WW Clubs and Groups - #225 Bale of Turtles Giving Thanks

11-15-2009, 07:07 PM
:welcome3: :carrot: We are the Turtle Group here at www.3fatchicks.com. We welcome you to join us as we work toward good health and fitness in a persistent manner. As our inspiration, we use the race between the turtle and the hare where the turtle was the victor because he didn't give up. We believe in keepin' on even when the odds are against us. We believe in giving each other support. Good luck to us all!
(for Lin and Lauren)

11-16-2009, 07:13 PM
Low Calorie Pumpkin Pie Recipe

For the crust:
- 4 oz reduced-fat cinnamon graham crackers
- 2 Tbsp light butter, melted (I suggest Brummel and Brown)
- 2 large egg white
- 1 Tbsp packed light brown sugar
- 1 tsp light Pancake Syrup (I used Aunt Jemima Butter Light Syrup)

For the pie filling:
- 1 1/4 cup canned pumpkin
- 1 large egg
- 2 tbsp light Pancake Syrup (I used Aunt Jemima Butter Light Syrup)
- 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
- 1/4 tsp table salt
- 1/2 cup fat-free evaporated milk
- Top with a dollop of Fat-Free Reddi-Whip whipped cream

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a food processor, combine graham crackers and light brown sugar, and process into fine crumbs. In a small bowl, combine the crumbs and the melted butter, and pancake syrup, and mix with hands. Then transfer to an ungreased 9 pie pan, and distribute crust mixture evenly, pressing it against the pan with your hands. Put in the fridge and chill for 40 minutes. Then, bake about 8-10 minutes, or until the pie crust starts to turn that yummy golden brown.

In a large bowl, whip egg whites into a soft peak, using an electric mixer. Fold in remaining ingredients (except the whipped cream). Beat the mixture until smooth, creamy and lump free, and pour into your pie shell. Bake for about 45-50 minutes, or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool for 5-10 minutes. Cut into 8 even slices and top with a nice dollop of the Fat Free Whipped Cream. Enjoy!

Total servings per recipe: 8
Serving size = 1 slice
Each serving = 3 Point Value

11-16-2009, 11:27 PM
looks good!
Judy :chef:

11-17-2009, 12:41 PM
I am still here ladies. Not doing well at all on the weightloss front but i am still here.

11-17-2009, 05:25 PM
Hi turtles - I am still here as well. Been sick with cold/flu but still hanging in there. Feel better the last 2 days - going to movies tonight with the ladies.

Hope you are all doing well on your journey!

11-17-2009, 10:24 PM
Hi All,
Had trouble getting on the site the last few days. Stress continues, but I'm holding my own. Good luck to us all.
:grouphug: and :goodscale: to all of us. I sure wish this journey were easier, but if we all keep on doing the right thing most of the time, we'll get the fitness and health and weight loss we're dreaming of.
:cp: :bravo: :cheer:
234.6/193.4/190 and deeper into onederland
new goal for me: 190 by Christmas Day. Wish me luck!!!!

11-17-2009, 10:31 PM
Hello all
I am new to this site. I have been wanting to start WW for a long time, however I can not buy the books and pay for meetings. So with that said I am turning to the old internet.

I will start tomorrow morning! I found a point calculator and if what I have read is true I need 31pts a day.
Best of luck to you today!

Lin S
11-18-2009, 01:53 PM

I've been so swamped this past week I've barely had time to pop in and read your posts. It looks like you all may be in the same boat, since you haven't posted a lot.

Thanks for the recipe, Ms. Meri. How are you doing these days? You haven't posted an update lately and I've been wondering...:hug:

:hug::hug::hug: Cherry. It's nice that you're still popping in. By popping in, you keep your goals in your mind, and that will help you do the baby steps that will bring eventual success.

More :hug::hug::hug:, Bandit. I'm sorry you're sick. I hope you get well soon.
Please keep us posted.

:welcome3: mommyofsingers Let us know what we can do to help and good luck.

I'm doing OK this week. I have no idea what my weight is like, but my clothes are getting way too big. We put a new battery in the scale, but I'm not weighing until Friday, my regular weigh in day, when I'll post an update.

NaNo is a total wash. I knew that if I didn't get ahead during the first part of the month, I'd not have time to catch up. So, I did pretty well and learned some important things about myself as a writer. I consider that an accomplishment. Good luck to you all who are doing this crazy writing thing.

Have a great day and keep on turtlin' :balloons:
:write: :chef: :comp: :corn: :book2: :coffee:

11-18-2009, 06:05 PM
Hi Lin,
You sound super busy. Thanks for posting. Hey, there's always next year for NaNoWriMo. I know what you mean about keeping ahead to be able to finish. I'll have my family here for four days around Thanksgiving and I don't know that I'll be able to do any writing at all during that time, yet to get that far ahead is tricky. That's what I'm trying to do right now.

Bandit, :grouphug: feel better soon.
Cherry:grouphug: you're great to chime in. Maybe you'll get that "click"
that gets us started losing weight soon. I know staying with this group whether I'm doing well or not, is a blessing and all of a sudden someone does very well and it's an inspiration and we all do well.
Princess, I'm still thinking about you. If you're reading, chime in. :love:
Lauren, how are you doing with the novel? Wow, you're going to look great for Christmas this year. What fun.

:welcome3: to mommyofsingers, and good luck to you. This site is a great place to get encouragement and advice. We're happy to have you join us.

Okay, gotta run. Just wanted to let you know that I buckled down big time today and I'm throwing the stress away from my brain. Have had a great day today with all sorts of veggies to fill me in. I've eaten a very early dinner, but I've got a zero point veggie soup to have as a late snack if I need it and I've got popcorn in the house, too. So I won't go to bed hungry and I should weigh less tomorrow.

Have a great day and keep on keepin' on!
234.6/193.4/190 and deeper into onederland :cool:

Lin S
11-20-2009, 08:54 PM

Judy, nice going with the veggies. Either we're both cold or we're channeling the same brain waves. I'm making soup, too. It's a 2-point curried celery soup, but it's really filling and I love having it leftover for lunch.

I weighed the same this week, which is good. I'm at the point where a lot of people hit plateaus, even though I've stayed the same for only two weeks, not at least three. I recalculated my points and went down one point. That's fine with me. That's pretty much what I've been eating this past week or so. I want to use more of my weekly points, actually, and spread them out over the week, unless I'm saving for a special occasion.

My big not weight loss news is that I got a second job. It's with the Steinway Society of the Bay Area, doing similar things to what I'm doing for the Chamber Orchestra. So, I'll be working almost full-time between the two jobs. I start being trained by the woman who has the job now on Monday. The thing is, I found out the job was available when they called and asked if I wanted it. I said yes. I've been hoping to find a part-time job to augment my orchestra job and this is perfect.

I hope everyone is doing well. I hope more of you pop in because it's a lot easier to stay on track if you take a few minutes to read and post a quick hello. It helps keep us all focused and makes sure someone's here when someone else needs support, since holiday time is often difficult.

Keep on turtlin'! :coffee:
:balloons: :chef: :corn: :book2: :write: :comp:

11-20-2009, 11:31 PM
Hi Turtles,
Lin, :cp: :bravo: :carrot: :dance: :dancer:
How great to be offered a job that you didn't even know was available! That's wonderful news. That had to make you feel great, acknowledging that you're doing a grand job where you are. Having the extra moolah will be just the ticket.
Smart to reanalyze your points and drop down one. A little while ago you said you might be adjusting your points, and now you did.
I've only lost one real pound in the last thirty days. I want to do better than that. Sure, I know I could have gone right back up to 200# or over and I don't want to do that. On the other hand, I do want to lose better than I am right now. My newest goal is 190# by Christmas. I know I can do that.
We've got a spectacular wedding to go to tomorrow, and I know the food will be great. Tonight we took our dd and grandson out to Appelbee's. My WW dinner was not good tonight, but it often is tasty. Just a bad night, I guess. But I didn't go over points and with looking at a lot of food tomorrow that I'll have to choose wisely, it made sense not to overdo today.
Lin, I love having people chime in even if it's only for a moment. I agree.
Here's a :grouphug: to us all. keep on drinking that water and keep on keepin' on. Have a great weekend.
234.6/193.4/190 and deeper into onederland :cool:

11-21-2009, 07:39 PM
Judy, I know you know this, but there's no "only" about that one pound! Not at your current weight, especially. You're getting to a point where every pound starts to really count. I now change an entire size when I go up or down about 7 pounds -- it's amazing. So CONGRATULATIONS -- not only did you lose a pound, you lost a pound during the *holiday season*, which now starts around Halloween! That is AWESOME!!! :carrot: WTG on your NaNo stick-to-it-iveness, too!

Lin, congrats on the second job! It sounds right up your alley, too. I would love to know your recipe for curried celery soup! I hear you about NaNo. I have just today gotten re-inspired to work on my story -- only 40K more words to go by the end of the month! :dizzy: It's not going to happen, but that's fine -- I plan to keep working on the story anyway, and not just this month. I realized I really needed to go a different direction, and now I have all kinds of questions about the characters and the story, which is a good thing.

Sounds like you're in a good place wrt the weight loss. You were losing quite rapidly there, so it makes sense that your body would say "hold the phone here!" That sounds healthy.

I lost another pound of vacation fluff this week, putting me one pound away from my Thanksgiving goal of losing all 9.5 pounds of it. I still marvel that I packed on that much weight in such a short time. Very sobering.

And of course we're leaving on Monday to go to my dad's in North Carolina for 6 days! This time I'm taking some preemptive action -- I'm bringing my tighter jeans! That will help, I think. I plan to wear them on most days, especially Thanksgiving. And I'm going to remind myself how hard I just had to work to scrape off the *last* vacation gain. I expect to put on a couple of pounds, but NOT 9.5!!!

After that, we'll be home for a good long while, and I'm excited about really focusing on losing weight to the next "decade" and beyond. Lately I've really found it tough, lots of temptations on an almost hourly basis, but I've found it very, very helpful to remind myself of how much I *love* being thinner. I really do. I love having all this energy, love looking good in my clothes, love fitting into chairs and booths and small spaces, love being so much healthier and happier. That makes it so much easier to say no to snacks and food I don't need.

How will you all deal with Thanksgiving? What are your plans? I plan to wear the tight jeans and to have one small serving of whatever I want. No seconds. And to eat a light breakfast and lunch. And to WALK!

Welcome to Mommyofsingers! Hello to Bandit and Msmeri and Cherry and Princess and everyone else who stops by. :hug:

11-22-2009, 09:46 AM
Hi Turtles, :grouphug: and :love:

Lauren, yes, you're right. One pound a month during this season is good! I felt like I was pulling teeth just to keep that one pound off. Wow, changing sizes at 7# is very interesting. For me, at my weight now, it's about 12# and maybe even 15#. I am so happy you wrote about how enthusiastic you are having lost as much weight as you have. You have done so great and are inspiring to me, that's for sure. It's good to hear how being thin feels better than a snack or extra food and I need to keep that in mind. It's great that you've almost got your vacation weight gone and that you have good plans to ensure that doesn't happen during the Thanksgiving break.

For Thanksgiving, I'm having small portions of everything, but only a sliver of the two pies I make. I have trained myself to only eat slivers of dessert and I think I can do it, especially since there's fruit also. Plus, if I have a nice mug of tea at the end of our Thanksgiving meal, I think I can pull that off because I'll be full.

I'm the cook and I'm baking a sweet potato for myself along with the turkey since I love a simple baked sweet potato and I don't need the marshmallows and I'll save some points there, too.

Everybody: Have a wonderful and happy Thanksgiving. :dance: and :carrot: and know that I'm very thankful to have met you all on line.

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11-23-2009, 11:09 AM
Hi turtles - nice to see everyone making plans to stay on track during your holiday. That is very inspiring, for sure.

I am finally feeling better - was pretty sick for about 12 days, not fun.

Didn't lose at the scales last week, but didn't gain either. So, I was thankful for that since I had lots of soup & toast when I was sick.

The weather has been really nice up here but is suppose to change by end of this week. But nice not to see the snow yet.

I have been busy raking lots of leaves - no shortage of those but nice to be outdoors & get in some exercise. Got out for 2 walks last week & planning on getting in 3 this week since I feel better.

Hope everyone is on track & has great holiday!

Hi to all those missing in action - hope you are all doing well.

Lin S
11-24-2009, 10:58 AM

Judy, nice going. One pound down is terrific!! :carrot: You're really doing well and should give yourself a huge pat on the back. :D

Lauren, I think I'll have time to post the recipe in my blog this weekend. I'll post a link when I've got it up.

I'm so glad that you're going to keep writing after NaNo because you love doing it so much.

Congrats on the vacation fluff. :dance: Good luck on your trip and, more importantly, have a great time. :)

Bandit, I'm so sorry you've been ill. :hug: And I'm glad you're better. :) I hope next week is better at the scales, but not gaining is really important.

I've been super busy since the maestra is out-of-town last week and this week, which means I have to add trips to her house to take care of orchestra mail and any bank deposits plus starting training on my new job. I'm going to really like the new job, but the timing for it stinks. I'm not cooking for my family for Thanksgiving, which was OK. But I'm not cooking for my dh and me, either. I have to let that go this year because I haven't had time to plan a menu or do the extra shopping. So, we're eating at a really nice restaurant, then at the Mexican place with the family on Friday.
Saturday's my birthday and right now I'm thinking "sleep all day". :lol:

This week has been, and is going to continue to be, a super challenging one because my schedule includes so many restaurant meals. I wish I could be home to cook more, but this week, it's not happening. The good thing about it is I learn from the challenging times. But this post is long enough, so I'm going to write a blog entry about it. You can go read it, if you want to know what I learned in restaurants and in thinking about the holidays and food and weight loss this week.

Keep on turtlin'! :balloons:
:coffee: :comp: :write: :book2: :corn: :chef:

11-24-2009, 11:21 AM
Greetings Turtles! It has been ages since I have stopped by here... to be honest I just had to take a break from it for a while, I felt like I was hitting a brick wall no matter what I did so I just stepped away and gave it all a break. Not a good idea as the weight keeps coming back but I am back to eating within my daily points and taking short walks each day with the dogs. Still not working but I am still looking for a job daily so I have hopes that something will come along soon. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!

I hope that all is well with everyone!

11-24-2009, 12:59 PM
Hi Turtles,
Princess, so glad to see you posting here. It's wonderful that you stopped in. I don't think there's a turtle here that hasn't had that, "I need to get a break here and go away for awhile." Good luck in your job search. You've got a lot to offer and some employer will recognize that soon. :grouphug:
Bandit, I had no idea you were so sick for so long. Here's to good health now and in the future. And thanks from our Canadian buddy. I know you had your Thanksgiving a while ago! :dance: :carrot:

Lin, you're doing so much. This Thanksgiving will be different, but you can handle the restaurant meals. :chef: You've got us all pulling for you.

Lauren, here's to a great vacation and Thanksgiving with your dad. :carrot:

Cherry, hope you're hanging in there. Remember, we :love: you.

All the new gals who chimed in over the past couple of weeks: here's a nice :grouphug: from us to you. Let us know how you're doing.

Gotta run. I'm less than seven hundred words away from finishing the NaNoWriMo challenge, but remember, I'm retired without youngun's around to occupy my time.
Dh has gotten a bad cold. Since I'm cooking for Thanksgiving here, I'm trying to help him get well and avoid the cold at the same time. Wish me luck! LOL.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, everyone, in case with my company coming in for a few days, etc. I'm not able to get back here. Food is going well this week and I WI tomorrow. Wedding over the weekend was utterly fantastic. The centerpieces were over ten feet tall on over 16 tables, ice sculptures, etc. Wild to say the least.
Okay, see you all soon.
234.6/193.4/190 and deeper into onederland :cool:

11-24-2009, 02:41 PM
Hi turtles:

Princess - so nice to see you back with us. We have missed you so much.
Glad you are getting back on track & getting in exercise with your dogs.
Good luck on the job search - something will come along, so keep your spirits up!

Judy - you are one busy lady - always having company & cooking, Nice.

Everyone else - hope you are having a nice holiday but try not to go overboard with the goodies, I know it is hard, but even harder to get back on track & drop those holiday pounds.

Last night I made a pot of meat sauce with lots of veggies & had that on top of spaghetti squash. Having same thing tonight for my dinner. It was very good & very similar to regular pasta. I also got in a 2 mile walk & doing same tonight.

Enjoy your day!!!

11-24-2009, 05:00 PM
Bandit, Wow! :tread: and :chef: to you! It's great to see you putting in so much effort.
Weigh to go!

11-25-2009, 09:17 AM
Well Turtles, I did it! Last night I typed my little heart out and hit 50,249 words for NaNoWriMo. My novel is weird and I don't even know if it's worth a re-write, but you know what? I did it!
What did I learn? I learned that if you set a goal, figure out a way to achieve it, and do it you can accomplish anything.
Guess that relates right back to losing weight. So before I type one more word here, I'm heading over to the living room to do my toning tape (which along with Spider Solitaire) got lost along the way.
Here I thought I wouldn't be posting until after Thanksgiving and I'm right back here. Love this site! :love:
234.6/194.3/190 and deeper into onederland :cool:

Lin S
11-25-2009, 11:43 AM

Way to go, Judy. :write: :carrot: Nice work with NaNo.

Princess, here's a :hug: Being out of work makes everything harder. Good luck. Try to check in when you can. We wonder how you (and everyone else who's popped in here) are doing. :)

Bandit, I love spaghetti squash. Your post makes me think it needs to be on my next shopping list. :D

Things are going well, still. I've been meeting the challenges I'm facing. I don't even really care that much if I lose or not this week. I've learned so much about determination and coping that I know at least I won't regain the weight if I can keep using the lessons I've learned.

Keep on turtlin'! :thanks1:
:chef: :comp: :coffee: :book2: :write: :corn: :balloons:

11-25-2009, 04:34 PM
Lin, I love your attitude! You've lost beautifully. Doesn't it feel good to be in control?

Bandit, yes, thanks about spaghetti squash. I love the stuff and have a tiny one sitting in my fridge. It'll be perfect for dinner tonight.

Princess, Happy Thanksgiving. You know we all :love: you.

My WI was fine. I stayed exactly the same as I was two weeks ago. Last week I didn't WI because I feared a gain. I'm eating light today and have been real busy cooking ahead whatever I can for Thanksgiving.

Take care and be well.
234.6/193.4/190 and deeper into onederland :cool:

11-25-2009, 05:35 PM
Judy - nice job on not gaining at your weigh in.

I am hoping not to be up tonight as well. But, you never know. I have been pretty good & got in some walks/swims as well. But I did have a few treats over the weekend - but no alcohol since halloween. If I don't drop anything, maybe I should have a few drinks - maybe my body doesn't know what is happening.

Hope you all have a great holiday tomorrow - turkey dinners are always good!

11-26-2009, 09:37 PM
Just a stupid question since i am not really all that good at cooking. How do you cut the squash to be like speghetti noodles?

Lin S
11-26-2009, 11:44 PM

Cherry, it's really simple. You cut the squash in half lengthwise. Scoop out the seeds. Drag a fork lengthwise through the cooked squash and it separates into strands.

11-27-2009, 10:19 AM
Hi Turtles,
Had a lovely Thanksgiving. Challenge today is being OP without gobbling up all the more fattening leftovers.

:grouphug: to us all.
Cherry, I love the spaghetti squash too. Half of it is that it's so much fun to drag a fork through the squash and see the strands appear. A very low fat, low calorie recipe is to take the cooked squash strands, put them into a casserole dish, top with a drained can to tomatoes (the small can with special flavors like oregano and garlic, etc) and then sprinkle with a couple tablespoons of parmesan cheese and bake it in the oven for 350 for about twenty minutes or so until it's bubbling hot. Yummy and hardly any points. For vegetarians, it's a meal. I like it with a good sized chicken thigh on the side.

Have a great weekend, everyone. My grandkids are being great and it's fun having them here.
234.6/193.4/190 and deeper into onederland :cool:

Lin S
11-27-2009, 12:12 PM
Good morning!

Just a quick check-in post, since it's my weigh in day. I lost a pound and a half this week. :D Yay, me!

I have two more restaurant challenges to go--today at the Mexcian place, and I've already decided to spend the money to get shrimp or crab enchiladias, which are lower calorie than chicken or beef, since they're made the same way, but with different protein. I'm not going vegetarian because they use so much cheese that it's higher in points than meat would be. Tomorrow is my birthday and we're going out for brunch. Then I'll be eating at home for a while. YAY! I get to put on my :chef: hat and cook.

If I had my way, I'd only eat out as a special treat. I don't like eating out as when I just can't get home for a meal. Those meals tend to be less satisfying because they tend to be more hurried and at restaurants that have lower quality food. But they're a fact of my life I have to live with because the apartment we found that's a perfect home is about a half hour drive from the rest of our lives, if that makes sense.

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving.

Keep on turtlin'! :balloons:
:chef: :comp: :write: :corn: :coffee: :book2:

11-27-2009, 05:40 PM
Lin :hb: What a wonderful birthday present to be down 1 1/2 #
That is phenomenal in the week of eating out that you're doing. Weigh to go~ and :goodscale:

How nice to check in and see such good news!

11-30-2009, 09:41 AM
Hi Turtles, :grouphug: :hug: :love:
To all of us. It's Monday. Mondays are famous because they are the days that we can treat ourselves well.
The first big holiday is over and we're gearing up for Christmas. For me to reach my goal of WI 190# by December 25th, I'm going to have to be up for many challenges.

Here's a :cheer: and a :cheers: for all of us. Chime in when you can. It's so helpful to see that someone took the time to write when we log in here.

234.6/193.4/190 and deeper into onederland

Lin S
12-01-2009, 10:55 AM

Thanks, Judy. Good luck with the challenges you face this month. You can do it. :)

I'm just checking in. Things are going pretty well for me. I've been handed an exercise boost. With two jobs to juggle, I'm going to be walking to/from trains and buses and around town on errands at least 5 days a week. Nice to get exercise without having to find extra time for it, since with two jobs, I have less extra time to find.

I hope everyone is doing well and managing to stay on track. Let's give Santa help with bringing us one gift we all really want-not starting the New Year with a resolution to lose pounds gained between October 1 & December 31. We can do it, if we plan for challenges, use good strategies, and keep our goals in sight as we maneuver through this challenging month. Here's a great article from the Weight Watcher's site about managing December: http://www.weightwatchers.com/util/art/index_art.aspx?tabnum=1&art_id=44391&sc=3010 . I think there are some great tips so that whatever our goals are, we end up being successful.

Keep on turtlin'! :clause:
:balloons: :chef: :corn: :coffee: :book2: :comp:

12-02-2009, 02:45 PM
Hi Turtles,
Wow. We are now officially into the busiest month of the year. It has so many challenges for us, but I know if I stop and think, it is also a joyful month. I made a commitment at my meeting today and invited the girls I sit next to at WW's to come to my home after my next week's meeting and have a WW's meal with me. They are really nice people. We get along well, and I think it'll be a good time. If this goes well, I may invite a bunch of other gals I know to come and join in for a gathering closer to dinner time since some of my friends still work. I like to be sociable. It keeps my spirits up.

Okay. Today was my official WI. I lost those pesky .4# (that's gotta be about 7 ounces, right LIn?) and I'm officially back to losing 41# again.
However, I definitely want to be 190# by Christmas, so I've got my work cut out for me.

:grouphug: to everyone. If you're like me, you're running around like crazy getting in presents and wrapping and planning what else has to be done. My house is mighty dusty, so before I can decorate, I'll have to do a quick dust. That's okay. I can do anything as long as I handle it a step at a time. Good luck and :cheer: to us all. We can do this!
234.6/193/190 and deeper into onederland :cool:

12-03-2009, 12:37 PM
I am still here and still reading everyones posts. My weight has just been bouncing around between 242 - 244. It seems i feel down hearted and give up before i even get started anymore. I want to feel better and I want to be healthier than i am right now. I just dont seem to have enough motivation to do anything. I know i should pick one small thing to do. You guys have suggested that before. Anyway i know everyone is busy i just wanted to say HI and let everyone know i am still here.

12-03-2009, 02:26 PM
Hi Cherry, :grouphug: and :hug:
Don't worry about getting motivation. Look at your tracker. You've lost 3# and you're doing great. Don't worry about anything. A great quote from WW's is "Fake it till you make it". In other words, make believe you're doing everything right. Drink you water. Plan and prepare and get foods into the house for yourself. Exercise whenever you can. Keep on doing all the things WWs suggests and all of a sudden, you'll hear a "click" and you'll realize you're actually doing it! Losing weight and keeping on track.

You've got a lot of challenges. Try to put yourself on top of the list of things to do! :cheer:

How's everyone doing? We've been so quiet lately. I know this happens from time to time, so I'm sending :carrot: and :dancer: to cheer everyone up!
Love, Judy
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12-05-2009, 09:12 AM
Hi Turtles,
Here's something to cheer you up!

:cheer: :cheers: :carrot: :dance: :dancer: :eek: :chef: :grouphug:

Remember in all the chaos found in December to put yourself on the list!

Lin S
12-05-2009, 10:59 AM

Judy, I loved what you said about "fake it 'til you make it". I was thinking this morning how the teeniest baby steps lead to big changes. I've gradually made changes over the years that I think are the reason I'm able to be successful this time.

I have a super busy day. It's the Christmas Craft Faire at church and I'm manning the orchestra table from 9:30-11, then rehearsing with one choir from 11-12, then we're singing two sets between 12 and 1, then the church choir is singing two sets between 1 and 2, then I'm helping out wherever I'm needed until 3. Then I get to go home, make dinner, change clothes and go work my first concert with the Steinway Society. Then tomorrow I get to sleep in because we don't have to be at church early, since the choir isn't doing an anthem. Tomorrow night I have a concert to sing. So, super busy weekend with lots of food challenges. I'll do fine.

I lost .5 pounds this week. I'm sure the extra walking had a lot to do with it.

I hope you all are doing well.

Keep on turtlin'! :ginger:
:comp: :chef: :write: :book2: :corn: :coffee: I wish they had a music one!

12-05-2009, 11:47 AM
:goodscale: to Lin! Weigh to go! Wow, you're doing great during this holiday season. I envy you being able to sing. How glorious!

Good luck to all the Turtles!!!!! :love:

Gotta run. Good to hear from you.
234.6/193/190 and deeper into onederland :cool:

Lin S
12-06-2009, 12:15 PM

Just checking in because this is a difficult weekend, food-wise. I'm getting some extra steps in, though, which helps. Today I have it easy, compared with yesterday. I don't have to be at church as early, since the choir isn't doing an anthem. Then, this afternoon I have a couple of errands and just getting ready for the concert tonight.

I'm managing to stay OP, which is interesting, since in the past I'd have just thought that it was too much and given up. I'm mainly trying to make the best choices from what is available and so far, so good.

I hope everyone is doing OK. I hope you'll check in periodically and let us know how you're doing. It seems like it's the paying attention, even if it's just to jot down the food I've eaten or check in here or remembering how far I've come when facing food choices. Remembering how much I've lost seems to help me to choose wisely because I don't want to regain it and have to do it all over again.

Keep on turtlin'! :wreath:
:comp: :coffee: :book2: :chef: :write: :corn:

12-06-2009, 03:10 PM
Lin, I'm so glad you chimed in. Yep, this weekend is tough for me too and with no real reason. So, today when I woke up I decided that just for today I'd do the best for me OP as I could. that meant no scimping on points and no overdoing points. I'm including protein with each meal and I've already had the one point of bread I'm allowing myself today. For some reason, bread slows down or stops a weight loss for me even if I'm on track with points.
Thanks for chiming in.

Turtles, :grouphug: and :chef: and :tread: Let's do this! I'm looking forward to 190# by Christmas! Yeah.

12-06-2009, 10:18 PM
Hey guys im new to this WW support forum..How is everyone? I have been on WW for a little over 3 months..So far soo Good!! :) Keep up the good work everyone

Lin S
12-07-2009, 10:31 AM

Nice to see you, Stylist. :welcome2: We're a small, but highly supportive group. I'm looking forward to getting to know you better. It looks like you're getting off to a great start.

This weekend is over and I got through it. I was telling my dh last night that I ate "like a thin person". What I meant was that I ate the way a lot of my friends who don't gain weight easily eat. We had huge lunches, and then because of the concert schedule, no real dinner, just a small snack. I never used to do that because I'd get too hungry. But I wasn't hungry, and it was the right number of points for the day. Apparently, something has changed that's making it easier for me. I have no idea what, but I'll take it as a blessing and keep on.

I wish I had soup in my fridge today. It's so COLD! It's snowing in parts of the Bay Area. So far, not here, but it's a lot colder than usual and so wet. I have to go downtown today. I get to bundle up in layers, gloves and my warm jacket and walk to the bank. I got some of those space vacuum bags to put my computer and stuff in because they're waterproof, and my rolling pack isn't. I hate this part of having to take public transportation, but I love my jobs and need the work. I can't afford a second car, so I keep reminding myself that it doesn't rain forever here and other people have to go out in worse weather than I do. :) Anyway, I'm going through my fridge and digging up all the veggies that are soup-worthy and we're having soup for dinner so I can take some tomorrow!

I hope you all have a great day.

Keep turtlin'! :snowball:
:chef: :comp: :corn: :book2: :write: :coffee:

12-07-2009, 12:14 PM
Hi Stylist! :welcome3: glad to have you posting with us. As Lin said, we try and help each other out and support everyone's weight loss efforts! :carrot:
Thanks for joining us. You're doing great! :goodscale:

The scale isn't budging for me. I think it is the bread. Last night we headed out for dinner and I'm hoping the salt is what is slowing down a weight loss. I was planning on shaking up the plateau I'm on this week adn I'll let you know on Wed. if I did or not.

How's everyone doing? Today I'm shopping for my WW luncheon on Wednesday and I plan to make the soup today and heat it up on Wed. before I go to my meeting. I'm also having salad with add your own fixings and Arnold Thins w/ olive tapenade. Then for lunch I'm making a veggie dish and chicken w/ WW. sauce of mushrooms and shallots. For dessert I modified (defatted) a Nilla Pumpkin Mousse and will have coffee and tea for the gals. I hope they've saved time and will make it because I'm looking forward to it.

Good luck to everyone this week. Chime in if you can.
234.6/193/190 and deeper into onederland :cool:

12-09-2009, 01:21 PM
Welcome Stylist!

Hi LinS and Judy.

Hugs to everyone.

12-09-2009, 06:22 PM
Welcome, Stylist!

Judy and Lin, you're doing GREAT! So encouraging! :carrot:

We had a good time at my dad's, though I definitely overdid it -- especially the scotch! Oy. But it was fun. I gained about 5.5 pounds, and have lost around 4.5 of those. So one more to go. This week I'm up again, probably due to hormones since the eating is fine.

My weight really leaps around when I go on vacation -- quickly up, quickly down. I had a dream a week or so ago, where someone authoritative told me: "Because you've learned how to turn around a gain, you will never be fat again." I woke up very encouraged! Here's hoping it was prophetic.

I've got parties galore coming up -- a work dinner tonight (I'm having the fish and veggies), another party Friday night (I'm eating dinner before I go), book group dinner party on Sunday (I'm bringing salad and will allow myself small portions of everything). Next week, a work potluck. (I'll bring my own lunch.) And then my folks arrive, with their vacation mentality and all the food they'll bring into the house. They and my brother will be visiting for up to 2 weeks -- and they're all diabetic. We'll plan healthy meals for them; that's all we can do.

I think because of my lack of regular muscle-building exercise, my metabolism has really slowed down, to the point where even the occasional glass of wine will cause me to gain weight. It's frustrating, but there is a remedy. That's my number one health goal for the new year, even more than reaching goal weight -- to up both my aerobic and my weight-training exercise considerably. It's the only way I'll be able to lose the rest of this weight, I'm realizing, and keep it off. I wish I knew why I find this so hard!

At this point, I'm aiming for a maintain by the end of the year. I'll be happy with that.

Will check in again -- stay warm, everyone! We're getting snow!

12-10-2009, 09:42 AM
Hi Turtles, :grouphug: :carrot: :goodscale: and :dancer:
Cherry Autumn, thanks for chiming in. Here's some :love: for you. You can do this!

Lauren, so good to hear from you. Glad you've got off most of your vacation weight. I hear you loud and clear! The exercise is paramount to me too and my December calendar lacks my exercise stickers. I haven't gotten on the :tread: once and I've got to figure out a way to do that.
Yes, I've been busy with housework and decorating, but that kind of exercise keeps me agile, but doesn't boost a weight loss. I'm up a lot of pounds--bagel at night twice now and a comfort food day two days ago. When I stepped on the scale I was shocked to see I was up to 197.4# That's up at least 3# in just three days. Ugh! Today I got out my first week of WW material and planned my meals for today. Okay, the meals won't be exciting, but they'll help me shed the pounds. I can do this!

Lauren, good luck with all your company and the eating challenges they provide. I know we can all do this. We've all made remarkable progress and I like that you've set a goal for yourself for now until Christmas and are looking forward to exercise in the New Year!

My goal for Christmas (I am stubborn and I'm sticking to my original goal) is to be 190#. I hope this recent weight gain is able to come off quickly and with exercise I should be able to move off some of this weight.

Good luck to us all.
Princess and Bandit, how are you doing? :carrot: and :cheer:
234.6/Ugh/190 and deeper into onederland :cool:

Lin S
12-10-2009, 11:28 AM

It's nice to hear from everyone.

:hug: , Judy. Weight gains are always hard to deal with. Three pounds in three days sounds like at least some of it is water retention. That should come off fairly easily, especially if you drink lots of water. Yes, you can do it. Your attitude and motivation are right on track. :D

Wow, Lauren. It's wonderful that you're down to only 1 pound of vacation weight left. I'm glad you had a good time. Good luck with all your challenges in the next couple of weeks.

My next couple of weeks are super challenging, too. But not every day is a challenge. So, my goal is to stick to my regular eating plan on the regular days. And adjust as necessary for the challenging ones. That's the only way I know to deal with it all that works.

Have a great day, everyone and keep on turtlin'! :rudolph:
:balloons: :comp: :coffee: :book2: :corn: :write: :chef:

12-10-2009, 11:34 AM
Good morning, turtles & a big welcome to Stylist - always nice to add new members to our group.

I have been really busy up here with Christmas decorating and get togethers - but having a great time.

Over the past 2 weeks I have maintained my weight - so happy with that given the time of year & my get togethers. We are all in the same situation & have to plan ahead, that is really helping & I have been getting in my walks which I think is saving me at the scales. I am happy to be maintaining right now.

Monday night I went to a story telling for the first time - that was really enjoyable, she is one our members from my ladies group & is a retired teacher who does this at lots of public places. She told 3 Christmas stories & it really got us in the Christmas spirit. I have also had a few cocktail parties & the movies the last 2 Tues evenings.

I am glad to read everyone is getting ready for Christmas & planning ahead with their outtings - I think that is key for us. We don't have to go overboard at every get together & maybe by treating ourselves to 1 thing we really want & portion control of everything else with help.

I went 35 days with no alcohol & the scale did not go down, so am thinking that doesn't affect my weight gains much. But was probably good to give my system a break with all the parties starting.

Here's to all of us having a great Christmas season, enjoying ourselves and not doing too much damage at the scales.

Good luck, everyone!!!

Lin S
12-11-2009, 11:46 AM

Nice to see you, Bandit. Way to go with maintaining!! :D You're right about planning ahead. It does make a difference.

Today's my weigh in day. I lost 2.5 pounds this week. It was another amusing week with the WW tracker telling me I need to both slow down my weight loss (which is averaging a little over a pound a week) and recalculate my points down based on my lower weight. My starting weight must have been a bit higher than I remembered when I started the tracker because WW says that my total weight loss is 35.5, which is a nice number! I changed my ticker to reflect that start weight.

Yesterday I was totally starving at dinner, but I hadn't eaten particularly lower in points or anything. My husband says it's probably the extra walking to the bank several times the past two weeks and the cold weather. Anyway, we went to Red Robin and I ordered my chicken burger without mayo, saving 340 calories and 20 g of fat. But it still was 14 points. I also ate 6 points of fries. I wasn't overstuffed, but it was more calories than I usually eat. When I put that into my points manager, I still had a couple of weekly points left. I figure my body really did need that much food.

Today I'm back to my normal routine. I'm planning to do only work that I can't do at home, then come home early and work at home. I need to run laundry and the dishwasher. They can do their machine thing while I work. I need some catch up on things time at home. Last weekend we had something scheduled all day and evening both days. This weekend we have afternoons free, but we're so far behind that it's not enough time. I scheduled this stuff before I got the second job and the only things I can cut out are the three just-for-fun parties (as opposed to concerts we're singing in with receptions afterwards). I'm not doing that!! I'm going to go enjoy myself. I'm going to bake cookies for the choir reception and take some to the party tomorrow night. And freeze some for next week's caroling party.

I hope all of you are doing well. Have a great weekend!

Keep on turtlin'! Give yourselves the :gift2: of a healthier holiday. :)
:chef: :comp: :corn: :book2: :write: :balloons: :coffee:

12-11-2009, 03:54 PM
Hi Turtles,
Bandit, I've never heard a story teller. It sounds like a lot of fun. You're really sociable and it sounds like you're having a very good time. Congrats and :goodscale: and :cheer: and :bravo: for maintaining at this time of year. WEigh to go! And I'm so glad you chimed in. Reminding us to watch and plan and prepare is always inspirational.

Lin, :goodscale: Again!!! :cheers: and :cheer: I think it's hysterical that you're making the WW tracker batty! You go girl! What a wonderful weight loss and what a great total weight loss.

I'm doing so much better in my head! I'm OP today and yesterday and the wacky scale is reading much better this morning. I got off a good 2# so mostly it must have been water weight. Now I have to stay OP and not get out of control. This morning I wrote down what I'd eat all day and I am crossing the foods off as I eat them. It's working nicely. Ran around all day and got a lot done. Now I'd like to just relax. I'm drinking some ginger tea and I like it.

Here's :grouphug: and :love: to all of us. Stylist, how are you doing?
Cherry, how are you coming along with the holidays?
Everybody=---drink that water and have some fun!
234.6/a little less ugh/190 and deeper into onederland :cool:

12-12-2009, 12:27 PM
Great posts here! We're getting full, so I'll see you all at#226, Bale of Turtles enjoying the holidays!