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THANKSGIVING TIPS...to Help You Get Through the Holiday Or ANY Big Meal Celebration!

1st I want to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!!  Just thought I would share some ideas I've read that may help you battle "Feasting Day"!!  And this could come in handy for Everyone...anytime you have a big celebration meal!!!

#1 GET ACTIVE - Create a Calorie Deficit by before you even indulge in your favorite Feasting Foods!!  (AND Earn Those Bonus Points by Getting Your Family Involved!!!!!!)  You'll do more...have more fun...feel better and less guilty! 

#2  EAT BREAKFAST - By eating a small breakfast you won't be STARVING by Dinner...  While saving up the calories by skipping breakfast might be in your mind....when do you most often gorge and lose control...when you are dying of hunger and smelling all that fabulous food being made....so eat a light but hearty breakfast in the morning....bowl of whole-grain cereal...and egg with a piece of toast or muffin...just some suggestions...."Eating a nutritious meal with protein and fiber before hand takes the edge off of your appetitie and allows you to be smarter in your food choices."

#3 LIGHTEN UP - I know I've already mentioned it...but try and find ways (if you are cooking or bringing anything) to cut down on fat, calories and sugar in your dishes.  Suggestions - use fat free broth to baste and for gravy, reduce oil and butter wherever possible, try yogurt or fat free sour cream in dips, mashed potatoes and casseroles

#4  EAT SLOWLY...AND SAVOR YOUR MEAL....if you catch yourself shoveling in the delicious food that you just can't get enough of....you'll eat Far More than you want AND you'll be miserable after anyway!  Eat slowly...set your fork down between bites...taste each mouthful....you'll likely be full after One Plate!  Take a walk After your meal and Before Dessert!#

5  WATCH YOUR PORTIONS (of course...and easier said than done!)  Before you serve yourself....look over EVERYTHING and plan what you are going to do BEFORE you do it...enjoy a "little" more of the things you don't get all year long and go light or skip on the things you know you can have anytime!  Keep your portions on the small side...but enjoy what you want so you don't feel deprived!!!   WAIT at least 20 minutes before going back for seconds!  Let your food settle...you may very well find you are FULL and don't want more...remember leftovers are DELIGHTFUL!!  You'll have more to eat tomorrow...and the next day...and the next day! 

#6 GO EASY ON THE ALCOHOL ....Those calories can add up quickly...and drop your resolve to pay attention to what you are eating!

#7  BE REALISTIC "the holiday season is a time for celebration...with the busy schedules and so many extra temptations" - give yourself a break...and just shoot for maintaining as best you can...don't worry if you don't lose or go up a tiny bit".  But Focus on your family and friends...not as much on the food!!  Socialize...to get you mind on the most special part of the holiday...being with your loved ones!!

Next Week....We Start Big Anyway  ;-) 

Enjoy your Holiday!  Happy Thanksgiving!!

 

Just For Today....I'd love for anyone to post here whenever...

 

I Copied this story from someones thread I saw....but thought it could help any of my friends who read it...it did touch me....I'm sure we've ALL been in a similar boat! Some of the most positive comments were going up along with some GREAT and helpful ideas and motivation...I thought it might catch on with my friends. I'm gonna try and post to it each day (or more if things come up to overcome) just to keep me going...I welcome anyone to do the same...

I'm using it in my next challenge anyway - so if you don't post now...you sure will be later ;-)

"I once heard a very wise person say that she was just one cookie away from being 300 lbs again (she was about 150 lbs at the time). I thought that statement was a little drastic at the time. However, I have come to realize the truth of it. I followed a very rigid eating plan to lose the weight after my 4th child. But when my baby turned one, that piece of birthday cake that I ate quickly turned into 30 lbs gained. I know now that if I don't keep control of the food, it will control me. That being said, I find the thought of eating healthy for the rest of my life to be a little (okay, a lot) daunting. That's why tomorrow has become my best friend. I tell myself that I'm going to eat healthy forever, so I will enjoy one last day of treats today. Unfortunately, today has lasted for several months.

So my new mantra is "For Today". I will not think about eating healthy tomorrow (until tonight when I plan tomorrow's food). I will decide to eat healthy "for Today". When I get through today, I will recommit tomorrow, and the next day and the next. Hopefully, when I've chosen the right enough times, I will forget to have to choose, it will just be my life."

 

WEEK 7 ELIMINATION CHALLENGE LINKS

LINKS AND EXPLANATIONS

1st off I did add a similar Carb challenge this week (as in the past)...Of which I've gotten mixed emotions on in the past....along with other food challenges...

So I just want to make a couple comments to pre-empt....

 The first time I brought in a food challenge, it was  a requirement which I have stopped doing - the 2nd and 3rd time I added food challenges they were just voluntary

Now they are worth points so those that are more competitive will maybe give it a try but NOT the end of the world if you choose not to. 

 That makes Them NOT a requirement of the week!  I put these up as a learning tool.  And I Do NOT just pull these ideas out of the sky.  I have read and learned from a lot of personal trainers and other fitness based shows and books.  My biggest base is Bob Harper from the Biggest Loser...A lot of my ideas come from his 3 books that I've read. 

 THIS CHALLENGE THAT I RUN...IS...

 #1...A CHALLENGE

#2.... A COMPETITION.

#3....VOLUNTARY...I am NOT forcing you to do anything here!  Just trying to give you NEW Tools to work with and NEW learning experiences that might really benefit some of you.

 #4....IF you are on a specific diet you need just to message me for us to work something else out!

 AND keep in Mind...This is JUST ONE WEEK AND JUST 5 DAYS....SO if you choose to try something in the challenge or not...not that long to give it a try!

 Anyway.... for this week -CARBS - NOT trying to have you eliminate carbs at all...but in my readings - evening carbs create hunger and turn into sugar...and while many of us exercise at night and crave carbs - go for the fruits, veggies and PROTEIN and lower the evening carbs. 

The points are just 1 pt per day if you keep your carbs to 1/2 after lunch of the rest of your day.  This has actually proven to be a HUGE benefit for those that have kept an open mind and given it a try in the past....but those that would rather not...that's fine...its really not a huge point gainer but hope most of you will give it a shot if you are able. 

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 Links to Week 7 Info

 MILES CONVERSION CHART

 https://mail-attachment.googleusercontent.com/attachment/?ui=2&ik=b3638d62dd&view=att&th=13df04d2936ffa2f&attid=0.1&disp=inline&realattid=f_hfbgyrxl0&safe=1&zw&saduie=AG9B_P802vJ9nDL-MK_BloGfkeG_&sadet=1365818391486&sads=0I0agR6iHM1kle6moppqh3ig_64&sadssc=1

OR another link

 http://www.kkbj.com/shared/go100/documents/conversion.pdf

 

NEW AB REP IDEAS

20 Plank Variations
3-4 Love handle abs targets
Standing abs below
PLEASE Share here if you have more rep ideas and links!!!

Ladies...Beyond Hillarious!! If you need a laugh...here you go!!

Some of you probably have seen this before...but I never had and it had me in stitches at work - my co-worker forwarded it to me.... Though its not at all about weightloss...still thought I'd share!  (actually if you lose all your weight and you get this bright idea...it might actually be educational and make you think twice!  hahaha!!!  enjoy....it's long but worth it!!
My night began as any other normal weeknight.
Come home, fix dinner, play with the kids. I then had the thought that would ring painfully in my mind for the next few hours: 'Maybe I should pull the waxing kit out of the medicine cabinet. S...o I headed to the site of my demise: the bathroom. It was one of those 'cold wax' kits. No melting a clump of hot wax, you just rub the strips together in your hand, they get warm and you
peel them apart and press them to your leg (or wherever else) and you pull the hair right off.

No muss, no fuss. How hard can it be? I mean, I'm not a genius, but I am mechanically inclined enough to figure this out.
(YA THINK!?!)

So I pull one of the thin strips out. Its two strips facing each other stuck together. Instead of rubbing them together, my genius kicks in so I get out the hair dryer and heat it to 1000 degrees.
'Cold wax,' yeah...right!) I lay the strip across my20thigh. Hold the skin around it tight and pull. It works!

OK, so it wasn't the best feeling, but it wasn't too bad. I can do this! Hair removal no longer eludes me!

I am She-rah, fighter of all wayward body hair and maker of smooth skin extraordinaire.

With my next wax strip I move north. After checking on the kids,
I sneak back into the bathroom, for the ultimate hair fighting
championship. I drop my panties and place one foot on the toilet.

Using the same procedure, I apply the wax strip across the right side of my bikini line, covering the right half of my hoo-ha and stretching down to the inside of my butt cheek (it was a long
strip) I inhale deeply and brace myself....RRRRIIIPPP!!!!

I'm blind!!! Blinded from pain!!!!....OH MY GAWD!!!!!!!!!

Vision returning, I notice that I've only managed to pull off half the strip. CRAP! Another deep breath and RIPP! Everything is
spinning and spotted.

I think I may pass out.....must stay conscious...must stay conscious. Do I hear crashing drums??? Breathe,
breathe...OK, back to normal.
I want to see my trophy - a wax covered strip, the one that has caused me so much pain, with my hairy pelt sticking to it. I
want to revel in the glory that is my triumph over body hair.
I hold up the strip!

There's no hair on it.

Where is the hair??? WHERE IS THE WAX???

Slowly I ease my head down, foot still perched on the toilet. I see the hair. The ha ir that should be on the strip...it's not! I touch. I am touching wax.

I run my fingers over the most sensitive part of my body, which is now covered in cold wax and matted hair. Then I make the next
BIG mistake... remember my foot is still propped upon the toilet? I know I need to do something. So I put my foot down.

Sealed shut! My butt is sealed shut. Sealed shut!

I penguin walk around the bathroom trying to figure out what to do and think to myself 'Please don't let me get the urge to
poop..

My head may pop off!' What can I do to melt the wax?

Hot water!! Hot water melts wax!! I'll run the hottest water I can stand, into the bathtub, get in, immerse the wax-covered
bits and the wax should melt and I can gently wipe it off, right???
*WRONG!!!!!!!*

I get in the tub - the water is slightly hotter than that used to torture prisoners of war or sterilize surgical equipment - I sit.

Now, the only thing worse than having your nether regions glued together, is having them glued together and then glued to the
bottom of the tub....in scalding hot water.

Which, by the way, doesn't melt cold wax.

So, now I'm stuck to the bottom of the tub as though I had cemented myself to the porcelain!! God bless the man who had convinced me a few months ago to have a phone put in the bathroom!!!!!

I call my friend, thinking surely she has waxed before and has some secret of how to get me u ndone. It's a very good
conversation starter. 'So, my butt and hoo-ha are glued together to the bottom of the tub!'

There is a slight pause. She doesn't know any secret tricks for removal but she does try to hide her laughter from me.

She wants to know exactly where the wax is located,
Are we talking cheeks or hoo-ha?'

She's laughing out loud by now . I can hear her. I give her the rundown and she suggests I call the number on the side of the
box. YEAH!!!!! Right!! I should be the joke of someone else's night.

While we go through various solutions. I resort to trying to scrape the wax off with a razor. Nothing feels better than to have
your girlie goodies covered in hot wax, glued shut, stuck to the tub in super hot water and then dry-shaving the sticky wax off!! By now the brain is not working, dignity has taken a major hike and I'm pretty sure I'm going to need Post-Traumatic Stress counseling for this event.

My friend is still talking with me when I finally see my saving grace....the lotion they give you to remove the excess wax.
What do I really have to lose at this point? I rub
some on and OH MY GOD!!!!!!! The scream probably woke the kids and scared the dickens out of my friend. It's sooo painful, but I really don't care.

IT WORKS!!

It works !!' I get a hearty congratulation from my friend and she hangs up. I successfully remove the remainder of the wax and
then notice to my grief and despair... THE HAIR IS STILL THERE.......ALL OFIT!
So I recklessly shave it off. Heck, I'm numb by now. Nothing hurts. I could have amputated my own leg at this point.

Next week I'm going to try hair color......
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ELIMINATION CHALLENGE - TENTATIVE TEAMS!!!

These Are Tentative Teams!!….I have Some Team Leaders that Are Not completely confirmed (want to make sure they are ok with the arrangement) and I want to make sure I didn’t miss any “SPECIFIC” requests of people that weren’t willing to move around in teams….so there may be some changes….

Also want to make sure I HAVE EVERYONE– wanted to post this on a Blog before making anything “FINAL” on the groups page.  (though you have VERY limited time to alert me to my mistakes...sorry.....gotta know by tomorrow (Saturday mid afternoon PST)

If I missed a major request or your Name is missing please let me know and I will try and make the correction or get you added!!!!   

Also, I tried to give more “help” to certain teams I knew had More “part time”ish, sporadic helpers/ co-leaders  and to ones that were newer – and a little less to ones that usually stick with this to the end and in past have rathered handling the team more themselves (was a judgment call that I may be WAY off On!!)  – SO IF YOU THINK you might need more help…again…let me know!!!!!…I still have Options of moving help around!  SO Please don’t get “cozy” with your team just yet   ;-)

All Teams at this point have a good mix of lower, middle and higher weighted people averaging out pretty evenly but there is wiggle room to accommodate requests (as long as there aren’t a TON of them.)  All teams have between 11 and 13 people (and as all returners know – I adjust the challenge depending on how many are on each team – team #’s vary depending on that #).   And each team has between 3-5 “newbies” to the challenge on their team, so they have plenty of support around them helping them learn the ropes!

Following are the Tentative Teams: (If you are Bolded and at the top of your team -  you are “tentative” co-team leader – barring any issues you have with it – and Please let me know if it’s a problem…I still have some options if I need to make changes…so Please don’t hesitate to let me know!)

And….I Just have to say this…and will throughout the challenge – Without the Team Leaders…this challenge would not exist!  Most of you are returners and do an Awesome Amazing Job….and dedicate a LOT to your teams!  There is NO Way I Could this Without You and No Way this would be as successful as it is for people or even Exist if it wasn’t for you guys….so I Thank you, Thank You, Thank You, for All for Your Help!!

DOLPHINS

Sheri869

DEVLe

zqueenbee24x183

Chicc

Davegruper

Drpetitjean

Grhaskett

Ibmgirl

Makeitallsue

Mrspyeatt

Sherrirb

Showmm

Vhuber

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WOLVERINES

Usernamekelly1

Mailaig

Auto63

Celticsnowflake

JRC47

Kashton2011

Lisapayne76

Nisijam5

Reneack

Stepheneylane

Theresamatte

Zzzzia

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TIGERS

Dzmikki

Scythswife

Sninny

Basenji

crazyellybean

Foleyshirley

Gmoneylemus

Jordannalana

Lostgurl55

MLPC

Msmonique1982

Pamcuster

Wibutterflymagic

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SHARKS

Fang19423

Lisasdoinit

Jaajh

Chris_sy

Dianerml

Kristic06837

MomOnAMission4Life

Smlisley

Tweeko2000

Twinmom_1120

Ztor

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CHEETAHS

GrandmaJackie

Marne53

Aprilstar480

I_am_losing_it

IreneAdler221

Khadijaasfi

Laraburkhalter

Lisamc1422

sarahgoodes

Sheacocoluv

Shiremom69

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GECKOS

Lauriebar

SIimMama

Runner5Insanity

Lindaamarie

Discodaddy61

Kmbhoya2000

Mgs68pony

Mysticdi

Nursesham24

Roosmeimei

Vickied84   

ELIMINATION CHALLENGE - Preliminary Weigh In!

 

Preliminary Weigh In  

I would like to get everyone’s Preliminary weigh in ASAP!  This is NOT an official Weigh In and does not have to be exact!!  A ball park or your last weight check is fine!!   It will just help me set up teams more evenly.  I am HOPING to get that done this weekend....So HOPING I can get Most Everyone’s approximate weigh in As Soon As Possible!  However, since it’s last minute and you may not be expecting this – I will except them all week - BUT NO LATER than next Friday, February 22nd!  

 If I could get most or all today or tomorrow I’d be SO GRATEFUL!! 

I am trying to set up this “groups” page (which is NEW to me) and I actually have the time today and this weekend to work on it and I don’t know what next week will bring (except a crappy work week...and not much time).  So I Would LOVE to be able to work on putting teams together while I know I have the time and as soon as possible! 

Once I have the teams put together I can finish up the groups page and send out “invites” to everyone!  And hopefully you can get to know your teammates a little before we start!

Those of you that have done this challenge before - and those that haven't - I don't post weights for everyone to see as I know some would rather not share with the world. So on my chart I only show weight lost/gained and % of loss/gain. If you choose to keep your weight to yourself that is fine - your team leader and I are the only ones that actually Need to know each week!!

You are welcome to post your Prelim weight on this blog or message me direct!

Here is the link to the chart – list of people!  Please check there to make sure I have your name!!  If you are missing send me a message and I will correct that error!!  Once I have your Prelim weight I will put an “X” next to your name!

Thanks for your Help!! 

 https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Avwpwv3WAfMddC0tS2JuN2wxUlRNcU1sNzI4aGVtb3c#gid=3

 

NEW SPRING ELIMINATION CHALLENGE

ELIMINATION CHALLENGE!

New Start...MARCH 1 

 

I have not decided whether to make it an 11 or 13 week challenge so opinions are welcome!  11 weeks is, of course, my norm but 13 weeks brings it to the end of May and the start of Summer (or June) and Swimsuit, Summer Clothes time!  BUT that will make this a longer challenge

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I have the list of those interested thus far below.  ANYONE still interested please post here or on my wall if you don’t see your name and are interested!  ____________________________________________________

And PLEASE post here any team requests or people you would like to be placed with!  Even if you have already posted those requests I would appreciate if you could post here as well.  That gives me just one place I have to look for those requests!  And as Always I will do my best to accommodate!  I will 1st place people together as requested  and the team they wish to be on will be a secondary request as I will have to accomadate new people spread throughout teams .  _________________________________________________________

 

Of Course there will be some changes this time around though the gist will be similar,  all that is not finalized, I will continue to post details as it gets closer!I WILL be utilizing the “Groups” thing this time around (I have been reluctant to change but see some of the benefit from it as I’ve learned more on how to use it)  But will still utilize the Blog for some things!  Don’t worry I will have plenty of details on that as we come close to “start date”

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So far I don’t have a ton of return interest but a GREAT BASE and some Awesome "Glutton For Punishment" Return People!!! 

While I’d like to keep this somewhat smaller and more personal I will probably open it up to new people as it gets closer!  And Always appreciate all my returners making newbies welcome, as you always do and helping them understand the “ropes”!!

AND Anyone who has friends they would like to add or that have interest PLEASE give them the info of the challenge and have them friend me if they want to join up!!!!______________________________________

My Confirmed Team Leaders are in Bold and Blue on the list - I cannot thank you guys enough for volunteering!  You KNOW how much I appreciate all that you do!  I've got 8 confirmed now - wouldn't mind having 2 more but should be able to make due. 

Team Leader job: CRITICAL to helping me, keeping their team stay motivated, in support and in posting #’s and answering questions when possible!  Even if I end up keeping this smaller I would like to have 2 per team just to have backup if possible.

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I am thrilled to have many of you back again!

I just love All The Positive Energy That Comes from All of You!!!

And Absolutely Welcome anyone New that would like to Join!

I Love the Wonderful Positive Energy that comes fromEvery Single One Of You!!  

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Following is my current list of interested people in alpha order– Please Post here if you are still interested regardless of if you have team/partner requests! 

Aprilstar480

auto63

basenji

Celticsnowflake

ChristinaLR

danielleirwin96

davegruper

DEVLe

dianerml

discodaddy61

drpetitjean

dzmikki

fang19423

FlyingNunley

foleyshirley

Gmoneylemus

GrandmaJackie

grhaskett

i_am_losing_it

ibmgirl87

Jaajh

jordannalan

JRC47

Kashton2011

khadijaasafi

lauriebar

lindaamarie

lisamc1422

lisapayne76

lisasdoinit

lostgurl55

mailaig

makeitallsue

Marne53

matisse0683

mgs68pony

Msmonique1982

Mysticdi

nisijam5

nurseshan24

pamcuster

reneack

roosmeimei

runner5Insanity

sarahgoodes

scythswife

sheacocoluv

sheri869

sherrirb

Shiremom69

Smlisley

sninny

showmm

SIimMama

Theresamatte

twinmom_112002

usernamekelly1

Vhuber

Vickied84

wibutterflymagic

xqueenbee24x

ztor

zzzzia

ELIMINATION CHALLENGE - FINAL RESULTS!!!!!!

AND THE WINNER IS...... 11 Week Elimination Challenge Final Stats!

First of all let me say YOU ARE ALL WINNERS And you Had Better Know It!!!!!!!  The ACCOMPISHMENTS You All Achieved Over the HOLIDAYS was Spectacular and an Absolute Inspiration to All of US!!!  Thank You All For Pushing so Hard and Showing Each Other and The Rest Of Us That It Can Be Done!!! 

EVEN those that didn’t see a huge weight loss throughout the challenge…lost weight and TONED up AND Lost Inches…WHICH ALL Counts towards your main goal of Looking and Feeling better and Getting Healthier!!  But MANY of you Actually DID SEE GREAT Weightloss Results over the Holidays...Just SO IMPRESSIVE!!________________________________________________

FOR WEEK 11 - – The Highest % of loss goes to Mailaig – who lost 2.6 lbs and 2.01% of loss for the week! OUTSTANDING NEW YEARS WEEK!  

And a Close 2nd Place for Week 11 was DEVLe with a 2 lb loss and a 1.16 % of loss for the week!  GREAT JOB!!!!!  ________________________________________________  

I am SO PROUD of ALL of you guys for doing so well! Your Achievements over the last 11 weeks were Really Awesome! I know I keep saying this – but it is REALLY TRUE – To Actually LOSE weight in a Holiday Challenge when most people gain over the holidays....I don’t think you can be Any Prouder of Your Successes!!!  

And I Personally Thank You For Your inspiration!

EVERY ONE of you had AWESOME Weight loss and/or Accompishments!!! – Big Or Small…Be Proud of Your #’s BECAUSE EVERY SINGLE OUNCE and INCH is a VICTORY and HARD EARNED and a Step in the Right Direction!! ______________________________________

FIRST OFF I want to Post the POINTS WINNERS – Which You guys Kept At THIS Throughout – I know it was a little confusing at first so thanks for sticking with it and going strong as always!!!

And I MUST SAY – this ended up a LOT closer than I thought it would!  The Range of the top 13 that stayed with it was pretty close given all the different “points” that could be earned!!

1st PLACE – Went to......

Usernamekelly1 – with a TOTAL of 537!!!!

2nd PLACE – Went to.....

DEVLe – with a TOTAL of 468!!!!!

3rd PLACE – Went to.....

Pamcuster – with a TOTAL of 449!!!

4th PLACE – Went to....

Jaajh  - with a TOTAL of 414!!!

And 5th PLACE – Went to....

Vhuber – with a TOTAL of 408!!!!

You Guys ROCKED the points... which just means EVERY SINGLE WEEK YOU PUSHED Yourselves...No Matter What – whether you saw the weight loss or not you KEPT GOING AND PUSHING YOURSELVES HARDER!!!  AND In Doing that...Making Yourselves Healthier!!!     AWESOME INCREDIBLE JOB!!!!___________________________________________________ 

 

AND for the OVERALL WEIGHTLOSS Portion of the Challenge....the Results ARE AMAZING!!  I WAS SOOOOOO THRILLED TO SEE HOW WELL SOME OF YOU DID!!!  Wellll You ALL did Great but the winners kinda floored me!!

In JUST 11 Short Weeks You guys Made SOME HUGE PROGRESS!!!!!  Where did the time and the pounds gooooo???!!

In 5th Place.....

GRANDMAJACKIE – with an Awesome 7lb loss and a 4.86% of Loss!!!!

In 4th Place.....

IBMGIRL – with a WOW 10 lb loss and a 5.49% of Loss!!

In 3rd Place....

50kgtoofat – with an Amazing 28.36 lb loss and a 10.98% of Loss!!!!!

......In 2nd Place.....

Pamcuster – with an 14.8 lb loss and an Amazing 11.67% of Loss!!!

AND

#1....Drumrolllllllllll.....please.........

Mailaig! – KILLED IT with a loss of 24 lbs and a HUGE AMAZING WOW AWESOME 15.89% of Loss!!  (and sadly she is layed up in the hospital with emergency surgery on her knee so I don’t even think she’ll see this for a few days ;(  But PLEASE all you wonderful people – message her or post here your congrats AND “Get Well” Wishes!  She’ll see them soon enough and I know she’ll be proud!!!  As she should be!!!)____________________________________________ 

I Just Have No Proper Words To Say How Incredible ALL Your #’s Were and How Impressive Every One Of You Are!!

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I want to, as always, give a HUGE Thank You to Mine and Your Team Leaders – for without them, there is NO WAY I could put on this challenge!!  They Are SUCH a Huge Help to Me and A HUGE help and inspiration to the teams and keeping everyone motivated!  I don’t know what I would do without any One of You!!!  *BIG HUGS*!!!__________________________________
I am, as usual, gonna try and take a little break but hope that most of you will join back in the next time I do a challenge!  I Just Love Having you guys!  Old and New were awesome this challenge!  And I hope to keep you guys around for many challenges to come!  Thank you so much for participating...I hope you enjoyed it and benefited from it!! 
I wish you ALL success in reaching your goals!...and from what I’ve seen...ohhhh its happening!! ;-)

FINAL WEEK - ELIMINATION CHALLENGE

11 WEEK ELIMINATION CHALLENGE – WELCOME TO YOUR FINAL WEEK 11!

1st -  I hope you ALL had a Very Merry Christmas!  I hope everyone was blessed to be surrounded with family and friends and loved ones and just got to enjoy the blessings you have in your lives over the holidays.   I also hope the weather hasn’t affected too many of you over the holidays!  Yet again, the East Coast is getting hammered!  I’m sure all our thoughts are with any of you that are having to go through MORE weather!!  Please BE SAFE!!

2nd – I would REALLY Like to express my sincere thanks to ALL of you that posted your comments on the Main Blog for others to read!  Some of you really did put your hearts out there for everyone to read and I KNOW that couldn’t have been easy for many of you!  But it was NOT ONLY inspirational and let us all understand HOW it’s possible to keep going and trying to be healthier given almost Any circumstance but Also let us “know” you better and be able to be even more supportive....Some of you have truly been through so much and some of us just have had rocky hurdles to get over – but no matter What the circumstances...we ALL have issues and hurdles that we NEED to Feel Support to get through!  And to help us get back on track!  I hope that the people you’ve gotten to know here have truly Been A Help And Inspiration To Each And Every One of You to Keep You Going STRONG!!______________________________________________________

 

Well Everyone who made it this far...BE SO PROUD of yourselves!  This was a tough week to go through And a TOUGH time for a Challenge over the Holidays!  Just Making it Through Christmas week – And Sticking With this Challenge is a HUGE Victory!!  Congratulations To You ALL!!!________________________________________________________
As I said last week – my mushy heart just couldn’t eliminate any of you fabulous people 3 days before Christmas so this was going to be a big elimination week of 9 going into the FINAL week - There was supposed to be just 10 going into the Final week, however it looks like my calculations were off somewhere – so I stuck to my word of 9 eliminations – so there will now be 11 going into the Final Week!  The cutoff of the 10th person was just too close so I kept them in for an 11th person!
ALL 20 people and any of the LAST AWESOME few that are still participating May still shoot for Points this Week and WILL Be Counted in the Points Side!
ALL parts of the challenge will go up on the MAIN Blog This week for ANYONE who chooses to participate.  The Challenge, however, will be minor this week  – at this point it is really Up To You!  And Because of that there will be NO 3 points given for “finishing the challenge” this week.  Points can only be earned by the “regular” stuff each day – ie: situps, workout, water, sodium AND positive comment!
INSTEAD of listing Eliminations this week – I will just be Listing Those That Are Headed into the FINAL WEEK!!  SO FOR This Final Week – seeing your name below is a GOOD THING!!The Finalists ARE:
DEVLe
Ibmgirl87
Vhuber
GrandmaJackie
Kmbhoya2000
Lauriebar
50kgtoofat
Mailaig
Usernamekelly1
Fang19423
Pamcuster
CONGRATS  TO  YOU ALL!!!  You’ve Been Tough Competitors (as has everyone!)  And as luck would have it – ALL Teams are represented in the final week!  Which is SO GREAT!!  SO PLEASE continue to support your teammates that are left going for the win!!  Talk your friendly “smack” and/or support for each other and your teammates on that BLOG!  Everyone STILL NEEDS the Support of each other to help succeed!  You Can Do This!!!_________________________________________________
This Week - The  #1 Personal Weightloss % Goes to... pamcuster (2nd win!) ....  With an awesome loss of 3.09% of loss!! AMAZING Dedication over the Holiday!!
Which earns her 3 pts and everyone on the Wolverines an extra point!  Yea!!! – Last Week for Team Points...so WTG!
And the  2nd highest weightloss this week....Goes to usernamekelly1 with another awesome loss of 1.74%
Honestly – though I shouldn’t be surprised...Just a Loss at All during Christmas Week is Something to CHEER!!  And MANY of you had a loss this week!   
REALLY....Just WOW is all I can say!!And just and fyi – the Eliminations this week were BRUTAL – SOOOO many of you did SO Great!!  It came down to total completion of the challenge – but, yes, I did have to Also go to the % of loss for the week –so there were a few eliminated due to weight.  IF there was a gain this week with a significant loss OVERALL in the challenge then you may have been saved this week.  But if there was a slight gain or a zero loss and your overall loss wasn’t as high then you might have been eliminated...AGAIN BRUTAL Week cuz you All did SO Incredibly Well last week AND throughout the Challenge! 
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THE Winner Will be determined at the end of this week...By completing the simple challenge I have Below – ANY Finalist that completes it will be considered for the win – of those – the OVERALL TOP % of Loss Will Be Crowned the Winner of This Holiday Elimination Challenge!
The TOP 3 Will be crowned– 1st,  2nd and 3rd Champions!!!  
Those remaining (INCLUDING Eliminated Challengers) will then see how they Place in the Points Side...and believe me many of you KILLED those Points!! 

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WEEK 11 FINAL CHALLENGE:

 

#1 – WORKOUT....Workout You Must Workout no less than 200 Minutes Throughout the week! 

I won’t specify how you get this in or your calorie burn....just get it in!!  This is YOUR WEEK TO SHINE!  And Show What you Can Do And Show How Awesome You ARE!!  ____________________________________________________________________ 

 

#2 REPS –  Haha – Planks Again!!

Planks On 5 Days (and you may still use Friday morning)

INCREASE, yet again, - your plank time 3 -5 seconds – Shoot for the 5 again!  But as I said last week – these are extremely hard for some so – JUST Make That Increase!!  But don’t do more than you’re capable of!! _____________________________________________________________________  

#4 This weeks – PERSONAL CHALLENGE –

SUNDAY – Post a POSITIVE PHYSICAL Attribute About yourself!  (simple as hair, eyes, calf muscles, tummy getting fitter!)  Look In the MIRROR And FIND SOMETHING YOU LOVE ABOUT YOURSELF!!! 

MONDAY – Post Another!  I KNOW You ALL have more than one!!! 

TUESDAY – Post a POSITIVE SUCCESS!!   NSV!!!  Something You’ve Achieved during the 11 week challenge!  NOT a weight loss but something you’ve Accomplished!!  Can be food, exercise or just something you’ve done to change your “habits” for the better.

WEDNESDAY – TELL YOURSELF HOW PROUD YOU ARE OF YOURSELF!!!!

THURSDAY – Do It AGAIN! 

Also – During the Week – Find Something KIND to do Or Say to someone else – friend, acquaintance, loved one, stranger, MFP Pals –

And post a little comment about what you did and how it made you feel And how you think you might have helped make their day – just bringing a smile to someone’s face!  Totally Worth It!!

And you DON’T have to Actually Post Each Day – Just Do your daily “assignment” and post what you’ve done whenever you are able.

(and again, Anyone still participating or following – I would LOVE you to also post on these topics if you would like AND PLEASE Comment about each others posts!  This is where Your Support is SO Welcome by all!!!______________________________________________________ 

GOOD LUCK TO EVERYONE IN THIS FINAL WEEK!!

You’re On the Home Stretch!!  Keep Going!  And have a Truly Happy New Year...BE SAFE My Friends!!!!

ELIMINATION CHALLENGE WEEK 10

WELCOME TO WEEK 10 (Christmas Week!)______________________________________________________
HOLY COW!  You guys are in Week 10!!  I am Just SO PROUD of all of you that stuck with this and made it this far!!!....Sooooo I know you guys signed up for an Elimination Challenge and mostly, by perseverance and sheer WILL, those of you that have made it this far have Been Very Successful in sticking with it and kicking butt...
...not giving up over the holidays and when you might normally enjoy your family, sit around and just eat...You might be doing some of the above...but you sure AREN’T SITTING AROUND!  You Are Moving Big Time!!!  
Though the Nature of this challenge is for me to Eliminate each week – because of the holiday stresses I have not had to do that much this time around as people have felt they had to drop out as there was too much pulling on them....
Andddd Given my soooo kind heart ;-P  I JUST Can’t Bring Myself to Eliminate 3 days before Christmas, anyone who finished the challenge this week....  Hopefully that doesn’t upset anyone but I just couldn’t do it to all you hard workers...
That Said...we did have 3 drops due to illness or other things...
Wolverines:  JRC47 & Kashton2011
Sharks:  Dianerml
That does mean some of you were saved this week...AND that Also Means – as I only let in 10, at the Most, into the final week – At Least 9 People Will Be Eliminated at the end of this week....But you all have 1 more week to Curse Me!!__________________________________________________
That Leaves 19 Amazing People left in the Main Challenge...and I believe only 2 Awesome Eliminated people still in this, kicking butt and going for points!!! (since it’s so close to the final week – I’m not going to be combining teams so they’re a little lopsided but I’ll keep it fair) – but next week it’s every man/woman for himself anyway) 
 This Week - The  #1 Personal Weightloss % Goes to... mailaig....beloved Wolverine!  With a hard earned and well deserved 2.24% of loss!!  WOW!!  Amazing Work!!!!  Which earns her 3 pts and everyone on the Wolverines an extra point!  Yea!!!
And the  2nd highest weightloss this week....ALSO  a GREAT JOB...scythswife from the Tigers/Geckos with a 1.42% of loss!!  
It is SO hard to lose at all this time of year...but throwing #’s up like that?!  Sooooo it IS Possible!!!!!  WOW...
AND for the Big Side Challenge....Some Pretty Good Burns went up this week!!
But ultimately the highest % over the required team # went to the Wolverines with a 3.76 over!!  And That, I must mention was Huge as 2 of there people didn’t fulfill their personal requirements – so the remaining people on the team KILLED The Week to Achieve that!!
All Teams should be proud of how well they did!!!  ....with the Dolphins a little behind with a 3.01% over....the Tigers with a 1.86% over and the Sharks were Just under with a .99%....YOU GUYS ARE REALLY BUSTING IT OUT THERE!! 

 

LINKS!!

 LINK to the POINTS CHART –

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Avwpwv3WAfMddENNOERfRGRpUWlTeXhzNS1IQjVPbmc#gid=0AND

THE LINK to the MAIN CHART – Always keep an eye on how you are doing, how your team is doing and that your #'s are correct!

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Avwpwv3WAfMddC0tS2JuN2wxUlRNcU1sNzI4aGVtb3c#gid=3________________________________________________________________________  

 

“POINTS” REFERENCE!!!

# 1 ** POST YOUR WEEKLY POSITIVE COMMENT FOR 2 POINTS ON THE MAIN BLOG!!2 pts for a single "positive" (2 Pts Max per week)

#2 **Stay Under Your allotted 2500 mg of sodium - 1 pt per day - (5 Max per week)

#3 **Drink 64oz of water per day - 1 pt if you reach the 64 oz and 1 pt if you hit 8 oz over (2pts MAX Per Day) (10 Max per Week)

# 4 **Every 30 consecutive minutes of exercise you do counts is 1 pt (exercise being PLANNED WORKOUTS - NOT Everyday Chores or Physical Work Duties) - (2 pts Max Per Day) (10 pts Max Per Week) - the ONLY "double dipping" you will do

#5 **Complete the Weekly Challenge - 3 pts (3 pts Max per week)

#6 **Every 25 consecutive Sit Ups (FULL SIT UPS) you do counts as 1 pt (3 pts Max Per Day) (15 Pts Max Per Week THE HIGHEST % Of WEIGHTLOSS OF ALL THE “ACTIVE” PEOPLE EACH WEEK Gets 3 PTS and EARNS - 1 Pt for All Their Teammates!____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

WEEK 10 CHALLENGE:

#1 – WORKOUT....Workout

Part #1  - WORKOUTS – Each Person Must Workout for 3 / 45 Minute Workouts this week (NOT INCLUDING Christmas Day which is in Part #2!

Because of all that I know many of you have going on – you CAN split the 45 minutes up into No More than 2 workouts in a day....or get it all in at once.

Part #2 - In ADDITION – You MUST Do Some Form of Exercise on CHRISTMAS for around 30 minutes – I’m NOT going to worry about a few minutes give or take

BUT you MUST give it a try...Get Creative!!  ***get in a workout before the festivities start OR **** PICK An ACTIVE Game to Play with your family!...wii or Kinnect or ball out in the yard OR **** take a walk with some of your family!  ENCORPORATE them into being active WITH you if that works for you!  But Get Something in Before or After All That Fun and Food!!!

Each Person MUST Burn 1300 Calories Minimum during the week!

I am NOT being tough on you this week...because you all have a lot going on...last minute stuff...etc...

BUT REMEMBER – 9 people WILL be eliminated at the end of this week!  So YOU Need to PUSH YOURSELVES to do what you can...and what you are able...just don’t give up but don’t get carried away!  Your Family is just as important as your health!  So Take Care of Them AND You! 

There Are NO Team #’s this week for Calories!  It’s All On You Individually!  And Hopefully the Scale will Be Kind at the end of the Week!  ____________________________________________________________________ #2

#2 REPS –

Sooooo I KNOW....You Guys Were TOTALLY HOPING I’d Keep Planks in Again This Week....You’re In Luck!!  ;-P

INCREASE Your Plank time from last week by 2-5 seconds – Preferably 5 but I know this is REALLY a tough one for some. 

For Your Reps this week....You Are to do:    5 of those for your “NEW” MAX Time 4 of 5 days – And yes you can still Spread them however you would like or need to throughout a day and can use Friday morning!  

           Part 2 – You Must Do 500 Reps of Any Kind You would like during the rest of the week – but MUST do AT LEAST 25 at a time of any 1 thing

Again no team #’s for this either!  Just push yourself and support your team to do ALL They Can – but its up to you guys now!!_____________________________________________________________________  

#3 HR (Hard Rep) –  You get a reprieve from this – No HR requirement this week – do them if you wish – if you do – they can count towards your reps as long as you hit the “25” minimum set

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#4 This weeks - PERSONAL CHALLENGE –

Part #1 –  For lack of a better word...pick you penance or punishment this week – Pick something you Hate Or is Really Hard for you (like chair lifts, pushups, squats, More Planks)  20 Minimum but you be your own judge there....

Something that will make you think twice about eating that extra piece of candy or getting that second helping or piling on the desserts....

Every time you have a slip up or make a less than great food decision - you must do your penance! –

ie: - Sayyyy Mine is weighted lunges (20)....I ate 2 pieces of candy instead of just 1 – Ugggg Now I Know I’ve got to do 20 of those Darn Lunges!!  Might make me think twice about doing it again!! 

Report to your team page What Yours is...Then keep track of HOW Many Times you had to do those dreaded (insert yours here) mine...Weighted Lunges during the week!  AND HOW Many Times You Opted Differently Because of the THOUGHT of having to do the punishment exercise! 

 

Part #2 – This is OPEN to EVERYONE still following along with this Challenge – whether you’re still in it or not!

On The Main Blog – Take a Moment to think of why or what triggers that made you become overweight or less healthy than you’d like to be...even if you’re at goal...what WAS that or those things that pushed you to eat more and move less...

AND Then Post with that – WHAT you’ve done OR Are Going to Try to do To HANDLE those situations better!

Sayyyy....for some of us its family pressure, boredom, stress, an injury, lack of support etc...And How can you or have you taken charge...Noticed a trigger coming on and WHAT you can do or did do to make it so you did something OTHER than eat your way through your issue! 

This may be a Very Personal part of the challenge for some of you – but you saying it here with all this support around you, may Help You and I Guarantee It WILL help Others!   ______________________________________________________ 

GOOD LUCK TO EVERYONE IN WEEK 10!!   KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK YOU HAVE BEEN DOING!!! 

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