WW Clubs and Groups - #175 Bale of Turtles Setting Goals




Itryharder
01-09-2007, 10:41 PM
:dc: :welcome3: We are the Turtle Group here at www.3fatchicks.com. We welcome you to join us as we work toward good health and fitness in a persistent manner. As our inspiration we use the race between the turtle and the hare where the turtle was the victor because he didn't give up. We believe in keepin' on even when the odds are against us. We believe in giving each other support. Good luck to us all!
Judy
Itryharder
(for Lin and Lauren)


Princess1122
01-10-2007, 09:49 AM
Happy hump day!

Well it is cold here but the sun is out so that is a positive thing! The scale is not moving an inch but when I say that to my husband he just tells me that I look good so that does make me feel better even if he only means it a little bit :D

Bandit: all of the ski areas are hurting here also and from what the weather man says it is not supposed to get much better for them this year... I guess the only places doing really well are the ones out west.

Judy: Thank you so much for keeping us on track and being such a good group cheer leader! You rock!

Adriana: How is work going? We are still slow here but have high hopes for the coming year.

Chris: Wednesday! Boy that went fast! I remember though... Best wishes for a great second semester!

Susan

chrily
01-10-2007, 11:34 AM
Susan, yep its hard to believe winter break is almost over for me. I had so many plans for things I wanted to get done....and then I didn't. Of course it didn't help that my MIL has been in the hospital since Christmas Day or me catching another cold. I just don't feel like the most enthusiastic person ever.

The Plan for the day is to just rest...while babysitting. :D I just feel worn out and tired. I was up most of the night because I just couldn't breathe. I do have an appt. with my rheumatologist today. I've been feeling like this since Jan. 1st. Maybe he will be willing to get me a prescription for some antibiotics. I just don't feel like I'm getting any better. We'll see though. I'd hate to take antibiotics if they aren't needed.

On the happy side, my MIL is getting out of the hospital today. The pneumonia and her other infections are all cleared up and they said she gets to be sprung. It'll take some recuperation time at home because she has emphysema, COPD, and Congestive Heart Failure but she is so excited to get out of there. 2 weeks is a long time.

Well gonna go. Babysitting duty waits.

Christina


Itryharder
01-10-2007, 05:56 PM
Hi Turtles,
I got to my WW's WI this morning and was officially up 2.2#. Since the end of August I lost 8 pounds and regained some, so now I am down 5#. You know what? That's better than gaining and it's even better than staying the same. I stayed for the mtg. this morning, took care of myself, (dh is going to get stitches removed by himself), and I am going back for a second mtg. tonight. This evening group is the WW group I usually meet with and I am missing my friends. I've got a chicken cutlet thawing in the fridge, will have a sweet potato with it, and some green beans after the meeting.
I just read that paragraph and it's not too clear, but hopefully you'll see that I am inspired. Lots of chat about the snack changes on Core at the morning mtg. WW leader said lots of members had been "abusing" the Core foods, especially protein and milk products and basically grazing and smorgasbording all day long. Then they weren't losing weight. Also mentioned portion control, so I am aiming to do well in both areas this week. Many one week weight Watchers in this group lost 4-6 pounds their first week. Following Christmas, I can understand that, but it doesn't mean that I can't lose at least two pounds this week to get back on track. I've done well knocking off a lot of holiday weight. Now I've got to head to onederland. Help me out guys! :cheer:

Chris, good luck back at school. I am so glad to hear that your dmil is doing better and will be released! :hug:
Princess, the weight will come off. And if your dh says you look good, you do!
Keep on doing what you know works and it'll come off. You've done great so far. :goodscale:
I am so pleased with the weight losses here. I really feel we are good for each other. :grouphug:
Onward and Downward!!!! :idea:
Judy
Itryharder 234.6/217.2/thinner into onederland :cool:

Princess1122
01-11-2007, 10:04 AM
Judy: I am with you! I am very frustrated right now but I am so commited to making 2007 my year that I make it to goal and maybe beyond and you know if I could average one pound a week I woud make it to goal and maybe a bit beyond but right now I am just stuck. BUT! I have faith and I have perserverance on my side so I will review again my food journal and see maybe what I am doing wrong and make what ever changes I need to make. I was really hoping to be down to at least 175 by my trip to Hawaii in April... not sure if I will make it but I sure would like to and try my hardest to make it happen.

All: I sure hope everyone has a great and on plan day! It is supposed to start raining here tonight and it is not supposed to stop until Monday, now THAT makes for a great weekend here in the flat lands :rain: cleaning up mud from dogs and family, wading thru parking lots and my back yard :woohoo:. I normally don't mind winter all that much but this year is not a normal winter and summer could just show up any time now as far as I am concerned :D

Have a happy day all!
Susan

Ariana2000
01-11-2007, 03:26 PM
Ladies: Good afternoon, guys. I try to post every day, but sometimes it just doesn't happen. Work is stressful and crazy, and my free time to post to this group are lunch, but I also have errands to run then, so... well, I do the best I can, and I appreciate the support from everyone! ;D

I did my WI last night, and I am down .4 from the last time I weighed in (the Wednesday before Christmas), which means that I lost any weight gained from Xmas and New Year's, and I also lost the weight I'd gained right before the holidays. So I can confidently say that I am back on track. If I can lose another 1.3 pounds by the end of the month, I'll even be on track for my 2007 goal. :D

Work is crazy and stressful, but at least tomorrow is Friday. I was so exhausted last night that I actually skipped working out. I have to be really, really tired to do that; I haven't skipped a workout because I was too tired in months. So I did my WI, took a shower, ate dinner and went to bed. I feel better -- not good, but better -- and I'll be making it to spinning tonight. That will make 3 times working out, and we're supposed to go hiking Saturday, which makes four. I'm going to try for five timse a week this year. I really want to get to goal! My mom says I don't have to go crazy, 4 times a week is more than enough. Hmm.

Anyway, nothing else to relate there...individual replies to everyone below...


Princess: Sorry about the scale not budging, but I agree with Bandit and Judy. Keep it up, it will come off. If it doesn't, we'll help you figure it out. I know it's frustrating, but keep it up. It will come off in the end, even if you have to shake up your strategy a bit. :D I'm glad that your husband is supportive. He has the right attitude, and so do you -- stick to it, not only CAN you do it, but I have faith that you WILL! Thank you, yes, I did have a wonderful holiday. My sister bought my mom an ipod shuffle, and she loves it. I'm wishing I had one! ;o Work is sterssful, incredibly busy. But, hey, what's new?

Bandit: Thanks for the good luck. <fingers crossed>

Chris: Sorry you're feeling sick. :( Do rest up. I hope you feel better.

Judy: thank you! I am excited about my goals for 2007, especially getting to goal and finishing off my college credit card debt. Sorry you're feeling unwell. Do you have any mint or peppermint tea around? That's good for an upset stomach, it's a natural anti-nausea treatment; I use it all the time for the nausea that I get from acid reflux (which has gotten better since I lost weight. ;D) Rest up and take care of yourself. You can tackle exercise, but for now, focus on getting well! Glad you liked Beekeeper's. Sorry about the weight gain, but you have the right perpsective, recognizing that overall you have lost 5 pounds, and that is much better than gaining or maintaining. So congrats there!! It sounds like you're rededicating yourself to the effort after the holidays, and that's great. The changes with WW have gotten my curiosity. What did they change about core? Flex?

chrily
01-11-2007, 03:41 PM
Well ladies, I played hookie from work today. I feel absolutely awful. I haven't been sick like this for years and I'm not liking it. Last night was panic attack after panic attack. I'm so congested in my head and chest that it just feels like I can't get enough air and then I PANIC! Not a good feeling and it makes for an uneasy day.

We got dumped on last night and early this morning with the good ol white stuff. I almost forgot what snow was like. Now we are facing subzero temps for the next few days. I think its an excellent time to hide in the house and play hermit for a while.

My MIL got home from the hospital yesterday and we took her and my SIL dinner last night. SIL was really quiet all through dinner and afterwards she jumped down my DH's throat for disciplining our middle daughter for throwing a tantrum. I don't know what's going on but she hasn't called our house for awhile and she told one of their other siblings that Kelly hadn't been up to the hospital for a few days to see their mom. Why would she say that? If he couldn't make it up to see her, he called her. He called her a few times a day. My SIL made some comments so I assume she is mad because she felt he didn't do enough. I don't know how to make it better. He couldn't be up there 24/7. He is our only source of income and she almost rubs off as resentful that he has that and also a family of his own to take care of. I know there isn't much we can do because he didn't really do anything wrong. Anyhow, so there is ALOT of tension. I told my DH not to take it to heart and just kind of let it run off his back because you could tell she had something else going on and just chose to blow then.

Gonna go lay down again. Feeling somewhat queasy and like I can't get enough air again. This just stinks!! If I'm not better soon, I'm going to head to the doctor.

Christina

Itryharder
01-11-2007, 08:08 PM
Chrily, :grouphug: :hug:
I'm running out the door, but I know you need a hug right this minute!
Judy

Princess1122
01-12-2007, 10:16 AM
Morning everyone... well Friday is here and not a minute too soon! I am just done in this week for some reason... I made grilled cheese for supper last night and then sat in the living room chair and fell to sleep before 8 PM... I woke up after a few minutes as I normally can't sleep sitting up and just went straight to bed.

DH got some news... his company is being sold and they are going to relocate it north of here about 2 hours away... this is just not a good time for one of us to be with out an income... we are on a mission to get all of the bills paid off within the next 6 months with the exception of the home improvement loan and my student loans, they are much too large and will take way longer to pay off but once the credit card and car is paid off we will concentrate on them. That is the game plan and what we need to stick with. Not happy news but I have faith that God will provide and show us the way to maintain our lives in a fashion that puts a roof over our heads and food on the table. I will be looking for a part time job for evenings and weekends to help pay off as fast as possible so say a pray or wish me luck in finding a good paying second job!

Chris: Best wishes with your current delema... the SIL sounds like she adds a lot of stress to your lives... I am sorry to hear that as family is hard to ignore sometimes.

Adriana: Thank you for the encouragment! I know your work load is heavy so don't worry about checking in everyday... I run errands on my breaks also so I know how that is.

Judy: Have a great weekend and thanks for all of your words of wisdom and encouragement!

Bandit: Best wises for a very happy and on plan weekend!

I have to run but will check back later on.

Susan

chrily
01-12-2007, 12:03 PM
Well I got some sleep last night and feel almost half human. I still only do a little bit before I feel absolutely wiped out. I haven't had anything this severe for years. My head feels ALOT clearer this morning though. Loving that!

We're still sitting at a balmy 10 below zero. Ewwwww! Hard to pull myself out from under the nice warm covers this morning. I just plan on staying inside until Kayla gets out of school. Get some things done here and there with lots of breaks in between.

Surprises of all surprises yesterday. As I was walking in the door yesterday after picking Kayla up from school, I got a flower delivery. I thought they were from my hubby because he knew how sick I felt. I opened the card and they were from my MIL as a thank you for helping everyone and all. I really appreciate them, but I wish she would have given them to Kelly. He deserves them soo much more than me. It was nice though. Still haven't talked to the SIL. I don't think Kelly has either. Just strange.

