Metabolic Research Center - September and Autumn is coming Thread




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reuselady
09-01-2009, 10:53 AM
OK, August is over and last month I kept posting to July for a week! Here is a question I had in regards to some of the last posts in the Dog Day of August Thread. I'm curious what others are doing for themselves, so here is the question:

What non-food (or good food?) things can we do to nourish our inner self, our soul, our oh-so-deserving inner child that needs to be comforted and loved?


mountain gal
09-01-2009, 01:28 PM
hmm thst something 2 think abt ... i cant think deep rite now but on the top of my head ...

number 1 on my list.. which im trying 2 be conscious of is to "STOP PUTTING MY SELF DOWN" in front of ppl. I mean all those jokes i crack abt my weight, love handles, sloppiness .. lack of discipline .. - they are not funny im just putting myself down! so no more of that. n a big YES to treatng myself regularly- biweekly mani-pedis(all those kfc n DQ sundae $$ have 2 be channelized somewhere!), warm oil massages..;) ;) ;) n weekend hikes with my family (instead of the couch potato routine)

leahruthie
09-01-2009, 04:18 PM
i'm curious about this, too, especially because i'm really struggling with some food demons today. i ate my cheese and melba for breakfast and had veggies with MRC ranch dip and an apple for lunch, so my eating has been good today, but i am really fighting going up to the break room for some popcorn or a handful of M&Ms or something. funny thing is, i can't really figure out why i feel this way? i'm a little bit stressed about work, but no more than usual... i don't know what to think. this monkey on my back came outta nowhere :(


bodiemo
09-01-2009, 05:29 PM
I was horrible last weekend as well. I haven't had cravings and hadn't been feeling particularly deprived or even tempted. But this weekend I made cupcakes for the kids and I had MORE than one. And the truth is that I don't know why. Things were a little out of sort but nothing huge.

leahruthie
09-01-2009, 05:42 PM
luckily my only real goof-up so far has been some peanut butter last night, probably because it's the only tempting thing we have in the house. i just need to figure out what's causing my funk and determine a good way to get out of it!

tonight i plan to bake some melba-crusted chicken and then lose myself in a pile of work, so hopefully i won't have time to be tempted by naughty things. i just wish the temptations would go away altogether!

funshine
09-01-2009, 09:43 PM
There's no doubt temptations are HARD! Every day between 2pm and 3pm I used to go get a snack out of the vending maching at work - usually something chocolate. Can you guess what happens every day at that time? Yep, that craving! BUT - I haven't given in yet and I decided to get up and walk around a little when it hits. Have a conversation with co-workers, etc. It's helped. I don't think the temptations ever truly go away, but I allow myself one HNS chocolate pudding a day and I look forward to that pudding all...day...long! I feel it's my treat.

We leave for vacation at Disney on Friday morning. I know I won't be able to follow the menu exactly, but I'm going to do my very best to make very good choices. Geez...I better start praying for willpower now, ha!

Phat not Fat
09-01-2009, 09:57 PM
It's odd that some of you are mentioning cravings. I've been on the MRC program for 36 days now and up until yesterday, I didn't crave anything -- I think I had my head twisted on to the point where there was no room for anything other than positive thoughts. Yesterday and today, I've been lusting for mac n cheese, my all-time, favorite food. I've just got to find that place in my head again and remember not to go to the grocery store when I'm hungry!

As for how I've pampered myself, I've tricked myself. I do water aerobics 2-3 times per week and I really push myself during those 45 minutes. For that hard work, I treat myself to a nice, long soak in the whirlpool afterward. I won't get in unless I've already done some type of workout -- water, weights, bike -- so I'm actually killing two birds with one stone.

Dolly
09-01-2009, 10:20 PM
I know the temperatures across the country have been lower than average for this time of year. I wonder if our bodies aren't responding to some primal intuition that tells us to eat more in order to fuel up for the winter. I've just been downright hungrier than usual but not craving anything in particular.

The things that nourish my soul and not my physical hunger are music, literature, and those unexpected moments of catching my kids being kind, carefree individuals.

For physical pleasures, I love to paint my nails, poof up my hair, and take a ride on the four wheeler. For guilty pleasures, I love to get in bed, pull the quilts around me and watch Law & Order, Nancy Grace, and chat on political message boards.

September and October are my favorite months. For me they herald change more than springtime and I feel renewed walking outside on crispy, cold evenings.

I had a dream today (I sleep during the day) that I stood on the scale and it said 159 lbs!! I dreamt it so now I have to make it happen.

Lori123321
09-02-2009, 12:18 PM
I agree with Edie. The change in the weather signals a lot for me. I used to bake from mid October to New Years. Loved to make homemade breads, quick breads and cookies. I made 12 (lost count of how many dozen, kids and I ate them as they were coming out of the oven) different kinds of cookies at Christmas last year. Put them in tins with mini cakes and that is what I gave friends. I say used to because this year is different. I am going to have to find something else that is creative, keeping my hands busy so I am not tempted. One batch of cookies I have resisted tasting but baking marathons? I would set myself up for failure!
Ok, foods would be taking one of the meal bars and cutting them up in small pieces and store in freezer or making little round bites with the pudding. Nonfood, go shopping and start trying on stuff that is just fitting so you have motivation. Did that yesterday found out I can wear a med shirt! I don't ever remember doing that! Just don't buy since you are going to lose more and that new item won't fit soon! Also cleaned out my closet recently. It was a personal satisfaction to donate 10 bags of clothes (not including the throw away stuff). And as my job situation is resolved now, it is time for me to look into volunteering. I want to give back to our community. That would feed my inner child, get me out meeting people and be a positive role model for my kids, who I am hoping will join me. And no empty calories!

Succeed09
09-02-2009, 12:48 PM
I've been swamped with work and kids activities, but wanted to share some updates.

First, got a nice tip from my WI in this week. I have stalled the last couple of weeks in weight loss...only about 1.5 pounds in 2 weeks even though I've been very OP. Hubby was out of town, so no eating out! Anyway, I've pretty much been eating an apple (1/2 or whole depending on size) for lunch everyday. I slice it and microwave it with some cinnamon and Splenda as my 'dessert'. The counselor suggested I start using other fruits, as apples are one of the highest carb content fruits allowed on the plan. She showed me in the back of the cookbook that there's a list of fruits, veggies and meats with various nutrition info. I vaguely remember someone mentioning that here a few weeks ago, but it didn't 'click' with me to go look at it. So, the last 2 days I've had frozen raspberries and blueberries mixed with a vanilla pudding HNS...really good if you let it sit for a few minutes so the frozen fruit can chill the pudding. She said the apples won't make you gain weight, but especially when you're closing in on your goal and into those harder pounds to shed, switching to lower carb fruits and vegetables can help keep the weight loss from slowing down.

Several of you mentioned doctor's visits lately. I went for my annual ck up, and fortunately the doctor immediately noticed the weight loss and wanted to know what I was doing. She asked for more info from MRC to pass on to other patients. Hopefully I'll get some Metabucks out of it! I'm not doing my lab work until this Friday, but I'm very curious to see my cholesterol info. I was just barely over 200 last year.

I've decided to keep going OP until my paid 'program' weeks are up, which is 10/9 I think. Then I'll start stabilization wherever I am at that point. I was hoping to be at 140 by then, but things have slowed so much the last couple of weeks I might not make it. Oh well...I'll be thrilled to see a number starting with 14 on the scale. That wasn't really on my radar when I started...seemed impossible! This morning I weighed 152.4 at home, so the 140's are in sight. YEAH!!

Anyway, I've enjoyed reading all your posts and wish everyone a great week and ON PLAN Labor Day Weekend. We don't have anything special planned, so it should be easy for me. But I know many of you will be challenged with all kinds of temptations. Be strong!

GWE140
09-02-2009, 01:12 PM
I've been swamped with work and kids activities, but wanted to share some updates.

First, got a nice tip from my WI in this week. I have stalled the last couple of weeks in weight loss...only about 1.5 pounds in 2 weeks even though I've been very OP. Hubby was out of town, so no eating out! Anyway, I've pretty much been eating an apple (1/2 or whole depending on size) for lunch everyday. I slice it and microwave it with some cinnamon and Splenda as my 'dessert'. The counselor suggested I start using other fruits, as apples are one of the highest carb content fruits allowed on the plan. She showed me in the back of the cookbook that there's a list of fruits, veggies and meats with various nutrition info. I vaguely remember someone mentioning that here a few weeks ago, but it didn't 'click' with me to go look at it. So, the last 2 days I've had frozen raspberries and blueberries mixed with a vanilla pudding HNS...really good if you let it sit for a few minutes so the frozen fruit can chill the pudding. She said the apples won't make you gain weight, but especially when you're closing in on your goal and into those harder pounds to shed, switching to lower carb fruits and vegetables can help keep the weight loss from slowing down.

Several of you mentioned doctor's visits lately. I went for my annual ck up, and fortunately the doctor immediately noticed the weight loss and wanted to know what I was doing. She asked for more info from MRC to pass on to other patients. Hopefully I'll get some Metabucks out of it! I'm not doing my lab work until this Friday, but I'm very curious to see my cholesterol info. I was just barely over 200 last year.

I've decided to keep going OP until my paid 'program' weeks are up, which is 10/9 I think. Then I'll start stabilization wherever I am at that point. I was hoping to be at 140 by then, but things have slowed so much the last couple of weeks I might not make it. Oh well...I'll be thrilled to see a number starting with 14 on the scale. That wasn't really on my radar when I started...seemed impossible! This morning I weighed 152.4 at home, so the 140's are in sight. YEAH!!

Anyway, I've enjoyed reading all your posts and wish everyone a great week and ON PLAN Labor Day Weekend. We don't have anything special planned, so it should be easy for me. But I know many of you will be challenged with all kinds of temptations. Be strong!

Succeed09 - It seems like you are doing GREAT on the program...congrats! Thank you so much for the tip about the apple...I too eat one a day and have stalled this week on the weight loss...I just grabbed my cookbook and looked at the compositions of food list...great tip and thanks for sharing.

Darn Baby Weight
09-02-2009, 01:43 PM
I know the temperatures across the country have been lower than average for this time of year. I wonder if our bodies aren't responding to some primal intuition that tells us to eat more in order to fuel up for the winter. I've just been downright hungrier than usual but not craving anything in particular.

The things that nourish my soul and not my physical hunger are music, literature, and those unexpected moments of catching my kids being kind, carefree individuals.

For physical pleasures, I love to paint my nails, poof up my hair, and take a ride on the four wheeler. For guilty pleasures, I love to get in bed, pull the quilts around me and watch Law & Order, Nancy Grace, and chat on political message boards.

September and October are my favorite months. For me they herald change more than springtime and I feel renewed walking outside on crispy, cold evenings.

I had a dream today (I sleep during the day) that I stood on the scale and it said 159 lbs!! I dreamt it so now I have to make it happen.

Little Edie, this makes total sence! I have been struggling with my "hunger" the past weeks (other than getting sick) guess it's time to just fight the "cravings."

I agree with Edie. The change in the weather signals a lot for me. I used to bake from mid October to New Years. Loved to make homemade breads, quick breads and cookies. I made 12 (lost count of how many dozen, kids and I ate them as they were coming out of the oven) different kinds of cookies at Christmas last year. Put them in tins with mini cakes and that is what I gave friends. I say used to because this year is different. I am going to have to find something else that is creative, keeping my hands busy so I am not tempted. One batch of cookies I have resisted tasting but baking marathons? I would set myself up for failure!
Ok, foods would be taking one of the meal bars and cutting them up in small pieces and store in freezer or making little round bites with the pudding. Nonfood, go shopping and start trying on stuff that is just fitting so you have motivation. Did that yesterday found out I can wear a med shirt! I don't ever remember doing that! Just don't buy since you are going to lose more and that new item won't fit soon! Also cleaned out my closet recently. It was a personal satisfaction to donate 10 bags of clothes (not including the throw away stuff). And as my job situation is resolved now, it is time for me to look into volunteering. I want to give back to our community. That would feed my inner child, get me out meeting people and be a positive role model for my kids, who I am hoping will join me. And no empty calories!

Lori, I'm in the same boat, Fall always means time to bake for me. I am going to try some of the cookie recipes in the Cook Book, that should help my cravings.

I've been swamped with work and kids activities, but wanted to share some updates.

First, got a nice tip from my WI in this week. I have stalled the last couple of weeks in weight loss...only about 1.5 pounds in 2 weeks even though I've been very OP. Hubby was out of town, so no eating out! Anyway, I've pretty much been eating an apple (1/2 or whole depending on size) for lunch everyday. I slice it and microwave it with some cinnamon and Splenda as my 'dessert'. The counselor suggested I start using other fruits, as apples are one of the highest carb content fruits allowed on the plan. She showed me in the back of the cookbook that there's a list of fruits, veggies and meats with various nutrition info. I vaguely remember someone mentioning that here a few weeks ago, but it didn't 'click' with me to go look at it. So, the last 2 days I've had frozen raspberries and blueberries mixed with a vanilla pudding HNS...really good if you let it sit for a few minutes so the frozen fruit can chill the pudding. She said the apples won't make you gain weight, but especially when you're closing in on your goal and into those harder pounds to shed, switching to lower carb fruits and vegetables can help keep the weight loss from slowing down.

Several of you mentioned doctor's visits lately. I went for my annual ck up, and fortunately the doctor immediately noticed the weight loss and wanted to know what I was doing. She asked for more info from MRC to pass on to other patients. Hopefully I'll get some Metabucks out of it! I'm not doing my lab work until this Friday, but I'm very curious to see my cholesterol info. I was just barely over 200 last year.

I've decided to keep going OP until my paid 'program' weeks are up, which is 10/9 I think. Then I'll start stabilization wherever I am at that point. I was hoping to be at 140 by then, but things have slowed so much the last couple of weeks I might not make it. Oh well...I'll be thrilled to see a number starting with 14 on the scale. That wasn't really on my radar when I started...seemed impossible! This morning I weighed 152.4 at home, so the 140's are in sight. YEAH!!

Anyway, I've enjoyed reading all your posts and wish everyone a great week and ON PLAN Labor Day Weekend. We don't have anything special planned, so it should be easy for me. But I know many of you will be challenged with all kinds of temptations. Be strong!

Succeed, thanks so much for the wonderful tip! I normaly have an apple for lunch, guess I need to change things up a bit :)

Karen1234
09-02-2009, 01:59 PM
Wow... temptation has been running rampant the past few weeks for alot of us! I was back to plan Mon. am after my weekend b-day/party down/anniversary celebrations... Mon and Tues were a little hard, I was craving carbs and sweets but I knew it is just part of the process and if I stick with the plan that too will pass... instead of giving in I just had my little choc. pudding HNS and some gelatin HNS and then mentally moved on ... I'm doing much better with this today, feeling positive about the next mo. and my committment to stay 100% OP. We do have some trips planned, going to the mountains this weekend but I'll be good, it's just family time together at my parent's place who are ultra healthy eaters so it will be a controlled atmosphere :0) Thankfully. Committed to that 10 lbs for September! Hang in there girls, it only gets better!

I agree with Edie. The change in the weather signals a lot for me. I used to bake from mid October to New Years. Loved to make homemade breads, quick breads and cookies. I made 12 (lost count of how many dozen, kids and I ate them as they were coming out of the oven) different kinds of cookies at Christmas last year. Put them in tins with mini cakes and that is what I gave friends. I say used to because this year is different. I am going to have to find something else that is creative, keeping my hands busy so I am not tempted. One batch of cookies I have resisted tasting but baking marathons? I would set myself up for failure!
Ok, foods would be taking one of the meal bars and cutting them up in small pieces and store in freezer or making little round bites with the pudding. Nonfood, go shopping and start trying on stuff that is just fitting so you have motivation. Did that yesterday found out I can wear a med shirt! I don't ever remember doing that! Just don't buy since you are going to lose more and that new item won't fit soon! Also cleaned out my closet recently. It was a personal satisfaction to donate 10 bags of clothes (not including the throw away stuff). And as my job situation is resolved now, it is time for me to look into volunteering. I want to give back to our community. That would feed my inner child, get me out meeting people and be a positive role model for my kids, who I am hoping will join me. And no empty calories!

Lori & Edie,
I too love this time of year and I am so glad to hear I am not the only one with this crave to bake, craft and do homey stuff in the fall. There is just something about the change in the temperature as well as the earthy, soothing first smell of fall that makes my heart sing and my mind becomes alive with all the wonderful things I can do to make my home "homier" (sp. if there is such a word) and everyone around me delighted with my home-made goodies. The nuturing homemaker part of me takes over this time of year and I start my annual bake-a-thon right about now as well. Typically I start by pulling out all of my Susan Branch books and recipes, pouring through these for several hours and then I lay out my baking plans for the season. I wasn't able to do this over the last several years b/c of a very demanding academic schedule but I graduated last year, have a more relaxed job this year (finally a 40-50 hr per week job instead of 80-90+) and I'm back in action this year. I enjoy it so much I just can't skip it this year! I still plan to do some baking and crafting as always b/c it brings me such pleasure to do so and I only go nutso like this once a year basically from September through December and briefly in February during Valentines but overall this is it and I think I can do it w/o being bad and falling to temptation.

I've been swamped with work and kids activities, but wanted to share some updates.

First, got a nice tip from my WI in this week. I have stalled the last couple of weeks in weight loss...only about 1.5 pounds in 2 weeks even though I've been very OP. Hubby was out of town, so no eating out! Anyway, I've pretty much been eating an apple (1/2 or whole depending on size) for lunch everyday. I slice it and microwave it with some cinnamon and Splenda as my 'dessert'. The counselor suggested I start using other fruits, as apples are one of the highest carb content fruits allowed on the plan. She showed me in the back of the cookbook that there's a list of fruits, veggies and meats with various nutrition info. I vaguely remember someone mentioning that here a few weeks ago, but it didn't 'click' with me to go look at it. So, the last 2 days I've had frozen raspberries and blueberries mixed with a vanilla pudding HNS...really good if you let it sit for a few minutes so the frozen fruit can chill the pudding. She said the apples won't make you gain weight, but especially when you're closing in on your goal and into those harder pounds to shed, switching to lower carb fruits and vegetables can help keep the weight loss from slowing down.

Several of you mentioned doctor's visits lately. I went for my annual ck up, and fortunately the doctor immediately noticed the weight loss and wanted to know what I was doing. She asked for more info from MRC to pass on to other patients. Hopefully I'll get some Metabucks out of it! I'm not doing my lab work until this Friday, but I'm very curious to see my cholesterol info. I was just barely over 200 last year.

I've decided to keep going OP until my paid 'program' weeks are up, which is 10/9 I think. Then I'll start stabilization wherever I am at that point. I was hoping to be at 140 by then, but things have slowed so much the last couple of weeks I might not make it. Oh well...I'll be thrilled to see a number starting with 14 on the scale. That wasn't really on my radar when I started...seemed impossible! This morning I weighed 152.4 at home, so the 140's are in sight. YEAH!!

Anyway, I've enjoyed reading all your posts and wish everyone a great week and ON PLAN Labor Day Weekend. We don't have anything special planned, so it should be easy for me. But I know many of you will be challenged with all kinds of temptations. Be strong!

Thanks for the apple tip... i had no idea and I've been eating them jsut about daily as they are so portable! Thanks again.

rip
09-02-2009, 07:32 PM
Little Edie,

Soon you will wake up and your dream will have come true and it will be sooner than you think.

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Started MRC 5/9/09

GWE140
09-02-2009, 07:59 PM
Okay I have increase my water hoping to speed up the numbers on the scale...and I am now more thirsty than ever...what is up with this? I have finished 124 oz today, that's clear water not counting the 24 oz with my HNS and my mouth is dry and I could drink another 50...this has happened since I increased my water from 75-80oz this week to 120oz...anyone else having this issue...

funshine
09-02-2009, 09:01 PM
Okay I have increase my water hoping to speed up the numbers on the scale...and I am now more thirsty than ever...what is up with this?

I've always heard the more you drink the more your body wants. :?:

cmb9697
09-03-2009, 08:39 AM
I was consistently taking in about 120 oz, and last week at WI they told me to cut back some because they thought it might be contributing to my plateau. I cut back about 20 oz, but I don't know for sure if it had anything to do with breaking through the plateau, but at the next WI I finally shed 4 pounds....

Karen1234
09-03-2009, 09:07 AM
I was consistently taking in about 120 oz, and last week at WI they told me to cut back some because they thought it might be contributing to my plateau. I cut back about 20 oz, but I don't know for sure if it had anything to do with breaking through the plateau, but at the next WI I finally shed 4 pounds....

I know I have not been getting enough water so I'm working on that... I recently bought a "bubba keg", smaller version that holds 52 oz of water, found this at Kroger grocery store ... my goal is 2 of these a day with H20 and I allow myself 1 diet soda/day as well as 1 unsweet tea per day - I aim for decaf but not always the case. So far so good, I've managed to do this for 2 days now...

GWE - I've had the same problem in the past - specifically when I started the plan. I always thought it was the HNS making me feel thirstier. Unsure though.

Now, If i could only get better about drinking my HNS throughout the day....

reuselady
09-03-2009, 11:46 AM
Now, If i could only get better about drinking my HNS throughout the day....

Karen and GWE, if the "thirst" is accompanied by a slightly metallic taste, I think it is due to being in ketosis, even just slightly in ketosis should make you thirsty, so that is good.

Karen, how about mixing up your HNSs for the day at the beginning or end of the day, wherever you have time to think ahead. I have some 10 oz Dasoni bottles that I use and reuse (I hope they use 'good' plastics). I mix my grapefruit and fiber for breakfast, and two other flavors and a fiber for lunch and dinner. If I'm out for the day, I take the lunch one with me in a cooler with ice.

:o While I'm typing this, I'm thinking, this is not the problem, is it Karen? The problem is remembering to drink it during your busy day - you need to put yourself on the 'patient' schedule to get your 'medicine'!!! :D jeanette

kccross
09-03-2009, 12:28 PM
You've got a point there mountain girl. All that money I was giving to Dominos can go for pedicures and massages! Money is so tight, as with everyone, and I feel guilty about spending it on those things, but I sure had no problem ordering a pizza.

Karen1234
09-03-2009, 01:58 PM
Karen and GWE, if the "thirst" is accompanied by a slightly metallic taste, I think it is due to being in ketosis, even just slightly in ketosis should make you thirsty, so that is good.

Karen, how about mixing up your HNSs for the day at the beginning or end of the day, wherever you have time to think ahead. I have some 10 oz Dasoni bottles that I use and reuse (I hope they use 'good' plastics). I mix my grapefruit and fiber for breakfast, and two other flavors and a fiber for lunch and dinner. If I'm out for the day, I take the lunch one with me in a cooler with ice.

:o While I'm typing this, I'm thinking, this is not the problem, is it Karen? The problem is remembering to drink it during your busy day - you need to put yourself on the 'patient' schedule to get your 'medicine'!!! :D jeanette

HAH! You are so right... I mix the HNS up in the am most of the time and it is so crazy how often I finish the day and that darn thing is sitting on my desk mostly full. On slow days it's doable but on busy days I hardly have time to visit the potty let alone drink my HNS and water. I'm still trying though... speaking of, time to drink my lunch one :0)

As for the ketosis, that sounds like a likely explanation... I hate that taste I get in my mouth when I'm in ketosis, yuck!

Darn Baby Weight
09-03-2009, 02:49 PM
WOO HOO! I just tried on new work pants and I can fit into a size 12 soon to be a 10! Those are sizes that I couldn't even think about since high school! That just made this gloomy day sunny in my mind!!!!

GWE140
09-03-2009, 03:07 PM
Well I have hit a plateau this week...could be the extra water I have been taking in...and yes I do have that awful metallic taste in my mouth, I am going to reduce my water back to 85ozs or so to see if my scale moves...thanks for all the tips. I normally hit a plateau after every 10 pounds and I did lose 10 pounds in the last 14 days...so I am not too concern...I know if not this week then next I will get over it!

kccross
09-03-2009, 03:52 PM
I gained back 3 of my 5 lost in the past 2 days. GRRR. :stress::stress::stress::stress:

I had Subway twice and 2 nutri-grain bars. After losing 5 pounds I do that. So frustrated with myself. And I swore I'd be OP from now on.

So what do I eat today? ANOTHER nutri-grain bar!:nono:

I'd throw them out, but they are one of the few things my 2 year old will eat.

Karen1234
09-03-2009, 04:11 PM
I gained back 3 of my 5 lost in the past 2 days. GRRR. :stress::stress::stress::stress:

I had Subway twice and 2 nutri-grain bars. After losing 5 pounds I do that. So frustrated with myself. And I swore I'd be OP from now on.

So what do I eat today? ANOTHER nutri-grain bar!:nono:

I'd throw them out, but they are one of the few things my 2 year old will eat.

kccross... don't be too hard on yourself... we've all had rough moments the important thing is to dust yourself off and keep stepping forward. Try to consider why you had the subway etc? Are you carb craving or was it just out of convenience? Anyways, why don't you come join our September challenge thread if you haven't already.. many of us have committed to stay 100% OP for the month of September and have set weight loss goals for the month there as well. I know the committment I have made to stay totally OP for September in that thread has really helped me to avoid some very tempting moments over the last few days. Once I make a promise to others I will do everything I can to stick with it and every time I'm faced with temptation I just think of my 3FC friends and the promise I made and I tell myself NO! You can do this kccross.. just think back to the reasons why you joined MRC, how this will change your life and what losing this weight will give back to you. Focus on this and move on!
:dust: for you and all the rest of us!

Karen1234
09-03-2009, 04:14 PM
WOO HOO! I just tried on new work pants and I can fit into a size 12 soon to be a 10! Those are sizes that I couldn't even think about since high school! That just made this gloomy day sunny in my mind!!!!

Congratulations on your NSV!!! That's awesome :0)

E4FEwife
09-03-2009, 04:39 PM
So today I went in for my appt and did not lose a pound :( They did the tanita and I am down a total of 15 lbs from my start (Aug. 1), 1/2 lb of muscle, 1.5 water, and 13 pounds of FAT! I am losing inches (I think my total was around 16 or 17 inches so far) which is great. If my body keeps up this pace I should be on maint. by New Year's Eve. I'm trying not to get too discouraged and remember that this is a slow & steady process. All I want to do is workout more to help speed the weight loss but they are discouraged me from doing more at the center. :^:

kccross
09-03-2009, 04:40 PM
You're right. I tend to loose focus when I feel deprived. I did join the thread, but not off to a great start.

But I joined MRC to loose the weight and get healthy for my kids. I need to remember that!

Thank you.

Dolly
09-03-2009, 05:26 PM
How funny, cmb. When they ran my Tanita, it showed me up in water. They asked me if I were getting my 68oz plus and I replied I drink 150 oz a day. They told me I might try cutting back to see if that helps my plateau (up a lb today). And here I thought more water was part of the solution.

E4FEWife, inches are better than pounds! I'd rather lose inches and actually look and feel smaller in my clothes instead of the 5 seconds on the scale twice a week.

kccross, don't feel bad about that subway. Karen is right-every meal is an opportunity for a new start.

kccross
09-03-2009, 05:33 PM
Thank you, I am feeling better. Went for a walk. I'll be so glad when the weather finally gets a bit cooler here in Florida. All the rain has kept it down a bit, just have to run from the thunderstorms, lol.

kccross
09-03-2009, 05:34 PM
What is this tanita you speak of? They can tell how much weight lost is fat? Awesome!! Great job!

nabeelmalik
09-03-2009, 06:28 PM
just came back from my pre-condition WI and i am down 3.5 LBs :)

tomorrow i get my menu, i am curious!

Karen1234
09-03-2009, 08:26 PM
Thank you, I am feeling better. Went for a walk. I'll be so glad when the weather finally gets a bit cooler here in Florida. All the rain has kept it down a bit, just have to run from the thunderstorms, lol.

To quote on of my surgeons "atta girl"! LOL ... it just felt appropriate here :0)

reuselady
09-03-2009, 09:29 PM
What is this tanita you speak of? They can tell how much weight lost is fat? Awesome!! Great job!
Tanita is the brand of scale used in many if not all MRC for weighing. Ours gives a print out with a number of different readings. I was weighed this way initially, at 2 weeks, one month and at two months into the program and given a copy of the printout. When I go in for the twice weekly weigh-ins, I use the same scale but we just get my weight, not the other readings.

I researched buying a scale like this for home but the cheapest Tanita I could find was over $100. Then back in July, I fount a Body Fat Analyzer and Scale by Taylor at BJ's Warehouse for under $30. It is Taylor Model 5568BL and can be purchased at other stores but maybe not quite as low a price. It is advertised as The Biggest Loser by Taylor also.

This scale can remember settings for 8 people - you enter your height, age, gender, and weight units (LB, KG or Stones). The scale will then tell you your weight, body fat %, total body water %, muscle mass %, BMI and BMR (basal metabolic rate - # kcal needed to maintain your current weight)
Both scales use Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis to make these calculations.
I took it into MRC when I first got it and I weighed within 0.1 lbs with the other measurements very close also. For the money, I am happy to be able to keep track at home of my hydration level, and to watch the percent of fat, BMI and BMR drop. Some people do not recommend weighing oneself on a daily basis, but I like to watch the trends and analysis what I ate. Just me, jeanette

shopgirl
09-03-2009, 11:13 PM
just came back from my pre-condition WI and i am down 3.5 LBs :)

tomorrow i get my menu, i am curious!

Way to go, Nabeelmalik! :congrat:

leahruthie
09-04-2009, 02:01 AM
oh you guys. i knew it would happen sooner or later... i had a bad OP night. two tacos and some vodka. i`ve been so stressed this week with work and the death of a family friend that eventually i just lost my grip on my coping skills. now i feel awful and could really use some positive reassurance that i haven`t completely screwed myself over... :(

Dolly
09-04-2009, 04:55 AM
You'll be fine, Leah. Drink more water to counteract the water retention and keep OP food handy so you're not so tempted.

Give yourself time to grieve and mull over things that are bothering you without distracting yourself with food.

I know sometimes it feels like we're in a race against our MRC deadline, but it's our individual effort that gets us there--not the contract.

A little guilt is motivating. A lot of guilt is sabotage. Just start over. :)

kccross
09-04-2009, 08:05 AM
Wow that scale sounds awesome. My MRC office has some fancy scale, but I've never heard them say anything about fat vs water. I may have to look into one of those. Thanks!

kccross
09-04-2009, 08:07 AM
leahruthie - I so understand. Sometimes we just give into life as my MRC office girls told me. Life happens. The important thing is to get back OP. Easier said than done sometimes, but just keep moving forward! Sending you positive vibes!

Karen1234
09-04-2009, 08:16 AM
You'll be fine, Leah. Drink more water to counteract the water retention and keep OP food handy so you're not so tempted.

Give yourself time to grieve and mull over things that are bothering you without distracting yourself with food.

I know sometimes it feels like we're in a race against our MRC deadline, but it's our individual effort that gets us there--not the contract.

A little guilt is motivating. A lot of guilt is sabotage. Just start over. :)

Leahruthie, I agree with little edie ... dust yourself off and start anew today, you can do this. :0)

kccross
09-04-2009, 08:57 AM
LOL, thanks! I like them atta girls!!

leahruthie
09-04-2009, 09:12 AM
thanks guys, i appreciate the kind words and encouragement. consider me back OP. guilt isn`t going to take back the tacos, but clean eating will!

loveamy
09-04-2009, 09:19 PM
OK, so I had a stressful day and tonight we took my daughter to soccer practice. Afterwards the kids begged to go to a local grill, the kind with the best hotdogs and french fries in town and heavenly ice cream! Of course, it is one of my favs to eat at and used to be our "Friday night special". There were no real choices for me!
I ended up getting a grilled chicken sandwich, which I brought home, took off the bun and ate with my brocolli and melba toast...
So, what's the problem? Well, I felt so upset, mad, sad just unhappy and isolated...I was mad at my DH for insisting that we go, I was mad at myself for going, mad that I couldn't eat what I really wanted, sad that I felt like I am the only miserable one, mad that food has it's hold on me, sad that I feel like food gives me that much pleasure, mad that I wasn't prepared, etc, etc.
I had to sit and watch them eat the things I love (the DH was on his motorcycle so I had to wait for the kids), I couldn't even talk. I am upset that because of the way I felt, I in turn isolate myself from the ones I love.
Cried on the way home because I feel no one understands, especially my husband (he would think it is totally ridiculous to get upset about food, he has always been thin)....My only comfort was to know that I could post when I got home and there must be someone who can relate.
I feel silly about it now but in the moment it felt torturous!
I know that I made the right decision but somehow it doesn't seem much like a victory right now....

GWE140
09-04-2009, 09:27 PM
OK, so I had a stressful day and tonight we took my daughter to soccer practice. Afterwards the kids begged to go to a local grill, the kind with the best hotdogs and french fries in town and heavenly ice cream! Of course, it is one of my favs to eat at and used to be our "Friday night special". There were no real choices for me!
I ended up getting a grilled chicken sandwich, which I brought home, took off the bun and ate with my brocolli and melba toast...
So, what's the problem? Well, I felt so upset, mad, sad just unhappy and isolated...I was mad at my DH for insisting that we go, I was mad at myself for going, mad that I couldn't eat what I really wanted, sad that I felt like I am the only miserable one, mad that food has it's hold on me, sad that I feel like food gives me that much pleasure, mad that I wasn't prepared, etc, etc.
I had to sit and watch them eat the things I love (the DH was on his motorcycle so I had to wait for the kids), I couldn't even talk. I am upset that because of the way I felt, I in turn isolate myself from the ones I love.
Cried on the way home because I feel no one understands, especially my husband (he would think it is totally ridiculous to get upset about food, he has always been thin)....My only comfort was to know that I could post when I got home and there must be someone who can relate.
I feel silly about it now but in the moment it felt torturous!
I know that I made the right decision but somehow it doesn't seem much like a victory right now....

Loveamy, OH you are VICTORIOUS, you made great choices with what you DECIDED to eat and not eat! Yes, you were put in a very challenging situation that stretched every once of your will power, and in the end YOU WON, not the food! I have been there and what keeps me going is to know that one day I too can enjoy all my favorites in moderation enjoying them without guilt...I first must get through the weight loss and learn how to maintain...It is so hard keeping with "family" traditions when you are the only one left out! When you have a glorious WI this week you will feel like a million bucks...knowing you made great choices!

nabeelmalik
09-04-2009, 11:22 PM
so i got my menu today and just before it a weigh in happend and guess what, another 1.5 lbs off :) so 5 lbs gone pre-conditioning :D

now the hard part starts with the menu, it looks really tough, but i am gonna read it tomorrow and gonna get started then.

kccross
09-05-2009, 10:28 AM
loveamy,

first I gotta say CONGRATS!! OMG you stayed OP with ALL that temptation! You go girl!!!!

and second, I sooooo know how you feel. Food is a huge thing for me as well, and I would have been hurt and angry as well. I once cried over a HUGE bucket of cookie dough that was in the fridge. I wanted it SO BAD, but I literally sat on my hands and cried till my husband (now ex) took it to the neighbors. he totally made me feel like a fool afterwards. If they've never had the problem, they don't understand.

But BRAVO to you! Wow, so proud of you. Very inspiring! I know it still hurts, but you really did win that battle against the food beast!

Goose
09-05-2009, 12:36 PM
Weighed in today and am down 3.5 lbs.:carrot: I am halfway to my goal!!!!!!!!!!!!

I told my consultant how difficult it's been for me lately to get in all of my dinner. At night I really just want to gag when I look at it. She suggested I try the meal replacement shakes for dinner up to 3 times a week. I'm excited to have an option because I know I've got to eat no matter how much I'd rather just skip it. Anyone else experience this loss of appetite?

leahruthie
09-05-2009, 01:58 PM
i weighed in today, too, and am down another pound and a half, which is pretty good considering yesterday and thursday. ;) i also got to do one-month measurements!! 20.5 inches and 12 pounds down so far. what a fantastic feeling!

rip
09-05-2009, 07:30 PM
Leahruthie,

Wow, Fantastic.
http://www.3fatchicks.net/img/purpvinebar/flower02/lb/282/178/226/.png (http://www.3fatchicks.com/)

Started MRC 5/9/09

angelofsc
09-05-2009, 08:40 PM
Hey everyone,

I WI today and was down 2.5 lbs. I was all right with the weight lose but I was hoping for more since it has been two weeks since i WI last. well this week I'm going to get back OP with my excercise. Well good OP weekend and happy Labor Day to you.

reuselady
09-06-2009, 07:36 AM
OK, so I had a stressful day . . . I know that I made the right decision but somehow it doesn't seem much like a victory right now....

LoveAmy, Because you are a distance client, you are not coming to the Connections Classes - are they sending you any of the info? Next time you come in to the Center, ask if they will give you the handouts from the classes. I don't know when you might have time to read, but like when the kids are at practice and you have to be there, you can read and think about these topics, a page at a time. Week One was about Changes, Week Two Emotions . At least try to get the handouts from these two weeks. A couple of books that were recommended are Eat, Drink and Be Mindful and Eating Mindfully by Susan Albers.

It was not easy but you did the best thing for yourself. Congratulations on breaking 150! :carrot: jeanette

Darn Baby Weight
09-06-2009, 04:06 PM
WI was a little disappointing Friday, only down 1 pound, but it is still one less then before. Also got measured...lost 20 inches and a total of 17.5lbs since Aug 1st :carrot:

http://www.3fatchicks.net/img/bar-steps/slider-chicken/lb/204.5/165/187/.png (http://www.3fatchicks.com/)

September Challenge
http://www.3fatchicks.net/img/bar013/flower05/lb/191/180/187/.png (http://www.3fatchicks.com/)

shopgirl
09-06-2009, 04:34 PM
WI was a little disappointing Friday, only down 1 pound, but it is still one less then before. Also got measured...lost 20 inches and a total of 17.5lbs since Aug 1st :carrot:

http://www.3fatchicks.net/img/bar-steps/slider-chicken/lb/204.5/165/187/.png (http://www.3fatchicks.com/)

September Challenge
http://www.3fatchicks.net/img/bar013/flower05/lb/191/180/187/.png (http://www.3fatchicks.com/)

SWEET!!! Great job!! I can't wait until I have my measurements taken again....I am looking forward to knowing the number of total lost inches! Yea! Congrats and I have to say that 17.5 lbs is nothin' to sneeze at! Amazing!:cheer2:

Karen1234
09-07-2009, 07:49 PM
Congrats on all your losses! Looking for a great OP week and wishing all of you the best :0)

Phat not Fat
09-07-2009, 07:57 PM
Was down another 1.5 lbs on Saturday. Went to our state fair today and resisted all the artery-clogging goodies, settling for a salad. Hope WI tomorrow goes alright. :::crossing fingers and toes:::

leahruthie
09-07-2009, 09:33 PM
state fair is hard to navigate, isn't it? :) did you pet the baby giraffe?? i'm going to miss the fair next year when it moves to GI. :(

Fifties Lady
09-07-2009, 10:06 PM
Hello all my MRC Friends....I have missed you all so much. Haven't had time to catch up on all my reading yet, but just wanted to post so you don't think that I have deserted you.

It has been a very rough week....my Father-inlaw passed away last Monday, and for the last 4 days, it has been non-stop with family, the services and eating!!!! I skipped breakfasts, didn't take any of the HNS's, and tried so hard to eat healthy, until the healthy food was gone and just the good foods were left.

Then some of the family stayed with us for two days and of course, we watched the "Big Red Game" Saturday night, which meant "Red Beers" and snacks...I figured since I had blown it the first three days, one more wasn't going to hurt...but it sure did...ouch!!! The scale was not nice to me today. I am back on plan, but now I am down with a terrible sore throat, fever, coughing and runny nose and eyes....I feel like crap!!! Just not what I needed on top of everything else. I think I will wait and WI on Wednesday, maybe another day will help.

I am so upset with myself because I had been OP since the day I started, and was doing so good....I know most everyone can relate, it just makes you mad after working so hard and then to blow it in a matter of days.

But I am back....even though nothing tastes good since I have this stupid flu, I will work my way back. Thanks for letting me sound off.....I really did miss you all!

reuselady
09-07-2009, 10:52 PM
I'm so sorry for you FiftiesLady, for the loss of your father-in-law and for the loss of "OP". Sometimes things are just beyond our control. Be good to yourself, read tearjerker stories or watch tearjerker movies and have a good cry (getting the emotions out will do you a lot of good toward your recovery). Take hot showers or bubblebaths (wash away the germs as well as breath the warm moist air). Drink hot teas or (I was going to say hot apple cider but I don't think we can have that - hummm, what would be a good substitute? don't know, maybe the lemon supplement hot). I sympathize with you, nothing tasting good when you're sick. Try Chicken soup with real chicken and your favorite herbs, spices, garlic and onion. Ever had leeks? They would go real good in chicken soup. You're back on the wagon and this flu thing won't last long. Enjoy catching up with all the posts. I'm glad you are back :hug: jeanette

Lori123321
09-07-2009, 10:52 PM
OK, so I had a stressful day and tonight we took my daughter to soccer practice. Afterwards the kids begged to go to a local grill, the kind with the best hotdogs and french fries in town and heavenly ice cream! Of course, it is one of my favs to eat at and used to be our "Friday night special". There were no real choices for me!
I ended up getting a grilled chicken sandwich, which I brought home, took off the bun and ate with my brocolli and melba toast...
So, what's the problem? Well, I felt so upset, mad, sad just unhappy and isolated...I was mad at my DH for insisting that we go, I was mad at myself for going, mad that I couldn't eat what I really wanted, sad that I felt like I am the only miserable one, mad that food has it's hold on me, sad that I feel like food gives me that much pleasure, mad that I wasn't prepared, etc, etc.
I had to sit and watch them eat the things I love (the DH was on his motorcycle so I had to wait for the kids), I couldn't even talk. I am upset that because of the way I felt, I in turn isolate myself from the ones I love.
Cried on the way home because I feel no one understands, especially my husband (he would think it is totally ridiculous to get upset about food, he has always been thin)....My only comfort was to know that I could post when I got home and there must be someone who can relate.
I feel silly about it now but in the moment it felt torturous!
I know that I made the right decision but somehow it doesn't seem much like a victory right now....
Oh honey, I am so sorry you had to go through that. People who never had an unhealthy relationship with food may never understand. It is kind of like breaking up with a guy you know is bad for you and then seeing him out with someone else and you are alone. There was a person on here who had a quote that said if you think this diet is restrictive, think of how restrictive it is to be overweight. I have found that if I make myself a person they (people at restaurants) can honor, they will bend over backwards for me. At places like that, I tell them that I am on this fantastic new diet, and already lost X number of pounds. Add enthusiasm to your voice, smile and engage them. Then ask if they can accommodate you. Tell them you need grilled chicken, raw veggies (and if they have hamburgers, they have tomatoes and lettuce) and whatever else you need for that meal. I have had a lot of success with that approach and it makes you feel good for taking charge of the situation. Spent too many hours of my life effected by situations I can't control and feeling like a victim. I refuse to let that happen with a meal!
And you won the battle. You refused to let the moment control the choice for food. Pat your self on the back. It does get easier, but if it were too easy, we would have all done it before now!

Weighed in today and am down 3.5 lbs.:carrot: I am halfway to my goal!!!!!!!!!!!!

I told my consultant how difficult it's been for me lately to get in all of my dinner. At night I really just want to gag when I look at it. She suggested I try the meal replacement shakes for dinner up to 3 times a week. I'm excited to have an option because I know I've got to eat no matter how much I'd rather just skip it. Anyone else experience this loss of appetite?
Congratulations! I have had some loss of appetite and also missed meals due to catching up on sleep. Since I have an extra mini meal during my 12 hour night shifts, I am not too worried. But I did check with my consultant and they agreed. If I need sleep that much, I need it!
Hello all my MRC Friends....I have missed you all so much. Haven't had time to catch up on all my reading yet, but just wanted to post so you don't think that I have deserted you.

It has been a very rough week....my Father-inlaw passed away last Monday, and for the last 4 days, it has been non-stop with family, the services and eating!!!! I skipped breakfasts, didn't take any of the HNS's, and tried so hard to eat healthy, until the healthy food was gone and just the good foods were left.

Then some of the family stayed with us for two days and of course, we watched the "Big Red Game" Saturday night, which meant "Red Beers" and snacks...I figured since I had blown it the first three days, one more wasn't going to hurt...but it sure did...ouch!!! The scale was not nice to me today. I am back on plan, but now I am down with a terrible sore throat, fever, coughing and runny nose and eyes....I feel like crap!!! Just not what I needed on top of everything else. I think I will wait and WI on Wednesday, maybe another day will help.

I am so upset with myself because I had been OP since the day I started, and was doing so good....I know most everyone can relate, it just makes you mad after working so hard and then to blow it in a matter of days.

But I am back....even though nothing tastes good since I have this stupid flu, I will work my way back. Thanks for letting me sound off.....I really did miss you all!
:hug: To my lady, I am sorry for your loss. You have to give yourself time to grieve. And to get better! Just drink your water, take care of yourself and you will be back to your vibrant loving self in no time.

leahruthie
09-07-2009, 11:52 PM
Hello all my MRC Friends....I have missed you all so much. Haven't had time to catch up on all my reading yet, but just wanted to post so you don't think that I have deserted you.

It has been a very rough week....my Father-inlaw passed away last Monday, and for the last 4 days, it has been non-stop with family, the services and eating!!!! I skipped breakfasts, didn't take any of the HNS's, and tried so hard to eat healthy, until the healthy food was gone and just the good foods were left.

Then some of the family stayed with us for two days and of course, we watched the "Big Red Game" Saturday night, which meant "Red Beers" and snacks...I figured since I had blown it the first three days, one more wasn't going to hurt...but it sure did...ouch!!! The scale was not nice to me today. I am back on plan, but now I am down with a terrible sore throat, fever, coughing and runny nose and eyes....I feel like crap!!! Just not what I needed on top of everything else. I think I will wait and WI on Wednesday, maybe another day will help.

I am so upset with myself because I had been OP since the day I started, and was doing so good....I know most everyone can relate, it just makes you mad after working so hard and then to blow it in a matter of days.

But I am back....even though nothing tastes good since I have this stupid flu, I will work my way back. Thanks for letting me sound off.....I really did miss you all!

i'm so sorry for the death in the family!! :( i hope you're all doing alright.

as for the season opener... i too went a little overboard! i had a couple of vodka/club soda mixed drinks and got silly with my friends for the first time in a month, and it was really fun--but i definitely think i'm paying for it now. but the holiday is over, the temptations are out of the house, and i think i'm ready to recommit 100% to following plan again. i'm angry that i let myself get carried away with setbacks, but i'm confident that i can overcome them and will be able to fight them next saturday!! and you can, too. let's just devote ourselves to completely clean eating, shall we? we'll beat this.

desilu0
09-08-2009, 11:14 AM
New here, and have read a lot of the posts all over this site. I am impressed. I googled MRC to help make my decision about whether to join or not and there's not much out there. But then I found 3FC and wow with the wealth of helpful information. I joined over a week ago, day 1 of the yellow menu was yesterday. It was tough. You don't realize how much you like food until your DH eats a cheeseburger in front of you. And they don't realize that it might bother you. So I ended day one with being depressed and sad that I let myself get this way and feeling that it's unfair that I have to do this at all and that other people can be as skinny as they want without worrying about calories or protein. But I stayed OP. I'm not trying to blame anyone else, it's just that last night I was hungry and it's the wrong time of the month so I was a wee bit emotional, lol.

I need the emotional support of people who've been there and done that and I hope to post here more often. My DH has also been skinny all his life and even though he's supportive it helps to talk to people who are going through it.

Last thing. How in the world am I supposed to cook for one person OP and one not? That really frustrated me last night, not knowing what to cook with such limited items as are on the yellow menu. Any ideas? I only have to get through 3 more dinners, then I get to move onto the next menu.

ali g
09-08-2009, 12:09 PM
New here, and have read a lot of the posts all over this site. I am impressed. I googled MRC to help make my decision about whether to join or not and there's not much out there. But then I found 3FC and wow with the wealth of helpful information. I joined over a week ago, day 1 of the yellow menu was yesterday. It was tough. You don't realize how much you like food until your DH eats a cheeseburger in front of you. And they don't realize that it might bother you. So I ended day one with being depressed and sad that I let myself get this way and feeling that it's unfair that I have to do this at all and that other people can be as skinny as they want without worrying about calories or protein. But I stayed OP. I'm not trying to blame anyone else, it's just that last night I was hungry and it's the wrong time of the month so I was a wee bit emotional, lol.

I need the emotional support of people who've been there and done that and I hope to post here more often. My DH has also been skinny all his life and even though he's supportive it helps to talk to people who are going through it.

Last thing. How in the world am I supposed to cook for one person OP and one not? That really frustrated me last night, not knowing what to cook with such limited items as are on the yellow menu. Any ideas? I only have to get through 3 more dinners, then I get to move onto the next menu.

Welcome to MRC. As you already know you will find a wealth of information on this site and lots of shoulders to lean on. As far as cooking for yourself and your husband there have been lots of comments from members who cook for their families and themselves and how they've done it. Fortunately for me, my husband tries to eat healthy, so what I do is...I get my 4 ounces of protein and he gets a larger portion of whatever I eat (Chicken breast, fish, turkey) and I get 4 ounces of a vegetable while I make two vegetables of larger servings for him. I also make him a healthy dessert and I have an HNS. I know it doesn't sound exciting, but as the pounds come off you will realize that it is worth the food sacrifices that we are making. Good luck!

Lori123321
09-08-2009, 01:40 PM
New here, and have read a lot of the posts all over this site. I am impressed. I googled MRC to help make my decision about whether to join or not and there's not much out there. But then I found 3FC and wow with the wealth of helpful information. I joined over a week ago, day 1 of the yellow menu was yesterday. It was tough. You don't realize how much you like food until your DH eats a cheeseburger in front of you. And they don't realize that it might bother you. So I ended day one with being depressed and sad that I let myself get this way and feeling that it's unfair that I have to do this at all and that other people can be as skinny as they want without worrying about calories or protein. But I stayed OP. I'm not trying to blame anyone else, it's just that last night I was hungry and it's the wrong time of the month so I was a wee bit emotional, lol.

I need the emotional support of people who've been there and done that and I hope to post here more often. My DH has also been skinny all his life and even though he's supportive it helps to talk to people who are going through it.

Last thing. How in the world am I supposed to cook for one person OP and one not? That really frustrated me last night, not knowing what to cook with such limited items as are on the yellow menu. Any ideas? I only have to get through 3 more dinners, then I get to move onto the next menu.

Once you are through the yellow and blue menus, your options open up on the green. I have 2 teenage boys living at home and when I make meals together I try to do something we all would like; honey mustard crusted chicken from cookbook, lemon pepper chicken, make them hamburgers and have a buffalo burger for me, stir fry with chicken, turkey or buffalo. Then make them a healthy starch and just don't eat the starch. Also, when going out, learn to request things from the wait staff, even fast food places can accomadate you. If they make hamburgers then they have lettuce and tomatoes. I know, soon you can have them. Good luck and remember, we are here for you!

funshine
09-09-2009, 02:39 PM
Okay, I'm back from vacation and I am happy to report I only gained 1 pound! Granted I hated gaining that pound, but considering I ate completely off plan for 4 days I'll take it. We probably walked at least 10 miles a day at the theme parks, so I'm sure that helped!

daizy hotrocks
09-09-2009, 02:45 PM
I am back from Australia and still recovering from jet lag. I did not follow plan at all the whole trip but only gained 2.5 lbs so I am happy. Back 100% now but feel like crap with the jet lag. Anyone have suggestions?

funshine
09-09-2009, 03:38 PM
Welcome back, daizy! Hope you had a blast.

