Outlets on the Walls, Filling in the Chips and I Challenge Thee to a Duel

First thing is first.

Outlets on the walls – my last post dealt with the strawberry banana bread, which was very tasty. I used to be a sous chef and have a love of cooking. The hard part is having the results sitting in my kitchen. I have no will power and will eat anything bad, if it is around. Well, that bread turned out a little high in the WW points to keep in the house. I brought it in to work and put it on the IT bench. By noon, most of it was gone.

People said they liked it, which was cool. It’s fun to get to make something new and yummy, but not have to worry about the aftermath of not eating it. I work in an IT group. They will eat anything!

So on with filling in the chips – I get Groupons for myself, so that I can have rewards as I lose weight. Losing 124 lbs is a huge goal, and just working toward that would be way too overwhelming. Weight Watcher’s community is so supportive in this respect. Many advocate mini-goals and mini-rewards. Focus on 5 or 10 lbs. Commit to getting x oz of water in, every day for a week or a month. Challenge yourself to x min of activity every week, every day, etc.

I was looking through my Groupons last week, and noticed that I had a manicure one. Since my nails were green from St. Patty’s day, and starting to chip, I figured it would be a good opportunity to get them done. Made an appointment for Monday (yesterday). This is not the normal type of nail place I frequent. I go to places that have names like “Star Nails” or “Nail Pro”. They are in every plaza in big areas, and it’s about $15 for a french manicure. This place had a groupon for $25 for a manicure. That is the Groupon price! They offered me wine, and were totally nice. When I was done, the nail tech said “your nails are wet, but you can leave.” I could kick myself for not saying something. My nails ended up all messed up by the time I got home.

 Called them and the only appt I could get to get them fixed this week, was tonight. Well, when I went tonight, the (new) nail tech mentioned that she had gelish on her nails. For those not familiar, gelish nail polish does not crack or chip. It stays perfect for about 2 weeks, which is way better than nail polish, no matter how well it is put on. It cost an extra $15, but it was worth it!

So I got that done, packed my breakfast and lunch for tomorrow, and made dinner. Yummy horseradish salmon with french cut green beans. My Tuesday ritual, having salmon and veggies, while I watch Biggest Loser.

I have been very anxious this week, because I have a lot going on.  I don’t want to get overwhelmed, run out of energy, not get everything done.  Now that I have gotten done everything up to this point, a lot of that anxiety has subsided.  I feel happy and confident that everything will get done.

So onto the challenge.

 One of the great parts of the Weight Watcher’s community (and there are many), is the challenges. Anyone can create a challenge. I created one to not use your snooze button. It has a long time range, as I set it up as an experiment. Not a short term challenge, but building a habit. Right now I am not fairing so well, but every day I don’t use snooze is one more. The hope is to build this habit, so it happens more often over time, til I am not using the snooze more than I am. At least that is the hope!

The challenge I want to discuss is the new one I created. It is an Ultimate Abs Challenge.

135 participants already!!! That is so cool!

I actually found it on another blogspot blog. The post is here, if you want to check it out: 2012…My last fat year!!: The 300 Challenge [Ab & Core Workout] There are 11 exercises and they are insane!! The challenge is to do 25 of each every day for a month. Because I am so not there, and neither are a lot of people in the WW community, I customized the challenge a bit.

So here are my challenge rules –

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The exercises came from here:
Click Here For Ab Core Challenge Examples!!

There are 11 Ab exercises, and the goal is to do 25 reps each.  The site link above has great pictures and tutorials, but I will list them here. 

  1. In N Outs
  2. Bicycles
  3. Reverse Bicycles
  4. Crunchy Frog
  5. Cross Leg/Wide Leg Sit-Ups
  6. Scissors
  7. Hip Butt Ups
  8. Heels to the Heavens
  9. Roll-up /V- Ups
  10. Leg Climbers
  11. Kayakers

For each exercise, do as many reps as you can.  For each rep, you get 1 point.  The max is 25 points per exercise, per day.  So if you do 5 reps, of each exercise, in a day, then you have earned 55 points for your team.  Keep track of them on your own.

At the end of each week, you must report your totals into a google docs spreadsheet.  The Spreadsheet will be posted once registration has closed on March 31st.

Bonus:  If you finish at least 1 rep of each of the 11 exercises in one day AND you do the two stretching exercises, you earn 2 points for each stretching.

  1. Cobra Stretch
  2. Child’s Pose

If you do all 11 exercises and both stretching, you have earned the max of 279 points for the day.  If you get this perfect score, then you earn a bonus 121 points for you team – a total 400 points! 

Every Sunday, results need to be posted to the google doc.  Because we have enough to keep track of, I will likely not post any mini-challenges.  You are welcome to post your stats on the walls and discussions, but they will not be added to the doc for you.


Each person is responsible for keeping track of their numbers and posting weekly totals on 4/7, 4/14, 4/21, and 4/28.  I will total and determine winners after the 28th postings. 

Please let me know if you have any questions!  Remember, this starts on 4/1/12!!
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So that is it. Its is a 30 day challenge, to absault our abs! Yeah, I went there. Since so many people tell me that I inspire them and motivate them, I thought I would post this challenge as a public blog post. Feel free to take part in this challenge. Anyone not on weight watchers (and participating in my challenge) call yourself the blue team, and post your results in the comments here. My mom asked me what the winning team wins.  If you have to ask that, do the challenge and find out for yourself.

 I challenge you!

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