Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Summer Challenge Anyone?

So I briefly mentioned yesterday something about a possible Summer Challenge, and many of you seemed interested. We have about 8 and a half weeks until Summer gets here so throw out some ideas for the challenge and maybe we can get something together before the 8 week mark. I can't believe it's so close!

Last night was.....ok. I had a half a piece of lasagna, some Caesar salad, one small piece of garlic bread and a tiny piece of McCain Deep & Delicious cake. There may have been a few scoops of Reese's Peanut Butter Cups ice cream as well. Ooops. BUT I did kick some butt at the gym last night. 40 mins of cardio and 10 min of abs. I'm planning on hitting the gym at least 5 times this week. AND I'm hoping to get in some form of activity over the weekend (Billy Blanks/walk outside)

Anyone else find themselves slipping a little? I feel like lately I have just been kind of drifting on and off plan. I do good during the week and then the weekend is just kind of a free-for-all. I don't like that feeling. I think if I keep going on this way then I'll end up with another 20 lbs hanging around without me even realizing it. Before I know it, I'll be back to hating my body, hating the scale & hating the way my clothes fit. I've been using WAY too many excuses lately, birthdays, girl's night out, hell I'll even use Friday as an excuse to have a few glasses of wine, a few pieces of pizza & way too much chocolate. It wasn't until I was reading Amy's Post about Girl's night and how she totally rocked it OP. She stayed within her points and drove herself home! She didn't use it as an excuse to over indulge. When I read that, it just seemed so foreign to me. Can she really go out and not overeat? overdrink? overindulge? And THAT'S when I really realized that I have been getting way out of hand. Using lame excuses to have way more treats than I should. The funny thing? I enjoyed my treats SO MUCH more when I was having them far less frequently. I really looked forward to that glass of wine or that Mars Bar or the homemade pizza on Friday night. Probably because I felt I had worked so hard and I deserved it. Instead of just mindlessly munching away, I was actually looking forward to that homemade pizza all week and saving up all my flex points for it. That's exactly what I want to get back to. And maybe a Summer challenge is just what this chick needs.

How is everyone else making out?


  1. Caroyln you and I are the same...I have been feeling the slip from great eating. Always finding excuses...I AM IN for a summer challenge, 8 weeks to rock it hard!

  2. I am in the same boat too. I feel myself slipping. I am still totally writing everything down and counting but I am going over my flex by a lot. We need a challenge, I am so in.

  3. Wow - this post totally rang true. I use any and every excuse (see my comment from your last post) to overindulge and pretend like there is nothing I can do to control it. But the wonderful Amy does prove that even when all these events come up, it's completely within our power to stay on plan.

    I ALWAYS slip in the summer and I usually chalk it up to - well, it's summer. No more. Enough is enough!

    Funny enough, my girlfriends just wrote me about going out Friday night and I immediately thought, Sat morn is WI, maybe I'll WI on Friday so I don't have to worry about overdoing it Friday night. What is up with that!??!

    So yes, I'm with you. I'm going to put on my thinking hat and think of summer challenges....

  4. Where to start with the comments??? I am totally in for a challenge...I find I need some goal to reach for in order to be successful!!!

    Lately I have been "saving up" for splurges and I enjoy them just THAT much more because I worked hard for them and made sacrifices!!! and then I TOTALLY enjoy my night without food guilt!!

    And I find that I haven't been slipping so much as just trying like HELL to hang on!!!

  5. I was totally out of it this weekend too. I was working hard to clean on Saturday then had a big party on Sunday and just let it get the best of me.

    Back OP this week. Gotta lose these last 5 pounds-again!!!

  6. the same thing has been happening to me too. I don't know why - I'm so close to goal but I keep messing up, especially on the weekends!!! I want to be part of your summer challenge!!! I have less than 10 weeks until my wedding!! I want to be a buff bride!!! :)

  7. I'm definitely ready for a challenge the last week has not been a great one!!

  8. i am with you....i've been on again off again with the diet. during the week i'm pretty good....i have been sneaking in wine though when i get off work bc its a stress reliever and its just nice to have a drink sometimes you know? i need to cut back though. i am going to florida in a month to see my friends and right now i'm about 5 lbs over my comfortable weight. i find myself wearing more skirts and babydoll dresses and not my regular work pants and jeans....i need to stay accountable and force myself to wear pants that might be a little too tight before they completely don't fit. i did well with the gym though last week - 3x this week, which is a NSV.

    i'm with you, lets do a challenge!

  9. I'm definitely up for a summer challenge. Just a lurker up till this point, love reading about Canadians but even more Atlantic Canadians :)

    Struggling to stay focused and a challenge might be just what the doctor ordered.

    Leigh Anne in PEI

  10. Hi Carolyn,
    I am a weight watcher from London England and really enjoy reading your blog! I would love to join in on the summer challenge. I refuse to go home to visit friends and family in Toronto this summer fatter than when i left!!! Count me in.

    p.s. i don't have a blog...can i still join the challenge?

  11. YAY! You sound so much more like yourself on this one! Way too many lame excuses - no more! Count me in as always! This being the exact same for over 6 months is ridiculous, you'd think summer wasn't even coming!

  12. Lurkers are always welcome to the challenge!

    Anneliese - sure you can join the challenge without a blog, no problem!

  13. Absolutely up for a challenge. I am finding way too many excuses not to eat right. Love your blog. I've been reading it for awhile now. Anyway, count me in...

  14. i find myself better with exercise and slipping on food. it's so hard to tell yourself you need to keep it in check!

  15. Carolyn,

    I'm inspired by your hard work an determination. I was reading your blog daily about a year ago then I fell off the wagon and disappeared. When I decided to give it another shot, I clicked into the bookmark I had for your blog, and was pleasantly surprised to see you still at it! You're proof that it is possible.



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