WW Clubs and Groups - #226 Bale of Turtles Enjoying the Holidays!

12-12-2009, 12:32 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 by using the skills and techniques we have learned from experience to keep us on track. We believe in giving each other support. Good luck to us all!
(for Lin and Lauren)

12-12-2009, 12:35 PM
Hi Turtles,
I changed our introduction just a little because I think we have all been referring lately to how we have put into practice what we have learned over time. We are all talking about not worrying about being perfect, but using our past experience and knowing what works for us to help us maintain during this season.

For those of you who didn't have a chance to check out #225 over the last day or two, go back and read the posts because they are terrific!

Have a great weekend. I'm heading to my dd's gingerbread decorating party. I've made a turkey meatloaf and I'm bringing that and a salad to help me get past whatever other goodies she might have.
234.6/195/190 and deeper into onederland :cool:

Lin S
12-13-2009, 02:41 PM
Nice job, Judy. :congrat: You got off 2# and discovered a technique that works for you. :D

Last night's party went well. I ate a couple more points than I'd hoped, but well within my available point range. Tonight is our choir concert, with a cookie reception after. I don't forsee a problem with that. I often don't eat any, or only one of an unusual cookie that I've never tried. I'll save a few points, just in case. And if I don't use them tonight, there's always the wine tasting party on Wednesday. :D

I hope everyone is doing well and you'll post again soon.

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

12-13-2009, 03:59 PM
Lin, Weigh to go! You are so close to onederland :cool:
Enjoy your parties.

12-15-2009, 11:45 AM
Morning, turtles:

Sounds like everyone is enjoying their parties & also planning ahead - thats great, keep it up.

Busy time for all of us - this past weekend I met my dd in Toronto for the day & that was fun shopping & then we got our hair done & had quick dinner before I had to leave to get to my singles dance. Then dd left the next morning for a week in the Dominican with one of her roommates - so nice to spend the day with her. Then I relaxed on Sun & did abit more inside decorating. I haven't put as much stuff out as usual, but looks nice and not too cluttered.

I have my company dinner Wed evening & that will be a really nice fancy dinner & on Sat afternoon my ladies group is going on a tour of a local mansion (RS McLaughlins house) and as part of that we have a formal tea/scones seating. Then off to another dance Sat night.

I want to congratulate everyone on all their weight losses & goal planning throught the year. I think as a group we have really supported one another & I think that is key for our success. Even though we sometimes lose our way, if we can find it back here we will succeed with the help of our weight loss buddies.

Thanks, everyone for helping me in 2009!

12-15-2009, 12:14 PM
Oh Bandit,
What a lovely thing to say. I agree completely with how this group has been supportive and picks us up when we need a helping hand.
You have so many activities going on and you're really enjoying the season!
To all the Turtles,
You are the best. I stayed OP yesterday and counted my points online.
Today I did my toning tape. The scale was cooperating for the first time this week, so it's up to me to make today great and have a good WI tomorrow morning.
:love: and :grouphug: to us all!
234.6/194/190 and deeper into onederland :cool:

12-15-2009, 06:38 PM
Wow, you're all doing great! Very impressive and inspirational.

I, on the other hand, have not been doing so well! Overindulging at two parties and dinner out this past weekend, plus a collision with a box of chocolates, have resulted in a whopping 5# weight gain in the past few days. :o I've lost one of those pounds, but my pants are tight, and I'm not a happy camper.

I've decided one of the big reasons I put on weight so quickly these days is because I haven't exercised regularly while I've lost weight. In particular, I haven't re-built lost muscle, which means my metabolism is lower. So that's my new focus in the new year. I'm going to re-join Curves and also have DH teach me some yoga.

Anyway. Parents arrive tonight for a two-week stay :dizzy:, followed by brother arriving on Friday for about 10 days. It's about to get very crazy at our household! Will check in when I can.

12-15-2009, 07:39 PM
Here's :carrot: and :bravo: and :cheers: and :cheer: for dealing with all the craziness we're all about to encounter.

Lauren, that's not fun. I encountered some banana bread dough that was much too yummy, but I did put a box of yummy Christmas cookies a neighbor dropped off (very kindly, I might add) into the freezer. I had tried one, declared them deadly at 3 points a cooky, and they're living and breathing very nicely in my freezer right now.
Gotta run. Good luck to us all!

Lin S
12-15-2009, 11:56 PM

It's so nice to see all of your posts.

Thank you, Bandit. Your kind words are very much appreciated. :hug::broc: It sounds like you're having a lot of fun these days.

You go, Judy. :carrot: I hope your weigh in rewards your hard work. :) I love your story about the cookies. I have a batch of cookie dough sitting in my fridge. I need to bake them for the party on Saturday. They're 3 points each, but way worth those points. Because they're rich, one is enough, so it's easy to plan them in, occasionally.

:hug:, Lauren. Good luck with the last few weeks of this year. I'm sure your renewed commitment to exercise will help. Have fun with your family. :)

Keep on turtiln'! :coolsnow: You all rock! :D
:write: :comp: :coffee: :corn: :book2: :balloons: :chef:

12-16-2009, 05:30 PM
Hi Turtles,
I'm up a tiny bit. I need to get on a roll, and it may be a little unrealistic right now. Exercise will help and I'll work on my food better this week.
234.6/193.2/190 and deeper into onederland

12-16-2009, 07:05 PM
Stayed away from sugar all day today -- hooray! Ate a little extra fruit to make up for it. I need to lose 3 more pounds just to weigh what my signature says. Ha! Well, I'll update it this weekend regardless.

Parents arrived safely. Pop looks much older, thanks to chemo, which has still made his lungs weak. Hard not to worry about parents as they get older. It's good to see them.

Have a great day, everyone.

12-16-2009, 07:52 PM
Weigh to go Lauren! :bravo: :cheer:

I had a tough day. I'm going to point it out now and record it. I think the easiest thing to do is to devote my 35 points to today and then stay OP for the rest of the week. I can do this! It's tiring staying the same or going up or down .2# of a pound. I can't let my mind go bonko on me now. I've been too successful.
234.6/193.2/190 and deeper into onederland :cool:

Lin S
12-17-2009, 05:20 PM
:hug::hug::hug: Judy! You're doing fine, overall. You post regularly and those posts are full of motivation, attention to your plan, and recognition of your success. Plus your super supportive of the rest of us. You keep things going around here when the rest of us are busy or can't get in to post. You're going to be fine and you are heading further into onderland. :D

:hug::hug::hug: for you, too, Lauren. You've been struggling, too. But like Judy, you keep posting, you stay motivated, and you keep tweaking your plan. You're going to get there, too. Have a good time with your family. It seems like you're getting through this busy time of year mostly staying the same. That's a huge success. :)

Last night was the holiday party for my new job. I had no idea what to expect, so I couldn't really plan. I ate my normal daytime food and had weekly points available. Good thing because the choices weren't point friendly. I did my best and enjoyed sharing dessert after with my dh. I think I'm going to finish my week within my point range, which makes me happy. I have two more parties this weekend and then it all starts to wind down. Personally, I'm ready for some winding down.

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

12-17-2009, 05:32 PM
Judy, going up and down .2 of a pound counts as maintaining, which is AWESOME for this time of year. Pat yourself on the back and keep going!

Lin, that's excellent! You did great at that party. Way to go. And thanks for that pep talk, too; I really appreciate it. At this point, if I begin the new year in the 160s, I'll be thrilled.

Saw the scale inch downwards this morning; that's the good news. Today, though, I went nuts at the potluck! Which has been going on all day! :fr: Shoot. Soooo ... I'll eat my usual light dinner and go on from here. On the bright side, this is the last party of the season for me. HALLELUJAH! Now I just need to be careful around all the goodies my family brought. :( It's hard to see, actually, since they're diabetic and really shouldn't be eating this stuff.

Brother arrives tomorrow night, so we'll have a full house.

Have a great day, everyone, and keep on turtling.

12-18-2009, 11:33 AM
Just a quick followup here -- I did indeed eat a light dinner last night, which felt good. Back at work today, surrounded by leftover goodies -- I must say, I'm really looking forward to the weekend and getting away from all this FOOD. Weight is back up again today, which is expected but NOT welcome.

My parents are probably putting in a bid on a condo today. They found one they liked, in their price range, in the development they want to live in. We'll see if they get it. They're offering the full asking price, but they're also asking for a 90-day delay so they can sell their place down South and move out. (The condo development in North Carolina will buy their place from them, but they get no money until they've completely cleared out. The process takes a while.)

It's going to be a bit tense here, because before they came up, we told them we would be happy to help them move in May, because that's when DH can get the time off to pack them, drive the truck, etc. But they've decided to go ahead and move now, and that's fine -- they'll just have to move themselves or pay someone else to help them. But now my mother is talking about how overwhelming it will be to pack, how she doesn't want to pay anyone, how she wants DH to do it, etc. Gack. Here we go. How do you decide where to draw boundaries, where to try to flex, etc.? And how to not get resentful? (Or eat too much chocolate!)

ANYWAY. Just a little venting there. Thanks for listening.

12-18-2009, 02:41 PM
Vent away, dear one!!!!! That's what we're here for. So, your dm forgot that May is not December. Keep on taking deep breaths. You'll figure out what to do. And remember this greatest line of all: If hunger isn't the problem, then food isn't the answer. I know we all know that. It's putting it into practice that's tough. I had walnuts in my mouth and the cookies in the house were looking mighty good when I remembered what I'm supposed to be doing! and that was just because of a few tiny things that wouldn't go right today. Nothing major like what you're talking about. So, keep on venting!!!! :grouphug: and :love:
we can do this!

12-18-2009, 10:43 PM
HI I'd like to join this thread. I've been at this weight loss thing a long time. I go up down and back up again. I'm reinvestigating Weight Watcher after trying everything under the sun. I've done it a number of times in the past. So I'm going to spend the rest of December pulling my books out of storage, knocking off the cob webs, and brushing up on the program. I hope to be in full swing soon.

12-18-2009, 11:46 PM
:welcome3: to Flowingair!! Glad you're joining us. Let us know a little bit about yourself. Congrats on getting out your WW books and looking into it. A lot of us have been very successful this year.

:grouphug: and :bravo: to us all!

Lin S
12-19-2009, 11:29 AM
Hi, Everyone!

:welcome: Flowingair. We're a small, but very supportive group. Most of our regular posters have been absent the past week or so, but I expect they'll be back again after the holiday madness subsides a bit.

Wow, Lauren. You have a lot of challenges right now. :hug: I empathize with the getting away from all the FOOD comment. I've been feeling that way this week, too. I have a party tonight and another one tomorrow night, then I'm done with parties given by other people.

As for helping your parents, maybe what you need to do is talk with your dh and figure out what a reasonable amount of time you can give them is. Then see what it would cost to hire people to do the rest and if you can afford it, help them financially, rather than making yourself crazy trying to cram more into your day than you realistically have time for.

Regardless of what you end up doing, take some time every day to pamper yourself--go hide out and write or read or take a bubble bath or go for a walk or whatever relaxes and nourishes you so you can deal with your life. Good advice for us all, I think. :D

Judy, we all need that reminder about food not solving problems, unless, of course, we're hungry. :D You're making great progress. It's marvelous that you were able to stop yourself from eating in response to stress. That's a habit that you're gradually building. Perhaps you could make yourself a little spot and put non-food stress-relievers in it. A book, hand lotion, whatever small things help you with stress and start building a habit of going there instead of to the fridge. You could start out with it next to the fridge/pantry so it's staring you in the face when you head to the kitchen and offers an instant alternative to eating. Just a thought.

My weigh in this week was up a half pound. But today, that half pound was gone. I suspect I was retaining a bit of water from overly-salted restaurant food. I'll be happy with maintaining the rest of the year. I have too many situations where I can't plan because I don't know what will be offered and I can't plan very well.

The good news is that my clothes are falling off. So, I have to plan my wardrobe purchases carefully. I may try to budget in a sewing machine, since they're not very expensive these days. I know how to alter clothes and I have some favorite clothes that need a dart or a smaller piece of elastic in the waistband or other simple alterations, but I don't have the tools I need to do those simple alterations. I'd rather spend the money on the tools than hire out the alterations. I love making clothes, so this is a good incentive to get a machine and do some sewing again.

I hope to hear from the rest of you soon. Miss you, all.

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

12-21-2009, 03:45 PM
Hi turtles & welcome Flowingair, always nice to have new members.

Crazy time for everyone - party, dance, party, dance & snacks galore.
But having a great time overall. Lets do the best we can when faced with
holiday challenges & soon enough we will be back at it in full gear.

Remember, enjoy yourselves along the way!

12-21-2009, 05:14 PM
Welcome, Flowingair!

Good reminder, Bandit. Do the best we can for now (or the best we're willing to do), and aim for a quick recovery after some of the craziness dies down. That's my current plan, at any rate.

Not a good weekend again. You'd think with all my family being diabetic that I'd be better at rejecting the treats they bring into the house. Or the treats my co-workers bring into the office. For some reason (probably stress), I'm not doing as well as I'd like. Better than some years, but definitely worse than last year.

And my pants are tight! Making myself wear them, though. I'm not going up a size. Period.

So today I had a small fall off the wagon, but I'm back on it and drinking tea and water, and chewing gum. Those things help occupy my mouth and keep it from other things! I'm not aiming for perfection; I just don't want to fall whole hog off the wagon over the next week and just chalk it up to "the holidays" -- and then have 10 extra pounds to lose (instead of the current extra 7!).

My parents may find out today if their offer on the condo has been accepted. If it has, they plan to move within the next couple of months -- and no, we won't be able to help them pack up or drive the big moving truck. I am strongly encouraging them to hire someone to do this for them, especially driving the truck -- they're in their mid-70s, and we're talking about snowy, icy Michigan roads. But they don't want to spend the money, and in the end it's out of my hands. So I'm mixed, of course -- I want them up here, but I wish they'd wait until we could help them next spring.

Lin, we can give them time, but we can't take enough time off to fly down to NC for a week, pack them up, move them up here, and then unpack them -- not until May or so. They don't want to wait, which is fine, but then they need to be smart about this and not ruin their health. My mom is already spazzing out about having to pack everything; she says she's overwhelmed, etc., just thinking about it. Well, then wait until we can help! Or pay someone! ARGH!

Anyway. Thanks for all the support. I will officially stop whining now. I love them very much and realize we won't have many more Christmases together. (Especially if they try to drive that truck themselves! OK, OK; I'm stopping now ...)

Have a great day, everyone.

12-21-2009, 06:18 PM
LIn, I'm sending you two strong handsome men to catch your clothes as they fall off you! Always willing to help a fellow turtle. Oh, the season is getting to me!!!!! I am so thrilled for you as you close in on onederland. It'll be fun to do the onederland thing together.

Hey, MsMerry, you must be right around there now too.

Lauren has long since passed it and I know Bandit passed it last year with the help of TOPS. We're doing great.

Lauren, keep on complaining!!!!! Your mom and dad aren't doing sensible things right now and you have a right to voice your opinion. Since they aren't listening, keep on letting us hear your vents!! Just try as hard as you possibly can to keep the food closer to where you want it to be.

I'm having trouble myself. I thought yesterday was as close to perfect as it could be, but I gained weight on the scale this morning. Talk about frustrating! So, I've been doing well today and I think I'll try some shiritaki noodles for dinner. If they are disgusting, I'll throw them out and get something else to eat, but I'm willing to give these zero point foods a chance.

Flowingair, how are you doing? Does it feel good to gear up to the challenge of helping yourself? Sometimes I just want to throw it all away, but getting under 200# was a huge confidence-builder for me and I need to hang onto that through the holidays. I know I need to exercise, but each day I find something else I need to do more. Hmmmm. I need to think about that.

You all take care and be well and happy.
Bandit, I envy you all your activities. About the only party (aside from family) we were invited to was cancelled because of our huge snowfall. Have fun and enjoy yourself. :dance: :dancer: :carrot:

234.6/195/190 and deeper into onederland :cool:

12-22-2009, 12:31 PM
Hi turtles - my pants feel abit tighter than usual as well. Yikes!
Really doesn't take much for things to get our of hand - had my office potluck yesterday afternoon & that was soooooooo good. Lots of goodies &
at least there was a big salad which I enjoyed (along with alittle of almost everything else) Tonight I am going to a Christmas Carol Karoke - first time for that. Should be fun & it is being held within walking distance of my house, which is really nice. Then finishing up work on the 23rd until Jan 4th - so looking foward to the break.

Sounds like everyone is trying their best. I signed up for a different eating plan today as a Christmas present to myself. I think shaking things up & trying something different everyone once in awhile really helps.
So, we will see what this is about & hopefully will get me back on track for the New Year.

Have a great day & remember to drink some EXTRA water!

12-22-2009, 01:25 PM
Judy, you're a sweetheart. Loved your "strong, handsome men" comment! :D

Lin, sounds like it's time to hit the thrift stores for a new wardrobe. Today I'm wearing a $4 pair of Levi's and an $8 Express fleecy top. I looove thrift stores! Had to get a completely new wardrobe this fall, and managed to do it without breaking the bank. Congrats on all your hard work paying off!

Bandit, congrats on your Christmas present to yourself. I totally agree about shaking things up; I think I'll try a new plan in the new year, too. I've been on this one 1.75 years now; I'm ready for a shake-up. I definitely need to do something to shake me out of my current complacency.

Mom and Pop are off to visit his kids on the other side of the state; they'll be gone tonight, which will give us a bit of a breather. (My brother is staying with us, so we won't be totally alone.) It's looking like their offer on the condo may be accepted. Not certain yet, but signs are positive. Our lives will certainly change, having them close by. I think it will be good all around; we can see them often without having them stay in our house! At least until their money runs out. We'll deal with THAT when the time comes.

Eating is OK; not stellar, not horrible. Weight is holding. I'll take it!

Have a great day, everyone.

12-22-2009, 04:38 PM
I am so proud of all of us. We rock!!!!!

Lin S
12-23-2009, 12:56 PM
Wow! It's so great to hear from you all. :)

Bandit, that's great advice. It's no good to worry so much about the weight loss that we forget to enjoy ourselves because all that worry can lead to resentment and then we end up eating more because we resent that our weight loss efforts stopped us from having fun. I think it's in reinventing our idea of what fun is that makes it all work. Fun isn't overstuffing ourselves. Fun is catching up with friends and family. Fun is attending social occasions we don't have the opportunity to attend the rest of the year. Fun is eating bits and tastes of foods we don't normally eat, and avoiding the stuff that's always around. Choosing carefully where to put those extra calories. And exercising a bit more to help reduce the stress and allow us to enjoy a few more calories without derailing ourselves completely. That's my holiday lesson for this year.

Thanks for the water reminder. We end up eating food with more sodium at this time of year since a lot of people buy stuff to bring to parties, so it has the extra that stores, bakeries, and restaurants add to their food. :)

Laren, :hug: Hang in there. It's really, really hard to watch your parents make decisions that you don't think are the best for them, but they're adults who are used to being the ones in charge. I've been talking with some older people in our church recently and they said that it's hard to accept that you're having to limit yourself, but important to do it. (The subject of that conversation was driving.) Good luck as you deal with all of these issues and congratulations on holding steady, as you reported in your next post. :carrot:

:lol: Judy. You crack me up. Two strong guys, huh? Cool thought. Remember that a perfect day or a horrible day won't necessarily show up on the scale right away. Don't be discouraged because yesterday didn't translate into a loss today. It's the trend, the long-term pattern that makes a difference. That's why I rarely weigh myself in between my official weighin days. The daily fluctuations make me nuts.

Thanks for the thrift store idea, Lauren. I don't usually find things that fit me, but I do look. I'm giving my ill-fitting, but nearly new jeans to a friend. And my slightly more used ones to goodwill, after I go try on jeans and find out what size I wear. I loathe the new trend to lower-waist jeans. My legs are skinny in proportion to my waist and stomach. Most of the jeans with normal or near-normal waistlines are boot cut, meaning wider legs. So, they bag at the seat and flap together between my thighs. It's annoying!! No matter what size I wear, I'm clothes-challenged because my body isn't proportioned like the average person. I think my "save for" purchases will be the crock pot because moving as much cooking away from "the minute I walk in the door at 5 or 5:30" is my biggest priority right now. Then I want a sewing machine that will handle heavy fabrics like denim so I can make my own clothes that actually fit me.

I've done well at sticking to my plan. I've had some times where I have no idea what the actual points were, but I made sure I had extra available, so I'm not worried about it. I'll be happy to stay the same this week and next week because people keep adding food-related activities to my calendar. So, I'm trying to be extra vigilant when I'm doing my regular schedule. I have the rest of the week off from one job because my boss closed the office. I have one brief meeting today for the other job, then I'm done until after Christmas weekend. The time off is like my Christmas gift because I haven't had any days without work, rehearsals, concerts, or parties since Thanksgiving. I will enjoy doing a lot of cooking for family events that are coming up this week and next.

Sorry for the long post. I have some time this morning and it was nice to feel like I could catch up a bit. I hope you all have an absolutely fabulous holiday, whichever one you celebrate. :D

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

12-23-2009, 01:44 PM
Hey Guys,
I'll make this brief. I'm up almost two pounds today. Salt last night and a cup of tea this morning before WI are probably accounable for most of it.
I'm going to be working the program really well this day and tomorrow we'll start having fun!
Gotta run.
Be well and Merry.
234.6/195/190 and deeper into onederland :cool:

12-23-2009, 05:29 PM
Judy, yup, salt and liquid will do that. You'll take it back off, I'm sure of it.

Lin, I'm shaped the same way you are (of course). I have to be selective, but I have found bootcut jeans that manage to hug the legs and hips while accommodating the midsection (I call mine "the tube"). I'm wearing some today, in fact. There are also straight leg jeans out there that seem to work well, and "matchstick" or "skinny" jeans are now in vogue, too. Another cut that works well on me -- boyfriend jeans. I don't roll them up. About the only cut I can *never* wear is the wide-leg jean. Bleah. Anyway, good luck -- finding jeans is always a challenge.

Did very well with the eating yesterday; have done extremely crummily today. (Is "crummily" a word?) I even feel a bit sick after all those baked goods people brought in to work. Gack. Fortunately, today is my last day at work until next Monday.

Today I bought a workout t-shirt in anticipation of joining Curves in the new year. It says "Cat Aerobics" on the front, with drawings of a cat doing various stretches and lying on its back. On the back of the shirt, it says "Certified Cat Aerobics Trainer." Cheered me up.

Have a great day, everyone.

12-23-2009, 06:59 PM
I love your commitment to exercise. Weigh to go!

Lin, I hear you about your jeans trevails. I found Macy's brand Charter Club fits me well, and comes up to my true waist. At least for now, I know where to get my jeans.

Bandit, I love that you've joined a new group for weight reduction. I would never give up my WW group meeting or my leader because I really like them a lot. However, I am considering going to my doc for some weekly help in keeping on track. I'd consider doing that for a new 10-20# loss because it will be stringent. Then I'd head back to WW's to coast and hold onto that weight loss. At that point, I'd only have about 35# to go.
Sounds like a plan to me. I don't want to think too far ahead, but it's a thought I've had as I've struggled so much just to maintain for these last couple of months.
Hey Bandit, I just made myself a veggie pie for dinner. It'll be a great leftover to have in the house if all the holiday food gets a little too much for me!

Flowingair---how are you doing?

Cherry Autumn, we're thinking about you.

MsMerri, how are you Pumpkin?

Princess, you're in my thoughts. Merry Christmas, dear.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to us all! :carrot: :bravo: for all our efforts!
234.6/195/190 and deeper into onederland :cool:

12-26-2009, 05:56 PM
Judy- Thanks for thinking of me. I am still around but still not doing good at all.

Flowingair- Welcome

Lin S, Bandit, and Princess, and Lauren - Hi to everyone

12-27-2009, 10:01 PM
Hi, Cherry -- good to see you. Post even if you're not doing well. I am! I did NOT do well over the past week, and my pants are plenty tight as a result. Funny how that works! Brother left today; parents leave on Tuesday. Things should start getting back to normal soon.

Our Christmas was quiet and relatively peaceful. How was yours?

Back to work tomorrow for another 3-day week. I miss getting paid, but I'm not complaining -- I need the time off! :dizzy:

12-28-2009, 09:59 AM
Hi Turtles,
Lauren and Cherry-----good to see you here and posting. I'm in the same boat you are. Even though the festivities were here and I was in charge of the food, somehow I binged for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and the following day. Along the way I threw out the foods most egregious and today my dh and I are on the detox plan of a protein shake, salad for lunch with protein, and a nice vegetable plate with some type of protein for dinner. Then I'll have two pieces of fruit and call it a day! It's good to get some discipline back into my life. I'm looking forward to it since I don't like what I'm seeing on the scale at all. Last night I was over 200#, but this morning I'm not, thank goodness!

So, onward and downward! I know this will be a struggle, but I'm willing to put in the effort one day at a time.
Love, Judy
234.6/ugh/190 and deeper into onederland :cool:

12-28-2009, 11:51 AM
Hi, Judy! Isn't it great how quickly it comes back on? NOT. Good for you, tossing that food! You'll be on your way back down in no time.

We've still got my folks with us, so there are still a few things in the house I'd like to see disappear. But most of it is gone. And no more baked stuff at the office, either, thank heavens. Scale is up and pants are tight!

The inspector comes today to look at the condo my folks are buying. If all goes well, they'll head home tomorrow to NC and start packing, then move back up here in early March. I'll be very happy to have them nearby -- and not staying in our house! Love to see them, but two weeks is a long time for house guests. My brother left yesterday.

I'm planning some scotch for New Year's Eve, and possibly pizza. Other than that, I'm back on the wagon. I'm eating extra fruit, which I find helps me get back on track. If I get too strict too quickly, it seems to backfire.

Well, time to go update the weight in my signature. Bleah!

EDIT: I just called and made an appointment with Curves for Thursday morning to sign back up again. Starting off 2010 right. I'm looking forward to it!

Lin S
12-28-2009, 07:31 PM

I got done with my work earlier than usual so I thought I'd spend a bit of that extra time at home posting an update.

Cherry, it's nice to hear from you. I hope you'll be able to post more often as the holidays wind down. :)

Judy, you're doing well. You're doing what you need to do, which will result in reaching your goals. :carrot:

Lauren, nice going, signing up for Curves for next year. You have a great plan for New Year's.

I'm doing pretty much what I planned. My biggest problem is estimating points when I have no idea how food was made. I'm doing my best and eating tiny portions of food I know is higher in calories. I'm done with the holiday weekend and back to my regular routine. I'm sticking to that until New Year's, when I'm cooking Julia's beef Bourguinon. I might have one other holiday thing to do. It all depends on whether my oldest son is coming New Year's or if we're doing a separate deal for the family.

Today I'm spending a few points on trying the rainbow popcorn I bought. I know it pops up white, but it's still cool. And I'm wondering whether it might not have as many unpopped kernels as the cheap stuff I usually buy.

So, we'll see how it all ends up this week when I do my weigh in.

Keep on turtlin'! :newyear:
:coffee: :chef: :book2: :write: :corn:

12-29-2009, 10:42 AM
Good luck to us all! Drink lots of water, exercise at least a bit, and look forward to a year of good health.
Love to us all,

12-29-2009, 12:49 PM
Lin, Julia's beef Bourguinon! Have you ever made it before? And did you see the movie? Not one to watch on an empty stomach, that's for sure. Love the rainbow popcorn comment -- I haven't thought of that stuff in years. It's very pretty, I agree, and it does retain a bit of the color in the husk. Fun!

Judy, love to you as well.

My parents left today, and much as I love them, I'm thrilled to have our house back! DH is even giving me a present and staying over at his mother's tomorrow night so I can just bask in being alone. As he pointed out, after two weeks of constant company, I won't know how to act!

Flo just posted this over on Dotti's, and I think it's outstanding. She got it from a woman named Tawni Gomes who has a No Excuses blog now. Here it is:


Do you ever find yourself saying or thinking, "As soon as "x" is over I'll have more time to take care of my health." I know I've fallen into that trap on more than one occasion. It's an easy trap to fall into. The phrase that helps me through when I catch myself thinking, "I'm too busy" is this: "Tawni, are you every too busy to brush your teeth?" Do we say to ourselves, "As soon as my job settles down I'm going to start brushing my teeth again." "As soon as I get through the holidays I'll have time to start brushing my teeth again"

A fellow Connector shared this thought with me and it really struck me: Ya know how you say to yourself or others, "I'd do "anything" to be at goal weight. I'd do "anything" to lose this weight and not be fat"

Well, this IS the "anything" The next time you hit the snooze button that was your "anything' moment. The next time you buy something "for the kids" that was your "anything" you said you'd do if "only" you could lose weight. Isn't it funny how often we use the phrase, "I'd do anything"

Well, would you? Let's see it! I know I'm guilty of this also. I've spoken the words aloud, "I'd do anything to be able to run 'x" minutes for a 10K, yet when the time comes to do speed work, I don't quite "feel like it" So, then, I guess the truth is I'm NOT willing to do "anything" am I? The truth has smacked me upside the head on more than one occasion.

There will never be the "perfect time" to get started. The best advice I can give you is to start with something---anything. Just start.

Maybe it's a phone call?

Maybe it's writing an email?

Maybe it's drinking water instead of soda?

Maybe it's ordering grilled instead of fried?

Maybe it's being the FIRST to suggest going for a walk after dinner, yes even if it's cold.

You'd do "anything" right? Well, this is your "anything"

The choice you have is this. You can wait for the world to change, or you can be the one to change it. Indeed, the world will change no matter what you do. Yet the more influence you have on that change, the better you'll like the results.

Excuses are available to you in abundance, but of what value are they? Forget the excuses. Forget about waiting for the perfect moment. Now is the time to get started. Use this moment and each following moment wisely, and you'll get precisely where you wish to go. One baby step at a time.

I know you can do it! If I can do it, believe me, SO CAN YOU!

Believe in Yourselves!


I'm taking this one to heart this year!

Have a great day, everyone.

Lin S
12-29-2009, 01:37 PM
I couldn't let that go by without a :thanks: for posting. It's wonderful, Lauren, and something we don't often think about.

I've been smacked lately with how much more work I have to do to get over perfectionism. I've made a lot of progress, but only in some areas. In others, I still have to learn to allow good enough to be good enough. With re: to weight loss, that means not feeling guilty if I don't follow my plan exactly. Sometimes I can't and sometimes I rebel against it, get stubborn, and just don't want to do it. What I have to remember is to let it go and get back OP without all the bad feelings that add stress and make getting back OP even harder.

What struck me is that when I compare this year with previous holiday seasons, I've been much more in control this year, even if I wasn't perfectly following my program. As I said yesterday, I have no idea how the weight will work out, but I know if I've gained, it will be no more than a couple of pounds because I've managed to stick mostly to my plan to eat my points range, except for the actual events, and get exercise whenever I can.

About the beef stew (which is what beef Bourguinon is-beef stew with red wine): Yes, I saw the movie, loved it, and want the DVD. I read the book. I looked up Julie's blog. I'm not too impressed with Julie Powell, but that's another post. I read Julia's bio and it's awesome. She was amazing. I want to be her, in a way, because my ideal food career, could I have a food career, would be to teach cooking and write cookbooks. I don't care about being on TV, though.

No, I haven't made her beef Bourguinon before, although I've made someone else's. Paul requested that I give it a try because it sounded so good in the movie. So, I'm doing it for New Year's. I know that you're not "supposed to" make new recipes for guests, but there are no new to me techniques involved and I break that rule all the time. I'm making the stew on New Year's Eve and reheating it, which gives it much more flavor after an overnight sit in the fridge.

Apparently Thomas Keller (considered the top American chef; has four world-class restaurants, starting with The French Laundry in Napa) has raised the bar on that recipe, too. I was reading an article in Cook's Illustrated. The author was testing recipes to adapt for weeknight dinners. He (or she, I don't remember) said that the best recipe he tested was Thomas Keller's, but it took four days and 50 ingredients! :faint: Not exactly a weeknight special. :lol: But what a challenge for a :chef: ;) I have all of Thomas Keller's books, but haven't cooked much out of them due to lack of time. His recipes are complex, like his food. They look amazing, though, and I plan to make time to cook from them this year.

Keep on turtlin'! :newyear:
:coffee: :chef: :write: :corn: :book2:

12-29-2009, 03:10 PM
Hi Turtles,
Beef Burgundy for New Year's! Sounds scrumptious.
Good luck with the recipe. I've got a favorite I've been making for years and I'll share the recipe if anyone is interested. However, I'm sure that Julia's is much better. I used to try and cook gourmet, but find I'm more a fast and slpppy cook. :chef: in and out of the kitchen with as little work as possible. Somehow it all works for me.

Lauren, I am going to print out your post from your buddy. Here I am in my late sixties and I have lost weight many times, but find myself stagnating around 195# This cannot be! I am determined to lose another 25# this year and I will do it. The only way I can do it is to hop on the :tread: right now. What am I waiting for and what would I do to lose this weight!!!!!!!!

Thanks for a fabulous post. You've got my :bravo: for having company for two weeks. :cheer: and :love: for your dh to visit his mom and let you have some alone time.
We'll be with my children for another five days and I hope it's not too much for me. I'll bring a book and disappear to read now and then as a coping device. The food could be a challenge, but I'm bringing plenty of ww friendly items to help me get through it. Wish me luck!
234.6/ugh/190 and deeper into onederland :cool:

12-30-2009, 07:46 PM
Hi turtles - everyone ready for a brand New Year? Hope so, lets make this "our year for getting to goal"

Judy - I am still going to Tops, I will just be following a new eating/exercise plan that I sent away for. Remember last winter when I went to my
X-Weighted workshop, anyway it is from him. Haven't started yet - will start on Jan 4th when am back to work.

You all sound like you have had some challenges but lots of fun as well.

Hope everyone had a great Christmas & Happy New Year.

At my walking centre, they had free fitness classes for 50+ which I participated in Mon & Wed a.m. then I still got in my 2 mile walk & quick swim.
I am abit stiff tonight, but feel good about actually getting my butt off the couch this week since I am on holidays & that usually makes it easy to make excuses about not exercising. As for the eating - hasn't been the best.
But the last few days I have done much better.

Lets do this together!!!

01-03-2010, 11:23 PM
Yes, let's all do this together! Happy New Year to us all.
We are the Turtles and we are great. :cheer:

Good luck to us all.
My dh and daughters and their spouses and little grandson just got back from the beach. We had a townhouse on the ocean and it was beautiful.
Some little setbacks here and there including unexpected snow brought us home early, but we had a good time cheering in the New Year at the beach. :beach: Today we packed up all the Christmas decorations and tomorrow we'll get the boxes where they belong. It'll be good to be back to normal as much fun as the holidays are.

I am determined to make this a great week. :bravo:

Lin S
01-04-2010, 12:33 PM

Julia's Beef Bourguinon was a conversation-stopper, literally. People took one bite and the conversation immediately changed to how superb it was and discussing the recipe. Julia was absolutely awesome and her writing is so clear that she teaches well without being there. I've decided my New Year's tradition will be to invite people over to share one awesome, but incredibly time-consuming, recipe by a great chef. Not necessarily Julia every year. After all, I also have the likes of Thomas Keller to learn from. And, I want to make time to study more advanced cooking techniques' like those Julia teaches in her cookbook, on a regular basis.

Jan. 2 my mom was taken to the hospital. Turns out she had pneumonia in both lungs and her sodium level was low. Her potassium level must have been low, too, since they gave her potassium pills. She's much better now, but dealing with it made my post-holiday weekend difficult in terms of weight loss. I expect that to happen and it's important not to let weight loss get in the way of the more important things in life--like the people you love. It's just something that I have to notice, so it doesn't go from a one-time deal with the situation to a pattern of eating improperly.

Update on my holiday weight loss goals--I gained one pound. I'm happy with that since from Christmas through last weekend I had so much food that was difficult to count, so I estimated or completely took the day off and just put in my daily points so I wouldn't lose the habit of tracking. I made an extra effort to stop eating when I was full and make sure to get in some exercise every day. I'm back on track and we'll see how this week goes. I'm thinking about doing a filling foods week next week because I have a lot of stuff in my pantry that needs eating that fits filling foods well.

I want to share an article with you all. It's about how your brain works with regard to making changes you want to make, but find difficult. Weight loss is one of the types of changes they mention their research being helpful with.


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

01-04-2010, 05:01 PM
Hi turtles:

Hope you all had a great holiday & now it is time to get back on track for 2010.

I don't really like the term "resolutions" by my 2010 goals are: Lose 25# by July 1st & walk more than 237 miles at my centre.

How about everyone else?

01-05-2010, 09:33 AM
LIn, love that you made a conversation stopping dinner! What a compliment to your cooking. Weigh to go :bravo: on your only gaining one pound during the holidays. That's phenom!!!! I love your attitude and am hoping your dm gets feeling better real soon.

Bandit: I do like to make resolutions and I like challenges. I had set up a 25# weight loss for this year, but now that you've stepped up a bit more than that I'm aiming for your goal to be mine: 25# down by July 1st. How will I do that? By tracking, having faith in the WW program, checking my thyroid level to make sure I'm cooking on all burners in my body, and exercising 4X a week minimum! Yep, I can do this.
Is it okay if I brag a bit? 2009 was awful for many, but I made many positive changes:
1. I lost over 20# last year
2. I flew in an airplane for the first time since 9/11 (I live in NY)
3. I established a more loving relationship with my dh and its been great!
4. I started toning my arms
5. I wrote a book!
6. I started doing what I wanted to do and I finally started saying no
when I had to.
7. I reached out and made a couple of new acquaintances who may turn
into friends.
You Turtles have been so wonderful this year. It's great to have a happy, safe place to come and vent and share good news as well.
Here's :carrot: :dance: :love: :dancer: :bravo: :cheer: and :cheers: to all of ua.
MsMeri, if you're reading, let us know how you're doing or give us your link again to your blog.
Princess, we'd love to hear from you. You've been a vital part of this group for a good time.
Bandit, :cheer: for setting such a good example with social activities, exercise, and eating plans.
Lauren, :bravo: for signing up for Curves and switching up your eating plan.
Lin, :chef: of the decade award goes to you! Here's :cheers: for using flexible restraint through the holidays, having a positive outcome, and using good ole' common sense to plow through to get what you want!
Cherry, :carrot: for chiming in. Many of us remember the extra challenges of small children in the house. Keep on keepin' on until this all clicks because it will!
Here's :cheer: to all the Turtles here who chime in and also to those who just read the posts. Good luck to us all in this new decade and new year!
234.6/ugh(my scale is broken so I'm not sure)/190# first and deeper into onederland and my next goal of breaking into the next decade of the one eighties! :cool:

Lin S
01-05-2010, 11:24 AM
I found an interesting article and wanted to share. I don't know if you'll have to register at the NY Times site to read it, but here's a link:

http://scienceblogs.com/isisthescientist/2010/01/does_fitness_or_fullness_deter.php?utm_source=nytw idget

The interesting thing about it is that if all you care about is numbers on the scale, you don't need to exercise to lose weight, and will lose it faster initially. But if you care about being healthy, you do need to exercise and be content with a slower weight loss.

I suspect there will be a lot of articles written this month about weight loss because it's one of the top New Year's Resolutions, so that's why I'm finding more interesting article links to post than I normally do.

Judy, brag away. You had a year to be proud of. :congrat:

Good luck, everyone, with meeting your goals this year. :D

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

01-05-2010, 07:18 PM
It was nice to see so many good posts. LinS hope your mom is ok. Sorry to hear she was in the hospital. It was very encouraging to read everyones posts. I think i want to work on just journaling all that i eat (no matter what) I have a problem with that. Winter is a hard time for me because of SAD and also i tend to want to eat constantly when i am stuck in the house.

01-07-2010, 02:39 PM
Hi Turtles,
As soon as I grab a minute, I'll start the next thread. Right now I want to say hi and to say yesterday at my WI I was down .2#. Actually that was great since my family and I were at the beach for four days and ate out most of that time. Since I was up three pounds in December I didn't allow the New Year gain to settle in and even knocked off .2# of the Christmas gain. I'm psyched and ready to go. Yesterday we ate out with the kids and grandkid, but I counted it in and used some of my 35 points. Today has been great so far and I'm about to eat a low cal lunch to keep this going.

Good luck to us all. Drink water! Keep on keepin' on! And Chime in whenever you've got the chance.
Love, Judy
234.6/196.2/190 and deeper into onederland :cool:

01-07-2010, 05:32 PM
Nice, Judy! Losing .2 over the past week could not have been easy. Love your mojo right now. Nothing is going to stop you! I LOVED your 2009 list. You did some fantastic things last year! :carrot: I'm very, very impressed.

Lin, I'm sorry to hear that about your mom and glad she seems to be recovering. Double pneumonia is no small thing. Your fabulous dinner sounds like it was a major success! I wish we were neighbors. :D

Cherry, journalling is such a helpful tool. Have you tried not trying to restrict your eating but just writing it all down? I have found that to be a big help in the past in getting me gradually back on track.

I'm doing well with the eating, am back on track, and am officially sore from my last Curves workout. Got my heart rate right up into the target range, finally, which is good. Am down 4 pounds from my highest holiday weight, 5.5 away from VFT. Would LOVE to hit that milestone next month! Pants are fitting again, too. Whew.

Getting off sugar this time was a real chore, and I scared myself a bit. I hadn't eaten like that in a long time. Obviously, it's very easy for me to fall back into old habits. The real monster for me is sugar, definitely. Once I get into it, I crave it terribly. Also, I think low-level stress -- having my family staying in my house -- contributed, too.

It really helped to allow myself to eat unlimited fruit as I was coming off the sugar junk. Kind of like an escape valve. I've gradually cut back on the fruit now and am almost back to where I want to be; I'll probably cut out one more daily piece before I'm done. Depends on what the scale does.

Snow is really coming down out there right now. Very pretty, but the drive home will be tricky. Ah, winter.

Have a great day, everyone.

01-08-2010, 10:22 AM
Hi Guys,
I've got a couple of spare minutes and I'll start a new thread. See you all at #227 Bale of Turtles Keeping Resolutions.
234.6/196.2/189 and deeper into onederland :cool: