WW Clubs and Groups - #248 Bale of Turtles Doing What We Need to Get What We Want!

01-26-2011, 10:34 AM
:carrot: :welcome3: We are the Turtle Group here at www.3fatchicks.com. We welcome you to join us as we work toward good health and fitness in a persistent manner. As our inspiration, we use the race between the turtle and the hare where the turtle was the victor because he didnt' give up. We believe in keepin' on by using the skills and techniques we have learned from experience to keep us on track. We belive in giving each other support. Good luck to us all!
(for Lin and Lauren)

01-26-2011, 10:37 AM
Hi Turtle Friends,
I can't get to my WW meeting today because it is snowing hard. Much earlier than predicted. Ugh. I miss my WW pals.

Princess, I am sending :goodvibes: and prayers for your grandbaby. Back in the hospital the staff should be able to keep the baby under lights and solve that high count quickly.

Princess has the right idea. This January has been tough for so many of us. I'm going to put something in the slow cooker right now to have ready. Then I'm going to baby step my way through today. One step at a time, one bite of good proper food at a time.

Best to all of us!

01-26-2011, 11:12 AM
As the end of January arrives, I find I am no closer to losing 10 pounds than I was at the first of the year. However, I have maintained my 150ish weight, and have been diligent about daily weighing and vigorous exercise. Good things.

01-26-2011, 03:53 PM
Hope everyone had a good day. I was going to try zumba later at the gym but my eyes decided they have had enough of my contacts for the day. So that is out. So it doesn't look like we are going to get snow.

@Princess my thoughts are with you. I agree with Itryharder about the lights solving the count problem.

01-26-2011, 06:34 PM
4xcharm, congrats on your weight loss accomplishments! We'd like to hear more.

today has been a much better day for me. I've got chicken cacciatore in my crockpot and also made a veggie soup. I had a bigger lunch than usual (2 slices of whole grain bread, hard boiled egg and the whites from two other hard boiled eggs, a bit of ff cottage cheese instead of mayo to bind it together, lettuce and some mustard + half an orange). I felt full longer and didn't go on the hunt quite so early. Now I'm ready to have dinner. I'll have to watch the late night eating and remember that if I don't really want an apple, I'm probably not hungry.

Good luck to all of us with the stress of the cold and the snow.

01-26-2011, 08:51 PM
Hi all! Just took advantage of a break in the snowfall to get to Weight Watchers for my weigh-in. I'm surprised that the center was open, but I was able to check my weight and stock up on some smoothie mix before the snow began again an hour later. We expect another 8-12 inches on the ground by morning (on top of about 4 inches already in place after this morning's snowfall), so I anticipate that I'll be at home for a few days because I'm a "non-essential employee".

Non-essential??? I'm the CHAPLAIN! And the KNITTING INSTRUCTOR too! 8)

Anyways, my first week's weight loss was 2 pounds exactly, almost all of which can be explained by comparing my work clothes to my casual stuff. (But black clericals are SOOOOO slimming, right??) Nonetheless, there's probably a few ounces of real weight loss in there, so I am happy enough. I know that because of the medications I take for lupus, and the fact that I have to limit the intensity of exercise due to heart issues, this is going to be a long, slow process.

But here in the turtle pond, we all understand this. And I'd like to take this opportunity to make a gratitude list for my first week in Weight Watchers:

1. My sweet tooth and fat tooth are starting to lessen their constant begging and pleading for more goodies.
2. I'm taking lower doses of anti-inflammatory and pain medications already!
3. I don't wonder what I should eat. I know how to measure Points and have learned a lot of useful foods already. Today when I got stuck at work for awhile and was feeling fragile physically, I was able to go to my little stash of Nutrigrain and Propel, and know that I was still well within my Points range for the day.
4. I'm learning to enjoy fruits and vegetables again (and my digestive issues are resolving nicely after a rocky first few days). And my residents are happy because "my" fruit tastes better than the plastic-y commercial stuff, so I'm welcome at any lunch table in the building.
5. I feel very clean and clear-headed, with no sugar hangover in the morning.
6. I know that I'm on a mission from God, not to get thin but to become healthier and more physically capable. And in this way (which can't be measured on a scale), I can see progress everywhere.
7. I'm well-hydrated and my skin looks lovely.
8. My 100-year-old nutritionist is very satisfied with my progress.
9. I have more energy and emotional stability. I feel well-balanced inside.
10. When my hubby told his proctologist that he's starting to follow Weight Watchers with me (which is stretching things a bit, but he is making progress toward that goal), the proctologist decided to put off his hemorrhoid surgery for a few more months in favor of stronger topical painkillers to see if the extra fiber helps things.

So all in all, the scale was less than exciting, but I'm much better off than I was only seven days ago. Which is good enough for me.

01-26-2011, 09:12 PM
Life4evr, oooh, I know the contacts feeling! Here's to a great day tomorrow! :goodvibes:

Aunt Loopy,
what a positive and thoughtful e-mail. I love it and share a lot of your gratitude.

Today has been good so far. Eating heavier at meals has been a big help. I was trying to be too stingy with my points + and then ate anything I saw. (That's what they call the "Seafood Diet". Yeah, I eat anything I see.) LOL. Okay, I'll stop . Cabin Fever is approaching.

01-27-2011, 08:16 AM
:carrot: Lost .5 lbs. Yeah Me I can eat decently (not like a rabbit) and loose weight too! I believe the key is excercise/ counting points and tracking everything! This does work we can do it!

Hope everyone else is doing great, I am so trying to have a positive attiude it is very hard with this blah, cold, snowy, no sun January we are having! We all see to be back to good health in my house so that is good.

Aunt Loopy I love your list! When I have more time I will make a list
If we didn't have to work boy the things we could accomplish!!


01-27-2011, 08:26 AM
Terri, :goodscale: weigh to go. :bravo: :carrots: :balloons:
Yay! Glad you're working the program!

01-27-2011, 09:22 AM
Good morning everyone and happy Thursday to you all! For those in the snow belt I am thinking of you all! We have had more than our fair share this year also but it has been managable. The baby came home from the hospital last night and his levels are down, he needs some follow up visits and such but should be just fine... I am so very grateful for that.

I am working at staying on track and so far so good, nothing major and I need to get into the routine of getting to the gym which I will start again on Sunday with a cycling class. I have my TOPS meeting tonight although I am not expecting anything other than a gain at W/I - but will keep moving forward.

Looks like we are all chuggin along in one form or another. Congrats to those with a loss at the scales!

I have to run, long day ahead!

01-27-2011, 09:32 AM
Hello Everyone.

I'm Shay. I feel like a turtle in this race so I thought I would pop in and say "hello".

I dont weigh in until Monday and I'm trying to resist the urge to hop on a scale at home. Its like I want the surprise of weight loss at the weigh in but I dont want to share the disappointment if I havent loss any weight or even gained without knowing ahead of time so I dont look sad or cry.

01-27-2011, 11:11 AM
Morning turtles:

Hope you are all coping with winter weather - we have lots of snow but the roads are good, so that makes me happy.

Terri - I probably already you this but where in Ontario are you? I am just outside Toronto (Oshawa) & congrats on your weight loss this week!

AuntLoopy - great list, we all need to make one of those for sure. Keep up the good work being focussed and heres to another great week for you.

Judy - Sounds like you have things under control, keep it going!

Princess - Glad all is well with your family & that you are getting back on
schedule. I also have weigh in tonight & just hoping not to be up after overeating on the weekend. Good luck!

As for myself, I have been good since Monday but doesn't make up for my previous weekend and haven't been walking at all this week, so that will probably make a difference as well. But I did do some shovelling 2 nights this week, but still if I can squeak by not gaining I will be truly happy.

Shay - welcome to our group!

All - good luck at the scales!

01-27-2011, 01:50 PM
Shay, :welcome3: to you! Yeah, we're all tired of yo-yoing and I know I want this new program to work. We're a nice group of gals. I'm retired and the other gals are all working. Cherry is a stay at home Mom, but she works really hard with her three kids. Let us know a bit about you, and welcome again.

Princess, what wonderful news that the baby is back home. Yay! Glad the doctors were up to snuff on this! As far as the weight gain, it's wonderful that you're doing better and getting ready to exercise again. You have been very successful, you've stopped smoking. I'm taking a deep breath for you and then I know you'll be :exercise: and :tread: and :chef: to put WW's all together for yourself again. TOPS WI right now makes lots of sense.

Bandit, glad you're doing better. Shoveling snow has to count as somthing. I hope your WI is fine. Onward and downward!

I'm doing better. Having more substantial meals yesterday helped keep me on track. Now if an apple doesn't sound good, I know I'm not hungry. LOL. Here's a recipe you might like:


1 # ground beef
1 onion, sliced
3 cloves garlic, chopped
28oz. stewed tomatoes
6oz. tomato paste (I used 4T ketchup for fewer points+)
1 1/2t. dried parsley
1 1/4t. salt1t. dried oregano
1t. sugar
1/4t. black pepper
1 small head cabbage, shredded, about 8 cups

1. Heat a large nonstick saucepan over medium heat. Add beef and cook for 6 min. until no longer pink. Drain fat. Stir in onion and cook 4 min. Add garlic, cook 1 min.

2. Add tomatoes and paste. Break up tomatoes w/potato masher. Stir in 1 1/4c. water, parsley, salt, oregano, sugar and black pepper. Simmer 5 min.

3. Add half the cabbage and cook covered, for 5 min. Add the remaining cabbage and simmer, covered for 90 min. stirring occasionally.

Six servings 6points plus per serving.

Gotta run----

01-27-2011, 02:31 PM
I'm a stay at home mom too but I share my kids with their dad. They spend the school year with him and I take the summers. I'm in Canada. They are in Florida. I am a teacher by trade and took some time off to see if I would miss teaching (2 years so far). I did at first but not much after that. I miss the paycheck though.

Recently found out I'm Fructose Malabsorbant and I'm trying to cope with that and try to figure out how to eat healthily and avoid my trigger foods.

01-27-2011, 03:28 PM
Hope everyone is having a good day. Welcome Shay.

Today has been pretty good so far but it's still early. Still feeling drained and having chocolate cravings. I am going to try to do some form of physical exercise later. Umm that's about it.

01-28-2011, 08:19 AM
TGIF! Morning all and Welcome Shay!

So glad the weather is better witnessed 2 car accidents this week, nothing major but 2 in one week! talk about being in the wrong place wrong time! am I next??? Roads are bare now so thats better, sidwalks are still a mess, even with boots on still coming home with wet boots/feet.

Bandit2 I live in Peterborough we are practially nextdoor neighbors!!!

Y last night with a friend did 20 min, on eliptical and 30 on the treadmill I guess it was moderate excercise, it is great to have a few gym buddies we make each other go but I think it is important and something I have to accept I will have to exercise the rest of my life!!!!!!!

Hope to get off work early today, we only see patients until noon but then there is the weeks worth up paperwork to catch up on! So hopefully not to late 3 pm would be great. No weekend plans. just relaxing!
So Turtles have a great day!


01-28-2011, 10:36 AM
Welcome Shay!

Sounds like all the Turtles are keepin' on and doing well. Yay for all of us!

This week has been stressful at work, which is why I haven't been around much. I have a 3-day weekend though, so that will make up for the tough week!

I don't think I shared this with the Turtles earlier in the week, but I hit a milestone weight this week - 50 lbs lost!! I'm over half way to my first big goal weight now! All the advice, support and accountability with the Turtles has definitely been helping along the way.....so thank you all for that!

Hope everyone has a great Friday. Any exciting plans for the weekend, Turtles?

01-28-2011, 11:34 AM
Peanutt, :goodscale: :bravo: :exercise: :balloons: :cheers:
You are a speedy turtle, that's for sure!!!!!! Congrats on your wonderful accomplishment. Weigh to go. You're doing great.

Yesterday was a disaster. Today I have written down my food which will keep me accountable.

01-28-2011, 11:39 AM
Hello everyone and happy Friday to you all... I am very happy that it is finally here! Get to go and visit with the kids and the new grandbaby tomorrow so am very excited about that... I could not wait for this week to be over and Saturday to get here so that I could see the baby again... LOL - Grammy on the edge warning - LOL.

Went to TOPS last night and stayed for the meeting... was up 1.4 - have not been there in forever though so I will take it and move on. Have WW W/I and meeting tomorrow morning and pretty positive I will have a gain there but have been pretty much on track for a few days now so things are looking up!

Shay: Welcome! We are so glad to have you with us!

Peanut: Huge congrats on hitting the 50# mark!

Bandit: How did you do last night?

Judy: How are the hives doing?

Life: You sound like you are a bit worn out - hope you get a brake this weekend!

Terri: Great job getting to the gym! I need to work on that... ugh, not one of my strong suits.

Cherry: how are you doing these days?

Lizzy: How are you doing? Did you get back to Zumba class yet?

Loopy: You sound super busy! I love the list though, great idea!

I hope I did not miss anyone... if I did I apologize! Have to run, busy day!

01-28-2011, 12:56 PM
Hi Turtles,
Today I wrote down my food for the day and sent it to a friend. She's in WW's too, lost a lot of weight three years ago and is in stall mode just like me. I know this will help me.

Tomorrow my dd's and I are heading to a fancy hotel on LI, NY to have tea. Doesn't that sound elegant? It was a Christmas present my youngest daughter gave to me and her sister. We always have a good time together, so I'm looking forward to it. Nice way to spend Saturday!

Princess, do you carry a warning, "Step away from the baby. Grandma is here!" LOL. I am so happy for you. That first grandbaby is truly a gift!!!!!
You WI went well, I think. You've had a lot going on and from now on out it's downward and onward!

My hives are about the same. I am praying that they only last a year. With the type of system this is, that should be about right. (I have heard that some people have hives for two years and then they magically disappear. I hope mine magically disappear way before then) No doubt they mess up my weight loss. However, if I eat out of control, I gain like crazy. So, any loss I get seems to evaporate the next WI, but any gain I get hangs on tight. Not at all fun. On the other hand, although we've got tons of snow, dh and I are going out today. We're going to get some yarn for me. I need to concentrate on what I can do. Yay.

Everybody, do well this weekend. You're all the best.

01-28-2011, 06:20 PM
Happy Friday Turtles!

Went to WI this morning and as I expected I was up some. I wasn't suprised as I enjoyed my vacation very much and didn't follow the plan as well as I should have. So - I'm back to tracking and and planning. :chin:

Princess - enjoy that grandbaby! :D

Peanut - congrats on 50 pounds! You go girl!:bravo::cp:

I've made it back to Zumba and the gym.:lifter:

Have a great weekend everyone!:hug:


01-28-2011, 09:09 PM
Hi Everyone. Thank you for the welcomes.

I had a great day today. I ate on plan and I didnt eat crap and I exercised. I was clear minded and I had energy. I wanna feel like this everyday!

How was your day?

01-28-2011, 10:42 PM
Lizzie, great for getting over to do some Zumba! Weigh to go! :exercise:

Shay, how terrific to hear your enthusiasm. :cheer:

As far as me, I wrote my food down early this morning and as I ate it, I crossed it off. Had a good day so far.


01-29-2011, 09:51 AM
Morning, turtles:

Terri - that is so cool we are close. I stayed in Peterborough for 3 nights for my Tops convention last summer & besides that I been there lots over the years. Nice job on getting to the gym, half the battle is getting there.

Peanutt - Congrats on such a fabulous weight loss! That is a huge accomplishment - good for you.

Grammy Princess - this is such a nice time for you, enjoy the new arrival & as Judy said your little weight gain is no big deal, that will be gone in no time
and you are back to your meetings which is great. As for me, I was down 1# Thurs night which brings my Jan total to 4 (still up 1# since before Christmas)
and hoping that will be gone this week. So doing good & back on track.

Judy - yes, your tea sounds very elegant. Doing such different things must be lots of fun. Too bad about those hives, hope they disappear soon.
I also can weight extremely easy - if I overdo it I can be up 2 or 3 # next day
no problem. I think some of that is just water retention, since it usually goes away quickly if I stay on track. Glad to see you are journalling. Good luck this week!

Lizzie - glad you enjoyed your vacation & are back on track.

Shay - nice to see you are working your programme. That is what we all need to do. As they say if you work the programme, the programme works for you. Keep up the good work.

So my new week starts Fri a.m. since my weigh in is Thurs evening.
My goal this week is to stay on track, journal and exercise 3 times.

All - everyone have a great week & lets all drink some extra water!

01-29-2011, 10:14 AM
Bandit, you're doing great! :goodscale: :balloons: :cheers: :cheer:
Glad you had a successful week and a weight loss. Good for you!

Today should be fun. Yesterday I ate what I said I would. My weight is up a lot since Christmas, but I've got to take this one day at a time.

01-29-2011, 11:07 AM
Good morning everyone and a very happy Saturday to you all!

We have clear but cold weather this weekend and a very large wall of snow headed our way for Monday! Peachy! But I live in the north and it is winter time so I will not complain, we are going to stop by the store on our way home from seeing the grandbaby and pick up a couple of outside doggie toys as all of ours are under snow and we want to take the furry kids to the park later today for some run time... we all need to get out into the fresh air so it will be a good time.

Went to W/I this morning but did not stay for the meeting because we have a lot going on this morning with going to see the grandbaby and we are taking lunch for everyone. I was down 3.0 lbs... really don't know how that happened LOL but I will take it and keep at it!

My overall goal is to reach a better level of health, it is not to fit into a size 4 (I don't think I ever will get that small) or to say I weigh a certain amount, I just don't want to be tired anymore and I want to lower my risk of all of the illnesses that go with being overweight. That is my goal for 2011 - I will get there like a turtle but I will get there.... again.

Judy: The Tea sounds so wonderful! I have always wanted to do that, what a wonderful gift your DD got you and so very thoughtful! Enjoy! Heres to no more hives for you!

Bandit: Great job! I am so happy to see more folks from Canada joining us! For years and years you were the only one so now it looks like we have lots of turtles on both sides of the Great Divide!

Shay: I loved your post! Just "feeling" strong, good, whatever you want to call it is worth a million and I am eager to get there - a huge congrats to you for reaching that level!

Lizzy: Thanks! I am so happy to be a grammy! LOL - the guys at work make fun of me but I don't pay attention to them very much - they say that I am glowing so much that they are going to have to start wearing sunglasses inside while they work... LOL - goofy guys!

Loopy: I am sure that you are busy but best wishes for a wonderful weekend.

Cherry: How are you doing?

Peanut: Are you enjoying your time off from work? Hope you have a great and less stressful few days!

Terri: Car accidents are super scary, very glad you were not involved. Enjoy your weekend!

Life: How are things going with you?

I have to run... have to finish up the lunch and get ready to head to see the kids here soon. Have a great weekend everyone!

01-29-2011, 11:29 AM
Sunshine = positive attitude! Feeling great today, hope all you turtles are enjoying the sunshine where you are. Makes you feel better happier.

Off to the gym and Mother visiting today. Hope everyone has a great weekend and stays on plan. We can do this together!!!! I know we can!



01-30-2011, 08:01 AM
Good morning everyone and happy Sunday to you all! Now they have changed our wall of snow to a wall of sleet and ice... I would rather have the snow... LOL.

Went to spend time with the kids and grandbaby yesterday, what a joy that is! I could just sit and stare at the baby and be throughly entertained for hours - LOL. I tried to post new avatar picture of the baby and I so that you all could see what he looks like but the picture requirements are too strickt and it just would not fit and still be viewable.

Terri: Sounds like you are doing well! Enjoy your time with your mom!

Have a great day all!

01-30-2011, 11:03 AM
Hi everyone

Hope you are all enjoying your weekend, yeserday was nice & sunny
alittle overcast today but still pretty warm considering how it has been.

My daughter is coming home today & looking forward to that. Easy dinner since she requested lasagna, garlic bread & salad. With her being dowtown on her own, she is enjoying home-cooked food when she is here.
So, will just have to watch my portions with these items.

Didn't get to our hot yoga yesterday since 2 of the girls were sick & the other injured her knee. So hopefully we can get back next weekend.

Well, lets all have a great upcoming week at the scales!

01-30-2011, 06:14 PM
Yesterday's tea was wonderful. Good to chat with my daughters, see how they are all doing. Food in total points plus was way too high, but today has been good and I got on the :tread:

Bandit, enjoy the time with your daughter. It sounds like a yummy menu.

Princess, how wonderful to have a new baby boy in your family. What love :love: and fun. :balloons:

I have a recipe for cauliflower soup you might like:

2 carrots, chopped
head of cauliflower, broken into florets
med. onion, chopped
1-2 cups water and two cubes boullion (or same amt. of broth)
pepper to season
Boil for 15min. or until veggies are tender.
Blend in blender or use immersion blender in pot to make the mix smooth like a bisque.
Creamy and yummy----pretty light orange color---zero points. can't beat that!

Okay, gotta run. Hey, it's 5:13Pm and it's still light out. Yeah--the very shortest days are gone for the year.
234.6/192/170's and thinner :cool:

01-30-2011, 06:24 PM
Happy Sunday Everyone.

I'm not doing much but taking it easy. A few low carb withdrawal symptoms but nothing too major. Just trying to stay focused. I've not had much of an appetite and I ate just to make sure I eat but beyond that I'm not really craving anything. I am missing my tea and biscuits tho.

01-30-2011, 07:48 PM
Shay, keep up the good work! The cravings should disappear in a bit.

01-31-2011, 08:11 AM
Bandit2- How was your dinner with your daughter? I have been craving pasta! and of course the garlic bread! Hope you had a good visit.

Pretty good weekend, I always think I over eat on the weekend, I know over all I don't (with the 49 weekly) but I think I do better during the week going to work, I plan better. Over all I am feeling better stomach feels good.

Hope every one has a great Monday!


01-31-2011, 09:17 AM
Good morning everyone and happy Monday to you all... just a heads up that I may be off line for a few days, will just have to see how the weather plays out. We lose power in our area when bad storms come thru and this one that is to start tonight is supposed to be a huge one... over 2 inches of ice expected... ugh - no power = no heat for us... so we are doing what we can to prepare and will just take it a step at a time.

Looks like everyone had a fairly good weekend which is always a wonderful thing.

Bandit: My youngest son is the same way... LOL - he loves his home cooked meals and is not shy about requesting what ever it is that he wants... but as mom's that makes us feel good!

Judy: Your tea sounds so very wonderful! Very glad that you enjoyed your time and I am with you on the too many points+ - I am struggling on the weekends again to stay within my daily allowance so will have to work on that. I did make it to the gym on Sunday though for a spin class - it was great but boy am I sore today... LOL - that is what I get for letting so much time pass since I have been to the gym.

Have a great day all.

01-31-2011, 11:32 AM
glad your tummy's feeling better. Yay. I get it about working and staying OP being easier. Where I used to work, people were forever bringing in foods to sample----and I suspect they wanted to get leftover cakes, etc. out of their own homes. It made it tough to go into the break room and just have a cup of tea.

Princess, I hope you don't get hit as hard as expected. We miss you when you're off line. Also here's a :goodvibes: that you don't lose heat. Ugh. I know what you mean. Of course when we lose lights, we lose heat too because of the electric start on our boiler. I'm hoping that your utility crew can get men out quickly to repair any damage. Every time I see you name on here I smile because of the grandbaby.

My Sunday was great and helped to remove some of the salt (Bandit you said that) from my body. I was afraid I was up so much weight, but today I have knocked off two of those pounds and if I can get one more pound gone between now and WEd. morning WI, I'll stay the same at my WI. Even that's not great since I had gained so much weight, but I'll take that and run. I know a lot of the girls in my area are having trouble dealing with the snow and doldrums. NY always has a cold winter, but the snow is record breaking for us this year.

Today looks like a good day. I am going to write down my food once more in advance. As I eat it, I cross it off my menu. That's working. Evidently I need more "planning" than I thought. My house is stocked with WW friendly foods and I would eat what I wanted at each meal. Planning specifically what to eat helps now.

Have a great day, everybody. Be well and happy,
234.6/192/170's and thinner :cool:

01-31-2011, 06:52 PM
Hope everyone is doing well. So weigh in was yesterday I was up 1.7# which wasn't a big surprise. Today eating has been okay. I have really fell off the wagon for tracking so I am trying to get back into tracking everything. So I will start that again tomorrow. Hope everyone has a good night.

01-31-2011, 09:51 PM
Life4evr, I am sending you a :goodvibes: for a good night too.

02-01-2011, 12:07 AM
Hi turtles:

Terri - my dinner was really nice & I had large portion of salad and smaller portions of the lasagna & only 1 piece of the bread. But I did have a few wines, but it was a fun night.

Princess - heres hoping the storm passes quickly. We are also under storm watch with the worse to hit early Wed a.m. Hopefully, it will miss us but
they keep posted it on the news.

Judy - glad your back on track & good luck this week at the scales.
I am going to make the cauliflower soup tomorrow night - when you posted it, I had just bought one when I shopped, so all set to try it. Sounds very good, thanks.

Life - gets frustrating going up/down with this weight loss journey.
Good luck this week with your tracking.

All - hope you all get through the storm if it hits in your area and I guess we will be getting in some extra exercising with the shovelling.

Keep warm and drive safe.

02-01-2011, 06:26 AM
Good morning everyone! The storm is here, it got her around supper time last night, we have all ice out there, lots of ice! Up north they have snow and lot of it... we are thru the first round so it has stopped for a couple of hours but they say the second round is going to be a big one! I brought my laptop home and some paper work so I can get some work down here at the house which is good.

I'm a bit off track - need to get my journal out and carry it with me everywhere so I don't forget to write anything down.

Life: I hope you get back on track soon!

Bandit: This storm goes across over 33 (I had this number wrong the first time - it is not 13 it is 33 - ugh) of our states down here so I can not imagine that it won't creep up to you LOL - good luck and I hope you have a great week!

Judy: When you crochet your baby blankets, do you follow a pattern? If so would you be willing to share that with me? I have to get a blanket done pretty quickly for some friends that are due here soon and need a quick hit idea.

I have to get down to the basement and dig out my treadmill, we kind of shoved it out of the way when we were working on the rec-room over the holidays and I need to dig it out and dust it off and find a new place for it... today would be a great time to use it while we still have power.

Have a great day and for those in the path of this storm make sure that you stay safe and get your groceries early, ugh, the stores here got wiped out yesterday, literally!

02-01-2011, 08:06 AM
The storm it suppose to start here tonight but it isn't sounding as bad as it will be south of the great lakes. I wish it was the weekend, relax at home and watch the snow through the window. Then shovel!!

Still at the exercise, Y last night 45 min of cardio. Felt good after. (had to drag my butt to get there). I eat dinner when I get home from work and then go to the Y. I'm always hungry when I get back! Try to snack carefully. Just wish I didn't feel the need to eat after excercise and at night. Hopefully Wed. weigh in will show good results.

Have a great day all talk to you soon!


02-01-2011, 11:17 AM
Hi Turtles,
Lots of us are keeping an eye on the sky to see how this new storm manifests itself. Looks like we're lucky here on LI, NY because overnight we had rain. I hope to make it to my WI tomorrow at WW's.

Bandit, that's great that you had a large amount of salad and a small amount of lasagna. :chef: Weigh to go! It's lovely that you and your daughter had a fun night. Enjoy the cauliflower soup. I really like it.

Yeah, this weight loss journey has lots of twists and turns. After "throwing away" January as far as losing weight, I was tempted to just stop going to WW's. I buy the pass online and only made one meeting that month. Realizing I'd gain back my 40#, I tried one more time. . What I'm doing is making a committment to food in the morning, writing it down, and as I eat that food, I cross it off. When I eat "off the written menus", I add that to my tracker. So far it seems to be working. What I know about myself is that I have to keep ahead of "myself" because I get bored and want to eat. For now this is working.

Princess, and everybody-----Good luck with the storm(s) coming in. I've got my fingers crossed for you! Hey, smart move to get the :tread: up and running while there is electricity. You're doing great.
I'm going to e-mail my "pattern" for a crochetted blanket directly to you.

Terri, great that you're getting to the Y to get cardiac exercise. Good luck at your upcoming WI. :goodscale:

Here's :cheers: to all the Turtles. We can do this!

234.6/192/170's and thinner :cool:

02-01-2011, 02:20 PM
Hi all! Back after a crazy but educational weekend.

Princess: have you considered using a Knifty Knitter hand knitting loom for quick projects? My pastor has a tendency to schedule baby dedications on short notice. I can put together a very nice single-knit blanket in about 2 hours. I keep white baby yarn and lace on hand for these occasions. I make the blanket then stitch the lace on the two rough ends.

Yesterday taught me something about the flexibility of the Weight Watchers plan. I was unexpectedly stuck in a counseling situation for something like six hours. No food in the building except for some Lindt truffles from Christmas. I was very hungry by about 4 p.m., as I'd had to miss lunch.

So I'm listening and trying to guess how many Points are in a truffle. I finally decided that they were two points each, give or take a little. I think of chocolate as one point per bite, but these are extra rich. I ate three, offered some to the counselee, and got back to the session. Later, I discovered that I'd guessed right.

The really important thing is that I miss chocolate desperately, but my mind was thinking that it was wrong to add a couple points of chocolate into my food plan every day or two. But I noticed that the chocolate had quieted a sort of emotional hunger which had been plaguing me 24/7 since joining WW. Two points every couple of days sounds do-able, and easy to plan into my daily menu.

I stopped on the way home to get some groceries before the snowstorm predicted for last night. It turned out to be an ice storm, and I was just getting home when the lights went out. I left the groceries in the trunk. A couple hours later, I was crazy ravenous, and eating bananas in the dark wasn't helping much.

So I went out to the car, got a package of pre-cooked taco meat, and we had room-temperature "tacos" made from diet bread with lettuce and salsa. Tasted better than I expected, and we plan to do it again (after warming it next time!) Again I was surprised to check the points by candlelight, and realizing that this combination was two points per taco. (Eight ounces of taco meat is six points.) This was really filling and enjoyable.

Meanwhile, the gallon of Tampico fruit juice blend that was in the car's trunk split along the bottom seam, and I ended up putting it into one-cup margarine tubs and sticking it into the snow. After the lights came on, I put it in the freezer and discovered that it had congealed into something very similar to Italian water ice. I let it finish freezing, and tried it for a late-night snack. For three points, I got a whole cup of really fruity-tasting water ice, and it only costs about a dime per serving. I'll be repeating this "accident" regularly.

So all in all, I learned a lot of "tricks" totally by accident yesterday. Another thing that I learned this weekend was also an accident. I was getting ready to leave church and my boss asked me to go to the office store and pick up some supplies right away. I did, and when I got back to church, he realized that the treasurer had slipped past him, so he couldn't reimburse me immediately.

This left me with just enough small change in my ash tray to get a single item from the Wendy's dollar menu. I'd planned on getting a taco salad from there (which has become my basic fast-food meal now, a great points bargain at 9 points each). Instead, I got a small chili, brought it home, put it on some lettuce with a slice of low-fat cheese, and had a taco salad for only 5 points! That's less than one small hamburger, because Wendy's chili is the biggest bargain of all fast food at 4 points per serving. And it costs a lot less this way, too.

So all in all, I'm adapting to my new way of eating. Loosening up mentally and emotionally, and learning to enjoy myself and have filling meals which taste just as good as the higher-points stuff.

02-02-2011, 06:18 AM
Good morning everyone! I don't know how but we still have power and we are under a very large amount of ice. I will be home again today - we have a lot of diggning out to do it since it is all ice it is going to take a really really long time. The good news is that I got some work done, I did manage to dig out the tread mill but never got around to actually use it but will today and I got some knitting done.

Eating yesterday was not good at all but I did make a pot of veggie soup and SF jello so I am prepared for today!

Judy: Thank you very much for the pattern, I really appreciate you taking the time to type that out for me!

Loopy: I will look into the loom that you spoke of, I really enjoying both knitting and crochet and sometimes, depending on how backed up I am on projects, people have to wait a bit for them but with crocheting I can get them done pretty quickly, knitting is slower:D Great job on the lessons learned!

I sure hope that everyone is safe and warm, this storm is huge and it seems to be pretty unforgiving - in the northern part of our state and the Chicago area they have 2 feet of snow just from this storm alone... Come on Spring!

02-02-2011, 08:02 AM
Morning ! Is snowing here not too much yet , but I canhear the wind, school buses cancelled, city buses running. Will go oto work, I'm sure there will be lots of cancellations, had a few people call yesterday. No big deal, we will call the end of the day paople try to get them to come early, then leave for home ourselves. The Dr. I work for can walk to work, my drive is about 6 minutes on a regular day.
WW meeting will be cancelled, but we have until Sat am to weigh in, didnot make it to the Y last night, didn't get home from work intil 6:50.

So better go get ready, leave early. Have fresh veggies and homemade cauliflower soup for lunch and some fruit for snacking.

Have a great day.

02-02-2011, 12:10 PM
Morning turtles:

Well the storm wasn't as bad as predicted, and I made it to work with my co-worker who I drive with 2 days a week. Traffic was scarce for a change.

Judy - the cauliflower soup turned out good & had some last night for my evening snack, hit the spot & will be nice tonight by time I get back home
to get warmed up.

All - hope you are coping with the weather wherever you are.

02-02-2011, 07:02 PM
Hope you all had a good day. My eating was so so. I started off good in the morning. I made a stop at McDonalds and got some nuggets and fries. I was willing to use the points, but I shouldn't have eaten it. It actually made me sick. So greasy fast food is out the question.

02-02-2011, 08:56 PM
Hi all! Today has been a funny and good day.

I got to work and discovered that the lights were out. An electrical failure can be a real crisis in a retirement community and nursing home, even though there's a generator for emergency functions such as oxygen delivery. So I went around checking in on my "regulars" who attend our religious activities, just to be sure that they had something to eat and were warm enough. Most of my stash of healthy stuff ended up in the tummies of Independent Living residents who didn't have any non-perishable food which could be eaten at room temperature. This also got rid of my pre-WW UN-healthy stash, too. Which was a blessing because I hate to throw things away.

So I was standing in the hall with the activities director and I jokingly said, "Let there be light!" And the lights came on! I'm not kidding. Told him that it's one of the perks of my profession. ;)

It took awhile to visit everyone and make sure that they were able to fend for themselves, as the optional meals service was slow getting started and the nursing patients had first priority. Today was a lovely day of feeding others and making sure that everyone was comfortable once the lights came back on.

I went to my WW meeting, kinda expecting to get a little setback, because how could it match the rest of the day? Plus, I've only been on the program for two weeks, and the first week was a break-even after factoring in the difference between my casual clothes and (much lighter, because nursing homes are always over-heated) work clothes.

To my amazement, I'd lost another 6 pounds this week! The only explanation that I have is that (by God's grace) I've been able to significantly lessen my medications after only two weeks, and this helped some of the side-effect weight to come off. So the total is 8.2 pounds so far.

While it's still too soon for me to undertake a formal exercise plan (though the doctor suggested that I could do it when I got down to about 225, which is only eight pounds away!), I've been moving around more at home, especially shoveling snow, and pointedly taking more steps at work.

Anyways, I am rather boggled by it all. I'd keep with it even if I weren't losing because I feel so much better. But it was so nice to get a reward on the scale this week too.

02-03-2011, 08:07 AM
Aunt Loopy What a great loss!!! Wonderful work!!!

I didn't go to WW last night not sure if the meeting was on or not there is only a 800 # with a lot of assorted info, nothing was said about cancellations, so I stayed in, will go before the end of the week. Feel like I failed yesterday of course it was the dreaded drug lunch. I ate salad (good) and 2 halfes of way too much bread sandwiches and then 2 oatmeal m& m cookies. I know it wasn't that bad. But I want to eat better I see the little people pile on the salad, then only eat one piece of the bread they leave the top and only have half a sandwich. They have one or no cookie. Any way more beating myself up onward! and downward with the scale. Will be really good for next 2 days and go to Sat am weigh in!

Storm was sort of a bust here we got enough snow, kids stayed home from school but it was not to bad by the end of the day.

So Happy Thursday everyone.


02-03-2011, 09:54 AM
Morning all and happy Thusday to you all... I am back at work today. I managed to fall down our back steps yesterday on the ice and while I don't think that I broke anything I am very sore today and have a bad twinge in my back... may have to call the doctor but just not sure yet.

This is just a quick fly-by but congrats to Loopy and I hope everyone has a good day!

02-03-2011, 10:39 AM
Princess, I'm sorry you fell and hurt your back. Here's :goodvibes: to you.
I was glad to type out my crochet blanket pattern. I've developed it over this past year because every time I made a new blanket, I tried different hooks and got different shapes. All of a sudden I realized that if the shape was a rectangle, a border would make it the size I wanted and a little shell stitch around the final row made it pretty. Voila!
So glad you didn't lose your electricity.

Aunt Loopy, what an inspiration! My goodness a :goodscale: and *light*. You are too much. I am thrilled you've joined us here at Turtles, and I'm so happen that you've been able to reduce the amt. of your meds. You do very rewarding work. :bravo: :balloons: :carrot: for your great weight loss.

those rep lunches are tough. Somehow they always find the yummiest foods to bring it. At least you're aware of what you want to eat and I think next time that's exactly what you'll do. Good luck and :goodvibes:

Life4vr, isn't it weird how our bodies can't handle the fast foods well anymore? The fat in those foods gets me now too. I've been able to handle a whopper junior (no mayo) for 7 points plus. That and a Diet Coke are my standbys when I have to do a drive through. :goodvibes: for all you're doing.

Bandit:glad you got to work and the snow wasn't as bad. :balloons:

We didn't get as much ice and we really just got slush---no real snow. We're still looking at two feet of snow. Last night I drove and the roads were fine. Yesterday our WW mtg. was cancelled because of the ice. I'm going to WI at the Thursday meeting in a few minutes. Then this afternoon my regular leader is having a get together for WI and a short meeting for anyone who'd like it. I'm going to go because I miss her. Most of the girls have other plans, and won't be able to make it. I went grocery shopping and got in all sorts of good veggies and fruit. I'm going to cut up a pineapple later today.

Gotta run and take care of myself. Glad to see so many of us chiming in and doing the right thing.
234.6/192/170's and thinner :cool:

02-03-2011, 11:56 AM
Morning, turtles:

Loopy - congrats on such a fabulous loss, that is awesome!

Princess - Ouch! Hope you are OK.

Judy - good luck at your weigh in today.

Terri - Hope you get back on track for your upcoming weigh in. Temptations are tough, but as you said move on & do your best.

The storm wasn't as bad as predicted, but I still spent 2 hours shovelling last night & it is sooooooo deep on my lawn I am running out of places to put the snow. That made my dinner late & I ended up having a quick chicken stir-fry over rice which was very tasty then later I had a cup of cauliflower soup, which was great.

It is very sunny today and makes it seem warmer than it is. It is still
very cold. Have my weigh in tonight & hoping to be down at least 1# (then
I would be back to my pre-Christmas weight) and that would be great.

Anyway, stay warm and lets get our butts out there and exercise. I tell you
mine is abit sore today & my arms are very tender, so I must have burned off
lots of calories with the shovelling.

Have a good one!

02-03-2011, 01:51 PM
Bandit, great job with the shoveling :strong: and food :chef: It's great to have a vegetable soup on hand for those times when you really are hungry.

I've been eating very carefully this past week. Writing down my food for the day including snacks before I eat it, and adding in anything additional that I do eat. For now that's working. I lost 2.2# this week :goodscale: and I'm thrilled (I had been up even higher on the scale in these last few weeks. 1/15 was the last day I weighed in because of the snow. So my true loss is better than that. Had a big fast weight gain, got into control, worked the program, and lost weight. I have to lose 3# to get down to my best weight right before Christmas. I can do this! Then onward and downward again.

I'm heading out with my dh, but I'll start a new thread when I get back because we're getting long.
234.6/190.2/170's and thinner :cool:

02-03-2011, 04:30 PM
Hi all!

Terri, I think that you did a great job at the drug lunch. Remember how you might have eaten in the past. And this is where the weekly points allowance comes in handy. We get free lunches at work too, but ours are mostly from companion/aide services in the indepedent living apartment building, and hospices in the nursing care wing. The hospices especially put on a good spread -- it's like they think we're all gonna die in six months ourselves, so why not live it up today???

Luckily, I have a DH whose daily Points range (he's not officially on WW, but is following along more-or-less willingly) is well over 40 points. So the sinful plateful which always makes it onto the chaplain's desk gets wrapped and put in the fridge till I go home. I call to warn him that he should eat a salad for lunch, and I get the vicarious pleasure of watching him enjoy the stuff without going off program.

Meanwhile, it's for days like these that I keep a 2-point Lindor Truffle in my pencil drawer. Somehow, having a little teeny bit of the best available chocolate makes skipping the cake and other stuff do-able for me.

I've been using less than 7 points from the weekly allowance, but almost every one of them is for a chocolate cherry or a truffle. Sometimes something small but perfect is just what I need to keep putting one foot in front of the other.

See you all on the new thread!

02-03-2011, 09:28 PM
Hope everyone had a good day. So I am still within my points. Woo hoo so that is good. I had some chocolate earlier and that encouraged me to do the Wii fit. Also so I had some candy aslo. It was much friendlier on me than the chocolate. Like 4 pts for three of the Sugar Daddy candies. I like caramel alot. Hmm thats about it have a goodnight.

02-03-2011, 09:42 PM
Aunt Loopy and Life4evr, seems like you guys are happy counting in candy/chocolate to keep on track. I think it's smart. There are plenty of days when I count in (2points plus) an individual wrapped Ghiardelli dark dark chocolate and thoroughly enjoy it. I also bought some Diet Cocoa for 25 cal. each. Nowhere near the quality of chocolate Loopy is eating, but it does satisfy my chocolate craving and seems very filling.

Okay, I'll see you all at our next thread: #249 Bale of Turtles Keeping Track!

234.6/190.2/thinner into the 170's :cool: