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90 Day Challenge

90 Day Challenge

Something holding back your fitness, weightloss or wellness goals?  If so, you're invited to join in the fun by giving up one thing for 90 days.  You can start when you want and give up whatever you want...there are no rules.  Feel free to share your experience here and we'll hold eachother accountable.

David Green (not verified)
Dry with Will for 90 days

I weighed in at 215# this a.m.  Looking to be at or below 185# in 90 days.

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Nice work David.  I haven't

Nice work David.  I haven't weighed in today but have am on day 3 of not drinking.  My weightloss goals are almost identical to yours so we can help eachother.  In addition to not drinking I'm trying to eat about half of what I want to eat.  Since I eat a lot that shouldn't be too much of a problem.  Went out with the GOATz for Taco Tuesday last night and had with nonalcholic beer.  Tracking calories in/out in myfitnesspal.

Diana Liska (not verified)
90 day challenge

Will, you are a hoot. I will support you by giving up candy for 90 days. It would be nice to loose 10 lbs, but I'll take adopting a healthier lifestyle. Good luck to you David. This is a serious goal! Cheers.

Chug
90

Great goals, Will and David!! Thank you for helping me refocus my habits!
I am not going to eat after dinner for 90 days. I believe that is a crucial step in reaching my fitness goals. (We ladies don't like to advert our weight ya know!)
I am going to keep track of my progress by putting a happy sticker on my Goats In Trees calendar each day.
Watch out July! We are going to be in fiiiiiiiiine shape!
 

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Awesome Chris!  Love the

Awesome Chris!  Love the happy sticker idea as well.

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Day 3 204.4# today (-1.8#

Day 3 204.4# today (-1.8# during challenge and -7.8 overall).  

Chug
woot!

Nice progress already, Will!
I just started last night, but i am 1/1 so far!
Power on!

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Thank you Chris.  You will do

Thank you Chris.  You will do great!

Aaron
I'll give up home broadband.

Service wasn't that great anyway.

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90 Day Challenge Update

Day 7 198.8# today (-7# during challenge and -13# overall).  No alcohol 5 of the 7 days which is good for me.  :)  Eating half of what I want to eat, trying to eat mostly at home and mostly vegetarian.  Still can't resist an ocasional cheeseburger.  Still only averaging 2 runs a week but adding two more workouts this week and will try to make them habit.  Clothes are fitting better.  Motivated to get in shape for the summer and realize my running potential this year.

 

I hope the 90 day challenge is going well for you.  If not no worries as you don't have to wait until tomorrow to start a new day.

 

 

 

Chug
YAY

Dang, Will! You are rocking this!!!
It's hard to get out and exercise with work and a family, but I believe you will add those workouts!
Power on, my friend!

David Green (not verified)
You're killing it, Will!  I

You're killing it, Will!  I haven't done great on my diet, but have avoided the booze.  I'm only going to weigh weekly.  This morning I'm down 1.8 pounds, to 213.6.  In actuality, I probably lost more than that since my first weigh in was after a long run, which probably skewed it by a pound or 2.  Next week I should drop more.

David Green (not verified)
I thought of this article I

I thought of this article I just read a couple of days ago because of your "mostly vegetarian" comment.  Moderation is a lot easier to stick to.  I'll never be vegetarian, but I have definitely cut my meat intake in the last few years, mainly by now knowing what a "serving" is and eating that amount instead of what restaurants normally serve.  http://www.outsideonline.com/fitness/nutrition/Real-Men-Love-Kale.html

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David,  great article...thank

David,  great article...thank you for sharing.  I had a bean burger for lunch and it actually tasted better than a hamburger and way less calories and fat.

Chug
Dangit!

Totally slipped Sunday night at bday party w/ice cream. I skipped the cake, but had the ice cream. After dinner.
5 for 6 days so far. Nights I don't run after work seem to  be the hardest-it's like I am in the house for more "eating" hours :)
I may have a night this weekend I eat after dinner too.
So won't be 90 solid days, but at least the vast majority will meet my goal...
 

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Chris, I have had a bit of

Chris, I have had a bit of the same experience.  I'm headed in the right direction but it hasn't been perfect...and I'm OK with that.  My motivation this time around is to lose the weight so as long as I'm doing that I won't be too hard on myself.  Nights I don't run are tougher too.  

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  OK, so I'm pretty pumped

  OK, so I'm pretty pumped about losing 14 pounds since the PRSP intervention.  8 of these lbs. are from the 90 day challenge.  My no alcohol hasn't been perfect but my fitness, diet and alcohol consumption have all improved and thus the weightloss.  I have 19 more pounds go lose to be at my near-term goal weight.  Tracking my calories and limiting fast food, drinking and sweets has made all of the difference.  What is working and not working for you?

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David Green (not verified)
Way to go, Will!  I'm not

Way to go, Will!  I'm not dropping the weight that fast, but I am feeling better.  On my Tuesday morning weigh-in I had gained back the 1.8# I lost, but I think that was because of my body rebelling against me running my first ever 1/2 Marathon on Sunday.  My body was latching onto and retaining everything I consumed for a couple of days.  I felt like I needed some Pamprin.   And I didn't help it any either.  I did celebrate with a couple of beers (Horny Goat IPA, of course)  and margaritas (strictly to replace the salt).  I also celebrated with a very small amount (might have amounted to a shot)  of whiskey after my adult rec league hockey team won to advance to championship game.    I probably won't drink any more for the 90 days, but I will make an exception and drink some beer from the trophy if we win the championship Wednesday (unlikely, but possible).
What works for me in general for weight loss is making sure I consume fat (in moderation).  It curbs the hunger so I don't keep munching.  I keep a big bag of almonds in the console of my truck and eat a dozen or two instead of hitting the drive through or convenience store.  At home I keep avocados/guacamole on hand for small, satisfying snacks and make a point of eating a serving of ice cream (which is only 1/2 cup)  pretty much every night after dinner.  I've gotten better about not eating because of habit or boredom, but I keep carrots, celery and apples on hand for times when that urge hits me (I like the crunch).  Occasionally I'll use kale chips for that too.
I tend to overeat before and after events.  With only a short bike race next week (maybe 2), I should be able to do better with focussing on weight loss.
Keep up the awesome work!!!!!

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David, thank you for sharing

David, thank you for sharing some of your tips.  Man avocodos are my new sausage and I actually crave them.  I'm not doing so well on the alcohol thing but am keeing things in moderation and increasing my excercise slowly.  I think I gained a couple lbs. this week so I don't want to weight myself for a few days.  Glad you are still doing the challenge and  sharing your experience!

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Time to renew my committment

Time to renew my committment to this challenge!  Chris Hug you gave me the little nudge I needed yesterday.  Thank you.

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renewing too

I'm renewing also.  I've done fairly well on the not drinking, but not the food.  I've got a phone app for tracking, but haven't been really using it.  I restarted using it yesterday and am going to stick with it.  I weighed 216.6 this a.m. before any workout, etc.  That's a little skewed b/c I usually weigh after a workout, but I'm not going to make any more excuses, I'm just going to get it done.
 

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It worked!

No alcohol this week, stuck to the diet pretty well and did a much better job tracking my intake.  Result was a 3 pound weight loss!  That really motivated me, so I should be able to maintain the momentum.  213.6# yesterday morning.

Chug
omg-i hate stress!!

You guys are great!!! So excited for you for seeing progress!!
I am a TOTAL stress eater, and with the last two weeks of the school year, my kids' activities, and my son's graduation, I am having a hard time keeping my mouth closed so I am not munching all eve!!
SO I am struggling right now. I keep fluctuating in this 4 lb area, and what I really want to do is drop the weight plus another 10 or so lbs, but my willpower SUX right now! UGH!
And I don't drink hardly at all-I would say my most evil vice is sugar. Do you guys have any suggestions, short of cutting my tastebuds off, that can help me kick the sugar habit??
Thanks for sharing your journeys!!
C
 

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stress eating

I'm a big stress eater (and drinker) too.  Although I'm far from having kicked it, I manage it somewhat by first of all not having it in the house.  Secondly, I stock up and eat lots of baby carrots, celery, apples, etc.  Stuff that has a lot of crunch seems to help.  But it's also high fiber (I don't think I need to explain that in relation to long runs, but if so I'll elaborate, with a slide show).   Another thing that's a big help to me for stress eating is sunflower seeds.  Sucking the salt out of the shells and picking the kernels out gives me oral stimulation and takes long enough that I don't get a whole lot of actual food for the amount of time I put into it.
Is the sugar habit for the sugar or the fat?   Some of my big weaknesses (fried doughnuts, ice cream, Oreos) also are very high in fat.  The biggest changes I've been able to make have been satisfying my cravings with small amounts (measured serving size) of high fat foods instead of trying to fill the void with no fat/low fat options. When I tried low fat/no fat,  I told myself, "I'm just going to eat a little bit of it to satisfy my sweet tooth", it didn't satisfy me, then I got that Catholic guilt thing going and wanted to eat more, etc.  But a small amount of sugary (or not sugary) fat satisfies me.  When I had my big weight loss burst, eating a small amount ice cream almost every day was a huge factor in me being able to stick with it.

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212.2!

Weighed in yesterday with a 1.4# loss. Only alcohol this past week was a very small amount of whiskey a friend wanted me to try (probably 1/4 of a shot--just enough to taste it). I think I've lost more fat than that because my watch is sliding all over, clothes fitting better, etc.,   I've been focussing on building power/speed this past week since my next event is a sprint tri on 6/8, so I think I've probably gained at least a small amount of muscle.  I'm motivated and am going to keep the momentum going.

Chug
DANG!

WAY TO GO, DAVID!!! I am so impressed!! I love your idea about having crunchy nibbles around. I am not sure if it is sugar or sugary fat-probably both. I usually run after work, which is great b/c I have energy for the rest of the evening. However, the few times I run later in the eve, like at 8, I eat a lighter dinner and I am not hungry when I get home. Going to try to keep that pattern up for a while.
Today I surprised myself by feeling really full after having some grapes for dessert after lunch-so off I will go to get more. The sugar craving was gone and I felt really satiated-woohoo!! I am on the low end of that 4 lb area that I flounder around in, so my goal for the next few days is to stay there or even go under. You guys are helping me stay focused!!
David, I have read lots of articles that are saying things like interval training/speed training build muscle and burn more fat, so I bet that's what you have going on. Nice job!!
Thanks again, you two!!
Chris

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Nice job!

David and Chris, thank you for sharing your posts and sticking with the 90 day challenge.  Chris, I ran with you on Sunday and I wasn't the only one who commented how cut you look.  You are doing great!  So, I'll give myself a B for my diet, a B for my excercise and a D for the alcohol, my nemisis.  :)  I'm still down about 15 pounds but my weight goes + or - 3 pounds from 200.  Very frustrating but it is 100% related to the alchohol.  I have my first 100K next week so am going to try to slow down the drinkinig mainly so I feel on my game next Saturday.   Sugar?  I too have sugar cravings and it seems like they are less intense when I eat whole natural vegetarian foods.  I'm also thinking the artificial sweeteners (e.g. Diet Coke) are intensifying my cravings for sugar.  I'm doing much better on my donut and chocolate chip cookie addictions but not completely out of thw woods.  Anyway, thank you for your posts and all the inspiration!
 
Will

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212.6

Wow.  I'm still amazed at all of you doing these 50 to 100 mile ultras while I'm working my way up to doing my first full marathon this fall.  Good luck Saturday!
Didn't drink any this week (which isn't that difficult for me), but didn't do great on the diet (which is difficult at times), but didn't do horrible either.  If we took the three day weekend away I'd give myself an "A" for this week, but the weekend pulled me down to a B-/C+ for the week.  The scale says a gained .4 for my weekly weigh-in, but I feel like I lost more fat.  Definitely feeling stronger in my workouts, which I've been sticking to pretty well (A-/B+).  Having your group support has been huge in me sticking to the program much better than I have in the past.  Thank you.

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210.8

Dropped 1.8# from last week, in spite of doing some serious comfort/stress release eating (potato chips and dip) last night.  I think I would have been better off just having the whiskey that I really wanted.  But the way yesterday went, I probably would have kept drinking and then ate a bunch more too.  I think at least a pound of the weight I lost was burned off by laughing at Will's account of his solution to chafing!
I'm very excited about my race(sprint tri--500m swim, 25k bike, 5k run) this weekend because it's a hilly bugger (the run especially,  and bike, not so many hills during the swim) where I know being even a few pounds lighter will make a huge difference.  It shouldn't matter at Dizzy Goat, though, since Scott said it's flat.

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212.8 yesterday

The scale showed a 2# gain, which I expected.  I always eat and drink much more than normal around an event.  I did have a few beers on Saturday after my sprint tri.  Also had an aunt in hospice last week and then funeral yesterday, so spent a lot of time sitting and driving and missed some workout time.  Race Saturday was bittersweet.  I cut 5 minutes of last year's overall time, but my run was slower.  I'm kicking myself b/c I didn't push as hard as I could have, especially on the run, thinking I had my age group won, but actually ended up 2nd.  It was a very hilly run, which really emphasized the benefit of me having lost some weight and also the need for me to lose more.  Time to get back at it and drop a few more before Dizzy Goat!
 

Chug
Phewf

David, CONGRATULATIONS on your race overall time! And for even attempting a sprint tri-sheesh!! In awe :)
And I am sorry to hear about your aunt-losing someone is never easy, and the emotional toll it takes is so draining.
I was telling Will at Taco Tuesday that I actually lost a little weight while I was on vacation-which is unusual for me, but I am not going to begrudge myself the pound I lost!
 
I am feeling more fit but not in bikini shape, which is not even in my realm of possibility. However, I am feeling more determined to get these last 10ish pounds off as I am getting compliments on how 'in shape' I am looking.
David, looking forward to meeting you at Dizzy Goat and hopefully I will be able to do a lap or two with you!
Forge on, guys! We are all going in a positive direction-that's what counts!!
C

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New PB!

Thank you, Chris.  I'm very excited for Dizzy Goat!   As far as the tri goes, unlike most of you, the run is the scariest part for me.  I'm not a fast swimmer, but I'm fresh at the start, and I started biking competitively in the 80's.  Starting a running race when I'm already tired is what's tough for me.
The tri put some doubts in my head, but Thursday night's time trial re-affirmed that things are moving the right direction.  This is a monthly race on the same course each time that I started doing last year.  I wasn't happy with my results in the first two this year, but I beat my prior personal best by 34 seconds, which is a huge difference on this short of a race.  Prior PB was 19:04, dropped it to 18:30.  If  WHEN I  lose a few more, I should be able to WILL get below 18 in at least one of the last two races of the year.

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212.6 on Tuesday

I'm realizing I can't (at least not yet) be successful on this without tracking my intake.  I've been sort of kind of keeping track in my head, justifying that I'm burning it off, etc., but I'm not losing right now because I'm eating when not hungry, justifying my eating, etc.  I've done well on not drinking, but I'll make up for that this weekend.  So pumped for Dizzy Goat!

Chug
Post DG

Hey guys, how are you doing post Dizzy??
Will, I hardly saw ya-have you caught up on your sleep yet?
David, I did eat some of the brownies I made. I actually froze them and then had a couple squares-yum! However, I have convinced my kids to enjoy them (haha!) and so they are almost gone!!
I hope you both let yourselves relax after the DG and let loose a little
I have a new determination after DG. Seeing all of those females who are so in shape really worked on my brain, and I fantasize about being able to run in shorts and a running bra some day!! (Sorry if that's TMI)
I also have been ignoring some nagging soreness that I am going to have Jeff Cumro help me with. Saw him Sunday morning at the NE5 and he worked on me a bit and I go to see him Friday.
Goals for now through end of July:
Just keep running and work with Cumro while training for Wabash Marathon on September 14. Run a sub 5 marathon.
Add bodyweight work 2-3x/week.
Trade out a run for a bike or swim for cross-training.
Cut up veggies to have in easy reach in fridge for snacks.
Use raisins, craisins, and hard candy as sugar craving answer instead of easy-to-chew stuff.
Doing okay on  the not eating after dinner so far. The heat definitely impacts my hunger I think??
Are you feeling renewed? Refreshed? Ready to set a new goal??
Hugs to you both!!
C

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Fat and Sassy

Thank you, Chris.  Right back to you.
Vanity can be a good motivator.  I've thought the same way about going shirtless.  I go swimming pretty scantily clad, but I would need a jog bra for running at this point.
I weighed in at 215.2 this morning.  Must have been those 6 gluten-free brownies.  And the pizza and beer and wine and lasagne and pasta salad and pie and potato salad and everything else that didn't run away from me post Dizzy Goat.  But I'm feeling awesome!  Mentally, physically, and spiritually.  (I don't consider myself "religious", but I think I'm fairly "spiritual").  That was the best "racing" I've ever done.  I pushed and held back at the right times and places, got stronger in the middle and was able to maintain to the finish.  Only real problem is that I'm having so  much fun reading everyone's accounts of the day, looking at pictures, etc. that I'm not getting much work done.
I don't have a new goal since my main goal I set at the beginning of the year was to finish my first ever Marathon at Wabash Trace.  For the next month my focus is going to be weight loss and building my bike speed, but I'll still be running twice a week or so.  No running races planned, but I'll probably sign up for something.  I've got 4 bike time trials between now and August 8.  The nice thing about the bike for me is that I can hit it really hard on consecutive days without having any joint problems like I would running.  After the August 8 race I'll be increasing my running to get ready for Wabash Trace and Hy Vee Triathlon on 9/2.
My appetite finally subsided this morning, so I'm going to get back to tracking everything I consume and sticking to the plan.  I'm thinking I'm probably going to extend beyond the 90 days, at least until I get below 200#.
 

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212.0

Weight is coming back off, but not in the healthiest way.  I drank several beers Saturday and then felt horrible Sunday and still am not 100%.  At first I thought it was a hangover, but now I'm realizing I picked up some kind of stomach bug, either an illness or possibly from some of the crappy food I consumed while drinking (convenience store burrito, processed nacho cheese food, etc.).
With no running races coming up, I think I can do a better job of working on the weight loss.  I guess another week will tell.

Chug
Hang in there!

Sorry to hear you got sick, David-that is definitely not a fun way to lose weight. Hope you are feeling better by now! Maybe the slow down in eating due to being sick will carry over to when you are feeling well??
I was doing really well till last weekend, too-bachelorette party and lots of food (Old Chicago pepperoni pizza-to die for!) and tons of booze. I usually dont drink much, so I was eating a bunch before we headed out to hopefully counter the impending hangover.
Funny how one 12-hour period of bad behavior can carry over into the rest of the week. Working hard on getting my habits back in check. I am in a wedding next week, so I need to refocus intensely right now.
Even though we may not all be reaching our weight goals as quickly as we'd like, we are staying healthy by making small changes and staying active!!
Have a great week, and happy Fourth!!
Chris

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214.6

I think I tried to make up for all the food I didn't eat last week and gained a couple of pounds.  I went home to Shenandoah for a funeral and to visit family and ate and drank way too much.  I'm really feeling the effects.  Today I did well and am feeling like I'm back on track.  Di wants to get in and do some kind of wager or contest as a motivator.  We talked about resetting starting a new challenge, I think on July 19?  90 days would take us almost out to the GOATz trail runs on the 27th.  Anyone interested in joining us?  Ideas for prizes/wagers?  Di and I discussed that it should be something that everyone could come out a winner rather than having a winner and a loser.  I haven't mentioned it to her yet, but maybe something like if I accomplish my goal then whoever else was in on it would do something that would be a benefit to me but could also be fun for you, like you crew for me for RAAM, or you do something you wouldn't normally do, like come to Des Moines for a race (triathlon?).

davidgreen
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209 even

I guess it is more the food than the alcohol for me.  I'm sure some of the 5.6# loss is due to dehydration from a late run last night, but I'm definitely down.  I drank a fair amount this past week, but really concentrated on not overeating.
Di and I are in for a 90 day reset.  Anyone else?  Should we start a new thread or just continue this one?

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