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babenwaiting
04-24-2007, 10:33 PM
Hi ladies :) ,

I've been here on and off with 3FC for a few years. Posting here helped me lose about 50 lbs. a couple of years ago, but I've gained 3/4 of that back.

I would love to chat daily with some ladies who are feeling about as desperate as I am. This extra weight is making me feel LOUSY :mad:; I have a real fat tummy/acid reflux issue that I have to get rid of! My body is screaming for exercise ... in my early sixties, and so stiff and feeling not very attractive!

I am very serious here. I am going to do this ... at least a pound a week off, hopefully more. We can all do that! I don't mind if it's slow ... if I'm 52 lbs. lighter a year from now, I'll be ecstatic!

I will eat less than 1500 calories a day, and exercise (walks, water workout, weight machines) as many days a week as I can. I have already started, walked the last two days.

If anyone wants to join me, we will have weigh-ins on Mondays, and do all we can to help each other along ... moral support, recipes, yadda yadda. (I live in the South but would be delighted to make new friends near and far!) Who would like to begin with me? :flow2:

Olivia


sockmonkey70
04-24-2007, 10:46 PM
Sure this sounds great :)

I want to get rid of my insane belly fat, but more importantly my BACK ROLLS. I think that gets me the most, seeing those rolls on my back.

52 pound should be cake LOL. Your diet plan sounds good, and similar to mine hehe so hopefully we will get it right huh!

What part of the South are you from?

Losing4another
04-24-2007, 11:24 PM
Count me in too. I really need to lose 50 pounds for health reasons...well more but that is the goal right now. I'm a southern girl. I don't really have a plan as of now I'm trying though. More friends for support would be wonderful and make sticking to the diet a little easier :hug:


PurdueGal
04-24-2007, 11:42 PM
Count me in. I'm looking to lose about 60 pounds. But I want to do more than just lose weight. I want to be FIT. I want to walk up a flight of stairs and not even realize that I just did!
I know what you mean by feeling lousy. Being fat just makes me feel so bloated, inflexible, and like a giant balloon!

I'm all up for daily chat. Im on my computer a lot since I'm a college student, and it's basically my life. I also want to make some friends on here!

gotworktodo
04-25-2007, 12:09 AM
Looks like we are all in the same boat...how do we want to go about this plan. I've started on Sunday and I have kept a food log and have done some sort of cardio/exercise each day and eaten less than 1500 calories each day. Weighing Monday's sounds good to me.

sugarbaby269
04-25-2007, 12:26 AM
Hi everybody!
Count me in... I've been looking for a support group for awhile and I'd love to join all of you. I have more like 100 pounds to lose but hopefully I can just keep the small goals in sight and not get discouraged by the bigger one. I'm going to start walking again tomorrow and today I bought a mat for pilates. I think I'll do the pilates 3x a week and walk 3-5. That's my starting goal. I need to start taking care of myself so I will have to remember my vitamins too. Anyone know of some good vitamins to take?
Good luck ladies!

babenwaiting
04-25-2007, 12:35 AM
Ladies, thanks to all of you for jumping aboard with me. How will we do this? Well, how about we all commit to REALLY trying to lose one pound per week, then anything over that is GRAVY! I am starting at 223, and will be pleased if I weigh 222 next Monday. We KNOW we can do that. I will make a chart with all our names and losses, once we all weigh next Monday, if you like.

The most important day for us all to be here is Monday ... but drop in to chat any day about anything you feel like! Just coming here and finding a friend will frequently keep you out of the kitchen, and you realize you're not struggling alone, right?

Follow whatever plan you like (I'm calorie-counting, heavy on the protein), and plan to exercise at least four days a week, doing SOMETHING. I hope you will all post your plans so others may benefit. If you have favorite recipes or foods that really help you stay on plan, feel free to post about it!

Have a wonderful evening, all, and a big welcome to The New Beginning Thread. :grouphug:

sugarbaby269
04-25-2007, 12:41 AM
Yay! A response! Lol. Sorry, but a couple of weeks ago I posted and didn't really get any response. This is great! I'm not sure what diet to do. I will watch calories and up the protien and down the carbs. There are so many diets out there I don't know which one to do. I think that's my biggest hold up. The "one more bowl of pasta" or one more mocha" isn't cuttting it for me. I'm looking forward to focusing on getting this thing going. Thanks for the welcome babenwaiting.

Losing4another
04-25-2007, 08:34 AM
sugarbaby~ Same here. I like WW but getting into the habit of writing everything down again is so hard. Keep having that one last pig out before I have to write everything down...not really getting anywhere with that though :lol: Low carb works great too but I seem to always mess up with that one piece of bread or sugar and down I go. Maybe i could do a little of both and stick to it.

babenwaiting~ Thanks for starting the thread...I think we are feeling like were not in it alone with this new beginning for everyone. I'm excited... lets lose some pounds :exercise:

babenwaiting
04-25-2007, 09:41 AM
Good morning ladies ... :)

Happy Wednesday, and it's our first day together as a group! So we're six to start, and maybe others will join in.

A thought for today: I know that a pound per week goal, in the beginning, is SO SLOW to some of you, but that's just a basic-to-try-for figure ... if you eat 1200 to 1800 calories per day (depending on your weight), of course, you will lose more per week at first. All of a sudden, you'll have been with The New Beginning a month, and probably AT LEAST four lbs. will be gone permanently that won't be back! :o

I would encourage you all to write those calories/foods down, every morsel, and I find it's so much easier for me and keeps me *honest.* As to what plan you will follow, for myself, I find that I lose faster on a higher-protein plan (studies confirm that), and I feel more satisfied. Like yesterday, I had three ounces of cheese overall, a five ounce burger; along with other foods, my calories were in the 1400 cal. range. Whatever plan works for you is great ... that's the formula that I like best for *moi.* :)

Sugarbaby, I take a national brand of multi-vitamin. According to Consumer Reports, they're basically all the same so just buy a name brand you recognize (just don't get them at the Dollar Store, right? ...:D ) By the way, your exercise plan sounds great!

PurdueGal, you're so right about wanting to FEEL WELL in addition to looking good. So true for an older woman like myself ... and if you can form good habits in college, you will be in much better shape as you age!

Losing, Sock, GotWork ... it is so great that you're all aboard. I look forward to hearing how you're doing, and to all of us getting this first week under our belts (that are going to get smaller! :dizzy: ) Now to my THIRD day of exercise ... a long walk!

Olivia

tracyg40
04-25-2007, 02:09 PM
i have 56 pounds to lose. I am eating about 1400 cals and frankly can't see myself going much lower right now. I am always wanting to eat. this week my goal was to add aerobic exercise to my program. next week or the following i want to add weights. i did body for life program a few years ago and lost 25lbs in the 12 weeks, so i will probably add that to my workout shortly.
looking forward to joining a thread that moves lol!
sugar baby: i joined a vacation challenge thread and it just isn't much moving. oh well. hopefully this one will!
as for losing one pound a week, well, i'm not committing to that one lol. so far this weight is just not coming off. I've been counting calories faithfully for about a month and i've lost 4 pounds. This week i added exercise, so we'll see how it goes. for now, my mini goal is just to finally get out of the 180's. i've got 2.4 lbs to get to 179.

hugs
tracyg

babenwaiting
04-25-2007, 02:51 PM
Hey there tracyg ... so happy to have you with us on this journey. Now we are SEVEN! :) I went back to edit what I said this morning about losing a lb. a week (it sounded as though it was unacceptable if you didn't lose at least that much ... NOT!) This weight-loss game is so crazy ... one week it will be three lbs., next week NONE! I know from experience that if I keep the calories down, gradually my body adjusts and it does come off but it sure can take weeks and weeks! I've found in the past that it's easy for me to lose one lb. per week ON AVERAGE if I'm good, not that I lost one lb. per week ON SCHEDULE. Good luck with your plan, Tracy. I intend this thread to be here because I for one am VERY SERIOUS this time. :mad: (That's me, mad at the fat!!!:D )

I did my third day of aerobic (good brisk 35 min. walk) exercise today, so that's good. My body doesn't know what's happening to it, I'll bet!

Hope to hear from more of you girls later ... again, welcome, Tracy and to ALL! :welcome:

sugarbaby269
04-25-2007, 08:31 PM
Hi everybody,

Just thought I'd stop in and say that I put some good exercise in today. The dieting didn't go the way that I wanted it to but hopefully tomorrow. I need a better plan. I almost have to have things all lined up in order to suceed with a diet plan. I went and picked up a new non-stick pan for healthier meals and a kitchen scale so that I can get a better estimate on portion sizes. I think many of us fail to recognize a real portion size, at least I do!
A one pound a week loss sounds like an easy goal to achieve. I know with adding more activity to my day and watching those carbs and sugars...aaack, it's a sure loss. It's all in the mind frame. That's the toughie.
babenwaiting: I have stomach fat that needs to melt off too!! It seems impossible for me but a couple of months ago when I was walking/going to gym things were alot more toned. (How does stomach flab take on toned?) Ok... so it wasn't quite as jiggly.. BUT I gave up too soon. So, I'm in. Don't forget to drink your water. I heard that it helps process the wastes and toxins in your body and that helps flush out the fat. :D Thanks for the multi -vit. tip. I'll pick some up at Coscto next time I go.
Just want to say HI and CHEERS to everyone: PurdueGal, Losing4another, sockmonkey70, gotworktodo, (I do too) and Tracyg :wel3fc: and lots of :dust: to us all!

Losing4another
04-25-2007, 10:28 PM
How did everyone do today?
Dinner was my weakness today...who am I kidding it's everyday. I do good all day then dinner throws the whole day off. I will win this fight and yes I agree it's all a mind thing ....if your will power stays strong the pounds KEEP coming off.
We can do this ladies.. :cheer: for staying strong tomorrow :hug:

babenwaiting
04-25-2007, 11:07 PM
Hey ladies ... a late check-in here before I head for the bedroom with a book, and AWAY from the kitchen. If I stay near it late at night, it CALLS to me! :dizzy:

So good to see you here, Sugarbaby and Losing! Sugarbaby, I find that I have to plan a few days ahead with the food, make sure I have it in the house, make sure I get rid of the things I SHOULDN'T eat (like the Easter jelly beans ...:D better they go in the garbage than on my butt!) The kitchen scale is great to have ... I use mine everyday, and find it a big help. About the tummy fat, the only way I get that off is to lose weight, I know, and the best exercise for losing fat all over is the aerobic. I'm sure we are more toned when we've been *moving* on a program. I was in such better shape a couple of years ago when I was exercising about four days a week! And lady, we will get there again!!! :hug:

Losing, I KNOW you can do it. Plan a dinner that's moderate in calories but something you really like, and have lots of filling salad, low-cal veggies, etc. as part of it. Drink LOTS of water or no-cal drinks to fill you up. Tonight I had 5 oz. of steak, Portabella mushrooms sliced and sauteed in Pam olive oil spray and a teaspoon of butter, a HUGE salad with low-cal blue cheese dressing and balsamic vinegar, and half a plain baked potato (that I dipped in my salad dressing. :) ) For dessert, I had 4 huge fresh strawberries and a 100-cal. pack of little Lorna Doon cookie chips with coffee.

How did my day go? Calories 1400 range; and I did my walk. So I am patting my back vigorously! I know we can all do it ... have a great day tomorrow, ladies! I'm pulling for you all ... :cheer:

sockmonkey70
04-26-2007, 12:14 AM
Hey ladies. I did pretty good today. Didn't get as much excercise as I would like, but hey, it was a busy day. Hope everyone is fantastic! I am only 1 pound away from my first mingoal! Wooohoo.

mamaplots
04-26-2007, 01:07 AM
Ladies, count me in!! I started my diet at the beginning of last week. I've been doing well with eating, and have exercised 5 times last week and 2 times so far this week. I'm going to start WW tommorrow, and do a combination of WW and counting calories. I'm trying to lose 55-65 lbs. Although my first mini goal is 25 lbs by the end of August.

gotworktodo
04-26-2007, 03:07 AM
Hey ladies, I am really glad that there is so much encouraging words going around. Losing weight is a mind set and I think that if we continue to remind ourselves that is the ultimate goal then success is sure to follow.

I was reading a book, Thin Within, and I realized something. I have been holding on to weight because of past hurt and I used food to try and fill a void. The past has been hanging on to me and causing me to indulge relentlessly because I never dealt with the problem head on.
I would like to share that through the grace of God, I've realized what's gotten in the way of progress and I am so glad to release (not lose) the weight I have held on to for far too long along with you. I've always "wanted" to be skinnier but lacked the ability to look within myself to see the root of the problem. It wasn't because all of a sudden I was an overweight person. I just wasn't content with who I was. I am smiling now and I know that I am beautiful now and equally so when I do lose the weight.

Well, now that I have shared that. I am glad to say that I weighed myself today out of curiosity, and found that even after drinking about 32 oz of water before I weighed 219...I am going to go to the gym tomorrow and weigh myself again before I eat or drink anything and see what that says before I change my ticker. Oh yeah, today I exercised a great deal: I walked on the Stairmaster at the newest LA Fitness they opened in Tucson (which was pretty sweet) and went for 2.15 miles, 30 min, and "burned" 300 calories...then I went to a friend's house and cleaned for another hour and a half (I'm sure that burned off something ;) ) Well even though I ate a few extra calories today, I am pretty pleased with my self control and motivation to get out and move.

I'm going to Phoenix tomorrow to spend some time with my Momma and friday is my bro's birthday so I will be placed in a position to compromise my progress but I want to affirm that I will stand strong and remember that I can refuse. I also do not want to have more than one drink a day of alcohol because I dramatically slows calorie burn, which I am trying to up. I hope to be able to let you know how I did tomorrow, and I pray that you ladies have a powerful day!!

gotworktodo
04-26-2007, 03:15 AM
By the way, I'll be going to the gym when I am in Phoenix too, most likely on Friday! See you tomorrow!

Losing4another
04-26-2007, 08:29 AM
babenwaitiing~ your dinner sounded so yummy. Thanks for the support and advice. Today is a new day and I can do this :D

sockmonkey~ way to go getting to that goal. can't wait to be able to share that news as well.

gotwork- You got it together girl. Keep that up and you will shed that 60 pounds in no time.

You all are wonderful just reading these posts has gave me a whole new mind set for WILL POWER I didn't have dieting alone :hug:

babenwaiting
04-26-2007, 09:29 AM
:sunny: Hey there ... so glad to see so many of you popping in to update us on your doings, and cheer everybody else on! :sunny:

:welcome: to Mamaplots! So happy to have you with us! Your plan sounds excellent, and WW is, IMHO, one of the best of the structured programs to get into. Your goal for August is certainly do-able, and we will cheer you on! :hug:

Losing, yes, you can do this! :hug: If you can make yourself do it, I would start that food diary ... then you can SEE your progress when you look back day to day, and note what meals you really enjoyed, that helped you stay on your plan. I have certain mini-meals/foods that keep me going ... If I know I'm going to have bacon (2 slices) and sliced tomato on a toasted Everything Bagel mini-square (170 cal.) for breakfast, it's such a treat that I don't mind *dieting* the rest of the day. Just had that this morning ... YUM! :p Have a good day today!

Gotwork, I think you're so right about eating to fill a void. I believe we all do that ... Glad you enjoyed the book so much, and that it was meaningful to you. Way to go with your exercise ... you must have burned a zillion calories yesterday! :o Just do your best with the food when you're with your family. When I travel, if I can eat moderately and just hold the line, I'm proud of myself. (Something about being with family makes you hungry, doesn't it? :D )

So, Sock, you are just one lb. from mini-goal. YAY for you!!! What are your favorite forms of exercise? At the moment, I am doing long walks but also plan to get back to water aerobics (maybe even today) and the weight machines over the next few weeks. Keep up the good work, Sock! :hug:

Well, girlies, have a terrific day. Our thought for today: let's don't *try* ... Let's DO! Together we CAN do it! :grouphug:

tracyg40
04-26-2007, 09:45 AM
bite, started exercising this week and have done it faithfully. have stuck to my 1400 cals or under (but not drastically under...generally in the almost to 1400 range)....and what happens....i gained 2lbs.....:mad: it's so darn discouraging. i feel like i'm never gonna get out of these 180's for pete's sake.
tracyg

babenwaiting
04-26-2007, 11:48 AM
Tracyg, I'm betting you're holding fluid from salty food ... sometimes foods are loaded with sodium and we don't realize it, and if you're a "retainer", that can shoot your weight up overnight by as much as 2 to 4 lbs. Has happened to me many times, then it will drop within a day or two if your calories are in line.

Why don't you put the nasty old scale away:devil: , and not give it another thought until we weigh in on Monday? Since you know your calories are as they should be, then you KNOW your body is changing as we speak, even though the scale says otherwise ... I usually weigh everyday but I'm trying not to, as it's not the best indicator, day to day, of how you're doing. Chin up, you'll be fine, Tracy!:hug:

Okay, ladies, I've walked for the fourth day in a row ... taking a bow here :D ... on to the shower and the store!!!

Olivia

babenwaiting
04-26-2007, 10:51 PM
Well, ladies, back to sign off for the fourth day. I hope when I get up tomorrow that I'll find notes from some of you as to how today went for you.

Unfortunately, I had more like 1600 than 1400 cals. today because I didn't realize how many calories were in the veggies I was eating. But that's okay ... Just have to be more careful in future.

Have a great day tomorrow, girls! :cheer: for us all!

Olivia

Losing4another
04-27-2007, 08:18 AM
Babenwaiting~ Yum is right for your breakfast too. Can I come stay out your house while dieting :lol: I'm proud of myself for yesterday :D I did great. Think I'm even down a pound. I guess what your saying is write it down like it or not right? I know sooner or later I will have a mental of the cals I'm eating and will not have to go looking for all that info.

Tracyg- Thats is one of the hardest things when dieting you do everything right and the scale still doesn't move. I can sometimes go a week or two when giving it my all and not lose a pound.... then all of a sudden I drop 4 pounds. It's hard waiting though we all understand that. Keep your head up it will move soon...keep up the wonderful work too :exercise:

TGIF

tracyg40
04-27-2007, 10:34 AM
it's still early in the day. it's hard not to feel somewhat pessimistic, but that's me for ya.....
hoping i can have a few extra good willpower wishes. I am chaperoning my dd's allnight gymnastics slumber party/food fest...sigh.....but as it's a fundraiser, i really can't bow out. wish me luck!
hope all the rest of us are doing well. not sure i'll be on this weekend but will definitely check back on monday.
tracyg

babenwaiting
04-27-2007, 01:42 PM
Ladies, I will ask Suzanne to move this Thread after weigh-in on Monday to the general Support Group section (not under a sub-heading as it is now). You'll just click on Support Groups, and it will be there. Don't know what I was thinking when I posted it under the Challenge section! :dizzy: That will give anybody who's already posted with us time to read this notice that we're moving, okay?

Tracy & Losing, good to see your notes today! Tracy, you must be OPTIMISTIC :D, as they say, "You can if you THINK you can." You have lost 4 lbs. so far, and that is great, and except for fluid fluctations, that's 4 lbs. you will not see AGAIN! I see that you are 5' tall, and that makes it a little more difficult for you. I have 9 more inches of height to spread the pounds out, and am heavier so I might lose a bit faster. But you know you are losing so keep up the good work! Good luck with your daughter's gathering tonight. Maybe you can take your own light munchies and diet sodas, and not eat what you're serving the girls, if that would make it easier? How many days per week does your daughter work out with her gymnastics, and how old is she? I can never watch the balance beam ... :o Just for you: :dust:

Losing, so you had a good day yesterday!!! :hug: (Come on over and eat at my house, but it's not too exciting sometimes! :D) That's super! I'm sure you will have another good one today. It really helps me to write things down ... I like to review my progress and smile to myself, and say, yes, I did it yesterday and I can today! :p

Let's hope we hear from some of our other ladies today, and at the same time, I'd like to say to anyone reading this ... please feel free to join this new thread of ours if you'd like. We'd love to have you, if you're looking for an active, supportive thread, with people determined to get ahead of these pounds!!! :welcome:

I'm having a good day, so far 650 calories, so that leaves me 750 for Friday night fun. Let's all send GotWork good vibes for willpower, and hope that she is having a great time with her family in Phoenix this weekend!

Have a fun weekend, all ... will be checking in now and then! :cheer:

Olivia

flowingair
04-27-2007, 08:37 PM
Hi I'm ready to go and lose some weight. I can use some support too. :broc: I've lost one pound after two weeks, and need to start exercising. I'm counting points and drinking water. I'd love to chat and weigh in on Mondays. I'm having trouble surfing this system and learning how to design my page. Flow

sugarbaby269
04-27-2007, 09:01 PM
Hi Ladies!
What a wonderful thread this is... so encouraging and full of nice tips and support. Just what we all need!! :grouphug:
I'll tell you what's motivating; going back and looking at all your pictures in your scrapbook albums or photo's on your computer. OUCH! I just went to a horror movie.. MINE! Sorry, that didn't sound very nice, but someone had some pictures of a bunch of us that I just looked at and I was appalled. I can't believe that I look like this. Not only am I super overwieght, I look very unhappy. Wow... I think I've been truly motivated.
Tracyg Keep up the good work and here's some will power dust for you!! You can do it. It will be worth it in just a few days. :) :dust: I had the same problem when I started exercising and dieting, I gained weight. It was so discouraging and eventually I caved in. I wish I would have just stuck too it but it was pretty weird not losing weight and dieting and exercising. If you can just hold out I'm sure you'll start losing in no time. Plus, exercise helps speed up the metabolism. Don't forget to drink your water! Great job on your weight loss, Sockmonkey mamaplots Great job on your exercise plan! Good for you. :) gotworktodo Your post really inspired me to look more inward to see why I'm having such an issue with dieting. I think I'll pick up that book you mentioned and see if I can glean any insights. Thanks for posting about that and I'm glad it helped you out!:) babenwaiting you are so inspiring: full of great ideas, tips and encouragements. I really need this support so I'm glad I found ya! Good for you on your exercising.
I think I'll try counting calories too. It sounds easier than trying to eat dried rice cakes with alfalfa sprouts 24/7. :D
Unfortunatey, I have some committments coming up that will really be hard to diet through. Weddings, scrapbooking events, tea, Mother's Day... and the list goes on. I'm going to have to plan in my mind what I can do to help myself stay focused on eating light and healthy so I don't fall off this new start.
Anyone have any good soup recipes that are lowfat, low cal?
Oh.. and if I didn't mention the newbies: :welcome: :D

babenwaiting
04-27-2007, 10:34 PM
:) Welcome, flowingair! The more the merrier ... Congrats on the lb. you've already lost! I think we are going to have a very supportive group here, and so happy that you're a part of it!

Sugarbaby, thanks for your compliments! :hug: It's easier to keep going and accept a healthier eating style if we are doing it with others. Here's a link to an excellent diet/meal-planning site if you're interested: http://www.womansday.com/health/8443/the-womans-day-weight-loss-plan.html . It gives good advice, easy to follow. I think we all need ideas on what to eat now and then. I've been dieting on and off like forever, but I get in a rut and need new choices.

You asked about soup ... I've gotten lazy, and frequently use Progresso's Chicken Noodle and Chicken w/ Wild Rice, also Beef Vegetable Barley (? exact name escapes me) and their Manhattan Clam Chowder. They have a few soups like those that are THIN broth-based, no thickener. They have about 200/220 calories in the whole can, and I stretch that with with a cup of canned tomatoes. I end up with a huge bowl of soup for about 250 calories .. very satisfying. Sometimes I'll add an ounce of Tostitos, which are delicious soaked in the soup, and YUM ... a great meal.

Yes, Sugarbaby, those photos will get you motivated! :o I put them on my fridge sometimes just for the shock of it. They've helped me walk out of the kitchen more than once ... :)

Again, welcome, flowingair :flow1:, and come back often to chat!

Olivia

sockmonkey70
04-27-2007, 11:14 PM
Babenwaiting: My favorite excercise is by far the elliptical. I could stay on that thing for hours. After I move this summer I am seriously thinking about buying one for my home. Then I have no excuse to not go to the gym on days I have late class or lots of homework.

It's nice to see such a great little community springing up here!! I had binges Wednesday and Thursday nights but only a pound set back after the gluttony, so hopefully I can get back on track and make April goal!

babenwaiting
04-28-2007, 12:13 AM
Sockmonkey, I see lots of people using the ellipticals when I work out at the YMCA. It's good that you have something that you REALLY enjoy doing. I use the recumbent bike, do water exercises, etc. at the Y, as they are easier on my knees (which can tweak me at times.) But I can see that the elliptical would be really good for you.

I'm sorry to hear about your bad days, and I hope you can put that behind you, and *keep on keeping on* with us here. :hug: I think we're going to have quite a few nice people gathering on this thread, and I hope you can have a New Beginning here! Have a good night ...

Olivia

tracyg40
04-28-2007, 09:27 AM
thanks for the support and will power dust ladies!
welcome flowing air!
shake off the dust from the slip ups, don't beat yourself up and move on sockmonkey (ok, talking to me too lol!)
so, sugarbaby, scrapbooking eh? i am also an avid scrapper....do you go to any of the scrap boards? maybe we know each other by another name lol!
babenwaiting...thanks for the thread and the support. I did ok last night, didn't eat a thing. My dd is 8, just turned 8 last week. She's been doing gymnastics for 2 years and joined the team this year at level 4. I guess so far she hasn't really had any falls that have made me wince so nothing really fazes me yet lol! She does best at vault really. As for the sleepover, my dh was going hunting at 4:00 am, my ds was due at a missions outreach this am at 7:30 and then dd needed picked up from the sleepover at 8:00. I didn't have to spend the whole night as I also have a 4yr old. I told them I would stay as long as she held out. As soon as the meltdowns started we were out of there. She lasted till about 10:00 so not tooo bad. Poor dd (8) does not do well on so little sleep. She wasn't feeling well when I picked her up, she went straight to bed and I don't expect to see her up for a long while.
As for me, the scale finally moved, but I will wait till monday and an official weigh in to claim it....i need to see it there for a few days in a row before i'm confident it is real!;)
thanx bunches ladies!
have a great weekend.
tracyg

babenwaiting
04-28-2007, 04:09 PM
Hope you are all having a grand old weekend. It's beautiful here in the South ... flowers blooming, birdies galore in my backyard. :)

Tracy, you are amazing ... you ate NOTHING on your little outing last night!:o Way to go, girl ... I always want to eat when there are bunches of little kiddies running around, trying to aggravate me. :D Sounds like a lot of fun for all. So your little girl is eight ... such a cute age.

So we're all going to hop on the scale Monday (Good for you, Tracy, that things are looking good in that dept.), and I'd bet we're going to see a few less lbs. than when we began the week. If I'm down at least one, I'll be smiling. I feel better already ... the bloated, YUK feeling is going away! (Now I have that hungry hollow feeling ... but I'll survive. :flow2:)

I did my walk today, so I've exercised five out of six days ... YAY for me!:p My body thanks me ...

Olivia

Losing4another
04-28-2007, 10:53 PM
SUGARBABY~ I know what you mean..I hate pic's of myself ...depressing :( Maybe you could do a scrapbook of your weight loss. Would be a fun way of staying motivated.

FLOWINGAIR~ Hello and welcome to our little group here....:cheer: on that pound gone

OLIVIA ~ On my way ...where in the south did you say you were :lol: I have to say I totally agree with sugarbaby...you have been great keeping us all motivated to keep at this.

I did a little stray on friday evening...waiting to late for dinner and stopping where I really shouldn't have. My fault moving on... I will need to go smart/healthy food shopping soon... what do you all snack on thats healthy but you still want to eat? My family seems to follow in what i eat so if it's good my family will have no problems eating it too. Salads seem to be a big hit but I know sooner or later everyone will get tired of them. Thursday I bought myself a side salad for a side with lunch and bought everyone else chips ...chips were not even touched everyone wanted my food. Time to go fill my glass up with water again before bed.
Hope everyone is having a great weekend :carrot:

Hotbikini
04-28-2007, 10:57 PM
Hi everyone! I'm new to this site and couldn't help but notice this great thread. I'd love to be part of it. I could use the support and would like to provide it as well. My willpower is pretty good during the day. However, when evening comes around, I become a ravenous fool in search of anything edible. I hope to log onto this site at night in hopes of warding off the evil urge to eat and eat and eat and eat.

Losing4another
04-28-2007, 11:40 PM
hotbikini ~ Welcome .....I'm with ya on the night cravings. I can mess up a whole day of great will power with the slip up at nights. Must be the night owl in me :lol: You will find great support here :hug:

sugarbaby269
04-29-2007, 03:20 AM
Hi Everybody!!!

Have you all been having a lovely weekend? We had beautiful weather here in Oregon. :) Beautiful weather + spring activities = trouble. :( Well, we had our scrapbooking shin dig today. I didn't that great but I'm going to try to eat better tomorrow. Thanks for the website Olivia. I'll have to check it out tomorrow. :welcome: hotbikini! This is a great group of people and so many supportive posts. Surfing this website sure has helped me make better choices. Hope your nightly munchies diminish as you hop on board! Tracy! Awesome job of SELF CONTROL! How empowering!! Pass some my way please... ;) As for scrapbooking forums.. I haven't ever signed in. Where do you sign in at? How fun! :) Sock what exactly does an elliptical do? Does it just do an aerobic work out? Or is it a machine that works our certain muscles? Does it matter what brand to use? I'd like to pick one up but don't want to spend alot of money. Have any ideas for me? Good job on the wieght loss and exercising.
Welpers, I guess I'll get to bed. It's late here and I want to do something good for myself tomorrow, like walk! Cheers to everyone!

S.

babenwaiting
04-29-2007, 10:33 AM
:sunny: Good morning, everyone, and BIG WELCOME, Hotbikini! :sunny:

Hotbikini, I hope you will be with us a long time, and have much success here. I'm happy to see so many checking in on the weekend ... sometimes, threads just STOP on the weekend, when you need support THE MOST. :( But we will make ours different so that when we weigh on Mondays, the weekend will not have ruined our eating plans!!! :p So, if some of you overdid yesterday, just cut back a bit more today and remember that tomorrow is progress-report time. I overdid it by a couple of hundred calories Friday and Saturday ... I always seem to struggle that way on weekends ... but today I swear I'm holding it to 1200 calories, and hoping for a GOOD weigh-in tomorrow! :)

THOUGHT FOR TODAY: We have to accept that when we cut from 3000-4000 calories to 1400 per day (whatever number you have chosen), we ARE going to be somewhat hungry at night for awhile. We have to *own it* and live with it. Don't let that feeling drive you to the kitchen ... Get a cup of hot, maybe herbal, tea (if you don't want caffeine before bed ... doesn't seem to bother me) ... sip it slowly, and crawl in bed with something interesting ... a book, good tv program, significant other ... :D Odd thing is that I can fall asleep with that slightly hungry, hollow feeling, wake up to go to the potty at 3:00 a.m. but not feel hungry then ... so I think a lot of that *hunger* is in our little pea-brains, don't you??? :dizzy:

Have a wonderful Sunday, all you Chickies, and you are all *welcome* for the Thread. :hug: Couldn't do it without you, ladies ...:)

Olivia

Hotbikini
04-29-2007, 11:17 AM
Thank you so much for the very warm welcome.:) I look forward to getting to know you guys I need to make some serious changes. Thank you for the support.

I'm a teacher and not too long ago a student asked me if I'm having a baby. I turned multiple shades of red but somehow managed to keep my composure. I put a smile on my face and said "No sweetheart. I'm not pregnant, but maybe someday I will be." You can't blame the sweet child for her natural curiosity. She didn't mean to ruin my day.

This might sound funny, but I'm really tired of looking pregnant when I'm not and never have been. I'm just overweight. I see other women my same weight that carry their weight differently than I do. I gain weight mostly in my face and stomach. My belly protrudes straight out from my torso. It's not even soft fat. It's hard and round like a basketball. I donít' get it.

There's nothing really wrong with me medically. I just carry my weight this way. It's very depressing. I don't go out much because I'm self-conscious of my weight and how I carry it. I would like to date again, but I'm not ready for that. I feel ugly. I used to be really fit and thin; a size 6 most of my life. Then, I discovered comfort from food and developed a binging habit that took over everything.

I'm not expecting to be a size 6 again, but I want to recognize myself in the mirror. I used to be a model. You would never guess that if you saw me now. My mother even tells me that I don't look at all like the girl I USED TO BE. The truth is, she's right. I fear running into people who used to know me when I was thin. Their first thought is probably "What happened to her!??? She really let herself go."

Food has become my only reward and release. It's something I look forward to at the end of the day when I can binge in the comfort of my solitude. It's just me and the food. I control myself pretty well during the day, but at night I go crazy eating whatever I can. It's like I'm on the hunt for the one thing that will satisfy me and I eat different things until I find the one food that does the trick. By then I'm ridiculously full but content and SATISFIED. The stress from the day vanishes and I'm left in a brief yet pleasant food coma.

I'm tired of this. I want to live my life and change my antisocial behavior. I want to be confident again with my appearance and not self-conscious. Food has such a grip on me. I just joined this site and I've made some positive changes. I just hope I can stay focused and not fall.

Thank you for lending me your ear.

sugarbaby269
04-29-2007, 01:30 PM
Hey Hotbikini,

I can relate with the night time food eating madness. :D It would seem like I would be busy doing everything for everyone else all day and then after everyone would go to sleep I would be like...hmmmm, what's there good to eat? It would be my relax time. Then I would go looking for that one thing to satisfy my craving and a salami sandwich, coke, couple of cookies , etc later- I'd be stuffed but still stuck with a hankering for something. :( I guess that's why the book that I think Tracy mentioned will be a great read for me. A friend of mine once said that she realized that some of her so called hunger pains were actually not really hunger "pains" but caused by being thirsty. Sometimes we have to just stop and think about why we think we are hungry and question if we really are. Food coma's are great for an emotional moment but the long term denial will be well worth the sacrifice. I found diet SF jello, 100 cal popcorns, FF puddings to offer some benefits of warding off a dangerous craving attack. I think just being aware of the motives behind our eating habits help us start focusing and putting into action better eating habits. Anyway, I feel your pain sistah.... ;) It'll get easier.
Oh, and btw- I used to be a size 5 too. My wedding dress was a 3. My hubby has a pic of me from our honeymoon on his computer as his screen saver. We had one of our son's friends ask us who that was. Talk about embarassing. He didn't even recognise that old me. :( I, too, know that I won't ever look like THAT again... But I'll take anything smaller than I am now. (Wow, and to think that I thought I was fat then!!!!)

sockmonkey70
04-29-2007, 01:33 PM
sugarbaby the elliptical is a cardio machine that also target the legs muscles. it's really easy on the ankles and knees.

Losing4another
04-29-2007, 02:16 PM
I think boredom and habit have a lot to do with the evening snacking too. Our days are done we are at the home in our comfort zone.

Hotbikini- We all have felt the way you do about yourself a time or two. Don't take your Mom's comments to heart. Everyone is going to have some not wanted comments or advice. I can bet you feel you look a lot worse than you actually do :hug: Get out of your antisocial behavior with or without the weight loss and do something you enjoy while losing the weight.Getting out will keep your spirits up while dieting. How about joining a gym or weight watchers? That will keep you around people with the same goals. You lost 7 pounds already :cheer: You are on your way to that HOTBIKINI

My weekend hasn't been to bad. When everyone was snacking I just jumped on the computer. It works pretty well. Also doing those things you have put off...... Anywhere where you do not have to be by the food in question. I think back to whoever posted that comment about how it was all mental. Keep those goals in mind and check back to these posts here when you need a little boost of why or how your going to keep this up.

babenwaiting
04-29-2007, 03:03 PM
Hotbikini, almost every overweight person I know has the evening-eating syndrome to some degree. I sure can identify with your problem:hug: ; if I'm going to kill a good day of eating, it will be after eight at night!!!

That's when the acceptance of feeling a bit hungry has to come in; I think some of that is mental, but not all, of course. If my stomach is used to 3500 cals. a day, then I only eat 1300, my body is going to let me know. Also, I think that's why it's a good idea to figure an evening snack into your daily calorie limit, then after eating that ... make yourself stay away from the kitchen. (Boy, sounds so easy ... NOT ... so hard to do, but we have to!:dizzy: ) BTW, Hotbikini, that is wonderful that you've already lost seven lbs. :balloons: for you ... You can do this; we all can! :)

Losing, way to go with distracting yourself rather than snacking! ATTAGIRL! I've taken up crossword puzzles again lately, to serve the same purpose ...

I've done my walk today so I have exercised six of seven days; YAY!!! :flow2:

Olivia

gotworktodo
04-29-2007, 06:40 PM
Ok well i'm back home and back on track. I'm not gonna lie, i ate fairly well but the sweet tooth kinda kicked me in the rear...i don't plan on doing that again soon. I went to the doctor on Friday and I weighed a little under 218, which was good, but I still need to become a little more strict with my caloric intake. I have done better and will continue to follow my plan to eat little and only when I'm really not hungry. Thanks for the supprt and I have more to read from missing the weekend...let me know what's going on with each of you.

tracyg40
04-29-2007, 06:44 PM
tomorrow! it may or may not be due to tom starting yesterday. however, if you notice my mini goal at the bottom, i snuck a peek today any way and
it hit me at 179.8....if it's still there tomorrow i'm claiming it lol! we'll see though, i've been good, but as i said....tom....but, hey, i saw it and even if it doesn't show this week, it will by next week! so, how's that for positive thinking? lol! i've been doing a bible study that someone on here mentioned
and i won't go into the details, just that one part of it says that we have lost touch with hunger....we see it as a totally negative thing. God made our bodies with a built in signal to feed it food....hunger pangs....hellooooooo!
I honestly can't remember the last time I let myself get that hungry. The past several days, I have reaquainted myself with true hunger. I have waited to feel the hunger pangs before eating. Up till now, I have been eating at the very first sign of minor discomfort or before.....I've found that what I would formally classify as starvingggggggg, was barely the first stage of being hungry...I am trying to retrain my body and eating habits to recognize the differences between true hunger, thirst, and 'emotional hunger'....all i can say is that i have been dieting (1400cals) and exercising faithfully for a month and i have been stuck yo-yoing between 182-184 the entire month, it was very discouraging. I started this study and little experiment 3 days ago
and today I apparently hit my first short term goal, in spite of TOM....
Now that is not to say that I am not watching what I am eating, I am still sticking to 1400c, I've just also started watching when and why I am eating.
Well, this is getting long....
Welcome to the newbies and looking forward to seeing everyone's progress
tomorrow!
hugs
tracyg:)

Losing4another
04-29-2007, 09:39 PM
Olivia~ way to go SIX days a week is great. I can't say I've done the same. I haven't got the exercise part into this yet...thought about washing my car for some form of exercise but it was only that a thought.

Gotwork~ welcome home :hug: two more pounds down is great :cheer:

Sockmonkey - I just noticed your 14 pound loss YAY Keep it up girl ;)

I'm getting my daughters cold YUK First cold this year....hope it leaves quickly

Losing4another
04-29-2007, 09:50 PM
Tracy- You are right ...can't really remember the last time I actually felt hungry. I eat more out of habit then hunger. When I get tired I notice that I sometimes mistake that with being hungry. Then sometimes in the morning I think I'm starving but if I continue with what I'm doing I'm not really hungry and soon forget what my brain was trying to tell me to do. Of course if I have the time I usually EAT .... way to much which leaves a big cycle for the rest of the day :(

DeterminedLisa
04-29-2007, 10:38 PM
Hello, I'm Lisa. I hope you don't mind if I jump in.

I've been many different weights, with a lifetime non-pregnant high of
204 and a recent high (Feb-March 2007) of 172 and a recent low
(summer 2006) of 153. I weighed in this morning at 160.4, which is
12 lower than a couple of months ago, so I'm feeling proud about
that. The thing is, I've been working really hard on the diet and
exercise, and I've really been sacrificing
a lot of other areas of my life, I'm distracted, I'm unproductive at
work, I'm not so fun-loving these days, and I either need to make
weight-loss less of an effort (ha!) or else I need to get it done
with quickly and try to reassemble a more normal life during
maintenance phase. Assuming I get to maintenance phase,
which *is* what I'm assuming. This time I'm really determined. :)

I'm trying to lose 2 lbs per week, I'm trying to exercise every day,
eat 8 servings a day of vegetables, plenty of skim milk, some
lean meat/fish, really small amounts of grains like wild rice, and
fruit. Generally I'm aiming not to eat anything unless its calories
are packed with necessary nutrition. Although I'm trying to focus
on the behavior (diet and exercise) goals as measures of success,
the truth is what I really care about is seeing my body change,
whether I see it on a scale, through body fat measures,
from a tape measure, or from how my clothes fit. Anyway I'm
aiming for 158.4 next Monday.

My time zone is in Asia, so that's why my Monday Morning looks
like your Sunday night.

Looking forward to participating in your group,
Lisa

babenwaiting
04-30-2007, 12:16 AM
Hi Lisa :welcome:

We are so happy to have you with us. Sounds as though you have a sound plan, and would like some company as you put it into place. That's what The New Beginning is for ... We're picking up a good group here, and I guess we're all thinking about what we want to accomplish next week.

Tracy, that's great that you're hitting your first goal! I'm so pleased for you ... YESSSSSSSSSSSSSS! :)

Okay, off to bed and will look forward to our first weigh-in in a few hours! Good luck, all ... :grouphug: (I will do a chart Monday evening, and include everyone who would like to be on it.)

Hotbikini
04-30-2007, 12:50 AM
Hi gals. I just wanted to check in and say hello. I'm sitting here in front of my computer sipping herbal tea. I bought the tea today in an effort to find something harmless to replace my late night eating frenzy. I'm doing ok so far.

My weekend was mostly focused on gearing up for a serious weight loss effort. I signed up on this site, met you wonderful ladies on this thread, exercised a lot, and cooked very healthy meals with plenty of leftovers for packed lunches at work. I feel very motivated. I know I'm not alone here. :) Thanks.

babenwaiting
04-30-2007, 01:06 AM
:hug: :hug: :hug: Hotbikini :hug: :hug: :hug:

On my way to bed, but just checked in and saw your late night post. Good for you!!! We can all do this, I know we can! :) Have a good night, and enjoy your tea ... :)

Olivia

sockmonkey70
04-30-2007, 02:10 AM
Any body find any fab new low cal snacks lately? I found these awesome fudge/ caramel icecream bars with only 57 calories today at Wal-Mart! I am excited because I love chocolate..It satisfies the glutton in me!

sockmonkey70
04-30-2007, 02:12 AM
Hotbikini: I am getting really motivated too. The beginning of a new month really has me pumped. I kind of fell of my excercise routine because I am in the middle of finals, but I hope to be able to start back to my routine next week. I actually miss the gym...Never thought in a million years I would say that...

Lisa: Sounds like you have a great plan! I know how you feel with all those different weights. I have been down as low as 130 (too skinny for my frame and starving)..then up as high as 224 (yuck!!!! gluttony!!) Good luck! All it takes is a little dedication.

tracyg40
04-30-2007, 09:54 AM
my goal is still to get below 180, which I am hoping will happen by next weigh in. I did see it on the scale yesterday, but with tom i am all over the place.
still, i did see a loss today, so i'm claiming it!

180.2:carrot: :carrot:


yay me!!!

ok, good luck everyone. welcome lisa! thanks for all the encouragement!
trying to really incorporate exercise into my routine, so that is one of my goals this week!

can't wait to see how everyone else is doing!!!
hugs
tracyg

Losing4another
04-30-2007, 11:12 AM
and the weight in for today is 247.5 ....I'm really tired of those 240's. The cold has kicked in full force and I feel like crap. Stuffy and achy all the fun stuff that comes with a cold. Tried to eat lunch and couldn't taste it so I went with an ice pop and some sugar free jello.

Good luck everyone

babenwaiting
04-30-2007, 11:35 AM
Good morning ladies ...

OFFICIAL WEIGHT REPORT (after week #1, ending April 30th):

:flow1: Lost 3 pounds, exercised 6 out of 7 days. :flow1:

THOUGHTS FOR COMING WEEK: Try to stay at 1400 cals. ... I keep bumping up to 1600 plus, and I'll lose faster if I can hold it down. Keep up the exercise ... maybe add some water aerobics this week.

(I have decided not to do a chart for the time being. We've all started at different times, and it would be too confusing. I will come up with something as we *blaze our trail* .... :dizzy: )

So, ladies, whether you lost, maintained or even gained this past week, THIS IS A NEW WEEK, and let's all see what we can do with it. :grouphug: Please report in, no matter what your experience was this past week ... Sometimes you just need a few days to mentally prepare yourself (and get your foods stocked) to make a good start.

Congrats to all who lost this past week ... :balloons: Maybe we should all kick our exercise up a bit/ get a little more active ... that alone makes me feel better! (Well, as long as I don't PULL SOMETHING! :D )

Looking forward to hearing from everyone today! (I now weigh 220, but my tracker is doing that quirky thing where it will not register the loss until you've lost 4 lbs.! :mad:)

Olivia

Hotbikini
04-30-2007, 09:38 PM
I'm up a pound from 188 to 189. :( I'm not freaking out, but I'm not happy either. I have to try harder to ward off the urges to eat at night. This will be my first full week as a member on this site. By next weigh in, I hope to lose 1 to 2 pounds. 3 pounds would be awesome!! We'll see. I'll take it one day at a time.

Congratulations to all you who lost this week. Keep up the great work!! We're going to do this, and we're going to do it together. :strong:

Aunty EM
04-30-2007, 09:44 PM
I would love to join you all! My buddy - Paulette and I decided this afternoon that we would look into joining 3FC - I don't know how to get her here though. Is there a link I can send her?

babenwaiting
05-01-2007, 12:41 AM
Losing, Tracy, Hotbikini ... so happy to see you all checking in today, and continuing on our little plan! I hope to hear from some of our other ladies tomorrow! Hotbikini, I'm sure that next week will be better for you so just hang in there! :hug:

Aunty Em ... :welcome: it would be great if you and Paulette join us! We have a great group of girls, and we are very serious about accomplishing our goal. I'm not sure what you mean by "getting her here?" Has she joined the site already?

I've had a good first day of our second week ... about 1400 cals. but no exercise today. It was too hot to walk by the time I was out and about ... but I intend to exercise the next six, I promise! I hope, girlies, that you've all had a good day, and I AM PULLING FOR YOU! :cheer:

Olivia

sugarbaby269
05-01-2007, 02:28 AM
Hi Gals!

I lost one pound but TOM is here so hopefully more will be gone by the end of this week. My eating is still pretty sad. I hope to get that changed really soon.
Congrats to all that are losing and changing their eating habits to healthier ones. Welcome Aunty EM. :)

gotworktodo
05-01-2007, 03:26 AM
Babenwaiting: it seems like this week has gone fairly well in regards to the post and all of the people who have hopped on the wagon.

Tracyg40: Did you get the Thin Within book? It's a great tool that helps us realize that we are God's creation and He made us wonderful in so many ways. We have to acknowledge that he sees us as beautiful and magnificient as a Father should but His grace comes with sacrifice.
I sometimes struggle with that sacrifice, to crucify my hunger as Jesus crucified Himself. Christ says that if we seek life through Him, all of the desires of our heart will come true, but only through Him. When I do lose weight, it won't happen because I did it on my own, it happens by the power of God, because He is the only One who can truly transform a person into who we are born to be. I believe that because of my sin of gluttony I put this mask of weight on, but by seeking life through God, He'll provide the ability to resist temptation of the enemy who taunts me with food.
Fill yourself with the praise of the Lord and the desire for food with take care of itself. If Jesus can go 40 days and nights without food and be full of grace and thanksgiving, so can we :)

As for me:
This week has been a tough one, I had cake and it was so fattening and yummy. Yet I still weighed 218 which is awesome.
I'm going to work hard to make sure that I am eating only when I'm truly at ZERO and eating healthy until I'm no more than FIVE. I'll max out my calories at 1500 still and pray that I am satisfied and am able to stop when I am.

I just want to pray for all of you ladies. I'm sure you are all so beautiful and I hope that you do not value yourselves by the scale.
Much love in Christ.

--gotworktodo

Losing4another
05-01-2007, 08:11 AM
Good morning ladies :D

Hotbikini~ You will kick that pounds butt this week :cheer: You can do it.

Babenwaiting- If your as far south as I am we will be having a lot of days like that coming up. We've have smoke from GA fires for a few days and it makes being outside awful. This is a good week to get a cold i guess.

Welcome aunty em.....just copy and paste the link to her.

tracyg40
05-01-2007, 09:23 AM
I am doing the Lord's Table study on line. I haven't read Thin Within, but a friend of mine said she was doing that book this week, so eventually I may check it out. Thanks for the recommendation and the kind words.

Welcome paulette, aunty em...
good luck everyone, hope this first week of may is great for you all!!!!!!!!
hugs
tracyg

babenwaiting
05-01-2007, 01:17 PM
Hey ladies. Hope you are having a good Tuesday. I'm having a :sunny: one here in the South, record-breaking, but I got in my walk before it got too, too hot out there. I won't get away with that as the summer comes on though! Really need to walk earlier ...

Is there anyone else on our thread who's trying to get in X-number of exercise days per week? Be sure and report in when you accomplish your goal for the day! Then that may encourage someone else to do the same ... :)

So we are going to be the SERIOUS dieters, right, ladies? :) When I've been on 3FC before, I was on a couple of threads where the ladies on board were all wonderful, and we had such a good time chatting that we sort of forgot why we were on 3FC ... There's absolutely NOTHING wrong with chatting about anything that pops into our little pea-brains, but the most important reason we're here is to lose weight, encourage ourselves to exercise and feel better! I'm going to try to keep that in mind as I go for another 1 - 2 lbs. off this week! I hope you're all as serious about making real progress as I am ... I just hate to think of Summer, and lugging all this extra weight around, don't you? :grouphug:

So let's all have a good day and a good week! :cheer:

Olivia

babenwaiting
05-01-2007, 03:17 PM
NOTICE: I am pm'ing Suzanne with a request to move this, with no sub-heading, to: Support Groups. You will click on *Support Groups* ... it should be in the threads in the lower part of the page, if all goes as planned. (This is not a Challenge, so really shouldn't be in this section!)

SEE YOU THERE! :)

tracyg40
05-02-2007, 11:29 AM
the weigh ins. I'm interested to see how everyone is doing! I'm plugging along. I added a slightly more intense workout....taking it slow. I still haven't made my goal of adding weights, but I will. Soon! I homeschool my kids and we are wrapping it up. So maybe in June I will be able to work it in. I've been doing good with the food i think. I changed my signature, it feels kinda like cheating....my first mini goal was to get below 180. I'm not at 179 yet, but i've been seeing 179.6 for the past 3 days....so i claimed it. But I'm gonna feel like a fraud until the scale reads 179 or lower lol!
My second mini goal is up, i'm definitely taking baby steps:D so it is below 175. Hopefully it won't take me a whole month to do it!
So, let's here from you all! Where are you?
hugs
tracyg

babenwaiting
05-02-2007, 11:56 AM
Tracy, hi there! :) I'm still figuring out the system of weigh-ins; the only way I can figure at the moment is just for each person to report on Mondays what they've lost/how they've done the previous week. I did that (see above.) If our other ladies *show up*, next Monday I hope everyone will report their progress for THIS week so we can get on a schedule/possibly make a chart. I pm'd the ladies who had seemed most interested (after getting your p.m.) in case they'd *lost* us.

So, Trace, I'm glad you're doing well! No, you're not a fraud! And I'm different ... if I'm, say, 179.9 on the scale, that's 179 to me!!!!!!!! :D Sounds to me as though you're very serious about getting healthier, as am I! I FEEL so much better already so that's keeping me going. I hope some other ladies will *catch our fever* and join in with us! :welcome: to any newbies reading this who want to join. We are serious, mean business, are really trying to get off a lb. a week if we can!

I have walked 2 out of 3 days this week so I feel good about that. My calories have been more like 1600 the last couple of days but that's still half or so of what I WAS eating!

Have a great day, girlies! :flow2:

Olivia

Losing4another
05-02-2007, 03:44 PM
Hi ladies
wanted to check in on the new thread so nobody thought i was lost. Still fighting this cold/flu thing which is finally starting to get better instead of worst. No exercise yet but I'm losing so this cold/flu will not leave me with a gain. Can't wait to be back in the land of the living.

Keep pluggin ladies You can do this

sockmonkey70
05-02-2007, 05:29 PM
I am doing excercise goals of 4-5 days per week, and 1000 minutes this month. Last month I only made it to 600 minutes :( But I am going to try harder this month. Pegged off 35 minutes of cardio today, and may do some ab work a little later after I finish my homework.

babenwaiting
05-02-2007, 06:23 PM
Losing and Sock, SO GLAD to see you ladies! :hug: I feared that I had preached too much about us all getting serious about losing weight (I'm talking to myself most of all! :mad: ) and driven you off. :o I warn you though ... I will push sometimes, because I want us all to succeed so much ... :dizzy:

Sock, your exercise routine sounds GREAT! Are you on the elliptical all those days?

Losing, I am so sorry you're still under the weather. Isn't it a shame that we have to be dragging-sick not to want to eat???????? :mad: I hope you feel MUCH better soon! :hug:

Good luck, everybody! :cheer: Five days to go before our next weigh-in ... :)

DeterminedLisa
05-03-2007, 02:05 AM
Hello all,

Congratulations to SockMonkey on 600 minutes last month and more
this month. That's a great pace. Maybe I'll try to keep track of
monthly minutes instead of daily attendance.

I've kept it up! Monday isn't that long ago but each day feels like it's
longer than a day.
Anyway, I've been exercising every day and I've been eating
really well. I've been planning my food in advance, bringing a
really healthy low-calorie lunch and snacks to work, and sticking
to eating only what I planned to eat. Anyway, today I had a minor
victory. A co-worker suggested going out to lunch to celebrate finishing
a project and I agreed. This project was a lot of hard work and
if a meal is how people want to celebrate it, then so be it.
I was able to order a piece of steamed fish with no sauce and
steamed broccoli. (There weren't any whole grain carbs available
but the piece of fish was large so it was the right number of
calories.) So my success is I got through an unplanned
festive meal while keeping to a low-calorie diet. YAY!

Lisa

P.S. my favorite way to get rid of the evening munchies is to go
to bed early and get up early. I can delude myself into thinking that
whatever I need to get done tonight can be done just as easily
tomorrow morning, and getting into bed isn't exactly a workout.

tracyg40
05-03-2007, 08:25 AM
i think part of the problem is that we eat early becuase of the kids' various activities, then it is 9:00 by the time they get to bed, but the last time i've eaten is 5:00....then I am starving but don't want to eat that late, but sometimes i end up doing it anyway:(

well ladies, i know it's evil, but i weigh every day. i am officially not a fraud any more lol, weighed in at 179 even!:D

hope you all have a great 'dieting' day.

hugs
tracyg who is reaching for that 3 more lbs to make it 10!

babenwaiting
05-03-2007, 09:30 AM
Lisa, good for you! :high: That WAS a victory at your celebration dinner! So NOT easy to do when you're dieting. Good for you ... You have a manageable plan for getting the lbs. off; I think that is half of it, really. If I haven't planned, then I'll end up with the peanut butter jar! Keep up the good work ... Maybe *Monday's scale* will be good to all of us! :cheer: Sometimes I will go to bed earlier rather than eat, as well. Occasionally, in the afternoon, I'll read a book back on my bed, to keep away from the kitchen. I'm glad you found our new location, Lisa ... very nice to have you with our little group! :)

I did okay with calories yesterday but ate a ton of salt ... :mad: I must do better with that today. The water weight from the salt goes away, of course, but I should still watch it. Tracy, I've been bad about getting on the scale too often myself. (I really shouldn't do it ... like today, I KNOW I have extra water weight .... Yesterday, salty hot dogs, soup, bacon all in one day. Figured into my calories but still ... too much salt!) Congratulations on being 179! :cp:

Hope to see all our ladies here sometime today. Keep up the good work, all!

Olivia

gotworktodo
05-03-2007, 01:35 PM
I'm sorry but I have something to disclose. I have fallen off the wagon quite badly. I don't know why I allow myself to do this. I really want to keep focused but it seems that when I work hard and get focused something throws me off. I am ready to get back on. I just wanted to let you all know that I am at 219 still and I haven't moved much since then. It's Thursday but I will make sure that I keep my mouth shut and my body moving. I just have a sweet tooth that really discourages me. If you have some words of encouragement I would appreciate it. i want to stick with you ladies, I just needs some support.

tracyg40
05-03-2007, 02:49 PM
you're not in denial. shake it off and move on. don't know what plan you're on or if you have super walmart near you, but if you do, try the popsicle brand fudgesicles. they are 1.00 a box of 12, and 60c. for one. they are good and fudgy. they help me kill those chocolate/sweet cravings. also, when i have to have something that doesn't seem 'diet-y' i have been getting a soft serve cone from mcdonald's. they are only 150c.. I don't do it often, but when i just have to have something and not kill my diet, that's what i've been doing. what about sf jello and cool whip? i read on hungry girl where you could put a carmel rice cake and a popcorn rice cake with some ff cool whip between to make an ice cream sandwich. it's like 75c. for 4, and while i won't like and say i wouldn't rather a real ice cream sandwich, it was ok....
i'm not one of those people who can deprive myself and expect to stick to a diet. i make liberal use of the lo/cal, ff/sf options out there. i am finding myself needing them less recently. the fiber one bars are soooo yummy and only 140c a bar with like 5 gr. fiber......what about cereal? i admit it, i keep reeses peanut butter puffs in the house. they are good as a snack with/ without milk and not bad calorie wise.....sometimes it's about making the best substitution we can.....
ok, that got long! sorry. chin up and good luck!!!
tracyg:carrot:

babenwaiting
05-03-2007, 04:04 PM
So sorry, gotwork, that you are struggling hard at the moment. :hug: I know it's difficult to eat healthier and (sadly, :( ) suffer some hunger pangs at first. There's no getting around it.

Most success starts in the mind. I have decided not to allow myself over 1600 or so cals. per day, really going for 1400, but I WANT to eat twice that EVERYDAY! Losing weight/keeping it off is TOUGH. :devil: Only you can decide if you're ready to say NO to yourself when you feel that hunger at night. If you've had 1400 to 1500 calories of healthy food, then a good part of that feeling is emotional, but part of it is REAL HUNGER as your body has been used to a lot more food. We have to accept that at first, and try to distract ourselves, IMHO.

I know it's hard but I think you can do this! We're all here cheering for you ... :grouphug: (Tracy, your snack ideas are excellent! I agree, having those sensible treats can keep you on program when, otherwise, you'd kill a diet with half a pie or something.)

:dust: for all!

Olivia

Losing4another
05-03-2007, 04:15 PM
gotwork~ Cheer up :D Falling happens to the best of them :hug: Dust yourself off and remind yourself why you are doing this. You sound like your ready to jump right back on plan. Do just that and don't look back. Don't beat yourself up your only human. Weight watchers brand has tons of ice cream treats that are low cal and sooo yummy. My family would eat one over the full fat treats. I'm with you and also have a big sweet tooth. Those carbs can drag you down though so go easy on them ...yet your still allowed to over do sometimes as long as you recover soon after. You can do this :hug: We can all do this :carrot:

tracy- I found those fudge pops your talking about. Yes still yummy and not as pricey as the weight watchers brand. Fiber one bars too...they taste like rice crispy treats to me :)

I left the house for the first time since getting sick today...Was getting lonely :eek: Still have a huge sinus headache and it pretty much hurts to move walk or stand but a girl can only take so much. I must even look sad and lonely ...the lady at the post office invited me to a night with the girls party :lol:

Hope everyone is doing well and staying in control :exercise:

Hotbikini
05-03-2007, 09:19 PM
Hi ladies :smug:

Babeinwaiting - Thank you for sending me the pm about the thread move.

I was so proud of myself Tuesday night for driving to the gym to take what I thought was going to be a step class. It turned out to be a Latin Impact class. I figured what the heck. I'll do it. Oh my!!! I now know why they call it "Latin Impact." It just about impacted every muscle in my body. That's all good except I was moving and shaking in so many directions that I messed up my hip somehow. It was horrible all day yesterday but thank God it's a bit better today. I haven't been able to exercise since Wed. though. :mad:

I know I'm serious about losing weight right now because a few weeks ago, I wouldn't have cared about missing 2 days at the gym. Heck, I didn't even go 2 days a week.

Tracyg40 - I'm happy to hear someone else weighs every day. I keep a log of my weight every day. I find that it motivates me, regardless of what the scale says. If I see that I lost some, I'm motivated to keep up the effort and strive to see the scale move even more to the left the next day. If I see that I gained some, I try extra hard that day to get the scale back to at least where it was the day before. I don't beat myself up either way. The number I really focus on is the weekly weigh-in on Mondays.

Losing4another - I'm sorry you've been sick lately. I'm glad to see you got out of the house today. I hope you're feeling a bit better.

DeterminedLisa
05-04-2007, 03:49 AM
Getting adjusted to fewer calories per day took me 2 1/2 weeks of
****, and by any "outside" measure, I wasn't being drastic or sudden.
My thoughts and wishes are with everybody out there who is
busting through that brick wall of hunger. I'm terrified to go through
it again, so that helps me be extra firm about not breaking my diet.
I don't know if it was sugar withdrawal or ketosis or calories or
what, so fear and uncertainty help keep my from falling off the wagon

GotWork - Maybe by the time you read this, you'll have been back on
your program for one full day. When I start a diet, each minute sucks,
each hour takes forever, and each day is a victory. So congratulations
(in advance?) on your 1 day victory and here's looking toward the future!

Tracy, HotBikini,
I weigh myself often too, but I feel pretty comfortable looking at only
the trend and not being bothered by individual blips. Numbers on
a tapemeasure give me a more emotional reaction, so I try not to
measure inches more than monthly.

HotBikini, huge congratulations on your exercise.

Determined,
Lisa

tracyg40
05-04-2007, 11:19 AM
you all!:hug: Last night was rough with temptation I have to admit. I am a true emotional eater, happy, sad, every
which way in between. So, I am really working hard on identifying why I am eating and only eating when I am physically hungry...hunger pangs and all. I am embracing my hunger;) Last night was rough. I was struggling any way, and then dh and I had a big fight...again....:( seems all we do is fight and it's really stressful. I was sooo tempted to just eat, and eat, and eat...So, I ate....NOTHING! I knew If I started I would never stop. It certainly isn't going to make dh and I stop fighting. :( So, today is hard too. Dealing with the aftermath. Not feeling like
'DOING' anything. However, I did do my exercise video, and even though
it's evil, I stepped on the scale again, and am down to 178.4:D Hopefully I can continue on this vein and have a great monday weigh in. Tonite will be really tough as dh and I own a pizza shop and I have to work there tonite to fill in. Don't do it too often but have to tonite....I am being very controlled about it though. I know exactly what I am going to have, have it counted in and am being careful the rest of the day. May try to fit more exercise in today too, just to be on the safe side.
So, my question of the day. Do you have a weight, that maybe you have dieted down to before, but then have gotten off track, fallen off the wagon? Mine is 2 actually, the lowest I have been (recently-since kids) is 172, that is the weight I was at when I got pregnant with all 3 of my children....I won't feel like I've truly accomplished anything yet till I get to that weight...hmmm, here's hoping I don't get pregnant again....lol...not likely with all the fighting here;). My second weight is the lowest I have been at in 21 years...for a brief shining moment I hit 149 around my five year anniversary.....so that is like my mid (medium goal)! These may not seem like big stretches, but keep in mind, I'm only 5 feet tall....at 178.4, I am almost as big around as tall. :p
oh well, enough rambling for now....:hug: to you all. have a great friday and a great weekend!
tracyg

gotworktodo
05-04-2007, 12:11 PM
Goodness, thank you for all of your encouraging words. I'm glad that I can come and hear those messages when I need them the most.

Well today, I'm feeling better, but I have a sinus cold. But I'm starting from the top. I've realized that it's my portion size that i need to control because honestly, I do eat well most of the time.

My affirmation for today is: I have the power to control myself and the consciousness to know when I am hungry. I will write what I eat and thank DeterminedLisa for the congratulations on a successful day.

Have a beautiful day ladies.

babenwaiting
05-04-2007, 12:18 PM
Good morning, Tracy, Lisa, GotWork, sugarbaby, Hotbikini, AuntyEm, Losing, Sockmonkey (hope I'm not leaving anyone out! :( ) It's been a good almost-two weeks on our Thread, and I think it's going to get better! I guess we're all preparing ourselves mentally for the weekend ... you know, that old plan-ahead thing. I'm thinking pasta with red clam sauce tonight, steak on the grill tomorrow night, and a good baked fish on Sunday, maybe. I have all my salad greens, low-fat dressing, etc. so I should be good to go. I will have no more than two glasses of wine with dinner, maybe not even that. (I can do this; tell me I can do this!:^: )

Tracy, big hugs to you in the midst of your hubby fights. It's the worst feeling, and I commend you SO MUCH for not breaking your diet and getting on with your exercise despite that! :hug: I'll bet whatever your problems are, they will pass ... and you'll be so glad that you didn't let it de-rail your eating plans. I try to tell myself that however hellacious life gets, I can face it better thinner than fatter. A good friend of mine is less than 5' tall, and she says every lb. somehow seems *heavier* for her than it does on her TALL friends. Because of her height, she has to eat a few less calories to lose than I do at 5' 9". I DO have a weight that I think about ... about 28 years ago (OMG, I'm old!!! :o ), I weighed 175 lbs. and then joined a club where we did a lot of cooking and eating, and my weight went to ****, and I've never gotten back there. And a couple of years before that, I weighed about 144 so I do think of those weights and think, WHAT IF I got back there again! :)

GotWork ... :hug: for you. I hope your days are going better, and, however you're doing, please come back and talk to us so we can all cheer each other on! What's that saying .... something like, *you haven't failed if you fall off the wagon, only if you don't get back on?* If any of us had an easy time with food, we wouldn't be here ... we all understand, and have been just where you are so don't feel alone in your battle!

Lisa, you mentioned an Asia time zone? Where are you, if we may ask. Sounds exotic. :)

Hotbikini, good for you, girl, with getting all that butt-shaking exercise!!! :D That is wonderful ... just don't get quite so enthusiastic next time, huh??? Sounds like a lot of fun!

Losing, how is that sinus headache of yours? I sure hope you're on the mend now, and feeling much better!!!

May I ask what calorie count each of you girls are going for? I say 1400 but I always consume maybe couple hundred more than that. I have to say that I lost 45 lbs. a couple of years ago, averaging 1800 per day. As long as my weight drops 1 to 2 lbs. per week ... I don't worry about cutting back too too much but I know I'd lose faster at 1400.

I have now exercised 3 out 4 days this week, and plan a good walk later today. What is everyone's favorite exercise?

Okay, ladies, let's all have a healthy weekend, and make the scale smile at us on Monday! :sunny:

:grouphug:
Olivia

Losing4another
05-04-2007, 03:55 PM
Hi ladies ..it's nice to see all these posts :hug:

Tracy- :hug: Good for you sticking to your guns. Fighting is the worst ... I usually go the other way and can't eat and make up for time when we make up. Hope things get better for you and your husband :hug:

gotwork- I knew you would do it :cheer: You want this to much to let a little fall keep you down

babenwaiting- thanks Yes I am feeling better today. All the laying around has me feeling blah though. I did lose 4.5 lbs though :D My goal next week is not to gain anything back. Your short freind is right I'm short too (5'1) and I can feel those pounds gone as well. My wedding rings are moving around freely and putting my selt belt on in the car wasn't a big effort reaching over.

A couple years ago I lost 22 pounds on weight watchers and was down to 216.. I gained that back and then some but thats my mini weight of once I hit that I'm actually getting some where. The next goal of course is getting back into to onederland haven't been there in some time. I can't set my goals to low or they will feel to far out of reach but the lowest goal is 150...I've always been overweight so the goal isn't to be skinny just to be healthy and enjoy live more. I plan on having another child within the next two years as well and I don't want to start out a pregnancy already this heavy.
I have to get to store and stock back up on house supplies
Have a good weekend ladies :D

Hotbikini
05-04-2007, 10:11 PM
Babenwaiting - I'm so impressed with how you're leading this thread. You sound so determined to meet your goal. I know you'll do it. It looks like you're very well prepared for your meals this weekend. That should take the thought process out of meal decisions for a few days.

Tracy - You're awesome for not giving in to eating out of emotion. The fact that you exercised on top of not overeating is even more amazing. I hope you felt a sense of accomplishement and strong selfworth for caring for yourself, especially after an argument with your husband. Whatever the problem is, it will probably soon pass. So will the pounds if you stay focused on taking care of yourself.

In response to the quesions posted....
I've yo-yoed up and down so much. Over the past 8 years, the low end of the yo-yo has reached around 145. I've been there a couple times. The up end of the yo-yo keeps getting higher each time I come back up.

My favorite thing to do for exercise is take aerobics classes. I just started going back to the gym after a huge hiatus and I realize it's harder than every before to get through the classes. They used to feel much easier. The extra weight I'm carrying is obvious to me when I'm taking a class. I have metal plates and screws in my leg from surgery following a car accident and it makes exercise a big challenge for me. Everything hurts but I push through it. My second favorite thing to do which feels better is the eliptical machine.

tracyg40
05-04-2007, 11:07 PM
I got there and was hungry. I decided to cut my half sub into half and only eat half if it was satisfying to me. but we got busy immediately and i got one bite of it. Finally i threw it away. in the meantime, i was hungry! i ended up picking quite a bit, pieces of meat...a piece of turkey here, bit of roast beef there. When I did get a chance to eat, I had what I originally planned on, but only a quarter (our subs are bigger than everyone else's. They are 14 inch compard to subway's and most others are 12 inch. so a half is 7 inch and half that is 3.5) so that is what I had. I took my kids for ice cream and had a taste of their cones, but withstood the temptation to get one of my own.
I feel bloaty even though I have been drinking water like crazy because of the
meats...so salty....ugh....hopefully lots of water over the next few days will help whisk that bloat away. Oh well, we live and learn. This was my first 'away from home' experience. I am a sahm who homeschools. Money is tight, so eating out is not on our radar at the moment. Since I only have to fill in very occasionally, the pizza shop is not a big issue. So really that was my first attempt at not eating at home, in a controlled environment. I ate really lightly all day, only had about 600 cal....so even with my 1/4 sub and the picking I did, I can't imagine it being over 800 cal (I shoot for 1400)...so I probably did ok. Just stressing about it I guess. I would feel less stressed if I had been able to just eat my sub, or if i had just picked instead of having done both....
ok enough rambling....i'm going to bed.
hugs
tracyg

DeterminedLisa
05-05-2007, 10:08 AM
Tracyg - I really admire how you handled the stress and emotions of your fight. When I saw that you even did your exercise, that struck me for
some reason as being a really transformative response to the situation.
As of yesterday, you may have lost the qualifications to call yourself
an emotional eater.

Gotwork - I also have trouble with portion sizes. If the plate size is
different or if I'm hungry, my eyes play tricks and my estimates are
really really skewed. Once I brought a measuring cup to my food
court and measured (a few people stared) because I just needed
to clue myself in.

Olivia - I live in Singapore, which isn't so different from the US, but
when you go beyond the border, you're in Malaysia or Indonesia,
and they're obviously very different from the US.
In Singapore, restaurants are much cheaper, and the portion sizes
are much smaller. Win-win as far as I'm concerned.

Tracyg - About past weights and past lows....Well, I've only lost
significant amounts of weight a few times. I always manage to
keep it off for the first year, and then I always get complacent
and after that it's a bit blurry in my memory. This will be the first
time I'm aiming to lose such a large amount in one go.

I was empowered to be more ambitious after reading a medical
review suggesting that the conventional wisdom, "The faster you
lose it, the faster you'll gain it back," might not be true. A fast
rate of initial weight loss is positively correlated with long term
outcome. The people who lost a lot during the first month have
in multiple studies had better long-term results than people who
lost gradually. In my previous diets, I had aimed to lose 2 lbs
per month over the course of a year. But losing 2 lbs per week
is so much more rewarding, even though it's tons more painful.
It makes each little decision feel much more like "it matters,"
which is good for me.

Determined,
Lisa

babenwaiting
05-05-2007, 12:45 PM
Happy Saturday, ladies ... :)

Hope you're all having a good weekend. For the first time in 12 days, I let my calories get away from me yesterday, not a pig-out, but more maintenance level! :( But today's a new day, and I slept through breakfast, had boiled eggs for lunch, and will keep my calories at 1000 to 1200 today, I swear, to make up for yesterday. I know that's going to happen ... :dizzy: ... so I'll survive it.

Hotbikini, thank you so much for your kind words. :hug: I'm sure some of you will *lead* very well when I'm not on here for whatever reason. I wanted a thread where everyone is pretty serious about getting the pounds off, and very supportive of each other, and I think we're achieving that. I'm so sorry to hear about the car accident damaging your leg ... I so admire you for pushing yourself to exercise despite all that!

Tracy, it sounds as though you handled your pizza shop evening very well, really. I hate to think of myself hungry, in my own pizza shop. I positively LOVE Italian subs, and would have an awful problem leaving the food alone! You said that your subs were bigger than Subway ... I'll bet they are way better, too! I think Subway is a waste of money, and only ever go there to please a grandchild. :D

So you're a young Mom, Losing, and planning more. What an exciting time of life. I know what you mean about not starting a pregnancy already heavy; then you have SO much to lose after the baby. And 4.5 lbs. off ... WOW! :balloons: for you ... I'll bet you can keep it off!

Another invitation to anyone checking out this thread: if you're serious about losing at least a little weight each week, working some exercise into your life, and chatting about it with some nice ladies, please join us!!! :)

Olivia

babenwaiting
05-06-2007, 09:09 AM
:sunny: Just wanted to say Happy Sunday all. :sunny:

Hope you're having a good one. I got back on track yesterday, kept my calories down. Didn't walk because of showers but am getting ready to do so this morning. This will make four days of exercise for this past week so I've fulfilled my exercise pledge to myself. :)

Last night's dinner was yummy ... the Maryland Crab Cakes you order frozen from QVC (230 cals. per 4 oz. one), huge salad with lo/cal Caesar dressing, half a baked potato, and one of those Low Carb *puffy* 100 Cal. Fudge Ice Cream Bars from Breyers. All so tasty I didn't feel like I was dieting. Hope you guys all had something yummy this weekend, as well!

Tomorrow is weigh-in. Good luck to us all! :grouphug:

Olivia

sockmonkey70
05-06-2007, 12:39 PM
Are those crab cakes good? Sounds yummy. I had Cinco de Mayo food last night..Chicken enchilada and a half cup of refired beans. It was great.

Sorry I haven't posted in so long. Busy busy.

As for calories, my goal right now is 14-1500, but I think I am actually averaging closer to 1800 :(
I HAVE TO get this under control. *sigh*

tracyg40
05-06-2007, 04:46 PM
I haven't been eating so well, not really pigging out, but feeling the difference in the way I am eating.
hopefully, I will get back in the groove by tomorrow.
hugs
tracyg

DeterminedLisa
05-06-2007, 08:08 PM
My target for today was 158.4.
My weight this morning was 158.2. YAY!
My goal for next monday is 2 lbs lighter, 156.2 lbs.

During my first few weeks "on plan" I didn't attend any social meals
or parties, but there were 4 in the past week and I did OK
at all of them. I've had to decline all sorts of foods put in
front of me. Or in some cases, even harder, I've had to
taste each dish to be polite and then sound convincing
when I say I've had enough and don't want more. That's a
big hurdle for me and I thought it was going to be harder.
I guess after cutting my calories to 1250, which was much
harder than I expected, everything else seems easier by
comparison.

I've gotten exercise every day this week that it was
logistically possible (6 out of 7 days).

When I look at the numbers, it seems so harsh that I only
get to lose 2 lbs for such an inordinate amount of work.
Gaining those 2 pounds only took the blink of an eye. But
when I feel or see the effects of 14 lbs lost, I'm very
motivated to keep going.

By next week, I plan to be 1/3 of the way to my "thin" weight.

Determined,
Lisa

tracyg40
05-06-2007, 10:55 PM
awsome! Good for you! Glad to see your success.
As for me....:( I'm very mad and disappointed in myself. I completely lost it today. Binge city...it's been like 5-6 weeks since I have done myself in like this. Feel like a complete failure. Still, I refuse to let it destroy me. Tomorrow is a new day and I will be right back at it. I have to stop eating emotionally....between the issues with my dh which are an ongoing thing, and then some hard stuff that I had to deal with with my closest friend, and then throw me into a social situation...and that was it for me...stick a fork in, i was done.....and it wasn't even mindless....it was rebellious, I don't care, I'm gonna do this...ugh! Ok, enough said. Tomorrow is a new day and I will get back on track.
sorry to be a downer, and i feel badly for letting you guys down:(
hope you all had a better weekend than me.
hugs
tracyg

gotworktodo
05-07-2007, 01:26 AM
I've decided to change up my plan:
I love to eat and a few years ago I reduced my carb intake and lost about 10 pounds pretty quickly. Now I know there is a lot of controversy about a low carb diet but I feel led to eat this way because I really like food and I know that reducing my carbs is something that I can do.

What do you ladies think:???

babenwaiting
05-07-2007, 01:54 AM
Trace, you haven't let anyone down ... we all have these times when it all caves in! :hug: My weekend has not been nearly what it should be; I had about 1650 cals. today, and a TON of salt (after losing some control Friday, as well) so I really doubt that my scale will drop tomorrow! But tomorrow is another day ... and we're starting another week, and we WON'T let one or two off-days wreck our plans, girl! :mad: So you hang in there, and together we'll make this next week GOOD! :)

Good for you, Lisa! Glad it's going well ...

GotWork, if you know a low carb plan worked for you in the past, and you find it the easiest route, I'd go for it. Actually, the latest studies show low carb to be as healthy or healthier than some other plans so, if it works for you, I'd say go for it, and I wish you the best!

Chat with you guys later *today* after I sleep some, then visit Mr. Scale! :o

Olivia

Losing4another
05-07-2007, 08:12 AM
Today's weigh in is 244....that is a 3.5 loss from last week :D I did gain a pound back from when I was sick. Thats going from eating soups and drinking lotss of other liquids to a normal diet. Next weeks goal is getting that scale to say 243 and mean it......good luck ladies can't wait to see how you all did :hug:

gotworktodo
05-07-2007, 08:24 AM
I started my 2 week induction today and I am super psyched. I read the first 11 chapters of the Atkins book and I feel like this WOE could really fit into my lifestyle. I won't have a chance to weigh today, I have a final paper due at 3:30, but I am planning on going to the gym. I'll see how this LC WOE is working and I will weigh next monday.

Tracyg: you need to take the focus off of the food. its easier said than done but the obsession does much more harm than good. find something that works for you rather than things that don't. I spent 3 hours looking at diet books and plans at Borders on saturday and my motivation just clicked. get away from the house where there is food in abundance. drink tea, water, anything but soda, look at what you aren't doing that you could rather than what you are doing that isn't working. i'll be praying that you gain strength and consciousness when you are amidst food that is not healthy.

Great job lisa and babenwaiting! I look forward to sharing my successes in the next week.

tracyg40
05-07-2007, 08:53 AM
after seeing 178.4 for several days last week, I am up again to 180.2. Not that this is a surprise. sigh....
oh well. It's a new day. I am off to exercise. Good luck ladies, and congrats to those who had a good week and lost!
Someone commented about getting out of the house and away from the food
(sorry, I can't remember who right now). I actually found that it was the opposite for me. Friday was the first day I was out of the house and out of a controlled environment, and that is when my decline began, saturday and again sunday were times of social things with no control over the foods present. Add the stress of certain relationships and i just let loose. I find that at home, first, I don't let junk into my house, not that I can't find stuff to binge on anyway, but generally, I'd have to o.d. on carrots to gain lol! I do much better at home. I need to come up with some new strategies. For instance summer is a very social time for us, each family in our church hosts a fellowship on sunday evenings...that's right, a barbque every sunday evening....I'm already formlating my plan for that, I am going to be bringing lots of salads, and need to find a 'good' dessert to bring that will be so good that I won't feel deprived of all the gooey church lady desserts lol!
anyway, i have to go and get my butt working out. Hugs to all of you, thanks for the kind words and I intend to be better disciplined this week.
:hug:
tracyg

DeterminedLisa
05-07-2007, 10:25 AM
Babenwaiting, Losing4Another - Congratulations. Way to go!

Tracy - Rebellion wouldn't necessarily be so bad if there were a way to
do it outside the arena of food. I'm not any good at rebellion, you can
ask people who knew me as a teenager. But I can really respect rebellion
as an outlet and also as an indirect way to "stir the pot" when the
way things are going isn't so good.

GotWork - Congrats on starting your program of choice, and super
congratulations on getting so much motivation. Motivation really
matters a lot.

Lisa

babenwaiting
05-07-2007, 10:30 AM
Good morning, ladies ... :)

Hopped on the scale and I did manage one lb. off :dance: so that brings me to 219 lbs. officially. Exercised four out of seven days. So I'll call that a good week ... and plan to work on getting the calories down for the coming week.

WAY TO GO, LOSING!!! So your official loss for this past week was 3.5 lbs!!! :balloons: for you! That is great, girl! And, Lisa, :balloons: for you, too. Two lbs. a week off is very motivating!!!

Sockmonkey, meant to answer you in my last post to tell you the QVC crabcakes are absolutely wonderful, and my husband is from Maryland, we used to live there, and we are very picky about anything *crabby.* :D BTW, I sympathize with you about trying to keep those calories down ... let's do it together this week! :hug:

I am wishing you the best with your eating plan, gotwork! Let us know how it goes ... You won't get as hungry with all that protein on the Atkins plan.

Tracy, we'll have to figure out a couple of desserts for all those BBQs ... so tough when you're not in charge of the food. It is hard to eat outside the house when you're dieting (thank God for Chili's and their Guiltless Grill, and my DH and I split dinner at Outback. He's great that way, supportive.) We're all behind you, so don't worry about the weekend, and just think about how well you're going to do now that you're back on track!

Okay, ladies, let's go get 'em (those lbs.) :D Congrats on everyone's success this past week!

Olivia

gotworktodo
05-07-2007, 12:04 PM
Tracyg: maybe a good thing to do is to bring some chicken or salmon to really satisfy your hunger at the BBQs, possibly a couple pounds that you have marinated to taste super yummy off of the grill. Usually salads don't do it and it will allow you to eat healthily while you are at festive occasions where you do feel the urge to indulge a bit. There great alternatives to cakes and cookies could be a fruit bowl to satisfy that sweet tooth. Hey and maybe some of your friends and family would like in on the great healthy things that you brought rather than the foods available at the BBQ. Also like I suggested, distract yourself from the thoughts of those foods lingering at the table, because as long as they stay on the table and out of your mouth, you'll be triumphant over them. Keep your head up and like I said, definitely get your head in a book that will reinforce positive food thinking and body image. The more you fill your head with those things the less you will want to fill up on food.

babenwaiting
05-07-2007, 04:34 PM
Back to say, my first exercise session for this week is DONE ... 45 min. brisk walk. :flow2: How's everyone else doing with the exercise? The hardest part is getting on my shoes and out the door! :D

A diet dessert recipe I really like, "Hot Fudge Monday" from "Looneyspoons" by the Podleski sisters:

HOT FUDGE MONDAY

Cake -
1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup unpacked brown sugar
1 - 1/2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup skim or 1% milk
2 tablespoons vegetable oil

Sauce -
1 cup unpacked brown sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 - 3/4 cups boiling water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

For cake, mix flour, brown sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl and set aside.

In a small bowl, whisk together milk and oil. Add the mixture to the flour mixture. Using a wooden spoon, mix vigorously until well blended (or use mixer on low speed.) Pour batter into ungreased 8 x 8 pan or dish, and spread evenly.

In small bowl mix together second amount of brown sugar and second amount of cocoa. Sprinkle mixture over batter. Pour boiling water over top, and DO NOT STIR! Bake for 40 - 45 min. until top of cake feels dry. Remove from oven; let stand 5 min. before serving. Cut into six pieces; spoon chocolate sauce from bottom of pan over pieces. Serve warm or at room temperature. (Left-overs can be refrigerated, and heated in the microwave.)

I LOVE this ... 285 calories per 1/6 of pan, and you can add a heaping tablespoon of frozen low/fat yoghurt for just a few more calories.

Hope everyone's having a good one! :)

Olivia

gotworktodo
05-07-2007, 05:02 PM
I have eaten so much today! And I am not worried about it! Whoo hoo... I am not going to tell you what I ate because it might disgust some of you, but it was tasty! Shrimp sauteed in butter for dinner though...doesn't that sound yummy?

I am going to take a cat nap because I was up all night...and then will head over to LA Fitness for a little cardio and weights...have a blessed day.

Hotbikini
05-08-2007, 12:17 AM
Hi ladies. I should have guessed the scale wouldn't like me today. I'm up 2 from last week. I ate out last night and felt the sodium effect today. I wasn't able to exercise until yesterday because of the latin dance class I took last Tuesday that killed my hip. It's better now and I plan on hitting the gym everyday.

I sure hope I can get the scale to start going down again. I've been stuck going up and down the same 3 pounds for the past few weeks. It's like my fat has some sort of separation anxiety.

I'm going to stay possitive though. I'm proud of myself for exercising more this past month than I have in half a year. I've also refrained from eating lunch from the school cafeteria at work, and I've been cooking very healthy meals at home.

My only downfall is still when I'm alone at night before going to bed. I sometimes ruin my whole day of effort in just 30 minutes.

My goal for this week... Lose 2 to 3 pounds, fit in at least 300 minutes of cardio, not eat after 8pm.

Congrats to all who lost this week. Keep up the great effort.

DeterminedLisa
05-08-2007, 02:42 AM
Some ideas for fighting off snacks at night:

1) Brush teeth, floss, use really strong mouthwash in the early evening because it makes later food taste bad and because eating would make
you have to brush again.
2) Go to bed earlier. Try never to be the last one to bed and try to
get up early. Except for social gatherings, whatever you were going
to do at night can be done in the morning.
3) Cut carrot sticks in advance so they're ready to be the first snack.
This doesn't work for me unless I'm on a serious diet, but if I am,
I'm so hungry that the carrots are actually a little bit satisfying.
This approach works really well for my mother.
4) Requiring myself to postpone the snack food until after I've had
a banana and then waited 30 minutes. By then my blood sugar is higher
and steadier and I can make saner decisions about the snack foods.
5) Avoid foods that are unusually addictive, especially snacks that
have been engineered to cause blood sugar spikes, such as puffed
foods, melt-in-your-mouth foods, or foods with lots of tiny nooks
and crannies that increase the surface area. Prefer foods with
low glycemic index and lower addictiveness. For me, sweet-sour
foods are extremely addictive too, but deep down we all know
what's addictive for us.
6) Consider requiring yourself to prepare and cook anything you eat
in the evening, as a test for whether you want it badly enough.
(That's hard but making ice cream or potato chips from scratch
can be fun, and you really appreciate each bite, and it changes
how you feel about the pre-packaged version.)
7) My aunt used TV snacks that require time and effort to get to,
like pomegranate seeds. She also would peel a grapefruit and peel
every section individually. Nowadays grapefruits are sweeter and
have enough calories to be slightly satisfying.

Currently, I'm going to bed really early and that works well. I'm
willing to sacrifice some social and entertainment benefits
for easier weight loss. On a previous diet, the "banana+wait" worked
really well for me. But overall, I've seen so much gutwrenching hard
work and sweating-at-the-gym and self-denial ruined and destroyed
by a few hours of high calorie foods, and I'm just sick of the horrible
waste. The difference between being laid back and being strict
really pays off on the scale for me, so as long as it keeps paying
off, that's probably my biggest motivation to avoid snacking.

If and when I hit plateau, I hope you all will be there to hand
me kleenex while I weep.

Determined,
Lisa

tracyg40
05-08-2007, 08:59 AM
Ok, ladies, back on track. Kept my calories low and was extra careful to measure everything that went into my mouth. Got my exercise in, as well as some extra (walked to the store for my salad fixins rather than driving!) and today I am also determined to stay on track. I had my oatmeal and will be going to get my exercise in, in a few minutes. So wish me a better day!
Hot bikini, sorry to hear about your gain, shake it off baby and move on, we've got a new week and a new opportunity to do better! YOU can do it!:carrot: My dd has gymnastics tonite, so I will be walking the track tonite as well as exercising this morning. A little extra exercise never hurt anyone right?!
Well, I must get myself in gear now, get my kids to working and get my tape in!
Many hugs!
tracyg

gotworktodo
05-08-2007, 01:27 PM
Tracy that's great to hear that you have gotten your motivation back. Although I have not lost much weight yet, I feel that motivation is the key to any success. Keep it up.

As for me, I am still low carb and I really like it. I hope that I am successful.

tracyg40
05-08-2007, 03:26 PM
i know you can do it! I'm loving our thread! It's great to see everyone so active, and to hear how everyone is doing! I just realized that with all my mini goals in mind, I hadn't realized that I am pretty close to my first 10 lbs.
2 more to go. Doesn't seem like so much I guess when I have so much to go, but hey, 10 lbs is 10 lbs. Feels like a milestone to me!
well, I need to run.
hope you all have a good day! will check in tomorrow!
hugs
tracyg

babenwaiting
05-09-2007, 12:30 AM
Hi ladies,

Hope you're all having a good evening. I've had a pretty good day ... calories in the 1600 range, a short walk today (misty rain here.)

Tracy, glad to hear you're back in the groove. I KNEW you'd bounce back in no time. :hug:

Hotbikini, don't let that scale get you down. You're probably holding fluid, and by next week, you'll be seeing a drop again! Just keep on keeping on ... :cheer:

Gotwork, your shrimp in butter doesn't sound at all disgusting to me ... in fact, I'm drooling! :D I love your enthusiasm for your new plan ...

Lisa, thanks for posting your tips. It's good to do that ... what one of us doesn't think of, another may! :)

Have a good day tomorrow, ladies!

Olivia

tracyg40
05-09-2007, 08:59 AM
had a good, on track day yesterday and shooting for that again today.
got lots of stuff to accomplish today, so need to get at it.

i'm back to 178.4, i saw 177.6 yesterday, so hopefully that will come back soon~!
ok, really gotta run, have a great day today!
:hug:
tracyg

babenwaiting
05-09-2007, 11:03 AM
Good for you, Trace! You will have that 10 lbs. off before you know it. My scale is up, and it shouldn't be, calorie-wise. So it's gotta be the salt ... :(

On the bright side, I just did a long, brisk sweaty walk so that's 2 out of 3 days this week that I've exercised! :)

Olivia

tracyg40
05-09-2007, 11:06 AM
eventually show up on the scale!!!
I got my watp tape done and my upper body weight workout done. I think tonite I'll be trying to walk too.
other than that, not much new here. I too have to watch the salt. I am trying to avoid salty things and sugar too, drinking tons of water.
so get your water in!
ttyl
tracyg

Losing4another
05-09-2007, 12:15 PM
The scale didn't move at all for 3 days...I know that isn't suppoed to be a big deal but I was hoping for a little move even half a pound. I'm tired of looking at 244. It sent me over the edge and I've been eating all day. I was doing so good then without seeing the scale move I feel like I'm spinning wheels for nothing....Time to regroup and recover before I do to much damage :eek:

tracyg40
05-09-2007, 03:54 PM
I pulled out some clothes from last summer. I had bought a pair of khaki
cargo capris. i only wore them like twice because they were tight. I put them on to day and they are large. almost too large...they hang down around my hips...YAY!!!!!!! YIPPEEE!!!!
But heck they are practically brand new and I barely got to wear them.....
OH WELLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!
hugs
tracyg

DeterminedLisa
05-09-2007, 08:38 PM
Yesterday I was hanging on by a thread. I went to the grocery store,
with a precise list of only what I absolutely needed. But nowadays it's
impossible to shop when I'm not hungry because I'm ALWAYS somewhat
hungry. Walking up and down those aisles just released some sort
of appetite beast inside me that I didn't know was under the surface.
The grocery store is in a shopping center with places to eat, benches,
etc, and I was so close to having a binge right then and there. The
craving, the longing, you know what I mean. I kept myself from buying
the foods I wasn't allowed to have, but my brain was in some weird zombie
trance of internal struggle and daydream, hypnotized by watching all
the foods on the shelves as I walk down the aisles. When I didn't
allow myself to BUY the food I craved, I found myself on the verge
of stealing the food in a zombie state, as if not paying for it would
solve my problem. I wouldn't have really done it, but just feeling
so out of control freaked me out.

In the future, I'm not going grocery shopping by myself again.
I can bring a child and focus on the child. (Mine are young and
they'll sponge up attention). But mainly I'll have my groceries
delivered for the near future. I'm willing to fork out some money
to avoid that situation again.

Still determined,
Lisa

Losing4another
05-10-2007, 08:20 AM
Lisa~ Good for you.. You held strong :cheer:

I on the other did finally get the scale to move. The wrong way. Got to see 245 instead of 244 this morning. Should watch what I ask for I just might get it. I really over did it yesterday. Once I let myself get out of control I stayed out of control the whole day. Not going to let myself do that today.

tracyg40
05-10-2007, 11:27 AM
it may seem, is that you didn't cave! I wish grocery delivery were an option here. I live in the boonies, so doesn't happen here. sigh....I too went grocery shopping. however I prefer to go alone. my kids are old enough that they want this that and the other thing, things I don't even bring in the house, and aisles I totally avoid, so that is way worse for me. I have found that since I go shopping only once a week that I allow for my treat then. I go to the grocery store and then I go to mcd's for a cone on the way home. It feels like cheating but it's not (150c.). So, that works for me.
Losing...I know it's hard to see the scale move in the wrong direction, this week alone mine has been up as much as 180.4, and then today I saw a new low of 177 even!!!!:carrot: Hoping to keep that, and lose one more by weigh in which will put me at my first 10 lbs!!! On the one hand I am excited about that, but when I think about how far I still have to go...oy vey!
well, so far this week has been good food and exercise wise. I started weights this week. Today was my first leg day and WOW, I can really feel it, yikes. gonna be sorreeee!!! tomorrow.....tonite I am going to walk during dd's gymnastics.
got some projects to start around the house this weekend.....
ttyl,
have a terrific day!
tracyg:hug:

babenwaiting
05-10-2007, 10:54 PM
Hey ladies,

Hope you're all doing well as we go into the weekend. Tracy, you are doing so great with your exercise ... way to go, girl! :cheer:

Lisa, maybe you need to up your calories a little if you're truly hungry most of the time. Your body may be telling you it needs a little more ... unless you're talking about *emotional hunger* which I get at night, when I have eaten all my calories but just feel like eating! :( Congrats for staying strong!

Gotwork, where are you? How is that low-carb going?

Losing, I'm sure you will get started in the other dirrection. Don't give up; I'm not losing as fast as I should either but together we'll all get there.

Have a good Friday, girls! :flow2:

Olivia

tracyg40
05-11-2007, 09:24 AM
Hope everyone has a great day! I have to admit to being a little nervous about the weekend. They always seem harder to me than during the week. We have some projects around the house planned so hopefully that will keep me occupied. I am really striving to get one more pound off to hit my first 10..dunno why i am so psyched about that! Hoping that all of us moms don't over do it on mother's day....yikes!:dizzy: I already got my mother's day presents lol! we got new azaleas to plant as well as some plants for a garden.
(we bought our house last august and are still in the honeymoon stage lol! and for the first time ever, a YARD!!) This weekend we are refinishing the hardwood kitchen floors which desperately need it. And I bought some new lingerie:o Not the naughty kind lol! My undies and bras were falling apart, I opened the dryer to strings coming off my undies and broke one bra, stuck a finger through one and thought, ummm, it's about time...so...happy mother's day to me, yippeee!
well, i must go, got a busy day ahead! huggies to you all, hope you have a great friday!
:hug: tracyg

Losing4another
05-11-2007, 04:44 PM
Hello gals,

The scale finally moved for me, in the direction I want to see ...243 <---- you can't see it but I am doing a happy dance :carrot: Maybe my body was holding on to the fat thinking I was starving myself. Since the out of control day I lost the weight I gained and another pound.

Tracy~ I'm scared of this weekend too. I've been wanting to go out to eat with the family for a while but now that I recovered from my melt down I'm scared all those smells are going to sent me into another pig out.

My daughter has a multi-cultural fair tonight but I think I should be safe there...i'm a chicken when it comes to trying different foods. I'm sure there will be baked goods but I think thats only if you win the cake walk...lets hope we don't. Hmmm that will probably be the only time I say I hope we don't win:lol: Plan to only spend money at the book fair.

Babenwaiting~ How are you coming along? Still going strong with that exercise? It's getting so hot I'm going to have to join a gym or something soon to keep from roasting :hot:

babenwaiting
05-11-2007, 11:06 PM
Happy Mother's Day weekend, ladies! :flow1: It's good to see everyone reporting in. I have exercised 3 of 5 days so I am proud of that. But I'm not keeping my calories below 1500 as I should, hitting more like 1800, and I lose SO SLOWLY when I eat that much. I must do better ... :mad:

Losing, so often, it's two steps forward, one step back, with our diets. We just have to keep plugging along! :)

I'm supposed to attend an outdoor concert tomorrow night but there's a 50% chance of showers/storms. Sure hope the weather stays decent for us. What's everyone else doing this weekend? I don't have a child living nearby to celebrate Mother's Day so I'll have to fend for myself ... :dizzy:

Have a good Saturday, all! :grouphug:

Olivia

maeminglea
05-12-2007, 12:57 AM
Hey ladies. This looks like a determined group. I am new to this site, but I've been reading alot of good ideas and I've found it helpful with keeping positive. I've struggled with weight my entire life and I am motivated to get healthy along with the rest of you gals. And yes, it would be nice to lose the back fat as well!!

Today my struggle was an office party - I got asigned to cook the lemon bars (which I ate a good many). I also felt bad if I didn't try everyone else's dish. I guess I've been eating more healthy foods for the last few months - So my horrible eating cause me to have a really bad stomach ache all night. I spent an hour on the treadmill to try to balance it out. Anyway - It was just one day - I'll get back on track tomorrow. I'm also trying to keep the calories around 1300 a day (I read somewhere that people typically underestimate their calorie intake by 600 calories so I'm trying to write down everything in FitDay). Anyway, I'd love to check in to see everyones progress!

tracyg40
05-12-2007, 07:56 PM
well. and in case i don't make it back on tomorrow, happy mother's day to those who are moms!:hug: i was worried about today being a bad eating day. weekends are hard, but today was ok. we were so busy all day (refinishing our kitchen floor, doing some spring cleaning, planting and mowing). with the floor being done, we can't cook in the kitchen so we are limited to what we can grill. the grill chose to wait till dh left for work to die, and I almost ordered pizza....but dh told me how to fix it and i didn't order pizza and i'm glad!;) i didn't get any real 'formal' exercise in, but i took a short walk to the store and back, and to get to the other parts of my house i have to walk outside and around all day today lol!:dizzy: (the kitchen is in the middle lol!)
I may still try to work a tape in, but i'm really wanting to color my hair, do my bible study, paint my nails and watch a movie...lol! maybe not!
well, better get going if i'm going to accomplish all that and get those kiddies to bed!
hope your weekend is great! hugs
tracyg

tracyg40
05-13-2007, 09:04 AM
i was so hoping for 176 for tomorrow:( Am I eating too much? I haven't gone above 1400 for a week or two now and am exercising...? what do you all think? ok enough whining. I love that I am losing weight and doing fairly well, even though not fast enough for me;) but one thing I hate!!! is being in betweeny in sizes....ugh! my 18's are just loose enough to bag and fall down, but 16 is still a dream away.....sigh....

ok, enough! hope you all have a great mother's day! sending will power dust everyone's way, and hoping some rubs off on me.....
hugs
tracyg

babenwaiting
05-13-2007, 10:33 AM
Happy Mother's Day, ladies! :balloons: Hope you will all have a spectacular day. I received beautiful flowers from my son, and my DH will make my favorite smoked fish on the grill so that will be yummy. This is usually the day I go shopping for geraniums and ferns for my front porch, as well. :)

I wish that I had not stepped on the scale today. Compared to what I was eating, I have cut my food intake in half over the last three weeks, and yet I'm only down 2 to 3 lbs. overall which makes no sense! I can't believe I'd need to cut out that many more calories or exercise that much more to lose. NEVER had this much problem when I lost about 50 lbs. a couple of years ago ... in fact, I thought people were kidding themselves when they'd tell me a similar story about their dieting efforts. :( It may be that I exercised much more then but ... YIKES! I'm not a person who can live on 1200 calories a day, so I don't know what my next plan is ... :mad:

Maeminglea, welcome to our group. We are so happy to have you! :welcome: Your calorie count sounds good ... that should be a good place to start, and we all wish you the best!

Tracy, you must have burned about a zillion calories with all that floor re-finishing and work around the house and yard. Good for you ... :hug: Good luck on your weigh-in tomorrow.

Losing, way to go with getting that scale moving. I hope your weekend is going well without too many temptations! :)

Lisa, hope that you are doing well, and haven't had any more harrowing trips to that grocery store! :devil:

HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY, ALL! :flow2:

DeterminedLisa
05-13-2007, 10:33 PM
Maeminglea - Welcome. That office party sounds like a really rough test.
Lemon bars would have doomed me too. Congratulations on the hour of
treadmill work, and even bigger congratulations on the decision to log
your food. Every time I do it, I learn more about myself.

GotWork - How is your low-carb program going? If you're still in
induction, this could be a crappy-feeling time, so I hope you feeling
well. If you can spare time to post, would love to hear from you.

Lisa

tracyg40
05-13-2007, 10:38 PM
on the scale tomorrow. I failed miserably today. sigh....You know, I've been eating in a fairly controlled manner now for almost 2 months. I've avoided binges for the most part, kept junk that is beyond my control out of the house and started exercising. Today is the first day that I truly went off the deep end with absolutely NO self control. Like i said in a previous post, when I blow it, I blow it big time, no pussyfooting around. :mad: I am really mad at myself. I had a plan, was totally in control, cruising along and then wham! it hit me. first my mother showed up. we are on the outs and she makes me really really tense. then, my dh and ds had a huge fight out in the yard. oh yay! Happy mother's day to me. :devil: Still, I did fine till we went to the inlaws....3 cookies, a handful of pretzels and a small scoop (maybe 1/4c or less) of pudding later and I was done for (or should have been) We had planned to go to this special dairy aisle, and I should have opted out..but did I? NOOOOO of course not, and to top it off, instead of the SMALL strawberry sundae I had planned for (hold the whip cream and nuts) I got a small turtle sundae (with the wc/nuts). I so disgust myself at times, will I never learn self control?:?:
ok, enough with the pity party. Thanks for letting me rant. I WILL do better tomorrow and I will just have to fight that weight off this week.
:hug: , Here's hoping you all had a great weekend. I am so blessed and have so much to be thankful for, so I am not going to let this derail me. I have to let it go and move on. So, till tomorrow then.
hugs
tracyg

DeterminedLisa
05-13-2007, 10:53 PM
Tracy, congratulations on shrinking out of your cargo pants. Maybe
that will be a more memorable milestone for you in the long term than
the 10 pound milestone. Congratulations on all the ways you've
found to squeeze a bit more exercise into your life, in addition to
your "official" workouts. All those muscles are burning fat in your sleep! :)

Losing - Congratulations on your scale weight. Are you going to join
a gym for the summer? What exercise do you think you're going to try
to do? I'm getting to know a gym right now and it's a bit intimidating,
but last week there was a very short, very thin elderly woman doing
all the weight machines, among the beefy men. It was great to watch her
because she adjusted the machines really slowly (so I can follow what
she's doing), she used all the easy settings, and I felt inspired to
try to do more of the weight machines.

There's a little exercise room in my condo complex, which isn't a big
deal, but once a week I go to the big gym. In the long run I think the
variety of exercises at the big gym will help me avoid/delay the plateau
or whatever is supposed to cause setbacks, but the big gym makes me
feel more self-conscious.

Olivia - I totally hear you about the situation of losing really slowly when
making a major effort. Totally unfair!! Before I started cutting
back my calories to 1200/day, I did 8 solid weeks of DAILY workouts at the
mini-gym in my condo, plus moderate reduced-calorie meals, and I lost zero
pounds (probably lost fat and added muscle). I was worried I couldn't
reach my goals unless I kept up that rate of progress for 1 and a half
years, and I just didn't think I could make myself show up at the gym every
day unless I was getting faster results. For the sake of faster progress, I'm
willing to endure 1200 calorie diets and hunger. Your advice to increase
my calories is totally logical, and it would probably help when it's time
for maintenance phase, but I'm going to keep up current approach until
it stops working for me. This is my first time trying an aggressive diet.
I've always been afraid a fast diet would doom me to regain, but this
time I'm willing to try it.

Lisa

tracyg40
05-14-2007, 09:07 AM
'fall' it may not show up for a day or two...so, that said, I am down from my last weighin of 180 to 177.4. A loss, so I will take it. Shooting really hard for that 176 for next week and hoping that nothing will derail me!:(
oh well, such is life and these things happen and come up. I am choosing not to beat myself up or obsess about it, and to just :D and move on.
Lisa! thanks for the kind words! I actually wore those pants to church yesterday. The truth is they ARE too big lol;) I kept having to hitch them up and then when I got home I just pulled them off, buttoned and zippered and all....so I'm giving them the old heave ho. I think sometime this week I will go try on a pair or two of 16's and see how far till I can get in a pair. Maybe....I have to make sure I'm in the right frame of mind, If I go at the wrong time, I will get depressed instead of motivated...such a fine line.
I'm curious ladies: if you are counting calories, how many do you take in? I've moved down to 1200, in the first few weeks I was doing between 1400 and 1600 and that wasn't working for me, so I moved down again to 1550 and then 1500. I couldn't even imagine going as low as 1200, but I'm not finding it an issue being 'hungry' any more, for me it is the emotional eating. I'm afraid to drop lower, I keep thinking if I drop lower now, where will I be able to go when I hit a plateau? or when I'm trying to lose those last stubborn few if I'm already as low as 1200 now? Just wondering how you all are doing?
thinking of zig zagging my calories and trying to stick with healthier choices...ie. avoiding salt and sugar, and not over doing the diet-y goodies such as granola bars and sf/ff stuff, avoiding diet pepsi...I used to be a dp hound and would drink it all day long. It's been a good month since I've gone to 1, or occasionally 2 a day....
ok, this got long winded....so I'll go for now. need to get my kids ready for school. hope you all have a good day and weigh in for the week. it's a new week, lets get excited! let's get motivated! let's shake off the dust from last week and move on!!!:carrot: :carrot: :carrot: (ok, totally talking to myself here lol!;)
:hug: tracyg

babenwaiting
05-14-2007, 09:50 AM
After being thoroughly down and overeating yesterday (not too badly), I am back up a pound on the scale ... I had gone from 223 to 219, and now back to 220. Oh, well, that's THREE LBS. less than when I started this whole thing so I will choose to look at it in a positive light overall, and try some adjustments. :dizzy:

Lisa, thanks for the empathy. I applaud your doing what you have to to keep the weight moving off. I know that I have to decide to accept discomfort (not eat out of habit and accept that hollow feeling), and get more exercise, to speed my program along. Will I do it? Time will tell ... but I definitely feel better than I did before I started this plan so I'll still hang in here but I'm not setting much of an example here! :(

Tracy, congrats on your scale being down this week! :flow1: That is terrific, and keep going DOWN the road! :hug: Are you talking about 16W or regular size 16 pants? I ask because it's been a zillion years since I could get in a regular 16; of course, I carry much of my chub in my stomach and thighs, whereas my friend carries most of her's on top so we can never compare sizes! Whatever, I know it feels good for you to see your clothes getting baggy.

Hope we'll hear from some of our other ladies as well today. You all have a great day (and week!) :cheer: for us all!

Olivia

tracyg40
05-14-2007, 10:02 AM
16W is what I am talking about lol! I am not enough of an optomist to go try on 16 regulars lol! I am a true hour glass figure, big on top, big on bottom with well defined waist. I end up having to buy such large sizes to fit over my but and gut, but once I get them up over that, they are loose in the waist.:^: oh well....
Sorry you had a hard week, seems like a bunch of us did. Sigh.....well, i must run and get my exercise in. I've got a bunch to do so better get off of here and get to it.
Hope everyone has a great day.
:hug:
tracyg

Losing4another
05-14-2007, 10:31 AM
This weekend wasn't pretty :( I didn't do good at all. Saturday I thought would be my cheat day going out to dinner ... Then back on track well ...Saturday spilled into Sunday and what was supposed to be a day I had planned to eat out with the family (the second try at eating out) ended up being a huge cookout that my husband planned then went to sleep. I was so mad .... I wanted to go OUT not entertain and clean up afterward. Cutting a long story of my husband making plans and not even telling me ....after that I pretty much ate all day and there was tons of food around to keep me busy doing so. I finished up the last of the chocolate cake for breakfast so even though I hate that I'm still stuffing my face the JUNK is out of the house. I stepped on the scale with a pound gain ...i'm sure there is more to come. I'm so mad at myself and still mad at my husband .

tracyg40
05-14-2007, 01:10 PM
When you calm down, maybe you and dh need a chat about planning things without telling you. It sucks that you ended up cooking and cleaning when it was mother's day. A family barbque wouldn't have been so bad if dh had done the honors, but for him to go off and have himself a nap....arghhh:mad:
I would have been seriously peeved too! My dh was a bit of a butt head yesterday too...oh well, I'm not going to let it set me off any more than it did. What's that old cliche about getting a new chance every 24 hours? Take the sentiment to heart. You can do this. Forget about yesterday and don't let the 'mad' be an excuse to fall into negative old behaviour patterns!:hug: :hug: :hug: to you! Hope your day is better, good that you got all the junk gone! Have a great week.
will probably check back in later or tomorrow!
tracyg

babenwaiting
05-14-2007, 11:25 PM
Losing, so sorry you had a bad Sunday! It sounds as though you're picking yourself up, dusting yourself off and getting going again! Good for you ... :hug:

I have been having a tough time as well BUT today I've done much better, actually kept my calories below 1400, and took a long walk. Last week I only managed three long walks, and I intend to do better this week. We can do it, girls!

Okay, time to hit the bedroom so I don't go near the refrigerator again! You girls have a good night, hang tough and have a good day tomorrow. :grouphug:

Olivia

DeterminedLisa
05-15-2007, 02:15 AM
Hello friends,

I was in such a bad mood yesterday. First, I got nothing done at work. At home my 4 year
old kept asking why my face was angry. I was impatient with the kids when they
wanted to climb on me as a form of hugging and welcoming me home. I caused a fight
with my husband. There was nothing hormonal to cause this, and no bad events to
upset me. I think the dieting is really hard on me mentally. It's stressful to
be constantly fighting with myself, it's physically demanding, and who knows what
biochemical issues are going on at the same time. I'm just so irritable. But
I've stayed on plan, every single hour of every stinking day, so that's good.

I'm down to 155.8 lbs, so I made my goal. Next week's goal is 2 pounds lower,
153.8 lbs. I absolutely love catching my reflection everywhere, and I like how
it feels to stand up or sit down. Being irritable and vain is a bad combo! :)

Olivia -- I'm sure your commitment and motivation will make you succeed in whatever
approach you choose. Don't quit the conservative approach if it's right for you,
and I hope you continue being the same good example that you already are.
I'm not advocating hunger for anybody except myself. Hunger stinks.

Tracy -- you raised so many interesting questions about daily calories and diet and
everything. Getting less than 1200 calories/day seems like something serious
enough that you'd have to be careful. Lots of people suggest never going
below 1200/day, on average. For one thing, it's hard to get enough nutrition
with less food, and less nutrition can cause cravings. Also, many people find it
hard to exercise on ultra low calorie diets, and without exercise, your body has
no reason to avoid burning muscle, instead of just burning fat.

It seems to me that the difference between 1200/day and 1000/day is not
going to have such a huge impact on weight loss, because it takes so many
days to add up to 3500 calories. In contrast, one "out of control" day can have
thousands of calories and can have a really big impact. For many people, I
think improving their typical "good day" is not as significant as reducing
the number of "bad days." So if 1000/day causes somebody to have a binge,
it would be doing more harm than good in the long run, not to mention being
miserable. But some people, especially patients in hospital settings,
end up with good results on 800 calories/day.

Good luck with your decision! Of course I'll support whatever you choose!

Determined, and long-winded,
Lisa

babenwaiting
05-15-2007, 12:50 PM
Lisa, let's just call you WONDER WOMAN, girl! :balloons: for you for getting to your goal this week. Way to go, so proud of you. You feel the wind, but you don't bend! You're so right about the mood that dieting can put you in ... you feel like going off on everybody like one of those cartoon alarm clocks, jangling in all directions ... but you CAN'T! :mad: :D You're inspiring me, lady. :hug:

:dance: Good news for me today from the scale. It had dropped over a pound so now I am at 218 (.8 ;) ), and hope not to see an increase again. I walked for the second day in a row today. So things are looking brighter! :sunny:

Trace, hope you are having a good day, and that yesterday went well for you. Calories ... for me it's an ongoing battle to stay at a certain level. I believe 1300 is about right for a tall girl like me to see 1 to 2 lbs. off every week, but I'm always bumping 1800 - 1900 so that's why I lose so slowly!:mad: I WILL LOSE THE WEIGHT EVENTUALLY BUT IT WILL TAKE FOREVER! :o

Losing, hope you are having a great day and getting back on track! We can never give up; one day something clicks and we start to make progress again ... :)

Gotta go shop, girls! You know, attend to the important stuff ...

Olivia

tracyg40
05-15-2007, 05:56 PM
day! just checking in. My stupid scale is still not moving ...arrrghh!
however I did go to walmart and try on those 16's I was talking about and they fit:carrot: :carrot: :carrot: and umm, those were 16 regulars, not 16w's, tee hee. Pretty excited about that. I tried on a couple different pairs in different styles just to be sure I didn't find that one pair that were funky and looser fitting lol! And they fit...:D :D :D Can you tell I am pretty excited about that?! I can't believe I am saying 'down' to 16 and excited all in the same sentence.
I guess for now, I am sticking to the 12-1400 calories. I am too nervous to think about going down this early in the game.:?:
well, I must go vote now. hope you all have a great day. will check in later.
hugs
tracyg

babenwaiting
05-15-2007, 11:27 PM
Just checking in to say that I'm on my way to bed, and have held my calories to about 1360, wonderful for me! :o I will walk again tomorrow. I'm going away for a long weekend, on Thursday, with many temptations so I will just try not to gain any ... don't know if I'll be losing or not. But I must learn to *watch it* when I travel as well as when I'm home. I will be checking in with you ladies though ... Have a good night, all! (P.S.: Tracy, that scale will move SOON! :^: )

Olivia

babenwaiting
05-16-2007, 08:19 AM
:sunny: Happy Wednesday, everybody! :sunny:

:dance: First five pounds off! The scale dropped that other .8 pound, so now it's solidly five. :dance: YESSSSSSSSSSSS! Happy person residing here today ... :D

Hope we will see Hotbikini, SockMoney, Losing, SugarBaby, GotWork (where are you? :(), Maeminglea, etc. again. Girls, if you're around, please drop in and say hi, no matter if you're on program or not! :) We miss you! Please, anyone reading this thread who'd like to join us, do hop right in. We'd love to have you!

:cheer: for us all!

Olivia

tracyg40
05-16-2007, 09:13 AM
feel so awesome!:carrot: :carrot:
Just checking in on this wednesday. Hope everyone has a really great day!
As for me, I am getting so frustrated, the scale finally moved today...UP! a pound...wth?????? I swear I am being sooooo good. I have not binged, I have stayed at or below 1300 max...usually 1200 or below. I have exercised 5/7 days. What gives????????

yesterday looked like this I got up, puttered around for a few minutes, then did my watp dvd, did lower body weights, did some shopping and some yard work, then walked about 25 min on the track while waiting on dd to finish at gymnastics.

Food:
bkfast: missed it because I was busy, dh was home from work which threw me off too. I NEVER miss bkfast lol. That was a first for me.

Lunch: tuna wrap (flat out:90c Tuna: 150, mayo:45, vegies(LTO) 25)
tangelo:100
___________________________
total: 410


Dinner: salad 35c
chicken breast 4oz 200c.
dressing 60.
sm potatoe 100
butter 110
________________________________
total: 505

snack: sm cone from mcd's 150
5 strawberries? 100?
_________________________________
total: 250

Day's total: 1165........where am I going wrong? lunch and dinner are generally chicken or fish and some salad, with the occasional rice or baked potatoe. sometimes soup or wrap for a lunch.....
I don't always have the ice cream treat, and I usually have oatmeal for breakfast at 150c.......

what do you all think?????? I honestly am looking at it and going that really isn't too bad, what the heck is the deal with the scale for pete's sake?
ARRGGGGGG!
Ok, enough whining. I'm not going to binge or go off the deep end. I'm just gonna keep at it and hope for better results.....

Thanks for any input
Tracyg

babenwaiting
05-16-2007, 10:44 AM
Tracy, you're doing NOTHING wrong! :hug: Don't go any lower ... your body will backfire, and hang on harder to the fat. The same thing is happening with both of us, in our individual ways. Your body will eventually release the weight but not on our desired schedule. We KNOW that we are eating half (probably much less) of what we were before ... so we know our body is changing. This is the point where we need to leave that scale in the closet and go a few days without weighing. It's happening, girlfriend ... you just don't see it on the scale yet! :hug:

Losing4another
05-16-2007, 04:13 PM
Hi ladies,
I'm on program I didn't give up. I can't give up this time I have to much riding on this to give up completely. Monday after stuffing my face with the left overs I woke up Tuesday starving and as hard as it was got myself back on track. I was up to 245 again tuesday but this morning dropped another half an pound that gave me the boost to keep on keeping on.....No more junk what so ever in this house and I'm going to keep it that way until I gain more control. I need to go food shopping as well but I'm not sure I have that kind of control yet ....I'm going to hold off a couple a days. My husband and daughter may not be happy about it but they will live :lol:

Tracy- Thanks for the the advice. I did talk to my husband about how mad he made me leaving me with everything and even if I don't think he understood why I was so mad we are over it. I'm sure he will think twice before planning any BBQ's anytime soon.
You may not be getting enough calories. If you can find the will to do so try adding more calories and see what happens. You never know though you could lose two pounds within and day or two staying in the 1200-1400 calories range. Are you getting enough water? What about your period is she close to being due?

Olivia~ have fun this weekend. I know how hard it is to get over those long weekends. Try and have fun though if this isn't something you do all the time... enjoy yourself. You can always bust your butt when you get back home. I bet you will do great though. I wish I had your will power :hug:

Lisa- How are you doing? We all have days like that....add myself X2. I love everything at the gym. Thats why I like it so much I can change around and I'm not stuck at one thing everyday. I'm not sure when i can get to the gym though. I think my stupid self got into a babysitting job for the summmer. I haven't signed any contracts though so maybe she will find someone else to watch the kids. Don't know why I always put my foot in my mouth with those kind of things. I feel bad say yes then think about it later.

Did anyone watch Oprah last night? Dr oz was on....thought I would share if you all didn't watch it. We all need 25 grams of fiber to keep things running smoothly. Highest natural fiber foods are beans, peas, walnuts and pears. Just a serving of 3 of those a day will get your fiber in. Not everyone has to drink the 6-8 glasses or water...when your pee is clear your body is getting enough..... no matter how many glasses you drank. Keep your bloodpressure in check when thats healthy your body is on track. Exercise does a body good. Get as much of it as you can. That show has me back into the healthy kick and most healthy foods are low in fat.... all great diet foods.
We are about to get a rain storm. We need it so bad fires are everywhere down here. Will check back in with you all tomorrow ..have a great evening ladies.

tracyg40
05-17-2007, 08:27 AM
doing. My scale still isn't moving down, but I am feeling more positive today.
My mom gave me some cash for mother's day and the kids needed some stuff, so got that, but also got me a new pair of sneakers. My old ones were in sad shape and were a few years old:o I bought myself a skirt (size 16:D ) and a new shirt. My dd has a gymnastics banquet on Sunday so needed something 'spiffy casual' to wear as it's not a real formal deal. Well, I suppose I should go and get my exercise in, it's arm day and cardio today....yippee..
Hope everyone has a good day! Stay strong!
Huggies
tracyg

DeterminedLisa
05-17-2007, 10:06 AM
Olivia, Thanks! What you said made my morning.
I won't tell my kids somebody gave me balloons
or they'll get really jealous. :)

Tracy, Let's hear it for the difference between
16W and 16, and for the difference in your figure
as you shrink!

Losing, I had a good day, Thanks! I wonder if my ultra irritable
day was partly from not enough water? (!!) I had some
soup with salt for brunch/snack this morning, and that
made me thirsty, but somehow the thirst never went
away and I was drinking like crazy all day long. Was I
out of touch with my thirst before? And today
I felt the best I've felt in many days. The hunger
and "need" wasn't very bad at all. Or maybe i felt good
because I did my exercise morning instead of evening.
Whatever the reason, I like it. May I please have
another of those days tomorrow?

I need to rant about scales. Bear with me here.

Not only is the scale totally one-dimensional, but
everything it measures is totally haywire when a
diet/exercise program is getting established. I'm
always hearing warnings about how it's misleading
if you lose water weight during the initiation of a
diet. But I rarely hear how the scale is misleading
when you take up a new exercise program and build muscle.
Especially when I'm heavy, I can build a serious number
of pounds of muscle with just the most basic exercises
involving strength. I'm honestly convinced I can build
4-5 pounds a month of muscle, if I'm heavy and if
I'm starting from sedentary. If I lift weights, I can
do the same rate for 2 months, or that's what I believe.
Maybe other women don't get that as much, but my body
gains strength easily. Endurance seems impossible but
strength I can do.

Anyway, I think we owe it to ourselves to veto the
scale if it's not contributing to the goal. If it
doesn't acknowledge our reduced-intake eating (which we
know is important and effective and the right thing to
do) and if it doesn't encourage us when we exercise
more, then it deserves to go to jail for 30 days.
For a household appliance to undermine a person's weight
loss with misleading pseudo-information, I think 30
days is very lenient.

As a statistical average, people who weigh themselves weekly
*OR LESS OFTEN* have better weight loss outcomes than
people who weigh more than weekly.
My problem is I mis-use this advice and avoid the scale when my
behavior is bad and my weight is increasing for a reason. :(
But now that it's improving, I'm extremely naughty. I adore my scale and
I stare longingly at its numbers twice a day. Somebody call a
doctor if I start caressing it.

Lisa

Losing4another
05-17-2007, 02:28 PM
As a statistical average, people who weigh themselves weekly
*OR LESS OFTEN* have better weight loss outcomes than
people who weigh more than weekly.
My problem is I mis-use this advice and avoid the scale when my
behavior is bad and my weight is increasing for a reason.
But now that it's improving, I'm extremely naughty. I adore my scale and
I stare longingly at its numbers twice a day. Somebody call a
doctor if I start caressing it.
Lisa~ :lol: We may need to see the same doctor. If the scale says I lost even half a pound my day goes wonderful. If it shows a gain I'm on the edge ready to break. If it stays the same watch out I could go either way. This morning it showed a gain so I was pretty bummed but I drank tons of water last night... mostly because thats all we have in the house. I took a short nap woke up and what is the first thought? Weight myself ;) I did and it was the same as yesterdays. So it was probably the water making it's way out of my body. Today has been crazy so I really haven't had the time to think about it...not sure what tomorrow will bring though :eek:

Tracy~ New clothes and in a smaller size... what could make a better shopping day:D I long to be in a size 16 anything. I'm in a huge 26 YES THATS RIGHT 26. Last year at this time I was in a 22. Two sizes in one year. I can still fit in some of my 24's....Until I'm under 22 I will not have to do any shopping at all. I was going thru some clothes yesterday and found one I hadn't seen in ages I thought WOW that looks small what size is that? It was an XL I thought an XL was small.

DeterminedLisa
05-18-2007, 01:17 AM
Losing - You said you're trying to get out of a babysitting job
for the summer, and that the babysitting job would keep you from
getting to the gym regularly? Oh, I really hope you find a way to
do whatever it takes, remove obstacles, say no to people, whatever,
to get to the gym, because then those muscles will be burning calories
day and night for you, all through the summer and into the next season.
If you actually enjoy your workouts, in ANY way,
that's a really precious rare gift for your program and your future,
a habit you can nurture, and it'll give you so many more options for
choosing your foods. Plus it'll keep your blood sugar steady, prevent
depression, reduce the discomfort of hunger, as well as making you
healthier and leaner. Don't let exercise slip out of your schedule
accidentally. Consider it a prior obligation that all future commitments
will have to work around. Don't give it up!!!!

Lisa, calm down, take a deep breath. But exercise is so easy to hate,
and I put so much effort into avoiding it. It seems a horrible crime to
let a fun type of exercise get sidetracked, especially if you could afford
for it to become a habit. --- I say "afford" because most fun forms
of exercise for me would involve downhill skiing or snorkeling in Hawaii.

Lisa

maeminglea
05-18-2007, 07:47 PM
Hey Ladies - I wrote a few weeks ago and found it hard to find y'all again. I've been trying to catch up by reading your posts and y'all support each other so much!! Weight loss sucks - but it is so good to read about your progress. I had a tough week - It sounds like an excuse even as I'm writing - But I was out of town on business and all the coworkers were eating really horrible and I just gave in. I was absolutely shocked when my scale didn't go up this week. Which baffles me because sometimes I think I do really good with my calorie intake and exercise and my scale may go up a pound or two. But Hey, I'm just thankful I've maintained and now I got to get back on track.

Losing - It sounds like you might be busy this summer with the kids. I like the option on My Fit Day because it counts all activity for calories burned. So if you take the kids on a long walk in the stroller - You can track calories burned that way. Or if the kids older you can run around the playground with them. I like to see how much vacuuming or yard work burns - I find it encouraging - However I'm still lazy when it comes to house work, but it gives me a little more incentive/ positive reinforcement.

I hope y'all have a great weekend!!!

babenwaiting
05-19-2007, 12:33 AM
:sunny: Hey ladies! :sunny:

I'm *on the road* on a long weekend trip, have been to the Carolina coast, and am now in the mountains. Unfortunately, I have not stayed with my diet but at the same time, I have not *pigged out* as I usually do on a trip. Must really get with it on Monday when I'm back in my kitchen. I just wanted to say hi, that I'm pulling for everybody to have more willpower than me ... :dizzy: I've been doing "touristy walking" so maybe I've burned up some of my excess eating.

Maeminglea, so glad to see you back with us. :) Was hoping you'd pop back in. Don't beat yourself up over your time away; it's so hard to diet when traveling.

Lisa, Trace, Losing ... you girls hang in there! We can all do this ... :grouphug:

Olivia

DeterminedLisa
05-20-2007, 10:42 PM
We're probably going on a 3-week vacation in August. It'll be our first trip
to the USA since 2005, and my big goal for those weeks is to HOLD STEADY.
I won't be able to exercise regularly, on average my only freedom at meals
will be to accept or refuse what's served, and it'll be a big challenge.
But hey, I've recently done several things I never thought I would ever
be able to do in my life, in terms of diet and exercise. I think I can
avoid gaining so soon after all the loss. But whatever happens, I know how
to eat really strictly once I'm back to normal life.

Thumbs up to everybody out there who's away from home and managing
any degree whatsoever of control over their eating. I mean, if you have
no information about what's in each dish, no control over preparation,
or the timing of meals, portions on the plate, or anything else.... Well,
in that kind of environment, if you can generate control from inside
yourself and hang onto it, I consider that a major accomplishment.

My weigh-in this morning was 151.2! That's fabulous but it must be partly
water, hormones, or something superficial. I'll claim 153 (which is enough
for my 2lb goal), and the main thing I'll celebrate is sticking 100% to my
diet plan and keeping to most of my exercise goals.

Next week's weigh-in will be during my TOM, so I'm not having any scale
goal for the coming week either, just the usual diet & exercise goals.
After that, I'll aim for 149.0 lbs on June 4th.

Determined,
Lisa

tracyg40
05-21-2007, 10:03 AM
It is seriously hard not to feel bummed out and cheated. I can't help feeling doomed and why the freak should I bother at this point. The stupid scale is still not moving down. It is has been up as much as 180, then back down to 177 today. I cannot seem to break past that barrier for whatever reason. I am still exercising, still sticking to 1200c. Someone suggested it wasn't enough, so I went back up to 1400 for 3 days last week and subsequently went up to 180...so then I went back to 1200 and am back 'down' to 177...ugh. This so totally sucks. Yesterday my dd had a banquet and I was really good. I cheated by sharing a piece of peanut butter pie with dh and a small square of pretzel salad (which i could taste that they used sf/ff jello and cream cheese...) that's it....
Really, I don't blame you guys if you don't believe me. I would be like really, how can you not be cheating, doing your exercise and not losing all this time?
I've never had this happen before. I understand plateaus but not before I've lost my first 10lbs even....ugh....
ok, I need to go. I've got to get my exercise in. sigh...:?:
hugs
tracyg

babenwaiting
05-21-2007, 03:06 PM
Tracy, I feel for you. :hug: It is tough, and I don't understand how our bodies behave sometimes. No, I don't understand how you can weigh what you weigh, keep calories to 1200 day, exercise and the scale not drop. But I believe you because the same thing has happened to me in the past. You must have a slower metabolism, as some do, and it's d***** unfair! :mad: Sometimes dieting feels like torture ... I guess you just have to go by the way your clothes feel, as I'm sure your body is "shaping up." Just keep doing your best, and I'm betting one of these days you will drop 2 or 3 lbs. over a couple of days!!!

I have not eaten well for 4 to 5 days ... traveling and dieting are always very difficult for me to combine. I will weigh in tomorrow, and let you all know the damage, but I imagine I've gained back 2 to 3 of my *lost* 5 lbs. :(

Lisa, good for you, reaching your goal this week! :flow1: I'm very happy for you, and am pulling for you everyday! :) I hope you will fend off the food demons better than I have, as you travel back here to the states. (Don't depend on the fact that you know how to do it when you get back home; you can't always accomplish that, at least I can't, and it's easier not to gain to begin with, you know! :^: )

Hope we will hear from maeminglea and losing sometime today! :cheer: for all of us!

Olivia

DeterminedLisa
05-22-2007, 03:27 AM
:hug:
Tracy,
Oh, I really feel so so much for you, I almost want to cry it is so
unfair to have hard work unacknowledged on a scale. But I
really do believe you about your calories and your exercise
and the only thing I don't trust is the scale. We all have
been there. Scales are not the gold standard. You are doing
great and we all know it so don't worry about the scale. Reality
will catch up with the scale whenever your water, salt, hormones,
muscle mass, digestive contents, and everything else catches up.
But I'd lay money you have less fat on your body, whether the
scale knows it or now. The difference between 177 and 180
is one large bowel movement, and the contents of a bowel
movement is what your scale's information is worth to you right
now. Forget the scale and give yourself a round of applause.
:cheer: You have so much to be proud of. You've made great
progress. Persisting with improving your health and body despite
the counter-productive input from your scale is all the more reason
to be proud.

If you have been dieting and exercising, I'm sure your body is
getting fitter and leaner and healthier and I think you're getting
nearer to your final goal. This may not be along the path you
would have chosen, and you might not be losing the particular
lumps of fat in the order you want them to disappear, but you
don't get to choose the path your body takes, you only get to
choose your behavior. The fat is going away but something else
is adding to the scale right now, whether it's muscle or water
or intestinal contents or inflammation or bloating or anything
else.

Scientists have been looking for decades and have never
found a human being with metabolism so unlucky that they
wouldn't burn fat on your program. With the calories you're
eating and the exercise you're doing, your body must be losing
fat somewhere.

CONGRATULATIONS on burning that fat!!! :celebrate:

One day your scale will give you more results than you have
earned. You won't have enough inflammation/bloating/muscle
to hide the truth forever. And when that happens, take a moment of
silence to acknowledge the pain you had to go through at this point in
the journey, and remember it so you never get discouraged by a
misleading scale ever again. Everybody has dry spells. Could
be a few weeks, could be a few months, but if you're doing the
right thing, then your body must be burning fat. When I hit
my next plateau or worse, you can tell me all these things again
and I'll need to hear them again. It's so discouraging,
but the scale information is an illusion. The calories and the
exercise and the gradual burning of fat are what's real.

Lisa

tracyg40
05-22-2007, 09:31 AM
I'm over my pity party for now lol! The scale is down today by 1/2 a lb. to 176.6, but it has actually gone lower one day last week, but then right back up. So I will wait till next weigh in to claim it if it lasts. I *KNOW* I am doing the right things, exercising, drinking water, eating within my calories, and at some point the scale will have to reflect that, right? If it continues like this, then maybe I need to consult the dr? Dunno. For now I am going to continue as is. I have cut out most junk, am limiting sugar, sodium, starches. I am going to up my cardio too. Last night I pushed and did 3 miles on the track at the y and even ran some of my laps. :carrot: That is HUGE for me, I am generally lazy, I hate to sweat, hate to exert myself. I NEVER run. But I did last night. Obviously not the whole 3 miles or even continuously, I would run a lap, walk a lap...so proud of that any way.
The next few days are going to be rough with eating ugh! My dd graduates preschool tonite, and tomorrow is their last day, a picnic at the park. However, I have my plan in place. I know what I am eating. Bought myself some fun 'treat' foods for tomorrow (ie. light chips, and a fiber one bar...)
Now, tonite, I just need to step away from the cookie buffet!!! Send me some willpower dust would ya?

Olivia! thanks for the message (all 5 times lol! what was up with that?:D )
Now that you are home, in your own environment, I am sure you will be able to pull yourself up by your bootstraps and get back at it!! Traveling is hard, social stuff is hard....oh wait, NONE of this is easy:dizzy:
Well, I must run ladies! Hugs and good willpower wishes and exercise dust coming your way!
tracyg

maeminglea
05-22-2007, 02:14 PM
Tracey - Glad the scale is heading back down. You made me laugh when you said you were going to wait to see if your weight loss lasts - before you "claim it". I got down to 218 last week - but as of today I'm back at 220- I guess I'm in limbo for a week to see if I drop those two lbs. again before I "claim" them. Hope ya'll have a great week.

tracyg40
05-22-2007, 08:16 PM
my last baby graduated....preschool....wahhhhhhh, and I ate 6 cookies at the
freaking cookie buffet. Ugh....I hadn't planned to eat so many. Went 137 over my calories....sigh....
well, must run.
hugs
tracyg

tracyg40
05-23-2007, 08:15 AM
sigh.........
OH well, my dd will only graduate preschool once!
So, how is everyone doing? Lisa? Olivia?
check in ladies! I have one more hurdle today, dd's last day of preschool picnic. Wish me luck!
hugs
tracyg

babenwaiting
05-23-2007, 09:55 AM
Tracy, you are doing very well! Six cookies at such a function is not the end of world ... I'm sure you ran around with your little one enough to make up for it! :) Good for you with your running ... I'm sure running would kill me! :o (Old as dirt ... :D )

I am not doing very well since I came back from my trip. Not awful but not good. One problem is that I know my summer officially starts in two weeks, when company starts arriving and the traveling begins again ... So now, I debate if I'm going to just drop off the Board at that time, for the Summer, or stay here and control my eating the best I can ... :( This past weekend told me that I'm not in very good "control mode" right now. I don't stay on a thread unless I'm really working at losing weight; after all, that's what we're here for, right? :dizzy:

You ladies have a great day!!! I'm proud of the progress you guys are making ... Tracy and Lisa! :hug: Maeminglea, just try to keep your chin up about those two lbs. Maybe it's water weight, and you will be back down in a day or two! :)

Cheers,
Olivia

tracyg40
05-23-2007, 04:20 PM
I had ended up skipping breakfast as I was getting everyone ready for the last day of school picnic. Then we went to the playground (as part of the picnic) and it was soooo hot, i felt dizzy and weak and sluggish. When we ate, I stuck mostly to fruit and vegies with some dip, a couple of cookies, a few pretzels and a few chips....we ran a few errands and when I got home, I went and laid down for an hour but could have been more...I was just whipped. I still feel that way. Ugh...oh well, I will just have to get over it as I am heading to the y tonite, shooting for another 3 miles.
So, all of the end of school celebrating is done! yippee!
how are you doing? olivia...don't leave us! even if you decide not to be on program for a while, stick around. You can't have people and travel all the time so maybe you could decide to be faithful on those days when you don't ?
Lisa, how is it going???? Maeminglea, good thing I didn't claim it as I am back up today, arghhh! Oh well, eventually it will have to come down for real. I refuse to allow this to derail me or cause me to give up dang it!
check in ladies!
hugs
tracyg

DeterminedLisa
05-24-2007, 03:30 AM
Hello friends! I'm doing well. The low-carb diet definitely seems to
be helping me feel more steady about mood and I have fewer
sudden cravings. I still deal with hunger, and my energy level isn't
very good, but overall I'm a lot happier with this. (Basis of the diet
is 3 cups a day of skim milk, 6 oz a day of lean meat, and TONS of vegetables. They don't have to be low-starch vegetables, as long
as they're not super high-starch.)

I went 3 days in a row with no exercise, but I could feel my
metabolism slowing down, or I thought I could, and that really got
my back to the gym. I'm NOT going to suffer through this stinking diet
and then shoot myself in the foot with slow metabolism.

My exercise is much less intense on low-carb, but I figure that's OK.
If I lift weights until a muscle is exhausted, it doesn't matter what
the number of plates is. If I do cardio until I'm out of breath, it
doesn't matter what speed. Or at least so I'm telling myself. I can
feel a lot more circulation and "metabolism" for hours after each
exercise, so I figure it's doing what it's supposed to do.
Other experiences?

I'm getting a bit stressed with work, and there's a VIP
visitor arriving monday for 2 weeks so I need to get my butt in gear.
I'm tempted to kick my diet program into a lower gear for a while
so I can have more of my brain at my disposal. You know what
I mean? I'm not going to do it, because I'm too scared. If I can
re-write the rules for this reason, why not rewrite the rules to allow
a big bowl of noodles next time I go to the soup place for my usual
vegetables and broth. Really I don't think I can hold on if I let
myself make this change, but I really wish I could trust myself with
more flexibility. I guess I could do it, but the will-power would
consume all of the time and energy and part of my mind that
I'm hoping to free up by lessening the diet. So I might as well plow
through. At least now I have a routine, and that really helps
me a lot.

Determined,
Lisa

tracyg40
05-25-2007, 08:54 AM
I'm hanging in there. STILL at 176.4 arghhhh! Been exercising pretty faithfully though. Not much new here to report. How is everyone else doing? I'm feeling 'weak' about this weekend. We had been given a gift certificate for Red Lobster for christmas and due to schedules and the fact that we have drive far to get to one, we have never used it. MY dh suggested we use it this sunday as we have time and can go....yikes!!!!! I LOVE seafood, especially crab legs dipped in butter! and those cheddar garlic biscuits....ay yi yi! Then there is the obligatory memorial day picnic.....sigh....
so anyone else in the same shoes over this holiday weekend???? wish me lots of will power ladies and the same back at ya!
many hugs, have a happy holiday!
tracyg

Ps. btw: I changed my weight and avatar, I've been at 176 most of the week, 176.4,.6,.2.....what a drag! Just wanted to claim it...needed some encouragement I guess! hugs
tracyg

babenwaiting
05-25-2007, 10:00 AM
:sunny: So here starts our *Summer*, right? I hope it will be a wonderful one for all of us! :sunny:

I have been off-program for 8 days, and still have 3 of my 5 lbs. off, so that's better than I imagined when I stepped on the scale today. I'm going to try to keep my food on the lighter side this weekend, even if I don't really diet.

Tracy ... :hug: I know what you mean! I have an Outback gift card that we'd received for Christmas. I found it stuck away, and now it CALLS to me! And they have the BEST coconut shrimp ... Sometimes my DH and I will each get a house salad, split a coconut shrimp order, then share a 9 oz. filet (with baked potato or veggies) dinner. That way I can enjoy a meal out, and not overdo. Will your DH try meal-splitting? I LOVE those biscuits at Red Lobster, and ALL seafood, Trace. Luckily, the closest one is across town!!!

I will have company, be traveling, be guest in someone else's home ... one or the other from the first week in June until at least mid-July, I swear! :o But I can't give up, and must control the best I can. :^: So, I will keep checking in with you ladies, and pulling for you!

Lisa, I know what you mean about being afraid to relax ANYTHING about your plan. It's always such a darned battle, isn't it? You are one determined woman with that skim milk and veggies. I couldn't do it, but I sure admire your grit and strong will to keep going on the *faster* track! :flow2:

Well, girls, have a super weekend! I will be at the pool all three days so that will be some exercise ... :) Shall we make our weigh-in on Tuesday next week as Monday is a holiday?

:grouphug:
Olivia

Losing4another
05-25-2007, 01:14 PM
Hi ladies~ Looks like everyone is right where I am at on this fight to lose weight and keep it off. My daughter is also out of school and we have been having lunch together at not so diet freindly places, movies all that fun stuff. I put her in a math summer program class that she will be starting the 4th of June so i'm trying to make the most out of this mini summer she has right now. The class is only until 12:30pm but it's going to feel like an all day long for her.
As for dieting I haven't been doing great but not so bad for as many times as I've ate out this week. I don't have anything planned for the weekend. I plan to stay on track all weekend. Going to try a low carb plan for a while to get my sugar cravings in check. Wish me luck I have been wanting nothing but sugar lately.

tracyg40
05-27-2007, 01:55 PM
174.4!!!!!!!!!!! yay! if it's still there tomorrow, i'm claiming it! i'm being good so far, having grilled chicken rather than burgers or dogs and i will most likely do the same. I almost had a burger but when I looked at the calories, ugh, i couldn't make myself do it lol! at least not today, mabey tomorrow. if the scale doesn't go up by tomorrow, i'm claiming 174.4 which will put me at my 2nd mini goal of being below 175!!!:carrot: :carrot: :carrot: hoping the rest of you are doing well! will check back in in the am, hope we all see massive losses to start off our summer with a bang...!
hugs
tracyg

DeterminedLisa
05-27-2007, 09:47 PM
Hello friends,

It's been quite a weekend. I had my regular portions of cucumber
sticks and skim milk, but I also had a bunch of high calorie foods.
I had a big slice of buttery apple-cherry pie on Saturday and
another on Sunday, plus I went out to dinner Saturday and had a
variety of foods including some fatty meat, I drank alcohol, and
Sunday's dinner was some Indian style fried bread with gravy,
called roti paratha. Not a huge amount, but definitely not
diet food.

Basically I'm rethinking the severity of my diet for two reasons.
Thursday last week, I over-did my diet and I felt suddenly much worse,
and I just knew deep down that my program doesn't have enough room
for error. If I delay a meal or forget some water, it's going to
strain my body.

The other thing, probably the biggest reason for me, is that I
felt a bit freaked out after reading about a "famous" 1950 medical
study in Minnesota where a large group of people were fed half-rations
(semi-starvation diet) for several months. The people in the study
were chosen for being the most psychologically healthy and physically
healthy young men they could find, but by the end of the experiment,
most of the men had become extremely neurotic about food and had
developed behavioral disorders associated with anorexia, or
obsessive-compulsive disorder, or other weird stuff. When the
experiment ended and the men went back to eating freely, their
eating-related disorders and neurotic behavior continued. The
message I take away from reading all this, is that a harsh diet probably
screwed up their brain biochemistry in a somewhat permanent way.
YIKES. That could be me if I'm not more careful.

So now I'm back at work, Monday morning (Memorial Day isn't a holiday
here) and I'm not sure exactly what I want to do. I've had a few
days with starch, alcohol, sugar, and plenty of calories and
I'm not eager to go through withdrawal, but I'm also not willing to
set 152 as my "finish line."
:?: :?: :?: :?: :?: :?: :?: :?: :?: :?: :?:
I had extra long workouts Saturday and Sunday, and I don't feel
guilty about what I ate or what I did, but I can't afford that
much food and exercise every day. I think I ought to go through
carb withdrawal again, and then resume a similar program to what
I had before, except a bit more variety and more calories.
But at 152 pounds, I feel pretty successful and not very motivated
to impose discipline. I'll keep you posted tomorrow.

Lisa

tracyg40
05-28-2007, 10:01 AM
i'm still down to 174.6!!! yay! finally! and that is after eating a normal day and then splurging with a small serving of ice cream and half a brownie at a friend's last night!!!!
I'm pretty excited let me tell ya!
Today I am going to just try to be 'normal', not overdo on any picnic-y junk. and tomorrow I will definitely be back at it full strength. TOM should be arriving any day now, so, I will enjoy it while I can lol!
did I mention the new evil that invaded my neighborhood? they are opening a dairy isle directly across the street from my house...today is the opening day...how am I gonna withstand that, right out my front door day after day??? Ugh!!! I willllllll overcome!!!!!!!!!
huggies
tracyg

babenwaiting
05-28-2007, 11:44 AM
Trace, I believe that on May 14, you weighed something like 177.4, if I'm reading correctly. Today you weigh 174.6. :balloons: for you! YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :dance: That's about a three pound drop-off over two weeks! That is smashing; remember we discussed that, *all of a sudden* :) you'd drop 2-3 lbs.! I am so happy for you, and just keep up the great work!

Lisa, you are getting close (within 20 or so lbs.?) of ideal weight for you, right? So it's going to be harder now; your body is saying, no, no, no, I want to keep THIS! :o If you could allow yourself 1200 to 1500 cals. of a healthy variety of food, and not push yourself so hard to do the skim milk/veggies/protein routine, I think it would be better for your body and mind. Of course, that sounds so easy, and it's not. I did approximately that (more like 1500 to 1800) a couple of years ago, and lost 45 lbs.

Honestly, we know the key is PATIENCE but we don't have much of that in reserve, do we? I know you'd probably like to get as many pounds off as possible before your trip, and our bodies don't always co-operate. Good luck, lady, with whatever plan you choose. :hug:

I've not been good enough to even brave the scale today ... I had a huge mug of tea before I thought about it anyway, but I know it wouldn't have been pretty so just as well. :dizzy:

All you ladies reading this ... have a wonderful Memorial Day!

Cheers,
Olivia

DeterminedLisa
05-28-2007, 10:15 PM
Tracy, Congratulations! You've been working hard for this and
you earned every ounce of it. CLAIM IT! You exercised and controlled
your diet for so many days, whether the scale showed anything or
not, and at some point the scale had to acknowledge it.
Way to go. :celebrate: Next time the scale has some time-delay
problem or weird fluctuations that don't reflect your diet and
exercise, you'll be able to blow it off and keep working. You know what
you're doing, you know how to get yourself to do what's necessary,
and you're all set for a long string of future successes.

Olivia, So sorry to hear about the Dairy Isle opening. Can you
will yourself to be allergic to it and just never darken its door?
I know the traditional advice for diets to succeed is not to outlaw
anything 100%, so I suppose most people should ignore my style
of doing things, but the "allergic" style of avoidance works much
better with my brain. I actually believe all my own brainwashing!

Olivia, I'm thinking about you and rooting for you as you go through
all the travels and hosting and other plans that will consume your
time until mid-July. I think being a houseguest is the hardest
for controlling diet and exercise. Good luck. If you have to take
a pause from your program, don't stop logging your food,
and don't stop posting to the group, because they might help
you keep a health-conscious mindset and help you stay mindful
about all the tiny opportunities for modest healthy decisions.
Mid-July will fly past you before you can blink.

My travels will be from early to mid August and I'll be eager to hear
any suggestions anybody comes up with for how to get through
everything.

Olivia, I think you hit the nail on the head about it being harder
now that I'm closer to my goal. When I was starting off, there
was tons of room for improvement. I had been very sedentary
and I had been eating badly. Now I'm healthier, I have
20 lbs less fat on my body, and especially when I exercise, each
improvement is a major stretch.

I had a really good day yesterday. I added some fat and cut my
carbs, and I didn't feel any longings. YAY. It's easy to buy really small
portions of decadent high-fat foods here, just because that's the
culture. At a food court, I bought one deep-fried wanton, which
is about 1 inch across, and costs ~25 cents. It's feels so good to
eat something fried, but it's not going to destroy my daily calories. I also
bought a half a breast of roast duck, with skin, which is a more
serious number of calories, but it does come with some protein and
nutrients. Anyway, my day was filled with treats but my total
calories were at weight loss level (just barely). Nutritionally I'm
not happy with having so much saturated fat, but it was just one day.

I'll have a low-calorie day today, and whether it's hard or easy, I'll still
treat myself again tomorrow, maybe an extra dish of salmon at
lunch. Slowing down my progress isn't so bad, as long as I'm going
in the right direction.

Taking it one day at a time!
Lisa

maeminglea
05-29-2007, 02:26 PM
This weekend was hard - Too many temptations -Too little will power - So I am going to wait a couple of days before I weight. I just don't even want to know and I don't want to get discouraged. It looks like y'all are being dedicated - Congrats Tracy! - I did drop last week and kept it down for a few days (And Claimed it on my ticker) We'll see if I'm still down by Friday.

Losing4another
05-29-2007, 03:03 PM
Hi ladies,
No good news to report :( I tried doing low carb this weekend but it back fired on me. I upped the fat then Dh went and filled the house with JUNK and the two together BAD NEWS. The scale doesn't show a gain though. I don't know if it coming later or I got really lucky. We will see in the next few days. I have to go to the store and get some real food back in this house. You wouldn't believe all the junk he bought....ice cream the chocolate topping that goes on the ice cream, candy bars 3 packs all include chocolate, snack cakes, chips. Tons of junk amd I caved. I haven't had stuff like that it high amounts in a very long time. I guess he was craving it not that I wasn't but it's really hard to stay away from that stuff when everywhere in the kitchen it's there in your face.
So far so good today. The junk is still here not as much of course but after feeling awful all weekend about eating it I'm not having a problem staying away from it ...AT LEAST NOT YET. Once I get some fruit back in the house I should be okay.


Tracy~ way to go on the weight loss. You really fought for that and I'm so glad that scale finally did move for you.

Maeming~ Hi welcome...I don't think I met you yet :hug:

Lisa- you sound like you got it together even with adding the fatter foods. I try to do once a week with fatter foods when I'm on plan. I just have to remind myself that I can have it again just not everyday. Your so close to the 140's Putting you even closer to your goal. Keep up the hard work I know you can do it :exercise:

Olivia~ How are you doing? Just jump on that scale and get it over with. I thought about not jumping on it either today but I knew not knowing would make trying to stay in control harder. Seeing that I didn't totally mess up my entire loss has gave me a little kick to get it together before I do.

I have to get dinner started or it will never be done by evening. Making a lean roast and veggies.

babenwaiting
05-30-2007, 12:18 AM
Hi ladies ...

Hope you've all had a good day. Not too much going on here except getting back to normal after the weekend. I did get three days of exercise at the pool but my food intake was miserable! :mad:

Lisa, it's actually Tracy with the ice cream store opening across the street, poor kid! :( I have to say, ice cream would not tempt me nearly as much as a sub shop or some such within walking distance, as I don't have that much of a sweet tooth now. But you have my sympathies, Trace ... I know it's not easy! :hug:

Losing and Maeminglea, so good to see both of you checking back in! :grouphug: I'm a bit of a disaster at the moment, although I will get with it again at some point.

Lisa, glad to hear you're hanging in there, and finding ways to cope with your hunger and your diet. We're all pulling for you!

Have a good day tomorrow, ladies! :flow2:

DeterminedLisa
05-30-2007, 03:10 AM
Maeminglea, Great to hear from you again. Every weekend is so hard. Now that
I'm dieting, I don't hate going back to work on Mondays quite as much as
I used to. (gasp!) Here's cheering for you.

Losing, Thanks for the words of encouragement. I can't wait to get into
the 140s. I can't believe I might actually see the 130s this year!
But one step at a time. I really do need to exercise more. Yesterday I
didn't do any and I'm not sure when I'll be able to fit it in today.

Tracy and Olivia, Sorry I got confused who had the Dairy Isle opening.
Ice cream is a serious threat to me. Not only do I have a sweet tooth, but
I get badly addicted to ice cream and it never makes me feel full.
Tracy, good luck dealing with your new neighbor. I bet you'll be able
to handle it better than I could.

Olivia, Some time could you tell me more about your story of losing 45 lbs
a while ago? What was your program? Were you tempted to quit after some
lesser milestone like 25 lbs? How did you do the transition to maintenance?
Did you find a "strict" diet was easier for losing but harder for the
maintenance transition? (If you don't feel like telling the story, I
apologize for asking so many nosy questions.)

Today was a very special celebration lunch that's been in the works for a long
time. Somehow I blocked it out of my mind that it was going to be today.
Two of us were treating our group to dim-sum to congratulate someone
who has been working half a year for the milestone he reached this week. So
I dove into the feast, without guilt, and we had a good time. It's a big step
backwards, whether the scale shows me it or not, because all those calories
are going to have to get burned before I can lose any more body fat. Or maybe
I'll gain bodyfat and lose it. Whatever. I've lengthened my diet by a
however many days, but I've survived months of it and I've got months to go.
These celebrations don't happen very often.

I hope the psychological benefit of joining a feast will help me keep
an even keel during maintenance phase. If I reach my true goal weight
(pardon me, I mean WHEN I reach it), my daily maintenance calories are
going to be frighteningly low.

I bet tomorrow I'll be able to keep on plan easily, because there's so
much extra in my system from the feast. Friday will be a challenging
day.

Determined,
Lisa

tracyg40
05-30-2007, 10:08 AM
losing....yikes! I might have to murder dh if he did that to me lol! ugh! I told my dh he can have all the junk he wants as long as he doesn't bring it home lol!

Lisa, good attitude! you know that some celebrations are going to come, they are part of life, there will never be times that we don't have something to celebrate. You know that one celebration isn't the issue, it's days and weeks and months of eating like a continuous celebration that is the real problem!

Maeminlea! howdy! sorry you had a rough week, shake it off and move on!

yeah, it's me with the dairy isle opening ugh! i have a major sweet tooth, and ice cream in particular is my downfall. I used to microwave my ice cream till its was soft but not melty, then I could eat more lol! As for the person? who said they liked subshops and pizza...ummmm, did I mention that I OWN a subshop/pizzashop???? Luckily I don't work there any more lol, dh does. Thankfully It is far enough away that we can't have delivery here either lol or I'd never cook and be even roly-polier than I am now!
As for me, still hanging in there! I'm hanging out at 174 which makes me happy for now. I'd like to see it go down, but TOM is coming up any second now, I feel the bloat. So if I can just maintain, I'll be happy!

well, I must run and get something accomplished today!
hugs
tracyg:carrot:

Losing4another
05-30-2007, 11:54 AM
Lisa~ Yes you said it right WHEN you get there. I think as long as we fear these celebrations we are doing good mentally..however when we start to look forward to them is when we need to watch out. I have my moms Birthday coming up next week but I will be in control of the food there. I'm scared of how I will do with the cake and ice cream but all the food will stay at her house so after the celebration is over I will not have to deal with the leftovers.

Tracy- OH yeah you can bet I wanted to murder him. I never take him shopping with me so he was shopping like a little kid grabbing all the junk. I did pretty good yesterday staying out of the junk and today I'm off to put some better foods back in the house. Can't forget my Weight watchers treats so that when I feel like snacking I have a lower calorie friendly snack that will not mess up my entire day with one slip up.

I seen another miracle of 242.5 on the scale this morning :D I really can't believe the weekend did put me at a gain at all. Do you all think it's still coming. Maybe in a few days it could creep back up? I'm scared :yikes:

tracyg40
05-30-2007, 01:50 PM
emotional eater. I thought I was doing ok, and while I haven't actually given in, it is such a struggle!:mad: Will it never stop? Will I always have to deal with this? ::( Long story short, and I KNOW, I KNOW this is soooo highschool, sheesh. I have a circle of friends, 5 couples. My best friend asked me to do something with her and I said I'd love to but can't, just can't afford it. Well, I'm the only one in this circle not going. I can't help feeling left out and jealous. I know I'd be welcome to join, but I just can't period...So my first response is to get depressed (um, yeah, got that part down) and eat...and eat...well, I haven't done THAT. I am studiously avoiding the fridge/kitchen.....sigh.....:( but I am seriously bummed....
ok, I need to go clean my living room and try and get my mind off this. There is no point in dwelling on it.
hugs
tracyg

babenwaiting
05-30-2007, 10:00 PM
Isn't that a pain, when we want to do something so much, and we just can't manage it!!!! :( You're doing so well, and I know you're remembering that it won't make it hurt any less if you eat and gain weight back, right? :hug: This, too, shall pass!

Yes, we will always have to battle Mr. Food! :devil: It's a burden that we all share, I guess. Sometimes (after I'd lost the 45 lbs. and thought I was well on my way to getting down to 165 lbs.), my mind told me I'd found the secret, the true mind-set needed to conquer obesity ... but I hadn't! :dizzy: I will always have to fight the fight ... (sigh ........ :^: )

Losing, I don't think you have to worry about the food *getting you* if it hasn't by now. You probably didn't get as many calories as you thought, in your little weekend eating adventure, so don't worry about it, and just try to get back to business now. :)

Lisa, glad you enjoyed your Dim Sum!!! Some of it is so yummy, some of it is so not-for-me! :D (Chicken feet, turnip cake ... NOT! :o ) We'll always have to deal with special meals ... guess it's called life!!! I say enjoy, then get back on the wagon. (I will be glad to tell you more about my 45 lb. loss when I have a little more time!)

Well, ladies, I've tried to take your advice and just be moderate if not on program, really. I've had about 1600 calories today, and exercised in the pool ... which is so much better than pigging out and no exercise, right? I am determined to walk in the early a.m. tomorrow ... Thank you all for being there; I think I love you!:D :grouphug: It is easier knowing I will stop in here to discuss it with you.

Maeminglea, good luck this week! Hope that scale stayed down for you!

Okay, ladies, for us all ... :cheer:

Have a good night!

Olivia

tracyg40
05-31-2007, 08:05 AM
but not very much, and I am still holding steady this am at 174. So, I am going to go exercise now, will check in with you all later maybe!
hugs and have a great day!
tracyg

babenwaiting
06-01-2007, 01:55 AM
Just checking in briefly here, ladies, to say that I did do that long walk this morning, plus some working out in the pool this afternoon. Also, I've kept my calories below 1800 today so at least I'm practicing a little moderation! :^:

Hope to see more posts on here tomorrow ... good for you, Tracy, that you're hanging in there! :hug:

DeterminedLisa
06-01-2007, 03:01 AM
Hello friends,

Somebody I knew from a previous job in the USA is visiting Asia and I bumped into
her in the hall this morning. I hadn't kept in touch with her, but we had
worked in the same building for years. I spoke to her and she never recognized
who I was. She had not a clue why I was saying hello to her or who I was.

I get really sad when I find out my appearance has changed so much.
I DON'T WANT this struggle with food to be written on the surface of my
appearance for the world to see. I don't want each failure to be
public and each success to be on view for random comments from strangers.
Maybe it wouldn't be so bad to have my midsection change, but having
my face change is a jolt to my sense of identity.
It's really embarrassing and painful to realize that my old appearance
was so unrecognizably fat by comparison with my current self. I'm the exact
same person. When people have a strong reaction to my thinner body,
it reveals their true thoughts about my previous shape, which they had
been too polite to tell me in the past. When I talk to somebody
and they don't recognize me, it shows me that my voice and my words
and my mannerisms are all secondary to my outward appearance.

Each revelation like this makes me go through mourning for the loss
of opportunity and 'social status' and everything else that I suffered
when I was fat. All the things I'll never know for sure, but I really
suspect were hurting me. How many people assumed I was lazy or sloppy
because I was fat? How many people saw nothing but my size?

There were fat friends in my social circle who accepted me in part
because of my fat, not despite it, and that's also painful. When I go
back to the USA, there's one "friend" from my social circle who is going
to complain to the rest of our friends that my fitness program has made me
uptight and unpleasant. Yeah, well, I have ALWAYS been uptight and
unpleasant, but it's only going to bother her if I decline to participate
in a pig out. :p

Of course she was never much of a friend to begin with, and I've known
that about her for a long time, but she's part of a social circle that
matters a lot to me, and she does a lot of the organization and the
"picking up the phone." Without her initiative, our group would
never get together. She is a close friend to many of my close friends.
I just want to avoid that whole social group for fear of her judgment,
but I can't let myself throw out the baby with the bathwater.

I'm taking down my photo. When I see a real photo of somebody
on the forum, I feel like I know them better and can connect with them
more easily, and I want other people to feel that way about me.
But then I realize how thin-skinned I am about privacy, and how
horrified I would be if some jerks at my workplace found my posts
and judged me by them, even if it's their problem and not my problem.
I should probably be safe instead of sorry.

Still determined,
Lisa

tracyg40
06-01-2007, 10:07 AM
time with this emotionally. I am sorry to hear that. I guess for me the emotional end comes in in that I know I let my weight hold me back. I know I feel self conscious because of my weight.. I also think I have accepted the bias against weight as something I can't change so it doesn't bother me as much...the unfairness of it I mean.....
Why did you decide to lose weight in the first place? It almost sounds like you resent the **** out of the fact that you should 'have' to....and each time someone compliments you or notices it makes you mad all over again...I'm not sure that I believe it's worth the effort or will even stay off if you are doing it for any reason other than your own happiness....just some thoughts.

I am finally doing it for myself. I don't like the way I look, or feel and I am not getting any younger. I hate feeling inadequate and 'less' than other people due to my size. I wish that were not the criteria I am judged on, but that's like howling at the moon, it just IS, and anyone who says different is lying to you and themselves. I can sit here and moan about the injustice or I can make changes in myself to contribute to my happiness. One thing that has been like a double whammy for me, I came from NYC and moved to rural western PA. The culture is entirely different. We moved here and worked and sweated getting our restaurant off the ground for 9 years. In NY, seeing moms in their 40's is no biggie, out here, a lot of people I know (my age) have grown kids. When I bring my youngest to preschool, I can see the hesitation, is that her daugher or grandaughter...so, I am already the 'old' mom, and the fat mom on top of it. When I bring my middle child to gymnastics and I see all these cute little cheerleaders, and realize oh wait, those are the moms! ugh, I don't want to be an embarrassment to my kids or to myself. I can't change my age, but I can at least be the best healthiest me that I can and part of that is losing some weight.

I really hope that you are able to put some of the angst aside and have a fantatstic visit to the US. You are a capable career woman, would you be offended if your boss told you 'hey, great job!'? Try to look at it that way, you set yourself a goal and are fulfilling it! you deserve some kudos! As for your 'friend', let her moan if she needs to. Ignore it! How often do you have to see her? I know that I am ashamed to say that I have been insanely jealous when my friends have lost weight and I haven't. I am not 'big' enough to be happy for their successes in this area. Their success somehow showboats my failure, because if so and so can lose weight, why can't I???
You have to know that in all her moaning there is a certain amount of dissatisfaction with herself and if you were her food cohort, then even more so!

Hope things start looking up for you, that you feel better!
Hugs,
tracyg

tracyg40
06-01-2007, 10:23 AM
tee hee! I'm pretty happy with that, and feeling the need for encouragement so I claimed it!!! lol! 4 more lbs and I will be down in the 160's! YIPEE!!!!:carrot: Most of my clothes are way too loose! which is good and bad as I can't afford new anything right now. The 16's in capris I bought a few weeks ago just because they were 16's, are still not comfortable to actually wear, I am hoping in a few more pounds they will be! I was joking with dh that I have to be really careful as we are getting to the dangerous weight, one more pound lol, that's what I weighed when all my kids were conceived lol!:o And i am way too old for that nonsense now!;)
Hoping i will be able to maintain over the evil weekend. We have 2 barbques to attend.
Anyone get the hungry girl emails? I get her stuff and she recommended Hebrew National Hotdogs (97% fat free...50c a dog, and wonder light buns).
So, I bit the bullet and bought some for the bbq's for me. I hope they are ok, they don't have to be great just as long as they aren't horrible lol!:smug: I figure I can add enough condiments to make them edible, I hope any way!
I am such a cheapskate lol, I hate to spend so much money on something, especially if I haven't tried it before, because then i am out a lot if I don't like it. That is why I have hesitate to try any of the 'vegie burger' options out there. But then I look at the cals on a regular burger and bun, and haven't been able to make myself do it. What is worse for me is our church does these summer fellowships every sunday evening for the entire summer and we really enjoy them and enjoy going. Staying away from the 'stuff' everyone else brings will be the hard part. I need to get online and find some yummy lo cal stuff that will be so good that I won't feel deprived!:D
well, I should go, apparently, I have been in a talkative mood lol!
Hugs to you, have a great weekend!
tracyg

DeterminedLisa
06-03-2007, 10:01 AM
You're right I'm having a rough time with the reactions to my weight loss,
but partly it's grieving that I didn't do this sooner. I didn't think
I could do it, which now turns out isn't true. Also I believed that if
I did lose weight, it wouldn't make a huge difference, and that isn't
true either.

Time changes people and I'm a bit nervous to see my old friends after
being away so long. Maybe in this case, weight loss is the least of it.

Lisa

babenwaiting
06-03-2007, 11:32 AM
First off, way to go, Tracy, for getting another pound off! It's happening ... you went on that stretch where you felt for sure that your program might not be working, WHAT TO DO! :o But here we are, you *suddenly* have a total of four pounds off, and it was working all along, right? :hug: But, man, it's hard to believe when you're on that danged plateau! :balloons: for you, lady! Keep up the great work! I'm trying to think of good things for you to take for your BBQs ... I love chicken breast marinated in teriyaki sauce, very low cal, and so tasty. I like big healthy salads with Hidden Valley Ranch ranch dressing (low fat) or Naturally Fresh Lite blue cheese dressing; I love steamed shrimp with cocktail sauce (you'd have to gobble those fast before anyone else saw them! :D )

Lisa, don't spend too much time regretting the past. Just try to think of all the good things that happened back then, even though you weren't as thin as you might have been, and ENJOY TODAY! :) Every day that we spend regretting yesterday takes away from TODAY. What's past is past, and you are looking at a wonderful future where you're going to be in good shape and enjoying things to the max! :hug: Best of luck as you get closer to your trip in August. Where will you be visiting in the States?

Well, I'm still down a couple of pounds, and have not been pigging out. It was too chilly for the pool yesterday, so my last exercise session was Friday. I think I'm going to take a walk this morning, and I will DEFINITELY be back in the pool tomorrow.

Well, I must go get some bathrooms cleaned and some vacuuming done. We have company coming on Wednesday ... you girls have a good one!!!

Any new people who check our thread and would like to join ... we :welcome: you with open arms, and I hope we see some of "our *previous* ladies from this thread" drop in again to say hello.

:cheer: for us all!

Olivia

tracyg40
06-04-2007, 09:26 AM
how are you all doing? Olivia! Sounds like you are doing great! Good for you, enjoy your company.
I had a really busy weekend and was away from home most of the time. I have been dieting now for over 3 months and this weekend was a huge departure for me. For instance Friday was a fast day for me-supposed to finish up with a light meal. Well, I had a cheese burger (from the grill)-I can't remember the last time I had one because I haven't wanted to eat those calories. On saturday I did well most of the day, but the family wanted to go out to dairy queen, instead of the small cone i had intended, medium blizzard popped out of my mouth. UGH! I did not eat the whole thing but...
for supper then, I had 2 pieces (of a 10" personal_) pizza. I can't remember the last time I ate so much! At the same time, it doesn't seem like all that much in spite of the calories. I don't feel like I over ate...sigh...just wondering what NORMAL should look like I guess and feeling frustrated. I did put on 1/2 a pound, bringing me back up to 174 this am. However, it is TOM for me, so I am trying not to fret too much about it. Back on track today!
Well, I must run. Hope all is well with you all! Check in ladies!
hugs
tracyg

DeterminedLisa
06-05-2007, 01:55 AM
Hello,

I'd like to reiterate the invitation for any lurkers to join us and post to
this thread.

Olivia, congratulations on pounds lost and exercise completed.
YAY. :balloons: Your routine by the pool sounds so healthy
and enjoyable. I also really like your walking program while dd is
at gymnastics class. It has made me think about trying to
get my older daughter into some sort of class, where I would
have to drop her off at a place that's very conducive to exercising,
and not so near home that I'd be tempted to run back and try
to "accomplish something."

Tracy, Congratulations on not finishing the blizzard, not finishing the
personal pan pizza, and on all the things you've done over the long
months to reset your body's expectations and to make you wonder
what normal should be.
Eating 2 slices of a 10" pizza for dinner probably would have felt
like a very small and restrictive dinner, before you started your
program, do you think? Now you feel like you over-indulged? That's
a huge shift. But what really struck me was the ice cream situation,
because I have lived that so many times except for the ending.
I bow to you in awe for not finishing that ice cream.

I've been increasing my strength exercises and decreasing my cardio
exercises recently and I've gained more than a pound of muscle,
despite being pretty ruthless (in other words successful) with
keeping my calorie consumption very low. No regrets about that
particular increase on the scale. My body fat percentage
seems to be dropping (it's so hard to measure I'm not 100% sure)
and my tape measure does show a slight loss since last week, and
besides, my muscles have been *so* sore for so many days, that
I'm just sure I must be building muscle. Anyway, I'm not going to
increase my ticker because of an exercise victory so I'll just keep
the ticker at at this glorious 149 level until these new muscles
burn enough calories to force my scale down down down down.
(They'd better get going because I refuse to exercise again
for a few days.)

To answer a question, our big August trip to the USA will be flying into
NYC and flying out of Boston, with a car trip in between. It'll
be at least 2 weeks but less than 3.

I will be 99% off program for the August trip. No restrictions on type
or calorie-level of food. My only restrictions will be
1) keeping portion sizes reasonable. Ask for small side plates whenever
I'm at a restaurant and divide oversize portions before I start eating.
If I order a very high-calorie food, be an unbiased scientist and
consider the portion size in terms of ounces or compared to the
size of my palm or something constant, not in terms of my hunger
or size of the plate or telling myself it doesn't feel very greasy.
2) if I eat foods with refined sugar, I have to commit NOT to eat any
additional refined sugar during the low-blood-sugar cravings that
I'll inevitably get when my blood sugar crashes. Actually I should try
to keep bananas with me for just such situations.
3) Another rule is to take time after finishing one thing before
helping myself to something else. Spread out the food over time.
When traveling it's a nuisance to obtain food for a separate
snack, and so I use it as an excuse to eat extra large meals when
I'm away from home, like I'm scared of not having enough later.
Well, on this trip my rule will be that I can travel with convenience
junk-foods or anything else that's necessary to reassure myself
I won't go hungry. And then given that I can't kid myself about
needing to "fill up when I have a chance", I'll try to be pretty strict
about making myself wait between servings and limit the portion
sizes. I've never done this style of food control. We'll see how
it goes. I think because I'll be coming straight off a really major low
fat high fiber diet, I won't have any trouble with the portions
(because I'll be in heaven all the time) but I might have trouble
with my digestion adjusting. Ha ha.

Allowing for vacation to be no-diet has been part of my program all
along. I'm expecting to put on a bit of fat during the trip and spend
the rest of August returning to my July weight. Even if I end the
month with a minor gain, it'll be educational for how I should set up my
maintenance program.

Lisa

Losing4another
06-05-2007, 08:20 AM
Way to go Lisa You have a great plan to stay in control on your trip. Remind me to come to you when i go on a trip. I don't like to eat in the car though so the snacking in the car would be hard for me. I don't have anything planned though so nothing to worry about.

I haven't been doing to good. These last couple days it's been so hard to stay on track. I either do great on exercise and eat all the wrong foods or eat all the right food and don't exercise. I know right now the food part is what is keeping the weight coming off. I do hope to join that gym when the summer is over and my DD is back in school. I just have to keep myself from thinking well I will start MY DIET when i joing the gym because that will get me no where. I will have tons more weight to lose come August. There is healthy food in the house so there is no reason I can't be on plan. I seen a big gain on scale. I hope that some of that was the salt from last night. Oh Please OH Please say it was.
I had a reward for myself to get my hair done for my sisters wedding the 23rd if I got down to 237. It's not looking like I'm going to make that.....I'm gonna look awful for the wedding if I don't pull this off :( maybe I should make the goal~ stay on plan with no off plan foods until the wedding? I'm stressing myself out here :eek:

maeminglea
06-05-2007, 11:20 AM
I'm still doing pretty well - No weight gain at least :) I helped my mother move the last four days and was sore after each day - So I'm sure I worked out muscles I haven't used in forever. I'm back down to my 218 - I'm afraid I'll be here for a while, however I have new motivation. I got invited to a beach trip late in July. I love the beach, but all of my friends are size 2 - size 6. I've skipped out going in the past - but I plan on going and having fun this year no matter how I look in the dreaded bathing suit.

Losing - I was in wedding in April - I had lost 10 pounds before it, but I hated the dreadful bridesmaid dress (I looked awful) - but I did get my hair done and it made me feel better about the day. This is time for you to celebrate yours sister and future brother-in-law. I'd suggest you get your hair done and maybe a pedicure as well and enjoy the day being with family.

DeterminedLisa
06-06-2007, 01:02 AM
Losing, Good luck with the wedding situation. Maybe it would
be less stressful to have a goal based on eating healthy and
exercise, and then not worry about whether you reach a certain
weight on a certain date. Weddings have a way of getting
stressful (even for thin people, which I sometimes forget, Ha ha)
so it's not at all cheating to switch to less rigid goals.

maeminglea, Congrats on 4 days of exercise plus 4 days of
helping a loved one. Hats off for your decision to go enjoy
the beach this year.

I had a ton of popcorn yesterday. Only 240 calories but I'm *so*
bloated with water.

I'm going to try the fat substitute Z-trim tomorrow in a cake and
I'll let you know how I like it.

Lisa

tracyg40
06-06-2007, 10:07 AM
I'm still plugging along. I've been down to 172 ish for the past few days so I claimed it today lol! nice psychological boost. :carrot: other than that, just plugging along I guess. Not too much going on here, other than my kids making me crazy lol! but that's nothing new. Procrastinating here, trying to talk myself into doing some much needed house work. oh well, i suppose I should go get to it.
hope everyone has a great day!
hugs
tracyg

babenwaiting
06-06-2007, 11:07 AM
Happy Wednesday, ladies! :sunny:

This is a big day for me, granddaughter arriving for long visit, and it doesn't get any better than that. :D I still have a day of work to get everything *just so* before the plane arrives late tonight. Not good for one's diet, but good for one's SOUL! :)

Tracy, you are doing wonderfully, and I am so proud of you. :hug: Way to go, and keep up the good work. Kids will always drive you nuts ... so that's a given! :o :dizzy: :D What did you take to your Sunday BBQ this past weekend?

Lisa, I think your plan for eating while on your trip is a very good one. I think you will arrive back home in good shape, and if you have a couple of pounds to take *back off,* you will do it, and be right back on track again. BUT if you're running around a lot on your trip, even if you eat a bit more than you have been, you may not gain at all. That's what happens to me sometimes. If I stay in hotels and don't have my kitchen there at my fingertips (to munch and cheat), what I manage to eat *out* doesn't seem to bother me. It's when I stay in homes/condos and have full access to wonderful food there that I don't seem to be able to control it lately. How did your baking with Z-Trim come out? Is that the same as Splenda or Splenda Blend?

Maeminglea, so good to see you, lady! Maybe the beach trip plans will help you to stay out of the fridge ... sometimes I will post a not-so-flattering photo of myself in my bathing suit, and it helps me not to eat at night. But whatever your weight when you go (BTW, the BEST bathing suit for control and good looks, IMO, is Carol Wior ... her tummy control is so good!), just forget about diets and have a great time! :hug:

Losing, I was afraid you had vanished ... but there you are! :) So good to see you, and I agree with Lisa. Go ahead and have your hair done, look and feel your best for the wedding, whatever your weight is. We don't go to that many special celebrations, at least I don't.

Well, ladies, have wonderful Summer days, and I am going to do the best I can for the next month or so. If you don't see me here for days at a time, don't think I'm gone for good. I WILL be back now and then!

:grouphug:
Olivia

DeterminedLisa
06-07-2007, 03:11 AM
Olivia,
Have a GREAT time with your granddaughter!

This morning we celebrated my daughter's 2nd birthday. She
was really excited but she kept thinking it was somebody
else's birthday.

Z-trim is a fat-substitute rather than a sugar substitute,
so you use it instead of oil.
I replaced all of the butter/oil in my lemon cake mix recipe
and it turned out like a decent lowfat cake, like Entenmanns.
So it wasn't luscious like a full-fat cake, but it's good
enough, and I suspect I wouldn't be able to make a decent
lowfat cake unless I whipped the egg whites to stiff peaks or
unless I bought a special "lowfat" cake mix with emulsifiers
and stabilizers and xanthum gum or whatever.
My kids didn't notice it wasn't full-fat but they're
oblivious to everything except sugar. I definitely noticed
the absence of fat, but the recipe survived.

What is Splenda Blend? Half sugar half splenda?
Is it heat-stable for baking?

Z-trim is made from corn fiber and water, and the consistency
is like pureed banana, except without any banana or corn flavor.
You know how some recipes replace oil with applesauce
or mashed bananas? This is a bit like that, so it gives
moisture and body. It's safe for children and some school
districts use it a lot in their school cafeteria recipes.

Some people use it with ultra lean beef so their hamburger
patties won't crumble apart.
It's apparently really great in muffins and cookies when
you replace some of the usual fat but not all the usual fat.

There are very few situations where I can use applesauce or
mashed bananas instead of fat, so I'm pretty happy to use
Z-trim. I'll probably start using it half-and-half with
cooking oil for stir-fry, sauces, and stuff like that.
I'll keep you updated if I have any trouble with it. Supposedly
it can be used for high heat cooking except not for deep frying.

Some people on the 3FC forum (like the homepage cluck section)
are raving about Penny's muffins and cookies. I've never
tried them, but I'd bet you anything that they're made
with Z-trim!

Lisa

P.S. Another product I'm really pleased with is fat free
cream cheese. Some time, try mixing a bit of lemon juice
and chive in, then spread it on smoked salmon. Wow!
I think the fat from the salmon ("good fat") must compensate
for anything you're not getting in the cream cheese,
because it knocked my socks off.

maeminglea
06-08-2007, 09:50 AM
I feel like every Monday or so - I wine and out about "falling off the wagon" on the weekends - So today after work I plan on going to the grocery and getting yummy fruits and veggies to eat. I haven't had watermelon since last summer and I love it with Splenda - The rest of my family always ate watermelon with salt - I thought they were crazy. I still have to have to go over to my mothers and help her unpack. Mom's house is still kinda of a binge zone for me - So I plan on taking a fruit salad over there with me. I guess all the moving around helped me drop a couple of pounds this week. I think it was Tracy that encouraged me to shake it off and move on - Thanks for the tough love - I guess I did and now I'm looking forward to dropping below 210 which will be even closer to being back in the one hundreds. Olivia I hope you have a great time with your granddaughter. Lisa thanks for the great tips.

Y'all have a great weekend.

tracyg40
06-08-2007, 10:41 AM
maeminlea! good for you, sounds like a plan. It's good when you can move on. sometimes I want to kick myself for all the times I started and gave up. had I just kept on, I would be a lot further along than I am now. sigh....I too find the weekends so hard!!! I need to get some fruit, when it starts to get hot like this, that is what a crave, cool and sweet...ok, close second to ice cream any way!
still hanging in there Lisa? I don't know if that ztrim is available here yet? course I live in the boonies and we are the last to get anything lol!
Olivia, hope you are having fun with your grandaughter, how old is she? is she running you ragged? that could be a good thing in the old exercise department lol!
I saw a new low on the old scale today, yippee for me! 171.8, hopefully it will still be there monday so I can claim it lol! I just want to get down to the 160's lol! then I will feel like I have accomplished something. It is just coming off so slow and I am still in that in betweeny stage where all my 18's are hanging off and I just look sloppy....but not quite comfortable in 16's yet....
plus I just can't afford new clothes right now. UGH!
well, must run. Hope you all have a good weekend.
hugs
tracyg

babenwaiting
06-09-2007, 07:43 PM
Happy Saturday, ladies!

Just a quick check-in to let you know life with DGD is great; she is nine and a ball of energy. We spend a lot of time at the pool, we watch movies, cook & bake, go girl-shopping! :D We will take her to the beach for a few days, and we do zoo, museums, all that good stuff. Retired grandparents have plenty of time ... so lucky as so we can do it all! Thank you for your good wishes, all of you ...

Tracy, so happy for your new low! Way to go, girl ... you are really doing well! :hug:

Maeminglea, glad you were getting your healthy foods in the house for the weekend. It does make it easier if you can plan ahead, and have what you need! Best of luck! :)

Lisa, I'm not familiar with Z-trim, but when I get truly serious about my plan again, I might try it or something like it. I've never tried the fat-free cream cheese; sounds awful to me, though I do use the low-fat at times, but I probably should give it a go. Yes, Splenda-blend is half sugar/half Splenda. I use it in ice tea, for one thing.

Losing, hope all is going well for you. We CAN do this ... :)

Well, girlies, have a great rest of the weekend. I think I've actually dropped a pound since DGD got here because I'm so busy!

Cheers! :grouphug:
Olivia

tracyg40
06-10-2007, 07:53 AM
having a good week overall. I think i have gotten a little sloppy with both my eating and exercise, so this week my goal is to get it back on track, nip it in the bud! I am up a little bit today (172) but not too concerned about it, it will come back off, today I will exercise and watch better what I eat!

Olivia! Glad you are having fun with dgd! She sounds too cute! Just about my dd's age (megan is 8), so I know she is keeping you hopping. Too cool that the extra running while being fun is helping you out with your exercise and losing! Yippee!!!!!

Maeminglea???? OH LISA???? LoSiNg????????? Where are you all? Having a busy but on plan weekend????? Sure hope so! Check in with us!!!
Well, I must run and get everyone up and around for church! My dh is working overtime today, bless the man, I mentioned that retreat that I wasn't going to be able to go to with my friends? when dh found out, he offered to work overtime so I could go! It's in October and I hope to be well on my way with my weight loss efforts by then-Goal would be awesome lol!
I'll tell you more about that later~ !Well, I must run! Have a great weekend.
tracyg

DeterminedLisa
06-10-2007, 10:38 PM
Maeminlea, How was your weekend? I hope it went really well.
If weekends are extra hard, maybe you could try one of those
programs where you burn fat on weekdays and relax on weekends
and only try to avoid putting on weight.
Tracy, So wonderful to hear a happy family story like your husband
working OT so you can go on that retreat. A special guy.
Olivia, Running around with a kid is such fun exercise. I hope you
have lots of time together.
I bought my Z-trim from the manufacturer by mail order. I think most
of their business is with wholesalers and cafeterias. I'm now using it
routinely (half and half) with cooking oil.

My monday morning weigh-in was 147.6 --YAY! Also, for the
first time, my hip measurement is less than 40 inches.
So I'm half-way to my goal and I'm feeling pretty good about that.

I'm not feeling good about my memory, my thinking, or my
energy level or other things in the quality-of-life department.
I kept telling myself I was just being lazy by choice, or I
was just sleep-deprived, but but after telling myself this
for a few months, I'm pretty sure the "low-everything" diet
is to blame.

I'm going to give the low-carb approach one more try, with a
higher-calorie version. I hope this works, because cutting out
carbs really does seem to deaden my hunger and help me lose.

One study showed that people on low-carb diets have impaired
performance on math tests and analytical thinking tests.
I think that's what's happening to me, and my job is pretty
much all math and analytical thinking. Being fuzzy-brained
at work is by far the biggest reason I'm ending my strict diet.
The reason I gained so much weight recently was the same thing
--I was eating a lot of sugar on the job so I could get more
work done. Obviously I don't want to go back to doing that.
Eventually I'll have to find a reasonable medium. So much
harder than it sounds!

If I have to resume eating carbs while trying to lose weight,
that will be a very, very big challenge for me. I've got my
fingers crossed that the low-carb thing can carry me a bit
farther before I have to give it up.

Determined,
Lisa

Losing4another
06-11-2007, 12:18 AM
I have some good news to share...Remember back when i was talking (okay typing :lol: ) about joining the gym and a few things had came up that was going to put that off...first it was the babysitting. I had said yes to my sister in law to babysit her kids for the summer. Well turns out she doesn't need me as much as I thought. At first she was talking 3 days a week until late into the evening. So far I've only had the kids once a week and this week not once. I also had problems finding a babysitter for my daughter (out of school for the summer) if I wanted to get to the gym more then one or twice a week. With the fee's I would be paying no way would I pay that amount for once or the MAYBE twice a week. Well much to may surprise the gym stays open way later than I had thought and also open on weekends. That means I don't even need a sitter ..my husband will be home with our daughter. She will soon have a friend that will be staying the summer with her and that would have been another problem finding someone to watch not one but two kids ....but with the late hours the gym stays open my husband can do ALL the sitting. All the worries of rushing home and will the sitter be able to sit with my kid and the extra child I will have are not longer an issue. I never told my husband about the problems I would have with the gym and how much I wanted to join again. This weekend we had the chance to talk about everything and he wants me to join too. He may be re -thinking this when he realizes he has Dd's friend too but hey as far as I see it he already signed the contract :lol: I'm so excited about joining again. I do have one more bump to over come though. My mom is having some problems in her neighborhood and needs some fence weave put up... shes on a very limited income so I will have to order that and put it up for her and a few other things to get her all set with the issues she is having ...then I'm finally free to join. I have a gym fund started so even if this fence project turns out to be more than I think .....I will still have the extra $$$ put away just for the gym enrollment fee and first month payment. YAY!!! This news has me on cloud nine. Not only will it help with the weight loss, my over all health improves, and I love it it is fun for me. So much to choose from and for the days I can hang out longer it has a spa :D I know I'm going to be so sore and it's going to kick my butt the first few weeks but I still CAN'T WAIT.

Lisa- If you don't feel right I wouldn't stay low carb. Instead of low carb what about sugar free ? Keep the good carbs and cut the sugar. THere are tons of sugar free products out there. I ordered sugar free products that I couldn't find in my local store.

Olivia~ Aww what fun your going to have this summer with your DGD. I have found they have free kids movies on tuesdays and wednesdays and free dinners and lunches on Mondays at a local steak house. I'm sure I will be able to find more stuff if I keep looking but that helps on the pocket book when trying to keep the kids entertained during the summer. Girl shopping is my favorite :D

Tracy~ Just keep jumping back on track ...then there is nothing to worry about. I'm working on getting the weight back off too. I didn't let dh buy all the junk this time. I went shopping when he was sleeping . Got him some junk to take to work and one thing for home. Bought chips it single serving bags so if I get a craving I only eat what is in the bag.

maeminlea~ weekends are hard for me too. How did you do this weekend with your plan of action? I could have done better but I think I did okay. We ordered pizza on Friday night had fast food on Saturday... so with what I could have done with those choices I did way better than I thought I would. With DD being out of school we have been eating more fast food with all the running from place to place keeping her busy. I have been ordering kids meals. I still get my favorites but smaller sizes. DD loves it too she gets two toys with her meals. I just ask for two different toys and between the two she usually ends up with something she wanted :lol:

maeminglea
06-11-2007, 09:52 AM
Yeah - Losing - You sound so "pumped" about the gym! I am glad the hubby is backing you and I think it will be great. I have been contemplating about joining for a while - but just haven't done it yet.

Lisa, keep us posted on how it's going. I don't think I could ever maintain cutting out all carbs - but I have defiantly decreased them.

As for me -I ate a lot of fruit over the weekend - and had some left over for breakfast today and didn't feel deprived at all. I went to a movie with a good friend and there was no pressure to get the popcorn or junk candy. I stuck with my plan and got an hour exercise in both Friday evening and Sunday and I actually lost a pound over the weekend (I think that is a first for me). Today I am wearing a top that has hung in my closet for over a year because it was to small. I think I bought it last summer when I was in the 230's and now it fits great. It is a long sleeve knit (which I would never wear long sleeves in summer Alabama) - but I just couldn't resist.

-Mae

tracyg40
06-11-2007, 12:09 PM
sounds like you all are doing fab! I'm doing ok, like I said, I had gotten a little sloppy but I am back on track today!:carrot: I am still up a little (172) but hopefully I will see that 171 again this week!
I won't be around too much, although I will most likely check in here any way! I have to do my children's portfolio's done for school, and I've been procrastinating so badly!
well, better run!
hugs
tracyg

DeterminedLisa
06-11-2007, 09:23 PM
HELLO!

I'm happy to see so much good news from everybody.

Losing, You sound really excited about joining the gym and that
makes me so incredibly happy for you. It also makes me appreciate
my gym opportunities more, which is good because I usually dislike
going to the gym. Many thanks for that! Good luck with your
mother's fence situation. Fencing can be surprisingly
expensive, so I hope it's a simple job.

Maeminglea, Congratulations on your new pattern with fruit
on the weekends. It's great you have something you enjoy so
much.

Tracy, what sort of portfolios are you putting together?
Is it like artwork and photographs?

I'm feeling really great, much better than before! I was
re-reading the South Beach Diet book and I had forgotten some
of the advice about breaking a "carbohydrate addiction".
I definitely have a carbohydrate addiction. If I eat carbs,
I desperately need more of them after 45 or 60 minutes, and
then I need them desperately again after that, and in the end I
have tons of calories and I still feel deprived and hungry
all the time. It's horrible.
On my "low-everything diet", I still felt like I was going
through some version of that process, which I didn't understand,
because it was low-carb. Well, the problem was that I was
guzzling large amounts of skim milk! Even though skim milk
is a relatively good carb, having a pint at breakfast is
enough to trigger swings in my blood sugar, and then the
whole imbalance gets started fresh each day.
I'm removing ALL carbs from my diet for a week or hopefully for
two, including milk and carrots and tomatoes. The advice from
South Beach (which I'm going to try) is to cut all carbs
ruthlessly for just 2 weeks to give your body a chance
to re-set itself. Afterwards they recommend having good carbs
(like milk and whole grain and fruit) more freely, except
not so much for breakfast.
Well, all I can tell you is that I feel a LOT better today
than I have any day for the last week. WOW! I can't
believe the milk was triggering blood sugar swings, but
after feeling what it's like to have a chicken breast
and veggies for breakfast, I'm convinced. I'm not saying
it was pleasant to sit down to chicken and veggies for a
breakfast, but I feel so good now that I'll gladly try it
tomorrow. I don't suppose I'll keep feeling so good forever,
so this plan might not last 14 days, but I'll take what I
can get and I'll switch when I need to.

Determined and Happy,
Lisa

tracyg40
06-12-2007, 09:08 AM
Lisa: portfolios are not so exciting as that lol! my kids are homeschooled and portfolios of their work and tests etc. have to be turned in at the end of the year to prove I am not turning them into ignorant savages.

I am hanging in there. I have the sinking, frustrating feeling that I am going to lose in spurts with long periods of staying the same....I would so rather lose slow and steady...sigh...so here I am, hanging out at 172....stilllllllll.....

well, I've procratinated enough even today, so I NEED to get to it!
hugs
tracyg

DeterminedLisa
06-13-2007, 02:22 AM
Tracy, Hang in there! You've made it 1/4 of the way to being skinny
and you're doing great. You can't control whether the loss hits the
scale gradually or in clumps. All you can control is your behavior,
which you can be really really proud of.

I'm on my second day of a lower-carb plan, with no milk, no carrot,
no tomato, and I'm still feeling better on this plan than I did
in previous weeks when I was having milk and the semi-carb veggies.
Yay. Another success is handling a social event last night. I belong
to a monthly "Bunco" group, and usually our gatherings are a big
pig-out. Earlier this year I couldn't bear to attend because of
my diet. Last month I hosted so I could control the food. This
month, I went armed with a huge tupperware of raw and steamed veggies
and I swear I was like a chain-smoker nonstop with sticks of
cucumber or asparagus or whatever. Sometimes I dipped them in a tiny
bit of melted cheese, but otherwise my jaw kept chewing nonstop.
It was a bit disgusting to eat such a massive quantity of vegetables
but something about my body, my chemistry, or my personality caused
me to keep chomping away. I'm ashamed of that habit, but it's a
good thing to know about myself. Luckily I only consumed about
200 calories the whole night.

Lisa

Losing4another
06-14-2007, 07:54 AM
maeminlea~ if you can join....JOIN :) I'm glad dh is backing me up too since he will be doing tons of babysitting. I'm sure there will be a complain or two down the road but I really don't care :D What plan of action do you have for this weekend?

Tracy- How are you? Your usually posting away on here. I hope your just busy and still pluggin away.

Lisa- How is the lower carb plan going? Friends and family have been wanting to go eat out and I've just been packing on the pounds. Supposed to go again tonight but I think I'm going to pass.

I'm still PUMPED on getting to the gym. Yes my Mom's fence is going to be expensive, it's a 6ft fence so it's a lot fence. I'm still putting away for my gym memebership fund though and even if the fence isn't done I'm still going to start my memebership so that the money doesn't get spent somewhere else. It's hard to stay away from cash just sitting in the house.

tracyg40
06-14-2007, 10:36 AM
on my portfolios lol! I homeschool and happen to live in Pa which is one of the tougher/est states on homeschoolers. We have to jump through hoops! I worked on portfolios on monday and got my log done (daily log of instructional hours) and got most of my forms caught up, but that is it! yikes!
I still have to organize, finish grading, and pull out sample work from the year for both kids. My dd is 8 and is basically in workbooks, so she should go together easier. My ds is a whole 'nother story ;) . He is 12 and has tougher stuff to do. sigh... so that is why I have been MIA. Thanx for thinking of me though! I am back down to 171.2 today, but I've been playing here for about 2 weeks, meaning that I've been up/down between 171 and 172....
So, I am still holding strong, but I really wish I would whoosh off those few pounds that would bring me in under 170. Oh well, if wishes were horses....
Well, I really have to go and get to work!
Hugs to you all, hope you're all hanging in and doing well! Hopefully within the next week or 2 I'll be more active here again!
hugs
tracyg:hug:

4thebigday
06-14-2007, 03:27 PM
:D I found this tread today, and I was AMAZED at how great and supporting you all are! I'd love to be a part of this!! I'm am a professional yo-yo dieter, and I think that staying involved in this site (which is great!) will probably help me to stick to it!! SO I am making it a goal to log in EVERY WEEKDAY, and attempt to log in on the weekends so I can get/give support and STAY motivated!!:woohoo: :woohoo:

Here's my story:
I'm 24, and was at my heaviest In January @ 232 lbs! I'm glad to say that Since January, I have dropped down to a steady 214 (actually 208 was my lowest, but I gained some back so I count 214) by just making small changes in my life. Like, bring home lunch with me to work, usually salads, and not eating fast food as much!! But since MONDAY 6/11- I have actually decided to start my plan and STICK to it!! I am doing the 6 Week Body Makeover- Modified somewhat, because it's very restricted.... and as a long term thing I just don't think I could DO IT! I don't know how familiar you all are with the plan... But it definatly takes some effort!

I have REAL motivation to get this weight OFF! I'm getting married to a GREAT guy in NOVEMBER!!:love: And I want to look GOOD in my Pictures!! We are doing a simple beach wedding (We are in Hawaii) and his family coming down from CA. So Yesterday while I was at the G-Y-M I remebered I had a white dress from a Military Ball that I used a few years back when I was around 155-160. I looked great!! It's a strapless form fitting white dress that would be perfect for a beach wedding. So when I got home from the gym I tried it on (to see how realistic using this dress in 5 months would really be... HA!) and lo-and behold. IT WENT ON!!! Yessss! Hahaha. I got it zipped up half way on my own, I didn't want to stress it out!! :D So this is a realistic goal! And I have a physical gauge on how I'm doing too! Great motivator!!

Here's somethings that I'm doing right now to reach that goal. Let me know what you all think!:

Gym- as much as I can stomach! Haha. Trying for 4xs a week. elliptical/weights
Diet- 6 WBMO - modified and LOTS of WATER
Motivation- Wedding Dress, and 3FC...and hopefully YOU ALL!!
Weigh-ins- Daily! If I ignore the scale it's easier for me to ignore my DIET!! And know where I need to maybe adjust
Suppliments: Hydroxycut (for energy), GNC vitamins

So what do you all think??

Here's what's been happening SO FAR. Weighed in on Saturday @ 214.5, Started diet Monday, weighed in again Tuesday was 210.5, Yesterday 208.5, This morning 207.5. So I know I dropped A LOT of water weight. I know that the amount of weight drop will taper off soon. I need to mentally prepare for that!!

So every one... It's great to meet you all! I can't wait for us to help each other all get to our goals!!:cheer:

During the weekday's I'll probably be on quite a lot during the days- So PM me if you need the instant support!! LOL! Good Luck ALL! Can't wait to hear your progress!!

4thebigday
06-14-2007, 06:03 PM
I just finished reading the ENTIRE thread- and I just wanted to comment on how GREAT everyone is doing and how far you all have come!!! Not just on actual weight loss, BUT also on the mental/emotional battles you've overcome!! Weight affects alot of things besides physical appearance, and I've noticed so many over all positive attitudes from you all- even on the bad days!! And I commend you on NOT giving up!
I want to offer these thoughts...

When you are getting discouraged about the SMALL goals, and the scale just isn't moving... Don't forget about the BIG Goal- and what you've already accomplished!! ;) Maybe that will motivate you to keep going!! Remember how grrreat it felt to get into the smaller size pants... and now focus on STAYING in them first and formost. haha. That way you don't get over whelmed with the struggle of getting into the smaller ones!!

I might want to suggest also, not just using the scale... but also a tape measurer... Because everyone is working out- so you are changing the composition of your body. I read somewhere awhile ago, that 6lbs of fat = The volume of a Gallon milk jug!!! WOW. I think those improvements are worth celebrating too! So 4 lbs is more than HALF a GALLON JUG! WOW!

Ok. Now somebody remind me of all this when I'm down in the dumps about the scale NOT Moving! :crazy:

:hug: to you all!

tracyg40
06-14-2007, 08:51 PM
wedding and welcome to our little group!!!
hugs
tracyg

babenwaiting
06-14-2007, 10:17 PM
:welcome: to our newest thread member! :hug: I am not on much at the moment, though I started The New Beginning ... You will be beautiful for your wedding, and your beach affair sounds wonderful! I love Hawaii ... :)

I'm rarely here at the moment, mainly because I have company and am traveling over the next month but I am thinking of you all and keeping my fingers crossed for good luck with the scale for all of you! Tracy, Lisa, Losing, Maeminglea ... you go, girls!!! :cheer:

:grouphug:

Olivia

DeterminedLisa
06-15-2007, 12:49 AM
4thebigday, Hello and welcome! :balloons:

Great to meet you. I'm very motivated and enthusiastic to hear what
you're doing, and it all sounds great.

I had a glance at the web site for the 6 Week Body Makeover, but
I can't really tell anything specific about the diet and exercise plan,
just the stuff about body types. Will your eating plan emphasize
low calorie or low fat or low sugar or anything like that in particular?
Are you counting anything like calories or grams or ounces, or are the
portion sizes supposed to be determined by your body's appetite?

What is Hydroxycut?

I never knew that about the gallon jug for 6 lbs. Wow.

Lisa

4thebigday
06-15-2007, 04:35 PM
Thanks for all the warm welcomes!! Hope everyone is doing good today!

babenwaiting: I know how hard it is to stick to ANYTHING when you have so much going on and your "routine" is disrupted! I just got back from Sacramento, and my fiance andI pigged OUT! LOL. He wanted to show me all his favorite restaurants! LOL. He's from there originally. They way I see it-- have fun enjoy yourself!! Just don't Over do it! LOL. Keep healthy subsitutions in mind, and choose them when possible! Hopefully that will make it easier to get back in the swing of things. But goooossshhhh I know how tempting it is!! I think I put on 5 lbs in just the 4 days we were there. Although I'm sure most of it was water weight. I dropped them pretty quick.

Lisa: LOL. As far as LO-Cal, LO-Carb, and all that stuff- It's pretty much LOW EVERYTHING!!! HAHA. I have never been one to count calories, but I AM a BIG CARB COUNTER!!! I've done Atkins before- and had success. I noticed that my body does not process carbs very well. :( Which sucks because I LOVE bread and Potatoes!!!! So I am always pretty aware of those. But with atkins- I didn't need to count calories, and I lost weight. With 6wbmo it basically works on the principle that everyone's body is different. It will react different to different types of food. Some can handle carbs, other's can't. Some have more Lean Muscle, other's don't. So not all diets will work for everyone. I thought that made sense!! So your fist step is to find out what you body type is. I am a type B. Which Basically means I have muscle tone, but its covered in a layer of fat. AND I have a slow Metabolism. After you figure out your body type, it gives you the plan specific for your body type. Tells what kind of foods to eat, what to stay away from. And another key factor is you eat more frequently, but small meals. You stay away from added fats, and you watch your sodium intake too. Drink lots of water. Think of the foods you eat being "clean and lean" so that it's easy for your body to burn, and the frequent meals are ment to keep you metabolism going, so it works through out the day. So when you cook, no oil, no butter, no fats, no salt!! So you really need to get creative. and that's they key to sticking with it! I've done it before- but got so BORED- I just couldn't do it anymore. But my boss stuck with it, and let me tell you- she looked GREAT, and it seam like it happend in no time at all!! I tried a new thing last night. I made a soup out of Chicken breast and added stir fry veggies. I figured it would be easy to eat quickly, and less obvious at my desk. I work in an office, and I can't be bringing meals to my desk every 2 hours!! This plan is very specific- but I do modify it a little to be able to do it. When my friend bought it- the whole box of stuff was $400! There is a work out too- If you are interested... he has books that give you the basis of the plan. He also has a 6 day version- which is a lot stricter- but it promises a drop in pant size in just that short time. Basiclly I go off the 6 day plan format, and jsut switch the types of food I eat so I don't get really bored. But I know what to stay away from. It's a lot of learning and theory...but it's interesting. And I have seen it work. I hope I explained it well enough to give you an idea....

Hydroxycut is a weight loss supplement. You can buy it online or at GNC. It's not a miracle pill- but it helps with giving you energy. It's not right for every one. If your body is sensitive to stimulants- I wouldn't suggest it. My body is used to diet pills! So it doesn't affect me. My fiance swears buy it! LOL. Here's a story for you guys!! My fiance lost 50-60 lbs in just 4 months. It was before we met. He had just broken up with his ex that he was with for 7 yrs! She cheated on him, so it wasn't a good break up. But that motivated him to better himself. He had just gotten a new job doing construction work, so he was active during the days, THEN he would go to the gym for 2 hours almost EVERY DAY of the week. He basically lived off Lean pockets, and Sandwiches that entire time. I don't think that was the heathiest way to do it- but he did it! Crazy huh!! I couldn't do it! but he also took Hydroxycut, and he says that really helped him.

Tracy- How'd those protfolios/grading go?? ;) Ever get around to them?

So as far as me- The drastic weight loss has stopped. I think I got rid of the extra fluids and what not and now it's time to drop fat. I lost 2 ounces since yesterday. Hehehe. So now I'm at 207.3! I guess those 30 mins at the gym I forced my self to do really did it for me yesterday!! yeay .2!! So since I weighed myself Saturday- That was a 7.2 lb drop with just 5 diet days. How much of that do you think was water weight? Today is Friday tough... and the weekend is coming up. So I wouldn't be surprised if I gain a few back on Monday. But I am not going to totally stop my diet... I'm just not going to be as strict! And I will probably still go to the gym 1 day out of the weekend. But Definatly back on track for MONDAY.

Best of luck to you all over the weekend! Keep going!

tracyg40
06-16-2007, 08:52 AM
I'm about half way done with my dd's portfolio and then have to do ds's. ugh! I only have another week or so before they have to be evaluated and turned in.
I'm still hanging out here ant 171.2. Sigh....ugh!
Other than that, not much going on here.
Hope you all are d oing well. Miss you guys, but I MUST! FINISH!
hope you have a great weekend. Will check back in on monday. I just realized that I didn't make my vacation challenge goal of 20 by June 15th...wahhhh! I only made 15. Oh well, upward and onward!
hugs
tracyg

maeminglea
06-16-2007, 08:51 PM
Hey All! It is sounds like all is well with you gals. Welcome Big Day! I know you will be more than ready for your Nov. Wedding. I'd like to know now the 6 WBMO goes. What happens after the 6 weeks is up?? Tracy good luck finishing up all the school work. I droped another lb. this week, but my diet wasn't the best. I've really been dragging lately but I still managed to walk one hour a day for four days out of the week. Hope everyone's weekend is going well.

-Mae

tracyg40
06-17-2007, 04:38 PM
I'm still working on portfolios and so will be mia next week too. But aside from that, I need to take a step back from the scale. I will be checking in but not checking the scale for a while. It is way too frustrating for me right now. I am still doing ok, watching what I eat and exercising, which makes the fact that I just can't seem to drop this weight even more frustrating. sigh, so I figured maybe if I just step back from the scale and only weigh once a week or every 2 weeks it might work out better for me. I don't know. I just need to focus on eating well and exercising.
In any case, I must run, got a lot to do. Hope all the rest of you are hanging in and doing well. Olivia, enjoying your grandaughter's visit? Maeminglea? Losing4another, who did I miss?
Well, I must run.
hugs
tracyg

DeterminedLisa
06-17-2007, 09:07 PM
Hi friends,
I've got tons to do but a quick update :
I did 4 1/2 days of really low-carb and I loved it at frirst, but
it became more difficult until eventually I couldn't sleep, I was
so incredibly thirsty that I was drinking crazy amounts (12 cups
of water between wake-up and 11am) and I felt sometimes too
weak or dizzy to function. It reduced my cravings, but it was
very unhealthy for me (not to imply that it's unhealthy for other
people, just unhealthy for me.) Maybe my kidneys are weak, dunno.

So I'm trying a modified low-carb diet called the "carbohydrate
addicts diet" where you reduce how OFTEN you consume carbs
so it's one brief time per day, but the total quantity doesn't have to
be so terribly small. The idea is you plan to trigger only one burst of
insulin production per day. If it's at dinner, you can be asleep
when the follow-up cravings hit worst.

I had a carb dinner last night and I slept well for the first time in a
while, but this morning after breakfast I'm really dragging. I was
feeling energetic until breakfast (cheese and string beans), but now
my eyelids can barely stay open and I'm miserable again.

I'm really frustrated, really near quitting, and I could use some
advice, suggestions, and support.

Lisa

4thebigday
06-18-2007, 07:14 PM
Hi everyone! Thanks for the welcome Maeminglea! AFter the 6 weeks, you just do a manitenance version of it I believe. But like I said- I'm not doing the WHOLE plan, just following the principles of it. But it's been working!

Hey lisa! I'm sorry to hear you are feeling SO crummy! That can't be good for you! Have you thought about introducing carbs in the form of Fruit? Maybe an Apple mould be good. I know what you mean... It's like a haze in your head and it's hard to focus. I get like that sometimes too because I'm a Atkins believer too. So I am always aware of carbs. But try an apple. It shouldn't affect you like starchy carbs, and is healthy. Maybe that'll zap the haze! Keep going though! it'll get better!

Take care! I didn't bother weighing my self this morning! I had a nmaughy weekend! LOL. so I'm sure I've regained much in water weight. I am going to the gym tonight though. I'll way my self tomorrow morning.

Losing4another
06-19-2007, 07:46 AM
Hi ladies,
I tried posting a nice long post the other day and for some reason it never did show up on our thread. I just wanted to say I'm hanging in there. Losing slowly but not giving it my all either. I don't have time to get into a long post but I hope you all are doing great and hanging in there too :hug:

Lisa- Hon stop the low carb if it's making you feel like that. If your body doesn't like that diet it's always going to tell you something isn't right. It could be because you are still new to it and it could get better ....but don't go around feeling awful...give your body what it needs to feel better.

Tracy~ Almost done with those portfolios? Do you give your kiddo's a summer break?

Olivia~ I know your have a wonderful time with that DGD.

BigDAY~ hi welcome. How exciting losing for your wedding. My sisters wedding is this weekend .......and I still haven't found anything to wear :eek:

maeminglea
06-22-2007, 09:53 AM
Last week I was very sluggish and did not have the best weekend. This week I have been working out extra hard (I'm trying to not to punish myself - but get a boost to get back on track). However, I got a really gnarly blister on my heal. The skin there is already rough and thick from the 500 other blisters I've gotten there in the last year or so (TMI?). Anyway I think it is infected now and it hurts when I walk or put weight on it. I guess I over did it - and now I need to find a way to burn calories over the weekend so I don't get behind again and in this predicament again. I am back down to my 213 so I don't have to change the ticker, but I'm afraid that I won't hit my end of the month goal of 210. In the grand scheme of things I know it is not that big of a deal - but I hate these little setbacks. I hope all is going well with the rest of you guys. It is going to be 96 in AL today - Yuck!

Mae

tracyg40
06-23-2007, 07:09 PM
I'm doing ok. Finished up my portfolios! yay! School is officially over! But now I have to get ready for the new school year, which is only 7weeks away!
So, remember I told you that there was a dairy aisle opening across the street from me? Well, it opened this week. sigh...i knew it would be torture, and it is, i knew my kids would harass me endlessly and they have, but the true insidious evil did not occur to me. Until today, when I was minding my own business, painting my porch, and I could smell nothing but onion rings and french fries wafting from across the street...sigh.....
I'm still hanging in there though. I've taken to not keeping any cash in the house.;)
i've finally, just barely broken out of the 170's for pete's sake. I've never tried so hard, or been so faithful and taken soooo long, to lose sooo little, sigh....! I was pleased to stop in at the local fashion bug, none of the 'big' sizes fit! yippee! I went over to the regular sizes, and tried on some 16's and they fit! then, on a whim, I tried on a pair of 14's and they fit!!! :carrot:
could've knocked me over!! yippee!!!
Well, I must run! Hope all is well with all of you! Anything new and exciting going on?
update please~!
hugs
tracyg

babenwaiting
06-23-2007, 10:33 PM
Hey there ladies - big hugs to you all! :grouphug: Just back from a fabulous beach trip with DGD. The resort had multiple pools, lazy rivers, spas, pool bar ... little bridges down to the beach, and the weather was PERFECT! :) I think my weight stayed the same for the week, as we did eat wonderful food out but kept the minimum in the condo. Discovered "Margaritaville" (Jimmy Buffett), and the food was wonderful both days; also ate twice at Johnny Rockett's, once at Red Lobster and also a seafood place right on the water. We did all kinds of neat things, and had the best time! Thanks for all your good wishes ...

So I'm glad to hear your big news, Trace! You're in the 160 range now ... YEE-HAW for you! :D :balloons: I'm sure you're going to continue to do well. That Dairy Isle would bug the daylights out of me with the french fries smell ... I can eat them and enjoy them, even when I'm not hungry! :o

Lisa, three words for you: Weight Watchers Diet. I really think we're better off with the variety of nutrients in their type of diet. I can never do the extremes ... it isn't possible to do it long-term. You've made so much progress, and I know you'll find something that works for you! :hug:

Maeminglea, Losing, 4thebigday ... so good to see you all reporting in. I hope you're having a good weekend!!!

I'm very tired ... so I won't stay on tonight. Diet-wise, I'd say I'm treading water, and consider myself lucky not to gain any during this time. Check in with you guys later ... it's good to *see* you all again!:)

DeterminedLisa
06-25-2007, 01:23 AM
Tracy, Congratulations on your loss. You earned it! Switching what
clothing section you can shop in must feel great!

Maeminglea, congratulations on exercising vigorously enough to cause
a blister, but I'm so-o-o-o sorry to hear you gave yourself blisters.
I hope you find something you want to do for exercise meanwhile. Is there
a pool you can join for 1-month only?

Olivia, it's thrilling to hear what fun you had on your vacation.
Congratulations on healthy eating choices in a situation like that and
on not gaining any weight.

I'm doing OK but not great. I only went to the gym once in the
past week, which is quite a lot of missed sessions, but once a
week is better than never.

Friday night and Saturday night I went to nice dinners. Each night
I had a large dinner plus 2 glasses of wine and most of
a dessert. Both nights I overate, but not massively or shamefully.
There were sugars and alcohols and "white" starches (obviously).
The problem is it stretched my stomach and re-set my body so I
suddenly expected much more at future meals. So the last 2.5 days
since those dinners have been really hard, with strong cravings,
especially after meals.
From experience, my best way to lose the sugar-induced
cravings is to cut out all sugar (and white bread and alcohol and
similar) while keeping my calories high and not depriving myself of
anything else besides the sugar. Then when my sugar situation is
stable I can reduce calories and try to lose weight. So that's
what I've been doing. It's really infuriating to spend 2 days feeling
deprived/hungry/miserable/sleepy AND not to be burning any
fat while I do it!! But I'm sure it's the right thing to do. My
sugar-addiction is too fierce not to take the withdrawal seriously.
Tomorrow should be easier.

Right now is my TOM, so my real weigh-in is next monday, not today.

Lisa

Losing4another
06-25-2007, 07:51 AM
Nice to see all these posts in here :hug:
I haven't lost anything either but didn't gain even with TOM being here. Didn't fit in the skirt I wanted to wear for the wedding. Was a little disappointed about that but it kept me from porking out at the wedding. I ate very lite and only drank water.

Lisa- I wish we could buddy up for the gym. Maybe you should try and get a friend to go with you. The buddy system works wonders. If cutting out the carbs is what works for you than stick to it but don't walk around feeling sick and unhealthy. That can't be good for you long term.

Olivia- You sound like you are having some great fun with your DGD. My husband and I are going to an Inn right on the river for our anniversary. Then of course dinner over looking the river. We will be leaving Friday and will only stay one night but I'm so excited about going. We wanted to go back after being there before but never did make it back until now.

Tracy- Your a women of steel :lol: No way I could have stayed away from the new place this long. Maybe you could drop your kids off there for a bite to eat then pick them back up. Then they will maybe stop bugging you to go. Glad to hear all the school work is over now you can relax and not have that on your mind anymore YAY! Your kids are probably glad it's over too:D

Maeminglea~ 96 here too. sometimes it's even hot in the early morning hours. Not looking forward to August. Way to go on the loss....try not to think of the set backs . Try and look forward and don't look back or it will make you crazy.

maeminglea
06-25-2007, 01:47 PM
Well I didn't exercise much this weekend - I tried to do a Yoga tape on Friday and it was soooo tough. :yoga: It looks so easy in the movie or on TV. I might go back to the store and try to get another work out tape that looks like I could do it barefoot. I weighed today and I did not gain, but I did not lose anything either. Oh, well - I'll take a little break from exercising and try to really watch my calories - which I've kinda' slacked on lately. It is good to see every one doing well and I hope y'all have a great week. :yes:

- Mae

tracyg40
06-26-2007, 08:48 AM
Well, I am back up today to 170, wahhhh! Not that it is a surprise. My dh took a few days off last week (thurs, friday) and I never made it to exercise. We were doing some house projects. Having him home always throws me off.
Then, on sunday we were having a picnic with some friends, I was bit worried if I could pull it off, well, it turned into a surprise party for me and another friend...sigh.....can you hear the flush? Home made ice cream and my favorite chocolate peanut butter pie, and here I am back to 170...:mad: ugh! oh well, yesterday was ok for me although I didn't exercise, but today I will be back at the track and maybe do a bike ride with the kids. Plus I need to be better about the water too, I was slacking on that all weekend.
So, to a better week for all of us!!!
hugs
tracyg

oh and I'm not changing my tracker, because I intend to be back to the 160's this week!!!!!!!!!!!!

4thebigday
06-26-2007, 03:47 PM
Hi all! Just checking in! Congrats on everyones sucesses, and I hope those of you who are getting stuck hang in there. Tracy! So exciting about the clothes! Don't worry about getting back up to 170s. You'll et back down in no time! I had a not so great week. Lots of activity around here and it was just not practical for me to stick to my diet of little meals! But I'm back on the wagon today. I plan to weigh myself tomorrow to find out where I'm at. I'm not really expecting any good news. bummer. oh well. Back on the wagon! Have a good one you guys!

tracyg40
07-02-2007, 01:41 PM
ok here! just keeping busy, doing some house projects etc. getting myself geared up to get stuff around for my next school year. other than that, just sorta status quo.
How is everyone? are you doing well? haven't deserted me have you?
well, I just wanted to check in for a second. I'm down a few oz. anyway to 168.6, so i'm happy with that! well, i must run, get back to cleaning my house. drop a note and let us know how you all are!
hugs
tracyg

DeterminedLisa
07-03-2007, 01:27 AM
For the past two weeks, I've had a lot of off-plan days, and several days
without much of any plan, but I'm back on the horse and now I'm into
my second day of totally on-plan eating. My goal isn't really to lose
weight right now, although that would be nice. The main things are
1) to avoid gaining weight
2) to find a moderate eating plan that can eventually become a
long-term maintenance plan
3) not to be hungry or battling food or feeling lethargic or feeling
brain-dead all the time.

The Carbohydrate addicts diet really didn't work for me because I kept
having bad sugar swings for days (not hours, days) after each time I
had the allowed sugar foods. Maybe it would have worked if I'd given
my body more time to adapt, but I'm definitely not trying that approach
any more.

Now I'm having a low-glycemic index diet, combined with the usual
low-calorie, low-fat, high-fiber. It's not low-carb but my carbs are
from ultra health-food sources like barley. I was pretty reluctant
to try barley because it seems too extreme for long-term maintenance,
but I actually do notice feeling a lot better afterwards, compared
with after eating other types of carbs, so maybe barley isn't so
weird after all. (That's saying something, isn't it?)

On my current plan, with the barley and everything, I'm probably
still being a bit too rigid about my eating, but I think it's progress
towards a long-term lifestyle. I still need to work on dealing with
normal food choices and normal restaurant menus, and how to
have some non-diet foods without going overboard.

Lisa

babenwaiting
07-03-2007, 08:45 AM
Hi everyone ... :sunny:

A postcard from the road ... well, the New England coast, to be exact. Haven't forgotten you all, but haven't had internet access convenient for over two weeks now, as we travel and light here and there. My time with my DGD was simply great, and I thank everyone for all your good wishes.

I don't feel I'm gaining weight as I'm rarely eating between meals, don't feel "stuffed" as usual, but I don't know for sure. I certainly am shoveling good stuff down at meals, but it's usually the other eating that gets me! :o

I have eight more days on the road before being back at home with Mr. Scale :devil: so will let you know when the time of reckoning comes! :D

Tracy, Lisa, 4thebigday, Losing, Maeminglea ... I'm thinking of you all, and hoping you're doing well with the summer temptations! :grouphug: It's a fine line to make sure you enjoy the "lazy days" without doing too much damage. I'm sure that we will all find it easier when we get back into the Fall routine.

Off to read, and get ready for the 4th tomorrow. We are going to fireworks here on the coast with family, and maybe cook outside. What's everyone else doing? HAPPY BIRTHDAY, GOOD OLE USA!!!

Have a good one!
Olivia

maeminglea
07-03-2007, 10:08 AM
Hey Ladies,

Olivia it is good to hear from you. I bet you and your family are going to have a great time for the 4th. I think I'll have a low key day but I actually could use a rest. I'll grill out over at my mother's and we'll probably eat chicken and veggies.

I'm down another pound and my blister has healed enough for me to walk again. I did some TaeBo over the weekend and forgot how hard it was. The tape I do is an older version and I think it only lasts about 25 min. I think I need to get a harder and longer cardo workout into my weeks. Still thinking about joining the YMCA.

Tracy - I bet you had fun at your surprise party. That sounds like an occasion to cheat a little bit and celebrate YOU.

Lisa - your goals look really good. Determined is in your name and I know you'll find the best thing that works for you and your lifestyle. I am still working on it - but you inspire me. How do you incorporate barley into your diet??

Big Day - How is the wedding planning? I saw Michael Thurmond on Extreme Makeover last night and he seems to whip his clients into shape!

Losing - How is everything going?

Have a great 4th everybody. Isn't some one from Australia as well - if so hope all is well down under!

-Mae

Losing4another
07-03-2007, 01:43 PM
Hi everyone...nice to see from everyone :lol:

I just jumped back on plan yesterday. With a slip up last night. Tonight will be better. Keeping the kiddo's busy and trying not to eat out to much. Have to get going again so can't stay for a long post. More next time. We will beat the summer gains :D

DeterminedLisa
07-04-2007, 12:44 AM
I'm pretty new to eating barley, so I'm really not the one to ask. Supposedly
the hull-less barley is even better than pearled barley, but pearled barley is
what I found at my local supermarket. I cook it like rice and eat it like rice,
usually with some meat/veg and gravy/sauce. It's harder to chew than
white rice but the texture is more like "al dente" pasta and not as "gritty"
as brown rice. Next I want to try cooking it with beef broth instead of
just water.

Lisa

babenwaiting
07-08-2007, 10:00 PM
Hey ladies ... :grouphug:

Tracy, Lisa, Losing, Maeminglea, 4thebigday ... hope you girls are still floating around out there somewhere! I'll be back home on Tuesday night, and the scale will tell the tale on Wednesday! :o:o:o

I sure hope you're all doing okay, at least enjoying your summer days, whether you've been able to be strict on your diets or not. I haven't been as bad as I usually am, so I'm hoping I'm not any more than 223 ... but we'll see!

Hope to see some of you reporting in soon! :)

Olivia

tracyg40
07-11-2007, 11:40 PM
I have an insane life lol! it has been soooo busy! and it doesn't show signs of slowing down any. I blew it on 4th of july and then went on a week long binge....sigh...mad at myself. went back up to 172! ugh! but the past 2 days have been good and i'm back to 169, 2 more lbs and i'll be back where i was last at. trying to get back to it. i identify with lisa here as i am having to detox and grit my teeth through the cravings i invited back in. ugh! oh well, it's over and i'm back!
hope everyone is doing well, update when you can!
hugs
tracyg

DeterminedLisa
07-12-2007, 12:16 AM
I'm sick and I've been sick for so many days that I keep thinking this
stupid cold should be over by now. Anyway, I'm trying to keep eating
healthy foods and vegetables, but I'm also adding lots of refined
starches and whatever comfort foods I feel like, in sane quantities,
until I'm healthy again. I hope you're all doing well. Lisa

maeminglea
07-12-2007, 05:53 PM
Hey All- I thought I made a post the other day but I guess it didn't stick. I did o.k. last week. I haven't lost any this week but I haven't gained. I have been feeling sick as well for over a week. I just don't have any energy and I have not worked out in two days now. I dragged through my day at work and I doubt I'll do much this evening. Hopefully with a few days rest I'll get back on track. I don't want to hit a major (or minor slump).

Losing4another
07-12-2007, 09:50 PM
I've been off the plan as well and letting summer get the better of me. I'm still just taking one day at a time and enjoying the summer with my daughter. I have good and bad days. Not much summer left .....before we know it it will be back to school.

Get well soon Lisa :hug:

babenwaiting
07-13-2007, 11:06 AM
Hey ladies ... :sunny:

Back to reality, and eating at home sweet home! Vacations are good, but your own bed is the bomb, right?

My instincts were NOT right; though I didn't feel I was overeating by much if at all, I gained two lbs. so now I must adjust my ticker to 225! :mad: Considering that I've been off plan for nearly a couple of months, I guess that number could be worse.

For those of you not feeling well, hugs to you. I've just had a bout with a stomach bug so I feel for you. I hope you're all feeling in the pink very soon! :grouphug:

I really thought our little group here had about fallen apart, as I saw so few posts for awhile, with apparently everyone else as busy and distracted as I've been. I hope we can hang on for the Summer, doing the best we can, then get very serious as the Fall comes. I miss chatting with you girls when I can't get here.

I think we'll go see the new Harry Potter movie in 3-D at the Imax. It's getting such great reviews, and I love 3-D, like a 5 year old! :D

You girls have a great weekend, and I'll report my weight Monday, no matter how scary it is!!! :o

Cheers!
Olivia

babenwaiting
07-14-2007, 01:37 PM
Happy Saturday Tracy, Lisa, Maeminglea, Losing and 4thebigday .... the scale was down to 224 this morning so one lb. down since I got back from vacation. Not much but it made me smile! :)

Now deciding on dinner ... so hard for me to be *good* on the weekend. Do you guys have that problem??? :(

babenwaiting
07-16-2007, 11:06 AM
:sunny: Morning and happy Monday, ladies!

Just dropping in to say that since it's weigh-in day, I'll report 222 lbs. which is a pound less than when I started this thread. Considering the vacation I just took for weeks, that's not bad but certainly not what I had in mind for myself when I started this thread! :(

Hope to hear from some of you today ... have a good one!

:)

DeterminedLisa
07-17-2007, 01:22 AM
Olivia, Great to hear from you. I've been sick for a while, but I'm definitely on the mend. This morning I was 142.4, which is pretty good considering that I haven't been eating 100% health food recently. I'm still bringing barley and veggie-stew to work every day, but some days I buy other stuff. I guess I sometimes eat too much for a few days and then I get disgusted with myself and I "diet" for a few days, and over the course of a week it has the appearance of staying steady. Actually I don't care how it happens as long as I don't regain. In the fall I'll try to lose again but for now, steady is fine.

Lisa

babenwaiting
07-17-2007, 10:03 AM
Good morning, Lisa ... and any of our other ladies checking in! :sunny:

Lisa, if you're staying steady, that is an accomplishment. Glad to hear that you're feeling much better. You are within 20 lbs. of your ideal weight, right, so your body will fight you for the weight, that's for sure. It won't come merrily off like it does when you're still 72 lbs. up, like I am. That is, it WOULD come merrily off if I actually stuck to a diet for awhile! :^: I'd just tried to stay steady through my trip next month, if I were you. If you gain a couple of lbs., you'll take it right back off in the Fall when we all attack our healthy programs with great ferocity, right? :hug:

Still haven't been to see Harry ... any of you?

So where are all you other chickies, Mae, Tracy, Losing, Fit4??? Have a good one, all! :)

Olivia

maeminglea
07-24-2007, 09:49 AM
Hey all! I am still not 100% better from my unknown sickness - but I'm battling through workouts. I found my old Cindy Crawford workout tape (I love this tape) and did it over the weekend and I was satisfyingly sore the next to days. Even though I was sedentary for a couple of weeks I still managed to lose. Could it be that my metabolism has actually increased with diet and exercise? I guess I've been averaging 1,200 calories a day and worried about maintaining that (believe me I've been consuming a lot more over the years). I feel newly inspired that I am 8 lbs away from Onederland. It's been three years since I've been in the 199 and then of course I had gained that back plus more. But I do feel it is important to stay positive and focus on my goal. If I continue to lose over a little more than a pound a week I'll make it. People at work have notice my close fitting better which also a Big Boost!

Olivia - I'm glad to see another Potter fan. I have seen the movie (not in 3-D though) and read the new book. I never thought I'd be a fan but I was at an internship in Virginia a few years ago and did not know anyone so I was reading a lot. I picked up the first Harry Potter to see what all the hoopla was about and I've read everyone since. I admit that I'm sad the book series are over but am glad we have two more movies to look forward to.

I hope everyone is having a good week!!

-Mae

babenwaiting
07-24-2007, 12:16 PM
So glad to see you, lady. :hug: I had just about decided that our thread was kaput ... I think a couple of our ladies have migrated to much more active groups, which I completely understand. I have been M.I.A. most of the summer, and will not be back here full-force until close to Labor Day. My hope is that we can liven things back up again then, and maybe some of our ladies will drop back in to say how they're doing, and will become more engaged here when Fall comes. And of course, we will always welcome any newbies who want to join in.

Mae, my weight today is exactly what it was when I started this thread! :o A victory of sorts, I guess, considering the overeating I've done this Summer. You, however, ARE DOING GRAND!!! :flow1: I am very proud of you, and hope that you will feel 100% again soon as you continue toward Onederland. I would love to be there again by Christmas.

Tracy, Lisa, Losing4 ... hope we will see your smiling faces here again! :flow2: Hope you're all having a wonderful Summer! :sunny:

Cheers ...
Olivia

DeterminedLisa
07-25-2007, 12:36 AM
Hey friends, I just wanted to let you know I'll be M.I.A until September. Lots of
travel and not much internet. We'll see what I weigh when life is back to normal. Good luck everybody. Lisa

babenwaiting
07-25-2007, 10:01 AM
Hi there ... :sunny:

I hope your travel will be relaxing and loads of fun, and that you will enjoy every moment. So happy you are planning to be with us in September when we kick it up a notch!

Hugs,
Olivia

Losing4another
07-25-2007, 02:13 PM
**** ladies,

Looks like we have been busy with summer fun to completely be devoted to our diets. I've been hanging out with preteens all summer and eating like one too :eek: I'm trying to get myself back into diet mode and get off the eat and go diet of anything easy and in most cases unhealthly. Starting my gym membership august 20th when my daughter goes back to school. Come September I should be ready to kick it up a notch with everyone.

Have fun Lisa and Olivia traveling :hug:

babenwaiting
07-25-2007, 04:04 PM
Losing4, So good to see you again, and hear that you're planning to be on board with us come Labor Day. I completely understand your eating with your teenagers! When my son was that age, we were pasta fools together, and I loved to make his favorite desserts. His friends would come over, and we'd feast! :o You continue to have fun this Summer, and do drop by now and then! :hug:

Cheers,
Olivia

babenwaiting
07-30-2007, 11:07 AM
:sunny: Hi ladies ...

Lisa, Tracy, Losing4, Mae and anyone peeking in ... Just to say hi, and that my weight is about the same as we finish out July in the next couple of days.

Hope you're all enjoying happy, lazy days as we get ready to start the last month of Summer. Have a super trip, Miss Lisa!

:grouphug:
Olivia

maeminglea
07-31-2007, 09:53 AM
Olivia -

Thanks for floating us through. I am sure as summer ends we'll get back in the flow. My weight has stayed the same this week as well - but Kudos for the both of us for not gaining. Hope everyone has a great week!

-Mae

babenwaiting
07-31-2007, 11:05 AM
Hey there Mae,

So glad to see you drop in! Good for you for not gaining. Sometimes that in itself is a victory, right? :hug: Continue to enjoy your Summer ...

Cheers,
Olivia

maeminglea
08-06-2007, 10:59 AM
Hey Ladies - I guess it is weigh in day. I weigh everyday though, cross my fingers, and hope for the best. I am down one pound today -206- but I'll wait a few days before I claim it. I am going to the beach Thur - Sunday - and I know I'll need to watch the snacking and the drinking. Those little frozen drinks can pack a bunch of calories. I love to walk on the beach so I'll aim to get 4 miles in a day. I also got Lasik eye surgery last winter and I am looking forward to being able to open my eyes underwater. I have not been able to open my eyes under water since I was a kid because I've always worn contacts. Anyway - of course I don't have my dream beach body - but who knows maybe next summer I will (or as satisfied as any woman can be with her body). Hope you all are enjoying your August.

-Mae

tracyg40
08-09-2007, 08:55 AM
Sorry I've been MIA ladies. Glad to see some of you are still hanging in there.
It's been a crazy summer with activities. My mom also ended up in the hospital and was touch and go there for a while. Needless to say, my diet suffered big time. I stepped on the scale today and was dissappointed but not surprised to find myself back at 169....sigh....hoping to get back on track tomorrow, and to do 'better' today. I know that today would never survive my lack of will power as I am going out of town pretty far today travel out of but will be back home and at it tomorrow! I also am looking to the routine of getting my kids back into school mode (we homeschool) to get myself on track again. As soon as their books come, I will be starting them up and then I hope I will be more motivated. In the meantime, I cleaned out my basement big time and set up my weight bench and got my weights around so that I can start using them! Hope you all had a very nice summer regardless of the weightloss efforts (or no efforts as the case may be!)
hugs
tracyg:hug:
btw: I've been exercising pretty faithfully, probably why I haven't gained more back than I have lol! And I am pretty pleased to say that I am down to 'some' 14's! I can remember exactly the last time I wore a 14, it was the summer before my son was born 12 years ago! I remember being disgusted when I had to buy 'dressy pants' for the church camp I was going to and having to buy a 14, who knew then how happy I'd be when I was putting 'down' and '14' in the same sentence lol! But there it is! I have a trip coming up in October, so hoping to get solidly into 14's by then and maybe some 12's?
Hugs
tracyg