Support Groups - THIN WANNABEES WEEKLY CHIT CHAT (June 2 thru June 10))




CJ
05-13-2007, 11:02 AM
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Hello and welcome to the Thin Wannabees! :cheer:

Its 2007! Come join our weekly chit-chat! We look forward to meeting YOU!

We are a friendly group of ladies who have one thing in common. We are all working together toward our goal of being healthier in our daily lifestyles and to lose weight. There are all different ages and backgrounds here and we all have different ways of losing our weight. We all love to have fun and laugh, but we also give a lot of support, encouragement and motivation for one another, not just in weight loss, but in all of our daily joys and struggles.

Everyone has their ups and downs and well be here with you thru both! Please feel free to post with us - just jump right in and believe me, you will be welcomed with open arms. The more the merrier!

So please join us and let's work together towards a healthier us!! :gossip:

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CJ
05-13-2007, 11:04 AM
HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!!!!!

Hope all the mothers have a great day today! AND if you are not a mother, hope you have a great day also!

Sorry I have been "missing" lately - been really busy but wanted to come and wish everyone a Happy Mother's Day so thought I would start the new thread for this week at the same time.

I'll talk to you all later ...

Love, CJ

DeterminedLisa
05-13-2007, 11:11 PM
I hope you all had a wonderful Mother's Day. I've reached 1/3 of my
weight loss goal (16 pounds gone, 32 to go) and I had a rewarding
meal yesterday -- a maintenance style dinner instead of a diet style
dinner. We went to a really nice restaurant with another couple
and I took breads from the bread basket, as well as ordering an
interesting salad, grilled salmon, and minted fruit salad. I ate a
bunch of raw vegetables before leaving for the restaurant, so I
wouldn't lose control, and I managed. I shouldn't have reached
into the bread basket quite so many times, but each piece seemed so
small!! The restaurant menu included the calories and grams for the
healthy dishes, and even though I don't really believe the actual
calories were as low as what the menu said, it was very helpful for
keeping up my will-power while other people were ordering rich
dishes and gorgeous desserts. I'm glad there wasn't more temptation to
deal with at the restaurant. My family was going to "appreciate" me
at an all-you-can-eat brunch extravaganza. They had made reservations
at an endless buffet place, and then thankfully they realized this
would NOT make me happy, and they canceled the reservations.

I'm proud of getting through another day and another weekend, but
I'm a bit freaked at the prospect of eating so few calories every
day of my life when I'm on maintenance....but maintenance is a long
way in the future. For now, I need to keep getting through each
day and avoid getting complacent. 16 pounds is not time to stop.

Determined,
Lisa


2B Fat No More
05-17-2007, 10:11 AM
Congrats on doing so well, Lisa!

My family took me to Cheesecake Factory (yes, I know...cheesecake!), but it is my favorite restaurant...;)

Luckily they have low calorie versions of their salads now. (The original ones have a ton of fat and cals in the dressing and wonton strips and such.) So I was able to be pretty good. I did have cheesecake but shared a piece with both my sons so I didn't get too much of it. I've been working out like crazy. So I guess one day of eating OK instead of great isn't too bad.

Hope everyone had a wonderful mother's day!

Jen

CJ
05-21-2007, 10:07 AM
Howdie everyone! Sorry I haven't been around - but, I have 2 reasons for that. I just have been so busy running here and there that I have gotten away from being on the computer as much as I used to be but the main reason this week is I am having a problem with my computer - of course I have my laptop but like I said I have just had too many things in the fire I guess. Still going to Curves tho (have cut down to 3 times a week instead of 5 because of all my walking at the SportsPlex) and of course walking at the Sportsplex 6 days a week! I now have logged 230 miles and only have 20 more to get my name up on the Walking Wall of fame! I have to change my weight sig as my scale says I was at 172 this morning - I'm like the turtle - slow but getting there! I'm dying to plant my flowers but we are still having frosts at nite so have to wait a few more days.

Lisa:
WTG on the 16 lbs gone! You are doing sooooo well. You did great on your maintenance meal - you did a good job. That was very nice of your family to change the reservations from the all-you-can-eat brunch. Very considerate!

Jen:
Yum .. that Cheesecake Factory sounds good to me - I love cheesecake! Sounds like you made some good choices also - good for you.

Well, I hope all our other posters come back soon and post! I'm looking forward to a "busy" chatty week!

Have a great day! Talk to you later...
Love, CJ

CJ
05-22-2007, 10:35 AM
Good morning - just checking in. Was hoping to see some chatting going on! I'm getting ready to go walking - then back to finish putting out all my summer furniture and plant my flowers. It's suppose to be a beautiful day and I'm hoping all signs of frost are gone now. But ... one never knows.....

Hope you all have a great day and hope to hear from everyone soon!

Love, CJ

elizbennet
05-22-2007, 08:17 PM
Ah, we don't have a Cheesecake Factory here but I have been once when in Nashville,TN. Yummmy! Ha,ha- we do have way to many good places though.
Today my younger son (20) wanted to take his parents out for lunch. We chose McDonald's where I could get the reg. burger and a side salad. He was happy with that! He got out pretty cheap on this one.
My losing is just sooo slow too CJ, but a pound or two off is much better than going in the other direction. I guess I'm giving myself time to adjust to the new wt. loss before losing yet one more little ole' pound.My dog and I have been out walking this week. It's already getting to hot. We will have to get out early morning.
Well, The Unit will be on TV in a few - guess I better go and get ready. The family is addicted to this one! - ha,ha!
Ladies - have a looser of a week!

KimV
05-22-2007, 11:59 PM
HI!!

Today was my WW weigh-in and meeting. Due to working on the show at the civic theatre, I skipped the meeting tonight, but did weigh in. I was really dreading it as this weekend I didn't eat right at all, and today at work there was a company cook out and I ate a hot dog, hamburger, chips, and two cookies (I am not even going to try and add up the points for any of that), so I figured I would of gained a pound or two. Was I surprised today! I lost 4 pounds this last week!! :carrot: :cb: :hat: I did not expect a loss at all! I bet I won't have that good of a weigh in next week. That's probably when everything will catch up with me. So, now my weight is 198.8. That is the first time I have been under 200 since about 4 years ago. And before that, right after I had Hannah (7 1/2 yrs ago) I weighed in at 188. Needless to say, I'm very happy!

Also, digging out all my summer clothes last week, I found a pair of size 18W shorts I have not been able to get into in at least 2 years. I tried them on, and though they were a little tight, I could still fasten them and breathe! I'm still not quite ready to wear them right now, cause I'm just not comfortable working in tight clothes having to lift and carry stuff, and go up and down ladders all day, but maybe in a couple weeks or a month.

How's everyones week going so far? I hope to post again and catch up with everyone in a couple days.

Got to go and head to bed. Talk to you all later,

Kim

DeterminedLisa
05-23-2007, 01:59 AM
Kim, Congratulations! That's so great.
:broc: YAY!

I'm about to enter a busy period at work and I'm not sure I'm going
to have a chance to read and reply as often, but I'll be back again
when it quiets down, or sooner if I fall off the wagon. (which I
will NOT do!)
Whenever I get "comfortable" with my plan and think I don't have to
focus so much energy on will-power, that's when I mess up, but I
guess I have to find the balance by trial and error.

Determined,
Lisa

girlontheloose66
05-23-2007, 07:47 AM
Good Morning everyone:

I have not been here for a bit. I have been busy with work and not so busy trying to lose weight. I am afraid to say that my eating habits have not been great. Its been difficult for me to juggle eating well with work and all the other things that life seems to throw at me. I still try to maintain healthier choices but It is very difficult. But as you can see I am still here and still wanting to do it. I dont want to give up.

The other day I took out my wedding photos to show a couple people. I am divorced and with someone else but I kept the pictures. I was happy when they were taken so I figure no real harm in keeping them. But what made me sad was that the women that were looking at them did not recognize me. they could not believe that it was the same person!!!!

I have gained 40 pounds since they were taken!!!! It was a bit upsetting to me. I look in the mirror and see the same old me but I guess I have changed.

Anyway I hope to get more exercise in....the rain and cold...(yes the cold again today there was frost on the ground!!!) has kept me off my bike but on the upside a friend from work has just purchased a bike too and we talked about perhaps biking together. That would be nice for a change.

Anyway ladies. The good news is I have not gained weight. I am still at that miserable 205. I am still making some good choices and I am still on the band wagon. I will live to fight another day.

Good luck all and to everyone a very belated Mothers Day.

Dallas

2B Fat No More
05-23-2007, 11:31 AM
Kim: Congrats on the pounds lost! :carrot:

Sounds like everyone is hanging in there...we all deserve a thumbs up for that. I too have been busy...end of school field trips, in-service days (why do they call them that? shouldn't it be out of service days?), on-going therapy appointments for my son, etc. Fortunately, I'm forced to work-out at least 4X per week or I get in trouble, so I've managed to keep the exercise going. I haven't lost many pounds, but clothes are fitting better, so that's good at least. I'm back into 14's (most of them anyway, but really want back into my 12's :crossed: .

Anyway, back to writing...I'm so tired of my dissertation....I could just scream...my mantra is "3 more months...3 more months...3 more months" :dizzy:

DeterminedLisa
05-24-2007, 03:45 AM
Jen, What is the topic of your research?
Are the field trips for your thesis, or for your children's school?

Dallas, Great to hear from you! Congratulations on staying
steady. Staying steady is just a pause in a downward trend.

I brought a photo of myself (a clear closeup of my face and
nobody else in the shot) to a hairdresser once to ask for the same
haircut as in the photo. The color and approximate style hadn't
changed since the picture was taken, but the hairdresser said,
"You won't be able to get that kind of hairdo because the girl
in the photo has a different kind of hair than you do."
There was every reason for her to recognize me and she couldn't
see it. But I'll be thin again soon. Not just avoiding obesity.
I'm going to be THIN THIN THIN. I'm going for a size 8!!!!!

Determined,
Lisa

2B Fat No More
05-25-2007, 09:07 AM
My title is "search techniques for multi-objective optimization of mixed-variable systems having stochastic responses" which usually causes people's eyes to glaze over and roll back right before they go "huh?". (It's a great way not to be popular at parties...:) .) Basically, I'm studying how to optimize a system when you can't measure performance exactly and you have more than one performance goal.

The field trip was for my son. (Boonshoft children's museum in Dayton. I think I'm supposed to be helping with a field day coming up pretty soon, but I can't think too far ahead right now.) My field trip will be in July when I get to go speak at the European Operations Research conference in Prague. (Yay!) My husband is going with me and we're staying a couple of extra days.

I somehow pulled (or knotted) my calf muscle on Wednesday (not sure which). I didn't notice it until yesterday morning, but I haven't been able to do much but hobble since then. I somehow have to get one more workout this week or I get in trouble. Maybe I'll do walking. It's still aerobic and it might help work the knot or whatever is out. One day at a time, right?

DeterminedLisa
05-27-2007, 11:55 PM
Jen,

One day at a time is right! I hope the walking does help you heal.
You could add some upper-body strength training if you wanted. If I do
tons of light reps, I can get some cardio exercise from lifting as well,
although it doesn't take much exercise to get my heart into overdrive. :)

My work uses OR methods, and some people in my family work in
decision sciences, so I won't give you the glazed over look, but
I know what you mean about smalltalk taking a sudden dive. In my
opinion, OR gives some really unfortunate names to common and
useful tasks. The names are correct and precise and everything,
but totally opaque to typical person with, say, a bachelor's degree
in science or engineering. Maybe when you become a leader in
the field you can try to change that. :)

I went off my diet for a few days and I'm navigating the process
of getting back onto it, or onto some variant of it. The problem
is I'm not feeling very motivated. I guess it's a chance to prove
to myself how disciplined I can be.

One day at a time!
Lisa

CJ
06-02-2007, 10:38 PM
Hi everyone! Sorry I haven't been around but I have just been so busy - had to finish getting my garden done - etc etc etc ... plus I had a whole bunch of company from downstate staying with us over the Memorial Weekend - and I finally (knock on wood) got my computer back running smoothly again! I hope you all had a great memorial day weekend .. I ate way too much not good for you goodies but am right back on track this week. Just got home now from a wedding today - yes, again I ate too much so tomorrow I am going to fast! I will eat very lightly!

My total miles walked at the Sprots Plex is now at 266 miles. My name is now up on the "Wall of Fame for walkers" - my next goal is to reach the 500 miles to get my 500 mile patch.

My second great-grandchild was born May 14th - a girl, Madelyn Marie - she's really a sweetie!

By the way, I "cheated" again on our weekly chat thread - instead of making a new one I just changed the date on this one and left all the posts. Let's have a chatty week this week - OK?

Well, I'm off to bed now so will check in here tomorrow.

Love, CJ

ThinGirl in FatBody
06-03-2007, 08:19 PM
Hi everyone, I'm new and very grateful I found this forum!

CJ
06-04-2007, 08:33 PM
Welcome Thingirl - I hope you will come and post here with us a lot so we can get to know you! Good luck on your weight loss venture.

Hope all is well with everyone - I will probably be missing again for a few days. Our 14 yr old granddaughter was hit by a car - she is home now with a broken leg but will probably have to have surgery Wednesday (waiting to hear from our son) so we most likely will be going downstate. I'm so thankful it was not more serious - it happened right as she got out of school - they don't know who did it tho .. hit and run.

I don't have much else to chat about right now. I walked again today after Curves - 5 miles - up to 271 miles total walked now. I'm going to walk these lbs off me no matter how long it takes!

Hope you all had a great day - I'll try to slip in and post again before we leave.

Later...
Love, CJ

KimV
06-05-2007, 08:58 PM
CJ- Congrats on the new great-grandbaby. I'm sorry to hear about your granddaughter. Hope everything works out for her and she doesn't have to have surgery.

Well, I had my weigh in today at WW. Last week, I lost only 0.2 pounds. This week it was 3.6 pounds. I am down to 195. Since I have seriously started to loose weight, I have lost a total of 21 pounds. Since joining WW, I have lost 8.4 pounds!. I'm almost 1/2 way to my 10% goal of 20 pounds!!!

I have been busy at the Civic theatre with the current production. I am having so much fun with it. I am working backstage again, and am responsible for some props, and since this show has a several blackouts for scene changes, I am also responsible to make sure the actors get off stage safely. We've had a couple accidents with them running into furniture, doors, and each other. Might be a bit funny when the lights come on, but not too funny for the actors and there heads, ankles, etc. I think I'm there favorite person some days with my handy little flashlight.

The worse part for me working with the theatre is during the shows, people bring in food to share. I snacked all weekend during the shows. And, of course, it's nothing healthy. Potato chips, dip, and brownies. But, as busy as I was this weekend at home and at the theatre, I really didn't eat much, so I guess the snacking I did do kinda evened out weight wise this week. I plan on bringing in my own snack this next weekend. Maybe some veggies and fat-free veggie dip, or a WW dessert to share.

Luckily, I have a good friend that is in the show that keeps me from snacking too much. Actually, he's worse than my mom getting onto me about eating things I'm not supposed to. The other actors/actresses kind of get a kick out of it though. They catch me sneaking a brownie (honestly, very very small pieces here and there--might add up to one normal sized brownie the whole weekend) and then they start looking for my friend and warning me he's over there, or he's coming. It's almost a game to them to see if I get away with being able to eat without him catching me. One of the guys let me hide behind him so I wouldn't get caught. But, my friend is also my biggest supporter in my weight loss. He seems better than a scale anyday at noticing if I've lost or not. Always has a kind word of encouragement to say, even when I haven't lost as much as I think I should. He is really good with postive comments, and never says anything negative to me. He's a good boost in my self-esteem! I guess you could say he's the kind of person that can always see the silver lining in a cloud, even a rain cloud.

Guess that is it for now. I will try and post a little more often. Should be easier after the weekend and the final three shows are over.

Kim

kateconfessional
06-06-2007, 05:43 AM
hiiii. i'm new too, and very happy i found this forum!

i just finished a semester abroad in spain. it was amazing! definitely one of the best experiences i've ever had. unfortunately, i gained about 15 extra pounds (i know that isn't a lot for some people, but for my very short stature it is.) i guess laying on the beach, going out to the bars, and having your host mom feed you like crazy every day doesn't help. i didn't workout either. oops? i'm in china right now for a summer internship, and visiting my mom (who moved here for work my freshman year in college). but here i am to get back to my healthy self before i head home to the states for my senior year in college! hmm..i wonder who i should ask to senior ball? ;)

Sassy
06-06-2007, 10:41 PM
I have been so busy since I posted last. Since my daughter, Tracy had baby Tyler on Easter I have been to Illinois to visit her and the baby twice and she has been in Indiana visiting us twice as well. I guess I really miss that little guy, who is now 2 months old and so cute and I don't want to miss him growing up. Last weekend we had a big bar b que for everyone to meet little Tyler and see my son, Alan, who is home on leave from South Korea for a month, along with his girlfrend, Tina from Pennsylvania. This way they got to have all their friends who haven't seen them and both Al and Trace invited their friends to see them and meet the baby too. We had a great time. I didn't do too bad, only gained .2 lbs, and I didn't think that was bad, with the bar b que and all the eating out we did, like The Cheesecake Factory in Indy we went there :drill: where I think I made some not too bad choices I thought. :goodvibes

Well for more good news, my other daughter, Kelly and her husband are expecting a boy as well in October. My husband, Ken and I went with her to her ultrasound appointment last week and we found out she was having a boy. So now I will have 2 grandsons come mid October. My gosh our house is going to be so busy with little boys by the holidays. :clause:

CJ-Gosh I am so sorry about your Grandaughters accident, but am glad that she will be alright, even though she broke her leg. I hope everything goes well if she has surgery. But I am so happy about your Great Grandaughter, how wonderful is that. Here you have Great Grandchildren and I am just starting out with Grandchildren. I have a ways to go to catch up with you, but I think we are are both lucky Grandma's. I never knew being a Grandma was so much fun. :lucky:

Kim-Wow you are doing so great with your weight loss, 21 pounds, that is great. It sounds like you are having a ball with your theater work. I think that is something I would love too. How wonderful that you have your theater friend looking out for you foodwise. It is great that he is so postive for you as well. :cheer:

kateconfissional-A great big welcome to you. :welcome3: Lucky you being able to study in Spain. How nice is that? And now you are in China, that is exciting too. Ican imagine how hard it must be with everyone there feeding you all the time that you live with. I know your 15 lbs is a lot to you, we will be here to help support you. Glad you joined us. :goodscale

thingirl in fatbody-Hello to you too and welcome :welcome: to our wonderful group. I am looking forward to getting to know you better. Tell us about yourself when you post. :write:

Lisa-I'm with you on the trying to get back on program. I am going through that too, being mostly off since the birth of my Grandson on Easter. Too much traveling and doings in my life. We will get there, one day at a time, like you said. :dust:


2 B Fat No More-Sorry about your pulled calf, hope by now it is feeling much better. How lucky you are that you and your husband will be going to Prague. I would love that, have a great time there. :yay:

Dallas-No, please don't give up, I am not going to either. I know it is rough to get back on track, I too have been stuggling as well. You will get back to where you want to be, we will help each other. The bright side is that you have not gained any weight, which is great I think. Remember "One Day At A Time" will be our motto. Let's both kick some serious butt! :kickbutt:

Eliz-You made a pretty good choice at Mc Donalds, at least you had a salad and skipped the fries like you could have. Good for you with your exercise, I know your dog probably really loves you for all the outdoor exercise. :cp:

OK better get this posted, hope I addressed everyone. I will keep on plugging along. This weekend, we will be going to Pennsylvania to meet our son's girlfriend, Tina's parents in Pittsburgh. We have never met them and since the kids are getting serious everyone thought it was high time we met. I will write more next week after we get back from PA. :twirly:

I will talk to you soon, Sassy Sharon :grouphug:

DeterminedLisa
06-07-2007, 04:02 AM
Welcome kate, Welcome thingirlinfatbody!

Congratulations Kim!!! You must feel great!

CJ, I'm so glad your granddaughter will be able to pull through
after this accident. Our city just had a high-profile case where
a driver hit somebody, and then another car came along and hit the
same person again. Both cars sped away. There were witnesses
and both drivers were caught.

Sharon, two grandkids the same age will be great, and all the more
reason for the extended family to get together more often.

My daughter's birthday cake was my first time off "low-carb" in a while
and it's been rough. After a good sized low-carb breakfast, I ate a small
piece of cake (no frosting). Less than an hour later I had another. It
didn't feel like a carbohydrate addiction at the time.
Less than an hour after that, extremely hungry, I had my healthy brunch
snack option, which is a huge bowl of asian soup with tofu and veggies.
An hour later I was really hungry and ate a large
low-carb lunch of jumbo prawns and veggies in curry sauce.
Lunch was delicious and my stomach has plenty of mass inside it,
but soon after finishing it, I was absolutely famished.
Unless I willed myself to stop, I was subconsciously chewing my
lip and biting the inside of my mouth, and I felt like I wanted to kill
somebody. How can I be famished beyond belief, even though I have
literally hundreds of calories of food undigested in my stomach?!?!
The same amount of food, minus the cake, would have been comfortable
for me yesterday, but today with the extra cake I'm crawling out
of my skin. Next I had some higher-fat low-carb foods, instead
of just lowfat protein and vegetables, and that got me over the
worst of it, but still, I feel like crap.

Lisa

ja23
06-08-2007, 10:50 AM
My first post on the weekly chit chat and im so happy i found this site..such great inspiration and support. Well done to everybody on the road to being thin, happy and confident..I have a party to go to in a couple months and will fight the battle of weight loss. Heading out for a jog now!!

4me4ben4will
06-08-2007, 09:54 PM
HI all!

I used to post here quite a bit but I've been MIA for a couple of months. Now that I'm out of school for the summer I've got more time to do "me" stuff. I had lost 10 lbs, I gained 7 of it back and I've accomplished to get rid of 2 of it this week so right now I'm at a net loss of 5 pounds with plenty more to go.

I joined the swimsuit challenge and my challenge is to walk atleast one mile every day, to have completely given up sodas by the end of June, and to loose the 5 lbs I gained back by the end of this month. All of which are do-able I've just got to keep at it.

CJ I have a question for you. How long does it take you to walk five miles and how long did it take you to work up to that? I'm doing really well right now to get one mile under my belt in the AM and one mile in the PM. I've been really consistent with my morning walks but having a 7 month old baby boy who has a reign of terror every night at bedtime makes getting out the door for my evening walk quite challenging sometimes and there are times it's just too dark once I get him to bed. DH won't let me walk in the dark. He's worried someone will run me over or someone's dog will eat me.

Well girls, it's good to be back!