Welcome to the Wagon Jumpers weekly thread! We are a group of CC members who have identified that one of our main challenges with achieving our weight loss, maintenance or general health goals is consistency.
This thread is designed to encourage long term commitment to our goals by publicly declaring them and asking the other members of this thread to hold us accountable. The primary focus of Wagon Jumpers is not how much weight you have lost, or need to lose, but what you need to do on a daily basis to meet your long term goals.
The idea of Wagon Jumpers was to create a close community where participants could get to know each other, creating a virtual support network as they attempt long term weight management.
This is impossible with an 'always open' group as there would be too many people coming and going. For this reason we have capped group membership numbers to 20 participants.
If you would like to be a member of this group please contact our wait list manager: Sarah_ann_artist
There are two rules for Wagon Jumpers:
1. All members must post once per week between Monday and Sunday.
2. All members must check the thread for members who have not posted by Saturday (a short list is posted at the end of the week) or are on the MIA list on Sunday and send them a polite and positive message to stay involved in the group and on track with their goals.
Wagon Jumpers Participants: 20
By Sunday, September 16th I will...
- beccaanic - New: Exercise 5 days/week for 10 of 12 weeks.
- Bleedtoblue (Blue) - Maintenance: Exercise 3/week for 9 of 12 weeks.
- Claire314 (Claire, Co-Moderator) - New: Log food 4/7 days for 9/12 weeks. Maintenance: Exercise 1000 mins a month.
- crazigerl (Lorea) - Log food for 5/7 days a week.
- Defrog3 (Denise) - To get a work out in 3x per week for 10 of the 12 weeks.
- ezrod - Maintenance: Exercise 30 minutes/day for 5/7 days a week.
- Feljones (Debbie) - New: Log 3 days/week for 12 weeks. Maintenance: Exercise 200 minutes/week.
- Figurethefat (Laura) - Not participating in this round of goals.
- Islandscribe (Val, Co-Moderator) - New: Log 5 days out of 7, with a goal of 1400 calories a day. New: Exercise 6 days out of 7, for a minimum of 30 minutes a day.
- kmstearns - Workout 5 days/week for a total of 300 minutes/week.
- Kyashiis (Kathy) - New: No eating after 9 pm 5 days/week. Maintenance: Do yoga 5 days/week for 11/12 weeks.
- mhNYC (Mari) - Maintenance: Complete all of my Calorie Camp goals for 12 weeks. New: Wake up/get out of bed at 5:30 am 5 days/week.
- nekko_cat (Linda) - New: Keep a food log 3 days/week for 9 of 12 weeks. Maintenance: Exercise 500 minutes a month.
- newdock - Not participating in this round.
- Ranchobernardo (John) - Exercise at least 20 minutes a day for 84 days.
- Sarah_ann_artist (Sarah, Co-Moderator) - Maintenance: Workout 1000 minutes a month. New: Leave meat out of my diet 1 day/week for 12 weeks (Meatless Monday unless something comes up, hence once/week)
- the_dragon (Hilary, Co-Moderator) - Maintenance: Log food 5 days/week.
- tiegurl (Tierra) - New: Exercise 3 days a week. New: Log food 3 days a week.
- twindaze (Jenny) - Not participating in this round of goals.
- x-lawrence (Lawrence) - Log daily for 12 weeks.
MIA one week:
- twindaze (Jenny)
MIA two weeks:
- None! :)
MIA three weeks & will be removed from the list if there is no contact by the end of this week:
- None! :)
Wagon Jumpers on Hiatus:
Wagon Jumper threads now have a separate host for each week, as listed below:
- 1st Monday in month: Sarah_Ann_Artist (Sarah)
- 2nd Monday in month: Sarah_Ann_Artist (Sarah)
- 3rd Monday in month: Claire314
- 4th Monday in month: Islandscribe (Val)
- 5th Monday in month: the_dragon (Hilary)
- Mid-Week Reminders: Claire314
- Waitlist Management: Sarah_Ann_Artist
- Thread Issues: If there are any issues with a thread, first contact should be the thread host for that week.
The Olympics are now in full swing and with all this fitness in the air I have a double question/discussion point for this week.
Part one - in a wonderful fantasy land where we are all slim, fit and young (*sigh* if only in my case!) what Olympic event would you take part in and why?
Part two - do you think major sporting events like the Olympics motivate people (especially children/teenagers) to get out there and do more sporting stuff - or are they more likely to "do" the Olympics on the Wii Fit/x-box these days?
For me - part one would be the Triathlon as I used to love swimming cycling and running so couldn't choose between *grin* and part two - well I have no idea! The only teenager I have seen since the Olympics started said that it was "boring" and "I want to go shopping!"
mine would have been power lifting, something i loved when i was young. My knees shoulders and joints now tell the story. Cycling was great untill they invented the gasoline engine, lol
kids now seem like the wii version would be thier thing,
Thanks for posting the thread Dragon. Fun topic! Although, you not right in London, I'm sure there is still excitement all over the UK.
Part 1- Well, I'd say figure skating if this were the winter games, but since it's not I'd have to say swimming. When I was a kid (from 10 - 14) I was on my hometown swim team, the Seahawks, lol, and did really well. I still have a plethora of ribbons including many first place ones. I have no idea why I quit. Hormones, I guess, lol. Wish I wouldn't have. I was a very fit kid, & active kid.
Part 2 - It motivates me, although I've only watched a little bit of them.
Goal Update: Doing good!
Part 1: It would have to be swimming for me, too. I used to swim on a parks and recreation swim team every summer from when I was 10 until 17. I, too, wish that I never would have given it up. I liked to swim butterfly and IM's. It was really funny when we moved into our house with a pool. I tried to swim a little butterfly and gave up quickly. That is one stroke that excess weight really plays havok with! You have to be hydro-dynamic to do a dolphin kick! I stick to freestyle and breaststroke now.
Part 2: I don't really know, but I don't think so. If you are already athletic, it probably does. Otherwise, I doubt it.
Goals: Finally back on track. Since I set my goals low, I'm hoping to get 100% compliance this round.
Edited for cruddy spelling!
do those of you that swim or were swimmers when younger now find you have really broad shoulders?
I do have broad shoulders, but I have a large frame to start with (even without the extra weight). :)
I do. They have always been muscular/strong, too, in the shoulders. I was on the swim team for 4 years, but I'd been an avid swimmer since I was a toddler. My mom, who doesn't know how to swim, and fears water, put my brothers & I in lessons at a very young age so we wouldn't end up the same as her. We all excelled.
I have also continued to swim since then, just not in a competitive way. I am still a pretty good, too. Good form & all. Like Linda, I definitely am not doing the butterfly with my body, lol. When I swim I stick to freestyle, and backstrokes.
Interesting thing about my mom, she never got in the water with us as kids, but last summer while I was living in Minneapolis and had an apt with a pool she stayed with me for a week. I taught her to tread water, and do summersaults in the water. She loved it. When I tried to teach her how to do the breaststroke & freestyle she pretty much just sunk. I had to "save" her :)
Well, I have been a pretty decent skier in my day so I would have to say I'd love to have been a mogul's skier. I probably have the right body type to be a gymnast however but I don't think I'm daring enough to do what they do.
As for my kids, they're both competitive swimmers and my youngest was a few seconds off of the Olympic trial's qualifying times but now has 4 years to try to lower his times to get to that point and at that time, he'll still be young relative to other Olympic athletes. He has however no delusions about being an Olympic champion unless something happens to his times as there are some kids who are younger than he is who have better times. He does however have the worst technique of everyone so there is a lot of room for improvement. I'm thrilled because he's an excellent and still improving student but he tells me his goal is to get a full scholarship to a good academic school as several of his teammates have gone on to good schools.
Sorry I missed posting last week. I had a quick read and thought it was a terrific topic. All the little things we do to add activity really do add up and make a difference especially when we manage to cut our calorie intake a bit at the same time.
This week's topic is good too! I love watching the Olympics. I think I would like to be a rower, probably an individual rower. I love the rowing machine at the gym and I like to be outside on the water. I've only been kayaking one time and that was fun, but the kayaking event looks too exciting for me. The rowing along the river looks awesome!
I think it is inspiring to see the athletes compete. What I appreciate is their dedication to perfection. They have to work so hard! It makes me realise how little I do towards being healthy and encourages me to do more. I'm sure most of the athletes of today watched the Olympics when they were children and dreamed about competing :-)
Check in: I feel good about things this week. I've been walking the extra mile round trip to come and use the staff lounge computers at least 3 times a week and hope to increase it to 4 times this week. It's a good way to stay in touch and also get the extra exercise.
I would do either the swimming event or running event. I love to swim and I am still in the process of wanting to be a runner. I think both events would be cool and enjoyable. They both peak my interest.
They are probably less likely to get into sporting stuff because of the Olympics. They might watch it and be amazed by it or not care about it really at all. They would probably just play regular video games and not get the point of the Olympics at all.
Part 1: Oh, I wish I could do the diving. I still remember the lovely feeling of my first real dive. The water just envelopes you, it's like magic. The synchronized diving is particularly astounding to me...
Part 2: I am absolutely motivated. I know I could never reach the level of accomplishment these people have achieved, but they do motivate me to move.
