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12-26-2007, 05:42 AM
So, my weight has been up and down all year, but in the end, I'm ending up pretty much where I started last year, in the low-mid 180's. That's not a terrible thing. It sure beats the pants out of regaining back into the high 250's. I don't like the weight I'm at, but I'm not miserable like I used to be before, either.

But... this isn't good enough. I'm orginally from California, and moved to Missouri about 3 1/2 years ago. I've found out that I'm going back home for a wedding at the begining of June. None of my family has seen the new me! And... I want to be at/much closer to my goal weight of 140 when they do. Of course, I'll have to lose nearly 2 pounds a week, every week, over the next six months to pull this off, and I have my doubts.

So, I've decided to join the January Club. You know, the one where where people say "I'm going to get serious about my weight starting with the new year!" I've always been a little skeptical about this practice, but I'm on a goaled timeline now and have to do something! Well, not have to because my family will be delighted to see the changes in me if I stay exactly the same as I am now, but want to because I want to really knock their socks off.

Anyone else joining me this year in the January Club? If so why, and what are your goals? Or is this time of the year just pretty much like any other?

12-26-2007, 08:26 AM
Hey Tealeaf!

My birthday comes this time of year, and I wanted to be 140 by then--but I'm not going to make it. The reason, though, is because my daily choices haven't been the kind that will get me there.

I think it's good to have a long term goal--it gets you going the right direction. But for me, I'm going to have to stick with daily and weekly mini-goals for awhile, starting now! :yes: Just to get back on track.

So, I suppose I'm sorta in the January Club, but also, it's a time like any other--I need to walk the talk! ;)


12-26-2007, 08:41 AM
I'm in.... again... I'm deffo a january clubber type of person! jan 2nd was when I started this heffffffffffty journey. Been making bad choices the past month or so - but jan 2nd 07 I'm back on that wagon! Will also weigh and rejig my ticker to reflect so that I'm totally upfront. Hopefully I'll reach my goal by mid/late summer - I'd love to be able to get into maintenance a bit before christmas next year so I'm more 'practiced' at it ha!

Happy holidays btw :D

12-26-2007, 11:09 AM
I'll join the January club because although i have done good most of the year of staying on plan and all...the past couple months with all the holidays, starting in October, I have seriously not be doing as good as i could have. Not that i haven't lost weight in those three months...just not 5 a month like i had been doing...more like 2 a month. I would be soooo much closer to my goal if i hadn't been slacking. So now that the holidays are over, it is time to refocus on my good habits and doing what i know works for me. Planning out my meals in advance and getting to the gym at least 3 times a week, if not four. And maybe incorporating a walk in at lunch time like i used to do.

I know that my life has changed that I am not going to make a resolution this january to lose weight and not follow thru. I have lost 60 pounds and only have maybe 15 more to go. I know if i can lose 60...then 15 should be a breeze.

12-26-2007, 11:30 AM
Well, I decided not to wait till January and start today. I mean, right now. I've started tracking my calories again, using the food log at So far, it seems easier to use and had a better food database than fitday to me. I already know that I am able to maintain while doing the calorie counting in my head, but I _really_ have to knock off this extra 40 pounds.

I'm gonna be in wedding pictures! And who knows how long it will be before I go back home. The way I look in June is how my family is going to remember me being for a long, long time. And I want it to be the real me, the me that I know I will be. The me I am supposed to be.

If not goal, then much closer to it than I am now.

12-26-2007, 12:03 PM
Unfortunately I think I join the January club almost every year. This past year I was able to lose 30 pounds. This coming year i hope to lose 30 more so that next January I will only be in the club for support to others. I bought a new food journal and have that all ready to go. This year I WILL meet my goals.

12-26-2007, 12:52 PM
Hi everyone .Well I am more than ready to join and stick to my plan. I want to feel better about myself . I 'm tired of letting myself be left out of things due to my weight I want to live life to the fullest I tired of being fat

12-26-2007, 01:27 PM
Joliren....that is great that your dropped 30 pounds this year. I have done the same thing. I've actually been at this for 2 full years now and hoping that come spring or summer this year, that i will only be posting as a supporter and maintainer also. The first year I lost half of my original goal but gained back 7. So this year i had to re-lose that 7 plus try to get closer to my goal. If i had not gained back that 7, i would be at my first original goal. But i can't let that failure affect me...Instead, i have to view it as a success that this year, i managed to lose 34 pounds and 60 pounds all together and only have 17 more to go (hopefully).

Tealeaf...I know your family is going to be blown away when they see you. I meant to go by and see an aunt of mine that i haven't seen in about 3 years. I know she must be surprized that my mom asked her to help her pick out my christmas present outfit and my mom told her i was a size 4. Last time my aunt saw me, i was a size 16. I hope to stop by and see her sometime this week and hopefully surprize her with my new size.

12-27-2007, 12:15 PM
I'm gonna go ahead and jump in with this January club, like every year ever since junior high, lol. I , too have wedding to attend this year (I'm actually gonna be maid of honor to my very thin best friemd of 20 years) so I gotta look good.

12-27-2007, 01:08 PM
I have been serious all along and steadily losing. However I just found out I'm going to Las Vegas February 7th to celebrate my friends 21st!!! I'm a bit older than she is (actually I'll be turning 26 just weeks before she turns 21!), but I love her all the same!!! I would like to trim up a bit more by then by getting a bit more strict with myself! The day I found out I was going (Dec 25th, haha), I dropped to 1250 calories a day from 1500, and I'm going to exercise whether I like it or not. Until now I didn't exercise...I would go at it for a week then stop for a year, you know :) I have the equipment, and the means to get a gym membership and January will be my star month!!!! I was actually going to start a group myself.....glad to have come across this one!! I'm crazy serious about January :lol:

Count me IN!! :)

12-27-2007, 01:51 PM
I hope to lose 174lbs in the upcoming year. I also hope to find work in the New Year. It's no fun being an unemployed college grad.

12-27-2007, 02:32 PM
OK you will all have to bear with me. I have never been on a message board before and am just learning. I read Tealeaf's post earlier and then went to her website. I was inspired. I have at least 100 pounds to lose so my journey will be long. I need all the support I can get. On Jan. 7 we are starting a "Biggest Loser" competition at work. We are doing partners, so my best friend and i are teamed up. I know she would like to lose about the same amount I do. We are definetely the biggest girls in the competition.

For Christmas I received an exercise ball, stretch bands, yoga mat and am hoping to get the new "Biggest Loser" workout book. I am really excited to get started and am hoping and praying this does not turn out like all the other times I've tried to lose weight. Last year I lost about 15 pounds and then just stalled out. I am looking for tips, advice and encouragement as I begin this life changing journey. All help is welcome. Wish me well.

12-27-2007, 02:57 PM
mtiger, :wel3fc:


12-27-2007, 03:19 PM
Hi there mtiger! Welcome to 3fc.

Sounds like you're off to a great start for the New Year. With all that exercise stuff AND the Biggest Loser Club at work.

One of the many great forums here is the 100lb club, for those needing to lose 100lbs or there abouts. Here's a link to it. Come stop by.

Good luck and I hope to hear lots more from you. :)

12-27-2007, 06:49 PM
I would love to hop on with the rest of you "chicks".
I would like to hit my goal of 120 by the end of April. I am kind of waiting till 1-1 to "jumpstart" this whole healthy lifestyle.. cant wait to share our progress with each other!!:hug:

12-27-2007, 09:59 PM
this "club" is just what i need to get my butt in gear!
consider me in the "january club"

im just going back to good ole counting calories on fitday and going to the gym.

I got a wicked knife set and alot of cooking stuff that i asked for on christmas, so im super excited to make healthy food for me and my family!!!

12-27-2007, 10:11 PM
i'm in on joining the club.. i need some motivation in my weight loss goal.. i think this group will help. my goal is to lose 22 pounds.

12-27-2007, 10:19 PM
Hey Amber! :wel3fc:


12-28-2007, 12:37 AM
I am definitely in. Last year my resolution was to lose weight..oddly I didn't start trying around the first of January like most people, but around the middle to the end of January. I think it is the first resolution I ever date I have lost 83 pounds. My resolution for the coming year is to finish what I started and lose all my excess weight, and become fit. I haven't done as well lately as I have recently but I will not give up.

12-29-2007, 01:13 PM
Okay, so I started using one of my new Christmas gifts yesterday. "The Biggest Loser" workout video. It was hard and I could not do some of the moves and others I could not do very well. Let me tell you that today my body hurts like it hasn't in a long time. I have been an exerciser in the past and I really think it is key to helping me lose this burden of weight. So yesterday was a curcuit-cardio workout, today I am going to resistance-weight train. It's going to hurt.

I am really getting serious about this so I am planning what to go buy for groceries today and am determined not to fall into the old junk food habits. It is difficult when I have other family members who like certain things and I don't want to deprive them of their favs. They, fortunately, don't need to lose weight. Wish me luck.

12-29-2007, 11:00 PM
Can I join up with you all?

I just joined here and want to get my rear into gear! I am terribly stressed out right now because my brother is getting married in about 3.5 weeks. I don't have anything to wear and shopping is pretty depressing. I keep looking at the clothes in my closet and despairing because they don't fit anymore.

Anyway, enough with the downers! I feel like I owe it to myself and my family to get healthy this year.

12-30-2007, 04:21 AM
Everyone is welcome to join! We're all in this together. And I really do feel that this site is a valuable resource to those that are serious about losing weight. Having fustration? Share it here, and you're likely to find others going through the exact same thing and can sympathize. Have a question? You're sure to get good, sensible advice. Want some new more sensible recipes? Tons here, along with food reviews on the main site. And everyone so serious and wants to lose weight in a heathy way truly is welcome.

Mtiger, I'm glad that my site could inspire you. I've sure that after you are on you way to reaching your goal, you'll be an inspiration for others a well. Losing weight is its own reward, but that makes it seem even more like it was all worth it.

A few thoughts from me. "The Biggest Loser" type shows are fun to watch, and if they can inspire/help people to reach a healthier weight then so much the better. But I think that there is a danger in turning weight loss into a competition. I think it might set up a "only one" winner mentality. Really, someone who loses 20 pounds and keeps it off is more of a winner in my book than someone who loses 50 and regains in in a year. Anyone who gets closer to a healthy weight for them wins. I just hope that that fact doesn't get lost in the spirit of competition.

Also, beware of doing too much too soon. Yes, it's great that your so enthusiatic about reaching your goal. But if you hurt yourself, or make yourself very umcomfortable, your body will rebel. You concious mind may be resolute, but there is a part of your brain that is obliged to listen to signals from your body. This part, I believe, does have the ability to greatly influence your will power. Losing a fair amount of weight quickly can of course do wonders for one's spirits and lead to the desire for even more success, of course. But if you put yourself in actually pain for very long, you run the real risk of really hurting yourself, or of quickly reaching the point where you burn out.

I'm not you, so I don't know what is best for your psychology. But I am a firm believer that it is much better to lose weight in a way that is substainable. No one wants to regain! For me that meant taking several small steps that I could keep doing for the rest of my life. Taken in whole, my life is somewhat different than it used to be. But no one thing was a radical departure. And while I do exercise regularily, I don't feel pain from it. Some sorness sometimes, yes. Some times I feel tired. But nothing that I can't handle.

So, in a nutshell, consider just doing thing that you can really handle for the rest of your life. Or, for as long as you want the weight to stay off!

12-30-2007, 02:26 PM
I will join the club too! My birthday is Jan. 25th and last year I said I was going to be at my goal weight. Well Lo and behold, I'm NOT. And I so want to be at that goal weight for next year's birthday which will be my 25th birthday. I've already made some changes in my lifestyle and one big one. The biggie is, I've already gotten started by changing jobs, I'm a sales associate now at a retail store and I am on my feet about 8 hours a day. I'm also stopping my bad habit of eating so much white and starchy stuff which will help my blood sugar. I just cooked up the last of the white rice I have. I have started bringing my food to work so I don't go and eat at the food court. Last of all I need to get started again working out which is the hardest since after being on my feet all day from 6-10 hours I am tired. So I need this club!

12-30-2007, 04:22 PM
I would love to join this thread! I maintained an 80 pound weight loss for the better part of two years. I was as happy as I've ever been with my body and myself. Then, my youngest children started school and I got myself a part-time job that I love. The problem? I went from chasing three kids and having the luxury of exercising anytime I wanted to literally sitting in a chair from 8:00 am until 2:00 pm. On top of that, I did not make a big enough effort to plan my meals. I gradually regained 40 pounds and I realize that I will have to gradually lose them once more. That's fine, slow and steady wins the race. But....

We just got a call from my brother-in-law. He and his fiance have decided to get married in March and so, of course, I'm feeling a bit paniced. They live across the country and while my husband's family saw me at my lowest weight, they have not seen me since I've regained. I don't have a goal weight that I intend to reach before the wedding but I do want to show up feeling and looking as best I can. Most importantly, I want to be able to enjoy the celebration rather than spend the week feeling self conscious. I know that the number on the scale isn't going to determine how good a time I have with our family. Rather, the confidence I'll have knowing that I've worked my hardest to be healthy again and being in control will. And, so, those are my goals...confidence and control. When those two things go up, the scale ALWAYS goes down!

Miss Casey
12-30-2007, 04:50 PM
I'd love to join! 2007 hasn't been very good for me. In the beginning I was working at a retail store and on my feet 8-9 hours a day and I lost 30 pounds in under 4 months. After I quit that job to go back to school I slowly gained back the 30 plus 10 more. I've recently gotten a membership to 24 hour fitness and I got the 2 new Biggest Loser Workout DVD's for Christmas. No excuses anymore.

12-30-2007, 06:29 PM
May I join? I lost about 45 pounds three years ago, and last year gained back about 35. I am doing well with exercise, usually going to the gym for 1 1/2 - 2 hours six days a week. I love to run but I am dealing with a stress fracture right now and I just can't do it.

I need to get my eating under control. I use, and I try to stick to 1500 per day. I have trouble being consistent, sometimes compulsively overeating and even bingeing. I really want to get out of that cycle and lose some of this weight. I want to be able to wear my smaller clothes and get my confidence back.

I am looking forward to getting to know some of you better!

12-30-2007, 08:20 PM
Hiya. I would like to a part of the January Club too.

I am turning thirty in July. I have put a lot of effort into mentally and emotionally becoming the person I want to be over the past seven years. Its now time to make the outside match the inside.

I have, in previous attempts to loose weight, made things too complicated. I am keeping it simple and doable in 08. I am going to run. I am going to count calories. I am going to do ab work. 3 things. I know what they are, I know how to do them. 3 things are much much better than the nothing I am currently doing.

12-30-2007, 08:27 PM
I'm just starting...again. Mtiger and I are on a weight loss mission together. Because she's my support I know I can do it! Without her cheering me on I would let it slide. Thank you Mtiger!

12-30-2007, 11:29 PM

I just finished reading all the post and I'm proud to say that I'm going to be in the January Club here at 3FC. Why am I proud? Because, even though I have started over so many times...done really well...and then fell off the wagon to gain back EVERYTHING that I had lost, I'm not giving up and THIS YEAR...2008 is the year that I will do it. For the past 3 weeks I have really been looking into my resolve to get this weight off once and for all and to get on with maintence. I KNOW that for the rest of my life, I will have to work at my weightloss...after I lose it, I will have to work to maintain it. Yes, it will be a life style for me but I must work to stay in the new lifestyle that I will create for myself. It's all about forward moving from now on.

So, for the past 3 weeks, I've been journaling, I've been reading these boards, I've been preparing and I've been walking. I have a jump start. I have my journal, I have my workouts planned, I have a local group support ready to roll...and NOW I have a place at 3FC.

My goal is to be below 200 on 12/31/08. If it's 199.75, so be it, it will be below 200. The lowest weight that I have been in a LONG time was 2 years ago, I was at 239 and then I lost my focus...I looked back..I let other things become more important and here I am 282. That's where I am now...I've been heavier..I know I was 3 weeks ago...but I didn't dare weigh myself when I was putting that fudge in my mouth EVERYDAY.

I'm looking forward to this journey with all of you..getting to know you....celebrating our weightlosses.

If you haven't read Robins story..go do it. I think it's something I will read weekly. inspiring.....I know I can do it. You laid it all out how to get there. There isn't any shortcuts and it just doesn't happen. It takes all that you talked about and it gives back all that you wrote about. THANK you for all that detail. What a roadmap for me to use!!!

I can't wait to put up my after picture!

I'm looking forward to posting here with you all.

12-31-2007, 12:40 PM
As you being a successful weight loss veteran, I appreciate your words of wisdom and encouragement. I do know that for me I need to jump right in with both barrels. I need to exercise everyday or I will tend to let it go longer and longer. A few sore muscles tells me that I have worked some areas that have been severely neglected. My best friend Kelly 530 and I work together and we are doing the "biggest loser" thing at work. It is really her and I in this together and we don't care if we win any competition, we just want to get our lives back. We are there for each other but we still have a lot of questions and need some extra support.

Does anyone know how to figure out how much a person should eat to lose weight? Is there a site or a formula anyone knows about? I have been an avid walker/jogger in the past without much weight loss. I'm sure it boils down to food intake. This is where I need some help.

Thanks for the encouragement!!

12-31-2007, 02:27 PM
In my experience, losing weight really does boil down to calories in vs. calories out. The type of calories matter in terms of health, energy, and an overall feeling of well-being but you'll lose weight as long as you burn more calories than you consume (regardless of where those calories come from).
There are many formulas to be found but I've always used the basic "body weight x 13" (use 14 if you are very active) as a way of calculating how many calories I need to maintain and then subtracted 500 to 1000 calories from that number in order to lose. Honestly, though, there are so many variables to losing weight, specifically how active I am at any given time. So, I'm not implying that is the most accurate way to determine what you need but rather that it has been an accurate enough platform to begin with as I tried to determine exactly how many calories I needed through trial and error.

12-31-2007, 05:15 PM
Also, there are several on-line calorie needs calculators out there. You can find them by googling. The one I use is at I don't know how accurate they are, but for me it seems to give a pretty reasonable answer (1800 a day, in case you were wondering!)

12-31-2007, 06:19 PM
Oooh! Oooh! I'd love to join, though I already started anew on Thursday of last week. Back in August of 2006, I changed my ways and lost almost 25 pounds. In 2007, I fell off the wagon and landed in a bed of chocolate chip cookies, carrot cake, and pumpkin ice cream from B&J. I also managed to not exercise. Needless to say, it was a disaster. The good thing? I didn't gain weight! A miracle! However, 230 doesn't look good on anyone, and that includes moi. So, I've crawled back up on the wagon with everyone else. I swear I didn't shove any muffins in my pockets. Okay, maybe one, but a girl's got to live, right?

So, it's wonderful to meet all of you. I need to be around people who are in it to win it and will give me a cyber slap if I binge on banana nut loaf at the grocery store. I also need people to brag to about my success. Because I WILL have success, dammit! And hearing others brag about their achievements motivates me to do better. Who knew I had such a competitive streak?

Other bits of interest: I'm a ovo-lacto vegetarian. This just means I eat eggs and diary, but no meat. Don't worry, I'm not one of *those* vegetarians that tries to convert everyone. I prefer the 'can't we all just get along' method to relationships. I love to read fantasy novels. I'm a crazy knitting fiend. I spend far too much money on anime and manga (Japanese comic books). I'm a crazy libertarian. I have way too many CDs and not enough time to enjoy them all. I develop crushes on fictional characters, not real people. I've promised myself a tattoo of Elvis Costello once I get down to 160. And I have a pair of size 18 khakis that I WILL fit into (without pinching my body in half and slicing off at least two inches of my ***) by this summer.


01-01-2008, 02:02 AM
foucault- I promise to cyber slap you should a banana nut loaf incident occur! I am definitely in it to win it and appreciate your enthusiasm, it has rejuvinated my own.

I must admit as the day wore on and THE DAY came closer and closer "the doubts" started to creep up on me again. But no more. "the doubts", I banish thee!!!!

January 1st is upon us and I just wanted to take a minute to wish the best of luck for us all. I have great hope of success in 08. I just need to remember that the first days will not be perfect so don't give up. You can not get from here to there without taking just one step at a time. So put one foot in front of the other. Then repeat.

Happy New Year! 2008, the BEST YEAR EVER!!!

01-01-2008, 03:06 AM
Hi foucault, and welcome!

I'm not a vegetarian, but since I've started my new way of life I have cut back on the meat by a substaintial amount. I've always been one to eat my veggies, and I happen to think that many vegetarian preparations just taste good.

But I still have to be careful with it. I know I could get very fat if I ate as much Hummus, avocados, and nuts as I'd like too!

01-01-2008, 04:21 AM
Happy New Year everyone! It's technically January and time for us all to get on track. I've managed over an hour without sweets. I rock! I went shopping today and bought so much healthy food that I've got fruits and veggies taking up all my counter space. This works in my favor because I had to toss the chocolates to make room for the oranges. I highly recommend this method. It felt great at the time. I know I'll be kicking myself in three days when I want a chocolate, but I have will power of steel and I will beat it.

I hope everyone is doing well. I've found that a food diary works wonders. I kept one and lost 25 pounds. Within a week of abandoning the diary, I fell off the wagon. I'm back on the diary track now. It helps more than I can explain. So, if you're having trouble keeping yourself straight with the food and calorie intake, starting writing it down in a notebook. I got some cut polka dot ones at Wal-Mart. It reminds me that I look like crap in polka dots now, but once I meet my goal, I might be able to pull it off. ;-)

01-01-2008, 06:45 AM
Well, I just weighed myself for the first time of the new year and I am at exactly 180. I was at 183 a week ago, so this is actually good news.

I'm looking forward to this. I want to power through the 170's! I want to see what I look like in the 160's. And I know I will!

01-01-2008, 09:31 AM
Happy New Year!

I weigh 161.4 this morning. I am not setting a final goal, but trying to take it one pound at a time.

Today I will get some exercise (I may have a rest day from the gym) and eat no more than 1500 calories.

01-01-2008, 11:53 AM
Happy New Year everyone!

I've been "practicing" staying on track for the past two days and today feels like "Opening Night". You know....where it's time to see how you will perform when you step on stage, in front of everyone. Jan. 1 is the "in front of everyone". Well..I want a standing ovation when the curtain closes on 12-31-08! It's sort of scary...I don't want to mess today goal is to not be perfect today but to be happy with myself when I go to bed tonight because I did the following: 1. Posted here--and got myself a shot of daily motivation. 2-Read a chapter of my newest diet book..again...getting that motivation. 3. I have done the task for today that my diet book tells me to do. 4. I will do my stretches today (giving myself today off from cardio--I'm worked out Sun and Monday because I knew that I wouldn't feel like it today--we are big New Year's Eve people and I'm tired from the party last night. 5. I will start writing down my food today so I can see how much I really am eating--this one is so hard for me to keep up....someone help me with this!!!. I always start and then end up not being able to keep up and so I abandon it..I know this is the start of my downfall when I abondon it. I don't want to do that this time.

My weigh-in will be on Thursday. I am hopining and working for a loss!
I'm starting to get hungry..better go get my ceral...and write it down! ;)

01-01-2008, 04:07 PM
tealeaf - Congratulations on the even 180! By the end of the year, I hope to see 180 myself. I'm very much looking forward to seeing the scale dip below 200. I might do a Snoopy dance once I see 190-something. I haven't been below 200 since I was 16 and that was 10 years ago.

WardHog - I love your attitude about just taking it one pound at a time. Some people get depressed when they only lose a pound. I celebrate when I lose a pound. It's just one less I have to worry about. I don't have a hard goal weight that I want to be, but I do know I want to get out of the obese range, and then out of the overweight range.

Susie - I know what you mean about the food diary. It's hard to continue it sometimes. I carry mine in my purse. When I eat something, I write it down right away. If I don't, then I get behind and I'll miss recording a day or two. So, my advice is to carry that little notebook with you *everywhere*. I also date mine in advance and write down the meals I know I will have during the coming week. This advance logging helps keep me on track. When Thursday comes I know I have to have my veggie sandwich because that's what I wrote down on Sunday. I know from experience that if I stop logging my food, I won't succeed. That's motivation enough for me to keep logging my food.

My weigh-in day is Thursday, so I'm going to stay off the scale until then. Sometimes it's hard because I want to see how I'm doing. But I know it will only mess me up if I start doing it every day.

01-01-2008, 05:25 PM
Okay we seem to be posting where we are today on Jan.1 and what we are planning. Thank you for the advice about I figured out my daily calories to lose and it is 1650. Oh my god, that is so much food. I have been journling food for the past 4 days and haven't even come close to 1650 except New Years eve. I have been averaging 1200. I don't know if I can eat that much and do I really need to? I am in the habit of weighing myself daily and can't seem to break it. I was 243, then down 1/2 then up then down. Now I am at 242. Friday is my official weigh in date. Hope it looks good then.

I have exercised either an aerobic workout of curcuit training every day except one. So far tody I have shoveled or snowblowed snow for about 2 hours. Since I live in Michigan we got about 6 or 7 inches last night. That was a fun aerobic workout. Later today I will do the circuit training routine.

Keep up the good work everyone. Stay motivated and enjoy the ride.

01-01-2008, 09:45 PM
Mtiger - Definitely try to eat the amount of calories you are supposed to in order to lose weight. If you don't eat enough, your body will go into starvation mode and you won't lose anything.

01-02-2008, 02:21 AM
Well. I followed through on day one. I got up this morning and started wk 1 of the C25k porgram. I made smart food choices. We even had a new years dinner at Outback. Did I have the prime rib. I did not. I had the chicken. Did I have the mashed potatoes or a baked potato. I did not. I had the steamed vegetables. Did I have a soda as my beverage, diet or otherwise. I did not. I had iced tea with splenda. Did I have the bread and butter...well...yes actually I did. But I digress. I stayed under 1400 calories for the day, which was my goal.

I hope you all had and eaually successful day.

01-02-2008, 11:59 AM
How is everyone this morning?

Yay, bumble! Glad to hear that you were able to curb your desire for what you usually get and have something that sticks with your new food plan. I managed to avoid my late-night craving for hot chocolate yesterday evening, so that was good. I like to make it with milk and that makes a cup of it about 8 fat grams. And that's quite a bit for a little cup of liquid. I'm on track this morning. I had a tiny bowl of Mini Wheat (I actually ate just one suggested serving size!), a banana, and some yogurt. For lunch I'm having a Tofurky (soy turkey - it's really good, I swear) sandwich with an orange and some carrots.

Is anyone taking any supplements? I've been reading up on flax seed and fish oil. I don't eat fish, but I'm not opposed to taking fish oil in capsules. So, I started taking both those things yesterday. I'm also taking dandelion capsules (they are a diuretic and help with water retention) and a multi-vitamin. And, I'm doing a body cleanse. I started a few days ago, and I should be finished before this month ends. It's just a couple different pills you take twice a day. They are packed full of herbs that clean out your lungs, liver, bladder, colon, stomach, etc. I've noticed a difference, and I've only been taking them about a week. The entire program lasts for about 30 days. I'll let everyone know how it worked for me once I'm finished.

01-02-2008, 12:40 PM
Hi y'all. I went to the gym for a couple hours of light cardio yesterday and also stuck to my eating plan.

I went again today and did 45 min of cardio and a Group Power class (60 min weight lifting class). Eating is on track so far. I hope everyone is doing well.

foucault, I take a multi-vitamin and also glucosamine for my aching joints. I read one of Jillian Michael's (The Biggest Loser) books and she recommends some stuff. I tried guarana extract (it's just caffeine) for a while but it upset my stomach a little.

01-02-2008, 01:02 PM
WardHog - I actually got the idea for the diuretic from Jillian Michaels. She suggests drinking a water mixture to reduce water weight. The mixture is:
60oz water
1tbsp unsweetened cranberry juice
2tbsp lemon juice
1 dandelion root tea bag

Unfortunately, I couldn't find any dandelion root tea, but I did find it as a capsule, so I opted for that instead of nothing. Dandelion also helps with digestion.

01-02-2008, 01:09 PM
Good job Bumble and Foucault on getting moving and eating right. I have been getting extra cardio these past two days as it won't quite snowing here in Mich. I have been shoveling for the past two days, plus I am alternating a cardio workout with a curcuit workout. I am really trying to eat more. I know that sounds funny, but yesterday I got up to 1270 calories.

I've been doing this for 5 days now, no progress in the weight department so I was really depressed this morning. I did notice that my curcuit workout was easier to do yesterday and even added a few reps. So that is at least encouraging. This is where I start to lose steam, when that stupid scale won't budge. I know I need to stick with it, but come on throw me a bone. A pound, a 1/2 pound, something.

Keep up the good work everybody. Stay strong and motivated.

01-02-2008, 02:02 PM
Weight loss is a funny thing. I remember there being several times when I would be staying the same or even gaining for a week or so, the suddenly and with no apparent reason *bam* three pounds gone over night.

I wish it were a steady, predictable process. But it simply is not.

01-02-2008, 10:21 PM
I agree with you, Annie. It took me a while to accept the fact that our bodies don't necessarily do what they "should" do when I'm trying to lose weight. I think if my body turned extra calories into fat overnight I'd not be in the situation I am in now! I am pretty sure that if the scaled registered a couple pounds the day after devoured chocolate cake out of control I wouldn't have been cocky enough to devour chocolate cake out of control AGAIN. But, the fact of the matter is that there is rarely IMMEDIATE rhyme or reason to how we gain or lose weight...but I can always count of my body to respond accordingly eventually.

I was packing my lunch and got irritated by all the planning that is involved with counting calories (the only way I've ever been able to lose weight) and then I noticed how full my lunchbox was. I suppose that is the trade off...I am always amazed by how much food it takes to add up to 1600-1800 calories when it is the RIGHT kind of food. So, now instead of being put off by all the planning I'll remind myself that I'm actually eating MORE than before and still losing weight...not a bad payoff for a little bit of time and effort!

01-03-2008, 02:08 AM
Thanks foucault and mtiger for the props. I hope y'all are feeling good about your progress. I got through another day on plan. It was a near thing at the grocery store on the way home from work though. I had to stop and get a few things for a yummy soup I wanted to make and I was really hungry. My head did turn a few times walking through the bakery and deli, but I remained aware. Each temptation I came acrossed I concidered "Will that taste good enough to justify blowing my whole day of efforts to be a better me". The answer was always "no, you are just really hungry and at the store, don't be foolish." I'm not made of steel though, I did "sample" one maple covered peanut. But my soup was fanastic, tomato barley w/carrots and mushrooms, and tasted so much better than all of those ready made foods with three times the calories.

I wish you all strength to make it through tomorrow if you struggle, sending out good vibes for all.

01-03-2008, 09:38 AM
I missed getting to the board yesterday. We had a snow storm and it seemed to take all my time and energy to get to work.

I am happy to report that I have been staying on plan and that I got a small notebook to carry in my purse so I can journal that food right away and not get behind and then just not do it. I know that I must in order to meet my goals. It's one of the tools that works for me when I work it.

I feel that I'm lucky in the fact that I love to workout. That comes so easy to me. I've only missed one day working out this week and that was Tuesday. I like working out when I can go to the Y. I'm not one to work out to much at home by myself. In the warmer weather I like to walk outside but I don't like working out inside my house. I think it's because I'm such a social person and even if I don't talk to anyone when I go to the Y, just having people around me doing the same thing is what I need.

Tonight will be my TOPS weigh-in. I hope the scales go in the right direction. I've made up my mind that no matter what they say, it's just a number and a place that I'm starting from. If they are up--and they could be because I don't really know how much I gained in the week that I didn't weigh and I ate everything that my heart desired,--that will become my new starting number and the next week it WILL go down.

Have a good day everyone and let's continue to choose what we want most and that's to be thinner and more healthy and to be happy with the way we look.

01-03-2008, 12:19 PM
mtiger - Glad to hear the workouts are getting easier on you! That's just as important as what the scales say.

Tealeaf & Lucky - I know what you mean about the scales being wonky! If only I could get a direct reward/punishment from them after I eat right/wrong. I'd eat right all the time if that were the case.

bumble - The grocery store is my enemy, too. I'm very good about just getting what I need in most of the store, but my head does turn when I get into the bakery and deli. It's the yummy smells and the fresh bread. Well, that and the donuts in the case along the wall. ;-) I'm glad to hear you managed to avoid buying unnecessary items while you were there. If you don't have it, then you can't eat it.

Susie - Glad to see you got a notebook to track your food intake. I'm like you - I can't lose a pound if I don't track my food in a diary. I went a year without tracking my food and I lost a big fat zero pounds.

As for me, I'm doing well. I packed my usual breakfast and lunch today. They're combinations of fruit and veggies with cereal (breakfast) and a sandwich (lunch). I'm thinking about making some homemade vegetable soup. That way I can control the sodium, calories, and fat grams. I just need to find a thermos that I can pop in the microwave at work. Does anyone know of a good brand?

I did some strength training yesterday with five pound weights. I made sure to work all the muscle groups and even did some crunches and whimpy-girly push-ups using my knees. I also did about twenty minutes of cardio (a kickboxing video) before I did the weights. Surprisingly, I'm not sore today. I felt the burn yesterday evening, but I'm a-ok this morning. Today is walking for about 40 minutes (2 miles). I'm looking forward to getting some fresh air since it's supposed to be about 50 degrees here today. Winter is tough for me since I'm cooped up in the house whenever I'm not a work.

01-03-2008, 01:55 PM
Hey guys! I went to the gym today for a Group Ride class and 45 min of additional light cardio. I stuck to my food plan yesterday and I am on track today.

I know what you guys mean about wanting some feedback from the scale. I am still sitting at 161.4. :sigh: I might not be drinking enough water, but it's hard to do when it's so cold.

01-04-2008, 11:35 AM
So today is official weigh in day. Last Friday I was actually up to 243 and today I am at 241.5, so I've lost 1.5 pounds. I have to be happy with that. That is actually a good weight loss for a week. I must be doing something right. I am doing some type of workout everday and trying hard to get that calorie count up. I'm getting around 1300 a day. That is tough, since I feel like I am eating all day long. Since I am a teacher I have been off for almost two weeks. That has made it easier for me to plan meals and keep track etc. I will have to work a little harder next week when I go back to school. But I am pumped and excited so I know I can do it.

Stay strong and keep your eye on the goal.

01-04-2008, 12:46 PM
Congrats on the loss, mtiger. Keep up the good work!

I did a Group Power class and 45 min of cardio today. I stuck to my eating plan yesterday and I am on track for today.

My weight remains the same.

01-04-2008, 02:58 PM
I am happy to report a .75lb loss. Not great, but then it's a loss so it's in the right direction. I guess I just need to wake my body up a more by fueling it and working it out.

I'm having trouble today with staying away from chocolate. I'm nervous about a situation with my hubby's job. Now, why do I think that the chocolate will make it better? I've not gone overboard but I didn't want to have any to start with. I know that if I'm not careful the sugar will set me off into a binge and I don't even want to go there!

This is going to take some self-talk, and journaling to get through.

It's so inspiring to come here and read your posts and replies.

Keep working hard everyone...our efforts will show!

01-04-2008, 06:02 PM
Susie and mtiger - Good job on the weight loss! Any pounds or fractions of pounds you don't have to worry about is wonderful news.

WardHog - How do you like the gym you go to? I've looked around and requested information from several gyms, but I'm still on the fence about whether I'd like to join on not. Right now, I'm lifting dumbbells at home on the same day that I do a 20-25 minute cardio kickboxing video. I walk every other day and both Saturday and Sunday. However, sometimes I can't walk due to cold weather.

My scales were still at 230 yesterday. I definitely shouldn't complain because last Thursday they were at 232. I sneaked a peek on Monday and the new number was 230, so that's what I put on my ticker to make myself feel better. So, technically, I lost two pounds in the past week. I just jumped the gun on updating my ticker. I am sooooo looking forward to 220's. I haven't seen them in quite some time.

I eat my breakfast and lunch at work, and I'm trying to come up with good, healthy meals to bring with me. I'm a vegetarian, some I'm limited on a great deal of food that involves meat or chicken broth.

I found a recipe for Tuscan vegetable soup ( that looks delicious. It yields 12 small bowls of soup with 138 calories, 3 grams of fat in each bowl. Or you could double up a serving and have a large bowl of soup. Anyway, it sounds like it would be super tasty with some whole wheat rolls. I found a recipe for some whole wheat dinner rolls ( on the net, too. They're only 89 calories and 2 grams of fat each. I was thinking of having the soup/rolls for lunch because I found a neat little thermos by Aladdin at Target. It's completely plastic with a small spoon hidden in the lid. You can put your food in it, microwave it before you leave home, and it will keep your food warm for up to four hours.

For breakfast I've been having cereal, fruit, and yogurt. If anyone has any recommendations on ideas for a fast and portable (and HEALTHY) breakfast/lunch, I'd love to hear. I'm the type that likes to cook several portions on the weekend and divide them up for eating during the week.

As for exercise, I got in my 20 minutes of cardio and my weight lifting today. Tomorrow (weather permitting) I plan on taking a nice, long three or four mile walk with my dog.

01-05-2008, 03:24 AM
Its sounds like everyone is staying strong through week one. Good, good.... I think that's good. I am trying to keep an eye on the prize an not forget what I'm about. I am doing well though. I was a little shaky this afternoon. Have you ever had a meal that was so disappointing (yet expensive at the same time) that it actually made you hungrier than you were before you ate? I did this afternoon, and I was so mad that I wasted the calories. But I didn't give in and go through a drive thru. I though about it, but I didn't do it.

Congrats to everyone who has lost this week!

01-05-2008, 10:48 AM
Well, for the first weigh in of January, I was under 180. Only by half a pound, but I'll take it.

Man, I want to burn through the 170's so bad!

01-05-2008, 12:55 PM
Congrats Mychoice and Tealeaf on your weight losses. I know that sometimes it doesn't seem like much but we have to be happy that it was a loss. Also good job to all those that are sticking with their plans and eating right, avoiding those fast food places and working out. I have been so faithful, I haven't missed one day of working out in some way or other. Over Christmas break I've been kind of stuck in the house and am feeling the need to get out and go shop or something. If I go to the mall I will have to avoid some of my faves like Auntie Anne's pretzels. Can I do it? Since we have so much snow here it will also be a good place to take a brisk walk.

Does anyone have a motivating outfit set aside that they are aiming to fit into? Last night I bought a new winter coat. The x-large was just a wee bit tight so I went for the 1X. Wish I had been brave enough to buy the smaller one with confidence that it would fit perfectly soon. I so want to fit into smaller clothes, but I will also be happy to just have my current clothes not feel so tight.

01-05-2008, 01:45 PM
Great job, losers!

I did a Group Ride class this morning, and then 30 minutes on the elliptical. I was on plan yesterday and I am on track today. My weight is even down a smidge, but I don't want to jinx it by saying the number.

foucault, I started out working out at home and I really like the Firm videos. Then I found out that my husband's company offered a free gym membership and I have been hooked ever since. I was a bit apprehensive about it, but now I don't think I could live without it. I do a class just about every day and when I don't feel like doing the group thing there is endless variety in weight and cardio machines. It's not a "young" gym where people are there looking to hook up. I have made lots of friends there and my kids love going to the childcare room, too.

mtiger - I just want to fit into my jeans without suffocating! Then I'll go from there. LOL

Have a great week-end everyone!

01-05-2008, 05:38 PM

Well, I had a small binge this morning. I'm not feeling good, it's cold, I comforted myself and for what? Now my mental state feels bad too. BUT, in the past I would have thrown in the towel for today. Well, I told myself to get to the board and get myself motivated again by reading the posts and posting the truth about my short fall.

I'm back on my feet. I can't undo what I did, just go on and NOT do it again. I decided to get into some comfy sweats, took some asprain and let the housework go. If I don't feel good it can all wait. My head is pounding!

I did write my binge down..that is when I decided to stop. You know, I"m a perfectionist and it bothers me to mess up and have it show. How in the world do I get beyond that?

Lillybell: Welcome to our forum. It's going to be great losing with you!
Wardhog: I like your comment about your jeans...I feel the same!
Mtiger: Did you make it to the mall and avoid those pretzels? I bet you did!

01-05-2008, 09:46 PM
Teaelaf - Congrats on the weight loss! Under 180 is fantastic! I hope you're able to burn through those 170's as quickly as you'd like.

mtiger - I never thought of walking about the mall during cold weather, but that's a great idea. I have a couple pairs of pants in my closet that absolutely do not fit me. One of them is so tight that I feel like I'm squeezing myself in half. The other pair won't even zip up (a size 16). I'm looking forward to the day when I'll be able to wear the 16 without sucking my stomach in. Right now I'm wearing a 18/20. The exact size depends on the pair of pants.

WardHog - I'm really considering going to the gym. There are two very close to my apartment. One is the hip, popular place, and the people I've spoken to who have gone there say it is filled with 20-somethings looking for dates. However, Presbyterian Healthcare has a healthplex almost a mile from my doorstep. They have a gym there and offer daily classes. There is a monthly fee, no contracts. I'm really considering that one once I get myself a bit more conditioned.

lilybell - Welcome! Glad to have you!

Susie - Don't feel too bad about the binge. It happens. I've done it before, and I'm sure I'll do it again. The trick is to get right back up afterward and go back to your plan of healthy eating. I found some salted cashews in the pantry last night. Before I knew what had happened, I had a handful of them stuffed in my mouth. Then another handful. Yikes! I stopped myself, estimated what I ate at about a serving, and recorded the calories and fat grams in my food diary. It tipped me a little high on the fat grams for the day, but that's okay.

Things are still going well for me. I've resisted the scales to take a peek. The weather was nice today, so I asked my boyfriend if he wanted to take our dog on a walk. He was going to come with me, but he doesn't like to walk for more than a mile. He weighs 40 pounds less than me, and he can't walk more than a mile. I told him that if he wasn't going to walk for at least two, then he should just stay home. So, he stayed, and I went with the dog. I walked a little over two miles. Then I stopped by the farmer's market and bought a load of veggies and fruits. Just before dinner, I talked the boyfriend into walking another mile with me at the park.

01-06-2008, 12:51 AM
I know what you mean about resisting the scale foucault. I have decided weigh in every eight weeks instead of weekly. Its day day five and the temptation to peek is strong. And I wouldn't feel bad about the binge susie, you remained aware and altered your behavior instead of just saying the heck with it all. Proud a you.

My calories are up today. I just discovered yesterday how important planning my whole day of food, and having it readily available ,will be a required practice for me. I had a terrible lunch yesterday and I went over my desired calorie intake today. I also made a couple of food choices I don't think I would have had I planned sooner.

Well, the day was still a good one. I wish everyone a delightful tomorrow!

01-06-2008, 01:05 PM
Hi everyone. So I did go to the mall yesterday and walked for a good twenty minutes. Not long, but enough to work up a bit of sweat. Then I walked the mall again as I shopped. Bought myself a gift, a sport's bra. Boy did I need that. I am amazed with myself. I did not buy any food except a Diet Pepsi. I am so proud of myself, I even walked right past some people eating pretzels and I knew I wanted one, but it was not worth it. I even did a little workout at the sporting goods store. I tested out the elliptical's which usually hurt my knee. I didn't feel too bad. Also tried their hand weights.

Then I went to Target and bought myself some new hand weights. My current weights are 3 pds. and I jumped up to 5 pds. God do they seem heavy. I'm not ready to use them yet, I think I'll give myself at lest another week with the 3 pounders.

Keep strong and on track. Good luck everyone!!

01-06-2008, 05:17 PM
Great job, mtiger! You, too, foucault for getting your boyfriend moving with you.

lilybell, I read somewhere that nutrition is 70% and exercise is 30% of the equation for losing weight. Good for you for staying on your eating plan.

I did a split workout today, 1 hour in the morning and 1 hour in the afternoon. I had to work around my husband's football watching schedule. It felt good anyway.

I stayed on my eating plan yesterday and I am on track for today. I made a huge pot of vegetable soup so I am set for the coming week.

Keep up the good work, everyone!

01-06-2008, 06:37 PM
lilybell - I fell into the oops-I-blew-it-might-as-well-give-up trap before. I lost about 20 pounds in the fall of 2006. I decided to maintain the weight loss for the winter because I didn't think I'd be able to work out when it was cold outside (I love to walk). Unfortunately, because I wasn't working out, I started eating naughty things here and there. When spring 2007 rolled around, I was so lazy and spoiled from not working out that winter that I didn't want to walk even if the weather was nice. So, I continued with what I was doing - eating what I wanted and being lazy. Amazingly, I was able to pretty much maintain my weight during 2007, but I didn't lose a single pound during that year. I figured I should get my butt back on track this year. I promised myself once I hit 160, I could get a tattoo that I've been wanting for a very long time, and that's a big incentive for me.

mtiger - Glad you had a great time at the mall. I admire your will power of steel. ;-) I always find I get motivated to exercise when I buy things that will help me with it. The sports bra and weights were excellent choices to reward yourself and keep yourself on track.

WardHog - I made vegetable soup today, too! It was more than I had planned and will probably feed me lunch for two full weeks as long as I freeze half of it. Glad you were able to get your daily workout in even if you had to split it up to work around the football schedule. :-)

Today was a good day. But, I must confess - I peeked at the scales this morning. I couldn't resist! They were calling my name. However, it motivated me to get up and go for a walk because I was down to 228. Yay!!! I'm weird. Weight loss makes me want to work out more. I'm going to wait until Thursday to log my weight and change my ticker, though. My birthday is at the end of May, and I hope to be down to (or close to) 200 by then.

01-06-2008, 09:13 PM
I'm so glad to hear everyone successes! I hope to have some to report soon. I have realized that I really enjoy reading what everyone has to say, but I haven't been much for posting anything myself. I guess I need to learn to accept support from others. So, since I haven't said much so far, here goes... Mtiger and I are losing weight together. You can all see that she is a workout fiend!! I'll definitely need her to keep me going, because I tend to put off what can be done today and make excuses for why I'm not doing what I need to do. My goal this week is to get started by walking after school every day (school teacher) so I can build some stamina and not die after 5 minutes of working out. I know if I start slow and add a little more each day I will have greater success and not give up. I have also read the Biggest Loser Fitness book, so I feel like I needed to organize my brain to know exactly what to do to get this weight off. Does anyone have great ideas about what to do with small children while you're trying to work out at home? Mine try to climb on the treadmill with me and obviously I don't want them to get hurt.

01-07-2008, 12:18 PM
Kelly - I love reading about everyone's success, too. It motivates me to work harder. I even enjoy reading about tough times because it makes me realize I'm not alone in the struggle to lose weight. I hope you enjoy your walks. Walking is my exercise of choice. When I can consistently do it in the spring and summer, it energizes me. I started out walking 3/4 of a mile. Within three weeks, I was walking two miles at a time. Within another three weeks, I was walking three and a half miles. It's great exercise and it builds up your stamina like crazy. Don't worry about the speed at first - just concentrate on enjoying yourself and slowly building up to longer walks.

lilybell - 25 down! That's fantastic! I hope to hit my 25 mark when I weigh in next. I've got my fingers and toes crossed. I don't know how old your kids are, but my mother was a big Richard Simmons addict when he first came out on the scene. She would do his exercise tapes and invite us to do them with her. I was probably about 8 or 9 and my brothers were 5 or 6. We were completely uncoordinated, but we loved "dancing to the oldies" with her. If your kids are old enough to goof around and try to do the tapes with you, then ask them if they want to.

Right now, I'm such a kickboxing fiend. I love the kickboxing videos. They really get me pumped and make me feel like I'm accomplishing something. I can let out my aggression and stress with punches and kicks. There is a wonderful series of DVDs called 10 Minute Solutions that I've been using. I can't speak for all of them, but the ones I have get my heart rate up very quickly in a very short workout. The sessions are 10 minutes long (with a short warm up and cool down), but there are 5 sessions on a DVD, and you can string them together in any order or combination you'd like. I usually do two before I lift weights on my strength training days. So, if you are pressed for time and want to fit in a really effective work-out, try those DVDs.

Friday was a stressful day at work, but I managed not to binge. My boss keeps snacks for everyone in her office. Chips, cookies, candy bars, chocolate, all the bad stuff I shouldn't be eating. Sometimes it's difficult not to walk in there and grab a Snickers when I'm having a bad day. However, this time I avoided the trap. I always feel good when I'm able to say no to a craving or to emotional eating.

Oh, and I have a question for everyone. Is there a certain day or days of the week that you find you consistently weigh less (or more)? I've found that I tend to weigh less on Sunday-Tuesday and more the remainder of the week. I can't figure out if this is caused by some quirk in my diet or what. I might move my weigh-in day to one of the lighter days just to make myself feel happier.

01-07-2008, 12:39 PM
lilybell, Congratulations on the 25 lb loss! Awesome job!

foucault, I love kickboxing! It is so much fun and you can really get your aggressions out.

I did a Group Power class this morning, plus a 15 min walk on the treadmill to warm up and 30 min on the elliptical afterwards. I stayed on my eating plan yesterday and I am on track today. I have been weighing myself every day (bad, I know) and I was down to 159 this morning. That's down 2.4 pounds this week. It makes me very motivated to keep going.

Kelly, I am a SAHM so I go to the gym every morning. If the kids aren't in school they come with me. Before the gym membership I got up early (5:45) every day and worked out before the kids got up. It kind of sucked but it was the only way I could make sure to get it in. I hope you can find something that works for you.

01-07-2008, 07:54 PM
Ok Wardhog!! Kelly says I work out a lot, but look at you go. Somedays you work out for 2 hours? Couple of ??? What is a group ride class and what is SAHM? You go for it, you will probably be the buffest chick at the gym. Also, don't feel so bad about getting on the scale everyday, I do the same thing. We just need to remember not to get disappointed when it doesn't move everyday.

Kudos to Kelly. Today after school we did a 10 min. warm up, 15 min. walk and then about 10 min. cooldown. You did it girl, great job. Now I am going to sneak in a little bit extra tonight. Not quite sure what it will be yet, but something. So today was the first day back to school and I ate more during the day. I am still only at 1320, but I got there quite quickly.

Foucault- It's great you enjoy walking that much. I walked alot in the spring, unfortunately I didn't lose much weight. Glad it works for you.

Lilybell- great job on the 25 pounds. Can't wait till I can say the same.

Great work everyone. Keep it up!!

01-07-2008, 09:16 PM
I did so well all day...then dinner came. I had everything measured out and calorie counted, then starvation came on and I had a second helping of spaghetti (wheat, not white pasta). I only went over my calorie goal by 175 calories today, but I really wish I would have resisted more. Tomorrow my willpower will be better. Mindy, I believe SAHM is Stay at Home Mom.

01-08-2008, 01:47 AM
I went over on calories today too kelly. I'm not too discouraged by it though. They were clean calories (as in not fatty sugar junk food calories) from healthy foods. I am finding that I get so hungry when its a meal time, I am so focused on eating I don't take the time to enjoy the food. I'll have to work on that.

Hope everyone is feeling good.

01-08-2008, 11:19 AM
WardHog - 2.4! That's awesome! All those classes at the gym must be paying off. You motivate me to want to join a gym even though I'm terribly afraid of them.

mtiger - Glad to hear that you were able to fit a walk into your schedule today. I'm sure it's hard to get much else done during the school day when you're keeping track of the kids. What grade or subject do you teach? I always thought it would be fun to teach, but I don't think I have the patience for it. ;-)

Kelly & bumble - Don't worry too much over the calories, especially since they were from healthy foods. I've read a bit about calorie cycling, but I've never tried it myself. Basically, you change up your daily calorie intake to keep your body guessing so it doesn't plateau at a certain weight. If you should be around 1600 calories, some days you eat 1400 and others you eat 1800 while some you stick to the 1600. I usually don't worry too much about exactly how many calories I eat. I try to keep it between 1500 and 1800. Usually, I'm right between 1600 and 1700. Except for the night that I have pizza, and then I'm edging up into the 1800 range. ;-)

So, I think I may change my weigh-in day. When I lost the first 20 pounds, I was weighing in on Tuesdays. When I started at the beginning of the year, I started on a Thursday, so I weighed on Thursday. I like Tuesdays better, especially since I stepped on the scale this morning and saw I was down three pounds from last week. !!!!!! I was so happy, I had to come into work and change my tickers to reflect that. Oh, and I did a Snoopy dance in my bathroom while I was brushing my teeth. :-) I've been drinking loads of water and taking a whole body cleansing kit, so that might be helping me a bit, too.

01-08-2008, 12:44 PM
Good job kelly and mtiger - keep on walking!

foucault - three pounds!!! woo-hoo! I was really nervous about joining the gym at first, but everyone there is so nice and supportive. I really love it. I have been in a really good exercise groove for a while but I tend to sabotage myself with bad eating (compulsive eating and bingeing - yuck). I want to change that permanently.

Today I did an 11 min mile warm-up, then a Group Ride class, then 30 min on the elliptical. Group Ride is a cycling class, kind of like spin, where you ride the rhythm of the music and adjust the resistance accordingly. It's an awesome cardio workout. Eating was on plan yesterday and I am on track today.

I think we all had a great first week - let's keep it up!

01-08-2008, 06:19 PM
Wardhog-I did a trial membership at my local gym an fell in love with the group ride class. I am saving to get my own bike so I can do it at home. (Can't afford the memebership fees right now.)

Foucault-Yay for your pounds lost. Don't you just love progress.

Kelly and mtiger-I've decided to run/walk fo the majority of my exercise program. I actually got up to get on the treadmill when I got really upset and stressed out last night. Normally I would have just gone to Jack in the Box for the comfort and oh so healthy benefits of their deep fried tacos.

Hope everyone has had a lovely day.

01-08-2008, 08:26 PM
Bumble- I'm with you on the walking/jogging workout. I can't afford to join a gym either, so I am finding things to do on my own. Today Kelly and I walked aftr school for a little over 15 min. She had to leave and I wanted a little bit more so I did some jogging for a little bit. Got my heart rate up and boy was my face red. Fun, fun!!
Wardhog- Sounds like you are really on track and staying motivated. Good job!! Keep losing.
Kelly-Don't fret over that extra food. I'll see ya tom. and we will work harder. Getting better everyday.
I am still trying to eat more. I am a bit afraid of going over 1300 calories. Then I hear how many some of you are eating and think I should relax about it.
For the record, I teach kindergarten and I have quite a rough group this year. They work me and my patience everyday. Sometimes I feel too tired to come home and work out. It's a good thing Kelly and I are doing it at school before we go home. Yeah for teamwork!!

01-09-2008, 12:22 AM
mtiger-so what is a normal day of food for you then? I am aiming to keep my cals between 1300-1400. I always end up around 1500-1600. I'm just wondering what sorts of things you normally eat to keep you around a steady 1300. Any help appreciated.

01-09-2008, 12:26 PM
mtiger - My daughter is in kindergarten (and my son is almost 4). I could never do your job!

bumble - Good job getting on the treadmill to beat the stress. That's a great way to replace a bad habit with a good one. FYI - I am eating around 1500 calories a day. I eat small amounts throughout the day otherwise I would be hungry.

Today I did a Group Power class (which seemed tougher than normal today) and 50 min on the elliptical. I stayed on my eating plan yesterday and I am on track for today.

Stay strong, everyone!

01-09-2008, 01:26 PM
I lost my first 20 pounds by walking about 2 miles everyday and keeping track of my calories. I'm only walking about 4 times a week now, and sometimes it is more or less than 2 miles, but I still think it is helping. The other days of the week are for strength training with weights. So, walking is an easy and good way to get in exercise. The longer (time-wise) you walk, the better. I usually try to get my speed up to 3 miles an hour.

Anyway, for you gals who are walking, I've found the pedometer on Google to be a great help. Here's the link ( Just type in the zipcode you're walking in at the top and find the area where you're at. Then hit the record button and place points along the map to indicate your route. It will keep track of how far on the left.

As for the discussion on daily calorie intake - I eat between 1500 and 1800 each day. Usually, it's right around 1700, but on pizza days, it does go up to 1800. ;-) I want to be able to lower my calories when I plateau without eating below 1200 a day. I have cereal, fruit, and yogurt in the mornings. Soup, sandwich, wheat rolls, veggies, or something similar for lunch. Dinner varies. Some of the things I have a lot are soup, (healthy) cheese pizza, veggie avocado/apple sandwiches, rice and veggies, gyoza (Chinese dumplings) with rice, Boca burgers, etc. I usually have a side salad with balsamic vinegrette with almost every dinner. If anyone wants to post specifics about what they eat each day, I'd love to read it. I'm always looking for new ideas to change up my menu each week. If I don't switch things up, then I get cravings for bad food I shouldn't be eating.

I just want to say that everyone is doing so well. Yay for us! I have confidence this will be a great year in which we will reach our goals or be so much closer to them. I don't care if I see my target weight this year, but I would love to be under 200 by my b-day.

Oh, and does anyone do any dance fitness videos? I was looking at some online yesterday, but I don't know which would be best. Dancing for exercise seems like so much fun.

01-09-2008, 10:34 PM
Foucault- I agree that menu options are tough. I have been doing ok eating the same as you for breakfast, cereal, fruit, yogurt type stuff. I found oatmeal to stick with me better. My problem is that I'm picky and don't like a lot of variety. I have a harder time with snacks, because as a teacher, I don't want to eat in front of my students when they're working. So I feel like I sit there and starve, then constantly think about food.

I caught myself unconsciously eating today! Sometimes when my class is working on a particularly tough math concept, we'll do a problem and I reward the kids with skittles or starburst for correct answers. Today, I passed out skittles to children and automatically popped three in my mouth! I think I ran down to Mtiger's classroom to tell her how stupid I felt. I didn't even realize I had done it until about 5 minutes later. Then it felt even dumber to sit there analyzing the package to find out how many calories are in 3 skittles. (By the way, there's about 160 calories in 1/4 cup) It really made me aware that I was eating way too much before and not even paying attention.

Walked today for 30 minutes and I didn't even die!

01-09-2008, 10:53 PM
Hello. I've been thinking about all of you guys and working every day to stay on track. I've done pretty well. I've had about 6 Hersey kisses that I didn't plan on having, but they are written down and it was 6 over 3 days...not to shabby.

I had a small victory today where I was offered chocolate cake and I turned it down.

I'm one of the lucky ones who loves to workout and I've had a great workout week. I'm getting a 2 mile walk in every day and I'm doing some sort of weight training. Tomorrow is my weigh-in and my Zumba night. I'm looking forward to both.

I feel really positive because I just read all your posts. It is so helpful to know that there are people going through the same things I am and they are managing to get that weight off.

Please keep posting..the good, and the bad and the getting back up and the meeting those little goals. I will get here more often to post. I need's helpful to me.

01-09-2008, 10:55 PM
I have realized this week that I eat differently when I'm in school than not. Last week I ate a lot of sandwiches and fruits. Now that I am back to school I always have a frozen meal for lunch and less whole fruit, like apples. No time to eat them. I just need to eat quicker (I have about 20 min.) and I don't like to make and pack stuff to take.

Today- cereal at home, yogurt at school, Kids were having animal crackers for snack. I checked the calories and opted for pretzels. A frozen Lean Gourmet meal at lunch, later in the pm I had 100 calorie Doritoes. I made some cheesy,potatoe thing for dinner with cottage cheese. I have snacked on a few pumpernickel crackers. Splurged today and had a 200 calorie 3 musketeeers, chocolate was calling my name.Total 1350.

I walked with Kelly and a friend after school, but then I came home and did my cardio video also. I just don't feel like walking does enough. Tom. is the official start of our "biggest Loser" program at work. AHHH!! I have to weigh in with the nurse. Yuck!! Wish me and Kelly luck. We don't care about winning, even though there is $$ involved. We are in this to change our lives.

Keep up the good work. Stay strong.

01-10-2008, 03:05 AM
Thanks for the calorie info yall. I was starting to get lost in the details. I have regained my perspective. Hope everyone had a delightful kinda day. If not I hope you have one tomorrow.

01-10-2008, 10:24 AM
Good morning. I made myself a promise that I would get here early today.
I'm hoping for good news at the scales tonight. What is great is that I'm feeling much better about myself because I'm not stuffing myself full and I've cut down on the sugar ALOT. When I eat a lot of sugar I suffer withdraw and it's not pretty for a couple of days. I know this and I don't know why I allow myself to overdo on it--it really does make me feel poorly, mentally and physically.

Mtiger/Kelly: How exciting that you can be in a contest together and that you are going to be able to encourge each other. I'm looking forward to reading about your success.

Bumble: Glad you regained perspective. You just affirmed why it's important to come here and get the support.

Focult: About dance videos. I don't do them, but I do take Zumba and it's dance and it's FUN! I've seen videos on line for Zumba and I'm thinking of getting one to try it so I'll have something on hand to do if I can't make my class or for an extra workout.

Ok, I must get to work. I'll see you all tomorrow.

01-10-2008, 11:29 AM
Kelly - I'm the same as you. I find a few things that are good and keep me on track. If I start switching things up too often, then I'll end up eating something that is not-so-good for me. I don't binge, but I'll go over my calories or fat grams. Every week, I'll take a look around and try to add something new or make some switches in my menu just so I don't get bored with it and end up stuffing some (a loaf of) banana bread in my mouth. Isn't it crazy how much unconscious eating we do? I'm an unconscious eater, too. If somethings lying around, I'll eat it and realize what I've done afterward. That must be how I got here to begin with. As for the Skittles, for candy, they aren't that bad. Sometimes I'll even fit them in my calories for the day if I'm craving a candy bar or something.

Susie - Good luck on your weigh-in. I'm sure you'll do wonderfully since you've been keeping yourself on track. Come back and let us know how it went as soon as you can. I just looked up Zumba on the net and it seems like it would be fun and provide me with a great cardio workout. If I can't find it in one of the stores around town, I might have to order it online. I wonder if eBay has copies for a nice price.

mtiger - The thing I love about counting calories is that you can fit in pretty much anything you want, even candy. Sometimes you just have to have it. I hope you and Kelly can have fun and knock their socks off at your school's biggest loser contest. What a neat thing to do in the workplace. I bet it makes everyone work harder because they are accountable to everyone else doing the program.

bumble - I've found that calorie calculators are fantastic for helping you determine how many calories you can eat to lose weight. Here's a link to one I've used: Daily Caloric Needs ( You just put in your stats and how often you exercise. It will tell you how many calories to maintain, lose, and lose faster. It will even do a calorie cycling program for you if you're interested in switching things up for your metabolism.

As for me... I'm still on track. Still planning my menus and sticking to them. My boss buys snack foods in bulk and keeps them in her office for everyone to snack on during the day. I've managed to avoid the room of doom for two weeks now. I do NOT need a Twix. I do NOT need M&Ms. I do NOT need potato chips. Bad, bad, bad. Today is my walking day. I can do about 1.5 in 30 minutes. That leaves me 15 minutes to drive home, 15 minutes to get back to work. I have a dog, so I have to go home and take him out to pee. He loves Tuesdays and Thursdays because he gets a nice walk in at lunch with me.

01-10-2008, 01:21 PM
It sounds like everyone is doing very well! I don't do dance videos - too klutzy! LOL

Today I did 1.5 mi warm-up (18 min), then Group Ride class, then 31 min on the elliptical. I was a sweaty mess when I finished, too. It felt great. I stayed on my eating plan yesterday and I am on track for today. My "official" weigh-in will be tomorrow, so I hope to be down a little.

01-10-2008, 09:15 PM
Hiya!! I walked tonight after school, by myself (boo hoo), and they were having a meeting. They were having pizza. Every lap around I had to go by that smell. Oh man!! Then my "roomie/ex-husband" (long story) called and asked if I wanted to get pizza for dinner. I yelled at him NOOO!! I just thought I can't eat pizza tonight, I didn't plan for it. Now if 1 slice is about 200- 220 cal. I probably could have had pizza. But it just threw me off so I just had a fit. Maybe I'll work some in this weekend because I love pizza and it sounds sooo good.

I have been walking every night this week, plus something extra when I get home. Was down on the scale this morning. I hope it doesn't go up tom. That is my official weigh in at home. I tend to do this down, up, down thing. We are weighing in on Thurs. at school so I might change to that. The scale at school is not kind. My weight was really up from mine at home. Yikes!!

Congrats to everyone and their individual successes. Keep up the good work.

01-11-2008, 01:30 AM
mtiger-I was tempted with pizza the other night. I had worked all day and didnt feel like cooking so I said okay. Turns out it wasnt a bad call. We had dominos thin crust veggie pizza (140 cal per slice according to the daily plate). So that I didnt binge on the pizza and blow my whole day I made a big salad and ate that while waiting for the pizza to be delivered. I had two slices and stayed well within my calorie allowance. I even had calories left over for desert.

Wardhog-Same here. I tried to do a group kick class once. I wanted to cry I was so klumsy. I stick to the no fail no embarrassment methods. The group kick class did seem so fun though. I'll probably try again once I improve my fitness level and confidence.

foucault- I am very interested in this calorie cycling you speak of. Thanks for the info, I'm gonna check it out. ANd props to you for avoiding the evil snack closet. That is never easy, especially in a permissive environment.

mychoice-good luck on the weigh in. i'm with you on the sugar deal too. i find when i reduce my sugar intake everything about me improves.

01-11-2008, 11:47 AM
WardHog - Good luck on your weigh-in!

mtiger - Great job getting out and walking! It becomes addictive after a while. If I go for more than two days without getting outsides and walking, I start craving it and become upset. I hope your weigh-in today is a success!

bumble - I think I inadvertently do calorie cycling myself. It isn't something I did knowingly, but I do tend to change my calories each day. I don't make an effort to add or take away food to get it to a certain level. Some days I eat 1500 calories, some days I eat 2000. I'm supposed to be eating around 1700 for a loss of 2lbs a week. Most days it falls around around that, but not always. That pizza from Dominos sounds good! I love veggie pizzas of all kinds.

I found that I crave something sweet after dinner when I realized I was eyeing a box of chocolates in the pantry a few nights ago. I went to the grocery store the next day and got little snack packs of rice pudding. It hits the spot when I finish up dinner. Plus, I eat less because I want to leave room for dessert. :-)

I bought this ( dance/fitness DVD a couple days ago. I watched the first portion of it last night (without trying to do it). Oh wow... choreography galore. I don't know if I can do it. I'm going to give it a go today. It looks really fun, but my memory and fitness DVDs don't go well together. We'll see...

Hope everyone is having a good Friday!

01-11-2008, 12:38 PM
bumble - I love Group Kick! They took the front mirrors down in the group fitness room in my gym, which makes it much better.

foucault - Good luck with the video. I always have to leave a little room in my plan for something sweet. Lately I have been buying 100 calorie packs of M&Ms. There are not many in there, so I just eat them very s-l-o-w-l-y.

mtiger - Pizza sounds so good! It's a trigger food for me, so I need to stay far, far away. Great job on the exercise!

Mychoice - How was the weigh-in?

As for me - today I did 22 min (2 mi) on the treadmill to warm up, a Group Power class, and 23 min on the elliptical. I stayed on my eating plan yesterday and I am on track for today. I am feeling super motivated going into the week-end because this morning I weighed 157.6!!! That's down 3.8 pounds since the first. yay!

01-11-2008, 02:22 PM
Hi everyone.

Well...the scales didn't move. Not up (that's a good thing) but not down...I was a little upset. But one of the gals reminded me that I'm working out and it's a trend with me that sometimes when I've increased my workouts it takes 2 weeks for my effort to show up on the scale.

So, instead of comforting myself with food (which I thought about for minute--but thought where would that get me), I thought about how my pants aren't cutting into my waist like they were 2 weeks ago. I thought about how I'm noticing my eyes when I look into the mirror instead of my neck and what was starting to become a double chin. Those things made me feel better.

I have an email friend that we email one another about our weight-loss journey and I was talking to her about grabing small things here and there, like Hershey kisses and she said that when she thinks about doing something like that, she does something else physical, like go downstairs for something, put something away, straighten an area up, or even just puts her hand on her stomach and it seems to help. I thought that was a great idea.

Wardhog: I'm so happy the scales were down for you! Doesn't it feel GREAT!

Focult: Let us know what you think of that video..who cares if you can't do remember all the steps...whose watching? and even if they were..who's movement and it's fun..that's what counts.

Bumble: I love your pizza strategy. I will use that in the future sometime when we have pizza at the office.

mtiger: you have been doing well...I'm sure your efforts will show.

I'll be around sometime this weekend. Stay on track everyone. I'm going to...I'm stating this so that you can check me on it...weekends are hard for me because I'm a routine person and on the weekends I'm out of my routine.
Any advice on that issue is most welcome

01-11-2008, 10:37 PM
So today was weigh in day. 239, that's a total loss of 4 pounds in two weeks. Yeah!!! I walked and jogged a bit after school today with Kelly, and a lot of other teachers were walking since our competition started yesterday. I did 2 miles in 40 min. That was pretty good.

When I got home, all hot and worn out, there was pizza waiting for me. Here we go again with the pizza thing. Well I added up calories and had only eaten about 600 so far, so I ate 2 slices. I believe I stayed well within my calorie count and boy was it good.

Wardhog- Congrats on the weight loss. Feels great doesn't it? I obviously love pizza and just have to plan for it and stick to the plan.

Mychoice- I know how you feel with the scale. I tend to go up, down, up,etc. I am always excited when I don't gain.

Just a tip- Bob (of biggest loser) says, even if you don't get the steps right, as long as you are moving and trying, you are getting benefit. So try those dance videos and fumble, and HAVE FUN!!!

Keep it up all. Our hard work will pay off.

01-12-2008, 04:04 AM
mtiger and wardhog, congrats on the loss.

MyChoice-Proud A You for staying strong and aware. That is the most difficult part. Getting up to try a new workout and fighting your cravings for unhealthy food choices is one thing. But deciding not to chuck it all in is much harder. Good for you. I have been gauging my progress by the way I look and feel (no weigh in until valentines day) and I have been noticing the same things. My eyes are brighter, my skin is glowy-er. I'm noticing what was lumpy two weeks ago is now a bit smoother, a bit curvier. My hair is prettier and my smile is bigger. I laugh more. I am in T.O.M right now and feel fantastic. Before I would have been moody as heck and demanding baked goods.

Good luck everybody. I hope you will be having a delightful weekend.

01-12-2008, 12:28 PM
Hang in there, Mychoice. It will happen.
Good job, mtiger!
Sounds like you are making good progress, too, bumble.

Today I did a Group Ride class, 30 min on the elliptical and 30 min (2 mi) on the treadmill (hills, level 10). I stayed on my eating plan yesterday and I am on track for today. I need to eat more protein! Fewer carbs!

01-12-2008, 08:06 PM
How is everybody doing? Today I had a ton of errands and shopping to do. I had breakfast and some popcorn for a snack. I had 1 slice of that leftover pizza and then left the house. Got home, took care of everything and it was 5:30. I had only eaten 600 calories. Now I feel like I need to stuff my face all night just to get close to 1300 or 1400. How do I do this?

I bought a new cookbook today. It's the Better Homes and Gardens Dieter's Cookbook. It has some really good stuff in it. It also has formulas for BMI and calorie requirements in it. I like it because it is normal food, nothing all fancy. I'm marking a few things I want to try this week so I can go shopping tom. and make sure I have all the ingredients.

Still need to workout for the day. I will probaly do the cardio with a little weight training added in. Can't slow down now.

Keep working hard everyone.

01-12-2008, 09:24 PM
mtiger, I have that cookbook and I love it! My favorite part is that there is a picture for every recipe so I can see if mine turned out like it was supposed to. I make the meatloaf all the time and my whole family loves it. Some other favorites are the peppery beef and vegetables and the chicken corn chowder. What are you planning to make?

01-12-2008, 10:13 PM
WardHog - Congratulations on the huge loss! That's wonderful! All the working out has certainly paid off.

Susie - Hang in there and don't give up. I've had those weigh-ins where I thought for sure that I'd lose something, but nothing budged. Just think of how happy you will be when the scales move next week or the week after. And think of how much better you are treating your body. It will thank you eventually.

mtiger - Woo! Congrats on the loss! I bet you feel great. I usually do about 2 miles in 40 minutes, too. I do have to stop for pee-pee breaks since I bring my dog for all my walks, but he usually knows how to hustle after lifting his legs on a bush down the street. As for the cookbook... I'm definitely going to have to track it down. It sounds like something I can use to shake up my meals.

bumble - I love how you're looking at all of the other noticeable things that have improved since you began eating healthier. That's really what it is all about. Even if we lose all the weight we want to, we won't look any better if our bodies don't look as if we've been treating them right. All those veggies must be doing wonders for our skin.

I'm still around and on track. I have plenty of calories left over for a nice snack tonight. I think I might have some popcorn while we're watching movies.

For anyone looking for something to keep them filled, I've found something wonderful. Several people on 3FC in other threads were talking about Greek yogurt. I found some at Trader Joe's yesterday (I'm sure you can also find them at whole foods stores). The brand is Fage. I had a serving of it (which was fairly large) with a tablespoon of honey and a handful of walnuts mixed in. The kind I got was made from fat free milk, so it was about 100 calories, no fat grams. The walnuts added another 100 calories and 10 fat grams. The honey was 60 calories. So, 260 calories and 10 fat grams in all. It was *so* tasty, and the yogurt has 13 grams of protein in it. When you add in the protein in the walnuts (5 grams), it's got a total of 18 grams. I had it with a tofu turkey sandwich on wheat bread. I ate at 10:30 when I got out of bed. I did my errands, shopped, and walked four miles. I wasn't the least bit hungry until 5:00 this evening.

01-12-2008, 11:06 PM
Wardhog- I love the pics in the cookbook. I will have to try the meatloaf. Some things I have planned are the Chicken&corn chowder, the monte cristo, a few of the chicken dishes, english muffin breadand peachy rice pudding. They all sound yummy!! I can't wait.

01-13-2008, 07:11 AM
Well, I haven't had the weight loss I was hoping for, only half a pound this week. But, on the other hand, I have kept to my "exercise 6 days a week instead of 4" plan. I do feel better for that.

01-13-2008, 02:32 PM
Good job on the exercise, tealeaf. Keep up the good work and the weight loss will follow.

Today I did 33 min on the treadmill (3 mi), 33 min on the stair climber, and 33 min on the elliptical. I stayed on my eating plan yesterday and I am on track for today.

01-14-2008, 02:24 AM
Tealeaf - good job staying to plan, and congrats on your loss.

So, I am doing okay today. It was a running day and I felt really good about my accomplishment there. I was concidering repeating week one of C25K program, but after today I think I may be good to push on to week two. We'll see how that goes.

Hope everyone has great success this week.

01-14-2008, 01:13 PM
tealeaf - I'm sorry the scales haven't been cooperative with you recently. With your exercise schedule and healthy eating, I'm sure you'll start to see the pounds falling off soon. It's just a matter of time. It's good to see you back here, though!

bumble - Great job on running yesterday! I think I can run for about 1/4 of a mile and then I have to stop so I can wheeze and feel like I'm dying. ;-)

I managed to avert a near disaster last night. I'm an emotional eater. My computer blew up yesterday night. Smoke was coming out the back of it. After pacing the apartment and wondering what I should do, I made a few calls to repair places. Only one answered. He said it was the power supply that blew up, and that he thinks he can fix it fairly easily. I was (and am) still worried about it, and I nearly talked my boyfriend into going to Dairy Queen with me. I decided against it at the last minute. Instead, I sat down and organized my CDs and watched some television. I dropped the computer off this morning. He's going to call me back when he has an answer. Hopefully, he won't call back and tell me that it requires more work than just a power supply. There are Twix downstairs in the vending machine, and I don't want the temptation of eating one dogging me for the rest of the day.

On top of all the hectic-ness with my broken computer, my dog decided to throw up in my car while I was on the way to drop the computer off. I nearly ran out of gas on my way back to work. Everyone I work with is in my office bugging me for things I don't have. Just a bad Monday all over. If I can get through the day without cramming a candy bar in my mouth, it will be a miracle.

