Monday, August 9, 2010

Summer Diet Buddies Report - Week 4

In keeping with the flower theme I seem to have started, today's picture is of a Yellow Lady's Slipper taken along the trail to White Oak Sinks this past April   Peak bloom time for both the Pink and Yellow Lady's Slippers is the first week of May.  This year, they bloomed early.  On another trail not far from this one, we counted 235 Pink Lady's Slippers one year.   

I am a goal setter and a list maker.  Most of the time, these two characteristics serve me well.   I have also been told that I can be obsessive about it and to "lighten up."  But I do know this.  When it comes to blogging and weight loss, I love being part of a challenge.  It motivates me and encourages me to set higher goals.  I did well with my Summer Diet Buddies goals this week, but quite frankly, they were a little lame.  Next week's are going to be more challenging.

Here's Week 4 results:
1)  As close to 1200 calories per day as I can get.  .  I did well with this one.  4 days slightly under 1200, 2 days slightly over and 1 day over by 400.

2)  No white sugar or white flour.   Done

3)  No food or drink after 6 p.m.   Done

4)  Lose at least one pound per week during challenge. Done - I lost 1 1/2 pounds.

5)  Send two cards or notes of encouragement to friends or relatives at least one of which is struggling to lose weight.  Done.

Next week's goals:
1)  As close to 1200 calories per day as I can get. 

2)  No white sugar or white flour. 

3)  No food or drink after 6 p.m.  

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

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.

6)  Eat out once with Mr. B choosing the restaurant and still stay within daily calorie range of 1200.

7)  Try something new.  (OK, I admit I copied this from someone else, but I absolutely love the idea.)

Thanks for your kind comments and support regarding our situation with FIL.  We are moving forward with the next steps and so far, all involved in decision making (us, medical personnel, etc.) are on the same page.  Please continue to remember our family in your prayers.

Our trip to Beech Mountain, NC has been cancelled and the person from who we had rented a condo, has graciously agreed to refund our money minus a small deposit.  She did not HAVE to do this so once again, I am reminded that although it's so easy to focus on the negative aspects of our society, basically people are still kind and good.

I am also reminded that more often than not, timing works out according to a perfect plan.  Mr. B does not have to be at school until a week from Wednesday.  Barring significant problems, that should be enough time for us to get the next steps underway for his dad.


  1. 1200 calories, I like the way you think.. Good luck with your plan

  2. Awesome job meeting your goals! Maybe you will rub off on me:)

  3. Sharon,
    Congratulations for meeting your goals in the midst of all the turmoil in your life.

    I believe that God works out things in His perfect time. At the time, it is often sometimes hard to understand. Down the road away, we some times see why. Some times, however, we have to wait until eternity to find out.

  4. Your doing great!! Wishing you another great week.

  5. Great work on your goals for this week. I don't count calories, but I was curious so I logged them in fitday for a few days. I come in right about 1200 on the nose. That's a good amount for me to be satisfied yet still lose. I'm sorry about your vacation plans . You'll have to plan some fun "at home" treats. Rent a movie for a great movie night (Dr. Zhivago anybody?), go out bowling together, get those bikes on your bike rack and take a nice ride through your park--end up at Panera with a nod to Lori, or whatever. You can think of some special things.

  6. Hi, Sharon! The Freedom Challenge prize drawing was held today. You are a winner. Ihahaha. You are! How cool is that?!

    I already have your address. I'll get the package out to you ASAP! Congratulations! :D Deb

  7. Great job on meeting your goals! I love the lady slipper photo. I have seen pink ones, but never yellow ones.

  8. I love the lists. Great idea for me, too. I am also impressed that you can regularly eat less than 1200 cal. Awesome. Michele

  9. Wonderful idea and congratulations on the goal setting and the "goal reaching!" Hope you have a great day.

  10. Wow, amazing job Sharon! How do you feel about the no sugar and white flour? It's not as hard as it sounds, is it?! I find the more I stay away from sugar especially, the better control with my food I have.

  11. Great job on meeting your goals. You will go a long way in this journey!! Hugs!

  12. Hi! Thanks for stopping by my blog. Sounds like you had a great week, giving up sugar and white flour and eating after 6 p.m. It'd be impossible for me to not eat after 6 p.m. because I work until midnight and my dinner break usually doesn't happen until 7 or later. Guess I'd have to make my goal "no eating after 1 a.m."