LA Weight Loss - LAWL Losers and Friends week of July 7th- July 13th




ferrarimomof2
07-07-2008, 12:16 PM
Good Morning everyone,

Where is everybody at? I hope that everyone had a great weekend and is ready for a terrific week. I went and weighed in today after about 2 1/2 weeks being off plan. I was up 8 lbs. I was not surprised. I have slipped into a state of depression over our situation at the moment and the victim was chocolate over the weekend. I am going to try to get back on plan today and stay there. One of the interviews my DH went on last week is supposed to let us know something by the end of the week and he has an interview tomorrow. Please keep us in ya'lls prayers. I told DH if something doesn't come up by the end of the week that I was going to find a temporary job. I'm not sure what we will do with the kids but I don't want to get any further behind than we are. Well, enough about that.

I just wanted to check in and see how everyone was doing. I will try to check in later.


BarbaraB
07-07-2008, 01:13 PM
Dionne, Just get back on plan and those pounds will be history soon. Usually if I have been off plan, I will gain 4-5 pounds just from salty food and retaining water, so it might not be so bad after you get back on track. With all those interviews, you DH is likely to find something soon. You haven't been back from vacation all that long. It is so quiet here lately.

I've been just allowing myself way too many exceptions to the plan, and it has gotten out of control. I'm doing a TO just trying to get my focus back. I don't know what it is about holiday weekends that makes me think that those calories don't really count.

Repo girl
07-07-2008, 01:15 PM
Morning everyone!! Did you all have a good 4th of July?


Dan2112
07-07-2008, 01:16 PM
Hey there Dionne!

Will definetely be sending along good thoughts, prayers and vibes... I know what it's like to be in your DH's position.. Every day can be tough, but you can stick it out..

I know it can also be easy to lose focus on staying on plan during times like these, as many of us are emotional eaters.. I still catch myself wanting to hit a drive through after a tough day.. Totally normal reaction, believe me.

But you have to think "big picture" when it comes to stuff like that.. After indulging on foods we shouldn't during times of stress, will that momentary joy really make things better, or just add to the depression we're feeling?

Eyes on the prize as it were.. Take those small dietary victories to help get through the days when things seems somewhat bleak... YOU CAN DO IT!!!

Hope you all had a great weekend.. It was too fast for us, as always, but we had a great time hanging out with the neighbors on the 4th, watching the older kiddos set fire to things! :lol:

Have a great week and stick to it!!

Heather5
07-07-2008, 05:50 PM
Hi Everyone!

I hope that everyone had a good 4th of July. I spent my weekend out on the boat and I feel like all I did was eat. I managed to only gain a couple of pounds and end up where I started. The only thing that saved me was the fact that my boyfriend walk at least 3 miles every day if not more.

Now I just have to get on track! Does anyone have any suggestions on how to stay on track? I love ice cream and chocolate, so I have a hard time saying no. In fact, I try to use my bars as my chocolate fix for the day. Unfortunately, sometimes that just is not enough to curb my cravings. Even harder, I do not have a COD anymore. My COD was great, but I needed for someone to "yell" at me so I would stay on track.

Help!
Heather:?:

Dan2112
07-07-2008, 11:07 PM
Ok Heather.. First you have to nail down how you get your chocolate fix.. Is this something you have laying around the house in the pantry? If so, get rid of it.. If it's in the house, you'll eat it..

Or do you just give in and run to the store on an impulse and buy it? If so, CUT IT OUT!! You're wasting gas and giving in... Visualize how good it will feel to drive by the gas station or the store without stopping for a fix.. It's a great feeling when you go by without stopping...

A little ice cream, as long as it's fat free with no added sugar is ok, but don't buy a big bucket... As for chocolate, there are sugar free brands you can buy and eat on occasion.. Just don't go through the whole bag at once.

Ok.. So you let it go over the holiday.. Let it go and get back up on the horse... If you dwell on screwing up, you'll just end up feeling like crap... Don't beat yourself up, just do better...

This can be done without a COD.. Mine shut down 6 months before I reached my goal.. If I can do it, anyone can!

Heather5
07-08-2008, 07:02 AM
Good Morning and Happy Tuesday!

Dan...Thank you so much for your help! I don't leave chocolate, ice cream, cookies, etc. in my house because I will eat it. Instead, I will run to the store if I am having one of those cravings that just won't go away until I just eat it. I am going to get back on the wagon today! I have been eating the Luna bars, but I think I need to find a bar that has more of a chocolate flavor for my afternoon bar.

Well, I have to get ready for my second day of summer school. I am teaching math for the next weeks to a group of 27 seventh graders. I love what I do, but I will need what little is left of my summer vacation by the end of summer school. I will check in later today!

Heather

Heather5
07-08-2008, 07:11 AM
Hi again!

Really quick before I hop in the shower, does anyone know how to figure out the if a recipe is a starch, veg, protein etc? I have all of my old cookbooks and my favorite recipes, but I would like to know what the breakdown is.

I am planning to make dinner tonight and I have a recipe for chicken enchiladas, but I don't know how I would translate that into LAWL.

Any suggestions?

Thanks,
Heather

Repo girl
07-08-2008, 11:23 AM
Morning everyone! I hope you are all having a good week. Last night of freecycle I got a set of twin bunk beds for my girls' room that look brand new. How great is that?

durdansgirl
07-08-2008, 11:30 AM
Hey all. good to see everyone had a good holiday. I am going to my cod in a bit around lunch time... gulp. I had an okay weekend, my main goal was to stay on water and I did that. My birthday is coming up next week... good thing I'm not a cake girl - never really cared for the stuff- but we are going to Red Robin... I will need to sit away from the bottomless fries without a doubt. lol.
have a great rest of the day... off to get some actual work done. yay.

Dan2112
07-08-2008, 01:04 PM
Morning all... Well, all of you who are here...

Heather.. Post your recipe and I'll try to break it down for you... Enchiladas are dangerous territory and I've basically had to give them up.. The problem isn't just the ingredients, but the portion size.. Without seeing how you prepare them, I'd venture a guess at 2 starches, 1 fat, 1 protein..

The way I would do them is to not fry the corn tortillas (or just use reduced carb, wheat flour tortillas), use ground, LEAN turkey instead of beef and natural cheese, rather than processed cheddar. The natural stuff is more expensive, but in the long run, a bit better for you.

Are you making them with a red or green sauce? Here in New Mexico, making our own red or green sauces is a fact of life, but in other places, I would bet it's not as easy.. The sodium content in the canned or jarred sauces can be a killer.. So if you must use it, drink lots of water with dinner..

Oh, and regarding bars.. Try the South Beach Living High Protein Cereal Bars.. The chocolate version is very good. They have 140 calories 10g of protein. Also, Zone Perfect makes a really good selection of chocolate flavors..

jewljz
07-08-2008, 02:32 PM
Dan - Please share your recipe for your homemade green and red sauce.

JLem311
07-08-2008, 02:41 PM
hey everyone. just checking in quickly. i bought some new clothes this weekend and actually fit into a pair of size 12's. i was pretty shocked. and i also fit into a pair of size 15 juniors. so needless to say, i never thought i could, but it made me pretty happy. and i've gone down a few jean sizes since i last bought a pair in feb, so that's good too.

other than that, not much else is going on. just continuing with my workouts and trying to keep myself busy. i'm still stuck at this weight that i've been at for a while now and am pretty comfortable, so if i lose more that's great, if not, not a big deal. i guess i've got this whole maintaining thing down?!?

ok, i'll check back in later.
hope everyone has a good day!

Dan2112
07-08-2008, 03:05 PM
Dan - Please share your recipe for your homemade green and red sauce.

You want it, you got it....

Ingredients

1 tbsp of canola oil - I use Enova Oil
half a large onion, diced
3 chopped garlic cloves
1/3 cup of flour
2 tbsp of ground cumin
1 tbsp onion powder
1 tbsp garlic powder
1 tbsp salt (can be adjusted to taste) - I use about a teaspoon of Morton's lite and compensate with other spices
2 cups chicken broth - Obviously use low sodium and/or use 1 1/2 cup of broth and 1/2 cup of water
2 cups of fresh/canned(NEVER!!):D green chile peppers. NOT GREEN BELL PEPPERS!!!


Directions
Start by heating oil in a large sauce pan over medium heat. When it shimmers, add the onion. After a minute or so, add the garlic. When the onion starts to become translucent, add the flour, ground cumin, onion powder, garlic powder, salt . Cook until the flour has browned. Add chicken broth, and whisk to mix in the flour. Bring to a boil, and then add the green chiles. Stir and allow to simmer until thick. Test thickness by dipping a spoon in the sauce, and then running your finger across it. If the sauce leaves a clear line where you whiped, the sauce is ready.

Makes 8 servings of slightly more than 1/4 cup.

Red Chile Sauce

1 tablespoon oil (Enova)
3/4 teaspoon Morton's Lite salt
2 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 - 3/4 cup Red Chile Powder
Oregano to taste(optional)
2 cups cold water
1/2 teaspoon of crushed corriander

1. Heat oil in a medium saucepan on medium heat. Stir
in flour and cook for 1 minute.
2. Add chile powder and cook for an additional minute.
3. Gradually add the water and stir, making sure that no lumps
form.
4. Add seasonings to sauce and simmer at low heat for 10-15 minutes.

Truth be told, I have much more luck with the green chile sauce than the red, but you really have to try these a couple of times to get it "just right"... Keep in mind that both will taste different than the stuff you get from a can or jar.

If you can find your own dried red chiles, you can grind your own powder, but it will be probably easier to find it already powdered outside of New Mexico. I would imagine that speciality food markets will have some kind of a Spanish or Mexican food isle... Our Wal Mart has a ton of items, but that may just be because we have a lot of Hispanics/Mexicans in the state.

cecil
07-08-2008, 03:07 PM
Hi everyone! I had a great weekend! Not so great food wise but you can't always be perfect I went to COD today and I was actually down from my last WI .2. WOW! Awesome! I was pretty happy! So now back to the grind. UGH!

Dan, always love hearing your advice even when it's not for me it always hits home!

Hi Katie, Deb, Heather and oh yeah Jillian! Great job maintaining!

Just thought I would check in real quick!

Have a pop day!

Dionne, you know Barbara is right one week on plan will do wonders!

aguerin
07-08-2008, 04:39 PM
Hello All. Sorry it has been so long since my last post, but things have been crazy at work and at home.

I am still lingering at about 5 lbs higher than I want to be, but that is better than 10. I didn't have much of a 4th of July Holiday as I had to work some Saturday and Sunday.

I have 4 walls up on my log cabin. I will try to post some pics of it soon, but don't have the right equipment right now to upload them from the camera. Good Luck everyone with recovering from the Holiday weekend and good luck on the vacations.

jewljz
07-08-2008, 04:51 PM
Cecil - are you doing stabilization? if so, how does that work? just curious...

cecil
07-08-2008, 05:21 PM
Hay Jewlz,

I ran out of Weightloss weeks and didn't want to pay for more. So I decided to stabilize at this weight and then after I have matered that maybe go back into weightloss for the last 10 I wanted to lose. Basically you add in food every week. Slowly till you are maintaining with the right amount of food. I like it. But with summer here it's really hard to eat on plan. Basically I can stay on plan during the week but the weekends are a lost cause. Hopefully once summer is over I can pick up where I left off.

BarbaraB
07-08-2008, 10:25 PM
Heather, Try the zone perfect dark chocolate bars. They are really good.
The bars do keep me in line... You don't have to be perfect to be thinner, and you should look at how you are doing better. Were you better this 4th of july than in years past? If not sit back and think of how you could have handled it better..... Afterall, eventually you have to make this YOUR plan, and not the plan from the COD.

Cecilia, Summer is the best time to be eating healthier. Lots of great fruit and veggies are in season. Focus on eating healthier, and sticking on plan gets easier. Since that is not a mindset of "depriving" yourself, but being good to yourself. I chose to eat what is good for me, I'm sacrificing all that "good food".... I'm avoiding things that were making me unhealthy and fat....

Second day of TO... and I'm thinking I better go home and eat my lovely 6 oz of meat and veggies... I always eat just the fruit and bars during the day so I can go home and have an almost normal dinner. I feel so much more on track.... so Heather, I guess that is what I do when I feel like I've really gotten way off track... the dreaded take off... which just threatening myself with one is enough to get me back on the straight and narrow 9 times out of 10... I don't think you should do a lot of them, but gee whiz they are a good tool for refocusing.

Heather5
07-08-2008, 11:00 PM
Thank you everyone for being so helpful! I have a few more of the Luna bars left, but I am going to try the South Beach and the Zone bars when I am out.

Today ended up being a pretty good day! I worked out for about an hour and a half and then I was OP for the most part. I had a small piece of homeade cherry cobbler, which I counted towards my fruit.

Dan- Here is my recipe for chicken enchilads. It is not authentic, just something I got out of a cookbook:

2c chopped cooked chicken
1c chopped green bell peppers
1 pkg (8 oz) chream cheese cubed
1 jar (8 oz) salsa, divided
8 (6-inch) tortillas
3/4 lb (12 oz) velveeta, cut up
1/4 c milk

Stir chicken, pepper, cream cheese, and 1/2 cup salsa in saucepan on low heat until cream cheese is melted.

Spoon 1/3 cup chicken mixture down center of each tortilla; roll up. Place, seam-side down, in lightly greased 12x8 baking dish.

Stir velveeta cheese spread and milk in saucepan on low heat until smooth. Pour sauce over tortillas; cover with foil.

Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Pour remaining salsa over tortillas.

*I always get the reduced fat/fat free version of the cheese and wheat tortillas.

ferrarimomof2
07-09-2008, 12:22 AM
THANKS everyone for the encouraging words. My DH went on another interview this morning and he said he seemed promising. One company is supposed to let us know something by the end of the week and the one today said they were going to make a decision quickly. Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers. I have tried very hard to just leave it in God's hands.

I did a TO today with the 4 oranges in hopes of getting off this 8 lb I put on the scale after vacation. I hope that I am doing it correctly. I had 6 oz of fish unlimited brocolli and cabbage throughout the day. I also had 2 lite bars and the four oranges. If I am doing this wrong please someone tell me.

I hope that everyone is doing great and having a great week. I will try to do personals tomorrow.

Have a great night and morning.

cottonfarmer81
07-09-2008, 11:09 AM
Heather, I was comparing Luna bars and South Beach bars yesterday at the grocery. Way big difference in cost. I didn't realize How much difference!!

bradleys mom
07-09-2008, 11:56 AM
WOW I am so impressed with everyones progress! You all are doing great! I, on the other hand have an appetite like an elephant, and I have gained tons o' weight. LAWL will be making some money off of me after I have this baby. I think I have about 6 months left, so I will have to get back to the grind!! I go in for my 20 week ultrasound tomorrow, hopefully we will find out what the baby is then! I want a girl!! I will update you all! Hope everyone is doing well!

Dan2112
07-09-2008, 01:01 PM
Thank you everyone for being so helpful! I have a few more of the Luna bars left, but I am going to try the South Beach and the Zone bars when I am out.

Today ended up being a pretty good day! I worked out for about an hour and a half and then I was OP for the most part. I had a small piece of homeade cherry cobbler, which I counted towards my fruit.

Dan- Here is my recipe for chicken enchilads. It is not authentic, just something I got out of a cookbook:

2c chopped cooked chicken
1c chopped green bell peppers
1 pkg (8 oz) chream cheese cubed
1 jar (8 oz) salsa, divided
8 (6-inch) tortillas
3/4 lb (12 oz) velveeta, cut up
1/4 c milk

Stir chicken, pepper, cream cheese, and 1/2 cup salsa in saucepan on low heat until cream cheese is melted.

Spoon 1/3 cup chicken mixture down center of each tortilla; roll up. Place, seam-side down, in lightly greased 12x8 baking dish.

Stir velveeta cheese spread and milk in saucepan on low heat until smooth. Pour sauce over tortillas; cover with foil.

Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Pour remaining salsa over tortillas.

*I always get the reduced fat/fat free version of the cheese and wheat tortillas.

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Oh the horror...
Here.. Let me give you an authentic recipe...

3-5 chicken breasts, boneless
1 medium onion, chopped
3 Tbsp. Smart Balance or lite margerine
Green or Red Chile sauce (based on the recipe I gave you yesterday
1 cups Chopped Green Chile, drained - sprinkle on top for extra heat/flavor - optional!
cup low sodium chicken broth or use leftover broth from the boiled chicken (see below)
1 12 ct. pkg. low carb flour or corn Tortillas
1 lb. cheese, grated (Cheddar, Jack or mixture)


1. Boil chicken, cool and shred (save broth).
2. Preheat oven to 325 F.
3. Saute onion in Smart Balance/lite margarine until slightly soft. Combine onion with sauce and broth and stir.
4. Tear 6 tortillas into small pieces and cover the bottom of a 9" x 13" pan.
Spread the chicken over the tortilla pieces, then the sauce, and
the cheese. Repeat layers.
5. Bake 30-40 minutes, until very hot, bubbly and slightly browned.
Makes eight to ten 8 oz. servings.

Just say no to Velveeta and the cream cheese!!!!

BarbaraB
07-09-2008, 02:48 PM
Dionne, Your TO seems fine to me. And you are having fish! I tend to go with the worst cuts of meat to get me through the whole take off trial. Although last night I had turkey burger and green beans. Something is bound to show up here soon for your DH. He seems to be getting a lot of interviews. That is an extremely positive sign.

Kimberly, I'm hoping you have a girl too. Just eat healthy! Be good to yourself and get lots of rest too!


I'm done with this TO, and plan on going Gold plan until Saturday, when I'll go back to Blue... As I think my DH plans on us going for a killer bike ride, and that tends to throw me off plan a bit.... He went with a friend last week, and that guy's heart monitor said they burned 2000 calories on the ride. No wonder I get so hungry after we do that!

ferrarimomof2
07-09-2008, 03:00 PM
Thanks Barbara- I was wondering this morning how your TO was going. I got on the scale this morning and it said down 3lbs. So, I am hoping that after today and being on plan I will fly on back down.

Kimberly- I hope that you have a healthly pregnancy and baby. A little girl is great. They are definitely different to raise than little boys. Everyone tells me that boys are easier. I haven't made a definite decision on that yet. It depends on what you are talking about. They are both terrific.

I hope everyone else is having a great day. So, far today I have had an orange, lite and HLW. I am off to get another orange and clean the house. I tend to get grumpy during TO and today is no exception. So, I might as well take it out on the house.

Repo girl
07-10-2008, 01:12 AM
Hi guys! Not much to report, just wanted to pop in. I don't know where everyone has gone, but I am missing you all!

jesskahle
07-10-2008, 10:42 AM
Hi everyone! I just wanted to say hi, I just signed my LA papers last night and start the take off tomorrow! My husband and I are doing it together, and we have a whole person (and a half!) to lose.

I have so far enjoyed reading your posts, we are definitely going to need some support and guidance throughout this process, hopefully you all will be able to help!!

Jessica

Dan2112
07-10-2008, 11:18 AM
Welcome Jessica!!! Post early and post often.. So great you and your DH are doing this together.. My wife and I did the same thing and I'm convinced the only way we were able to succeed was to lean on each other for support.

I've come up with a checklist for all you newbies for when you start the program. Things to remember, if you will...

1. Empty the pantry of offending foods.. If they are in the house, you WILL eat them.

2. Make sure family and friends know you're doing this and that you need their support. Nothing is worse than going out with friends and having them tell you "oh it's ok to eat *insert offending food here* just this once".. On this plan it's NOT ok to give in once in a while, especially early on.

3. Fiber up!! I, along with many others, found that this plan tends to cause some "blockage" once in a while, but that problem can be solved if you eat fiber rich veggies and fruits. Google a list or ask for one at your COD.

4. Weigh in at the same time, wearing the same clothes... You've got to be consistant or the little ups and downs you'll get will drive you nuts.

5. Lock up your home scale. You will become obsessed with daily weigh ins at home. Plus, the COD scale is very high quality and is generally more accurate than the typical home version.

6. If you plan to work out while on the plan, save some proteins and good carbs for post-exercise. This is really just for when you do a very vigorous workout with lots of cardio. Lean proteins and good carbs (like fruit) afterward will continue the calorie burning process.

7. Don't get frustrated when your weight loss slows down (and it will).. After the initial shock of introducing good foods into your body instead of crap, your body will adjust. This will slow the weight loss down sometimes. The cure is to make sure you don't just eat the same foods.. Spice it up and seek out new recipies. There's no reason to just eat grilled chicken salads all the time. Also, switch your meals around from time to time (breakfast for dinner, etc.) and try to get your starch portions in early in the day.

8. Become a label fanatic... You will learn so much about the foods you eat by reading labels at the store.. You need to be mindful of sodium content of foods along with all the processed stuff.. Basically, avoid soups and lunchmeat!!

9. Keep in mind that this is not a "diet" in the true sense of the word.. This is a LIFESTYLE CHANGE... You will never eat the same way again if you go into this with the right mindset.. Eventually, once you've reached your goal, occassional trips to McDonald's or your local pizza parlor will be ok, as your body will be better equipped to digest the crap rather than just ingest it. Further more, those occassional trips will be a treat and the food will taste MUCH better.

10. Relish the victory.. I'm known for making a point of this... Sure, a bag of fries or a candy bar scarfed down when you're emotionally stressed or depressed may taste good for a few fleeting moments, but believe me when I say this.. You will feel even worse shortly thereafter because you'll realize you've gone against the plan.. The REAL victory is being able to say no to the drive thru or convenience store.. Once you say no, the mental boost you'll get will really feel amazing!

There are others and I encourage you all to share your thoughts.. Seems many of us (myself included) have been going through some loss of focus lately, so a swift kick in the tush is just what we need!!

Party on Wayne!!

Repo girl
07-10-2008, 12:01 PM
Excellent!!! LOL

Great list Dan. No wonder you have been so sucessful!

honi986
07-10-2008, 01:27 PM
Hello everyone! I'm a newbie as well. Started LAWL about a month ago and things have been tough. I went from a very strict diet (Bernstein's Diet actually) to LAWL and I actually gained some weight when I first started. Now it is slowly coming off key word being slowly. I seem to bounce back and fourth between 201-205. It is very frustrating! Plus I am not able to exercise since I dislocated my patella and I'm waiting to see a surgeon in September to see if I have to have surgery. Any suggestions would be wonderful!

durdansgirl
07-10-2008, 01:52 PM
Dan, that was a great list. I'm about 6 weeks in and I'm going to tape that to my office fridge for some inspiration. (I need it right now)

Has anyone gone from the express plan to the free to live plan and seen a stall? I think I'm going back to the more restrictive menu at least through the summer. I think I have too many options right now and just need to focus on the more stringent side of things.

Hope eveyone's week is starting to end well.

durdansgirl
07-10-2008, 01:53 PM
by the way, welcome new people. I'm a happy lurker on the board.

Dan2112
07-10-2008, 04:08 PM
OH.... I had one more that is REALLY for you newbies...

11. You will eat more to lose... It's the toughest concept of the plan to deal with. Your mind will have a hard time wrapping around the fact that many of you will actually be eating more than you're used to.. The difference is that instead of snacking on crappy things, you'll be eating full meals of good things. You may start to skimp on things, thinking that will help.. DON'T!!!! Once your body gets used to the increased amount of good foods, if you start reducing that amount, it will go into a slight "starvation mode" and start to retain whatever you put into it, good OR bad...

bradleys mom
07-10-2008, 04:16 PM
Hi again.... I just wanted to stop by to tell you all that... Its another BOY! Wow, me and a house full of boys, Its going to be fun!! lol

Dan2112
07-10-2008, 04:59 PM
Very cool Kimberly!! Nothing like a house full of boys who will take care of you later in life!! We boys love our moms!!

Repo girl
07-10-2008, 05:16 PM
Congrats Kimberly!!

dawn78
07-10-2008, 05:27 PM
How exciting, Kimberly!

BarbaraB
07-10-2008, 07:13 PM
Kimberly, I bet your two sons will be great good friends, so that is good. I think girls often are easier when they are little and boys can be easier when they are teens, but each child is different, so who knows... I just can't believe that you are halfway through already.

Dan, I need to read your rules too. I found eating more times a day to be a huge key to sticking with it. If you eat 5 times a day, you tend to not get hungry, so you stick with it.

durdansgirl, If you are finding the extra choices are leading you astray, then go back to the more restrictive plan. Perhaps your body is just taking a small breather before it lets go of some more weight. I thought I had stalled many times on my weight loss journey, but in fact I just needed more patience. Some weeks are going to be good and some bad. Watch your salt intake, since many times I got frustrated, it was more that I had eaten something salty and not realized it. It is in all sorts of unexpected things, and you can retain a lot of water, probably in the summer with the heat the tendency to retain extra liquids is more pronounced. The fake salt also helps keep water weight retention down. You might consider drinking some hot lemon water, or eating asparagus for your vegetables if you suspect you are retaining some extra water.

jewljz
07-10-2008, 07:22 PM
The only one I don't agree with on Dan's list is #5 - lock up your home scale. If you are anything like me, the anxiety of not knowing what their scale will say is just too much for me. I've got to know beforehand if I did good. I weigh at the same time and stop eating at exactly the same time before weigh in to avoid fluctuations - just keeps me sane. I know, it sounds a little coo-coo, but what can I do...

JLem311
07-10-2008, 09:51 PM
hey everyone. just checking in, since i haven't since tues. i haven't been doing well since tues afternoon. i got some not-so great news and i haven't barely been able to pull myself out of bed since then. it's been a struggle. so needless to say, i have only gotten in one workout this week and don't even ask me about being on plan. i just need to snap out of it and/or give myself time to digest this new information that was given to me on tues.

ok..well, i don't wanna be a downer, so yeah..just thought i'd tell everyone where i've been...just hiding, i guess.

hope everyone has had a good week. i'll check back in tomorrow sometime.

bradleys mom
07-10-2008, 10:02 PM
Jillian! Your picture is sooo awesome! Look at you almost to goal! Yay! I am so proud!!

JLem311
07-10-2008, 10:29 PM
Jillian! Your picture is sooo awesome! Look at you almost to goal! Yay! I am so proud!!

thanks kimberly! that really made me smile. :) congrats on finding out about your little man! :)

Repo girl
07-11-2008, 11:02 AM
Morning everyone! I hope you are all having a nice week. It was so hot here yesterday, clear up into the 90's, but today it is supposed to stay in the high 70's, so that will be good. I will actually feel like making dinner, LOL.

Have a great day all!

Mom_of_3_Monsters
07-11-2008, 11:11 AM
Good Morning! Things are going fine here. I had a little "slip up" earlier this week, but I am back on track now. :carrot: (It only took me 2 days to get back to where I was :p )

Katie - I never feel like making supper ;) (although I must admit that Deb's cookbook has been a life saver!)

Jillian - :hug:Hugs sweetie! I hope things start to look up for you! :hug:

Kimberly - Congratulations!! Boys are so much fun!! My boys are 17 months apart and they truly are best buddies!!!!

Dan2112
07-11-2008, 11:51 AM
The only one I don't agree with on Dan's list is #5 - lock up your home scale. If you are anything like me, the anxiety of not knowing what their scale will say is just too much for me. I've got to know beforehand if I did good. I weigh at the same time and stop eating at exactly the same time before weigh in to avoid fluctuations - just keeps me sane. I know, it sounds a little coo-coo, but what can I do...

Julie.. You bring up a good point, and I should qualify what I said..

Of course, with many of the CODs closed or closing, weigh-ins at home are necessary, so my suggestion for locking up the home scale should be taken only if you can't or don't go to a COD..

The COD counselors always recommend that you stop weigh ins at home because of the fluctuation that will be shown between the two machines.. Day to day weight loss and gain is constant, so you never know what you're gonna get.. It's best (in my opinion) to limit WIs to three times a week, and like Julie said, doing it at the same time with the same amount of food in your tummy each time. Of course it's best to do it first thing in the morning after doing your business, but before a shower and breakfast.. I've found that I always seem to gain a few ounces after a shower, as I guess the water soaks into the skin (or maybe that's just me)...

Snap out of it Jillian!! You're one of the biggest inspirations here!! That said, I know what it's like to be in your position of being so close to goal and just not caring for a while.. I think it's completely natural to go through that...

JLem311
07-11-2008, 02:32 PM
hey everyone. just wanted to check in before i go over and chill with the kids for the rest of the afternoon/evening.
i'm still feeling pretty blah, but trying hard to be ok.
the reason that i'm feeling so blah and "out of it" is on tues DH informed me that he will be deploying in April. :( so he'll be back for about 8 months, then be gone again for another 10 months. so i'm pretty distraught/down about that. so that was the horrible/crappy news that i received earlier this week...and i'm still trying to digest it. so yeah..
what a "negative nancy" i've been with my posts. sorry!


anyways..gotta run! i'll check back in later tonight, i'm sure.
xoxo.

cecil
07-11-2008, 03:52 PM
Oh Jillian that really sucks. Wow. I don't know how you can handle that. But I know you are strong and you will be able to hadle it no matter how hard it is. And remember in the whole scheme of things a year is not that long when you have the rest of your life. Love you!

jesskahle
07-11-2008, 03:59 PM
Wow Dan, what a wonderful list thanks!

My parents have been doing LAWL since January and have had wonderful sucess. Hopefully mine will be too.

My stats are pretty high as I am sitting at 255 lbs at 5'2.
My Goal in 52 weeks is 104 lbs lost
I get my plan tonight at 6

Is there any threat of LAWL centres closing in Canada?

I am doing Take off right now, and am finding it difficult. Everything feels so bland and oh how I could go for some carbs... or dairy.
Just keep telling myself that its only two days.... and food doesn't have to be my number one enjoyment anymore- I have so much better things in life to love and enjoy!

Dan2112
07-11-2008, 04:35 PM
Keep at it Jess... Ain't nothin' easy but the payoffs can be BIG!

As far as it's seemed so far, Canada has been out of danger for the closings.. Not exactly sure why that is, but count youself lucky!!

Sige
07-11-2008, 05:04 PM
Hey Jess - where are you in Canada?

BarbaraB
07-11-2008, 06:35 PM
Hey Jess, It will get easier, as it is normal to take awhile to adjust such a big change.

Jillian, Sorry the deployment is likely coming so soon. Perhaps things will change between now and then, especially if Obama is elected president. From the people who I've heard about being deployed, if it is far in advance that the dates do shift, they change the expected timing of things pretty darned often. OK, not always in a way that makes the spouses of the soldiers happy... but you never know.... You may get him home a little longer than they say. Don't waste your time worrying and fretting over things that may never even happen. Grab the happiness that is in front of you today... as none of us know exactly what tomorrow will bring.

ferrarimomof2
07-11-2008, 11:38 PM
Hey everyone,

I just wanted to check in and say hey. I have done pretty good since I did the TO. I did mess up a little today. I had 1 starch to many and was down all my vegetables and one fruit. My anniversary is next Friday and it is also my DS birthday. I hope to be down some more weight by next Friday. I hope that everyone is doing great.

Welcome Jess- stay on the program it works

Jillian- I am sorry to hear about your DH deployment. But, like Barbara said don't spend your time worrying about it now. It is one of those things you can't change and it is far off. Keep your head up and you are in my prayers.

Barbara- I look forward to reading your uplifting and inspiring posts. THANK YOU.

Cecil- I hope that your doing great on maintenance.


Dan- THANKS for the list and advice. I for one really needed to hear (or should I say read) it. Again, thanks for the encouragement.


Katie- I hope things are going great for you.

To anyone else I missed have a great night and even better weekend.

LoisKent
07-12-2008, 07:50 AM
Rise and shine everybody ! The cofee is piping hot , the mushroom and cheese omlettes are in the pan and the fresh mixed fruit with yogurt is really pretty on the table ! The sun is trying to shine and my deck looks like a birdie airport with all the vistors this morning anybody care to join me?
Ok Dan move over !! I am going to give you a run for your money ! Got a bug up our tails last weekend and went out and bought 2 new bikes. Ok ok your competition may be kind of slim because I haven't been on a bike in 25 + years but darn it as soon as I get past the second set of training wheels you are in trouble :).
Jillian I can relate with you on the deployment thing. My 20 yr old son is supposed to head out in October I am about as terrified as I can get. I just keep tellling myself that God is with him and all our other guys and gals and whatever happens over there is his will . It also helps me to really pay attention to what he says when he is talking about all his training and complaining about his aches and pains becaue I realize he is being trained to come home safely more than he is being trained for anything else. The 2 of us cannot go for a quiet walk without him hearing and sensing every little move or noise or picking up on every gut instinct he has. We have had to cut our walks short several times because something in the area we were walking "didn't feel quite right". Also it helps me to get together with "some of the guys" he will be with over there. We have cook outs and pool parties and just see the way they interact and protect one another. Bottom line its not fun, not easy but if we remember they are protected by God, by thier "battle buddies" and they are as well trained as they can possibly be for every situation tanbd will get hey may encounter it makes it a little easier to sleep at night. Of course we will miss them while they are away but we are as tough as they are and we have to be strong for them .
Anyhow didn't mean to ramble on there sorry .Of to work for me talk to you all later and have a great weekend !!
Lois

jesskahle
07-12-2008, 08:54 AM
Hey!

So on Day 2

Went last night for a weigh in and get my plan.. Somehow I gained 3lbs in one day of takeoff- talk about discouraging! Hopefully its water retention!

sorry PP, I don't recall your name- but I live in Ottawa, Ontario. =)

As of tomorrow I start plan 4 no lites. DH starts plan 6 no lites.

It is so much food! I don't know how we are going to eat it all. No WW bread for us, it will be full out wholewheat bread as we have toooo many starches to eat in a day.

I had eggs for breakfast and am now sipping my juice. Will have a chicken salad for lunch and pick at veggies throughout the day. Going to the beach today with the kiddos so hopefully I will keep busy enough to not notice food. The problem will be when we are feeding kids lunch, since they still need their 4 food groups.

Thanks for all the advice :)

Dan2112
07-12-2008, 09:25 AM
Jess.. Rest assured that while TO usually results in loss, our bodies do react differently when we take on this challenge.. Sometimes it's such a shock to the body (the introduction of good food vs. bad) that it struggles to retain all the crap it can.. Kind of making a kid drop an ice cream cone he just got.. He don't want to do it! - But be confident that your body WILL give in to the plan and you'll be on track.. The water retention is always an issue too.. Especially if you're approaching "that time of the month" - sorry if that's an indellicate thing to say...

As far as the beach goes.. Be sure to pack some good things for you to eat.. If nothing else, think about how much you're paying for this plan, so you don't want to waste all that money!!!

Lois - Very cool!! What kind of bikes did you get? Road or trail/mountain? Or just a typical one-speed? I've been bad about getting on my bike this last week.. It needs a tune up and I've just been too busy to get it to the shop. Eventually, I need to learn how to take care of it myself...

Anyway, i'm spending the weekend waiting to hear if I've been pulled for a fire assignment in California or maybe even Washington... Now that our forest fire season is basically over thanks to rain, I'm itching to get out of state...

JLem311
07-12-2008, 09:46 AM
morning everyone. thanks for all the encouraging words. i appreciate it more than you know. it's just a hard thing to think about and try and plan for.
i know that everything will be ok and work out the way it's suppose to.

anyways..gotta get ready for the day. coffee date with my DD is first on the list. it's our saturday ritual it seems. :)
enjoy the day.

jesskahle
07-13-2008, 12:15 PM
So finished TO! We got through!! And NO cheating :)

Now we are on to day 1 of plan. So far so good, feels like all we are doing is eating or talking about eating though.

We go in tomorrow evening to get weighed again.

Tomorrow DD goes for surgery to get tubes in her ears. She is n't allowed to eat from midnight-on, which will be difficult to explain to a toddler. Anyone have any advice on eating @ hospital? We are going to pack our cooler up and have everything measured in advance. My hardest thing is going to be eating without letter her eat. Dh and I are going to take turns occupying her while we each do breakfast...


Jillian- what a nice ritual you have! do you mind if i ask how old your dd is?

JLem311
07-13-2008, 12:35 PM
So finished TO! We got through!! And NO cheating :)

Now we are on to day 1 of plan. So far so good, feels like all we are doing is eating or talking about eating though.

We go in tomorrow evening to get weighed again.

Tomorrow DD goes for surgery to get tubes in her ears. She is n't allowed to eat from midnight-on, which will be difficult to explain to a toddler. Anyone have any advice on eating @ hospital? We are going to pack our cooler up and have everything measured in advance. My hardest thing is going to be eating without letter her eat. Dh and I are going to take turns occupying her while we each do breakfast...


Jillian- what a nice ritual you have! do you mind if i ask how old your dd is?


DD will be 5yrs old in a week! :) and DS will be 3yrs old in November.

how old are your kids?

jesskahle
07-13-2008, 03:30 PM
DD will be 5yrs old in a week! and DS will be 3yrs old in November.

how old are your kids?

I have one, and she is 19 months, born in November as well :)

Repo girl
07-13-2008, 11:52 PM
Hi guys, just checking in! We have been out rock hounding all weekend. It was great. Really nice weather, beautiful places. And we came home with some really nice pieces of jade.

Dan2112
07-14-2008, 01:38 AM
Jess.. You ought to be able to at least get some kind of salad at the hospital.. If you're planning on breakfast, rather than getting a plate of bland eggs and toast, pack some fruit and yogurt...

Jillian.. Hope things look up for you in the coming week.. And I also love the fact that you're always smiling in your av... Beats my picture from 1985.. :lol:

See ya in the morning kids!