Well gonna go throw in some laundry, kick back for a few minutes and then do a little more and kick back some more. You get the pattern....lol. :D

Princess1122
01-13-2007, 09:56 AM
Well, W/I was just not what I had hoped at all... I was up .2 lbs so I have to review again and see what I am doing wrong... I am off to my Pilates class but I really needed to vent a bit, my frustration is overwhelming right now. I know that I need to increase my protien, fruit and veggies and decrease my carbs so I am going to try that this week, keep at my exercising and see what happens...

Have a great day and I will check in later on to see how everyone is doing.

Susan

bandit2
01-13-2007, 11:40 AM
Hi turtles:

Ariana - nice job on weight control over holidays & hooray for any kind of loss over Christmas. Good for you.

Christina - Hope you are feeling better. Take care of yourself.
Family problems, never fun. Things have a way of working out, hopefully soon.

Princess - Think positive. Sometimes you end off better off when something like this happens. My previous company closed week before Christmas & I was there for 13 years and was devasted. I ended up at same type of company making more money & working less hours. Remember "this too shall pass" - that little phrase has gotten me though some rough times. Hang in there. I'll be thinking about you & your family.

Everyone else - hi and have a great weekend.

bandit2
01-13-2007, 11:42 AM
Now to finish my post.

I got to gym 3 times last week for workout and once just for walk & swim.
BUT was up .4# at my w/i so was disappointed about that. Maybe too much wine Wed night and the salty Christmas nuts I finished off. Don't know.

So have to get rid of that plus hopefully more this week.

Have a good one.

chrily
01-13-2007, 01:00 PM
Well morning...feeling even better this morning, with one exception. I slept so solid last night that I didn't do my usual flip floping all over the bed and stayed flat on my back. Now my back is extremely sore and stiff. Wed, when I went to my rheumatologist, he gave me prescriptions for an anti-inflammatory and a mild muscle relaxer. I think today I will go get those things filled.

I don't know what or when I hurt my back but on most days it hurts through my hips and groin area all the way through my knees. Its a really tight pulling pain, not like sciatica. If the meds and exercising don't help I think he was going to refer me to an orthopedist (?). I'm going to have to get my butt up and start walking on the treadmill. It feels better when I move anyone. Sitting and laying down really aggrevate it.


YOu know Bandit, being up only .4# isn't a whole lot. I'm confident that will just slide right back off of you unless its muscle you added. Great job on getting some workouts in.

Well gotta get going. Need to put some food in my mouth so I can take my meds without getting nauseous. Then I guess it will be shower time and do some errands.

Check back later.

chris

Princess1122
01-15-2007, 11:33 AM
Nothing new here, just trying to stay on track and figure it all out.

Weekend had to be the fastest on record! It went so fast that it was almost scary. After W/I, Pilates class, grocery shopping and household chores there was nothing left... the alarm was going off and it was Monday morning. Oh well.

bandit2
01-15-2007, 02:19 PM
Hi turtles:

Well, winter has hit us up here & hard. Everything frozen over today.

Did OK over weekend with food & got in a workout yesterday.

Hope everyone is doing well.

Talk later.

Ariana2000
01-15-2007, 03:45 PM
All -- Good afternoon, ladies. How is everyone? I had a good weekend, although I wish I had today off too! It's silly not to, all of our clients work for the government, so they all have today off. So why are we here? Anyway, I went to a UA Ice Cats (ice hockey) game Friday night, and that was fun. I actually told the girl to give me less ice cream when I went for a treat. Boy was she surprised. :D I also ate dinner before I went to the game so that I wouldn't spend a fortune and buy a bunch of junk food -- I only went for the ice cream. Saturday I was supposed to go hiking and to lunch, but that fell through so I hung out and did stuff around the house that needed to be done. My new goal is to get up 20-30 minutes earlier each day and clean then, since I no longer have the energy to clean much after spinning (T-Th -- it just wipes me out!) and it's too late to clean after powerflex (M-W). It's hard to get up early, but I'm still trying. I just feel like I should be able to get most of this nonsense done during the week, instead of spending hours doing it every weekend. So I'm trying to get up earlier. Not too good at that, unfortunately. And I only worked out 3x last week. I've been exhausted all week, but I did sleep for 12 hours Saturday, so I feel better now. Not good, but better. I'm going to go for 5x this week, and hope for the best on WI Wednesday. We'll see. I worked out less, but I also ate less. <shrug>

Chrily -- sorry about the family conflicts. Your SIL is probably just all stressed out, it may have nothing to do with your husband. My DSister is just like that. When she's stressed, she'll pick any target and whack at it, so to speak. Sorry you're having so many health problems.

Princess: Be kind to yourself. Relax. You probably need more rest. I understand how the bills thing goes, I am striving to pay off my cc bills from college. Then there is the car bill, but that is a longer term loan, like your student loan. If you are seeking jobs where you'd need a resume, I'd recommend "The Overnight Resume" by Donald Asher. It's a short book, and it helped me a lot with my resume. Good luck with it; I know it's hard, but you can make it work. Re encouragement: thank you. It's always nice to be appreciated. Re breaks: Thanks. It's tough to get it all done, so I get errands done when I can. :D RE WI: I'm sorry you went up, but it sounds like you've already got some ideas on how to switch things up and review your strategy. Also consider that you may need to try a new kind of workout. Are there any different classes that you can do, or a new machine? But you have a good attitude -- persevere, and success is inevitable.

