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12-22-2007, 04:00 PM
:hug:Thanks JayEll for recomending this forum.

I am going to make this[ what I eat] up as I go. There are many programs and diets I can draw from and also my own experience to develop something that will work for me. I dont have access to alot of prepared 'diety' foods nor do I have access to anything lowfat. Everything here is full fat and they are soooo proud of that! This for me is going to be a real test for me. I am thinking of going really veggie based. I could really use some ideas if anyone is following a plan or in a similar situation as me. What have you done? Imagine the 1940's.... full fat everything, lots of meat, local produce { no imports ie. no broccoli] and no fake foods. I am at an all time high weight ... not fun. I really want to see my face again what I look like under all this weight. I am so glad this sie exists. I hope hat you all keep on doing great and I will lend support and advice if wanted whenever needed. :carrot:Have a great day! Kris

12-22-2007, 04:05 PM
Hmm - that would be a challenge. I think the tons-o-veggies plan is a good idea. Can you cook? I think that would help a lot. That and portion control. I also wanna suggest exercise. :goodluck:


12-22-2007, 06:36 PM
Well, it's a challenge, but in some ways you may be at an advantage if there's less fast food on every corner...

What kinds of foods are available? What about beans? What are the local staples? I've learned to tweak a lot of recipes to make them less fatty and healthier, if you cook, perhaps you can do the same.

The other big tool with food is portion control. Can you use smaller plates when you DO have full fat foods.

And what about the exercise side of the equation? That can help some!

12-22-2007, 07:25 PM
I'm pretty new to this journey too. I eat mostly whole grains instead of bread and pasta (steel cut oats, bulgar wheat, etc.), vegetables, fruit, lean meats and beans. The only fat free thing I use is skim milk. I feel very full eating this way and I really don't feel like I'm dieting at all. I don't eat any sugar and I feel amazing now that I'm over the shock!:dizzy: This is the healthiest I've ever felt in my entire life. I drink herbal teas too. I've been doing this for less than 3 months, but hope to eat this way for a lifetime. I think if you can get fresh produce and lean meats or beans you'll be fine.

Can I ask what brought you to Sudan? Are you from there? I love hearing about new places...hope I'm not being too nosey. :^:

12-22-2007, 09:01 PM
Challenging indeed.

I think veggies might be the way to go. I eat TONS of them myself. They make up the majority of my menu. In salads. Roasted. Steamed. Stir-fried. Just what kind of veggies do you have available?

What about egg whites? They're a good source of low fat protein.

Is there any fish available? Another great source of protien.

Get back to us and let us know a bit more what's available to you, so that we can help you further.

As challenging as it may seem, it sounds as if you're ready and up for it! Good luck. :)

12-22-2007, 09:18 PM
What kind of meat do you mainly eat? Can you buy your own cuts and/or trim the excess fat off the meat? If that's what you have a lot of access to, then you'll learn to work with it! Also, for any veggies you can't get locally, is there anyway you can grow your own? Gardening is good exercise too! Plus you know exactly what you are putting in your mouth. I wish I had a yard so I could grow my own healthy stuff, or even a sun room, anything! LOL!
Good luck starting your way to eating healthy!

12-22-2007, 11:49 PM
I do better with higher fat, it can be challenging, but its really the HIDDEN fats in fake foods that do more damage than the out there fats...even full fat dairy. There is more flavor in full fat food, so learn to savor and eat slowly and have smaller portions. (like the French, they never eat lowfat, they just eat teeny portions)

Trim the meat as best you can, focus on veggies, and savor savor savor your food. Since you cant cut fat, I would say try cutting out as much sugar as possible.

12-23-2007, 02:42 AM
:carrot:;)Thank you so much all of you who replied to may mayday!

How insipirational all of you are. I am really blown away by what you have accomplished. I am so lucky that this bunch replied to me! Where I work everyone is thinner or alot thinner than me at least. I sound like a junior high student I know. But to have this forum means alot to me.... plus your before and after pictures just make me smile. I keep calling my 16 year old daughter to c'mere ! Look at this one! [ this has benefits because she has a weight problem too] I had written that I want to see my face as it really looks and you all have achieved that. A mighty congratulations!:D is in order. Can you ever hear it enough?

