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10-18-2010, 01:52 PM
Sorry I am posting this thread so late. My internet quit working on Saturday :( I finally just got it up and running.

This weekend was good workout wise for me, but not to good on food and water. So this weeks goal is to work on food and water as well.

W 100 oz I am retaining so much water. ERR
E 20 minute run today, 10 minute arm pedalling 10 minute AMT 15 minute weights. DONE. Steam room and swimming this after noon!
E 1500 cals.
D Dishes.

10-18-2010, 02:01 PM
I haven't been to the gym for several days and need to get back this week. The last time I went (Wednesday) my blood sugar bottomed out and I just haven't been back. I finally saw some movement on the scale though - weighed in yesterday at 211.8, had a little bit of a bounce back this morning to 212.6 - I was so happy. Hopefully things will continue moving in the right direction. I've been doing really well on food and water - just need to get back to moving.

Hope everyone has a good week.

10-19-2010, 06:31 AM
Work day. :( No workout today darn it. Yesterday I had an ADD workout. I actually enjoyed it.

I worked hard at PT. I am almost done! I'm sore, but not hurting.

W 64 oz
E some squats and abs. Nothing much
E 1400 cals
D have a good day

10-19-2010, 07:09 AM
Morning all.

Lay-offs last week at work, I still have a job but have been moved into a different position, so am crazy busy trying to learn it!!

W 100
E Walk at lunch, elliptical or run or dreadmill after, will have to see which fits but there is sweaty cardio in my evening!
D Love the skin you're in!

10-19-2010, 12:04 PM
W - 8 X 8oz - suddenly having problems with this one... :?:
E - my pedometer stalls at around 4,000 steps, so that's my minimum; add on weight training and/or cardio as energy allows :?:
E - stay on plan, esp. low sodium!
D - just get through radiation therapy - today will be 15/25!

For some reason, my water intake has gone down. I've reviewed my journals, etc. and can still not figure out why. Also in the dark re: my walking because my pedometer battery died. Just replaced it last night, so I have to re-set it. The store replaced the battery for free because I had just replaced it two weeks ago!

MamaP - Be really careful about sugar crashes, bring OJ or something. Mine crashed one time in the gym changeroom and I nearly smashed my head on the sink as I passed out. Luckily, someone caught me!

Jeni - I'm happy to hear that after all the trouble you had to get in, that PT is working. What great news! By the way, what is an ADD workout?

mothermavis - What a relief that you didn't get laid off! New job = new opportunity. I'm sure you'll be great at it!

10-19-2010, 06:01 PM
Hellooo ladies!!! Well, Today was the first day back in the gym since Friday. B.F was here and we walked a mile on saturday outside and engaged in other forms of cardio :-D I haven't weighed myself in over a week and a half so I expected this morning that it would be aboiut the same or one to two pounds up but I weighed in at 274.2!!!!! I weighed myself at three different times to makes sure the scale wasn't broken, I think I needed to add some more calories to my calorie intake. Will went home this morning and i headed straight for the gym.

Mother Mavis - i am so glad you didn't lose your job - evrything new you learn just makes you that much more valuable!!!

JC - congratz on the progress in PT and thank you so much for this WEED thread!!! i appreciate your hardwork on this!!

Sea Wave - I notice that if I don't drink water as soon as I get up, or if I don't eat breakfast early enough my water intake goes down for the day. I also bought from walmart a jug that is exactly 64 oz and I make sure to finish that for the day and then if I can drink more.

MamaP - You can DO IT!! and plz be careful with your blood sugar!!

W 32 oz so far but that day is not done will be 64 oz
E- 30 minutes elliptical, 30 minutes recumbant bike - 30 mins. weight training
E-will be right at or just under 1500 calories.
D - Joining a weight loss meet up tonight to maybe find a work out buddy

10-19-2010, 08:48 PM
Big loss last week, none this week.


10-19-2010, 10:36 PM
Ladies! Oh how absent I've been, apologies all around, it's going to take me forever to catch up but I just wanted to let you know I haven't fallen off he face of the earth. All my spare time has been taken up with painting (yes we finally painted) my downstairs.

So my weight loss is on hold for a while, just found out last week that I'm PREGNANT! First month off birth control - honestly I thought I'd have a few months of trying ahead of me but apparently not. It's still really early, so I have to get through the first trimester but we're pretty excited. Now I have to be a budgeting maniac for the next 2-3 years (tips please!).

I'll check in but mine will be weight gain (hopefully not much!).

Jeni - so glad the PT is working for you!

Mavis - so glad you still have a job!

Seawave - you are truly remarkable, remember you're not superwoman - if you need downtime take it!

MamaP - I have blood sugar crashes too, makes me feel horrible - like a hot flash where I'm about to pass out. Take care of yourself!

Wills/Jasons - hi!!

10-19-2010, 11:57 PM
So, I leave for North Carolina for the Marine Corps Ball in 16 days (ball in 18 days). I went in tonight to pick up the wrap I bought and to try my dress on to see how it fits. Remember I had to order the size 18 cause the 16 was way to tight and when the 18 came in it was too big but the 16 was still too small. Well . . . . I have to have the size 16 taken in. It's still tight through my stomach (not too tight though), but the top was gapping. They have to take it in almost an inch - I was thrilled. It will be ready next week. Here's a picture of me in the dress on September 1 (first picture) and then from tonight. In the September 1 picture you can see how tight it is around the top (my fat pushing up). My daughter made an appointment for us to get spray tans the day before the ball and we are getting our hair done the day of the ball.

10-20-2010, 03:43 AM
Hey everyone. I'm having trouble sleeping tonight. I've been so stressed about work the past few days. I just started about a month ago, and about 2 weeks ago they decided to give me 2 special needs kids and I work with them all day. That's fine, the problem is that I am completely new to working in education and this semester is my first time taking education classes. They have me getting all the work together for them, teaching it to them, and giving them homework and graded assessments. I also don't mind this except that I was never told exactly what to teach them! When I ask the teacher I work for she just tells me that I'm smart and she's sure I'm doing the right stuff. I'm the only person that teaches them and I'm just a teacher assistant! I just feel that I should be given some sort of guidelines to go by. Gotta try to work this out this week.

So after saying that, my food has not been great the past few days. I am definitely an emotional eater. It's not that I eat more, it's just I do not eat as good of food as I should when I'm stressed. I also have not been drinking enough water. The water fountain water is disgusting at work so I need to remember to bring a few pre-filled water bottles with me from home.

And :congrat: Emily!!!!!

WEED for the week:
W - 80 oz.
E - I need to get back into this, so I will start light with 3 days, 30 minutes each, for this week.
E - An average of 1200-1550 calories
D - I've been having trouble going to sleep on time lately, so my goal is going to be to be in bed for 10 every night so that I can wake up at 5 in the morning to exercise.

10-20-2010, 07:18 AM
Morning all!

Kris, you will have a great time! You look awesome in that dress!!

Emi, congrats!! Babies are a blessing. So happy for you!!

Seawave, you amaze me. Thank you for being here.

Angel, good luck getting a buddy! That would be awesome.

Jeni, :carrot: Hope all is well!

W 100 doing well with this again
E Running after work
D One day at a time

10-20-2010, 11:50 AM
EMILY!!!! :hug: Congratulations!!!!!!!!

Seawave: I couldn't focus on one activity. :) so I call it an ADD (attention deficit disorder) workout.

Kris, Congrats on the dress! You are so beautiful.

Shari~don't let the no loss get you down. Focus on NSVs.

Zoochick~keep with it. Look over their IEPs. You will do great!

MM~:wave: how are you doing these days!

W 80 oz
E Lots. Physical therapy at 945/ workout after I drop Tommy off at school. 35 minute cardio/10 arm pedaling/15 minute weights/10 minute cardio. Then the steam room.
E keep it as clean as I can. 1500 cals
Dhouse work after school and workouts.

10-20-2010, 02:07 PM
Zoo - my mom is a retired teacher but still works a lot in the schools (can't seem to keep away!) she's usually in with special needs kids. Sorry it's so frustrating, she should know better than to throw something like that at you with no guidance - you're not at the point where you have the work experience and knowledge to draw from yet. Hopefully things get better!

Mavis/Jeni - Hi!!

Thanks for the congrats ladies - really hoping for a girl since this will definitely be our last child.

I'll post my weight starting yesterday @ 5 weeks: 164.0

Deinitely trying to increase my water intake and watch the food, I gained ~40 lbs with both boys so I'd like to keep it between 15-25 this time. Hope everyone's having a great day!

10-20-2010, 08:54 PM
hello ladies, feeling really blah today, congratz emi and the baby!! I wish I could have another one.

e-running errands
e- right on target
d- survival

10-21-2010, 09:15 AM
WillsAngel, JasonsLea – hang in there! You’re both doing great by just not giving up. We all go through our ebbs and flows in this weight loss challenge.

Emily – Pregnant!?! How exciting - congratulations! Do the boys know? How did they react?

Kris (MamaP) – Bet you can’t wait to dance the night away – you look wonderful in that dress!

Zoochick – My DH works with developmentally disabled adults, and he always interviews them quite thoroughly (not always easy!) to set up their programs. Is there no information in the students’ files? Maybe they have identified goals for themselves? I don’t know how old they are, but even grade 1 or 2 special needs kids can usually articulate something that they want to learn... When you feel like you’re falling into emotional eating, walk around the house with a weight representing what you’ve lost – that usually stops me from eating unnecessarily!

Mothermavis – one day at a time indeed – the only way to do it!

Jeni – ADD workout – ok I get it. I should have gotten that, considering I’m the same

W - 8 X 8oz – still a little problematic, but getting better
E – not much walking yesterday, because I went to a “Fitness After Cancer” session at the hospital. Very encouraging that I can actually do more than I thought I could!
E - stay on plan, esp. low sodium! – this has been going well
D - just get through radiation therapy - today will be 17/25!

10-21-2010, 12:01 PM
Hi everyone. My workout was so awsome yesterday. I wasn't able to do the arm pedalling because the machine was in use, but I did an extra 5 for cardio plus a bunch of other weights.

Todays workout will be the same as yesterdays.

W 80 oz
E 35 minute cardio/10 minute arm pedalling or row machine/20 minutes weights/15 minute cardio/25 minute steam
E 1500 clean as possible.
D shop for healthy quick meals. I need to get my chicken cooked for tomorrow nights dinner. Plus get todays meal cooked.

OH, Saturday Tommy and Makenna are going for a sleepover at camp. This will be Tommy's first time. I am totally freaking out! I know he will be fine, its me I am worried about.

10-21-2010, 07:58 PM
:wave: Hi again. My workout was great. I'm going to love having 2 hours to workout!

10-21-2010, 10:06 PM
Hello all!!!

I am dead dead dead - helped my boss work on the new restaurant today - pulling up tile and moving drywall etc etc etc then did my zumba class tonight. I hope i sleep well.
BTW - what are NSV's??
Good work ladies!! Hugs!!

W-64oz +
E-60 minute zumba
E- at 1100 today
D - Get a good night's sleep

10-21-2010, 10:37 PM
NSV's - non-scale victory

Wills - sounds like you burned some serious calories! Take a hot bath and get some well earned sleep :D

Jeni - glad you had a great workout

Seawave - Connor told me that one day he's going to have a baby in his belly too (if only men could get pregnant, I'm honestly convinced they couldn't handle it - I've seen my DH with just a head cold!)

Food was good today - I'm making a bad habit of not eating breakfast and I know in a few weeks that's not going to be a good thing. Need to bring something quick to work, probably oatmeal (even though I don't really like it that much). No symptoms yet other than sore boobs, hopefully the morning sickness passes me by again - I've never had it and hope I never do! Hope you ladies had a great day!

10-22-2010, 06:04 AM
Good Morning. YAWN! Woke up at 1230 this morning. I hate days when I wake up early. Normally I would stay in bed, but Tommy woke up at 145 so I just got up.

I'm not sure If I will be working out today at all. I would like to run during Maks swim practice, but I will see how I feel by 5 tonight.

W 80 oz
E 15 min abs and legs (done)
E 1400 cals
D enjoy my work.

10-22-2010, 09:28 PM
I finally found shirataki noodles!! AND they are only $1.41 at Sprouts (similar to wholefoods). i was soooo excited.

W-lots and lots and lots,
E - more breaking up mortar and cleaning and moving things
E-Only 486 calories today, but I have eaten and i am not hungry O.o.
D - fought the urge to hit a fast food restaurant for something quick.

Emi - have you tried protein or cereal bars for breakfast?? I am wishing the morning sickness fairy passes you by as well.

JC - awesome on your workouts!!! It always feels great when they good!!

For the rest of the Ladies - I am thinking about you and wishing you all well and cheering you on!!

10-22-2010, 10:31 PM
Flyby. I did a quick run, 20 minutes. work sucked. Tomorrow better be better.

10-23-2010, 06:17 AM
Hi everyone.

Well Tommy and Mak are going for their camp overnighter tonight. I'm really second guessing myself about signing Tommy up since he is Only 5. but he wanted to go so bad. I keep telling myself he will be fine. He is a very social child, his biggest problem will be at night I think.

Anyway getting ready for work. DH wants to go to a movie tonight. I want to work out. I'm sure it will be a movie in store for us.

W 80 oz
E 15 minute legs and abs
E 1400 cals
D get my cals down so I can lose this weight! (I haven't weighed myself in 2 weeks, I am going to weight until after Halloween to weigh in).

10-23-2010, 08:18 AM
Morning all!

Not much different here. Work work and more work

Finally got my new car and now the dryer died. Such is life.

W 100 need to refocus on this
E Maybe a run today? Early if I do, it snowed last night and it's beautiful.
E OP, just took some chicken out for later. Need something new to do with it
D One day at a time.

Jeni, enjoy kid free night!
Emi, hoping you continue on with no morning sickness too. I was not that lucky, ugh. But the rewards were worth it either way!
SeaWave, Happy Saturday to you!
WA, missed the noodle thing, do you have a recipe for them?

10-23-2010, 10:05 AM
Jeni – I truly believe that to build an independent person, you have to let them try things when they’re ready. He sounds like he’s ready to try. Consider yourself to have virtual hand-holding while he’s away! (By the way, does this have anything to do with your sleepless nights?)

WillsAngel – I can’t wait to try Zumba. Have you been doing it long?

Emily – Has anyone ever suggested that men could carry a baby to term? Mine can’t even deal with a minor headache! I hope that morning sickness continues to stay away – I didn’t have any at all when I was pregnant, so it can happen!

mothermavis – sorry your wallet is being stretched. Same thing happened to us: replaced the roof, and the furnace cracked. Who said owning a house was a good idea?

W - 8 X 8oz – still a problem, maybe because I’m a bit less active and it’s not so hot
E – pretty quiet on the exercise front; my skin is starting to get that sunburned thing from the radiation, and they tell me to avoid clothes friction so I don’t develop blisters. Just doing a few seated leg exercises and, of course, walking
E - stay on plan, esp. low sodium! – still going great on this, and my DH is on board as well
D - just get through radiation therapy – yesterday was 18/25!

Happy week-end everyone!

10-23-2010, 11:49 AM
Mavis - sorry about the dryer, our is making some terrible noises and our washer doesn't drain half the time - I'm dreading having to replace them because I'm trying to stay on a budget!

Jeni - enjoy the night to yourself, don't worry too much (I know it's hard!)

Seawave - totally agree, there's a reason men can't have children!

My entire family has some sort of intestinal flu, we can't seem to shake it. Connor just had a touch of it, Desmond's had it for days now and Dan and I have had it on and off for a few days. Maybe there's something going around I don't know about. Really hoping it goes away soon! Have a great weekend ladies!

10-23-2010, 10:16 PM
Seawave: You are very intuitive. Yes lately my sleepless nights are spent worrying how Tommy is going to handle camp. But I'm sure he will be fine. They know it is his first time, and they are GREAT. So I am hoping for a worry free sleep tonight (with no phone calls).

MM~sorry about your dryer, it always happens here too.

Emily~I hope your family gets to feeling better.

Kid free night is spoiled by TOM :o but I did go out for dinner (broiled salmon and a potato) no movie and no workout tonight. I had a good 20 minute ab/leg workout today. I haven't been sore from a workout in a long long time.

10-24-2010, 06:23 AM
Tommy must be doing ok. No phone calls.

Slept until my alarm this morning. So thats a very good thing.

W 64 oz
E legs and abs
E 1400 cals
D make it through work.

10-24-2010, 11:22 AM
Things have been really nuts around here. Work has been busy,giving the MEAP test to my class. Staff meetings, working out after school etc. Then there have been family birthday get togethers and band concerts etc. Then one night I found out my sister has stage breast cancer. Devastating!!!! She is mad and freaked out and not handling it well. She is having surgery on Wed, which includes removing her lymph nodes. Needless to has been a tough week. Keep her in your thoughts and prayers.

10-24-2010, 11:55 AM
Jeni - Glad you got some sound sleep, they grow up too fast!

Mindy - I'm keeping your sister and your family in my thoughts. I hope her treatments go well and she stays strong.

Tired today, going to try and get to bed on the early side tonight. Our house needs some serious yard work and cleaning up for fall. My bushes are out of control! Enjoy the day everyone!

10-24-2010, 01:15 PM
Emily - I hope everyone recovers from that bug quickly!

Jeni - I can't wait to hear how the overnight went!

mtiger - Needless to say, you and your sister are foremost in my thoughts. I had chemo Jan-June, bilat mast in July, and am doing radiation treatment now. She'll need to lean on you for support - I'm sending all my best wishes your way!

Things are going ok here except the sodium intake (pizza last night - not over calorie, but doubled my sodium!) and the skin. The sunburn thing isn't bad, but the psoriasis is starting to kick in. Yuck! The chemo seemed to have put it into remission until now (figures I would find good things about chemo LOL)

10-24-2010, 05:15 PM
Things have been so busy! I'm still trying to get used to going to school full time and working full time. It wouldn't be bad if I wouldn't have to do a teacher's amount of work when I'm just a teacher assistant. I am these two special needs kids main teacher and I still don't really know what I'm doing!! I know how to teach them, it's just figuring out what to teach them that I've been stressing out about. I bought some books from The Educator and think I'll be good for now.

I've actually been doing really good with food the past few days and have even been drinking enough water. So I was not very happy this morning when I saw that my weight is up 2.5 lbs :mad: I have not started exercising yet, but my calories have been staying between 1200-1500, which is a lot less than I had been eating the past few weeks. Plus, TOM just ended and I usually drop at least a pound. Not sure what's going on. Tomorrow is my official weigh in day, so hopefully it'll look better in the morning. I'm also hoping I'll have the energy to wake up early to exercise this week. School and work just wear me out.

10-24-2010, 10:41 PM
Mindy~ :hug: I'm sorry about your sister. I will keep her in my thoughts.

Emily~the boys are getting so big! I hope everyone is feeling better.

Seawave~You are such a positive person. I love that.

Kasey~I'm feeling your pain! Don't let the scale get you down, just keep up the good work and it will pay off!

So the overnighter was great. Tommy did really well and he slept all night. He is full of a ton of stories and songs. Mak had a wonderful time and she was glad she didn't have to spend the day taking care of Tommy. (she is such a good sister) Now they want to go back to the Holiday sleepover, which I will gladly sign them up for. I knew I was worrying about nothing, but hey I am a mom. (and a worrywart).

Work was not good today. I over extended my shoulder (which I had been pain free for 2 weeks until today). I took a muscle relaxer and I am getting ready to head to bed.

Post more in the morning.

10-24-2010, 11:42 PM
Hey all, just as quick note, TOM and it is draining me horribly - not able to work out these past two days :-(

mtiger - your family and sister are in my prayers

I have been doing zumba for a couple of months now and it has really made a change in my body.

Shiritake noodles - trick is to rinse them very very very very well, throw em in some hot water and heat in the microwave for one minute and then take them out, drain them and dry them very well. I chopped up some chicken breast sauteed it in fat free olive oil spray and added spinach green onion red pepper flakes. I added a tablespoon of soy vay teryaki sauce to the noodles and then added the chicken and spinach

W-64 oz
e- 700 calories
e- none
d- getting through this TOM

10-25-2010, 06:26 AM

Last thread of this challenge!