Monday, August 2, 2010

Freedom Challenge Final Results & Summer Diet Buddies Goals

The Battery - Charleston, South Carolina
May, 2010
We took a spur-of-the-moment trip to Charleston in very early May taking advantage of a highly unusual cool snap.  We took our bicycles and rode for hours on end during the four days we were there.  I cannot wait for the weather to break to we can begin riding again.  It rarely gets so hot that we are unable to ride at all in the summer.  This summer has just been an exception. We traditionally find a Rails to Trails path to conquer during Mr. B's four day fall break in October.  I need to get started planning that and am open to suggestions!  

I have loved being a part of the Freedom Challenge for the past four weeks and am so grateful to Deb for sponsoring it.  Striving for goals has been motivating, but the new friends I have found far surpasses that.  Now if my powers of persuasion can just get Kenna (Deb's granddaughter) to pick my name for the prize........I'd really like to have one of those books that's part of the package.  

Here are my results for the week:

1) Walking is my form of exercise. Since 2006, I have worn a pedometer, kept a log and averaged 10,000 steps per week. I'd like to increase that goal to 12,000 steps per week.  Done!  Although I didn't get 12,000 steps every day, the average over seven days was 12, 368. 

2) I want to begin planning menus in advance. I will plan menus three days this week and increase it by one day each week, so that by the end of the challenge, I'll be planning a week in advance.  I believe this goal will probably be my most beneficial because I did it faithfully, found a time each week to work on menus and feel as if it might have become a habit.

3) Along with goal #2, I will find and try at least one new recipe each week and post a picture of it on my blog. Eliminated this goal a couple of weeks ago.

4) July 30th is my birthday. I will eat nothing with white sugar in it until that day (and maybe not then). I am happy to say that I met this goal totally.  Ate no white sugar last week including my birthday. 

5) This is a "just for fun" goal since you asked that our goals be unrelated to weight loss.  I'd like to weigh 155 or less by my birthday. This is my 55th birthday (EEK!!) and I think it would be cool to be at or below 155 on my 55th birthday. I'm already very close, so this should be a easy no-brainer  I was sweating this one, but did reach 155 on July 29th.

Thanks again, Deb!

Here are last week's results and this week's goals for Diet Buddy Daily's challenge:

1)  As close to 1200 calories per day as I can get.  Got off track on Sunday.  Other than that, was within 100 calories of 1200 all week. 
2)  No white sugar or white flour.   Done - passed with flying colors!

3)  No food or drink after 6 p.m.  

4)  Lose at least one pound per week during challenge. Done

5)  Send a card or note of encouragement to at least one friend or relative who I know is struggling to lose weight.  Done

I joined this challenge late and only had a partial week to meet these goals, so I'm going to keep the same ones for next week except to add that I will send at least TWO notes of encouragement.  One to someone struggling to lose weight and the other to someone I know that needs encouraging for any reason.  

Yesterday's birthday lunch didn't go well from an eating standpoint, but could have been a lot worse.  This morning's birthday breakfast went much better.  These two scenarios raised some questions for me about "normal" eating which I'm also hearing from many of you, so think I'll save that for tomorrow's post.
Birthday's over, "awesome" August has arrived, autumn is just around the corner! 


  1. I hate my internet connection! I totally lost my last comment... unless it shows up twice! I am so not going to try to recreate what I wrote about the bike stuff. Sorry. Frustrating. Sigh.

    I think you are doing "awesome"!

  2. We are well familiar with Charleston - one of our top five favorite American cities! Fantastic photo of the Battery, Sharon. When you take your bikes on vacation, what do you do with them overnight? I love the idea of having that mobility/option. Of course, I have to wait a little while, so my seat actually fits the bike seat ... erase the image, erase the image! Abort, abort !! --- Congrats on doing so well on your challenge - good job!

  3. Great job with your goals. I love Charleston. I haven't been there in many many years...

  4. hahaaha. Love the "awesome August"! I have a feeling that August will, indeed, be AWESOME!

    I'm so glad you enjoyed your first challenge and that I'm the one that got to host it. It was my first time to host a challenge, so we were newbies together.

    I will let Kenna know that you want her to draw your name--of course, as mentioned earlier, she can't read so I'm thinking the good word won't help. chuckle.

    I'm so excited that you're name is going into the prize package pool. :D Thank you for sticking it out to the end!


  5. Good report! You're cruising through this hot, hot summer toward a slimmer, fitter fall. I was in Charleston in April with my sister and aunt. We had a fabulous time and stayed in a B&B right on the Battery. I love the idea of biking there.

  6. I have never been to Charleston but it looks amazing. I love to bike ride, it can be so relaxing.

    Good job on your goals. It feels wonderful when you do well and make improvements in your health. Bravo!

  7. You are too good. Stay with all this and you'll be 115 by 56. Congrats!

  8. Great progress, Sharon. Happy belated birthday to you!!! You are now healthier and more fit in this year of your life than you were last year!!

  9. Oh, what a fun birthday present you gave yourself... reaching your goal of 155! And no sugar, even on your birthday.

    Good job all around on those goals. :-)

  10. Love the picture of Charleston, one of my favorite places. Hurray for meeting your goals and happy birthday wishes!

  11. Ann, a short answer to your question about the bikes is we do whatever we have to for them to be secure overnight. We rarely stay in hotels, but have been known to wheel our bikes straight through the lobby and up the elevator. Our bike rack locks and is very secure, so technically, we can leave them on the back of the car. We try not to do that just to eliminate the temptation for someone to TRY getting them off and hurting the car. Most often, we are in cabins or B & B's where some type of storage is always available. We've been biking for years and I can say that storing them safely has never once been a problem.

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