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Robsia
03-08-2008, 05:32 PM
Hi

This is a group for all you ladies out there who want to get their sexy back and make some new friends along the way! So come and join us - don't be coy and wait to be invited - just jump right on in!!

Julie


Robsia
03-08-2008, 05:38 PM
I have been away for a few days so sorry I haven't checked in.

I have eaten like a pig so god knows what I will weigh on Monday. Going to try to be good tomorrow to minimise the damage!

It was worth it though . . .

2beautiful2Bfat
03-09-2008, 08:08 AM
Hi Julia! I was wondering what happened to our group!!
Anyways I am feeling better these days but will be staying away from laxatives and aspartame for awhile!!

I switched plans and am on Day 3 of the fat smash. I weighed in so I know it is working but I am not going to update my ticker until either Friday or at the end of phase 1. I haven't decided yet.


Aquahaze
03-13-2008, 07:47 AM
I am SO frustrated! As of this morning I am back to 138.4. I don't know what happened to the two pounds I lost... they found me again.

Ok Robsia... from another conversation I understand that people in England don't have as many vending machines and on-the-go snacks as we have in the U.S. I assume this is part of the problem with finances and weight in the U.S.... but what about "snacking" in general. Do you (and those whose habits you know) eat snacks and desserts through the day?

I know my problem... I am eating what's available in my home... I have $15 left in grocery money for the week, and it's spoken for by tomorrow's milk delivery. I have made it a point to limit what comes in, so then I start making fresh bread (which I will eat an entire loaf, given the opportunity)... rather than store bought which I won't eat. I am going to start making my own English muffins (they make great mini pizzas)... SEE... it's the fresh bread... that's MY problem. :-P

I *did* go roller skating on Sunday though, but I haven't been walking my treadmill. I need more accountability! It doesn't help that my dear husband goes out to the store to buy junk food because he was craving it... sigh.

Sorry for rambling. I need to get moving!
Stacey

Robsia
03-13-2008, 09:49 AM
Well, I can only speak for myself really. Given half a chance I'd snack all day, but I know if I do that I end up like a beached whale.

Since I've been dieting I try to keep healthy snacks in the house so if I do feel like nibbling it doesn't hurt. So there is a big bunch of grapes always in the fridge and in the evenings I'll have a handful of dry cereal to eat in front of the TV.

One of my favourite snacks is Cadbury's low fat chocolate mousses - they are only 60 calories each.

When I'm at work I don't snack in the day at all. But now I'm on maternity leave it's harder.

Robsia
03-13-2008, 10:02 AM
Well, I'm amazed!!

Before we went to London I was 162.2.

When we got back , these have been my weights since Monday:
Mon: 166.4
Tue: 163.6
Wed: 161.6
Thu: 160.7

So, amazingly, even after a week of eating like a total pig, I have still managed to actually lose weight overall! And have lost nearly 6 pounds in three days!!!

I expect some of that 166.4 was food still in my system from my week of pigging out, but still!

2beautiful2Bfat
03-13-2008, 10:24 AM
Aqua maybe it is just water?

Do you have a recipe for english muffins? I also make my own bread. Itused to be my downfall but I just stopped eating it altogether because I found if I had a small piece I woudl have another and another. The other thing you might try is making wholewheat. It helps me toofold. It is healtheier and I am less likely to eat 2 slices of wholewgeat ...to me it isn't as tasty as white.

Robsia those cadbury mousses sound good I hope we get them in Canada soon! :congrat: on the loss that is awesome!!

As fo me I am on Day 7 of Fat Smash and am averaging a pound a day.

FitMomEB
03-13-2008, 11:28 AM
Hello ladies!

I posted a few days ago but for some reason I guess it didn't go through :( I am sorry I've been MIA, it seems that my family was taking turns in getting sick :( All better now (I hope I don't jinx it ;)) and ready to get back on track! Can't type much now with my toddlet on my lap, will try later :)

FitMomEB
03-13-2008, 11:44 AM
here I am :)

I gained back a few pounds, hopefully it's water retention! I've divided my weight loss in 3 stages and right now I will concentrate only on my 1st goal, getting down to 183. For that reason, I'm trying to decide on my reward for getting there (what can I say, I respond well to carrots :D) and I'm having a hard time. I was thinking of a piece of jewellery, nothing huge, but something special, maybe unusual, so I can remember how far I've come every time I look at it and wear it :)

I was thinking of this:
http://www.satyajewelry.com/catalog/index.php?cPath=23_49&products_id=162&page=1

or this
http://www.satyajewelry.com/catalog/index.php?cPath=23_49&products_id=460&page=1&osCsid=888942344604b11cf0436ce39bc6633b

maybe paired up with a spa treatment. what do you think? I could use some input. I want something that will motivate me but not so big that I lose sight of the big picture.

2beautiful2Bfat
03-14-2008, 08:44 AM
I like the first one best!! Good luck on your goals! Personnally I give myself rewards after every 5 lbs. I need to or I will lose motivation. I need to always have something i am working for especially when TOM rears it's ugly head!! So I find that at 5 lbs it works well.

FitMomEB
03-14-2008, 09:16 AM
Thanks 2B2! I'll probaly get one of those necklaces or a bracelet from the same line. Or maybe both, and forego the spa treatment.

What kind of rewards do you give yourself? I was thinking of doing something every 10 pounds and then a bigger one for my goal but I prefer to "save" my reward points, so to speak :-) Also, dh promised me a shopping spree in NYC when I get to my gaol weight so I don't want to overdo it - I prefer to keep dangling that carrot in front of my nose ;):D

Robsia, may I ask where in England you live? I went to England only once, for a weekend (we lived in Switzerland so it was a short flight), I only saw a part of Sussex, around East Grinstead etc, and then went to London for an afternoon, to shop. I loved it. People are so nice! I would love to do a brief stint in England after this International Assignment is over, before we return to Switzerland. I'm crossing my fingers that there will be positions available then! I love love love Accessorize, they don't have any here, I miss it! They have several ones in and around Zurich now, probably because there are so many British people living and working in Switzerland. I also really like Dorothy Perkins and Monsoon (but then, Accessorize is part of Monsoon).

Alright, enough blabbering Elisa :o I have to go clean the house! We are going out tonight and the house is still in shambles from when we were all sick - the babysitter will run away screaming if I don't clean up! :o;):D

Have a lovely day everyone!

Robsia
03-14-2008, 06:11 PM
I prefer the second necklace, but I always prefer reds and purples to blue.

I live in Blackpool, which is on the NW coast. I love the clothes at Monsoon but they are so damned expensive! I wish I could afford to shop there.

I like Warehouse too - they have nice stuff.

Robsia
03-15-2008, 04:17 AM
Yay - hit the 150s this morning - just!! 159.6!

FitMomEB
03-15-2008, 03:18 PM
go Robsia! Congrats on hitting the 150s!!

2beautiful2Bfat
03-16-2008, 07:45 AM
Fitmom
I found for myself, in the past if the rewards were set too far apart I would jsut give up and regain . So for me I give myself something every 5 pounds and at the end I am planning to do an inexpensive shopping spree. I am trying not to buy any clothes until I hit goal.

The rewards I have gotten so far are a manicure, pedicure, new book, purse, $50 gift certificate to my fave store and now I am working towards shoes. I have all my rewards planned out but sometimes I switch them around if I decide I want soemthing more now or need it.

Elisa are you living in the states but really from switzerland? I spent New Years in switzerland once and loved it. We were in Zurich. What language do you speak? also how many kids do you have? How was your night out?

Robsia are there cheap places to shop in England? I found the whole place very expensive!! :congrat: on your loss!!

Robsia
03-17-2008, 09:43 AM
It is expensive, especially with the current exchange rate. But there are MUCH cheaper places to shop than Monsoon.

I generally shop at places like Primark or supermarkets for work stuff. OK, it ain't designer wear - but I'm a teacher - I need cheap stuff that doesn't matter when it gets messed up by little kids. When you can pick up a trouser suit and a blouse for £25, it doesn't matter.

One of my favourite mid-range shops is M&Co - especially for their kids' stuff. Next is another nice mid-range shop - I get a lot of stuff from there.

Now the weather is starting to improve, I'm getting myself a baby carrier and we plan on taking some nice long healthy walks together!

FitMomEB
03-17-2008, 02:12 PM
2beautiful2Bfat -

I totally get it, we do everything we can to keep motivated!

I'm actually Italian, but I do have Swiss citizenship too, since last year. My husband is Swiss and my daughters both have double citizenship.

Switzerland is gorgeous, isn't it? And so open to other cultures and languages! I love Zurich. Swiss people tend to be a bit conservative, especially on the German side, but generally I really love it there. Well, I love it now that I'm here, that is! :D You never realize how good you have it until you change, you know?

I speak Italian and English fluently, German and Spanish only conversationally (that is, my grammar and vocabulary are so-so). I always loved foreign languages - I used to be a professional translator before the girls were born.

I have two daughters: Sarah is 8 and Stella is almost 2 - she will be two in May. They are fantastic!

Our night out was really fun. The show was amazing, the dinner was a bit hurried but ok, and the margarita was delish ;):D

If you have the chance of seeing The Lord Of The Dance live, I highly recommend it.

2beautiful2Bfat
03-18-2008, 02:45 PM
That's great that your kids have dual citizenship! I am Canadian and my husband is American and so my kids are entitled to US citizenship but I haven't done it yet. I need to get on that b4 they chaneg the rules!1 You never know!

I loved Switzerland. When are you going back? It's great you speak so many languages!! I speak French and that's how I got around whne I was in Switzerland that and a bit of broken German. I have mostly forgotten my German.

I have 3 daughters ages 7, 4 and 1!

FitMomEB
03-19-2008, 10:57 AM
We don't know exactly, but we should be going back at the end of 2009. I think I'll be sad and happy at the same time!

Wow, you are a busy mom too! How do you get exercise in? That's what I'm struggling with right now.

2beautiful2Bfat
03-20-2008, 05:59 AM
Basically I either exercise at 10 am when my baby naps and the older kids ae in school or I do it in the evening and my oldest works out with me (i do DVD's at home) while my younger 2 sit on the floor near us and play. I do this Sunday to thursday and friday and saturday are my days off.

Amany
03-25-2008, 07:38 PM
Hello All.

First off, I love the title of this thread. May I please, please join??!!! :^: I used to be a sexy person and doggone it, I liked it!

I'm not new to 3FC. I was a regular poster about 18 or 24 months ago. I posted for about 2 or 3 months. I did really well. Then I had to shift some priorities, stopped posting, then had financial problems, blah, blah, blah....

In a nutshell, I let the bad times affect my eating and exercise. Plus I have a tendency to fall into extemisms (I know that isn't a word). So now, I'm working on moderation, portion control and a sound exercise program. So, no diet for me! My goal is to develop healthier habits and keep them regardless of what happens.

The only real plan I have is staying away from fried foods, cutting waaaaaay back on red meat, simple starches, simple sugars and dairy. I am also only eating now until I am no longer hungry (instead of stuffed) and no longer eating seconds. I also drink a lot of water and started exercising a week ago. I changed my eating habits roughly a month ago. So far I can report that my 20s are no longer tight! :D In the past I've done different variations of low carb and lost a lot faster. This time I'm taking the slow, steady approach though. I think I've gotten on the right track with the eating. Now I'm working on my 5 - 6 day per week of exercising. Some type of stretching or toning before work and at least 45 minutes of aerobics after work.

I have no plans to step on the scale yet. As a self-professed extremist, I can tell you that those numbers drive me nuts. For right now, I'm going to let my clothes sizes determine my progress. That and those side glances in the mirror that tell you how far you're poking out in the front and the back. Ha, ha...

Well, I suppose that's it. I probably won't be so long winded in the future. Not usually. Not always.

Robsia
03-25-2008, 07:44 PM
Hey Amany - welcome!! We could do with a few more. There were plenty who joined the Feb edition but they seemed to have dropped by the wayside.

Well, I have eaten all the Easter choccy and am back on the diet. Suffice to say - it went up. But it will come down again.

2beautiful2Bfat
03-26-2008, 06:51 AM
:welcome: Amany!

I had a few bad days but yesterday was good and I have rid my house of most of the cookies and stuff!

Here's hoping for another good day!

I be having a 6 month old come to stay with me so I am running around like a chicken with her head cut off!! i need to get a crib and all the trappings!! Oh boy!

FitMomEB
03-30-2008, 04:46 PM
Hello ladies!

How is eeryone? Sorry I've been MIA, prepping for Easter, then went to Washington DC with the family and then was sick when I got back... better now, started exercising this morning - easy, with one of Sara Ivanhoe's 20-min. Yoga Makeover videos.

Hi Amany!
http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a388/ElyMom/thwelcomepurpfaea.gif

The more the merrier!

I hear you there, about going to extreme. I have spent months planning and trying to get and stay on a low-carb, low-fat diet and ended up feeling so deprived that I stuffed my face with no-no foods much more than I normally would!

Moderation has always been hard for me, I tend to be an "all or nothing" person :o But I figured si need to learn to practice moderation, so I joined this year's Self Challenge. It started last month but I'm starting on Monday (you can only start on a Monday) so I'm using the Month 1 goals.

Because I'm a geek with a touch of OCD (kidding!) I also re-created the tracking forms, food guidelines etc pretty accurately on my pc so I can print them out and hang them in the kitchen. I'm ready!

It may be slightly different from my ideals, but it does include a variety of foods and gradual exercise, so it seems like a good stepping stone :)

FitMomEB
03-30-2008, 05:38 PM
I be having a 6 month old come to stay with me so I am running around like a chicken with her head cut off!! i need to get a crib and all the trappings!! Oh boy!

Wow! Are you adopting? Or is this a niece or other relative? I hopt it's ok to ask :o

NannaX3
05-12-2008, 10:48 AM
I have just joined the 3FC club and am looking for a group that can help me when I need some motivation. I work at a desk 40 hours a week (sitting on my fat tush) and when our computer systems get slow I have a problem with munching and I am hoping to find some where that I can go (virtually at least) in stead of reaching for th e snacks. I have been trying to keep tham out of my office but sometimes I need something with some flavor, salads seem like they have no flavor to me:^:
Anyway, I was hoping that maybe ya'll would let me post with you.
NannaX3