Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Summer Diet Buddies Challenge - Week 5

Sunset from the Walnut Street pedestrian bridge
Chattanooga, TN

Only time for a brief post to report that we are hanging in there and to report results from the Summer Diet Buddies Challenge for last week.   My blog writing seems to have come to a standstill, although when I can find a few minutes to ponder things, it is so totally therapeutic.  I'm jumping around from blog to blog trying to read your posts, which is also therapeutic, but please forgive my lack of support and commenting.  I'll be back to my familiar routine one of these days.   Just don't forget me, PLEASE!!

Last week's results:

Next week's goals:
1)  As close to 1200 calories per day as I can get.  Average calories over the 7-day period was 1335 (total calories divided by 7) so I was pretty close.  I was surprised - eating was sporadic and often in hospital cafeteria or off tray brought to MIL.  A couple of days, I lost my appetite completely and hardly ate at all.

2)  No white sugar or white flour.  To the best of my memory, I did not eat any refined sugar, but there were a few times where something containing white flour was the only choice I had.  

3)  No food or drink after 6 p.m.   Nope, not even close.  

4)  Lose at least one pound per week during challenge.  I lost 1.5 pounds last week.

5)  Send at least two cards or notes of encouragement to friends or relatives at least one of which must be someone I know is struggling to lose weight.  Nope - only got one card sent and it was a sympathy card, not to someone struggling to lose weight. 

6)  Eat out once with Mr. B choosing the restaurant and still stay within daily calorie range of 1200.  I will claim success with this one, but it didn't happen in the spirit with which I set the goal.  There is a Panera Bread near the hospital and Mr. B chose it twice last week.  He likes Panera, but I am certain he only chose it those days because he knew it would help me.  So even though I met this goal, I didn't really if that makes sense.

7)  Try something new.  (OK, I admit I copied this from someone else, but I absolutely love the idea.)  Again, I can't begin to tell you how many new experiences I've had this week, but none of the kind I had in mind when I set this goal.  
Next week's goals:
I'm going to keep the same goals next week.   I like them, they challenge me, but aren't too difficult and I'd love to strive for a week in which I'm able to meet them all in the way I intended when I set them.  
Please forgive any horrid grammar or typos in this post.   I have neither the time to proof it or preview it.   Our family so appreciates your kindness and support. 


  1. I think you did amazingly well considering what is going on in your life right now! And I won't forget you:) That's the wonderful thing about subscribing to a blog... when you post you pop right up in my feeder; no thinking involved on my part. I've been thinking of you though, and hope you and your husband are doing okay. Hugs.

  2. Sharon,
    I am proud of you for even trying in the midst of the chaos of your life right now.

  3. Of course we won't forget you, silly, we love you and are thinking about you and praying for you especially this week. Great job on whittling off another 1.5--that's awesome. And you've done an astoundingly good job of keeping your eating in check during a stressful time when mindless eating might be a lot easier. {{hugs}}

  4. Don't stress over the blog/comments, Sharon. We all understand and I, personally, am amazed you're able to touch down at all. I am touched by your effort.

    You all remain in my prayers. Do tend to yourself during this time. (I know you're tending to everyone else.)


  5. You are doing remarkably well, Sharon, especially given the stress load you are working under. No one is going anywhere, so no worries there. Keep your focus on God first, then family, and everything else will fall into place. xxox

  6. You are doing so well under stress. Give your self a pat on the back.

  7. Good luck! You're doing great... and Tami's right - you're dealing with the stress well, not letting it get in the way of your goals! Keep it going!

  8. Take care of yourself; we'll be here when you can come back. Good job on the weight loss!

  9. I just came across your blog and have enjoyed reading about your adventures!!! I also live in East Tennessee and before I moved north of Knoxville I lived in Chattanooga near that very bridge. Great picture.

  10. Don't worry at all about the small stuff... we dun't kare bout them tiepos! And we won't git no grammer polices after ya'll!!

    You take care, and no pressure to comment, either!!

  11. Sharon,

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment. I look forward to "getting to know you".

    Take good care during this trying time. Peace to you and your family.

  12. Just stopping by to check on you....

    Hope your holding up ok.