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05-03-2011, 12:17 PM
Well-it's May already! Time for a new thread . . .

Things are going well for me-weight coming off fairly quickly. Food issues have begun to rear their ugly head :devil: and I got some recommendations for some food therapists. Don't want to screw this up!;)

Today I celebrate the day I formally adopted Josie in Vietnam. Can't believe it's been 4 years!

Jillian-congrats on hubby coming home!

Don't have a lot of time this morning-just wanted to check in and say Hi to everyone. :D

05-03-2011, 08:45 PM
Hi all! I'm still hanging in and exercising up a storm. I've stopped running though and I'm doing brisk walks instead. I find them more sustainable, I look forward to doing my walk, and with running I was starting to dread it, I just couldn't get past week 3 of my C25K program. In week 4 you have to run for 5 minutes at a time and I just couldn't get there.

Weight is coming off slowly for me lately, 4lbs in March, 3.8 in April, but hey, it's coming off. Exercising seems to help me get things moving in any case.

It's been slower since I moved away from my plan and more toward calorie counting. I found that fits better with my lifestyle since we often have food ordered in or eat out at work and I don't always get a say in what we are having. I still limit my carbs because I find I lose better with fewer and I don't feel hungry when I eat lots of protein.

Anyway, I'm still sitting at around 60lbs lost, and I'm upping my exercise to try to get another 10lbs off before my trip to Vegas on the 21st. Kind of a reach, but I'll do my best. :)

Mama Nicole
05-04-2011, 12:17 AM
Hey JM and Angie :)

Just stopped by to check in. long have you been calorie counting? I think you are kicking A$$, and just ask Jillian if you are not sure :)

JM....congrats on your adoption anniversary :) My BIL and SIL are adopting a baby this month. He is due the 23rd. They are doing a US adoption. They got extremely lucky and found a friend of a friend with a daughter in trouble. I hope and pray it all continues to go well for them. WTG taking the food issues on, no holds barred! You deserve to be healthy. What a great example you are setting for your girl :).

And Jillian.....dear Jillian......I have a feeling you are rather busy getting busy right now :). So happy your man made it home safe!!!!

Ok, must get to bed now. I sure have missed being here.

05-04-2011, 05:56 AM
Happy May everybody... it seems crazy that it is already may! ive been doing ok with my wt loss... slower than i want but that could be cuz i have given in to some temptations. ive almost lost all the wt i gained when my mom was here. it just doesn't seem worth it... eating bad one or 2 times and it taking a week or 2 to lose again. so i had a "yummy" salad (hear the sarcasm?). hopefully a few more *delicious salads will do the trick. lol.

Jillian: hope you are having fun with the hubby home... hope the bday party goes well. What did the doc say about your foot? will you be running anytime soon?

05-04-2011, 04:28 PM
Hi Nicole! Hope things are going well for you, we miss you here too. I'm not sure exactly when I moved to calorie counting, it's been kind of gradual. Basically I followed my old plan, but when I wanted carbs, I shifted to calorie counting - and now I've just kind of stayed there. It was probably in February or so.

I just had the most amazing 'whoosh' ever...I lost 4lbs overnight or so it seems, I guess I was holding some water from having a few restaurant meals and likely in my muscles as they were a bit sore, and they whooshed away last night! Good riddance.

Marissa -- Good job sticking to your plan! You're so right, it's just not worth it to cheat sometimes, you end up feeling awful about yourself, you have to re-lose weight you already fought off...that gets frustrating.

05-09-2011, 05:23 AM
so i got on the scale today when i woke up and i had gained like 3lbs overnight. that puts me at 185 again. talk about discouraging... im gonna pretend its water weight because there really isn't a reason for the gain. but i guess ill just have to be extra strict. i even cut out diet sodas... i just dont get it. i dont have a TOM anymore since i have a mirena IUD. so that cant be it could it? oh well... onward march.

Angie: congrats on the whoosh ... looks like i gained it! lol. that is very exciting for you though!

Hope everyone had a wonderful mothers day, my 6yr old made something for me out of cardboard boxes. i say something because i have no idea what it was... lol. it looked like a house with mushrooms on it. i asked my boyfriend what it was and he said that maybe it was a mario house with toad stools standing gaurd. that is kinda what it looked like! lol. it was very sweet none the less. kids are halarious, gotta love them!

05-09-2011, 05:31 AM
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05-09-2011, 02:03 PM
hey everyone. just thought i'd check in for a quick hello. life is crazy busy. the kids have a few weeks of school left too, so that will make it more interesting with other activities going on.
the bday party was good, the cake turned out nice too. i'll have to post a picture.
sorry about your gain, marissa. weight always fluctuates, so i wouldn't worry about it too much. just watch your sodium intake and maybe put some lemon (i like the true lemon packets of crystallized lemon) in your water.
and angie--good to hear about your loss and i love the exercise ticker!

i went to the doc on monday last week for my foot and i ended up getting a steroid shot in my foot, had to take 1 day rest and then was back at it. and so far, so good. :)

JM--i can't believe it's been 4yrs since your adoption! i remember reading the blogs, talking about you going there and all the things you had to do in order to prepare for the adoption. such a wonderful story and josie is as beautiful as ever!

as for me on the weight loss front, i'm still doing well, tracking on fitday, eating well and doing great workouts. AND....i'm down to 140.0 as of this morning's weigh-in!
i'm also helping my sister, who wants to lose 50lbs before november, which is when her and her DH want to get pregnant again. her little boy is almost 2yrs old and she hasn't been able to get the weight off. so she asked for my help and now i'm kinda like her WL coach! she comes to my house to weigh on my scale, she's calorie counting and i check in with her and make sure she's doing her workouts and i've given her tons of tips and hints and good websites to check out to help her be successful. i'm super excited to help her. (she's not the type to ask for help, so i'm all about it and more than willing to put the time and effort in with her!) i even went as far as making a special cake for her and i on saturday at the bday party.

anyways, just wanted to say hi, check in and see how everyone was coming along. i'll try to get a pic of the cake i made posted too.

05-09-2011, 02:07 PM

05-09-2011, 03:56 PM
Oh how I like to come here when I am having a bad day. I just feel like a big blob today. I am almost right back to where I started a few years ago. I need accountability so bad!!!!!
My husband told me to do whatever I need to do to be happy, anotherwards if I want to join a weightlosss program again, I should!!!
I feel like I have all the tools but I am just not using them properly. I am a yoyo dieter and I hate it. If I exercise, I eat and if I dont exercise, I cut back. I cant seem to put things together...agh!!!
Way back in 1992, I was in the Mrs. Calgary pageant and this weekend, I was asked to run again for this next year. My husband was so excited that I was offered this opportunity but I just can't do it the way I have been feeling about myself, it stinks!!!
Not sure what my plan of action is but I know that I am going to start planning my meals for the week again because it makes things easier for me.
Another fresh start......hopefully a successful one.
Take off starts tomorrow!!!!
BTW, Jillian, you amaze me the way you have shed the weight. Its just awesome!
Have a great day.


05-11-2011, 12:21 AM
Jillian: wtg on the weight loss... you are at goal right? you going to keep going or start maintaining?

so last time i posted i was 185, it apparently was water weight bc i am down 180 today. YAY!

Have you ever had one of those days where you feel like just crying? thats me today. im not completely sure why. Im going through some stuff here recently. I think my fiance is going to try to get emergancy custody of his 2 boys. i am completely ok with, i love his boys and they are with us the majority of the time anyways. his ex wife had the cops called on her on sunday night by her now ex fiance because they had an altercation to where she was being violent. we had to go pick up the boys that night to get them out of the situation. apparently she was throwing beer bottles on the floor and throwing plates in front of them. her ex fiance called CPS today about it. its just scary cuz she is literally crazy. she had called CPS on us several times just to be spiteful. all the cases have been dropped but she really is crazy. she is threating to move away and take the boys with her. she doesn't take care of them and the 5 yr old said that she slaps them for punishment. the 10yr old is scared to death of his mother and denies everything. the 10yr old has said that he wanted to live with us in the past and the 5yr told us today he wanted to live with us. its just alot of crap.

we were supposed to have a get away weekend without any of the kids for the first time in like a year on memorial day weekend but i dunno if that will happen now if we have to hire a lawyer. we were gonna go to a bed and breakfast and just relax but that doesn't seem to be in the cards anymore. im bummed about this. but i understand. im just really feeling the stress of work and the kids and i NEED some private time.

sorry for the long post... i just needed to vent... thanks for listening! lol.

05-11-2011, 09:29 AM
Jillian -- How exciting to be able to help your sister! You'll be a great coach, she's lucky to have you as a support and resource :) The Blues Clues cake looks fabulous!

Joan -- :hug: Sounds like you haven't found the right motivation for you...the thing that will make you want to stick to your plan. Would it help to list the reasons you want to lose weight...or to make a list of the benefits of losing weight (the ones that motivate new sexy clothes)? I know it's hard to force your head into the right space for losing weight when your heart is just not 100% in it. I hope your fresh start this week went well!

Marissa -- I would be emotional too..that's a lot to have thrown at you all at once. It sounds like the boys would be far better off with you and your fiance than with their mom right now. I hope you do get them and also find a way to relax a bit...maybe you could pack a pinnic and go to a beach or something for a day if not overnight?

05-11-2011, 12:11 PM
Marissa- When I got married, my husband had two boys age 3 and 9 from his first marriage. I was an instant Mom! Their Mom was nice but had relationship issues and some medical issues. We had the kids every weekend! At the time, it felt that my DH and I had no time to ourselves and we really didnt. Today, the kids are all grown up. The boys are now 24 and 30. they are awesome kids and I am really close to them. It because I stepped in to be their other Mom. I guess I am saying hang in there! You are doing an awesome thing by taking those boys under your wing. They will appreciate you forever. I can tell you are a good person by what you are doing.
Angie- Started take off yesterday! Today is day two and I am hanging in there. My new thing is everytime I eat something, I need to think about how I am going to feel in 20 minutes after eating it. The weather is beautiful so I have no excuse not to go walking too. I have a friend in the city from High School and I am dreading seeing her because I think she is going to be like wow, has Joan ever put on weight....ohhhhh I am just feeling fat!!!! I need to get over it and get on track.
Have a great day everyone!


05-11-2011, 12:26 PM
Joan -- great strategy! I try to do that with exercise, I know after I do it I'm going to feel soooo great. Good luck with Take Off!

05-12-2011, 11:47 AM
Lost 3.2 pounds during TO and I feel good about that. Planned a healthy lunch and snacks for work today!!! Gotta keep going................
Have a great day!


05-12-2011, 12:57 PM
Planning is key! Great job and keep it up!

05-12-2011, 05:47 PM
So I'm feeling less stressed today thank goodness. I hate that feeling like the world is spinning out of control and u have nothing to hold onto. Glad that feeling is over... I decided I have to take it one day at a time so that's what I'm doing... The fiancé goes to meet with the lawyer on Monday. We were kinda worried about money but he just got a call from the job he applied for. He's going to be working on space shuttles! Hopefully he will get what he asked for pay. if he does it will be a 6 dollar pay increase with more hours... About 10 of over time a week. So that will be nice! Fingers crossed!

I'm 180.2 today... Its coming off… a Lil slower than wanted but I still have 2 weeks to lose 5lbs! I can totally do that!

Joan thanks for the encouragement! Congrats on the success with TO! Keep up the good work!

Angie I'm hanging in there. One day at a time right? Lol

05-12-2011, 06:13 PM
Just stopping in to say hi... Started back on lawl take off yesterday and the habits I learned through the program, have kept me at a good weight. (146) now trying to lose the last 10-15 lbs and thought this would be a great place to do so. Good luck to y'all and keep at it!

mini me
05-13-2011, 01:28 PM
I know this has been answered before, but are Luna bars a comprable bar to the LA Lites?

05-13-2011, 05:08 PM

05-14-2011, 11:17 AM
Joan -- Great job on takeoff! Congrats on 3.2 lbs gone forever!

Marissa -- Yes, hang in there, one day at a time. It sounds like things are working out nicely with your fiance's work -- more money is always helpful!

Hi Elizabeth! :welcome:

JM -- How are things going for you?

Jillian -- Will you please forgive me the Big Mac? lol You can assign me extra kilometres to complete before the end of the week if you want!

I'm doing well with sticking to plan and exercising. I haven't been exercising as often this week as I was in the past few weeks, but still regularly. I've been sitting at the same weight for days so I'm hoping for a little whoosh anytime now. I leave for Vegas next Saturday and it would be great to drop below 210 for my trip.

05-16-2011, 02:10 PM
Angie- Have fun in Vegas! It is so much fun there and the shopping is awesome! It should be pretty hot there right now. Hope you have a good week with your eating plan.
I am running to Chapters on my lunch hour to buy a few diet/health books. Maybe reading them will keep me inspired! Any suggestions on a good book??
Have a great day everyone!


05-19-2011, 09:20 AM
Joan -- I know I'm late, but next time you're at the bookstore I'd recommend a book called "Influencer - The Power to Change Anything", it's not specifically about weight loss, but there are examples on how to apply the principles they recommend for weight loss and it's great for so many areas of life.

I'm pretty excited for Vegas -- I packed last night and I now have basically zero clothes to wear for the next two days. I've packed just about every piece of clothing that fits me right now... lol. Going to work today in cargo capris and a tshirt and hoping nobody will call me on it :D

05-19-2011, 03:38 PM
hey all, i just wanted to ask everyone one last time to check out my NAMI page, and consider making a donation to help this amazing organization and everyone who is affected and helped! (the website link is in my signature!) i really appreciate and thankful for all of the support!

05-20-2011, 04:03 PM
Hi everyone... Been a while since I posted... Time to update...

Drama with the family: last time I posted I was pretty stressed out with all that wwas going on... Everything has chilled out a but. We are holding off on the custody thing right now... Letting it play itself out.

Alone time with fiancé: so last weekend we were supposed to be alone but we ended up having the boys Friday night. Their mom came and picked them up early Saturday. So the fiancé suggested we go to Austin so we booked a a room at the omni hotel and headed that way. We went to 6th street (bar hopping ally) and drank all night. Luckily our hotel was only 2 blocks away so we walked. It was a much needed night away.

Weight loss: I had gotten down to 178 but I gained some back from tthe drinking... Totally worth it though. I've slacked off since then. I'm currently sitting at 179. So not too bad. 4lbs away from a new swimsuit.

New found motivation: we were going to take the kids to do some kind of water activity this weekend so I started. Looking for swimsuits... Lemme tell u... If u need motivation just go try on a few... I felt so fat and disqusting I am going back into the wt loss thing full force. Alll the tops look fantastic... The bottoms however... Totally different story. Looks like I may be in a one piece or tikini again this summer. Either that or I'm just going to west gym shorts for the bottoms... Lol. oh well... Onward March to wt loss.

Vegas sounds very fun! I hope u have a fantastic time!

05-23-2011, 02:04 PM
hello all..hope everyone had a good weekend and is having a great start to the week!

05-23-2011, 10:06 PM
Jillian- I just have to let you know that I tried the 30 day shred for the first time today and it only took about 1 minute to tell Jilllian Michaels to F off! :) I couldn't do jumping jacks nearly 90 lbs ago and can't do it now. If she wants to pay for my knee replacement THEN I'll do it!

05-24-2011, 01:38 PM
Way to funny juliemarie!!! I did the 30 day shred for a couple of weeks last year. I have never sweat so much. It is so hard. I should have kept with it but I didnt. I bought a couple of books at Chapters last week. One of them is a 17 day diet which I have decided to try. I am going to follow the recipes for the 17 days and also spend time walking with my dog every night. I think I just need a change. I will let you guys know how my process goes!!! Have a great day!


05-24-2011, 02:01 PM
JM--the shred tends to do that..even to me! i totally was swearing at her when i first started it when i was 6wks post baby! i made it almost 40 days in row too! i let my sis borrow my dvd and she's loving it so far. she's on day 9/level 2 and she told me how sore her legs are! :)
as for me i'm on my 3rd set of 10wk running schedule/goals. i set myself up for quite the challenge too. it should be fun and grueling at the same time. i'm up for it though.

05-28-2011, 03:36 PM
Starting centre closed last summer....and I decided nows the time I'm going to re-start on my own...thought a good forum would help for support! Doing the 2 day Take-off segment....but with cantaloupe instead of the juice.....cheers. :) Lysa

05-28-2011, 03:36 PM
Hi all. I haven't posted since last month. Weight loss is going okay. Some weeks seem like nothing happens though. I'm down almost 20 pounds total, so I guess that's pretty good.

Angie, any tips you can give on counting calories? I'm thinking of doing that some too. On days that I know I'm going to be off plan, I thought that might help to at least stay on track.

Joan, there are some people on another board that I am on that are doing the 17 day diet. Some of them have had some great success. Good luck and let us know how it goes.

Hope everyone has a great holiday weekend. We have a party tonight and I'm sure we'll go out to eat tomorrow or Monday, so I hope I don't gain.

05-28-2011, 03:42 PM
Oh...also....I'm allergic to nuts so I was on the numbered plan without bars....I believe at the time it was plan 2...but following plan 3 without I think I should be on plan 1....but following plan 2 (because of no bars)...right? Thanks for any help ladies. :)

05-30-2011, 09:59 AM
Last weekend did the takeoff - lost 3 1/2 lbs. Today I am only down 1/2 lb for the week. I get so discouraged when the scale goes down one day & then up for two. I been following the diet, only 2 starches a day & have completely cut out sweets. I hate sacrificing sweets that I love so much & not seeing much results.

05-30-2011, 11:51 AM
JennyD44- I am following the 17 day diet with a few exceptions. I will say that I am never full after I eat but I am learning to feel comfortable. I have lost 4 pounds since last Tuesday. I never forget the things that LA Weightloss taught me though. Its like I am learning some new guidelines for eating. I also joined the other board for questions and answers. My husband isnt doing it with me but he is really supportive of what I cook and trust me, he is going to be really tired of chicken and fish soon!!!
I got lots of walking in this weekend too. I am feeling pretty good so far. I need to get back into the 160's this week!!!! I have a goal!!


05-30-2011, 12:17 PM
suan-don't be discouraged-in the course of 2 weeks-you lost 4 lbs. That's right at the 2lb/week rate-which is perfect. In fact-that's usually the way it works-you lose a good amount on TO and then your body needs to settle into that weight loss. Just hang in there-the scale is going down and you're eating healthy. That's always a good thing. Make sure your water intake is up!