season I made the commitment that I'd do them (along with my partner) each week with the teams, but I've been a complete slacker/terrible example this time around, and the creeping numbers on the scale is my screaming reminder to get my act together!
So, one final challenge--HOLD ME ACCOUNTABLE! Here are my daily numbers: axe murderers--2 sets of 12; burpees--2 minutes straight; mountain climbers--two minutes straight; and jumping jacks, which I actually hate the worst, even more than the other three combined--five minutes straight. Every. Single. Day. AND I'm going to try to get at least 15 points for the week as well. Check in with me, people. I need YOU guys this time. (btw--I HAVE done some of this with y'all each week, but I haven't pushed myself AT ALL; just sayin'!)
1. Check for hunger; drink 8 ounces of water before eating; THEN, if still hungry, you can eat that snack.
2. Eliminate a red light item for the week (and write what it is in the comment section below!).
1. Earn as many points as possible.
2. Attend one group fitness class this week. (And if you can't, then a new exercise video will suffice.)
1. Keep ME accountable this week.
2. Beauties and Beasts, it's your turn this week to come up with the nutrition and fitness challenge for next week!
3. Captains, turn in your team info by Saturday, February 18th, by 7:00pm Central Standard Time.
Happy Valentine's Day, my lil sweeties--love every one of you funny folks!
Oh, and here is the card T-Rex wanted me to share with you all:
Please note: This competition is entirely voluntary. There are no cash prizes, and despite threats by T-Rex, probably no contestants will be/have been eaten during the length of this competition. There are sure to be a gazillion mistakes, and if that's the case, it's probably because T-Rex has terrified the writer and she's shaking too badly to type well. Just explain the error to MM and quietly move on so no one gets eaten. Oh! And vote this up, so others can see how well you're all doing!
Welcome to Episode 3 of MotivationMatters--
The Super Bowlers!
Yep, this week, you folks truly "bowled" me over--there was only ONE gain from the entire group, and guess who it was? ME! Okay, that part sucks for me, but I'm super proud of y'all! In fact, even T-Rex had to smile this week!
Yes, I did! So, let's get to the weigh-ins and see how everyone did this week.
Uh-oh, looks like there's been another member of this team go MIA. It wasn't me this time, I swear. Check out my weight loss later as proof. I guess my ferocious ways must be working though, 'cause this team really stepped it up this week. I bet they're all hoping no more burpees for them! Congrats on the 6 pound team loss.
Some of these numbers are small this week, but consistency is the important thing, and after all the extra burpees this team did, they'll probably have overwhelmingly fantastic muscles! For the one team that didn't have to do any burpees last week, this team stepped up and did more than any other single team. In fact, their captain completed over 300 burpees this week on her own! She wasn't the only one who stepped up, so be sure to say thank you to this team for their group support this week.
Lots of medical issues for this team over the past week, yet they were also extremely consistent. Congrats, Chanson104, on your 3.4 pound loss this week.
Check out those numbers! Yet another team battling numerous medical issues, and wow, did they still manange to pull some big numbers, or what? You'd think they might be scared of a ferocious pre-historic over-sized lizard, or something. I like it. I like it a lot. Great job, scaredy cats! I mean, great job, Mission SlimPossible.
Last week's winning team put up considerably smaller numbers this week, though it was to be expected after such large numbers last week. They did win a one pound advantage last week, bringing their team percentage up to 0.34% loss. Mamamc03, we're all excited for when your number falls into the 2's. Hope it is next week! Belindawilli, you've only lost 1 pound since the beginning of this competition. It's been a while since I've eaten anyone; don't think that, because you're related to Tonya, it will stop me from hunting you down for a quick snack!
This team also lost a team member this week, but check out Heatherconcoff's numbers--welcome to Onderland! Bet it was an exciting week for you to lose over 3 pounds to find yourself in the 1's. Good stuff.
Team members are dropping like flies, it seems. This is another group who lost a member this week. I want to scare you into losing weight, not leaving the competition, people! It's no fun when you're gone and I didn't even get to eat anyone. At any rate, this team had very consistent numbers, and as the 2nd place team last week, they recieved a half pound advantage, bringing their team percentage to 0.93%. Impressive.
The Late Comers weren't late with their information this week! In fact, they were the first team to turn in all of their info, though they too lost a team mate. Again, NOT my fault. Seriously, why does everyone keep blaming me?! I want to give a special recognition to quirkybookworm, whom I threatened last week. It must have worked wonders for her, because she had the highest loss for her team. That's what I'm talking about people!
And there ya have it--not ONE of you gained this week! You should all give yourselves a round of applause for powering through those burpee penalties and having such a great weigh-in. So, how did you stack up against one another?
Mission SlimPossible, who lost over 15 pounds this week takes home a landside victory! And the Lossketeers, who were at the bottom last week powered their way to 2nd place--incredible! Congratulations to both teams. You'll each receive an advantage at next week's weigh-in. But don't let that deter your weight loss progress, because last week's winner, even with their 1 pound advantage, fell to the bottom of the chart in a massive upset this week. It can happen to anyone, and this week, Beauties and Beasts, the mighty have fallen. But again, you had an overall loss, and no one even had a tiny gain, so no penalties for you. This time.
So, with all the great weigh-in news, I'm anxious to see how you all did on the challenges. Looking at my notes... wow--you did fantastic this week too! Once again, Mind Over Matter dominated the board and everyone completed all six days of the challenge. I'm thinking THEY deserve an advantage at the next weigh-in, in fact. So next week, you guys will ALSO get a half pound advantage. Despite the overwhelmingly strong participation, the other teams still came up a little short. This week, the team penalty is going to be mountain climbers. (Click the name for a link to a youtube "how to" video.) Check out the almost insignificant amount each team member has to do.
I almost want to give you double or triple because the numbers are so small. This should be a snap. Or, it would be, if I had hands.
Last week I forgot to tell the GGGs it was their turn to submit a challenge, so Mission SlimPossible switched with them and submitted the challenges for this week. GGGs--next week, it WILL be your turn. A suggestion was made to tell the nutrition challenge ahead of time, so please submit that before Friday so I can post it and everyone will have some grocery shopping time if they need it.
Okay, so for this week's nutrition challenge, it has THREE parts.
Nutrition challenge part 1: "*Most of team MissionSlimPossible live in Arizona in the desert. So how about we do the Water challenge? Water Water everywhere and not a drop to drink! lol. I am personally struggling w/ getting my daily amount and the water challenge last time got me on track. 100 oz/day for 6 days."
Nutrition challenge part 2: "*But let's not stop there with nutrition - Loved the rainbow challenge last time - let's repeat - so, by the end of the Monday-Saturday challenge, everyone has had to have eaten every color of the rainbow in any combination of fruits/veggies."
(click on the above picture to take you to a link for more information about eating rainbow fruits/veggies!)
Nutrition challenge part 3: "*A pet peeve of this team captain is is continually seeing over and over and over again on the blogs/forums the words CHEAT DAY and SHOULD I LOG IT. I don't get either of those. so, as an extra challenge - all team members MUST log everything all week - if it passes the lips it has potential to be on the hips - LOG IT! and there are no CHEAT days, just days you may go over, get back on track the next day."
WOW! This IS the team that lost over fifteen pounds this past week, so let's step up to the plate and accomplish all of these goals!
And now for the Fitness challange: "*Exercise... one of my favs as you know and one that [I] know team member mkhalliday (my DIL) will love - how many JJ's [jumping jacks] can you do in a day???? minimum 21, but turn in the total for the week, Mon-Sat."
We're going to make it a little more competitive and say that the team with the highest average JJs will earn a 1 pound advantage, and the team with the 2nd highest will recieve a half pound advantage. So lots of advantages for next week, so step it up!
I guess it is time for me to face the scale and the wrath of T-Rex. Here is OUR weigh-in:
How will it look when I have to crunch down on my own co-host?! Tonya, step it up next week, or you'll be typing this thing one-armed, because I will have eaten the other one!
Okay, a quick re-cap, then I'm off to the bathroom!:-/
Nutrition: 100 ounces of water; eat all the colors of the rainbow in your fruits/veggies combos over the course of the week; and LOG EVERYTHING.
Fitness: Do at least 21 JJs a day; but remember, you're competing to see which team can have the highest average!
GGGs: it will be your week to submit next week's nutrition and fitness challenge; please submit no later than Friday.
And finally, mountain climbers for the week:
All teams: turn in your information by Saturday, February 11th, by 7:00 pm Central time.
Hope everyone enjoys the Super Bowl and you all bowl me over with another awesome week next time!
Please note: This competition is entirely voluntary. There are no cash prizes, and despite threats by T-Rex, probably no contestants will be/have been eaten during the length of this competition. There are sure to be a gazillion mistakes, and if that's the case, it's probably because T-Rex has terrified the writer and she's shaking too badly to type well. Just explain the error to MM and quietly move on so no one gets eaten. Oh! And vote this up, so others can see how well you're all doing! (And it makes Tonya happy!)