TOTAL POUNDS LOST (Season 5): 34.9

Friday, December 26, 2008

Week 5

Congratulations Mike! Very impressive for the week of Christmas! And two bonus points for Mike AND Jessica seeing as how they're the ONLY two who lost weight this week! It looks like the rest of us better step it up. Three more weeks! If anyone is interested in your overall percent loss being posted let me know. That will be the number I go by for the overall final winner. Good luck this week everyone!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Week 4

Congratulations Somer! I won't tell anyone how much dessert you had Sunday night. :) At least it was after you weighed in, right?

I know this is the week before Christmas. And I know it's only 3 days until Christmas and we're all super busy. But what I'm going to do, and I suggest the same... Just be aware of what you're eating. If you have a treat, enjoy it, but also pay attention to how much you're eating so that you can stop at a decent amount. Also, as you are running around shopping, baking, or whatever, realize that you are exercising and maybe walk a little faster. Or at home, you can do lunges as you walk around the kitchen. Just some little made up tips for you all. I know this will be a rough weigh in, but lets try to keep it a little under control!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Total Pounds mistake

I totally forgot to update the total pounds lost at the top after last weeks weigh ins! So I just updated it. Up to last week we lost 42.7 pounds!! That is so awesome! That was in just THREE weeks! Anyway, after I get everyone's numbers today the number at the top will change again, so I just wanted you to know why.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Amy and Mike

We have had a busy week with company and although I have not been meeting my goals, I did exercise Wednesday night at 11:00 just because I wanted to get one workout in. That is my success for the week. My goal is to finish out strong and work out every day until Thursday. I will try to report.
Mike is not much into blogging as you can tell,but I do read him the posts. He has been doing great with his goals to exercise. He has joined a gym and has been going during his lunch break at work. He usually does the elliptical or the treadmill for 30 min. He also is on a bowling league which believe it or not is a work out and he plays basketball Tuesday nights. He doesn't like our Halloween picture that we have up so I will send another one. He won best costume at work for that cute Chicken costume and I told him I would rather have a purposely goofy looking picture than a goofy one not on purpose. Ha Ha.
I guess I am not feeling too connected with all-ya-all yet. I would like to suggest a get to know you post so I will start.
Mike and I will have been married ten years in May. We have five children ages 7, 5, 4, 2, and 7 months. We are from Utah and we moved to Arizona almost four years ago for Mike's job at the University of Phoenix. We know Carrie from Church and that is how we heard about this game. We have been doing a biggest loser game with Mike's family since August and no one is really taking it seriously except our sister-in-law and us (of course). I thought since we have already been working on losing, it would be great to have more motivation. Exercise is getting more difficult now that my 7 month old is crawling. I am a full time mom and Mike is a manager over enrollment at UOP. Three fun facts: Mike speaks Spanish, is self teaching himself on the guitar and he loves the show The Office. I love to bike ride (but I don't have one right now). I also love live theater and Scrabble. So that is a little about us. I would love to hear about you.
I wanted to recommend a book I read over a year ago called Losing it! 5 Keys to Successful Weight Loss That Work by Melanie Douglass, R.D.
In the book there is a aerobic calorie expenditure chart that tells how many calories burned per minute for many activities so here are a few: Bowling-4cal/min, Child care-5, Gardening-6, Golf-8, Playing piano-4, Running 5mph- 11, Walking 2mph-4. I thought it was a good book with simple information.

Friday, December 12, 2008

12/16 Did you meet your goals today?

12/15 Did you meet your goal???

Come on guys!!! LET's Do AWESOME TODAY!

12/14 Did you meet your goals?


12/13 Did you meet your goals?

Okay who ever wants to it's okay even if you didn't days before---CAUSE I've got to be better!!!!

12/12 Did you meet your goal/s???

If you did or didn't let us know!

Week 3

In order of percent loss:

Congratulations Mandy! Good work everyone!

I added an additional statistic this time...your overall weight loss. It's really fun and motivating to see everyone's progress over the whole 3 weeks. I can't believe we only have 5 weeks left!

I am missing Natalie's weight today, so if I get it today I'll squeeze it in, otherwise I'll split next weeks weight change between this week and next week.

