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SunshineRunner
12-02-2007, 07:01 PM
Good Evening SlimFasters! I hope your November wen toff without too many hitches and that December is going to be a joyous month for everyone! How is everyone doing? Ready to beat those end of the year goals to death? Get off a few more pounds before our New Years Resolutions start? I hope so! Only 3lbs to go until I reach my Christmas Goal. Since I hit onederland at the beginning of last week I haven't dropped any weight. I'm okay with that...it's just the way my body fluctuates. Of course, those weeks when I drop 4-5lbs are fabulous....so...bottom line, I'm totally not complaining! I don't have a New Year's Resolution & probably won't make one...I have broken one too many over the years and have found that they just don't work for me. I'm actually dreading the new year because (at least at my gym) my gym gets packed with all those New Year's Resolution folks for all of January and part of February....the good news for me is that they go away! Anyone find some great new foods this month? Beyond the Kashi Frozen Pizzas...which I think I mentioned last month...I haven't....but hye, I like my diet and lifestyle right now...so that is good.

As for a NSV - been able to get rid of quite a bit of my fat clothes...especially pants...they come on and off without buttoning/zipping...which is fab! Hope y'all are all doing wonderful! Talk to you soon!
~Amanda:carrot::dizzy:


nattys048
12-02-2007, 07:59 PM
Can I be part of your slimfast club?! I've been searching for "support" and such for slimfast all over the internet, aand it is really hard to find! I have been dieting for a while; I did WeightWatchers for a while. But I came across Slimfast and the easiness & convenience of the diet fits perfectly into my hectic chaotic days, and my first week i lost 6 pounds, so that was exciting!
Question..how do i add one of those fun weight tracker things you guys have at the bottom of your posts??

SunshineRunner
12-02-2007, 09:19 PM
Welcome Welcome Welcome Natty! :wel3fc: You are more than welcome (as you can see) to join our little group. You may find that after surfing 3FC for a bit that you will find more groups that will suit you as well!:hug:

I agree that SF is easy and convenient...:)I think that is why most in our group have turned to it. I have never tried WW....but I do count calories (kinda...I guesstimate which works for me). I have been SF'ing since end of September 2007 and have lost 29lbs to date. I watch what I eat, try to get 1200-1400 calories per day, eat as healthy as I can (not that I don't allow myself the junk I want from time to time), and exercise for about 2 hours 5-6 days per week.

Are you getting in some exercise? :tread: It will help out a lot and you will notice a difference right away. :strong::yoga:

Info on the weight trackers can be found here :
http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/showthread.php?t=56332

Let us know if you have any other questions/concerns....we are a fun group and love new members! Happy December!:goodluck::tree:


lointhecity
12-02-2007, 10:05 PM
I'm joining this thread... after much dening I am now convinced and accepting of the fact that I am a slimfaster... lol. I've been calorie counting for a month a lost some pounds. I fell of the wagon a week ago. I'm now up to 129 after reaching 127. No biggie. I decided to turn to my faithful friend, slimfast. I'm doing great. It's only my second day, but oh well!
Long live slim fast!

SunshineRunner
12-03-2007, 12:07 AM
:welcome3: Glad you could join our thread Loin! I know some people think poorly of SF - but I think of it as a meal replacement - and the SF plan has long changed since the days of "a shake for breakfast, a shake for lunch, and a sensible dinner"....SF is basically calorie counting with a can to help you along...at least in my opinion. I like to have "good for you" items that are simple. If you ever read some of my posts...you'll see that my meals are easy to make...SF for breakfast, fiber one bar for a snack, sandwich for lunch, another snack, sf for dinner, or a couple of other healthy snacks.

It's just so much easier with SF for me! Are you working out at all Loin? Hope you have a great Monday!!!!!!!:carrot:

nattys048
12-03-2007, 01:29 AM
You know whats really funny gatoramanda? Before I even saw your post back i found how to make the weight tracker thing, and we have aalmost the same one!
But thank you for the warm welcome! WOW 29 pounds since September?? Thats amazing...yeah last week was my first week "officially" on SF, and it hasnt been a problem for me at all. I actually lovee the drinks, which do not make me feel hungry..i make them into shakes and they are so good. I havent tried any slimfast snack bars, i usually just eat my fiber one bars which im obsessed with. Do you recommend and snack/mean replacement bars?
I am usually really big on exercise, of course having my on/off times..but i have been really consistent for the past month, going almost every single day. It can be hard cause im a working student so finding time can be difficult but i know its important..
Im hoping this week goes as good as the last one!

lointhecity
12-03-2007, 02:32 AM
Are you working out at all Loin? Hope you have a great Monday!!!!!!!:carrot:
oh yeah, I've just joined the gym. But before that I just got 40 mins of cardio every day. Now I work out 6x a week 1.30 hours. :) I'm really liking all the extra exersize. Besides, there's this cardio machine at my gym that I'm sure has killed someone cause it's so damn hard to do! Its my fav though.

jaxjob
12-03-2007, 08:48 AM
Hi all,

Good to see lots of action here, may it help us all! November was an up and down month for me, lots of emotional issues and too much food. Still, I am about where I was at the beginning of the month and feeling more settled for December.

I too use Slimfast in conjunction with calorie counting. The strictness of the calorie counts depends on what I eat. On the days when I am eating mostly homemade stuff (most days) I don't obsess about the calories, as long as I am not seeing major gains without good reason (i.e. straying from plan). I try to follow a Sonoma diet style of eating outside of the slimfast. Many days I only have slimfast for breakfast, not twice a day.

I don't use anything except the shakes. For a while I was eating the whole grain muffin bars also, but I found it too easy to overeat - when eating those I wasn't having as much in the way of fruit/veggies for snacks. So now I have a slimfast shake for breakfast and sometimes for lunch also. I don't eat the meal replacement bars because I don't like them (at least not the ones available here in Canada).

For me, slimfast is a convenient way of getting a well-balanced meal without too many calories. I also really appreciate that it doesn't (for the most part) have artificial sweetener, which I abhor. In the summer I was making my own shakes with fruit, milk, flax meal and protein powder, but now that the supply of fresh fruit is more limited I generally use the slimfast.

Well that's me. I've been pretty much in maintenance mode since the beginning of September, having lost ~25lbs since May. Things derailed a little in September when I got sick for 6 weeks with bronchitis and no exercise. Then we have had some stressful times with my eldest boy. I think we have most of the family issues more settled now and I am feeling more confident about getting back on track (and more important, staying there). I attend TOPS meetings once a week which gives me some accountability for my weight losses and gains, plus the great support from 3FC.

Snuggles to all,

SunshineRunner
12-03-2007, 09:59 AM
I love all of our activity on this thread this morning! It's great to see new people and regulars back up and running for December! :woops::coolsnow:

Natty - glad you found the ticker...I love when I get to change mine! Yahoo! Also - good choice on tickers...I think it is the prettiest one...sometimes I change my butterfly around...29lbs since Sept...end of Sept....but it was the first time in a few years that I have actually been able to wrap my head around losing weight. I'm the kind of person that once I figure it out and put my mind to it...there is absolutely no stopping me. I gained my weight over about 6 years....college...boyfriend with bad eating habits...getting sick a couple of times...bouts of depression(not major ones, but i think we all get these)....in any case, I can't wait to see my old self again. I know that I have been hiding out just because I haven't been happy with myself for years....and while I have plenty of "excuses" for why I became this way...it's my own fault and now I am on a war path to fixing it!


Natty & Loin - glad to hear you are both exercise freaks like me. I got 5-6 days per week and have it scheduled out. I'm actually really disappointed with myself because I could only go 4 days last week....too many commitments otherwise....I know that isn't bad, but for me I do feel upset over it....I just love to get in a minimum of 5 days at the gym .... and usually more. I can't wait for 7:30pm so that I can get in there & kick some booty tonight....

Natty - on the Slim Fast snacks and meal replacements - I enjoyed them (the snacks...not the meal replacements....I didn't think they were worth it) until I found out about my dear dear dear Fiber One bars...and like you - I have an obsession. I now have a couple of boxes of SF muffin bars hanging out in my pantry waiting for the day that I run out of Fiber One bars (which probably won't happen seeing as I buy those in bulk at BJ's wholesale club). So needless to say...I'm going to be a crazy woman to choose my SF snack bars over the Fiber One...it just can't be beat. :boxing:


Jax - glad to see you around! It was a very quiet month last month on our thread - I hope it gets better this month. I'm actually sipping on my SF right now as I type. Glad you are feeling better for December! Yahoo!:broc: I wish I ate more fruits & veggies like you do each day. I'm pretty good at getting 2 servings per day...but I wish I could get more like 6-8 servings....I'm just not that wholly committed to changing my eating habits right now (which are healthy.....but not very full of fruits & veggies). I did go to our farmer's market this weekend and purchase some fresh brussell sprouts....I know...the worst veggie in the world....but I have been determined for about 1 month now to learn to like them....and I'm going to just keep trying until I do!

Well - I hope everyone has a wonderful Monday! Hope to hear how your days are going!:hug:

jaxjob
12-03-2007, 08:51 PM
Amanda - I :love:LOVE:love: brussels sprouts! I'd eat them as part of every "roast + veggies" type meal. Unfortunately DH doesn't like them and will only eat them under duress at Christmas and Thanksgiving. I like them lightly steamed with a low fat sauce or gravy. Or plain. They have to be non-mushy though - boil the h**l out of everything and it will always taste yucky.

;);)

lointhecity
12-04-2007, 10:44 PM
I'm 128 again!! yay!!! I loooooove slimfast.

SunshineRunner
12-05-2007, 08:09 AM
Congrats loin! Keep up the good work and you will be @ goal in no time...maybe before the end of the year - that would be fabulous!

Jax - i agree, not too mushy - still not in love with the brussel sprouts, but trying...will be roasting them this week when I have a chance to actually get in my kitchen...been a hectic week and it's only Wednesday! Boo!

How is everyone else doing? I have been working out hard and have inched down the scale a bit...only 2.5lbs til my Christmas goal....I can taste it...yummmy!

Anywho...I'll check in later...keep posting!
~Amanda

bargoo
12-05-2007, 08:48 AM
I am a Slimfaster/calorie counter. I usually have Slimfast for breakfast and if I am low on calories during the day I will have another one. I have dreamed up some smoothies that are really good ,cappuccino with a banana in the blender or pour a can of strawberry into a freezer container. freeze overnite when ready to use blend with about 6 fresh strawberries. Delish! Just remember to include your banana or strawberries in your calories for the day.
I love brussels sprouts!

lointhecity
12-05-2007, 06:18 PM
Actually, gatoramanda, that was my goal, to be 120 by new year's eve. But since I'm building some muscle (finally!! cause I have NONE) AND I've just quit smoking. It's my second day. I wont put too much pressure on the 120lbs. Of course I'm gonna keep on track with my diet and exersize, but, it's just a number. If I get there in January, it's still good. :) . Besides, my sisters are starting to freak out on me cause they are gaining weight and I'm losing.. lol.

SunshineRunner
12-06-2007, 12:01 AM
Loin - you will most definitely hit your goal. Congrats on quitting smoking. Your air will be so much more refreshing now! You will really notice a difference in your health/body! Congrats Congrats Congrats! Huge Step!


Working out is going well this week. Did 5.4 miles tonight on the elliptical in 66 minutes. Not bad I guess...but then again, I'm not sure what is good. Did a fairly high resistance as well....I have been working on upping that weekly. Finished off with a good upper body/abs workout. Feeling good tonight.

Food - I found these mini pita pockets - whole wheat - they are about the size of a child's fist. I am having 4 of them with 1 slice of american cheese or jalapeno cheese divied up between them and melting - very filling and low cal. Only 104 calories for the pitas and 80 calories for the cheese that I use. Love it! Glad I spotted the last bag on the shelf...now I will just have to pray it stays in the stores!

Well, I'm off to bed...still doing work paperwork (I sell real estate...so the paperwork is endless!!!!)....got a busy day tomorrow.

Have a wonderful and splendiferous day!
~Amanda

lointhecity
12-06-2007, 03:22 AM
bah! I was soo busy today I didint even get to the gym!! grr... I did 30 mins of cardio at home, though... I havent smoked, I feel great... food wise, it was an ok day, could've done better.... oh well, there's always tomorrow.
hope everyone had a great day!

lointhecity
12-06-2007, 11:30 PM
I've just returned from the gym. I had a great workout. Eating was v. good today. Cant wait to weight myself on monday!!! how is everyone else doing?

SunshineRunner
12-06-2007, 11:47 PM
I'm doing well. Just in from the gym myself and had an excellent workout - 5.3 miles on the elliptical on a high resistance ... followed by upper body weight training and abs. It was a rockin' workout!

Eating well today - actually - kinda well, I just didn't have much time for eating today and probably only had 800-1000 calories - not like me at all normally...and I don't want to be that girl....but I feel the need to confess...so there it is. I guess I would actually call that eating poorly....I'll keep over 1200 calories tomorrow and for the future - I just honestly didn't have enough snacks with me (in my car between appts) because I hadn't anticipated being on the road as much as I was today. (Can you tell I feel bad about this????)

Anywho - feeling good otherwise....off to bed....I'm sooooo sleeepy!

Loin - no smoking still right?

Keep up the work everyone - check in tomorrow!

lointhecity
12-07-2007, 06:47 AM
gatoramanda, I would also be lying if I didn't admit that I had half a cigarette yesturday. But one slip isnt gonna stop me!! I made a commitment to myself and I plan to follow it!! it looked so easy, a couple of puffs arent gonna damage me. But here I am wanting a cigarette... nicotine is insanely adictive!! but now, I've learned... I just need to learn how to do things without smoking. How to read through all the posts and threads, talk with my friends and finishing a meal without a cigarrette in my hand. I thought it would be easier than this, because it sounds easy. Just dont smoke!! but it's building new and better habits... It takes 30 days to learn a new habit. So I'll celebrate every day that I don't smoke for the next month.

Anyway, besides my confession, it's normal to sometimes eat less than planned. It happens to me when I work too much. lol, when the decition is sleep or eat, I usually choose sleep. But its not something to feel ashamed about! It happens!!
hope everyone has a great day!!

nattys048
12-07-2007, 09:05 AM
so this past week has been ****, and i am anticipating the same for next week. Finals weeks at school are the worst, and they usually have been my downfall in weightloss because i usually just eat when i am super stressed. but i have made it through the first week of ****, mind you i literally didnt have a second to go to the gym wednesday (pulled a complete all nighter) which resulted in my crashing after work last night (i even missed greys!) and didnt go to the gym, but i still woke up this morning, weighed myself, and i had lost 5 more pounds! i was more than excited..but is it weird that i miss the gym?? haha i dont think i've ever felt that before. im going this morning just to run for a half hour, then i will go tonight for a more intense workout.
Eating has been pretty good for me..getting the fruits and veggies in can vary on any given day...do you think any fruits mix well with the chocolate royal drink?

SunshineRunner
12-07-2007, 09:16 AM
Loin - I understand how quitting smoking can be very difficult. I have done it before and now haven't smoked for quite a few years...now I really don't want to...but it took me a few times before I truly quit....but I can't lie...there is still that once in awhile urge to want one after a meal or when out with friends....however, everyone knows it just isn't worth it in the long run.

Other than that - Yay for Friday! Hope everyone has a good weekend!

SunshineRunner
12-07-2007, 09:24 AM
Natty - don't stress if you go a little of plan during finals...been there..done that...your grades are most definitely worth your time. Try to choose healthy snacks...don't have the junk available this week and then you won't have the options. I tend to purchase pre-cut fruits and veggies because I honestly hate cutting them...lame, I know...and they cost a bit more...but it works for me and my lifestyle. As far as fruits in the chocolate royale drink (that is what I drink!) I hear a lot of people put a banana into their shake...or strawberries, raspberries, etc....banana would be my favorite...but don't forget to count the calories/fiber that you are intaking with additional fruit in your shake.

I know what you mean about missing the gym....not only do I feel awful (mentally) if I don't get in every day...but I feel like I'm doing myself an injustice....which is just not true - if I get in 5 days a week - then I am much better than most....but I most definitely miss it.....unfortunately my gym isn't open too late - 10pm on weekdays, 4pm on weekends...sooo...with that being said, I have to schedule my time to get there appropriately and on the weekends it can be tough....especially since I am one of those "night" gym folks....in any case...you are not alone in missing the gym! Great feeling isn't it?

Keep it up and good luck with finals!

lointhecity
12-08-2007, 02:44 AM
bah! horrid day!! eating was horrid and I didnt go to the gym... feel like crap.... on the other hand. I've completed my smoke free day!! yay!! 29 to go.

SunshineRunner
12-08-2007, 10:02 AM
Loin - I'm sure the not smoking is attributing to how you feel...but in a week you will be feeling fabulous. Stick with it...you can do it...we all can!

jaxjob
12-09-2007, 08:30 AM
I didn't have a great day yesterday either - community Christmas party (for the kids) and lots of other things going on so not good eating. I didn't have a meal until supper time, and no slimfast either. Its only saving grace was that I didn't eat much of anything during the day, although what I did eat wasn't on-plan foods.

Ah well...

sweetlovin
12-09-2007, 11:04 AM
I really need to get my dinners under control so I am going to use slimfast as my dinner for a little while.

so maybe

Breakfast- cereal
Lunch- packed healthy meal
snack- veggies
dinner-slim fast?

I think it would help me loads in that department.

bargoo
12-09-2007, 11:11 AM
I was hoping to be at goal today, not quite but the problem is I am leaving today on a short trip. will be gone a week .I am taking Slimfast along ,that will be for my breakfasts, that should help , I hope not to gain a pound!

lointhecity
12-09-2007, 05:53 PM
just stick to your diet bargoo, and you'll return at your goal weight!! :)
I had a good day yesturday, no smoking, good food and a lot of dancing. I'm quite sore today. I'm quite confident tomorrow I'll weigh 126lbs.
FEEEEEEELING GOOOOD!

SunshineRunner
12-10-2007, 08:31 AM
I made my first ever mini-goal!!! I am no longer considered obese - just overweight! That is so happy and sad at the same time! Can't wait to be "Healthy"...of course, I feel so much healthier now than I have in a very long time!

jaxjob
12-10-2007, 08:44 AM
:cheer::cheer:Great job Amanda! :cheer::cheer: I remember that point too - feels great, doesn't it! Woo hoo!!

I'm not doing so good. Was gently moving down this week and then BAM! - up 3lbs today. Not sure why, but maybe not enough water yesterday. I didn't sleep well - have a sinus cold and I'm horribly congested, but I'll stay on plan and see how it pans out. This has been happening a lot recently, and it always seems I'm up by Thursday for my TOPS weigh in. I'm determined not to be today. Not much energy for exercise with this cold (and it's been cold & windy outside) but I think I'll try to get on the exercise bike today if nothing else.

I hope we all have a good week,

SunshineRunner
12-10-2007, 10:54 AM
Thanks Jax - it would feel much better if I wasn't sick as well. Head cold started on Saturday ...sore throat, cough, runny nose, aches/pains..etc...not sure that I will get to workout tonight as I know that it is best not to...but I would really like to. We'll see how I am feeling. Was really out of it yesterday, but doing much better today...still just plain sick though.

As for my mini-goal - I am happy - but my unposted mini-goal will now to be out of the 190's by the end of the year...I'm not going to post it as I didn't set that goal months ago...but since I have passed my first one, I'm just going to work towards this new one....no harm no foul!

bit
12-10-2007, 06:38 PM
Hello all (again)-

I started Slim Fast last February... and managed to stay on until about May (although I stopped posting here before that). I've been yo-yoing since and am ready to get back on the wagon! I started yesterday and these first two days have been okay.

I am looking foward to loosing weight with and learning more about all of you!
- Brittany

SunshineRunner
12-11-2007, 09:21 AM
Welcome Bit! Glad you are here and ready to get back on track! It's a tough time of year...but with lots of focus, we can all do it!

As for me, I am still sick...ugh! I think that is the only reason I am still losing weight right now....I'm certainly not working out (which sucks because I really truly want to!)...due to the cold I have...I'm not wanting to eat. I am forcing myself to eat a bit...but really...everything tastes like nothing...so it's just not making me want to eat...and I don't feel hungry. I don't like that this is how I have dropped a couple of pounds this week...but it is the truth. I hope my cold goes away soon!

SunshineRunner
12-15-2007, 10:44 AM
Loin - how is the no smoking going?

Jax - how is your staying on plan going? I know you have been having a terrible time with it lately.

Bargoo - at goal yet? We are going to need some before and after's soon!

I'm still sick - been this way for a week now and not been able to go to the gym...which really sucks...I really miss it. Boo Hoo! I can't wait to feel a bit better...I just want to be able to go to the gym and not be hacking all over the place and sniffling! Yuck!

Have a great weekend!
~Amanda

jaxjob
12-17-2007, 08:50 AM
Hi all,

Amanda - I hope you're feeling better and getting into the gym. I know how that is - in my case it's been cold and then I was sick so running has suffered. I need to get back to my DVDs when it's cold but I haven't been feeling like cleaning up the kids mess to give myself space.

I've been within my calorie limits for most of this week and seeing some movement on the scale (down). Things are a little calmer for most of the week so I hope to see downward progress at TOPS on Thursday. I think my biggest problems in fluctuations recently have been insufficient water, I get too busy and don't take in enough fluids. Some of the stress with my son is getting better - the ADD meds haven't done anything for him - so although I want to be able to help him, I was really loath to medicate him, and am somewhat relieved that it's not for him. We have another psych appointment today and will see where we go from there.

Brittany - welcome, and I hope Slimfast helps with your plan again. How are things going?

Loin - I hope quitting smoking is still going your way. Not something I've ever had to do, but I do understand it's hard.

bargoo - I hope you make goal for Christmas. Would be a great present to yourself!!

That's all for now - everyone have a good week,

SunshineRunner
12-17-2007, 10:04 PM
I got to the gym tonight for the first time in 9 days. I can't believe how long it has been. I usually go 5-6 nights/week...it has been awful being sick. I am still sick but could not not go tonight...just been too long! It was difficult, but I got through most of my regular work out.

Yay! on the downward movement Jax! Congrats - keep on track - you will do this!

bargoo
12-21-2007, 12:30 PM
Made goal!! I still plan on using Slimfast to maintain my loss.

SunshineRunner
12-23-2007, 11:30 AM
Congrats Bargoo!!! Feels good huh? I'm not at goal...or near it...but I just realized I'm exactly at my 1/2 way point!!!! Yahoo!!!!

jaxjob
12-24-2007, 08:44 AM
Well Done Bargoo! It's great to see you at goal. Good Job.

I was down 2.6 lbs at TOPS last meeting. Now I won't be at a meeting for 3 weeks since it's too complicated to take the boys along. I plan to be down a bunch by Jan 10.

I hope everyone has a merry and healthy Christmas tomorrow.

SunshineRunner
12-27-2007, 08:46 AM
I had a great Christmas - how was everyone else's? Actually managed to lose a couple of lbs. during the holiday...not sure how, but I did it and that is fabulous! Gym has been closed until today and I cannot wait to get there this evening! Soooo Excited!

Well, hope everyone is doing well and staying on track!
~Amanda