Other than that, I've been doing well. I'm going to weigh in tomorrow. I've crossed my fingers that I'll be down at least another pound. I'm dreaming of 225, but I don't think I'll get there since I had such a big loss last week.

I've done that dance/cardio video twice (Friday and this morning). It was difficult the first time, but I was a bit better today. I just find it hard to keep up with her since I'm constantly trying to remember the next move. I can totally see how it gets easier after a few times, though. I think by the 5th time I do, it I'll be much, much better.

I hope everyone else is having a better Monday than me ;-)

01-14-2008, 03:49 PM
foucault, sorry about the bad day. I hope tomorrow is better and you get a great reward from your scale. I am having iPod issues, so I can sympathize with the computer thing.

bumble - good job with the running. I am sure you can do week 2 - go for it!

Today I did 11 min (1 mi) to warm up, a Group Power class, and 30 min on the elliptical. I stayed on my eating plan yesterday and I am on track for today. However, I have GAINED a tiny bit of weight and I am tempted to go eat the leftover pizza in my fridge (and whatever else I can find). So frustrating. I know I will feel even worse if I go off plan, especially since I have a family party coming up on Sunday and I know I will be off plan that day. So, I will just stay the course. Someone actually told me I look like I've lost weight; that made me feel good.

foucault - no pizza for me and no candy for you - deal?

01-14-2008, 05:08 PM
WardHog - Deal. :-) I haven't gotten the candy yet, and I hope you're steering clear of the pizza. I'm sure you'll shed that pesky pound soon. My weight fluctuates like crazy throughout the week, so I've learned not to think much of what the scale says on days other than Tuesday. I'll weigh myself about three or four times a week, but I shrug away the number most days since it tends to go up on Thursday/Friday for some reason. I've tried to determine if it is something I eat on Wednesday/Thursday that creates that little bit extra, or if it is some weird cycle of my body. The world may never know...

01-14-2008, 08:06 PM
Well, I survived the pizza - I gave it to the kids for dinner so it is gone! My daughter actually asked for some veggies with her pizza. That's my girl! :carrot:

01-14-2008, 08:36 PM
I know how you all feel with the temptations coming at us. One of our competitors at school was going around offering everyone (not on his team) chocolate chip cookie bars. I could go eat 3 or 4. That was just downright mean. I was up a pound this morning and I am so hoping that it has to do with T.O.M. Hopefully I'll get that out of the way before weigh in later this week.

I find that I eat more on schedule and spread calories out through the day when I work during the week. Kelly had a meeting so I walked while I waited, did a mile. Then we did the cardio workout. I was pretty tired when I got home, legs were kind of shot.

Bumble-Keep running. Good job.
Foucault- good job staying away from the pizza.
Wardhog- still no pizza? You are strong.

Keep working everyone and stay strong.

01-15-2008, 12:26 PM
Hi Everyone,
I have been under the weather the past few days. I actually stayed home from work today.

My throat is itchy and I can't breathe out of my nose. This is a good thing, because I'm not's too hard to breathe and eat. I'm choosing breathing.

I'm headed back to bed but I wanted to check in and see how everyone is doing.

This is week 3 and the temptations will be there...we can overcome them. I believe this! Stay strong. Don't give up what you want most for what you want now.

01-15-2008, 12:32 PM
I hope you feel better soon, Mychoice.

Today I did 11 min (1 mi) to warm up, a Group Ride class, and 30 min on the elliptical. I stayed on my eating plan yesterday and I am on track for today. My weight nudged UP a little more this morning. I will stay strong, though.

01-15-2008, 12:44 PM
WardHog - Yay! We both managed to avoid disaster! I'm glad the call of the pizza wasn't too strong for you.

mtiger - Great job with the walking! I've heard from several people that TOM always raises the number on the scale. I'm taking a BC pill that holds mine off until once a quarter. So, I go three months without. I haven't noticed a change during the time that I'm supposed to be experiencing TOM, but there certainly is a difference when I get to the placebo pills.

Susie - I hope you're feeling better tomorrow. Remember to drink as many fluids as you can to fight your cold. I was pretty out-of-it for a few days back in December when co-workers were passing a cold around the office.

I managed to drop another pound this week. Of course, I always want to lose two in a week, but I know from experience that it just doesn't happen. I'll usually have two or three weeks where I drop a couple pounds each weigh-in, and then I'll have a week or two when I can only lose a pound, if that. I'm soooo close to 225 that I can taste it.

My will power was awesome this morning! The boss bought breakfast for everyone in the office this morning. They were ordering from a place that sells breakfast burittos, loads of eggs, bacon, sausage, cheese, etc. I passed it up and ate my shredded mini wheats with skim milk and yogurt. It wasn't even that difficult to turn the offer of a fattening breakfast down in favor of my usual.

My computer is fixed, and my stress is greatly reduced. I'm amazed that I got through that little crisis without turning to food. I never wavered from my plan and stayed under my daily calorie allowance. Yay!

Today is walking day. Hopefully it will warm up a bit before I go for my 1.5 mile walk at lunch.

I hope everyone else is doing well and staying on plan. When you're tempted by evil food, just think of how good you'll feel when you step on the scale and see a lower number.

01-15-2008, 09:05 PM
MyChoice- I hope you feel better.

foucault and Wardhog-Congrats on staying strong and staying the course through distress.

I will not be posting for the next week or so, but no worries I will be back.

Hope everyone has a great week.

01-16-2008, 12:25 PM
Hi y'all. Today I did 2 mi (21:30), then Group Power class, then 2 more mi (21:30). I stayed on my eating plan yesterday and I am on track for today. Weight is stuck at 158.2 (up .6). Maybe the scale will move tomorrow.

01-16-2008, 02:10 PM
Finally, 137lbs. And my hips are down to 36.5! Seriously, when my body plateaus, it means business!!! I dropped to 138 like, ummm, November!!!! All I want is 135 by Vegas on Feb 7, is that asking too much?!?!??

01-16-2008, 04:22 PM
WardHog - I hope the scales move the right way for you tomorrow. It's just a matter of time, but sometimes it can be so frustrating.

PrettyOne - I think two pounds by Feb 7th is a reasonable goal. It must be harder to lose when you're so close to your goal. I wish you much luck!

I'm chugging along with my plan. I haven't eaten anything I wasn't supposed to or missed scheduled exercise sessions. I hadn't walked regularly since last summer, so I've spent the last couple weeks getting back in the groove of that. It feels good. My third try at that dance fitness video was today. I actually did pretty well. I can do the routine if I have time to think between the steps. Hopefully, the next two times will allow me to find the groove and enjoy the dancing more than worrying about the choreography.

I AM SO EXCITED! This is such a small thing, but for me it is huge. I've been doing ten push-ups when I do my strength training every other day. I'm doing the girly push-ups that involve the knees, but still - it's hard work. Anyway, the first week was filled with sub-par, ridiculous-looking push-ups. I still did them as best as I could manage. Today I finished up my video and got down on the floor to do my ten pushups. The first five were so amazingly in-form and easy that I almost jumped up and down in celebration. I did ten more which didn't have such perfect form, but they were better than doing nothing. I'll be so excited when I can actually do ten push-ups without looking like a complete loser. :-) This strength training thing is really working!

01-16-2008, 04:43 PM
I'm still home with a cold but feeling a bit better. I will go back to work tomorrow.

I have been drinking my water and didn't really have much of an appetitie untill today. I'm craving chicken-noodle soup.

Foucault: You are so right to celebrate those push-ups! Good job:cheer2::workout:

Bumble: We will miss you...hurry back.

Wardhog: Keep up the good work...the scales will reward you soon.

Mtiger: How are you doing?

01-16-2008, 08:23 PM
Wow!! I've been so busy after school and then my favorite tv shows are on "Biggest Loser" and "American Idol". Kelly and I have been working out after school every night. I've had a bad cold and T.O.M. both and it's kind of kicking my butt. I haven't missed a workout though. Yeah!!!

I have been at 238 for two days now and I'm hoping for a little more loss before weigh in on Friday. Tom. we weigh in for our work competition. Wish us luck. I know that the thinnest team is doing really well. Oh well, like I said, it's not about winning the comp. but winning a better body and fitness.

Keep working everyone. I know how hard it is to stay positive when that scale doesn't seem cooperative. Good luck all.

01-16-2008, 08:44 PM
I am so proud of myself. I have now successfully gone a week and a half, doing much better with my eating, and working out almost every day. Now, it is just frustrating because I have not lost a single pound. It gets very depressing, but I know if I keep working hard eventually it will have to happen....right? There aren't too many physically fit people who weigh 235 are there?

01-17-2008, 11:48 AM
Susie - I hope you're back to 100% soon. The colds that are going around this year are lingering. I had one a few weeks back and it stuck around forever.

mtiger - I've been on the American Idol train, too. I love the auditions, even if I get embarrassed for some of the people. The 16-year-old girl who was auditioning for her mother was sick and overweight broke my heart. She was so sweet.

Kelly - Like you said, as long as you keep at it, you'll get there eventually. I know how discouraging it can be to try and try, but not see the scale numbers drop. Just keep telling yourself that you're doing the right thing, and you will see your goal weight one day.

I'm doing well. There is a meeting this afternoon, and they're buying pizza for everyone in the office for lunch. It's those big slices from Costco. I'm going to hide because I'm afraid I'll go down there and shove two slices in my mouth and blow my day of healthy eating. I will have my yogurt and Tofurky sandwich. I *will*. I will *not* have greasy pizza. Strength!

I was going to walk today, but the high is supposed to be 27 with a windchill of 10. I definitely don't want to be out in that. Instead, I'm going to stay inside and do my dance DVD. I think I got it down. There are also two great routines that involve a tension band so you can work on your upper body and lower body. I haven't done them yet, but I'm very excited to try.

01-17-2008, 12:57 PM
Today I did a 12 min mile to warm up, Group Ride class, and 30 min on the elliptical. I stayed on my eating plan yesterday and I am on track for today.

Everyone is doing so well! Great job!

01-17-2008, 09:34 PM
So today was weigh in for our contest at school. I was feeling good since I knew I was down at home. I lost 3 pds and Kelly lost 2. Not too bad, right? Well were we shocked when we started hearing about 5pds here, 8 pounds there. And this is from people who have not been working out like Kelly and I, and just changed what they were eating. We lost like 2 something% and the winning team for the week lost 8%. Like I said, a little frustrating.

However, we are in this to change our lives and for the long haul. We'll see how things go as the weeks pass. I'm sure some of them will not be pulling those kinds of numbers next week. Plus we just feel more fit, building some muscle and stamina. Yeah us!!! Keep it up Kelly!!!

Tom. is my official weigh in. Wish me luck. I've been getting to around 1300 calories a day. A litle bit better. I still find it hard to eat much more. But, I think it's working so I will stick with it.

01-18-2008, 12:26 PM
Great results, Kelly and mtiger. What are those people doing who lost so much weight?

Today I did 24 min on the elliptical, then a Group Power class, then 21 min on the bike. I was chatting so the bike part wasn't very intense. Oh well. I stayed on my eating plan yesterday and I am on track for today. My weight was 157.6 this morning, so the same as last Friday.

01-18-2008, 02:34 PM
Kelly and mtiger - Congratulations on the losses! That's fantastic! I'm sure the other contestants won't be pulling out 8lb losses next week. They probably lost a load of water water. Two and three pounds is definitely nothing to shrug at. I'm elated if I lose that much in a week.

Even though there are five huge pizzas in the break room yesterday, I didn't eat a single bite. Yay for me! I stuck to my sandwich and yogurt.

01-19-2008, 10:37 AM
Hey everyone. I must say I'm quite pleased with myself. In 3 weeks I have lost 7 pounds, 3 this week. I think that is great. I'm almost down to where I was in the spring. Can't wait!!!

Wardhog- hang in there. As much as you workout, you have got to lose something soon. Eating enough?

Foucault- I know how tempting that pizza was. That happened to me last week. The worst part was I was walking laps and had to go past it every single lap. Good job staying tough. I just need to plan pizza into my life sometimes, because I love it too much.

As for the big losers this week, some of them had gorged the week before cleaning out their cupboards of candy and cookies. I don't think it will happen again. Now the game is really on. We'll see who has staying power.

01-19-2008, 12:17 PM
Today I did a Group Ride class, then a 5 mile jog on the treadmill (1 hour). I stayed on my eating plan yesterday and I am on track for today.

Tomorrow I have a family birthday party. I hope to be able to get to the gym beforehand, and I know eating will be off plan. I'll be back at it on Monday. It's snowing pretty good here right now though, so all those plans might be out the window. One inch of snow is enough to shut this area down. LOL

Have a great week-end everyone!

01-19-2008, 07:21 PM
Hi Everyone,

It's so great to read about all the losses. I had a small gain this week but I'm not discourged. I didn't get to work out because of being ill and I know that I didn't eat the greatest.

I did have a very stern talk with myself and I got out my old journals that I kept when I lost 40 lbs 2 years ago to see how I did it. Do you know how I did it? I journaled and posted on this website every there is my answer and now I'm putting it into action.

I'm still coughing my head off with this cold but I can tell that I'm slowly getting better. I will go back to walking this week for my workouts and then plan on adding the weights and other classes back in the next week. I don't want to overdue and get sick again.

Mtiger & Kelly: You both a doing GREAT and it's wonderful to read how great you are feeling about yourselfs. Keep it up.

Focult and Wardhog: You guys are doing great too! Keep it up. I love reading about those small success...working out everyday, passing up the food temptations. It all adds up to losses at the scales and smaller US!

01-19-2008, 11:16 PM
mtiger - You're shedding those pounds like crazy! I'm sure you'll still be going strong when all the people who aren't serious about this life change are dropping out of the competition like flies.

WardHog - Enjoy the birthday party, provided the snow doesn't muck up your day.

Susie - I know what you mean about journaling. The minute I stopped logging my food, I stopped losing. Isn't it crazy how we can misled ourselves when we aren't writing things down. I thought I was eating healthy, but apparently not. I'm glad you're feeling a bit better. I managed to catch and get rid of my yearly cold before I went back into weight loss mode. I can't imagine trying to work out, eat healthy, and battle the cough from ****.

I had a productive day. I shopped for groceries and made a huge pot of vegetable soup to eat on for the next two weeks. I also walked my dog (and two others dogs) at the park. All in all, I probably did about two miles. I even got my house cleaning down so I can relax tomorrow and take a nice, long walk with my dog again.

01-20-2008, 02:11 PM

I woke up this morning feel GREAT. I think the cold and coughing are gone! I called my workout partner to let her know I would meet her tomorrow for our workout.

I usually work out on Sunday afternoon's as well but I'm not today because I'm preparing for a surprise 40th b-day party for my younger brother. I've told myself that I can have one small piece of cake and that's it for the cake. I"m making sure that I DON'T have any of it left at the end of the party. I will find someone to send it home with our I've asked my husband to just take it to the trash after everyone leaves. I LOVE cake so I can't have it in the house. And tomorrow I'll be home alone while DH goes to work so I KNOW I don't want it here.

Journaling is helping me. Even though I have had a few times where I've eaten something I shouldn' the 3 cookies I had after coming home from church while I was waiting on lunch to be ready..I'm not binging like I have been known to do. Knowing I'm going to see it in writing is stopping me.

Focult: A two-mile walk is a great workout. Keep it up and you will continue to see that scale go down.

01-20-2008, 03:19 PM
I was so excited yesterday to see I was down another pound and a half, then bummed this morning when it was back up 2 pounds. But, I will not let it get me down, I will just work more and keep my chin up. I still feel better than I did and I have more energy.

Terrific job to all of you that are avoiding CAKE, I know it is so hard. The kids at school had 3 birthdays this week, and it was very difficult to say no to cupcakes, cookies, and punch. Another teacher also had an MLK celebration, and then sent around leftover cake. I managed to say no to all of it!! It is funny to hear the kids at school trying to decide which teachers to take their leftover cupcakes to. They keep saying, "No, not her, she's doing the Biggest Loser, she'll say no." They crack me up!

01-20-2008, 06:00 PM
LOL - all this cake talk is funny. I had a piece with ice cream today. I am also going to a friend's for dinner. Might as well get all the bad eating out of the way. My weight was down 1.2 pounds this morning - oh, well.

I did 30 min on the elliptical and 30 min on the stair climber this morning.

01-20-2008, 09:37 PM
What's with the up-and-down crazy scales lately? I was down 2.5 this morning, but my weigh in isn't until Tuesday. I hope it will still be down 2.5 come then, but I'm not counting on it. I'll just be disappointed if that's what I'm expecting and I get a 0.5 loss.

Susie - I'm glad you're feeling better! Sometimes you just need cake, no way around it. I guess the trick is to stop after one piece. I've had days where I could eat half a 13 x 9 inch cake pan full of moist and delicious goodness.

Kelly - I love how the kids are being considerate about the competition. That's great! And good for you for saying now to all the goodies. I know how hard it is sometimes. But just imagine how happy you'll be when you see a lower number on the scale, instead of a higher one.

WardHog - Oooh, ice cream. That's another weakness of mine. I could go in Ben & Jerry's Scoop Shop and eat a pint right there at the counter. And all of their stuff is so fattening.

I was in the mood for something a little sweet today, so I got a brownie with my Subway sandwich. It was 140 calories and 3 grams of fat, so not bad at all. It was pretty tasty, too. I wanted about five of them, but I stopped myself after one. ;-) I walked about 3 miles today with my dog. It was nice outside, and I like getting out and breathing in some fresh air.

01-21-2008, 12:56 PM
Well I was down another half pound today. I am surprised!! The way it goes with me I go up down, up down. I haven't bumped up in a while. Yeah!!! We all need to have a little something "bad" once in a while. Cake, brownie, ice cream. I will just have a little, enough to satisfy the craving.

I did not feel like working out yesterday, but I made myself do it. I have not missed one day of working out yet. I thought, don't start now. I have even had a terrible cold, but I just keep on plugging away. I am determined to rid this body of fat.

I feel great about what I've accomplished so far. I can hardly wait to see the 220's. I am so excited. Keep up the good work everyone.

01-21-2008, 09:43 PM
Way to go, mtiger!

Well, I now have had two bad eating days. This must stop. I worked out today - 30 min on the elliptical, a Group Power class, and 15 min on the stair climber. But if I want to lose I need to eat right. Why must I sabotage myself?

01-21-2008, 10:09 PM
mtiger - Isn't it a great feeling when you realize the easy way to lose the weight is actually the way that works? I'm just counting calories and working out for about 30 minutes each day. It's nice to know that such a simple plan can get results. I'll see you in the 220's!

WardHog - You went off plan for a b-day party, didn't you? At least you caught it early and can get back on plan easily. You can do it!

I'm still on plan. Although, I felt like like crap today. I have a cold sore on my lower lip and I feel like it is growing by the second. Half of me didn't feel like eating anything today because of the grossness of the cold sore. The other half of me wanted to stuff fatty, sugary, bad-for-me things in my mouth just to make myself feel better about the stupid cold sore. I didn't splurge, though. I ate what I was supposed to. Although, I might allow myself two little biscotti tonight instead of just one. Tomorrow is weigh-in for me. I've got my fingers crossed.

01-21-2008, 10:49 PM
Hi Everyone,

It seems like everyone is doing ok and at the same time fighting to stay on track. I think that's pretty normal. We are at about the 3rd week and our bodies and minds can play tricks on us. Motivation can weaken so we must post every day, especially the day (s) that we are off plan so we can get back on plan.

I did well with the cake but I will admit that I've thought about how a big second piece would taste and make me feel.

I HATE cold weather and we are having a really cold snap right now. It makes me feel anxious, sad and tired, so I want to eat to comfort...but I WILL not let myself this time...I just won't. Spring is out there and I want to wear shorts, sleevless shirts and not feel self-conscious about it.

Focult: I hope that cold sore goes away soon. I get them to and they are not fun. I hope you have good news at the scales tomorrow.

Mtiger: you are doing great!

Kelly: A lot of things can make the scales go up and down like that. Just stay on plan and it will come off and it won't show back up on the scales.

Wardhog: I have been known to self-sabatoge too. Do you have any idea why you think you are doing that? I find that when I do it it's because I feel out of control in some other area other than with food. Hang in there, keep posting..keep working out and every day, minute, whenever you get off plan, get right back on.

01-22-2008, 12:45 PM
How is everyone doing so far this week? My weigh in was this morning, and I'm down 2.5 pounds. Yay! I am so looking forward to getting out of the 220's. And I'm definitely looking forward to getting out of the 200's, but that's a few months down the line. My birthday is at the end of May, and I'm hoping that I'll be under 200 by that time. If I can be down to 180 or 190 by the time this year is finished, I'll jump for joy.

Susie - Good for you! Stopping yourself after one piece is a huge accomplishment. I'm just like you - always tempted by the thought of how yummy a second piece would be. I, too, am a cold weather eater. Binging in the winter is one of my favorite things to do. So, it is especially hard for me to lose around this time of year when the weather is cold and the sky is cloudy. But stuffing our faces right now just isn't worth it. I know we can work hard and look great in cute summer clothes by the time warmer weather rolls around.

I hope everyone else is doing well and staying on plan. My cold sore is diminishing slowly, but surely. It certainly isn't as painful today, though my lip is swollen. All in all, it's a good Tuesday morning, and I'm sure the week will just get better.

01-22-2008, 01:29 PM
foucault - :woohoo: Great job!

I am back on my eating plan today and I am going to stay there. I had a good workout this morning: 12 min mile to warm up, Group Ride class, 20 min on the stair climber and 20 minutes on the elliptical.

You know what else is hard during the winter? Drinking enough water! It's cold - I don't want water!

I hope everyone's having a great day.

01-22-2008, 09:56 PM

I just got home from my workout. I walked 2 miles. It felt good. I had some frustration to walk off and it did help.

I'm staying on track this week but I didn't get a chance to write down my food today so I'm going to do that when I finish posting here. I don't plan on waiting like that again; it's too easy to just not do it when I don't do it right away.

Wardhog: You are doing some awesome workouts! As for the water. That is about all I drink. It took me a long time to get to that point but now I crave it. It can be hard when it's cold --I remember when I felt that way. But now I just feel so dry without it and I feel dry enough in the winter. The cold and heating make my skin feel so dry and my hair too so I try to drink extra water in the winter.

Focult: Yeah! You had a great weigh-in:bravo::cp: Your goal is vey realistic and what a nice present to give yourself. Keep up the good work!

Ok...time to go log that food and then get ready for bed. 5:30 a.m.comes early!

01-23-2008, 11:48 AM
WardHog - Glad you are back on track! I know what you mean about water. It is difficult for me to drink as much as I should during the winter months. I usually try to drink between 100 to 120 oz a day, but in January, February, and March I'm lucky if I can drink 60 oz. I guess that's still around the recommended daily amount, but I like to go above and beyond the call of duty.

Susie - Walking is such a great way to get out frustration and stress. I was frustrated with work and went for a walk at lunch to balance myself. It really works well. As for the food log - I know exactly what you mean. It is so easy to leave off with keeping a food log if you miss one day. One day turns into two days, which turns into two weeks. Which is bad news. I can't lose weight if I don't log my food.

I stopped myself from committing a bad habit yesterday. I had to run a few errands for work, and on my way back to the office, I thought, "Hey, I've been so good and done so well, I should treat myself to something yummy." I began planning out where I should stop to get my yummy treat. Then I realized what I was doing: rewarding myself with food. Bad, bad idea. So, I went back to work and ate my snack (an orange). Will power, I love you.

Other than that, I'm great. I'm participating in a month-long challenge to lose 10 pounds by February 10th. I started at 230, so I'm only 3.5 pounds away from meeting my goal. In my dreams, I'm be 219 by then, but that might not happen. Just depends on what my body wants to do.

Today is strength training. I'm using 5-pound weights right now, but I think I might up it to 8 starting next week. The 5-pounders are getting a little bit too easy for me since I've been using them for a month. I'm still doing that silly dance video for some quick cardio on my strength training days. I can do the routine now! I'm sure I look ridiculous, but it is fun and within a minute of starting it, my heart rate shoots up there.

01-23-2008, 12:54 PM
Mychoice - keep up the good work! foucault, great job stopping yourself from getting a "treat". Pretty soon you'll be able to reward yourself with a bunch of smaller clothes!

Today I did a Group Ride class, then a Group Power class. I am still shaking. LOL I stayed on my eating plan yesterday and I am on track for today. I am still trying to get rid of the 5.2 pounds I gained on the two bad days. Yup, 5.2 pounds. It's so easy to gain - why can't it be easy to get rid of?

01-23-2008, 03:47 PM
Hi Gals,

I can't believe what I did. :D I turned down FREE cake in the cafeteria at work today. It was chocolate and free and I still turned it down. I am so proud of myself.

I am going to the movies tonight with friends (going to see 27 Dresses). I will by-pass anything at the movie but I might have a little something when we go out afterwards. I just made up my mind that I'll only have something if someone will split it with me. That was one reason for not having the free cake because I know that I will want something when we go out after the movie. I wish I were a coffee/tea drinker and then I could just order that but I'm not so I'll need to pick something. I'm sure I can find someone to split something with me. I'll ask at the movie and then if no one thinks they would want to split a dessert then I will not go with them; I'll just go home.

Wardhog: I hear you on the 5 lb easy gain. I can do that in just a couple of days too if I'm not careful and it takes more than that to get it back off.

Focult: Your will-power was in full control today. Great job!

Ok..I need to get back to work. I wanted to be sure that I posted today because I truly do think of the posts on here and they get me through until the next day. Just like a 12 Step program! :dizzy:

01-23-2008, 08:21 PM
I haven't posted in a couple of days. I have been so sick. Monday I did my workout and then got the chills and my eyes felt glazed over, then hot flashes and coughing. Yesterday I was OK, walk/jogged for 2 miles in about 35 min. that's pretty good for me. Tonight I feel the chills coming on again, I am freezing. Even though I have felt like crap, I have worked out every day. I am only down about a pound and a half for our "BL" weigh in tom. We'll see what happens tonight.

I am trying to get calories up to 1400 a day, somedays it is still down at 1200-1280.
Wardhog- sorry about the weight gain. You workout so much, good things will come if you just keep with it.
foucault- good job avoiding that drive thru yummy.
Mychoice- keep writing, even if you do it late at night or the next morning.
Kelly- I know you are down a few pounds. Great job, you might have to pull me through a little this week.

Keep working hard everyone and keep posting. It is inspirational to all.

01-23-2008, 10:38 PM
Ok, I'm trying to get a ticker going, but am not sure how to do it!! Hope this works! I have been doing well. I am down 5 total pounds, 4 since last Thursday. I am keeping my hopes up that the scale will go down some more tomorrow for my weigh in. Mindy--no worries, I've got your back, you've got mine, I know! Keep up the good work everyone!!!

01-24-2008, 11:36 AM
WardHog - Isn't it horrible how fast we can gain? I have a fear of gaining a significant amount of weight back after I've reached my goal. At any rate, I'm sure you'll shed those lbs in no time. You're a gym maniac. ;-)

Susie - That's awesome! Your will power was in full effect to turn down free cake - especially if it was chocolate.

Mindy - I hope you feel better soon. Working out when you're not feeling all that great is real commitment. And, wow, your calories are low. I guess it all depends on how each of our bodies work. I'm eating between 1650 and 1800 each day and losing. I hit a plateau a while back while eating less calories and started eating a bit more. I ended up losing the first week. Our bodies work in mysterious ways, I guess. Try high calorie, healthy foods if you want to up your calories instead of just eating more quantity-wise. A little bowl with one serving of mini shredded wheat with frosting is 350 (with milk). I combine it with a banana (100) and some yogurt (100). My lunch is usually less calories than my breakfast, but breakfast will keep me full longer.

Kelly - Great job on the loss! Tickers are easy. It's just a matter of entering your info and copy/pasting the code it gives you. If you need any help, I'm sure one of us can walk you through it. I get too much pleasure out of updating my tickers when I lose. It's nice to see the counter trucking along the screen each week.

It's another Thursday for me. Work is a bit obnoxious today, but that's nothing new. I'm looking forward to the weekend. It's supposed to snow here today, so my planned 1.5 mile walk might end up being a bust. I'll do some cardio inside if that's the case.

I've noticed in the last few days that I'm skipping my evening snack. I always leave about 150 calories for a snack in the evening after dinner. I've skipped it the last two days because I just haven't felt like eating. Surprisingly, I don't miss it and have not been hungry before bed either. Maybe my body is adjusting to this new way of eating.

01-24-2008, 12:17 PM
Hello :wave:

I am happy to report that I stayed in control on the outing after the movie last night. I did order this wonderful dessert..ate half of it and stopped. I brought it home to have the other half tonight. Also they brought us rolls..warm..butter. I buttered a piece of it (after I stopped the cake--sort of to "cut the sweet" as my gandma used to say) ate that and stopped.

I am just amazed that I did that. I'm putting it in my memory banks..because when a time comes that I think I won't...I will KNOW that I can..I already have!

Tonight is weigh-in night. You know I'm hoping and praying my efforts this week show up on the scales.

I have many reasons to want to lose this weight--look better, feel better, feel sexier, buy normal size--not plus size--clothes and yesterday a trip to a checkup gave me another reason.

Without passing out TMI (to much information) I had a checkup with my urologist. I see one because I have a disease, Intersistial Cysistis or IC that I am medicated for. Urgency and frequence go along with this disease. I have noticed some urgency that sometime I can't seem to control..such as if I cough and sneeze--if I go to do those things I have to really be careful so no "accidents" happen-- he explanied why that happens and that surgery could correct it but he also mentioned that losing weight--even 20 lbs would make a big difference for me at this point. I only have the issue with coughing or sneezing..sometimes jumping up and down if my bladder is full. He did explain to me that weight isn't the only issue..ageing, hormones and such play a part to. But he checked me, said that he was sure that it wasn't bad enough for surgery yet and that with losing weight I could really turn things around. That was enough for me! I AM going to do this. I have had a lot of health issues in my life and I know how hard it is to stay well...I don't want my weight to be a factor. So..there is some more motivation for me.

Focult: I'm sure that your body is adjusting. That just goes to show that small changes can lead to bigger ones. What I mean is that you didn't cut the snack out all together at first..just planned for it and now your body is ok with that and it will even let you go without it. We can retrain our bodies. Isn't it wonderful?

Kelly and Mindy: Good luck with your weigh-ins. I know how great it feels to have your efforts shown at the scales. Mindy: I know you don't want to miss exercising but maybe you should scale it back a bit until you feel better. I was always taught that if your symptoms are above the neck it's ok to work out..maybe at a light, less intense routine..your body is working hard enough already to fight the sickness..but if your symptoms are below the neck (and I would say that chills are) then you need to give your body a few days of rest..mabye just do some gentle stretching or yoga...for relaxation.

Wardhog: How's your day shaping up?

Ok..back to work for me.

01-24-2008, 03:33 PM
Mychoice - Great job last night! And what a great motivator you got from your doctor.

mtiger - I hope you feel better soon.

Good luck with the weigh-ins; mine is tomorrow, too. I don't have high expectations - I will be happy if I am back down to where I started this week.

This morning I did a Group Ride class (third day in a row - oy), 26 min on the stair climber, 26 min on the elliptical. I stuck to my eating plan yesterday and I am on track for today.

01-24-2008, 07:53 PM
Okay, so today was weigh in at work. We did awesome. Kelly lost 4 pounds, I lost 3.5 since last Thursday. Alot of people gained weight this week. Those people who lost 8 pounds last week. AWW!! We came in second place for the week. Not bad huh? We would like to win once just to get our money back, but our time will come.

You know I have been doing so well that I fear changing anything at all. I am afraid to eat more calories or miss a single workout. Last night's workout was the hardest. I didn't feel well, even had a little fever, but I couldn't say no. I am very stubborn. I worked my tail off last night and lost two pounds today.

Tom. is my official weigh in at home and I just dread going up at all. However, after a loss like today, I fear I will go up tom. That just seems to be the way my body works. We'll see what happens in the morning. We walk/jogged 2 miles tonight and that is getting to where it doesn't feel like that much of a workout. I hope it was still enough.

Keep working hard everyone.

01-25-2008, 11:44 AM

Good news for me at the scales. I had a 2.25 lb loss. I was very happy with that. Looks like writing down my food really makes a difference for me.

I'm feeling a bit under the weather today. I woke up with a tummy ache and thought it was what I had for dinner last night but now I'm not sure. I'm sort of aching all over. I've taken something for the aches and for the tummy and I'm trying to make it to 4 when my last meeting will be over. I know I'll be going to the Health Services offices at noon and laying down for 30 min. I know that would make me feel a bit better. I'm really tired of getting sick!

Wardhog: I think I would DIE if I did 26 min on the stairclimber! That is amazing! Good job for being on plan.

Mtiger and Kelly: Glad to hear about your amazing losses! Mtiger, I hope that you get to feeling better soon.

Ok. Back to work for me. I'll be around this weekend. I hope others post too.

01-25-2008, 02:00 PM
Kelly, mtiger and Mychoice - great job on the losses! I hope you are not getting sick, Mychoice.

Today I did 25 min on the elliptical, a Group Power class, then 20 minutes on the stair climber. It is a tough machine; it really gets the sweat going. I stayed on my eating plan yesterday and I am on track for today. And by some miracle I ended up down a pound for the week to 156.6.

I'll be around this week-end too, but if you're not - have a great one!

01-25-2008, 08:16 PM
Okay so today was a great day. I am into my program 4 weeks now and am officially down 10 pounds. That is 2.5/week. I am so happy!!! Notice how I jumped right in and changed my ticker. In the spring I weighed about the same, so I am looking forward to losing a little bit more and being smaller than I have been in 23 years. Yeah!!! I am doing it this time.

I still feel kind of crappy. Mychoice, I hope you are not getting sick. It is no fun. Also good job on the weight loss.

Wardhog- Nice work losing, even though you had gotten off plan. You are a worker and it pays off. Good job.

Weekends can be tough, so stay strong everyone and be active.

01-26-2008, 02:17 PM
10 pounds! awesome!

Today I did a Group Ride class, then walked (hills) 40 min (2.5 mi). I stayed on my eating plan yesterday and I am on track for today.

My embarrassing gym story for today: We were off our bikes stretching after the ride, and I slipped in my puddle of sweat and fell on my a**!! I was not hurt, so feel free to laugh with me! LOL

01-26-2008, 10:13 PM
Hi Everyone,

I have spent most of the day sleeping. I guess maybe I had a bit of the flu? I work with a lot of doctors in my job and I guess I almost fainted at work on Friday. One of the doctors noticed that I was about to, and sat me down before I did. Then they all checked me out, took my BP, checked my reflexs, listened to my lungs, my heart and took my temp. I was running a low grade fever, they all declared that I might have a bit of the flu, and sent me home. It was a little embarrasing. I really thought it was something that I had eaten.

After sleeping all day I feel a little better. I just want to get well. I have so much to do around my house. My DH has been a big help in getting the laundry done today.

Mtiger: YES, you are doing it and you will keep doing it. I know you can and will.

Wardhog: I did laugh at your story. Only because I knew you were ok but those gym stories can be funny. One time when I was in the weight room I was watching this very cute and in shape guy working out with dumbells, he had on a tank top and I could see the muscles. Anyway he was doing shoulder presses and I was watching him and walking to the weight rack to get a pair of dumbells for myself and because I was watching him and not watching where I was walking I trip over a weight that someone had left on the floor. It was apparant that I was checking this guy out instead of watching where I was going. Embarrasing but funny.

Focult: How are you doing?

01-27-2008, 01:04 PM
I just have my couch potato people at home that watch me and comment and try to give advice etc. I do have a funny story about sweat. As I do my DVD I look at them and they are all ringing wet and I always say, I don't get like that. Well the other day I moved to the intermediate level of the workout and when I was done my roomie told me my whole back was wet. I did a little whoopie dance. Funny, I am excited to be wet with sweat. Wierd!!

I missed my first day (in 4 weeks) of working out yesterday.:( I had too much to do yesterday. The scale went up today also. Any correlation? Maybe. Well today I have already worked out in the barn, cleaning out stalls for 2 hours. I was huffing and sweating. I will do my DVD tonight also. Got to get back on track.

I'll check in tom. Keep up the good work everyone.

01-27-2008, 01:33 PM
I hope you are feeling better, Mychoice.

Don't worry about missing one day of exercise, mtiger. That's life.

I had a killer workout today. 30 min on the stair climber, 33 min on the treadmill (3 mi), 30 min on the elliptical, and 30 min on the bike. I stayed on my eating plan yesterday and I am on track for today. I did not fall down at the gym today. LOL I forgot to say the most embarrassing part! There was a new instructor and she was doing her filming for her certification. So there's a chance that my graceful self ended up on her tape (I was right next to the camera). I hope I don't see it on America's Funniest Videos!

Have a great day, everyone!

01-27-2008, 08:49 PM
Susie - Go you! That's a huge hunk of weight you lost. 2.5 pounds is fantastic! Isn't it a great feeling to be able to stop yourself from eating ALL of a tasty desert. That's definitely one of my weaknesses, so I know how hard it can be to put down the spoon/fork and lean back on your will power. I hope your weight loss will put a stop (or lessen) some of those health concerns. I have a history of diabetes in my family, and I'm terribly afraid of developing it. Weight loss can only help us in our goals of avoiding more complicated health problems in the future. I'm sorry to hear that you've developed a bit of the flu. I heard on the radio that it is going around earlier than usual this year. I hope you'll be able to shake it off with lots of rest and fluids.

Mindy and Kelly - Congrats on the weight losses! Those numbers are amazing!

Mindy - I hope you're feeling better soon. Getting sick can really throw a wrench in exercise plans. Have you tired Emergen-C before? It's a huge dose of vitamin C in a power form. You use it like Alka-Seltzer - just dump a pack of it in a cup of water, then gulp it down. Whenever I'm feeling bad, I start taking two or three packs a day. It really does help me avoid getting sick sometimes.

WardHog - Woo! You're down too! We're all well on our way to goal weights. Your gym story cracked me up. I can just imagine myself doing something like that. And in front of the camera too! At least you can laugh about it. ;-)

Sorry I've been MIA for the last few days. I haven't fallen off the wagon, though. I'm still on plan. I weighed myself this morning and I was down to 222. Twos! My official weigh in is on Tuesday, so I have my fingers crossed that it will stay down there. I walked three miles on Saturday and Sunday. I upped my dumbbells on Friday. I'm using 10-pounders instead of 5's. I can certainly feel the burn. I was afraid I'd be sore the next day, but I wasn't. Water intake has been a struggle for me in the last week, but I'm doing what I can. I got 80oz in yesterday, which was very good. I like to get in 100oz a day, but sometimes I find myself gulping water right before bed to make that happen. I need to work on my pacing, I think.

Here's to everyone having a fantastic week and seeing lower numbers on the scale!

01-28-2008, 01:54 PM
foucault - great job on the loss. I hope your weigh-in goes well.

I did 45 min on the elliptical and a Group Power class today. Eating was on plan yesterday and is on track for today. I had a huge salad for lunch - I hope it keeps me satisfied for a while.

01-28-2008, 03:15 PM

I'm feeling much my poor DH has what I had.
The good side to all of it is that I didn't feel like eating much and it got me through the sugar craving so now that I'm off it; I won't feed it again.

I'm able to drink water again tastes so good. I had a baked potato for tasted wonderful. I'm going to try some green beans tonight. I'm being really careful with the food: I don't want to upset that tummy again.

It sounds like everyone is doing ok and working their plan.

Sorry to be so short today in my posting but I'm posting at work and I have a lot to do. I'll check in tomorrow.

01-28-2008, 08:22 PM
Foucault- Good job on the loss. Hopefully it keeps moving down for you. I can't believe you're using 10 pd weights. That's awesome. I just started using 5 pds. recently.

Wardhog- You are just trucking along. Doesn't 45 min. seem like forever. I know it does when I'm just walking around school doing laps. Tonight Kelly and I did our "BL" dvd and it is so much more fun to do something together.

Mychoice- I am hoping nobody gets my crud. It is taking me about 3 weeks to get over it. Today 10 of my students were absent. Makes sense why I have been so sick. Hope you both get feeling better soon.

My roomie made dinner tonight. He made some noodle-roni stuff. I was shocked how many calories were in that. I didn't have any. WOW!! I had a piece of cake yesterday for a birthday. Boy was it yummy. I skimped on my calories the rest of the day to make up for it. This is the way life will be from now on. Dicker and Deal.

Keep strong everyone.

01-29-2008, 11:16 AM
Susie - I'm glad you're feeling better. And I hope your DH gets over this bug soon, too. Our receptionist was sick, and I've been avoiding her in hopes of not catching what she had.

Mindy - The 10lb weights are *heavy*, but I like the challenge. You'll be up to 10lbs in no time, I'm sure. After about four or five weeks of 5's, you'll realize they aren't much of a challenge anymore. Cake sounds wonderful! It's nice to be able to fit it into your daily plan by adjusting calorie intake.

I'm stuck at home for another hour due to bad road conditions. However, I'm not that blue because my weigh in this morning was 222 - down another 1.5 pounds. I am participating in a 10 by February 10th challenge, and I'm only 2 pounds away from meeting that goal. I really have faith that I will be under 200 by the time this summer rolls around. Losing weight is so much easier for me in the summer. If I could be at 180 by the time the year is out, I'd be so deliriously happy.

I hope everyone is doing well this morning. Eat those yummy, healthy foods!

EDITED to add: I busted by booty on the steps this morning due to all the ice and snow. There were witnesses. I hate when there are witnesses to embarrassing falls, especially when I go flat out on my ***. Hello sidewalk.

01-29-2008, 03:01 PM
Hi Everyone,

I think that we are all finally well in our family (it's just DH and me). I am looking forward to my FIRM class tonight at the Y and then my 2 mile walk. My body is ready to move. It's not used to missing so many days of non-exercise. I'm one of those lucky ones who love to work out...I just hate eating right and my body requires that I do both to even move an ounce.

I tried the best canned soup last night. It was made by Pregresso and it was a Vegtable Noodle in a chicken broth. I'm not a big meat eater so I'm always looking for good soups with no meat in them--it's the chewing it that bothers me. (but sometimes I crave a really good burger or steak). Anyway it was one of their "Light" soups and it was 0 points on the Weight Watches plan. I really liked it. I had leftovers today with a 1/2 peanut butter sandwich for lunch.

Focult: you are doing so well..keep it up and you will see that scale go under 200....I will cry tears of joy when that day comes for me. 2 years ago, I got to 239..that's the closest I've been to 200 in a long time..but I'm headed back there. One day at a time. I hope you aren't to sore from that fall...take it easy.

Mtiger: What is your "BL" DVD? Good job for checking out the noodle-stuff calories and then passing. I like the "Dicker and Deal" phrase.

Wardhog: Looking forward to your post.

Coming here each day is really helping me to keep on plan. I'll see you all tomorrow.

01-29-2008, 03:53 PM
I swear I posted earlier - oh, well.

Foucault - congratulations on the loss! I hope you didn't hurt yourself in your fall.

Mychoice - I am glad you're feeling better. I love to eat soup in the winter, and then salads all summer.

mtiger - I usually break up my time on the machines. If I do the elliptical for more than 30 min, my feet start getting numb. I also read while I'm on there, which makes the time go by faster. How do you like that Biggest Loser workout? Is it circuit training? I used to do Firm workouts at home all the time before I joined the gym.

Today I did an 11 min mile warm-up, a Group Ride class (no pratfalls today), 21 min on the stair climber and 23 min on the elliptical. I stayed on plan yesterday and I am on track for today. I tried on a couple pairs of jeans yesterday. I can get them on my hips now, but not button or zip them yet. I'll get there.

Have a great day, everyone!

01-29-2008, 08:18 PM
The Biggest Loser video is all cardio. Lots of lunges, kicks, punches, etc. It has three levels. I am working on the intermediate level which is 5 min. warm-up, 30 min. cardio, 5 min cool down. It is intense and kicking my butt. There is an advanced level that adds 10 more minutes of cardio. I don't think I'll be ready for that for a while. They do have a curcuit training video also.

We are supposed to get snow and ice tonight, gotta be careful out there. Hope you are ok Foucault. I knew you would keep losing. Good job!!

Mychoice- I told Kelly the other day that the highlight of my day is working out with her after school. I don't have much of a life do I?

I am a bit depressed today because I just keep playing with the scale this week. It is going up and down and I don't know if I will actually lose anything this week. I'm not doing anything different and it gets frustrating. Got to keep my chin up. We'll see how it goes at weigh in time.

Stay strong and motivated.

01-30-2008, 09:33 AM
Good morning everyone,

I have a busy day ahead of me so I decided to "take care of me" first and get here and post.

I had a great workout last night in my FIRM class. We did low weight reps with high repetition to help muscle endurance. I can feel it this morning. My muscles are tired but it's a good tired. Then I did my 2 mile walk. My food is ok, but I missed writing it down yesterday. I will try and go back and capture it all but I also decided if I can't then I can't, what is important is that I started out writing down today's food already.

I have such an issue with having to do it "all" or "nothing" and I'm trying to unlearn that principle.

Mtiger: Remember the scales are just one thing that we measure our success by.

Wardhog: It won't be long before you get those jeans zipped!

Focult: Looking forward to hearing how you are doing. to get busy. See you later.

01-30-2008, 01:04 PM
Mychoice - I know what you mean about being "all or nothing". If one wrong thing goes in my mouth, it's - well, I've already blown it today, might as well pig out. If you have any advice for getting out of the mindset, I would love to hear it.

I have a bit of a cold today, but I went to the gym anyway. I did 22 min on the elliptical, a Group Power class, and 18 min on the bike. I stayed on my eating plan yesterday and I am on track for today.

Have a great day!

01-30-2008, 02:07 PM
Susie - The Progresso soups are great. I really enjoy the Minestrone one since I don't eat meat. It's surprising how many soups have chicken or beef broth in them. I know what you mean about crying when you see 199 on the scale. I haven't seen 190-something since before high school. I don't know what I'll do with myself when the day actually comes. But I have confidence that we will both get there, and we will look awesome for it.

WardHog - I'm in the same boat as you with the jeans. I have a couple pairs that I can get on now, but I just can't button them up. Damn belly. At any rate, I hope you don't come down with a full-fledged cold. Get well!

Mindy - Don't worry too much about those fluctuations on the scale. I go up and down like crazy, too. Sometimes I can go up three pounds a couple days after my weigh-in, then still be down more when my next weigh-in rolls around. It's weird.

As for me, I'm doing well. I just finished my 30-day cleanse and I've started taking supplements like calcium, flax seed oil, and green tea. I'm on the right food track today, and I got some yummy Skinny Cow fudge bars for snack in the evenings. Yum.

01-30-2008, 07:13 PM
Foucault- I sure hope you are right about the scale fluctuations. This morning I was up 1 pound from my weigh-in Friday.:?: I had been down a couple. I want to see the 220's so bad that I can't stand it. I am starting to question everything I've been doing. Am I eating enough, exercising enough, what is different this week compared to others? Today we had a "snow day" so I went to the mall and walked 2.5 miles. I plan on doing the curcuit training tonight also since I haven't done it in about a week.

Girls- I wish I could find jeans. I have a wierd problem. My waist is so little compared to the rest of my body that I cannot find jeans that fit. I have tried everywhere and unless they have an elastic waist (and those are not real jeans) they will not fit. Maybe when I get smaller.

I don't have a problem with staying on track with eating. But, if I eat something a little "bad" I just add it in and then skip something else later. I never think, "I blew it" and give up for the day. I just go on and try to compensate for it. It works for me. I also write everything down, either before I eat it or immediately after. I never waiver from that. My journal is at the table at all times. I have been eating all meals at the table. That is a switch for me. When I am at school is sits right on my desk.

Keep working everyone!!

01-30-2008, 10:01 PM
Mindy - Don't fret too much over it. Back when I lost my first 20lbs, I would lose like crazy for three weeks in a row, then nothing for a week. It may just be your body adjusting to your new routine. So, even if you don't lose anything this week, don't think it is because you have done something wrong plan-wise. From all this success you've had, I think you're doing everything great so far. As for the jeans - I bought a pair of Ana jeans at JC Penny. They are wonderful because they have wide hips to fit a curvy figure. Go give 'em a try next time you're in there.

I'm in the midst of a mini-crisis, and I just wanted to post about it to make myself calm down. In short, my boyfriend went to a movie with his dad, and now I want to pig out on everything. About two years ago, I had this serious problem with anxiety. Whenever I was alone, I'd worry about crazy things. It would get so bad that I'd feel like I had to do something or the world was going to come crashing down on me. This little disorder came out of nowhere; I'd never felt like that before. For the most part, I've gotten over it, but I do have moments when it starts coming back. This is one of those moments. I'm alone, and I feel bad. Not lonely or sad - just anxious, worried, fearful. Not really of anything in particular. I can defend myself from attackers, and I have a gun and a concealed carry permit. So, I'm not afraid of home invaders or other people or even being alone in the apartment. I'm just afraid of everything. It's hard to explain. Anxiety, anxiety... Getting out of the house and occupying myself usually makes me feel better. However, if I leave the house, I'm going to end up at a store that sells food. And I'm going to buy that food. And eat that food. And it's going to be BAD food. I thought I'd go to the bookstore and get a book, then drop by the grocery store next to the bookstore. Then I realized I was just making an excuse to go to the grocery store. So, I'm still at home. I took a shower so my hair is wet. It's 20-something degrees outside, and I don't want to go out with wet hair. I don't know what to do with myself. I'm very good at entertaining myself any other time, but the anxiety is making it difficult for me to concentrate on one task.

Sorry - just needed to write this all out in hopes of making myself feel better. Maybe I'll call my mom. All of my family lives across the country from me, so that makes things even harder. I can't just go over and visit her or my dad. A phone call will have to do.

Thanks for listening (reading). I hope all of you have a fantastic Thursday. I'm going to try to stay away from the kitchen.

01-31-2008, 12:37 PM
Hi Everyone,

Tonight is my weigh-in. I've been on plan but when I sneaked a look this morning it didn't look like there is a looks like it stayed steady. That could be because I had a lot of Sprite when I was ill (I just couldn't stomach water for a few days) and I don't usually drink any sort of soda and I only got in 2 workouts in the past 7 days. Now that I'm feeling better, I'll just keep plugging away and I should show a good loss the following week.

Focult: How did you do last night after you typed out your feelings? I sure hope it helped. That's a horrible feeling to want to comfort yourself with food...I think it's the same feeling that acholoicts and druggies deal with.
I'll try the Minestrone soup.

Mtiger: I am going to keep my journal more visible like you are doing with yours and then I will be more inclined to write it all down right away.
About the jeans, I have some of the Ana clothes and they are built for us "curvy" gals. Also, Lane Bryant has a new jean out, they measure you, and then tell you which label will fit the best. I can say that I did this and it was amazing. I love my new jeans and I've been told how nice I look in them. Also, remember that a darker "blue" jean looks better...more slimming. Hopefully those options will help you.

Wardhog: I'm not sure how to get out of that mind set, but I imagine it's a "learned" one so I should be able to learn a new one right? How are you doing today?

Ok..back to work. I'll see you all tomorrow.

01-31-2008, 12:38 PM
foucault, I am sorry about the anxiety. I hope it didn't get too bad. Good thinking to come here and post - I hope it helped.

Today I did 35 min on the stair climber, a Group Ride class, and 17 min on the elliptical. I am still stuffy but I took a Sudafed. I stayed on my eating plan yesterday and I am on track for today. Weigh-in is tomorrow - I am hoping for a good result.

Have a great day!

01-31-2008, 04:16 PM
Susie - Maintaining after Sprite indulgences and inability to work out is a great accomplishment. Whenever I get a cold, I stuff my mouth with as much food I can can grab. I'm sure you'll get that scale back in gear and on the way down during your next weigh in.

WardHog - Good luck with tomorrow's weigh in!

Despite my angsty entry last night, I'm fine today. Thank you gals for being so supportive. I needed someone to "talk" to and I immediately went here. What frustrates me so much is that I know my fear is irrational. I've been told by a couple people I should talk to my doctor about it, but I've yet to actually admit to many people that my problem *is* a problem sometimes. Instead of eating, I ended up calling my mom. I didn't tell her I was upset or anxious, but she and I had a long 2 1/2 hour conversation about everything and nothing. It was nice, and by the time I hung up, the SO was home. Sometimes I'm okay, and sometimes I'm not.

So, needless to say, I didn't eat anything last night except for my planned snack, a 100 calorie ice cream bar from Skinny Cow. Yay! I'm on track with my eating today. I even walked my usual 1.5 miles at lunch, which I almost decided not to do since the wind chill is about 23 degrees. Brrr... I'm definitely looking forward to the spring when we can get outside and exercise.

01-31-2008, 07:52 PM
Okay, so the weigh-in at work sucked and I knew it would. I was up 1.5 pounds. Now, even though I am quite frustrated I am trying to work this out. The only difference this week was, I started working at the intermediate level of the DVD. That added 10 min. of butt kickin cardio. I did not change calories and maye I should have. Today I am eaing at least 1500 no matter what. Let's see what that does for a couple of days.

About the jeans, Lane bryant jeans couldn't even come close. Even the sales girl was shocked. I will try out these Ana jeans and see what happens. Thanks for the tip.

Foucault- let me share. A few years ago things were happening in my life that caused me to have panic attacks. I have always been claustrophobic and that will bring on a panic attack. Mine were so severe that I would literally panic and have to get up and remove myself from the situation, go outside, get some air, pace for 10 min. whatever it took to calm me down. I would get hot flashes and I felt like I would pass out if I didn't escape the situation. It is a terrible feeling and I felt like I was going crazy. I did talk to my doctor, who reassured me I wasn't crazy and prescribed meds. I was so glad I did that because I felt normal again. I am off them now and have only had a few minor incidents since. Absolutely talk to your doctor and see what they suggest. It really helped me. I am glad you worked through it, I know how scary it is.

Wardhog- good luck with the weigh-in.

Mychoice- Good luck with your weigh-in.

Tom. is my "official' weigh-in. We'll see what happens then. Thanks for all the encouragement everyone. I need it.

02-01-2008, 10:01 AM
Good morning, was as I expected. The scales stayed the same. I will admit I'm a little upset over it but I can't go back and change it, I can only go forward and change it. You can bet that I plan on being at the Y on Sunday to workout. My plan is to workout Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday next week. I won't be able to on Wednesday due to an appointment.

I'm feeling in a bit of a funk this morning. Maybe because of the weigh-in, maybe because I'm tired, maybe because I'm so tired of winter weather, maybe because I feel like shopping and I can't...I told myself no more credit card purchases..I about have it paid off and I'm not going to let myself "overdo" in that department eithier. I sort of feel like I'm in one of those "kick the cat" moods...but I love my kitty so I wouldn't do that! I'm sure I will get out of it. I just need to quiet my mind (there is some bad self-talk going on in my will never do this---it will take to long)--I won't believe it but right now I want to yell at it to "shut up!".

I love it that we can come and share our true feelings here. I'm not usually good at that. For the most part, I am a happy person but I am human and I can be down and frustrated at times too.

Ok..I'm going to go get some water, put on my headphones and plow through some things this morning on my desk.

Focult: you did GREAT to stay on plan with that issue going on. Just think how much stronger you are by exercising your will power.

Mtiger: I hope the scales are down for you today

Wardhog: I hope that all your exercise shows up in a good way at the scales.

02-01-2008, 11:59 AM
mtiger and Mychoice - just keep at it. Maybe you didn't have a loss this week, but with every workout you are getting stronger. Every day you stay on your eating plan you are getting healthier. I know it's frustrating but if you continue on this path, you will reach your destination.

I am frustrated today, too. We are having our water heater replaced today. I had arranged to have it done yesterday but then my husband had to make changes at the last minute. So a different company is doing it, and the guy showed up earlier than he said so I couldn't get to Group Power class. Then he says there is this extra stuff he has to do ... how do I know if I'm getting ripped off or not?

Anyway ... early this morning I went to the gym and did 30 min on the elliptical and 15 min on the treadmill (1 mi) before the guy called. I need to do some resistance work today or do a Group Power class tomorrow. Power is always really crowded on Saturdays, though. I stayed on my eating plan yesterday and I am on track for today. I am feeling rather snacky because I am annoyed. The gas is turned off so we have no heat and the water is off, too. Grrr. This, too, shall pass.

I weighed in at 153.0 this morning, down 3.6 from last Friday. I am quite pleased with that!

Have a great day, everyone.

02-01-2008, 12:50 PM
Mindy - Don't be too hard on yourself. Sometimes the scales just don't cooperate, even if you've been super good about sticking to your plan. Have you eaten anything with a good deal of sodium? I find that a bit more sodium than usual can throw my weight off considerably (2 or 3 pounds) since it makes your body retain more water. That may account for your temporary gain at the BL weigh in at school. Upping your calories might not be a bad idea, though. I hit a plateau right around where you are (low 230s). I started eating more, and I started losing again. Our bodies can be so weird sometimes. I wish they would work with the plan ALL the time. As for the anxiety issue - thank you for the advice. The next time I go to the doctor, I may mention it. I'm in a doctor crisis right now, actually. I didn't really like my previous doctor because he wasn't the type to sit down and talk with you. He mentioned wanting me to lose weight, but he added that he knew I had "probably already tried to do so." It was just annoying that he discounted my ability to lose weight simply because I was overweight. He never offered to help or made any suggestions. So, the clinic I was going to closed, and my health insurance company says I have to find another doctor or move to another clinic with my current doctor. I think I'm going to find a new one who is a bit more approachable.

Susie - I hope your day gets better. I know how much the same number on the scale can disappoint, but like WardHog said, you're getting healthier by the day and you'll eventually reach your goal. You just have to have faith in yourself. Plus, you were sick this past week, and I'm sure that had an effect on your ability to get up and exercise. I'm sure you'll make up for a disappointing week scale-wise when you weigh in next week.

WardHog - Woo! 3.6 is awesome! All that work has been paying off. I hope the repairman gets the water heater fixed soon so you can unwind during the remainder of your Friday. Here's hoping he isn't trying to rip you off, too. I'm always paranoid about things like that because I know so little when it comes to mechanical stuff.

I'm on track today. It's Friday, so that's at least something. I had some vegetarian hot dogs last night. If any of you like hot dogs, but don't want to deal with the fat and calories in the regular kind, try the Morningstar vegetarian ones. They have 80 calories and half a gram of fat in each weiner. No saturated fat! Yay! I had two of them on a couple Sarah Lee Wheat Hot Dog Buns with a bit of ketsup and mustard. They were really good with a salad.

I usually peek at my scale every other day. I was down to 221 this morning. This gives me hope that I will be at 220 by Tuesday. My fingers are crossed.

02-01-2008, 10:37 PM
Okay, since the weigh-in yesterday sucked, I started to analyze the situation. Kelly and I both had been doing well and last week decided that we should kick up the cardio. And we did. We did not change our calories at all and I believe that is the problem. We have decided we are going to go back to the workout schedule we had been following and leave calories the same. We have not lost enough weight yet that we need to pump it up so much yet. I also decided that I am going to get between 1400 and 1500 no matter what. So I did that yesterday and today I am down 1.5 pounds. Now that means I stayed the same as last week, but I think I have a handle on this now. We'll see how it goes this week.

Foucault- hope you are down at your weigh-in.
Wardhog- that is so awesome. That is a great loss and I knew your working out would pay off. Great job.
Mychoice- I'm with you this week by maintaining the same weight. Don't give up or get too discouraged. I know it's hard. Just keep it up, I know it will pay off.

Have a great weekend everyone. We got a ton of snow today, actually had a snow day at school. Haven't done much today except some shoveling and my curcuit training. Catch ya tom.

02-02-2008, 01:59 PM
mtiger, I am glad that 1.5 pounds is gone again. I am sure it was just a water fluctuation.

Today I did a Group Ride class, then ran 5 mi (55 min). I am pretty wiped. I stayed on my eating plan yesterday and I am on track for today. I had Progresso hearty tomato soup for lunch and it was so good.

What's everyone doing for the Super Bowl? I am not a football fan at all, so my husband is going to watch the game while I stay home with the kids. It'll keep me away from tempting snacks (and alcohol) so it's all good.

Have a great week-end! Stay strong!

02-02-2008, 06:41 PM
So we got a ton of snow yesterday. Today is better so I got out and went to the mall. I walked 2.5 miles and that was a pretty good workout. I went to try those Ana jeans at Penney's. Ha!!! That was a joke. The waist was so huge it was ridiculous. I went to C.J. Banks and tried some jeans that have a bit of elastic on both sides of the waist. Guess what. I found a pair that fit really pretty good. And they were on clearance and a size 20. That is great for me. I am very excited. I just hope they don't fit for too long and I have to go back for a smaller size.

While there, Auntie Annes's was giving away free pretzels. Oh my God. I actually got in the line and was just going to split one with my friend. It would have been 175 calories. I talked myself out of it and walked away. Man that was hard, I love those pretzels, and they were free. AHH!!!!

I was actualy down 1/2 pound this morning. Let's see what happens for the rest of the week. Have a great weekend everyone and keep working hard.

02-03-2008, 04:07 AM
It's early on Sunday morning (Saturday night). I'm such a night owl, and I have to fend off the munchies whenever I stay up this late. It's a good thing I threw those shortbread cookies out.

Mindy - At least you're breaking even this week. That just means there is a greater chance of you losing next week. I think upping your calories might be a good idea. There was actually a thread about calorie intake I read earlier on one of the sections here. So many people said they started at 1200, stalled out, and then upped their calories to 1400 or 1500 before they saw some weight loss again. After a few weeks of too few calories, your body thinks you are starving it, even if you aren't. It begins to shut down and save all the evil fat for bad times to come. If you were eating really low, that may be what is happening. I've been able to lose fairly consistently at 1700 to 1800 a day. Although, once I get to below 200 pounds, I'm sure that will have to drop to 1500 to 1600 in order for me to maintain loses of 1 to 2 pounds a week. At any rate, good luck with the modified plan!

WardHog - I'm in the boat with you in regards to the Superbowl. I'm staying home and not doing anything in particular. I've never been a sports person, so Superbowl Sunday is just another day for me. I think that will work in my favor since I won't be attending any parties with snacks.

I went out to eat for the first time since Christmas. It was Mexican - tortilla chips, sopaipillas, and a bean/cheese burrito with rice. I'm sure it was terribly unhealthy and at least 1,000 calories, but I managed to keep my only other meal of the day at around 600 calories, which left me just enough calories for a fruit snack this evening. I hope my dinner won't reflect badly on the scale come Tuesday.

I hope everyone has a fantastic Sunday and is able to avoid the lure of beer and bad snacks at any parties they might be attending.

02-03-2008, 12:31 PM
Hi everyone--it's been a while since I've posted. Although I read everyone's posts every day. I have been frustrated for a few days, not seeing that number on the scale drop, but it has gone down little by little this weekend. I am finally at a flat 230. I am excited to see the 220's this week. I think it has been about 8 years (since my first daughter was born) that I've seen them.

Somehow, the superbowl party has been arranged for my house this year. While I don't plan on watching much of the game, I know that food will be on the counter calling my name. I am trying to make some dips and such with lo-cal versions, so hopefully that will help, since I know counting calories today is going to be impossible. Yesterday was just as bad, my daughter had a hockey tournament. When you're there, the concession stand is a huge draw. I managed to limit myself to a small slurpee and some pizza hut pizza for lunch. When I looked up the pizza in my calorie guide, though, I found it wasn't too bad. I kept the toppings pretty healthy, so I guess that was good. All that eating between games and on the run really stinks! Ok, gotta go clean my house for the festivities!

02-03-2008, 02:01 PM
mtiger - great job resisting that *free* pretzel! Way to go!

foucault - Mmmm, Mexican. It's great to indulge and still stay on plan. Good job!

Kelly - good to "see" you! I hope you get into the 220's this week.

Today I did 30 min on the elliptical, 30 min on the stair climber, and 30 min on the bike. I stayed on my eating plan yesterday and I am on track for today. My husband is going out of town tomorrow for a couple of days. I hope I can stay on plan while he's gone. For some reason I get off track when I get out of my routine.

Have a great day, everyone - enjoy the game. he he

02-04-2008, 12:11 PM
How is everyone this Monday morning? It's rainy/snowy here, but the roads aren't bad, so I'm okay. I just hate driving in bad weather conditions.

Kelly - I'm excited for you to see the 220's! I was stalled out in the low 230's for a bit, but I've managed to blaze through most of the 220's this past month. I'm looking ahead to the teens! Yay! Before you know it, we'll both be dancing around when we see 199 on our scales. :-) I hope you managed to avoid most of the bad food at the Superbowl party. That's definitely a weakness of mine, too - snacking at food that has been sat out on the counter.

WardHog - I know what you mean about going off track when you are out of your routine. I'm the same way. I'm sure with your commitment to the gym, you'll be able to stay on plan.

I'm doing well today. I need to go back and log my food intake for Sunday before I forget, but other than that, I'm good. I had my usual breakfast this morning and avoided cappuccinos and lattes from the coffee places this morning. Whenever the weather is cold and wet, I want to buy something fattening and hot to drink. I should just stick to plain old water. I was down to 220 yesterday, so I hope I can maintain that loss for my weigh-in tomorrow. It will mean that the teens are not far away. And that makes me sooooo happy.

02-04-2008, 01:31 PM
foucault - I hope you see the teens tomorrow!

Today I had too many things to do, so I cut my workout a bit short. I ran 2 mi (21 min), then did a Group Power class. I stayed on my eating plan yesterday and so far I am on track for today.

Have a great week!

02-04-2008, 09:51 PM
WardHog - I'd be extending my workout if I ran 2 miles *and* did a Group Power class! For a busy day, you sure did well with the exercising.

I've already posted today, but I need to say that I bought a beautiful hoodie today. I went in Costco to get a new coffee maker for the office, and I saw these plush hoodies in the clothing. They went up to XL (which is what I've been wearing for the last few months since my weight loss stalled out). I got a L just to see when I could fit in it. I tried it on when I got home. IT FITS! I can wear clothing without an X before the size! I think the clothing line runs a bit big, and I don't think I'd be able to wear a large in other things just yet, but I'm thrilled that something in my closet doesn't have an X on it. Yay! When I get below 200, I'm going to go on a clothes shopping spree. ;-)

02-05-2008, 12:34 PM
Yay! for smaller clothes. I hope your weigh-in is good today.

Today I did an 11 min mile warm-up, a Group Ride class, 21 min on the stair climber and 20 min on the elliptical. I stayed on my eating plan yesterday and I am on track for today. I am craving pastry but I am just going to have to get over it.

Have a great day, guys!

02-05-2008, 01:01 PM
Hi Ladies,

I've not given up. It's just that the cold and flu season is really giving me a workout. I started running a fever on Sunday, I went to the doctor yesterday and I have bronchitis. So, I'm back on antibodics again.

It's really messing with my workouts. I am walking when I can. I figure at least I'm moving. All I'm eating it seems is soup. I've wanted ice cream but I told myself that will just add to the congestion that I have (due to the milk) and that seems to talk me out of it.

I just wanted to do a quick check-in. I'm going to try to post again tonight when I'm home.

I'm posting from work and I need to get back to.

02-05-2008, 01:40 PM
Susie - I'm so sorry you're sick again. The cold/flu season has hit you hard this year. One thing after another, I guess. I hope you get lots of rest and get better soon. The weight loss thing isn't a race, and you'll get to your goal weight eventually. Plus, soup isn't exactly unhealthy, so you may even lose without the daily workouts.

WardHog - Evil pastries! I have to stay away from the bakery at the grocery store because I love the cakes and cookies and danishes and croissants. All of which do *not* go along with my healthy eating plan.

My weight-in wasn't exciting this morning. It was the same as last week: 222. I was down to 220 on Sunday, but I think my Saturday dinner (yummy Mexican food) caught up with me. Then again, this is typical for me. I usually go through two to four great weeks and then hit a week or two where I lose little to nothing. So, I'm not upset about it. I'm just looking forward to a loss next week. I am annoyed that the weather sucks today. I walk on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday. It snowed last night and the temperature isn't above freezing yet. So, I can't go on my usual walk at noon. I guess I'll have to stick to doing a fitness video when I go home for lunch. The dancing one has a couple good segments with a toning band for arms and legs. It looks like I'll be doing that instead of a nice walk in the fresh air. Oh well.

I hope everyone is having a good week and sees the scale drop down during their weigh in later this week.

02-05-2008, 07:21 PM
Well I did not get on and post yesterday, although I did read everyone's comments. I have been really down on myself this past week. The scale just keeps going up and down. It is so frustrating. I am obsessed with this whole weight loss thing. I want it so bad and when it's not working I am beside myself. I am trying to be patient and wait for results. I'm just not very good at that. If I could even see 231 or 230 I would be overjoyed.

Mychoice- sorry to hear you are sick. I am just feeling better myself but my cough seems to keep hanging on. Being around 20 sick children does not help.

Foucault- I know how badly you want to dip past that 220 mark. I am with you wanting to dip below the 230 mark. It just sucks doesn't it? Hang in there. We just have to keep doing what we are doing.

Wardhog- you amaze us all with your workout schedule. You are very inspiring. After school we walked about 25 min. and tonight we will do curcuit training also. Weigh-in is coming up. Gotta pump it up.

Take care everyone and stay upbeat. I need to tell myself the same thing.

02-06-2008, 12:32 PM
Mychoice - I hope the antibiotics are kicking in and you are feeling better.

foucault - You'll have that big loss next week. I love your attitude.

mtiger - Hang in there - it's hard, I know. Just keep going and you'll see the results you want. Thank you for saying that I inspire you. You all inspire me, too and I am so glad to have found this place.

Today I did 19 min walk (1.25 mi), a Group Power class and 30 min on the elliptical. I stayed on my eating plan yesterday and I am on track for today. I made it through my husband's business trip without a binge, so yay!

Have a great day!

02-06-2008, 06:32 PM
Mindy - Don't be so down on yourself. I know it is hard, and a week without a loss can feel like such a let down, but just keep in mind that you are doing something that is going to make you a stronger (mentally and physically) person. If you stick to your plan, this time next year, you are going to look fantastic, regardless of whether you lost anything this week or not. I started at 254, and I got stuck around 232. I remember getting so excited to see the 220's, but they wouldn't show up. I was stuck there for two or three weeks right around the time that winter was coming on. I decided to "maintain" for the winter and worry about losing again in the summer. I went off plan, and it took me over a year to get back on. So, don't give up now. You can do it! Even if that means suffering through two or three weeks without a loss. When you finally do see one, it will be a fantastic feeling.

WardHog - Yay for no binging while your husband was away! I'm so proud of your will power. That's awesome.

I think I figured out why I haven't lost. I was up two pounds this morning. It's the dreaded TOM. Mine is actually TOQ (time of the quarter) since I'm taking Seasonale, and it restricts my periods to once every three months. It's nice not to go through that every month, but when I my TOQ rolls around it's a nice little slice of ****. I start on Sunday, so my pre-TOQ weight gain is in full effect. Plus, I was bad about drinking my daily water over the weekend. I'm back on track with the water, but I can't do anything about TOQ.

02-07-2008, 11:12 AM
Yes we got dumped on again last night with a ton of snow. Needless to say, school has been cancelled for today. AWW!! And today was our weigh-in for biggest loser. Hey, I know I've been complaining this week, but the last few days things have started to move on the scale. I am down 2 pounds from last Friday.YEAH!! However, my weigh-in at school should show like 3 pounds. More good news, Kelly is down also. SO when we go back to school tom. we should have some pretty good results.

Does this make sense to you all? I tend to lose weight best during the week. I think that even though I work out on the weekends, I am not as active as during the work week. I don't eat more on the weekend or anything I just think I am generally more sedentary. That may attribute to my weight maintenance last week. We had 2 snow days, also resulting in a three day weekend. It sounds like a good theory to me.

Foucault- I am not giving up, no worries there. It just gets really hard sometimes. As you can tell I am feeling better today. 231-kissing the 220's. Man I hope it is next week.

Wardhog- I also am glad we have found each other and the 4 or 5 of us are sticking together. It helps so much.

Well since I am at home again today I plan on getting out and shoveling a lot of snow. Then when I get dug out going to Walmart. They have a new movie I want to get. That will get me up and moving today instead of sitting on the couch watching tv.

Have a great day everyone and thanks for the encouragement.

02-07-2008, 12:59 PM
Mindy - I'm so happy for you and Kelly! Here's hoping your official weigh-in is down even further! I hear shoveling snow is an excellent way to exercise. Last year it snowed about two feet here. I had to shove a load of snow from behind my car, and my entire body was sore the next day. It's like a full body workout.

I peeked at the scale this morning and it is down to 219.5! Yay! Teens! I can only hope it will show me that on Tuesday morning for my official weigh-in. The weather is going to be nice today, so I'll be able to get outside and walk during my lunch hour.

You know, lately, I've been thinking about how in-your-face fast food is in our culture. When I got the mail yesterday, there were so many flyers, coupons, and advertisements for fast food places - burgers, fries, burritos, hot dogs, pizza, battered and fried fish, everything. When I wasn't watching what I was eating, I didn't notice it so much, but now that I am aware of how bad that stuff is, I can't stop seeing it every time I turn around. No wonder we all struggle with our weight.

02-07-2008, 03:41 PM
mtiger! I am so glad to hear you sounding so upbeat! Hooray for the loss!

Foucault - you, too! Into the teens! You are so right about fast food - it's everywhere. My husband is naturally thin, and he loves McDonald's in particular. He gets annoyed at me because I never want to eat out. It's just so hard to do it in a reasonable way.

Today I did a 22 min (2 mi) warm-up, Group Ride class, and 30 min on the elliptical. I stayed on my eating plan yesterday and I am on track for today. I didn't have time for lunch, so I had a Zone Perfect bar in the car. Those things are really tasty. Oh, and I am wearing jeans and I am not suffocating. woo hoo!

02-07-2008, 04:38 PM
Hallelujah for another snow day! I am so excited I have finally broken into the 220's and have gone steadily down the last three days. I was getting pretty discouraged, so this is a huge weight lifted off for me! My confidence is definitely going up. I just cross my fingers I don't stall out again. I know this weight is going to come off now, I just have to keep working at it. Yesterday I did the Biggest Loser Cardio DVD, and I think I just might do it again today.

02-08-2008, 12:37 PM
Happy Friday! Today I did 18 min (1.5 mi) to warm up, a Group Power class, and 30 min on the elliptical. I stayed on my eating plan yesterday and I am on track for today. I really need to be vigilant this week-end because my in-laws arrive Tuesday for a week-long visit. I have to cook big meals for them every day, plus I get stressed and angry and usually end up eating a lot when they are here. I just need to get right back on the plan once they are gone, not keep eating from stress relief. The good news is that I weighed in this morning at 150.4, a 2.6 pound loss from last week.

Have a great week-end, y'all!

02-08-2008, 01:21 PM
Kelly - Woohoo! The 220's! You'll be seeing the teens before you know it. :-)

WardHog - What a fantastic week for you! 2.6 is amazing. I hope you don't get too stressed out over the in-laws visit. Just thinking about extended family visits makes my eye twitch with repressed stress.

I'm doing well today. I decided to stay away from the scale until my weigh-in on Tuesday. I also resolved to drink at least 70oz of water each day this weekend. I'm so bad about the water consumption during the weekends. I need to watch that.

02-08-2008, 06:02 PM
I've started regaining weight and it scares the crap out of me! I have crossed back into the big 2's ... probably around 205. Things hit the skids when I started grad school again this fall and have continued to slide - it's threatening to become an avalanche. I'm using food to cope with stress and lack of sleep again - which aggrevates my IBS, makes me lethargic, slumps by sex life and makes my butt sprout new territory.

I am sick and tired of being sick and tired. Of my thighs starting to rub more, of growing back out of my newer jeans. I'm getting married in June -- I don't have time for this. I'm getting older - I don't have energy for this. Enough is enough. I will start over again. Slowly - but I WILL.

02-08-2008, 08:30 PM
So because of the snow day yesterday, we had our weigh-in at school for BL today. Kelly and I were both feeling pretty good going in. I lost 2 3/4 and Kelly lost a pound. She wasn't very happy. I thought it was great, she lost. Not like me last week that gained 1.5. So my real true weight loss was down like 1.5. I can live with that.

Wardhog- Good luck with the in-laws. Stay tough. So what are you down total now? You have pulled some pretty big numbers the last couple of weeks.

Foucault- Good luck with the water. I hate drinking water and usually only drink it during and after working out.

Cardio- good luck on your journey. You have already come so far. Your pictures are awesome and inspiring. You will reach your goal.

Have a great weekend everyone and stay on track. I hate the weekends when trying to lose weight. Way too sedentary. I'll check in later.

02-09-2008, 12:55 PM
mtiger - hooray for the great weigh-in!

Hi Cardio! I like your screen name!

Today I did a Group Ride class, :26 on the stair climber, and :26 on the elliptical. I forgot to take my aleve before I left the house and my legs were crying for mama! I stayed on my eating plan yesterday and I am on track for today.

Have a great week-end, everybody!

02-09-2008, 11:19 PM
I've been thinking about you guys. I just read all the posts I have missed and everyone is doing so well. I am so proud of you all.

Welcome to Cardio. I read your post and will go and look at the photos here in a bit.

I am very happy to report a 5.75 lb loss on Thursday when I weighed in at TOPS. I guess what didn't show up last week showed up this week. I was "Loser of the week". I plan on being that more often. So far this year I've lost 6.5 lbs. That's more than I did all last year. I have set a goal of a 3 lb loss each month for this year. I know some months I will loose less and some more, but I figure 3 lbs a month is doable.

I am feeling better again. I hope this time I'm well for good. Spring is about 6 weeks away right?

I'll go back to working out on Monday. I'll start with walking and then get back to the weight room the next week. I'm trying not to overdue and build my myself back up slowly and stay well.

I'll check in tomorrow. I was craving a ice-cream drumstick and I came here instead to get over the craving. It worked!

02-10-2008, 01:46 PM
Wow, Mychoice! Congratulations on being loser of the week!

Today I jogged for about an hour (5 mi), then did 30 min on the ellptical and 30 min on the bike. I stayed on my eating plan yesterday and I am on track for today. Apparently just *thinking* about going off plan makes me gain weight, though. I am up about 1/2 a pound. (I am not too concerned about it, really.) My in-laws arrive on Tuesday and I know that's going to cause me problems. This is a lifestyle, though, right? A week is just a blip and it will be over before I know it.

I hope everyone's having a good week-end!

02-10-2008, 04:10 PM
Lisa - Welcome! What inspiring pictures you have! You're already accomplished so much that I'm sure you can defeat the extra pounds you've put on recently. You lost it once, you can lose it again.

mtiger - Congrats to you and Kelly for losing during the BL weigh-in! A pound is a pound, and that means you are one more pound closer to your goal.

Susie - Wow! What a fantastic weigh-in! I'm so proud of you! Like you, I'm looking forward to spring, too. It will be so nice not to worry about whether the bad weather will keep me from going out and getting some exercise.

WardHog - Good luck with the in-laws. I hope they don't stress you out too much.

I'm doing well, though I have stayed away from the scales for the last couple days. I trying to wait until my official weigh-in on Tuesday. Yesterday, I walked almost four miles. I just got back from a two mile walk today. I plan on relaxing for the rest of the afternoon, maybe reading a book or something quiet. I had a craving for chocolate yesterday, so i had five mini chocolate-covered pretzels. They were 130 calories and 5 fat grams. All in all, not bad. And I was able to stop myself at just five, so that was a miracle.

After losing these twelve pounds this year, I'm definitely a size 18. Before I was straddling the line between 18 and 20. I will be so happy when I manage to slim it down to a 16. So many stores have things on sale all the time, but they only go up to size 16. I was in Kohls yesterday and noticed that most of the pants I was looking at only went up to 16. No love for the big girls. I hope I'll be in 16's by my b-day in May.

02-10-2008, 09:33 PM
I know it sounds funny, but like I've said before, I hate the weekend for losing weight. I have really tried to be active this weekend. Along with my workouts I have tried to move around the house more and limit just sitting and watching tv or reading. I am an avid reader, so it makes things tough. I would rather sit all weekend and just read. We'll see how it worked for me tom.

Foucault- that is a lot of walking. Good for you. I love chocoalte covered pretzels. I have been craving chocolate a lot this week. I have picked up many a candy bar, looked at the calories and put it back down. I am going to have to find something to settle my urge with. I bought some X-large pants yesterday. No 2X or 20. It sure feels good doesn't it?

Mychoice- awesome job on your loss. That has got to feel great. Keep up the good work.

Talk to you all tom. Keep working hard.:flow1:

02-11-2008, 11:32 AM
Good morning Ladies,

I want you to know that you all stopped me last night from having a ice cream bar at 11:30 p.m. The reason I wanted it was because I had missed dinner. We went to a Joel Osteen program last night and it started at 7:30. We live about an hour from where it was so we didn't really have time to eat dinner. I had a healthy snack to help me but by the time the program was over I was starved. We did a quick run through McDonalds at 10:30 p.m. and I had a small cheeseburger. When I got home I thought, I'm going to have a ice-cream bar. Then I said, no, it's 11:30 at night and I"m going to bed, I'm sure I'll live until morning and you know what? I did! ;)

I thought about the fact that it was late, was I really going to enjoy it? If it showed up on the scales on Thursday when I weighed in was it really worth it and I thought about how all of you have said no to things and now you are in XL and Lgs...I'm going to join you soon ladies!

Mtiger: I can struggle on the weekends too. I'm a "routine" person and of course the weekends are off routine for me. Tell us how you were able to make it through.

Focult: You will be in those 16's soon.

Wardhog: I hope the in-laws don't stress you out to much. You can stay on track..I know you can. Look at how disciplined you are with your exercise....if you can do that, you can do the other.

Cardio: How are you doing? I hope you are being motivated and I'm looking forward to your posts.

Ok..I need to get back to work. I'll check in tomorrow with everyone.

02-11-2008, 01:47 PM
Good morning!

Mychoice - good for you for staying away from the temptation. Good job!

mtiger - Can you have a little chocolate without going overboard? If it fits into your plan, go for it!

Today I did 24 min (2 mi) on the treadmill, a Group Power class, and 30 min on the elliptical. I stayed on my eating plan yesterday and I am on track for today. Houseguests arrive tomorrow and I am already pissy. gah ...

I hope you're all having a nice day.

02-11-2008, 05:17 PM
Mindy - I know this sounds crazy, but the best thing I did for my weight loss goal was getting a dog. The little guy wants to walk *all the time*, and I always plan in at least a one hour walk each day on the weekend. He keeps me on track because I'm not just walking for me, but for him. Otherwise, I'd probably be loafing around the house on a Saturday morning. And, yay! for the XL pants! That's fantastic! Are they the work-out type pants? I got a pair of them in L. They're a bit tight, but I think I'll be able to wear them just fine once I get a little closer to 200.

Susie - Great job on resisting the temptation! That's great! I'm sure you'll be seeing the difference on the scales once you turn down a few of those cravings.

WardHog - Pissy already? I'm sorry you have to deal with guest for a whole week. I hope you can find the time to de-stress. Maybe time a scented candle and a cup of tea/coffee in the bathroom with you and lock the door? Leave the kids with the in-laws. ;-)

I'm doing well today. I got in my strength training and a bit of cardio at lunch. I usually feel like crappola during TOM, but I'm actually not that bad this time around. I couldn't resist the scales at lunch, though. I stripped to my undies and stepped on the scale. It says 219.5, which is what it was a few days ago. What makes me happy is that after I eat breakfast and drink my 30oz of water each morning, I usually weigh 2 to 3 pounds more than when I stepped on the scale first thing in the AM. So, I'm hoping to see a number even lower than 219.5 tomorrow for my official weigh-in. Though, I'd be happy with what I have now.

02-11-2008, 07:47 PM
Michigan, Michigan. I can not believe this but, we had another snowday today. We were one of the few districts that closed. I guess it was because of the cold. It was like -4 this morning with wind chills around -17. Everybody else went to school, I don't understand. I was looking forward to getting back into my weekly routine. I just move more during the school day then when I'm home.

Here is what I try. Since we have had a lot of snow, I shoveled today, for about 20 min. I try to move around the house. I vaccumed, washed a few dishes, broke part of my filling today so I went to the dentist and then stopped by a bookstore. I bought a "Shape" magazine, looking for new ideas.
Then tonight I will do some type of workout, haven't decided what exactly.

Foucault- I have 4 dogs that I would love to take out for a walk, but not at 12 degrees which was our high today. Oh where, oh where is spring. As far as my new pants, I usaully wear Knit pants with elastic waist becaue nothing else fits my tiny waist. Even the one pair of jeans I found recently, the waist is a bit large. Tom is coming here also, I hope it accounts for the extra 1/2 to 1 pound the last few days. :(

Wardhog- I was looking at some back issues of "Looking Good" mag and most of the successful weight losers were eating anywhere from 1200-1800 calories. I am bumping mine up for the next few days to see what happens. I think I'll have room for some chocolate.

I'll check in with everyone tom. Stay strong.

02-12-2008, 10:44 AM
Good morning,

I have the munchies this morning. There is some mini chocolate around the office. I had 3 pieces, then went and got a glass of water and decided to come here so I can stop it before it gets started.

I think I am feeling that I need something because this morning I had to deal with snow and ice coming into work and once I got here I the stressers kicked in and I wanted to comfort myself. I can't stop those feeling from happening but I can stop my reacation to them!

I hope everyone has an on plan day. I'm planning on it--I might have had a little mess up but I'm moving on!

02-12-2008, 11:50 AM
Mindy - Ouch...that's cold. I whine when it is 30 degrees here because I've become a sissy since moving to New Mexico. The last few days the highs have been in the 50s and 60s. I bet you're even more ready for spring than I am. ;-) I think your activities to get yourself moving at home are a great idea. I looked at an online calorie estimator, and it says shoveling snow for 20 minutes burns about 200 calories. That's more than walking for 20 minutes, which burns 150 calories.

Susie - Yay for stopping the cravings! I know exactly what you mean about dealing with stress by reaching for the candy. I think we are all guilty of that every now and again. I was so angry and annoyed after a phone conversation with an idiot at work yesterday that I went downstairs and grabbed a little Dove chocolate. I ate one, then looked at the others in the bowl and walked away. And they had caramel in them, too. Chocolate + caramel = heaven. It also equals another five pounds attached to my ***.

I had my weigh-in this morning. I'm down to 218! That's 4 pounds! Which makes up for me not losing anything last week. As you can see, I changed my ticker on the double. ;-) This 199 by my b-day sounds even more feasible now.

02-12-2008, 01:14 PM
mtiger - whoa! I can't imagine weather that cold. I am a total wimp - if it's below freezing I don't even want to go outside!

Mychoice - good job walking away from the candy before it got out of hand.

You too, foucault! And yay! for the four pounds!

Today I did a Group Ride class, 25 min on the stair climber and 25 min on the elliptical. Did I mention this? Over the week-end I was getting on the stair climber, and there was an older (60s?) man on the machine next to me. He looks at me and says, "Do you know what you're getting into here?" How insulting! Does he think that I can't handle the stair climber because I'm a GIRL? Humph.

Anyway. I stayed on my eating plan yesterday and I am on track for today. In laws arrive around dinner time, so I am making soup (for them), grilled chicken, macaroni and cheese (for them), and some kind of veggie. Then I will probably go stuff my face with chocolate, but I will try to hang on.

I hope you are all having a good day!

02-12-2008, 03:47 PM
Ok...I've been here twice today. Let me tell you, that chocolate is calling my name and I'm saying no!

Wardhog: Don't do it! Don't "stuff" yourself with anything. Look back at Focult's ideas on ways to pamper yourself and get through this time with the in-laws.

Focult: Great weight loss! 199 is going to be a dream come true for you.

02-12-2008, 08:21 PM
Okay guys. I am counting on you all for some ideas here. I am now eating 1500 calories a day. I work out 30 min. a day. Like 4 cardio days and 3 with weights. The scale just keeps toying around with this couple of pounds. I have not really lost much of anything for a couple of weeks. Needless to say I am getting very frustrated. What should I do? What would you do?

One calculator says to eat about 1600. Another one just said 2200. I can't even begin to think about eating that much food. Plus I am scared to death to even try it. That seems like so much. Plus increasing to 1500 hasn't seemed to do any good. AHH!!!! What should I do?

Mychoice- the way I feel today I'd be right there with you eating that whole bowl of chocolate. Hey maybe I could get up to 2200 calories. HAHA! Just eat one and step away.

Wardhog- good luck with those in-laws. I'd feed em diet food. If they didn't like it they could go out to eat. Can you tell I'm in a pissy mood?

Foucault- God that is awesome. I am so happy for you. My buddy Kelly is down too. Poor me, I think I'll go eat worms. Wonder how many caloreis they have.

Sorry to be so down. Maybe I'll feel better tom. Everyday is a new day. I wish I could find a reason for my lack of success. I'd feel better if I had screwed up. But I just keep sticking to my plan and never falter. Help me keep going Lord.

02-13-2008, 09:48 AM
Hi Ladies,

I'm so glad that yesterday is over with. I tried, I really tried..and I did better than if I didn't try but I did have way to much sugar. I can tell because I feel hungover today. So, I'm detoxing....water, water, water...veggies, know.

I fear that I'll be up on the scales tomorrow at my weigh-in. If so, all I can do is to know that I will get it off and then some for the next week.

I'm doing good today with food. I surely don't want any more chocolate or sodas. I had two yesterday..the sugar really does make me feel physically bad--why don't I remember that when I'm doing it?!

Mtiger: I'm sure that someone here will have an idea for you as to get those scales moving again. I know that when the scales stall for me and I can look back and know that I've been on plan that it's time to add more protein to my diet. It's like my body needs it. It's not easy for me, because I don't like animal protein. I try to get it other ways but it's not easy.

Ok...I need to get to work. I hope everyone has a good day. I'm looking forward to reading your posts later on.

02-13-2008, 12:12 PM
WardHog - What an insulting little man! I bet you've spent much more time on that stair climber than he ever has. I hope things are going well with the in-laws.

Susie - Good job resisting all the sugar and chocolate. A little bit won't sabotage you as long as you know what you are doing and monitoring your intake. I've always heard that it is better to give your body what it is craving, but to give it in moderation. I think that's what you did, and there's nothing wrong with that. I wish you much luck with your weigh-in tomorrow.

Mindy - I think everyone is different, and those calorie-counting sites can only give you an estimate based on the math. Most bodies don't work like machines, so the math won't always be right. According to the website calculators, I could eat 2800 calories to maintain, 2269 to lose at a slow rate, and 1800 to lose at a fast rate. This is all assuming I exercise every day at a light or moderate rate. I've been eating between 1700 and 1800 calories a day, and I've been losing at a good rate. Nothing astounding like 5 pounds a week, but I'm very happy with the average of 2 pounds. I haven't tried it, but I have a feeling if I dropped my calories to 1300 that I wouldn't lose any faster. I might even stop losing. If you exercise and don't get enough food in your body to keep it running, then your body goes into starvation mode. You don't feel like you are starving, but your body starts holding onto fat stores because it thinks that bad times are coming. That makes it very difficult to lose. So, you might consider that. I find it very easy to fit in 1800 calories in a day without feeling stuffed. I usually have a protein shake on my way to work, then a bowl of cereal and a banana for breakfast. I also have a couple taffy treats for a snack on my desk which are 60 calories each. For lunch I have a (fake) turkey sandwich and 3/4 cup of greek yogurt with fruit. An orange for an afternoon snack. Tonight I'm going to have half of a small pizza for dinner. It's about a serving and a half of pizza. I'll also have a salad with balsamic vinegar and feta cheese. Tonight I'll have a low fat, low calorie fudge bar around 9:00. This all adds up to 1720 calories. So, you can do it without feeling stuffed. If you go a couple weeks on 1500 and you still aren't losing anything, then try upping it to 1600 or 1700. It's just a matter of figuring out what works best for you.

The big thing I've changed this time around is fat grams. I only watched my calories the first time around. Now that I've started watching my fat grams, things seem so much easier. There are so many low calories foods that are high in fat grams. The daily menu above adds up to around 33 fat grams. I usually try to keep my daily limit at 50 or below. It helps so much and I feel like I'm losing much more easily. So, if you aren't already, try counting your fat grams, too. I was so surprised at how many fat grams I was eating without knowing it.

Also, I got stuck at around 231 during my first round of weight loss. I didn't change anything or modify my exercise or eating. I just couldn't seem to lose it. I think if I had stuck with it for two or three more weeks, I would have seen results, but I ended up slacking off out of frustration. So, maybe your body is like mine. Maybe it's stuck on this hump and will be there for two or three weeks before you see a drop. So many people on these forums have mentioned going weeks without a loss, then suddenly losing a significant (3 to 5 pounds) of weight out of the blue. So, that's something else to consider.

And one other thing... You should take your measurements if you haven't already. Sometimes progress comes out on the tape measure instead of on the scale. I actually pulled out my first food diary and looked at my measurements the day I started my WL journey (at 254lbs). I've lost 5in on my bust, 5in on my waist, 5in on my hips, 6in from my thighs, 1in on my calves, and 2in from my upper arms. It amazes me that my thighs are six inches smaller than they were when I started. I can't really see it with my eyes because it was a gradual process, but the tape measure doesn't lie. I think you'll be really surprised if you take your measurements once a month.

You've been doing so well that I'm sure this is just a minor blip on the radar. It's only a matter of time before you see a loss. Give your change in calories a couple weeks to take effect, and if things still aren't going well, change it up again. It's all trial and error. Those websites can't give you a for-sure answer on how many calories a day will make you lose weight; they can only give you a vague suggestion on what they have found through research.

02-13-2008, 04:59 PM
Thanks for the great post, foulcault. Sometimes a minor tweak can make a big difference, and you have given us some concrete things to try.

Well, my in-laws didn't get here until after 10pm last night, so I was in bed. They got to the airport yesterday morning at 11:15 for a 1-ish flight, which was cancelled. They were re-booked on a 5-ish flight which didn't leave until 7. A long day for them. Last night I grilled some chicken and had veggies only with mine. Tonight I am making low-fat meatloaf and I will have veggies only again. They like to start with soup so they will have that, and mashed potatoes, with coffee, dessert and fruit at the end.

I also made it the gym today, and did a Group Ride class, then a Group Power class. Oh, my legs! But I probably won't be able to go tomorrow. My son has a Valentine party at school, and then my daughter has an early release day. I am tempted to get up early and run outside, but it has turned very cold suddenly.

Oh, and there was a bit of a fiasco this morning so I didn't weigh myself like I usually do. I weighed after the gym and I was at 150 even. I really, really want to see the 40s so maybe that will keep me motivated through this week.

Hope you guys are having a good day!

02-13-2008, 07:02 PM
Foucault- I appreciate your advice. I will stick with the 1500 for a while and see what happens. It is so scary to think about eating more calories when you're not losing as it is. That rationale seems so backwards. I'm sure it makes sense-somehow. I am sticking with it, even though I have my meltdowns. I have taken measurements and have lost inches, just not in the past few weeks.

Tom. is weigh-in at school. Ha, that should be a joke. It is so close to TOM that that alone is going to screw things up. Oh well. Just another week. I can feel good knowing I am doing my best. I hope I get one of those random drops in weight soon.

Dinner is ready. Shrimp and I don't know what else. Better get those calories up for the day. I'll let you all know how tom. goes, well tom.

02-13-2008, 10:08 PM
WardHog - I bet they were in a dicey mood by the time they managed the airport mess and got to your house. I hope it is a week as free of stress as possible. I bet it must be super hard for you to cook things that you can't eat. We're all sending you strength and will power to make it through without any binging.

Mindy - Definitely stick to your calories for another week or two to see if you see results. I'm sure it takes several days for a change to show up on the scale. Every week you don't lose is just one week closer to shedding a couple more pounds. Although, I know how hard it can be to get through those disappointments. It just plain sucks.

I took a couple pictures of myself today in order to compare what I look like now to what I looked like when I started this journey. I'm 4 pounds shy of 40 pounds gone, so I figured I might as well do this while I remember it. I cannot believe I looked like that in August of 2006. That's *insane*. I don't remember looking like that. Not that I look smokin' hot now or anything, but wow... I looked like an Oompa Loopa!

Anywho, here are the pictures of my big 'ol butt.

August of 2006 at 254 pounds...

February 13th, 2008 at 218 pounds...

Those are my size 20 jeans that are so big they fall off me without a belt. I'm a cheapy when it comes to buying clothes. I don't want to spend a load of money on every size while I'm losing. I'm trying to make my current stuff do me until I get to under 200. Then I'll go buy a few nice pieces, including some new jeans.

02-14-2008, 02:32 PM
foucault! Thanks for sharing your photos - you are looking really good. Plus, you are so young! For some reason, I think everyone is my age (43). I would post one too, but I don't have anything current. Do you want to see one of me from the last time I reached my goal weight (2 years ago)?

Today I made it to the gym after all, I ran 5mi in just under an hour. That's going to have to do. I stayed on my eating plan yesterday and I am on track for today. I think I will grill some salmon for dinner tonight. I know I will be off plan on Saturday - my son's 4th birthday party is at Chuck E. Cheese, so there will be pizza and cake.

Oh, and I weighed myself this morning and I was at 149.2!!! Tomorrow is my "official" weigh-in, though.

I hope you guys are having a good day!

02-14-2008, 08:11 PM
Yes it is Valentine's Day. Oh my God how hard was that at school today. We had 4 kinds of cookies, 4 kinds of cupcakes (including red velvet-YUM), chips, crackers and cheese. YIKES!!! So Lofthouse sugar cookies are my FAVS. I decided I would have 1 (180 calories). I had some cheese also. Fit that cookie right into my plan. It was kind of tough to stay away from the rest. But I did. Yeah!! Then my partner and I did our cardio DVD after school.

Well, the BL weigh-in, Kelly lost 3.5, I stayed the same. TOM started this am. Ha, I am just happy I stayed the same. We came in 2nd place, again. If her and I could just lose good on the same weeks, we might be able to win one.
Tom. is my official home weigh-in. We'll see how it goes.

Foucault- My goodness, thanks for the pics. You can so tell how much you have lost. You're looking great. I need to figure out how to post some pics myself. It's scary to put yourself out there like that. I am proud of you. Keep it up.

Wardhog- better start planning for that pizza now. I wish I liked fish, I just don't. Tonight we had grilled chicken though. It was yummy. I was reading a thread about people our age. I am 47. It gets really tough for us to lose. They all commented about how "on plan" they need to be. Some women even report going in to menapause when they started getting fit and losing. Also a lot of them reported the importance of strength training at our age.

Talk to you tom. Let you know if I can manage to lose anything or not.

02-14-2008, 09:43 PM
Thanks for the encouragement, WardHog and Mindy! I took the first picture with the intention of keeping it locked away on my computer and never letting anyone see it. However, the difference between it and the current one inspired me. I'm just happy to see some progress. I see myself every morning in the mirror while I brush my teeth, so I don't notice the gradual change until I see the pictures side-by-side. Then I think, "Woah! I looked like that? Sheesh." I'm 27, and I'm trying to reach my goal before 30. I have heard that it gets harder to lose the older you are, so I really need to shape up before too long. Since the age of 10, I've never been at a normal, healthy weight. For once in my adult life, I want to feel like I'm normal instead of "chubby" or "overweight" or "fat" or "big".

WardHog - We'd love to see some before/after/current pictures! And great job on the loss this morning! I've got my fingers crossed for your official weigh-in tomorrow.

Mindy - I don't know how you stayed away from those red velvet cupcakes. I would have been like a moth to a flame with them. I admire your will power! I'm already sending good vibes for your weigh-in next week. TOM messes up everything. Poo on it.

02-15-2008, 06:36 PM
Well, I am having a crappy *** bingey eating day. So, I will try to post some pics.

At my heaviest, around 170, 5 months after my son was born:

And seven months later, at my goal weight:

Now I am somewhere in between the two, but I don't have any current pictures so you will have to use your imagination. ;)

02-15-2008, 09:56 PM
Focault and Wardhog--you two look awesome! You are so inspiring that Mindy and I took "before" pictures after school today. Like you, I never ever thought I would willingly take a picture of myself looking the way I do now, but I realize how much it will mean to me when I have an after picture to look at! Thank you both for sharing!

02-15-2008, 09:57 PM
Wardhog- Thanks for posting the pics. It is nice to put faces (and Bodies) with the people we are getting to know here. How far are you from your goal now? You look so fit in the goal pic. I'm sure you will be there again soon.

We were talking about pictures today. A bunch of us feel like we don't look ALL THAT FAT in the mirror, but when we see ourselves in a photo it's like YIKES!! We look much bigger. So Kelly and I took pictures tonight after we worked out. We are going to try and figure out how to post them soon. God, I cringe just looking at mine.

Official weigh-in today. Good news--- I didn't gain. Well I didn't lose either. So crappy week, but with my friend TOM and all, guess I can't complain--too much. I'm working it this week. Keep your fingers crossed. I need a loss, BAD!

I'll talk to you all later.

02-15-2008, 09:59 PM
Ok, Mindy, apparently we are on the site at the same time tonight. It's kind of funny!!!

02-16-2008, 06:23 PM
Here are our pictures. Mindy is in the white shirt. I am already down 12 pounds at this point. Kelly is in the blue shirt and she is down 10 pounds in this picture. We were brave and put these out for you guys. We hope to see others and their progress. This is what makes it kind of fun.





02-17-2008, 04:13 AM
WardHog - You looked fantastic at your goal weight! I'm sure you'll be there in no time with all the effort you put in at the gym. :-) I hope your weekend went reasonably well and that the in-laws are set to ship out this coming week. I know it must be hard trying to entertain and keep on plan.

Mindy & Kelly - You will be so happy you took those before pictures after you're down a few pounds. I took a picture after I had lost about 20 pounds, and I could see a huge difference even then. In a month or two, you'll be able to see what a great job you're doing by comparing pictures.

It's so cool to see pictures of you gals. Putting a face with a name is nice.

Susie - How are you doing? How did your weigh-in go?

I walked a little over 3.5 miles today with my dog. We were supposed to get some huge snow Friday night, but it never happened. By 1:30 in the afternoon it was in the high 40's and any snow that fell was gone. The weather was beautiful on the first half of my walk, but turned windy and cold on my way home. The boyfriend wanted to go out to dinner at some Mexican place again this weekend. I had a bean and cheese burrito with a few tortilla chips. I passed on the guacamole and the extra sopapilla. I didn't want to stuff myself. I think I kept my calories at a reasonable level and managed to stay under 1700 calories today. I was down a pound this morning when I weighed myself. I can only hope that pound stays off when I do my official weigh-in on Tuesday.

I hope everyone is well and is having a good weekend. I'm not off for President's Day, so I'll be slaving away at work on Monday.

02-17-2008, 01:11 PM
After posting pictures and running some errands I was going to come home and workout. I went to feed my horse and she was sick. I had to get her up and walk her, in the cold, for about 45 min. until help arrived. My daughter and the vet finally got there to help out. The vet checked her out, gave her some pain meds and directions for what to do. So, fun night at my house. That was a workout I could have done without. Oh, she is much better today and the crisis is over.

In all the chaos last night I hadn't eaten more than 700 calories by 9:00. When I got to come in I had some food and got my count up to 1230. Good news is, I was down 1/2 yesterday and another 1/2 today. Moving in the right direction. Just have to keep going. :crossed:

Foucault- still waiting for spring here so I can get outside and walk. Everything is solid ice today. I have a Leslie Sansone walking DVD. You walk inside. I think I am going to try it today. Keep up the good work.

02-17-2008, 05:04 PM
So, the last two days I have been down to 225. It feels good to be moving through the 220's faster and seemingly easier than I did through the 230's. I borrowed a comfort food diet cookbook from Mindy yesterday. It has so many terrific things in it, that I had to go out and buy my own copy. I am so excited to try some things in it tonight!!! We are going to have chicken stuffed with a mushroom mixture, asparagus, and a baked potato. Only 500 calories for the entire meal and that includes butter and sour cream on my potato. I can't wait!!! Thanks Mindy!;)

02-17-2008, 06:28 PM
Mindy - You have a horse? That is so cool! I love horses, but I'm crammed in the middle of a city and can't have much more than a 10-pound dog. I hope your horse is feeling better. How scary to have to deal with something like that. As for the WATP DVD... Those are so great. I actually have one of Leslie's WATP DVDs. I use it when I can't walk outside. I think you'll really like it. They use hand weights on my DVD. At the time I didn't have any, so I just used bottles of water. I probably looked like a goof. ;-)

Kelly - That sounds like a great meal. I'm a sucker for anything involving mushrooms. I've been avoiding fettuccine since it is so high in fat grams, but I found a neat fettuccine that involve a mushroom sauce. Only 150 calories and 5 grams of fat for 1 cup! Mushrooms are my friends.

It's crazy windy here. I went out for a walk and had to cut it short because I was getting pushed around by the wind. We're having Subway tonight. I always get the veggie sandwich. I love Subway bread so much.

Is anyone here much of a reader? Mindy, I think I remember you saying something about loving books. I read like crazy. Just wanted to know what you all have been reading lately. Any favorite authors that you can't live without? I'm always looking for recommendations since I usually go through a book or more a week. Right now, I'm reading Doris Lessing's <i>Canopus in Argos</i> series. They're soft sci-fi, and the one I'm currently in the middle of has a focus on the difference between men and women and their roles, how they complement each other. I'm enjoying it a great deal.

02-17-2008, 10:53 PM
Hi Ladies,

I got a little behind the past few days. I had a big project that I was working on at work and when I had some spare time I just wanted to do anything that didn't have to do with the computer. However, I was starting to have withdraw...I needed to know what everyone was doing and also the inspiration of this site so here I am.

I did not make my weigh-in on Thursday due to working late on the project. I was off my plan on Friday, struggled to get back on plan on Saturday (for me it's like dealing with a sugar hangover when I get off plan) and today I'm doing ok with my eating plan. I need to get my workouts going again. I told my DH that I'm going to the Y tomorrow night and I would like for him to come with me but if he doesn't, he can expect that I'll be gone for a little over an hour.

I LOVE the pictures that you all posted. I will have to do that too. I"ll see if I can't get something taken tomorrow.

I am off work tomorrow for Presidents Day. A friend and I are going to lunch and to window shop for spring.

I'll check in with everyone tomorrow.

02-18-2008, 02:14 PM
Well I guess it is actually afternon. We have the day off for President's Day so I have done absolutely nothing today. Got on the scale this morning and was delighted. It said 229.5 WooHoo! :cloud9:I made it over the hump. I went back to bed and got up at 9:00 hopped on the scale again and it said 228. Oh my God!! If this keeps up Kelly and I are sure to win the weigh-in Thursday. How exciting. Patience is paying off.:cp:

Susie-glad you are back. :flow2:This site has become so motivating. It is like a lifeline for me. If I don't get on everyday I feel lost. Thanks to all of you.

Yes I have a horse. It is actually my daughter's, but I paid for most of it, plus the expenses. I also take care of her more since my daughter is away at college. We love her to death. My daughter showed 4-H with her and trained her herself. A few years ago she got an eye infection (that was mistreated) and she went pretty much blind. She has some sight, we just don't know how much. She is an absolute sweetheart.
Yes I love to read. I read romance, especially with cowboys, fantasy, modern romance stuff. I am currently reading "Garden Spells". I like Diana Palmer, Luanne Rice, Debbie Macomber, Fern Michaels, all that kind of stuff. I also read some children's stuff too. Harry Potter, dragon and magic stuff.

Kelly- keep it up girl, this is our week. :cheer2:

Keep working hard everyone. Talk to you later.

02-18-2008, 09:01 PM
Hi Everyone,

I wish I could say I had a nice relaxing day off work today but it wasn't . I did have lunch with my friend but that was all we got to do. She wasn't feeling well and it was cold and snowy and we just didn't feel like making the drive to the mall (45 min drive).

So, I didn't get my pictures taken. I will try to get them done another day this week or over the weekend.

We had a very special family friend pass away last night so today was also spent calling people and letting them know. The services will be Thursday and Friday. I have a lot of cousin's flying in from Washington DC, California and Georgia. It's going to be a busy week.

I"m not sure how much I will make it to the Y to workout, but I"m going to try to make it for at least a 30 min walk each day and I'm really going to logg my food..this is a time that I could get off track really easy, especially since I will not get to weighin again this week.

Mtiger: I also do a log of reading. You mentioned some of my favorite authors. I love Fern Micheals, Debbie McComber, Barbara Delinsky--I'm reading "The Secret Between Us' right now. I also like Janet Evonivich and the Stephanie Plum series that she writes.

I'm really inspired by your weight-loss and how you and Kelly are really making progress. I need to really step up my game. When I focus I really get going and I just need to focus again.

Well, Dance Wars is on so I'm going to say good night and I"ll check in tomorrow.

02-19-2008, 11:32 AM
Susie - I'm sorry your Monday went wrong with all the snow and cold weather. I think we're all very ready for spring to come around. We keep getting hints of it here in NM, but each time we get three days in a row with highs in the upper 50's, some winter storm will sweep in and muck it all up. Good luck with your resolution to work out at the Y this week.

Mindy - Woo! The 220's! I'm so excited for you. I'm glad your horse is okay. They are such wonderful creatures. I used to work at a dog kennel, and the owner had a horse named Grey. I adored that horse, but she was so stubborn. We would let her out during the day to roam around the pasture and put her up in the barn when we left. Sometimes she just didn't want to budge. The barn wasn't very exciting for her, I guess.

I'm love books of all kinds. I'm not very well-versed in romance novels, though I have enjoyed the few that I've read. I'm more of a sci-fi/fantasy reader. Some of my favorite authors are Paul Auster, Guy Gavriel Kay, Ursula K. LeGuin, R.A. Salvatore, Paul S. Kemp, Doris Lessing, Philip Pullman, Gene Wolfe, Frank Herbert, Jane Austen, Jacqueline Carey, and Jim Butcher. I also *love* the Harry Potter series and Janet Evaovich's Stephanie Plum series.

I slept in this morning on accident. In the rush to get ready and out the door before I was late for work, I didn't weigh myself. I'm going to take a peek at the scales tomorrow morning to see where I'm at. The last I looked, I was at 217. I'm on track with my eating so far this week. And I've managed to avoid the taffy candy in the break room downstairs. I really don't need a little piece of candy that will stick to my teeth and cost me 60 calories a pop.

02-19-2008, 06:26 PM
I have been avoiding you all for the past few days because my eating has sucked. bad. Anyway, I am going to be back on my plan starting tomorrow. I don't know if I'll make the gym because I am taking my son in for his check-up, but I can take care of the eating.

Mindy & Kelly, I am excited to see your pictures! I am glad to see that everyone is doing so well.

02-19-2008, 09:01 PM
So today I got several compliments at work. It is kind of wierd, I am almost self conscious and shy about it. I am going to have to get used to that because I am going to keep going and there will be more changes. Today I was 228.5. Can't be unhappy about that. Iam in the 220"s Yeah for me!!:dancer:

Wardhog- Just jump right back on track and you will be losing again. Do your best to get to the gym, even if only for a little bit. You will feel better, you know you will.

Foucault- I love my horse. She is an absolute sweetheart. She fills our lives with joy. We may have her bred and have a baby. We are still thinking about it. I have read my share of fantasy, but I have never read any of the authors you listed. I have read Kristain Britain, Jane Lindskold and a few others. I like female leads and books with animals in them.

Keep up the good work all. I gotta go. American Idol is on. Yeah!!

02-20-2008, 11:41 AM
WardHog - I'm glad you've decided to put your foot down and get back on plan. That's the hardest thing for me to do. Once I eat off plan one day, I have to really work at getting back on plan the next.

Mindy - Yay for compliments! And it's great to hear you are further into the 220's! Like you, I'm really shy about the compliments I get on my weight loss. If someone asks if I've lost weight, I usually say that I don't know. I'm not one of those people who announces it to everyone. Well, except for on here, but you all are my support group. As for the authors... I have a Kristain Britain book in my stash of to-be-read books. Actually, I have two, I think. I just haven't managed to delve into them yet. Too many books, too little time!

I did my weigh-in today (a day late), and it was still 218. Oh, well. I think I might see a pattern here, though. If I go out to a restaurant on Saturday, then I don't lose anything on Tuesday (or Wednesday). I still try to stay within plan at the restaurant, but what I eat there just isn't as healthy as something I fix myself. So, I think maybe I'll talk to the boyfriend about laying off the restaurants on Saturday nights. I wouldn't mind going every now and again, but every other week just isn't cutting it for me. I'd rather lose a pound than go out for dinner. I'm looking forward to next Tuesday when I'm almost positive I will see a drop on the scale. It's all just a matter of time. I have a mini goal of 210 by St. Patty's day, so I'm hoping I can still make that. I'll have to pull off 2 pounds a week to do it, but I have faith. And even if I don't make it, I'll still be closer to the 200's.

I've been keeping up my exercise routine at lunch everyday. Sometimes I really don't feel like doing cardio before I lift weights, but I always force myself. If I slack off one day, then I'll start slacking off every day. Yesterday I walked 1.5 miles. It's supposed to be rainy/snowy on Thursday, so I don't know if I'll make my 1.5 miles then, but I will be lifting weights today and doing some indoor cardio on Thursday if I can't get outside.

02-20-2008, 01:09 PM
Well, I forgot that there are four shots at the 4-yr check-up. My son isn't feeling so hot after that, so I am going to keep him home this afternoon. Maybe I can walk on the treadmill tonight. Anyway, I am on my eating plan today.

I hope everyone's having a good day.

02-20-2008, 09:26 PM
I have been staying pretty on track with my eating. I have continued to go down in weight (I was at 223 yesterday and 223.5 today.) I am noticing that the days I don't eat enough calories I tend to up on the scale the next day. I worked out yesterday, too, so I'm sure I needed to eat more calories. I also know I should stop looking at the scale every day, but I think it helps me stay on track. Especially now that the numbers are finally going down. If I see 223, then I know if I screw up my eating it will go right back up again. Tomorrow is the Biggest Loser weigh in for Mindy and I. From talking to other people, it sounds like we may have a good chance of finally winning our money back this week! Each of us has lost 3 pounds since last Thursday, so we are finally doing well on the same week! Anyway, I love hearing about the books people are reading, because I too love to read. It seems like I continue having less and less time to read lately with my daughters. I am also obsessed with the show "Jon and Kate Plus 8" and I just can't stop watching it. I keep recording all the episodes and watching them every night, along with American Idol and Biggest Loser. Those little twins and sextuplets are just the cutest things, and they remind me so much of my daughters (ages 7 and 2). Ok, must get my 7 year old in bed now. Keep up the good work everyone!

02-21-2008, 05:47 PM
Kelly & Mindy - best of luck with your weigh-in tomorrow!

Today I finally went to the gym and did a 15 min mi walk to warm up, then a Group Ride class. I stayed on my eating plan yesterday and I am on track for today. I am not looking forward to my weigh-in tomorrow, but it is what it is.

02-21-2008, 06:16 PM
So I guess I will be the first to tell you. Kelly and I did awesome today. We each lost 3.5 pounds. We won the weigh-in this week. We are very happy. We got our money back. Plus we are both dropping weight. That is the true prize. Now tom. is my official home weigh-in so I am waiting till then to do any updates to my info. Don't you wish all weeks could be like that?

Foucault- you probably have the first two books in the series about the green riders. I have read both of them and loved them. The third one is out in hardcover only right now and I have told my self that when I get down to 225 I will splurge and buy it. Since we won the weigh-in this week, I just might use that money to get it a little early (since I'm at 228).

Wardhog- yeah for getting back on the bandwagon. Take what you get this week and move forward. It's ok to falter once in a while, as long as we get right back on track and don't quit.

Kelly- way to go!! We did it. :woohoo:

I had a funeral to attend today and was worried about eating at the luncheon. There was not a whole lot there that I knew I could calculate calorie wise. So I had a few pieces of ham and turkey, 3 baby carrots, a little salad and some jello. I don't think the whole thing was more than 220 calories. Yikes!! I guess I have to eat tonight.

Talk to everyone later.

02-21-2008, 06:46 PM
WardHog - Four shots? I had no idea there were so many shots that young children need. I don't remember getting that many. I'm glad you're back on track with the food and work-outs. Maybe your weigh-in won't be as bad as you think. And even if you did gain - you lost it once, you can definitely lose it again.

Kelly - Great job on your weigh-in!!! I've seen the show about Jon and Kate and their millions of babies. I can't imagine caring for that many kids. Sheesh. It looks like barely controlled chaos. :-) I, too, am watching American Idol. I only saw a few of the audition/Hollywood shows. I prefer when it gets down to the really good singers/performers and the actual competition/voting begins. I don't really have a favorite, although, I love the 17-year-old kid - David? He's adorable and has such a beautiful voice.

Mindy - Yay for the 3.5 pounds!!! You and Kelly are doing so well! And, yes, I do have the first two Green Rider books. I meant to read them months ago and just got side-tracked by so many other books and series. I hear that they are great novels, though. I'm definitely looking forward to giving them a read.

I couldn't stay way from the scales when I was home for my lunch hour. They say I'm 217.5, which is excellent. Typically, I weigh 2 to 3 pounds more during the day after I've had breakfast and drank 30oz of water. So, now I have much more hope of being down to 216 this coming Tuesday. I almost skipped out on my walking today, but I decided to push through and do it anyway. It is cold and rainy here, and I was trying to tell myself I couldn't walk because it might rain. It didn't rain, and I'm glad I got out there and walked instead of breaking my routine.

02-22-2008, 10:43 AM
Hi Ladies,

It has been a crazy week for me and I just didn't find time to log on and I missed you all like crazy! I did think about you all and it kept me on track pretty much with the food.

I didn't make but one workout. That sucks but I will continue to try. I'm really surprised because I like working out so I don't know why I'm not going. I have called a friend and asked her to meet me at the Y Sunday so I can get the week off to a good start.

Tomorrow I"ll clean house..that takes me about 4 hours each week and I consider it a workout. I'm one of those people who moves furniture everyweek and is always "deep" cleaning. It's an obession with me. But it makes me feel good to have things tidy, organized, and clean. When I don't I feel overwhelmed and then I overeat.

You all have been doing so well with your weight-losses. I"m about to kick it in and join you! I haven't been able to make my last 2 TOPS meeting weigh-ins and I only weigh myself there so it's consistant. I will go to the meeting next Thursday and that will give me an idea of where I am. In the meantime I"m determining that by how my clothes feel.

Wardhog: I'm glad to see you are back and you are quickly getting back up to speed. It's hard when life keeps interrupting our plans..but you know that's always going to happen and I know that I need to figure out how to get back on track the next day and not let days go by.

Kelly and Mtiger: You ladies are looking good and doing well. Of course those compliments are coming..they can be a little embarrasing but don't they feel great! instead of thinking that people are not saying anything to you because of your weight. It's nice to have your hard work noticed.

Kelly: I watch John and Kate too..I have a friend who has twins and two other girls so it gives me a littel insite to her world.

Focult: You are so focused and inspired and I want some of that to rub off on me! You said you like Sci-Fi books..have you read any of Dean Kuntz? I've read some of his keeps your interest. to start getting ready for this funeral. I want to run to the bank on my way.

I'll check in tonght or tomorrow.

02-22-2008, 12:27 PM
Hi MyChoice. Nice to "see" you back.

I went to the gym today and did a 15 min mi warm-up, Group Power class, and 30 min on the elliptical. I went down on some of the weights because I am not quite 100% yet. Plus my legs are still killing me from Group Ride yesterday. I stayed on my eating plan yesterday and I am on track for today.

Have a great week-end everyone! Stay strong.

02-22-2008, 01:11 PM
Susie - It can be so hard to get back into a workout routine. Inviting a friend to meet you at the Y is such a great idea. You won't be able to back out or not go because you're busy since you've already made a commitment to meet someone there. I hope you're able to make your TOPS weigh-in this next time so you know where you stand. Maybe you'll have lost weight and you can update your ticker! I love updating my ticker. I think it might be the best part. I enjoy seeing the visual representation of my hard work. Sometimes it is hard to see it on our own bodies, even if it is obvious to others.

WardHog - Go you! I'm so happy to hear that you're back at the gym. Isn't it amazing how quickly your body gets out of the rhythm when you don't exercise? You'll be back to 100% in no time, I'm sure.

This is going to sound weird. I was sitting on the sofa yesterday and realized something. I can cross my legs without looking like some sort of burly man with his ankle on his knee. I don't even have to lean my body into a 45 degree angle to make it look lady-like. It used to be that my thunder thighs got in the way of crossing my legs comfortably. Now I can do it with such little effort. Yay!

I'm on plan today. Friday is my semi-rest day since I'm usually busiest. I lift weights on my lunch hour, but that's all. No walking or indoor cardio. I'm hoping Saturday is nice so I can go on a long walk.

02-22-2008, 07:59 PM
Well today was my official weigh-in at home and I was down to 227.5. That is 4 pounds from last Friday. I can hardly believe it. That is so exciting. If only that could happen every week. I am trying to change my ticker and it is not working. It is making me angry. I'm with Foucault, I like to see it move.

Well I already worked out for the day and now I have the entire evening to do basically nothing. I think I'll read for a while and watch some tv. I'll try changing that ticker again too.

Have a great weekend everyone.

02-23-2008, 02:17 PM
Mindy, your ticker looks great!

Foucault, little things (like being able to cross your legs) make a big difference. Keep up the good work!

Today I did a Group Ride class, 30 min on the elliptical and 30 min on the treadmill (hills, 2 mi). I stayed on my eating plan yesterday and I am on track for today. I forgot to say yesterday that I am up 4.2 pounds from last week's weigh-in, but I am not at all surprised. I hope it will come off quickly.

I hope everyone's having some fun this week-end!

02-24-2008, 01:48 PM
Good morning. Today I did a 6 mi jog (1:02), 30 min on the elliptical and 30 min on the bike. I love my long week-end workouts. I stayed on my eating plan yesterday and I am on track for today.

02-24-2008, 10:26 PM

I figured out on Saturday that was going to be a better day for me to workout than Sunday so I changed my plan and did a cardio workout on Sat.

I did pretty well with my food plan today but did get off a bit with some hot chocolate but I figured I could have done worse.

I'll check in tomorrow.

Focult: I can't wait to cross my legs again!
Wardhog: You are doing great with getting back on track so quickly after the stress of the in-law visit.
Mtiger: What a great weight loss-very inspiring!

02-25-2008, 12:22 PM
Happy Monday! Today is my daughter's turn to be home sick so I can't go to the gym. I parked her in front of the TV and did Firm Complete Aerobics and Weight Training. It's one of my old favorites. I stayed on my eating plan yesterday and I am on track for today.

Last night I became irrationally angry because my DH and kids wanted pizza for dinner. I made it, then no one wanted to eat very much. So I had to resist it last night as I cooked it, put it away for later, and washed the damned pizza dishes. I think there was a little leftover resentment from cooking and cleaning up after the in-laws for a week, I don't know. Not a proud moment, I tell you. At least I didn't eat any, but it's sitting in the refrigerator like a time bomb. I should throw it away, but the frugal not-working Mom in me just can't do it.

I hope everyone's having a great day!

02-25-2008, 07:23 PM
Mindy - Woo hoo! Don't you love to see that ticker move? Every centimeter across the screen is another centimeter closer to your goal.

WardHog - Wow, that's a long jog you did on Sunday morning! I'm so proud of you for resisting that pizza, especially considering the circumstances and your frustration.

Susie - Yay for getting back into the swing of working out!

I'm sort of on plan for today. My boyfriend and I took the day off work, and he wanted to go to Dairy Queen. He got a some huge concoction with fudge and peanuts. I just got a small vanilla ice cream cone. It was the best thing I could get on the menu without splurging and ruining my calorie intake for the day. All in all, it wasn't that bad. 240 calories and 7 grams of fat.

I've walked 3.5 miles the last two days. I hope that will show on the scale tomorrow. I've got my fingers crossed for some sort of loss.

02-25-2008, 08:06 PM
So everyone has been faced with temptations the last couple of days. Today I walked into the teacher's lounge to be greeted by a big dish of brownies, with caramel or something. I love brownies. I am a sweets person. I had to walk past them like 4 times. I DID NOT EAT ONE. Then at lunch time someone had put a bunch of caramels on the table. Those were easier to resist. I don't care for them. Good job everybody!!

I'm a little down today. I was hoping for some loss, but none yet this week. I actually did the WATP video last night, 3 miles, and gained .5 today. Then we couldn't work out after school today because we had the longest staff meeting. So consequently, today I just feel "uninspired". I don't feel like doing much of anything. I should work out, I just can't seem to get motivated to do so. I mean I work really hard one day and am rewarded with a gain. I've only missed one day in 8 weeks. I guess I shouldn't quit now.

I'll check in tom.

02-26-2008, 11:35 AM
Mindy - Don't beat yourself up too much over the little losses/gains. What you do and eat today will not show up on the scale tomorrow. It will show up at the end of the week. Your body can't show losses and gains that quickly. It's why I don't weigh myself everyday. I do it about two or three times a week. Here's an example of how much my weight fluctuates each day.
Sun - 217
Mon - 221
Tues - 219.5
Wed - 217
Thur - 220
Fri - 218
Sat - 218.5
That's really what it looks like on the scale if I look every day. I can go up three pounds on day or down four the next. That's why I only use the Tuesday number. From what you've said about your weigh-ins, your weight seems to be a bit more stable than mine, but you still won't be able to see the fruits of your labor until a few days down the line. So, what you did on Monday won't really be reflected on your scale until Thursday or Friday. There was an interesting thread about this somewhere else on the board, but I can't find it. A newbie was getting discouraged about her weight loss and wondered why she lost when she pigged out. Everyone told her that the loss was probably reflecting those days a week before when she didn't pig out, and that she'd see the results of pigging out in a few days.

I hope everyone is having a tolerable Tuesday. I'm back at work today and half the office is sick. They're weenies. But at least it makes for a quiet work day for me. I was down 2.5 pounds this morning at my weigh-in. Yay! I love changing my tickers, even if the 3FC one doesn't deal well with halves. It's just 8:30 here, but I'm on my meal plan for the day. I wasn't able to lift weights yesterday, so I'm going to fit that in today with my cardio. I'll see how I feel on Wednesday and decide if I'm going to lift weights on my usual day. That's what happened before - I hurt myself trying to do too much with the weights. Then I had to stop lifting for a week to let my muscles repair. I never got back into the swing of things. So, I'm going to be careful about that this time.