Support Groups - Hot and Healthy Challenge Chicks 3/19/07-3/25/07




SD Gal
03-19-2007, 12:42 PM
What is Hot & Healthy Challenge Chicks?

A bunch of us were all part of different challenges together, and when the challenges ended, we decided not to! So we all came together and decided to start a long term challenge group, and we called them the Hot & Healthy Challenge Chicks!

-Anyone can join the group no matter what your goals are or where you are in your weight loss journey.
-We are here to support each other, encourage each other, laugh together, and cry together.
-Our unified goal is to exercise, eat right (whatever diet plan we may each separately be following), and have fun!
-We encourage new members, as the more that join, the more friends we have to support us along the way!
-We only ask that you follow one teensy, tiny rule. At the beginning of each month we state what our goals are, and they can be WHATEVER YOU WANT!
Then at the end of the month we can share how well we did with our goals, etc. However, sharing at the end of the month is completely optional.

We can do this!! :carrot:


SD Gal
03-19-2007, 12:48 PM
Good morning ladies!!

Its been a nice weekend and I'm back on track with walking my 3 mile minimum days. I've bought my foods per my WW points for the week and stocked up on water. I am so positive about staying on plan. :D

I went to Ann Taylor with my step-daughter yesterday and tried on a beautiful black shift dress, a size 12- which by the way.. was too big. :D I could have worn a 10. I was SO PLEASED!!

I have decided that for every 10 pounds I lose, I am going to buy myself an outfit from there. I found a few pieces I just love.. ;) Classic, well made clothes that never go out of style. YAY! Well.. I don't know how my husband feels about it but.. oh well.. rofl :p

I hope everyone had a beautiful weekend!!

BBL!! :hug:

SD Gal
03-19-2007, 08:55 PM
Where oh where have my girls gone?? :(


Canuk4
03-19-2007, 10:34 PM
Hi you don't have to worry about me, I a here again like you.

SD Gal don't you feel terrific the 12 being to big, and you needed a ten, Yeah for you. So you did get some new clothes, isn't it great when you get new stuff that really makes you feel good wearing it! I am so proud of you.
Gotta go eat, be back shortly.
Sharon S.

Canuk4
03-20-2007, 12:59 AM
Hi again, just had my chicken and veggies in wine sauce by Lean Cuisine it was good, I find I am only able to get two meals in and two snacks per day. I always try to get my fruit in, but am not always successful, today I did. And big news, I got thirty minutes of walking in as well, I am pleased about that, I just did it on my own, at my own pace, as I am worried about my arm. Will see how it is tomorrow. Water is about 2/3rds done. So not bad today. I weighed 227.5 today a surprise after my weekend of not following plan. Tomorrow is actually my weigh in, watch i will be up.

SD Gal those are great goals, I need to set some, unfortunately I can't write down what I eat, but should be able to count up the calories.

I think it is a great idea about buying a new outfit for every 10 lbs you lose, great motivation. You will be fitting into that formal dress no problem. Did you get any walking in today?

Well I better run, it is getting late and I read till 4 am this morning so need to get some sleep.

Where is everyone gone?
Sharon S.


































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martiniforme
03-20-2007, 11:49 AM
Hey guys!
I just wanted to let you know that I'm alive and kicking! I'm also still dieting and working on my exercise!
Things around here have been.. hectic, to say the least. Some issues in the relationship have been keeping me away, but I am back!

SD: You are looking great! Size 10 WOWZA! Great work =D

Canuck: Just keep sticking to what you're doing =) Be confident that you will succeed, you will!

***

I've got to head to work, but I was missing you guys soooo freaking bad, that I just had to come on here!
I will give you guys a full update of how my diet has been going, what changes there have been, and my new hair colour!

-Mande

SD Gal
03-20-2007, 11:57 AM
Good Morning! Well I hope everyone is ok.. or just busy? I hate to use this as just my private journal! lol

Yesterday was a great on plan kind of day, I got in three bottles of water, two less than normal and I stay within my points range as well. I have todays foods all ready to rock and I had the most wonderful salad last night! YUM! Tonight I believe I'm going to add tuna just for a kick. :) I walked five miles last night as well, WOW THAT FELT GREAT. I've done 8 miles in two days. Its nice to get an extra two miles in before my husband gets home from work and then walk again after dinner.

Thinking thin thoughts and well wishes, hope everyone is ok.. have a great day.. bbl!!

SD Gal
03-20-2007, 12:11 PM
Hey guys!
I just wanted to let you know that I'm alive and kicking! I'm also still dieting and working on my exercise!
Things around here have been.. hectic, to say the least. Some issues in the relationship have been keeping me away, but I am back!

SD: You are looking great! Size 10 WOWZA! Great work =D

Canuck: Just keep sticking to what you're doing =) Be confident that you will succeed, you will!

***

I've got to head to work, but I was missing you guys soooo freaking bad, that I just had to come on here!
I will give you guys a full update of how my diet has been going, what changes there have been, and my new hair colour!

-Mande

Mande! So nice to see your face :hug: Thank you for the note. Thanks, too.. I'm up right now, but had been binging.. tsk!! I'm glad you're still working so hard! Have a super day!!!

dexdienu
03-20-2007, 01:28 PM
Hi!

Since I am new, I'm not yet sure how this works out--how often am I supposed to post, what am I supposed to say... Let me know.

This past week I thought I have been doing well. Working out every day, eating healthy food (I even ate soup twice) and drinking lots of water (never a problem for me, I'm an aquaholic!. Even though my weigh in day is supposed to be Thursday, this morning I stepped on the scale just so I could start the very early morning with some good news. I was VERY disappointed to see that I actually gained two pounds! Unfortunately my reaction to bad news is to eat--I know, I need to find better coping mechanisms. Next time I am going to sit down and type instead.

I then went for a walk to the local golf course (2 miles each way). We just moved here and I don't really know anyone. As luck would have it, the women's golf group is having their beginning of year meeting tomorrow morning. I'm hoping that I can make some friends there.

Feel free to tell me if I'm doing this wrong.

Sharon

Also, I am still having trouble posting the trackers on the bottom. When I tried over the weekend, all I got was the url, not the picture.

Jasmine31
03-20-2007, 03:22 PM
SD Gal:

, a size 12- which by the way.. was too big. I could have worn a 10. I was SO PLEASED!!

That is great!! I am so proud of you!!

I have decided that for every 10 pounds I lose, I am going to buy myself an outfit from there. I found a few pieces I just love.. Classic, well made clothes that never go out of style

That is great! You deserve it!

Canuk4:

Hey hun! How are you doing?

I weighed 227.5 today a surprise after my weekend of not following plan. Tomorrow is actually my weigh in, watch i will be up.

You are doing great! Keep it up!!

martiniforme:

Hey hun!! *hugz* Is everything okay with you and the man?

've got to head to work, but I was missing you guys soooo freaking bad, that I just had to come on here!
I will give you guys a full update of how my diet has been going, what changes there have been, and my new hair colour!

-Mande

Sounds great! Cant wait to hear!

SD Gal:

dexdienu:

Welcome to the club!!

Okay I know I have been gone for a week or so. :( I did get back on my walking last week. I weighed in at the beginning of March at 211!!! Yikes! BUT as of a few days ago I am down to 206 so I am not stressing. Our wedding anniversary is coming up 4-9 so I really want to be 199 or so by then. I KNOW I can do it! That would be 50 lbs gone in a year!!!

I have been focusing on eating mostly healthy and walking 30 minutes about 4-5 times a week so I am glad about that. Not the 60 I used to do but I know I got burnt out. So I tell myself at least 30!!! That seems to be working!

Another big thing I have been focusing on is deep cleaning and de cluttering. My dh has also been painting on some days off, things like that. Plus last weekend we planted a garden! We still need to plant more this weekend but I had to go and gather info on what grows with what and why. Some vegetables help other vegetables avoid insects etc. Then some vegis don't grow around other vegis etc. My main focus is bell peppers cause I love them and they are $6.00 a lb for organic! They are also #2 on the most heavily pesticided list so it is not something I want to wink at. Rediculous! Another thing I LOVE is tomatoes. So we got 2 big green bell pepper plants, 2 small green plants, 1 medium yellow, a medium red and some seeds. 1 medium cayenne pepper plant, a big habanero plant, a 6 pack of green hot peppers. A 6 pack of early girl tomatoes, a 6 pack of better boy tomatoes, a big arkansas tomato plant, and another big beef tomato plant. A big strawberry plant, a medium plant of parsley, chives, thyme, basil and cilantro. Some seeds of green onion and yellow onion and carrots. And planted some marigold seeds near by. That is one section! Whew!!!

Next saturday we need to do another section away from that one. We have in a pot squash and watermelon and spinach. We also have seeds to plant corn and cucumber and pumpkin, an oregano plant, some dill seeds and I can't remember what all else. Oh and I need to get a big pot for the mint seeds and put it near the first garden. So much to do but I am excited!! The only other time I had a garden was one year about 7 years ago when my ex dad in law stayed with us and we did green pepper, tomatoes, corn and carrots. they all turned out great but that was 60 miles away in an apt and I had him to help me. Now of course I have Joe but he has never done it before but him and I are willing to learn and look up stuff online. He soaked and dug up and planted the whole garden and I am the one who decided where to put everything and what to get and am doing the research etc.

Anyhow that is what is up with me. :D

marbleflys
03-20-2007, 03:41 PM
Hi Everybody;

I've been back and forth reading but not posting much, too busy...but it's not fun stuff...I have a seriously ill sib,a seriously old mother and I am the only game in town...along with work and running the homestead, I'm so stressed I could pull my hair out. I'm so worked up I can barely sleep which makes me feel like death warmed over in the AM. I started back exercising with Tae-Bo and I love it, but some mornings I have to catch up on the day before, it's a never-ending cycle....then there is the car that needs inspecting, service and license renewal and the new 2nd phase of homestead renovation.

it's a wonder I don't just give up and bury myself in taco chips and margaritas!

I wish the weather was warm enough to start a garden, we had snow and ice over the weekend....yuck. Jasmine I'm a big fan of tomatoes and peppers too....have you ever seen the purple peppers? very pretty. I once had a plant with little tiny Thai peppers about the size of my fingernail....it was so PRETTY, it grew like a tree in a pot...if I could ever find it again at the garden center, it looked better than some of my flowers! I usually do the sweet cherry 100s tomatoes, love them for a salad.

Hope everyone else is having fun! I'll be back tomorrow.....but the good news is that I'm consistently losing, so maybe I'll try on my bathing suit....

SD Gal
03-20-2007, 05:01 PM
Hi!

Since I am new, I'm not yet sure how this works out--how often am I supposed to post, what am I supposed to say... Let me know.

This past week I thought I have been doing well. Working out every day, eating healthy food (I even ate soup twice) and drinking lots of water (never a problem for me, I'm an aquaholic!. Even though my weigh in day is supposed to be Thursday, this morning I stepped on the scale just so I could start the very early morning with some good news. I was VERY disappointed to see that I actually gained two pounds! Unfortunately my reaction to bad news is to eat--I know, I need to find better coping mechanisms. Next time I am going to sit down and type instead.

I then went for a walk to the local golf course (2 miles each way). We just moved here and I don't really know anyone. As luck would have it, the women's golf group is having their beginning of year meeting tomorrow morning. I'm hoping that I can make some friends there.

Feel free to tell me if I'm doing this wrong.

Sharon

Also, I am still having trouble posting the trackers on the bottom. When I tried over the weekend, all I got was the url, not the picture.


Hello Sharon, welcome to the board!! Post as often as you like. We start a new thread for each new week. :D :welcome3: We have a lovely group of ladies who post here and are SO SUPPORTIVE! I'm not one to speak :X but.. don't weigh yourself daily or you will be disappointed. You could be retaining just because.. so cut yourself a little break!! Try and reconfigure your tracker, you may have used the incorrect part. :)

SD Gal
03-20-2007, 05:10 PM
Okay I know I have been gone for a week or so. :( I did get back on my walking last week. I weighed in at the beginning of March at 211!!! Yikes! BUT as of a few days ago I am down to 206 so I am not stressing. Our wedding anniversary is coming up 4-9 so I really want to be 199 or so by then. I KNOW I can do it! That would be 50 lbs gone in a year!!!

I have been focusing on eating mostly healthy and walking 30 minutes about 4-5 times a week so I am glad about that. Not the 60 I used to do but I know I got burnt out. So I tell myself at least 30!!! That seems to be working!

Another big thing I have been focusing on is deep cleaning and de cluttering. My dh has also been painting on some days off, things like that. Plus last weekend we planted a garden! We still need to plant more this weekend but I had to go and gather info on what grows with what and why. Some vegetables help other vegetables avoid insects etc. Then some vegis don't grow around other vegis etc. My main focus is bell peppers cause I love them and they are $6.00 a lb for organic! They are also #2 on the most heavily pesticided list so it is not something I want to wink at. Rediculous! Another thing I LOVE is tomatoes. So we got 2 big green bell pepper plants, 2 small green plants, 1 medium yellow, a medium red and some seeds. 1 medium cayenne pepper plant, a big habanero plant, a 6 pack of green hot peppers. A 6 pack of early girl tomatoes, a 6 pack of better boy tomatoes, a big arkansas tomato plant, and another big beef tomato plant. A big strawberry plant, a medium plant of parsley, chives, thyme, basil and cilantro. Some seeds of green onion and yellow onion and carrots. And planted some marigold seeds near by. That is one section! Whew!!!

Next saturday we need to do another section away from that one. We have in a pot squash and watermelon and spinach. We also have seeds to plant corn and cucumber and pumpkin, an oregano plant, some dill seeds and I can't remember what all else. Oh and I need to get a big pot for the mint seeds and put it near the first garden. So much to do but I am excited!! The only other time I had a garden was one year about 7 years ago when my ex dad in law stayed with us and we did green pepper, tomatoes, corn and carrots. they all turned out great but that was 60 miles away in an apt and I had him to help me. Now of course I have Joe but he has never done it before but him and I are willing to learn and look up stuff online. He soaked and dug up and planted the whole garden and I am the one who decided where to put everything and what to get and am doing the research etc.

Anyhow that is what is up with me. :D

Jasmin, WOW GIRL YOU HAVE BEEENN BUUUUUSY! lol Your garden sounds simply fantastic. I hope you share pictures when everything is in bloom! YUM! I grew tomatoes when I lived in Washington, here in So Ca, nothing grows.. weeds, really. lol.

So nice to hear from you!! YAY! You know, as long as you are still focusing on being healthy, that's important. Fifty pounds is A LOT so you should be VERY proud of yourself. Here's wishing you well to your goal!!

SD Gal
03-20-2007, 05:13 PM
Hi Everybody;

I've been back and forth reading but not posting much, too busy...but it's not fun stuff...I have a seriously ill sib,a seriously old mother and I am the only game in town...along with work and running the homestead, I'm so stressed I could pull my hair out. I'm so worked up I can barely sleep which makes me feel like death warmed over in the AM. I started back exercising with Tae-Bo and I love it, but some mornings I have to catch up on the day before, it's a never-ending cycle....then there is the car that needs inspecting, service and license renewal and the new 2nd phase of homestead renovation.

it's a wonder I don't just give up and bury myself in taco chips and margaritas!

I wish the weather was warm enough to start a garden, we had snow and ice over the weekend....yuck. Jasmine I'm a big fan of tomatoes and peppers too....have you ever seen the purple peppers? very pretty. I once had a plant with little tiny Thai peppers about the size of my fingernail....it was so PRETTY, it grew like a tree in a pot...if I could ever find it again at the garden center, it looked better than some of my flowers! I usually do the sweet cherry 100s tomatoes, love them for a salad.

Hope everyone else is having fun! I'll be back tomorrow.....but the good news is that I'm consistently losing, so maybe I'll try on my bathing suit....

Hi girlie.. I'm sorry you have so much on your shoulders right now, I'm glad to know you're ok however.. well, you know what I mean. :)

Keep your chin up, happy thoughts and strength coming your way.. :hug:

Canuk4
03-21-2007, 12:21 AM
Hi Everyone, I posted a long one, then my computer came up with an error and swallowed it. So for tonight I will just say it is great to hear from everyone, thanks for your support. I support you as well in everthing that is going on in your lives.

Take care all, talk to you tomorrow.
Sharon S.

martiniforme
03-21-2007, 12:39 PM
Wow! I forgot how fast this thread really goes! I missed you guys so much!

dexdienu: Welcome! You just post whenever you feel like posting. I like to post when I'm feeling down, and I like to post when I have something exciting to share. Or when I'm bored, and... Well, you get the picture. You can post whenever you feel like you want to post! I'm sorry for the gain, but if you are new to this, this gain could be nothing more than your metabolism settling in to the new routine. Also, something to consider, what diet plan are you following anyone? Jasmine pointed this out to me a very long time ago. Just because it's healthy, doesn't mean it's going to keep us from gaining weight. Portion control and nutritional information on the back, these guys can be your best friend! And you are definitely not doing this wrong! You should see how scatterbrained I get some days, then after you witness that, you'll know that there is no wrong way, hahaha. Good luck meeting some new friends! I just moved to the town I'm in about 6 months ago. I've met a couple people, but it's a very small town, and I am finding it difficult to meet people with similar interests here. I'm thinking about joining a class, like a pottery class, or something. Let us know how the golf meeting goes!
As for the tracker, the URL must have img tags as well. We can help ya out with that!

Jasmine: OOOOOOO I MISSED YOU! Things are alright. Let's just say I have come to some very interesting conclusions. The most important one being, "If you aren't with me on this, you are against me." And honey! Nothing, and I mean NOTHING, is going to hold me back from my dream state of health. So, things are not really okay, but I am okay, and that is what matters! And some some of those delicious veggies my way!! It's still a little too cold here (being that it snowed yesterday! lol), but I am planning to plant a garden as well. I was just going to do tomato plants and maybe some peas. My favorite is flowers, so that will be the main attraction of my garden LOL.

marbleflys: You are so strong in the face of adversity. And you are doing so wonderful! There for everyone (including yourself). Remember that we're always here for support! And some more hugs and well wishes coming your way! :hug:

Sharon.S: Dang! That sucks! But I, too, know the feeling. It's enough to just drive me nuts! :LOL:

***

Okay, so some of you wanted to know what is up with me!
Well, here goes...
Around the last time I was busy on the board, I had to have sudden emergency surgery on my wisdom teeth. You can imagine this threw my diet off. DF was buying me all kinds of cool, soft, melty foods. Oh, I don't know.. Like ice cream and popsicles? Stuff that I never keep in my house under normal circumstances. And I kept telling myself that this was okay, because it was all I could eat (I could have made real fruit smoothies as an example of what I should've done).
Well, I fell off the exercise horse, and the eating healthy horse, and those 2 horses fell of the dieting horse, so you can imagine it was a pretty big fall, haha. And then DF started getting on my case about how I spent money (only $127CAD!) on my treadmill, and how I'm never using it. So he made me move it from the living room (I kept it folded up behind the chair) upstairs to the spare bedroom. That made it even more difficult to get on it, because I never saw it! Out of sight, out of mind. And he continually harped on me about not entering food. I mean, I think he was trying to support me, but it was having the opposite affect! So these days I'm feeling bad about myself, and I've gone from being strong and confident in my food choices, to second guessing everything, and trying not to eat in front of anyone. My MIL is still a strong supporter, though! I went from eating 5-6 very small meals a day, to eating twice a day (again, blah, I don't want to be there again!). I am still doing okay in making smart food choices, and I am getting outside, walking to work, walking to the grocery store and everything. But it's like, a couple of sentences from him, and my confidence was shot.
And then I took some time to myself, sat down, and realized that this is not the only area in my life he negatively affects me. I not only feel bad about my dieting, but about my body, my sense of mind, my thought processes, my abilities as a wife (cooking, cleaning, taking care of the pets, etc).
And I came to the ultimate conclusion. I am giving this one last try (this is not the first time that I've realized he might not be right for me). No more making excuses. If this doesn't work, then I have to move on, and worry about me.
There is so much I could be doing with my life if I only had the confidence to do it! And I know that is up to me, but it's hard when you've got someone breathing down your neck, not letting you forget every little mistake you've ever made in life.

So, life has been a little tough on my emotions for the last month or so. And things aren't working out, so now I have to figure out how to move on.

Oh, and I met someone. We're JUST friends. But wow, is he amazing. And he makes me realize that I deserve better than this crap!
So wish me luck ladies!
I'm going to have my morning snack now, which I have not had in over a month!!

- Mande

P.S. Sorry to unload on you guys! But in this tiny town where I know barely anyone, you guys are my lifeline!

dexdienu
03-21-2007, 01:00 PM
So I went to the local golf course to join the ladies golf group and I got turned away. Since I am relatively new to golfing, they said I wouldn't be a good fit for their group. It makes me rather sad. Here I am putting myself out there and I get shot down:( On a good note, I didn't resort to eating :) Instead I ran some errands and bought some healthy food for the next couple days.

I am going to post this. Please bear with me while I try adding the ticker on the next posting.

Sharon

dexdienu
03-21-2007, 01:13 PM
I changed my signature, maybe that is the trick

dexdienu
03-21-2007, 01:14 PM
yeah!!! it is truly the little things in life which excite me

Jasmine31
03-21-2007, 01:31 PM
marbleflys:

I have a seriously ill sib,a seriously old mother and I am the only game in town...along with work and running the homestead, I'm so stressed I could pull my hair out. I'm so worked up I can barely sleep which makes me feel like death warmed over in the AM. I started back exercising with Tae-Bo and I love it, but some mornings I have to catch up on the day before, it's a never-ending cycle....then there is the car that needs inspecting, service and license renewal and the new 2nd phase of homestead renovation.

I am sorry to hear about your mom and sis! you must be exhausted!! *BIG HUGZ* Be sure to take time for yourself! I am so proud of you for sticking to plan despite all that!

I wish the weather was warm enough to start a garden, we had snow and ice over the weekend....yuck. Jasmine I'm a big fan of tomatoes and peppers too....have you ever seen the purple peppers? very pretty. I once had a plant with little tiny Thai peppers about the size of my fingernail....it was so PRETTY, it grew like a tree in a pot...if I could ever find it again at the garden center, it looked better than some of my flowers! I usually do the sweet cherry 100s tomatoes, love them for a salad.

I did see the purple bell peppers but was wondering about them, I have never seen nor heard about them before! lol Not surprised as there are thousands of things we don't come into regular contact with food wise.

I did see the 100 tomatoes, are they like the small grape tomatoes? Maybe I should try some of those next time! When will it be warm enough to plant? That would be so cool to have a gardening buddy. I also have a question. It seems one of the tomatoe plants has a broken stem, I don't know what happened. It seems like the whole top of it is like that. :( Do I clip it? Or leave it? Will it grow back okay? etc. *sigh*

I was researching yesterday how to keep cats out of the garden. There are a bunch of neighborhood cats around. I was out there sprinkling cayenne pepper, black pepper, cayenne pepper with a water solution, 2 two liter water bottles to sit, used coffee grounds, etc. lol When I went to get Joey for lunch we went and got a lavendar plant and 2 six packs of marigolds as well. They are supposed to deter cats cause of their scent! But the target lady said her cats love her marigolds! Ugghhhh!!! Didn't ask her about the lavendar but I know marigolds are great for scaring off aphids etc. I also found a Jasmine flower plant and fell in love with it! It smells so good!

It was SO windy yesterday! I wound up getting pepper in my eyes and up my nose!!! Joe said he is going to make a motion sensored sprinler for the garden. Since cats defo hate water!

Do you grow anything else up in Jersey?

but the good news is that I'm consistently losing, so maybe I'll try on my bathing suit....

Hooray for you!!! Yippeee!!!!

SD Gal:

Jasmin, WOW GIRL YOU HAVE BEEENN BUUUUUSY! lol Your garden sounds simply fantastic. I hope you share pictures when everything is in bloom! YUM! I grew tomatoes when I lived in Washington, here in So Ca, nothing grows.. weeds, really. lol.

No don't say that! I am in so cal too!!! hahahah Get some vegetable and plant soil! Like I said before when my ex dad in law was with us down 60 miles we did grow those 4 things so i know I can garden again. I will defo be sharing pics I am already so proud of my plants. hehhehe I also forgot to tell everyone we have roses as well. There are about 8 bushes out front and I am just waiting for them to bloom again!

So nice to hear from you!! YAY! You know, as long as you are still focusing on being healthy, that's important. Fifty pounds is A LOT so you should be VERY proud of yourself. Here's wishing you well to your goal!!

Thanx sweetie! Yeah once June 2007 hits it will be 2 years since I started my journey towards being healthy and losing so we'll see what I am at then but sometimes I get discouraged and think I could of lost a whole lot more(than just the 75 pounds I already have) but then I remind myself this was an extreme lifestyle change and I have enjoyed myself along the way. I still eat out once a week, sometimes twice when I goof. Sometimes I still eat too much or some of the wrong foods. The difference is this is not just about losing. I remind myself this is about being healthy and that even if I have a bad day or a bad couple weeks. You just get up and keep going. That is what will make the difference in the end. This lifestyle has to be livable to me and if I am too strict with myself I will go nuts and binge. Some people lose alot at once being really strict then they go back to their old unhealthy ways and gain it all back plus some. I don't want that to happen. It is also safer to lose weiight slowly so I am happy about that.

Anyhow I told myself I need to get back to my chicken rice and veggies. I lose the most when I focus on having a few meals like that a week! So I got some beans and rice soaking right now.

Canuk4:

Awww sweetie! *HUGZ* That is why I always write in a notepad then copy/paste.

Well ladies it is a new day and summer is coming!!! I am determined to see the 100's soon! I know I can do this!!! So can you!!!

Is anyone else going to be gardening this year??

Jasmine31
03-21-2007, 02:04 PM
martiniforme:

Well sweetie you two have been together along time! Maybe he is insecure cause you are losing so much weight! I know my dh is behind me 100% but I know as proud of me as he is he did admit he felt kind of bad. As you all know I have come along way health and weight wise but along with that came ALOT more energy! So he has seen me go from being so lazy that I only got the dishes done once every 3 days(we had plenty of dishes) to keeping the kitchen spotless! Well as spotless as it gets with 5 kids! lol But I am really picky about it now. Dishes get done as soon as people are done eating on them. The floor gets swept a few times a day, mopped every nite. Counters get wiped down as soon as there is a mess. etc. I keep it really clean now! I am cooking alot and baking alot and from scratch! A few days a week I am in there 4-5 hours cleaning and cooking, putting things away etc. The great thing is that I try to make enough to have for a few nites so that I don't have to do that every day1 Like making 4 pans of enchiladas or lasagna and freezing 3 each. Making a big pot of chili beans and having that 1-2 nites and making up 48 tortillas at a time, having a meal with some and the rest I make burritos for the kids for the freezer, etc, making up 3 pans of muffins and freezing, etc. I have been able to get the house alot more organized and clean and am even venturing into my room! There are some areas I still need to work on but I am 150% better than I was when I was 280 pounds and too tired to do more than basic cooking and cleaning.

My eldest is like, mom you don't need to scrub down your kitchen every day! I am like, yes I do! And I am teaching the kids to do the same, to pick up after themselves. We are trying to teach them to have a neat and tidy room. How to have better organizational skills, etc. When we had our last family meeting they told me its because I married Joe and that he rubbed off on me! haha That guy is awesome. He is thin and very energetic. He also has excellent organizational skills and is helping me with that. They said its because I have his last name! lol I said well in that case we should change all your names to his!!

Anyhow what I was getting at was as proud of me as he is, he felt a little bad cause he fells like I have come so far and that he still hasn't been able to(and is not ready) to quit smoking. He is still working at trying to get a better job. Things like that and I had to take him aside and explain to him that he is the reason I am able to be a much better wife and mother. That I am able to get healthier and lose weight. That I am able to run this household so well. I could NOT do it without him! When I was with my ex he was always gone all the time and he wanted me to work as well! I agreed to pt but no more and that was never enough for him. He wanted me to work ft and take care of the house and 5 kids and go to college and.....etc to infinity.

It was a constant problem! I remember being 9 months pregnant with my last 1 and in the hospital having complications and him asking me when I was going back to work!!! Even when I was just working pt my attention was always so divided. Not to mention constantly worrying about money! With him being a truck driver and spending most of it on himself i could never balance the bills. I could never make a real budget! I was in a constant state of financial worry! Not to mention the fact he was gone all the time so I had no one to help me with anything. And when one thing went wrong you know who got blamed. Anyways my point is when Joe and I got married he said that he wants me to stay home and take care of him and the house and the kids. We may not have alot of money, but we have everything we need and a little for extras. We have a budget and nothing is in danger of being shut off. I am frugal with sales and food and stock up and coupons etc so we always have plenty of food. I don't worry about money, I don't worry about an outside job. I remember when he was living with us before we got married and I was still working and how screwed up my hours were. We also only had 1 car so that wwas even more complex and his shifts rotated so you can imagine. The school cafeteria job was 1 hour in the early a.m. 2.5 hours like 2 hours later to run back to and in the afternoons 3 hours at an after school propgram. It was only 6.5 hours a day but my day was tied up between 6 in the a.m. to 6 at nite with running back and forth and picking up kids etc. It was total chaos!! The best thing that ever happened was me getting let go before my probation ended.

Joe originally told me to not even worry about cleaning the house, that he would help when he was home. He just wanted me to focus on losing weight and being healthy. (He doesn't have a problem with my weight he just knows that this was something I feel is really important and he wants me to be healthy and happy) So for a while I mainly focused on that but as I did that I gained alot more energy and am able to cook from scratch, keep the house reasonably clean with some places super clean, take care of the kids and him and still foruc on healthy eating. Anyways so what I told him was by him actually doing HIS JOB, him doing the heavy duty chores around here like painting, car maintenance lawn mowing etc, allowing me to stay home, I am able to focus on what I need to focus on and that is losing weight, making sure the whole family has healthy meals, and cooking from scratch, keepint the house clean, organizing, etc things like that. When I was working I wasn't able to do that and a womans attention really gets divided when she has to work. That is why I really applaud all of you women who are working and trying to be moms and take care of the house and stuff, and try to eat healthy and exercise on top of all of that! I don't know how you do it!

He felt alot better and realized that my great achievement was also his great achievement. There is no way I could of gotten to this point without him. And not just the staying home thing, all his support and encouragement and praise and him physically going with me on walks sometimes.

So martini maybe he is feeling like you are accomplishing alot and he isn't? Or maybe he fears that as you lose the weight other men will be more attracted to you? Maybe you two need counseling. I would defo get to the root of the problem. I am here if ya need me hun!

Jasmine31
03-21-2007, 02:10 PM
dexdienu:

Default No Golf
So I went to the local golf course to join the ladies golf group and I got turned away. Since I am relatively new to golfing, they said I wouldn't be a good fit for their group. It makes me rather sad. Here I am putting myself out there and I get shot down On a good note, I didn't resort to eating Instead I ran some errands and bought some healthy food for the next couple days.

I am going to post this. Please bear with me while I try adding the ticker on the next posting.

Sharon

What the heck is wrong with these people? That is terrible!!

Jasmine31
03-21-2007, 02:21 PM
Oh and martini I forgot to add I missed you so much too!! *BIG HUGZ* I have missed all of you alot and I always feel so much better about myself when I am here posting with you guys(food wise) it seems like when I check in more regularily the better I can stick to plan.

looking4better
03-21-2007, 02:27 PM
So I've been looking around the forums trying to find a mini group to post in. But Im not doing any diet per se (except the common sense one-with some calorie counting) so none of those groups worked. Then I went into the 20 somethings since well I am a 20 something, but sadly I discovered that they were more college age 20 somethings as opposed to almost 30 20 somethings- who doesn't care how many calories are in wine/beer because that type of partying is over for me. Now I have stumbled across you guys and I think this sounds like a good group! So I wanted to introduce myself.

So I decided I needed to start this journey when I found myself saying " I have never weighed this mouch in my whole life", which disturbed me more because this is what my mother always said. With a wedding a little over a year a way and a desperate need for more energy, I have decided to do something about my not so little problem.

I look forward to getting to know you guys and all the wonderful advice I am sure you will have for this beginner.

Stephanie

Jasmine31
03-21-2007, 02:32 PM
Hi Stephanie!

You are more than welcome here! Yes we are a group that is very accepting and don't feel you have to stick to any certain dieting plan. Our main plan is to eat healthy and exercise. So glad you found us!!

SD Gal
03-21-2007, 05:01 PM
dexdienu:
Sharon

What the heck is wrong with these people? That is terrible!!

ITS DISGUSTING! People are so horrid, it makes me SICK. GR! :mad: I'm sorry these women with really poor manners did that to you. You're a much better person than I, who would have opted to state what I thought of each and every one of them. :mad:

:hug:

SD Gal
03-21-2007, 05:03 PM
yeah!!! it is truly the little things in life which excite me

You're too cute, I felt this way too when I created my signature stuff. lol

JasonsLea
03-21-2007, 10:44 PM
Hi everyone! Tired and in a rush but love ya all, TOM is here, kill me please! Smooches!

Canuk4
03-21-2007, 11:15 PM
Hello everyone, welcome looking4better, I think you will find us a very supportive group, and friendly too.

Disdienu, I can't believe that group of women were so mean, they might of suggested someone to give you lesson's if you wanted, or a group of newbies to golf, something, that is just wrong. Good for you for not turning to food and doing errands etc. I am sorry they treated you that way!
Stick with us, were not anything like them.

Martiniforme, I give you credit for sticking to your eating plan, it is hard when your faced with so much negativity. Good luck with whatever you decide to do, remember we are here for you!

Hi SD Gal you are so god at supporting us all.

Jasmine we have all missed you, it is a wonder you can post at all with all you are doing in and out of the house. Our garden's here usually go in on or around the 24th of May and we enjoy the fruits of our labours in July and August, sometimes into September. We have been spoiled all our lives we have reaped the benifits of my father's garden. Flowers is about all I plant and the last time I planted 150 bulbs in one day and the squirrels ate most of them. Even though we have a little snow left and it is still quite cold my crocuses are coming up. Not much else survived. I want to plant some flowers at the cottage this year, there is just some over grown bushes out front.

Well food and water went good today, I am still working on the exercise.

Tomorrow I think the cast comes off and I get a brace, hope it's a good one to hold my wrist from moving and braking the pin, but definately smaller.
Talk to you tomorrow, have a good day everyone.
Sharon S.

P.S. I to give all the mom's who work, have kids and a house to keep up, as well as cook, a lot of credit, I have been there and done it on my own and with my husband, it just is not easy. So big credit goes to you!

martiniforme
03-22-2007, 11:22 AM
Sharon: I'm really surprised they turned you away, and I'm sorry to hear that! It's awful. But congrats on your sig, it looks great!

Jasmine: I can definitely see your point. I had already thought of it, and tried to talk to him about it. He continues to say (half paying attention) that he's happy I'm losing the weight. But we'll see where it leads me. I'm taking each day in stride, and will not make any rash decisions, I promise!

Stephanie: Welcome to the group! You will get some tremendous support from this little gaggle of girls, they rock!! I look forward to hearing more from you!

Shari: *bang*... I KID! I definitely feel ya though! TOM was here just over a week ago. This whole regular thing was exciting in the beginning, but now I remember why I was so happy it dissipated! hahaha.

Sharon.S: Thanks, doll :hug:.

And thanks to all for the support. Well, now you all know what I've been up to. I'm not a big fan of complaining people's ears off, so that's pretty much all you'll hear about it.

On the upside, I weighed myself this morning (for the first time in many weeks), but not only did I maintain, I see to have lost an insy bit of weight, haha. YEAH!

Back on track now. It feels really good. I crave this kind of structure in my life.
And to make sure I always have time for 3FC, I woke up earlier than normal this morning to do the forum, and I think that's what I'll continue to do.

Love ya ladies!

-Mande

looking4better
03-22-2007, 12:28 PM
Oh I am sooo tired this morning! Whoever said you should not exercise late at night was right on. I thought I would kill to birds with one stone and do the treadmill while watching lost. Lost keeps me distracted from how tired I am while exercising. Well I was feeling the effects long afterwards and could not sleep all night. Which means this morning I was really tired and couldn't motivate myself to get out of bed and work out this morning, which has kinda put me in a bad mood today. I feel like not only did I let myself down for not forcing myself to walk this morning, but now I am also dreading having to go home and still having to do it. Hopefully I can over come it better this afternoon than I did this morning. But when it's 3:30 am and you aren't asleep it's hard to drag yourself out of bed when the alarm goes off at 5am. esp when you know if you don't workout you can sleep until 6:30! Oh well I guess tomorrow I will try again. But one thing I will say no more 10pm workouts for me!

I hope your day goes well and you accomplish all that you set out to do.

SD Gal
03-22-2007, 04:29 PM
Oh I am sooo tired this morning! Whoever said you should not exercise late at night was right on. I thought I would kill to birds with one stone and do the treadmill while watching lost. Lost keeps me distracted from how tired I am while exercising. Well I was feeling the effects long afterwards and could not sleep all night. Which means this morning I was really tired and couldn't motivate myself to get out of bed and work out this morning, which has kinda put me in a bad mood today. I feel like not only did I let myself down for not forcing myself to walk this morning, but now I am also dreading having to go home and still having to do it. Hopefully I can over come it better this afternoon than I did this morning. But when it's 3:30 am and you aren't asleep it's hard to drag yourself out of bed when the alarm goes off at 5am. esp when you know if you don't workout you can sleep until 6:30! Oh well I guess tomorrow I will try again. But one thing I will say no more 10pm workouts for me!

I hope your day goes well and you accomplish all that you set out to do.

I like to walk just after dinner. Its just enough that I can calm down prior to my 10pm bed time.

I feel just the same when I dont make myself walk.. holy bologna! Like.. I really SHOULD have done that, you know? ;)

Have a super day..!!

SD Gal
03-22-2007, 04:37 PM
Hello girls!! :comp:

I hope everyone is having a good day. I have had to force myself to eat today. Weird. I am so not at all hungry. I had a small banana for bfast, a small donut (yes.. I dont do it often, but once in a very blue moon), I had some soy nuts for a morning snack and chicken & stars soup for lunch (3 points!), I still have a ff jello (1 point) and a 100 cal pack left (2 points..) but I'm not hungry.. :p So.. I guess we'll see. I have three bottles of water yet to drink and I've brought lemon squeeze for my drink. Have you seen they have made new flavors of Crystal Light for your water bottle? I have a green tea raspberry and a cherry pomegranite! HELLO! YUM! :D :carrot:

Hubby and I walked again last night- YAY! I'm sooo glad! I like doing that just after supper. I am hoping to see my 157 goal next Tuesday for WI. I'm certainly working on it. :exercise:

Have a fabulous day!! Back later, cause I'm at WORK YANNO!!! lol :hug:

Canuk4
03-23-2007, 12:25 AM
Hello there, looking4better I could not imagine having that little sleep, getting up to do a workout, then going to work. I can exercise anytime and it doesn't bother my sleep, lucky I guess. And I am not talking now, when my exercise is limited. Hope you get it in early and get a good nights rest!

SD Gal maybe your just having an off day with food, I sometimes get where I am not really hungry, but it is because nothing is really appealing to me and I just can't decide. I hope your not getting sick. Maybe your body is just requiring less food. I hope whatever it is, you will be feeling better tomorrow.

Mande I am glad your not rushing into anything, just wait, watch and listen. We do really care!

Today I got my cast off, in it's place I have a big black brace, again from upper arm to the handle on the end I have to hold onto so I don't turn my wrist and break the pins, I even have to sleep with this. Now I have a longer scar coming up from the point of the elbow and a new one about 4 inches long on my forearm. They will have to be my beauty marks.

Foodwise I have done well, water too and so far have 20 mins. exercise done, have another 10 to go. Weighed myself today and was down another two pounds, it was a long time coming. Now at 225.5 lets hope I can keep going down and not go up and down like before.

Have a good Friday everyone.
Sharon S.

Jasmine31
03-23-2007, 03:03 PM
JasonsLea:

Hey there! glad to see your hanging on!

Canuk4:

Jasmine we have all missed you, it is a wonder you can post at all with all you are doing in and out of the house. Our garden's here usually go in on or around the 24th of May and we enjoy the fruits of our labours in July and August, sometimes into September. We have been spoiled all our lives we have reaped the benifits of my father's garden. Flowers is about all I plant and the last time I planted 150 bulbs in one day and the squirrels ate most of them. Even though we have a little snow left and it is still quite cold my crocuses are coming up. Not much else survived. I want to plant some flowers at the cottage this year, there is just some over grown bushes out front.

Thanx hun! I have missed everyone too. I am going to make it a point to come here. The more I am here the better I do! Yeah I just need to MAKE time to come here cause the more I do the more focused on actually losing I am! I really need this constant reminder! I realize I have come along way, 75 pounds or so. But I am still 206! I have alot longer to go and I need to really focus on that and become fervent, strict, what have you. I want to get down to 140-150, 135 would be ideal. I know I can do it I just need to start drawing the line again.

A big line I think I need to draw is going to 1 big cup of coffee instead of 2. I have tried to limit soda intake(even diet) to the weekend but as I have seen sales I have grabbed them, "for the weekend" and guess what? We manage to do the well just tonite! kind of thing. And let me tell you I have noticed for some reason with the diet sprite and orange in particular it has severely increased my cravings! It is almost like the minute I drink that my will power is gone and whatever goody I have on hand that I haven't even thought about for weeks! Is front and center in my hand!

Well food and water went good today, I am still working on the exercise.

Tomorrow I think the cast comes off and I get a brace, hope it's a good one to hold my wrist from moving and braking the pin, but definately smaller.
Talk to you tomorrow, have a good day everyone.
Sharon S.

P.S. I to give all the mom's who work, have kids and a house to keep up, as well as cook, a lot of credit, I have been there and done it on my own and with my husband, it just is not easy. So big credit goes to you!

Yeah I hope it comes off!! Good for you on the food and water, we can do this!!!

martiniforme:

Jasmine: I can definitely see your point. I had already thought of it, and tried to talk to him about it. He continues to say (half paying attention) that he's happy I'm losing the weight. But we'll see where it leads me. I'm taking each day in stride, and will not make any rash decisions, I promise!

Okay cool! How is it going today, any better?

Back on track now. It feels really good. I crave this kind of structure in my life.
And to make sure I always have time for 3FC, I woke up earlier than normal this morning to do the forum, and I think that's what I'll continue to do.

Love ya ladies!

Great idea! We defo all need to stick together! it is the only way to stay focused and give support!!

looking4better:

Just remember not to burn yourself out! I was walking about 5 days a week
an average of 60 - 90 minutes a day pretty regular but one day I wound up walking 3 hours(not the first time) and I don't know, I just got so burned out! That plus problems with my ex in Feb almost knocked me completely off the map and I have been struggling just to do 30 minutes a few times a week!

SD Gal:

Great job on the walking hun! Keep it up!!

Have you seen they have made new flavors of Crystal Light for your water bottle

I used to drink crystal light lemonade and loved the rasberry ice one. I need to start doing those again!

Canuk4:

Today I got my cast off, in it's place I have a big black brace, again from upper arm to the handle on the end I have to hold onto so I don't turn my wrist and break the pins, I even have to sleep with this. Now I have a longer scar coming up from the point of the elbow and a new one about 4 inches long on my forearm. They will have to be my beauty marks.

Glad its off!!

Foodwise I have done well, water too and so far have 20 mins. exercise done, have another 10 to go. Weighed myself today and was down another two pounds, it was a long time coming. Now at 225.5 lets hope I can keep going down and not go up and down like before.

Have a good Friday everyone.

You can do it sweetie! remember carbs are not our friends! Cut back some!

Anyways has anyone heard of Rapadura?
I am thinking of that and stevia. I am going to make me a big pot of tea today cause I seemed to do much better when drinking that. A person can not live on water alone!

I am just a bit down in the dumps today. So far I have only walked once this week. I am getting my butt out there today though! I could go on and on but I think I just need to really start watching the sugar. That is what makes me have even more cravings than I normally would.

There is just so much more I want for myself. Although 205 is a BIG change from 280, this is NOT what I want for myself! Well tonite I have planned chicken veggie rice so i feel really good about that. I even have a recipe in my new cook book for sweet n sour sauce so after I finish this bottle from smart n final we are making our own.

I am really irritated with the dishwasher cause it is not draining all the way and we think it may of got clogged cause of the yogurt container paper etc when you wash them. I don't know. All I know is its brand new and I am beyond pissed and dh is going to get to it tomorrow. Standing water in my dishwasher is driving me nuts!

I could go on and on but I won't. Does anyone else retain water/get depressed during ovulation? :(

You know what? I felt alot better about myself when I was **** bent for leather walking 60-90 minutes a day. I HAVe to start doing this again! Even if I have to push myself to get it done! I am going to do it!

Jasmine31
03-23-2007, 03:34 PM
Okay so this is what my fitday looks like today:

Apple, raw 47 0 12 0
Banana, raw 81 0 21 1
Orange, raw 62 0 15 1
Strawberries, raw 27 0 6 1
Lifeway WHolemilk Kefir NO vit a palmitate! 122 6 11 6
Ezekiel 4:9 100% flourless sprouted 7 grain bread (1 sugar!) 160 1 30 8
Peanut butter 95 8 3 4
Coffee, made from ground, regular, flavored 9 0 2 0
Coffeemate mini tubs 90 5 12 0
Chicken, breast, with or without bone, roasted, skin not eaten 221 5 0 42
Rice, brown, long-grain, cooked 216 2 45 5
Broccoli, cooked, from frozen, fat not added in cooking 51 0 10 6
Beans, pinto, mature seeds, cooked, boiled, without salt 234 1 44 14
Tillamook Medium Cheddar Cheese(1 oz, no trans fat, cultured milk, salt, enzymes, annato(color), contains no animal rennet 69 6 0 4
Sweet N Sour Sauce 2 TBS/sugar 7 40 1 9 0
Walnuts 164 16 3 4
Carrots, cooked, from frozen, fat not added in cooking 13 0 3 0
Spinach, cooked, from frozen, fat not added in cooking 14 0 3 2
Totals 1716 51 229 98


fat % 29, carbs % 46, protein %, 25

Yeah I know the numbers look all screwy and dont copy/paste well but I just need to get some accountability down! I am sticking to this today and I am losing!!!!! I am also walking 60 minutes today!!!

Canuk4
03-23-2007, 08:17 PM
Go for it Jasmine, you can do it. Let the distraction's go, they will get looked after one way or another and get out there and walk, walk, walk. You have a goal for your anniversary and you can do it, get rid of the diet pop. When I get desperate, I get my dh to hide what I am not suppose to have and ask him not to have it in front of me. Why not give that a try, you know how much your dh is routing for you! Your supper sounds great, I am going to have a lean cuisine diner. I don't understand your numbers for your food at all, what else is new! Were all routing for you, you WILL do it!!!!

I have cut my coffee from 3 cups to 2, then just drink water, I don't like any diet pop, lucky for me!

Your dishwasher should have a warranty, why not call them in?

I did not sleep well last night, my arm was throbbing and this brace is not very comfortable, it still needs support. Anyhow it could be worse.

I am floored today, when I weighed myself I was 228, don't know why, ate well and got my exercise in too. Oh well. we will see what tomorrow brings.

So far today has been good food wise and water, have already got 30 mins. exercise in too. I like you, need to come here for the support and accountability, when I read others are keeping on track, it helps me too.

BBL
Sharon S.

JasonsLea
03-25-2007, 03:07 PM
Happy Sunday everyone! TOM is gone and hopefully my WI on Tuesday won't be too bad. I hope everyone has a good week. I have a interview tomorrow for a second job and I'm still waiting to hear about the position I put in for at the hospital two weeks ago so I'm nervous. Wish me luck!

Canuk4
03-26-2007, 01:02 AM
Lot's of luck to you in regards to both jobs Shari. I am sure your interview will go great, just remember to take deep breaths.

Well my weight is down to 226.5 from 228, still have not figured out where that came from. Food wasn't great today, didn't like my Michelena's diner, so only ate half. Got my fruit and water in, short on the veggies though, also got 30 mins. walking in. Not to bad.

Have a good Monday everyone.
Sharon S.