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midwife
01-13-2008, 09:47 PM
Hi guys,
I took the liberty of starting a new thread since the last one was getting long and no one had posted since yesterday. I hope no one minds too much!

This week will mark the halfway point for January! Or 1/24th of the way through 2008. :dizzy: 2007 flew by so quickly that I am still dizzy :dizzy: and I want to hang onto this year as much as possible.

Today I did pretty good with food and exercise. :carrot: I had fish and it was so easy and so good, why don't I eat it more often? And so good in calories I can eat plenty (and I did, but stayed within reasonable calories).

For the first time since we have owned it (4 years?), I used our bowflex this am. Legs only. Tomorrow I will do arms and alternate. I also ran 3 miles. My legs are TIRED!

Let's kick off a great week!


jillybean720
01-14-2008, 08:47 AM
Thanks, midwife--I was about to start a new thread this morning, so I'm glad I saw yours! I'm going to go post a message at the end of the old one to let people know to come here :)

Well, looks like my voyage on the South Beach Diet has been delayed a bit--we're visiting with Jeff's dad and his family again tonight AND tomorrow night (read: going out to dinner both nights). SBD will have to wait till Wednesday, as I don't trust myself to eat out two nights in a row and only order grilled chicken :devil:

soon2beslim
01-14-2008, 11:18 AM
Good morning everyone.

I had a great weekend. I weighed in this am And I am the same weight. But I did go on the treadmill for half hour before I weighed myself. Usually I weigh myself first thing in the morning before anyelse, so I don't know if that will make a difference. I get all my measurments done on Friday a curves so I'll see then how things look.

Midwife: Good for you for getting going on the bowflex, we have one too, but my husband uses it more than me. I enjoy curves instead.

Jill: Enjoy your dinners out. I'm sure you'll have more control than you think.

Have a great day!!


Jen415
01-14-2008, 11:32 AM
Hey y'all!

It was a pretty productive weekend for me. I was able to get all my laundry done AND PUT AWAY! Plus I did some sorting on my desk, paid some bills, and did some experimenting with my new convection oven!

Although my eating wasn't insanely out of control, I didn't always make good choices. One thing I definitely could have done without was a bag of salt and vinegar potato chips--water retention, anyone? So I am drinking water and green tea like crazy to flush it out.

Anyone watching their carbs? I'm thinking that would probably help me with sugar cravings if I kept my carbs to the good ones like in fruit and whole grains.

jillybean720
01-14-2008, 11:42 AM
Anyone watching their carbs? I'm thinking that would probably help me with sugar cravings if I kept my carbs to the good ones like in fruit and whole grains.
I will be watching carbs starting Wednesday! That's what I liked about South Beach before--the first 2 weeks with almost no carbs (except some in low-fat dairy and veggies) really help to crush my cravings. After that, it's a focus on incorporating the "good" carbs--whole grains, fruit, more veggies, etc. Of course, I keep saying I'm going to do South Beach, but I'll really likely use it as a guideline more than food law, if ya know what I mean ;) I'm probably not going to freak out if I eat some corn in Phase 2, ya know? It needs to be a plan for life, so I'll adjust my menus as I go along, keeping moderation in mind.

midwife
01-14-2008, 01:37 PM
Jilly, eating out is soooo hard. Even the best choices really don't turn out to be that great, ya know? Good luck with starting South Beach. Sounds like a good plan.

Jen, I LOL'd cause I can always wash, dry and fold the clothes. Putting them away is another deal altogether!

Soontobe, I am surprised at how sore my quads are today. :-) I'll do upper body today. It really wasn't that time consuming. I wonder what has stopped me all these years? Good for you for going to Curves. I've heard that a lot of people really like it.

soon2beslim
01-15-2008, 11:02 AM
Hi guys,

I had my measurments done a few days early at curves last night. I needed a little boost! I am down 3/4 of an inch. Not much, but enough to see there is still something happening after all the hard work I'm doing. I will keep poking along, In the end it will all pay off!

Have a great day!!!

newstart33
01-15-2008, 11:57 AM
Thanks for the new thread midwife.

I thought it was time to get back on here hopefully to keep me in check. I stepped on the scale yesterday morning and I was up 5lbs. Probably water retention added with not making the best choices last week. Time to start again. I am sensing that I am getting discouraged very easy and need something to kick my butt into gear. I desperately need to find an exercise that I like doing so it will be easier to stick to, but I am in a small town and I am not kidding when I say my options are limited.

Sounds like everyone is doing well, kudos to the weight loss.

soon2beslim
01-15-2008, 04:15 PM
Ugh!!!!! Today has been a bad day!!! I did well until lunch and then I lost all control of myself. I was making Mac and Cheese for the kids and Instead of making my own healthy lunch I figured I would have a little serving of the Mac. Big mistake!!!! It ended up being a large bowl, 4 cookies, and some cheese!!!!! What am I doing!!!! I have done well for 3 months now and even did good through the holidays. I never eat what I'm making for the kids, I always make something else for myself. I think I need to avoid the Kitchen for the rest of today, hopefully I can regain control of myself!!!!!

jillybean720
01-16-2008, 08:10 AM
midwife, I ask myself the same thing all the time (I wonder what has stopped me all these years?). When I get ona roll with the healthy eating and/or exercise, it doesn't seem all that difficult. And yet, time and time again, I fall out of the habits and feel like it's impossible to get back into them :dizzy:

soon2beslim, congrats on the lower measurements!! I'm sure you'll regain control after your mac n cheese stray. You sound like you're in a good place--not obsessing over it or freaking out, but rather knowing you need to just get back up and move on.

newstart33, I hear ya on the dificulties of fun activities in a small town. I grew up in the middle of nowhere, and people would suggest I join a gym or a sports league I liked or something. Problem was, none of those things existed in my area! I eventually grew to love Tae Bo and Walk Away the Pounds workout videos--I could do those in any town ;)

As for me, I'm starting Phase 1 of South Beach today. I weighed in this morning to get my official pre-SBD weight, but it said 322, which I think includes a bit of water retention from the past few nights of eating big meals out. I'm going to put 320 as my starting weight and see where Phase 1 brings me (it's a 2-week phase, and "typical" losses are something like 8-14 pounds--I'm sure the higher end applies more to men, those jerks :p).

Jen415
01-16-2008, 01:19 PM
Hey girls!

Jill: Good luck with South Beach! If it were me, I'd take the 322 and celebrate even the water weight pounds! :)

I have been feeling pretty crappy the last couple of days--so has Alan. I haven't tossed my cookies yet, but I feel like I might! UGH. Definitely not too hungry because of it!

midwife
01-16-2008, 04:55 PM
Hi all!

Jen, sorry you're not feeling well. Hopefully it will pass soon and not be too messy as it goes. :hug:

Jilly, good luck with South Beach! I can't wait to hear about your successes :carrot:(and I'll lend an ear for the struggles too---why do they always come up now and again?)

Soontobe, I have blips like that more often than I care to think about. :o Stepping away from the situation and chugging some water can help. Looking at the scale. Visualizing myself at my goal weight.....it's hard!!

NewStart, sorry to hear about the 5 pounds. Maybe they will go away as fast as they came. It does sound like water retention. Have you tried Walking Away the Pounds?

As for me, I had an NSV at the hospital cafeteria today. I stuck to my plan of half a turkey sandwich and a chef salad despite the temptation of something far more caloric (and, sadly, very delicious....but I did NOT plan for it, so I did NOT eat it.)

It's amazing how sometimes this is easy and sometimes it is hard and how somedays I can be so patient and philosophical about lifestyle changes and how some days I feel like a 2 year old. I am ready to see the $*%&#$ scale go down, but I guess it is not ready yet. I shall stay the course, anyhow.

Louie
01-16-2008, 10:38 PM
Hi, Ladies :wave:

It seems that I am having a hard time getting here during the week to check-in. I am quietly supporting all of you in the background and will definately find some time on the weekend to catch up !

To all of you that have lost.. congrats !! To all of you that have weigh-ins coming up.. good luck !! And to those of you practicing maintenance.. well done !! Keep on keeping on :D

jillybean720
01-17-2008, 06:35 AM
Louie, we enjoy hearing from you if it's once a day, once a week, or once a month--whenever you get a chance!

midwife, we all hear ya! I have days where I am SO strong (like yesterday--I SO wanted a cheeseburger, but I made sure to take a route that wouldn't make me drive past McD's :devil:), and then days where it's like, forget it, I don't care, I'm having what I want, dammit! Which is very reminiscent of my niece's attitude--she will be 1 later this month :p

Jen, I hope you're feeling better!

As for me, I'm sitting here sipping a glass of V8. Part of South Beach is that you're supposed to eat 4.5 cups of veggies each day. HA! I don't think I normally eat that many veggies in a WEEK! I just don't like 'em. So a glass of V8 gives me 2 servings of veggies, which makes me feel a bit better. I'm also eating salsa on a LOT of things and having broccoli with dinner, so it's a step in the right direction, at least.

I peeked at the scale this morning: 319.5, so at least I've gotten rid of some of that water. We'll see what Day 2 brings...

Jen415
01-17-2008, 11:18 AM
Hey y'all....

Well I didn't lose my lunch...instead I ended up with diarrhea all day! The only good side of it--I dropped 4 lbs overnight! So I'm at 319 this morning--I'm beatin' you Jilly! :)

Jill: I have to do the V-8 route too...I really don't care for veggies either--I eat them because I have to :(

Midwife: Staying the course is crucial. How often do I give up because the scale isn't giving me approval? That is why I am still over 300 lbs...I must constantly remind myself the scale is JUST A TOOL, not the be-all-end-all of a healthy lifestyle!!

Louie: Keep checking in and telling us how you are!!

So I have a question: what's everyone doing for their exercise? I have DVDs and equipment just begging to be used, but can't get my lazy self off the couch to do it!!

midwife
01-17-2008, 05:32 PM
Hi Louie! I hope you're having a good week!

Jilly, good for you for incorporating more veggies. :carrot: It's been a long time since I have had a V-8. Maybe I need to try one again.

Jen, you're right. The scale is a tool. But why do I let it influence my emotions sometimes? :( It's that irrational side of me. Today I was down half a pound from yesterday. Is it a fluctuation? Does it matter? I have been a big fan of daily weighing because I know that ignorance is one way I gained weight. And sometimes I make certain choices because I visualize a lower number on the scale. Maybe I need to move away from numbers and consider another strategy.

As for exercise I run or elliptical most days. And lately I have been doing strength training (it is my first week, but I am surviving!). I'm considering a marathon in October. It will be a lot of work, but I do better when I have a goal in mind.

jillybean720
01-17-2008, 07:15 PM
Exercise? haha, I barely know the meaning of the word. Does picking up the remote to change the channel count? or typing on a computer? :dizzy: I know I'll need to work on that eventually, but right now, I'm just focusing on the food.

Speaking of the food, Day 2 on South Beach Phase 1 has gone pretty well. I had more nuts (pistachios) than I should have had for my afternoon snack, but I didn't throw the whole day away because of it. Jen, I think you were the one who'd asked about calories while on this plan--both yesterday and today, I have stayed below 2000 calories, and that's with eating 6 times a day. My sodium has been very high, though, but I'm hoping that will only be for these 2 weeks on Phase 1 until I can start adding things like fruit back into my plan in Phase 2.

Jen415
01-17-2008, 09:59 PM
Jen, I think you were the one who'd asked about calories while on this plan--both yesterday and today, I have stayed below 2000 calories, and that's with eating 6 times a day. My sodium has been very high, though, but I'm hoping that will only be for these 2 weeks on Phase 1 until I can start adding things like fruit back into my plan in Phase 2.

2000 cals is not too bad for your size....I bet you will probably lose big on this!

I've been leaning toward low carbing again.....tonight I had a low carb dinner of salad with ranch dressing, parmesan crusted chicken and broccoli w/hollandaise...yum!!

Louie
01-17-2008, 10:30 PM
Hi, Gals :wave:

Managed to get home from work at a reasonable hour tonight. I have had my dinner and am settled in for the night.

Last week I started going to the gym before work, so I have been going to bed early every night. Last night was especially early but I felt revived today, so I must have needed it.

Jill - sounds like SB is going well for you. I have been taking snacks to work and feel like all I do is eat all day long. I should actually figure out what the calories are to know if I am over-doing or not. I just figure ya can't get fat on carrots, so better to have those then the alternative !

Jen - your dinner does sound yummy. I definately eat too many carbs and know when I cut back I actually do feel more clear headed.

Midwife - I am with you on the "scale control". I have told myself numerous times that this time around I am not going to focus on the scale, but everyday there I am starring at the numbers cursing them :devil:

Have a great friday everyone :P

jillybean720
01-18-2008, 06:55 AM
ooh, Jen, that dinner does sound good. I've been eating broccoli with dinner just about every night since it's just about the only non-starchy vegetable I can eat without gagging :dizzy:

Alrighty-roo, on to Day 3. I think the weekend may be a bit of a challenge, especially my company party on Saturday night (formal "casino night" with TONS of great food!). I think I'll be able to resist--I'm feeling pretty good. I ended up having even more pistachios yesterday evening, so I did go over 2000 calories yesterday and had a lot of sodium, but my scale still said 319.5 this morning (well, actually, it was being temperamental--it said 318.5, then 319, then 317.5, then 319.5...but 319.5 came up most often, so I'm going with that).

Jen415
01-18-2008, 10:10 AM
Scales can be soooooooooooooo contrary! :)

Casino night sounds fun! I can't help but laugh though, because it reminds me of that episode of The Office where they had a Casino Night for charity. What a great show!

Louie!! So awesome you have been going to the gym every day this week! Here's to some of your exercise enthusiasm rubbing off on me too!

Midwife: Numbers on the scale get us to do things we would not normally do....like for instance, seeing a loss makes me want to celebrate...with FOOD! Now how weird is that?!?!?

newstart33
01-18-2008, 01:14 PM
I am back in action. I had a bad day on monday (more like a pity party:() I had to tell myself that even with the 5lb gain I was still down 3lbs so not everything was a total loss. I am down another two so a total of 5 from the beginning.

Jen, I have the same thing, a treadmill and exercise videos stariing at me and every morning I tell myself that I am going to do one and here we are 3 days in and still nothing. This may sound obsurd, but I have been thinking of waiting to exercise until my first plateau. I need to concentrate on the getting the eating habits under check, by the time that is in control I should be at my first plateau. Introducing exercise to my daily routine will kickstart my weight loss again.

Jilly, good for you for mastering day 3. Good luck with casino night.

I am drawing a blank here so I better go eat breakfast. Happy weight loss everyone.

midwife
01-18-2008, 07:16 PM
Well, the scale moved!! And the very next thing I did was consider eating my kid's leftover bagel and cream cheese--which was not in my daily plan. :dizzy: I didn't, but yes, the scale can prompt odd behavior! If this new low sticks for awhile I'll change my ticker.

Newstart, that is so interesting what you are considering about the exercise and the plateau. I've been waiting on the scale to move and finally this week, the week I started strength training, it finally did. Who knows? Although what I would really encourage you to do is put in that DVD or get on that treadmill tonight and do 5 minutes. Once you are in the groove you might go longer. :hug:

Jen, I love The Office! DH has watched it for a long time but I just started last month. We have the first 2 seasons on DVD and I watch one or two episodes each week.

Jilly, congrats on day 3! Good luck with the casino night. It sounds fun!

jillybean720
01-19-2008, 06:47 AM
ugh, I completely agree about the scale--we want it to go down so badly, and then when it does, we want to celebrate with food, which will just make it go right back up again :devil:

midwife, congrats on the scale being down! AND congrats on resisting the bagel :s:

Jen, now I'm going to be thinking about The Office all night :p We don't do our for charity--we do it for prizes! The big prize this year is a 30-something inch LCD tv. Not that it matters since I never win anything, but playing is half the fun :cool:

louie, GREAT attititude about the weight loss! And you're absolutely right--even if you gained a bit back, you're still down from where you started, so you're doing great.

No bouncing around of numbers on the scale this morning--it stuck at 317.5. Gotta love the rapid initial loss on a new plan :D Gave me the boost I needed to come down and drink my glass of V8 :barf:

We even had a nice night out last night. We went to the movies and saw Cloverfield (I thought it was very good), and I brought a can of diet ginger ale and some string cheese as a snack. I'm normally okay to sit through a movie without any snacks (except maybe a drink), but we left as soon as I got home from work, so I needed something to curb my hunger for dinner. Afterwards, we ate out at a steakhouse. I got a 6oz filet mignon (because leanest cut of steak) and had a caesar salad (no croutons) and their grilled vegetable skewer as my sides. I didn't touch the bread even once. I'm pretty proud of myself, plus I'm glad to see I can have a delicious meal out without going off my plan :)

Louie
01-19-2008, 10:25 AM
Hellllooo :wave:

Saturday morning and I am up much too early ! Oh well, a good opportunity to do some reading that I don't seem to have much time for during the week. Think I will get to the gym as well when it opens and get my final workout of the week done !!

Jill - sounds like you did great at dinner.. kudos to you :)

Midwife - congrats on the loss - you will be in the 170s in no time !

Newstart - great attitude - appreciate the work that you have put into this journey and the 3 lbs that you have lost and keep moving ahead :)

Jen - hope you are doing well - I'm sending exercise vibes your way :D

Slashnl
01-19-2008, 12:08 PM
Hi everyone! I'm back from Denver now. It sounds like you all are doing so well! Good job!
I hope to catch up to you very soon. I think things will finally settle down for a little bit now! I have a head cold, but I'm hoping it goes away soon. It can't be another reason to not stay on plan!!!

Have a good weekend all!

midwife
01-20-2008, 05:36 PM
Jilly, I swear by string cheese as a snack too. When I have one in the afternoon, I don't binge at dinner. Dinner sounded yummo!! Good job staying OP at a restaurant. :carrot::carrot:

Louie! Your comment about the 170s made me a bit emotional. I have been stuck in the 180s since about November. But you are right! The 170s are right around the corner. I will stay on my course. It is slow, but it is WORKING! The other thing that is interesting about me and the 170s is that....I have been there/here before, and then gained it all back. I have gotten down to 174 twice in the past four years, and then....I just stop. Don't have a clue why. Laziness? Some deep desire to sabotage myself? Boredom? :( I wish I could pin down the answer. All I know is that this time I will NOT stop. Stopping is not an option. I am tired of losing this weight over and over and over..... Good job going to the gym!

Hi Diane! Good to see you!

Have a good Sunday, all. :cool:

soon2beslim
01-20-2008, 05:51 PM
Hi all,

Sounds like everyone is doing good!! I had a very busy but great weekend with the kids. We stayed in a hotel and did some swimming and played in the activity center. We also saw a movie together. It was nice.
Food and exersice was good too!!

jillybean720
01-20-2008, 06:58 PM
I did it! I went to my casino night work party and stayed 100% on plan! Ignored the 2 open bars (except for some diet soda), ignored the hors douvres, ignored the desserts, and just had good stuff from the buffet (roasted veggies, skinless unbreaded chicken, and a little beef tenderloin).

My scale said 316 consistently this morning :o That seems pretty low, so I'm thinking it's just a down fluctuation, so we'll see what it says tomorrow.

Sounds like everyone else is still hanging in there--gotta keep the 2008 drive to lose weight up! I think I'm going to go plan my menu for tomorrow, and maybe plan my dinners for the rest of the week. Next weekend, we're going to my sister's in Virginia Beach for my niece's 1st birthday. I'll still be in Phase 1, so definitely a challenge, but I am confident I will stick to my guns!

Jen415
01-21-2008, 10:27 AM
Hi y'all--Happy Monday!! :):)

Well, I finally decided to go the low-carb route again. It worked so well for me in the past. My biggest issue will be getting beyond the sugar withdrawl. I swear that stuff is a DRUG for me. The more, the better.....when I eat cake, I want the piece with the most icing to get the most sugar.

So...today is Day 1 of being sugar free. I won't go overboard on SF jello or articifial sweetners, because that can stall weight loss.

And----I am committed to doing 30 minutes of exercise 5 days a week. Today I will either walk at lunch or walk on the treadmill at home.

Today the scale said 323.2, which is 2 lbs down from last night. Yay!

Jill: great job sticking to it!

Slim: Glad you and the kids enjoyed your getaway!

Midwife: I LOVE your determination!

Diane: Hope your head cold gets better! I have had a very healthy year in the cold and flu department!

jillybean720
01-21-2008, 11:10 AM
Oh, Jen, you cited my biggest weakness: the icing on the cake! Always corner pieces for me, please! I grew up in a small town, and my aunt happened to be "the cake lady." She made cakes for a living out of her home. When she used to babysit me and my other little cousins, she would tape a piece of wax paper to a piece of cardboard and give use frosting tubes with all different tips and colors of frosting, and we would make pictures on the wax paper, let them dry, and eat them later. No wonder I'm so big on sweets, eh? :dizzy: And what's worse, my favorite sweets are the FATTY ones, not just sugary. I go for the cheesecake, sticky buns, pecan pie, etc., as opposed to things like candy. Hopefully, I'll be able to avoid the cake and ice cream next weekend. That stuff is like crack for me :devil:

So yay, we can low carb together! I am still on SB Phase 1, so not adding back any fruit or anything yet. What sort of guidelines do you try to follow? Do you limit all carbs, or just try to stick to good carbs?

Jen415
01-21-2008, 04:36 PM
Right now I am limiting all carbs...kind of like Atkins induction...until I can get this sugar thing kicked. I'll do that for a couple of weeks or so, then add a few more carbs in down the road. Today I have had the innerds (that's southern for insides! LOL) of an egg mc muffin and the insides of a bacon egg and cheese biscuit, a salad with ranch dressing and a burger minus the bun, and a few pork rinds for a snack. Tonight I am cooking (yes you read it right!) parmesan crusted chicken breasts, faux mashed potatoes with cauliflower, and broccoli. YUM!

I can already tell it is NOT going to be easy to kick the sugar. But I know for sure it will be worth it.

Louie
01-21-2008, 10:48 PM
Helllooo :wave:

Successfully managed my way through Monday.. bring on Tuesday !!

Had to laugh about the icing comments. I actually don't like icing... or cake for that matter. Show me a cookie though and I am in trouble.

Throughout elementary school my family lived in a house right next door to my grandparents' bakery - can you say weight issues :D Pretty bad when your fondest memories of being a kid are the things you ate at the bakery :devil:

Jen415
01-22-2008, 11:40 AM
Louie, that is kinda bad...but so common! BUT, the past is the past! It's onward and DOWNWARD!! :)

So far low carb is doing well....I made a fantastic dinner of parmesan crusted chicken and faux mashed potatoes using cauliflower. And I had a cup of SF jello for my sweet tooth. Yummmm

Louie
01-22-2008, 11:05 PM
Jen - your dinner sounds yummy ! I have never had the faux potatoes - what did you think of them ?

Had a pretty good day today. Got to the gym first thing and I am starting to see a bit of a difference in the way my clothes are fitting.. YEAH !!

Hope everyone is doing well.. chat soon :D

jillybean720
01-23-2008, 08:21 AM
ugh, yesterday was a mess! I ended up working for about 15 hours or so, and I was working from home in the morning and ended up running late to actually get to the office, so I ran out of the house without my lunch bag, only a bag of pistachios. BIG mistake! I ate almost the whole bag of pistachios throughout the day, and my coworker got me a chicken caesar salad and chili from Wendy's for lunch. Granted, everything I ate had no sugar, so the foods were all "allowed" on my plan, but I'm also only "allowed" one servings of nuts per day :dizzy:

C'est la vie--today is a new day. I have no more pistachios left at work, so I should be safe. I also forgot my lunch bag again today, though, so I'll have to figure out what to do for lunch. I'll stay on plan, though.

And now, back to more work...just had to come in and at least say hi and confess :p

midwife
01-23-2008, 12:00 PM
Hi guys!

I had one of those days yesterday, too, Jilly. Crazy number of patients and NOTHING was simple or straightforward. I wound up with about 20 minutes for lunch and there was a line for the microwave so I had 2 hardboiled eggs and a string cheese for lunch. Not what I had planned. So then I was hungry at dinnertime and can we say bacon? But my overall calories were in range for yesterday but I had no time for exercise, but it was ok to take a rest day. Sigh. I like simple straightforward days. Today is a new day. And that was a good choice from Wendy's. I'm not sure I could have made the same choice! So congrats!

Go Louie! You have been really consistent with the gym and you should be proud of yourself. I'll bet you are looking great!

Jen, I like the idea of the faux mashed potatoes. How do they taste? Do you make them with chicken stock?

Someone noticed my weight loss at a meeting last night. He is a very nice older gentleman and it made my day that I am making enough progress that it shows. :carrot: Have a great on plan day all!

Jen415
01-23-2008, 03:28 PM
Hey all...

Midwife and Louie: The faux spuds were pretty tasty! Because I am on low carb, I used heavy cream and real butter. One thing for sure--it definitely needs to be seasoned with salt and/or pepper! Maybe if I add sour cream next time.....

The way I do it is.....boil cauli until good and mushy; drain; then add the cream (you can use milk if you are watching calories), butter or margarine. Then use a hand mixer to really blend it well....I made these for Alan and he didn't know they werent real potatoes!

Jill: Don't fret--you can still make good choices eating out. You can't go wrong with a chicken ceaser salad!

Louie
01-23-2008, 10:22 PM
Hi :wave:

Jill - sounds like you had quite the day - good for you for getting through it and letting it derail you !!!

Jen - hmm... I'll have to give those a try one of these days.

Midwife - does it feel great when people acknowledge all of the hard work and dedication you have put into getting healthy - yeah for you :D

Dinner is just about ready so I should scoot. Talk soon and take care :hug:

jillybean720
01-24-2008, 10:03 AM
Happy Thursday!

I had to work late again yesterday, and I will be working late again today (I normally work till 3, but I've been scheduled to be in a meeting at 3:30). At least I was able to do a bit better with the food yesterday. I made a big crock pot of copycat Olive Garden pasta e fagioli, minus the pasta, so that has been dinner for the past couple nights, which helps to keep us from eating out since it's already prepared--just plop in a bowl and microwave it.


I bought some Laughing Cow Light cheese for the first time ever. This morning, I microwaved 4 slices of Canadian bacon and spread the garlic & herb and French onion flavored Laughing Cow wedges on them. It was pretty good--a nice change from eggs or pistachios :p

This weekend will be challenging. We leave tomorrow after work to head to my sister's for the weekend. However, we are staying in a hotel (pet friendly, since we will have the puppies with us) since my sister's parents-in-law will be staying with them. My parents will be staying in the same hotel as us. With so much family around, plus a birthday party, I'm sure temptations will be everywhere! I'm going to bring some of my own foods with me so I don't have to always try to search for something I can eat.

Jen415
01-24-2008, 10:32 AM
Hi y'all!

Jill: good for you for being prepared! I'm convinced it's one of the secrets of success in this endeavor. What's the recipe for pasta e figoli? that is my favorite soup at OG!

I'm down 5 lbs in 4 days....not bad!

jillybean720
01-24-2008, 10:48 AM
Here's the basic recipe I followed:
from http://www.recipezaar.com/31717

2 lbs ground beef
1 onion, chopped
3 carrots, chopped
4 stalks celery, chopped
2 (28 ounce) cans diced tomatoes, undrained
1 (16 ounce) can red kidney beans, drained
1 (16 ounce) can white kidney beans, drained
3 (10 ounce) cans beef stock
3 teaspoons oregano
2 teaspoons pepper
5 teaspoons parsley
1 teaspoon Tabasco sauce (optional)
1 (20 ounce) jar spaghetti sauce
8 ounces pasta
Brown beef in a skillet.
Drain fat from beef and add to crock pot with everything except pasta.
Cook on low 7-8 hours or high 4-5 hours.
During last 30 min on high or 1 hour on low, add pasta.I adjusted it to exclude the carrots (not allowed on South Beach Phase 1) and pasta. Instead, I added some extra beans and some extra meat, thought I used a combination of 93% lean beef and 99% ground turkey breast. I would say I used about 1.5 pounds meat total
and an extra 8oz of beans. I also used an extra stalk of celery since I skipped the carrots. I didn't use any tobasco sauce, but I like to add a sprinkle of crushed red pepper and some parmesan cheese when I nuke it--YUM!

Jen415
01-24-2008, 03:09 PM
Thanks! this looks delish!!

soon2beslim
01-24-2008, 04:35 PM
Hi everyone,

Jen415 congrats on the loss, thats GREAT!!

Jill congrats to you for being prepared. Thats what keeps us on track. Sounds like you are doing really well. Keep it up!!

I have had a good week so far. I`ve been eating well and making it to work out each day. I have had the faux spuds and really like them, but I could not fool my kids who refuse to eat them. I think its a kids and veggies thing, lol.

Have a great Thursday!!

Jen415
01-25-2008, 11:11 AM
Hey all!

Slim, I reckon you need to disguise them with cheese, bacon bits, etc.!

I am feeling really good with this way of eating! 6.5 lbs in 5 days is pretty good too!

Jen415
01-26-2008, 10:05 AM
Mornin y'all! another pound down, for a total of 7.5 lbs in 6 days! :) The scale said 317.5!

I probably won't continue to weigh myself every day after the first couple of weeks. I'll probably just keep it to once or twice a week. Although that may be hard, because Alan (my SO) likes to weigh every day...in fact he weighs a few times a day--a bit compusive! LOL

We're working on finishing his office here at home. We bought the flooring last night and are finishing the painting this morning so we can start the floor. He picked a paint color called Brandy Butter, which is a bright happy color! It will keep him stimulated while he works! LOL

We're going to see friends tonight for game night. Our plan is to eat a good meal before going so we won't be tempted by any snacks there.

Have a great Saturday!!

midwife
01-26-2008, 10:35 AM
Yeah, Jen! That is fantastic!

I bet with the faux spuds you could do half cauliflower and half potatoes all smashed together to start for picky kids and dhs, and slowly decrease the ratio of potato: cauliflower.

As for me, I have lost about 2 lbs this week. Amazing what a strict policy of no seconds at dinner/no fast food will do.

Louie
01-26-2008, 11:14 AM
Good Morning :coffee:

Congrats Jen and Midwife on your loss this week !!
Nothing exciting to report from my little corner of the world. Not sure what I will get up to this weekend - although as always I am sure the time will fly by.

TTYS :D

newstart33
01-26-2008, 03:13 PM
Congrats Jen and Midwife on the weight loss this week. Good for you.

I have been having a so so week so far. No weight loss, but no gain either so that is a good sign. We were away for three days and I tried to eat sensible without eating just salad. I was pleased to see no gain when I got home. Time to get back on track and have a loss for this week. It has been a couple of weeks since I have seen a change on the scale.

Jen, you sound like you are enjoying the low carb diet. I give you credit to limit your carbs like that. I can handle not having the starches, but it is the veggies and fruit that I really miss.

Jilly, how are you doing? You were sure off to a good start, hoping things are still going well for you. Thanks for the soup recipe. It sounds delish.

Okay, off to scout out a stuffed mushroom recipe for supper. If not I guess I will have to make one up. Really, how can I screw that up.

Have a great weekend everyone, keep on losing.

soon2beslim
01-26-2008, 08:09 PM
Hi all,

Congrats Jen and midwife!!
Thats a great idea to mix the faux spuds and slowly decrease. I'll try that!!

Newstart - now loss is better than a gain, I'm sure you'll see a change soon. Keep looking up!!

I did another measurements and weigh in lastnight at curves. My last one was 12 days ago. My weight went up, I'm not going to change my ticker yet, but my inches are down 1.25. I have lost at total of 12.5 inches since starting on Nov. 5 2007. I'm happy with that. The lady there said not to worry about what the scale says, as muscle weighs more than fat. She said to give it time and eventually I should see the weight go back down. I will trust her for now, and see what happens. What do you all think?

Have a good weekend, Keep on lossing!!

jillybean720
01-27-2008, 06:48 PM
Hi, all! It's been a few days since I posted, I know, but I was at my sister's for the weekend for my niece's 1st birthday. The day of her party (Saturday), the investigator called and said they have officially issued a warrant for the old babysitter's arrest and that they would be filing criminal charges against her, so my sister and her husband can expect to be subpoenaed in the next 2-4 weeks. They must have found some evidence from other kids the lady watched, but they're not allowed to talk about that yet. Izzy (my niece) gets the cast off her leg on Wednesday. Yay! Oh, and my sister quit her job, so she will be staying home with Izzy now. She'll do some work from home for the company her husband works for, so that worked out well.

Anyway, on to me :p At Izzy's party, I had NONE of the following: cake, icing, ice cream, cookies, fruit (not allowed on SB Phase 1), Chinese food (they ordered out for dinner). All I had was some broccoli with a little ranch dip and some small cheese cubes. For dinner, while everyone else had Chinese, I had a salad and some broccoli and cheese soup. Overall, I stuck to plan as much as humanly possible over the weekend :dizzy: I say "as much as humanly possible" as opposed to "perfectly" because there's a chance there was some sugar in my salad dressing and/or some flour in my soup (used as a thickener). Other than that, I'm very proud of myself. We'll see what the scale says in the morning, though :o

AWESOME job, Jen! I've got my fingers crossed for 317.5 on MY scale tomorrow morning!

soon2beslim, definitely give the scale some more time. If your measurements are still going down, then you're obviously doing something right. The scale measures only your body WEIGHT, not your body FAT, so you could be losing fat even if the scale is going up since there are about a million and one reasons the scale can go up other than increase in fat :dizzy:

I think I'm going to try to make some mashed cauliflower tonight to have with dinner tomorrow night. I'll add some sour cream and maybe even some cream cheese. Maybe I'll use some cheese and cook up a bit of bacon to top it with, too. I've tried it before with not much success, but I'm definitely willing to try it again. I know I've had some very tasty mashed cauliflower at restaurants, so I just need to find the right mix of healthier ingredients to make it work.

jillybean720
01-28-2008, 08:20 AM
I know no one else has posted since I last did, and I hate to double post, but I had to share my happiness...

I got on the scale this morning 3 times (including letting it turn of and back on once in between weighings to ensure accuracy!), and all 3 times it said...

315.5! yay! That means I successfully lost weight even while being away for the weekend :carrot: That is a HUGE victory for me! Travelling typically equates to weight disaster for me, so this is very encouraging :)

Jen415
01-28-2008, 10:46 AM
Way to go, Jill! I am so very proud of you! You did awesome! You proved that you are stronger than any temptation that comes your way!!

I was able to resist temptation myself on Saturday. We were at a friend's house for game night, and I did not eat anything there!! It helped that we had a good low carb meal before going.

Newstart: Low-carbing is actually pretty easy for me! The only thing I still struggle with is sweets, but not in a big way as before. This has helped me detox from sugar--I have been sugar free for eight days now!!

Midwife: congrats on your loss! :)

Slim: inches are really more important, aren't they? I mean, that is the evidence of sticking to your program more than dropping weight on the scale. Great job!

newstart33
01-28-2008, 11:15 AM
Congrats Jill, it is always great to see the scale down more than you were expecting. I am so proud of you for sticking to your plan while away. I find it very hard. Worth a dancing carrot for sure.:carrot:

Jen, congrats on being sugar free for eight whole days. You will probably notice that things will tase so much sweeter the first few times that you do end up eating it and it isn't as appealing.

Soontobe, you are doing great, the inches lost is great and even though the scale doesn't move your clothes will be feeling more loose.

My goal is/was 10lbs down for this month. I am 2lbs away and I think if I step it up a gear I could lose those last few pounds. Wish me luck.

Keep on losing everyone.

midwife
01-28-2008, 01:00 PM
Woot! We are some on-plan, fat-losing chickies!

Jill, that is so fantastic! The loss is wonderful, and I am so impressed with your determination and resolve at the birthday party.

And Jen, too! You guys have iron-wills!

Newstart, 8 pounds so far is terrific! Good luck with those last two to make your goal!

Soontobe, I agree that inches lost are awesome! Scales are just one measurement of progress and they are not the best. Keep on your plan and your goal will come closer, I know it!!

When I weighed yesterday morning, I was down 20 pounds from the end of September. Hardly speedy weight loss, but both my exercise and my eating are things that I can live with. I went off plan a little bit yesterday. A midwife student I have been working with baked me a chocolate cake as a thank you. I had one piece and it was really good. The nurses helped with the rest. I adjusted my calories for the day accordingly and there you go.

Have a great day, ladies!

Jen415
01-29-2008, 10:30 AM
Morning, gals!

I made an awesome low carb dinner last night: a casserole with chicken breasts browned in olive oil and garlic, then put on broccoli and covered with a cheese, mushroom and heavy cream mixture. Baked to perfection!! :)

House_of_Mirth
01-30-2008, 09:41 AM
Hey everyone it sounds like you are all doing really well!! I am very proud of everyone.

I'm sorry ive been away for so long but its tax season and I'm a "part time" preparer and I have been swamped. Ive been putting in 30+ hours a week at the tax site and 8 hours at my second job and I have four college classes plus job application for next year and I can barely find time to sleep, let alone post. Peak time is over in two weeks and I should have a little more time to keep things together and post. And I'll definitly need it. I suspect I am going to put on 10 pounds this tax season.

Anywho, sorry for venting and I hope to be posting more regularly soon.

Again great job everyone!

P

Jen415
01-30-2008, 10:33 AM
Hi y'all.... I noticed the scale was up about a pound this morning. I think I am going to start weighing in just one day a week, because these fluctuations play with my head! So my official weigh in day will be Sunday.

P: that has to be a crazy job for four months a year! But folks really appreciate the help you give them!

jillybean720
01-30-2008, 10:59 AM
Jen, I so hear ya--I like to weigh frequently when I first start something new, but it's getting to be that time when I need to back off the scale a bit. I'll use Wednesday mornings as my "official" weekly weigh in since I started SB on a Wednesday.

P, you sound insanely busy! We'll look forward to seeing you aorund more when tax season is over!

As for me, I'm done with Phase 1!!! I am "allowed" whole grains, fruits, and other good carbs on Phase 2, but for now, I'm only going to add in some fruit. I'll think about maybe adding bread a couple times a week when I get below 300.

Slashnl
01-30-2008, 09:11 PM
I was wondering if I can get back in this loop? I started posting awhile back on this thread, but then I got sick and have been out of circulation for the last couple of weeks. I'm way behind on my exercising and feel like I'm starting over. I am not completely over this flu (or whatever it is) and it has kept me down and exhausted. But, I think I'm getting better!!! I just really like the support here, so I hope I can fit back in!!

Congrats Jill on your success!

midwife
01-30-2008, 09:19 PM
Hi Diane! Glad you are feeling better. Glad to see you!

Jill, congrats on finishing the first stage of South Beach. Your determination is awesome!

Hi Mirth! Good luck with tax season!

Jen, I'm sure the pound is just a blip. Begone, blip!!

I had pizza for lunch and did not plan that. No excuses. It is what it is and it too is but a blip on my epic journey to health.

Jen415
01-31-2008, 11:30 AM
Hey y'all....

Yep Midwife, it was just a blip....it was gone this morning. But I am not going to weigh myself again until Sunday. The number that pops up on that scale should not matter so much!

Diane: Welcome back to "the loop"! :)

Slashnl
02-01-2008, 09:40 AM
Jen, it is so hard to not be so scale focused! I know that I have to make myself weigh only once a week or I get crazy about it. Speaking of, I'm going to brave the scale on Monday. Spooky! I'm feeling better now so it is time to get back to walking and being accountable with the scale!!!

Hope everyone has a good Friday and weekend!

jillybean720
02-01-2008, 10:21 AM
My weight has been sliwly creeping back up again, but I know exactly why. I've been eating more volume-wise lately instead of sticking to smaller portions. I've been doing this because I don't feel well, and while I know a lot of people lose their appetite when they're sick, I feel better when I'm eating. The biggest thing for me is that my throat hurts, and eating makes it feel better, so I'm almost constantly trying to eat. Also, my nose is stuffy, and hot (temperatur-wise) and spicy foods help me with that, so I've been eating more for that, too. Like this morning, I had a can of Progresso's Light Southwestern Style Vegetable soup for breakfast :dizzy: It's only 60 calories per serving, 2 servings per can (so 120 calories total), but it's quite the dose of sodium, and an extra 120 here and there adds up very quickly!

Anyway, I know I need to get back on track. We'll see how I feel after the weekend.

Jen415
02-01-2008, 11:05 AM
Hang in there Jill!! Once you get beyond this little illness you will do better! How's your water consumption? That will counteract the sodium.

Since today is the first of the month, I got on the scale (even though I said I would wait until Sunday). I am doing a video diary on the first of every month, and I announce my weight on it. (I've released 4.5 lbs since the first of the year.)

I'm looking forward to having a nice loss to report on March 1st! I'm a bit stuck on the scale at the moment--I'm looking for a big whoosh in the next couple of days!

Have a great day y'all!

Louie
02-02-2008, 11:03 AM
Hi, Ladies :wave:

Sorry I have been MIA this week. Not sure where the time goes, but have had trouble getting here to say hi.

Hope you all have a great weekend :D

Slashnl
02-02-2008, 12:29 PM
Hey Jill. I know how hard it is to keep losing when you are feeling sick. I just came through that. I have no answers for you, but try to not get discouraged. At some point, you'll feel better and then you can hit it hard again and watch the weight come off!

Jen: Congrats on the weight loss! That's great. You have a really good start to the year. I hope to catch up soon!

I'll get on the scale on Monday and get cracking again. I need to go to the grocery store and plan some good meals, particularly for lunch, so that I don't have any more excuses. Then, on to more exercise. I just wish that winter would loosen its grip on us and let some warmer weather come in!!!

jillybean720
02-03-2008, 07:01 PM
Okay, so, my weight WAS going back up, but then today, it was back down to 315. Not complaining, that's for sure! I'm starting to feel a bit better, so tomorrow, I'm starting Phase 1 of South Beach again. I already planned my menu and logged it in at TDP. For the first time ever attempting a low carb day, my sodium is less than 3,000mg for the whole day while my protein is still over 100g--very good news! I may have to repeat this same menu multiple times :)

soon2beslim
02-04-2008, 11:17 AM
Hi all, I've been very busy....once again....but wanted to pop in and say HI.
I'll read all the posts and catch up later..

Way to go Jill!!!!

newstart33
02-04-2008, 11:23 AM
Jill, glad to see that your weight is going back down. Good job on starting phase one over again. That should kick your weight loss into gear.

Today is my weigh in and I am still hanging on at roughly the same place I was two weeks ago. I guess it is time to kick my butt in gear and start doing some exercise. I had a goal of 10lbs of Jan and didn't make it so I have added the last pesky pound on for Feb. I better lose them all, because the further I get behind the harder it will be to stay on track.

Anyone else weighing in this morning?

Have a good week and I will try to get back on before next monday.

jillybean720
02-04-2008, 11:44 AM
Well, my weight this morning was 317, so not horrible, but not great.

I was feeling much better yesterday and was quite productive--bathed and brushed both puppies, cooked a spaghetti squash for tonight's dinner, made dinner last night, did a couple loads of laundry...but then when I went to bed last night, I started coughing like crazy. I was coughing all night and didn't sleep well, and now this morning my chest hurts from coughing, my throat hurts, and my nose was all stuffed up again :( Not to mention I'm tired from not getting much sleep.

I'm still doing Phase 1 today, though. Most of what I eat is cold, so it still feels good on my throat. I just can't have any juice or ice cream. I just had some sugar-free Jell-o, and I had egg salad for breakfast. I'm still planning on having the spaghetti squash for dinner, too (with ground turkey breast in the sauce for protein).

I'm about done with what I absolutely needed to get done at the office today, so I'll hopefully be heading home in the next hour or so to nap. If I feel I have the energy, maybe I'll make my pasta sauce when I get home so I don't have to do it this evening (the later I put it off, the more likely I am to say, "screw it, I don't feel like cooking; let's eat out!":devil:).

Jen415
02-04-2008, 12:29 PM
HI gals:

Jill, it is SO EASY to say "screw it", isn't it? But for me, too much eating out is hard on my body and hard on the wallet! Hope you feel better soon!

Newstart: I'm in the same position you're in...the scale has only moved up in the last week. I havent been exercising either..so it's time for me to kick it into gear.

Slim and Slash: great to see you gals! I've got to get to the grocery tonight myself. I'll be doing some cooking when I get home tonight....I make a breakfast casserole that we eat from all week, and I ran out of eggs to make it for this week. Soooo.....

I did something really cool this weekend....two of my girlfriends and me did a photoshoot to give to our fellas for Valentines day. I'm not talkin' Glamour Shots--I'm talking an award winning photographer and a professional makeup and hair stylist with lots of different backgrounds, prope, etc. And get this....I did some of my shots NUDE. ME!! Un-freakin-believable! One picture was with 10,000 rose petals (a la American Beauty). I'm tellin ya....doing that shoot really gave my self-esteem and body image a real boost. I'm still on a high from it!! I can't wait to get the finished product!

jillybean720
02-04-2008, 12:37 PM
WOW, Jen, that's awesome about the photos! I'm definitely not in a place where I'd be comfortable doing that myself, so GO YOU! I would say I'd like to see how they come out, but that may not be 3FC appropriate :o

Slashnl
02-05-2008, 10:00 AM
Wow Jen! That's cool! I'm glad you had fun doing that. I'm not sure I could let go of my inhibitions enough to do that, so I'm impressed with you!
Well, I got on the scale yesterday. It was not great, but also not as bad as it could have been. I have a salad for lunch today and since it isn't supposed to snow today, I want to head out to do some walking at lunch. Now I want to see the scale go back down next week!!!
Have a good day everyone!

Jen415
02-05-2008, 01:38 PM
Thanks girls! I'll be glad to share them...probably would send by e-mail as opposed to posting them. I'm hoping to be able to crop one and use as an avatar....

One thing that helped me decide to do it: I have been waiting to do things until after I lose weight...and I realize I will always have my life on hold if I continue to think this way. So...NO MORE WAITING TO LIVE!! I'm doing what I want, weight or no weight!

newstart33
02-05-2008, 02:58 PM
Wow Jen, that is amazing, way to go on the pics. I would love to see them as well. I have thought of doing that for my husband many of times, but I would be so worried that the photographer would just be shooting away and I have would have rolls or cellulite showing everywhere. :) I can only imagine how gorgeous you looked and felt after being completely pampered.

I have been running on the treadmill yesterday and today. It feels so good to do it, I don't know why I put it off for so long. Hoping for a loss this week.

Hope everyone is doing well this week.

midwife
02-05-2008, 09:13 PM
Hey all,

Glad to see that you guys have had some good experiences this week! My week has been so-so. Eating ok, exercising ok, nothing spectacular. I am working more than usual and I have so much to do and I don't want to do any of it. Do you think the dishes will wash themselves? I keep hoping they'll walk off....a few more days and there might be enough life energy growing on them that they can!!!

Have a good one, y'all.

Jen415
02-06-2008, 10:06 AM
Hi y'all:

I signed up at The Daily Plate to track my food, but I really don't like it! I think I will look into Fit Day. I had an account there a long time ago.....

Midwife, I'd settle for so-so on the exercise thing! I have done NOTHING at all this week. I've THOUGHT about it alot though! But thinking doesn't burn calories like a walk on the treadmill, does it? LOL

Newstart: At first I was concerned about the photographer being judgemental of my body, but he wasn't at all! He has been a photographer since he was 11 and had his own dark room in the basement! And his favorite subject to photograph is WOMEN--regardless of shape, size or age. He is awesome! I've already seen what he can do with raw photographs to make them absolutely gorgeous, and I cannot WAIT to get them back! :):)

Here is a link to his site: www.imagesphotographystudios.com

The low carb eating is going pretty well! The weight is not dropping off like I thought it would though. I have had a few more carbs than I should in a day, which is probably why I haven't stayed in ketosis very long. That's why I wanted to start logging my food at TDP. Too bad I don't like it!!

jillybean720
02-06-2008, 10:25 AM
Jen, I have used both TDP and Fitday. They both have their ups and downs. I prefer TDP now only because Fitday's food database is so limited. I know you can add custom foods, but unless you find yourself eating the same things all the time, that gets pretty old very quickly. With TDP, I almost never have to enter my own foods--I just pick the one they already have that matches the label on my product.

Of course, my beef with TDP is that it's hard to figure out your serving sizes sometimes. For example, if they have something listed with 2T as the serving size, you have to enter how many servings you had. Well, if you were doing a recipe that had maybe a cup of that product, then you've got to figure out the number of tablespoons in a cup and divide by 2 to get the number of servings you consumed. And that's a straightforward example--some servings are in grams or ounces, etc....can get pretty mathematical! :dizzy: In Fitday, however, it lets you pick the measurement of the product. So if you enter a salad dressing with nutritional info in tablespoons, when you log it for the day, you can change it to cups, and it will do the math for you.

Anyway, that's my bit on that :p

I'm feeling a bit better today--much more human, if nothing else. I was still up at night coughing, so I'm tired, and my chest and stomach muscles hurt, but my throat is feeling better, and my nose isn't running or completely stuffed. Hurray!

I found some sugar-free maple syrup last night to try. I know there are many brands out there, but this one is by Walden Farms, and the ingredients list looked much better than any of the others. For one, it doesn't contain any sugar alcohols, so I have less fear of eating it since I've had *ahem* gastrointestinal issues as a result of sugar alcohol consumption in the past :o

I also discovered that Bloom (grocery store around here, incase they're not in your area) carries plastic pouches of already peeled hard boiled eggs. SCORE! Now I know that if I don't have a lunch, I can go to the store and grab a pouch of those and make my own egg salad. I've purchased egg salad at grocery deli counters a few times, but they all have sugar, so making my own would be much better.

OH, and I FINALLY found some no sugar added ketchup made with Splenda. I've found the hardest part of the lower carb eating for me is the lack of my favorite condiments. I tried following a recipe I found here on 3FC for a no sugar added ketchup, but it didn't come out so hot (very runny). I've also come to make my own tartar sauce from mayo and no sugar added sweet pickle relish. Now if only I could find a no sugar added barbecue sauce...again, I tried making one at home with a recipe I found on here, but it was really nothing like barbecue sauce in the end :dizzy:

Jen415
02-07-2008, 09:26 AM
Yay for the egg find, Jill! The Publix markets around here do the same thing. Very handy! :)

What brand of no sugar added ketchup did you find? I found a bottle of Heinz at the store the other day.

Sometimes us low-carbers have to IMPROVISE! LOL

Forgot to add: I'm trying something a little strange on the exercise front. I work in a building where I am the only female, so I get my own bathroom! Anyway,yesterday, every time I went to the bathroom, I would do 20 squats before I walked out. (This is a pretty roomy bathroom, so I could do this with no problem.) Yesterday I was able to do 80 squats! Granted it's not much, but it is something!! I plan to do a minute of some kind of exercise each time I am in the bathroom today--let's see how it goes!

Slashnl
02-07-2008, 09:48 AM
Jen, good idea on the squats. I work in an office of about 20 females with one bathroom. And it is the size of a small closet, so I would have to be creative in doing squats! ha! But things like that can really make a difference! Good, creative thinking there!

jillybean720
02-07-2008, 10:36 AM
Jen, mine is the Heinz "one carb" ketchup--probably the same one you have. I did find a no sugar added ketchup at Whole Foods, but because it was Whole Foods, there were also no artifical sweeteners of any kind. It tasted like seasoned tomato paste :p Great going with the squats! Every little bit adds up!

Slash, I share a bthroom with MANY women, too. Plus, it seems like half the time when I need to go to the bathroom, the cleaning people are in there cleaning, which would be fine, except they're MEN, so they prop the door open, and you can't go in there while they're cleaning. Damn these 2 liters of water I drink each day at the office! :devil:

I'm on Day 4 of Phase 1 (round 2!), and I'm still doing pretty well. My scale was still pretty happy this morning, though I'll wait till Monday for my "official" reading.

I brought the puppies to the vet this morning for their big snips--when I pick them up, I will have 2 genderless puppies and no fear of mutant incestuous offspring!

newstart33
02-09-2008, 10:44 AM
No posts yesterday, where was everyone?

I am here mostly to vent. I know that I shouldn't be stepping on the scale as often as I do, which I probably do at least 3 times a week. I am still waivering 1-1.5lbs back and forth during the week, so probably not a true loss yet. I do realize that there are things I could be doing differently and number one is drinking more water, as well as probably eating a bit more. I am loosely following the weight watchers plan and I know that I am not consuming my full points in a day. I believe that I am allowed 28 points and yesterday I consumed 18. I still ate three times a day, but ate a lot of veggies and they are not high point counters. I don't get a chance to eat while at work so it is breakfast, lunch and dinner for me those days. I realize that eating less slows my metabolism, but I am not starving myself so what is going on?
Feb is almost half over and I have lost only 1lb so far. I still celebrate the pound gone, but truly would like to meet my goal for each month.

Vent over, hope everyone is having a better week than I am.

Slashnl
02-09-2008, 12:00 PM
Newstart: Sorry to hear about your frustrations. I know how that is. I think you just need to keep on it and keep trying. When I hit those times... which happens a lot... I try to remember that there isn't any other option than to keep trying. We can't stop now! If I went back to the old ways, how much more weight would I have??

I definitely feel your pain, though. My problem has been trying to get over this flu thing I have had. I'm going into my 4th week and it is getting better, but the cough kills me sometimes. With the weather being cold, it makes it difficult. I am so tired of snow!!!!!!! I can't believe that I keep wishing and praying for 40 degree weather. Usually by now we're in the mid 40's, approaching 50's. Oh well, nothing we can do about it, I guess.

Hey Jill, midwife, Jen, anyone else: How's it going??

Have a good weekend.

jillybean720
02-10-2008, 02:47 PM
Whew, we certainly are dying off here, aren't we? Hopefully, that just means people have found other places to post, not that they've completely fallen off the wagon!

I know I have been posting a lot in the South Beach section. I went off plan for Friday night and Saturday, but I'm back on now. I'm still at a lower weight than I was when 2008 started, so all has not been in vain!
I have had quite a productive weekend. We went and picked up Bean (our female puppy) from the vet yesterday morning--she'd had to stay there 2 nights after she got spayed on Thursday (we were able to pick up her brother on Friday evening). They're both doing well--we're just trying to keep them from playing too rough while they recuperate.

Anyway, after we brought her home, I spent a lot of time in the kitchen. I chopped some veggies, made 2 sugar-free salad dressings (posted my recipes in the South Beach recipe section if anyone's interested), went out for dinner with Jeff, stopped at the grocery store on the way home, put the groceries away at home, and made some egg "muffins" last night (egg, cheese, turkey sausage, bacon, chopped spinach, and onion in muffin tins).

Today, I have already gone out and raked up all the leaves in our front yard and bagged them for the trash and cut down some dead plants in the garden. Now I'm crunching on a big salad, then head up to take a shower, and then we're off to dinner with friends tonight (I've already planned on what I'm going to order, and I'm even bringing my own salad dressing!).

I'll weigh in tomorrow morning as planned, but I'm not expecting much of a loss, if any, due to the time spent off plan and the few days when I was ON plan but ravenous and eating way too much food.

So yeah, I've been a bit busy! Hope everyone else is doing well!!

Louie
02-10-2008, 10:17 PM
Hi, Ladies :wave:

I have been trying to keep up with you over the past week, but have not been very successful ! I must make a point of taking a few minutes for myself at the end of the day to check in.

I was travelling a few days last week, so hopefully this week will be somewhat normal !

Take care and chat soon :D

jillybean720
02-11-2008, 08:38 AM
My scale held steady at 313 this morning, so down 4 pounds from last Monday :carrot: Down 2.5 from my lowest weight the week before that. Definitely making some progress (despite my many "cheats"). I'm going to try for as close to a perfectly on-plan week as possible this week--need to get OUT of these 300s!

soon2beslim
02-11-2008, 03:12 PM
Hi all,

Jill congrats on the weight loss!!!!!!!

Life seems to be a little crazy these days. I'll try to pop in more often. I had my weigh in on Friday at curves. My weight is up 1/2 a pound, but tom is due any day so I will not worry to much. But I am also down another 1/2 inch. That brings me down a total of 13 inches!! As long as the inches go down I'm happy, hopefully the weight will drop soon too.

Hope your all having a great day!!

Jen415
02-11-2008, 03:20 PM
Hi y'all....I'm still around, but reading more than posting. I haven't felt like I have had much to contribute lately, so I just stay quiet. I am staying away from the scales because they do my head in.....I give it way too much power, so I am skipping it for as long as I can. I'm tired of a hunk of metal and springs judging me every day! Whether I lose a hundred pounds or never lose another pound, I am ME and I am WONDERFUL!!
(/rant) Now that that's over....

Jill: Great job on the loss! :)
Slim: You're gonna be in no time!
Newstart: Not sure if you watch the Biggest Loser, but eating too few calories was addressed when three people on the same team admitted to practically starving themselves. Jillian really let 'em have it for that one! You can't eat too few calories--eventually it catches up with you.
slash: thanks for asking about me!

midwife
02-12-2008, 03:45 PM
Hi all,
I'm still around, too! Working a lot and very busy with the kids. I have mostly been working my plan. I did have a small binge with chips, dip and ice cream yesterday, but it is a small speedbump and I am moving on.

Yes, Jen, you are wonderful! :hug:

Soontobe, strong work on the lost inches!! :carrot:

Go, Jill! You are doing such a great job staying on plan. I know you will be out of the 300s very soon! :carrot:

Hi Louie! Just make sure you are taking time to relax and take care of yourself. I shall take my own advice! :dizzy:

Newstart, I am a BIG believer in eating enough calories. Sometimes just adding in some avocado, a drizzle of olive oil, a few olives or some nuts will bump your calories and help you get to that sweet spot! ;)

Diane, I am SO done with winter! And I'm south of you, where we don't have too much snow or freezing temps. Come on, summer! :cool:

newstart33
02-14-2008, 11:42 AM
I am still around as well. Have been having an okay week so far. Today is Valentine's day and I am cooking my husband's favorite meal and for dessert I made a chocolate and raspberry fudge cake. I had a taste, yummo. I won't partake in it though. What on earth I am going to do with the rest of the cake I don't know.

Anyone else have Valentine's plans?

Hope everyone is having a good week.

Jen415
02-14-2008, 11:47 AM
Hi y'all...our Valentines plans aren't anything elaborate--just grilling steaks and watching TV snuggled up. Still, it will be enjoyable though! :)

Newstart: your cake sounds great!

jillybean720
02-14-2008, 12:18 PM
Jeff and I are going out to dinner. I didn't really want to since we already went out both Sunday and Monday night htis week, but he knows I hate to cook, so he didn't want me in the kitchen on V-Day. And he can't cook anything more complex than a Hot Pocket :dizzy:

We're going to a Brazilian restaurant near us. They have servers who bring the freshly cooked meat right to your table and carve it onto your plate. I'll be having some variation of chicken, turkey, different cuts of steak, pork, sausage...at least it's a good choice for low carbers!

Jen415
02-15-2008, 10:14 AM
Well gals, the valentine's pics are back, and the verdict is in...

I am officially HOT!! :) (See my avatar!)

I've got other shots, but would probably do better sharing those privately....

jillybean720
02-15-2008, 10:24 AM
Jen, that photo in your avatar is GORGEOUS! Wow, that is just awesome. Any others you care (or dare! ;) ) to share, you can PM me.

Hope everyone had a fabulous Valentine's Day! Jeff got me a steel flower (he works in a metal shop)--the only flower I have that will never die. And it's engraved with a little "inside" message, which is really sweet. We had a great dinner, and I hardly went off my program at all. I had a LOT of meat (pork loin, chicken, New York steak, sausage, top sirloin, prime rib...) and some seafood salad, roasted veggies (broccoli, yellow squash, and zucchini), chickpeas, and black beans from their salad bar. I didn't get a salad only because I was unsure of the ingredients in the dressings. I know my fat was higher than it should have been for South Beach, but overall, I did extremely well on limiting my sugar intake. I'll just be drinking some extra water today for all the additional sodium :dizzy:

newstart33
02-15-2008, 10:50 AM
Jill, good for you for sticking to the plan. I am having a hard time the last couple of days. I have had a few chips, and some sugar. Once I had a taste though it is hard to walk past it. Kudos.

Jen, your avatar pic is fabulous. I would love to see some others if you are willing to share. You can pm me if you want to share. BTW you are HOT!

midwife
02-15-2008, 11:47 AM
Fabulous picture, Jen!!!

I'll check back later and write more. :-)

Jen415
02-15-2008, 11:59 AM
Thanks for the compliment girls! Check your PM's!

Jill, WTG on sticking to it last night! :)

soon2beslim
02-15-2008, 01:22 PM
Great Picture Jen!!!

Jill, WTG!!!!!

We had a quite valentines at home with the kids. We are going out tommorow, hopefully I will stick to it and not go overboard!!

jillybean720
02-18-2008, 12:04 PM
Howdy, strangers! Looks like this thread is about dead. That's okay--I think it helped some, for me, anyway. I weighed in at 309 this morning, so down another 4 pounds from last Monday. 10 more pounds and I'll really have something to celebrate!

Jen415
02-18-2008, 05:07 PM
Jill you are doing so awesome! Well done!!

soon2beslim
02-19-2008, 12:04 PM
That's great Jill...Keep it up and you'll reach you goals in no time!!

Jen415
02-20-2008, 10:21 AM
Hi gals--I am back on track! I'm losing water weight every day and am starting an exercise streak! I want to see how many days in a row I can do a minimum of 30 mins activity.

Hope all y'all are doing well!

jillybean720
02-20-2008, 11:12 AM
ugh, exercise--go, Jen! I know I'll have to add it in, but I just hate it SO much :devil:

Jen415
02-21-2008, 04:24 PM
I used to say that too....but I know that in order to be successful, I have to do it. So....I am slowly changing my mind about it. I am committed to 30 minutes every day with no excuses!

You will too Jill--I remember it was not too long ago that you were doing WATP very faithfully. You'll get back to it when you are ready.

midwife
02-22-2008, 01:01 PM
Hi guys!

Can you believe it is almost March?

I have been busy with life but sticking to my plan. Mostly. But what is great is that "mostly" seems to be enough. No drama here, just eating healthy and exercising most days.

It has been a weird week. Two women in their 30s who I know here in town died from cancer. They both have kids. It is so sad. Life is short and precious. I have been doing a lot of playing with the kids and reading to them. Other stuff is less important.

I'm proud of each of us for recognizing that health is important. Cheers!

Jen415
02-24-2008, 04:06 AM
Hi y'all! It's 3 am....and I must be lonely...LOL

No really, I'm unable to sleep....been having a long conversation with our houseguest and my mind is pretty wound.

The good news is--my weight keeps dropping and dropping!! And I have kept my streak alive!