WW Clubs and Groups - #179 Bale of Turtles Looking for Sun!




Itryharder
03-07-2007, 04:42 PM
:carrot: :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)


Itryharder
03-07-2007, 04:47 PM
Princess, :hb: to your dh. Have a good evening . I'm glad you're feeling the results from your cardio. Weigh to go!

I had my WI this week and lost 1.6# Now I'm heading in the right direction. Also, took charge of a few things that turned out well. I bought WW snacks to have when I have a craving for the nuts and seeds my dh has stocked the house with. I know it's stupid, but those things are trigger foods for me. To be fair, he needs them in the program for good health he is following, so it is up to me to avoid them. I've got a plan and that makes me feel like I can do it. Also stayed after the meeting this morning to listen to the explanation of Turn Around for two other new members. Turns out they have all been members of WW's for as long as I have. It made me feel good that I'm not the only person who has tried for a very long time and not done it. I like Ariana's attitude and I'm working on getting my head there.

Take care, be well, drink your water and exercise!
Judy
234.6/217.6/thinner into onederland!
By the way, a WW who's been coming for a year finally got into onederland this morning! I can do that too!

Princess1122
03-08-2007, 09:02 AM
Morning all, last night was fun and DH got lots of stuff for our trip to Hawaii... he wanted a few gift certificates and such and got his wish. For his b-day dinner he has asked for Pizza from Pappa Murphy's which is a bake at home place but they have a delight pizza that is just awesome and only 3.5 points per serving and I love the stuff so I saved up my points and had three slices... I also had a fruit plate ready when everyone got there with lite fruit dip along with some beverages so that everyone had something while he opened his presents. It worked out well and I had a very tiny piece of cake, all in all I did very well and was pretty proud of myself.

Judy: You rock! 1.6 is awesome, keep going!

How is everyone else doing... kind of quiet around here lately, hope all is well with everyone.

Have a happy day!
Susan


Itryharder
03-08-2007, 11:01 AM
Princess,
Wow! Your really planned how to take care of yourself at your dh :hb: Weigh to go!

I finally weaned myself from nuts (my trigger food) yesterday and am feeling sure that I can lose one pound a week, on average. Everybody--drink water and exercise. Good luck to us all! :carrot:
Judy

kerriscards
03-08-2007, 03:37 PM
Hi to you all today.....:joker:

Wow to Judy for the loss...:bravo: I know how ya feel I went today for my WI....I was early this week as I am going to be busy Friday and Saturday and I am also down...2.4 over here..I have almost lost all the vacation weight..Wow this is so darned hard..I have not changed my profile as I am determined to get back there soon..

Sure hope everyone here are well and staying warm..I will not even mention the fact that I just returned from the pool and my water exercises... :swim:

bandit2
03-08-2007, 09:54 PM
Hi turtles:

Congrats to all you turtles losing weight! Good for you, keep it going.

Warmer up here today and so far this week I have stayed OP and got to the gym this evening before coming home from work. Last week the weather was too bad to go.

Going to try and get some more stuff in basement sorted this weekend. What a challenge that is - but at least I am making some progress.

Everyone, keep up with the great week. Bye for now.

Princess1122
03-09-2007, 10:08 AM
Oh yes, Friday is finally here, for some reason it was a long week so I am extra glad to see it arrive.

The scale is moving downward so I have high hopes for tomorrow's W/I, I have journaled faithfully, did 10 miles worth of cardio and really watched my snacking as well as my sodium intake... I pray that is works as I could really use a boost right now.

We are supposed to hit 60 degrees here today with the sun shining bright... Spring is coming soon!

Bandit: I will also be working on getting things put away, repacked or sent to Goodwill this weekend. We have lots of stuff that just needs to either find a home in our house or find a new home all together. Have a productive weekend!

Kerri: Great job! You rock! I am so jealous! I love water aerobics and used to take them when I had my YMCA membership... have a great weekend!

Judy: Awesome job on the food triggers! Now nuts I could pass by, I like them very much but with me it is chocolate and sweets! Have a wonderful weekend!

Ariana: Are you traveling this week and I just missed it? Hope all is well with you and that you are on track and feeling good. Have an awesome weekend!

Chris: Where have you been lately? Hope all is well with you...

Have to run,
Susan

Ariana2000
03-09-2007, 02:36 PM
Oh my god, what a week. Ladies, this is the first time I have had an opportunity to check-in all week. I tell you, it's crazy! I've been running errands every day during lunch and working or working out the rest of the time. (I did go to Victoria's Secret on Thursday with some ladies from work, but that was kind of an errand too, because I had a free panty coupon from there that I wanted to redeem.) I'll quickly scan people's messages, but I don't really have time right now to reply in depth. I mostly wanted to say hello, let you guys know that I'm still alive and kicking, and that I missed you!

Besides being a crazy week, I'm up again. This is so freaking frustrating. I realized that I've only lost 1.5 pounds, or something like that in the last month. I know it's much better than maintaining, and far less frustrating, but I'm still aggravated. My mom keeps reminding me that what matters most is that it's consistently going down long-term, and it is, but I just have a goal, and I keep slipping behind it. But I had to gripe, because it is vexing.

So, I've taken a look at what I might be doing wrong to cause this much yo-yoing (I've been going up 1.2, down 2.4, up 1.2, down 1.2, you get the idea.) I tried working 5x a week, but that just doesn't fit well with social life and/or work. So, I need to watch what I eat more closely. I am rededicating myself to ignoring temptations at work, and when I get home from work, if I want something to eat, I have a piece of fruit instead of .5 oz of pretzels (the same point count, technically, but the fruit is more filling, and it's probably better for me.) I'm also going to cut back on watch my weekend eating, and see how I do with that. It's hard, I've been under a lot of pressure at work, but I've decided that I'm not working late during the week at all; it just burns me out, is not as productive, and makes it impossible for me to stand to work on the weekend. The bottom line is that I'm frustrated, but I'm re-evaluating, and I'm going to cut what I think is causing the problem, and see how I do. I'm also considering doing spinning class tomorrow, although that does exhaust me. We'll see. So I'm frustrated, but I'm sure not giving up. I got this far, and I'll figure out the rest, with your help and support, ladies, and my own determination.

If this doesn't work out, I may go back to counting points instead of the Wendie plan. Or core. Maybe I just need a change.

Also, someone asked if I had a good weekend. Yes, I did. I cleaned out and organized my closet, sold some stuff to Twice as Nice (clothing resale shop), took the rest to charity, bought a new lipstick, went to dinner with a friend and played rummy-kub...this weekend, I am going to games night tonight, and hosting a social group event tomorrow night (we're going to see that Zodiac movie.) Princess, I'm glad that you enjoyed the book. It's one of my favorites. No, I haven't been travelling. Just working FRANTICALLY.

Deep breaths and good thoughts, ladies. Have a wonderful weekend!

Itryharder
03-11-2007, 11:03 AM
Hi Turtles,
Princess, Hawaii here you come! :beach: and looking mighty better in your swimsuit too!

Kerri, You are doing great! No need to change your profile for a minor upward glitch. You are dealing with that, and are determined to keep going in the right direction. You said it all when you said, "it's hard", but the wonderful thing is that with this site we can express our frustration, get new ideas, and keep on keepin' on. Your profile is great. I wish mine were as good, but I am determined to improve as well. :strong: I envy your warm swimming weather!

Bandit, Exercise and de-cluttering all in one week. Wow! I am impressed.:woo: Keep up the good work and let us know the :goodscale:

Ariana,
We missed U 2! I'm glad you've changed your "go to" food to a piece of fruit instead of pretzels. They are both fast to find and eat, but I'm sure the fruit is much better for you. I feel as long as you have a "plan", even if it needs to be tweaked here and there, you'll be fine. :bubbles:

Chris,
Where are you? We miss you! Post about yourself in any spare moment you have. :love:

I did great yesterday. My dd, dfsil, dh and I went about wedding details for their upcoming marriage. We even went to a bakery to inquire about the cake and decorations and I didn't buy any of the treats, etc. :cheer:
It was a long day since my dh and I are planning a St. Patty's Day party too and there's lots going on here that I worked on before the dear couple arrived. Mostly I want to let you know I planned what to have for dinner before we left for the catering hall. Although we ran later than I would have liked, when we got home I put on the oven, grabbed a kiwi to eat since I was starving, and cooked a WW friendly dinner. We continued with plans until late in the night, and I kept my eating down to a minimum. I'm trying tracking my 35 points better than before, :tread:, and eating in response to hunger, not boredom. Let's all keep on keepin' on!
Judy

Princess1122
03-12-2007, 09:16 AM
Happy Monday all!

Oh yeah! I have to say I had the best W/I I have had in a very very long time... I went and got on the scale and.... drum roll please!... I was down 6.8 lbs! Following the Wendie plan, the extra cardio, the no snacking and watching my salt, it all really paid off... brings my grand total to 42.6 pounds lost and gone for good!

I am thrilled beyond belief...

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

Susan

Itryharder
03-12-2007, 10:28 AM
Princess,
I am going to immediately go out and hunt for more smilies for you!!
:goodscale: :cp: :bravo: :cheer: :woo: :balloons: :bubbles: :carrot:

:cloud9: :dance: :dancer: :hat: :jig: :spin: :strong: :wave: :wizard:

:wl:

That is an amazing weight loss. I think it is fantastic that you put all your energies into figuring out what to do and then you did it! Weigh to go!

I am also looking forward to a good WI this week. I've let myself get and stay a tiny bit hungrier than I usually like to do to shake up my weight loss.

Good luck and :goodvibes: to us all!
Judy

bandit2
03-12-2007, 01:08 PM
Hi ladies:

Princess - congratulations!!! That is incredible - good for you!

Judy - good luck on your w/i this week. Hope it's great.

I stayed the same at my w/i on Fri but was OK with that since weekend before I really had quite abit of stuff I shouldn't of had. Hopefully will be down this upcoming week.

Was warmer weather on weekend, but they are calling for another storm to hit Friday. Hope they are wrong. I still have about 3 ft of snow around my house.

Hope everyone else is doing great as well.

Have a good week!

Ariana2000
03-12-2007, 03:52 PM
Ladies: Good afternoon. How was everyone's weekend? I went to a game's night Friday night and had too much to drink and, consequently, ate too much junk (drunk = no resistance power). Saturday I tried to keep it more in control, and I brought 2 See's lollipops to the movie (2 lollipops = 2-3 points), and had a small popcorn and a diet coke. For dinner I ordered a chicken dish and vegetables, and I didn't havea ton of the sauce (sometimes where the calories lie), so hopefully that was okay, since Saturday is my SHD on the Wendie plan. I then went out drinking again (with the same person who encouraged me to drink on Friday night -- Paul.) I'm not a big drinker -- the last time I was drunk before this weekend was August of last year -- so I felt terrible Sunday and only a tiny bit better today. Let's just say I've had enough of "heavy" drinking for the next six months. ("Heavy" for me was 2 glasses of wine on Friday night and 2-3 drinks on Saturday night.) I don't really know how things went because alcohol has calories, so I'll hope for maintaining this week. I decided to "un-RSVP" for Paul's event this week, a happy hour where I will no doubt be urged to drink and sorely tempted to eat junk food with everyone else. I begged off, saying that I had eaten too much junk this weekend and still felt lousy, so I needed an extra night to workout and make up for some of my "sins", which is true. I'll be working out 5x this week, since a friend and I are going to do spinning class Friday and then out for dinner. So maybe next week will be better. Right now I am frustrated with the slow speed of my WL, but I understand that if I really want to ramp it up, I'll have to recommit myself to following my points more closely and no side snacking, starting now. We'll see how it goes. Other than playing too hard this week, I did get some work in, made some extra money for my credit cards. I'm on track to pay it all off by the end of June (the original CC debt was $8,000); it's taken me 5 years to find a job where I could really afford more money to put aside for my CC's, and it's taken a big chunk of that time to get myself to live within a budget, but I'm finally doing it. (Shopping was my other stress relief besides food back in the day, which is how I got into such debt.) Anyway, I hope you ladies had a great weekend, and I will talk to you ASAP, but probably not until Thursday (I have errands Tuesday and Wednesday.) Take care, ladies!

Judy: thank you. I hope the fruit instead of pretzels and all of the little tweaks will do the trick. It sounds like you are on track, planning for healthy eating. What a wonderful thing! How did your WI go?

Princess: that is an amazing weight loss! WTG! How inspiring! It really shows what you can do when you put your mind to it, huh?

Bandit -- maintaining is always better than gaining, right? I hope your weather stays nice...

Princess1122
03-13-2007, 08:32 AM
Morning all, I am only half awake this morning, I just did not sleep well last night at all, actually I have not for the past few nights and it is catching up with me.

Thanks for all the congrat's... I was very excited about having such a big loss but am also worried that I may rebound a bit. I will not be W/I on this Saturday as we have to travel south to USI to do a college visit with my DS. It is approx 4 hours away so we are leaving Friday night and will be back Saturday evening. I am determined to keep at it so I hope for a good W/I the following weekend.

We are supposed to hit the 70's here today... how exciting is that?!?!?!? I am looking forward to a work out after work, throwing some chicken on the grill and then maybe a bike ride!!!!:carrot:

I have to run but will pop back later to reply to everyone.

Have a great day!
Susan

Itryharder
03-14-2007, 01:45 PM
Princess,
Do the best you can while you're on the road checking out colleges. You can do this. Plan and prepare and stock a tiny lunch carrier with pre-packaged applesauce, carrots, apples, oranges, pears--whatever you like. Eating out, you've done very well in the past. Good luck I know you can do this! :jig:

Ariana, you're doing a lot. Tackling extra weight and CC's can't be easy, but boy is it worth doing! Hey, you learned something about yourself this past weekend, and that's always worthwhile. I'm sending you :goodvibes:

I'm back from my WI. Of course I worked so hard this week with food and exercise, I expected to lose 4#. Get real, Judy! I did lose 1.2#. I know if I keep up the good work, I can lose another pound this week (even with our St. Patty's Day bash this Friday). So onward and downward as Lauren always said. :goodscale: I'm up for the challenges and will do the best I can each and every day.

Kerri, it is taking me endless amounts of time to knock off the three pounds I put on over the last few weeks. It's a struggle, but soon I'll be where I can look at new weight losses, at least for this year. If that doesn't make sense, this is what I mean: About 7 years ago I rejoined WW's for the umpteenth time. At that point I weighed the most of my life: 234.6#. That first year I lost 34 pounds and almost made it into onederland on the WW's scale. THe next year I gained and lost and ended the year exactly in the same spot. In the ensuing years, I gained, quit WW's, rejoined, lost, yo-yoed, etc. As recently as October, 2006, I weighed about 5# less than I do now. So, that's my recent weight history. Now I am determined to do things differently than I have in the past and am determined not to gain since it takes me weeks to get that weight off. Send me some encouragement since it really helps! :tread:
Judy
234.6/216.4/thinner into onederland

Princess1122
03-15-2007, 09:13 AM
Judy: Awesome job on the W/I! That is just too good, keep going!


I am sleepy again this morning, DH and I stayed up last night to do our final confirmation on our hotel and excursions that we booked for our trips. They had a few things wrong so I spent some time on the phone getting things switched around... not too bad and for the most part everyone was helpful. Then we watched Lost and went to bed, with the time change everything seems later and out of whack... Indiana has not changed time for years so doing the whole spring forward fall back thing takes some getting used to after being away from it for 13 years.

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

Ariana2000
03-15-2007, 03:38 PM
Ladies: Good afternoon. How is everyone doing? It's been a crazy week, but I've finally had time to check back in with everyone. Not too much is new, work has just been incredibly hectic. I am not going to do workout 5x this week, I still felt too sick on Monday. But I will make it 4x, I've already gone Tuesday and Wedesday night, and I am going tonight and tomorrow. I'm feeling pretty burned out and overwhelmed at work, but I need the OT money for my CC's and for my house fund, so I will keep on trucking. Next month, around April 22nd, I'll be taking a 3-day weekend off and going to see my family, which is good, because I miss them like crazy. Whenever I get stressed out and burnt out, I always want my family. Anyway, the good news is that I'm due for a review around April 10th, and I think I have a raise coming, whenever my poor, inundated manager can get around to my review, so that should help in the future. And for now, there's more good news -- I lost 1 pound! ::goodscale::. That is excellent, considering that I was hoping to maintain after the crazy weekend I had last week. I think that the reason I lost weight was that A) my idea of "too much" junk has changed radically, so it wasn't as bad as I thought and B) I changed my behavior after the excessive eating nights, cutting out work snacks and eating fruit instead of pretzels at night when I first get home from working out. So, I'm on track again. How is everyone doing?

Princess: Sorry you haven't been sleeping well. Now, I am not saying that you will rebound but IF it happens, please remember that what matters is that your overall, long-term trend is downward. There were many times when I was frustrated last year when I maintained or yo-yo'd, and although I still get frustrated in the short run, I realize that last year I lost 25 pounds overall, and that's what ultimately matters. You have lost 42 pounds now, and as long as your overall long term trend continues to be onward and downward, you are good. Of course, you may need to be reminded of that many times -- trust me, I do. :D But ultimately what matters is that it is coming off and staying off, and you are no doubt doing wonders for your self-esteem and your health by losing all this weight and developing healthier habits! On a lighter topic, I think it is so funny that you are excited about it hitting 70 degrees. Our projected high is 89 degrees today. Blech. 89 degrees is mild enough for AZ, but it's a sign that the high heat of summer is coming. Blech.

Judy: Yes, I learned this weekend that I only want to get drunk every six months or even less often -- the hangovers aren't worth it. I do think it's important to go crazy every once in a while, so that you don't get to be old and feel like you never had crazy times. But I don't want to do it on a regular basis, and I certainly DO NOT want to do it two nights in a row. I don't even drink that often, and apparently, it should stay that way. :o Yes, losing weight and paying off the CC's is definitely worth it. It's wonderful seeing the total debt go down and knowing that by the end of June I can start saving for a house and my retirement. It was very hard finding and adapting to other non-food and non-spending coping mechanisms, but it's been worth it. I think I always hope for an extraordinary weight loss, especially when I've been really hungry that week, but anything is good, and 1.2 pounds is great! Congrats!

Princess1122
03-16-2007, 08:19 AM
Morning all... another sleepy one, I am just not sleeping well lately and am so tired during the day... I hope to get some rest this weekend at some point to try and catch up... we are heading south later this afternoon for the college tour and visit that we are scheduled for tomorrow... I am hoping to be back home by supper time on Saturday and then take it easy for the rest of the weekend.

So what is everyone doing for the weekend.

Ariana: LOL, funny how we both hope for the season to arrive... winter for you and summer for me. Are you going hiking this weekend or is it too hot for that already... funny how the seasons come on fast and before you know it they have made the final change.

Judy: How are you doing?

Kerri: What is new in your neck of the woods?

Bandit: Any big plans for the weekend?

Chris: How are you doing?

I have to run but will get back on later to see how everyone is doing.
Susan

Itryharder
03-16-2007, 10:32 AM
Real fast. I'm on the run right now, but will chime in when I can. I am doing really well. I am on /core and pointing out everything that is not core. I bought a journal keeper and writing is helping to keep me on track.
Good luck and :goodvibes: everyone.
Judy

234.6/216.4/thinner into onederland

Itryharder
03-17-2007, 10:34 AM
Hi Turtles,
Well, shades of Bandit!!!! We've had an ice storm here that is not fun! Luckily I had bought all the food I needed for our St. Patty's Day party during the week. I try to work ahead and get things done early just to avoid getting caught without. DH is outside right now chipping away at the ice.
The snow plows have been through dumping sand and plowing up the stuff in the road that can be moved. The roads look better. This morning early we had a solid inch or more of ice on the sidewalks and roads, but now it seems to be breaking up a bit as the temperature gets a little warmer. We're having 18 of us at a party here tonight. My little grandniece and grandnephew have learned how to play Irish songs on their flute and learned to jig. I think it's going to be hysterical! My nephew has been practicing on an Irish fiddle and even my dh has had his ukelele out and is learning some songs. We have tambourines and maracas (don't ask) for the non-musically inclined so everyone can chime in. I've got so much corned beef going and will warm up the ones I did yesterday. I have saved 15 points for this meal, and will still have to be careful. I am planning on what to have and what to avoid. I'm hoping with all the laughs and music the food will not be so much on my mind.
Enough about me!

Bandit,
Here we are at another WI for you. Last week's was great considering that you felt you might see a gain at the scale. My aim for this year is to avoid gains by all means possible because it takes me so long to get the weight back off. Your snow situation sounds really tough. I think people who deal with snow and snowbanks, etc. are really terrific. WE've had a mild winter and I still don't want to see any more snow. Good luck at your :goodscale:

Princess,
Glad you've made your arrangements for Hawaii. Good luck with the college tour. Let us know on Monday how you made out. I understand your running tired. I know the time change has a lot to do with that. I'm beat most of the time. I'm doing too much, but I sure would like an increase in energy. I'm hoping that the :tread: and losing weight will help.

Ariana,
:goodscale: :cp: on your one pound loss. Isn't it funny how we are really making great adjustments. You were beating yourself up on the foods you ate and the drinks, and yet you hadn't done as badly as you thought. I had a similar experience after the wedding and although I gained weight, it wasn't as bad as expected. Good luck with your work review. You are goal oriented and it's great to see your progress.

Kerri, how was this week? :goodvibes:

Chris, are you okay? :love:

Good luck to everyone. Let's drink lots of water and :cheer: keep on keepin' on!
Judy
234.6/216.4/thinner into onederland :cool:

kerriscards
03-18-2007, 08:35 PM
Hi to all you Turtles.....

I have had a very long hard week....:tantrum: I am so stressed and tired..I have my DD2's dog for the week and its going to be a long one as he and my dogs do not get along, I need to keep them separated at all times...

I did at least get the yard mowed and leaves cleaned again..I hope we are getting to the end of it, I am so darned sick of cleaning leaves..:headache:

Judy, I sure hope your weather gets better soon..Sounds like you are a yo-yo queen like me.....:frypan: Look how far you have come..I know you must be so proud of yourself at this point...:goodscale Keep it up girl...

Susan, I hope you did get to enjoy your week-end...;)

I sure hope you all have a wonderful week ...

Princess1122
03-19-2007, 10:17 AM
Morning all,

The trip and tour went really well, DH and I feel much better about DS going to that college now. It is a smaller school and has a very nice campus and is a fairly safe area. All went well and everyone seems happy with the school so that is a good thing. Got home late on Saturday evening and we were all very tired. Three of us sleeping in the hotel room and the four hour drive did not make for a very restful night and Saturday was a long day followed by another long trip home but Sunday I managed to get my chores done and a little grocery shopping so it was a good weekend over-all.

Kerri: Hope it gets better with the dogs, when we keep our DS dog we have the same problem... two of our three do not like her so we just keep them all seperate while no one is home to avoid trouble.

Judy: How was the party? You have so much more energy then me... I have a hard enough time getting my chores and such done on the weekends let alone hosting parties and dinners, etc. Hope all went well!

Bandit: How was your weekend? Anything new and exciting?

Ariana: How was your weekend?

Chris: Hope all is well.

Susan

Ariana2000
03-19-2007, 03:48 PM
Ladies: Good afternoon! My weekend was okay. Friday night I did spin class and went to dinner with a friend. I ate an All Bran bar before I went, and although I ate more than I would like, I didn't go crazy. Saturday, I went out to breakfast to meet my friend's parents, who were visiting from Boston. Again, I ate before I went out, and I was proud that I didn't eat too much, and even left some on my plate. I have found that eating a healthy snack shortly before going out to eat helps a lot with my self-control -- it's easier not to order the higher point items if I'm not starving -- do you guys use the "pre-eating" method too? Does it work for you? I tried to work afterwards, but I was just too horribly tired. I couldn't even focus -- all I could think about was sleeping, and it was 11 am! So I abandoned work at 1 pm, went home, slept for two hours, and then woke up, had Starbucks, hung out and quilted for a few hours and then went back to bed (my speed dating event Saturday night got cancelled.) Sunday morning I met someone I had been chatting with online for a first date (breakfast), and it was delightful. We're getting together again next Saturday night for dinner, and I'm looking forward to it. I did house stuff for the rest of Sunday, sewed for an hour and then I was in bed by 7:30, asleep by 8. I'm still tired, but it's not anywhere near as bad as before. I'm starting to feel human again. I've decided that I'm working myself into the ground, so I'm taking this week off of OT. I'll start up again next week, see if I can make it more manageable next week. Well, that's the story of my life since I last posted, and I have to get back to work. Take care, and write back when you can!

Princess: I'm glad that your weekend went well, and that you are happy with the college setup for your son. I'm sorry you are still so tired. That is very, very hard. No, it's too hot already for hiking, except up in the mountains (Mt. Lemmon above the city -- the high for today is 85 degrees down in Tucson, and 67 degrees up on Mt. Lemmon. I might go there on a hike soon. We'll see; it's a little more than an hour up to the top, and then another hour back down, but it's beautiful.) Yes, it is ironic how I look forward to winter, and you look forward to summer. It's all relative.

Judy -- good to hear from you, even quickly! I'm glad to hear that you are OP -- good luck! Sorry about the ice storm. How did the party go? Did you stay within your goals? Did you have fun? Thank you for the congrats, I am quite happy with it, especially since I was expecting to gain. It is funny, how little changes like fruit instead of pretzels and no work snacks can make such a big difference! I'll let you guys know how the work review goes...it's due for around April 10th, so probably by the end of May... I am goal oriented. It's in my personality. :D

Kerri -- I'm sorry your week has been so stressful. (BTW, which icon is the person yelling and screaming, red-faced? I don't know which text corresponds to that, and it perfectly fits how I feel some days!) Hopefully, both leaves and extra dogs will be gone soon... (BTW, as far as yo-yoing is concerned, it's important to focus on the long term progress -- are you going down long term? Because that's what matters most.)

Itryharder
03-20-2007, 10:33 AM
Hi Turtles,
Again, I have to run, but will try to respond.
Kerri, it's so odd to me that you're dealing with leaves and mowing (coming up here soon) and I'm still dealing with ice and snow! Sorry about the stressful week :eek:, but the time will fly and you'll be dds dogsfree soon!
I think your weight loss is awesome. I am determined to get where you are!!

Princess, glad your college trip went so well. It's tough to let kids go to college even though you know in their development that it's the right thing to do. So it is reassuring to know that the college selected is a good fit for your son.

Ariana,
I think it's great that you think, plan, and prepare. When we eat first before heading out for a dinner, etc. we're able to handle the event better. Good for you. :cheer: Hey, I'm delighted you met someone who has possibilities for dating. Sounds great. Good luck.

Bandit, how did the weekend go?
Chris, sending good vibes to you andyour family.

Me: Party went great. My food was great all day and the party was a hysterical success. My niece arrived in a leprechaun costume. I had never seen one before, but it's made of parachute fabric--that nylon stuff--and the costume was huge and had a motor and fan to keep it inflated. Well, she looked like one of those huge lawn ornaments that are inflated for the holidays. That started us all off. The food was great and I've figured out an easier way to prepare it all for next year. Also we had music and the kids danced and ran around the house and altogether we had a lot of fun.

Unfortunately the next day my dd who is getting married made some pretty big adjustments to her wedding party. Everything had been going smoothly,
and we were getting along great. In any case, I ate over the stress. Duh!
How many more times will I do that? So, I'm hoping on the scale and the :tread: before my other dd comes over with the grandbaby. And I've gotta run. I feel okay about the wedding changes. I gave my input and she made a decision and that's that. I just have to be prepared for lots of changes and try and keep on going with the flow.

You all take care, be well , and drink that water.
Judy

Princess1122
03-21-2007, 08:59 AM
Morning everyone, I was home yesterday so I did not get a chance to get online. I was not feeling well so I took the day off from work... mostly just tired and worn out I think but I stayed home for the day. I actually had to take one of the dogs to the vet also so it worked out well.

I am just hoping to maintain at W/I on Saturday... it has been that TOM and I have not gotten in as much cardion as I hoped to so maintaining would be great. I have added iron to my vitamin intake to see if that helps with my energy level... I have just been tired and worn out feeling so we will see if it helps.

Judy: Congrats on the party, sounds like it was fun. Sorry to hear about the added stress of the DD changes to the wedding, that is never fun to deal with. Hope it all gets back on track for you.

Ariana: Sounds like you had fun on your date and that makes me so happy for you! I think that there is someone out there for all of us... finding them is the hard part and you may just have hit pay-dirt! :D Awesome!

Kerri: When does the extra dog go home? I know how you feel there, we go thru that also. Hope you get relief soon!

Bandit: What is going on with you lately? Have you made anymore progress on the storage items? I have not, I need to get back at it.

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

Itryharder
03-22-2007, 12:53 PM
Hi turtles,
I missed my WI yesterday because I had to wait for the repair man to check out my clothes dryer. However, I made a point of going this morning. Because I was so careful at the party, and ate perfectly and low on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday I was able to come through this week losing a pound. I am so happy and so grateful that I didn't let the poor eating I did on Sunday throw me into a tizzy. Yay. :cp: I may not be able to lose as quickly as I'd like, but I can certainly lose a pound a week with exercise and proper foods. Yay!!!!


Judy
234.6/215.4/thinner into onederland :cool:

Ariana2000
03-22-2007, 03:49 PM
Ladies: good afternoon. How is everyone? It's been a busy, busy week, but what's new? I have been exchanging emails with my date for Saturday, and that's going well. I weighed in, and I maintained, which is fine, really. Frustrating, yes, but better than gaining, as I am always saying -- after all, maintaining is the same as not gaining.

I think my problem is eating out. It's something I still struggle with. I think I'm getting better -- eating an All-Bran bar or a piece of fruit helps a lot. But it's not enough. I still eat too much, too often. But it's a work in progress. And I have managed to cut out almost all of the extra snacking at work, so, some progress is being made at least. I'm going to try limiting myself to two planned higher point meals (Friday and Saturday night), and being scrupulously "good" the rest of the weekend, and seeing how that works. I also missed my Monday night workout for a work party, with more junk food, which couldn't have helped. Ah well. It's always a work in progress right? We all have to reinvent and reexamine our strategies periodically to find something that works, right?

Judy: I'm glad that the party went so well. It sounds like a blast! ;D Sorry about the wedding stress. As far as stress eating is concerned, I understand, it's very hard. The only thing that seems to work is to respond with other stress relievers, a walk around the block, a workout, some hobby or other that relaxes you -- and I've found that the more I turn to non-food stress relievers, the easier it gets to avoid stress eating, and my body even starts to crave the non-food relief. That doesn't mean I don't want to stress eat anymore, I do, but the drive is not as powerful, and therefore, easy to resist. If I find that I cannot resist, I give in in a small way -- if I'm desperate at work, I make a kind of hot cocoa that is only 1.5 points. The hot drink and the chocolate are both calming, but not high in points. Also, I think that your go-with-the-flow attitude is excellent and goes a long, long way. I think that for stress-eaters, a solution we don't often think about it simply cutting back on the stress, we're so focused on the effects, we tend to ignore the source. But there are many things in our lives which we cannot change, and therefore, we shouldn't worry about them, right? Re my strategy -- I like it -- it helps me make healthier choices. I need to ramp it up and eat even less at the restaurants, or eat out less often, but one thing at a time, right? It's a big improvement for me to not seriously overeat when I go out to eat. The next step is making healthier choices. But, one thing at a time. RE your weight loss -- CONGRATS! That is great, even with a tough week, you still managed to lose a pound! ;D :D :D :D ::goodscale::

Princess: I'm sorry you are still feeling so tired. I can't remember, have you had your thyroid checked? Maybe you should get a blood panel done. Maybe you aren't eating enough protein. Or maybe you are sleeping poorly, and you don't even realize it. It's so hard to find the cause for these things, but I hope you do find it soon. Re my date: Yes, I had a wonderful time. I am looking forward to our next day Saturday. Thank you, I'm excited too! ;D

Anyway, write when you guys get a chance. I hope this post finds you well!

Itryharder
03-23-2007, 12:06 PM
Hi Turtles,
Kerri, are those extra doggies ready to go home yet? :eek:

Princess, glad you've added iron to your intake. It can help a lot with anemia.
Hey, your trip is coming up soon! Good luck with your :goodscale: this week.

Ariana, good thinking on eating out, etc. It's tricky to add social activities to your schedule and still keep on losing weight, but you've got the determination to do it. Keep on posting your tips because they help everyone. :chef:

Bandit, are you weighing in this weekend? :goodscale:Yeah, how are your de=cluttering efforts coming along? I jumped on the bandwagon here and donated quite a few books to my library. That made room for the overwhelming photo albums that are growing by leaps and bounds. That happens when you have adorable grandchildren. Aw, shucks!

Chris, we're thinking about you and sending :goodvibes: I hope you're doing okay.

Today promises to be a busy day, but that's fine with me. My clothes dryer is back and working and the house isn't looking too bad. I think I'll hop on the :tread: and get in a little more exercise and keep this weight loss rolling on!

Have a great weekend, everybody, and chime in when you can.
Judy
234.6/215.4/thinner into onederland :cool:

kerriscards
03-23-2007, 08:22 PM
Its Friday and I am so sorry I have been so out of it... I am dancing a jig....:carrot: :cb: :jig: Tomorrow is the big DAY...The end...I could tell you stories about this week but I will not bore ya all...I am just happy to return this dog in the AM......

I hope you all are fine and sticking to plan...I went to weigh in yesterday and guess what? I am back to signature weight.....:goodscale

Judy, so glad the party went so well...Congrats....Stress always gets me too, that's why I was so concerned about this week...Plus its tax time... and I work too many hours.....etc....You did good girl...:cheer:

Susan, good luck with weigh in on Saturday...

Ariana, I 2nd what Judy said, that is great.....I have no control when I eat out...I plan what I will eat in advance, etc...I sike myself up and... wammI.... I get there and fall apart every-time..That's why I have been such a slow loser, I love to eat out at least once a week and have to compensate the rest of the week...

Itryharder
03-24-2007, 09:33 AM
Dear Turtles ,
I'm trying an experiment to see if the word tantrum preceded and anteceded by : produces the adorable red-faced icon.
All goes well here, and the scale at home was doing great for me today.
Take care and have a great weekend.

Remember, this is just a test. I'm not in a tantrum mood. :tantrum:

Judy
234.6/215.4/thinner into onederland :cool:
Judy

bandit2
03-24-2007, 10:51 AM
Hi turtles - boy, I missed lots of stuff. Trying to catch up with reading all the posts but thought I would just jump in from here.

Not too much has changed up here lately. Got another 2 bags of clothes dropped off and 2 big drawers upstairs sorted out as well.

At w/i yesterday I stayed the same again which again was a relief considering the past few weekends I have not been good. So it means I have dropped abit during the week not to show a loss. But, really have to get through a weekend on programme for a change. I got back to the gym this week which was good since I missed the week before.

I have party tonight for all the March birthdays, but that should be fine. We are having chili & salad & I am taking veggie platter. There will also be munchies that I will try and avoid.

Last week the weather was pretty good up here a few days. The other days very cold. One extreme to the other. Today it is raining.

My daughter coming home for today to drop off resumes for summer job, so I will get to visit with her before my party.

That is all that is new up here. Hope you are all doing well. Bye for now.

Itryharder
03-26-2007, 08:02 AM
Glad to hear from you, Bandit. That's great that you were able to maintain even with a few glitches. Hope you had a good time at your party and with daughter visit.

All goes well here. The scale is looking good, so I just have to keep OP until Wed. morning WI. Then I can lose weight, and keep the cycle going.
Good luck to us all! :cheer:
Judy

Princess1122
03-26-2007, 10:34 AM
Well W/I was horrible... up 4 lbs!!!! But I have high hopes that it was TOM and some water retention that made the gain so high... I am on track and going to add in extra cardio this week...

I am busy getting ready for my trip so posts will be short for the next week or two...

Have to run!
Susan

bandit2
03-26-2007, 11:39 AM
Judy - good luck this week on your weigh in!

Princess - must be TOM so don't worry, will even out next time. You must really be getting excited about your trip. Something to look forward to.

Party was good. Ate abit too much, but was good yesterday.

Raining hard up here. But at least not freezing rain, so shouldn't complain.

Hi to all you other turtles. Have a great week!

Ariana2000
03-26-2007, 03:57 PM
Ladies: Good afternoon. How is everyone? I tried to chime in Friday, but I couldn't get through to the site. No idea why. The weekend was good, I went out to Sweet Tomatoes (a buffet) Friday night, and I wasn't exactly good, but I was better than before; each time I get a little better. Saturday night I went out on a date again with the same person from last week, and the food was okay, not great, so I didn't eat as much of it, and left not even feeling full. I did have desert at Starbucks, but I ordered a reduced fat item, so, we'll see.

On a non-food related topic, my 2nd date went really well, and we're supposed to be going out again this weekend. :D :D :D We are very compatible, and I see long term potential there.

On an unrelated note, my hips both hurt today. If they keep it up, I'll have to take a break on spinning, since that's probably what caused the pain. :(

I bought some cycling clothes this weekend so that I don't cook in the spinning room this summer (the ventilation is poor, and the room is filled with 10-20 people all working out at a high intensity level; it's March and it's already uncomfortably hot in there.) Cycling clothes are what I refer to as sausage clothes -- especially the pants -- you feel like a human sausage in them, and the clothes are the sausage casing. I was expecting to be mortified by the sight of myself in sausage clothes, but it was getting so hot in the spinning room that I was willing to take the embarassment in order to be able to continue to spin through the some. To my great surprise, I looked okay in the sausage clothes, not really bad at all; it's a great feeling, since they're so close fitting, and a reminder that the way I see myself and the way I really am is quite different -- do you guys still see yourself at some weight significantly higher than you are now? I struggle to reconcile what I see with reality -- I still see myself as being heavy -- but several people have recently told me to stop losing weight. At 151, I'm still 20 pounds higher than WW says I should be (at most, I think, I should be 130, since I'm 5'3.) I'm still not happy with my stomach or my thighs, and I don't think I'm too skinny, so I'm going to keep going. Do you guys agree?

Well, that's the extent of my news...on to your posts since I was last on...

Judy: Re eating out -- thank you. I'm glad the tips are helpful. I'll keep at it. :D I'm glad that your dryer is working again, having to do things the old fashioned way must stink! That tantrum icon is adorable, and so evocative of the way I feel some days! :o Glad the scale is doing great for you and that you're well.

Kerri: Glad the dogs are gone. I know they were driving you crazy. Being back to your signature weight is good, right? It means you lost your vacation weight, right? Eating out is hard, especially when people around you are eating junk. I'm working on it. I know that pre-eating (eating a piece of fruit or an all-bran bar, etc.) before I go out to eat helps with my self-control, along with not drinking (which weakens my resolve.) But I'm still working on actually being "good" when I go out to eat.

Bandit -- it's great to hear from you. Jump in where and when you can. Maintaining is always better than gaining. I know that weekends are hard; what's your new survival strategy? Parties are so hard. We do what we can, right?

Princess: Sorry about the gain. That stinks. But you can get back on track, and part of it may definitely be TOM. It sounds like you are already on your way back. :D I am jealous. Can I go on a trip too? :D

Princess1122
03-27-2007, 02:14 PM
I only have a moment but I wanted to stop by quick...

Ariana: I am soooooo happy for you!!!! Best wishes!

Judy: Good luck with the scale!

Bandit: Yes, I am really getting excited... it is hard to be at work or anywhere else actually, I want to go to the airport! :D

Kerri: How are you doing? Is it a better week this week?

bandit2
03-27-2007, 04:42 PM
Hi turtles

Really gorgeous day up here today - warmest it's been since last summer, but cooler weather is on its way back starting tomorrow. Oh well, still March
the nice weather will eventually get here.

Last night went to gym instead of meeting my ww buddies. I have been getting w/i on Fri but go to mtg on Mon with them. But I really felt the need to get by butt to the gym & really felt glad I went.

Back on track this week & gf coming tonight for dinner. She is making seafood pasta dish with light sauce so should be fine.

If guess my strategy is to make best choices for me as much as possible.

Hoping for a w/loss this week. I stayed the same for quite awhile and need to see minus anything on the scale.

Have a great OP day!

Itryharder
03-28-2007, 08:52 AM
Okay Turtles ,
Look for us on thread #180
See you there.
Judy