LA Weight Loss - Losers and Friends - July 14 - July 20




Dan2112
07-14-2008, 09:11 AM
Morning ladies..

Up and at 'em and back on track!!

The weekend wasn't TOO bad, but Liz and I both lost some momentum.. Not sure why this is happening, but I'm getting tired of it...

Still waiting to hear when and if I'll be shipping out of state to fires burning out west... That poses its challenges when it comes to being on plan, but I was able to stick to it fairly well last year, so this year shouldn't be too hard..

Have a great day and make it a great week!!


Repo girl
07-14-2008, 11:34 AM
Morning everyone!!

Nicole- Really missing you chickie!

JLem311
07-14-2008, 11:41 AM
hey everyone. just thought i'd check in for the day.
i've got to get busy planning DD 5th bday party. it's on saturday.

i'll check back in later. hope everyone has a good day. :)


Sige
07-14-2008, 01:46 PM
Good morning all...hope everyone is psyched up for a GOOD week!

Myself...not sure how this happened, but I spoke to my oncologist's office last week and had her email me all of the weigh in weights that I had for the last two years. I actually maxed out at 237 lbs. instead of 224. Even though I started LAWL at 224, I've changed my ticker to reflect the larger weight. Apparently I had already lost a few lbs prior to joining LAWL!!

When you are out shopping etc., what do you guys do to make sure you don't miss a meal/snack?? Any good ideas? This seems to be my struggle.

Thanks!

Sige
07-14-2008, 01:47 PM
OMG...my ticker says 1743 lbs gained 1810 lb to go. Don't give up!! Going to see what's going on!!!

gotsta
07-14-2008, 02:28 PM
I've been not paying attention to what I've been eating for the past week. A good friend passed away over the 4th and somehow we just got through last week in a haze. I've never thought about it, but there's a lot of food and drink related with such an event! And honestly, I just didn't care. Well, I'm back to caring and even though it is really hard getting back on the wagon, that's where I'm planning to stay. I'd really love to lose another 20 lbs. by my birthday in October. I'm using that as motivation! It's either up or down and I'm choosing down.

Everyone have a great day!:)

erin1369
07-14-2008, 02:36 PM
I cannot believe I actually had an on plan camping weekend. I had to really concentrate on my goal to not give into chili cheese dogs and smores. I am super proud of myself and hopefully the scale will be kind to me tomorrow for my WI. I had lost 8 lbs so far on Friday and tomorrow makes 2 full weeks on program. I am feeling pumped for another great week!

Dan2112
07-14-2008, 03:29 PM
Great job Erin!!! That's what we call a NSV - "Non-scale-victory"... Isn't it a great feeling.. Those are the kinds of things we use to catapult us to the next level... Way to go!

Gosta.. So sorry about your friend.. It's NEVER easy when dealing with any kind of loss, to maintain "on plan".. But here's the dirty little secret.. The way this plan is set up, when all is said and done with your weight loss, stabilization and finally maintenance, your body will be better able to cope with times like that, when emotional eating or simply the lack of good choices are the norm rather than the exception.

Now, all that said, I'm going to say something that may seem mildly harsh, so please don't take it that way.. When you're in any kind of emotional situation you obviously have many more important things on your mind than weighing your food or making sure you get all your veggie portions in.. However, you still have power over what you eat, or more to the point, the amount.. It takes little effort to make sure that you're not eating too much of any one thing.. And that's really what this plan is about when all is said and done.. half scoops of caseroles and one roll instead of two can go a LONG way in making sure the scale doesn't move too much, epecially when you're (very understandibly) not in a place, emotionally or physically to weigh your portions or have control over the kinds of food in a house...

gotsta
07-14-2008, 03:49 PM
Dan, not harsh at all! And it would probably feel good to have control over something. Well, I'm back in the saddle, but very grateful for the words of wisdom...

loserjulie
07-14-2008, 03:49 PM
Hey, everyone, it's been awhile for me. I lost my job and have been doing horribly as far as my diet goes. I was so used to taking my lunch and snacks to work with me and that was all the food that was around me for the day. It sucks that I'm home all day with my kitchen a few feet from me. I am back on track as of today. I felt so guilty about not being on plan, I haven't even posted on here for awhile. I'm counting on everyone to hold me accountable from here on out. Good luck to everyone and I'm back to stay this time!!

Dan2112
07-14-2008, 04:29 PM
Oh Julie.. That sucks!! I'm sorry to hear about your job... Any prospects on the horizon?? What kind of job are you looking for?

As for being close to the kitchen, see my advice above.. You have the ability to control the amount you eat.. Also, as always, make sure your pantry is free of offending foods.. You have the power - you just have to be "there" mentally in order to tap into it..

Keep posting!! It's easy to get embarrassed about falling off the wagon, but don't forget the purpose of this site is not only to keep us on track but to also offer support when it's needed... Never be afraid to vent!!!

BarbaraB
07-14-2008, 06:26 PM
Julie, You can do it! Look at how far you've come!

Dan, Motivation waxes and wanes.... but I don't believe that you are likely to ever go back. Remind yourself regularly about how much better life is now. What that junk food actually cost you.

I bought a new mountain bike last weekend, and this weekend we went on a glorious ride. I ate just a smidge over plan, due to the 3 hours of sometimes quite intense biking. We were at the base of Mt St Helen's and it was really beautiful. I finally did a ride like that without having it morph into a food free for all.... As you really do need to eat a bit extra if you are going to burn lots and lots of calories... then I went home and crashed hard.. got up the next morning, went to spin cycling class, where we had a substitue who was brutal.. went home and crashed again. Yesterday was really hard to stick to plan, but I think I did a decent job of it..... although this morning, I just didn't have another spin class in me... so tonight I think I will do one of my tapes, as I need to mix it up a bit. It is so weird that after all the spin classes that the only part of my legs that are sore is very high on the thighs.

equinetcan
07-14-2008, 06:32 PM
Happy Monday everybody!!

For the first time in a long time (I mean over a year) I went away for the weekend. I went to a horse show to help my former trainer with the horses she was taking. I used to show but my guy is too old now and he is retired and happily getting dirty every day and doing nothing but chow down in the pasture. He will be 27 in two weeks. The show was an Arabian Morgan show. We had a lot of fun. I am exhausted but it was still fun. They did really well and the horses were just about perfect in all their classes. Getting up this morning for work was a challenge and a half but its over now and I can go to bed early tonight. On my feet all weekend lugging, walking, scrubbing and cheering from the sidelines - so hopefully a few calories burned!!!

That's my news for the day so far. I hope everyone had a great weekend and has an even better week!!

BTW - I don't think I've seen a challenge for labor day on here yet...anyone interested???

jesskahle
07-14-2008, 09:47 PM
Hello :)

We went for our weigh in today and Dh lost 9.2 lbs, and I lost 6.8lbs on take off/1 day of plan.

We are stoked and are looking forward to seeing the numbers drop!

We packed a cooler today with pre-measured snacks and meals and didn't go off plan all day @ the hospital. And DD was a trooper and everything went well:)

What a great way to end a day

JLem311
07-14-2008, 10:47 PM
awesome job to you and dh, jess! :)
keep up the great work!

krjpy
07-15-2008, 10:00 AM
Happy Monday everybody!!

For the first time in a long time (I mean over a year) I went away for the weekend. I went to a horse show to help my former trainer with the horses she was taking. I used to show but my guy is too old now and he is retired and happily getting dirty every day and doing nothing but chow down in the pasture. He will be 27 in two weeks. The show was an Arabian Morgan show. We had a lot of fun. I am exhausted but it was still fun. They did really well and the horses were just about perfect in all their classes. Getting up this morning for work was a challenge and a half but its over now and I can go to bed early tonight. On my feet all weekend lugging, walking, scrubbing and cheering from the sidelines - so hopefully a few calories burned!!!

That's my news for the day so far. I hope everyone had a great weekend and has an even better week!!

BTW - I don't think I've seen a challenge for labor day on here yet...anyone interested???

Do you still ride horses? I used to have 3 of them. 2 have passed away and I donated 1 to my old school when I wasn't giving him the attention and riding he really needed. I haven't ridden in years ... I used to even teach. I miss it sometimes.

As for a Labor Day Challange, I am always up for a Challange. I do The Biggest Loser Challanges here on 3FC, but that ends in the beginning of Aug and I need something to keep me motivated until the next TBL Challange, which will be with the show starts ... anyone know when the next season of TBL starts?

BarbaraB
07-15-2008, 12:38 PM
Kelly, I don't know when TBL starts again, but I was just wondering last night about that. I find it inspirational, even if they lose insane amounts of weight so quickly.

I posted a new profile picture of me on my bike next to Mt St Helen's. It was so pretty. Also an avatar picture of me in my bike pants, which are not the most flattering thing ever.

I just am feeling a bit discouraged today. I was off plan there for a bit a few weeks ago, and I thought that being back on plan for a bit I would be feeling thin again, but not so much. Oh well.... Any weight gained can be lost again, I will just have to stick with it and be more diligent.

Dan2112
07-15-2008, 12:50 PM
Hello :)

We went for our weigh in today and Dh lost 9.2 lbs, and I lost 6.8lbs on take off/1 day of plan.

We are stoked and are looking forward to seeing the numbers drop!

We packed a cooler today with pre-measured snacks and meals and didn't go off plan all day @ the hospital. And DD was a trooper and everything went well:)

What a great way to end a day

Wow!! Great losses!! Glad to see it went really well.. It's amazing how much this plan really flushes your system right off the bat.. What the TO does is put a shock to your system, telling your body that you're about to start going in the right direction and it better shape up!!

JLem311
07-15-2008, 03:26 PM
hey everyone. just checking in for the day. i ran some errands today and that's about all i plan on doing today. not much else to report, other than i lost another pound...finally. :)

hope everyone is having a good day!

ps barbara--your profile pic is so gorgeous!

Repo girl
07-15-2008, 03:26 PM
Barb- Wow! Great pictures. What a beautiful place. Don't beat yourself up. You are still an exercising fiend, you can't be in that bad of shape weight wise.

JLem311
07-15-2008, 03:28 PM
hey katie, we were posting at the same time! how's your plan coming along? did you ever reveal to us what you've been doing?

Mama Nicole
07-15-2008, 03:44 PM
hi friends :)

I am back! And boy oh boy..........do I ever need you guys now!!! I have been oh so naughty!!! I have much to tell, but so little time!!! I am back OP in the a.m. I am afraid to WI, but I must. I really do need to see those numbers change in order to stay OP until my clothes begin to bag. You cannot even imagine how much food I have eaten over the last two weeks. It's just gross.

We traveled straight through from Duluth MN yesterday. It took us just under 12 hours. The kids were soooo good!!!! I am a bit tired, but doing ok. I do have to get some housework done........but I couldn't wait to check in with you all. I see a few new people......and a whole lot of peo-le missing.

Katie.....thanks for missing me :) Have you checked in with the flylady lately? I so need to check that out................

Ok, everyone.........have a great day. I will check back in later and read what I missed last week :)
XOXO

JLem311
07-15-2008, 04:12 PM
nicole, i was just thinking about you and how your trip went!
glad to see you back! can't wait to hear all about it.
and get yourself back on track, girlie!

BarbaraB
07-15-2008, 04:21 PM
Nicole, You are back! I missed you too!

Katie, Thanks... I needed that. I have to put this in perspective. 2 years ago I would have been besides myself with joy to be the size I am now. So the fact that size 8 is fitting a bit too snug... well not that bad... still really just one of those things where you have to sit back and think, what have I allowed to slip in... The answer is the ever present free food offered in my office. We have added constant candy to the stuff always available. I was so good for so long, but somehow was rationalizing my red vine habit.... got to stop. Oh.. and those gummy bears.. not condiments! No matter how much I want to count them that way... So just don't count candy as condiments and your maintenance may go smoother than my creative accounting has...

Oh and Jess... great start! That is just the beginning!

JLem311
07-15-2008, 04:43 PM
barbara--i'm addicted to strawberry twizzlers. wish they could count as a free food! :)

Repo girl
07-15-2008, 05:10 PM
Jillian- I had to stop doing it. I have been going through a lot of stuff lately, and I just could not handle the emotional swings that my new plan was giving. I am still trying to find my best fit, diet wise. I have some good ideas, but I think that I still have some core beliefs holding me back, telling me that I can't do it, fat is herditary in my family, and stuff like that.

Nicole- Yahoooo! So glad to see you back! Sounds like a fun trip. I have kind of laid off on flylady for the summer. Since my kids are home and I have them do quite a bit of chores for allowance, it messes with flylady. This fall when they all go back to school, I will get cracking with her again.

Barbara- Yeah, gummy bears really aren't condiments, LOL.

gotsta
07-15-2008, 05:22 PM
I'm up for a labor day challenge! I've got a friend coming (haven't seen her in 3 years) in September and then a trip to disneyland in November and I'd sure like to see at least 10 more pounds gone.

Dan2112
07-15-2008, 05:31 PM
That's the spirit! Gotta have goals... You can get 10lbs gone by labor day, no problem!!

Heck, I might even join in on this one...

Repo girl
07-15-2008, 06:33 PM
Dan- I just saw an article about Rush I thought that I would share with you. Maybe you have already seen it, but here you go!
http://tv.msn.com/tv/article.aspx/?news=322897&GT1=28103

equinetcan
07-15-2008, 06:37 PM
I just posted a labor day challenge. Any and all feel free to join in!!

Nicole - missed you. Glad to hear you had a good time. Did the whole family go including the beautiful new addition???

Today was ok. I had a lean cuisine for lunch as I was in a hurry but it did the trick. Tonight I have some chicken just about finished in the slowcooker and having some broccoli and brown rice with it.

Work is nuts as we are short a person this week. Typing this as I speak from my kitchen table on the work laptop. I don't ahae to do a lot tonight but likely will tomorrow and thursday.

I'll check in later...have a good night everyone!!!

Dan2112
07-16-2008, 10:54 AM
Katie!! You rock!!! Thanks for letting me know.. I don't normally watch the Colbert Report so I'm really glad you posted that.. Wish they were playing one of their new songs rather than an old one, but I'll take what I can get...

I encourage all of you to tune in for some musical mastery!!!

On another subject.. I found an AWESOME peanut butter cookie recipe yesterday and tried it out last night.. I'll post this in the recipe thread, but thought I'd share it here too...

Protein Power PB cookies...

1 cup of creamy PB (can be reduced fat)
1 cup of sugar (or Splenda)
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla extract

mix ingredients in a medium bowl. using a teaspoon, drop portions onto an ungreased cookie sheet (I covered my in Reynolds Release Foil) or roll into teaspoon portioned balls. use a fork to create crisscross patterns, pressing lightly.

Bake in an oven preheated to 325 for 10-12 minutes or until golden... Let cool...

Ok.. A couple of suggestions... All we had in the house was regular PB, so expect the reduced fat PB to be a little tougher to mix due to its thickness. ALSO (and this is important).. I recommend using the Baking Splenda rather than normal Splenda. I used regular and the cookies came out tasty, but crumbly.. Not dunk-worthy, or they would have fallen apart...

Since there's no flour, there are fewer than 5 carbs per cookie and they are PACKED with protein from the egg and PB... I got about a dozen and a half cookies with one batch..

At the risk of going against what the COD would tell you, I'd use a couple of these cookies with a small glass of milk in place of a Lite Bar snack...

Dan2112
07-16-2008, 10:58 AM
I just realized that someone had already posted a recipe very similar to this one, so I won't bother doing a new thread... In the dessert file, look for "A Protein cupboard cookie"... Basically the same thing..

Repo girl
07-16-2008, 11:25 AM
Morning everyone! It is only 8:22 and I am already thinking about beating my kids. Ugggghhh! On a crappier note, I am waiting for the septic tank guy to come out and pump out our septic tank. Our back yard started getting yucky. They were nice enough to come right out this morning, so that is nice. And crappy.

gotsta
07-16-2008, 11:41 AM
Oh no, Repo! That IS crappy...and not a good thing to deal with 1st thing in the a.m.

Dan, the cookies look awesome. I didn't know there was a baking splenda, but I'll look for it, as I have noticed that the regular splenda does change texture a bit. I wonder what they'd taste like with the brown sugar splenda? Hmmm.

We're more smoke-free than we have been in weeks (from the CA fires) and it's finally nice to see a blue sky! If it stays this way, and cools this evening, it'll be time for a nice walk.

Oh, something I've been meaning to ask you all. Have you noticed that everything seems saltier? I've stopped with the frozen meals, commercial soups, etc., because they all seem to be WAY too salty. Is this normal?

Dan2112
07-16-2008, 11:52 AM
Yep! That's one of the biggest perks this plan gives us.. The ability to taste the salt already in things, rather than have to pour on extra.. I remember the first time I ate a McDonald's burger after being on teh plan for about a month... Being mindful of salt, I didn't add any, but when I took my first bite, I almost choked on it.. It was SO salty...

Because real salt is so fobidden in this plan, we become really sensitive to it. I remember almost getting sick to my stomach last year while attending a luncheon meeting... A lady sitting across from me had a sandwich and fries.. After her sandwich was gone, she proceeded to dump salt all over the fries until there was literally a layer of it on the bottom of her plate... Salt addiction is a very real problem with some people...

This is why frozen meals and commercial soups are REALLY not a part of the plan.. Sure, a frozen meal is ok once in a while as a convenience (or at least it used to be on our colored plans), but if you want soup, it's best to make it yourself.. Even the "low sodium" brands have a TON of salt in them.. Become religeous about reading labels at the store.. It's a must...Same thing goes for lunchmeat..

If you really want it, seek out Boar's Head Brand.. They have a roast beef that has something like only 50mg of sodium per serving and it tastes GREAT! They have lower sodium turkey and ham, both of which are better than the stuff you find in the lunchmeat aisle. Plus, Boar's head isn't full of additives like the other deli meats are.

Mama Nicole
07-16-2008, 12:02 PM
Morning everyone! It is only 8:22 and I am already thinking about beating my kids. Ugggghhh! On a crappier note, I am waiting for the septic tank guy to come out and pump out our septic tank. Our back yard started getting yucky. They were nice enough to come right out this morning, so that is nice. And crappy.

OMG :lol:, Katie..........you are killing me!!!! :lol:. I hope your day gets a little bit better....:lol:.

And Dan.......I could just kiss you...........I spent the morning figuring out how I could possibly do this plan with some sort of lites, but I can't tolerate soy products........and I want a lite that tastes good...........and it is almost as if you read my mind!!!! I am going to plug your recipe into fitday and see how it should be done to sub as a lite. Also, how do you think brown sugar splenda might be? I am getting sooo excited! I have been longing to bake......so this will help me out in two ways.

Ok, so..........truth time. Barbara.....maybe it is the time of year too that makes us relax a bit with our food........I don't really know..........but......I am at my all time high this a.m. DH has been on atkins since Easter, and for whatever reason, I have just refused to join him. Don't tell him, but I weigh more than him now. When we met........yeah........he weighed 80 pounds more than me. WTF?????

I have been thinking of all of the different things in life that have worked for me as far as WL over the years.......and I discovered that I truly am a professional dieter. I have had success with any plan I worked at. So, there are no excuses for me. It is time to kick it back into gear. After reviewing all of my options, I do feel LAWL is one of the most nutritionally sound plans.......so..........I am going to give it my all. I am going to forgive myself for all of my mistakes lately and start fresh today and every day for the rest of my life. I want to feel good.......energized...........hopeful..........cu te......etc. Now is the time. So, for me.......I am starting FF for two days. I WI this am at 224.2. My goal used to be 140, but I am fine with 155. That means I need to lose 69.2 lbs. At roughly 1.5 pounds a week, I should be to goal in 47 weeks, which is right around June 10, 2009. I ought to be down to 189 by christmas......and that will feel pretty darn good :) I am already starting to get excited!!!

Ok, time to get DS his coffee......yeah that is waht I said....:lol:. I will be back :)
XOXO

Repo girl
07-16-2008, 12:12 PM
If I were to weigh today, I would probably be right about where you are Nicole. I am so lost right now.

Dan2112
07-16-2008, 12:28 PM
Nicole.. Not sure how the brown sugar would work, but it's worth a shot.. Try one with and one without..

As for being lost, Katie.. I'm sure we can all relate.. I've always said that for this to work you have to be mentally "there" to get it to work.. All the best intentions in the world are useless unless your concious and subconcious work together...

That said, not "being there" mentally is no excuse to go back to bad eating habits.. Remember kids, this is a lifestyle change.. Can you honestly tell me that you can just go back to buying packages of cookies and bags of chips? I can see not caring about portion sizes and not ordering the best choices when you eat out, but at the same time, even if you're not "on plan" you can still make small decisions in the right direction..

Mama Nicole
07-16-2008, 12:37 PM
If I were to weigh today, I would probably be right about where you are Nicole. I am so lost right now.

:hug: I feel you! It is going to be ok. I know you are constantly caring for those around you.....and that those demands have been quite high lately....but it really doesn't take that much time to care for you too. I know it is hard. Even if you are not ready to jump in full force today, do yourself a small little favor. Take 15 minutes today.......whether it be in one chunk, or three fivers.......and take care of you. Make yourself one healthy something to eat.......take a short walk..........do your nails.......even just meditate. Take a few minutes to feel your life this day........even if that means you have to cry. Not taking enough time to care for yourself can make you sad, and you don't even know it cuz you dont' take enough time to feel it. Just 15 minutes. You and I both know you can find those minutes, you just have to make yourself important enough. And.........here is the best part..........you don't have to feel quilty about it! All of those people who depend on you need the best you.........so not only do you owe it to yourself.........you owe it to them. I screw up all the time.......but I never quit al ltogether........and I know that about you too..........not the screwing up part necessarily......but you never quit trying..........so don't lose faith........you will get through this :) I believe in you!!!!
XOXO

JLem311
07-16-2008, 12:37 PM
hey everyone. just thought i'd check in for the day. seems like a lot of good things--advice, thoughts, recipes being thrown around here lately! :)
i wish i had something great to add, but i don't.
not much going on with me..just becoming bored outta my mind and stressing myself out about DH's homecoming..since i have no exact dates, etc. it's really starting to wear on me.
anyways..that's about it for me..for right now.
i'll check back in later.

JLem311
07-16-2008, 01:02 PM
ps..new pic in my profile. :)

Mama Nicole
07-16-2008, 02:17 PM
ps........i put a new pic in my profile too :)
And of course, here is baby Maria :)
http://inlinethumb22.webshots.com/34325/2927653300099958805S425x425Q85.jpg (http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2927653300099958805skZRZh)

Repo girl
07-16-2008, 03:29 PM
Ahhh, cute, both of you.

Nicole- Thanks girl. You did make me cry.

As for the rest of you, I have not been myself lately, and there is a reason. I have hesistated to share this here, because I hate bringing negative stuff in, but this is seriously affecting my weight. A few months ago, my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. She had to had a single mastectomy, then another surgery a week later to remove more lymph nodes. Then a major infection, and now, chemo (just for preventative measures. The Dr is confident that they got all of the cancer with the surgery). Last Thursday she had to shave what was left of her hair off. I have been so miserable during all of this, trying to help her all that I can, and be strong. I am just not feeling all that strong right now. My dad also has stage 3 prostate cancer. He has been in remission for a year or so, but I really worry about him and all of this stress with my mom. Also, my grandmas have both slid much further down the hill the last little bit, and are requiring a lot more. There is a lot of stress in my life. That being said, I also have really good things in my life. We are financially stable. I have a job I like, and a good husband who I love. My kids are healthy and are overall great kids. My reiki business is going great, and I get a lot out of helping peole. We have a lot of fun with my family and our friends. My mom is very positive, and is dealing with the whole thing very well. So, I don't want to sound like a whiner. It is just finally occurring to me how much I have been self medicating with food. And how much I am hurting and covering it up with food and drink. I need to find a way to get in control of this now, before it gets any more out of control.

Thanks Dan and Nicole, for your words of wisdom, and everyone else for all of your support and friendship.

Dan2112
07-16-2008, 04:01 PM
Aw crap, Katie.. That really sucks.. Talk about an emotional rollercoaster... I know some of what you're going through as my mom had to deal with lung cancer several years ago.. She's been in remission for the better part of a decade now (knock on wood and say a prayer), but it's one of those things that always looms...

Realization is a big part of coming out of your funk and I think that now you've been able to come to terms with your self-medication, so to speak, that you'll be back in the saddle in no time...

dawn78
07-16-2008, 05:15 PM
Katie – I’m so sorry to hear about your mother. I can totally relate to what you are going through in terms of supporting a mother diagnosed with cancer (I always hated when people would say that to me, but honestly I know what you are going through). I lost my mother to cancer 4 years ago and watching her fight was one of the hardest things I have ever gone through, losing her was the hardest. It is so emotionally draining to put on a strong front and try to lift up everyone else’s spirit when all you want to do is crumble to the ground and cry. I remember vividly the day my mother lost her hair. She was a beautician, so losing all her hair was tough and quite disappointing to her and it was such an unbecoming moment for the rest of us. I think that’s when it really sunk in that this was for real and that she was fighting to live, something we took for granted everyday.

It’s good that your mom is upbeat and I hope and pray they got all the cancer. Through all of this you need to remember to still take care of yourself. There is still a long road ahead and you’ll need to be healthy and strong, physically, emotionally and mentally to get yourself and your family through this. You have a lot on your plate right now but it sounds like you also have a lot of positives. Try to focus on those instead of the negative, it’s hard, but I know my DH and DS where the only reason I could pick myself up everyday. I’ll be thinking of you through all of this. Take care.

BarbaraB
07-16-2008, 05:39 PM
Aw, Katie, that is just awful!!!!! I know that you will get it back together and figure out a way to get back on track so you don't follow in your mom's foot steps. They say each BMI point increase in weight corresponds to about an 8% increase in breast and colon cancer risk. I know that food seems like such a comfort, but what a lousy friend it is to us. If you poured out your heart to any other friend and they snuck an extra 20 pounds on your frame and made you feel like a fat failure, well you'd never talk to them again, but we go right back to our junk food whenever we are at our weakest. Personally, I got a bit mad at the junk. Look what you have done to me you jerks! So I suppose it is not rational to have it out with a bag of fries, but perhaps sometimes it is necessary to recognize who the enemy is, and stop pretending that it is some friend we have some control over.

JLem311
07-16-2008, 06:10 PM
katie, i'm so sorry to hear about your mom. i wish i could be there to give you a hug.

Mama Nicole
07-16-2008, 06:28 PM
Katie...........glad you shared with all of us :) I 100% agree with you on not wanting to bring negativity to the boards........however..........this is real life. This is not you crying about how LAWL has failed you......this is not you blaming everyone else for your successes and failures.......this is just some crappy stuff that is going on with you and yours.......and these are the things we all need to know........we are FRIENDS and losers :)

I sure wish I could take a day or two for you, physically and metally....and just let you rest. I always used to think it would be so nice some days to just crawl in a hole somewhere.........only trouble is.......you can't leave your brain behind you!!!!

How is your mom feeling with the Chemo? I hope she is not too ill. It affects people sooooo differently. That just sucks about her hair. When my aunt lost her hair, she suddenly became intereted in wearing make-up. How is your mom feeling about her hairloss?

And about making you cry.........you know me.......that's what I'm here for....at your service :lol: :hug:

And Barbara...........you are sooooooo right. It's kind of like cigarettes. bizzaire, isn't it?

Ok, back to work for me:) I am going to start a menu thread......and I am going to be completely honest!
XOXO

Mom_of_3_Monsters
07-16-2008, 10:36 PM
Katie - :hug:

krjpy
07-17-2008, 09:58 AM
ps........i put a new pic in my profile too :)
And of course, here is baby Maria :)
http://inlinethumb22.webshots.com/34325/2927653300099958805S425x425Q85.jpg (http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2927653300099958805skZRZh)

Nicole - OMG she is SO Beautiful!

JLem311
07-17-2008, 11:09 AM
morning everyone. just sitting here having some coffee and thought i'd say hi.
hope everyone has a good day.

Dan2112
07-17-2008, 11:15 AM
Doing the same thing, myself Jillian.. But for some reason the coffee is souring my stomach, so I think I'll get an early start on my water intake...

No sterling words from me at this point today.. :lol: Just get out there and be one with your POP!!!

JLem311
07-17-2008, 11:26 AM
morning dan! i only brew one kind of coffee. it's ethiopia sidamo from starbucks (of course since i get it for free) it's got wonderful citrusy/lemony notes--i love it. i usually drink it with a luna bar (either a lemon one or berry almond) it's great. :)
hope your stomach feels better after some water.

Repo girl
07-17-2008, 11:30 AM
Morning everyone! Thanks all of you for your kind and wise words. I have taken a good look at my food intake and decided that these are my main issues:
1- No protein at breakfast. I have just been eating toast and coffee.
2- Major lack of water
3- Very little protein at lunch. I have not been planning well, and usually end up snacking on junk instead.
4- Very few fruits, sometimes days with none, also shy on veggies.
5- Mixers like mojito and margarita a lot, which have a lot of carbs.

So, this morning I started back onto the red plan. I had an egg, a slice of toast, honeydew, and a cup of coffee. There are a lot of things in my life that I cannot control right now, but food does not have to be one of them.

JLem311
07-17-2008, 11:34 AM
oh katie! i'm so happy to read your post this morning! you sound like you're taking full control over the food part of your life. :) you sound like you're ready to take this on and do your best! that's so great. i'm very excited for you! hope you're doing ok. i've been thinking about you.

Dan2112
07-17-2008, 12:41 PM
Way to go Katie!! Great job taking stock.. There's a reason why we've all had to fill out those diaries with the plan... They can be really telling...

I've been having protein problems with breakfast too.. Time was that I could get buy with a Lite and Fit Smoothie, a cup of coffee and some fruit. However, I find now that if I don't eat something more substantial most mornings, I'm STARVING by 10 am...

So play around with it, get your starches in early and see what happens.. You'll be a big loser again in no time!

Jillian - We normally drink Yuban or Trader Joe's here at the office.. I bring in some Gevalia from home too.. Sometimes I'll pick up a bag of Sumatra from Wal Mart.. That one has a pretty strong kick to it... I think, however, I've been drinking too much coffee lately and it's starting to affect me a little... Feeling better now that I've had some water and a peach!

jesskahle
07-17-2008, 12:57 PM
Hey guys!

Katie, I am so sorry you have to go through this right now. I am glad however you are getting back on track! Good luck!


at my WI yesterday I am up a 1lb.... I don't quite understand... my COD says its probably because I lost so much on the TO that its my body's way of adjusting.. Does that sound right???
I posted my menu in the daily menu thread, maybe some one can look at it and critique it? Would be great. I have not gone off the plan AT ALL... soI really hope this works out...

Dan2112
07-17-2008, 01:47 PM
Yep.. It's pretty normal, Jess, so don't worry.. Our body has a tendency to fight back when we suddenly deprive it of the junky foods it's gotten used to. I would also venture to guess that the additional lb. is probably just water.

One of the things you'll learn with this plan is to not freak out about the ups and downs that happen, just as long as there are more downs than ups, you'll be fine.

BarbaraB
07-17-2008, 02:04 PM
Jess, Weight just fluctuates. Sometimes you just might be wearing something heavier on that day. Jeans in particular can add a pound or two to your weigh in. Also salt can be a big culprit in a weight blip up. All sorts of things contain sodium. For myself I always gain a pound the next day if I have a diet soda. Just be sure you are drinking all your water, and stick with the plan and the next weigh in is likely to be better.

Katie, Way to go girl! Be good to yourself! You totally deserve to put yourself on your list of people to that you nurture.

Dan, Moving some exchanges earlier is often a good thing.

Mama Nicole
07-17-2008, 02:57 PM
Morning everyone! Thanks all of you for your kind and wise words. I have taken a good look at my food intake and decided that these are my main issues:
1- No protein at breakfast. I have just been eating toast and coffee.
2- Major lack of water
3- Very little protein at lunch. I have not been planning well, and usually end up snacking on junk instead.
4- Very few fruits, sometimes days with none, also shy on veggies.
5- Mixers like mojito and margarita a lot, which have a lot of carbs.

So, this morning I started back onto the red plan. I had an egg, a slice of toast, honeydew, and a cup of coffee. There are a lot of things in my life that I cannot control right now, but food does not have to be one of them.
:carrot:.........Go Katie, get busy.........it's your birthday.....!!!!

Ok, so now we're even!!!! You made me cry this morning. Let's knock that $hit off right now, ok....:lol:. Isn't it such a liberating feeling.......not being a slave to carbohydrates? I am super excited for you!!!! You and I are in synch......we can pull this off!!! And you know, after one day of being OP.......I feel way better. It is such a mental thing........and I am so mental!

Jess........I gained a smidge my second week on the program, and it made me VERY nervous........as a matter of fact, I didn't have a good loss for a few weeks after my initial FF loss. Hang in there......it WILL be ok.

Jillian.............do all employees get free coffee? If so, I am going to HAVE to go get a job there...:lol:. I LOVE LOVE LOVE Sumatra......but I only buy it now and then.

Kelly.......thanks for the compliments about my grandbaby. She is just a doll. She had her first set of shots yesterday......and she was a bit unhappy. Poor little baby. She weighs 13 lbs already. DD's pediatrician mentioned that maybe DD is over-feeding her, but I think that was bad advice. I had 5 babies......and they were all really chubby around 7 or 8 weeks. They all slimmed down and none of them had any weight issues. One of my DD's has a bit of a problem, but when you have 5, one is bound to be like you, right? Anyway, I reminded my DD that while her doc is a medical professional whose opinion is of signifigance........she is still the mama, and she knows what is best for her baby. Also, isn't it weird that the doc would say that when baby is content and doesnt' spit up or anything?

Speaking of babies..........is Debbie still on vacation? We miss you Debbie.

And AMYLOU..........how is studying for your boards going?

Hi Dawn......nice to see you :)

Dan........are you staying OP?

Barbara......how about you? I hope you are feeling less down. Just trip that fatty (the inner fat girl, of course) when she starts to stand up again :hug:

Anyway.......I really need to go eat and get my metabolism going here. Eat for energy today..........find other things in your life to make you happy :) And........if you screw up.......stop where you are, make that U-turn, and get right back on the road. It can be that simple :)
XOXO

Repo girl
07-17-2008, 03:26 PM
What? No way is she overfeeding the baby, What a dumb thing to say. Clearly with an infant you are going to feed them when they are hungry, and they will stop when they are done.

Dan2112
07-17-2008, 03:37 PM
Doin' as well as I can, Nicole...

Had eggs for breakfast with a spoonfull of potatoes and a small tortilla..

snack - Pluot (plum apricot hybrid - YUM!)

For lunch, a salad with reduced fat feta. less than a tbs. of reduced fat dressing.
White peach (double YUM!)

Not sure what we're doing for dinner.. We'll probably get a bucket of the Colonel's fat free, reduced calorie extra crispy chicken.. (Don't I wish!)

Mama Nicole
07-17-2008, 03:43 PM
Not sure what we're doing for dinner.. We'll probably get a bucket of the Colonel's fat free, reduced calorie extra crispy chicken.. (Don't I wish!)

oh, that is good stuff..........had that tuesday night. :lol:

BarbaraB
07-17-2008, 08:10 PM
Hey Nicole, Thanks... I was actually standing up about to walk to the lunch room and open up that cursed container of red vines, when I envisioned tripping my inner fat girl, and sat down and drank some more water.

Repo girl
07-18-2008, 11:43 AM
Morning everyone! Well, I was mainly OP yesterday. Not perfect, but so much better than I have been in a long time. It felt good. So far, OP today!!

Barbara- Good job!!

Morning Nicole!!!!

Dan- Hope things are going well.

Dan2112
07-18-2008, 11:45 AM
Morning ladies...

Just a quick note to say hi.. I'm off to put on a Smokey Bear event at a summer camp here today... Good thing it's indoors... That suit would be pretty damn hot at this point!

aguerin
07-18-2008, 12:43 PM
Good Morning All.

I'm still hanging in here. Still struggeling with trying to get a few of the lbs off that have creeped back on. But usually when I get down a few, I say what the heck I can have this today and it just blows it right out of the water.

Here is a pic of the cabin taken on 7/16/08. At this rate it will take them about 4 more weeks just to get the roof on it. Sigh!

Mama Nicole
07-18-2008, 03:50 PM
Good day eveyrone :)

WTG Barbara!!! Isn't it funny the things we carry away from this site? I find myself remebering things you guys say all the time. It always makes me smile. I almost feel like we are part of a secret society...:lol:.

Have fun, Dan. Do you ever scare the children? :lol:

Katie............good for you. I wasn't POP yesterday either......but I was darn close.....and my sclae was actually nice to me.......I scored a 5 lb loss from FF. Not too shabby. Oh, and my girlfriend brought 2 dozen donuts here this a.m........and I didn't even sniff them :) Whoohoooo!!!

Amy........wow.........your cabin is going to be BEAUTIFUL!!!! I can only imagine the frustration of building.......but it will be so worth it in the end :)

DH is wanting to buy a camper. Don't know if that is such a good idea or not........but we'll see..........

Ok, I have to run..........I had company all morning.........so my house is just a disaster. I will check back in when I break.......probably like 10 minutes cuz I will become overwhelmed....:lol:.

hang in there everyone. I am doing a 0.2 lb mini goal for the weekend. Anyone in?
XOXO

Repo girl
07-18-2008, 06:08 PM
Amy- How fun! I love your cabin already.

Nicole- We are currently financing our house, then we will buy a new camper. Ours is just so old and junky. Anyways, it sounds like a really good time to be buying one. RV lots are really slow this year, so you can get a great deal. How is your garden coming?

Dan2112
07-18-2008, 06:17 PM
Hey ladies.. Just a quick check in while I'm waiting for my sleeping bag to dry out.. I'm off to California to help out at a fire up near Redding in the northern part of the state..

Not sure what our internet situation is, but will check in when I can..
Talk to you soon!!

Oh, and Nicole.. Funny you should mention scaring the children.. I had been told that we were presenting to kids ages 5 to 11.. So when we get older kids, I tend to be a bit more animated and whatnot.. So as my coworker works up the crowd and i'm in an outside hallway waiting, I hear "HEY SMOKEY" from the other room, my que to come in... Well, thinking I was going to be in front of a bunch of older kids, I popped into the room kind of quickly... Kind of a "TAA DAA" moment...

Imagine my surprise when I was met with the startled cries of a bunch of toddler aged kids along with the older ones... Half the room burst out into tears and cries.. A bunch of kids had to be led out of the room.. :lol:...

Opps!!

Mama Nicole
07-20-2008, 12:30 AM
:lol: :lol: :lol:

Repo girl
07-20-2008, 01:50 AM
Wow Dan, you big meanie!