WW Clubs and Groups - #210 Bale of Turtles Conquering the Chill!

01-27-2009, 02:28 PM
:carrot: :welcome3: We are the Turtle Group here at www.3fatchicks.com. We welcome you to join us as we work toward good health and fitness in a persistent manner. As our inspiration we use the race between the turtle and the hare where the turtle was the victor because he didn't give up. We believe in keepin' on even when the odds are against us. We believe in giving each other support. Good luck to us all!
(for Lin and Lauren)

01-28-2009, 05:45 AM
Good morning everyone and happy wednesday! It is super snowy here today and still going strong but supposed to stop by lunch time.

Eating is doing better, I made a pot of veggie soup yesterday and SF Jello to have on had... getting in walks when I can! Thanks for the recipes!

Have to run and get the dogs out but will come back on line again later on when things calm down.

01-28-2009, 10:55 AM
Morning, turtles:

Princess - we are getting more snow as well & suppose to end sometime later this evening. I got my drive & walkways shovelled before coming to work this morning & will have to do it again after my Tops meeting tonight.

Funny, I also made jello Mon evening and had some for dessert last night.
It does the trick with a cup of tea after dinner.

Have a great day, everyone!

01-28-2009, 01:08 PM
Hi Turtles,
Snowing here too. It's nasty and the snow has turned to rain. It's good to hear from Princess and Bandit and know that their eating is on track and even in this miserable weather they're getting in their exercise. I'm heading to the :tread: and today will be a good day.

Good luck at TOPS :goodscale: tonight, Bandit.
Take care and be well Turtles!

01-29-2009, 10:55 AM
Hi Turtles,
Yesterday was a good day. Today I'll be going to a new restaurant for lunch with my book club. The roads are fine and although we still have snow and ice, it's nothing in comparison to what many of you are dealing with.

I made my own chicken broth from the bones and wings of the chicken I roasted and I have to say it was a cinch to make and I have no idea why I thought it would be so much work. Crazy. And I used that strained broth to make an incredibly healthy and delicious soup, without any salt, so I think I'll be doing that again.

Take care, have a good day and keep on keepin' on!
Judy :cool:

01-29-2009, 03:04 PM
Hi turtles:

Well, my Tops meeting was cancelled due to weather but according to my own scales I think I am down 1# this week.

I shovelled for another hour last night & it was like a workout, I was sweating like crazy by the time I finished. But it has at least warmed up.
Then the cable was out so I ended up watching a movie then going to bed.

My gf is coming tonight for our dinner & we are having pasta w/hot italian sausage & tomato sauce & of course, some wine.

Have a great day!

01-30-2009, 01:45 PM
Hi, turtles!

Bandit, shoveling is a great workout, isn't it? I need to do some of that this weekend. We have a snowblower, but I usually can't get it started. How useful! Hope you had a fun dinner with your friend.

Judy, you're quite the cook! I'm always impressed by your recipes and know-how. I'm glad to see you again, and glad you're not giving up on yourself. We aren't, either!

Princess, I keep forgetting about SF jello. Thanks for the reminder; I'm going to make some this weekend!

We had a major plumbing disaster the past couple of days. It's been coming on, and yesterday it finally hit. Just before I was going to leave for work, I thought I'd just check the basement and see how things looked. Good thing I did! We had standing water in the storage room! I called DH, and he came home and helped me move everything out to the other side of the basement. I also called a plumber who came in afternoon and spent about 7 hours trying to fix the problem.

It turns out that the house isn't draining properly to the sewer; something is jamming our outflow line, near the street. The plumber thinks it's because of work the city did a few years ago, but of course it will cost hundreds more dollars to find out if that's the case, and then thousands to fix it! No idea if the city will pay for any of it; we'll have to look into that. But the plumber wasn't hopeful.

This is our fourth plumbing disaster in the past two months, and all of them have been unrelated! Fortunately we were able to fix the others ourselves, but this one could be a financial nightmare.

The joys of home ownership! I'm really envying apartment dwellers right now.

OK then. On the bright side, I'm keeping on with my program, even though weight loss has been slow to nil this month. My body just does NOT want to give up any weight right now! But I had a lot of fun yesterday going through my closet and getting rid of LOTS of clothes. I tried them on for DH, and he told me if he thought they looked tired or huge. If so, out they went. I love paring down what I own periodically, and this felt great. I've discovered that getting rid of my larger sizes is a good idea for me. When I hit the upper limits of my clothing sizes, I find that very motivating to lose weight. So I'm not going to keep the bigger clothes anymore.

Have a wonderful Friday, everyone.

02-02-2009, 10:04 AM
Hi Turtles,
Bandit, congratulations on your :goodscale: I hope your TOPS group meets next week so that you can keep in touch with them and see your results! Keep up the good work! :bravo:

I can't believe you had another water/plumbing disaster! This is too much.
:eek: I'm sending :goodvibes: that you can locate the problem and then get city help to correct it. Egads!
On the other hand, I loved reading about you trying on your clothes in your closet and getting rid of the tired or huge clothes. What an accomplishment!
Weigh to go. It sounds like a lot of fun. And yes, getting rid of too large clothes seems to help a lot of weight watchers keep their weight in check. I hope your scale starts being friendlier this month to shake up a weight loss.

I just stepped on my scale and it's not moving in the right direction. We had a Mardi Gras Mystery Party on Saturday night and it was so much fun. I made a menu of Cajun and Creole foods and I ate more than I should have.
Today, again, I have to plan and prepare, get on the treadmill and turn this around.
By the way, my friend at WW's gave a great, although short, speech at a meeting I attended. Afterward we headed to Applebee's for a WW pointed out lunch. It was fun and made me feel good. This week has been heavy on going out for meals, so now I'll curtail that.
Everybody stay well and happy and keep on keepin' on.
Judy :cool:

02-02-2009, 02:50 PM
Hi turtles - sounds like everyone is staying OP for the most part.

It has been nice & sunny and warmer up here the last few days & yesterday I spent 1-1/2 hours outside moving snow from ends of drive to blvd where there was abit of room. Felt good being outside for that length of time and helps to see people on sidewalk when I am backing out of drive.

Got in 2 walks of 2 miles each time over weekend & swim as well. Stayed OP other than some potato chips but hoping for a loss at scales on Wed evening.

Judy - your party sounds like fun & hope you all have w/losses this week.

Lets keep it going!

02-02-2009, 03:20 PM
The scales finally showed some improvement, glory hallelujah. One does learn how to be patient if nothing else! Never been one of my strong points, though.

Bandit, you and I had a similar weekend with the snow removal! It got up to almost 60 degrees here; a real fluke. So I spent about 3 hours out on the driveway, chipping up ice and getting rid of hard-packed snow. It was wonderful to be outside in the sunshine, waving at neighbors, etc. And I worked up a good sweat, too!

Judy, Mardi Gras already?? How is that possible??

Plumber had to postpone his visit; his camera broke. So now he's coming out on Wednesday to take pictures inside our drainage pipe and see what's going on. So far, everything is still moving along ...

Back to the deep freeze today, but this weekend it's back into the 40s again. So I think our coldest days may be over. My DM, who lives in North Carolina, says she has daffodils and irises coming up!! Hope she enjoys her early flowers this year, because once she moves back up here she won't see them until April.

Forgot to bring lunch today, so I went to a salad bar and carefully avoided all the fattening stuff. Ended up with a very tasty salad and felt virtuous.

Oh, last night I tried on all my spring clothes. I ended up getting rid of 3/4 of them, and I fit back into my "smallest" outfits! That was very exciting. I can't wait to wear some of these things again.

Have a great day, everyone.

02-03-2009, 10:06 AM
HI Turtles,
Yesterday was a good day. Hey, here is an easy and tasty recipe for chicken. I get tired of grilled chicken or plain chicken cutlets.

Use a mini food processor or whack away with a rolling pin--grind up Fiber One original cereal.
Dip cutlets into egg white mixed with a touch of water and stirred.
Then dip cutlets into ground Fiber One cereal. Press the crumbs into the cutlet
Spray with Pam or mist with olive oil
Bake in a 350 degree oven for about 15minutes (depending on the thickness of the cutlet).

These "additions" are point free since 1/2 cup of Fiber One is 0 points and so is one egg white. You'd have to watch the amount of olive oil, but I used a teeny amount and didn't count it. I have to say I had heard of this process before, but never tried it. That chicken looked so paltry last night that I went ahead and tried the new technique. It really was good. I added pepper to the chicken and I'm sure you could add poutry seasoning or any kind of spices you like to the crumbs to jazz up the taste, but trust me--this beat regular plain chicken.

Lauren, we had a Mardi Gras style murder mystery party. It's okay--it's not Mardi Gras time yet, but believe it or not, it's getting close. I think Ash Wednesday is the last Wednesday in February. My dh and I love murder mystery parties. We have a group of relatives who really enjoy them and we are getting better at role playing the parts. Lots of laughs and good company. The reason it was a Mardi Gras theme was my dh checked Oriental Trading for different theme parties, found a Mardi Gras group of decorations and plates, etc. Then he found a murder mystery with the Mardi Gras theme. It really would have been better to hold off the party for a bit, but he's already on to the next party which will be Valentine's style and he's giving it for our grandson==he's inviting cousins and relatives and it should be a lot of fun too.

Lauren, I love that you got to purge your closet of spring clothes that are too huge AND that you are fitting into your too small clothes. You are doing great! Also kudos that you had the patience to wait out the time while your body took its sweet time releasing more weight. :goodscale: so much of this is a matter of trust and patience. Trusting that what we do will reward us with a weight loss and patience when it doesn't happen quickly or when we plateau. Weigh to go! :bravo:

Bandit, :strong: for getting rid of all that snow. Keep up the good work with your exercise and watching what you eat. You're doing great. Joining TOPS has been a boon for you! :smile:

I will make today another good day. Tomorrow is my WI and I want to get to my meeting and WI.
Take care, be well and keep on keepin' on!
Judy :cool:

02-04-2009, 01:59 PM
Hi Turtles,
I got to my WI and was up .6#. The good thing about getting to a meeting is that I come out enthused and knowing I can do this. First step--get rid of the recent 1.6# gained. That puts me at 20#down. Next step--I'll plan about later.

Take care and be well. It's sunny here today and it felt good to get out.
234.6/215.6/214 will put me 20# down :cool:

02-04-2009, 08:46 PM
Hi Turtles,
I had such an interesting thing just happen. My sister who lost a great deal of weight last year (from 1X down to med/small) just sent me her "fat" clothes. They are all nice, but I've got conflicted feelings about this. It feels odd. Yes, I really am thrilled that she lost so much weight. Yes, I am jealous that she did and I didn't. I also have two nieces who both elected to have gastric surgery to lose weight. So all of a sudden I've gone from being overweight, but kind of in the middle in our family, to being the overweight one. It doesn't feel good. Thanks for listening! Receiving the fat clothes did help me kick things in gear tonight and I ate well all day plus I started getting some small household projects in shape. feels good. I need to concentrate on doing the right thing to lose weight. I can do this. :cheer:

The main reason I chimed in again tonight is that I checked out the fiber one website and there are recipes galore. Since Fiber One original cereal has 14g. of fiber in each half cup of cereal, it is a great extender to chopped meat, etc. I checked out the dinner recipes and there is one for a Salsa Meat Loaf and also crumbs for chicken cutlet that sound a heck of a lot better than what I did. :chef:You might want to check out the recipes.

Keep on keepin' on. I know I am. :goodvibes:
234.6/215.6/214 heading back to 20# down. :cool:

02-05-2009, 01:14 PM
Hi turtles:

Judy - I have some Fibre One cereal on hand, so will definately check out those recipes - what a good idea, thanks! I'm sure your sisters intentions were good, but I know how you feel. But, just enjoy some new outfits while you can & soon they will be too big for you.

Lauren - congrats on fitting into your "skinny clothes" - what a victory for you!

Had my meeting & was down 3# from last w/i - but with some up/downs over Christmas - so I am officially now at 200.25 and down 20.25# at my Tops.
Won the draw for market basket which was cleaning products, so that was nice as well. Will be all set for spring cleaning.

Been keeping track of my walking & over the last 4 weeks have walked 26.15 miles (I know that doesn't sound like much for some, but it is good for me)

So, for the next 4 weeks my goal is to beat that & lose 6# - "Baby Steps"

Hope everyone else is staying motivated and warm!

02-06-2009, 10:00 AM
Okay Bandit, you rock!!!!! :bravo: :cheer: :cheers: :cp: Weigh to go!
You have had a great weight loss! Fabulous! Joining TOPS and getting new momentum and sticking to your plan have had such great results. Congrats on your :goodscale: You are exactly where I want to be, and I only have to knock off 12# to get there. Thanks for showing the way. Also walking and keeping track are great. You've got your own challenges to yourself and that's what you will be successful with. Yay!
Thanks for the insight about the clothes. You are right--who says I need to stay in this size? It's up to me to change things around and get into a size medium myself.

I caught a dopey cold again, but I know winter will be winding up soon and I'll get out for fresh air, etc. Everybody have a good weekend, get in the water, the exercise, and the food tracking and chime in to let us know how you're doing! :cheer:

Princess, I'm thinking of you and praying for you--there's a good job out there for you.
Ariana, let us know how your quilting is coming along.
Lauren, has the plumber gotten his camera fixed yet? I've got my fingers crossed and I'm sending prayers for all of us in this group that we keep on keepin' on and are happy and well.
234.6/215.6/214 and lower :cool:

02-10-2009, 09:51 AM
Hi Turtles,
I made the salsa meat loaf recipe (from Fiber One) last night. I don't know what to say, but honestly I thought it was terrible. For some reason, instead of blending into the background the Fiber One became predominant. Ooooh sorry :chef: I don't like to be negative, but maybe my original tip wasn't so good.

Today will be busy, but I wanted to check in and see what you're all up to.
Be well and happy and keep on keepin' on.

02-10-2009, 01:56 PM
Hi turtles:

Judy - thanks for the warning!

Got in 30 laps last night but haven't been too great with my menu. As you know, one thing leads to another & so on. Had a few outtings on weekend and another friend came for lunch yesterday & I ended ordering a burger/fries.
Boy, was it good. Will probably pay at scales tomorrow for that.

Also, tonight going to movies to see "He's just not that into you" but will try and stay away from the popcorn. But that is going to be tough - it always smells soooo good & I won't have time to have dinner beforehand.

It is warmer today but cloudy but some of the snow has melted which is great.

Anyway, have a great OP day!

02-10-2009, 07:43 PM
Bandit, I'm sending :goodvibes: to avoid the popcorn! LOL. My WI is tomorrow too, so let's hope we both have a :goodscale: (I love this little guy stepping on the scale and use it as often as I can.)

Had a busy day, but it was a good one. Thinking of Lauren, I let myself get a little hungrier than usual and I hope it helps. Tonight is my women's group and the refreshments are usually fabulous. I tried to sway the group to have SF Jell-o and fruit and only one tempting pastry, but no go---so I'll have to be on my best behavior. I have 8 points left, so many I can have a couple of smidges and still be okay.

Sending :goodvibes: and :cheer: to us all. Keep on keepin' on!

02-11-2009, 11:15 AM
Morning, turtles:

Really enjoyed the movie & of course, the popcorn. The movie started late &
had the popcorn for my supper. Tonight is my w/i & not expecting much there, given the week I have had with extra treats. But, no sense dwelling on it - just have to face the music later.

Judy - good luck with your get together, hopefully you will be more disciplined than myself.

Good luck everyone!

02-11-2009, 01:13 PM
Hi Turtles,
Bandit, glad you enjoyed the movie. Good luck tonight at TOPS!

Hey, I've got good news. At my WW's WI I lost2# I have lost 20.4# in total from my starting weight (in 2000 I am embarassed to admit). I am vry close to 213# which is my new short term goal. :goodscale: I really watched it, used some of my 35 points and made it work. Yay!

Keep on keepin' on and treat yourselves well.
234.6/213.6/210 onward and downward :cool:

02-11-2009, 02:23 PM
Judy - Congrats! That is a fabulous loss. Keep up the good work.
Yay! Go, turtles, Go!!!

02-11-2009, 02:48 PM
Hooray, Judy!! Way to go on that loss! Bandit, you're doing splendidly as well. Go, turtles!

Well, we've had quite the eventful week. The plumber with the camera finally came out and said our pipe has basically collapsed out near the street. Ever heard of orangeburg pipe? It was cheap stuff used during WWII and for a decade or two after, basically cardboard wrapped in asphalt. That's what our sewer line was made of, and it's life span is essentially over.

So I called around and got some estimates from different places, and yesterday a company arrived to do the replacement. The good news is that we now have a shiny new sewer pipe, and all our plumbing finally works so we don't have to keep running to Starbucks first thing in the morning! (Yes, it finally got that bad.) The other good news is that they didn't have to dig under the street!! That is HUGE, because it would've doubled the cost of the work, which was expensive enough, believe me!

DH saved the piece of pipe that collapsed, and it's amazing. It totally buckled in on itself. Hard to believe we got along for as long as we did.

The less good news is that our house is basically trashed. We lost half our front yard, including our sprinkler system, and now have a huge mound of dirt out there. We also lost part of our driveway, which will have to be replaced in the spring, and our basement floor is now a muddy trench! They're re-cementing the floor today, thankfully. Tomorrow they're supposed to come back and scrub everything down -- there's even mud going up our walls -- and then put the carpet back down. (We have a finished basement.) So hopefully by this weekend we'll be all back to normal. I'll be so relieved.

So for the price of a fancy trip to Europe, we can now flush our toilets again! Isn't that what YOU would rather spend major bucks on?? :P I guess this will be our Valentine's Day gift to each other this year. How romantic!

Did I mention that in the middle of all this, we left and spent a few days in Chicago with friends -- which was wonderful -- and my parents came up to visit and shop around for a condo? My poor parents had to cut short their visit for obvious reasons. In fact, if you ever want to get rid of house guests quickly, I have a perfect solution, if a tad expensive!

So that's the saga of our plumbing, which is no doubt more than you ever wanted to know. I'm happy to say that my eating has been fine in spite of it, though I haven't lost anything. I am finding that I'm more tense, which is my usual response when I no longer medicate myself by overeating. So I'm looking for healthy ways to de-stress. First on the list is increasing my exercise!

Have a great day, turtles.

02-12-2009, 11:12 AM
Morning, turtles:

Well, I am excited to be in onederland! I lost .75# last night for a grand total of 21# since mid-Sept and that was enought to be biggest loser from last week. So was very happy with that, especially after my treats last week.
Hoping they don't catch up with me next time.

Also, don't know if you get the show XWeighted down there, but it is a TV show following one persons journey over 6 months, but shown in an hour.
The host from that show Paul Plakas is coming to the town where I work, so I bought a ticket yesterday. It is a 3 hour "bootcamp" with fitness, nutrition and tips from him - so that will be something to look forward to. That happens on Feb 25th.

Tonight, going for my walk & hot-tub.

Anyway, thats my big news - have a great OP day!

02-12-2009, 12:42 PM
ONEDERLAND!!! Congratulations, Bandit, that's fabulous!!

:carrot::cb::cp::dance::hat::dancer::flow1::flame: :cheer3::cheer2::congrat::broc::cheer::yay:

02-12-2009, 12:47 PM
Oh Bandit!!!!!!!
This is such fabulous news. Weigh to go bigtime!!! You have obtained my biggest best goal and I am so happy for you. What an accomplishment.

:dance: :carrot: :dancer: :cloud: :cp: :cheers: :cheer: :goodscale:
:bravo: :balloon: :bubbles: :cb: :hat: :high: :tread: :wave: :woo:

Okay=keep up the good work. That tiny snacking you did won't show up next week if you get in your exercise and keep on tracking your foods. You are doing so great!
234.6/213.6/thinner into onederland!

Lauren, I am so glad you got the plumbing fixed up. What a nightmare. It must be disheartening to look at all the torn up lawn and driveway. I must say you've got a great sense of humor about this--hey--remember the avatar you posted of the wonderful shoe from Italy? Maybe you want to post a picture of the pipe. Hey, I hope you take that in the spirit it's meant.
Good for you for staying with your food during this time. You are really getting to be a pro with this healthy eating thing. Weigh to go!

:goodvibes: to us all
Judy, again

02-12-2009, 05:33 PM
Just for you, Judy ...

Here's the piece of pipe that cost us our entire savings account. Well, its replacement did, anyway.

02-12-2009, 05:37 PM
And here's the new version. Note the lovely renovation they did on our home office. (That's my desk in the background.)

02-12-2009, 05:39 PM
Actually, this is the part that cost the most. The great landscaping job covers it up, unfortunately, so you can't really appreciate its true gorgeousness.

02-13-2009, 10:28 AM
Hi Turtles,
Okay Lauren, I really think you should stop posting those "fabulous" photos of your home renovation--office, lawn and landscaping work, etc. We'll all be so jealous and will have to do the same to our homes. Ugh! That's all I've got to say is ugh! But big thanks for the photo because you have a great sense of humor and I was laughing as I viewed the photos. Honestly, even though you're pushing for pipe replacement, most people would rather have gone to Italy.

However, I'm also paying attention to your weight tracking. Isn't this the best? You've done such a great job with your weight loss and you're on the right path. Weigh to go! :bravo:

Princess, Ariana, Cherry, how are you guys doing? :goodvibes:
234.6/213.6/thinner into onederland :cool:

02-13-2009, 01:52 PM
Thanks, Judy. I've hit a plateau again; this is where my weight loss petered out before. This time, though, I'm not going to let discouragement derail me. The main thing I'm missing right now is exercise, so that's the next step. Literally! I'm going to go for a walk tonight, either outdoors (my preference) or in the mall (if it's raining/sleeting). And if by next month I'm still not seeing enough change, I'll take a look at dropping some of the "extras" I've added to my plan -- primarily extra yogurt and fruit. I WILL do this!

Hope everyone else is just busy but otherwise doing fine. How are YOU, Judy? What are some good decisions you made today? I find it helpful to focus on my positive behaviors rather than negative; it gets me motivated again.

Have a great Friday, everyone, even if it is the 13th!

02-13-2009, 02:27 PM
Thanks Lauren,
Yes, you WILL work through this plateau of weight. You've got good plans and you know how to put the plans into action.

I made a good decision today about what to have for lunch. I had a jar of capers in the house. Something I needed for the food in our Mardi Gras party. I don't usually use capers and they are $5 a tiny jarand I didn't want to discard them. I went online and found a WW barley recipe that used capers as an ingredient. I made up the warm barley salad, had it for lunch and although I'd like to eat more of it because it's tasty, I wrapped it up and have it stored in the fridge. Maybe dh will want it later because barley is a favorite of his.

I've been cooking recipes all morning (went grocery shopping yesterday and rather than freezing the meat, I decided to cook everything up) I love to cook and to be honest it was a great way to procrastinate about cleaning the house which is what I have to do now!! LOL. I think I'll break a sweat when I clean so that'll be my activity points today.

Everybody==have a great weekend. Remember a minute on the lips, forever on the hips when it comes to those chocolates. I'm drinking plenty of water and planning ahead. I'm making a WW cole slaw for tomorrow (a little Valentine Day party for dgrandson) and an angel food cake with lite cherry pie filling for a topper if people would like that. Cute and red and in keeping with the holiday. I know our relatives will bring loads of fattening desserts, but I am counting on fruit and the angelfood cake and maybe a sliver of one dessert to keep me in line. I had a great week last week and when I repeat it this week, I'll knock off another pound. I need to remember that I'm not at the point where I can rest on my laurels yet. :tread: :strong:

Take care and be well.
234.6/213.6/thinner into onederland :cool:

02-14-2009, 10:27 AM
Happy Valentine's Day!

Thanks everyone for all your support & congrats!

Judy - your cake recipe sounds really good & that is great you are thinking & planning ahead, that will really help with the other temptations for sure.

Lauren - what an ordeal you have been through with your pipe, glad it is over but sorry about the expense. House problems really add up. But nothing you can do but deal with it the best you can & hope nothing else major happens soon.

Got in some more walks/swims the last few days. I really think that is helping me lose at the scales since I have been having those few extras here & there.
Today me & a few neighbourhood ladies are going to walk/swim then pick up a few "girl movies" for later this evening. They are coming over & we are watching movies and doing pedicures. We are all single & will celebrate Valentines this way. Should be fun!

Hope you all have a great Valentines with your lovies & try not to have too much chocolate.

Have a great day!

02-14-2009, 10:41 AM
I love your plans for Valentine's Day. Have fun!
Your exercise is working out great because you have fun with your friends and you get the weight reduction you are working for. WEigh to go.

Here's a recipe for WW style Cole Slaw:chef:

1# bag shredded cabbage and carrot blend
2 apples, cored and diced
1/4c raisins
1/4c reduced calorie mayonnaise
1T cider vinegar
1t Dijon mustard
mix mayo, vinegar and mustard in small bowl==add 1t. sugar or pkg. Splenda if desired
In a large bowl, combine cabbage, raisins and apples. Toss with the dressing and refrigerate for at least an hour.
8 servings 65 calories, 1g fiber, 2g fat,=1 point

This is what I have made for the party this afternoon to avoid the potato and macaroni salads made by the supermarket.

Hey, everybody have a wonderful weekend and keep on keepin' on.
234.6/213.6/210 :cool:

02-18-2009, 10:19 AM
Morning, turtles:

Well, it is snowing once again up here. But at least some of it has melted & easier to see around corners again.

Got in 33 laps last night but legs tired today. So will probably be good to give them a rest tonight since it is my Tops evening. I don't feel I am down this week, but hoping not to be up. Had some extras again over the weekend & that really makes a difference with me.

Hope everyone is having a great OP week & drinking their water!

02-18-2009, 01:34 PM
Hi Turtles, :goodvibes: to everyone

Bandit, good luck on the scale tonight. Your exercise is awesome. WEigh to go!

I went to my meeting, but alas I didn't weigh in again. I am up plenty this week. Each day I had plans that went into smoke. Crazy. I got on an eating jag and didn't stop it. My meeting was good and now I have to concentrate on baby steps.

Good luck and good skills to us all. My friend says she doesn't have "willpower", she has "skillpower". She knows what she has to do, she visualizes it, she visualizes how she will feel if she doesn't do the right thing, and then she visualizes how she'll look and feel if she does the right thing. She is amazing. She's lost 220# over 15 years ago and is an inspiration.


02-18-2009, 11:09 PM
Wow, Judy. Your friend really is an inspiration, especially in keeping off her weight for all that time. Please share any of her other tips.

Bandit, I continue to be impressed with your exercise program. 33 laps, wow!

My hormones are all nuts, which is probably contributing to my plateau. I just finished TOM a week ago, and have just started another mini-TOM! Isn't perimenopause fun? NOT. Unfortunately, I have a mammogram scheduled for Friday, and I'm feeling very tender! Not sure what to do here.

Anyway, I'm shaking things up a bit with my food plan, cutting out a bit here and there to see if I can get things moving again. Having trouble getting ramped up with exercise, though, and I know that'll help once I get going. I'm really looking forward to daylight savings time; I'll be more motivated to walk if it's still daylight outside.

Have a great day, Turtles.

02-19-2009, 10:05 AM
Okay Folks, I have finally figured out that my "eating jag"
wasn't so bad. However, I did have Chinese food two days in a row. Point and calorie wise, it wasn't that bad, but the salt and my body are not a good combo. I had a pointed out day yesterday (kept track and let myself get a little hungry) and the top three pounds are gone. Now I'll work on the next two and be in good shape for next week's WI.

Lauren, good luck with the tweaking of your food plan. You're super successful and some tweaking is a good idea. As far as daylight savings time, etc. and the short days, I ended up buying myself a light box and am sleeping better and find I have more energy. Luckily our weather here is cooperating and soon I think I can get outside to walk a bit for the sunlight. As far as real exercise I need my treadmill because I can't walk as fast in the street as I can inside.

I'm sending :goodvibes: to everyone. As I think of tips from Grace, I'll let you know. Hey, here's an easy "pancake" recipe from Grace. I think I may have posted it before, but if not, it's good.

Mix 2 eggwhites with a packet of instant oatmeal, any flavor. Spray pan with Pam, cook mix and flip halfway through. Points equals whatever the packet is, usually 2-3 points. Enjoy!

Okay, I've got my optimism back and I'm sending a :bravo: for all of us Turtles.

Ariana and Princess, we miss you and would love to hear from you.

02-19-2009, 12:39 PM
Hi turtles:

Well, I was down .75# again last night so was happy with that seeing I didn't think I would be down at all. I really like the indoor walking track, that has helped me alot & I feel really good getting in some exercise on a regular basis.
Next week I will miss Tops since it is my "bootcamp" evening & I am looking forward to that & hopefully will get some new tips etc.

Judy - glad you are back OP, keep it going! I also bloat up with chinese & can gain 3# overnight for sure.

Lauren - yes, perimenopause is something else alright. I ended up having a hysecteromy & that ended all that nonsense. But I still think we have cycles & moodswings anyway. Good luck with that! Good you are changing up your menu as well. I think that helps - if we eat same things our bodies adjust to it and stalls on us. Anyway, keep up the good work.

Time for lunch - I made a big chicken caesar salad that I am looking forward to.

Have a great OP day, everyone!

02-19-2009, 06:38 PM
I'll definitely have to try that pancake recipe, Judy. I love easy, healthy recipes! Glad your eating feels like it's improving. Chinese food certainly does have that bloat factor, doesn't it? BTW, I'm impressed that you can't walk fast enough outside to really get your heart rate up -- shows you've really been keeping fit!

Bandit, congrats on another loss! That's terrific. What is boot camp, again?

Saw a teensy loss on the scale, so maybe I'll be getting off this plateau soon. We're supposed to get 5-8 inches of snow on Saturday -- gack! This is when winter starts to feel long to me. I know, Bandit; your'e getting out your violin just for us. I'm sure you have far more snow than we do! Are you in the Toronto area? Trying to remember ...

Have a great day, turtles.

02-19-2009, 07:33 PM
:bravo: and :cp: to Bandit and Lauren for :goodscale:
Weigh to go girls!!!! Every ounce down is the way to go!
We're getting close to the weekend. anyone have plans?

02-20-2009, 05:10 PM
Plans for the weekend, eh? I may try to get our taxes figured out and take them to our accountant. (The accountant files them, but we have to fill out a bunch of worksheets, etc. ahead of time.) We're hoping to get a good refund to help cover the plumbing costs. Plus I need a couple of crowns, my car is making weird noises, etc. Don't we live a glamorous life!

We're supposed to get up to 8 inches of snow tomorrow, so shoveling will also be on the agenda! Fortunately I somewhat enjoy shoveling. It gets me outside and keeps me warm.

DH's mother has the flu, which is no laughing matter when you're 83. So he may go over there tonight or tomorrow to stay with her for a little while. Thoughts/prayers welcome.

Other than that, I'll keep on keeping on with the food plan. I saw a lower number on the scale today, which was VERY welcome, even if it wasn't dramatic. I think the tweaking is working.

Oh, I survived the mammogram today. It was quite painful! But the tech was very nice, which helped. Now I'll hope for a good report and put it out of my mind. And hopefully schedule better next time!

What about you, Judy? Bandit? Everyone? Plans for the weekend?

02-21-2009, 11:22 AM
Well Lauren, your weekend sounds exhilarating. However, my prayers are with dh's mom.

I have to clear up one thing though. When I said I can't walk fast enough outside, oh--this is embarassing--I meant I can't walk fast enough outside because I am afraid I might stumble. Ugh! I said it. That's one of the main reasons why I like my :tread: It is smooth and I can walk 1 1/2miles in half an hour. I don't think that is enough to get my heart rate up, but I can work on this. My first goal is baby steps. I walked yesterday and I will again today.
Yesterday I made some good choices. I am making an effort to eat yogurt and drink milk hoping that sticking to all the healthy guidelines will make a difference in satiety and in weight loss. I had been ignoring the milk component and the healthy oil component because they are high in points without much taste satisfaction to me.
I'm trying to stick closer to what WW's says and see how that works. One thing I know is that if I exercise 4x a week and stay within my points, I'll lose a pound a week.
That's good for my age. Since I've got to get to my doc (I've been avoiding him since he told me to lose ten pounds over a year ago and I haven't done it) I'll try to really stick with the WW plan and see what I can accomplish in the next two weeks. I need some :goodvibes:
Yesterday my dh and I met one of our dd's and grandson and played with him and did some heavy dute shopping. Then our other dd and dsil joined us. We called in Chinese food, but this time I was much smarter with the salt. I had steamed veggies and shrimp and just licks and bites of other food items. What made me proud was I was really hungry by six o'clock, but we didn't even call in the order until seven o'clock. Knowing we wouldn't eat until almost eight, I made a cup of tea and a bag of no fat popcorn. I ate to curb my appetite and didn't eat the whole bag. :bravo: I'm really giving this a go!!!

Lauren, I'm so glad the tweaking resulted in a good movement down on the scale. I firmly believe that any movement down is what we need. WEigh to go!! :cp:
and :cheer:

Today I'm heading out shopping. My local Macy's is having a one day sale (they are terrific sales) and I'm planning on picking up winter clothes for grandkids for next year. That'll work! Big savings. I don't know what they'll have left, but I'll give it a go.
After that my dh and I are going to watch a lot of TV and eat heart friendly foods and chill out. Looking forward to spring.

Good luck to us all. Sorry this got long, but it feels good to "chat" with you.

02-22-2009, 12:48 AM
Sending good thoughts your way, Judy, for your upcoming doctor's appt and your weight loss. I know it's tough. Sounds like you did well at the Chinese restaurant. Thanks for your prayers for my MIL; she's still pretty sick.

As for being embarrassed about being afraid to stumble outside, nothing embarrassing about that! I completely understand that fear, especially this time of year. I think it's great you've got the treadmill and that you actually use it! I'm still having trouble making myself exercise, and I know there's no long term weight loss without it. We just got 3 inches of snow today, so I'll do some shoveling tomorrow -- that'll be something, anyway.

I lost 2.5# this week and hit my 60-pound mark since restarting last spring. So long, plateau! I think my body is doing its usual thing of holding onto weight for most of the month and then dropping a chunk in one or two days. I just need to hold the line and stick with it during the dry periods and REMEMBER this.

Two more pounds to virgin fat territory! You'll know when I hit it because you'll hear me cheering all the way from Michigan!

Have a good weekend, everyone.

02-22-2009, 08:02 AM
Lauren, I'm praying for you mil.
:goodscale: is :bravo: You are absolutely right about remembering what your body does within a month. This is absolutely wonderful to have dropped so much weight again. Virgin fat territory==here you come!

As far as my exercising, I just started back up again. What I notice is that it is not difficult for me; it's a little boring, but I feel good when I'm done. So why don't I keep it going? My next challenge to myself is to push through the negative voice that says, "I can skip the treadmill today." My answer needs to be, "Sure, you can skip it today, but what will that set up for tomorrow? You don't want to skip two days in a row. What's in it for you if you make it harder to get back on the treadmill? " I'm trying to do positive self talk and continue good behavior while ignoring the ideas :idea: that get me off track.

Lauren, would you consider a walking tape that keeps you indoors? It seems some of us had those a while back--I think Lin did--and was successful with it.

Bandit, did I hear you say you had done 33 laps around the track? Here that would be over 8 miles because our standard tracks are 1/4mile. Having the hot tub after must be great for your muscles.

Okay, I woke up too early, so I'm going to try and catch some shuteye. everybody have a wonderful Sunday.
Judy :cool:

02-24-2009, 10:20 AM
Hi turtles:

Lauren - congrats on such a great weight loss! That is awesome & 60# down is really something to be proud of. Good for you!
The bootcamp is a 3 hour nutrition/exercise/thing with the host of the TV programme called "XWeighted" - it is a weight loss show which shows someones journey over a 6 month period in a 1 hour tv show. I always watch the show so decided to treat myself with a night of "weight loss" tips.
That is tomorrow & I am looking forward to it.
Yes, I am close to Toronto about 30 km east of there, so we usually get the same weather as them.

Judy - the indoor track I have been using is 13 laps per mile. So I am averaging 2-1/2 miles each time I go.

Will be missing Tops tomorrow since I will be at "boot camp" but hopefully will show a loss next week at my meeting.

Keep up the good work everyone. Boy, it is cold up here today!

Stay warm.

02-25-2009, 08:06 PM
Bandit, enjoy your boot camp. Let us know of anything new you pick up. And many thanks for letting us know the mileage/lap connection. You're doing awesome with all your walking!

I went to my meeting this morning. I was up 1.8# but last week I hadn't weighed in because I was up 5#because of two days of Chinese food. I'm trying hard not to play with all this stuff, and I do want to see the graph tracking line move downward. I had a good week, got on the :tread: 4x and I'm not quite sure why I didn't lose more weight. I think exercising after not exercising for a bit does lead to my retaining bloat the first week. Also at the movies I had some popcorn (very little) but it was super salty and that might have been enough to do the trick. The movie we saw was Slumdog Millionaire and I really liked it. Has anyone else gone to see it?
Okay, gotta run. This week I am concentrating on drinking the right amount of water per day as well as exercising on the :tread:
Good luck and :goodvibes: to us all!

02-26-2009, 02:10 PM
I haven't seen Slumdog yet, Judy, but I plan to. I am going to a Bollywood film with a friend this weekend (the real thing); we have a theater here that shows lots of them. I love them!

I like your attitude about the treadmill, Judy. I went for a 2-mile walk this week which was nice, but I need to do it consistently.

How was boot camp, Bandit? Any good tips to share? DH used to live about an hour north of Toronto. It's pretty country up there.

MIL is doing much better; thanks so much for your prayers.

Have a great day, turtles.

02-26-2009, 03:29 PM
Hi turtles:

Judy - nice job on your exercising & that weight gain will disappear in no time.
Also good to face the scale even though you know you are up. That is when we need those meetings the most, when we feel like avoiding them. Good for you!

Boot camp was great. I really got alot out of it - some real motivation for sure. There was a 2 hours session of nutrition/exercise/weight loss that was very interesting then a 1 hour session of workout. We were divided into groups & each group had their own trainer & the host went from group to group with advice.

He believes we should be focussing on "fitness" & weight loss will come. Make a better choice foodwise each day & get in some form of exercise and the motivation from feeling better & looking better will keep you going.
He said to avoid diets that eliminate entire food groups and we shouldn't be losing more than 2#/week maximum. As far as exercise he doesn't like anything where you sit or lie down. If walking, do same length but decrease the time taken to complete it.

I really got a kick out of meeting him, since I watch the show faithfully.
They gave us wristband when we signed in & I put that on my fridge, so I will see it every time I open the fridge looking for something to eat. That will be a reminder of my bootcamp evening.

Lots of fun & I really feel pumped to do better more than ever!

02-28-2009, 11:59 AM
Lauren, glad MIL is doing so much better. :goodvibes: Also terrific that you got your walk in.

Today is sunny and nice. As soon as I finish this I'll be on my :tread: and planning the rest of my day.

Bandit, it is so wonderful that your Boot Camp worked out so well! Weigh to go. Thanks for the insights he offered and :bravo: for getting greater momentum to keep on going and losing more weight.

My weight is down today :goodscale: and it's my job to keep it down so I can have a good WI. Although we ate out twice over the last couple of days I made great choices. I also made a huge pot of WW veggie soup which is a 0 point godsend when I'm hungry and a meal shouldn't be in sight. LOL. In any case, I'm doing well. Today we're celebrating my dd's :hb: and we're heading to Outback for dinner. I know what to have there, but the challenge will be the ice cream bar she requested for dessert instead of a cake. DH bought all sorts of toppings which I love. I think I might put a banana in a plate (I'm not obsessed with ice cream) and put some selected toppings on that. I'll have to see. In any case we're planning on a good time. I heard from my son and he's not able to make it again. However, I think I have a plan to help him out and that's always a good thing.

Take care, be well, enjoy your weekend and keep on keepin' on. You guys are the greatest!
Love, Judy

03-04-2009, 10:25 AM
Morning, turtles!

Hope everyone is having a great OP week.

Judy - nice job on getting your weight back down. Good luck on your weigh in this week.

Lauren - hope you are hanging in there as well & making good choices.

Hoping for a loss tonight at my weigh in!

03-04-2009, 10:26 AM
Where are all you other turtles?

Princess & Cherry - how are you doing?

03-04-2009, 10:37 AM
Hi Turtles,
Well, I'm off to WI but don't think it will be smiley. I lost three pounds betweeen last Wed. and Sunday and then proceeded to put them back on +. Ugh.

I'll let you know the official. We had loads of snow here, but that's no reason to eat. I always feel better after my meeting but it's getting old to try hard, do well, mess up and stay where I was. Ugh.

Ariana, Princess, and Cherry==we miss you, please let us know how you're doing. Bandit==you're right. Lauren, keep on keepin' on.

03-04-2009, 10:44 AM
Hi Guys!

Sorry that I have been off line for a long time now... but I am back now. Re-joined WW last Saturday after a huge and I mean HUGE gain... the whole no job, trouble with my son, etc just got to me and I really slipped back to my old ways.

The good news is that I have been placed on another project back at the company that I was at at the end of last year so things are looking up. I have rejoined and recommited to WW, my gain was huge, I felt like Oprah there for a while, I just could not believe that I had gained so much back but I did and it happened fast! Before I knew it over 20 lbs had been gained and I was heading for 30 lbs if I did not do something so I rejoined as soon as I heard that I had a job.

Things are still rough but it is no excuse to throw it all away.

I am very out of touch with everyone and will try and get online to read the missed posts but am just not sure when that will happen.

I have a corned beef brisket in the crock pot at home... I just put it in water and have it cooking, it is the first time for me... any cooking or serving suggestions from those of you that have cooked a brisket before?

03-04-2009, 04:47 PM
Dear Princess,
You have no idea how many thoughts and prayers have been winging your way from me. Thank you so much for chiming in. I am so glad that you're on another project and I've got :goodvibes: coming your way. The sadness over your son and your job situation are completely understandable and that miserable "loss of control" over situations always gets me in trouble. Thanks for rejoining WW's, thanks for chiming in, don't worry about past posts from us, just chime in. As matter of fact I came online to start another thread, so I'll let everyone know that you are on thread #210 with good news. The weight gain would have happened to anyone in your boat and it will come off because you know what to do. Good luck and :bravo: for letting us hear from you. You feel like a lifelong buddy to me.

As far as the corned beef brisket, simple mustard and horseradish served along side it do it for me. I like it with boiled potatoes and cabbage==real Irish style. If you have a regular brisket, an absolutely easy crock pot recipe for next time is to put the brisket in the crockpot, top it with two large sliced tomatoes (or an 8oz. can of tomato sauce, pepper and a little garlic) and let it cook up. It turns out delicious without any fuss. :chef: Good to have you back.

My WI wasn't even as good as I had hoped. I was up another .4# so instead of losing 3# this week I gained more. Ugh. Talking in my group one gal suggested staying off the scale and I know I have problems being consistent, so I'm aiming to work on both things this week. I know I won't be "perfect" but I aim to get in the healthy oil, milk, water (which I had been letting slide or really never did) and see how close to WW's I can get. And I'm aiming to get on the :tread:. Sounds like an overwhelming lot of stuff to handle, so I'll do the very best I can.
234.6/215.8/214 onward and downward to onederland :cool: