RagamuffinTop Challenge // 3


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1. You must have a measurable goal.
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Here was last weeks list so that we can go check up on each other!!!
Don’t let each other fail!!!

My Week 2
I started out with the worst lower back pain I have had in quite some time. This was after my 6 mile run last weekend.
It sucked. Like. SUCKED. I started doing these back stretches every hour where I get on my belly and arch my back while lifting my head to the sky.
Yes. It looked exactly like you are imagining.
I did this in my office. At the pool. On the street. Everywhere.
Sunday I rode the bike. Monday rest. Tuesday 3 miles. Wednesday rest (should have been 3 miles) Thursday rest (should have been 3 miles) I wanted to give my back 2 solid days of rest. Friday I rode the stationary bike for 30 minutes and prayed that my rest days would not come back to bite me today.
After my 7 mile run this morning I must say, I think I chose wisely. My back held up the entire run and I felt great all 7 miles. Here was the run…
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I feel great about my training program and I am excited about this weeks runs.
So goal number one…MARATHON in 16 more weeks…getting there.
If you are NIKE plus runner… Here is my profile
Goal number two…Get to 175 lbs…
Last week I weighed 202.5 lbs…
This Week…

So there you have it.
How were your weeks?
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  • Tim

    Hey, I want to throw out a challenge to anyone participating. This week–starting today–until next weeks weigh in, I’m going to try to drop soda from my diet entirely. My (mini)goal is to drink only water for the next 7 days. Who wants to go in with me on this?

  • Hey, Tim. That’s an awesome goal. I tried to do that last week but wasn’t completely successful. I’ll try again this week too! Although I do like iced green tea so I’ll include that–unsweetened or naturally sweetened.

  • Just ran 4 miles and feel great. I am running the Nike+ Human Race August 31 and could use your support. Thanks and good luck to all in the Ragamuffin Top Challenge. To Tim: I did that five years ago and have not looked back. I cannot even drink soda without getting sick now. In fact I don’t even like the taste anymore. You can do it. Take it a day and week at a time and before you know it you will be in water world for good.

  • I’m in for the pop… but I won’t like it! 🙂 I’m going to make Saturday (after weigh in) the day that I can have a treat. I figured that would help me to “stay good” during the rest of the time. Too often people loose weight and then when they get there, they can’t keep it up because it’s just unreasonable. I’m going to try and do something I can live with.

  • I’m in for the no Coke think. That’s the hardest for me to give up. I can do without a lot of things, but I think I use it as a crutch (comfort drink, instead of comfort food).

    Hey Los: Why don’t you see if you can find a way to track all of the pounds lost by everyone while we’re doing the challenge? Set us a big goal to reach. Might be something fun to add to this.

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  • TD

    Today’s weigh in: 198.6 (before 6 mile run)

  • I’m in with the ‘no soda’ challenge. That’s going to be a pain but it might help.

    Is everyone here running outside or on a treadmill? I run outside and its a lot harder than being on a treadmill… I’m wondering if I should just stick to the gym.

    Good luck to everyone…

  • Ya cutting out soda-pop-coke-cola (however you guys call it in your state) is a great idea. I started that trend last week along with cutting out fast food. Beware of your body not liking you for a day or two while you deny it caffeine and In-N-Out.

    I’ve actually cut myself to drinkinng one glass of OJ in the morning, Water throughout the day, and use only soy milk for my cereal. Worked out pretty good. Not sure how cooking is going to go with soy milk. Anybody have any experience with that?

  • Sounds like a great goal. I am in. It is time to tame this beast!!!

  • Great goal. I am in. Time to tame this beast!

  • I drink OJ in the morning (or another juice) and I use soy milk for my cereal as well. It works ok but sometimes I just really want good ol’ COW milk.

    What is everyone doing for energy? Energy bars, pills, anything???

  • Alright – it’s settled then. I’m cold turkey on the cokes as of 10am this morning. No mas until I hit my 3 goals.

    Boy this is gonna be a long summer……

  • OK…got home from vacation and started up the challenge. I’m posting under my alternate blog: http://www.dancingthruherdaddysworld.blogspot.com.

    Oh…Anthony…try the energy powder added to your drink from Starbucks! It doesn’t taste like anything and you can add it to literally any drink.

    Work hard everyone!

  • When I used to ellipticize and lift(pre neck injury), I would take my morning meds(anti-depressant, hormones, and multivitamin) with 8 oz. skim milk and 8 oz cup of coffee to take kids to school. Then I’d workout and have a fat burner protein shake afterward a la the health club juice bar. So if you can take a vitamin supplement that might help. I really feel it if I miss the vitamins. A friend uses Ester-C vitamin C supplement and she really likes that for energy boost. Don’t know what’s best for boy bodies though.

  • i’ve recently been doing the CLIF Bar’s. There organic or something healthy. My sister did a ton of research on needing to stay away from certain things. One being hydrogenated Oils, and the other being High Fructos Corn Syrup. Which is in pretty much everything. So, last time i went on a diet and got down to 280, i went the organic route. it can be expensive though.

    i’m not sure if it gives you energy… but i usually eat it between my lunch and dinner session.

  • i finally took the plunge and joined in. i’m a couple weeks behind but i needed to get into this because, all too often, i’ll start trying to get health life right on my own and just give up. NOW, i got the muffinTop community keeping me in check. today’s weigh in is 194. i’m trying to get to somewhere in the mid 170s.

    this week: water only for hydration and relaxation. no more soda or SWEET TEA for me!

  • Thanks for the energy tips. I was at 181.2, went down to 179.2, and now back up to 183 due to my running. I think I’m going to be on a curve in which I gain weight for a few weeks as I develop muscle from running then gradually lose excess fat. It can be discouraging to gain weight when I’m working so hard to lose it. I’ve been doing it just over a week so I need to constantly remind myself that its work-in-progress.

  • I put my link up, but just got home from spending a week out of town – so I’ll do an official weigh-in tomorrow morning and update my post then.

  • Week one down and I have dropped 6.5 lbs. Not too bad and thanks for the encouragement.

  • rain check on the kidney stone surgery then?

  • Summer used to be fun. Now it’s got all you goal setters in it. Argh. The peer pressure. I’m in, too.

  • Week one down! Met the goal of walking 4 days for 30 minutes each time – keeping the same goal for next week.

    Bad storms last night – so I had to walk twice today to cover yesterday.

  • Thanks for the encouragement everybody! Had a great week.

  • Officially starting…a little late. Thanks for keeping us all accountable!

  • Yo Los… maybe I will be a bit fitter when we teach at the saddbleback in a couple weeks 🙂 … I even made a video.

  • yo. worked out more, and ate better, but didn’t lose anything this week. but i feel a little better, and i’m gonna step it up a little more next week.

  • Congrats Carlos you’re doing great that’s a lot of weight to lose in a few days maybe I should try and run a marrathon. Can’t wait to see everyones weigh in next week!

  • Just updated my Challenge post to say that I lost 5 pounds this week! Results not typical, I know – benefit of having a lot of weight to lose, but I’ll take what I can get!

  • Ugh! Not a good start for me but I am happy to see that others started out well. 🙂

  • Sorry I posted late. I was in Big Bear for the weekend. 🙂
    I stayed the exact same. LAME! I’m so annoyed.
    Ah well…it’s a lil more difficult when you have less to lose…which totally sounds like an excuse…which it probably is. Hahaha.

    Miss you Los. Thanks for the shout-out in the previous post…made my day! 🙂

  • Okay, I’m breaking down and joining the challenge – a bit late, but better late than never right?!

  • Annie D = Hilarious

  • I linked and forgot to post! Shesh. Had a tough emotional day today. I ate…didn’t make the best choices. I have to learn to turn to God when I’m hurt, struggling, etc instead of food. Sigh.

    I had a four pound loss this past week!! I’m off now on Week two starting NOW!

  • Just updated my challenge. Started at 265 last Monday got down to 258 by Friday. Ran 12 miles, drank lots of water and practiced great portion control. Then the weekend showed up. Weighed myself today after working out and am down to 260 only 5 more pounds to my goal of 255 by June 18.

  • I SUCK!

    This week was awful! Up 3lbs.

    This week will be better!

    I’ll be going home tonight and walking at least 2 miles – along with every other night this week.

  • Well friends, I did so good until yesterday. I had a friend visiting from out of town and we had mexican food which destroyed my good work all week.

    Do yall think cheat days are ok?

  • Jad

    Down 1.5. Not impressive numbers but loss none the less. Time to get serious.

  • I’m with you on the no soda Tim. But did I hear someone say “No In-N-Out”… I don’t know if I can pull that one off.

  • I’m in! A bit late to the party, but I’m joining you all…maybe this will keep me accountable!

  • I lost an additional 2 lbs. I am not overly excited but I am still pleased that I am losing even after I ate some bad stuff this week. Thanks for keeping me accountable.

  • Just now checking in…wasn’t that great this week. Only down 1.4 total from the beginning. But I’ve got another week. We’ll see how things go.

  • I did so much better with my eating than I normally do, but I’ve got to step up my exercise or I won’t ever loose weight. I am also working on drinking more water! The only thing about that is the constant bathroom visits – who has time for that?

  • Help!!! I am lost. I had tried to follow the instructions from the site of Ragamuffin Soul…..but then it got all complicated – and I forgot….chemo brain does not go away quickly….I can barely follow a recipe these days.

    I ummmm thought this was a really good way to loose some weight – after chemo therapy most cancer patients LOOSE wieght ….I gained! Go figure. The only thing I lost was my ability to think in long thoughts or following instuctions…..those cells are recouperating I HOPE!

  • Jay

    I finally got my results posted. Something about a server error or a I D 1 0 T error.

    Okay, maybe I’m just a slacker. Yep, that’s it. I’ll try to be the FIRST post this weekend instead of the last (gunning for YOU Tim – great idea on the coke thing!)

    Keep up the work Ragamuffins!!!

  • i've recently been doing the CLIF Bar's. There organic or something healthy. My sister did a ton of research on needing to stay away from certain things. One being hydrogenated Oils, and the other being High Fructos Corn Syrup. Which is in pretty much everything. So, last time i went on a diet and got down to 280, i went the organic route. it can be expensive though.

    i'm not sure if it gives you energy… but i usually eat it between my lunch and dinner session.