Bandit -- thanks. I am quite tickled that I lost the weight from the holidays. Glad you are getting to the gym so many times, good stress relief and good for WL. It's entirely possible that something little might be causing the gain, but do keep in mind, that's really a small amount. The people at my WW office (when I used to go to live meetings) would call any loss or gain less than .5 maintenance. So keep your chin up, keep going. You can do it!

Anyway, I've started to babble, and it's time to get back to work. Take care, ladies, and write when you can...

Princess1122
01-16-2007, 09:36 AM
Morning all!

Ariana: Thanks for the kind and thoughtful words... I have a resume and it is updated but right now I am just looking for a part time job to go along with my current full time job... I have been here 5 years so I get 3 weeks of vacation days this year on top of my holidays, personal holidays and sick days... I am not eager to throw all of that away until I have to. So I am looking at book stores and specialty shops to see if anyone needs some part time evening help... The scale is still not budging but I am working on my game plan so we shall see.

Bandit: We got snow and cold temps here finally... only a dusting of snow but it is enjoyable anyway :D

All: I hope everyone is doing well! Have a great day!

Susan

chrily
01-17-2007, 12:55 AM
Forgive me for this cut/pasted post from another thread. I just don't feel like typing it all out again. Today was a good/bad day and I just want to crawl up in bed and hug my blankie.....

Kelly's surgery went well. Hopefully he can come home tomorrow. I don't handle this alone thing well at all. And of course to top off the day, I had to go to the doctor. I got outside the hospital in the cold air this evening and couldn't quit coughing and started throwing up blood. Nice....

Anyhow, my so called cold went from a virus to a bacterial infection. So now I'm on antibiotics, an inhaler, and codeine cough syrup. I was trying so hard to not feel yucky for Kelly and ended up failing miserably at it. I was so upset, I called my mom and cried. (okay..maybe I was hysterically miserable when I called her) I just can't hold it together.

Hoping my baby hubby can come home tomorrow and I'll start feeling better. Things just suck here....I got home from picking the kids up at my MIL's house and came home to a house full of doggie puke. They ate the cat food while I was gone and got sick...THat is soooo the last thing I wanted to do tonight. Oh well. I'm going to go sack out and maybe sleep some. Check back tomorrow....

Christina

Princess1122
01-17-2007, 09:34 AM
Oh man Chris... when it rains it sure pours!!! I sure hope that you and your DH get back to feeling well really soon!

All: Nothing new to report, same old thing.

Susan

chrily
01-17-2007, 11:34 AM
Morning...
I didn't sleep so good last night. I had 3 girls in bed with me (NO SPACE) and I kept fighting breathlessness all night. I hate this. Hopefully I'll feel better later today. By 10 tonight, my antibiotics will have been in my body for 24 hrs.

Kelly called this morning. His fever is gone. Thank God! The doc should be in to see him soon. I'm hoping and praying he can come home today. I think the most destressing thing for me yesterday was that I was worried and scared and he's the one I lean on and I couldn't talk to him because he was in surgery. It was so hard because I'd look at the phone and want to talk to someone but there wasn't anyone to call.

Well off to the internet. I need to check in with all my classes. They start today. That ought to keep me busy for a while. Check back later. Hopefully after I have a husband sacked out in his recliner...

Christina

Princess1122
01-18-2007, 09:28 AM
Morning all! Well I did not feel well yesterday so I headed home after work, made some supper and went to bed after clean-up... feel a bit better today and will try to work out after work this evening. My hip is killing me... not sure what I have done but it has hurt on and off since before Christmas.

Chris: Are you feeling better? I sure hope so! How is your DH doing, was he able to come home?

All: Chime in when you can... it is great to log on and see that others have posted...

Susan

Itryharder
01-18-2007, 12:22 PM
Hi Turtles,
Sorry I've been absent in the writing but I have been reading all your posts.
Things have been so busy here and I'm still catching up with the after Christmas doings. Yesterday was a great day where I was able to get a lot done and now I can finally respond to all that's happening on this site. First of all, I lost .2# at my official WI. I really think I lost more, but had Chinese food the night before and retained fluids. So, I'm on track and hoping for a better weight loss this week.

Awhile ago Ariana asked how WW's programs changed. In a nutshell, on Flex the way your daily points are determined has changed. Some members, based on age, activity, and weight, gained points and others lost them from the previous calculations. On Core, the biggest change is that they expect you to eat three meals a day and snacks. The snacks are from a limited list of Core foods--for example you can no longer snack on oatmeal or grits or an egg. What WW's found was that Core members were grazing all day long on Core foods (ignoring the idea of only eating to be satisfied) and not losing weight. I am taking this advice with a grain of salt since I really don't feel I abused the program, but am more aware of what I am eating. Therefore my results should be good next WI.

Bandit: Your exercise continues to be great. Even though you were up a tiny bit last WI, it could have been anything including fluid retention from salty nuts. But it's great that you are aware of what you are eating and the effect it can have on your weight loss. Good luck! :bravo:

Chris: So nice of your MIL to send flowers to you for all your help. Here's a :grouphug: from us all. You seem to encounter more challenges in a day than most people do in a month. Egads. Well, I'm sending you :goodvibes: that you have a nice, easy month ahead of you now that you're back in school.

Ariana: I love how you analyze your life and how things are going. :idea: It is amazing to me to hear you have a challenge and immediately go into a problem solving mode to fix it. Hey, as far as house keeping, give www.Flylady.net a chance. She doesn't believe in cleaning on a weekend and has figured out how to get a house neat and clean in 15 minute segments. I bet it's a lot like what you are doing now with the getting up early to tackle the chores and free up your weekends. By the way, post when you can. We love to see daily posts, but we can't expect that from anyone because of working conditions, etc. We all run into a situation where we're just too busy to breathe, much less post.
I am soooooo glad you lost the holiday weight gain. Weigh to go! :goodscale: Your goals and determination will do the trick to get you to your final goal. (I have to remember the tea tip next time my tummy gets queasy. Thanks)

Susan: I'm thinking of you. It must be so scary to have your dh's job relocate. When will this happen? I know you'll use all your budget tips to get your credit cards and other debt down. I wish him well in his job search for another position and I'm sending you :goodvibes: to find an appropriate part-time job to help pay off your debt fast.
I know you are struggling with a plateau right now with your weight. I have a feeling a lot is going on. Do any of these seem right to you? First of all you're running tired==lack of sleep actually helps us hold onto weight. Ugh.
Second, you've had a huge amount of stress between son's car turning out to be less reliable than wished and now your dh's job relocatin. Double ugh.
I think that Cortisol increases under stress and that has a weight retention factor as well. So, what to do? I know you have done very well this year in the weight dept. I know you know what to do--my best advice is to echo Bandit and also to journal if you're not journaling right now. Sometimes we pop foods that we forget about. Also go for the changes. Change from beef to chicken=or chicken to beef. Switch foods around==more veggies than fruit, watch the bread, etc. and see if you can play around with your food intake enough to get a loss this week. I know it would make you feel 100% better. Good luck and :goodvibes: to feel better and do well.

Okay guys==I think I've covered all bases. Take it easy, do well and be happy. You all are the best. :cheer:
Judy

Ariana2000
01-18-2007, 04:11 PM
Hey, ladies, how is everyone? I am absolutely delighted to report that I lost one pound this week, even though I only managed to work out 3x last week ("only" -- I usually do 4x) and I ate out the night before, but I was good about that, and I didn't eat as much on the weekend as I usually do (Saturday is my Super High Day in the Wendie plan) to compensate for only having 3 workouts. So I have lost the weight I wanted to lose by the end of January, and I'm on track for my 2007 weight loss goal. (I counted some of my WL from December in this month because I lost about 2 weeks of WL time during the holiday, when my focus was primarily on maintaining.) Anyway, that's my long winded way of saying I lost 1 pound and I'm thrilled! ;D

Other than that, nothing else is really new. Work is crazy, and now I'm probably going to LA for a day or two next week for work. But I'm prepared -- I have the unabridged audio book of Wicked to listen to, a new embroidery project (I recently finished the last one), and my company reimburses me for meals, so I don't have to worry about that. Time to get back to work. Take care ladies, and have a great day!


Princess: good luck on the WL and the job hunt, keep us posted. Also, sorry your hip is bothering you.

Chris: I'm sorry about all of your troubles, but there's the old but inestimably true saying -- this too shall pass. Things will get better, even if they are horrible now. (The coughing up blood thing worries me. What does the doctor say about that?)

Judy: I understand. As always, write when you can. I'm touched to hear that you read the messages even when you can't post, I try to do that myself, although it doesn't always workout. Congrats on the WL. Every little bit helps! Thank you for the nutshell summary on the WW changes. Since I don't do meetings, I don't get to hear that stuff, and I am always curious. Re my strategy of identifying problems and trying to figure out solutions -- I really appreciate your comments about that, it's very nice to hear. It's basically a personality quirk, I'm a problem solver, so when I find a challenge, I mull over it and consider ways to attack and defeat it. I've done that a lot with my WL and lifestyle changes, and it's really helped, IMHO. That looks like an awesome website, I will have to dig into it, maybe this weekend. I can definitely handle 15 minutes a day! Thanks for your understanding about posting. I do the best I can.

Princess1122
01-19-2007, 09:15 AM
Well it is Friday and that is always a wonderful thing =)

Judy: Thank you so much for all of your ideas and kind words, they are greatly appreciated and all of them true and helpful! Actually I have been so tired this week, even my husband commented on it as I fall asleep right after the supper clean-up and that is not like me so this weekend I am really going to try and relax, take a nap or two and try to take care of me.

Ariana: Thanks so much for the well wishes, I appreciate them very much! I hope you have a great weekend!

Chris: how are you feeling? I am with Ariana, the coughing up blood is distressing!

Bandit: How are you doing up there? I see that your weather is changing, so is ours. They are calling for snow this weekend! Love the snow! Love it even more when we get the big dumps and then we get to stay home =)

All: I am leaving work early today to go and get my hair cut and highlighted ... a real treat so I will enjoy that. DH and I got tickets from my oldest son at Christmas time for a dinner theater here in Indy and they are for Saturday night, we are going to see "Ten Little Indians" by Agatha Christie so I am very excited about that!
The Indianapolis Colts are playing this weekend and the game is here in town so the city is going wild! I am not leaving the house on Sunday... LOL, no way and no how since it will only get crazier and crazier. Go Colts!

Have a great day ladies and wonderful and safe weekend!

Good luck to those that W/I on the weekends!!!!

Susan

Itryharder
01-19-2007, 01:55 PM
Ariana,
:cheer: and :bravo: for the 1# weight loss and meeting your goal for January already. Weigh to go!

Princess,
Going to a dinner theatre should be such a lot of fun and just what the "doctor" ordered! Have a good time and definitely consider staying in your robe all day Sunday. When I do that, I feel decadent and cozy and know I am really relaxing.

Everyone have a great weekend. I'm heading for a mammogram (annual at my age) and then am looking for a good weekend. Maybe I'll get to play with the grandbaby and my daughter.
Judy :cool:
234.6/217/thinner into onederland :cool:

bandit2
01-19-2007, 02:23 PM
Hi everyone - a lot colder up here lately. I don't mind as long as I don't have to drive in it. Got a ride this week 2 times with fellow I work, so that was good.

Was down 1.2# at my w/i today so was pleased with that. Got to gym 3 times for workout & once for just walk & swim.

Tired today & still have to go shopping. Keep up the good work, everyone.

Bye for now.

chrily
01-19-2007, 10:31 PM
FYI-Ariana and whoever was worried. The blood stuff was from coughing so hard, I was tearing tissue in my throat. So no worries. I'm feeling much better now. Two more days of zithromax and then I'll be done.

Gotta go watch movies. Check back tomorrow.

Christina

Princess1122
01-20-2007, 10:13 AM
Well I just got back from W/I and I was down 1.6... I will take it and be happy with and just keep on trying. I start my second Pilates class this coming week so I am really looking forward to that to help me manage stress and just feel better then I have lately. I just love how the classes make me feel so three times a week should be a good number... keeping my fingers crossed anyway!

Araina: Great job on meeting your goal... you are so my hero and someone that I really look to for Weight Loss advise and tips. So glad you are a part of our group :hug:

Judy: You are great! You are such a voice of inspiration and happiness! This group would not be the same without you! Best wishes for a clear mamo... I get them every year also and love when I get my postcard that says that all is good but I have had the dreaded phone call a couple of times for a follow up since they have found something "of interest" Love that termanology! They always come back clean though so I have been blessed so far.

Chris: Yup, I think we were all worred... as an ex-smoker anytime I hear about someone coughing up blood it just freaks me out! Soooooo glad you are feeling better! How is your DH doing? The group would not be the same with out you either!

Bandit: I have been to Canada once in my life time, when I was a young teenager in highschool with a class trip. Loved it! The weather was not so nice when we were there, it rained a lot if I remember correctly but I would love to visit again and I would not mind if it was summer or winter when we were there. I love the snow and am a bit like you that I don't love to drive in it but I love to watch it and stay home and cook on snowy days. It is way colder here also and they are calling for snow on Sunday :D The group is lucky to have you as a member... you are the calm voice of reason for us!

All: have a safe and happy weekend!
Susan

kerriscards
01-20-2007, 08:26 PM
Hello Turtles..I was reading your posts today and you look to be a fun little group and I wonder if I might join you..

I am new to this forum and looking for extra support and would like to also give support to others...:o

chrily
01-22-2007, 01:29 AM
What a busy weekend! I just got done taking my Finite Math pretest. I had to score an 80% to remain in the class and I scored a 95%. :D I'm slow to get into the groove of homework this semester. I'll get there though.

Hubby is doing good. He's just a little sore and the hair is growing back on his tummy where they shaved him. He is itching like crazy. He kind of got mad at me today because he was going to take his sister to a doctor appt tomorrow and I told him that he wasn't supposed to be lifting anything over 10 lbs for 4-6 weeks. Her wheelchair is well over 30. So we had a little tension there. Not sure what he'll do but I think he understands now. He mentioned that he didn't want to screw things up and draw out his recovery time anymore or we'll be sucking eggs in the financial dept. :)

I also may have been a little touchy today because of my weight. HE's walking around going "I'm just not hungry" and "oh you can eat that, I'm not hungry" or "that's enough for me, you take the rest". I was so p.oed. He's lost weight and I keep finding it and I guess I just felt like he was bragging and I felt like the gluttonous pig. I told him not to make me look like the oinker. I wish I knew how to explain it all to you gals but he's so proud of himself and I'm feeling like crap. I know he wasn't being mean or intentionally trying to be insensitive, but when you have an insecure person like me wanting to be thin, healthy and happy, the last thing you want to hear is "go ahead, I'm not hungry" "my clothes are getting looser", etc. One of those bad days. However, he did find out the reason he can't eat meat and bread for a month. His esophagus is swollen down by his stomach and he did try to eat some pork roast tonight and it got stuck and he choked a bit. But at least his stomach isn't hurting and he hasn't had any acid refluxing up since last Tues. That cuts the cancer risk substantially.

Gonna go take a bath now and read my Native American history book for my class. Check back tomorrow.

Christina

HEY WELCOME KERRI!!!!

Princess1122
01-22-2007, 10:42 AM
Morning everyone! Well W/I was ok on Saturday, I was down 1.6 lbs and I will take that! We had a pretty nice weekend, the dinner theater was wonderful and we had a great time, I over ate but I counted everything so it should be ok. I start another pilates class tonight and will take this class on Mondays and Thursdays along with my Saturday class so I am really looking forward to that. We got about 3 inches of snow yesterday and it was wonderful to stay home and watch it out the window while I was cooking. We are all very happy that the Colts won last night and they are going to the super bowl! The city went wild and I think it will stay that way for the next two weeks :D .

Chris: I know how you feel... I really do, I am so insecure also and it just sucks when your partner is droping the weight and you are not... I have been there with my DH and it is rough. The only thing I can say it get back on your eating plan, walk on your treadmill when you can and your weight will come off also.

Kerriscards: WELCOME! We are always happy to see new faces and share the support as well as draw support and knowledge from you. Tell us something about yourself if you get a chance. My name is Susan, I have been with this group for about 8-9 months so far, I think. I re-joined WW last spring and have been trudging along ever since along with my DH who is on the program also. I am 44, I have two sons, one is 18 and the other is 22, both live at home right now with my husband and I. We have three dogs that are spoiled and not particularly well behaved but I love them. I love to read, shop, cook, and spend time working around my home. Glad to have you with us!

Bandit: How are you doing up there? I see that it is still cold up your way, have you had anymore snow?

Ariana: How was your weekend?

Judy: How are you doing?

I have to run but will check back later on.
Susan

Ariana2000
01-22-2007, 03:59 PM
All: Good afternoon, ladies. I had an okay weekend. I went to a travelling butterfly exhibit, and that was cool. Friday night I did spinning class, then I went out to dinner with my friend Ellen. Ellen *loves* Sweet Tomatoes (a large buffet, if they don't have them in your area) and I love them too, but I also hate/fear them because I find it nearly impossible to control myself when I go there starving, and I'm always starving after spinning. So this time I bought a 100-calorie power bar (or balance bar, something like that), and that way when I got to Sweet Tomatoes I wasn't ravenous...I ate more than I usually do at dinner, but I didn't feel sick like last time. So, a step forward. And Saturday at lunch, I feel like I ate just the right amount at the Chinese food restaurant, thanks, in part, to our small plates; as silly as it sounds, they really do make you feel like you're getting more with the same portion of food. I made it to the gym 4x this week, and I didn't go crazy on the weekend, so I think I'll lose some weight at the WI Wednesday (unless I am in LA Wednesday night, in which case I'll weigh in next week rather than take the scale with me ;D.) The weekend was only okay not great because I've been feeling so tired, I slept through much of it, and then did housework for another big chunk of it. (I'm going to spend some time checking out that FlyLady.net website, and maybe some clean in 15 minutes a day plans. I am really sick and tired of this, of house chores eating my weekend. Part of it is my own anxiety, the house is probably cleaner than I think. ;o) Anyway, time to go, ladies, I hope you're having a wonderful day and I look forward to hearing from you!

Princess: congrats on the WLx2. Glad you enjoyed the dinner theater and that your home team won (the Cardinals have exactly a snowball's chance in h*ll of getting to the superball). Re: "Great job on meeting your goal... you are so my hero and someone that I really look to for Weight Loss advise and tips. So glad you are a part of our group" That is so sweet, and it means a *great* deal to me. <big hug!>

Judy: Thank for the congrats. I'm thrilled too. :D

Bandit: Congrats on the WL and sticking to your exercise regimen.

Kerri: Yes, of course, join us! <hug> Let me introduce myself. I'm 27, single and a software engineer. I loosely follow a variant on WW called "the Wendie plan", which has a fixed number of points per day, but that number varies from day to day. I've lost 52 pounds so far, and I have another 24 to lose, according to WW. I'm big on working out (I spin 2x per week and I do Powerflex 2x per week) and on cooking, so you'll probably hear my thoughts on food and working out eventually. ;D I've been with this group for almost a year now, and they're a wonderful and supportive group of ladies. Welcome to the group, tell us about yourself!

Chris: Congrats on the test. Sorry about the tension. It may be hard to listen to, but I really doubt he's saying those things to upset you. I'm glad he's feeling better.

bandit2
01-22-2007, 05:08 PM
Welcomd Kerri

Princess - nice job on the weight loss & yes, it is still very cold up here.

My driveway is frozen solid to the point that you cannot even put melting salt on it. Suppose to warm up abit tomorrow so I will try & deal with it then.

My weekend was good. Had a big dinner out on Sat with friends put counted everything best as I could.

Anyway, have a good OP turltle day.

Itryharder
01-22-2007, 05:41 PM
Wow, we are hopping on this site! :bravo:

1. Welcome to Kerri :welcome3: We'd love to have you join us. I'm married, retired from teaching school, live in NY, have three grown children and three grandchildren, love to read and quilt and love this site! I've lost about 20#, but struggle with new weight losses and actually put on several pounds last year. I'm about 15# from "onederland" and am determined to get back there in 2007. Post whenever you can. We are really very kind and helpful to one another and are always happy to have new members.

2. Bandit,
Sorry about your cold weather, but am thrilled with your weight loss! :cp: :bravo: :cheer: Glad you're in a good place weightwise.

3. Ariana,
Oh, you got to see a traveling butterfly exhibit! How wonderful. When I taught third grade, the kids and I hatched butterflies (I think it's environmentally taboo to do that nowadays, but it was wonderful to see the butterflies emerge.) You're doing great. Always glad to hear one of the turtles conquer a situation and come out of it feeling well. Smart move during the buffet!

4.Chris,
I think your dh is probably pleased that he's lost weight and is expressing his feelings about himself. Unfortunately you are probably hearing him as not being sensitive to your feelings right now. :idea: I don't think his intentions are bad.
Remember, you can do this. You have done this. And you have a goal to meet for yourself. Hey, Smartypants, great job on the math pre-test! And good luck with your :goodscale:

5. Princess,
first of all, congrats on your weight loss. :goodscale: I am so glad that you were mature, thought things through and outlasted your plateau. When we plateau, it's so easy to say things like, "I'll never lose weight. I'll never get there. I might as well eat." And you know where that gets us!
second of all, my mammogram postcard came back and I'm fine for another year. I try not to worry until I've got something to worry about, but it is always a sniggling thought in the back of my head until I get the good card.
third, You are so incredibly sweet to affirm all of us and what we mean to you. That was remarkably kind and wonderful. You hit all of our best characteristics and really know us well. I am sooooooo happy that you found this place to post. We're all very happy you're here.

Onward and Downward all!!!!
(I may have a really good WI this week because I had to eat less and then fast for a blood test for a colonoscopy I'm scheduled for next week) LOL.
No kidding, I really am trying. Take care and be well and happy.
Judy
234.6/217/thinner into onederland :cool:

kerriscards
01-22-2007, 09:05 PM
Thank you so very much for the welcome....:cool:

I am single and live with my 2 cats and 2 dogs....I have 5 grown children and 9 grandchildren..

I started on LC and lost about 25 #s and started to gain some back so I switched to WW last Feb..and lost more and now at just under 50#s..I have lost and gained so many times in my life that I have lost count and I really want to keep it off this time...I think this time I am looking for support which I did not do in the past..I am hoping that will help..:dizzy:

chrily
01-23-2007, 01:44 AM
Just had to pop on and leave a late night post for you gals. Just a busy Monday here. I had work and then followed that up with homework.

We visited my MIL tonight. MY SIL is still staying with her until she feels better. Remember how I told you that SIL jumped all over my hubby and that she has hardly been talking to him. Well, she's carrying that over to me. She hasn't said 2 words to me the last few days. I'd love to know what is eating her. My hubby said he's not playing the game with her. If she has something on her mind, let her spill it. Since she's not talking, he says he's not going to worry about it. He's got such a positive attitude lately. He says this is OUR year. We're going to work on ourselves, take time as a couple, and do more family things and not spend so much time stressing and running our heads off. He wants more good times. I must say, I like this side of him. He's been alot easier to get along with since he gave himself "permission" to enjoy life.

Well haven't weighed myself today. I'm kind of scared to. TOM is due in a week and I have the PMS munchies going on. Does anyone have any good ideas to overcome the PMS bingeing???? I know its coming every time but I just don't know what to do to head it off.

Gonna check out my email and go to bed. Tomorrow is another busy day. I don't think I'm babysitting though. I told my sisters' I wasn't doing Tuesdays anymore. Let's see if they heard me.

Love ya ladies....

Christina

Princess1122
01-23-2007, 09:45 AM
Morning all! Well we got some really good news yesterday! My youngest DS was accepted to USI (University of Southern Indiana) and we are so excited for him. They have a club rugby team and are rated as a pretty good school but the draw back is that he is almost 4 hours away from Indy so it is hurting this momma's heart a bit. He is the youngest but it was rough when I took his older brother to college also... it has always been the three of us, no matter what, thru all that life throws at you we have always had each other close so this is rough but we are so happy for him because you can tell he is very excited. My oldest DS has found a house to rent with his GF and they will be moving in the next month or so I guess... OMG... empty next syndrome is setting in already! Just me, DH and my D-Dogs... But the next chapter of life begins and in way I look forward to it.

Kerri: Glad to meet you! I feel your pain on the constand gain/lose thing... lord if only I had a dollar for every time I have gained and lost weight and every diet I have been on I would be one rich women! WW is my way of life now, I have chosen it after trying a million of them I feel that it is the most sustainable for me and my life style.

Chris: Very happy to hear that things are going so well with DH!

Judy: I am so sure that you are going to do awesome at your W/I this week! Great job! This is your year! I can feel it! I think it is going to be the year for all of us!

Ariana: I could use some of your warm weather here =) we are super cold lately and snowy but I don't mind it too much... Summer is only a few months away. You did great at that buffet by the way... I am not so sure I could be that strong so I just refuse to go to them now... maybe when I am stronger :D

Bandit: Yup, I would not worry about the driveway as the weather man says that not much is supposed to change any time soon. Glad you had a good weekend... I just love the weekends :D

I have to run for now but will check back later on.
Susan

chrily
01-23-2007, 01:09 PM
Taking a few minutes away from the homework scene. I'm so tired. I have the attack of insomnia going again. I seem to have a sleep cycle that permits this. :D I sleep really good for a couple weeks and then *bam* I'm having troubles for 2 or 3 weeks. Nuts huh????

We are having a good time today. I'm ditching babysitting on Tuesdays and getting some homework done and things done for me and for my family. It feels good! I finally took everyone's advice. I was getting so resentful of them for always assuming I'd be available to watch kids. They may be mad for a bit but they will get over it.

Back to the homework grind. check back later....

christina

chrily
01-23-2007, 01:09 PM
Taking a few minutes away from the homework scene. I'm so tired. I have the attack of insomnia going again. I seem to have a sleep cycle that permits this. :D I sleep really good for a couple weeks and then *bam* I'm having troubles for 2 or 3 weeks. Nuts huh????

We are having a good time today. I'm ditching babysitting on Tuesdays and getting some homework done and things done for me and for my family. It feels good! I finally took everyone's advice. I was getting so resentful of them for always assuming I'd be available to watch kids. They may be mad for a bit but they will get over it.

Back to the homework grind. check back later....

christina

bandit2
01-23-2007, 05:06 PM
Princess - that is so great about your son - you must be very proud.

Kerri - we are all in this together, so hang in & I'm sure you'll do great.

This is a really great group of ladies - very helpful & supportive.
I am sure you will enjoy being here.

So, far this week keeping on track & going to gym tonight.

Hope everyone is doing well.

Itryharder
01-23-2007, 06:55 PM
Hi Turtles,
Princess, congrats to your son!! :bravo: I am so happy for him and you.
Hey, empty nest gets some getting used to, but it can be wonderful. I love having my children as grown adults. It's really a nice place to be in.

Hey Bandit, glad you're doing so well this week. I see another weight loss for you!

Kerri, I have rejoined WW's about 35-40 times over my lifetime. None of this is fun, but I find with Core that I can eat well and still lose weight if I watch myself. I'm so happy you've lost so nicely already and now onto the home stretch. :cp: :cp:

Okay Turtles, it's time to move to the next thread. We're burning up the wires here!! Look for the bale of turtles thread #176.
Judy