Everyone please read all the new posts below...especially Somer's new accountability plan. Also please comment and post as you feel the desire to. There's a couple of you we haven't heard from ever or in a while, and we'd love to see everyone on here! And best of all, have fun with your work! It's going to pay off!

Carrie's Goals - week of 12/11

-Don't eat any oreos. (Do any of you know if those sticky recloseable stay-fresh package openings will keep the oreos good for a week??)
-Don't drink soda. (I'm putting this one on here because I'm already doing it and that way I can say I accomplished a goal everyday.)
-Exercise...walking or pilates...5 days/week. Probably weekdays. Yeah, I'll say that. Exercise on the weekdays. And if I exercise on Saturday I get a bonus point!!
-Complete my daily chores each day and a couple day-specific chores per day. (Can I put this goal on here too? Remember, I said cleaning is a workout! I feel like I need someone to report this too besides my little family.)

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Movin' and Groovin'

Well, I think Somer's on to something here...being held accountable is fantastic motivation for me, so I'm going to jump on board!
My goal this week is to get all three aspects of my workout in every day. I have found that getting some sort of strengthening workout using free weights, resistance bands or my own weight as resistance (lunges, pushups, stuff like that), a yoga session however short or long, and a cardio workout really boosts my energy and keeps me focused in.
I know it sounds like a lot but I just keep resistance bands handy in the playroom so I can do some stuff while I play with the kids or while they're watching Sesame Street (though my dishes do go unwashed if I opt for this!) I can get the strength workout in. They even like to try to mimic what I'm doing...James (my two year old) does a mean body plank, Bethany (three years old) likes to pretend she's doing bicep curls with me and Ben (fifteen months) just likes to climb on me any time I'm doing anything on the floor. (Note - - if you have little ones, it ups the intensity like crazy if you use them for extra weight!) His favorite is laying underneath me while I do pushups or being held out in front of me while I do squats.
Then, I've noticed that yoga is a fantastic opportunity to re-center in the middle of the day. I usually can guarrantee at least ten minutes of quiet time after lunch when everyone "goes down for naps" (haha...never lasts long...) That is enough time for me to get in at least a series of poses and feel rejuvenated. I think, for me, yoga is more mental but I know the stretching really helps and I know, in the long run, it can do a lot of toning. Sometimes, I luck out and they all fall asleep and I can get in a more lengthy session. Granted, my house is a little messier these days but I told myself this was going to be my focus for a while so I could feel and be healthier for myself and my family. So, we deal with a little more clutter these days but I know, in the long run, that's okay.
After the kids go to bed, JC is available to answer to them if they need anything and I disappear out into the workout room we made in the garage for my only (almost)guarranteed uninterrupted workout of the day. That's why I chose this time for my cardio. It's better, I think, to be able to keep my heart rate up and not have it see-saw in between tending to the kids and my workout. So, depending on what I think the best plan for that night is, I do anywhere from twenty to (rarely) sixty minutes of cardio. And that's only when I need to burn off some steam from the day (today). I like to end that with a couple yoga poses too to ground me for the evening.
Then I go hang out with my hubby. :) Um...after I shower.
Also, if you notice, my opportunities to work out are very sporatic and not too predictable as to when I'll get them in...just at some point during the day. So, do I wear real clothes? Hardly ever! Haha...I got so tired of changing into workout clothes and rinsing off in the shower after every little spurt of activity, I finally decided that this is just going to be a time when I am that "lazy" mom who wears sweats (albeit cute sweats) and t-shirts (yes, cute t-shirts) every day. I may be a failure in Stacy and Clinton's eyes but I get my workouts in, I'm comfortable and you know what? My husband thinks I'm hot in sweats and a t-shirt so that's all that matters! (I do put on makeup and sometimes even well-coordinating jewelry before he gets home from work, thank you very much. Well...most of the time)
So, that's my general routine and I am working at making it all habit. I feel like, at this point, this is a very primary focus for me so that I can get to a point of being able to raise my kids knowing that physical activity and taking care of our bodies is very important. I feel we've come a long way in our diet these last few months so I'm kind of letting that be and this is where I'm putting my main effort. I'm hoping that 2009 is the year I get my groove back...after that, I can ease up on that a bit and mostly just work out for maintenance and fun.
...And maybe 2010 can be the year of housekeeping! Maybe I need to find a group with which to blog about that...
Um...I think this is way longer than I, or Somer, intended! Haha...well, I think what I'm trying to say goal is to bring my workouts full circle every day, even if I am only able to put minimal effort in to any one given area. (Come on now, three kids, three and under? There's no way any commitment at this point is cut and dry!)
As a side note - - JC and I made a deal...'tis the season for baked goodies, yes? Well, I have neighbors bringing them to me all day, he has patients bringing them to him all day, and we decided to just abstain (aka freeze them for future endulgence). The first of us to cave and have sweets (including soda) loses and the winner gets to choose the next three movies we go see. (We are the typical he-loves-action-movies-I-hate-action-I-mean-violence-movies couple) The difference between us? I have a cheering section by way of this lovely little blog! So, I'll probably report on that too, just to have a place to do so that's not him ("Mandy, I promise if you take a bite of that cookie, I'll take a bite at the same time and we'll both lose...")
Anyway, after a long, uninteresting post, I will end this. And I will try to check in every day! Good luck to all! Have a great week!