I live in Sudan for those wondering because my husband is Sudanese. I have lived here for 14 years. I have 3 fanastic kids [ who are getting on my last nerve cause it's winer break at our school] I have a love hate relationship with Sudan. The cons are....well dont get me started but I could say that list has contributed to my weight gain! The pros are meeting people from all over the world, my kids are bilingual and Khartoum is a very safe city to raise a family. Yes it's true! I've not gone nutty from living here all this time!

I do cook so that is lucky, I tend to snack alot and compulsively eat. Exercise is a hard one. I love to swim adnd I am pretty good. I like what it does for my body shape wise and I can think while I do it. I dont have a niche in the day to go and exercise at the pool this is what I love. Do any of you deal with this problem of how to take time for yourself which in turn takes time from the family. I do live on the 3rd floor and have been climbing the stairs as exercise.

anyway the key lies in portion control at this time and exercise. I hope to post a weight loss soon. Should I continue posting here to meet you all or is there another thread.... Again thanks for replying to me everyone! Have a great day! :cool:

12-23-2007, 02:45 AM
Tis me again,
Could you all tell me what kind of program you follwed or are still following. Chick in the hat, Heather, Missingmyerica,RockinRobin, Short 1 and Ennay. Thank you!

12-23-2007, 02:58 AM
Tis me again!!
RockinRobin you are just amazing I hope you know that! I have beans of all kinds [dried] Green beans now in the winter. The produce is as follows... carrots, zuccini, cucumbers, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, potatoes, tomatoes, beets, onions, garlic, herbs, rocket lettuce, purslane, okra [cabbage, lettuce, green beans, peas, cauliflower winter only] Fruits are any citrus, bananas, mango, melons, strawberries [ this is a new import from Egypt yay!!!] apples are now imported too from Syria and not too expensive.no whole grain bread but I could learn. there is bulghor, whole wheat, oatmeal but not steel cut. Does this help? there is more but I think I have told you all probably more than you needed or wanted !!LOL sorry!

12-23-2007, 10:13 AM
I think you've got some great stuff to work with! Not too bad, actually.

You can make some yummy things with those veggies. Zucchini, tomatoes, onions, and garlic make up a great "stew". Cauliflower roasted is FABULOUS. As is green beans. And green beans are a great snack food as well. Just munching them raw. I eat them almost every single day. Sweet potatoes - yum, just baked in the oven. Strawberries are also a fabulous find. Lots of fiber and low cal - oh and delicious. Oats are fine, steel cut is not necessary. But again, what's the protein situation - the eggs, the fish?

Sounds to me as if you just need to make yourself a PLAN. Eating healthy does not happen just by chance. It must be thought out, prepared for and PLANNED. As far as the exercise goes, you MUST carve out some time for yourself. Losing the weight and getting healthy is the very best thing you can do for yourself - AND your family. EVERYONE benefits when mom is at her best.

12-23-2007, 10:51 AM
You've got a lot of food to work with there and robin is absolutely right, you must plan. I would say you need to become much more conscious of your food choices. There are lots of ways to cook healthy food that is really tasty!! honest!

You know, for years I didn't believe I could lose weight because my husband wouldn't, and he ate all kinds of unhealthy food and of course, when it was here I ate it too. He contributed to my weight gain, so what could I do! I have since come to realize that is a very backward way of thinking about it. I was the only one who contributed to my weight gain. No, his choices did not help, but I went along with those choices. Well, it is very empowering (and very scary) to see yourself as the one responsible for your weight gain. Once I stopped blaming him, it became possible for me to succeed, even though he was not supportive at first. So, don't blame the Sudan, or anyone else, but take control of your life!

And yes, exercise helps your family rather than taking time from them. It's a stress relief for you and a weight loss tool. A less stressed, healthier mom is better for the family!

As for my plan, it's nothing complicated. Essentially I am a calorie counter and exerciser. But it started with me just bringing healthy lunches and snacks to work and focusing on portion control. After about a month I started focusing on calories (and I didn't starve myself) and exercise. I'm a "baby stepper" -- started gradually and moved slowly.

Now I pay attention to much more than calories, but you don't need to start with more complexity than just becoming aware of the food you put in your mouth and the movement you do -- finding even small ways to become more active is a plus.

The last thing that really helped me was to make a long-term commitment to myself and to my health...

I'll stop there but hopefully you get the idea!

12-23-2007, 01:31 PM
RRobin and Heather,;)

thanks for your response so soon. I am checking in alot to keep myself focused. I read your story RRobin... well most of it then my youngest needed me so I didnt finish but I plan to. It is so obvious to me that you are so very happy, and proud of yourself , That you are amazed yet knew it all along you would be where you are now!! Your commitment and just the mental shake you gave yourself is very admirable. I identified alot with your story although never a "pickle" I had a normal weight until about 6th grade. Alot of things went on.... And I began stuffing my feelings. I relate very much about the part of not having energy for my kids. I have a 16 year old the 7 and 4. Yes they have had a bad deal so far. Except when I am in the pool then I have alot of energy and kinda come to life.Thank you for sharing.

I have good access to fresh eggs! My sister inlaw owns a chicken farm for egg production only! Fish is Nile perch or Talapia. I can get catfish but I think it is kinda high in fat. The beef here is lean and not fed on anything but grain and sugar cane stalks... but we are all avoiding red meat now as Rift Valley fever is a problem in Sudan now. Now the price of chicken and fish is through the roof so going veggie based is a good plan. What do you mean by stew with the tomatoes, onions etc. Do you just saute them up until delish with garlic and olive oil and dig in? Is a meal a sweet potato? Can you give me an idea of what you ate or eat in a day. I can make up my own plan ..... but could use some input from both of you. You seemed to have nailed it. On your oatmeal- do you sweeten it with anything?

Well I am very grateful for all your tips and advice. I want you to know that it is not going to waste. Now I cant stop thinking about:carrot: this goal. Have a great day . Kriss

12-23-2007, 02:02 PM
Hey Kriss -

A lot of us have Fitday links in our profiles - check those out to see what we are eating. Just watch out for mine...it has been a little outta control lately. :o

Let's see, oatmeal. I nuke the regular old fashioned stuff for 3 minutes with a chopped apple, splenda, salt and cinnamon. :T

Check out the Vegetarian recipe section (http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=150). Tons of great recipes there. Also the Whole Foods forum (http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=209).

As for what plan am I following? I'm a calorie counter and exercise fiend. Lately I've been especially into bicycling, but I also do weight training.

Keep asking questions - we all learn as we go along in this weight loss journey! :cb:

12-23-2007, 02:52 PM
Kriss -- I don't worry so much about the fat in fish. We all need fat, in fact! Fats help us absorb nutrients and do other things to keep ourselves healthy. It's the kind of fat you have to worry about.

The fat in fish tends to be higher in omega-3s, rather than the omega-6's in lots of red meat (though, I'm not sure about catfish). We tend to get more omega-6s than we need, so fish, even fatty fish, isn't a bad choice at all!!

Some other source of good fats are nuts (almonds, walnuts, peanuts and peanut butters) and olive oil... you do have to watch quantities, but don't feel you have to say no to all fats!

12-23-2007, 03:57 PM
Hi Kriss. Yeah, I could understand you not being able to read my story in one sitting. It IS kinda long ;). And I suppose I do have a hard time containing just how incredibly happy I am to have shed the pounds. My life really is THAT much different and THAT much better now. :carrot:

Most certainly do not worry about the fat found in fish. Heather's 100% right. We DO need some fat and fish is one of the best ways to get it.

A sweet potato wouldn't be a meal for me. I would perhaps have a small one with a piece of fish or a chicken breast. Maybe some salad too.

You can saute (in cooking spray) some onions, garlic, zucchini and tomatoes in a pot. Add a little water, some spices and let it cook til soft. You can add in some cooked or canned chick peas too. Very yummmy.

Here's a link to a great vegetable recipes thread here at 3FC:

I use Sugar free maple syrup to sweeten my oatmeal. You could cut up those strawbverries in put it in there. Whenever I eat oatmeal, I eat it with an egg white omlette. To make if more filling, more protein filled and to help stave off the affects of the carbs found in the oats.

My typical day consists of me eating often. Every 2 hours or so. I like to eat protein at every meal - fat free yogurt with high fiber cereal, chicken breast, egg white omlettes with lots of sauteed veggies (spinach, bell peppers, mushrooms, broccoli), fish - including tuna, veggie burgers. Lots and lots of veggies, cauliflower is one of my favorites, at least 2 salads, dressed with balsamic vinegar or lemon with salt and pepper. I don't like to "waste" my calories on dressings. I snack on clemintines, lady apples, sugar free ices, raw vegetables, like grape tomatoes, cucumber spears, baby carrots and string beans.

Like chick-in-the-hat says, "you will learn as you go along". You can't expect "to have it all together" right from the get go. You will need to experiment and tweak as you go along. It's important to find foods that you love. If you love them, well then you'll want to STICK to your plan. No reason to go off plan, if your on plan foods are tasty, delicious and satisfying. Eating healthy foods does NOT mean depriving one self of tasty and good food. Just the opposite, IMO.

Do lots of reading. Scour the internet (and 3FC) for healthy recipes and ideas.

Most importantly, get EXCITED about the changes you are about to make. :smug:

12-23-2007, 04:23 PM
Tis me again!!
RockinRobin you are just amazing I hope you know that! I have beans of all kinds [dried] Green beans now in the winter. The produce is as follows... carrots, zuccini, cucumbers, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, potatoes, tomatoes, beets, onions, garlic, herbs, rocket lettuce, purslane, okra [cabbage, lettuce, green beans, peas, cauliflower winter only] Fruits are any citrus, bananas, mango, melons, strawberries [ this is a new import from Egypt yay!!!] apples are now imported too from Syria and not too expensive.no whole grain bread but I could learn. there is bulghor, whole wheat, oatmeal but not steel cut. Does this help? there is more but I think I have told you all probably more than you needed or wanted !!LOL sorry!

I love taking zucchini and saute it in olive oil and sprinkle it with garlic powder or salt and parmesian cheese, just enough to taste. it's yummay! :D and I love to make "fries" in the oven with sweet potato.


12-26-2007, 11:44 AM
Hey everyone!:D

Hope you are all having a happy holiday! Today has been a great day for me. It has been hard and still is hard but I just need to get through the next few days then I'll feel stronger I know.

I ate tuna with a load of veggies piled on for lack of imagination today! But it go me through and filled me up. I have had about a million cups of herb tea also. That gets me through too cause I am not a huge fan of water yet.... I know that will come. I have stopped diet drinks and artificial sweeteners . I think I am am one of those where these products seem to increase my appetite. Plus I have a huge issue with carbs and sweets so I think I should get away from the whole sweet addiction.

RRobin does maple syrup have less calories than sugar? Thanks to all of you. I have asked DH to bring me a new techie scale. Ciao! Kriss;)

12-26-2007, 12:58 PM
Hey everyone!:D

Hope you are all having a happy holiday! Today has been a great day for me. It has been hard and still is hard but I just need to get through the next few days then I'll feel stronger I know.

I ate tuna with a load of veggies piled on for lack of imagination today! But it go me through and filled me up. I have had about a million cups of herb tea also. That gets me through too cause I am not a huge fan of water yet.... I know that will come. I have stopped diet drinks and artificial sweeteners . I think I am am one of those where these products seem to increase my appetite. Plus I have a huge issue with carbs and sweets so I think I should get away from the whole sweet addiction.

RRobin does maple syrup have less calories than sugar? Thanks to all of you. I have asked DH to bring me a new techie scale. Ciao! Kriss;)

Hi there Kriss. I use sugar free maple syrup, which is less calories then sugar. Maple syrup has 54 calories per tablespoon, sugar has 49 per tablespoon.

There are quite a few on line calorie counters, like Fitday.com, which are VERY, VERY useful in helping you decipher all this calorie stuff. I strongly suggest you take a look at it.

Tuna and veggies is a GREAT way to go.

And I know it's hard in the beginning. I found the first 2 weeks quite difficult. But it really does get easier. Just get through the initial period anyway that you have to. Hang in there. You're doing great!!!

12-26-2007, 02:33 PM
Hey RRobin, Thanks for the response. I started using fitday today. Still trying to work out some of the kinks. I had my morning coffee with 1 splenda and 2 tsp of coffemate. It was seriously gross. So I think I'll have my morning cuppa joe with a splash of full fat milk... and a tsp of sugar. I thought maple syrup was the way.... too bad. I had recieved a huge jug of it as a gift. Nightime...ie right now is incredibly hard for me. Its 9:30 pm here and I am soooo nervous! This is when I usually go into comando eating. Liker nonstop till bedtime. Then go to bed loathing myself. This seems so very much harder than the times I have lost weight in the past. Many years ago I was down to 140.I had reached this goal by swimming daily 200 laps come rain or shine I know I can do this... right? I like the morning so much better! lol. Take good care thanks for keepin up with me. You he chick who made it. I showed your photo to my daughter. Very impressed. Bye 4 now, Kriss

12-26-2007, 02:56 PM
Hey Kriss!

I take a slightly different approach--I do use artificial sweeteners, but only in certain things, like in diet sodas. Otherwise, if I want a bit of sweet, I'll use natural sugar cane sweetener or maple syrup or honey. BUT, and this is the big but, I limit how much I use.

I got used to not having sugary foods, and when you do that, your desire for a really sweet taste goes away. I will add a teaspoon of maple syrup to a bowl of cut-up strawberries, and it tastes fine to me. That is only 17 calories, and well worth it for the natural flavor and sweetening.

I use Coffee Mate Lite in my coffee, but no sugar. I found it easy to give up sugar there--and the Coffee Mate Lite makes it nice and creamy tasting to me. I have a couple of spoonsful of the CML and that's only 20 cals.

As for fat free foods, I don't eat those very often. I do use 1% milk, which I never thought I could--but once I got used to it, I like it fine. Full-fat milk would have too many calories--and isn't worth it. Same goes for cottage cheese, except I use 2%, not 1% or fat free. Those last two just have no flavor at all to me.

The idea of eating only fat-free, sugar-free foods doesn't appeal to me most of the time, because it's sort of like eating... synthetic chemicals instead of food? But occasionally I'll do that if I am planning to eat a big dinner, for example. Or, if it's munchie time in the evening and I can't afford any more calories. Fat free sugar free Jell-o can help with that, if you like it.

Just hang on! You can do it! It will get easier!


12-26-2007, 03:36 PM
Hi Kriss. Gosh, the nights ARE rough, aren't they? I've been having a tough time with them myself once again, after I thought I was way past it. Hmmmm. Not sure why.

I find for me, that that first bite of food, past the time when I "shouldn't" be eating, like I'm not really hungry, sends me OVER the edge. It's like once I take that first bite, there's NO stopping me. I can't get the food in me fast enough. So, hard as it is, I do my darndest to not have that first bite.

I've been drinking lots of hot tea at night. I've also been giving myself a "project" every night to do. Whether it's straightening out a messy drawer or a shelf in the linen closet or making some phone calls. Reading a particular magazine. Something - anything to keep me busy. I plan it in the morning, this way I KNOW I have something to do and to focus on, other then the food.

I've also been brushing my teeth earlier then usual and getting into my PJ's earlier then usual. This is helping me to get into "sleepy" mode, and AWAY from "shoveling food down my throat" mode.

Oh and I've been going to sleep earlier. You can't eat if you're asleep. Or can you???????????? Just kidding. ;)

12-26-2007, 03:55 PM
You can't eat if you're asleep. Or can you????????????



12-26-2007, 05:36 PM
I'm sometimes astonished I DONT eat whilst sleeping!

Anyway, hey-o Kriss, youve made a cracking choice by choosing here.

Id like to put my vote in for kicking diet sodas. They are foul poisons. :D

12-26-2007, 06:20 PM
;)Hi People,

Okay I dodged the bullet a little by having some popcorn. I know this is not the answer but it is waaaaaayy better than what I could have done! WHEW!Okay I keep on sluggin the h2o and herbal tea but I have to PEE.... :^: again! I have read that after this initial sort of flush that the need to uhm.."go" gets better cause this is driving me nuts. I think TV at night may be the enemy of my cravings to eat at night.:devil: We are on winter holiday now so we are staying up a bit later etc. I think I need to make a cut off for eating and a bedtime. JayEll I cant get my hands on nonfat dairy here but I can get them on CML. I just love that morning cup of coffee. :dizzy:I know that is a fake food but I dont have any others so will indulge in that. I know taking the sweetness factor down is crucial cause after I get used to it I know very sweet things will taste too sweet.

RRobin ... Maybe the holidays makes you want to nibble a bit but you know what to do. Dont Take The First Bite!;) Dont You Dare! Im with you on a lil project to get into. I'm thinking sewing. This takes alot of concentration and also the great feeling of accomplishing something. My big project is to paint my living room. { great arm exercise} I like to tidy my clothes and admire the smaller sizes I own and sneer at the stuff I would love to burn... One being a long denim skirt just like the one in your before photo. I had that on today and caught my reflection in a store window. Man nothing can wither a I look good today moment like a refelction in a window. Blech! You wrote in your story that you love wearing heels. Me? I am a boot fan. I love em and cant wait to get a completely hot pair! I have this outfit planned in my mind. This is the outfit that the inner me... the real me longs to wear. Not long denim skirts with big Indian tops. ugh! turn off. Good night chicks. Thanks for all the ideas and advice. Kriss

12-26-2007, 06:36 PM
1 serving of microwave popcorn, of the "natural light" variety, can be a good snack! I have a serving about twice a week, average, sometimes more. But you need to watch... a bag contains more than 2 servings.


12-27-2007, 05:14 PM
Hey! Hope you are all doing well. I'm staying on track. Night,Kriss

12-27-2007, 06:07 PM
Good for you, Kriss! :cheer2: cheer2:


12-28-2007, 09:19 PM
Hi! You wanted to know what kind of diet plan I was following or what I was doing to get my weightloss going....really all I did was cut back what I was eating by half so that I burn most of my calories that I ate off by the end of the day. Fitday can help you with knowing how much you're burning too!
I haven't lost much weight recently, but I'm not really trying. I want to start cutting back on my fat intake like you because my body fat % is a lot higher than what I would like it to be. I am going to get a lowfat cookbook or something to get me going. I just need to wake up and stop eating so much fat and sugar!
Good luck!

12-29-2007, 02:14 AM
Hey! Hope you are all doing well. I'm staying on track. Night,Kriss

Hi there!!!! So glad to hear that you are staying on track! Just keep at it. Keep at it.


12-30-2007, 06:03 AM

I was away ...now I'm back. Had no internet service and I had a bad night. Not as bad as they come but bad. I woke up ths morning with aching feet and a headache and not wanting to get out of bed. But I did cause I did. I have been on plan:D . I planned my whole day. water, snacks meals ..all of it. Hopefully that will be my safety net. Nightime continues to be some kind of parallel universe where nothing I did all day matters. My convictions, motiviations, plans all of it are somewhere else. I liken it to addiction only not nearly as rough I know. An obssesion? bad habit? compulsion? Man who knows but it aint fun!:(

Short1 , I hope you hop back on the loosing train look how far you are now. Man I would kill to be at your old weight 175... aaah I remember 175 . But now your in the 150's girl! You got it goin on!! So leave Christmas junkland behind! :carrot:

guyana, good for you for hoppin on your bike! Have you been on since? Have a ride for me! I would love to have a bike. Just know hat when you do this you are firing up yur metabolism and burnin some calories! :carrot:I am saving for a treadmill. It gets soooo hot here that it is hard to go outdoors. I am orginally from the NW!

I bough some flavored teas. The flavors are vanilla, peach, orange cinnamon, toffee { yucko}. I bought these in hopes of upping my water intake. Am I foolin myself? The only herbal tea I have found here is chamomile. Believe me I dont need o be any more mellow than I already am. My BP is usually 120 over 65.

I joined a Valentines Day challenge on the 100lb club. I love Valentines day! I still dont have my new scale so its kinda odd of me to join if I cant post my weight but I hope it will help keep me focused.

I thank you all for reading. I am not giving up!;) Have a wonderful day all of you.
I am going to write 5 thins I am looking forward to. There are more but 5 is good. If you are already at your goal or well on the way , you could post what you are lovin' bout the new you! :cool:

#1 No aching feet!
#2 reparing my hernia!
#3 choosing clothes I actually like!
#4 energy!
#5 to see what my face really looks like!
Bye chickies!:hug:

12-30-2007, 06:08 AM
quickly! sorry but my sloppy post. my keyboard is not feeling well. Am geing a new one of those too. Hubby will be home in 10 days with bags of bran, flax seed, a scale and a keyboard...amongst other things!
Ciao Bambinos!

12-30-2007, 08:13 AM
Kriss you are doing FABULOUS!!!! I am really, REALLY liking your attitude. It's gonna take you FAR. All the way to goal. I can just feel it.

Hang in there with the nighttime. Just do anything at all - except give into those stupid cravings. It WILL get easier and they WILL pass and it WILL be worth it. Big time. Read, journal, knit, sew, exercise, drink that tea of yours, do your nails, your paperwork, the laundry, a puzzle, clean/straighten the house, clean/straighten your neighbors house (just kidding). You get the picture.

Planning is the key here and you seem to be getting that aspect nailed.

I am also loving your list. Those things are really worth fighting for. The list of benefits to weight loss are endless. Simply endless.

I bet you can't wait til hubby gets home. Sounds like he's coming home with quite the bounty.

I tremendously look forward to hearing more from you. :)

12-30-2007, 03:29 PM
Oh Thanks so Much RRobin!;)

Well this is the first night that I am fine!! I mean I didnt even have popcorn! I just rode it through. I took down my Christmas tree as my "project". My house is incredibly tidy and well organized! :dizzy: But it is around 10:15 and I feel like I am outta the woods!:cool:

One thing that I have noticed is when I get hungry between meals its dangerous. :devil: I quickly snack on raw veggies. It's kinda bland but I am trying really hard to keep my cals at 1200. It is amazing how fast they add up so I am not sauteeing them in oil or anything. RRobin how do you roast your green beans? We have lots of sweet potaoes here. I remember growing up my mom halving a butternut squash baking it and slathering it in brown sugar and butter!! Baaaadness. But I could put a slice of pumpkin in the oven and add a tablesppon of brown sugar. Good treat?

I did some arm lifts with this stretchy thing my mom gave me. Feel good about that! :carrot:

I am excited and calm at the the same time. Weird. Maybe just the calm one feels when one makes decision. Excited cause I cant wait to read what the scale will read. Also cause I made it through the night.

Thanks for all the wonderful encouragment. I am completly inspired by you so I cant tell you how much you are making a difference. I watched an Oprah tonigh. I am not sure if it was a rerun or not but it just made me so happy. More amazing stories of weight loss achieved by 6 meals a day and exercise. I am talking one woman who lost 530 lbs! I could just feel their triumph over the negaive self talk they used to use and taking baby steps.

Again thanks! :hug: And it really is a good night! kriss

12-30-2007, 04:52 PM
Hey Kriss,

Just to say... at your weight, you can probably eat more than 1200 and still lose weight! In fact, you might do better at 1400 or even 1500. You can experiment with this once you get your eating routine down and see what's what. :)


01-02-2008, 02:54 PM
I eat anywhere from 1400-2200 kcal a day and I am still losing weight. You just want to make sure you are going to burn off excess cals if you eat excess! So don't starve yourself yet! Maybe when your weight is down you may have to reduce cals, but for now don't go too low! You want to be able to eat less, but you also want to be able to reduce that even more if you are at a hault!

That's awesome that your hubby can bring back things for you that you can't get where you are! I guess that's the benefits of traveling!

Thanks for all the encouragement! I want to write more, but friend is visiting and I she is cutting my hair! YAyyy! So I'll be on later today.

01-03-2008, 04:14 AM
Heeyy, ;) Happy New Year everyone,

Thanks for writing Short1. I am so paranoid of hitting a plattaue {sp} I always halt at 175. Which is a weight I was a for many years. So I thought if I kept the cals really low my body would just keep loosing. It is really hard to keep the te calories down that low though.

However ...I have the mumps !Of all things thas why I havent really been posting. Chicks if you do one thing in your life dont get the mumps. PAIN! also its nearly impossible to eat or drink . Everythinng hurts or burns :(.

Jus wanted to let you all know I m still with ya! All the way! I apprecaite every little post I get in return to mine.:hug: Kriss

01-03-2008, 08:20 AM
Oh Kriss. The mumps???? Oh my. I can't imagine what that's like. Please take care of yourself. I hope you are feeling better real soon. Hang tough.

Here's the green beans recipe, for when you're feeling better (soon, I hope)

Roasted Green Beans

Make a lot, they really are yummy.

-Green beans, rinsed and trimmed.
-Spray a large cooking sheet with cooking spray.
-Lay beans on in as much as a single layer as possible.
-I add tons of fresh coarsely chopped garlic and a little sea salt
-Spray beans with some more cooking spray
-Place in 400 degree oven for about 30-40 mins, turning every now and then, til they get almost brownish and wrinkly.

It make take a few times til you get it down "pat" and find the way that you like them best.

01-05-2008, 05:43 PM
Heeyy ;) Peeps!

I'm back , feeling much better. Thank you for the recipie RRobin. I will be making those tomorrow. First day back to school/ work tomorrow. Little worried. One is feeling hungry and not having stuff handy 2 having to pee 50 million times a day! :^: I will be staying out of the staff room! I plan to walk around the school during the first break and eat my lunch with much devotion at lunchtime.

I am famished after the enforced fast that was the mumps but I am keeping it in check. I know it will cool down in a few days. I cant wait to post my weight loss here on Wed. I know I have lost I can feel it.

I hope you are all doin well . See ya on other threads too !:hug: