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 25 participants.
If you would like to be a member of this group please contact our wait list manager, Anddan.
Please note: Our waiting list is always capped at just four people. If you wish to join us, send a message to our waiting list manager or one of the other Co-Moderators listed below.
There are two rules for Wagon Jumpers:
1. All members must post once per week between Sunday and Saturday.
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: (current member count: 24)
- Anddan (Co-Moderator)
- Benissera (Sherran)
- Bleedtoblue (Blue)
- beaverley (Bev)
- Claire314 (Claire, Co-Moderator)
- Defrog3 (Denise)
- Feljones (Debbie)
- Figurethefat (Laura)
- Gemini stars
- gettinghealthyiam (Carolyn)
- Islandscribe (Val, Co-Moderator)
- Kyashiis (Kathy)
- lavalocks78 (Erin)
- libbymae6 (Libby Mae)
- mhNYC (Mari)
- Ranchobernardo (John)
- Sarah_ann_artist (Sarah, Co-Moderator)
- Stephannalee (Steph)
- the_dragon (Hilary)
- tiegurl (Tierra)
Missing in action one weeks:
Missing in action two weeks: None
Missing in action three weeks: None
Missing in action four weeks & will be removed from the list if there is no contact by the end of this week:
Wagon Jumpers on Hiatus:
- Ranchobernardo (until September 10 or until further notice- computer crashed)
- gettinghealthyiam (from September 11 - 22)
Wagon Jumper threads now have a separate host for each week, as listed below:
- 1st Sunday in month: Sarah_Ann_Artist (Sarah)
- 2nd Sunday in month: Sarah_Ann_Artist (Sarah)
- 3rd Sunday in month: Claire314
- 4th Sunday in month: Islandscribe (Val)
- 5th Sunday in month: Who wants to volunteer?? :)
- Mid-Week Reminders and Waitlist Management: Anddan
- Vacation Cover Host: Ranchobernardo (to be contacted in advance of usual host being unavailable for their week)
- Thread Issues: If there are any issues with a thread, first contact should be the thread host for that week.
12 Week CONSISTENCY GOALS - July 23 to October 15:
By October 15, 2011 I will...
Anddan - Maintenance: Drink 16+ oz of water 5 days/week for 10 of 12 weeks. New: Log 10,000+ steps (not including exercise/gym time) 5 days/week for 10 of 12 weeks.
Benissera - New: Log food 5x per week 10/12 weeks. Maintenance: Do Pilates 20 mins 3x per week
Claire314 - New: Get 8 hrs of sleep 16 nights/month. Maintenance: Exercise 1000 mins/month.
feljones - New: Exercise 60 minutes/day 5+ days/week.
Figurethefat - Main: Walk at least 4000 minutes. Maintenance: Eat 5 serves of fruit/veg every single day.
gotu48 - New: Log 5/days week. Maintenance: Exercise 5/days week.
islandscribe - Maintenance: Exercising the equivalent of 5 days/week - catch up or double-up days count towards goal. New: Log meals 4 days/week.
kyashiis - New: Consistently log a deficit of 3,500 cals weekly. Maintenance: Do 10 - 30 minutes of yoga six days a week for 12 weeks.
lavalocks78 - Log food 4 days/week for 12 weeks.
mhnyc - Maintenance: Exercise 16 days out of every month for 30 minutes a session. New: Wake up at 5:30 an average of 5 days a week.
nekko_cat - New: Exercise 3000 minutes during the next 12 weeks.
ranchobernardo - Maintenance: Continue focus on training for upcoming half-marathon (October).
sarah_ann_artist - Maintenance: Log all my food and activity 65 days. New: Complete 2000 minutes of exercise.
Stephannalee - Maintenance: Drink 2 liter of water 6 days/week 9 of 12 weeks. New: Think before eating when not hungry 5 days a week, 9 of 12 weeks
the_dragon - New: Log all food 5/days week.
tiegurl - New: Log food 5 days/week for 12 weeks. Maintenance: Exercise 6 days/week for 30 minutes.
