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Mama Nicole
05-18-2009, 12:35 PM
Good morning everyone :) Let's have an incredibly successful week everyone :)
XOXO


sweetandspicy
05-18-2009, 01:05 PM
Good morning!!! Nicole- what a positive start to a Monday Morning. I hope everyone is doing well. It rained most of the weekend except for a short time on Saturday. I got the sprinkler out and let the kids run through the baby loved it and he would close his eyes as he ran through and was running into all the other kids outside. I also had a chance to watch 2 movies this weekend. Taken was a really good thriller type movie and The curious case of Benjamin Button and it was good too. This weekend went by so quick, I hardly believe it is Monday already, but as I type here at work I sure believe it. We have been incredibly busy as soon as school gets out and the weather warms up, it seems family situations seem to explode. I can hardly wait until next Monday for a day off.

I stayed on plan this weekend and am weighing and measuring everything to the exact amount. i am going to try to exercise for at least 5 days this week. I think I found an eliptical maching we are going to buy so I am excited about that. I am going to do everything to keep off the weight I lost last week and to loose more this week.

Hope everyone has a wonderful on plan week!!!!

Clanori
05-18-2009, 01:06 PM
Here's to hoping for a better week.Last week was a little rough.But I did not gain any weight so that is a good thing.I am praying for the strength to resist the ice cream pie my daughter mad e for dessert yesterday.What are some of your favorite grilling recipes for summer.We love to cook on the grill.I am looking for some new ideas that will keep me OP.Have a great week.


JLem311
05-18-2009, 01:25 PM
hello all. it was a pretty rough weekend for us..baby X wouldn't let us put her down barely at all. she's cry and scream if she was put down for even a few mins. it was hard.
speaking of which..she's crying now, gotta go. be back later.

jewljz
05-18-2009, 02:05 PM
Amy M – great job on the 6lb loss! That is AWESOME!

Nicole – Thanks for the motivation – we go to the beach this weekend, so I’m going to try to be extra good all week!

Jillian – my Dr. gave me some advice for pink eye, Neosporin. You just rub it over the closed eye and it will usually clear it up within 24-48 hrs – my kids get eye infections a lot because of their allergies and this works every time and its easy to do.

Well, I’m up 1lb from the weekend, which is expected, but remember – Friday is my true-up day for the ticker, so I’m not gonna update it. I had been feeling like I am fighting a losing battle with these last 10 lbs, but today I looked at my calendar and last year when we went to the beach I was 20lbs heavier, so I need to just be happy about that! I got some exercise in last week, but not what I wanted to… I really just need to find a time that I can make it part of my life EVERYDAY. But not for the next 3 weeks because the kids have swimming lessons – I guess that’s what mom stuff does to schedules!!!

Anyway, hope everyone has a great day :)

JLem311
05-18-2009, 02:48 PM
ok..i have a few mins to stop by again and say hi. :)
my NAMI walk was saturday and it was soooo cold/windy out! but it was still a good time and turn out. dh stayed home with baby X, since it was too cold for her to be outside. the kids had fun and former dh came with too.

today is DD's last day of school and she gets out early, so former dh is bringing both kids over for the rest of the afternoon. and he surprised us on saturday with a brand new stroller that matches the swing and pack-n-play that we got for the baby! so now i can take her on walks! :)

ok..my time is up, baby is fussing around again. hope everyone had a good weekend and has a good start to the week!

Repo girl
05-18-2009, 05:27 PM
Jillian- Your former DH sounds like a really good guy. I am so proud of you that you got to do your NAMI walk!

BarbaraB
05-18-2009, 08:18 PM
Jillian, It is great you got out and walked so soon after your delivery. Baby X sounds like she just loves her mama and daddy a lot. I don't think you can hold a little baby too much or give them too much love.

Amy M, Whatever you are doing, it is working. 22 pounds is not just a small water fluctuation, that is real fat gone from your body. Keep it up!

Julie, Even if the scale is not going down, it has not gone back up to any large degree either, and that is a HUGE victory. Don't let those last 10 pounds minimize how far you have come and how well you have done, even when you are a mom who has a lot of demands on your time.

Nicole what a wonderful positive message. Plus I've thought about honey several times since you said what you did about alergies and all, as I do suffer from seasonal allegies which are kind of bad right now.

Katie, How do you start the hive?

JLem311
05-18-2009, 10:10 PM
thanks katie and barbara. :) i actually took all three kids on a short walk today too to try out the new stroller. :) it was in the 80s here today!

oh and yes katie--former dh is amazing. i'm so thankful to still have him in my life and that we're such great friends. we're all just one big happy family and i love it!

JLem311
05-18-2009, 10:15 PM
all three of my babies together! :)

http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e161/hotwife1221/mybabies.jpg

she had just gotten a bath and her eye gooped with her ointment--she was a bit angry!

http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e161/hotwife1221/angrybabyx.jpg

http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e161/hotwife1221/face.jpg

http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e161/hotwife1221/daddytime.jpg

Luckybustert
05-19-2009, 12:46 AM
Hi everyone! I posted my re-introduction in another thread but wanted to stop in here and say hello :)

JerseyMadchen
05-19-2009, 10:08 AM
Hey guys!

Just wanted to check in and say hello! I am officially moved, and am now starting to unpack. I don't know, but that may be the worst part of unpacking!

I started cleaning up the kitchen area last night with DH, and need to finish that today so that I can start to cook and stop eatting out!

Well, gotta run!

Have a great day guys!

Luckybustert
05-19-2009, 10:28 AM
Amy, I was a military wife for years so I've done my share of moving and I would agree with you that unpacking is the worst part! Very closely followed by packing...lol Great plan for finishing the kitchen so you can cook - much easier to remain on plan that way! :)

Did my first WI this morning.....237.....102 pounds to lose. That's a whole person! (A very skinny person, but a whole person nonetheless!) I need to figure out a way to incorporate exercise while working so many hours. Got off work at a decent time yesterday and thought about going to the gym but my knee was hurting from a fall I took on Saturday so I skipped it. Wondering if maybe I should have toughed it out...

sweetandspicy
05-19-2009, 10:42 AM
Good morning to evreyone!!!!

Amy- I am sure you are so happy to be with your DH and safe at your new home. Unpacking is the worst. But eventually everything will be done and you will feel right at home. Good luck to you..

Jillian- BabyX's pic are so precious, she looks so serious you can just tell she did not like having that put on her eye. Your kids all look so happy. Eventhough right now and the near future maybe rough, it does get easier and sleep eventually does happen consistantly and as you already know it is all worth it.

BarbaraB- I use to have to take allregy shots and medication. I use local honey from the Smokey mountains when it is my worst allergy season and it helps tremendously. As long as I can stay away from moldy situations. I am good.

Julie- i am sure those last 10 pounds are haunting you. I have heard that the last 10 are the hardest to loose. It seems you have done very well and have lost 50 pounds. So I would just keep doing what you are doing I am sure the last 10 will be off before you knwo it.

Hello to everyone else!! i must get to work..

dawnita
05-19-2009, 12:56 PM
Hey there everyone! I am new to the forum, and just wanted to say hello. I started with LAWL three and half weeks ago and have lost 12.1 pounds :carrot:! i am totally psyched -- went to weigh in yesterday with a heavy heart because I had a child graduate from college over the weekend, and did not make perfect choices all weekend long -- so I was, in a word, terrified, to step on the scale. Surprise, surprise, I lost 2.2 more pounds! I must have made better choices than I thought. What a great way to start the week!
Hope everyone has a great one!

Mama Nicole
05-19-2009, 01:41 PM
Welcome Dawnita, and good morning everyone :)
XOXO

JLem311
05-19-2009, 01:52 PM
hello all. just wanted to stop in quickly and say hi.
i got out my LAWL stuff so i can "refresh" my brain a bit...even though i remember pretty much everything, it won't hurt to re-read.
it's supposed to be 90 here today! not sure if i'll make it outside for a walk with baby X or not..may be a bit too hot. i'm going to get out my hand weights and do a few arm exercises and may even pop in my walk away the pounds dvd if i can put the baby down for longer than 5mins. :)


hope everyone has a good tuesday!

BarbaraB
05-19-2009, 02:30 PM
Second day of TO for me. Last time I did one I successfully completed one I was able to follow plan successfully for a couple of weeks, but then I got off track with a series of special occasions, which now are over and I need to get back on track. So I'm hoping this breaks the cycle of self indulgence.

JLem311
05-19-2009, 03:32 PM
good for you barbara! i hope the TO helps you get back on track!
btw..you use the south beach bars sometimes, right? do you use the cereal bars or the meal replacement bars? there's not too much of a difference. just curious.

Hoochie
05-19-2009, 04:35 PM
Well I had a terrible weekend. I took my cocker spaniel to the hospital on Thursday and found out that he has an ulcer in his blind eye and he is losing sight in the other eye. They told me that he will need his eye surgically removed this week. Cocker spaniels lifespan is usually 12-13 years and he will be 12 soon so he has had a good life. We wil be putting him down this week and it is just hurting me so bad. We have two dogs but this one is espcially close to me. We took him for his last camp trip this weekend. He loves camping!!! I am at work today and I can hardly keep from crying as I am just waiting to hear from the vet as to when I need to bring him in. He is like my frigging child. I don't know if I can ever have another pet again. I still have my little bichon but I am sure he will be sad when his buddy is gone. I did not watch what I ate or drank all weekend. Hopefully I can cope with things and get back on track soon. I am so glad to have this group to talk to. Bye for now,

Joan

Kimphin
05-19-2009, 04:46 PM
Oh Joan, my heart goes out to you. This hits very close to home since my Maltese turns 15 today and I am dreading the day we get to this. I'm sure that the life he had with your family was the very best life a cocker spaniel could have.

Repo girl
05-19-2009, 05:12 PM
Oh Joan, I am so sorry! I know how much it hurts to lose your dogs. It sounds like you have given him a wonderful home. There is a childrens book called "Dog Heaven" that has helped me a lot when we had to say goodbye. Don't worry about staying OP today, just take care of yourself!

jewljz
05-19-2009, 05:27 PM
Suzanne – if you are just starting out, try focusing on the food only for now. I was very successful going this route. In the past I would try to be all gung ho and eat right and exercise at the same time which would always lead to burnout. This time I was able to re-train my brain into healthy eating habits, and now I’m taking the steps towards adding exercise into my day.

Hi Dawnita :)

Barbara – good luck with TO, I’ve resorted to just drinking the juice so that I don’t feel like I wasted it, I only have 1 bottle left.

Joan – so sorry to hear about your dog… I too dread the day that mine has to go, even though he’s just a wandering dog. He wanders the whole neighborhood and probably has several places he calls home, but I’m the only one that pays for medical care and daily meals! I know he loves and appreciates us, even if we are not the most responsible pet owners… He’s a beagle for pete’s sake! Who can keep a beagle fenced up?

Hoochie
05-19-2009, 05:52 PM
Thanks guys. I think I will go pick up that book Katie. My son is 16 but him and the dog are good buddies. Maybe the book will help me and my son Derek to get thru this. I still haven't heard from the vet. Waiting is horrible!
I am dreading the talk with my kids tonight. It will be a house of tears, thats for sure.
Kim- sounds like you are really close to your little Maltese. They become your family. Thanks for your support! It means lots!!!

Jacque9999
05-19-2009, 06:21 PM
I sort of lost touch with all you ladies...not sure what happened...guess I wasn't checking LAWL forums. Anyway...sounds like everyone is doing pretty good EXCEPT for Joan. I am so sorry about your dog. I am a dog lover too and I know how hard that can be. I had to put down a dog a few years back that was 16...at any age it is hard even when you know that they had a good life and gave you companionship, love and memories. You need not to think about another pet now. You have lots of love to give your animals and when the right time and right pet comes along you will know it is time for another. I myself have 2 other dogs and didn't feel the need or the want to get another when Mocha died. But I never say never. One of the 2 I have now is getting up there and I know I probably only have a few more years with her. It is difficult since we do feel that they are like our children...and in a way they are!!!

BarbaraB
05-19-2009, 09:07 PM
Joan, Your poor old cocker. I had a really hard time when I put my sweet Jojo down a year ago. It wasn't until he was gone for awhile before I really was able to admit to myself how sick he had become and how much of my life revolved around trying to keep him going. I let it go on too long, and he suffered, and I knew he was suffering, but I still could not bring myself to do it. Be thankful that there is this event that clearly marks when it is time. You don't want your dog to suffer great pain and great confusion. It does not feel like it, but it can be a loving thing to let them go rather than to hold on to them and make them suffer greatly to stay with you.

Suzanne, I also didn't start a major increase in exercise right away... Although by the time I was down 25-30 pounds I did start upping my exercise, and it was easier to do at that point. Also keep in mind that you need to keep doing whatever it is for a long, long time to keep the results, so make changes you feel like you can really keep up with, and skip the rest.

JLem311
05-19-2009, 09:08 PM
joan--so sorry to hear about your doggie. wish i could give you a big hug. i'll be thinking of you and your family.

Mama Nicole
05-19-2009, 10:42 PM
Joan.......so sorry about your fur-baby. I went through the same thing a year and a half ago........and it still makes me sad thinking about my Miss Maggie. As a matter of fact, youngest DS, Andrew, who is 4, still asks me almost everyday if we can name our current puppy, Fluffy, Maggie. It is so cute. I am sorry you are so sad. :hug:

Wow, Kim.........I didn't realize Dodger was 15 already. Happy Birthday to him :)

Jillian.........how was your day with Baby X? I love that nickname by the way. :) My kids never showed any sign of fussiness until the 2 week mark. It was like magic how day number 14 was like I had a copletely different baby for a while. Hopefully she will mellow and and adjust to life outside of the womb soon.

Hello to everyone else. I am sorry I have been kind of scarce lately. I did a dumb thing. I started smoking again about 3 months ago. I don't know how I managed to do it....but my brother kept coming down to work on our house, and most of my family smokes, and I used to soemtimes socially smoke when they would come to visit me. Well, the extended stays of my brother and others just made it a bit too risky, and I caved. BUT, I stopped on Friday......and I have been kinda down in the dumps and sleepy. I know it will get batter, but I am so mad at myself for being so stupid and having to go through this all over again. So, that is kind of why I have been short on words and time........but it will get better soon :)

Ok, have to watch the Idol I dvr'd :)
XOXO

Luckybustert
05-20-2009, 12:32 AM
Hey there everyone! I am new to the forum, and just wanted to say hello. I started with LAWL three and half weeks ago and have lost 12.1 pounds :carrot:! i am totally psyched -- went to weigh in yesterday with a heavy heart because I had a child graduate from college over the weekend, and did not make perfect choices all weekend long -- so I was, in a word, terrified, to step on the scale. Surprise, surprise, I lost 2.2 more pounds! I must have made better choices than I thought. What a great way to start the week!
Hope everyone has a great one!

Hi Dawnita and :welcome2:

WTG on the 12.1 pound weight loss! One thing I really like about LAWL is that it teaches me to make better food choices. Honestly, I think we all will make less than perfect choices at times and the trick is to learn how to recover from that. I used to think "oh, I've strayed from my plan so I've blown it so I might as well have this brownie, cake, potato chips", pick your poison.....for me the challenge is to stop right there and immediately get back on plan before I make it oh so much worse!

Luckybustert
05-20-2009, 12:40 AM
Well I had a terrible weekend. I took my cocker spaniel to the hospital on Thursday and found out that he has an ulcer in his blind eye and he is losing sight in the other eye. They told me that he will need his eye surgically removed this week. Cocker spaniels lifespan is usually 12-13 years and he will be 12 soon so he has had a good life. We wil be putting him down this week and it is just hurting me so bad. We have two dogs but this one is espcially close to me. We took him for his last camp trip this weekend. He loves camping!!! I am at work today and I can hardly keep from crying as I am just waiting to hear from the vet as to when I need to bring him in. He is like my frigging child. I don't know if I can ever have another pet again. I still have my little bichon but I am sure he will be sad when his buddy is gone. I did not watch what I ate or drank all weekend. Hopefully I can cope with things and get back on track soon. I am so glad to have this group to talk to. Bye for now,

Joan

Joan, I am so sorry this is happening to you. I have a Mastiff and an American bulldog/Mastiff mix and they too are like my children. The giant breeds normally have a shorter life span, so I will probably only have my Peaches another 6 or 7 years. Just thinking about that makes me tear up, much less having to go through it like you are. I hope your memories of the fun times you've shared with him will comfort you during this very difficult time.

Luckybustert
05-20-2009, 12:45 AM
Suzanne if you are just starting out, try focusing on the food only for now. I was very successful going this route. In the past I would try to be all gung ho and eat right and exercise at the same time which would always lead to burnout. This time I was able to re-train my brain into healthy eating habits, and now Im taking the steps towards adding exercise into my day.




I think this is a good approach...now if I can just convince the side of me that is an overachiever to listen, will be on the right path. :)

Luckybustert
05-20-2009, 12:49 AM
Suzanne, I also didn't start a major increase in exercise right away... Although by the time I was down 25-30 pounds I did start upping my exercise, and it was easier to do at that point. Also keep in mind that you need to keep doing whatever it is for a long, long time to keep the results, so make changes you feel like you can really keep up with, and skip the rest.

Barbara, what made it easier to stick to the exercise at that point? Was it that you had more energy once you were 25-30 pounds lighter? Both my naturopath and my traditional doctor have recommended that I start exercising.....I know I need to and I don't mind doing it, it's really just finding the time to do it. I know for sure I'm not going to push myself to do it until my knee is feeling better. I don't want to do anything that might make that worse!

Repo girl
05-20-2009, 12:57 AM
Wow, I am amazed at how many of us on here are dog lovers.

Nicole- WTF? Just kidding, I know how easy it can be to slip into old habits. You will start feeling better soon. Remember, though, that your body has to detox the nicotine. You may want to start drinking a shot glass full of fresh lemon juice every day to help your body out with the process. You can do it, and I will be thinking of you!

AngieH75
05-20-2009, 08:30 AM
Morning all,

Its been a roller-coaster couple for weeks for me and my DBF. We are back together and working on making our relationship all that we want it to be.
I lost some weight but that was due to not having any appetite. So it's time to recommit to the gold plan/ modified plan 2 with luna's. I see a TO in my future as well.

Joan - My heart goes out to you and your family. In December, on New Year's Eve, we put my DBF's 11 year old choco lab to sleep. He had a rather large tumor on his spleen. We could have chosen to put him through surgery but considering his age and the chances that he would develop another tumor somewhere else, it was just not worth it. For any of us.

I have an 10 year old min-pin sheltie mix and she is my child. I've had her since she was 8 weeks old and I can't even begin to think about life without her.

While this is a very difficult time, please know that your baby will be in a place where there is no more pain. In time, and it helped me a lot, there is a website that is of great comfort. Many might know of the Rainbow Bridge poem - it will make you cry, but I hope will also bring some comfort. There are also a number of other poems that might help too.

http://www.petloss.com/

It's great to hear that everyone else is doing well with their plan!
Jillian - Baby X is adorable, thank you for sharing your pics with us!!

Have a great OP day!

JLem311
05-20-2009, 08:38 AM
nicole--good luck with kicking the smoking. it's hard. believe me, i know. i still crave a cigarette whenever i drink coffee..and i drink coffee every day! i know you can do this..you're an amazing strong woman! get it done girlie!

oh and baby X is doing fine..she just doesn't want to sleep in her bed at night. so DH and i have been taking turns sleeping on the couch while holding her. once she's asleep, we try to lay her down and she fusses and wakes herself up..it's a cycle. we've tried swaddling her and that worked for about a week, and now she doesn't want any part of that. she slept in her swing for a while too, but doesn't want that at night now either (she naps in it during the day--so i can keep an eye on her) and i even got her to sleep in her carseat one night (my other DD did that too!)
so it sucks. i know this stage won't last forever, but it's just hard to have to take turns giving each other a break so we can catch a few hours of sleep in our bed. :( it seems as if we've tried it all, and nothing. she just likes to be held and sleep on us or with us holding her.


anyways..i'm gonna try and do some exercise with my hand weights and maybe some ab exercises too (lord knows i need it, ha!)
gonna go and finish my espresso and luna bar before baby X starts to fuss around again.

have a good day!

sweetandspicy
05-20-2009, 09:53 AM
Joan- I am sorry about your dog. It is so hard to loose anyone so close to your family. Its seems that animals can bring so much love and comfort to a home that when they are gone the absence is certainly felt. i had a chow/german shepard mix when I was 10 years old. She was my best friend at the time. She lived to be 17 years old, very unheard of in a large outside dog. She got to be a part of all of my children's lives except Baby Andrew and I have always felt they will have a great respect/love for dogs for having gotten to know her. As with any loss the pain will lessen eventually.

nicole- great job on realizing how important it is to quit smoking. Good luck with your journey.

Jillian- I agree with the others, I think at about 2 weeks babies start realizing hey no one is holding me. Some may not agree with this but I held all my babies all the time and they have grown up to be healthy, secure and well adjusted. I do not feel you can spoil a new born. When you think about it she was all curled up inside you for 9 months. She has to experience some separation anxiety and a tremendous need to be close to someone. Just remember as I am sure you know with your other 2, she will soon be on a routine and things will get better- sleepwise.

Hello to everyone i missed!! I will chat more later as work is calling. Hope everyone has a wonderful on plan wednesday and just think a 3 day weekend is just 2 days away!!!!

jewljz
05-20-2009, 10:23 AM
good morning everyone :) 3 more days till we head to the beach and I'm about as ready as I'm gonna get. The kids are bouncing out of their skins with excitement! We started swim lessons this week so that they would be well adjusted to being in the water.

Jillian - has the Dr. given the ok for exercise? be careful with that, your body needs time to heal before any strenuous activity... all of the muscles that are supporting your organs are still trying to heal!

Suzanne - I know the overachiever syndrome, I have it too... just keep my suggestion in the back of your head if you start to feel burnout. Another thing I would do is rationalize that I was more hungry and needed more food because I was exercising and therefore I wouldn't lose weight.

Nicole - Katie says a shot of lemon juice, I say what the heck, mix it into a margarita! that'll take your mind of the smoking :)

Kristinx
05-20-2009, 10:49 AM
Morning everyone. I haven't weighed in for a few weeks but I will own up this friday for sure! Good news is I have gotten back into exercising and am feeling so good about it! I was having aches and pains everywhere and I really think it was from laying around doing nothing. After a couple days of exercise the shoulder and back pain disappeared! Takes all my stress pain away.

Nicole, I feel your pain....Almost 5 years ago I was a very occasional smoker...and eventually became a regular smoker. I swore I would quit before I hit the 5 year mark...and I have tried several times...I find the physical addiction easier to get over than to change habits. There are so many things that I attach to having a cigarette it's so many things to change....but I gotta do it...and soon.

Joan, I am sooo sorry. Just thinking about the day I have to make that decision for my dog makes me cry. At least you had so many good years with your dog though. There is some comfort in that. My cousin just lost her dog. Went away on vacation and while away her dog had a heart attack and died. He was only 2! I don't know what is going on lately but makes me want to leave work and go curl up with my doggy all day.

Jillian, I agree with everyone else. You can't spoil a newborn. I'm not a mother but I don't really believe in letting them "cry it out"....well until they are toddlers throwing temper tantrums...lol

Hello to everyone else, hope you all have a good day!

Hoochie
05-20-2009, 11:37 AM
Thanks everyone. Yup it's tough! Whats worse is that I know I only have one more day with him.....my poor kids just bawled last night. My 16 year old son sleeps with him every night so he will be lost without him. My other dog has been really different the past few days. Perhaps he sees us giving dexter more attention. I have to be strong today. I have Government agents coming to spend the day at my office...of all days!!! I can't believe all of you are dog lovers too, thats awesome! I appreciate all your support...really I do!

Nicole- I smoked for many years. I have been a non-smoker now for I think around 7 years. I still have the odd craving but so far I have gotten thru them. When I quit smoking is when I gained all my weight. It's funny that I had the strength to quit smoking but can't control the food I put in my mouth.
Anyway, hang in there, you can quit, just take one day at a time.

Okay I have to run, thanks everyone. I think I need to cry again!

Mama Nicole
05-20-2009, 12:13 PM
Holy $hit.......I am down 3.6 lbs this week. Whoohooo.......guess I better keep trying, huh?

JerseyMadchen
05-20-2009, 12:16 PM
Hey guys,

Joan- I am so sorry about your pup, I don't even know what to say to make it better.

Jillian- hopefully baby X will begin to sleep in her own bed soon... love your new avatar!

I cannot wait to get back OP. I have been gradually unpacking and trying to set up my kitchen so I can get started the day after Memorial Day. We're going back up to NJ tonight for the weekend for my brother's commissioning and my siblings college graduations. It will be a lot of eatting out and BBQs. It will be good to see family again!

I am trying to stay busy as I am slipping into a mini-depression. I am overwhelmed with unpacking and missing my family. Because our apartment is in the basement only one half has windows, so it's always dark. And of course it's been absolutely beautiful recently!!

I start classes the day after Memorial Day too, so I am thinking that will help with my depression. This is an adjustment for DH and I. We have never lived together before, and I am ready to wring his neck already!!!

Along with 2 summer classes, I took a Tennis class! I am SOOOOO excited. I LOVE tennis! I was talking to my younger sister and older brother (who has lost 76+ pounds over the past 1.5 years) about how I hate exercising. We all agreed that I need to find something that I love, which is tennis! Now I need to get my husband away from the video games to play with me.

Well, off to eat Cheerios and drink coffee and pack. Yeah, sounds ironic, packing! Need to pack for the weekend.

Have a good one guys!

JerseyMadchen
05-20-2009, 12:17 PM
Good job Nicole!!

lizababe
05-20-2009, 12:57 PM
Joan, I'm so sorry to hear about your little guy. There's really nothing anyone can say to make a person feel better during this time. Please feel free to come in here and vent anytime you need to. We're all listening.

Nicole - I have the same affliction. Eat healthy and then burn up my lungs. Bad, bad, bad. I know vitamin b 12 helps during the withdrawls by calming your nerves.

Jersey Amy - I'm sorry to hear that the adjustment is difficult but it's still very new to you. It will get better over time. I have two other co-workers who transferred with me to L.A. and they had a really hard time at first, missing their families. It's been 3 months now since we all moved up here and they're doing much better now. I've moved so many times it doesn't bother me at all and I always love a new adventure.

Well, I've been OP for 3 weeks including two TO and still haven't lost anything. At least now I know it's not my diet. I have to find a way to get more exercise in. The nightly walks with the dog, even if they are uphill are just not enough. I'm trying to get up earlier so I can do a aerobics with fit tv or something but the last few nights getting to sleep at a decent hour has been a challenge. I have new neighbors who think all of the lovely patio furniture in the court yard means they can party outside all night with their friends. It's right outside of my bedroom window and they didn't stop last night until 3AM. I'm tired of being the grumpy old lady who always has to bust up the party. I guess tonight I'll have to do a double time walk with the dog and hope tonight that I can get some sleep.

Is it Friday yet?

JerseyMadchen
05-20-2009, 01:31 PM
So, in an effort to try to cheer myself up, I am planning my meals for next week. The only issue I am fighting is I really don't know what plan to do. When I went to the COD 5 years ago and started, I was 218 and on purple. I am now 230. I am 5'6", I moderately exercise.... I don't know what the other requirements are. I am not on any medication....

If you guys could help that would be great. With all the new numbered plans and such I am completely lost!

Mama Nicole
05-20-2009, 01:38 PM
Jillian.....I know most will say this is bad advice....but all of my babies slept with DH and I for the first few months...then in a bassinet right next to my side of the bed until they started moving around too much and were unsafe. I also know they make a co-sleeping bed that pulls up right next to your bed that is safe. This is one of the great parenting debates, but it worked for us. My babies all slept in their own beds, all night long, when they were around 6 months old......that seemed to be the time I felt comfortable letting them put themselves to sleep. Everyone has their own opinion on this, and I don't really know what the correct advice is.....I just know what worked for us. I read this wonderful book called, Kid's Are Worth It, and this lady who wrote it, can't remember her name right now, was trained as a child psychologist and did everything by the book until she had her own children.........and after I read her book, I really felt like I had permission to listen to my own instincts and quit worrying about what I was SUPPOSED to do. Ok, enough unwarranted advice :)
XOXO

Mama Nicole
05-20-2009, 01:40 PM
JerseyAmy.........purple with lites or red w/o :)

JLem311
05-20-2009, 01:52 PM
Jillian.....I know most will say this is bad advice....but all of my babies slept with DH and I for the first few months...then in a bassinet right next to my side of the bed until they started moving around too much and were unsafe. I also know they make a co-sleeping bed that pulls up right next to your bed that is safe. This is one of the great parenting debates, but it worked for us. My babies all slept in their own beds, all night long, when they were around 6 months old......that seemed to be the time I felt comfortable letting them put themselves to sleep. Everyone has their own opinion on this, and I don't really know what the correct advice is.....I just know what worked for us. I read this wonderful book called, Kid's Are Worth It, and this lady who wrote it, can't remember her name right now, was trained as a child psychologist and did everything by the book until she had her own children.........and after I read her book, I really felt like I had permission to listen to my own instincts and quit worrying about what I was SUPPOSED to do. Ok, enough unwarranted advice :)
XOXO

nicole--i totally agree with you. since this is my third child, i've been going with my experience vs. what you're suppose to do/or what everyone "thinks" you're suppose to do. and i've been quite a bit more relaxed with this child as well...which i'm pretty sure is normal. i'm not as uptight about everything/worrying (i still worry plenty!) but have been a bit more at ease with this baby than i thought i'd be.
i appreciate any and all advice. really, i do. :) so thank you!

JLem311
05-20-2009, 01:57 PM
Holy $hit.......I am down 3.6 lbs this week. Whoohooo.......guess I better keep trying, huh?

awesome job! and you'd better keep trying or i'm gonna :kickbutt: hahaha!

Repo girl
05-20-2009, 02:04 PM
My babies all slept with me and DH too. It was so much easier to nurse them that way. I also kept their bassinette next to the bed so that if I needed to I could lay them in it. Jillian, good for you for doing what you feel is best!

JerseyMadchen
05-20-2009, 03:20 PM
Thanks Nicole... I was thinking Red w/o lites. I may substitute a South Beach bar every once in a while to have a sweet... we'll see!

Purple just doesn't ever feel like enough food for me, you know? I don't know if it's true or if it's a mental thing...

Kristinx
05-20-2009, 04:06 PM
I think i can....I think I can....
I have a walk and healthy dinner planned for tonight....praying I can stick to that plan....

Jacque9999
05-20-2009, 05:59 PM
Holy $hit.......I am down 3.6 lbs this week. Whoohooo.......guess I better keep trying, huh?

That is great!!! Keep it up!!! You really must have stayed on plan....be proud of yourself!!!:carrot::carrot::carrot:

Mama Nicole
05-20-2009, 06:19 PM
Thanks Nicole... I was thinking Red w/o lites. I may substitute a South Beach bar every once in a while to have a sweet... we'll see!

Purple just doesn't ever feel like enough food for me, you know? I don't know if it's true or if it's a mental thing...

You know, my first thought was red with lites to start......but it is your call. I think if you start with that, and you are losing, then it is working.......or, if you wanted to, you could do red with 1 lite aa day. I have found that when I am eating larger quantities of food, as long as they are OP ones, I tend to lose better. I would be willing to bet you would lose on red with lites.....if memory serves me right, all it is a 1/2 more protein, 1 more starch, and maybe one more veggie. If you are making smart choices, it should be all good. Oh, and try not to kill your DH........we all (including him) have to learn to take the good along with the bad when learning to live with someone :) Just keep having lots of sex.......it's always a good distration..:lol:.
XOXO

BarbaraB
05-20-2009, 08:35 PM
I wrote a long and hopefully thoughtful message and when I posted it the site said sorry we are down. arg!

Jillian, You know Baby X best, just don't let yourself get too worn out trying to make her feel secure and happy in the safety of her mom and dad's arms.

Nicole, It must be hard when smoking was a thing you did with your family to not smoke when you are with them, but definitely not smoking seems to agree with you, down 3.6 pounds!

Amy, It is just a big adustment to move away from your family to a new town, in with your husband for the first time, and to start a new school. Of course it is a bit overwhelming at times! Plus the joy of unpacking can depress even a normally optimistic person. Not much break for you this summer, starting school already. I suppose it will be good for you to get out and meet people and have something to focus on besides how dark that basement apartment is.

Suzanne, it is just easier on your body to exercise when it is lighter. Carrying around the extra weight is slowing you down and making you tired more than you probably realize (it is simply a LOT more work to lug that poundage down to the gym than when you are lighter). Plus I found I was more likely to hurt my knees or feet or back when I was heavier, as they are strained from carrying the excess. So sure, start exercising, but go slow. Don't start out trying to whip yourself into instant perfect shape. I got a stress fracture in my foot once from thinking that was a good idea, and that was months of pain and wearing a soft cast and not being able to do any real exercise at all...
I survived TO and am happy to be done! I however got up the morning after the second day and did NOT go to spin class.... I cooked myself some breakfast instead. Oh welll, I will need to go on my elliptical trainer tonight and make up for it. It is good to mix up the working out anyway, and I've been doing more other things and less spin classes lately.

Clanori
05-21-2009, 10:35 AM
Hi everyone.Hope you are all doing well and staying OP.With the three day weekend coming up.I was wondering if anyone had some good Grilling recipes that you use to stay OP.One of my favorite things to grill is asparagus tossed in olive oil and a little sea salt.


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Luckybustert
05-21-2009, 11:12 AM
Holy $hit.......I am down 3.6 lbs this week. Whoohooo.......guess I better keep trying, huh?

:bravo:

WTG! Keep up the good work!!

Luckybustert
05-21-2009, 11:19 AM
This is an adjustment for DH and I. We have never lived together before, and I am ready to wring his neck already!!!

Along with 2 summer classes, I took a Tennis class! I am SOOOOO excited. I LOVE tennis!


I've been with my hubby for almost 15 years and there are STILL days when I want to wring his neck! LOL Probably one of the most important things I've ever learned (and it wasn't necessarily an easy thing for me to learn) was how to compromise, and also how to say I'm sorry even when I think I'm 200% right. Sometimes it's more important to the relationship to smooth things over than to be right. And whoever suggested lots of sex.....I TOTALLY AGREE! :D

I also like tennis but haven't played in years. Wonderful way to get the exercise in!

Luckybustert
05-21-2009, 11:25 AM
Well, I've been OP for 3 weeks including two TO and still haven't lost anything. At least now I know it's not my diet.

Have you had your thyroid tested? I got to a point where my weight wouldn't budge no matter what I did, and my thyroid tests kept coming back within the acceptable range (had them done by my traditional doctor). When my naturopath looked at the results she said in her experience and according to all the studies she had read, when it got as low as mine was a person would feel like crap (my word, not hers) and would not be able to lose weight. She started me on Armour (it's natural, not synthetic) and that seems to help some. I'm not on a very high dose of it.

Luckybustert
05-21-2009, 11:29 AM
Suzanne, it is just easier on your body to exercise when it is lighter. Carrying around the extra weight is slowing you down and making you tired more than you probably realize (it is simply a LOT more work to lug that poundage down to the gym than when you are lighter). Plus I found I was more likely to hurt my knees or feet or back when I was heavier, as they are strained from carrying the excess. So sure, start exercising, but go slow. Don't start out trying to whip yourself into instant perfect shape. I got a stress fracture in my foot once from thinking that was a good idea, and that was months of pain and wearing a soft cast and not being able to do any real exercise at all...


Thank you, very good point about taking it slow and not overdoing it.....I don't want to end up hurting myself and not be able to exercise at all!

Luckybustert
05-21-2009, 11:32 AM
Doing the happy dance over here....I got on the scales this morning and I am down 4.8 pounds!!!! :carrot:

Happy Thursday everyone :)

JLem311
05-21-2009, 12:08 PM
morning all.

lizababe
05-21-2009, 12:45 PM
Have you had your thyroid tested? I got to a point where my weight wouldn't budge no matter what I did, and my thyroid tests kept coming back within the acceptable range (had them done by my traditional doctor). When my naturopath looked at the results she said in her experience and according to all the studies she had read, when it got as low as mine was a person would feel like crap (my word, not hers) and would not be able to lose weight. She started me on Armour (it's natural, not synthetic) and that seems to help some. I'm not on a very high dose of it.

I think I do need to have it tested again. I've had a goiter since I had my daughter almost 18 years ago. They had me on synthroid for a while and it didn't help at all. I haven't had a blood test in several years so maybe it's time to head back to the doctor. I just get tired of hearing that there's nothing they can do. I had one doctor who started to look for an answer, he was on a team that was researching the link between head injuries and weight problems; but my insurance changed and I couldn't go to him anymore. In the past I was still able to lose weight but this time it just aint budging!

Congrats on your loss btw! Great job!

jewljz
05-21-2009, 12:49 PM
morning everyone! 2 more days till we head to the beach - I'm so excited to be able to relax by the pool, watch the kids play, spend time with my DH! I had planned on having a totally OP week leading up to the bathing suit days... but instead ate a ton of peanut brittle gone bad yesterday! I tried to make chipotle peanut brittle to send to my dad, but it didn't cook long enough and ended up chewy... so I had to get rid of it somehow, why not keep testing it to see if it was any better! I had a stomach ache by the end of the day from eating so much sugar!!! Stupid! And to top it off... I haven't worked out all week! What's wrong with me??? Why can't I organize my life? I wasted so much time yesterday when i could have had a ton of things accomplished... Oh, well, today is new and I can try again.

Hope everyone's Thursday is great!

BarbaraB
05-21-2009, 02:42 PM
Julie, Whenever I put extra pressure on myself to be extra good, it tends to back fire on me and the extra stress just makes me go off plan. I don't know what's up with that either, since it is just not what I want to have happen at all.

Suzanne, what a great start!

Liza, if you have a goiter, you should have your thyroid checked every couple of years at least just to see. There has been a lot of controversy over the years as to what level is really a low thyroid level, so you may find that you are more likely to be treated, as the thinking has changed (although some doctors are stuck in the past). It made a lot of difference to me more in the feeling energetic and like I could get things done than in losing weight, but if you can't get yourself off the sofa, your chances of losing weight are low to say the least. So it does make a difference, but you still have to do the work.

jewljz
05-21-2009, 03:03 PM
to top it off, I have a chest cough that I've been medicating all week and its not getting any better....blaaaahhh! There, I got all the negativity out, now I can move on with the positiveness :)

Mama Nicole
05-21-2009, 03:58 PM
Good afternoon everyone :)

Congrats, Suzanne, on your great loss!!!!

I am a realy busy girl here today, but wanted to pop in and say hello......and to report that I am still tobacco free.......and loving it :)
XOXO

amylou7777
05-21-2009, 04:01 PM
Hi friends! Long time no talk?! I've been pretty bust lately and have been trying to not be on the computer so much.

I have been really focusin on my food lately. I did ok this weekend, had mexican food for lunch (tried my best) on monday and really committed to being POP on tues. So far I'm down 3lbs this week!!! Omg it felt amazing to see that this morning. I had just woken up and I seriously had to rub my eyes to make sure I wasn't imagining it!

Nicole-yikes! No smokes! I'm so glad you are maintaining the tobacco free life. CONGRATS on the big loss! Yeah girl!

Hope everyone is doing great!

My bridal shower is Sunday! I am so so excited. All of my bridesmaids are coming into town. My MOH is hosting at her parents house in San Fran and it's supposed to be a beautiful day!!

Clanori
05-22-2009, 11:43 AM
I am so excited I am down 1.5 pounds this morning.

Kristinx
05-22-2009, 12:04 PM
So, time for me to own up to my ticker. Reflects my weight this morning :( Time to get back on track...so pretty ambitious goal for the end of June. The weather is nicer...getting my walks in, and I get the new Wii EA Sports Active game sometime early next week :) I really gotta get a handle on the food too. I've been slack on preparing lunches so I end up eating nothing but a LA Lite during the day at work then go nuts when I get home at night. I have to find the time and energy to prepare meals and actually eat them at work.

JLem311
05-22-2009, 12:25 PM
morning everyone.

BarbaraB
05-22-2009, 01:21 PM
Kristin, They say you slow down your metabolism by not eating regularly. I think it is the main thing that makes LAWL successful is that they suggest you eat those bars as snacks, and snacking on something with some protein in it regularly is what gets a person to tame the hunger beast. For me it is a beast that totally wipes out all my good intentions, so you need to fight that beast with eating enough during the day. I like that weight watchers commercial with the orange monster that is hunger quite a lot.

Hey Jillian, Your picture with Xanthia on your chest always makes me smile.

Lori, Yay! You are almost to 50 pounds down and that is a HUGE accomplishment.

Hoochie
05-22-2009, 04:10 PM
My vet called yesterday and switched my dogs appointment to Monday. I am excited to spend a few more days with him but just waiting and knowing he is in pain kills me.
Yesterday I was so depressed that I ate two donuts for lunch. Aghh I felt so sick last night.
I am planning on lots of exercise this weekend. Walking, yardwork and weights! It's time to get busy as the weather is getting nicer. I need to work out all that depression food I have been eating!
I am coming to grips with putting my little Dexter down as I know its right. I am actually taking Monday off of work. I know I will be okay, it will just take time.
Have a great weekend everyone!

And Jillian, I agree with Barbara, everytime I see that picture with you and Baby X, it puts a smile on my face!

JLem311
05-22-2009, 07:58 PM
awww, i'm glad that my pic makes you smile! :)


ps..new pic in my profile.

Mama Nicole
05-22-2009, 11:32 PM
so so cute, Jillian....they are all so cute :)
XOXO

Luckybustert
05-23-2009, 03:51 PM
So far I'm down 3lbs this week!!!



WTG!! Congrats on your 3 lb loss!

Luckybustert
05-23-2009, 03:53 PM
I am so excited I am down 1.5 pounds this morning.

WTG, Lori! You're making great progress toward your goal :)

Luckybustert
05-23-2009, 04:00 PM
Hi everyone! I'm down another 0.6 lbs this morning.....still moving in the right direction....total lost this past week is 5.4 lbs! Hubby and I were going to visit friends in Seattle over the Memorial Day weekend, but we've both got icky colds (me worse than him) so we decided it would be best to stay home. I'd rather be out having fun with friends, but I know it's better to stay home and not get others sick.....but geez, sometimes I just HATE being a responsible adult! :(

Hope you all are enjoying the weekend! It's a beautiful, sunny day here :)

JerseyMadchen
05-25-2009, 12:34 AM
Hey guys!

Just wanted to say hey! I just got in from visiting NJ and family for the weekend....good times!!

I am so excited to be back OP on Tuesday! (I am being lenient for Memorial Day!) I also have to shop. My new apartment fridge is EMPTY.

Have a great BBQ-day!! (And a regular day to my Canadian friends!!!)