Ruthie, I'm so sorry that your little Disney has passed on. It is very hard to lose a pet. You have my condolences.
Welcome Little Miss Niki and Donna. We're always happy to see new faces around here. I think you have been here before, Donna. Stick around! We'd really like to have you input. You are doing so well.
Niki, you are in the weight range I was in in my younger days. I think always trying to lose those last few pounds helped me to maintain. You can tell your boyfriend that you're not hungry and don't mention dieting. He won't even realize it!
Rennie - That 3 day diet has been around for years with different names and in different forms. It's good for losing quickly when you're had a recent gain and I don't think it's harmful because it's not long term.
I am the same height as you and I would LOVE to weigh 130, but I don't think it's practical for me at my age and with my medical conditions. It would certainly help with my knee pain! I would be very happy at 150. Losing that much weight would give me a lot of loose skin and I can't afford to have the surgery to remove it. So right now my goal is to lose 20 lbs so I can fit into the clothes I have that are too tight. At that weight I would look relatively normal for an old lady and then I could work on getting a little lower. I would stop when I started to get too much loose skin.
When my husband was married to his first wife, he came home from work one day and she was gone. Left a goodbye note and ran home to mamma in CA, never to be seen again. In the beginning, he was always afraid I would leave. Now I tell him I'm not going anywhere. I'm going to stay here til the end and make his life miserable! LOL
We were having a "discussion" yesterday and he got mad and said "I don't want to talk about it." I said, "Ok, you shut up and I will do the talking." He kept turning the car radio up louder and I kept talking louder. We both burst out laughing, and the discussion was over.
Trish, I am wondering about your comment that the fiber caused your weight gain. I've never heard that. I always heard that fiber keeps your body from absorbing the carbs and sugar in your meal and whisks it out of your body. Please don't give up on fiber because of that. It's so healthy for you. I get mixed up on which foods are soluble fiber and which are insoluble. I will have to research that. We need both.
Mushrooms and onions are not only low carb and calorie, they have so many nutrients that are healthy. I try to have them every day.
I know the things my husband eats are not healthy for me, and he says he should not be deprived of what he wants because of me. I agree, and with the sweets and salty snacks I have good control because they don't appeal to me. But when it comes to starchy carbs, it's a different story altogether. I need to make up my mind to just say no to them. Carbs are going to be available in my life and I need to learn how to control myself. Yesterday, at the funeral luncheon, they had these luscious looking crescent rolls for sandwiches but I passed them up and just had some deli turkey with lettuce and tomato. Since my sister loved doughnuts, they had them for dessert, but I easily passed on them. Too sugary for me. It is MY JOB to control what I eat.
"Whatever your goal, you can get there as long as you are willing to be honest with yourself about the preparation and the work involved."...Oprah Winfrey
Although no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending...Carl Bard