Weekly Topic/Goal Update:
We have about a month left before the end of this round of goals.
How are things going?
Do you need to re-evaluate you goals for the next round? Too easy? Too hard?
There are lots of new members and room for two new ones right not so, I think it'd be a good idea to talk about what we are doing and what we are/should be doing to be successful in those goals. Including choosing attainable goals.
If you are not "officially" part of this round you should start to think about a goal you'd like to set. Read through the other members responses/goals to get some tips and such. I'm sure you will get responses from more seasoned members, so make sure to check this thread later in the week.
On Another Note:
Rest In Peace to Everyone who Perished on this day ten years ago!
Celebrate your life in their honor!
Thank you for the thread
I will probably stick with what I am doing BUT might something else into the mix as well, at the moment it seems to be working!
I will be weighing in tomorrow so see how things look then (and have we had eight weeks already!)
I didn't set a goal this round, but for next time I'm going back to the beginning and try for exercising three times a week.
I need to lose 25 pounds. I lost well over fifty without much effort on my part, but I am hung up on this last 25 (which should be 20, but I seem to have picked up four or five extra this week while a friend was in town.)
I know exactly what I need to do. I need to be mindful of my eating, count my calories and exercise three to four times a week. It's the age old question...why can't I do something that is so simple on the surface. I'd feel better, look better and be healthier. I guess if I knew the answer to the question I'd be at my goal weight. Right?
Have a good week all. I'm going to ponder why I don't do the right things for weight loss and read all my assignments for class this week.
Thanks for getting the post up early, Sarah-Ann!
I'm going to stick with my goals, as consistency is the huge thing I'm coping with right now. After a successful weight loss, and even keeping it up for one year, I started seeing my weight creep up. Just a little, mind you, I'd only put on 5 pounds, but, "only 5 pounds" here and there got me to my initial weight gain, and then I just let myself go completely. As I'm into the 2nd year of maintaining my loss (of those 5 excess pounds, I've lost 3, so I'm only up 2 at this point), consistency is the key.
I'm beginning to feel the need to exercise, which is fantastic! I need to floss every day, the thought of leaving home without making my bed is anathema to me, you get the picture. I want the urge to eat healthy food and to move my aging carcass around to be as deeply ingrained as those things. Time is the only answer.
BleedtoBlue: The last pounds are the toughest. But, you absolutely have the right attitude. I really think the key is staying with whatever course of healthy living you set yourself on. Keep the faith, and pat yourself on the back for catching that little weight gain right away.
Thanks Sarah Ann for the new thread and your kind words regarding Sept. 11. I can only imagine what this day means to those most closely affected.
In this round, what I have learned is that I don't need much motivation for exercise - that is never a problem. I need to focus on my logging - I find it feels like such a chore but that "chore" is what has helped me lose weight so that may be my only goal for the next round.
Have a nice week everyone!
I spent the weekend at a youth conference during which I had no control of the food and didn't get enough sleep. On the plus side, yesterday we went on a lengthy and (for me) strenuous hike. I am not in the kind of shape for fording streams, climbing over fallen logs and scrambling up and down rocky hills but I made it without collapsing. I'm proud that I made it, although I won't be participating in future hikes. It was beautiful but a little more nature than I enjoy -- I'm a city girl!
Now I'm getting ready to leave for a week to visit my sister in southwestern CO. So I will do the best I can while I'm gone and hope I'll be able to get back into my newly-reestablished habits of eating carefully, exercising and logging. It's very hard for me to get into a steady groove and very easy to fall off the wagon.
Have a good week, everyone. You may not hear from me again until the end of next week.
While I'm not officially participating in this round of goals, I have consistently gone to workout in the past month, which is showing--my "skinny" jeans are almost fitting! I am so happy to be back into an exercise routine!
This weekend I blew it by eating too much cake, though. Saturday was my daughter's belated birthday party and I got her a special cake in a "Word World" theme (caution, the link has sound!). I just had to have a piece, right (and then another one on Sunday!?)? Sux b/c sugar, especially cake icing, is a downward spiral item for me. I'm back on this morning, though, with a protein shake for breakfast... No cake today, no cake today...
Debbie, your hike sounds like a lot of fun! I met my husband on a singles hike 10 years ago--I used to go on a hike 2x a month before meeting him. It kept me in great shape! Then after we met, we both stopped hiking, and, well, fell to pieces (sort of).
Blue, its great that you've lost 50 on your own, and Mari is right, the less you weigh, the harder it is to lose the final pounds. Take it easy on yourself and let your body be used to being a smaller version of what it was previously.
Have a good week, everyone! :)
Please join me in Welcoming marmlac as our newest Wagon Jumper member.
In membership housekeeping: I think islandscribe should still be on the MIA list.
Also, an invitation has been sent to fill the latest vacant spot left by Determined. We wish you all the best in your future endeavours, Determined.
I'll log in later to post ... anddan
Oops, Anddan, you're right.
I can't believe we're 2 months in already! Particularly because I've totally fallen apart on everything. I'm feeling a bit more determined today though so hopefully I'll pull it together. There's no chance I'm going to make either of my goals this month or have a good overall number at the end of this round but I've decided that as long as I keep trying, that's what counts this round. :)
I'm questioning my decision to track my sleep though again. I failed so miserably last time that I thought I had come up with a better approach this time. Sigh. I know it's still a good goal to have though and I keep hoping that it will become a habit like Mari mentioned - that it will start to seem crazy to me if I stay up past 10pm. I think I need to set an alarm on my phone to go off at 9:40pm or something to remind me that I should be getting ready for bed. I'm going to do that right now.
Hope everyone's progressing along better than I am. ;)
having weighed in yesterday today I decided to check back over the 8 weeks we have been doing this for and thanks to this I have lost 16 pounds and most of that time has been a gradual decrease in weight with the occasional staying the same and the even rarer blip upwards so thank you!
I have been rather inconsistent with my goal this round. I think that it may be too ambitious to go from little exercising to 4+ hours per week. Exercise is important, but I think I need to be focusing on other things more, like getting my eating under better control.
Dragon: Great job on keeping up with your goals.
Claire: I'm there with you! Keep on trying to get your sleep.
Denise: Gotta celebrate sometimes! If you are slipping into your skinny jeans, I think you are definitely on the right track.
Debbie: Have a nice visit with your sister. I'm sure you'll be able to figure out how to keep up your newly re-established habits.
Gotu48: I think that I need to focus more on my eating/logging, too. It's great that the exercise is a habit for you. Keep up the good work.
Mari: Maintaining a weight loss is something I've never managed to obtain, so I value your strategies to do so. You're doing a fantastic job.
Bleedtoblue: You hit the nail on the head for me. It really is simple, but I tend to complicate things when it comes to getting on the road to being healthy. What a silly excuse that is for me!
I had kept the same goals from last session as I had struggled with them a bit. This time around, the water drinking is going very well. I actually think I might keep this goal for next rount and up the amount a bit. The exercise goal is going well, although I have to admit that I don't actually track my steps as I probably should. I have a route that I take and I know how many steps it is so I'm thinking that's good.
What I struggled with the most over summer was the lack of routine and the excess of company and 'celebrations'. In situations like that, I need more willpower, but couldn't find any on the shelf at Costco. Anyone care to share where they're getting theirs from?? I would like a goal that would help me build willpower, but I'm not sure how I could word it to be quantifiable. Any suggestions are welcome!
I have a very quick minute to post here. I just wanted to let everyone know that I am a student at a very competitive high school and I have a part time job as well as babysitting on top of daily ED struggles which leaves me extremely little time to post here on the weekdays.
HOWEVER, I just wanted to let everyone know that I will come back on Saturday and post (hopefully by then, I will be able to think clearer. How knew that four hours of sleep two days in a row would make me a little groggy up there?)
