Monday, November 26, 2012

Week 8 Stats

Weight Loss:
1. Shay 4.58%
2. Deanne 4.45%
3. Megan 4.13%
4. Melanie 3.87%
5. Amy 2.73%
6. Mandi 2.6%
7. Melissa 2.56%

1. Megan 20
2. Mandi 19
3. Vanessa 17
4. Melissa 16
5. Amy 16
6. Deanne 12

Monday, November 19, 2012

Week 7 Stats

I think everyone forgot to get me their stats today... I only got them from 3 people so I guess I'll just post top 2.

Weight Loss:
1. Melanie 4.97%
2. Megan 4.55%

1. Megan 30
2. Vanessa 29

Don't forget that this week we will have Thursday, Friday and Sunday as free days. Have a great Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Thanksgiving Points

Half of the people that I heard back from are in favor of no points those days and half do want to go ahead with counting points those days.
So, what we'll do is have Thursday (thanksgiving) and Friday extra free days and then of course keep our regular sunday free day. So go ahead and count points Wednesday and Saturday. Hopefully this will help us stay on track with our diets anyways.  I hope this compromise suits everyone!


The question has been asked if we might want to have free days wednesday-sunday of next week... Right now we only have Thanksgiving day as a free day. Let me know what you guys would like to do in terms of free days for Thanksgiving.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Week 6 Stats

Weight Loss
1. Megan 4.96%
2. Shay 4.15%
3. Melanie 3.87%
4. Erin 3.86%
5. Vanessa 3.6%
6. Amy 2.73%
7. Mandi 2.5%

1. Megan 30
2. Erin 30
3. Mandi 28
4. Vanessa 28
5. Amy 27
6. Melissa 24
7. Melanie 23

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Bob Harper's Skinny Rules

Here are Bob Harper's (former coach on the Biggest Loser) 20 Skinny Rules sans elaboration. They're pretty self-explanatory...maybe by posting it, I'll follow it!

1.  Drink a large glass of water before every meal--no excuses!
2.  Don't drink your calories
3.  Eat protein at every meal (not necessarily meat)--or stay hungry and grouchy
4.  Slash your intake of refined flours and grains
5.  Eat 30-50 grams of fiber a day
6.  Eat apples and berries every single day. Every. Single. Day!
7.  No carbs after lunch (think paleo-style dinners)
8.  Learn to read food labels so you know what you are eating
9.  Stop guessing about portion size and get it right--for good
10.  No more added sweeteners, including and especially artificial ones
11.  Get rid of those white potatoes
12.  Make one day a week meatless
13.  Get rid of fast foods and fried foods
14.  Eat a real breakfast
15.  Make your won food and eat at least ten meals a week at home
16.  Banish high-salt foods
17.  Eat your vegetables--just do it!!
18.  Go to bed hungry
19.  Sleep right
20.  Plan one splurge meal a week

*my emphasis added.

If anyone is interested, I do have some paleo menu/shopping e-planners that I can email to you to help with dinner plans.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Weight Loss 10 Commandments

This is what I was going to share at our little meeting last night, but I left it at home. oops!
Melanie- post your Bob skinny rules! I want to read them. :)

Dr. Oz has Ten commandments for weight loss:

1. Thou Shalt Not Wear Pants that Stretch
Your clothing is an early-warning system for weight gain. When it's getting hard to snap your jeans, you know it's time to be vigilant. Wearing stretchy clothes allows you to live in ignorance of how your body is growing, making it easier to pack on pounds without knowing it.

2. Thou Shalt Not Keep Fat Clothes in Your Closet
When you keep the clothes you wore at an unhealthy weight, it gives you a back-up plan if the pounds don't come off. Instead, force yourself to stay on track by 86ing your "fat pants."

3. Thou Shalt Not Eat Meat That Walks on Four Legs More Than Once a Week
Meat that comes from an animal with 4 legs is higher in saturated fat (the unhealthy kind) than that which comes from 2-legged animals such as chickens, or animals with no legs, like fish. Plus: women who eat large amounts of red meat more than once a week have a 50% higher chance of dying from heart disease and have higher cancer rates.

4. Thou Shalt Not Graze
Plan your meal before you open the refrigerator, get what you need, and close the door. Opening it throughout the day leads to impulsive choices and overeating.

5. Thou Shalt Not Eat After 7:30pm
When you eat late at night you are more likely to be eating in front of the TV (when you won't pay attention to how much you're putting in your mouth) and you're more likely to pick high-calorie snacks.

6. Thou Shalt Not Pile Food More than 1 Inch High or Within 2 Inches of the Plate Edge
Larger portions equal more calories. 'Nuff said.

7. Thou Shalt Not Chew Food Less than 20 Times Per Bite
Chewing allows your body to realize that you are eating food, prompting it to create a sensation of fullness at the appropriate time. When you don't chew enough, you get ahead of that process, eating well past when you are actually satisfied.

8. Thou Shalt Not Covet Thy Neighbor's Plate
Spend your day nibbling bites on someone else's sandwich or afternoon snack, and you will add on 1,000 calories easy.

9. Thou Shalt Not Carry Small Bills
Nothing loves a small bill better than a vending machine. When you have them at the ready, you are one step closer to an impulsive, calorie-loaded afternoon slip up.

10. Thou Shalt Not Eat While Standing Up
Eating sitting down enables you to be aware of what you're eating and eat it slowly so that your body can tell you your full before it's too late.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012


Ok, so I've heard back from several of you that you are in favor of getting rid of the 6th point:  6. Sticking to your diet (this could be whatever diet plan you have for yourself. If you are counting calories, following paleo, doing weight watchers...whatever your plan is).

So, for the second half of the challenge, we will NOT count that point. We will count only 5 points each day which are:

1. At least 20 minutes of exercise
2. No Soda (or sugary drinks)
3. No Sweets (desserts, cookies, brownies, cake, etc.)  
4. No Fried Salty processed snacks/Fast food  (chips, cheez-its, french fries, etc.)
5. Drinking the amount of water each day that you should be can figure this one out for yourself, it is different for each person.

AND we are starting points over as of yesterday.  So get excited for a fresh start!
There are now only 30 points possible per week. 

Monday, November 5, 2012

Week 5 Stats (Halfway!!)

 Since we are at the halfway point of the competition (yay!), we are going to end points now and restart them as of today. That way we can all get re-excited about points and try our hardest! This will give us all a fresh start with points starting today. Make sense?
So, we will go ahead and award half of the 1st and 2nd place points prize.
1st place with 173 points is Megan!- she will get $50
2nd place is me with 170 points- I will get $15
I hope this chance to start over with points will get us nice and motivated!! :) At the end of the competition, there will be another 1st and 2nd prize points winner. And those ladies will get the other half of the prize. This is only for points. The weight loss portion will continue normally. 

I'm also looking for a little feedback on the points. After talking to quite a few of you about it, i'm wondering if we do away with the "sticking to your diet" point. The idea is that this is a useless point, since if you lose more than 1 or 2 points in a day, you are probably not 'sticking to your diet' but have already lost points for it. What'd you all think? Should we do away with that point and just have 5 points per day?? Let me know your feelings on thisASAP!

This week we'll be meeting at Deanne's house (17 Ellendale St.)  on Wednesday, November 7th from 7:30-8:30.
Let me know if you would like to do one of the following:
1. Fitness/Diet tip
2. Fitness/Diet tip
3. Healthy snack/recipe
4. Healthy snack/recipe

Ok, now for this weeks stats!

Weight Loss:
1. Erin 3.8%
2. Shay 3.73 %
3. Megan 3.31%
3. Melanie 3.31%
4. Vanessa 2.8%
5. Amy 2.73%
6. Mandi 2.45%
7. Danette 2.42%

Points: (remember this week was only out of 30)
1. Megan 30
2. Vanessa 30
3. Amy 29
4. Danette 27
5. Erin 25
6. Mandi 25
7. Melissa 24 

Total Points: (174 possible)
1. Megan 173
2. Vanessa 170
3. Amy 159
4. Danette 158
5. Mandi 152
6. Erin 140
7. Deanne 128
8. Andrea 125
9. Shay 113
10. Melissa 106

Weight Watchers Pumpkin Muffins

Hey Ladies,
I'm trying out a recipe today.  They are called Weight Watchers Pumpkin Muffins.  They have only 2 WW points.  Here is a link to the recipe...

Weight Watchers Pumpkin Muffins

Do we consider this a sweet?