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Crime girl
09-29-2007, 06:42 PM
Hi everyone,

Once upon a time- a couple of years ago I use to upkeep a thread called "Battle of the Bulge". I am going to try to start it up again so please feel free to join in if you are looking for a daily support group. My plan is to do the following:

Sunday- Startin' Sunday- The day to weigh in let us know what the goals are for the week and what you are gonna do to get there.
Monday- Motivational Monday- Let's talk about why we are trying to diet and exercise. What will change for us in our lives??
Tuesday-Tapdancin' Tuesday- How do we sabotage ourselves? Do we promise to start tomorrow? Do we make excuses for ourselves?
Wednesday- Will to move Wednesday- What are we doing to shake our booties and lose weight!!
Thursday- Tableside Thursday- What have you been eating for the week? Are you following plan?? Got any tricks or tips for the rest of us?
Friday- Fantastic Friday- Success stories and inspirational things in your life that help you stay on track.
Saturday- Survey Saturday- How did you do this week? What was your biggest success and where do you need to improve??

Anyone interested in joining me please feel free to start with me tomorrow by weighing in and if you want to posting that on the board under this thread. Also let everyone know what your goals are for the week. I think this will be a good support group for anyone looking for a home that posts everyday and allows us to gain support from each other.

If this sounds good to you- go ahead and introduce yourself today and join us tomorrow to start this new adventure together.

Crime girl
09-29-2007, 06:47 PM
Okay- I am asking everyone to introduce themselves so here is a little about me.
I am a 36 year old from Nashville TN who is diabetic and overweight and sick of being both. I made a New Year's resolution to lose 100 pounds this year and have so far lost 51 pounds and counting. My goal is to reach my goal weight but to also get into better shape through exercise and to learn how to eat right for life. I want this to be a life change not a diet.

I hope you all decide to join me and create a thread that will help us all reach those elusive goals.

09-30-2007, 08:38 AM
Heh Crime girl, it's great to have you back with us and I'd love to join you! My only concern is the time difference. If you get the posts (reminders ;) ) up early I can just get a jumpstart on things. If not, I will never remember what day was for what. Of course, if I sign in late in the day I could get you if you post early in the morning....hmmm, any idea what your plans for posting are?

09-30-2007, 08:46 AM
Or, you know what, I will just see and then I may just go along with your days, but write them a day later (my days.) That may be best and will also give me more time, something I have sooo little of these days! :dance:

Crime girl
09-30-2007, 03:18 PM
Hi everyone !
Today is Sunday so it is weigh in day and goals for the week day.
Not a lot of interest yet in the board but I am going to go ahead and post for a week and see who is interested in jumping in.

Red- Not to make light of your interest- just post whenever you want- you don't have to stick to the days exactly. I am just happy to have you aboard.

Okay- I weighed in and I am starting at 260 and my goals this week are the following:
- No eating out this week- cook at home
- Gym at least 4 times this week - I walk an hour a day
- 30 crunches everyday
- only 1 Coke a day

That is it for me this week- please feel free to join in if you are interested.

09-30-2007, 06:34 PM
HI CG! Well, it's Monday morning here and I'm getting ready to get out to the gym before work. Well, I weighed myself and it wasn't pretty. 72.2 kgs. I'm not going to tell you what it is in pounds. Just I'd like to say that I'd like to be around 60 kgs...I think...I don't know...I've never been there or anywhere near there in recent (and not-so-recent history). Sigh.

Anyhow, I wouldn't have weighed myself unless I had to for this thread so that's a beginning. There's a bit of bloat in there, but not all that much. We'll see how things progress.

My goal for the week (in addition to the more specific things I do on the 21-day challenge thread) is:

1) To put ME and my desire to get healthy and lean first!!!! I will NOT allow other people or other things to topple me from my resolve to take care of me!! Not work, not people at work, not NOTHING!! For the past year, I have gone against so much of what were my usual good habits, merely because I got all swept up by my new responsibilities at work. I think after a year now that I can see where's it heading, this failure to put myself first (something I NEVER had a problem doing) and it's not good. It's scary in fact, because my health is suffering badly. So, although it may not sound difficult, it IS right now and that's something I want to do this week (and forever!) Specifically it will involve, eating well and getting home early enough to get a bit of sleep.

That's all I'm going to say for now. My goal involves a lot of things. "Eating well" is huge. Wish me luck!


09-30-2007, 06:53 PM
And CG, I DO want to stick to the days because they're fun, doing something different each day, focusing on different things. So, I think I'll just take my cue from you and start thinking about the day whenever you post it, no matter what day it is here. Thanks!

Crime girl
09-30-2007, 10:56 PM
Red- I am so proud of you for being able to take a hard look at your life and decide to change some things. It is funny - I have been letting my job do the same thing and until you brought it up I really didn't acknowledge it as a problem. I will also resolve to try to do the same thing and put myself first. ;)
I know you already know this but you are a strong woman who can do anything you put your mind to. I have thought about you and your struggles way over in Japan while I have been away and how you keep striving to be the best you that you can. I have taken away that strength from knowing you so keep it up! I believe in you. :hug:

Crime girl
10-01-2007, 10:12 PM
Okay- talking about not letting work own me and actually wallking away before it is so late at night are two different things. My good mood lasted until lunch and then it was all down hill from there. I ended staying at work until 7:30 and I did not go to the gym. To add insult to injury I stopped at Wendy's on the way home and got a huge burger. What is wrong with me?? SO dissapointed in myself. :o:(

Crime girl
10-02-2007, 09:41 AM
Good morning everyone!

It is Will to move Wednesday-
I so far this week have not been good going to the gym. My plan is to go this evening after work. I did go Sunday and walk an hour so I need to get into the gym at least 3 more times this week. I have signed up on a thread that is monitoring exercise minutes so that should help. I am fiercely competitive and don't like to not meet my goals in challenges so that should help. Also at work they are giving away pedometers and doing a walking challenge so I am going to enroll today.

Hope everyone has a wonderful day!
Hope to hear from you red- hope you are doing well! :hug:

10-02-2007, 09:47 AM
Wait a minute! I'm still waiting for someone to tell me it's Monday and Tuesday and here you're saying Wednesday and it ain't even Wednesday here yet!?!?! :?: Just where are you, CG???

10-02-2007, 09:57 AM
I want to do Motivational Monday and Tapdancin' Tuesday!!! :tantrum:

Crime girl
10-02-2007, 08:37 PM
Okay work is definitely getting to me- I know now that it is indeed Tuesday not Wednesday..All the days are starting to blend together is killing me. I am however getting ready to leave work and go walk so I will have something to talk about on the "real" Wednesday tomorrow. :dizzy:

Okay- ways I sabotage myself or AKA Tapdancing Tuesday!
I obviously stay at work too long and then when I FINALLY leave like now ( it is 6:40pm ) I am so tired I just go home and eat the first thing I can get into my mouth and just forget about exercise altogether. I also rationalize that I have worked hard and "deserve" to go home and sit on my bootie and eat all night while watching the dumb box. (TV)

Tonight I am going to the gym before I go home and I am going to try something different and try to get up and hit the gym before work tomorrow.
Also- I am going to try to quit making excuse and as Nike says Just DO IT! :carrot:

Sorry about the mixup Red- how ya doing this week? Hanging in there?

Crime girl
10-03-2007, 12:06 AM
There is good news and bad news...
Good news- I went to the gym after I got off work and walked for an hour. WOOHOO! :broc:

Bad news: I was so hungry when I stopped walking that I stopped at Wendy's again and had a huge burger and fries..I pigged out! :burger::yikes:

So I am excited that I went and exercised but I am also extremely bummed I ate a bunch of crap! So everyone out there- how do I get my act together and exercise and eat right?? :?:

Sigh- I am going to bed now!
Have a great night everyone!

10-03-2007, 09:36 AM
CG -- Good work on the gym!!!! Too bad about the eating. Leave it for now. Everything is new and maybe it's just too much to handle. I can understand the being excited and eating. Give it some time. You'll be able to work something out with a bit of time. But congrats on moving that bod! :cp:

Crime girl
10-03-2007, 09:53 AM
Okay it is actually Will to move Wednesday now- I double checked my calendar and I am positive it is actually Wed.

So I have packed my clothes and will be ready to go back to the gym no matter how late it is. I am not sure the getting up in the morning is going to work this week since I am in close and we work such long hours. I will try to go at night this week and switch to mornings next week. I am going to try to eat more during the day so I don't get so hungry after walking that I blow it for the day. Wish me luck! :D

Red- Thanks for the encouragement! I am taking it to heart and I am going to try to do what I can and forgive myself and pick it back up when I screw up. Hope everything is going well with you. I am going to check your progress on your thread today.

10-03-2007, 05:50 PM
Crime girl, I am just too busy to do much posting, if any. Things are OK, but I need to buckle down to things. I am trying to take more time for myself, such as the time to get lunch but yesterday I simply couldn't and get the work done by deadline. Still, I sat out three meetings so I could work at all, so I guess that's thinking of ME. Good work on the gym and thinking things out. Eat GOOD food during the day, not just quantity, even an apple will stave the cravings later. I KNOW! Best! :sunny:

10-04-2007, 10:42 AM
Good morning! Thanks Crime Girl for starting this thread. I was disappointed when I came back and found the other one had ended. I had to take some time off b/c I was was sick. Then if followed up my surgery and recovery time. But anyway, I hope it's okay if I join ya'll and start off Tableside Thursday.

For the first Question "What have you been eating for the week?" I've been working in more protein and just a tiny bit less of my normal carbs. I've also been getting back to drinking water. I need to work on getting leaner meats into my diet so that's what I'm going to start working on. I'm starting to notice that my diet has a habit of being very high in fat.

"Are you following plan?"
The only plan I have is what's above which has come from educating myself more about the food I'm taking in and trying to work on portions. Oh, and I'm also to daily get around to my fitness journal I came up with in September.

"Got any tricks or tips for the rest of us?"
Educate yourself about diet (not just strict calorie reduction), fitness, and just general health. Keep in mind things that are motivational and review them frequently.

Crime girl
10-04-2007, 01:55 PM
Today is Tableside Thursday and I see hsmomx2 has already posted and started us off for the day. Welcome hsmomx2 and I am glad you decided to join us. :wave:

I think you might have me mixed up with someone else or maybe someone was using my "Battle of the Bulge" idea while I was absent. I use to have this thread awhile back and I was going through some stuff so I stopped coming. It has been awhile though and I never had a points system although that is a great idea and we can definitely do that. Anyway- glad you decided to join! :carrot:

This week I have been awful with food- work has been crazy and I have been using that as an excuse to eat junk. I decided that was going to stop today and I packed my lunch and made a commitment on Red's thread to a 21 day challenge that includes not eating out. (Eating out is my biggest problem eating wrong). So- I am going to do better despite work being crazy and I am going to get my act together. :D

Tip for people struggling like me: Pack a lunch the night before work so there are no excuses in the morning. Bring tons of healthy snacks that are yummy to you so you are not tempted to blow it. Also- don't be distracted by TV/books etc when you eat- be aware of what is going in your mouth.

More later- got to get back to work.

Crime girl
10-05-2007, 10:04 AM
Good morning everyone!:D

It is Fantastic Friday so it is a day for inspirational and motivational stories.

One of my inspirations is my brother- he works a fulltime job, goes to school, has an almost 1 year old daughter ( my beautiful niece) and he still manages to run and train for marathons. He is running one on the weekend of the 14th so please keep him in your prayers for a great race. :)

My constant inspiration is my mother- not just for my weight loss struggles but for my whole life. If I can be half the woman she is I am winning the battle. My mom is supermom- June Cleaver with a wicked wit and a zest for life! She is my model for life and my measure for my actions and decisions.

OKay enough about me- who motivates you?

Have a great day everyone! :carrot:

10-05-2007, 01:48 PM
Thanks for the Welcome Crime Girl! I hope your brother does great in his marthon. How did your day go yesterday? I'm sorry about confussing you with someone else. It was "Battle of the Bulge" with a # after it.

Fantastic Friday (Success stories/inspirational things) I'm drawing a blank for some reason on this one.

10-06-2007, 05:43 AM
Welcome Quiet! :welcome: Heh, I second you. I'm drawing a blank on the motivation and inspiration part too. Is this to do with food and exercise? Maybe that's why I'm so uninspired. I don't know. I am very down today. The week was a washout and riding didn't go very well today. I need some fun in my life that doesn't involve going out and drinking with people because that's largely the reason I have too much fat on me! Sigh.

CG, I don't know what to say. Reading your post it doesn't sound like this has to be someone who motivates us about eating etc. But, you know. I can't think of anyone. Really. Honest. Isn't that awful?

10-06-2007, 05:45 AM
Friday- Fantastic Friday- Success stories and inspirational things in your life that help you stay on track.

You see...I'm derailed right now. :^: How do I get back on track???? :( Help!!

Crime girl
10-06-2007, 10:19 PM
Okay- today is Survey Saturday and I am starting to think maybe my thread is a bust. I am going to go full steam ahead anyway.

Okay I did OK in some areas this week and not so good in others. My eating was horrible but my exercise and state of mind were great. Next week I will start anew and try to correct the wrongs and do even better on the areas I excelled.

As for Fantastic Friday- you can talk about anything that motivates or drives you. It could be what motivates your eating, exercise, desire to change, or way of life. I guess I am asking- why are you on the board? Are you trying to make a change because you have already made some headway and that has you driven to do more? Do you like to get on here because you get to talk to people who suceed and that inspires you? What drives your life? Is it friends, family, faith???
That is really all I am getting at- we all get out of bed every morning for a reason. It isn't just to pay the rent and maintain but there has to be something driving you to live your life like you do. What is that thing?

Okay that is all for me for now. I am hoping everyone who is writing and lurking will follow me over to my new thread location tomorrow for weigh in and goals for the week. It will Battle of the Bulge Week 2. I will put a link in tomorrow.

10-07-2007, 03:00 AM
Ok, even though I'm halfway through Sunday, I will do Survey Saturday. Looking back over the week, I'd say I'd give myself a C for effort but a D for outcome. I did try, at least in the beginning of the week, to put myself first, but that became problematic as work waits for no one, at least certain aspects of it.

Then, I ate a lot of junk food because I was so ticked at myself and I had too much booze one day out. It was good to go out and meet this person but I didn't have to keep ordering pints. I am thinking I could switch to something lighter or just go slower or wrap things up, put on this, "gotta run to another appointment" act or something and just get the heck out before I consume four days' worth of calories.

Later in the week, I started to come around, but was terribly depressed. I could have tried harder with a bit more preparation and will try to do that the next time I make similar goals.

As for the motivation, I don't think I'm ever very motivated or inspired by others. I do need encouragement or like to have someone watching me to see how I do, but I think my motivation/inspiration tends to be intrinsic. Basically, it's probably because I'm so self-center. ;) Motivation for me comes when I get competitive and think, heck, I could do that and BETTER! I am a contrary type I've been told and sometimes a good dare works well for me, though it has to be by the right person. Here, I come for the warmth and comfort. :)

Best of luck, Crime girl on the coming week. Don't worry about the thread not bringing in truckloads of people. People ARE reading it. I'm actually thinking of starting another thread!! Have a new book and I like the idea. It suits me right now and I'm thinking of sharing it. It's written by some guy who lost 50 kg! That's 110 lbs. Anyhow, I'm gonna try to still put my 2 cents in here and there and cheer you on! You bet!

Crime girl
10-07-2007, 04:02 PM
Here is the new link!
See you over there! :carrot: