Saturday, January 26, 2013

New challenge

Hey all!

We had another good week this week! Here are the results:

  • Jerusha: -3 (Again!!! I'm super happy about this because I really lacked motivation this week, but I pushed through!)
  • Clarissa: -0.4 (She and Jason had a bet going both this week and last week. Last week Jason owed her a massage, but this week she owes him a foot rub. Both victory dances were great!)
  • Jason: -2.4
  • Crystal: +1
Clarissa and Jason found a new "contest" online and shared it with us this week. The link is  There are a few different options, which I will do my best to explain (though the website explains it all).

Here ya go:

BMI Challenge - You must be a 30 BMI or higher to enter and you have a year to get below a 25 BMI. If you achieve this goal, you get $100 without paying a dime into it. If you pay in $150 you get $400 back, and if you pay $300 you get $1000 back. Not too shabby! The sight tells you where the money comes from and explains all the details.

If you're like me, and know that you can't possibly get to a 25 BMI in the next year (if ever... haha), you can do the 10% Challenge. This challenge gives you 6 months to lose 10% of your total body weight. Unfortunately, there's not a "free" challenge for this one. However, if you put in $150, you get $300 back.

If you do enter, please consider entering either Jason or Clarissa's registration number so they can get credit for the referrals.

  • Clarissa's is 0538006110
  • Jason's is 4191298527
If you can't decide whose number to enter, make them work for it. You can go off of whoever has the highest loss next week ;). Seeing as I have a billion hospital bills right now, I can't put $150 down, but I have decided that if I don't lose 10% by June 1st (from Jan 1st) I have to pay my husband $100. If I do, I get to spend the $100. Talk about motivation!

Speaking of motivation, I've got to get walking! The Idaho Potato Marathon is just a few months away! Weather has made it impossible for me to get out and walk with my little one, so I'm getting a bit nervous. However, I'm going to do whatever I can to be ready for the half marathon. If we can get a team of 10 people (doesn't matter if you do the 5k, 10k, half, or whole marathon) before April 18th, the cost is only $30/person (unless you're doing the whole marathon). Right now, we have 5 "for sure's" and 3 "maybe's". Would you like to join our team? The "race" (I use quotations because I'm not racing, I'm walking) is Saturday, May 18th. The details can be found at Please let us know if you want to do one of the races so we can have you on our team. We may even think about making a Join Our Journey t-shirt for it... depends on cost.

Here's to a healthy, motivated week!


  1. Soooooo! Sad I lost the foot rub this week, but seeing Jason's victory dance was pretty good too!

  2. Hello friends--so sorry, Clarissa, but it's a win-win for you both. :)

    Sadly, I had a gain of .5 this week. I didn't do as much walking as I had the week before, so it's obvious to me that it makes a difference. I KNEW it did, but now I REALLY know it. It's been a rough week for me. Lots of stress in all aspects of my life, and I know that's been difficult. So I should be happy it was only a .5 gain. haha. I will be back to walking this week, so that should help, too.

    I've been trying to get the motivation to track my food, and I like the access to online tools, but I get so frustrated with trying to put recipes in. Does anyone have any ideas about that? I'm just about to just do a notepad to write things down, but then I'm STILL not sure of calories. I did weight watchers for so long, I still kinda think of things as "points." i've been thinking of going back to WW, but I'm not sure if I'll do that. Input?

    1. .5 is not bad at all! If Weight Watchers helps you and you can afford it, I say go for it. I always struggled at WW simply because I really struggle with the phrase "If I can do it, you can do it!". Most of the time, I felt surrounded by people who had lost 20-40 lbs who would always say that to me. All I could think was "I have 150 to lose... Don't even compare my situation to yours!" Sadly, I've always struggled with this "bitter" attitude and I didn't lose well on WW. I also thought their prices were steep. However, I know many people who've been greatly successful on it and it's totally healthy. I think it's a great program and there's a reason they've been around so long. (Sorry, you probably didn't want to know my bitter story :s)

    2. I'm really glad to get your perspective on it! I've joined 3 times and left 3 times. One time I did really well, but it is expensive, and sometimes I feel out of place. I think it's because the first time I did it, I went with my roommate who was the incredible shrinking woman and I felt like a giant. What dissuades me most are the prices, and it all feels so commercial to me. However, I do like how easy tracking is on it. That's what attracts me to it. How do you track now? Would you bring that up in the meeting to see what everyone does? I'd love some feedback!

    3. Clarissa and I both use Calorie King. We love it! Back when we joined, you purchased it once and got a code that made it so you'd have it forever (even if you switched computers). It updates once a month and is pretty up to date with just about everything. You can save all of your own recipes on there and can save your favorites, etc. You can also enter anything in oz or grams and can use fraction or decimal amounts (trivial, but so nice). Sadly, I think they do a monthly cost thing now... I'll look into it for you. Rebecca uses myfitnesspal. I've used this, and it's decent, but I like Calorie King better. Could be because I'm partial ;). For a really long time, I did track everything in points, that is until I figured out how to cheat the system... I'm a little ornery. The very best thing I did for myself (no matter which system you use) was to get a digital kitchen scale that measures in both oz and grams. You can't cheat the system if you weigh all of your food. I'm not sure what Crystal and Jason use. I'll ask them.

    4. So I just checked it out. If you go to, there's a tab at the top of the page that says software. I'm pretty sure this is the same thing I did 3 years ago. It costs $45, but you don't have to pay for a membership or anything after that. (I'm pretty sure that's how it still works). It'll also give you a free 7-day trial, so you can see if it's something you'll like or not.