Support Groups - Looking for some weight loss buddies=)

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12-04-2008, 05:20 AM
Well.. The last time I logged onto this site was over a year ago. I have gained a lot of weight since then. I found that when I did use this site, the pounds began melting off.

I'm 23yrs old. I'm married, got a degree, good job. Now I need the right body and self esteem to go with it!

I'm looking for a buddy to keep me focused & on track and Vice Versa. If interested, send me a message.

Thanks and Good luck to everyone!

12-04-2008, 05:29 AM
hello, and welcome back! I'll be a buddy :)

12-04-2008, 03:38 PM
Thanks HVEECK! I see you've lost a lot of weight already!! What has been your diet plan so far?

12-04-2008, 04:01 PM
I will be a buddy too. I am just starting all over again. What a bummer. I gained back the 30 lbs I lost last year.

12-04-2008, 11:24 PM
Hi Janis! I usually do the same thing. I'll lose twenty pounds and then put it back on. I really feel like I can't "diet" this time. I need to make a whole lifestyle change. I got my husband to start our lifestyle change together today. I actually got on the scale in front of him to get our starting weights. I think I'm crazy. But, I think he's even crazier to not care about my weight. We just want to get healthy. That's the most important thing.

Whats your plan for losing weight this time around?

12-05-2008, 01:43 AM
Hi neesy! well, I basically started with counting calories and being more active. walking mostly. Then it progressed into focusing more on healthy foods, mainly superfoods like salmon, vegies, fruit, eating the good fat, cutting out most red meat, and really limiting my junk food and fast food. I have totally re arranged the way I eat. I give myself one treat meal a week to help me feel like Im not being deprived and Ive joined a gym and work out 4 or 5 times a week. good luck with your weight loss. you can do this :)

12-05-2008, 07:28 PM
Thanks=) I know I have the willpower. It's just always difficult at first. I just have to stay focused. I'm not starting off extreme, otherwise I know I won't last long, but I am limiting my temptations and making it easier on myself. I went grocery shopping and got all healthy meals. I'm not going to eat out or drink pop.. that's my weakness. I also renewed my gym membership today. I didn't realize how long it's been since I went. The crazy thing is that once I go I get addicted to it and love it. It gives me more energy. I feel good about it this time. Thanks for your support

12-05-2008, 08:15 PM
Hi Nessy and Heveek, I was on the Atkins plan, but I has a gallbadder attack and that was scary. So now it is just some common sense. Lots and lots of veggies, egg whites, fish, chicken. I have a ellipical machine and finally got on that today, hope to make it a daily habit. I would love to go back to the gym, but no funds right now amd DH doesnt want to pay, because I have never stuck with it. I have been hinting about a Wii fir, but no go on that either.
I have a husband that doesnt believe in eating healthly ( he is thin) and a daughter that just doest care about her weight (she should though). So I have to make a full course meal for them and I eat my own stuff. There is ic e cream, candy, chips in the house and that really makes it hard, but I have been reading lots of post on this site and it helps alot with the will power. I especially love the before and after photos. The stories are a big inspiration for me. Well, hope we can do this thing together and stay strong!

12-08-2008, 09:30 PM
Wow Janis, you have to have a lot of will power. Just keep it up!

This has been my first week of dieting again. I lost 6 pounds so far.. but I'm sure its just water weight. How long do you think it takes before you start losing ACTUAL weight?

12-08-2008, 09:46 PM
Hi Neesy :)
I am also a returning chick. I havent been on this site since like August. But, after gaining 5 pounds (i am very surpised it isnt more), I decided to come back. I started going back to the gym last week, and have been fairly consistent, plus I am a huge calorie counter. So, hopefully I will start seeing some lbs lost :)

12-08-2008, 09:57 PM
Hi Kiss. I'm a calorie counter too. I've only been back on my diet for about a week now. I just got my gym membership renewed and I'm going back for the first time tomorrow morning. I use to jog/run 4-5 miles on the treadmill almost every day. I know that I'll probably get winded pretty quickly when I go tomorrow. I'm so out of shape. I really enjoy going once I get into the routine though. I just have to stick with my plan. I'll get there eventually and so will you!

12-09-2008, 01:00 AM
I want to be a buddy!!! I've tried WW in the past but I'm thinking this calorie-counting thing sounds good...but I think I would eat mainly empty calories? No nutrient-dense foods...because I'm a junkie. :) What is a good number of calories to shoot for daily? I'm at 219....gah.

12-09-2008, 01:01 AM
OH! I just saw your from OHIO! Go Bearcats right?

12-09-2008, 10:08 AM
Hi Lindzy! I'm a former bearcat=) Where's jackson, ohio? Glad to have you here!

I usually get about 1200 calories a day. But i'm not going to be so strick on myself this time around. I'm not counting every single thing I eat. It's more of an estimate. As long as I don't eat out, drink more water, eat more lean meats/veggies.. I'll be okay. WW didn't work out for you? I was thinking about trying it. I'm getting mixed reviews though

12-09-2008, 10:14 AM
Jackson is probably around 3 hours south of Cincinatti close to the Ohio River.

WW works if you stick to it definitely but I hated counted everything I ate and trying to figure out how many points it was worth....espescially eating out. I like your idea of estimating as long as your eating healthy seems reasonable and a LONG-TERM thing...because I am certainly not paying for WW for the rest of my life...:p

the maine lady
12-09-2008, 11:19 AM
Hi girls!
I'll be a buddy. This site has been a life saver for me. All the different posts have helped me a lot and made me realize that people don't have to tackle weight loss alone. I have recommended it to quite a few friends.
I am determined to lose weight after stepping on the scale and realizing I am the heaviest I have been ever. With winter being here, I know if I don't get things under control I will probably gain a ton of weight by the time spring is here.
I have tried weight watchers and calorie counting in the past, and have to say that I have had more luck with calorie counting. I also have a gym membership and need to be better about making myself go.
I just want my clothes to fit again and not feel self conscious when I go out in public!
I think if we all keep each other motivated and keep posting and reading the boards, we will all be losing weight and looking hot in no time! Here's to us!

12-09-2008, 01:30 PM
I too was on WW, but stopped going. I am just calorie counting sorta. Mainly eating good stuff. I found something on could live on, it the new
Bbirdseye Garlic Califlower Steam Fresh. I love garlic!!! I have always been a big veggie person, so no problem. MY problem is sugar!! I just over do it when it come to anything with sugar. Sugar is the devil.

the maine lady
12-09-2008, 08:59 PM
Hey Janis, I hear you with the sugar. It's my number one vice. It is too good to have just a little!

12-10-2008, 03:13 PM
Good to have you Maine Lady=)


Went off my diet yesterday. I got some bad news from my doctor yesterday and went to Ruby Tuesday's to perk myself up. Now, I feel so guilty AND still have the bad news. I have to keep with it. I can't give up just because I feel sorry for myself.

12-10-2008, 03:34 PM
Nessy, I am an emotional eater also. I am sorry you have bad news from a doctor, but, I know you will pick yourself back up and be strong. We can. do this. Sounds like you are determined to get on the road again.

12-10-2008, 08:53 PM
Thanks Janis! I just worked out a little harder today and ate right. I''ll get there. Just have to stick with it. Every day is a new day=) It looks like you are pretty close to your new year's goal! great job!

12-11-2008, 12:46 AM
Hi Neesy! I am brand new (1st post ever) and it sounds like we're twins. I'm 22, just graduated from college in May, started a new job in September. I need to lose about 105 pounds and I'm ready to get started! Feel free to message me anytime; I'd love to have someone checking in on me and vice versa!

12-12-2008, 09:00 PM
Hi kelly! You're in the right place. You will definitely find support on here. I have lost a lot of weight in the past using this site. It really helps to have someone pushing for you. We are about the same starting weight. We'll do this together!!

12-15-2008, 10:24 PM
How have you guys been doing? Have any weight loss?
I've been keeping myself busy with work. The pounds seem to be dropping off pretty quickly this time around. I'm on this medication called metformin for insulin resistance. I think it may be helping to shed the weight... gotta love that. Well, talk to you later. Hope all is well.

12-15-2008, 10:34 PM
I was doing so well, but Saturday and Sunday i definitely did not keep under my allowed calories :(
i didnt go much over, but still I've always been under for like the last 2weeks and then I just messed up this weekend. But, I did okay today, I'm actually about to hit the gym :)
How have u been doing????

12-15-2008, 10:40 PM
Hi kiss! I had a couple of mess ups too. I went to ruby tuesday's last week and last friday I had a huge thing of nachos at the movie theater. But, I went to the gym and worked them off i guess Cuz I've still dropped a couple pounds. Just gotta keep with it and have patience. Don't let little slip ups deter you because they are just that.. little in the big scheme of things. Have a good workout!

12-16-2008, 07:22 AM
Hello everyone, I havent lost anything in a couple, but I am not exercing yet. I guess I better get on that ellipital. I have been real good though on my eating and getting away from sugar. In fact yesterday I got a McCafe latte with SF syrup and it was too sweet to drink. Hopefully, I am losing my sweet tooth.

12-16-2008, 06:53 PM
Hey Janis, I don't think I could ever lose my sweet tooth, hopefully my willpower will just get stronger=) I got on the scale and didn't lose anything today. I get frustrated when I don't lose EVERY single day. But that is just ridiculous. Just gotta keep with it.. We'll get there!

12-16-2008, 07:50 PM
I'd love to be your buddy!! Last time I got weighed I was 211lbs. I am 18 and 5'5". I've been binge free for 8 day's now! ^_^ My scale doesn't work, but I feel I've lost weight because I have to wear a belt with my pants now... Best of luck! :hug:


12-17-2008, 04:20 AM
hi migo., great to have ya! That is a very good sign! Good job for having so much will power! It is hard.. especially when you first start a diet. I love trying on old clothes in my closet and then them actually fitting.. It is the best feeling. I look at the scale almost every day.. which is driving me crazy! I have to stop it. I should really just go with how my clothes are feeling on me. I'm obsessed with numbers right now.. but that's just how I am. Good luck with your weight loss! what's your plan on losing?

12-17-2008, 11:38 PM
Can I be ya'lls buddy too? I am very similar to most of you girls. I have probably the most to lose though. I am graduating college on Saturday with my degree in Accounting. I have been working for the same company since a year and a half ago. I started my internship there and they decided to hire me full time back in September while I finished my last two classes. I have been on the diet since the 9th of December. I won't know how much I have lost because yesterday my fiance gave our scale to a coworker so that we wouldn't be addicted to the scale. We were both weighing too often and disappointed when the scale doesn't say what we want it to. Anyways, so me and my fiance are on the diet together. He is keeping his calories at 1500 and I am at 1200. Dieting is especially hard for me because everytime I go on a diet and eat less, I get acid reflux flare ups. Apparently my stomach produces the same amount of acid whether I eat normally or less and when i eat less it goes up in my esophagus. I somehow let myself get up to 350 lbs. As of yesterday I was down to 342. I guess I can keep track of my loss by a measuring tape, but who knows it I will do that. I would love to get on the scale in a month and have lost like 25-30 lbs. My fiance and I are motivated to lose weight so that we can get married in Italy and be a normal weight. I also want to lose weight because I want to move to Lexington, KY and I just feel like companies don't want to hire a morbidly obese person. I want to be comfortable in my own skin and most of all I want to be healthy. I am still young at 23 and have none of the problems YET that come along with this weight. I want to get down to about 135 so I have just over 200 lbs to lose still. This will be a long road, but I am absolutely committed this time. I am going to allow myself to have the treats if I crave them, but in the long run I am going to keep my calories at 1200. I know that if I deprive myself it will not work. So, if I am craving the ice cream...I will have a small reasonable serving. We are also walking everyday anywhere from 1.5 miles to 5 miles. Tonight was the first time since we started that I didn't walk and that's because I spent 6 hours of my day in a walk-in clinic to get diagnosed with the acid reflux and it is absolutely horrible tonight.

Sorry about the length, but this was my first post and I just needed to get it all out.

12-18-2008, 12:15 AM
Hi tc! Ofcourse you can join! We do have a very similar background. I'm also 23. I live in Cincinnati. not far from lexington.. What's making you want to move? It can't be the weather! =) Congratulations on your degree! That is great. I graduated about a year and a half ago. I'm a nurse. I feel like I need to be healthier so that I will be a better role model for my patients. How can I give advice about diet and exercise if I don't do it. Oh yeah.. I KNOW about acid reflux. That is one of the big motivating factors for me to lose weight. I get it very frequently.. even when I don't eat anything. I carry a huge thing of Rolaids in my purse at all times. Which I know is very bad for you to eat too much of. But, I know what they'll say if I go to the doctor.. They'll prescribe me an antacid and say I have to lose weight.
Oh.. by the way.. a wedding in Italy! WOW! That would be incredible! I hope you get there. I see you want to lose 200lbs.. but take it 5-10lbs at a time. I have found that smaller goals are easier to achieve. If I looked at how much I need to lose in total.. I'd never be able to accomplish it. Looking at it in 5lb increments are lot less terrifying.

Keeping checking in on here. I'm glad to have ya! We'll do this!!!

12-18-2008, 10:25 AM
Oh yeah, I'm Tiffany by the way. Well I went to the doctor for the acid reflux because the rolaids and tums just weren't cutting it anymore and I didn't want to be able to use the pain as an excuse anymore. So hopefully the Nexium he prescribed me will work and one of my excuses will be out the window.

I definitely am splitting my goals up. First is to be under 300. 300 is just such a scary number. I remember thinking when I was younger that I was fat (at 160) but I would NEEEEVER be over 200 lbs. I flew by 200 so fast I barely remember it. It seems like I went from 180 my senior year of hs to 220 my freshman year of college and it's been a blur since then.

I know I am in the right mindset right now, but I am worried I will lost my motivation. It seems like the 1,000 reasons I want to lose weight just seem to disappear when a cheesecake blizzard or some Panda Express Orange Chicken is staring me in the face. I am trying my best to avoid the temptation, but I know that will be impossible in the long term. I am hoping it will be easier to face the temptation when I am well on my way to losing the weight (lost 50 lbs or more). But for now I just have to avoid it or I will take one step in the wrong direction and it will be completely downhill. My Mom wants to know what I want to do after my graduation (which must involve food apparently), so I guess I am going to tell her I want to go to outback steakhouse. I know that I absolutely love the house salad there and it won't ruin me. Even when I am not dieting I have their house salad (along with some cheese fries that apparently have 2900!!!!!!!!! calories in a plateful).

My reasons for wanting to move to Lexington are the WEATHER (lol) because I am a SW Fla native and have never really experienced the 4 seasons the rest of the planet has. Here we have Hot, Miserably Hot, Unbearabley hot, and cool. I hate it! I may live there a few years and decide I don't really like it, but I at least need to experience it. 2nd, I am a horse fanatic and it is the horse capital of the world. I actually want to be an accountant specializing in equine matters (since my dream of being an equine vet didn't really pan out). 3rd, is that I jsut think Ky is absolutely beautiful. Rolling hills, real trees, historic buildings and houses (I'm also an architecture nut-another major that didn't pan out), everything Florida is lacking. We think the higway overpasses are hills, palm trees are almost the only trees we have, and 80 years old is historic. 4th, my fiance's family lives in Ohio and he wants to be closer to them.

Oh yeah and I just had a connection flight last Sunday in Cinncinati! Nice airport! Not a fan of the cinnabon that made me throw up on the airplane though.

Sorry my posts tend to ramble...I apparently have alot to say :D

12-19-2008, 09:35 AM
Hi Tiffany=) My weight just flew up too. I use to weigh 160 when I first started dating my husband. Then I packed on 80lbs. crazy. I too LOVE outback steakhouse fries. Sometimes, I would order them as carryout and just eat them for dinner. Oh, and the ranch is delicious! But, 2900 calories! Whoa. No wonder I got fat. My husband and I love the orange chicken from panda express too.. but there's none around us. Thank god.

Our airport isn't in cincinnati, although it is named that. It is actually a good 20 minutes from our downtown. It's in Kentucky. Weird,huh. Sorry the cinnabon made you sick.

oh my god.. all this talk about food!

Anyway, I hope the nexium works out for you. I did a trial pack and it worked wonders. I just hate the idea of having to take a pill everyday.. but the pain is definitely worse. My indigestion has started to die down since I started eating healthier... so I'll put it off til I have to.

It sounds like you'll really like kentucky. I'm more of a city girl. My family has a house way way way down in kentucky.. in the middle of nowhere. It's a beautiful area.. but I can only do it for small spurts at a time. I use to live in arizona and I miss it terribly. I loved the weather. Oh by the way, you should get a weight loss tracker for your signature. When do you hope to be under 300? I'm hoping to hit onederland by my birthday... if a miracle should happen.

Well.. gotta run. Talk to you later=)

12-19-2008, 12:09 PM
I had a Panda Express in the food court at my first college, University of Miami. I had never had it before that and I got sooo addicted. I always hated that they were only open until like 5 and closed on the weekends, but looking back, it is soooo much better that they were. I didn't have access to one for like 4 years after that, but I moved to my current town last January and found one in the Mall that is like 5-10 mins from my house and work. Every Friday was Panda day for a while before I started this diet. LOL. My fiance even knew it. If he called on a Friday while I was at work he would ask WHEN are you going to Panda, not if.

I am DEFINITELY not a city girl. But you wouldn't know it from where I have lived. Miami and Atlanta...I just got back from NYC visiting for the first time and I HATED it. I just could not stand the fast pace and allll the people! And the prices of EVERYTHING! $4 for a soda with no refills at a restaraunt!!! $15 cocktails!!! Me and my mom spent $90 on breakfast in our hotel one morning and believe me, we did not eat THAT much...heck, half of mine went in the trash.$5 orangejuice!!! Sorry, I still cannot believe how insane NYC was that I just go off when I start talking about it again.

My dream would be to live in a town so small that you know everyones name and are actually friends with all your neighbors. I have never had that...I grew up in a medium to large town and knew noone. I just like the slower, less stressful pace.

The nexium actually seems to be working already. The dr. also told me to take Mylanta 4 times a day until he sees me next...but I honestly don't know how much longer I can do that. I almost puke everytime I take it. I made my fiance take it and he said it tasted like a strawberry milkshake!?!? I swear my taste buds must be more sensitive than the normal person, because when I take it, it hits me in the back of the throat so hard that I make the craziest faces. It's the same place that red wine and coffee hit me and is the reason I can'tdrink them. Maybe my bitter buds are jsut stronger than normal. LOL...that was a real ramble tangent.

Last thing, so I think I said that my fiance gave our scale to his coworker so that we wouldn't be weighing everyday and obsessed with the what did I do last night? I went to walmart and bought a scale. He wouldn't ask his coworker for the scale back because it had only been 2 days and he would feel ridiculous. So I went and bought another freaking scale. How ridiculous is that? I go from a food addiction to a scale addiction. Well anyways, when we weighed, he had lost 16 lbs in 9 days and he was upset about that!!! He said he used to be able to lose 20 lbs in a week. I personally have lost 9 lbs in 9 days. I have to keep reminding myself how good that is, because at first it seems like it is moving so slow. But actually its moving really fast. The only weird part is that at like day 4 or 5 I weight 341.8 and then the next day went up to 342.8 and the next day up to 344 and then it's taken me like 3 days to get back fown to 341...thats why it seems so slow, because it isn't moving consitently down, but rather up and down. This is why I should not have a

Anyways, have a great day!!!

12-21-2008, 12:45 AM
9lbs is great! I totally get the scale drama. I do the same thing. I have found out that I'm lightest when I first wake up and before I weigh 2lbs more right before I go to sleep. So weird. But anyway, you have to remember although it's not going down consistently right now.. it will over time. We'll do this!

I did slip up and went to ruby tuesday's today. I got a salad with low fat ranch and ate half a chicken breast with broccoli. So.. I didn't do too bad. But I still feel guilty. But I've been so busy lately and couldn't remember when I ate last. I think I had 2-3 days where I had nothing to eat. I don't mean to do it. I'm an anorexic fat girl. haha. No.. I just get so busy. I use to stop at a fast food place before and after work because it's quick and easy. Now.. I've eliminated fast food.. which means I'm too lazy to eat at home too. I just crash in the bed when I get home and then go to work and do it all over again. I have to stop it. I know I'm messing up my metabolism.

Oh yeah.. my aunt wants to get together for breakfast. Ofcourse, any family outing or event has to include food. Well.. hopefully I won't order the steak omelet that I use to get and order some fruit!

Hope all is well with you. How's the nexium going for you so far?

12-23-2008, 03:13 PM
Well, my company just had its catered Christmas luncheon. Luckily a fancy place catered, so the food was pretty healthy. Not fried junk. I am actually pretty proud of what I limited myseld to. No seconds. One plate. I had salad, green beans, 1 roll, like 2 tablespoons of rice, 3-4 ounces of baked chicken marsala (i think), 1/2 of a small sliver of cheesecake, and some delicious strawberries. And I was full!!! I think that's about 450 cals. I hope...cause that's what I'm putting in my food journal.

I bought a Jillan Michaels DVD and light weights with some of the money I recevied from graduation. i tried it out last night...and OMG I am so freaking out of shape. I made it like 7 mins. I can walk for 5 out on an elliptical for like an hour...but that aerobics/strength training/ab work is so stinking hard! I am sore from seven minutes of working out!!!!! Only my legs really...but still. I am going to do it every night...and hopefully within a week or two I can make it through the whole thing! then there are 2 more levels of difficulty to get through! What a wimp I am.

LOL...I almost NEVER forget to eat. My stomach doesn't let me. However, when I am super busy, going all over running errands and stuff, I guess I do on occasion forget to eat until I am done or I jsut don't get as hungry when I am thinking about 100 things other than food.

The scale rewarded me one day...I got down to 340.2 for two days in a row...but then I went back up to 340.6 even though I didn't eat after 7:30 and stayed right at 1200 cals. I have a vague suspicion that it was the diet soda I had last night when I met my mom for sushi (and only ate one piece). I guess I will have to completely eliminate diet soda if I want the scale to cooperate. I was limiting myself to when I went out to eat because IMO it helps me to eat less and get full on diet soda. But I think I am going to do without it completely from here on out and see what happens on the scale.

My fiance is getting aggravated with the fact that all family outings have to involve food. For me, it's not as bad because I like salads and vegetables and grilled chicken that most restaraunts have as an option. He, however, is a VERY picky eater and would much rather eat at home any day because he can make low cal things that he likes (very weird, and unhealthy, but low cal, which is all he cares about until the weight is gone). So when we go out, he tends to get like a baked potato and a hamburger or chicken burger and eats it without the bun and cheese. But I think it will be much easier once the holidays are done because not as many people want to get together and we can just continue to eat at home as we like. The only problem that remains after the holidays is my mother who lives about 45 mins away. Every week we get together half way in the middle...this almost always involves food but she is aware that I am watching what I am eating and makes an effort to choose places with healthy choices.

