Monday, May 31, 2010

June Challenge

Hello again everyone! I hope that you have all enjoyed your rest time. Now back to work. Here is your challenge. You make the challenge for yourself and let me know what it is. I will post each of your challenge/goals on the blog. At the end of each week you will report in on how you did. If you want to change your challenge each week that works too! You can even do multiple challenges at the same time. This is your month to shine so show me what ya got. I will need your Challenges for this week asap so email me or leave a comment on the blog. Look forward to hearing what each of you want to accomplish for the month of June. As I receive your input I will post your goals.

Friday, April 9, 2010

And the Winner of the Spring Challenge is...

I am so proud of us all for completing this Challenge.
The standings for the pack except the winner are here:

Max 3.70%
Dan 2.72 %
Karli 1.83%
Mel 1.54%
Kasey 0.53%
Kristie 0.72%

And drum roll please... for the one who kicked some serious booty in this Challenge. The Winner is Lisa!!!
With a grand total of 6.79%. She did a truly awesome job.

I still need $$$ from all of you so that I can pay Lisa her winnings. Congrats Lisa on a superb job.

Also I have gotten some feedback from some of you on doing another Challenge. Right now I need anyone who is interested to let me know what would motivate/inspire them for the next Challenge. That might be a good name for the next Challenge. I have some ideas but I need all of you to share and give me some ideas for the next event!

Until next time keep up the good work :)

Monday, April 5, 2010

Don't Forget Tomorrow

Please don't forget to give me your final weight for this Challenge tomorrow. I hope you all did well over the past few weeks. Tomorrow when you send me your weight let me know if you would like to do another challenge.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Week 5 Standings

Things are getting good as we are nearing the finish. Remember we have two weeks left.
Lisa     5.28%
Max    4.07%
Mel     1.54%
Karli    1.47%
Kristie  1.45%
Dan     1.17%
Kasey  0.53%

Keep up the good work everyone!
Sorry I just realized I hadn't posted this yet. I wrote it up and then forgot to hit publish.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Healthier Diet Updates

3-17-10 - Happy St. Patrick's Day! Research shows that moderate drinking can prevent certain diseases, but occasional binge drinking has negative effects. Limit it to 1 drink daily for women and 2 drinks daily for men.

3-18-10 - Get the nutrition facts. The front of a package won't tell you the whole story. Read labels and compare key nutrients calories, serving size, fat, fiber, calcium, and ingredients to make the best choice.

3-19-10 - Look for "green flag" menu words. Healthy restaurant foods are usually described as baked, boiled, broiled, fresh, grilled, light, multigrain, poached, reduced, roasted, seasoned, steamed, or stir-fried.

3-20-10 - Fish for Omega-3's. Two to three servings per week are good for your heart, brain and body. You'll find it in fatty fish (like salmon and albacore tuna), ground flaxseed, soybean oil and walnuts.

3-21-10 - It's spring! Enjoy this season's freshest picks: asparagus, bananas, beets, berries, figs, green beans, kiwi, mangos, peas, peppers, and pineapple.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Week 4 Standings

Here is where we all are after 4 weeks in.
Max          3.70%
Lisa           3.40%
Dan           1.17%
Mel           1.11%
Karli         1.10%
Kristie       0.72%
Kasey       0.53%

There are close races right now for first and second and then 3-5th. Remember there are only 3 weeks left to get that percentage up there. The winner will receive $70 so lets all kick it in these last few weeks.

3-16-10 - Aim for 3-6 servings of grains each day. Rich in energy-boosting carbohydrates, vitamins and fiber, they're important for overall health. One serving is equal to 1/2-cup cooked (rice, pasta, oats) or 1 oz.
(1 slice bread).

Monday, March 15, 2010

Reminder and Tip of the Day

Don't forget to send me your latest weigh in number tomorrow. Hopefully we all had a really great week! Big numbers, Big numbers...No Whammies!

3-15-10 - Eat a snack before bed. It's a myth that eatinglate causes weight gain. As long as you don't overeat, you can enjoy a snack close to bedtime without worry.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Week 3 Standings

The Third week has come to a close and here are the results.

Lisa         2.26%
Max        2.22%
Dan         1.17%
Karli        0.73%
Mel         0.68%
Kristie     0.36%
Kasey   +0.26%

3-9-10 - Start at the perimeter of the grocery store. Fruits, veggies, dairy and grains, which should
make up the bulk of your diet, are located here. Eating these unprocessed foods boosts your nutritional
intake and promotes health.
3-10-10 - Eat 4-6 servings of vegetables daily. High in nutrients and low in calories, veggies can help prevent diabetes, stroke, heart disease and more. One serving is equal to 1/2 cup.
3-11-10 - Chew on schedule. Too much time between meals can drop your energy levels, decrease
your metabolism and result in overeating. Space your meals evenly throughout the day and eat a healthy snack between each meal.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Healthier Diet March 4th-7th

March 4th -
Know your "red flag" menu words. Avoid restaurant items described as: battered, bottomless, breaded, buttery, cheesy, country, creamy, crispy, fried, giant, loaded, smothered and stuffed.
March 5th -
Drink water. It's the only beverage your body really needs and craves. Gradually replace soda, flavored coffees, sugary drinks and other high-cal liquids with water. Aim for 8-12 cups each day.
March 6th -
Too busy to cook healthfully? To save time, use your Crockpot, cook and freeze large batches of food, buy pre-cut or pre-cooked ingredients, and keep an organized grocery list.
March 7th -
Avoid trans fats. They increase your risk of heart disease. Foods with "partially hydrogenated oil" as an
ingredient contain trans fat (even if the label says 0 grams) and should be left on the grocery shelf.

The Second Week In the Books

The Second week has come to a close and here are the results.
Lisa               2.26%
Dan               1.17%
Max              1.11%
Karli              0.73%
Mel               0.68%
Kasey           0.53%
Kristie           DNR

I got a great email the other day 31 Days till a Healthier Diet. I thought I would share each day with you. Here are the days that I have not posted so far. I will try to post a new one each day and the weekend ones on Friday.
Keep a food diary. Before you can improve your diet, you have to know where you stand. Record everything you eat and drink for five days and use these tips to improve your diet a little bit each day.
Eat breakfast. It boosts your energy, metabolism and mental focus. Plus, breakfast eaters consume fewer calories throughout the day than people who skip this meal.
Enjoy 2-4 servings of fruit each day. Fruits are rich in nutrients, fiber, phytochemicals and antioxidants, which all help prevent disease. One serving is equal to 1/2 cup.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Standings After the First Week

Here are the current standings for this week:
Dan                   1.95%
Lisa                   1.13%
Karli                  0.73%
Max                   0.37%
Mel                    0.26%
Kasey                0.00%
Kristie                0.00%

I must say that Lisa and Dan are starting off with a BANG! Great job guys. I hope that everyone keeps up the good work.
Heard a quote today that I really liked..."You only get one body, so you better take care of it!" So true.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Weigh In Numero Uno - Tomorrow

Tomorrow starts the next Challenge! Happy Mardi Gras everyone. Grab your friends and neighbors and anyone else you think might be interested in a little friendly motivation for 48 Days. (February 17th to April 6th) Remember if you want to play this round you need to have me your weight by tomorrow afternoon and I need your pledge of $10 each that will go to the biggest loser of this challenge. The more friends and family we get involved the more potential there is for a big chunk of change at the end. Remember your weight is done by percentage and the only one who knows your number is me and you of course. I hope all of you that did the new year new you challenge will sign up for this next installment. If you can help me think of a good name for this challenge I would appreciate it.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Week Off

Since I was out of town and a little out of it from working the night shift we are going to start over on Tuesday with weigh in's.  I have decided since it will be Fat Tuesday - Mardi Gras that this next installment will go all the way through till Easter...and if you are saying to yourself but I don't know when Easter is this year (April 4th). So our final weigh in will be on April 6th! Mark your calendars and get geared up cause Tuesday it is on like Donkey Kong!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

And the Winner of January is...


You win the fabulous prize of an iTunes gift card. Will give it to you next time I see you.

Yahoo! You did an absolutely awesome job. I hope that you keep up the good work. I didn't get final weights from everyone so here are the standings from what I got....
Kristie                               4.58%
Max                                  2.55%
Lisa                                   1.17%
Kasey                               0.54%
Mel                                   0.43%
Karli                                 0.00%
Shyra                             +1.00%

I got some feedback from some of you about continuing to do the Challenge for the month of February. If you are interested please let me know. I am thinking that it might be a good idea to all put in about $10-15 in a kitty and whoever wins the month gets the cash. That is the price of meal these days it seems but if you win the whole amount that is a nice chunk of change and might keep us a little more motivated. Let me know if you are interested and what you think.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

This Week's Results

Here are how the numbers shaped up this week. Remember that next week is the last weigh in of this Challenge.
My question to each of you is this...Do you as a group want to award a winner for the month after next week and continue on in the challenge? Do you want to take a break and do some more in another month or two? Do you want to change up the Challenge in any way? Do you want to start over with some other type of Challenge? Please give me your input of what you think.

Kristie                    2.82%
Max                       2.55%
Mel                        0.86%
Lisa                        0.78%
Karli                       0.00%
Kasey                  +1.08%
Shyra                   +1.12%

Remember that this month is still up for grabs. No one is out of it if you really work hard this last week.
Good luck to all!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Weigh in #3

We are reaching the end of the month very quickly. I hope that all of you were able to stick to your guns this week better than me. I must say though I had some really awesome food this week so I wont hold it against the scale.
Since tomorrow basically begins the last week of the competition I wish you all good luck and lots of will power. I know I will need it.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Standings after two full weeks

We had some movement in the standings over the past week. Personally I know this past week I really fell off from where I was the first week. My eating went down hill. I know for me I am going to pick myself up, dust myself off and get right back on the weight loss train.
Kristie                   2.11%
Max                      1.82%
Mel                       0.86%
Karli                      0.00%
Lisa                      +0.78%
Shyra                   +1.12%
Kasey                  +2.16 %

Hope everyone has a great week!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Weigh-in #3

Don't forget to send me those numbers ladies and gent. Hope you all did better then me this week.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Where we stand

Alrighty so I have the numbers in and here is where we all stand. The number is the percent you lost from where you started.
Mel                  1.72%
Max                 1.09%
Lisa                  0.39%
Kristie              0.00%
Karli               +0.37%
Kasey             +0.54%
Shyra              +1.12 %

Looks like it was a hard week for everyone. Hang in there and don't give up. Each day is a new opportunity to begin again.
FYI I did find that the dying scale had almost the exact same numbers for me as the new one which was a relief. The body fat calculation on it is a bit scary on the new one though.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Weigh In #2

Today is weigh in #2. Remember that I need your weight asap. Hope everyone had a better week than me and my crazy scale. I haven't weighed in yet but am not really looking forward to it. Our home scale is dying so I will be off to the store today to buy a new one. Can't wait to see how much progress we have all made. Don't forget this is your motivation and we are all in this to improve, so don't give up if you had a bad week. Pick yourself up, dust yourself off and immediately start over. Progress... is the name of the game for this week. Make progress.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

All In

We are all in...So are you curious to know who you are competing with....


but for this little challenge there are 7 of us.

I have everyone's initial weight entered in my trusty little spreadsheet and am looking forward to seeing everyone's progress next week.
On my own front... So far so good. Feel free to comment and let me know how each of you are doing.

Monday, January 4, 2010


You have arrived at the starting line. Remember to let me know your starting weight today. Good luck everyone!