I accomplished my goal 12/11!!! YAHOO

Okay here's where everyone leaves a comment at the end of today! And I will post another one tomorrow with tomorrows date! LET'S HEAR YOUR AWESOME GOALS and SUCCESSES!

Daily Goal--Did you meet it/them?

Okay---here's the NEW idea. I will have a post for every day of the week called "I accomplished my goal 12/11(the date for the day)". And by the end of the day--everyone needs/can report whether they met their goal/s for that day---in a comment. That way we can "report" our accomplishments, and work harder to keep our goals. So starting today---I want to see a blog post from everyone what they are going to do this week---then comment in the "I accomplished my goal 12/11" blog! I hope this will help us all to LOOSE those DARN LBS!!!

Monday, December 8, 2008

Slow and Steady

Ok, so when I committed to doing this I agreed with words similar to these: "I kinda, sorta, might want to be a part of this. I guess I can give it a whirl" Knowing that I was not committed and not really excited about it at all! Why did I commit? I don't know?! However, I did. So I guess this is my attempt to let you all know the competition is now on! (Not that I'm going to exercise yet, but I'll put in a greater effort to watch my portion intake and food selection.)

Remember the story of the tortoise and the hare? Remember who won in the end??? That's right, the tortoise. Slow and steady always wins the race! See you at the finish line!!!



I was blog stalking an old acquaintance of mine and found that she had a weight loss blog. While looking on that I found some great information about walking (for those of you who like that as your exercise.) There's a "Walking Calculator" to see how many calories you burned. I'm not so sure that's a good thing because I found out I'm not burning as much as I thought. But that's ok, now I know. The other link from the same site is a 6-week walking program to burn more fat without dieting. Although I imagine dieting with the program would work wonders. Oh! And look, how convenient... we have 5 1/2 weeks left of our challenge. I might do it. I'll let you all know how it goes.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Week 2

The results, in order of biggest percent lost:

Carrie -1.6lb -1.27%

Crystal -1.4lb -1.2%

Jessica -2.4lb -1.18%

Donna -1.5lb -1.03%

Somer -1.0lb -0.73%

Mike -1.8lb -0.53%
Lindsey -0.8lb -0.38%
Evan -0.8lb -0.35%

Lindy -0.6lb -0.29%

Kevin 0.0lb 0%

Natalie 0.0lb 0%

Mandy 0.4lb 0.19%
Amy 1.7lb 1.15%

Ok guys, I guess I won again! You better step it up or else this is going to start looking bad. But as my dad always says, "Its a poor scorekeeper that can't win." On the other hand, I know some of you DID step it up, and hopefully you'll see results for your efforts soon.

Make sure you read the new posts below that you haven't seen and also make sure you read all the comments! I added all your email addresses to receive emails when comments are posted from now on, but there are some good ones from the last few days.

Here's to a new week!

Thursday, December 4, 2008


Okay---doing this over the holiday's bites!!!! HA HA! But I'm going to be better! I want to stick to my goals better and welcome week 3. We had Thanksgiving and ton's of things to do!---NOT TO MENTION Stress! It seems like everyone I know is going through something STRESSFUL! So that doesn't help when it comes to eating!

So is there anything we can do "ALL TOGETHER" that will help everyone---maybe some way to report that we did "it". I was thinking---like some daily exercise that we all do, or we all abstain from some kind of food like bread or chocolate or something like that? Any ideas? Anyone want to do something like that? and we post a blog that we accomplished our goal for the day??? Maybe just a daily goal we set in the morning that we accomplished by the evening?

It seems to me that everyone wants to exercise some way or another during the week. Maybe we should report our exercise goals and if we accomplished them daily. I think sometimes just getting to report gives you a reason to do it!

What's a biggest loser group for if we don't help each other out? I know we have a very different group and no one knows everybody if hardly anybody! I think that's what makes it fun! We will have a chance to make one more friend!

Comments welcome and next week we can try something more to do on this Loosing Weight Contest!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Weigh-In Reminder

"See" you all at weigh-ins tomorrow!

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Crystal's Goals and Encouragment

I think we are doing GREAT!!

I didn't post my goals the first week because I wanted to make sure I set realistic goals... So here they are

They are very simple

1: Do my mile jog/walk Once a week.
2: Do 30 mins of my exercise videos twice a week
3: Eat breakfast everyday (I never eat breakfast, so this is new)
4: Eat smaller portions at meal time and have small healthy snacks in between
5: Lastly make healthy choices when it comes to eating

So now I'm here to give some encouragement and Tips!

Ok I have noticed that if I work out early in the day. I eat healthier the rest of the day. I don't want all my hard work to go to waste. I definitely recommend this! Plus you feel great all day too.

Next I HIGHLY recommend working out to your favorite tunes! Music motivates like you wouldn't believe. When I have my ipod on my walks I notice I run alot more. Plus I get a little dance in my step which helps work the bumm, hips and abs. So Pump up the Jam!

Snack time is the best part of the day!!!
Make the smart choice. I get the munchies all day long. I used to reach for the cookies, chips or some form of chocolate. Well now I go for fruit instead. I get my sugar fix without the guilt.

Keep up the great work guys. Remember its a healthy body we are trying to achieve! Pounds are great to loose but getting in shape is what really matters. PS: muscle weighs more then fat!! And muscles burn fat too!!!

AND Lastly seriously consider running like Phoebe!!! SO FUN!!! If you don't know what I mean check it out!

Friday, November 28, 2008

Week 1

The results are in! In order of percent loss:

Carrie -3.0lb -2.3%
Mike -5.7lb -1.7%
Crystal -2.0lb -1.7%

Lindy -1.8lb -0.9%
Amy -1.2lb -0.8%
Lindsey -1.4lb -0.7%

Donna -1.0lb -0.7%
Somer -1.0lb -0.7%
Kevin -1.0lb -0.6%
Natalie -1.0lb -0.5%
Evan -1.0lb -0.4%
Mandy -0.8lb -0.4%
Jessica 0.0lb 0.0%

I am so proud of everyone.. no one gained any weight! I know some of you didn't do as well as you would have liked, but thats what's cool about this. Today starts a new week. So you can keep the momentum going that you've started, or tweak what you're doing to do better. Good job everyone! Keep up the good work.

I looks like I won. My husband Dave thinks that somehow that must be cheating. But I promise I won't win every week. :)

(Oh, and for those who are wondering, the percent is calculated by dividing the change in pounds by the starting weight. So if a 200lb person loses 2 pounds, that's the same as a 100lb person losing 1 pound.)

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Are you Ready?

Weigh-in is TOMORROW! Don't forget to email me your weight sometime tomorrow. I, personally, am going to do it before dinner and pie. But that's up to you! As soon as I have everyone's weight I will post everyone's pound and percent change and the WINNER! If I hear from everyone then we'll know by late tomorrow night, otherwise it will be Friday. If I don't hear from you, you won't be able to win this week, but I will split your 2 week change in half in order to rank you for next week.

Also, if everyone who hasn't paid yet (who wants a chance to win mula) could leave a comment and let me know how and when you plan on getting me the money, then I will know who I need to track down. I want all the money collected so that if you see the results this week and think you have no chance to win anything that you don't back out. :) Because I know everyone has a chance at a prize if you keep working at it.

Utah girls (unless you've already made plans with Somer), you can mail me a check, and that would be fine. Email me and I'll send you my address. If you really want, you could use paypal, but the percent they charge is higher than what you'd pay for a stamp.

Hope to hear from all of you!!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Hello all!
Mandy here . . . I thought I would take a break from my hurry-get-as-much-done-as-you-can-because-Bethany's-at-preschool-and-the-boys-are-entertaining-themselves morning to finally say hi to everybody and go public with my goals so as to further commit and be held accountable.
Longest sentence ever.
Of course, my boys start screaming as soon as I sit down here to do this.
Oh well.
SO, after an eventful rollercoaster of a time of the past three years, I am FINALLY feeling ready to take on more than just survival. What then? Keeping an especially clean house? Volunteering to get back on board with all those callings at church I had to abandon to maintain my sanity level (it may not be high, but at least it's consistent!)? Reading all those books I've been wanting to read? Taking an online class or two to renew my intellect? Start writing that book I've been wanting to write? Planting the garden that the lonely Northeastern Corner of my backyard calls for? Or...renew my health?
Hmm...that's a rough one.
Carrie and Somer's invitation came at a really good time for me. I have been feeling ready to start taking better care of my family's health and get all this stinkin baby weight off since about the middle of summer. Started strong...everyone got sick. And stayed that way. For three months. Ugh. THEN, everyone started slowly getting better and here we sit...just a couple light colds. I can surely deal! So, here I am, being forced to pay more and more attention to what we eat and what we do to take care of our bodies. First, by having a family full of sickies. Then, by joining up with you guys to hopefully add some extra motivation!
Here's the plan around these parts . . .

*Keep it simple! Ask myself this question...what do I really want? Answer . . . a healthy, happy and thriving family (of course, myself included). I want to be able to funtion well and have powerful health train my buns off and start dancing and performing again!
If I am trying to make a decision about what to eat, do, think or plan...see what fits into the spectrum of what I really want.

*Focus on my food being REAL FOOD, not a food product. Real food has a function, something it does for my body. Real food doesn't have a lot of ingredients. Now, I know just as well as anybody that we all have treats from time to time. In those moments I will smile and enjoy a taste of something purely enjoyable. But for the most part, everything that goes into my body will be real food.

*Avoid red meat and dairy

*Avoid any other meat that is not organic.

*Eat appropriate portions.

*Try to do without additives. Clearly the ones other people put in my food but try to avoid adding things to my food like salt, butter, white sugar, etc. Keep things as simple and raw as possible.

*Be active every day. I am going to try to find time throughout the day to do my strength training...just while the kids are entertained and/or happy, try to find a few minutes here and there to go through whatever exercises I want to do that day, alternating my daily focus (upper body, lower body, core, etc.) Then, in the evenings after bedtime, hit the cardio hard. Also, stretch in the evenings and mornings.

*LISTEN to my body. If you think about it, we really know what our bodies's just a matter of learning to listen to it. After growing up in a world of advertising it's not easy to do and definitely a process, but I think this is a big part of gaining and maintaining health. I have been learning to be conscious of this in the last year or so and am ready to take it to the next level by applying it in this quest to lose weight!

*THINK positively. Studies have shown the benefits of this. It is rarely easy to do so, this much I know! But, whatever I'm eating, whatever I'm doing, I will think positively about it and focus on what good I am doing and try to learn from but not punish myself for the imperfect parts. We can pull positive energy out of any food, any activity, any surroundings if we try to. I think I sometimes sound like a hippie...

*Be religious about taking my vitamins and supplements. The more power my body has to stay healthy, the less power it's using to fight off toxins and sickness...the more energy it has to put toward fighting off the fat!

*DRINK, drink, drink water! Get my intake WAY up and make it (almost) my only source of fluids. I don't mind having some fruit juice every once in a while, but water is where it's at.

Well, anyway, that's about it for now. Just wanted to get all that out there.
I am really excited and trying to ignore the fact that my body wants to get sick this first week! Haha...told this cold to get the 'beep' out of here last night with some high-intensity yoga. Can't keep me out of the gym, you energy-draining, flem-producing germ, you!!!
I hope that paints a lovely picture for all of you.

Good luck!!!!!
Love to all,

Monday, November 24, 2008

2 small successes

I didn't get to walk Friday because I ended up taking the baby to the doctor and the rest of the day was spent getting ready for a boutique Saturday. On the way home from the doctors office, it was 11:30 and I was so hungry. I knew I would be driving past a Burger King and a Whopper Jr. sounded SO good. I thought about all the food I had home (which isn't very much) and nothing sounded good. BUT I didn't give in! I drove past the BK and went home to eat! (A Whopper Jr still sounds good though. :) )

Ok, the other one is that our home teachers called and asked to come over for the first time in a while. So I thought it would be fun to make cookies. We had to clean up the living room first though (and the kitchen, and the front room, and the...) Needless to say I ended up running out of time. Lo and behold, they brought us cookies! So instead of having a whole batch of cookies to munch on all evening, I got two super yummy little cookies. They were really little ones too, so cute, and perfect porportion to get a little taste. I was thinking the next time I make cookies (which will probably be soon because it's going to be a cold stormy weekend) I am going to put the dough in rolls in the freezer so when we bake them, we make one pan or less. Just enough for each of us to get a couple and that's it.

Just wanted to share my little milestones with you guys. OH, and add a goal to my list: stock the house with yummy food, that is also healthy-ish to cut down on my BK temptations.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Hey Everyone

.....So I'm the 'Handicapped' one of the group, the one who isn't in the competition yet. (YET being the key word). I wanted to give you a little background and explain why I'm a part of the group and participating on the board, but not in the challenge.

I had to have a partial hysterectomy (my uterus out) and appendectomy back in June of this year, due to Endometriosis. I went to physical therapy for pelvic floor tension myalgia, because my muscles were hurting all of the time from being tight all of the time from trying to defend from the pain that the endo was causing. Well then in that surgery my Dr noticed that I had varicose veins around my ovaries, also, since then, my PolyCystic Ovarian Syndrome started acting up again, and I kept getting several painful cysts. I had run out of options so I had my ovaries and veins, as well as some more endo that had grown back, taken out on Nov 3rd. There were some complications that led up to me having internal bleeding and I was rushed back into the OR and had to get 4 blood transfusions. There have been several more complications since then that have left me basically on, well not quite bed rest, but I have to take things really easy.

Anyway, I was one of the founders of this blog and I am really motivated to start working out again, especially when I see pictures of myself! But I have to take it easy for now, until I get my Dr's ok. So hopefully I will be able to join in on the next round. But I am here rooting you all on!

The things I am trying to do to help myself, at least stay even, are
1) eat healthier - not so much candy, and sweets and - eat more fruits and veggies

2) try to get up and walk around a little more each day.

I know it isn't much but it's all I can do for now.

By the way - a little tip I read is that if you want to work on your belly fat, then walk at a ten percent incline, either on a treadmill, or mountain trail. Apparently by doing sit-ups or crunches, first off works only one of your ab muscle groups, (you have to do different kinds to work the different muscles), but second off, you will never get rid of that belly fat by only doing crunches.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Okay...... I'm "in"

I actually found a chart I started exactly a year ago... it showed how much I lost every day for about 2 weeks and I now weigh 10 lbs more than I did when I STARTED to lose weight that time... so yeah, that is one reason I just have to do this.  And I could possibly have a wedding this year and I refuse to be the "fat" mother standing in the line.  Vain, I know.  So, I dusted off my old VHS tape (I know, a relic) of Tae-Bo with Billy Blanks... I have the routine pretty much in my head, but have to watch it to so I don't have to do any thinking... so I just blur my eyes because he and the girls that exercise with him are pretty gross to look at.. blaaaah!  I will be sore tomorrow, but it will be worth it.  On my weight chart I also include the measurement of my waist and my thighs so I can watch the inches fade as well.  Because muscle weighs more than fat and when I excercise and build more muscle I want to see something change on my chart.  There are probably better exercise tapes out there that are newer, but I hate to have to learn something new all over again.  I feel really good when I get to the point of being able to do the whole 30 minute workout without stopping and panting.  I like to go walking in the neighborhood in the mornings for a break, but I feel like tae-bo gives me a much better, all-over excercise... and I refuse to run... running breaks down knees and both my sister and mom have bad knees.  I am protecting mine.  So whatever you girls do.... keep it up and good luck!  Woooo Hooooo!

A great site...

Hope everyone is still on track and doing well.  Prior to starting this I have been trying to lose weight for a couple months.  Something that has helped me is calorie count it is a great way to keep track of what you eat and how many calories you have burned for the day.  They have a really neat section that tells you how many calories you should consume daily to achieve your desired weight.  It's great and the best thing is that it is FREE!!  Keep up the good work!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Day One!

Hey everyone! I'm really excited...everyone who contacted me that wanted to participate has also weighed in today! So as of right now, I think our total is 13 people! And I'm also so excited that we're already using the blog. I guess I should introduce myself, I'm Carrie. I stole this idea from my sister-in-law Jocey and I even copied the name of their blog. (People told me I should. It's a good name!) So I'm excited because their blog only had posts for weigh-ins and we're already using ours for other fun stuff. I look forward to hearing from all of you. Again, I'll watch for money for those who want to contribute in the next week or so and...don't forget to weigh-in on Thanksgiving Day (you might want to do it BEFORE turkey dinner :) ) and I'll announce the first weekly winner as soon as I get everyone's weights. If I don't post again, Happy Thanksgiving!


Amy's Goals

1.Exercise five days a week -I try to change it up between treadmill and work out video's.
2. When I'm fixing PB&J for the kids I am trying to have a soup or salad instead and eat more apples for snacks.
3. Cut down on my de-stressing ice cream ritual at night. (that is so bad for me)

These are my realistic goals. Maybe I will have to step it up a notch if I'm not getting results.

I want to hear everyone's workout plans and goals!

I'm totally excited about doing this with you all! And to get to know you all a little better!

I decided I better write my goals down---or it's not going to happen! and here is a great place to write them!

1. Run every day at least once, maybe twice, and if I'm lucky 3 times minimum 2 miles everyday! For me, easiest way to lose weight!

2. Eat smaller portions! like 1/2 of what I would normally put on my plate!

3. Tummy Crunches! YEAH thats the worst part of my body! HOW MANY??? I'll count today and see what my realistic goal will be.

4. Arms and Leg weight lifts. again---we'll see after today how many to start at!

5. Giving up sweets is the hardest part! IT'S too HARD! So, since we're doing this through the holidays---I am going to do--ity-bity bites or "Just a taste". Lame I know---but I know myself and if I restrict to NOTHING---I'll fail and be mad at myself! So I'll try this!

For now--those are my goals. What are yours??? What are you doing to get those Skinny Jeans on?

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Here's the Skinny

The Rules to the game are:
*Lose weight!!
*Put $10 in the pot if you want (at the beginning).
*Each week there will be a winner. Whoever lost the biggest percentage of weight from week to week will win $1 from everybody that put money in.
*At the end there will be the regular weekly winner, and then we will take the remaining money in the pot ($2 from each person) and give it to the overall winner--the person that lost the biggest percentage of body weight from the start to the finish.
*Use the same scale everytime. You also may want to weigh under the same conditions each time. (Right when you wake up in the morning before you get dressed, for example.)
*If you miss a week and can't get to the scale we can divide the total loss between the missing weeks.
*Carrie will keep track of weights, so email her your weight each Thursday and if you miss a week let her know. (that's me!)
*The total time we will do this round is 8 weeks, so we finish on January 15th.
*This blog will be open for all of us to share tips, ideas, recipes, inspirations, whatever you want to share. Let's get into those skinny jeans!!