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PerthChick
12-29-2007, 06:20 PM
Hi everyone

It's time to start our new thread along with the New Year! What are everyone's goals for 2008?

As always I am planning a 'slow and steady' approach to the year, and by the end of it I am really hoping to get close to 70kg.

My initial goal is to get below 80kg by the end of January.

To achieve that I will:

• eat around 1500 calories a day;

• drink 2 litres of water each day;

• reach 10,000 steps on my pedometre as often as possible, but aim for a January average of 7,000/day;

• continue with my resistance training; and

• start packing! ;)

And of course I will continue to report in here every day.

Good luck to everyone with our hopes, dreams and plans. I wish everyone a safe, happy and successful 2008!

:)
Ani


Lindor
12-29-2007, 11:59 PM
Woohoo! Nice and new! It feels fresh and clean! Perfect for a new start! :D

Ok, my goals for 2008...

1) I am finding this hard because I am still weighing in pounds and (by choice) I am not sure what my ideal weight should be nor how much I need to lose. So, I can't say 'I want to be Xkgs by the end of the year'. I feel better not knowing what my ultimate goal is at the moment because I know as I get closer I become more complacent and think it is too easy!! I think that is why I achieved 30kg and then totally lost focus in 2006/07. For now I know I have a big job ahead of me and I am going to do it pound by pound. So number one goal is to aim for a 1lb drop a fortnight. Too easy? Maybe, but I know that is doable!

2) I want to conqueur Mt Everest (or something similar). But, this goal may change if my 'situation' changes. For now step-ups are about all I am willing to do exercise wise - but it feels like a chore. If something should occur that makes it more possible for me to incorperate exercise into my lifestyle, like walking to work, gardening for example, then Everest will be put away and I will be investing in a pedometre and walking somewhere too. I so much prefer walking, but the heat here makes that impossible!

3) I am going to make a point of counting calories everyday. And if that means cooking (ugh!) then so be it! :lol:

4) I will drink ample water each day!

5) I am going to start a journal. This is your influence Ani! :p

Reading some of your posts where you reflect on 'last year' or 'six months ago' makes me feel disappointed that I can't do that. I wish I had kept a journal, because I am sure it would have shown me exactly where I came undone and I'd have been able to have put it back together by now. You have shown that weight loss is more than just dropping kgs. It is exploring your thoughts, feelings and emotions. I want to - need to - do that too. I know something in my head caused me to gain this weight...I need to explore that and get past it to lose the weight and to keep it off!

6) Chocolate will be my friend!!! ;)



If I can just stick to at least couple of those, I think I might achieve a positive result with my weight loss in 2008.

Good luck to everyone for the new year! :)

7senuf
12-30-2007, 06:53 AM
Thks for new thread Ani, now I just gotta figure out how to subscribe to it. My brain seems to have taken a holiday as well as the rest of the country.


7senuf
12-30-2007, 07:09 AM
I'm looking into getting an elliptical trainer in the very near future. I can use my mornings and/ or evening time to 'me' to do this. I will put it in front of the tv and do while watching the news. I've read a bit about them and it sounds really good. And I can do that 'burst' thing that everyone raves about while doing their usual walk. You know - walk for a bit then run for 10 seconds (or was it 30) anywho----- u all i am sure know what I mean. Kinda gives yr body a fright and it doesnt know what to expect so it is always buring more calories every time u exercise rather than getting used to one type and using less energy to do it.

Vonni

PS, I've been horrible the past few days. Eating crap, biscuits, chocolates ( 2 or 3) and chips (bowlsfull). No water just softdrink and coffee. I'm in a 'mood'. Other half has said some things to me that sound like he wants out but trying to twist it to make me into the wanting out person. And when he does that... yeah I do.

LittleKiwi
12-30-2007, 04:57 PM
Thanks for the new thread Ani.

My goals for 2008 are:

* Most importantly for me, I want to learn to love and accept myself for who and what I am.

* I want to learn how to control my alcohol intake rather than allow it to control me. If I cannot do this I accept that I will have to quit completely.

* As part of being good to myself, I will commit to nourishing my body with what it needs to function well - good food and regular exercise.

* I want to continue with the great progress I have made in terms of my weight loss. My goal weight will change from 80 to 70kg. This is achievable!

Here's to a happy and successful 2008 for all of us :hat:

Lindor
12-30-2007, 05:45 PM
Morning!

A somewhat interesting start to the 2008 weight-loss period for me as it seems I have already blown my January goal of reaching 196.0lb off the board!

On Christmas Eve, I weighed in at 200.8lb - and I checked that several times as I was not happy about being over 200lb! This morning I have again done the hot shoe shuffle on the scales and my most consistant result from the 86 times I got on and off them is 195.6lb!!

That's a 5.2lb loss over Christmas Week!!!

Admittedly, I have been fairly well behaved since Boxing Day, but I did not expect this result! And yes, I am aware a lot of that loss will be fluid and I should not expect such huge results in future!

So with that, and with my ultimate goal for the year up there of maintaining a loss of 1lb a fortnight, my new end of January goal is to reach 193.0lb!

Tomorrow (or maybe tonight as I have no New Years Eve plans), I start my climb up Mt Everest again. I have set myself a January goal for that also, I want to get to the top of Mt Bogong by months end!

Ok, that's me! It's back to work today...for one day before the New Years public holiday! :lol:

Good luck to all else who weigh in today! :)

7senuf
12-30-2007, 05:49 PM
My Goals for 2008 I havent really thought about much but here are some things I DEFINATELY want to change.

* Try and fix my relationship
* Spend quality time with my kids
* Drink water regularly and make it a habit I dont even think about
* Lose at least 5 kilos in the next six months
* Start an exercise regime (could include that in wuality time by taking kids for a walk around river)
* Start saving. Not big savings, even if its just my discount off groceries etc that I save.

PS I have weighed in earlier than wednesday which was going to be my new weigh in day. And I have lost 600gm woohoo :carrot:

smylie
12-30-2007, 07:56 PM
:carrot::carrot::carrot:Lindor that rocks!!!! what an awesome end to the year:carrot::carrot:
:carrot::carrot::carrot: Vonni after reading about your choc and softdrink week 600gram loss is so cool, i am so jealous BUT i am knowing why i put on heheheeh oh well:carrot::carrot::carrot::carrot:

i am thinking about my resolutions, loving lindors "make chocolate my friend" that is the attitude i will need to remember after optifast

will be back tomorrow with resolutions, will think about it tonight and then print them out and put them on wall, with at least four weeks of weird diet ahead of me i will be able to do a lot more around the house (pottering around the house will distract from not eating anything but a little bit of green stuff) (and three delicous and nutrionally balanced shakes per day)

have a great new year's eve everyone i gotta go make kitchen look decent... my mum on her way over.... still at however old i am i care what she thinks about my kitchen ho hum

PerthChick
12-30-2007, 11:39 PM
Lindor - that is awesome! Fluid or not - who cares? I'm really proud of you :carrot:

Vonni and Julia I really like the sound of your goals, and I get the sense that there's a whole new determination there.

Me - yet another spectacular result. I lost the grand total of 0.1kg! At this rate I should be at 80kg by about MAY!

Lindor
12-31-2007, 12:06 AM
Ani, I think the fact that any of us actually lost weight at all over the Christmas Week is awesome regardless of the amount! Really can any of us really brag about having significant losses at all at Christmas time in previous years? Tell me I was wrong when I read a slightly defeated tone in you post?

Vonni, well done on your drop! And Kel, yours is coming, I can feel it! ;)

Julia, I don't know why, but I never saw your post this morning! I love your goals for 2008! I hope they all work out for you :)

Now, where is Gen, Barb an Kylie?

I am enjoying a nice salad with egg right for lunch. Told you I was going to start cooking...I boiled these eggs all by myself!! :lol:

7senuf
12-31-2007, 01:14 AM
Way to go Lindor@ boiling eggs. I had egg salad for lunch too. But I had it already done as a pasta salad from the deli. I have already cooked dinner for tonight. We are having basil chicken with a twist. Having it with pasta tonight and the chicken I have cut small instead of usual chicken steaks. I even used low fat cream. Still don't think it's that healthy but its really yum, and the pasta fills me up. Tomorrow we are having a bbq so I will eat lots of salad then. Ani 100g is 100g so well done. Lindor yay for you thats a great effort this week. Kel don't be sad. Just think when Jemima is walking you'll be running. Maybe while you are cleaning your kitchen you can do a jive.

PerthChick
12-31-2007, 02:40 AM
Lindor I am a bit frustrated, but only because I keep letting myself down. This month I seem to have fallen into a pattern where I go OK for four days, and then I eat 'a bit extra', or stubbornly refuse to drink enough water. Just dumb things like that - and even though it isn't doing any harm (because I've managed to avoid gaining weight), it is still a form of self-sabotage.

And I'm probably a bit grumpy because I seem to have come down with an ear/nose/throat thing today and I feel pretty plain. In fact I feel quite awful really.

But things will be OK. December is almost over, and I am really determined to make January a winner. I've set specific goals (daily, weekly and for the month), and I fully intend to reach them. My aim is to get to 80kg by the end of the month… and I WILL!

:)
Ani

pacman12
12-31-2007, 05:17 AM
I've eaten a whole block of chocolate every day for the past week.

I hope next year I get my bloody head in order because I won't succeed with the weight until I do.

barbegirl71
12-31-2007, 06:18 AM
I'm here. I haven't done to well over the last two weeks. And it wasn't christmas that did it either. I have no idea where my head's at at the moment. No matter, tomorrow is a new day and I plan on making it a good one.

All of your goals for the new year sound terrific. I don't ususlly set myself goals but I'm thinking that I might need to so I have something to work towards. At the moment I'm thinking:

Take better care of myself (that covers pretty much everything don't you think!)

Get a job that I enjoy.

Keep a daily account of what I'm feeling ( not exactly a journal but a record none the less)

So far that's it.

I've got heaps I want to say but DH is calling me!

Have a great New Year's Eve

See you next year!
XX
Barb:hat:

PerthChick
12-31-2007, 06:18 AM
Gen I've just spent half an hour pondering your dilemma. It's a chicken and egg thing sometimes - there are times when you get the food right and the head wrong… And vice versa!

I think, in part, this is why it's such a long journey - because we have to stop sometimes and ponder our own universes. Is chocolate a trigger food for you normally? Is it possible to break off just a row and eat it and put the rest in the fridge?

I've had a pretty good day today. I've eaten under 1500 calories, drank 2.5L of water, and walked 9,686 steps so far. Most of my food has been whole, except for the two squares of Turkish Delight I just had for dessert.

First day I've been happy with for a week!

:)
Ani

Lindor
12-31-2007, 11:27 AM
I wanted to make the first Aussie Chicks post for 2008!!!

Happy New Year everyone...and may it be a good one for us all! :)

:celebrate: :celebrate: :celebrate:



I would have had this done 20 minutes ago if I didn't have connection issues! :mad:

PerthChick
12-31-2007, 07:10 PM
Lindor you're on the ball! I have to confess I was fast asleep when the new year rolled in. Decided to have a fresh and early start to 2008, and besides that it's going to be really hot and humid here today, and I couldn't face the thought of a hangover in this weather ;)

Barb it's good to hear from you - glad you found your way over to our new thread.

HAPPY NEW YEAR everyone! Let's hope it's a positive one for all of us on our weight loss journeys.

I'm intending to take it just one day at a time, but at the same time I really want to keep my eye on the big picture.

Lindor I was thinking about your goal of a pound per fortnight, and you know what? I think I'm going to join you. It's actually a very forward-thinking and reachable goal, and allows for plateaus, bad weeks and all the other elements of life that get in the way. And it builds in a 'safeguard' for those months where we don't lose anything. And it still enables you to lose a decent amount of weight throughout the year.

With that in mind, today's goals are:

• Eat no more than 1500 calories;

• Reach at least 7,000 steps on my pedometer;

• Drink at least 2 litres of water;

• Vacuum and mop before it gets too hot; and

• Pack at least two boxes of books.

:)
Ani

7senuf
01-01-2008, 04:32 AM
Ani I was like you and snoring when the New Year rolled in. Went to bed at 10pm after watching Vacancy on DVD. Slept till 6 then got cracking some more on my office. That was SUPPOSED to be done before 2008. I had a wonderful day today. I had a friend from work over and she's great. Her, the hubby and 4 kids. We had a BBQ lunch and I was good. I ate heaps of salad (fat free dressing) and 1 piece of lean meat and only one drink. I must confess I have only had 2 glasses of water thought. They have only just left. It's pretty cool here today. The wind is howling and I had to bring out the wooly jumper thing grrrrr. Just a bit of toast for dinner tonight and a cup of tea and early night.

Glad to see so far a great new year start for all hehee.

Vonni

Lindor
01-01-2008, 08:06 AM
Since seeing in the New Year last night, nothing particularly exciting has happened in 2008 for me yet...rather disappointing :p

It wasn't a particularly late night for me Ani, I posted the above post and went to bed. I just sat around reading until the delayed telecast of Melbournes fireworks display was shown on TV to mark midnight and the turn of the year! I am a tad disappointed that our regional television stations didn't display something from WA! None-the-less...Melbourne had a fantastic show!

I was up at 7am, and also did some domestics, washed the dogs and raked up the doggy-doo from the back yard!!

I have been good diet-wise so far this year too! Stuck to within 1500cals, drunk lots of water, and I managed 250 step-ups this evening, before my ankle started to hurt! I might have to take this climb slowly to start with? I'll see how I go tomorrow.

Well done on your control with lunch today Vonni!

And Gen, hang in there! I don't picture you as a quitter! ;)

Back to reality and the regular daily grind tomorrow...I am quite happy with that! :)

pacman12
01-01-2008, 08:07 AM
Truly hope everyone (including me!) has a great 2008!!

I don't think chocolate is a trigger food per se, I think it's just my way of sabotaging myself. I was less than you Ani and I've not been able to stay below 90kg since then. I just keep ruining it for myself.

So my first goal is to get below 90kg. I'm not setting a time limit, I just want to break the mental barrier. Goal for the year is to reach 75kg. I think that's another 15-18kg, which is quite achievable in 52 weeks!

I had a good day today - worked this evening, which made it easier to stick to my calories! Working again at 7am, so should be good tomorrow too. Got home from work tonight and took the dogs for a (very brisk) 35-40 min walk. Plan to get to the gym after work tomorrow. Might take my stuff to work and go straight there.... but probably not hahaa!

PerthChick
01-01-2008, 08:27 AM
Gen I sometimes think that momentum is the secret to beating your head battles. One of the fundamental things I did (when I got so fed up with 13 weeks of being stuck around 85kg) was to get up in the morning, write a list of food/water/moving goals - and then just do them.

It's what I do now. I have this complex little Excel spreadsheet where I write down all my calories, minus the nett calories, and add in water. Throughout the day I can track how I'm going, and tweak the plan as I go along. It might sound obsessive, but for me it's an important tool.

Today has been good in terms of meeting all my goals. I'm pretty stressed about work, money, housemates - and have some family issues happening, so this will be a good challenge for me.

Lindor you take it easy with that ankle. Don't want you having to limp up Mt Everest :p. Seriously though - be careful!

OK - off for another early night. We're expecting 40ºC and thunderstorms tomorrow… won't that be special!

:)
Ani

barbegirl71
01-01-2008, 08:28 PM
I've started the year off in a wonderful way (not). I pretty much sat on my butt all day and ate. It was fruit in most of its forms, fresh dried and tinned, but I shouldn't have done it. Over the past two weeks I've managed to gain 2.3kg and I can feel every single gram!

Good on you Ani, Lindor, Vonni and Gen for sticking to your guns and making a great start to the new year. Keep up the good work. I'm starting today.

XX
Barb

7senuf
01-01-2008, 11:02 PM
I did thirty skips :woohoo: and holy crap my boobs hurt. The kids just stood laughing at me. Must look funny mum doing 'kids' stuff. Netx up - trampoline. BTW. Does anyone know how to figure out calories burnt on trampoline? Calorie King doesnt have that.

7senuf
01-02-2008, 03:59 AM
Ate a piece of fruit.... woohoo 1st time cept for grapes and nanas in forever

PerthChick
01-02-2008, 04:39 AM
Vonni you crack me up :D. Can I suggest you invest in a sports bra? It's worth it! Great to see you being so motivated.

Barb how are you surviving the heatwave over there? I heard that you had three days in a row over 40ºC - hideous!

I've got another housemate moving in tonight. I can already tell that this one is a loser - but I figure that, for the sake of six weeks until I move, I desperately need the money. But what I'm NOT going to do this time around is sneak around my own house, being quiet, so that losers can sleep half their life away.

I'm a morning person, and that's just how it is. I've got a heap of boxes already packed, so the message to this one will be clear - this is very temporary (well he knows that anyway).

And I'm going to use the next six weeks to get a job, and make sure that when I move into my new house I can have my solitude back!

But - on a positive note, I am on plan with reaching my goals today.

:)

7senuf
01-02-2008, 05:20 AM
Ani have you found a house to move into yet? I have got a sports bra but it doesnt seem to hold them tight enough to stop the bounce. Maybe I might start to strap the titties up first :D

PerthChick
01-02-2008, 05:30 AM
I have found a house - it's just 3km from here, so I get the benefit of Freo and the river, and it's a bigger house with a much bigger yard. The owner is my current landlord's sister - apparently I am such a 'super-tenant' that the sister is kicking her current tenant out because she really wants me there looking after her house. The other good thing about it is that she is keeping the rent at $300/week for me. She was going to put $350 on it!

I saw a show recently where they demonstrated how sports bras HALVED the bounce - not kidding. Apparently there's a difference of 4 inches. I don't know about bound breasts Vonni - you might suffocate! Don't forget your lungs need MORE room to expand when you're breathing heavy (from exercise :p) not less!

7senuf
01-02-2008, 07:55 AM
Hey Ani???

:p

LittleKiwi
01-02-2008, 04:50 PM
Ooh, a good sports bra is so important Vonni. I bought a really good one that held me in properly but I've lost enough weight in just a couple of months that it's now getting too big. Very annoying when it cost $60!!

I had such a nice surprise last night .... I looked into a different compartment of my wallet and found $60 that I didn't know I had! Wheee! :D That means that I now have plenty of money to stock up with lovely fruit and veggies for next week.

New Years eve I was really proud of myself. I went to a bbq at which everyone was drinking and I took a small bottle of flavoured fizzy water and I drank that and then had 1 glass of wine and stopped at that. :cp:

My friend had a big bust up with her aunt so I took her home early and I was back at my place watching a movie by 10:30pm. Very nice!

While I've enjoyed having a break from working so much, it's got me quite unsettled and really out of routine so I haven't been eating properly and I haven't done any exercise at all. I'm quite looking forward to Monday when things get back to normal!

Ani, that's great news that you've found another house already. Sounds like it'll be a good setup. How manageable will $300 a week be? It sounds like a lot to me, I hope you don't have to work too much to be able to afford it but it'll be wonderful for you to be able to get back to living by yourself and I'm sure will be worth it for you.

Righto, I'm off to write next weeks menu now. Hope everyone is having a great day!

:twirly:

PerthChick
01-02-2008, 06:23 PM
Julia the house I'm in now is $300/week - thus the need for housemates or work. Sadly you can't get anything cheaper in Perth. My last housemate just moved into a place in one of the real trailer trash parts of the city, and she's paying more than me!

I stuck to almost all of my goals yesterday - didn't quite get the pedometer one right! I worked most of the day and then it was too hot and oppressive to walk. It's going to be 40ºC today (and it's already 28ºC at 7am, so it's definitely coming), and Western Power are warning there'll be power outages to 20% of the state! If my a/c isn't able to function I'll turn into a crazy woman!

So today I'm intending to meet all my goals - and to do it with a smile on my face! Well… no harm in trying!

:)
Ani

smylie
01-02-2008, 07:49 PM
87.9kg that is up about 800grams i think
am in totally wrong mindframe til i get my shakes which is crap i know
i should be thinking the less i put on now is less to lose later but i am not i am more thinking 'last supper' which is stupid
and i know it

new years resolutions are all about me and how am around other people
and how i treat myself and prioities
and baby is making me have to stop posting now so i will post later before i throw her out the window for being a baby and getting into everything!

pacman12
01-02-2008, 10:13 PM
I'm on day 3 of behaving - got up and had my PT this morning, plus I did another half hour on the crosstrainer before my session to warm up. Like a beetroot... :)

US stuff is finally moving along - have my job offer and they are getting me the paperwork and asking how soon I can get the visa. Funny now they are in a hurry and I'm like "Erm...I've been waiting since last March!".

Also booked another 10 PT session, so will have to double up some weeks if I'm gone before 10 weeks is out. Have to start getting organised to ship stuff and get my clothes packed!!

PerthChick
01-03-2008, 09:20 AM
In spite of Episode Five of The Housemate From ****, I've reached all my goals today.

Gen that's great news about the US. You've been waiting for so long, and it's time! What an adventure…

Now Kel how many last suppers are you planning on having? When do you start Optifast?

And Vonni - I searched high and low for an icon with an extended middle finger, just for YOU - but failed to find one :D

Lindor
01-03-2008, 05:58 PM
Gen, awesome news about the US! I bet that has taken a load off your mind? And maybe thrown another load on? But it is good to hear some excitement in your words! Now, promise us that when you get there, 'Aussie Chicks' will still be you place of choice here?

I echo Ani Kel, when are you starting optifast? And are you really ready for it? What plans and strategies have you got in place to ensure you will stay on track with it?

Me...I am still on track! Staying within my 1500cals, drinking around 2L of water a day (peeing a hundred times more!), and slowly getting up that mountain - ankle is still troubling me though!

I received a massive box stacked with various chocolates just after Christmas - most of that still remains in the fridge, but I have eaten a little bit each day. It is a battle with my thoughts to convince myself that that small amount has not blown my calorie budget for the day. My initial reaction is to think - 'that's stuffed it, may as well make the most of it now!'

Chocolate will become my friend!! :lol:

Have a good one folks!! :)

LittleKiwi
01-03-2008, 08:57 PM
Please remind me Gen, where are you moving to in the US? What are you doing when you get there?

Still no exercise for me but my eating has improved greatly! I find it so much easier to stay on track when I have the structure of a working day to plan around.

I was back at the night job as of last night and what an event that turned out to be. We all got called to the front of the store at around 10pm by the woman who manages the entertainment section. She said something had happened which I didn't quite understand and she wanted everyone to empty their pockets.

It turned out that one of the younger guys in the night fill team had stolen a mobile phone so he was marched upstairs where they questioned him for a while before he was fired and then carted off by the police. Very dramatic for a Thursday night at work!!

I drew up a new budget yesterday and on paper, I should be able to save at least $3,600 by the end of March while I'm working 2 jobs. The challenge will be to stick to it! If I can then that'll be all of my flights, accommodation, insurance etc paid for for my holiday in June and also the start of my spending money.

Well, it's the weekend tomorrow and I'm working till 1pm as usual. I think I'll perhaps rent a movie or two and have a quiet night in tomorrow then on Sunday I will do a big grocery shop and do my cooking for the following week. Sunday evening I have a date with the television to watch Antiques Roadshow. Yes, I know, I'm a nana :lol:


:twirly:

pacman12
01-03-2008, 09:37 PM
Sounds like a good goal Lindor - I couldn't have a box of choccy in my fridge without eating it!

Julia, I'm going to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (northeast US). I'll be working at the hospital there in a role they created for me which is basically a cross between an artificial heart engineer and a nurse coordinator. They call me an "enginurse". LOL.

Very excited and can't wait to get there! I know nothing will change apart from new scenery, but it feels like a new start when you move.

7senuf
01-04-2008, 12:36 AM
mlm Is that a middle finger ya think? heheehee. Great news Gen about yr US job. Lindor fantastic that you can have a box of chocs in fridge. My mentality is like what u said, blown it now so go the whole hog. I CAN'T stop at just one or just a bit. Today I have been pretty good, though I did eat a doner kebab for lunch - small, plenty of salad, easy on the chicken and sauces. surely that can't be too bad? C'mon..... it's SALAD!?!?! I drank 600 ml water so far and a litre of coffee :D had grapes for morning tea and alas no brekky. (sorry going backwards, but it's easier for me to do it in my head that way. I even read magazines and the newspaper backward)

yesterday was pretty ok to. cept I had a kit kat, so i guess i didn't really have an ok day?

Vonni

PS - Julia no shows are nana shows. They're all good (but no I don't watch antique roadshow but then I'm not into antiques so hey!)

7senuf
01-04-2008, 03:32 AM
Hey Julia do you still work in travel agency? I have a couple of questions about over there in NZ. Its better coming from one who lives there than a travel agent here just telling you what they have 'read'

Vonni

PerthChick
01-04-2008, 05:07 AM
A friend and I went to Rebel Sport today. I go there reasonably often, not to spend money, but just for a look. We were like a pair of kids in a toy shop - we tried out all the exercise equipment (she's a gym bunny from way back who weighs about 60kg and complains if she gets up to 62!), and it was heaps of fun.

I was also a bit naughty. I gave her a boogie board, then a BB bag, then fins and a snorkel and told her she had to walk down the back of the shop carrying them - and then I put a 4.5kg barbell in her hand and said: if you were walking through the airport at Bali would you REALLY not notice this extra weight in your luggage?

Bad. Naughty. Me!

By the way, that isn't a comment about my opinion on Schapelle Corby - merely a small experiment :D

I'm making chicken schnitzel and salad for dinner - yummy! So that will see me reach goal for the 5th day in a row on food/water/steps.

But I need to find more exercises for my arms because I hate how flabby they are. Any suggestions?

And Vonni - mlm is a very poor effort :p

7senuf
01-04-2008, 07:14 AM
if you were walking through the airport at Bali would you REALLY not notice this extra weight in your luggage?

Where did THAT come from?? Have I missed something extra about it on the news?

PerthChick
01-04-2008, 08:57 AM
Vonni she wasn't carrying a dumbell in her boogie board bag - but there was 4.8kg of highly aromatic plant material that she said she didn't notice.

No matter how hard I try, I cannot figure out how someone would fail to notice that their luggage was a) a different shape b) twice as heavy and c) smelling decidedly different.

Just one of the many things I wonder about in my often vacant brain ;)

LittleKiwi
01-04-2008, 04:47 PM
Sounds like an interesting experiment Ani!

Last night i had another dream about Duff McKagen (bass player from Guns N Roses/Velvet Revolver). I've always quite fancied him and I've had a couple of dreams about him lately. In last night's one, I met him when he was in town for a concert and I went back to his hotel room and we hung out and chatted and cuddled all night. Very nice! :D

This morning I had a McDonalds bacon and egg bagel for breakfast (why I thought that was a good idea I do not know) and immediately felt sick afterwards. Yuck Yuck Yuck.

I can't wait for Monday when my routine will go back to normal!

:twirly:

smylie
01-04-2008, 06:18 PM
julia - jemima and i LOVE antiques roadshow, sadly closely followed by 'bargain hunt'.......

ani and lindor TODAY is the day, i've been waiting for my shakes to come in the mail i saved close to $12 a box (with taking postage into account too) and it came yesterday before lunch..... so i didnt open the parcel as i was going to fancy smancy cafe with friend and then benji and i had planned special night out coz his mum gave us a gift voucher to freestyle a fancy smancy dessert place in the valley so i had an awesome last supper!
today 88.1kg this is not my official weigh in as i am sticking to thursdays but i am going to write down my day one optifast weight and do a weekly optifast weighin and my normal one just for interests sake and get benji to do my measurements.
this morning i had a vanilla shake, that brought back memories..... and i fed baby while benji cooked and ate bacon and eggs the first 2 days is the easiest it is day 3 that starts to get harder then after one week it is easier and then every so often it gets harder again...... i am going to find lack of fruit the hard bit as my mango tree has just exploded!

ani - your boogie board experiment SO funny and so true

smylie
01-04-2008, 07:49 PM
benji just looked for me and fruit is on the allowed list!!! i am so excited
i thought it was just veges in the 'intensive' phase but he said mango, lychees, apricot and others were on the list!!!

oh and he is so so funny
he forgot it was 3 shakes no meals
when he found out he said....
"3 shakes = a wank!" which is what i say to him if i am busting to go to the toilet and he is taking forever........ it cracked me up anyway

have a GREAT weekend everyone!

Lindor
01-05-2008, 03:39 AM
Ani, I'll admit I am not all that well up on the Corby story, I was overseas at the time and if I don't see the start of something I tend not to look into it any further - so I never really put much thought into whether she was guilty or not! But your description of your little experiement up there has shed a little more light onto it for me. I had no idea she actually had contact with her luggage before she was arrested, I thought she got caught as she went to collect it. Maybe I should invest in the book, although I am more into reading the 'Joanne Lees' type stories!

But yes, very cheeky of you to perform such experiements! I love it!! :lol:

Kel, good luck with optifast! I have a mental picture of you with an Optifast shake in one hand, a Mango seed sucked free of all its pulp in the other hand, and a massive grin on your Mango juice/pulp covered face!!

I hate mangoes purely because of the mess! :lol:

I have continued to be good with most of my goals. Only did 50 step ups last night though, and that was out of laziness and not pain!

I'm plodding through a lazy weekend, is anyone up to anything exciting?

Whatever you do, I hope it is enjoyable! :)

Oh and Ani, I can't think of any exercises for your arms other than what I'd assume you are doing with your resistance bands. Can I suggest duct tape maybe? :p

PerthChick
01-05-2008, 04:12 AM
Lindor this is what I know as FACT about the Corby case:

1. Schapelle and three family/friends left Brisbane and flew to Bali via Sydney. Why fly south then fly north? I don't know.

2. At the airport in Bali, Schapelle collected her luggage and boogie board bag from the luggage collection area and proceeded to customs.

3. When the customs guy asked her to unzip her boogie board bag, she said no.

4. When he asked her again, she agreed to open it. The video of that moment shows her face turning white, before the bag was opened.

5. Customs officials found a plastic bag containing 4.1kg of cannabis in the boogie board bag - double sealed, and flattened in the shape of a rather large pillow.

6. Schapelle has claimed all along that she is innocent, and that "a baggage handler in Sydney" must have put the drugs in her bag.

7. Schapelle was found guilty in a court of law and is serving 20 years in Kerobokan prison in Bali.

8. She is currently in a legal process where she has lodged her final possible appeal. The outcome is still pending.

Everything else you hear, read or are subjected to hearing about is nothing more than opinion and speculation. EVERYTHING else - including that book she wrote with Kathryn Bonella. Don't bother reading it - it's propaganda and full of inaccuracies.

Is she any more worthy of our time and sympathy than any of the (more than) 200 other Australians serving time in foreign prisons?

My weekend is being spectacularly uneventful. I have a new housemate to contend with - and that doesn't excite me at all! And next weekend there will be a 'home open' here, so I'm making sure I have as many packed boxes stacked in the dining room as possible. That will annoy the real estate agent and landlord no end - but with my back in the state it is, I decided I will try and pack two boxes every day until I move. So far I'm up to 20 - and they're all books :D

I'm travelling OK with my goals today - except I haven't drunk enough water. But I'll get there!

:)
Ani

7senuf
01-06-2008, 12:31 AM
Lindor I was with you on the Chapelle thoughts. I to thought she got caught as she was going to collect it. Didn't realise she was carrying it. yeah like who WOULDNT notice their bag was heavier. And look at the family history too... That wouldnt have gone well for her either.

Lindor
01-06-2008, 05:50 PM
Morning!

Weighing in at 195.4lb this morning! Yup a massive 0.2lb drop this week! Yay! Go me! :^:

I am ok with that though. I had a massive drop last week, and I have been good all week. I don't believe I have done anything wrong, and I feel the result this week is just a part of the journey.

I am still feeling motivated, and well on track!

My goals for this week will remain as they were last week:

- 2L water a day
- Stay within 1500cal a day
- Continue (maybe with a bit more effort this week) with Mt Everest

I might end up swaying slightly off track today, but it is apparenty one of those days that I should be allowed to!! :^:


What have I learned this week? I have learned that a block of chocolate will taste the same tomorrow as it did today, therefore I don't need to eat the whole lot today and I can enjoy somemore tomorrow! :)

6) Chocolate will be my friend!!!


Ani, thanx for the run down on Corby! I find point 4 very revealing! Those bodily reactions always say the truth!!

Kel? How goes Optifast so far?

Ok, gotta run! Enjoy your Monday! :dizzy:

PerthChick
01-06-2008, 05:58 PM
I know you hate fuss and fanfare, but HAPPY BIRTHDAY LINDOR!!! Have a great day matey :carrot:

I dropped 0.5kg this week - finally a reasonable result after three weeks of creeping along :)

My goals for this week are:

• eat 1500 calories/day

• drink 2 litres of water/day

• average 7000 steps on my pedometer/day

• try to get below 81kg for next week's weigh in.

:)
Ani

Lindor
01-06-2008, 06:13 PM
...but HAPPY BIRTHDAY LINDOR!!! Have a great day matey :carrot:

Thankyou Ani :)

And well done on your loss today :carrot:

LittleKiwi
01-06-2008, 07:11 PM
Happy Birthday to Lindor! Hope it's a great one :hat:

Love Benji's remark Kel :lol:

I had a really nice weekend. Worked on Saturday morning then went for a nice walk around some cliffs in the afternoon. Unfortunately I forgot to put any sunblock on and now I'm very burned :hot:

Yesterday I went walking with a friend who is visiting from the North Island and then I went home and did lots of housework and cooked all of my meals for the next week. Great achievement!

Back to normal with everything else today. Working both jobs Monday - Friday and will hit the gym in between. I keep reminding myself that I've got 12 weeks of this and after that it'll all be a distant memory. I can do it!!


:twirly:

smylie
01-06-2008, 08:17 PM
:carrot:yeah lindor
:carrot: yippeeeeeee ani
:woo: happy birthday lindor
:jig: go julia! 12 weeks is nothing in the BIG picture!

i have been going pretty good with my shakes
slip ups= 1 snake, teeny bit of ham, couple cornchips, jemimas crustless leftover bread with vegemite
weightloss so far (i know i shouldnt peek...) 1kg i think 87.2 saturdays weight 88.1kg, so that helps motivate:dizzy:

LittleKiwi
01-06-2008, 10:15 PM
Oh yeah, I forgot to say ...

WAY TO GO ANI!!

:cp:

7senuf
01-07-2008, 12:35 AM
Happy Happy day Lindor. Hope you have a wonderful birthday. :celebrate:
Congrats Ani on yr weight loss this week. fantastic result.:carrot:
I am not weighing in this week as George arrived this morning and I feel horrible, crampy and bloated. Worst I have felt with his visit in a long time. I am sure I must be up again... grrrr. Does anyone know how long after you would get correct weight results? Is it the day he disappears? or a few days later?

Its been a sad couple for days here. :( 4 of my and daughters friends were killed in a car accident in the very early hours of Sunday morning. She is pretty upset but we are trying to keep her as calm as possible being pregnant and all.

We have lectured our kids to know end on the effects of drink driving and / or speeding. Also just driving your mates around normally while THEY are drunk.

The girl driving only had her licence for a month, and we have curfews here in QLD about the passengers in your car in certain hours etc.... Its sad how it always takes a tragedy to make people open their eyes.

Have to run, bub asleep and housework to do.

Vonni

PerthChick
01-07-2008, 12:52 AM
Ah Vonni :hug:! Was that the car and semi-trailer? I read about it on the internet when it happened and was feeling sad for the families and friends. I grew up in a small town of just 500 people (well, on a farm outside the village) and I understand the impact of such tragedy on small communities.

As for your question about TOM and getting back to your right weight, it's an individual thing. For me, I gain a few pounds a day or so before, and then it's gone by day three. Other people hang on to the extra fluid for longer - and a few lucky buggers don't notice any change in their weight. I agree that it's not a good plan to weigh-in today.

Are you REALLY old enough to be becoming a grandmother?

~Cherie~
01-07-2008, 02:15 AM
Hi girls. I dropped in an introduced myself a few weeks back, but I've been on hols in country Central Qld and haven't had much internet access. I 'relaxed' my eating and exercise over the holidays (some might say I went completely overboard) and it feels like a relief to be getting back on track. My current weight is 106.4kgs ... my mini-goal is 100kgs by the end of February. My baby boy is getting rather active now and crawling round the house getting into all sorts of mischief so I'm not going to have time to sit on my bum, which is a very good thing!!

Happy Birthday Lindor :balloons:

LittleKiwi
01-07-2008, 04:00 PM
I'm so sorry to hear such dreadful news Vonni. It's an absolute tragedy and sadly all too common. Big hugs to all.

Welcome back Cherie. I "relaxed" my eating over Christmas too (= ate whatever I wanted) and I too am feeling really happy to be getting back on track.

I'm back writing down everything that I eat but not counting WW points at the moment. Had a pretty good day yesterday until I got home from work just after midnight when I had a slice of ham, a stick of celery with peanut butter and a popsicle. Oops :o

Not the best ideas I've had but not the end of the world either. I went to the gym last night for the first time in a couple of weeks and boy did I feel it. The weights all seemed a lot heavier and it was really muggy and hot so I didn't feel able to run and did a 20 minute walk instead.

I think that the 2kg I lost over Christmas is probably due to loss of muscle so I expect that I will probably gain a little over the next week.

Goal for today: eat well, hit the gym between jobs and no midnight snacking!

:twirly:

Lindor
01-07-2008, 05:39 PM
Thankyou everyone for the Birthday wishes :)

I was doing well until yesterday afternoon, when work threw me an afternoon tea! But given what was available there, I did pretty well for the day I think, by only exceeding my calorie budget by just under 200cal - and I blame that on the ice cream cake!

I failed to do my step ups last night. I am fast coming to the conclusion that I just don't enjoy doing them! I really wish it wasn't so hot here. I loved it when I was walking to work in the cooler months and that is just what I want to do again! Maybe I will have to set up a walk track within my flat?

Water wasn't too bad yesterday, although I probably could have done with a little bit more.

But back to it full force today :D

Vonni, sorry to hear of your news. I recall reading about it on the day too - first road fatalities for the year? Very tragic regardless of the cause.

Cherie, welcome back.

Julia, I think your midnight snack was very well controlled!

Have a good one all! :)

smylie
01-07-2008, 06:19 PM
oh vonni, that is awful must be so hard to not be able to "fix" it when your daughter is upset, i didnt realise the 4 that died were young.... that is so sad

everyone else sounds like they are in an awesome mindframe and will all lose weight this week!

i went to bodypump did a little cardio and took the dogs and baby for a walk yesterday so i am in right mindframe too.... i almost plan to stick with optifast only until jemima's birthday as i know i can lose 1kg a week with sensible eating so hopefully after 5 weeks i will be at a weight where i can do that or at least maintain for a bit and then see where i want to be for my birthday late april

~Cherie~
01-07-2008, 06:37 PM
Julia, that's a very respectable midnight snack. I always tend to go for high calorie, high fat foods when the snack attack hits ... chips, nuts etc ... so I'm impressed by your restraint.

Vonni, I heard about that accident on the news. Absolutely tragic. I hope your daughter is coping with it OK.

Lindor, good luck getting back into it today.

I'm off to the gym this morning for the first time since going away on hols. I'm hoping I get time to have a decent workout - my son is super grizzly today (teeth) so may not go well in th gym creche.

I was a bit naughty last night & had 2 glasses of champagne. It was a bottle I was given for my 30th birthday in November & it called to me every time I opened the fridge door lol.

ETA: you posted while I was posting Smylie. WTG on all your exercise yesterday!!! You are an inspiration.

PerthChick
01-07-2008, 07:26 PM
YAY Cherie - welcome back :). Good luck with that plan to get to 100kg - I started at the same weight as you, and I know how important those milestones are.

Lindor I really don't think that 200 calories for your birthday is all that naughty. I don't think a walking track around your flat is a silly idea at all - I've done it when it has been too hot/wet/cold to walk outside. I also have a regular walking track around the local shopping centre… and have recently learned that I can do a fairly decent walk around the local Bunnings warehouse. Sometimes you've got to think laterally :D

Julia I think you're doing a fantastic job. Sometimes we get impatient, but this is all about learning how to live a different lifestyle, so the odd roadblock is inevitable.

Kel are you finding the shakes easy? Do you get hungry?

Gen… where are you?

I'm on track. I spent yesterday moving furniture and rearranging things in the house I'll be leaving in 5 weeks. Yes, it was 40ºC, and yes it may seem frivolous - but it's a lot cheaper than going to the gym ;). And I'm quite happy with how it all looks now (even with a heap of boxes piling up everywhere).

OK - must get to work. Have a good one everybody!

:)
Ani

pacman12
01-07-2008, 08:29 PM
Rushing in and out.. I'm about to sneak up to Brisbane today as my sister needs me to mind her boys for a few days. I wanted to see them before I go to the US, and I had some frequent flier points I could use, so it all worked out well.

See you at the weekend!

barbegirl71
01-07-2008, 08:41 PM
Hi Cherie. Good luck on your weightloss journey. You've found a great group of girls to help you along no matter what. :)

Vonni. What a terrible thing to happen. I don't think I heard about it. Hugs to you all. :hug:

Gen. The balls finally rolling in the right direction! :D

Julia. Celery is one of those vegies that takes more calories to eat than it's providing so I don't think your snack did too much damage! :p

Lindor. Sorry I missed your birthday, so belated greetings to you.:woo: You sound really focused too.

Kel. You go girl!:carrot:All that exercise in one day, wow!

Ani. Thank goodness for refrigerated airconditioning! :p We've had quite a few days of 40+ where we are, but the evenings cool down nicely thanks to the gully winds, otherwise it'd be like.......... :hot: :faint: !!!

XX
Barb

7senuf
01-08-2008, 08:14 AM
Damn gremlins got my post..........

be back later

Vonni

smylie
01-08-2008, 08:17 AM
barb - your post was all about everyone else but not you???? how are YOU going????

today i walked around bunnings with jemima in the pouch (she is at least 9kg i think) and then i walked around spotlight and then i got home and took her and the dogs for a walk around the block and today's only slip up on the diet was a snake.
i have actually been being naughty but the opposite kind of naughty, the last two days i only had 2 shakes and probably not 2 cups of veges.... dont know how i am not chewing my arm off with hunger..... i have been into the water heaps so that is probably enough along with current will power and mind frame to keep me from blowing it.... at least in first week anyway....

i know i can lose between 3-6kg in the first week, my friend just lost 3.5kg in her first week which included KFC and more slip ups then me oh and no exercise so i am feeling good that i will ifnothing else repair the damage i did over xmas and be back on track..... i have just did another order for some strawberry shakes (slightly more expensive) and some choc bars and desserts so that will help keep me going when it gets harder next week.....
this saturday will be end of week one and i was going to treat myself to KFC (i know ani and lindor you dont get it.... but it is one of my fave things i know how bad and gross it is too!) but now we have been invited to a bbq at my inlaws place soit is still naughty but not the same.....
tomorrow is swimming lessons and usually publunch but i am not having publunch and will come home and have shake instead! this diet is changing the social life slightly but also keeping me at home so i am getting stuff done.... a winlosewinlose situation
2 days til i can update my ticker - thats a thursday thing, my weigh in day is going to stay thursday but i am weighing in everyday this week for the fun of it... will stop that saturday as otherwise as the weightloss slows down it will really mess with my mind..... at least i know i have alreaedy lost min 1.7kg since saturday! that is motivation to keep going at least for the month
hey maybe a month on and then a month off then a month on but not so hardcore and amonth off will help to maintain.............. hmmmm

LittleKiwi
01-08-2008, 03:53 PM
Hmmmmm. I really don't know what to say about your shakes Kel. It would seem to me though that it would be really important to eat your total allowance of fruit and veggies though as the shakes won't be giving you much in the way of good nutrition. Good luck though and I hope it works for you :spin:

I had a pretty good day yesterday. Probably ate 2 and a half to 3 rows of chocolate which isn't ideal but also not the end of the world. I'll make sure I don't do the same today.

Hit the gym last night and did weights and 20 minutes of intervals of 1 minute walking/2 minutes running. I'm sure that working 5 hours in the evening will help too as I'm walking around for most of that 5 hours.

Tonight I'll do 40 minutes cardio and then my 5 hours work as usual. On track with my budget this week too which is great. I got my power bill last night and it's only $29.50 for last month :woohoo:

Have a great day everyone :twirly:

PerthChick
01-08-2008, 06:01 PM
Hey Barb, how's your weight loss going this week?

Kel I already said I won't make any more comments about your shakes :p. I'm impressed by all this exercise though. You go girl!!!

Julia it sounds like you're really on track and going well.

I had an average day yesterday - ate a few too many calories (about 1650), didn't exercise, and only drank 1.5L of water. I know it's not a 'bad' day, but I wasn't happy with it all the same.

The next five weeks will be a challenge for me. I'm just keen to move now and to get settled into my new house - and I don't react well emotionally to this feeling of being in limbo. I just hope this restlessness doesn't translate into too many bad food choices.

:)
Ani

smylie
01-08-2008, 06:22 PM
hey hey
the veges are actually the bit that you dont have to stick by, it is for the people who cant handle just shakes coz they think they are 'hungry', it is all in the mind.....
i am going to make sure though to have my 3 optifast products a day as i am 'concerned' my fast track optifast may be making my milk supply go away BUT jemima was weaning herself anyway so i am not sure which is a little emotionally confusing

swimming lessons for jemima today and then walk around grocery store with her and then walk around block with her and the dogs.......
tomorrow morning gym and then walk around town meeting mum for 'lunch' (i am going to try and find a vege stirfry) and friday morning personal training so i should get a good result by next saturday even if i wasnt doing shakes!

barbegirl71
01-09-2008, 02:36 AM
barb - your post was all about everyone else but not you???? how are YOU going????

Lets not talk about how I'm doing at the moment!! :D

Kel. You got ants in the pants or something? All this exercise and the whole shake thing, you'll be down heaps by Saturday's weigh in. :p

Ani. 150 cals is nothing to get stressed over. I bet you can't wait to have nothing going on! Seems like there's always something challenging you. I hope once you move things get real boring for you!! :)

Julia. Chocolate is evil isn't it! :devil: Other than that your in the zone! I would kill for a power bill like yours!

In our Sunday paper there's a Body and Soul liftout and there was an ad for this new weightloss system, here's the link to their page. www.bodytrim.com.au (http://www.bodytrim.com.au) They've got a promotion on at the moment that offers you six weeks of online/telephone support, a book and dvd, all for $119, that's a saving of $50. If I had it ($119) I'd be chasing their wagon at the moment!

XX
Barb

butter ball no more
01-09-2008, 02:00 PM
:newyear:Happy New Year to all .
Dropped in to see how all are going , it has been along time since I posted:(
5month 2007.
I looked at my ticker:mad: i am back at my start weight.
I feel like a big toad :fr: I need a good kick in the :kickbutt:!!!!!!!!!!
I have been off work for the passed 5 months on work cover and have turned into a couch toad and feel YUK :barf:. With the :stress: of the last five months I have done nothing but eat and sit on my ever growing butt ( I have gained 20kg).
The turning point today was in the form of an email from BlueP as I was still on his thread.I have been going to start and going to start so if I come here and tell all of you, I hope it will help me start and keep going.
I feel sad as I look back and think we started this" Aussie Chicks" thread back in 2005 I think, I have been up and down with my weight over the years.
I have let myself down by not looking after me:hug: ( I was at my goal weight in 2003)
We have our 25th anniversary this year and we had always planned to redo our vows but as I am at the moment I would not be happy with myself.
I know that I don't have time to get to the size I would need to be to put on the Wedding Dress (I don't think I would ever fit in it again) , But I would like to fit my original Wedding Ring and engagement ring.
So I am asking for your help to get my started and keep me on track :dust:

Sorry this soooooooooooo long

butter ball no more

LittleKiwi
01-09-2008, 04:51 PM
Welcome back butter ball no more. You've made a really positive first step by logging in here :hug: it's a shame that you're back at your start weight but hey, it's not the end of the world. You can do this!! I would recommend that you set yourself some specific goals and join us on this wagon. When I need some extra motivation/inspiration I go onto the "Goal" section of this website and read some of the stories on there. Charles in particular has an amazing history and has achieved so much. Reading his story reinforces to me that this is a battle that can be won.

As for me, I did pretty well with my diet yesterday. Had a great session at the gym with a 20 minute run and a 20 minute walk. Worked for 5 hours after that and that involved a lot of walking around, lifting boxes and going up and down ladders which I'm sure will count as some good exercise.

I've made a most delicious salad for my lunch today and can't wait to eat it ... lettuce, onion, cucumber, carrot, celery, red capsicum, sundried tomatoes, chicken and a few almonds with a mint and lime vinegarette. Jummy! :T:T:T

I'm going to the gym after work today and will do my circuit training programme for the first time. I should have been doing it for the past couple of months now but have always avoided it so it's time to suck it up and get started with it.

Have a great day ladies

:twirly:

smylie
01-09-2008, 05:08 PM
:carrot:85.5kg
loss of 2.3kg since last thursday, I am this week more interested in what I weigh on Saturday as that will be one week on optifast.
Yesterday I had an Anzac biscuit a little one of the batch me and benji made and also couldnt be bothered making a seperate dinner for me so just took out the pork and noodles out of stirfry and had a small serving of that - it is not what you are meant to have though.... but heaps more workable.
woohoo to not eating working hehehehehe
meeting my mum for lunch so walk around town with pram thats wheels are like shopping trolley probably in the rain! yeah:dizzy:
then home for walk with dogs and then MAYBE when jem goes to sleep some time on the cross trainer out the back before Law&Order and Medium are on I LOVE those shows

everyone kick butt - i am really appreciating food at the moment and realise why "normal" dieting is so hard for me, i just like food cutting it out completly and giving myself timeframes to work with is working for me but i totally think you all rock for sticking to healthy eating and losing weight, I can see me going 'back' to 2 shakes and one MEAL very soon rather than 3 shakes a day

PerthChick
01-09-2008, 07:55 PM
Hey Butter Ball No More - welcome back :carrot:. I remember reading your posts when I first joined Aussie Chicks in 2006.

Do you have a plan for your weight loss? I started out at around the same weight as you and was only able to manage this by setting goals of losing 5kg at a time. It's almost 18 months later, and I've dropped almost 24kg. Are you going to calorie count, or do you have another plan in mind?

I stood in front of the margarine at the stupidmarket yesterday, picked up a 500g container and realised I have lost the equivalent of 48 of those in 18 months. I nearly cried, because it was a very 'in my face' way of seeing where I've come … and where I used to be.

Kel - woo hoo on your weight loss! Here's one for you :carrot:.

I'm having a shocker of a week. Seems like I went off track a few days ago, and I'm struggling to get back on that wagon. I don't really know what's going on - perhaps it's the instability of packing, knowing that 'home open' starts this weekend, having a new housemate who is really strange, and having a landlord who wants to come and 'tidy up' so the house is ready for sale. This doesn't feel like my home anymore, and I'm feeling resentful about all the intrusions.

I'm also feeling overwhelmed by how much there is to do before I move - and I'm in one of those head spaces where there's SO much to do that I'm doing nothing. Does that make sense?

Let alone trying to get my work done…

Blurk!

Lindor where are you? And Kylie?

:)
Ani

smylie
01-10-2008, 02:50 AM
ani
that all sounds NOT FAIR
strange flatmate, annoying landlord
AND i know exactly what u mean about having so much to do you do nothing it is like WHERE DO I START!??
just do the thing that you will be able to notice the most as it will make you feel better, even it is the easiest job of them all at least you will sit down tonight and think you have ackomplished something!

doc said that optifasat and breastfeeding may not be ideal so i am rethinking how hardcore i am on it..... i had a vege stack for lunch today at cafe... what a weird world we live in where MOUNTAINS of cheese are counted as veges..... i did NOT complain heheheheheh

going for walk with dogs now as didnt get to the gym this morning as jemima was asleep.... she will fall asleep on walk FOR SURE as she has not slept since this mornings nap which means probably late bedtime again but it is late bedtime for me too due to tv commitments so its all good

LittleKiwi
01-10-2008, 03:58 PM
Yep, I know exactly what you mean Ani. You look at a mountain of stuff and just don't know where to start so you don't do anything. Not very productive!

I had a great time at the gym last night. Snuck a peek on the scales and was disappointed to see that I was up 500g. I know that it's to be expected when I've been back into the weights this week but still .....

I had started my workout and my old trainer (who I think is uber sexy) came up behind me and said "geez, you're disappearing on us!" :dizzy::love::cp::goodvibes I was so stoked!! He said I am looking great and to keep up the good work. My size 18 work uniform skirt is now waaay too big and I can fit my whole arm down by my side inside the skirt.

:cheer2::cheer2::cheer2:

The way I'm feeling at the moment is proof positive that if I want to continue to be happy and feel good about myself I need to stay away from alcohol and exercise on a very regular basis.

Hope you are all well and Ani, I hope you've got some chores started ;)


:twirly:

PerthChick
01-10-2008, 06:59 PM
Alright - time to slap myself! I've had four days of being really off-track… and I mean REALLY off-track, and it stops now!

I'm p!ssed off with the landlord. She's coming here tomorrow (an hour before the 'home open') and wants to move some of my things around to cover up the flaws in HER house. She was irritable with me yesterday because, after the house being on the market for three weeks there hasn't been a single nibble from potential buyers.

How does that translate into being mad at me?

Apparently she had it in her head that the house would sell quickly - while I was still living in it, and my rent was paying her mortgage - and now things are financially "difficult" for her.

It's an old fibro house on a half block of land - and she's trying to sell it for $750,000. Pfft! Doesn't take an Einstein to work out the reason for the lack of interest.

Anyway I made a promise to myself this morning that I won't let her or anyone else railroad me from my weight loss. Today I'm going to eat 1500 calories or less, drink 2L of water and walk 10,000 steps. And I'm going to use my 'angry energy' to pack a whole room. The landlord wants fresh flowers on the table and a cake baking in the oven when people come through tomorrow… as long as she provides it she can knock herself out.

My contribution will be another mountain of packed boxes :D

NEWYEARNEWME
01-10-2008, 10:24 PM
G,day everyone I thought I would just pop in and say Hi after I recieved a lovely invite from Perthchick to join you all.
So I,ll start by introducing myself I,m Julie or Juls I have 5 grown kids 10 grandkids 5 of each I live in the central west country area of Sydney NSW.
I am following WW,s points plan I,m getting there but a bit slower than I would like at times, I,m looking forward to getting to know you all and thank,s again for the invite Perthchick, I have checked your forum out at times but I have been a bit to shy to just jump in. I have just hit the big 50 in November but I don,t feel it or look it so I,m told.
Anyway take care bye for now.

JULS

Lindor
01-11-2008, 04:11 AM
I'm here!! Sorry for my absence! I've been kinda snowed under.

I have managed to remain on track all the way, so I am happy with that!

Well apart from the step-ups! :( I don't have the momentum just now, so I think I am going to concentrate my calorie intake and water and take the exercise as it comes...if it comes!


Just want to throw in an URGENT REQUEST here if I can?

I need a list of healthy, low calorie snacks before the end of the weekend! The catch is, these items need to be able to live for a while without refridgeration and withstand sitting in a hot car for a whole afternoon!

See I am away for work again for the week on Monday. I need to drive to my destination and start work in the morning and I can't check in to my motel until at least 2pm (probably 5pm). In the past, on these trips, I take little in the way of snacks and find myself ordering huge meals from roomservice! I want to avoid that this time, and the plan is SNACKS!



Juls, welcome to Aussie Chicks! We are a cool bunch here and we discuss all aspects of weight-loss from the kilos to the mental stressors that have us reaching for food! Feel free to chat about anything! :)

Ani! I am looking forward to the day you move out for you too!! What a nightmare, and what a selfish, ungrateful cow your landlord is!! Here's an idea, and I did this when I moved out of a house I was sharing in...

...just before you move out purchase half a kilo of raw, whole prawns. On the day you move out, make the last thing you do be to shove a prawn into the ends of the curtain rods. It will take a day or two before the smell will be noticable, by which time who'd think to blame you? Just an idea! :p

I hope you are having a better day with your goals today :)


Julia, how good is it to hear you sounding happier! And what an encouraging thing for your personal trainer say!

Butter ball! I was just thinking about you the other day, along with all the other Aussie Chicks that have disappeared in the course of time! Know that I am throwing handfuls of Willpower Dust your way! ;)

Kel, well done on your loss! :carrot:

Alright, gotta run (again!). Have a good weekend ladies! :)

PerthChick
01-11-2008, 04:37 AM
Juls it's great to see you over here. I know it can be hard to jump into an established group - but we often have new people join up, and we're always thrilled. For me, who is more than halfway there, it gives me the chance to "give something back" by supporting other women. I've really relied on the support of everyone here - and I come here pretty much every day.

Are you near Sydney? I grew up on a farm between Dubbo and Orange in NSW - great part of the world. It can be harsh, but the sense of community is something I've never found in the city. Not the same, in any case.

Lindor do you have an esky? Are you talking about food that has to withstand hot weather? And are you after ideas for snacks or meals? I'm not very good at low calorie snacks, but when I have one it's usually:

• Half a packet of Snakata (200 cals)

• Uncle Toby's breakfast bar (114 cals)

• 2 Ryvita with vegemite (about 80 cals)

• Banana, strawberries and passionfruit (about 120 cals)

• Mixed nuts or trail mix (measured out to about 120 cals)

• Celery and carrot sliced up (really yummy and refreshing for when you're driving - and bugger-all calories)

That's all I can think of. I am really not creative at all when it comes to food.

By the way, I like your idea about prawns. I have done absolutely nothing towards cleaning the house for tomorrow's 'home open'. I'll get up and burn a few calories tomorrow morning :)

Back on track today with food, and almost there with water.

I'm going through a sea-change at the moment, and have almost decided on a career change. I'll always be a writer, because that's who I am, but I want to see what it's like to have a regular job with a secure income for a while.

I'll ponder that for a couple of weeks - but change is definitely in the wind, in more ways than one!

:)
Ani

7senuf
01-11-2008, 06:54 AM
Welcome Juls. Echo everything already said from the welcoming committee. lol. Ani about the prawns in the curtain rods........ what about on the roof? they go in the guttering and can be hard to find.
Went shopping KIDLESS today and lunch with the other half. The first time in almost 2 years for both things. We had a lovely day, and I think if we make time for a 'date' it will help us get back on track.

I got a new iron.... mine disappeared. Some clothes from pumpkin patch for the coming grandbaby. a new ironing board and some school stuff for the kids. Oh and a pair of jeans that cost a whole big $12.88. And a new bag and a RED wallet. aparently red attracts money so........

Anyhow now I am broke so need to go have coffee and not think about my bank balance.

Have a great weekend all.

Vonni xxx

NEWYEARNEWME
01-11-2008, 06:17 PM
Thanks everyone for the welcome.

Ani I live in Peak Hill in between Parkes and Dubbo and I know what you mean about community I have been here for nearly 5yrs and the people are so different from Sydney, here they all smile and say G,day even if they don,t know you, in Sydney if you smile at someone they just glare at you or think your going to mug em or something LOL.

Lindor some great snack ideas from Ani you could also try,

1 WW,S crispbread with a tble spoon of cottage cheese ( 100 )cals
1 WW,S ice cream or dessert about 100 to 150 cals
2 cups of air popped pop corn
2 celery sticks with a tble spoon of peanut butter.
Also go to WW,S forum here at 3fc look under recipes there are some great snack ideas there.
I,m not to sure on the raw prawns I think I would feel sorry for who ever moves in next but she does sound like a real cow I think when the time came for me to have to move I would leave all my junk behind and let her get rid of it.
I,m of to a good start to the new year back on track after the holidays eating lots of salads but lack of motivation some times with exercise it is just so hot here but I have moved my exercise bike into the lounge room in front of the air con and I am getting a treadmill so I hope I find my exercise mojo again. I currently weigh 87kgs I was 92kgs when I started 6mths ago so I,m getting there a bit slower than I would like but 5kgs isn,t to bad I guess. My goal is 75kgs that seems to be where my body stops at when I have lost in the past.
Take care everyone bye for now.

JULS

LittleKiwi
01-11-2008, 07:04 PM
Hi Jules, welcome to our group :wave: it's an awesome group of ladies who post here so I hope you stick around and get to enjoy the support and advise as much as I do.

I have been thinking about my diet and trying to think of ways to get more protein and vegetables in. Not so easy now that I cook all the weeks meals on Sunday so it has to last in the fridge for a few days. This week I'm going to try cooking up a big stirfry with brown rice, chicken and veggies. I'm also going to stock up on fruit for snacks.

Lindor, all I can think of is muesli bars and fruit but then I'm not great on being imaginative with food!

This morning I've been looking at recipes on a bodybuilding site and came across this: 7 TBS chocolate protein powder, 1 TBS melted butter, 1/2 cup coconut, 1 cup oats. Mix with enough milk to make it stick together then roll into balls, roll in coconut and set in the fridge. Sounds fantastic in theory so I'm going to try make some tomorrow. I hope they work as they would be a good low fat sweet snack.

The weather here is absolutely gorgeous today so I'm looking forward to finishing work at 1pm and getting out into it. I'm going to go shopping with the vouchers I have and am hoping to get some shoes, socks and some gym shorts.

Have a great weekend ladies.

:twirly:

smylie
01-11-2008, 07:54 PM
lindor - purchase cooler bag and mini icebrick
then fill with mushrooms dip them in sweet chili sauce
celery dipped in salsa
vegemite on everything
thats what is feeding me between 'meals' at the moment

85.1kg - so optifast week one over and 3kg lost
plan to slow down now and get ww books out for new exciting dinner ideas

baby pulling my hair gotta go.... but welcome juls

7senuf
01-12-2008, 06:24 AM
Wasnt to bad today but not to good with the water either.
I have had 2 coffees, 2 hot cross buns for brekky, a handful of grapes at morning tea, a toasted cheese (light) and meat sandwich for lunch and pasta with capsicum and no fat bacon for dinner. Only a glass of water. Its just not hot and I tend not to drink if I am not thirsty.

How is everyone else going so far? Kel whoohooo on the 3kg. :carrot: :carrot:

7senuf
01-12-2008, 06:24 AM
PS........... they were MINI hot cross buns :p

smylie
01-12-2008, 09:58 AM
pretty sure the nice piece of pavlova is not on the allowed list.......
oh well one day off is not bad
water makes such a difference though........
why is that?

pacman12
01-12-2008, 09:46 PM
I'm back - got sunburned to buggery on my shoulders and back.. ouch! I did have sunscreen on, but I was swimming with my nephews and didn't reapply.. it wasn't even hot, but apparently the sun was there somewhere!

PerthChick
01-13-2008, 08:04 AM
My neighbour just pointed out to me that I am sunburned as well. I went to Mandurah to visit friends today, and we ended up in Pinjarra - lovely day! Lovely part of the world.

Didn't quite stay on plan today - but it has been one of those weeks. Not expecting a loss tomorrow, but all my own fault.

Hey Juls I know Peak Hill. My family farm is 8km outside Yeoval - huge town of about 500 people :dizzy:! I'm going home for a visit in a couple of months - once I am moved and settled.

Lindor when are you going away?

LittleKiwi
01-13-2008, 03:59 PM
Not a wonderful weekend food-wise but that's life eh. Back on track today, I've got great food prepared - salad for lunch and stir fry for dinner and lots of fruit to snack on. I'm very good with my water intake during the week but not so in the weekends so that's something to work on. Went for a 40 minute walk yesterday but that was all in terms of exercise on the weekend.

I was reading back over my food and training diary and was amazed with the following changes since June last year:

Waist measurement changed from 108cm to 92cm
Chest measurement changed from 113cm to 103cm
Hip measurement changed from 122cm to 110cm

Blimey! :eek: I'm so glad that I kept all my measurements so that I can see just how far I've come. I wish I'd listened to my friend and taken photos during the weight loss. It's funny that you can lose a lot of weight and not feel that you look any different.

Here's to a great week for us all :hat:

PerthChick
01-13-2008, 04:57 PM
Phew - dropped 0.4kg this week. Don't know how, because there were four bad days in there...

This week I am going to concentrate on meeting my goals: 1500 cals/day, 2 litres water/day and 10,000 steps!

Good luck to everyone else with weighing in this week.

:)
Ani

smylie
01-13-2008, 05:28 PM
:wl: wonder if i will get to bodypump or if jemima will fall asleep first.......


gotta remember water water water
:swim::swim::swim::swim::swim::swim:

Lindor
01-13-2008, 05:40 PM
Morning all!

Well done on the drop Ani! Amazing what a bit of stress can do isn't it? :p

How did the Home Open go?

Julia, great work on the measurements! I know what you mean about losing all the weight but not seeing it on yourself. When I lost my initial 30kgs and everyone was commenting, I had huge issues accepting it. I could stand in front of a mirror and still be absolutely convinced I was as fat as ever! Even today, I still feel I look the same as I did at 112kg!

This morning I weigh in at 192.6lb - a drop of 2.8lb. That'll do me thank you! :D

I really don't want to think about next weeks weigh in just yet, however my head is set on doing the right thing for the week. But how strong my head set is and whether it'll stand up to the week, I don't know!

I am going to set my ticker to my next mini-goal. And it is a very small one, but it occurred to me last night that I cross that line between 'Obese' and 'Overweight' at 191lbs. So my January goal now extends to 191lbs.

Thankyou for the snack suggestions, I have bought myself a couple of packets of rice crackers, Continental Cup of Soups, small (portion) packs of mixed nuts and some cracker and dips snack packs. All are relatively low in calories...and probably low in every other nutrient as well!

I will try to buy some fresh fruit when I get to my destination - time permitting!

Ani, I leave in about two and a half hours!

So, I'd best run and pack!!! :lol:

Have a good week all! :)

7senuf
01-13-2008, 08:23 PM
Well done on the drops this week.

I am up 500gm from last weigh in. grrrr. I have no bloody will power whatsoeva. I am the oppostie under stress. I tend to put on weight even if I am not overeating. And lately that seems to be all I am doing... stressing and gaining.

So much for my new year res to drink more water, it's not happening.

Anyhow, I'll stop my griping.

Ani how DID you open house go? Lindor have a wonderful trip away. Julia those changes are amazing - you go girl :carrot:

Vonni

7senuf
01-13-2008, 08:24 PM
PS all. Sorry bout the typos, keyboard all skewiff.

smylie
01-13-2008, 08:27 PM
somehow i totally missed your post ani
YIPPEEEEEEE CARROT CARROT CARROT YIPPEEE
that's almost half a kilo, that is awesome
i'm totally over everything at the moment but i did drag my arse to bodypump and requested a track for next week to make me go next week too....

jemima cried the whole time apparently, so that was nice to hear, i left her crying coz she always does when i leave but in my head she stops as soon as i'm gone, so that was REALLY nice of them to tell me so i feel REALLY guilty next time.

i had a friend that invited her and her family over for dinner on friday night..... hmmmmm i was not impressed so we had a fight when she came over, i should have just told her NO she KNEW it was first week of hardcore diet and also first week of me and jemima trying an almost routine..... oh well that is making me down at the moment, should not have given her such a hard time.... thing is my house not ready for her 15month old, 2 month old and dropkick husband... SHE is quite welcome but i felt like i should let them come over then i had to cook them dinner which i ate (vietenmense ricepaper rolls so not BAD at all) but still food i wouldnt have eaten probably AND toddlerproof my house and clean up more than i would have if it had been benji and i relaxing on friday night which we love to do.... hohum thats my sook

go lindor!

smylie
01-13-2008, 08:29 PM
damn it - posting at same time vonni

vonni, half a kilo up is no biggy if you are stressed, if you stress about the weight gain then you will just put on again next week, dont worry about it and go and drink some water and wash it all away!!!

julia my trainer is going to measure me next week so i cant wait to see some numbers as well, i am totally thinking i have put onmuscle though -

NEWYEARNEWME
01-14-2008, 06:16 AM
G,day everyone I hope your all well and in good spirits way to go and congrats for all of those who have lost weight.

Ani hope you enjoy your visit we have about 1400 in Peak Hill.

Smylie your little angel is so cute.

I,m doing OK weigh in on Wednesday so I hope I have lost something.

Take care bye for now.

JULS

LittleKiwi
01-14-2008, 03:43 PM
Big congrats to Lindor and Ani on your losses :cp: Try not to stress about your gain Vonni. Hard I know but there's no point, just focus on having a great week ahead.

I had a great session at the gym last night. Did 30 minutes of weights and a 20 minute run. Weighed in at 83.8kg which is up 300g from last week. It's less than what I expected so I was happy with that. Food-wise it was a great day so I'm aiming to replicate that today.

Have a good one y'all.

:twirly:

PerthChick
01-14-2008, 07:03 PM
The home open was tedious, and according to the real estate agent it only attracted neighbours :). I spent the whole morning cleaning and scrubbing (which probably accounts for my weight loss this week), and then the landlord's partner arrived 1/2 an hour before 'home open' was due and told me to whipper snip the lawn. Honestly!

Julia you're doing really well, and that's a pretty small gain. It could be water retention or anything.

You too Vonni - it's most likely water retention with you if you're not drinking enough. Are you eating breakfast?

Juls good luck with your weigh-in on Wednesday.

I'm determined to stay under 81kg this week, and to try and stick to my goals.

Gen where are you? How long until you go to the US?

And Barb - where are you?

:)
Ani

barbegirl71
01-14-2008, 09:20 PM
I'm here Ani.

I'm so unfocused at the moment, too many up's and downs to stay on track. I can't wait for the kids to go back to school, not that I don't like having them around, it's just that my routine is so mixed up. I can 't function without stability!

Congratulations Ani, Lindor and Kel. Well done to all of you for sticking at it when there is maddness around!

I agree too Julia and Vonni, 300g's could be fluid. Don't focus on the bad days, look forward to the good one's! I should take my own advice!!!

I'm going to Melbourne in August. My best friend and I have our birthday's 3 days apart, she's in Qld, I'm in SA, and my sister's in Vic, so whe're going to spend the weekend together. I've worked out that if I can lose 800g's a week I can be 70kg's by then. If I don't get focused real soon I'll never make it!

XX
Barb

7senuf
01-15-2008, 03:07 AM
Ani did you tell him to stick it where the sun probably doesnt shine?

I ate breakfast today. And every now n then a bit of toast, but going to make it a habit from now on.

Yesterday I had 3 coffee, 2 tea, tomato sandwich for brunch, steak and veg (100gm steak) for dinner. No lunch.

Today I had 1 weetbix for brekky, a mini hot cross bun for morning smoko, a small banana for arvo smoko (worked over lunch) and being naughty n having a piece of pizza for dinner. 2 coffee and a tea. and I drank a litre of water :broccoli:

7senuf
01-15-2008, 03:08 AM
HAHAHA thought it would work same as :carrot:

7senuf
01-15-2008, 06:37 AM
We all know that we need to drink more water and why, but when you look at it on paper (or screen) you understand it better. ... "your kidneys need water to function. When they aren’t getting enough, some of their workload is dumped onto the liver, stopping it doing its job of metabolising fat into energy."

LittleKiwi
01-15-2008, 03:56 PM
Good for you Vonni for eating breakfast! It really is a good habit to get into. Lately I've been having bircher muesli with lite yoghurt. It's delicious and really quick and easy - just soak the muesli in water overnight and that's it.

Had a pretty good day food-wise yesterday. Had a midnight snack of a chunck of cheese a protein ball (little sweet thing made of oats, protein powder and coconut) and 2 squares of chocolate. Not ideal but definitely not the end of the world. Did weights and 20 minutes of intervals running/jogging/walking on the treadmill. Tonight will be a 40 minute walk.

I'm starting to feel tired with all these hours that I'm working and am pleased that I haven't been able to get put on my usual Saturday morning shift so I'll be able to have a proper weekend this week having done 65 hours rather than my usual 68.5 :dizzy:

Got to keep reminding myself that it's worth it in the long run!

:twirly:

smylie
01-15-2008, 06:05 PM
weighing in everyday for the moment is really help me stay on track
we had pizza last night as my new "routine" was shot to pieces and I know benji loves pizza and i had been very good ALL day usually i slip up at least once but as i said the daily weighin is motivating me to stay on track for just a bit longer

vonni - thanks for the water info, i really really needed that it helps me big time understand why i have to keep having water - does that include low cal cordials or just water??

ani - your landlords partner wanted you to whippersnipper that is the funniest thing i have ever heard

lindor - carrot carrot lost weight is awesome carrot carrot and PROACTIVE with the snack foods rather than REACTIVE that is so good

barb - 800grams a week probably means you will have to up the exercise?? you need to make a commitment to yourself to get out everyday and do 30mins of something are you able to do things at night time after dinner or if you can imagine being too exhausted to be bothered then you HAVE to get up at an ungodly hour and do it then.... i used to get up at ungodly hour do min 30mins on cross trainer (lucky me had one at home - but actually before i bought one i would drive in the dark to the gym) and then i sometimes walked the dogs for another 40mins then or the dogs would wait til i got home from work - meant a busy morning BUT a guaranteed hour exercise each day and drank heaps of water so the weight consistantly came off.... are you trying weightwatchers just look at Julia's ticker it works so good, I lost 10kg (hear me lie lie lie it was 9.5kg) about 4 years ago on WW never went to meetings just trained my mind to think in points - however I now think bread and pasta and potatos are evil - if you cant start now make the week the kids go back to school the first week of a new routine...???

gotta go have a shake and feed jemima (and juls she was not an angel yesterday she screamed in pain (yet to find out what) for about 15mins no rest until i gave her cheeseballs??!!) then today is swimming lessons and then "lunch" with a friend and then i am meeting a girl i met on a baby forum so that will be fun then hubby not home til late coz he is selling a car tonight that needs some final touches done so he is doing it at work which means "dinner" will be non-existant except for jemima

vonni - what other solid foods did you give abby when she first started 'eating' we are getting into grapes, pasta, bread, cheeseballs hehehe but need more variety!

7senuf
01-15-2008, 06:47 PM
Kel I dnt know about the cordial. I dont do diet drinks. I have a paranoia about artificial sweetners doing radical things to the bodys cell growth and change. Also I think it still encourages us to have a sweet tooth. (which is what I am aiming to lose). About the baby food - cheese is good. Eb liked the slice cheese at first, but now eats the block cheese. heinz baby fruit fingers and baby muesli bars are good. the naughty girl has discovered she loves her dadys licorice allsorts (she sneaks and steals them from beside his bed). She comes out with 2 in mouth and one in each hand heheee.

Grapes she has only begun to eat and she loves oranges cut up and skin off, bananas are a favourite. Apples I am still paranoid about the whole choking thing. If you want a dinner that you can actually eat and not have to feed her continuously - potato cubes and other veg as finger foods are good as is meat cut up into managable sizes. a little gravy they love too. Ebony had a thing about textures for a long time and would not eat anything that had a lump until she was about 14 mths old. But she is a wonderful eater now.

Enough of that anyhow, sorry to bore all you others with the baby thing heehee.

Ani did you whipper snipper?

Julia? Is that a muesli with the yoghurt covered bits? I love yoghurt covered bits and can't find it anywhere. I buy ski double up muesli and yoghurt. Have tried doing my own, but I can't find the 'right' muesli. HELP ME PLEASE>>>>

uhooohhh gotta go, little miss emptying conditioner all over coffee table . grrrrr.

Vonni

PerthChick
01-15-2008, 06:53 PM
Vonni if I don't eat breakfast every day I don't lose any weight, and I have come to believe that it is THE most important meal of the day. This is what I have:

• A cup of Uncle Toby's Healthwise for Women cereal
• 6 almonds
• 1/2 a cup of HiLo Milk
• 6 strawberries chopped up
• small handful of blueberries
• 1/4 cup of cranberries
• small handful of green grapes
• 5 pitted prunes chopped up.

It fills my bowl, and it fills me up without leaving me with that sluggish feeling that I get from bread and pasta.

Do you know how many calories you eat every day? It might be worth changing your plan a little bit.

Barb I agree with Kel that 800g/week is a big target. To achieve that you would need to exchange 6160 calories every week, or 880 a day. That would need a big drop in your daily calories as well as a big commitment to exercise.

Are you struggling to find a routine because of school holidays?

Kel you sound super-motivated! I'm really proud of you.

Julia just keep thinking about the great trip that lies at the end of those insane work hours - you'll get there!

Juls - isn't it your weigh-in day today? How did you go?

All good here. I was going to go to the WACA and watch Australia take on India in the cricket today - but the weather forecast is for 36ºC and windy… and it is certainly windy! So I'll wait until Friday.

:)
Ani

PS: Yes I whipper snipped. I am moving into my landlord's sister's house next month, and can't afford to do anything that might jeopardise that. I thought of the calories I was burning while I was doing it ;)

amouse
01-15-2008, 07:11 PM
hi im new to the forums im in adelaide and currently weight 276 pounds. i was 288.8 december 12th 2007 and im on my way down. i am the mother of two kids 7year old boy Cameron and 3 year old girl Leah.


my goal for this year

loose 30 pounds any more will be a bonus

calculate my mataince calories and subract 500 . at the moment my maitance is rough 2450 so im eating 1800- 1900 calories

get better at pilates and do mkore of the moves

buy my high energy workouts . as the one i do now are on at either 130pm or 6 am ( the 6 am when is not gonna happen with two kids trying to sleep in the house)

get to 12kms in 30 minutes on the elliptical machine i do 9km in 30 at the moment.

walk my son to schoolin the morning more in the often then i drive him..3km trip there an back i shouldn't be so lazy lol.im sure i can manage 3 kms lol. My daughter is too tired in the afternoon to walk so morning will have to do.

continue to write my daily journel and continue using fitday . they both really help :)

PerthChick
01-15-2008, 08:22 PM
Hey Amy, big welcome to Aussie Chicks :)

Sounds like you have a really good plan worked out. This is a great forum for support and being accountable to each other - also great for weight loss information, venting frustration and feeling connected to other people who understand what it's like to try and lose a lot of weight.

I'm Ani - and I've been here for almost 18 months. In that time I've lost over 24kg (54lb), and I still have a long way to go. But I'm a slow and steady kind of girl…

Looking forward to hearing more from you, and watching your journey unfold throughout 2008.

:)
Ani

barbegirl71
01-15-2008, 08:39 PM
:welcome3:Amy. Another SA girl in the mix. I was starting to to feel a bit lonely! :D

I agree with you too Kel, and yes its hard to find a routine while the kids at home. I can't go for a walk early in the morning because if I get up so do they, so that defeats the purpose of getting up early and by the time they're all taken care of in the evenings I'm stuffed! It's only another 2 or so weeks before they go back to school so I guess I'll eat well for now and walk again once they're back. I have no idea how the whole weight watchers points thing works, and don't have the spare $ to go to meetings at the moment.

amouse
01-15-2008, 10:56 PM
thnaks guys im in the southern suburbs of adelaide how about you barbegirl71 ?

barbegirl71
01-15-2008, 11:05 PM
I'm way out in the North! Hopefully going more Nth Eastern, TTG, Houghton, up that way, later this year or early next.

XX
Barb

amouse
01-15-2008, 11:46 PM
my best friend live in modbury north a few roads back from ttp. im in Reynella

smylie
01-15-2008, 11:56 PM
barb, weightwatchers has points for every food, some food is no points like some veges and some food has heaps like chocolate and you are allowed a certain number of points every day and if you exercise you have bonus points BUT if you dont have the books (you can buy them off ebay) BUT calorieking is very similar and educational

calorieking.com.au it is Gen's secret.... but it tells you how many calories you can eat each day and then has a bit where you type in what you have eaten and it adds the calories up and tells you what you have left and stuff.... i used to 'cheat' and eat m&ms and still be within my calories for the day needless to say i didnt lose a heap of weight because i would sometimes go overboard with the quantities of m&ms but i at least i knew exactly where i was going wrong go check it out and put in your days meals into it i reckon you will be shocked at what the good bits and bad bits of your meal were - also it helps to put quantities into perspective...... chicken stirfry with rice is an awesome meal but NOT if you have a whole cup of rice on your plate, when you measure out a 1/4 of a cup it is still enough to fill you up but hundreds less calories!!! i always found rice and pototae and things like that were where i was going wrong and didnt even know it

i am going to calorieking now tosee how many calories were in the subway i had today the side of my coke zero said i had 1.8calories there and so as long as the sub i had was less than or equal to a shake or other optifast product i wont feel like i cheated to badly....

ps - yep ani super motivated at the moment, i figure if i am going to 'miss' out on a heap of the good meals that i am cooking for benji then it may as well be worth it!!! tomorrow is weigh in day ihave not lost anywhere near as much as last week but the scales are still moving down (went up briefly on friday last week but now down again) (expected fluctuation during the week so it has been really interesting to watch)

smylie
01-16-2008, 12:01 AM
vonni - thanks heaps for the baby food ideas, cubed potato sounds good and gravy and stuff.... i think jemima is going to be like abbey and not be impressed with chunky bits for a couple of months yet, but i am proud of her sometimes when she eats some pasta and bread and stuff

DAMN went to calorie king and my sub was like 354 calories or something!!! about 200 more calories than a shake and a bout 150 or so more than a bar or strawberry optifast shake.... oh well will have my veges tonight and think about wheather or not to have an optifast dessert

smylie
01-16-2008, 12:20 AM
barb - how old are your kids??? can they go for a walk with you while on holidays??? can they start their own fat farm for you??? (you know what i mean!) can they put their joggers on and take mum for a walk around the block??? do you have a dog??? if so pretend you are doing it for the dog!
can they start to be a **** about your food intake??? as annoying as it will be having the two of them tell you not to eat the chocolate may just work?? test their maths skills buy buying a calorie counting book and getting them to add up your intake for the day??

LittleKiwi
01-16-2008, 03:52 PM
Oh what a beautiful day. It's going to be a scorcher here today and I can't stop thinking about the idea of taking half a day off work so that I can enjoy it. Must save my leave though ......

Good day yesterday with food and exercise etc. Unfortunately today I forgot to bring any food for my lunch so I'll have to splash out and buy something.

Have a great day everyone :twirly:

PerthChick
01-16-2008, 05:56 PM
Julia I think we're in for a scorcher too - expecting 40ºC. Blurk!

Still got four weeks until I move house and it's messing with my head. All my routines are gone out the window, and I just can't seem to settle. I hate these times when you feel like you're in limbo. HATE them!

But I'll just try and take it one day at a time, because I can't change the things that are outside my control. Today I'll aim to eat 1500 calories and drink 2L of water. Not sure about walking in this heat - I'll see how I go.

:)
Ani

LittleKiwi
01-16-2008, 09:25 PM
Gawd I'm unobservant. I didn't notice page 8 when I posted this morning so I've just come back in and seen all those posts above me!

Welcome to Amy :wave: I'll look forward to seeing you checking in here :D It's a daily routine for me and really helps me stay focused and motivated. I also write a food and training journal which I find to be a huge help.

Vonni, bircher muesli is an type of muesli that you soak in water overnight so it's really moist. The proper homemade stuff is divine - grated apple in it which is delish. The stuff I buy has dehydrated fruit pieces in it so once it's been soaked overnight they're all nice and soft and puffy. I put a serving in a container every night before bed, cover it with water and then just chuck some yoghurt over it in the morning and it's good to go.

Ani it sounds like we've got the same weather although it's probably 10 degrees cooler here. It's about 28-30 and windy here. I'm so enjoying the heat at the moment and I hope it lasts for ages!

One downside is that it'll be revolting in the gym tonight as they don't have aircon. I guess I'll get a lot more sweating done ;)

pacman12
01-16-2008, 10:15 PM
Right! As of Monday, I have around 6 weeks til I start work in the US (if paperwork comes thru etc!) so I am getting back into it HARD!!

As of Monday:
- Drink 2-3L water/diet cordial per day
- Exercise EVERY day for at least 30 mins
- At least 1 PT session/wk (need to use them up b4 I go)
- Track all my food!
- Eat no more than 1600 cals/day.

Sprinkle me some of that willpower dust!!

7senuf
01-16-2008, 11:35 PM
:hug::dust:

Here's some of that dust for ya Gen. Good luck luvvy :hug: For the first time in weeks I have not had any :ink: food in 3 days. The first couple of days I felt great even if my water intake wasnt that crash hot. But today is day 4 and I have CRASHED and BURNED . Not food wise... energy wise. I am sooo :tired: and feel like :cry: all the time. I am guessing it's due to my body working overtime to get rid of the toxins that have built up over so long. Am I right? Or does anyone know the reason why I would be feeling like this? HELP :?:

Amy welcome to our 3FC thread. :cheers:These peeps are wonderful. I'm 35, have 4 kids and 3 stepkids, in QLD. Been here for almost a year now and even though I lacked motivation and have only lost a few kilos since starting, this group keep me going. I have come to think of everyone as my friends .:hug:

Vonni

amouse
01-17-2008, 01:53 AM
i havent had time to read all your posts yet because my hubby is still on christmas leave and is the king of the computer chair so i thought i would just tell you what i did today for now.. until i can read your posts :)

Today i got out my new swiss ball pumped it up and did an hour of laughing at myself.. oh i mean pilates workout.. it was a complete crack up .. my husband was so entertained he just decided to sit and watch me... lol.. he was killing himself.. I was sweating an killing myself laughing..

i have NO BALANCE... lol but i did the workout .. i was weating away no problem and strugglignt o keep up. i had to pause the dvd and get my balance and press play so the 1 hour workout in reality took 1 and a half hours lol.. i know im hopeless but it was so funny.. even the girls on the dvd were giggling and coming off balance at times..

great fun.. but rather hard really . i wont do it more them once a week at this point..

also i was happy looking in the mirror this morning i have almost lost the top belly roll completly i measured and my waist has gone form 49inchs down to 43.. i was chuffed so i decided to get a waist line ticker.. http://www.featherish.com/images/smilies/smile.gif lol im very happy . my weight has stayed equal this week but my waist has gone down.. good enough for me ..

smylie
01-17-2008, 05:23 AM
gen...... i dont want to sound like a hypocrite coz of how i started optifast "waiting for my shakes to arrive and having last suppers"........ but....... why does everything start "as of Monday"????? why not now???

i am not entirely impressed with my efforts this week too many slip ups on optifast (pizza was the worst) (not just any pizza-pepporoni with extra pepporoni on thin base for more oil! 4 slices!) oh and chocmint milkshake yesterday was really bad but kinda peer pressure with the chick i met from the baby website i am part of...... but where my will power went i dont know ESPECIALLY since she knew about my diet.... weird.....
anyhow anyhoo I am 84.6kg today!! so that is the lowest i have been for a long time!!! and means 10kg to go until i am at "goal" weight and less than 5kg until i am under 80kg!!!! all very exciting and important milestones

i have 4 weeks to go TODAY, jemima's birthday is 17 Feb, so i will be interested on the 16 of Feb to see how much weight I have lost in 12months including the birth stuff.......... funny it took 40weeks to put on 30kg and so far 48weeks to lose not even 20!!! how is that fair hehehehe

vonni - i think the crash and burn is your body working itself out - do you have headaches as well??? you need to keep fluids up (apparently)

pacman12
01-17-2008, 05:59 AM
Starting Monday because I'm working all weekend, so I know I won't be able to meet a couple of my goals. I need to have time to plan in advance for work shifts so I can buy groceries, take lunches etc.

Vonni, thanks. Could you be having sugar withdrawal? I know when people cut out sugar for a few days they get headaches and very tired etc.

LittleKiwi
01-17-2008, 04:17 PM
Gen, that's great news that you now have only 6 weeks until you start your job in the US. It's always good having something to look forward to. Here's some more :dust: for you :D

Vonni I don't know why you would be feeling that way but your theory makes sense. Hope you're feeling better soon :hug:

Congrats Amy on losing those inches :carrot: I've kept track of my measurements and I rekon they're absolutely essential in terms of keeping you motivated and keeping you aware of your progress.

Congrats Kel on your new low weight :broc: that's really cool. You've had a few cheats though so make sure you keep an eye on that. Perhaps it would be a good idea for you to have some pre-prepared low cal snacks handy? Just a thought :smug:

As for me, I had another pretty good day yesterday. Hit the gym and did my weight circuit which took around 40 minutes. Even did my walking lunges holding a 7.5kg weight in each hand when I didn't have to! Treated myself to 4 chocolate caramel sweets after dinner and then worked till midnight as per usual.

I'm so happy that it's finally Friday :yay: and I'm taking the day off the gym. I'm meant to have 2 rest days a week so I'll do at least one long walk in the weekend.

Have a great day ladies :twirly:

7senuf
01-17-2008, 05:55 PM
Thanks heaps. May just well be the sugar Gen. Well, yesterday ALL day I felt like crap, but have a bit more energy today. BUT yesterday I was bad bad bad. I ate fine all day, and was going to meet the other half for a cuppa after he finished work and before I started. Was also going to have a healthy sanga as I work through dinner time. It started off badly and ended no better.

He already had the grumps because he 'waited' for me to come to bed wednesday night and I stayed up. When I got there he was asleep. He carried a grudge for ages. So when we met up he was racing ahead and I was jogging to keep up, he was answering me with one syllable and offering no convo of his own free will. So I looked at him and said 'well I am going to work now. Not sitting here with you like this" And I left almost crying. I still had half hour before I started so I bought some hair product and was going out to get myself something to eat but he found me and came to. I got a bloody deep fried LARGE spring roll smothered in tomato sauce and a small flavoured milk. I knwo I shouldnt beat myself up over one slip up in 4 days but one leads to two and three etc... I had the WORST headache last night when I went to bed. Prob from the sudden shock to my system. And I can usually only have small amounts of tom sauce or I DO get headachey.

Anyhow enough griping. I do feel better now that I have that off my chest.

Must go get Eb ready for day care.

Vonni

PerthChick
01-17-2008, 06:28 PM
Got a phone call from the real estate agent late yesterday afternoon to TELL me there'll be another home open tomorrow. No word from the landlord, and no bloody notice :mad:.

Does this mean I'm expected to spend the second Saturday in a row cleaning the house for her? Yes of course it does! I feel SO violated by this crap - just about had enough of it.

So I did what every responsible person would do - went and bought myself a new wide-brimmed floppy hat, dug the sunscreen out of the back of the cupboard, put some water bottles in the freezer overnight… and I'm going to spend the next two days at the cricket. Strangers can come and look at the house - but it won't be pretty :D

Gen you must be getting excited! Do you have accommodation and everything else lined up or do you do that once you get there?

Vonni I get a headache if I don't drink enough water. But Gen's right - it could very well be because you're cutting sugar back.

Kel you've got to use Optifast to learn how to eat properly - not so you can cheat with junk :p. Otherwise you'll end up putting that weight back on and we don't want that to happen. Losing weight is a process of trial and error, and patience and frustration, of learning and growing more healthy. I know we live in a world now where we want a quick fix for everything - but there is no known quick fix for obesity. It's a hard job, and it requires us to be responsible and educate ourselves.

I'm really struggling to eat 1500 cals/day - especially with all this other crap going in. For the last three days I've eaten around 1600, and I think that until I move, and manage to get a second job, I'm going to have this ongoing battle.

I think this is the most difficult time I have had since I began my weight loss journey 18 months ago. Stress every day, routine out the window, my home being constantly invaded by strangers, landlords and real estate agents - and a COMPLETE loser for a housemate!

And THAT'S a story I won't even begin to bore you with.

I just hope I can hang on to my focus and motivation for the next month until I get through all this sh!t!!!

:)
Ani

pacman12
01-17-2008, 07:29 PM
Ani, if they haven't given the correct notice, you don't have to let them in... but the cricket sounds good too.

I have found someone on craiglist.org for a share house, but she's very slow replying to emails, which is annoying when I want to get things settled. Work is paying me relocation money, so I can get a hotel when I get there if I need to until I find a share place. I don't really like sharing, but I will be a huge hassle to get a lease and get utilities on when I don't have a SSN and no prior credit history in the US, so a share place sounds easy in theory. We shall see!!

smylie
01-17-2008, 09:51 PM
i always find if i say i'm going to start something monday and then something comes up i fail.... it's like "tomorrow never comes" which is why i have to just kick myself in the butt and say right we are doing this and now!!!

i have big time learnt about food since being on this site and calorieking, optifast is helping me lose some of the 'excess' weight even when i slip up i dont slip up as badly as i could....... big piece of choc/caramel/white mudcake in the fridge at the moment that i wanted yesterday but not going to and when benji and i share it i am going to have the smallest bit coz know all i need is a taste of it.
but you are right ani, i cant use optifast to just be able to cheat and eat junk hehehehe
plan to have fish and chips on the weekend somewhere relaxing so by looking forward to that it keeps me on track for today and probably tomorrow

7senuf
01-17-2008, 09:59 PM
My other half KNOWS I am trying to lose weight and he goes and buys me a boost bar. That boost bar is still in the fridge and you knwo what? I don't even feel like it :carrot:

LittleKiwi
01-17-2008, 11:15 PM
Hmmmm, Kel, where does fish n chips fit in on the diet? Seems like an incredibly high fat meal to have unless it's baked fish and oven baked chips. I don't understand how the shakes work if you're able to eat stuff like that as well. Not having a go, I just don't get it.

amouse
01-18-2008, 04:01 AM
ani it really sound like you landlord needs to pull the:carrot:from her butt. You dont deserve the crap she is giving you .. fine she is stressed but if you were a bad teneant why would her sister want you.. .


Sounds like everyone is doing ok vonni im sorry your having ahrd time :( men suck lol
my hubby is whining at me now because im on the computer lol..

I had a good day today 20 minutes on the elliptical bike 10 minutes on the swissball then a 30 minute ab workout..

food has been fine too so im going great . i dont feel overly wonderful , i have sore thraot so i spose ill have an early night and hope to feel better tommorrow . Im taking the kids to my parents house to have a swim tommorrow as it is spose to be 33 here . I will swim most of the day as i usually do when we go over there . so none of my usual workouts for tommorrow but ill be working just the same
bye all gotta get tea ready as the hoarde is hungry lol..
take care of your selves and remember the WATER!!!!!! no excuse for not enough water . its the simpliest thing to consume lol...:swim:
bye

pacman12
01-18-2008, 04:32 AM
I'm crippled today from all the squats and stepups my trainer made me do yesterday... ouch!!

amouse
01-18-2008, 05:24 AM
SQUATS ARE KILLERS LOL.. but at least you did it :)

PerthChick
01-18-2008, 06:24 AM
The landlord's sister wants me because I'm apparently a "super-tenant" and not only keep houses clean, but transform their gardens! Pfft!

Just got home from the cricket. How does it work that I LATHER myself in sunscreen and repeat the effort every two hours, and still come home looking lobsteresque?

I'll weigh heavy tomorrow morning because sunburn always makes you retain fluid. But I had a lot of fun!

I had to park 2km from the WACA and carry my esky and my bag - which must have weighed 10kg between them. Made me wonder how the **** I used to carry the extra 24kg of fat around. Oh - that's right - I could barely walk down the street back then. Woo hoo for healthy change :)

smylie
01-18-2008, 08:29 AM
hehehehe
fish and chips DEFINATELY not in any diet i know of except LIFE
what i mean is they are not on the shakes diet and i have been very good this week but i am still trying to throw a meal in here and there so that i dont A go insane or B forget how to eat food
last time i did diet, i got to 74.5 kg (hence ticker goal weight) and then I got pregnant didnt know it ate my craving food then found out i was pregnant and ate for two coz thats what you do.... right.... wrong.......!! I never learnt how to eat real food properly, i had never eaten to maintain weight, i had always eaten to either lose weight or in this case NOT EATEN or to put on weight
this time i am going really well and have decided i can have a couple of not on the list meals every week, I still am mainly eating veges and the pizza was just stupid but still half as much as i usually have.... the fish and chips are kinda the same, i will eat no where near as much as i usually would have but it will be a lovely meal to enjoy with hubby down the beach somewhere, jemima eats chips and may as well eat some fish as well...... however I wont be "eating" dinner or brekky after a meal like that in middle of the day

optifast is usually 3 shakes a day for "intensive" time which for most people is 12 weeks
then 2 shakes and light meal for 6 weeks i think
then 1 shake 2 light meals for 6 weeks (i think it could be both 12 weeks) AND
then 3 light meals FOREVER
as i dont have THAT much weight to lose I am doing a cross between the intensive phase and the second phase, I am still having at least 2 shakes per day however i had subway the other day for lunch as a light meal..... that kind of thing

ani - why dont you become a gardener and a writer parttime?? i always think of the weight that i lose as either bags of sugar or oranges and cant believe it!

smylie
01-18-2008, 04:49 PM
today 83.8kg
2 weeks on optifast = 4.3kg lost

i have just looked up calorie king so i can start thinking about how much food i am going to be allowed to eat once i have gotten to goal weight and it is more than i was eating before, it is like i have decided i am not going to bother eating it unless i really really want/need to whereas before a lot of the time i would just eat it because it was there............
i am also feeding jemima a lot of interesting, freash exciting foods which i am hanging out to share with her or just little things like teaching her how to eat a boiled egg with soldiers etc
this is probably a good time for me to fix my food and weight situation at least now i am more confident i can raise jemima with a healthy understanding of food - treats in moderation etc ...... unlike most other mums i know who are totally removing the "bad" stuff from their babies diets I give jemima a bit of everything so no food is a big deal

LittleKiwi
01-18-2008, 06:06 PM
Kel, have you ever tried Weight Watchers? I think that by the sounds of it that might work for you. It teaches you a lot about portion sizes and what foods are the best to fill up on. You can eat absolutely anything you want as long as you stay within your points allowance so you end up learning about what foods use the least amount of points but fill you up the most.

With that sort of system there are no hard and fast rules about what you are or aren't allowed to eat. Kind of an everything in moderation approach.

I really don't like the sound of the "forever" phase being just 3 light meals a day. Everything I've ever read has always stressed the importance of eating little and often - around 6 meals a day as that's vital for keeping the metabolism up and running.

Something to think about maybe?

:twirly:

PerthChick
01-18-2008, 06:17 PM
Woo hoo Kel! Great result :carrot:.

I can't be a gardener - I have three ruptured discs in my lower back, and both my doctor and chiropractor would freak out if I had THAT kind of sea change :dizzy:.

I'm spending the morning cleaning the house for the landlord's 'home open', and then I'm off to Mandurah for the afternoon. I really hate this intrusion on my life. Gen I know that what they are doing is illegal - but this is the wild west, and to many people here the laws are not much more than a suggestion.

And there are a LOT more potential tenants than available houses, so I have to tow the line or I might lose the house I'm about to move to. I just can't afford to do that.

Lindor are you back?

Hope everyone has a great weekend. Good luck to those who are weighing in over the next couple of days.

:)
Ani

PS: I was posting at the same time as Julia, and I just want to say I agree with her about three light meals a day. It's worth remembering that we can't go back to our 'normal eating' once we have lost weight - because it was our normal eating that made us fat. It's why I am such a strong advocate for the view that we have to educate ourselves about better eating habits while we're doing this - otherwise we won't know what to do once we are at goal :)

amouse
01-18-2008, 06:31 PM
kel my house is crap free becuase my duaghter is allergic to food additives.. No junk food can come into this house or she get sick... fish and chips are abnout the only thing we can bring in . But she can still get sick from theses so if we have fish and chips i have to buy the birdseye gold n canola ones and fresh fish and do it myself. Home made one just arent the same but we had that for dinner last night . i was way down on my calorie goals yesturday so i thought it was ok.. Counting calories on calorie king is very easy most things are on there . i looked it up yesturday i have been using fitday for a few weeks and i think im gonna compare between the 2 and decide which one i like better.

We have hardly any choices in the supermarket crap section and no option in fast food, fast food has far more crap in it then the supermarket crap .. and the supermarket crap was killing her.

I can still get a few treats for my kids , plain biscuits, plain chips plain ice cream saralee only expensive (none of which excites me)and alot of different breaky cereals . I can buy most fresh fruit and veg but not grapes or dryed fruit(sulphar dioxide) i can buy 1 brand of bread mighty soft, one brand of cheese and the bega stringers the nestle kids pack yogurts are also fine .. but that is about it.. lol even vegemite is gone :( we have a freedom food vege spread but its gross lol.. i did sneak a small jar of real vegemite into my cupboard lol i just tell her it the vege spread and alway make an extra piece of toast because she always takes food off me and put her vege yick on it lol... diest are easier when your house is crap free no colours, flavours ,preservatives, additives, msg... lol (well not all of them are bad just most maybe 90% a few i know we can have citric acid and vegetable gum for example lol)

amouse
01-18-2008, 06:39 PM
ani im like you i could burn indoors lol.. i have bought banana boat sensitive it has zinc in it and i dont burn as much .. im still red but i woukld blister with sun block on before and now im red but not even sore .. so i think its the best one out there for me.. My daughter has allergies but she doesnt react to it so i will continue with it. I think its worth thr $15 a tube.. i had a feeling you wouldn't be able to go out with out cleaning the house this morning lol.. Its a matter of self pride.. lol.. does your house mate clean at all or is he/she just a mess maker?? i live with 3 mess makers and im a neat freak lol.. I let it slide then yell at everyone to clean it up lol.. i have let it go alot this holidays .. im concentrating on exercising not cleaning . but once Cam is back at school i can get my house back to normal. John is back at work tuesday so there will go at least half the daily mess.. lol

Lindor
01-18-2008, 09:13 PM
I am home! :)

I have only very briefly read over the last few pages - I have had a shocker of a headache since yesterday (just taken more drugs for it!), that I can only put down to not drinking enough! Yesterday was a very hectic day, I had one coffee for breakfast and a cappuccino at about 9.30am...then nothing at all fluidwise (or food for that matter) until I got home at 5pm! Since getting home I have drunk well over 2L of water and slept for 10hrs!!!

Kel, well done on your loss! Although, I have to admit, I don't fully understand your program with these shakes mixed with fish and chips etc. But, it's working, so I won't question!

Ani, you are stuck in a nasty catch 22! I just hope the daughter isn't going to treat you the same way when you move into her place?

So far as my week away and staying in control of my diet, I think I did ok. My only downfalls were five slices of pizza (eagle boys) Tuesday night, two slices of left over pizza Wednesday lunch, McDonalds Deli Choice chicken caesar salad roll (and small fries :D ) Thursday lunch. I went out for a restaurant dinner Thursday night too, but I ordered a grilled lemon chicken breast something or other served on a chunky salad thingy!

I kept track of my calories as best I could (I have no idea what that chicken breast salad thing contained - so I gave it around 800cal??), and I have worked out that over the 5 days I'd have averaged about 1450cals a day. Not sure if it is clever to overeat one day and severly undereat the next though!?

All in all though, I am proud of myself for NEVER ordering room service! And on the nights that I stayed in the motel room for dinner, I was content with the snacks that I brought with me! I'll have to see what Mondays weigh in tells me to know if I really did ok.

I am here for this week, and away again the following week to do it all again!! Ugh!!!

I have a quiet weekend planned and, if I can shake this headache, I might actually enjoy it! :)

Have a good one ladies!

smylie
01-19-2008, 08:31 AM
i just looked at the little booklet, the forever phase is not 3 light meals a day forever is 3 light meals and 2 serves of fruit and one serve of dairy
should look at booklet more!
dont worry guys i have educated myself so so much it is annoying i KNOW exactly what i can eat and how much of it, i have just been doing it SLOWLY until now
yes i have tried weightwatcchers and it made me feel that potato and bread was evil.... so i didnt really learn alot there but i did lose close to 10kg then i got divorced and put half back on
today was a non optifast day but if i caloriekinged what i ate i would have been in my calorie range i reckon....

smylie
01-19-2008, 08:36 AM
1029 calories for me today - that is not including walk with dogs and not including tim tam which i just remembered i ate
the intensive phase of optifast is 800calories or less so we shall see what happens with my "blow out" today....
ps - my 3 quarter pants fit me today! and my togs are too big!

smylie
01-19-2008, 05:28 PM
amy my house is FULL of treats and i have not been tempted at all!!! i have gone "off" m&ms i tell myself that anyway they are now on the ingredients shelf of the pantry but we have a whole heap of choc biscuits (like 5 packets of assorted etc) that we bought for jemima's christening that were not needed and my other weakness milo is still staring me in the face BUT I have worked out how to enjoy in moderation, if I know i have eaten too much other 'crap' in the day (which is just me) then I have taught myself to resist it.
maybe i'll tell jemima she has allergys to some foods that are not good for her and not buy them.... i stocked up on cheeseballs the other day so i could have a shower in peace, i brought highchair into bathroom and covered the tray of highchair with grapes, cheese and cheeseballs - worked a treat, usually i stick on floor of shower but i wanted a shower by myself and she was not about to go to sleep.........

I have been instead having lowjoule red cordial as a treat along with my mushrooms and sweetchilli sauce
can anyone suggest any snacks that are savoury that are good when dieting are those "hot" peas the islander shops sell any good?

7senuf
01-19-2008, 05:51 PM
Morning all. The other half HAD that boost bar last night, offered me some and I said NO:barbell:

smylie
01-19-2008, 06:42 PM
not even a taste??!!!!! YOU ROCK VONNI!!!!!!!!!!!!!

i was just nipping back in to "explain" the fish and chips thing a bit better, i find for me if i can see that a really yummy meal (doesnt have to be "bad" like fish and chips (but i'll get lowest fat fish and chips option) to "look forward" to then I can stay on track for ages.... the last time I lost a heap of weight I used to say if I lose 5kg I will have a kebab NOW I have educated myself so that I can have a kebab within my calorie count and enjoy it (when not on optifast) (although is was my lightmeal last sunday)
so even though i am very much ANTI food rewards it works for me
i lost 100grams since yesterday so that makes me feel that I did eat the way i will when optifast is over and that i can lose weight on normal food, i almost feel like i am back where i was before i got pregnant (just 10kg heavier) but same mindframe if not better

PerthChick
01-19-2008, 07:23 PM
Welcome home Lindor, it sounds like you managed things pretty well while you were away.

Kel if Optifast has a base of 800 calories, how are you managing to get enough fibre, fat and protein in your food - let alone vitamins and minerals? You're obviously getting quick results, but I wonder what's going to happen to your metabolism with this? I'm not having a go at you - I'm just curious.

I need to give myself a good talking to - or a slap. I don't think I've met my goals even once this week, and I feel like I am sabotaging myself. I don't know if it's because I've spooked myself about getting below 80kg, or if this is about all the chaos going on in my life. Or both.

Starting today I'm going to take this thing right back to basics and concentrate on meeting my goals. For the next four weeks I'm going to allow myself 1600 calories/day (I'm really struggling at 1500/day), and see if that helps - or if I need to rethink the food I am eating.

I'm going to drink 2L of water every day. No compromise - no cheating, and no "oh that's near enough".

I'm going to walk for at least 30 minutes every day - no excuse. And I'm going to do enough "incidental walking" to get my pedometer as close to 10,000 steps a day as I can.

And I'm going to do my workouts 4x a week.

The thing is that no matter how much chaos is happening around me I am going to weigh SOMETHING when the next four weeks goes by - and I'll be really disappointed in myself if I allow myself to gain weight in the next month.

If I 'only' manage to maintain my current weight over the next month, I'll consider that a win. If I lose weight, then I'll be thrilled.

I have some insight into knowing that I feel angry and a little violated by this moving/house selling process. It is in my nature to swallow that anger with food, and to try and comfort myself that way. Yesterday I told the landlord that I was feeling really angry and displaced by her thoughtless and selfish behaviour. I still ate wrong, and hardly drank any water - but at the same time I think I've identified my 'self-destruct' mode much more quickly than in the past, and that's progress. Right? :dizzy:

28 days to go, and I have to say I'm only just hanging on to the edge of this wagon. Blurk!

:)
Ani

amouse
01-20-2008, 03:04 AM
Ani im sorry you feel so horrible we all have these trial. where we feel like.. crap but please dont beat yourself up.. If your house mate would help keep the house clean you wouldn't have to stress every sat morning.. Hey at least you know where you are and you can identify what cuase bad eating. ill post you some super glue so you can stick your self to the wagon till you get your life back :)

I have have been slack today lol . done nothing but a 30 minute walk.. im still really tired from yesturday and ive been hungry all day.. but i have had nothing too crappy other then a ham and cheese roll from bakers delight.. i left john with the kids and went and got some groceries at lunch time.. we had nothing here for lunch so i had no choice. shop hungry or go in the bakery first .. lol. (thats my excuse and im sticking to it lol)

I looked it up and it was 300 calories and i was still hungry so i ate a banana. lol. one small slip up and it didnt even fill me up.. so what was the point?? lol

PerthChick
01-20-2008, 07:07 AM
Thanks Amy - that superglue will be much appreciated ;)

Bloody ****! A friend of mine (who weighs about 58kg) told me that my arms "need work" today because they're flabby. Good grief - I have lost the equivalent of SIX newborn babies in weight… gotta think something would sag after that effort :p. But she's right…

Anyway, I've stuck to goal today - ate 1450 calories, drank 2.5L of water, and even though I didn't walk I have just done a pretty impressive 40 minute weights session.

Not looking forward to weigh-in tomorrow but I'm now focussed on the end of the month and making sure I get to my goal of being as close to 80kg by then as possible.

:)
Ani

7senuf
01-20-2008, 08:19 AM
nope, not even a taste :D I washed the car today.... REALLY washed it. Even oplished afterwards. The damn thing probably won't start tomorrow from shock but at least I got a good workout (it's 4x4).
Amy I used to be a neat freak to, but with my lot I have given up. And yep I end up yelling at them to. The only thing wrong with trying to ignore the mess is that a cluttered home is a cluttered mind and boy has mine been cluttered lately. Trying to get it organised before start back up with studies in 2 weeks but....... (not happening)

Welcome home lindor. Kel mmmm fish n chips. And I am sure you can ave an occassional milo? Maybe that could be your treat? I love malted milk. Someone was talking to me the other day about how they were on a diet and buying everything lite this and lite that. But lite on what? sugar? fat? salt? The only lite I buy is milk, because my body can't tolerate full fat milk. I break out in a rash, and if I have a full cream cappacino in town I am sitting on the look all night. Anything alse I have normal, even 2 sugar in my coffee. I told them this and said moderation is better than deprivation lol.

Just a random ramble.

Vonni

Oops typo - POLISHED the car

pacman12
01-20-2008, 08:37 AM
Ani, I hope you slapped her with your bingo wings!:D

smylie
01-20-2008, 08:39 AM
vonni - are you allowed to wash the car where you live???? we hide in our backyard to do ours at random times of the day!!!

ani - you can do it.... you have to stop letting all the house/ landlord/ moving stuff get in your way!!! 700grams til you are 80kg, 800grams til you are under it!!!! one really really good week and you are there!!!!!
optifast is full of all those things that you mentioned this is from the booklet "the optifast vlcd program is designed to totally replace your normal food intake. it contains carbohydraes, essntial fatty acids and high quality protein, which helps preserve lean body mass (muscle) while you lose your fat stores. it also contains the recommended dieatry intake of vitamins, minerals and trace elements"
and i eat 2 cups of veges most days or most days i have a light meal instead of one of the shakes to keep in the practise of eating balanced meal
fish and chips was lovely by the water today didnt eat all the chips we fed them to the seagulls with jemima she loved it! and enjoyed her first taste of fish, chips and batter.... hmmm...

smylie
01-20-2008, 10:38 AM
photos of me and jemima today (the big exciting fish and chips outing)
and photos of me and jemima before xmas... is it in my mind or do i have less chin?

LittleKiwi
01-20-2008, 03:47 PM
I feel so blah today :( Tired and a little down and would rather be in bed than here at work. Ah Monday.

Didn't do any exercise over the weekend which isn't good and my diet was pretty up and down too.

Had a lovely time on Saturday night, went to a comedy evening which was part of the world buskers festival and that was brilliant, haven't laughed so much in ages.

Back to the grind today and I have my gym gear in the car ready to go. Ho hum. Hope you are all feeling better than I am today!

:twirly:

Lindor
01-20-2008, 05:45 PM
Gen, that one line you posted had me near choking on my coffee!!! :lol:

Ani, stay positive! It is all part of the journey, you are so right there! And just because one day when you make goal, it is not going to make your life free of all these trials and disruptions! Each day, each issue, is a step towards achieving your goal and learning how to keep the weight off once you are there!

Kel, nice pics! And yes, I see a difference between the first and the last shots! Well done!

Julia, I always reckon a good laugh makes for a bloody good belly workout!! Hope you feel better by the end of your shift :)

I weighed-in at 192.4lb this morning - a drop of 0.2lb. Not a lot, but proof that I can maintain on these trips away! I also have to remember that what I ate while I was away, the pizza, the snacks, were probably high in salt content and I could be retaining fluid from that. I also faltered severly with my fluid intake while away. And there is also TOM! Maybe I can anticipate a bigger drop next week?

I have to attend a work lunch tomorrow...that will probably result in a burger or something equally bad! So, I need to resolve with myself to work hard at being good for the rest of the week to allow myself that treat! Or, convince myself that something else a little healthier can taste as yummy as that burger! :lol:

My head is in a good place just now, and everything seems to be going smoothly with it. It is four weeks now since I jumped back on the wagon and I am feeling just as motivated now as I did then!

Ok, gotta run! Good luck to all who weigh in today! :)

PerthChick
01-20-2008, 06:13 PM
I GAINED 0.7kg :(

Gen I felt like slapping her - but I kinda laughed to myself at the time. She was sitting there polishing off a huge block of chocolate while she was telling me this. And she takes 12 Ritalin a day for adult ADHD, so I'd probably be that skinny if I were on those meds too ;)

Kel I can definitely see a difference in your face in your latest pics.

Lindor well done on losing anything after a disrupted week. That's an excellent result matey.

Julia I'm just going to get right back into it today - we can't change the past, and we just have to suck up the bad days and move forward.

I've spent the last couple of weeks in a state of limbo, and it's because I've been seriously considering a change of career. I had a long talk to my best friend about it yesterday (about closing my business), and I'm very, very close to a major decision.

I'm giving myself a deadline of this Friday to make it.

Anyway, I feel like I have let myself down with my weight - in fact I know I have - in the past two weeks. Almost getting it right most days of the week isn't good enough. This week I am going to work harder, and concentrate every day to reach:

• 1600 cals/day
• 2L water/day
• 30 mins walk/day
• 4 x weights/resistance this week

:)
Ani

7senuf
01-20-2008, 06:21 PM
We are on level 2 restrictions. Quote our local council web site - "Vehicles, buildings and paved areas may be washed with a hose fitted with a trigger nozzle". I was good and did this, also a bucket. The bucket had the cleaner in it and the hose was to rinse off :D SEE I obeyed the law hehe.

guess what guess what....... gimme a carrot kel I lost a kilo this week.:dance:

Lndor I hope I can manage to maintain this week like you. I am going to the coast for 4 days to visit my sister and cousin. Just me and the kids.. woohoo.:beach:

Well done for all that are losing this week, and keep at it for those who have stalled. I reckon pretty soon we'll all be on board and this wagon will be ROLLING:moped:

7senuf
01-20-2008, 06:28 PM
Ani we were posting at the same time.......... You are in a major upheaval at the moment. Dnt be to hard on yrself. Do you have to close yr business? Can you pick and choose what interviews you do and do them in other time? Or to difficult? Seems a shame, but then you also have to survive.

PerthChick
01-20-2008, 06:48 PM
Vonni if the business were just about writing and nothing else, I would be absolutely fine. But I publish a monthly magazine, so it's the other stuff - selling ads, doing admin, marketing, and taking photos.

It's never easy when you work for your own community. They expect to pay nothing, or 'mates rates' for ads - and they target you personally when anything goes wrong.

Like everyone who works in media I have been stalked (twice in ways that scared me enough to go to the police), dragged into political crap, and blamed for things I've had nothing to do with.

Financially it's hard, and I've lived on the bones of my arse for almost nine years because I am a passionate believer in community - and in wanting to offer something to improve the lives of other people.

The other thing that concerns me is that there is limited future for print media. The internet is far more immediate, and certainly it's true that people under 30 will go to the internet before even thinking of picking up a paper/magazine. Over the next five years this is going to be a much bigger problem - and I know that even the major newspapers are struggling with this.

Times are a changing ;)

And from a personal point of view I'm tired of being 'somebody' in the community. People either want to suck up to me or put me down (I'm talking about people I don't know), and others are too intimidated to even say hello.

And I think I've lost my passion for it.

I want a job where I can earn enough money to live alone, to have the empty space around me so that I can get to work on writing a book… And where I can have enough money to travel.

I'm not going to beat myself up over putting on a bit of weight. In the scheme of things it's just a bad couple of weeks. I'm too bolshie to give up, and I don't care how long it takes, how many setbacks I have… I am going to keep on going until I reach my goal. No matter HOW long that takes me.

:)
Ani

PS: I am really, really proud of you for dropping that kilo :carrot:

smylie
01-20-2008, 08:14 PM
:carrot::carrot::carrot::carrot::carrot::carrot::c arrot::carrot::carrot::carrot::carrot::carrot::car rot::carrot::carrot::carrot::carrot::carrot:
1kg
:carrot::carrot::carrot::carrot::carrot::carrot::c arrot::carrot::carrot:
thats what we are talking about!!!!!

pacman12
01-20-2008, 10:46 PM
Ani, sounds like you've already made a decision. Sometimes just making the decision leads to a huge sigh of relief.. hope it makes things easier for you. Maybe with losing the weight as well, and "unwrapping" those layers, you are realising that you don't have to be the martyr and it's okay to do something that's good for you as well as (or instead of) the community. You've done your time by the sound of it.

Lindor, good on you for having a loss, you sound like you're cruising!

Vonni, that's awesome, well done!

Kel, I can *definitely* see a huge difference in your face and neck in the pics!

My tracking etc started again today. I weighed in and I'm back up to 95.5kg. Boohiss.

amouse
01-21-2008, 06:32 AM
wow well done on the kilo that is alot for a week :) :carrot::carrot::carrot:

dropping weight when not at home is good too lindor :):carrot::carrot:

today my day was good 30 minutes elliptical and 30 minutes aerobics.. but i went over on my calories.

had a fight with my hubby and ate his chocolate just to be ***** and becuase i was stressed and it was calling me..... EAT ME EAT ME!!! lol :drool:

I need will power lol im on 2042 calories today the chocolate was 181 calories so with out it i would have been fine since im trying to stick to 1800-1900 cals. just shows a little of something can be too much.. lol i had 1 line of cadbury milk chocolate (6 squares )

I have to admit though i enjoyed every square lol...

smylie
01-21-2008, 08:26 AM
amy if you are going to eat it you MAY AS WELL enjoy it!!!
i dont know how many times i used to eat the bad stuff really really fast so that i couldnt undo it! so stupid as usually i had to have more coz i had eaten so fast i missed out on the flavour!!
(now i know i can enjoy ANY food i want as long as it fits in with my days eating) (except M&Ms which i am at the moment too scared to have one as i may not be able to stop) (LINDOR are you like that with pringles?)

7senuf
01-21-2008, 05:08 PM
I'm off for a few days guys. May catch up using my sis comp but..... Happy week :D

Vonni

amouse
01-21-2008, 05:24 PM
lol yeah i did enjoy it lol.. but I'm gonna do an extra 20 minutes on the elliptical today to burn it off lol. I usually go on about midday but today ill get on it once my breakfast has gone down and then again at mid day lol.. If i have to work it off i wont do it next time 2 days in a row is not good and i don't want to make a habit of it so ill own it instead and burn it off .. thats my theory and I'm sticking to it lol.. then ill do my aerobic at 1.30 as usual .

Lindor
01-21-2008, 05:34 PM
Vonni, have a good time...and be good! :p


Now Kel, pringles??? What are they? :p

In the last four weeks I have taught myself the art of 'moderation'. I have been able to live with a fridge full of chocolate stuffs since I received a box full just after Xmas. I have learned that the chocolate I eat today, will taste just as yummy tomorrow...so I can leave some until tomorrow.

So to test myself further, I have bought packets of funsized Picnics, Crunchies, Caramello Koalas and (AND!!!) a packet of Tim Tams!!! Everyday (give or take a few days) for a couple of weeks now, for an afternoon snack, I have treated myself to a cup of coffee with some sort of chocolate! And it has always remained in my calorie budget too!

I haven't gone for the Pringles yet...but I think that is only because I am SICK of the bloody things!!! :lol:

Other savoury snacks that I took away with me last week were treated in the same manner as the chocolate, so I'd like to think I could live with Pringles in my house too.

I received some disappointing news yesterday...normally that would have me reaching for the munchies for comfort. Not this time however!!! I have just kept myself busy with other things! So maybe I am learning things this time around? But, four weeks is really only early days!

I stuck to my goals yesterday, except the exercise bit. I really don't know what to do about the exercise, but I figure if I can lose weight without it then it isn't anything to really worry about just yet. I know my thoughts on that will have to change at some point in the future.

Ani, you appear to have weighed up all the pros and cons of your situation, and I agree that you sound as if you have already made the decision to finish up your business. There will be a grieving period with that, so take care of yourself. Are you going to take a break before taking the next job?

I have a work lunch today. I can be good right?

Have a good day all :)

PerthChick
01-21-2008, 07:38 PM
Lindor I spent most of yesterday in tears, and I know I will grieve. I've given myself until Friday to make the decision officially, and I have made appointments with different people to talk through the issues. I need to be sure.

What will I do? I don't know, and while that's scary from a financial point of view, I see it as an opportunity too. The local paper wants to write a story about me if I decide to end it - and it's nice to be acknowledged for something that people think was important for its time. But I think my time has come.

I'd be very happy to do an ordinary job with a regular income for a while, and I've got some ideas for other stuff I would like to do - a weekly radio show is definitely in the front of my thinking. But we'll see.

Gen what's going on? Were you surprised that you put that weight back on? Do you have a plan, or are you still doing Weight Watchers?

Amy you crack me up :D. I'm glad you enjoyed that chocolate - I always take the attitude (when I eat off plan) that I'm going to eat it slowly and savour every bite. I learned long ago that it's dangerous to flatter food by calling it good or bad.

I'm impressed Lindor that you're incorporating those treats into your daily food. To me it's the best way to go - to live now the way you will when you reach goal!

I met my goals yesterday, and I plan to do it again today. It's really important to me that I am able to stay on plan while I am going through all these changes in my life. It's a really big test for me, and it will give me a very good indication of how much I've learned and changed in the last 18 months.

Hey I forgot to tell everyone this. When I went to the WACA on Friday I sat down next to a complete stranger who was very friendly and chatty. The first thing he said to me (after hello) was: "I'm really glad you're here today. The bloke who sat next to me yesterday was a great bloke - but he was fat and took up half my space". I didn't tell him, of course, that it's the first time I can remember fitting comfortably into one of those seats myself ;). But it was a nice moment.

:)
Ani

amouse
01-21-2008, 07:51 PM
its funny how people can start out postive but always turn it in to a negative about other size...
oh she got a pretty face but...
it doesnt matter who you talk to they always turn anything nice said about someone bigger into a negative.. sad really..

Im sorry you are finding it so hard ani , but you know your the only one that can make a such a life changing decision dont let any one else persuade you one way or the other . :hug:for you

barbegirl71
01-21-2008, 10:10 PM
It's been a while since I last posted.

My mum's been in the hospital, she gave us all a bit of a scare there. She's doing a whole lot better now, thank goodness.:)

Kel. My kids are 5 and 9 and I've tried to take them walking with me but all they do is whinge about tired legs and sore feet. Definately doesn't work! Your pics definately show a difference all over, well done! :D

Amy. You've got a long way to travel to see your best friend! Mine lives in Mackay and I miss her terribly. And chocolate is evil isn't it! :p

Lindor. Good on you for having all those nice things in your fridge and not letting them beat you. From what you've posted you seem to be really focused.;)

Julia. Are you feeling a little better today? Everything ok? :hug:

Gen. You know you can do this, you've done it before. :)

Vonni. Have a nice time away. Relax, take it easy and get some me time!!:beach:

Ani. I'm sorry that you have to be going through all of this stuff at the moment. Life has a way of giving it to you all or nothing. :hug:

XX
Barb

PerthChick
01-22-2008, 08:37 AM
Not sure how I've managed it but I stuck to my food and water goals today. I didn't exercise, but that's OK.

I'm really sad. Been talking to people about ending my business and many of them are sad about it too - but I'm sure now.

The challenge for me is to keep going with my healthy goals as I go through the process of winding up my business, moving house and finding a job. On one level I feel excited about it all - a whole new opportunity, a new chapter in my life about to be written, and it feels like something wonderful will come of this.

Of course it's scary having no money and no job, but you know what? I know something will happen now that I've made room in my life for new opportunities.

I have had eight and a half wonderful years as editor and publisher of a magazine, and I hope I have done some good. I think I have!

It all feels a bit surreal at the moment, but I am really determined to make positive and lasting changes, even though it scares the **** out of me.

Sorry for waffling, but this is a really significant decision for me. And I have no doubt that it will challenge my weight loss efforts. Guess we'll see how much I have really learned in the coming month or so :).

LittleKiwi
01-22-2008, 05:10 PM
Wow, Ani what a big decision you've made. I'm sure it'll be the right thing for you and you sound really positive about the future which is great. I wish you the very best and I'm sure that everything will work out well for you :D

Kel, your pics are awesome! I can DEFINITELY see a huge change in your whole face shape. Way to go :cp:

I agree with what you all say about really enjoying it if you go off track with your diet. I had fish n chips for dinner on Monday night and I savoured every last bite :D

I took the day off work yesterday and spent the day vegging around at home. Watched the coverage of Sir Ed Hillary's funeral and am glad that I got to see that.

I'm still not feeling 100%. Feeling more mentally drained than anything and I know that it's a viscious cycle and that while I feel like resting and doing nothing, the less I do the worse I feel so back to work today and I'll go to the gym today even if it is just to walk for half an hour on the treadmill.

One thing I've done today which I'm really wrapt with is that I've paid for my share of our accommodation in New York and San Francisco for my holiday with my mum in June.

Next payday I'll pay for my international flights and from there on in all I've got to save for is my spending money. The end of working nights is in sight!


:twirly:

smylie
01-22-2008, 06:20 PM
julia - sorry if you had no inkling for fish and chips until i went on about it! your holiday is going to be awesome!

ani - complete life change is so scary but so exciting, the possibilites are endless - i am so excited for you!!

lindor - this "time" around i have learnt to enjoy all foods and like ani said no food is good or evil so i am going to work my way towards a handful of m&ms i will try pringles on your behalf and tell you if they still taste the same....

PerthChick
01-22-2008, 06:32 PM
Heath Ledger's dead :eek:? Bloody **** - he's only 28!

I got up about 20 minutes ago, and discovered that THREE of my cats had spent the night outside. This housemate's shelf-life has just significantly shortened… significantly!

Going to be on-plan today. And I intend to exercise, which I didn't do yesterday.

A couple of years ago I watched a very close friend go through similar to what I am going through. He ran the local newspaper for many years, but he didn't walk away when he got to this point. He tried to keep going, and I saw how much it hurt him physically and emotionally. He called me yesterday - and it helped clarify things for me.

We had a big giggle (in between tears) about starting up a garden centre together. Pottering in the garden has kept us both sane.

Julia don't underestimate how exhausting it is trying to work two jobs, and how much it disrupts your routine and social life.

I must go for a walk now - it's going to be 36ºC today, so if I don't go now I won't do it.

:)
Ani

amouse
01-22-2008, 07:14 PM
i am happy eating almosy anything as long as i have got enough of what i need nutrition wise and i have the calories in my plan to spare lol.. But any food that puts me over the limit is just evil lol.... Some days that one thing is all it takes and then i feel guilty .


Omg i just scrolled down and read Heath ledger OMG:( he hung himself that is so tragic.. poeple think the actors in hollywood are so happy and lucky .. but it shows they are just like us.. such a shame..

Did you guys hear on the news about the women that killed her 7 month old baby? It is my cousin's husband sister..She went to a natrapath that put her on the Atkins diet.. this made her extreemely depressed and she was not coping at all ( before the diet she was fine) but they put it down to post natal it wasn't. she put her son ( that they had a lot of trouble and heart ache concieving ) into the car in the locked garage and tryed to kill herself and him.. he died but her huisband came home from work in time and pulled her out of the car .. :( my cousin is a mess and her kids have just lost the little cousin jacob .I dont know the lady but i feel sad for the family my cousins hubby has only got this lady as a sister.. and his parents are lovely , i cant imagine how they are all feeling my aunt and uncle know them and are very upset.

I had a good day yesturday i was watching oprah and i was realloy enjoyting it . it was about hiding vegetables from kids lol.. i had been on the elliptical for 30 minutes before lunch and decided to go back on and burn off the chocolate lol.. I was intruiged by the oprah and just kept riding lol.. in the end i did 80 minutes and 20 kms all up yesterday on the elliptical .. lol I decided half way through Oprah i was gonna keep watching it instead of going and doing the aerobics at 130 lol. My calories were good yesturday to 1647 so im happy i dont mind if they are a little under but i do mind if i go over lol

wow ani im glad you made your decision,
kiwi a bum day is good sometime especially when you are as busy as you are
barb im glad your mum is getting better:)

LittleKiwi
01-22-2008, 07:16 PM
Saw the news about Heath Ledger - how very sad. I really feel for his family, especially his wee daughter :-(

LittleKiwi
01-22-2008, 07:18 PM
Amy where did you see that he hung himself? Everything I've seen on the news sites says possible drug overdose .....

amouse
01-22-2008, 07:43 PM
i looked it up and dogpile and read it now however it has chnaged the story on usa today it said the house keeper found him and he had hung himself now it says police found him naked on his bed lol stupid interent

PerthChick
01-22-2008, 09:41 PM
Last I heard Heath had pneumonia - and taking sleeping pills with that is pretty dangerous. His family said it was accidental.

Just been for a 35 minute walk - couldn't do any more than that because it's just too hot out there.

smylie
01-23-2008, 02:19 AM
i just heard about Heath, that is awful.
we had the song "cant take my eyes off you" as our walk down the aisle song at our wedding coz of how he sung it in 10 things i hate about you.....
actually i could watch any movie he was in just coz of him......
very very sad, I didnt think Matilda was even one year old

amy that is awful about the little baby that died too.... so sad when they dont have a chance at life

on a lighter note.... i bought new togs today a size smaller!!! target having huge sale so i got 2 pairs one the size smaller and one the size below that THNKING POSITVELY and benji got my old clothes out of the ceiling and the one thing i tried on fits, not game to try some of theother pants on.... will quit while i'm ahead for another week.

had a kebab for lunch today, will decide later if i have a shake or just veges for tea, if i have a shake i will have gone aobut 200calories over again and tomorrow IS weigh in day, and i'm not that hungry BUT had to get benji to stay home today as i had a huge headache and had gone to bed at 7.30pm last night then woke at 10.30ish for a couple of hours so ALL out of whack.

we have a wasp that gets stuck INSIDE the bedroom door... it is so weird.

LittleKiwi
01-23-2008, 04:00 PM
Go Kel! That's so cool about your new swimsuit! It's a great feeling eh. I've got a pair of trousers that I brought back from the UK with me. They're a UK size 20 which is around a NZ size 18 but seem to be quite a small cut and I was thrilled to find in the weekend that they now fit me :D

I managed to drag my weary bones to the gym last night. Didn't do any cardio at all but I did do my weights. Weighed in and *drumroll please* I've lost another 900g!

:cb: :cb: :cb: :cb: :cb: :cb:

Whoot Whoot!

I had a splitting headache all night but managed to go to work and stick it out till midnight and it wasn't nearly as bad as I feared it would be. And it's almost the weekend and we like that.

Have a good one ladies.

:twirly:

smylie
01-23-2008, 04:54 PM
:carrot::carrot::carrot::carrot: go julia!!!! :carrot::carrot::carrot::carrot::carrot::carrot: 900grams is awesome :carrot::carrot::carrot::carrot:

:carrot::carrot::carrot::carrot: i am 82.6kg today that is 2kg since last thursday :carrot::carrot:

not sure if i will make it to the gym today, jemima is sick and even if she seems better i have a feeling she will be sleepy by the time it is time to go...
but i'll drag the dogs for a walk if that is the case.....

gotta go be a mummy now, benji going to work, i've got a headache just thinking about it....

amouse
01-23-2008, 07:28 PM
well done on the weight loss girls.. :) i lost a pound on the 20th and have been stuck there ever since lol.. stupid slow weight loss lol..

Anyway i had a great day yesturday i watched my calories carefully because i was gonna make hubby his favourite meal . i had left about 800 calories for dinner last night (shepards pie) and lucky i did . He came home at 4 and said hunny im taking you out for dinner :) ..
you could have knocked me backwards. the last time i didnt cook dinner was my birthday in october last year lol. He took the kids with us and had a great time. We ordered the kids a fish and chips meal to share, i took the batter off the fish do Leah could eat it . chips are ok the worst thing they can have on them is the oil they are cooked in and oil doesnt have preseravtive or food colourings , so pretty safe for her , the batter however could have any combination of crap in it lol..

John got us both chicken snitzel with mushroom sauce.. yum and chips and veg. he also got me a lemon soft drink lol .. ( but i had a plan lol .. i had one mouth ful of the drink to please him thern gave the rest to Cameron lol..) i gave all but a couple of my chips to leah and i ate my veg and half th schnitzel then scrapped the crumb off the rest and shared it between Cam and Leah lol.. The snitzel was as big as the plate lol.. half would have been one chicken breast so that is what i put in fitday lol .. and when i got home and put it all in i was at 1837 for the day woohooo.. lol lucky i saved them cals lol..

I did 30 minutes elliptical and then 30 minutes hi lo workout yesturday morning so it was great day .

John is coming closer to making his mind up about work he went and passed him advanced scaffolding ticket last week and there is a job in Gove NT where they are paying 3 times the rate he gets here. they provide all meals a laundry service and fly you in and out 3 weeks on 1 week off and there is a lake near by where he can go fishing lol.

I will be fine with the kids they are both very good kids and 3 weeks isnt that long before they see him again. the only thing is the job goes all the way until october . so we will have to get used to a very different lifestyle with lots of trips to the airport.(in my car is a problem the airport is 30 minutes from my house lol)

We have one income and its enough for us to get by . but its not enough when something goes wrong. My car is on its last legs and we cant get it fixed.. It is a 1984 ford meteor, the exhaust is stuffed it leaks oil and water and the cv joints are now starting to knock , the wipers and head lights only work when the want too and the front door doesnt like to unlock , If you go anywhere longer then 20-30 minutes it over heats and spits out water lol... So i stay home worried that if i go out i will break down again with 2 kids in the car .. i would a have broken down in it over 50 times in the 3 years that i have had it lol. So if he does the work away he will buy me a newer car with less problems i want a small station wagon , but we will see lol..

So if he does go away and i loose alot of weight one week .. you know i have had to walk home carrying 2 kids from the airport lol..

PerthChick
01-23-2008, 07:43 PM
Well done Julia and Kel - love your work :carrot:!

Amy I feel your pain about driving a car that needs heaps of work. I used to own an old Corolla (a really reliable car in lots of ways but it was way past it). I bought it for $500, had it for 7 years… so I can't complain. But I was never game to go too far in it :).

Good day for me yesterday - 1530 calories, 2.4L of water and a 40 minute walk. Today it's going to be really hot here so I will do a weights session in the airconditioning instead of going for a walk.

Barb what happened with your mum? Is she OK now? And what's happening with your weight loss?

Gen are you on plan this week?

Lindor are you OK?

pacman12
01-23-2008, 09:59 PM
Well done Julia and Kel!

Ani, I just noticed how close the end of your obesity is - I am *so* proud of you!

I am doing okay this week. I have zero motivation, but I'm doing it anyhow. I even got through the arrival of TTOM without buying chocolate! I have been drinking my water, and stayed within 100 cals of my target every day this week.

So did NOT feel like it today, but I had my PT appointment and now feel better. I also increased my PT appointments for next week to 1 x 30 min and 1 x 60 min. I bought a package of 10 sessions, and my move is coming up so I gotta use them up.

I have a big meet coming up in mid-April in NYC. I help to run a band's website/discussion board and a bunch of the fans from all over the world are getting together for a long weekend. I have met several of them before (some of my best friends) but a lot I haven't. That is my next target for weight loss! It's 12 weeks away, and I would like to be under 88kg (preferably nearer 85!).

PerthChick
01-24-2008, 04:02 AM
Thanks Gen :). At this stage of the week I feel reasonably confident of another drop on Monday - as long as I keep sticking to my goals.

I'm glad you've got some new goals to work towards as well. YAY!

You know, if I had to rely on feeling motivated I don't think I'd lose much weight. Most of the time I do this without motivation - it's why I'm a big believer in writing down my goals every morning, and then working towards them.

A friend emailed me a photo today. It was me when I was 105kg, and I nearly fell over with shock… It's the first time I've really seen me at my biggest :o. Not nice!!!

smylie
01-24-2008, 06:05 AM
amy - my hubby a mechanic so if we were in the same state i'd have him over there in a flash to sort your car out!!!

ani - i wish we could see your before and now photos?? maybe you could fuzzy them out like you are a criminal?? hehehehe 5 pounds to go!!

gen - all these other websites i sometimes visit have 12 weeks challenges.... are you up for it??? we should have one...... but i never look into them so i dont know what it involves.... and we all kinda help eachother all through the year anyway.... hmmmmmm maybe we have a challenge that WE ALL DRINK 2L WATER EVERYDAY hmmmmm
3 months for me would bring me close to my birthday end of april so that would be interesting especially after jemima's birthday when i am going to ease up BIG TIME on the optifast probably go to one shake a day maximum two.... or HOPEFULLY i'll be pregnant and that will be an even BIGGER challenge to keep weight off!

smylie
01-24-2008, 06:06 AM
ps - ani - we cant show you his face coz he is a dentist, maybe you could do a after shot with your back to the camera.... hmmmm

Lindor
01-24-2008, 08:59 AM
I'm here! And still well on plan!

I just don't seem to have much to say just now...feeling kinda stuck in a rut with my life at the moment! I feel everything I say and do is boring and not to mention unhelpful.

Good to see you fighting on Gen! The US seems to be happening really fast now!! You must be getting excited!


Ani, it must have been nice once you got over the initial shock of seeing that photo and realising how far you have come? I think you have done well to get this far with all the dramas you have had hurled at you! I hope you keep that photo nearby as a reminder of all the good work you have done for YOURSELF! Well done mate :)

Tomorrow is Friday too, Ani? Are you settled on a final decision yet with regard to where you are going with your magazine and the future?


Kel and Julia, great results! Keep up the good work! :)


Amy, these fly in fly out jobs are becoming very popular! And they pay really well! And I have to admit, it would be my ideal relationship too! Good luck with it! :lol:

That's me for now, gotta hit that sack! Have a good one ladies :)

Renny Sue
01-24-2008, 10:38 AM
Holy crap its been AGES since I've been on here! The main reason, being that I've moved to Perth! (my computer only got here two weeks ago and I only just managed to set it up. For some reason it was behind all my other stuff. Stupid work removal company)

Still fat. Still wanting to lose weight. Have a bit more motivation, as my mum's ex best friend dropped dead in November last year, and was bigger than I am. I refuse to die at 38. I'm now going to Weight Watchers (despite the fact I've paid for SureSlim, I have to pay MORE to use them over here! Never using them again) and enjoying it. Lost around 4kg since November. It might be slow, but I'm still losing. Playing softball again (and LOVING IT! Can't believe I forgot how much I loved the game. Also playing indoor netball too, which I'm thoroughly enjoying and its quite a workout in the 40 degree heat with no air con!

Bad thing is, my back issues decided to flare up again. Consedering last time they did (or when I first got them) two years ago, I had to stop playing softball (and I was playing state league at that point) stopped going to the gym and put 20kg I'm kinda terified. It started yesterday and I couldn't work today. I've already been to the physio and I will just keep on trucking. I REFUSE to let this beat me again. I did weights tonight with my PT, even though I couldn't do back exercises. I just need to keep that up and it will come good again. (in all the fuss over moving, I've been slack with the gym, which is where I think the back pains come from) Also, why did no-one tell me about hot packs last time I had back issues? They are made of win!

Having just looked at my counter (and I'd honestly forgot what I weighed) I'd gone back up to 120kg when I went to WW (the second hotel I stayed in had no kitchen in it. So I wasn't eating breakfest and dinner was at their fat filled resteraunt every night. Did quite well to only put on 3kg) Am now 116kg.

These are my goals for '08.

I want to have lost 30kg. I want to be health and happy. I want to be able to RUN fast(er)! (I'll never be fast) I want to only wear one sports bra!

LittleKiwi
01-24-2008, 04:46 PM
Welcome back RennySue! It's great to see you back here. Great to hear that you're re-committed to your goals and sounding positive. :cp:

Thanks for checking in Lindor. I'm sure that what you have to say is neither boring nor unhelpful so please don't run too far away! :spin:

Ani, I know what you mean about seeing a "fat photo" of yourself. I have a particularly hard time when I see my old measurements. Surely I wasn't that fat!! Er, yes, I was. I just didn't realise or accept it at the time. Great feeling though to see how far you've come.

Kel I like the sound of a 12 week challenge. Most of the gyms around town do them apart from my bloody gym! Drives me nuts as I'd love to do one. A friend did one where the trainers and nutritionists at her gym help you with your diet and with a training programme and she did really well.

Amy it sounds like you're going great guns with your workouts. Awesome stuff!

As for me, I forgot to prepare my bircher muesli last night so am sitting here starving and will go for an early morning tea/late brekky of coffee and a weight watchers muffin at 10.00. Hit the gym last night, did weights and a 20 minute run which damn near killed me but I got through it. Tonight I'll go to the gym and do a 40 minute walk.

Tomorrow night I'm going out for dinner with a friend. She had a night out on the tiles for her birthday a couple of weeks ago and I'm very proud to say that I stayed away as I didn't feel I could be around all those people drinking lots at that stage so we're having a catch up dinner instead. I'm really proud of myself for keeping out of a potentially bad situation and arranging a nice alternative. I bought a copy of Ratatouille on DVD so will watch that at some stage too. If any of you like animated movies and haven't seen it, I highly recommend it. Tres cute :D

As each week passes I'm realising more and more that my diet and keeping up lots of exercise has a massive impact on keeping depression at bay. My medication does most of the work but I definitely feel a lot better when I'm exercising daily so my goal is to keep up going to the gym at least 4 times a week and perhaps go for a walk on the other days. It's worth it for my sanity!

Have a great day ladies :D


:twirly:

amouse
01-24-2008, 05:38 PM
kiwi it great to hear the exercise is making you feel better :) we took the kids to see ratatoullie at the theatre its a great movie lol.. I will get it when it is cheap on ebay lol...

Hiya sue :) nice to meet you . Moving accross the country could not have been light work do you think it was that , that has made your back flare up?

lol lindor ,, its ok my hubby is nicer to me and appreciates me more when he does work away , he might ignore me at home but when hes away he'll ring and talk to me 2 or 3 times a day lol... sad really i know but its almost easier if he is not here when he is unhappy ans stressed and with his current job he is both of those..

lol smylie my car isnt worth fixing but thanks for the thought .

barbegirl71
01-24-2008, 07:52 PM
Ani. My mum had a major asthma attack. They couldn't get her oxygen saturation levels above 80. She had to stay in for three days this time and they only let her out because she wasn't sleeping. She told them if she goes home she'll be able to rest and get better, so they let her come home and she went right back to work. Doesn't seem to matter what we tell her, she still can't see that no job is worth your good health. :(

I had lost all of my motivation back there for a little while. I'd stopped taking my med's and couldn't see the positive side of anything. I felt like I was on a fast ride to...........I don't know where (or would rather not think where), but I'm back on them now and am feeling a lot more stable now.:)

I got a major shock a little over a week ago when I stepped on the scales and saw that I was a glass of water away from being triple figures again. Boy did that scare me into doing something about it! Kids are back at school from Tuesday so the walking starts again then, but for now I'm eating really well and keeping busy.

PerthChick
01-24-2008, 09:41 PM
Kel when I get to 75kg I will post pics of me. Believe me, you wouldn't want to see a 'taken from behind' pic of me yet. Wait until I lose some more weight ;).

Renny Sue welcome back, and welcome to Perth! Are you north or south of the river? What made you come over here?

Barb have you thought about setting smaller goals? The only way I've managed to succeed with my weight loss was to set goals of 5kg. When I first jumped on the scales and saw 105kg I almost fainted, and I felt completely overwhelmed. I didn't believe for a minute that I could lose 35kg - but I knew that if I worked at it I could lose 5kg.

Even now, having done it five times, I still get a bit overwhelmed if I think about how much further I have to go. I'm very close to 80kg now, and when I get there I will set myself another goal; to just lose 5kg. It's the only way I have been able to realistically manage long-term weight loss.

And I have also found that the most important things I can do for myself are to:

• Plan my meals every morning;
• Drink 2L water every day;
• Count calories;
• Even when I don't exercise, to do something that makes me "move" every day. Whether it's housework, shopping, gardening - doesn't matter, as long as it makes me move;
• To be honest and stay here in these forums even when my weight goes up;
• To keep sticking to my goals even when I don't feel like it; and
• To educate myself about food and its relationship with my body.

And I think the biggest change I made in my head was to understand that this is not a diet, and that my goal was to change the way I live my life. Weight loss isn't the goal - it is the means to achieving my goal, which is to feel better, look better and be healthier… and therefore able to do more things with my life.

Lindor the decision is made. The first thing I did this morning was to write a Media Release to let everyone know that I will cease publishing - effective today. I am sad, but I am sure.

:)
Ani

smylie
01-25-2008, 05:36 AM
OK WHO DRANK 2L OF WATER TODAY!!???
not me ! heheheh i suck and it my challenge!!
who's in

Barb - i want you to be in.... I want you to do that ONE thing before the kids go back on tuesday, i think you need to acheive one goal at a time rather than saying that on tuesday you will "start" yes eating well and keeping busy is good but did you drink 2L water??? It will be so awesome for you to lose the weight for when you get together with your sisters.....!!!!!!!!
It is just 4 x 600ml water bottles!!!

I have done 3 today i think but then had a cokezero for dinner, although the night is still young i will have another one now!!
so i take it back I will have done it!!!

lets go ONE thing at a time and when we master that one thing bring on another
so maybe we can think of 12 things, each week we master one of those things
week one WATER

i am a **** when i want to be...... sorry

Renny Sue
01-25-2008, 05:36 AM
I'm south of the river. Came over with work and the branch I was posted to was in the Canning Vale area, so that influenced where I live! I really need to start seeing more, I'm planning to go to Cotto this weekend and should be going to Busselton within the next two months.

smylie
01-25-2008, 05:39 AM
:swim::swim::swim::swim::swim::swim::swim::swim::s wim::swim::swim::swim::swim::swim::coach::coach::c oach::coach::coach::coach::coach::coach::coach::co ach::coach::coach::coach:

PerthChick
01-25-2008, 05:56 AM
Kel are you sure you haven't overdosed on red cordial today :p?

pacman12
01-25-2008, 08:15 AM
LOL Ani I thought the same thing exactly!

I drank heaps today, maybe 3.5L. It was so hot! I was busy at work and running around madly, so glad I took a bottle of water and drank a litre at work.

As well as work, I just got home from a 1.5hr walk along the beach and pier from Mentone down to Mordialloc - lovely breezy warm night. Worked out well - had conflict with the mother, so wanted to get out of the house anyhow. Walked it off with my ipod, it was nice. My achilles is KILLING me after work + walk though!!! Faarrrrkkkk, it's sore.

I ate chocolate and icecream today, but I think it's within my calories or just about, and it's TTOM so I will forgive myself!

I am realising lately that I really don't like myself. I don't just mean a self esteem thing, I mean that I don't like the person I've turned into. My mother is very loyal and capable, and she helps me a lot. But she is a VERY antisocial, negative and pessimistic person.. and the older I get, the more I see her in myself. I don't want to be that person. I hope it's as easy - and hard - as choosing not to be. I also don't think I'm just very nice in general, I am very prickly. This is probably the only board I've not got into an argument on! I realised the other day, out of 4 other message boards I visit, I leave the perception at all of them of being a smart *** or a *****. I hate that I have to have the last word in an argument, albeit an internet one!!

Anyhow. This year I'm planning to work on my personality. I choose to be a nicer person, and to become more interesting. By the end of the year, I'd just like to be closer to liking myself.

PerthChick
01-25-2008, 09:31 AM
Gen in some ways I think it's your inner self-critic that needs a slap, because you are so much more than the sum of the negative traits you've labelled yourself with.

I think we become negative, smart-arse, argumentative, b!tchy, and other things because of things that lie deeper… not because they necessarily form the foundation of our character.

It's often because we're scared, feeling unloved, invisible, restless etc, and we develop these outward traits to push people away, so that they don't see that we're really vulnerable underneath. Or unsafe.

Give yourself some credit. In the last year you've quit smoking, moved interstate, lost a lot of weight, changed jobs, pushed through injuries and aches and pains, and now you're about to go to the US. That's a lot of change in a short amount of time.

Are you able to write a list of things you like about yourself? It might sound very basic pop-psychology, but at a very low point a few years ago I did it – and it's a really good way of reminding yourself that you are likeable, and worthwhile.

I can think of a dozen things I like about you. And I know I don't 'know' you, but I am a writer and am very good at getting a feel for someone by what they write. I can tell that you don't suffer fools, that you're fiercely intelligent, driven, funny and hungry to learn.

I think that giving up smoking raises a lot of emotional stuff, as does weight loss. You're not able to hide behind a smokescreen, or layers of fat so easily – and suddenly you're a lot more raw.

I think it's really brave to come here and be so honest about what you're going through. I thought about it for an hour after I read your post, maybe because some of it resonated with me.

I really hope you find it, whatever it is that will make you see that you ARE someone who deserves to be liked, nurtured, supported and encouraged - because you do :hug:.

LittleKiwi
01-25-2008, 05:37 PM
Well said Ani. I don't see you as being any of those things Gen. Give yourself a break!

I had a shocker of a day yesterday food wise. Forgot to prepare brekky the night before so had to go without. Had more diet coke than what I would like to have had, an ice cream with chocolate sauce for dessert and a packet of potato chips in the evening.

:mad:

Must do better today!

Have a great weekend ladies :twirly:

amouse
01-25-2008, 07:37 PM
kel ..... i think you might be allergic to coke zero..... it made you loop lmao:dizzy::dizzy::dizzy::joker:


well we had fun yesturday went bcak to my parents house for swimming

I did 300 laps and played for hours with the kids . im tired this morning:tired: lol. but it was great fun.. my shoulders are a bit burnt but we have about 70% of the pool under shade and the kids stayed in the shallow (shaded end ), so they are fine.. I thought i would be starving today like i was last week after swimming but im fine we swam from 11 till about 6 and there pool is 30 ft long so i worked out i did 9000 feet of freestyle swimming ..lol plus hours of horse play with the kids...:swim::swim::swim::swim::swim::swim::swim:: swim:

Now hopefully this week i might loose some darn weight lol. i have gone up to 277 and i was 275 and i have done nothing wrong.. i refuse to change my ticker .. instead i will just sulk and wait for the darn weight loss p off lol.. i have finally broken my no inches off my butt though this week and i have lost 1 and a half inches around there ( and so far i had not lost at all there so im happy with that).. my boobs went down a couple of inches but have come back up to where i was in the begining and my waist has gone down 6 inches from the begining.. so who knows whats going on lol.. my body is just all over the place. i lost some inches on my legs but have got them back too but my arms have lost 2 inches.. lol.. I GIVE UP trying to figure out my stupid body lol.. i just wanna loose weight and be thinner .. i dont think my stupid body agrees.. and i can see its argument loud and clear..

I give up lol.. no more thats it stupid crap lol....... I am not gonna weigh or measure myself before next friday.. if i do please slap me or :frypan: or:kickbutt:. Beacuse i am now starting to p^&s myself off lol...

i sopse i will have to think about things other then myself next week like packing johns suit case and getting Cameron ready for school.. so it might be easier to ignore myself lol...

barbegirl71
01-25-2008, 10:03 PM
Kel. I don't know how you can't drink 2lt's water in a day. I have no problems doing that and more! I don't drink soft drink, cordial or juice, just water and the odd coffee or tea. :p

Gen I agree with Julia and Ani. You seem like a likeable person to me, but that little inner person has a way of making us see all of the bad and not so much of the good. I find I need to be reminded of the good stuff about myself or I'm overwhelmed by the not so good. :hug:

Ani. Have you ever thought about being a counsellor? You can be so insightful. :)

barbegirl71
01-25-2008, 10:06 PM
Amy. Maybe you've put on muscle with all of the activity you've been doing. Don't be to concerned about it, your body'll sort itself out soon. It's frustrating though isn't it! :)

XX
Barb

PerthChick
01-25-2008, 11:27 PM
Happy Australia Day everyone :).

Barb I have never thought about being a counsellor. In the short-term it's my intention to get a job which will keep me and the cats off the streets, and to move house. After things have settled down I'll have a think about what I'd like to really do next.

Amy how often do you weigh and measure yourself? Do you do it under consistent conditions?

Julia is everything OK? A few bad meals/days isn't anything in the scheme of things.

Considering that I closed my business yesterday I had a pretty good day in terms of reaching my goals. I ate 1360 calories and drank 2.7L of water.

I'm not going to have a problem with drinking water today. It's really hot in Perth and as of lunch time I have already drunk 1.8L… it's that kind of day.

:)
Ani

amouse
01-26-2008, 12:12 AM
i have been weighing myself every morning and driving myself crazy lol.. I know i know i shouldn't but i so want th weight to go .. lol i measure once a week but i think im gonna measure maybe once a fortnight instead.. its really starting to annoy me . I kinda wish i hadn't bought the scales i knew i was gonna be like this lol..I always the same.. bad bad bad .. lol.. . When the invent the magic weightloss button ill buy one.. lol i like feeling good eating good and exercising but . when you work hard for no results its very disheartening.. . I have read the board i know it happens to everyone .. but it does suck huh ... it sucks bad.....

smylie
01-26-2008, 12:15 AM
i think i probably drink 2L of water but i do have low joule cordial and diet softdrink as well.... sometimes it is just coz i have run out of water (i even carry around 1.5L bottle) and dont have "time" to go and get another, when i have the gate situation sorted in my house it will be easier, at the moment to get to the laundry i have to unco like step over the gate and get the water out of the drinks fridge and come up and unco like get back over the gate (which i am scared to do) alternatively find a time when jemima is not there and take off the gate walk down the stairs and bring heaps of water and putin normal fridge... i am a sook i know but why do things have to be so hard.

so barb, if you are drinking 2L of water a day, what is it that is keeping your from losing weight??? did you lose your 800grams this week??? I am TOTALLY understanding how hard it is to lose weight when you have so many others to look out for, hubby and 2 kids etc.... i find it "hard" enough with just hubby and jemima, and i am SO lucky that benji would cook for himself everyday if i asked him to BUT i am recently wanting to be "good housewife" and have dinner ready for him when he gets home from being busy mechanic he works LONG day and comes home to demanding me so i feel sorry for him

ani - counsellor would suit you and i think people would be able to relate and talk to you coz you have been there done that not got it out of a book (or so it seems...) i am so excited for you closing one book of your life

gen - I KNOW EXACTLY what you are talking about hating the person you have become, i look at certain people i have taken out of my life and think i hope i am never ever like them... and then sometimes i realise i am and feel awful.... i feel awful about the way i treat my hubby sometimes the way i talk to my best friends
admitting it is HUGE and i think really realising it will make you more consious not to continue, one thing at a time.... moving will enable you to be who you WANT TO BE from the start so you wont have to "change..."??

okey dokey since everyone thinks they are SO good at drinking 2L of water everyday what is one thing that you ALWAYS miss at?????? all these goals you all talk about ... what is one that you dont achieve daily???
it ONLY TAKES TWENTY ONE DAYS TO FORM A HABIT so lets all form a good one in the next 3 weeks??
saying 30 mins excercise everyday does not fit in with everyones timetables, but perhaps should it??? i wont even have time today, going to lake moogarah for dinner but tomorrow i will make myself go for walk or do cross trainer and then monday will be at least 30 mins at the gym then try for walk everyday and then gym on friday if not also thursday...
but i will admit that i dont think i officially drink 2L of water everyday so I am going to stick with that until i think of something else to commit to.......

totally weightloss unrelated but i am going to make myself spend 5 mins cleaning my house everyday..... an official five minutes, today i stressed out and yelled and carried on for heaps longer than five minutes coz i lost jemima's cargo pants and her drink bottle..... now if i had tidied the toys last night MYSELF i would have remembered i gave her drink when she was playing yesterday but benji played 'lets put the crap away" with her last night and if i had piled up the HUGE pile of cheap nappies we bought from bilo about TWO WEEKS ago i would have found the cargo pants i have been looking for!
hopefully by doing 5 mins of housework each night i will also get to bed earlier, i am up til stupid hours of the morning buying crap off ebay or god only knows on the net! so wake up tired and have started to get stress headaches etc

so MY GOALS for the next couple of days:

DRINK 2L OF WATER (cordial and softdrink is extra) (and exercise water not included either)

TIDY HOUSE FOR FIVE MINUTES EVERY DAY

FIND JEMIMA'S DRINK BOTTLE BEFORE I GO TO BED

MWAH

smylie
01-26-2008, 12:16 AM
HEYAMY
i have been weighing myself daily out of interest since starting opifast
it is incredible the fluctuations.... eg
thursday to thursday i have lost 2kg
saturday to saturday i have only lost about 700grams!
how about that!

pacman12
01-26-2008, 05:19 AM
Aw thanks girls. Ani, you made me cry! I did have to write a list of things I liked about myself when I was going to the psychologist. Let's just say it was hard haha. Funnily enough, the list was pretty much what you wrote, so I agree that you're very perceptive - esp considering we've never met. Then again, we probably share more of ourselves here than we do with people we see every day. I know I do.

It sounds so ridiculous, but when I was going to counselling, it turned out that apparently most of my *issues* come from being teased as a little tacker at primary school. My parents did pull me out of the school eventually, but I don't think they (or even I) realised exactly how much it traumatised me and made me feel totally worthless. Surely at some point though, you get to leave that crap behind and just be who and how you want to be...? I hope so, anyhow - certainly can't change the past.

I got to leave work 2 hrs early tonight as they had too many night staff - great, since I am back at 7am tomorrow! Still haven't broken the silent treatment with my mother, so I've walked in at home, and hiding in my bedroom watching TV and computing. It's quite bizarre feeling like a teenager in trouble with my mum when I'm 32. I didn't even do anything! I think as my going away gets closer she is subconsciously being a cow as she'll miss me. Logical, huh?

7senuf
01-26-2008, 06:29 AM
Hi all I am back :D. Had a great week. Did pretty good food wise. And I walked for 6 hours (well strolling - stopping and starting) at the wildlife sanctuary on Wednesday. I refrained from eating a pile of crap even on the 3 hour drive. All I had in the 4 days that was not great for me was 20gm crunch chocolate, a mini (i mean MINI) packet of chips, and a caramello Koala. The rest of the time I ate fruit and veg. Didnt do fantastic on the water, but at least I DID drink some.

I bought myself a cross trainer for $164. So my plan for tomorrow is to set it up and get going.

Been reading everyones posts and there is SOOOOO much interesting said that is hard to reply. Lets just say read all and I enjoyed catching up on what you all have done, thought and felt this week. Gen - I echo everyone else in here about your personality. I prob come across as a b*i*t*c*h to a lot of people and even my boss when he first met me asked a collegue if I was aggressive. She said nope - thats just vonni. Not backward in coming foward, tells it how it is and sees it how it is. No sugar coating. But a heart of gold. So take everyones advice and dont beat yrself up. Youa re probably only seeing the negative that you believe others see in you, when in fact you should focus on the good stuff.

Welcome back renny sue. Amy you are so funny about yr car. Lindor I echo you in the thought of that ideal relationship (even suggested to my other half he do something away hehe). Kel - get off that bloomin red cordial or coke zero or whatever the heck is makin you a jumping bean. :p Ani good luck in this turn of your life. Julia you are pulling through you hurdles so well - keep it up. and Barb hows yr mum now?

Gotta fly, and check out this semesters workload that just came in mail y/day. If I missed anyone sorry, but know I was reading (it's like a novel when you miss a few days).

Vonni xxx

PerthChick
01-26-2008, 07:08 PM
Gen I think your mother is engaged in the classic "I won't let you go, but since it's illegal to handcuff you to the door knob, I'll stamp my foot and sulk" thing. It's really hard being an adult and living at home. I'm older than you, but when I walk through mum's door I might as well be 15 again :D. And it does bring those old issues to the surface.

Have you worked through the stuff about being bullied at school? Are you feeling any more positive?

Lindor, you're quiet. Weekends in here are not the same without your mellifluous updates… You OK?

Vonni glad to see you back safe and sound, and congratulations on exercising all that self-control. I'm proud of you :). How's your sister?

Now Kel - what challenge are you suggesting? Water? Exercise? I can't keep up :p. Here's one to think about: I challenge EVERYONE to take 20 minutes every day to nurture ourselves. Whether that means getting a foot massage, writing in a journal, being quiet and listening to some favourite music, reading a book, looking at the stars at night… doesn't matter what it is. Just do it!

Amy I am a fan of being consistent with my measuring tools - whether it's scales, tape measure or anything else. I weigh myself every morning (naked and after I've been to the toilet), and keep a spreadsheet of my progress. But I only "officially" report my weight on Monday mornings. My weight fluctuates daily, depending on weather, fluid, food weight, exercise, stress, how much sleep I've had, TOM - and anything else that changes it.

Don't get too emotionally attached to those daily fluctuations - it's the pattern you're looking for. I measure myself every three weeks - again, first thing in the morning.

Barb have you got a plan for this week?

I met most goals yesterday - ate 1450 cals, drank 2.8L of water and walked 6km. And since tomorrow is my official weigh-in day I intend to work hard today to reach my goals too.

Anyone heard from Kylie?

:)
Ani

smylie
01-26-2008, 10:28 PM
well i suggested water but everyone seems so sure they are on top of the water thing and everyone seems to have excuses why they cant fit in 30 mins of exercise every day,
us with kids surely have someone that can "watch them" for 30 mins, i even have to pay for the priveledge at the gym to get 30 mins exercise somedays, but i am also lucky i can just stick her in the pram and go for a walk with the dogs before hubby gets home
i do like the self nurturing challenge.... that would be good ..... i have to get off the computer, even thinking about turning it off, i think it has an off switch........ 20mins of self nurturing would mean reflection on the day and what i have done or not done, this could or could not be a good thing but i guess admitting i had not managed to do something one day will make me more determined to ddo it the next

i have had 2 bottles of water today and a pepsi max, last night i had wine and vodka cruisers so i need more more more water today i guess and last night even though i got home at about 1.30am i still did 5 mins of stuff before i went to bed (sorted out the clean and dry washing and stuff) AND found jemima's bottle and washed it out and put it in the fridge (she prefers it cold)

heheh vonni it is not the red cordial it is just me getting excited.... the doc has said NOW is the time when a lot of ladies fall pregnant jemima is only having one and a half feeds a day so i am excited about thinking that all the trying that benji and i are doing COULD actually make a baby AND that i have been doing so well with the weight loss, not TOO fast but noticible and fitting into some old clothes, a little more pride in stuff and also realising i have been a lazy bum and can do more around the house, TODAY i used the edger (old fashion hard work one) and so the front yard looks a treat i have not done that since before i was pregnant so it was a big job!!! but yippee for incidental exercise too

who has had 2L of water today??? REALLY???

smylie
01-27-2008, 12:11 AM
oh and gen remember it is all a matter of perspective.... i dont think you are as bad as you seem to think you are but other people may think you are evil... and some may think you are angel.... how other people see you is quite often a reflection on how they see themselves, but i guess you may have worked through that to do with the bullying, the whole tall poppy thing.
i think that you have decided to work on what kind of person you are is a wonderful thing for you for 2008, i am doing the same thing, but i keep muckihng it up by swearing and yelling at my loved ones coz i am getting stressed around the baby all day........ everyday....... but she is awesome so i am very lucky and the more i realise this again the more fun i am having or the more little things i accomplish for myself and family each day the more i want to try harder and being a better person.
and reverse situation is what i tell myself, if i was that checkout chick would i really want to be spoken to like that??? whos fault is it really??

oh i probably should say i got to see what i was really like recently coz i met someone who is basically ME very weird, we are exactly the same in personality and in beliefs and in ethic so we have become very good friends but seeing what i am like has made me want to be different

LittleKiwi
01-27-2008, 04:02 PM
Hey Hey Hey

Hope everyone had a nice weekend. Mine was ultra lazy, especially yesterday when I stayed in bed watching telly and sleeping until 3pm! Happy days :D

I had a great night on Saturday. A good friend of mine had her birthday during the first week of January and everyone hit the booze and went out on the town for the evening. With my drinking battles, I chose not to go and we arranged a dinner date instead.

So on Saturday we went to a local pub and had a lovely dinner. I had 1 drink with dinner. After that, we went to meet a couple of people at another bar and I had 1 drink there over a period of about 3 hours. From there we went to another bar and I had 1 drink there over a period of about another 2-3 hours.

I drove home at around midnight, totally sober and having had a really nice evening. :hat: I'm so proud of myself!! My friend text me yesterday to say that she was really proud of me and how well I'd done. It's a great feeling and I'm looking forward to keeping it up.

Anyway, back to the point. As last week wasn't great food and exercise wise, these are my goals for this week:

1) Eat a balanced diet each day
2) Go to the gym Monday - Friday between my 2 jobs
3) Drink lots of water on the weekend as well as weekdays!

:twirly:

PerthChick
01-27-2008, 05:45 PM
Getting very close to 80kg… I dropped 1kg this week :).

As this will be my first week of unemployment for about ten years I'm not sure what my plans are. I need to apply for jobs, do some stuff to wind up my business and continue packing.

My weight loss goals are:

• Eat <1600 cals/day;
• Drink 2L of water/day;
• Do 10,000 steps/day; and
• Do at least 3 weights/resistance workouts this week.

Julia what an awesome achievement - I'm proud of you :D!

Lindor
01-27-2008, 06:25 PM
Mellifluous? Really? Hmmmm...

I don't know Ani, I seem to be struggling with words at the moment. I just want to shut myself away and be forgotten about for a while. I am OK however, so don't worry, I just get like this sometimes :)

Well done on the 1kg drop! You had a life changing decision to make last week, so I think that is a great result!

Julia! Great work too! Sounds like you had a good time over the weekend!

Gen, I am with the rest of them, you are a good egg! And at the top of my list of likes about you is your wicked sense of humour! Self analysis can be a dangerous thing sometimes, and it can take us to some very dark places. So, I think we can all do with working towards Ani's challenge to take 20 minutes every day to nurture ourselves!

Vonni, welcome home! And well done for staying on track! I am away for the week from tomorrow, so I have to get my head in order for that! I managed it last time, so I can do it again right?

Renny Sue, welcome to the West!! I am well north of the river, but occasionally work gets me closer! It's good to have you back here and sounding determined!

Weigh in this morning brought me down 2.4lb to 190.0lb! Which I am happy with because it takes me from obese to just overweight! :)

I am planning to stick to the 1500cal a day again this week! I will try with the water, but I have to admit I tend to go for the diet coke over the water on these trips away! Exercise...well, hmmm.

Ok, loads of domestics to do before tomorrow! Good luck to all else who weigh in today!

pacman12
01-27-2008, 06:43 PM
1kg down for me - 94.5kg. It's a start :) It's also been TTOM so probably will lose more this next week.

Well done on the kg Ani! And on the restraint, Julia! A carrot for you both :carrot::carrot:

amouse
01-27-2008, 07:15 PM
that is great news Kel i think lol.. you sure you want 2 in nappies??? lol my two are 4 years apart ( i don't recommend 4 years apart because of the hard newborn and kindy kis saga but , they are fast friends and love each other to death . lol my sister and i only 18 months apart and have hated each other out whole lives lol. i reckon 2 to 3 years difference is good for everyones sanity and fast friendship between your kids. It lets the first one be the baby while they still are babies and as they think they are big kids from about 2 they like to be little helpers for mummy when baby does come.. lol but well this is just my opinion so take it how you like lol..

Ani i bet you feel a little bit of relief and a bit a sadness with ending your business.. but now you have a whole world of opportunity awaiting you :) and jobs over i WA at the moment are plentiful according to the news :) grats on the kilo too :carrot:

I have stopped being a dumbazz and looked at myself a bit more closely .. lol i started at 131.8 kg and I'm now 125.5. even with the weight gain of 2 pounds i still was 125.9 so I'm not gonna cry lol , i will just stop being stupid.. i have lost the extra at my bust again too lol i must have been ovulating or something when i last measured cause now they are down 7 cm lol and i have lost another inch off my waist .. my last measurement were done on the 18th .. so I'm happy enough . and I'm gonna stop obsessing about pounds.. lol they are over rated lol.. kilos seem to put it in better perspective some how lol.. 2 pounds is not a whole kilo lol.. I'm gonna keep better records and stop being such a fuss pot.. i promise lol...

I had a lazy dog week end. i was feeling so down at the end of last week . i just wanted to have the weekend off and i did :) i stayed with in my calories though :) i wasn't stupid but we had hot dogs for dinner last night and i still managed to stay with in my calories :) lol so no harm no foul.

We finally went and saw I am Legend , yesterday and dumped the kids off to johns mums for a couple of hours . we were both happy and relaxed, not having the kids with us. John being John made a huge and very realistic fart noise.. I could have died from laughing and embarrassment. luckily there was hardly anyone in the theater but it was still funny as **** . We were acting like a pair of teenagers in the movie theater i swear.. lol It nice sometimes when you can let loose and be silly . No kids around.

I felt rather bloated after tea last night and spent about 1/2 hour on the swiss ball doing easy exercises just to make me feel better .. but i wouldn't call it a work out by any means.. it just made me feel better :).
Anyway new week new attitude .. no more beating myself up for stupid little pounds lol..

LittleKiwi
01-27-2008, 09:12 PM
Congratulations Ani and Kel, awesome results :cp::cp::cp:

LittleKiwi
01-28-2008, 03:41 PM
Well, yesterday was a perfect day for me. My diet was great and I had a good session at the gym.

Goal for today is to keep up my good diet. No junk food!

:twirly:

Lindor
01-28-2008, 05:39 PM
Back on the weekend!

Take care, and be good!

smylie
01-28-2008, 06:07 PM
:carrot::carrot: go Gen and Ani :carrot::carrot::carrot:
julia you are in the zone too! this is so cool - everyone in the zone

i took a 'break' from hardcore optifast on the weekend, unless KFC is on the lisst of allowed foods and somehow i have missed it (there beside musk sticks and fudge)
so this week i will be very happy to have maintained, i feel i did not over do the indulgence and ate sensibly in the sense that i think i ate what i would be able to eat to maintain my goal weight WHICH i believe is the aim of this game - enjoy and fluctuate 2kg up and down now and then

tonight i am going to the movies with two gfriends NO babies NO husbands we are seeing Juno and having popcorn and dinner (i am hoping like **** there is some over the top salad or vege thing on the menu dont know what will be open but bet i end up eating chicken of some description) since i NEVER go out i am going to enjoy but not forget my goal of maintaining this week but will enjoy feeling normal
it is not normal to have to THINK about every thing i put in my mouth or how many calories my work out may have burnt so i am feeling good that i am NOT thinking about it lately coz my body tells me where i am at....

amouse
01-28-2008, 08:13 PM
HOOOORRAAYYY the kids are back at school . My house is quiet and leah is sulking.... She comes up to me whining every now and then ... I want my Cameron.. but I made her walk to and from school 20 minutes each way and she is very quiet now .. maybe she is asleep lol .. Aren't i mean making a 3 year old walk to and from school lol... hehehehe.. my plan worked a treat.. wear her out to keep he quiet :).

I was bad this morning i dint have breakfast before i went out just an ice coffee lol.. I am never hungry school mornings and i still aren't but i did just have a john west tuna to go .. so that will be breakfast today lol.. i know i know .. i should est breaky lol.. does the milk count ??? lol.

I'm gonna clean my house today top to bottom .. that will be my workout.. it hasn't had a decent clean since Christmas.. and by that i mean windows outside cobwebs etc etc .. will be nice to have a clean house again.. :)

I'm glad you're back on track kiwi and enjoying the gym again.Kel you might find your less hungry with out the silly optifast stuff lol

OK I'm off to get my cleaners out ..

barbegirl71
01-28-2008, 08:27 PM
I went for a walk this morning! :)

pacman12
01-28-2008, 09:09 PM
Good for you Barb! Amy, hope you enjoy the serenity :)

My foot is killing me, boo hiss. Got a PT appointment tonight, so hopefully she'll do some weights instead of hammering me at cardio.

Work sent my paperwork via UPS, so sitting around waiting for it to arrive today or tomorrow.

PerthChick
01-28-2008, 09:28 PM
My new landlord just phoned, and I am finally going to get to see inside the house I am going to move into. I'm meeting her there on Friday, so I'll feel better once I know what it is.

I've applied for five jobs this morning. I decided that I would apply for at least five every day until I have some success. I'm also going to keep my hand in with freelance writing, and have set myself a goal of selling one article/month to magazines and newspapers.

And I've been roped into doing some volunteer work. Over the next few months I'm going to write a series of policy documents, and train volunteers - that will be great.

For fun I've got a small group of people together and we're going to 'Explore WA', doing regular day trips and just getting out of the city.

In terms of weight loss, I understand the stress that my body is carrying because of all the change and upheaval that's happening in my life. I'm not going to put unrealistic expectations on my body at this time, but I've made a promise that I will eat the best food I can afford, and the most nutritious, so that I can try and keep my body strong and healthy while going through these life changes.

If I can get close to 80kg by next Monday's weigh-in I will be thrilled.

Gen I find that my achilles is much, much worse when I exercise or do a lot of walking - but I don't know what you can do about it.

smylie
01-29-2008, 02:02 AM
go go go go barb!!!!

pacman12
01-29-2008, 05:46 AM
Excellent - my PT was sick so the gym called to cancel my appointment. Let's just say I wasn't heartbroken lol. I did take the dogs for a long walk by riding my bike while they ran!!

ashory
01-29-2008, 09:51 AM
Hello,

I was on the site awhile ago and posted in the old thread but figure I will re-introduce myself.

I am 19 and live in Sydney. I'm hoping that coming back to this site and trying my hardest will really get me the results that I want.

Hopefully I will get to know you all a little better!

Can anyone enlighten me as to how much a Personal Trainer in Sydney costs? I am REALLY tight on money but I think I really need someone to kick my butt to do this even someone who lived close by me would be nice but I just don't know anyone :(

pacman12
01-29-2008, 11:26 AM
Where do you live, Ash? I know of a great group of girls who share a PT from 6-7am three times a week which is only $20 each per session (I used to be in the group, but I moved to Melbourne).

May be an idea for you if you can get 2-4 people together? The PTs we checked out were mostly around $60-100 per hour, with discounts if you pay for a block of sessions upfront.

LittleKiwi
01-29-2008, 03:51 PM
Good luck with the new house Ani, I hope it's perfect for you ;) It sounds like you've got a great plan for how you're going to attack things with your life changing so much. I'd wish you all the best but I know you don't need it because you'll do awesome regardless :D

Gen, look after that injury mate! It would be terrible if it got any worse. Are you seeing a physio for it at all?

Welsome to Ashory :wave: you've found an awesome group of women here. I hope we can help you to achieve your goals.

As for me, yesterday wasn't perfect like Monday but it was pretty damn good. I ate pretty well, had a pinky marshmallow egg after dinner but that was my only major sin and I'm fine with that. Had another good session at the gym, did my weights and a 20 minute run.

Goal for today: eat well and do at least 40 minutes walking at the gym tonight.


:twirly:

7senuf
01-29-2008, 06:24 PM
Oops had a packet of twisties and a milky way yesterday. BUT I am not ging to beat myself up over it. I have been prtty good. BTW Mondays weigh in I was another 600gm down, but if I change my ticker it goes down to 71kg. NOT 71.4. damn I want it to show prperly not the whole kilo. even 71.9 shows as 71, anyone any ideas. G' luck with the house Ani. Welcome Ashory. Congrats all who had a loss this week and all who maintained. chin up those who didn't.

Vonni

pacman12
01-29-2008, 07:09 PM
I had to drop my car off to get fixed this morning, and I was going to get the train home (4 stations). Ended up deciding to walk - it was about 6 or 7km, took 85 mins.

REALLY wanted to go up and get something sweet to eat last night but I had some fruit and resisted.

barbegirl71
01-29-2008, 07:50 PM
I didn't lose 800g Kel, I stayed the same, which is better than going up. :)

I had a great day diet wise yesterday. I'm not sure how many calories I ate. Last week I sat here and put a days worth of food into fitday and it took me two bloody hours!

I donated blood too so there's a guaranteed 500g weight loss this week! ;)

XX
Barb

P.S

Anyone else with kids enjoy the silence?

smylie
01-30-2008, 01:45 AM
barb, the art of maintenence i reckon is harder than losing weight.
hopefully when i weigh in tomorrow i have stayed the same, the amount of take away food i have eaten this week is just disgusting, but i put it in my mouth so i am willing to cop the consequences, i enjoyed takeaway and movie with girlfriends last night etc etc i am not going to make excuses as i dont think there really is any excuse for not losing weight, it all scientific, if i eat less than the calories i use then i will lose weight, i have not done that everyday this week so i most likely wont lose weight.

jemima just woke up coz some piece of toy of hers started singing randomly, that is very annoying!

7senuf
01-30-2008, 06:46 AM
Yes barb I was counting down till the very SECOND the kids went off to school. However I still have one at home, but she went to daycare on Tuesday so I had the morning to myself before I went to work. And her sleep times are wonderful and peaceful, allbut hectic. I am studying madly as I was away when my books arrived and I have 7 units to do work for before Friday. I have also been trying to get the house in some sort of order. Great guns Gen walking that distance :carrot: Kel never mind the slip. I have been horrible all week really when I reflect. And today I had some danish with a friend and a bag of lollies tonight. Now I feel sick so serves me right. Will catch up with all tomorrow
Von

ashory
01-30-2008, 07:55 AM
Thanks for the welcomes! COngrats to everyone who has had a loss! Hopefully I will be able to say I have had a loss soon too!! To everyone else keep trying and I'm sure we will all have a loss SOON!

Augigi - I live in the Parramatta area. But that is a great idea!! I didn't even think that was possible.... Do you generally need to be a part of a gym to get a personal trainer? I am REALLY strapped for cash but don't see why that should be an excuse not to lose weight but I really do feel like I need someone to guide me...

pacman12
01-30-2008, 08:42 AM
No, they don't have to be associated with a gym. Our PT just trained us in the local park. I found my group of girls via a post on the weight watchers message boards.

LittleKiwi
01-30-2008, 04:50 PM
Good morning everyone

I had a pretty good day yesterday. Was dog tired by about 10:30pm last night but had to keep slogging away until work finished at midnight. Had washing that couldn't wait (gym gear) so had to do that when I got home and didn't get to bed until 1am. Boy will I be glad when I can stop working such long hours.

Diet was pretty good and I did a 40 minute walk at the gym. Goal for today is to find something cheap and healthy to eat for my lunch as I didn't bring anything with me to work. Gym tonight will be my circuit programme which lasts around 40 minutes.

29.5 hours of work left and then I get a day and a half of weekend to relax :dizzy:

Have a great day ladies :twirly:

amouse
01-30-2008, 05:12 PM
von dont you find one on its own is nice and quiet anyway?? lol My daughter is very quiet on her own :) lol..

Hi ashory

Yesturday was anotheer mixed up day lol John took my car and i had his ute . which is playing up . i took it to the fruit an veg store and hardly made it there it kept konking out at the lights lol.. When i got home finally i called my dad . because it was making the sound your stove makes when it lights up lol.. and whilst on the phone i noticed a sprk jumping form the in of the main coil lead onto the coil. Dad said he had one and i know i dont have to stop at lights to get to dads place so i drove round there . we chnaged the spark plugs and dad tested the leads with his machine and found the main lead was stuffed and said i was lucky it was runnig at all . $18 later the car was fixed.. and all i could think is if i had taken it to the mechanic it would have cost me 200 lol.. we decided since we were on a roll we would replace the broken vet window. John locked his keys in the car and had borken that windo a few months back . lol Ummm we had to pull the whole door apart to fix it wecouldn't just get the glass out of the one we got from the wreckers. which is a pain since its one that hold on with one screw and some rubber. lol. The car is a 91 hilux ute and the vent window sits above the door molding lol.. but no we had toi pull the door apart and then i put the trim on the wrong side og\f the main window so we had to pull it apart again and do it over.. We spent 3 -4 hours sweating and laughing so it wasdn't so bad.. Dad said well that was stupid bloody blonde girl .. so i said i take after my father never get it right the first time but dont give up till i get it right lol.. We had a great day and dad gave me a hug and said it was great doing something together it had been a long time since we had.. :)

I was tuffed last night i went to bed at 8 pm lol . and all my muscles ache today so fixing cars is some kind of workout lol.. .
time to wake up the kids . or cam wont get to school lol.. its dark here this morning and its 740 oops lool.. bye

smylie
01-30-2008, 06:04 PM
82.9kg up about 600grams
these things happen
i was up heaps more this week so have actually repaired the weekend's "damage" quite well.

my baby all by herself makes a lot of noise, does not go down to nap easily and has two ear infections and is teething
needless to say i am now seriously considering a part time job.....

PerthChick
01-31-2008, 12:35 AM
Kel what's the plan for this week? Are you doing shakes again?

Hey Vonni - if you want a more accurate ticker (or one that records weight loss in smaller increments) you're allowed to use tickerfactory.com on this site.

All OK here - I spent the morning vacuuming and cleaning my car, and whipper snipping the lawn. This afternoon I'm doing a couple of job applications.

I'm reasonably on-plan, although I haven't had as much exercise as I'd like. As long as I don't gain weight while my life is in chaos I'll be happy.

:)
Ani

7senuf
01-31-2008, 08:37 AM
Thanks Ani for ticker info, I will check it out on the eekrnd. Ashory nope my one on her own is far from quiet. If anything she is better occupied with the others. She is very demanding, can't sit still for a minute and very very LOUD. I am just hoping she doesnt end up with all the probs my son has as far as behaviour etc concerned. Though she is showing same traits as he at the same age. If I clean she comes behind me destoying everything I have worked hard at. Even if I try get some study done in office she is pulling this out and carting all over the house. I have tried drawing boards, magnets, food tv heaps but........

Oh well (or should I say ****) they are the woes of being a parent. The joys are there (so I am told hehehe). Just joking. I love my kids dearly and yes they bring me joy.

First day back in lectures tomorrow. I am in no way prepared, and havent finished nmy set work. damn it.

Vonni

LittleKiwi
01-31-2008, 05:27 PM
Thank God It's Friday

:whoo:

Had a good day with my diet yesterday and had a great workout at the gym.

Today I have an appointment with my counsellor at 4:15pm so am undecided on whether I'll go to the gym or not. I'll just have to wait and see how much time I have between that and starting work again at 7.

Working tomorrow morning and then get to relax for a bit. Phew! Might be going to the movies tomorrow night, I want to see Sweeny Todd.

Have a good one everybody and Ani, good luck with the house viewing, I hope it goes well.


:twirly:

smylie
02-01-2008, 05:16 AM
shake shake shake
shake shake shake
shake your booty
shake your booty!
yeah!!!

hehehe i crack me up


At least 2 shakes a day, if I can do it 3 shakes a day, if I cant 2 shakes and a SMALL GOOD meal

My personal trainer did boxing/circuit again this week with me and skipping for the first time, SKIPPING ROCKS i was stuffed!

Have a great weekend everyone, tomorrow I start new volunteer job at Opshop no baby!!! so that is kinda exciting.
Have also asked somewhere i used to work about part time opportunities so we will see where that leads me.

PerthChick
02-01-2008, 09:23 AM
I have a job interview on Wednesday in a garden nursery :).

And… I saw my new house today - it has a huge, really neglected front and back yard. I am SO excited about what I can do with my new garden. And it would be a bonus get a staff discount on plants ;).

I just did a workout while I was watching the cricket on TV. My arms are really sore because I increased my weights tonight - so if they're sore now, they'll be like blocks of stone tomorrow! But it was fun.

Kel you crack me up too :p.

LittleKiwi
02-01-2008, 04:56 PM
What's the inside of the house like Ani? Will you have to get a housemate or will you be able to live there in solitary splendour?

Yesterday was pretty much a write off for me. I had fish n chips for dinner which were delicious but then I had not one, but TWO ice creams and once ice block all before I went to work for the evening :dizzy:

Onwards and upwards and although it's not even 10am yet, I've had a very productive start to the day so far. I woke up at 6am and went for an hour long walk. Odd how I sleep so much less and feel so much better these days. After that I tidied my flat, did the vacuuming, did my washing, had a lovely long shower and now I'm at work and feeling very satisfied with myself knowing that most of my weekend's work is already done.

This afternoon I'll do my grocery shopping and tonight I'm going to the movies.

Hope you all have a great weekend.

:twirly:

PerthChick
02-01-2008, 07:51 PM
The house is pretty small inside, but it's very cute. I have to move there with a housemate because I can't afford to live there on my own. But I have a three-month plan, by which time I am hoping to be able to live on my own. It's something worth working towards… And I can't wait!

I don't have any plans for today, and I'm not sure what I even feel like doing. It's going to be 37ºC and humid, so I guess it would be a good idea to go for my walk soon. I can always do domestics later with the air-conditioner on.

I'm having an OK week with my weight loss. although I must admit it's hard to stay on plan with so many distractions going on around me. Not really expecting to lose much, but so long as I don't gain anything I should be OK.

:)
Ani

Lindor
02-02-2008, 01:10 AM
I'm home! Did ya miss me?

I think I managed to stay within my calorie budget - I had room service (Chicken Parmigiana, chips and salad) on Tuesday night!. Failed with the water!! And (shock horror!) failed with the exercise. Will wait and see what weigh in brings!

You all sound in good spirits still! That is great, lets keep it going! :)

7senuf
02-02-2008, 08:45 AM
Ani??? I think you should take some photoes of yr current garden that you have done for your interview. From what you have said over thye past months you have a green thumb. I have a really bad spot in my garden and the dog loves it to, so I decided to have it all in huge pots sitting on rocks with a birdbath in the mniddle. Well all was great until I had to take out the flowers from the front pots to replant fresh ones and the dog decided the huge pots were great to dig a cool hole and lay in. grrrrr. Maybe you could come do my garden? Trust me it'd be a challenge. Even the local nurseries here shake their heads when I describe where it is lmao. (South facing, against a wall in an alclove of the house. gets no sun in winter and the hottest part of the day in summer.)

enough about my garden woes.

Good luck in interview.

Shake it out Kel lol.

Welcome back Lindor. Hope weigh in goes ok. Its not about the couple of things you ate but what you DIDN'T eat that may be good for this week. perhaps you maintained?

Julia I'd love to go for an hour walk, but alas the folks in my home and time doesnt allow me. Indulge while you can.

That elliptical trainer I bought? Goes great, but man it is hard work. Can only manage five minutes at a time no matter what setting. So I am going to start slow. 5 minutes 3 times a day for a week. then see how we go.

vonni