WW Clubs and Groups - #215 Bale of Turtles Working It Out!!!!

05-22-2009, 11:17 AM
: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)

05-22-2009, 11:22 AM
Hi Guys,
Nice to see you at our latest thread. I chose "Working It Out" as the subject heading since so many of us are exercising!!!! :strong: Weigh to go, Turtles. I also chose it because so many of us face problems that can elicit an emotional response that has led to overeating in the past.
Here's to us all figuring out what we can do better than eating to work things out!!!!! :goodvibes:
I've got a busy weekend and a social weekend coming up, but the BBQ is here so it's up to me to make the food figure friendly!
Have fun.
234.6/212.2/209.6 getting close to 25# down :cool:

05-22-2009, 01:17 PM
Morning all you turtles...:)

I've been busy this morning cleaning up the house a bit. I'm taking my break cuz my body told me to. Actually I should be running to Target to get my medicine so I can get a full dose in tomorrow. I'll do that in a bit.

So what are all the plans for the long weekend? We are keeping it close to home too. Money is tight, there is too many nuts out there, and I am "babysitting" my dad/stepmom's cat while they are gone. I'm hoping to get caught up on a few things and ahead on others. Wouldn't that be nice for a change? ! ? :D This week I didn't get much done at all . Nicole was home tues & wed. being sick. Spring, allergies, and asthma to not mix.She is a handful when she is sick.

Well off to finish up the kitchen and the living room...then to Target for the meds. I'll catch up later tonight.


05-22-2009, 05:55 PM
I posted this over on the 214 thread before I realized a new one had started, so I'm going to re-post it here.

What a nice day this is turning out to be. DH and I have been talking about going to Las Vegas for a couple days in early June just for a change of scene -- I am usually happy staying home -- especially if I have time to quilt! -- but he gets itchy feet. This morning he decided to go online and actually make reservations and the result is that we now have tickets to see Cirque du Soleil Mystere AND Terry Feder, the ventriloquist who won "America's Got Talent" two seasons ago. And because he is ex-military, we got all the tickets at 50% off! So we're going to have some of the best seats in the house at the same price as we would pay for the nosebleed section without a discount.

Judy, I'm hoping you hit that 25 lb. goal at your next weigh-in! My weight loss has been sooo slow the past few weeks it's easy for me to start getting very frustrated but luckily that stinkin' thinkin' of I'm not losing anyway, I might as well eat whatever I want has not occurred. That's the kind of nutso thinking that has derailed me in the past.

I just made my first batch of "real" brown rice (as opposed to instant) and while it tasted mighty good, it was sticky. Anybody know what I'm doing wrong?

05-23-2009, 09:20 AM
Well worth watching. Inspiring even.

This is a commercial from Thailand .

It is an advertisement done as a "Life lesson".

It is absolutely wonderful and about doing something with all your heart.

Well worth watching...and never a mention of the product until the very end.


05-23-2009, 10:32 AM
Hi Turtles,
Chrily, here's :goodvibes: to help you get the stuff done this weekend you'd like to do. When I get stuff done, I always feel like I'm the most on track. Food's good, organization is good, house is clean and clear. All environment just feels right and then I "feel right" too.

Donna, hey, that Las Vegas trip sounds like fun. Have a good time. I've never been there but friends say it's a lot of fun. As far as the brown rice: Minute brown rice really doesn't taste an awful lot like brown rice to me. Brown rice that requires much longer cooking does end up on the sticky side tasting almost nutty. I have a feeling that if it was impossibly sticky it was the water to rice ratio that was off. Could that be?
By the way, the ad from Thailand was great to watch.

All goes well here. Went to my friend's birthday party yesterday. She had a large group of friends gathered for a potluck luncheon. My dh was a sport and went with me. There were hardly any men there. I was anxious about what foods would be available, etc. so I picked up a crudite platter with dip at the supermarket. I also had a big snack before I left for the party. As it turned out, I decided not to eat anything and ate when we returned home. It seemed like a smart thing to do and I was happy about that. I was able to do a few things outdoors when we got home to set up the yard for the summer. Lots more to do, but I'm working on it. Now I'm heading out to pick up food for the BBQ on Sunday. :chef: I better run before it gets to be too late.
Take care, be well and happy and have fun this weekend.
234.6/212.2/209.6 :cool: working hard to be 25#down!

05-23-2009, 01:18 PM
Hi, were neighbors! I live in Homeland just past Winchester on your way to Perris. I go into Hemet all the time for appts and shopping (cuz you have such a big mall)
Terry Feder Oh how cool. I wanted to see him when he was here at one of the local casinos, but they sold out instantly. We watched every single of America's got Talent.
I have been considering making Spanish Rice with brown rice, I just need to use up the 3 or 4 bags of regular rice I somehow have currently. Heaven forbid I throw it away.:dizzy:

I will be cleaning up the house a bit today also. Both my guys are off to play with there friends, so I am home alone. I need to stay busy so I don't get the boredom munchies. They don't know it but they are leaving me in a house with an open bag of cheddar cheese mini rice cakes. A serving is 9 cakes, and I do well when I take them to work in a baggie. But here, unsupervised... I don't know. They are my kryptonite no, maybe... crack is more like it. I can stay away from the sweet snacks but the salty now that's a different story.:corn:
I hear ya on the money tight thing. We only get paid once a month and the last week is always tight. To top it off it is my baby's birthday Thursday (he'll be 19) We spent way over 200 on an Ipod for him. But, yesterday I was able to pick up the fixings for tacos, his favorite dinner.
That's a good question.. any tips out there for preserving fresh veggies and fruits to last till the end of the month? Seems like we eat a lot of processed food the last week of the month cuz it's cheep and has a shelf life till dooms day.
Anyway how goes the kitty sitting?:mouse:

Way to go at the birthday potluck luncheon. You get the Will Power Award this week. Social situations are very scary when you are working on a weight loss goal. You should be so proud of yourself. I did not do so well, I gave in on Wednesday at the classifed luncheon. I already had a granola bar for 4 points around 12:30 and I was going to my WW meeting to have dinner around 6:30. So I totaly did not need to eat. But I did...I had a rib-a-que without the bun and a salad with light Italian dressing and two diet sodas. I did make a quick get a way before ther cut the retirment cake.:ink:

Sunday is my DH's stepdad's birthday and he wants homemade waffles with all the trimmings. My plan of attack is to have my special K waffles and sugar free syurp, with maybe a few strawberries on the side. to get in a fruit serving.
Monday's dinner will be just us so no big deal, I probably have a smart ones frozen dinner. Also Monday will be the first day I extend my walk to 3 miles. I wonder how long it will take. This week I've been doing 2.46 (come on call it 2.5) and it takes about 60 min.

So my Turtle friends BBQ season is just before us
We can do this
go for the watermelon it has fiber (i think)

05-23-2009, 02:15 PM
:wave: msmeri[B] I have a good idea where you are! I hate the Hemet post office so I use yours all the time. And congrats on extending your walking distance -- when I first started I could barely do a mile; now I'm up to five!

I [B]FINALLY saw the scale move today at my weigh-in. Hip, hip, hooray! :carrot: :broc: :carrot: I took my measurements and saw a change on my waist and hip measurements too so I was hoping to see some downward movement, but 4 lbs. in one week! I think that's a personal best for me.

Busy day planned today. MIL's 84th birthday party is tomorrow so I have to buy all the "stuff" for the party and bake a cake. I also need a new cell phone and I think I've decided to get a rice cooker so maybe I'll shop @ WalMart instead of the usual, closer, grocery.

BIL drove in from Nevada for his mom's birthday and will plant our nectarine tree today. He leaves Monday and is taking DH with him for a visit -- DH just couldn't stand those itchy feet and my work schedule makes it a poor time for me to leave. So I will have 5 days of peace and quiet and only one day of work, which means I'll have time, glorious time, in my sewing room. :dance:

05-23-2009, 04:58 PM
Lady----:cp: :bravo: :cheers: :cheer: :goodscale: holy moly, down 4# is fabulous!!!! I guess the scale was waiting to move to give you a really impressive WI. Terrific!
Hi everybody=-=I've gotta run. Food today is good and I've been working outside so I';ll respond better later.
Msmeri and Donna, what fun that you're neighbors. Wow, I'm thinking walking together, meeting for WW style picnics, and getting another really good friend. Wowsie!

234.6/212.1/209.6 and getting to 25# down! :cool:

05-24-2009, 11:42 AM
Morning, turtles

Ladynredd - WOW what a fabulous loss, that is great.

Msmeri - try to keep focussed on your goals (easier said than done, I know)

Judy - glad to see you are staying on track.

Princess - hope you are hanging in there

Everyone else - hope you had a great weekend.

Did more yard work yesterday (got my hedge all trimmed up) and bought some new patio lights, so things are pretty much under control at the house.
Didn't make it up to trailer this weekend. Was overcast so thought I would focus on home things.

Went to bingo last night & didn't win anything. And worse than that had a few treats from the snack bar - so really have to behave until Wed weigh in.

Today, just puttering around the house & relaxing.

Have a great Sunday, everyone!

05-24-2009, 02:18 PM
Morning ladies...

I didn't get a chance to check in yesterday. I was busy busy busy. Nicole has talked me into a garden. So yesterday I pulled weeds, and got some stuff ready for the work part today. Kelly rototilled everything back up from two years ago and it's got icky manure in it. Nice...who would have thought plants would love poo!

I got the majority of my paperwork done yesterday too. Today I mow the backyard. I could save that for Kelly, but it is good exercise so I'm going to do it.

Lady-Great weight loss! Bet you are happy happy happy! :carrot: I am so looking forward to getting a consistent weight loss going here. I am tired of being overweight and tired.

Okay...hello to the rest of you and off I go. I have alot to do. TtFn...I'll check back later with you all.

05-24-2009, 03:15 PM
chrily- A garden, what a great way to get your veggies. No unsafe pesticides. We had plans for tomatoes but with the upcoming move it never happened. Maybe next year.:broc:

bandit-I haven't been to bingo in like a million years. I used to play every November with the Community Council. They give you a frozen turkey if you win. :turkey:
The only thing I like better then bingo is maybe Bunco. Have you ever played that?

ladynredd-How was the birthday party? Hope you didn't have seconds on the cake. crudite all the way;)

Well I did make my goal of walking 2.46 miles 6 times this week. That's over 12 miles total. Tomorrow I am going 2.8 miles, not a big jump but I can't plan out a better route in the neighborhood yet.:tread:
I did however forget a few times about the 5 or 6 exercises I wrote down in my journal last Sunday. I can't change the past, I'll just try harder next week. I am not going to write down new goals, just keep the ones from last week.
Maybe the DH's step-dad will bring me over one of his DVD players (mine broke) and I can use the new exercise ball I bought with a 1200 pound burst rate. It comes with a DVD. The general practitioner dose not want me doing my aerobic walking/kick boxing DVD until I see the Ortho Dr. on 6/2. Hope I can still do the 5k I already paid for on 6/6 up in Idywild.:running:

05-24-2009, 03:50 PM
Msmeri - no haven't played bunco. But I do like my bingo, gets expensive though if you don't win - same as the casinos. I like my gambling, so have to play ahead & stay within comfortable limits of losing even though we all like to think we are going to win.

You are doing really great with all your walking - weigh to go!

Chrily - that is cool you are going to garden. That is one thing I have never tried. When we were kids my dad use to have a veggie garden & fun you could just go out & pick stuff for dinner. And tomatoes are soooooooo much nicer right out of the garden.

Just finished a load of laundry & now time for a nice cup of tea.

For lunch today I had a pita pizza & boy was it good. Haven't had one in awhile so hit the spot & sooooo easy to make.

Bye for now

05-24-2009, 03:51 PM
Msmeri - typo - I meant I have to plan ahead with the gambling $$$

05-25-2009, 12:26 AM
Today was a good, if long, day. It was my mother-in-law's 84th birthday and we had a party for her here at the house. DH's brother drove in from Nevada, his daughter, her husband, and 4 kids were here -- 11 people all told. Our barbeque was used for the first time (niece's husband did the grilling) with a choice of chicken, hamburgers, or hot dogs (choice of Hebrew National 1-pt. hot dogs or regular full fat) KFC cole slaw, baked beans, canned corn, green salad, watermelon and homemade lemonade cake.

I feel really good about the choices I made today. I went swimming for an hour and actively *swam* while the kids horsed around. I had just one small bite of cake, no frosting, and ate a big helping of watermelon instead. Everyone seemed to enjoy the food and I sent all the leftovers home with the guests so there will not be cake or anything else calling my name while DH is out of town.

And today is the first time that any family members, aside from DH, have noticed my weight loss. My niece commented about it. I sent my old VHS Leslie Sansone walking tape home with her. :)

Dishes are all washed and I am tired. I'll be up early tomorrow to bid DH adieu and then spend some serious time in my sewing room!

05-25-2009, 12:52 PM
ok the birthday's are over till Thursday anyway. We aren't chowing down today just keeping it quite. DH fixed my bike yesterday. I am so excited! I have been sending him e mails all month about National Bike Month so he gets the hint.:bike2: But last night as I was switching the laundry he said he wants to ride my bike while I walk. So in a round about way he asked me not to do my walking in the morning as usual, but instead to go after dinner so he can go. I should be happy, I have been wanting him to participate with me. And he did register for the 5k fitness walk in Idywild 6/6 But let me tell you I am board now not energized from my walk, no work, and they both are sleeping. BORING
But DH is over 400 and I want him to live longer so maybe this is a start.

05-25-2009, 02:09 PM
hey all...I'm not even going to try to get personal with everyone today. I smashed my finger in the truck door this morning and typing is kind of hard. I am sure I broke the tip but they don't do anything for it anyhow but put a splint on it and charge for some very expensive x-rays. I have a splint from Tiana's finger when she broke it so no worries. She is black and blue from the first knuckle to the finger tip. Don't ask...I'm not sure exactly how I managed that but...hey i'm a weirdo! :D

MsMeri-I wish my hubby would be a participant with me. He says he needs to lose weight but then make up some high fat food.

Well I got my garden done yesterday and the lawn mowed and the edging done. No small feet. I moved the huge trampoline by myself to mow that area. :D I think I got my workout in yesterday. Plus I am fighting yet another cold. I am having a heck of a time with getting sick this year. I went to bed early last night and slept until 9 this morning

The weekend has been boring. DH's brother is in town so basically I have been pretty much ignored for the weekend. It like there is nothing to he will do to include me in with them. I wanted to go put flowers on their sister's headstone, and couldn't even get that going with them. Kind of makes me mad but oh well....it's more than just his brother. There is more going on than that, but I'll just wait it out. I guess. I'm going to just keep on working on me and try to keep from letting it eat on me.

Well going to go. The finger is throbbing. Time to ice it again and turn it numb. Nothing like a purple nail to match the fingertip. It is definitely going to fall off. Chebk back later. Maybe I can perfect 3 finger typing with my hand. Ha ha! ;)

05-25-2009, 02:10 PM
Oops...forgot! I am down a pound!

05-25-2009, 04:02 PM
Hi all and happy memorial day to everyone! Rainy here today but the rest of the weekend we had pretty good weather. I am walking to keep the stress down and to keep me out of the fridge. I have made rainy day and sunny day lists of things to do to stay busy and out of the fridge... I don't mind being laid off so much but the last time this happened I packed on a ton of weight and don't want that again.

Went to W/I on Saturday, was down 2.8 lbs! Very happy with that!

Everyone is posting so fast that I am having a hard time catching up... which is a good thing!

I have to run... take care all... oh yah, as you can guess no life line came for me... I am home from now until I find another job so will take a minute this week to re-read and catch up on what is happening with everyone.


05-25-2009, 04:11 PM
Hi turtles:

Chrily - Ouch! Hope that heals fast & nice job on the weight loss this week!

Princess - Congrats on that terrific loss at the scales! Good going.
Lists are a good way to stay on top of things as well as away from the
boredom munching.

All you guys are doing great! Lets keep it going this week.

05-25-2009, 08:46 PM
Princess, sorry about your job. There is this: you did a fabulous job for them, they absolutely wanted to keep you, your letter of recommendation will be excellent. I know you'll find something else very soon. Smart idea to have of list of ways to keep busy while home. It may be easier now that the weather is nicer. :goodvibes: to keep your spirits up. In the meantime, your :goodscale: was fabulous!

Chrily, :cheers: on your weight loss! :cp: weigh to go. Sorry about your finger. That really hurts!!!!

I am amazed at how many of us had parties this weekend and the good results and efforts we had.

I had my kids and families over and overnight and today again--we had a chance to swim and have a couple of BBQ's and it was a great time. I did my best to keep points low. I feel like I overate, but when I pointed out the day it seems okay. We'll see. Only have tomorrow to knock down the scale before Wednesday's WI so I'll have to keep on keepin' on!

Good luck to us all. We're getting lots of cyber messages here which is wonderful. I love the newsy messages. Keep up the good work, everyone.
234.6/212.2/209.6 onward and downward :cool:

05-26-2009, 12:08 AM
just a quick hi from me before I get off of this. The finger looks yucky and it is swollen. Have a good night ! I "accidently" at McDs cuz tonight I just couldn't cook.

05-26-2009, 10:22 AM
Morning, turtles:

Hope you all had a great long weekend & made good choices. Very hard to do with company for sure.

I got in my walk last night of 30 laps then nice swim/hot-tub and had a good dinner of pork tenderloin with appleasauce & brussel sprouts sauted with onions (very good)

Hope everyone has a great OP day.

Cool up here today & they are calling for rain the next few days (good for the flowers & lawns)

Lets get things under control & all have a great week!

05-26-2009, 11:50 AM
Hi all! Not much new here, the weekend was nice but I know I ate more pointy options then I should have... we basically stayed around the house for the weekend, spent time out in the yard when it was not raining but yesterday it rained most of the day so we were in. I started patching a quilt that I bought at a yard sale last year, I paid $5 for it but I knew that it needed a lot of work but once done it will look cute on the spare bed and working on it keeps me busy.

Went for a walk with the dogs this morning as they are calling for rain this afternoon so we got one in a head of time.

I had found a slow cooker bean recipe on line the other day... I think it was on the WW community recipe swap site and have that going today. If it turns out ok I will post the recipe tomorrow.

I went to Walmart over the weekend and was walking around looking at the flowers... found some black eyed susans and bought two of them. Should not have spent the money but they were under 10.00 for both and I have been looking for them for ages now. I have them planted in the butterfly garden.
Really wished we all lived closer as I have a bunch of plants that are ready to be split and would love to have a plant swap with a bunch of gals... maybe there is one locally... hmmm, will have to look into it. It would be a cheap way to get new things into your garden =)

I have to run, I have to file for my unemployement and that takes a while to get all the info entered. Not sure who it was that asked about unemployement and stated that their state gave out 2/3'rds of their income... I wish we had it so well here, I get less then 50% of what I made before. There is a cap here and some kind of calculation system that they use to figure it all up. But at least I get it for a while and for that I am grateful!

05-26-2009, 12:39 PM
bandit- 30 laps! Are you talking about a quarter mile track? That's like over 7 miles. OMG I am all sweaty at 2.85.:running:

Princess- your butterfly garden sounds heavenly, can I come read on a bench among your flowers? what kind of dogs do you have by the way?:angel:

chrily-Did you hurt a finger on your right hand? and are you right handed? Guess it brings new meaning to "sticks out like a sore thumb" but you bump it on everything.:o

Today Oprah is going to have on "How to eat more and lose weight" with Dr. Oz. Think I'm going to record it, hope to get ideas on filling foods. Still clueless on what to add to my diet:?:

I did good yesterday I ate 4 fruits and veggies, a personal best:carrot:
I still need to go to wall mart and pick up some protein mix to have in the mornings. I have been out for two weeks and I guess I'll wait till pay day:rolleyes:

05-26-2009, 04:04 PM
Hi Msmeri - I walk on an indoor walking track and 13 laps = 1 mile.
So I try & do at least 2 miles when I go.

OPrah, sounds intersting. Hopefully, I can catch it tonight.

05-26-2009, 06:06 PM
Chrily, ow!! on the finger and good for you, seeing the scale move! You too, Princess! We just keep stacking those losses up and after a while they really amount to something!

Msmeri, what great motivation, to want your husband to live longer! My DH is heavy too and has such bad arthritis in his knees that he has to use a cane. Water exercises are all he's willing to do, but he goes to the pool with me and keeps moving the whole time he's in the water. (Talks the whole time, too! lol)

I have a HUGE container of vanilla whey protein. I only use it once or twice a week and at that rate it will take me years to go through it. I'd be more than willing to share if you don't mind driving over to pick it up. If you brought your swimsuit we could go swimming together, too.

I rolled right out of bed this morning and did my five miles with Leslie S. I still dislike all the arm exercises but I can see my endurance is increasing.

I had a delicious dinner last night. Started off with my usual "monster salad" base, then added a chopped apple and half a grapefruit cut into sections, then half a package of imitation crab, then poured this citrus dressing (recipe follows) over it. It didn't taste like much by itself but really came alive over the salad ingredients. I'm having it again today to use up the remaining grapefruit and crab.

Citrus Salad Dressing
4 Servings
This tart, sweet salad dressing is wonderful on dark, leafy salad greens like romaine or leaf lettuce tossed with orange segments, black olives and red onion slivers.

1/3 cup fresh orange juice
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon quality extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and black pepper to taste

Whisk all the ingredients together or combine in a small jar and shake well. Keeps in the refrigerator for 2 days.

05-26-2009, 08:50 PM
Evening all! Had a nice day here, got lots of things done and took a few walks too to keep myself busy.

msmeri: We have four dogs... a German Shep, a black lab, and a chow mix and a pure mutt. The Shep has to be kept busy or he will keep us busy... cleaning up behind him... he gets into everything if he is bored... he has pulled blankets and pillows off of beds, gone into closets, chewed on throw rugs... and the list goes on and on so he gets more exercise then the other three but he is young and has energy to burn. The other three are all girls and all older, they range from 10 to 15 years old. Our black lab is failing fast with hip problems... But they are all wonderful dogs!

I have to run... have a great evening everyone!

05-27-2009, 12:01 PM
Howdy guys,
I have decided not to go to the monthly pot luck at work today. Just can't track the points on unknown foods. Besides I need to come home and cook for my meeting and WI tonight.

Went for my walk early today 5:30 because I go into work 2 hours on Wednesdays cuz it's a mininium day. DH tried to put the knee brace thing on my I didn't like it. I wore it for about a minute. I don't see how it would help anything, it's just supporting the are a above my knee and below my knee. We'll just have to wait and see what the Ortho dr says on 6/2

Princess you'll have to show me a photo of your fur family. I can just picture you shepard. Typical boy..making messes where ever he goes. Mine arn't so playfull very much...the twins are 9 and the little guy will be 8 in June. I wish they would go walking with me. But they like to cuddle in the blankets in the morning. They don't really get going till after 10am..lazy!

Well gotta go
will check in while I am cooking

Today is the big WI
I'll be drinking lots of water to flush
up till about 2:00
then I cut it off
so I don't have extra water weight

05-27-2009, 12:25 PM
Princess - your dogs sound like they would lots of company & fun. I keep thinking I would like a small dog but then people keep saying about how unfair it is to leave them during the day & since I work, we have cats.
But there is now a place on my way to work that has opened a "Doggy Daycare" I think it was an animal adoption place & now they have started the daycare. That is such a great idea! Maybe something you could start if you have the space. They charge $15/day. I can just picture people getting their dogs ready each morning & dropping them off. Use to do that with my daughter.

Msmeri - good luck today at your w/i. I have mine tonight & since I had a bad weekend foodwise just hoping not to be up.

Judy/Chrily - how you doing this week?

05-27-2009, 01:32 PM
Hi Turtles,
Gosh, I just bought some vanilla whey powder and some other ingredients. My sisters are all on an organic and healthy food kick and are having good results. I am going to try following their plan, pointing it out and making it work for me WW=style. My meeting is really good. I decided not to WI this morning. At home I was up about two pounds--but I had a very salty dinner last night, so I don't think I really gained that much.

You guys are hopping! Weigh to go. Bandit, good luck on your WI and Msmeri too.

I've gotta run and get some things done, but I'm reading this site all the time.
Good luck to us all!

05-27-2009, 05:45 PM
I just ate a lean cuisine panini for 7 points and now I am starving
I swear I could chew on my key board
I am fine at lunch if I don't eat lunch
but the minute I do, I feel I can't stop
I just want to munch more
and I have no veggies cuz it's the end of the month
I just drank 32 oz of water
And am going to wait the 20 minutes they say it takes for your tummy to tell your brain it's full

Judy - I never thought about high salt dinners and stuff. That would totally add water weight. Wait till I tell the girls tonight.

bandit- Kitty cats..oh I miss the kitties. My chihuahuas are cat-like they are always on top of the furniture. And doggie day care! Now that's an idea. I would love to work at a place with animals, (wait I do; I work at a middle school) They would not even have to pay me. I tried a while to get a second job at a Pet Smart that opened up by me. No luck

Chrily-Wonder how her finger is doing. Hope it's not her right hand. Wishing she could go get treated. Wounder if her nail will turn black? Hopeing not

Hey guys all of a sudden my spell check is not there. Anybody know what I did or how to get it back?:dizzy:

05-28-2009, 10:33 AM
Morning all and happy Thursday to everyone. Rainy here again today... I need to get out and weed the vegetable garden so I hope we get a break here soon from all of the wet weather.

Today is DH and my wedding anniversary... we have been married for five years now. Have plans to go out to supper tonight so that should be fun. DS is home from work sick today, he has a bad summer cold, at least I hope that is all that it is... I told him if at any point he thinks it is more then a cold to let me know and we would call the doctor.

msmeri: Do you have a garden area that you could grown your own vegetables? It really helps on the summer budget. I wish we had more room so that I could grow even more but we have a bit planted this year. I am really looking forward to the tomatoes!

Judy: I totally understand you not wanting to w/i... I have many of those moments myself =)

Bandit: Our dogs have everything that they need during the day while we are all at work so I don't feel bad about leaving them home... the German Shep has a very large crate that he stays in until he matures a bit more... had lots of chewing problems with him when we left him out so now he gets crated when no one is home. He does not mind so much... he has his blanket and his chew toys in there so he is ok. But I know what you mean about it all, I like cats too but we seem to be a dog family for now... lots of cats around the neighborhood though, they love to stroll by the house and taunt the dogs =) Since i am home now they get lots of attention.

All: Hope everyone is having a great day!


05-28-2009, 10:38 AM
Morning, turtles:

Judy - good luck with dropping that water weight, I know you can do it in no time. At Tops you don't have a choice about weighing in - if you decide not to you are not eligible for the contests etc.

Msmeri - I know what you mean about starving mode. I find if I have too much bread it just makes me hungrier than when I have protein. I always try & have some kind of protein at lunch & that helps keep me feeling full longer.

Chrily - hope your finger is better.

Princess - hope you are staying busy and not doing the "boredom snacking"
like I find myself doing.

I was down 1.75# last night making my total loss exactly 30# - so I was very happy about that considering I was just hoping not to be up since I had too
many extra treats over the weekend. I think my walking/swimming is really helping me out.

Rainy up here the last few days & suppose to keep raining til Saturday.
Getting together with gf this Saturday at my trailer & we have already planned on having fish for our dinner.

Have a great day, everyone!

05-28-2009, 08:37 PM
:cp: :bravo: :cheers: to Bandit, oh my goodness! You are having a fabulous weight loss journey. Weigh to go!

Yes Turtles, I've started a little garden too. I am growing tomatoes right now and will plant the tiny seedling basil plants I'm growing indoors from seed. For mother's day I got a chia herb set and the dill and chives and basil seem to be sprouting nicely.
I've got bursitis and that's going to put my treadmill activity on the far back burner. I've been dealing with aches along my leg/knee/ankle for a while now and the PA in my doc's office confirmed the bursisits. She said swimming would be fine, so I'll have to make sure I do that.

Happy Anniversary to Princess and her dh!!!!! Enjoy the day. I like the way you're sounding. Keep up the good work.

As for me, I'm following a stringent low protein, good carbs and healthy oil eating plan. I pointed it out and it comes to exactly the 24 points I'm allowed on WW's. I'll let you know how I make out. In the meantime dh, dd and dd and dgrandson and I are heading out to a dude ranch (meals included) for the weekend. The timing is tough since I'm just into my new eating plan, but life and fun go on. I'm hoping the weather breaks and we can have some time outside.

Okay, gotta run. Have a wonderful weekend, stay on program, we're sounding really good and keep on keepin' on.

05-28-2009, 08:59 PM
Hi again guys...I posted this morning...but now I don't see it
and I don't see a 216...is the site ok? or is it me (could be)

anyway...I did it . I made my first goal. I lost 3.4 pounds last week putting me at 53.4 since January. We think that's about 10 pounds a month. I can say I really didn't try that hard eating anyway. It's all exercise. I used to sleep 12 hours every night, work my 3.5 and come home and watch 5 hours min of TV. So you could say I was a couch potato. The movement I am doing has allowed me to get in a size 24 for the first time since 1991.

Now if you ask me most girls loose a bit of weight and go down a few dress sizes. me I had to loose over 50 to go down 1 size. Is that normal?

bandit-I never thought about that. I hardley ever eat a sandwich I usually eat tuna. That panini was full of carbs. I'll have to keep an eye on it. thnx:ink:

princess-Happy Anniv :hat: I hope you an your hubbie go some place quiet. There is so many loud bar type restraunts (like Appelbeas I love the food but have a hard time with the background noise) I will be able to remember your anniv cuz today is my son's 19th birthday.

Judy- Good luck with your sister's program. I think you'll love the whey protein mix, that's what I have every morning but the chocolate kind with frozen strawberries and maybe a bananna. It really fills me up:cb:

05-29-2009, 09:54 AM
Morning, turtles:

Msmeri - that is a fabulous loss & you have really done great with this.
Good for you. As far as the dress size thing, I read that if you are bigger it takes more # loss to drop sizes & when you get lighter it takes less # to drop sizes. Hope that makes sense.

Judy - dude ranch sounds fun. You & your family seem to have lots of different outtings. That is great.

Princess - hope you had a nice anniversary.
Funny thing - there is a lady I work with that looks alot like you & I have told her that before & no kidding, it was her anniversary yesterday as well.
THat is really freaky!

My goal this weekend is to make better choices over the weekend. Last weekend was brutal - once I got started it was total chaos.
I bought a bbq chicken on way home last night & ate 1/2 of that so will have the rest tonight with a zuccinni dish & sweet potatoe.
Also going to make a cabbage/beef dish to have on hand.
Maybe pre-planning abit more on weekends will keep me in check with the treats & bad choices.

Just on my way for my walk!

Rainy up here - oh well, can't cut the grass!

Have a great weekend!

05-29-2009, 11:10 AM
MsMeri, my goodness!!!!!! I love your attitude. Going from a couch potato to an :strong: :tread: is wonderful. :bravo: :cp: on your fabulous weight loss.
(Yeah, as far as changing dress sizes I recently went shopping, had lost about six pounds and had to go up in both the shirt and skirt size---maybe different manufacturers, etc. maybe I was at the top of my size--no matter what------we're all going to be slimmer and trimmer as we keep on keepin' on)
Princess, hope you had a happy anniversary. Five years is a nice milestone. :cheers:
Bandit, we've got rain here too--dude ranch may not be all that exciting without nice weather but our dear grandson will keep us all hopping with or without nice weather. Half of our fun activities are the direct result of our dd looking for new experiences for her son and she loves to have us come along. We're blessed)

Also, Msmeri I hope I'm not stating the obvious, but when veggies and berries go on sale, I freeze them for future use. Maybe that would stretch your food dollar to work for you at the end of the month. :idea:

Okay, gotta run. I'm blessed to be in this group . We are cooking on all burners with this weight loss thing! By the way, yes, my pounds are gone from the salty dinner and I'm working on having good food while away.

234.6/212.2/209.6 thinner into onederland :cool:

05-29-2009, 11:15 AM
MsMeri, my goodness!!!!!! I love your attitude. Going from a couch potato to an :strong: :tread: is wonderful. :bravo: :cp: on your fabulous weight loss.
(Yeah, as far as changing dress sizes I recently went shopping, had lost about six pounds and had to go up in both the shirt and skirt size---maybe different manufacturers, etc. maybe I was at the top of my size--no matter what------we're all going to be slimmer and trimmer as we keep on keepin' on)
Princess, hope you had a happy anniversary. Five years is a nice milestone. :cheers:
Bandit, we've got rain here too--dude ranch may not be all that exciting without nice weather but our dear grandson will keep us all hopping with or without nice weather. Half of our fun activities are the direct result of our dd looking for new experiences for her son and she loves to have us come along. We're blessed)

Also, Msmeri I hope I'm not stating the obvious, but when veggies and berries go on sale, I freeze them for future use. Maybe that would stretch your food dollar to work for you at the end of the month. :idea:

Okay, gotta run. I'm blessed to be in this group . We are cooking on all burners with this weight loss thing! By the way, yes, my pounds are gone from the salty dinner and I'm working on having good food while away.

234.6/212.2/209.6 thinner into onederland :cool:

05-29-2009, 11:20 AM
whoops, sorry for the double post. www.3fatchicks.com timed out, I thought, on first post so I sent it again.

05-30-2009, 10:22 AM
Morning, ladies:

Got in 36 laps yesterday & then my hot-tub so that was really relaxing.
That is most I have walked at one time, so was happy with myself.

Have baby shower tomorrow so went shopping last night & got some really cute girly things and a beautiful figurine of teddy bear riding a rocking horse.
(The mom loves horses so she should really like this) and I wanted something she could keep & we all know how quickly they grow out of their outfits.
Anyway, I was pleased with what I found.

And for once I stayed completely OP on a Friday night. Just had my leftovers for dinner then later had a snack of chocolate granola bar with a cup of tea.

I rewarded myself for my 30# drop with a new pair of dressy capris & a top.
They really look nice & are a size smaller so I was thrilled with that!

Getting together with gf today instead of yesterday & since weather was yucky. Today is looking abit better & we are having fish tonight.

Hope you all are having a great weekend!

This weekend let's all:

Get some exercise
Drink more water
Make one better choice each day
Have fun on this crazy journey!

05-30-2009, 08:29 PM
Last night we went to Lane Bryant. I needed a pair of shorts for the Fitness Walk we are doing on 6/6. While I was there I got to looking at their selection of undergarments. I was thinking of a sports bra. They really didn't carry what it was I thought I was looking for. But the sales lady was real encouraging, pointed out a few options and next thing I know I am in the back and she is taking my measurements.

When all things are said and done, I walked out of their with two new bras. Size 44 DD. Just this last Christmas Mom bought me some in the size of 48 DDD. So I guess loosing 53 pounds shows some were at least.

It's true what they say in those Slim Quick commercials...You know the ones with a cartoon stick drawn lady, saying how her and her husband both went on a diet and he got skinny and the only thing that happened to her was her chest shrinking.

bandit-way to go on the walking. That's how I am doing it. Keep it up girl, one foot in front of the other:running:

Judy-You are so right about the freezing. Growing up (Military) my Mom froze every thing cheese, milk, even eggs believe it or not. I should go back to those ways.:nono:

Well, the setting goals thing (even wrote them down) is not working two weeks in a row now.
Have decided to make daily commitments.
Today worked on walking faster, to keep up my target heart rate. The "other" web sit I go to says walking isn't aerobic activity. My DH says it is when done right. He worked in the Physical Education department for years. My opinion is if you are 300lbs tying your shoes is an aerobic activity.

05-30-2009, 10:07 PM
Meri, Walking certainly is aerobic! Just getting off the couch and "strolling" is betting than sitting on the couch and scarfing down no-no's, and if you work to make it aerobic, it can be. I know my 12-minute miles sure as heck feel aerobic to me! I wonder sometimes about my swimming because I don't really "feel" it (until I get out of the water) but I know my walking is burning fat!

Had my weigh-in today, and while it was only a 4/10 lb. loss, when I looked at my measurements from the 9th of May, when I first started keeping track, I've lost 1.5 inches off my waist, 3/4 inch off my hips, 1 inch off my thighs and 1.25 inches off my arms. So I can see that progress IS being made, it's just not showing up very well on the scale.

And I just got back from an hour in the pool. Plan to do the same tomorrow. (I even wore my hat and sunblock!)

05-31-2009, 01:33 AM
ladynredd-Way to go on the measurements. I think that's where it's at. Who cares what the scale says, if you are getting smaller thats great.:swim:

Someone told me to focus on the long term goals. I think, maybe I am doing that. but when I have 40+ days(Thursday) and 60+ days(Friday) I think I am having trouble with my "in the moment" thinking.:tantrum:

But it's weird, I look back through my food journal and really most days I am under my points. And I have only ever had a 60+ day twice in over 5 months. But I feel like I am not taking this serious or am not committed. I think my weight loss is going to slow down now, no more seven pound weeks. I might be cocky cuz I have lost more then anyone in my group. I know when my friend lost 5 pounds one week I was determined not to let her pass me up. Three of us started real close in weight together. I was the only one over 300 but we were not far apart.:s:

I don't know..I am taking tomorrow off (from exercise) as I always do on Sunday and going to do some searching and see what it is I truly want.:?:

Then begin fresh on Monday.:crossed:

05-31-2009, 10:44 AM
Meri, I think you and I are both perfectionists -- all or nothing. I've had that I'm not doing this well enough feeling too and it's so uncomfortable that if it continues for long, I will just give up.

Yesterday was a case in point. I usually eat breakfast before my weigh-in, the same thing every week, but yesterday I couldn't because DH had eaten the last one and not put it on the grocery list. :mad: So I had half an apple for breakfast. Then after my meeting I went grocery shopping, came home, put away the groceries, talked to DH for a little while ... before I know it, it's noon and I still haven't eaten! So I made a good healthy lunch, and my afternoon snack, and at dinnertime I realize I still have 25 points left! So I had enormous servings of everything, ended up stuffed, and still 5 points under. And because I wasn't feeling comfortable with what I ate, I didn't track my dinner points last night -- I was just going to skip it but then this morning I thought, well, I might as well know what the damages are. And that's when I found out I was 5 points under.

I guess what I'm trying to say is that we can be successful with this way of life even if we're not "perfect." After all, this is how we're supposed to be living for the rest of our lives, and who can be perfect all the time? There's going to be birthday parties and wedding and holidays and the occasional day of "I doan wanna" but it's the decisions we make the majority of the time that will determine what size dress we wear.

06-01-2009, 09:38 AM
Morning all and happy Monday! went to w/i on saturday and was up 3#... ugh! but my TOM was present and I just felt really bloated... it showed on the scale!

I have a ton of errands to do today and really need to get back on line to read all of the posts! I keep falling further behind.

Got a call from my boss at my last job... I have an interview tomorrow for a job with them directly so that is good. Have lots to do to get ready for that.

Take care everyone!

06-01-2009, 09:57 AM
Princess-An interview, that's wonderful I thought your hard work would pay off:D

Well It's Monday and a new month. So I think I need to start over, pull in the reigns. I spent Sunday thinking about my priorities. And after having 2 or 3 days over points (way over, like 40 & 60) It is time to put the pedal to the metal.

I want to be down by 66 pounds at the end of the month. I am down 53 now. That makes 12 pounds in a month or 3.6 pounds a week. In the 5 months that I have been doing this I have only lost that much 6 times.

But 66 pounds is important to me, it is exactly half way to my goal weight. See I have 132 total to loose.

06-01-2009, 09:10 PM
Hi Turtles,
Princess, good luck on your interview! :goodvibes: TOM WI's are notoriously off kilter. This coming WI will be much better.

Msmeri, you've been doing so well. Have you thought about what made you eat so many points? I try baby steps when I have a set back and I also adopt a "fake it till you make it" attitude. You've accomplished so much so far and I can tell by your wanting to put a pedal to the metal that you're ready to keep on doing great. :cp:

Donna, I'm hearing you on not wanting to be perfectionists but having that be part of our nature. The all or nothing attitude has sunk my ship more than once! Good luck with all you're doing. :goodvibes:

Bandit, you're doing great. :cp: and :bravo: for having such a well planned Friday night. That's terrific! And congrats again on your wonderful weight loss.

Chrily, feel better soon. We love having you back here.

I've gotta run, but wanted to tell you about the dude ranch. We had so much fun. I didn't get up on a horse and the pool water was freezing. But I did archery and got a bull's eye! How about that? Played ping pong and walked a lot and rowed a rowboat and sat in the shade and enjoyed the scenery. Mostly we all ran after our little grandson who had a ball. He rode a horse (on a lead) for the first time and loved it. I came back the same weight as when I left so I think the moving helped a lot and also the meals where included. They served regular portions--not heaping portions--and the food was okay==nothing to write home about so there wasn't much damage done there. I had to stay away from the vending machines LOL a WW temptation if ever there was one. So, all in all the weekend away was wonderful. Today I helped out at my dd's but brought my salad with me. Another temptation adn I thought of Chrily--=dgrandson wanted Micky D's for lunch and wanted to eat it there! Ugh. Luckily I had an apple in my purse and ate that. I think that should work out well.
Okay, I'm rambling. Hey tomorrow I'm attending a writers' workshop that I have been meaning to get to for a very long time. I'm proud that I made the commitment.
Be well and happy and keep on keepin' on. We can do this!
234.6/212.2/209.6 looking for a good outcome!

06-01-2009, 10:44 PM
OK out with the old in with the new
It's a new month
fresh start

Added a new routine to my actives. The Stability Ball. I have a lot to learn. Only did demo mode, not ready for work out yet. But I will be. Going to do it Mon, Wed, Fri,

Going to the Ortho Dr tomorrow. Wish me luck. I am hoping he gives me the OK on my Leslie Sanson DVD. I plan to do that on Tues and Thur

Have set a goal for June. Want to be down by 66 pounds. Thats 12 pounds for the month, over 3 pounds a week. In the 5 months I have been doing the program I have only lost that much 6 times. It's going to be hard but possible. The 66 pounds will put me at the half way mark of the 132 I want to loose.

Judy- A dude ranch! How cool. Was it near by where you live or did you travel, fly? And a bullseye how awesome is that. Better not pick up a gun, you'll hit your target for sure.
Have wondered why I over eat. Think most of this weekend was "peer pressure" even though I was with my WW leader I still followed like a sheep when I knew in my head I shouldn't. and Thursday was DS birthday, I made his favorite-tacos, I just can't resist. Did use low fat sour cream like that helps all the greasy meat, cheese, fried shells ext ext. So as you can see I have excuses and other people to blame. hahah :lol:

06-02-2009, 10:43 AM
Morning, turtles:

Sounds like everyone had a nice weekend & back on track.

As Msmeri said: New month - new goals. Lets do it.

I struggled abit over the weekend, but not as bad as usual. Couldn't pass up the cake at the shower - oh well, I'm human.

Made a new recipe yesterday that was really good.

Cabbage casserole:
4 chops chopped cabbage
1-1/2# lean ground beef
1/2 medium chopped onion
tomato sauce
salt, pepper, paprika, garlic salt
sour cream

Put chopped cabbage in casserole dish, topped with cooked beef & onion,
top that with sauerkrat & pour on tomatoe sauce. Cook at 300 for 1-1/2 hours. Then top with sour cream & put back in oven at 400 for about 10 min.
This was a really good low carb dish and so easy to prepare. Enjoy!

06-02-2009, 08:12 PM
Bandit, that casserole sounds easy and yummy--exactly my kind of food.

Msmeri, wonderful about your measurements changing so nicely. Weigh to go!

Princess, I hope your interview went well and they've got a spot for you. they seem to love you.

Today I did something that I have been meaning to do for ages==ever since I retired. I joined my friend's writing group. She led us through a meditation at first and then when we were ready, she had us choose a "jump start" and had us write. I went far afield from the jump start, but ended up with a very short story complete to the end which I was very pleased with. I'll be going each Tuesday in June and am looking forward to the next session. I liked the comments from our little group and I wrote a fiction piece since I didn't feel like revealing too much about myself yet.

Eating plan is going well. Tomorrow is WI for me and I hope to have stayed the same or even lost a little.
Good luck to us all!
234.6/212.2/209.6 thinner into onederland :cool:

06-02-2009, 08:46 PM
Hey Guys,

When is my ticker thing going to show up? I thought it was after 20 posts..Was I wrong ... is it when you have been here a month?


06-03-2009, 12:19 AM
Oh Msmeri, I hope someone has an answer for you because I have no idea how any of that works. Good to see you chiming in!

06-03-2009, 10:38 AM
Morning, turtles:

Msmeri - I read somewhere that it is after 30 posts - so should be now.
I tried to add the ticker & I cannot figure it out - maybe I will try and get one of the guys here at my office to help me out.

Judy - good luck today at your weigh in!

Princess - here's hoping you get the job.

Tonight is also my w/i and I really think I will be down abit - at least hoping for that. Other than my shower day, I stayed OP and got in 8 miles of walking this week. Last night for a snack I had green jello with cool whip & that did the trick for not going overboard.

Hoping everyone has a great OP day.

06-03-2009, 10:48 AM
Did well yesterday with food, water and exercise! :carrot::carrot::carrot:

Today's going to be a long one for me -- driving two hours each way to visit my favorite quilt store, then this evening we're going out to dinner with my son and his now-official fiancee'!! My first time to see the ring on her finger. I'm saving points at breakfast and lunch so I don't have to feel deprived at dinner, but I won't go too overboard cuz she (and her mom) just joined Weight Watchers! Gotta be a good example, doncha know. :D

Msmeri and Bandit, the ticker won't show up automatically. You have to go to your User CP (far upper left on the page) and select "edit signature." Then just follow the prompts. Hope this helps!

06-03-2009, 11:38 AM
Good job on the job well done yesterday. I know you will set a good example for the new WW members you are eating with today.

I see the User CP on the upper left
I looked there
all I found was....
edit email & password
edit profile
edit options
edit Avatar
edit profile pictures
list messages
send new messages
edit folders
list subscriptions
edit folders
event reminders
buddy / ignore lists

I think I clicked them all but, still didn't see "edit signature"
I thought it should be under settings & options
or maybe

Still don't see

06-03-2009, 12:39 PM
Msmeri, that's strange. It's the very first option on mine, above the one to edit email. Maybe you have to be a member for a longer period of time? I joined so long ago I don't remember.

06-03-2009, 02:39 PM
Hi turtles:

It is also the 1st one on mine and I followed the prompts but can't figure out the copy/paste thing. I get it all set up & thats about it.

06-03-2009, 02:40 PM
Hi Turtles,
Well, good luck tonight Bandit for your WI! :goodvibes: and :goodscale: I love how you handled your food this week. Weigh to go!

I have such great news. I am down .8# from my last WI. However, if you remember (and how could you?), last week I opted out of weighing in since I had had very salty food on Tuesday night and had gained 2# by Wed. morning on my home scale. So, I am now officially at my lowest weight since WW started its new program of Momentum! Yeah! I lost those salty 2# and an additional .8# and that makes me happy. Now onward and downward for the rest of it!

Donna, have a good visit. How exciting that your son is officially engaged! And how wonderful that all involved are into WW and the healthy eating habits it suggests.

Okay, gotta run and plant my basil. My leg is finally feeling a little better.
Take care all and have a great day!
234.6/211.4/209.6 less than two pounds from 25#down!!!!

06-03-2009, 02:41 PM
Whoops, we have gotten so long that I'm going to start another thread. See you all at #216 Bale of Turtles Kicking It!