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Games & Challenges 2006 Cal-Counters Fall Lifestyle Challenge Sep 07 2006
05:26 (UTC)
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[edited for clarity:  No points available for this section week 1, but won't you do this for your own personal satisfaction?  Do part or Do All]

Week 1, Part 2: *Nutrition 101* ~ *Google Me This* Sir Links~a~Lot! 

Hmmm....  Wonders...  Just what is *Nutrition* all about?

Btw, what is your Favorite Fruit or Veggie? 



  • United2gether's Favorite Fruit is Cherries
  • Lookie Lookie what she found when she Googled just 2 simple words: Cherries Nutrition 
  • Google yours and share your fav link with your team!
  • We all win from finding & sharing information with each other :) 
If you have questions ~ need help with *Googling* or *Posting a Link to your Team Thread* or something ~ chat it up with your Team!  

Games & Challenges Slappy's Kicka$$ Team - We're All Al-Right! We're All Al-Right! Sep 07 2006
04:22 (UTC)
246
The Games Begin!

The first challenge has been posted! And guess what? It's all about YOU! Yeah, I said it, you! Think it looks easy? Think again. It's a lot harder than you think to constantly remember to take care of yourself first but it's something we should all strive to do.

Numbers and Points and Spreadsheets, Oh my!

Neeners has created a spreadsheet for the teams to keep track of their points for this challenge! It will be made available to every team Captain as well as any Player who would like to keep their information private. If you prefer, you can just give your Captain your total points each week.  More on this later. 

Don't worry about it now!  Let's just get started today :)  Do what you want.   Do more later... if you want!  It's all about {{{you}}} ~ Your Goals & Your Health :)

Team Leaders & Coordinators Take Note!

Every team will be getting a brand new bundle of joy in the form of a team coordinator! Their job will be to help Team Captains answer Players questions & keep every one focused :)  More informaton coming soon, so stay tuned :)
Games & Challenges Team Neeners Nightmares!!! Shout Out WIN! Official Team Thread! Sep 07 2006
04:22 (UTC)
137
The Games Begin!

The first challenge has been posted! And guess what? It's all about YOU! Yeah, I said it, you! Think it looks easy? Think again. It's a lot harder than you think to constantly remember to take care of yourself first but it's something we should all strive to do.

Numbers and Points and Spreadsheets, Oh my!

Neeners has created a spreadsheet for the teams to keep track of their points for this challenge! It will be made available to every team Captain as well as any Player who would like to keep their information private. If you prefer, you can just give your Captain your total points each week.  More on this later. 

Don't worry about it now!  Let's just get started today :)  Do what you want.   Do more later... if you want!  It's all about {{{you}}} ~ Your Goals & Your Health :)

Team Leaders & Coordinators Take Note!

Every team will be getting a brand new bundle of joy in the form of a team coordinator! Their job will be to help Team Captains answer Players questions & keep every one focused :)  More informaton coming soon, so stay tuned :)
Games & Challenges Kathygators PHAT FIGHTERS Locked and Loaded! Sep 07 2006
04:22 (UTC)
239
The Games Begin!

The first challenge has been posted! And guess what? It's all about YOU! Yeah, I said it, you! Think it looks easy? Think again. It's a lot harder than you think to constantly remember to take care of yourself first but it's something we should all strive to do.

Numbers and Points and Spreadsheets, Oh my!

Neeners has created a spreadsheet for the teams to keep track of their points for this challenge! It will be made available to every team Captain as well as any Player who would like to keep their information private. If you prefer, you can just give your Captain your total points each week.  More on this later. 

Don't worry about it now!  Let's just get started today :)  Do what you want.   Do more later... if you want!  It's all about {{{you}}} ~ Your Goals & Your Health :)

Team Leaders & Coordinators Take Note!

Every team will be getting a brand new bundle of joy in the form of a team coordinator! Their job will be to help Team Captains answer Players questions & keep every one focused :)  More informaton coming soon, so stay tuned :)
Games & Challenges TeaM DyNoMiTe ChAlleNGe ThReAd Sep 07 2006
04:21 (UTC)
75
The Games Begin!

The first challenge has been posted! And guess what? It's all about YOU! Yeah, I said it, you! Think it looks easy? Think again. It's a lot harder than you think to constantly remember to take care of yourself first but it's something we should all strive to do.

Numbers and Points and Spreadsheets, Oh my!

Neeners has created a spreadsheet for the teams to keep track of their points for this challenge! It will be made available to every team Captain as well as any Player who would like to keep their information private. If you prefer, you can just give your Captain your total points each week.  More on this later. 

Don't worry about it now!  Let's just get started today :)  Do what you want.   Do more later... if you want!  It's all about {{{you}}} ~ Your Goals & Your Health :)

Team Leaders & Coordinators Take Note!

Every team will be getting a brand new bundle of joy in the form of a team coordinator! Their job will be to help Team Captains answer Players questions & keep every one focused :)  More informaton coming soon, so stay tuned :)
Games & Challenges Eliminators Team (E) Official Thread Sep 07 2006
04:21 (UTC)
119
The Games Begin!

The first challenge has been posted! And guess what? It's all about YOU! Yeah, I said it, you! Think it looks easy? Think again. It's a lot harder than you think to constantly remember to take care of yourself first but it's something we should all strive to do.

Numbers and Points and Spreadsheets, Oh my!

Neeners has created a spreadsheet for the teams to keep track of their points for this challenge! It will be made available to every team Captain as well as any Player who would like to keep their information private. If you prefer, you can just give your Captain your total points each week.  More on this later. 

Don't worry about it now!  Let's just get started today :)  Do what you want.   Do more later... if you want!  It's all about {{{you}}} ~ Your Goals & Your Health :)

Team Leaders & Coordinators Take Note!

Every team will be getting a brand new bundle of joy in the form of a team coordinator! Their job will be to help Team Captains answer Players questions & keep every one focused :)  More informaton coming soon, so stay tuned :)
Games & Challenges Fabulous4ever Official Thread... Sep 07 2006
04:21 (UTC)
74
The Games Begin!

The first challenge has been posted! And guess what? It's all about YOU! Yeah, I said it, you! Think it looks easy? Think again. It's a lot harder than you think to constantly remember to take care of yourself first but it's something we should all strive to do.

Numbers and Points and Spreadsheets, Oh my!

Neeners has created a spreadsheet for the teams to keep track of their points for this challenge! It will be made available to every team Captain as well as any Player who would like to keep their information private. If you prefer, you can just give your Captain your total points each week.  More on this later. 

Don't worry about it now!  Let's just get started today :)  Do what you want.   Do more later... if you want!  It's all about {{{you}}} ~ Your Goals & Your Health :)

Team Leaders & Coordinators Take Note!

Every team will be getting a brand new bundle of joy in the form of a team coordinator! Their job will be to help Team Captains answer Players questions & keep every one focused :)  More informaton coming soon, so stay tuned :)
Games & Challenges Gut Busters!/ (Team G official thread) Sep 07 2006
04:21 (UTC)
61
The Games Begin!

The first challenge has been posted! And guess what? It's all about YOU! Yeah, I said it, you! Think it looks easy? Think again. It's a lot harder than you think to constantly remember to take care of yourself first but it's something we should all strive to do.

Numbers and Points and Spreadsheets, Oh my!

Neeners has created a spreadsheet for the teams to keep track of their points for this challenge! It will be made available to every team Captain as well as any Player who would like to keep their information private. If you prefer, you can just give your Captain your total points each week.  More on this later. 

Don't worry about it now!  Let's just get started today :)  Do what you want.   Do more later... if you want!  It's all about {{{you}}} ~ Your Goals & Your Health :)

Team Leaders & Coordinators Take Note!

Every team will be getting a brand new bundle of joy in the form of a team coordinator! Their job will be to help Team Captains answer Players questions & keep every one focused :)  More informaton coming soon, so stay tuned :)
Games & Challenges Team H ~ Hard Body Hooligans! Let the Games BEGIN! Sep 07 2006
04:21 (UTC)
71
The Games Begin!

The first challenge has been posted! And guess what? It's all about YOU! Yeah, I said it, you! Think it looks easy? Think again. It's a lot harder than you think to constantly remember to take care of yourself first but it's something we should all strive to do.

Numbers and Points and Spreadsheets, Oh my!

Neeners has created a spreadsheet for the teams to keep track of their points for this challenge! It will be made available to every team Captain as well as any Player who would like to keep their information private. If you prefer, you can just give your Captain your total points each week.  More on this later. 

Don't worry about it now!  Let's just get started today :)  Do what you want.   Do more later... if you want!  It's all about {{{you}}} ~ Your Goals & Your Health :)

Team Leaders & Coordinators Take Note!

Every team will be getting a brand new bundle of joy in the form of a team coordinator! Their job will be to help Team Captains answer Players questions & keep every one focused :)  More informaton coming soon, so stay tuned :)
Games & Challenges 2006 Cal-Counters Fall Lifestyle Challenge Sep 07 2006
03:55 (UTC)
73
Week 1 Part 1: Personal Goals!  edited for clarity: 

No points available for this section week 1, but won't you do this for your own personal satisfaction?  Do part or Do All ~ Just think about your goals. 

We will do this all again the last week so you can look back to see how things have changed in your life :)

/end edit 

*Personal Goals* ~ Your *Hopes & Dreams* 

Let's figure out where we are and get it jotted down some place so you can see what has changed when we do this again 6 weeks from now! 



  • In your personal records or your journal.  
  • You can share it with your team if you want, but remember the thread will be read by the public!
  • Don't hesitate to keep this information personal and private...  Afterall, it's all about {{{u}}}
Remember teams!  Gentle Encouragement & Support ~ No one should ever feel pressured to share *personal or sensitive information* about themselves.  This is usually really private stuff we don't share with anyone... so no pressure...   
  

This is NOT a test!!!  You do NOT have to answer each question in writing!!!  It is just a guideline for your thoughts ~ to help you think about your goals ~ that's all.  Ready to start?

  • a)  *Weight* a Minute!!!
    • Do you want to gain, maintain or lose weight? 
    • Do you Like to Weigh yourself & How Often?
    • Have you been thinking about changing what you do
    • Take a moment to write down, in some personal place, just what you do, why and what you would like to change over the next 6 weeks?
    • If you don't get weighed, that's ok!  Sometimes it's better to put the scales in storage!  The point is to figure out what you do and why!  Then let's keep doing it as long as it works for us in our lives :)  Everyone adjusts what they do when something quits working!  Including Weighing ourselves :)
  • b) *Get Up & Move*
    • Do you Exercise and How?
    • Do any activity intentionally during the weekdays or on weekends?
    • Have you been thinking about changing what you do?
    • Take a moment to write down, in some personal place, just what you do, why and what you would like to change over the next 6 weeks?
    • If you have already thought about this and intentionally avoid a formal Exercise Plan, that's ok!  Sometimes it's better to just get up and move spontaneously!  The point is to figure out what you do and why!  Then let's keep doing it as long as it works for us in our lives :)  Everyone adjusts what they do when something quits working!  Including How & When we Exercise :)
  • c)  *Eating Well & Appropriately*
    • Do you know follow a formal meal plan or eat spontaneously throughout the days?
    • Have you been thinking about changing what you do
    • Take a moment to write down, in some personal place, just what you do, why and what you would like to change over the next 6 weeks?
    • If you eat a specific way for personal, religious or health reasons and won't be changing a thing, that's ok!  We all have to do what works for us!  The point is to figure out what you do and why!  Then let's keep doing it as long as it works for us in our lives :)  Everyone adjusts what they do when something quits working!  Including Weighing ourselves :)
  • d) Strive to *Be Happy* 
    • Enjoy!
    • Do you have any other *Health* Related Goals
    • Life Goals?
    • Happy Making Goals?
    • Now's the time to just take a minute someplace quiet and get your goals recorded somewhere :)
  • e) Our *Daily Goals* [edited for clarity]
    • No regular points this week, but won't you please do this for your own personal satisfaction! 
      • record what you normally do each day or week
      • What would you like Change over the Next 6 weeks
    • No Bonus Points this week, but won't you please keep doing your normal goals this week or try setting up goals if you haven't been using short term goals!
      • each regular *goal* you do
      • try 5 Goals for the week (3 daily and 2 weekly)
    • No Bonus Points this week, but won't you please try 1 something *extra* goal this week? 
      • whatever your *heart* desires :)
If you have questions, chat it up with your Team!  

Games & Challenges 2006 Cal-Counters Fall Lifestyle Challenge Sep 07 2006
03:54 (UTC)
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Week 1 Challenge Main Post Significantly Edited for clarity

Week 1 starts Thursday, 9/7 through Wednesday, 9/13.

Please note major edits for Week 1: 

  • This is the Main Post for Week 1
  • We have added this edit at the beginning for clarity. 
  • We have edited the 5 Challenge Sections (called "parts" in Main Post) for week 1  
  • We have made the edits for clarity and to match the Week 1 points sheet here.
  • Team Scorekeepers should use the new spreadsheets emailed to Captains on Thursday, 9/14.
Please Don't Fret! Week 1 is an introductory warm up week where everyone gets to know each other and start thinking about the things we do for our health and happiness :)  

Week 1 is one of the biggest weeks to understand and get everyone organized!  It is a lot easier than it appears, and the rest of the weeks will seem like a walk in the park!

This is not a test and you don't have to spend a lot of time...  Maybe 10 - 15 mins each part... If you want to.  You don't have to write anything down, unless you want to. 

Don't let the Challenge overwhelm you.  Maybe do a part or 2 a day and before you know it, you'll be done ;)

A word about the Points for Week 1:  Essentially, the only part that has points week 1 is the Weights & Measurements (section 4, titled Part 4 Weights~n~Measurements in the main post for week 1).  We will do this same stuff again the last week so we can look back to compare and see how things have changed during the games!

Although there are no specific points in the other sections of the week 1 challenge, won't you do it for your own personal satisfaction?   We will also do the Personal Goals Part again the last week for the same reasons.  Things change over time.  It's easy to forget if you never wrote this kind of stuff down some place...  Just getting your thoughts down some place private will allow you to look back and see how you have changed!  It might surprise you :) 

/end edit

Welcome to the 2006 Cal-Counters Challenge & Games!

Let The Games Begin: Week 1, Thursday, 9/7/2006, a meet & greet week :)   Next week (Thurday, 9/14), we continue with 6 weeks of Games & Challenges ~ focused on your own personal goals and your exercise & meal plans!  We may even toss in a Mongo Quizzical Brain Bender at the Grand finale.  But don't Blink!  We'll wrap up before you can say Trick or Treat!

~ Todays Challenge 9/7/2006 ~ Start Where You Are ~


~ Introducton to the Cal-Counters Story

Just for fun we start with a Little Story about an unusual Island known throughout the Galaxy and it's inhabitants, the Cal-Counters of calorie-count!

Once upon a time... in a land far away out in *Cyber-space*, there was an Island unto itself, *calorie-count* ~ It's members, the *Cal-Counters*, were rather an eclectic bunch of people.  They arrived from all points *North, South, East & West*.  They traveled by Rocket Ship & Slow Boats & every imaginable mode of *ISP* at all speeds, slow & lightning fast to arrive at this wonderful *Safe Haven* ~ teeming with others who had always felt kind of alone before finding *calorie-count*


*BEWARE THE THREE WEEK SYNDROME* 

A few travelers wandered in and only paused briefly, sad but true ~ just a *pixel* or 2 of time in the space continuum.  Hardly enough time.  They just didn't quite make their stay a *priority* in life and sadly wandered away. 

Click here to read more of the story!


Just to think about for a moment!  Now, people always come & go in our lives... but some become {{{friends4life}}} ~ the ones who stay here day after day, week after week, month after month...  *sharing chatter, motivation & support*.  Nudging Each Other to try again, yet 1 more time ~ to get up, dust off & keep on walking.   Here!  Together!

*Make Yourself A Priority*

*Get up & Move* ~ *Eat Well & Appropriately* ~ *Live, Love, Laff & Be Happy


Now Grab your challenges and Let's get started :)

Click Here to get Section 1 (aka Part 1) ~ The Personal Goals Challenge found in reply #4 to this thread.

Click Here to get Section 2 (aka Part 2) ~ The Nutrition Challenge found in reply #5

Click Here to get Section 3 (aka Part 3) ~ The Meal Plan Challenge found in reply #6

Click Here to get Section 4 (aka Part 4) ~ The Exercise Challenge found in Post reply #7

Click Here to get Section 5 (aka Part 5) ~ The Brain Bender Game found in post #8

Click Here for the Week 1 Point Sheet

That's It!  Questions?  Go chat it up with your team!  Don't Fret! It's a lot simpler than it sounds :)  Most Importantly, Enjoy!

~ Weekly Food to Explore ~ Water ~

Water!  We're 90% water!  Click here to Read all about water and alternative sources.  How much should you drink for optimum health and why ~ Do you know?

~ Weekly Inspiration ~

"Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible." ‚?? St. Francis of Assisi 


 
Games & Challenges 2006 Cal-Counters Fall Lifestyle Challenge Sep 07 2006
03:54 (UTC)
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The Cal-Counters Story

Week 1 ~ Introduction

A Little Story about an unusual Island known throughout the Galaxy and it's inhabitants, the Cal-Counters of calorie-count!

Once upon a time... in a land far away out in *Cyber-space*, there was an Island unto itself, *calorie-count* ~ It's members, the *Cal-Counters*, were rather an eclectic bunch of people.  They arrived from all points *North, South, East & West*.  They traveled by Rocket Ship & Slow Boats & every imaginable mode of *ISP* at all speeds, slow & lightning fast to arrive at this wonderful *Safe Haven* ~ teeming with others who had always felt kind of alone before finding *calorie-count*

*BEWARE THE THREE WEEK SYNDROME* 

A few travelers wandered in and only paused briefly, sad but true ~ just a *pixel* or 2 of time in the space continuum.  Hardly enough time.  They just didn't quite make their stay a *priority* in life and sadly wandered away. 

A few stayed longer but never quite made that promise to themselves to take a moment or two a day and focus on their *personal goals & dreams & needs* ~ Sadly, they too wandered away...  after 3 days, 3 weeks, even 3 months, and never quite discovered so very many of the wonderful features provided by calorie-count: "completely free weight loss tools, nutritional information, and a vibrant and supportive community to help you lose or maintain weight, safely and effectively."  Sadly, they wandered away... planned to come back one day soon...  I wonder, did they????? ever???  *Only time will tell

But others wandered in ~ looked around ~ explored ~ and *started by creating a free account* ~ set up a *profile* and headed to the *forums & journals* to make *friends* ~ All built for them by the *Eriks & Igors* of calorie-count.  :::snaps fingers:::  Just that Fast!  The Traveler morphs into a *Cal-Counter* and joins the community (Special Kudos & Thanks to Erik & Igor for Creating this wonderful site, calorie-count! :)

Curiosity leads the traveler to explore further... WoW!!!  *Forums* ~ full of *friends* who want to chat ~ in all sorts of manners including *Net Speak like Gr8 & 1derful & U Rock*!!!

They chat about *Weight Loss* ~ *Motivation* ~ *Food* ~ *Recipes* ~ *Exercise* ~ and oh so much more ~ *Profiles* ~ *Journals & Comments* ~ *Tools* ~ *Calorie Values* ~ even a *Library* :)

Now, people always come & go in our lives... but some become {{{friends4life}}} ~ the ones who stay here day after day, week after week, month after month...  *sharing chatter, motivation & support* ~ playing *Games & Challenges* ~ Nudging Each Other to try yet 1 more time ~ to get up, dust off & keep on walking.   Here!  Together!

Week 2, Chapter 1: *BEWARE THE THREE WEEK SYNDROME*  

If you'll recall, last week we began with a little story about an unusual Island, known throughout the Galaxy as calorie-count and its inhabitants, the Cal-Counters, who arrived from all directions of cyber-space...

A few only stayed for the blink of an eye, never finding the forums teeming with fellow wanderers who share support and encouragement with each other.   Sad, but true!  They simply abandoned their hopes and dreams.  Threw down their towels and wandered away, just as most people tend to abandon goals or those New Year's Resolutions after just a few days, 3 weeks or 3 months. 

But others, like you and me, connected in the forums with {{{friends}}} ~ chatting about life, what works, what doesn't.  Friends who ask "Have you made yourself a Priority today?"  Get up!  Walk with me!  Let's Persevere together!  Here! 

Week 3, Chapter 2: Tall Tale Blues  

If you'll recall, we've been telling tall tales about an unusual Island, known throughout the Galaxy as calorie-count and its inhabitants, the Cal-Counters, who arrived from all directions of cyber-space... 

GullieBelle ran around the big palm tree right into her best friend LuvLeeLilac.  Crash!  Blue paint flew all over the place!  LuvLee stands up and exclaims, "Belle!  What's the blue paint for?"  

GullieBelle replies, "I was listening to my satelite dish tv this morning and they said to 'Paint your Kitchen Blue!!! It will suppress your appetite!!'" 

LuvLee almost sprayed coconut juice out her nose she laughed so hard! "Belle, that's just an old wives tale!  Really!"  Her friend looked so crestfallen that LuvLeeLilac gave {{{Belle}}} a big*squishy*hug and then another one ~ all the while suppressing peals of laughter! 

Finally getting a grip, LuvLee manages to put on a straight face and explain to GullieBelle,  "Appetite is affected by stuff like hormones in your body, how long since you've eaten, if you exercised. You really don't need to Paint your kitchen Blue to Lose Weight!  Oh How I wish!!!  I would buy a bucket full." ;)

Week 5, Chapter 3: Nutty4Nuts  

If you'll recall, we've been telling tall tales about an unusual Island, known throughout the Galaxy as calorie-count and its inhabitants, the Cal-Counters, who arrived from all directions of cyber-space... 

GullieBelle ran around under all the big trees looking for pretty flowers. Out of breath, she had to stop. 

Flop! 

Right under the tall old nut tree, and there she sat when her best friend LuvLeeLilac came along and stumbled right over GullieBelle. 

Crash! 

LuvLeeLilac's nuts and Gullie's flowers flew all over the place!  Belle scrambled to pick up her flowers and frowned, "LuvLee!  What's up with all those nuts?"  

LuvLeeLilac replies, "Belle!  Nuts are wonderful.  I use the shells to make a path to my garden.  The nutmeats are just yummy all spiced up and roasted, but the best part is the secret my Doc told me!"

Belle's ears perked up and her head whipped around. "Secret," she trilled, "I luvs secrets.  Do tell, please!!  Purty Please!!!"

LuvLee sighed remembering her Gramsie and sat down next to Belle.  "Remember all those yummy nuts and desserts gramsie would make for the Holidays?" 

Belle nodded, her mouth watering at the thought. 

"Grams always said they were a special treat, but Doc said they were a good everyday eat!  Heart healthy benefit, the Good Fats, a good alternative protein...  Oh, I forget all he said, but it sounded so good I decided to get me some ol' nuts"

:::Peals of laffter & giggles rang out through the trees as LuvLee & Belle took off nut hunting:::


Week 6, Chapter 4: Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder!

If you'll recall, we've been telling tall tales about an unusual Island, known throughout the Galaxy as calorie-count and its inhabitants, the Cal-Counters, who arrived from all directions of cyber-space... 

GullieBelle stood at end of the dock leaning over and gazing into her reflection in the cool still water of the lake.  Her best friend LuvLeeLilac tiptoed up behind Belle hoping to surprise her with a Looking Mirror when all of a sudden GullieBelle turned in tears and ran up the dock and into the woods sobbing. 

Dismayed, LuvLee scurried to catch up to her friend, wrapped her arms around her while Bell sobbed.  "Oh Belle! Why are you crying?"

Belle sobbed "Because I'm so ugly!  Look at this wild hair of mine!!!"

"Oh Belle, your hair is beautiful.  I adore how it flies in the wind, especially when you run!"

Belle sniffed and swallowed her tears.  "You really think so?"

"Yes, Belle, your hair is gorgeous.  In fact I always wanted hair like yours!  Really!" and wiping Belle's tears, straightening her hair, Luvlee gave Belle another huge hug and pulled her up from the forest floor. 

:::Peals of laffter & giggles rang out through the trees as LuvLee & Belle admired each other in the Looking Mirror:::


Week 7, Chapter 5: Emerge A Butterfly!

If you'll recall, we've been telling tall tales about an unusual Island, known throughout the Galaxy as calorie-count and its inhabitants, the Cal-Counters, who arrived from all directions of cyber-space... 

One fine Fall Day, GullieBelle was chasing beautiful butterflies around the meadow when her best friend LuvLeeLilac finally found her.    "Belle!  Belle!"  Luvlee gasped.  "Come to Gramsie's with me.  She's baked fresh cookies!!!"

Belle took one last look at the beautiful butterflies, and they headed to Gramsie's cottage.  Gramsie was just setting out a plate of fresh warm cookies and a pitcher of milk when the girls burst into the cottage, all giggles and laughter.  They chattered about the butterflies as they settled at Grams feet for a story about life, the journey and the struggle.

"A Butterfly"

A man found a cocoon for a butterfly. One day a small opening appeared, he sat and watched the butterfly for several hours as it struggled to force its body through the little hole. Then it seemed to stop making any progress. It appeared as if it had gotten as far as it could and could go no farther. Then the man decided to help the butterfly.

He took a pair of scissors and snipped the remaining bit of the cocoon. The butterfly then emerged easily. Something was strange. The butterfly had a swollen body and shriveled wings. The man continued to watch the butterfly because he expected at any moment, the wings would enlarge and expand to be able to support the body, which would contract in time. Neither happened. In fact, the butterfly spent the rest of its life crawling around with a swollen body and deformed wings. It was never able to fly.

What the man in his kindness and haste did not understand, was that the restricting cocoon and the struggle required for the butterfly to get through the smallopening of the cocoon are God`s way of forcing fluid from the body of the butterfly into its wings so that it would be ready for flight once it achieved its freedom from the cocoon. Sometimes struggles are exactly what we need in our life.  


*Make Yourself A Priority* ~ If you slip, Get Up, Dust Off & Start Again!

*Live, Love, Laff & Be Happy~ Let's Walk the Walk Together ~ Here!

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2006 Cal-Counters Challenge & Games Table of Contents & Index

Challenge Table of Contents

Original 7 week Fall, 2006 Games

Other Links

2006 Fall Games Team Submission Threads 

  
Games & Challenges Team I is Full ~ Please use the new Inchcredibles thread! (84) Sep 06 2006
19:04 (UTC)
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then you shall!
Games & Challenges 2006 C-C Challenge & Games ~ HOT NEWSFLASH of the Day 9/7 Sep 06 2006
19:03 (UTC)
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News of the Day Wednesday, 9/6:  Let the Games Begin!  

Posted In the Games Forum:  2006 C-C Challenge Story of the *Cal-Counters* ~ Introduction  

http://www.calorie-count.com/forums/post/1369 0.html  

Posted In the Motivation Forum (editor Garnet77):  We're pleased to announce *hot off the presses* the:  2006 C-C Challenge Gazette SPECIAL EDITION  

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Who do I contact when a problem comes up, and they will come up.... (aka Chain of Command)   

Essentially, players contact their team leaders, Team Leaders contact the Games Coordinators and the Games Coordinators should chase down Garnet77 & United ;) 

Players please don't post *problem* threads or bother Erik & Igor.  This is a game set up, run & played by members so let's try to take care of our own business together :)  So the Chain of Command is kinda like this...

  • Players should contact their team and their team captain.
    • each team needs to decide who and how to contact with problems
    • we suggest that the Team Captain get a Co-Captain (or someone who wants to help... as a backup). 
    • For NOT urgent stuff, please decide for your team how you want team players to contact the team leader and backup person. 
      • Post on team thread?
      • email both the Team Captain and the backup?
      • this includes stuff like going away for a day or week
      • breaking a leg
      • Players should not start a new thread.
    • For Urgent stuff, the player should email the Team Captain, the backup person and the designated Games coordinator.
    • We'll keep the Team Captain updated on who the Games Coordinators are with the daily emails and updates in the Gr8Games daily journal or profile.. still figuring this part out ~ so more to come later.
 
  • The Team Captain (Co-captain or back up person) should contact
    • For not urgent stuff... please post  a message to the Gr8games journal entry of the day.  This is the only place we'll check for messages and it will be checked several times a day by whomever's on duty....
    • For rare by very urgent stuff... please email united2gether and include a copy to garnet77 and the designated Games coordinator for your team.  Somebody will get back to you.
 
  • The Games Coordinators should contact
  • For not urgent stuff... please post  a message to Garnet77's journal entry of the day.  This is the only place we'll check for messages and it will be checked several times a day by whomever's on duty.
  • For rare by very urgent stuff... please email united2gether and include a copy to garnet77 and the designated Games coordinator backup of the day (more on this later).  Somebody will get back to you.
  New Teams are still forming:
  • New teams will continue to form until midnight Tues, 9/12
  • Partial teams will be distributed to the other teams
  • The team can double back and do this Meet & Greet Activity
When do we start the Fun & Games?
  • The first Meet & Greet Activity will be up when people visit calorie-count on Thursday, 9/7!
How many Challenges are there?  Seven!
  • a Meet & Greet Activity, starts Thursday, 9/7
  • a Warm UP, starts Thurs, 9/14
  • 4 weeks of regular Games, starting each Thurs.
  • 1 Grand Finale week, starts 10/19
  • everything wraps up b4 u can say *trick or treat*
  How Long Does Each Challenge Run?  1 week each
  • The Challenges start each Thursday morning and cut off at midnight each Wednesday (for the time zone you are in).
  • Cut off for the Team is Midnight each Wednesday. 
  • This means each player must submit their entries and points to the team by Midnight each Wednesday.
  • Team Captains or their designated proxy will submit the whole package  by Midnight each Thursday (more on this later!)
  • The Game Coordinators will work their magic and Results will be posted by the next Wedneday at Midnight ~ so everyone can see the results when they pick up their next challenge :)
Who Plays!  Everyone can choose to play (Team Leader plus 8 Players).
  • But, only the scores for 8 players count each week. 
  • If everyone plays, just toss the lowest set of scores. 
  • The Team Leader can choose not to play if they are busy doing other *team* stuff like cheering everyone on!
  • If there are not 8 players for the week, the team captain calls the ball and decides what to do.  Team Captain
    • can fill in themselves
    • or take the average score of the actual players for the week and use the *average* for each missing player. 
How Do you get Points:
  • Each Player will get points for participating in each of the 5 parts of the challenge.
  • The Team will get the points from 8 players and add them together.
  • Points are cumulative and start accruing with this Challenge.
  • New teams that form 
More Information on Everything will be coming soon :)   Remember, you can find this...
  • in the Gr8games journal! 
  • Even point your team members there or give your team players a link to it :) 
  • We'll also post it in the *Hot Flashes* in the Games Forum.
  That's it for today! Thanks everyone!
Games & Challenges 2006 C-C Challenge & Games ~ HOT NEWSFLASH of the Day 9/7 Sep 06 2006
18:58 (UTC)
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Previous updates..


Tuesday, September 5, 2006

Slappy's Team Kick A$$ has a Co-Captain, Nomoreexcuses! Nomo has graciously accepted co-captainship and has already put her organizational skills to good use whipping their team into shape! Slappy regrets not being as available to her team as previously planned but will remain their constant cheerleader and advisor until she can return to the Games full force. We all wish you well, Slappy, and hope you're back competing with your team soon!

Monday, September 4, 2006

It's here! The new DIRECTORY! Filled with current links to help you navigate the games!

MOVED!
We've moved the Challenge to the Games Forum!  Yay!

The bad news. We cannot edit thread titles or posts. 

We get all new threads!

  • We will start new threads for all of the teams ASAP and all the new Games Threads!
Please hold off posting until we get the threads all straightened out!  When the new threads are started, we will have the old threads locked.


When Will the Games Start?

  • We will try to start the *Getting2Know {{{U}}} Meet & Greet Activities* on Wednesday September 5th, but it may be Thursday.
  • More news on that as soon as we know :)
New Teams Are Still Forming -  Click Here to sign up and join the fun :)

  • We will enroll new players and teams through Tues, 9/12,but don‚??t worry!  New teams can catch up :)
The Main Games!
  • The regular Challenge and Games  run 6 weeks (a warm up week, 4 regular weeks and a finale week) and wraps up before you can say 'Trick or Treat'! 
The Teams!

  • Click Here to see the Team Rosters, the Players and the Team Leaders!
Want to Help Coordinate the Games?

  • Click Here to join the Coordinators and Help with the Games :)
UPDATES!

  • Updates will be made frequently and news will be added so keep an eye on this thread!
Games & Challenges Team I is Full ~ Please use the new Inchcredibles thread! (84) Sep 06 2006
16:35 (UTC)
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Please click here to see the HOT NEWSFLASH of the Day Wednesday 9/6 ~ aka the most current news everyone needs to know!!!   
Games & Challenges Temporary Team H Thread. Get your Captain. Get Your Name. Start your own thread! Sep 06 2006
16:05 (UTC)
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Welcome to vicki8seekers as team H member #8!!!

Chat it up Team H!

Also would luv a Team Name by later today plus your 1 word nickname
Games & Challenges Temporary Team H Thread. Get your Captain. Get Your Name. Start your own thread! Sep 06 2006
16:02 (UTC)
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about the team leader!

any of the most seniour would be a fine team leader... So pipe up if you want it and then y'all decide???  Would like to know who later today! 

Thanks!  United
Games & Challenges Temporary Team H Thread. Get your Captain. Get Your Name. Start your own thread! Sep 06 2006
16:01 (UTC)
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Good Morniing :) 

Hi ~ It's united :)  I have meetings all morning so... Please keep signing up here! 

You only need 1 more team member for Group H.

We will start filling Team I with the people after H has their 9th person! 

Please keep signing up here until we get the team I roll call started.  We will transfer all team I people to their own thread after Garnet77 or I get back...

Thanks!

*Yay* ~ Go Team H!
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