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tleef
07-11-2008, 04:04 PM
Hello girls! I'm back!

So much news and so little time. I've been totally in no-mans land for the past few months. With the new job and the wedding things just got away from me. But here I am and I'm holding stead at 196. I actually got down to 193 right before the wedding, but I've gained a little back through not eating properly and with all the parties and stuff it's been a challenge.

The wedding was absolutely incredible! If you want to see pictures you can go to the following link:

www.21photo.ca
Click the link at the bottom to "client proofs" and then click "tamara and jason" and the password is June.

I promise I'm back for good...and I'm hoping you guys will help keep me motivated to stay on track. I got a personal trainer for the month of May and it made such a huge difference in my body...even when there was no weight loss for a week. In the two weeks before the wedding I lost 1" off my waist and 1-1/2" off my hips! Wowzers!

Hope everyone will update me and let me know how you're doing.

Cheers,
T


SunshineRunner
07-11-2008, 05:00 PM
OH MY GOD. TAMARA HAS GRACED US WITH HER PRESENCE!!!

I've been missing you and our SF thread died last month - but I'm sure you have the energy to get it back up and running. Congrats on the wedding - the photos are FAB! Your daughter looks like Hermione from Harry Potter - and not just call y'all are Brits - she really does!!! I know this wedding has been a long time coming...I'm so happy for you!

I've been doing really well in your absence. I'm up to running 5 nights a week on the treadmill (no more elliptical) doing 5K between 36-39 minutes - I'd ideally like to be under 36 minutes for the August 1-3rd 5K that 3FC is doing. I know I can do it :) I'm down to ....drum roll please....159lbs and seem to be really doing well at losing...I can't recall where I was last time you were around here...but I'm thinking it was at least 20lbs higher.

Well, I just got in from the pool, have some work to do - then it's off to the gym for me! So glad you are back! Missed you tons!!! Don't leave me again!
~A:carrot:

Karen31
07-11-2008, 06:35 PM
WOW!! Tamara--- Glad to have you back and the pictures are fantastic!! And you look just Wonderful!! Glad to see the slimfast link back! Thanks.

Amanda, good to hear from you too. I gained 3 pounds while we were gone on vacation all of last month but I've lost it and 1 more this week! I was hoping that it wouldn't stay for long. I also have signed up for the 3FC 5K. I haven't put a time on me yet though--- I'm still trying to get used to the altitude again after being gone for so long!

Here is a pic. of Tim & I on the 28th of June at the family reunion. Just thought that I would share. I don't know about all of you but I sure haven't been too happy with the NEW slimfast site!! Things just don't seem to work right! What do you think?


SunshineRunner
07-12-2008, 09:48 AM
Good Morning Ladies - last night I had a good workout. I've really been pushing my running - as I would love to be able to compete in 5K's and god forbid, one day a marathon (not anytime soon though!) Last night I ran my 5k in just over 36 minutes - my goal is to be below 36 minutes by the August 1-3 5K hosted by EZMoney AKA Gary AKA Leader of Women who need to get off their arse's! ;) I'm fairly certain that based on the pace that I am currently pushing and improving at, I should be there in time. For the 4th of July I was at 39 minutes even...then this week I have gone as low as 37 minutes - until last night, where even though I went into the gym a little overtired and sore from my previous workout (bad idea, i know!) I still managed to push myself and run run run!

I'm enjoying my SF right now as I type. Got to lay out at the pool yesterday for about an hour and got some sun. I fall asleep so quickly when I'm out there that I have to set a timer to wake me up every 30 minutes or else I'd be one fried pool girl :)

I don't have a lot of plans for this weekend, a little work, a little relaxation, and a bit of house cleaning. Probably won't go to the gym as I do like to take weekends off from working out in order to rest my body.

Well, hope everyone has a lovely weekend,
~A

MarleysMama
07-13-2008, 03:23 PM
Well I hope I can join you ladies, I am starting my SlimFast diet tomorrow and I couldn't be more excited! lol

I have been on and off Atkins but could never keep the weight off b/c I didn't stick with it the way I was supposed too. Instead of moving up in the diet like I should have, I would loose weight, go off, and back on induction. So it's time for me to start something new. I really love the concept of Slim Fast, I cant really mess it up. lol. And I know my shakes are 200 calories, so I know when I lose the weight.. how to substitute. I have never done a low calorie diet before but I am really excited to give it 100% and get this weight off. I have 2 kids that I doint want to EVER have to deal with being overweight like I have.

So, I really look forward to meeting you ladies, you are so inspirational :)

Take Care,
Stephanie

SunshineRunner
07-13-2008, 03:30 PM
Hi Stephanie - :welcome: are you planning on following the slimfast plan or are you going to use it in conjunction with calorie counting? The SF Plan is basically calorie counting...some folks around here use the SF Plan exactly, others like me just count calories and "other stuff".

I 100% hear you on the Atkins thing - I am just not one to give up carbs - I tried it a few years ago, lost 20lbs really quickly, gained it all back and then some because I LOVE carbs! It's too difficult for someone like me who loves potatoes and breads!

Check in often and let us know what you are doing...are you going to be including exercise with your plan?

MarleysMama
07-13-2008, 03:40 PM
Oh definately, I have GOT to get myself moving again. I have an elliptical so I am going to aim for 5 days a week, start small and work my way up. I guess being on Atkins for so long, I dont even care how long this weight takes to get off, I want to make lifestyle changes to be a healthier me and I know that m,eans exercising. So baby steps it will be...I always end up burning myself out..and then kicking myself for it later.

I was initially going to just do a low calorie diet but then when I saw how different SlimFast's plan is now, I was totally impressed. It really is just a low calorie plan but they help out and take the guess work out, which is what I need right now. LOL.

Well, the SlimFast site said for me to consume about 1500 calories a day, but from my own #s I know 1000 less a day would be about 1250...so I am thinking like a good 1350-1400 a day. And I will tweak it when I am on board and see how my body reacts. Is that how you did it? You have lost a ton of weight...so I know whatever you did obviously works! LOL

Also, you know those 100 calorie packs, and the 100 calorie ice creams, are they any good?? Do you use them? I like to have a snack on hand to keep my calories where they should be, should I get a craving for something sweet.

Thanks for the warm welcome and answering my questions :)

Karen31
07-13-2008, 05:24 PM
Hi Stephanie! :welcome3: I know you will like it here and there are some really great ideas to help you. Amanda is one that has helped me so much. When I first tried Slimfast I thought I would follow their plan but then I decided to just basically do the calorie counting with it. I do go and use some of their recipes off and on. Some of them are really good. Anyway, Welcome and we look forward to getting to know you.

3D MOM
07-13-2008, 09:12 PM
Hi guys! Karen31 told me where to find you. Any help and support for starting a slim-fast plan will be greatly appreciated . It maybe just what I need. You all seem to have done really good with it by your weight loss. Thanks Karen31!

SunshineRunner
07-14-2008, 12:35 AM
MarleysMama - Baby steps are definitely key. As for how I lost the weight and have not had any major *blips* along the way - I came to 3FC read all about what everyone else had to say - then worked out the best of all plans that would fit into my lifestyle. I started out just having a SF Shake for breakfast and cutting down on fast food, trying to eat healthier. With my many months (I started Sept. 2007) on the 3FC boards, I learned about Calorie Counting, Weight Watchers, South Beach, Fiber, Sodium, Protein and have incorporated all of those ideas into my plan. I basically count calories (I started out at 1200/day, but ended up at about 1400/day as I could eat that many and still lose at a good pace - although I did that backwards, you are supposed to start higher and go down from there) I also started to find my filling foods (especially those high in fiber) were more satisfying. The less sugar I was taking in (not because I count sugar, but because I was switching to higher quality foods) the less I craved it. The less I craved it, the better I found the higher quality foods tasted. Today I'm very very close to my goal and hope to be there before the middle of August. I just keep plugging along. I find new groceries to purchase by reading up on things others on 3FC do....I workout 5 nights a week for about 90 minutes. I'm running 5K's 5 nights a week on the treadmill, when a year ago I couldn't do 5 minutes on the elliptical without being out of breath. I lift weights and enjoy "my time" at the gym.

As far as 100 calorie snacks go - they are okay - I keep them around - but mostly because I bought a huge pack from Sam's Club when I first started my lifestyle change - but I honestly don't find them very satisfying - my staple junky items are the 60 calorie pudding cups (sometimes with FF Cool Whip), some nice quality dark chocolates, or Weight Watchers has some individual sized Ice Cream Cups now in a variety of flavors that are low calorie and high in fiber....

Karen - thanks for the compliments. I keep coming back here because of you guys. I hope to always be here for all of you and vice versa. I know I have lost a lot of weight (believe me, it feels great!) - but I only got here because of the help I have received at 3FC (I very strongly believe this) and I have evolved this past year by learning from everyone here. I 100% could not have done this without the support of 3FC and don't ever plan on leaving anyone here hanging - I can offer support now as much as I received when I was at the beginning of my journey.

3DMom - Karen definitely directed you to the right place. Feel free to read what I just wrote to MarleysMom and ask questions away. It's never easy to get started - but honestly - after a month or two, it gets a lot easier (I know - a month or two!!! scary sounding, right?) - in the long run, it's much worth it...if you don't do it today - 6 months from now you will be saying "if i'd started this 6 months ago, I'd have lost 30, 40, or 50lbs by now!" It happens all the time here - it is your time to change now. We can only be here to support you, give you ideas and advice through all the ups and downs. The key is that you make a commitment to yourself, to your health, and to visiting this site, it will do wonders!

Well everyone, I'm off to bed...been a long Sunday!

see you all tomorrow!
~A

Karen31
07-14-2008, 12:56 AM
Thanks Amanda for posting that. I'm sure it will help MarleysMama and
3DMOM a bunch! I know I always look forward to hearing from you and your lifts always come at just the right time!!

See 3DMOM --- I told you this was a GREAT place!!

MarleysMama
07-14-2008, 11:40 AM
Welcome 3DMom from one newbie to another! LOL

Thanks so much for that post amanda, I really appreciate it. I totally get whet you're saying though.. I really DID learn a lot from Atkins, it just wasn't for me, but I know now that I would MUCH rather have a whole wheat wrap instead of sandwich bread when I make my lunch...I'm going to start off with the lower glycemic fruits first..just a lot of knowledge that I suppose on;y experience and reading can teach us. I really do love my carbs, but I know that when all is said and done, I'm not going to be having a whole wheat bagel for breakfast, a sandwich for lunch and mashed potatoes for dinner. LOL.

You are dead on with wishing you had started 6 months ago. I look back and I thought of doing this before my last attempt at Atkins and if I HAD started, I would have had a loss by now. It's dissapointing b/c I started my weightloss journey 3 years ago, 4/2005 after my son was born and had I been realistic with what i could do, I would have been at goal a long time ago. There is NO time like the present.

As far as what to expect... I am hoping for a 5 pound a month weight loss. Is this realistic?? It's bitter sweet for me too...On Atkins I could easy lose 10 pounds a month...but I know this way I can eat in the real world. Yes it will take twice as long, but if I can make small changes and still enjoy some of the things I love, and get where I want to be, I dont think I could possibly go wrong. LOL.

So enough of that... today is day number 1 for me and I have to tell you guys, it so doesnt feel like I am on a diet. I'm not anxious or doubting myself. I dont see this as a diet. It's a lifestyle change and I am just really excited.

On a side note, I make my shakes with milk as apposed to buying the premade (definately saves money) and I am NOT a fan of the vanilla! hahaha. It feels like I'm drinking thawed milk shake! LOL. So I think I am going to try it in the blender tomorrow with ice like the back suggests. I am excited for my chocolate one with lunch though :) I am disappointed that I cant find the coffee ones anymore.


Okay enough rambling....you ladies have a fantastic day!!!

Karen31
07-14-2008, 12:37 PM
Good Morning!! MarleyMama--- I also use the powdered shakes and add fat free milk to them. I LOVE the Chocolate Royale and also I use the French Vanilla but the vanilla I put in the blended with the fat free milk and strawberries!!! YUMMMY!!! I didn't like the vanilla plain either..

I hope everyone has a good day and I need to get to work in case we have any "looky loos" on the house or the 5th wheel today. Have a good one and I'll check back later..

MarleysMama
07-14-2008, 01:47 PM
So I am offically CERTAIN I am going to be just fine....

I cannot believe that I am actually STUFFED right now, I just had the best lunch I have had in a LONG time. LOL

My chocolate shake plus 200 calories..well instead of bread, I use whole wheat wraps, 90 cal each! I take an ounce of turkey breast (40 cal) and 1 slice of cheese (60 cal) and cut it all up, an oz of lettuce, 1.5 oz of tomato, and a tiny smear of mustard...and VOILA! I had the yummiest wrap ever! What even better... it was 203 calories! Unbelieveable!

I have come to realize that my biggest snacking time is not so much at night like it used to be, it is around10 am...I just get up and walk into the kitchen and mindlessly munch. I was going to have a banana or a yogurt, as the SF website says I can have 3 snacks a day, but I want to break that habit of snacking then...so I stuck it out just to prove to myself that while I could have something perfectly healthy, I wasnt hungry so I didn't eat it. I am very proud of myself right now.

Okay enough out of me. I am so thankful that I found you ladies :)

Karen31
07-15-2008, 12:32 AM
Hello Ladies, It has been a good day here. I did get another box packed and keep thinking that this will make it so much easier when we get the house sold. But I'm running out of things that I can pack that we can do without!!

MarleysMAMA and 3DMOM ---- I don't know if you have checked out Fitday.com yet but it is a pretty good site to track everything. I know I've got frustrated with the new slimfast site and am so glad to have fitday. It is a free site to use and they also have a download version too. I did download the version and I really like it. I ws able to keep track when I was on vacation even though I didn't have internet everywhere. Just thought that I would mention that to you.

Well, I did my Gazelle tonight and my legs are telling me so! Or maybe it was the treadmill yesterday!! But trying to get built back up for the 3FC-5K again. Have you seen that? It is really motivating and you don't have to do the whole thing at once,you can walk, run, treadmill just about anything that you want to do. Check it out.

Have a good night!

3D MOM
07-15-2008, 01:05 PM
Thanks Karen31. I'll check out fitday. I'm starting my "healthy makeover" today. No more saying the dirty little "D" word for me. It's too scary. The new plan slim-fast has is really alot different, you can actually eat. I can do this! (But it's nice to know I don't have to alone!)

SunshineRunner
07-15-2008, 07:29 PM
Karen & 3D Mom - I find that www.thedailyplate.com has a lot more every day items and name brands and was much easier for me personally to work with than fitday...just in case you want to check out something different....

MarleysMama - Glad to hear that you are doing well at the beginning of your journey. Keeping a positive attitude and keeping things manageable are definitely key to staying on track. Being too extreme just causes binges. Let us know exactly what you are eating thru the day and maybe we can give you some tips to make things even better for you!

As far as wraps go - La Tortilla Factory wraps are great - only 100 calories and something between 12-14 grams of fiber/wrap - it's amazing - I hope you can find those - i got them at Walmart....they come in lots of yummy flavors and are not dried out tasting like so many wraps out there. Keep an eye on the sodium in your lunch meat. Turkey is usually lower than ham....but it's still on the high side. I love lunch meat - but I've found that Boar's Head Brand has a lot of stat's available and that they are much better than some of the other brands out there. Also be cautious of what type of cheese you are using - if it is American - then it is going to be very processed and very high sodium - I love American - but made the switch about 6 months ago to lower soidum varieties - almost any other kind (Swiss, Muenster, Cheddar, Colby Jack, Mozzarella, Gouda) have much lower sodium counts. It can be annoying if you don't like to read labels when shopping, but I enjoy it and now I hardly ever have to read a label. :)

Well folks, I'm down 2lbs this morning - I can hardly believe it because I was hoping to be at 158 lbs (I weigh daily and have been at 159lbs for about a week)...I kept thinking it would be down soon...but it wasn't moving, although I was feeling "lighter"...well this morning it did it and now I only have 2lbs to go until I hit my original goal of 155lbs!!! I may adjust my goal down to 145lbs as time permits to focus on losing another 10lbs...but I am honestly 100% happy with my WL journey and am very proud of what I've done in what feels like so little time with so little effort. I 100% would not be here without the help of 3FC. It has been my educational and supportive resource for everything that I've done along the way. You don't know what you are missing if you are just lurking around this board.

Well folks, gotta get ready for the gym! Have a good one!
~Amanda :)

didjaever
07-17-2008, 11:39 AM
Welcome back T! Congrats on the wedding...the photos are GORGEOUS!!! Congrats on keeping your weight in check...

I have been missing from 3FC recently... I had a relapse... I kept telling myself that I lost 27 lbs...I got cocky!!! Go get that pint of ice cream... go to Arby's, etc. Well, I am fortunate to have only fluctuated back and forth 2 pounds but I am recommiting today!! I am back on track. No more sneaking food. Slimfast shake for breakfast, meal on the go bar for lunch, sensible dinner, two snacks, etc.

SunshineRunner
07-17-2008, 01:06 PM
Didj - good job getting back here - even though I'm only 2lbs from goal - I plan to use 3FC to help maintain (and SF and our SF Thread!)...I just don't know what I would do without the support I receive here.

didjaever
07-18-2008, 10:28 AM
To be honest, I have been drinking slimfast for breakfast for the better part of 10 years... suppose the other portions of my day just got out of control... BUT... I am finally back on track after two weeks of not so good choices. I finally had a 1200 calorie day yesterday thanks to my shake and meal-on-the-go bar.

I CAN DO THIS!!!

didjaever
07-18-2008, 10:31 AM
Gator:

CONGRATS on your success!! I bet if feels amazing to reach your goal... I have no doubt that those last two pounds will be gone momentarily :) Do you have anything special planned when you reach goal??

SunshineRunner
07-19-2008, 12:36 AM
Didj - Anything special planned when I reach goal? Besides actually taking some photos and posting them in the "Goal" section here at 3FC, I haven't thought of anything. I've been buying tons of new clothes in a fabulous size 8 - started out at a size 18!!! I really do feel good about my loss and can't wait to show off my body some more. It really feels good!!! You aren't that far from your goal yourself!!! You'll be there in no time!

Ladies - I'm leaving at 5am for Savannah, GA & Linville, NC - so I'll be outta here until Wednesday/Thursday...keep your heads up high and I'll check in as soon as I can when I get home!

Have a good one :)
~A

didjaever
07-20-2008, 07:08 PM
Ok, a so-so weekend. Saturday I just had to do it... went and got a burger with cheese.... boy, was it good. Was it the right thing to do...NO! But Saturday's are normally my day off. Today, I substituted my slim-fast shake for breakfast with a nice bowl of cereal. Sometimes it is just plain ole good to chew something :) I am having a good Sunday!!

I have a new way to occupy my mind and not think about food. I finally made the switch from PC to Mac. I bought a new MacBook last week and I have been playing and having fun with it. It isn't as scary as I thought to switch from a PC. Of course, some things are different but nothing that isn't easy to figure out...

How was everyone else's weekend??

SunshineRunner
07-24-2008, 12:36 PM
Hey Ladies - I'm back! I had a great time on my vacation and really enjoyed the cooler weather and hiking that I got in. I ate some really rich foods, but managed to lose a whole pound while I was gone. I didn't take SF with me because I just knew that I could live without it...I ate healthy breakfasts of eggs and toast most days and kept Fiber One Chewy Oats & Chocolate bars with me so I could get some fiber in...which was difficult, even though I had lots of salads and fresh fruit on my trip.

Well, I will get some photos up shortly...only 1 more pound to go!
~A

SunshineRunner
07-27-2008, 10:05 PM
I met my goal (actually surpassed it!) yesterday and am still there today - so I'm calling it! I'm home free...hahah - not exactly - I'm still planning to go down a few more pounds and of course mainteance will be tons of fun...but I'm just soooo happy to be here!

Thanks for all of your help and support!

Karen31
07-28-2008, 01:00 AM
WOW! Congrats Amanda!! I hope to be able to say that one day too. I've been a little frustrated lately with trying to get the house and 5th wheel sold and kind of gave in to stress eating for a bit. But I think I'm back on track now once again. We did sell the 5th wheel and now if we can get the house sold and moved I know things will get better.

Have a great night and I'm looking forward to seeing pictures.

SunshineRunner
07-29-2008, 10:39 PM
Karen - congrats on getting the 5th wheel sold - that's one less burden!

I've written my goal story and posted photos...it's all in my signature line if anyone cares to see it :)

Hope everyone is staying on track and doing well!

~A

Karen31
07-30-2008, 12:42 AM
Amanda, I just read your story and you are just awesome! I get to feeling like I just can't get back on track ever since we got back from vacation and then I read your story and it motivates me to try harder. You've got to be so very proud! And we are proud of you! Your pictures are wonderful and love the changes in your smile!!! Thanks for sharing!

SunshineRunner
07-30-2008, 08:52 AM
Hey Karen - the good news is you can and will get back on track! You are sure to see the 140's shortly, I'm sure of it! You have very steadily picked along at your weightloss journey and never given up - that's a sure sign of a winner! Yes, you've been on vacation a lot and been busy packing - but hey...packing is a lot of burned calories, I'm sure!

In any case...don't give up, you'll see your magic number soon enough!

Where is everyone else? It's back to just me and Karen I guess....of course, I'm so glad you are here with me Karen!
~A

Karen31
07-30-2008, 11:04 AM
Thanks for the encouraging words. I know I just have to get back into a decent routine again but it seems once I get going something happens and I get off track for a few days again. I guess that is called life! I just try to tell myself I'm like the "Unsinkable Molly Brown" You just can't keep me down!!

Hey Everyone!! Where are did you go? Come back and let us know how things are going for you.

We got an offer on the house last night but it just wasn't even acceptable at all. They wanted to buy it but rent until 2010!! HELLO!! We need the equity out of our house to buy another one in MO. Something will happen soon though I'm just sure of it.

Have a GREAT DAY!!

didjaever
07-30-2008, 02:44 PM
Amanda:

CONGRATS!! You look amazing. You are a true inspiration to us all...

I am trying to get back on track after a not so good weekend!!! I keeping trying to feel what it felt like 25 pounds ago... that is a cold reality check. I am doing ok today but need to get 100% focused...

SunshineRunner
07-30-2008, 04:22 PM
Karen - people in this real estate market are crazy!! (remember, I'm a realtor!!)

Didj - Thanks for the compliments, they really feel good! You can get back on track easily - just remember to check back here often and you'll figure it out...believe me, you will love the 150's!!!