Support Groups - Slow Dancing With A Stranger Take 2 :)




K9Owner
12-02-2011, 09:47 AM
Hi Everyone :wave:
After much consideration, I have decided to start a thread for a unique group of losers.
Consider the following scenarios. If more than one apply to you, this just might be the thread you've been searching for:

:yes: This diet/lifestyle change is such a slow process for me, even losing 0.5 lbs or 1kg is a struggle.
:yes: I am frequently changing up different foods in my plan because what I ate worked last week, but it's not working this week.
:yes: One week, I ate everything on plan and gained weight, but another week I pigged out and LOST! WTH??
I've been at a plateau for so long, it's my new middle name!
:yes: I do ____ for exercise, but my body becomes used to the workout, and I am frequently having to switch up my routine to continue to see results.
:yes: I have been On Plan for so many days/weeks/months without seeing a downward scale movement, I'm ready to QUIT!

Well, before you rush right off and toss your stilettos, platforms, pumps, or boots in the closet, come have a "Slow Dance" with me! I often feel like I am a stranger in my own body, because I am constantly having to change up food and exercise and my scale still doesn't budge. This is not a challenge, but more of a daily accountability, support group, & learning experience all rolled up in one!

I will start a new thread every 10 days to reflect progress, accomplishments, and/or set backs! Feel free to post food choices, exercise routines, motivational words of wisdom, or anything else you feel lead to share.

Disclaimer: If you lose weight quickly and easily and have it all figured out, this is NOT the thread for you!

So, without further adieu....
May I have this dance?


Amarantha2
12-02-2011, 10:54 AM
Love this idea, never saw the original thread until today. Warning this is a long postie! :)

And it is all 'bout ME!!! :)

I no longer post my specific weight on the internet for various reasons but I am most happy to share the angst (not really, I am not upset by weight and/or fitness issues, it is a challenge to me, kind of a hobby).

I have over the past 18 or so years had a slow (fast at first) major weight loss of more than 100 pounds. I have been on and off 3FC and post a lot of places around the internet seeking support for this lol slow venture. Currently I am working (slowly, sigh) on some regained pounds, something I consider a part of my status as a weight loss maintainer. Dealing with regain pounds sometimes is just something we have to do to maintain. I literally do not know anyone who has had a major loss and maintained it who has not gained some back. The key to maintenance is that we have to exercise longer, always watch what we eat and sometimes take a few pounds off, but for me, I don't get all crazy about it if I remember this is MAINTENANCE, I don't have to do it all over again as far as major weight. That is what helps me.

I exercise every day. Here is my current update:

FRIDAY, Dec. 2, Day 67 of streakity streak of no day missed of daily exercise, 30 min weights (hundreds training), total streakity streak minutes so far 5450 (Previous: 288 consecutive days of exercise, 18000 exercise minutes!)

I was not particularly heavy for an extended period of time. I gained a lot of weight two decades ago and did take a lot of that off quickly and then went below the original goal very slowly (I mean really slowly! I am the queen of slow weight loss, even though I am muscular for an aging person and have an active lifestyle).

But I did have an injury last year that shouldn't have slowed me down so much but it did, plus there was a period of time when I did restaurant reviews (not a great idea for a weight maintainer). I THOUGHT my weight was stable, but not so.

Currently on a quest to get back to the lowest weight I had reached (below goal) before things got weird.

I do not, though, know if I should post here as I do not feel like a stranger in my body. I like my bod and pretty much know its wicked wanton ways, but ... well, this quest is gonna take some time and my goal is March 25, 2012.

alaskanlaughter
12-02-2011, 11:09 AM
welcome amarantha! :)

yay its friday!! the kids have been wound UP(!) this week, dont know why...nice that today is a movie day..be back later!


jomatho
12-02-2011, 12:05 PM
Just wanted to pop in and say hi! Thanks for all the kind words about my year long journey, I really appreciated all of it. I took my measurements yesterday and will post the results sometime soon, but don't have the energy today, sad huh? Expecting TOM any time, let's get this visit over with already so I can get back to feeling like myself!
Amarantha, :welcome: We all have different perspectives about this long slow journey, hope you can stick around and share yours with us! Congrats on your streaks.
Alaskan, :wave: hi there
Runningfromfat, if you leave the 170's you HAVE to grab my hand and take me with you pleeeeeeeease! I would be your friend for life! How's your back doing? Did you get another opinion?
PP, :wave: hi there, how is your hip feeling today? Hopefully great.

Hi to everyone else! I am not able to look at the old thread and my memory is failing me, so that's all I've got at the moment!

patchworkpenguin
12-02-2011, 01:32 PM
Jo, Thanks for asking. I'm feeling better. I fell on my side so my hip was affected first but now its moved into my side-ribs too; mostly stiff and sore. I'm thinking about getting on the treadmill as a very slow pace and trying some yoga later.

Running, congratulations on your weightloss!

Amarantha, welcome, glad to have you join us.

Alaskan, friday is traditionally pizza/movie night for us. I make pizza {usually from leftovers} and we spend the evening watching TV.

As I mentioned above, I"m going to try to get a light workout in today. My mending pile is getting huge so I have that planned for today also. Doesn't sound that exciting. Hubby came home from work for a few minutes, he gave a dis-assembled engine away, so one less thing cluttering up the garage.

Rana
12-02-2011, 02:29 PM
Hello, I'm back!

I was also traveling for work, like runningfromfat so I completely sympathize. Now that I'm back, let's hope that I can focus.

Today may be a little off, not really prepared for being back at home, so I'm eating out tonight. I'll be eating healthy, but even when it's healthy, it's high in calories so we'll see. Tomorrow, I'll be back on the exercise plan.

So far today food wise:
Scrambled eggs
Coffee with brown sugar
Granola bar

Chicken kebob
Salad
Hummus
Basmati rice

K9Owner
12-02-2011, 03:06 PM
I'll have time for personals later.
:welcome2: Amarantha. Please feel free to post here as long as you want, even if you know your body like the back of your hand. We will not mind, I assure you.

Tonight is the runner's expo, and I have to get in some HIIT BEFORE I walk out my front door! Last night, I managed to play ab ball with DH (ouch!).
Today, it's me and Zuzi!

Have a fabulous day everyone and try to make the wisest choice available!

alaskanlaughter
12-02-2011, 04:50 PM
so when i said "later" i guess i meant i'd be back hours upon hours later lol...i just get too busy to sit down sometimes...

penguin - i work with elementary students before and after school and i always call them "my kids" and sometimes people think i have 25 kids the way i talk about them LOL but we usually run a movie in the afternoons, after snack and recess, and then do gym time after the movie...they have all been "off" this week and dont quite know why

krystal - i ran again today...well by "ran" i mean those two-minute jogging intervals but i like to call it running, it makes me feel fit lol

Amarantha2
12-02-2011, 07:06 PM
Thanks, all, for the welcomes! :)

forloveofself
12-02-2011, 09:46 PM
Hello fellow SWAS take 2, Plan to weigh in Saturday morning, so will let you know if any changes.

Had a pretty good day on plan; having an ear/jaw ache helped, :( in that twisted "I'm in pain, and I don't feel like eating, but know I should ! " way.
I think it's related to the sudden drop in temps. Only hurts when I move my jaw, but I'm making a point of doing just that to give it a workout. It may be fibro related. Never a dull (pun intended) day with that or the neuralgia pain.

Hope to see everyone tomorrow. Welcome Amarantha!

patchworkpenguin
12-02-2011, 10:28 PM
Much better day today...

Dec 2 Friday
B= 2 c milk, vits
L= stew, sweet pot casserole
D= 1/2 homemade hamburger pizza, 2 c cran juice
S= cutie oranges 2-3, coffee
S= 2 c milk
E= 25 very slow min on the treadmill + 30min mostly seated yoga- subbing spinal twist {my favorite} for the harder poses {down dog, cobra} to baby my back

Right= not eating without hunger, no sweets

Wrong = spending too much time sitting at computer. My favorite online source of workout DVD's is having a sale so I've been watching a lot of workout clips.

Regret= I'm thinking....

K9Owner
12-02-2011, 10:50 PM
i VOW to do better than this at checking in! OMG! Busy busy busy!

PP: Great job on making much better choices today :bravo:

Alaskan: :running: is :running: GO WITH IT!! ;)

I will have to post tomorrow. I have to be up at 5a.m. :fr:

runningfromfat
12-03-2011, 11:37 AM
Thanks everyone on the congrats!!! I was so annoyed because I didn't get a chance to weight myself today before eating breakfast (my parents are visiting and sometimes I can't make it into the bathroom with the scale in time) but hopefully this is a sign of good things to come! :D

About the doc's. I had a visit with a new doc today. I'll blog more about it later but the long story short is that 1. I probably don't have scoliosis 2. being flat footed is affecting my knees (which was my initial thought!) so I need to get inserts 3. he said to get a personal trainer so I make sure I'm doing everything correctly to prevent further injury 4. he gave me some anti-inflammatories to help both with my knee/hand .

That being said the doctor was far from friendly but at least he seemed competent. He also told me that I was "really big" and needed to lose weight. I just don't get why doctors can't think about the way they say things. Geez. Yes, I need to lose weight, I'm doing it but why can't he just say " further weight loss will help" instead of calling me "really big"???? Besides, I'm just over 15lbs overweight, I hardly think that's really big. Oh, AND I'm wearing size 6 pants now (at least in Calvin Klein pants, not sure about other brands...) although I do carry a lot of weight on top, so maybe I look bigger while sitting down? AND the doctor had a HUGE belly so it really felt like the pot calling the kettle black...

Armarantha- welcome!

Jo- Ha, I'd love to take you with out of the 170's! I'm so done with seeing them already. ;)

forloveofself- I'd go insane with a hurting jaw. I chew gum like crazy and it's the only thing that keeps me sane sometimes.

Rana- good luck getting back on track after the trip. One thing I always hate too is that sometimes I'll have to deal with extra cravings for a few days after all that junk. :(

Rana
12-03-2011, 02:40 PM
Hello everyone! Welcome newcomers!

Yesterday turned out to be an 1800 calorie day, which I guess could have been worse, but it's maintenance, so I guess I'll take it.

Today, I was back on track in terms of exercise (spinning class, which I love) and I'm saving my calories for tonight's dinner (date with the DBF). Today, this has been particularly easy, I had a big breakfast and I'm still really full from it... it's weird, but I'll take it. Maybe my body is just full from all the junk from the earlier days.

I don't have to travel for another two weeks(ish) so I will focus on food and exercise from now on until that trip and then see how that pans out.

The scale is up, of course, 2 lbs, which I hope is just water weight. I didn't weigh myself this morning, this is based on yesterday's weight.

forloveofself
12-03-2011, 02:44 PM
running, I've experienced a couple of doctors with awful bedside maner before. Thank goodness I only had to see them a couple of times before or after surgery. Luckily, the GP I have had for 20 years is a wonderful person. We have great non med convos when he's not really busy.

Jo, I can hardly wait until I'm in the 170's, about 2 lbs from now

Scale: I've lost at least 1 lb, I daresay 1.5lbs with the needle going back and forth. I'm happy with the one for now. Hoorah!

Plan:
Had a couple of cheese slices and a cuppa tea for breakfast. Couldn't take having an egg. It stays with me far too long
Lunch: Had a cup of hearty bean soup.
Dinner: Pizza, (that is if I don't have anymore carb laden snacks) and a green salad.
Will start on the psyllium fibre tabs today.
Enjoy your aftter noon everyone. It is cold and damp here but plan to enjoy the holiday shops special events in a couple of hours.

PP, I'm so glad you are happy with your choices

geoblewis
12-03-2011, 03:10 PM
Hey all. I'm one of your newbies here and I'm checking in. Nice to see you all here.

I'm having a great weekend with a good friend. Usually we tend to do some overindulging when we're together, but she's thin and can afford it. I can't! So I'm finally learning I don't have to support anyone else's choices in what they want to eat/drink by joining them. This is a recent discovery in myself. I'm working on trying to find the freedom in it. It's about making choices for myself out of authenticity and personal integrity. She's such a good friend that she supports me and doesn't look at the changes in my choices as a threat to our relationship.

I feel blessed to have such a good friend. Everyone should be surrounded by authentic people like that!

I seem to experience advancement in my general wellness in phases. I lose some weight, then I freak out about it a little, settle into it, learn a bit more about myself, make some changes, get used to those, take new steps to push the weight loss a little more...it's a cycle for me, I think. Physical shrinking, then personal growth. Maybe I had to wait until I could emotionally own my entire body and all my achievements before I could lose the weight. It finally feels like I'm doing this for me!

K9Owner
12-03-2011, 06:05 PM
Friends,
I feel terrible that I can't post a detailed summation! :tantrum:
This day has been soooo WONDERFUL!

The Runner's Expo was last night with the Marathon, 1/2 Marathon, & Grizzly House 5K today. I had friends running in the 1/2 and 5K--2 of which I got interested in running! :running:
I went and had so much fun. It is defo different when you're a spectator than when you are running. I had the adrenaline as if I were going to run!! It was really weird!
However, now I am exhausted and am in desperate need of a nap! :faint:

More later.
Foodwise today--I was doing so well until after I left the races :cry:
Then I had carrot cake! 900 cals worth! :fr:
If I were bulimic, I'd sooooo take care of this right now! YUCK! I feel terrible!

alaskanlaughter
12-03-2011, 07:38 PM
so glad you had fun krystal!!

ive been busy with usual saturday chores - paying bills, trip to recycling center, took older son to an art class and i worked out while he was there...did my usual routine on the treadmill...now we're gonna go out grocery shopping, my pantry is pretty empty lol

K9Owner
12-03-2011, 09:38 PM
PP: What's in your mending pile? I'm a little lost :lol: (NOT unusual!)

Rana: Welcome back home! It's weird how one day can be sooo ravenous while other days we are just not that hungry. Why can't there be more days when I'm just "not hungry" :lol:
:crossed: that you're just up a couple lbs of water. It'll be gone soon, hopefully!

Alaskan: I am so glad you are enjoying :running: ! Next yr, I am dedicating myself to the 1/2! It's PAST time for me to run 1. It's also a personal goal. One of my very good friends, who I got into running, completed the 1/2 in 2 hrs and 36 min, which averages out to about a 12 min mile, which is what I run. She said her only goal was to run the whole thing without stopping or walking. My goal will be to DO IT--no matter if I have to walk a little :)

LoveofSelf: Do you have TMJ? (undiagnosed) Sometimes, people get this after dental work. Just curious :dunno:

RFF: :carrot: that would be awesome news if you DIDN'T have scoliosis! It's interesting that you commented about your MD saying you were "really big". In May or June of this yr, when I was starting this journey again, I went to my OBGYN. He asked if I were trying to conceive. Uhm, NO! He then proceeded to tell me that it was perfectly safe for me to try if I wanted b/c I wasn't "overweight". At the time, I was about 155 lbs or so. Hmmmm, I thought that was interesting. Since according to my stats, even at 148, I'm STILL considered overweight! My former OBGYN--who was killed in a plane crash a few yrs ago--always wanted his patients to be @ healthy weights. He was very strict on his preggo patients not gaining more than 20 lbs during their pregnancies with one baby. He was criticized much for it, but if I ever became preggo--after fainting--I think I would want a MD to be strict on my gaining efforts. It only hurts expecting mothers in the long run when they gain so much during pregnancy, imo. OK, I'm totally OFF subject :lol: What I think I was trying to say is, 1 physician may say you're at a normal weight while another may criticize you for gaining a few extra pounds. :hug:


:wave: Hi Jo & Star, and others I may have missed!

Georgia: I LOVE THIS "It's about making choices for myself out of authenticity and personal integrity."

Ok, this is a general question for the entire thread. I have an inner 5 yr old that loves :jeno: and cake. I call him Ishmael. IDK why it's a "he", but he throws tantrums until I feed him garbage in many aspects of my life, not just food. Needless to say, I don't ALWAYS make good choices--like today--with food selections.

However, yesterday while I was out shopping, I ate fast food. I usually NEVER eat fast food, b/c I usually go prepared with a fully stocked personal-sized cooler with everything from water to healthy snacks. So, I became hungry, and I was quite a distance from home and decided to get Wendy's. ((For those of you unfamiliar, they serve burgers, fries, chicken, & salads)) I ordered a grilled chicken sandwich with lettuce, onion, pickle, and mustard & a sour cream and chive baked potato. I topped it with 1 butter and 1 RF sour cream. I removed the entire bun and tossed it in the trash and ate about 65% of the potato. It was rather big & tossed the rest.
The question is::When you are in a bind and HAVE to eat fast food or anywhere other than home unexpectedly, what do you get?

If I MUST eat out quick, this is my go to place and this is my go to meal. I also go to McAlister's Deli and get a grilled chicken spud w/bell peppers and caramelized onions & top it with 1 butter, 1 sour cream and 1 salsa & eat 1/2 of it at one sitting.

K9Owner
12-03-2011, 09:58 PM
Friday's Menu
Cottage Cheese w/Peaches, Zucchini bread: ~310
Wendy's Chicken Breast. Sour Cream & Chive Baked Potato: 450
Cottage Cheese w/Peaches: 106
Merlot 12oz, Buffalo Chicken Pizza: 615
Total: 1481

Bodyrock + Ran A Mile: 235
Water: 72 oz

Today's Menu
Cranberry Pecan Granola, Grapes, Blueberry Greek Yogurt, 1/2 Turkey Lavash Wrap: 520
Carrot Cake, Hissho Sushi Veggie Roll(6): 997 :yikes:
Grapes, Hissho Sushi Crunchy Roll: 461
Total: 1978 :fr:

Exercise: K9 walk without my Polar (35 min) + walking downtown at the St. Jude Marathon
Water: 64 oz

alaskanlaughter
12-03-2011, 10:32 PM
if i HAVE to eat out and i'm on the run or just CANT go home, like the days when we get snowstorms and my street isnt plowed and my car cant make it down there, i usually go to safeway/carrs and load up on salad from their salad bar....or a thing of bagged salad and a tiny thing of dressing from walmart....or one of those smaller meat/cheese stick things they sell at the counters in most stores...if i drive through mcdonalds i usually will get one of their salads and a diet soda...most of the time im never too far from home, but sometimes i just have to stop and get something, if i'm working a long day with very short breaks...even if i can get home on long days, it takes awhile to cook something, i keep practically nothing snacky or pre-made around the house except for the kids' lunch stuff...

jomatho
12-04-2011, 11:00 AM
Thanks everyone on the congrats!!! I was so annoyed because I didn't get a chance to weight myself today before eating breakfast (my parents are visiting and sometimes I can't make it into the bathroom with the scale in time) but hopefully this is a sign of good things to come! :D

About the doc's. I had a visit with a new doc today. I'll blog more about it later but the long story short is that 1. I probably don't have scoliosis 2. being flat footed is affecting my knees (which was my initial thought!) so I need to get inserts 3. he said to get a personal trainer so I make sure I'm doing everything correctly to prevent further injury 4. he gave me some anti-inflammatories to help both with my knee/hand .

That being said the doctor was far from friendly but at least he seemed competent. He also told me that I was "really big" and needed to lose weight. I just don't get why doctors can't think about the way they say things. Geez. Yes, I need to lose weight, I'm doing it but why can't he just say " further weight loss will help" instead of calling me "really big"???? Besides, I'm just over 15lbs overweight, I hardly think that's really big. Oh, AND I'm wearing size 6 pants now (at least in Calvin Klein pants, not sure about other brands...) although I do carry a lot of weight on top, so maybe I look bigger while sitting down? AND the doctor had a HUGE belly so it really felt like the pot calling the kettle black...

Armarantha- welcome!

Jo- Ha, I'd love to take you with out of the 170's! I'm so done with seeing them already. ;)

forloveofself- I'd go insane with a hurting jaw. I chew gum like crazy and it's the only thing that keeps me sane sometimes.

Rana- good luck getting back on track after the trip. One thing I always hate too is that sometimes I'll have to deal with extra cravings for a few days after all that junk. :(

That is awesome news, I'd take inserts for flatfooted over scoliosis any day! I hope it works for you! As for the doctor, that totally would have ticked me off, especially after all the hard work you have done to lose what you have, and are so close to goal. I get what you mean about heavier up top, I am built that way too. He probably meant well is his own cold demeaning way.

jomatho
12-04-2011, 11:05 AM
running, I've experienced a couple of doctors with awful bedside maner before. Thank goodness I only had to see them a couple of times before or after surgery. Luckily, the GP I have had for 20 years is a wonderful person. We have great non med convos when he's not really busy.

Jo, I can hardly wait until I'm in the 170's, about 2 lbs from now

Scale: I've lost at least 1 lb, I daresay 1.5lbs with the needle going back and forth. I'm happy with the one for now. Hoorah!

Plan:
Had a couple of cheese slices and a cuppa tea for breakfast. Couldn't take having an egg. It stays with me far too long
Lunch: Had a cup of hearty bean soup.
Dinner: Pizza, (that is if I don't have anymore carb laden snacks) and a green salad.
Will start on the psyllium fibre tabs today.
Enjoy your aftter noon everyone. It is cold and damp here but plan to enjoy the holiday shops special events in a couple of hours.

PP, I'm so glad you are happy with your choices

Okay, I will grab your hand to pull you into the 170s while Runningfromfat grabs my hand to pull me into the 160s! Or, if you like, I could just keep hanging on and you could skip the 170s all together!!! We can dream right?

princessgina00
12-04-2011, 02:40 PM
Where are all of these conversations taking place? I do not see anything of the posts being quoted above. Can someone please help me to find these "missing links"?

EDIT: Nevermind, found them on the 1st page. :dizzy:

K9Owner
12-04-2011, 04:29 PM
Happi Rainy Sunday to all of you :wave:

Today is sleep because tonight is work! :yay:
I'm ecstatic to go to work 3 nights this week! (NOT)

Anyone else NOT in the "put up Christmas decor" mood?
I am sooo dreading doing even a 2' tree, much less anything else!
I think my father was Ebenezer! :lol:

forloveofself
12-04-2011, 04:41 PM
Jo, That would indeed be surreal! :)

Alaskan, glad you can stick to the treadmill. I get bored. For me walking outdoors is the best solution unless there is a major snowstorm or the like.

K9O I haven't had any dental proceedures other than cleaning and x-rays for three years, so unless TMJ shows up this late, I'm inclined to believe it is fibro or weather related. Did some cards today, not inclined to do any sort of decoration. More so each year. I n the last few years only the mantle and a garland on front railing. Not sure if I'll get even to that.

Hello PP, princessG, geob

We can all get there!

Rana
12-04-2011, 05:18 PM
I have a 2 foot tree! I just need to decorate it with very few ornaments.

Georgia/geoblewis - I completely understand and I am happy you're finding personal growth with your journey! I have too!

K9owner - I don't go to fast food places. I'd rather go to a grocery store and pick something up there. Wait, there is a "healthier" fast food here, where I can get grilled chicken breast and I will do that. But that's the extent of it. I don't get fries and the last time I ate at McD's, I really hated myself afterwards. The food sat so heavy in my stomach that I wanted to toss my cookies, but I couldn't.

I'd rather not eat or find a higher quality food option.

Rana
12-04-2011, 05:21 PM
Today has also been a low calorie day, but yesterday was ridiculously high calorie because of the dinner I had with the boyfriend. I guess it'll even out by today's calories, but this week I am going to be strict at 1400/day and keep up with the exercise. I just want to see the water weight gone. And limit the damage of the excess calories.

jomatho
12-04-2011, 07:43 PM
Happi Rainy Sunday to all of you :wave:

Today is sleep because tonight is work! :yay:
I'm ecstatic to go to work 3 nights this week! (NOT)

Anyone else NOT in the "put up Christmas decor" mood?
I am sooo dreading doing even a 2' tree, much less anything else!
I think my father was Ebenezer! :lol:

{raises hand unenthusiastically} I have my tree up and lit, but not decorated and it just may stay that way! I am so not into decorating again this year, such a pain to haul it all out and then have to put it all away again. I swear, once the kids are gone I will just have a miniature tree that I can put into a closet all decorated and lit. Bah humbug. I get mad at myself for feeling this way, but I can't help it. Maybe when TOM is gone I will feel better, but I don't think that is it.
We went to start our shopping yesterday and got a lot done, but now I just feel overwhelmed about that whole ordeal too, I hate shopping.

princessgina00
12-05-2011, 01:05 AM
Happi Rainy Sunday to all of you :wave:

Today is sleep because tonight is work! :yay:
I'm ecstatic to go to work 3 nights this week! (NOT)

Anyone else NOT in the "put up Christmas decor" mood?
I am sooo dreading doing even a 2' tree, much less anything else!
I think my father was Ebenezer! :lol:

Nope. I put up my 4' tree (ornaments and all) last Wednesday to correspond with the lighting of the Rockefeller Christmas tree. I would have put it up earlier, like the day after Thanksgiving, but it was like 60 degrees here in NYC and I wasn't feeling too Christmasy. :D

runningfromfat
12-05-2011, 06:34 AM
Ok, so I'm in shock today. I stepped on the scale and 169 showed up! :eek: :goodscale I NEVER have 2lb whooshes and after an over month long plateau I'm just stunned, but I'll happily take it!

Jo- I'll happily bring you with into the 160's. I hope you join me here soon! ;)

Jo and K9O - Yes, I'm very, very relieved that it looks like I don't have scoliosis! :woohoo: It really makes me upset, though, that a doctor would throw around diagnoses like that so haphazardly. I'm definitely the type of person to go get a second opinion but I know now everyone is like that. I wonder how many people he's misdiagnosed? :(

For me it's not so much that a doctor pointed out that I'm overweight. I know I still have more to lose but it's more the way he said it and also the hypocrisy built right in there (considering he was quite a bit bigger than me!). Although it's true that I'm glad to know that further weight loss might help with my problems. I really hope that turns out to be the case!


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As for the fast food/pizza question. I LOVE PIZZA. :hungry: A diet without pizza is NOT going to happen for me :snooty: (I think that's why I was never able to stick with the South Beach diet! :lol:). My nutritionist has allowed me to have it but it's about once a week and I also have to eat it with Soup or Salad. I'm allowed 2 pieces (obviously that depends on the size of the piece, though... but she's drawn me a picture of the size so I have an idea ;) ). Its one of those things that I've just had to work into my plan.

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RE: Christmas stuff. We don't have anything up yet but we also don't own any Christmas decorations yet (we moved abroad earlier this year and got rid of almost all our earthly possessions!). So we've actually been trying to find Christmas lights without much success. Not sure if we'll get a tree or not but I do want lights at least to put out on our balcony.

alaskanlaughter
12-05-2011, 11:19 AM
good morning! today was my monthly weigh-in day, the official Record lol...it showed me UP (ugh) 3 pounds from 208.4 last month on the 5th to 211.4 this month on the 5th...i know that i've been working out much harder, i know i'm retaining water, my ankles have been swollen for a week, and TOM is due today or tomorrow so i'm not putting MUCH stock in the weight but i hate to officially record that :(....ive also seen my weight fluctuate by 6 pounds in one day and my plan was to record the lowest weight i see today, but i wont be home until tonight because of my busy schedule today...

Rana
12-05-2011, 12:08 PM
Christmas Stuff - I forgot to answer, but I hate putting up the decorations (or rather, I hate taking them down!!!!). I'm doing it anyway.

RFF Good news on the doctor's diagnosis and good news on the weight loss! Yay you!

Alaskan Trust me, I understand. I hate recording the higher weights, especially when I know I'm on track.

Report: I didn't get on the scale today, so I have no idea if the weight is still there. I think I might wait a few more days or until my official weigh-in on Saturday.

Spinning class tonight.

alaskanlaughter
12-05-2011, 01:36 PM
worked my usual short morning shift 645-8 a.m....then went to the gym since i dont have any other time today to do that...

krystal i did my two-minute intervals again for half an hour and put the speed at 4.7 instead of 4.6, slowlyyy trying to get it back up there...then i did 10 minutes at an incline, 6 minutes at 10% and 2 minutes at 12 %, again trying to up the intensity just a bit...treadmill says i burned 275 calories...sure felt like more than that, drenched in sweat and dripping by the time i was done

now i'm at work for a second, then taking son to the eye doctor, than probably back to work til 6 p.m....wheee! lol

forloveofself
12-05-2011, 02:44 PM
Hello Everyone,
Congratulations for hanging in there, with both the literal and emotional ups and downs.

Doing well so far though the insomnia monster was with me last night.
I'd be fine if the headache would go away, but thankfully it is finally subsiding.

Other good news, the psyllium therapy (two tabs) is working after two days. K9O you were right about it being a lot more gentle than the Benefibre.
Oh, regarding fast food, I have the chicken salad at McD's though I used to once in a while have the spicy chicken sandwich and removed the top half of the bun. Haven't had one since June I think.

running, Congratulations, Hoorah! your 2lb loss gives me hope

Breakfast: Bowl of unsugared mini shredded wheat with milk and a pack Truvia sprinkled over it. An hour later, one slice wheat raisin cinnamon bread, buttered.

Lunch: Salad with olive oil, baked wheat crackers, cheddar cheese slices

Dinner: will have a salad with baked chicken breast
Snacks: Yogurt

On my way out for a long walk with puppy. Dreary but dry weather today, so perhaps sunshine tomorrow.

Tah for now

K9Owner
12-05-2011, 04:13 PM
Hi All :wave:
Well, somehow I managed to pack in almost 2K cals yest!

Sunday's Horrible Damage Report
Cottage Cheese w/Peaches: 106
Chip/Dip: 280 :nono:
Sushi (veggie Roll), PB Grahams, Banana, Pumpkin Spice Coffee, Zucchini Bread: 916 :yikes:
Snack Well Cookies (2), Turkey Stew w/cornbread: ~663
Total: 1965

Walking While Working: 299
Water: 48 oz :fr:

I MUST do better than this! Last night was a DISGRACE to my diet at work. Oh how I desire to be bold and OP at work. I WILL get there.

I hope you all are having a fabulous Monday. It has rained so ugh here. I think I need a raft! If the temps would drop a little, it would turn to snow and that would just be AWESOME!! I may even get a notion to put up a Byer's Choice Caroler! :lol:

forloveofself
12-05-2011, 09:05 PM
K9O, sorry about your minor setback, I'm sure youll do better tomorrow.
I tried on the dress I hoped would fit well by now. It fit, but not well. I could feel the tightness around my upper arm and waistline; uncomfortable. ugh!

Just have to keep going, nothing else I can do. sigh.

I'll see how it feels in two weeks.

K9Owner
12-05-2011, 09:48 PM
Rana: Are you an addicted daily weigher as well?? I am doing well not weighing everyday like I am used too. It feels nice not to have to be so addicted to it every morning. I usually try to weigh every 3 days or so now. :crossed: Saturday brings results in your favor!

RFF: :yay: for your loss!! I'm celebrating with you today!!!
Thank you for the :jeno: idea. I think I binge on it b/c I know I'm not supposed to eat it. I think if I changed my way of thinking and focused on it as a side dish, like a roll at dinner, instead of dinner itself, I may could STOP binging on it and gaining every time I eat it.
What a NOVEL idea!! THANK YOU!!

Alaskan: Dear friend! You are going to be a runner soon, just give yourself a little time.

LoveofSelf: I suffer from insomnia as well. I totally feel your pain. Mine is due to working nights some days of the week and trying to maintain a day schedule the other days. I have several international online friends and trying to keep up with what time it is where is challenging, but I love it :)
Hopefully, you'll be in that dress in no time!!

alaskanlaughter
12-06-2011, 02:22 AM
so apparently i can post from home tonight...weird...was a veryyy long day, didnt get home til 7 p.m. and i'd been gone from home since 630 a.m....after work took younger son to pick out his glasses frames at the eye store, he was soo excited lol...then home to make dinner...while older son and DH stacked the half-cord of wood that just got delivered tonight...sadly we got the news that DH's cousin's son committed suicide today :( please keep his family in your prayers...i think DH will fly home to the village for the funeral...its almost 10:30 p.m. and im finally sitting down for a minute...think i'm going to bed next :)

krystal...how long does it take to really become a runner? ive been doing treadmill for just one month but i like it because it's efficient (i dont have all day to do a workout) and because i never thought i could do it

jomatho
12-06-2011, 06:20 AM
Hi all, I am hanging in there, just barely, but I am. Hoping this funk in my head is on it's way out the door.
I am not going to continue with p90x through the holidays, I twinged a muscle in my stomach on Sunday :(. Try doing anything strenuous without using your stomach muscles! Feels like I could really pull it if I'm not careful. I always knew my core was the weakest and here is proof. So, for now, I will just keep up with my walking (got an hour in yesterday) and take it from there. Not good during holiday time to not be busting out the workouts. I may need to run a few times this week if it doesn't bother me.

Good eating the last couple days, I think the TOM hungries are leaving me, thank goodness. We will see how today goes, I am trying to fluctuate between calorie goals and today is the lower one at 1200, I cannot seem to hit that for the life of me. I wonder since I am not working out so intensely if that has something to do with it? Prob. a combination of the workouts and TOM.

Question of the day: Do you guys take vitamins or supplements, and which ones? I know everyone is going to have pysllium on their list ;)
I try to remember to take a multi, fish or krill oil, D3, and occasionally extra magnesium/calcium (around TOM, but I forgot this month and I swear I am better when I take it, there must be a correlation), and occasionally probiotics and/or digestive enzymes. Seems every health related article I read now is linking different diseases to the gut flora. They say everyone should be taking probiotics more so than multi vitamins. I am trying to be better, but the ones I have say take between meals and I always remember with food in my belly. Oh, and usually I am pretty good with taking ground flax seed to help keep me regular and for its other benefits, but lately I have not been so good, I need to get back to that. I think that is it.

Just curious what others take and thought it would be fun to have a question of the day every once in a while.

Well, hope everyone has a good day, I am going to try to make it a productive one.

jomatho
12-06-2011, 06:24 AM
so apparently i can post from home tonight...weird...was a veryyy long day, didnt get home til 7 p.m. and i'd been gone from home since 630 a.m....after work took younger son to pick out his glasses frames at the eye store, he was soo excited lol...then home to make dinner...while older son and DH stacked the half-cord of wood that just got delivered tonight...sadly we got the news that DH's cousin's son committed suicide today :( please keep his family in your prayers...i think DH will fly home to the village for the funeral...its almost 10:30 p.m. and im finally sitting down for a minute...think i'm going to bed next :)

krystal...how long does it take to really become a runner? ive been doing treadmill for just one month but i like it because it's efficient (i dont have all day to do a workout) and because i never thought i could do it

I know this question wasn't aimed at me, but you are running right? You are a runner! I know what you mean though, when do you feel like a runner. I think for me it took about 4 months to feel good running enough so that I felt I could call myself a runner, everyone is different though.

Rana
12-06-2011, 09:25 AM
Rana: Are you an addicted daily weigher as well?? I am doing well not weighing everyday like I am used too. It feels nice not to have to be so addicted to it every morning. I usually try to weigh every 3 days or so now. :crossed: Saturday brings results in your favor!

I am addicted and I force myself to weigh in only once a week (usually, not recently :o ) because I do let it affect my mood or worse, it will affect what I eat or not eat!!!!


sadly we got the news that DH's cousin's son committed suicide today :( please keep his family in your prayers...i think DH will fly home to the village for the funeral...

I am so sorry, Alaskan! What terrible news. :hug:


Question of the day: Do you guys take vitamins or supplements, and which ones? I know everyone is going to have pysllium on their list ;)


I am sorry about your pulled muscle! I hope you feel better soon.

As for multivitamins....

I am the exception, I don't take psyllium! I get my fiber intake from the food I eat -- legumes, brown rice, vegetables and fruits.

But, back to vitamins/supplements:

D3 (2000 u - 4000 u) - (Recommended by doctor because my D levels were low)
Vitamin C (1000-2000)
Super B vitamin complex - recommended a long time ago because of my PCOS
Women's Whole Food Multivitamin - made from whole foods, rather than minerals
Chelated Magnesium (400 mcg)
Chromium Polynicolinate (800 mcg)
Cranberry pills (2)
Fish Oil (Krill/Sardine) (2)
Glucosamine/Chrondroitin

:p
I think that's it.

Basically, I got little baggies (from a craft store, they have them in the jewelry sections) which are the right size for putting in all the pills. I carry them in my purse or have a little pile of them around the house/office, so I can take them (and not forget).

Rana
12-06-2011, 09:30 AM
My update -- stayed under calories yesterday (yay) and still got on the scale today and saw two pounds go down, now I need to see the next two come down too.

Today, I'm sticking to the calories or slightly under and I am going to Pilates.

K9Owner
12-06-2011, 10:20 AM
Good morning Ladies (and gents if you're lurking) ;)

I wanted to take this opportunity this morning to invite you to a different dance just for today.

Despite our unique situations and circumstances with weight loss and personal fitness and all the upsets we may be facing today, I'd like for you to reflect on last year December 6, 2010. Perhaps you remember the clothes you were wearing. Perhaps you were working and in your using business attire--for me SCRUBS!

Imagine your bottoms: Were they snug or loose? A size larger than today? 2 maybe? The same size as today? Smaller? (Hopefully not).

Now picture your top: Was it snug or loose? Form-fitting to your chest? Did you even like it or was it "just a tee shirt"?

Today, I am dancing with a new skirt on. It is a jean skirt from Gap. I bought it last week at Goodwill for $6 USD. It is a size 10. Last year, on December 6, I would not have even worn a skirt. My "Fat girl" complex would not have allowed for that! I have on black knee boots and a black 3/4 sleeved sweater. I also have on a cute black and white furry hat because it's frigid and wet in the south today. :rain:

I can even wear most of my clothes that I couldn't wear last year or in 2009! I feel like much of my hard work is paying off, because I can go shopping in my own closet!

As many disappointments as I have had with weight loss over the past few months, I have much to celebrate today. I am NO WHERE close to where I want to be in this fitness journey, but I am so proud to know that I am still choosing to press on toward my personal goals.

I'm inviting you to reflect on where you are today compared to last year and take a twirl around your kitchen in your favorite skirt (or jeans) and smile on yourself on how far you've come so far :)

alaskanlaughter
12-06-2011, 11:33 AM
good morning! a year ago today i was about 20-25 pounds heavier...or i accumulated it over last holiday season's baking festivities...i realized i had gained weight when the sweater that i bought that was BIG on last year's black friday shopping was getting way too TIGHT at an early january birthday party!! so it took me a month or two of getting my head on straight and then in last March i truly started working at being healthy for life

i have been up since 3 a.m. with my younger son who seems to have developed a sudden severe ear infection...we are going to the doctor as soon as my early morning work shift is finished and the doctor is open...i wont be at work the rest of the day and i doubt i'm making it to the gym either...

K9Owner
12-06-2011, 11:37 AM
Alaskan: :hugs: OMG! I hope he feels better after the MD appt. Ear infections are evil :devil:

runningfromfat
12-06-2011, 01:09 PM
K9O- Great comment! A year ago today I was over 200lbs (probably around 205), still couldn't eat ANY sugar because I was likely to binge, and wearing a size 14. Just this week I got to wear my first size 6's EVER!!! Ok, I get it's due to vanity sizing but it's still pretty cool. :lol:

One thing that sucks, though, is that a year ago today I could still run/jump all that good stuff, now I'm not allowed to. :cry: Although I can swim for an hour multiple times per week and there was a guy swimming next to me in the pool yesterday and I was kicking his butt. :encore:

Here's hoping that a year from today I'll be at my goal weight or at the very least at a healthy BMI. :cheers:

Alaskan- I hope the ear infection gets better soon! Those things are evil.

Rana & K9O- Another daily weigher here. It's great but it sucks because today it put me back in the 170's, ugh! However, I worked out right before going to bed last night, which normally always means water retention, arg.

jo- I should be taking prenatals but we keep pushing back the time when we want to TTC. I think at this point it won't be until I hit goal and maybe even awhile after that. So right now no.

forloveofself- could you get some shapewear for the dress? My waist and arms are so incredibly stubborn and even with a lot of weight loss are just SLOW to leave. :mad:

geoblewis
12-06-2011, 01:28 PM
A year ago, I was in a size larger than I'm wearing now. I had been struggling to lose the weight, found some parts of me were slimming down but other parts of me refused to shrink. I was cleaning out my closet and found that my old boots were too big for me to wear that winter. It was the start of cleaning out my closet. All my coats just fit me, as did my winter sweaters, but I knew that I wanted to get rid of them by the end of winter to make room for a new, smaller size this year.

I still have most of my coats/jackets this year. I got rid of two that were really roomy and of no use to me, but the rest are roomier than they were last year. I bought myself a new pair of boots last month and I look fabulous in them! The shaft is definitely smaller this time. I chose not to buy new sweaters because even though I've slimmed down a little, they're still not making sweater sleeves long enough for me in my size! I have long arms and an even-longer torso. And an even more anorexic bank account...so keeping the new clothes on the minimum.

Looking forward to splurging on a new spring/summer wardrobe in an even smaller size!

forloveofself
12-06-2011, 04:07 PM
Hello alaskan, Rana,Jo, pp, princess, geob, and all missing and new here!

K9O Yes, the good thing about insomnia is being international. I have family and friends on nearly every inhabited continent, so we do have occasion to connect :)
Funny how you should ask about reflection, as I was doing the verything this morning while in front of the bathroom mirror.
I was thinking about the dress not fitting right yesterday, and I decided not to feel sorry for myself and to think about the things I did like:
*I like my face overall
*I like being a nerd
*I like that I've had to think about buying new sz 12 US jeans and skirts as all the ones I own that are between szs 14 ( I've bee able to wear the sz 12 leggings and other elastic waist sz12 for a while now) that were snug last year fall off unless I wear a belt, and they are also very loose in the thighs.
*I love that the belts worn on my hips are at least two spaces tighter and there isn't so much muffin hanging over the belt anymore.
*The "goal" waist belt I have had since I was thinner are now only 1.5 inches too small instead of almost 4 inches!
*I like that I only want to lose 14 more lbs this year instead of 30 lbs last year.
And the major thing I saw when I looked in the mirror was that area between my upper arms and breasts is showing definition again, even if the skin needs to nip in tighter.

Stayed on plan even though I added half a cup of gluten free mashed potatoes to last nights dinner (tasted a bit like cardboard esp since I didn't add milk nor cream to it)

Take care everyone.

IsabellaOlivia
12-06-2011, 04:17 PM
Good morning Ladies (and gents if you're lurking) ;)


Despite our unique situations and circumstances with weight loss and personal fitness and all the upsets we may be facing today, I'd like for you to reflect on last year December 6, 2010. Perhaps you remember the clothes you were wearing. Perhaps you were working and in your using business attire--for me SCRUBS!

Imagine your bottoms: Were they snug or loose? A size larger than today? 2 maybe? The same size as today? Smaller? (Hopefully not).

Now picture your top: Was it snug or loose? Form-fitting to your chest? Did you even like it or was it "just a tee shirt"?

I can even wear most of my clothes that I couldn't wear last year or in 2009! I feel like much of my hard work is paying off, because I can go shopping in my own closet!

I'm inviting you to reflect on where you are today compared to last year and take a twirl around your kitchen in your favorite skirt (or jeans) and smile on yourself on how far you've come so far :)
On the 15 december 2010, which is just 9 days until it has been a whole year since I was at the doctor and weighed on a scale. I was told to watch my weight. I was utterly crushed being a freshman at university and being told I was 'fat'.

My bottoms were okay. They were bigger than today.

And the story of my top: I wore a jacket that I bought in 2009, only to find that in december 2010 it was so tight that the zipper popped off while I was walking on campus.:o Mortifying for a freshman to experience.
The tops I wore were all too tight, however it was too embarrassing to start buying 1-2 sizes up.

Now a year later, I, just like K9Owner, have had to gotten rid of clothing that are simply too big.

Btw, loved this reflection challenge K9Owner.:D

ThinkinThin5
12-06-2011, 06:44 PM
K9Owner - Thank you for this thread. I am a newbie to this site although I have been lurking for years. Your post really caught my eye because I can relate to everything on the list. It is especially frustrating to be on program and continue to see the same number on the scale. However, this time I have decided to be kinder to myself on this journey and giving myself small goals rather than looking at the end result I am trying to achieve.

I have joined one of the challenges on this site to keep me motivated and it seems to be working. Yay!!

princessgina00
12-06-2011, 11:16 PM
One year ago, I was three months into my second weight loss journey. I weighed around 240 lbs and had lost nearly 30 pounds. I was a around a size 20W and my size 22Ws were falling off of me. Now, I wear a size 16 in regular clothes (no women's sizes), I have waved goodbye to my old friend Lane Bryant because I can no longer fit any of their clothes, and I can sit in an airplane seat without spilling into the neighboring seat (NSV!). I look forward to this time next year when my size 16s will look like clown clothes on me. :D

K9Owner
12-06-2011, 11:47 PM
LoveofSelf & Alaskan: It is difficult for me to order a salad from a fast food chain I am such a picky lettuce eater. I love lettuce, but it has to be just perfect in order for me to eat it!

Alaskan: I totally agree with Jo in that if you are running intervals now on the :tread: , you ARE a runner! You may not be able to run a 5K at the moment, but you are running. :yay:

Jo: I am missing you and your usual chipperness! Can you pls tell TOM to return my friend. As far as Vits go, I SHOULD take a few more, but I don't. I was taking Alive! for Women daily. I used to do the Alive! liquid with Iron. I am anemic all the time and my stores are low, but I hate to take it. The Alive! liquid was tolerable with white grapefruit juice. The only thing I am taking now is 2 Cinnamon Caps, 2 Cranberry Caps, and 2 Silhouette Caps. You probably have forgotten that I bought a detox kit while I was on the cruise. I am on the 2nd month of 3. The last pill is called Vitality. The rep told me not to take supplements while I was detoxing. I am supposed to do 6 more months, but I seriously doubt I will.

Thank you all for the "dance" today. It is very encouraging and inspiring to hear all of the successes over the past year. It keeps the big picture in perspective when all the daily hum drums of life bog you down ;)

RFF: Perhaps a run is not suited for you, but I admire your diligence to find something active to do. If you're able to :swim: I say DO IT--enjoy every lap of it!

Geoblewis: :yay: for smaller things! I feel you on the anorexic bank account, which is why I shop at thrift shops. Actually, that's not the only reason, but ..:lol: you get the idea!

Isabella: :wave: great to see you pop in!

ThinkinThin: :welcome2: we are thrilled to have you join our thread. Stick to your challenges!

Princess: Your report is such a joy to read! I loved reading all of the reflections today!

alaskanlaughter
12-07-2011, 01:28 AM
omgggg i am sooo tired....ive been up since 3 a.m. this morning and its 930 p.m. now...ive been busy alllll day...i came home from work expecting to make dinner and sit down, instead older son tells me that "oh by the way, i have a choir concert tonight and i have to be there in 45 minutes"..ughhh...so i did that, and a bunch of other stuff tonight and im finally sitting down...

im finding lately that my stomach just cant handle as much food like it used to...its a very weird sensation...for example i had two little plates of spaghetti last night and a couple pieces of garlic bread and that normally would have NOT filled me up (i am one of those quantity eaters) and i felt so full that i felt like i was gonna puke..not right away, i mean if i'd felt that full i would've stopped eating...it hit me about 10 minutes later...perhaps it was my stomach catching up to my brain? ....and tonight i made an old chocolate tapioca recipe because it's TOM and i was DYING for a bite of chocolate...and i ate one little bowlful and it was sooo sweet i dont dare eat anymore although in the past i could have devoured the whole recipe....is this normal? is this a side affect of hard exercise? ive NEVER felt like this before which is why dieting has always been a struggle

did not go to the gym today...i only got 4 hours of sleep last night and was busy literally every minute...i had THOUGHT about going tonight until older son sprang his choir concert thing on me *sigh*....i have a regular day tomorrow so i should be able to get to teh gym..i hate missing a day :(

and i can notice a definite difference in my legs and some through my stomach area and waist even though the scale remains permanently stuck around 209-210

forloveofself
12-07-2011, 06:31 AM
Good morning everyone!
Jo missed your vitamin question before. I try to take the B vitamins and fish oils, and occasionally multivitaims along with at least two of my prescriptions ( I tend not to take 'scripts unless I'm really having a lot of pain, or if the directions read "you must take daily' or similarly). I also have a tablespoonful of olive oil weekly in addtion to what I already use on my salads.
I used to rely only on legumes and other fibre from foods for regularity but they are really harsh on my system so I just, as you may have read, started taking pysllium. The Benefibre did work for me, but was also very harsh.

alaskan, Hope you get some rest tonight, and also hope your son is feeling better.

Decided to make working on removing stress from my life a priority; It greatly affects me physically. So I'm going to listen to my relaxation/meditation CDs again, and try to be more aware of triggers, and work at keeping negative people out of my life.
Have a great day!

jomatho
12-07-2011, 07:40 AM
I don't have the mental capacity this morning to do any personals that I would like to, but had to pop in to say I finally have some scale movement! TOM is leaving and taking some lbs with him, thank goodness. I know even when the scale is not moving, my body is readjusting and changing, I see it in the mirror every day, but just once in a while seeing the scale move is so encouraging. And, my spirits are a little better the last couple days too.
I do find myself a little bummed when I think about traveling over the holiday and just with the holiday gatherings themselves, ugh. Seems like whenever I make some headway, something comes up to put a wrench in my progress. I am just now getting over the Thanksgiving hump, what a struggle.
Plan today is to walk first and then I am thinking of possibly doing the p90x yoga video. I really enjoyed that last week and I am hoping my stomach muscle pull will tolerate it. I haven't felt a twinge of that injury since Sunday, so I think it was just a strain from doing pullups/pushups. If I find that too difficult, or I feel that stupid muscle barking at me, I will just call it a day with the walking. I have lots to do again today, so I will be active either way.
Okay, I have gotten this far in this post, I think I will answer the one year ago question.
I was just starting my journey last year as you all know. I was wearing a size 18w jeans and probably needed a 20w, but they had stretch in them. I looked in my closet and only saw small clothes that were too tight, too short (shirts). I was thinking about a breast reduction because I felt I was all boob and was actually dissatisfied with my body, but was blaming it all on the boobs. I found it difficult to run 2 miles in about 30 minutes (guessing on the time), but I was doing it. I was in denial about how big I actually was. I avoided mirrors or any reflection of my body.
Now, I am wearing a size 12 jean, I look in my closet and everything is too big and too long (shirts), matter of fact, I keep hopping on the sewing machine to take in and up a lot of my tops so I can feel comfortable in them. I can hop on the treadmill and run 5 miles and feel good, not like I am going to die. My boobs are tolerable, still too big, but I can live with them for now and actually need some new bras, the ones I bought in the spring are too big again, that is great news. I love to look at my reflection now and sometimes I am surprised when I catch a glimpse of myself in a window while shopping or something, is that me?
I would much rather be in the place I am this December than last December and I need to keep remembering that, thanks K9!
Okay, now I really have to get going!
I hope to be back for personals, I am enjoying a lot of what everyone has to say! Have a great day.

Rana
12-07-2011, 10:46 AM
A year ago today, I weighed 175. This morning, I got on that stupid scale and weighed in at 163.4 (those stubborn pounds aren't coming off!).

I was wearing a size 10 and I am now in a size 8, except I am still wearing my 10s, because I don't have the money to spend it all on a new wardrobe right now, especially since I am planning on continuing to lose weight and go down in sizes.

I know that I am better off than where I was last year. I was frustrated last year because I didn't know my body patterns yet (yearly patterns, rather than daily patterns) and I was dreading the holiday season.

I've lost 12 lbs in one year.

That means that I've lost 1 lbs/month.

Talk about SLOOOOOOOWWWWW dancing.

K9Owner
12-07-2011, 11:34 AM
Rana: I had to :lol: at your post! Hey, if it makes you feel any better, if I stay at this plateau til April, I will average 1 lb/month as well!! :rofl:

Jo: :hug: I adored your post! Thank You :) I hope you have a fabulous day today!

Alaskan: How is the ear infection today??

AFM: My nursing school niece passed peds and has 1 MORE SEMESTER!!! May 2012 graduate--here we come!! :yay: I woke up to a lovely blanket of SNOW in my front yard! :yay: We NEVER get snow here until maybe January. So for us to have it 2x in the past week is just AweSOME! Also, it's real snow--not just snnnnn!! :rofl:

IsabellaOlivia
12-07-2011, 05:18 PM
I use MyFitnessPal to track calories. My username is IsabellEolivia. Almost the same as the one on 3FC except the E at the end of the username instead of A.
If anyone wants to add me that would be fun.

alaskanlaughter
12-07-2011, 08:53 PM
hi all :) my son feels alot better today, he wanted to go to school and so we let him and he's doing fine today (i work at his school)....did my usual gym workout, 30 minutes of interval running and 10 minutes of incline walking, been trying to make the inclines harder...dont have much time to post, at work...going home and lots of stuff to do tonight..DH leaves this weekend for 4 days, going back to his village for a funeral...ack! busy!!

princessgina00
12-07-2011, 11:46 PM
Alaskan: I used to do that kind of stuff to my parents all the time. For instance, right before I get out of the car, I push a permission slip in front my parents' faces and go, "I have a field trip today and need your signature (or I forge their signature)." Aren't kids grand? :lol:

As for the present, today was not a good day for me food wise. I'm at a conference right now and they are providing breakfast and lunch and snacks at each break (which is like every 2 hours). I was doing great until I got to the evening's reception and loaded up on crackers, cheese, and artichoke dip (so good!). Also, I had to stand at my poster and wait for people to come up to me and ask me about it. Well, visitors were few and far between, so I mostly spent the time twiddling my thumbs AND returning for subsequent helpings of artichoke dip and crackers. I also had like 10 cans of Diet Coke/Coke Zero/Sprite Zero and ate a giant cookie that was nearly 500 calories. All in all, not a great day for my calorie count. BUT, I'll guess I'll try another day (James Bond reference). ;)

forloveofself
12-08-2011, 08:44 AM
Hello Isabella, Rana, princess, think, K9O, alaskan, jo, geob and anyone I may have missed and the missing.
Feeling puffy like TOM, but it isn't. If still feeling this way on Sat, I will not torture myself by weighing in.

About 150 more cals yesterday than hoped, or planned; Never go to the shops just to buy one thing and have to wait a long time to check out and be tempted by handmade chocolates! ( the local chocolate shop has a mini display right by the cashiers!) Naughty them and me :)

Have a better day everyone.

Rana
12-08-2011, 09:24 AM
Hello everyone!

I just wanted to report that the stupid scale finally went down to 162, I'm also back to my weight pre-travel (last week).

I hate the sodium in foods, it really sticks to me, for at least a week or so.

K9Owner
12-08-2011, 12:58 PM
Princess: We have nursing seminars like this, where you walk around different stations and become re-educated in different procedures. They always have different finger foods at each one-popcorn, candy, etc. I despise going to them. :hug: better day tomorrow for you.

Rana: Sodium sticks to me like this too. It is evil too!
:bravo: on getting back down to pre-travel weight.

LoveofSelf: :hug: Those chocolates, no doubt, were associated with Christmas Cheer! Extra Cardio is in your future!

AFM: I'm procrastinating going to sleep today for some reason. I'm going to hate this decision about 2a.m. I know I haven't posted my cals in a couple of days. It is really nothing to brag about. I love the holidays and the food associated with them. I also love Merlot :cheers: (It doesn't have to be a holiday for this! ;) )

Tuesday's Menu
Pizza, Peppermint Sipping Chocolate, Abner's Chicken Tenders and Fries, Cottage Cheese, & Garden Salad w/Tuna
Total Cals: 1500

My parents came down "to help decorate" :rofl: We watched Jim Carey's version of A Christmas Carol!
The good thing was I ate 1 slice of pizza the size of a dinner roll--as a side, not as a meal.
The bad thing was I ate fries! It was only 1/2 order, but WHY? I hate fries! They were there. That is my only reasoning.

Wednesday's Menu :yikes:
Started off great--ended NOT SO great!
Cottage Cheese, Pineapple, Zucchini Nut Bread, Pumpkin Spice Coffee, Chili 2 mom's, 1 Chicken Tender, 3/4 c So Delicious Chocolate, 16 oz Merlot!
Total Cals: ~2003

I was doing ok until the Merlot, BUT……. :lol:

So, yesterday, it snowed in the South!! BIG shock to me. 2nd time in a week! :yay:
I LOVE snow!!!
I took my babs to my parents to gather fresh cedar to make Christmas Cedar Wreaths for the house. My mom and I went walking in the forest across the street from her house. I pushed a 1-wheeled wheel barrow uphill in the snow about 1/2 mile and back. Not so easy when the snow is sticky and slush is sticking to the wheel, clogging it. :rofl: My mom kept kicking the accumulated snow off the front so I could push it. I'm sure I was a sight! We had the BEST time. It was like a scene from a movie. I had my iPhone playing Christmas music!

So, I was there all day with my babs. River LOVES snow! Jax--the 15 yr old, uhm not so much!
When I returned home, I made 2 wreaths and while I was making them, I HAD to have Merlot. It's like eating oreos while drinking milk. it's just difficult to do one without the other! Same for me with holiday decorating. If it's snowy, cold, Christmas music strumming in the background, I'd like to have Merlot, please--the whole bottle if you can spare it.

I didn't run last night. I thought the 3 hour walk was sufficient. I also have to say, I have NOT felt like doing any exercise this week. I hate that! I have only done HIIT once this week--which is sad. I did get my Ultimate Press Dip Station in the mail yesterday, but b/c of the wreaths, it is still in the box!
I find it too cold to get excited about exercise. I also realize this is why I pack on a couple of pounds {{or ten}} every winter!

alaskanlaughter
12-08-2011, 05:01 PM
hello everyone! :) at work for the afternoon...scale said 207 when i got home from the gym but i dont believe it...it lies to me...its stuck at 210 forever i think...it'll bounce back up today...did my usual interval jogging routine, ending with an incline walk, got the incline up to 14% for a few minutes so i'm pushing harder on that...

minor victory last night! reallyyyyy wanted chocolate ice cream last night AND i had to go to the store anyhow...but i listened to my body and figured out that what i wanted was COLD and CHOCOLATE...because i was thinking "donut? hot chocolate?" about what i really wanted...and in the end i didnt want to even get a tiny thing of ice cream, i chose a chocolate yogurt from the dairy section and took it home and ate it...it seemed to ward off the craving and i was glad i didnt get anything worse than that

its TOM this week and my legs were soooo achy but it was a TOM ache, not an overdoing it at gym ache...so i went to the gym today anyhow after a short morning snooze on the couch...last weekend i was SO SORE from the gym that i even dreamed that i couldnt do something because i was so sore and my legs wouldnt move, so i took the next day off...and the next night dreamed that i had an amazing workout so i guess my body was ready to get back at it LMAO! i am finding that i'm so stiff at night that it's hard to get up to go to the bathroom, but i dont notice that during the day...weird

K9Owner
12-08-2011, 06:01 PM
Alaskan: If you have WalMart there (I think I remember you saying you did) get this product Village Naturals (http://www.thevillagecompany.com/villagenaturalstherapyachesandpains.html?panel=4) & soak your legs for 20-30 min in it. You'll love it! Glad your son is better :)
How is the Christmas baking coming along?
My mom is coming next week to bake all kinds of yummi treats! I can hardly wait.

alaskanlaughter
12-08-2011, 07:07 PM
i was able to do some baking last weekend....i made gingerbread cheesecake bites in cupcake tins...this weekend we are making christmas ornaments with my SIL's kids...during christmas break i will do cookie cutter cookies with the kids, which is a tradition, and probably a few other traditional sweets...im trying not to bake as much this year because i know i just eat alot of it too

patchworkpenguin
12-08-2011, 09:38 PM
Sorry to have been MIA.

Yesterday wasn't too great but today was much better

Thurs Dec 8
B= 2 c milk, vits
L= Olive Garden Salad, 1 breadstick, chicken & gnoochi soup
D= Olive Garden Chicken Florentine paninni {leftover from lunch}
S=3-4 pinwheel cookies
E= none

Right= didn't eat until I was hungry, didn't overeat at lunch

Regret= only planned 2 pinwheels but ate 4. I"m not going to beat myself up about it. I still have other choc squirrelled around the house that I didn't eat!

I've been so tired all day. I ended up taking a hour long nap this afternoon, I just couldn't stay awake any longer; I think my body thinks today is Friday.

Our Bible study is taking our Christmas break, we won't resume until Jan 5. I'm going to try to use the next four weeks to really concentrate on my eating and exercise.

jomatho
12-09-2011, 07:27 AM
Good morning everyone and happy Friday :carrot:
I have time for a few personals, but first to all of you, how on earth can you stand to have all those cookies around all the time? I don't usually crave cookies, but I know if I was hungry and they were there, watch out! I have to hand it to you all and your strength to resist!

PP, I was missing you and hoping all was well with you. Glad you will have some time to focus on yourself over the holidays!

Alaskan, I get a sore groin, inner leg sometimes with my PMS/TOM and it sucks. Hope it goes away soon! Also, I just have to say, with your busy life and all the extra stressors you have going on, you are doing great taking care of yourself and getting in what you can when you can.

K9, your greens cutting adventure sounds like it was fun, and good exercise! A win, win. Did I mention I love crafts, and then you added in the wine too, I was ready to book my plane flight right then! Course, you can have the dry red, save the sweet white for me okay?

Rana, glad you were able to get back to the pre travel weight, I know what a struggle that can be getting back to a low, both mentally and physically!

Forloveofself, that wasn't you that got tempted by the chocolates, that had TOM written all over it!

Isabelle, I will friend you today on MFP, I keep forgetting!
ThinkinThin5, :welcome:

PrincessGina, I loved your one year ago story! I love that you are thinking about one year from now too, that is the key to the whole thing, it doesn't stop, ever!

Geoblewis, great one year story too, amazing that even your boots didn't fit!

Runningfromfat, I am so happy for you hitting the 160s, what an awesome feeling. I think the part that appalled me about your doctor, is that you have come so far and he just talked about what you still have to lose, which by the way is not a lot and why did he have to make it sound like you were obese or something? I am sure they see enough obese people in a day to know you are not one of them.

Have a great day everyone, make one good decision after another!

alaskanlaughter
12-09-2011, 11:28 AM
good morning :) i was soooo tired this morning, ugh hard to get up at 630 and i am at work before 7...basically just get up, throw on something warm because the school doesnt turn on heat til after 7, warm up my car, start the coffee for DH, set out son's medicine so DH gives it to him, and then go to work...after the early morning shift is over, i need to head to the store, then pick up snacks for school before heading home...we serve snacks at our after-school program but staff has to pick the food up at another site and haul it over weekly...then i go home, get online for a bit, take puppy outside, and go to the gym...then it's back to work til 6 p.m.

DH leaves tomorrow morning for a funeral in his native village...his little nephew committed suicide on monday...and then on wednesday a close friend of his family also committed suicide...it's been a rough week for him and his family...im glad he gets to go for the funeral but that also means i have the kids by myself for 4 days lol

in case anyone doesnt know....i have a 14 year old boy who is ADHD and in the process of being evaluated for high-functioning autism or asperger's...i also have a 5 year old son who is up in the gifted and talented intelligence...and we just got a puppy lol

forloveofself
12-09-2011, 06:04 PM
Hello Everyone,
Jo ...that wasn't you that got tempted by the chocolates, that had TOM written all over it! he he

Alaskan, sorry for your husband's losses

Just wanted to pop in for a moment, Sorry I can't do more personals right now.
Stayed on plan and made up for my indiscretion :) Funny thing is, If they had had bagels or scones next to the chocolates, I probably would have chosen/be more tempted by one of those instead lol

I think my flab is tightening up a bit even though I may not be losing. I tried my "goal belt" and noticed at least a 1/8 to 1/4 inch diff in my favour, so only 1.25 inches to first goal as far as clothing is concerned, :) maybe more after the puffy feeling is gone. Still no plans to weigh in tomorrow.

I may not be able to check in tomorrow nor Sunday, So wishing everyone a great wkend!

K9Owner
12-09-2011, 06:14 PM
Alaskan: WoW! I don't know that I could have your schedule. I know I wouldn't want it that's for sure. You have a lot on your plate. One day at a time, right?? :hug: So sorry to hear about all of the deaths for your DH, that has to be a difficult situation for him. Suicide is such a terrible circumstance.

Jo: Glad to see your face around. I haven't started baking cookies yet, but when i do, I know I will eat some. I have to get out of this funky party I'm having b/c I am not getting back into the 150's UGH! Just the thought of that makes me cringe. The Merlot I drink is Beringer's White Merlot. Not too sweet, not too dry. It's kind of a mix of the 2. Try it, you might like it ;)

PP: Missed your posts over the past few days. I haven't been to Olive Garden in forever. I used to love to go there and fill up on bread and salad. Good luck to you on the next 4 weeks. You can do it :)


AFM: It's work again tonight, but only for an 8 hr shift, not 12 :yay:
I am up 1.4 today, but I expected it after I slacked this past week and did NOT do BodyRock, nor did I run as much. I had :jeno: a couple of times, fries, and chicken tenders a couple of times. I cannot get back into old eating/exercising habits just because it's cold. I do NOT want to see 150 on my scale. What a slap in the face to me :(

I hope you all have a great weekend doing everything you love this time of year. I'm not sure what I'm doing after I get off of work. I have no special plans for the weekend, but that will surely change!

Oh, BTW, for those interested... I downloaded Mozilla on my Mac and started using it to load 3FC and OMG! What a difference! No more lag, no more waiting to load pages. It's FABULOUS again!

alaskanlaughter
12-09-2011, 07:02 PM
hi all :) did my normal routine today of work, shopping, more work, home, gym etc...am at work still til 6 p.m. but we only have about 15 students this afternoon which is a low number...forgot that i also have to pick up older son from a teen thing that closes at 6, when i am here til 6, LOL so i have to hustle over there then...had a good workout this morning, the two minute intervals are getting easier, well not easier, but at least manageable and not "omg im gonna die" intervals

good choices this morning for food so i was proud of that...wanted something salty and hot and melty and instead of pizza or something equally high in calories, i sauteed up some hamburger and cabbage and ate it with a little cheese and bbq sauce...it hit the spot and was probably healthier than my other options...i even brought some sliced red cabbage to work to dip in ranch dressing for later...i reallyyy love red cabbage...well time to get back to the kids :)

patchworkpenguin
12-09-2011, 10:47 PM
Friday Dec 9
B= 2 c milk, vits, poptart
S= fruit
D=Sloppy Joe Pizza = leftover sloppy joe sauce, cabbage, corn, ched + moz cheese {not a big success, I make pizza every Friday out of leftovers and always feel very Iron Chef while trying to make it work:dizzy:}
S=Cereal
E= 40min LB + 10min yoga

Right= exercised, waited for hunger, shared cereal with April

Regret= skipped lunch, wanted to do some more cardio but didn't.

Alaskan, your meal sounds very good. I'm a sucker for chees-y foods too. I feel you have a right to be tired with all that going on in your life.

Deb, good job with the NSV with your belt. Celebrate every bit of progress!

Jo, according to my Mom, my first word was "mama' while my second word was 'cookie', put together they make my first sentence. "mama, cookie?" You can see when this love affair with cookies started!

K9Owner
12-10-2011, 09:44 AM
Hi all :wave:

I've had a great 2 nights at work--a little busy, but not overpowering.
I am tired this morning and promise to come back later today for personals--uhm, after my nap ;)

Happi Saturday!! Wrap a :present: for me!!

Rana
12-10-2011, 01:35 PM
161.8 this morning, my official weigh in day. Yeah, back to the 161s, woohoo, but still with some extra ounces on there.

Next stop, the 150s. Please. I beg.

princessgina00
12-10-2011, 02:16 PM
Weighed in at 195 this morning. Not too much damage from my conference festivities, but I hope it disappears by weigh-in on Monday.

ThinkinThin5
12-10-2011, 04:54 PM
Hi Everyone,

It has been a good week of exercise. I actually hit my goal of 5 days this week. I am still tracking all my food but will not begin tracking calories this month. I am still a little intimidated by counting calories but plan to start in January. Taking baby steps to get back on track. Exercise was always easier for me, so I thought I would start there.

Hope everyone is getting through this hectic holiday season with a smile.

geoblewis
12-10-2011, 06:43 PM
I had a really good weight loss earlier this week, but have lost ground again. I guess that's normal for me. But the big contributing factor is that I had two nights with disrupted sleep. For me, that leads me to eating more to make up for energy during the day. And I make poorer choices. I even did some late-night eating last night and chose a lot of stuff that wasn't evil but didn't necessarily support my goals.

Good things I did this week, lots of exercise and lots of healthy food choices. I even stared down an almond croisssant! It was an awesome victory!

K9Owner
12-11-2011, 02:48 PM
Very busy weekend for most, do doubt.
I'm trying to get back into the "healthy me", but it's really not working.
I have been out-of-sorts for over a week & it sux!

This week does not look very promising, as my mom is coming to bake. I have a dinner for 8 party on Thurs. & work is Fri/Sat.

I feel sluggish--at best.

I hope you all are having a better Sunday than I am!

Rana
12-11-2011, 03:02 PM
Didn't weigh in this morning until after breakfast. Two hours of riding. Huge lunch after the ride. Making myself some chili tonight, which will last for the rest of the week (maybe even freeze) tonight. I'll be adding all kinds of veggies in it too -- rainbow chard, carrots, celery (if I still have some) and whatever else is in the fridge!!!!!

K9Owner
12-11-2011, 11:21 PM
Gina: :crossed: for an AWESOME WI on Monday for you!

ThinkinThin: Are you planning to use an online counter? If so, I highly recommend My Fitness Pal. Many of us use this fabulous tool (completely free!) and it has an app for iPhone and droids! The scanner feature is extremely useful! Great job on the workouts. Wish I had been near as successful with mine this past week!

Georgia: I know what you mean about sleepless nights. I work nights at the hospital and this week, I worked 3 nights, unlike my usual 2. I am usually thrown for a loop for a couple days. I am convinced all the back and forth between 1/2 day schedules & 1/2 night schedules has led to the disruption of my fitness goals.

Rana: I had chili last week! :drool:
Your version sounds yummi to me!

:wave: Hi Alaskan, Kristiina, Jo, PP, & anyone I missed.

Let's make a pact together to ALL commit to our plans and exercise regimes this week--whatever personal goals you have for the week. Let's write them out on the new thread that will start Monday & dedicate ourselves to them this week! We can do it together!! :high:

patchworkpenguin
12-11-2011, 11:36 PM
Dec 11, Sun
B= 2 french toast, whipped cream, coffee
L=Jason's Deli, Plain Jane potato, cup of Texas chili poured over
D= Panera Steak and Cheese paninni
S= poptart, 2 choc truffles.
E= none

Right= stopping at 2 slices of toast! didn't order the yummy peppermint cookie at Panera

Regret= I feel like I ate a lot overall today, but when I write it out it doen't look that bad. I did eat too much at lunch, I was full but kept eating, I should have stopped and taken the rest home. I usually skip breakfast on Sun because we go right to lunch after service. No exercise.

Hubby made french toast out of my cinnamon bread for breakfast today! I have a huge list of things to do this weekend {or the next}, things we've been putting off week after week. But it was a pretty uneventful day here. Church, groc shopping and recycling done, but little else. :(

princessgina00
12-11-2011, 11:59 PM
K9, I don't think I can commit to being on plan all week this week because I have a holiday party on Thursday. Sure, I will try to control myself there, but all bets are off when it comes to cake and pies. :D

K9Owner
12-12-2011, 08:32 AM
Please join us on week 3 :carrot:

Slow Dancing With A Stranger, Take 3 (http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/support-groups/248567-slow-dancing-stranger-take-3-a.html#post4135845)