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Thanksgiving Weight Loss Challenge!!

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Anyone interested in a new challenge? We have had a great weight loss thread for the summer but I think everyone got busy (plus the traveling makes it hard to eat right).

I would like to start a new challenge -- this time to aim for Thanksgiving! We just found out that we are hosting Thanksgiving here at my house for our extended family (read: 25 really loud, boisterous people running around for 4-5 days). So I am determined to reach my goal weight by then.

If you are interested, just post here what sort of diet you are planning on following, how much you'd like to lose (don't have to post your actual weight) and anything else you'd like to share. I figured we can check in on this thread each week and see how everyone is doing.

The goal: 10% of your weight off by Thanksgiving weekend! Soooo? Are you with me?

Katherine :wave:
 

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A bit of motivation is a good thing..... I am in for 12 pounds :hi:
 

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I'll join you guys this time around...

I'm following Weight Watchers online and hope to lose 10% by Thanksgiving...
 

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I'm in /

great challenge.

Great! Well, they say losing 10% is enough to lower your cholesterol and blood pressure by about 5-10% too. So this is a good goal for me (and DH, who has no choice but to eat healthy with me).

I am on the Jenny Craig plan and have lost about 10 pounds so far (6 weeks). I'd like to lose another 10 to be at goal. My metabolism is very slow so losing weight is a very tough thing for me. I am also at the point where those last 10 pounds are a HUGE struggle! My body won't let them go! Plus my motivation is slacking because I am starting to look really good. :hysterical:

I just started going to the JC near my house after doing their at home program, which involved a 15 minute phone call each week. I love the food and losing the weight is very easy when every meal is preplanned, but they "forgot" to call me 4 of the 6 weeks on the program AND they charge $65 shipping each time!! Sooo, I am now at the local center and it is AWESOME! My first meeting was last Friday and the lady spent 30 minutes with me instead of 15. She gave me great alternatives to my usual exercise (20 minutes of biking on stationary bike) such as doing intervals to help increase my metabolism. She also suggested some more protein filled foods to keep me less hungry. I am on a 1200 cal diet and it is PAINFUL. I am always hungry at 4ish and at 10pm (when I distract myself with TUG). So I am adding cottage cheese and string cheese to my afternoon snacks and cutting down on their otherwise delicious desserts (like triple chocolate cheesecake!).

Anyway, she wants to see my menu this week so I am checking off the foods I eat throughout the day. So absolutely no cheating for me, LOL! Here is to a good loss following the plan to the T. If I can make these last 10 pounds, I am buying a new wardrobe. I already picked out the $200 outfit for Thanksgiving!!! :cheer:

Katherine
 

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Count me in too! My goal is 15 lbs by Thanksgiving. I am loosely following weight watchers & I started working out 45 minutes every morning on an elliptical machine. After I lose the 15 lbs I'll add in some strength training.

Good Luck everyone! Just think how good we'll feel showing up to Thanksgiving dinner a size or 2 smaller!

abc
 

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Hey I'll join up.

I've kind of been off my routine, as I have to adjust to the new school schedule(eldest is home at 2:30 now). I've been adding strength training(big improvement in my upper arms, already dropped 2" off each thigh!)

I'm going to WDW for Thanksgiving, have to be ready to walk about 10 miles a day(DH wears a pedometer when we go, so I know the avg:wall: ).
 

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I'm game, but leaving for Greece next Sunday. I'll try to be on good behavior; would like to drop 14 pounds by T'giving.

Joy
 

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Count me in too. I have not been keeping good track of my blood sugars (diabetic) and when I went to the Dr my fasting morning was 175!! The other night it was 372!! That scared the shit out of me!!I recently joined a gym and deceided to plunk down the money and get a personal trader for a month to get me going on the right track. I was going to join WW but my new personal trainer said he could help me better and it would be more funner? Yeah, right, he'll probably kill me. shaggy
 

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Absolutely, count me in too! :)
 

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I'm in. I'd like to lose 15lbs. I am going to use my Wii Fit as my exercise and motivator.
 

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I'm in

I need some motivation! I don't need to lose a ton of weight but would love a little challenge to lose the exta pounds I gained in the last year. I'm walking 40 miles next month (oct 4-5) in NYC for the NY Walk for Breast Cancer. I will be walking, running and trying out the wii fit.

Good Luck everyone!

Patti:whoopie:
 

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I'm in! Weight Watchers and exercise. I'd like to lose 20 but realistically, I'm happy with 12 -15 by Thanksgiving.
 

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OK me too. Actually I'm a KOPS but always in upper leeway. So my goal is to get below. And stay there!
 

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I'm gonna try this again...and not get depressed with life. (It'd really help if I'd get a job....).

Ok...Startin' fresh tomorrow....:wall:
 

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Cool! Welcome to all. I am so glad to have some support. POst any time!

Can someone tell me about the Wii Fit? We have a Wii but not the Fit program. I am trying to decide if it is something I would do regularly or if it would get old very quickly (kinda like dance dance revolution did for my family this Spring).

Katherine
 

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Okay... so, I kinda blew it today. Basically, I dipped into my weekly points but oh well. The weekends are kinda hard on me. Anyways... I felt pressured to eat an ice cream cone and it costed me 8 points... Due to a family get together this afternoon we had to eat Fresh Choice for dinner. I had a salad with Fat Free Dressing and the other stuff. Weekends tend to be hard because of the eating out thing. I know, I need to add more fruits and Veggies to my diet too. I'll be better the rest of the week:

Sunday, September 07, 2008Morning
1 serving Light Butter - Food I created 1
1 serving Coach's Oats 3
1/4 cup raisins 2
1 Tbsp unpacked brown sugar 1
Subtotal 7
Midday
Lean Cuisine Pizza - Quick-added food 7
1 item Chocolate 1
1 oz Pepper Jack 3
Subtotal 11
Evening
Chinese Chicken Salad - Quick-added food 1
Pho Noodle Bowl - Quick-added food 2
Harvest Bread - Quick-added food 1.5
2 Tbsp homemade hummus 1.5
6 items tortilla chips 1.5
Subtotal 7.5
Anytime
1 serving Ice Cream Cone 8
Subtotal 8
Food POINTS values total used 33.5
Food POINTS values remaining 0
 

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I am back baby!!!! Yessiree !!! My gym is back up and running/ vacations are over until 11/22 so I have gotten back in the saddle after I saw how much weight I gained when I took my Hawaii pics... Been working out for about 10 days now ( only 5 time and now am on 2nd week just finished).

I lost 1.2 lbs the first week. I just have to work on being consistent. I hope to lose about 10lbs by the time I go cruising this Thanksgiving. The tricky part will be keeping it off.
 

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Ciscogizmo: I can't do Fresh Choice or just about ANY restaurant when I am dieting. I have NO self control. I just ADORE that ranch dressing.

What is it that they say -- give a man a burger and he is happy. Give a girl Ranch dressing and she is in heaven. SIGH.

I just discovered a new HD channel that is all music (MHD) tonight and it was playing Duran Duran in concert at Wembly so I turned up the music and danced for 45 minutes. :cheer: :rofl: Does this show my age? Anyway, I am sweaty and need to shower...

K
 

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Ok, I exercised today...now if I can just get control of my eating and stay away from those goodies at work!
 

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Ciscogizmo: I can't do Fresh Choice or just about ANY restaurant when I am dieting. I have NO self control. I just ADORE that ranch dressing.

What is it that they say -- give a man a burger and he is happy. Give a girl Ranch dressing and she is in heaven. SIGH.

I just discovered a new HD channel that is all music (MHD) tonight and it was playing Duran Duran in concert at Wembly so I turned up the music and danced for 45 minutes. :cheer: :rofl: Does this show my age? Anyway, I am sweaty and need to shower...

K

I love their Ranch dressing to. But last night I had the Fat free italian. I hate fat free anything. But I ate it.

I LOVE DURAN DURAN, too...

Tina
 

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Ok, I exercised today...now if I can just get control of my eating and stay away from those goodies at work!
YOU CAN DO IT!!!
 

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I'm in, too. Keeping these discussions going is a good way to keep it in the front of your mind. I'd like to lose 10 lbs.

I've found an easy way to put together soup for a main meal --

Start with a precooked beef roast (from the refrigerated section of the meat department - Hormel makes one that is sold in my grocery store). Just dice it and put it into the stock pot with the juice it comes with. Then add vegetables, water, a little soup base or bouillon, a can of diced tomatoes, season to taste. I made borcht - by adding a can of sliced beets, 3 sliced carrots, 2 diced potatoes, cut up napa cabbage, 1/2 c vinegar, can of diced tomatoes, a little sugar, handful of chopped fresh dill, salt and pepper. Cooked it up for about 20-30 minutes, and served with a dollup of yogurt.
 

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I'm in as well. I have been off and on due to vacation and several summer ending BBQ's but I am back on track but I am going off on Thanksgiving! This is my favorite food holiday! My mom still does all the dinner cooking and I do the pies. Her sage stuffing is fabulous and her gravy is always excellent! My pies aren't too bad either :) As far as dieting goes our family has made several changes. We now only eat whole grain foods - pasta , bread, pancakes etc. and my DH and I only eat 1/2 portion on these items with the exception of Natures Path Optimum cereals which are very high in fiber and protein yet low in sugar. Desserts are all sugar free and I am experimenting cooking with agave nectar which is very low on the glycemic index. A new PCC market opened up in our area which although very expensive (lots of organic) has an excellent non processed food selection and organic fruits and vegetables. Dinners out will have to be limited in order to shop here but we think it is worth it.
 
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