WW Clubs and Groups - Health Focused Friends - April, 2009

04-01-2009, 11:28 AM
Hello! :wave:

Here's a group for anyone, whether you are a Weight Watcher member or just thinking about joining WW, to check in, get support and encouragement while trying to become healthier, not just thinner. We want to focus on eating a wholesome diet, exercising more, having a positive outlook on life, and losing weight along the way. This is what Weight Watchers promotes anyway, but sometimes it's hard to stay focused. Together, we'll make it! :yes:

04-01-2009, 11:28 AM
Here you go, ladies! Post away. :)

04-01-2009, 03:47 PM
Hi there.. yeah I've been quite busy! We had a problem with our closing and our contractor so we've been busy getting everything fixed so that we CAN close this month!! We should be closing early next week though. We're very excited.
Otherwise.. I lost it a little bit with weight watchers the other week. I'm actively working to change that. The one good thing is through that time I did keep exercising. We had family in town and ate at family's house, or out, for about 4 days in a row!! I didn't fare too well :(
I'm back on track and have added some new foods to our list! Frozen raspberries, I know, they get mushy. But I put them in my oatmeal, with fresh fruit or just coming out of the freezer before they get mushy. Also, more fresh fruit other than just apples and grapefruits! I've also picked up some frozen Edemame. I cooked the bag today and will snack on it for the rest of the week. I'm also going to start incorporating that into more dishes.
And I've also started working on my water intake. I DO count milk and tea. I know I really Shouldn't.. but it works for me :) I don't count coffee, or any other drink.. except low sugar Sobe Life water drinks (2pts for the whole bottle, tastes good and no artificial sweeteners and packed with some vitamins)...
Anyhow.. off for a quick nap and then work!! Sorry I haven't posted recently!
I hope that everyone is doing well, keeping happy, healthy and safe! :grouphug: :flow1: :carrot:

shrinking me
04-01-2009, 03:59 PM
Is any one on this thread up for a goal setting challenge???:o
I will start
I want to be down 10lb by May 1
I should weigh in tonight.
Then I will set up a ticker just for April.

I do not show my dogs or cats I could if I had better health.
I go in to the DR. in an hour it is a new Dr. so I am a little stressed. My regular Dr. wants me to have more tests done on my thyroid and he is not on my insurance so I have to go to some one who is.
Kathy I did not pick up on your coming to my area I am in Fallbrook it is in to top San Diego county I am directly south of Temecula. This is a great week to be here the weather is just right.

04-02-2009, 12:40 AM
I like your idea. I don't think I'll do a ticker. But my goal is to be 5lbs down by May. That would put me at 148. I'm at 153 right now. That really means I'll have to make sure I stay OP! I think if I focus I can do it!
Other mini goals:
Get my 8 glasses of water in
eat more of a variety of fruits/veggies
get 20g of fiber each day! And get DH used to 15-20g fiber/day (his body hates increasing fiber, so I'm doing it very slowly..)
Exercise 6 days/week

We'll see how this goes!! :flow1:

04-04-2009, 12:13 PM
Sorry to have not checked in this month. Time flies....

I have been under the weather, and just hate Spring illnesses. Found I had fluid behind my eardrums which causes a great deal of ear and head pain. (or at least it does for me) Then I had to have tests for an abdominal ailment..again. Same battle for 4 years now. SO I am awaiting results and hoping they will finally take out my gallbladder.

Sounds like you two gals are up for a challenge and doing quite well. I think I will pass on one until I get my health back on track. My weight has been up and down again and quite disheartening. I had gotten down to 165 and then after a recent trip was back above 170...grr. Today I am back to 170 and hopefully on my way the RIGHT direction. For some reason my body settles in easily at 170 and likes it there...hard to budge!

I am searching garden sites and info for plants to grow in shade or semi-shade. Lots of trees in the backyard, but I want some more plants and pretties.
Jane- Are you planning your beautiful cutting garden again this year?

Hi to everyone and I will come back and chat soon.

04-06-2009, 12:42 AM
Hi Everyone,

I ended up with only a 5 lb loss for March which I was hoping for more, but decided that if I could just lose 5 lbs a month that would be nice as it would be 60 lbs in 12 months. So yes I'm up for the challange and hope to lose at least another 5 by May.

Sue Hope things get better for you soon. Take care of yourself.

Hope everyone is doing well.

04-06-2009, 01:47 PM
Ok I am home, and just getting unpacked... I will check back in later.

04-06-2009, 10:59 PM
Kathy Welcome home.

Hope everyone is doing well.

shrinking me
04-08-2009, 04:13 PM
we had a little storm last night it was great it started and stopped at night leaving us with a nice cool sun shining day. I am still in a holding pattern with my weight loss but I am sticking to the plan I am trying to eat mostly filling foods and really making an effort to not eat late at night. I keep weird hours but I am determined to win the battle. I have so much to loose it gets overwhelming all to often that is why I put up the challenge for 10 lb at my size I should be able to do that. Thanks for listening hope you all have a great day Victoria

04-08-2009, 10:03 PM
Victoria - We keep wierd hours ourself at times so I work my eating around them. I appreciate the challenge. I would love to lose 10 lbs by May, but at this point in my life (age) I will be happy for a 5 lb loss. Right now I am trying to drink my water and eat healthy to make that happen.

Hope everyone is doing well.

short & sassy
04-09-2009, 05:45 PM
Hey Trish, congrats on the 5 lb weight loss last month!! Are you exercising any? I've joined a gym, but I haven't been in two weeks due to some sort of cold, sinus or allergy problems. Haven't lost anything, but my problem is drinking water snd eating properly! Oh, well...a little progress is better than none! Keep up the great work!

Hey Jane!

04-10-2009, 02:07 PM
Hi Everyone,

A quick fly by here as it is getting ready to have a thunderstorm here so won't be on computer much today. Will do some reading instead.

Ruth It is good to see you. I try to do some exercise, but my knee doesn't seem to like my Walk Away the Pounds thing any more. It does like the stationary bike, but I haven't done that much either sooo boring to me. I do need to get back on it any way. I read somewhere how important it is to keep our legs strong as we get older. I do try to move around more and if I will get busy and do some much needed really honest to goodness house cleaning that would be exercise enough. Bought what I needed now to just get off my rear end and just do it.

Y'all have a good Easter week end.

04-12-2009, 12:18 AM
Hi everyone

Well I have been out job hunting the last few days. We shall see if anything comes of it in the next week or so.

Victoria - What a cute picture. Is it one of your kitties? Well I loved California... could move there actually. (Only if I lost about 100 lbs) The Ocean and the beaches were beautiful. Went to Laguana beach, and Newport beach. I have to say that I definately stood out like a sore thumb. I can't believe that the dolphins are actually right there. I have to say that I have never experienced traffic like what was there. Would never be able to drive in that. I really wanted to go to Sea World and the Zoo, but I was outvoted. That would have been much better than Universal Studios.

Trish in the book that I am reading, it states that weight loss really is about 80% what we eat. However, the 80% that I like to eat does not do me any good. Also, I have been having a really hard time drinking water. I really need to concentrate on that. Do you have knee problems? My daughter who is 19 is having a very hard time with her knees. She is actually suppose to have surgery, but they are taking their time getting her in there.

Ruth I hope that you get over your cold quickly. Were you enjoying the gym? I would like to join one, but we live to far out of town for it to work for me. My DS#1 bought a bow flex, so maybe I will check that out and see if I can get me Bow Flex body in 6 weeks. :rofl:

Candy and Brittany :wave: how are you both doing?

Jane is the Easter bunny coming to your house tonight? Are you planing on dinner at your house? When Cole got back to school after our vacation, his teacher was asking him if he had fun and what his favorite part was, and he told her that we went to church (the Crystal Cathedral) and saw an Easter play about Jesus. Then he told her about Mickeyland. I guess his school is teaching him some good morals.

Well I washed the bedding today and hung it out on the line as we were at a gorgeous 62 degrees. (Unheard of for around here this time of the year.) As I was hanging out the laundry, I could hear the geese, and looked up and there are thousands of them flying overhead. I really had to think hard about leaving the clean laundry out there. Tonight as I was letting the dogs out, I can hear the hunters out there shooting them. I put the horses in the barn and let all the dogs in the house.

Anyways I must run. Hope that you all have a happy Easter.

04-12-2009, 02:58 PM
Hi Everybody,

Happy Easter Sunday

Kathy - Good luck on the job hunting. Your DD is awfully young to have knee problems. Is it the result of sports injury? Mine is probably from an accident I had several years ago when I fell. But mine doesn't usually bother me until I gained so much weight. So probably when I get back under 200 lbs, it wouldn't be a problem. Right now it seems that when I use the stationary bike that it doesn't hurt so much even at this weight.

Well, I've been reading the book on Volumetrics and reading a lot of threads here at 3fc as well as some other books. Volumetrics is a lot like the WW Core plan they used to have. I am trying to take the best of the different things I've read and make my own plan that I can live with. That seems to be how successful dieters and maintainers do. I haven't had a tracker on here in a while, but decided that I needed one so I can see what/how I am doing. I used the hearts to represent that I should love myself and be good to me and my heart. I set a mini goal rather than an ultimate goal because I think short term goals will be easier to handle at a time.

Jane, Victoria, Ruth, Candy, Brittany and anyone else reading this:wave:

Have a nice day!

04-15-2009, 12:12 AM

It's been so long since I've posted, I hardly know where to start. :dizzy:

Kathy - I'm glad you made it safely back! Aww, how sweet of Cole telling the teacher about Jesus. You're teaching him well! I like to hang my linens out, too. Nothing puts me to sleep quicker than the fresh smell of the outdoors on my sheets. Hope you get a job soon. :crossed:

Trish - mini goals are less scary than the final goal for me, too! Like you, I think we can pick out the good parts of different plans and use them to our advantage.

Ruth - I hope you're feeling better now. YAY for you joining the gym!

Sue - hope you're feeling better, too. Yes, I will have some cut flowers again this year. I just love to place vases of flowers all over the house. Before long, I'll have lilacs! For shade, how about some hostas, astilbes, bleeding hearts, impatiens, coral bells, and maybe some shade azaleas? I've got the pink and lavender astilbes, and they are gorgeous!

Hello to Candy, Victoria, Brittany, and anyone else reading this.

I hope you all had a nice Easter. All 3 of my kids, and several grands went to church with Neal and me, and I loved that! Then we met back at my house for dinner. Mary and Katie helped with that, so it was an easy day for me.

My broken pinkie is still very sore, and I only have 1 pair of shoes I can wear. This is going to be a problem when I go to San Francisco next week!

I got a new recumbent bike today, and I think I'm going to love it! It doesn't hurt my knees, feet, or broken toe. It's very quiet, so I can watch TV while riding it. That will make the time go faster, right?


04-15-2009, 01:18 PM
Jane- Now I not only envy you the San Francisco trip but the bike also. I was wondering about a quiet one to be able to watch t.v. Years ago we had a treadmill that was so noisy you couldn't hear the t.v. unless you blared it.

My CA daughter lives north of SF and goes into the city every once in awhile. My IN daughter and granddaughter just got back from Spring Break in CA. They spent a day in SF and also went to Monterey. My favorite trip to CA was when we visited SF and toured Alcatraz. Love the Pier, Fisherman's Wharf and just everything about SF. I could live in Northern CA for SF alone and Southern CA for La Jolla. Hope you have a wonderful time and that the toe doesn't pose too much of a problem.

04-16-2009, 09:03 PM
Sue - I've been to CA before, but not to SF. DD Katie is going with me - we've talked about going for years! Best of all, I get to meet Jaded Ladies Angie and Mary Kate. We all rented a house, so it should be lots of fun! The bike is great! Very, very quiet. I've got in near the bedroom tv, and I think this is just what I needed. Did you decide what flowers you want to plant?

Hello to all others. :wave:

I did laundry today including linens and caught up on some paperwork. Also upped my calling plan for my cell phone - that took awhile! I played i-dont-know-how-many games of Old Maid, and fixed chicken tacos for the kiddos. Now I'm just piddling.


shrinking me
04-17-2009, 03:46 PM
Well lady's I finally moved the scale and made my 10% loss:D!!! I am waiting to get on thyroid med. If any of you come down to San Diego area let me know this is my one and only kitten for the moment. He has been adopted by a dear friend who is battling cancer. He will leave with his mom so she can watch him grow. I hope it will give her hope. We call him "fat boy"
Have a great weekend Fallbrook is having an avocado festival it will bring thousands to my quiet little town. They will all drive right by my house I will be hiding lol

04-17-2009, 11:15 PM
Whoo hoo for making your 10%. :cp: Fat Boy is adorable! Like you, I hope having him will give your friend hope.

shrinking me
04-25-2009, 04:31 PM
Hi girls I sure miss your stories hope every one is doing well Victoria

04-27-2009, 11:48 PM
Hi Everyone,:wave:

Sorry :?: I haven't been around much. I've been reading a lot and trying to get motivated. I don't know if I shared with y'all about finding 2 books by Anne Fletcher who looked for people who have successfully lost their weight and maintained. I read about her books here on one of the threads. I ordered the books and it was so nice to read about how different people have been successful. We hear so much about people who lose but gain it back. Now I am reading and working on doing the cognitive therapy skills in The Complete Beck Diet for Life. A friend suggested I check it out. Although she includes a diet in this book as a request from some of her patients, I understand her earlier books did not and the skills can be used with any diet such WW, calorie counting, etc. It is more motivational techniques. Some of us, I know I have such bad habits of giving up when I think am doing something wrong or get discouraged. The skills are supposed to help us change our thinking and habits so we don't fall into those traps so much. I am doing it along with my IE.

Victoria CONGRATULATIONS!!! :cheer3::cheer2: :carrot: 10% of your weight off means you are a lot healthier. You go girl. I've been surfing the 3fc site and reading a lot. Fat Boy is so cute.

Kathy How has the job hunting going?

Jane I know you are having a blast on your trip.

Sue, Ruth and others :wave:

Y'all have a good evening.

shrinking me
04-28-2009, 01:58 PM
I know all about gaining back weight and giving up when the scale does not move. April was a lost month for me. I found out about my thyroid and just stopped trying. I still have not had a Dr. put me on medication for Hasimotos. I am holding my loss but found my self at the store shopping like a fat person again. I have a long way to go I will start back on the first when I haver money to shop the way I need to eat.
Thanks for the post it helped me to get back on track Victoria

04-28-2009, 02:56 PM
Hi all,

Trish - yep, the Beck Diet gives cognitive suggestions that I think are very helpful no matter what WOE a person choses. You are so right that it's easy to just give up when things are tough, or when we mess up a bit. I will be doing the Beck suggestions along with WW when I finish the book and get my cards made.

Victoria - most of us here have a long way to go, so we will help you along your journey. :hug: One thing I like about WW is that you can eat whatever your family eats by using portion control. You wouldn't really need any special foods.

I had a good time in SF! The day before I got there, I tripped on a sidewalk and bruised a lot of the left side of my body. Being so sore from that, along with having a broken toe, made walking far out of the question. My weight also held me back, so I felt like I put a damper on the whole trip for the others. One of my favorite places was Haight Ashbury, the old stomping grounds for hippies. I saw some very bizarre sites there.


04-28-2009, 10:07 PM
:wave:Hi Ladies,

Victoria - I'm so sorry your doctor hasn't given you the meds you need for your thyroid. I think I'm one of those people who thyroid is low but from what a doctor told me years ago that I'm borderline and most doctors will not give you thyroid meds for it. I'm not sure what Hasimoto is. I think I looked it up once, but can't remember. Will have to google it again. Like Jane says we are here to support you.

Jane - I liked the story in the book when a person had followed one of the skills pretty well, but had one slip during the day and saw it as a completely ruined day. The point made in the book is that the person should have seen it as a good day because the person realized what they had done and got right back on track. We learn from this that a 5 second or minute, can't remember the exact time, trip us up or ruin our progress. How many times have I had the attitude of "I can't do this. I ruined today so I might as well forget dieting today".

This is Day 3 doing some of the skills haven't learned all of them and I am amazed. Finally a diet plan with a required skill to weigh everyday. Yeah :carrot: cause try as I do I never could give it up. I've lost a total of 1 lb in two days which is saying a lot for me since I have had a difficult time losing. And I've been experimenting with the calories and I have eaten as much as around 1900 calories yesterday. You know WW pushes for us to eat all our points allowed and I never wanted to eat all of them. When I decided to put a limit on my calories, I cut back to between 1200 - 1400. Could it be that I cut them back too much and wasn't eating enough? Also I wasn't eating enough protein which was probably why I was tired all the time. Guess that is no surprise to you Jane because you were always asking me if I was eating enough protein.

Catch y'all tomorrow.

04-30-2009, 10:45 PM
Hi everyone

Just popping in really quick to say hi, and that I am here. Cody had his 18th birthday on Monday, and Kristi had her knee operated on yesterday, so we have been busy with that. Also Cody's graduation is coming next week, so we will have a house full of company I am getting ready for. Ok. Must run

05-01-2009, 11:52 PM
A quick flyby to say I'm still here just working my plan. Ate off a little bit last night but back on today and did well. Did 1 hour exercise which turned out to be too much. I will do minimum just get busy today and Sat and then take a breadk Sunday and start back doing just 30 min a day for 6 days with Sunday off. I forgot that the dvd I do doesn't seem so strenuous when doing it, but boy are you sore the next day. This time I was sore almost immediately after. So have to use wisdom and go a little slower.

Kathy - Sorry Kristi had to have the knee surgery. I'll keep her in my prayers that she have a quick recovery. I don't guess I realized Cody's age. Congratulations on his graduation and wishing him Happy Birthday. Enjoy your company.

Jane, Ruth, Victoria, Sue and everyone - :wave:

Have a great weekend!

05-09-2009, 08:30 PM
Hop on over to the May thread, for anyone interested.