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Old 03-01-2014, 02:38 PM   #106
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LOVE2b Its so nice to see you excited about your low number...way to go! I never saw low fat animal crackers, I am sure the carb count is through the roof. we have dollar Tree store here also, I love that store...

SUM You know exactly what to do!! Back to the low carbing and the gym. Hope that ear goes back to normal soon. Do you think the altitude in colorado had something to do with that?

CATTAILS Happy march girlfriend!

MAGICSUSAN Walking in the forest and being close to nature is really cool . I did that when I went camping in October. It was an amazing workout because i had to walk up and down hilly paths and also avoid roots and rocks soI wouldn't fall.

BUSYMAMABREDA wELCOME.so nice to have you here. I have a lot of Irish friends and totally love their culture...and yes, I never heard a real irish morning say Top of the morning....but they do have other funny great to say, unfortunately they say a lot of them in gaelic which I don't understand....Welcome to our challenge.

Marlene Im going to look for those crackers next tine I"m at walmart

CARMA Nice to see you again!!! We noticed you were gone a while, nice to see you back...hope your daughter feels better soon.
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Old 03-01-2014, 02:53 PM   #107
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Happy March everyone...We have 17 days left to this challenge!!!! There is so much we can accomplish in 17 days!!!!

I had a great date last night but went out for japanese food, which wasn't a goo idea because the low carb options are slim.....but managed to have sashimi without any rice, and teriyaki chicken, salad and miso soup. Luckily I did not have a gain this morning....met friends after that and had two vodka tonics....not sure what would have been a better carb choice. All in all I feel like I had fun...but i'm ready to continue on being serious. Low carb all the way for me, two new atkins books came in the mail today so I'm psyched!!

Taught a zumba gold class today.....some of the students were in wheelchairs...this really warms my heart. Here are these people with limited abilities going through so much to get to the studio and workout the best that they can...Wow....makes me feel guilty for being so lazy.

I had two days so far of the 21 day fix..they aren't easy DVDs but they seem way easier than P90x. Not sure how familiar you ladies are with beach body workouts but they are a good way to work out without leaving the house. ...Since a lot of us have been snowed in this winter and theres more snow on the way this is a good way for us to feel like we have the gym experience without leaving the gym. I'll be doing my third day of the fix today, which is Lower Fix.

We are expecting more snow tomorrow night and its supposed to be a doozie...so I went food shopping today to stock the house up with good low carb choices.

I hope you all have a wonderful day today and an amazing weekend. I'm feeling much better about things....I remind myself that all I can do is try my best to be and feel healthy again. Im a fitness instructor that can't do push ups anymore....something about that isn't right.
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Old 03-01-2014, 04:00 PM   #108
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Still here. I've been rowing and running fairly consistently (although maybe 1 more run a week would be helpful) The problem is that I am still eating crap. I need to have "something snap" like Sum mentioned a few days back. I'm pretty convinced that once I get 5 or so pounds off it will inspire me to keep going. Had an oh-crap moment the other day, I was taking my son to batting practice and we have to walk through a gym to get to the cages. There was a mirrored wall by the door and I did not recognize myself in it. Who is that old fat person? Oh crap. It's me. Its similar to what you guys were discussing about still feeling fat after losing some weight. I don't feel as fat as I look, so when I see a picture of myself, or an unexpected reflection, it hits home. Grrr. I don't know how to get myself to stick to an eating plan. i wish I could afford one of those fancy weight loss spas, sign me up for a month or so.
Well, I hope everyone is having a great week-end!
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Old 03-01-2014, 07:41 PM   #109
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HI apple blossom, I have had moments like that also...absolutely awful to realize we do not look like we think we do....for me it was walking past a store and seeing my reflection in the window......i looked frumpy and worn out..and big....maybe we need to feel that yucky moment for incentive...
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Old 03-01-2014, 08:30 PM   #110
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Thanks Sum Congratulations on the new car, so exciting I made salmon cakes for dinner. (canned salmon, bread crumbs, egg, mayo, green pepper, onion and old bay) and I broil them. Really good.

Thanks Zumba it's funny when you go to Dollar Tree you intend to buy a few things and come out with a cart full (or maybe that's just me) , I don't remember the carb count but when I get them I'll let you know. I use to eat then as a quick snack. They remind me of an air cookie if that makes sense. It's sorta like a hollow little cookie and the fact that I have 16 makes me feel like I have a lot like a kid, huh Glad to hear you had a good time and no game ... way to go

Apple Blossom, nice to meet you I've had moments here lately where my husband has even looked at me and said WOW, and my daughter mentioned something about being able to see my shape ... their comments make me smile but I don't see what they see. I still see that chunky woman with the rolls no matter what I do. I don't know it will take for me to like what I see, maybe the next decade will be different. Sum and Cattails I have a feeling that I will be like you (if I ever get there) and think that the 130's is not low enough, Zumba it is definitely an incentive to keep going

Well it's the first of the month and I went to the gym. I went on February 1st also and didn't go back until the 26th (that's why I only loss 2.2lbs) Hoping I can do better with my goals this month
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Old 03-01-2014, 08:41 PM   #111
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That is awesome Rennie!! Almost closer to your 150's than 170's!
Thanks Sum, I never thought about it that way
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Carb count for 8 of the animal crackers is 12.5. They are not sweet, Rennie's kids are right there. And they don't cause cravings for me, in fact, I think they help prevent them some.

B- breakfast taco, coffee w/cream
L- salad, chicken, animal crackers, orange, few grapes
S- cheese stick. 1 cup popcorn
D- salad, chicken, guacamole, black olives, feta, blackberries, animal crackers
S- no sugar added ice cream
Went for a walk

Total calories in -aprox 1250
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Marlene, they don't make me crave either ... they satisfy any sweet craving with ease and I don't feel guilty Marlene what's in your breakfast taco? Thanks
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1 scrambled egg, 1 slice of bacon, a sprinkle of cheese, salsa, and a flour tortilla. Standard fare for here in Texas. It is about 250 calories, but one is enough and I don't have it every day. Just when I can get away from the house early enough and yet afford to be a little late for Saturday work, because I meet up with some people from a car club I belong to. The danger is that I hate to leave to go to the office!

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Lol, you're right about that, Zumba; I started by running a figure eight inside my house and made it to week two of c25k. Then started over with week 1 out of doors- week 1 outside was much harder than week 2 inside!

Sounds like you're on top of things and ahead of the storm I'm a bit of a wimp and would rather go running and play with my dumbbells than do one of those grueling workouts, at least for the moment... Have a great Sunday!
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Appleblossom, hang in there; I had a lot of those horror-reflection moments. It took several months till I could catch my reflection and not be embarrassed by my size. As far as the eating crap is concerned, I had to fill my house with healthy snacks that I love that are also convenient- if it's still easier to grab a snickers than an orange, it's hard... Good luck!

Rennie, don't know what the weather is like where you are, but I always have an easier time commiting to regular exercise in the Spring- I love to be outside if it's warm enough, and long walks also keep me away from the fridge and I find it much easier to maintain a healthy attitude.

Weather should be a little better today, soI will walk up the biiiig hill behind my house and see if I can see the alps.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend, everyone!
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Marlene sounds very good. I do have some low carb tortillas. I'll have to add it up and maybe that will be lunch today

Stomach? after eating it ---> The danger is that I hate to leave to go to the office!

Susan I so wish I could find some place to walk outside here. I tried walking twice around here but the I don't know what you call them people around here and their lose dogs drive me nuts so I just wait until I can make it to the gym. I use to walk a track daily when we lived in Virginia. I haven't found one here close enough to walk on that I trust I'm an overly cautious person or just plain paranoid, either way I dream of going back to Virginia It's cold here now. And walking does keep me away from temptation also

I have hit my low ... I weighed in at 165 When I did this in 2010 I went back up the next day and the next day and the next day but I am on a mission this time to see the 150's and make my user name a reality this year A nice 3lb whoosh would be great
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Old 03-02-2014, 09:43 AM   #118
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So my TOM started on valentines day I did a hop up on the scale then despite being good or bad I fluctuated between 208-210. Then exactly 15 days later scale whoosh to 206.8 then today 205.8 so frustrating. Now I am going to work as hard as I can to get as much off for the next 2 weeks. At least tracking everyday helped me figure out this pattern.
I have started the process of getting on a 16 week program with a personnel trainor who will oversee my exercise and diet for that time. It will be 425 dollars but hopefully it will get me into the weightlifting/exercise routine. I think at this point in the game I need some guidance.
My daughter is all better and other than having stomach pains I avoided it.

Apple blossom: hang in there. For years I waited for that aha moment it finally came. You exercising is really important. Start slowly by adding in more servings of whole grains and fruits and vegetables.

Zumba: I get what you mean about Zumba gold. It is inspirational seeing people who struggle getting out there no matter what. It reminds you of what dedication really means.

Marlene: thanks for the tip on the animal crackers. I will have to pick some up. Your breakfast taco made me think about el monterey's breakfast burrito's. Now I wonder if there is a online recipe for them. That way I could use lower calorie wraps and individualize the kids tastes too.

Susan: enjoy the alps.

Rennie: sending you gym willpower.

Sum: what kind of car did you get?

Hi to everyone else. Happy Sunday!
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Zumba, my ear has been a bugger. I have chronic eczema in my ears, sometimes it gets better but when it flares up bad I usually get an ear infection. I am making an appointment with an ENT and hopefully I can get these ears cured for good.
I am glad that you have gotten your groove back. That 140 will get here soon!!!

Rennie on your 165. 150's; here we come! What's your goal? 136 like you have it at MFP?

Susan I can only imagine your view. We get excited over garbage dumps Michigan is soooo flat. We do have pretty lakes though. And up north is really pretty.

Marlene Another spot on day for you. You are so disciplined. Your bfast taco sounds yummy.

Apple Sending you positive thoughts. I hope you'll find your mojo!! 5 pounds would help you, I am sure. -- I had one of those moments at the hair dressers, I could not believe how big my mid section was when I was sitting in that chair. -- I had known that I was big, but that big!!! I was really ashamed.

Cat I hope your knee feels better!

Carma I have seen your posted steps at the exercise thread, that is impressive! I have been lax what comes to my fitbit. I hope my ear will feel better that i can get back to my walking. The woods are icy though, spring can not get here fast enough.

Okay that is as far as I can see. If I missed anyone to you!!
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My ear is making me tired. I will definitely make an appointment with a doctor. I need to get these ears healed. I have nasty eczema in both ears that have been present for years. They get infected every so often. My dermatologist gave me something that "healed" them as long as I used the drops, but I would hate to use steroid drops every day. I hope that an ENT will have a solution for me.

I did not wake up on time for my aerobic class, nor do I think I could have done all the bouncing anyways. My balance is off too.

Today we are teaching how our DD how to file her taxes. A very valuable lesson. She worked all year at minimum wage, she will be getting a few dollars back which she is excited over.

We got more snow, ugh. Tired of that white stuff. I remember one week in March that we had 70 degree weather, dreaming of that week. I wish I was going somewhere warm. -- Colorado was nice; it was sunny almost everyday

I will probably try to get back to my exercises this week. Monday will be out because I will be at the FCA all day, but on Tuesday I will be lifting, swimming and walking once again! -- I'm sure my condition has deteriorated; both strength and aerobic. I have not done anything in three weeks....ugh. Hate to start from scratch

I think I will walk the pups today, get some movement under my belt. She is bored to tears because she did only got walked once this week. I feel bad for her. Luckily she is old (9) that she is not as hyper as she once was.

Husband is happy with his new car It was a very nice birthday gift for him. We bought him a VW Jetta, diesel. Surprising it has a lot of pep in it. And it gets awesome gas mileage. He drives 400-500 miles per week to Cleveland. That 40-50 mpg will be a nice perk. -- I feel bad for my FIL. He was a head designer for an American car company; and 3/4 of his kids are driving foreign cars. I absolutely love my Mini, the design and how it handles. The Jetta looks nice outside but kinda basic inside, American counterparts look better inside. But how it handles and drives, we liked it better than the American cars. -- In Michigan it is frown upon to have foreign made cars. Well we still have a Ford and a Caddie as well

Back to challenge business. I ate well yesterday. Low carb/slow carb. My weight came down 0.6 pounds. I am hoping to drop a pound today. I want to get back to my 130's. -- I think my ear infection is making me feel bloated....is that possible??

Okee, time to start my day. Have a beautiful Sunday my friends
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