20-Somethings BL Corner - Lovely Leaves Week 4 chat 8/22 - 8/28

08-22-2011, 02:15 PM
Here is your week 4 chat thread! Sorry for it being late. I will get stats up ASAP!

08-22-2011, 09:48 PM
Where did everyone go?

08-22-2011, 10:55 PM
I am around!

08-22-2011, 11:11 PM
Hope everyone's week is starting out good. Finally got a treadmill yesterday had everything else but really wanted that treadmill lol. Walked a mile and a half on incline and 1.8 for an hour. Been awhile since I've walked like that but I was so glad that I did pretty well my first day. Shooting for 2 miles tonight! Anyone else have luck losing weight by walking??

08-23-2011, 12:40 AM
I get my weight down finally and TOM comes and shoots it right back up. I didn't stick to my exercise/food plan today because I had cramps and I get them massively bad: throwing up, horrible pain, fever etc. I didn't overeat, but hardly ate all day and minus a 20 min bike ride, I didn't get my exercise in. :(

Hopefully it'll be better tomorrow!

08-23-2011, 01:05 AM
chloekinsicle Hope you start feeling better!

I made it to 2 miles tonight! I am so proud of myself! I never thought I would make it but I did!! Looking for a little bit of a loss next weigh in!

08-23-2011, 12:21 PM
@Mommy: Congrats on making it to two miles! Is that for running? I am trying to syke myself up for that and I am just...the jiggling makes me not want to od it at all.

@ Chole: I hope you feel better today. ToM can be a major pain and throw thing way off. I know mine is just around the corner and I am dreading it.

So I my thinking has started to shift and I am changing my general weight loss goals. I am not longer worried about getting to a specific number, I just want to be healthy. Also, when something upsets me instead of eating (or thinking about eating) I am thinking about exercising. Mind you, I haven't gotten to the DOING the exercise just the thinking about how it would relieve my emotions. I found this out because I have been on an emotional roller coaster this week and I didn't want to eat, I wanted to hit the gym.

I am also down to 250.3 so I might be on the right track finally. I am really excited to potentially get to 249 (and lower!)

08-23-2011, 01:00 PM
@mommy - I successfully lost 60 pounds my first go-round without any exercise AT ALL....so I'm sure you could lose with walking. lol

@chloe - I know exactly how you feel right now. It's TOM for me too and I'm absolutely miserable. Of course it doesn't help that I've also got all this pain from the surgery last friday, but I ALWAYS have absolutely horrid cramps and can't get out of bed and throw up a lot and stuff. It's miserable. Most of the time during TOM I don't even WANT to eat because I just feel so awful. I can't do it this month because I had surgery less then a week ago, but last month I FORCED myself to go to the gym during TOM. I was miserable until I got in the pool and started exercising in there...and it made me feel a little better. When I was done I got into the hot tub/spa thing and I felt like it wasn't even my TOM anymore. I think if you get up and get active, maybe it will help you feel better? Idk.

Well, I'm still recovering. Thursday and 11am I have my Post-Op appointment with my surgeon. I'm going to be asking him if I can swim in the pool anytime soon or if I really have to wait 6 weeks to do anything at all. Other then that though, I'm doing okay I guess. I'm still in a fairly large amount of pain, and I still cannot sleep on my side or bend over or anything...but I think maybe I'm starting to feel a bit better. I know it definitely could have been much worse, and I'm definitely thankful that it didn't hurt a whole lot more. I still can't really get up and down the stairs to get/cook my own food...so I'm having to eat what my mom is willing to bring up to me. I have a feeling my weight is going to be up this week...because she keeps bringing me junk. She says it's to "make me feel better" but I am honestly wondering if she's trying to sabotage my efforts. She's much bigger then me and she's always miserable about her size and she diets and then gives up and then diets and then gives up....and I think she's the reason I started gaining weight back the first time and got back up to where I am now. I was doing so well. I was smaller then I was in high school. I looked incredible. And then she started talking me into eating the junk. I hate to say it, especially about my own mother, but misery loves company and I have this strange feeling that she doesn't want to be the only fat person in the house (my sisters and dad are overweight, but not by much)....and I mean there isn't much I can do about it now. It's eat what she brings or don't eat at all....but once I'm capable of cooking my own foods I should be able to get back on track....hopefully.

08-23-2011, 02:43 PM
Sorry for the lateness everyone. My sister decided to hijack my lappy HAHA. I hijacked my friends computer to post the thread yest:D Here are the stats for this week!

Lovely Leaves week 2
Biggest Loser
HotHealthy4Life -2.6lbs (1.47%)

Honorable Mentions:
Riestrella -2 LBS(1.13%)
Kittykat -2LBS (0.88%)

Eliminated from Competition:

2 Freebies Used:

1 freebie used:
Chloekinsikle, kristina29, mommy1028, kuritsu, Smsdreamer2007


08-24-2011, 12:12 AM
I'm around... just... busy with school started up and all that JAZZ!

Congrats to the biggest losers.

08-24-2011, 11:09 AM
Back form my holiday, and only now noticed I got an honorable mention at the end of week 2.. yay for me! haha.

So, I am starting back up slowly, I was up 4lbs after my holiday on sunday evening, but this morning it was gone again, so if I work hard I can maybe loose another 2lbs before the next weigh in. I really wanna get under those dang 140s.

I have to say so far I am not relaly 'feeling' it yet with this challenge, I don't know why. I think it's too big, or it just doesn't feel like the people here really get to feel like a team. I also active in the featherweight thread, and those girls I feel like I know well.. but not so much here yet. Will invest some time in that these next 2 weeks and see what happens!

(now back to work with me, ill post again tonight!)

08-24-2011, 12:32 PM
philana - I know exactly what you mean. Part of what makes these challenges so good for me is that I feel like I need to work hard so that I don't let my team members down....but right now I don't feel like my team members even care. I mean, I know you guys do, but everyone seems so busy that this challenge is just on the back burner, and nobody even thinks about it except for weigh in days. I know you guys probably have a lot going on, and I'm not trying to upset or offend or point fingers, I just feel like maybe it would be helpful if we were to do some team-building activity or like a team challenge or something. I'm not feeling well now so I'm going to go lay down...but I'll check back in later. Have a great day everyone =D

08-24-2011, 03:08 PM
I'm here ya'll Life is getting in the way and I am in a stupid plateau GRRRR. WTG TO THE BIGGEST LOSERS!!!!

DivineFidelity- A team building challenge would be AWESOME! Any ideas?

08-24-2011, 03:25 PM
@Philana: Congrats on the honorable mention!

@ Divine: "I hate to say it, especially about my own mother, but misery loves company and I have this strange feeling that she doesn't want to be the only fat person in the house..." I don't think that is horrible say at all and I can both relate and understand your sentiment here. I have a reverse thing going though, my entire family was overweight for years...now my sister has lost 100lbs. She is the only skinny one in the house and she knows I am trying to lose weight but she insists on making foods that are not conducive to weight loss. She bakes cakes and cookies every week and just leaves them around the house. It is as though she doesn't want me to lose the weight because then she won't be the "skinny one".

Also, I am guilty of not going out with certain people because I was the only large one and didn't want to be singled out due to it. Let us know what the surgeon says about swimming. I also have a silly question, you can do full body exercises but could you still do arm, chest and potentially leg stuff? Like resistance band arm workouts or anything? I hope you feel better (soonish since I know operation pain won't just "go away") and don't be too discouraged if the scale goes up this week...you are a little bit of an invalid.

@SMS: I hear you about the plateau. I have been bouncing the same 5 lbs around all month and I am getting really angry about it. I wish I had a team building challenge idea but I wouldn't even know where to start for that.

I agree with Divine and Philana about the team vibe, I feel more like people post individually with no real..cohesion? As soon as one person acknowledges what someone else said it disappears. I will admit I am having a hard time getting into this challenge. >_<

08-24-2011, 04:07 PM
Maybe having a goal weight to reach with everyone's weight added together. I think there is 20 or 21 of us so maybe a team goal of 60 - 65 lb. for the whole week. That would put the whole team working toward one goal, what does everyone think?

08-25-2011, 01:15 AM
Hey ladies!
I really like the team building goal idea. I think in past BL challenges there were weekly goals like drinking a certain amount of water and stuff like that. I like Mommy1028's idea of a weight goal but I think that might be difficult right now since it's that transitional time where people are going back to school and adjusting to that. Personally, I think that would motivate me more to stay on plan if I felt the added team pressure of meeting a specific number goal.

I've been really good about exercising this week but not so good with snacking :s but working out seems to just make me hungrier!

Hope you're all having a good week!

08-25-2011, 03:12 AM
I wouldn't mind if people maybe posted what they're doing every day to lose the weight; their food plans and/or their exercise. I think it'd give me ideas. I just started Stronglifts 5x5, I track my exercise on Fitocracy. I bounce back and forth between eating low carb/high fat, and counting calories (and eating under 100 carbs, which is still higher than when I eat low carb.)

08-25-2011, 10:54 AM
ruby, I was just about to say the same thing...i don't think a group weight goal would work too well since life is obviously super hectic right now and we probably wouldn't even make it to our goal. I was thinking about a water challenge (drink 64oz of water a day...thats 8 cups, what we SHOULD be drinking anyways but most of us don't)...or an exercise challenge where we see who can get the most minutes a week (even though I couldn't participate because the doctor said NO exercise, at all =/)....or maybe even a challenge that doesn't havr to neccisarily do with weight loss like do at least one good selfless thing for someone else every day and come back here and report what you did. It seems to me that something like that would at least get us talking more...

anyways, i've got to go get ready for my post-op appointment (where hopefully he will tell me I can go back to work Monday)...so i'll check back later. Have a great day ladies! =)

08-25-2011, 03:04 PM
Ooh, team cohesion sounds like a great idea! I know I am definitely guilty of just a quick post without acknowledging others. I think it would be a great idea if we did team mini-challenges (like drink water, exercise _ minutes, stay within in calories, etc.) to help us bond. I would really like to do a week of staying within calories. Anyone else have some ideas?

08-25-2011, 09:00 PM
Great ideas guys! Let me run it by the autumn beauties team and we will see about making it something for the whole challenge! Maybe which team can get the most members to drink 64oz of water every day??? or maybe just challenges within the teams that the team leads can individualize to their teams. Either way I will start a weekly challenge next week sound cool??

08-26-2011, 01:51 AM
Sounds good to me SMSDREAMER. I think it would be better for more of a individualized team thing, and not so much a competition with the other team. We're competing with them with the weight loss, and I think that this mini-challenge or whatever you want to call it should be something to try and bring more interaction into our team. What is good for our team might not be what's good for their team, so maybe they should do whatever challenges they want while we do whatever we want? That's just what makes sense to me anyways...

I'm not feeling well so I'm going to go lay down. Bye bye =/

08-26-2011, 01:55 PM
I hear ya divine and we will! I don't want to leave the other team out though, hence I am running it by them ;)

08-26-2011, 06:13 PM
Love the ideas about teambonding through sharing and minichallenges! I just realize - I keep forgetting to subscribe to the new weekly chats, and I basically only surf to "subscribed threads" when I am on here to find new posts. Mostly it's SO quiet because I am in a different time zone that surfign all the seperated boards gets so confusing/boring/annoying/inserrandomanything.

My question is: do we NEED a new chat every week? Or could we stick to one thread? It's easierr eading back what people wrote and it's easy keeping track!

Sorry for the "complaining". I love this challenge idea, and it's up to me to make an effort.. but I'm also a creature of habit and this doesn't fit into my habits yet.

On another note.. sharing:

I am really back on track. Just realized I've been at 141/143 for a few weeks now, and I don't feel like it's a stall. I just feel like I've been too busy to put in real effort. But now I am back in the swing again I am assuming I'll loose jut as fast as I did before the stall. Which might be unrealistic, because before that was basically my flying start of about 12lbs in 3 weeks.

Oh well, i'm sticking to my calories (1300 a day) and am still doing c25k, and will change my gym plan this week to a bit more intense because Ive gotten used to it already.

Update: Just had my weigh in, and I only started up by eating properly and 2 gym trips and 1c25krun the last 4 days, and 1lbs gone! So it feels like my body still looses when I stick to plan! Next week I am gonna add TONS of bikeriding and intenser gym. Excited!

What are you girls up to?

08-27-2011, 07:46 AM
I wouldn't mind if people maybe posted what they're doing every day to lose the weight; their food plans and/or their exercise. I think it'd give me ideas. I just started Stronglifts 5x5, I track my exercise on Fitocracy. I bounce back and forth between eating low carb/high fat, and counting calories (and eating under 100 carbs, which is still higher than when I eat low carb.)

I like this idea. What's your username on Fitocracy? I'm there also! It's a great addictive website =D.

I'm currently trying to get into a better food plan, bumping up my calories but eating only good foods since I do a LOT of exercise so need more fuel in my body!

08-27-2011, 10:07 PM
I feel like I am stuck in a rut. I do fine for one day, mess up for many more. I have been doing this for a few weeks now and it is why my weight is so stagnate. Not only am I letting my team down, I am letting myself down. Why do I keep eating crap? I feel terrible, promise myself the next day will be better, and then I do the same thing again! Any ideas on how to get myself out of this food-filled black hole I am in?

08-28-2011, 04:27 AM
chloe - I don't know what works for you, but what has worked for me is paying really close attention to how I physically feel after eating healthy. I feel so much better. The stronger you get in touchw ith that feeling - the easier it is to not even want to eat junk. It's hard looking beyond the craving - but oftentimes the craving is just a mental state. Pay attention to what your body needs. I had a bad junk day last sunday, and right away I felt like **** for 2 days afterwards, where it's harder to control yourself because you are tired/uhg feeling and if sleep doesn't fix that.. maybe a bit more sugar filled food will. Ofcourse, it won't fo rlonger than an hour, but that's how the cycle goes. Goodluck on getting passed it! You will manage eventually :D


Girls, I have to do a happy dance here. I've barely lost a pound the past month, but yesterday there was a party where I saw good friends that I had seen a month ago, when they did not notice any weight loss... and yesterday everybody came up to me to compliment me on how great I looked. it was just so COOL. These are good friends of mine, that know I've been working at it, but that also wouldn't so genuinely look at me in amazement if they didn't feel it. It was just so great.

I know I can wear stuff again that flatters my waistline, as I did yesterday, a pair of nice pants, tight top and a short leather jacket made everybody see how much I'd lost on my torso. No longer hididng the torso! Yay! I've been hiding it for about a year and a half now. SO, WOW.

08-28-2011, 01:51 PM
HEELLOOOOOO MEH TEAM!!!!!! It is weigh in day. Have you posted yet?

Fitocracy is a great tool I love it! (oops need to update mine anyway hehe)

08-28-2011, 02:11 PM
I like fitocracy as well. Always want to get in the lead...>.>
I love the challenge idea. I need more motivation now that school is here. So far I have done a bit too much socializing with friends I haven't seen in a while. Broncos are also here and I'm trying to drink water while watching instead of the normal beer. ><

Last night went out to watch it and totally had some rum and coke... at least I made it DIET coke and limited myself a bit. I didn't get the gross food there either, like everyone else did. (BY gross I mean DELICIOUS just horrid for you). Instead I ate some healthy snacks before I got there. YAYNESS right!?

Congrats Philana! I know it's nice to have friends notice you've been doing better. ^^

08-28-2011, 03:27 PM
Good job philana! And thanks for the advice: I totally agree that I always feel better after eating healthy, it's just that after being unhealthy for so long it is hard to drag myself out of it.

kurisitaru- congrats on resisting temptation. it is sooo hard for me going out and drinking. what is fitocracy?

Ugh, I am so disappointed with my weigh-in today and I am debating if I should post my gain and drag my team down or take another freebie. I just feel like I am letting you guys down because I have not lost ANY weight this whole challenge :(

08-29-2011, 02:51 PM
New thread posted!