100 lb. Club - Accountability/planning/menus - January 28 - February 3

01-28-2008, 06:34 AM
Welcome! Do you need some accountability? A place to list your plan? A place to list your menu? Support? This is the place to get it!!! We can do this!

01-28-2008, 06:42 AM
Hi folks - I had a wonderful weekend. :) Hubby had arranged a surprise anniversary party and I was really surprised! So many members of our family and even our grandson. It was so wonderful. We all went to a chinese restaurant and I am happy to say that I didn't overeat! :) :) :)

Tonight - DH and I will go to a fancy restaurant to celebrate - just the two of us.

Today I go back to the foot doctor to get my foot taped - it's helping. This week I go to get an ultra sound on my gall bladder to see if the back pain I have is from that. Also, I am going to an orthopedist when I can get in to help me come up with a plan to get me into my foot and ankle orthotic without it giving me back pain. That's where I am medically.

Plans for today -

breakfast - cottage cheese, 1/2 banana, peanut butter toast
lunch - open face ham sandwich on whole wheat bread, cauliflower
snack - apple, crackers
dinner - (out for our anniversary) broiled lobster tail, salad, asparagus, roll
snack - cereal, flax, milk

Rakel - the veggie soup is so good at Pananera. Good choice!

Ginger - I hope you all are feeling better soon at your house. Good food plan.

Purple - so exciting - all the rennovations. Yes, it can be challenging and sometimes stressful to make all those decisions. Enjoy the process as best you can. Maybe get some bathroom rennovation books or magazine at one of the big home improvement stores for more ideas. Hooray for you...down two pounds. Go girl! :carrot::carrot:

Everyone have a great and healthful day! :D

01-28-2008, 09:31 AM
Good morning, 3FC Friends!

Thank goodness for fresh starts! I totally blew my plan this weekend and I have a two pound gain as my reward. My emotions are getting the best of me. One of my good friends...who lives right across the street...is moving back to Florida on Sunday.:( I've been feeling very down and using food to try to make myself feel better. Unfortunately, it does help temporarily, but it comes with a big price. Today, I feel sluggish from too much sugar and carbs and I'm now fighting the lousy emotions from having a gain on the scales.

Purple - Congratulations on your 2 pounds loss! :carrot:
Schmoodle - Are you and Hubby still feeling okay? Hopefully, you'll get passed over on this one.
MJ - Have you recovered from your wings incident? Glad you had some relaxation time this weekend. I love What Not To Wear! I've asked my family to "secretly" submit me for a makeover when I lose the weight. According to my daughter, I need it badly right now! :)
Ginger - How are you feeling today?
Rakel - Congratulations on planning ahead for Panera and doing so well with you choices! I love Panera, but its the pastries that call my name.
Beverly - Happy Anniversary! Hope you enjoy you special dinner with Hubby.

As of today, I begin with calorie counting. My Southbeach plan has been very good to me...30 pounds worth of good!...and, it helped me to reverse my insulin resistance. I'm not giving up on eating Southbeach approved foods as the eating plan is extremely healthy. But, I'm getting stalled on the weight loss and need to start tracking my consumption of calories and making this a priority. I have my handy-dandy spreadsheet ready to go and I'll track every single calorie that goes in my mouth!

Hope everyone has a great on-plan day.

01-28-2008, 09:51 AM
Rhonda--I think SB and calorie counting would work well together. One tells you what to eat, the other how much, no conflict there.

I blew it this weekend as well :( I realized this is the last week of the month, so I will weigh in Thursday for my monthly total and that will be my new weigh in day, and soon as I saw that I just started eating. I had this attitude yesterday like I just didn't care, I could start new tomorrow (today). I finally pulled myself together last night and realized that was the OLD me, and I did a good workout on the trampoline. I didn't even weigh this morning, I know it's up, I feel the bloating yucky feeling. BUT I am right back on plan today. Enough is enough. I will not let myself self destruct because I am close to where I stopped last time, I know that was behind yesterday's mad eating frenzy. Today it STOPS. I am determined to be safely at 227 or below by Thursday.

01-28-2008, 11:29 AM
Today's menu:
B - oatmeal bars, half a grapefruit, coffee
S - hard boiled egg, V8
L - refried bean soup
S - latte, celery with LCLC
D - meatball casserole, green beans
S - Greek yogurt

I don't know if I've mentioned it here, but forgive me if I'm repeating myself. I am on scale strike for a month, because the little bugger had just gained too much power over my psyche. It has been 10 days since I last weighed and I thought it would be really hard, but it hasn't. It has been very interesting because I think I am staying on plan better now that every day is just another on-plan day and not, "gah! I have to weigh in tomorrow", or "phew, I've got a whole week until I weigh, gorge, gorge, gorge".

Happy Anniversary Beverlyjoy!!!! DH sounds very sweet.
Rhonda, so far so good. Thanks for asking. I have combined SB with calorie counting in the past and it works great. I did it when I first started Ph2 because my concept of portions was a little off. :o I kept it up for three months until I felt like I had a handle on things. I would definitely go back to it if I hit a stall. I hope it helps you too.
Purple, awesome job of putting on the brakes! I am a firm believer that you can't really do all that much damage in a day. It's the next day and the next day that really count. And I would definitely skip the weigh in too, and give myself a couple of days to flush the old system. Don't beat yourself up, you are doing great and you can do this!

01-28-2008, 12:12 PM
Well, I'm off to orientation in just a bit here :) I'm nervous, but very excited.
I'll fill you in on all the details when I get home!

Also looking forward to changing my ticker tomorrow! I've got three pounds for this week so far! :crossed:

Wish me luck!!

01-28-2008, 01:08 PM
hey everyone!

Linda- good luck today :)
Schmoodle- I've wanted so badly to go on a "scale strike" because I tend to do the same things...I don't know if I can. DH and I have joked that he will take the batteries out after I weigh in on Monday and then put them back in next time I need to weigh in...I don't know if I would be happy or frustrated. I think when I stall or get discouraged I might do this!
BeverlyJoy - Congrats on your anniversary! Sounds like your surprise party was fun and you didn't go overboard on the Chinese food. Have a wonderful time tonight!
Purplefirefly - I believe in you!!! You sound so hard on yourself sometimes...I see your posts in the blue team TBL and the exercise thread and you inspire me SO MUCH! Hang in there :)
Rhonda - I'm very sorry to hear about your friend leaving, I'm sure that is hard and emotional. And it sounds like weekends is when you struggle the most...Hang in there, I think adding in calorie counting might really help get you through your stall.

Okay, so last night I ate 5 rice cakes for dinner. It's all I felt like, and quite frankly, I've lost my appetite for sure. I feel better today, maybe my hunger will come back. I'm kinda hoping it won't. :)

Today's Plan

B: oats and tea
S: apple
L: turkey soup
S: egg salad on Ryvita
D: chicken salad

I'm on 4 days straight of no exercise, and I want to change that.


01-28-2008, 01:56 PM
Hey everyone! I am super busy again today..I am SO sick of saying that! I'll catch up w/ you later tonight. Hopped on the scale this am, but NO change, it's ok. I'll keep plugging away!

01-28-2008, 02:42 PM
Good afternoon, ladies :sunny: I'm bringing in the sunshine, I think we all need it about now! I lifted the blinds just now and the sun poured in, yay! It's supposed to go into the 60s this week so i plan on hitting the track those days and getting the kids out to PLAY!

I just did the frontside DVD again and it was just slightly easier on some exercises, and even harder on others. I figured out it was the chair squats that hit my back so hard last time so I tried not to overdo those this time. I feel really good, about back to normal from yesterday's careless binge fest.

Linda--I'm thinking of you today, but I know you are doing awesome and will come home excited from you first day.

Ginger--I guess I am hard on myself, but it's because I am tired of my own excuses. I am the best at talking myself into things, out of things, lying to myself, etc. So when I let my emotions and fears take over I do get angry at myself now because I have proven in the past few months that I can do so much better! I don't know about inspiring anyone though, you could find better role models :lol: BUT I do exercise a lot because it's taking the place of food right now and allows me a bit higher calories to still lose, so it's just kinda in my plan right now. I find when I slip the eating goes right behind it.

Schmoodle--The whole "I have a week to weigh in, gorge, gorge," bit is SO like me when I first started. I thought I was the only one with such a distorted thinking! I lived to eat, but slowly healthier things have taken hold and I don't do that anymore...well, usually not :) I really hope staying away from the scale helps you get out of those destructive patterns.

Okay, I have to get my daughter soon and need to go shower first...no use stinking up the van with sweat :lol:

01-29-2008, 07:13 AM
Hi folks.... last night was fun. I ordered healthy foods...my lobster tail came with whispy thin onion rings. I ate some - they didn't agree with me later on. I tasted them all night long. When I got home from dinner - I compulsively ate lite ice cream left over from my surprise party. I threw the rest away - too much of a tempation. All in all - I did well with my food and all the celebrations and extra tempations of the last few days. I am satisfied.

Today I'll be working at home. My mom is coming over - they are turning off the water in her apartment building to fix the pipes. That should be nice.

My plans for today:

lots of water
paper work
journal food
eating class "homework"
PMA - positive mental attitude

breakfast - egg white scramble, natural peanut butter on ww toast, 1/2 banana
snack - clementine
lunch - hummus on pita, veggies, cottage cheese
snack - crackers, apple
dinner - creamed tuna and peas over toast, cauliflower
snack - cereal, milk, flax

Rhonda - the past is gone - everyday is a new beginning. I think you have a good idea - changing your strategy is fresh and new and can give you a good jump start.

Purple - I totalling understand about weighing and then the "I'll start tomorrow" thing. I did that for years. Glad to hear your "switched gears" in your head and will carry on.

Schmoodle - great plan. I agree about the scale - for some folks it just messed with their head. It's always been easy for me to overeat after a weigh in too. There's a calmness to eating healthfully and not worrying about the scale.

Linda - good luck at your orentation..hope it goes well!

Ginger - good plan for the day.

Mj5 - Hi!!! Hope all is well! Sometimes staying the same is good too.

cckayac - good calorie intake! I agree...there are times when I need to stay away from the scale too. Carry on.

I hope everyone has a GREAT and healthful day.

01-29-2008, 08:00 AM
GirlyGirl having another chance is always great at least noticing we have made a wrong choice or a few in most of my mistakes is a learning experience. So jump right back into action and show them who's boss here you can do it. I know that over the weekend I wasn't to great friday with a slice of pizza which wasn't that great and totally not worth the cals. and 6 little wing drums to go with it now they were good. If I had it to do over I would of just indulged on the wings. Oh well there is always another day to make it work. Good for you recognizing and being ready to give it another chance before things get out of reach. Thats my old mistake.
BeverlyJoy nice work and congrats.
Linda congrats!
Purplejoy let that sun shine in enjoy your day it surely gives us a lift of spirits.
Schmoodle I am also on a scale strike just going forward and I don't want to be let down I guess but someday I will step on it but not yet. I am trying to make positive changes with out it.
Well hello to anyone I missed. Gotta go to work!
My intake yesterday: Around 1350 cals no time to add them on here today.

01-29-2008, 10:43 AM
Good morning, Accountability friends!

Yesterday was my first day with calorie counting. I started off with one of three 1200 calorie days for the week. By last evening, I was starving! I need to take another look at my day and see if I can work in a bit more protein and healthy fats. This morning, I woke up with a terrible headache. I think the headache is because I was hungry. The very very good news is that my 2 pound gain is already gone. Yep, overnight I lost it. It must have been water weight from the sodium. So, this week, I should be able to post a great loss for the team. Go Blue! Today, I get to eat 1400 calories, so we'll see how I feel tonight. I hate to have to increase my daily calories too much as I really want to lose 2 pounds a week. Going by most of the calculators, I have to stay fairly low to lose 2 pounds. We'll see what happens this week.

I better get to work. With sleep-in today due to the headache, I'm running a bit behind. Hope everyone has a great on-plan day!

01-29-2008, 10:53 AM
good morning chicks.
Menu for the day:
B - turkey sausage, 2 eggs, coffee
S - 1 cup 3 bean salad, V8
L - meatball casserole, salad
S - latte, triscuits with LCLC
D - Shrimp and Almond Stir Fry
S - Greek yogurt with almonds and agave nectar

Linda, hope the first day on the job went well.
Hi mj5!
Ginger, I encourage you to take a scale vacation - don't wait until you are frustrated or demoralized! For me, it wasn't that, just that I realized I was focusing on it too much. I just wanted to see if I could do it. so far, so good, and I am loving it. I did have a moment yesterday, after reading how much somebody had lost last week, when I thought it wouldn't hurt to just take a peek, and started out for the bathroom. Luckily it's a long walk from the office, and by the time I got there, I had talked myself out of it. I am going to hold out for 2 more weeks.
purple, I hope so too. I wasn't really binging or anything, just I weigh in on Saturday AM, and Saturday night it was too easy to think that it would be alright to have a little popcorn with the kids or something like that. I will still have popcorn with the kids on occasion, but hopefully it won't be because weigh-in is a week away. That is dumb thinking!
Beverlyjoy :drool::hungry:, mmm lobster... That is the second time in two days someone has mentioned lobster to me. I think it's a sign that I need to have some soon. Now that it's in my head I'm sure it won't go away until I get some! Peaceful is exactly the right word to describe scale freedom.
cckayac, have a great day at work. Guess I should get some of that in now too. Glad to have some company on my scale strike.

01-29-2008, 10:55 AM
Rhonda, hope your head feels better! 1200 sounds so low, glad you get to eat a little more today. Are you alternating the 1200 and 1400 days?

01-29-2008, 01:16 PM
Hi everyone!

Okay, so yesterday I didn't eat exactly as I wrote it. I ended up having the egg salad for dinner instead of chicken salad, and I didn't feel like eating much. I dodged those biscuits DH made at 9pm with the chapstick.

I am doing something new today!

It's been since last thursday since I've eaten proper meals and portions (since being sick) and I don't want my body to think it's starving. So today I am going to try to add a bit of butter and a bit more calories into things I usually eat. Is this a bad idea? I'm not talking about a cheesies binge or potato chips.....or anything remotely like that. Maybe more olive oil on my salad today. I just want to make sure that my body doesn't "hold on" to the calories, because I'm sure some days I barely made 200 cal. for the whole day, yesterday I'm guessing maybe 900/1000 cal.

Anyhow, let me know what you think. I've gotta run and take the kids outside while there still is SNOW (we just got some last night) and it doesn't look like it's going to last.


01-29-2008, 01:37 PM
Rhonda--I have learned some tricks to not being hungry on 1200 calorie days. I limit them because it is hard for me to be so strict, but I have learned some things. First, I have "free foods" that I can eat all I want of, like lettuce and any salad greens really, cucumbers, and K2O Protein water mix. I don't count them in my calories and it has never effected the scale, even when I ate an entire head of lettuce in one day to avoid munchies! So, if I am hungry I make a salad of greens and cucumbers and cut up some lunch meat, and even if it is just that mixed together with my low cal/light dressing, it fills me up for just the calories in the lunch meat. The protein water helps me feel full and aren't many calories so I don't count that either. You also need to drink a lot of water, helps you feel fuller. And...PROTEIN! If I am tight on calories I make each meal with as much protein as possible.

I can't handle many 1200 days, and not at all if I am in the week before TOM. It takes too much to make sure each meal is going to really fill me up. There is no room for junk of any sort on those days, so I will take a half pound less for higher calories usually.

01-29-2008, 01:46 PM
Rhonda, hope your head feels better! 1200 sounds so low, glad you get to eat a little more today. Are you alternating the 1200 and 1400 days?

Hi Schmoodle. I'm following Jillian Michaels's advice, in her book Winning by Losing, to vary my calorie requirements each day in efforts to avoid plateaus.

Purple, Thanks so much for the suggestions. I'm anxious to see what happens this week and to see if I can eat more calories and still lose 2 pounds a week. According to the calculations from Jillian's book, I can have 9600 calories a week to lose 1.83 pounds. These calculations are including 6 hours of 400 cph cardio exercise. I'm trying a breakdown of 3 days at 1200, two days at 1400 and two days at 1600. We'll see what happens. Since my job is a seated job and I'm now 43 years old, apparently, my body may not need as many calories. :(

01-29-2008, 02:02 PM
TOM = 3 pound gain this week :(:mad::mad:

And I was doing so well!!

01-29-2008, 02:03 PM
Is that Jillian Michaels book worth getting? Sounds like some of the info is really good.

01-29-2008, 05:47 PM
Hi everyone. I know I have said this before, but today has been the busiest day EVER! The good news is, it wasn't anything terrible, just constant STUFF! UGH!

I hopped on the scale this am and I was down 1 lb...I may have to change my weigh in day! Mondays just aren't working for me! Oh well, I will keep working at it!

Hope everyone is doing well. I need to get back to doing my yoga in the am, it really helps keep me centered during the day.

I am getting out of work way, way late today, but I am going to head over to the gym for a brief cardio workout--don't want to get too far away from my routine! I figured if I came here and posted in first, it would be harder to skip the gym!

Tomorrow I am calling my ortho to get an appt about my knee. Just can't ignore it anymore.

I'll try to check in later, if not I WILL catch up tomorrow!

01-29-2008, 08:17 PM
Hi everyone! It's me!!! Ahh, it feels SO good to sit and relax for a bit. Last night I was feeling icky, so I passed on the gym, ran a couple of quick errands and came home. I ate, took some pm cold medicine and curled up w/ the dogs. It was SO nice to get some good sleep. Today I feel better. Last night I bought some great new bubble bath scents one is coconut-lime--it smells really tropical--think hawaiian tropic suntan oil and the other is grapefruit. I can't wait to try them out!

I did go to the gym for cardio tonight.

Today food has been bad--not bad choices, just haven't eaten much. I know this isn't good for me....I have to make time, even when 'too busy' to eat. I have a nice healthy dinner planned, so back on track there. Tomorrow I will start w/ a good breakfast and go from there.

Beverlyjoy--Thanks for starting us off this week! Staying the same is ok, although seeing that # drop is better!

Purple--Ooh, I must have missed your post about renovations! Sounds exciting and stressful! Good luck! Sounds like you are doing a great job re-grouping and getting back on track! Ooh, I want some of that sunshine and warm weather! It's cold and rainy here. Enjoy that sunshine for me too!

Rhonda--I'm w/ you on fresh starts! I am so sorry your friend is moving! You CAN do this!!!! I keep telling my hubby I want him to nominate me when I get to my goal weight! I would LOVE to go to NYC to shop!!!

Schmoodle--Good for you for your scale strike!

famograham--How's the new job?

kissingginer--How are you doing?

cckayac--How much longer until your trip?

jay--yea, I avoid the scale around TOM. The good news is, it should only be a temp gain.

Have a great night!

01-29-2008, 09:06 PM
Rhonda -- I'm trying a fresh start now too.

There have been lots of changes have been happening on my end, and I realize now that I've been using them as an excuse. It's true, it has been hard for me to get my exercise in, but that doesn't mean I should just fold up and give up without making a proper effort. What I've realized is that situations will always pop up that you can use as an excuse not to stay on plan, not to eat right or exercise. Some things are legitimate excuses, others are me just being lazy. I need to figure out a way to work around both of them.

Today, it was that I was tired... and I really was. The fire alarm when off for about 15 minutes early in the morning while John's mom was cooking breakfast and I never really got back to sleep after that. I've felt sluggish all day, but I decided that making excuses was no longer an option, so I got on DDR for about 35 minutes. I didn't do the entire workout that I normally do on DDR, but I didn't take "no" for an answer :P

I was down another half pound today, too -- whee! :D *off to finally change her ticker*

01-29-2008, 11:25 PM
I've been procrastinating writing this because it's going to take a long time to type out..:lol:

OK...we'll start yesterday morning ;)
I got up niiiice and early, got the kids ready for school and was right on track time wise, for getting to my orientation. Everything was going great. I looked good in my crisp white shirt.
SO, I decided to stop in at the police station to see if perchance, my criminal record check was ready. It was! I was thrilled. I paid for it and headed out to the parking lot...just the right amount of time to get to the office in Nanaimo.

I'm almost to my van, I take a step forward with my left foot...it slips (the parking lot is icy and slushy)...I try to catch myself with my right foot, thinking it's still possible to save myself...NOPE!!!! I lost all control and everything happened in slow motion...NNnnooooooooo!!!!!!
I fall flat on my front...grinding my crisp white shirt into the mucky, sandy slush!!! I was soaked from my knees, up to my boobs. "OMG...what if someone saw me???" was my first thought!
I looked around and got up as quickly as possible. Nobody saw me. I got in my car and headed straight back home, feeling like SUCH an idiot! (of course, picturing the perennial fat girl on funniest home videos)
I knew I was going to be late, but I just went as fast as I could.
I walked in the door, hubby was home sick and helped me change as quickly as humanly possible. It took all my strength not to cry and mess up my makeup...but I did it. My hands were shaking from the adrenalin.

I made it to my orientation (40 minute drive) ten minutes late..apologizing profusely. LUCKILY, there is a private portion of the orientation when you sign papers regarding taxes and stuff...and Claire was in her office doing that portion with another girl who was doing it at the same time as me!

SO, after THAT...everything went great! It was almost a three hour meeting, signing all sorts of privacy, ethics, code of conduct agreements etc..
We got to ask tons of questions and learn all about how everything works.

Today, I am EXTREMELY sore...mostly my back, ribcage, shoulders...but I am happy :)
AND, tomorrow I have my very first client 10-1...woo-hoo!

So I'll be popping a ton of ibuprofen tomorrow morning!

There you have my very long story! Please feel free to laugh :lol:


01-29-2008, 11:42 PM
:hug: Linda, I am SO sorry to hear about that fall...ouch! I am glad the day turned out okay and YAY for the job. I just posted in the weigh in thread for you and I feel kinda bad because I just post in there for you, and did for ginger the other day, but I didn't say anything to the others. I'll have to just do it here or include everyone I guess. I just wanted to cheer you guys on because I am so proud of you :)

rakel--fake it 'till ya make it! That is exactly where I have been the past week or so, just forcing myself and fighting myself every inch of the way. Keep going, I know we will both pull through soon...those phases where everything clicks and seems so effortless are always around the corner.

mj--so glad to hear you get some relaxation...you deserve it!

01-29-2008, 11:48 PM
BTW--I feel I am going to be at 229 FOREVER!!!! I was so happy to break the 230s, then I hit 227 (where I quit last time) and immediately after that I have been struggling. I cannot get stuck here, I have to get over the fears that come with 227. People are noticing and I"m about to go buy some new clothes and it will really be noticed and I have been fighting that big time.

I really, really want this weight gone. I want to be happy with myself again and to feel good again, and for my children to have the best mother possible. But this fat is a major comfort zone and leaving it is scary. people looking at me, no matter what the reason, is petrifying. I just know inside that I am going to get past this eventually, but I don't see how I will get there at this point. I am fighting myself too hard, it's insane!

I have a friend (Pam, who is around her somewhere) and she told me she would just eat up the attention. The comments I get would make her work harder, but it is the opposite for me. Lots and lots of emotional reasons why I put this weight on, and right now I am facing them.

math puppy
01-30-2008, 12:22 AM
hello! i never really looked in the accountibiblity thread, but im glad i did! this is a great place!

purple- i know how you feel about getting the attention! i have this one guy friend who is trying to be encouraging, but ugh! i wish he would do it diffrently!

rakel- good job not taking no for an answer and ddr-ing :) i will use you as my inspiration to do my sit ups tonight even if its TOM for me

famograhm- OMG! thank god no one will be putting that on youtube..ever! im glad you made it to the orientation okay, sounds like they didnt mind too much. im sure no one will even remeber you were late a few weeks from now!

girlygirlsebas- i hope the headachs dont give you anymore trouble!

i missed my kungfu class tonight because i have bad tom cramps and just wanted to soak in a tub tongiht...unfortuatly i also wanted to give into my craveings!! arrgh!

heh, i tried to be as resposible as i could and still get a treat, so i counted up my calories and now i cant eat anything else tonight (cept lettuce maybe?).

im okay with it :)

well im off to do my sit ups as rakel inspired me to do! gah! (whip cracks)
oh yea side note. eversince i started learning kungfu i have been doing regular sit ups (3x a week) and i have (gasp) actually noticed a diffrence!!
now when i do sit ups in class i can actually keep up! its totally a mile stone for me, my next goal is to be able to keep up with out turning purple! ha ha!
wish me luck on that one :P

01-30-2008, 06:21 AM
Hi folks... I made it thru last night without bingeing. (overeating by a few hundred calories was a gift, really) All this physical stuff really got to me last night. I go early this morning for the ultra sound on my gall bladder to see if that's where my back pain comes from.

Good news...I lost 2 pounds. :) I got on the scale yesterday. That feels so good.

I'll catch up with folks when I can.

ultra sound on gall bladder
PMA - positive mental attitude
write down food and values

breakfast - natural pnb on whole wheat toast, turkey bacon, blueberries
lunch - morning star farm veggie burger, lite cheese, lite bread, lite mayo, cauliflower
snack - yogurt, flax, clementine
dinner - ww pancake, turkey sausage, sf syrup, green beans
snack - cereal, milk, fruit

Everyone have a GREAT day.

01-30-2008, 08:42 AM
Good morning, Everyone!

Yesterday was rough with the headache. It lingered for most of the day. Today, I'm headache free and feeling great. So, I have no excuses to not workout today, right?

MJ and Beverly - Congratulations on you losses! :carrot:
Ginger - I think adding healthy fats is a great way of boosting your calorie number.
Jay - Jillian Michael's book 'Winning By Losing' is pretty good. She does provide some good information re: our metabolism and working out.
Rakel - I agree. No more excuses....we will do this!
Linda - I'm sorry! I did have to laugh just a bit. I'm glad that your tumble didn't ruin your orientation. Hope you enjoy your day with your new client.
Purple - I understand about getting stuck. I've been playing around with the same 3-4 pounds for months now. I just want to break through the 230's and get going. I'm glad to see you addressing your fears and not letting them de-rail you this time. Keep going. You can do this!
MP - So glad you decided to join us. Please post often so we can get to know you. Do you do actual sit-ups or crunches?

Calorie counting is going okay for me so far. Its kinda weird though....I find myself filling up quickly and not being able to eat my whole lunch or dinner. Then, an hour later, I'm starving. Today is another 1200 calorie day. I plan on adding some cheese and peanut butter into my day somewhere. I really don't like feeling hungry! Also, I haven't worked out in about a week. Its time to get my buns moving again. I know the scales won't move unless I get committed on the exercise.

Beverly - I'll be thinking of you today. Please let us know how everything goes.

Hope everyone has a great on-plan day.

01-30-2008, 08:56 AM
Rhonda I am a calorie counter it works best if I keep a little notebook and also preplan. I usually don't get hungry or feel to deprived but I guess its what are choices are that make a difference. I try to eat some eggs almost daily. In fact I boil them and then have them on hand for breakfast or lunch salads. I find the fiberone bars at only 140 cals tasty and satisfying for snack times. Good luck! Hope these tips help.
Mj5 my trip isn't until 3/25 and its for a nice 3 weeks in Maui with my family. How cool is that. I can't wait but the new me with the healtier living and life style will be working quite well by then. It gives me a really nice time limit to beable to make some good changes. I have been going at the gym at a pretty regular pace since the week before christmas. I feel the change and still am on scale strike for a bit. I do read many things that say the scale keeps us on task but this one time around just for some odd reason decided to do it this way. Now I feel the difference and ck it in the mirror as well and with clothing fits etc... I have also switched from drinking coffee here in there to only in the a.m. and then switch to tea which I brew in a one cup maker on my desk. Its nice and gives me a little boost once in awhile with not snacking but sipping tea. Catch yah all another day its work, exercise tonight.
B- bagel 1/2 ww/ 2 hard boiled eggs
L-ww 6 inch veggies sub/ light dressing cheese
S- Fiber one 140
D- broiled salmon/ 1/2 baked potatoe w/ sc/ veggies steamed
S- yogurt 100 cals add a few walnuts/ 10 choc. semi chips
Exercise: treadmill and machines today 1 hr.

01-30-2008, 10:36 AM
good morning my little 100-lb. darlings!

Today's menu:
B - chocolate cheesecake smoothie, coffee
S - hardboiled egg, V8
L - leftover shrimp stir fry
S - latte, applesauce
D - Fireside White Bean and Sausage Soup, salad, triscuits
S - 1/2 cup NSA butter pecan ice cream

Ginger, I'd go with the olive oil over the butter, as it is a good-for-you, unsaturated fat. It is hard to try to stay on plan when you are sick, but your body definitely needs those healthy calories to get better.
purple, may I make a suggestion? Now that I am the high priestess of scale avoidance, since the number is freaking you out so much, could you just not weigh for a while? Forget the number and focus on your plan and your exercise, and feeling healthy, and just not think about the losing weight part?
Rhonda, It'll take some experimentation, I guess, but I'm sure you'll find the right calorie balance for your loss goal.
mj5, have a great day! Hope things calm down for you soon.
Hi mathpuppy. Thanks for the inspiration! I have just started doing crunches and I'm excited about when I'll be able to see a difference.
jay41, You'll lose that water weight quickly. TOM does crazy things to my scale too. :hug:
rakel, good job on the exercise. Hope the job is going great!
Linda, ouchie wa-wa! That is so stressful when you're rushing to get to the first day on a job! And by the way, no decent human would laugh, they would help you get up and check if you were okay!
Beverlyjoy, good luck with your testing. And congrats on the loss!
Hi cckayac - a trip to Maui would be great right about now!

Just a normal day for me here. Work (yeah, time to get to it), some cleaning and laundry. Committee meeting tonight. I love normal days. :smug:

01-30-2008, 01:12 PM
Sorry everyone, no time for chit-chat this morning but I did read all your posts!! wish I could respond :(

Wednesday is my crazy daycare day at home with 7 kids under the age of 4. BUSY. And I am still planning to get on that treadmill in the playroom in about 15 minutes.

My plan:

Today I want to eat lighter than yesterday...I think I was able to convince my body it wasn't starving...I added olive oil in my salad (extra) and had popcorn last night (plain) while watching TBL but still it's extra calories. I can't watch TV and workout. I NEED music.

b: 1 pc. ww toast with PB. , tea, water
s: apple
L: salad with lots of veggies and just apple cider vinegar for dressing, no oil
S: low-cal, low fat spinach dip with carrots or cucumbers (no crackers!)
D: struggling with this one, DH and kids are eating leftover meatloaf....ummm, I doubt that is low-cal. Maybe I'll make an egg omelet/lots of veggies.
NO snacks tonight, just tea, water.

K, everyone! I'll catch up soon!

01-30-2008, 05:10 PM
Hi! I really thought today was going to be less hectic....HA!!!! The good news is, I made myself eat breakfast and stop for lunch....telling my co-workers was helpful w/ that! I have also re-organized my to-do list for tomorrow, so there is a good chance I will get a bit more accomplished, we'll see....I also FINALLY called and made myself a dentist appt (way over due for a cleaning) and an appt w/ my ortho to get my knee checked out. Phew, guess I accomplished more than I thought!

I am off to the gym, then home to make a grocery list. We are going to some friends to watch part of the superbowl and I am going to see how I can make some of our favorite snacks a little healthier.

TOM is here and it totally snuck up on me...now I can't wait for it to go away to see how much weight I have lost, I typically gain as much as 5lbs w/ TOM and if that's true this month too, I may have lost more than I realize!

Have a great day/night!

01-30-2008, 09:41 PM
Schmoodle--If I don't weigh in the morning I will gain all my weight back. It's my biggest motivation, and right now the number on there isn't the issue. The number bouncing around is a reflection of ME. I have not had good energy the past week and a half. Just feeling very lazy, depressed, not wanting to do anything. I haven't been as thorough with counting my calories and have not worked out half as much as usual, so the problem is me not the scale. I think these moods are normal though and i will pull through. It's the emotions ,not the scale, unfortunately. The scale would be so much easier to deal with. Seasonal for me as well, but I am starting to pull out of it. The old "fake it till ya make it" saying really works. I have jsut been forcing myself to keep going and I feel the energy starting to come back in my workouts, and the eating always follows my working out.

I weigh in the morning, wish me luck :crossed:

math puppy
01-31-2008, 02:39 AM
good morning my little 100-lb. darlings!

for some reason that made me laugh, i think it was because i pictured the avatar saying it. dang that is one cute tiger! lol

beverlyjoy-congrats on being bing free last night! isnt it amazing when you relize you can do it! even if its just one night at a time!? its my biggest problem to overcome. thanx for the inspiration for tonight

girlygirlsebas-im glad you are head ach free

cckayac-i love hardboiled eggs, i have 2 almost every morning. i am on scale strike till tom is over! hee hee. are you cutting coffee compleatly out eventually??

shmoodle-i love your tiger avatar. and you had a chocolate cheescake smoothie for breakfast!! wow, that sounds tasty!

kissingginger-sounds like you are out numbered good luck!

mj5- good luck with the dentist, i have to find a good one myself. let me know how the healthier version of super bowl snacks go!

purplefly-you can have some of my motivation if you need it tonight, after reading everyones posts i feel like i have some extra!

im doing okay, didnt stay on plan yesterday, but didnt blow it either...i guess you can say i broke even wich is a victory in its self.

i did however do sit ups last night, and i owe it all to you guys for the motivation. ill do them again tonight. someone asked if i do sit ups or crunches... i guess they are crunches, its a little workout bit i learned in 24hr fitness 15min abs work out, i dont usually do the full 15 mins at home because i dont remember the whole work out, but i do the cruches segment because not only does it hurt like heck, but it it makes me feel like i actually got a good workout.

i had a buch of junk food today but managed to stay under my calorie limit. my partner brought home a pizza for dinner and i only had 2 slices over a 5 hour period. half the pizza is safe in the fridge. for now anyways. :p

friday i leave on a road trip. anyone have any advice for staying on plan or how much i should eat if im sitting in a car for the next 2 days? or exercise tips for a hotel room?

thanx see you all tomorrow!:carrot:

01-31-2008, 07:47 AM
Hi friends....yesterday went well. I stayed on my plan and for some reason it wasn't a huge struggle. (once in a while that happens) I am grateful. I had my ultra sound - gall bladder, pancreas, liver, kidney. If they come back normal, then we'll know that my back pain is really my back. I hope I get the results by Friday. Storytelling went well. Tonight is my class - "Understanding Your Relationship with Food". Yikes - I still have some writing to do for it.

My plans for today:

journal food and food values
ice and heat on my pieces and parts
lots of water
stretches and movement
storytelling am & afternoon

food -

Breakfast - egg white scramble with ketchup, natural peanut butter on ww toast, 1/2 banana
Lunch - (packing) I'll eat at the school - Peanut butter and honey on ww bread applesauce, veggies
snack - yogurt with flax, crackers
dinner - white bean and chicken chili - cauliflower
snack - cereal, fruit, milk

Rhonda - varying your daily calorie totals sounds good. I do that and it's helpful. I also like calorie counting. You can do this!! I remember TOM. I am 55 now - I've moved from TOM to my own "personal summer". The weight gains play with your head during TOM - hang in there.

MJ - congrats on losing a pound - YAY. Sorry your knee is still bothering you.

Rakel - transitions can be stressful. Hang in there - you'll get use to everything and it will get easier.

Linda - OH NO - sorry about your fall! Glad you didn't get hurt too badly (pride heals faster than bruises). Glad your oreintation went well.

Purple - I am so, so glad you've broken thru to the 230's. That's major - good for you. I know it's hard - try to accept the compliments in the spirit given. Maybe just say thank you. Also...I understand the seasonal feeling down. It's the winter and not enough sunshine. It's hard for me too. My doctor suggested a special lamp to help get the right light to lift the spirits.

Hi Math Puppy - welcome. Good for you..doing your sit ups is awesome. You have a good plan. As for traveling. When I went on vacation last fall - I took fruit, 100 calories packs of crackers, and lots of bottled water. Whenever we stopped - I'd alternate coffee with sweetener or a large sf pop or water. I just kept drinking. Some how switching off of drinks helped me. Maybe there's a gym at the hotel. Have a GREAT time.

Schmoodle - great plan! I agree - a normal day is GREAT. I notice you always have your latte. What a nice thing to look forward too.

Ginger - 7 kids under 4 - YIKES. You are busy! Good plan. I like to have music too for a workout.

I hope you all have a great and healthful day.

01-31-2008, 08:10 AM
Good Morning everyone! I was up early, so I firgured I would check in w/ everyone before I leave for work. I didn't make it to the gym again yesterday--combo of getting out of work late and my knee really hurting. Good thing I finally made that appt!

It is bitter, bitter cold her this am--my dogs didn't even want to stay outside, which was fine with me! Yet another snow storm is headed our way, hopefully the worst of it will miss us.

My plan is to go to the gym for at least some cardio tonight--if nothing else I want to try to keep my routine of getting to the gym after work. It is SO hard to get back into it once I miss a few days. TOM is trying to suck the energy out of me, but I will NOT let it!

kissingginger--7 kids under the age of 4! Oh my, I am tired already! I agree, I must have music too, it keeps me moving!

Purplefirefly--I'm w/ you...I like to weigh every day, but I choose one day as my 'official' weigh in day. It keeps me motivated too--although I do have to remind myself that even when the scale doesn't move, it's not always from lack of effort! How are you doing? Have you tried planning some fun summer-time type activities w/ your kids (but inside, of course) to help w/ the winter blahs...like a picnic lunch in the livingroom--and turn on extra lights so it seems like it is brighter, or things like that? Or would that just be weird? I know when I suggest stuff like that to my husbands family (like Christmas in July so the weather isn't an issue for us since we live so far away they look at me like I have two heads). If that sounded like a totally bizarre suggestion, just talk it up to too much work and not enough sleep for me ;)

math puppy--breaking even is a victory! good for you for doing sit ups! I agree w/ Beverlyjoy's suggestions about travel--take snacks--don't rely on 'road food' as my hubby calls it.

Beverlyjoy--Congrats for staying on plan and for it not being a huge struggle! Days like that are the best! I hope you get your results soon! Thanks, I was really hoping that the series of injections would be the 'magic cure' ok...I knew there wasn't a magic cure, but at least help. Unfortunately now it almost seems worse! Good news is, I LOVE my ortho...no, not like that, but I think he is great, so we'll see what he says.

Rhonda--How are you doing? How's the headache?

Linda--How are you feeling after your fall?

cckayac--Your trip will be here before you know it! I'll just have to pretend I am somewhere tropical this weekend while I am in my 'tropical' bubble bath! ;)

Ok, I really need to finish getting ready for work. Hope everyone has a great, on plan day! We can ALL do this!!!!!

01-31-2008, 09:56 AM
Good morning!

I have to keep it short and sweet today. I've got a presentation to complete and I'm already running late....yikes, I'm feeling anxious and must be careful to stay out of the kitchen today. It doesn't help that I'm working on about 4 hours of sleep. My MIL woke us at 3:00 this morning. She hurt her head and was bleeding. She is okay, but I'm exhausted.

Today is day 4 of counting calories. So far, its working well for me as the scales are smiling. I won't reveal their "secrets" yet. My official weigh-in is on Monday. I didn't get on the treadmill again yesterday. I had a very upset stomach. Too much coffee maybe?

I have read everyone's posts, but just don't have time to get up-close-and personal right now. I'll check in again later today.Hope everyone has a great on-plan day!

01-31-2008, 05:04 PM
Hey, everyone! i am down another 3 lb this week...taking me 1 lb below where I quit last time :woohoo: I decided that warranted another item from my reward package and bought myself a jogging suit and shirt to go underneath. It came from the regular women's department, not plus sized! I still had a problem spending the $$ on myself but it looks WAY better than the old sweatpants and hubby's t-shirts I ususally bum around in.

BUT, I had to choose between an XL (16/18) pants that are a bit big, or size L that fit but were tighter across the butt than I am comfortable with. I got the XL even though they are big around waist, and a friend said I should have gone with the L because in a couple weeks they would be looser. SHe is probably right, and this is why I can't shop for clothes alone! I think too big is comfortable, and I need someone in touch with reality to help me see what size actually fits :dizzy:

I had to take the tags off so I wouldn't return the outfit...what is wrong with me? It was only $32 for the jacket, pants, and shirt, that isn't much but in my head I feel it's too much to spend on ME...but then I went to the kids department and was going to spend almost $50 on a Hannah Montana outfit for my daughter's birthday but they didn't have her size. What is it that I think she is worth it, but I am not? I really have to get over this low low sense of self worth. I was never this way before I had my kids.

Rhonda--I am very glad to hear the scales are smiling at you! Keep out of the kitchen, girl :nono: Food will not complete the presentation...and too much eating takes time away from getting it done.

mj--My official WI day was Monday, but now I am going back to my old system where I weigh the last day of the month (today) and then that becomes the new offical WI day for the next month. So for Feb. my day will be Thursday. I find that I get bored a lot and have to change things up. I think your picnic idea is a good one...my kids would get a kick out of that, so we might do it this weekend since hubby won't be home.

Beverly--Let us know the ultrasound results. I've been thinking about you and I hope you sort out what is wrong soon. Once you know what it is maybe it will be easy and fast recovery :crossed:

Math--Thanks for the motivation :D It must have worked because I am feeling all revved up ready to go today. Seeing a nice loss and realizing I am PAST the point I left off last time just got me going again.

02-01-2008, 12:44 AM
So how did you do with the presentation today, Rhonda? Get it done without nervously munching the scale into a frown? I hope so :)

02-01-2008, 06:15 AM
Hi folks! I did well with my food yesterday. I packed my lunch to take to the school and then promptly forgot it! :( But, there was a McDonalds near - so, I got a hamburger (230 calories and some fruit) - so it worked out well.

My class, Understanding Your Relationship with Food, went well last night. Some very interesting discussions. Dr. G did a wonderful guided imagery exercise. Since many of you have shown interest - Our homework questions are:

What did I like about my body when I was very young? In elementary school...in high school?

When did I stop liking my body?

What do I say to myself now when I see myself in the mirror? When I shop for clothes...When I get dressed?

This has been a good class.

Today I have to travel to a city about 45 miles away to do a makeup program for one cancelled when the school closed for bad weather. I hope I hear about my ultra sound results today.


lots of water
journal food
stretches and movement
house tidying
PMA - positive mental attitude

Food plan:

breakfast - ff cottage cheese with pears, peanut butter toast
lunch - egg white salad sandwich (open face) with cheese, cauliflower
snack - fruit, flax, crackers
dinner - out with mom
snack - cereal, fruit, milk

Rhonda - I hope your presentation went well yesterday. Glad to hear the scales are smiling! :) Glad your MIL is OK after her fall.

Purple - Congrats on your 3 pounds GONE! :carrot::carrot: That's wondeful. I am so glad you rewarded yourself with some new clothes. Thanks for your good thoughts
regarding the ultra sound. I am hoping this can be resolved soon, too.

Mj5 - sorry to hear that knee is hurting so much :hug: - it's so hard when you
want to work out and are held back. Hope you got your cardio in. Hope your ortho can help. Thank for the positve thoughts about my ultra sound.

Everyone have a great on plan day. You CAN do this. :D

02-01-2008, 09:19 AM
Good morning and TGIF!

Purple - Congratulations on your 3 pound loss! :carrot:

Anybody have any great plans for the weekend? Mathpuppy, where are you headed on your road trip?

Yesterday went well. I have managed to teach myself how to use Powerpoint and things just started to really finally come together for me yesterday. It's almost like the lightbulb finally came on and I understood what I needed to do. The formal presentation is not until February 11th, but I just felt like this report was hanging over my head. I am much more relaxed today! And, I didn't turn to the kitchen to de-stress at all!

Schmoodle - Hope today is another normal day for you. I like normal, too.
Math - On road trips, I pack some Kashi TLC snack bars. They have a good portion of protein...plus, they taste good.:) Do you have any resistance bands? These are lightweight and easy to pack.
MJ - I'm really sorry to hear that the injections didn't help your knee. I hope you get some answers at your next appointment.
Beverly - How do you like your class? Is it what you expected? Are you getting what you need from it? The questions seem like you get an opportunity to really do some digging.
Ginger, Rakel, Linda - How are you ladies today?

This is day 5 of calorie counting and I must say....this is incredibly easy! I bring up my spreadsheet each morning and plan my calories for the day. Hubby does a spreadsheet, too. It is such a relaxed way of eating for me as there is no guesswork....my numbers are there in black and white as a visual confirmation that I'm on-plan. I'm hoping that the planning will help me this weekend. Weekends are my hardest times for staying on-plan as my schedule is too random. This weekend, one of my best friends who lives right across the street from me, is moving back to Florida. Her daughter is my youngest daughter's best friend...they practically live together and her daughter is almost like another one of my daughters. They leave on Sunday. I've been dreading this day, so I really need to be careful not to comfort myself with food. I thought about changing my official weigh-in day to Friday's so the weekends wouldn't mess up the scales, however, I'm going to keep it on Mondays as I need to be accountable. I still haven't managed to get myself back on the treadmill. I'm not sure why. I really need to dig down deep inside and find my drive to exercise again.

Hope everyone has a great on-plan day.

02-01-2008, 09:55 AM
Rhonda I cal. count to and it makes it alot easier if you kind of preplan your meals. I don't always follow it to a T but it seems to be much better than any other method I have tried to use in the past. I am off for a snow day today slippery out there freezing rain, snow no way am I going anywhere yet. But later today I will shop for groceries and I will preplann my intake kind of for next weeks meals. Last night I made some ck breast and dipped them in hot sauce mixture I created and had them in a ww mini bagel oh so good. Not wings but as close as one can get.
Congrats purple on you wt. loss and everyone else too! Making changes that will be long term is so important a few months back I put exercising on the back burner now I only wish I had started it sooner. WIth exercising increasing and trying my best to make some better food choices things will continue to be better one can hope. Good luck to all of you and keep up the good work. I am joining a pilates group on saturday a 8 a.m. group and trying daily to increase my exercise at home stairs and exercise bands streches etc. hoping to get in around 30 min. per day on non gym days. Thats my goal for this next week 3 days at the gym at least 30 min . throughout my day on non gym days and healty choices as much as possible without feeling deprieved.
Have a good day!

02-01-2008, 10:37 AM
Yesterday was a long day, I had to leave the house by 6:30, had all day meetings at Quantico, and didn't get home until late because of traffic. But today is low key, stay at home, normal! Boy, being a telecommuter makes you lazy! The kids have a two-hour delay, so we are all still lounging in pajamas, but I'll have to get them moving soon...

Here's today:
B - Fiber One with milk and banana, coffee
S - 3 bean salad, V8
L - leftover Shrimp Stir Fry
S - latte, celery and LCLC
D - WW Pita meatball pizza, salad
S = 1/2 cup NSA ice cream

Here's yesterday:
B - chocolate cheesecake smoothie with a toddy shot, Nessa Bar (car food)
S - string cheese
L - taco soup, 7 triscuits with LCLC
S - already eaten for lunch
D - Fireside bean and sausage soup, 1 cup 3 bean salad, glass milk,
S - small handful peanuts, 1/2 cup NSA ice cream

cckayac, you are very inspiring with your exercise routine. I am trying...
I've been wanting to try this recipe, sounds kinda like what you did:
1 1/2 pounds lean skinless boneless chicken breast fillet
1/4 cup I Can't Believe It's Not Butter (ICBINB)
3 T Tabasco (or more)
1 T sugar free no carb ketchup

In a bowl, mix ICBINB, Tabasco and sugar free ketchup. Cut chicken into pieces resembling wings (could try turkey breast, shrimp or firm fleshed fish here too, I think). Stir into Tabasco mixture to coat well. Arrange in a Pam sprayed baking dish in a single layer and pour remaining mixture over the top. Bake at 350 until all liquid has evaporated.

Rhonda, I love it when the light bulb comes on. I just wish it would happen more often for me! Sorry this will be a sad weekend for you :hug:
Beverly, I love hearing about your class. Very thought provoking for me. I always used to have a sweet in the afternoon, so my lattes have replaced that and satisfy the craving for me. They are indispensible!
Purple, I always have an easier time spending on my kids than on me too. But we deserve to wear nice clothes that fit right! Enjoy your reward. You have earned it! And congrats on the 3 lbs.:carrot::carrot::carrot:
mathpuppy, the smoothie is a new recipe I just tried this week and it is yummy and really easy. Let me know if you want the recipe. Have a great road trip!
Have a great day mj and ginger!

Scale strike: 2 weeks down, 2 weeks to go. :carrot::carrot:

02-01-2008, 10:41 AM
cc--excellent plan, you'll get there :)

Rhonda--I think calorie counting is so easy as well because there are no "forbidden" foods. I tend to want to eat only what I can't have, so when there is nothing, only limited portions in a day, I tend to think in terms of "is it worth 300 calories?" At first I was filling almost all my calories with junk, but then I went off sugars, cravings are gone, and it is almost always NOT worth the calories...and I never thought that would happen for me!

My weekend: Today I have to get the van inspected, get Tyler's haircut, and Allie has gymnastics. Tomorrow we'll be at a BB game half the day, Allie cheers there. Saturday night Tyler goes off to MILs for the night because Sunday I am taking Allie to see the Hannah Montana movie as a surprise early birthday present. She thinks "all the kids are going" but here :lol: I will tell her tonight that I have a surprise for her but won't tell her what it is until we get there. She will probably be screaming in the movie theater when she hears me say "Hannah" but that's okay :) She wanted so bad to go to the concert but we it was impossible to get tickets, so this will have to be second best.

02-01-2008, 04:45 PM
Hi! Wow, it has been a hectic week! Luckily today was better! I managed to accomplish a lot of little things, so I feel much better about the week! I am still way, way far behind, but it's ok. One thing at a time!!!!

I have been doing pretty well as far as making healthy food choices. Unfortunately exercise just hasn't been happening much. Partly related to being so busy at work, partly related to my knee hurting so much. This weekend I am going to try some low impact cardio at home and see how that goes. Next week I really want to get back to the gym regularly--I really have to set my time limits w/ work again--some OT is fine, but this is too much! (besides, I am salary, so there is NO extra $ for all this extra time I am putting in!).

Rhonda--How is your presentation coming? YEA for staying out of the kitchen! I can't wait to hear about your 'scale' secrets!

Purple--Go you!!! That is fantastic!! I am SO proud of you! That's a cool idea about your weigh in day. Have fun at your picnic! What a cool mom! You are going to have a great time, I'm sure!

Beverlyjoy--Your class sounds really interesting.

I have to run. I just got a call from home--one of my uncle's had a massive heart attack and they do not expect him to make it.

02-01-2008, 09:39 PM
Hi. I am new. I live in MN with my husband, daughter, and 2 dogs.

I gave birth to my daughter, Emma, on 12/5/07. Before her birth, I was up to 279. :( I had been 250 prior to getting pregnant. Today I am at 237. I am hoping to get to 175 and then re-evalute things at that time.

It is nice to meet all of you! Good luck to everyone!

02-01-2008, 09:56 PM
:welcome: Margaritachic!

Glad you've joined us!


02-01-2008, 10:08 PM
mj5, sending positive thoughts your uncle's way. :hug:

Hi Margaritachic and welcome! congrats on the new little one!

02-02-2008, 12:58 AM
Hi everyone,

I'm alive and well, just been swamped at home with no computer time. Today's menu was fine but I am worried about tomorrow. I am going to a 12 hour crop (for scrapbooking) at a local community center and they are serving lunch and dinner. I realize now that I have NO idea what is being served. And everyone packs munchies too, so I am going to bring somethings from home to make it easier for me.

I hope you are all well, I won't be online tomorrow at all. I miss you! I haven't even had time to read the posts.

Look forward to catching up soon,

02-02-2008, 02:54 AM
Ugh, this is hard. My food hasn't been great, and when I don't have food under control then exercise is out of the question. I am starting to realize that if I want this to work, I need to get up at the butt crack of dawn and do my exercise before the day begins, because by the time I get home, make dinner, do some freelance work, spend some time with John... etc... it's bed time before I can bat an eyelash. There truly is not enough time in the day. So this week my focus will be to stay on plan with food EVERY day, and get up early to exercise at least 2 days. It's not a very aggressive goal, but it's a start.

02-02-2008, 07:32 AM
Hi everyone...my food went well yesterday and I am always grateful for that. I made it thru my two storytelling programs - but, it did make my back ache. I hope I get the results of my ultra sound soon - so I can go to the next necessary step.

Here are my plans for today:

tidy the house

stretches and movement
ice and heat
lots of water
journal food

b - grits, lite cheese, flax
s - orange
l - hummus, lite cheese in a pita, cauiflower
s - apple, crackers
d - Bob Evans with my mom
s - cereal, fruit, milk

I hope you all have a good, healthful day. I'll be back to catch up with you all later.

02-02-2008, 09:12 AM

kissingginer--Have fun, good for you for packing your own snacks!

rakel--Working and fitting everything else in is hard. Give yourself time to get adjusted to your schedule. I have been doing some exercise in the am (well, not so much this week, but before) and I have to say I feel great all day long. My other 'trick' is that I go to the gym on my way home from work. When it is built into your routine, it is just that--your routine. You WILL get the hang of it!! Exercise 2 days is much better than exercise 0 days!

Beverlyjoy--Oh, I hope you feel better! I was hoping you would have your ultrasound results!

Thanks for the positive thoughts about my uncle. Unfortunately, he didn't pull through. They live out of state and I just don't think I can get to the calling hours and funeral. That makes me so sad because he was my favorite uncle. My mom, sister, and younger brother are going so at least our family will be represented.

My plan for today is to stay inside as much as possible--it is icy, rainy, snowy, and just plain icky outside! I am going to pick up the house a bit, do laundry, make chili for tomorrow--I can't wait I have wanted some for a long time! I serve it over brown rice, yum! Oh and and I can't forget my 'tropical escape' bubble bath!

I'm sure I'll be around later. Hubby has to work until 10 tonight, so it's just me and the dogs!

02-02-2008, 02:39 PM
Oh mj, condolences on your uncle. :hug: I'm sure he will be missed.

My kids stayed over with the grandparents last night and DH is gone, so I was alone in my big, scary, creaky, old house last night. I did wake up in the night several times, so I ended up sleeping late this morning. I took advantage of no kids and got out to get new tires on my car, and just got back and had lunch. Not much of a food plan today, which is always dangerous. At this point, both kids have invitations for this evening, so it may be just me for dinner, so I'm not sure what to plan/defrost. I was naughty last night at my mother's and ate a bit of the awesome and sinful dessert she had made. :( I'm going to try and finish the wallpapering in the bathroom this afternoon, then maybe run by the library. If the kids aren't around tonight, I'll get my hair colored, which is also way overdue.

so far I am on plan with:
B - 1 slice Ezekiel Bread with peanut butter, coffee with milk
no snack
L - Turkey Sausage and White Bean Soup

I'll have a latte for snack and some celery and LCLC
If it's just me for dinner, I think I've got some frozen taco bake I can have.

Hope you chicks are having a wonderful day.

02-02-2008, 04:25 PM
I didn't get to bed until late last night and ended up sleeping in until about 10am. That was normal, if not "early" only 2 weeks ago, but I'm adjusting to my new working schedule pretty easily actually. Necessity does make it easier to get into gear.

Needless to say, I was feeling pretty lazy, but I decided that if I didn't do my exercise right away it just wasn't going to happen. I was trying to set up the PS2 for DDR, but it just wasn't working. I guess the old me would have said, "Oh well, I guess I'll go work on some freelance stuff." But I told myself, "No excuses. You're going to at least do 40 minutes on the exercise bike, no ands if's or buts." So I grabbed my water bottle and ipod and walked over to the exercise room at our apt complex.

Tomorrow I'm going to try getting my exercise in before church to "practice" for Monday, and then Monday I'll get up at oh... 6:30am. That should give me plenty of time to get out of the door around 8:15pm.

MJ-- thanks for the encouragement! I guess I'm freaking out because I've put on a few "pounds" over the past few days and it just seems to be getting worse, plus my fiance confronted me about my lack of progress, and I just felt a combination of despair, frustration, failure, etc. It's easy to make excuses that this is hard or whatever, but at the end of the day, I haven't been trying my best. I'm so... I don't know, self-loathing at times and get depressed. I think John thinks that I'm putting on an act, but I don't know how to convince him that it's not an act, that I really get depressed by this and feel like I just don't have what it takes to change, despite how badly I want to.

I feel like a very confusing mess. You'd think after going through this change since August I'd have some of these things under control, but I don't. I've been ignoring this stuff for years just hoping it'd go away while the whole time it just got worse. Now I look in the mirror and hate myself. I wish that I could allow myself to feel differently. I wish that when someone gave me a compliment I could accept it, rather than think that they are just trying to be nice and don't REALLY think that. But I so firmly think that everyone else is looking at me and judging me based on that, it's so deep in my physche that even if I tell myself they aren't thinking that, in the back of my mind it's always there.


02-02-2008, 04:41 PM
Those issues are a pain, rakel, I so feel you on that. I'm trying to address a lot of the cognitive stuff this time around, along with the lifestyle changes. This is the LAST TIME I will do this. I will succeed in reaching my goals, no matter what.

Which I can say right now because I'm feeling up, just exercised, and have stayed on plan today, but last night? I was more where you are.

Today I'm focusing on positive thinking, eating light, and getting at least an hour of yoga in before bed, along with getting an article finished that's due in three days. That will make today more productive and get me pretty close to my goals for last week.

Now if only my mother would get off her baking kick so I wouldn't have to work so hard on not binging!

02-02-2008, 05:09 PM
I hear you, I have highs and lows, lately it seems more like lows. I was down to 272 and now I'm suddenly up to 277 again? ARUGH. I want some progress already!

I wish I just didn't have to eat. Life would be so much easier then.

My new temptation is that at work there are little chocolates all around. I tell myself every day, "NO chocolates today" but when I get there, "Well, maybe one won't hurt..." blah :(

02-02-2008, 06:27 PM
Thank you all for the warm welcome.

I went grocery shopping today. We had no food in the house so we kept using that as an excuse to eat fast food. :( Now I have veggies, fruits, and chicken in the house so I can get back on track. My attitude is that I should be able to eat healthy 90% of the time and 10% of the time I can indulge a little bit.

I am returning to work on Wednesday after being off of work for 8 weeks on maternity leave. I am excited to get back but nervous about leaving Emma. I am going to work half days for the first week. Hopefully all will go well.

DH is going to be a SAHD! He is going to work part-time (nights and weekends when I am home). I am going to work full-time. My salary is so much more than his so it seemed like it was the best decision. Our daughter has Cystic Fibrosis, so she requires a little extra care. We do not want to leave that care up to anyone else, so Daycare is out of the question for us.

I have lost 42 pounds since I gave birth 8 weeks ago. I hope that I can stay on track once I get back to work. I know it will be difficult because there are always working lunches at resturants and people who bring in treats.

I know that I want to change my health so that I can be a good role model to my child and so I can live a long happy life with her!!!

02-02-2008, 07:55 PM
Hello Chickie-poo's - I am having a nice day. DH got held up in bad weather in Michigan...so, he's staying there. I'll miss him...but - The good news is he'll spend some time with our son, DIL, and grandson, Alex. Mom and I went to Bob Evans. I got egg beaters, turkey sausage, dry toast with ns jelly, sliced tomatoes and fruit. It was yummy.

Purple - I like my class. It's very inciteful. We do alot of digging deep into food, liking our bodies, and figuring out some of "why" of it all. Glad you learned Power Point so quickly. :carrot: Seems like a good skill to have - however, it's not a skill I have! I really like calorie counting too.

cckayac - I totally agree with you about calories counting...seems to be the best way I've approached food in a very long time, too. I am still eating healthy food, but, it's not very complicated keeping track.:)

Schmoodle - I love seeing your food plans. Gives me ideas and inspiration. :)Enjoy your time alone.

Mj5 - sorry to hear it's been such a hectic week...good to get things done, though. I am glad to hear about your healthy choices. So sorry to hear about your uncle. :hug:

margaritachic - :welcome2: Welcome and congrats on your new baby and your wonderful weight loss. I am glad that your DH will be able to stay home with Emma and he can work his schedule of work around yours. It will be hard to leave her...but, it's a relief to know that her daddy will be taking good care of her.

Ginger - hope you had fun scrapbooking. :) Good plan to take food from home!

Rakel - you've got some good goals. You are probably alot harder on yourself than the others around you - be kind to yourself. :hug:

hafowler - I like you approach to all this! I am a big believer in positive thinking too. - it's so important. I meditate everyday and love it...I know you get a similar good feeling from your yoga. :yoga: It helps.

That's all for now, folks!

02-03-2008, 12:48 AM
Hi. I'm joining you guys, if you'll have me. Today I decided to COMMIT to losing weight. Yea. So this accountability thing seems like it would be beneficial for me because I feel so alone all the time.

I don't really have a specific weight or calendar in mind. My long-term goal is 215, which is what I weighed when I went to college. I was very athletic and active then, so I think it might be good goal to have.

I'm going to be doing a South Beach type diet. That's been my favorite diet so far, and I lost about forty pounds on it before, and it seems to most closely match the types of food I'd like to eat.

A couple things for you guys:

1. I'm also going to try to get into a good exercise routine. What do you guys do? I'm soooo unmotivated and honestly I feel like a piece of veal. I'm thinking DDR. Or maybe a bunch of cheezy 80s exercise tapes. Or maybe walking in the morning. I wish I didn't live in the suburbs.

2. Howwwwwwwwwwww do you stay on task when you have cook other foods for people in your family? I have a three year old, so I can't subject her to uber-low carb the way I can with my husband, and so I make her pasta and I'm alll, "gwaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhh." How do you deal with that temptation?

Ok. That's what I've been thinking so far. I'm sorry. I'm really talky.

02-03-2008, 10:15 AM
Hi folks....yesterday went well. - sane healthy food choices. :) I do love my "organized" calorie counting. (making sure I have fruits, veggies, protein carbs, etc) Months ago - I was also keeping track of fats, sat. fats, cholesterol, carbs, too. My blood labs have been so good that I don't have to be quite so rigid - just mindful. I kind of know now - what's what & only do write down all the food values every now and then, if I feel like I am not getting enough protein.

Today is the Super Bowl...I know my cousin in making a turkey breast. I am bringing a veggie tray and a bowl of grapes. I think I can work around that.

tidying up
journal food
ice and heat
postive mental attitude
stretches and movement

Super Bowl Sunday - always love those commericials!

Food today

b - egg white scramble with ketchup, natural pnb on ww breakd, grapes
s - carrots
l - cottage cheese & 1/2 banana, crackers, cauliflower
s - yogurt, flax
d - super bowl party - I know she making a turkey, and I am bringing veggies and lite dip and grapes. I'll fill in from there
s - cereal, milk

bigtxmomma - Welcome! :D:D Glad you are here with us. You'll get good support! I think if you like your 80's tapes...go for it. Do what you like and enjoy and you'll do it more often. I don't have littles around any more. It's tough when you want to eat a different food plan. Try to make what YOU like and need and for everyone in the family at meal time. Then maybe you can round out the meal with other things you think the children should have. I always try to only make one thing, if possible. As far as tempation - try and keep all the sweets out of the house if they tempt you. Having lots of fruit and veggies around is good for you and your family. You can do this!

Have a great day everyone! :carrot:

02-03-2008, 10:22 AM
BTW - I just realized that the accountability thread usually goes from Saturday thru Sunday. Ooops...I set up up off kilter last week. We can readjust tomorrow when we do the new week. Sorry. (I don't want to mess up any ways of doing thing around here.) :dizzy:

02-03-2008, 10:38 AM
Hi chicks, the two kids abandoned me again last night for friends' houses. so I am on two nights of not sleeping well. It always takes me a couple of weeks to adjust after DH leaves, and I don't mind the alone time, but it seems like I am listening for every little noise while I sleep and keep waking up. Maybe I'll be able to take a nap today.
I'm just gonna work around here today - some wallpapering, cleaning, laundry, cooking and getting ready for the week. I hate Mondays, but I can always face them so much better when I feel like I'm prepared.

margaritachic, sounds like you've got a great plan! DH and I never wanted to put the kids in childcare if we could avoid it, and we managed it for many years. When DD1 was little I was SAHM, and went to school while she was in school. When DS came along, I had just gone back to work, so DH took a year off to stay home with him. When DD2 came along 18 months later, he had to go back to sea, so I became a telecommuter. DH is away 4 months then home on vacation 4 months, so between his vacation and me mostly working from home, we have managed to be here for them, with some filling in from my very supportive family. I feel so lucky that it worked out that way for us. We could have made more money if we were both working full time, but we've always felt the sacrifice was more than worth it, and DH is so close to the younger ones, since he was so involved in raising them. Best of luck with returning to work. I'm sure it'll be difficult, but such a comfort to know that Emma is with her Daddy!
Have fun at your party Beverlyjoy!
Hi bigtxmomma, good to see you up here too! As you know, I follow SB. I also try to cook only one thing, although I'm not always successful. Particularly now that DH is away and I'm not motivated to cook a full dinner just for me, if it's something the kids are not going to dig. But I am a sweets person, so I find I don't have too hard of a time resisting noodles, rice, potatoes, etc. Usually the kids will eat whatever the main protein is, not much of the veggies, and then I'll add a starch for them. One of my kids is very picky, but I have managed to get her to eat WW pasta without even noticing it. She didn't go for the brown rice though. Just don't say anything, give your 3YO what you are eating, and you may be surprised.
:hug: rakel, hang in there. We all have issues. You will get it worked out and get settled into your new routine.
Hi hafowler!

Menu for the day:
B - 2 turkey bacons, deviled egg, coffee with milk
L - V8, open faced turkey sandwich with lowfat swiss cheese and spinach
S - latte, celery with LCLC
D - zydeco soup, salad
S - Greek yogurt with almonds and agave nectar

Hmm, needs more veggies, I think. Have to throw some in there.

02-03-2008, 12:02 PM
Okay - finally - Hi everyone!

A HUGE welcome to Margaritachic and bigtxmomma!

Sorry I've been MIA. Life has been busy and february is one very busy month for me. I had a FABULOUS time scrapbooking with the ladies. Also, I kinda lucked out on their menu. They served Salad and soup for lunch. Carrot ginger soup and the salad was easy. The only thing is I wished I had brought my own dressing. Their tarragon garlic dressing was yummy but I'm guessing more fat than I would have picked. Yes, they had lots of goodies in the afternoon too...cookies, two bite brownies. I ate my own snacks, but I did cave to two 2-bite brownies....they are small and I thoroughly enjoyed being able to eat "regularly". Dinner was sheppard's pie. Not the best choice for me, but at least it wasn't take-out pizza....so I ate some, tried not to take too much, and I tried not to take too much mashed potatoes...I was eating it, and honestly it really wasn't all that appealing to me. So I didn't finish my plate. I drank lots of water (they provided bottled water!) and stayed away from the pop.

I don't feel very energetic this morning, actually a little under the weather. Someone sitting behind me was sneezing all day and blowing her nose and then she mentioned she was on antibiotics for something...I'm thinking -why are you here???- she looked like she needed to be in bed. Sure enough, I'm feeling sniffly this morning. Gosh I hope I am not getting sick.

Oh and I won the 50/50 draw last night - 155$$ !!!!!! So I am going to save the money for a spa treatment at tigh-na-mara when I go there in a few weeks.

Schmoodle: I have the same problem with sleeping when DH or kids are not here. It's rare, but when it happens I stay up as late as possible, watching tv, till I literally keel over to sleep and then I sleep in. It's sad but I need someone around to feel safe.

Beverlyjoy- have fun at the party tonight :)

Rakel - we all have issues...you need to believe that you can resist those temptations. But we all think along the same lines...one or two chocolates can't hurt...(like the brownies I ate at the scrapbooking yesterday)...but the truth is...A) it wasn't all that great B) it DOES count. It all counts. Can you plan for indulgences - absolutely. But for them to creep or sneak up on you is not good. Adn truthfully, it felt too much like slipping back to my old self. I ate out of my "plan" yesterday and big surprise today - I feel sluggish, and not motivated to exercise. hum? it's a deadly cycle. It needs to be broken. It's hard though, I hear ya. Hang in there, be kind to yourself when you do make choices like eating the chocolates and move on to the way you know works for you. You will FEEL better, I pinkie-swear.

Rhonda- how are you today? I know weekends you struggle, so let us know how you are doing. Has your neighbor friend left this weekend? I know that must be very hard! Check in with us :)

Phew! this is getting long.

Today's Plan:
b: small muffin, tea
S: apple
L: salad with chicken
S: veggies and hummus
D: not sure yet. Something healthy! :) and low sodium- that's my goal. I weigh in tomorrow and I want to see results !!!!

Cheers, Ginger

02-03-2008, 12:16 PM
bigtxmomma -- DDR is great for exercise (until you start getting bored), however I would recommend that you get an arcade pad if you can afford it. You can find some on ebay for around $100 +shipping. The problem with the mat that comes with the game is that you can't wear shoes with it, so after awhile your ankles will really hurt. Plus it's not too difficult for you to slip and fall, twist your ankle, etc. I started out playing DDR exclusively until my ankle and knees were hurting ALL of the time. I felt like because my knees and ankles were aching I was less reactive and would have a greater chance of falling. I'm easing back into DDR again, but if I want to continue that as my main exercise I know that I really need to invest in an arcade pad so I can have support on my feet.

Kissingginger -- I hear ya. I need to figure out a system that works for me. I don't have any chocolate or sweets in the house, but I just can't control what is at work. This week I'm going to try limiting myself to one. I can't really do too much damage with just one, and I'll work up to decreasing the days that I can have one until it's no days or 1 day a week. I do bring other, healthier snacks with me, but it could be that my usual salad is just not very filling, so when I start feeling hungry my brain knows the chocolates are there, and so I crave them for the "sugar high".

I'm thinking I need to order a case of these and keep some with me, so when the chocolate craving comes strong (which it does) I can satisfy it without feeling too guilty afterward: http://sweetriot.com/

02-03-2008, 02:53 PM
Schmoodle, what the heck is LCLC?

Rakel, THANK YOU for the heads up on the pad! I almost bought the bundle last night, even though I had heard some bad things about the pad -- but more about it slipping around. I can see now how the arcade pad would be a necessity.

Kissingginger, that's awesome that you were able to resist all the snacks they had there. I don't think I would have had the same willpower. =D Group crafting for a day sounds like a lot of fun, too.

Today I've eaten two eggs for breakfast, then for lunch-ish, I just had a smoothie with silken tofu, a little yogurt, soy milk, and dark chocolate cocoa. It was pretty good and yet not that good at the same time. It filled me up, i.e. made me not want to eat, which could have been the result of the protein or the overload of creepy smooth texture which grosses me out. I have a love/hate relationship with tofu. I find it an inherently fascinating foodstuff (it's cheese! made from beans!), but sometimes I get overwhelmed by the flabby texture (it's cheese! made from ... beans =/).

We're going grocery shopping in a bit, which is going to be fun. I've tried to figure out snack foods. Last night I made hella sugar-free jello, and I'm going to buy that sugar-free cool whip stuff to make parfaittttttttttttttts.

I haven't exercised yet. Last night I lifted some 10-lb weights for about five minutes. Yea. =/

02-03-2008, 03:04 PM
Laughing Cow Light Cheese! Yum!

02-03-2008, 03:25 PM
Hi everyone!

Rakel--Hang in there! This is a process! You do have what it takes, but you know what--sometimes it takes a lot of energy that we may not have at that moment. Baby steps girl! I am confident you can do it!

hafowler--Welcome! Sounds like you have a great plan for today!

margaritachic--Good for you for filling the house w/ healthy food! Oh wow, back to work. I am sure it will be hard for you, but I am sure you (and Emma) will be fine!

Beverlyjoy--Sorry dh was held up, but is sounds like he will have fun. I am keeping my fingers crossed that this will be a less hectic week! I'm w/ you, I LOVE the commercials! We are having chili w/ brown rice and I do have some healthier versions of our favorite 'junky' food for later too. I have been really good the past couple days, so even if I indulge a little today, I'll feel ok about it.

bigtxmomma--Welcome! As far as exercise, when I am doing well w/ my routine--I get up a little bit early in the am and do some yoga or a watp dvd. When I leave work, I head for the gym--I lift weights and do cardio there--like I said, when I am doing well....I have been struggling lately for various reasons, but plan to be back on track TODAY! As far as food, it's just hubby and I and I don't cook separate meals. We are both trying to make healthy food choices, so he eats what I eat or fixes himself something else. I realize that won't work w/ a 3 year old!

Schmoodle--I'm w/ you...I hear every little creak and noise when I am alone! Mmmm a nap sounds good, I am thinking about a nice bubble bath, then a nap--or at least relaxing

kissingginger--glad you had fun and congrats on winning the $!!! Oooh, sounds like a great way to spend it too!

Rhonda--How are you? I know your friend was moving this weekend.

I am having a semi-lazy day w/ hubby today. It is great to have him home all day and to not have a million things to do! The last of the laundry is in the washer, then I am thinking a nice hot bubble bath and a 'rest'...maybe it will turn into a nap, maybe not...later we are watching the game w/ some friends. I made all the food, so at least I could control what went into it.

Have a great day!