Biggest Loser Challenges - Blue Team NYNY 2011 Chat Thread Week 9 (03/07-03/13)




Bigmid
03-06-2011, 10:31 PM
Welcome to Week 9

Congratulations to our Biggest Losers for week 8


Biggest Loser:
river, -3, -1.91%

Honorable Mentions:
Soon2BFitChick, -2.6lbs, -1.53%
Bigmid, -2.2lbs, -1.19%
KimberleyP, -1.9lbs, -1.12%

Team Loss of -10.5lbs, -.24%

Well here we go only 5 weeks left to go in this challange. I am posing a question for this week:

What are your top 3 goals for the rest of the challange and why are they important to you.


Bigmid
03-06-2011, 10:38 PM
My top 3 goals for April 10, 2011

1. Be 175 or less: this would put me 15lbs from goal (may go less well see)
2. Exercise min 4x's week - 30 min: this would make me stronger and happier with myself
3. To learn to be happy with myself no matter what: this would be the ultimate goal no matter what weight I am at (wasn't happy at 162 either) I am a work in progress and really want to find out how to be happy with myself I am my own worst enemy.

PageLynn
03-06-2011, 11:15 PM
My three goals for the rest of this challenge are:
1. Be at least 5 lbs lighter. I really want to be on my way out of the 180's. It would give me the motivation to continue, as right now I am starting to doubt myself.
2. Continue to workout at least 6 days a week. This will help me shape my body to the body I want.
3. Not weight related but I need to find my drive for school again. I am starting to slack and I can't figure out why my drive is going down (for everything lately).


dream710
03-07-2011, 01:08 AM
Congrats to our biggest losers!

My three goals:

1) to be in the 160's. I've been in the 170's for a long time, I'd really like to make it the 160's and not look back.
2) Focus on my eating. It's the part I struggle with the most, to be able to get that on track would be a huge success for me.
3) Learn to accept the compliments that are handed to me. It seems every time people start noticing my hardwork, I slide into old habits and undo all that I've worked so hard for.

drinkypants
03-07-2011, 01:24 AM
Congrats to river our Biggest Loser!!! :congrat::cheer3:

Great job honorable mentions Selina, Bigmid, and Kimberly!!!! :cheer3::cheer3:

Also congrats to ---
Bobbi for losing .4lbs and breaking plateau!!
sandlll for losing 1.6lbs!!
spryng for losing 1.2lbs!!
gvntofly for losing 1lb!!
Dora for losing 1.4lbs!!
Matilda for losing 2lbs!!
Page and Mercy for maintaining!!!

Congrats everyone else for not giving up!! :cheer3::cheer3::cheer3:

My top 3 goals for April 10, 2011
1) Be in the 2teens - Sadly I haven't been that low since middle school.. it would feel so amazing!
2) Never post a gain! I get scared around Auntie Flow time.. but I can beat her (I hope) haha
3) Be patient. Sometimes I want the weight gone so bad, I think about unhealthy crash diets... They never worked for me before, and eating a healthy 1,300 calories a day average + exercise is working better than they ever did. I would have binged, and quit a crash diet weeks ago.

Good luck this week team, keep it up!! :cheer3::cheer3:

mumtoliam
03-07-2011, 04:18 AM
Congratulations to all this weeks losers.

My top 3 goals for the rest of this challenge:
1. to continue to plan my meals for the week, that is working.
2. track daily what I eat.
3. Continue working out regularly and increase my intensity.

I hope to lose another 3kg from now until the end.

KimberlyP
03-07-2011, 07:48 AM
Congratulations to this weeks losers!!!

My 3 goals for the rest of this challenge -

1. Get down to 160
2. Continue working out at least 4 days per week
3. Continue tracking and NOT be hard on myself if I slip up

Hope everyone is having an awesome week! Sorry I haven't been able to post here much, school is pretty hectic for me at the moment.

gvntofly
03-07-2011, 10:16 AM
Congrats to all the Losers!!! :carrot:

Well I at least lost a pound last week! I ended up getting a bad sinus infection. It started last Tuesday and I am still having sinus issues now. I have finally gotten my energy back and I can now breath through my nose again. I wasn't able to work out like I wanted too, but now I can get back on that.

My top three goals for the rest of the challenge are:
1. Be 180 or less at the end!
2. Do some form of exercise each day!
3. Not to buy or prepare any unhealthy foods and no more eating in front of the TV!

Bigmid
03-07-2011, 11:12 AM
Results are posted and we won for week 8:) WTG everyone

Great goals so far and here we go for the start of week 9.

Off to work I'll be back later to post more.

spryng
03-07-2011, 04:50 PM
Congrats to all of us!!!!
My top 3 goals would have to be:
1. be more physically fit by the end of the challenge
2. keep tracking my food
3. be down at least 5 more lbs (I lose soooo slow so this is a big deal, lol)

river
03-07-2011, 06:39 PM
:cheer3::cheer3:Congrats Blue team! :cheer3::cheer3:

Wow, I'm the biggest loser this week. I'm thrilled. :dizzy: I have been up and down the same few pounds for months but this is the first time I've seen 155 and 154 for a long time, more than a decade in fact. Glad I weighed in at 154 again today, I was worried it was a one hit wonder yesterday.

My 3 goals for the rest of the challenge:

1) Continue my half marathon training injury free, and run it in a time of 1:59 or faster
2) 148 or less
3) Enjoy myself while traveling, embrace life and my loved ones and have fun on the journey ;)

Doragone
03-07-2011, 07:07 PM
:cheer3::cheer3::cheer3:Whoo Hoo Bloo!!!!:cheer3::cheer3::cheer3:

Great job everyone, but especially our BL River and HM Selina, Jacky and Kimberly

Such great goals listed here I'd like to co-opt them for myself, but here are my very own:

1 - Be in the 220's, or 6 more pounds in 5 weeks, I think thats doable. Important to reach a specific goal and I haven't been down to this weight for a long time. And . . . I have more clothes to wear in this size.:o
2- Be exercising regularly, ie., 5 times a week at least - important because I know I will look better at the end of this journey, but more importantly will feel better.:hyper:
3- To keep my mindset that this is a long-term journey, not an overnight success. (You over 100# losers really encourage me in this area.) Important because I tend to get either a) discouraged and want to give up or b) start thinking I'm doing better than I really am - and want to give up. Either way, I don't want to give up this time!:no:

I finally exercised for an hour last night - Whoot! Did the WATP 4 mile walk, plus 50 situps and 25 butt squeezes (Jane Fonda). It felt great and the beginning of a new relationship with exercise.:crossed::crossed::crossed:

Here's to another winning week!:carrot:

Dora:cheer3:

dream710
03-07-2011, 11:18 PM
Way to go Blue!!

gvntofly
03-08-2011, 12:53 PM
1) Continue my half marathon training injury free, and run it in a time of 1:59 or faster


That is my goal for the Race 13.1 Valpo Half Marathon in Valparaiso, IN on Nov. 13, 2011! Once I finish my 5k training and can run for 30 minutes at a time, I will start 10k training, then on to half marathon. I'm very excited, it's going to be a big year for me in upping my fitness level!

MamaP
03-08-2011, 02:13 PM
My top three goals for the rest of the challenge are:

1. Get below my start weight for this challenge (I think I'm the only one of the blue team members still in the challenge that is above their starting weight). I don't normally do weight goals, but . . .
2. Just re-joined the Y so I plan to go to Zumba two nights a week and workout at least 3 mornings (even if it's just 30 minutes on the treadmill)
3. No late night (carbohydrate) snacking.

Bigmid
03-08-2011, 02:30 PM
Morning,
We have some great goals being mentioned.....I know we can do this.

Well I'm having a bit of trouble this week I have been so cold it's not even funny. Yesterday it put me in such a bad mood I didn't even exercise.....yes I know it would have warmed me up:) but the bad mood would have meant only a half hearted attempt. So as long as I exercise 5x's this week I am still on track.

Well guess I should get back to work have a great day everyone.

Bobbolink
03-08-2011, 05:24 PM
My 3 goals for this week:
1. Get out of my dumpy mood, thanks Susan.
2. Decided to add more calories to my menu, maybe that will jump/kick me off my dreaded plateau.
3. Start posting again.

P.S. MamaP...I'm so sorry to see you back tracking. I read your blog and your weight loss journey is amazing. It looks like the holidays last year got in the way of your losing streak. You were only 10 pounds from onederland but you can do it again. What worked for you then will work again, you just have to put your mind to it. Get rid of all the junk/trigger foods in your house so the temptations are not underfoot. Hang that pretty red dress you wore to the ball on the front of your refrigerator and vow to get back into it. We're a team, we'll all help you.

MamaP
03-09-2011, 12:03 AM
P.S. MamaP...I'm so sorry to see you back tracking. I read your blog and your weight loss journey is amazing. It looks like the holidays last year got in the way of your losing streak. You were only 10 pounds from onederland but you can do it again. What worked for you then will work again, you just have to put your mind to it. Get rid of all the junk/trigger foods in your house so the temptations are not underfoot. Hang that pretty red dress you wore to the ball on the front of your refrigerator and vow to get back into it. We're a team, we'll all help you.

Thanks for the encouragement. :hug: There were a lot of things that kind of tripped me up . . . stress, the holidays, life has been crazy, work has been crazy, my daughter and grandsons (age 2 yrs and 8 months) moved in with me the beginning of November so the types of food I have in the house has changed and life has gotten even more busy. I've gotten lazy about planning and tracking my food and just doing what's easy and easy is not good for me. The breakroom at my work is loaded with snack foods and candy and I've gotten back in the habit of eating things at work that I shouldn't have. I am working on getting back on track. We joined the Y and I went this morning and did a little over a mile on the treadmill and then tonight I went for a Zumba class. Now, just to keep it up and work on planning my meals and snacks more consistently. I probably should start writing on my blog again too and I need to post on 3FC more. The support here is amazing.

reji
03-09-2011, 01:18 AM
My goals are

to workout 4 times a week--I need to develop this lifelong habit
to maintain the energy needed to track my food and watch my portions--I regain when I lose this focus, and I need to work harder on getting right back to it if I slip up
to lose a few more pounds--I don't think my body's done losing

Bobbolink
03-09-2011, 12:35 PM
Good Morning Blue Team,
I'm sitting at my computer desk watching the snow tumble down. It's been snowing since last nite around supper time. I had a nice surprise yesterday while defrosting the freezers. (both freezers out in our breezeway, one for meat and the other for our garden produce.) In the corner of the breezeway is a potted peach tree that has to be stored in the breezeway or garage over the winter. It's just loaded with pink flowers! I hadn't paid much attention to it, only noticed it because I was working next to it. So ladies, spring is really around the corner. I'll post a picture of it later, hope it washes away the winter blues. I think that's what I've got, the winter blues. I'm bored to death with winter, DH and I did get out cross country skiing 3 times last week. This week the temperature will be too warm to go out, the snow gets sticky when it's around 30 degrees.
Jacky...maybe you've got the winter blues too, it must be catchy. Your #3 goal is telling, I think that's why some of us gain weight, thinking we'll feel better about ourselves when we eat comfort foods. Then we're not happy with ourselves after eat it. It's like a vicious circle. Congrats on the honorable mention, 1.19% is fantastic.
3. To learn to be happy with myself no matter what: this would be the ultimate goal no matter what weight I am at (wasn't happy at 162 either) I am a work in progress and really want to find out how to be happy with myself I am my own worst enemy.
Page... You've lost just about 9 pounds in 8 weeks so losing 1 pound a week for the next 5 weeks should be an easy goal for you. Keep up the good work.
1. Be at least 5 lbs lighter. I really want to be on my way out of the 180's. It would give me the motivation to continue, as right now I am starting to doubt myself.
Dream...What kind of eating plan are you on? If this is something you struggle with, maybe we can give you some advice. I've been on every diet know to man, eventually I always go back to calorie counting. It used to be a pain in the butt counting calories but with all the great websites available, it's so much easier. (I use Fitday)
Focus on my eating. It's the part I struggle with the most,

Coco...Patience, now you're talking about me or my lack of it. I'm one of those impatient people that weigh myself every morning. Sorry, I can' give you any good advice on that one, I need it myself. P.S. thanks for the private pep talk.
Be patient. Sometimes I want the weight gone so bad,

Vanessa...I just noticed you're from down under, Australia. How cool, I watched a documentary recently on Australia, very interesting. As to your #2 goal, tracking your food, what are you using?
Kimberly...whatever you're doing, keep it up. I see you made biggest loser once and honorable mentioned a few times. Good job!
3. Continue tracking and NOT be hard on myself if I slip up
gvntofly...DH and I eat on trays in front of the tv every night, we so enjoy it. The one thing bad about it is we're eating only to restore our energy and not enjoying the taste and smell of food. We're too old to change but I can see where it'd be better to stop that habit. Your half marathon is a great goal to work toward.
3. Not to buy or prepare any unhealthy foods and no more eating in front of the TV!That is my goal for the Race 13.1 Valpo Half Marathon in Valparaiso, IN on Nov. 13, 2011!
Sprying...5 weeks left at one pound a week? Should work for you since you have a good track of losing.
sprying3. be down at least 5 more lbs (I lose soooo slow so this is a big deal, lol)


River...you really amaze me with your 'no gain' while traveling. I don't think I'd do as well as you do. Do you travel for fun or a job? Congrats on the biggest loser!
Enjoy myself while traveling, embrace life and my loved ones and have fun on the journey 1.91% biggest loser

Dora...I was just looking at your stats and you've accomplished great loss so far. I don't have week 8 in front of me but on week 7 you were down'13.6 pounds. I should have updated my list before I started gabbing. You won't give up, not after all you've accomplished, keep that winning streak rolling.
3- To keep my mindset that this is a long-term journey, not an overnight success. Important because I tend to get either a) discouraged and want to give up or b) start thinking I'm doing better than I really am - and want to give up. Either way, I don't want to give up this time!



Reji...What can I say about your stats, WOW! Down at least 10 pounds. Keep on keeping on!
Kris...Whoa! No wonder you got tripped up. No, I guess you can't rid your house of goodies. You do have your work cut out for you. One good thing with your daughter living with you, she probably can help you by keeping healthy food in the house for everyone. Especially knowing you struggle with food like the rest of us. We all have that in common. You just have to be extra strong, put blinders on at work. Carry healthy snacks to work and think of the work place snacks as poison, which they really are! Think of your two adorable grandkids and how they love you and want YOU to be be around for a long time.There were a lot of things that kind of tripped me up . . . stress, the holidays, life has been crazy, work has been crazy, my daughter and grandsons (age 2 yrs and 8 months) moved in with me the beginning of November so the types of food I have in the house has changed and life has gotten even more busy. I've gotten lazy about planning and tracking my food and just doing what's easy and easy is not good for me. The breakroom at my work is loaded with snack foods and candy and I've gotten back in the habit of eating things at work that I shouldn't have. I am working on getting back on track. We joined the Y and I went this morning and did a little over a mile on the treadmill and then tonight I went for a Zumba class. Now, just to keep it up and work on planning my meals and snacks more consistently. I probably should start writing on my blog again too and I need to post on 3FC more. The support here is amazing.
Sorry this got so long, I haven't posted for a couple of weeks. My pink flowering pear tree has banished the blue away, I'm going to take notice of it everyday.

PageLynn
03-09-2011, 12:53 PM
WOW Bobbi. U got about everyone lol. I don't have the time to do that today or most days.

Big accomplishment for me guys! 189.6 as of this morning! That means I have lost 10% as of today! And I am in the 180's! SO EXCITED! Just had to share with people who understand lol.

MamaP
03-09-2011, 01:28 PM
Kris...Whoa! No wonder you got tripped up. No, I guess you can't rid your house of goodies. You do have your work cut out for you. One good thing with your daughter living with you, she probably can help you by keeping healthy food in the house for everyone. Especially knowing you struggle with food like the rest of us. We all have that in common. You just have to be extra strong, put blinders on at work. Carry healthy snacks to work and think of the work place snacks as poison, which they really are! Think of your two adorable grandkids and how they love you and want YOU to be be around for a long time.

I love having my daughter and grandsons with me, but it does make things a little hectic sometimes. We do have healthy food in the house, but there are other things as well. My daughter has a very healthy relationship with food and can handle "treats" without a problem. I just need to stay away from them and I know I can because I've done it before. My grandsons are a lot of my motivation. I love being able to get down on the floor and play with them and run and play with Micah. There are so many things I can do with them now that I would have never been able to do before, and it's only gonna get better the healthier I get.

Below are links to a couple of posts I made a while back about the snacks at work. All free. Crazy, huh?

http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/3675885-post66.html

http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/3675892-post67.html

Hope everyone has a great day! Sorry, I don't do very good with personals anymore - I used to do a lot of that at night while I was home alone, but now my evenings are not strictly my own anymore (which is a good thing).

Bobbolink
03-09-2011, 01:41 PM
Kris...those pictures just blew me away. I don't understand what's wrong with companies that feed their employess all that junk food. Can you imagine what Bob and Jillian from the Biggest losers would do with all that? Hire a dumpster for sure. Maybe you can print out the note below and underline the benefits of eating healthy, put it in their suggestion box.



Healthy Snacks at Work
Take a moment to look around your workplace and you may notice:

Vending machines packed with choices high in calories, fat, sugar, & salt
Muffins and pastries left over from a meeting or event
Cafeterias displaying chocolate bars and chips at the point of purchase
…and not surprisingly… expanding waistlinesHealthy snacking can be a challenge when you’re at the mercy of the choices at your workplace. Not to mention, many employees don’t have the time to have a snack during their workday. But when we eat healthy, we have more energy, are less prone to stress, and can be more productive at work. With a little planning, snacks can be part of a healthy eating pattern and a busy work day.
Healthy Eating can Benefit your Workplace
Addressing healthy eating within your workplace can lead to several benefits (http://action.web.ca/home/nutritio/attach/nrc-workplace-guide.pdf) (PDF, 18-20 of 114) including:

Reduced absenteeism and sick time
Reduced medical costs
Increased productivity
Improved employee health and wellness
P.S. I just went back and updated our stats, I have Jacky's weigh in stats that I update every week, put in everyone's loss/gain and the percentages, then print out. I only do that because I like to see where I fall in the %, it encourages me. I just noticed Jacky, on week 7 you put down 285.2 :rofl: I think you mean 185.2.Week 7 Weigh-in (2/27):285.2 (+2.6) 1.42%
Where's your side kick Nancy0, she doesn't have her weight down for week 8?

Doragone
03-09-2011, 06:08 PM
Hi Blue New You

Enjoyed reading everyone's goals and thanks Bobbi for the words of encouragement. Went a little off plan yesterday, but back on the wagon today. Getting more in the mindset of walking and my son wants me to go walking with him too, so exercise is coming to the forefront. Missed yesterday because I didn't get in til 8:30, but will for sure walk today.

Yes, spring is coming, my daffodils are finally showing their pretty yellow faces and the pear trees are showing their blossoms. And the time change is this coming Sunday - which I enjoy for the more hours to be outside.

Looked at your blog MamaP and enjoyed reading about your journey. Hope I have such a good tale to tell soon. No, I'm sure I will!!!;)

Hang in there team, we're on our way to a total win, we've done an awesome job. I'm already wondering about the next one . . . so . . . does anyone know when it will be?

Dora

Bigmid
03-10-2011, 02:15 AM
Hi everyone just a quick post before bed then I'll be back for personals tomorrow.
Well I went to Zumba tonight with Nancy (yes Bobbi she is still around just not on here yet.....hint hint to Nancy) and according to her go wear fit we burnt 600 calories in that hour..... WOOHOO

I love that spring may be just around the corner. I'm taking a running class starting on the 8th of April so very much looking forward to that.

Well goodnight for now and talk to you all tomorrow.

PS Bobbi - maybe I just felt 285.2.....just like some days I feel 102 in age Lol. Good thing I did the right totaling or our percentage would have been so bad with my 100lb gain:)

drinkypants
03-10-2011, 11:42 AM
WOOHOO Bobbi is back :) I noticed Bigmids large weight gain too lol.. She gained and dropped that hundred fast hehe Hopefully the weather brightens up there soon Bobbi :)

MamaP - Wow.. all of that free junk food is crazy! I would have a really hard time with that!

Have a great day everyone... GO BLUE! :cheer3::cheer3::cheer3:

Bobbolink
03-10-2011, 01:07 PM
I was looking for ways to stay motivated to exercise since I hate it so much.

How to Stay Motivated to Exercise


1 Determine an attainable goal such as exercising (http://www.ehow.com/sports/) twice on weekdays, once on weekends. Creating realistic goals will set you up for success. If your goal becomes too easy, you can always design a new one.
2 Create rewards for achieving your goal. The reward can be a massage, a new workout outfit, a new CD, a session with a personal trainer, or a new piece of sports (http://www.ehow.com/sports/) equipment - whatever you really want.
3 Partner with a friend, co-worker or loved one - someone who will support you and your goals without sabotaging them.
4 Subscribe to a fitness magazine or online fitness newsletter. New tips and exercises can be inspirational and alleviate boredom.
5 Create a competition with co-workers or friends. For example, the team whose members exercise for 30 minutes, three times each week for three months wins a prize. You decide what the prize is.
6 Change into your workout clothes. Sometimes, it's just a matter of getting dressed that causes the biggest barrier.
7 Erase the concept that if you can't do at least 30 minutes you're wasting your time. Exercise burns calories, increases energy, and improves your health - even in small doses.
8 Try a new sport or class. Adding variety, group support and competition can increase your likelihood of exercising.
9 Make a commitment to your dog to go for a long walk at least twice each week.
10 Look for ways to incorporate activity into your day, even if you can't do your normal exercise routine. Take the stairs instead of the elevator, go bowling instead of to the movies, or use a push mower instead of a power mower.
11 Sign up for a race and send in the entry fee. Whatever your activity - running, biking, walking, swimming - there are hundreds of races offered all over the world. Pick a place you've always wanted to visit.
12 Join a gym. For some, paying for a membership increases the likelihood of compliance. It also eliminates the bad-weather excuse.
Tips & Warnings


Exercise in the morning. Research shows that people who make exercise a priority first thing in their day are more likely to stick with it.

Every person goes through periods of time when it's incredibly challenging to maintain an exercise program. Acknowledge it when it happens, recognize that it's just a brief period of time, and restart your program as soon as possible.

Choose things that motivate you - not what others want.

Remind yourself of the many health benefits of an exercise program.

Soon2BFitChick
03-10-2011, 04:33 PM
Love all the tips ladies. :) Wonderful info for us all. :)

Gotta rush and saying that also I won't be here Sunday thru Friday but should be ok to post on the weekend again. Hugssss and have a great end of the week!

Selina :hug:

Narnia99
03-10-2011, 05:59 PM
:wave: everyone
Sorry I missed the last weigh-in. I've used up both of my freebies, so I will make sure that I don't miss another one.
This past week as been quite stressful for me as I have been having some intense abdominal pains. I went to the doctor this morning, and it's what I suspected: a weakness in my abdominal wall near my navel. The doctor doesn't believe that I have a hernia, but he is sending me for an u/s to make sure. I have experienced this once before about 10 years ago after giving birth to my daughter. The pain went away then, and my doctor is hopeful that it will again this time. He believes all the coughing I was doing when I was sick caused the area to be sore again. So, I haven't been able to exercise, but I have been watching what I have been eating. The scale is showing an increase of 3 pounds :o so I guess I need to decrease my calories until I can exercise again.

Congratulations to River for being our BL :cheer2:
Congratulation to Selena, Jacky, and Kimberly as well :cheer:

Everyone has some great goals for the remainder of the challenge. I'll have to think about mine and post them later.

Have a wonderful day everyone :)

Doragone
03-11-2011, 03:16 AM
Hi Gals!!!

Doing well OP and getting an hour most days of walking, weight is beginning to fall again. All this thanks to all of you and your great examples. Still 3 more days to go, whoo hoo! Need to catch up to my March 1 weight:^:

Dora

Bobbolink
03-11-2011, 10:50 AM
Good Morning Blue Team,
My # 1 goal to get out of my dumpy mood is gone, just looking outside at the beautiful landscape with all the winter frost on the woods gladdened my heart.
#2 was adding more calories to my daily menu to get me off the plateau, I had a huge bowl of popcorn last night to up my calories. The problem with that is salt retention on the scales today.:dizzy:
#3 is postingk, I'm so happy to see most of the Blue team posting too.
I hope we don't lose anymore people, 4 of the gals have used both Freebies......lets encourage them to hang in there. only 5 weigh ins left.
Dora...you are so focused, a steady decline, no freebies......you set a great example. That was my secret goal, not using freebies. But that didn't happen and I don't have PMS swings or monthly TOM to worry about either. I feel for all you gals that still have to deal with those, ouch!
Jacky...Good job on the Zumba work-outs. I wasn't referring about Nancy's posting here, but last time I looked, she hadn't posted Week # 8 weigh in?.Well I went to Zumba tonight with Nancy (yes Bobbi she is still around just not on here yet.....hint hint to Nancy) and according to her go wear fit we burnt 600 calories in that hour..... WOOHOO
Narnia...sorry to hear of your returning pain. As for the 3 pound gain, you can watch the salt in your menu's and you'll probably drop that. I 'm always very careful of what I eat on Saturday nights, keeping in mind of how salty the foods are. It can make a huge difference on weigh ins sunday mornings.So, I haven't been able to exercise, but I have been watching what I have been eating. The scale is showing an increase of 3 pounds :o so I guess I need to decrease my calories until I can exercise again.
I haven't tried these yet but it looks promising.

Stuffed Potatoes
DescriptionIt can be difficult to coax your loved ones into eating five servings a day of vegetables (as nutritionists recommend). That's why this recipe cleverly incorporates broccoli into a baked potato. Broccoli is an excellent source of fiber and cancer-fighting antioxidants. Potatoes are a universally loved vegetable loaded with vitamins C and B-6, potassium and fiber. And, best of all, this recipe is low in fat. You can make the stuffed potatoes ahead and reheat them when everyone is ready to eat.
Ingredients3 large baking potatoes
2 large stalks broccoli
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1-2 tablespoons lowfat milk, rice milk or soy milk
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
Instructions1. Scrub the potatoes and make shallow cuts around their middles to make it easier to cut them in half after baking. Bake the potatoes at 400 degrees until soft, about 1 hour, depending on the size of the potatoes.

2. Meanwhile, cut the ends from the stalks of broccoli and peel some of the outer skin off to make the stems more edible. Steam the broccoli until crunchy-tender and bright green. Drain and chop fine.

3. Cut potatoes in half and scoop out the insides into a bowl. Add the salt, olive oil and just enough rice or soy milk to allow you to mash the potatoes into a smooth paste. Add the Parmesan cheese and the chopped broccoli and mix well.

4. Pile the mixture back into the potato shells, arrange on a baking dish and heat them to desired temperature
Nutrients Per Serving
Calories: 135.8
Protein: 5.0 grams
Fat: 3.1 grams
Saturated Fat: 0.7 grams
Monounsat Fat: 1.8 grams
Polyunsat Fat: 0.3 grams
Carbohydrate: 23.8 grams
Fiber: 3.6 grams
Cholesterol: 1.6 mg
Vitamin A: 926.8 IU
Vitamin E: 0.6 mg/IU
Vitamin C: 77.1 mg
Calcium: 65.4 mg
Magnesium: 40.0 mg

I'm going down to get some exercise in, you all know how I hate it. I purchased some granny DVD's last week and only tried them once. I really need someone to literally kick my butt to exercise. All the skiing I did last week didn't help, I can't imagine doing the granny dvd's helping but here goes. :?:

Bigmid
03-11-2011, 02:31 PM
Hi sorry I didn't post yesterday it was a bad day for me...Been good and exercising and saw a 7lb gain on the scale. I know there are many factors that could have caused this but it's enough to throw me into an evil mood filled with self pity and hate. So best not to come and chat when I'm like that.
Not feeling much happier today either I'm stuck in a rut and until I figure a way out I may have to deal with these stupid mood swings. I think I really need the snow gone and spring to be here.
I hope everyone has a great day.

sandlll
03-11-2011, 02:43 PM
Hi everyone, can't believe it is Friday already! I am doing well this week considering it was my bday this week too! We went to Mexican food for dinner and I got rice and beans. I did have a scoop of guacamole and lots of fresh tortilla chips, but overall ok. Then instead of making a big cake that would have been around all week, I took my kids down to the bakery and we each picked out a treat. I got a cupcake and ate it over 2 days! Much better than a cake which I would have ended up eating over 90% of! I want to hit the 160's for weigh in (didn't make it for my bday goal), have a little more than 0.5 pounds to go! I am buckling down for the next 2 days before weigh in! Hope everyone has a great weigh in this week!

KimberlyP
03-11-2011, 04:15 PM
Hi Everyone!

Checking in and wanted to say hello to everyone! Sorry I don't get to post much, between my 3 kiddos and school I never have any time to myself. This morning however, I went to the gym because I couldn't go outside and run today due to the snow. I ran for 60 minutes and did over 4 miles, then I stayed and lifted weights. My scale was up today because I decided to indulge at the movie theater yesterday, was a bit discouraging but I got right back on track.

Hope everyone has an awesome weekend!

Bobbolink
03-11-2011, 08:54 PM
Remember when we were kids, mom posted a chore chart on the frig and we got stars on the finished chore? (Yes girls, we had stars back in the olden days...I had to lick them to make them stick)Anyway, I was googling motivation tips and ran across this. Would this work for anyone? I'm going to buy some and post a calendar page on my frig. See if that motivates me to get off my dead butt.:dizzy:
Everyone be careful of what you eat tomorrow and tomorrow night, lay off the salty foods so we'll not see water retention gain.


Buy STARS!!!!!
To motivate myself I purchased a package of those miniature self-stick stars from my local pharmacy. (I believe Staples carrys them too. Any sticker will do.) On my hang-up calendar I put a sticker up on every day I did my 20 minutes of exercise. If I did 40 minutes or walked twice that day, I gave myself two stickers. I canít tell you how proud I was of myself as my calendar became more decorated with stars showing my accomplishments. It got so that I would walk JUST so I could put that star up there!
ē Donít eat salty foods closer than 2 days before weigh-ins.
This means eat Chinese food early on in the week (right AFTER being weighed in). If you donít, your disappointment on the scale could be due to water gain.

Bobbolink
03-11-2011, 09:09 PM
I'm guilty of eating some of these, but not before a weigh in.


Here's a list of the top 10 biggest offenders. These sneaky, salt-loaded foods will put you over the top for daily sodium requirements.
1. Salted Pretzels
2. Salted Nuts
3. Potato Chips
4. Processed Cheese
5. Soy Sauce
6. Beef Jerky
7. Ham, Hot Dogs
8. Canned Soups
9. Frozen Meals
10. Salad Dressings
The U.S. Department of Agriculture lists typical sodium content for thousands of foods -- and some of these numbers may shock you:
Dehydrated onion soup mix (1 packet): 3,132 milligrams
Seasoned bread crumbs (1 cup): 2,111 milligrams
Spaghetti sauce (1 cup): 1,203 milligrams
Canned chicken noodle soup (1 cup): 1,106 milligrams
Frozen turkey and gravy (5 ounces): 787 milligrams
Canned cream-style corn (1 cup): 730 milligrams
Teriyaki sauce (1 tablespoon): 690 milligrams
Vegetable juice cocktail (1 cup): 653 milligrams
Beef or pork salami (2 slices): 604 milligrams
Canned jalapeno peppers (1/4 cup, solids and liquids): 434 milligrams
For many Americans, eating too many of these foods can easily push them over the daily recommendation -- all in just one sitting.
High-sodium vegetables include sauerkraut, olives, pickles, relish, tomato sauce, tomato juice, vegetable juice, vegetables with seasoned sauces and canned beans

High-sodium meats include bacon, luncheon meats, corned beef, hot dogs, pastrami, liver wurst, sausages, dried meat, dried fish, canned chicken, canned fish, salami, bologna, ham and soy products marinated in soy sauce.

sandlll
03-11-2011, 09:32 PM
Thanks Bobbi for the sodium info - great reminder!

mumtoliam
03-12-2011, 03:12 AM
Thank for all the tips... they are great!!! I am now gonna to also check the sodium levels of the food I eat.

I havent planned too good today... I am going out for dinner and drinks with the girls tonight. So I thought I won't eat a main meal for lunch I will just snack on rice crackers, fruit, etc. good foods... I have just entered in all what I snacked on today and guess what? I have eaten my daily allowance already and I havent gone out yet... I am on WW and they is a weekly allowance, I usually don't eat that, plus my exercise points I don't eat. I am hoping that by using these won't jeopardise the next week's weighin. I have learnt a valuable lesson. Plan a light filling meal and not snack before going out. Bummed! Only one drink tonight!

Doragone
03-12-2011, 04:45 AM
Hi again,

Still OP and exercising and I read something about water intake that rang true for me that when your body doesn't think it's going to get anymore water, ie., when you don't drink enough, it holds onto water and likely you will weigh more. But as you begin consuming a good amount of water every day, your body doesn't feel the need to conserve and it passes on through, taking waste (and burned calories) with it.

And Bobbi, that's basically what I'm doing on here with my exercise - I put another little man on for every hour I exercise, plus add an hour onto my ticker. It does motivate me, so I'm sure buying stars for the fridge calendar will work great.

Here's to another great week - we are true - blue!!!

Bigmid
03-12-2011, 03:43 PM
Hi just got back in had to leave as someone was viewing the house. They were into everything they even sat on the couch and at the dining room table?????? Hope they buy it now.
Well did a WI this morning and it's some how true.....I put on 7lbs this week:(. I really don't know how I was good and exercised too. I hope when I start running again it will help otherwise I'll have to rethink this whole journey of mine.
Well can't exercise today left the house early now back for a half hour then off to donate blood and not allowed to exercise after that. So tomorrows WI is most likely a freebie this week.
Have a great day everyone

Bobbolink
03-12-2011, 05:51 PM
Crabby Maxine says, "


One of the mysteries of life is that a two pound box of chocolates can make you gain five pounds.

The reason women over 50 don't have babies is because we would put them down and forget where we put them.

It's time to give up jogging for your health when your thighs keep rubbing together and starting your pants on fire.

What happens if you confuse your Valium with your birth control pills?
You have 12 kids, but you don't really care.

Skinny people bug me. They say things like, "Sometimes I forget to eat." Now, I've forgotten my keys, my glasses, my address and my mother's maiden name. But I have never forgotten to eat! You have to be a special kind of stupid to forget to eat!

What is the best way to forget your troubles? Wear tight clothes.

Why is it harder to lose weight as you get older? Because by that time your body and your fat have become really good friends.

What happens when you leave an outfit hanging in your closet for a while? I shrinks two sizes.

It's nice to live in a small town, because if you don't know what you are doing, someone else does.

I read some article which said that the symptoms of stress are impulse buying, eating too much and driving too fast. Are they kidding? That's what I call a perfect day.

dream710
03-13-2011, 01:36 AM
Bobbi- Too funny! My favorite...It's nice to live in a small town, because if you don't know what you are doing, someone else does...too true! I appreciate all your tips and recipes you provide. I tried your pumpkin pie in a cup and it was delish!

I've had a good week, making my lunches on Sunday and having it all packaged really helped. Next weeks menu: Turkey and Black Bean burgers on thin buns 1/2 cup carrots with 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt mixed with powder hidden valley ranch.

Bobbolink
03-13-2011, 10:15 AM
Thanks, Crabby Maxine's quotes are funny. I have a daily desk calendar with Maxine smarting off about something every day.
I like to experiment with food, yesterday I made homemade yogurt with herbed seasonings and onion powder. I was aiming for a Skinny Cow look-a-like. After it was finished, I put it in a yogurt cheese maker to drain out most of the water/whey during the night. This morning I checked it out and it looks good. I didn't taste it yet because I don't want to go to church with onion breath. If it taste as good as it looks, I'll post the recipe. I do have a yogurt maker but I didn't use one for this experiment. You can actually use a bowl, plastic wrap and a big fluffy towel next to a heat register. Who'd thought?
I'm still plateauing on my weight and I haven't cheated. But that's bound to happen when I only have a couple of pounds to goal. I've lost and gain the same 1/2 pound according to the salt I've eaten the day before. Salt is my enemy!
I hope the Blue team all have good weigh in....tata!

Transporter
03-13-2011, 12:35 PM
I read some article which said that the symptoms of stress are impulse buying, eating too much and driving too fast. Are they kidding? That's what I call a perfect day.
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lol! :carrot: funny!
I finally broke my plateau! i felt bad posting no losses lol
go team blue lets win this :hug:

Bigmid
03-13-2011, 04:49 PM
Hi everyone I hope all is well, I am going out in a bit and then I have a going away party to go to for a couple staff members so I may not get out totals done tonight.
I am going to post our week 10 threads later tonight when I get back home.
I just finished doing C25K W1D1 it felt good to start running again.
Well I did this week with a wierd weight I WI this morning at 190.2:( haven't seen the 190's in months then an hour later I got on the scale and it was 184.....I lost 6lbs in an hour......my body is doing strange things. So I guess I am up 1lb from last week. That could be from the blood donation as my body wants to keep all the liquids I'm giving it back.
Well talk to you all later.

Transporter
03-13-2011, 06:29 PM
That could be from the blood donation as my body wants to keep all the liquids I'm giving it back.
Well talk to you all later.

probably! maybe that affected your fluctuation as well?

MamaP
03-13-2011, 07:48 PM
I posted a gain . . . again. I am expecting a big whoosh any day now. I started back at the Y this past week so I'm exercising again. I'm focusing on my diet and really watching my carbs too. Another gain is very frustrating . . . and seeing 230 again is heartbreaking.

Bigmid
03-13-2011, 10:44 PM
Hi everyone only 15 min left to WI I've got totals done so far great job everyone. I'm just heading out the door for the going away party so I will post the results and new threads when I get back (couple hours)

Talk to you soon.