The Nexium is working heartburn since I started. I'm amazed that one tiny pill can make that big of a difference. I just hope that I can stopp taking it after like a month. I am not a big fan of taking pills every day. I have never even been able to get into the habit of taking a multivitamin every day until I started this diet and I actually have to cook my breakfast. I used to just run out ofthe house and worry about food later (Burger King tended to rescue me until I realized that it gave me AWFUL gas...TMI I know).

Anyways, Hope you have a wonderful christmas and eat smart during this difficult time!

12-26-2008, 08:05 AM
Hey Tiffany.. I'm with you. My family outings are all about food. I made dessert for work, my family's x-mas eve party, and x-mas day. Oh.. and my work always has lunch catered! It drives me crazy! I'm a nurse and pharmaceutical companies are always bringing stuff. It's really bad when I work nights and it's slow. Ugh. It doesn't help that everyone I work with could be models. It's crazy. I've never worked with such thin beautiful people. They can't share in my pain! haha

My dieting went right out the window these past couple days. I didn't binge eat or anything. Just ate badly. I'm up to 231!!! Ah! That's five pounds this week. There's no way I ate THAT bad. Oh well. I'll just have to start over. I can't let this get me down. My dad got me a restaurant gift certificate for christmas... so, I'm going to use that today.. but THEN I'm gonna go back on my diet. I just can't keep starving myself or I will never stick with it. I think my metabolism slowed down because I wasn't eating. I was 226 and then over the course of last week.. I gained two pounds. Even though I barely ate anything. Then three pounds over the holiday. That's ridiculous. I need to eat more small meals and go to the gym more. I haven't worked out since I started dieting a few weeks ago.

You guys are smart to try to eat at home more. We try and then end up doing fast food. It's just so quick and easy and CHEAP! I think I need to plan my meals more so that I don't end up starving myself or overindulging. I'm never in the middle. Anyway, so have you set a date for your wedding yet?

Oh yeah.. only four more working days and I'll have my vacation!!! Which I need desperately to relax. But... also a lot of time to get bored and then eat eat eat. I'll try to stay busy. I joined fitday and even though I'm back up to 231.. it says I'm on track to be able to get down to 199 by my birthday at the end of march. Basically, I need to just lose ten pounds each month. I'm always worried about losing weight quickly. I've just now come to realize that it's a slower process. That sucks.

Hope you had a good christmas! Talk to you later!

12-26-2008, 12:53 PM
Hi ladies:

I am new to the 3FC and am looking for support as well. I am 5'4 and at my highest weight - 222 pounds!!! Ugh. Anyway, I can honestly say that only on one occasion (and I was VERY successful) did I try to lose weight, now, its that time again and I'm in the right frame of mind to go full force. Since the two of you are around my age/weight, I thought that having the two of you as buddies would be great, so we could relate.

I'm still very confused on how to use the website and place a weight tracker, its all so new, so any tips would be helpful. P.S. - I start my journey for weight loss on Monday, December 29.

I also have two major goals:

1. June 2009 - we have a trip back home, I would like to be 175 by then.

2. October 2009 - we have a family reunion cruise, I would like to be at least 150. We will see. Like I said, I was on Weight Watchers before and lost 60 pounds in 7 1/2 months, so I think my goals are realistic.

Do either of you have goals that you are working towards? What made you start today (or like me, Monday)? What system are you going to try?

I would love to hear from you.

Good luck!


12-26-2008, 01:06 PM
Ooopss.....still learning the website, I saw both of your stories; no need for repeat. ;)

I live in Orlando, Florida, quite far from where each of you are, but I don't really think that matters. My husband does not make a big fuss about my weight, which is good in some regards, but her certainly does not support me in my weight loss endeavors either. He is just as unhealthy as I am now, but he is not ready, so I can't force it.

What plans are you doing in your weight loss journey? Any tips would be helpful. I was very successful on Weight Wachers but do not have as much time as I did before when I was on it. I am going to try a diet from Prevention, I ordered the book and got it the other day. It seems easy enough and consist of exercise 5 days a week. I currently walk 2 miles a day, but its not enough to keep up with what I take in. Anyway, I look forward to our journey together. Here is a little info. about me:

I am married with one, 7 year old little girl. Like I said earlier, I live in Orlando, Florida but am from Connecticut. I work for the government and own my own home. I am successful and happy at where my life is right now, which is why I feel that this would be the best opportunity. No stress, no challenges, just a positive mind set. The reason on why I want to diet now is because I have two trips next year. Last year we did a family reunion cruise and took a group photo and I was the biggest one there!!! Not this next one, not me...I want to look just as good, if not better than the rest of them. ;)

Have a wonderful day!

12-26-2008, 02:05 PM
Hi Lucky! It's great to have ya. It's definitely easier to lose weight with someone looking out for you and going through the same process. So, welcome=)
You won't be able to put a weight loss tracker on your signature until you've been a member for a while. My goal is to get to 199 by my birthday at the end of March. I would LOVE to be 175 by mid summer. That would be fantastic. But.. ANY weight loss is good. I'm like you in that I am pretty happy with my life now. I have a great job and great husband.. which has made me too relaxed when it comes to my weight.

As far as my plan goes... I usually just calorie count and hit the gym 3-4x a week. Which usually works.. but I haven't been keeping up with it. I need to kick my but in gear. I was thinking about joining weight watchers or forming some type of regimen. I need to plan my meals better.

You have great goals. I love cruises. I hope I'll be thin enough to wear shorts /bathing suit comfortably on the next one!

Keep checking in on here. It really helps a lot with weight loss. By the way.. what's your name?

Talk to you later!


12-26-2008, 02:53 PM
Hi Denise!

I completely forgot to mention my name, haha- its Nicole. I was so escited to hear about this website, a friend told me about it and I think that this is what is going to keep me focused. If your thinking about ww and have the time, its well worth it! Like I said, I was on ww several years ago and lost 60+ pds in about 7 pounds, but that's because I stook to the plan and used my minimum points everyday, which is not what they encourage and which is why I probay put on the weight and then some.

You have a great goal as well, I need to set smaller goals for me since my big goals are 6 months away. Thanks for the details on the tracker, I will just post my updates. I intend on doing a chart a weighing in every Sunday morning and recording the date, my weight andmy mood at that time. I did this when I was on ww and it really helped. Something so simple, so small was just an excellent reminder - just a suggestion for anyone else who will be in our support group. Is the forums the only way to chat with other buddies? I would like to get updates on everyones. :)

Good luck, ill check in on Sunday! That's the day I prep for my weight loss journey..starting Monday. I'm sssssssoooooo excited, which is a great feeling.

12-26-2008, 02:59 PM
Hi Denise!

I completely forgot to mention my name, haha- its Nicole. I was so excited to hear about this website, a friend told me about it and I think that this is what is going to keep me focused. If your thinking about ww and have the time, its well worth it! Like I said, I was on ww several years ago and lost 60+ pds in about 7 months, but that's because I stuck to the plan and used my minimum points everyday, which is not what they encourage and which is why I probably put on the weight and then some.

You have a great goal as well, I need to set smaller goals for me since my big goals are 6 months away. Thanks for the details on the tracker, I will just post my updates. I intend on doing a chart and weighing in every Sunday morning and recording the date, my weight andmy mood at that time. I did this when I was on ww and it really helped. Something so simple, so small was just an excellent reminder - just a suggestion for anyone else who will be in our support group. Is the forums the only way to chat with other buddies? I would like to get updates on everyones progress. :)

Good luck, ill check in on Sunday! That's the day I prep for my weight loss journey..starting Monday. I'm sssssssoooooo excited, which is a great feeling.

12-26-2008, 11:31 PM
Hi I just joined today, My name is Allison, I am 27. I will be a buddy too. I havent weighed recently, but like you I think I am starting between 230 and 240. I have to get a scale. I am changing the way I eat not dieting, I dont think I can do another diet, just because of that word. I hear diet, and I'm Like oh no, I'm starving. So I am doing it the right way this time.

12-27-2008, 12:05 AM
I would love to be a buddy if you are interested! My name is Liz and I am almost 26. I have been married for 5 years and am a SAHM to my two little girls. Ever since having kids I have struggled with my weight. I have done WW before which really helped me. I also am into raw eating and try to eat lots of fruits and veggies and green smoothies. I am really determined to finally lose my weight and get to goal!

Thighs Be Gone
12-27-2008, 12:07 AM
Welcome, Neesy! :) I'm glad you are on board at 3FC.

12-27-2008, 08:07 AM
Welcome Liz & Allison! It's good to have you! We're here for you with all your triumphs and set backs. It seems that we are all around the same starting point. We'll do this together!

12-28-2008, 09:32 PM
ok. I weight in at 220 today and start my journey tomorrow. Is their a certain date that everyone weighs in on? I'd also like to hear other peoples challenges along their journey. My biggest challenge will probably not be the "diet" aspect of eating healthy but the exercise part. I really enjoy rollerblading and live in Orlando, Florida where it is ALWAYS good exercise weather, so I'm going to try and play that up.

Try not to cheat on New Years! My girlfriends and I are going to salad bar restaurant on New Years Eve where it is all organic food, that way I dont try and pig out on snacks (like I do every year) for New Years. Does anyone else find this a challenge? It should be just another day, but for some reason, any chance at a holiday, I think its ok to cheat. And maybe down the road, I could indulge, but not on my first week?! :)

Good luck everyone, I cant wait to check in and see how everyones progress is going.

Take care!


12-29-2008, 07:18 AM
I did'nt dare weigh myself today or I will just give up. I was soooo bad christmas day and yesterday. I just cant help myself during the holidays. This morning I woke up with a upset stomach (gee, I wonder why). Today is a new start. We can do this!!!

krissy z
12-29-2008, 09:30 AM
Hi everyone!!! I'm new here and today i start my journey! I just weighed myself at 233..yuck!! Thats not my heaviest but i'm not happy with it. I want to get healthy for me and my kids. Good luck to everyone!!

12-29-2008, 10:04 AM
Welcome Krissy! I always say that.. yeah it would be nice to be smaller, but healthier is even better=)

I'm not weighing myself today because I know I'd be disappointed. I usually weigh myself everyday which I need to stop doing anyway. I've been bad this past week. I'm going to start over tomorrow. I don't care if I lose fast anymore.. any loss is good. Eventually I'll get there.

I definitely need to start exercising. That's my problem. I do good with the dieting aspect of it, however I usually don't eat enough and then I'm too tired to even exercise. I need to eat more often and excercise more to boost my metabolism. I'm looking forward to a fresh start this new year's but I'm also not going to kill myself like I have done in the past-because that obviously hasn't worked for me before. I'm going to take it easy. Any loss is a good loss and I will get there.

12-29-2008, 11:49 PM
Yay! New weight loss buddies! Sorry I haven't responded sooner...I haven't been on the computer much with all of the holiday stuff going on. I just got back from the's the fourth time we have gone in the last week, so I am very happy with that. We got papa johns on the way home from the gym for some delicious pizza. We made smart choices though: thin crust, light cheese and chicken on my half with a two-liter of diet coke...but I only had two of my pieces and I am going to have the rest of my half for lunch tomorrow. ::Sigh:: It's been almost three weeks and I am going strong and I am not even entertaining the possibility of going off the diet. I felt like I splurged on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, but in actuality I maybe had 2000-2500 calories both days which is far under what I am supposed to burn in a day (which I still think is wrong). I gained like 1-2 lbs but I know I was retaining water for some strange reason. My engagement ring is tighter than it was last week.

Well Neesy, I'm sorry you haven't been able to stay on the diet for a while, but you will find the motivation to get back on track! I would hate to work with all stick thin people!!! Although I do have to say, I went shopping with my best friend this weekend (she is a size 2-4 and complains about big hips) and it was super inspirational. We went in Victoria's Secret and I just really kept thinking how much I wanted to fit in all of those cute little bras and be able to shop in the same stores when she comes to town!!!

We have tentatively said that we are getting married next September. But we are not sure. We really want to lose the majority of our weight before we get married. We working very hard at it...working out at least 5 days a week for an hour and eating 1200 calories for me and 1500 for him.

Where are you going for vacation?

::I actually typed the above yesterday night but never submitted it::

Today I had a pretty good day. My calories were actually about 1700 instead of 1200 because it was just one of those days where I was starving all day. I went to the gym and burned 650 calories according to the elliptical. So, overall it was a good day, I just wish I hadn't eaten that much. Did you get back to the diet today?

12-29-2008, 11:55 PM
I am starting fresh tomorrow. I weighed today and was 230. Thats my highest ever. I am just uncomfortable being this weight. I always feel like I have a stomach ache. I have also been trying to get pregnant for 3 years and it just isnt happening, so hopefully if I lose weight, I can have a baby.

Hope everyone else is doing good with their weight loss. I am going to renew my membership at the gym tomorrow. My husband is going to join with me. I like that he goes with me to have support there too.

Its really nice to be able to get on here and read inspirational stories and to see all of you going through the same thing as me, so I know I am not alone in this.

Have a great night and a productive successful day tomorrow.

12-30-2008, 01:03 AM
ill be a buddy!
i know that i am going to need all the buddy help i can get myself!

12-30-2008, 08:23 AM
Welcome Lisa! What's your plan?

Allison, I'm trying to conceive also. My doc said, of course, it's mainly because of my weight. Which hurts to hear. I have to lose weight if I plan on ever having a family.. and I'm definitely baby crazy lately. It's great that you are renewing your gym membership!

12-30-2008, 08:31 AM
Hey Tiffany! It sounds like you are doing great! I definitely need to work out more. September is a great goal to work toward! I got married when I weighed 240. Not even an attempt at weight loss before hand. Luckily, I looked okay.. but it could've been better. Maybe when we lose weight, we'll do a renewal ceremony.

I've been off my diet for a few days.. well, I stopped being so strict. I ate better choices than what I would if I were off a "diet." But also not my usual plan. I still managed to lose 1.5lbs since christmas. So, I'm definitely happy. I made a little sign and stuck it on my wall so I can see it everyday. I put the date, my current weight, +/- lbs lost and my mood. Which I think has helped me to stay focused.

I'm going back on my "diet" today. Which means I'm just going to count calories and eat my usual.. lean cuisines, fruit, veggies. I've been sticking with my rule of no fast food. Which helps a lot. My husband and I use to eat like five 99 cent burgers from wendy's a day plus more. We have definitely cut back. I can't believe how much we use to eat. My husband has really stuck to the plan. I thought he would've said screw it by now. I'm glad he hasn't. It's motivating me even more. I CANNOT weigh more than him or be even close anymore. That is not an option.

It's good talking to you girls. Hope everyone is doing good and stays on plan today!

12-30-2008, 11:07 AM
Haha I know what you mean about not being able to weigh more than ur man. My fiance started at 377 and me at I had a 27 lb cushion. Now, he is down to 353 and me my cushion has dropped to 16 lbs. It is definitely motivating me to work my hardest and stick to this. He cannot pass me by!!!!

Good luck today going back to the plan!!!

Certainly not trying to conceive here...but I had a crazy dream last night that I was pregnant!?!! I don't want kids for a long time if any at all. I enjoy my freedom and I'm not the greatest with responsibility no poor kids should have me as a mom for a loooong time.

Yum....junior bacon cheeseburgers....:-D

12-30-2008, 12:32 PM
hey nessy :-)
well my last success was with a modified atkins,, and A LOT of gym time.. i love cardio but not the strength training .
i have pcos, been trying to have a baby for about 4 years and i know that it all has to do with the fact that i am way over weight. my husband is one of those that is able to eat what he wants when he wants and then some! he is 6'5" 1/2 and weighs right at 200 pounds...
my short term goal is to be at least 30 pounds by april for my 30th birthday~
*fingers crossed*

12-30-2008, 05:20 PM
Hey everyone! Well it is day 2 of my "diet" and so far so good. I made a promise to myself that despite any challenges, the one thing I would not give into is soda, so far so good but boy oh boy am I having some serious caffeine withdrawal headaches. I'm glad to see everyone is doing well and not letting the holidays get out of control.

Today I was craving something sweet so I went to my grandmas to visit and see a big box of Godiva truffles (mmmm....salivating), well I'm doing a 1200 calorie diet, so I figure, what the hey, have one, only one, the most it could be is like 60 calories - WRONG! I went on calorie king and one truffle is 100 calories! What a waste of calories, yes it was good but now I'm limited for me dinner tonight, which was turkey tacos...yum.

Anyway, I'm not on the baby boat right now because I am taking a big trip in October (which is why I'm on a diet), but I do have to agree with it being disturbing to weight more than my husband. I currently weight 20 pounds more than my husband and its disappointing. Does anyone else ever look in the mirror and not see a fat or chubby person? I look in my mirror everyday and say to myself "I'm not THAT big", but when I look at pictures, it says something else - lol. So yesterday, I had my husband take 2 pictures of me, one front view, one side view, and I put them next to my fat tracker in my kitchen (see previous post). I think that's a good reminder to stay on track.

Well, I wish everyone luck, ill check back in soon.

12-30-2008, 05:21 PM
Hey everyone! Well it is day 2 of my "diet" and so far so good. I made a promise to myself that despite any challenges, the one thing I would not give into is soda, so far so good but boy oh boy am I having some serious caffeine withdrawal headaches. I'm glad to see everyone is doing well and not letting the holidays get out of control.

Today I was craving something sweet so I went to my grandmas to visit and see a big box of Godiva truffles (mmmm....salivating), well I'm doing a 1200 calorie diet, so I figure, what the hey, have one, only one, the most it could be is like 60 calories - WRONG! I went on calorie king and one truffle is 100 calories! What a waste of calories, yes it was good but now I'm limited for me dinner tonight, which was turkey tacos...yum.

Anyway, I'm not on the baby boat right now because I am taking a big trip in October (which is why I'm on a diet), but I do have to agree with it being disturbing to weight more than my husband. I currently weight 20 pounds more than my husband and its disappointing. Does anyone else ever look in the mirror and not see a fat or chubby person? I look in my mirror everyday and say to myself "I'm not THAT big", but when I look at pictures, it says something else - lol. So yesterday, I had my husband take 2 pictures of me, one front view, one side view, and I put them next to my fat tracker in my kitchen (see previous post). I think that's a good reminder to stay on track.

Well, I wish everyone luck, ill check back in soon.

12-30-2008, 10:07 PM
I have to lose this weight, I want so badly to have a baby, my husband sometimes wants kids and sometimes doesnt but he has said if it happens he will be happy. So right now I am just trying to get the first ten pounds off. I just have to get that ball rolling.

take a deep breath
12-31-2008, 10:03 AM
Hi tc and nessy! I am in Northern KY, a rocks throw from Cincinnati-well, if you have a strong arm...LOL! I have re-joined after a long time and my new years resolution is to learn to love myself and enjoy all the benefits that come with it.

I've been reading and scanning your posts and saw tc got a Jillian Michaels vid. I LOVE Jillian! I download her podcasts every week from her Sunday am radio program in CA (KFI am 640). I listen to her when I walk on my treadmill and lose track of time. She is very inspirational. I highly recommend this on the treadmill-makes an hour fly by!

Looking forward to learning, sharing and any support that I can give or get. :)

12-31-2008, 11:39 AM
Hey all, I'd liket o join this buddy list =)
need all the help I can get, "healthy living" started today so lets see how it goes, set myself some mini targets will have to see how I get on, Hope everyone has a Fab New Year tonight
Bev :hug:

12-31-2008, 11:51 PM
So, I lost my pre-christmas weight. YAYAYAYAYAY!!!!! Feeling fine in 09!.. I'm a dork.. I know=)

Rayne- You'll do it. I know. Think good thoughts.

Breath- Hi neighbor! I love your new year's resolution. Very inspirational.

Bev- nice to have you. Welcome! What's your weight loss plan?

Tiffany-I use to say.. I never want to have kids but I think that now that I know it's very difficult for me to conceive.. it has made me want it more. Don't get me wrong. I love to have freedom and live life without limitations. But it would be nice to have someone to work hard for, get out of bed in the morning for, and to share ups/downs with. I want a child to motivate me and to point out the little things in life. I definitely want to lose weight and enjoy being thinner before getting fat and pregnant. Maybe I'm just having a phase.. who knows. Oh.. and keep on working on that cushion room. haha. It is really a motivating factor. How's life been for you lately?

Lisa- I have pcos too. Keep the faith. It's hard but we'll get there. There's a lot of forums about pcos on here too. You should check them out. A lot of great advice out there and stories of people like you and me. Oh yeah. You have a great weight loss goal. Very do-able. Keep at it!

Lindy- I don't think I could give up pop. You're stronger than me. I can totally relate to the picture thing. I don't see myself as "that" fat. But pictures show something else... the TRUTH. ugh. Good idea about the pic on the fridge. I put my cholesterol level on mine.

Hope everyone has a great new year's. This will be the year!!!!!!!!!

01-01-2009, 06:59 AM
Thanks for the Welcome,
It's so great here.

I've been to (and failed at) slimming world 4 times, each time losing roughly 14lbs and then hitting the plateau, and gaining even more back, so calorie counting, reduced intake and giving up the dreaded take away fast food I've come to love, through laziness and online gaming taking over.

I also found that section on monthly exercise targets so I copied one and adjusted it to suit me and am going to try and do it.

I feel that this site has actually inspired me more than I ever had before because you are all so real, my fat club as it got called no one really talked to each other so it was kinda hard to get anything from it.

I have Pcos too but always tried to use it as an excuse but I've had it since I was 14 and had unsuccessful surgery for them, but my lowest weight was after diagnosis so IT'S NOT AN EXCUSE ANYMORE :dizzy:

anyway hope you all had a great night :hug:

01-01-2009, 04:49 PM
So I am taking it ten pounds at a time. I want to get to 220 hopefully by the end of the month. I did Tae Bo Cardio Circuit 1 last night. It almost killed me, but I did it. I have 7 workout dvd's and plan on using them all to change it up. I have 2 biggest loser dvd's, 1 jillian michaels, 1 pilates, 2 tae bo, and one maximum weightloss(never used it before so dont know what it is like.

Thanks nessy. I hope losing weight we can both have the babies we dream about.

Everyone else, keep up with this struggle. Have a wonderful day and Happy New Year to you all.


01-01-2009, 05:09 PM
Bev- I didn't know you could have surgery for PCOS. I'm on metformin right now. Don't know if it will help. I think it does for weight loss though. I too usually diet for a month or so and lose 15-20lbs.. then quit and do it over and over and over again. Not this time!

Rayne-I want to get to 220 by January 31st too. It's a reasonable goal. I think we can do it. Tae bo kicks my but. My dvd's are dusty. Maybe I'll try it again. I just can't do it in front of anyone. It's embarassing. haha

I need to learn how to eat more small meals. I work twelve hour shifts. I'm a nurse and I am constantly busy. I don't have time to eat at work. My mind is always elsewhere. I usually eat before and after my shift. Which I think is slowing my metabolism. I just don't know how I can fit one more thing into my schedule at work. I stay busy! Ugh.. at least I'm burning calories at work. I use to have a desk job. That's how I got this fat!

Happy new year everyone!

01-01-2009, 05:49 PM
I started to 3fc blog to get everything off my chest. Its nice to be able to write everything down that I am thinking.

Tae Bo is hard. I had to take breaks in it all, it was long. But I am going to keep doing all my dvds. I don't work so I think I will get up in the morning and workout and then go to the gym in the evenings.

My bad habit is not eating small meals also. I need to start doing that. I have the time to do it, I just cant get myself on a schedule. I want my husband to do the eating aspect of this too but I just dont think he will. I am just thankful he goes to the gym with me.

I think my weigh in day is going to be Tuesday. Check my blog for why Tuesday. If anyone wants to join me on Tuesdays, let me know. I am excited to get the ball rolling this time.

01-02-2009, 07:02 PM
So I was just wondering what type of scale everyone uses? I have a digital and a dial scale. My digital one needs a battery so I have been using the dial one. I am just afraid when I start using the digital one that it will give me a different weight than the one I am using now.

01-02-2009, 09:12 PM
What a disappointing couple of days. I had a girlfriend from high school make a surprise visit on New Years Eve day, it has been all down hill from there! I am VERY disappointed in myself. Even worst, I couldnt stop at just one "blooper" I had to let it be a downward spiral effect, all the way till tonight! Anyway, I figure on Monday I'll get back on track. I know I should get right back on track but I just want to start clean. I'm also going grocery shopping at the farmers market, so hopefully that will help (stocking my fridge full of good stuff). Neesy...thanks for your support and pep talks. :) You are doing so close to your short term goal of 220. Good for you.

Bugundyrayne - I have a digital scale and like it, however, both my husband and I think that it favors on the skinnier side :) - yeah for me, but disappointing when I go my doctor. It also measures your BMI (pretty cool feature).

TakeaDeepBreath - I love your idea about Jillians podcast, I didnt even know she had a talk radio show, Im going to download it this Sunday. Thanks!

Have a good night everyone. Ill touch base on Sunday when I weigh in, I wouldnt be surprised if I gained weight with all the crap I put in my body. On the brighter side - I still have not given into soda, which is a miracle (maybe that will pay off?).

01-04-2009, 11:17 AM
Well, I weighed myself today - 220.5, my mood on my fat chart - disappointed but relieved because trust me - I ate way too much junk in a couple of days. To prevent this from happening again, I have pre packaged all my meals for this week, I did the same with my snacks (fruits, veggies, etc.), I think if everything is quick to grab, I'm less likely to lose control. It also helps that my friend is gone. :) It sounds bad but we went to lunch, dinner or breakfast every single day. Ugh. Well - back on track on Monday. I look forward to recording my weight next Sunday, I'm sure I'll lose weight.

How is everyone else doing? Any issues on your end?

01-04-2009, 11:18 AM
Can anyone tell me - is my picture appearing? I cannot see it, but it shows uploaded on my profile? Am I forgetting to do something?


take a deep breath
01-04-2009, 01:15 PM
Hi luckylindy! Your picture is not showing.

Sorry to hear you had a couple of bad days, but you are not alone. I have been on vacation since Christmas and my intentions were to get in together and get into an exercise routine while making wise food choices. Instead, it's been a lot of alcohol and not so great choices. I've gained 2 lbs during this time. I know a lot of it is hi-sodium food and adding soda back into my diet. So I am actually looking forward to going back to work tomorrow because it's a routine where I will have better control of my food...and the soda is 'finito'!

I think that if I have to be accountable for my actions (and lack of) by reporting it all here, I can get myself on the right track. I know that small goals make it easier to get where I want to be, but the big picture is in the back of my head at all times and is very overwhelming.

So my goal this week it to read the boards every other day (don't wanna push it...haha!) to keep my mind in it. I have adjusted my ticker to reflect the 2 lb gain as my starting point and placed my 10 lb goal above my overall goal, because at this point, it is more important.

Ta-ta for now!

01-04-2009, 01:21 PM
Rayne-I use a digital scale. I usually get a new one after a few months because it seems to start messing up. When it gives me a different weight when I step on it two or three times in a row... that's when I get a new one.
This time.. I'm trying not to be sooo dependent on the scale. I'm starting to notice that my clothes are getting looser and I can fit into some old clothes. That is way better than a number to me=) But, then again.. I have to weigh myself, otherwise I'll get off track and not even realize it.

Lindy-I had a bad couple of days too. I went to a few restaurants that I shouldn't have with my husband. I just started my vacation from work (not going anywhere) and it's starting badly. Luckilly, I haven't gained weight. I'm going to start fresh today. I want to lose three pounds before I go back to work. Great idea with the pre-packaged meals too. You're picture isn't showing up. You have to go to usercp and change your avatar photo. Click on avatar and go to the bottom to upload your photo there. Hope that helps..
Oh yeah.. if you are new to the site.. I think you can't do some things. So, maybe it won't work. Well.. give it a try.

It is definitely going to be hard to stay on track while I'm off work, but I'm going to try and stay busy.. and go to the gym, which I haven't been doing.

Well.. gotta run. Talk to you guys later! You're all a great motivation!

01-04-2009, 01:22 PM
Take a deep breath- Glad you added a ticker. It really helps me. I love changing it with a weight loss. It's weird how the little things help so much.

01-04-2009, 02:07 PM
Hi all,
I would love to be a weightloss buddy! I've been overweight most of my life...right now I'm starting at 274 (yikes!) I'm thinking of starting with just exercising (don't get that much of it right now, which is my own fault, I admit it), and cutting out the sugar. I am a chocolate junkie!!

If anyone has any advice of what to do about my hubby. He is overweight as well, but the pickiest eater that I've ever seen. He doesn't like fruit/veggies and it's hard for me to cook healthy and then make something that he'll eat. I feel like I'm contributing to his weight gain, but I want him to be healthy. I also don't want our daughter to go through the same things I went through as a kid and I don't want her to adopt our exercise and eating habits.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

01-04-2009, 04:01 PM
MaddiesMom, I feel your pain. My fiance is one of the most picky eaters I have seen as well. Only his best friend is worst than him. My fiance actually likes more things than he thinks, he just hasn't tried them. I have been getting him to try things lately and he has probably liked about 50% of them. Sometimes though, he is just plain stubborn. I really don't have too many suggestions, just wanted to let you know I feel your pain. My fiance pretty much only eats light bread with various lunch meats, ff cheese, and he'll eat pizza pockets (pizza sauce, ff mozzerella, and light bread toasted). He also eats ff hot dogs (40 cals) with light bread. Basically try lower calories versions of his favorites.

01-04-2009, 04:12 PM
Neesy: I hope you have a blast on your vacation time. I actually think it should be easier for'll have plenty of time to workout, plenty of time to plan ahead for meals so that you don't have to make bad choices...I just know that when I am sitting in front of my computer all day working, that I just want to munch (habit I guess). I have had a bad 5 days making bad decisions. Going to parties (drinking waaaay to much), meals out at restaraunts, drinking way too much at New Years, need I go on? But SOMEHOW after being up 3 lbs at one point, I am only up 1/2 a lb from before the madness started. This is probably water weight too, cause I am bloated. So hopefully it will be gone tomorrow if I really focus today and make good choices. I woke up super late (2pm), so I won't have much time to screw up. I am going to go to this locally owned, pricey supermarket today in search of some delicious fruit. I loooove fresh strawberries, and pineapple, and grapes and would really like to make a fruit salad to munch on for a few days. I usually shop at walmart for food...but their produce is just pitiful and I am EXTREMELY picky when it comes to my fruit. So hopefully this place will have some good stuff and only buying my produce here will not be that expensive. It is actually the place that catered my work christmas party and had some of the most amazing strawberries I have ever tasted.

Well I am off to get ready and go shopping! Good luck to everyone today.

01-04-2009, 08:28 PM
Hi Maddies Mom! Its fuuny, I think a lot of our husbands are picky eaters. My husband refuses to eat fruits or vegetables so in order to get him healthy, I put him on Juice Plus vitamins (which gives you proper serving of fruits and veggies each day in a little capsule) and put him on weight watchers (without him knowing it -haha). If I told him he was on a diet, he probably wouldnt have gone for it, but he was saying how he wanted to lose weight so I told him I would change how I cook and cut back on his portions. But in reality, when I made him his lunch for work and dinner, I was feeding him weight watcher recipes. He obviously could follow the plan 100% because if he had a candy bar at work I couldnt control it, but hey, after 3 months of him not knowing he was on a diet, he lost 34 pounds. LOL not bad.

Anyway, I really believe trying to diet through the holidays (especially Christmas and New Years) is difficult but I'm ready to get back on track and in full force. I have my own little exercise army. My husband pushes me to kickbox with him 3 days a week and my mom (who is a BIG health freak) walks 2 miles with me every morning 5 days a week, considering that with a routine of weights 2 days a week, I really look forward to seeing the results.

Ok - I'm babbling. I totally feel for you Neesy, I actually think it is harder to stay on a diet while on vacatin because yes, you do have extra time to exercise and plan meals but you also have extra time to be lazy and become lathargic (sp?). You can do it though - your so close to one of your short term goals! Who's a rockstar? - YOUR A ROCKSTAR! (LOL)

Good luck ladies, I'll try and check in tomorrow, you all are a great motivation for me. ;)

01-04-2009, 08:31 PM
OH YEAH - have fun on your vacation Neesy - enjoy.

01-04-2009, 08:37 PM
Thanks for the help Neesy regarding the avatar - I finally have a pic up. Which is the most recent "fat" pic of me. Its from November this year. I try really hard to avoid pics as much as possible. Hopefully Ill have an afair with my camera once I lose th weight - LOL.

01-05-2009, 11:20 AM
Thanks lindy! It's a very nice pic. I know what its like to avoid the camera. If I do have my picture taken.. it must get my approval or it WILL get deleted.
So far so good on the diet, although I haven't dropped any more pounds. I can tell that I'm losing inches though. I dropped an inch on my hips this week and my jeans are getting baggy! yay! Hopefully I'll have some downward movement on the scale.

After reading these posts.. I am definitely going to go pick up some fruit. I got some oranges and I think they were bad. ugh.

Talk to you guys later

01-05-2009, 01:19 PM
Oh hallelujah!!! I am not good at staying on diets at all. The reasons being 1)I always lose really good for the first week or two, then the scale just stops moving or goes in the wrong directions. So, I get disappointed or upset and go eat...everything. lol. 2) In the past it was really painful to be hungry because I got really bad heartburn along with the hunger. I can only put up with pain for so long when I know a simple solution. So I ate...everything. LOL.

This time around however...I just kept weighing myself and actually had very low expectations going into each scale session. I actually thought so many times that I felt fat and I probably gained weight. More often than not, I actaully lost, or only gained a smidgen (normal fluctuations). I got through that period after I first start the diet and the weight stops flying off. Guess what? It starts flying off again!!! I just need to learn to deal with the plateaus and stick it out and the weight WILL come off.

I also fixed the second problem by going to the doctor and he prescribed me Nexium, which I have been taking religiously. Which is also amazing in itself because I have never been able to get on a routine to take pills everyday. So now my heartburn is gone, and when I get hunger pains I eat and I feel great.

I have dropped like 5 lbs in the last couple days after splurging like crazy for like 5 days. Wohooo!

Anyways...that is my happy story for the week. :-)

I hope everyone else is doing great this Monday afternoon!

01-05-2009, 02:29 PM
Hey TC! That is so awesome that you are doing so well and have such a positive attitude. I'm hoping that next Sunday when I weigh in, I can be just as happy. I know once I see the results ill feel awesome and know it is SO worth the hunger pains and such, its just getting over the small hump. At this very moment, I'm feeling kinda hungry so I'm trying this...if I get hungry I drink 2 cups of water, if I still "feel" hunger pains then I'm going to have a small snack. I prepacked a bunch of baggies of misc. things like peanut butter with celery, grape tomatoes, kiwi, strawberries, etc.

Does anyone watch the show Ruby? Oh, I love that show so much; she's just as inspiring as you ladies. ;) Its funny, my original plan was to log on to this website once or twice a week, now I'm on oce or twice a day, sometimes more! Anyway, talk to you later.

01-05-2009, 05:58 PM
We are all alike here. I also know the struggles with having a husband that is a picky eater. I just told him I am going to start cooking healthier. He says he will eat. I hope so.

I asked my sister in law to join my gym today, so we can walk and work out together. She sounds like she wants to sometimes, but I really dont think she will. I told her while we walk the kids(she has 3) can walk or play basketball or fooseball or pool. She was like well I dont know. So from her that is a no. At least my husband goes with me. It gives us time to talk and be together, so that is a plus.

My husband is supposed to have jury duty, so that is a 2 hour trip. We will have to stay at a hotel, so I will definitely get some use out of the gym there.

I had said in an earlier post that I was going to weigh on Tuesdays, but now I am having second thought, and not because tomorrow is Tuesday. But its the beginning of the week. I see a lot of people on here weigh on Sundays, I was thinking that is a good day, so I will probably change to then.

Hope everyone is staying motivated and has a wonderful day.

01-05-2009, 06:00 PM
Lindy, I love Ruby. I watch her every week, too bad last night was the season finale. She is so inspiring. If she can start at 477 and already have lost 104 lbs. Then we can all definitely do it too.

01-05-2009, 09:31 PM
Hi Burgundy! I weigh myself on Sunday's for a reason. Every Sunday my family all gets together and has a big Sunday meal (its like Thanksgiving every week - lol) Anyway, I feel obligated to control myself since I weigh in on that day; so it helps.

Yeah, Im bummed that the season finale was yesterday but I look forward to them bringing it back (she probably will have REALLY visible weight loss during her time away). It is one of the networks highest rated shows (so I read), so I'm sure there will be a season 2. Biggest Loser is starting soon too. I dont really like watching the whole show, but I do like watching the weigh-ins.

Today was a great day for me, not much hunger pains, no cravings and I stuck with my exercise routine - what a relief.

Take care everyone.

01-06-2009, 03:09 AM
Ooh I want to be a buddy too! Like you I'm counting calories, portion sizes, etc. It wasn't hard for me when I did it a few years ago, but it's been a long time with me eating whatever I wanted that it's kind of hard to get back into the groove of measuring everything again. But, I know I can do it! And I know you can too :)

01-06-2009, 09:18 AM
Hi Dirty (lol, that sounds kinda funny). How long have you been counting calories, did you start on Monday? Are you working towards a goal for a specific date and/or reason or just to get healthy? I love the group of girls that are in this forum, they are all honest, nnice and supportive, so welcome! We can't wait to hear how your progress is going.

01-06-2009, 09:23 AM
Hi Dirty (lol, that sounds kinda funny). How long have you been counting calories, did you start on Monday? Are you working towards a goal for a specific date and/or reason or just to get healthy? I love the group of girls that are in this forum, they are all honest, nnice and supportive, so welcome! We can't wait to hear how your progress is going.

01-06-2009, 11:53 AM
I am new to this site and would like a buddy too! Lots of them to keep me on track! :carrot:

01-06-2009, 11:56 AM
Well ladies, I did it. I dusted off the eliptical machine and got on it Sunday afternoon. The baby was napping, the hubby downstairs, so I did it. I was on for 17 minutes (I always tend to do too much too soon, so I did what I felt was comfortable). I was proud of myself.

Only problem is that I threw my back out about a month ago picking up my daughter (remember, lift with legs, not with back?), well that's what I did. Now I find that I'm extremely stiff and I guess the doc said I pulled a ligament in my lower back. The problem? Well, if I turn funny in my sleep it ends up pulling again and sending extreme pain through my back. I really want to work out, but don't want to injure myself. Guess I'll have to suck it up and go to the doctor.

I'm eating better too, just went to the grocery store, and no sweets or unhealthy snacks. I even ate chicken with no BBQ, which I usually can't live without, but put different seasonings on it so the BBQ wouldn't be missed. I'm really determined this time and I'm hoping that my hubby will be motivated too.

Good luck everyone!

01-06-2009, 12:04 PM
Hi everyone - I need a motivator - someone to keep track of me and make sure I stay OP. I'm 27, live in Denver, I work in the schools, and I have about 40lbs to lose! And I want to lose it quick! I'm all about eating healthy and being active - no short cuts this time as they never last. Send me a message if you want to be my motivator and if you need one as well!!!

2009 is my year!

01-06-2009, 12:43 PM
Bexx: Welcome, and I think I speak for everyone when I say we would love for you to be a buddy! Motivation is our specialty! Just join in and tell us all about yourself.

MaddiesMom: I actually have the same problem. Lower right side of my back (almost my butt) has been sore for about 3 weeks now. Ever since I started working out. What is weird though, I go through the day and it just keeps getting looser and less stiff and after I get off the elliptical at the gym at about 9:30, my back feels great. I go to sleep at night and wake up the next morning, crazy stiff and have to be careful which way I move. I am not going to go to the doctor unless it gets way worse. I am just going to keep losing weight and I think it should get better not having to carry an extra 200 lbs. LOL. I think losing weight is going to fix absolutely everything in my life. It is the cure-all. At least I hope anyways. Oh an congrats on getting back on the elliptical! It is my machine of choice at the gym. I go about 50 mins a night. I have been doing it about 2 weeks now and I think I am already going to start upping the intensity and resistance because my heart rate isn't getting as high as it was at the beggining.

Butterflywings34: Welcome to you as well. We will definitely try to keep you on track. Just throw your two cents in whenever it seems appropriate. :-)

01-06-2009, 02:23 PM
Hi Butterfly and Texx! i thin the biggest thing to keeping each other motivated is keeping each other accountable. its going to happen - your going to "fall off the wagon" but as long as your willing to jump right back on, you'll accomplish your goals. many of us have shared ou reasoning for wanting to lose weight or an event that leads us to our goal (i.e.: i have a vacation in June to see my family and a cruise in October and I do not want to be the "fat girl" in the photo). You may just want to be healthy and thats a great reason too! we are glad to have you join us. Let me know what day is your weigh in day, thats a great way to support each other. Mine is Sunday. Anyway, i dont know if anyone belongs to a gym but if you dont mind getting in a bathing suit, water aerobics is sooooo much fun and can help a lot with injuries while helping you get toned. they use it at physical rehab facilities all the time. Also, just a thought and many of you may know this but MANY of the insurance companies are starting to cover gym memberships under your insurance, so you may want to check that out. I know my insurance covers LA Fitness and Curves (which is awesome)!

01-06-2009, 02:29 PM
By the way, I usually log on through my G1 phone throughout the day and every time I re-read my post I look illiterate (like I can't spell or use proper punctuation-lol). Please disregard those errors, I am a smart cookie I just have fat fingers that can't type every letter sometimes - haha.

01-06-2009, 02:55 PM
Thats okay lindy. We're not judging=)

I love the show Ruby. I just watched the finale. She is so inspirational. She is so excited about trying to lose weight. I'm going to watch the biggest loser tonight too. I think these shows really keep me motivated.

I wish I had an elliptical at home! That is my dream. I have had a gym membership for the past four years and have only gone maybe 50 times total in that time. Now.. my membership is only 10$ a month because I've had it so long. I still haven't been going like I should. This is like day five of my vacation and I haven't worked out yet. But I have stayed on my diet. My husband's car broke down and he's been taking mine to work, then we he gets home I usually have some errands to do or he wants to spend time with me.... so then I end up not going to the gym. I wish my gym was open later or I had a treadmill at my house. That would be awesome. But.. dieting isn't always easy. I'll find time. I'm going to put in my tae bo dvd. That's something I can do at home.

WELCOME to all the new people! It's so great to see that this forum is getting a lot of support! YAY!:carrot: We are all so alike with our struggles and accomplisments. We'll do this. It's not a short term fix. It's a lifestyle change. It will come off with time.:grouphug:

01-06-2009, 03:42 PM
Lucky...I didn't even notice any spelling or grammar errors...So I think that makes me even more illiterate ;-) Lol. I just skim when I read, so I think I will use that as an excuse. That also applies when I answer a question that hasn't even been asked. I just read it wrong cause I go too fast. Apparently I can't type today either. Backspace is my friend.

I am going to the gym right at 8 tonight, just so I can watch The Biggest Loser while I workout on the elliptical! We canceled our cable a while back and don't have bunny ears, so the only TV I get is at the gym. (Other than TCM, The Food Network, and Hallmark that is....for some reason when they turned off our cable, they left those three channels). In case anyone didn't know it, The Food Network plays ALOT of reruns, and is not very good to watch late at night when you are on a diet!!!

Does anyone have Planet Fitness near them? That's what gym I am a member of, and I LOVE it. It is so unbelievable affordable. My fiance has a membership...which is $20 a month. With it, you get unlimited guest priviledges, which means as long as I go with him, I can go free. As much as I want!!! So it actually works great for us, because we are doing this weight loss together. If I want to go to the gym, he has to go. If he wants to go the the gym, I have to go. The second part isn't in the rules, but we made it a rule. So we are aiming to go to the gym every day. Sometimes it happens, sometimes it doesn't. But that is our hope, and if we don't do it, we don't let it bother us. We just go again when we can. Also, whats great about PF is that they are open til 10 weeknights, and 7-7 on weekends. So we can almost always find a time to go (we prefer nights).

My goal for losing weight is to get married. Neither my fiance or myself want to get married while we are obese. We want to look great in our pictures and feel completely comfortable in our skin on that day. We are hoping to have lost enough weight by 9/9/09 to go to Niagra Falls with only our parents and several close friends and get married in a simple ceremony there. Then we want to go to Italy for our honeymoon. ::Sigh:: It can't come quick enough.

01-06-2009, 03:42 PM
P.S. I am sorry I "talk" so much...once I get started, I just can't seem to stop until I get it all out.

01-06-2009, 04:01 PM
Hi all! I guess my biggest reason for wanting to lose weight is my boyfriend. I mean, I'm absolutely doing it for myself first, and him second, but he's the reason I'm going to stick with it this time. He blames himself (he likes to cook and eat fast food) he doesn't have weight issues other than wanting to gain a few pounds (he's 145).
We just moved in together (moved across the country together) he loves me 'just the way I am'. But I don't. I'm about 20 lbs heavier than when we first met. I'd like to be back down to the same weight I was when we met, for our one year anniversary (4/19). If not less.
So that's why I want to lose weight. He wants to go hiking, skiing, etc which I want to do, but at this point am apprehensive because I don't want to hold him back. I started thinking about this over the last week or so and decided on Sunday to make a commitment.
I don't have a set weigh in day. I weigh in every day - which I wish I didn't have to do because it's so discouraging, but I like working out on the Wii Fit and it tells me every day how much I weigh. :-p I make my BF leave the room when my weight comes on the TV. He obliges even though I tell him immediately after, how much I weigh. :-) He goes to the gym with me and competes for high scores with me on Wii fit. He's a fantastic exercise motivator - but not diet motivated at all. He can eat anything and not gain an ounce. It's probably more information than I really needed to share, but once I get going it's hard to reel myself in.
Any tips on dieting? I've tried weight watchers in the past with some success, but the counting always gets to me and I quit. I think I'm going to try eating more frequently - has anyone had any success with this?

SW: 200
CW: 196.7
GW: 185 (2/14) 177 (4/19) 140 (overall)

01-06-2009, 05:35 PM
I'm losing weight so that I can have children one day. Which I've talked about before. But, it never really occurred to me that it really depends on me. I've never wanted something more than I do right now. I want to be healthy and live life to the fullest.

There's a new show coming on tonight called Diet tribe. I think its one word though. Anyway.. it looks really good.

Tiffany-That sounds amazing. I know you'll get there. That's a really good idea with the gym plan. I think I'm gonna get my husband to do that with me.

Bexx-I use to starve myself and lose weight quickly. Then I tried calorie counting.. and I'd lose weight quickly.. but then it would come right back on. Now.. I'm kind of going with the flow. I'm eating three small meals a day with two 100 calorie snacks in between. It's going really good for me. It's keeping my metabolism up and I'm not starving. I've decided that slow and steady is the best way to go. It all really depends on what works for you though. Look at your past dieting attempts and analyze what you did right and wrong. That is what worked for me. Good luck=)

01-06-2009, 06:31 PM
Hey Neesy, the fact that your sticking to your diet while on vacation is impressive, the excerise part is important but if you "fall off the wagon" from exercising, it just means you'll either maintain or not lose as much, 1 out of 2 is not bad. We know you'll get back on track after vacation ;).

Tcs - please do not think for one second that you over talk or "babble", I enjoy hearing your stories, actually everyones stories and it just gets me more comfortable and able to relate more with my weight loss buddies, I for one appreciate - so, thank you!

Texx - thanks for sharing your story. I think we can all relate. Yes, we all want to get healthy but we also want our mate to be attracted to us. I completely understand where your coming from. My poor hubby met me at 160 and I'm now 220! That's an extra 60 pounds that is "more to love", but I'm sure he would rather do without (not that he has ever said anything to me, its just how I feel). I too used to weigh myself everyday, ibut I came to terms with water weight and realized that if I weighed myself day to day and gained a pound or two even though I stuck to my diet routine I would get upset and frustrated and have the thought of "well, I might as well have a large slice of cheese pizza tonight, I stuck to my diet and gained a pound anyway - what difference does it make." Now I see, a couple times a week of doing this and it makes a huge difference, 220 pounds difference.

I'm glad to hear that people are sticking with their plans in the new year. I'm about to have my "4th" meal of the day, plain oatmeal with real bluberries...yum...yum. Catch ya later!

01-06-2009, 08:34 PM
[QUOTE=luckylindy;2532542]"well, I might as well have a large slice of cheese pizza tonight, I stuck to my diet and gained a pound anyway - what difference does it make." [QUOTE]

Haha...if I had a dollar for everytime I thought this to myself (minus the pizza and add something fried or cheesy) I'd be so rich. I still weight everyday, but I somehow have gotten it through my head that those fluctuations are going to happen. In the beginning, I actually gained 3-4 lbs and didn't lose them for like a week while I was on plan perfectly and working out like crazy. I just can't keep myself off the scale, and I like seeing my progress...whether it be up or down. It also helps me to make changes if I see that something makes me retain water or gain. But I totally know what you mean about not being able to handle those fluctuations.

take a deep breath
01-06-2009, 08:45 PM
Wow! You guys are wearing me out just reading all this...haha! I am just starting back after months of no activity. There have been family obligations that have taken a lot of my time and will continue to do so for another month or 2. It really has sucked the energy out of me lately. The holidays didn't help either.

Anyway...I've been eating a little better. Today was 50/50 on the good/bad scale of food quality. Exercise hasn't crept into my daily routine yet, but it's in my weekly schedule.

Today was my 2nd day back to work after vacation and I was wiped out when I got home. Last night I couldn't fall asleep. The last time I looked at the clock was after 12:30 and I get up at 5:30...uugghhh! So the plan is to go to bed early tonight and walk on my treadmill in the morning before work. I don't care if it's only 5 minutes! I have to get my morning routine back. That is when I lost 25 lbs fairly easy and had TONS of energy through the day. ahhemmm...I have since gained it back. So I'm not going to push myself in these beginning, I know myself...I'll quit. I just have to 'outsmart' myself and work around my issues to make it work.

01-07-2009, 12:03 PM
Last night I went to the gym at 8 so that I could watch the biggest loser. Apparently it was a two hour I did the elliptical hardcore (60 mins at 160 HR, which is the cardio rate for my age) and then realized that there was another hour and got on the bike for some "easy" exercise (30 more mins). DF wasn't feeling so well, so we had to leave with 30 mins left, but I could have easily gone the rest of the two hours. How amazing is that? I can do 90 mins of cardio and I weigh 330 lbs. This is why I need to lose the weight now and not keep putting it off. I haven't affected my body (that bad) yet and still can lead a great life if I get it off now. If I don't, I'm sure the health problems will start creeping up and in effect it will be even harder to lose the weight. So this is me sticking to it and pushing myself harder each and every day. There is no comfort zone when you are morbidly obese.

On a side note, watching the biggest loser while working out is SUPER motivational. I have an idea for a gym...whoever does it first is going to have a big following. Instead of playing Fox News and CNN and a couple main channels on all of the TV's...have a motivational channel that only plays shows about people losing weight, success stories, etc. I think they would have problems getting people off the machines then. I know I would work out harder and longer if that was always there. I know I did last night. Even when I was on the bike, I was pushing myself harder than I had before.

How is everyone today???

01-07-2009, 12:08 PM
Hey Neesy! Head on over to the chicks up for a challenge subforum.....join a challenge that works for you and make LOTS of new buddy's!

Oh...and welcome back!

01-07-2009, 12:09 PM
I agree tc. I worked out after I watched the show last night. I love those shows. They help so much. My gym only plays the news. I like your idea!Great job at the gym!!

01-07-2009, 12:20 PM
Tc - that is AWESOME that you did so well at the gym, I'm impressed. What I'm now realizing is that it is getting easier and easier every day, as long as you don't cheat and stick with it. I cheated my first week and and had trouble. I haven't cheated this past week and I'm holding up pretty well. Today I'm feeling good, the only thing is, I tried a "all natural" smoothie and man was it disgusting - lol. I guess you can't get into everything, your taste buds have to have a say so somewhere.

Ya know what one of my favorite snacks are? Steamed green beans (fresh from the market), with 2 sprays of "I can't believe its not butter" and 2 ritz crackers crumbled. Its low in calories and so yummy.

Neesy, how's your vacation (diet and fun)?

01-07-2009, 12:22 PM
Neesy...isn't it amazing that most of them lost more in one week than you and I have in one month!?!?!

01-07-2009, 12:30 PM
LuckyLindy...that green bean casserole type thing sounds amazing! I will have to try it.

For me this time though, there is no such thing as cheating. On Christmas and Christmas Eve, I ate what I wanted and stopped when I was satisified. Same with 4 days around New Years, I went to a fondue party, had pizza, drank both times (too much), and I am still very happy with my weight loss. I just can't even slightly think that I am depriving myself or it just won't work for me. But I know I am going to continue to encounter situations where I won't be able to eat the food that is "on plan" and I'm Ok with that as long as I don't go completely crazy and I make up for it in the gym or with lower calories another day.

About the smoothie...I make some at home for breakfast that I think are absolutely delicious. All I do is add 1 container of the Walmart sugar free vanilla yogurt (80 cals), 4 packets of splenda, 1 cup of frozen strawberries or mixed fruit (50 cals), 1/2 a cup of skim milk (40 cals), and 3-6 ice cubes, and blend till there are no lumps. It rivals Jamba Juice smoothies, just not quite as sweet. Not quite all natural

01-07-2009, 12:55 PM
tc- The smoothie sounds so good. I couldn't believe that they lost 20 and 30lbs in one week! That is crazy!! It just goes to show you that hard work pays off. I've been pretty lazy this time around with exercise. Still managing to be on track for my goals. My goals weren't that unrealistic in the first place. As long as I get to 199 for my birthday, I will be sooooooo happy! I haven't been there in 5 years!

01-07-2009, 01:07 PM
Tc - that is AWESOME that you did so well at the gym, I'm impressed. What I'm now realizing is that it is getting easier and easier every day, as long as you don't cheat and stick with it. I cheated my first week and and had trouble. I haven't cheated this past week and I'm holding up pretty well. Today I'm feeling good, the only thing is, I tried a "all natural" smoothie and man was it disgusting - lol. I guess you can't get into everything, your taste buds have to have a say so somewhere.

Ya know what one of my favorite snacks are? Steamed green beans (fresh from the market), with 2 sprays of "I can't believe its not butter" and 2 ritz crackers crumbled. Its low in calories and so yummy.

Neesy, how's your vacation (diet and fun)?

01-07-2009, 01:16 PM dumb g1 keeps reposting my bulletins-sorry guys. I am going to have to try your smoothie tc, mine was much like it except without splenda, I think if I add a couple of those, that will do the trick. Thanks.

Has anyone ever had the Campbells Healthy Harvest soups? I just had vegetable for lunch and it is ssssoooo good, and its low in calories and sodium. If you haven't tried it, I highly suggest it.

I cannot believe the weight loss on the biggest loser yesterday, this is their heaviest group yet, so I'm lookin forward to seeing everyones success. Does anyone have a favorite yet? Not me, not yet. I there are certain people I like to root for, but I haven't picked my favs yet. Although they are all awesome and I can't wait to see their results.

01-07-2009, 02:26 PM
I love soup. I haven't tried those yet though. I just saw an ad for Campbell's soup-at-hand which are only 80 calories. I just went grocery shopping last night and picked up a ton of lean cuisines, fruit, veggies, etc. I still had some unhealthy things in my fridge/freezer, so I gave it all to my mom. She only weighs 110lbs!!! How crazy.

Lindy- The green beans sound so good. I haven't had fresh green beans since I was a kid. mmmm..So far.. my vacation has been uneventful. It's been nice and relaxing though. Went out to a few movies and went out with friends. But for the most part, I've just been relaxing at home. I'm starting to get a little bored, but it beats going to work! The diet is going well. Right on track! I use to be mad if I didn't lose a pound every day or two. Now.. I'm okay with it. That was way too crazy. I have now been on my diet for 1 month and 3 days. I usually give up after 1.5 mos. But as of right now.. I don't see an end in sight. I won't give up!!!!

I don't have any favs on the biggest loser yet. I do want the 19yr old kid to lose a lot. But they all seem to really want it. It'll be interesting who they bring back after the 30days and to see how much they've lost at home.

TC-I'm with you. I'm not going to kill myself on this "diet." I'm just eating in moderation and healthy alternatives. I feel like this is something I can keep doing for a long time. Where you going to visit in ohio?

01-07-2009, 02:26 PM
I love the Biggest Loser, but the reason why the lose so much weight is because they work out like 6 hours a day...I read that somewhere (they don't mention that info on the show I think). Trust me, if I was away from my family, from my fridge, and have someone like Jillian kicking my butt, I would lose that much weight too! :)

01-07-2009, 03:09 PM
MaddiesMom: Yeah I read that somewhere too. Plus they have NO temptation there. They don't have the option to go to McDonalds and have something awful. It is a completely controlled environment, which is kind of comparable to rehab. So yeah, almost anyone could lose like that there.

Neesy: My fiance's whole family is in Northwest Ohio, kind of near Toledo. So we are going there for a week because he hasn't seen them in almost a year. I'm excited to go because it is winter! I know, I know...I'm crazy. But you try living here in SW FL where you almost never get a break from the heat. It was literally hot outside when I left for lunch. We had one cool month in November (lows 50's, high 70's), but basically ever since it has been in the low 80's. Blah. I know you guys will probably have no sympathy if you are up north right now...but it really does suck.

01-07-2009, 04:02 PM
Tc, trust me, I have sympathy, I live in Orlando, fl and it is so flippin hot today, my ac has been on all month! Although I love the winter and snow, I love it to visit, not to drive in everyday.

Neesy, I'm glad to hear your having a nice relaxing vaca, we have our 2 vacations coming up but there jammed packed with events, ill probably need a vacation from my vacation. If anyone has any good recipes with veggies, please let me know. I LOVE veggies, but I like them doctored up.

01-07-2009, 04:40 PM
There is some frozen veggies in the freezer section that are really good and most are pretty low calorie and best of all, you don't have to worry about them going bad and wasting money.

My personal favorite is the green giant (i think) frozen cauliflower & cheese which is 45 calories per serving! So it's like 270 calories for the entire bag which I could NEVER eat in on sitting. To me it almost tastes like cheese potatoes. :)

01-07-2009, 08:09 PM
I did my Biggest Loser 2 Cardio Workout tonight. It was a good workout. I just have to start working out more often. The gym I was going to closed, so I went to another one tonight to join, and they said you have to be a resident of that county. I live in the county but my address is in the next county over. So since I live right on the county line, they wouldnt let me join. I was so bummed. But right when I got home is when I did my workout, at least I can work out here. I was really looking forward to getting to walk. Maybe I will go talk to the manager there and see if they can do something for me.

I can't wait for all the snow to melt, so I can get outside and walk and ride my bike. I love being outside.

I told my husband we should get a treadmill. I just dont know where we could put it. I have a 3 bedroom house, but the rooms arent that big. I just wish there was a "real" gym around here. I live in such a small town. The gym I was going to join(that wouldn't let me) is actually a community center. There is a curves in town but that is only for women and my DH wants to workout with me. We both need the motivation from each other. I will just have to keep using my dvd's and moving around more. I am trying to up the amount of steps I take each day. So I try not to sit around during the day. I want to get a balance ball. I have horrible balance. I need to find ways to make my workouts more exciting so I WANT to do them. There is a motel here that offers memberships to the pool. I could swim laps a few days a week. Any suggestions, since I dont have gym right now??

My DH suggested we call the high school, he thinks they have the auditorium open after hours so people can walk. That would be ok for now.

I have to get better at the eating part of this. I have been doing ok, but I need to do better. There are a lot of snacky foods in this house right now from the holidays. I am trying to stay away from them. I started making out weekly dinner menus and have been sticking to them. I am not really cutting much out of my diet, just switching things up and cutting portion sizes. Instead of mashed potatoes tonight, I had half a sweet potato. I dont think I have lost any weight yet. I have been doing this since December 29th, so I have to do a lot better.

Sorry to ramble, but I havent checked here in a few days. Hope everyone is doing good. Have a great night.

01-07-2009, 08:45 PM
Hi Burgundy!

Wow, you must live in a small town, here in Orlando we have more fitness clubs than we can count and they offer free personal trainers, free memberships for friends and family, etc. just to get you in the door, so I kinda laughed to myself when you told me that you were turned away. Not funny that you were turned away, thats a bummer, just funny that they would do such a thing. Anyway, I have a couple of suggestions: go to your local mall and walk (at least until the snow melts). We have a walking club at our local mall and they early am hours and walk or you could just do it on your own. If you could get access to a pool, water aerobics is AMAZING, I raved about it in a previous post but cant say enough about how much fun it is and tones you like crazy.

Lastly, just an FYI - my Aunt owns a Curves and TECHNICALLY they cannot turn your husband away if he wanted to join. He might feel super awkward but she told me that it is against the law to label it a "womens only gym", its considered discrimination.

Making small changes in your routine is how it all starts, the fact that you replaced mashed potatoes with a sweet potato is great. I consider myself lucky - I absolutely HATE potatoes, anything potato related; french fries, mashed potatoes, baked potato - YUCK! I make up for it with breads but I have not had any rolls or anything for 2 weeks now, so I'm ok so far.

I had fish and mushrooms for dinner and then a fat free chocolate pudding was delicous. By the way Tc, I went and bought the veggies you had mentioned and had them for a snack, they were good. Thanks! Well, I'm going to do some kickboxing, hope everyone has a good night. I'll check in tomorrow.

01-07-2009, 09:08 PM
Lindy- We dont even have a mall here. The largest store in town is Kmart, I used to work there, so I guess I could go walk there. I wish I dodnt like potatoes, that would make it so much easier. I can live without bread, when we buy I end up freezing most of cos we dont eat it fast enough.

Hopefully we can walk at the high school and swim at a local motel. I'll just keep doing my exercise dvd's.

01-07-2009, 10:21 PM
Well ladies, I don't know how I managed it, but I was able to eat 1100 calories today, and not be extra hungry!

I came up with my own dish, a chicken wrap. I found these great multigrain tortillas, and I added shredded chicked (that I roasted the night before), lettuce, tomato, salsa, and avocado. It was actually really good. The salsa made the dish. That's all I had for a meal and it kept me full. I found that by making slight changes in my diet, I was able to lose 2 pounds in 4 days, which may be water weight...but I'll take it!

01-07-2009, 10:36 PM
Hi, I would like to find a buddy to help motivate me and help guide through this challenge of weight loss. I am new to this site so I am not sure the best way to find a buddy. I would like support as well as to support others.

01-07-2009, 10:41 PM
I am new to this site and looking for some advise, with weightloss, and this site. I am looking for great results. Not fast, I want to keep off waht I loose, but I do better with support from others knowing that I have support even alone will make it easier overall. I am also wanting to help support others, as I know this can be a struggle at least for me it has been.

01-08-2009, 10:47 AM
Hi Kity! Welcome. We have a great group of girls in here, if you have time, view some of our previous posts, they have helped me to stay on track and gave me great ideas.

maddiesmom- that sounds delicious! I'm going to try it tonight; I have all those ingredients in my fridge. Thanks for sharing.

Tcs- love the pic! I'm assuming that you are in Ohio now? Too bad because we actually got a little cold in Florida today, I think its a high of 70, I even put on a jacket. Lol, if only my family in Connecticut could hear me now (70 is Spring weather to them).

My daughter is sick today and I had to run to the store to get her medicine, which made me late for work. I almost stopped at McDonalds for my breakfast but opted to take an extra couple minutes and get myself a bowl of oatmeal to eat on the way into work. Whew...that was a close one. That might be the hardest part, planning meals. Sometimes its just easier and quicker to go through a drive thru, but if I keep my prepacked snacks and meals in my fridge I think I can overcome this small bump in the road.

01-08-2009, 02:03 PM
STRESS - I hate it. I started out rough today, I knew I was going to be off and boy am I. So, lunch rolls around and I'm still stressed, I WANT Taco Bell sssssssooooooo bad. Instead, I go home for lunch and have healthy soup with a side a veggies but then I want something sweet and not fat free pudding. I eat two mini chocolate goodbars....mmmmmm, boy were they good but now I'm STILL hungry. I'm very aggravated and hungry today. Any words of encouragement? My day is not horrible, its just not great and I cannot get over it for nothing today. HELP! Lol, no seriously - how does everyone else deal with these kinda days.

01-08-2009, 02:19 PM
Lucky Lindy-
Thanks for the reply. I actually feel extremly bad today I actually did go through drive thru today for breakfast!! I wish I had more will power. It is so much easier for me to just whip through the drive thru and order when I am hungry NOW. Better luck to me next time, I hope.
I did skim through a few of the posts there are soo many! That's great though. I am in need of moral support. I was going to La weight loss, then I fell off the wagon tried to attempt to go back as I still had paid weeks now they are out of busineess. I feel like I am at a dead end. I know what I need to do but it's hard, and when I think of the over all out come I want I just give up to easily. As I feel it will never happen. I tried getting in this forum on this site to do the 5 pound challenge I thought that would work just a little incentive to try and loose 5 pounds, kind of like who can be the first. Well, I can't seem to navigate to that forum so I guess that won't work and I thought overall that if I could see the scale going down 5 pounds that would be incentive to keep going and maybe just keep doind 5 pound incrments. I have never tried but heard it works for most.

I am new to this site and have several questions. If anyone has any advice I am up for it!? :0)
I think the tickr thingys are cute, and a great idea to actaully see the progress keep it up everyone. Great job.

01-08-2009, 02:37 PM
Lucky Lindy

I know how you feel on a day like today. It is sooo easy to just stop at a
fast food place. I have found that if I start my day with a homemade
protein shake, I stay full longer. 8oz skim milk, 2scoops whey powder,
and 3 or 4 large frozen strawberries in blender. You can also add sweetner
and flavoring if you like. Just play with it until you find what you like, but the
protein powder is what helps fill me up and gives me energy.

01-08-2009, 02:38 PM
Lucky, no, I'm not in Ohio yet - not until the very end of January. That is a picture from when I went to NYC in December. I was going through ALL of my pictures last night putting them in separate folders and what not and I thought that one was good. Plus, I figured out how to compress pictures so that they are the right size for It took me a while.

I wish I could give you some inspirational advice that would completely convince you not to eat more than you should today, but I am feeling that way today too. I'm actually not physically hungry but I WANT to eat some stuff that is really bad for me. I am pretty sure it stems from what the scale told me this morning...I am bloated and didn't go work off my dinner last night so I am up like 4 lbs in one day. I wasn't gonna weigh because I was that bloated that I knew if I weighed it would be bad. So I am justifying wanting to eat everything by saying that I can eat like 2500 cals today just to confuse my metabolism and then go back to 1200 tomorrow. I also ran out of fruit today so I don't have my low-cal standbys. I am just planning to count down the minutes until the day is over, and work out like 2 hours tonight. I don't have any temptation here at work so I think I will be ok. Just don't leave your office until the day is over if there is temptation outside of your office!!! LOL. Plus, if you haven't looked at all of the goal pictures on 3FC yet, those probably would keep you on the straight and narrow knowing that you are on the path to your goal.

Sorry I don't have more time to write, but a quick suggestion is to just try to elminate one bad thing from your lifestyle this week. If you have an ice cream addiction like I did, cut back almost completely to a reasonable portion. If you drink tons of soda or diet soda, stop. Drink 8-10 glasses of water a day. Just do one thing that is bothering you the most and fix it. Next week, do the same, and soon you will be on a path to success!

P.S. I tried LA Weight Loss. It didn't work well for me at the time (like 4 years ago), but I'm sorry they shut down on you!!!

01-08-2009, 02:39 PM
Hi Kity-

Trust me, I know where your coming from, as do many others in this forum. I'm feeling less than motivational today but I can tell you that if you weigh in once a week and post your weight, that's a great way to hold yourself accountable (just a thought). Most are not on "diets" or special programs, we're just trying to alter our eating habits and increase our exercise routines. I know its the pot calling the kettle black, espcially with me craving Taco Bell right now, but if you get ziplock baggies and prepackage your veggies, fruits, nuts into individual servings - that helps. Also, after what happened this morning I plan on going to the grocery store tonight and buying boca breakfast burriots, they taste really good with a little salsa and can heat up just as quick as a trip through the drive thru. Anyway, stay focused and keep your eye on the prize. :) I know, I'm corny, you'll get a lot of that from me.

Take care and good luck.

P.s.- I'm chewing gum and that seems to have helped my cravings, someone told me to try it and seems to work. They said thay they think I enjoy the act of eating, more so than the food. I don't know about that entirely but hey, it worked this time.

01-08-2009, 02:42 PM
Lucky Lindy
You are to hard on yourself. I am sending you a BIG HUG That part of your day is over. Now back to work. LOL LOL

01-08-2009, 03:10 PM
When I'm absolutely starving and want something sweet, I have a fuji apple and some reduced fat chunky peanut butter. That's what I've been having for breakfast the past few days and it holds me over until lunch (most of the time!)

I know those days too. I REALLY wanted a mocha frappucino from Starbucks today (passed by 2 on my way to daycare) and I had a gift certificate. But I said to myself, it's not worth it...too many calories. So I didn't stop. You all have really helped me the past few days!

Hope everyone is doing well!

01-08-2009, 03:43 PM
Thanks Lucky and Tc for the support. I will try my best to do better. I need to. I am not much of a sweets person I love salty foods. I love chips so I don't buy them. I tried switching to sunflower seeds, I know this isn't much better it at least takes more work to gt to the seed than to plow through a bag of chips. So at least I am eating less salt overall. I love pop I am in process of switching to diet coke. (In Process) not quite all the way there. And my biggest problem is getting the water and exercise in. I currently work full time days and work part time evenings so I am not getting alot of sleep and that is more important to me than exercise. I also have a 3 and 6 year old that I need to take care of my husband is very supportive and he is going to school Tuesdays and Thursdays. So I live a busy lifestyle, and this is why the drive thru is just soo easy. I wish it wasn't. I do not plan meals ahead as I just don't make time. I agree with Tc on cutting one bad habit out and moving on and so on. I think I will try to only drink diet coke if I want pop and to drink more water in a day. That would be a good move forward. I tend to ramble sorry about that. I really think that this is going to help me. Thanks so much ;0)

Lucky- That's a great idea to think ahead and get those buritos since you are craving taco bell. Salsa always makes things taste better too. :)

01-08-2009, 03:46 PM
Grum- thank you for the hug, it was much needed. :)

Maddiesmom, I'm glad that I can relate with someone. I think my monthly friend is about to visit, which is why I may be feeling this (I know, too much information, but its my excuse).

Thanks for everyones support, I really needed it. If my friend is still here on Sunday, I may wait to weigh in, that way I don't get frustrated.

01-08-2009, 04:51 PM
Hey Lindy, I definitely know what its like. I had that day yesterday. I felt like I was starving all day. I tried to keep my mind off of it. When my husband got home, we went to the movie theater. I walked by the concession stand:drool:.. making it worse.. but I didn't get anything. I just annoyed the crap out of my husband the entire movie by saying that I wanted something so bad. He's on a diet too. He has really helped to keep me motivated. Then, he said...go get something. Then, I felt guilty, so I just waited until we got home and ate some fruit.

It is starting to get so hard to keep to the diet, especially when I haven't seen a big weight loss in a while. I keep saying that I'm going to go to the gym, but then I don't. I have been walking my dogs more. But I need to get my heart rate up too.

ahhh. these diets!!!! Everytime I want to eat something bad, I ask myself. Would you rather eat that or.. be thinner? Well, being thinner usually wins. We gotta stick in their girls! We'll get there! :dust:

When I get down, I like to listen to music to boost me up. I love the song on the show Ruby. It's called "I can" by Johanna Stahley.

TC-We got some snow yesterday. It is freezing! I know what its like to want to be some place cold during the winter. I lived in arizona this time last year. Then, I came back to cincinnati because I missed the winter and the holidays didn't feel the same either.

Maddiesmom- My favorite is the carmel macchiato.... oh I love it! I use to get one practically everyday. It is soo hard to give up. But it's for our own good=)

Kitycat- :welcome3: Don't give up! We're here for you! I want to give up everyday! But, then I come on here and it makes me feel better. I have a hard time letting people down. This is a great place to hold yourself accountable. Just stick with it. Just think... where will you be in two months if you don't stay on the diet? Two months are still going to go by no matter what. You know?

01-08-2009, 06:55 PM are the perfect buddy. You ALL ARE, but you hit home with the 2 month note, it made me really think. Anyway, you are AMAZING for making it to the movies without stopping at the concession stand. I'm still not quite there, I'm not disciplined enough to put myself in those situtations. I consider myself super lucky, I work 2 miles from home and my daughters school/daycare is right outside our neighborhood, so the only thing I pass everyday is McDonalds and I really dislike McDonalds. I like their breakfast foods but everything else is disgusting.

Anyway, I'm glad this day is almost over, I really need it to be over. I had turkey burgers with brusselsproats today; it was a bigger portion than it should have had but at least it wasnt Taco Bell (haha). I did have two miniature chocolates but thats the only bad sweets I have had in two weeks. Not bad, I just need to get back on track.

Kity - making small little changes like you have is great. Thats how it all starts. I too LOVED pop, I must have drank 6-8 cans a day 8^( - but I slowly cut it out and for 2 weeks now, I'm going strong with NO pop. Woo-hoo.

I'll check in later, hope everyone is doing well.

01-08-2009, 09:23 PM
Good for you! So glad that you didn't give in to your temptation. I know how it is when "that time" comes around. I am a chocolate fiend. I think if I can get through that week with no chocolate, I can get through anything! :hug:

My hubby and I are lucky, where we moved, the closest fast food joint is a 15 minute drive. By the time we pick it up and get home, it's cold, so it's a total turn off for us to go out. There is a good pizza place that we found, but we only have that once a month.

I did really good today, the apple w/ low fat peanut butter for breakfast, a Lean Cuisine (300 cals) for lunch, and then for a snack I had a low fat yogurt and shared some pudding with my daughter. I did have a hot dog for dinner, with a little bit of mac and cheese, but I ate way less than I usually do, and I didn't have a beer or pop with it...which was hard, but figured that if I'm eating the hot dog, I shouldn't have the extra calories on a pop.

Thank you all for being so helpful! If anyone is interested, there's a new thread where people are posting their favorite salad. I get sick of the same old salad, so there are a few posted there that sound really good. Take a look!

01-08-2009, 11:11 PM
You guys are so good. I can't go without drinking pop. I only drink diet, but I know it's still bad for me. I'm trying to drink more water, but I need some flavor every now and then. What's your favorite flavored low cal drink?

01-08-2009, 11:14 PM
For low cal drink, I have Crystal Lite (or the Wal-Mart equivalent). I try not to drink that too much either due to the artificial sweetners. For some reason, it gives me headaches. I used to drink Fresca until that caused headaches too.

What else is out there other than Crystal Lite. I would love an alternative!

01-08-2009, 11:42 PM
That weigh in this morning really affected me the rest of the day. I just really wanted some food for lunch, so I had a smart one calzone AND some baked lays (more than a few) AND some Bob Evans green bean casserole I got at Walmart a few nights ago. So I was really full and I was all good for the rest of the day. Then I got out of work super late (7:45 rather than 5 or 6) came home to change for the gym, went to the gym for just over an hour (watched most of Grey's Anatomy) and was STAAAARVING. Well, McDonalds is in the same parking lot as my gym and I love McChickens. So I got....TWO. bLAH. Why not one?!? I would have only been at 1500 cals which is completely reasonable. Instead, I am at like 1800. After working out for over an hour, I basically put it right back into my body within like 15 mins of leaving the gym. How ridiculous is that.

Anyways, I don't know what I am going to do tomorrow. I am still out of fruit. It is too late to go get more fruit. I do have enough strawberries for a smoothie, but then the rest of the day I guess applesauce will have to do. I have a goal of 5 big glasses of water (my glass holds 3 cups). I hope that will get rid of my awful bloating I have right now. I made my fiance hide the scale (cause the weeight was soooo bad this morning after being perfect yesterday). When we were leaving for the gym I was like "I'm going outside, you hide the scale somewhere good". What is even more aggravating, but probably a blessing in disguise, is that when I lose, he doesn't or he even gains, when he loses, I don't or I gain. However, if we were both doing bad at the same time, I think we would be much more likely to give up.

I just wanna be skinny ::whinning like a two year old::

01-08-2009, 11:45 PM
Splenda and some lemon is delicious, free alternative at restaraunts! I pretty much only drink water now though. I am really trying to eliminate artificial sweeteners (I keep telling myself Splenda doesn't count because it is "made from sugar" but deep down I know it does) My smoothies just wouldn't be the same without Splenda :)

01-09-2009, 12:11 AM

We all have set backs, but what we have to do is let it go and get past it. I was always the one that would do really well for a week, splurge one day, and then say "to **** with it, I've screwed up anyways" and that would be the end of it. At least you're admitting to yourself that you made a mistake. As long as you start fresh tomorrow, you'll be fine. One meal doesn't define your diet.

01-09-2009, 09:15 AM
Tc, we both had a bad day. after my turket burgers last night, at like 8 o'clock at night i made a chicken, black bean and salsa wheat tortilla, if I ate that alone last night for dinner it wouldnt be so bad but I also had a massive portion of turkey burgers and brussel sproats AND pudding. Anyway, Im back on track and Im sure you are too-good luck over the weekend, make it count, weigh yourself on Sunday after a strict weekend and maybe youLl feel happier. Today is casual day at work, so I put on my jeans, god almighty - they are still snug, please let this be bloating. I am seriously considering waiting on my weigh in, this stinks.

Neesy, i like propel fitness water, its not really low in calories but its a great substitute for soda.

01-09-2009, 02:10 PM
I guess sometimes when you have something in your head, there is no getting around it. Today I have been running around like a chicken with my head cut off. My daughter has strep throat so we had to go to the doctor, then to the pharmacy, then I had to drop her off at her Grandmas so that I could go to work and then duh...duh....duh......I passed the dreaded Taco Bell. Here's the funny thing, I drove by AND THEN did a u-turn. Ugh, I'm so upset that I gave into my craving. When I get home tonight -lm doing so serious cardio. In lunch alone, I consumed 900 calories, 900 calories! On a flippin mexican pizza, mexi melt and soda - yup, a soda...I feel horrible! I went 2 whole weeks with no soda. On the brighter side (I guess), I did not finish the soda and to be honest, thought it was a little too sweet.

Anyway, this just sucks...I know I'm being kinda hard on myself but I really just want to lose weight ssssssooooo bad. I did not have such an issue last time. I stuck to it pretty well. I guess its time to get back on the horse. The thing is, I JUST finished my mexican pizza, then logged on here, dumb...just dumb.

01-09-2009, 02:47 PM
Thanks you all for all of your support and encouragement. It really means alot to me. I am retaining so much water weight, it really sucks I desperatly need to pick up the pace and drink the stupid water. It's just so boring I tried a lemon in there for flavor that actually made it a little better. I am feeling soo bloated these days. I am afraid to weigh myself. Yesterday I had weighed myself and was up one pound. Up!! I just barely gt my mind set and think I am heading in the right direction and then UP! It's one pound I can turn it around! I need this attitude to succeed, at least that's what I am told.

Lindy- Don't let the trip through taco bell bring you down. It happens, not sayng we want it to but it just happened to me yesterday so I completly know what you were/are going through. I like your suggestion you made regarding a strict weekend. I think I will do that it will be a good time for me to try and prepare some meals for the work week, and to actuallyget going with the "diet" plan. I hate diets, but it's exactly what I need and I know that.

01-09-2009, 04:59 PM
Hey all,

Lindy...don't beat yourself up over taco bell. Try to have a great dinner tonight (by great I mean low in calories) and work off that mexi-whatever. lol. I hope it was good! I know the soda was good. Taco Bell has the best soda on earth!

I have been sooooooooo busy today. I'm a tax accountant and the end of the year is always crazy for accountants. But here at my firm, we work in a specialized field and we have three different big types of tax work due soon. So we are working on all three at once. Plus my boss is IN THE FREAKIN BAHAMAS ON A CRUISE. So I am taking all of the calls he usually takes, plus sending out stuff to clients that he usually sends out, plus trying to make his numbers look good for when he returns. I haven't left my desk since 10 to use the bathroom, eat or drink until a few minutes ago. I have a bag of baked cheetos in my drawer for munchy times. I left home late so I had no breakfast, brought no lunch, and so now I just had a serving of baked cheetos and found a applesauce of mine in the fridge. Luckily I am not hungry because I am so crazy right now. I jsut can't believe the day is almost over!!! I want to work tomorrow but I can't because I'm not salary yet and I can't get overtime. So it all has to wait until Monday. Also, right after work I have to go do a job for my mom cause she overscheduled herself. She does mortgage closings and I used to work for her, so if she is in a bind, I do work for her occassionaly. Then, right after that, me and the DF have plans to go to the movies with another couple to see Bride Wars and then dinner with them.

It's like I haven't stopped since Wed. night!!! Last night worked so late, straight to the gym, then home and bed and back up again this morning. Luckily tomorrow is a complete relax day for me. I have to try super hard not to sleep to late and screw up my schedule. I love sleep. ARGH.

Can you tell my stress level in my typing? It probably doesn't make too much sense. Luckily I have no food and I'm not hungry or I would probably be piggin out right now.

I hope everyone is having a better day. Lindy, you too! I hope it's better now.

01-09-2009, 05:02 PM
My husband and I went to a cafe for lunch and they didnt have french fries, so instead I ordered american fries. Why did I make such a stupid choice? I will have to workout extra hard tonight to work it all off. I bought some of the 100 calorie packs for snacks. I also found some fruit bar popsicles that are only 100 calories and so yummy. I weighed myself and I am down 3 lbs, I dont know about now after the potatoes. Hopefully, I can keep it at 3 down.

Good luck to everyone.:)

01-09-2009, 05:29 PM
Lindy- It's okay. Don't let one bad meal get you down. I feel like you are allowed to splurge like once a week, as long as you stay on track and don't go on a binge. You'll get back there.

TC-I know how stressful it must be today, but look at it this way. You're staying busy which will do wonders for your diet/weight loss! Be good at the movies! =)

Rayne-3lbs!!! Great job!!!! I'm so jealous!

Kitycat- Minor fluctuations in your weight will happen. You have to look at the bigger trend over a longer period of time. Don't look at just one measurement and take that as fact. Your body can weigh between 2-4 lbs different depending on the time of day. It's different for everyone. I have found that morning's are when I'm my lowest and at night I usually weigh 2lbs more. You'll be fine. Hang in there!

I'm feeling good on my diet so far. Still not much of a weight loss to mention. But overall I've been SLOWLY creeping down. I wanted to lose a lot more before my vacation was over, but oh well. I'm still proud of myself. I did some tae bo last night. Woah!!!! That stuff is no joke! I ended up fastforwarding through a couple parts. haha. I'm gonna keep with it though, because it's easier than going to the gym and I feel like it works my whole body, rather than just cardio.. which is what I usually do.

The weekend always scares me. I went completely off my diet last weekend when I went drinking with friends.. and then went for breakfast afterwards. Gotta look at the bigger goal..

01-09-2009, 06:57 PM
Tc- Have fun at the movies, and good luck it sounds like it will be fun and you are in need or some relaxation. Sometimes I think it's better to be busy, for me then I don't think of eating, I am an eater when I am bored. ad flaw, I know.

Rayne - Congrats!! 3 pounds, that it so wondrful. Keep up the great work.

Lindy - I still think as long as you can think positive and move forward regardless of your lunch choices it can get better. I am trying that advice mysself. As I tend to think after I eat something I shouldn't that I should give up. But, we have to learn from our mistakes and maybe just work harder next time. I truely believe this.

Nessy- Thanks so much for all your pointers, I am really loving all of the advise. I actually tend to weigh myself at night (before bed) and then feel soo bad but it's too late to actually do anything about it. I think if I weigh in the morning it will be motivation to eat better that day. Or at least weigh in every couple days.

This weekend I am planning on taking it easy, and really try to get this started for me and I NEED to intake lots and lots of water. I feel way too bloated this week. I recently just got over flu and haven't been feeling all the greatest yet, I am hoping to just relax this weekend as last weekend was busy and way too many calories had some drinks with friends. It was fun but I need to get a plan going.
the biggest flaw I have is not preparing any meals having an office job where everyone eats out for lunch daily. I tried bringing lunch in a few days here and there, it's hard to eat leftovers, when everyone else is going out for lunch.

01-09-2009, 07:04 PM
Kity- I worked at an office for almost 4 years. When I started, I weighed 180, then by the end.. I weighed my highest 240. We had an hour for lunch and I worked across the street from our downtown mall.. which has this huge food court. Needless to say.. I expanded my debt and my stomach.
Now.. I'm a nurse. I haven't gained any more weight since I left the office job, but It is still hard to lose even being on my feet for 12-13hrs a day. Especially since they have "food day" at work almost EVERY DAY!!!! ahh! The temptation is crazy.

01-09-2009, 07:31 PM
I just wish everyone else would stop going out to eat. The mall is right across the street! It's hard not to go. I keep telling myself that in all reality I am paying to be larger, instead of saving money and being thin. I could actually save money by not eating out and choose healthier choices for lunch and snacks and be thinner. I'm trying.......trying!

I have been tossing around the idea of becoming a nurse. I will be 28 next month and just think I am too old to start school over again for something new......I think it would be a great atmosphere, helping others, I love that. I am tired of the office setting.

01-09-2009, 07:32 PM
I tried to get the ticker thing on my rofile it doesn't work am I too new, anyone know?

Are most of the 100 calorie snacks ok? I really like cheeseits and I found them in 100 calorie packs.

01-09-2009, 08:18 PM
Hi Kity:

The ticker is supposed to be placed in the signature section of your profile, however, the signature feature is not available until you have been a member for 20 days and have posted more than 20 times (thanks Neesy - she told me this info.).

01-09-2009, 09:30 PM
Tonight, I was so tempted to go out for Chinese food. My hubby even offered to go and pick it up for me. But I was doing so good, that I told him no, that I would grill our chicken breasts. He's been really supportive, which has been nice. I'm starting to work with him on portion size and hopefully that will help him lose as well.

It's kinda funny, I was thinking of going into nursing myself. I already have a bachelor's degree in social work (which I don't use, I work in an office. Social workers here don't make much money), but thought that I would be a good nurse. I really wish I had thought of that prior to entering college. I would go back, since I have most of the "general education" courses complete, but with my daughter only being 13 months old, and financially I am not in the situation to stop working and go back to school.

Hope everyone is doing well and have a great weekend! :D

01-10-2009, 10:33 PM
Hey there!

I'm checking in today to let you know that I had a MUCH BETTER day than the last couple of days. I stayed on track and ate a very minimum amount of calories. Also, something kinda ticked me off today and when I get upset, I want to walk until I cool down. I called one of my best friends and asked if she was interested in walking with me tonight, well 6 miles later!!! YUP, 6 MILES!, we got sick of walking and went home. The time just flew by. Keep in mind, I was not speed walking, but I wasnt walking slow easier.

Maybe I should ask my husband to tick me off to get me motivated (LOL) (p.s.-he was not the reason I was upset, it was something else). Anyway, I hope all is well with everyone. I am not going to weigh in tomorrow because I am super bloated, but I am looking forward to weighing in around Wednesday, I am sure I have lost something. I have cut my caloric intake by 40% and exercise every day, even if it is only 10-15 minutes (usually its around 45 minutes).

Have a great night!

01-11-2009, 12:59 AM
Good for you! I think the 6 miles would definitely more than make up for the other day! It's all about getting back on track. Great job!

The past week has been good for soda (which wasn't as hard for me to give up this time around), and I've kept my calories at 1,200 or below. Yesterday, I only had about 950 calories, and I wasn't starving! I'm really watching the emotional eating...thinking, do I really need this, or is it because I'm mad/bored, etc? Then I have a big glass of water to see if I'm really hungry, and usually, I'm not.

Haven't weighed myself in a couple of days, last time I checked I was at 267, down from the 274 that I started with. I just take it one step at a time. I even managed to get out my old food scale and began weighing my food, and counting calories has defintely helped.

My back is feeling much better after throwing it out over a month ago. I guess it just needed more time to heal. I'm going to start working out more in the weeks ahead. I bought Jillian Michael's "30 Day Shred," so I'm going to start that as well. I have an elliptical machine at home, so I'm going to use that for something other than a clothes hanger!

Have a great Sunday!

take a deep breath
01-11-2009, 03:33 PM
OK, so this week food-wise...50/50. exercise non-existent. But... I did lose 1 lb. and I will take it.

Today I get to clean out my fridge and throw out all my rotten healthy food and go buy more. Why is it I can go to the grocery, buy the best food and still pass it up when I'm wondering what to make for dinner? I know part of it is living alone and cooking for one. It's hard to do without getting sick of the same thing over and over. It's also hard to do because of my family obligations at this time.

(long story short..) My mom had gangrene show up on her toe the first week of June, also when I took a week vacation-which was no vacation after all this started. She has had 8 or 9 surgeries (lost track) and ultimately had partial foot amputation. She is now receiving oxygen tank therapy treatments that promote the healing of her foot and the growth of new tissue on her foot. This is done while she it temporarily living in a nursing home since she can not fully take care of herself at this time. Once this is over, she will have 2-3 weeks therapy to teach her how to walk, bend over, climb stairs etc. with half a foot. In the meantime, I feed her cat at her house 2x a day, get her mail, pay her bills, visit her, do her laundry on weekends and whatever else she requests. We are both depressed and want this to be over and for her to go home. Her depression turns into being mean while my depression sucks the life out of me and puts food in my mouth. Sorry, guess that wasn't so short. Anyway...

I know I should plan and prepare meals on the weekend, but darn it, I don't want to do anything on the weekend. I want to relax. As it is, I have to do all my basic 'take care of your home' stuff like laundry, cleaning. And then do the 'mom' stuff. I can't even sleep in on the weekends...ggrrr!

So, this is going to go very, very slow for me. But as long as I lose, I don't care anymore how long it takes. At least it isn't adding weight.

So anyway, YAH for me, I lost 1 lb! :cp:

01-11-2009, 04:13 PM
I was good all week.. I kept my calories at 1200-1500 a day. Then....last night I went out and ate/drank too much! I weighed in this morning at 228. I'm not changing my ticker yet, because I'm going to get it back down!! I'm glad I'm going back to work this week. I think it will help to keep me on track and active.

I'm not giving up though. Just gotta kick it into gear like I did when I first started this diet back in December. My husband is keeping me motivated. I have surgery scheduled for February 16th. I want to be down to 215 by then.

Takeadeepbreath- It sounds like you have a lot on your plate. Slow and steady is always a good idea. Congrats on the pound!!!

01-11-2009, 04:17 PM
Lindy, six miles is amazing. I wish I could get out side and walk. I did go for a walk the day before yesterday but that is because my husband locked the keys in the house so we had to walk to the neighbors which is pretty far away to get a key to our house. But hey, it counts, right.

maddiesmom, No soda is awesome. I havent had any in a while either, but I have never really been much of soda drinker.

takeadeepbreath-1 lb is awesome. A loss is a loss. Hope things get better for you and your mom.

I couldnt wait one more day, I weighed myself this morning. I will probably still weigh in the morning. But anyways, this morning I am down another pound. So that 4 so far. 4 lbs in 13 days. That is pretty good, since I am not really changing totally how I eat, just cutting back. 6 more to make it to my first mini goal of 10 pounds.

Hope everyone has a wonderful day.

01-11-2009, 04:21 PM
Neesy- you will get those 3 lbs back off. Just keep going, dont let it get you down.

I forgot to tell everyone that we are going downstate on Wednesday for my husband to do jury duty, so we will be eating out. I plan on having salad or something low cal. My husband already knows he want to eat at IHOP. I have to make good decisions. Everyone wish me luck, and I can use the gym at the hotel so I can stay on track. :)

I am looking forward to the mini vacation. Get away from the dogs being stuck to me all the time, if only for one night.

Keep up the good work everyone.

01-11-2009, 05:28 PM
Burgandy: I went to Culvers today for lunch, and since I knew that was where my hubby wanted to eat, I went online and checked out their menu to see what I could have. Decided on a caesar salad, no parm cheese and no croutons. Salad with dressing (I brought my own low cal parm cheese) was only 370 calories. Not too shabby! Maybe you could do something similar with looking at the nutritional information for IHOP and other places you think you may eat.

Neesy: Don't sweat 3 pounds, it's probably just until the food gets out of your system and water weight.

Take A Deep Breath: So sorry to hear about your ordeal, but you still lost a pound through all of that! So congrats to you. My thoughts are with you while you are going through this difficult period.

I weighed myself this morning and I'm down 9.6 pounds by just changing my diet. I'm thrilled. :carrot:

01-11-2009, 05:56 PM
Oh - I so wish I could weigh in today and let you know how much I've lost, but like I said (like a hundred times), I'm still bloated.

Maddiesmom - wow, 9.6 pounds is awesome!!! Keep up the good work.

Burgundy - 4 pounds in 13 days is impressive. Realistically, 1-2 pounds a week is whats going to keep it off (at least thats what they say), so your right on track. It's all about making lifestyle changes and it seems like you are doing an excellent job.

Takeadeepbreath - I am so sorry to hear about what's going on right now, for both you and your mom. Stay strong and know that you have a support system here with us. I know we have never met but I look at all of you as friends and am here anytime if someone wants to vent. I know when I am majorly stressed I GAIN WEIGHT, so to lose a pound, that is an accomplishment - kudos to you. I know what you mean about pre-planning meals, sometimes you just dont want to. I pick veggies that are easy to prepare. Ya know, frozen veggies are just as good and taste great steamed.

Neesy - 3 pounds is no sweat, considering you have been on vacation, you shouldn't feel too bad. Once your back into the swing of things this week, Im sure those pounds will melt away in no time. You said that your having surgery in February? If you dont mind me asking, what for? If you do, thats ok, I wont be upset if you dont want to share.

Today was Sunday, you know, the big Sunday meal at my Grandmothers house. Well, she had turkey with gravy, stuffing, corn, bread, baked potatos and lemon cake. Even though turkey is healthy, I do not like fresh turkey (only turkey lunch meat), so I passed on that. Corn is really not that healthy, but I had a small scoop, I had a bit too much of the stuffing (it was liver stuffing), but it was so good and I wouldnt change that for anything. I passsed on everything else, including the lemon cake, so all in all, I did pretty well. Later on I had a fat free cheese stick and a can of Campbells Healthy Harvest. I'm getting hungry now, so I might have something like chicken and green beans, thats what I'm in the mood for.

I'm glad to hear that pretty much everyone had a productive week in weight loss. I'll check in later.

01-11-2009, 09:42 PM
So I was thinking that today was Saturday and that I weighed a day early, but it is in fact, Sunday. So weigh in was right on schedule. Had my days all mixed up this week.

Maddiesmom- Thanks for the tip. I think I will do that. That way on Wednesday night I will know what I can get and will be less likely to pig out. I will have to remember to take some of my 100 claorie packs and a grapefruit so I am not tempted to have some of the snacks I know my DH will buy.

I am so glad to have found this forum, you ladies keep me motivated to keep going and not give up. Usually I would have by now. Also my sisters are trying to lose weight too, so we keep each other in check too. My older sister only has like 25 lbs to go. My twin sister wont tell me what she weighs cos I wont tell her what I weigh yet. I dont know what it is, I can share my weight here but with family I just cant bring myself to do it yet. I know I will, I just want to be smaller when I do.

I need to go clean and get a workout in, so have a good night ladies.

01-11-2009, 10:00 PM
I'd love to be a buddie and have lots of other buddies as well ( ;

01-11-2009, 11:41 PM
Hello everyone!
Sorry I was not able to check in earlier with all of you. It sounds like everyone is right on track or at least trying their best to get back on track. Congrats to all of you. I did not do so well this weekend Pizza!! and more pizza! I am soo frusterated with myself I don't really have any diet plan I am following or counting calories. I had joined LA wight loss in the past as I had mentioned and now they are closed. I thought that had worked in the past but knowing I don't have to weigh in I feel like that's in a way to have freedom on what I eat. I am still new to this, but in a way I feel like if I used this as my "weighing in" it could possible work for me. I know what I need/should do it's just to actually commit to it is another. I keep gaining, and not loosing. It is actually depressing. I know I feel like a sap, I am just not able to have will power. My birthday is at the end of next month and it would be really nice to loose just 10 pounds by then but I always think "what can I eat?" I am a salts person, I eat when bored, and if I think it's been too long since I ate then I think I need to eat. I should just eat when hungry. I did improve on the water though and cut down on pop. That's one step in the right direction. I did go to grocery store and pick out healthy choices for lunches and I am hoping I can stick to it well all this week instead of eating out with co workers.

I am very proud of all of you for accomplishing your goals with your weight loss. Congrats again.

I hope this works out for helping me loose the weight I intend to loose.

** Sorry for sounding so pitiful!! It's not intended. Just venting a little......

01-12-2009, 02:44 AM
Violentgirlx- :welcome: It's great to have you! What is your diet plan?

Rayne- Thanks for the encouragement.. Oh.. I LOVE IHOP. I think they have salads. I use to get the big steak omelet with hasbrowns and pancakes. :hungry: mmm... that sounds so good. Don't do it! You'll get addicted. Be strong!

Lindy-Thanks for the support=) I don't mind to share. I'm having surgery to remove uterine polyps that my doc discovered last month. He said they are usually not cancerous, but he's going to biopsy and remove them. He said that this is one of the reasons why I haven't been able to conceive. My husband and I are really hoping that we'll have some success after the surgery. I wanted to lose weight before conceiving, however I'd be happy if it happens sooner. We are a little baby crazy lately...
:preg: <--hopefully me one day! (not fat, just pregnant.. haha)

Kitycat-You're making good strides by getting healthy lunch options. Hang in there. We're here for you. I have gained 3lbs over my vacation. I know what its like to eat when you're bored. I tried to stay as busy as possible during my time off, but it didn't work. I'm glad I'm going back to work on tuesday.
Vent anytime you like! That's what we're here for. I do it ALL the time. =)

Maddiesmom- :thanks: I hope it'll pass and I'll have a big drop. I know I need to exercise more to atleast increase my metabolism. Dieting alone doesn't get me anywhere. :congrat: :cheer:Congrats on the 9.6lbs!!!!!!! I'm so jealous!

take a deep breath
01-12-2009, 08:34 AM
Burgundy, Nessy, Maddie, Linday - Thank you so much for your support! I'm sure my friends and co-workers are sick of hearing about it. But for me, the stress does not go away. I SOOOOO need this forum! HAHA!

Kity - Don't beat yourself up! We've all done it so we come back here to get the encouragement we need to push through. We will keep each other in check and listen to each other when we don't.

Take it one meal at a time ladies and when things go 'fuzzy' in your head like mine, take a deep breath to collect yourself and think about what you really want.

01-12-2009, 10:02 AM
Neesy - thanks for sharing, Ill say a little prayer for you that your surgery goes well and that you are to conceive quickly :). I get baby fever every once in a blue moon, i have a7 yr. old and sometimes I ask myself, why do I want to start over again, espcially financially.

Kity - you are always welcome to vent and as much as you'd like. we have all done it and no one here is judging you, we are all here to support you. Buying healthy lunch options is a great start, if you stock your cabinets and fridge with quick to grab healthyy snacks, your less likely to cheat. I buy zip lock baggies and every weekend I take 30 minutes to wash and cut up my fruit, then I individually bag them into single portions. If Im ever running behind or am hungry and on the run, i just grab a bag (or 2) and take it with me. This might help with you. Also, having pizza is not horrible, just eat it in moderation. have half of what you normally eat. oh, and bravo to you for cutting down on the pop, that alone is a challlenge and you seem to being conquering it well.

So this morning I tried on a pair of pants that I knew were snug, and guess what?! They were still snug! haha - I can only laugh because I thought for sure I could wear them to work today. Eventually I will. I intend on getting on the scale tomorrow morning, I dont feel as bloated. After my pants saga I dont think I lost as much as I thought, but even if I lost a pound i would be happy. Although cutting out soda, I would hope I lost a little more than that.

On a side note, Im writing from my G1 cell phone again, so please ignore my lack of proper grammar and punctuation.

01-12-2009, 01:12 PM
Good morning ladies.

Welcome violent, just jump right in. We all know what you are going through.

Kity-dont let eating pizza one time get you discouraged. Just get right back and track and stay positive. You can do this.

Neesy- I wont have the steak and pancakes. Will probably go with a salad and then workout after dinner.

Lindy-just keep going and try on the pants again after a few more lbs are gone.

I have to get away from my scale. I am obsessed. I weighed today and am still at 226, yay! I cant wait to get the whole 10 lbs off. I was thinking about trying yoga today. I recorded a yoga class the other night, maybe its not too advanced and I can do it. Does anyone get the Veria channel?? If you do there are a lot of exercise shows and some healthy cooking shows. I love that channel. Just wish I had FitTV. But with all my DVD's and the shows I record, I should be good.

The dishes are calling me, they want to be washed. I will check in later. I find myself on here a few times a day. :p

01-12-2009, 01:14 PM
Thanks all for the support. I am having trouble at work with actually getting paid and walked in to work today and first thing I say is "I quit!" Ended up getting in huge fight with my boss and demanding that I get paid now as his account is NSF!! That's not my fault. So I have things somewhat contolled at least for the time being and I ended up with a DR. PEPPER. But I needed it. I am furious..........
I did start off with good intentions this morning I weighed my self still up that eveil pound, from when I started. I am pretty sure that my stress level right now is not helping my situation. I am going to eat mu lunch I brought in as intended. I can't let my boss take over my entire appetite too. I can do this. I can do this.

Good luck to everyone today. I will check back in later. I work a double shift on Mondays. So I will check in when I get a chance.

Let's all have a great Monday and start the week off great :)

01-12-2009, 01:16 PM
Does anyone have any idea if pilates works?

Also, does anyone know about the 100 calorie snacks, is it a good choice?

01-12-2009, 01:43 PM
Wow Kity, it sounds like you have an eventful day! I hope everything works out in your favor. I have tried the 100 calorie snacks and they are ok. They are certainly not healthy and if you have time, if you take let's say 3 oreo cookies, it really does breakdown to the same serving in ounces and calories, except the 100 calories snacks cost more. Now, some of chip like 100 calories snacks are SLIGHTLY better because they are baked, but not by much.

Stay focused Kitty, your doing a great job. Try not to let others get the best of you. If anything, feel free to jump on the forum to vent. I check it evert few hours.

Take care everyone.

01-12-2009, 03:22 PM
Thanks Lindy for the support and understanding. I haveyet to eat anything at this point I am way to upset still. Just that one can of dr pepper. that's it for me so far I am trying to only eat when hungry I think my anger will keep my metabolism going!! I'll check back later.

01-13-2009, 10:34 AM
Yesterday I had some chicken nuggets, they were good and I only had 5, so I did not go over my calorie intake for the day. now, funny story. I also made velveeta scalloped potatoes, which me and my family LOVE and that was a non negotiable side, I definately did not want to eat any of that, I could visually see myself blow up eating it, so...after i served my husband and my daughter I had a lot left over. We do not eat left overs (I dont know why and yes, I realize Im wasting money), so anyway, once I served them, I quickly filled the pan up with soap and water so I couldnt go back to it later. :) Pretty smart move for me, considering how much I like that stuff. Anyway, I was going to weigh myself today but managed to still wake up bloated ( my friend ever going to leave), I hope I can weigh myself soon, I would like to know where eating 5 times a day is getting me.

I hope everyone is having a good week. Neesy if you read this today - I wish you all the best on your surgery tomorrow.

01-13-2009, 10:39 AM
Oooops...sorry Neesy, I realized I said tomorrow and your surgery is not until next month. Haha, I'm such a space cadet (sp?) Sometimes. Just ignore me.

01-13-2009, 12:30 PM
Hey everyone... I've been MIA, I know. I have still been crazy busy. Boss is finally back today, so I can breath finally. I have been doing decent. I have been craving junk food, so I have been eating it, but I have been staying within my calories (generally). Last night I went back to the gym for the first time since I think last Thursday. Had an awesome workout, I was up to 6.5 mph on the elliptical and at my max cardio heartrate. I can't wait for tonights, since the biggest loser is on. It makes me work super hard. I lost another couple lbs. I am finally unbloated (I feel your pain LuckyLindy). I actually only ate like 600 cals yesterday cause I was so busy, but I wasn't too hungry. I am guessing that's why I had the big loss today (down 2.5 lbs since yesterday).

Just wanted to give everyone an update on my progress. Sorry I can't type more, but time isn't permitting. I've read everyone's posts, and I am just so happy with how well everyone is doing!!! Do great today!

01-13-2009, 12:41 PM
Hello everyone :)
JUST checking in today. Mondays are so hard, I have to work doubles from both jobs I have. I worked until 2am last night I did end up having total of 2 cans of pop, but I tried doing a calorie count yesterday just to see about what I intake per day (while trying to keep it down) and I think my total intake cal with 2 cans of pop waws about 1200-1300. I have never really done the calorie counting before, but I was thinking if I actually take a point to look and try to keep track I am at least reading the label first, and this will help with eating out, I keep telling myself if there is no label I can't eat it. This will eliminate drive thru runs for me and make me bring healthy snacks along. I also, am trying to eat a granola bar in the morning when dropping kids off, as I have never been much of breakfast eater, I was told it's very important to eat in morning. It seems to be ok. I FINALLY lost that 1 measly pound that I had gained shortly after joining last week. 1 pound, I am pretty sure that my stress life is not helping right now.

01-13-2009, 07:41 PM
Hey Tc! I was wondering what happened to you. Im glad to hear your doing so well in your weight loss journey. It seems like everyone is really busy? Or are people dropping off from our forum? Lol.

Just checking in. I am feeling REALLY HUNGRY today, I already ate dinner and still could have another meal. Im trying not to play into my hunger and drink a lot of water. I am going to try some steamed veggies or a all natural shake, maybe that will fill me up? Ill check in tomorrow. Have a good night everyone.

Yay Kity - 1 measly pound (lol) is great. In time, everything will happen in time.

01-13-2009, 09:02 PM
Hey Ladies,
Glad to hear that everyone is doing well, one pound at a time is my new motto. I really have to thank you all for your support. This is the longest time that I have been on a diet and haven't cheated! I know it's been less than 2 weeks, but usually by now I am giving into my cravings. I think all of your support has really helped me through.

I've been eating less than 1,200 calories a day and when I'm hungry, I have a large glass of water and I don't give in to the temptation of having something else. Worse case scenario...I have a banana. I really feel as though I'm not on a diet...I'm making a lifestyle change. I've tried some really good recipes in the past few days and thought I would share.

Turkey Burgers:
1.2 pounds of ground turkey (4 oz of ground turkey is 140 calories, and WalMart sells the turkey in 1.2 lb increments)
1 tbsp of Italian bread crumbs
Montreal Seasoning (or whatever seasoning you'd like)
1/2 an egg

I grilled them on my new grilling pan my hubby bought for me (I like it better than a Foreman because you can control the temperature). I grilled and had it with tomato, lettuce, and pickle. It was really good, I think I liked it better than a regular burger. The best part is that I can have the leftovers for tomorrow.

2 cups cooked chicken, shredded
(1) 4 oz can diced green chilies
3/4 cup red salsa
1/2 cup enchilada sauce
Instead of flour tortillas, I used the multigrain ones
Cheddar Cheese, shredded (I use the WW Mexican blend)
Light Sour Cream

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. In a non-stick pan, combine chicken, salsa sauce and green chiles, mix until just heated through. Heat tortillas in microwave about 30 seconds to make them pliable.

2. Spoon 1/4 of the chicken mixture on each tortilla and roll up—sides in first then over the top to keep everything in. Place on a greased baking sheet and very lightly rub top of burrito with olive oil.

3. Bake until just starting to get golden brown,15-20 minutes. While they cook, warm the enchilada sauce.

4. Spoon warm enchilada sauce on a plate, place baked chimichito on top, add a spoonful of sour cream and sprinkle with cheese and cilantro.

Sorry for the long post, but I know that eating the same old thing every day can get tiring. As I find new recipes, I will be sure to post them.

01-13-2009, 09:23 PM
So last night I didnt feel like cooking, so we went to the grocery store deli and got a bucket of FRIED CHICKEN!!!! Yikes, I had fried chicken, coleslaw and a couple potato wedges. Why did I do that. And to make things worse, we had leftovers and had those for dinner. I am trying not to beat myself up about it, I just keep telling myself I will do better tomorrow. And I WILL!! Tomorrow is a new day and I will stay on plan.

Have a good night everyone and keep going!~


01-13-2009, 10:44 PM
MaddiesMom - wow, those recipes sound delicious. Last time I received a recipe on here I ate it 3 times in a week. I especially like the sound of the turkey burgers. Thanks for sharing!

Burgundy - thats a great way to stay focused, get back on the horse. I know for a fact that I am going to have an off day on Friday. I am going out with friends for dinner and drinks and I have no intention of staying on track but I am going be strict the rest of the week so that I dont stress over Friday. So consider yesterday your cheat day and then rest of the week you take it easy.

I ended up having my smoothie tonight because I was still hungry after dinner and it held me over, so I'm happy. Im hoping to weigh tomorrow, I cant wait to let you guys know.

Talk to you tomorrow ladies. Have a good one.

01-13-2009, 10:52 PM
I had two 4 oz turkey burgers and a small sweet potato for dinner at 5:45, and I'm still full, which is really nice. I think if we come across a good recipe, we should definitely share! :)

01-14-2009, 12:55 AM
Well, I just got home from the gym and grocery shopping. I has been a looooong day. I got home at like 7:15 (I live 2 minutes from work) and changed, and immediately went to the gym after grabbing a sugar-free apple sauce. I was still pretty hungry on the way to the gym, so I stopped at Taco Bell and got one grilled chicken and cheese taco. It was yummmmy. I am pretty darn happy that I went to a fast food restaraunt and only had about 250 calories. So I went on to the gym and discovered that I shouldn't have eaten so soon before working out I just didn't feel so great for the first 10-15 minutes. Watched the biggest loser again while I worked out and made it for about 95 minutes (60 mins elliptical and 35 mins bike). I would have went all the way until 10 but my DF left at about the 75 minute mark and I didn't want to make him sit in the car bored for too long. So diet wise, today was good. About 1300 calories and burned off about 900 cals in exercise.

MaddiesMom, that turkey burger sounds super yummy. Since I have been dieting, I haven't really cooked at all. It's just the two of us and we really don't eat whole meals and really don't eat the same things. So we each just microwave a tv dinner or some veggies or I make a salad. I actually do most of my eating for the day at work (even breakfast) since I have been working so late lately. But I may change up the pace a little bit and try out those burgers!

LuckyLindy - here's to hoping you see a great number on the scale int he morning!!!

01-14-2009, 09:12 AM
Today is a great day! Do you know why its a great day?! Because if you look under my picture and see my weight you can see I lost 6.5 pounds! Woo-hoo! I feel awesome and that everything I have changed is well worth it. I comsume about 1400 calories a day and burn off about 250 so I am sticking to my program. I don't weigh food or count calories to the "T", I just guesstimate and all of it seems to be working. I am super happy and excited to share my results with you.

Have a great day everyone, I know I will. ;)

01-14-2009, 12:12 PM
Hi all. I've been gone for a while - super busy...but trying to stay on plan. I can feel myself slipping though. I went to the rodeo this past weekend and had 3 light (but very large) beers. I still didn't go above my calorie intake...but beer is not on my diet. And then this morning I had a poptart for breakfast, I only had one instead of the 2 that come in a package so it was only 220 calories, but still....poptarts are NOT on my diet!! I've been doing the Jillian Micheal's 30 day shred in the morning and am wiped out by the time school gets out (I work in a school). Yesterday, they changed the schedule at one of the schools I work at so there is 'physical activity' for 30 minutes Tuesday mornings, so I joined the high schoolers for some yoga which was fun, but painful after the 30 day shred.

Help me stay OP - I've seen a bit of a gain recently and have been trying to stay OP. Usually when I see a gain, I quit immediately. I've made a couple of small slips, but haven't quit entirely...wish me luck!!

(the special ed teacher just told me that the parent teacher conferences tomorrow night are being catered by the macaroni grill....I need all the will power I can get to keep from pigging out!! I love Italian food...)

01-14-2009, 01:59 PM
Maddiesmom_ I think I will try the turkey burgers tonight fo rdinner, they sound really yummy!! I have always wanted to try a turkey burger :)

Lindy_ WOW!! That's soo exciting that you are down 6.5 pounds!! I am jealous!! LOL

TC_ That's great that you are staying on track. I am proud of you!! :)

Bexx_ I totally agree with the giving up part thats' what I always do. If I don't see results even a pound shedding off I give up immediatily and then for me I seem to gain more probably binge eating.

I am open to any diet/plans anyone thinks may work.
I tried doing the calorie count and that is just too much work. I am up for the challenge and truely desperatly want to loose weight. I am really frusterated. In general I have a pretty good idea what to do. I have tried the la wieght loss as mentioned before and that worked for a bit, then nothing, I need more out of this then 10 -15 pounds. Then I tried doing weight watchers on my own with a friend from work. I don't always have or make the time to weight portions and use the points finder. So that's not ideal for me either. Then I thought I would only eat things with labels, this in helping to eliminate the eating out, and that's working I have not eaten out in a few days, which for me is great!1 I have been eating tv dinners, lean cuisine, and they are about 200-250 calories each. But I am still hungry about 2 hours later. That's the only downfall I think they are not filling.

I am just unsure what diet plan to choose as there are many!!
........I'm just frusterated, it's been a long week at work with all my drama with work in all.......and it's only Wednesday!! I can't wait for the weekend!!
I'll check in later;)

01-14-2009, 02:00 PM
Hi Bexx! It sounds like your eating in moderation, so that's the first step. You can't just give up everything cold turkey, so the progress that your making sounds good. As far as Macaroni Grill (mmmmmm........I live Macaroni Grill), try and eat something healthy and filling before you do the conference, your less likely to cheat or over indulge. OR make something Italian to satisfy your craving. Bertolli makes fat free, wheat pasta with a newmans low sodium, low fat sauce, that might help.

Your still down in weight so that's what matters. Just remember, everything in moderation

Good luck and take care!

01-14-2009, 03:24 PM
Hey Kity:

In my previous post I had mentioned that I am guesstimating on my calories, I would hardly call it calorie counting, but what I did is stock up on. Bunch of different things that I like, for example:

Motts sugar free 60 calorie berry apple sauce
Publix brand low fat yogurt (anything 100 or less)
Fiber One bars at 140 calories (these are like candy bars, so good)
Polly o fat free string cheese at 70 calories
Jello 60 calorie pudding cups
Plains oatmeal with frozen berries and 1 sweet n low packet

I also buy a large rotisserie chicken each week, remove the skin and bones and package it into individual portions. Something else I love is Campbells Healthy Harvest Soup (100 calories or less and it has 2 portions to a can).

Anyway, I take most of that stuff and package it in quick portions. Then, I make a point to eat every 2.5 hours. I completely eliminated soda also and that plays a big part. So, my point in babbling (lol) is to just cut back and try to give yourself healthier options. I too have done diets like Weight watchers, nutrasystem and medifast and most of the time they do work but I ALWAYS put it back on

Just remember, keep your spirits up and your eye on the prize - you can do it!

Take care.

take a deep breath
01-14-2009, 07:18 PM
Lindy - :woohoo: Congrats on the 6.5! You're my hero of the week! :queen: (There isn't a hero icon, so you will just have to be queen. It still comes with a crown!)

Kity - Turn off the phone, run a hot bubble bath, light candles and incense (no artificial light) and get yourself some down time. When you get out, curl up in bed or on the sofa in a warm fuzzy robe and put a on chick flick. This is guaranteed to make you stress free and get back on track!

TC - Great for getting back into the workouts!

MaddiesMom - Yummy! Recipes sound soooo good. I'll dig a few out and post also.

burgundy - Chalk it up, and move on. That's what always stops me, but I have a new outlook and it seems to be working.

Neesy - Food days...uughh! I know about that. Our department seems to create reasons to have one. Fortunately, more and more people are trying to watch their waistline also, when I get some good stuff I'll post so you can make something without guilt

I've been trying to keep track of my food for a couple of days on my blog. If I can keep consistent, I will post a link with my name for anyone interested. I'm hoping to add a recipe page also.

Today, so far has been good. I need to get more protein in and work on cutting more sodium out. I just so picky about meat and I'm not crazy about leftover meat. Some things are OK, like meatloaf, meaty pasta sauce or chili. But chicken breast, I'm just way funny about it. I'll have to incorporate it into stir-fry or whatever else I think of. I guess I should buy it first though, huh? Right now the only meat I have in me fridge/freezer is a pack of frozen bacon. Not a great thing for losing weight. I have all kinds of frozen veggies, wheat pastas, LF cheese, yogurt, etc. just no protein.

I could make that my goal for Sunday - get a plan together to include more protein and no matter what happens this weekend, cook 2 protein packed meals to store/eat for the week along with my usual. I'll let you know how it goes.

01-14-2009, 08:07 PM
Burgundy - thanks for the kudos, you made me smile. :)

I like your plan, I like the fact that you are setting a plan - thats what its all about, plans and goals. Well, I'm going to go walking now - see ya later.

01-14-2009, 09:05 PM
Lindy: Congrats on the 6.5 pounds. I know that it's great to find a lower number on the scale.

I don't know what happened, because this always happens soon after I begin a diet. Overnight I just got a horrible cold. It started last night with a sore throat and this morning I was horribly congested. Definitely no working out for me today (or the next few days). I forced myself to make my healthy meals, but when it came time for dinner, I broke down and had Chinese food. I picked something with a clear sauce, (figured less ingredients), and they don't use MSG. Lots of veggies. I only ate about 600 calories for my two previous meals, so I don't feel horribly guilty for having it. That's a first. Usually I feel guilty and kick myself afterwards. But yesterday, I only had 900 calories all day (that's 3 meals and a snack), so again, I don't feel so bad.

I'll just have to work harder for the remainder of the week (after my cold is gone). I hate being sick, and it's hard being home with a 13 month old and having no energy.

01-14-2009, 09:32 PM
Maddiesmom- I hope you get well soon.

I wanted to share with you guys my dinner tonight. I went to Publix (our local grocery store) and they had imitation crab meat in the butchers block. So - I got some field greens salad, with peppers, grape tomatoes, imitation crab meat and some balsamic vinagrette - it was SO GOOD and very filling.

01-14-2009, 09:36 PM
Just wanted to say the turkey burgers were awesome!!!!! Thanks for the recipe. I'll check back Timor when I have time to read all and catch up just wanted all of u to know ;)

01-14-2009, 09:37 PM
I'm on my iPod sorry for spelling

01-14-2009, 10:16 PM
Hey everyone! Well.. I lost the 3lbs that I was complaining about a few days ago. So, now my ticker is accurate again. YAY! I've been on track again. I started back to work on yesterday. It helps so much for me. I'm more active at work.. running around like crazy for 12-13hrs, instead of sitting on the couch for 12-13hrs during my vacation! Anway, hope everyone is doing well!

Lindy-Congrats!!! That is so great!!! I really like your idea about getting the rotisserrie chicken and dividing it up. I am definitely going to do that. Because I don't feel like cooking chicken every day when I get off work.. that is a much better option.

01-15-2009, 09:46 AM
Hey Neesy! Yay for you, you took those 3 pounds off fast! Kudos!

The next couple of days is going to be a challenge for me. I offered to bring my Grandma to Bingo tonight and since there is nothing to do, I always pig out there. So tonight my plan is to bring 2 turkey burgers and some mushrooms with me and a chocolate fiber one bar just in case I have a sweet tooth, let's hope that works. Now tomorrow, I am only working half a day and am crazy busy once I leave. Then at night I am going out with my girlfriends for my B-day and I know I'm going to drink (we're going to a martini bar). THEN, on Saturday we have a wedding and Sunday a football party. Fingers crossed I can get through all this. H) I'm feeling very confident with my weigh in, so here's to success! Ill have to keep you guys posted and let you know how things go.

Talk to ya later!

01-15-2009, 01:01 PM
Hey Just checking in.......weighed in this morning and I am down 1 more pound. Shortly after starting this forum I had gained one pound, but now I am able to change the number under my name! For the better too!! Since I have really lost 1 pound!! :carrot:

Lindy, Thanks so much for the pointers. I appreciate it. anything I get I am trying....I am going shopping tomorrow and looking forward to getting some of the items you mentioned for snacks. I don't think I will be able to find some of them. I have never heard of Publix. So I will just try to find something similar. I am definatley going to do the rotisseri chicken as I love chicken but never have the time to cook after work.

Take a deep breath, The relaxing tip sounds relaxing just thinking about it. I will definately give it a whirl, won't have time till the weekend though. :)
Looking forward to trying out your recipes!!

Maddiesmom, Hope you are feeling better. I recenlty just got over the flu and it's not fun at all. How are you possibly able to get 3 meals in and a snack with only 900 calories and be full?? I wish I could do that. I am very motivated off my one pound!! :)

Nessy, Congrats on those 3 pounds!!:carrot: I feel excited about my one pound!

01-15-2009, 01:12 PM
Lindy, Forgot to mention......

01-15-2009, 01:37 PM
Kity - awwww...thanks for the bday message. You should feel excited about the 1 pound, 1 pound, plus 1 pound, plus 1 pound, etc....etc....etc.... equals major weight loss! You'll get there. My weight definately motivated me to get through my weekend. Aside from {riday night, I feel good about not going off my diet. Its so funny how often I'm checking this website, especially our forum, I swear I'm addicted. I have the luxury of checking the website from my phone, so anytime I have downtime, I log on.

Anyway, I hope everyone is feeling good and having a great day.

01-15-2009, 01:52 PM
Kity - I'm determined not to quit this time! As long as I keep seeing a downward slope in my weight loss, I need to keep going. Even if it's not as good as I would hope, it's better than nothing, and better than gaining and hating myself for it.

Lindy - happy birthday! and thanks for the support. It's going to be a rough night. I don't have the time to make anything for dinner, and the food at the conferences will be so readily available. I will have to make smart choices, like you said. My plan was to make dinner last night and save something for tonight to bring with me, but I ended up working late and having some multigrain cheerios (with fresh blueberries! Yum!) for dinner. so - no leftovers. darn it. And I didn't have time to grab anything for lunch so I'm nursing my nonfat starbucks latte trying to get that to fill me up so I don't pig out later...I feel like I'm doomed for today...

I haven't had time to weigh in the last couple of days, so I'm not sure how I'm doing right now. I use the wii fit balance board as my scale and by the time I finish the 30 Day Shred in the morning, I'm running late and don't have the time to wait for it to turn on. A poor excuse I know....but it's probably better that I don't weigh myself every day anyway....right?

01-15-2009, 01:53 PM
Also - was not thinking this morning and after doing the 30 day shred, I got dressed and put on heels and my quads and calves are killing me...guess heels after an intense leg workout was not the best idea....sorry - I'm grumpy today.

01-15-2009, 02:37 PM
LuckyLindy: Just to make you feel better about drinking tomorrow night, I drank two days two weeks ago (New Years Eve and the Friday after it) and I'm not talking light beers or diet coke and rum. I had Malibu and Pineapple, white wine, and a couple Long Island Ice Teas, and I didn't weigh for a few days after (well maybe one peek) because I was afraid of the number. Well, shortly after that, the weight just FELL off, like 5 lbs worth. Personally, I eat more when I drink, and I think a spike in calories every once in a while (I've read somewhere every 18 days) is actually good for your metabolism. As long as you don't go over your calories that you would need to maintain your weight (BMR plus any physical activity) then you won't gain and it may jumpstart your metabolism if it has been slowing down. You may see a sprike for a couple days because of retaining water or it physically still being in your system, but in the long run it should be good for you. Plus it's your birthday, so you shouldn't feel like you are depriving yourself, just keep it within reason and make smarter choices than you used to. Just my two cents. P.S. Happy Birthday!!! How old are you? - I would probably know that if I took the time to go back through our 13 pages of posts, but I don't feel like all that work :)

I really feel like I know everything there is to know about dieting since I have researched it so many times, and went on so many different diets, I really should have been better at losing weight than I was, lol. I guess now is my time though. Maybe I needed to go through all of those failures to truly appreciate it and keep it off when I do finally succeed this time.

Bexx I have the 30 day shred by Jillian as well! I did it twice before I started going to the gym 4-5 times a week, and now, I just can't manage to fit the gym in AND the 30 day shred. But, OMG, that workout is hard!!! Are you still on the first level or have you progressed? I couldn't make it through the first time I did it. The second time though, I did the whole thing with only slight cheating. lol. I know I was crazy sore after doing it. I kinda wish I was able to do it too, because I just love being sore after working out. I'm not a masochist (I think that's the word-love pain) or anything, but you jsut get a weird sense of accomplishment from muscle soreness because you know you are truly making your body better. I don't get sore at ALL from the elliptical or any of the cardio I do. Just some slight leg weakness when I am done. I think you may have motivated me to try and work that into my routine somehow. P.S. In your avatar picture of just your face, you don't look overweight at all!

Neesy! holy crap that was quick! (taking off your vacation 3 lbs) I really hope I don't gain on my vacation. We are staying at my DF's parents house, where his Mom has already planned menus of every day that we are there. He has so many favorite (completely unhealthy) foods that she makes that he hasn't had for like 2 years. He's actually worried about it too. He hasn't told her that we are losing weight and he just wants to suprise her when he sees her (He has lost 50 lbs since he last saw them). So hopefully she will decide to make smaller portions once she realizes that. We both have to watch our portions and find some way to exercise if we don't want to gain. It's going to be super hard, I know.

It's actually somewhat chilly today in SW FL!!! I think our low was like 45 and high is 65. It was even too cold to leave the sliding glass door in our bedroom open last night, like we have been doing for the past week!

Kity: Go you on your 1 lb. lost! You have less to lose than most of us, so your 1 lb. is even more significant! Just think: 1 lb. is 2% of your goal weight loss, for me, it takes 5lbs of loss to equal 2% of my goal weight loss. When you think of it that way, doesn't 1 lb seem like an even bigger achievement? (Sorry to break out the math, that's just the accountant in me).

Oh and LuckyLindy, I am so addicted as well! Up until the last couple of days when I had no choice but to work every minute while I am at work, I was checking the board like 5 times a day.

Have a great day everyone!

01-15-2009, 02:38 PM
Wow!!! That was a really long post! I had no idea it was that long until I posted it! Sorry for the novel! I guess I am making up for the past week or so :)

01-15-2009, 03:28 PM
Wow tc, you actually did make me feel better about my guilty pleasure. I am going to be 27 on January 20th. I swore by my 25th bday that I would be a skinny woman, haha - 3 years later....maybe Ill make an honest woman out of me for my next bday.

I think portion control is what is going to get you through your vaca. Do they have buddy passes for your gym where you can go to another location in another state for free if your a member? That may be a thought.

01-15-2009, 04:54 PM
Yes, my gym does have that. You can go to any Planet Fitness in the country. HOWEVER, his parents live in such a podunk little town in the middle of nowhere, that I doubt there would be a Planet Fitness within like 30 minutes. I would normally have no problem with traveling that far or a little farther, but up north apparently you don't want to drive to much in the winter when the roads are icy and snowy. That's just what I hear anyway, you and I don't have to think about that type of

I just checked. There is only one Planet Fitness in the whole state of Ohio and it is like 3 hours away. Next idea? LOL.

01-15-2009, 11:44 PM
Lindy: I know about the whole birthday celebration thing. I turned the big 3-0 today, and boy to I feel old. I live in Chicago and it's -31 with the windchill. My hubby wanted me to have a special birthday, so we actually went out in the cold and went to a steakhouse for dinner. It's funny, even though I made changes in my diet to accomodate the calories, I was eating the steak (and potatoes and bread) and all I kept thinking was "boy these portions are huge, and boy does this food taste salty.

I think since I've been cutting out salt, etc from my normal diet, everything just tastes saltier. They did have these rolls that were the size of donut holes with cinnamon butter, that were so good. I had only a couple of those (maybe 3) and gave 1/2 of my potatoes to my hubby. Also, I ordered lobster bisque, and only ate 1/2 of that. Luckily we paid with a gift certificate, so therefore I didn't feel guilty about finishing everything (which I would have done previously). Basically, I'm to the point now that if I'm not enjoying something I'm eating, I stop. Before I started this diet, I would have eaten it anyway.

My hubby was good to me today, I asked for some workout items and he delivered. He's been so great and supportive, so now I have new toys to play with. Once my knees get better from my fall the other day and I get over this cold, I'm working out.

As for being addicted to this message too! Guess it's better to be addicted to this than addicted to food!! ;)

01-15-2009, 11:47 PM
Happy Birthday MaddiesMom!!!!!!

01-16-2009, 12:29 AM
happy bday maddies mom! thanks for the empathy, im going to need it for my endulgence tomorrow.

01-16-2009, 03:30 PM
Happy b-day Maddiesmom and Lindy!!!!

TC- You got the idea. It's not always WHAT you eat ,but HOW much you eat. I hope you like the cold. It's been like -10 here in cincinnati. So.. I can just imagine what its like even farther up north. I can barely stand going to my car. I use to live in arizona. I miss not having to warm up my car....
anyway, you'll do great. Your DF has lost 50lbs!!! That is incredible! I'm sure it will be a big surprise. Oh yeah.. definitely not a lot of gyms in ohio. I don't think people are concerned with being fit and healthy up here because you can always hide yourself in jeans and a big coat. haha

Lindy- hang in there. I think my spike in calories last weekend helped me to lose. I felt like I was stuck.. now I'm dropping like crazy.

Maddiesmom- You have such will power! You definitely didn't overindulge. That is great!

01-16-2009, 04:00 PM
Is it too late to be a buddy???

I am not trying to lose weight. I am trying to get rid of it. Because when we lose stuff we go looking for it. I am tired of losing and then finding it again. I am at my highest weight ever!!!! UGH! :( So I started Atkins and am doing my Wii fit.

This induction phase is a killer. I am married to a former Marathon runner who thrives on carbs. But, he is learning to fend for himself in that category.

I think I am burning extra calories just trying to stay warm here in Chicago. Current temp reading at my desk is -7. When I got up this am it was -21. So chilly. Even the dog doesn't want to go outside.

Good luck and I'll be checking in soon. :goodluck:

01-16-2009, 06:29 PM
Jellofer: Welcome! It is never too late to join. These ladies are wonderful and so very supportive. We'll be here for any questions or venting that you may need! :)

As for the cold, tell me about it. I live in the Chicagoland area, and thank goodness I'm home with my daughter, I couldn't imagine going out to work in this weather (even though I made it out for dinner last night).

Neesy: Thanks for the kudos. Before this joining you ladies, I really couldn't have imagined having the willpower that I've surprised myself with the past few weeks.

I figured since I'm entering a new "decade" of my life, I thought turning 30 would be the perfect start to my weight loss goal. So far it's worked!

Have a great weekend everyone!!

01-16-2009, 09:15 PM
Happy birthday maddiesmom and Lindy.

Welcome Jellofer. :D

I havent checked in in a couple days. I havent weighed either. I am trying to not to be so obsessed with the scale. Today is Friday so maybe I can stay away from it until Sunday morning.

I was going to work out today,but I ate something that has upset my stomach and gave me heartburn. Maybe I will wait and workout tomorrow. I am going to the grocery store tomorrow and my DH wants to go with me. Everytime he goes, he buys junk. I am trying to eliminate the junk in the house!!! Maybe I can keep him away from it all.

Congrats to everyone that lost. Ya'll keep going:carrot:

01-17-2009, 12:36 AM
Hi, newbie here. After reading a few posts in this thread, I'm wondering if I'm the only granny on board? :( If there's a forum for the over-50 crowd please point me in the right direction. Thank you!
EDITED TO ADD nevermind, I found it! yay! Anyway hello to you all and best wishes for a great 2009!

01-17-2009, 02:49 AM
I'll be your weight loss friend. I'm going to start back on "Somersizing". I lost 41 lbs on it after having my son. My start date isn't until this Monday (1/19).

take a deep breath
01-17-2009, 08:46 AM
Welcome Jellofer and graphicgirl! I'm not one to open up so quickly, but I've been kinda chatty in here because everyone is SOOOO supportive! I hope you can get something out of it like me.

MaddiesMom - Happy belated! Somehow I missed all the warm wishes for you, sorry!

So, I was going to leave a message last night, but I was too angry, tired and cold to do it. And it would have been a serious rant at my day yesterday. (It's actually kind of funny now and on my blog if you want a good laugh. :dizzy:) It was a long day and I didn't get a snack after lunch. I didn't eat dinner till 7 hours later and overate pizza at my family get together.

So since I weigh myself tomorrow morning and I had a bad night for eating, I cheated and weighed myself this morning. Things look good right now. So today, no matter what, I will have a healthy food day and get my Sunday goal together (to cook 2 meals for next weeks lunches). I WILL HAVE A LOWER NUMBER TOMORROW! haha!

Maybe I should take my own advice and run a hot bath....

01-17-2009, 02:34 PM

Wanna know why I am soooo happy? huh huh huh? Well, I'm gonna tell you anyways. When I weighed this morning, I let out a little happy shreek. Because I weighed....drumroll please...329.6. I FINALLY got out of the 330's. I have been soooo close for the last three days, on the edge of 329, and I was just staying the same for three days. But yay! I am finally out of the 330's FOREVER.

The funny part is, that we haven't been to the gym since Wednesday, we almost went last night (we were in the workout clothes and driving to the gym and turned around cause we got in an argument). Went home and talked through it all (mostly just me having a super stressful day). So we were meeting my Mom at the Cheesecake Factory at 8:30 for dinner. So we didn't go to the gym AND we were going to a notoriously high calorie restaraunt. But, I had known this all day...and only had about 450 calories going into dinner. Me and DF split a chicken and biscuits meal that is absolutely heavenly. So I don't really think I did too bad calories wise. My mom got an appetizer of crab ragoons, which I normally like at chinese restaraunts, but these were NASTY. Which is a good thing! And I had one piece of wheat bread that they put out on your table before dinner. I am just thrilled that I controlled myself so well at a restaraunt I love, and I still got something I loved to eat...just split it and didn't eat the WHOOOLE thing. Plus, I didn't have any cheesecake!

On a completely different note:
One of the things that stressed me out so bad yesterday was that I am already extremely overloaded at work because they fired a tax advisor about 3 months ago. When I started a year and a half ago, there were 5 tax advisors with about 200-250 clients each. Now, before yesterday, there are 3 tax advisors with 500+ clients each, and each of the tax advisors have 1-2 assistants(like me) and interns. Yesterday, there was a rumor that 1 of the three tax advisor's had walked out and wasn't coming back. It would be absolutely impossible for two tax advisors to handle 750 clients. I was hired with the intention of someday becoming a tax advisor (I did my internship there and just was hired full time). But I don't want to become one yet, and certainly not one with 500 clients. I just graduated college for goodness sakes and am about to go back to grad school in 4 months and wanted a break! Now, I am not assuming that I am going to get promoted that quickly, but I am not sure if they have any other options if he did in fact quit. We are in an extremely specialized field that it takes a good 6 months to a year to learn all of the rules that we deal with, and it is tax season NOW! So no time to hire a more experienced CPA and train them. All I can hope for is that he did NOT quit and it was just a misunderstanding and life will continue as it was. Only slightly hectic. Sorry for the non-WL related rant but I just had to get it off my chest...

Jeez that was kinda bi-polar...extremely happy to not so happy...

take a deep breath
01-17-2009, 03:12 PM
tc - GREAT JOB on dinner, AND getting under the 330 mark! That is freakin' awesome! Be very proud of yourself, I know it's hard to be in that situation and you came through with flying colors.

I am now more determined than ever to do good today and tonight. I'm sure when I get together with my friend, it will be for drinks. So, as much as I HATE - and let me stress that...HATE - 'light' beer (especially domestic-they all taste like ...ummm...pee), I will drink light beer. Or maybe I will just have one of my Shinerbach then light beer.

01-17-2009, 03:31 PM
Hello all!

I could do with a buddy, just starting out properly for the first time, and I know I'm going to need motivating (I get bored very easily!)

01-17-2009, 05:01 PM
TC: Congrats on the weight loss, that is awesome! :bravo:

My "official" weigh in is tomorrow, but I always sneak a peek throughout the week. Considering I ate Chinese on Wed, and went to a steakhouse on Thursday, I'm still down 2 more pounds. Not bad considering I've retained water from the salty food I've eaten and I've been sick all week and haven't had the energy to do much of anything. Luckily I've been counting every calorie, so that has definitely helped.

LucyFM and Graphic Girl: Welcome! :^:

01-17-2009, 06:42 PM
Welcome graphicgirl and Lucy.

Congrats on getting under 330 tc.

Take a deep breath-you will have a lower number, keep up the good work. I cheated a little too and didnt gain.

I am excited cos I finally have a signature. It seems like it takes forever to be able to put one on here.
Anyways, so I am going to weigh tomorrow. Gotta get a workout in before I talk to my sisters. We have a family chat once week, one sis is in New Zealand, the other in Alabama. We are all trying to lose weight so the weekly talks always help me stay motivated. So do all you ladies. Thanks for all the inspiration. I think I would have given up by now if I was alone in this.

I'll be back tomorrow, hopefully I will lose at least a pound!:dizzy:

01-17-2009, 08:47 PM
Welcome Lucy and Graphic!

Sorry I havent checked in guys, I have had a busy two days. So yesterday was CRAZY!!!! Just what I thought was going to happen, happened - I drank WAY TOO MUCH! The good thing (or kinda bad thing, you can look at it two ways), I did not consume a lot of calories during the day on Friday, BUT I DRANK.....sssssssssssssssooooooooooooooooooo many martinis. I have NEVER drank so much. We went to this place called the Blue Martini, my friends announced to the DJ that it was my birthday and all the sudden I had like 8 DRINKS sent to my table. I obviously didnt drink them all, I shared with my girlfriends but if I had to guess how many calories I had in drinks, I would say I consumed about 1000 calories, PLUS food, I wish I could say today was a better day but it really wasnt, we had a wedding and I drank soda and punch, had a lot of ham, rolls, and sides (mainly broccoli but not a healthy broccoli). ANYWAYS - Im babbling (surprise, surprise), but I just wanted to vent. I am going to weigh myself tomorrow, I'm kinda concerned to do it, but oh well, the worst thing is, its telling me the truth and I need to get my butt back on the band wagon.

TC - I am so proud of you! Hitting a mark like that is so big, so important. Its kinda funny, I used to have a VERY stressful job and I tried to diet and couldnt because I was so stressed, now I have a job that I LOVE and its easy for me, point is KUDOS to you for tackling a challenging job and sticking with your program.

Maddiesmom - I cant wait to hear how your weigh in is, you'll have to report back to us.

I hope everyone else is having a good day. Im going to call it a night. Ill check back in tomorrow.

01-17-2009, 08:55 PM
YAY...I finally have the ticker feature on my profile.

01-17-2009, 09:07 PM
Ok - I can see my tracker on the preview section of my signature, but not when I post. What do I need to do?

01-17-2009, 09:08 PM
Nevermind...I guess there is a delay.

01-17-2009, 09:18 PM
Hi hi hi! I'm new here. Just laying the groundwork for health and support and fitness so decided to say hello before I oficially start my fitness trek.

I'm starting on on Prevention's Flat Belly Diet some time this next week or so when I feel as if my lungs won't burst with every cough (doc said its bronchitis--yay me :()

I do have hypothyroidism, so my battle has been two-fold--restructuring my thyroid and then having to retrain my body to be healthy. This past year, I've lost about 45 pounds and my goal is to lose another 45 using the book by Prevention and my brand new rollerblades :)

I wish all of the rest of you the best of luck in your healthy endeavors.

take a deep breath
01-18-2009, 09:32 AM
Morning ladies! :coffee: Hope everyone's weigh in goes well today.

So, yesterday I 'cheated' and weighed myself. I was down 2 lbs. This morning I weighed in and it's only 1 today. GGGRRRR..... I soooo want to put that I lost 2, because I feel swollen in my fingers this a.m. and I know it's just water and that 2 is probably true. But the scale says 1, so that's what I'm putting. I look at it like this-once this water goes away, I will have a 1 lb. jump start on next week!

I had dinner last night with one friend at Tumbleweed and then drinks with 2 other friends after dinner. I did pretty good on dinner. I ordered 6 oz sirloin and they gave me a filet for the sirloin price! Someone flubbed, but I don't mind. :D I had a salad and baked potato with it. The dressing was chipotle ranch, but I used my fork to drizzle it over my salad. I didn't even use half of what they gave me. Now the potato-I did use butter. But again, considering what would have normally ate there (burrito with queso sauce), I did very well. I also had 1 long beach with dinner.

Then when I met my other friends, I had 2 long beaches. So my guess is that the dressing and drinks are what have me swollen. Plus the fact that I haven't been getting as much water in me as I usually do. It's hard to drink water when it's so cold. I tend to drink more coffee.

As so my goal for today, I have 1 of 2 meals put together for the week-turkey meatloaf. I'm going to go through my recipes and make my 2nd meal for the week. I have an awesome recipe for tomato chutney chicken, but don't think I have all the ingredients.

Anyway, I will check back through the day to see how everyone has done. :goodluck:

01-18-2009, 02:59 PM
Take A Deep Breath: Hey, one pound is one pound, so maybe next week, after the water is gone from your system, you'll be down 2 or 3!

I'm down another 2.6 pounds, which is a total of 12.2 pounds since the beginning of the year! I'm proud of myself, just have to keep working at it. I'm still sick with my horrible cold, so I'm hoping that it will leave soon. I hate feeling so tired.

Have a great weekend ladies!

01-18-2009, 03:01 PM
Lindy: Don't worry about the drinks, it's not like you're doing that every day. I was up three pounds after eating at the steakhouse on Thursday, so I drank A LOT of water to help flush it from my system, and as I said in my previous post, I was down 2.6. So water weight does make a huge difference!

01-18-2009, 04:36 PM
Thanks for the support ladies. Well, after 2 bad days, I got on the scale today and thought that maybe I gained weight and if not, at least maintain, well...drum roll, please...I LOST 1.5 pounds. So now I'm down 7.5 pounds - yay!

AND, my dad stopped by today to give me my birthday present and I got a Wii Fit! Even more good news. I cant wait to weigh in next week. I intend on sticking to my program, playing with my Wii Fit and having no cheat days.

I hope everyone else is doing as well and keeping with their program.

Take care!

01-18-2009, 04:41 PM
I am doing WW and it seems to be working. I have tried it before and It really worked. Counting is a pain, but the new online tracker is a breeze...It keeps up with everything. Good luck what ever you choose.

Down 6# since 1/1/09

01-18-2009, 08:14 PM
Hi Danielle-welcome. I did weight watchers and was super successful on it, I lost like 60 pounds relatively quick (sticking to the program with my minimum points). I feel the same way, counting was pain but the online weight loss system is great. They have so many great recipes and tips too. Good luck, 6 pounds since 1/1/09 is impressive.

take a deep breath
01-19-2009, 07:19 AM
For the record, I was curious this morning, and I am down that other 1 lb from yesterday. yah!

01-19-2009, 07:20 PM
Hello to all and welcome to those who are new. I have not been on here in several days. I miss all of you. I didn't realize how much I cout on this support until I was not able to go online, that really ssucked. I am soo happy for all or you who are loosing, that's great!! I am really excited!!
I went out on Saturday night for my cousins bday party had way too much to dink, I did go out to dinner as well and she picked a pasta place so I was stuck with all that pasta and bread. I love bread. But I will say NORMALLY in the past, I would over eat and keep eating until I was soo bloated I thought I would bust a button on my pants. Since I started this forum, granted it's only been about 2 weeks. I have learned to eat slowly, watch what I am eating, and take time to look at the label before eating. Also, when I am ful I am full. I know it may not seem like much, But I have lost that overall bloatyness that I had for a very long time, that was so uncomfortable. It was just extra water weight, but let em tell you it was very uncomfortable and my clothes weren't fitting, it totally was not fun. now I am feeling better about this and really trying to eat less at one time, and make smarter choices. I sometimes don't always make the right choices, in those cases, I do my best to at least eat less. And just keep telling myself to try better and keep going. I have not weighed in since last Thursday, and I was down a total of 3 pounds. So I will weigh in tomorrow morning to see where things stand I am hoping not too bad. I know when I don't check in on here I seem to not do as well as I know I can. So I will be around more as I need your support through this. As I will try to be on here and more spportive for all of you. Hope everyone is having a good start of the week.

01-19-2009, 07:58 PM
Hi Kity:

It sounds like you have really educated yourself. I am so happy to hear you are doing well, hopefully when you weigh in later in the week, you will see some sort of weight loss with how well you are handling your "old" bad habits. Anyway, glad to hear your back. It seems like some people are logging on less and less, I will stick around until the end. :) Hopefully your with me.

Take care!

take a deep breath
01-19-2009, 09:10 PM
Kity - I know what you mean about being lost without this forum and the ladies in it. While I'm at work, I keep a browser window open and refresh it from time to time so I can get through the day to keep on track. Sadly, I can't log in during my work day because with the economy the way it is, they want you at your desk and at it 120%, so 'surfing' is a big no-no. And a woo hoo to you for 'putting the brakes on' at dinner! It's sooo easy to overeat and not notice it because of being used to feeling bad after eating.

Lindy - I agree, I was starting to wonder about everyone. Especially over the weekend, but I figure they'll all come back around and hopefully it will be good news for all!

OK, I have a...strange question. Has anyone ever used Beano? After 2 weeks, my brain finally kicked in and I realized that my beloved oatmeal is what's been giving me gas! HaHa! I just can't give it up, it's so good and no bad crap added to it. It's horrible though, sitting in my cubicle with all the new people coming to me with questions and my insides are knotted up. Just setting myself up for a bad situation, or funny depending on how you look at it. So today I ate the standard oatmeal which has more fat, sodium and sugar in it.

I'm proud of myself because of lunch today. I had a lunch meat sandwich and went to the snack machine to get some baked chips. I just needed something crunchy with my sandwich. Well, they didn't have any and I thought about buying the regular stuff. But I told myself, it wasn't worth the fat and calories and to just eat my banana I brought with me. I also thought about how disappointed I would be with myself right after I ate it. So I ate my banana and had a cup of water with my sandwich and was stuffed. Yah!

I know I'm getting chatty tonight, but I also have to share my dinner recipe with you. This is Delicious! I've made it in the past and love it. And it's easy. Hope you like it!

Tomato Chutney Chicken:
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 can (16 oz) tomatoes with juice, cut up
1 cup peeled and chopped cooking apple (I used granny smith)
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup chopped green bell pepper
1/4 cup golden raisins
2 Tbs brown sugar
2 Tbs lemon juice (I omitted cause I don't like)
1 tsp grated lemon peel (I omitted cause I don't like)
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt

In large skillet, place and mix everything except chicken. Cook, stirring, over medium-high heat until mixture boils. Sprinkle salt over chicken breasts (I also added fresh ground pepper). Place chicken over tomato mixture. Reduce heat to medium-low; cover and cook, stirring and turning frequentl,y about 15-20 minutes (I turned chicken once half way through cooking time) until chicken is fork-tender. Arrange chicken on serving platter; spoon sauce over chicken.

Servings: 4
Calories: 230 / Fat 4g / Cholesterol 68mg / Sodium 364mg

01-19-2009, 09:40 PM
Hi Everyone! I've been busy working the past couple of days and haven't been able to check in. It looks like you are all doing so great! And its great to see all the new people on board!

I've been doing pretty good. Getting pretty close to my Jan 31 goal. I think I'll make it okay. Just gotta stick with it. I think I'm beginning to lose again because I've been so active at work. I still need to workout.. atleast on my off days. I'm switching to night shift this week.. so maybe I'll have time during the day. I have definitely noticed a difference lately. My face is looking thinner and my clothes are looking better. My belly doesn't bulge out of my jeans any more. It actually looks like I have a flat stomach. Still have the love handles.. but I'll get there. haha. I've also expanded the amount of clothes that I can wear. I'm digging out some old jeans.. that actually fit now.

Well, I'll catch up more later!

01-19-2009, 11:20 PM
Hi from FL!

You got another buddy!

01-19-2009, 11:55 PM
It is great to have so many buddies. I look forward to coming home and reading how everyone is doing. I talk about this site all the time at work.

got rid of my first 5. Yippy. This atkins thing is working. now for the next five. Spent alot of time with a dietician today. That was great. She offered to work with me and help me construct my life plan using the Atkins and a whole foods plan as a model. I am very excited. But for now it is phase one of low carb. My nieces 5th b-day is March 8th and I want to feel good with myself being around my family. I want to actually be in pictures from her special day. I want to feel good and have energy. I want to healthy.

Thanks for all of the support.

take a deep breath---my dad is hooked on Shinerbach. Loves it loves it loves it.

take a deep breath
01-20-2009, 07:30 AM
I know I shouldn't weigh each morning, but when I've been doing so well-it's hard not to. So this morning I am down another lb! It keeps me on track and watching what I eat.

Tomorrow at work we are having a food day and I am so nervous. The past 1-2 weeks I feel like I am in control and it feels great. But I know how I have been in the past on food days. I know there will be fruit and veggies, but the will be bad stuff too. I was thinking about making my black bean dip with baked tortilla chips. It take time to make it, but it would help me to be good.

I'll let you know how I do tomorrow night! I also adjusted my ticker, I know it should only be on Sunday, but I just can't help it! ;)

01-20-2009, 12:56 PM
Morning ladies!

Takeadeepbreath - my husband had taken beano and he said it worked BUT, it was worast for the first 3 days he took it and then it seemed to get a lot better. I love your recipe. I think I have all those ingredients in my house so Im going to try it for dinner tonight - thanks.

Jello - 5 pds is awesome! It sounds like atkins is the plan for you. Its funny, I always said I couldnt do Atkins because I love carbs so much but on my guesstimating calories plan, Im not consuming a lot of carbs anyway.

Neesy - glad to hear from you and your progress. I love when you can start to see your weight loss in your clothes. Im not there yet but will be soon enough. I know for me, I usually have to lose about 25 pds. before I really can see results myself. Im like you, the first place I see it is in my face.

It was super cold this morning (at least for this Flordian), so I didnt walk my 2 miles this morning, but I plan to do my Wii Fit when I get home from work. Yay (still excited).

16...both tc and I live in Florida. What area do you live? Im in Orlando. Whats your plan to lose weight?

01-20-2009, 06:53 PM
Hey all. I've been reading all the posts lately, just nothing has inspired me to write one. I've been having problems getting 8 glasses of water in a day. I keep a giant cup on my desk at work, but I usually drink one, maybe two full ones lately. That's pretty bad that I am too busy to drink water!!!

I have been taking progress pics at every 10 lbs, so I will have a whole photographic journey when I am done. That will be exciting. I can't visually see a difference yet, but in my clothes I can totally tell a difference. My 28's are falling off, my 26's are super baggy, but my 24's don't fit. LOL. What's up with that. I went to my Mom's house on Sunday and got all of my clothes that I left at her house when I moved in with DF. I couldn't wear any of them, and they were my skinny clothes. So I aquired a full dresser of clothes and got rid of SOOO many clothes that I just wore basically because they fit. I don't actually like to many of my clothes. I have clothes ranging from 10 to 24 now that are all goal clothes. I only kept about 4 bottoms from high school when I was "skinny" (145-160) but it will feel absolutely amazing to wear those hopefully in about a year. I also found a few things that already fit! Like a dress I never really wore because it was a halter and I don't like to show my arms.

I can't believe I am still sticking with it. I have never meant this more when I say that this truly is a change of life and I never see myself going abck to my old ways of eating. Now, anytime my DF and I go to a restauraunt, we share. Last night we went to a japanese steakhouse and we split a steak and shrimp dinner and were stuffed! But I planned accordingly yesterday and I am not up any weight and actually would probably be down if it weren't TOM. I have no desire to eat everything in sight anymore. I eat what I want in much smaller portions. I have been at this for 1 month and almost 2 weeks and that is longer than I have ever lasted and more than I have ever lost. I know I may sound like I am bragging or gloating, but I just am sooooo happy that this truly is it and in the forseeable future, I will NOT be obese. It almost brings tears to my eyes.

Neesy: Gotta love a flat stomach!!!

Lucky: I am loving this weather!!! I think it's probably a good 10 degrees colder up by you though.

Kity: You're cousins party sounds like such a big NSv!!!

Take a Deep Breath: Sounds like you have a good plan and you will do fine at your food day.

16to6: Welcome...what part of Florida?

01-20-2009, 08:57 PM
Hey Tiff - I'm glad to hear from you. I havent heard much from your end, but I understand what you mean about not having nothing to say some days.

Anyway - I wanted to throw something out to your guys. Today is my actual b-day and I wanted to treat myself, so instead of having cake, I bought low fat graham crackers and some sugar free chocolate pudding. I crumbled up the crackers and mixed with the pudding and it slightly resembles pudding pie, but tase good nonetheless. The total calories for one serving is 160 calories.

I hope everyone is having a good day.

01-20-2009, 09:25 PM
I havent checked in in a few days and am glad to hear everyone is doing so well.

I, myself, have a problem. I finally got my digital scale back from my SIL and it is weighing 6 pounds heavier than my dial scale. So should I just put on my big girls pants and say that my starting weight was 236 and my current is 232?? I want to use my digital because it is probably more accurate. What should I do? Advice anyone!!!!!!!

01-21-2009, 12:01 AM
Burgundy: I think that is exactly what you should do...either that or get a third opinion ;)

01-21-2009, 12:07 AM
On another note...I went to the gym tonight for the ENTIRE biggest loser...that's right all two hours of it! I did 45 mins elliptical, about 30-45 mins weight training, and 20 minutes on the treadmill. I feel awesome and I feel a big loss coming up tomorrow (I'm not psychic, I jsut checked the scale after the gym).

I have resigned myself to not meeting my goal by next friday since I still have 11 lbs to go, but I would like to be under 325 by the vacation. Who knows, I may still have a miracle and make it, but it is higly unlikely. I am still losing at a great rate and haven't hit any plateaus since like week 2 or 3, so I can't complain.

Lindy: That "pudding pie" sounds like a great substitute for birthday cake!

01-21-2009, 10:48 AM
Wow Tiff..I think you are probably doing the best out of all of us, especially with your workout routine. I'm jealous! I try to factor in1 hr. of exercise at least 5 days a week, although I have stuck to that routine, I wish I could beef that up a little bit. I don't do the gym, just regular walking and some kickboxing and now my Wii Fit. Anyway, I'm proud of you - your awesome.

Burgundy - just do it, go with the digital scale. Also, keep in mind that you should try your digital scale in different areas of your house. I saw this on Ruby (tv show) and tried it at my house. Sure enough, I had 2 pd. difference from my garage and bedroom ( my bedroom was the lower weight). Nonetheless, it doesn't matter what weight you start at, just as long as you lose through your journey, and we know you will.

I hope everyone has a great day. I thought about weighing in today but decided to hold off until Sunday, I'm hoping for a big number - maybe past my 10 pd. mark. :)

01-21-2009, 11:02 AM
Lindy: Thanks! I just wish I could be more consistent with my workouts. Last week I went the most in one week at 4 times. I would like to do 5-6, but life gets in the way. So hence the 2 hr workouts...catchiing up for days that I don't go. But I really appreciate the compliment!

In regards to the scale...sometimes I weight until I see a number I want to see (within reason) today I weighed 4 times hoping to see a number other than For once, the scale didn't said 328.0 all 4 times. It's funny how we depend so much on that stinking number to tell us if we are doing good or not. I know I am doing good and shouldn't need the scale to tell me...I am wearing a pair of pants today that I have not worn in probably almost a year. That is what I should focus on...not the number on a defective piece of crap made in china!

01-21-2009, 01:03 PM
So I sucked it up and changed my ticker. So its only 6 pounds right? I need to lose the 6 to be at 226, where I thought I was. It just seems whatever I do, the scale is sticking at 4 lbs lost. I think I will have to up my workouts. Maybe I will go for some winter walks, those are always hard work.

Tiff- thats awesome you did the whole 2 hours. Keep it up, I cant wait to start losing like you.

Lindy- I am so jealous. I wanted a wii fit for christmas, but my husband couldnt find one anywhere. I need to start looking now. How do you like it?

01-21-2009, 01:51 PM
Burgundy - I love it! your so busy having fun that you forget its exercise. I dont have the advanced games (like Jillian), just the ones that come with the system. There is this hula hoop one that me and my daughter do and its a blast. Also, you know how you create a Wii character for your system? Well, I made my character kinda chubby to begin with and when I stepped on the Wii balance board it made her true to size, which was bigger! Lol. The system said that the only way she is going to get smaller is if I get smaller - CRAZY! But if that isnt incentive, what is? I have to look at myself everyday in the mirror and see a chubby girl, now I have to look at my Wii character too.

Anyway, sorry for babbling, Im a little chatty today.

I agree with you Tiff. Its when your clothes starte getting loose that you should see your results, not a scale. In the same token, its so darn hard!

01-21-2009, 03:53 PM
I can relate with the scale dilemmas. I'll weigh myself like three times in a row... sometimes it'll say the same weight and other times it will say three different weights. I usually just pick the highest number so that I'm not dissappointed next time I weigh.
I have to weigh myself everyday. I can't help it. I like to see my progress .. even if it is up or down. I think it keeps me on track. I think that when I stop weighing myself everyday, then I slack off. That's how I got into this place to begin with. When I was gaining all this weight a few years ago.. I knew I was gaining, but I didn't realize HOW much. I think that if I weighed myself regularly then I wouldn't have let it get this much out of control.

Tiff-I thought about you when I was watching biggest loser last night! I thought.. she always works out why she watches this. I should too! My gym was closed... so I did some tae bo exercises while I watched it. You got me motivated!! Thanks!!! 22lbs so far! That is so great!

Lindy-You're doing great with your exercise.I'm sure you'll have a big loss. Oh by the way.. the pudding sounded really good. I splurged and had a couple mini donuts last night. Then I felt soooo guilty! I exercised pretty hard afterward though and I'm going to do good the rest of the week. I wish I would have just gone with a healthy alternative like you!

Rayne-don't let it get you down. You'll plateau every once and a while. Just look at the big picture and the long term. You're doing great. Very proud of you for changing your ticker=)