100 lb. Club - Accountability/Planning/Menus Thread: Sep 1-7th

09-02-2008, 09:05 AM
Do you need accountability on your weight-loss journey? Would you like to share your daily plan and menus? Please come post with us and let's keep each other motivated on this journey.

09-02-2008, 09:08 AM
Good morning, Friends!

Hope everyone enjoyed their weekend. Today, it's back to work for me. My youngest daughter has signed up for martial arts class. The plan is for Hubby to drop me off at the fitness center, then take her to class. Looks like I'll finally start using that membership I bought two weeks ago!:D Any soreness rememdies you'd care to share with me? I bet I'll be feeling the neglected muscles tomorrow.

Hope everyone has a great on-plan day!

09-02-2008, 10:11 AM
Thanks for getting us started Rhonda!
I was a little bad last night, nothing horrible, but I ate a piece of corn and had a glass of wine at my mom's cookout, that and too many NSA fudgesicles in the afternoon. Well, I ate them all, they are gone, so I won't have to worry about that today! Sad to see a red day on my chart, but I had 8 greens in a row, so I will try to break my record this week.
The weekend went too fast, I do not want to get to work this morning, but lots to do to make up for a short week.

So for today the plan is:
B: cantaloupe, deviled egg, turkey bacon, coffee with milk
S: limas, V8
L: beef fajita wrap, roasted cauliflower
S: skim latte, apple with almond butter
D: meatloaf, warm spinach salad
S: cottage cheese with apple butter

09-02-2008, 10:39 AM
Good Morning! Add me to the list that didn't want to go to work today! This was my second long weekend in a row..this is a habit I could get used to!

Rhonda--What's your plan for tonight? I recommend going easy--your right, you will be sore, but you don't want to make yourself so sore you don't want to go back! A nice hot shower, ice for my knee (if I think I have pushed a little too much), a good nights sleep, lots of water. Nothing you haven't heard before, I'm sure.

Schmoodle--I know it was a 'red' day, but still, overall really not that bad. I know you will break your record next week!

I was fighting a migraine yesterday. Not a terrible one, but bad enough. I did go through some clothes--seemed like the day for it, two other people I talked to were doing the same thing! I have another stack for my gm's garage sale.

Plan for today is to go to the gym right after work. TOM is here and I feel pretty icky, but I will NOT let that stop me from working out today.

Have a great day!

09-02-2008, 06:08 PM
Hi Ladies

I've gone through another gain. It's sad really. I keep thinking of all the food I'd like to eat before I get back into things. This is NOT helping and it's such a bad attitude. Today the kids went to preschool for 1.5 hours. It's gradual entry, so they don't go again until next week. Next week finally they go 3 mornings a week. I can actually commit to a gym membership for 1 month. I find if I am not working out, I don't like to stick to a meal plan. It doesn't help that we are going camping this weekend - so all that work (with 3 four year olds), there's just not enough time to take care of myself. So I am going to try to continue to curb the late night eating and just focus and write goals and daily to-do lists of what I'd like to accomplish next week.

Cheers, Ginger

09-03-2008, 02:22 AM
Hey all, it's late but I thought I would check in.

I did pretty good today.

Breakfast: chai tea with skim milk, Kashi oat waffle with 1T peanut butter and some fresh blueberries, iced green tea with pomegranate juice.

Snack: 6 almonds

Lunch: Alternative wheat bagel with LC light cheese, deli ham, lettuce, and a slice of fresh tomato. 2 small carrots, a dill pickle spear, and a small bunch of purple grapes. Iced green tea.

Snacks: bit of cantaloupe and honeydew, more grapes, a light string cheese, 2 peaches, one serving of SnaPea crisps. I was soooo hungry it is a miracle I didnt eat the house.

Dinner: large lean turkey burger wrapped in lettuce leaves with tomato, avocado, ketchup, mustard. A few grilled onion slices, a small serving of fruit salad, iced green tea, and a 30-calorie Dulce de Leche hard candy Nip for dessert.

I biked 30 minutes.

I am not getting enough sleep. Tomorrow will be VERY busy so hopefully that means I won't have time to think about food too much.

09-03-2008, 09:07 AM
I've gone through another gain. It's sad really. I keep thinking of all the food I'd like to eat before I get back into things.

Ginger, I could have written this myself. I'm having the worst time convincing myself to get back on-plan again. Like Lyn, I'm not getting enough rest now that the girls are back to school. I know that lack of sleep makes me crave the starches and sugar even more than usual. And, I'm still taking the Zyrtec at night for these allergies and I think the medicine may be making me feel a bit depressed. But, the alternative is not being able to breathe and having sinus headaches every day. Also, I'm waiting anxiously to hear about a new position at work that I interviewed for, but I'm really not feeling very confident about it. All of this combined is making me feel anxious and stressed which typically makes me head for the kitchen. I need to find a way to end this cycle....quickly!

09-03-2008, 10:03 AM
Hi chicks! I am glad to be back at home in my own 'food world'. However, I did have the very best time with my family in Michigan. It made me so happy to see my 18 month grandson eating tomatoes, brocolli, green beans, grapes, melon, peaches and more. I know kids at that age - well their tastes change from week to week. But, I am glad he likes fruit and veggies.

I didn't do the best or the worst while I was there. I know I did eat too many carbs. I am planning to have a healthy day.

My foot is really sore. I'll do lots of icing and resting it today.

Plans for today:

breakfast - egg white scramble, ketchup, peach, pnb toast
lunch - open face turkey pastrami, zucchini with parm
snack - yogurt, cheese
dinner - egg sandwich with sweet peppers and lite cheese (open face) on peice of corn on the cob.
snack - oatmeal, almond butter, 1/2 banana, skim milk

Lots of water

Schmoodle - good job on all the 'greens'! It's hard to stay away from the corn this time of the year. I know you can carry on.

Rhonda - soreness...hmm...well - depending on what it is - sometimes ice or heat. If one area is sore...then exercise a different area while the sore one rests. Glad you got the membership...enjoy! I hope the headaches and allergy stuff goes away soon!

Ginger - don't we always want that 'last meal' before we 'start again'. We have ALL done this - even when we know we can have some of those things in our healthy living plan too. Try and get thru the day as best you can. I know you can do it!

Lyn - glad you had a good day. It's a good plan.

I hope everyone has a GREAT day.

09-03-2008, 10:21 AM
Good morning chickies,
After two days of not doing so well, I am retaining some water and back up a pound, sigh. Well, I am determined for September to be a good month, so today is fresh start day. I got into a box of cheese crackers last night. No more of those in the house. And I've decided to go cold turkey on the NSA or sugar free treats for September. No fudgesicles, sugar-free jello, pudding, etc. until I am back in control and can eat them in moderation. I have one jello left and one pudding, so after those are gone, no more!
So for today:
B: pumpkin oatmeal bar, deviled egg, coffee with milk
S: BLT lettuce wrap
L: lima beans, tomato juice, sugar free jello
S: skim latte, apple with peanut butter
D: meatloaf, warm spinach salad
S: yogurt with blueberries

Lyn, glad to hear you had a good day!
Ginger, sounds like you have a plan for getting back on track once things settle down. You really have your hands full!
mj, hope you are feeling better today.
Welcome back Beverlyjoy! Glad you had such a nice visit.
Rhonda, seems like we are all in the dumps this week. Well the month has just begun, still plenty of time to get on track and have a great success to post for September!

09-03-2008, 11:38 AM
Hey guys. Sorry to hear of your struggles but also I see a lot of determination here. Hang in there.

Quote: "I keep thinking of all the food I'd like to eat before I get back into things."

OMG that is so me. When I try to get back on plan I think, "well, once I really START then I can't go back and eat X, Y, Z... so I am going to eat it NOW before I start." Then I eat all kinds of crap. As if I will never be allowed to have it again? It's a hard mindset to change. I have thought about promising myself a one-day "free pass" to eat any foods I want, once a month or something. But I am afraid I wont be able to get back on plan in one day. So I dont do it.

09-03-2008, 08:21 PM
Hi everyone! Phew, what a day! I literally had one meeting after another today--starting at 10am and ending at 3:30pm. I took my lunch and ate it during the 2nd meeting, otherwise I wouldn't have eaten until 3:30!! So, I felt terribly unproductive today. Luckily NO meetings tomorrow!

Ginger--I can relate to your post and 'the foods I would like to eat before I start over'...I did that so many times. I still have thoughts of having a day "off" and buying all of my old favorite junky food. I won't, but I do still think about it. I am glad that you are hanging in there and trying. Focus on what you CAN do right now. When the kids are in preschool for more hours, you will have some time to yourself to focus on you. Remember to take care of you, so you can take care of everyone else.

Lynn--I LOVE reading your menus--it really gives me some great ideas about how to spruce up mine. Sometimes I feel like I eat the same stuff over and over...

Rhonda--How are you holding up? Hope the allergies let up soon!

Beverlyjoy--Welcome back! I am glad you had such a good time. Take care of that foot!

Schmoodle--I am feeling better, thanks. Now I just need to get more sleep tonight--September will be a good month! I stayed up way too late last night--my own fault, of course!

I wore my new eyeshadow today! I really liked it. Hmmm, I need to come up w/ my next reward. Not sure what it is going to be.

Ok, I really need to finish making our grocery list. That's what I'm supposed to be doing right now!!!

09-04-2008, 06:12 AM
Hi chicks! I had a good on plan day yesterday. I am very grateful.

My darling grandson shared his headcold with me - it's the 'loveliest' headcold I've ever had. I kind of feel crummy - but, I'll carry on.

Today I am going for an MRI on my foot. The new orthopedic I saw last week wants to compare it to the one I had 18 months ago.

Other than that...it should be a quiet day.

In three weeks I have my bi-annual bloodwork drawn to check my cholesterol numbers, etc. I think it will give me a good incentive to eat healthfully. (I'll take any source of motivation I can muster!)

breakfast - kashi waffle, pnb, peach
lunch - cottage cheese, tomato slices, green bean salad, crackers
snack - yogurt, fruit
dinner - 12 grain pancake, boca bacon, sf syrup
snack - oatmeal, almond butter, fruit, milk

MJ- glad to hear that your day today won't be so hectic! Good job on packing your lunch! How cool to wear that new eyeshadow.

Lyn - I know what you mean about wanting to have a 'free pass' day of eating. Some folks can do it. For me, it's kind of a slippery slope. I seem to have that all or nothing mentality. It's good that you know your limitation.

Schmoodle - good idea to get the foods out of the house that are 'calling to you.' Hmmm...lima beans for lunch. Good idea!

Rhonda & Ginger - hi..hope you had a good day!

Have a great ON PLAN day, folks.

09-04-2008, 07:04 AM
Good Morning!

Beverlyjoy--Yea for an on plan day! I hope your foot feels better! You are the fourth person I have heard of w/ a head cold (well, 5th counting your grandson). Hope you feel better soon! Thanks...I have been really trying to pack my lunch M-Th, and limiting ordering out for Fridays as a 'treat'. It has been working well so far.

Yesterday I was talking to someone at work about how I felt I basically wore the same shirt (different color) all last winter. She laughed and described it for me...it was funny, but I guess I in a way I never thought other people noticed. Of course, how could they not?! She loves to shop too, but she is not a good bargain shopper--so I was sharing some 'tips' w/ her. Now she is excited to try to bargain shop too.

I found dark brown shoes!!! The best part is, I found a pair for $5!!! Now, that is a bargain!

The only thing I need is a pair of brown gloves for winter--to go w/ the coat I bought at a yard sale for $10--it's a London Fog coat and it is beautiful!

Well, I suppose I really should be getting ready for work....Have a great on plan day everyone!

I almost forgot....dh told me that he wants to try to lose some weight too! I am thrilled!!! He has asked me to buy some things at the store that he likes when I get groceries and not buy other things that he had wanted in the past. I am so excited!!!! I am hoping he will work out w/ me sometimes, but I don't want to push my luck!

09-04-2008, 10:41 AM
I almost forgot....dh told me that he wants to try to lose some weight too! I am thrilled!!! He has asked me to buy some things at the store that he likes when I get groceries and not buy other things that he had wanted in the past. I am so excited!!!! I am hoping he will work out w/ me sometimes, but I don't want to push my luck!

09-04-2008, 01:03 PM
Good morning!

Yesterday was good for me. I ate right, biked, lifted, and walked and dropped another (regained) pound. So that means since Sept 1 I have lost 3 pounds (yes mostly water but that's okay, I will take it!) I just want to get back to my low of 214.

Will post menu later. Be good you guys!

09-04-2008, 02:10 PM
Lyn--Sounds like you are doing great!

My knee is really bothering me today...9/12 can't get here fast enough! I know I waited too long to make an ortho appt, that's the first thing he is going to tell me, but at least I know I will have some relief after my appt!

I am off to get my ice pack from the freezer!

09-04-2008, 05:22 PM
Hello ladies,
I did not put down my plan today, and I have wanted to MUNCH. So far okay, the only thing I should not have eaten is a few Wheat Thins. Yesterday was on plan. :
Here's what I ate so far today:
B: pumpkin oatmeal breakfast bar, coffee with milk
B2: hungry an hour later so I had two BLT lettuce wraps
L: lima beans, sliced tomato, small piece dark chocolate
L2: hungry an hour later so I had a small piece of meatloaf and tomato juice
S: skim latte, 7 triscuits with Laughing Cow Lite, 3 Wheat Thins

Dinner will be shrimp cocktail, lettuce and tomato salad with Goddess dressing,
Dessert: Yogurt sundae with fruit and nuts
My friend brought me a box of Concord grapes and I made low sugar jam with them this morning, so I may put a little of that over my yogurt tonight, yum!

Yes, TOM is approaching

BeverlyJoy, if only my danger foods would stay the same! Seems like things I once thought were safe can suddenly start calling to me! This week I have had issues with too many crackers, which don't usually bother me.

mj, it's wonderful that DH wants to get on board with you. It's so nice to have someone along for the ride.

Lyn, good job getting back on track and dropping those regained pounds!

09-04-2008, 10:49 PM
Hi Ladies!

I hear the song "you are not alone, I am here with you!" I don't know who it's by, but when I read your posts, I know I am not the only one struggling. Truthfully I almost wish I was the only one, then at least you all would not be battling mind demons as I do constantly. I feel sad to know that so many of us are affected by this kind of thinking.

Okay, so I have a plan, this weekend it's not happening, we are off camping again, and this is the last camping trip of the year. I plan on exercising with my kids, walking, and trying to keep portions at not-near binge eating levels.

This week the kids had gradual entry preschool (they only went tues sept 2 for 1 1/2 hours), so next tues, thur, fri, they are GONE for 2 1/2 hours. I have a gym in mind, I've cleared the okay to pay for one month only, and DH has offered Mon and Wed nights as okay to hit the gym so that I don't have to go late at night after the kids go to bed (usually by then I am exhausted). So that leaves me with 2 full hours a day (m-f) to work out, with no excuses except the ones I know my brain will create. I just have to battle those and hit the gym.

I am planning on a bit of Body for life, Biggest Loser and full on attitude I CAN DO THIS willpower and perseverance for my workouts and eating. I've signed up for the biggest loser here on 3fc too and like Ali, I am going to visualize winning it this time. Those are my goals. Yikes!


09-05-2008, 05:50 AM
Hi chicks! I stayed on my plan yesterday - I am grateful. :) I actualy changed my plan to include some of the things I got at Trader Joes. The Greek Yogurt is really good!

My headcold is much improved today!

We have family coming from Pennsylvania and Georgia this weekend - about 12 cousins (ages range from 10 -75) who are going to the Ohio State football game on Saturday. My one cousin, mom's age, will stay with us. Mom is very close to this cousin and she is excited to see him this weekend. I enjoy his company too.

grocery store
journal food
office work
tidy up

breakfast - cottage cheese, peach, pnb toast
lunch - 4 veggie and mock crab sushi rolls, greek yogurt, tomatoes
snack - cheese toast, applesauce
dinner - grilled chicken, corn, salad and lite vinegarette
snack - cereal, fruit, milk

Ginger - sounds like you have a good plan. I am so glad you can try and work in time at the gym. :DThat's wonderful!! Have fun camping. Wow- the little ones off to preschool. I was a preschool teacher for many years - it's such an exciting time!! :)

Schmoodle - you are so right...the foods 'calling to us' do often change. I guess our relationship with food is ever evolving. :dizzy: Hmm...homemade jam on your yogurt sounds so good. Good plan!!

MJ - I hope your knee is a bit better :hug:- glad you'll get to the doctor soon. It's wonderful that DH is on board with wanting to lose some weight. :)It sure makes things a bit easier when that happens. Good job on all your bargains.

Lyn - that's wonderful that you have dropped three pounds. :carrot::carrot: You'll be back to your low weight very soon.

Hi Rhonda! - hope you are having a good day. :)

Have a GREAT day!

09-05-2008, 09:35 AM
Hello chicks,
Without further ado, Today:
Early B: pumpkin oatmeal bar, coffee with milk
S: small piece meatloaf, sliced tomato
L: tuna-stuffed tomato, crackers
S: latte, bean brownie, half a banana
D: skillet eggplant lasagna, green salad
S: frozen blueberry/yogurt sundae

Ginger, sounds like a good, solid, plan for getting back on track! I am having a hard time getting into the back-to-school routine here, I sympathize.
BeverlyJoy, glad you are feeling better. What a fun family-reunion weekend to look forward to! All I've got on my plate this weekend is cleaning and work, bleh. I'm envious!
Hope you had another great OP day, Lyn!
Have a great day at work mj. Take care of that knee!

Time to go walk DD to school, then time to get to work. Hope you all have a wonderful day!

09-05-2008, 12:17 PM
mj... I hear you on the knees for sure. I hope the ortho helps you... do you get cortisone shots?

Schmoodle... you eat so nicely. For health I mean :) Does your family eat that way too? My boys were raised on whatever I could find cheap or at the food bank (I was divorced/in poverty back when they were little) and they still always want hot dogs, ramen, boxed mac n cheese, that kind of junk. Such a struggle to get the to eat right sometimes.

Ginger... you hang in there girl. You can do this. It's tough but worth it and your kids will thank you someday for being a healthy Mom!

Beverlyjoy... so glad you are feeling on track. It always feels better after we get a few clean days under our belts. I wish I had a Trader Joes here. I hear they have some great healthy choices.

I had a great meal out at pfchangs yesterday, stuck to my fish/veg plan, and I maintained overnight which is a good sign! Not gaining when eating out is a big deal to me. Today is going to be another on-plan day with biking, strength training and walking. And house cleaning...

09-05-2008, 01:54 PM
thanks Lyn. I follow South Beach plan which has an emphasis on whole foods as you probably know. I have gotten more and more interested in that side of things and to the point now where processed foods just don't really taste that good to me anymore. I really like knowing exactly what's in my food. DH was on board with me from day 1. He was raised in the South of France, and his mom is an excellent cook, very healthy, lots of veggies, etc., and he is so happy to eat that way. It kind of makes me feel guilty about the crap I was feeding him before! He is diabetic also so this WOE has done wonders for stabilizing his blood sugar levels.

It's been a little more challenging with my kids who were raised on a lot of nuggets, fish sticks, and mac and cheese. They are 10, 11, and 21 now (but the 21YO is beyond my influence). But I refuse to cook more than one meal for dinner, so they have to try what I make and if they don't like it that's their problem. I will sometimes make a starchy side dish for them, rice or potatoes, that DH and I won't eat. They have actually surprised me in that they willingly eat ww breads, ww pasta, turkey bacon, meatloaf or meatballs made with ground turkey, and they think a hardboiled egg or an apple are a great snack. We are working on the veggies, but their repertoire is slowly increasing. And lots of the changes they don't even see - I buy NSA spaghetti sauces and salsa, and they don't know the difference. Some of things didn't work so well - they still haven't forgiven me for the bean brownie fiasco, and will forever regard any brownies made by me with great suspicion. DD begged me for a chef salad in her lunchbox this morning, so I made her a little baby one and she was so excited about it, it's cute.

Sometimes they will make themselves a bowl of cereal or a peanut butter sandwich instead of eating what I prepare. That's fine because the cereal available is cheerios and the bread is ww, and the peanut butter is NSA, so they are still better off than before. That's not to say they are totally reformed and never eat the bad stuff anymore. For a while I felt like I shouldn't punish them for my problem, and I still bought and kept their favorite stuff around. It took about a year before I got over it and decided that was too tempting for me and not doing them any favors either. I realized that they are offered treats constantly when they are outside the house - at Grandma's, at a friend's, even at school, and there is a little market a block away that they can walk to if they want an ice cream or something. So it becomes more of an occasional treat instead of something that is available all the time.

As for the skillet eggplant lasagna I'm making tonight, no, they won't touch it. We go to my mom's house for pizza on Friday nights and I'm making it for myself and anyone else that wants to share, but there will also be pizza, and I guarantee that's what they'll eat!

P.S. Sounds like you did great eating out yesterday! I think eating out makes it very difficult to stay on plan. I've really gotten so I dread it and rarely do it anymore. Good job!

Sorry for the book, I've really been thinking about this a lot lately!

09-05-2008, 02:33 PM
Hey ladies -

Lyn and Schmoodle...I hear your issues. Luckily my kids don't remember the KD I gave them as little kids 1yr - 2 .5 years...when I changed over to organic it's now annies noodles and they don't remember we used to have KD. They now occasionally get some "yellow noodles" from my girlfriends house (I like to eat organic for my family, but I'm not willing to force others to do the same or make them make something else for my kids). They sometimes ask me to buy yellow noodles and I just say that it's not good for you, so I don't like to buy it. It's not "grow food". My kids get their share of junk food, but it's very limited. Luckily my in-laws are not junk foodies like my mom is, and so now that my mom has moved away, there is no constant source of junk food. I miss my mom, but not what she fed my kids. I like to bake, so I'm always sneaking in wheat germ and apple sauce instead of oil or butter. Flax seeds too, and lately Salba. So far they haven't noticed. They even helped me make zucchini brownies, and even though they don't like zucchini, they still ate the brownies --even though they mixed it in.

Beverlyjoy - I bet preschool years were so much fun to teach. They went last year but only on fridays for 2 hours. It wasn't nearly enough! LOL.

Today is a get ready and pack for camping day. I'm not being great, but not over the top bad either.


09-05-2008, 06:08 PM
You two are doing great with your kids. I was having issues because I would buy only healthy stuff and then DH would bring in bags of chips, cookies, etc "for the kids" even though I asked him not to. Now that he is gone I can clear out the junk again and start over. It is HARD when they are teens though. They want their junk. But like you say, there is a 7-11 2 blocks away if they want their junk. They can eat apples and watermelon and even trail mix here.

I just came down sick, very suddenly with a bad head cold. I woke up with a tickle in my throat but by noon it was a sore throat, headache, overall yucky feeling. I feel horrid and just want to SLEEP. Wish I could lie down for a bit. I will definitely go to bed ealry tonight.

09-05-2008, 06:21 PM
Hi everyone! I'll get caught up w/ each of you tomorrow...it was another long day. I had a lot of personnel issues to deal w/...one of my least favorite things! They went as well as could be expected, just not my favorite part of being a manager! I wish I could have wrapped it all up today, but will finish Monday--that one won't go as well, but it's ok, I have a plan!

Have a great night!

We are going to some garage sales in the am, so I may not be around until later.

09-06-2008, 07:41 AM
Hi chicks! Dispite a couple of twists and turns I stayed in my calorie range yesterday. :) I am grateful.

Last night it was DH, mom, cousin and myself. My mom and her cousin talked for hours about when they were little and growing up. I heard so many family stories. These are treasures - I will write these down before I forget them. :D

We have lots of family gatherings today. Breakfast will be at First Watch. Dinner is at Boca de Bepo. It's a fun Italian Restaurant where food is served family style. There will be 24 of us in total. It's my one cousin's 75th birthday and his son's 50th birthday. A big celebration. I won't have any control over what is served. :dizzy: I will try to make the most sensible choices possible.

breakfast - First Watch (I'll eat the Lean Machine - about 300 calories)

lunch - open face turkey sandwich, salad, fruit
snack - fruit
dinner isn't until 7:30 pm - so I'll have a big lettuce and vinaigrette salad before I go at about 6:00 so I don't get there really hungry.
snack - peach

MJ - sorry about the stress at work. Hoping some garage sailing will be fun!!!:)

Lyn - ugh...I had a headcold this week too. You take care of yourself. :hug: Drink lots of water. Good job on staying OP at PF Changs.:)

Ginger - hope you're having fun camping!

Schmoodle - I love your approach to family dinners now. :)You can't be a short order cook and try to find your own sanity with food. Your kids will be the better for it in the long run. Like you said - they can get their treats on their own.

Have a great OP day.

09-06-2008, 06:59 PM
Hi everyone! Unfortunately, it rained today so not too many sales, but we did go to a few. I found a real Navy pea coat. I am thrilled! My dad was in the Navy and I have always wanted a 'real' pea coat. I also found a pair of new pants for $1!

Ginger--The nice thing is, we can all support each other! I think you have a great plan. I am doing the biggest loser challange on here too. I did it last time and it was a lot of fun. Yes, you CAN do this!

Beverlyjoy--So glad you are feeling better. Hope you have fun w/ your company. I love hearing family stories, so much fun!!!

Lyn--It's similar to cortisone. He'll tell me again when I go next week. Great job at pfchangs! I hope you feel better soon!

Schmoodle and Ginger--I agree, I think you are doing a great job w/ getting your kids to eat healthy.

Rhonda--How are you???

Ok, I need to go light the grill and make dinner. I am really hungry!

09-07-2008, 08:16 AM
Hi Chicks! Wow...I made it thru my food filled family day and I did very, very well with my choices. I was around 1500 calories at the most - I am so, so grateful.

My mom is so funny - she knows I don't keep cookies in the house -so she brought over a box of Oreos for our cousin staying with us (and DH, too). She figured there just had to be something sweet for him. Also, my cousin went to the store and brought in a gallon of Graeter's raspberry chocolate ice cream...my favorite. Despite all this - I stayed out of the cookies and measured out 1/4 cup of the ice cream (a whopping 190 calories!) so I wouldn't feel deprived. So, the Oreos go back to mom's today and ice cream in the back of the freezer. I think we'll have some neighbors over to finish it off - so it's gone!

I did well at First Watch and ate the Tri-Athelite breakfast- 300 calories and very healthy.

Now - our family style Italian dinner worked out fine. I had some chicken marsala, a bite of garlic bread, a tiny portion of spaghetti, some salad and a bite of birthday cake.

It was wonderful to see family (and their children) - some of which I hadn't seen in 30 years!

I must concentrate today in having a good healthy food day because often when I stay on my plan for something big - the next day is a 'let down' day where I get into the food. I am feeling optimistic though.

breakfast - cottage cheese, peach, pnb toast
lunch - openface turkey sandwich, green beans
snack - cheese toast - applesauce
dinner - ?
snack - oatmeal, .5 banana, milk

mj - what fun, a new pea coat...enjoy!
Have a GREAT day folks.

09-07-2008, 08:17 AM
Hi everyone!

Ginger--How was camping? I forgot to say, I think you are very brave taking three little ones camping!!! I'm sure it's fun, but I am tired just thinking about how much work it must be just to get things ready!!!!

Yesterday I finished going through my side of the closet and sweaters. I am SO excited that many of the sweaters my mom gave me last year that didn't fit, will fit this year. (She retired and has gorgeous clothes...I certainly benefited from her cleaning out her closet!!!)

Not much planned for today. Dh is going to roast a chicken. He has the 'magic touch'. He loves to mix up different spices and 'rub the bird'...it always comes out soooo yummy.

Earlier, the dogs and I came dangerously close to having a not-so fun encounter w/ a skunk in our yard. Luckily I saw it before the dogs did!!!! I cannot believe I was able to get them back into the house and keep them quiet! Of course, once it was gone getting their little beagle noses away from where the skunk was, was NOT easy....but the good news is it didn't spray while it was out there!!!!

I think we are just going to take it easy today--my knee is a little sore and I have a bit of a sinus headache, so I am feeling like a 'lazy pj day'. I need to drink lots of water because I am feeling a bit puffy today--probably why my knee is sore.

Oh...I decided--my next reward is a purse--I already have it--it's a black purse I bought on super bargain at Kohl's. I REALLY want to switch over to it, so that's my next incentive!

Have a great OP day!!!!

09-07-2008, 08:20 AM
Beverlyjoy--We must have been posting at the same time. Fantastic job yesterday!!!! I am not so sure I would have had the strength to do so well at the dinner!!! Italian food is one of my downfalls. You CAN do it today! Spending time w/ family is so important and so much fun.

09-07-2008, 12:09 PM
Hello ladies,
I had plans to get together with a friend and her family this afternoon for a late birthday celebration for her (bday last week). We were going to get a bushel of crabs, but DD is not feeling well, so we cancelled so her kids do not catch anything. So, I'm disappointed but now I have an afternoon to spend. I think I'll do some catching up on work, then later we are volunteered to help with closing the pool for a couple of hours. I've got some crabcakes in the freezer, so I'll comfort myself with one for dinner. I bought a 5 lb tub of lean ground beef at Aldi's yesterday for $1.60/lb, so I've got to figure out how to use that up. Looks like tacos for the kids tonight.
Poor DD is really miserable with a cold (I think), and I feel guilty. Yesterday was really nasty here, pouring rains all day and windy, and we were out running around in it most of the day.

So I was waiting to see how the day would play out before I made my food plan:

B: pumpkin oatmeal bar, scrambled egg, coffee with milk
S: cheese stick, tomato juice
L: skillet eggplant lasagna
S: skim latte, apple or pear
D: crabcake, warm spinach and tomato salad
S: cottage cheese and NSA apple butter on whole grain toast

I was on-plan yesterday until bedtime. DD had a birthday party and when the mom dropped her off, she had bought all the kids a McDonald's milkshake. Of course DD took two sips and left it, so I was debating putting it in the freezer for her to drink today, and the fat girl took over my brain and I took a couple of sips. It was so gross! Sickly sweet and no other flavor really. I came to my senses and poured it down the drain, but I was nauseous all night, and it served me right.

mj, wanted to let you know sears.com has a pretty good sale going right now. It's not the blowout they had last year, but there are some nice tops in the $2 - $3 range, and lots of other things. If you spend $50, there is a $5 off code too. I'll look it up and post here. Have a nice pj day.
ETA: Oops the code is SWELCOME, but it expired yesterday. If you order you may still want to try it though, sometimes they stay active longer than stated. Also, for in-store, here is a printable $5 off of $30:
Beverlyjoy, glad you are having so much family fun this weekend. Getting those stories down is a great plan, that's something that will benefit the whole family and generations to come!
Lyn, hope you are feeling better! I agree it must be extremely difficult when someone else is bringing junk in and undermining your efforts. Do you know if ?H is out for good? If you don't want to answer that, I am sorry for prying.
Hope Ginger is having a great camping trip!
How is Rhonda?

09-07-2008, 04:37 PM
Hi Ladies,

Well, let's just say camping was not great for me...the kids and DH are having a fabulous time. We left friday evening and spent the day at the beach saturday, when all of sudden I got the all-over-body aches and chills. Then a fever, then a super sore throat. Luckily father-in-law showed up sat. evening with his car to camp with us for the night, and I high-tailed it home to rest.

I was up every hour last night, my throat just killing me, and aches and so cold, then so hot, then freezing cold. I decided to wait for the walk in clinic this morning and off I went.

So not good. At best I have strep. At worst I have mono or epstein barr. So I take in the swab tomorrow and get some blood work done (closed today).

I feel like YUK. Also, this was SUPPOSED to be the start of a whole new me- you know kids in preschool finally three mornings a week and my whole gym routine. It would be stupid to start now. I'm going to have to wait a bit. Also, I'm sad too --I didn't get to enjoy smores with the kids, my final last bag of M&M's, and camping popcorn. This was supposed to a fun, weekend finale to the end of my crappy eating problems.

Okay, so maybe I'm being sent a message here. That the grand finale of eating isn't supposed to happen. That I can be strong without it. I don't know, any thoughts?


09-07-2008, 05:11 PM
Poor Ginger, I am sorry you got sick and missed out on all the fun! As to your question about the grand finale of eating, Lyn had an excellent post about this on her blog a couple of days ago. There is a link to her blog in her signature. I don't think you need a last hurrah. I think you already know what those foods taste like, and I don't think you'll go the rest of your life without eating them again. They will always be there if you want them, but I think eating them with the perspective of a last minute binge just reinforces feeling deprived and the desire to continue eating them. You don't need them, hon! JMO, of course!

09-07-2008, 07:24 PM
Hi everyone!

Schmoodle--Hope DD feels better! Thanks for the tip...I'll have to check out Sears online!

Ginger--I hope you feel better! I agree w/ Schmoodle and Lyn. You don't need a last hurrah. I know for me, there are certain things I refuse to elimiate ate totally. I don't have them often and I certainly plan them in very controlled portions, but making something I LOVE totally off limits only makes me want it more. I don't know if that would work for you or not, but it is something to think about. Take care of yourself. Maybe this was just a reminder to slow down and take care of you.

09-08-2008, 01:18 PM

I think you are right, even now, eating is a tough struggle. I wouldn't attempt popcorn if someone paid me money to eat it. That how sore my throat is. I got my bloodwork done, and so I have a few days to wait and see the results and find out what I really have. I hope it's just strep throat. I really do. That means at best I can start working out next week.

I'm not going to do the last hurray for food. I am going to eat what I can now which is limited to liquids and soft foods, and then straight into healthy eating regardless of the fact that I can't exercise. Then as soon as I can, I'm off to the gym.


09-08-2008, 04:15 PM
Hi everyone! Today flew by!

Ginger--Good for you! How are you feeling? Hopefully better!!!!

Yesterday was op day #6. So far, so good for today. I am going to be late getting out of work, but I AM going to the gym and I AM doing my regular workout. I am down 2lbs this week. My dh called me skinny this am. I almost spit out my cofee....I am far from skinny, but it's nice that he thinks I am!

Hope everyone is doing well today!

09-08-2008, 07:25 PM
Wow....really quiet today. Hope everyone is ok.

Accountability time: I got out of work much later than I anticipated. I did go to the gym, but only did the cardio portion of my workout. The good news is, I did not totally blow off the gym altogether and I will NOT use it as an excuse to eat everything in sight tonight. I want my sticker tonight!

09-08-2008, 09:42 PM
Hey ladies,

I'm still very sick and I'm on day 2 of antibiotics. So far I see no change, so I'm off to my regular GP tomorrow. In fact I think I might be worse. I'm on 4 hours sleep, and while I've been lying in bed/and or in front of the tv on the recliner all day, I'm still sleep deprived. It hurts so much to swallow that I can't sleep. How crazy is that? And I took 2 tylenol 2's with codeine, and that didn't make me sleepy. Even last night I took an old ativan which I thought would make me drowsy, but didn't. I'm desperate and in a LOT of pain.

My lymph nodes are the size of small apples.

DH has made more ice chips with water for me, and now is off to the store for a slurpee and some popsicles. I haven't eaten. I just can't. I've tried and it hurts too much.

Okay off for now...take care ladies.

09-09-2008, 06:37 AM
Good Morning! My 'fuzzy alarm clock' (one of my dogs) woke us up super early this am!!!

Ginger--Oh no! You sound terrible! I hope your GP can help. Glad to hear dh is taking care of you too. I know you feel really icky, but don't forget to post a weight for the biggest loser--I think the deadline is Sat.

Beverlyjoy, Schmoodle, Lyn, Rhonda--How are you?

Since I am up so early I would have liked to do a WATP dvd this am, but my knee is really sore. An excuse? Maybe. But I don't want to push my luck too much before my ortho appt. on Friday. He's good, but I don't want him to start talking surgery again!!!

Have a great OP day!