8-Week Lifestyle Challenge

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Julie and I decided to challenge each other for an 8-Week Lifestyle Challenge contest. We started on Monday, May 26 and we will continued through Sunday, July 19. We wanted to get back into shape and fit into our clothes easier. For more info on the contest as described in the original post, see below.

Here are the results of our final week eight:

Deb: 212 points, for a total of 1,742. I feel great! I am back to my lump-free torso and have more energy than I did before our Lifestyle Challenge. Here are my final results.

Julie: 232 points for the week making that 1,806 in total. I feel so much better than when I started and plan to continue to follow this lifestyle plan as it is simple, easy and delivers the feel good results that I want.

Here are the results of week seven:

Deb: 192 points. My worst week yet but I am not discouraged considering this week I celebrated my birthday, Canada Day, Independence Day and assorted social events. I’m going to buckle down this week and finish well. Click here for my results.

Julie: 231 points for this week which is descent considering I started my vacation on Saturday. Take a look at my results here.

Here are Week Six’s results:

Deb: 234 again, so very pleased with my results. Haven’t been on a scale in weeks but I’m feeling great and fit! Two weeks to go and I know I can keep it up! Here are the details.

Julie: 222 points. What can I say except that I slipped this week with Canada Day and a lovely afternoon with my two girls to kickoff summer. Here are my results.

Here are the results of Week Five:

Deb: 234 points! My best week yet! I really tried to buckle down this week and be aware of what I was doing. Feeling great and know that I’m creating healthy habits for myself so that I can enjoy life for many years! Click here to see what I did this week to make a difference.

Julie: 229 Points. It was a good week. This is definitely becoming a way of life and I plan to keep it going once our challenge is done. Here are the results for my week.

Here are the results of Week Four:

Deb: 201 points. Weekend and wine are a bad combo for me. And I indulged in a couple of desserts this weekend. It’s Monday so it’s back to making the healthy choices that will get me to the level of fitness I desire! Want to know how many I points I lost this weekend? See for yourself here.

Julie: 231 points. This week I indulged in too many carbs at the end of the week and I certainly felt it. I’ve known for sometime that carbs are not my friend and I just confirmed it    once again. Bread is banished for next week. Check out my results here.

Here are the results of Week Three:

Deb: 219 points. Not as well as last week or the week before, however, I feel good and feel as though I continue to get slimmer every day. Click here for my scoresheet (no comment on the wine consumption).

Julie: 235 points. Woo hoo, my best week so far. I made the decision to ramp up my exercise and watch my wine consumption and it added up to more points. Here’s my scoresheet.

Here are the results of Week Two:

Deb: 225 points. Same as last week. My challenge is during the weekend. Also, I lose too many points with those extra classes of wine. I’m glad my exercise regiment is in full swing! I haven’t weighed myself, but my clothes are fitting better already! Bring on Week Three! For details on my scoresheet, click here: Lifestyle Challenge DEB

Julie: 220 points. Better than last week but still I let myself get sidetracked too often especially when it comes to exercise. Deb and I had a weekend together which was so much fun and very much needed and that meant I exercised my bicep muscle too often lifting my wine glass. Week three, I’m ready for you. Here’s my week 2 scoresheet.

Here are the results of Week One:

Deb: 225 points. Friday was my worst day but the rest of the weekend wasn’t too bad. I tend to start the week off strong, which is a good thing. I don’t have a sweet tooth, however, I love my wine–something I’ll strive to limit next week. For my detailed scoresheet, click here: Lifestyle Challenge DEB

Julie:206 points. Well, here come the excuses: It was my birthday on Saturday, I was babysitting my grandson over the weekend and my nephew and his girlfriend arrived for a visit on Sunday. That translates into too may sweets, too little exercise and too much wine. For my detailed scoresheet, click here: Lifestyle Challenge JULIE

Here was our original post that explains how the 8-week Lifestyle Challenge works:

It’s that time of year when we begin to shed our clothes and face what we have tried to hide all winter. It’s time to admit that our excuses for being inactive and eating junk food don’t justify allowing our bodies to bulge. It’s time we take back control of our weight and our health. It’s time to take the 8-Week Lifestyle Challenge.

In our last post, we shared the three things we will accomplish over the summer. One of them is to lose a few pounds. Yesterday, we began the 8-Week Lifestyle Challenge where we accumulate points for engaging in healthy eating and lifestyle habits. We decided on the healthy habits that we will incorporate and challenged each other to keep on task.

Our 8-Week Lifestyle Challenge template is shown below (click here to print your own copy) and we will post our weekly results every Monday.

Lifestyle Challenge Scorecard

We challenge you—our girlfriends we have yet to meet—to join us. Make up your own challenge with your friends or join the DWAG gals as we track our progress to a healthier life.

As a first step, we encourage you and your girlfriends to discuss if you have any beliefs that may have contributed to weight gain over time. Thoughts that are repeated lead to beliefs that can sabotage your efforts. For example, do you believe that as you get older you will gain weight? Or, do you believe that you can’t weigh what you did in your twenties? These beliefs may be contributing to unwanted weight gain.

For this reason, the 8-Week Lifestyle Challenge begins with stating one or two affirmations–short, powerful statements you say out loud declaring your belief about yourself. Here are some examples:

  • I love eating healthy food and I am reaching my ideal weight.
  • I am physically active.
  • Every day I am getting slimmer.
  • I am in control of my eating habits and body.
  • My lifestyle is healthy and my body shows it.

lifestylechallengeHere’s how the 8-Week Lifestyle Challenge works:

  1. Points are accumulated daily for meeting the healthy habits based on the honor system (each person records their own progress).
  2. The challenge continues for a total of eight weeks (until July 19) and we will report the status weekly.
  3. Points are given daily for:
  • Repeating affirmations.
  • Drinking plenty of water.
  • Eating fruits, vegetables and protein and reducing sweets and junk food.
  • Limiting alcohol and breads.
  • Exercising
  • Getting enough sleep.

How about you? Are you up for the challenge? Leave us a message and let us know if you’re going to join the DWAG gals or make up a challenge for your and your friends to take back control of your health and wellbeing.

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