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Violin Jenn
06-04-2011, 06:12 PM
Hi Ladies :wave:

I didn't see a June chat thread so I started one. It's been a while since I've been here. The chat threads at the time were just people weighing in, not having actual converstations and supporting each other.

So I'm back. I've fallen, crashed and burn the wagon. But over the last few weeks I've been putting the pieces back together. Step one stop buying the junk and eating better. Step two, exercise. Step three start a food journal again.

At this point it's like starting over. This morning I got on the scale. I wanted to cry. The needle was on 200lbs :cry: So off I went to do grocery shopping and am now stocked with health fruits and what not. Tomorrow will my first day putting all those pieces back together. Exercise, food journal and healthy food. I just hope the pounds melt off. I don't like that my clothes don't fit, but I set a goal of 25lbs by Halloween.

A few weeks ago I picked up a really cool cookbook. HungyGirls 300 under 300! OMG....soooo many yummy looking recipes! Last weekend I made the "lasagna cupcakes"! Dee-lish!

It's not where I start that matters, it's that I STARTED!!!

BTW-dinner tonight is my farewell meal! Breakfast tomorrow is going to be eggs, lite whole wheat toast and fruit!

06-06-2011, 03:53 AM
Hi Jenn :) Good on you for getting 'back on the wagon'. I did that a few weeks ago and all going well so far. Was feeling a bit blah at the weekend and totally over dieting ... until I bought a new smaller pair of jeans! Was just the incentive I needed to get back on track

06-06-2011, 01:02 PM
Hi ladies!

Lasagna cupcakes?!?!

I definitely went off the wagon in a nuclear way the past 2 months. But life is starting to level out again, and the past two weeks I've been doing pretty well and keeping it (mostly) together and on plan. Summer weight loss goal re-affirmed: 135 by the time I start my new job in fall.

Go chicks! Power to the peeps! :)

06-06-2011, 02:19 PM
Hey Ladies!

Welcome back Jenn! Even if you gained some weight back you have already lost quite a bit, 25 pounds by Halloween sounds like a great goal. The hungry girl cookbook sounds awesome!

I am going to really work at it this month. I will be out of town for almost a week and I am making sure I bring my WW dining companion book with me. I haven't been tracking points since November but I know having it with me will keep me in line!

06-11-2011, 06:29 PM
Hi Jen! :hug:

I think we've all crashed and burned... But "It's not how many times you fall down that matters, it's how many times you get back up".

Weigh in last week put me at 213.6. Not happy with myself. But come Monday I will be starting all over again... Kicking the soda habit and drinking powdered sweet tea after I get a Culligan delivery.

06-13-2011, 09:32 AM
Hi Jenn and Misfit! Maybe the "gang" is getting back together now. :-) I am here again and back to doing this. I miss our chats. Glad to see some familiar faces!

My life has changed a lot since I was here last and it's making it somehow easier and harder to get this process going. But, like you said, it's about going forward and picking ourselves up. It really is a journey. I have learned a lot more about myself since the last go round and I think this time I'm going to get it right.

I look forward to continuing with you guys!

06-18-2011, 08:20 PM
I do believe the gang is BACK!!


Just missed my chicks!

Same old same, here. I decided, at the first of the year to stop obsessing over my intake. I trained for and ran a Half Marathon (5/1) and several 5k's and 10k's in there. I started cycling, and am training for another Half on 9/3.

I love the running and biking, lifting and yoga...I realized that I needed to eat more if I want to loose this last 20 - SO WEIRD.

Good to see all you chicks!

06-19-2011, 03:48 AM
Had a 'bad' weekend and feeling a bit guilty ... which I know is stupid as it's only a couple of days and back to the gym on Monday.

06-19-2011, 10:13 AM
:hug: Eruanna :hug:

Pick up, dust off, and start loving yourself - YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL!

Violin Jenn
06-19-2011, 04:21 PM
Hi ladies!

Lasagna cupcakes?!?!

Yup Lasagna cupcakes. It's a recipe from the HungryGirls 300 under 300 cookbook. In short, she swaped the lasagna pan for a cupcake pan and instead of lasagna noodles, she uses wanton wrappers. The cupcake pan gives portion control! Delish recipie!

Getting back on track hasn't been easy. I have discovered that I'm back on track diet wise and do well during the week, but fall off on weekends. So that still needs a bit of tweeking. All the OT I've been doing at work has ended for the moment(as does the extra $$) so I can use that to my benefit when shopping as any extras is out of budget now.

Exercise wise the WATP is getting boring, but I"m not yet ready for a Jillian beating. So it seems like it's time to step up to my 3 Biggest Loser DVD's, Cardio Max, PowerSculpt and Weightloss Yoga.

I haven't gained anymore weight, but I haven't lost any either.

MP!!!!!!! Your Back!!!!!!:hug::hug::hug::hug:

Euranna- dont' beat yourself up, that doesn't burn calories:D. Just give yourself a clean slate and try again.

06-19-2011, 06:35 PM
PIXIE!!! *divebomb tacklehugs*

Tiptoed onto the scale yesterday morning... 210.8. So I only gained 3 pounds instead of 6 like I was afraid of. Pesky TOM water weight! :dizzy:

Jenn, I'd love that recipe... Looks like something to try in the summer when it's a little too hot for the big oven to be on.

Shopping yesterday, got all my food for the next month including a big bag of carrots and a HUGE bag of red potatoes.

Overall goal at this point... May 1, 2012, I'd like to weigh in at 180 for my wedding at the end of August that year. Wish me luck! :D

06-21-2011, 10:21 AM
Hey Pix! We just need "Tony" and we'll all be back again! :-) Missed you guys. I've been so impressed with all that you've been up to exercise wise - especially the way you have kept going even with injuries.

I am still struggling every day to eat enough. I am starting to turn the corner to not have my stomach in knots all the time but eating still makes me sick. I want to exercise more, but I can't until I can get at least 1200 calories in per day. I've been averaging about 800 (greek yogurt for breakfast, a lean cuisine for lunch and some kind of lean meat or protein for dinner with some veggies). I get a free gym membership with my new apartment, so even though I am on a budget I will still have that. And as much as I don't want it, I will have time away from the girls to exercise that doesn't make me feel guilty for not spending time with them. Not having to worry about feeding a man makes it a lot easier to eat healthy - my girls always have liked healthy food. On days when they are with me, it will be easy to keep it going.

Misfit - I am sure you'll make it! We'll cheer you on and wish you lots of luck!

The important part for all of us is what it ahead of us and I think we are all going to be sucessful! We took the first step and came back. Now it's just a matter of supporting each other and getting to our goals!

06-21-2011, 10:43 AM
BeachBreeze2010 - Oh honey...:hug:...sounds like you've had one heck of a time lately. Bless your heart. I like the way you are accentuating the positive, it will take you far. Praying for you.

Just popped in to say hello. :) Today is the first day of summer - wahoo! Got up and had a Broccoli Omelet and a piece of toast, planning spaghetti for lunch and something with Black Beans in it for supper. I will have to look on allrecipes.com for some inspiration.

I also want to get our home schooling stuff organized for the upcoming school year. Our state requires hours to be recorded from July - June, so in a short couple of weeks I will need to shift to the 2011/12 school year. I can't believe I will have 4th and 8th graders! My how they grow so fast!

Workout will be upper body weights this evening (maybe P90X Shoulders & Arms)...still no running due to hamstring issue - so will be on the Schwinn for cardio.

Have a great day all!

Violin Jenn
06-21-2011, 08:25 PM
Jenn, I'd love that recipe... Looks like something to try in the summer when it's a little too hot for the big oven to be on.

I'll definately type it up for you. It may take a while though.

I'm leaving for vacation this Friday!!! Yeah!!:carrot: Do I need it! I've only taken two personal days off since New years. I'm burnt out and EXTREMELY stressed! I'm going to FL to visit my parents and sister. I'm hoping that will be a great jumpstart to losing the tonage.

So far I've been doing good with the exercise. I walked 3miles Sunday and Monday. Today I'm taking as a rest day, tomorrow as well(last minute laundry) then Thursday BL Cardio Max!!!

OH! For my birthday I asked my family for a Wii system!!! This is soooo much fun!!!! It came with Wii Sports and Wii Sports Resorts!!!

Beach Breeze--So sorry you've been having a heck of time lately!:hug: But a great big KUDOS to you for seeking out the positive!!!!

06-21-2011, 11:06 PM
Thank you for the hugs, prayers and encouragement. I'm hanging in there the best I can. Life has been so good to me the past several years. I think when things are going well, we have fun with our friends but don't realize how special those friendships are until we need them. I am so blessed to have such wonderful friends that have really lifted me up.

I hope you have a great time on your trip Jenn! You'll like the wii. We bought the Dance Revolution game for the girls, but I didn't expect to like it also. It's actually a pretty good workout. I wouldn't let it replace a more structured workout video, but if you're looking for some cardio and to shake your groove thing it's a good time.

That pizza recipe looked really good, Pix. I will save that one. I had forgotten about allrecipes.com. There is some good stuff there.

06-22-2011, 11:18 AM
Violin Jenn - sounds like you are back on track. You know what needs to be done, now do it. :) Have a nice vacation. Oh, and Happy Birthday!!

BeachBreeze2010 - we really liked the Black Bean Pizza. I used a home made recipe for deep dish whole wheat pizza crust instead of the refrigerated kind. It came out to 350cals for 1/8 of a 9x13 dish. Paired with a salad, a nice dinner.

Rycher - great goals, girl! Congrats on the upcoming nuptuals!! see all the things I missed around here!?!


Missed my 6am bike ride - arg! I forgot that hubby had to work at 6 so he could take our son to the orthodontist this afternoon. Only 5 more payments and those straight teeth are ALL OURS! I plan to ride when my last daycare kid leaves at 5:15...that is if I can get supper on by then.

Had a rough night's sleep - I've had an issue in my back since our 4th child and it flares sometimes. I used to get injections in my joints and do physical therapy, but I can usually control it with Yoga. I think I just need a nice long walk today to tell those nerves who's boss! Maybe load up the strollers and walk to the park about 1.25 miles away.

My 9:15 daycare kid showed up at 7:40 this morning. His Mom forgot to tell me that their morning appointment was cancelled. Good thing I heard the car door and went and put some pants on! I got up with my 2yo at 6:30 and was dozing on the couch with Mr. Fussy Pants when they got here!!

Okay - enough whining. I am going to go make the beds and start some laundry, then we are all going down the trail to the "Far Away Park" as the kids call it. My stupid legs are going to feel better, or else!

06-22-2011, 08:36 PM
***UPDATE*** Bike ride accomplished...sanity restored.

That is all.


06-23-2011, 10:32 AM
I had a hard day yesterday and did some crying over my sister being mean to me. She's a champion for every cause, but never agrees with me and be quite mean. :cry: She can't relate with my lifestyle (kids, tight budge) and I can't relate with hers (married, 2 incomes). Anyway - nothing like a brisk bike ride and a good nights sleep to make things right.

On tap today - get my chores done, then take the kids outside - eat morning snack like a picnic! Sandwiches and watermelon for lunch, not sure what's for supper...something with arm roast and veg...maybe some cous-cous. Then the best part of the day:


Hope you all have a great day!

*PS* Am I talking to myself in here?? :lol:

06-23-2011, 09:03 PM
Thanks, Pixie! :D Don't let your sister ruin your fun... She's just a big old meanie who can't see you for who you are on the inside. :p

Brain dead... The rain promptly swapped itself for foot-blistering heat so now I'm dying! I got my Culligan delivered today and had 2 bottles of my beloved sweet tea.

Jenn... Enjoy yourself! :hug:

Breeze... Honey... I'm so sorry for what you've been going through. Just remember that you're doing everything for you and your lovely daughters and if you need us, we're just a post away. :hug: :hug: :hug:

06-24-2011, 09:40 AM
Hi ladies!

I've been crazy busy since the girls came on Wednesday. They both play softball, so there seems to be a game almost every day. Last night our game started at 9. We were all struggling to get up at 6 this morning! It really has made me a lot happier to have them with me. I feel a bit better about the arrangement and hope that I feel less lonely the days I don't have them knowing they are coming soon. I get my kitty tonight, too. I wanted to wait until I had a few days where I could be home with her and not have stuff being moved around. She is a little skittish. It will be nice to have her company also. I took my ring off today. Even though it's still a separation, it's obvious he's not in it like he should be and I am trying to move on. Feeling it on my finger constantly makes that harder.

The scale has continued to be kind to me. I got on and it flashed 194 before finally settling on 196.0. I have an irrational theory that means a woosh is coming. :) I am eating better. I am averaging about 1200/day now. I am choosing to restrict my calories rather than forcing food down my throat. I will say that it's easier now that I am off of the sugar roller coaster and my stomach is "used" to smaller meals. Now that I am on a tight budget, the last thing I want to spend money on is food.

Pixie - I'm sorry that happened! :hug: I would guess that your success at the lifestyle you have chosen is somewhat threatening to her and has somehow struck a nerve. Maybe she feels guilt that she isn't home with her kids or involved like you are. Not that that gives her an excuse to be mean to you - not at all. :hug By the way - BIG CONGRATS :bravo: for dealing with it with a bike ride. That is AMAZING! You should be proud of yourself! How did yoga go?

Misfit - Thanks for support! :hug: :) Our weather has been crazy lately, too. One day it's 90 and humid, the next it's 75 and dry, not to mention the constant rain. It feels like Groundhog Day with every morning being so rainy! (That's why we're still playing softball - so many of our games were rained out in April. We have played some in the rain. Sitting on the sidelines with an umbrella strategically arced around me for 2 hours is not my idea of fun!)

I am looking forward to a nice day tomorrow. After a 9am softball game, the girls and I are going to use the swimming pool and maybe go to see Cars 2.

06-26-2011, 08:50 AM
My irrational theory was right! The scale said 194.0 this morning! YAY! I have been trying to eat a few more calories. Maybe that worked or maybe the weight was due to come off anyway. I won't pretend to understand how this works. The girls go back t thier dad's today, so I will have a few days where I can really crank out some exercise. I think I am going to check out the new gym. A few reps under a squat bar always makes me feel better.

We had a great day at the pool yesterday. The weather was perfect. Today, though will not be as much fun. H and I are meeting to discuss dissolution. Apparently Friday night he made another mistake. I am done. It is getting easier. It didn't kill me inside nearly as much as last time.

I hope it's quiet here because all of you are out having a great weekend!

06-26-2011, 05:51 PM
BeachBreeze - Great job on the whoosh! Glad you had good weather for the pool. Let us know how you like the gym.

The supper went great last night. The Pastor and his Wife are sweet and hilarious - their kids were awesome and had a wonderful time with our kids. Their 6yo said she likes me and wants to live in my house. :lol: kids! We are actually going to their house for a Youth/Family get together this evening. Busy weekend with parties, galore!

I took another rest day today. My husband got up and ran 10 miles! I knew he was going out for a run - but gee wiz! I'm so measured and specific with my training, but he just forges ahead with how he feels. Crazy man!

I'm off on Mondays - so think I'll ride my bike again. Wish I could run, but think I need another day. Still sore, don't want to overdo.