Carb Counters - Weekly Chat March 12-18

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03-12-2007, 02:13 PM
Morning all. Well, today was the start of a brand new day. I know this week I'll be having Irish stew, and some cabbage and corned beef stuff. Just not sure when that'll be. But otherwise, I'm planning on staying comletely OP!! All we can do is try, eh? So off to go drink some more water :) Hope you all had a great weekend!!

beach bum
03-12-2007, 04:29 PM
Hi Ladies:)

Thanks Lily for explaining the maintainence part of the diet. I thought it would be harder as I remember from Weight Watchers that was the case.
I guess You have a set amount of calories to play with. Thanks again.

Will be off the computer for the rest of the day with little glitches here and there. Dell is going to call hand try to fix the programs.

Brenda-I'll be Op for the whole week also,but on Saturday I'm going to have my corned beef and cabbage,omitting the potato and the soda bread.

See you later

Hugs BB

03-12-2007, 10:31 PM
BB: Hope you get the glitches sorted out.

Where is everyone else??

The weather here was GORGEOUS!! But there's still too much snow out to try and get the yard cleaned of doggy doo. I've got to get a new scooper. So hopefully I can do that before the snow is all gone and I've GOT to get it done. I've not done ANY all winter so the yard is FULL---it'll take HOURS. Does that count as exercise? :lol: So far I'm OP :cb:

03-13-2007, 12:13 AM
BB, I switched from Atkins to calorie counting about 2 months ago. With Atkins you will continue to just count carbs with maintenance. Honestly there are times I think about switching back to Atkins as I actually liked the restrictiveness of the program and it worked best for me. But, I had such horrible stomach problems that I needed more dietary fiber and I missed bread so much. It really doesn't matter what maintainence plan you choose, it really boils down to still restricting yourself and exercising just like while you are trying to lose the weight. I do know that I actually eat less calories now than while I was on Atkins. (because I ate such heavy quantities of meat) but I am getting about 100 carbs a day now instead of 30.

I'm wide awake as I fell asleep on the couch this afternoon and didn't wake up til 4 hrs. later. All the stress with the SD situation has had me lying awake at night, so I guess my body just needed some rest.

Brenda, cleaning doggy-doo is definite exercise. Trust me on this one after just having 13 puppies to clean up after. My dogs are driving me nuts. Mama dog has taught my pup and the little runt how to dig. They keeep digging out of the fence. GRRRRRRRR. I put them back in the fence, fix wherever they dug out and then they meet me back on the deck where they have got out again. They think it's a game.

03-13-2007, 09:53 AM
Lily: Glad your belly seems to be straightening out (at least, part of it). And hope the stress goes away soon!! Your dogs sound like little scamps! Bet they're a blast though!

Well, diverted a "snack attack" last night when I got home. I SOOO wanted to snack. So I ate a piece of cheese instead. Helped a little. I still wanted to snack---but told myself I just ate the cheese and I wasn't hungry--so no snacks. :cb: One day down :cb:

beach bum
03-13-2007, 10:19 AM
Good Morning Ladies:)

Was close to 100% on the Atkins & l/c yesterday and did get out to some walking [30M] of power walking.

We have a another beautiful day and I'm going to take advantage and walk before it get cold again. We're never know when the temps fall again around here.

menu today
b-melted cheddar on Wasa cracker,1c soy milk-
l-L/C pizza [recipe]
d-three cheese chicken with broccoli[recipe]

Lily-I'm counting carb with WW points[1 pt=50 cals] right now,and its working I found like I posted before that 30 -38 carbs I believe are my balance for losing. I have a long way to go before,how I will maintain. I was just curious.[sp]Sorry about the tummy pains. I use Metamucil S/F power that you mix with water. I take 3 X's a day before each meal.

Brenda-Hopefully they will be sorted out real soon.That great deverting the snack attact. That what I did last night but I used 2 sl deli turkey breast instead. I find that adding a little more protein helps those attacks.

Have to go, will post tomorow

Hugs :) BB

03-13-2007, 12:34 PM
Hi ladies, I weighed this morning and 1 of the 2 lbs. I gained last week is now gone. I'm logging every bite and trying to be a lot more stringent. I also wanted a snack last night and just told myself "No, you've already had enough to eat today and you can wait til breakfast". I talk to myself, LOL.

Temps are nice here, 70 degrees, but light rain.

I can hardly wait for next weeks vacation. I'm gonna ask my DH's friend if he'll keep our puppies while we're at the lake. We'll take Molly with us. I'm sure he will do it, he lives in the country and he bought one of the littermates this time.

Brenda, these pups are little scamps. I left them inside and they found an unused baby diaper and shredded it in a million pieces. I had quite a mess to clean this morning from their little play time. LOL. My puppy Lucy, loves to chase the cat, she gets swatted by the cat and isn't smart enough to quit and leave the cat alone. LOL.

03-13-2007, 04:05 PM
Hello everybody,
At least I'm not the only one with the irisistable urge to snack in the evening. I think this is my biggest problem, I just started eating nuts again, and even though I measure them it's hard to stop after 1/3 of a cup.
I think the thing that helps me the most is brushing my teeth after dinner, then I tell my self if I eat anything else I'll have to brush them again. Thus taking advantage of my own lasyness.

I hope everyone has a great day. I'm going to go walk around the mall for a while. I wish my wallet was as fat as me.

Lily Your puppies sound great. I love puppies, but they are way to much work for me. I'll stick with my cats for now. I think they are the only animals that sleep as much as I do.

03-13-2007, 04:54 PM
Ladies, I'm on the ball. I just dropped my taxes off at the tax office. I normally have them done on April 13th so I made great progress this year. Yippee. Now to wait for the damage and see how much we owe. Then, send IRS the check on April 15th like always.

03-14-2007, 03:25 PM
BB: Hope your weather stays warm so you can continue to enjoy your walks :)

Puncezilla: How was the mall? I don't even go there to walk---I'm not a mall person. :) Hope you had fun

Lily: I can just imagine the mess a diaper and puppies made. WTG on the lost pound!! WTG on getting your taxes in :)

Well, so far so good. Eating is OP and not sure why, but the thought of eating makes me want to barf. I'm thinking it's the broccoli/cauliflower/brussel sprouts I ate last night---too much gassy foods. BLECH! Tasted good at the time...but messed up my insides. I've been making myself eat though. Need to work on the water intake. And I think I'm going to head off here now and do a 1 mile WATP so I can start claiming some exercise!! :lol:

beach bum
03-14-2007, 06:41 PM
Hi Ladies:)

We're finally on line again, hope this time its permanently. How nerve recking keeping going up & down. We had to call Dell and Mcafee again. Phone bill is going to be tremendous.

Dinner is going to ready soon so I can't post individually,the weather is beautiful a real sunny day, but it was to windy to walk used my bike instead for 40 Mins.

Have to go will post tomorrow morning

Have agreat evening Ladies

Hugs :) BB

03-15-2007, 01:00 AM
Hi ladies, I've spent the last 5 1/2 hrs. doing laundry and loading camper for our coming trip to the lake.

BB, we're downloading new spyware, so my computer is messed up right now too.
Hi Brenda, good to see you are eating OP. More than I can say for me today. Well, I wasn't too awfully bad but went over a little on my calories. No junk food, just a little more baked chicken than I should have had.

beach bum
03-15-2007, 10:13 AM
Good Morning Ladies

We're finally up, hopefully the computer won't have any more glitches in it. Yesterday afternnon I was working on my favorite websites and got them bookmarked. Leo did the same.

Lily-Great job, losing 1 lb of the two. I was I could say that I only lost 1 lb this month. Not sure if 30-38 carbs is my balance.Might have to reconstruct,and go down to low 30's instead.A lady on another board told us she wears a noicy bracelet and every time she hears it rattle when taking food that reminds her not to. I guess whatever works,do it.I have a snacking problem watching tv.I have big note on my coofee table in RED PRINT no snacking allowed.

Theses computers:comp: are so tempermental whne not hits the right buttons. I don't play with the techinal part of it. That DH job.I won't know where to start. You've done a lots of work,but it will pay off going on your camping trip where there peace and quite.You deserve a relaxing vacation after all you went though with your SD and her family.

Brenda-Its not as easy as people think trying to stay on a diet.When other visers can be stopped ,we as eatter have to eat,its just a matter of what we eat thats gets us to goal,and if we use exercising as a tool.

Have to get ready to work now that therain will be hittiong us later.

Hugs :) BB

03-15-2007, 11:50 AM
BB, it is tough to figure out exact number of carbs that allows us to still lose weight and I'm finding the same to be true of calories. I Know that anytime I got above 35 carbs, that I'd tend to gain instead of lose. With calories it seems that anything over 1600 causes a gain. I could try for 1400 but I can't stick to that, it's just not enough to eat for me. Maintenance is rough for me because I never stay the same , it's up or down.

I can't wait for my camping trip. It will be relaxing. I packed the cards, phase 10 cards, scrabble , poker chips, books to read and puzzle books. DH and I like to play games of the evenings when we are camping. Equipped with TV and VCR so packed about 20 movies to take along. It was like stocking a home. I made sure I had pleny of kitchen utensils plus coffee pot and toaster, plus a microwave is in it. Of course, I took plenty of bedding and stocked the bathroom with everything we'd need. Plus all the fishing equipment and outdoor picnic stuff and lantern. I made me a huge list and am marking everything off as it is put in the camper. The non-perishable food is now in it and I'll wait and put the perishable stuff in the morning we leave. Had to make a note to take my Medicines and also our fishing licenses. The weather is supposed to be nice, but made sure to take light jackets and jeans as well as capris and shorts. There is a karoke club near the lake, so I packed DH and I both 1 nicer outfit to wear to go to the club in plus the shoes to go with them. We're taking Molly with us, so had to take dog food along. The puppies thankfully will be staying in the country with our dear friend who has one of the littermates.. So, I won't have to worry about them. Plus he has 6 kids, so my pups will have a great time and probably never want to come home. LOL. It seems like everytime we go camping we forget something, but hopefully we'll have most of what we need.

03-15-2007, 07:41 PM
I won't be typing much. For some reason my wrist is hurting again. So I put the brace on it and am hoping a day or so w/out typing wil help it. Bad news is I wasn't OP tonight. Good news is tomorrow is another day :)

03-15-2007, 10:37 PM
Brenda, I hope your wrist is better soon. The mall was awful, I don't usualy walk there either. I find it noisy and tiring. But I did get a new sweater.:D

Lilly, have a great time camping. It sounds like you are well equipped. Do you take a boat with you? I love being on the water.

I had a bad day yesterday so I didn't do any exercize. I probably would have felt better if I had. My carbs have been around 30-35 this week, and the scale seems to be going back and forth between 214 and 213 ( to many peanuts) so I'm going to try cutting them back again. Also I'm having a real hard time drinking all my water. I did go on the treadmill 55min today, trying to make up a little for yesterday.

beach bum
03-16-2007, 10:58 AM
Good Morning Ladies:)

Computer is very SLOW. Hopefully it won't go down. Snowing here but its going to turn to rain with a nor'easter behing it. Have to go out to the Senior Center to practice for our nursing home concerts. We'll problaby have a St.Patricks Day Party at the Center also.

Well I got on the scale [maintained] for the second week,can't more my ticker down.Can't believe it hasn't moved down.Wheres my Whoooooooosh!!!

Have to get off, something happened to the computer.It came up again.

Lily-Now that I maintained again for the second wk, I have to lower my carbs to the low 30's[30=32] instead of [30-38] I think I'm having too much of a play with that range.Have agreat and restful camping trip.

Brenda-Sorry about your wrist pain,I was there the other day,but as fast as it came,it disappeared too.

Puncezilla-We're in the same carb range[30-35] but as I told Lily I'm going down to the low 30's and see what happens at next weeks W-I. I found that in Feb I lost 3lbs when I didn't exercise,and this monthwith exercise I'm maintaining. Whats the story to that??????????

Hugs :) BB

03-16-2007, 02:14 PM
BB, I'm also exercising more this month, and not losing. I'm going to try to go back to 20-25carbs for a week , then increase more slowly next time.

03-16-2007, 05:02 PM
Puncezilla, we are taking our friend's boat. We used to have a boat and sold it. Now, we want to buy a new boat, and are saving for it. I love to fish and just love being at the lake. So, I'm excited to leave for our trip.

I just finished filling out my son's 17 page Security Clearance Form for his Army unit. What a total PITA that was. I even had to call my EX. (his dad ) for info. on him, his new wife and his other kids. Oh, what joy. I'm just glad I'm finished with it all.

My eating has been way off program yesterday and so far today. Better hit the treadmill and try to minimize the damage.

03-17-2007, 01:43 PM
I've heard if you add exercise that sometimes you don't lose weight because you're building muscle. And keep waiting for the "Whoosh" as it'll come when you least expect it.

Wrist is still bothering me. THinking I need something for here at the computer to support them.

Got my belly button pierced. Wasn't thinking...I need pants that go BELOW the BellyButton. :lol: Not a pretty sight! Well, nobody's gonna see it anyway, just gotta wait for it to heal, for me to lose weight to get back into my other pants...and then all will be well. Hope you all have a great weekend!

03-17-2007, 09:42 PM
Brenda, WTG on the belly button piercing. I've wanted one, but my tummy is so scarred from all the surgeries, that I hide it at all costs. My belly button already feels funky because of all the mesh that has been put in it, I can feel stringy material through the skin. Now, how gross is that? LOL.

Tomorrow afternoon starts camping Day 1. Yippee. My DD is going to spend a week with her friend instead of the 2 of them camping with us. So, total alone time for me and DH for a week. I wonder if we'll get on each others nerves? LOL. Probably.

As far eating, it hasn't been great these last several days, and that is a big understatement. I need to get back on plan and stay there.

03-18-2007, 11:33 PM
Lily: Hope you have a great time camping!

Well, the wrist is still achy. The belly button is bruised (caught it on my pants button. That'll teach me to try and wear my normal pants right now. lol). And my eating is terrible. So tomorrow I've GOT to get back at it or I'll start feeling worse than I do now (just feel bloated and gassy). DEFINITELY need to get with the program here!!!

03-19-2007, 01:06 AM
how cool! (except for the sore wrist) But the belly button ring is pretty cool :D

03-19-2007, 09:06 AM
We didn't get to leave yet. DH had to work an accident yesterday evening (state trooper). So, we decided to wait and leave this morning, were afraid the camp grounds would be locked after 10PM and we'd be stuck out in the dark. I'm waiting on him to wake up so we can load dogs and get gone. It's supposed to be rainy, but it will still beat sitting at home.

My son had Army Drill this past weekend. His Army Reserve Unit is scheduled to Deploy to Iraq in August. I am trying to keep my sanity and not worry constantly about this for the next several months. We learned yesterday that his unit was supposed to have deployed back in February and when the Democrats took over, the schedule was changed.