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12-03-2007, 02:40 PM
Ok I don't know where all of you went this last week - BUT COME BACK! :drill: I'm not above talking to myself - but it's not my preference!

So my goal for this month weight wise it to kiss the #180's GOodbye. Weigh in on Friday was #188.7 - so it's completely doable! It'd be really great to hit #175

For exercise - I started training for the Frozen blueberry 5K yesterday. I found an eight week program online. My friend - who is an avid competitive walker is organizing it. The only problem is that it's cold, and wet and yucky outside! ewww.. but I didn't do too bad for my first day. i did my first 5K in 50 mins even.

Random question - What one non-clothes/ weight-loss reward are you giving yourself after you hit goal? - mine is that I LOVE fairies... obsessively almost. So my "NS present I'm giving myself is wings... beautiful tattooed wings on my back. I'm excited. I haven't designed them yet - but I've been thinking more and more about it.

12-03-2007, 11:07 PM
Congratulations on getting out of the 190's! :bravo:

Your NS reward sounds like a great idea. :)

My reward - not sure yet, I'm thinking of a really special piece of jewellery.

It's been snowing since yesterday and we are in for more of the same tomorrow. It will be a winter wonderland by Friday - :lol:

I now have 4 gifts for people and my party is planned out. Tonight we got a coat of primer on 2 walls and the ceiling of the livingroom. We are hoping to be done by Friday and have the room back to normal by Saturday night.

12-04-2007, 08:53 AM
ohhh... jewelry.. I LOvE pretty things :) Sounds like a great idea! YOu sound quite busy right now! I love painting houses though. It's a lot of work - but I liskt making a house a home :) When is the party again?

12-05-2007, 12:05 AM
Hi! I've been in finals at school, so busy here, not much time to exercise or go grocery shopping or post. I'm not completely off the wagon--maintaining, but I don't have time for anything else. Grrr....

Enygirl, I like you're new avatar. That's purdy. And the fairy wings sound gorgeous. You are drawing them yourself?!?! I had bought this real pretty pink Manin Panic hair dye to be my reward, but I am getting anxious and will probably dye my hair in between semesters.

My goal is to get in the 140s...that is totally doable! I think I actually weigh around 155 from not exercising, so 5 lbs by New Year's Eve. I can do it!

I am working on my senior thesis, it's like a 40 pager and has totally consumed my life for the past month.

Mauv--ooohh party...sounds delish ;)

12-05-2007, 09:53 AM
I have a "plan" of rewards for myself - I haven't given myself any for a while because I've been essentially maintaining since the end of the summer, but they include:

- colouring my hair - I dyed it washout black for Halloween and liked it - I don't think I'd go black, I'm very fair, but something dark would be interesting.
- getting a massage - I used to do this regularly but haven't since we moved here. By making it a reward I can justify the expense!
- a couple of pretty new bras. OK I do have to buy the odd one on the way down but don't want a whole bunch while I'm planning on losing further. Being large chested they aren't cheap so I'm saving buying cute ones for a set point.

and when I reach my final goal that I'm happy with, I plan on getting a tattoo. I don't have any but have thought about it for years. I want something along the lines of the picture I'm using for an avatar.

I've tried not to set time dated goals, because life seems to interfere lots when I do, but for this month I want to see some definite loss, not waffling up and down as I have been.

mauvais - we're painting stuff too - although I'm not planning a party! We've been renovating the bathroom for about 6 months now and getting close to being done. The tub and tiles are in, just need some trim and the new door (which is what I'm painting).

Blessings to all,

12-05-2007, 12:18 PM
There you all are! Thanks for the compliments on the reward idea and the avatar... told you mildly obessed w/ fairies. :)

mini-victory today - I'm in a size 16 again! First time in about 3-4 years! WOO HOO!!!

I haven't designed my wings yet - I don't know if I'll actually draw them, or have my little sister do it. It would have a lot of meaning to have her art on me. - plus she does amazing work.

Ollie - i remeber my thesis paper for my major.. it did pretty much take up every moment that I wasn't working, volunteering, being a mom, or sleeping.. and a lot of the time that I should have definately been doing the last! Now I have half the thoguht to go back for my Masters in the Fall! I guess I love the craziness! :)

12-06-2007, 01:10 PM
So my officialy weigh in is tomorrow - and I'm jsut a little nervous. I HATE when the scale goes in the wrong direction - but I know I haven't eaten the best this week - nor have I been the best at keeping track of my calories. Tuesday and Wednesday were a complete mess.

Hopefully being good on Monday and today will make up for it enough that there will be a drop in the number. I really would like to see a big drop - but wouldn't we all??? :)

Exercise is going good this week... although I don't feel fulfilled with just the 5K training. I'm going to add back in the Slim in 6 - ramp it up (2 of 3 videos) in addition to walking. Burning more cals is never a bad thing. Of course I'm going to listen to my body so that I don't push myself too hard too fast - but I know that this week it just hasn't been enough!

Give me some :goodscale: vibes for tomorrow!

12-07-2007, 01:33 PM
Official weigh in today - I'm down #1.4 to #187.3. I'm pretty happy about it. :)

I don't know where everyone is this week... I'm missing you!!! COME BACK!!!

12-10-2007, 07:48 AM
This is just a quick post, I wanted to pop my head in and say well done to everyone!!! Even just maintaining when the weather is grey and cold is a feat in my eyes ;) Keep it up girls!!!

I've been trying to adjust to my new work pattern and it was my bday on sat, so I've been living it up this weekend and dreading the scales!!

I've gotta jump in the shower now, but I hope to be back in full action, working my butt off and posting loads as of this week :)

12-10-2007, 08:57 PM
'ello everyone. :)

I think I'm going to get a tattoo as well when I get to goal, it'll PROBABLY be the quote, "Be patient and tough, someday this pain will be useful" spiraling around my much thinner arm. :P

but a clothing reward I'm giving myself is a new custom corset (temptress) from :D

12-11-2007, 09:59 AM
Wow, some of those corsets are really beautiful. Not something I would wear (I'm more of a T-shirt and jeans kinda gal), but damn those are gorgeous.

Enygirl--keep up the good work! I for one haven't been doing that great, but it is totally turn aroundable (I think I just made up a word).

I finally finished my big daddy paper last night. 40 pages. Whew! Got a Shakespeare final this morning and a Chaucer final tomorrow morning then I am done! I jump on a plane right afterwards to visit a friend in Colorado, then I have a nice break from school to reorganize. I'm still hovering around the weight I was/am after my initial loss, so all is good in the hood.

Oh, and I think screw the weight loss, I'm dyeing my hair pink as soon as I get back from Colorado. I'm sure I can come up with some other treat:)

Happy Day, gang.

12-11-2007, 11:28 AM
Lottie - i love that tat Idea! That's awesome!

This week hasn't been so good. TOM is late (not PG - checked this morning) but I'm retaining water and junk food like no other! :) I've binged the last 2 nights - and the scale showed a dreaed #191 this morning. I only have 2 more weigh ins for the contest at work.. now is NOTthe time for me to be F*ing up!!! I have to be on my best behavior the rest of the week!!! I HAVE TO SEE A DROP ON FRIDAY!!! I know I will - I'm not doing Horrible... and I'm still exercising.. I just have SO MUCH on my plate right now! it's CRAZY!


12-11-2007, 05:30 PM
Enygirl - congratulations on the loss and reaching size 16! :bravo:

Lottie - what beautiful corsets! Great idea for a reward,

Ollie good luck with the paper and your exam. Let us know how your hair turns out! :)

Jaxjob - nice goals :yes:

We finished painting and putting the livingroom back together - it looks awesome. The room seems bigger and when the sun hits it's so bright and welcoming. I can't wait to get the rest of the place done but that will have to wait until after Christmas.

12-11-2007, 10:32 PM
Hey everyone. I've been away for a while, lurking mostly still, but I wanted to come back and start chatting again! It's nice to see a lot more people chatting too!

Enygirl - Good luck on your goal for New Years! You can do it, just keep going. I used to want wings on my back too! Dragon wings to be exact. I still think about it sometimes, but I'm not sure if I want more on my back than I already have.

ollie27 - Grats on finishing the paper! I always hated having a large deadline looming. Also, good luck on your remaining tests and grats on your soon to be cool pink hair!

lottie - Those are some pretty corsets! I've always like the way they look but I've never worn one myself. That's a nice quote you're thinking of too. Who is it quoting, or is it an anonymous one?

As for my treats for myself, I have a few planned out over my weight loss to keep me motivated. My goal by mid-January is to be at 175 lbs so I can join a jujitsu dojo. I'm really excited about that (been watching a lot of the Human Weapon on the History Channel heh). Mostly jewelry and books and music have been my rewards. The big one is joining a dojo like I mentioned before. I used to do it in college but got so out of shape I was ashamed to go back. Sad, yet true. Also, I've been toying with the idea of getting a second tattoo once I reach goal; a shoulder or half sleeve. I'm not sure if I want to make that kind of commitment yet though, also I have no idea what I would want. Luckily I have a lot more time to think on it before I get to goal.

12-12-2007, 12:06 AM
The quote is from Ovid I believe.


12-13-2007, 10:18 AM
So TOM [U]finally/U] decided to show up today! Which is good I guess. This week's been a complete MESS! I thought I was Pregnant... but apparently not. I'm actually pretty sad about it. :(

I had gotten back up to #191.5 on Tuesday due to TOM's inevitable arrival... but this morning it's at #189.5. What's the chance I'll be below last week's #187.3 by tomorrow morn??? lol - don't you love when TOM comes?

My best friend is going back into the hospital today... long story - but I'm afraid I'm losing her! It's a very hard sad day.

I didn't do my exercising yesterday at all... i feel like crap for it too. ugh. I'm back at it today though. I need to lose this weight now more then ever. I need to focus now more then ever.

12-15-2007, 11:33 AM
Hi Enygirl,

I am fairly new here so I hope I am not overstepping my bounds by saying I can relate to what you are going through with your best friend. I lost one a few years ago myself. It's such a difficult thing to go through. I am sending positive thoughts your way and I sincerely hope things get better for you.

I like your idea of rewarding yourself with a tattoo. I have a full sleeve that needs finishing and tattoos everywhere including a dragon on my skull. I love body art! Unfortunately I am in the process of looking for a job since a corp. took over the last company I was with and I pretty much had to leave due to ethical differences.

I would love to reward myself with a tat or another corset (my fave seller is on ebay: alterego, she's awesome and sells yummy leather corsets usually under $100)-alert: frugal shopoholic here!-those are some pretty perfectest killer idears! But my jobless but's unemployment only allots enough for barely covering bills, which is what it was meant for so I am not complaining, regardless,alas!

I have just started this 'lifestyle change' rather than repeating my old habits of yo yo dieting. It is working rather nicely and I read another thread on here about how one person (can't remember who) gave themselves one day a week to eat anything they wanted. Does anyone else here do this? How does it work for ya? I liked that idea and so that is how I am rewarding myself. I alloted my time to be from Friday eve until Saturday eve. A full 24 hours. It's weird though, after shoving my face full of pizza and peanut butter chocolate cookies, they were out of the peanut butter rieces (sp?) chunk, my faves, I am actually satiated and it is Saturday and I am back to eating the health food. I actually am craving it now? Has this ever happened to anyone else? All though I will maybe make an exception tonight for popcorn or get some really fattening cheesy nachos at the grocer to make!

I'll tell ya though, once I do get a job (just got interviewed for the human resources specialist position at a really great company *pwetty pwease cross your fingers for me*?) I am going to get a tattoo (or get my sleeve finished) and wear my new corset out to a sushi restaurant where I will commence to pig out on my fave food of all!!

.......please to forgive newbie ramblings all.........when I lose myself sometimes it takes a few seconds to catch sight of me again!


12-16-2007, 10:14 AM
MistressLucy - :welcome: definately not over stepping your bounds.. I appreciate the good thoughts. I've never heard of the 1 week eating anything you want - let me know how it effects the weightloss. I know that during TOM's visit I am not as hard on myself for eating more then my self prescribed allotment or eating foods that I know aren't the best. i don't limit my food choices - just the cals. The couple things I stick to steadfast (save a few slip ups) is AT LEAST 64 oz of water a day - MUST eat Breakfast - and NO EATING at least 3 hours before bed.

And even in my binging and bad eating my choices are getting better... I crave crunchy apples more then potato chips - and have fallen in love with sugar free dark chocolate rather then milk chocolate... little steps to life change - rather then drastic changes to become a bouncy ball.

It's seems to work for me. This past week wouldn't have ended so bad if I would have kept up the exercise portion... but today is a new day. I'm writing a new ending.

12-16-2007, 06:27 PM
Enygirl - sorry to hear about your friend sending you a :grouphug:

MistressLucy - welcome to our group. I also do one guilt-free day - each Friday I treat myself to lunch at work since I brownbag every day and I have a glass of wine (or 2) with dinner on Friday night. The funny thing is that I find that I am still eating a pretty good lunch on Friday even if it is a bought one. :)

Things are okay here - managed to navigate the office Christmas party and eat a reasonable amount. I stuck to the good fresh foods like veg and dip, fruit, some appetizers that were pretty healthy and only had one treat (a buttertart that was homemade and well worth it) and stuck to mineral water.

It is snowing like mad here -since around 2:00 am this morning and it will go overnight too. We've already been out to shovel once today and the snow is almost knee deep. It's also blowing snow with 52 mph wind gusts and a wind chill of -25 c -brrr! It did inspire me to make soup and some muffins today. :)

12-18-2007, 04:22 PM
Thanks - she's doing much better now - she's eating again.. it's amazing how strong the mind can be!

I feel you on the snow. i've stopped my 5K training - w/ 8 inches of snow and windchill below 0 - it's just too much for me. I'm still going to get outside and walk a 5K each week - so that my body won't go into complete shock when I do it in January - but for now i've gone back to the Slim in 6... I love that program, and I was getting Incredible results! (over 11 inches off my body in 4 weeks!)

I'm getting nervous about the upcoming weekend - We still have 4 family Christmas' to go to! :santa: I need to keep things in perspective and allow myself to eat a little more then normal. I'm aiming for NO MORE then 1800 cals a day... that way I'm still losing weight.. and exercise during this is going to be key! :rudolph: 'tis the Season!!! :elf:

Where is everyone??? Did you all fall off the wagon.. or worse - the face of the Earth!??!!!?!?!?!? COME BACK!!!

12-18-2007, 11:23 PM
I know what you mean about Christmas eating. I have had 2 office parties, managed to ignore 3 bake sales at work, have to face an open house on the 24th, host dinner on the 25th and 26th and then I'm hosting a video game night on the 29th - I'll be drinking mineral water and eating celery on New Year's Eve! :lol:

At least I'm hosting most of the events so I can control the type of food being served and maybe be I'll too busy playing hostess and I'll forget to eat. :) My only real problem will be the wine. :cheers:

It sounds like that Slim in 6 is working for you. :) Do you just do the exercises or do you follow the eating plan too?

BTW - I am glad that your friend is progressing - hope things continue in an upward mode for her.

12-19-2007, 11:09 AM
I do the exercerise - and I count cals. The Calorie Deficient theory really works for me... so I have a general idea of how much I'm losing by how many cals I eat each day. I try to stay between 1100-1300 cals a day - which gives me about a #1/3 loss a day... obviously, water weight - TOM and if I miss a workout screw this up :) I'm getting better though!

I'm thinking that I just won't eat at all the next 2 weeks - that way I can drink all I want.. although alcohol on an empty stomach is gereally bad

12-19-2007, 11:14 PM
:xcheer: to that! LOL

I think I may have lost weight from shoveling snow! Seriously, it is snowing again. I have had to shovel every day and sometimes 2 to 3 times- I am running out of places to put the snow! :snowglo:

DH, my Dad and I also did the stairs and walkways of two of our elderly neighbours today.

We went to see I Am Legend on Saturday - it was really good but the end went on a bit longer than it needed to, at least DH and I thought so.

This evening we went to see The Golden Compass which was pretty good. I think it is more for people who read Phillip Pullman's "His Dark Materials" series though. 3 out of 4 of us liked it and the person who didn't like it had not read the books and found the story disjointed. He did like the fighting scenes between the armored bears though! :lol:

12-21-2007, 09:14 AM
I'm planning on seeing the Golden Compass next week. DD and I are in the middle of reading the first book. I like to have her compare and contrast the 2 types of media. I think it's a great skill... plus I think it's adorable that she always says "Mommy - i liked the book better." - gotta love 5 year old minds! :)

I believe I may be getting a new bathroom scale for Christmas. I'd be SO happy - right now I weigh myself at work - and it's hard to find a place that's level, and that there are 50 people trying to peek. If I do get one I'm going to redo my posted weight to match that one... plus I should weigh less because then I can weigh in naked :D I swear clothes add at least a pound!
So I guess I'm going to re-restart my journey then! (I guess technically the 30th, since that's Sunday - and I'm anal about these things):cheers:

12-25-2007, 03:52 PM

We had a great open house party last night and the last guests left at around 2:00 am. The food turned out great with only a few leftovers of cheese and crackers and a few cookies.

We spent this morning having breakfast and opening gifts with my parents and then we are making dinner tonight.

Tomorrow we drive out to see DH's family and then we are having some friends over for supper.

I am off until Monday - yippee! :cb:

Hope you are all having a lovely holiday! :)

12-25-2007, 11:23 PM

Mauv - I'm jealous! I have to go back for the rest of the week - and then I have next Monday and Tuesday off again. *sigh* I would've taken time off - but I'm trying to save my vacation days.

So when is everyone weighing in to assess the damager of this weekend? I weigh in at work right now - so I'm doing mine in the morning. I'm buying a scale this week though - so that I can weigh at home! Much more convienent - and private.

Have a great night and rest of your holiday.

12-27-2007, 02:08 PM
I bought a scale - and really it isn't off from the one at work - which is nice. I would've hated stepping on it and seeing an increase!!!

I don't know where everyone went off to - but I miss you guys! I CAN'T DO THIS ALONE!!!