THD Wednesday Challenge: Quench Your Thirst with Water

It’s time for Wednesday’s Challenge again! This week, we are focusing on refreshing, thirst quenching water! The challenge is to drink 1 cup (8 oz) of water each hour, starting at 10am and ending at 5pm. You don’t have to chug the glass at the top of the hour, unless you want to. Just make sure 8 oz is down the hatch by the next hour.THD Wednesday Challenge

Not a fan of water? Try adding lemon, cucumber, raspberries, watermelon or strawberries to your water. You can add as you go or fill a container with water the night before, drop in your choice of additive, and let the flavor infuse the water overnight. You can also add some herbs. Mint goes well with watermelon, strawberry, or cucumber. Basil also goes well with cucumber or strawberry. Or use your imagination and come up with some other fruit, vegetable, and herb matchups. Just make sure to share the recipe if it’s really good!

Remember to use the Twitter hashtag #THDWednesdayChallenge to let us know how you are doing!  Zee (@zeethd) and Suze (@suzethd) will be drinking with you!  And you can join us on Facebook too!

We look forward to seeing you!


THD Weekly Wednesday Challenge

Hello! Remember us? We know we’ve been gone for a long time. Life got in the way. And admittedly, when you aren’t doing that great at sticking to your food tracking and exercise goals, it’s really tough to write about all of it.

THD Wednesday ChallengeBut we’re back! And we are both working at getting back on track and staying there. With that in mind, and to help us get back to blogging as well, we’re starting the THD Wednesday Challenge. Each week will be something different. It could be exercise related, it could be food related, or it could be something mental. We have some ideas to get us all started, but we value your suggestions as well.

This week’s challenge is squats!  We’ll start at 10am and go until 5pm. Each hour you will do the same number of squats as the hour, in military time. So 10am will be 10 squats, 11am will be 11 squats, 12pm will be 12 squats, 1pm (or 13:00) will be 13 squats, etc.

Join us and use the Twitter hashtag #THDWednesdayChallenge to let us know how you are doing!  Zee (@zeethd) and Suze (@suzethd) will be there!  And you can join us on Facebook too!

We look forward to seeing you!

Suze’s Status (6/12/12)

Status: Gained…A LOT!
Mood: Frustrated but using this as motivation

So today was the 4 week mark when I was supposed to get back on the scale and begin counting calories again. As a recap, my plan was to work out 5-6 times a week and eat healthy, but not count calories. I failed on both ends. I can’t say I didn’t pay attention to what I ate, because I’m confident I was fully engaged when I was eating Frito Scoops with french onion soup dip. I was also fully aware when I was mixing up mojitos, mint juleps, and Lynchburg lemonades. But I slacked. I wasn’t accountable for my calories so I cheated. I should’ve known it wouldn’t work because that is precisely how I tried and failed to lose weight in the past.

It takes work to measure everything out so you can account for the calories. It’s tedious and a pain. But what I learned is that it works. I’m not going to eat half a bag of Fritos with dip when I know I have to write that down for Zee and anyone else on SparkPeople to see. Read the rest of this entry »

Zee’s Status (6/11/12)

Status: Working on it
Quote: “Success is dependent upon the glands – sweat glands.” ~Zig Ziglar

For the last couple of weeks, I’ve actually been doing a good job.  OK ok … full disclosure:  I have forgotten to count every single calorie recently.  And while that’s a big no-no, at least for me, it’s obviously not the reason why I think I’m on the positive side of this healthy lifestyle.

I’ve been working out! Read the rest of this entry »

Suze’s Status (6/7/12)

Status: No weigh-in until next week
Mood: Determined

Zee and I had a great walk at a local wildlife sanctuary on Saturday. Although, she did have to remind me a few times to walk instead of looking at all the fauna and flora. But we saw deer, groundhogs (see pic), frogs, toads, and some amazing views in general. And we still ended up with a decent time even though our other friend, who is older and in better shape than us, was not with us to keep us moving at a fast pace. She was running a 10K. I could be bitter about that, but I’m proud of her….and us for walking even though she wasn’t there to keep us accountable.

I’ve come to realize a few things about myself. While I still want to lose more weight, that is becoming less motivation for me on its own. It’s not that I’m happy with the weight I’m at, it’s more that even at 219 pounds (what I weighed at the last weigh in), I weigh less than I have in many, many years. Of course, if I pop back up above 220, I’ll probably be remotivated! Haha!

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Suze’s Status (5/14/12)

Okay, I admit it, I fell off the wagon. I counted calories every day and worked out 3-4 days a week. I did it for 4 weeks. I didn’t expect to see any loss via the scale. But when the tape measure didn’t change, and went up in some places, I lost all motivation. I was going to try to keep going, but I slowly started to slack. I cheated on calories, not entering in everything, and eventually I just stopped working out.

But it’s been 4 weeks, and I’ve come up with a new game plan. I will workout 5-6 days a week, on top of doing yard and house work. I won’t count calories, but I will try to be healthy & eat according to a vegetarian food pyramid. Read the rest of this entry »

Zee’s Status (1/5/12)

Status: Gained
Mood: Trying to get motivated … at a slower than snail’s pace.

Happy New Year From THD, on FlickrEvery new year you hear these themes or goals for the year, sometimes the themes rhyme with the year such as “more in store for 2004”.  They always serve as a motivational tool for how to begin and move forward in the new year.  Well, I’ve always liked that idea, and thought I’d share my personal one to go with this new year, and the new and bigger hill I have to climb, my theme is Creating Solutions.

The idea came to me from a post I read on about thinking of solutions instead of creating resolutions. The premise being that a resolution, the firm decision to do or not do something, isn’t as strong as, making a decision to solve a problem.

So the idea I’m taking away from this is that yes, this year I do plan to lose weight as I had planned last year.  The difference is this year I’m going to focus on the solutions to issues that will help me not gain weight, which is my problem.  For instance, one problem I have is exercise, what to do and when to do it.  A solution at least for this winter season, is to do more of the exercise methods I have at home and do it before I plan to leave the house.  This week it’s fitness shows on my cable company’s On Demand.  So far I’ve tried Hip Hop Cardio twice, and I’m eying this Power Core next.

So that’s my status for now. Do you have any fitness/healthy solutions you are doing?

Suze’s Status 1/5/12

Status: Gained
Mood: Determined

Happy New Year From THD, on FlickrIt’s the new year and Zee and I are getting back on track. Both with our “diets” and with the blog. Personally, I have 45-65 pounds left to lose, so hopefully this time I can do it. I lost 45 pounds before I slacked off back in April, and I’ve only gained about 5 of those pounds back. I know I can reach my goal this year.

The first two days were tough. I think the first week will be. I know it’s all in my head, but I feel hungry all the time. It’s rough. Trying to eat lots of low cal things to get me through. But if the first week I don’t do as well as I should, I’m not going to complain…too much. I think this first week will be mainly about readjusting to eating a lower calorie diet and trying to eat right again.

I have a love affair with fried and crunchy, which often are fried, foods. I need to learn to eat those in moderation. Or just on my free days. Haha!

When I begin to give in to temptation I will do my best to remind myself both of the goal I want to reach and how much better I feel when I do eat right regularly. Hopefully, it will help.

Zee and I hope to get some good articles and recipes up for you. Make this blog what we really envisioned from the start. Both a journal of our journeys and a resource and support place for you.

What types of things would you like to see here to help you with your own journey?

Suze’s Status 10/6

Status: Lost
Mood: Frustrated

I lost 4.2 lbs this passed week! I know it’s probably largely water weight and the initial big loss when you start eating right again, but I’m still excited over it and going to celebrate it.

The frustration is over working out, or rather the lack of working out. I was good Sunday and Monday last week and then dropped off. Lots of excuses, none of them great – tired, sore, no time. And now my dad is in the hospital again, which means I’ll likely not workout much, if at all, this week. So I’m frustrated at myself and life. Looks like I’ll be walking that 5K in a few weeks instead of running. Maybe I’ll find some time to run and workout though. At this point, I’d be happy with being able to run at least the first mile. Guess we’ll see how it goes.

Suze’s Status (9/29)

Status: Gained…lost…plataued…gained…
Mood: Determined…to run a half marathon.

Um, sorry for the lack of status updates? And the lack of articles and recipes as well. It’s been a busy couple of month.

Despite the busy month, I can officially say I’m back on the weight loss train. YAY! I have gotten back to tracking my food and calories, and I’ve managed to stay in the range I should. I have also done well with adding working out into my routine. To jump start my training for a half marathon, I signed up for a 5K at the end of October. I have mapped out my training through the date of the 5K and have done reasonably well with it so far. I may not be able to run the entire thing, but I’m going to do my best to run as much of it as I can.

Originally, my goal was simply to be able to run in a 5K next year. However, a few weeks ago, a friend sent out an email to me and a couple of others, asking if we would run a half marathon with her in October 2012. She wants to run in the Woodrow Wilson Bridge Half Marathon. That’s 13.1 miles. A 5K is 3.1 miles. So, basically, said friend asked me to add 10 more miles onto my goal for next year. And I agreed! Yup, I may have lost my mind.

In all honesty, though, I’m certain this is completely doable. If I stay on track with the weight loss, it will all be off by May 2012. So weight will not be an issue when it comes time for really hunkering down and training for this half marathon. Most training schedules are 12 weeks anyways, and I have an entire year! Yup, doable.

I’ve also done the research and, yes, fatties can run. We just have to pay attention to any muscle or joint pains, just like anyone else of any size who decides to start running. I will admit, I’ve added Glucosamine Chondroitin to my daily vitamins though. It’ll help with muscles, ligaments, and joints. (It also helps with skin, so I’m hoping it helps it snap back as I lose weight.)

My ultimate hope is this new goal will push me even harder and will help me to continue to lose weight and get fit, as well as getting me into a workout oriented mindset. I needed to workout regularly, not just go in spurts, and this will force me to do that.