LA Weight Loss - Nov 26 - Dec 2 Friends and Losers Thread

11-26-2007, 08:14 AM
Good morning, everybody! Let's all strive to make good choices so that it's truly the most wonderful time of the year!

11-26-2007, 09:05 AM
Morning everyone!! Oh, Felicia....I was thinking I'd see a new picture from you. Congrats, by the way, on the weight loss milestone!! Back to the grind everyone, and after the long weekend...I'm busy.

I leave for my cruise in less than two weeks. Since I didn't lose all the weight I thought I would, I really need to shop a little bit for stuff. It's hard to shop for 80 degree weather when it's cold and rainy outside!

11-26-2007, 11:12 AM
Joni - I'm getting my hair cut this week. A new pic will follow!

11-26-2007, 11:54 AM
Hi Ladies.. And Dan :) I am starting on TO this morning.. I'm going to try for NO BLT's this time! :rolleyes: I WILL do this! I am determined to make my New Year's goal! Oh, to be 170 again! :yay: hehe...

So, hope everyone had a great weekend!! And good luck to those joining me for TO.. i know there are a few of us! We can do it :cheer2:

11-26-2007, 11:54 AM
Good morning all. I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I sure did. Having a couple days off was very nice and much needed. Unfortunately I forgot that I was going to be on vacation today and came in. Duh. I'm here now and my car has a flat so I'm not going anywhere. Maybe I'll take Friday off and get another long weekend in. Here's to a successful week of losing.

11-26-2007, 11:59 AM
Good morning everyone! I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

The long weekend was a busy one so I've not had time to stay caught up on posting. Lots of opportunities to eat this weekend as well and I must admit I didn't make the best choices:( Scales were not showing up this morning though, not down either but considering I should be happy with it;)

I saw a New Year's challenge on the board that I need to go check out.

Have a great day ladies and Dan!

bradleys mom
11-26-2007, 12:08 PM
Good Morning everyone! Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving! I really messed up, but I am back on track now! I pigged out and that resulted in a 2.8 lb gain over the past week! So now I am re-focused and shooting for a goal of almost 9 lbs gone by Christmas!

Felicia - I too am going for a hair change this week! I am getting a couple inches off and maybe going a little more blonde than I am used to. My hair is the longest it has been since I was in Kindergarten! When DH and I met I was really blonde and he misses that. I will post a new avatar!

Good Luck to all fellow Take Offers this week!!!

11-26-2007, 12:14 PM
I'm starving! I am doing TO today and tomorrow and hate it! I really hope this is going to be worth the work! I gained a couple pounds this week, too. It shocks me how sensitive the scale is. I know it is not all fat. I've got some water weight from the extra sodium and being TOM, still, very depressing! Way to go all of you who did great during Thanksgiving!

I am doing the TO with the oranges, which is all I had for breakfast. What do you guys usually eat for breakfast during TO? Veggies for breakfast just don't sound good to me, so I guess and orange it must be!

11-26-2007, 01:33 PM
Morning gang...

Hope those of you celebrating Thanksgiving had a great time.. Liz and I went to her parents place in Roswell and had a great time. It snowed 9 inches on Friday night so Saturday was a lot of fun.. Luckily, it had been so warm leading up to the storm, that very little stuck to the roads, but the yard was covered and the kids spent the day throwing snoballs at each other...

We deviated from Plan a bit here and there and as a result, both showed a gain.. But we're back at it and will be POP (even if it kills us!)...

Have a great day, all!

11-26-2007, 01:50 PM
Good Morning Everyone. OK almost Afternoon. I hope you all had a great holiday and didn't over indulge too much. I'm doing TO tomorrow and Wednesday in case anyone wants to join me. Was on vacation last week and was busy busy. Back to work now and hopefully things will start slowing down some. Congrats to all the losers. Can't wait to see the new pics of those getting new 'dos. I have a mini goal for myself when I get to 170 and I am so close it's killing me. My mini goal is a facial. When I get to goal I'm going to reward myself with the works - manicure, pedicure, facial, massage. Right now I'm not sure I'll make it. Anyway, everyone have a great POP day. I'll be back later.

11-26-2007, 01:55 PM
Thanksgiving...didnt eat potatoes, didnt eat stuffing, didnt eat corn, ate ZERO dessert, went to WI Saturday morning and.....I GAINED A FREAKING POUND!!! I was ready to cuss! I had the most POP week last week that I've had in more weeks than I can remember and I was rewarded with a gain! I hate the freaking scale! LOL

On a serious note, we spent the whole day yesterday at the emergency room with my sweet DIL. Shes got a fever and abdominal pain. The docs still arent sure whats going on but my son looked pitiful last night because he couldnt make it better :-( Some prayers would be much appreciated!

11-26-2007, 02:30 PM
Felicia- I can't wait to see your new pic!! I almost can't stand it! do you have a style in mind yet?

Shannon- YOU SILLY GOOSE! when did you realize you were supposed to be home... still in your jammie?!

Emily and Stacy- Hang in there. TO is only two days... you can do.

(by the way Stacy, I went to high school with a stacy scott! funny)

Kim- Man... I would be head first in that refrigerater right now eating all the left over mashed potatoes and corn and stuffing!! that is just not fair!

I had a great weekend, ate a controlled amount and feel pretty good today.

yesterday was kinda a bummer though. I just got a new cell phone last week, a sony ericcson walkman. it is so cool. has a built in MP3 Player ..... all kinds of cool stuff...... anyway. I lost it yesterday when I was out shopping. I have found 2 cell phones and have done everything I could to return them to thier owners and do you think karma would smile at me.... no...... good news is, I have the cell phone insurance. (I always get the insurance! I have sent cell phones through the washing machine, lost them off roofs of cars, all kinds of things) so I just have to pay a $50 deductable and they are sending me a new one. but the bummer is I only had it a week. and haven't even paid for the first one!

other wise. I am doing great on plan. My husband has a christmas party for work in the first part of January. and I will be meeting everyone for the first time. I HAVE TO STAY ON PLAN!!!

have a great day all,

11-26-2007, 03:01 PM
Stacy, I normally have half a Lite and an orange for breakfast (and snack and lunch and another snack) and then have my 6 ounces of protein and veggies for dinner. Oh and since they made the veggies unlimited, I will have some celery for lunch too. It is not a lot of food, especially if you are on one of the higher plans.

Kim, I feel your pain... sometimes the scale just plays with us so cruely. Really one pound is just a fluctuation one day to the next and really doesn't mean you actually gained anything but maybe water... It was likely something salty that you ate. Hey I've gained 4 pounds from salt laced turkey, which you figure you are being pretty good just eating a little turkey.

I havent' been on the scale in awhile... I've been trying something new, as I had maintained my weight pretty much on maintenance(until I went on vacation and ate everything under the sun), and then cut back (and then cut back some more) and still maintained, so I figured my body just adjusted itself to the lower calories, and I am trying something they call zig zagging calories, which is 3 days a week I allow myself about 250 more calories... I've decided to do it on days that I do the spin cycle class, since I get so horribly hungry those days anyway... it is just an effort to get my metabolism cranked back up, since apparently my metabolism has adjusted to the lower number of calories that I've been eating instead of my body losing any weight it has just learned to get by on less... not what I wanted at all. Anyway, it is still less calories than I got on maintenance, so I think I shouldn't gain with this, and if all that happens is that I maintain now... well at least I'm maintaining on more food!

11-26-2007, 03:14 PM
Lettie - just something shorter. I have a TON of hair - thick and full and heavy and obnoxious. Right now, it's way below my shoulders and takes an hour and a half to blow dry! I have this odd tendancy to get my hair cut really short and then not go back to get it trimmed. I just let it grow back out until I get sick of it and then get it all whacked off.

11-26-2007, 03:36 PM
Felicia - I have the same tendency when it comes to my hair. I get it cut short and sassy and then get tired of paying for monthly hair cuts so I let it grow long. Eventually I get tired of it and chop it off again. I am in the growing long stage. We will see how long it lasts. Unlike your hair, mine is really thin. It takes me less then 5 minutes to dry my hair. I think if I had to spend and hour and half blow drying I would shave my head :)

I am having such a Monday :) I can't find a wall close enough to bang my head against. I love teaching kids with special needs. It's all the other junk I don't like. I get so tired of dealing with other teachers, paras, parents, etc. I feel like I spend most of my day trying to fix everyone elses problems and keep things smoothed over. There is a situation right now with a co-worker and I know it is going to end in a battle with her being rude (because it always does). I personally hate conflict and do all I can to avoid it. It makes me so unbelievably anxious! It just weighs heavy on me some days. I wish more then anything I could just be at home teaching my own little one!

Alright, I will try to change my attitude. I have the power to make positive choices in this area as well as in the food area. I just need to make sure to exert that power more often. Thanks for letting me vent (not that you really had a choice :) ) I hope everyone else is having a better day. Stay POP!

bradleys mom
11-26-2007, 03:50 PM
Laurie, Im with ya on the TO! Starting tomorrow morning!!! :)

11-26-2007, 04:28 PM
Kim - sorry your DIL is not well - you have my prayers. I'm also thinking you should go shove stuffing down your face but I'm the gainer of the bunch so taking my advice is probably not wise!

Lettie- I got to work, logged on the computer and an obnoxious reminder popped up from my email calendar telling me I was an idiot. I think I'll take Friday off and get some shopping done. Sorry about the cell, they cost too much to lose. They should have a homing device and mail themselves back to you if they get lost!

Car has a new tire. I didn't bother trying to drive it to determine if that was the horrible noise this morning I'm just hoping it was. We'll see at 5! You people rock on your will power. Way to go on all the losses and Kim even though you gained WTG on your will power.

11-26-2007, 05:41 PM
Kim - so sorry to hear about your DIL. Hope she is well soon. How frustrating about your gain! I HATE when that happens. It's more than likely just water weight though. It will be gone soon!

I'm trudging through TO today and tomorrow and will WI on Wednesday. I set a 10-pound weightloss goal for New Year's. Hopefully this will start me on my way! I didn't get to make a hair appointment today since all the salons in town are closed on Mondays. I will call tomorrow. My hairdresser has a love/hate relationship with my hair. She always says how much she loves to work with it and how lucky I am to have such thick hair, but then she comments after the cut that it looks like she's been shearing brown sheep all over the floor! I haven't told my students that I'm getting it cut. I love to come to school and see their expressions when they realize that the lady at my desk isn't a sub and that I've gotten my hair cut!

Wow! It was such a long school day! The first day back from the holidays is always tough. Just 4 weeks and then we'll be out for Christmas!

11-26-2007, 07:04 PM
Hay everyone! Good luck with the TO! I have my 4 week WI and Measuring tomorrow. So I am kind of nervous. I am not really sure why? Ha! Hopefully I lost over the weekend. I am still sober 23 days! Pretty good for me. Hope veryone had a great Monday! Heres to being POP!

11-26-2007, 09:30 PM
I was definately not POP this weekend. I had to go to my friends son's first b-day party and I ate far too many finger foods not to mention a slice of cake the size of my head! Then on Sunday I was out shopping with a friend and ended up buying a bag of candied almonds and chocolate covered espresso beans which I told myself could count as my cup of coffee (wishful thinking)!

Stacy I completely understand how you feel! I also teach children with special needs (specifically autism). It's that so many other people are involved with them and no one can seem to agree on what's best for the kids and you end trying to juggle everything to keep the peace and do right by the kids. I sometimes wonder why I don't go back to a mainstream class but then I have a breakthrough with one of them and remember why I do it.

11-26-2007, 09:39 PM
Ternoway and Stacy, I have a son with autism and he has a wonderful teacher (and 2 great aides) that I thank God for. It's all the other nonsense that makes me want to cry. I hate IEPs, school boards, evaluations and all the other hoops we jump through to get the best care for him. Thanks for what you do - I know it is hard and you are not paid nearly enough, but you are changing the world!!!

11-27-2007, 12:12 AM
I totally agree. I'm a regular ed teacher and I know that I'm where God called me to be. I so admire those who are called to work with children with special needs. And it has to be a true calling. It's not a profession that you choose. It's a profession that chooses you! We have several classes at our school for autistic children and I am in absolute awe of their teachers and aides. They are simply cut from a different cloth and have been woven specifically to work with these special children.

11-27-2007, 12:29 AM
Hey everyone...just stopping by to say hi and see how everyone's doing...

11-27-2007, 08:38 AM
Well, hello there Jason (Sask)......hope you are are doing well!!! You moved, right?

Kim - what's the update on your DIL??? Hope she and your son are getting the answers they need.

more later...........busy morning already!

11-27-2007, 10:19 AM
Jason!!!! WOW nice to "see" you! Thanks for checking in and saying hi!

Joni-No new news unfortunately. Last night she told them she was going home, they werent helping her anyway and she'd sleep better in her own bed! LOL I said get em girl! She's in pain but they dont know where its coming from, thats the frustating part. And my son just looks helpless because he cant make her feel better :-(

11-27-2007, 11:00 AM
Ternoway - Thanks for the encouraging words. I completely understand how you feel. When I have days like yesterday, I always question why I'm doing this job and maybe I should go to the general ed classroom, but then reality sinks in. I know I would hate the genereal ed classroom. I LOVE my job. It's just all the other junk that gets in the way of me seeing what it is that I love! It's nice to know I am not the only one who has tough days!

Jean - It's nice to hear things honestly from the other side of the process. It keeps things real for me!

Felicia - Thanks also for your encouraging words!

How's the TO going for everyone. I'm doing alright. The scale at home showed a loss of 3 lbs this morning, so it is worth it! Have a great day all!

11-27-2007, 11:29 AM
I just talked to my son and the pain medicine they gave Bethany last night made her sick and she threw up all night. It was supposed to be helping her rest, sheesh! He said they gave her something for the nausea and she was finally sleeping.

11-27-2007, 11:35 AM
Kim - I'm sorry to hear she's so ill. Have they recommended a specialist of some sort? Odd they can't figure out what's wrong.

11-27-2007, 12:09 PM
Kim- is this the son and DIL that just got married? poor things.

Hey Jason! hows it all goin?


11-27-2007, 12:45 PM
No Shannon they havent. When I talked to him this morning they were waiting on the Dr. to come in to see what to do next.

Lettie-Yes, this is the newlyweds. I told him hes getting to learn the "in sickness and in health" part of his vows right off the bat!

11-27-2007, 01:03 PM
I hope they find out the problem and fix it soon. Hopefully they are getting the "in sickness" part out of the way now and life will be a box of chocolates from here on out! Praying the doctor will give you some good news today.

11-27-2007, 01:41 PM
Kim - I will be praying for your son and DIL. I am sure it is very stressful time for all involved. Hopefully they can get some answers soon!

I was wondering where Nicole was as well.

11-27-2007, 02:45 PM
Hi Everyone :) Hope your day is going well, and you're all POP!

Kim- Let us know about DIL! I've had you on my mind this morning. Bless DS's heart, I know he's stressed too..

Hi Jason!

Nicoleeee? Where are youuuu? :mag:

I am half way thru day 1 of TO.. going good so far, but I haven't really had time to be hungry yet... I'll make it though, I always do :)

11-27-2007, 03:17 PM
Good luck Emily! TO isnt my favorite thing but I figure I can handle most anything for 2 days! LOL

I talked to my DS and they are keeping Bethany another night. If she doesnt get sick anymore they'll probably send her home tomorrow with a follow up with her MD. They're thinking now that her pain is coming from endometriosis. It would be nice to know whats causing it, but I sure hope thats not what it is!

11-27-2007, 03:27 PM
Kim - your family is in my prayers. I hope Bethany is better soon.

I'm on Day 2 of TO. I've been too busy to think about food. My class started subtraction with regrouping (borrowing) yesterday and I'm about to pull my hair out! Of course, 5 or 6 of them "got it" immediately, half of them sort of understand, the rest are terrified! One of my best students came up, put her head on my shoulder and wept! I reminded them that I'm the teacher and if they will just let me teach, they will get it! I also reminded them that I NEVER take a grade on any skill unless we've been working on it for at least a week. Today was a little better, but, MAN! It's a tough new concept! I have to remember that it's this way every year.

11-27-2007, 03:39 PM
Hello all. I am still trying to recover from Thanksgiving. Boy did I blow it. And now am starting to plan for all the Christmas get togethers. Got alot going on at work so I have only been lurking. Lurking but keeping up with everybody.

Good luck to all those of you who are on TO. I think I am going to do a 1 day TO myself.

Kim - Speedy recovery for DIL. Have they thought about a tubal-pregnancy?

Lets forget about Thanksgiving and remember this is a whole new week and a whole new day to make good choices. :)

11-27-2007, 03:47 PM
Amy-She had 2 CT scans in the ER Sunday, hopefully that would show a tubal pregnancy. They did a pregnancy test and it was negative.

11-27-2007, 04:04 PM
Hi there..

Another busy day in paradise for me.. Trying to be good and all that jazz... I ran out of time this morning to make a salad and have been trying to get out of the office to go get one, but there just isn't enough time in the day... sigh..

On a more positive note, my fomer raquetball partner has re-upped at the gym so play will resume tonight.. Let's just hope I can still beat him!!

11-27-2007, 05:32 PM
Just introduce myself on the bio page, just getting started. Emily helped me with my profile and teaching me how to say HI to all. I love the 3fatchicks site, I know it's going to help me in my weight loss. I've been wanting to get on for some time now, but not to good on computer stuff. Anyway, looking forward to chating with all, hope I can be of some help too.

11-27-2007, 05:42 PM
Hi Karen :wave:

11-27-2007, 05:42 PM
Welcome Karen!
So I weighed in today and I am the same as sat. But I also had my 4 week measurements and I have lost a total of 7.25 inches. So that was exciting!

Kim, your son and DIL are in my prayers, praying she gets better quick.

Everyone else good luck with TO!

11-27-2007, 05:43 PM
Welcome Karen!!! Jusst jump right in and get to know us, its a great place for info and support!

An update on my DIL...I just talked to my son and she was able to eat something today and keep it down and she hasnt had any pain medicine for several hours, thats a blessing!! Keep your fingers crossed. she should get to come home tomorrow!

I'm off to their house to straighten up a little, cant have them coming home to a mess!!

Thanks for all the thoughts and prayers, you dont know how much it means!

11-27-2007, 06:05 PM
Hi Everyone,
Just returned from COD with a loss of .6. Quite the slowdown in weight loss I am going to have to be more vigilent in measuring everything that I eat. I have an annual Christmas shopping get away coming up in 10 days that should really put me to the test, 4 days of staying in a hotel and eating out and we usually have Bailey's for breakfast to dull the whole shopping drama ;)
Hope everyone has a great day
Cheers! :xcheer:

Tuesday Cool
11-27-2007, 09:15 PM
Hello Karen nice to have a new "face" in the forum.
I am on my second day of TO and doing better today than yesterday when I ate all my protein by noon and had to live on veggies the balance of the day!
Tomorrow is WI and the scales will tell how I have been doing. I think it is time to have them measure me. I want to see how many inches are gone.
I never want to see those inches again! T

11-27-2007, 09:42 PM
Welcome Karen!

I was pretty good today and didn't overindulge but I had a big bowl of homemade split peas soup (very low cal) for dinner and have no idea how to count it. It has some ff ham so I'm guessing it's a protien, starch, and a veggie. Any thoughts?

11-27-2007, 11:43 PM
Well, Day 1 of TO is done. POP :) We'll see about tomorrow.. the second day is always worse! I'll be screaming for a starch by the end of the day :dizzy:

How about everyone else on TO?

Cecil- Congrats on the inches lost!

Kim- Glad to hear some good news on DIL! Hope all continues to go well...

I see that everyone is meeting Karen.. :D She has been doing soo good on her diet so far and has been hearing me talk all about the site and how great all of you are! So, she thought she would join in too :)

Well, I'm off to bed.. it's been a loonnnggg day! :yawn:

11-28-2007, 08:32 AM
Well, gang - my hair is GONE!! I got it cut very short yesterday and I love it already. I will get a new picture up sometime soon, but DH is out of town, so it will have to wait until he gets home. There was so much hair on the floor when she finished that it looked like several brown Pomeranians had died there!

Oh, well, time to start trying to drag kids from their warm, snuggy beds. I've had a time getting them up ever since the cold weather got here. In fact, I'm pretty sure DD migrated to DS's bed sometime during the night - which willl make it even harder to get them up!

Have a great day!

Tuesday Cool
11-28-2007, 10:28 AM
The LA Lite cook book calls split pea soup 1 starch 3 veggies (w/o ham).

11-28-2007, 01:00 PM
I just got off the phone with my son, looks like Bethany is going to get to leave the hospital today. They removed her IV and got her up to take a walk in the hall. The diagnosis for now is Endometriosis. Next step is a follow up with her MD to see where to go from here. But at least for now shes gonna be home resting in her own bed!

Mama Nicole
11-28-2007, 01:15 PM
Hello everyone :)
I don't have time to play yet, but wanted to check in and let you all know that I am still alive :) I hope all is well with everyone, and I will do my best to catch up on some reading today :)

11-28-2007, 01:23 PM
NICOLE!!!!! Glad you're ok, I've missed you!!!

NOW, where in the world is Kristen??????

11-28-2007, 01:25 PM
Kim - sorry about the diagnosis but at least they have one now. Hopefully they can fix her up. I don't know much about that and I'm curious by nature so I'm sure I'll be doing a little research to learn more about it. I wish her all the best and I think knowing will offer some comfort. At least you'll have a plan of attack now. Thoughts and prayers are with you.

11-28-2007, 01:37 PM
Thank you Shannon and I agree, at least now they know what they're dealing with. It cant be cured, but it can be treated.

bradleys mom
11-28-2007, 01:37 PM
Welcome Karen!

If anyone has found Amy Lou could you please return her to the 3FC LAWL Forums please!! (tee hee...) Check in the same place you found Nicole! :) WB

11-28-2007, 02:48 PM
Hey Chickies and Roosters-remember me? I'm the lame LAWLer who fell off the face of the earth following the adoption of my little one-Josie. I'm also the one who fell of the LAWL bandwagon in a HUGE way following the adoption of my little one. The stress, transition, single-momhood, demanding child,and just plain "I don't care-pass the chips" attitude led to an enormous weight gain. I'm ashamed to admit to how much-hence the removal of my ticker.

Reality finally set in-as well as the fact that none of my clothes fit-and I've returned to do this on my own. My COD has not bothered to contact me at all-and I'm quite fed up with the counselors anyway.

So-I'm back with my big fat tail between my legs-looking for your support. I did FF the last couple of days and that combined with being sick (no appetite) has rewarded me with about a 10 lb weight loss from last week (I weighed myself sometime before Thanksgiving).

Good to see some of the old faces and of course-there's a lot of new ones.

11-28-2007, 02:51 PM
Welcome back Juliemarie and Josie is adorable.

11-28-2007, 02:54 PM
Hi Juliemarie! :wave:

We have definitely not forgotten you. As a matter of fact, we were all checking out your Adoption Journey page because we heard that you posted new pictures. Josie is an absolute doll baby! It's perfectly understandable with the huge changes in the past months, sticking to a weight loss plan went to the bottom of your list. Any mom can sympathize!

But, it's great to see you back...and ten pounds!!!--excellent start. Glad to see your family is doing well. And you don't need any stinkin' COD...that's what we're all here for. :)

11-28-2007, 03:01 PM
Woooo hoooo Julie Marie is back!!!!! Josie is adorable!

11-28-2007, 03:23 PM
Felicia- Can't wait to see a picture of the new do! I'm going tomorrow to get mine chopped (again) as well. As of about 2 months ago it was half way down my back.. you see where it is now.. and i'm going tomorrow to cut it again. I guess I'm just restless :dizzy:

Kim- Sorry about the diagnosis, but like Shannon said.. at least you have one and know what you're dealing with. We're all thinking about your family...

Nicole- Hi!!!! :wave: It's about time! You weren't hiding out with AmyLou were you? Was hoping you two would show back up together... :)

Julie- Josie is absolutely adorable!!! :angel: 10 pounds.. thats an awsome way to jump back in!

As for me.. Day 2 of TO is in full swing and going well.. :)

11-28-2007, 04:29 PM
Welcome back Julie Marie! Josie is an absolute doll! I can totally relate to all the changes in your life. My little one is 9 months old already and as soon as I think I have control over everything she tells me otherwise. Aren't kids great! LOL.

11-28-2007, 05:24 PM
Wow - several new faces....Juliemarie - you know you can do this and you have to take care of yourself so you can watch Josie walk down the aisle...and all that other stuff she'll be doing before you know it!

Felicia - surely your DD or DS can snap your photo....they are watching you a lot closer than you think!!

Just a quick fly by....I wish I could report a huge Thanksgiving loss, but I cannot...holding steady though, so that's okay for a while.

Has anyone gotten or read the new Dr. Oz book - You...Staying YOUNG?

11-28-2007, 05:50 PM
I don't know if this has been covered before but what do the 100 calorie animal crackers count as? 1 veggie? ;)

11-28-2007, 06:27 PM
Sadly, Shannon, methinks its a starch. Nice try though!

JulieMarie! Good to hear from you, Josie is getting big! A 10lb loss last week is a nice start.

Joni - you'll always be young.

11-28-2007, 07:52 PM
hey gang,

2 days POP and counting :carrot::carrot:. What an adjustment when you haven't been for so long but I admit I feel better when I go to bed at night knowing I made the right choices through the day.

Still really busy at work but that's nothing new either. I am not doing as much overtime as I was but I still do about 10-15 hours a week.

It is so nice to see so many people doing so well and others joining back again, and others like me getting back on track and feeling good about it. This next month or so we will need each other for sure. I have my work xmas party this saturday night. I have no idea what is being served but I assume the usual turkey and roast beef. I'll stick to the turkey white meat. Then a dance after.

Joni - I couldn't pass it up, I bought Chancey a stuffed bone-shaped toy from Nascar with my driver's number on it. It is so cute in the picture. It has been shipped along with some xmas gifts I ordered and it should be here early next week. I know she is spoiled, but who else do I have to spoil right now??? I go pick her up tomorrow after work for our weekend visit.

gotta go for now...dishes are calling my name unfortunately....

11-28-2007, 08:34 PM
I don't know if this has been covered before but what do the 100 calorie animal crackers count as? 1 veggie? ;)

Oh Shannon,
You are not going to like my answer. It depends on what plan you are on.
If you are on a numbered plan, 1 starch, but it is a heavy 1 starch. In the book, it states 8 animal crackers = 1 starch, but consume infrequently. I am not sure how many animal crackers are in the 100 calorie package.

If you are on a colored coded plan, the answer is 2 starches. The color coded plans are based on the assumption that a starch is between 50-60 calories. If a starch is high in fiber then the calorie count can be higher. I don't think animal crackers qualify in the category of high in fiber.

week 47
LAWL franchise center
Plan 2 with lites
total lost 60 lbs.
Current weight 140
Original goal of 50 lbs lost achieved
New goal to lose total of 65 lbs

11-28-2007, 09:00 PM
I have been so good but am seriously tempted to have some of the homemade banana bread my mom made and left in our apartment for my boyfriend. I know her hearts in the right place but sometimes she doesn't make things easy for me. The worst part is that she's the first one to tell me I need to lose weight! BAAAHHH!

11-28-2007, 09:11 PM
Lynn, the cookies that they sell at the center have 100 calories and count as one starch. Although one rice cake, which is 45 calories is also one starch. I think you can count the animal crackers as one starch... I know LAWL would if they had sold them to you.

The biscotti they sell which are 120 calories count as one starch and one fruit...

11-28-2007, 09:22 PM
:carrot::carrot::carrot:WOO HOO!!!! JM AND JOSIE ARE BACK!!!!!!! YIPPPPIEE!!!!:carrot::carrot::carrot::carrot::carr ot:
:cb::dance::dance::dance::cp::cp::hat::hat::hat::c p::cp::flow1::flow1::flow1::twirly::twirly::twirly ::broc::broc::cheer2::cheer2::cheer::cheer::cheer: :cheer::yay::yay::yay:

Yes we have been peeking in at Josies pictures! what a sweetie. now give us a really big update, not just a " here I am back again" ....

get back on that wagon. lots of us are doing it without the COD, mine closed recently, you can do it.

Tuesday Cool
11-28-2007, 10:59 PM
I think the animal crackers should count as on protein! tee hee

Mama Nicole
11-28-2007, 11:01 PM

So-I'm back with my big fat tail between my legs-looking for your support. I did FF the last couple of days and that combined with being sick (no appetite) has rewarded me with about a 10 lb weight loss from last week (I weighed myself sometime before Thanksgiving).

Good to see some of the old faces and of course-there's a lot of new ones.

:lol: crack me up girl. I looked up your adoption blog a few weeks ago, and I was so thrilled to see how things have been settling in for you and Josie. While I was reading your blog, I kept thinking......pretty soon she'll be back. Well, ok, I wasn't predicting.....but I was sure hoping. :) And hey, if it makes you feel any better......I was kicking butt a couple of months ago......and then just lost my will for a I feel your pain, and I have a big fat tail too :) You are doing the best thing in the world for Josie by setting a good example of how to take care of yourself. It is sooo hard, as a mom, to find the time to do so.......but it is so worth it. I am so happy you are back. :)

So Amylou is MIA? Well, that is just no good. Has anyone PM'd her? I hope all is well. I apologize for not checking in earlier. I was sooo busy with DH out of town hunting for 10 days. My mom came down for Thanksgiving also, and then my Dad and DH came home on Sat. Me and my mom shopped for three days straight, and it was her 60th things were just a mad house. And then, of course, I was a huge pig for like two weeks, so I am afraid to get on the sclae. Today was my first OP day.....but it aint' over yet. I am trying though. Anyway.......I am back, and I am ready to take better care of myself. I am tired of stressing about my sclae and my pants being tight.......I just want to feel good. I want to feel good everyday.......not just on the days that the sclae tells me I ought to.

Ok, I am going to try and read some of the posts from the last two weeks. It is good to "see," you all!!! And a heartfelt congrats to anyone who has been staying OP :)

Mama Nicole
11-28-2007, 11:40 PM
Hey you holding up, girl?

Lettie :wave:

And where oh where is Liza? And Amylou.......we are waiting for you :)

Ok, time to go watch Private Practice :)

11-29-2007, 12:22 AM
hey everyone. i'm here. just lurking. not in the mood to post. nothing good happening on my end, except that i'm down a few more pounds. not sure if that's from me working hard, or just not eating as much as i should be.

things aren't going too well for me here. dh has been gone for 1wk and his dad finally passed away on sunday. the cancer was just too much for him. the funeral is on saturday. i haven't gotten any phone calls from dh for about 4 days now. i'm worried, sad, upset and just not doing very well.

but i thought i'd post anyways, since it's been a while. i'm almost out of the 200's as well. saw 205 on the scale today. hope to be out of the 200's by the end of the year. that would be great.

anways, don't want to be a downer, but i'll try to post more often.

11-29-2007, 12:34 AM
Jillian I am sorry to hear about your FIL. My sympathies to you and the family. I hope you hear from your hubby soon. :hug:

I went for weigh in last night (stupid move on my part) I got home from work after 4 pm and finished the last of my TO juice then had 3 bottles of water and supper.... Then I decide to go get weighed... WHAT WAS I THINKING??? Anyways I was up 2.6. It's also TOM. I didnt think at the time about all I had drank before going so I was disapointed having done TO for two days and be up... I go again on Friday so we will see. Have a good night everyone. And a big Hiii to all of you.


11-29-2007, 02:40 AM
I am SO sorry I abandoned you all for so long! Boy have I missed you guys! I went home to soCal for Tgiving and manged to do "ok" I definitely went over on fats/starches but tried not to blow it. The scale is showing me up about a pound....I can live with it-and I'm just trying to get back on a POP schedule.

The worst part about this time of year is...FINALS! I landed on Sat night, spent Sunday getting xmas decorations in orde (my favorite thing ever) and have been studying about 8 hours a day since! It really takes it out of me to have my head in a book all day...and this is usually the time of year where I gain 6-10lbs. Seriously...every year-BUT NOT THIS YEAR!! I have been doing so good all week and finally feel like I'm back in the game. I am definitely not giving up....just trying to be practical bc studying makes me hungry! Fortunately I will be done with exams by the 8th and can then try to enjoy my favorite time of year!

Nicole- I can't believe you were gone so long! Thanks for the PM and the encouragement. I feel motivated and I hope you do to!

Unfortunately I was only able to scan all the posts from this week....but I did see...

FELICIA!! COngrats on hitting 50lbs! So exciting and pls get that new haircut pic up ASAP!

Jillian-we're thinking of you....I can't imagine how hard things are right now. Hang in there girl.

Kim-thinking of your daughter in law!

Hi Kimberly-I'm here!

So I may be MIA until the 8th-this site just occupies me for far too long and I've really waited til the last minute to study. But since I've been in the library all day I am packing my food which makes it easier to stay POP!!

Have a great rest of the week everyone!! Lots of POP thoughts to you all!

11-29-2007, 08:50 AM
My DH got a call from his brother last night, His brother was driving in and saw an ambulance and police cars heading toward thier aunt and uncles house. So he followed them. Thier Uncle had been out to get his mail by the side of the road and a car hit him.
They rushed him to the hospital but DH's Brother called about 45 min later to tell us that Uncle Gene had died.

Aunt Violet was DH's moms sister. Uncle Gene was a Barber all his life, owned his own shop, but also ran a ranch. Had horses
and various things, grew hay. We always used to go to Aunt Violets and Uncle Genes to play cards.

Looks like we will be heading to S. Dakota this weekend. just as soon as we get word on when the funeral will be.

11-29-2007, 09:29 AM

I am so sorry for your your loss. My deepest sympathies to you and your family. :hug:

11-29-2007, 10:19 AM
Oh Lettie, how horrible. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

And Jillian, I'm so sorry for everything that you've been going through lately. I'm sure you'll hear from DH soon. In the meantime, we're all here for you. :hug:

Felica - picture, PLEASE!!! You're killing us!

Mama Nicole
11-29-2007, 10:50 AM
Oh, Lettie, that is awful!!!! I cannot imagine how shocked you all are! I will be thinking of you :)

And can get through this. You are so smart and I know that you are going to take good care of yourself during this tough time. One moment at a will be ok :)

Amy......hooray!!! I hear you on trying to get things done and staying off the computer for play. I got sooo much done in the days I wasn't online :lol: I am glad to see you back :)

My lower back has been giving me some trouble, and sitting at the computer seems to be the WORST thing for I will be checking in, but it will be brief little blurbs. I hope I don't lose my title :lol:

Have a great day everyone :)

11-29-2007, 11:46 AM
Lettie - How awful!!!!! I will be thinking of you also.:hug:

Jillian - Hang in there, things will get better!!!!:hug:

Amylou-good luck with the kids are going through this also, try not to stress out, you'll do great!

Nicole - sorry to hear about your back, back problems are the worse! I hope it gets better soon.

NSV for me - three people, three!!!!, have mentioned to me that they noticed my weight loss....yea!!!! THose three don't even count family that mentioned it at Thanksgiving so it is nice to hear that there is finally a noticeable difference. When I went to COD after Thanksgiving, all of the counselors had changed...all of them!!!!! I asked what happened and it's all a hush hush thing because the new ones just say they don't know. I hate that there isn't anyone there that knows any of my history and I had made friends with some of the counselors and now they're just gone...poof...just like that.

11-29-2007, 11:53 AM
Lettie and Jillian - I'm so sorry for your losses. Will keep your families in my prayers

Amylou - welcome back and good luck on finals

Lynn - I think I'll run with the 1 starch :D. I actually am on the numbered plan thank goodness! I still liked my idea for counting it as a veggie better. Hmmm, wonder why I stall and don't lose more weight. It's a mystery!

Nicole - welcome back

Carrie - WTG!

11-29-2007, 12:05 PM
Shannon, I count all of the 100 calorie snacks as hasn't seemed to slow my weightloss at all. I agree with you though, I'd love to count it as 1V!

Carrie - That's awesome! There's nothing better than someone commenting on your weightloss, let alone THREE people!!!

Okay, here's my problem for the day. I'm checking my bank accounts online and balancing my check books since I haven't done it in a week or two (I'm normally very on top of these things). So I notice a charge that doesn't look familiar, but I've been Christmas shopping so it very well could be something I just forgot to write in. I call the 800# and the message says, "If you would like to leave a message, press 1...for a fax press 2" and that's all it says. So I do a reverse search of the number online and find a bunch of posts from people saying that they had this number show up on their statements and never authorized the charge...ugghhh!! So I call my bank and they tell me to fill out a dispute charge, document everything, leave a message at that number and cancel my debit card so they can reissue a new one. All this for $8.99...but ya know, if they did it once...and they apparantly have my accout info so who knows who else can charge my account. What a pain in the butt!!!

11-29-2007, 01:09 PM
Thanks for the warm welcome back! Lettie- you may have broken your smilie applications!

I'm not sure what to update on in my life-it mainly revolves around Josie, of course. She's doing great-talking more and more each week-some of it understandable. ;) She says Hi about 200 times a day. She eats cat food.
She loves all green veggies and most fruits-and often eats meals where that is all she eats. I've had to stop giving her grapes when after a 3 day stint of almost nothing but they started coming out practically intact on the other end:p

I did lose my grandpa a couple of weeks ago and that has been pretty hard on the family. He's been declining steadily ever since his stroke over 2 years ago. He died at home after a 4 day vigil at his bedside by family members-I was on kid duty, which was fine by me. I did see him before he died and may be forever scarred by the sight. It was horrible. He looked scared to death-eyes open, looking at the ceiling, gasping for air. Hospice finally put him on oxygen and it did help and i saw him again the morning he died. He opened his eyes and saw me and Josie. He looked more peaceful-but I still can't get the other image out of my head.

I was sad that he died-but really, he was so miserable-I know it was a good thing. Does that make sense? The part that's been hardest for me is imagining going through this with my parents. The thought kills me.

Work's been good and busy. I've been sick recently and am hoping Josie doesn't get it-we've been passing the illnesses back and forth. Fun times.

I'm still in my church choir-it's my me time. well, that and whatever good TV I get after Josie goes to bed and the house is picked up. I've been indulging way too much in the liquid fruit in the evenings. I swear-having kids is surely one of the ways people become alcoholics. Hopefully I can find a tea that I like for calming my nerves after one of her 3 hour whining sessions.

Lettie-I'm so sorry about your uncle.

Nicole-how's the home business going?

Tina-I've had my card stolen-what a pain in the rear!

Joni-what's going on, girl?

Kim-so good to see you!

MOTT, Shannon and Emily- :wave:

Where's Cassi? Pearl? Katie?

11-29-2007, 01:26 PM
Hello all. I have had a very busy two days at work.

Welcome Back Julie Marie

Lettie - Julie - I am so sorry to hear about your losses. My thoughts will be with you and your families.

Got to take my 16 year old to court tomorrow for his first driving ticket, let me do driving school, court session. At least he is the one that is paying the fines and fees. I hope he has learned his lesson, but sad to say probably not. He is a 16 year old boy, but he no longer has his own truck. Long story.

Anyway, its Christmas time and I haven't even made my "who I am buying for" list. It may be a short list this year. LOL

I'm doing a "meat fast" as part 2 of my messed up take off. It usually gets me 2-4 lbs too, but I stay satisfied more and so need a change from the LAWL limits that they put on you.

11-29-2007, 01:45 PM
Jillian - I am so sorry for your loss. Honey, you have had a rough few weeks here! You and your DH are in my prayers.

Lettie - how absolutely tragic! I cannot imagine the shock that your family is experiencing right now! You are in my prayers as well.

Loss is never easy, but it seems even harder when it happens close to the holidays.

I didn't do well on TO - actually GAINED 2 pounds! I was shocked and really hacked off. All that to GAIN???!! I need to get to the grocery store this evening and pick up some things. Otherwise, I'll be eating something I shouldn't just from lack of options.

I will be SO glad when DH gets home this evening. He was out of town last night and it wasn't fun at all! The kids and I missed him terribly! Although DS slept with me and he snored so much (from his cold) that it was almost like having DH there!! DD came and joined us around 3:30 and wanted to talk. I had to threaten her with Santa before she would go back to sleep!!

11-29-2007, 03:40 PM
Nicole- I'm so glad you're back! I've missed "seeing" you! :)

Jillian- So sorry you're having so much thrown on you at once!! We're here for you though! :hug:

AmyLou- I feel your pain on finals girl! Mine start next week and I'm dreading it!

Lettie- I am so sorry about your Uncle... what a shock! :hug:

Carrie- Congrats! :cp:

Tina- I work at a bank, so I know just what a pain that is. But, it will be a whole lot easier to do it now that when there are 10 charges instead of one!

Julie- I'm sorry for your loss also.. seems like there is a lot of that going around here on the site! I'm glad you're doing so well getting back on track though! :)

Felicia- Picture??? :D

Finished off TO yesterday.. it was actually a lot easier than day 1.. I will WI on Friday. I just can't make myself go more than once a week :p

11-29-2007, 03:46 PM
Felicia- If I have gained after my 2 days of TO I think I will be rolling into McDonalds on 2 wheels! :moped:

11-29-2007, 04:32 PM
Jillian and Lettie - My thoughts are with both of you. Please take care.

Felicia, last week you told us you did a TO when you were off for Thanksgiving week and then this week you did another one too? I have to say I am not surprised that you didn't lose anything.

week 47
LAWL franchise center
total lost 60 lbs.
Current weight 140
Original goal of 50 lbs lost – achieved
New goal to lose total of 65 lbs

11-29-2007, 05:23 PM
Does anyone know how much you would count Reduced Fat Vanilla waffers as? Would 10 be one starch like wheat thins?

11-29-2007, 05:56 PM
Lynn - thanks for your thoughts, but I didn't complete TO the week before. I only did one day (not even a day!) My COD recommended that I do it this week.

11-29-2007, 08:44 PM
Felicia, sometimes the scale is just mean. Don't let it get you upset and doing things that will make the weight gain real instead of just phantom. I also find diminishing returns on Take Offs, and don't think you should do them quite as often as they recommend at the COD. Sometimes I think they just want to sell me the overpriced juice.

Carrie, Wow your weight has suddenly dropped again, over 20 pounds! The scale is slowly but surely moving down!

Lettie, how horrible to have such a sudden and unexpected death!

Jillian, Your poor DH, what a terrible set of things to have at the same time. Boot camp and his dad dying. I can't think of many more difficult times to go through. He will call you when he can. Perhaps he just doesn't want to talk to anyone right now, or doesn't want to weigh you down, since he probably still feels that you need to be taken care of and he isn't there to do it. Continue to take care of yourself so that you look smashing when you get to see him again. You've been given a gift of some time to focus just on yourself for right now. It was something that I didn't focus on me and my weight gain until my DD left for college and I let a lot of years go by feeling bad about myself, and I wish now I had just been a bit more selfish and said hey I'm going to take care of myself better... It was just silly to not do it and to value my own health and wellbeing so little.

Julie Marie, what a cute little lovebug you have! It is hard to balance motherhood and taking care of ourselves... but you can do it. You need to show Josie how to be healthy, and you do it by doing what is healthy yourself.

I'm feeling a bit less than great today. I went and donated blood, which I had never done before and it kind of wiped me out. I had a few "fortifying" M&M's after, which probably didn't help me to feel better, but tasted really good. Oh well.. I figure all that blood had to have some calories in it. I am NOT eating any more of those things though (someone left a whole big bowl of them in the lunch room!)

11-29-2007, 09:48 PM
Barbara I have a question how long did it take you to reach your goal?

11-29-2007, 10:19 PM
Lettie and Jillian - I'm sorry for your losses. My thoughts are with both of you...

Felicia - I am with everyone else, congrats on your 50 pound mark, and I can't wait to see your new picture!!

I hit my 60 pound mark this week. I was pretty excited. I was also measured today, 24 inches (2 whole feet) GONE! I still have more inches and a few more pounds to go, but I'm feeling good. I have had several NSV from the people I work with - I hate to say it, but sometimes it's kind of embarrassing. Usually, I'm not one to call attention to myself.

Congrats to all the other losers and those that are recommitting to losing!

11-29-2007, 11:10 PM
Hope everyone had a great day today! :)

NSV for me- A lady I worked with over a year ago came in the office day and the first thing out of her mouth, not hi how are you? but "You've lost Weight!! You look great!" It made me feel so good! :cp:

Went and got my hair chopped tonight... It is gone! I'll try to get a picture up tonight, but if not definately tomorrow :) It is shorter that it has ever been, but it's cuute :D

I go to WI tomorrow night.. hopefully the scale shows the TO! Heck, my hair was probably a pound! :rofl:

11-30-2007, 10:35 AM
Lettie and Jillian - my heart goes out to you both. Know that we are all here for you and you are in our prayers.

Felicia and Stephanie - contrats on the milestones!!! Doesn't it make you feel good to know that you can do this? Felicia - new pic soon?

Emily - I went to WI after our TO and I'm down!!!! I am so excited. Maybe I can get past this plateau I've been on for the last 4 months and get closer to my goal. I'll update my ticker after I'm sure I'm holding at this weight. I don't want to jinx it by moving it too soon. If I can hold it for a week, I'm treating myself to a facial. Looking forward to a new pic of you.

Went to the dr. earlier this week. Seems my thyroid wasn't working as it should. Actually she said it was way out of whack and she wasn't surprised that I was having a hard time with my weight. She adjusted my meds and now I am beginning to feel much better. Hopefully this will give me a kickstart back on the right track to reach goal. Dr. hadn't seen me since I weighed 205 so she was really surprised by the loss. Asked me what I was doing and when I told her PWL/LAWL she said it was a good program. Made me feel good to think I chose a good plan to follow that I can transition back into my life when I get to stabilization and maintenance.

Have a good POP day everyone. I'll check back in later.

11-30-2007, 11:47 AM
Hello Hello
Okay those of you that have fallen over in shock from seeing my post, please pick yourselves up!
It has been a while but it has been crazy on this end. I've just finished a really busy session of teaching but will be slowing down in the next while.
To the newcomers.. and it seems there are LOTS of you.. welcome
To some of my old buddies.. Jillian and Lettie I'm so sorry :hug: I hope you and your families are doing as best you can and I'm thinking of you.
Kim I hope DIL is okay.. I had a family member who had a horrible time with endo but got great treatment and now has a lovely 3 year old daughter :)
Nicole.. it seems you have been MIA a bit too so glad to hear you are okay and survived the holidays and hubby's absence.
Joni.. I was away for so long but did see a post about Charlie.. a special hug for you and to cheer you up I put a new pic of the girls up for you.
KimPhin.. what up?
The past few weeks have been far to social and December is looking just as bad. I'm about 6lbs over goal but determined to get them off and be a good girl. The funniest part is that putting back on 10 made me feel exactly the same as I did when I was 250 lbs.. rolly polly, yucky and blech.. so I can see I now have a different mindset to make sure I NEVER go back to that fat girl.. it's just the inner fat girl that drives me nuts.
Julie Marie.. none of us have been perfect so welcome back to our little world.. jump back in and we'll all get ourselves sorted. Glad Josie is doing so well and look forward to hearing more about both of you!
Must run but do promise to be on more often :)

11-30-2007, 12:04 PM
Crazy weekend ahead - as usual! My parents are coming this evening to pick up the kids and take them for the weekend. DH and I are taking Santa Claus pics on Saturday and Sunday. A friend of ours owns an upscale marketplace (think flea market, but MUCH pricier!) and asked us to come and take pics. The proceeds are going to a local homeless shelter. We're going tonight to set up the booth with the backdrop and portrait lighting, etc. Then going early tomorrow to set up the cameras, computer, and printer. We'll print a 4X6 onsite with a cute little Christmas folder to put it in. But parents will also be able to order additional prints, mugs, mousepads, keychains, blankets, etc. with the picture on them. I hope things go well. I already know there will be some screamers and children who are TERRIFIED of Santa. I'm prepared for that! My own children never want to go see Santa. DS did when he was little, but is timid about it now. DD just doesn't want to go at all! Anyway, it could be a really good weekend for our company, so keep your fingers crossed!

11-30-2007, 12:13 PM
hey everyone. thanks for the well-wishes. i did hear from dh and he's in chicago with his family. he wasn't able to make arrangements for me to go and money is an issue right now since we're getting ready to move in less than a i'm not able to get to chicago to be with him. it breaks my heart to hear how badly he's doing. and he feels horrible that he's not here to take care of me and help get things done for the move. it's tough...and i'm struggling with many things right now.

as for being on plan..well, i've been doing fine with that, but just not able to eat everything...ok, well not even half of what i'm suppose to. i just can't do it. i used to be a boredom/stress eater, but i guess i'm not anymore.
i am down another pound, but i don't think that's good. i've lost about 6lbs since dh left 10 days ago. i'm happy to be losing, but i know it's not the way i should be doing it. oh well. i'm trying. it's just hard.

well, i guess i should get some more things pack and get something done today...but after my sugar free vanilla soy latte, of course. :)

11-30-2007, 12:20 PM
Hey Losers!!! :wave:

Felicia- Good luck with the Santa picutes.. I know that has to be a fun job! I can see it getting pretty stressful though :dizzy: I got my new pic up.. now where is yours!? :mag:

Hope everyone has a Happy Friday!! :yay:

11-30-2007, 12:25 PM
Jillian- I'm glad you heard from DH.. I know that's atleast one thing off your mind..Even if he isn't doing as well as you would like. Keep your head up.. Everything will be ok and you'll be appreciating those 6 pounds when you start to feel better! :)

11-30-2007, 12:28 PM
thanks emily, i appreciate the kind words.
love your hair, it's so cute.! i cut 14in of hair off in october..kinda missing my long hair now, but the shorter hair is super easy!

11-30-2007, 12:29 PM
Emily - I love the new do!! Looks sassy and fun.

11-30-2007, 12:39 PM
Omg! Emily I love your hair sooo cute!

11-30-2007, 01:05 PM
Thanks Guys!!

Jillian- Mine was half way down my back a couple of months ago and I cut it up to the picture I had on here, and now this :) always on the second day my hair either has to be rewashed or go up in a ponytail, and I didn't do anything but run a brush thru it this morning.. I was so excited! :D

11-30-2007, 01:27 PM
Emily!! I love your new do! It's adorable - and VERY becoming! I will try to get mine up this weekend. DH wanted to take a pic for me last night and I told him I really didn't feel like putting on my lipstick again!

Some evil teacher brought homemade chocolate cookies and left them in the lounge. I did pick up the container and inhale deeply. The perfume of chocolate was heavenly!! And it smells that good, I'm sure they're delicious. I'm trying to convince myself that they look like miniature cow patties so I won't want them as much! :)

Hey, you spaghetti squash eaters - how do I cook it? I think I remember a post a while back from Kristen and she said something about baking it. Can anyone tell me what to do? I'm really missing pasta right now for some reason! I make a yummy pasta dish that's shrimp in garlic cream sauce. I know that I can make it OP with just a few adjustments, so I want to cook spaghetti squash to go with it.

11-30-2007, 02:37 PM
Felicia - You are hilarious! Cow patties!?!? That's great, I'll have to remember that one.

Emily - You look darling! I love it! It makes me want to get my hair cut.

I have a question. What does NSV mean? I just can't figure it out. I hope everyone is enjoying their Friday!

11-30-2007, 02:47 PM
Stacy - NSV = Non scale victory!

11-30-2007, 02:54 PM
Felicia - I made spaghetti squash for the first time every a few weeks ago. With some sauce and a little parmesan it was actually very tasty! Funny how eating anything that closely resembles pasta, after not eating any at all, can taste so good! I just bought another one yesterday and plan to make it this weekend.
Anyway, here is how I made it...
Cut the squash in half and de-seed. Add some water to the bottom of a pyrex pan and put the squash face down in the pan. Bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes or until the squash gets soft. You can tell it is done when you can stick a fork through the skin easily. When it's done, you use a fork to "shred" the squash and it actually looks kinda like spaghetti.

11-30-2007, 02:58 PM
Didn't someone else go get their hair cut in the last few days that we don't have a picture of yet? Kimberly maybe?? I forget :D

11-30-2007, 04:20 PM
Cecil, It took me about 9 months, but honestly 3-4 months of that was to get off the last couple of pounds, so I was fairly close to where I am now after about 5 months on plan. The last 5 pounds I'm still battling those. Mostly because for me my goal weight turns out to be a fairly low body fat percentage, so I had to fight hard to get here and fight hard to stay here...

11-30-2007, 04:31 PM
Thanks Barbara!
It really helps to see others that are at the same numbers as me that have succeeded! I appreciate all of your support!

11-30-2007, 04:59 PM
Hi again to all,
I had another good week, 3 1/2 more lbs. Total of 13.5 so far. I won this month to reaching the goal we sit.:) It was hard with Thanksgiving and all. But I'm ready for the next months goal now. Starting to see it in my clothes:carrot: Hope all have a good weekend. Emily your hair looks great:hug: Until next week;)

11-30-2007, 05:01 PM
Karen - you're doing great!! Keep up the good work!!

11-30-2007, 05:32 PM
Hi gang...

Sorry I've been AWOL this week.. Just been SO busy with our office conference that any time at home as been pretty much computer free.. I just haven't had the motivation to log on..

I've found myself up a few pounds over the past few days, so I'm kicking myself into gear to really watch the indulgences. The unfortunate thing is that we have a dinner party to go to tonight and I have a poker night out with the guys tomorrow..

Wish us luck!!

11-30-2007, 09:53 PM
Okay, this is totally silly and nothing more than a waste of time, but if you want a really good giggle, click on the link below and see that I just made an elf out of myself and my whole family!

12-01-2007, 12:07 AM
Too funny Felicia.. Ironically, I just got done looking at the same thing some other friends of ours did... :lol:

12-01-2007, 12:35 AM
Alright, guys. Here's a pic of my new do - and 50-pounds weightloss!

12-01-2007, 04:29 AM
Wow you look great!! I didn't recognize you your face looks so much thinner!!
Great job!!

12-01-2007, 09:15 AM
great new pic, felicia. you look wonderful!

12-01-2007, 11:38 AM
Felicia, you look amazing! I love the hair cut, it really suits you!

12-01-2007, 12:18 PM
Great picture Felicia!! Way to go and keep it up!!

12-01-2007, 01:50 PM
great new avatar of the fam, dan!

12-01-2007, 02:18 PM
All the new pictures and does look amazing! I went to WI today and I am down another 1.2 lbs. That's almost 4lbs this week, 16.5lbs total! I can't wait unti I can feel it more in my clothes. They are getting a little big on me now, especially in the back side, but I am not ready for a smaller size yet. I know the next 16 lbs will make a bigger difference! Keep up all the hard work you guys! You are amazing!

I have a question for you who use the LAWL cookbook. I have been noticing some of the portions seem off. For exampe, there is a recipe for Indain Style Chicken and it says it counts for 3 veggies. It just doesnt make sense to me. All it has is a little tomato, green pepper and green onions. It doesn't seem like enough to make 3 servings of veggies. What does you guys think? I was wondering if it was maybe because I am on the numbered plans and not the colored plans. I heard the portions are a little different. Was the cookbook written using colored plan serving sizes? Let me know if you have any insight!

I hope everyone is enjoying your Saturday. Ours is nice and snowy. We will be staying in for the day. Stores are insane anyways! :)

12-01-2007, 02:25 PM
I bought a cookbook when I started on the coloured plan in September and then they switched to the numbered plans so I think the exchanges are a bit off but I've still been counting it for what it says and it hasn't made a noticeable difference.

12-01-2007, 03:42 PM
Dan- Love the new avatar!

Felicia- You look amazing! Love the new cut!

Stacy- I wish we had snow here in AL :(

Went to WI this morning and have only lost one stinkin pound after TO! ugh! :rolleyes:

I did get moved down a plan though, which should help out a lot! [since I wansn't getting all my food in half the time because it was so much!]

And I got measured.. down another 7 1/2 inches.. makes about 22 total! :carrot:

12-01-2007, 06:45 PM
awesome job on the huge loss this week stacy! keep it up.

good job on the inches loss, emily! and losing a pound isn't bad at all!

12-02-2007, 06:29 AM
Hey everyone,
I love the new pics for Emily, Felicia; Liz, Dan and family.
I am up very early and if Mother Nature cooperates today I am heading off to Southern Cal - Oceanside- to visit family for 9 days. Wish me luck. We had a nasty winter storm yesterday, snow, freezing rain, ice and most flights in the afternoon and evening were cancelled. That is exactly why I really want to escape the Midwest.

Take care and be consistent.

week 47
LAWL franchise center
total lost 60 lbs.
Current weight 140
Original goal of 50 lbs lost – achieved
New goal to lose total of 65 lbs

12-02-2007, 09:17 AM
Good Morning Everybody!

Love all the new pics!! (and the encouragement that some have made goal since I've been on last!!)

Just wanted to say hi. Hope everyone has a great POP day!

12-02-2007, 10:01 AM
I have to go to a my boyfriends work Christmas party next week. I asked him how formal it's going to be. He has no idea which means I have no idea what to wear which stresses me out. Long story short, I went shopping (which typically depresses me) and was very happy to discover that I am officially a size 14!!!! HURRAY!! I can't remember the last time I could shop in regular stores. Anyways, I bought a new outfit for the party and if I do say so myself it looks really good on me! It's the first time in such a long time that I've felt that way in anything that I've put on.

Tuesday Cool
12-02-2007, 11:26 AM
Ternoway, Congratulations! It is a wonderful victory to be able to buy in the regular departments.
Being able to shop in the regular womans department was a big goal of mine when I started. When I shopped with friends or even my daughter I would not look at clothes because I did not want to admit I had to go to the "Womens" department.
Three years ago I found myself not able to fit into size 18 pants and the prospect of having to buy a 20 got me into WW. I had not weighted myself in years and was shocked to learn that I was over 220# Not sure how that happened.
I lost 25#s and got into 16s. This year I was starting to gain back some weight and I was damned if I was going to buy bigger pants. So, here I am in LAWL and now in 14s. I even bought a pair of junior sweat pants this week!
I am still trying for 12s but I am so happy not to be shopping in the "Women's" department. I was sick of the giant arm holes and funky colors they put real women in.
Don't get me wrong I believe that size does not make the person and that beauty is much greater than a number on a scale. But I was not happy and felt I had failed myself.
This is better and this forum is wonderful! I really do not see myself doing this well without being able to read about everybody's victories and failures.
Congratulations to us all for knowing what we need and working towards that goal one step at a time!

12-02-2007, 06:24 PM
Felicia - you look absolutely beautiful!!!!!!!

12-03-2007, 12:10 AM
Felicia, Emily and The Ware Family.....great new pics!!!
Had a crazy busy weekend and sitting here at 11 PM working to meet some ridiculous deadlines....I need a winning lottery tix!

Have a great week y'all.

12-03-2007, 01:48 AM
i go in tomorrow morning for my "personal success visit", which i think is just their chance to sell me some LA LITES in bulk. i'm very nervous because i think they will try and bully me into buying them. i don't need LA LITES right? i need help. :(

also, i bought a scale today... one of those old school dial ones.. it says i lost 2 pounds this weekend, but we'll see what happens when i WI tomorrow! wish me luck!

12-03-2007, 01:57 AM
Michie - Don't let them bully you into buying Lites if you don't think you need them. I have been on LAWL for a month and have not ever eaten a Lite and am down 18 pounds.

I don't think for a minute that if I had decided to use the Lites that I would have had a greater degree of success. LAWL would have been richer but would I have been any thinner? Doubt it. If you don't want them be firm and insist that you will not be buying them.

Good luck on your journey.


12-03-2007, 10:49 AM
Michie - you absolutely do not need the lites. I have not had any at all and am almost at don't need them!

12-03-2007, 02:28 PM
Yeah, I firmly told them that I wasn't going to buy them. The counselor was kind of dumb about it anyway... their bad! So I walked out with my new little Free To Live book thing and that is ALL! So proud of me!

Oh, and I lost 3 pounds. EEK! I am so happy... not even a full week into it and i already lost weight. That is pretty sweet! I am so motivated right now I think I ma going to go for a walk! Hope everyone is well! Have a great day!

Tuesday Cool
12-04-2007, 10:40 AM
Michie, congratulations! On both successes. Not buying the lites and losing 3#s. You should be very proud of your strength of will. Keep up the good work. :celebrate: