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Jelma
05-04-2011, 04:33 PM
I thought I'd start this though the past couple months the monthly chats haven't really been used. I feel like we are all posting in our respective weights rather than together!

Anyway, at the end of April I had to put my dog down. She was 13, a German Shepherd, my first dog as an adult :cry: She was unable to walk and the vet said there wasn't much more I could do. It was just terrible because mentally she was still so there, her legs just gave out on her. I buried her out in the country on some land my dad owns, so I could go visit her whenever I want.

Needless to say I haven't been super good staying on plan, surprisingly I haven't gained (at least from last Friday) but I am seriously lacking motivation. This is the first time I have been back here since it happened and need you guys to help me get back on track!

Sorry for the depressing story, hope everyone is doing well so far in May and let's keep this thread going!


zoodoo613
05-04-2011, 05:10 PM
Oh, I'm so sorry about your dog.

I'm glad to participate in this thread, as there isn't a weight category that fits me. :)

Kheva74
05-04-2011, 11:37 PM
I am SO sorry about your baby. I have a nearly 12 year old and I dread the day I am in your shoes.

I just started my plan on April 1, so I'm new to the boards and this eating plan. There have been days when I thought there was no way I could make it through the day, let alone to goal. A couple of times, I just sat down and cried. But then, I remember why I'm doing this and how good it feels to reach each of those mini goals. (I've lost about 34 pounds so far.)

The fact that you didn't gain anything, even through such a difficut time says that maybe you are staying OP better than you think. And I bet you made healthier choices than you might have before even while eating some things that might not have been strictly OP.

I know you are capable of doing this. You have done great getting to where you are today, through whatever obstacles you have had and you will be able to get past this and make your ultimate goal.


zoodoo613
05-05-2011, 09:40 AM
Wow, Kheva, 34 lbs! That's amazing! Keep up the good work!

Jelma
05-06-2011, 10:30 AM
Thanks guys! I really appreciate the support.

Kheva you are doing amazing! Are you following a eating specific plan? Are you working out?

I surprisingly lost .5 pounds this week!

CelticHarpie
05-08-2011, 10:08 PM
Hi all...

I'm back on the exercise/program wagon after a fairly tumultuous few months. I got "disengaged" back in November and I'm stuck living in a place where I have practically no friends and no family (I moved out here for the ex-fiance). I have had a spot of good news in the last week, as I'm starting an Irish band with an amazing fiddle player. So things are looking up. Our first gig is an outdoor event in July, so I'm making my mini-goal to be down 20 pounds by then. I know that's ambitious, but shouldn't goals be something you reach for?

Jelma, I'm so sorry to hear about your pup. It's the hardest thing in the world, and I have had to do it twice. Just know that you were the best dog mom you could be and that you gave your dog a wonderful life and didn't let her suffer in the end.

Kheva, congrats on your progress! That's wonderful :)

As for me, I've just renewed my Bodybugg subscription. I walked my dogs twice today (for about 2 hours total), and I'm hoping now that I'm living alone to do a better job with meal planning.

I'm also thinking of trying out the Zumba for Wii. Has anyone tried this?

ShanIAm
05-09-2011, 11:37 AM
I'm so, so sorry to hear about the passing of your baby. She lived a long life and I am sure she lived a very happy one because of you. I had to put my baby, JD, down after 17 years of a very happy cat life. That was back in February as I was just starting my journey. Ironically it pushed me harder because I didn't want to be in my house without him. I alienated a lot of my friends over the years so all I had was the gym.

But anyway, I just wanted to send you my sympathies and I hope you are feeling better.

My only interesting news for me this month is that 21 days from today I am meeting up with a guy friend I met over the internet playing poker (play money!) over a year ago. I am going to NJ for a family function and then driving north to meet him half way between there and his hometown of Montreal, Canada. We email and talk on the phone multiple times during the week and we have Skyped a handful of times. But he only saw me from the waist up. Needless to say, I am nervous!! I have slacked on motivation lately but I need to up my game between now and then.

Wish me luck!

Skullarix
05-09-2011, 12:39 PM
Jelma~ I'm so sorry to hear about your dog! A friend like that is a family member not just a dog.

CelticHarpie~ Ooo an Irish band! That sounds so cool! I'm in a pipe band, and part of my reason for losing weight is to fit back into my Kilt

All the news I have isn't good, my mom's health is declining rapidly, she has been diagnosed with brain tumors. I spent most of yesterday crying.

ShanIAm
05-09-2011, 01:31 PM
All the news I have isn't good, my mom's health is declining rapidly, she has been diagnosed with brain tumors. I spent most of yesterday crying.

My thoughts are with you and your family. :(

Jelma
05-10-2011, 02:01 PM
Thanks again for everyone's kind words. I am starting to feel a bit more normal. I have two other dogs that need me so it has made it a bit easier. On a happy note I got down to 149.5 Friday at weigh-in, first time I've seen the 140s in years! Hopefully I can make it stick for this week. The weather has finally been cooperating so my co-worker and I are back to walking at lunch. Not today though because the weekly market was down on our main square and I couldn't resist going and getting some beautiful produce - a head of lettuce, asparagus, a tomato and a cucumber for $6, not too bad.

Skullarix - I am so sorry to hear about your mother :(

ShanIAm - that is super exciting! I am sure it will go well! You are still doing amazing, you are such an inspiration. I am sorry about your cat. 17 is a long life for a cat. My bf's cat is just about that age and I worry that he will just lose it when she is gone. We have been dating for almost 6 years and when we put Maya down it was only the second time where he looked like he may cry. But that cat is his baby, he sings to her which she just loves :)

CelticHarpie - congrats on the band, that should be alot of fun! How long have you been playing the harp? I think 20 pounds is definitely doable.

CelticHarpie
05-10-2011, 11:01 PM
ShanIam - That's so great! I have some really wonderful friends I met online. I'm sure you will have a great time.

Skullarix - I'll keep you and your mother in my thoughts. So sorry to hear that.

What pipe band do you play with? I'm from Arizona and briefly took snare lessons with the Mesa Caledonian Pipe Band. I've just recently taken up the uilleann (Irish) bagpipes. They're challenging, but lots of fun.

Jelma - I've been playing harp for about 10 years now. I have a music degree (voice) and have played a bunch of other instruments. I used to perform a bunch in Phoenix (played the AZ Ren Fest for 4 years, did a bunch of coffee house gigs), but have had a hard time finding gigs here in Kansas.

Skullarix
05-13-2011, 11:11 AM
Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers for my mom.

I play the Great Highland Bagpipe, and I'm in Phoenix (Scottish) Pipe Band, they have dropped the "Scottish" and are now just Phoenix Pipe Band.

Jelma
05-13-2011, 11:23 AM
Happy Friday everyone! Friday the 13th too!

Down .5 pounds today, I am thinking from here on out I am probably just going to be losing in .5 increments which is totally fine. My arms feel like they are jello today after pilates last night. I am starting to see definition which is exciting, my arms (and inner thighs) are my problem areas. My sis and I are starting a second pilates class next week and this week I walked 3 times at lunch. So far so good. My cousin is getting married in June and I am seeing family I haven't seen since I started losing weight, I can't wait!

CelticHarpie & Skullarix - bagpipes are too cool! They definitely seem like they would be super hard to learn.

CelticHarpie
05-14-2011, 11:57 AM
Ok. I need some support right now.

I started my program last Sunday, and I have been SO diligent. I've counted every calorie I've consumed and stayed on my target. I'm using the Bodybugg and have not had a moment where it hasn't been on my arm (aside from the shower).

I have even exercised 4 of 6 days this week (cardio for 3 of those times). I'll be walking the dogs and doing tons of yard work today. And this is from someone who doesn't usually exercise.

I also weigh myself every morning, just to keep myself on track.

After starting at 220.0 on Sunday, I had been trending at about 219.4 or 219.6 all week. While this was a loss, I was a little sad about the fact it wasn't more. I was hoping that by the weekend, I would see at least a pound. This morning I got on the scale and I'm at 220.2. Up .2. I can't believe it.

In the past when I've followed any sort of program, I've lost the beginning weight very easily. I'm not expecting this to be easy, mind you. It's been HARD. I've been doing what I'm supposed to, and I've been exercising more than I have in the past.

So what the heck? I'm just so bummed out. What was the point of the entire week? I realize that I won't be losing weight every week, I just expected to have some sort of loss the first week to motivate me.

This sucks.

seabiscuit
05-14-2011, 03:13 PM
Jelma-

SO sorry about your dog. :hug: How are you hanging in there?

As for me, I am okay but have to do something about my weight. I saw the scale 229.0 yesterday UGH! I think I will start the livestrong calorie counting again and see how that goes after a week or two, see if I have lost any weight, and if not, consider WW.

I hope you are all doing well :)

Take care.

Jelma
05-17-2011, 04:55 PM
Hey CelticHarpie - don't get discouraged! Everything you are doing is moving in the right direction. Your body is probably just adjusting to the changes. I bet next week you'll post a big loss!

Hi seabiscuit. It is still tough but I am doing better, thank you :) Let me know how you like the livestrong site. lost the majority of my weight on WW but once they switched I could never get back into it, not really sure why. I was thinking about giving it a go again. Before I cancelled my online membership I bought the dining out guide, food guide, 3 month tracker and calculator.

Starting my second Pilates class tonight, I hope it I like it as much as my Thursday night class. After the past few weeks of partying like I think I am a rockstar I have decided to be good and not frequent my usual drinking establishment for a few weeks. Save calories and headaches!

MisfitRycher
05-24-2011, 10:20 AM
Haven't been here in a while... Oops.

Skullarix: You and your mother are in my prayers... Don't give up. :hug:

I got sick at the beginning of February (8 days before my birthday if you can believe that) and only started getting better at the end of... Wait for it... March! Yep. 2 months straight. :dizzy: So, two months of sucky eating led me to gaining some weight. But since the beginning of April I've been trying harder to eat right and drink more sweet tea instead of soda... And I can happily say I'm down to 207.8 now. :D

AND...

I'm getting married next year!!! SUPER excited about that! This is a funny story some of you just won't believe... I've known the guy about as long as I've had my son, about 12 years or so. Met him online in a Yahoo chat room if you can believe that one... hehe... And it turns out we both had a serious thing for each other. He asked me out at the end of March... I found out I truly did love him... So he asked me to marry him and I said yes. He's currently deployed in Afghanistan as a marksman with the US Marine Corps and is due to be sent home at the end of the year.

So I'm setting a mini-goal for this time next year... I'd like to lose at least another 20 pounds so I can fit into the beautiful wedding dress I know he'll want me to wear. This week is a wash for taking nice long walks... Supposed to rain til Saturday. :mad: Ah well... There's always next week! ;)

So... Where are all the usual suspects around here? *peeks and looks for them*

elaine19
05-25-2011, 05:37 PM
have decided to work really hard for the next 6 months, and see where I get on this weight loss journey:) enjoyed reading everyone posts on here, and feel inspired again to get back on the wagon, and see what I can do this year! Last year I lost 30 lbs, so I know I can do it, just have to REALLLY want to!

Jelma
05-26-2011, 03:42 PM
Misfit - that is so exciting, a real life love story! Congrats :D

Elaine - :welcome: back!