Hope everyone is doing well!
Checking in: I am up and down and all over the place with my goals this last week. I have been faithful in logging. I have gotten in some kind of exercise most days of the week, but not always yoga. I really want to make the yoga an integral part of my life.
My daughter's wedding was beautiful and went off without a hitch. I am grateful for that. My daughter's family of five are visiting for two weeks. It is pretty challenging to keep working, care for them (meals especially) and do sightseeing things daily. This has contributed to my exercise time being put on the back burner.
I am happy with my goals this time around and will continue to do something similar. I think it is important to stick with goals that lead to weight loss rather than just good healthy habits. I also think it is good to build in a little leeway such as "exercise six out of seven days of the week."
I have been thinking about goals and motivation this week. Traveling the last couple of weeks has put my resolution to the test. Passed with some bruising but am again on track....right now I am fending off a miserable cold that has put exercising on hold. It is kind of hard to exercise when your nose is either plugged or running and sneezing every hour is becoming quite common. I do not get sick often so this is rather annoying...hopefully later today or tomorrow.
I am beginning to think about 4th quarter goals that go beyond tracking calories and exercise to also having more consistency in the structure of my days and week. Since I was laid off I have felt that I have been in limboland. I have been reluctant to make a commitment to a volunteer assignment in case I find work but this has not happened and I am about at the point that although I will continue to look for work I need to start seriously looking at what I can do to give back. In addition with winter approaching I need to have structure in place to combat the seasonal disorder that I do battle with each year. When I worked I was able to keep it somewhat at bay but last year was the worse. So my goal for the rest of September is to come up with a daily and weekly schedule that will work for me this winter. This will include weight loss and exercise but will include other activities that I find enjoyment in.
My goals are great and ok. I have already met my exercise goal - 100+%, but am probably between 60 - 80% on my logging goal. Need to look back for the exact number. I have been slacking a bit since starting back to work.
On the slacking note...although I met my exercise goal for this round I haven't been keeping up with regular workouts lately.
I plan to stick with similar goals in the next round. Logging, for me, is essential in helping me keep on top of what goes in my body! I plan on keeping an exercise goal, too, but will alter it a bit with the change of seasons coming up.
I am feeling extremely motivated today and plan on getting in a workout today. Wish me luck :P
Things were going good but I have slack off this week because I'm in vacation mode. I will definitely get back on track Monday when I come back from Disney on Monday. I will have done 50% of the weeks and I will be satisfied with that. I'm going to have change my goal for the next round while this was maintainable with me having to study more and working full time I will have less time to exercise. If I don't find a job or get the new position I will have plenty of time to do both. I think my next goal will be about logging my foods and maintain a certain deficit so that I can continue to lose the weight while exercising twice a week versus my 6.
I'm have just had the pleasure to become the latest group member.
I am nearly 50 years old (wow! I can't believe it! In my mind I am still twenty even though my body is telling me I am a lot older). I did not have a weight problem until I reached my forties. Some health issues in the past couple of years have contributed to much of my weight gain... Now that I'm healthier, I am taking the steps to get back in shape and maintain a healthy lifestyle. I think being part of this group help me stay on track.
I joined CC two months ago, which helps me keep track of my calorie intake. I also exercise 3 to 5 times a weeks, alternating cardio and weigh lifting.
I am not well acquainted with the group format yet so I would appreciate any enlightment provided. I noticed a "twelve week consistency goal" post, please let me know what it is about...
Thanks again for having me as a member. Looking forward to "meeting" all of you.
Welcome to the group, Marmlac!
We set a goal, or two (once you finish one round) that is NOT about weight, but about doing the things we need to do to reach our health or weight goals. Like exercise, water intake, logging, sleep, and so on. We currently have about a month left of this round, so in the middle of October we will be starting a new one.
Look over the goals above for ideas and the best way to "word" it, and the last week of this round members will be posting their goal. This will include you, if you wish to participate in that part :)