Speaking of motivation, I want to thank Lawrence and Denise for all of their great input on exercise. Lawrence, those door pushups from last week are really great!
I really enjoyed gymnastics as a kid, although I was never very good at it. But it was great to have that flexibility. I also enjoy watching gymnastics. That and ice skating are pretty much the only sports I am willing to watch.
Re: kids. I'm with those of you who said Wii sports over "real world" sports.
Re: goals. I've just gotten back from Boston/NYC, where I had little opportunity for exercise other than walking (not that there's anything wrong with walking!) and ate way, way too much and way too often. It's been just out of control.
In fact, my eating has been out of control for quite a while. I've gained back 2/3 of the weight I lost in 2009-10 Without Wagon Jumpers, I feel certain I would have gained it all back by now.
But today is a new day, and I did much better. Ate healthy, had a calorie deficit, took a yoga class. Tomorrow I start my new job so in many ways this feels like the start of a new chapter. I'm determined to make it a healthy one!
Debbie, try not to think about the weight you've put back on. Try just looking forward. If you're down 1/3rd from where you started, that's still a lot better than the last time you did this and you know that you can do it as you've done it before.
Just start to weigh everything. It gives you pause for thought
Well, we don't have TV. I haven't had cable/satellite etc. for about 18 years. So I've never really watched the Olympics. I'm not even sure what events there are.
I can't envision myself doing any sports. I could see myself being an organizer or a broadcaster.
I don't really think that watching sports on TV inspires kids to get active. I think parents inspire kids to get active. I think it is a lifestyle that they learn as young people.
Part one - in a wonderful fantasy land where we are all slim, fit and young what Olympic event would you take part in and why?
Hey, if we're talking fantasy then why can't I win them all!
But I'd probably have to go for running events, either the marathon or shorter distances.
Part two - do you think major sporting events like the Olympics motivate people to get out there and do more sporting stuff?
Well, like NewDock, I don't really watch or pay attention to any, so they don't do much for me. I think they may inspire people who pay attention to them.
As a child, I was not interested in sports. We watched the Olympics and I loved the gymnastics but it never drove me to do anything about it. Now I wish I had done more but only because I'm amazed at what I can get my body to do now at 42 and can only imagine what I could have accomplished as a kid with so much more flexibility, etc. Of course, my silly answer is: Badminton! Why? Because I didn't even know it was an Olympic sport until yesterday when I was flipping through pics of the day's Olympic highlights online. I'm sure I could have ruled badminton! ;)
So far my children haven't increased their desire to become Olympic athletes by watching it. Last Olympics I remember thinking they might be interested but they found it boring. They watched some events with their father this past weekend but told me it didn't make them want to do it.
1) In a fantasy world I would love to do the equestrian events. Especially stadium jumping.
In the real world my best shot would have been swimming, backstroke probably. (My mother was a competitive distance swimmer in her youth and I competed on the regular pool swim teams from age 5 to 12 or so).
2) I think seeing anyone physically fit performing is good for kids to see. Mainly so they know what is possible.
A friend of mine from college is competing in triathlons for in the Challenged athletes fund. He wears a prosthetic leg and over the last three years has gotten in the best shape of anyone I know. It really motivated me to get on my work outs to know he is out there at my age doing it and doing it well!
I am on week 3 of house guests so my routine is a bit off but I feel like I can get it back together this week. I hope. My eating is fine but my EX is out the window.
I hope everyone is having a good week!
Ahh. Poor Denise. I hate it when I lose my posts, and it is never the short easy post that crashes...
Checking in: I am on target for both my goals, and at above 100% for them both. This is a good trend, and hopefully, it will lead to some loss of weight which is my ultimate goal.
Actually, on Tuesday, I hit the lowest weight I have ever had in five years of slogging along using the CC site. I also fell into the healthy BMI range! Woot! Now, to continue the downward trend. If it were not for CC and the support of groups like WJ and my other CC friends, I am sure I would still be fat and miserable and lacking in success in health. Thanks much to all of you who help to keep me on track and on the WAGON.
Topic: I am not so interested in the Olympics, but I appreciate the efforts that Olympiads make to become the best in their sports. If I could choose some sports to compete in, it would be in horse competition, judo or gymnastics. I like taekwando, Korean-style karate also.
I think the Olympics can be inspiring for many people, and I don't think age matters much. I think the Olympics often inspires people to try a new sport (for them) because of admiration of Olympiads. It is the stories behind the successes of the athletes and their families and coaches that interests me.
Good job, Kathy! I'm glad that you've seen some results on the scale for all of your hard work. You are my inspiration.
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