Okay, ladies. I'm peeved. For some reason this afternoon I'm super hungry (dang that meal replacement bar for lunch). At about 2:30 I always have my last HNS of the day and it would help me with the hunger. Well, what do you know?! I made it, then sat down at my desk and promptly spilled every last drop of it all over my desk and paperwork. Geez is this stuff sticky! I've cleaned everything really well, but it's still so sticky! Guess I'll guzzle water and hope the hungries go away!

E4FEwife
09-09-2009, 03:42 PM
Welcome back, daizy! Hope you had a blast.

Okay, ladies. I've peeved. For some reason this afternoon I'm super hungry (dang that meal replacement bar for lunch). At about 2:30 I always have my last HNS of the day and it would help me with the hunger. Well, what do you know?! I made it, then sat down at my desk and promptly spilled every last drop of it all over my desk and paperwork. Geez is this stuff sticky! I've cleaned everything really well, but it's still so sticky! Guess I'll guzzle water and hope the hungries go away!

Did you try licking it off your desk??? hehe just kidding...that is pretty cruddy. Do you have an extra HNS in your desk at work? I alway carry 1 or 2 extra in my purse and have 1 in my desk at work. I am sure you are so frustrated right now. :(

funshine
09-09-2009, 03:47 PM
Did you try licking it off your desk??? hehe just kidding...that is pretty cruddy. Do you have an extra HNS in your desk at work? I alway carry 1 or 2 extra in my purse and have 1 in my desk at work. I am sure you are so frustrated right now. :(

Frustrated - yes! Extra HNS with me - no! I always just bring what I need for the day with me. Lesson learned. :o

Fifties Lady
09-09-2009, 04:09 PM
Frustrated - yes! Extra HNS with me - no! I always just bring what I need for the day with me. Lesson learned. :o


I almost tipped over my glass a couple of weeks ago...I can imagine what a mess that would be. Please keep it away from your computer. :( I'm thinking that no spill cups would be perfect for us at work. Do ya think we may look funny drinking from them??? :D

funshine
09-09-2009, 04:14 PM
I'm thinking that no spill cups would be perfect for us at work. Do ya think we may look funny drinking from them??? :D

You mean like sippy cups? Ha! LOVE IT! :lol:

cmb9697
09-09-2009, 04:45 PM
Welcome back Funshine & Daisy! Hope your vacations were fun fun fun!

Fifties Lady
09-09-2009, 05:36 PM
You mean like sippy cups? Ha! LOVE IT! :lol:

Yes...that's what I meant...it's been awhile since I have had toddlers to remember what they were called. :o

Lori123321
09-09-2009, 07:08 PM
Welcome back Funshine and Daisy! Great job on vacation. Sorry about the spilled HNS. Been there with forgetting my whole lunch box. Try to get MRC friendly food at night in a hospital! So lucked out when we had a pot luck that I knew nothing about. Grilled chicken, fresh veggies and a fruit tray! Yahoo! but had to go the 12 hour shift with no HNS.

rip
09-09-2009, 08:22 PM
I have a soup bowl at work that use to hold soup that I can no longer have now it holds about 20 HNS. When I run out I just replenish it. I also keep a package of bar replacements for the days I just don't feel like getting my breakfast ready. Fortunately our cafeteria at work is awesome. Salad bar with everything imaginable and even fresh fish everyday (It also has lots of stuff I can't have) but at least it is there if I forget my lunch. I am fortunate to have it.

Hope your vacations were awesome. I leave in 3 days for mine. I can't wait!

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nabeelmalik
09-09-2009, 08:54 PM
so i just came back from my WI and am down another 4 lbs :D Total lbs down in 9 days = 9 lbs.... hmm i guess its all water weight :)

Lori123321
09-10-2009, 05:23 AM
so i just came back from my WI and am down another 4 lbs :D Total lbs down in 9 days = 9 lbs.... hmm i guess its all water weight :)

Hey, 4 pounds is 4 pounds! Great job.

Karen1234
09-10-2009, 09:06 AM
I am back from Australia and still recovering from jet lag. I did not follow plan at all the whole trip but only gained 2.5 lbs so I am happy. Back 100% now but feel like crap with the jet lag. Anyone have suggestions?

Welcome home... hope you had a blast.. take some aspirin, drink some water and get some sleep... best suggestion I can give you :0) Those 2.5 lbs are likely just water weight and will come off quickly now that you're back on 100%

Did you try licking it off your desk??? hehe just kidding...that is pretty cruddy. Do you have an extra HNS in your desk at work? I alway carry 1 or 2 extra in my purse and have 1 in my desk at work. I am sure you are so frustrated right now. :(

OK, that sounds like something our fiftieslady would say... do you two know eachother? LOL... you're crackin' me up today!

so i just came back from my WI and am down another 4 lbs :D Total lbs down in 9 days = 9 lbs.... hmm i guess its all water weight :)

Wow Nabeelmalik... that's impressive! You're doing great ;0)

Karen1234
09-10-2009, 09:33 AM
Alright now, I do not typically complain. Usually, I just ignore little things like this but I've just gotta say something here b/c this has been bugging me for days and i just have to say it... last Friday I went to WI and did very well, was down another 2 lbs giving me a total of 54.5 lbs... YEAH! The counselor I was with is one that has occasionally frustrated me with her attitude but I typically just dismiss it. For example, several times I've been in the center and she asks how do you think you did, I usually reply great, I've been keeping track at home and I think I've lost a few lbs this week... this always seems to annoy her and one time she actually said "We prefer you not to weigh at home b/c that takes the joy out of your loss from us b/c you already know how you've done and are less excited b/c of it"... what?? We then went to the scale, indeed I had lost 3 lbs and she purposely (at least in my mind) said in a very monotone/blase voice "3 lbs, thats good but you already knew that"... didn't jingle the tambourine or anything... how rude and petty!! I was a little surprised, felt a little bit ashamed like I had done something wrong and didn't say anything to her. I tried to be compliant and not weigh at home after this but to be honest with you it just works better for me to watch at home as well... helps me stay motivated and on track! Well, last Friday when I went for WI she asked how I did, I said "100% OP and trying hard", she then asked about HNS and I said 3-4 as always, 5 on running days and finally she asked about the vits/supplements. I explained to her that I have d/c these, only take Flax, MV b/c I just needed a break from all the pills for a little while. Her answer? Wow, I guess you better be 100% OP and take all the HNS you can b/c w/o the other supplements you don't have the metabolic boosters you need to lose this weight so you'll need all the help you can get! WHAT??? Give me a break please! And ofcourse it didn't end there, when I got up to the front counter she asked what I needed, I purchased 3 boxes of HNS and as she was ringing it up she said "that's it, only 3 boxes? That's all you need?" Ummm... yes! I felt so silly and started to explain that I had lots of powdered drinks at home I'm still trying to finish but I prefer the concentrates and like my creamy at night so I was purchasing these to supplement the stock supply at home but have plenty of HNS to drink. What in the world?? I don't know about any of you but I thought all of that was just plain ridiculous and really uncalled for. I know they make there money by selling HNS and pills but do they have to make it that obvious? My opinion is that they are there to support me, not just sell me supplements and surprise me with my lbs lost... I feel their support should be alltruistic and without judgement otherwise why go? Now I want to add in her defense that it is not all negative with this counselor, she sometimes compliments me in other ways, saying how different or good I look but this is limited and the negative vibe I feel always seems to outweigh it.
Anyways, part of why I'm saying this is because I've begun to question the value of going to WI's for me at this point. I've been thinking about this all weekend and this week wondering if I should renew when I run out of plan in October. I'm not sure what to do b/c I really wanted to lose the 100 lbs then go through stabilization and maintenance but events like this really put me off. I know, I should just try to avoid her, see another counselor etc.. I'm just a very non-confrontational person and know that if I say anything word will get back to her and that makes me uncomfortable. I'm also afraid of changing anything that I'm currently doing, afraid the weight loss will stop etc if I don't go in. I guess for now I'll just try to see other counselors w/o making a big deal of it and try to stick it out until it's over then hopefully I can make it to stabilization and maintenance with them and then be on my own. I know that's the right thing to do... just venting I guess :0) Alright, enough for now!

Lori123321
09-10-2009, 11:46 AM
Alright now, I do not typically complain. Usually, I just ignore little things like this but I've just gotta say something here b/c this has been bugging me for days and i just have to say it... last Friday I went to WI and did very well, was down another 2 lbs giving me a total of 54.5 lbs... YEAH! The counselor I was with is one that has occasionally frustrated me with her attitude but I typically just dismiss it. For example, several times I've been in the center and she asks how do you think you did, I usually reply great, I've been keeping track at home and I think I've lost a few lbs this week... this always seems to annoy her and one time she actually said "We prefer you not to weigh at home b/c that takes the joy out of your loss from us b/c you already know how you've done and are less excited b/c of it"... what?? We then went to the scale, indeed I had lost 3 lbs and she purposely (at least in my mind) said in a very monotone/blase voice "3 lbs, thats good but you already knew that"... didn't jingle the tambourine or anything... how rude and petty!! I was a little surprised, felt a little bit ashamed like I had done something wrong and didn't say anything to her. I tried to be compliant and not weigh at home after this but to be honest with you it just works better for me to watch at home as well... helps me stay motivated and on track! Well, last Friday when I went for WI she asked how I did, I said "100% OP and trying hard", she then asked about HNS and I said 3-4 as always, 5 on running days and finally she asked about the vits/supplements. I explained to her that I have d/c these, only take Flax, MV b/c I just needed a break from all the pills for a little while. Her answer? Wow, I guess you better be 100% OP and take all the HNS you can b/c w/o the other supplements you don't have the metabolic boosters you need to lose this weight so you'll need all the help you can get! WHAT??? Give me a break please! And ofcourse it didn't end there, when I got up to the front counter she asked what I needed, I purchased 3 boxes of HNS and as she was ringing it up she said "that's it, only 3 boxes? That's all you need?" Ummm... yes! I felt so silly and started to explain that I had lots of powdered drinks at home I'm still trying to finish but I prefer the concentrates and like my creamy at night so I was purchasing these to supplement the stock supply at home but have plenty of HNS to drink. What in the world?? I don't know about any of you but I thought all of that was just plain ridiculous and really uncalled for. I know they make there money by selling HNS and pills but do they have to make it that obvious? My opinion is that they are there to support me, not just sell me supplements and surprise me with my lbs lost... I feel their support should be alltruistic and without judgement otherwise why go? Now I want to add in her defense that it is not all negative with this counselor, she sometimes compliments me in other ways, saying how different or good I look but this is limited and the negative vibe I feel always seems to outweigh it.
Anyways, part of why I'm saying this is because I've begun to question the value of going to WI's for me at this point. I've been thinking about this all weekend and this week wondering if I should renew when I run out of plan in October. I'm not sure what to do b/c I really wanted to lose the 100 lbs then go through stabilization and maintenance but events like this really put me off. I know, I should just try to avoid her, see another counselor etc.. I'm just a very non-confrontational person and know that if I say anything word will get back to her and that makes me uncomfortable. I'm also afraid of changing anything that I'm currently doing, afraid the weight loss will stop etc if I don't go in. I guess for now I'll just try to see other counselors w/o making a big deal of it and try to stick it out until it's over then hopefully I can make it to stabilization and maintenance with them and then be on my own. I know that's the right thing to do... just venting I guess :0) Alright, enough for now!

:hug: I feel like you are being pressured into buying things and to dance to her tune. So fricken what if you weigh in at home? I hate to break it to her but this is not about her! It is about you. You go there to add a facet to your weight loss program, their support and guidance! Not to be a hoopn' an a hollern' to stroke her ego! I support you in whatever you decide to do, however, if I had someone that makes me that uncomfortable, I would talk to the manager and let them know. Then ask for a particular person who has been unfailingly supportive to make appointments with them or just to not see her. A good manager should be able to arrange that without office politics coming into play. Explain that you don't want to make a big deal out of this and want to keep it confidential. If they want to keep you as a client, then they will respect your wishes. You are paying for their services and should never have to explain why you don't want/need to buy something at every visit. Simply asking if you needed anything is sufficient. I don't think this is about being confrontational, it is about setting boundaries. She might just want to look into selling used cars :D
Ok, getting off my soapbox.

GWE140
09-10-2009, 12:13 PM
Alright now, I do not typically complain. Usually, I just ignore little things like this but I've just gotta say something here b/c this has been bugging me for days and i just have to say it... last Friday I went to WI and did very well, was down another 2 lbs giving me a total of 54.5 lbs... YEAH! The counselor I was with is one that has occasionally frustrated me with her attitude but I typically just dismiss it. For example, several times I've been in the center and she asks how do you think you did, I usually reply great, I've been keeping track at home and I think I've lost a few lbs this week... this always seems to annoy her and one time she actually said "We prefer you not to weigh at home b/c that takes the joy out of your loss from us b/c you already know how you've done and are less excited b/c of it"... what?? We then went to the scale, indeed I had lost 3 lbs and she purposely (at least in my mind) said in a very monotone/blase voice "3 lbs, thats good but you already knew that"... didn't jingle the tambourine or anything... how rude and petty!! I was a little surprised, felt a little bit ashamed like I had done something wrong and didn't say anything to her. I tried to be compliant and not weigh at home after this but to be honest with you it just works better for me to watch at home as well... helps me stay motivated and on track! Well, last Friday when I went for WI she asked how I did, I said "100% OP and trying hard", she then asked about HNS and I said 3-4 as always, 5 on running days and finally she asked about the vits/supplements. I explained to her that I have d/c these, only take Flax, MV b/c I just needed a break from all the pills for a little while. Her answer? Wow, I guess you better be 100% OP and take all the HNS you can b/c w/o the other supplements you don't have the metabolic boosters you need to lose this weight so you'll need all the help you can get! WHAT??? Give me a break please! And ofcourse it didn't end there, when I got up to the front counter she asked what I needed, I purchased 3 boxes of HNS and as she was ringing it up she said "that's it, only 3 boxes? That's all you need?" Ummm... yes! I felt so silly and started to explain that I had lots of powdered drinks at home I'm still trying to finish but I prefer the concentrates and like my creamy at night so I was purchasing these to supplement the stock supply at home but have plenty of HNS to drink. What in the world?? I don't know about any of you but I thought all of that was just plain ridiculous and really uncalled for. I know they make there money by selling HNS and pills but do they have to make it that obvious? My opinion is that they are there to support me, not just sell me supplements and surprise me with my lbs lost... I feel their support should be alltruistic and without judgement otherwise why go? Now I want to add in her defense that it is not all negative with this counselor, she sometimes compliments me in other ways, saying how different or good I look but this is limited and the negative vibe I feel always seems to outweigh it.
Anyways, part of why I'm saying this is because I've begun to question the value of going to WI's for me at this point. I've been thinking about this all weekend and this week wondering if I should renew when I run out of plan in October. I'm not sure what to do b/c I really wanted to lose the 100 lbs then go through stabilization and maintenance but events like this really put me off. I know, I should just try to avoid her, see another counselor etc.. I'm just a very non-confrontational person and know that if I say anything word will get back to her and that makes me uncomfortable. I'm also afraid of changing anything that I'm currently doing, afraid the weight loss will stop etc if I don't go in. I guess for now I'll just try to see other counselors w/o making a big deal of it and try to stick it out until it's over then hopefully I can make it to stabilization and maintenance with them and then be on my own. I know that's the right thing to do... just venting I guess :0) Alright, enough for now!

Karen,

I know exactly how you feel...at my center there WAS a counselor who would pretty much do the same dance as yours...if I said I needed nothing she completely lost interest and practically push me out the door hoping for the next client to boost her sales quota. Finally enough clients complained to management and she was booted out the door! Please do not let this insignificant person ruin your success...she just might harbor ill feelings of jealousy etc. because you are doing GREAT! I have tried MRC 2 times before joining back in Feb. I did not succeed because I thought I could complete it on my own. I never went through stabilization or maintenance, therefore did not succeed on this program...you have invested a great deal of energy, time, and money for you... do not let anyone take that away from you, no matter what! You are doing an amazing job, and if you are concerned about the counselor finding out you have complained just write a letter to the management explaining your situation and experience so you do not have to relive the moment or be uncomfortable. Keep up the great work! Genell

jeweliek
09-10-2009, 12:29 PM
Yikes I am so sorry that you are having probs at the center. I did the first time thru too. I just want to tell you that my biggest regret is not going all the way to stabilization. They do a survey with each Body comp and always ask if I am learning a good lifestyle. I ALWAYS tell them NO! I am learning some good habits, but this diet is NOT a lifestyle. I do not know anyone that can eat this way (on the active diet) all the time as a lifestyle. If you do the diet on your own you will do well....but when you go to adding food in.....without supervision it will be very hard to find a balance and keep the weight off.

Fifties Lady
09-10-2009, 02:12 PM
Oh Karen....I am so sad to hear about your experience you are having with this counselor...I'm beginning to think she has to remember who is paying her wage. If MRC is truly wanting success stories, they have to stop thinking about the all mighty dollar, and instead their clients. Everytime I visit the center, I see clients leaving with bags of supplies they purchased...I sometimes wonder if it is all about the money? The program works, there is no denying that, but we all know it is not cheap.

My biggest concern is losing so fast and maintaining this. I truly don't want to live on this plan for the rest of my life. That's what scares me. I know the support is very important and the weekly weigh ins keep us on track. And it is so easy to fall off plan and cheat. I sometimes wonder if you can follow the diet without these expensive protein drinks? Maybe just add more protein to the plan? I'm too new to know all these answers. I only signed up for 17 weeks, which I am so glad. It was funny how when I first went in, I was not given the 17 week option, just the 24 week option. Then when I didn't sign up at that time, the phone calls I kept getting about joining. I had planned to after my vacations were through, but I guess they didn't believe me. Finally during one of the the calls, I was given the option of signing for the 17 weeks, and then if I wanted to sign up for another 17 or 24 weeks, the cost would be only $79. So I went into it with that mind set, but when I verified the $79 cost, it was taken off the table...which I thought that was fishy....oh well....they have me for 17 weeks...after that, I will really decide if I want to sign up for another $99 or just go on the maintenance plan. I really haven't had any bad experiences with my center, except the girls are so young and quite slim who work there, so it's really hard for me to think they have a real understanding in what I am feeling on a particular day. But, that said, Karen, if that would have happened to me, I would be feeling the same way as you do now. You are a great example of success for me, and I really don't like you being treated that way. Please hang in there and you can count on us for your support. We stand behind you in whatever decision you make. Thank you for sharing this experience with us...we all need to be aware of how these centers work and what compare what we are told by our own centers to others. That's how we learn...that's how we lose.

leahruthie
09-10-2009, 02:56 PM
FL, someone mentioned to me (i don't remember if it was the manager lady--robin?--or one of the girls) that several of the employees at our center have gone through the plan... but it's definitely hard to believe! there are a couple of girls who look like they never had a weight issue in their lives. it does make it kind of hard to relate.

Dolly
09-10-2009, 06:54 PM
Karen,

If I've learned anything from this message board, it's that those who go through stabilization and maintenance DO stay successful. I've no doubt you can get the weight off yourself but I'd finish the program I paid for and get all my money's worth out of it if I were you.

I'm sort of a witch myself and if I am perpetually inundated with negativity from one person, I'll usually call them on it. Just avoid her if you can or say, "I'm happy with my progress and I would have thought you would be too." Most of the time I don't let others' discomfiture bother me (this counselor sounds like she has some control issues), but I've leaned not to let certain people talk to me with a consistent negative tone.

And by the way, GREAT JOB!!

Karen1234
09-10-2009, 07:15 PM
Karen,

If I've learned anything from this message board, it's that those who go through stabilization and maintenance DO stay successful. I've no doubt you can get the weight off yourself but I'd finish the program I paid for and get all my money's worth out of it if I were you.

I'm sort of a witch myself and if I am perpetually inundated with negativity from one person, I'll usually call them on it. Just avoid her if you can or say, "I'm happy with my progress and I would have thought you would be too." Most of the time I don't let others' discomfiture bother me (this counselor sounds like she has some control issues), but I've leaned not to let certain people talk to me with a consistent negative tone.

And by the way, GREAT JOB!!

Thanks everyone,

I appreciate your help and comments... I hated to complain but needed to just get that one off my chest. Yes, I think she does have some control issues, actually at one point months ago I went home and told my husband how manipulative I felt she was. I have been seeing other counselors but it's been random, I usually go on Sat's and I guess they rotate b/c it's never the same 2 each weekend.

Little Edie... that is exactly what I'm afraid of... I'm one of these people that will put up with these little comments a few times but once I'm fed up you're going to know it and I'll call you on it in a heartbeat... politely but succinctly... the only problem with that is I usually really say what I'm thinking and am very honest and open about it but sometimes regret it afterwards and start to feel "guilty" as if I had misperceived something. Darn guilty conscious Catholic thing I guess! Taught to always feel guilty and repent, repent, repent LOL.

Anyways, that's not always the case, sometimes I don't feel guilty if I'm angry enough and put up with it long enough but with subtle insults like this I might feel guilty for saying something later, hence the reason I'm avoiding it right now. Unfortunately, I also think it's bad to avoid it until it comes to a head b/c one day it will, undoubtedly. It's funny, I'm a pretty layed back person and others get that vibe from me and also take that as someone they can take advantage of or walk on but that is not the case... I try not to sweat the small stuff but if I start to feel like someone is rude, insulting, walking on me I will set them straight pretty quick and can be a bit sharp about it as well. I'm easy to work with, very level headed, "even-kiel" as my surgeons say but everyone knows that what I say is what I mean and that's what I expect. I'm about 1 visit from doing just that with this lady and felt maybe it's best to avoid her rather than get involved a confrontation I might regret later.

I think I'll call and ask when my 2 fave counselors are there, actually I have no problem with any of the others, just the one so it shouldn't be too hard to schedule an appt with one of them instead.

Alright, thanks for the help ladies and have a great night!

Karen1234
09-10-2009, 07:19 PM
Karen,

If I've learned anything from this message board, it's that those who go through stabilization and maintenance DO stay successful. I've no doubt you can get the weight off yourself but I'd finish the program I paid for and get all my money's worth out of it if I were you.

I'm sort of a witch myself and if I am perpetually inundated with negativity from one person, I'll usually call them on it. Just avoid her if you can or say, "I'm happy with my progress and I would have thought you would be too." Most of the time I don't let others' discomfiture bother me (this counselor sounds like she has some control issues), but I've leaned not to let certain people talk to me with a consistent negative tone.

And by the way, GREAT JOB!!

One more thing,
I agree completely, I need to stay with it through stabilization and maintenance. I was thinking of just going to stabilization at my originaly goal of 72 lbs then into maintenance and then trying later to get off the rest of the weight - all b/c of this I guess - but all of you are right - that's crazy and I should not let one negative person deter me or stand in my way. I will persue that 100 lb board and then go through stabilization and maintenance and not have to see her the whole way if I don't want to!!

Fifties Lady
09-10-2009, 07:58 PM
FL, someone mentioned to me (i don't remember if it was the manager lady--robin?--or one of the girls) that several of the employees at our center have gone through the plan... but it's definitely hard to believe! there are a couple of girls who look like they never had a weight issue in their lives. it does make it kind of hard to relate.


Leah, you are right, a few have been through the program, so they understand. Especially the cook, Linda....she lost over 100 pounds. Some of the real young ones though I wonder, but actually, they have been really nice. I've yet to meet one to look down her nose. I did have a couple that were not familiar with the white menu, so had to look it up to see what all I was allowed...it would be nice to have a counselor that at least knew the menu...so far, that is my only complaint.:dizzy:

rip
09-10-2009, 08:42 PM
Karen1234,
I won't go on other to say I think you have been treated wrongly and I agree 100% with what everyone else has stated. The girls at my center are great and I also wondered about these young thin girls. A couple of them then produced pictures of them before and I was shocked, they had all been through the program.

Please hang in there and go through stabalization and maintenance, the people at my center say how important it is and my dr. verified that for me last week. She said I must go through that because the ones that don't tend to start gaining back and the ones that go through it are fine.

You are in this for you. Try to get one of the counselors you like and maybe you can explain your issue to her and request a specific counselor. I know at my center you can make appointments for specific times and I bet you can request your counselor also. Chances are the rest of the staff think they same about her as you do.

Hang in there you are doing fantastic. Don't let her get you down. If it was me I would probably do something like never buy anything from her, just politely say you are good then stock up when you get a good counselor. I don't know if they individually work on commission or not, probably not but it would be a small way to stick it to her.

All,
On a lighter note I just wanted to let you know that I actually fell asleep laughing last night after reading all the posts. I like when we can find some light-heartedness in all of this struggle. Karen, Lori, Fifties you crack me up!

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rip
09-10-2009, 08:43 PM
On second thought just tell her you have more damn money than you know what to do with and really enjoy spending it to lose weight and want to continue on this path as long as you can.

Karen1234
09-10-2009, 09:27 PM
On second thought just tell her you have more damn money than you know what to do with and really enjoy spending it to lose weight and want to continue on this path as long as you can.

Amen!

Fifties Lady
09-10-2009, 09:42 PM
On second thought just tell her you have more damn money than you know what to do with and really enjoy spending it to lose weight and want to continue on this path as long as you can.

Spot on Rip.....good advice....:hug:

nepeanut
09-11-2009, 11:48 AM
Leah, you are right, a few have been through the program, so they understand. Especially the cook, Linda....she lost over 100 pounds. Some of the real young ones though I wonder, but actually, they have been really nice. I've yet to meet one to look down her nose. I did have a couple that were not familiar with the white menu, so had to look it up to see what all I was allowed...it would be nice to have a counselor that at least knew the menu...so far, that is my only complaint.:dizzy:

Hi. I'm a lurker coming out of hiding. I wanted to share my two cents. I go to the Lincoln center as well. I had the same thoughts as FL and leahruthie, what are these skinny girls going to tell me?! For the most part I like them all. I do know one of the counselors personally and even though she is a stick, she did go through the program long before she started working there. I think she lost 25 pounds. What I try to remember is, some people only need to lose 25 lbs, I need to lose over 100. It's hard for everyone, a pound is a pound is a pound. We all struggle with weight and that's why we're there. So, I just suck it up and dream of the day I will be that skinny!

Thanks for listening.

Fifties Lady
09-11-2009, 12:06 PM
Hi. I'm a lurker coming out of hiding. I wanted to share my two cents. I go to the Lincoln center as well. I had the same thoughts as FL and leahruthie, what are these skinny girls going to tell me?! For the most part I like them all. I do know one of the counselors personally and even though she is a stick, she did go through the program long before she started working there. I think she lost 25 pounds. What I try to remember is, some people only need to lose 25 lbs, I need to lose over 100. It's hard for everyone, a pound is a pound is a pound. We all struggle with weight and that's why we're there. So, I just suck it up and dream of the day I will be that skinny!

Thanks for listening.

So glad you came out of hiding....welcome. I agree...a pound is a pound....join the club....100 pounds for me too. But we can do it....hopefully by next year we can be one of those skinny ones too!!! :carrot::carrot:

Succeed09
09-11-2009, 02:26 PM
Well, I finally made it the 50 pound board! Back in April I couldn't believe it was possible, but here I am!

On one hand I'm really excited and proud, but on the other I'm 'conflicted'...I still see the same fat person in the mirror! With clothes on, things are much better, but without clothes it's still not a pretty sight...all the bad spots are still there and now seem more out of place than before. It makes me wonder if I'll ever be 'happy' with my body, and how ridiculous is that!! I should be nothing but ecstatic at this point. I guess I'm just venting...it's therapeutic to write it down I think. I remember at the beginning sometimes thinking 'what are people complaining about when they've already lost x number of pounds and I still have so far to go', so I hope I'm not putting anyone off. Maybe this is the 'mental' part of weight loss that I wasn't expecting?? I think maybe it's feeling disappointment that after losing 50 pounds I don't look as good as I hoped. And continuing disappointment that I let myself get so out of control to begin with, and now I'll forever have pooches, droopy skin and a turkey neck to remind me of it. I started looking at tummy tuck pictures on line, and oh my those scars don't look very good either.

I don't know...it's just strange battling with myself mentally over how happy I should be feeling. I guess I wasn't prepared for this kind of feeling, so maybe by sharing my frustration it could help others prepare better. How terrible would it be to gain the weight back because losing it didn't meet all the initial expectations I had. Maybe my body image expectations were too high? Maybe I should just stop looking at myself without clothes on, but since my tub and shower are directly across from the bathroom mirrors that's pretty much impossible!! I'm usually a very upbeat person, so thanks for letting me vent some frustration. I love it when people say 'you're getting so skinny!'. It does feel good to have the smallest sizes I've purchased in many years getting too loose. And certainly I wouldn't trade this sense of frustration with the feelings I had at just over 200 pounds. I just need to get through this so I don't let some disappointment sabotage the much greater success. Maybe I'm just crazy and stressed with all the things going on right now!

Thanks for listening! Hope you have a great weekend.

desilu0
09-11-2009, 04:22 PM
Succeed09, the mental part of losing weight sometimes takes a little while to catch up with the weight loss. When I lost 80 lbs a couple years ago, I still thought I was fat everytime I looked in the mirror. The skinny girl in the pictures definately wasn't me, and yet she had my eyes. Then I gained it all back, and well, the mental picture caught up with my weight, just in the wrong direction. What I'm trying to say is to just keep looking in the mirror knowing that you've come a heckuva long way with losing 50 pounds. That's so amazing! We're here for you, the center is there for you, just keep up the good work and eventually you'll believe that you look great no matter what you're wearing or aren't wearing. Maybe find a picture of yourself from before you lost the weight and compare.

This is the end of my first full week OP and I lost 7.5 pounds which everyone seems happy about except me. I'm still skeptical, water weight, etc.. lots of reasons floating in my head to make me not thrilled. You're not alone with the mental block. But at least we have here to vent to so we can feel a little better.

leahruthie
09-11-2009, 04:26 PM
oh sweetie, don't feel bad for feeling that way--it's perfectly normal!! even when i was at my skinniest in college, i still always saw the meek 245-pound girl when i looked in the mirror. this, i think, is where the psychological counseling benefits of MRC will really kick in. schedule some time to talk with someone who has been through what you're going through. it's going to take a lot of work and time, but you'll learn to love yourself. in the meantime, be THRILLED with all that you have accomplished!! having only lost 12 pounds so far myself, you are truly an inspiration to me (and i'm sure to many others) and a picture of what we have to look forward to. kudos to you!! and please, please, don't beat yourself up for struggling. it's a hard path to travel but we know the destination is worth it, right?

Fifties Lady
09-11-2009, 04:37 PM
oh sweetie, don't feel bad for feeling that way--it's perfectly normal!! even when i was at my skinniest in college, i still always saw the meek 245-pound girl when i looked in the mirror. this, i think, is where the psychological counseling benefits of MRC will really kick in. schedule some time to talk with someone who has been through what you're going through. it's going to take a lot of work and time, but you'll learn to love yourself. in the meantime, be THRILLED with all that you have accomplished!! having only lost 12 pounds so far myself, you are truly an inspiration to me (and i'm sure to many others) and a picture of what we have to look forward to. kudos to you!! and please, please, don't beat yourself up for struggling. it's a hard path to travel but we know the destination is worth it, right?

Leah....Great Advice...I ditto that!!! :hug:

desilu0
09-11-2009, 04:47 PM
By the way, it seems kind of ironic that it would be called "water weight" loss considering the fact that we drink so much water, lol. :)

Oo! I was so proud of myself this week! We don't usually get much food at my work, maybe once every week or two, but this week Oh my Gosh! I started OP Monday with the yellow menu. Tuesday, someone brought chocolatey cheesecakey bites in. Wednesday there were brownies and some other baked chocolate-like goodies that I can't describe very well since I've never had them. Then if you think that's bad enough, yesterday on the last day of my yellow menu, not only did we have like 15 boxes (seriously not kidding about the amount) of bakery cookies but we also had two chocolate cakes for someone's bday, AND an instrument company rep gave us free lunch! (The lunch was at least healthy with turkey sandwiches, baked potato chips, fruit tray and cookie tray). Geeze louise I felt like I was in one of those video games where you have to dodge the bad stuff coming at you left and right and the higher the level you get the more bad stuff you get coming a lot faster. And wouldn't you know it, I dodged every last chocolate morsel without even a second thought. :broc:

However. My friend at work makes a wonderful chocolate cake, it wasn't there that day and I thanked her for not bringing it. I would have resisted, but I would not have been happy about it, lol! :dust:

reuselady
09-11-2009, 05:22 PM
Well, I finally made it the 50 pound board! Back in April I couldn't believe it was possible, but here I am!

On one hand I'm really excited and proud, but on the other I'm 'conflicted'...I still see the same fat person in the mirror! With clothes on, things are much better, but without clothes it's still not a pretty sight...all the bad spots are still there and now seem more out of place than before. It makes me wonder if I'll ever be 'happy' with my body, and how ridiculous is that!! I should be nothing but ecstatic at this point. I guess I'm just venting...it's therapeutic to write it down I think. I remember at the beginning sometimes thinking 'what are people complaining about when they've already lost x number of pounds and I still have so far to go', so I hope I'm not putting anyone off. Maybe this is the 'mental' part of weight loss that I wasn't expecting?? I think maybe it's feeling disappointment that after losing 50 pounds I don't look as good as I hoped. And continuing disappointment that I let myself get so out of control to begin with, and now I'll forever have pooches, droopy skin and a turkey neck to remind me of it. I started looking at tummy tuck pictures on line, and oh my those scars don't look very good either.

I don't know...it's just strange battling with myself mentally over how happy I should be feeling. I guess I wasn't prepared for this kind of feeling, so maybe by sharing my frustration it could help others prepare better. How terrible would it be to gain the weight back because losing it didn't meet all the initial expectations I had. Maybe my body image expectations were too high? Maybe I should just stop looking at myself without clothes on, but since my tub and shower are directly across from the bathroom mirrors that's pretty much impossible!! I'm usually a very upbeat person, so thanks for letting me vent some frustration. I love it when people say 'you're getting so skinny!'. It does feel good to have the smallest sizes I've purchased in many years getting too loose. And certainly I wouldn't trade this sense of frustration with the feelings I had at just over 200 pounds. I just need to get through this so I don't let some disappointment sabotage the much greater success. Maybe I'm just crazy and stressed with all the things going on right now!

Thanks for listening! Hope you have a great weekend.
Succeed90, I'm having the same feelings. I'm getting close to the weight I think I want to be, and I still have the flabby tummy and thighs, and now my arms are flabbier than ever, and "the girls" are really starting to look like granny's. My bust didn't develop until I was 27 and I was so proud of my "youthful" breasts (took Hormones from age 45 to 58. After I stopped, they have not been as firm but now they are positively droopy). My skin gets those fine wrinkles that "old ladies" get - hey 62 isn't old! I'm not that old yet! Did I really do the right thing? (I ask looking in the mirror!)

I know I need to exercise more - we have free weights and back in 2004, I had a nice weightlifting routine that I did for over a year before I had my second hip replacement. I can't seem to get back into it, but I need to.

I want to hear from some people who have been through this (like Namaste - you there??) After being on maintenance for 6 months, a year, do you have less loose skin? What did you do to shape up? Can you 'see' yourself as a skinny person eventually?

I really think that I am going to need the 6 weeks Stabilization and 1 year Maintenance for me to feel good about my body without the clothes. I am glad my center is close enough that I will keep going even once I have gotten down to goal weight. Let's keep talking about this, Succeed09 and not let it sabotage what we have/are accomplishing. I'm going to look for old threads that might address this. If I do, I will bump them up to the top of the list. Have a good weekend everyone, jeanette

rip
09-11-2009, 05:41 PM
I felt and still do at times the same way. I am down 59.5 pounds and still see myself before I started the program. I am slowing learning to look at myself differently though. A couple of weeks a go I had on a pair or shorts and tank top and was walking out of a public restroom. The restroom had a full length mirror when you walked out (I don't have one at home) and I started to say hi to the lady in the mirror then I realized that it was ME. I stood there for about 10 seconds just in awe I hardly recognized myself. I got home and sure enough the new person was not in the mirror just me but I do know I look different the surprise mirror proved it.

Also when I was feeling down and thinking how I look just the same I stole all of my pictures off of the pound boards and taped them into my book I carry around. When I think I look the same I just open up to that page and see thouse 5 pictures and there is a big difference between each and everyone of them.

So hang in there and don't be too overly critical. You are seeing yourself the way you have seen yourself for years. We always look different to ourselves.

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Started MRC 5/9/09

Succeed09
09-11-2009, 09:10 PM
Thanks for the support and encouragement. It makes me feel so much better that others have the same thoughts, and I'm not the only one! I already feel more empowered to push away the negativity and not let it defeat me. It's amazing how easy that nasty little voice creeps into my head! The most I've ever lost before on my own was about 25 or 30 pounds, and of course I gained it back. I'm determined to see this all the way through stabilization and maintenance, and I will talk to one of the experienced counselors next time I go in. This didn't really 'hit' me until after I got home from weighing in, and putting it in writing has made the issue more clear to me and made me realize I do need to address it. I have no intention of gaining this weight back!!

Thanks again...you gals are the best! :hug:

Succeed09
09-11-2009, 09:19 PM
and "the girls" are really starting to look like granny's.

Same here...I just bought a few of those 'push up' bras as much for the 'fill up' as the 'push up'!! :o

Phat not Fat
09-12-2009, 12:27 AM
state fair is hard to navigate, isn't it? :) did you pet the baby giraffe?? i'm going to miss the fair next year when it moves to GI. :(
Leah --

lol...it's ALWAYS been difficult for me to learn my way around State Fair Park! I make it a point not to pet the animals there. Not that I'm afraid of them -- I was born and raised on a farm. I don't know what kind of "critters" the last person that petted the animal has!

funshine
09-12-2009, 12:09 PM
Okay, I admit it. I have been a little disappointed in myself that I have only lost 12 pounds in my first month. Especially when I see others who are losing 15-20 pounds a month! But today it hit me. 12 pounds in a month is great! I shouldn't be disappointed at all. I dropped a whole size and a half - I can get back into my size 12 jeans (I was at the 14/16 border). We work so hard every day to lose every single pound that we just want it all gone...right now! ;) I have to remember that everyone's body is different. Maybe it has to do with body composition. Maybe it has to do with how much weight you have to lose total. Who knows. But I'm going to chose to be HAPPY with every pound that I lose and not compare myself to anyone else. Besides, there's no other person in the world like me anyway. ;) And there's no other person in the world like you, either. So GOOD LUCK, be happy and be healthy! :hug:

Phat not Fat
09-12-2009, 01:31 PM
Okay, I admit it. I have been a little disappointed in myself that I have only lost 12 pounds in my first month. Especially when I see others who are losing 15-20 pounds a month! But today it hit me. 12 pounds in a month is great! I shouldn't be disappointed at all. I dropped a whole size and a half - I can get back into my size 12 jeans (I was at the 14/16 border). We work so hard every day to lose every single pound that we just want it all gone...right now! ;) I have to remember that everyone's body is different. Maybe it has to do with body composition. Maybe it has to do with how much weight you have to lose total. Who knows. But I'm going to chose to be HAPPY with every pound that I lose and not compare myself to anyone else. Besides, there's no other person in the world like me anyway. ;) And there's no other person in the world like you, either. So GOOD LUCK, be happy and be healthy! :hug:


I, too, look at what I've accomplished in 7 weeks (21.5 pounds down as of this morning) and on one hand, I worry that I won't make my MRC goal (50.5 pounds) by the Monday before Thanksgiving. If I do, it will be close. On the other hand, however, I have to keep telling myself that it took 40 years to get to the weight I was at 7 weeks ago, so why would I expect over 50 pounds to suddenly drop off of me practically overnight? It's neither a reasonable nor healthy expectation, IMHO.

My gosh, even if I lost half that amount of weight, I'd still not be completely disappointed! I'm eating so much healthier than I did before, so I'm accomplishing SOMETHING, even on those WI days when I don't seem to make a lot of headway.

I'm proud of the dedication I've mustered (which I didn't think I had!) and the committment that I've made to this healthier lifestyle. And I'm so proud of all of YOU as well...for your dedication, committment, support and sharing!

-- JJ

Fifties Lady
09-12-2009, 02:07 PM
I, too, look at what I've accomplished in 7 weeks (21.5 pounds down as of this morning) and on one hand, I worry that I won't make my MRC goal (50.5 pounds) by the Monday before Thanksgiving. If I do, it will be close. On the other hand, however, I have to keep telling myself that it took 40 years to get to the weight I was at 7 weeks ago, so why would I expect over 50 pounds to suddenly drop off of me practically overnight? It's neither a reasonable nor healthy expectation, IMHO.

My gosh, even if I lost half that amount of weight, I'd still not be completely disappointed! I'm eating so much healthier than I did before, so I'm accomplishing SOMETHING, even on those WI days when I don't seem to make a lot of headway.

I'm proud of the dedication I've mustered (which I didn't think I had!) and the committment that I've made to this healthier lifestyle. And I'm so proud of all of YOU as well...for your dedication, committment, support and sharing!

-- JJ


JJ

Thank you for being so supportive here. It really keeps us motivated.

Time for the "Big Game" to start...gosh I want a red beer so bad!!!!! I should have started MRC before football season... :D Have a great weekend.:hug:

shopgirl
09-12-2009, 02:26 PM
JJ

Thank you for being so supportive here. It really keeps us motivated.

Time for the "Big Game" to start...gosh I want a red beer so bad!!!!! I should have started MRC before football season... :D Have a great weekend.:hug:


Fifties Lady---I am soooo with you on the beer thing! LOL! I love pizza/beer/football....that combination is the best! Oh, well.....too bad there isn't a beer flavored diet rite for all us "alchy's" Well, on second thought.. ::D

So, I weighed in today and was down 2 lbs!!! AND my little monthly visitor is just about here....I have felt bloated and just yucky all day and though there was no way I'd see any kind of loss! I was shocked! Yea! :carrot:

I love reading everybody's posts! It's so encouraging on good days AND bad days. I love reading the honesty poured out on these pages! Let's all keep up the good work!

Phat not Fat
09-12-2009, 03:26 PM
JJ

Thank you for being so supportive here. It really keeps us motivated.

Time for the "Big Game" to start...gosh I want a red beer so bad!!!!! I should have started MRC before football season... Have a great weekend.


Depending on how the game turns out, I may have a glass of merlot. It's healthy for you, right? You enjoy your weekend, too, FL!

nabeelmalik
09-12-2009, 06:07 PM
so i went for my saturday weigh in. After losing 9 pounds in 9 days, i guess my body is kind tired. I didnt lose anything ( last WI was on wednesday).

I am eating OP, drinking OP, something in my head is saying:'hey your body is used to this healthy stuff now, confuse it a bit and go eat something thats totally whack for one meal or maybe one day and then go back on plan'.

I dont know if its just the munchies for something else then veggies and chicken. Does anyone else have that ? i guess i need some help. My counselor basically said, just wait and see, but i am kinda nervous. Here is why:

I have been seeing a personal trainer at a gym for 1.5 year now and evreytime we hit the 320 mark, i stick there and stick there and just sit at it for months. Now i had let myself go for about 2 months, didnt go to the gym, and started MRC about 2 weeks ago ( including Pre-conditioning). So i dropped back to 320 in a hurry again, but i am kind of afraid i am gonna keep sitting here again....

Fifties Lady
09-12-2009, 06:32 PM
Depending on how the game turns out, I may have a glass of merlot. It's healthy for you, right? You enjoy your weekend, too, FL!


Well....I have to confess....I had a Miller's Lite 64 with V-8.....just one...at least the V-8 was healthy...LOL....Now back to being OP. I guess I can't count that as one of my HNS's today can I????

Hey....NEBRASKA WON!!!!:carrot::carrot::carrot:

leahruthie
09-12-2009, 08:48 PM
YAY HUSKERS! and don't feel bad, guys--during the season opener last week, i definitely had two club soda/vodka drinks. whoops? the upshot is that i'm totally a cheap date now, lol.

AND in reply to some comments on page 7: i too have been kind of disappointed to have "only" lost 12 pounds in the first month, but holy lord! 12 pounds is awesome!! that would've taken me MONTHS AND MONTHS in my old way of eating! and like it was already said--it took years and years to put this weight on, so we can't expect it to just fall off all at once. :) as dori days on finding nemo, just keep swimming, just keep swimming...

Karen1234
09-12-2009, 09:11 PM
OK, New Recipe for all of you that is absolutely delicious... I got the idea from the ranch seasoning mix commercial I've seen a few times in the past week, decided to give it a try, it was a huge hit with me and family... here goes:

Ranch Chicken Fingers:

Ingredients:
16-20 Roasted Garlic Melta Toast Rounds
2 lbs of boneless skinless chicken brst
1 packet of ranch dressing mix/seasoning
2-3 tbsp of olive oil
cracked black pepper to taste
pam olive oil spray

Directions: Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Pour 2-3 tbsp of Olive Oil into a large glass casserole dish and set aside. Place Melba toast into food processor and grind until the consistency of bread crumbs (or crush in a baggy by hand until fine). Place into a mixing bowl, add packet of ranch dressing mix and several twists of freshly cracked black pepper then mix all together. Slice chicken into long strips. Place 1/4 of the chicken at a time into mixture and coat evenly then place into casserole dish until all chicken coated and in dish. Pour remaining melba toast mixture over chicken. Spray all chicken with pam olive oil cooking spray. Cover with foil and bake 10-15 minutes, uncover and increase oven temp to Broil and bake another 7-10 minutes until chicken is done and crispy.

Makes 8 - 4 oz servings
Accounts for 1 protein (4 oz.) and approx 1/2 bread serving

Incidental discovery:
Some of the melba toast was more coursely cut than the rest of the bread crumbs and when I poured it over the chicken, it settled to the bottom of the pan. When this came out of the oven it was absolutely divine and reminded me very much of a delicious stuffing, the melba toast had plumped up just like stuffing does when moisture is added. It was sooooooooo goood that I plan to attempt to make stuffing this way in the very near future and I will post that recipe when I've tried it. I bet this would be so wonderful with our Thanksgiving Turkey!

Have a great night ladies :0)

mountain gal
09-12-2009, 09:21 PM
oh karen god bless ur a life saver .. its raining here - im loving this weather - n was just feeling so sad that i cant go out n have some yummy fried chicken .. im so going 2 try this recipe 4 dinner tonite :) thanks a ton !

Fifties Lady
09-12-2009, 09:23 PM
OK, New Recipe for all of you that is absolutely delicious... I got the idea from the ranch seasoning mix commercial I've seen a few times in the past week, decided to give it a try, it was a huge hit with me and family... here goes:

Ranch Chicken Fingers:

Ingredients:
16-20 Roasted Garlic Melta Toast Rounds
2 lbs of boneless skinless chicken brst
1 packet of ranch dressing mix/seasoning
2-3 tbsp of olive oil
cracked black pepper to taste
pam olive oil spray

Directions: Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Pour 2-3 tbsp of Olive Oil into a large glass casserole dish and set aside. Place Melba toast into food processor and grind until the consistency of bread crumbs (or crush in a baggy by hand until fine). Place into a mixing bowl, add packet of ranch dressing mix and several twists of freshly cracked black pepper. Slice chicken into long strips. Place 1/4 of the chicken at a time into mixture and coat evenly then place into casserole dish until all chicken coated and in dish. Pour remaining melba toast mixture over chicken. Spray all chicken with pam olive oil cooking spray. Cover with foil and bake 10-15 minutes, uncover and increase oven temp to Broil and bake another 7-10 minutes until chicken is done and crispy.

Makes 8 - 4 oz servings
Accounts for 1 protein (4 oz.) and approx 1/2 bread serving

Incidental discovery:
Some of the melba toast was more coursely cut than the rest of the bread crumbs and when I poured it over the chicken, it settled to the bottom of the pan. When this came out of the oven it was absolutely divine and reminded me very much of a delicious stuffing, the melba toast had plumped up just like stuffing does when moisture is added. It was sooooooooo goood that I plan to attempt to make stuffing this way in the very near future and I will post that recipe when I've tried it. I bet this would be so wonderful with our Thanksgiving Turkey!

Have a great night ladies :0)



Karen...this sounds absolutely fabulous...thank you so much...I like easy and tasty. I plan to try it soon. You are awesome. :hug:

shopgirl
09-12-2009, 11:00 PM
OK, New Recipe for all of you that is absolutely delicious... I got the idea from the ranch seasoning mix commercial I've seen a few times in the past week, decided to give it a try.....:0)

Karen---that sounds great! Maybe I'll make that for dinner tomorrow night! Thanks for posting!

Lori123321
09-13-2009, 09:16 AM
Okay, I admit it. I have been a little disappointed in myself that I have only lost 12 pounds in my first month. Especially when I see others who are losing 15-20 pounds a month! But today it hit me. 12 pounds in a month is great! I shouldn't be disappointed at all. I dropped a whole size and a half - I can get back into my size 12 jeans (I was at the 14/16 border). We work so hard every day to lose every single pound that we just want it all gone...right now! ;) I have to remember that everyone's body is different. Maybe it has to do with body composition. Maybe it has to do with how much weight you have to lose total. Who knows. But I'm going to chose to be HAPPY with every pound that I lose and not compare myself to anyone else. Besides, there's no other person in the world like me anyway. ;) And there's no other person in the world like you, either. So GOOD LUCK, be happy and be healthy! :hug:

I, too, look at what I've accomplished in 7 weeks (21.5 pounds down as of this morning) and on one hand, I worry that I won't make my MRC goal (50.5 pounds) by the Monday before Thanksgiving. If I do, it will be close. On the other hand, however, I have to keep telling myself that it took 40 years to get to the weight I was at 7 weeks ago, so why would I expect over 50 pounds to suddenly drop off of me practically overnight? It's neither a reasonable nor healthy expectation, IMHO.

My gosh, even if I lost half that amount of weight, I'd still not be completely disappointed! I'm eating so much healthier than I did before, so I'm accomplishing SOMETHING, even on those WI days when I don't seem to make a lot of headway.

I'm proud of the dedication I've mustered (which I didn't think I had!) and the committment that I've made to this healthier lifestyle. And I'm so proud of all of YOU as well...for your dedication, committment, support and sharing!

-- JJ
You both rock! The mental challenge is sometimes the worst! Phat, 21.5 pounds in 7 weeks! That is great! If you ever need a reminder, grab one of the bags of dogfood and lift it at the grocery store and see how much a 20 lb, or whatever is your current loss, feels like to lug around.
Funshine, 12 pounds in a month is nothing to sneeze at, that is 12 pounds gone forever! And you are right, the more one has to lose, the quicker it goes at first. I compare it to the use of toilet paper. When the roll is full, you use more sheets, however the closer it gets to the end, you tend to use less to conserve it. Especially if it is the last roll in the house and means a trip to the store!
So as you get closer to goal, the weight will come off more slowly. Sad but true!

Lori123321
09-13-2009, 09:31 AM
so i went for my saturday weigh in. After losing 9 pounds in 9 days, i guess my body is kind tired. I didnt lose anything ( last WI was on wednesday).

I am eating OP, drinking OP, something in my head is saying:'hey your body is used to this healthy stuff now, confuse it a bit and go eat something thats totally whack for one meal or maybe one day and then go back on plan'.

I dont know if its just the munchies for something else then veggies and chicken. Does anyone else have that ? i guess i need some help. My counselor basically said, just wait and see, but i am kinda nervous. Here is why:

I have been seeing a personal trainer at a gym for 1.5 year now and evreytime we hit the 320 mark, i stick there and stick there and just sit at it for months. Now i had let myself go for about 2 months, didnt go to the gym, and started MRC about 2 weeks ago ( including Pre-conditioning). So i dropped back to 320 in a hurry again, but i am kind of afraid i am gonna keep sitting here again....

This is the mental challenge that binds us all to unhealthy ways of living and eating. I know because I have heard that same voice. It is like a manipulative "friend" that wants you to do things you really don't want to do. Mine likes me to fudge a little and put cheese on my buffalo burgers at night. My "friend" says it is in the plan, just not at this time....blah, blah blah. Sneaky little devil.
I have heard some things here that I would like to revisit. One our bodies sometimes hold onto a weight that it was comfortable at. Someone also said something about a mental block, like a particular situation in the past either happy or not that was significant with that weight. So, maybe some journaling about things in your past that revolved around that weight.
Another thing to consider, plataues. Around 7- 10 days or 7-10 pounds you should expect your first plataue, our fat cells hold onto water to maintain the cell shape. However, this can only hold for so long as the water is heavier then fat. Also if you are going back to exercise, realise that muscle weighs more then fat and since you are so restricted on calories, make sure you are not pushing yourself into starvation mode. This might have been happening to you before. Trainers don't really understand the MRC consept, mostly caloric intake and mine felt I needed more calories. I said no, I needed a more modified workout. So we compromised, I worked out on days that I had the higher cal foods like the twice a week steak and not on a day with a meal replacement bar.
Good luck and tell us your progress!

GWE140
09-13-2009, 10:46 AM
I agree completely on what is being said regarding plateaus, water holding on and starvation mode...however I politely disagree with taking whatever MRC provides in guidance regarding exercising and the diet...My center's counselors are trained and do provide the guidance for all clients, whether they exercise or not and how much they exercise. Excersie is not limited because of the need to show big numbers on the scale. My counselors have educated me to understand my body and its needs to how I live and not how to fit in a certain program. I am like many and hit a plateau every 10 pounds and it is frustrating, however since I began running (which I love) back in April I have not only lost weight but my body is gaining shape and pulling together, no sagging of the girls and stomach, even though I am down 47 pounds. My discussions with my counselors are not how to reduce my exercise because the scale doesn't show big numbers every 3 or 4 days or that I am hungry all the time, but how to get the program to work for me. Just a week or so ago I had been struggling with losing and being hungry all the time and just not having the energy to run, I am only running 9-12 miles a week at a moderate to slow pace nothing to hit the record books. When I went in to discuss this with my counselor she immediately said the Meta Quick is not working for me and that I should consider moving to the Meta Balance menu because I was losing muscle weight along with fat...even though I had been running and doing other exercises for the last 5 months...I was pretty shocked, I thought all along I must be gaining muscle weight and that was why the scales were not moving...no...my body was in starvation mode...so I switched to the Meta Balance and I had an immediate result, 4 lbs down the first week. The Meta Balance is given to individuals who exercise and are struggling with Meta Quick and to diabetics; it keeps the body in a more balanced level all day. I do feel so much better and am able to continue my lifestyle while on the program which is working wonderful for me…the program is flexible enough to change as the client changes which is a huge plus for me…when I started I was not running and the Meta Quick worked very well, as I changed and became a runner the switch to Meta Balance is helping me continue on this journey without being hungry and not only losing the weight but gaining a healthy lifestyle that I will be able to continue as I hit maintenance, just my two cents! Thanks for letting me vent.

nabeelmalik
09-13-2009, 11:08 AM
@GWE and Lori, thank you for your explanations. I am just going to stick to the program and will be going back to gym from today onwards. I was always doing alot of weightlifting and not enough cardio. So i think i will switch that and go for an 45 mins to an hour cardio per day and leave the weight lifting to a minimum and see where that takes in a week or two.

I didn't listen to my 'friends' voice in my head last night and i dont think i will either, i've had it with this 320 range. I am going below it and thats my final decision.

thanks for your support!

leahruthie
09-13-2009, 12:58 PM
i *still* haven't been told about the meta balance option at my center, which is kind of frustrating. i whine about exercise all the time (i LOVVVVE my exercise program and HATE scaling back on it) but they never say anything, and i don't want to bring it up because i have a feeling they'd be very suspicious as to where i heard it from and i heard they don't really appreciate the message board, hehe :)

Phat not Fat
09-13-2009, 01:37 PM
You both rock! The mental challenge is sometimes the worst! Phat, 21.5 pounds in 7 weeks! That is great! If you ever need a reminder, grab one of the bags of dogfood and lift it at the grocery store and see how much a 20 lb, or whatever is your current loss, feels like to lug around.
Funshine, 12 pounds in a month is nothing to sneeze at, that is 12 pounds gone forever! And you are right, the more one has to lose, the quicker it goes at first. I compare it to the use of toilet paper. When the roll is full, you use more sheets, however the closer it gets to the end, you tend to use less to conserve it. Especially if it is the last roll in the house and means a trip to the store!
So as you get closer to goal, the weight will come off more slowly. Sad but true!

Lori, I love the TP analogy! And thanks for the encouragement! You have no idea how much this support means!

Fifties Lady
09-13-2009, 01:55 PM
i *still* haven't been told about the meta balance option at my center, which is kind of frustrating. i whine about exercise all the time (i LOVVVVE my exercise program and HATE scaling back on it) but they never say anything, and i don't want to bring it up because i have a feeling they'd be very suspicious as to where i heard it from and i heard they don't really appreciate the message board, hehe :)


Leah, it's probably best not to mention 3FC....they don't appreciate comparing notes with other members from other centers.

You and I joined at the same time, have you been measured yet? I am just curious to when they do that...some posters here seem to get measured monthly or so. I did ask, and was told the manager decides when each member should be measured....that doesn't sound right does it? With so many members at our location, how does she keep up on each one individually? Just curious. Sometimes just seeing the actual inches lost can really give you a boost.:hug:

Phat not Fat
09-13-2009, 02:30 PM
You and I joined at the same time, have you been measured yet? I am just curious to when they do that...some posters here seem to get measured monthly or so. I did ask, and was told the manager decides when each member should be measured....that doesn't sound right does it? With so many members at our location, how does she keep up on each one individually? Just curious. Sometimes just seeing the actual inches lost can really give you a boost.

For what it's worth, I just happened to have Robin at my WI a week ago Saturday and she indicated to me that I should be measured after each month OP (I think that was actually after my 5th week). She didn't give me the feeling that it was an individual thing...that everyone should be measured each month.

Oddly enough, I wasn't overly impressed with my results. I'd been led to believe at my consultation that normally, pounds lost equals inches lost (for example, 20 pounds/20 inches), but if I took MRC-6, I would see an increase...perhaps double...in inches lost. That wasn't the case with me at all. That particular day, I'd lost a total of 15 pounds, but had lost only 14.25 inches. (Marketing ploy?)

A co-worker is with MRC and had to ask them to measure her after 6 weeks. I have a feeling it all depends on which staff clinician you're working with on that particular day.

I'm not a lot of help, am I?? : D

GWE140
09-13-2009, 03:01 PM
i *still* haven't been told about the meta balance option at my center, which is kind of frustrating. i whine about exercise all the time (i LOVVVVE my exercise program and HATE scaling back on it) but they never say anything, and i don't want to bring it up because i have a feeling they'd be very suspicious as to where i heard it from and i heard they don't really appreciate the message board, hehe :)

Leahruthie, I am very surprised that no one in your center has mentioned different options. Three different counselors told to me to consider the Meta Balance before I actually switched. I would go in and say I am not losing weight, hungry, tired, no energy to complete my run etc…100% on program, 100+oz water etc…I didn’t go in and asked if I was exercising too much or should I reduce my running etc…I just said it was not working to where I felt good and could continue for the next three months. My first WI after switching programs I dropped 3 pounds in 4 days…my counselor was thrilled and said “Great the program is working for you now”! My only guess is to why some might not encourage switching is because with the Meta Balance only 3 HNS are consumed in a day, not the 5 a day I was drinking, and if I choose to have a bar for my snack then I only consume 2 HNS…this is a reduction in their sales, I now drink 2 HNS a day, not 5 and eat 1 bar…Just a thought. I know several other clients in the center I go to are on the Meta Balance, I can go back to the Meta Quick if I want to later. MRC does have a few other options to their plans, I overheard one client given a different plan for the carb sensitive, she was given this plan because the Meta Quick provided too much carbs for her body and she just could not get the weight off…she is now doing great…It does not hurt to go in and asked what other plan options to see if something else might work for your particular situation. I did mention to my counselor that I was happy that she was not discouraging me to stop running or reduce running, as I did tell her that I blog with other MRC clients (didn’t give 3FC away), and told her that other centers do encourage restrictions on exercise…she reinforced that the program must work with my lifestyle not the other way around for true success. Just a thought! I hope it works out for you either way. By the way today I had to run in doors on the treadmill because of constant rain and I burned 541 calories…it just hit me today that everyday I ran I was living off 400-500 calories, because I think on Meta Quick the daily calorie counts is between 900-1000, I was running half that off…my poor body!

Fifties Lady
09-13-2009, 03:35 PM
For what it's worth, I just happened to have Robin at my WI a week ago Saturday and she indicated to me that I should be measured after each month OP (I think that was actually after my 5th week). She didn't give me the feeling that it was an individual thing...that everyone should be measured each month.

Oddly enough, I wasn't overly impressed with my results. I'd been led to believe at my consultation that normally, pounds lost equals inches lost (for example, 20 pounds/20 inches), but if I took MRC-6, I would see an increase...perhaps double...in inches lost. That wasn't the case with me at all. That particular day, I'd lost a total of 15 pounds, but had lost only 14.25 inches. (Marketing ploy?)

A co-worker is with MRC and had to ask them to measure her after 6 weeks. I have a feeling it all depends on which staff clinician you're working with on that particular day.

I'm not a lot of help, am I?? : D

Now isn't that interesting. :?: Could it just be a way to sell MRC-6? Naw!!! Thanks for sharing that "pounds lost equals inches lost"....I had not heard that one. I guess I will have to ask then to be measured next WI. I really wanted to be yesterday. I will see if that works for me too, since I did not buy into any of their pills. HNS's are enough for me. I bought all the other necessities over the counter....saved a bunch. :carrot:

funshine
09-13-2009, 05:14 PM
Thanks for your encouragement, Lori! :hug:

I was just measured FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME yesterday, and I've been on the plan for 30 days as of today. The counselor said, "wow, you haven't gotten measured yet. We really dropped the ball." The counselor also asked how I was doing with the thermogenic and MRC-6. I told her that I wasn't sure either were really helping much (esp the thermogenic - it's supposed to boost metabolism and help with hunger), she just kinda of smiled and changed the subject. :?:

Lori123321
09-13-2009, 06:38 PM
I agree completely on what is being said regarding plateaus, water holding on and starvation mode...however I politely disagree with taking whatever MRC provides in guidance regarding exercising and the diet...My center's counselors are trained and do provide the guidance for all clients, whether they exercise or not and how much they exercise. Excersie is not limited because of the need to show big numbers on the scale. My counselors have educated me to understand my body and its needs to how I live and not how to fit in a certain program. I am like many and hit a plateau every 10 pounds and it is frustrating, however since I began running (which I love) back in April I have not only lost weight but my body is gaining shape and pulling together, no sagging of the girls and stomach, even though I am down 47 pounds. My discussions with my counselors are not how to reduce my exercise because the scale doesn't show big numbers every 3 or 4 days or that I am hungry all the time, but how to get the program to work for me. Just a week or so ago I had been struggling with losing and being hungry all the time and just not having the energy to run, I am only running 9-12 miles a week at a moderate to slow pace nothing to hit the record books. When I went in to discuss this with my counselor she immediately said the Meta Quick is not working for me and that I should consider moving to the Meta Balance menu because I was losing muscle weight along with fat...even though I had been running and doing other exercises for the last 5 months...I was pretty shocked, I thought all along I must be gaining muscle weight and that was why the scales were not moving...no...my body was in starvation mode...so I switched to the Meta Balance and I had an immediate result, 4 lbs down the first week. The Meta Balance is given to individuals who exercise and are struggling with Meta Quick and to diabetics; it keeps the body in a more balanced level all day. I do feel so much better and am able to continue my lifestyle while on the program which is working wonderful for me…the program is flexible enough to change as the client changes which is a huge plus for me…when I started I was not running and the Meta Quick worked very well, as I changed and became a runner the switch to Meta Balance is helping me continue on this journey without being hungry and not only losing the weight but gaining a healthy lifestyle that I will be able to continue as I hit maintenance, just my two cents! Thanks for letting me vent.

I am so glad they didn't discourage you from exercising. I guess that is the difference between centers! Of course I didn't push the issue. I am not into exercise so it was not that important to me. They just kept cautioning me so I told my trainer we had to modify the workouts. It is working well for now.

leahruthie
09-13-2009, 08:52 PM
Leahruthie, I am very surprised that no one in your center has mentioned different options. Three different counselors told to me to consider the Meta Balance before I actually switched. I would go in and say I am not losing weight, hungry, tired, no energy to complete my run etc…100% on program, 100+oz water etc…I didn’t go in and asked if I was exercising too much or should I reduce my running etc…I just said it was not working to where I felt good and could continue for the next three months. My first WI after switching programs I dropped 3 pounds in 4 days…my counselor was thrilled and said “Great the program is working for you now”! My only guess is to why some might not encourage switching is because with the Meta Balance only 3 HNS are consumed in a day, not the 5 a day I was drinking, and if I choose to have a bar for my snack then I only consume 2 HNS…this is a reduction in their sales, I now drink 2 HNS a day, not 5 and eat 1 bar…Just a thought. I know several other clients in the center I go to are on the Meta Balance, I can go back to the Meta Quick if I want to later. MRC does have a few other options to their plans, I overheard one client given a different plan for the carb sensitive, she was given this plan because the Meta Quick provided too much carbs for her body and she just could not get the weight off…she is now doing great…It does not hurt to go in and asked what other plan options to see if something else might work for your particular situation. I did mention to my counselor that I was happy that she was not discouraging me to stop running or reduce running, as I did tell her that I blog with other MRC clients (didn’t give 3FC away), and told her that other centers do encourage restrictions on exercise…she reinforced that the program must work with my lifestyle not the other way around for true success. Just a thought! I hope it works out for you either way. By the way today I had to run in doors on the treadmill because of constant rain and I burned 541 calories…it just hit me today that everyday I ran I was living off 400-500 calories, because I think on Meta Quick the daily calorie counts is between 900-1000, I was running half that off…my poor body!

this definitely must be a difference between centers, then... how frustrating. it seems so counterintuitive to discourage exercise and i was kind of disheartened when that's what i was told. maybe i'll just have to gather up my nerve and ask about meta balance, eh? thanks for the info...



as for measurements, FL, i had a consultation with Robin by chance one saturday morning (on my third week) and she said i should be measured a week later (four weeks), and i did get measured the next week--20.5 inches!! pretty exciting. you should definitely push for measuring.

Fifties Lady
09-13-2009, 09:16 PM
this definitely must be a difference between centers, then... how frustrating. it seems so counterintuitive to discourage exercise and i was kind of disheartened when that's what i was told. maybe i'll just have to gather up my nerve and ask about meta balance, eh? thanks for the info...



as for measurements, FL, i had a consultation with Robin by chance one saturday morning (on my third week) and she said i should be measured a week later (four weeks), and i did get measured the next week--20.5 inches!! pretty exciting. you should definitely push for measuring.

THanks for the info Leah....I will plan to get them taken on Wed. Good to know. I can't remember which counselor I asked who told me that it was up to Robin to decide.

Congrats on your inches lost...now your figures don't match the weight loss like the rule of thumb. Do you take MRC-6? Just curious because you almost doubled your loss.:?:

noahsmama
09-13-2009, 09:22 PM
Karen,

Thank you so much for the new recipe! It was fantastic and the 'crumbles' were the best too! How in teh world did you come up with that? What else do you have your recipe closet? I'd love to hear! I'd never be able to come up with something like that.

cmb9697
09-13-2009, 09:28 PM
Hi all..
I've been measured 3 times since beginning at the end of July. (#1 at start, #2 I think it was 2 weeks into it, and then 30 days later). Second weigh in was 7 inches lost, and the last one was 31 inches. I quit taking MRC6 and cortitrim a month ago when I ran out. But, I'm only down 16.5 pounds, so that doesn't work with the pounds = inches theory...

leahruthie
09-13-2009, 09:32 PM
THanks for the info Leah....I will plan to get them taken on Wed. Good to know. I can't remember which counselor I asked who told me that it was up to Robin to decide.

Congrats on your inches lost...now your figures don't match the weight loss like the rule of thumb. Do you take MRC-6? Just curious because you almost doubled your loss.:?:

i do, yes, but not very consistently (i'm really bad at remembering to take pills, so i bet i take 1/3 to 1/2 as many as i probably should, oops).

leahruthie
09-13-2009, 09:32 PM
AND ALSO keep in mind that i work out a lot, which includes a lot of muscle toning, ab work, etc., so maybe that's also helped my inch loss?

mountain gal
09-13-2009, 09:51 PM
Thanks for your encouragement, Lori! :hug:

I was just measured FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME yesterday, and I've been on the plan for 30 days as of today. The counselor said, "wow, you haven't gotten measured yet. We really dropped the ball." The counselor also asked how I was doing with the thermogenic and MRC-6. I told her that I wasn't sure either were really helping much (esp the thermogenic - it's supposed to boost metabolism and help with hunger), she just kinda of smiled and changed the subject. :?:

funshine im taking the thermogenic too & i dont think its doing anything 2 help with hunger .. some days i 4get 2 take it n i dont notice any difference .. my counselor had a similar response like urs n thats that. but i have lost 9.5 pounds in 2 weeks so im not sure .. Fifties Lady- what pills are u taking as a sub for mrc-6? ive been considering the jillian michaels weight loss pills but still in research mode right now.

Fifties Lady
09-13-2009, 10:04 PM
funshine im taking the thermogenic too & i dont think its doing anything 2 help with hunger .. some days i 4get 2 take it n i dont notice any difference .. my counselor had a similar response like urs n thats that. but i have lost 9.5 pounds in 2 weeks so im not sure .. Fifties Lady- what pills are u taking as a sub for mrc-6? ive been considering the jillian michaels weight loss pills but still in research mode right now.



I'm not taking anything but flax, vitamins and b-12. I had heard that Apple Cider Vinegar pills were the same as MRC-6 (I think) I haven't been able to find them locally. Does someone know more about these pills? I don't want to give out the wrong info here.:?:

shopgirl
09-13-2009, 10:21 PM
i have lost 9.5 pounds in 2 weeks

Yea, Mountain Gal! That's awesome!! My total is 8.5 lbs in 2 weeks. I can't wait to get my measurements taken. My friend signed up at our open house thing yesterday. I'm looking forward to having a local buddy doing this w/me. Congrats on your awesome wt loss! :hug:

mountain gal
09-13-2009, 10:28 PM
Yea, Mountain Gal! That's awesome!! My total is 8.5 lbs in 2 weeks. I can't wait to get my measurements taken. My friend signed up at our open house thing yesterday. I'm looking forward to having a local buddy doing this w/me. Congrats on your awesome wt loss! :hug:

yippie!! we did it :P im so happy 4 u :) yeah having a buddy do it really helps with the motivation thing plus u can alwayz give her great advice (been there doing that ) :) i did my measuremnts n i lost 12.5 inches - mostly on my ribcage , shoulders .. im planning 2 amp up the gym 2! hope u see some great inch loss too at ur weigh in!! :cheers:

shopgirl
09-13-2009, 10:32 PM
yippie!! we did it :P im so happy 4 u :) yeah having a buddy do it really helps with the motivation thing plus u can alwayz give her great advice (been there doing that ) :) i did my measuremnts n i lost 12.5 inches - mostly on my ribcage , shoulders .. im planning 2 amp up the gym 2! hope u see some great inch loss too at ur weigh in!! :cheers:


I know! I'm so proud of both of us! Look at you....12.5 inches GONE! :carrot: So great!

Btw, what kind of exercise are you doing?? It's my TOM, so I've been wiped out and have slept most of the week-end. I get sooo exhausted! Anyhow, I was thinking about going to my gym and walking. I want to start doing some weights so my skin stays tight, etc. Any thoughts?

Karen1234
09-13-2009, 11:47 PM
Karen,

Thank you so much for the new recipe! It was fantastic and the 'crumbles' were the best too! How in teh world did you come up with that? What else do you have your recipe closet? I'd love to hear! I'd never be able to come up with something like that.

So glad you loved it! I got the idea from a commercial on Food network that used bread crumbs in the recipe with whole chicken brsts... I figured melba toast would work fine, the garlic ones were in the cupboard so those became it and the larger crumbles were an accident/I was in a hurry and didnt feel like pulsing that processor anymore, LOL!! If I come up with anything else I think is good I promise to not hold out on anyone :0)

Loving all the chat tonight ladies... alot of food for thought... for some reason I have really been struggling with hunger and despite being 100% OP this past week I didn't lose anything, I recently upped my running time previously at 2 miles now up to 3 miles, 3 x a week as well so I'm guessing this might be why I didn't lose this week, I am starting to think another plan might work for me as well.... I noticed I began to struggle when I went from the beige menu to the green menu... there's something about that extra amt of protein I no longer get that leaves me hungry at the end of my meals. I did stop the enhancer as it was causing alot of heart palpitations pretty much all day long so that had to go but this was 1 1/2 mo. ago ... I was already stuggling with the above when I stopped the Cortitrim as well - mostly b/c I was tired of taking all the pills and needed a break. I am going to aim for 1-2 weeks of 100% OP, track everything I eat/drink and do in my journal and if I don't see a good drop, I am going to talk to the counselor about changing my plan... I am getting frustrated struggling along like this recently and am just unsure what's changed other than my gradually increasing running/exercise schedule. Have a great week everyone!

mountain gal
09-13-2009, 11:53 PM
I know! I'm so proud of both of us! Look at you....12.5 inches GONE! :carrot: So great!

Btw, what kind of exercise are you doing?? It's my TOM, so I've been wiped out and have slept most of the week-end. I get sooo exhausted! Anyhow, I was thinking about going to my gym and walking. I want to start doing some weights so my skin stays tight, etc. Any thoughts?

yeah id suggest waiting until ur done n then start slowly. me - right now I'm doing three days a week .. planning 2 increase up to 5 days {highly optimistic!} i do 5 min stretching/warm up/ ,45 min cardio and 10 min abs. According my center the hips/waist/abs are usually the slowest at inch loss so the ab workout will help with toning. I do situps , 2 sets of crunches (20 reps each) and also seated side twists (pretty effective). Have u tried aqua aerobics?? its fun plus no aches when ur actually working out. i used 2 do it before and its very good 4 toning the arms. the timings are inconvenient 4 me but im hoping 2 do them on weekends. leme knw wat ur doing.. were so gonna :kickbutt: this fat !

GWE140
09-14-2009, 08:18 AM
Sorry all I keep misquoting myself...what I meant to say is that I switched from the Meta Slim not Meta Quick to the Meta Balance. I truly believe my mind is losing it!

Karen1234
09-14-2009, 08:47 AM
Well everyone, I was super busy last night, cooking up a mad storm, we have all these apples and my husband wanted fried apple pies... Oh Lord... why??? I have got to come up with a plan friendly version of this. Apparently I was wrong, I'm not sure I can do all my holiday baking and stay OP... Plus, my daughter has entered a cake walk at school for their Fall Festival and is very inspired by Ace of cakes and Buddy from Cake Boss. She made a huge cake last year and won the cake walk and wants to keep her title this year... "I set the bar last year and now I have to try to do it again!!" - Direct quote from her Thank You very much. Whew... Do you know what this 12 yo wants to bake??? Mount Kilimanjaro (sp?) with an African Sahara scene in front of it.. holy cow!!! She is doing it on her own but I am helping her orchestrate the baking .... We're talking 9, 12 x 16 cakes that have to be baked in the next few days so they can be frozen and ready to carve by Friday and then she is making all her animal figures etc. out of fondant... I might have to tape my mouth shut with Duct tape to avoid those BLT's again... Pray for me :0)

OK, it's a new week, a new day and I can do this, 100% OP, I CAN DO THIS, I CAN DO THIS, I CAN DO THIS!!!

lookinfine09
09-14-2009, 11:02 AM
I'm not taking anything but flax, vitamins and b-12. I had heard that Apple Cider Vinegar pills were the same as MRC-6 (I think) I haven't been able to find them locally. Does someone know more about these pills? I don't want to give out the wrong info here.:?:

You can find the apple cider vinegar pills at the Atkins store over in Meridian Park. The store is behind Grisantis. I've been taking them for a few weeks, but haven't noticed any significant changes to speak of. Hope this helps.

GWE140
09-14-2009, 11:13 AM
Karen, you can do it!!! I know this is going to be a very trying time for us all with Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and News Years all bunched together!

I have already starting baking a bundt cake I do every year and give out, pumpkin-pecan-chocolate chips, yummy! I have been baking this cake for 14 years and everyone expects me to deliver! I always bake the first one for the kids in September and did this last week...it is still in the fridge and I try with all my might to avoid it...however, I slice two small pieces everyday last week for the kids lunches! I just wanted to lick the knife! But haven't thus far. I have decided that when I get to 170, another 10 pounds, I will have one slice of this cake and have told my whole family so they won't get on my case. My kids are my plan "police". I did make your chicken strips yesterday and they were very good, I used the Sea Salt Melba Toast because that was all I had in the house. I only managed to put aside 3 servings to freeze for myself because my kids ate the rest...they keep saying it smells so good, etc...so I gave the rest to them. I normally cook on Sunday for my dinners and lunch then freeze the servings so I am not cooking two meals a night, I cook for the family and reheat mine...this has worked out great! I normally eat fish almost all week and have the best weight loss with fish. I also made the turkey sauage that Noah's Mama gave and it turned out wonderful...I had this for breakfast today, with a drop of sugar free syrup on it very filling!

Karen1234
09-14-2009, 12:21 PM
Karen, you can do it!!! I know this is going to be a very trying time for us all with Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and News Years all bunched together!

I have already starting baking a bundt cake I do every year and give out, pumpkin-pecan-chocolate chips, yummy! I have been baking this cake for 14 years and everyone expects me to deliver! I always bake the first one for the kids in September and did this last week...it is still in the fridge and I try with all my might to avoid it...however, I slice two small pieces everyday last week for the kids lunches! I just wanted to lick the knife! But haven't thus far. I have decided that when I get to 170, another 10 pounds, I will have one slice of this cake and have told my whole family so they won't get on my case. My kids are my plan "police". I did make your chicken strips yesterday and they were very good, I used the Sea Salt Melba Toast because that was all I had in the house. I only managed to put aside 3 servings to freeze for myself because my kids ate the rest...they keep saying it smells so good, etc...so I gave the rest to them. I normally cook on Sunday for my dinners and lunch then freeze the servings so I am not cooking two meals a night, I cook for the family and reheat mine...this has worked out great! I normally eat fish almost all week and have the best weight loss with fish. I also made the turkey sauage that Noah's Mama gave and it turned out wonderful...I had this for breakfast today, with a drop of sugar free syrup on it very filling!


Boy does that sound good - I love pumpkin, pecan and chocolate but have never tried it together- good thing you're not my neighbor!! I think a planned treat time is a good idea - I plan to treat myself to a fried apple pie in October after my 5k I just have to keep up the willpower to make it to Oct. I've got it today though, I'm on top of now! As for my baking, I make banana brd, pumpkin brd, a few cakes and pies and an assortment of cookies and if I have time candies but it's been several years since I've been able to do all this. As for my food plan, I pretty much stick with chicken 5/7 days, buffalo burger 1-2 times a week, beef about once a week. The truth is, I just love chicken. No one else in the family likes the fish, I love it but prefer to keep to making 1 meal for our dinner rather than a seperate one for me so I do not often make fish. When we dine out, I always get the blackened tilapia, I love it fresh and spicy!! Yumm...

leahruthie
09-14-2009, 12:30 PM
hee hee, i have "plan police" in my life too. namely my boyfriend and my best guy friend, although the guy friend gets a little overzealous sometimes and yells at me just for saying something smells good :P

leahruthie
09-14-2009, 12:33 PM
i love your reward meals, hehe... i have a trip to mexico coming up mid-October and i'm going to try my absolute hardest to be at 175 (halfway point!!) by then, so maybe the trip will count as my reward? although i'm sure there will be a couple of naughty indulgences down there. lucky for me, i'm not a fan of margaritas. ;) but ohhhh man, real mexican food? i'm gonna be in trouble. fajitas will be my saving grace, i wager.

i told my boyfriend already that when i reach my halfway point we will be going to the Oven (local indian restaurant) and i will be indulging in some rice with my chicken. mmmmmm. something to look forward to, anyway. ;)

daizy hotrocks
09-14-2009, 12:48 PM
At WI on Friday I was back down to my pre-Australia weight (only took 1 week to loose it)!!! YAY!!

Unfortunately, I went to my grandmothers for the weekend to celebrate grandparents day and ate out at Jonny Carino's. I did pretty good with dinner but desert was an apple pie thing with ice cream. Loved it and jumped on the scale last night and it was back up. UGH! I should expect it but its still frusterating.

So, back OP and WI today, we'll see how I do. I am also striving to get back in the gym for good this week. I did the CP5K last year and got up to 2.5 miles then my knee started bugging me. I have the knee under control and 15 lbs lower has to make a difference. I am also going to get into yoga. The gym I go to has 4 classes a week that I can make then a combo Yoga, pilates class once a week... will power to me!!!

TeresaG
09-14-2009, 02:05 PM
Well everyone, I was super busy last night, cooking up a mad storm, we have all these apples and my husband wanted fried apple pies... Oh Lord... why??? I have got to come up with a plan friendly version of this. Apparently I was wrong, I'm not sure I can do all my holiday baking and stay OP... Plus, my daughter has entered a cake walk at school for their Fall Festival and is very inspired by Ace of cakes and Buddy from Cake Boss. She made a huge cake last year and won the cake walk and wants to keep her title this year... "I set the bar last year and now I have to try to do it again!!" - Direct quote from her Thank You very much. Whew... Do you know what this 12 yo wants to bake??? Mount Kilimanjaro (sp?) with an African Sahara scene in front of it.. holy cow!!! She is doing it on her own but I am helping her orchestrate the baking .... We're talking 9, 12 x 16 cakes that have to be baked in the next few days so they can be frozen and ready to carve by Friday and then she is making all her animal figures etc. out of fondant... I might have to tape my mouth shut with Duct tape to avoid those BLT's again... Pray for me :0)

OK, it's a new week, a new day and I can do this, 100% OP, I CAN DO THIS, I CAN DO THIS, I CAN DO THIS!!!

Wow, your daughter is ambitious to say the least. As a fellow cake decorator, I know what you will be going through. Hang in there and keep your focus and you will make it through. If you have the urge, brush your teeth, chew a piece of strong minty gum, sugar free of course. Nothing will taste good after that. You will have to post some pictures of her accomplishment.

lookinfine09
09-14-2009, 02:34 PM
Boy does that sound good - I love pumpkin, pecan and chocolate but have never tried it together- good thing you're not my neighbor!! I think a planned treat time is a good idea - I plan to treat myself to a fried apple pie in October after my 5k I just have to keep up the willpower to make it to Oct. I've got it today though, I'm on top of now! As for my baking, I make banana brd, pumpkin brd, a few cakes and pies and an assortment of cookies and if I have time candies but it's been several years since I've been able to do all this. As for my food plan, I pretty much stick with chicken 5/7 days, buffalo burger 1-2 times a week, beef about once a week. The truth is, I just love chicken. No one else in the family likes the fish, I love it but prefer to keep to making 1 meal for our dinner rather than a seperate one for me so I do not often make fish. When we dine out, I always get the blackened tilapia, I love it fresh and spicy!! Yumm...

i love your reward meals, hehe... i have a trip to mexico coming up mid-October and i'm going to try my absolute hardest to be at 175 (halfway point!!) by then, so maybe the trip will count as my reward? although i'm sure there will be a couple of naughty indulgences down there. lucky for me, i'm not a fan of margaritas. ;) but ohhhh man, real mexican food? i'm gonna be in trouble. fajitas will be my saving grace, i wager.

i told my boyfriend already that when i reach my halfway point we will be going to the Oven (local indian restaurant) and i will be indulging in some rice with my chicken. mmmmmm. something to look forward to, anyway. ;)


I did indulge after my 5k in July. I had a small ice cream blizzard. Totally worth every last bite. I drank a lot of water to counter the problem and quite honestly, there was no problem on the scale. Right now my main craving is beer. Gosh, with football season in full swing, how do I not have a beer? LOL. I'm headed to Vegas in a couple of months and want to have my 'rockin' body by then, so that's what's keeping me on program! : )

leahruthie
09-14-2009, 03:12 PM
luckily when it comes to adult beverages, i'm not much of a beer drinker--i far prefer vodka tonics! so it's been easy for me to, when i decide it's worth it, just have a vodka & club soda with lime. probably the least diet-offensive alcoholic beverage there is, hehe :)

RonnieAdl
09-14-2009, 03:31 PM
Has anyone been asked to go on the Meta Quick Plan where you eat only bars and shakes for 7 days? They asked me if I wanted to do this which I thought kind of strange after they told me I am losing a pound a day which they said is great. I told them I didn't feel comfortable doing that plan right now since I was on Medifast and that is what I did for four months and it let to deprivation and cheating on my part and this is what essentially let me to MRC. I wonder if they feel like I am not spending enough money there each week or what. I am spending plenty it seems I am buying something each week. Can anyone give some insight to this program? I was just curious..

Thanks!
Ronnie:?:

GWE140
09-14-2009, 03:39 PM
Speaking of Las Vegas...I am meeting college friends for a reunion Oct 15-18, I am trying so hard to get my weight down...I have not seen my friends in 12 years since I moved from California and at that time I was 140 pounds...and of course I have avoided sending any pictures of myself as the weight piled on and they have no idea that I gained 80+ pounds the past 8 years...I am hoping I will be signing the 60 pound board by Oct. 15th! Only 13 pounds away from signing the 60 pound board and only 3 from the 50! I hope to sign this week by Friday...

GWE140
09-14-2009, 03:41 PM
Has anyone been asked to go on the Meta Quick Plan where you eat only bars and shakes for 7 days? They asked me if I wanted to do this which I thought kind of strange after they told me I am losing a pound a day which they said is great. I told them I didn't feel comfortable doing that plan right now since I was on Medifast and that is what I did for four months and it let to deprivation and cheating on my part and this is what essentially let me to MRC. I wonder if they feel like I am not spending enough money there each week or what. I am spending plenty it seems I am buying something each week. Can anyone give some insight to this program? I was just curious..

Thanks!
Ronnie:?:

I did go on the Meta Quick for 5 days, I hated it and it did not help me drop weight...for others it did result in weight loss. So individual.

E4FEwife
09-14-2009, 03:53 PM
In response to those that are afraid to mention 3FC at their center, here is what I found.... at my center (Bellevue, NE) at two different classes both of the counselors mentioned 3FC and that they are pretty much in favor of this site. The onlt thing that one of them had to say against it was that sometimes people on here are "acting like MRC counselors" when in fact they aren't. She just said be careful of what you read on here and make sure that if you have questions about what you see/read on here to make sure that you ask someone at the center. But other than that, she really likes the fact that the support is there for us.

Darn Baby Weight
09-14-2009, 05:01 PM
Ok ya’ll I’m reaching out…I have been battling this horrid black hole of depression. The last week I was totally off plan :( My divorce is almost final which should be a good thing and I was all excited about it until now and I think that is adding to my unstable emotions. I'm scared to WI…I don't want to see what the scale says. The center called me today to ask if I was going to be coming in to WI and so I guess I better go, better to know than to sit in limbo with the unknown...

TeresaG
09-14-2009, 06:06 PM
Speaking of Las Vegas...I am meeting college friends for a reunion Oct 15-18, I am trying so hard to get my weight down...I have not seen my friends in 12 years since I moved from California and at that time I was 140 pounds...and of course I have avoided sending any pictures of myself as the weight piled on and they have no idea that I gained 80+ pounds the past 8 years...I am hoping I will be signing the 60 pound board by Oct. 15th! Only 13 pounds away from signing the 60 pound board and only 3 from the 50! I hope to sign this week by Friday...

Your trip sounds great. You will look great when you go.

I hope you get to sign the 50lb board by Friday as well. I just realized I am one pound behind you in getting to the board. I'm hoping by Saturday, but not sure if it will happen. I've got my fingers crossed for you!

TeresaG
09-14-2009, 06:09 PM
In response to those that are afraid to mention 3FC at their center, here is what I found.... at my center (Bellevue, NE) at two different classes both of the counselors mentioned 3FC and that they are pretty much in favor of this site. The onlt thing that one of them had to say against it was that sometimes people on here are "acting like MRC counselors" when in fact they aren't. She just said be careful of what you read on here and make sure that if you have questions about what you see/read on here to make sure that you ask someone at the center. But other than that, she really likes the fact that the support is there for us.

It's nice to see that other centers are in support of the 3FC site. I go to the Aurora center and everyone there has seemed excited and supportive of us using it. Usually if I see something here, I will ask them about it and see what they say. I have to say, until today, they agreed with everything. I don't think any of us act like counselors, we just share information we were given and what works for us.

TeresaG
09-14-2009, 06:17 PM
Ok ya’ll I’m reaching out…I have been battling this horrid black hole of depression. The last week I was totally off plan :( My divorce is almost final which should be a good thing and I was all excited about it until now and I think that is adding to my unstable emotions. I'm scared to WI…I don't want to see what the scale says. The center called me today to ask if I was going to be coming in to WI and so I guess I better go, better to know than to sit in limbo with the unknown...

Divorce is an extremely hard time even if it's something you truly want to be over with. It is in many ways like a death, and you have to go through pretty much the same steps. Grieving, anger, and acceptance. We just had a phase II class at MRC on radical acceptance, and it was very hard to make others understand that by finally accepting something does not mean you agree with it. It is what it is, you can't change it, but you can accept it and move on. I was very depressed going through mine and I don't think there was any one thing that got me out of it. I finally accepted it and began to rebuild my life. Hang in there.

For now, stick with the program and it will be one thing that you are in control of. With you being in control of just one thing in your life, it will be a huge boost for you. It will be one step towards leaving your depression behind.

Karen1234
09-14-2009, 09:33 PM
Wow, your daughter is ambitious to say the least. As a fellow cake decorator, I know what you will be going through. Hang in there and keep your focus and you will make it through. If you have the urge, brush your teeth, chew a piece of strong minty gum, sugar free of course. Nothing will taste good after that. You will have to post some pictures of her accomplishment.


You can say that again! The gum is a good idea... I somehow survived... we had one cake that didn't make it out of the pan whole tonight and when it fell apart, we crumbled it and saved the crumbles for another day (put in freezer)... ofcourse I was so tempted, I grabbed a piece and popped it into my mouth then screamed no at myself (in my head ofcourse) and spit that thing out into the sink and washed my mouth out with H20 quickly! Good Golly, gotta keep that control! Whew... I will chew gum for the remainder of the evening, thank you for the tip...Baking almost done tonight, Thank Goodness :0)

funshine
09-14-2009, 10:45 PM
For the last couple of hours I've had a house full of guys here watching Monday Night Football with my hubby. The kitchen is full of pizza, hot wings and snacks. The smell permiates the house. I stood looking at a slice of hawaiian pizza for a full 5 minutes and then decided to make myself some HNS pudding instead. :dizzy:

leahruthie
09-14-2009, 10:57 PM
ooooh, good for you!! well done :)

friday night at the bar for an engagement party, not only did i only drink plain club soda, BUT there was a pizza right in front of me for a good hour and i didn't have a single slice. yay for non-scale victories, and yay for our willpower! :)

E4FEwife
09-14-2009, 11:09 PM
For the last couple of hours I've had a house full of guys here watching Monday Night Football with my hubby. The kitchen is full of pizza, hot wings and snacks. The smell permiates the house. I stood looking at a slice of hawaiian pizza for a full 5 minutes and then decided to make myself some HNS pudding instead. :dizzy:

Good job. You rock!!! :cool:

Fifties Lady
09-14-2009, 11:14 PM
I did indulge after my 5k in July. I had a small ice cream blizzard. Totally worth every last bite. I drank a lot of water to counter the problem and quite honestly, there was no problem on the scale. Right now my main craving is beer. Gosh, with football season in full swing, how do I not have a beer? LOL. I'm headed to Vegas in a couple of months and want to have my 'rockin' body by then, so that's what's keeping me on program! : )


I know what you mean...you can't watch NEBRASKA football with out beer. :(
I cheated Saturday and had MGD 64 with V-8...oh so yummy...but one was all I wanted....it was filling....never had that happen to me before???

3ducksmom
09-14-2009, 11:21 PM
Beer sounds yummy. Actually anything sounds good, but instead I spent 8 hours in the ER with several Saline/Glucose drips. Hmmm... wonder how bad that's going to screw things up. Now I'm craving everything bad, which I hadn't before. The bright side, I have such severe, and unexplained it seems, abdominal pain that I can't seem to put anything in my tummy! I'm supposed to WI tomorrow, I'm a wee bit nervous about that. Not to mention I can barely walk. Ugh! I just got over bronchitis, didn't need this little mystery too!

Lori123321
09-14-2009, 11:24 PM
Ok ya’ll I’m reaching out…I have been battling this horrid black hole of depression. The last week I was totally off plan :( My divorce is almost final which should be a good thing and I was all excited about it until now and I think that is adding to my unstable emotions. I'm scared to WI…I don't want to see what the scale says. The center called me today to ask if I was going to be coming in to WI and so I guess I better go, better to know than to sit in limbo with the unknown...

:hug: Depression sucks and so does divorce. I agree it is like dealing with a death. All the emotional investment and dreams of a future with that person are gone. Take one day at a time, honey and it will get better. I agree also that the plan might be a saving grace for you right now. It helped me get through this summer with losing my job and all the other stressers that came with it. And you will be learning a new coping skill. Control the things you can, like the food you put in your mouth and let the things you can't control go. And remember, we are here for you!

Fifties Lady
09-14-2009, 11:34 PM
Beer sounds yummy. Actually anything sounds good, but instead I spent 8 hours in the ER with several Saline/Glucose drips. Hmmm... wonder how bad that's going to screw things up. Now I'm craving everything bad, which I hadn't before. The bright side, I have such severe, and unexplained it seems, abdominal pain that I can't seem to put anything in my tummy! I'm supposed to WI tomorrow, I'm a wee bit nervous about that. Not to mention I can barely walk. Ugh! I just got over bronchitis, didn't need this little mystery too!

Oh Dear Ms. 3ducksmom....that doesn't sound good at all. What on earth did you catch? I have no idea if this is the swine flu or not....I didn't go to the Dr. to find out. The symptoms are all like the swine flu, but then again, the symptoms are like any flu....so that doesn't tell me anything. It's just that my sides and chest hurt so much from coughing. But at lease I'm back at work.

You take care now and don't worry about WI tomorrrow...just take care of Number One first. :hug:

Fifties Lady
09-14-2009, 11:37 PM
:hug: Depression sucks and so does divorce. I agree it is like dealing with a death. All the emotional investment and dreams of a future with that person are gone. Take one day at a time, honey and it will get better. I agree also that the plan might be a saving grace for you right now. It helped me get through this summer with losing my job and all the other stressers that came with it. And you will be learning a new coping skill. Control the things you can, like the food you put in your mouth and let the things you can't control go. And remember, we are here for you!


Hey Lori....how is your "special Friend" doing....do you see him much now that you moved? I hope you are still in touch with one another....like I said, it would be his loss if he didn't hook up with you. :hug:

3ducksmom
09-14-2009, 11:43 PM
Oh Dear Ms. 3ducksmom....that doesn't sound good at all. What on earth did you catch? I have no idea if this is the swine flu or not....I didn't go to the Dr. to find out. The symptoms are all like the swine flu, but then again, the symptoms are like any flu....so that doesn't tell me anything. It's just that my sides and chest hurt so much from coughing. But at lease I'm back at work.

You take care now and don't worry about WI tomorrrow...just take care of Number One first. :hug:

Thanks. I have no idea what I've got. No fever or any other symptoms, just severe pain. I told hubby maybe I'd get lucky and they have to take my appendix. I made him promise if that happened, we'd sneak a tuck into the same surgery! Hey, 2 for 1! Haha...

As for that cough, it's rushing through our area like wildfire! I didn't go in for it, figuring it was just a cold. (I'm very stubborn about going to Dr's). However, my 3rd week into it, my husband got it. After a week, he went in and was told he had bronchitis. My brother in law.... same thing. I've talked to 3 or 4 who all were diagnosed the same. Now it looks like 2 of my little ducks may be coming down with it. Just keep an eye on it and get in if it gets too bad. He got some pretty good cough meds that I was lusting after! At least he can sleep with them. Hope you feel better soon!

Fifties Lady
09-15-2009, 08:58 AM
Thanks. I have no idea what I've got. No fever or any other symptoms, just severe pain. I told hubby maybe I'd get lucky and they have to take my appendix. I made him promise if that happened, we'd sneak a tuck into the same surgery! Hey, 2 for 1! Haha...

As for that cough, it's rushing through our area like wildfire! I didn't go in for it, figuring it was just a cold. (I'm very stubborn about going to Dr's). However, my 3rd week into it, my husband got it. After a week, he went in and was told he had bronchitis. My brother in law.... same thing. I've talked to 3 or 4 who all were diagnosed the same. Now it looks like 2 of my little ducks may be coming down with it. Just keep an eye on it and get in if it gets too bad. He got some pretty good cough meds that I was lusting after! At least he can sleep with them. Hope you feel better soon!

Oh my...what is this crap we have??? It suxs! Was the cough meds over the counter or prescription? I still can't get rid of the cough, and every muscle in my body hurts.

I'm with you on the tummy tuck....two for one sounds like a deal!!! You take care and hope we all start to feel better. Look at it this way....ours will be over with when the flu season really hits....right??? It had better work that way. :?:

3ducksmom
09-15-2009, 10:31 AM
Oh my...what is this crap we have??? It suxs! Was the cough meds over the counter or prescription? I still can't get rid of the cough, and every muscle in my body hurts.

I'm with you on the tummy tuck....two for one sounds like a deal!!! You take care and hope we all start to feel better. Look at it this way....ours will be over with when the flu season really hits....right??? It had better work that way. :?:

The cough pills were prescription. He actually went into the Dr. and they gave him an antibiotic (which isn't helping) and these clear round cough pills. Never seen them before, but they work.

Now here I sit this morning with my 5 year old down with H1N1. I just called my center... they don't want to see me! haha! I didn't think so. Only problem I see is that I have 2 more kids for this to run through, then hubby and myself. From what I hear about this, no one will be spared if exposed. Her school said several are out in her kindergarden class with it. My parents are coming into town to watch the kids play soccer, and now they can't stop and see us (both heart patients). I LOVE this season! Ugh! Oh... and I'm up 2lbs from yesterday. Grrr... I should have started this early summer before this lovely season hit. Lessons learned.

Fifties Lady
09-15-2009, 11:24 AM
The cough pills were prescription. He actually went into the Dr. and they gave him an antibiotic (which isn't helping) and these clear round cough pills. Never seen them before, but they work.

Now here I sit this morning with my 5 year old down with H1N1. I just called my center... they don't want to see me! haha! I didn't think so. Only problem I see is that I have 2 more kids for this to run through, then hubby and myself. From what I hear about this, no one will be spared if exposed. Her school said several are out in her kindergarden class with it. My parents are coming into town to watch the kids play soccer, and now they can't stop and see us (both heart patients). I LOVE this season! Ugh! Oh... and I'm up 2lbs from yesterday. Grrr... I should have started this early summer before this lovely season hit. Lessons learned.

You hang in there 3Ducks...with all that is going on...don't worry about the number on the scale. Are the schools just calling it H1N1, or are the kids actually being tested for it? My daughter got it too, and he just told her it was a viral infection and no antibiotic would work. But I'm sure they didn't do a blood test to verify that it wasn't H1N1. All the symptoms are saying I have it, but I sure don't want to go to the Dr. just to be told the same thing. I'd much rather use my co-pay on meds for it.

So sorry your parents will not beable to visit...but precautions do need to be taken. There were several elderly relatives that were at the funeral services that caught it there...it's taking a toll on them too. That is never good. I'm just not sure what this is that we have. But it sure doesn't want to leave your body, that's for sure.

You take care of your ducks now and I will be thinking of you and your family.:hug:

Lori123321
09-15-2009, 12:00 PM
Hey Lori....how is your "special Friend" doing....do you see him much now that you moved? I hope you are still in touch with one another....like I said, it would be his loss if he didn't hook up with you. :hug:

Things are going ok. We went out to dinner Sunday night. He was a little scared when I had trouble breathing. Started driving toward the hospital. Luckily I was able to get control with the inhalor and didn't have to go back. He was great though. Things are still undefined but I guess I accept that at the moment. And you're right, it will be his loss if he doesn't recognize that we could have something special.

E4FEwife
09-15-2009, 12:00 PM
The cough pills were prescription. He actually went into the Dr. and they gave him an antibiotic (which isn't helping) and these clear round cough pills. Never seen them before, but they work.



Are they tessalon? If so, they work wonderful. (My mother-in-law swears by them for removing splinters also. Poke a small hole in the ball and apply it to the area and you can remove it without pain.)

Lori123321
09-15-2009, 12:10 PM
The cough pills were prescription. He actually went into the Dr. and they gave him an antibiotic (which isn't helping) and these clear round cough pills. Never seen them before, but they work.

Now here I sit this morning with my 5 year old down with H1N1. I just called my center... they don't want to see me! haha! I didn't think so. Only problem I see is that I have 2 more kids for this to run through, then hubby and myself. From what I hear about this, no one will be spared if exposed. Her school said several are out in her kindergarden class with it. My parents are coming into town to watch the kids play soccer, and now they can't stop and see us (both heart patients). I LOVE this season! Ugh! Oh... and I'm up 2lbs from yesterday. Grrr... I should have started this early summer before this lovely season hit. Lessons learned.

:hug: It will work out. I actually went to my medicine cabinate to see if I have any clear round cough pills. I have tessalon perles. The work well. But the best is Tussinex. Has a long acting Codiene in it. Expensive as all get out, no generic :(. Don't have any of that left. Used it up with the bronchitis from earlier this summer. :(
Hang in there, the 2 lbs are probably water weight and will go away soon. Give extra love to hubby and little one. Don't forget to give some to yourself either!

3ducksmom
09-15-2009, 12:13 PM
Are they tessalon? If so, they work wonderful. (My mother-in-law swears by them for removing splinters also. Poke a small hole in the ball and apply it to the area and you can remove it without pain.)

That's exactly what they are. They really seem to work. The splinter idea is nifty. How in the heck did she come up with that though! How funny!

GWE140
09-15-2009, 12:53 PM
On the tread somewhere there was discussions regarding weight loss in pounds equaling inches lost...well I am down 47 pounds and 60.5 inches! Just got measured today! I do take MRC-6.

Karen1234
09-15-2009, 01:13 PM
For the last couple of hours I've had a house full of guys here watching Monday Night Football with my hubby. The kitchen is full of pizza, hot wings and snacks. The smell permiates the house. I stood looking at a slice of hawaiian pizza for a full 5 minutes and then decided to make myself some HNS pudding instead. :dizzy:

Wings and Pizza can really make their presence known and make one drool for sure, Oh what great resolve you have! Good Job!

ooooh, good for you!! well done :)

friday night at the bar for an engagement party, not only did i only drink plain club soda, BUT there was a pizza right in front of me for a good hour and i didn't have a single slice. yay for non-scale victories, and yay for our willpower! :)

Way to go Leah!!

Are they tessalon? If so, they work wonderful. (My mother-in-law swears by them for removing splinters also. Poke a small hole in the ball and apply it to the area and you can remove it without pain.)

Wow, that's both funny and cool... never heard of trying that before!

Things are going ok. We went out to dinner Sunday night. He was a little scared when I had trouble breathing. Started driving toward the hospital. Luckily I was able to get control with the inhalor and didn't have to go back. He was great though. Things are still undefined but I guess I accept that at the moment. And you're right, it will be his loss if he doesn't recognize that we could have something special.

I agree with FL, it would most certainly be his loss Lori, you are a wonderful lady and hopefully he'll figure that out and move past his worries before you've moved on :0) Hope you feel better soon.

On the tread somewhere there was discussions regarding weight loss in pounds equaling inches lost...well I am down 47 pounds and 60.5 inches! Just got measured today! I do take MRC-6.

Hmmm... I've lost 54.5 lbs and 62", I did take MRC & CT for the first 4 1/2 mo., haven't for 1 1/2 mo. and lost 10 " over last 1 1/2 mo. so I'm not 100% convinced it was all the MRC or CT but I have actually restarted it as of today after a little hiatus for my sanity. I was just so tired of all the pills, feeling better again and ready to recharge this weight loss and get off these last 45 lbs or so!!!!!

To all the sickies out there, get well soon!! You all sound terrible... I can hear the coughing and hacking through the computer screen! Take good care of yourselves and your families.

Karen1234
09-15-2009, 02:18 PM
OK all my coughing and hacking little friends... what did Mama say you needed whenever you were sick? SOUP!! Chicken Noodle soup ofcourse. And with the weather changing and fall nearly upon us, what better time to have some... Here's a recipe I came up with the other night, made it in a crock pot and was good for the whole family, not just me... Give it a try, we loved it and it was a real timesaver! Note: I added the potatoes & carrots to flavor the broth and for my family to have. These are optional and not for you to eat, LOL! I made the pot up the night before and refrigerated until the next morning, placed it in the crock pot on high all day and voila, chicken soup! I boiled the egg noodles seperately before dinner and added this to their bowls only.

Chicken Noodle Soup:
3 chicken breasts on bone skin removed
Italian Flat Leaf Parsley (prefer fresh) approx 1/2 a bunch, leaves chopped coursley
1 bundle of celery, chop 1/2 and leave rest at approx 3" length
1/2 cup green onions chopped
1 package of frozen mixed vegetables (or substitute frozen green beans)
2 Idaho baking potatoes (optional - peeled and cut into 3 pieces each)
1 Bag of Baby Carrots (optional)
paprika about 1/2 - 1 tsp
cracked pepper to taste
1/4 to 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes (to your preference as far as spicy)
sea salt to taste
Oregano 1/2 tsp
Water
1 big oval or very tall crock pot
Egg Noodles (optional)
1 tbsp olive oil

Directions: In large crock pot, pour in 1 tbsp of olive oil then place 3 chicken breasts at bottom of pot. If your crock is not wide enough, I suggest only using 2 breasts. Season with some sea salt and cracked pepper. Next Add remainder of seasonings, Oregano, Crushed red pepper flakes, paprika. Add Onions, Carrots, Celery (I like to put in the normal chopped pieces and as well as alot of large 3" pieces that are easier to fish out later for me), 3/4 to 1 Bag of frozen veggies, potatoes, fresh chopped parsley. I then seasoned again with sea salt and pepper and add water until it covered all the vegetables. Cook on High all day in crock pot. When you get home, add more water if needed and cont at low heat for next 1/2 hr. If no water needed, turn down heat to warm. Remove the 3 chicken breasts with bones, fish out any bones from in soup. Pull meat off bones and set aside. Boil Egg noodles in a pot on the stove, drain and set aside (remember kiddies, this is for the family not you). Finally, weigh out your chicken, veggies and put in a bowl. Add broth from soup. For family I put their pasta and chicken in their bowl then add the rest of the soup with veggies to it. This recipe has a little spice/zing from the crushed red pepper that is really good. If you like tomatoes, you might consider adding these as well.

I can't imagine why we can't use homemade chicken broth, it's not a lot, maybe 10 calories per cup and you can control the salt yourself.

Hope you like it!

shopgirl
09-15-2009, 04:08 PM
:hug: It will work out. I actually went to my medicine cabinate to see if I have any clear round cough pills. I have tessalon perles. The work well. But the best is Tussinex.


I like the pearls....my mom (who is a nurse, too) always gave those to me when I had "the never ending cough". Always helped.

3ducksmom
09-15-2009, 04:53 PM
:hug: It will work out. I actually went to my medicine cabinate to see if I have any clear round cough pills. I have tessalon perles. The work well. But the best is Tussinex. Has a long acting Codiene in it. Expensive as all get out, no generic :(. Don't have any of that left. Used it up with the bronchitis from earlier this summer. :(
Hang in there, the 2 lbs are probably water weight and will go away soon. Give extra love to hubby and little one. Don't forget to give some to yourself either!

Thanks for the encouragement! My center called back and put me on leave. They said they'll restart me when I'm free and clear. Not to mention I'm on liquid til this tummy thing resolves itself. So, maybe it will work out. I was a slow loser, maybe this will shake my body up a bit and kick it into gear

3ducksmom
09-15-2009, 04:56 PM
Karen, you're an angel! Guess I'll go dust off the crockpot. That sounds really yummy!

desilu0
09-15-2009, 06:41 PM
I hope everyone gets better. :getwell: I just hate it when I'm sick, I can't imagine being sick right when I start this diet. We're definately getting more positive flus at the hospital I work at. They predict this swine flu is going to be about 80 to 90 % of all positive flus this season. With that said they're strongly encouraging us healthcare workers to get the swine flu shot but since it's different than the regular shot I hope I don't come down sick afterall.

Karen that Chicken soup sounds wonderful! :hungry: I am really looking forward to fall and winter foods like soups and chilis. I might have to make that one this weekend.

By the way, I get to start the green menu on Thursday. :woohoo: I'm so excited, I get to eat tomatoes and berries and oatmeal. I never thought I would get excited about getting to eat a tomato. And no more salad for me if I don't want it. Mwahahaha. :cp:

funshine
09-15-2009, 06:54 PM
Karen, that Chicken Noodle Soup recipe sounds delish! And I love cooking in my crock pot (great for us busy moms!) I may have to try it this weekend. :D

nabeelmalik
09-15-2009, 06:54 PM
Wow sorry to read about so many people being sick, actually i feel that flu is all around us, 3 people at work sick today and i am not a 100% either myself. But i rarely get sick, so not worried.

so just came back from my WI, down 2lbs :D and just signed the 10 lb board. Just 6 more signings to go :D

kimtpa
09-15-2009, 07:11 PM
Karen,

Can't wait until January to try out the chicken soup (we should have a cold spell by then)... Love homemade soups! I got all excited when I saw carrots, potato and NOODLES then i read on....:( some day I'll get them back, just not right now, and thats what I have to keep telling myself.

Yikes sorry to hear that we have some sick people out there. Hope everyone gets better quick.

Karen1234
09-15-2009, 08:28 PM
Biggest Loser, BIggest Loser, Biggest Loser is on!! I love to watch this, always motivates me.. so excited for a new season :0)

nabeelmalik
09-15-2009, 08:33 PM
i am watching it for the first time...

leahruthie
09-15-2009, 09:30 PM
aaahhhh oh no, i didn't know the new season was starting already!!! i hope my DVR is still set to record it from last season. that show makes me cry almost every episode, lol.

also i had to add: nabeelmalik, i love your manly ticker in your signature, lol. we all have froufrou butterflies and flowers and stuff, and yours is FOOTBALL. love it.

nabeelmalik
09-15-2009, 09:41 PM
also i had to add: nabeelmalik, i love your manly ticker in your signature, lol. we all have froufrou butterflies and flowers and stuff, and yours is FOOTBALL. love it.

hey with all the ladies here, i have to keep the my manly self distinguished somehow :) And seriously i cant believe i have never watched this show before, its so motivating. Abbey's story is just... so heartbreaking.

GWE140
09-16-2009, 06:44 AM
Oh Biggest Loser was a tear spent night! Yes, Abbey's story is heartbreaking. I always get motivated by their struggles, there is a little of us all in each of them.

Dr. Oz says to take 1000mg of Vitamin D to help fight off the flu daily for an adult.

Karen1234
09-16-2009, 08:59 AM
Biggest Loser was full of emotion for sure...

Abbey's story was absolutely heartwrenching... She really is a fighter though, trying so hard to pull herself up out of the hole she's been in, trying to make sense of her life and re-making herself. Getting married and having children really redefines a person to the point of not being able to imagine life any other way or how it was before kids. You could feel how raw her emotions are and that was almost too painful to watch at certain points; I just can't even imagine how hard this is for her. I wonder if they have a grief counselor available to her to help her work through some of this while on the ranch...

I also wonder what happens to the players that are sent home early in the game, do you think they get nutritional counseling and a trainer to work with at home? I can't remember if they've done this in past shows or not.

And Tracey, I thought she was having a heat stroke, slurring her speech after passing out... what a way to start out! Hopefully she'll recover and be back soon.

And what about the biometric testing they all received... wouldn't that be awesome to have done. I would love that. I liked that bug calorie counter, measures heart rate, calories burned during exercise. Bob mentioned the key is to stay in the negative when comparing intake of calories to expendature... I wonder how negative they run these guys in order to get them to lose so quickly? Just curious.

Anyways, I agree with GWE, there's a little bit of us in each of them... I wish them all strength and resolve as they start this great journey... and I wish that for all of us too!!

leahruthie
09-16-2009, 12:24 PM
i wonder about that, too--how "negative" they go calorie-wise. but you have to imagine that they're getting plenty of calories in if they're working out that much, you know? because if they weren't, they wouldn't be losing like that. it's happened in past seasons, where someone will only lose a pound or will stay flat and the trainer will chew them out for not eating enough food.

on a related note, i would probably give anything to have jillian come smack me around for a while. i love her so very much hehe

noahsmama
09-16-2009, 09:20 PM
Is it just me or does the new Double Choc. Pudding taste totally different than the old one? I bought 2 packages on Saturday and noticed the new packaging. I had one for the first time tongiht and honestly didn't care for it. :( Argh and I so looked forward to that chocolate almost every night and now I don't know. Anyone else notice a different taste?

namaste
09-18-2009, 04:54 PM
Succeed90, I'm having the same feelings. I'm getting close to the weight I think I want to be, and I still have the flabby tummy and thighs, and now my arms are flabbier than ever, and "the girls" are really starting to look like granny's. My bust didn't develop until I was 27 and I was so proud of my "youthful" breasts (took Hormones from age 45 to 58. After I stopped, they have not been as firm but now they are positively droopy). My skin gets those fine wrinkles that "old ladies" get - hey 62 isn't old! I'm not that old yet! Did I really do the right thing? (I ask looking in the mirror!)

I know I need to exercise more - we have free weights and back in 2004, I had a nice weightlifting routine that I did for over a year before I had my second hip replacement. I can't seem to get back into it, but I need to.

I want to hear from some people who have been through this (like Namaste - you there??) After being on maintenance for 6 months, a year, do you have less loose skin? What did you do to shape up? Can you 'see' yourself as a skinny person eventually?

I really think that I am going to need the 6 weeks Stabilization and 1 year Maintenance for me to feel good about my body without the clothes. I am glad my center is close enough that I will keep going even once I have gotten down to goal weight. Let's keep talking about this, Succeed09 and not let it sabotage what we have/are accomplishing. I'm going to look for old threads that might address this. If I do, I will bump them up to the top of the list. Have a good weekend everyone, jeanette

hello! :wave: I'm here.

So, yes.... I have some loose skin.... I've got bat wings (great for flying at night) and there is also some on my thighs and my belly but no one notices that stuff. It's really only me. And, I try to view it as my war scars.... what I went through to get where I am. I have to say that I have noticed some of the loose skin tightening up; my arms (which bothered me the most) don't seem to be swaying in the wind as much! ;) And yes, my boobs.... gone. But I started taking that balancing cream they are selling there (very interesting stuff, if you haven't heard or read about it.... I'm not actively in menapause but I feel like I am likely estrogen dominant and it's really helped balance my hormones out) Anyway, back to the "ladies"; they are firming up too. I believe that is definitely from the balancing cream! What I believe is that your skin will firm up where it can, and the rest you have a choice.... you can live with it (accept this is just a part of who you are now and embrace it), or if it bothers you that much, you can change it. There are options. And for me, whatever happens, happens.... it is what it is. I would rather take some extra skin than everything that came with all that extra weight.... I also take MSM and I took corti trim while on plan, those two things did wonders for me. Oh, you have more questions I see.... to shape up; water aerobics and the gazelle were my standard go to exercise "things"; I do pilates and yoga because I love them and they tone and stretch.... and just make you feel great.... do I "see" myself as skinny? I'm still a work in progress but I don't see myself morbidly obese, obese, fat, or anything of that "stuff" anymore. I really really like what I see in the mirror. I question myself, I wonder if I could do more, I sometimes wish I had changed my life sooner but then I just listen for my father in laws voice and go back to the simplicity of it all.... it is what it is. I can't change the past, I can do my best today and today only, I can love and be loved, I can respect all things, and I can honor myself. Then, I look back in that mirror and embrace all that is me; the beauty, the happiness, the imperfections, and the wonder of me. It's my best, today. And so I would tell you; give your very best today and realize you are soooo much more that saggy skin or granny boobs! You are love and light and joy and laughter and all that is beautiful..... You will get there, I promise. Just allow yourself to let go.:hug:

namaste
09-18-2009, 05:17 PM
Is it just me or does the new Double Choc. Pudding taste totally different than the old one? I bought 2 packages on Saturday and noticed the new packaging. I had one for the first time tongiht and honestly didn't care for it. :( Argh and I so looked forward to that chocolate almost every night and now I don't know. Anyone else notice a different taste?


I haven't tried it yet but YIKES!

Fifties Lady
09-18-2009, 07:47 PM
hello! :wave: I'm here.

So, yes.... I have some loose skin.... I've got bat wings (great for flying at night) and there is also some on my thighs and my belly but no one notices that stuff. It's really only me. And, I try to view it as my war scars.... what I went through to get where I am. I have to say that I have noticed some of the loose skin tightening up; my arms (which bothered me the most) don't seem to be swaying in the wind as much! ;) And yes, my boobs.... gone. But I started taking that balancing cream they are selling there (very interesting stuff, if you haven't heard or read about it.... I'm not actively in menapause but I feel like I am likely estrogen dominant and it's really helped balance my hormones out) Anyway, back to the "ladies"; they are firming up too. I believe that is definitely from the balancing cream! What I believe is that your skin will firm up where it can, and the rest you have a choice.... you can live with it (accept this is just a part of who you are now and embrace it), or if it bothers you that much, you can change it. There are options. And for me, whatever happens, happens.... it is what it is. I would rather take some extra skin than everything that came with all that extra weight.... I also take MSM and I took corti trim while on plan, those two things did wonders for me. Oh, you have more questions I see.... to shape up; water aerobics and the gazelle were my standard go to exercise "things"; I do pilates and yoga because I love them and they tone and stretch.... and just make you feel great.... do I "see" myself as skinny? I'm still a work in progress but I don't see myself morbidly obese, obese, fat, or anything of that "stuff" anymore. I really really like what I see in the mirror. I question myself, I wonder if I could do more, I sometimes wish I had changed my life sooner but then I just listen for my father in laws voice and go back to the simplicity of it all.... it is what it is. I can't change the past, I can do my best today and today only, I can love and be loved, I can respect all things, and I can honor myself. Then, I look back in that mirror and embrace all that is me; the beauty, the happiness, the imperfections, and the wonder of me. It's my best, today. And so I would tell you; give your very best today and realize you are soooo much more that saggy skin or granny boobs! You are love and light and joy and laughter and all that is beautiful..... You will get there, I promise. Just allow yourself to let go.:hug:

Namaste....thank you for sharing all this with us....I think we all could learn so much from you.. You are a great writer....I still love your story on your website. If any of you newbies who haven't read it, please do. But grab a box of tissues when you do. :hug:

llaura33
09-19-2009, 10:54 AM
Hi all. Am relatively new to this blog. Tried posting back in August when I first started with MRC but my posting failed. :( Anyway, been on the program for 5 weeks now and have lost 16 lbs. I started the MetaQuick Plus program for the coming week to help me come off of my first (& hopefully last) plateau. Any suggestions on how to consume/mix the veggie powder and chocolate powder that I'm supposed to have with my lunch?

funshine
09-19-2009, 10:58 AM
I'm psyching myself up for some good workouts this weekend. I'm 3 lbs away from the personal goal I set for myself to be at today. It was a very reasonable goal - but my weight loss seems to be slowing. It's rained here every day this week so I couldn't go jogging. I'm going to find a good cardio workout On Demand and do that instead (when my hubby and son aren't home so we don't get the giggles at me hopping around like a crazy person :D)

I've cut out creamies and upped my water. I do feel hungry a lot during the day so I wonder if my body thinks it's in starvation mode? My hubby and I want to throw an 80's-themed Halloween Bash and I want to feel fit and healthy so I can totally rock the neon! ;)

I recorded The Biggest Loser earlier this week and finally had a chance to sit down and watch it last night. It's the first time I've watched the show and there were tears off and on the whole show. It takes courage to change your life and they definitely have courage for doing it on national television! Although, I wouldn't like Jillian yelling in my face all the time. I'm a little feisty and the first time she cussed in my face we might have a brawl, lol :p I love everyone's stories. There are some I'm rooting for a little more than the others. I would love to know Abby in person. Some of the things she says are so insightful, which I'm sure comes from the strength you gain from personal tragedy. I bet her students adore her. They'll all be inspiration and motivation to me this season.

reuselady
09-19-2009, 04:00 PM
hello! :wave: I'm here.

So, yes.... I have some loose skin.... I've got bat wings (great for flying at night) and there is also some on my thighs and my belly but no one notices that stuff. It's really only me. And, I try to view it as my war scars.... what I went through to get where I am. I have to say that I have noticed some of the loose skin tightening up; my arms (which bothered me the most) don't seem to be swaying in the wind as much! ;) And yes, my boobs.... gone. But I started taking that balancing cream they are selling there (very interesting stuff, if you haven't heard or read about it.... I'm not actively in menapause but I feel like I am likely estrogen dominant and it's really helped balance my hormones out) Anyway, back to the "ladies"; they are firming up too. I believe that is definitely from the balancing cream! What I believe is that your skin will firm up where it can, and the rest you have a choice.... you can live with it (accept this is just a part of who you are now and embrace it), or if it bothers you that much, you can change it. There are options. And for me, whatever happens, happens.... it is what it is. I would rather take some extra skin than everything that came with all that extra weight.... I also take MSM and I took corti trim while on plan, those two things did wonders for me. Oh, you have more questions I see.... to shape up; water aerobics and the gazelle were my standard go to exercise "things"; I do pilates and yoga because I love them and they tone and stretch.... and just make you feel great.... do I "see" myself as skinny? I'm still a work in progress but I don't see myself morbidly obese, obese, fat, or anything of that "stuff" anymore. I really really like what I see in the mirror. I question myself, I wonder if I could do more, I sometimes wish I had changed my life sooner but then I just listen for my father in laws voice and go back to the simplicity of it all.... it is what it is. I can't change the past, I can do my best today and today only, I can love and be loved, I can respect all things, and I can honor myself. Then, I look back in that mirror and embrace all that is me; the beauty, the happiness, the imperfections, and the wonder of me. It's my best, today. And so I would tell you; give your very best today and realize you are soooo much more that saggy skin or granny boobs! You are love and light and joy and laughter and all that is beautiful..... You will get there, I promise. Just allow yourself to let go.:hug:

I'm so glad to hear from you Namaste! You definitely were / are an inspiration to me. When I first started reading 3FC posts looking for the 'trick' or 'hoax' to MRC, I read your testimonial and cried and cheered and (virtually) hugged you through it. I check your blog occasionally to see if there are any updates but it is even better to get a post from you here.

I really am accepting of my body - being tall, I've always been able to carry my weight but I knew I needed to get to a healthier weight as I got older. I love yoga and that will probably be what helps me tone up - that and twice a week in the warm water therapy pool doing an hour of exercises - maybe even swimming laps if I can build up the stamina. I will check out the balancing cream and see if they recommend it for me.

You are so right, we do what we can when we can. All our previous experiences make us who/what we are today. I appreciate your FIL's motto " it is what it is " . Thank you for sharing him with us; your family is lucky to have had such a wonderful man and you are so blessed to love and be loved by his son. Thank you for checking in on us and sharing your experiences with us. Have a glorious autumn - celebrate each and every day. Namaste, Namaste.

jeanette

namaste
09-19-2009, 11:27 PM
Namaste....thank you for sharing all this with us....I think we all could learn so much from you.. You are a great writer....I still love your story on your website. If any of you newbies who haven't read it, please do. But grab a box of tissues when you do. :hug:

You are welcome! :hug: I just love everyone here, and what a wonderful support system we have in this forum.... Have a great weekend :D

namaste
09-19-2009, 11:45 PM
I'm so glad to hear from you Namaste! You definitely were / are an inspiration to me. When I first started reading 3FC posts looking for the 'trick' or 'hoax' to MRC, I read your testimonial and cried and cheered and (virtually) hugged you through it. I check your blog occasionally to see if there are any updates but it is even better to get a post from you here.

I really am accepting of my body - being tall, I've always been able to carry my weight but I knew I needed to get to a healthier weight as I got older. I love yoga and that will probably be what helps me tone up - that and twice a week in the warm water therapy pool doing an hour of exercises - maybe even swimming laps if I can build up the stamina. I will check out the balancing cream and see if they recommend it for me.

You are so right, we do what we can when we can. All our previous experiences make us who/what we are today. I appreciate your FIL's motto " it is what it is " . Thank you for sharing him with us; your family is lucky to have had such a wonderful man and you are so blessed to love and be loved by his son. Thank you for checking in on us and sharing your experiences with us. Have a glorious autumn - celebrate each and every day. Namaste, Namaste.

jeanette

Thanks! I try to stop by every week (would love to be around every day but work is just too busy right now) and check in with all my favorite people.... and of course, my favorite forum! Thank you for the compliments and even more than that, thank you for the wonderful virtual hugs; those are some of the best!:hug:

Yoga is great to get toned and I think it just forces you to slowwww down and be. I love it and it really does work well so that's even better. Honestly, just do what you love and the rest will come. I hate being forced to exercise; I end up revolting and it's not pretty. However, I also know we need it so I choose to find things that I enjoy. Hence, swimming, pilates and yoga.... and of course, ole' faithful.... gazelle (and I have to admit on that one; it's just convenient.... I don't love the gazelle; I can however watch my favorite recorded shows while cruising along so it's a win win there;))

And yes, everything that has happened along the way has shaped us into what and who we are today.... the good, the bad and the ugly. I'm so happy to have been able to share him with all of you too; he was an amazing man, and I was so lucky to have him in my life. And that hot son of his; I'll tell ya.... I won BIG! ;) Can I also say; thank you. Thank you for being you, and for coming into my life when you have.... and sharing my journey with me (and in turn allowing me to share in your journey). What a fabulous journey we are all on here together!

You have a wonderful weekend, I'll be around.... lurking in the corner.... bat wings and all! ;)

Talk to you soon! And, namaste.

Denise

leahruthie
09-20-2009, 12:20 AM
I recorded The Biggest Loser earlier this week and finally had a chance to sit down and watch it last night. It's the first time I've watched the show and there were tears off and on the whole show. It takes courage to change your life and they definitely have courage for doing it on national television! Although, I wouldn't like Jillian yelling in my face all the time. I'm a little feisty and the first time she cussed in my face we might have a brawl, lol :p I love everyone's stories. There are some I'm rooting for a little more than the others. I would love to know Abby in person. Some of the things she says are so insightful, which I'm sure comes from the strength you gain from personal tragedy. I bet her students adore her. They'll all be inspiration and motivation to me this season.

hah, i almost think we should start a biggest loser discussion thread. i love this show!! i too was crying off and on throughout the episode... which is pretty much the case of every episode of this show, actually hehe :) my boyfriend won't even watch it with me because he gets weirded out by how much i cry :P but i just connect with it all so much!!

and i for one would LOVE LOVE LOVE to have jillian in my face screaming ;)

Lori123321
09-20-2009, 02:26 AM
Just had a great family night with the boys, even the oldest one hung out with us. We went looking for halloween costumes. I actually got a regular one and it was not skin tight or awkward looking! Then had dinner and a movie. Arranged dinner before subjecting myself to popcorn or chocolate covered almonds! Hint the movie Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs was great but made me so hungry! Got momentary cravings for all kinds of things!

Dolly
09-20-2009, 07:46 AM
Halloween is my favorite holiday!!

I'm going to be Marie Antoinette this year!

leahruthie, a friend of mine is on The Biggest Loser so I have inside information. I've never watched it before but I'll have to start now.

funshine, I'm not motivated by people yelling at me either. I much prefer the sweet support we give each other here.

llaura33
09-20-2009, 09:17 AM
Well, in spite of no response to my posting yesterday, I thought I would share that the veggie powder is not gross. It does have a strong spearmint flavor to it so I would recommend putting it with something that it won't clash with. I love the green tea cranberry HNC and think it would taste good with it. Today I will put it with my creamy cocoa for a lovely minty chocolate drink.

Yesterday was day 1 on Meta Quick. I also decided to take a "short" road trip which ended up being 6 hours long! While I did take along a HNC in case I wasn't back for my dinner time, I didn't eat dinner until around 9:30 p.m. and had a huge headache by then. I don't think I'll be trying 7 and 1/2 hours in between lunch and dinner again while I'm on Meta Quick.

I'll try another question and see if anyone answers me this time. Does anyone else feel like they have a fever (hot) from time to time? I'm past menopause (went through it in my early 40's) so I know they are not hot flashes. I wondered if this was part of the ketosis process.

Hope to hear from someone...

Phat not Fat
09-20-2009, 01:05 PM
I'll try another question and see if anyone answers me this time. Does anyone else feel like they have a fever (hot) from time to time? I'm past menopause (went through it in my early 40's) so I know they are not hot flashes. I wondered if this was part of the ketosis process.

Hope to hear from someone...

Laura --

Sorry I didn't respond to your first request. I don't use that product.

I can, however, respond to your last question with a similar story. I'd begun the wonder journey of menopause in January of 2005 (surgically-induced). I was on an ERT patch for about 2 1/2 years after that, then weaned myself off of them and only experienced an occasional night sweat.

About a week into the MRC program, I began 'training for the inferno of ****', as my sister puts it. I asked one of the MRC counselors about this and she pretty much poo-pooed the idea that either the supplements (including MRC-6) or simply the change in diet had any correlation with the new crop of hot flashes. (And yes, they were definite hot flashes, identified by the very odd sweating on the front of my thighs and the feeling that the top of my head is throwing off three-foot flames.)

I'm currently on day 56 and the flashes have dwindled from a couple dozen a day to maybe two. I'm still convinced there's a connection, but so far, I'm unable to link the two.

-- JJ

leahruthie
09-20-2009, 01:42 PM
Halloween is my favorite holiday!!

I'm going to be Marie Antoinette this year!

leahruthie, a friend of mine is on The Biggest Loser so I have inside information. I've never watched it before but I'll have to start now.

funshine, I'm not motivated by people yelling at me either. I much prefer the sweet support we give each other here.

OOOH! who's your friend?? i'd love some insider dirt, hehe ;)

Fifties Lady
09-20-2009, 02:02 PM
Laura --

Sorry I didn't respond to your first request. I don't use that product.

I can, however, respond to your last question with a similar story. I'd begun the wonder journey of menopause in January of 2005 (surgically-induced). I was on an ERT patch for about 2 1/2 years after that, then weaned myself off of them and only experienced an occasional night sweat.

About a week into the MRC program, I began 'training for the inferno of ****', as my sister puts it. I asked one of the MRC counselors about this and she pretty much poo-pooed the idea that either the supplements (including MRC-6) or simply the change in diet had any correlation with the new crop of hot flashes. (And yes, they were definite hot flashes, identified by the very odd sweating on the front of my thighs and the feeling that the top of my head is throwing off three-foot flames.)

I'm currently on day 56 and the flashes have dwindled from a couple dozen a day to maybe two. I'm still convinced there's a connection, but so far, I'm unable to link the two.

-- JJ

PNF and Laura,

That has happened to me also. Very strange, I was blaming it on the flu bug I had, but I thought towards the end, I still shouldn't be feverish. I am not taking anything from MRC but the HNS's. Surely the HNS's can't be doing this. There is nothing in them that would cause that would there be?

noahsmama
09-20-2009, 02:17 PM
Halloween is my favorite holiday!!

I'm going to be Marie Antoinette this year!

leahruthie, a friend of mine is on The Biggest Loser so I have inside information. I've never watched it before but I'll have to start now.

funshine, I'm not motivated by people yelling at me either. I much prefer the sweet support we give each other here.

I know who your friend is :) What inside info do you have, do tell!

Lori123321
09-20-2009, 03:30 PM
Well, in spite of no response to my posting yesterday, I thought I would share that the veggie powder is not gross. It does have a strong spearmint flavor to it so I would recommend putting it with something that it won't clash with. I love the green tea cranberry HNC and think it would taste good with it. Today I will put it with my creamy cocoa for a lovely minty chocolate drink.

Yesterday was day 1 on Meta Quick. I also decided to take a "short" road trip which ended up being 6 hours long! While I did take along a HNC in case I wasn't back for my dinner time, I didn't eat dinner until around 9:30 p.m. and had a huge headache by then. I don't think I'll be trying 7 and 1/2 hours in between lunch and dinner again while I'm on Meta Quick.

I'll try another question and see if anyone answers me this time. Does anyone else feel like they have a fever (hot) from time to time? I'm past menopause (went through it in my early 40's) so I know they are not hot flashes. I wondered if this was part of the ketosis process.

Hope to hear from someone...

Sorry I didn't respond, have never used the powders so I didn't know. Was hoping someone else had and could give you some info. About the hot flashes, it makes sense to me that it is diet related. Our fat cells store hormones and when we are losing weight and releasing that stored fat, the hormones come out as well. For me, I went several extra weeks w/o my TOM. Then it lasted almost 2 weeks when it did show! Others have had other disruptions in cycles. So, since hot flashes are hormone induced and now you are having a flood of hormones from the weight loss, I think it could be connected.

Fifties Lady
09-20-2009, 05:49 PM
Sorry I didn't respond, have never used the powders so I didn't know. Was hoping someone else had and could give you some info. About the hot flashes, it makes sense to me that it is diet related. Our fat cells store hormones and when we are losing weight and releasing that stored fat, the hormones come out as well. For me, I went several extra weeks w/o my TOM. Then it lasted almost 2 weeks when it did show! Others have had other disruptions in cycles. So, since hot flashes are hormone induced and now you are having a flood of hormones from the weight loss, I think it could be connected.

Lori, this makes sense to me. It's so nice to have you and Karen with such great medical expertise on here....it really helps....plus you don't charge for your advice....I do like that!!! But then you know, you could bill be anytime you know. :D

Lori123321
09-20-2009, 08:50 PM
Lori, this makes sense to me. It's so nice to have you and Karen with such great medical expertise on here....it really helps....plus you don't charge for your advice....I do like that!!! But then you know, you could bill be anytime you know. :D
You earn your keep by keeping an eye on us! Went out and got the bellydancing dvd and this cute little belt with all the coins to shake during the workout. I guess this is where the phrase shake your moneymaker comes from! I tried on one of the full outfits and think I want one when I reach goal. It was really cute. :belly:

funshine
09-20-2009, 10:29 PM
Bellydancing -- how fun! :D

Has anyone tried Zumba? I keep hearing about it and it makes me want to go try a class. I love to dance!

E4FEwife
09-21-2009, 07:03 PM
So... I was wondering if anyone on here has ever tried spaghetti squash with some butter buds & splenda. It is yummy and an easy way to get your veggies in.

shopgirl
09-21-2009, 07:58 PM
So... I was wondering if anyone on here has ever tried spaghetti squash with some butter buds & splenda. It is yummy and an easy way to get your veggies in.

yeah---I like that. I didn't try it w/a sweetner, though (I use Stevia instead of Splenda). Maybe I'll try that next time. I have some spaghetti squash in the fridge.

I tried the tuna casserole in the MRC cookbook tonight!! Yummy!!! Highly recommend it (I did miss that taste of cream of mushroom soup and eggnoodles that usually go w/tuna casserole, but it did the job) ;)

Karen1234
09-21-2009, 08:47 PM
hello! :wave: I'm here.

So, yes.... I have some loose skin.... I've got bat wings (great for flying at night) and there is also some on my thighs and my belly but no one notices that stuff. It's really only me. And, I try to view it as my war scars.... what I went through to get where I am. I have to say that I have noticed some of the loose skin tightening up; my arms (which bothered me the most) don't seem to be swaying in the wind as much! ;) And yes, my boobs.... gone. But I started taking that balancing cream they are selling there (very interesting stuff, if you haven't heard or read about it.... I'm not actively in menapause but I feel like I am likely estrogen dominant and it's really helped balance my hormones out) Anyway, back to the "ladies"; they are firming up too. I believe that is definitely from the balancing cream! What I believe is that your skin will firm up where it can, and the rest you have a choice.... you can live with it (accept this is just a part of who you are now and embrace it), or if it bothers you that much, you can change it. There are options. And for me, whatever happens, happens.... it is what it is. I would rather take some extra skin than everything that came with all that extra weight.... I also take MSM and I took corti trim while on plan, those two things did wonders for me. Oh, you have more questions I see.... to shape up; water aerobics and the gazelle were my standard go to exercise "things"; I do pilates and yoga because I love them and they tone and stretch.... and just make you feel great.... do I "see" myself as skinny? I'm still a work in progress but I don't see myself morbidly obese, obese, fat, or anything of that "stuff" anymore. I really really like what I see in the mirror. I question myself, I wonder if I could do more, I sometimes wish I had changed my life sooner but then I just listen for my father in laws voice and go back to the simplicity of it all.... it is what it is. I can't change the past, I can do my best today and today only, I can love and be loved, I can respect all things, and I can honor myself. Then, I look back in that mirror and embrace all that is me; the beauty, the happiness, the imperfections, and the wonder of me. It's my best, today. And so I would tell you; give your very best today and realize you are soooo much more that saggy skin or granny boobs! You are love and light and joy and laughter and all that is beautiful..... You will get there, I promise. Just allow yourself to let go.:hug:

I too have the bat wings... They wave at me when I raise my arms, never thought I would have these but I do, I'm hoping these will continue to improve, ofcourse I need to add some tricep exercises to help it along :0) Truthfully, I kind of amused by these, I've never been skinny enough to have it before so it's almost a happy thing to see. I agree with the always insightful Namaste, it's apart of me and the journey I've been through. It reminds me of where I came from and where I never want to go again.

So... I was wondering if anyone on here has ever tried spaghetti squash with some butter buds & splenda. It is yummy and an easy way to get your veggies in.

Hmmm... never thought of that... might try it...

Bellydancing -- how fun! :D

Has anyone tried Zumba? I keep hearing about it and it makes me want to go try a class. I love to dance!

I have not but have always wanted to. I've heard it can really kick your butt but is a ton and a half of fun, fun, fun!! Hope you try it..

You earn your keep by keeping an eye on us! Went out and got the bellydancing dvd and this cute little belt with all the coins to shake during the workout. I guess this is where the phrase shake your moneymaker comes from! I tried on one of the full outfits and think I want one when I reach goal. It was really cute. :belly:

You are so adventerous these days! Sounds like alot of fun and alot of belly trimming movement ... let us know how it goes :0)

leahruthie
09-22-2009, 10:09 AM
i am having a rough week this week, guys. between the forced off-plan moments this weekend and having my lady visitor, i feel like a giant! i'm up a pound or two, despite drinking a TON of water so far this week, and i am feeling super discouraged.

has anyone ever seen the never ending story? i feel like artax, giving into the sadness and sinking into the mud hehe... (man i just revealed what a gigantic dork i am)

TeresaG
09-22-2009, 10:37 AM
You earn your keep by keeping an eye on us! Went out and got the bellydancing dvd and this cute little belt with all the coins to shake during the workout. I guess this is where the phrase shake your moneymaker comes from! I tried on one of the full outfits and think I want one when I reach goal. It was really cute. :belly:

You have to share where you got your dvd and belt. I've always thought belly dancing would be fun.

Lori123321
09-22-2009, 10:47 AM
You have to share where you got your dvd and belt. I've always thought belly dancing would be fun.
At the Chapel Hills Mall in Springs there is an Everest Tibet Imports store. They have all kinds of neat asian items. I saw a video there once but didn't think of it until one of the nurses I work with was talking about the class she took. So she told me to start working on my core by doing figure 8's with my hips and not move the upper part of my body. Well, before you know it, here were all us night nurses gathered at the desk trying move our hips in a figure 8. The night nursing supervisor thinks we're nuts. Probably not far from the truth!

Fifties Lady
09-22-2009, 11:12 AM
At the Chapel Hills Mall in Springs there is an Everest Tibet Imports store. They have all kinds of neat asian items. I saw a video there once but didn't think of it until one of the nurses I work with was talking about the class she took. So she told me to start working on my core by doing figure 8's with my hips and not move the upper part of my body. Well, before you know it, here were all us night nurses gathered at the desk trying move our hips in a figure 8. The night nursing supervisor thinks we're nuts. Probably not far from the truth!

I am picturing this with a smile!!! Good for you...go for it...I'm sure you are sexy doing it too. :carrot:

Fifties Lady
09-22-2009, 11:14 AM
i am having a rough week this week, guys. between the forced off-plan moments this weekend and having my lady visitor, i feel like a giant! i'm up a pound or two, despite drinking a TON of water so far this week, and i am feeling super discouraged.

has anyone ever seen the never ending story? i feel like artax, giving into the sadness and sinking into the mud hehe... (man i just revealed what a gigantic dork i am)

Leahruthie, hang in there. Blame it all on TOM!!!! It will soon be over and you will have a nice loss. It just takes awhile, I'm still fighting my two week set back....it really can mess you up. But we will get past it and start to have 2-3 pound losses again. Besides, the inches are showing it....just keep remembering your "small jeans" you got into....that was your motive!!! :hug:

funshine
09-22-2009, 01:57 PM
I went to WI today and had a nice long chat with the counselor about my loss being so slow. We reviewed everything. My food sheet, workout routine, menu, everything. She thinks I need a jumpstart. So we got my doc to sign off on the All Day Weight Loss and I’ll start that tomorrow. She also switched me to the Meta Quick menu for 3 days and I also got some Liquid Minerals. I can use the Meta Quick menu a couple of days a week after this if I choose, as long as I don’t do it more than 7 days in a month. I really like the option of having a shake for lunch instead of having to plan and bring my lunch to work.

With all this I am really hoping to rev up my metabolism and start seeing better loss numbers on the scale. I was only down 1.5 lb total this week.

I dropped a boat load of money on all this (ADWL, Liquid Min, shakes, HNS), so it better do something! :D

Karen1234
09-22-2009, 08:09 PM
At the Chapel Hills Mall in Springs there is an Everest Tibet Imports store. They have all kinds of neat asian items. I saw a video there once but didn't think of it until one of the nurses I work with was talking about the class she took. So she told me to start working on my core by doing figure 8's with my hips and not move the upper part of my body. Well, before you know it, here were all us night nurses gathered at the desk trying move our hips in a figure 8. The night nursing supervisor thinks we're nuts. Probably not far from the truth!

LOL, that cracks me up...figure 8's at the nurses station...I love seeing others having fun and might of joined in if I rounded at your hospital, ofcourse my rounds are at 7 am not 11 pm! I think that would be a fun way to work on those abs, better than those darn crunches I did last night!!

Dolly
09-22-2009, 08:58 PM
funshine, I'm going to ask to do the Meta QuicK too. Can you do it for seven days in a row or just a few days?

I know people have had variable results with it, but it sounds appealing to me.

funshine
09-22-2009, 09:22 PM
funshine, I'm going to ask to do the Meta QuicK too. Can you do it for seven days in a row or just a few days?

I know people have had variable results with it, but it sounds appealing to me.

Hi little edie - it is my understanding that you can do it 7 days straight or do a few days here and there - just as long as you don't do more than 7 days in a month. Good luck! :hug:

I'm trying the chocolate shakes for the first time tomorrow - I hope they're good...and filling!

noahsmama
09-23-2009, 06:07 PM
Today marks 150 days OP and I got measured and have lost a total of 65 inches! I just can't believe it. I lost 8.25 inches in the last month, 7 of which came from my bottom half which is exactly where I want/need to lose! I'm very excited at that fact because I've been doing the C25k program (on week 5) and that just proves that it works! Just had to share.

kimtpa
09-23-2009, 06:28 PM
Today marks 150 days OP and I got measured and have lost a total of 65 inches! I just can't believe it. I lost 8.25 inches in the last month, 7 of which came from my bottom half which is exactly where I want/need to lose! I'm very excited at that fact because I've been doing the C25k program (on week 5) and that just proves that it works! Just had to share.

Way to go noahsmoma! 65 inches is awesome, I only have to lose another 54 inches to catch up to you..lol Be proud of your accomplishments all of your hard work is paying off.

Ok I am new to the diet and forum what is C25k? I've done a pretty good job of figuring out some of the lingo but not all.

TeresaG
09-23-2009, 06:31 PM
Way to go noahsmoma! 65 inches is awesome, I only have to lose another 54 inches to catch up to you..lol Be proud of your accomplishments all of your hard work is paying off.

Ok I am new to the diet and forum what is C25k? I've done a pretty good job of figuring out some of the lingo but not all.

The C25k is a running program to get you from the Couch to running a 5k. There is a thread for those doing MRC and also doing the C25k.

TeresaG
09-23-2009, 06:32 PM
Way to go noahsmoma! 65 inches is awesome, I only have to lose another 54 inches to catch up to you..lol Be proud of your accomplishments all of your hard work is paying off.

Ok I am new to the diet and forum what is C25k? I've done a pretty good job of figuring out some of the lingo but not all.


Here is the link to the thread.

http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/metabolic-research-center/158877-mrc-couch-5k-info.html

nabeelmalik
09-23-2009, 08:27 PM
just came back from a WI and i am down 3.5 lbs :)

for some reason when driving back it hit me all of a sudden that i lost 16, SIXTEEN, S I X T E E N pounds in 23 days. Call me a softie, but i started crying like a little baby.

I know this is nothing compared to all of you great people here, but for me its a big deal, a very big deal.

just wanted to get that out of my system.

leahruthie
09-23-2009, 08:32 PM
just came back from a WI and i am down 3.5 lbs :)

for some reason when driving back it hit me all of a sudden that i lost 16, SIXTEEN, S I X T E E N pounds in 23 days. Call me a softie, but i started crying like a little baby.

I know this is nothing compared to all of you great people here, but for me its a big deal, a very big deal.

just wanted to get that out of my system.

awwwwww :D good for you!!

shopgirl
09-23-2009, 08:40 PM
just came back from a WI and i am down 3.5 lbs :)
for some reason when driving back it hit me all of a sudden that i lost 16, SIXTEEN, S I X T E E N pounds in 23 days. Call me a softie, but i started crying like a little baby.



Way to go!! :congrat:

I don't think anything is strange about you crying.....I think when I see 179, I'll start crying at the center! I don't know if I'll make it to the car! Haven't seen that number in 5-6 yrs! I think your victory is awesome and I can't wait to shed tears of my own! ")

noahsmama
09-23-2009, 09:26 PM
just came back from a WI and i am down 3.5 lbs :)

for some reason when driving back it hit me all of a sudden that i lost 16, SIXTEEN, S I X T E E N pounds in 23 days. Call me a softie, but i started crying like a little baby.

I know this is nothing compared to all of you great people here, but for me its a big deal, a very big deal.

just wanted to get that out of my system.

Don't apologize! That's huge!! Congrats and keep up the great work!

funshine
09-23-2009, 10:36 PM
for some reason when driving back it hit me all of a sudden that i lost 16, SIXTEEN, S I X T E E N pounds in 23 days.

Way to go! That's amazing progress! :cp:

leahruthie
09-23-2009, 10:37 PM
Way to go!! :congrat:

I don't think anything is strange about you crying.....I think when I see 179, I'll start crying at the center! I don't know if I'll make it to the car! Haven't seen that number in 5-6 yrs! I think your victory is awesome and I can't wait to shed tears of my own! ")

agreed, i think by the time i finally bid adieu to my 180s (seriously, it's taking FOREVER), i will be so overcome that i'll undoubtedly do something embarrassing--cry, hoot & holler, whatever. ;)

nabeelmalik
09-23-2009, 10:47 PM
Thanks all :) I set my self a goal, i am going for 20 lbs in 30 days. I will be travelling alot in October, so i am worried October wont be as good as this month was, but first things first, 7 days to go, 4 lbs. i am gonna DO this!

funshine
09-23-2009, 10:48 PM
I just started taking ADWL yesterday and yowza can I tell a difference in energy and also my appetite. I didn't even sleep well last night...it kept me up. I'm hoping I get used to it and don't continue to have a sleep problem. Was anyone else affected this way?? :tired:

Lori123321
09-24-2009, 03:18 AM
just came back from a WI and i am down 3.5 lbs :)

for some reason when driving back it hit me all of a sudden that i lost 16, SIXTEEN, S I X T E E N pounds in 23 days. Call me a softie, but i started crying like a little baby.

I know this is nothing compared to all of you great people here, but for me its a big deal, a very big deal.

just wanted to get that out of my system.

:hug: This is such an emotional journey. Great job! Go ahead and cry, let out any of those feelings that have been bottling up inside.

funshine
09-24-2009, 11:37 AM
I couldn't get to sleep last night either. :(

I started taking ADWL and Liquid Minerals (in pill form) at the same time...I wonder which one it is that's keeping me up.

E4FEwife
09-24-2009, 12:17 PM
agreed, i think by the time i finally bid adieu to my 180s (seriously, it's taking FOREVER), i will be so overcome that i'll undoubtedly do something embarrassing--cry, hoot & holler, whatever. ;)

Ha! I'm not sure at what point it was but I had actually did some high "cheerleader-ish" kicks one day I was so excited, the entire staff at MRC was cracking up at me. :dizzy:

leahruthie
09-24-2009, 12:42 PM
Ha! I'm not sure at what point it was but I had actually did some high "cheerleader-ish" kicks one day I was so excited, the entire staff at MRC was cracking up at me. :dizzy:

hah, nice!! i can definitely see myself doing something like that ;) although, not any time soon, considering the way this week has gone. *sigh*

Karen1234
09-24-2009, 02:46 PM
Thanks all :) I set my self a goal, i am going for 20 lbs in 30 days. I will be travelling alot in October, so i am worried October wont be as good as this month was, but first things first, 7 days to go, 4 lbs. i am gonna DO this!


That is an awesome goal and I'm rooting you on!! As for the 16 lbs you've already lost... CONGRATULATIONS! Keep up the good work :0)

kimtpa
09-25-2009, 08:17 PM
Did my WI today, down 4 lbs, I just need to loose 1 more to hit my September goal of 15 lbs gone! Hopefully I will have another good week:cheer:

Lori123321
09-25-2009, 10:02 PM
Did my WI today, down 4 lbs, I just need to loose 1 more to hit my September goal of 15 lbs gone! Hopefully I will have another good week:cheer:

Great Job. Dash that one pound into the ground! My attempt at cheering. :o

crested1
09-26-2009, 11:53 AM
All,
I wish all of you the best in your weight loss journey, however, after another attempt at MRC, I have a bunch of HNS that I would like to get out of my cabinet.

Please send me a PM and I will be more than happy to give you a list of what I have.

Thanks
Kristie

shopgirl
09-27-2009, 01:33 AM
I just started taking ADWL yesterday and yowza can I tell a difference in energy and also my appetite. I didn't even sleep well last night...it kept me up. I'm hoping I get used to it and don't continue to have a sleep problem. Was anyone else affected this way?? :tired:

Hmmm.....not sure why you couldn't sleep. I had major sleep issues....ambien, lunesta---NOTHING worked for me! BUT as soon as I started the ADWL, I started sleeping a lot better. I don't take the liq minerals past 2-3pm, though. Maybe that made a difference for you (if you took them late). Just a thought! I do love my ADWL....good luck w/it!

shopgirl
09-27-2009, 01:34 AM
Oh, btw.....does anyone know how I change my ticker? I weighed in today and I lost another 2 lbs! Woo hoo!!!! So, I'm at 183 which is 12 lbs lost. I've tried a couple of times to change it but maybe I'm just exhausted and can't focus! LOL! Anyhow, thanks for any suggestions! :)

Lori123321
09-27-2009, 05:01 AM
Oh, btw.....does anyone know how I change my ticker? I weighed in today and I lost another 2 lbs! Woo hoo!!!! So, I'm at 183 which is 12 lbs lost. I've tried a couple of times to change it but maybe I'm just exhausted and can't focus! LOL! Anyhow, thanks for any suggestions! :)

Know what you mean about the exhausted part! To change your ticker, go to the User CP and click on edit signature. Then just change the current weight number. It is in a different order then the one below your name. To change that go to edit profile.
Good Job on the loses!

shopgirl
09-27-2009, 01:28 PM
Know what you mean about the exhausted part! To change your ticker, go to the User CP and click on edit signature. Then just change the current weight number. It is in a different order then the one below your name. To change that go to edit profile.
Good Job on the loses!

Thx, Lori! I did it! :D I am sooo glad to have a few days off. I read on another thread about you working the 3 NIGHTS in a row and then the craziness that ensued! You're a super woman! I worked nights for 3 months and then got to go to DAYS. Much better for me....although, I miss my "night girls"....we had so much fun! I work in Newborn Nursery/NICU/Lactation. What area are you in?