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08-04-2010, 10:35 PM
Ok Ladies, we were over our 500 posts, so thought I'd get a new one started.

Allison - this is a new thread, so a new path out of the 190's! How did you do on plan today? Any fun new DVD's?

Dance - Wow, can only imagine how hot it is in Texas right now. It's 90 and humid here...must be ten times worse where you are. When are you back in CO?

Katylil - Welcome!! Glad you found our little group. Just some background - most of us have been together for over a year (I think almost 18 months now). We share about our WL and our lives in general. We have a very supportive group of ladies here! I'm a calorie counter / workout with a trainer (Jeff - you'll see his name from time to time).

Ok ladies, today was good on plan - just have to get these knees back in shape so I can work out again. My knees are still in pretty bad shape and my sciatica is starting to flare up here and there (not a good sign at all). Jeff is back from vacation tomorrow, I have an appt with him at 1:00 to ARP. Hoping this will do the trick because I go back on Friday too. Lucky me!

Great find of the day!!! Went to JCPenney to attempt to find something to wear to my SIL's bridal shower. found a super cute black and white dress on sale for $25 - and it was a size 14!! Wohooo!!

Hope everyone is doing well and checks in again soon!

08-05-2010, 11:21 AM
Thanks for starting the new thread, Maddiesmom! And I want to see pix of that new dress when you get a chance. I've found some dresses at JCP in the last year too - the one I brought to my reunion in Philly was from there. I've done some discount shopping here in houston in my free evenings and have had no luck at all but glad you're having good shopping karma!

Am going to try to get in another workout today. How are you all doing?

08-05-2010, 06:05 PM
Dance: Well, I bought the dress for the bridal shower, which is next week, so I'll have some pictures posted on FB shortly after. It's a sleeveless dress, black and white. Since I don't like my arms, I have a cute short sleeved dressy jacket to wear over it. Just need to pick up some spanx and I'm good to go! Oh and shoes...gotta find new shoes.

How is everyone today? I didn't work out, but did have my ARP appt at 1:00 - probably the most painful one yet, but we found the spots that need to get taken care of (looking on the bright side). It's my hamstring and my kneecap on my left leg. I've had issues with my left hip and sciatica on my left side and when he turned the dial, I felt the pain surge everywhere, so that's where we're going to work going forward. I go back tomorrow at 1:00 again.

Food has been good, trying to keep it on track since I'm not working out, but I have to eat some extra protein since I'm getting those muscles worked so much. I'm getting there, but it's going to take some time and a little more pain to get through it.

Hope everyone finds the new thread and joins us! Have a great day!

08-05-2010, 11:24 PM
Yay Vicky-new thread to get to the 180s, we can do it. I hope you get your knees straightened out. Knee pain sucks. I have weak knees but nothing like you are going through. Cant wait to see your cute dress.

Dance-are you sweating your butt off in TX(literally), lol.

Finished packing for our weekend of fun. Its gonna be nice to get away. Cant wait to see the baby. Gonna miss my pups though, but they will be good. They are staying with the same lady that kept them while we were in AL.

I was getting frustrated with the muffin top trying on clothes for the weekend. I wish I could spot train and get rid of it. Oh well, at least its getting smaller.

I better get in the shower and get to bed. Gotta get up early. Yuck.

08-06-2010, 09:12 AM
Hi ladies!
Thanks Vicky, it really sounds like you're all so supportive of each other, I'm glad I found this thread! :)
Ouch on the knee pain. It's not nice, especially when you're trying to work out! I'm a Musical Theatre student and I get a lot of shin pains which isn''t helpful AT ALL in dance classes. Hope it starts to feel at least slightly better soon! Also, dress photos! It sounds lovely! :)

Burgundy - muffin tops. UGH. I hate mine. Wit ha burning passion. If I had to lose weight off only one place, that would be it (but thankfully it doesnt have to be lost off only one place and it's very slowly getting smaller!)

I've done quite well with food lately. Today I'm going to go over my calorie count, cos it's my mum's birthday and cake and beef stroganoff is involved...but it's a treat and I'll be back on track tomorrow.

Exercise on the other hand...I slipped on the wet-from-rain road the other day and fell off my moped, banging my head and several other appendages. I got checked out at A&E and no concussion or anything, but a bit of whiplash is making it painful for me to move my neck and the doctor said no strenous activity, so exercise has been out! :( hopefully I'll be completely fine and back on my elliptical again by monday!

08-06-2010, 12:53 PM
katylil - ouch! poor you - that sounds awful. hope you recover soon!

burgundy - how's your ankle doing?

maddiesmom - you are such a trooper for going through these treatments - can't wait until you're pain-free!

Just did a short run on the treadmill in the fitness center and am having peanut butter on ww toast since burgundy got me thinking about it ;) I fly back to denver this evening thank goodness. What's everyone up to over the weekend?

08-07-2010, 11:39 AM
Morning, girls! Happy weekend! I've been up since 4am and am a little punchy but am happy to be home. Am going to either do my usual run in the park or get out for a good walk later - not sure. And run a gazillion errands. What's everyone else doing?

08-07-2010, 11:49 AM
Hahaha afternoon from where I am!
4am Dancer??! Wow! Kudos! No way I can get up that early. 7am is my earliest time for getting up!
Well I'm back to work in a bit for my afternoon shift. Quite pleased, I weighed myself this morning: I'm down a pound and a half! Not exactly sure how that happened considering I had beef stroganoff and chocolate cake yesterday...sure, they were small portions of both, but still! :)
Still no exercise (except for my usual walking here and there at work) but I already have a plan in place for next week and the two following, which will bring me to the date of my first mini-goal: 147 pounds on 1st of September!
Hope you're all having a good day!

08-07-2010, 10:13 PM
:) So, the 4am thing wasn't on purpose - my bf has trouble sleeping sometimes and I tend to wake up when he does. Got in a nap this morning though which helped.

katylil - congrats on a 1.5lbs! Great job!!

08-08-2010, 09:18 PM
Sorry I haven't been around ladies! Most of the time, I'm checking from work on my lunch break, but since I've been ARPing during lunch and work has been crazy, hasn't left me much time.

So, I ARPed on Thursday and Friday and we finally found the end all, be all problem. It's my hamstring to my knee. Extremely painful. Thursday I got the dial to 6.2 (out of 10), and went back on Friday, and only improved slightly - 6.6. Going back Monday through Wednesday to get this blasted out and done. I going to check with Jeff to see what my options are after Wednesday, at that point I've done 10 sessions. Hoping that I can take the pain a little more and get to 10, but right now I'm not sure that's possible. Can't really work out at all while this is going on. Luckily I'm maintaining, so I guess I can't complain too much.

dance: Sorry for your early morning! I feel your pain. Maddie wakes up at 4 each morning and then comes in my room to sleep. Hard to sleep when a 2 year old hogs the bed!! Did you get any running done this weekend?

Katylil: Congrats on the 1.5!!! GReAT JOB!!! Sorry to hear about your accident, hoping you are on the mend and feeling better soon! Glad to see you have a mini goal, you can definitely achieve it by September!

So, went out shopping again yesterday at the local outlet mall. They have an Ann Taylor outlet (totally love their clothes). Got 3 pairs of slacks and 3 shirts for less than $150. Not too shabby. Then went to the coach outlet and they had this super cute bag that was originally $298, got it for $70! Gotta love outlet sales. Got a matching wallet too, couldn't resist. Worst thing I could have done? Gone to McDonald's for dinner. I was starving by the time I left the mall (My own fault, there was noone with me), so I had a grilled chicken sandwich with no mayo, which was fine, but then I had the fries. Man, my stomach is killing me today. Now I definitely know, no more fast food. I can't take it anymore. Guess it's a lesson learned.

How was everyone else's weekend? Hoping everyone is doing well!

08-09-2010, 01:49 AM
** Tail tucked... shameful face!** Hi girls. Can you forgive me for dropping off the face of the earth?

08-09-2010, 09:45 AM
AJ: WELCOME BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OMG I missed you! How have you been? Love the new picture of you. Let us know what's been going on. You know you are more than welcome back at any time! :) :hug:

08-09-2010, 12:55 PM
katylil-congrats on the 1.5 lbs. Beef stroganoff sounds yummy, havent had it in ages. How is your neck feeling? I like your minigoals.

Dance-my ankle is feeling fine now, it seemed to only be that one day it was bothering me. Dont know what that was all about. Peanut butter is a weakness of mine. I had to drag somebody along with me, lol.

Vicky-so sorry you are going thru this pain again with your knees. You are one tough cookie to go thru these treatments. Are you able to do any kind of workout or just trying to take it easy? **Jealous**, I wanna go shopping. I am waiting to lose more before I get anything new. I did go to Rue 21 a few weeks ago and got a couple shirts and I got a sweater Saturday at TJ Maxx.

AJ-Of course we forgive you. We are glad to have you back. How is Seattle?

My walk of shame now.................I ate pretty much anything I wanted on Friday and Saturday while we were out of town. That even includes a breakfast buffet on Saturday, yikes. Well I paid for it Sat night and Sunday. My stomach was a mess(Vicky, I feel ya on no more fast food) I barely ate anything yesterday. I wont do that again. If we go out of town I will stay POP. I dont want to feel like that again. I am back on track today and gonna stay there.

Had a great weekend other than that though. Met Jade Rose, she turned a week on Saturday, she was so adorable. I didnt want to ever put her down. Now I know Chris and I have to get to the doctor and check out our fertility issues.

Sandy-we really miss you, come back!!!!!!

Have a great Monday everyone.

08-09-2010, 01:03 PM
AJ - how fun to see you again! Is that a picture from your friend's wedding? You look gorgeous!

Will post more later - just wanted to say a quick hello!

08-09-2010, 02:41 PM
Thank you!

Vicky- Thank you so much! So sweet.
Allison- I am still so impressed with your 30ds victory. I think I made it through 10 days when I was 100% diet committed. I am glad you are feeling better today.

Dance- It is the wedding. And I was back at my original starting weight so it is hard to look at the pics but I wanted to use a fat pic as my avatar so that I stay motivated! =) Thank you though.

Okay girls.... I am not sure what plan I want to follow. I am not sure of anything actually. I AM SURE I can not live like this anymore. I am smoking again after years, I eat crap and feel like crap. I am actually fairly active but it does nothing when I eat taco bell and mcdonalds.

I am starting slow today and shooting for 1600 calories and I will go back to 1300 tomorrow. It feels so awful to feel like you have wasted a year.

08-09-2010, 02:55 PM
aj - I need to get back in gear too - maybe we can get each other motivated! How's seattle?

Just got back from a run - am doing pretty well with exercising but haven't been strict on plan with food.

burgundy - glad you had a fun weekend but sorry your tummy wasn't cooperating.

maddiesmom - woohoo for outlet shopping - so fun - glad you were successful.

Planning on a walk with a buddy later time permitting and more exercise tomorrow.

Hope you all are doing well!

08-09-2010, 04:36 PM
AJ: Was there a trigger that caused the bad eating/smoking? Stress from moving again? Are you working up in Seattle? Start out slowly, I would recommend working on the eating portion first - start by taking away the fast food - you will feel so much better when you're filling your body with lots of good fruits/veggies. Now that you're in Seattle, I bet you can get a ton of fresh fish too. How are things otherwise?

Dance: How are you feeling / how's the knee? I'm guessing you're doing better if you are going exercising later. How was your Texas trip?

Burgundy: I know how being around babies makes you want to have one. I've seen so many infants in the past few weeks (plus my friend had one back in March and another few are pregnant now), it really makes me want to have another. Hope you find out what is going on so you can have your little bundle. Sorry you're feeling icky too, it's amazing how horrible fast food can make you feel. I vow to never eat McDonalds again! Definitely not worth it!

Well, I went and ARP'ed again today. The knee is still pretty bad. Got up to 7.5 on the dial. Two more treatments to go. I was in tears today because I was pushing myself to get through this and get better. Jeff saw me tearing up and got me some water and let me rest. I'm telling you, if I wasn't getting results, I would have given up by now due to the pain. I'm amazed I go back each time. I go back on Tues and Wednesday, then I start training with him again and using the ARP to build the muscles so I can get them stronger. We'll see what happens. For now, I'm pretty much giving up on running - right now it's totally not worth it.

What was everyone else's plan today? Hope everyone is having a fabulous Monday.

08-09-2010, 07:52 PM
maddiesmom - there are so many other ways to get exercise - I totally agree that right now running just doesn't make sense for you. So very sorry you have injury pain and even more painful ARP to deal with - aren't you finding that the pain wears you out? I've been lucky with my knee lately - a few twinges today but not bad and I'll probably ice it later.

aj - how can we help? will you be my mileage buddy tomorrow?

08-09-2010, 09:36 PM
So along with my lowfat diet, I have decided today is the day to get back to walking. Gonna get the dogs ready and try for 2 miles right now. Keep your fingers crossed that we make it. I'll post more later.

08-09-2010, 11:44 PM
AJ-30ds was killer. Thats the second time I did it all the way thru. I just kept thinking of Vicky working out in the high performance area of her gym. She kept me going along with Dance and all the words of encouragement. Im eating lowfat right now and it seems to be working except for the mishap over the weekend. Never again. Anything we can do to help you get back on track, let us know and we will do our best.

Dance-lets get ourselves back on plan and strict with food. I did good today. Had to get straightened out after the weekend.

Vicky-thanks. I know when the time is right I will have a child, one way or another. Are you and Matt planning to have another one anytime soon? Running probably isnt the best for you right now, but there are so many other things you can do. Hope your pain gets better soon.

Did 2 miles with the pups, it was getting dark on us so we had to hustle. Then I came home and did a little workout on the wii. Not as much of a workout as 30ds but at least I got up and got moving.

08-10-2010, 12:21 AM
Just got back from a 3 mile walk with my buddies so that's a good exercise day for me, combined with the run this morning.

burgundy - woohoo for being back in the mileage groove! Do you notice a difference in your body after 30ds?

Haven't had dinner yet so I'm trying to figure out what I can eat that won't take long to put together.

aj - how did the changes to your eating plan go today?

08-10-2010, 01:35 AM
Vicky- The smoking was a surgery to remove my gallbladder. I didn't handle that well. And I git cocky and didn't have a scale for 5 months. I didn't think I was really gaining until I over heard my dad say to my brothers "Look at her, all that work and now nothing to show for it." Now I am just sabotaging myself.

Allison- Really cute pics on your fb! Who is the baby?

Dance- Great start with a mac n cheese ending to it. Its TOM, I am on fertility drugs that make me cry over EVERY THING! and my husbands family is coming to visit and I am so crazy with anxiety.

Seattle is awesome. The food (OBVIOUSLY) is amazing. I live above the famous pikes market so fresh fruits, veggies and fish daily. I just can't eat 1 peach... I eat 5. I have never in my entire life felt so out of control. EVER!!

I think I need something more strict than calorie counting. I just cheat.

I am going to walk to work tomorrow. its a whole whopping 1 mile. Seems like nothing compared to what you are doing but for what ever reason I take the bus or make davey drive me.

08-10-2010, 05:31 AM
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08-10-2010, 01:01 PM
Allison: Aw, thanks for the compliments! You definitely inspire me as much as I inspire you! To answer your questions, Matt and I are thinking of trying next year (mid to late 2011). We really want to focus on Madeline and make sure finances, etc. are in order. We want to move into a bigger house as well, but if that doesn't happen before the end of 2011, I'm still going to have a baby! I'm definitely getting baby fever.

Dance: I find that pain complely wears me out. The ARP makes my muscles contract 500 times a second, so it's working those muscles harder and faster than I could even think of doing. I'm literally sweating when I get out of the gym (not so good when I have to put a suit back on and go back to work!) I'm getting better, my sciatica is going away and my hip isn't as bad. I'm going to get some new workouts from Jeff and taking running completely out of my routine until he thinks I can do it again. It's going to take some strengthening to get my knees to where they need to be. Great job on the workouts!!! You are a mileage queen!!

AJ: So sorry to hear about your surgery - I heard gallbladder can really do a number on your digestive system. How are you feeling these days? What can we do to help you get back into control? Walking a mile is a great start - it's better than taking a ride! As for the eating - start by eating the healthy stuff - 5 peaches is still better than a big mac and fries (for example). Baby steps is the way that worked best for me. Little changes here and there that will add up to pounds lost. You can do this! Dont' let others' comments (your dad's for example) derail your efforts. IF you lost it once, you can do it again! The fact that you came back shows that you are resilient. :hug:

08-10-2010, 04:27 PM
Dance-it feels so good to get back to walking and when I was walking I was losing. Not like now the scale doesnt want to go lower than 193. I really dont notice a big difference in my body. I am feeling bloated lately. TOM may be on the way.

AJ-the baby is Chris' cousins. We went to see her this past weekend and is absolutely adorable. Walking to work is a great start. You'll find your groove again and start losing.

Vicky-Baby fever is spreading like wild fire, lol. I would love to get pregnant before my 30th birthday so I have 11 months.

Havent gotten out for a walk today, probably gonna wait til about 8. Almost went to late last night at 845 so gonna get going earlier today. Wanna go out and jump on the trampoline but I need to clean it off. After raining it has some gunk on it. Want to get 2 miles in again today.

We went to the river to swim this morning. Chris and our nephew Joel fished. They caught a few bass. It was a nice morning.

Havent heard from the boys mom since before the weekend. Its been a nice little break. I am sure I will hear from her near Friday(payday).

How is everyones week going?

So I just tried doing Jillian Michaels No More Trouble Zones. Its 40 minutes. It says for your first time to do as much as you can and build up to doing it all. I didnt do it all. It was a bit much on my knees but I did what I could. It was still a good workout and I worked up quite a sweat. Still gonna get a walk in. Now time to make some dinner, what to make???

08-10-2010, 07:50 PM
Hey, girls! I took today off to work on construction projects and I moved (with help from some guys) 1.5 tons of flagstone for an addition to my patio so that counts as my workout for today, phew! Am vegging for a bit before hitting the shower.

aj - what kind of job do you have? If you can get into the habit of walking there and back, I think that would be helpful with getting into a new groove. My sympathies on the fertility drugs - they made one of my buddies pretty emotional for a while - that's tough stuff and as far as I know, they don't make weight loss any easier.

burgundy - what did you decide on dinner? I'm a bit stuck for ideas myself ;) Good for you on the miles - I bet that will get your ticker moving again.

maddiesmom - You have really been through a lot with all the ARP but what a great thing you've done for your body, losing so much weight and getting your back sorted out. In no time, your knees will be stronger than ever and you'll be able to run around after your little one with no trouble. It's probably hard to even imagine a pain-free existence at the moment. Have you worn any of your new outlet clothes yet?

Hope you all have a nice evening...

08-11-2010, 03:22 PM
Vicky- Thank you. Wait... you want another baby?

Allison- Do you listen to Jillians pod casts? I use to just love her and lately (maybe jealousy) I just can't stand her advice. I am still listening though.

Dance- The drugs are so not good and I am not even sure I am really ready to be pregnant but that changes daily. I am a art director/web design coordinator with a company that builds sites for Dentists and Ortho Docs. Its... ehhh. I am trying to create good habits but it the home part I really struggle with. Cooking and prepping for work.

I am having a good day. I will be at 600 calories by the time I go home from work and I even got a sugar free vanilla latte =) I really need to take the time at night to prep for the day. I have enough food and it is 11:20 here and I have 40oz of water down!! Good day.

Can someone fill me in on who is still here? Also, where is every one weight wise?

08-11-2010, 04:14 PM
AJ: yep, I want to have another one - we're going to wait until next year to start trying, but I would have another one in a second! I agree, planning food for the next day is hard for me too. I try to go to the store and then I clean and prep all my produce so I can hurry and bag it for my lunch. I pretty much eat the same thing every day, but at least it's "Dummy proof" where I don't have to try and figure out what to prepare.

Weight wise - I made it to Onderland on 4th of July weekend - first time in more than 10 years I think. It's crazy to think! I'm at 78 pounds lost. Still doing the calorie counting (sort of - I basically eat all fruits, veggies and lean protein) and then I work out with Jeff still. Before I hurt my knee, I was working out with him 3-4 times/week.

Dance: Your yard work sounds like a hefty workout to me!! Any plans for mileage today? I did wear my new clothes yesterday, and I have to say, I feel better than I have in a long time. I know I'm getting there, just takes time. I'll take pictures this weekend with me in the new dress (still can't believe I'm going to wear one) and post them on FB.

So yesterday, I went and ARP'ed and I reached 10!!! Still can't believe it. My knee doesn't hurt as much as it used to and my hip pain is almost completely gone - it's getting there. I went and strengthened with the ARP today, so next week I can begin training again with Jeff. Very excited that I won't be getting zapped on a daily basis.

Food has been good - I'm really trying to stick to plan. I have about 3-4 weeks before I have to start shopping for a dress for my SIL's wedding, so I'm hoping for a 12, but if it doesn't happen, I'm happy that I'm a 14 - that is 5 sizes down from where I was, so I can't complain.

How is everyone else doing?

08-11-2010, 04:34 PM
aj - your job sounds interesting - good for you for getting something creative! What do your meal plans look like these days? Are you still shooting for protein for breakfast? Low-carb? Bringing lunch to work is hard for me (too lazy, I guess) and I only have a few options I'm comfortable with as far as restaurants (Subway, Panera's, Whole Foods) where I won't be tempted by fast food or other bad choices. What are you bringing for lunch these days?

As far as weight, I haven't made any real progress in quite a while but I'm looking at it as maintenance practice and I seem to have lost some more inches from running as my clothes are looser than they used to be. I don't calorie count except for sort of in my head and clearly that's what I need to do to get things going again. Too many treats, *sigh*.

As far as still here - Maddiesmom, Burgundy and I are the always crowd. Mygrits was posting all the time for a while but in the last few weeks, I think she's been caught up with other stuff (her online business and her daughter is looking at getting divorced). We haven't heard from Neesy in ages but on FB I saw that she wasn't planning on moving to Korea anymore so hope she's doing well.

What do you hear from Lindy? She looks gorgeous in the pix I've seen on FB.

I'm walking with a buddy after work tonight so it'll be a 3-mile day for me - anyone else up for mileage? Food is fine so far - B: strawberries and yogurt, L: tuna sandwich, veggies. Not sure what dinner will be yet.

08-11-2010, 04:43 PM
Vicky---- OMG ONEDERLAND! How exciting. What do you like most about yourself 78lbs lighter?

Dance- What do you eat at panara? I brought a homemade yourt parfait with blueberries, a banana, a large salad for lunch a grapefruit for snack and to fish my sugar cravings! I still would love to do protein breakfast but I am so lazy in the AM

08-11-2010, 10:54 PM
Well, I've been lurking the last few days, I read back all of ya'lls posts and was soooooo proud of how great you ALL have been doing. I just didn't want to post because I don't want to be a fair-weather friend. I don't just want to be here when I am on plan. But, dancer sent me a PM (are you stalking me ;-) ) saying to come say hi, so here I am saying hi. If you will accept my conditional friendship, I will come as often as I can. That really sounds brutal, but I can't help that I can't come here and say that I'm not on plan, so I want to be honest.

So, I know everything that has went on with you guys for the last 6 months, so I won't ask for an update. In case anyone wants to know, I have actually been doing decent on my weight loss. I am down 94 lbs and counting. I'm not sure where I was at last time I posted on here. I also finally got the promotion at work that I have been wanting for over a year. My husband finally got a job with advancement possiblilities. We just had our one year anniversary and went to Savannah for a weekend getaway (didn't gain any weight amazingly). We are also on Dave Ramsey's debt snowball plan and are on track to be completely debt free in less than two years (except the mortgage). Life is amazing, just need to get the rest of this weight off. I think I finally have accepted the fact that I cannot lose quickly and will probably at this for another two years.

Dance, thanks for remembering me and inviting me back.

Vicky, glad your knees are getting better. You are doing awesome and wish I could have the continuous dedication you have.

Allison, you are my hero! 30 day shred x 2!!! I couldn't even make it 2 days!?!

AJ, glad to see you came back too!

08-11-2010, 10:55 PM
AJ: What do I like most about being 78 pounds lighter? The clothes options!! LOL Buying the smaller clothes has been nice, but I still need to work on the self confidence. It's hard being the "fat person" for so long and then have to change your mindset.

Dance: 3 miles - I think I may start walking with you guys. There's nothing wrong with walking! I am giving up the running for an indefinite amount of time, but I could definitely benefit from walking.

Yep, just the core 3 of use: Burgundy, Dance and me. Staccie had mentioned that she was getting a trainer/nutritionist, but it seems that her life has taken a busy turn so we haven't heard from her in awhile either. Not sure why Neesy isn't going to Korea, but I guess she's living in Florida now and found a job.

As for Panera - they have an awsome chicken poppyseed salad that is basically fruit on top of salad greens with chicken and lowfat poppyseed dressing. Super low fat and calories and it's really good too. I try not to eat out too much, I get myself into trouble. Food today was good:

B: Oatmeal
S: grapes
L: roasted turkey breast with broccoli and carrots
S: Nectarine, energy bar (suggested by Jeff, so it's 100% natural)
D: grilled chicken with veggies

ARP is done!!!!!!!! Yippee! Got to do my strengthening session today which hurt just as much as the treatment! Yikes! I go back to trianing next week and we may bring the ARP in from time to time if Jeff thinks I need it. Basically I will do whatever it takes not to get injured again.

Hope everyone is having a fabulous day!

08-11-2010, 10:58 PM
Tiff: So glad to hear from you! 94 pounds lost is AMAZING!!!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!! :hug:

Sounds like life is working out for you - as it should. Great news all around with your promotion and the hubby's job and is the house renovation going? Did I read that you were back in school as well?

Stop by when you can - we do miss you and wish you all the luck in the world. Trust me, I wish this weight would come off faster, but I know it will be a long journey, but we'll both get there.

08-11-2010, 11:33 PM
Dance-thats a lot of flagstone to move, bet that was a good workout. Dinner, last night I made 12 grain pancakes with SF syrup. Tonight Chris made us grilled chicken and a nice salad. It was yummy.

AJ-I've never listened to her pod casts. As much as I love her workouts she does annoy me quite a bit. I tried watching her new show but just couldnt get into it. Waiting on Biggest Loser to come back. How many calories are you eating a day?? I trying to do lowfat. I still kinda guesstimate calories. My weight is staying around 193 right now. I am fighting to get to the 180s. Love the snail on your ticker, thats what I need cos this weight is ssssssssssoooooo slow.

Vicky-so happy for you that you are almost done with ARPing and can get back to training. Do you miss it? Funny, I would have never thought when I was bigger that I would actually start to enjoy working out. Cant wait to see you in your dress.

Tiff-post whenever you feel like it, we will be here. 94 lbs is absolutely amazing. Remember, slow and steady wins the race. We will all get to our goals. It may take a while, but we'll get there. SO glad life is treating you so well. 30ds, yea I have done it twice but there were months in between the 2 times. It took all I had to finish out the 30 days, it does get boring.

So I spoke too soon yesterday when I said I hadnt heard from the boys mom lately. I had them today plus 2 other boys. That was fun(3,5, 6, and 8 yr olds), a few squabbles here and there but a pretty good day with them.

I got a 2 mile walk in and did 2 sets of 50 crunches on the ab lounge. I am gonna work on the bingo arms before bed. Tomorrow I want to walk 2 miles and do a kettlebell workout.

We are gonna go see The Other Guys tomorrow. Will Ferrell is hilarious. I'll have to have a healthy filling dinner before we go.

08-12-2010, 12:30 AM
Howdy girls! Just got back from a walk with my buddy - I didn't really feel like it but once I got going it was fine as usual.

So fun to see all the activity on this thread!

tifftiff - great to hear from you! And yes, I'm pretty stalker-ish ;) You've made tons of progress since we last heard from you and I'm just so impressed that you're almost at the 100lbs lost mark - that is seriously amazing! Glad things are going well for you and your hubby. Don't worry about posting or not posting - we're happy to see you whenever. For me, this is the only place I feel comfortable being completely honest - about my weight, my clothing size, my comfort eating, my slipups and wanderings off plan and extremely SLOOOOOW progress in this whole weight loss thing and it's kind of liberating to have buddies who understand and don't judge. Oh - and how was your friend's wedding this winter? Do you have pics?

burgundy - good job on the miles! Your dinner sounds good - I tried a lean cuisine but it just wasn't very good. Back to normal (unprocessed) stuff tomorrow. Let us know how the movie is - I need some recommendations...

maddiesmom - congrats on being done with ARP! Your menu for today looked especially good - I need to roast a turkey breast for variety.

Hope everyone is having a nice evening...

08-12-2010, 12:31 AM
Vicky- I was talking with this old friend of mine 2 days ago. When we weighed in my 120's and her prob 110, we thought we were so fat. Not like a teenager kind of thinking fat but I would not wear a shirt that clung to me and I would not buy small pants because I was sure it showed to much. Now I look at pics and we look sick! Its hard to see your self as thin after being bigger. I had only lost like 40lbs and it didn't feel like a lb.

Allison- I am not sure what it is that bugs me, her voice maybe? Great job on the workout and the other guys has gotten RAVE reviews. I want to see eat, pray, love!!

Okay food day. I did something really bad... I had only had like 550 cals by the time I got off work. I had enough cals left to have this thin crust healthy pizza place. I ate 3/4 mini pizza. Calories... yes.... healthy... NO! But I drank 96oz of water today. WHOOOOOOOhoooooo!

08-12-2010, 03:51 AM
Congrats Maddiesmom on finishing ARP! Hopefully the pain in your knee will be gone now? :)

Hi AJ and Tiff! Nice to meet you! :)

Dancer - I need to start walking again. A couple of years ago I did 2 or 3h a day for 2 weeks (I was in training for a walking holiday with friends) and I dropped about 6 pounds in that time without changing a thing on my diet! So definitely need to think about that one again...

Sorry I've been kinda absent this week. I have been reading what you guys have been up to, but haven't really had a lot of time to post myself! I started doing my pilates dvd again this week, which I havent done for ages. My sister and I had fun trying to do all the moves! Must have worked cos my butt and abs were killing the next day! :)

08-12-2010, 05:10 PM
Hey girls!
No exercise for me so far today but I'll try to make up for it tomorrow.

katylil - so many people rave about pilates - sounds like great exercise - good for you!

How's everyone doing today?

08-13-2010, 02:33 PM
Happy Friday, all!

maddiesmom - I bet you're enjoying life with no ARP! How does everything feel now that the treatments are over?

This weekend isn't looking like it's going to be superfun for me - electrician and tile guys tomorrow and tile guys again on Sunday so I'll be pretty home bound. I'm going to try to use the time to catch up on work. We'll see how that goes! What's everyone up to this weekend?

08-13-2010, 05:43 PM
Dance-I have laid off the lean cuisines too. I was eating them quite a bit there for a while. The Other Guys was pretty funny. Fun filled weekend for you. We dont have any fun plans this weekend. Gonna go see the baby this afternoon, they are up here at their house til their daughter goes back to school.

AJ-how are you getting all that water in. I need to up mine. Im just not a thirsty person, lol.

Katy-I have a pilates dvd, but never use it. Might have to pull it out.

I prepped a bunch of food to put on the grill to heat up for the weekend and beginning of the week. I have fingerling potatoes with onions and bell pepper, green beans(in the crock pot), carrots, squash and zucchini, cut up some cucumbers and made some peach salsa. Chris wants BBQ ribs for dinner on the grill. I will load up on veggies and have a small rib. Might see what other lean meat I have in the freezer and throw that on there too.

We have our nephews here for a few hours. They are playing video games. I always have someones kids.

Have a great weekend everyone.

Brown Eyed Staccie
08-14-2010, 12:13 AM
Hi ladies...sorry I've been MIA. I haven't been committed to too much lately other than doing everything possible to gain weight :( So not good! Anyway, not wanting to spend another summer covered up and sweating like a pig and maybe even wear a nice dress at NYE, I am going to really try and get this together.

So awesome that you are all here...

I loaded up on my last night of bad food...feel like crap - I do good for a few days and then fall off for weeks. I'm sad to say - I am almost back at the weight I was in 2006 when I started my journey - ick heard around the world!!!

I promised myself by moving back here, I was going to take control of my life and I have done anything but. I have to get my sh+t together.'s cheers to joining back up with a great group of ladies and losing this horrid weight!!!

08-14-2010, 10:37 AM
Staccie - nice to see you here! Now that you are settled in your new life, it seems like a perfect time to focus on you. Are you liking your job and stuff? Hope so!

We had a yummy dinner last night - lean steak, portobello mushrooms, asparagus and some new potatoes with ff sour cream. Am heading out for a run shortly - anyone with me for 3 miles today?

08-14-2010, 05:49 PM
Burgundy: that bbq stuff sounds good!!!!

I've been pretty awful the past few days. I went out on Thursday night with the girls, drank a lot, got very little sleep and then work the next morning...So I havent exercised much, but foodwise I was actually OK as my hangovers always make me feel queasy and not in the mood for eating!

I'm gonna do at least 40 minutes on the elliptical tomorrow as I have the day off and the first series of FRIENDS (borrowed from a friend) to watch and I think it'll be a great way to distract me from the effort! :)

Hope you're all havign a nice weekend!

08-14-2010, 06:20 PM
Katylil - friends sounds like the perfect show to elliptical to. Back when I was elliptical-ing, I used to watch episodes of Sex and The City - nothing too demanding, just light and fluffy.

I'm thinking about getting some books on tape for my ipod for long walks - do any of you do that?

Got in my run this morning before it got hot and we're going to walk to dinner later so it should be a good calorie burning day overall. Will check in again tomorrow....

08-14-2010, 10:40 PM
Staccie-are you getting back into a routine for weight loss? Glad to have you back.

Dance-last nights dinner sounds so yummy. I got my miles in today.

Katy-the bbq was delicious. I limited myself on the ribs and loaded up on the yummy veggies. Have fun watching Friends and elliptical-ing.

Walked 2 miles yesterday and today. Had to wait til almost 830 to go and was almost dark when we got back. Its been so hot the last few days. Cleaned my house today, just need to finish putting the laundry away.

Rented Just Dance tonight, so tomorrow I can dance. Hopefully it will help me get over this plateau. Its so frustrating. Might go to the beach with some of the family tomorrow. The water should be nice.

Hope you're all having a great weekend.

08-15-2010, 12:07 AM
Hi Ladies,

So sorry I've been MIA again, life has been crazy.

Staccie: Welcome back! We did miss you. I kind of FB stalked you so I knew what was going on from your posts, etc. How is your new job? It seems to keep you pretty busy. What is your WL plan?

Allison: What is Just Dance? Is it a workout DVD? I'm not familiar. Sounds like you are getting back into the walking routine - which is great! I'm going to have to start, but I'm going to start working out with Jeff too, so we'll see what fun workouts he gives me!

Dance: How did the housework go? Are all the servicemen out for good, or is there more work to do? You are a running goddess and I really wish I could go toe-to-toe with your running. Oh well, guess it's not in the cards for me. I've never done the book on tape when working out, I find that I really can't pay attention when I'm exercising. I can barely do it with music playing. :)

Katylil Have fun on the elliptical - Friends is a great show to work out to - pretty mindless and it keeps you distracted from what you are really doing. Glad to see you are getting back on track!

Thank you all for the congrats on the ARP - yes I am so relieved it's done and over with. The pain is totally gone!!! I'm soo thrilled. I still get sore from time to time which causes a little pain, but nowhere near what I was experiencing before. I'm back to working out with Jeff and he's going to keep tabs on me and make sure I'm doing ok. If I start to feel just a little pain, it's going to mean a little ARP session, but nowhere near what I was doing before.

So today was the SIL's bridal shower - saw some family friends who haven't seen me in about 4 years. One girl's jaw literally dropped when she saw me - she couldn't believe the change. Another family friend didn't even recognize me (and she was the one who threw me my bridal shower!!) I got compliments throughout the day, so those were nice to hear. They had a family style lunch, but I took a spoonful of everything and that was all. One bite sized carrot cake and that was it. But, I have to admit, I had pizza (tons of veggies) for dinner.

Best part of today?!? I weighed in and reached 195. I'm down 2 pounds, which is a total of 80 lost!!! Definite plus to my day. Tomorrow is the zoo with Madeline and we're bringing a picnic lunch so there's no way I can cheat. Lots of walking so that should be fun.

I posted pics on FB for those of you interested - actually wore a dress today!

Brown Eyed Staccie
08-15-2010, 01:38 AM
Vicky - I saw your pictures you look fantastic - congrats!!! 80 pounds is a great accomplishment!!

Dance - your meals always sound so yummy...I eat so plain all the time (unless I go to my sisters).

Burgandy - beach - sounds really nice - we've been getting enough rain here for a beach!

Well I made it through today with a good workout and no cheats - even though the popcorn at the venue smelled so good. I am working all weekend for Cirque. New job is good - just really busy but I'm trying to find balance.

I'm on a two weeks stretch with no days off because of so many events...ick! As long as I can get to the gym and not eat junk I will be good. That's my weightloss plan - just work out and eliminate the binges...god knows they've been horrible the past two years, especially the past four.

Well I'm heading to bed now - early morning at the gym!

Hope you are all enjoying your awesome weekend!

08-15-2010, 06:35 AM
Wow!! Congrats Maddiesmom!!!! :D 80 pounds!! That is BRILLIANT!!

Dance: I've tried the books on tape before. Didnt really work, I couldnt concentrate! I prefer listening to upbeat music nowadays

Staccie: that sounds like a good plan :) good luck!

08-15-2010, 12:58 PM
Staccie - it must be really hard working at an event location - all the concession stands tend to have such tempting but wildly unhealthy stuff. There's a new trend here though towards having a little better stuff - at the baseball field they now sell sushi and edamame but the hockey place is all beer, pizza and junk food still. Maybe things will change over time where you work. Good for you for sticking to plan! And I think you're totally on the right track with what you're trying to do.

maddiesmom - :dance: :dance: :dance: wooohooo for 80lbs! You, my dear, are a rockstar!! That's just wonderful and to have that combined with no pain must feel like winning the lottery. So happy for you! I indulged in some pizza too yesterday - we were planning on going out somewhere healthy but those plans kind of collapsed for various reasons and we ended up doing a big salad and pizza with veggies. Not horrific but not great.

Burgundy-I'm curious about Just Dance too - tell us how you like it.

Tile guys are here again today, but at least it's just them. Yesterday was nuts - electrician, cleaning ladies and tile guys. I felt like it was grand central station for a while. I'm going to head out for a run in a bit, then run some errands and then in the afternoon, we have a going away party for a friend who's heading off on some long term travels. Anyone with me for miles today? Walking, elliptical or otherwise ;)

In other news, I finally booked our vacation for next spring using frequent flyer miles. We're going to Tunisia in North Africa - should be an interesting adventure. And since it will be hot there and will most likely involve bathing suits, it will give me some motivation for continuing to get into better shape.

Hope you all are having a good weekend...

08-15-2010, 11:21 PM
Thanks everyone for the congrats! I'm getting there!! :) I was originally having my goal set at 175, but I'm wondering if I'm going to be happy with that number. I'm almost thinking that if I could get into the 160's, I would be thrilled. We'll just have to see what my body does as I drop that last 20 to my original goal.

Dance: Your vacation sounds awesome - and what a motivator! My SIL is spending her honeymoon in South Africa, where she'll be staying at a compound and going on safaris. Then it's to Mozambique for 5 days lying on the beach. Are you going on vaca with the BF?

Staccie: We missed you!! Glad to have you back! I don't know how you do it, I'd probably weigh 500 pounds if I had concessions food - I love those pretzels, and nachos, and beer! Good luck with your schedule, I hope you're able to get some "me time" just so you can decompress.

Today was fun - went to the zoo with the family and was there for over 4 hours. I'm sure there's more than a few miles walked in 85 degree heat and carrying a 35 pound 2 year old! LOL That's my workout for the day. Had an absolute blast - Madeline was so excited. We brought our own lunch so we didn't splurge. It was a great day overall.

How is everyone else doing?

08-16-2010, 10:05 AM
Dancer: the vacation plans sound good!! and definitely a good motivator for losing the pounds :) I've always wanted to visit Africa. I'm sure you'll have a blast!

Maddiesmom: Ohh! The zoo! Bet that was fun! :) And carrying the 2 year-old for hours: helluva workout!

Well I've just finished my very last monday morning shift. I'm finishing my summer job (selling designer sunglasses in a shop) on saturday and already counting the days! I'm looking forward to catching up on sleep, eating properly again (the bakery next to the shop is way too tempting! :/) and re-booting my exercise regime :) hopefully then I can reach my goal of 147 by 1st of September!

Hope you're all having a goody day!

08-16-2010, 01:41 PM
Vicky and Dance-Just Dance is a WII game, its has like 20 or 30 different songs and you dance along with the character. Its fun and a good workout.

Vicky-saw all your pics on FB, you look great. Bet that felt good to get all those compliments. Congrats for getting to 195, you are gonna catch me. Just take it one lb at a time and if you get to 175 and want to keep going go ahead. You will know when you are done.

Staccie-didnt make it to the beach, maybe sometime this week. Good luck with your new plan, you can do it.

Dance-didnt match you for miles yesterday but I will get a walk in today. Your vacation sounds amazing. That should keep you on plan.

Katy-having a bakery next door would be too tempting.

Didnt walk yesterday but want to later today. Its finally cooling off some so I can probably go earlier. Im gonna put in Just Dance and dance today sometime too.

Might go to another pow wow this weekend but we arent sure yet. Its like 3 hours away and not sure we are up for riding that long to stay overnight.

Hope everyone is having a good Monday.

08-16-2010, 02:08 PM
maddiesmom - it's hard to know what your goal should be when you start - I think it's interesting that so many of us make adjustments along the way. You are just doing so great - it's fun to watch you succeed! Your SIL's honeymoon sounds amazing! And yes, my bf is going with me. He's a great partner on these wild and crazy trips we go on.

katylil - looks like you're completely on track for making your goal - nice job! I can't remember - do you start school again in the fall? The UK semester starts in late sept/early october, right? What will you do with the time in between?

burgundy - I'm going to try to fit in a walk today too - maybe we can keep each other company virtually ;)

08-16-2010, 05:11 PM
Dance: Yeah, it's kinda complicated. I grew up in Spain, so I'm not entirely sure how most universities work, but at mine, the 2nd, 3rd and 4th years start back the first week of September (the 6th this year) and get all settled in before the 1st years arrive around the 3rd week of September (I think it's the 19th they all turn up this year). I'm flying back from home (Spain) to UK on the 2nd of september, which is why I want to reach that mini-goal by the 1st! :)

Burgundy: Just Dance sounds like fun!! I wish we had a wii. There are a whole load of new workout/dancey type of games coming out that look pretty good! :)

Brown Eyed Staccie
08-16-2010, 10:59 PM
Hi ladies...hope your Monday has been good. It was a busy day for me but I did make it to the gym for a good workout this morning and although I didn't resist some cookies (I was obsessing over them), I did keep it to a minimum. I need to celebrate those successes rather than focus on the fact I had them. But I need a semi-healthy snack in the afternoon so I bought some fibre one bars and keep them in my car so I don't binge on them :)

Dance - Africa - so nice! A friend of mine just got back from working the world cup. And that is something awesome to look forward to!

Vicky - so happy for you and your loss - can't wait to share some of that feeling!!

Burgandy - that just dance program sounds good...I've been thinking about adding some fun things into my workout and I love dancing - I should invest in that. I did pow wow's when I worked in Yellowknife (way up north) - I thought they were amazing

Kaytil - nice to 'meet you' :)

Well I'm off to bed, it's only 8PM but I can't stay awake to get used to getting up at 5AM for the gym again!!

Brown Eyed Staccie
08-16-2010, 11:01 PM
Oh PS - against my better judgement I went to a new hair salon and she butchered my beautiful long hair - I think I have to cut it all off - which to be honest is probably for the better since it's so dead. Kind of excited for a change and to have healthy hair again - no more highlights - going to stick to my natural color and just get my roots done...I can't afford it anymore :)

And while I am getting busy at the gym so much, shorter hair might be a blessing!

08-17-2010, 01:10 PM
staccie - you have such a pretty, slim face that I bet you can get away with any haircut. And started fresh is nice sometimes - all the maintenance of keeping up with complicated color is a drag. I bet it was a little traumatic though at first right after the cut - sorry about that. How did getting up early for the gym go?

I got tons of sleep last night and it made such a difference to my outlook, phew. I'm re-energized and ready to tackle my long long list of work to-dos. Heading out for a walk shortly - who's with me for miles today?

08-17-2010, 03:15 PM
Staccie: Sorry about your hair - it's always tough finding a new hairdresser. I had a lady totally screw mine up, so I had to drive nearly 2 hours to my old hairdresser so she could fix it! I think you could definitely pull off a shorter look though. Glad you made it to the gym.

Dance: I wish I could get a super good night's sleep. There's always something keeping me up though. I would totally do miles if it weren't so crappy here weather-wise. May take Maddie out to play if it's not raining when I get home.

Burgundy: Thanks for the compliments on the FB pics - yep taking pictures isn't as horrible an experience as it once was. I can see I'm getting there, but some of it's being hidden by the shirt I had on. I'll take it though! I was shocked to be at 195 - it was a good surprise though. We'll get to the 180's soon! Let's keep each other motivated! :)

Katylil: Sorry your pics on the other thread you started - you look beautiful!! Have you planned on how you are going to incorporate your new, healthier lifestyle when you go back to school? How did the elliptical go?

So, I'm back to working out with Jeff tomorrow. I'm going to try and do his class 3 days a week, with ARP as a back up if I need it. The other days I'm going to do workouts from home and/or walk. The bugs by us have been horrible, so it's hard to get outside at night.

Food has been good - just went to the store and bought some healthier snacks. How is everyone else doing?

08-17-2010, 05:07 PM
katylil - maddiesmom is totally right - you are gorgeous! Look at that tiny waist!

Got in a great walk but am not too happy about TOM. Oh, well.

maddiesmom - what did you get for snacks? I need some new ideas...

Brown Eyed Staccie
08-17-2010, 10:18 PM
Hi all...well I did not make it up this morning - and holy crow am I ever sore. But TOM is early which explains why I have been so tired, so I will go tomorrow even if for light cardio. Still doing good eating - had some butternut soup -very good.

Looking forward to the some ideas of some different styles.

Vicky - yes would love to hear about the snacks..I'm stuck on fibre one em!

Tomorrow is my weigh in day but since TOM is here think I will wait until Sunday.

08-17-2010, 11:49 PM
Dance-I did get a short walk in, it was only 1 mile with the dogs. They were aggravating me pulling to smell everything like we were somewhere new so we turned around. I took them home and hopped on my bike and went 2 miles. Isnt it great when you get just the right amount of sleep. My mom called and woke me up this morning but I wasnt too groggy today.

Katy-I need to get some more workout type games for my wii. I dont use it as much as I want to.

Staccie-you cant resist every temptation so be happy about it when you can control them. I love fiber one bars too. I'm out right now, might have to get some for the weekend. Wont be home so I will need some healthy options. I need a new haircut too, will there be pics??

Vicky-you do look great in your pics, we weigh about the same but you cant tell. I look bigger than you but I bet I am shorter. Im shorter than everyone, lol. We definitely have to keep each other motivated. 180s sound so exciting right about now. Glad you are back to working out. Bugs have been bad here too but I've been trying to get out on walks.

Didnt get a walk in today:( but Im gonna go 2 miles tomorrow and might do a mile on my bike. I was so close to 192 this morning but not quite there. I did dance to 8 songs and did some crunches on the ab lounge. Cleaned the bathrooms too(thats a workout, right)

I decided to go to the pow wow this weekend with my SIL and the kids. Chris doesnt want to go and hang out with a bunch of women all weekend. Gonna stay on plan while there and get in plenty of walks. Walking around the pow wow doesnt really count cos its stop and go.

Good night ladies.

08-18-2010, 02:13 AM
Okay... I suck. couldn't even go 3 days on plan. Not sure what to do. I am feeling just so blahhh with myself. I am going to try setting goals but that feels stupid with the whole... I can't go 3 days with out ice cream and pizza thing. I suck at this. I can give the best advice to people but never take it!

Allison- I use 1/2 a packet of crystal light so that its not so bland and I fill a HUGE cup 3 times. 32 ounces each time. When ever I want a sit... I gulp. I pee a TON but I know its good for me... when I don't go eat soy sauce after.

160- goal date: 10/1 ~ Reward= A trip to pick apples
150- goal date: 12/1 ~ Reward= 2 night getaway with the dogs
140- goal date: 2/1 ~ Reward= New outfit from guess- head to toe
130- goal date: 4/18~ Reward= A pair of true religions
125- goal date: 6/1~ Reward= A bikini and a trip to some where tropical

08-18-2010, 02:15 AM
PS Stienunn- I have missed you so. And your hair looks amazing

08-18-2010, 02:21 AM
PPS.. lol. I quit the fertility drugs. I have decided to wait a year to try again. It just feels right. =)

08-18-2010, 12:14 PM
aj - I love your list of goals and rewards! I bet stopping the drugs for right now will help you get on track. What's your plan for today?

staccie - show us some photos of what you're thinking about for your hair - I'm curious!

No workout for me today - back in the office. Hope you all are doing great...

08-18-2010, 03:44 PM
Dance- I had a breakfast on the go of fresh kiwi, banana and a slice of bread. LOL Lunch will be a sand. with fruit. Later is where it gets sticky. LOTS OF WATER! What is the weather like there now at night. Can you walk in the evenings?

08-18-2010, 04:14 PM
Allison: Thanks for the compliments on the FB pictures - it has been a long road! To answer your question, yes, I am taller than you - I'm 5'8" and I think your profile said you are 5'3? Of course we where we are isn't as important as where we are going!

AJ: I love your goals! A tropical vacation at the end of your journey sounds like an awesome way to celebrate! As far as the fertility drugs - if it doesn't feel right, then it doesn't feel right. At least you're not rushing into something. You will know when the time is right and you will have a beautiful baby. :)

Dance: Have fun at work! (If that is possible!) WOrk for me lately has been ok, basically, from now until the end of the year will be my busiest time so it's a good thing I'm not taking vacation (other than the SIL's wedding).

So today has been ok foodwise. Had to take Madeline for her check up so I couldn't make my protein shake like I usually do. Breakfast was some V8 and then a snackbar (Nutrilite brand has some all natural products that actually taste good).

For lunch - co-workers birthday and ended up at a Mexican restaurant. Didn't have too much chips and salsa and I had a salad with dressing on the side for lunch. No cheese on the salad, so it couldn't be too bad, right? Dinner will be roasted chicken and veggies.

Go back with Jeff tonight to work out - the first since ARP ended. We'll see how it goes. I slept funny last night so my back has been hurting, but I think I can deal with it for an hour to get a workout in. Just have to get back in the routine. I wanna lose a few more pounds before I start looking for a dress for the wedding.

Brown Eyed Staccie
08-18-2010, 11:54 PM
Hi ladies - what are the chances of getting two bad haircuts in a row...horrible. I know I am picky - but ick! So I'm hunting for an amazing stylist to fix it - even if I have to shell out a couple hundred bucks :(

TOM is here with a vengence. I was up all night with cramps and stayed in the shower for almost an hour this morning. Have been eating well - although going to the gym with the cramps and bloating is not an option - probably tomorrow. But at least the good stuff is going well :) high five for me.

AJ - I hear you on the dedication to the plan - I've fallen off more times than I can count. I think by allowing myself some treats in moderation but still working out helps...but it's still hard. Sounds like you are going through a lot - and I missed you too!!

Dance - I will post a picture when it gets fixed - right now it's in a little stubby ponytail - so disappointed :(

Burgandy - you're going to be out of the 190's by the end of the month...that's so awesome - good for you - and Vicky - you are not far behind. You both motivate me!!

Well I'm going to bed...all the painkillers I took today - well it made me sleepy. I have a horrid week coming up - 6 Cirque shows from Thur-Sun, Black Eyed Peas on Monday and two Lady gaga shows Thurs/Fri - brutal!!! Hope to get my hair fixed by then...fingers crossed!

Goodnight all - sweet dreams - cupcakes that taste like cupcakes but have as many calories as a celery stick...ummmm :)

08-19-2010, 12:05 AM
AJ-what plan are you trying to do? I have been doing ok with lowfat for a little over a week now. I guzzle water too when I drink it. Didnt drink a whole lot today, need to work on that. I like your goals, always need a positive reward to look forward to. I've been thinking about fertility drugs but want to wait til I am further into my weight loss. Plus I have to drag Chris to the Dr to get tested(both of us) and he says hes not going to any witch doctor, so that should be fun.

Dance-how was your day in the office? Are you shooting for miles tomorrow?

Vicky-yea Im 5'3", so you have a few inches on me. And I totally agree where we going will be so much better and just think today is so much better than where we were a year ago. Mexican, chris and I had mexican the other day and I did good with the chips and salsa too. It does get easier!!!! How did your workout go tonight?

My workout today was a 4 mile bike ride. I felt so good after I did it. I was only gonna go 2 miles but made it 1 mile and was gonna turn around. Instead I decided to go around the block. Might do it again tomorrow. Wanted to take the dogs on a walk this evening but time got away from me. I am gonna take them tomorrow cos I wont be home Friday and Saturday to take them. I did run around with them outside for a while. Might put in Just Dance and do that before bed.

Staccie-guess we posted at the same time. So sorry about your hair, hopefully you get it fixed and love it. I was thinking of cutting mine myself tonight but chickened out. Im really hoping to be out of the 190s by September. Busy schedule this week, get some rest.

08-19-2010, 10:16 AM
Dancer and Maddiesmom: Thank you!!!! :D I couldnt quite believe it when I saw that first photo and then compared it to the other one!
I'm really not exactly sure how I'm going to incorporate my Healthy Eating Plan into uni life...I have some plans. But planning and doing are two different things! Also, I'm not exactly sure of my schedule yet, so a lot of it will depend on that...but I'm feeling positive and I think I'll be able manage. We'll see! :) good luck Vicky btw with the workout!

AJ: don't lose heart! Maybe you didnt manage three days on plan, but two is still something right? :) and well done on the water! It's definitely good for you (especially when it's hot!) so keep at it! and your goal reats sound amazing!!! that tropical trip is an excellent idea...might have to steal it! :)

Burgundy: you are SO good with the working out thing! Everytime you post it sounds like you've been doing loads!! :) I need to get my *** in gear and start working out more, especially as of next week as I finish my job on Saturday and means I don't have the excuse of not having any free time anymore!!

It's been a pretty good week for me. I did about half an hour on the elliptical Sunday and the same again on Monday. FRIENDS was an EXCELLENT distraction! I so love that show...

Then I met up with friends on Monday and yesterday so it's been too hard for me to wake up early enough to exercise :( I've kinda been on plan with food (bar the slice of chocolate cake my mum made yesterday!) though, and I had my official weekly weigh-in today (I weigh myself every day but only count my official weeky one) and am EXACTLY the same weight as I've been for the past couple of weeks which is good. At least I'm maintaining right?

As of next week though, I'm gonna get serious about it. Four pounds in 2 weeks is my Goal and nothing is going to distract me from it (except the occasional tanning session by the pool...)!

Hope you're all having a good week!

08-19-2010, 11:29 AM
Hey ladies, just a quick check in...

Food was good yesterday, ended up with some roasted chicken and veggies for dinner. I didn't go and work out with Jeff, I got out of work late and missed his class. Plus...............I have my pain back again. This is my back and my hip - and some sciatica. It hurts the worst when I'm driving and when I sit for long periods of time (which doesn't help that I work in an office and sit for 8 hrs a day). So, I decided that ARP has helped, but not cured what is wrong with me.

I have a doctor's appt on Sept 8th and I'm going to see what he suggests. Maybe it's another steriod injection, I'm not sure, but I do know that I can't keep living like this. Sorry I'm constantly talking about pain/ARP/doctors! :( I'm just hoping that this is something that's an easy fix rather than the spine surgery route that they were trying to avoid. I'm still hoping to avoid it, but I guess there's no guarantees.

I'm going to stick to plan today and try and work out tonight. going to take it easy on my back/hips and see where that takes me. I can't give up completely, I've come so far.

Sorry for the downer post, I'm just in pain and frustrated. Thanks for being there ladies!

08-19-2010, 01:00 PM
katylil - sounds like you are doing great - keep up the good work!

maddiesmom - so sorry to hear about the pain. A buddy of mine at work who broke his back in a ski accident still has back trouble and he sometimes sits on one of those balance balls at the office and sometimes puts his computer up higher on some file boxes and stands for most of the day. Just throwing those out there as other things to try when you get desperate. Hang in there - this must be really discouraging when you are doing everything right. It's just horrible luck but you'll figure something out. And you will look phenomenal at that wedding!

Anyone heard from mygrits? Seems weird that she hasn't posted in a while - hope everything's okay.

I'm planning on getting in a walk later today. How's everyone else doing?

08-19-2010, 01:23 PM
Dance: Thanks for the ideas - unfortunately, I would for a super conservative company who wouldn't allow us to do that, I'm sure. I just have to constantly get up and take walks from time to time. It's rough - I was never hurt this much when I was overweight. Quite discouraging.

I went ahead and bypassed my usual doctor and I'm going straight to the spine specialist that I saw before (that ordered the injection). I can get in a week from MOnday and they are 1 mile from my office. Gotta nip this into bud and end this pain for good. Just dreading the words "Spinal surgery." That's a rough recovery and the doc wants to avoid it as long as possible, so I'm hoping we can avoid it! We'll see!

On the brighter side, I figured out my BMI the other day and I'm no longer obese! Now I'm just "overweight." I can deal with that, I think - obese is such an ugly word in my opinion.

08-19-2010, 03:42 PM
Steinunn- What is your big decision? Can I ask? Can I come visit you someday? I want to go to Canada... and not close Canada like Vancouver or Ontario!

Allison- this week its weight watchers, last week was cc and today... today is apparently the eat lots of high calorie crap day.

Katy- Thanks. I used to be so damn dedicated! I need Stacie to sick her PI on me to keep me on track... (PI was a large bug with big eyes!)

08-19-2010, 03:43 PM
Alos, Day= good day... bad food. Not surprised. I didn't pack a lunch.

The bikini trip is something that really motives me. I haven't had a real vacation in prob 5 years!

08-20-2010, 12:25 AM
Katy-Im trying to get better with working out again. I want an elliptical and a treadmill but I dont have room for them. My hubby keeps telling me to clean out the guest room and make it into a gym, but I love having the space when my family visits so they dont have to stay at a motel. Good job with maintaining, thats what Ive been doing lately.

Vicky-so sorry you are going through all this. I really hope your doctor can give you some relief. We dont mind reading whatever you have to have to say, thats what we are here for. Were you able to workout tonight? Congrats on the BMI. So exciting.

Dance-Ive talked to Sandy on FB. She was still feeling a little sick a few days ago. She was gonna tackle painting her living room. Shes been looking for a job too.

I was FINALLY back down to 192 this morning, but then TOM showed up this afternoon(so weird that a lot of us are on the same cycle, sometimes) This is only my 4th one this year. Hopefully I dont get all bloated and gain. I will drink a lot of water this week.

No workout for me today, so I am just gonna call it a rest day and get back at it tomorrow.

Plans changed and not gonna go to the pow wow. Im a little bummed about it. We were staying with relatives and wires got crossed and they thought we werent coming. So they told other relatives they could stay there. Now we have no where to stay, sucks. All motels are booked:(

Have a great weekend everyone!!!

08-20-2010, 02:44 AM
Wait what? Sandy... had a new job? What happened?

08-20-2010, 10:17 AM
AJ - she may have been working there when we were all together but she was working at a health food store for a while but ended up quitting as she had a tricky boss. I think she and her hubby have been working on their online business together.

burgundy - sorry your pow-wow plans fell through. What are you going to do instead this weekend?

I'm planning on a lunchtime run today - anyone with me for miles?

08-20-2010, 10:53 PM
So we took the kids to the fair today and to the outlet mall. Didnt find anything there, well some lotion. Chris won a cowardly lion for me. Didnt eat any fair food but did buy a candy apple and brought it home. Havent had it yet, probably tomorrow. Couldnt pass it up. Gonna go to an arts and crafts show tomorrow. Walked and walked today and gonna hop on the ab lounger after this. Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend.

08-21-2010, 10:23 AM
burgundy - good for you for showing restraint at the fair! Sounds like a fun outing.

I didn't make it out running after all but did a lot of organizing around the house (moving furniture and going up and down stairs a lot) that was better than vegging on the couch. Am planning on a run this morning. Electrician and tile guys will be here again and then by mid-week or so this bathroom should finally be done - can't wait!

My bf is in a mood this weekend so nothing too fun on tap for me although my sister is dropping by this morning and I may try to fit in a walk with another friend on Sunday. I'm going to do a major Costco run later today to fill my pantry and freezer with healthy stuff.

What's everyone else up to this weekend?

08-21-2010, 06:13 PM
Dance-it was fun. I still have enjoyed my apple yet. Its in the fridge calling my name though. Cant wait to see pics of your cute house after all the work is done. Im gonna try to get out for a walk around 7 if its not raining.

08-21-2010, 11:47 PM
Walked 2 miles and did some crunches on the ab lounge. Need to do my dishes but its almost 11, they can wait til the morning this one time. Night girls

08-22-2010, 07:32 AM
Dance: sounds like your house is gonna look lovely when its done! :)

Well I finished work yesterday (hiphiphooraaay!) so now I have exactly 11 days to lose those 4 pounds I need to get to 147...Planning on going swimming later and I want to get my sleeping pattern back to normal so I can get up in the mornings and start running again before it gets too hot in the day :)

Hope you're all having a good weekend!

08-22-2010, 11:57 AM
burgundy - good job getting your exercise in! I think taking care of yourself wins over dishes every time ;)

katylil - woohoo for being done with work - that must feel great! What are you planning on doing food-wise to lose those last few?

I ended up walking with my mom yesterday instead of running but it was a fast walk. I'm going to head out to run a loop in the park in a few minutes but wanted to say good morning to you gals first. It has been kind of weird not weighing myself at all for the last few weeks and focusing on eating sensibly. I think I'm about the same based on the way my clothes fit but we'll see. Tons of errands to run today and it's going to be crazy hot out - ah, good times... :) Hope you all are doing great....

Brown Eyed Staccie
08-22-2010, 12:25 PM
Hey gals - for some odd reason it won't accept a new password request so I can't log in anywhere but at home...strange. I'm going to try and figure it out when I get home tonight and do laundry because I was dying to check in this weekend but not getting home until well after midnight. Last night I was so tired I never even washed my face or brushed my teeth before I went to bed. Ick!

So I got my hair fixed and it's super short. I feel more professional with it so that is good but definitely a lot to get used to.

The big news is a job opportunity that would set me up for the rest of my career and it's here in the city. So many things to think's been very anxious and stressful for me. It's still in my industry but a bit different and would be a big lifestyle change for me as well - more money, better hours and tons of room of advancement - but yet I feel so anxious....but glad to say I haven't binged in over a week, maybe even longer. Even at the arena, I've had no popcorn and that is a major achievement. have not had time for the gym though...but considering how much I'm running around that is ok.

Dance - congrats to you - the scale is the devil - I might of missed this, but are you staying off the scale for a certain length of time? I'm really trying that too. I hope you have a great workout!!!

Will catch up with the rest of you ladies when I get home tonight...the shower is calling my name. Plus I', trying to type without glasses and I'm all hunced over my laptop and my neck is crinked lol. Talk to you soon!!!

08-22-2010, 02:08 PM
staccie - way to go on avoiding treats! And I'm excited for you about the new career opportunity - sounds great. I'm not staying away from the scale as part of a strategy but because of remodeling on the main floor, I've moved into the basement guestroom for a while and since it's carpeted, I just left my scale upstairs in a room that has been taped off to avoid dust so I basically don't have access to it for a while. No major a-ha's or anything but it has been interesting focusing on other cues as to how I'm doing - how clothes fit, energy level, attitude.

I made it 3.5 miles today, girls and it's got me inspired to shoot for 4 miles this week. Anyone wanna join me in upper their mileage or other form of exercise intensity? I'm motivated to make some progress!

Brown Eyed Staccie
08-23-2010, 01:43 AM
Well thought I would log in since I won't be able to until Tuesday. Tomorrow is Black Eyed will be a good 17 hour day.
Career opportunity - I get some from time to time. Problem is, I love my current boss and the place where I work so finding balance between that and the other is always difficult. When the decision has to be made, I will make it without looking back.
Cheers to a great week for everyone! I cooked my food for this week so I'm set!

Brown Eyed Staccie
08-23-2010, 01:44 AM
PS - please don't use my real name on here - it's so unique and I don't want my posts to show up on google :)

08-23-2010, 06:23 AM
Dancer: yeah it feels awesome!! :D food-wise, I'm mainly concentrating on cutting down my carbs (especially at dinner), upping my lean protein and eating waaay more vegetables than I have been lately.

BrownEyed: the career oportunity sounds brilliant! and well done on avoiding the tats! sounds like you're doing great at the moment :)

I had a complete re-charge day yesterday (no exercise) but did well with food. My friends and I went out for Chinese food (which I LOVE), but I stuck to a little bit of vegetable noodles and some beef chow-mein and don't think it was too bad. It was definitely not as bad as I usually am with Chinese food!!
I'm now off to watch an episode of FRIENDS on the elliptical and then my sister and I are going to do an ancient Jane Fonda workout video I unearthed the other day, before vegging out by the pool all day! :)

Hope you're all having a good Monday!

08-23-2010, 10:10 AM
staccie - totally understand on the real name thing - I'll be sure not to use it. (Staccie, by the way, is not her real first name for newer folks). Good luck with the marathon day - hope you get to enjoy the music while you work.

katylil - sounds like a great way to lose the last few - best of luck!

Got in another walk with a friend for a total of around 7 miles yesterday so a good exercise day. I'm going to give my knee a break today and just run errands after work.

Foodplan for today:
B: Yogurt and raspberries
L: Tuna sandwich and apple slices
D: Chicken, broccoli, salad

What's everyone else eating today?

08-23-2010, 12:48 PM
Yoghurt and raspberries sounds great Dancer! I wish I could get raspberries where I live :(

My food today:
B- Special K with skimmed milk and an orange juice.
L- half a pitta bread with boiled egg, half a pitta bread with half a can of tuna and tomato, yoghurt
D- not sure yet. Whatever my mum makes with a lot of salad

And I've been pretty good with the exercise today: 15 minutes on the elliptical, 15 minutes of aerobics (Rosemary Conley DVD), some swimming in the pool and several trips up and down the stairs from the very bottom to the very top of my house and back again (4 floors).

I then proceeded to get slightly sunburnt by the pool and now I'm watching FRIENDS :)

Hope you're all having a good day!

08-23-2010, 10:26 PM
Katy-work hard and you can get those 4 lbs off. Glad you had some down time. The last time we had chinese I didnt pig out like usual. I stuck to chicken and veggies in a white sauce.

Dance-7 miles, you rock!!! I need to up my mileage too. I would need a break after 7 miles too.

Staccie-how are you liking the short hair, I went shorter too today. Oh I admit to using your real name on here once but went back and edited it, sorry.

I only walked a mile today, went with my SIL and niece and they were ready to head back after a mile. I have to boys the next 2 days so maybe I can drag them out for a walk or bike ride tomorrow evening. Im gonna do some wii fit later or ab lounge before bed.

08-24-2010, 01:17 PM
Well I think I am gonna be on a job hunt soon. Everytime I am supposed to keep the boys plans change and they dont need me. With them being divorced the dad is taking them more(which is great for them but not great for my paycheck). They dont need me today or tomorrow so the only day I am working this week is Sunday. Anyways.

Gonna up my mileage today. Want to shoot for 3 miles a day 5 or 6 days a week.

08-24-2010, 08:13 PM
Hey girls!
Got in a 3 mile walk at lunch today but couldn't sleep last night so I'm beyond wiped out. I'm going to try to stay awake until 8pm so I don't wake up in the middle of the night. On the positive side, I have my main bathroom back at 90% so I'll be moving back upstairs probably tonight or tomorrow.

burgundy - what are you thinking on the job front?

katylil - did you get in some exercise today?

maddiesmom - you've been quiet lately - is everything okay in your world?

08-24-2010, 11:09 PM
Ok - made it to 8 - woohoo! Off to bed...

staccie - hope the concert event went smoothly and that you're hanging in there. When do we get to see pix of the new do?

08-24-2010, 11:57 PM
Dance-have a great nights sleep. On the job front, not sure if I want to take on more children or what. I am gonna be doing some volunteering at the local Humane Society so that will take up some time. I walked 2 miles tonight and biked 1, wanted to go more on the bike but it was getting dark.

08-25-2010, 10:12 AM
burgundy - love the new photo - you have such a pretty complexion. It's so great that you volunteer at the humane society - it must be hard not to bring all of the animals home.

Rest day for me today but am trying to keep eating on plan. I fit into a dress the other day that I couldn't zip up when I first bought it on ebay a few months ago so that seems good. Hope you all are doing great....

Brown Eyed Staccie
08-25-2010, 10:44 AM
Hey ladies!

Well I got through Black Eyed Peas...killer long day. I was so tired I went to sleep early last night and was wide awake at 1AM - ack so I've been pumping work sense just lying there and thinking about it. Dance - I hear you - now I have to force myself to stay up until at least 9 so I don't wake up again!!!

Those events are hard on my body! Two lady gaga shows this week coming up (or as I say - lady gagme lol). Should be interesting people watching anyway! I've been doing ok for eating - no junk food but not eating enough and eating too late at gotta clean that up. I'm back to the gym on Saturday - I have two weeks with no events so I can get back up and running. I find going to the gym on an event day just too tough on my body.

Burgandy- saw pics on fb - and on here - love the new do - looks wonderful, and your face has slimmed out really well!!! Hottie!!!!! :) Your confidence is really shining through. And complexion - wow - I'm super envious!!!

Dance - congrats on the dress..I bet that feels awesome! Where are you going to wear it to?

Katy - pool...I was salivating when you said that :)

As for my hair, I gotta admit I am really liking it if nothing else because it's so much easier to do and it looks much more professional. I love the look of long hair though but I'm not sure I will go back to long for awhile. Once my face slims out a bit more the new haircut will even look better.

It's only 8AM and I think I should be napping. I know I'm going to get the gears for sending emails at At least no one is bugging me during that time! I got a week's worth of work done :)

08-25-2010, 12:53 PM
staccie - so glad things calm down a bit after next week. And you have such a slender face that I'm sure you can get away with any haircut. Can you bring snacks with you to work? That might help on the eating too late front. Not sure what I'm going to wear that dress to. It's a bit va-va-voom for casual denver (black, a bit low in front, halter style) but I'll have to get creative and come up with something.

I get highlights and a trim tomorrow - can't wait - when the red in my hair fades, I feel so blah. Anyone else color their hair?

08-26-2010, 09:08 AM
Dancer: well done on the dress! :) its a great feeling when that happens! I'm sure you'll find somewhere to wear it!!
I'm so excited to go back to my clothes (they're currently packed away in suitcases in my new flat back in England) and try them on and see how they fit now!
Also hair. I colour mine! Well. I'm a natural blonde, I started colouring it around Christmas time (a reddish brown colour) with semi permanent stuff. Now I'm trying to get back to my natural colour which is turning out to be problematic. I'm terrified it's gonna go bright orange! :/

Burgundy: nice new pic! :) how's the job hunting going?

Staccie: sounds like you had a busy time! Glad to hear things will calm down a bit and you can get some rest soon!

I went to the beach yesterday. We had to park the car way back so it took us half an hour to walk to our spot on the beach and the half an hour back again (across sand!) and then I also did some swimming in the sea (which was no joke considering those waves!) so that was my exercise for the day :) had a nice healthy tuna and veggie pasta salad and a banana for lunch so kept to my calories for the day too!
I got pretty sunburnt on my back (spent too much time in the water I think...) so no exercise today, but I've been slathering on the aftersun and am spending the day inside, drinking tons of water so I'll definitely be back on the elliptical tomorrow! :)
Lunchtime now. I'm going to have some cold vegetable soup and a salad and I'll check in again with you all later!
Hope you're all having a good week! :)

08-26-2010, 10:25 AM
Morning, girls! I was back in my usual bedroom again last night as the remodel of the bathrooms almost done and got on the scale this morning - 167! Two pounds from ticker - that means I've lost three pounds in the last couple of weeks and I so have not been POP. I've had pizza and salad for dinner a couple of times but I haven't had much of a craving for sweets so I think that has helped. I hope it stays that way. We're going to walk to dinner tonight so that will probably count as my exercise for today.

katylil - ouch on your sunburn! Hope it's feeling better soon. I bet your clothes will be very loose on you when you get back to England. Keep us posted on the journey back to blonde - curious to hear how that goes!

Hope you're all doing great!

08-26-2010, 12:40 PM
Yay for the weigh in Dancer!! :)

Well I've been gradually lightening my hair with a camomile essence spray thing. It basically does the same job as bleach, but in a more natural/non-damaging way! Mum and I just got back from the shops where I've bought a light ash blonde dye colour (my hairdressing aunt says it should neutralise the red tones I've got in there at the moment from the Chestnunt/Mahogany colorus I've been dying it...) and we'll see what happens! :/

08-26-2010, 01:42 PM
Dance-thank you!! I havent started at the Humane Society yet but it will be hard not to bring them all home, but I think 2 is my limit. Great job with the dress, I bet you were excited. I stopped dying my hair for a while. I do red mostly but tired to go back to my natural dark brown but then the grays were shining through so I went back to dying it red/purplish a few weeks ago, I really like it with the new cut.

Staccie-Lady Gaga, should be really interesting people watching. Enjoy your 2 weeks event free. Thank you for the compliments. We wanna see pics of the new hair.

Katy-job hunting, I'm laying low this week. My husband and I are talking about starting a business but we arent sure yet. I might advertise to nanny for another family that will need me more often. Ouch on the sunburn, I always burn. Have to use lots of sunscreen.

Oh Dance congrats on being 2 lbs from ticker. I was 192.0 today so thats 2 lbs from ticker for me too. Lets bust through this and get back to ticker weight. I want to be able to change my weight so bad.

Only walked a mile yesterday. Chris was rushing me to get home so we could watch Big Brother. We are addicted to that show. Gonna get out earlier so I can go further today.

Tomorrow is grocery day, we are running low on everything. I didnt make it to the farm market this week so I really need some fruits and veggies.

08-26-2010, 02:21 PM
burgundy - sounds like we need a 2lb mini-challenge! :) It's probably not realistic but I'd love to lose the next two by labor day when we have out of town guests. Even if I don't make it, it's good to have something to keep me motivated. And if that's your new hair color in your photo - love it!

08-26-2010, 03:19 PM
Ugh. I think I might have to join you on those 2lbs ladies!!! :(
Just weighed myself and so much for losing 4lbs...I've gone UP two! :(:(:( Grrr!!!!

So...2lbs by Labor Day then? :)

08-26-2010, 05:24 PM
Dance and Katy-I will try for 2 lbs by labor day. Gives me some motivation. I rented some different wii games tonight that will get me moving and Walk away the pounds with Leslie Sansone(think thats her name).

Vicky-where are you??????????????

08-26-2010, 06:43 PM
Ladies - it's on! Not sure I can get there but it's always worth a shot. Just got back from my stylist and my hair is all coppery again - very happy. That plus fitting into my size 10 capris has me in a pretty good mood ;)

08-27-2010, 11:51 AM
Oooh! Well done on the capris Dancer! :)

Burgundy: what games did you rent? Argh I really wish we had a wii! There're some pretty cool games out there now :)

Hey and yeah, Maddiesmom, where'd you go?!

Still no exercise today, my back stopped hurting and now it's my waist, on the side of my ribs that's killing me... :( also I went out last night and ended up having a slice of pizza and some salad (I swear my friends are incapable of making anything else when we meet for dinner) and then we got stuck into the mojitos. Woke up this morning very bloated and once again determined to stick to my healthy eating plan. It's just so stupidly hard when I havent had a social life all summer and also we have fmaily staying with us until tuesday so my mum is making all this incredibly amazing's so hard!! :(
I cant wait til I fly back to uni next week and can control what I have in my kitchen!

Hope you're all having a good friday!

08-27-2010, 12:16 PM
Ugh - up half a pound on the scale this morning. I know I didn't do anything wrong yesterday and it's just a normal fluctuation but it always bums you out. Maybe it was good for my mental health to have that scale break for a while ;)

Might try for an evening run today. What's everyone else up to?

Katylil - It's so hard when there's off-plan food right there in front of you all the time. Good luck resisting the temptations!

08-27-2010, 05:10 PM
maddiesmom & aj - how are you guys doing? hope all is okay.

mygrits - we miss you - come say hi!

08-27-2010, 11:12 PM
Dance-not sure I can get there either but we can try our hardest. Doesnt it feel great to get your hair done. I felt wonderful after I got mine done on Monday, still do. I can actually style it like she did it at the salon. Yay for your size 10s!!!!!!!!!!! Dont get discouraged with the scale, I'm the same way though.

Katy-I got a Daisy Fuentes Pilates game, I rented it before and didnt really like it too much but they didnt have many active games. I also got a beach sports game so gonna play some volleyball when Im done. It will be so easier when you get back to uni and can control your food.

Didnt get a walk in today, went downstate and did some grocery shopping. Went to Kroger, the closest one is like an hour and a half away. So now we have plenty of healthy food in the house so no excuses to not stay on plan this week. I am sick of the 190s so I will get to 189!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Gonna work in the yard tomorrow so that will be a good workout.

Have a fun weekend everyone.

08-28-2010, 12:50 AM
Hey girls, it's me again. Just trying to check in somewhat often.

Dance, I feel your pain on the non-stop house work...although ours has just gotten pushed into overdrive.

Burgandy, I love my Wii too...I just don't play it enough! I love the kickboxing on the Wii fit, but I haven't played in at least 6 months.

Katy, it really does take some incredible self control to eat healthy and stay on plan when you have a social life (not that I would That is something I definitely need to work on as well.

Staccie, every time you talk about your job, you just sound so darn important! I mean that as a It sounds like no two days are alike.

So, the reason our house is probably gonna be put in overdrive is because we want to move. My husband's family all lives in Ohio and he wants to be within a day's drive of them and we are both getting so sick of Florida. I am not really liking my job and he officially hates his new job. His new boss/owner is psycho from the sound of things! I actually don't mind my job right now, but the future is looking really bad. If things go the way they look...I will be even more busy than I ever even thought of being. Plus, when I got my "promotion" that had been held in front of my face for over a year, they tried to act like it wasn't a promotion. When I asked about the pay difference...I was guilt-tripped for even asking for a raise in this economy (even though they cut out a huge salary when the guy I replaced left). Plus it wasn't "meant to be a promotion". Um, yeah. Going from being one tax advisor's assistant to taking over 240 new clients I have never even dealt with isn't a promotion. RIGHT. Sorry, that topic makes my blood boil.

Anyways, so we are looking to move. Actually suggestions are welcome. I am looking for a decent sized city with extensive public transportation (we want to sell 1 car). It needs to be in Ohio or the surrounding states. He would prefer us or them to have an 8 hour or less drive. Obviously it needs to have a decent job market, although the demand is pretty good for accountants everywhere, my husband still doesn't have a career path and he is trying to figure out what the heck to do with his business degree. Any suggestions.

On to the real topic, weight and exercise. I am doing pretty good. We started power 90, which is the predecessor to P90X. We finished day 3 tonight. Already noticing a difference in endurance. I am down a few more lbs from when I last posted, although I think I am going to have a huge fluctuation tomorrow since I peeked at the scale tonight. It isn't justified though, unless my super sore muscles are retaining water, which is a definite possibility. My triceps are KIIIILLING me. :0

I hope all of you are well!

08-28-2010, 07:03 PM
Tiff-I wasnt using my wii much at all either but lately started renting quite a few games so I have indoor workout options. That really sucks about your "promotion" Dont know much about Ohio so dont really have any suggestions for you. Maybe you can talk to Neesy sometime. Great job on starting power 90, are you liking it? You probably are retaining water if your weight goes up but I notice my weight is always a little higher in the evening. Glad you checked in.

Dance and Katy-hows it going getting the 2 lbs off. I was still at 192 this morning so hoping to see a loss by Monday or Tuesday.

I have a huge pot of chicken, veggie and rice soup in the crock pot. It called for green beans but I wanted to try edamame so we'll see how it turns out. I'll probably have it for lunch tomorrow. I'm making chicken soup for dinner and my husband wants my homemade biscuits with it. Not the healthiest meal but I wont go overboard.

Worked out on the wii last night, probably do the same today and get back to walking tomorrow. I have the boys all day tomorrow, planning on taking them to the beach. Time to find the sunscreen.

Enjoy your weekend everyone.

08-30-2010, 09:05 AM
Hey girls! Didn't have my laptop turned on all weekend - must be a new record for me ;)

tifftiff - nice to hear from you! Good luck with the planning for a move - sound like a new adventure for you two.

burgundy - how did your soup turn out?

I was down a pound to 166 earlier this weekend but haven't weighed myself today to see if it stuck around. I did a bunch of organizing and going up and down stairs but didn't do fantastic for exercise otherwise. We walked to dinner on Saturday but that was about it. Am heading out for a run as soon as it gets a little lighter. I woke up super early today and couldn't get back to sleep.

Okay, girls - one week until Labor day - what's everyone shooting for this week?

08-30-2010, 09:34 PM
Dance-The soup was great, took it over for the boys for dinner yesterday. They loved it. Congrats on 166. I dont know if I am gonna make it to 190. I was still at 192 this morning but had too much sodium yesterday. I climbed the stairs 20 times last night after the boys went to bed(didnt count going down) and did some crunches and leg lifts. Havent gotten a workout in tonight but gonna do that dvd I rented.

Where is everyone??

08-31-2010, 07:43 AM
Hi everyone!
dancer: congrats on the 166! :)
burgundy: come on! we can do this! :)

I've had a crazy weekend, meeting up with friends to say goodbye, had family's not been too good foodwise! And yet when I weighed in yesterday I was down to 152. HUH? Exactly.

Hope you're all doing OK! I'm gonna be busy packing and getting sorted before I leave on thursday so I probably won't be around much, especially as we haven't sorted out the internet yet in our flat, so I'll probably see y'all at some point next week (hopefully on Labor Day)!!

PS. Hey MaddiesMom, where'd you go!?

08-31-2010, 08:12 AM
katylil - woohoo for 152! You will be looking skinny and gorgeous back at school. Good luck with the whole process - I know it's such a pain bringing all your stuff back and forth.

burgundy - we still have a few more days - I have a feeling you'll be seeing 190 very soon ;) What's your workout plan for today?

I'm up scary early and not sure why. I'm getting some work done though so not too bad. Planning on an after work walk with a friend so that will be my exercise for the day.

Food plan -
B: whole grain cereal, raspberries and skim milk
L: tuna sandwich and apple slices
D: tillapia, broccoli and salad

What's everyone else eating today?

08-31-2010, 09:22 PM
Katy-we can do this!!!!!!! :hug:Congrats on getting back down to 152. Have a good week.

Dance-workout for today was 100 crunches on ab lounge and I walked about a mile and a half but it was so hot out. I have a walking dvd so I may do that in a little bit. Food was ok today. Bagel thin and lf cream cheese, L watermelon, grapes and a couple chips/lf dip(yea not so good) D was chicken and peppers w/tomato slices and sweet potato.

Its to quiet here lately, hope everyone gets talkative again soon.

09-01-2010, 11:54 AM
WOW!!!!!!!!!!!! Where is everyone????????????

09-01-2010, 12:20 PM
I know - funny how it goes in waves, right?

Good for you on the crunches and the walk. I did a three mile loop with a friend yesterday and am planning on some yardwork after work today. Tomorrow and Friday I'm taking off and am planning runs both days. I have no trouble getting myself to walk or run fairly often and I do my weird leg lifts to prevent more knee troubles but I don't seem to be able to make myself do situps and pushups. I'll give it another shot tomorrow and Friday since I'll have lots of free time and no excuses.

Scale is at 166.7 so up a few tenths from the other day but still in the neighborhood. Looks like I need to be extra good for the next few days to even have lost 1lb by Labor day ;)

Hope all of you are doing okay. I just know that I wouldn't have made as much progress as I have (and maintained it for so long) without all of you. I'm amazed at the combined effects of community and accountability and I hope to someday be like rockinrobin, mandalynn, lori bell and those other amazing maintainers that stay active on the board. The next 16.7 lbs seem pretty daunting, especially as my progress has been sooooo slow lately but I'd like to shoot for 160 by my b-day in October. That would be the thinnest I've been in 10yrs. It sounds hard but conceivably possible thanks to you girls.

I see friends struggling to lose weight and go about things in ways that seem counterproductive to me and it's so hard to see. Hugs to all of you for your wisdom and support!

09-02-2010, 11:57 AM
Holy cow - at 165 today! What a nice way to start a holiday weekend! (I'm taking today and tomorrow off)

Anyone with me for miles?

09-02-2010, 01:10 PM
Dance-I am so happy for you. I am trying to stay away from the scale for a few days. I was getting obsessive again. I'm hoping for 191 by labor day. I'm in on miles today. I walked 2 yesterday and did an hour with wii fit. It said I burned 450 calories yesterday. Hope its pretty accurate.

09-02-2010, 10:47 PM
Hi Ladies, (head hung low) sorry I've been MIA...

Life has a way of getting away from me lately. Work has been crazy, as someone is leaving and i'm helping to pick up the extra work. Plus, someone else may be leaving the dept and I really want his job, so I have to prep for that to.

Homelife, just as crazy. Not working out, I have been arp'ing though. I had a treatment just the other day. I'm thinking that no matter how much I ARP, it's not going to help 100%, as I do have a legitimate back issue that can't be cured by it. So, I went to see my spine specialist and..........I have to have another steroid injection. I go next Friday. I'm hoping this is the end of it - I'm really sick of the pain. My eating has reflected how fed up I am - I've been eating crap and I can't work out since the pain is in my hip and back, which drives pretty much everything. So, I'm just frustrated because I wanted to look awesome for the SIL's wedding in a month. I just have to gain focus again, and I'm not sure how when I'm in pain.

On the brighter side...

Dance! Congrats on 165! You rock!!!!!!!!! So happy for you.

Burgundy: Did you get your miles in? How is everything? Thanks for stalking me on FB, glad to hear from you and get me back on the board.

I'll catch up with everyone else later - just a lot going on at home. I'm taking after Dance and doing home improvement. The hubby and I are replacing the vinyl tile in our kitchen/eating area which is a big job and putting down new flooring. Guess my Labor day is full of hard labor!

09-02-2010, 11:13 PM
maddiesmom - so good to hear from you! Sorry it's such a tough time - pain is just the worst. And no worries about being away for a bit - we all go through phases. But (with lots of love and support) *STEP* *AWAY* *FROM* *THE* *JUNK* *FOOD* - or whatever it is you're eating that you know you shouldn't. Even if you can't workout for a while, you will feel so much better about yourself if you go back to your eating plan. Emotional stresses and tough times really test our ability to stick to weight loss plans but you've worked so hard for so long to even take tiny steps backwards now, especially right before that wedding that you will be so gorgeous at. I hope the injection is helpful and gives you some relief. Lots of luck with the flooring project - that's tough stuff to tackle yourselves with a little one and a back problem to boot!

09-03-2010, 02:22 PM
Ugh - not feeling so hot today - kind of achy like when you have a fever although I don't think I have a temperature. Bummer - I have so much to do to get ready for our guests - I guess some of it won't get done :(

How are all of you doing?

09-03-2010, 04:19 PM
Vicky-so glad you came back but so sorry you are in so much pain. Thats gotta be tough. Hope the injection helps relieve you. We've been thinking of getting new carpet throughout the house. Right now we are still technically renting though, but are buying it in the near future.

Dance-hope you feel better real soon. Relax a little, Im sure the work that needs done can wait. Have fun with your guests. We are having some friends over today and then going to a bbq on Sunday.

I couldnt help myself and took a look at the scale this morning and to my surprise I was at 191.6!!!!!!!!!!!! So happy. I was hoping to make it there by Sunday. Now just gotta make sure it sticks. I have chicken to grill and plenty of veggies. SIL is bringing some bad stuff, gonna stay away from all that. Gonna stick to chicken and my fruits and veggies.

Have a great Labor Day everyone.

09-04-2010, 05:51 PM
Still at 191 this morning. SOOOO happy about that. I've been working out the wii the last few days and obviously its working for me. It says I have been burning 500 calories a day.

I spoke too soon about needing a new job. The boys grandma is in Canada for a few months to take care of another grandchild so I will have the boys quite a bit now. Gonna have them later today, Mon, Wed, and Fri, maybe some over the weekend.

Gonna try to get a walk in later if it doesnt rain. Gotta be at the boys house at 8 so hopefully the weather cooperates until then.

Hope you are all doing well.

09-05-2010, 12:51 PM
I"ll just keep posting til somebody shows up. LOL

I didnt get a workout in yesterday. My calves are sore from doing the bicycling on wii. So I had a rest day. Still at 191 this morning. Got til tomorrow to make it to 190. I know its probably not gonna happen but it will be soon.

Got a BBQ to go to today. Trying to find a healthy recipe. They have a lot of pasta salads and red meat. Gotta throw some fruits and veggies in there.

09-05-2010, 03:35 PM
Haven't got much time (I'm borrowing my friend's internet for a minute while she gets changed!) but I HAD to post this: I weighed myself when I first arrived at the flat, still at 152. Weghed myself this morning: 149.6!!!!!! I ACTUALLY hit 149!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AAARGH!!!! I am OUT of the 150s!!!!!!!!! eeeeeeek!! :D
So ridiculously happy right now!!!!!!!! :D:D:D

Glad to see Maddiesmom back and I'll catch up with everything when I get internet which will hoefully be Thursday :) hope you're all having a good weekend!!

09-05-2010, 04:11 PM
Congrats Katy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So happy for you.

I couldnt help myself, I took a walk and then just because I jumped on the scale and it said 190.6!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am hoping it sticks!!! Gonna eat very sensibly at the BBQ and keep this motivation going. I am gonna reach 189 this week!!! Gonna have to keep gum on me all the time, especially since I will be at the boys house a lot this week. Sometimes I find myself wanting to just eat and eat when I am there. Not gonna do that this week. Gonna climb the flight of stairs from the basement as much as I can while there.

Did anyone hear about the earthquake in New Zealand? My sisters house is about 20 miles from the epicenter. Luckily they are ok and no damage to their house or car. She said is was really scary. They got woke up at 430am to that.

Walked around 3 miles today and did quite a bit on wii fit. It estimated I burned 603 calories today.

Hope you are all having a great holiday weekend.

09-06-2010, 03:25 PM
burgundy - wooohoooo for 190!!!

katylil - great job on 149!!!

How cool that all three of us hit our labor day goals! you girls rock! Visitors are packing up to leave - good visit overall. Hope you all enjoyed the weekend...

09-06-2010, 08:25 PM
It is awesome that we all made it to our goals. I have been working my butt off this week on the wii and walking when it wasnt raining. Gonna stick to this routine. Its obviously working.

09-07-2010, 10:24 AM
Well done Burgundy and Dancer!!! :D I'm thinking we might need another challenge (maybe Halloween?) as this really seems to work!! Haha

(This is going to be long by the way!)
I still have no internet (I'm in the uni IT room at the mo) but the rest of life is pretty good so far!! I love my flat and my housemates, we started back at our classes yesterday. A HUGE MEGA WORKOUT. 2 hours of body conditioning - cardio and hardcore toning. It hurts to laugh right now! - followed by 2 hours of non-stop dance (we're learning the routines for our auditions next week so our teacher is pushing us hard to learn it in time!) PLUS the 15 minute walk each way to the theatre and back, not to mention the dancing I did when I went out last night!!!

Food-wise I'm so proud of myself! Both my housemates are on weight-loss/healthy eating as well so our flat is completely junk-free. We all have porridge for breakfast, salads or light sandwiches for lunch, and stirfries or weight-watcher ready-meals with extra veggies for dinner. Snacks we have TONS of fruit. We went out last night and were all on vodka and diet cokes. Even our post-night-out munchies were pitta and hummus!!!!!! We've also all started taking these natural Green Tea essence capsules which are apparently supposed to be brilliant for kick-starting metabolism, so we'll see how it goes! :)

I've been getting so many compliments off my friends as well :) It's really boosted my confidence to have everyone noticing the change, I feel so much happier with myself and my confidence has improved. Even in my dancing, I felt it was all so much easier yesterday to get the moves down than it was last year which is making me think I can really do this and I've signed up to audition for a lead in this terms course production. Auditions are next week and I'm already nervous! :/

Argh. Sorry this is so long!!! Hopefully we'll have the internet hooked up by next week and I'll be back in business with this thing :)

Hope you're all having a good week!!!

09-07-2010, 11:10 AM
katylil - sounds like things couldn't be better. So glad your flatmates are into eating healthy too - I bet that makes it so much easier. And what a ton of exercise you're getting!

burgundy - what are you doing for exercise today?

So I was a lazy bump on a log yesterday after my visitors left and I ate some stuff I shouldn't have but I'm back in the groove today and am planning on a walk after work with a friend and healthy meals.

09-07-2010, 06:57 PM
Katy-you are gonna kick the 140s butt with all those great workouts. Good luck with your upcoming audition. Thats great your flatmates are on board with the healthy eating, being "junk free" in your house will really help.

Dance-I walked 2 miles and plan on working out with the wii later.

Tried to relax some today. Had to go out for dog food and got a couple Halloween decorations. Bought a new shirt at JC Penney. Its a button up shirt and I was sure when I got to the muffin top it would be too small, NOPE, it buttoned all the way with no problem. Its a large and on sale for only 4 bucks. Great deal!!!!

Have to go to the boys house tomorrow. Their mom leaves at 4 am and should be home around 630 pm. Long day. The 7 y/o has his first day of school tomorrow but its only a half day. Then I have to do the same hours again on Friday.

Hope everyone is having a great start to the week.

09-08-2010, 12:44 AM
Burned 503 cals between my walk and wii fit. Didnt realize it was so late. Need to pack an over night bag and head to the boys house. Gonna take the boys to the farmers market tomorrow and get some yummy veggies and hope I can find some plums and nectarines.

09-08-2010, 12:24 PM
That is a crazy long day, Burgundy! That's so great you can take the boys to the farmer's market.

Got up too late to fit in a run today :( I'm having an attack of the major sleepies - I go to bed early and can't seem to get up early. Oh well, I'm sure it will pass. Having dinner with my bf tonight - lean steaks, sauteed spinach and baby portobello mushrooms, should be yummy. Tomorrow I'll get in another good walk and probably a run on Friday.

Hope to hear from everyone soon...

09-08-2010, 12:29 PM
Katylil - you mentioned another mini-challenge - how about picking a goal for the end of September? End of October seems so far ;) By 9/30, I'm shooting for two more pounds down which would mean 162, the lowest in 9 years I think. What are you guys shooting for in the next few weeks?

09-08-2010, 09:26 PM
Hi Ladies,

Work and home have gotten in the way AGAIN! Sorry about that.

Katylil: Sounds like you are in a great place right now - good for you! Your eating is definitely impressive and it's great that your roommates are eating healthy also. They has to be a great motivator. Great job on the weight loss.

Allison: I don't know how you do those long days with the boys and still manage to work out. 189 is right around the corner for you! You are doing awesome!

Dance: Thanks for the little pep talk - and you were right - I needed to improve my eating to improve my mood. It helped, so thank you! You can do the 2 pounds by the end of the month, you are super woman! How are your knees, etc. holding up with your running?

Me? I'm back to eating right. I have a spinal injection on Friday (not sure if I told you all that). Specialist thinks that it will help and as long as I watch my exercising, I think I'll be ok. The doc told me to start working out again, that I should do what is comfortable (which isn't much at this point). I have pain in my lower back and hip, so even walking for long periods of time hurts. Oh well.

So last night I went and worked out with Jeff - he customized a workout for me and I have to say, it felt good to be back at the gym. Jeff really doesn't want for me to get the spinal injection, he feels guilty that I hurt myself when I worked out with him. I explained, I have a genetic condition that affects by back, but it is sweet that he cares.

Work has been crazy and will continue to be until the end of the year. I'm going to be applying for another position in the next week or so, so wish me luck! I really want this job, so we'll see what happens. That means I'll be even busier, but it's a great opportunity for me. I will definitely have to get on here more to keep me sane.

Have a great night ladies!

09-09-2010, 12:24 AM
Dance-it was a crazy long day. I am so tired. The 7 y/o got woken up by the 4 y/o at 430 and I am not sure he went back to sleep even after I told him it wasnt time to get up. I know I didnt go back to sleep until I knew he was on the bus. Gotta do it again Friday but school is all day instead of a half day like today. Gonna have the 4 y/o tomorrow for a few hours while his parents are in court finalizing the divorce. Then gonna come home and relax(well kinda, I will have to workout) Dinner sounded yummy. I ended up eating a piece of homemade pizza with the boys, but only one. I'll do another challenge with you and Katy. 2 lbs sounds good to me by the end of the month. That will put me at 188.

Vicky-I did part of my workout at the boys house. They have dirtbikes so they have a trail that goes thru the woods around their house so me and the boys walked that loop 3 times(1 mile) Good luck with the injection Friday and I hope it helps. Glad you get to workout again, I bet that feels great just dont over do it. And good luck getting the new position.

Walked a mile today and just finished working out on the wii fit. I didnt make it to 500 cals today, but I did burn 250. I am exhausted and just want to go to bed. Glad tomorrow is a short day(hopefully) I had a lean cuisine for lunch today just cos it was quick but I looked at the sodium and it was OUTRAGEOUS!!! I will probably be bloated tomorrow. Hope I dont see a jump on the scale, but I will drink tons of water tomorrow just in case.

09-09-2010, 11:38 AM
maddiesmom - ouch on the spinal injection - you are a brave girl! I hope it's a big help in managing the pain. Best of luck with the job opportunity - is it with the same company? Glad your eating is back on track.

burgundy - wow, can't believe their divorce is almost finalized - it seemed like yesterday when you said they were having trouble. That's so great that you have the boys exercising with you. How cool that you're on the cusp of a new decade - the 180s will be calling your name in no time!

Dinner was great last night as expected - we had tomatoes from my bf's garden too - amazing flavor. I think I may have caught up on sleep last night finally and am trying to get psyched for a marathon of productivity at work. Wish me luck!

09-09-2010, 01:44 PM
Dance: Yes, the job is in the same company, same department even (HR), just a better development opportunity. It's a management position (managing projects, not people), so I'm hoping to get it. I may have to take some classes, etc. to get there, but I'm willing to put the work in. Great job on eating well and good luck with your marathon of work!

Allison: The fact that you burned those calories after a super long day - WOW! You impress me. Hope you get to relax sometime this week. Enjoy the farmer's market too!

Well, the spinal injection is tomorrow - it is pretty painful, but so is the pain I've been dealing with for the past 6 weeks. I've gone through it before, so I know what to expect. Should be interesting to see how it goes the second time around. I'm going to have one last workout with Jeff tonight because I won't be able to work out for a few days after the shot. My arms are still sore after the last workout, but I have to get back into my routine.

Hope everyone is having a great day!

09-09-2010, 10:38 PM
Dance-yep their divorce is done. She said it only took like 10 minutes in court. I was only there an hour today, but thats ok. I will be there all day tomorrow. The 180s are taunting me. I want them to come so bad. Im hoping by Sunday. The boys mom gave me some tomatoes from her garden, they were delicious. Probably have some slices with lunch tomorrow.

Vicky-thanks, but you are the impressive one working out with all the pain you are going through. Good luck with the injection tomorrow.

Finally relaxed some tonight. Got a walk in earlier, went with my sil and the kids to a trail near my house. I walked a mile with the dogs before they got there. Then we walked 2 miles together so 3 miles for me today. I did 10 minutes on wii fit so far. Might try to do some more before I head to the boys house.

Gonna take the 4 y/o to the park tomorrow and run around with him. Might have him walk the trail at his house with me again.

The farmers market was great. I am all set for the week now. Had a roast with carrots and potatoes for dinner tonight. I was thinking about my portion size compared to before I started this journey. Most of the time I would get seconds(sometimes 3rds) Now I have one plate with smaller portions. Plus I am starting to see a difference in the muffin top. I'm gonna try to post some progress pics soon.

Everyone have a great Friday.

09-11-2010, 06:08 AM
I have internet! :D Woohoo!

Sorry to hear about your injection Maddiesmom but good to see you back on here! :)

Dancer: good to hear that you're doing good, I wish I could catch up on sleep! :( I keep waking up at stupid o'clock (which is why I'm on here at 9am, because my housemates are still asleep!)...

Burgundy: again, dang you do so well with the exercise!!

I was really really bad yesterday. I went out on Thursday night and woke up hungover (ugh). So started off the (terrible) day with toast and peanutbutter, moved on to egg and bacon sandwich for lunch and finished with a big mac meal at mcdonalds (with my girlfriends, who were also very hungover...) ugh. Paying for it this morning though. I haven't eaten junk in so long that apparently it now makes me feel bad! Weigh-in tomorrow so we'll see what the damage is, but I really don't want to stress too much over it, especially as it's only one day in about I-don't-know-how-many. But I won't be doing it again in a hurry!!!

Hope you're all having a good weekend! :)

09-11-2010, 10:32 AM
PS. Yes I am up for another 2lb challenge!!! 147 by 30th of september sounds good to me!!!

09-12-2010, 12:12 AM
Katy-get back to the grind tomorrow. We can get another 2 lbs off by the end of the month. Drink lots of water tomorrow.

I am taking the weekend to relax, kid free. Their mom wanted me to keep them tomorrow for 5 hrs cos she wanted to go outta town to party tonight, but had to tell her no. I'll have them 2 or 3 days next week. She told me the other day I should just move in and be the live in nanny and go visit Chris. NO WAY!!!!!!!!!!!!! I dont mind a few nights a week over there but not everyday. I would miss Chris, my dogs and MY OWN HOUSE.

Didnt get a walk in, right when I was getting ready to go it started raining. So I worked out on the wii. Did Golds Cardio Gym and Wii fit. I burned 400 cals between the 2. Need to step it up. I know what my prob is. I wait til 9 or 10pm to workout and I tire out faster. Need to start doing it earlier on days that I can.

Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend. Saw on FB, today was Sandy and Bubbas anniversary.

09-12-2010, 12:40 PM
Burgundy: Go you for saying no. I was always really bad at saying no to extra work...I'd always feel pressured to say yes and then really really regret doing it! So yay :) Hope you had a good couple of days off!

So I weighed in this morning... 148.8lbs!

I'm somehow down 0.8lbs. How? I have no freaking idea. I suppose all my being good at the beginning of the week made up for Friday/yesterday?! Who knows. But my girlfriends and me have decided we need a week off partying before Freshers Week (next week - it's gonna be messy and I am so NOT weighing myself that week...) so we're having this one off. I'm hoping I can lose a pound then, and maintain it during Freshers, before losing the last pound last week of September, bringing me to (possibly) just under 147 for the 30th of September! :)

Hope you've all had a good weekend!

09-13-2010, 11:49 AM
Katy-I really thought about keeping the boys, but she just wanted to party so I had to say no. Only have them 2 days this week(Tue&Thur) Maybe more if she picks up other days. Congrats on 148. Maybe that day off plan jump started your metabolism.

CHECK OUT THE TICKER!!!!!!!!!!! I was finally able to change it this morning. I was POP yesterday, gonna shoot for it again today. Yesterday I walked 4 miles, rode my bike 2 miles and jumped on the trampoline. Gonna do a similar workout today.

Our riding lawn mower is on the fritz right now, so my workout for Wednesday is to rent a push mower and tackle this yard. We have a big yard too. That should be fun.

I'll have the 4 yr old tomorrow. Hope its nice out so we can run around outside. I have a few errands to run with him.

Where is everyone???

09-13-2010, 12:20 PM
burgundy - you are a rockstar! Woohooo!!!!! When was the last time you weighed in the 180s, you skinny thing?

katylil - way to go on 148! Are you finding that you notice the difference on your body with each pound as you get closer to goal?

I haven't been nearly as good as you superstars *hanging head in shame* - kind of a bad weekend for me. I think I've had a low grade virus that seems to come and go or something and sometimes I get achy and headachy and that hit again this weekend. So I did some comfort eating (as if THAT was going to help anything). But that's over and I'm back on the wagon. Plan for today:
B: yogurt and berries
L: tuna sandwich and apple slices
D: tillapia and sauteed spinach
And for exercise, I'm going to clean like a mad woman when I get home as I'm having some girlfriends over for dinner after work tomorrow and my cleaning lady has been out of town for a while. Lugging the vacuum cleaner up and down should count for something, right?

Hope you all are riding high, celebrating your new numbers!

09-13-2010, 02:44 PM
Burgundy: Woohoo!!!!! :D Well done you!!!!!!

Dancer: Thanks! Yeah I am actually reaaally noticing the difference (and so is everyoen else apparently!). My arms especially is where I'm feeling it. Can't wait to keep movin' on down though :) and don't stress too much about comfort eating. Sometimes that's what we need! And sometimes (See my example) a day or two off plan can kickstart things back into gear as well :) hope you feel better today anyway!

I just got back from a very long day at the theatre. 2h of Body Conditioning in the morning followed by 3h dance auditions for On The Town (our course term production)...I'm absolutely whacked! And yet I'm now researching 1940's fashion and hairstyles and preparing for tomorrow's singing audition. It's knackering but I love it! :)

09-13-2010, 06:07 PM
Dance-the last time I was in the 180s was probably high school. It feels great. Hope you are feeling better and cleaning definitely counts as a workout.

Katy-you'll should be dropping lots of lbs with days like that. Good luck with your auditions.

Rode my bike 2 miles and walked 2 miles. Gonna do golds gym cardio or jump on the trampoline later.

I need to up my water again. I was doing ok there for a while but I've only had about 32 oz today.

09-13-2010, 07:38 PM
burgundy - that's amazingly cool to be down to 'teenager' weight! Also, just noticed how close you are to the 50lbs milestone - do you have any rewards planned for yourself when you get there?

katylil - you are a busy girl! How fun to have a good excuse to research period hair and make-up - I love that kind of stuff.

09-14-2010, 03:47 PM
so, had a great run this morning and am totally back in the swing of things. Also had a new tree planted in my front yard - it's huge! Looking forward to more shade in years to come. I was too hot from my run to eat breakfast so I'm thinking cereal and strawberries for lunch and I'm having some girlfriends over for dinner - salmon, salad, sauteed spinach and ww couscous, should be yummy.

How's everyone doing today?

09-14-2010, 05:33 PM
Well done on the run Dancer and yay for big trees! I love them in summer when it's hot and you can sit in the shade with a book and ipod...Hoep you're dinner goes good also!

Meh my singing audition went terrible. I always get so freaking nervous! I'm fine at actual performances, but auditions freak me out. Big time. So me and some of the other girls who didn't do too well ended up going for McDonalds...ugh. Uni life is full of junk food! To make up for it, I had fish and steamed veggeis for dinner. Breakfast was plain porridge. So hopefully the damage aint too bad! :/

Hope you all had a good day!

09-14-2010, 10:49 PM
Allison! Congrats on the 180's!!!! So proud of you!! You have worked so hard and you deserve it.

Dance: You are always so busy with home improvements and gardening. Those have to be some great workouts. How much home improvement do you have left? Yea on the run!!!

Katylil So sorry you think you did poorly at your audition - I'm sure you're just being really hard on yourself. University life is hard, I remember those days - eating junk throughout the day because you're a student with no income, etc. etc. Hopefully the damage wasn't too bad.

Well, spinal injection is done and over with - just as painful as I remember. It can take up to 2 weeks to kick in, so the pain is still there. I went and worked out with Jeff tonight - figuring I'll be in pain no matter what, so I might as well do some exercise. It's hard getting back into it after no working out for a month. Jeff is customizing more workouts for me, so that's something. I go back on Thursday and I may go to zumba with a friend of mine on Saturday.

SIL's wedding is in 2 weeks, I have a dress and would love to drop 5 pounds by then. No guarantees that will happen, but I can try. Trying to figure out how to eat healthy while I'm away since we'll be eating out the entire time we're there. gotta plan ahead.

Hope everyone is doing well. Work and everything is still so crazy, but I'll try to be on here more often.

09-15-2010, 03:01 PM
Was just reminded that Colorado has the lowest obesity rates in the country. There certainly are some extremely fit folks around but I feel like I see a lot on the other side of the spectrum as well. As you guys have lost weight, have your perceptions of the people around you changed? My normalish sized friends look heavier to me now than they did 30lbs ago - I know it's all relative, but it's weird, don't you think?

maddiesmom - I'll keep my fingers crossed on your shot kicking in soon. You are such a trooper. You will be gorgeous at that wedding whatever happens in the next few weeks - I mean, seriously - you have lost ******80lbs***** - you are a flippin' rockstar of skinny gorgeousness! You know how incredibly rare and special it is to do that without surgery, right? I'm sure everyone at the wedding will be very impressed.

katylil - sorry the audition didn't go as well as you'd hoped but I bet you're being harder on yourself than anyone watching was ;) Good job getting right back on the wagon.

Am planning on going to belly dance class tonight - I'm mentioning it here to make myself go as I didn't get to bed until late last night and I know I'm not going to feel like going to class once I get home today. We'll see how it goes... Hope you guys are doing great!

09-15-2010, 10:29 PM
Dance: Thanks for the boost! I needed it. I'm happy where I am, don't get me wrong, but I jus feel like I have quite a ways to go and sometimes it's disheartening. Enough of that thought - you're right! I did lose 80 pounds! I found some really cute satin stappy sandals to go with my dress, so cute. It should be a fun time - I'll post pictures after we get back (wedding is 10/2).

My perception of people has totally changed. I'm thinking - wow, that person isn't much smaller than me. I tend to notice people's sizes more. Also, I'm not sure if I'm the only one who does this, but I judge people a lot by what they eat. A friend of mine said I was like a reformed smoker who can't stand the smell anymore. Basically, I have no tolerance for people who say they want to lose weight, yet still go out and eat total crap and refuse to workout. I even do it to strangers that I see eating out. In my head I'm thinking, "wow, should they be eating that?!?" Kinda mean, I know, but after being on this journey, I know it's possible to lose weight with diet and exercise.

Wow, a record, I was on here 2 days in a row. :) I'll keep checking in. Have a great night!

09-16-2010, 10:51 AM
maddiesmom - hey, nice to have you back on the regulars' list! I totally agree with the parallels to someone who has quit smoking - I can't help but have internal opinions about lots of food choices out there. One of my buddies keeps saying she's 'trying' to lose weight but isn't making progress and I keep thinking of someone's sig around here that says 'there is no try - there is just do and do not do' which is really true about weight loss, don't you guys think? If you make a good plan and stick to it 95% of the time, it works.

Just saw yesterday at the panera near my office that they've posted calories for everything on the big menu above where you order - pretty cool. Unbelievable how high some of those counts are but they have some good options too.

Off for a run in a bit - what are you guys doing for exercise today?

09-16-2010, 09:50 PM
Dance-I know, almost to 50lbs. I want to get there so bad. I dont have a reward planned but I should think of something. It has taken me so long to get here, I should celebrate. I find myself comparing myself to a lot of people. I still dont see a big change in myself though. Oh and also Vicky saying she notices what others are eating. I do that too, especially with people I am close with that are wanting to lose weight.

Katy-Im sure your audition wasnt as bad as you think.

Vicky-thanks!!! Are you feeling any difference since you had the injection? Cant wait to see your pics. I want to take new progress pic but keep forgetting to charge the camera battery.

I was with the boys til 7 this evening and had a headache the majority of the day so I took today as a rest day. I will get back to the grind tomorrow. I'm really trying my best to get to 188 this weekend. We'll see how that goes.

I have lots of housework to catch up on. Been with the boys so much when I get home I just want to veg. So I have been. Dont have them again til Monday so that gives me time to get my house in shape. Im gonna have the 7y/o Wed-Fri. His mom and little brother are going out of town and I'll be staying with him. My days will be free from 7-4 while hes in school and on the bus. Hes probably gonna be bummed that he cant go with them so I will have to do something fun with him those nights.

I mowed my entire yard with a push mower yesterday, that was quite a workout since we have a large yard. I couldnt do all the backyard cos theres a big beehive back there. We have to get our rider fixed. I wish I knew how many miles I walked. I remembered my pedometer when I was almost done.

Im gonna lay down and watch some tv with the hubby. It will probably be an early night for me. Night girls

09-18-2010, 08:46 PM
Walked about 3 miles today with the pups. Wanted to go around the block for 4 miles but some people on the road over from me said there was a german shepard a few doors down from them that attacked their dog so we turned around.

I was at 189.0 this morning. Fingers crossed for 188 tomorrow.

09-18-2010, 08:46 PM
Hey Ladies,

Allison: push mower on a huge yard = a huge workout. Sore at all? Also, you should definitely think of something to reward yourself when you reach the 50 pound mark. That's a huge milestone! Maybe a spa day??

Dance: I love Panera. Of course, just listing calories isn't enough in my opinion. I love their lf chicken noodle soup, but it's full of sodium - there's a ton. I only have their poppyseed salad with chicken. Super good.

Well, back still isn't great after the injection. After thinking about it - it's more my hip than back. Jeff thinks that maybe the muscle in my hip is causing the sciatica problem. We'll see. If it's not better in a week, I'm supposed to go to the doc and let him know my progress.

Got up early this morning for Jeff's class. He totally kicked my butt. At least there was 3 other people there to help push me. I worked out for an hour and 20 minutes and burned..............over 1000 calories! Couldn't believe it. Felt so good after I was done, such an accomplishment. A year ago, there's no way I would have thought I could do it.

Tomorrow is sorta a rest day, cleaning and ripping up my floor. My hubby has been laying down the new tile today and it looks awesome! I'm taking after Dance, and doing a bunch of home improvements. We're getting all new flooring and carpet throughout the house. The flooring was the one thing driving us absolutely nuts because it's just the cheapy floor that the builders put in. It's going to make a huge difference.

Anyone else have exciting plans this weekend??

09-20-2010, 12:21 PM
Hey girls!

Kind of a blah weekend here - not much exercise and some bored eating.

Maddiesmom - hope the home improvement streak is going well - are you holding up with all the disruption to your usual routine? Has the shot started to kick in more? Hope so.

Anyone with me for miles today? I'm going to run this morning and again tomorrow night but tomorrow's will be with a work friend (a guy) and I'm nervous about keeping up although it's just a friendly jog. I think it's good for me though because it makes me push harder.

Hope you all are doing great!

09-21-2010, 12:39 PM
Wow, quiet board.

Doing well, food is back on track. I'm trying to avoid the chocolate candy dish 5 feet from my desk. Yesterday was super stressful and I was going to have a piece and I actually stopped myself and said "will that really make me feel better?" I figured it wasn't worth it, so I didn't have it. Yea me!

Didn't work out yesterday, too much going on preparing for the new floor in a few weeks. We have a month, but every single weekend is busy until then: B-day party and housewarming on Sat/Sunday, then next weekend is the wedding in DC, the weekend after is Matt's bike trip and then the floor is delievered the weekend after that! Super busy time right now.

I am going to work out tonight while Matt is scraping up the floor at home. I told him that I'm going 3 times a week with Jeff, whether he likes it or not. I've made a lofty goal that I would like to be a size 10 by Christmas, my birthday at the latest (1/15/11). I need the motivation to kick my own butt.

Also, the shot. Well, it's helped somewhat, but there is still much to be desired. We'll see what happens in the next week - especially with the trip to DC and all the walking I'm doing.

Hope everyone else is doing well and checks in. Have a great day!

09-21-2010, 01:27 PM
maddiesmom - you sound super busy! What kind of floor are you putting in? And what does the dress that you're wearing to the wedding look like?

Doing okay here - bf is a bit moody again, surprise, surprise. I'm having friends over for dinner after a walk in the park tonight so that should be fun. I'm doing that super thin crust pizza from papa murphys and a huge salad, and strawberries for dessert. Am going to try to stick to a small amount of pizza ;)

May venture out to Marshall's for some discount shopping at lunch - I'm feeling the need for something fall-ish. What's everyone else up to?

09-21-2010, 10:35 PM
Dance: Right now we are ripping up old crappy vinyl tile (which is close to impossible to rip up without an act of God) and replacing it with another nicer vinyl tile. We really wanted to do ceramic, but we plan on moving in less than 3 years, so we didn't want to put too much money into it. So, that's through our kitchen, eating area, and 1/2 bath. Then, with the entire 2nd floor, stairs, family and living rooms, we are getting brand new carpet. It is going to be sooooo nice!! Can't wait (but not looking forward to prepping the house for it. talk about a workout!) How did you do with the pizza??

Today was ok food wise. I'm finding I'm hungry all the time, or I'm bored and snacking. I'm snacking on healthy food, but if I'm not hungry, why am I eating? I did buy a box of Crunch n Munch at Walmart today (weakness - went at lunch time and it sounded really good), so I ate a little too much of that. Oh well, it's over.

So, my punishment? I went to the gym. It was a 1 on 1 with Jeff (class didn't show up), so it was a circuit, doing as many rounds as I could in 30 minutes. He had all his students from each of his classes do as many as they could and he wrote them down. He appealed to my competitive side, which he knew he could do. So, the most rounds someone did was 17 (at the time, I thought it said 19, so I really pushed myself). How many did I do???? 21! Kicked their butts, even tho I was by myself. Jeff did the workout with me, so he pushed me too. All in all, great workout. Burned almost 700 calories. I'm glad I went - even tho I was totally exhausted.

Hope everyone checks in soon. Have a great night!

09-21-2010, 11:31 PM
Vicky-luckily I wasnt sore after mowing. Have fun with the new flooring. Chris and I are talking about getting new carpet throughout the house. We have green carpet right now and I hate it. Cant wait to see you in your dress for the wedding. Maybe I will try that goal of a size 10 by Christmas with you. I can wear some 12s and 14s right now. Good job with the workout today.

Dance-How did the run go with the coworker? Did you do any bargain shopping?

Yesterday was not a good food day for me. I didnt really have dinner, just snacked( I call it grazing, lol) So today I stayed on plan. I had a yummy dinner. Grilled shrimp over roasted garlic brown rice with red and black quinoa, steamed cauliflower and cherry tomatoes. With my mishap yesterday Im still hanging out at 189.

I jumped on the trampoline today about 15-20 minutes. Walked 1 mile. Did 1 hour step aerobics on wii. The calorie tracker said I burned 550 cals.

Tomorrow I have to watch my niece and nephews in the morning while my sister in law goes to a meeting at 10. Then have to be at the boys house to stay with the 7 y/o at 4pm. His mom and brother are going outta town and she didnt want to take him out of school for 3 days. So I'll be with him except school hours the next 3 days.

I emailed Sandy-she has a month to go with the training classes for her new job. She cant access 3fc at work, she was going to load it onto her phone but she is super busy.

Talk to everyone soon. I cant believe how small our group has gotten.

09-22-2010, 12:40 AM
burgundy - I know, we're down to the few and the brave, right? ;) I'm hoping mygrits, staccie, aj, tifftiff and katylil come back to check in. You are a sweetie to help your sis-in-law.

maddiesmom - are you guys using one of those tools that looks like a giant wide spatula on a broom handle? If not, give one a try - they are awesome for scraping up old vinyl. I've done my share of that in the past and it's grim without help. I'm so impressed by your workout - wowza!

Decided to walk not run with my buddy tonight and did pretty well with the pizza - two small pieces of thin crust and tons of salad.

I'm so glad you guys are still here - and that the others come by when they can. I really think the MAIN reason I've stuck with this for so long is this group - you girls are the best!

09-22-2010, 02:29 PM
Okay, girls, at the risk of boring you all, I'm going to start posting daily food and exercise again because without it I get sneaky and lazy *hangs head in shame*. So, today b: strawberries and ww cereal, l: chicken panang with broccoli and brown rice, d: rotisserie chicken, green beans, asparagus. Fruit for dessert and snack. I'm going on a lunchtime run (my usual 3 miles) at lunch in a few minutes. There, now I just need to stick to it all, right? I know this is really really bad but part of me occasionally thinks, okay, aren't we done yet? can't we go back to eating whatever we want? I KNOW I can't do that because we've all seen what I looked like when I did and it was SOOO not good ;) But that doesn't seem to permanent shut up the little voice. Do you guys ever get that?

ETA - phew, back from my run so doing okay so far.

09-23-2010, 11:04 AM
I am still around! And I'm still reading. I'm just not commenting. Cos I'm feeling guilty. It's Freshers Week at my university so I've spent the week basically living at my friends house, going out, drinking lots, eating lots and eating BADLY and no exercise (except for all the dancing at the club!)

But I missed out on my freshers last year so I really wanted to make the most of this years and am not bothering too much. I know I've been a lot better than I would have been last year and I have healthy plans for Monday, but I still feel guilty!!! So yeah. I will be back properly properly on Monday! :) Hope you're all having a good week!

09-23-2010, 01:27 PM
Katylil - I remember how crazy fun that week was (I spent my junior year of college at the London School of Economics) - it's just a short time and you'll be back in your normal routine soon so I'm sure you're not doing too much damage ;)

I'm struggling with sticking to plan, girls, I do okay all day until the evening and then I lose interest doing what I'm supposed to do. It's probably not helping that my bf has been doing that moody thing and I've been having sort of a pity party for myself sometimes. Yikes - just reading that back, I want turn this around right now!!! Okay, I'll shoot for going for a run when I get home from work as that always kills my appetite, maybe that will help.

Hope you guys are doing well...

09-23-2010, 04:15 PM
Only have a couple minutes, will do personals tomorrow. Gotta go get the 7 y/o old the bus in a few.

Dance-I totally feel you on the "when can I eat whatever I want" thing. I do good all day too and in the evening after dinner my sweet tooth kicks in big time. I keep fruit all the time but I dont go for that. Chris has a box of andes mints in the fridge and I gravitate to those. I only have one or 2 but I dont even want to have those, grrr.

Gonna be gone all night to the boys house. Last night til probably wednesday. She has to work the weekend but I think their dad is getting them. If not, she has a backup when I cant so she will have to call her. I have plans, plus could use a break.

Talk to you all tomorrow.

09-23-2010, 05:37 PM
burgundy - hope the overnight goes smoothly and glad you get a break later this week. Do you have fun plans?

Food so far today:
b: whole wheat cereal with skim milk
snacks: almonds, string cheese, honeycrisp (yum!) apple
l: whole grain baguette, panera onion soup (no crouton)
d: chicken breast, spinach, tomato and avocado salad

I'm going to run when I get home (although it's always hard for me to do that at the end of the day) and am planning on a walk with friends tomorrow. And I will NOT allow myself to become a bump on a log this weekend, no matter what!! And I will probably drive you guys nuts by posting all the time too ;)

ETA - Okay, the run didn't happen (kind of saw that coming) but I'll get in extra exercise tomorrow. I made a giant batch of ratatouille tonight so I should have plenty of veggie-filled lo-cal meals for a while. Am also going to bring some over to a friend that's having a hard time. I used to be a baker of sweet things for any possible excuse - now I bring ratatouille, how things change ;) Off to take a bubble bath....

09-24-2010, 12:13 PM
Morning, girls!
Plan today is a long walk and b: strawberries, cereal, skim milk, s: plum, almonds, l: ratatouille, chicken, couscous, d: tbd - maybe salmon and salad.
What's new with you guys?

09-24-2010, 09:20 PM
Just a quick note to let you all know I'm alive.

After my workout on Tuesday, things went downhill. Woke up Wednesday morning with numbness in my leg and foot. Went to the ER and they said that it had to do with my sciatica - which I never experienced before. They gave me a lot of drugs and sent me home - no MRI, no xrays, nothing. They put me on bedrest for 3 days.

So today I went to my specialist - still can't feel anything below my knee. Specialist said that obviously what they have been doing to treat my symptoms has not helped the bigger problem, so we may have to go the surgery route. He said after a year, I should be getting better, not worse. The back is contibuting to the numbness and my left side is weakening, which isn't a good sign. Had another MRI today, have to go to the specialist again next week (he told me to bring my husband) so we can discuss our options. Looks like he's leaning toward surgery, which honestly scares the crap out of me. Guess we'll see what happens.

Obviously, no working out and I'm scared beyond belief. We'll see what the future holds for me.

09-25-2010, 07:50 PM
Dance-the overnights went pretty smoothly. It was nice just having one. I'll have them again for about 8hrs tomorrow evening/night.

Vicky-so sorry you are having such a rough time. Any change after the bed rest? Let us know how you are. Surgery can be scary but if it will help it can be a good thing.

Had a get together at the indian church. Its the 150th anniversary of the church. They had KFC cater and I am happy to say I stayed away from it. I filled my plate from the veggie and fruit trays. But I did have a small slice of banana nut cake that Chris' cousins aunt made. She is a wonderful cook.

I did take a walk but only a mile. Its really cold and rainy here today so I didnt want to get soaked. Do not want to get sick. Gonna try to get a workout in before 8. We are going to some friends house for game night.

Talk to everyone soon

09-25-2010, 07:58 PM
maddiesmom - :hug: :hug: Oh sweetie - I'm so sorry it's such a tough time - that must be so scary. You are so strong and determined - I know you'll get through this with flying colors but I'm sure it doesn't make the meantime any easier. We'll be thinking about you lots - keep us posted when you can.

09-25-2010, 11:28 PM
Thanks ladies.

Bedrest didn't do anything except keep me bored with daytime t.v.! It's strange, the pain in my back isn't bad, but I can't feel my leg from the knee down and I can't feel half my foot. I really don't think bedrest is going to do it. I'm hoping for a simpilar surgery rather than the spine fusion, but we'll see. I'm only worried because now I walk with a limp and I'm traveling to DC for the wedding on Thursday. I'm hoping to see the doc before I leave to see how much time I have before everything gets worse. Not sure if he can give me that timeline.

Thanks ladies for everything, I really appreciate your friendships. The hubby doesn't really want to talk about it - I know inside he's scared to death too, but doesn't want to freak me out. I just need to vent and everyone is worried but doesn't want me to know it. I will keep you all posted.

09-26-2010, 04:21 PM
Such a bummer about the timing with the wedding right around the corner. Will the dr let you be up and about for the wedding? Would a walking stick be helpful? It must be beyond weird to be numb like that. If you do end up needing surgery, think of the shape you're in now vs, say, two years ago and how much quicker your healing process will be because of it and how much less strain you're putting on everything with your skinny self.

Just got back from a run and am cooling down still (around 80 out there - yikes!). I did a cooking binge this morning - toasting and seasoning pepitas (mexican pumpkin seeds), making tortilla soup (sans tortillas)and roasting butternut squash, zucchini and yellow peppers to make sure I have plenty of veggies around this week. It doesn't sound like much now but just washing all the dishes about wore me out ;)

09-27-2010, 04:45 PM
Good day so far - B: cereal, fruit and skim milk, L: lentil soup, whole wheat pita, apple. Plan for dinner is Chicken, zucchini and asparagus. I'm usually so tired by the time I get home from work but I really should get in some exercise today. Any tips to help me avoid the couch when I get home?

09-27-2010, 07:03 PM
Vicky-thats got to be the strangest thing not to be able to feel your leg and foot. Hope you dont have to go thru the spinal fusion. Do you know if you are gonna be able to see the doc before you leave for DC? Are you in pain constantly or does it help to sit?

Dance- I need you to come to my house and do some cooking. I bought some fruits and veggies today. I bought an extra large cabbage. Any recommendations for something to make? Gonna give half of it to my SIL. Do you have stairs at your house? Climb the stairs or do some lunges/squats/jumping jacks. Come on, you can do it;) I need to get a workout in too, so lets do this together. I rented a new wii game, Fitness Fun. Gonna try that out.

09-28-2010, 01:12 PM
Allison: It hurts to sit for long periods of time, stand for long periods or lay down for long periods. So, I'm constantly up and down. How was the new wii game? I should get some of those myself, we have a wii, but I never use it.

Dance: How is your workout plan going? Running again?

As for me, I went to the doctor today and he said that he can't promise that everything will be fine in DC, but he thinks it's highly unlikely, so...looks like we're going. Foot is still really numb and feels like a dead weight. Weakness is getting worse, but what can you do? Pain is only bad if I sit for long periods of time.

So.....decision.....I'm having surgery. I'm trying to schedule it for next week, we'll see what happens. Turns out that it's an outpatient surgery, I don't have to have the fusion (thank goodness), so we'll see what happens. I should be good in a few weeks, mostly pain from the surgery itself.

That's what's happening in my world. Hope everyone is doing ok.

09-28-2010, 09:48 PM
Vicky-that stinks there isnt a way for you to get comfortable. The wii game sucked. I thought since it was called fitness fun that I would be doing the fitness moves but its a point and click type game. Glad I only rented it. Dont overdo it in DC. Hopefully you can get your surgery scheduled and start on the road to recovery.

I was so lazy this morning up until about 1pm. Got up and went to lunch with Chris and some friends. Then wanted to come home and get my workout in. So I turned on the wii but couldnt get up enough energy to do the calorie burning exercises. I was only doing the fun ones. So I put on my shoes and started out on a walk. Called my sister while walking and before I knew it, I had gone 2 miles then had to turn around and walk back, so I got 4 miles in today. :carrot: Might do some step aerobics on wii while I watch Biggest Loser.

09-29-2010, 11:05 AM
burgundy - woohoo for 4 miles - good for you! I've been thinking of buying some audiobooks to walk with when my friends aren't available and running seems like it takes too much energy. Have you ever tried them?

maddiesmom - so, if it's not the fusion, what kind of surgery will it be? Are they pretty sure it will relieve your pain? I hope so. And I hope you will be able to find a way to enjoy your DC trip despite all the distractions.

I'm getting in a lot of walks but less runs (we're having a hot week, in the 90s) - I'm hoping to run a bit more when it cools off again. I continue to lose it in the evenings and go off plan. I'm going to the grocery store at lunch today to pick up some more healthy stuff and am headed to a friend's house tonight for a walk in her neighborhood so it should be an okay day.

Hope you're doing well!

09-29-2010, 09:13 PM
Dance-I've never tried audiobooks while walking. Sometimes I remember to take my Ipod or sometimes I will call my mom or sister and talk while I walk. You're having a hot week and we are having a cooler week but its been nice, I can get walks in earlier. I've been doing good with the evenings. I always jump on the wii between 8 and 9 and workout for at least an hour. So that helps me to avoid the kitchen.

Vicky-how is your pain today??:hug:

So I am going to try to start my christmas shopping tomorrow if the kids will give me some ideas. If not, they get what I think they want. My niece in AL is easy, shes only 6 and wants anything she sees on tv. My nephews and niece here are undecided(they're 11 and 14)

Got a walk in today. Only went 2 miles today, got a later start so it started getting dark on us. Gonna turn the wii on after this.

Dance inspired me to get some cooking done for the week. So today I made mini turkey meatloaf, baked zucchini and carrots, and turkey stuffed cabbage and corn on the cob. It'll be nice to just have to warm something up for lunch. Chris wants KFC for dinner tomorrow so I have my healthy options already made.

Hope you are all good.

09-30-2010, 11:13 AM
Thank goodness, it's finally cooling off a bit here (we've been in the 90s for ages). So I can run whenever I want to today! I haven't been getting on the scale for the last two weeks which usually means I know I'm not being good and don't want to confront the reality of it. I'm thinking that if I can stick to plan really well through the weekend that maybe I'll be able to handle getting on the scale again on Monday - yikes.

Here's my food plan -
B: cereal with strawberries and skim milk
L: pb & low sugar J on whole wheat english muffin, apple
D: lean steak, mushrooms, sauteed spinach, half baked potato with ff sour cream

Anyone with me for miles today?

09-30-2010, 09:39 PM
Dance-good luck with the scale on Monday. I was still at 189.0 this morning.

I am having some major munchies tonight. I need to start a workout so I stay out of the kitchen. I wanted to get to 188 tomorrow but I dont know if it will happen. I did walk 2 miles today with my SIL at the park. Wanted to go 2 more when I got home with the dogs but ran out of daylight. I have the boys tomorrow, hopefully I can get a walk in with the 4 y/o.

10-01-2010, 02:01 PM
Ugh - I decided to get a sneak peak at the scale and it so ain't pretty - I'm back up a few again. I can't seem to stay at 165 - gee, could it be my total lack of discipline? ;)

And I had totally forgotten but we are going to New Orleans for a long weekend starting next Friday so I have a week to look cute in my travel clothes again. Even if I'm not at my lowest, it's really nice to have clothes that are comfortable, cute and flattering for a change. Anyone spent any time in New Orleans? I'm definitely open to ideas. I figure we'll be walking our feet off every day so I doubt I'll have trouble burning off what I eat.

burgundy - how did you do with the munchies?

10-02-2010, 10:31 PM
Dance-you'll get back to 165. Sounds like a fun weekend you have coming up. I have never been to New Orleans. At least you can get lots of walks in.

I kinda slacked yesterday. The wii said I only burned 166 cals. I was just so tired when I got home at 730. Had the boys all day. I know why, TOM showed up this morning. So I worked hard today and took a walk. It was so cold out though. Only 48 degrees, bbrrrrr, too early to be that cold.

I added all the calories that were burned on the wii and walks and I am at 2500 today. I was hoping to be at 3500 tomorrow. Dont know if I can burn 1000 tomorrow. Im really gonna try. Want to try to get in a 4 mile walk.

Hope everyone is having a good weekend.

10-03-2010, 09:57 AM
Hello ladies!
Sorry it's taken me so long to get back on here. I've been guiltily (is that the right word?) reading you all being on track and exercising and felt really bad about being so bad these past 2 weeks. But I went food shopping the other day and stocked up on loads of canned soup and veggies (I can never get through all my fresh stuff before it goes off so I've started to just buy loads of different types of frozen) and chicken breasts and cans of tuna and fish steaks and grapes and low cal yoghurts. I had a boiled egg and two pieces of toast with marmite for breakfast, just had a can of tomato soup and a ton of grapes for lunch and I'm planning on a chicken stirfry for dinner so hopefully I'm back in business! :)

I've managed to work my way back up to 151 thanks to the last 2 weeks (because basically my diet consisted of toast, noodles, pizza and every type of junk food imaginable plus alcohol) so I'm hoping to be back to ticker by the 15th of October which is when my mum is coming over to visit.

Maddiesmom: Ouch. Really bad times. I hope the surgery goes well and that you start to feel better soon! :)

Burgundy: I feel ya on the 48 degree thing (I had to look up the equivalent in celsius on my google unit converter!) as we're having the same! Plus it's raining ALL the time. Really takes away and feeling of going for a run, all I want to do is stay in, cuddle up with a blanket and my laptop and eat hot food! Well done on the 2500 by the way! I'm sure you can get the 1000 in no problem :)

Dancer: Oh wow New Orleans. That's gonne be amazing! :) I'd love to go there one day. There's so many places I want to visit!!! I'll bet the exercise you'll get from walking around all day will be brilliant too!! :)

Hope you're all having a good weekend!

10-03-2010, 02:41 PM
Hey girls - got in a good run yesterday but my knee is achy today so I should probably give it a day off, maybe just a long walk later.

Hope you're doing well - I'll come back and post more later...

10-03-2010, 03:56 PM
Katy-glad you came and updated us and now that you are back on track you can get back to ticker weight.

Dance-hope your knee feels better.

We've had a lazy day. Just laid in bed and watched a movie, Death at a Funeral. It was pretty funny. I have to get a walk in today. Probably wont be able to walk tomorrow. Im gonna have both the boys, plus my cousins 2 month old.

The scale was nice to me this morning. I am at 188.6!!! 2 more lbs to 50. Gotta think of a good reward.

Hope you all enjoyed your weekend.

10-03-2010, 06:20 PM
Well done Burgundy! :D Congratulations that is brilliant! Death at a Funeral is hilarious. I remember randomly picking it to watch with some friends a coupel of years ago. It was so NOT what we were expecting!

Hope your knee feels better Dancer! :)

10-04-2010, 05:59 PM
Hey girls! Sooo not in the mood to buckle down and work today so I thought I would see what everyone's up to.

katylil - sounds like you're all stocked up with healthy stuff - good for you!

burgundy - I love those lazy days - glad you had a good one.

I haven't gotten my exercise in yet today - am thinking a run later as my knee seems to be back to normal. I'm still a few pounds above ticker so I really need to buckle down so I fit well in my clothes for our trip this weekend. Sometimes I wonder if I'll ever get all the way down to goal then I remember that 165 was my initial goal. Somehow that makes me feel a little better ;) Silliness. Hope you all are having a great day...

10-05-2010, 06:41 PM
Thanks katylil. How is it going this week?

Dance-it was so nice to have a lazy day. Havent done that in a while. I remember you having your goal as 165 so I say you are doing great.

Took a short walk with some friends today. Might get another one in in a little while. I have the boys from 1-midnight tomorrow. Planning on taking them and their bikes to a park so I can walk and they can ride and play. That means I have to clean the backseat of Chris' truck out, their bikes wont fit in my trunk.

Nothing exciting happening here this week. How is everyone else??

10-06-2010, 11:15 PM
Hi ladies,

I'm back from DC and am glad to be home! It was a crazy whirlwind of a week, but I know I walked a ton of miles when I was there (probably not a great thing seeing that my leg is still numb). I fought through it and had fun with my hubby and daughter....check out the pics on FB and you can see the dress, etc. I actually had a great time and wasn't too self concious about how I looked in my dress. Probably the best I've felt dressed up in a long time.

Just wanted to give you all a quick note to know I was back. I'm really going to catch up and do more personal stuff later - I promise!

I have surgery tomorrow morning - met with the doc and found via the MRI that a piece of bone is pushing on my nerve, which is causing the numbness and pain. They are going to remove it and I may be doing PT for a couple of weeks to bring the strength back in my left side. Still very week on that side and the numbness is still there - but may not go away for a couple of weeks or months! Ick. I will be done with surgery by 11 - recovery until 2:00. Then it's home. They say I should be able to walk around and be back to normal by the end of next week - but I'm taking 2 weeks off to recover.

Allison: I did see that you were at 188! CONGRATS! I promise to catch up as soon as this whole thing is over!

Talk to you all soon!

10-07-2010, 12:01 PM
maddiesmom - you look gorgeous in your dress! And I love how you did your hair! So sorry you were continuing to struggle with the numbness thing - what a trooper you are. Best of luck tomorrow - we'll all be wishing you a quick recovery.

10-07-2010, 10:44 PM
Dance: Thanks! The dress was the only one I could find that I liked and had sleeves - everything seems to be sleeveless and I still need more work on my arms before I show them off. :) Thanks for the compliments. I found a new hairdresser who is amazing and helped me find that style. I really like it. How is your knee doing?

Surgery went well - very nervous though. Doc came in and told me what was going on and of course that scares the crap out of you. After surgery, I just couldn't warm up - ended up with heated blankets. Doctor said he removed a pretty big piece of bone that I guess had broken off, so at least there was a reason for all this pain. They removed the herniation as well.

I was out of the hospital by 1:15 and took an awesome nap on the couch. I have a super sore throat from the breathing tube they used and it will be sore for a couple more days. I'm able to walk around, up and down the stairs, just fine. Just getting up and down is a little sensitive. All in all, I feel good. My hubby has been great and his boss told him to work from home tomorrow and Monday, so I have someone here. So I'm taking it easy for now.

Hope everyone is well! Got weighed at the doctor - 196 - not too bad considering I ate Olive Garden and Pizza yesterday (hey, figured it was my last meal before surgery so I splurged - when this is over, it's back to working out!)

10-08-2010, 11:05 PM
Vicky-glad your surgery went well. You've got to be sore. Is the numbness going away now? Glad your hubby is taking good care of you. Take it easy for a few days.

I've been walking some but not as much as I want to the last few days. There is a 5k walk coming up on the 16th. I am gonna do it. Looking for someone to do it with me. Im gonna ask my sister in law but I dont think she will. Gonna ask a few friends. Its a walk to stop domestic violence so I would like to get as many people as I can to walk.

I was bad yesterday and has chinese for lunch so today my weight was 190. I know its from sodium so I have been downing water today. Hopefully Im back down to 188 in the next few days.

Sandy sent me a msg. She is done with training and is now in the Academy, she said its more training but easier than what shes been doing. Hopefully she has more time soon and can check in.

Enjoy your weekend!!

10-09-2010, 01:31 PM
Allison: The numbness hasn't gone away yet, it's going to take awhile - doc said maybe months, but we'll see. He may have me go through physical therapy to help strengthen my left side. We'll see what he says at my 2 week check up. Pain isn't too bad - thanks to pain meds and rest. I can walk ok, sit ok, and lay down ok, it's the transitions that hurt.

Watching what I eat so I can get back into shape. I have to say, it's a good thing that I was working out before this happened. I am using my leg muscles a lot more, so thanks to Jeff for making me do all those squats! I'm sure the healing process would be a lot slower if I were 80 pounds heavier.

Taking it easy for the next week - next Saturday we get our new carpet, so I'm hoping I'll be ok enough to help Matt a little bit. Don't want to over do it and hurt myself though.

Hope everyone has a fabulous weekend! Get out there and get some miles in for me! :)

10-09-2010, 09:39 PM
Vicky-glad your pain is tolerable. Hope everything starts feeling better soon. Dont overdo it if you dont feel up to it when the carpet comes in.

Walked 4 miles today and registered for the 5k. Its a walk not a run but thats ok. Im not a good runner. Having a hard time getting anyone to commit to walking it with me. Everyone has an excuse, but I told Chris, with or without someone to walk it with, I am doing it. Theres another one the following weekend. I might do it too.

Hope you're all enjoying your weekend.

10-11-2010, 09:04 PM
Hey Ladies. I got a little break from the boys tonight. Their dad came and got them for about 3 hours. Hes gonna drop them back off to me at 930. I didnt get a walk in. It was dark by the time I got back home. Im gonna get a workout in before they get back though.

I want to walk 4 miles tomorrow. Trying to get in as many as I can to get ready for the 5k. Im gonna try to run some of it but I know I wont be able to run it all. Nothing fun happening here. Gonna get some groceries tomorrow, need some veggies. Theres a farmers market on Wednesday when I have the boys. Need to go to it. It will be done soon.

10-11-2010, 10:34 PM
Slow board...

Allison: good for you doing the 5K, regardless if you have a walking buddy or not. I need to get some walking in, I'm sure I'm not doing enough right now for my rehab. Gotta get around the block at least tomorrow.

Managed to get through the day without any pain killers, so that's a bonus. I gotta learn to live with some pain, I can't drive and work on the meds they gave me. I also managed to drive to and from Maddie's daycare, so my hubby won't have to worry about that when he returns to work tomorrow (he's been home with me since Thursday).

The hubby has been a trooper, he's Mr. Mom, Mr. Nurse and trying to get the house ready for the carpet installers this weekend. I don't even want to think about the amout of work we'll have to do in the next few days to get ready. Plus, he's still working on retiling the kitchen, which has to be done before Saturday. Life is busy for him and I feel horrible that I can't be more help. I can't bend at all, and he is already yelling at me for doing too much.

Go back next Wednesday to see the doc, so we'll see how I'm healing. I'm able to move around better, but really want to get back to the gym, which I won't be able to do for a few more weeks. Jeff has been really sweet and checking in on me though - one of the few friends who actually texted "good luck" to me the day of the surgery and then had a texting conversation on Friday to see how I was doing.

Hope everyone is doing well.

10-12-2010, 02:33 PM
Hey girls - missed you all! We just got back from our quick trip to New Orleans last night. It was fun but it was a tough place to try to eat healthy - lots and lots of fried stuff and very few veggies and fruits.

burgundy - your 5k plans sound great!

maddiesmom - it must be so frustrating waiting to heal - hang in there!

10-13-2010, 01:02 PM
So, yesterday I took an exercise break to give my feet a chance to recover from all our walking in NO but today I'm going to get in a run at lunch. What are you guys up to today?

10-13-2010, 01:05 PM
Hey everyone. I only have a few minutes but wanted to check in.

Vicky-glad your hubby is taking good care of you. Hopefully the healing process is easy and quick for you. Take care of yourself and dont try to do too much.

Dance-we missed you too. Glad you had fun. Bummer on the no veggies and fruit part.

Gotta get to the boys house soon. Seems like thats all I do lately. Still need to get to the grocery store. Hope the farmers market is still going on today. Its a little rainy out. The scale was nice to me again today. One more lb to 50!

10-13-2010, 02:21 PM
burgundy - Lucky you - our farmer's markets shut down at labor day - I wish they were still around. How exciting to be that close to the big 50 - how are you planning to celebrate?

10-14-2010, 01:08 PM
Dance-it was a rainy day so there were only 2 booths set up at the FM. I got a few veggies but not as many as I wanted. Guess I'll just have to get them at the grocery store. Gonna work in the yard today. Gotta get a tree cleaned up that fell a few weeks ago. Maybe I can get Chris out there today(he might want to wait til Sunday). Ready for Saturday to get here, wanna walk that 5k!!!

10-15-2010, 11:32 AM
Ok, girls - I suck! I've been a lazy bum since I got back from New Orleans and I'm turning that around as of today. I think it's TOM or something but I've been kind of low and wanting to eat bad stuff. Enough already! I'm going to get out for a run this afternoon and am only going to eat healthy stuff this weekend.

burgundy - what are you cooking up this week? I'm thinking I need to make some veggie soup.

maddiesmom - hope you're doing okay with your recovery!

10-15-2010, 04:26 PM
Dance: I am so not motivated, it's crazy. Since I can't work out, you'd think I'd be watching what I'm eating - NOPE! I guess for me, exercise and eating well goes hand in hand. I need to start watching what I eat again.

Back is ok, not great, but not horrible either. I'm dealing with the pain (I have to live with it, right?) rather than taking the pain meds. I don't want to come reliant on them. Flooring comes tomorrow and we still have so much to do. I feel horrible that I can't help my hubby more, but I'm doing what I can. I was sitting on the floor of the closet putting my ebaying clothes in suitcases since we're getting the closets recarpeted too. I'm a bit sore, but I'm thinking it's because I haven't used these muscles in awhile.

So, carpeting all day tomorrow, then moving back into my own house in the evening. Taking Madeline to an apple orchard on Sunday - it's over an hour away, but my mom's been taking me there since I was a kid, so I want to have that tradition for my little one. Pony rides, hot apple cider, pumpkin and apple picking and homemade, hot cider donuts (my downfall, but we're not buying a lot of them). Should be a fun day as long as the back holds up. It's supposed to be 60, so should be great.

Anyone else have plans for the weekend?

10-15-2010, 05:41 PM
maddiesmom - holy cow! for someone who's recovering from BACK SURGERY (!!!), you are one active girl! Love the idea of the apple orchard - what a nice tradition to share. I so know what you mean - when you're exercising, you just automatically make better food choices. I'm hoping to get on that bandwagon ASAP ;)

Nothing too exciting on the schedule for this weekend - I have friends staying with me that are in town for to manage sales at a holiday market of sorts and we're having dinner with them tonight at an asian place with healthy options. And Sunday my sis, my niece and I are going to that holiday market to get some early xmas shopping in.

Hope you all are doing great

ETA - after three lazy days, I finally got a run in :)

10-16-2010, 03:10 PM
maddiesmom - how did it go with the carpeting? Hope you're loving it.

Ugh - I don't really feel like running but I know I'll feel better after. As an incentive, I promised myself a quick stop at a discount store on the way to run errands at Costco if I do my usual loop. Ah, the games we play with ourselves...

What are you girls up to?

10-16-2010, 08:48 PM
Dance-I made a turkey roll yesterday so we had leftovers from that tonight. Havent made anything else. Chris wants a roast and veggies tomorrow. Did you get your run in today?

Vicky-you are a trooper dealing with your pain without the meds. Did you get your carpet in? The apple orchard sounds so nice. Wish there was something like that around here. I'll have to look into that. That would be good to take the boys to.

Did the 5k, it was just a walk. Not a walk/run like I thought. No one was running so I just walked too. Didnt have a walking buddy but did meet 2 of the nicest ladies from Kentucky. It was nice to talk to some other southerners today. We were the 3rd team to the finish line. It was a lot of fun and a great cause too.

Me and chris' cousin decided we are gonna have a costume party this year. Last year we had a fall festival for all the kids so its our turn this year. I got my costume today. Gonna be Sally from Nightmare before Christmas. Its cute. I'll take some pics. Got it in a size 12!!!!

No plans for tomorrow. Need to do a few dishes and straighten the house. Maybe I can rest some. Will have to take the pups for a walk today. I didnt today, just let them run around the yard. I'll have to boys Monday so probably wont get a walk in.

Hope youre all having a good weekend.

10-18-2010, 11:41 AM
burgundy - woohoo for skinny halloween costumes! Will you be dressing up the dogs too?

maddiesmom - did maddie decide what she's going to be for halloween? I can't remember if you guys already decided.

Just got back from an early run with one of my houseguests so the week is off to a good start. It's dark and chilly now in the mornings - hard to believe the year is zooming by so fast.

Okay - food plan for the day:
B: fruit, yogurt, grape-nuts
L: tuna & ww crackers, grapes, carrots
D: tillapia, green beans, salad

What are you guys eating today?

Hope everything is good with you....

10-19-2010, 01:36 PM
Hey girls - miss you guys! Hope everything's good with you all.

Stuck to plan pretty well yesterday. Food plan for today is:
b: yogurt with raspberries, coffee with skim milk
l: chicken stir fry with brown rice, strawberries, apple
d: tillapia, broccoli, green beans
s: grapes, raw carrots and pea pods

I'm planning on an exercise walk with the girls tonight after work and am going to try to run tomorrow - anyone with me for miles?

10-19-2010, 05:03 PM
Dance-I will join you for miles today. I need to get a workout in. Didnt walk Sun or Mon. Had the boys all day yesterday and it was cold so we did Halloween crafts inside. I'll have them again tomorrow so I dont know if I will be able to walk then. I bought a box of crunch and munch the other day and have eaten too much twice now. Gonna take the rest over to the boys tomorrow. Gotta get it outta here.

We're planning a costume party for the 30th so I would like to be 186 or possibly 185 by then. Thats 11 days. Gotta get back to working out everyday.

Vicky-saw your pics on FB. Maddie is just so cute and you look great.

10-19-2010, 11:19 PM
Hey ladies,

Still on my butt not doing much since my back is still sore. I see my doctor tomorrow for a follow up and we'll see if I have to do physical therapy or not. The numbness is still there along with the weakness, so I don't know how long it will be until I work out again.

Dance: Glad to see you are back on plan and planning your meals, I need to start that. How has your knees been with the workouts?

Burgundy: You could be 185 by your birthday. You can do it! Sorry I wasn't able to get to the 180's with you as we planned. Once this whole back ordeal is over with - I'm back on plan and having Jeff kick my butt again!

Thanks for the compliments on my pics - Madeline is the love of my life and she brings so much joy. She's a handful, but is wonderful!

I'll let you all know what the doc says, then it's back to work on Friday!

10-20-2010, 11:02 AM
maddiesmom - I hope all goes well at the doctor's. You'll be right back in your workout groove soon, I bet.

burgundy - Ok, we are ON for miles! :) And you are going to be zooming past me on the scale at the rate you're going. I need to get seriously back in gear or I will be hanging out in the 160s for ever. I'm dying to get to a healthy BMI so I need to stop wishing and start doing, right? *sigh* Where's a magic wand when you need one?

Am going for a run later this morning and my knee seems to be cooperating pretty well so far this week. I'm back to tracking my calories for a while again to see if that helps me stick to plan. Food plan for the day:
B: oatmeal and berries
L: leftover chicken, stirfry veggies and brown rice
D: salmon and veggies.
S: string cheese, almonds, apple

10-20-2010, 12:56 PM
Hey ladies, quick check in this morning. Gotta get to the boys house in about a half hour. Gonna get my miles in with the 4 y/o, Dance.

Vicky-you will get to the 180s. Let us know how your dr visit goes.

Scales still at 187 this morning, just waiting to see 186 but I need to up my workouts to get it there. Its just so nice to type 187 and not 200 or more. Need to get dressed. Been lazing around this morning.

10-20-2010, 10:07 PM
Doc's visit went well - I'm healing as I should be, but the weakness and numbness are still there. He said the numbness could take a year to go away, there's no guarantees. What worries him is the weakness, so I'm starting physical therapy twice a week for the next 6 weeks, then it's a follow up with the doc on progress. Hoping something good comes out of this mess!

Food is still not good - I think I'm depressed from not working out, therefore, I'm eating like crap. I gotta stop and get moving - even if it's walking.

On the brighter side, I have a 2nd round interview for the job I want, it's with the VP of HR (who I know since I currently work in HR now). Keep your fingers crossed it goes well (interview isn't for a couple weeks).

Hope everyone is doing well.

10-20-2010, 11:39 PM
One of these days we'll have to get on a three way call while we're all out walking and we could keep each other company ;)

maddiesmom - glad the doctor thinks you're healing okay. Where are you feeling the weakness, in your back or legs? And walking can be a great way to maintain some of that calorie burning without putting your body under a lot of stress. My (very slender) mom has back troubles but she has been a daily walker for years and it seems to really work for her.

ETA - had a great run - I did intervals of faster running with slower recovery running in between and it kicked my butt but in a good way ;)

10-21-2010, 11:52 AM
Morning, girls!

We went out for a nice dinner last night and I stuck to plan - salmon and veggies. I did eat a few candies after dinner that weren't part of my plan but oh well - it wasn't too bad.

Plan for today -
- Walk 3 miles
- B: Oatmeal, raspberries
- L: tuna and ww crackers, apple
- D: tillapia, broccoli, couscous, green salad

10-22-2010, 12:44 PM
Anyone with me for miles today (running or walking)? I'm heading out for a run at lunch.

10-23-2010, 07:54 PM
Vicky-good luck with the physical therapy. Hope it helps give you some strength back. Good luck with the interview, you'll do great. Hows food been for you? Have you been able to get out for any walks.

Dance-you'll have to send me you phone number so we can at least text. I text all the time. I have Vickys number already. Good job on the runs. I havent walked the last 2 days since its been rainy and SNOWED for a little bit.

Trying to get everything together for our costume party on the 30th. Got some decorations yesterday. Went shopping with my SIL and the kids. We were gone from 8am-930pm. That girl knows how to shop.

Got a nice compliment from my twin sister yesterday(not directly, through my mom) She lives in NZ and yesterday was my moms birthday so they got to talk for a while. She told my mom that she was so proud of me for losing 50 lbs(almost) and she didnt know where I got the willpower from(I get it right here. You girls keep my accountable) She said she weighs 171 so I have 16 lbs on her. She has been a little smaller than me since we were teenagers. It will be nice when I get to see her to be the same size. We're hoping to get to see her maybe next year, have to see how things go.

What happened to Katylil???

10-24-2010, 03:13 PM
burgundy - I hope katylil drops by to tell us how she's doing but I bet she's crazy busy at school. I like the idea of matching weights with your sis as a mini-goal and what a nice compliment from her.

My car isn't cooperating today - probably the battery but could be something else. My bf is going to come by with jumper cables in a few hours but it's definitely messing up my plans - argh!

Hope you guys are doing well!

10-25-2010, 11:31 AM
Got a new battery yesterday and everything's back to normal but I ended up being a couch potato for the rest of the day and didn't get my run in. Unfortunately, I did not stick to plan foodwise either - ugh. I'm planning on getting some exercise at lunch today - anyone with me for walking or running some miles?
Since it seems to work better if I publicly plan my meals, here we go again -
b: oatmeal, strawberries, coffee with skim milk
l: green salad with tuna
d: rotisserie chicken, broccoli, couscous

Hope you all have a great day...

10-26-2010, 01:06 PM
Oops - did not make it running yesterday. We walked to dinner but that was only 2 miles. I start off okay in the morning and then I get totally unmotivated about eating right by the end of the day - does that ever happen to you guys?

10-26-2010, 09:03 PM
Dance: Happens to me all the time, especially with all the Halloween candy laying around the office. Ugh. I heard that studies show more people gain weight around Halloween due to the amount of candy laying around than Christmas and Thanksgiving! Crazy! I'm still trying to get back on track from my 2 weeks off. Hard to jump on that wagon when your back won't let you!

Things with me are crazy. Therapy twice a week, work is INSANE - I'm out for 2 weeks and all of a sudden, I'm getting dumped on with no assistance, and I still have to do my 2nd round interview. The sucky part is that even if I get the job, I have to keep doing my old job on top of it until they hire someone, and then I have to train them. I'm hoping they'll give me overtime, but no guarantees. We're implementing a global program in the next couple of months which means I have a lot of prep work to do. So, I won't be able to check in here at work.

Other than that, not working out, will start walking per the therapist's suggestion. I'm doing the PT exercises, but they don't seem to be doing much. Guess time will tell.

10-26-2010, 09:14 PM
Girls we gotta snap out of it. I do good until the evening too then its all downhill. The munchies set in and I cant stay out of the kitchen. Havent been able to walk the past few days cos of the weather so I know that has some to do with it. Plus I have been kinda lazy and only turned the wii on once last week. Not good not good. I was hoping to be down to 186 by the party. I have 4 days, gotta do it. Bouncing back and forth from 187 to 188. GRRRR.

10-26-2010, 10:08 PM
Looking on the brightside, since I've had to sit so much, I am now putting all of my old clothes on ebay! LOL i've posted over 60 items, 30 have bids on them. Using the money for personal training and new clothes when I need them. Plus, I want the room back in my closet!

10-27-2010, 11:43 AM
maddiesmom - that's great that you're getting rid of your old clothes! What an amazing feeling - and even better to get some fun money in return. I was so anxious to get mine out of the house that they went straight to goodwill - I don't think anything was cute enough to sell ;) Glad you'll be walking soon - you can burn a lot of calories that way and it may help you handle all the stress you're under. How's the numbness?

burgundy - okay, we gotta turn this around. I'm afraid to get on the scale and see where I am.

I'm going for a run this morning and will come back and post that I actually did it. If you don't see a post later, feel free to give me the world's hardest time! ;)

I hope all our old buddies are doing well - it would be great to get an update on tifftiff, lindy, aj, staccie, katylil and mygrits.

eta - got out, but only for a walk. ok, I guess.

10-28-2010, 02:09 PM
morning, girls!

Add a bunch of cinnamon to my oatmeal today - incredibly yummy. That's going to go into the rotation, for sure.

I have 30 more budgets to review today, aargh. Not my favorite time of year. I'm going on a run at lunch and am going to stick POP today, no matter what.

Here's my food plan:
B: oatmeal and skim milk
S: apple, peanut butter
L: ham sandwich, fruit salad
D: rotisserie chicken, broccoli, tomato salad

Girls, I wish you guys lived next door so we could get each other out for walks and cook up big batches of healthy dinners :) Hope you're all doing well...

10-28-2010, 11:27 PM
Dance: It WOULD be great if we were closer to each other. Shame that we're stretched so far apart. How was your run? Knees doing ok?

Halloween candy has been my downfall this week - really gotta stop. I know it's the stress that is doing it to me (3-4 major projects to do this week, and one is for the company on a global scale - lots of pressure). Tons of deadlines and no option for overitme - so I eat chocolate. I know I gotta stop - haven't been on the scale since the surgery (I was at 196). Almost scared to now. Never want to be over 200 again.

Therapy is ok, I'm doing the same things I did before, so I feel like it's a waste of time (and money). They should just give me the exercises and let me go home. Still no feeling and still have the weakness, but at least the weakness is lessening.

Nothing else exciting, I'm going to ARP on Saturday with Jeff (therapist said it couldn't hurt, but ARP is pretty advanced and it seemed she never heard of it), so I'm hoping that it will help strengthen my muscles faster. Gotta start walking more as well...I feel so lazy because I'm not doing my 3-5 day a week workouts.

Any exciting plans for the weekend?

10-29-2010, 12:05 PM
Vicky-I wish I wouldve thought to put some of my clothes on ebay. I took most to the thrift stores and gave some away. STEP AWAY FROM THE HALLOWEEN CANDY!!!! Could you do the therapy exercises at home? Hope ARPing helps you out.

Dance-the scale is still holding steady for me at 187, thank goodness. I just need to get back to working out more(dont I always say this) It would be great to hear from our other buddies.

Well I had fun plans for the weekend. We were having the costume party with one of Chris' cousins but yesterday she called and said she had to cancel it. It would have been ok if it were her party alone to make that decision but it seems like I was the last person to know. I spent a lot of time and money planning this thing. So we decided we are gonna have it at my house with whoever wants to come. Cant imagine telling all these little kids there will be a party and then just up and saying nope not gonna happen(yea I am a little mad) So now just trying to get my house decorated and goodie bags made(gonna stay away from the candy)

Gonna get out for a walk later. Need to go to my SILs sometime today and clear a spot in her garage to put Chris' motorcycle for the winter. Her garage is packed, that should be fun.

Happy Friday. :bat:

10-31-2010, 08:48 PM
So we had our party yesterday. One here at my house then chris' cousin felt bad so we played some games at her house too. It was a fun day. Im trying to upload some pics on facebook. Did some grocery shopping today. Walked a measly half a mile. It was so cold out today. It snowed for a while, I am not a fan of the cold. Then I played a little soccer with the dogs, when I could get the ball from Bandit.

I am gonna turn the wii on later and workout. I am maintaining at 187 but need to get back into a routine. I have 3 weeks til our trip to Alabama so I gotta get into gear. I'll have the boys Mon, Wed and Fri, gonna try to get them out for some walks.

How was everyones Halloween?

11-01-2010, 11:36 AM
burgundy - love your costume pic! How fun!! Glad you had fun at your party.

Sorry I've been so MIA this weekend. I took Friday off to hang out with my aunt who's in town and go discount shopping with her and my mom - such fun. I got in a good run and a walk on Friday, ran with a friend yesterday morning and got in a short walk yesterday so doing okay on the exercise front. Yesterday was more fun than I expected - we went to a friend's house to see her kids' costumes then hung out on our porch with my neighbors chatting, drinking wine and handing out candy to adorable kids - how can that not be fun?

Hope you guys had fun too - would love to see pix of Maddie in her costume!

Today, I'm meeting an old high school friend for lunch and am planning on getting in a run as soon as it warms up a little. What do you guys have in your plan for exercise today?

Food plan:
b: oatmeal, strawberries
l: brown rice, chicken and veggies at chinese place
d: leftover salmon, veggies and ww pasta
s: apple, almonds, string cheese

Will check in later....

11-01-2010, 09:00 PM
Still no working out for me - but I did walk around our block twice yesterday when taking Maddie trick or treating (of course I gained all those calories back with the Halloween candy!). Allison, just can't stay away. I NEED MY WILLPOWER BACK!

Went to the gym on Saturday and did an ARP strengthening for an hour! IT doesn't hurt, just works the muscles. Must be working, I'm starting to feel stronger. Nothing yet in the numbness department, still there.

Dance: How was the lunch with your HS buddy? I just talk to my friends via FB, but I know I'm smaller now than I was back then. Some of them want me to drive to our home town to see them, perhaps I should make the 90 minute trek to get there.

Anyways, just letting you know I'm alive - and not on plan very well!

11-02-2010, 12:04 AM
maddiesmom - wow, smaller than high school! You rock! I have a long, long, possibly not achievable way to go to get to HS weight - I think I weighed around 115-120 back then. *sigh* It was nice to catch up with my buddy though.

Hang in there with the recovery process!

ETA - Yikes! Big changes afoot at work. My mellow schedule of working from home and writing lots of reports has just changed totally. Lots more travel, no more working from home looks like how it will be now. I'm a little concerned with how it will affect my ability to stay on a good food and exercise plan. Any good advice? I'm panicking a little. I don't want to undo all of my progress in the last year and a half just because I have to adjust my lifestyle a bit!!!

11-02-2010, 07:30 PM
Dance-did u find any good deals discount shopping? I am going to buy a winter coat this weekend. Old Navy has theirs on sale or there is one at Burlington that I love. Think I might hit up some of the thrift stores for some jeans. I wore a size 14 yesterday and Chris said they looked horrible, he said I need some tighter ones, LOL. Guess its time to get a few more 12s and get rid of the 14s and 16s. That sucks with your work situation. Just make sure to take your lunch and keep planning out your meals. Do you work in a office building with stairs. If you do, on breaks or lunch, go up and down the stairs. Just keep moving.

Vicky-what was Maddie for Halloween?

Finally getting back to a walking routine. Went 2 miles yesterday(had the boys, they rode their bikes) Also did some ab exercises yesterday. Today I did a power walk/jog and shaved 8 minutes off my 2 miles. I need to get batteries for my WII remotes so cant do that until I do.

I had a moment last night of "is this journey ever gonna be over?" Then I had crackers and peanut butter. Not the worst snack in the world but I didnt need to eat it at all. Today I feel better and know that going slow(even though its way slower than I want) with this process is the best thing to do. Just wanna lose a few more lbs before we leave for AL on the 19th.

Ive been thinking about buying one of those kymaro body shapers. I saw them on tv a few weeks ago then noticed they have them at Kmart for $10. Might pick one up later this week and see if it helps camo the muffin top. Has anyone seen or tried these?

11-02-2010, 09:06 PM
Dance: Sorry about your work situation - it's tough going from one to the other. The best advice - plan plan plan! Matt and I plan our dinners every day and I pack my own lunch. I have the same thing, that way there's no choosing. For lunches, I know you're used to jogging, but perhaps you can go for walks? When it's cold, my coworkers walk around our huge building.

Allison: Madeline was Minnie Mouse for Halloween - still have to post pics to FB. Kinda behind since ebay'ing has taken over my life! As for body shapers, I found some at Kohls, one was a tank top that went from my chest to past my hips and it works really well at "sucking it all in." I don't wear it all the time, but when I want to smooth everything out under a dress or dress shirt, it looks nice.

So, the first round of ebays are done. I sold 50 items (not even half of what I need to sell) and I made $320! Not too shabby. Now I have to ship it all! Did better on meals today, really can't complain. Candy situation is better too. Starting to get my willpower back.

I know it seems that this is never-ending, I was thinking the same thing. Was also thinking - why can't I be happy where I am now? I've put a lot of work into myself, but I know I can lose more. I did have a random person in my office say that she's seen how much I've lost and thought I looked good. Made me feel good, but I know I'm only about 30 pounds from goal - and I really want to do it. That's why I'm still here - you guys help me so much!

11-03-2010, 09:09 AM
maddiesmom - how cool about your ebay sales - you internet mogul, you!

What good advice from you guys. I'll try to start fitting in stair-walking and will work on meal planning. Sounds like I need to start cooking for the week again on the weekends and bringing lunches. I'm bringing breakfast this morning - berries, grape-nuts and yogurt - so at least I'm off to a good start.

Hope you all are having a good day...

11-04-2010, 04:51 PM
Girls, I'm totally sucking on the exercise front! I tried to make myself get up extra early for a run this morning but couldn't pull it off. *sigh* I'll be working from home tomorrow for what is probably one last time so I will definitely go running tomorrow am and will shoot for both days this weekend to at least start the week off right. I have a treadmill but just haven't been jazzed about using it so my new goal is going to be to walk on it for 30 min/day if I can't get outside. I have to play mindgames and it very unintimidating or I won't do it at all. Doing okay on food so far today - yogurt, grapenuts and raspberries for breakfast, trout and salad for lunch, planning on salmon and veggies at a restaurant tonight before my niece's school play.

What are you guys up to? Anyone up for being my mileage buddy tomorrow?

11-04-2010, 10:05 PM
Me too Dance. I was gonna get out for a walk today, but had company and by the time they left it was almost dark and I needed to cook dinner. I really wish I had a treadmill but then I would feel guilty about not taking the dogs for a walk. I will be your mileage buddy for tomorrow, hopefully. I will have the boys for a while but will try to fit in at least 2 miles.

Vicky-I bet Maddie was adorable. Great job ebaying. I feel the same way, I should be so happy about losing almost 50 lbs, but I still have a long way to go. I have just been basically maintaining for a longtime and I am ready to get on with it. I know I would have given up a long time ago if I didnt have you girls telling me I can do it.

Since I didnt get my walk in, I am gonna do a kettlebell workout tonight. Havent done one in months. Hope you both have a great night.

11-05-2010, 11:38 PM
Ok, confession time!!! I had a McRib for dinner, bad bad bad!!!!!!!!!!!! At least I got off my butt and did a workout today. I will be better tomorrow, I promise. Dance, I didnt get to walk today it was freezing and snowing so the 4 y/o was scared cos it was really windy so he wouldnt even go outside. I did do a kettlebell workout last night and did some yoga and strength training tonight.
Gonna go tomorrow and buy a new winter coat, got my down filled one out of the closet and it looks like someone moved out of it when I wear now, but it will be nice for walks on cold days. Dont care what I look like then.

Have a great weekend ladies.

11-06-2010, 10:46 AM
burgundy - I know exactly what you mean about the coat - too funny! Curious to hear what you pick for your new one.

Yesterday I ended up walking with my bf instead of running but will definitely head out for a run once the electrician gets here at 9am.

what are you guys up to today?

eta - woohoo! got in my run early for a change today - I often stall and stall and run out of time. Doing good with food -
B: cereal and strawberries
L: brown rice, green curry, chicken and veggies
Dinner I'm planning on lots of salad and a little thin crust pizza. Girls, I am back in the game! Hope all is well with you...

11-06-2010, 10:39 PM
We must all be in a slump - WE HAVE TO GET OUT OF IT!! I've been eating whatever I wanted, and I really have to stop since I still can't work out. I'm hoping the therapist releases me soon so I can get back to Jeff's workouts. I feel like such a bump on a log. I've gained 2 pounds thus far (not horrible, but I'm really not happy about it). Tomorrow is back on plan and I have to watch what I eat. no more Halloween candy!

I have Madeline's birthday party next weekend with 45 guests. That should be interesting. Gotta watch what I eat - I made sure there was salad! Tomorrow is cleaning day, so that will ahve me up and moving at least.

Have a great weekend!

11-06-2010, 11:12 PM
chuck that candy out ASAP! :) I don't do well with temptations around, that's for sure, but you are a stronger woman than I am - 2lbs when you can't exercise is hardly anything - good for you! Good luck with cleaning day - don't hurt yourself!

11-07-2010, 12:42 AM
It's actually kind of amazing - my back isn't in pain AT ALL. I figured I'd be hurting a lot more, but nothing. Guess I healed super fast. I'm able to pick Maddie up, bend and pick stuff up, etc. The therapist even has me doing squats, etc. Nothing they have thrown at me has made me sore, so I'm hoping to get back to the gym sooner rather than later. Just need to work on stretching the muscles in my back and legs each day - they've become tight since surgery.

I do need to throw the candy out - not like Maddie needs to eat it all. Doesn't help when at least 3 coworkers have the gigantic bags of candy which is 2 feet from my desk. Just don't know where my willpower went - gotta find it asap.

11-07-2010, 04:59 PM
maddiesmom - so glad you aren't in pain. how's the numbness? is it going away gradually? Bummer about all the candy at the office.

I took you and Burgundy's advice yesterday and stocked up on a bunch of healthy snacks/quick lunch on the fly stuff - hummus and baby carrots, celery and peanut butter, apples and string cheese, lots of fruit in general.

Planning on a run later this afternoon - anyone up for some mileage?

11-07-2010, 07:02 PM
Dance-I ended up getting 2 coats yesterday. Got these---

Good job on the early run. I pushed myself and got out for 2 miles today.

Vicky-I am getting over this slump right now. I did so much better today. Eating was good and exercised. Might pop in a dvd later for a workout. Yep, I agree with Dance, get rid of that candy. Im so happy you arent in pain. How is therapy going?

Have the boys tomorrow, Thur, and Fri. Only 12 days til vacation. I'm ready to get out of cold MI.

11-08-2010, 03:42 PM
got in another run early this morning - that definitely works best for me. Thank goodness for the time change - now it's not quite so dark.

burgundy - love your new coats! thanks for posting the links - so fun to see what you got. And what a killer deal on the one at burlington - you are quite the shopper!

doing well on food so far. B: yogurt, raspberries and grape-nuts, strawberries. L: string cheese, apple, almonds. Dinner will probably be leftover chicken and lamb kabobs and a big salad.

Girls, my biggest issue is still late night eating - I do pretty well all day and then I'm starving at like 10pm. I'm going to knock myself out tonight with some benadryl I think and I'll try to have herbal tea or a popsicle instead of snacks. Anyone with me on a no-late-night-snacks campaign? :)