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Is that really me
03-30-2007, 03:16 PM
Hey, this thread was originally started in the introductions forum by harpandflute entitled "New, 47 NO IDEA WHAT I AM DOING!". The thread was closed but was not moved. Suzanne suggested that we start a new thread in the support group forum. So, this is calling out for harpandflute, notfatjustfluffy, kimush, sylviafromNS, cleveland, KEM, 2beslim, kotapaint, SusanB, theslimme and everyone over the ripe old age of 40 who wants/needs other oldies but goodies to share the ups, downs and changes at this stage of life. Oh, and there are several Python fans on this thread as well! Please join us!


03-31-2007, 01:18 AM
Oh My Gosh...

I have been looking everywhere for for "us" and yeah...I found you, Jo!

What an ordeal...I must have read the one we used to write in about a dozen times and I tried to reply but I couldn't so I thought...poop! This sucks big ones...

Rock On you have a lot of names from the old one...

So I am very impressed that you were able to start a new thingie...

So how was everyone's day? Had a good night went out to dinner with group of social worker friends from work for dinner and conversation and dessert (I had a chai tea only!)...not to shabby...good decisions...

03-31-2007, 06:45 AM
Hi there. I have a small rant that is age appropriate ...
It's not fair to have hot flashes, night swaets and cramps in the same day!!!!

Ok ... that's all. Thank you for being here.

Is that really me
03-31-2007, 05:50 PM
Hi SusanB and kimush! I'm so glad you guys found this thread. I was so bummed when I went to the other thread and it was closed. :( I get why Suzanne3FC had to close the other thread cause it was in the "Intro" forum, but I just wished she had moved the whole thread. Oh well, maybe they can't do that! I'm just glad you guys found this. I'm hoping the others find it too.

Susan, wouldn't you think it would be impossible to have hot flashes and cramps at the same time? What is up w/that? Guys have it so easy!

K, good job on the food choices. And congrats on the 2 lbs. lost. Howz the haircut?

I'm doing pretty well. Lost another lb, down 11 so far. The kids are off all next week and don't go back till the Tues. after Easter. I'm gonna do my strength workouts at night after they go to bed but don't know if I'm going to fit in any cardio. I'm sticking to the food part pretty well. Except for yesterday -- TOM and salt cravings = corn chips w/nacho cheese sauce. Oh well, much better today.

Here's a great link I got off of a thread from this site. TONS of info; great site. If you click on "Skwiggs World" then at the top click on "Stuff to Read", there is SO much info. here. Some practical, some inspirational, some diet, some exercise, some just obeservations. She's a hoot to read! http://skwigg.tripod.com/blog/

Have a great weekend. TTFN!!!


03-31-2007, 11:48 PM
Hey all,

Susan B that so completely sucks...what ever happened to compromise...Women get the bloating, cramping, sweating and the men get the television remote...do you take herbs to off set any of the symptoms? Evening Primrose and Black Cobosh are supposed to be terrific...Susan I have been meaning to ask you...how do you keep track of your kilometers? Walk, run, jog??? Anyways, I am glad you made your way over here...

Jo...that is awesome 11 lbs...terrific...and the next pound is just around the corner...You know it is just one day at a time...You sound commited to the exercise thing...I think after I get up to about 8000 steps per day then I will begin to look at exercising...The only thing is that I really hate to exercise but I love walking and hiking...I just never made time for it before...but now I make myself take the time to walk...as much as possible and everywhere that I can...Random and rapid change in subject...are you eating breakfast? Last few days I am having a dickens of a time eating breaky...I have resorted to eating a semi-nutrious rice pudding (but I can barely choke that down)...I am eager to check out that website you suggested...

Have an awesome weekend guys...Kim

04-01-2007, 06:44 AM
There's a site called gmap pedometer ... or something like that. If you put that in a google search it'll come up. It even has our little town, so you'll be able to use it. Each time I go out, I come home and click thru my route and it tells me how far I've gone. Ilene found it and I love it!

Right now, I do a stumbling and slow combination of walking with the odd bit of jogging thrown in. ;)

04-01-2007, 12:51 PM
So here's an update for those of you who struggle with hormonal fluctuations. I even looked awful this morning. My face, my hands ... all puffy. Four pounds in three days.
Thankfully my blood pressure was fine.
I spent half the morning (it seems) in the bathroom, dumping fluid. I look and feel much better. I'll weigh myself on Wednesday when I go back to work.
Please keep this in mind if you must weigh yourself during your period.

04-02-2007, 12:12 AM
Hey All,

Susan B...it is so unfair...but at least you have a good handle on this nasty little roller coster ride...I am on my third pedometer...my first one was very cheap (I won it) and it just died on me after about 3 weeks...my next one I dropped if on a ceramic floor and it died...so now I am one one with a strong clip...this one also tabulates distance and calories burned...very complicated and I haven't gotten the hang of the all the cool things it does...I will go on and search out this website you are talking about it sounds cool...the other website that Jo talked about...it went on and it is a blog thingy...it has a ton of information in it...I don't know if you checked that one out yet but it talks about Kettle weights and stuff...

Fat in Hong Kong
04-02-2007, 02:45 AM
Hi Ladies,

I hope you don't mind me joining your thread. I first joined 3FC years ago (before I turned 40!) and the plan was to be slim by the time I reached 40, but as you can see, it didn't work out and I've gained much more weight since then!

I haven't been around for a while but I've had a really bad weekend and things have finally come to a head for me. I've spent a lot of time thinking about what I want and had a good long discussion with my hubby, who is totally worried about me and who is upset at the way I've let myself go. He rarely mentions my weight as he knows how upset and defensive I get, but he can see that it's destroying who I really am. I used to be slim, attractive and confident ... but now my life is so different ... and it's all because of the way weight. I no longer look forward to going out with my husband when other couples are invited because of how I feel about myself, I'm ashamed about the way I look.

We were due to go on holiday this week with some friends but were unable to get the flights we needed ... instead of feeling disappointed, I felt totally relieved.

I'll be turning 45 in September and I feel that I've already wasted far too many years of my life hating the way I look and feel ... I don't want to waste the rest of it. I'm not being fair to myself, or to my husband ... I'm miserable ... and I'm making him miserable.

I weighed-in this morning to discover that I'm now up to 192lbs ... the heaviest I've ever been in my life ... I hate it!! ... It's got to stop!! So, here I am, starting over again ... hopefully for the last time! I'm going to make a real effort ... I know there's much more to life than feeling like this.

Apologies for venting!

04-02-2007, 09:16 AM
Hi Nichola ... I think we've met before ... I'm glad you're here.

I gave up on actual pedometers a long time ago. I was showing that site to my friend last night and she noticed that it does have a calorie counter too. I think I'll keep an eye on that.

Is that really me
04-02-2007, 11:12 AM
[COLOR="magenta"]Jo....You sound commited to the exercise thing...I think after I get up to about 8000 steps per day then I will begin to look at exercising...The only thing is that I really hate to exercise but I love walking and hiking...I just never made time for it before...but now I make myself take the time to walk...as much as possible and everywhere that I can...Random and rapid change in subject...are you eating breakfast? Last few days I am having a dickens of a time eating breaky...I have resorted to eating a semi-nutrious rice pudding (but I can barely choke that down)...I am eager to check out that website you suggested......Kim

Hey Kim, I know what you mean about exercise. I never exercised in my life b/4 my oldest was born. She's 16 now. To lose those 25 lbs. I tried watching what I ate but mostly just started exercising. We had a stationary bike at the time. I hated it but did it anyway. I also did several FIRM tapes. Slowly the weight came off. Of course, I was only 30 at the time! :D It just takes longer now with much more effort. Walking and hiking are great places to start. Try getting 5 days a week in and try increasing the speed you go several times w/in the walk or hike. Really try to push it. I think interval spurts are great. Your body won't be able to figure out what the heck you're doing!

Yes on the breakfast. I usually get up around 5:15 a.m. and have coffee - 2 tspn of sugar and 2 oz. of whole milke; just won't give that up! :lol: I'm eating 5 or 6 smaller meals a day so I usually have a snack around 7:00 a.m., after my two oldest get out the door. Something like a small banana w/a smear of peanut butter or maybe a cheese stick and some grapes or banana. Just something to shut my stomach up. I ususally exercise then, get my youngest out, fininsh exercising then around 9:30 a.m. have my breakfast. Hot cereal, maybe scrambled eggs (1 whole w/two whites) w/some mushrooms, fruit or possibly a leftover baked potato w/it. Protein shakes are a way to go too. I'm game for anything for breakfast. Last night's dinner even! :dizzy: I eat a Balance Bar w/a glass of skim milk on days I have to run out the door. I could never eat right away but after 2 hours, I'm usually hungry.

:welcome3: Fat in HK!! Glad you found us! This whole weight loss thing is so challenging but it's great having support and friends to share in the journey.

Hope everyone had a good weekend. I was great till last night. Nothing too bad but darn the stupid Easter candy I bought! :mad: I don't even like speckled eggs!! NO MORE.


04-02-2007, 12:15 PM
I'm 47 can I join in.

I feel like I have no idea at times the way I eat. However my hubby fixed my bike yesterday and I just got bacck from a 30 minute bike ride. I feel really unfit now.

So today should be a good day as it's Monday.

Is that really me
04-02-2007, 02:09 PM
Hi Clydegirl and :welcome3: Hey, don't be so hard on yourself! You've lost 10 lbs. and that is terrific!! Keep up the good work and soon you will feel very fit on your bike. This is a great place to be for support. I love that we're all the same age -- after all, misery loves company! ;)


Fat in Hong Kong
04-02-2007, 11:20 PM
Thanks to all for the welcome!:)

Hi Susan ... yes, I believe we have met before ... as I said, I've been around 3FC for ... a long time:o I'm determined to stay on track and visit more often, so you'll be seeing a lot more of me!:D

I had a really good day yesterday, stayed on track and was well within my calories for the day. I even managed to to say no to a glass of wine with dinner last night ... which is a first for me! I'm off work for the Easter holidays at the moment (I work in a primary school), so when hubby came home from work he asked if I'd like him to open a nice bottle of red ... I'm really pleased with myself for saying no, as I know one glass would lead to half a bottle and I don't want to be having all those empty calories. Wine is one of my biggest downfalls and it always sabotages my diet. I'm going to save it for the weekends only and enjoy a couple of glasses then.

Exercise is and always has been a problem for me ... I've always hated it and it's a real struggle for me to get started. I know I need to get myself moving, it's finding something that I'm able to do and going to stick at that's the problem. I guess walking is probably a good idea for beginners ... I'll see what I can do.

04-03-2007, 12:40 AM
Hey Everyone...

And Welcome to Nicola and Clydegirl...

Nicola I was were you are in December...I was off on holidays and ill (MSRA rash/infection) and feeling sad and gross and fat...I weighed myself and I actually thought I was going to initally pass out...and then I went off to eat something...between then and January 16/07 I ate more and obsessed about my weight when I saw Bob Greene on Oprah talking about the "Best Life Diet"...and he made sense and I knew what I had to do...and that was make drastic dietary changes, exercise and make even more drastic life changes...and what I found was "me"...and now I self-talk
and I think about these at the same time as I think to Bob Green's hunger scale...OR...When I am really upset, angry, bored, sick, angry, moody and just looking for any excuse to blow my healthy life choices and eat my heart out...and since January 16/07 I have been making some really healthier choices about my life (exercies, food, water).

1. I have such a problem saying no to people who ask me to help them out a work or to do things that I simply don't want to do...and when I don't say no it is generally to my detriment...so really what I am saying is that I don't matter or count as much as the people that I say yes to...SO...I started saying NO...and that includes to me!

2. I am an immensely strong, independent and courageous woman so why can't I get a grip of this one aspect of my life...I put myself through 5 years of university (including graduate school) and worked to jobs and raised my daughter by myself...so surely I can stop at one portion, or dance to one extra song, or stop eating 2 hours before bed...As there really is always tomorrow and I can eat then...

3. If I don't give myself a pat on the back and indulge myself every once in a while (stay up late and watch trashy old movies) no one will do it for me...

4. I am an emotional eater...So What...get over it...lots of people life with much more adversity in their lives so pick up a book or drink some water...or just have one **** of a good cry...but move on!

Jo I bought a new pedometer as I broke my last one dropping it on the ceramic floor. This one has a ton of gadgets and does a ton of things...so I am just trying to figure it out...

Clydegirl...you go girl!

Susan B I gott a check out that website tonight...

We rock!!!!

04-03-2007, 09:09 AM
Morning Ladies!
Walking is wonderful Nichola, and popular ... as you can see by the number of us (even just in this thread) who do it. It's not hard, it's cheap and with either music or a friend ... very pleasant.

Is that really me
04-03-2007, 11:42 AM
[COLOR="magenta"]Nicola I was were you are in December...I was off on holidays and ill (MSRA rash/infection) and feeling sad and gross and fat...I weighed myself and I actually thought I was going to initally pass out...and then I went off to eat something...between then and January 16/07 I ate more and obsessed about my weight when I saw Bob Greene on Oprah talking about the "Best Life Diet"...and he made sense and I knew what I had to do...and that was make drastic dietary changes, exercise and make even more drastic life changes...and what I found was "me"...and now I self-talk
and I think about these at the same time as I think to Bob Green's hunger scale...OR...When I am really upset, angry, bored, sick, angry, moody and just looking for any excuse to blow my healthy life choices and eat my heart out...and since January 16/07 I have been making some really healthier choices about my life (exercies, food, water).

1. I have such a problem saying no to people who ask me to help them out a work or to do things that I simply don't want to do...and when I don't say no it is generally to my detriment...so really what I am saying is that I don't matter or count as much as the people that I say yes to...SO...I started saying NO...and that includes to me!

4. I am an emotional eater...So What...get over it...lots of people life with much more adversity in their lives so pick up a book or drink some water...or just have one **** of a good cry...but move on!

Kim -- I truly believe that this whole weight loss/exercise thing is 90% mental. I've said this on so many threads but I feel really, really strongly about it. It's so easy to just "give up". It's so easy to self name-call, put yourself down, look at the past and figure "what's the point". To anyone who is doing this, STOP playing that mental game with yourself NOW! It does absolutely no good; it only delays what you need to do to get to where you want to get. If you think you can do this, you will succeed. If you think you can't do this, you will not succeed. I think there is a "Bob Greene" or who/what ever out there for everyone that will just "click" and a mental shift will happen. That mentality will get you to your goal; I've no doubt about it!

I also know what you mean about emotional eating. My son was dx'd w/atypical autism when he was 6 (he's 13 now). TONS of behaviour problems then and now. STRESS out the wahzoo! I remember many, many, many times being frustrated or angry at him and all I could think was "m&m's, m&ms" It's all I wanted. I actually paid attention to this and it was like "duh, stress = wanting it to stop = FOOD". It was such a light bulb moment. Anyway, it's so easy to just ignore why we eat but it is imperative to really listen to your body and give it what it wants.

As for the saying "no" to to folks -- you and I are in sync w/that!! I used to be the yes person. Always, regardless of whether or not I really wanted to do whatever it was. I've learned - alot from my son actually - that saying no is fine. More importantly, I don't need to give a reason for saying no. They frequently ask me to come into the school for my youngest to help w/parties and such. The parties are always at 2:30 in the afternoon, which is when my son gets home. I'll say no and give no explanation other than I can't. I don't feel like going into his problems, explaining away, sounding like this extremely apologetic person, etc. No is fine. My daughter didn't want to go to Philadelphia w/some friends this week. They're all pesting her. She's like "I don't have an excuse for not going" I told her sure you do; not wanting to go is a reason. If they don't like your answer, it's their problem not yours.

Nichola - EXCELLENT job on the saying no to the wine!! Each time you stick to your plan it gets just a little, tiny bit easier. You can have a glass or two of wine though; just plan it out and figure it into your day's or week's total calories. Very do-able. Keep up the good work!!

We got our DDR game yesterday. Haven't had a chance to really look at it yet. Kids off all week. :dizzy: But am very excited to have an option other than the treadmill for cardio. Did my UB workout yesterday; have to fit my LB workout in today. The scale is the same for me at the moment, but TOM is finally subsiding and I'm hoping it drops another lb. by Sunday. However, my measurements are down some -- FINALLY!!!! Yahoo!!!!! :D

Guess I'd better get going. Have a great day everyone!!


P.S. Kim -- my daughter went to see "Spamalot" at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia this past Saturday. She said it was a riot! Got a couple of "Ni!" and "I'm Not Dead Yet" pins. She went w/the French club from school. No, she doesn't even take french but knew the teacher and managed to snag a spot. Don'tcha think it's hysterical that the French Club went to see Spamalot? "Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries." Aahhh, they crack me up!!!!!! :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

04-03-2007, 12:20 PM
Here's my yahoo health tip for today .....
The Surgeon General and American Heart Association agree -- you can walk away from serious disease. Each says adopting a routine of daily physical activity will help you achieve this goal and more. For starters, daily walks help control your weight, both by burning additional calories and by increasing the size of your working muscles (which in turn reduces the number of calories converted into body fat). Regular walks also reduce your risk of dying prematurely, significantly reduce your risk of dying from coronary artery disease or a heart attack (exercise has as much effect as quitting smoking), and increase your likelihood of quitting or cutting back on smoking.

04-03-2007, 02:03 PM
Hi everyone.

I do enjoy walking haven't got a walk today yet . We're under a severe thunderstorm warning and are going to get hit soon. So I will wait until later.

Is that really me
04-03-2007, 07:23 PM
Ok, I just PM'd about 7 or 8 of the posters from the original "47 And No Idea" thread that was in the "Intros" forum, including harpandflute (she started the thread). Hopefully they'll find us!


04-04-2007, 01:50 PM
hi ladies,
I'm a 45er and would love to join your thread! The past 3 years my body has been going through menopause. Missed periods, hot flashes, headaches, moodyness. Then I had the period that would not go away , Dr. and I tried everything. Finally I had a hyst. they left my overies but had to have 2 blood trasfusions:faint: Thought that would straighten me out but the hot flashes continued, every hour, :dizzy: day and night. Finally brooke down and went for the Estrogen drug therapy. Life has been great now:dancer: All my symtems are gone but feel a little uneasy about taking HRT. Going to see my Doc in a few months to see about going off it a see if my body can adjust now. I have found losing weight a little harder but possible and feel I'll reach my goals if I stick with eating healthy and exercising . I have some limitations with my back but find the best exercise for me has been biking. love , love ,love it!!! Makes me feel like a kid again . I know I need to incorporate Weight training in my program but can't seem to get started.I've actually got a great pair of legs, probably from biking, but look up and woe, there's all my excess weight right in my middle. I havn't always been overweight and remember how good I felt when my body was normal and I want to get back to that feeling . Well ,here's to another day and I'm going to take them one day a time.
Rhonda :bike2: :dust:

Is that really me
04-04-2007, 04:41 PM
Ok, a couple of good things today. First, I had to move a button on a favorite pair of pants over an inch 'cause they just kept slipping and a sliding down my body. They still slide down some but it feels really great to have HAD to move the button over. I actually moved the button too; didn't just safety pin the pants as a temporary fix. I am not ever going back to what I weighed -- EVER!!! :cb:

Second, I took the kids to the mall today. Eating at the mall is a nightmare if you ask me. They wanted to eat at Friendly's. Cripes, everything there is fried. But they did have a deluxe turkey club. I got it but made them only use 2 slices of toast instead of the 3 the normally use. Mayo on the side. They screwed the order up twice -- how hard was my request anyways? :?: - and the mayo looked like it had been sitting out awhile -- eeewww! So I used the honey/mustard sauce that came w/the kids stuff and put that on the toast. I also peeled away all the crust from the toast. Ate one freakin' french fry!! I'm very pleased to have resisted the junk and ice cream. I didn't even take a taste of my youngest Reese's peanut butter cup sundae -- but boy it sure looked tasty!! :drool: I had eaten b-fast at 9am then a banana w/some peanutbutter around 10:15am, even though I wasn't hungry. It held me but good and I wasn't starving at lunch so I could make the best choice.

Hope everyone is doing well. The Easter bunny is coming -- aaaahhhhhh!!!! :bunny2:

:welcome2: mudbug -- glad you're here!!! It's a great place to

:gossip: w/others in the same boat!


04-04-2007, 10:40 PM
Hey All,

Jo, Rhonda, Susan B, Clydegirl, Nicola......

Welcome Rhonda I think that we chatted on another thread...

Jo I am glad to hear that you messaged them...it would be nice if we are on the same thread...I don't have Friendly's near me...infact I can't think of anywhere else except the USA...I love Denny's so they are the same...

Hope everyone is well...and doing well...
The exercise thing is getting so much better...I make sure that I have my steps in each day (6000)... and if I don't get in my steps in...I go for my 2 kilometre walk...

I really have taken Bob Greene's plan and made it mine...so some stuff I am really wedded to and other stuff not so much or I couldn't keep going on...as long as my fried food is on a non-stick I will fry it but the not eating 2 hours before bed is a must...but I am really having some difficulty with getting in my water...

But I have been following Phase II for one week tomorrow and tomorrow is weigh in and I am ready...

Fat in Hong Kong
04-05-2007, 03:32 AM
Hi Everyone and welcome to mudbug:welcome2:

I haven't been around for a couple of days because I haven't been receiving any email notifications for some reason:?:

Anyway, I've had a good week so far ... managed to stay within my calorie allowance and I'm feeling really positive.:D

Jo, good for you having to move your button over ... I look forward to the day when my clothes start to feel loose!

I've had a good experience this week ... On May 5th, hubby and I are going to a ball ... I was dreading this as trying to find an evening gown to fit me in Hong Kong is almost impossible! Anyway, I came across a website last week of a company in the states who specialises is plus-size dresses. I've never ordered clothes on-line before as I have enough problems getting clothes to fit when I take twenty items into the changing room, let alone ordering something that I can't try on! Anyway, in my desperation, I came across a dress that was actually in the sale and in my size (they give measurements and advise how to measure yourself and what size to order). I decided to order it and as it was a good price I thought what the heck if it doesn't fit I'll just have to find something else. Anyway, it arrived yesterday ... only took a few days to get here ... and I can't believe how well it fits! The style, colour and fit were perfect and the quality was superb ... Amazing! All I need to do is get it turned up as it's too long. I am so pleased ... now, instead of dreading going to the ball, I'm feeling quite excited about it. If anyone ever needs a special dress for a ball/party/prom/etc. I would definitely recommend them. Not only was the dress great, but the service was fantastic too ... Sydney'sCloset.com.

Hope everyone is having a good week and :easter2: to you all!

04-05-2007, 01:39 PM
Hi There everyone!!!
Thank you "is that really me" for the invite ( I feel so dumb for not finding "US" sooner)
Boy- oh- boy SusanB, I feel your pain!! Because of my hbp i have to take dieretics-so every morning I feel like i lose 10 pounds in water weight, but of course no such luck, if I turn around and look into the mirror( which I normally avoid at all costs) I find that same 10 pounds hanging off my rear-sigh-its really not fair!
I've been under the weather for the last few days and I have been using that as an exuse to not go to the gym. Stupid I know, so today, trailing used soggy tissues,I will go to workout (I am sure it will make me feel better, if for no other reason than I won't feel so guilty)
Well, chins up ladies, all 3 of mine are no longer on my chest, time to go do me some good.
Will type again soon
Hi there kimush and is it really me, so glad to be "talking" to you again

04-05-2007, 11:24 PM
jo - way to go on resisting mall fast food. Exspecialy Friendly's I recall growing up the mall close to us had one we loved to eat there, haven't seen one around in a long time { maybe that's a good thing for me:) }

fat in HK - sounds like your in for a lovely evening! I'm happy for you that you found a beautiful dress and your ready for the ball:hat: have a great time!!

susanb- I love reading your healthy tips:yes:

I"ve had my dh home on days off and he's been a bit underfoot . If I can get through till monday without:frypan: it will be a miracle:dust:

Fat in Hong Kong
04-06-2007, 01:14 AM
Hi Everyone!

Well, I'm a very happy bunny today ... and not just because it's Easter!:D I started my new plan on Monday of this week, but as I like to weigh-in on Fridays, I hopped (like a bunny!:bunny: ) onto the scales this morning ... and to my great delight I'm down 6lbs!!!!!:woohoo: I couldn't believe my eyes so I got on and off the scales a few times to make sure they weren't broken, but no, it was definitely correct! It's the most I've ever lost during my first week of a 'diet'. If I stay on track like this for the next month I'll be getting that dress taken in, not just up!!:)

'Hi' notfatjustfluffy ... nice to meet you:wave:

I've got a very busy weekend ahead ... cooking Easter Sunday Lunch for 10 people:dizzy: , so lots of shopping and housework to get done today and tomorrow ... and a big turkey with all the trimmings to cook on Sunday ... I'm going to have to be careful, but I'm cooking lots and lots of nice veggies so I'll fill up on the good things and leave the other stuff to everyone else!

Have a great weekend!

04-06-2007, 11:11 AM
Nichola congrats on that 6 lbs. Good for you finding the dress for your ball. I can't remember the last time I wore a dress. You'll have to post some pictures when you're all dressed up.

Happy Easter everyone. My oldest will be home from uni so we'll have a full house again. It's funny how the dynamics of the house change when someone leaves and then they come back and the routine changes again.

I will get a small ham and turkey and do a lot of veggies and potatoes.

Remember it's only one day don't pig out all week ;)

Is that really me
04-06-2007, 02:12 PM
I"ve had my dh home on days off and he's been a bit underfoot . If I can get through till monday without:frypan: it will be a miracle:dust:

:rofl: I so know what you mean Rhonda! I love my hubby but he throws everything I usually do into disarray when he's off from work. While he finds it fun to go to the grocery store or Target, I'm like "I go there all the time. It's what I do; the novelty left ages ago!". :D

Hi Everyone! Well, I'm a very happy bunny today ... and not just because it's Easter!:D I started my new plan on Monday of this week, but as I like to weigh-in on Fridays, I hopped (like a bunny!:bunny: ) onto the scales this morning ... and to my great delight I'm down 6lbs!!!!!:woohoo: I couldn't believe my eyes so I got on and off the scales a few times to make sure they weren't broken, but no, it was definitely correct! It's the most I've ever lost during my first week of a 'diet'. If I stay on track like this for the next month I'll be getting that dress taken in, not just up!!:)

Nichola - - :bravo: :congrat: :cheer2: NICE JOB, WELL DONE!!! Nothing bolsters your willpower like a great loss, huh? Keep up the great work!!

Happy Easter everyone. My oldest will be home from uni so we'll have a full house again. It's funny how the dynamics of the house change when someone leaves and then they come back and the routine changes again.I will get a small ham and turkey and do a lot of veggies and potatoes.

Remember it's only one day don't pig out all week ;)

My kids have been home all week and I'm looking forward to when they go back on Tues. If I hear "hey mom?" one more time . . . :dizzy: :dizzy: :dizzy: ;)

Still trying to get that lb. off by Sunday. I've been getting in my weight workouts; if I could only have gotten cardio in I just know the scale would be down. Can do TM intervals tomorrow; keep your fingers crossed that it's just enough to move the numbers down! :crossed:

Have a great Easter Sunday everyone!!


04-06-2007, 03:00 PM
Hi, I was looking for some "40 somethings", glad I found all of you! Just starting out on this site, hope I have something important to contribute soon. Hoppy Easter :)

04-06-2007, 10:07 PM
Hey All....

Hey Hoovey WELCOME! Glad you can join us...

NotfatjustFluffy, Rhonda, SusanB...

Nicola congrats on the dress and the 6 lbs...

Clydegirl that ending on your post is perfect..."Remember it's only one day don't pig out all week" ...I wrote it in my journal...it is kinda like a "rap" song...

Jo...it's a nice to be tired of hearing "hey mum"... and Jo the pound will come off before you know it...

You know what happened the other day? I weighed in on Thursday like always and I was down 2.5 lbs...I took my measurements (last time was Jan 21/07) and I have lost 13 inches total...I also took pictures (last ones were from Jan 21/07) and compared the old set and my new set and you can really notice a difference...I tend to be a...glass 1/2 full kinda girl...so I should be hyped, excited, elated, happy...but man I was in a real bad mood yesterday and I have been anxious/fidgetty today...what is all that about...I am afraid that I might try to sabotoge this... I am really going stick to my water and just go with the flow...but I am frowning a lot and it isn't even time for my period...

Hey what do you think of my Avatar...that is my one cat...Gus! He is my main man!

Fat in Hong Kong
04-06-2007, 10:42 PM
Hi All!

Welcome to Hoovey!:wel3fc:

Thanks to everyone for the congrats on my 6lbs loss ... Jo, it's so true, having a good loss really does help to bolster your willpower ... and boost your ego! It's made me even more determined!:D

Kimush, well done on your 2.5lbs loss ... that's fantastic:congrat: ... Be happy!!!:)

Hi to everyone else ... hope you all have a great Easter Sunday ... and remember what Clydegirl said ... it's only one day ... so be good!:angel:

04-07-2007, 01:13 AM
Hey Again...

Nicola Thanks and back at you girl...

04-08-2007, 05:02 AM
I am wishing you all and your familys a wonderful holiday.

04-08-2007, 12:05 PM
HAPPY EASTER!!! to everyone , enjoy the day!


04-08-2007, 10:29 PM



04-09-2007, 12:41 AM
Kimush cheers I'm happy I inspired you to write that in your journal.

Tomorrow is a new day hang in there everybody. Think positive.

Hope everyone had a lovely easter.

04-09-2007, 10:48 AM
Hey There Everyone!,

Goodmorning Clydegirl,
You are so right...I had really two very difficult days where I would have eaten my own foot...and that has passed...I know that this is going to sound really weird but I think that I have a big problem when it comes to yogurt...I don't eat it often...but when I do I generally can not stay full feeling and I become really disagreeable/tempermental because I am starving the whole darn day...so I am going to conduct a yogurt experiment...I will continue to eat my predictable regular breakfast (peanut butter on whole grain toast with on banana) for the next few weeks that are "normal" for me and then I will have one day where I eat yogurt for breaky and see what happens...My yogurt breakfast the other morning consisted of a lemon chiffon (no fat) yogurt with fresh strawberries, blackberries, crushed pecans & almonds (1 tbsp of each)...

04-09-2007, 10:54 AM
Morning! I'm enjoying a bit of normal quiet here this morning. However ... I am cooking turkey. It's so hard to gather up our kin for holidays, isn't it? Between work and school ...

04-09-2007, 11:09 AM
Morning girls.

Kimush that yogurt sounds good with all the stuff you added to it. I used to have a fat free yogurt with Kashi cereal and that was filling. Can't find the Kashi cereal around here. I need to try some other stores. At the moment for breakfast I'm having a mini bagel with PB and a banana.

04-09-2007, 11:12 AM
Kimush what is that big fluffy thing in the cage on your profile?

04-09-2007, 11:31 AM
Hey All,

Susan B...have fun I love to cook holiday meals...yesterday I made that hashbrown casserole that everyone talks about but we experimented and made the thing low fat/calorie reduced...so instead of 900 calories and 65 grams of fat...I was able to get it to 186 calories and 3 grams of fat...and the stuff tasted really good...

Clydegirl...that little creature is Rosie the dwarf hamster...she is the new edition to our family... the picture was my attempt at experimenting with adding images and graphics to my profile...and the cat in my avatar is Gus who is the stray that came to my house almost dead but we nursed him back to health and in the process he gained 11 lbs......So anyways...you would think that that yogurt should be really good for you but I practically turn into a rabid beast when I eat yogurt...Kashi cereal I am noticing it in Canada now...I am not a big cereal eater (however my favorite is raisin bran or frosted flakes...not the best choices)...I know that Bob Greene has a cereal recipe where you add 1/3 of Kashi cereal, whole wheat cheerios, and rice chex...I haven't tried it though...I think that since I have a "fat" tooth I need peanut butter in the morning it keeps me going until lunch and feels decedant...

Is that really me
04-09-2007, 05:18 PM
Hi Guys!!

Hope everyone had a good Easter. We went to my brother's in NJ. Nice time; good food. Ham, homemade mac and cheese, homemade cornbread (I made); cake. I ate some of everything but in no way over did it. It's really weird, but although everything tasted good, it didn't taste as good as I thought it was going to. What is wrong w/me? I even ate one coconut egg (Zitner's). It was . . . . just ok. Really strange. So far haven't been tempted by the kid's Easter basket candy. They are pounding it down though. Sugar rush/letdown will ensue! :spin: I did reach my 160 goal yesterday. Maybe that was why I just didn't want to gorge. Too darn hard to get it off!!

Kimush --I try to eat yougurt like 4 times a week 'cause it's good for you and I like it. I like Dannon's coffee yogurt (yes, I am weird!). However, I usually either eat it about 1 1/2 hrs. after a salad (w/baby lettuces, lean smoked ham, handful of part-skim shredded mozzarella and dressing). I find that the salad doesn't hold me more than a couple of hours and if I wait to have the yogurt, it won't do a thing for my hunger. BUT if I eat it about 1 1/2 hrs. after the salad, it seems to hold me for quite a while. I'm like you; need the protein/fat combo (like peanut butter -- on bananas or apples :T ). I also mix in a little Kashi Go Lean cereal. Quite tasty.

Hi Hoovey :wave: Welcome; glad to have you aboard!!

Well, off to do something drastic to this boneless chicken. TTFN!


04-09-2007, 10:25 PM
Hey All,

Jo...Congrats...That boneless chicken...I make an orange marinade like I would have for my salmon...also you can make a pineapple or mango chicken...okay I just noticed that they all have fruit...my daughter makes a really healthy chicken parmagian (sp?)...in a non-stick frying pan and homemade bread crumbs from the calorie reduce breads...low fat mozzarella cheese and a homemade marinara...and it is so healthy that you can also have some whole wheat pasta and sauce...

I am feeling kinda bored with salads...lately...any ideas?

Tonights salad had...romaine, raw cabbage, radishes, carrot, celery, campari tomatoes, sweet onion...then I had a balsamic vinegrette...any ideas guys???

04-10-2007, 12:37 AM
Kimush...I love to have articokes in my salad. Also I like crasins and almonds if I'm just eating a salad to add a little protien and sweetness. When cucumbers look good in the market I like making a salad of cucumbers, carrots,green peppers,red onoin,and cheery tom. /w water and vinegar .Their better the next day. Your orange marmelade sounds good on salmon, does that come in a jar or is homemade?
It's hard for me to get in all the veg. you need without eating a salad a day,
which I agree does get a bit boring.

Jo...congrats for reaching your goal:cp:

Ate abit over what I planned to this weekend and didn't get any exercise in ,but It's a new week did good today and I'm back on track .


Fat in Hong Kong
04-10-2007, 01:10 AM
Hi Everyone,

Sounds like you all had an enjoyable Easter.

Jo, well done to you for reaching your 160 goal!:bravo:

Well, my guests managed to get through a mountain of food on Sunday ... but I was very careful ... I didn't even have any of the dessert that I'd made ... Banoffee Pie, my favourite ... instead I had a small piece of Mango cake brought by a friend, which was just plain sponge cake with fresh mango on the top, no cream. I think I did pretty well ... apart for the wine!:o But it's the start of a new week and I'm well and truly on track.:)

Keep up the good work everyone!

04-10-2007, 09:32 AM
Good Morning! Today I will deal with left-overs. Turkey is just about perfect, yes? A nice lean protein. I'll put it in little baggies in the freezer.

Dolores Claibourne
04-10-2007, 09:46 AM
Hello everyone. This looks like a fun group of people. I hope you'll allow me to join in...I'm over forty if that helps! (Big fan of Fawlty Towers as well)
Just off to the vet now to have the mad collie vaccinated...Hope they have got the big oven gloves on!

04-10-2007, 10:02 AM
Hello everyone. This looks like a fun group of people. I hope you'll allow me to join in...I'm over forty if that helps! (Big fan of Fawlty Towers as well)
Just off to the vet now to have the mad collie vaccinated...Hope they have got the big oven gloves on!

Dolores jump right in, Fawlty Towers love it.

Dolores Claibourne
04-10-2007, 11:34 AM
Thanks Clydegirl...

"Oh the river Clyde, the wonderful Clyde
The name of it thrills me and fills me with pride
And I'm satisfied whate'er may betide
The sweetest of songs is the song of the Clyde"

04-10-2007, 01:44 PM
Thanks Clydegirl...

"Oh the river Clyde, the wonderful Clyde
The name of it thrills me and fills me with pride
And I'm satisfied whate'er may betide
The sweetest of songs is the song of the Clyde"

Now that brought a tear to my eye.

How do you know that? Where are you from?

Is that really me
04-10-2007, 02:13 PM
:welcome2: Dolores Claibourne. Hey, Stephen King wrote a book w/the same name (only the last named was spelled Claiborne). How coincidential. :D

Salads; they're a blessing and a curse aren't they? Some days I love 'em and other days and can't even think about choking one down. I usually have a salad at least 3 times a week for lunch. Usually w/Boar's Head VA Smoked ham, sweet baby lettuces, small handful of part-skim shredded mozzarella and some Fresh Gourmet tortilla strips (small amount). I don't like much dressing and ususally mix up some lite ranch w/honey and mustard and use about 2 tspn. on the salad. Sometime's I'll mix a little cottage cheese into the dressing for extra protein. Grilled chicken or pork (that can vary w/a roasted veggie marinade or even bbq sauce) or london broil is also great in a salad. Baby bella mushrooms and carrots and nice texture. A taco salad is a nice change of pace. Lean ground beef cooked w/taco sauce and maybe just a tablespoon of lite sour cream. Something different.

I know Easter was just one day and I was fine w/that. Now comes the real challenge -- everyone back to work and school, empty house and three freakin' Easter baskets filled w/candy!!! Who invented Easter baskets and the whole candy thing anyway? :mad: Haven't had any yet and don't plan to but it's much harder when I'm wanting a little summpin' sweet, ya know? I don't think the honedew is going to cut it either. :dizzy: I'll eat my yogurt around 2pm and hope that satisfies me. Aaacckk, my tummy is a rumblin' and a grumblin' right now -- I think I over did the whole salad thing. It's in veggie shock!! :D


04-10-2007, 02:38 PM
Hello All,

Jo...My daughter wanted to buy me some treat for easter...so she bought me Cadbury "mini eggs" that pop and each egg is only 11 calories (18 eggs are 190 calories)...now since I have real probs with chocolate...I can eat just one every once in awhile and be okay...and they have pop rocks in them...and they are hidden out of sight so that I can't be tempted...

Also, my daughter bought these 100 calorie snacks that are Doritos with no trans fats and .5 grams of saturated fat...I don't eat Doritos but I tried one when she bought them and they taste okay...

What about something substantial like raw cabbage...that is heavier and you will feel full for a while...but really girl it is such a bother...because I can't trick myself into believing that the bowl of salad is a bowl of chicken wings...I just have to mentally adjust to the thoughts...and know that that I can have like 2 chicken wings it I must have them...but I need that arbitary number...leave always 5 forks of food on my plate...only have 3 mouthfuls of something that I can't have...right now this is working..but man I would love some pasta and chicken wings...poop!

So I am going to have my evian and chew my gum and do my paper work...

04-10-2007, 02:44 PM
Hello Again,
What an air head I am...I couldn't scroll up and I couldn't figure out however Stephen King got into the conversation...


Good going everyone who made it through Easter without hassels...and pitfalls and meltdowns...

WELCOME...Dolores Claibourne ...my favourite Aunt's name was Dolores...and another Fawlty Towers fan...Yeah!

04-10-2007, 02:46 PM
I assumed the name was from the book. A very clever user name, I thought.

04-10-2007, 03:18 PM
Confession time I just ate 8 cadbury's mini eggs. That's them done.

There are some days I can't face salad then other times I get real cravings . I do enjoy a boiled egg cut up on the top.

Dolores Claibourne
04-10-2007, 04:02 PM
Clydegirl. I grew up listening to the sound of foghorns on the Clyde on a winters night and If I climbed on to the slate roof of our house right now (some chance) I could see it glittering from here...

Username a shameless steal from Stephen King...The extra ’u’ crept in when I was typing in my registration...
Dolores was a very resourceful lady...The biscuit has not been baked that could have bossed her around....

Nice meeting with you all...

the slim me
04-10-2007, 04:05 PM
Hi Everyone, so....this is where you went? Thanks for inviting me back. Is everyone happy that Easter is over? Well, for me it isn't! My son and his family went on vacation this week and we're having Easter dinner and the big egg hunt this weekend when they get back! I had to work Easter Sunday anyway. We had a huge pot luck dinner at work. I was very good, most out of necessity. I've been having problems with my throat and saw an ENT and i'm on the most BLAND diet you can imagine. It seems like I can't have anything! At least it's low fat, but my choices are terribly limited, even for the healthy stuff. And I have to stay on it for at least a month, or untill my throat heals. So, just another obstical.

Nice to see eveyone again, the new people too.

04-10-2007, 04:48 PM
Clydegirl. I grew up listening to the sound of foghorns on the Clyde on a winters night and If I climbed on to the slate roof of our house right now (some chance) I could see it glittering from here...


I do miss the scenery from home, the colours and the water. I look out the window here and all I can see is corn fields.

04-10-2007, 08:31 PM
Hello All,

Clydegirl...they are only 11 calories each...that is not too bad...I on the other hand have only thought about chicken wings and those are probably about 200 calories each...ugg!...

Hardboiled eggs...that is doable...tomorrow I am only eating a larger salad for dinner as I will be home late from work and I don't want to eat anything heavy...

So I trying to figure out what to put in the miserable thing...an aside...I did quite enjoy Stephen King's "Misery" but from a novel stand point I loved "Pet Cemetary"...Dolores was very resourseful and pragmatic woman...

The slim me...hey there!

I am very lost...what are the "sound of foghorns on the Clyde on a winters night" it sound quite lovely but in Brantford Ontario we do not have foghorns...I have to drive to Port Dover for that...

Fat in Hong Kong
04-11-2007, 12:09 AM
Hi Everyone,

Well, I did pretty well over the Easter weekend ... meaning that I didn't 'pig out' at all ... unfortunately, I have been struggling with the left overs ... the bad ones! I'd bought some choccies (for our guests of course) to have with coffee after the meal ... unfortunately I forget to get them out so they were left in my cupboard! Hubby opened them on Monday night and I have had cravings ever since! The fact that TOM arrived didn't help because I've had the worst chocolate craving just knowing they were in the cupboard! Needless to say I succumbed and now I'm feeling really angry with myself.:mad: The left over cheese board also got the better of me!! Salads it is for the rest of the week then! ... Any suggestions anyone?:lol:

04-11-2007, 12:39 AM

I am very lost...what are the "sound of foghorns on the Clyde on a winters night" it sound quite lovely but in Brantford Ontario we do not have foghorns...I have to drive to Port Dover for that...

It's the River Clyde on the west coast of Scotland. A very beautiful part of the world. You used to hear a lot of foghorns from the ships going up the Clyde.

04-11-2007, 01:18 AM
Hello fellow 40s. Nice to find a group of women who understand this stage in life. How can I have pimples and wrinkles at the same time? And when did my mother's liver-spotted hands show up on my arms?

I'll be so happy when all the Easter candy lurking at work is gone. The chocolate eggs call my name every time I walk by them.

the slim me
04-11-2007, 12:08 PM
Hi Everyone, Easter isn't over untill all the left overs are gone!! I take all the left over candy to work. It doesn't last long there. I'm like everyone else, if its at home it just calls out to me! And i'm not allowed chocolate right now anyway.

But, I just don't think totally limiting everything is the answer. When I can have chocolate, I have 1 small piece every day with my afternoon tea. After all, both are health foods! And if I know I can have that small piece I don't crave it so bad. It makes me really pick and choose.

Salads are wonderful but they don't stick with you very well. Just a small serving of protein helps. Just adding a few beans or a small piece of baked chicken will not only fill you up but will keep you feeling fuller longer. Without adding a lot of calories.

Speaking of seeing my mother in me, how did her arms end up on me? Her worst feature! No matter how small I get I still have big arms. That's the reason I lift weights. They may have to be big but at least they can be toned!

Everyone, go make it a great day

Fat in Hong Kong
04-12-2007, 01:50 AM
Leftovers have all gone thank goodness, so Easter is well and truly over for me! Back to counting calories like I should have been doing all week ... but haven't!:mad: Don't hold out much hope of a loss this week, but it'll soon be a new week and I'm back on plan.

Hands up who has a teenage daughter ... Well, I've got troubles with mine at the moment ... she's been having a great time over the Easter hols out and about with her friends etc. totally happy ... last night she was on msn and on her mobile until quite late, laughing and giggling ... then when she went to bed I heard her crying ... she was soooo upset ... says her friends are being mean to her but wouldn't give any details ... now she doesn't want to go back to school on Monday!@#$*:mad: I need to get to the bottom of this ... girls can be such b@#$%*s!!!!! I just don't understand it ... she's got great friends (or so I thought!) and it always happy ... what went wrong?? Oh, to be a teenager again!!!

Fat in Hong Kong
04-12-2007, 02:53 AM
Crisis over!! Ten minutes after she got up this morning she was on her mobile talking to her friends laughing a giggling and asking me if she could have her pocket money a day early as she was going out to a carnival with them!! The fact that I lay awake half the night worrying about what had happened didn't seem to concern her!! ... She said it was nothing and didn't matter!! My son (he's 18yo) reckons it was more likely to do with a boy that she's got a 'thing' about!! B!@@*y kids ... it's no wonder I'm already grey!!

04-12-2007, 10:05 AM
Nichola I have 3 girls 2 teenagers. They're different beings. Lots of drama.

04-12-2007, 10:13 AM
I only had one daughter. She's safely married off now ;) Upon reflection, it wasn't too bad. A few dramas, some tears but it passes.

Is that really me
04-12-2007, 12:04 PM
I have one teenage daughter (16) who gives me absolutely no grief whatsoever. Nicest kid, funny, fun to be around. We often finish each other's sentences or say what the other was going to say right b/4 the other does. Lucky? You bet! But her 10 year old sister makes up for it tenfold!!! Am NOT looking forward to her teenage years! :eek:


04-12-2007, 10:31 PM
Hey Guys...

WELCOME Ashley103!...go figure hey...sometimes when I talk...I think the same thing...it is my mother all over again...my mother worked in a women's shelter for 20 years so she is pretty cool...

Nichola...read through some of the previou posts...as everyone gave me some real awesome choices about that to add to salads...also for me...when I am wavering I drink 10 ozs of h2o quickly and chew some gum...if in 30 mins I am still hungry then I eat something...but I find for me it is the choices that I have to eat...I have an evil very real "fat tooth" so for me carrot sticks and skinny hummus (I have an awesome recipe for this) won't cut it when I need fat...so I look at what I have available...I made this reduced hashbrown recipe (I have an awesome recipe for this one) that was really good and satisfying...but when in doubt...I use rice pudding that is 130 calories for 8oz with no trans fats and it does the job and I am fine for the day...but it is knowing your "tooth" my daughter has a "chocolate" tooth...one of my co-workers they have a "salty"... my daughter is 22 years old now and she was not a stitch of trouble and a real blessing...it did help that she has an allergy to alcohol so that has greatly decreased so much worry for me...

Jo...I was thinking of you the other night..."Ab Fab" was on in fact they had several episodes on...Edina Monsoon (Jennifer Saunders), Saffron (Saffy), Patsy (Joanna Lumley), Bubbles (Edina's secretary), and Mother (Gran)...they are positively grand...

SusanB...how goes it...how is the walking going?

The Slim Me...yeah I have been adding some really different things like nuts, spinach, marinated salmon...it has really helped...it is just that I eat at least one salad a day and it had been so "ho hum" lately...

Clydegirl...Now that makes so much sense to me...that sounds positively lovely...

So for me...the week has come and gone...I had some trials getting in my water as I was stuck in one meeting after another or I have been running around trying to put out "fires" since Easter...regardless...I weighed in and I am down 3 more lbs...Yeah!...so another week under my belt... I think what it really helped with everyones salad suggestions because I find that things have been getting kinda boring and I don't have the time to make elaborate meals...so I am eating more greens willingly and not grudgingly...

Now does anyone have any good salad dressing ideas... I have been working with Balsmic Vinegar, olive oil, garlic, citrus juice, hot sauce/hot mustard, herbs...but this is getting boring...

I will tell you the one thing that my daughter and myself tried this week and we had egg beaters (I was very resistant to trying them) and man they weren't have bad...much better than I expected...

Fat in Hong Kong
04-13-2007, 12:43 AM
Hi Everyone,

Welcome to Ashley!:welcome2:

Thanks to all for the reassurances about the teenage girl thing ... I guess there'll be one or two more dramas to come!:dizzy:

Kimush, well done on another 3lbs lost!! That's fantastic!:bravo: What sort of plan are you following? I've taken your advice and looked back at the salad suggestions ... I'm off to do my weekly shopping now and I'll be stocking up on lots of good stuff ... thankfully, all the bad stuff from Easter has now vacated my kitchen!

Weighed in this morning and as suspected no loss to report ... I'll do better next week!

04-13-2007, 01:28 AM
Hey Everyone,

Nichola...I am on the Best Life Plan...and it is the best one that I have been on...

The salad suggestions have been so helpful because sometimes all that lettuce can be boring...

And last week you lost 6 lbs...that is damn impressive...I think of it as 6lbs of butter...that is unbelieveable...so maybe your body is adjusting and is getting ready to pick up momentum...You will do it!

04-13-2007, 09:14 AM
Walking is fabulous! I can't recommend it highly enough. It's easy, can be done almost anywhere and you can't beat the price. This time of year ... I'm just rarin' to go. Even after all these years and all the stuff I've learned/read/been told ... I'm amazed how well my body responds to simple activity.

Is that really me
04-13-2007, 11:19 AM
Hi guys! How's everyone doing? :welcome2: Ashley!! Glad you joined our little group here. Lots of great ladies here who post often (I LOVE that part. :D)

Well, for some stupid reason the bloody scale decided to go UP 2 lbs. this week. Not sure of the cause. I was expecting maybe a 1 lb. gain from Easter food and some cheetos and chips and peanuts I ate earlier in the week, but cripes :eek: I sure didn't eat 7,000 calories worth of them!! I did increase my uppor body weights on Monday and only did cardio 2 times this week. I have had ham 3 or 4 times this week -- in salads -- so maybe some of the gain ... maybe .5 lb or so? ... could be water retention. I'm just so gggrrrr :mad: :mad: :mad: ! It amazes me that I ate like a piggy before I started all this and sure, gained the weight but not 2 lbs. in like 4 days??? Guess I need to pull myself up by the bootstraps and buckle down. BTW, cheetos and bbq chips are now officially banned from this house. :dizzy: To my credit, I haven't had any of the kids Easter candy. <sigh> I just feel like "so what" though, you know?

I'm tweaking my workouts starting next Monday. It seems like every 6 lbs. or so my body has acclimated to whatever I'm doing and changing it up re-boots things. I bought a book called the 28 Day Body Shapeover by Brad Schoenfeld. The eating part is pretty much what I've been doing - although it's stricter than what I've been doing - but it's the exercising part that I'm really looking at. It's working w/wts and interval cardio, just mixing it all up differently than I have been doing. We'll see.

Am off to the eye store to get new rx sunglasses and reg. glasses. Long, stupid-eye-doc story but suffice it to say the new doc I went to and his office people screwed up my prescription big time and I'm getting it fixed. I've been monkeying around w/this for over a year and just found out that my husband's eye insurance coverage switched as of 1/07 and I'm now covered for one pair of glasses. I thought I had to wait until next March.

Since I'm in a ranting mode today, just thought I throw out the I'm bloody well sick and tired of this freakin' stupid *** weather!!!! Last Monday and Tuesday (b/4 Easter) were beautiful. We've had the heat on since last Wed and it's cold, windy and so un-spring-like I just can't stand it! :mad: I want to throw my winter coat out the window I'm so tired of it. No interest in walking the doggie in this weather. The wind today is like 30 mph and it's chilly alright.

Ok, I'm done now. :D Thanks for listening; I'll be a happier camper next time I post. Really.


04-13-2007, 03:44 PM
Hope you don't mind me jumping in here. I'm 45 and in perimenopause and can't believe how much harder it is lose weight during this stage. It's like the scale just don't wanna move, no matter what I do. My doctor said it would be more difficult but I didn't think it would be this difficult. But I'm not giving up, I really want to lose this weight and get back to where I should be.

04-13-2007, 03:48 PM
Ooooo a newbie! Hi Bibbity. I think we met in the Canadian thread.

Do you want to share what you're doing and maybe we can tweak it?

04-13-2007, 09:01 PM
Hello Bibbity:wave:
I'm also 45, and it does seem harder this time around to get this weight off. Being a yo-yo dieter throughout the years I've always been able to lose weight pretty easily it's just the maintaining that gets me. I revert back to eating things I shouldn't because I think I deserve it . 1yr. ago I had a hysto. and now have to take Estrogen and piled on 40lbs through bad eating and inactivity. I've now taking controll and said enough! I need to be healthier for the next half of my life. but.... It does seem harder for me this time, and that just means I have to try harder. I don't want this to be my lot in life..to be fat, unhealthy,and feel older before my time. Each of our body's chemistry is different and what works for one might not work for the other. But comparing notes and tips on those things and finding support on this site is a good start.

One thing that has helped me is varying my calories through the week. Keeping them from 1300-1800. On days when I'm on the higher end I make sure I've had a good workout. Slowly but steadily the scale has been creeping down. Not as fast as before, but still I'll take anything. And what works now might not work next month . Our hormones are contantly changing ,so will our plan of action . Just hang in there and make good food choices and get active and hopfully your body will start to respond:)

Rhonda :bike: :goodluck:

04-13-2007, 11:59 PM
Hey All,

:p Happy Friday the 13th! :p

Hey there Bibbyityboo Welcome...the more the merrier!

Rhonda how the heck are you? We have talked before...Glad to see you again!

Jo...you are a real marvel to me...all you do in your personal life and you are this weight, cardio, exercise machine...Way to go for you! You increased your weights so maybe could it be that the toned arms are more heavier than the limp arms (sounds kind of goofy) because the muscle weighs more...when I bought my last pedometer this lady was talking about never weighing herself again but that she only measures herself...for her inches lost...You are doing really well! Be Proud! I wish I had your fortitude and stamina!

Susan B I just noticed that your kilometres moved (I hope they did or I am really losing it)...way to go!

Fat in Hong Kong
04-14-2007, 02:16 AM
Morning Everyone!

Welcome to Bibbityboo!:welcome3:

Jo, Susan & Rhonda, reading your posts has made me feel so lazy ... it really is about time that I started to do some activity. I'm always finding excuses for not doing it ... I'm too tired ... I don't have time ... I hate it! ... etc. etc. But I realise that it's about time that I got moving! Susan, I think I'm going to take your advice to begin with and start walking again ... I used to do it 2 or 3 years ago with a friend and it really did help, but then she moved on and it was left up to me ... but with no one to drag me out I sort of gave up!:o I have got a pedometer somewhere ... haven't seen it in a while though so I'll have a search for it this weekend and get started!:) Now the weather is warming up I might also start swimming 2 or 3 times a week ... but I say every year and so far it hasn't happened! ... This year I'll do it!!

I totally agree that it's harder to lose weight as you get older. In my younger years I could lose weight so easily. But then I do often think that perhaps it's because I wasn't in such a state then and didn't have anywhere near as much weight to lose as I do now. It was usually just the odd few pounds. The more you have to lose, the more difficult the task seems to be and the easier it is to just give up, thinking that you'll never be able to do it. But I'm not giving up this time!! I've got 3 months until I go back to the UK to visit my family and friends and I'm not going back looking like this! At this stage, I'd be totally happy just being able to get into my clothes and feel comfortable, instead of struggling to do the zip up and fasten the buttons etc. Everything looks so awful ... I hate going out because nothing fits me and I can't just keep buying bigger clothes ... which is what I've been doing for a while now! Basically, there are no bigger clothes in Hong Kong, so this time I really have no choice!

Hope you all have a great weekend!

04-14-2007, 11:46 AM
Hi, and thanks for the welcome's!
Since rejoining Curves just over a month ago I've been watching portions, drinking more water. It's been hard to get to Curves as much as I've wanted to this past month, but my schedule is now clearing up and I will be able to get in a much better routine of going 3-4 times a week. I'm also trying to add in some walking or video's at home on the days I don't go to Curves - I find I'm much more motivated to do that when I'm going to Curves regularly. Starting this Monday I will be getting out my Richard SImmons foodmover - it's based on calories for your present weight (I will be at 1400), however the first week there is a Blast Off week which is 1000-1200 calories. It's hard but it does work to really get you in a good groove. My doctor has also recommended that I look at vitamin supplements with a good B complex and perhaps (If I want) geared towards weightloss and women heading into menopause.
So that's my plan - I'm sure things will have to be tweaked and changed as I go along but I'm not gonna let anything stop me from getting to my goal.
For me also, the hard part in the past has not been getting to my goal but remaining there - I'm a stress eater!

Is that really me
04-14-2007, 01:39 PM
Jo...you are a real marvel to me...all you do in your personal life and you are this weight, cardio, exercise machine...Way to go for you! You increased your weights so maybe could it be that the toned arms are more heavier than the limp arms (sounds kind of goofy) because the muscle weighs more...when I bought my last pedometer this lady was talking about never weighing herself again but that she only measures herself...for her inches lost...You are doing really well! Be Proud! I wish I had your fortitude and stamina!

Oh Kim -- thank you so much for those words!! What a boost they are to my weight loss commitment. It isn't at all how I feel but thank you, thank you for saying them. :hug: :hug: The scale did drop 1 lb. this a.m. so I'm thinking I was just eating too many calories w/out realizing it last week. While I'm not a scale freak, going up 2 lbs. in 4 days is quite the mind trip.:eek: I count calories in my head and am great until dinner. Then I have a hard time figuring calories on casseroles or stew and the like. I was using FitDay but never seem to remember to figure out dinner! LOL Just need to work a little harder at it I guess. Gotta start doing the Nancy and just say no! :snooty: :tape: :snooty: And for some inexplicable reason, I have an easier time tweaking the exercise end vs. the eating end. Aggghhh, if only food didn't taste so darn good! Thank you again for your encourgagement; it is truly appreciated. Oh and so self-absored was I that I forgot to say :bravo: :woohoo: :cheer2: :congrat: on your 3 lb. loss. WAY TO GO!!!!!!!

Morning Everyone!

Welcome to Bibbityboo!:welcome3:

Jo, Susan & Rhonda, reading your posts has made me feel so lazy ... it really is about time that I started to do some activity. I'm always finding excuses for not doing it ... I'm too tired ... I don't have time ... I hate it! ... etc. etc. But I realise that it's about time that I got moving! Susan, I think I'm going to take your advice to begin with and start walking again ... I used to do it 2 or 3 years ago with a friend and it really did help, but then she moved on and it was left up to me ... but with no one to drag me out I sort of gave up!:o I have got a pedometer somewhere ... haven't seen it in a while though so I'll have a search for it this weekend and get started!:) Now the weather is warming up I might also start swimming 2 or 3 times a week ... but I say every year and so far it hasn't happened! ... This year I'll do it!!

FIHK - I struggled w/exercise in the beginning but after I finally acclimated to it . . . for me about three months b/4 I felt like I could fininsh an exercise tape and really felt like I'd gotten a 'workout' . . . I started to enjoy it. I discovered exercising after my oldest (she's 16 now) was born. It worked to get that weight off. I've fallen off and on the exercise wagon over the years and always feel better when doing it. Walking is the best place to start. I gets you going, you can vary your routes, the more you improve the hillier routes you can take and it's free! I'm waiting for the stuipd weather to finally decide that it's springtime so I can get the dog out 3-5 times during the week. That extra bit seems to really help. You can do, I know you can!

I totally agree that it's harder to lose weight as you get older. In my younger years I could lose weight so easily.

I remember being in my early twenties and I could drink beer for dinner on a Friday and Saturday night, skip b-fast and lose 2 lbs. by Monday! :joker: Aaah, the good old days!! If I had done back then what I'm doing now I'd have been a brickhouse!!!!! :D

:welcome3: bittyboo!! This is a great thread; lots of helpful, funny ladies here.

Have a great weekend all. We're preparing for a Nor'easter (the weathermen get such a rush saying this!) tomorrow. Might be a good day to rent movies.


04-14-2007, 07:59 PM
Hey Everyone...

Nichola...I wear my pedometer and I park so far from things now it isn't funny and if the weather is crappy I instead walk up and down my stairs and through the house...It has worked...as long as I get in the 6000 steps and it is easy...once I lose some more weight then I will try the something different...Kickboxing for something weird and fun...I love to hike and walk on nature trails so when the gets good that maybe a plan...

Ladies...:hug: Group Hug:hug: ...The slower weight loss has to do with age and maturity...GOOD THINGS COME TO THOSE THAT WAIT! Right? So maybe since we are all older and wiser than when were 20 years old...maybe this weight loss will and we will all live HAPPILY EVER AFTER! YEAH FOR ALL OF US!...Okay I can admit it now...I have been cleaning the stove and I have probably inhaled too many stove cleaner fumes... and I have gone loopy! :p

Nichola I know what you mean about the clothes my daughter is going to university so any extra money is going there and I don't have a spouse...I got into the same position...I love used clothing places...they are my favourite...but I could not really find anything that fit me anymore...so it was lose weight or go to Penningtons...What diet are you following?

Hey there Bibbityboo where in Ontario are you from I am from Brantford...and I will be darned I have a Richard Simmons sweating to the oldies tape somewhere around here...I am an emotional eater with a "fat tooth"...I am on the Best Life Plan!

04-15-2007, 10:42 PM
Hello everyone. I lost track of this thread and just stumbled across it again.

It is much harder to lose weight at this age, especially after my hysterectomy. While I've fought the weight for 25 years, I could drop 20 pounds in a month when in was in my twenties. Now that same 20 pounds takes months and months, plus it jumps back on in no time flat if I stop paying attention for just a little bit.

I've had a hard time keeping my calories down lately, but have been doing a great job with the exercise. Been making a real determined effort to find some new "active" activities. Somehow reading, sewing, watching TV just don't cut it in the exercise department. Just finished week 1 on the couch-to-5k running program. Can't say I'm finding it invigorating yet, but I'll stick with it for awhile anyway. Over the weekend, I took a 1/2 day class in canoeing at the local recreation center that was a lot of fun. Also do a 1-hour upper-body weight-lifting routine three times per week. I figure a more active life-style will stay with me longer than the motivation to attend the gym.

Hope you all have a great week.

04-16-2007, 01:24 AM
Hey Everyone...

Hope everyone is okay with the Nor'easter my thoughts and prayers are going out to everyone!

Hey again Ashley103, I am glad you found us! It sounds like you and Jo are exercise gurus...holy hannah running, caneoing and weight lifting...I am just happy getting in my 6000 steps on my pedometer...

What type of diet/program do you follow?

Okay everyone I am going to bed...so have a good night and a rock on fabulous day!

Fat in Hong Kong
04-16-2007, 04:50 AM
Hi All & Welcome to Ashley!:welcome2:

It's my first day back at work today after the Easter Hols and boy was it difficult to get up this morning! I've been so used to staying in bed and having long lie-ins for the past couple of weeks ... I could have cried when the alarm went off this morning! One good thing about being back at work though, is that I don't tend to eat so much ... except when some inconsiderate people bring tempting stuff into the staff room, but I'm going to have to learn to deal with it!

Jo, thanks for the vote of confidence regarding the exercise ... I really will make an effort to get started!

Kimush, I'm basically counting calories ... I've tried many different 'diets' over the years and found that calories works best for me. Basically, I can't cope with plans that tell me what I can and can't have because I just start to crave the stuff that I'm not supposed to have and end up falling off the track. With calorie counting, I mostly try to stick to healthy stuff, but I know that I can have that chocolate bar/glass of wine/the odd takeaway, if I really feel like it ... as long as I count it in my calories of course!

04-16-2007, 08:20 PM
Hey guy's:wave:

Been off line for a few days. Glad to see everyone is doing fine:hug:

Did good on eating this weekend, didn't go overboard which I do when dh is

around with nothing to do:devil: Need to find him a hobby!! Other than

smoking ribs on his smoker, which are to die for by the way. My bike was

in the shop, finally got it back today went for a good 90 min. ride so

hopfuly I should see the scales moving down . That's not too much to

ask:shrug: I really need to incorporate weights in my workouts, but I

absolutly hate doing them.:tantrum: Well, need to go mow. :cb:

04-16-2007, 11:39 PM
I count calories too and write them down in a food log. If I don't keep track of the calorie count, pretty soon I'm eating 4,000 calories per day and wondering why the weight is packing back on. I've been trying to find new active activities for exercise vs sitting around doing "quiet" activities like reading. Right now, I'm either walking 10,000 steps per day, lifting weights for an hour or running every day.

I'm off on a business trip for the rest of the week and may not have computer access. Everyone - have a great week!

04-16-2007, 11:42 PM
Hey All,

Nichola I know what you mean...some of those diets that have crazy dos and don'ts, I can't tolerate either...but I am equally as undisciplined when it comes to counting calories so I would be stuck...

Glad to see everyone did okay with the Nor'eater...

Everything is good here in Canada...but I am really crunching and could eat my own foot...I am wanting to munch...and it is too close to bed...so I a going to chew gum and drink water...


Is that really me
04-18-2007, 11:56 AM
Hi guys. I don't know what happens on the weekends but I never seem to find time to post. Hmm, more likely I never get a chance to actually get a minute to myself to even get on the computer. Kids! :dizzy:

I've been doing really well this week. I've spent the last two days shopping for something to wear to a wedding shower I have to go to this weekend. I HATE shopping for clothes when I'm not ready to do it yet. In another 10 lbs., sure but not just yet. Alas, I have nothing nice enough to wear. It's really depressing when you've lost some, feel good, are staying on track then you go into the dressing rooms w/rear view mirrors and get a gander at your own rear view. :eek: :fr: If that doesn't play mind games with you nothing will.

I did find a nice pair of pants and also a jacket/pants linen suit for the wedding. Alterior motive for my clothes is that I have to be able to wear them for work (tax write off!). I'm now headed to the mall to find shoes. 'Cause you know those of us w/a low ceiling height have to hem everything blessed thing and I can't do that till I get me some shoes. :D

Hope everyone is doing ok. I did start the 28 day body makeover on Monday. I can't follow the eating plan exactly (it's bascially just really clean eating w/very little starchy carbs). It's tough to eat oatmeal and eggs when you're driving a car. :D But I'm following the exercise part. Oh, lift heavy weights. And here I thought I was doing that all along! :lol:

Have a great day all!


04-18-2007, 04:33 PM
Hello Everybody...

Jo It is a pity that we didn't live close by...I have sizes from 20 to 4...since I love to thrift store shop I have ton of designer stuff...that is half the fun of losing weight I always have new clothes to wear that I forgot about...aside from thrift store shopping I hate to spend money but I love window shopping (you don't have to try anything on!)...That is the other good thing about thrift stores...they have fewer mirrors... YEAH!

Oatmeal and eggs...UGG! I can't even think of anything funny to say about that!

I have tried that "pribiotic" bread...and for my digestive system it is essentially a laxative sandwich! Yup! I don't know if anyone else has digestive problems (constipation) but this would be a remedy for you...All I wanted something good and healthy and this bread hemp seeds and ancient grains and a ton of other healthy stuff but...it isn't for everyone!

So what is the 28 day makeover?

Tomorrow is weigh in!

04-20-2007, 12:41 AM
Hey Everybody...

I did my weigh in today and lost one pound...

I am thinking that this week has been particularly difficult as I have not been taking proper care of myself...I have been up too late (2-3am) and then up really early (5:30am) and not drinking all my water because work has been a real killer...

And maybe stress too because my jeep died (transmission, starter and rad) and it has been recessitated but all the money and I am worried that maybe it is not enough...and then my daughter has been having tuition issues at university and now she has been looking at Law school and the tuition is crazy...

So probably a combination of lots of things...

But anyways...Hope all is well with everyone!

04-20-2007, 10:08 AM
Hi girls how is everyone doing?

Kimush I hear you. I've had a stressful week and been turning to food. That's why I gained this week 2.5lbs I'm ashamed to say :o

I hate mirrors tried clothes on the other day and hated what I say. So what did I do? I ate those Hershey chocolate covered pretzel bars only 100 calories. If you just eat 1 ;)

Have a good weekend everyone.

04-20-2007, 10:26 AM
I have been seeking a 40 something group. I'm 47 this caught my eye...

got room for one more???

Is that really me
04-20-2007, 11:10 AM
:welcome2: Nessa! We've got plenty 'o room here. Hey, I'm the same one who loved your "I can't I'm allergic; I break out in fat" quote from another thread. This is a great thread. Lots of support and funny ladies here.

Kim- the 28 day makeover is basically a weight/cardio program plus really, really clean eating. It's kind of what I've been doing and I mostly bought the book because it had a ton of different weight exercises. I only got the interval cardio (which I had been doing anyway) in once so far this week. When I'm done w/this post I'm going down for 1/2 hr. I've had a crazy, busy week; not home at all. Did do all the weight stuff; the eating has been very good although I can't seem to follow the book's diet plan too well. I improvise and eat what fits into my day. I'm mostly a calorie counter and I try to limit starchy carbs. I need to pick a day and weigh in. I was doing Fridays then stopped and now get on the scale when I think I've lost some weight. No rhyme or reason! :dizzy: Congrats on the one lb. loss!! I'm itching to get into the 150's right now. I'm right on the edge. The weather has finally, finally gotten nice. Just today. I've had the heat on the past 2 weeks. Crazy!! Now that the weather is co-operating I can finally get regular dog walks in the afternoon. If I can manage 3-4 days a week, in addition to the other stuff, I know the scale will move down.

How is everyone else doing? We've been looking (on-line) at colleges this past week. :eek: Too much information overload is going in my brain right now. We're trying to plan visits over the next few months. My daughter, Julie, needs to figure out which college is best for her. There's one that's a good school but it 2.5 hrs. (one way) away. I just can't stand the thought of her being that far away. (Aren't I selfish?) There are others closer by (1 to 1 1/2 hrs. away). The parental units will be pushing for these schools! :D

Hope you guys are doing well. Talk to ya soon!


HEY, I just realized -- they've given us our own group -- 40 somethings! WOW, we must really rate!!!! :)

04-20-2007, 11:51 AM
Here's to 40 somethings :cp:

Kimush...:congrat: Weightloss sometimes comes when we least expect it!

Jo... I remember too well the time and stress getting our boys into the right collage. It almost at times seem to be a part time job. Both of them went out of state, which was so hard for me. Here's one tip when stuck between 2 choices... when award letters come in , let the collages know what the others are offering and can they do better because you'd really want to go to their collage.. you never know.


Fat in Hong Kong... Did you ever make it to the ball?

Clydegirl...Ashley103....bibbityboo... :wave: :wave: :wave: :wave:

For me the scale has been slow but steady, Which is I quess is the way It's suppose to be . I'm just really impatient!! But I do feel my body getting stonger and my clothes getting looser. I will be seeing family this summer that I haven't seen in a while and I just don't want to be embarrased. So, that Is my goal for now.



04-20-2007, 12:22 PM
I have been seeking a 40 something group. I'm 47 this caught my eye...

got room for one more???

Of course jump right in.

04-20-2007, 02:18 PM
Hi there! I hope that I can squeek by and join in. I am 48 years old and will be 49 in June. Ugh....I cannot believe that I've let myself live overweight for so many years, but destructive thinking will no longer work. I am now looking forward to the new me when I turn 50. I am not new to 3fatchicks, but unfortunately I have been inactive for some time. So many changes this past year....my father (whom I was very close with and helped care for) passed away and then six weeks later my husband of 23 years told me that he was filing for a divorce. Although we had been through some difficult times before, I certainly didn't see this coming. I was at 235 pounds then, and during the next 6 months got to 158. It wasn't a healthy weight loss, and here I am a year later back at 192. I began reading The Beck Diet Solution on Monday and committed to healthy eating and excercising. I am down 8 pounds in 5 days, which of course is partially water weight, but it's a good, solid committed start.
I am planning to embrace my new life and enjoy everything as it comes. Life is short as we have seen this past week, especially with the horrible massace at VA Tech. I am looking forward to sharing my journey with you and I hope that you will also reach out to me and let me know how you are doing.
All the Best!
BJ (aka - Travelchick)
BTW, I will update my profile it's currently 242 highest ever - 192 beginning this new committment - 184 today and 1st mini-goal is 175 by my vacation to Phoenix on May 19th. I'm going to do mini-goals until I reach my ultimate goal of 135.

04-20-2007, 11:45 PM
Well Hey Everyone!

A Big huge WELCOME to Nessa and BJ!

:hug: Group Hug :hug:

Clydegirl...mirrors really suck big time...

Jo it is so sad to realize that they have gotten that old that now they get to try those wings out...Elisabeth will be around for another year (2 at the most) and then she is looking at law school and she keeps talking NYU...that is a whole other country away! But it is exciting seeing them make all their plans and start getting ready to do it...Elisabeth has just started buying stuff when she leaves so that has been fun!

Rhonda, I love the "Will Power Dust"...you will do it...even being impatient...you are determined and that is half the work of getting into the right mindset!

BJ...you are really a marvel and very positive...it is really good to see all that determination and strength...I was totally fed up in January and have been plugging away ever since...I am hoping that this is the last time in my life that I have to struggle like this with my weight...but I think that I will always have my "fat tooth" and I just have to tame it once and for all...but like I have said...I am turning 46 and exercise has never been a friend of mine...I went on the Best Life Plan and I wear a pedometer and this I could do forever and live quite happily...so this is "My Life Plan"...

Nessa...what diet plan are you doing?

Nichola and Susan B it has been a while I hope all is good for you guys!

Well the weekend is here guys and work is done! Tomorrow I am going shopping to Toronto Ontario guys with my niece (14years old) and my daughter...so I am heading to bed I am really wiped out!

:hug: :hug: :hug: :hug: :hug: :hug: :hug: :hug: :hug: :hug: :hug: :hug:

04-22-2007, 11:07 AM
Hi everybody, we're home! I've got a little bit of tan and 5 lbs to show for my vacation ;)
I'll come back soon and see what you've all been up to.

04-22-2007, 11:12 AM
hi Kimush, I'm following South Beach Diet. and getting lots of exercise and drinking lots of water.

oh and if anyone gets health magazine i'm going to be in it soon in the article about beating binge eating.

04-22-2007, 11:24 PM
I am 47 yo, will be 48 in June. I have been up and down the scales for the last 11 yrs. I was down to 142 in 1996 and at my all time high wt of 211 in 2004. Over the last 2 1/2 yrs - I have, very slowly I might add:dizzy: lost 43 lbs and am at about 168-169.

I struggle with eating and finding time to exercise. But I am going to do this if it is the last thing I do:tired:

I look forward getting to know everyone here.

04-22-2007, 11:48 PM
Hi everyone.

Wow ladybug you're going to be in health magazine that's impressive. Will the article be on their web-site? Do they have a web-site? When will the article be in the magazine?

Susan we missed you. 5lbs is nothing when you're on holiday.

Welcome ewk jump in and chat :welcome2:

04-23-2007, 12:14 AM
Hey Everyone...

:encore: Hey Welcome Ewk1999...Glad to "meet" you! :encore: We are quite the friendly bunch! Which plan/diet do you follow?

:df: :df: What a beautiful spring weekend this was and I obviously forgot how to properly apply sunscreen because I have a sun burn on my shoulders, neck and arms...:flow1: :dance:

Susan B...glad you are back...missed you...5 lbs is nothing...that will be off before you know it...it could have been rich eating, not enough water, less exercise/walking, and overall relaxation...but not to worry!

Nessa... :high: Congrats on the Health Magazine article :high: ...I will be on the look out...do you know when it hits the stores? South Beach interesting is that one of the diets that have the prepared foods that looks yummy?

Clydegirl...I took my niece and daughter shopping yesterday and I was thinking of you...the stores we went into all had tons of mirrors (even the book store had mirrors which was kinda creepy!)...but the two thirft stores had one in each dressing room and only 2 others that were strategically placed...yeah for thrift stores!

Well girls time to get ready for work and get ready for bed...you know what just donned on me...there are no men on our thread! What do you suppose that is all about?

04-23-2007, 12:24 AM
Kimush I got burnt as well today. Didn't realise at the time as it was so windy.
I have really fair skin and should have put on some sunscreen.

So did you buy anything for yourself or were you treating your daughter and niece?

When the weather warms up and you start peeling off the layers that's when I really notice the weight.

04-23-2007, 01:21 AM
while you can buy South Beach diet foods in the stores to be honest they don't actually follow the true original intent of the diet which was for heart pateints to get healthy. in the year i've been on the beach, i've never eaten one. we make all our own foods from scratch to be honest.

Is that really me
04-23-2007, 09:35 AM
Hi guys, finally got a minute to post. What a beautiful weekend!!! Unfortunately I was stuck inside all day Saturday cleaning 'cause I was out all last week. :mad: Sunday I spent at a shower ... again inside ... in Jersey for my brother's step-daughter. Nice time but too much driving. Almost got creamed on the PA turnpike. Stupid lady in front of me came to almost a dead stop because there was a lot of smoke and stuff way up ahead so I guess she thought she should stop in the middle of a road where people are going 80 mph! :rollpin: There was no one in front of or around her; why she didn't just pull over I'll never know. The guy in back of me ... how he didn't kill us ... I guess our guardian angels were in the back seat! :angel: THAT whole episode got my heartrate up, let me tell ya!

Well the stupid scale still won't budge. Still sitting at 160. I'm getting really, really frustrated. I'm exercising and eating right on target so I don't know what the problem is. Dog walks will happen this week, maybe that will kick it down. I'm just getting really annoyed 'cause I'm doing everything I can and it just doesn't want to move. :mad: And I hurt my left wrist/tendons -- by cleaning, of course -- so I have to adjust my weight routine. I'm thinking of sitting on my butt today (after the rest of my workout) and catching up on Friday Night Lights and Jericho. I have two weeks taped and haven't found time to watch them. Maybe doing nothing w/my hand will help it heal.

:welcome2: BJ and ewk! Glad you're here.

Nessa, I'll look for you in that magazine. Hey, you changed your avatar pic. Nice!

Well, I guess I'd better go do some cardio and eat my breakfast. Have a great day all. Keep on target and stay focused. That goes for me too!! :D


Sylvia from NS
04-23-2007, 10:43 AM
Hello to everyone. Thanks to Jo for leading me here. This is the FIRST Thread I have been involved in and it is interesting to be a part of. Have been back to WW since March and have lost 8 lbs. Had a .4 gain last week and I am worried about Tuesday's weigh-in. Company on the weekend and a bit too much for portions. Also, wanted a peppermint patty for a treat(Pep) and could not find individual size one, so I foolishly bought a bag of small ones and of course, they are now gone. Thank heavens my kids and our company also liked them and helped. But, I am sure, I had 6 or 7 of them!!My 12 yr old daughter is a great motivator and gets me out walking a few nights a week, and I just returned from a 50 min hike in the woods with my Border Terrier, Scout. Hope to hear lots of interesting words of wisdom on this thread. Take care and I'll update you on Tues WW weigh-in. Sylvia in NS

04-23-2007, 12:03 PM
Hi Jo,
I totally understand your frustration. I was really feeling that myself this morning when the number on the scale went UP!!
I know that I didn't drink enough water this weekend and that I'm dehydrated, but otherwise - like you - I've been doing all the "right" things. I'm very :mad: frustrated!! (I wish there was a smilie pulling hair out - that'd be me....)
Like you I also have injury reasons for "adapting" my fitness routines. (I have 2 compression fractured vertebrae, a tail bone that was broken in two and never healed, I had knee surgery on one knee in Nov 06 and expect knee surgery on the other one coming up this year, add a broken collar bone to the mix and I'm feeling rather "broke" and exercise challenged.)
But this morning I told myself "That's it! I can lose weight. I have support, now I need to take additional action." So, I've had over 1/2 a gallon of water so far this morning and have exercised on my elliptical...I'm doing water jogging at lunch and plan to walk for at LEAST 30 minutes pushing my 2yo in the stroller this evening.
I understand about doing nothing with your hand to help it heal.
BUT YOU HAVE INSPIRED ME...(didn't expect that did you?) I'm now going to do more weight lifting as well. Tonight I'm putting a 5lb dumb-bell into the car to bring to work. I'll set it on my desk and do curls while I'm at work.
Keep the motivation girl! You can work through this irritating "no scale movement" time...
Besides, I need to know that someone else has triumphed over this "plateu" nonsense to help me from just breaking down in tears and throwing the towel in.
So please hang in there.
(hmmm...sorry about being so long. Just needed to re-affirm my own focus I guess.)

04-23-2007, 03:18 PM
Hi Kumish, and thank you for your kind welcome. I have gone back and read your posts, and you guys are amazing. I am so pleased to be part of your group :) As a newbie, I feel a little funny welcoming the other new folks, but I will do so anyhow...WELCOME!

Keep posting ladies, as I love to read about your journey. I am very down today and am doing my best to not binge eat. Today would have been my 24th wedding anniversary. Kevin left with no warning and cleared out the bank accounts on the way out. He is entitled to 1/2 of my retirement and that also hurts. Virginia is an equitable state so he's entitled legally (but not ethically I don't think). I had saved and he hadn't....not good. Okay, enough self pity....sorry....needed to get that out.

On a positive note, I stayed on program this week-end. I went to Charlottesville, VA yesterday (3hours each way) for a Bonnie Raitt concert. What a wonderful day :) I found a low carb veggie wrap sandwich that made me feel like I was indulging but it was all good. Yummy...they marinated veggies in cider vinegar with herbs and flavored low fat mayo with lime juice and roasted peppers. OMG....it was wonderful. So, without sabatoging my diet, I felt treated to a lovely meal with my new cute partner (seems silly to say boyfriend at this age). Bonnie Raitt was amazing. She dedicated the concert to the memory of the VA Tech students who were killed. That has been so hard....maybe because my son goes to college about an hour from there and knows many students there.

Okay folks....it's beautiful outside, so I need to take my next break as a walk. I have to find my pedometer, or buy a new one soon!

Bye for now,

Is that really me
04-23-2007, 03:55 PM
Hi Jo,
BUT YOU HAVE INSPIRED ME...(didn't expect that did you?)

No, I wasn't expecting that!! :D I'm glad I helped keep you focused. Unfortunately, I read your post after I ate like 8 or 9 graham crackers w/butter and cinnamon/sugar on them!!:fr: LOL Ah well, I kind of figured that was bound to happen. Maybe my body will go "yeah, junk food!! Let's get rid of some fat" :D And yes, my blood sugar is plummeting as I type this. :faint: Back on track for the rest of the day. Good for you for incorporating more weights. I've upped the amt. of weight so maybe there is water retention or fat loss and muscle gain. Just very annoying when the blasted scale just sits there staring back at you with the same old number day after day. I did just get back from a doggie walk. My dog was thrilled -- well, except for the part when a dog came running out of someone's garage and attacked her! Pulled out some big clumps of fur! She's fine; I wanted to bop the owner though.

So we all must dig in and resolve to beat the battle of the bulge, eh? Ya'll with me on this? I've got a wedding in Jersey on June 16 and am looking for 10 down by then. Aaarrrggghhh, I'll take 5 though! ;)

BJ, I'm so sorry about your husband up and leaving you. Gawd, how hard that must be for you. Kudos for you for keeping on track over the weekend! I love Bonnie Raitt.

Hey Sylvia!!! Glad my PM helped you find us. Great to see you here again. :)

Susan B -- where did you go for vacation? (I think I missed that one).

Well, the kids are all coming home and I didn't do anything today. The house is messy but too bad; need to rest my hand so I can do an UB workout Wednesday -- much more important that doing dishes!! Have a good one guys.


04-23-2007, 05:28 PM
Welcome Sylvia and Cammie.

BJ :hug: must be hard. Sounds like you are doing OK. Stay strong.

My scales have been going up consistently I really need to get my head around this. Especially now that the warm weather is here and we're peeling off the winter layers.

Jo your poor dog hope she's all right.

04-23-2007, 05:41 PM
Hey thanks for everyone's kind words. I have my ups and downs, just like everyone, but I'm having more good days than bad now, so that's a plus.
Has anyone ever read The Beck Diet Solution? I'm almost finished with it, and it has helped somewhat.
Jo, is your dog okay? I hate it when negligent owners let their dogs run loose. Clydegirl, I appreciate the support. We'll all get there.
Catch everyone later!

04-23-2007, 08:32 PM
it was today. It seems like we went from winter to summer up in the Northeast :) but I am not complaining. I do hear, though that it is going to get cooler again and rainy toward the middle/end of the week. Oh well, enjoy this weather while it lasts.

I am currently not on any particular food plan. I have done them all from weight watchers(made goal 2x), South Beach, Atkins, Jenny Craig (a couple of times), LA weight loss --- you get it, I have done everything, and read just about every book.

What I am doing now is just trying to make healthy choices and watch my portions and make sure to exercise (sounds easy:^: , yeah right).

I work full time as an RN on a medical floor in a VA Hospital. I am going to school for my bachelors degree. So I don't have a real lot of time. Unfortunately, when things get hectic - exercising falls by the wayside.

I have another couple of issues that makes losing weight for me especially hard: 1. d/t ulcerative colitis - I can't eat a lot of fiber, so veggies and some fruits and whole grains are limited - of course the healthiest/filling foods for you :0!!! 2. I take tamoxifen which can stall weight loss 3. I had a complete hysterectomy last July (it is wonderful not having my TOM anymore - but for weight loss --- not so good). But I am plugging away.

My goal is to make sure I am at my goal of 145 by the time I turn 50. At the rate I am going -- it will probably take me that long - but hey, this is for the long haul :)!!!!

Hope everyone is having a good day.


04-23-2007, 08:44 PM
I look forward to posting here.

BJ - I am sorry about your husband - but it sounds like in a lot of ways you are getting your life back on track. I have heard of the Beck solution (she writes in Oprah's magazine doesn't she) how was the book?

Jo - I can feel ya with that scale not budging --- mine has only gone down about 2 lbs since December, but what can you do :dizzy: I am glad your dog is ok. I have 4 cats and every once in a while a dog escapes from the next street. Our cats will go out in the backyard and they stay there and it is kind of funny to seen them running full speed like a little herd of antelopes or something into the house if a dog comes into the yard.

Clydegirl --- with the nice weather coming --- it really motivates me to get outside and walk more and just try and be healthier --- hopefully it will do the same for you.

Sylvia, good luck with your weigh in tomorrow.


04-23-2007, 09:07 PM
Hey Ellen,

Yes, The Beck Diet Solution has been featured on Oprah, as wwll as NPR last week. So I thought...what the heck! It's not really a diet, but rather changing your thought process -Cognitive Therapy. At first the exercises seem silly, but they are starting to make sense and I am seeing a difference. I am down ten pounds in a week, which I know is a lot and mostly water weight, but still it feels good.

I love reading everyone's posts, etc. Wonderful to hear how everyone is working toward a life of health - free from the bonds of weight.

Keep on posting, because you give me so much motivation!


04-23-2007, 09:30 PM
Hey all! I just noticed that there was a new "40-something" group and had to come check it out. I'm 43.
I'm hoping it is ok to just jump in. By looking at the other posts, it seems to be really open and welcoming. I found a good group at the 100+ forum, but I would love to hear from others like me that are a little more seasoned, too! I think that our unique time in our lives gives us some challenges that is not easily understood by the 20 something crowd!

A little trivia about me: I have been struggling with weight a really long time. I gained most of it in college, but then also held on to my weight from two pregnancies. I'm really trying to get this off once and for all. I haven't had any real medical problems, but I don't want to push that too far! I work full time outside of the home, have 2 kids (13 yr old girl, 11 yr old boy), and a husband who has his own business (translation: he's not a lot of help). I spend a lot of time with getting kids to and from sports and it seems like I don't get a lot of time for me. I've started making time for me to exercise and to spend on this website.
I've been through a lot that I also see echoed in your previous posts. I have been married for 20 years, but have also come very close to divorce. We seem to have worked out a lot, but there are times that I wonder what will happen with us. He has never had trouble with his weight and just doesn't understand what I go through. I can't say that he doesn't support me, but he just doesn't get it, so I don't talk to him about my issues with weight. (Boy that sounded awfully depressing! Sorry! Just to clarify, we are doing fine in our marriage most of the time!) I think I'm on a good path now with weightloss and the support through 3FC has done so much for me.

Looking forward to getting to know you!

04-23-2007, 11:02 PM
Hey everybody, I just found this website and decided to join! I started MRC a few weeks ago and have lost 7 pounds. I cheated over the weekend and had a piece of cheescake, the WHOLE thing! I go weigh in tomorrow and I sure and dreading it. Have any of you found a good way to recover from a "cheat"?

04-23-2007, 11:43 PM
Well Hey Everybody...

Man are we growing! Hello all newbies! And a Big old Welcome to...Sylvia from NS, texasteacher, Diane, and Cammie ...:cheer2: :cheer2: :cheer2:

Jo...You are exercising a ton...could you not be eating enough?...and you will be down by the wedding that is over 6 weeks away...you will do it! and I hope that your dog is okay!

Sylvia...WW that is pretty interesting...there are different plans now from when I tried WW about 8 years ago...do keep us updated...and good luck for the weigh in...I choose Thursdays for weigh in...

BJ...ahh...you need a hug!...remember Karma and "Earl"...Kevin will get his...Stay strong...I have been doing the single thing since my daughter was 8 months old...it only gets easier with time...and the pedometer is my new friend...I have been through 3 now...and my new one does something with calories, alarms, running distance...The Beck Diet Solution? what is that one about? The cognitive therapy part...I am a social worker so does it work like WW or the other weight loss clubs where you see a counsellor or are you going it alone like me?

Ellen...You will do it...I am on the Best Life Plan because I need to follow something or I will be a muddled mess...I went back to school when my daughter was 10 years old...I am thinking about it again when she leaves for law school (2 years) as she is getting her bachelors right now but all my money and attention go in that direction!

Diane...There is always room for another person...You have nothing to be sorry for...that is the nature of the beast...even when people are really supportive and empathetic...most of the time they simple don't get it if they haven't been there...I have 35 years experience being overweight and dieting...and you definitely have someone here who will understand you!

Texascheat...just keep going...you will be okay! The next day is brand new and you have tons of possibililties to make some solid decisions and life choices (spoken like a social worker woman!)...the one thing that I have figured out over the last 3 months is if you cheat...that is okay as you can stop and still recover...you can always recover!

I have had issues the past two weeks...I don't know if I having issues with temperment, intolerance, or perimenopause but I have been so ill tempered and angry...and that is not me...and I am having such issues with being around me...my daughter says that is not that bad...but I hate all the anger...I even begun taking Black Cobosh and increased my Evening Primose...hopefully that will help...:mad: :?: :nono: :stress:

04-24-2007, 12:30 AM
Hi Diane and Texas Teacher. :welcome2: Nice to see more people joining in the chat.

TT that piece of cheesecake will not mess up your weight loss. As long as you get back on plan you will probably be all right. I'm sure your weigh in will go just fine. Do some exercise and don't starve yourself tomorrow.

I'm going to check out the Beck Diet Solution, see what it's all about.

04-24-2007, 01:09 AM
Jo ... we have family in Alabama. They have a glorious little farmette. Very quiet, secluded. They have some dogs and cats and goats and chickens ... a garden, a pool. I love it!
One day we slipped down to Florida and had an extraordinarily off plan dinner on the beach on the Gulf. Beautiful! And the bodies. I'm exercising now!

Hi ho new folks! We're glad you're here.

04-24-2007, 09:29 AM
Hi Everybody, I'd like to join you. I didn't know there was a 40 something support group.

I am 46 y/o with a 4 y/o DD and a 19 y/o Son. My son is in college my daugher is in 4 y/o kindergarten.
I have been on my healthy eating plan since January 10th of this year.
I eat mostly whole foods, lots of fish, vegetables, high fiber cereal, turkey, low fat dairy, some fruit, etc. I count my calories. Exercise. Drink my water. Most days.

I have been stalled since about March 14th. It seems like as soon as ONEderland was in sight I couldn't reach it. I know I will. I changed by calorie count up this week and I'm feeling very positive. My weigh in is Wednesday. I go to TOPS for the weekly weigh in it keeps me honest.

04-24-2007, 10:02 AM
Hi Sharon. :welcome2:

I like your sig - on your way to onederland. I need to go there as well.

04-24-2007, 02:42 PM
Gosh, what a good group. Thanks for the welcome.
I'm home sick today, feeling sorry for myself! (Not really, just coughing and sneezing a lot!)

Hi Sharon, I recognize your name from the 100+ group. You have quite the range of issues with your kids! A teenager and a 4 year old. I'll bet that keeps you young!

Kimush, thanks for the special kind words. I hope you get your issues resolved. Is Black Cobosh a type of tea/vitamin/supplement? I've never heard of it.

Texasteacher, I'm thinking that the one piece of cheesecake won't completely blow it for you. I hope you are pleasantly surprised at your weigh in!!

Have a great day everyone!

04-24-2007, 02:56 PM
Thank you all for the welcome.
Having the age range is like having two only children. My 19 y/o is a great person and if my 4 y/o turns out half as good as he is I'll be very proud.

Is that really me
04-24-2007, 03:41 PM
Jo...You are exercising a ton...could you not be eating enough

:lol: Yeah, wouldn't that be a hoot? Me not eating enough? :D It's possible but doubtful. Just stubborn fat I think. Oh, and TOM is coming too, I forgot. Guess they'll be no break-catching for me this week! ;)

:wave: Diane (Slashnl), Texasteacher and Sharonrr. (Hope I didn't miss anyone!) There is plenty of room here and all are welcome. :welcome2:

Sylvia -- how'd your weigh-in go? Hopefully the scale went in the right direction for ya.

Texasteacher -- what's MRC? I've never heard of that.

Diane -- hope you're feeling better.

Sharon -- does your 19 yr. old still live at home? I'll bet he's a big help w/your 4 yr. old. College and kindergarten all at once! It must keep you busy. :D

Well, my hand feels better today than yesterday so I'm on the mend. Tomorrow I will be able to challenge it again w/an UB workout. My dog (Penny) is fine. The stupid dog that went after her just got some mouthfuls of fur, no skin broken. The woman's 2 yr. old let the dog out. I get that and all but when I saw all the fur I got really annoyed. Well, there's a for sale sign on their house; guess I can walk on that side of the street again when it sells!

The tree swallows and blue birds are bickering over who is going to get which nesting box. We fledged 2 sets of bb's, and 1 set of ts, robins and mourning doves last year. I saved two of the three brand new baby treeswallows last year. A wren got in and was throwing everything out of the nest box -- including the 2 day old baby triplets. 1 didn't make it but I put the other 2 back in the nest and they were fine. I just love this time of year (except for the weeds!)



04-24-2007, 10:21 PM
Hey All and I hope Everyone is Well!...

:wave: Wow how we are growing...

I big old WELCOME and HUG from Canada...to Sharon! :dance: :encore: :dance:

The Black Cohosh (pill form) is a root which...should...

Relieve :tantrum: :bomb: :hot: And eventually restore me to :bubbles:

"Black cohosh is used primarily for hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms. A number of studies using various designs have been conducted to determine whether black cohosh affects menopausal symptoms [5]. Few were placebo-controlled studies, and most assessed symptoms by using the Kupperman index, a scale that combines measures of hot flashes, insomnia, and depression but not vaginal dryness."

Oh Yeah! This has been a chore as...Since we are all talk personal on this thread...here I go...I ovulate twice per month so I have had 2 cycles per month as long as I can remember...and I have never had a stitch of PMS or difficulties...but now I feel like "Jane the Ripper"...and...with being a child social worker there are specific demands...that I should be generally more even tempered, better disciplined and appropriate than the children on my caseload...

So Sharon what is TOPS...that is like WW right? Which sounds doable and reasonable...that is why I chose the Best Life Plan...I needed something that would be okay for the rest of my life (menopause and all...)...

Well I am going to go bath...

04-25-2007, 12:24 AM
Thanks to all of you for the warm welcome! I went to MRC (Metabolic Research Center) to weigh in today and only lost 1/2 pound. I guess the cheescake I cheated with really did hurt me. I haven't cheated since........loss as of today is 7 1/2 pounds in 11 days. I am going to keep going until I get this fat off! Everyone keep working hard. I can't wait to see before and after photos!

04-25-2007, 12:29 AM
........loss as of today is 7 1/2 pounds in 11 days.!

Wow that's good in 11 days. Sounds like you are doing Ok.

04-25-2007, 12:38 AM
. Few were placebo-controlled studies, and most assessed symptoms by using the Kupperman index, a scale that combines measures of hot flashes, insomnia, and depression but not vaginal dryness."

Oh Yeah! This has been a chore as...Since we are all talk personal on this thread...here I go...I ovulate twice per month so I have had 2 cycles per month as long as I can remember...and I have never had a stitch of PMS or difficulties...but now I feel like "Jane the Ripper"...and...with being a child social worker there are specific demands...that I should be generally more even tempered, better disciplined and appropriate than the children on my caseload...

Kimush peri-menopause a fun time. I guess this is the place to talk about it as we are all 40 something. Do you keep track of your cycles and symptons? A good site is mymonthlycycles.com .You can keep track of all sorts of things on there related to your cycles. What I can't stand is the insomnia, some nights worse than others. I may have to check that black cohosh out. I'm funny about taking pills though, can never swallow the things if they're big.

Is that really me
04-25-2007, 10:11 AM
Hey Kim, my periods started getting weird after I had Julie (16 yr old). I was 30. The doc's didn't care, just said go on the pill. :rolleyes: They got really, really irregular a few years back (ah, that would be my periods, not the doc's). I started taking something called New Phase, a soy based supplement. It's suppose to help w/hot flashes, nightsweats (haven't experienced these yet) and irritability (yeah, I get this on a daily basis but it's from the kids! ;) ). It also has vitamins D, B6, B12 and calcium. It also contains black cohosh, chaste tree berry and manganese. I started using it to try and help regulate things. Seems to work, especially if I lay off sugar (for the most part). Just thought I'd throw this out there for ya as another option.

Hey, for anyone in the USA -- did you know that the FDA is considering classifying all herbal, vitamins, etc. as "drugs" and if this is passed you will not be able to buy this stuff w/out a prescription? Even something like vitamin C you'd need a prescription for. The pharma. companies are in on this -- of course, they're losing big bucks w/all the people trying alternative therapies. They want in on the action. The hearing for this is April 30. If you want info to sign a petition, PM me and I'll give you the link.

Well, as expected TOM arrived this a.m. so I guess the scale will remain as is for the next week or so. I am ready to just pop if the stupid thing doesn't move. Yes, I've increased my weights and am lifting heavier -- I can see definition in my arms and am feeling my butt and legs -- but still, what the heck am I doing wrong? I had one freakin' off plan day on Monday; was this enough to sabotage a full week's worth of work? Before I started this I was a little piggy and didn't exercise but I didn't gain 1 lb. a week, dispite all the jillions of calories I was consuming. Why then when I am OP 90% of the time and exercising more than ever will the scale just not budge? And no, the measuring tape hasn't moved either. I'm still down the same amt. from my 12 lb. loss. If I had lost 25 lbs. at this point, I'd expect a substantial plateau; but after only 12 lbs??? :mad: :mad: :mad: Yeah, yeah, I'll just keep plugging away cause I don't have a choice. I'm just really, really ticked off right now. Hmmm, prolly stupid hormones!


04-25-2007, 10:48 AM
Jo :hug: . Be positive you have not gained and you said yourself that you can see definition in your arms. Do you measure yourself or does someone else do it for you?

It's your TOM and that will make a difference.

Hang in there you'll do it. Don't get discouraged because that's when I overeat.

04-25-2007, 01:16 PM
Hey Jo, gosh I know what you mean. I agree with what you say about that you'll keep plugging along because you don't have any other choice. It can't get any better if we give up. But, it is so frustrating! Hang in there and hopefully the scale will cooperate soon!

I didn't think I was in any kind of menopause or whatever, yet. But, I skipped my last TOM. I wonder if it isn't because I'm exercising. I went from doing nothing to actually exercising every day, so that might have confused my body. Ha! I think I'm going to have to really start tracking it because it seems to be getting lighter and lighter, too. I don't feel that I am that irritable, but like Jo, I blame it on my kids if I am!!

Feeling better today, but I came in to work and found a ton of stuff waiting for me. Great. Job security, I guess!

04-25-2007, 05:24 PM
Hi ladies,
It’s so good to see us “40-somethings” growing in numbers but “losing in pounds.” We seem to have quite a range of people and experiences which can only help us on our journey.
I have to admit, I’ve been reading more than writing :ziplip: …mainly because I’m frustrated with myself. Like Jo, my scale has refused to move despite an increase in exercise. I water jogged for an hour today, just in the hopes that it would push the scales down. :whoo: I’m not giving in, but I can certainly relate to the frustration. I figure I have to give my body a little time to adjust to the fact that I’m sleeping better (gotta get those 8 hours) and exercising more. Maybe then the body will start to convert those pounds back to the energy that I could really use.
Kimush – WOW, twice a month AF??? :eek: That’s a lot. Black Cohosh should help (I know it’s helped a lot of women) but honestly, just being aware of the situation and being able to excuse yourself from situations is a better start place than a lot of women I’ve dealt with. One woman (my boss about 6-7 years ago) would get SO angry, :tantrum: she’d make a complete idiot of herself in a professional setting. It was amazing. I knew other women (that I met at yoga class) at the time who were going through menopause as well. They said that yoga did help (probably because they got to de-stress so things didn’t build up) but one of them said that when she got really angry or felt like she was going to tear up, she’d excuse herself to the bathroom. She’d run cold water on her wrists and remind herself that it was just hormones. She said that awareness was the best defense. :o
Texas Teacher – What type of program does the Metabolic Research Center have you on? It sounds like you’re doing quite well with the program despite your disappointment yesterday. Keep heading toward your goal. That cheesecake was simply a turn you didn’t plan to make…you’re headed in the direction you want to go again. :goodscale (Besides, I wish I could lose 7.5 lbs in 11 days!)
Sharonr – I grew up in southern Wisconsin and plan to move back next summer (I’m going back to school). What type of exercise do you do? You’re making great progress.:lucky:
Travel Chick – How long has it taken for you to lose the 58 lbs that you’ve lost? I realize each of us has our own journey, but I find it inspirational to know that others are losing and finding ways to get their bodies to shed the pounds quicker than I am…(ok that scale not moving is really impacting my thoughts.) :^:
Diane – Have you ever done a “hormone panel”? It may help you discover why AF skipped a month or why it’s getting lighter. :twirly: (I’m insane, I track my TOM, weight, and exercise on a spreadsheet. But I also have PCOS, so watching the hormones and the impact of hormones on AF and my weight is kind of important.) Plus I just discovered why I’m having some other problems…it’s a side effect of one of the meds my doc has me on.
Everyone – do you have a particular exercise goal each week?
I’ve been functioning on 30 mins cardio 5 days per week – which evidently isn’t enough for me. I added a little bit of weight training this week, but I was wondering how much y’all are doing. :trampo:
Gotta run now. Look forward to hearing from y’all.
“Together our individual journeys are mean more because we have helped each other through the rough parts of the path.”

04-25-2007, 10:20 PM
Hey All, :grouphug:

JO... :spid: What a goober I am! :?: ...It took me the better part of the last two days to figure out that TOM is not your friend...Because my best friend is Thom (short for Thomas...he is my daughter's god-father)...Jo... :sklol: I have been laughing for about 3 mins since I figured it all out...yes...TOM that filthy b-- :censored: :censored: --r could very well be the blame...I hate TOM :p ...Jo...just keep going...this plateau is trying to get the best of you and you will succeed and get past it! So is that is the case and your vitamins will be controlled via script...you will need to go to the doctors for your all your vitamins and herbal preps...that is crazy...I have heard that the Canadian government also wants to regulate herbal preparations...but wow!

Texasteacher...the MCR what do they do? And exactly what kind of diet are you on...7.5 lbs in 11 days is crazy! :cp: What is involved and is this something that you will do for your whole life...like entire life changes...i.e. no white rice?

Slashnl...I wish that I could confuse my body...I am as regular as rain in May...and I can clock TOM (hahahahahaha) right to the hour almost...I am blessed or so I am told...I guess that only thing that would be worse is to have a surprise TOM visit... :fr:

Clydegirl...These mood swings are crazy...the month cycle website sounds good to check out...and yeah...I hear you girl...I hate pills...the omega 3+ and the evening primrose are about one inch oil capsules and they are so gross and disgusting... :faint:

Cammie... I don't feel comfortable exercising yet...so I have a pedometer and I have to walk a minimum of 6000 steps per day...now I went shopping the other day with my niece and my daugther to Toronto and I did just over 15800...and I wasn't too tired...I am trying hard to be doing something even at the end of the day instead of just watching television I will mend some clothes or read or do something...Once I get "body comfortable" I am going to do some Yoga and Tibo..My daughter does both and she is a really fit and nicely muscular... :yay:

Tomorrow is my weigh date... :goodscale Since I am a child's social worker...I wear a lot of jean jumpers for work because they are comfortable when I am crawling around on the floor with little children...but I went to put on a couple of my favs tonight and they don't fit anymore...that is really cool but I am anxious about the physical/body changes... :bubbles: ...my problem is that I may not have liked being overwt but I was comfortable with that...now I need to get comfortable with the changing me...

NICHOLA are you around? How are you doing? Hope you are okay! I have been thinking a lot about you!

Well I am going to call it a night and go and bug my cats...

Later Ladies :grouphug:

Is that really me
04-25-2007, 10:59 PM
Everyone – do you have a particular exercise goal each week?
I’ve been functioning on 30 mins cardio 5 days per week – which evidently isn’t enough for me. I added a little bit of weight training this week, but I was wondering how much y’all are doing. :trampo:
Gotta run now. Look forward to hearing from y’all.
“Together our individual journeys are mean more because we have helped each other through the rough parts of the path.”Cammie

I've changed my exercise since starting in Jan. I started out w/the 5 day/wk cardio for 30 min on the TM, then increased it to nearly an hour. I got a little faster -- I thought I was running but actually it was a pretty slow jog -- and got really bored and mentally just couldn't face the TM. My legs were always tired too I think cause I never gave them a chance to rest. I started lifting weights about 6 wks ago. Started w/biceps curls. Guess I thought I was all in shape from the TM or something cause I went waaaayyy overboard and hurt my biceps so much I couldn't even straighten my arms out for 5 days. :lol: I learned my lesson. I formally exercise 3 x/wk. Weights on M, W, and F followed by interval cardio on the TM on those days. But I'm also getting in 1.5 mile brisk dog walks 3-4 times a week. I bought a book called the 28 Day Body Shapeover by Brad Schoenfeld. It lays out a 4 wk. weight and cardio plan for you. I like having someone else do the planning. :D The food end of it is pretty basic; really clean eating w/very few starchy carbs. It's probably about 1200 cals. a day but I don't really follow the food part. I mostly got the book for the variety of exercises. I also got some links off of the "Ladies/Gents who Lift" forum here on resistance band exercises. Here's the links if anyone is interested. http://asp.elitefts.com/qa/default.asp?tid=101&__N=Band%20Exercises and http://www.performax4u.com/library.iml I haven't tried these but have added it into my exercise arsenal. I like changing things up and not doing the same thing all the time. Cripes, this was a long-winded answer to your question, wasn't it? :blah: :blah: :blah: :D

JO... :spid: What a goober I am! :?: ...It took me the better part of the last two days to figure out that TOM is not your friend...Because my best friend is Thom (short for Thomas...he is my daughter's god-father)...Jo... :sklol: I have been laughing for about 3 mins since I figured it all out...yes...TOM that filthy b-- :censored: :censored: --r could very well be the blame...I hate TOM :p ...Jo...just keep going...this plateau is trying to get the best of you and you will succeed and get past it! So is that is the case and your vitamins will be controlled via script...you will need to go to the doctors for your all your vitamins and herbal preps...that is crazy...I have heard that the Canadian government also wants to regulate herbal preparations...but wow!

:rofl: :rofl: :rofl: When I first read the term TOM on the 3FC threads, I thought "who the heck is TOM and how does everyone know him?" You are not the only goober!! ;) Took me forever to figure it out. I am so very duh at times! I loved the term and see it so often now that I assume everyone figured it out long b/4 I did.

Yeah, I'm hoping they don't term supplements as drugs so that we'll need rx's for them. What a disaster that will be.

Good luck tomorrow for your weigh in. How cool is it that your clothes don't fit 'cause they're too big?? :bravo:

Gotta run; Lost is coming on. Gotta get my Sawyer fix! :o


04-25-2007, 11:48 PM
Hello Everyone... :grouphug:

I am just waiting for the dance scene out of Napolene Dynamite...I have been rolling around laughing so much my cheeks hurt...it is priceless...my gosh he reminds me of some of the boys on my case load and my brother in law...he is just "swell"...

Yeah Jo I have my moments and so does life...it just sometimes seems like life is just ... one furball after another!

:dance: :dance: :dance:

04-26-2007, 03:11 PM
My weigh in day and I lost 2.5lbs :carrot: Feels good. I have been eating better this week.

Kimush I have never seen Napoleon Dynamite. My middle daughter loves it.

04-26-2007, 03:48 PM
:grouphug: Hello Everybody... :grouphug:

:congrat: Clydegirl... :congrat: Yay for you! If you are a lover of comedy Napolean D is really cute...Originially the movie started out as a college project for the writer, director and the star...It is so roll around on the floor funny in a subtle dry sarcastic way...

This is the day when all the patient, informative, supportive talking I have done will pay off!

:df: :df: I have not lost even a part of a pound this week...zippo, nada, nothing...I felt is coming as last week I lost only one pound...so I am going to be patient like I have told others...look carefully at what I have eaten (fat free cake and high calorie pribiotic whole wheat hemp bread)...and increase my steps to an extra 1000 per day... :df: :df:

Does this sound like enough guys?

I know that my H2O consumption has been bad the last two weeks because I am stuck either driving to out of town appts (3 hours away) or not near bathrooms so I am careful what I have been drinking...

Jo...you watched your foods and increased your exercise...Right?

:yikes: :yikes: ...Also I an not going to get down, anxious, worried, or upset...but right now I am :club: <hating> TOM (I can also think of a million other names I could call it)... :yikes: :yikes:

04-26-2007, 04:12 PM
Hey Guys this is what I found when I was grubbling around on here...

Read below this is all on plateaus...Jo this apparently can be a good thing!

This is from the Weight Watchers General Discussion area on "Plateau Busting Ideas" and was written by Kelly S on Sept 21/04

15 Tips for Breaking through a Plateau (by Weight Watcher Leader Elizabeth):

1. JOURNAL, JOURNAL, JOURNAL -- This is one of the most powerful tools to help you stay on track or get back on track. Your journal can help you see where you are perhaps going over or under on your number of points for the day, or aren't getting in the Guidelines for Healthy Living requirements. Use your journal as a detective tool: Had a good week? Look over it at the end of the week and try and see what you think contributed to that success. Had a not so good week? Again, look over your journal to see what may have contributed to you playing a little looser with the program. Look at last week's journal for clues too, sometimes it takes a full week before the effects of a blown week show up.

2. EATING BY THE NUMBERS (Or are you getting in too many carbs? Protein? Not enough fat?) -- Look at your food choices, are you really getting a wide variety of foods in? Remember, your body needs nutrients from lots of different sources and if you're eating the same things all the time or too much of one type of food, you're probably not getting the proper nutrition your body needs. How is your protein to carb ratio? Look at the Eating by the Numbers chart on page 8 of your Week 1 booklet for suggested guidelines of how to most nutritiously spend your points during the day. These are suggested ranges for someone under 200 pounds, for over 200 take most of your extra points from complex carbohydrates and protein. There's a helpful Excel spreadsheet on Rea's homepage: www.geocities.com/Heartland/Plains/6548/ that is called something like the Points Food Groups Journal that she's got set up for 28-35 points per day, but all you've got to do is input your points range and the suggested guidelines from the Eating by the Numbers chart for the various food groups. This can help too if you're one of those old WW selection plan people who just don't like the Points system. You can use this to follow the points, but use it for the selections of the various food groups so that you keep a healthy balance in your points. Take a look at your food choices as sometimes we have the attitude that as long as our points balance at the end of the day we're okay, but if we keep in mind the Guidelines for Healthy Living on pages 5-7 of the Week 1 booklet, we'll see that we still are asked to do a few steps to ensure we're spending our points in a way that keeps our bodies healthy.

3. WEIGH AND MEASURE PORTIONS -- Too many times our portions have gotten bigger without us realizing it, using measuring cups and spoons and weighing out our portions can give us a better idea if our portions have suddenly grown bigger than we're counting. Remember, portion size does matter.

4. READ LABELS CAREFULLY -- Are you counting your points right for the product that you're eating. I remind everyone of my jumbo dinner frank story where the serving size was half a frank! Who eats half a frank? I was counting 4 points when I should have been counting 8 points. If you're eating a bigger serving size than the one listed on the label you're probably eating more points than you calculated.

5. REMEMBER, ZERO MULTIPLIED IS NOT ALWAYS ZERO (okay, not when it comes to food points) -- If you're eating one serving of fat free sugar free gelatin for 10 calories, okay, that's zero points, but if you're now eating 4 servings plus 2 tbsp of fat free whipped topping, you've got yourself one point! Beware of those hidden extras where we multiply portions, and beware of BLT's: Bites, Licks, and Tastes that never seem to get counted on any journal. These add up.

6. TOO MANY REFINED CARBS? -- Are you eating too many sources of simple and refined carbohydrates, the stuff that's heavily processed and no longer looks like its natural food source. Think of it as the difference between whole grain bread and processed white bread, brown rice vs. white rice, popcorn cakes vs. corn on the cob. Try to include more of the natural sources of carbohydrates in your diet stuff like beans, yams, potatoes, brown rice, and whole wheat anything rather than so many crackers, pretzels, and chips (even low fat chips). This is not to say you can't have any refined carbs, just try to limit the amount of them if you're having trouble

7. NOT ENOUGH FAT? -- Okay, this sounds counterintuitive, but according to the Eating by the Numbers chart and for good nutrition you should be actively adding in about 2-3 points of fat per day. This is stuff like vegetable oils, margarine, butter, regular or reduced fat (not fat free) salad dressing, avocados, regular or reduced fat (not fat free) mayonnaise, olives, and peanut or soy butter. I have personally met a number of people now who weren't losing and when I suggested they start actively adding in 2-3 points of fat per day they started losing again. Our bodies need enough fat in order to properly function. You think there's enough fat in my food already, right? Not when you're limiting your number of points in order to lose weight. We are often making much lower fat choices than we normally would have, and as a consequence our consumption of fat falls far below the recommended guidelines according to lots of nutrition experts of 30% of your total calories in fat per day. If you are limiting your fat intake to only the fat that's naturally in food and even then you're probably taking the skin off the chicken and drinking skim or 1% milk, then you might only be getting around 10% of your calories in fat per day, not enough for your body. So, the reason our bodies need enough fat in our diets each day as opposed to just feeding off of our body's fat stores is because fat contains an essential fatty acid: linoleic acid, that our body can't produce on its own. That fat is needed for proper metabolic and digestive function. Fat provides essential nutrients our bodies need, it transports fat soluble vitamins that our bodies need, it is needed for proper digestion and metabolic function, it helps us keep fuller longer, keeps our hair and skin nice, and is crucial for proper gallbladder function. If you're on a super low fat diet you can develop gallstones that are no fun and super painful.

8. DRINK HALF YOUR BODY WEIGHT IN WATER EACH DAY. -- According to Barbara Levine, R.D., Ph.D., the Director of the Nutrition Information Center at the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center and reported in the June issue of Weight Watchers magazine, she says that overweight people need more water than the typical 8 cups a day rule. "Overweight people tend to need more water, because fat cells hold more water than other fat cells in the body. To determine the number of ounces of water you need per day, divide your weight by two. For example, a person who weighs 140 pounds should consume 70 ounces, or about 9 cups. Of course, this is an estimate. The best way to gauge whether you are getting enough water is to monitor the color of your urine. If you're drinking enough, it should be the color of pale straw. If it is a deeper yellow, you're not getting enough fluids" (page 16, June 1999). Lots of times we misinterpret thirst for hunger, try water first, wait 20 minutes, real hunger will not go away.

9. MAKE SURE YOU'RE GETTING FIVE SERVINGS OF FRUITS AND VEGETABLES PER DAY. -- Eating the zero point veggies can often help us to fill up so that we're not eating the other higher points foods instead. If you're hungry, try non-starchy veggies first. Lots of members make the Garden Vegetable Soup recipe in the Week 1 booklet and eat a bowl of that before dinner to fill up a bit so that you can get full on the smaller portions you'll be serving yourself. Try a glass of V8 juice before a meal during the summer when soup sounds too hot. Variety is good here too, try a new fruit or veggie each month to expand your repertoire.

10. INCREASE THE FREQUENCY OR INTENSITY OF YOUR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY. -- Are you exercising? If not, know that you'll be much more successful at losing the weight and keeping it off if you are also physically active. Find something that you enjoy doing and just do it! Start with a five minute walk out of your door, look at your watch after five minutes start heading back, just like that you've done 10 minutes! Next week start adding in a couple of extra minutes, try walking for 7 minutes out of your door, and 7 minutes back, you've now done 14 minutes. Keep adding until you're up to at least 10 minutes out and 10 minutes back. If you're already active, are you exercising at enough intensity? If you can easily carry on a conversation while exercising (you should be able to speak, but it should take a bit of effort) you're not challenging your body enough. Your body becomes really efficient at adjusting to the amount of physical activity you're doing, so you regularly have to adjust either the intensity of your workouts or the frequency in order to continue to reap the maximum benefit from physical activity. Try strength training in order to build lean muscle tissue. As we get older we lose lean muscle tissue which depresses your metabolism in addition severely restrictive diets where we eat too few calories can cause us to lose weight but lots of it is lean muscle which also depresses our metabolism. If we build muscle tissue this can help us to reverse that process and to make us trimmer and stronger.

11. MOVE THE FURNITURE AROUND. -- Do you always have your biggest meal at dinner? Try eating your biggest meal for lunch or even for breakfast, with smaller meals for the remaining meals. If you regularly eat most of your points at one meal your body converts the rest of the food into stored energy...fat...so that if you balance your points out throughout the day better you can actually give your metabolism a boost by keeping it revving throughout the day instead of only one spike at dinner. Food actually helps to boost our metabolism, that's why it's important never to skip meals. There's a saying that you could help losing weight. to lose weight by eating breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper. This gives us the majority of our points early in the day when our bodies can use them because we're active instead of right before bed if we eat them at dinner.

12. TRY VARYING YOUR NUMBER OF POINTS. -- Do you always eat at a certain number of points per day? Your body gets very efficient at predicting its intake and adjusts itself accordingly. Keep it guessing. Try mixing up the number of points you have...low one day, middle the next, back to low, then high end of your points. Special note: If you're very active never eat at the low end of your points, your body may think it's starving, always eat middle to high end of your points and take those extra exercise points if you need them...let your hunger be your guide.

13. TAKE YOUR MEASUREMENTS AND LOOK FOR OTHER NON-SCALE SIGNS OF PROGRESS. -- Often even when the scale isn't moving, we're still improving our health and our bodies which will show up in other ways other than the scale. Have your measurements gone down? How are your clothes fitting? Can you climb a flight of stairs without being winded? Has your cholesterol gone down? Can you walk now for 20 minutes when before you were huffing and puffing at 5 minutes? How do you feel?

14. ARE YOU ON AN ATTITUDE PLATEAU? -- Are you just tired of feeling like you're going to be doing this forever? Does that translate into that right now your desire to lose weight is equal to your desire for freedom from counting and having to think about points and healthy food choices? If so, then that mental attitude might be the culprit in that you're following a more relaxed adherence to the program but you think you're still doing it to the letter. Remind yourself of why you started this process, look at how far you've come. Is your goal still the same? Is it that you're scared of success, are okay with how you look right now, have you become complacent? Ask yourself these kind of questions honestly. If you're tired of the weight loss routine or have become complacent, try spicing up your food plan by trying more interesting meals and snacks, adding new foods, trying new recipes or new restaurants. Set new goals, setting a new goal can continue to challenge yourself.

15. CONSIDER MAINTENANCE. -- A plateau that lasts a long time can be the practice to show you that you can maintain your weight. Sustaining weight loss is a challenge in itself. Consider doing the maintenance process so as to take a break from weight loss. Taking a break from weight loss and focusing on keeping the weight off can be the best thing to do, especially if a vacation or stressful situation is what is keeping you from continuing on your weight loss journey. It's better to gain some ground, then hold it, then go back and gain more ground than to give up because then you lose all of the ground you've gained (lost!).

WHEN YOUR WEIGHT PLATEAUS - Bob Greene (Make the Connection)

A plateau occurs when your weight remains the same for a period of time. This can last weeks or even a couple of months. With nearly every successful weight-loss program, you can expect your weight to plateau--probably many times. Plateaus occur for a variety of reasons, and are quite normal.

One of the most common reasons for a plateau is a natural adjustment to weight loss. Your body needs to make many adjustments when you lose weight, and it will release the weight only when it’s ready. Realize that it is virtually impossible to lose more than three pounds of fat in a week. If you lose more than three pounds in a given week, you are losing either water weight or muscle/lean weight—which, as you know, is not what we want.

Go to the local butcher counter and ask to see three pounds of fat. You will see that it takes up a lot of space, and your body must make physical adjustments for this loss. At this time, physiologists don’t know all there is to know about these adjustments, but we can be sure that they serve a purpose. Plateaus caused by these natural adjustments normally last two or three weeks, but could go on for a month or two. So be patient and stay on your program!

Another cause of plateaus is water fluctuation. As I discussed earlier, water can be retained for a variety of reasons. This extra water weight can create the illusion that you are gaining weight or have reached a plateau – even when you’re losing FAT. Plateaus caused by these water fluctuations typically last from three days to one week. Again, just realize that these are temporary fluctuations in your weight, and don’t be alarmed.

Cheating on your program can also cause plateaus. Let’s say you’ve been good about following the program, and you’ve had consistent weight loss. Now you have a bad eating and/or exercise week. This may or may not make you gain weight, but it could easily result in a prolonged plateau. This type of plateau can last as long as you are cheating on your program. My advice is to take this attitude: "Yes, I went of my program, but everyone slips up from time to time. I’m going to get right back to work and pay the price for that week."

And keep in mind, a bad day or week might not show up right away on the scale. But you shouldn’t think you’ve gotten away with something, because it will show up at some point. This is why it’s important to get right back on the program as soon as you stray from it. Don’t give it up.

A Positive Spin On Those Frustrating Weight Loss Plateaus ediet newsletter - April 13, 2000 by Cyndi Thomas, N.D.

We live in a society that wants instant gratification. We want our health and weight loss... and we want it now! True health and permanent weight loss takes time. I have so many clients that have the attitude, "Well, I've followed your advice for a month now, why don't I feel better yet?" I have to remind them, "You didn't get sick overnight and it will take time to see the desired results." Now, onto weight loss...Just as the body was formed and operates on a priority basis, so it heals on a priority basis. This means that the most important parts of the body get the healing attention before the less vital tissues. We can't force the body to place its healing priority on weight loss when in fact the liver is about to die, for example. The liver is more important to your body than the extra pounds. So all the energies of the body go to heal the liver and weight loss will stop. The body will not compromise what health and vitality it does have in one part of the body to bring about healing in another. In other words, the body will not "rob Peter to pay Paul." So you may be eating nutritionally and exercising and you start out losing some weight. But then all of a sudden, you become stuck at a certain weight -- the needle on the scale won't budge anymore. The body is rejoicing on the inside and saying things like, "You know, we have all this extra energy now because Mr. Doughnut here has decided to start eating right and exercising -- let's take some of our new available energy and start the healing process on his congested liver!" So the body will take all the available energy and channel it into the liver. As a result the weight loss stops. The body will NOT take away any energy needed for daily activities and maintenance. It will only take what is left over to start the healing process. It's my belief that the body does not completely heal one part before moving on to the next item on its priority list. Rather, it heals a part to the degree that it is no longer a priority. At that point the healing attention is shifted to the part of the body that is now in most need of repair. In the above example, once the liver has been cleansed somewhat, the body will refocus its attention on other areas... perhaps back to weight loss. During my weight loss period, I would hit plateaus where it seemed like I'd never lose another pound. I lost 10 pounds and then nothing for 3 weeks. During that time I woke up one morning and my arthritis was gone and my blood sugar had stabilized somewhat. If you keep on your diet and exercise program, you will eventually lose all the weight you want. A healthy body is not overweight. Remember, "Always strive for health and the weight loss will happen!"

Weight-Loss Plateau is a Good Sign
By Loni Calie Reed

The 1st week of a calorie-controlled weight loss diet is easy. The 2nd and 3rd weeks are not too hard either. But around the 4th or 5th week it seems that the scale will not budge. You have reached your first weight loss plateau. Plateaus, the times when your weight stubbornly stays put, are normal. Of course, plateaus are frustrating – so much so that many people abandon their weight loss efforts. But surprisingly, a plateau is a positive sign. It is a signal from your body that you have lost body fat, but unfortunately, not body weight. This last statement may sound contradictory. How can someone lose body fat and not lose body weight? Basically, the answer is that in place of the fat you lost, your body now holds water. Until the water is lost, the scale will not register your achievement. Scales cannot tell the difference between weight that is fat and weight that is water. Unfortunately, you cannot see inside yourself either. But you can learn what is going on and why. The human body, like the food we eat is composed of nutrients – protein, carbohydrates, fat, vitamins, minerals and water. If you were a trim 150 pounds, your body would contain about 90 pounds of water, 30 pounds of fat and 30 pounds of all the other nutrients. As you can see, you (and everyone else) are mostly “all wet”. Water is not just blood. Much of the body’s water is part of the chemical configuration of cells, tissues and organs. For example, muscle hold considerable water within its structure. Generally, 1 pound of muscle tissue in the body is associated with 4 pounds of water. Even fat tissue is about 15% water. So for example, 7 pounds of body fat contains about 1 pound of water. When you are eating fewer calories than you are burning up, your body must get the energy it needs from somewhere. That somewhere is you. When you lose weight, you are in fact consuming your own fat and protein to get the energy (calories) that you need. In effect, you “eat” yourself. During the first few weeks of any weight loss program, your body tends to use up more body protein in the form of muscle and organ tissue than in later weeks of dieting. As time goes on, your body becomes more selective and relies mostly on fat stored for energy, and less on the protein tissues essential to body functioning. When body protein and fat tissues are used for energy, the water associated with these tissues generally hangs around for awhile. In other words, you remain “water logged.” This is what accounts for the plateau periods. It is like the body is resting before it goes down to the next lower weight. To see the pounds disappear, you may want to assist your body to lose its excess water weight. You can do so safely by reducing your sodium intake. Try to keep from adding much salt in cooking, and do not put a salt shaker on the table. Cut down on condiments like pickles, mustard, catsup, and soy sauce. Instead of salty condiments, try applesauce, spiced peaches and other fruits to perk up meats and fish dishes. Use lemon, spices and herbs for flavor in cooking, but avoid monosodium glutamate. Avoid canned foods with salt. Buy fresh or frozen foods without added salt. For normal water loss, diuretics are not necessary, nor even advisable. Also saunas and steam baths provide only momentary dehydration, not lasting effects. Because one pint of fluid perspired away in a hot sauna equals 1 pound less of water, dramatic weight changes are possible in record time. However, as soon as you drink again, and you should drink, your water weight returns.
While water weight fluctuations are frustrating, they are temporary. The true test of dieting success is the pinch test, not the scale’s numbers game. It’s how much real fat you lose, not how much protein and water, that makes for a leaner and healthier you.

04-26-2007, 07:31 PM
Hey guys! My diet is going better this week. MRC has a diet that you follow very strictly for the first 10 days.----800 calories!! Now I am on about 1000. No caffiene, soft drinks, potatoes, rice, or pasta. Wheat bread only (35 calorie kind by Earth Grain). You drink protein drinks 3-4 times a day. Some of them are really good believe it or not. They even had pudding ones. In fact I just had a chocolate one, yum! So far it is working for me. I truly believe that dieting is all mind set! And this time I am determined...........you guys all keep me going and I appreciate your advice!

Have a good Friday!

04-27-2007, 12:51 AM
I can't believe I'm actually going to admit that I was so glad my period started this morning. (or the pitiful excuse of cramps and spotting I have these days)
I know I gained a bit while we were away but it was fluffly tight ring stuff. But it wouldn't go away! So now I know why and it SHOULD drop off in the next few days ... should ... most of it should.

04-27-2007, 02:53 PM
I'm sure it will be better for you soon, Susan! Hang in there.

Kimush - interesting reading about plateaus! Thanks for posting all of that.

I do a "non-official" weigh in on Fridays, so I know what to expect for Monday's official weigh in. Wasn't so good, so I guess I'm going to have to try extra hard this weekend to keep from having a bad Monday morning. I don't know why I have always chosen Monday as WI day. Like Mondays aren't bad enough.... Oh well, last Monday was good, so hopefully I can keep up the trend.

My son is going into middle school next year (my daughter is already there), so we were at the school last night trying out band instruments to see if he wants to join band. What a hoot! My son is big into athletics and is a big kid (loves football). He tried out quite a few and found that he liked the tuba the best! What a fun night! He was just grinning and giggling playing that big old tuba. The band teacher told me that he just had the tuba player look! ha!
Just thought I'd share that one! Good mom/son moment! Now onto his baseball game tonight!

Have a good weekend all!

04-27-2007, 05:07 PM
Hi Everyone, :grouphug:
The scale says I lost 2 lbs by this morning! :high: Could be water, I know...but I really don't care. I was super motivated by it. (It's like the scale said, "There's hope...just hang in there." I usually don't find the scale so friendly.:goodscale )
SO Hang In There Jo -- It WILL come.
Kimush - THANK You so much for those wonderful articles on plateaus. The make a lot of sense. :chin: And WoW! You said "I don't feel comfortable exercising yet" but you walked "just over 15800" that sounds like great exercise to me! Way to go, girl! :carrot:
Slashnl - You'll be in my thoughts this weekend as I try to avoid the "Coffee and Doughnuts" after church. I brought grapes last week, but then finished the last bite of my daughter's doughnut... I'm nuts! :crazy:
SusanB- I have NO idea what fluffly tight ring stuff is, but I'm sure you'll get any weight gained off. You're very dedicated.
Clydegirl - Congratulations! Weight off your mind!
As Jo inspired :idea: me to bring my 5 and 10 pound bar-bells to my office cubicle, I want you all to know that I've started stretching and lifting a little at work. It's maybe 60 seconds here and 60 seconds there, but it's interesting that I can feel the muscles in my arms having been "worked" when I wake up the next morning. It's such a little thing, but evidently I've been neglecting my arms and weight training. I just wanted to share that I feel "better muscled" underneath that (hopefully :crossed: thinning) layer of fat that covers my body. :sumo:
I hope everyone enjoys their weekend.

04-27-2007, 11:21 PM
:grouphug: Hey Everyone! :grouphug:

Texasteacher...that sounds very interesting...and you keep that 800 count regardless of your physical activity...I found this awesome bread in Canada made by Dempsters that has no fat or sugar and toast up really crisp and that was 90 cals for 2 slices...I have dieted for so many years...I know that I would resist the diet and cheat and give up on something so restrictive...but it is awesome that it is working so well for you :high: ...I really admire your "stick to itness"... :high: I am doing the Best Life Plan...so nothing with white flour/rice, pop, trans fats, fried foods, alcohol, he allows for protein drinks but I really hate milk and milk shakes and smoothies (that are like milk shakes)...your plan sounds really interesting...

Susan B... :flow2: You go girl! :flow2: It will drop off quickly look at all that exercises you do!

Diane... :cp: Man you are a gutsy girl! :cp: ...an official weigh in day on Monday...but it keeps you honest on the weekend...that is my fear when I think stuff like that...it is a slippery slope to where I was mentally and emotionally a few months ago... By that way...That is a cute story...the tuba playing jock ...It is good that he is into both the music and sports...that will help keep him on the right path (I am a children's social worker and a lot of my 12 + year olds have fallen off the road...and I get to help them get back on...or bug them until they do!)!

Cammie... That is right I should take the walking more seriously...my goal by end of June would be to be walking 10000 steps per day... :lifter: That is an awesome idea to workout while you are at work :lifter: ...I walk during breaks or between counselling/meetings...but what an awesome idea...and you did well with the grapes and the last donut bite...when I first went on the Best Life Plan I decided to pick a number and that is what I would allow myself if I need to "cheat"...mine is 5...I can have a maximum of 5 bites throughout the day of whatever I would want (but still stick to the plans principals)...so that could be 5 bites of cheesecake or 5 baked chips or one small sucker...and it has worked really well in fact most days I don't even take my whole 5 bites...the other thing I did at Thanksgiving (I wanted turkey skin really bad) I chewed gum till dinner and then when I was done eating I chewed gum again...and I didn't cheat then...

04-28-2007, 10:35 PM
Hi all,

I am new to this and I hope I am doing this right. I just started Weight Watchers today and could really use some support. Isn't it amazing how easy the weight is to put on now and how hard it is to come off. I hope I can makes some new friends here.


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04-29-2007, 11:04 AM
Hi Cheri :welcome3: We're a friendly bunch here.

04-29-2007, 06:15 PM
Hi Cheri, I'm new here too, It's a beautiful day today in Iowa. Good luck to you on your weight loss. We are about the same stats. Don't give up it's a lifestyle change to me not a diet, and I chanced my way of eating last April and it has taken awhile, but I haven't had any real gains just platues.

Is that really me
04-30-2007, 10:48 AM
Hi chicklets! Hope everyone is doing well. :welcome2: Cheri and Christa!!

Cammie, congrats on the 2 lb. loss. Tremendous!! :D Feels good to see the scale moving I'll bet!

Diane, how did your weigh-in go today?

Kim, thanks for the info. on plateaus. Helps alot.

I really believe I'm in a mental plateau right now. The scale is just staying put, although I have to admit that the eating part last week was really off for me. Guess I was thinking that if the scale wasn't going to move while eating OP then I might as well eat off plan and see what happens. It just wants to fluctuate up and down one lb. So today I'm taking my own advice and not worrying about yesterday or tomorrow but am just trying to stick to the plan today. Aiming for 1400 calories. I'm also having a hard time mentally doing the TM intervals. Probably boredom is a big part of it because it's my main cardio activity. Might switch off to some tapes for awhile. Also, the whole "time" thing is getting to me. I have so much stuff to do around here and my brain is like "aacck, don't want to spend the time doing cardio because I could be weeding or something". (Weeded all weekend; the weeds are still winning though! :D)

Ok, so I guess I'll just keep plugging away. Hey, here's a fun link for the Python fans.

http://www.braingle.com/trivia/2048/quiz.html Say No More!!!!!


04-30-2007, 11:17 AM
Welcome Cheri and Christa!

Hi Jo. Not a real good weigh in, but my scale was doing some strange stuff, so I'm going to wait and look tomorrow. It showed "Lo" at one point. What does that mean? I don't think it is the battery because the scale is fairly new. Then, it had a "C" on it, which I think means "calibrating". So, I'm not sure what language it was speaking.

I'm having a little trouble right now because I did something to my back. I have no idea what happened, but I am so stiff and sore I can't do my cardio like I should. How irritating! It isn't like I really want to do it, but I don't need aches and pains to keep from it either. Couldn't be old age, could it? :)

Oh well! We'll see how it does tomorrow.

04-30-2007, 11:44 AM
A mental plateau! I like that terminology. I've been thinking I'm in a rut so I'm doing a 21 day challenge to see if I can shake things up. Anybody in? I put it in Support Groups.

04-30-2007, 12:59 PM
A mental plateau! I like that terminology. I've been thinking I'm in a rut so I'm doing a 21 day challenge to see if I can shake things up. Anybody in? I put it in Support Groups.

Me too just the jumpstart I need.

04-30-2007, 09:37 PM
:grouphug: Hey There Everyone... :grouphug:

A Big Huge :welcome3: to Droopsygirl AKA Cherie and Christabell3!!!

Christabell3 What plan are you on?...Plateaus suck as much as TOM! :tantrum:

Cherie...WW...I have had a friend on that and she is now into almost one year of maintaining her weight loss and she swears by it! :flow1:

Jo...I will be linking into the Phyton link when I am done...I know that as long as you don't lose too much of the fight this plateau will come and go...your body just needs to catch up to where you have taken it right now! So a plateau can be seen as a good thing...even though they suck! :tantrum: Kind of a right of passage! Mental Plateau! Could be the name of a new group...remember Spinal Tap? :dance:

Slashnl...Holy moses...that scale sounds possessed! I keep looking at the newer scales and they are so technological that they scare me! :fr:

Susan B and Clydegirl...what is a 21 day challenge? Are we talking Special K or Activa Yogurt? I am in a rut too I mean I bought a camper stool with a cooler/pic nic set attached and a mouse trap...that was the highlight of my weekend! :woohoo:

04-30-2007, 11:33 PM
Kimush here is the thread that Susan started.


It's only 21 days and might help get out of the rut.

05-01-2007, 04:23 PM
Great idea Susan!!
Been away from my computer for a while, but still keeping OP . Need to also get back to keeping track on fitday, so my goals for 21 days will be ....

logging food on fitday

Biking 20miles -3 x wk

not eating while watching tv

eating leaner protien and more veggies

not eating out-If I can help it.

My 21 days start today... so far, so good:carrot:

Rhonda:bike2: :bike:

05-02-2007, 11:45 AM
LOL Kimush. So I was reading about your big purchase and thinking, "hey, that sounds pretty cool." (I've lowered my standards as to what I find exciting. But I'll tell you... back in the day...)

05-02-2007, 05:36 PM
Hi everyone,
I was out yesterday with my daughter's doctor appointment - I missed "talking" with y'all though...interesting how much I've incorporated this forum into my daily routine.
Slashnl- you said your scale showed "Lo" at one point - usually it is the battery even if it's "new" from the store. It could have been a low battery when they put it in at the factory 10 months ago. As for the "C" you've got a more technological scale than mine...so, let us know when you figure it out please. I ended up going to a chiropracter yesterday because of my back. So I know exactly how you feel. Please take care and work out the kinks.
Susan - EXCELLENT idea. I'm IN...of course, I have no idea how to do this, so please be patient with the bizarre questions that I'll be asking...
Jo- How are you doing??? I know that plateau must be giving you fits. Please know, we're all here cheering for you to stick it through (OP of course). :)
Kimush - Are you going to join the challenge too?
Take care all.

05-02-2007, 10:13 PM
:grouphug: Hey All, :grouphug:

Diane...Isn't that the most saddest shopping spree...I didn't find anything crazy and out there...oh I stand corrected...I purchased the perfect "non-lethal" mouse trap... :goodvibes

Cammie...Yes I am going to commit and here is my proposed! ...No processed foods, no toxic foods (alcohol, pop, white flour, trans fats, no sugar except in natural forms-fruit)... :lucky:

Susan B...What a cool idea! I am joining! :lucky:

Clydegirl...Thanks for the thread thingy! I am joining... :lucky:

My 21 day resolve... :comp: :woohoo:

1. I will take all my daily supplements...
Omegas, evening primrose oil, multi-vit, vit c, etc

2. I will not eat any food that are pre-packaged or prepared
...No cereal, frozen meals, 100 cal snacker packages, nothing in a non-natural form...

3. No toxic foods...
No alcohol
No pop
No white floured or white rice products
No trans fats or un-necessary fats or un-healthy fats
No sugars except in natural forms-fruits or veggies

4. I will drink my minimum daily requirement of water

Well tomorrow is my weigh date so I am uncertain what will happen as my mood has been "sour or poopy" all week...and I really think that your mental health and outlook on life are so important! So I am hoping that this will work!:woohoo:

Is that really me
05-03-2007, 12:15 AM
Hi guys! Been busy as a bee here. Still plateauing. :?: But considering I ate off plan last week I guess staying the same is better than gaining! I joined SusanB's 21 day challenge. I started Monday so I guess today w/be day 19 for me (counting backwards). I've stuck completely OP w/the food since Monday. I posted my goals on the 21 day challenge thread that Susan started. Exercising is going about the same but I did something to my right knee/leg last week -- possibly doing leg weights -- and it pulled a muscle in behind my right knee then felt like it pinched a nerve. I can't seem to bend my knee more than a 90 degree angle or it hurts like crazy. So I've laid off the TM this week and am just walking the dog.

Tomorrow Julie (16 yr. old) and I are doing a college visit. This is a first for us; I'm sure we'll get the hang of it.

Something truly awful happened this morning -- our coffeemaker broke! :cry: I've tried cleaning it and everything but it isn't working. Just got back at 9:30 from Kohl's w/a new one. E-gads, I can't imagine trying to function w/out my daily cupa joe!!

Gotta run; it's too late for me at 11:15pm but Lost just went off so I'm off to bed. Just wanted to pop in to say hi and yes, I'm still around! :D


05-03-2007, 12:40 AM
Kimush that's quite a list. You've really thought it out. One thing I need to do is increase my exercise. I've done OK this week I think. Will know tomorrow when I get on those scales.

I definetly got my workout today. My oldest moved out of her dorm room and we climbed up and down 6 flights of stairs moving all her stuff :faint: :faint: . It was a busy day up there everyone was moving out and the elevator keys were in great demand. I kept saying where did she get all this stuff. So we are back to a full house. The dynamics of the house have changed again :)

Jo I enjoyed doing the visits went to 3 colleges. What school are you going to visit.

05-03-2007, 12:41 PM
Hey Jo, you sound like you're having a fun time with injury, like me. I tweaked something in my back and have been so sore that I just can't walk like I had been. I'm going back out to walk today and see if I can move past this hurdle. It made me so mad because I was doing so well. I don't need anything that gets in my way. It's hard enough to keep going as it is! Hopefully your knee will get better soon! I told a friend of mine that I feel like an old car that has an engine seizing up. ha! And then you had the trauma of losing your coffee maker!! I don't know how to survive without my coffee. I always worry about breaking the pot at night when I wash it. However, I do have a coffee press that I use when we go camping, so I would be able to dig that out!

Clydegirl: Oh boy! Moving out of a dorm. It seems like yesterday when I was moving out of a dorm room... It's amazing how quickly you can accumulate things, even in a small space like that! Sounds like your peace and quiet might be over for awhile. My kids aren't that age yet, but I can see that the end of school is in sight for them and they are starting to get into slack mode. My youngest is going to middle school next year. He is so excited! I'm actually excited for him. He needs more of a challenge than he is getting now. He's in baseball now, but we're going to work on keeping him in shape (and trying to get me into shape) over the summer so that it doesn't kill him again this year when he starts football at the end of summer.

Well, better get back to work...

05-03-2007, 10:37 PM
:grouphug: Hey Everyone...:grouphug:

:dust: Today was day 21 of my challenge (I will also count backwards like Jo and I think Susan B does this too)...all was really good as I do follow the principles of the Best Life Plan...so I did really well... it is just so convienent to reach for a processed food treat instead of something...well...not...also part of my challenge is no snacking 2 hours before bed...:dust:

What has bummed me out and :cheer2: Jo you are such an inspiration how you have just kept plugging along...is I am still plateauing and I am heading into my second week now...that really sucks...so I think moving from processed foods should help...

Also, what is so sucky...I broke my tooth on my salad! Well, on the almonds on my salad...so this may really put a wrinkle in eating healthly...I don't want another root canal because I have had probs with this tooth now for years...so I will have it just pulled out but that is such a bother...:dance:

05-03-2007, 10:50 PM
OMG :yikes: i'm 46 ...47 in october.. you mean I am an oldie but goodie.... now thats really scary :yikes:how did i get this old this fast??????????

05-03-2007, 11:06 PM
You go girl. I am behind you. I am on Day 6 of my life style change and am doing well. I only had one day I fell off the wagon and that was the night before my two last finals. Stress was very high at the time. But they are done and I am better. Now need to get motivated to exercise.

Hope you all have a great evening.

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Is that really me
05-04-2007, 08:48 AM
;) Hi guys. Figured I'd hope on here early today so I don't get bogged down w/stuff and then forget. Aahh, I'm am addle-brained at times. :D

Clydegirl -- we went to Kutztown University (PA) yesterday. Very nice drive (read that as fun roads to drive on!). Only took about 45 minutes to get there. My daughter thought it was hysterical that I got confused as to what time we were suppose to be there and arrived an hour early. I thought we had to be there at 10am; that's for the Millersville (PA) visit in two weeks. :dizzy: She liked the school just ok; wasn't bowled over by it but it does remain on the list. She's looking for secondary education and broadcasting. Finding the two in a smaller school that's not too far from home is challenging. Private school w/be ideal but I'm having a tough time finding a good broadcasting (production, not PR, journalism, media writing, etc.) program. We're just starting out though; guess what we'll be doing all summer? ;) What year is your daughter? I'll bet they accumlate tons of stuff. But dorm rooms are pretty small so she'll probably love having an apartment and more room. More room for even more stuff! :D

Slash -- my knee/leg seems fine now. Still not sure what I did -- possibly kneeling when weeding over the weekend or doing leg/weight stuff. Dunno. My hand is still not up to par. Cripes I thought it was fine. I picked up my daughter's schoolbag about an hr ago to put something in it and now the finger and up the hand is pulling again. :?: Just turning it different ways is hurting. Writing hurts it. I might just bag the weights today. I desparately need to clean though. Guess I'll just wing it w/my right hand. Stupid, stupid hand! :p ;)

Kim/Cheri - very ambitious 21 day challenge Kim! I've been doing well -- except for yesterday. Was fine till after lunch then around 3pm it all fell apart. I got very, very tired and that just completely messes w/my willpower. Like stress Cheri, it just throws everything off. Just ate stuff I shouldn't have (including an ice cream cone last night watching Survivor) but at least it was just one day. No pig-out or anything like that but just enough to go off program. Back on track today. And no, for the record, the scale is just sitting there -- still. <heavy, heavy sigh>. But what's a girl to do but just keep plugging away? Sooner or later something will happen. :crossed: Keep going Kim; somethings gotta give sooner or later!

Welcome curlylocks. :welcome2: Yeah, age has a funny was of just kinda creeping in, doesn't it? I look at it like "well, in 10 years I'll think 46 is young!" :D Everyone gets older but not everyone gets "old". I'm never gonna get "old" -- I'm gonna be blasting funky tunes like Brickhouse and Play That Funky Music (White Boy) when I'm 100 and in the home!!! :D :D :D


05-04-2007, 10:56 AM
Morning girls.

Jo my daughter moved out the dorm back home for summer break :dizzy: She's just finished her freshman year. When she goes back she will move into an apartment on campus.

I lost 2.5lbs this week. Finally.

Kimush I cracked a tooth at christmas on a nut. Haven't been to the dentist yet :o It's not bothering me figured I would wait until my appt in June. I hate going to the dentist.

Welcome Curlylocks oldies but goodies.

05-04-2007, 12:23 PM
:grouphug: Hey Everyone! :grouphug:

:welcome3: Curlylocks! You are joining an awesome support group and we are just a terrific bunch of ladies...So WELCOME! Curlylocks age just sneaks up on you...kinda like Michael Meyers in an old delapitated victorian house!:welcome3:

Cheri...Yup heading into day 20! I am doing that count backwards stuff to psyche myself out! or into the challenge...and kick this rut in the butt! Aw poetry! :kickbutt:

:cheer: Jo...Hey! Yeah stiff upper lip! I so admire that you are just forging ahead! :cheer:

:congrat: Clydegirl... Good for you and your 2.5 lb wt loss...Yeah for you!!! Yeah this tooth broke right in half and I am so nervous that it will begin to hurt...I am terrified of dentist...my mother almost died from a "routine" dental procedure (tooth extraction) and she was in the hospital for almost one month and transferred via ambulance to a larger hospital an hour from our home...so I am really nervous!

05-04-2007, 12:55 PM
Ladies, Ladies, Ladies

The dentist is your friend. :goodvibes he/she keeps your smile healthy. I am a dental assistant and I can tell you the longer you wait the worse it will be. It may not hurt now but if you get infection in it, it will. Kimush I am thinking your mother must have had some infection in the tooth area and when they pulled the tooth the infection just spread. It is very unlikely it will happen to you. Please stop worring about it and go in and get your tooth fixed. Can I help you feel better about this?

Cheri' :hug:

05-04-2007, 03:35 PM
Good post Cheri. That makes me laugh! Isn't it awful how we would rather put up with pain rather than going to our dentists? I actually really like my dentist and have known him for a very long time. He puts up with my attitude about going to the dentist and makes me laugh.

Well, I went to the doctor (yet another thing that I just LOVE to do... not!) to find out what is wrong with my back. Evidently, I pulled/strained a ligament in my pelvis. I need to take it a little easy, but I will be getting better. I was feeling so negative about it because I was so worried this would set me back a bunch. But, now I know I can get through it. I wonder if my family will feel sorry for me and cater to my every need this weekend? Not likely!! ha!

Have a good weekend everyone. I have my son's baseball game tonight and then we should be done with running around this weekend (except for the grocery store). I have lots of projects waiting around the house for me.

05-04-2007, 06:18 PM
Hi ladies,
I’m SO thankful it’s Friday!!! It’s been such an odd work week for me that I’m happy to put it behind me. :hyper: This site has been my sole saving grace this week when it comes to any sort of sanity.
I have managed to actually complete a few things on my “to do” list today, so it makes me feel good, but I missed my 30 minute water jog. I’m hoping to take my daughter for a 30 minute walk tonight as long as the rain holds off. :rain:
Tomorrow is “outside chores day” for me and my daughter. I’m hoping to get the yard in ship shape this summer so that it looks next summer when I sell. I actually feel organized, even if I’m a week or two behind in the planting that I wanted to do. I even have a color scheme for my flowering plants. The actual grass isn’t supposed to be planted until mid-May so I’m on time there, but I still have to weed and feed the lawn in preparation for it. This is all so “easy” to do with a two-year old (without “listening ears”) – grrrrr. I know it WILL get done, but not sure when… :dunno:
Diane (Slashnl) – I’m sorry to hear about your back. Are you still allowed to do yoga or swim? I’m glad you had it checked out and know what’s wrong and what you can do to work through it. Even if the family doesn’t cater to you this weekend, it’s a great excuse to ease up for a little bit. (It’s too bad we can’t “virtually” come over to your house and help out. I’d do it if I could.):getwell:
Kimush – How scary (what your Mom went through)!! I can certainly understand why you’re nervous. Droopsygirl (Cheri) made a good point, though. You certainly don’t want anything to get worse. :stars: So let us know when you’re going in to the dentist and we’ll all provide what ever support we can.
Clydegirl – CONGRATULATIONS on your weight loss! :goodscale Do the “Happy Dance!”:belly:

05-04-2007, 08:30 PM
Thanks Cammie and Kimush. Love the smilies :thanks:

05-05-2007, 12:43 AM
:grouphug: Hey Girls... :grouphug:

Cheri...you are so right...it was a bacteria that was introduced into the her blood stream...that is not normally in your mouth...there was some questions that arose as the dentist (who has the "best wrists" in town for extractions...consequentially there are very few bone chips) would never wear gloves when working...therefore some issues arose from that...but what a weird freaky thing to happen...wow you work with teeth...wow! :stress:

Diane... :getwell: that is a pity...well baby yourself a little and it should mend well...I love my dentist and really admire that he puts up with all me weird obsessing and anxiety before and during a visit...he is an sweety! :goodvibes

Cammie...that is awesome and thanks so much...we support eachother through our weight issues, TOM and dental issues...

Clydegirl......you deserve some "snaps" :wave:

You guys want to hear something cute! My nephew has been in the hospital the last two nights (twisted bowel and sinus infection and he should be out tomorrow..Thank You God!)...I have my nieces while my sister and brother in law are at the hospital...so tonight after dinner we went for a nature drive...looking for interesting animals...we saw a good sized fox, raccoon, several deer... we come home and there is large raccoon and a baby sitting outside near my back door area...the mum looks like she is going to kick butt if I get to close...so I think that she looks like an orphaned one that we raised about 4 years ago (Sally)...and it although she was puffed up and looking nasty the more I called her name the more she settled and then she just sat there with her baby watching my nieces and me! Sally had an unusally longer tail which was very red in colour compared to the rest of her body...Pretty awesome! Who knows maybe she came "home" to show me her baby... Pretty cool!
:dance: :dance:

05-05-2007, 12:15 PM
Good Morning Everyone!:broc:

It it finally Saturday! I am headed to Pella for the annual Tulip Festible which means 2 whole days of eating out. I am hoping I have the control for this trip. I hope you all have a great weekend and stay healthy.


05-05-2007, 10:47 PM
:grouphug: Hello Everyone... :grouphug:

All is good...my Nephew was discharged from the hospital and he is one the mend...

Cheri that sounds like an awesome weekend plan...

05-06-2007, 08:01 AM
Morning everyone!
It's lovely to see new folks!
Our point here gals, is that 47 is not old. We're gonna be examples of just how awesome 40-somethings can be. Right?!

05-07-2007, 10:18 AM
Howdy! I am not 40 yet, but was wondering if you might let a 38-1/2 year old join your group?

I've been on 3FC for a long time but haven't been around lately. I'm reading the Best Life Diet book right now, just about to start the Phase 1 chapter. A little about myself.. I'm 38, got married July 2005. (First marriage for both of us.) I met my DH on Match.com. We don't have any kids - in fact just found out on Thursday that we won't be having any kids. I need to get down to at least 200, which is doable, but we don't want to be having babies in our 40s. The fertility specialist did suggest surgery, but I don't want to go that route. We have two dogs (westie and schnauzer) and a cat. I work from home right now, although I'm hoping to get a technical writer job this summer. I belong to the Anytime Fitness gym. Thankfully my insurance pays for $20 of the $30 monthly fee as long as I go 12 times a month.

This morning was my first 30 minute treadmill walk. I normally do 20 minutes. I typically do lift weights but I haven't done so this last week because I hurt my lower back. The chiropractor says something about swollen joints or something. What's scary is that I do have rheumatoid arthritis that has been in remission for the last three years... so I am praying that isn't the back issue. (I have been off my methotrexate injections since Dec. 2005.) Right now, it mostly hurts in the morning (hard to stand when getting out of chairs or bending forward) and it seems to loosen up in the early afternoon. Certainly makes me think it is arthritis... :?: I have a Chiropractor appt. at 11 this morning for shock therapy. Well, not really... although it does stimulate the muscles.

Looking forward to getting to know you all!


PS. Menopause hits my family early. My mom was about 42... she's 61 now and still gets hot flashes and all that. Great. The only good news is that I have very low blood pressure so I am cold all the time - summer, winter, it's all the same. Maybe a flash or two would be good?

05-07-2007, 10:34 AM
Hi Kimberly :welcome2: we're a friendly bunch.

05-07-2007, 10:44 AM
Well I had a busy weekend went to Six Flags St.Louis with hubbie's work. We walked around that park for 9 hours :running: It was a warm day too. My youngest enjoyed herself. Hubbie went on all the roller coasters, we watched. I should have worn my pedometer to see how many steps I did.

Kimush good news about your nephew, very worrying when a child is in the hospital. That was a nice story about Sally bringing her baby to show you.

05-07-2007, 11:30 AM
Welcome Kimberly! (Even though you are AWFULLY young to be hanging out with us! ha!)

Kimush: Glad to hear the good news about your nephew. Hopefully things will start looking up for him now.

Clydegirl: No roller coasters for you??! (I wouldn't be on them either!!)

Kind of a non-eventful weekend for me. And that's ok! I was just trying to get myself on the mend. I have a lot to do at work this week, so it's going to be a really fun time for me. I also broke my glasses, so I'm going with the "athletic tape" look today. At least it is off to the side and not in the middle. Still geeky, but not as bad as it could be!! Guess I'll make that eye appt now. I've been putting it off, but I guess it should be a priority now so that I can get my dignity back. ha!

05-07-2007, 12:05 PM
Diane I can't go on roller coasters without throwing up.:dizzy:

I also have a bulging disc in my neck not recommended.

New glasses, some nice ones out there.

Is that really me
05-07-2007, 02:59 PM
Afternoon all! Nice weekend here; beautiful weather. Today is gorgeous too. Three loads of laundry are on the line and am just waiting for the last one to finish up in the wash.

Slash -- ow, back problems. They are quite the bugger when they go out on ya, aren't they?

I wonder if my family will feel sorry for me and cater to my every need this weekend?

Why yes, of course they'll cater to your every need. Oh, and exactly when will **** be freezing over? :lol:

Diane I can't go on roller coasters without throwing up.:dizzy:

Clyde - Congrats on your loss!! Way to GO! :D :bravo: I hear ya about roller coasters. When I was 13 our church had their annual fair. My mom made open-faced roast beef sandwiches on bread for dinner (I seem to always remember the food. ;) ) After dinner we went to the fair and I got on the Scrambler. Let's just say that people who choose to wear sandals on rides that are conducive to vomiting are crazy!!! :barf: And long hair doesn't fair well either!! :barf: :barf: :barf:

Cammie - yeah, I spent the weekend trying to get stuff done outside too. Still at it. I think the weeds are taking lessons from the rabbits and are reproducing at rapid rates.

Kim - how cute about the raccoon. I wonder if it was the same one? We get treeswallows and bluebirds every year. We have 2 boxes and they bicker over who will get which box. The bb's get really aggressive after their eggs are laid but the treeswallows are just the nicest birds. They look like they're swimming when the fly. And they look like they have fun when they fly too!

Droopy - how was the Tulip Fest? The rabbits ate all my crocus and tulips, except for one plant. :mad:

KimMN - :welcome2: Glad to meet you! R.A. -- ooo, I know how awful this can be. My mom has it and has been on Remicad (sp?) for quite awhile. She had been on Vioxx but had bleeding problems. Constant pain. I hope you stay in remission. Well, even though you are just a sprout at 38 . . . . . ok, you can stay w/us, aaahhh "maturer" girls! ;) :D

The college search is still on. Collegeboard dot com is a great site. It took me all day Friday, but I finally got the right parameters in for my search and found a few private schools that offer broadcasting. Need to set up some appointments to go see them. A bit of advice for anyone who will be doing college tours -- wear comfortable shoes and socks! Seems like a no brainer, doesn't it? I was fine w/the shoes (leather clogs) but I think I put my husband's socks on by mistake and got a blister under my big toe! Yes, yes I just don't pay attention sometimes! :dizzy: :joker:

Am off to tackle some more weeds and wash. Have a good afternoon and evenings all!!


Just an edit to post that a mom and dad goose and their three little babies just wandered into our neighbor's yard. I followed them down the street. Have no idea where they're heading; the babies aren't big enough to fly. I recorded them on our minidv camcorder. So very cute!!

05-07-2007, 06:26 PM
Hi ladies,
I didn’t do well drinking enough :cheers: water this weekend…I know it causes me to hold water weight. Plus I’m waiting for TOM to arrive… I’m keeping things in perspective (as well as hormones allow), but I’d still like to see that scale number move down. I spent a LOT of time moving and working this weekend (outside with landscaping stuff) and I KNOW I hit my daily exercise plan. Today I was back at the pool and water jogged :swim: my heart out. I will admit the “tired factor” is hitting and housework seems to overwhelm my evenings. :halfempty
Does anyone else feel like it’s a choice between a nutritious “calorie counted” dinner :stir: or laundry, vacuuming, cleaning the tub, etc?
I feel like I just get caught up with one and the rest are in desperate need. HHHhhhhhhmmm(sigh)….sorry about the complaining. I just need to reinforce for myself that my priorities are: Eat right, Exercise, Ensure hydration, and then Execute To Do list.
Another day, another step forward in the right direction…:sumo:
Merry Monday!

05-07-2007, 07:24 PM
Afternoon all, ;)

Did everyone have a good weekend? Welcome Kim! Mine was great and no I did not behave myself. What fun would that have been. :drool:

Cammie, yes I feel overwelmed also. The never ending house work and laundry always gets to me. I hate it that whenever I get from one end of the house to the other end of the house in cleaning it is time to do it all over again. Oh well, take a deep breath, you are your #1 priority.

I got to go tackle the grass now. We have gotten so much rain, the grass never stops going.


05-07-2007, 07:41 PM
Just had to post really quick here to Cammie. Yes, it is horribly overwhelming to do the cooking, cleaning, workout, quality time with kids, not-so-quality time running kids around, date with hubby (like that ever happens), etc, etc. I decided a long time ago that I needed to lower my standards on having a clean house. There are so many more important things (and fun things) that need to be done!!

Of course, now my standards are so low, I can't see under them anymore!! Life is just a little TOO full sometimes.

05-07-2007, 09:04 PM
:grouphug: Hey Everyone! :grouphug:

And a big old cheerful :welcome3: to Kimberly :welcome3:

Kimberly...I am am on the Best Life Plan but I am plateauing right now...so just trying to mind my plan and goals and get the wt loss moving again. I quite enjoy the plan and have found it really easy to follow. :dance:

Clydegirl...I am very thankful about my little nephew...and he was excited about the baby raccoon as I have pictures of him feeding Sally and her brothers when they were infants about 4 years ago now. I just wish that Sparky (our rehabilitated squirrel) would come home for a visit. It has been so long so I know that is not good! :angel: That pedometer needs to be glued to me...the last few days I have left it in the bathroom at home, my mothers home and work...crazy glue could be warranted! :idea:

Jo... Aww...treeshallows and bluebirds and geese...I love spring...the whole scrambler must have been traumatizing for you! kinda gross! Poor you and everyone else too! :faint:

Diane... You are so lucky in a perverse kinda way...new eye glass shopping...I envy you! I want new glasses but mine are not even one year old (I am a newbie to glasses too my first pair!)...Wow lucky duck! :high: You make me smile/laugh (the standards comment)... :cp:

Cherie... And just when you tackle one thing you will notice other stuff... and it becomes an neverending cycle of work, toil, tears of laughter and sadness and then we begin again and again and again...But wow those moments with your kids, family, friends, loved ones, raccoons, cats...they make it all the more worthwhile! :cloud9:

Cammie...Water jogging that sound intriguing... :swim: My work schedule (I generally work about 10-12 hours) and home schedule are so complicated that when we get home and who is home first (me or my daughter) is throwing together the dinner that was started in the morning/or at the last meal... If we didn't do it this way we wouldn't get any nutritious meals... The other thing we do is buy all our veggies and fruit on Sundays (generally) and wash, peel and prepare everything so that is ready to eat... :yay: But it is always something...I mean sometimes I barely crawl home and all I want to do is eat peanut butter off a knife, have a bath and go to bed!

05-08-2007, 08:44 AM
I was thinking about this thread while I was watching sports hilites this morning. Dominic Hasek of the Detroit RedWings is 42 and his team mate Chris Chelios is 45!

05-08-2007, 01:37 PM
Thank you SO much for relating to my "whine" ladies!!! :^:
I really appreciate the empathy and knowing that I'm not the only one. I also appreciate learning how other people make things work. (Slashnl- I love your comment that your standards are so low you can't see under them anymore! That is SO me. Last night I found the kitchen counter that got buried in the past week's worth of mail, grocery bags, clean dishes not put away, and my daughter's art work. I just want to sit in my kitchen and enjoy a cup of coffee looking at it now. :D ) (Kimush, I think I'm going to start a Sunday afternoon "Fresh Foods" run - just to pick up fresh fruits and veggies like you. I also envy you having a daughter to help you prep dinner. My daughter "helps" but she's only 2 yrs old, so tonight when we make "pizzas" on whole wheat tortillas with our own ingreadients, she'll be the one putting toppings on...she is getting good at pouring though. :rain: giggle )
Today I'm just praying for AF to come. Yes, ladies, I WANT TOM!! Not because I think I'm :preg: , but because I really want the PMS to end.
This morning I looked in the mirror and saw Jabba the Hut with my head on his body....UUuuuuuggggghhhh! :barf: THAT is definitely PMS.
It's just one of those days...I know it's "hor-moans and groans" so I'm going to go water jog (again) :kickcan: and go on with work and life as though that scale is going down in numbers, not up...If I wasn't on this website and participating in SusanB's 21 day challenge, I'd be very very tempted to go out for lunch and skip the 2nd work out of the day...
Thanks for being here. :hug:
BTW, Kimush, I love water jogging to music. My local pool (only 2-3 minutes from my office depending on traffic and how far away I parked) lets me play cardio work out music, I just strap on the jogging belt and go to the deep end of the pool and run laps. It's awesome because I truly get the benefits of running without any of the pounding impact on my back or knees. (Plus I don't get my hair wet ;) !) I have no idea how "far" I go, but I jog for time and intensity (like an aerobics class or something). I hope you have an opportunity to try it sometime. It's a tad boring without the music to help keep your pace, but it still beats further injury.

05-08-2007, 09:32 PM
:grouphug: Hey There Everyone... :grouphug:

Susan... I am hoping that I am not as "thick" as I am feeling (this is like the TOM thing all over again)...So these two guys who play for the Det. Redwings one is #42 the other is #4...are they hot? or your favourite players? or both? It is times like this where my 5 years of university and graduate school are not evident...:dizzy: :dizzy:

Cammie...Pita pizza's are my mid-week saviour...I take a basting brush and brush some olive oil on the bottom of a very high fibre whole wheat pita and put that on side down on the boiler then brush alittle on the other side...I put on my daughter's homemade tomato sauce, fresh garlic and tons of veggies and some cheese...one pita pizza and some salad and you are stuffed...and it is really healthy...and kids love them because they can decorate/make their own pizza...this water jogging sounds so cool...I am lost...you go to the deep end and put on a jogging belt and then run laps...man today is my "dumb as a stump day"...at first when I googled it illustrated a belt to wear and attach your dog too so that the dog can jog too...then I found the right picture...this is very cool and sounds like so much fun and definitely intriguing...I am sure you can only imagine the visuals of you and your dog in a pool and then slowly sinking in the deep end... :o :?: :dance: Maybe I need to go to bed early!

05-09-2007, 12:29 AM
Cammie water jogging never heard of it. Sounds like fun. So how many laps do you do and what depth of water are you in? Are there other people running round the pool with you? I imagine you get a really good workout.

I have those days when I look in the mirror and think :yikes:

Is that really me
05-09-2007, 09:30 AM
at first when I googled it illustrated a belt to wear and attach your dog too so that the dog can jog too......I am sure you can only imagine the visuals of you and your dog in a pool and then slowly sinking in the deep end... :o :?: :dance:

:rofl: :rofl: :rofl:TOOOO FUNNY!!!!!!!!! :rofl: :rofl:

So I've changed things again and am doing my Firm Tapes M, W, F. Arms, shoulders and tri w/heavy wts. are also on M and F. W are are also back, chest and leg wt. days. Tues and Thurs are TM days. Dog walking as often as possible. Eating has not been as on plan as it should be. Darn, darn, darn, darn, darn! Try and try again, right? Today is a crazy day for me. I have a job at 1:00pm today. The woman said mornings weren't good for her; so how is interrupting the middle of your (read that as my ) day good??? Oh well. Kevin (my special needs son) is in a play at school this afternoon so hubby and I are going to see him. Hopefully we won't mess up the taping of it part. Once I went on a trip to see a friend in college (yeah, back in the good 'ole days :)) and I took a whole roll of pics only to get home and discover I'd forgotten to actually put the film in the camera. :dizzy: Have a good one all!!


05-09-2007, 05:17 PM
Kim ... nothing special to look at, just plenty older than the average age of someone who plays a professional sport that is as physically demanding as hockey. And they're good! I love to hear about folks around my age who are exceptional in that way.

05-09-2007, 06:41 PM
:grouphug: Hello Everyone...:grouphug:

Susan... :wave: OMG...I thought that these guys were some "ball" team and that they are hot! :encore: :encore:

Jo...yesterday was not good...but man I am still laughing...Sports has never been my forte! :cheer2: :cheer2:

Tomorrow is my weigh in...and my one jumper today was very baggy so I am hoping that the damn plateau is done...also TOM is visiting so that my help! :dance: :dance: :dance:

:lol: KEEP ON LAUGHING :lol:

05-10-2007, 08:07 PM
Hi girls how is everyone?

My weigh in day. I lost half a pound better than nothing :)

Kimush how did you get on? Are you over your plateau?

I'm having a very stressful afternoon with my youngest. She's playing up something awful :nono:

I'm on here as she's doing homework beside me.

05-10-2007, 10:25 PM
:grouphug: Hey Everyone! :grouphug:

Clydegirl... :cheer2: Congrats to us both... :cheer2:

I am off of my plateau! :spin: I stuck to every guideline of the Best Life Plan and decided just to use the last two weeks and write down everything that I was eating...according to my daughter I was not eating enough...Elisabeth said that I was not eating enough protein (cheese, nuts and seeds to my salads) at my lunches...so I added more protein this week...and I have been walking like crazy! And it worked! :dance: :dance: :dance:

05-11-2007, 12:19 AM
:carrot: :cheer: :cb:

Congrats Kimush. I should start journaling again. It does work when you do it.

05-11-2007, 10:17 PM
:grouphug: Hey Everyone...:grouphug:

Clydegirl...I hate to journal :rolleyes: ...But my daughter told me that it makes a big difference...She uses "fitday" the site that Susan B uses...I know that Susan B has mentioned it a few times... :spin:

And then Susan B started that 21 Challenge...And I have been trying so hard to follow all the Best Life Plan guidelines...:wave:

So Ladies...it is Mother's Day Weekend...I am going to the Roller Derby tomorrow...and Port Dover for Perch on Sunday...So lots of Food!!! :T :T

05-12-2007, 06:22 AM
Good morning!
Yup, I can't say enough about journalling your food (or walking). I firmly believe that if you have a written record of what you eat, you always have something to assess. If you're losing beautifully, you'll know why. If you stop losing, you'll know where to look for tweaking.
Go Kim ... that's fabulous news!

05-12-2007, 11:24 AM
Hey all! I had a good morning so far. I was laying there in bed, thinking about how great it is to just lay there in bed, when I decided to get up and get my exercise in (I went walking). It is supposed to hit 90 today and I have a feeling I'm not going to want to be outside walking when it is that hot. So, I'm very proud that I got up and exercised. Just thought I'd share... gotta take those little victories when you can! The really great thing is that I have been back home for about an hour now and the rest of the family is still sleeping! I love to have some time to myself, if only for a little bit! Time to be here, talk to you guys, and drink my coffee!!!

Gosh, remember when it used to be staying up late with friends, drinking beer, and partying? ....... I think I remember that! ...... Of course, that's part of the reason I'm a fat chick!!!

Anyway... It's been a tough week at work, so I'm glad for the weekend. I have a lot of yard work to do and some kid stuff to do today, so it will be a busy weekend. But, at least it is stuff that is kind of fun to do. I hope you all have an exciting Mother's Day planned. It is actually becoming a bit of a tradition for me to work in my flower beds on Mother's Day. I like to do it, so that's my choice.

Susan: You are so good with your journalling. I am going to try to do that, too. I just hate taking the time to do it. I feel like I'm always under the gun doing so many things that I hate to add another "to do" to my list. But, then I look at your success, and that is impressive. I vow to "think" about journalling. :) I'll have to sneak up on actually committing to it!! ha!

Kimush: Good job on breaking through that plateau! It sounds like you have a fun weekend planned, too. Have a great time!!

Clydegirl: Take the 1/2 pound and run with it! To me, anything showing a decrease is a good thing! I have been checking on my scale every so often this week and I'm a little concerned about what will happen on my Monday weigh-in. Torture!!!

Jo: How did your son's play turn out? Those things are always fun. My kids are on their last 2 weeks of school. They are treating it like they are already in summer break, so I'm having to ride them about getting their work done. I've been getting them signed up for camps and such for the summer.... watching all my money drift away. Sigh.

Cammie: How's it going for you now? I know you were having a not-so-fun time at the beginning of the week. Hope it's getting better for you now.

Cheri': I noticed you are from Iowa. I have ties to Nebraska and I heard they have been having some really rough weather there with winds, flooding, rain, etc. Are you getting that too?

Well, better end this novel I've been writing this morning. Have a great weekend everyone!!

05-13-2007, 11:04 AM
Happy Mother's Day everyone.

Diane I will be working in the garden as well too many weeds.

My youngest asked me to get down her memory box as she wants to look through it. I love all the gifts the wee ones make in school for mother's day and other special holidays. So I will get my box down too and we can both look through it and see what I've been given in the past. Thanks to all the teachers out there who come up with all these ideas :cp:

05-14-2007, 11:19 PM
:grouphug: Hey Everyone! :grouphug:


Clydegirl... :cloud9: Awe that sounds really touching and so sentimental...I have been going through things in our home as we are listing it shortly with the hopes of downsizing...So that is always a special time...just going throught the little outfits, blankie pieces, teeth, that belonged to my Elisabeth...:cloud9:

Susan B... Well now I have to keep up this journalling...man I hate it...I've been really negligent and I don't do well with writing in a diary...How do you find the time to be that committed to it...I would rather pluck out my eye and feed it to vultures! So how do I get over that? I am up for any hints or ideas... :faint:

Slashnl That is a tremendous victory to exercise in the heat...I am really anxious about the heat waves that will be coming...I hate the heat and humidity...I am your "stereotypical" Canadian girl who loves the snow and cold and is happiest first thing in the morning when I can stand on my porch in my pjs and inhale deeply and my nose sticks together!... :cheer2: So "snaps" to you for exercising...When it gets killer hot like that do you find it easier to walk at say 11pm-12am...that is what I do here when it is so unbareably hot and the cats can't even find a good place to go...So if is 90 now what is it like in August where you live? :dance: :dance: :dance:

05-15-2007, 08:22 AM
Kim, so much of what I eat all the time is in custom foods at fitday that it really only takes a few minutes to record it. It's especially easy if you eat plain, whole foods.
It'll be worth it, I promise you.

05-16-2007, 01:28 AM
:grouphug: Hello Everyone! :grouphug:

Susan B...Yeah I am sure you are right!...I eat as much unprocessed, natural and raws foods as possible and I have an actual journal... I haven't used Fitday so maybe I need to move into this century look into Fitday...I know my daughter is very much like you and records everything she does (exercise) and eats and she loves Fitday......so maybe this way I can get over my aversion to journalling and use Fitday because I can't tell you how much I hate to journal...:high:

:flow2: Hope everyone else is okay and all is well! :flow2:

TTFN :dance: :dance: :dance:

05-17-2007, 01:50 PM
Okay - I have a question. Does anyone know of any studies that show that perimenopause actually causes weight gain - or makes losing weight more difficult?

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05-17-2007, 08:39 PM
:grouphug: Hey Everyone...:grouphug:

:welcome3: 47yo :welcome3:

Well, hopefully Susan B will be on as she has a medical background (nurse) and she may know of some stuff that would meet your needs...unfortunately you have the children's social worker answering you and the medical field is not my forte...I know that when I was younger I could not eat for a couple of weeks and drop 10lbs like that ...now it takes 6 weeks of healthy eating and tons of walking (that is just personal experiences talking)... :goodluck:

Well everyone today was weigh in day and I lost 1/2 a pound much better than my the plateau... :cheer:

Hope everyone is well, okay and plugging along! :dance: :dance: :dance:

05-18-2007, 10:08 AM
Morning girls.

Well done Kimush on the half pound. I weighed in yesterday and gained 2 lbs. Hard week with Mother's Day, birthday cake, out for lunch and TOM. In other words life. So of course last night I had the munchies :( Must do better.

Welcome 47yo.

05-18-2007, 02:36 PM
Thanks! I'm relatively new to the posting gig! Yes, Kimush - 1/2 pound is better than plateau - good for you. And clydegirl, you have my sympathies. The reason I asked about the perimenopause thing is because I used to be able to lose weight easily (if I lowered my calorie intake, of course). I know that as you grow older, you lose muscle. I also know you can screw up your metabolism by repeatedly going into "starvation mode", which I also did. So now I'm lifting weights and running and sticking with roughly 1400 calories per day, but it's going soooooo slowly - whine! However, now that I think about it, it's not really relevant why it's taking so long (perimenopause, screwed up metabolism or both) unless there's something I can change. I intend to stick with it no matter what!

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05-18-2007, 04:04 PM
Well, I came along at just the right time! I agree with all of this ... it's not really relevant why it's taking so long (perimenopause, screwed up metabolism or both) unless there's something I can change. I intend to stick with it no matter what!

A Christian friend of mine did a round of speaking once ... her topic was "Bloom Where You're Planted". Well I'm planted in my 40's, with perimenopause, poor health genetics ... but I can do what I can do .... and I'll do it.

Thanks 47yo ... that was good thinking!

05-19-2007, 09:48 PM
:grouphug: Well Hey Everybody! Hope You Had An Awesome Spring Day!:grouphug:

I am experimenting with salads again...so I have been eating Spinach leaves instead of romaine...and I have added fresh fruits (strawberries, blueberries), seeds (pumpkin and sunflower), balsamic dressing, dried fruits (raisins, cranberries, currants) and now I have started adding flax seeds...This salad is absolutely terrific and I could probably eat it at every meal and never get tired of it. :stars: But is there anything that I have to worry about with the spinach or the flax seeds. I have read that spinach needs to be cleaned well. I have also read that flax seeds must be refridgerated or they produce toxic by-products that can are associated with cancer. Does anyone know anything about any of this? :?:

:wave: Clydegirl...I know what you mean...We have been shopping every 3-4 days and I have been keeping very little tempting munchie snacks/foods in the house...It is just so much easier and then I don't have to worry about wanting it...But it is easier for me I think as there is only Elisabeth (22 yo) and myself so we don't need to have the snack foods in the house that you have to have when you have children in the house...But...I have been craving chocolate in the worst way but I don't dare as I don't want hives and I don't want to take days of benedryl so that I can have a little amount...

:bunny2: :bunny2: :bunny2:
I decided to end with the Easter Bunny because he is so darned cute

05-20-2007, 01:01 PM
Hi all. What a nice spring day! Too bad I have to clean the house!!! Hope you are all doing something much more fun than that!

My son's birthday party was yesterday, he is 11 now. It was fun, we went to a "fun park" where they have lazer tag, bumper boats, go carts, mini golf, video games, pizza, cake, etc. They all seemed to have a good time. It cost me a little more than I wanted, but not having 8 boys at my house was a blessing. What do they say on TV? It was... priceless! ha! I also did this for him last year. He loves to go there. I noticed that this year they were a lot quieter (they didn't joke with me as much and talked more to each other) and I heard a couple comments about girls. :listen: I guess they are growing up. Darn! They all go to middle school next year, so I'm sure that there are a lot more changes in store.

It is supposed to be a little cooler this week, which is good. We went a little too hot, too fast. Also, we have the Junior College World Series coming up next weekend and the week after. I try to make a lot of the games, so I'm hoping it stays somewhat cool! 70's are good!

Kimush: I've heard the same thing about the spinach. But I know nothing about flax seed. I was at the store yesterday and notices some sweet cherries, so I bought some of those. We should be getting local cherries soon and I'm really looking forward to that! Love them!

47yo: Keep up the positive attitude. That's how I feel. If it takes a long time, then it takes a long time. I need to get this weight off and I can't let myself stop before I get it done. It isn't like it will be easier when I'm in the 50-something group!!! Glad to see your post!

Clydegirl: I feel your pain. It is tough to see the scale go up. I hate it when that happens. I usually think that something MUST be wrong with the scale, the floor, the room, my house, the community, the tilt of the world, etc. :)

Susan: I like that quote. I'll have to remember that one!

Have a good week everyone!

05-22-2007, 05:37 PM
My first post here. Hello all!

05-23-2007, 10:08 AM
My first post here. Hello all!

Hello :welcome2:

Janny O
05-23-2007, 04:38 PM
A great big Hello!!!! to Puresno

05-23-2007, 05:56 PM
Hey there all...
I've been out of the loop for over a week and was just reading yesterday to catch up.
Spent last week unpacking stuff in storage and prepping for a yard sale. Boy, it felt good to get that done, but I have been plagued with weight gain...(grrrrr....:mad: ). I'd "allowed" sugar back into my life and now am refocusing on getting the sugar out.
I'm also upping my exercise. The cross trainer in the AM must now be completed BEFORE I get my coffee. THAT's a motivator. ;)
Gotta go...I still have computer problems at work.

05-23-2007, 05:59 PM
Good news, my middle aged friends! I had my physical today. The nurse practitioner was very impressed. BP, cholesterol ... everything is good. I'm very happy!

05-23-2007, 06:54 PM
Cammie: We've missed you! Hope you get your computer problems worked out! Don't beat yourself up on the weight gain! I'll wish you luck on getting back on track. It is so hard to do sometimes!

Puresno: Welcome!! Looking forward to getting to know you!

Susan: AWESOME news! Glad to hear that things are so good for you. All of your hard work is paying off!

05-23-2007, 11:27 PM
:grouphug: Hey Everyone...:grouphug:

:welcome3: puresno :welcome3:

Slashnl... That would have been an awesome and fun party for a bunch of little boys... it is so sad when the get older...but just think one day he will take you out for a birthday celebration...

:balloons: Susan B... :congrat: On the physical way to go!

Janny O... Hey how the heck are you? Hope all is well! :goodvibes

Clydegirl... Hey how the heck are you? Hope all is well! :goodvibes

Cammie... Hey glad your back! Well you can phase the sugar back out! You have done it before...just think positive and you can do it!

Work has been a hellish thing this last week and then my friends 17 yo daughter is very ill...so I am stressed to the max...and just wiped out! But as my gift for my last mini-goal...I bought "mineral wear" makeup...that stuff if terrific...tomorrow is my weigh-in so my fingers are crossed! :goodscale

05-24-2007, 12:23 AM
Hi Kimush haven't posted in a few days. I'm way off track this week. I have to weigh in tomorrow :( not good.

Susan congrats on the physical always nice to get good news from the doctor.

Janny O
05-24-2007, 10:33 AM
Morning Ladies!! I just want to wish everyone a safe and fun Memorial Day weekend!!! DH said we're gonna "eat like pigs!" NOT........!!! Thank God he's not allowed in the kitchen. :nono:
Enjoy your weekend

05-24-2007, 10:59 AM
Oh! Oh! Oh!
I'm freaking out inside right now!!!
I just got a call from the plastic surgeon's office asking me if I could go to surgery TOMORROW due to a cancellation! Thankfully, she's got other people to call, but she said that I should expect to go for surgery this summer. I'm #2 on the waiting list. Perhaps this seems kind of odd, why would I freak out over an upcoming plastic sugery (besides the fact that I'm a single mom and need someone to help watch my little one).
Ok, here's the background:
My daughter was born via "emergency" c-section. (I wanted a vaginal birth but after 36 hours of contractions and triple the norm dosage of pettossan, I started showing signs of shock (not the baby, thank God!). So, the best thing for us was a C-section. I kept spiking a fever after she was born and wasn't released until 5 days after her birth. The abdomin had stretched (of course), but didn't heal correctly and didn't "reform" correctly. SO, last fall I went to the doctor for one thing, and he ended up referring me to Cosmetic Surgery. (I thought this was good.) They will do a penniculectomy (for $2500 because it was due to the C-section) and make it pretty like it was supposed to look (vs general surgery who would do it and make it "ugly" or so I'm told.) The catch is I had to get on a waiting list within 3 yrs of the C-section. (My daughter will be 3 years old on 1 Aug.) I was also told that the waiting list was 12-18 months long. I thought "Great! I'll have the surgery around Feb 2008." I will move and change health care plans in the summer of 2008, so it had to happen before then.
But now I'm freaked out!
I can't lose 50lbs or more in a month or two! It's just not happening!
I'm just a LITTLE bit off kilter by that phone call. I really took me by surprise. (Interestingly, the first place I turned was 3fc. A true testament to the support I know is here.)
I'm sure things will work out...(yikes)...but I really wanted to be under 180lbs before the surgery.
Thanks for listening to my freak-out.

Susan - Congrats on the physical results! That's a NSV that should really feel good!

Slashnl, Clydegirl, Kimmush - Hello, and thanks for your words of encouragement. They were much needed and helped a LOT. I don't keep a ticker, but the number is finally going back down.

I look forward to hearing from y'all on this topic...Just typing it out has helped calm me down a bit.

05-24-2007, 03:52 PM
:hug: Cammie :hug:

So are you going to the appointment tomorrow? Just take it one day at a time and don't look at "I have to lose 50 lbs by the summer". Every pound you lose will help even if you're not at 180 by your surgery date. It's a great opportunity for you to have the surgery even though it's sooner than you thought. I hope you're able to get things sorted out for your little girl.

Be calm think good thoughts. Everything happens for a reason.

Janny O
05-24-2007, 04:22 PM
Hiya Cammie,
You will be in our prayers-go for it!!!!

05-24-2007, 04:23 PM
Clydegirl, thank you SO much for your kind words and the hugs! :hug:
I've calmed down a little. The scheduling gal said that I didn't have to have surgery tomorrow but I remain 2nd on the wait list. WOW it still bowls me over. ("Oh sure, I'll just come in tomorrow and have some doctor I saw in December perform life altering surgery on me. Why not? I can recover Memorial day weekend and have a nice slender tummy, fat butt and thunder thighs for the summer." Although, given some thought, I'm sure that someone is ready, physically and mentally. Obviously, I wasn't ready this morning! :D )
I have noticed though, that in the span of only a few hours the signs for "cookies and cream milkshakes" turned from a sexy welcoming "no-no" to something my mind sees as pure evil, works of :devil: ! :D It's really funny how much a single phone call can change my outlook. I hope it's a good change.
I'm breathing again, now, but WOW, have my "filters" (perhaps rose colored glasses) have changed.
I'm looking at the upcoming surgery (in a month or so) as a good thing, but I still want to lose as MUCH as possible before hand.
Thanks again, Clydegirl.
Anyone else have thoughts?

05-24-2007, 04:24 PM
Janny O,
I need the encouragement.
I'm breathing even better now...

05-24-2007, 11:41 PM
:grouphug: Hello Everyone...:grouphug:

Cammie...Oh my goodness...honey you will do fine...just like Clydegirl said...one step at time...one pound at a time... :hug: Look how far you have come...and you have everyone here to cheer you on! ... My prayers are with you!

Slashnl...Weigh in was dreadful :cry: This is the first time since January that I have gained weight...but the problem was that yesterday one of the children on my caseload had a birthday and he got to pick where he wanted to eat...Mandarin Chinese Buffet...I ate only one plate and then fruit for dessert...and a healthy salad for dinner...but the damage was done...so now I don't know should I weigh in again tomorrow or not and just wait till next Thursday...also I am under so much pressure/stress and I don't know if that is having some effect...regardless...it sucks...:tantrum: :tantrum: :tantrum:

and Susan B You will be happy to know that I am continuing with my journalling and have for a while...so that is good...:cheer2:

Has anyone heard from Jo? I hope everything is well!

05-25-2007, 08:33 AM
Kim you did waaay better at a Chinese buffet than I ever do! And I am happy that you're journalling. I say weigh yourself, being fully aware that that buffet was sooo salty! Watching fluid come and go was what lead me to the dr's the other day.

Cammie ... you're smart to wait. Buckle down ... you now have a goal in sight and a fan club ;)

And to everyone else ... Good Morning!

Is that really me
05-25-2007, 10:54 AM
Hi guys!!!! No, I haven't fallen off the face of the earth; just been super busy the past two weeks and hubby was off all this week. He just went out to run some errands for a few hours and this is the first chance I've had to get on the computer w/out someone walking in and out reading over my shoulder. My whole schedule is off this week.

Cammie -- I didn't know you were going to have surgery. GOOD LUCK!!! I agree w/everyone else, just do as much as you can w/the weight loss until the surgery. It's all you can do. I hope the surgery goes smoothly and you have a very, very speedy recovery. Did the doc's give a recovery time for it? My youngest was an uplanned c-section. I had a terrible time after she was born w/leaking spinal fluid. The ob/gyn gave me the epidural (vs. an anesthesiologist) and she didn't get it right the first time so did it again. Apparently the first hole never closed up; they had to do a blood patch (Susan B prolly knows all about this stuff!) where they draw a humungo amount of blood from your arm then inject it into your spine via the epidural sac and put as much in as possible -- or in my case, until I screamed at them to stop because it hurt. The blood seals up the hole and your body just reabsorbs the remaining blood. Then the incision got infected and I ended up getting really sick for about 6 months or so from my resistance being low. Lots of strep type stuff. Hmmm, maybe all that is why she's the youngest! ;)) Sorry, I rambled off about me again. Best of luck w/everything.

Kim -- oh the dreaded Chinese food. I swear a person could gain 7 lbs. from eating it. Drink tons of water. I always found Chinese to be loaded w/saltiness -- msg too. Oh, but isn't just fabulous?? :T I'd wait till next week to weigh in -- might take a few days to flush all the salty/puffy stuff out.

Susan B -- nice going on the physical. One of these days I should get around to having one!

I've been eating OFF PLAN much of the past few weeks. Exercised only 1 so far this week (am dressed in the gear and am planning on going on the TM as soon as I'm done posting here). Weirdly, the scale is still sitting at the same number. Admittedly, last week and the week b/4 I hardly stopped moving from spring cleaning type stuff; mostly outside. I was scrubbing green mold (eewww) off the siding. Lord, the neighbors must think I'm a cleaning freak -- if only they got an eyeful of the inside! The kitchen floor is currently in a "petrie-dish" phase. Must get around to that one of these days! I also must get back OP (on plan) w/the food again. B-fast and lunch are fine. It's the poor snacking in between and munchie stuff at night that's getting to me. Not pig-out horrible stuff, just eating too much of the wrong thing. I was hitting the sugar too much again like you Cammie and was really feeling the tired, lack of energy. Have cut down on it but we have so much munchie stuff in the house -- sometimes it's just hard to say no. :mad:

Hubby and I celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary on Wed. I can't believe that much time has gotten in. Oh, and where did we go and what did we do to celebrate? Why, on a college visit! 2 down, 5 more to go. Really don't want to think about Julie going away. Aaaaccckkk, it makes me teary eyed just thinking about her not being here. Didn't she just start 1st grade yesterday? :cry:

Welcome all newbies!!!!

Ok, I'd better bolt. Everyone goes back to work/school on Tues but the kids are done school 3 wks. from today. Time seems to be flying faster and faster these days, doesn't it? Talk to ya soon!!!!


05-25-2007, 05:59 PM
:^:Hello Ladies!
I've spent today dragging around town from my doctor and pharmacy to my daughter's doctor and phramacy because we've evidently touched some poison ivy. I itch from my neck to my arm to my tummy! My daughter's got it on her legs. (Try telling a two year old not to itch :nono: when you can barely stop yourself!)
The day's exercise was tubed so far. I'm determined to salvage something though so I promised DD that I'd take her to the swimming pool :swim: in order for me to get some water jogging in. (Besides that, I had a "frappe" (low fat, no whip) for lunch today. :nono: Not exactly low sugar! But I didn't add any calories with an additional "lunch." We're back to veggies and low fat cottage cheese tonight, so I'm determined not to get down on myself for my poor choice of lunch items. (Although I do wish that there was a low calorie substitute available for the icey frufru coffees that I like so much.)
Ok, back to focusing on the slender me that I'm working towards.
If only the poison ivy somehow burned calories this would be easier to endure!
Sorry, I'm itching, I've got to go.
Have a great Memorial Day weekend! :sunny: :beach:

05-25-2007, 06:08 PM
Hey Jo,
I was just re-reading your post.
I know how hard it is to keep my fingers off the munchies (which my daughter eats and I oggle and sometimes have one serving of).
But keeping myself outside (or away from the snacks) has been my saving grace. (Of course it also got me the poison ivy, so, I'm not sure how much I'd recommend it!) We have also instituted the evening walk/bike ride. Instead of watching TV from 7-8 (after supper) we go outside and walk, or ride my bike. It's been a blessing because when I come back in the house and get the munchie urge, I ask "Is it hunger or that I want something in my mouth?" Mostly, I want something in my mouth. So I hit the water or (if I've got a sweet tooth I drink) lemon water. It's not a fail safe, but it's been helping. (Not that the scale says anything really different, I just feel less guilty at the end of the day. Which for me, is a victory even if it's a NSV.)
I'll check with you next week to find out how you did with the "reduced sugar" lifestyle over the holiday weekend. I know it will help me to have to answer to you on how I did avoiding unnecessary sugars.
Thanks for "being there" and "being with me" on this part of the struggle.

05-25-2007, 07:25 PM
I've recently joined Physicians Weight Loss Center and am just starting on my weight loss journey. Has anyone tried PWLC? How successful were you?

05-25-2007, 09:35 PM
Welcome Jaxbarb. I've never done PWLC but just wanted to say hi. My husband is from Jax. We haven't been back for a couple of years.

Hi Jo was wondering where you were. Our schools are finished on Wednesday. I am not ready for summer vacation yet. My oldest back from uni has not got a job yet. She's been busy with all her theatre stuff but that doesn't pay. My middle daughter will be doing driver's ed this summer. We went and bought a wee car today, used. As I was having to share mine with the oldest and now middle daughter wants to practise all the time. It's scary taking her out.

I did enjoy visiting the colleges. I found it to be a very exciting and interesting time. I would love to do that now.

Enjoy the weekend everyone.

05-25-2007, 10:49 PM
:grouphug: Hey everyone... :grouphug:

:welcome3: JaxBarb to the group... :welcome3:

JaxBarb...Nope I have never done that diet...I've never done PWLC what does it entail...:dunno:

Cammie...I have been really fortunate and haven't had poision ivy but I have a lot of food sensitivies...so I frequently get hives...you know what helps penaten (baby bum cream---zinc cream)...I swear by it for almost everything and for my age I have next to know wrinkles and look considerable younger...now that could be my polish blood lineage (my Babcia looked about 15 years younger than she was)...:dance:

Susan B...Yes that damn dreaded buffet...I have had chinese several times but I generally have the egg foo young and chow mein...I generally stick with the veggies...But man this was so bad...I really wrestled with the scale and weighing my self today...but...One of the guidelines of the Best Life Plan is to weigh only once per week...so now I am stuck..so I will just wait till next week...and the journalling...is :blah: :blah: but I think you are right...it will keep me honest and aware!:dance:

And yes Jo You are right...chinese is beyond terrific...glad you are back...I missed you! :wave:

05-25-2007, 11:35 PM
Thanks for the welcome Clydegirl and Kimush.

PWLC is a physician supervisored weight loss program. They put you on a low cal (800-1000) diet as well as giving you daily vitamins and other supplements along with weekly B12 shots. I'm hoping it will give me a jump start to get me back on track.

Kimush - I love your graphics!

Is that really me
05-26-2007, 02:58 PM
Quickie post here -- I've got 10 minutes b/4 hubby gets back from dropping off Julie's dinner, which so (of course) forgot to take w/her!

Cammie -- I also find that as the weather gets nicer and I'm outside more I do tend to eat less. I go for hours w/out really getting hungry -- probably the heat squelches the appetite too -- and I don't munch as much. Of course, sometimes just getting my butt off the sofa and going out is the challenging part some days! lol I'm just trying to cut down on sugary stuff. Eating alot of it makes me so tired and lethargic, then that leads to not moving and munching. It's a never-ending cycle, isn't it? And boy do I feel your poison ivy pain. I'm so freakin' allergic to it. I used to get it as a kid riding the school bus w/all windows open I'd get it all on the side of my face! Got some the other year, don't know what it was. Poison ivy tends to start in a "line" of poison on me but this thing was a huge welt of poison something on my wrist. NOTHING helped. It just oozed and oozed. I finally started using perioxide and it dried it up. I've even gotten p.i. in my eye and had to get Prednisone fromt the doc. Nasty stuff that ivy. The chlorine in the pool might help dry it some too. Hope you get relief soon!!

Clyde - my oldest (yes, Julie the forgetful one :)) w/be 17 the end of July and still hasn't gotten around to taking the permit test yet. She wants to learn but just kept putting it on the back burner. She had to take the SATs twice. Now that she's done we're going to push her to get her license. I'm tired of 10pm pickups from work! The thought of her driving is fine w/me -- it's all the other lunies out there that make me nervous. You can teach the basics but only time and experience w/teach them how to react in certain situations and near-misses. Yes, the college search is interesting indeed. You get different information from each visit. I can't stand the thought that she won't be here but I'm so excited for her. I wish I had gone away to college. I got my associates then went back part-time at night while I worked. I finally went back a few years ago -- the 42 yr. old college student! -- and got my bachelor's in bus. admin. in Dec. of '04. Definintely not the way to go!

Gotta run right now. Will be back soon though! TTFN


05-27-2007, 06:32 PM
:grouphug: Hey There Everyone...:grouphug:

Jo...Here the heat hasn't kicked in but we don't eat well when it is too hot either...Hope the poision ivy clears up! :goodvibes:

Jaxbarb...The graphics are in the "smiles more" area...I just love them...I can't remember but someone on her told me where to find them...So that diet is medically supervised...Sounds really interesting...I think that someone else on here was doing something similar (Metabolic Research)...:wave:

Have a good weekend...Well whatever is left of it! :dance: :encore: :cheer2:

05-28-2007, 11:12 AM
Hope everyone is having a great weekend. It's been really nice here! We've been spending a lot of time at the baseball field. We have the Junior College World Series here and it is a great time. Lots of great baseball and fun! I think I'll only go to one game today because I really need to get some things done around the house. You all know how that is!

Cammie: Hope the poison ivy has cleared up. I don't think I've ever been "in touch" with that. It doesn't sound like a good time! I've been pretty lax about keeping up with yard work. The kids are so busy all the time and we're running a lot. I just put that on the bottom of the list! But I need to get out and do it. I really enjoy it and yes, someday!, my yard will be how I want it to be! BTW, any other thoughts about your surgery? I hope you are doing better with that added stress!

Clyde: Sounds like you are in the middle of driving world with your kids. I haven't reached that point yet. I wonder if I keep ignoring it, will it go away!?? Guess not! I just wonder if my kids will magically get responsible enough to be able to drive. So far, I don't see it!

Jo: You said something that I just totally agree with. It absolutely drives me crazy when hubby or kids come up behind me when I'm on the computer. It is just not for their eyes all the time. It just sends me when it happens and I would think that they would figure it out when I minimize everything and look at them. A little privacy please!!!

JaxBarb: I have talked to another lady who is doing a similar diet. I'm not sure if it was exactly the same thing, but sounds close. She is doing really great with it. I guess she had tried it before, but had trouble with the transition from the diet to a regular maintenance plan, and she put the weight back on. But she's back on it and has a really specific plan for maintenance and she's really excited about it all. Good luck!

Kimush: So, have you started journalling? I wasn't sure. I am still dragging my feet on that. I just wondered how it was going with you? I know that there are so many that feel it just works wonders.

Susan: I've been seeing your posts in other areas. I always like what you have to say! You're very positive and practical!

Well, better close this novel. I'll talk to you all later. Work has been ridiculously busy, so I have to wait for weekends now!

05-28-2007, 11:53 AM
Thanks Diane! I've been accused of being perky :dizzy:

I coulda sworn I posted a Good Morning here this morning. What the hey ... Good morning again!

05-28-2007, 01:21 PM
LOL, Susan! Perky is a good thing! (well, unless it is morning, before coffee...)

05-28-2007, 10:15 PM
(Although I do wish that there was a low calorie substitute available for the icey frufru coffees that I like so much.)

Have you tried Sugar Free Torani Syrup and fat free half and half? With some crushed ice and a blender you can make a pretty good coffee smoothie. There are tons of flavors of syrup - some are made with Splenda, some with NutraSweet. I find them at Smart and Final...dunno if you have Smart and Final where you are. My favorite flavors are Almond or French Vanilla.

05-29-2007, 11:28 AM
HI new to this thread just starting the best life diet....Been on ww and tried the sb. I have a thyroid issue and I sweAR everytime I start a new program something happens to me......I workout 4-5 xsa week. It is my eating that does me in.....However I just woke up Saturday morning with heal pain...Yikes yep Ithink I have that plantar fas thingy. My brothers are podatrist so I need to put a phone call in to them. I did go and buy anew pair of good tennis shoes. They have a gel pack in them so hopefully that will cushion my heal....I did walk 3 miles today and they felt fine. We will see how the day takes off.

Poison Ivy i the worst...My ds just had the worst case of it. He had to go on a steroid . I was using a steroid cream on it and THAT did not even work. Poor thing he is fine now..second time having it...I have heard rubbing alchol works well too.

Looking forward to chating with you all and hope for a success this time.

05-29-2007, 11:23 PM
Thanks, Diane. I'm off to a good start and hopefully, I won't have the transition issues (if I ever actually get to that point). If I can stay away from the stress eating and chocolate binges life will be wonderful.

05-30-2007, 10:39 PM
:grouphug: Hey There Everyone! :grouphug:

Hey :welcome3: chick_in_the_hat and djmommy:welcome3:

chick_in_the_hat...None of those names sound familiar to me so I bet being from Canada we can't get it here...at least not yet! :hun:

djmommy...I am glad you joined this thread! :cheer:

jaxbarb...I love chocolate and could really use some but my allergies are not too terrific so I don't dare risk eating any and it is too hot to contend with hives...:frypan:

Slashnl...What is the saying you can never be too rich...too thin (oh yes you can!)...or too perky! :bubbles: :bubbles:

SusanB...I am journalling...I hate it...but I am doing it...my daughter will be analyzing it for me! As she is a vegetarian (for almost 10 years now) and monitors all her nutrient and mineral intakes very carefully as she doesn't want her hair becoming brittle and breaking off (happened to her one friends)...:stars:

Tomorrow is weigh in so hopefully last weeks gain is gone and maybe more...I have reall kicked up the steps and have done 4 days of over 10000 steps... hopefully that works...:encore: :cheer2:

06-02-2007, 01:58 AM
:grouphug: Well Hello Everyone...:grouphug:

Well Ladies... :dance: I weighed in and I lost what I had gained (my 2.25 lbs) and an extra pound:cheer2: :cheer2: ...This last week I had 4 days of over 14000 steps, so that must have helped :encore: :encore: ...

Hope everyone is fine and doing well...it is too hot to sleep...too hot to eat...and just plain too hot...

Have a Great Weekend! :dance: :dance: :dance:

06-03-2007, 05:24 PM
Way to Kimush.

06-03-2007, 05:46 PM
Ah! Kimush the journalist! How's it going? I swear you won't be sorry. Someday when you're discontent or think you aren't losing ... you'll be able to review what really happened. You'll be glad you journalled.

06-03-2007, 10:33 PM
:grouphug: Hello All,:grouphug:

I am going to :welcome3: TeresaR :welcome3: and a Ton of thanks for the Way to go!...I don't know if I have welcomed you before...but I really hate to miss a welcome!!! and my perimenopausal memory is fading quickly at this hour! :stars:

Yes Susan I am journalling my little heart out and it is really not that bad...My daughter has been harping that I maybe taking in too much fats from seeds, nuts and cheese...but now that she is keeping tabs on my foods and looking at my journal she thinks that I am doing well...and I am losing so :woohoo: :woohoo:

Have a good day tomorrow Ladies!

06-04-2007, 10:52 AM
Hi Ladies,
I'm having a hard time writing this post. :( I've gained weight.
I'm sad, I'm frustrated, and yes, I'm going back to basics, but I'm here now writing this post for accountability.
(OK, I want to cry now.)
In November I weighed 213-215. I had knee surgery and after 30 days of inactivity, I started gaining. Between the new limitations from the knee surgery (trying to figure out "how" to work out around the "fixed" knee) and not keeping a food journal, I've gained - I'm now 239 (this morning). Yes, I can blame PMS, dehydration (I always gain 2-3lbs when I'm dehydrated), and the results of steroids for the poison ivy. My pants feel tight, my skin feels tight, I feel horrible. But the reality is, I've gained more than 20 lbs.
Let me say that again, I've gained over 20 pounds. :cry:
As of today, I'm back to keeping a food journal with a carb focus (45 carbs or less per meal, no more than 15 carbs for a snack), 1800 calories or less per day, and water, water, water (3 quarts of water is my goal for today).
No, I don't suppose there's a lot to say to this post, but part of the reason I joined was to help keep myself accountable. I'm trying to "shake it off" and "come to my senses" - I'm not eating cookie dough and ice cream by the bucket or anything, but this doesn't feel good.
So there it is.
Sorry if this was a bummer, but I had to put it out there.
Thanks Ladies...thanks for just being there.

06-04-2007, 11:02 AM
Not a bummer at all. I'm excited for you. Sometimes we need a kick in the pants to get going again. A new beginning. New knee, new start?
Cammie, we're here for you.

06-04-2007, 11:48 AM
:hug: Cammie don't be hard on yourself you're back on track now and that's the main thing. It's so much easier to gain weight than to lose. I feel like I've been at this weight for months now and I really need to do something about it.

Cammie you're in the right place for support. Don't beat yourself up. :hug:

06-04-2007, 04:45 PM
Cammie, that kind of post is exactly what 3FC is all about. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to help, in whatever way we can! You did the right thing just now. You recognized the problem, faced up to it, and now have new direction. You are moving forward... RIGHT NOW!! What's done is done, don't dwell on the past. You are on your way and you will make it! Success is yours!

And we'll be the ones standing here with you, cheering you on!! :grouphug:

I am so glad to hear from you again! We missed you!

06-04-2007, 05:30 PM
:sorry: Thanks for all your support.
I admit, between the poison ivy (which made me feel both awful and grumpy), and coming to the realization that I really had gained weight, I avoided any writing here. :write: If I put it in writing, it would become real. (Well, it's real whether I write it or look in the mirror, or not. Lying to myself is not helpful. :nose: It's very very real.)
Thanks for the words that you write. I know that the support is what makes a difference for me. My food journal today is interesting. It looks like fits and starts...wanted chocolate, went with sugar free/no cal chocolate fudge freezer pop...wanted Crystal lite, went with lemon water, etc...(I limit my Chystal lite intake to avoid "insulin spiking" which can occur from sugar or sugar substitutes. At least it does for me.) I'm also going to go ahead and add "regular" journaling (feelings, fears, joys, etc) to my journal and see what that shows me.
I had a great walk today. :running: Was out on the sea-wall for 55 minutes (30 mins out and 25 mins back...who says a tailwind doesn't impact a walker's speed?). Tonight I'm doing yoga and weekly cooking. I got a yoga DVD that my daughter can do with me. She's two and wants to do "yogurt" - we'll see how long she stays with it.
Thanks, Thank you, and Thanks again.
It's hard for me to turn my thinking around sometimes. I admit that my determined little mind would have tended to dwell on the gain in past times. Today, I'm dwelling on the gain...of SUPPORT that I've found here. :grouphug:

06-04-2007, 11:23 PM
:grouphug: Hey Everybody...:grouphug:

Cammie...:df: :bubbles: ...You know what you have done such an awesome thing...We are all here for you...In whatever way we can...and Susan B is right...a new knee and a new start...you have to stop beating yourself up...Something other than 3FCs brought our little group together...And we are here for you...and we will be the first ones to cheer you one and give you a big olde group hug...:grouphug:

Susan B has been talking to me about the journalling...so I have been doing that daily...and the mood/feeling part really is important because we are the first ones to build up and support each others but we often tear ourselves down...so cheer up buttercup you have a whole bunch of ladies on her cheering for you! :yes: :dance: :angel: